I mentioned before that Cloe is now the new Chairperson for the Chamber of Commerce. You maybe did read it here: A new Chairperson for the Chamber of Commerce.
So I think because of that, yesterday she did invite us to her Party at the “Wee Little Irish Pub“. I think you can read in the Name it was an Irish Pub. We had much to talk and did listen Music. I thought the Music sounds pretty Irish so thats why I asked Cloe if this is “Irish Style Music” and she said yea you could call it so but the Moderator is subject to call it “Celtic Rock”. For me it was new but I did enjoy the Music and indeed the little Pubs atmosphere and all the friendly Guests. I had the chance to meet peoples I already know and some of Cloe´s Friends which I didnt know before.
She also told me that she has an Irish Band in Second Life and that the “Wee Little Irish Pub” is the Place where they hold Events sometimes. I was nosy and did join the Group to be informed about Events. I think I will arrive there again then and it could be that I someday write another Blogpost about it.
I also had the chance to take a “Lionheart Times” in front of the Pub. It is a Second Life Newspaper about things that happen on the Lionheart Estates. Pretty funny writen. You defenetly should take a look and read a little bit.
Ok I had again a nice day in Second Life. Sadly I was to early tired and had to leave the Party. But it was because its another timezone here in Germany. So for me it was latenight. However I was there for a while and I really did enjoy to meet them all. I think this is all I can write about it but at least I have some cool Pictures for you, take a look:
Some days ago I wrote already about the Chamber of Commerce Election Weekend on the Lionheart Estates. The Chamber of Commerce Members and the Chairmen-Candidates came together. The Candidates introduced them self and the Members asked some Questions and got many Answers. You can read more about the Election Weekend here:
Today the Lionheart Estates announced the Election Results. For the Roundup, 21 members have participated in the Elections and 3 votes were invalid (One vote per business only..). So this means there were 18 valid votes distributed as following:
– Sookie Slafford: 6 casting of Votes
– Clover Windlow: 12 casting of Votes
This means we have a new Chairperson for the Chamber of Commerce and for this reason many congratulations goes to Clover Windlow. But for sure thanks goes to both Candidates, all Members and the Lionheart Estates as well because of this exciting Weekend we had.
You can find the original Announcement on the Lionheart Website:
The Emerald Team announced a Public Beta. You can find the Announcement and Links to the Emerald Beta Viewer here:
Today I went to the Lionheart Town Hall Meeting. It was funny to see all the peoples from the Lionheart Estates again. We shared some Informations and News. It was very intresting. One of our Topics was that Linden Lab is working on Screennames. This means that we soon maybe can change the Name of our Avatar which appears to others Inworld. But this doesnt mean the Accountname itselfs. Just the Name which is over our all Head. We did discuss this. Many peoples worried about this News as some peoples and me too believe this could be abused by some Peoples. Griefers could immitade Names of others and Newbies could fall into this trap. Or if you did build a big Business in Second Life, someone could describe them as you, and this could result in further Problems. If it is possible to copy others Names, its sure that there is a Reason to worry about.
But this wasnt the only Topic we had. As always we had a nice round for Asnwers, Questions and Suggestions. I made the suggestion that the Estate should have an own Sandbox for Estate Members only. It could be a nice spot to meet each other or maybe working on shared Projects. We wouldn´t have Lag like in Open-Sandboxes and Peoples with smaller Parcels could work on bigger Objects and Projects. Indeed we wouldn´t have the Problem with Griefers as it would grands access only to Peoples who live on this Estate. I noticed that many Peoples liked the Idea. They came with additional thoughts on that. At least our Estate Manager said that this is a nice Idea but he need to think about it. I think it was about the realization. Indeed it cost many Prims and many Space so the realization would also cost him more Money. But I think my suggestion arrived and lets see maybe there is still a Chance in the Future.
We had way more Topics but I cant remind them all. It was again nice to meet the Estate Manager, the Lionheart Team and all my Neighboors. After all the formal Topics we went over to usual Chat. Talked about this and that. Had fun together and so. I like it. Great to meet them all.
Today I did build a new Product for Second Life. This is a romantic Pavilion which can be placed in a Garden or on a Wedding. Maybe it could be a good spot to meet and talk with friends. Or just for any other Event. I uploaded it already to the Second Life Marketplace:
Hope you like it. Greetings :)
Today I thought back and asked my self how and why I did start building in Second Life.
