NCI Best Dressed Contest at SL5B Physical Region

June 25, 2008 at 8:35 am | Posted in » General, » NCI, » Parties & Events, » Pictures from SL | Leave a comment
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Beverly Montgomery and Gramma Fiddlesticks hosted a best dressed couple contest at SL5B Physical region yesterday (June 24). Here are some of my snapshots of the event:

Happy 5th Birthday, Second Life!

June 24, 2008 at 1:19 pm | Posted in » General, » Parties & Events | Leave a comment
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Yesterday (June 23rd) was Second Lifes 5th birthday!

Philip and M Linden gave a speech at the main Second Life Birthday region. I didn’t make it to the speech, but I saw it later on the Second Life blog that Torley filmed.

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Here’s my thoughts as a resident:

I first started in Second Life in late 2006. Today we see lots of amazing stuff that didn’t exist then. I remember when I started there were only 600,000 registered (10,000 of them really active, less even!). I spent some time in really horrible sims, griefers everywhere and no one really came up and tried to help me. There were no mentors nor helpers at the welcome areas. No one told us about educational places such at New Citizens Inc. So seeing Second Life now, with all the things that have changed and improved is really amazing. And when I say to helpers at NCI and to mentors that they are appreciated, I am not kidding about it.

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I took a few snapshots of the exhibits at the SL5B regions. Residents made some beautiful things!

This is the Greenies Rezzable exhibit at SL5B Ruthed.

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More of my SL5B snapshots on Flickr, click here to see my set!

How To Add Snapshot To Flickr / Adding Snapshot To Group – Tutorial

June 22, 2008 at 12:51 pm | Posted in » Pictures from SL | 3 Comments
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Before thinking of adding any picture to Flickr, you need to make a Flickr account. Flickr sign up / sign in is via Yahoo!

If you already have a Yahoo! account, just go to the “Sign Up” section on the Flickr website. It won’t ask you any questions. Only to verify and login to your Yahoo! account.

After you’ve made your account you can change your name at any time. You can also change your account’s info – such as making another Email address.

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You can find all your images at My Computer. I personally like to keep all my Second Life images at one folder like My Pictures and put a “Second Life” folder in there.

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(I suggest editing your pictures in Gimp, but Photoshop is also an option, though it’s expensive. Gimp has the same options as Photoshop. And maybe even much easier than Photoshop. I’m telling you this because if you don’t have a “Pro” account on Flickr you have a limited storage – which means you can upload up to 100MB a month! So with Gimp you can edit your images and make them JPEG – saves better and takes less storage. BMP is the default saving file in Second Life, and when you upload a BMP file it takes a looooong time and takes a lot from your storage. Saving it as JPEG is like a way around that, you can almost have no limitation on storage like that. – I will tell more info about how to make the photo in JPEG later).

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Now that we’re on the Flickr page. Go to the “You menu and choose “Upload Photos and Videos“. Then you will get this following page that says: Step 1: Upload Photos – click on that when it gets highlighted in blue. Choose the pictures you want to upload (Might be easier if you choose “Thumnails” in the “View” menu). You can also add more images if you click the “Add” button.

After the uploading is finished you can add a description to your photos.

Don’t worry if you saved your description not right. Changing the title / description in Flickr is very easy! While you’re at your photostream, click on the title or description, change it, and hit “Save“.

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To add a picture to a Flickr group you need to join the group first. Go to the group’s Flickr page and click on the “Join This Group” option at the upper right of the page.

After you’ve joined the group, go to the photo you want to add from your photostream and choose from the upper options “Send to Group“. Now you will get a slider with the groups you are in, choose the group that you want to add the photo to and click “OK“.

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To make a picture a JPEG file, go to the location your photo is at from My Computer. Open the Gimp tool and simply drag the picture to the Gimp’s toolbar.

Go to File menu and choose “Save As…“, in the “Select File Type” choose JPEG and hit “Save“.

My Freebie Dresses!

June 19, 2008 at 8:52 pm | Posted in » General, » Pictures from SL | Leave a comment
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Three w00ts!! :D

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So far, I had only one freebie, which was the sculpted couch (very popular now, over 20 buyers!).

