Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Snowman Contest in New Babbage

A new contest was started in New Babbage this year....started by urchin Master Vivi Boxen the Snowman Lookalike Contest was great fun! Flatteringly yours truly was portrayed in snow by two talented builders. Dr. Watson & Peril Klaxon...Capt. Snowellyn and Snow Mer Rouge

I've been in Second Life for more than two years now and i've avoided the lure and addiction that is building quite successfully ......until now. Inspired by Miss Ceejay Writer's modern art expression of Kaylee Frye exploding and the recent Snowman building competition!

My first attempt i couldn't quite get the whole alpha texture for The Hat™ i was also told that my rum bottle looked like poison......soo.....i fixed him!

After advice from Mr. Tenk and Dr. Obolensky on how to save & upload an alpha texture from Photoshop....and thus The Hat™ could shine on its own....AND i added a Capt. Smythe's Randy Rum

And though, it's just a snowman i really did feel so very proud! I also added a Ganplank advert sign which gave a landmark when touched...

Having completed that it inspired me to make one for Dr. O.....which he flatteringly placed

in front of his store Cad & Bounder!
All the snowman pics can be seen here....on my Flickr Gallery
So inspired by the snowmen i created a display in my backyard with donated snowmen from the builders of my favourite snowmen!

Posing with Dr. Watson the creator and Balor who seems very proud to have been included!

Balor gazes with adoration and seems in love with SnowDr. Watson & Mr. Holmes-men much to Dr. Watson's amusement!

I was so inspired by this new building frenzy i improved the texture on my Steamhorse Elevator platform. With permission from the builder Miss Cannoli Capalini i created a similar texture to the elevator and photoshopped it, then uploaded it to SL and voila!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Caledon Oxbridge University in Second Life

from the Caledon Oxbridge University Wiki:
"Caledon Oxbridge was originally founded as a collaboration between NCI and the Independent State of Caledon. It provides a complete Second Life tutorial for new residents. Based on the theme of an old English university, the Orientation is spread over six "Colleges", each covering a different area of the Second Life interface and world: Avatar Motion, Camera Controls, Communications, Search & Inventory, Avatar Customization, and Money & Commmerce. The tutorial experience includes not only traditional orientation posters, but also interactive exercises, free full avatars, and prizes. Caledon Oxbridge also incorporates three "Residence Halls", offering a short term apartment and prim allotment to new players, and a branch of the Caledon Library. "
Here's an introductory video about Caledon Oxbridge University!
GoAnimate.com: Second Life Tour 2: Caledon Oxbridge University by gwyneth

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

Visit in-world! Here's the SLURL (you will need to already be a member of Second Life to visit) and whilst you are there be sure to click on the Oxbridge University Map (created by Mr. Marion Questi) and keep the offered note card that gives you plenty of useful landmarks to various locations at the University.

The Mr. Desmond Shang, the Caledon Guvnah, created and philanthropically supports this world with a myriad of dedicated volunteers such as Mr. Carl Metropolitan, Miss Fogwoman Grey, and Dean Martini Discovolante as a helpful destination for all those who are new to Second Life and who wish a comprehensive and visually informative way to learn the skills needed to thrive in this 3-D virtual world.
"Oxbridge is easily the best education center and entry point for any avatar in SL" - TriloByte Zanzibar

AND....you can even take sleigh rides!

Caledon Oxbridge University a beautiful destination for new residents to Second Life or for anyone who would like to brush up on in-world skills, take a class, or just soak up the lovely collegiate atmosphere!

I also created a Visit Caledon Oxbridge sign that gives out a note card of landmarks & a direct LM to the Uni as well as the ability to take a FREE copy of the sign for use elsewhere in-world which I've placed out on both of my properties in New Babbage.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Cad & Bounder Presents: The Squid

From the New Babbage Aether Ning by Doctor Obolensky

This speedy two-avatar sub is small and narrow to easily explore narrow waterways.


* Seats a pilot and a brave passenger!
* Choice of Hovertext info display or worn HUD for info on throttle, speed, and depth!
* Bubble trail!
* Wriggly tentacles!
* Ink Spray to aid in escaping sticky situations!
* Beacon script notifies owner of sub's location every two hours!
* ICS 3.0 combat system enabled (500 pt hull, medium ram).
* Alacrity Mode for even quicker escapes!

(Cad & Bounder not responsible for engine damage, bodily harm, or cleaning bills, in the event Alacrity Mode is ever used, or ramming is attempted versus anything larger than a small duck.)

The Squid is, of course, completely flawless. But, by chance you are inexplicably transported to an alternate plane of reality where the impossible happens, and The Squid malfunctions in some manner, do feel free, or perhaps even feel strangely compelled, to report the issue to me.

-Doctor G. Obolensky, Cad & Bounder

SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Babbage%20Square/186/202/106