December 2008

December 29, 2008 at 3:14 pm | Posted in » Blog, » General, » Pictures from SL | Leave a comment

Hi everyone,

I know I haven’t blogged in a while now, and that is because I was on holidays vacation (RL).  I was a little online but didn’t hang out a lot like always.

Two months ago I bought a new avatar for Christmas to myself.  This is because my christmas hat didn’t suit my normal avatar.

The hat I got from a friend of mine Vaelissa Cortes a year ago or so. She has a lovely shop selling hats, animations and accessories, click here to see her shop — worth checking it out!

Neigh!

Neigh!

That’s it for now, thank you for reading and supporting. I hope to make new tutorials soon once I get a little more muse :) main time, stay tuned!

I wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Love,

blackie-dagger

New Look for Secret Doghouse

November 19, 2008 at 1:36 pm | Posted in » Pictures from SL | Leave a comment

New Look for Secret Doghouse, originally uploaded by ßlackie.

As you know I have a home in a secret place that no one knows about. It’s a place for me to find quiet and peace, just for me to hang out, work, eat and sleep – ohh and also play with my pack. Only trustables can enter ;)

Previously my house was ALL pink, it was driving me a tiny bit crazy.. I just wanted change so badly I had to do a makeover to my secret doghouse.

There are three colors that I really like, one is pink – which was the previous color of the house, second one is green – green doesn’t look so good on walls usually, and finally there’s blue – that color just suits everything and always makes a good atmosphere.

A little GIMP-ing and vwalla!

Btw, the outside is still pink :)

[TUTOR] Organizing Your Inventory

November 12, 2008 at 4:48 pm | Posted in » Tutorials | 2 Comments
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Argh, that inventory is just clogged, it makes me SO frustrated when I open it.
But don’t worry – there is a simple, fun and clean way to fix this mess! And to make your inventory spotless-sparkly-clean…

Just like in real life, we sometimes store our junk in boxes for future review, and that also works for SL. I’ll show you how:

We shall start with storing unused junk that you have in a box. Why box? Because they are as one object in your Inventory, and in that object you can store TONS of unused junk for later review. More items in your Inventory cause more lag!

Go into Build mode and create a cube box (Note: this can be any other shaped prim, though I will use the box for this demonstration).

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In the Build window, go to the Content tab. This is normally where you put scripts, items for sale, and now for storage!

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Open your Inventory (bottom of screen) and create a folder by going to Create menu > New Folder.
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This will create a brand new folder in your Inventory named “New Folder“. We need to rename the folder so we could recognize it afterward. So right click on the New Folder and choose Rename. For my demonstration I will use it for clothes, so I will name it a formal name: Old Fashioned Clothes. The name of the folder is only important for now so we could drag the items we wish into it.
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Now we will open a new Inventory window so we could organize it in an easier way; go to the File menu and choose New Window.
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A new Inventory window just popped, duplication of the already opened one.

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Now we can search for our items and drag them to the folder. Tip: hold down the CTRL (Control) key and select all the items and drag.
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After you’re done moving everything to the new folder, drag the folder onto the object’s Content tab.
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Tada! The items are now stored in the object. Rename the object how you named the folder, so when you unpack it will have the same name.

So go to the General tab in Edit window and under “Name:” write the desired folder name. I will name it like the folder before: “Old Fashioned Clothes“.
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You can also give a description to your storage object, for example: “These are very old fashioned clothes from 2007“. But this is optional ;)

Of course, we want the afterward experience of unpacking to be more pleasant and easy, so while still in General tab > When Left-Clicked, choose from the drop down “Open” option. This will enable so when you just click the object it will open the contents of the object and copy them to your Inventory when you want and necessary. But you can also use the other way, by using a script that automatically sends you a copy when you click the object, a tutorial on that can be found Here.
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Your storage items can be found under the Objects folder within your Inventory.

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After you have created simular storage boxes like the one we just made we can create a folder for them all to put them in.

Like previously we used a folder to collect all the items to put in the storage box, we do the same here: File menu > Create > New Folder.

