Friday, December 20, 2013

Pod Tours of Heterocerta Atoll

Today I came across a folder of photos from a few months ago. Sweetie and I spent a Saturday riding around in those little oval floating podcars you've no doubt seen. We had a good time experiencing the visual chaos of the mainland.

I had meant to post about the experience, but it got away from me. Come to think about it, that's about when my desktop died.

I'm growing increasingly reluctant to post photos. My laptop doesn't have enough horsepower to use advanced graphics features like shadows and texture mapping, and for that matter, neither did my old desktop. I'm hoping the new box I'm putting together will have enough power to get the job done.

So anyway, the tours last a good long while, crossing many sims-- and the pod morphs into a boat whenever it crosses water.

"What's that noise?"
So anyway, here's a pod corral. From here you can select from a half-dozen or so tours. This one is somewhere on Heterocera Atoll-- from the sign I suspect the sim name is JavaScript-- or maybe that's the scripting engine that drives the pods. Since I didn't take a landmark, let me suggest you go to Calleta and follow a pod to the staging area there.

We cruised serenely through some beautiful places:

"Do you see that dropoff?"
"Relax. Just increase your draw distance."
"What about this one?"
"You should worry about that one. Hold on!"

"Whee! Can we do it again?"
With so many sim crossings, there was occasional weirdness.

"I tell you, I AM sitting down!"
We had several close encounters with other vehicles.

"Oh, god, it's one of AnneMarie's botmobiles. Pretend you don't notice it."
No matter how the following looks it was NOT OUR FAULT!

We had a good time. You should try it some time.


Junko said...

You said that you are reluctant to post photos. I think it's great to post photos even if your machine is not the fastest out there! For a long time I couldn't even play SL because my laptop had gotten so old. So I am so happy to be in SL now that I have a new laptop, but even this one can't do that best graphics. When I came back I was SO SAD because so many places I loved are now gone and I never took any pictures.

Cheyenne Palisades said...

I'm not going to stop, but I am feeling a bit self-conscious lately because I can't use SL's new graphics photos. I have thousands and thousands of pictures on my hard drive; they're free, after all. I'm so sorry you don't have any photos of your past experiences in world.