Seanachai Quote

"Do you really think there are no larger answers to the small ones we can supply? Miguel, we know there are answers for everything. Unfortunately, we know very few of them." (Alexis Paninian to Mitchell Campion following a 4 minute teleportation from Paxton, Ohio to 3XNorth, 3YEast and 150Z off the Coast of Spain, circa 5/28 & 3 weeks, OSB airdate 4/7/1959).

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ruby Celebrates Midtown Revision

Midtown's Latest Addition/Revision - Mount Bethel Mysteries Publishing

Ruby is celebrating that her benefactor's first ever age writer's block is melting away.   She has not storybuilt since the second week of November.   Nothing seemed to inspire her, and Ruby worried that after 10 years of never facing a blank page the gig was up.   The benefactor was busy with so many other concerns.  The sometime around 5 am yesterday morning, Ruby's story returned, the fog got lifted and Mount Bethel Mystery Publishing emerged from the depths of the Hudson.   It is fortunately located In Tomeway Hollows, not far from Tomeway Falls and across the bay from the cozy mystery library.  After a few weeks of work the entire realm should be functioning and publishing again.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Some Say 2 Lives, Some Say No, Just the One

Setting up for an immersion art festival is not so different than setting up any other time.
The 10 metaphors are all there:
1.  Getting directions to the venue and your artist tag
2.  Being sure all supplies, giveaways and traditional pieces are labeled.
3.  Adding your artist business card and hanging instructions to the work.
4.  Asking your booth partner to use half the sign, while you use the other.
5.  Asking for permission from a man called Zaphod, who then gets the ok from Anette to set
     your "too much brought from home" on the sidewalk in front of the booth.
6.  Thinking safety first, so that no one sues you for stumbling into the easels.
7.  Offering to other artists frames, stretched canvases and tools, so they will want to share stories with you, and the location or invitation to the next festival.
8.  Having your booth partner leave for pots to glaze, one minute after the festival gates close, so she is not in the picture and Zaphod, who helped us set up the booth is in the selfie.
9.  Saying nice things to the festival organizer, but not knowing how to say them in German.
10.   Wearing a wig that keeps falling off, instead of your hard hat over your bald head.  The hard hat was lost during permissions in and out of the venue. (You might think this last part only happens in 3D, but not so.   My caps nearly always fall off in a strong wind, leaving me with a mess of tangled hair underneath).

So the booth is up.  Ghaelen D'Lareh and I will attend the festival when it opens.  She will set down her newly glazed pottery when no one is looking, and we will have a great deal of fun walking about and meeting other artists.   Thanks Mr. Enoch for standing in.


The last few days were very busy 1) preparing to take part in the Metroberfest Art Show on the German Grid, 2) re-sampling a mesh chair for an upcoming conference, 3) and planning with Ghaelen D'Lareh our newest secret mission, like two very tired and overbooked school girls might do.   Lots of late nights in chat, need more sleep, silliness and giggles.
Working Title  - Lakewater Lessons
While we are not discussing the whole mission yet, Ruby is planning her latest build that will carve out a 16 region build from the 28 she now tries to manage (emphasis on tries).   Since learning more about Mesh in the last few months, she is ready to fully incorporate mesh into the basics of the build, starting with the terrain.   More about this build will surely be written, but for now these are the beginnings of a long in the making storybuild, called the Lakewater Project.   It opens with a cave, an familiar place for Ruby and exits through the Midtown Arts Museum under the overpass.  What develops in between is...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Traveling Through Hyperspace - My Other Car is REALLY is a Tardis

My neighbors must think I go nowhere.  My 10 year old Kia rarely leaves the driveway.   If only they knew I hyper-fly everyday, and talk with folks from all over.   I went to Germany today, and met a French Artist there along with the German Artists (Zaphod Enoch and Annette Hummel), who hosted my visit on the Metropolis Grid.  They are getting ready for their Metroberfest coming about in a few days.

When I was just about to leave another French artist showed up and an artist from Japan.  So what about that Kia that says on its only bumper sticker (thanks to my friend Sherrie) My other car REALLY is a Tardis.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ruby will be attending and sharing work at the Metroberfest very soon.

The Hyperzette: Metroberfest 2014 on METROPOLIS Grid: Metroberfest 2014 on the METROPOLIS Grid  Region Oktoberfest  from September 29th until October 5th Every day Events starting a...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

For Mr. Tyion

While testing horses in Oakes Valley, I decided to invite Madge Millicuddles into Oakes Valley for a ride.   She so badly wanted to Mr. Tyion to see her riding a horse, she asked me to post about it.  So I said I would in between reading about the "end of the classroom."  Madge does keep me laughing and Madge does keep me honest.

By the way, Neither Madge or I are unhappy to see that old classroom go.  It truly outlived its usefulness.  Bring on the future.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Yesterday too many legs, today too much 2D geometry to make 1 little teapot.

