Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wow... has it been more than 3 months?

I'm so very sorry. Life has just kind of been like this.

We've been house-hunting, and I've been working on my website, and between the two of them, I haven't had much in the way of discretionary time.

So, in the last three months (and a bit) I've made quite a few new things for Second Life®; most recently a washtub full of soft drinks, made with modo 401, Sculpt Studio, and Photoshop.

Washtub and Soda Vendor from SL

I'm inordinately pleased with how they came out. If you touch a can, you get an open can of that kind of soda that you can drink. When you "wear" it, so you can drink it, it makes the hiss-pop of a real can of soda being opened.

If you're in SL, and you want to buy a washtub, you can do so from the appropriate page at XStreet SL.

While I was at it, I also made a set of Soda can textures, so you can make cans, too, if you're in SL. I'm selling them through TRU (Textures R Us) which is why that link goes to the TRU website. The sculpt for the can is included, of course.

On other fronts, I've been working on the tutorials on my site.

It's taking some time, because I've been making videos to explain things, with short text descriptions, and then more detailed stuff in a javascript Accordion, in you want to see detailed information.

This is so, if you can use the program in question, and just want a quick description of how to do something, you can just skip the movie, and read the text, and be back at work in a minute or two.

If you want to see what I'm talking about, you can watch the movie. Or, if you want detailed instructions, or additional information, you can open the Accordion panels that deal with that specific thing.

Hopefully, it'll mean that it's not so completely overwhelming, when you open a tutorial page.

In any case, the Photoshop pages are all finished, and there are some new tutorials up there. You can take a look at the newest, which is all about Cel Shading, and is the result of a conversation at the convention I attended a month ago, on my site now.

Other tutorials will follow, and then the final section, which is Livingtree Grove, until there are no more frames and tables, no markup in the HTML, and the pages look like they belong in this century.

The other thing I've been doing since April, or, really, since January, is dealing with a bum knee.

I finally went to the doctor about it on Monday. (I know, I know, but I've always just expected things to heal on their own.) The upshot is that I've got a couple of inflamed ligaments, so I'm on massive doses of Motrin, with instructions to ice it for 20 minutes on, 40 minutes off five or six times a day, a referral to a Physical Therapy place, and a gift certificate to get orthonics to correct the "bad Q angle" caused by my "wonderfully flat feet."

Which means I've been sentenced to wear shoes. All the time. For the rest of my life. Or keep reinjuring my knees over and over, and frankly, I've had enough of that.

So I'll have a bit of extra time while sitting around with frozen peas on my knees to do things like get caught up on blogging.

See? Silver linings!

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