Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Woman Who Fell to the Moon

I admit it freely, I have come to love movie making. And now I can even edit!

Here I am, taking a bit of time off in the Privateer Space sim. A beyond fantastic sim, truly one of the great wonders of the SL world. Hopefully, this video will encourage you to make the pilgrimage (BTW, the other night, Venus opened. A PROPER Venus, all swampy and hot. Hopefully with a few dinosaurs soon!)

P.S. I am happily surrounded by fellow geeks in Second Life, so I put it to the general audience--do you recognize the implicit reference in my outfit? Hint: the same movie is referenced elsewhere in this clip. There is a free flying Steampiggy for the first person to guess correctly here :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Peggy's Evil Twin

Yes, yet more Machima! After the last SL update, WeGame stopped working for me, and after the fourth exchange with the tech support fellows, I think they gave up on me (a tad annoying, as I went to the trouble of running some diagnostic thingees for them, but oh well. Fun while it lasted and all that). So, I shook the piggy bank again and came up with enough for the FRAPS screen capture program. A bit easier to use, but I still haven't found an Win2000 compatible editor.

So, I am using this odd little free program called Jumpcut, run by Yahoo. It has...issues, not the least of which was the hour long upload to the site. And it isn't a real editor, as it doesn't actually alter one's own video file, but rather how it is presented. But, it shares with the late and lamented WeGame one outstanding virtue. It's free.

So, with no further grumpy ado, here is yet another Silly Flying Horse Video. Hope you enjoy it, and the salesgirl in me must say, it should be on the market this weekend.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

A Farewell to Prims

I have truly loved my old style, mostly non-sculpted horses (the head was borrowed with permission from a sculptie contest). They were something I originally made specifically for my new place in Eyre: I just couldn't imagine the English Countryside sans small little run about carriages and riding horses with proper sidesaddles and English saddles. I could smell the moist green dirt while I puttered on the beasties.

And for the tools I had back then, I am not ashamed of them:

But, the tools in Second Life have changed, as have mine. I finally saved up enough to crack the piggy bank, and ran out and picked up Photoshop after a year of texturing. More importantly, I sat down and force taught myself 3D modeling (a huge thanks to Miss Natalia Zelmanov for her wonderful tutorials, as well as Mr Omei Turnbull for his Wings3D importer!). And truthfully, I've learnt MUCH more about scripting since the early days.

I realized this as I was pulling the old Pegasus off the market today. One might compare today's release with the old:

So, the short of it is, as of today, I'm pulling all the old horses in favour of the new. I had considered keeping the old as a "discount" model (I freely admit the new ones are twice as much as the old), but that doesn't make me feel comfortable. I want the BEST horses on the market out there, and truthfully, the old ones no longer are.

I will think with fondness about all my rides on the old beasties, and I like to think that they are now gnawing about sweet virtual grass in the pastures of my inventory. I hope you've all had fun with them, and of course, I hope that if the time comes for you to look for a new riding companion, you'll drop by the Carriage House in Eyre:

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Good lord, not more Machima!

Well, this is my blog :) I do promise more horse posts soon.

But in the meantime.....DUELING BANJOS!! Well, in truth, I am dueling myself here, which may be all to the best as anyone who has seen me stumble about the En Garde piste would acknowledge as true.

Lovely work on the banjo by Mr Griptape Pro (only 100L!). Nice fellow--and I'm not saying that simply because he gave me a musical jug after he saw this video ;)

And yes, New Toulouse will be opening soon! So, reserve your shanty on the bayou before the sim fills up! (talk to Mrs Carricre Wind, I'm merely a happy bystander in this)