Sunday, July 15, 2007

Learning New Stuff

Extreme close-up

 This is What Classes in Second Life Look Like
Written 15 July, 2007

Learning New Stuff

Sweetie and I have learned a lot of new things lately.

It started when we went to Linden Village. Sweetie picked up a bunch of back issues of the Second Opinion newsletter, which features article by Torley Linden-- the same Torley of the textures fame.

Sweetie discovered that Torley has a dozen or so short video tutorials, and came home with the URL. We sat cuddled up at the House of 1000 Pleasures and laughed our way through them. Torley is very funny.

We learned need stuff we should have known by then but didn't. We didn't know, for instance, that holding the space key down will stop a fall; in fact, it makes the av move very slowly in any direction. Way handy not only for breaking a fall, but for moving without overshooting your target. Great for moving next to a friend.

Simple, huh? But we didn't know it.

We learned that CTRL-0 will zoom your camera in to levels not possible by moving the mouse. Take a look at a closeup I took of myself. If you click no the snapshot you can see taht there are two people caught in the reflection in my eyes.

CTRL-8 will back you out, and-- this is really important-- CTRL-9 will reset your view. If you zoom in or out with CTRL-8 and CTRL-0, you'll be stuck there until you relog or hit CTRL_9.

The next trick will apparently be disabled when WindLight finally becomes available, so enjoy it while you can.

Take a look at the top of your screen. If you don't see Client and Server menus, hit CTRL-ALT-D; that key combinatin togges them on and off.

Then go to CLIENT>WORLD>Mouse Moves Sun You will turnon that feature until you turn it off or relog.

As Torley points out, it's really Mouse Mode moves sum.

Close your chat window and nit m to go into Mouselook. Now when you move your view, you'll see the sun goes with you. You can make it night, sunset, sunrise, midday, with the sun positioned in any direction you please. Way cool.

We were so happy we decided to teach a class. I set it up on Events and we were off and running. 25 avs showed up.


Melissa Yeuxdoux said...

I'm very sorry I missed that class. Neat photo—reminds me of all those CSI episodes where they somehow manage to get arbitrarily high resolution on photos. :)

Wilhelmina Yoshikawa said...

Hi Cheyenne!
I found your blog recently and I love it! It's so cool because you write so much and describe so many of your adventures. Today I read about the creation of your volcano and the problems with the terrain. It was so interesting to read about it, and I love the way you write.

Somewhere in your blog you mentioned going nonphysical so your av could not be affected by someone trying to shoot it or push it. How can one do that, how can I go nonphysical? I had seen nonphysical objects, but I didn't know avatars could be nonphysical.

Best regards,
Mina (Wilhelmina)

Cheyenne Palisades said...

Thanks, M. & W.!

Wilhelmina, various places around the grid sell non-physical sit shields. You sit on them and you become non-physical. You can pass through walls and objects, and no one can move you. But you can only rezz them in places where you can build.

The Mystitool comes with Movelock, which resists bumps and minor pushes, and a nonphysical shield, on which you sit. That alone makes the Mysti worth the $396 it costs.

Thanks for the kind words about my blog. :)

Brambleberry Wildwose said...

I hope you don't think I am stalking you.....

Cheyenne Palisades said...

Bram, I would be disappointed if you weren't...