Spice up a Boring Background with a Shadow

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Image Source: simpleicon.com

An interesting post on how to add some depth and interest to your backgrounds using Photoshop.

I’ve used this technique before, but generally to add some texture to a photo rather than spice up the background.  I shall have to give it a try.😀

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The Digital Pasture: Virtual Space/Infinite Space

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Source: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com

I’ve read many of Penny Patton’s posts before, including her very useful tips on changing the default camera angles.  After reading this article, however, I had a bit of a “Doh!” moment.

I use rezzers all the time, to rez my sets when I perform dances.  Most dancers use them – it’s a way to store your sets until you need them, which saves prims at the venue.

It never occurred to me, though, to use one at my home parcel.  Probably because I think of my Multi-Scene as a dance tool.  But there’s absolutely no reason I couldn’t do as Penny has, and use it to make multiple ‘scenes/sets’ at my own home – all without worrying about how many prims I have left!

I’ve always marveled at H&G decorators and wondered how on earth they have enough prims to make some of the scenes that they do.  Now I’m curious to try decorating some different scenes/sets and see how I can use this at my own parcel.

The caveat, of course, is that everything you put in the rezzer has to be copy/mod, which means that trans only gacha items won’t work.  Most of my stuff is already copy/mod, since I purchase most items with set design in mind, rather than home decor.

I don’t RP, but her idea for having different RP areas to explore, without costing a ton of L$ in tier is amazing.  Certainly a lot of food for thought – read the original article below:

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Europe’s top court rules linking can infringe copyright if done for profit | TechCrunch

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I was a bit surprised to read this, since most decisions these days seem to be made in the opposite direction.

However, after thinking about it for a couple of days, I’m not sure that copyright is an idea that will last in this technological day and age.

I recently read another article about how companies are trying to tie technology to your biology – think cyborg, sort of.  So if something then becomes part of ‘you’ – what happens to the copyright?

I think that perhaps copyright will go the way of privacy.  We shall see.:-/

Link to the article below:

Europe’s top court has ruled that knowingly posting links to copyrighted material can be an infringement of rights holders’ rights — even though the copyrighted material in…

Source: Europe’s top court rules linking can infringe copyright if done for profit | TechCrunch

West of the Rain

I don’t know how I discovered West of the Rain, but I do know that I have seen a ton of photographers taking amazing photos of the sim.🙂

I’m a bit late to the party, because I took these photos last month, but better late than never, right?

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It has that old, vintage, grungy, lost to the world look that is so popular right now.  I’m old, but even I don’t remember when gas was only 27 cents a gallon.😛

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There were lots of areas to explore, and I was just entranced when I found this camper.  I love how the vines and ivy have grown up, around, and into the camper.  I did have a peek inside, but I always feel like I might be intruding when I do.🙂

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I love the marina with all the different boats.  I have no idea how to sail, but going out on the water on one of these looks like it would a great afternoon of fun.

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I found this covered bridge and couldn’t resist snapping a pic.  These bridges always make me think of simpler times, when nobody was in any particular hurry to get anywhere.

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There was even a general store with some fabulous produce for sale.  The watermelons looked delicious and the aromas from the spices was amazing.

There was much more to explore than I’ve shown here, so make sure you put West of the Rain on your ‘to visit’ list and soon.😀

“If you just build it, They won’t come: promoting events in Second Life”(Final) | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Group of event related 3D words. Part of a series.
Group of event related 3D words. Part of a series.

This is the last article in a series of articles by Caledonia Skytower about promoting and marketing your events in Second Life.

The whole series is well worth reading, and you can find links to all the previous articles at the bottom of this one:

by Caledonia Skytower Part 6.  Tying it all together (Final) This series has covered a lot of territory this year, and I am changing the ending of it somewhat, as it feels like we are reaching a po…

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Exploring Nouvelles Aventures

I first heard about Nouvelles Aventures through Inara Pey’s blog.  It looked very interesting, so I headed over to check it out for myself.

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When you land, you’re greeted by this amazing vista – a huge barn framed by gorgeous sunbeams.

I’m not sure I would have picked the pink sky, but it works.😀

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I’ve seen this piece before, but I was struck by the beam of light combined with the beautiful particles – bubbles and fireflies all swirling around. It definitely gave the scene an ethereal feel.

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And, of course, my requisite lighthouse pic!  I’ve not seen this particular lighthouse build before – I love the blue roof of the lighthouse contrasted with the thatching on the cottage roof.

It’s one of my dreams to live in a converted lighthouse – I’d put my bedroom in the top of the tower, just so I could wake up to those amazing views every day.😀

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I was particularly taken with this beautiful tree.  Its branches were slowly moving in the soft breeze, and it looked like a fabulous place to just sit and reflect for a while.

There are lots of areas to explore and photograph, so grab your camera and head on over.  There’s a Flickr group set up for the sim if you want to share your photos.  Have fun!

 

VOB viewer reaches release status in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

secondlifeThis Visual Outfits Browser is a new feature I’ve been looking forward to – I often create my dance costumes out of pieces and parts of lots of other outfits, and I’ve always wanted a way to ‘see’ what was in the outfit.

Yes, you can simply take a snapshot, but you can’t add it into the outfit folder itself, so you’d have to go looking for the photo of it which, in an inventory the size of mine, would be a pain.

I do have the CTS Wardrobe organizer, but even I, OCD organizer that I am, find it extremely tedious to use it to update and catalog everything I have.  I do love the tagging feature of the Wardrobe, but since I use it so infrequently, most of the stuff I want to find has already been boxed up and put away!

I downloaded the new VOB and gave it a whirl (I don’t use the LL viewer, so it always takes me a bit longer to figure it all out).  I saved my outfit, then took a snapshot of it and saved it to inventory (yes, it will cost you the $10L upload fee to do that).  Then I dragged the snapshot (which I renamed to be the same as the outfit) into the outfit folder.  Voilá! The snapshot appeared as link within the outfit folder, and when I went to view it in the preview window, it showed my snapshot instead of the hanger icon (the default outfit icon).

So, if you are a visual organizer, I think this is a great feature.  I’m looking forward to seeing it appear soon in Firestorm!

Read Inara’s original article below:

On Thursday, September 15th, the Lab promoted the Visual Outfits Browser (VOB) as the de facto release viewer, version: 4.0.8.319463. For those who missed my coverage of this viewer when it reached…

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