Mizou Vavoom in 2015 – New PC

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Yes, it was about time to get a new PC for gaming. I had to leave Second Life for a number of years as my laptop was inadequate to reproduce the graphics in SL.
My eldest son proposed to build a new PC for me around a good graphics card for the kind of work that SL requires. I decided to buy the parts one at time just before Christmas 2014, and I had most of the parts by last Friday the 10th of April.
Tadeusz came around to build the basic parts: the motherboard, CPU, CPU cooler (huge one), RAM, electrical unit, SDD drive.
Then there was a problem with installing the chosen OS, the beta Windows 10 version, the DVD drive was the wrong one and Windows 10 is not compatible with Second Life. Just as well I had read about that in time!
So last week Tadeusz bought a Windows 8.1 key and downloaded the software from Microsoft site onto a disk. My new DVD drive came on the Friday I think. Saturday was the birth of Zephyr-X, my new gaming PC with an NVDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti graphics card.

Trying out my Zephyr-X

So Tadeusz installed some of the programs that I needed including Second Life and I entered a totally new world experience, it is just amazing compared to the grey textures I saw before not to mention not being able to walk around easily!
I spend hours in SL on Saturday and didn’t really want to go to bed! I walked around all the familiar places and saw them all with new eyes, took at least 50 photos and then started to look for inspiration for my SL garden, did some planting and got inspired for the Tuscan cottage that I would build.

Building in SL

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27/04/2015 23:06 – Screen Clipping
SL building Tuscan cottage – basic structure of build – windows, walls, added brick wall from cgtextures.com, made it seamless in GIMP, then created a normal map and added it.
It does make a difference to the look of the texture and the light does play with the wall too.
Making progress quickly now with new Zephyr-X, he is the best!
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27/04/2015 23:32 – Screen Clipping
Creating the space for my home, using the fireplace I built in 2006. Fire textures are my own made in the same year after taking pictures of my RL fire burning peat and logs. The stone texture was made from a photo taken in my town, Greystones.
Love the shadows playing in SL! What I have missed seeing the reality of it.
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28/04/2015 00:01 – Screen Clipping
I am so impressed with the quality of the mesh kitchen that I bought yesterday (with PayPal money earned from my Etsy shop ‘MizouBJD’). See the texture for the floor is just a tile bought for $ 0 at http://www.cgtextures.com , made seamless in GIMP in a few clicks of the mouse, no heavy cloning needed in Adobe Photoshop!
The wall is another texture from the above shop, made seamless then created the normal map using the tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jdo3ZmtPWk
There is another tutorial which I will watch later on, it is specific for SL, here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTjWW3FATwc
I am totally thrilled with my new PC, my son Tadeusz who choose the parts and built it deserves a medal!

28/04/2015 19:15 – Adding a new section to the cottage and some walls 

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Looking for inspiration for the design of my cottage, walking around in the space to see if it feels right to live in it. I added the range, fridge, table and chair so that it feels homely while I built it.

Web Design Students & CMS

As part of the web design classes I introduced my students to ‘WordPress’ as a blog in vue of giving them an idea as to what lies ahead in the professional world of web design and the tools (WordPress as a CMS) to make their workflow easier and their professional work in tune with today standards of design, layout and navigation.
Allthough they liked the idea to start their own blog, publishing a slice of their life online seemed something quite daring and maybe frightening. To let the world know how you think and possibly how you feel probably needs a fair amount of self-confidence and dare.
In my understanding allowing themselves to get onto the online publishing train is a way to increase their confidence in their abilities as creative humans.

Where has Mizou been all this time?

I finally found my password to get back into this blog of my avatar Mizou Vavoom on Second Life.
Mizou has done very little building as ‘I’ have been writing a manual for the last year; some information about this Web Design Manual for students is on my personal website Click here to view . The RSS feed directs you to the work I have done sofar.
When wil Mizou start building and blogging again?
That is a good question I am asking myself too!

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