Sunday, November 12, 2006

What a week!

It's been a really busy week for me, and next week will probably be even worse; so if I don't post for a few days, you'll know why.

I'm still not over the grundge, although the Infection of the Week appears to be the common cold now. Is it a good sign that it's getting more ordinary and seasonable? I dunno.

But work won't wait forever, so I've been working on getting Little Girl Shapes out for sale. (I get asked about them quite a bit, and I can take a hint. :D )

I've made seven of them, two sizes each for kids of European, African, and Asian ancestry, and an extra just because I really like the way she came out. (I've given her Hispanic coloring in the Vendor Images, but really, you could make either of the other European faces Hispanic as well, or that one blond and blue-eyed, and they'd all look fine.)

Here's the one I'm calling Rosie.

picture of a little girl shape

I also have Ashley, Jessie, Li-Lian, Megan, Meiko, and Raven.

They are all Mod, so people can play with the sliders and make their own unique face without trying to figure out how to squash the AV body into a reasonable kid form.

I'm using a new vendor too, which allows people to buy a gift for someone, and have it delivered automatically; perfect for No Transfer items like these.

Anyway, we'll see how it all goes.

(For those of you who might not know about SL, we have Avatars that are different shapes. You wear a shape just like you'd wear a t-shirt. So, in SL, you can lose weight, gain height, get a nose job, or even change your gender by moving some sliders around and clicking a radio button. And that's before you start adding prims! You can be anything in SL, and many people are.)

Besides that, I've been starting to revamp the entire Texture Tutorial in Second Life.

I've learned some interesting things about Flexi Prims, and how they affect the maps. For instance, the Box shape doesn't have any more points than it ever has (one at each corner) unless you make it flexi. Then, of course, it has to or it couldn't flex. But I didn't realize that it didn't otherwise.

Because the Cylinder does. And it totally wrecks the nice job I'd done figuring out how to make maps that with spokes that looked like straight spokes on a cone. Ah well. It's really a net gain for everyone, because the extra points keep the map under some control on cones so it doesn't split all over the place. It just kind of wobbles a little in six different "heights" instead. But that means that patterns without strong vertical lines look fine on cones now even if they aren't flexi.

Planar Mapping is also highly amusing on Flexi prims; especially the Prism, especially if it's Tapered. If you are in SL, give one the "bounce" of jello, and take a look. I laughed myself silly, but then, I'm easily amused.

And we're just beginning to get ready for a House Inspection that's scheduled for Nov. 20. The inspection is really to make sure that our Landlady is keeping the place in habitable shape. But, of course, we feel like it's us that are being inspected; and we're making an effort to not only do the Deep Cleaning that I usually do only when I move, but to fix everything that we've been letting slide for the last six years.

For instance, today we hauled out the ladder and changed the light bulb at the top of the basement stairs that can't be reached, and isn't really needed. (There's plenty of light there, from the two rooms and the door to the glassed in porch that all open onto that stairwell.) I can't remember the last time that light worked; I think it's been several years. :D

But it will be nice to have it all done, and just in time for the holidays, too!

Other than that I've been writing a tutorial that I hope to get up on my website Some Day Real Soon Now, and the usual answering forum questions/getting orders out/coping with e-mail and phone calls, and all the rest of the madness that constitutes a normal day around here.

And life goes on...

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

New Kid's Clothes

Sorry that it's been a week since I've written.

I woke after writing my last post, and logged into Second Life to find that the person who had offered me vending space in Nox months ago had returned everything I had there; so there are no Goth skins in world after all. It seems that she changed her mind, and I didn't know it because I was unable to reach her to make sure it was still okay before I put things there. So I went ahead, assuming that the old invitation was still open, and it wasn't. Sigh.

Still, even though it was my own fault, it was very discouraging, and between that and being sick again (sore throat and bad cough this time,) I didn't get much done for a few days.

However, I'm feeling a bit better now, and I've managed to get some Kid's Clothing finished! These are based on the same "pattern" as the Halloween outfit I did, but instead of having a picture on the front, they have a butterfly applique.

This is what the "Purple and Pink" one looks like.

picture of the pink and purple outfit

I also did one in a Red Kaleidoscope pattern, a a Blue Geometric pattern, and a Dark Blue with White Flowers on it, (If you want to see the Pink and Purple full size, it's here.)

I made all the fabrics for these with Artlandia's SymmetryShop. The more I use that plug-in, the more I like it. I had a ball making these, especially the Red Kaleidoscope one. In fact, I probably have something like 40 patterns based on the "seed" for that one now. (I haven't counted.) It's like using a real Kaleidoscope. Every time you tweak something, another beautiful pattern emerges, and I find that I want to save them all!

Anyway, if you are interested in these, there's a post on the SL Forums saying where they are. But you can find them in the normal three places where I sell kid's stuff. (If you are reading this, and want them but can't find them, IM me in world - Robin Sojourner - and I'll be delighted to drop a landmark on you.)

In slightly different news, Bella is getting a new router that will be installed at the end of the month, and will allow them to cut the "stained glass" plexi-glass into any shape at all! If you want a dog, for instance, it will cut you a dog! So, starting some time in December or January, you should be able to buy my Faux Stained Glass to hang in your very own windows. That's the Plan, anyway.

And that's about all I've been doing this last week. Well, that and taking NyQuil, and having Weird Dreams. But that's all that I imagine interests anyone reading this! :D

That's it for today. If you live in the US, don't forget to get out and vote!