Friday, July 25, 2008

flo's vote for July 20, 2008

Our first to present was Ut Aya. New to building he presented a nicely detailed sword, The Reborn, a work in progess.

Leda Sands was quite ambitious with her work presenting several pieces of her steam turbines along with some history of steam turbines. With moving parts and gears, her turbine included an oil-fired water tube boiler with a blower. And like inventor Charles Parsons, Leda went on to create and share with us this day, the Adaptable Personal Conveyance (aka Steam Cruiser/Dragster/Plane). Exhaust, loud compressed air horn, wings to fly and burning rubber are just a few of the things this vehicle is capable of.

Also presented was a lovely white carousel featuring horses by Cheen Pitney. Put together and presented by Simoleia Kavka, it played music while it rotated.

Another vehicle by Ilsa Munro was presented. A steampunkish hydroplane with paddlewheels. A video of her work can be seen here.

Kryptonia Paperdoll was back to show and tell with a lovely pair of boots. Made from a mix of sculpts and prims , the boots have a simple Resizing Script

Last up was Holocluck Henly. Sadly his piece didn’t rez well for most in attendance. Seems it appeared as an ice cream cone to many and this started a lot of chat about food making many hungry :) Fortunately I was able to see and posted in world a proper snap to share to all. Holo's latest is a work in progress, a lovely space ship. The larger top may be used house a control room. As I had seen his earlier attempt at this piece, I was pleasantly surprised at the progress Holo has made with his creations in SL and work with sculpties.

My vote this week goes to Kayn Munro who shared her “Bottled Avatar” .

At one end is a stand. When you ‘’sit’’ on it a rubberband flings your av over to a bottle and your av is sucked into the bottle which is then closed with a cork. This is must see in world to fully appreciated it. Kayn animated it herself and made the sounds. I really loved the sound of the av squeezing into the bottle.

Well done Kayn!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Flo’s vote for July 13, 2008

Decisions, decisions… what to vote for this week?!?!? Something innovative that can help reduce lag at a crowded event? An awesome piece of underappreciated talent for texture creations? Or maybe just something simple and fun?

Let me start with this first. At the start of the show Rad Hand mentioned "Somebody was asking about how to price things... has a good article." I took a peak at the page and it looks interesting. So if you were the one who asked about how to price your creations, this seems a good place to start.

Now onto the presenters-

Lubo Beaton started the show with his innovative lag reducing seating. It basically is a set of chairs that when you sit on them your avatar becomes covered by a box; therefore there is no avatar to render. This would cut down on lag as you will have less to render. So for those events when watching the audience is not as important as watching the actor or presenter, this would be great. It would also enable one having an event to draw in people who usually avoid crowded venues because of a slow connection or PC. And as some at show and tell mentioned… no need to dress to go to theater!

A sad couch, time out corner, chair and rejection stool, all made up a line of the most depressing furniture ever. The line is called, "The Most Depressing Furniture Ever." Created by Severin Whitfield, this line started as something for him to do to kill time.

First time presenting at Show and Tell, Kayn Munro shared her "One Man Band". Her entertaining creation consisted of a drum, drum sticks, leg cymbals and harmonica. It plays two songs and all the animation work is original and created by Kayn.

Seeing the work done by Supremius Maximus makes one realize the art form that texturing truly is. Supremius show off his textures using a mobile-like art glass sculpture. Also presented for his first time Supremius specializes in SL art glass and is fond of Frank Lloyd Wright's style. Sup did the textures all by hand. Truly lovely work, do check them out in world.

After mentioning that her previous presentation, the Moewe, is now available in a tiny version, Ilsa Munro showed the Flapter. It's from a Japanese animated film "Laputa". The Flapter comes in a tiny version also. Both versions have custom poses and animated wings. They also have a built in rooster tail particle effect for when they fly within one meter of the water. You can watch a demo of it here.

Bryn Oh, still making music boxes, presented "The Rhinobot", a lovely sculpture piece. When you press a button on its stomach the chime plays and it recites a poem.

Looking handsome, Ahmad Hosho showed a gray version of his suit. He presented it with and without the jacket and showed it with two ties… one textured and one prim. I was partial to the prim one that was nicely textured and loved the knot in the fold!

And for something simple and fun, check out Areal Loonie's helium balloons and lawn chair! Great for a lazy flight across the grid.

My vote this week goes to Pandora Wrigglesworth for her Happy Missile with Underground Silo.

To best describe it, let me use Pandora's own words…

So your neighbors have a Super Fun Cannon, do they? When it comes to household armament, you can't afford to fall behind. If you love your children and want them to grow up happy, it's time to invest in a Happy Missile. You do love your children, don't you? Don't you? Install this Happy Missile Silo and you will have an endless supply of Happy Missiles. When properly calibrated, each missile is guaranteed to fire straight up and explode to the delight of the entire neighborhood.