Yes, it takes all these pieces of digital paper stood upright to build a teapot in Blender.  They don't call it the most obtuse, widely used, aggravating, amazing, hair bending, entirely open source 3D software for nothing.   Although it's headaches were too much in the beginning, once learning curve is bounded, it becomes the very best tool you never knew you needed.  While my cell phone sits uncharged on the desk (will never be able to see the little numbers or the text), and copiers/printers continue to annoy me so much, I'd rather keep carrier pigeons, Blender has become my tool of choice - my addiction.  I simply love the forever "could never learn it all nature of the thing."

Now to aggravate myself a little more, I should go in and take out about half of those not needed quads, because a good repotologer would do that;.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Oh the aggravations of making 3d animated horses...

Oh the aggravations of making 3d animated horses...

How many legs does a centipede have?

I originally meshed this horse some months ago, but neither had I the time or emotional countenance to tackle the issue of it walking about, carrying a rider or hauling a cart.  

Yesterday after building 3 bicycles to share with my fellow builders, I decided to tackle the horse ordeal today.   When I was through with the adventure the horse successfully walked - another possible gem in my Shadowgate belt. (I secretly hope with it will be the Lapis lazuli stone).

 Moreover I hope someone will enjoy plodding along with the cart horses in Oakes Valley and Brantley No. 3 Shaft.
12 invisible legs at "standstill"
Horse hauls cart though Oakes Valley
The problem is the legs in motion - the solution is to create 4 legs for each socket that are not all visible as the animal walks.  This accomplished by sequencing the legs, much like a 2d animator would, but sequencing requires writing a piece of code that syncs with another piece of code.  And there is the bounce, the roll, sounds that applicable to steps taken, and sitting the rider.   It is a lesson I want to master with other horse types.   - Tedious but oddly gratifying to see the magic at work.  A revisionist's wonderland.  I dutifully believe in revision.  Thank Goodness.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mrs. Pinkstaff Inspired Table Cloth

It may not be a big deal to buy a tablecloth --- to expect there will be an underneath to it.  But in the 3D virtual world it is common to see a piece of empty or transparent cloth.  The exterior shows up and when you turn it over there is nothing there.   To learn how to make cloths I listened and read the tutorials.  *None showed me exactly how to "sew" one.   And when I did figure out how to make the underside solid, the textures wouldn't line up.  Finally after a night's sleep,  and 6 hours of using Mrs. T. Pinkstaff's "1 variable" scientific method, I developed my own concoction.

My last move was make a tutorial for me (lest I forget - I do) and my friends.   Now we can make bedspreads, comforters, picnic blankets, curtains, (even clothes) all those things we never think about folding until laundry day.

Whine/Opine - At least 80% of  the Blender tutorials are created by men.  They notoriously leave out about 30 to 40 steps.  Where are those Betsy McCall patterns when you need them?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Discovery and Adaptation

Every time I look into the past, I realize how much discovery and adaptation trumps a thing called invention (that never was).   Ruby is learning that too.   Today she practiced adapting.   A useful device made into a similar useful device --used for an entirely other purpose. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ruby continues to work on her Blender Learning Curve.   If she plans to be a master age builder, it is apparent that Blender is her destiny.   Sometimes it is aggravating and sometimes fun.   It requires her (and me) to practice our close reading strategies every minute that we are working on a project. 

Since the deadline for the Oakes Valley build is 9/1/2014, this week's project is getting the vineyards up and running.  It won't mean that Oakes Valley's buildings will be fully furnished.  In fact the fictive residents of Oakes Valley are petitioning the Midtown Ladies Guild to quarantine Ruby until she finishes Oakes Valley.  Instead the petition story is becoming part of the first Mount Bethel Mystery, "Wear Your Goggles to the Gold Rush."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

"Wear Your Goggles to the Goldrush"

It was a tedious, but wonderfully long day of learning curves.  I attended the OSCC conference building meeting at noon, visited with Ghaelen for a long while about using mesh, and finally worked on the Oakes Valley Mystery story.   The mystery story needed a pair of virtual reality goggles. Sleuths will use them to find clues that are hidden around the valley.  What I figured would take a couple of hours ended up taking 6 hours.   My issues with polygon counts kept coming back to haunt me.  Not that I needed more.  No, I needed less.  The "tome" syndrome continues even in my building.  Oh dearie.   Finally I ended up with the goggles worn here by Simona Stick.
It is good that I can spend another learning tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that, because there is still many more Blender builds I haven't tried.
To Ghaelen:  More long phone calls incoming.:)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Clachan Gorwallic ~ Even the Pine Cones Fall into Stone Soup

 A day of truer than fiction mix with nonfiction storytelling.

Speaking of *Easter eggs...the egg added to the author's sector of the Hero Journey in Picture Book today was delayed for several days, because the benefactor/author did not know how to go about leaving behind something so personal.  

