Monday, November 30, 2009

The secret world of Coolz0r Courier, avatar – conqueror of a virtual world.

Please read this article from a friend of mine:

He has a great story to tell and we can learn so much from it!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Dont miss this oportunity to get the best sl sailboat for 1 Linden!!!

At the Tradewind sim   there is a big exhibition right now for seaplanes. The big opening was yesterday on November 21 and the show will go on for further two weeks.

Even if you don't fancy aircraft's there is a huge point in getting there as fast as possible. The big catch there is that you can get the amazing Flying Fizz dingie for just 1 Linden dollar there. Please do that as soon as possible and do also get some Fizz keys (you will find them in the small shop there) for also 1 Linden there... I will explain why really soon.... just read on.

The Flying Fizz is one of the most popular sailing dingies in SL and behaves very realistic. You can sail it in different modes from "Fun mode", "Novice mode", "competition mode" all the way up to "Expert mode" so it is perfect for learning advanced sailing in SL.

Every week there are a number of Fizz races around the different sailing sims in SL and world championships are arranged.

Home in Tangelo we have set up a practice racetrack for us to practice, learn the rules and learn how to handle the Fizz in easy going circumstances. We will invite those of you who are interested in learning more about sailing in SL...  to come and learn in your own pace and get ready for friendly races with us.

Later maybe we can compete in the weekly races.

Hmmm... well now is the time to introduce the long term big plan.....  ;o)
If enough people are interested and gets to a certain skill level within time..... maybe... maybe

maybe we can put together an entry for making a challenge of the Americas Cup in 2010. I also hope to put together a Team for the J-class competitions with those wonderful big wooden yachts.

But one step at the time so lets start with the Flying Fizz!   So...  anybody interested?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sailing: Part 2

In the first sailing post I showed two boats from Trudeau and I must point out that there are so many different kinds of sailing dingies and yachts here in SL. One favourite for many are the Flying Fizz 3, because of the very realistic sailing experience with it.

You dont need a hud for sailing this as you can see on the photo above. The round instrument in the middle of the dingie is all you need. There you can see wind direction and speed. This is an extremely fun boat to sail and as it very weak you have to balance it with your body weight.

The trick is to sail it as upright as possible to get maximum speed. But you better be careful or...

it might end in a bath that you had not planned for. Great animations for that to though!

If you both put you weight on the centerboard you might be able to fix the situation.

If you want to try a demo of the Fizz 3 or even buy it, the builder Mothgirl is just selling through other channels and the one she recommends is Starboards shopping mall in Hollywood sailing sims.

On good thing about the Fizz is that you can start at a newbie level and work your way up to competition level but setting the boats different mods. Two days ago Marlia had never held in a rudder now she is the skipper when we are sailing together, thanks to the Fizz.

Another great thing with the Fizz 3 is that you can adopt the look to your own taste. So of course my dingie have a bird motif on the genacker sail.

Well, I think my love got inspired a bit.... but maybe let the it all go overboard..... juust a tiiiiny little bit. ROFL!!!

She argues that she will win the races because either the competition will be hanging over board throwing up or they will laugh to death. LOL 

Yes, I know she is just teasing me...  (look at the genacker here) and if that was not enough that crazy woman really took the full step into madness....   I just love her!

What can I say... she is at least not a coward.. LOL

Later that night we went dancing at the Icehotel with Jesper and Ewa. Marlia was persistent and arrived like this and strangely enough they started talking to us.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Songs from the woods... where I live

I had a long trainride back home tonight and I spent most on the time on Youtube....  ;o)
I cant keep this clip from you from one of my favourite bands. I have played in band most of my life and cheated on lots of different instruments, so I know a bit about how hard this piece is to handle...

I really love this album "Songs from the Woods" and this is maybe not the best song from it... but I cant help admiring the talent and the skill of these incredible musicians on display here. 

Hmm.. now I got an idea... I get back to that in the morning... I really need a good nights sleep. While waiting for that.... think about the tunes that has been most important for you, not necessary the best ones, but the most important ones in your life.