Seats Up To Fourteen!

Tiny Compatible!

Silo Is Just 8 Prims!

20% Chance of Kittens with Parachutes!

Beware low ceilings. Not recommended for indoor use.

And for your viewing pleasure, here is a video made by Crap Mariner of his discovery of the Happy Missile. Enjoy and see you next Sunday at Show and Tell in Lummerland.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

flo's vote for July 6, 2008

This week show was so full... with presenters and with those just there to see it all. We had one of our largest crowds to date (62 avs I believe). Also we filled the board early and had to turn down eight additional people. I also put myself in the sad and difficult position of telling one person I had said they could present they couldn't as I miscounted names on my list :(

Now the show...

Holocluck Henly started the show with a "hard hat alert". His "Cartoon World Plaza", intended to be an entry place to his cartoon gallery in the sky, was open air with a terra cotta stone floor with marble and smoked glass.

Freyja Poliatevska was impressive... showing her first build plus educating some of us (well myself at least :)) about the problems with weapons being primmie. She decided to try to make a sword that was aesthetically pleasing, and also low-prim. And she then rezzed a very nice, simple but elegant sword that was a total 10 prims plus a couple for sheath.

Six Igaly was smoking when he introduced us to Mr. Match Stick Man, his first avatar. He is a real hottie in that av and lit up our lives! A must to check out the pictures (see photo stream in upper right)

In full spirit of sharing and learning we strive for at our event, Gryff Richard shared his technique he uses to make textures. Basically, he makes a wireframe of 3d object, imports it into Daz to texture it using lighting and shadows then render it to a flat texture and use that for the SL upload. Gryff will be working on a tutorial of this for beginners, and when he has it online we will post the URL.

Showing again this week, Ilsa Munro's presentation this week started with bat wings she made in Wings3d which reminded her of a movie called Nausicaa which led to her building this week’s entry, her Moewe glider It is a glider with a jet engine to assist in take off and maneuvering. It has a very cool Chase Camera function. It's sort of like the camera is mounted on another aircraft following you. To quote Ilsa, "The effect is really neat - it's like watching yourself in a movie. It also allows you to see things from an almost third person perspective. Loops and rolls for example are insanely cool."... You can watch it here. About halfway thru this clip the view switches from standard camera to chase camera mode. "It might be one of the most impractical vehicles ever, but it definitely is one of the most elegant ones :)" said Barney. And now as you watch Ilsa's video of her glider, I am off to Netflix to see bout getting "Nausicaa" as it seems I was only one in attendance not aware of it lol.

“I have always had a love for building things” started Paisley Ganesvoort. She has recently decided to branch out into building things for smaller folk, and is considering selling homes that she builds. She tries to keep my design simple and the prims down for the most part. Paisley continued, “I build without primdocker or other fancy assistance. I use math and my eyes. I have not used original textures as I have not learned how to do that yet. .” The house she presented had a foot print of 10x10. It was nice, in a retro deco style. IM Paisley Ganesvoort directly if interested in her work as she has no shop.

Quite some time ago I purchased a Luminary from Robin Sojourner . On Sunday she showed her updated Luminarai with summer designs on them. When you click, you should get a menu that allows you to turn them on, or off, or full bright or set to Auto or change the color. The scripts are arranged so that you can change the color or state, and it will keep the design. Robin also explained that “the patterns aren't actually transparent, to avoid Alpha Sorting, so if you look from the inside of the bag, they look blue to give the illusion of looking out of the bright bag into the dark night. Otherwise, I'd have made them opaque on the outside, and transparent on the inside.” The Luminary comes in one and two prim varieties.

Stsfuzzybear Hush wandered through the sandbox at ElvenMyst and noticed there was a building contest in process. Others had four days to create their build. With one day remaining to create something, Fuzzy created her lovely iridescent colored glass table with plates goblet and bowl that she presented on Sunday. Some of the pieces are transparent, some not, all have a tiny bit of glow.

And this week my vote is for Crap Mariner's Spence billboard!

Crap Mariner runs a music venue on Edloe Island. A friend made a poster for an upcoming event, and Crap decided to spruce it up. He animated it, added 3d elements, gears and oil drops. The billboard is meant as part of his clocktower. You can see a video of his build here and read more about it at his blog. Or better yet, visit it in world

Below is a snap of the billboard as it is in Edloe. More snaps in the photo stream upper right of this page.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Just stumbled on this

2:00PM - 3:00PM
"Покажи и расскажи" - каждый желающий может принести свои работы (одежда, мебель, транспортные средства, скульптуры и прочее) в Lummerland, выставить их для всеобщего просмотра и, возможно, получить приз в 500 линден-долларов. Важно: авторство работ должно быть полностью вашими, соавторство запрещено. Работы должны быть представлены до 2:30 РМ. Свяжитесь с организаторами мероприятия Florenze Kerensky по IM. Если вы не будете участвовать в выставке, то просто приходите посмотреть, что возможно создать в SL.


