I DO remember how to do some things! My AO has been throwing off errors lately. I thought I’d fixed it – I noticed a typo in the notecard and corrected it. But the error kept appearing. Since I wasn’t there much lately, usually just bopping in and out, I didn’t devote much thought to it. We did a test last week, however, and my AO was throwing off the error like crazy and other people (Noobs) were noticing it. *red face* We explained what it was, but yeah, I was embarassed. So I went in tonight to fix it, once and for all. I didn’t see a typo, but I recopied and pasted. Error. Removed the pose. Error. Big duh. I saved the notecard and RESET THE SCRIPTS!!!! Tah Dah!!! Error free. Now that I look at that pose – I don’t know why I tried so hard to put it in. *grin*

Snapshots from Yesterday

This is NOT the post I intended for today. *grin* Now doesn’t that make me sound organized and thoughtful? As if I actually PLAN for my blog. 🙂 I really really want to post about the Crown and Pearl. I had so much fun there last week. But yesterday was a real treat for me in the way of seeing friends. So often we only get to wave at friends in IM. Then you look up and realize it has been days since you actually talked. That’s why today’s post is a snapshot of my stolen moments with friends.

zazeks wingszazek and I so rarely get time to play. We have hunted Easter eggs together, visited AM Radio’s The Red and The Wild together. But mostly we only exchange a few words in IM and then one of us has to run. Last night we actually had time to talk, catch up on life. 🙂 zazek is doing something that I can’t do. Even if I were capable of doing it – I probably would not be brave enough to do it. zazek began blogging a few weeks ago. “So?” you might ask. “Doesn’t EVERYONE blog these days?” Maybe. But zazek is not writing in her native language. I only know one language. I have a smattering of others but certainly no competency. Even if I KNEW another language well, I doubt I would be writing in it. So zazek has my great admiration and respect! Her blog is fun to read, too! *grin* Check it out for yourself.

torturing primsDark and I used to have time to dance and party and fly planes. Then somehow my schedule got totally out of control. We chatted periodically, but rarely ended up in the same SLURL. Yesterday we were chatting about building. I am still fairly intimidated by manipulating prims. I simply do not understand path cut and taper and shear. I know, I know – you all tell me to “try it, play, experiment”. I do not learn that way. I like having another human being nearby who can answer questions. Dark tp’d me to a sandbox to give me a quick introduction to torturing prims. *grin* I did my best – teasing a pink torus. But you can see that Dark REALLY knows how to torture prims. 🙂 It was a quick start, but he’s promised we can do it again. YAY!!! Thank you, Dark!

welcome home OuraOura got home yesterday. *hugs* Welcome back, Oura. I missed you. We started in immediately on girl talk, catching up on the week’s events for us both. I told her about my escapades at work, trying to move my AO and boots and hair over to opensim. We started inventory diving – looking for any fullperm boots and clothing. LOL. We tried on some pretty amazing outfits. bearsI promised her I would NOT take pictures or blog, so you will simply have to imagine the wet T shirts that we found. Is that okay, Oura? Can they use their imaginations???? Oura also noticed that my bear either smokes or the room was excessively cold, causing breath condensation. 🙂 Being in a silly mood, we somehow decided that the bear was indulging in a post activity cigarette. *grin* twinsSince none of the other bears were smoking, there is still some mystery here. We ended up standing on the bed, swapping freebie outfits, finally finishing the evening as twins.

I guess I haven’t mentioned work in the last few days. I’ve been involved with the usual building for the demos. We’ve been meeting with others trying to learn more about opensim and developing in virtual worlds. We’re making great progress, imho. We plan to begin demo’ing to folks next week. I’ve been attending meetings in a variety of virtual worlds. As you know, I really get tired of being “dweebie”. A friend wrote and gave me an AO that works in opensim, another friend taught me how to build my own AO in SL using the ZHAO. I bought poses and FINALLY understand (somewhat) what happens in my AO. Maybe I will finally have the courage to toss the 2 poses I dislike. 🙂 I have different hair as well. life with an AO,hair and bootsI have been learning to wheel and deal with builders and scripters. I’ve also been friending coworkers and enjoying all the cool lectures and such that are available. Have I mentioned recently how much I enjoy my job? And now I even have boots and hair.


My prim in red
My prim in red
Same prim in purple
Same prim in purple

I made my first PRIM!!! I CREATED something! I IM’d everyone I know in SL last night to shout: I MADE A PRIM!!!! I am so proud! Now, armed with a little knowledge, I can become truly dangerous. Just think of me and my sailboat. 🙂

Those of you who know me in RL know that I am NOT very good at all with taking new products and “playing” with them. LOL. This is the ongoing issue in my performance reviews, right? OTOH, you know that I am a great “user” – I use the system like end-users do, trying to create things. That’s why M and I are such a great team for debugging – he tries to break, I try to use. Takes all kinds to make a world.

Okay, so that was a digression. Somewhat. The point is I never would have figured this stuff out on my own. So I owe thanks to one of my newfound friends. Other than beautiful, I’m not really sure what he is. He is some kind of cat-creature, but with gorgeous dark wings and very intriguing horns. (Okay – I just chickened out here. I was going to include his picture, but I haven’t asked his permission. And even though I ran it by another SLer who thought it was okay to do, I decided not to run the risk of offending him. I will ask him next time I see him if I may put up his picture. Since all I want to do is show you how beautiful and unusual he is, I hope he won’t object.)