Name the new folder “Storage Boxes“, or something else – as you wish, so we could recognize it. Drag in the storage boxes and you’re done for storing unused items!
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Now for USED items but always clogging your Inventory… you can use the Folder power that we learned now: I like creating folders for everything in my Inventory, it has a “cleaner” look, I assume. But this is entirely up to you.

Here are my suggested folders to have:

* My Creations = For your own artwork, prim-work, texture-work and creations (if any).

* Avatars = For your avatar collection (if any). For example: furries, robots, dragons, etc’.

* Pants/T-Shirts/Jackets/Socks/Swimwear/Pyjamas/Casual/Formal = A folder for each one of those under the Clothing folder to make your Inventory more closet friendly.

* Eyes/Skins/Bodies/Hair = A folder for each one in your official Body Parts folder.

* Accessories = Most likely you have accessories, like hats, jewelry, etc’. This is always good to have a folder for.

* Landscape/Houses/Garden = A folder for each one of these. I normally store these under the official Objects folder. In there you can put Plants/Furniture/etc’.

* HUD & Scripted = I know I have a LOT of scripted objects and a lot of HUD’s, it’s always good to have them stored in a clean way for fast attaching. Also this is good for scripted toys that you might have.

My Pack

October 8, 2008 at 10:09 am | Posted in » General | Leave a comment


My Pack, originally uploaded by ßlackie.

This is my pack;
Adolph, Formika, Marianne and Snowhite.

Adolph seems to be a little camera shy today so I didn’t get a shot of him but the one next to the camera is Marianne.

They will be living with me and keeping me canine company at my secret doghouse. They can be a little frightened when they meet new folks, but after a while they’re very warm and friendly.

[TUTOR] Finding NCI Classes & Events

October 7, 2008 at 10:59 pm | Posted in » Tutorials | Leave a comment
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NCI has daily classes/events held at their locations with times and a schedule routine.
To keep track of classes and attend them there are three choices:

1. Go to one of the NCI locations and look at the big schedule board.

2. Join the New Citizens Inc or the NCI Alumni Association group and get announcements on classes and events (tutorial on this soon to come!)

3. See the classes/events in SEARCH:

Open your SEARCH tool from the bottom of your Second Life viewer.

Go to the EVENTS tab.

Type ‘NCI’ in the searching field and hit ENTER.

Find the class you want to attend and click on “Notify” to be notified 5 minutes before class and get a teleport to the classroom.

If you are looking for NCI events specificly or NCI classes specificly, just type in the searching field ‘NCI Class’ or for events ‘NCI Event’.

(This is an unofficial tutorial for finding NCI classes—made for faster and easier directions for new residents)

[TUTOR] How to open a Link

October 7, 2008 at 10:10 pm | Posted in » Tutorials | Leave a comment
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This tutorial will explain to you how to open a link in Second Life that is not a clickable URL. You can most likely see a link in someone’s profile (where you cannot use HTML or the normal <a href= thing), or from chat text—both are total difference, but will be explained here.

First we will start with viewing it from public chat. Unlike IM, public chat on screen is NOT clickable, this means you cannot just *click* the URL to open it…
You need to:

1. Click on LOCAL CHAT at the bottom of your Second Life viewer.


2. Click the purple-colored link.

3. Wait for your browser to open and load.

-That’s it! Simple, ain’t it? Well, this one is a little bit more tricky…

Now I will explain how to open a link from an un-openable/clickable place, such as someone’s profile.
Like me, some people like putting MORE links in their profile than just the WEB tab, so the other sections of the profile seems like the perfect place—And it is. :)
Here is how to open it:

1. Open the person’s profile (right-click on avatar > PROFILE -or- SEARCH > PEOPLE).

2. Hold your left mouse-button and select and highlight the Link/URL.

3. Press CTRL+C (Control key and C letter) on your keyboard.

4. Open your browser.

5. Press CTRL+V (Control key and V letter) on your keyboard to paste the URL. Or, right-click on the URL bar and choose from the menu PASTE.

6. Hit ENTER for it to load.

There you have it! :D

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