But digital Easter eggs are supposed to be personal, funny, silly, nostalgic or all the prior.   The eggs expose.   So the benefactor finally got up the nerve and laid down the egg in plain view, near the landing of the Ruby's house revision (renovation).   Inside the egg is another egg; an explanation of how the author gathers fodder, tells stories, and disclaimers about where she finds them (everyplace she can look closely).
Ruby Introduces her Author's Easter Egg

I will not go into what is said there in the world, because it is too romantic to speak about here or on FB.  Its not awkward or inappropriate, its not even directed toward her husband, but it talks about him, 4 decades of friendship and the confession that an author don't always know what she needs, but will get it anyhow. Such is the case with the residence shown.

Poets are always on the hunt for their own bee-loud glade.   In part, because they hurriedly pass it by and see it rarely.  In part because they don't know where to start looking.  Neither would the author except for the fact her husband wouldn't hear of it.
And so the author realizes this spot has grown on her, or she's been attached to it.  Matters not either way.  She will be here for the duration with the fellow who knows her best after all.  Her very own storyteller and Scheherazade (male though he be).

For the actual, way too romantic confession you will have to visit the storybuild, Picture Book.  While you are still in the Ordinary World, take a left red herring detour to visit the author.   You will see the hanging tapestry to click on for its contents.  Then look to the right and you will think you are seeing double, or at least that it what is expected.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ruby Busy Building an OSCC Booth

Building in Sim on a Stick Offline
Over the last few weeks Ruby dedicated much of her time building a booth for the OSCC  with the storybuilding process in mind.    Since the Lakewater Project, much of her involvement with Devokan Trust builds and her edummersiveworlds. org connection concerns time travel, she thought it might be interesting to build an outback tent filled with storybuilding artifacts and books that she would take with her on an expedition to a place like the OSCC region.

Several years ago Ruby refurbished an previously owned container car, but the container is not large enough to display or for that matter visually explain much of anything.   The container was more about origin comfort and always will be.    There is a large painting of the Kerath Arch hanging from an interior wall, and there are other remnants of an earlier life lying around too.

Steampunk Time Travel Expedition, Open Access to Visitors
The booth to require no more than 2080sqm and 475prims (equivalent) needed to be built from scratch;  mostly in mesh with a tolerance for medium draw views.    The photo here is a sneak peek work in progress photo of the storybuild.   The foundation, furniture, banners,  and even the direct hypergrid teleportals to Midtown Arts Museum exhibits and Devokan Trustee storybuilds in Kitely are newly rendered.  After the conference, Ruby plans to use the elements in other builds and develop a more complex backstory that includes any conference drama, conflict or joy expressed by the avatars/characters who visit the booth.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Working On Steamspout Time Traveling Pot

Materials include mesh, prims, leftovers from this and that.  Once bullet physics are activated, the pot should perform grid translations in real  or Hawking time.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Up and Running Again - Power Source Nikolamagnalaser

In Production - Metal Couplings No Litter Mesh
Once several all at once calamities were settled, I found myself multitasking for my benefactor/typist again. Now she says we are behind and need to catch up. In the meantime she volunteered me to another endeavor. One of the projects I am working on is a time machine, outpost tent for the Open Sim Conference (November 2014). The power for the tent's outlets is beamed into the conference fair grounds via a Nikolamagnalaser. This laser was invented by a Tesla devotee. The laser produces a pollution free source of electricity and wireless connectivity. Due to her rural living situation, my benefactor only dreams that such an unlimited supply of both conveniences existed in the geographic world, and in particular her own front yard.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Oakes Valley Develops

Ruby O'Degee is currently working on the Oakes Valley Horse Trails and Training Project. She finally developed three 1 hour complimentary cart horse tours. The horses are mostly mesh, and ready to assist explorers with their visits to Oakes Valley.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Horse Riding in Oakes Valley

Oakes Valley is coming together.  There is much work still to be done, but the horse trails are in.  Yesterday trustees (Devokan Trustees) went for a horse ride. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Another Small Scene Is Complete (nearly).

Update - a little pride showing here --- all created entirely by my lonesome, including texture for the round table and mesh thrones.  The texture was started in Kea (the free children's coloring program) and spiced up a tad with some filtering -- alchemy, and now its aged 900 years.
Knights of the Round Table

Leaving Behind the Ordinary World, Hearing the Call

Can You Pull the Hero's Sword From the Stone?

Call to Adventure

Storybuilding the Knights of the Round Table

"Knights" of the Round Table Throne
Picture Book - Meeting With the Mentor Pavillion

Storybuilding (writing) the Knights of the Round Table Chapter

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Time Travel (Far East Railroad) Station = Librarium

The 21st Century (with a bit of imagination) calls for a time travel station.  The library is always a time travel repository, but now "you can go there," so visitors need a time travel station - per Ruby O'Degee.

One Stop @ A Time

After the Far East Railroad was added, the entire storybuild took a hit.  It needed revision, and it could only be done one stop at a time.  So far I've worked around to the back of the build (the backdoor of the Midtown Arts Museum that is located under the overpass).  The "secret" passage that became the public tunnel was always there, but it took a bit of time and shapeshifting to make the alteration, because the invisible walls of the region were holding back building on that side of the build.  Now on to what's on top of the overpass.
From Far East Railroad, take the stairs down and then the tunnel.