Depth of Field – a brief note (part 1.5 of ?, perhaps?)

So something I’ve been playing with lately that ISN’T depth of field but is in the SL Phototools (well okay, the windlight settings) is haze. So there’s two controls on haze that I go to first: they’re HazHoz and HazDen.
HazHoz is ‘how hazy is it way over there at the horizon- is it easy or hard to differentiate between the sky and the land/water over there?’ HazDen is how much haze you see in the general atmosphere.
The other one I play with is DistMult: Distance Multiplier. Basically, crank it up and everything looks like it’s seen through a faint haze.
What can these tools do, you ask? Well here’s something I did in SL which I honestly don’t know if I COULD have pulled off in Photoshop. Again: NO Photoshop was employed here: this is all inworld windlight and phototools effects. anc olive oil.png

So hey, I did say I was going to start writing here again.

Quite a lot has changed in SL over the past nearly-2-years, hasn’t it? Mesh bodies for men! Bento mesh heads, with all the face bones! New content creators, new content one can create! Wow- seriously, quite a bit to discuss as far as what’s fresh in SL.

Me, I’ve gotten quite nutty about having a bento mesh head. So I did succumb to the static mesh head for a while, and I thought that I only KIND of looked like Adam Driver’s big brother:

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But then… Bento happened. What’s Bento? So basically, the nice people at Linden Lab decided that it was time to update the way that the skeleton of an avatar interacts with things attached to it. So they started work on a project they called Bento and added in attachment points like ‘tail’ and ‘wings’. The ‘wings’ attachment is quite impressive. I haven’t played with anything for a human avatar that has a ‘tail’ attachment, though I understand that they’re out there (the only ‘tail’ attachment I’ve seen was an actual tail, on an actual furry avatar, and I was- as always- quite impressed with how detailed the avatar looked. I’m not a furry in the least, but I will certainly give folks on SL who are points for doing amazing work on their avatars!)

One of the aspects of Bento that impressed the shit outta me was adding bones that one could rig to in the face. Basically, you don a Bento-capable mesh head and you can edit it with sliders… like you did with your system head.

It’s amazing. Seriously amazing. You have all the smooth rendering of a mesh head but you can make the chin pointy or rounded. You can raise or lower the cheekbones.

It took me all of about 2 hours to justify spending the money on a Bento head (and heads-up {har har}: DEFINITELY check out demos, kids: some of the ‘Bento-capable’ mesh heads out there are NOT rigged up for the vast majority of the sliders possible, and you may find yourself thinking ‘I spent half the money of the expensive one on something that I can’t do SHIT with, as far as modifying the shape’!). I spent less time modifying what I had bought (the Catwa Daniel head), and wound up with a rather Nath-looking mesh head.

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I’m sure I’ll be tweaking it a little bit here and there in the future. But it really rekindled interest in SL for me.
Oh, did I forget to mention that a Bento mesh head accepts animations? Well. They do. SO you can do things like make your avatar wink. Or grin, or look uncertain, or…

So… that’s what’s new today. Tune in next time when we talk about… uhm… whatever is new next week.
Maybe ‘What Comes After Gachas’.

So I had a banner day, as far as a content consumer on SL can have.

I had the stunning experience of being the first person who is not Bastchild or Paul having a photo added to the Lapointe and Bastchild Mainstore Flickr group.
The photo is here:
and what the fuck is this new janky interface with photos.
I’m frankly still amazed that there weren’t 999 million better produced photos for Bastchild or Paul to consider.

Multicultural Menu II: Distorted Dreams, Kaerri, Lark, Second Spaces

Hello all! I had hoped to get this update out earlier, and I am dreadfully sorry that here we are only about a week from the end of the Multicultural Menu event and I’m only now getting caught up.
HOWEVER! Don’t let my failings dissuade you from visiting. I’ve got photos from the other four designers who are part of the Pacific region at the Multicultural menu, and frankly- well, looking at them is making me hungry. Continue reading

We’re having a Luau! — The Multicultural Menu

Hi gang! I just got a gorgeous set of stuff that’s going to be out at The Multicultural Menu, last night, so I thought I should give you a look-see at what’s going to be there.

I’m one of their bloggers- the South Pacific ‘Food Critic’, that’s me!- and I think I’ve got a set that has almost everything you’d need for a party on the beach. Here’s me (in a Hawaiian shirt, no less!) with everything: we’ll look at the pieces more closely in a few moments.

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This is the ‘Kei’s Tahitian Feast’ set, from Kei-Spot, and as you can see- wow, a lot of stuff, huh? It’s a gacha: there’s 10 items in it, 2 rare and 1 ultrarare. The ultra-rare is the Tahitian Canoe Table that I’m sitting at- it’s got four poses built in and it also distributes food and drink to you when you sit at it. But let’s have a look at some of the other things, hmm?

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From left to right on the table’s seat, here’s the Beans and Rice, the Pineapple Shrimp, and the Drink Tray. The shrimp and the drinks are passed out on clicking- no plate of beans and rice but… I think we can live without that, don’t you? 🙂

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And here’s the Fish Platter, the Turtle Fruit Salad, and a little bit of the Roasted Breadfruit. The fruit salad also passes out individual servings. I have say, these are some nice-looking items, aren’t they? I love that turtle salad bowl. But wait, there’s more…

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Here’s the bar- because what’s a luau without fruity tropical drinks? It also gives out an individual-serving of beverage, as the table does. And then there’s the grill…

kei tahitian-grill

See what I mean about the textures? Those fish look downright edible! And the coals underneath are quite fetching as well… Kei should be really proud of this piece!

You can play this gacha at The Multicultural Menu for L$50 a pull. There’s also more info (including previews for other shops!) on the event over here on the blog. You can also visit the event starting June 1 inworld!
And before I leave you, here’s a teaser from one of the other shops: BluPrintz’s cute Onigiri! The pose holding it up to my mouth is included- I added the open mouth with Anypose. 🙂

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I hope I’ve whetted your appetite!

Runic Necklaces and Punk Rock Hair

None gave me bread, none brought a horn.
Then low to earth I looked.
I caught up the runes, roaring I took them,
And fainting, back I fell.

-Odin’s Rune Song, author unknown

So *paper moon* had a lovely necklace at We ❤ RP which is now in their store- the Runic Necklace.  I was going to finally get around to babbling about it and lo and behold, there was new hair from Exile.  Continue reading