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Flexible Prims and Lights?

Flexible Prims and light are introduced in Second Life

As most of you know by now there was an update that added couple of neat features to second life. Now prims can have a flexible path so it can bend with the wind and have other characteristics. You can also have prims that give off light. I tried some playing around with these new stuff but don’t fully understand everything about it. I think both of this stuff is client based. You can link up flex prims to one solid prim but can’t have a prim at the end of a flexible prim. I had the idea of linking up a balloon to a flexible prim but couldn’t do it.

Second Life new feature flexible prims for a hat

I attended a class at Teazers Isle on how to do a dr. seuss type of hat that using a flex prim. The hat sways when I walk around and it looks quite funny. That was the first object I made with flex prims but wanted to create something by myself and play with the settings a bit.

My scarf in Second Life using flexible prims and lightUsing flexible prims for a scarf I made in Second Life

So I figured out how to make a scarf which moves with the wind and when I move around. I don’t think it looks that great or sways correctly but for my first clothing type thing it’s ok for me. I also tried using the light feature on my scarf so I can see everything around me when it turns dark. The lighting is very easy to understand. Intensity for how bright the light will be. Pick a color for the light to show and the radius it will expand to. I am not too sure what the fallout option means so if someone can explain them or any of the options in the flex it would be very helpful! One thing I noticed is when I sit down my flexible scarf wants to go up sometimes. I’ll have to try some stuff to figure why it does that later.

I found a video that Tao Takashi did for his blog/vlog. Episode 2 shows off the flexible prims and lights in the preview grid before the update was done. He also has a new video of how the lights look inside the main grid after the update at his main page.

Some objects I made in class

This post is about an old place in Second Life which is no longer there in 2011. It’s left for history and memories of the past.

First off I did some changes to my face but I didn’t find out how to make a skin yet. Still have to use a tattoo. I forgot I could still change the shape of my face. I look a little more like myself now I think.

My Avatar face in Second Life

There is this place called Teazers Island where they have classes on many different subjects. I mostly joined in the classes that taught how to make objects. All the classes are free by the way including all the supplies to make the objects! I’ll show you some stuff you can learn how to make also! Some of this stuff may seem simple to some but I am just learning how to do this and learned some interesting tricks. You can search in the events find window for “teazers” for upcoming classes.

Second Life Poser Stand

This object is very useful when creating new objects or trying to fit on clothes or other objects! It’s called a “poser stand”, you can stand on it and move the camera around easily without moving your character. The instructor provided the textures and walked you through creating and manipulating the prims!

Second Life Poser Ball

This is called a “poser ball.” I didn’t know what it was until I took the class. It allows you set up a pose, how you look, when sitting down or just standing in a certain way. Recently I took a class about making a cushion and we used a poser ball to have the character sit in different ways.

My Bouncing Ball in Second Life

This object is from the first class I attended. It’s supposed to be a beachball which bounces around when moved. At this early stage I didn’t know how to stretch correctly so it came out deformed, but it did bounce around. The instructor provided the script for the bouncing to work.

Second Life Fishing Bowl

Look it’s a fishbowl with animated fish! I learned how to create the fishbowl and was provided the fish. I don’t know if they have any classes on making fish yet. It was really interesting to see how all the different prims fit together. This one made me excited!

Second Life Cake

This is a cake that actually gives a user a piece of the cake for them to attach to their hand. This was more complicated than others cause there were two different objects tied together with a script. This was really interesting to me.

Hat for St Patty's Day

This was the coolest thing that I got to learn how to make! It’s a St. Patty’s day hat with clovers comming out of the hat. I was taught how to make the hat by manipulating prims. Once we created the hat we took the script and clover that was provided by the instructor and placed it in the contents of the hat! We didn’t go though too much about how to change the script but was taight how to slow it down. There are other classes which teach scripting.

Glasses in Second Life

This one was a bit too confusing for me. I was used to making big objects. The prims to make glasses were so small and I wasn’t good at moving the camera around. I fell behind and at the end of the class I got up to this point. The instructor suggested I should make bigger glasses so I can see how everything fits together easily. I am planning on trying this one again.

My Table in Second Life

I just took this class this morning. An oriental table with cushions to sit on! This class really taught me a lot and shows how to use a poser ball for sitting on the cushions.

Teazers is also looking for instructors to help out. The instructors get paid for doing classes. This really seems an interesting way to make some money and provide a service to the community. I have more experiences to talk about but I think I filled up this space with too much anyway. Till next time!

My Introduction and Second Life Experience

You can call me JohnnyRS because that is my name in Second Life. I’ve been a programmer ever since I touched my first computer, Sinclair ZX80. In the 90’s I checked up on some chat programs and some virtual reality places. Most of them were just too slow and confusing.

I’m not a big socializer so I tend to play games that I can play by myself or with my nephew. I’ve always wanted to find some place that had a mixture of chatting, games and creating stuff. When TD Goodliffe introduced Second Life to me I wasn’t that interested. I went there to listen to his radio show and that’s about it. I know I can get addicted to this sort of stuff very fast and didn’t want to affect my real life work. It’s been more than a month since I first signed up and figured I’ll try to figure out how to use it.

I found a group for newbies called “New Citizens Incorporated“, which has a lot of helpful information and free stuff to get. Saw some events from TeaZers, where they have classes for beginners to advanced users. All of this started me off and I wanted to start creating things, but first I want to give myself a makeover! This is where I got confused and found almost no help. I wanted to take a photo picture of myself and make a skin. I downloaded the face template provided from the second life website. Played around with stretching and smearing the photo onto the template. Looked good to me but when I went to upload the image, it was uploaded as a texture. My question is how can I actually make a skin? Looked everywhere for any tutorials and haven’t found an answer. So what I did was use the image I made and used it as a Head Tattoo. It doesn’t look like me at all. Well here is a picture of what I look like now. If anyone has the answer to this I’d be so happy.

My avatar in Second Life with tattoo image

I was looking for some events and found a showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, one of my favorite movies to experience. I remembered going to a show with some friends in real life and I had lot of fun! So I made plans to attend this event on Saturday night. A friend was visiting me that day in real life so we both watched it and I took out some audience participation scripts I printed out many years ago so we can have some fun. For the first full movie I seen at second life I was very impressed. The movie was broken up into 3 parts. The movie was played inside a theatre so it really made it feel I was going to see the movie for real! In the middle of the theatre there were props to pick up. For the first two parts I moved the camera close so I can see it clearly on my screen. For the last part I watched what was happening with everyone else. People were throwing their props out and some stage performances were happening in the middle of the stage just like a real RHPS experience. I have to say I really enjoyed myself. Here is a snapshot I took of myself enjoying the movie.

RHPS in Second Life

I did find some other stuff to do in second life which were interesting. Found slots all over the place. Played with them for awhile but I think the most interesting thing were the small games. I tried Tringo out for awhile and found it a very addictive game. I need to check out more games and fun events to attent. I’ll post later about any interesting happenings. I am not ready to do any scripting yet. The only scripting I have done is at the beginner classes where they provide some scripts to try. I learned how to make a bouncing ball. found it interesting. Don’t know when I’ll have free time to try anything new. But I am liking the DJ’s at some of the dancing clubs. I might use that for background music when I am working.