Pet Peeves 2

pet_peeveA while ago I wrote a post about some of my pet peeves in SL.

Frankly, some of them drive me absolutely batty.

Most of them are quick, simple, easy fixes.

They are (in no particular order):

Broken ankles – For the love of Pete, people – get an ankle lock!!  If you dance, you NEED one.  Mesh feet look lovely, but there are a TON of animations that make ankles look broken.

Like this:

BrokenAnkle1You can pick up an ankle lock for FREE!!!! at the SLink mainstore – right by the SLink feet.

You don’t have to own SLink feet or belong to the SLink group to get one (last I checked).

One of the worst offenders are ballet animations – when you wear tip toe or high feet and then use most ballet dances, your ankles look downright deformed.

SpotOn also gave out an ankle lock as a group gift, so dig through that inventory and put it on. 🙂

Face lights – While I was attending a class, I made a happy discovery.

If you use Firestorm (which I do), there is an option under the phototools to TURN OFF facelights!  Woohooo!

Now, it also turns off local lights, but most of the time the facelight causes more of an issue than the loss of local light sources.

So wear your halogen face lights – blaze away!

Caching – Please, please, please, PLEASE! When you dance, right before you go on, those few minutes while you are waiting on stage before your music starts, CACHE your dances.

You will catch any stragglers who arrived after you cached your dances the first time.

If you wait until the last minute to cache (and since it only takes a few secs, why not?), then most of the audience will see your dance as you intend, and not broken up with awkward pauses where it looks like you forgot what you were doing.

Feet in floor – This is another pet peeve, and one that is a very easy fix.  If you are using SpotOn movers, just page up before you start.  Glance down, and make sure your feet aren’t stuck in the floor.

Like this:

FeetInFloorIf you use other movers, take a minute and make a few adjustments to keep your feet out of the floor.

Often it’s those little overlooked details that can make or break the reality of your performance.

If you build/choreograph at home and then have to move everything to a venue, do a trial run and make sure your feet aren’t in the floor because things are slightly different at the performance venue.

Glide Dancing – I think this is one of the things I like least when I go to a dance show.

With the performance tools available in SL, it is a fairly simple matter to design your routine so that you do not ‘glide’ over the floor.

Take a few moments – tweak your movers and/or your routine for that realistic feel.

Add in a walk animation instead of just sliding over the floor doing your dance animation.

Watch your routine and note places where the dance animations lend themselves to movement across the floor.

Tip Jars – I have a love/hate relationship with tip jars.

I love to tip performers – they work very hard to provide quality entertainment.

However, I don’t like the way many tip jars are set up.

A running total, great.

Although I’ve been told by others if they see one dancer has a high total and another one doesn’t, they will tip the second dancer and not the first, regardless of any other factors (performance quality, etc.).

Tipping is such a subjective issue.

An ‘amount last donated’ line, great.

It’s always nice to see that people are tipping, although personally, I’d be ok with this not showing.

It doesn’t really matter to anyone, except perhaps the tipper and tippee, what the amount is, does it?

A ‘last donation by XYZ Resident’ line, great.

Again, always nice to see that people are tipping.

Performers do work very hard and dancing is a rather expensive proposition in SL.

But a ‘last donation by XYZ Resident’ AND an ‘amount last donated’ line?

A pet peeve, because I know that there are people out there who want to tip, but don’t want to seem like a cheapskate by donating $25L or $50L when someone else just donated $1000L.

Even though it might be their last $25L.

So many of them elect to just skip tipping altogether.

Which is a shame. 😦

One last thought –

GET AN ANKLE LOCK!!!!  😀

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!!