Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Time for a bit of shameless Commercialism. Miss Christensen and I have thrown together this little flivver for all your touring needs. I based it upon some photographs I found of early twentieth century Rickshaws. I have been told that, for better or worse, most of the pedestrian driven rickshaws have been superseded by bicycle "cyclos" (we have one of those in the works as well :P). Still, I truly think that they don't quite measure up to the charm of an authentic hand pulled cart, virtual though it may be.

Here I am pulling Mr. Sputnik about near the Tea Gardens of Mrs Wind:

It seats up to two passengers, and if you wish to be pulled by someone other than yourself, you can allow others to "drive". It has standing and pulling animations, cheerful wheel sounds, animated wheels and comes with a driver's hat.

I've got it on sale at the carriage house in Caledon Eyre, next to the telehub (also on sale at Second Frame Animations and La Bicyclette in Port Caledon)

Speaking of Caledon Eyre, do pop by and see a marvelous Moviescope I have just received as a present from Sir ArthurConan Doyle. It plays the famous 1878 stop motion photographs of a horse in motion by Muybridge. Not coincidentally, these are the photographs I used to create the leg animations for my horses. Thank you, Sir Arthur!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Permissions, Permissions

Well, what I really would like to speak about after such a fair long absence from this blog is fun things, so I shall at least provide the courtesy of speaking of His Guv'nehship's latest creation, the trans-Northern Caledon Horse trail. If you should find yourself at my Carriage House next to the Caledon Eyre Hub, first obtain a demo horse if you haven't one yourself. There is a sign next to the demo horses, if you should touch that, you will get a landmark to the start of the trail.

If you wish to see the trail directly, it begins on the southwestern side of Eyre, just north of the Tanglewood border. Look for the beanstalk and go to the park just north with the archer in it.

Leap across the stream and start on up the ridgeline.

It goes past many lovely, hidden away builds.

Do take a moment to run your draw distance up and take in the grandeur of the countryside. I will refrain from posting more pictures, instead allowing you to discover the various sights yourself :)

Alas, alack, not all is perfectly well with the horses, however. About two weeks ago, there was a permission glitch on my horses, making them non-copy, non-mod. I am quite wroth about this, but there is nothing to be done save my fixing it. I thought I had done such, but the amazingly peculiar thing is that it cascades to all copies of the horse as well. Since it happened to my Roans, which are my original horses, it happened to all subsequent copies as well (including my backups, even backups I had in prims). I thought I was going mad until Miss Doyle told me the same thing had happened to some of her items.

So. I need go through all ten models of my horses and correct the permissions on not just the root prim, but each and every script. Since this is my blog, I have dispensation to whimper I believe: each horse holds 76 scripts (82 for the Pegasus and Night Mare), ten animations, and five sound files. Ugh ugh ugh. So, if you have a horse, there is a good chance it has been affected, too. Do IM me, if this is the case, and as soon as I get your model fixed, I shall send a replacement. Needless to say, but I will say it, not only is this taking time from projects I would rather do, it is beyond distressing/embarassing to inconvenience my customers so.

But, ah well, time to roll up the sleeves and get to work :/ I shall do a horsie, than take a ride on that trail, I think :D