Pet Peeves

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Everyone has their pet peeves, in RL and SL.

In RL, I don’t like people who throw lit cigarettes out of their car windows, for example.

In SL, I have a few pet peeves that I seem to see over and over, especially at dance shows.

I have an extreme dislike for what I call ‘glide dancing’ – when you see a dancer move, but the animation doesn’t include foot movements.

So it appears they are ‘gliding’ over the surface of the floor.

It really takes very little time and effort when you are moving from point A to point B to either add in a walk animation, or to change your timing slightly and find a place in the dance animation with foot movements, thus making the movement across the floor look more natural.

Something else I’ve run into several places lately deals with physics vs. mesh.

If you are wearing mesh clothing, don’t wear physics.

Otherwise, when you are bouncing around and dancing, your boobs are playing peek-a-boo with the audience.

And while I suppose there are those who enjoy the odd flashes of breast(s) and/or nipple(s), it’s distracting and it ruins the realism you are trying so hard to achieve.

One of the other things that drives me batty is broken ankles.

Broken Ankles 1When you wear mesh feet, sometimes animations do weird things to your ankles, making them bend at odd and/or extreme angles.

This picture is an example.

The right ankle seems to bend more than normal, and the left ankle should be straight, not bent.

There’s a simple fix for broken ankles.

An ankle lock.

You can find them pretty easily and they do wonders.

Broken Ankles 1 NOTAs you can see here, with the ankle lock on, both ankles/feet appear in a much more natural position.

You can get a free ankle lock at the SLink mainstore and SpotOn gave out a free one as a group gift recently.

If you have one, please use it when you dance.

If you don’t have one, get one.

There are a whole slew of dance animations that make your ankles look ‘broken’ and all it takes to fix it is wearing an ankle lock. 😀

Since I have been running SL on Ultra graphics, I have noticed several dancers/performers wearing facelights.

For a while now, venues have been asking audience members to remove their facelights.

However, if you’re a dancer/performer, please light your set rather than wearing a facelight.

If you light your set, everything in the set (including the dancers) should be clearly seen by the audience.

If you wear a facelight, it lights you up, but makes everything else darker.

In addition, as you dance, the facelight moves, so the light moves, creating odd shadows.

No FacelightJust as an exercise, I found an empty stage and did a little experiment.

This is me on the stage with no facelight.

It is a little dark, so I would need to light a set for this stage.

If I simply wear a facelight, it does odd things.

Soft FacelightIn this picture I am wearing a ‘soft’ facelight that isn’t overly bright.

It does light me up, but it also lights up an area of the front of the stage, which may not be desirable, depending on your act/set.

It also changes the color of my dress slightly.

The facelight makes it appear much lighter than it actually is (grey rather than black).

Bright FacelightIn this picture I am wearing a brighter facelight.

As you can see, it lights up much more of the stage.

The walls and ceiling appear lighter and the lit area at the front of the stage is larger.

And the color of my dress is still slightly off.

Halogen FacelightThis last picture shows me wearing the brightest facelight I could find.

With this halogen version, everything is blown out.

The walls and ceiling are grey rather than black, and my dress is so blown out you can’t really tell the color.

The front area of the stage is entirely lit up.

If I danced wearing a facelight like this, the effect would be very distracting for the audience members, as it would move with me, creating crazy lights and shadows.

When you go to all the trouble of creating a routine, doing the choreography, and spend time building an amazing set, it’s a shame to ruin it by wearing a facelight.

Light your sets instead of your face – please!!