First of all I need to say that working with Grafics wasnt new for me. Some peoples in the family do so in with ther jobs but also as hobby. So when I was pretty young I touched a tool called Truespace if I remind right. My uncle did let me play with it for a while when I visited him. First I didnt understand anything but then when he did show me some stuff, i´ve been amazed and wanted to learn more. But anyhow it was not so great compared to tools we have today. So soon I found a software magazine in a Kiosk near my home. There was a Software on the frontpage called “Maxon Cinema 4d”. I also could read on the frontpage that this Software is on the Magazin-CD as something like a Demo or Freeware (With less Features then the Fullversion). I went back at home as I didnt have enough money in my wallet. Shocked I´ve noticed that I dont have more money at home too. My mother wasnt at home so I went to my grandpa.. “Grandpa? I have a question.. may I ask you if you borrow me some money? I did see a magazin in the Kiosk and I defenetly need it!”. My Grandpa said: “Cutie, you dont need to borrow anything.. if it is so importend for you.. take this money and get it!”. Well, I didnt like to ask him because ask for money makes me shy. But my Grandpa did understand and helped me out. So i´ve got this new Software then and checked it out. It was more complicated but I could understand it as there were some Tutorials in the Magazin and on the CD.
So this is how I started with 3d Applications.. I did try those stuff out already before on a Amiga System but I really was to young to understand it and I really cant remember the Name of the 3d Software from the Amiga.
However, after getting the Demo of Cinema 4d for PC.. I was pretty happy. Later I had a job and could afford to buy the original Version. Schock! I really didnt know that this hobby is so expansive.. If I remember right I had to pay a 4 month income of my job to buy it. If your second hobby is playing Guitar.. damn.. you sometimes wish you had choosen other Hobbys.
At least those creative hobbys are the best hobbys and even if you wasn´t the best student at school times.. later after school you get your education trough creativy hobbys. Internet came and I had the feeling of a big boost of education on my own. Its just as you had a hobby which forced you to read much. So if you ask me “Is a creative Hobby educate you?” I would answer pretty fast “Indeed, it does and it will! It is education!”. I just think so because in school I wasnt good in english. Im sure that I am still not good in english but at least I can read it and I can write some english even if its not perfect. But I didn´t learn it at school. I had to learn it as the most Turotials you need for your hobby are writen in english. With a translator I did master this complicated mission. Soon I noticed that I additionally did perceive a lot of vocabulary of a foreign language. Funny in consideration of the fact that I just wanted to learn something about a 3d Application. So yes those Hobbys are additionally Education in Math, foreign Language and so on..
As you see I did make a digression. But this is what I think about today.. So I feel philosophical today :P
So later I did realize that using a 3d Application is not all. Often you are in need of textures you cant find for free or you dont have the money for. So I came to Photoshop. I did read several Tutorials and did learn how to work with 2d stuff.
One day I started Second Life but not because the Fact that this is a Platform for Content Creation too. No, I did use it more for listening music, chatting, communication, dancing and all the funny stuff.
After browsing Torley´s Second Life Video Tutorials.. I found out that you can build in Second Life too. As I didnt know how to start.. I really didnt know where I could start to build and how I open the menu to build I was interested on that much more. Torley provided a lot of basic Videos. Lots of good Turorials you need to start.
I can remember the first Video which did bring me to Second Life Content Creation, and I found it on YouTube today. This was the first Movie I did see from Torley:
How to make a Flag that waves in the Wind. I did see this movie again and again. But I still didnt know where I can build. A friendly person told me that I have to search for a “Sandbox” inworld. He told me that there is everyone allowed to build. I found my first Sandbox and just started the Video again. I did recreate what Torley told me. It was much more simple then a 3d Application and soon I did start to create my own ideas in Second Life.
Today I really would advice every Person who still didnt build in Second Life because they think its complicated, to try it out. There are lots of friendly builders who are helpful. Many peoples did give me some good informations when I was beginner. There is also a lot of Text and Video Material about all this. So if you arent a Creator then try it. If you are a Creator, you maybe say that I am right if I say “It is not so complicated as it seems”.
At least I am not perfect with this Hobby. Neither with 3d Applications, 2d Applications or Second Life. The question is anyway not “How good we are?”. The question should be “Do we have fun?”. I can say..yes I have fun with all of it. And sometimes I lose the fun but then I still can take my Guitar or other Hobbys and refresh. At happened many times and I even came back to Second Life and started new Projects.
So as the Blogpost-Titel said “How and why did you and me start to build in SL?” , I am for sure interested in your Story too. Just post a comment here or do you maybe have a own Blogpost about your beginning of Second Life Content Creation? Just put the Link here and I defenetly will read it. Its interesting how other peoples came to all this!
So I hope I didnt bore you to much with my Story as I know noticed I did write pretty much. Hope it was anyway interesting for you. And just let me know if you have a cool Story about that Topic on your Blog too.. or just drop a Line here in the Commentfield.