My timing was good last night. As I materialized, the beautiful cat-creature was mentioning that there was class for Newbies starting in just a few minutes. I had a lot of time ahead of me last night so I thought, why not. So I got the landmark and off I went.

I materialized at the top of a stadium-seating lecture hall. I could ‘hear’ people talking and saying hi, I simply was unsure where I was. So I walked forward and could see people below me, seated. I made my way down front and took a seat.

Even before class started, I was in trouble. The instructor asked that all of us with AOs (that’s Animation Overrides) remove them. Sigh. I was pretty sure that I had an AO on (thanks D – I walk so much better with it!). But I wasn’t sure if it was on as part of my outfit or if I had it on separately. It makes a difference when you try to take something off. See, I thought I was so smart a few days ago. I saved my complete appearance as an outfit. Changed clothes, did it again. The only trouble is, I don’t think I did it right. When I put those outfits on, all the pieces don’t seem to materialize. I think that I need to scrap them and start from the beginning. That first I need to save my physical appearance sans clothing – I’ve been playing with my tan, among other things 🙂 . So I had on the remnants of an outfit, but I knew that I had tweaked that after loading it. I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to find where I had the AO loaded.

So I asked if a HUD was the same as an AO (because I could find an option to detach HUDs). No, no, they all said. And then they very helpfully told me to look in my inventory for the AO, notice if it says ‘Worn’ and then right-click to ‘take off’. Well, I knew all that. That wasn’t the issue. Finding it in my ever-expanding inventory is the issue. For those of you in RL who don’t have an inventory, think of this as the junk drawer in your kitchen – you know – the one where you throw everything that doesn’t belong somewhere else. And everything is all jumbled in there in no order and in a complete mess and you may have 3 ice cream scoops and one is on top but one is stuck all the way in the back on the bottom under things and one is actually in a different drawer altogether. That’s my inventory. 🙂 Actually, it’s much like my RL closets. 🙂 So I thanked them all and Gwynn, the instructor, said it was time to get started. Just like in RL, we started late. LOL. Because of people like me asking dumb questions.

The class was very interesting. I had no idea how they were going to manage this. But like my business meeting the other day, it was done very much the way you’d expect in RL. There was, however, no phone hook-up for this. There were maybe 10 of us (which Gwynn said was a big class). Gwynn had prepared text. You could tell it was the text because it was green in the chat box. Whenever she answered a question or spoke not from the text, it was white. It was very organized, broken into different sections. You could almost imagine the correlating powerpoint slides. 🙂 I started scribbling notes. Yes, I KNOW I could have captured the chat box text, and yes, Gwynn gave us the text in a folder. But this is how I learn. And besides – Melissa wasn’t there and I knew I wanted to give her some of this stuff. And I knew I was going to be asking my SL friends to explain other topics. Of course, MSC crashed just near the end – I had to reload. So good thing Gwynn gave us notes because I had no chance to capture the chat.

We covered many things that I already knew. Changing appearance, talking with friends, changing the camera view, teleporting, shopping 🙂 , griefers. I don’t think I’ve mentioned griefers. This is something I’m going to need to ask the SLer’s about. Apparently griefers are the SL bullies. They are your typical idiots who feel the need to push others around, say horrid things, try to make you do things, despite the fact that everyone assures me no one can REALLY hurt my avatar. So the first thing you are supposed to do is “mute” them – then you can’t hear them (you do that in your chat box, I believe). The second thing is to sit down on a flat surface so they can’t use their weapons on you. I must say, THAT got my attention. I asked Gwynn to explain but I’m not satisfied with what I understood. She said that they can push your avatar around, but if you are sitting, their weapons are useless. Big ick, I must say.

The most helpful tips were about setting my Recent Inventory parameters – for how many minutes/days will an item be in Recent Inventory as opposed to simply in Inventory (Recent Inventory is a handy way to see the things you have recently acquired, a tool many of us need). I also loved the tip about having 2 copies of Inventory open at once for ease in moving items into folders (just like Explorer, folks). There are log files, there are other ways to move the camera view, you can search in Inventory. Very, very useful stuff.

And then the moment I’ve been wanting for 3 weeks!!! CREATING!!! The basics are soooo easy. But now I have even more admiration for what I see out there. Basics are easy, details – wow. That must be some intense scripting. Anyway, you touch the floor, you get your pie-shaped menu, you click create. A box opens w/ options and you have your “magic wand” in your hand. Tap the floor w/ your wand and you get the default prim (and the default is determined by buttons and settings in the options box). From there you can stretch it, shrink it, add scripts to it to make it change color, move, whatever. So here it is – Ahuva’s First Prim: a squished, elongated, rotating, color-changing, plastic bubble-textured box that was once a perfect cube made of wood. Laugh if you want. Have YOU made a prim????? 

Green Prim
Green Prim
Blue Prim - You can tell it\'s rotating because the angle is slightly different in all 3 pics
Blue Prim - You can tell it's rotating because the angle is slightly different in all 3 pics

Yet another color, another view
Yet another color, another view

(enthusiastic, everyone, not obsessed! LOL )