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Interesting Person: Photographe Benoir

May 31, 2008

So, I decided to explore the new(ish) bay city sims again yesterday, and while waiting for a tram, away in the distance, I saw a vehicle round the corner floating on what seemed a cushion of air. As it drew nearer, I could see the words ‘Taxi’ and ‘for hire’ on it. Looking up at the overcast rainclouds windlight was rendering across my screen, I decided that I’d treat myself to a little luxury and stuck out my thumb as the taxi drew up to the kerb.

Photographe Benoir has been driving cabs in SL for about a month now. She charges L$2 a minute -significantly more than she could make working in a club, or sitting in the camping spots – but still low enough to be affordable to the average run of the mill Secondlife resident.

That said – times are hard, what with the world economy the way it is.. When I ask if being a taxi driver is a good income, my quiet driver replies simply “No.” People are cutting back on the little things these days it seems I mention, and she nods in agreement, “often its difficult to find a passenger”.

But its not all doom and gloom – Photographie goes on to tell me about a new resident who hadn’t seen much of SL before and hired a taxi to go on a tour to see some of the sights and sounds. Aparantly, it was money well spent – “She was amazed!” Photo explains. “she said ‘wow, its amazing!'”. Money well spent then, it seems. Its an easy career to get into – “Just buy a taxi” Photo tells me. As we bump across a sim border, I fasten my seatbelt.

But photo isnt happy to just be a simple driver, she has dreams, big dreams, of controlling a fleet of taxis, and she’s looking for drivers. “If you want to buy a taxi, please visit my shop – you can find a LM in my picks – a cab like this made by Cubey Terra only costs L$400”. I nod – I’m more of a builder than a taxi driver, but for new residents looking to meet people, see the sights and sounds and earn a few L$ while they’re at it, its an appealing option. And luckily, there are no maintanance costs or running fees, which can be handy as Photo explains – “I got into an accident with trolley – I had been driving too fast” (I note gladly that her driving today seems excellent, very smooth and precise) “and then, Something brown appeared – I said “ahh, what is that?” – then I crashed. And I was blown away. But the trolley was still on the rail lol” Typical trolleys, I mention “They think they own the road”.

For the L$10 that my journey cost, I arrive on time and refreshed at my destination after an interesting drive and chat. Photographie is more than happy to point out various landmarks along the way, and I happily pay her my fee and add her to my friends list. With teleports failing the way they sometimes do, I figure you never know when you might need a taxi.

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Sport Relief in Secondlife 2008

May 17, 2008

Well it was a while ago but I thought I’d post these pics of the Sport Relief in Secondlife event that we held recently.

It was a great fun time and we raised a ton of money in a virtual world to save lives in the real one, well done to everyone who took part!

Here’s a few pics..

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Roundhouse

January 28, 2008

So, this is the first thing I’ve built for a while that wasn’t a commercial development for another company. I did this originally as a club for a friend, but then realised that if I retextured it, it could make a pretty nice space for general living, conferencing, or just hanging out. Fast forward a few hours and presto – The Roundhouse, for your perusal.

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So there you have it.. I’m planning to sell this via my new OnRez store, priced at L$3500.. it has a full auto-rezzer system so its super easy to put out on your land – just rez the box, click, choose rez and then move the box and the build will auto-reposition..

I tried to go for a mashup of two styles I’m really into at the moment – I’ve fallen in love recently with some of the bali/tiki/tropical style residential places I’ve seen some designers doing at the moment, so I guess it has a bit of that in there, but I didn’t want it to just be another ‘me too’ type creation, so I injected a bit of oriental simplicity with the textures and layout – for me it kinda has that zen like tranquility to it inside.

I think it’ll be good for anyone that wants something a little bit special as their ‘virtual home’ – the open plan layout creates a light, airy atmosphere, with plenty of space above (so no nasty camera problems), as well as making it ideal as a club, conference/meetup space, or just a cool skybox to have fun in. That central grass/water combo is just waiting for your favourite tree to create a fantastic indoor arboritum feel, or pave over it to give yourself access to the centre and chair your meetings in style!

Oh, one other thing, I don’t actually have any ‘virtual land’ to display this one on, so if anyone wants a free copy, give me a ding in-world (Neil Robinson) and I’ll hook you up with one, if you let me sell it from there too.

See you on the metaphysical side…

NPR.

nb – the cool polaroid effects are courtesy of Nylon Pinkney and available from her store on the island of Tableau..

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Hobbits!

January 23, 2008

One of my Super Favourite Designers Cory Edo has just released this lovely little hobbit cottage thingymabob. Its everything I love about Corys work, well detailed, really inventive and new, and her texture work has an element of simple purity to it that i’ve always really been a fan of and tried to get into my own work.

You have to see this thing really, to fully get how nicely put together it is. Which is why later on I’ll post a direct teleport link (forgot to get one first time around!)

Until then, you’ll have to make do with these pics 🙂

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Parsec

January 21, 2008

(Woo first proper post. Go me.)

So I was working away on Visit Mexico when my friend Dizzy Banjo sent me an IM to tell me about his new project, called Parsec.

Its kind of half art instalation, half multi-user musical instrument half social experiment (I know..) – but a fantastic creation, and a really innovative use of a 3d space like the one on offer in Secondlife. The basic concept is that 7 users get together to create music and sound using Secondlife’s voice capability and the instrument (Parsec) to solve a puzzle. Hard to explain perhaps, but lots of fun to experience, and the reward is pretty spectacular too. I won’t post pictures of it here to preserve the surprise and effect for you, but its worth it, especially if you have windlight enabled..

I highly reccomend checking it out, for those of you who are already Secondlife users, you can click this link for a teleport, for those of you who arent but want to be, I suggest heading over to www.secondlife.com/join to signup (its free).

Once you’ve done so, just join up to the parsec group, and send an IM to Dizzy Banjo. Viewing is by appointment, as this project really does need a group of people and a bit of event managment to get the full experience. Alternatively you can send an email to Parsec@DizzyBanjo.com

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