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
"Show and tell" - everyone who wants to can bring their works (clothing, furniture, vehicles, sculptures and others) in Lummerland, exhibit them for the world to see, and possibly receive a prize in the 500-Linden dollars. . Important: authorship of works should be totally yours, sponsorship is forbidden. Works should be submitted before 2:30 PM.. Contact event organizers Florenze Kerensky on IM. If you do not participate in the exhibition, simply come to see that it is possible to establish in SL

Seeing post in Russian put a smile on my face. Simple me, having Ukrainian roots, just wanted to share :) And yes, I can read Cyrillic :P

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

flo's vote for June 29, 2008

Vlad Ganesvoort presented an interactive piece he is still working on, Castle Aurburn the Jewellery Castle. Encased in a globe that you touch to open, you can click on crystals inside to turn on weather effects: rain, snow and fireworks! Many details to looks at and many interactive. It is a bit primmie now but Vlad is learning sculpties and hopes to have less prims when he is finished. It is a must see in world! (note...I’ve let Vlad set up his castle on some land I have. You can see it here until he gets his own place)

Holocluck Henly was in festive mode, with a couple of major holidays coming up he made two splashy Holiday Weekender pools for them... Canada Day and the Fourth of July! the waters move with kaleidoscopic effect on the surface.

Frofidor Niekerk showed his amazing model of a Turbo Dragon. His plans for it may be an avatar someday or a single object drivable of some sort.

Bloodsong Termagant shared the wonder and majesty of his tiny rideable pig. Since the more toal prims in an objext, the longer it takes to send link messages so Blood's pig is more soundly designed then his Tiny Tauntaun. Doing this pig, Blood feels he has made the most animated rideable creature to date. And if you could see all this creature is capable of, you would say the same. One example is the interactivity... you can feed your pig, skritch it, pinch its ear and/or pull its tail. Check it out in world to see its exhaustive list of features!

Eleanora Newell presented a sculpty sculpture patterned after some photos of native american warriors. It has the feel of a large wood carving.

Bryn Oh showed a hybrid animal music box, Rabbicorn. When you touch his nose, inside is a button to play the music with a poem...
: Sits forlorn
: The Rabbicorn
: A robot gift
: Set adrift
: In settled dust
: With spots of rust
: A once treasured toy
: Of a boy
Bryn like to hide thing in her builds, so for this one, it is activated by saying "Rabbicorn" in chat which opens part of base to reveal second part of poem.

Marion Questi demonstrated a personal calculator in the form of a slide rule. In RL, slide rules can't add or subtract, but this one can. You can use it as a basic 4 function calculator, for example to add a set of numbers. you can use if for more more complex expressions with nested parens, exponents, log and trig functions. Marion went on to explain, "So you're thinking...if it really is a calculator...why make a slide rule? Why not box it in the shape of an HP-35, which was the handheld calculator that killed the slide rule in 1972, and which had about the same functionality as the script I have written. Well, up until that time, the slide rule was the badge of the engineer. Slide rules rode along on every Apollo mission. And James Watt, originally an instrument maker, developed a slide rule of improved precision for use in the design of his steam engines. So the slide rule is a legitimate icon in the Steampunk world. And unlike the Difference Engine and the Analytical Engine, slide rules were in general use in Victorian times."

Ilsa Munro presentation this week, was it inspired by her browsing of google image as usual? Noooooo! This week her inspiration was something she saw on a tee shirt... Artoo Tweetoo! It will operate as a remote controled vehicle. Sweet piece, and another you need to see in action :)

(sings along)....."will you be my neighbor?" That was a remark from someone after Judy Brodie rezzed her "Ode to Mr. Rogers". She made it for a museum dedicated to classic kid shows. She is currently working on puppets for it. Thanks for the memories Judy!

My Vote this week goes to...

Bryn Oh's The Rabbitcorn.

If you stop by to visit her new gallery you will need to know this... drop thru floor... then click on trap door and drop again. There is a computer there to open passage, type =^.^= then explore her awesome pieces. Look for notes she places around to make a little story for the place. Here is a snap of another of her pieces, "Robotmom and Child".

I will close with another of her poems...
: Found your picture fallen behind the cupboard
: You were chasing me around the tree
: My smile was parted to say some word
: But I no longer remember what it was going to be
: I wish I had told you about the love I feel
: Memories of you as I grieve
: I will encase your soul in a body of steel
: And bring you back so you won't have to leave