I was bored of using any other Viewer for Second Life. I did miss several Features. I did decide to run the clean Emerald Viewer Beta Build 18.104.22.16873 now. So I am back to the Emerald Viewer now and I am happy! :D
For all peoples who still trust the Emerald Team. Check out this Thread in the Emerald-Forums:
Today me and a friend went to the Chamber of Commerce Election Weekend. The Chamber of Commerce is a Association of all Merchants who are Owners of Land on the Lionheart Virtual Real Estates. It is a free Group for us Merchants where we can discuss Second Life related business questions. Like they write on there homepage it is also the Place to get involved with other merchants in inside of the community to arrange common promotion events like continentwide hunts etc. The Idea behind is pretty good. The Goal is improving the Business of us all Community-Members. So thats why you can say that this Estate and the Community of it is not unorganized. You rather should know it is pretty well organized. And here it goes to the question why holding an Election? What is the Chamber of Commerce Election Weekend for?
Organized things are in need of someone who can organize and manage things. So this is the reasons for the Election-Weekend. Finding a new Chairman of the Chamber for a 6 month term. The latest Chairmen was “Jezzy” and now we did need to find a new Candidate. There were two Candidates called “Sookie” and “Clover”. Both did introduce them self and later we had the chance to ask and get answers about what there targets will be if they become Chairmen. It was a pretty interesting round. Later then we talked about some Business related ideas and so. Again to set some goals and improve our all business. For sure it was not only serious.. Indeed we also did make some jokes and had a lot of fun. It was a nice round, yes.
So after all discussion we had to create a Notecard with the Name of the Person we want to elect. Everyone had to vote for one of the Candidates only. Then we did put this Notecard in a Election-Box. We will hear on next Monday who is the new Chairmen as some peoples still have to vote. So its great to meet all the peoples and improving our all Business. This is something I really admire on this community. Its not only a Estate where you rent some virtual Land. No its more then this. You can get involved if you like. Its something I dont know from other Estates. Im nosy what kind of Events we will hold in the Future. I am nosy what kind of plans and ideas we bring on the table. I am happy to meet those peoples soon again. This is defenetly a Table where I like to sit. Hope this Article was interesting for you too. :)
So today I did meet a Second Life Neighboor which I already know for some time now. He has a Parcel not far away from mine. First we talked about differend stuff and then I´ve got an invite from a neighboor Club called “Number 12″. For all who dont know about this Club.. It is a alternative and Rock Club. I did write about it some time ago:
I told my friend about the invite and he decided to go there too. We did listen music and did write about everything. Our biggest topic was Windows Vista vs. Windows 7. I told him that I dont like it if a Operation System ask me multiple questions if I really want to start a programm or move data files from one to another location. We had much fun and did laugh much.
I like those day when I can hang out in Second Life and just relax the time, listen music and talking with other peoples. We also talked exactly about this topic. What do we do today if we are bored and its cold outside? We have the posibility to hang out in front of our computers. Use some photoshop or just hang around in Second Life. I asked him what he would to if he was born in 1818 or so.. He said he would posibly write a book. It was interesting to know. He told me that he like to write. What would I do if we wouldnt have computers and all this? I hope I would have a horse! I could imagine that I would like to ride a horse every single day. Maybe I would like to write songs.. I love music and in real life I play guitar. Maybe I could write songs on piano when I would be born 1800 or so.. You maybe laught about the topic we had. But at least its a good question or? What would you do in times were they didnt have stuff like computers or tele vision? I think they also had much hobbys.. music, writing,. painting.. at least they arent much differend to our hobbys today. Its just more technical and modern today. But we will see some day too.. Its just today modern and it will be old in the future. I like to talk with peoples about those philosophical stuff. At least we had much fun together and a great talk with great music.
My Parcel is on the Lionheart Estate and it can be fun to hang around there. You have so much neighboors with differend own projects there. You will find clubs and and and. When I did rent my parcel there it is some time ago and today I already know lots of peoples who are tenants there too. So this is what I like. Its like a virtual home town.. yea I feel at home there.
Ok but after listening music we got a group Invite of the Chamber of Commerce. It is a association of all Merchants and Business Ownerd from the Lionheart Estates but I will tell you more about this Event in my next Blogpost. Just check that out if you want to know what we did there.
So I just did read this Post from the Emerald Blog:
So are you? However…
I hope they get the right Team and can work on making the Viewer socially acceptable again soon as possible.
I miss already a lot of Emerald Stuff. I miss the command line feature which lets you teleport high with “gth”, or teleport home with “tph” and so. I miss the possibility to change distance draw without beeing in the options. Dunno I miss so much.
Hope the Emerald Team get the things sorted and can make a new start.
Im still confused what to do now. I defenetly would like to use the Emerald Viewer again.
Yes I would give them a second chance. Its just that I did install several Viewers now and didnt find one which is a good alternative for my matter of taste.
Still using Imprudence at least this one is better then Viewer 2.0 for my subjective feeling. But I would like to be back to Emerald.
So you are Dev and not criminal? :P Hurry up and be a Emerald Dev so that we all can relax a good Viewer again! :P