Hmmm, maybe I need to balance that old stuff with some more modern things... with Gordian Knot.

If you think it is a bit hard at the beginning please just wait... this music is full of contrasts, emotions, panic, romance, hysteria and just fantastic music...

This music is perfect form me in my current chaotic condition... one moment relaxed and in harmony and the next in total panic.

Well no photage here so you just better close your eyes and turn up the volume.... kisses

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sailing in Fruit Islands

I am on the train at the moment and as the bandwidth is rather low I cant do anything more useful then to write another post here....   ;o)

Sailing is one of the great things I enjoy in SL. OK... I have to many boats and yachts I admit that. Most of them are nothing to write home about, but the masterpieces from Trudeau Yacht or the more fantastic.

The creator is Jacqueline Trudeau and she has a wonderful blog at go there and read more about her amazing creations. I have two of them the Trudeau Twenty that is very easy to use as it is below the magic limit of 31 prims. This is what she writes about this in the Q&A section of her blog:

Q: Ride??? Attach??? What’s the deal with all these parts? Why can’t I just rez a boat, climb in and sail it?
A: Currently SL limits physics enabled objects, like vehicles, to a maximum of 31 linked prims. On top of that, each riding avatar counts as one linked prim so that pretty much limits the detail a modeler is able to put into their vehicle. However, prims that are worn by an avatar do not count against that limit. So we made the vehicle part (including the scripts, sails and avatar riding positions) of the boat well under 31 prims and the appearance part well over. Just think of that part of the boat like any other avatar attachment, such as shoes or prim hair. If you really just want a one piece vehicle, we make and sell those as well.

Here Marlia is doing her first tour at the rudder in our Trudeau Twenty. Just by the motor on the first tour to get a feeling for whats happening. The sails can be the next step. You can let anybody be the skipper and change a lot of settings by command, a hud or by editing a notecard. Just read the instruction notecard, wear the hud and sit at the rudder and of you go. The finer details you can learn as you go....   ;o)

We also have the much bigger Trudeau Trucordia that is 217 prims. It is more complicated to use as you have too wear one part and sit on the other part because of that 31-prim limit. It is a really beautiful yacht but I find that I tend to use the smaller one because of that problem. There are some yachts in between in size but still below that limit and I think I will get one of those in due time.

Out here in the archipelago of Fruit Islands they have regular free sailing courses for total newbies every week. So it is very easy to get over the first steep steps out here. New is also the Mango Yacht club that is arranging competitions and regattas.

Just a while ago the big J-Classic competition was in Fruit Islands for a regatta. So great!

There are all kinds of sailing competitions in SL and for very different boat types and I will cover that in a future post here as a plan a small series of posts about sailing in SL.

Totally exhausted after the first attempt....   Nice to relax in the wonderful waters of Tangelo  ;o)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bentham forest

We went for a photosession in the amazing Bentham forest. A bit late you might think.... well concerning Halloween you are right... but if you you dont want people in every image the timing is right ;-)    

(please just click on the photos if you want to see them in their full glory)

I love the attention to details here. For me it is just beautiful and reminds me of some of the wilder places home in Sweden. The scary thing I don't get at all... I just love woods!

 Everywhere you have all these beautiful sceneries.

Ok... I have changed the environment settings a bit... just to get a a little better lights.

Suddenly my favourite witch sneaks up on me from behind.... scary huh?

This is a bit more scary though. It is from the crystal cave and this Japanese woman have a really nice hat in my opinion... ;-) How funny...  LOL.

Oh... I almost forgot... I found a way here to improve my photos a bit further... curious are you? Well you have to learn be patient my friend... because that will be the next chapter in my series about High quality photography in Second Life. Ahh... yes... I know it is hard to wait...  ;-)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Best love song

Well this is my love song.... to love and to life..

This is so strong for me that I will either cry or crack..... no other way for a sensible man ;-)