But now I have a new line of freebie dresses! Here’s a picture of one:

(Picture modeled by my Tuxedo cat avatar from Luskwood).

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I also have them in bordo, yellow and dark purple.

Click here to see my items!

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~Blackie.

How To Make a Gesture – Tutorial

June 11, 2008 at 12:51 pm | Posted in » Pictures from SL | Leave a comment
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Wondered how people make sounds and even dance? Gesture is the answer!

What is a gesture?: A gesture is a form of non-verbal communication made with a part of the body, used instead of or in combination with verbal communication.

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First go to your Inventory, then go to the “Gestures” folder. Right click on the folder and choose “New Gesture”. After a few seconds (or less!) you will get the gesture’s window. Which will look like this:

(This is the default gesture, a wave and a sound).

After we’ve deleted all the default lines. We make a new gesture and we will start with “Animations”.

What is an animation? Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D or 3-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. You can find your animations in your Inventory under the folder “Animations” – If you want to add an animation to the gesture it must have full permission (Copy/Modify/Transfer). You make animations of your own by using out-world tools, such as: QAvimator, Avimator, Poser.

Click on the “Add” button to add a new animation. Now you will get this slider:

You need to choose from your animation in your Inventory. I took for example the basic default “Laugh” animation that can be found in any Inventory.

Next will will add a sound to our gesture:

You can find your sounds in your Inventory under the “Sounds” folder. You can make your own sounds by using out-world tools such as: Audacity. The sound has to be full permission (Copy/Modify/Transfer) to be add to the gesture. Click the “Add” button to add a new sound. Now you will get this slider:

I chose a sound from my Inventory called “Dopefish”.

Next we will add a chat line. Select the “Chat” option and then click the “Add” to add a new chat line:

You will get a white box. Type the line you want to add to the gesture and then hit ENTER save the line:

Next we will add a “Wait”. “Wait” is very important, you need to put a “Wait” between every line that you make so the gesture will work properly. Select the “Wait” option and then click “Add” to add a new wait.

You will get now these options:

You can set time steps by seconds or until animations are done. But now we will choose with seconds:

I set 5.0 seconds waiting.

Next we will need to move the chat line upwards. Select the chat line and click “Move Up”. Every time you click “Move Up” it will move up in only one row.

Now we’ve put it to the top of the list:

Next we can move it downwards by the “Move Down” button:

Next we will give our gesture a description. A description is good if you want the next owner to know what the gesture does/what is it about.

Now we will give our gesture a trigger. A trigger is for fast use of the gesture. Usually it’s good to put a “/” before the text, if somehow you type it wrong or you want it silent with no typing. It also auto completes itself when you have “/” before the line.

Or you can use the “Replace with”. The “Replace with” is good when you want to write a line, but you want it to say something else. Or it to be invisible. Like here when I wrote “a” and “b”, which will show only the “b”.

You can also add shortcut keys to your gesture for faster effects. I put for example SHIFT+F10:

If you do not like one of your steps, you can always delete them by selecting one of them and clicking “Remove”:

Now we have deleted one of our steps:

After we’ve finished our gesture we will need to save it. Click the “Save” button:

Next you can see a preview of your gesture. Click the “Preview” button:

There you have it, your first gesture! Remember: The gesture has to be activated to be played.

New Theme

June 7, 2008 at 12:31 pm | Posted in » General | Leave a comment

Today I’ve changed my blog’s theme by pure accident. I really just wanted to see the other themes, but then it just clicked itself, really!

At first I thought it was terrible, how can I do such a mistake! So I pulled myself together and went again to the Themes section and started looking for my previous theme to change it back. I was looking at everything twice to be sure. It was Andreas09, but the only Andreas there is 04. I changed it to this theme which is kind of the same. WordPress doesn’t have 09 now, 04 is the upgraded one. I was going crazy!

I went to WordPress.net to find my Andreas09 theme and I found it! Then I read about how to add it to my blog — I need to know HTML and CSS for that. Just looking at it gave me a headache.

So this is my new blog’s theme, I’m slowy starting to like it, and I hope you do too.

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Just checked again and Andreas09 is back on the Themes section. But this theme is way better! Hurrah! :D

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