Monday, February 26, 2007
Daily Walk: 2007-02-26
Here are some interesting places I've found during my morning walks.
- The L Word in Second Life - I've never actually watched the show (since I'm too cheap to buy any premium cable channels), but the build is nifty. And huge. This thing covers dozens of sims, most of which are identical duplicates of each other. This limits overcrowding and the associated lag issues. NBC pulled this trick a while back for their Christmas tree lighting ceremony. I expect this to be the way major events will be handled for quite a while, until the ~60 av-per-sim cap can be beaten. A very expensive solution, but it works. As usual, throw enough money at a problem, and it generally goes away.
- NISSAN - Go get a free car and take it for a spin. The access code for the machine is painted on the wall next to this TP location. You didn't hear that from me.
- Reebok - This is an old one, but the melted, surreal cityscape behind the main structure is worth a wander.
- The Djorkenheim - Another prim-sculpture garden. I really like those types of places, mostly because they can be appreciated without excessive keyboard interaction, mouse clicking, tight maneuvering, and other things that are possible- but somewhat more difficult- to do from the treadmill. Actually, the entire Djork sim is worth a look.
- COURTYARD OF GARGOYLES
- The Future - I've always liked this place, and drop by periodically to see what's developed. Bring your flight assist (or better yet, find the mass transit system at the center of the sim), because this place is packed with surprises at all levels.
- Bergman Books - Falk Bergman's amazing SL bookshop - I first met Falk a couple years ago at Hamlet Au's (nee Linden) NWN Book Expo. He ran away with the popular vote, and went on to make a name for himself making (amongst other things) more and more sophisticated and user-friendly in-world book readers for various authors looking to break into SL. (He's also helping me work out a the SLRFL edition of Plywood Volume 1.) This is his relatively new shop.
This isn't strictly SL related, but it does involve virtual reality, more or less. I went to a get-together at a friend's house, and ended up hurting my shoulder playing WiiSports tennis. There might be a geekier injury than that, but I think it'd somehow involve one-handed typing. My life is a comic book. Another guy (fellow SLer Throfofnir Balnarring) caught a loose Wii controller to the left temple, which left a rather impressive welt. And I believe there were some minor damages to window blinds, as well. If anyone tells you the wrist strap is unnecessary, they lie.