Recording Your Second Life

You want to record your Second Life? OBS Studio is your answer! OBS stands for Open Broadcaster Software, it is a free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Download and start streaming quickly and easily on Windows, Mac or Linux. Pre-install OBS To install OBS in Windows you need to have…

The House that Sudane Built

Sudane’s Rebuilding of a ‘Colonia Nova’ House While Mizou was building on her platform, Sudane was doing the same on hers, rebuilding the west corner of Colonia Nova, or what she called Dantons house, as it is rented by one of our citizens, Danton Sideways. The space is very pleasing and for a build that…

New Rathaus – Visitors

At different stages all through the building of the Rathaus different CDS residents visited the WIP, here are a few photos taken during these visits. Some of the visits were actual checking of the textures, proportions of various parts, parts that didnt match and last but not least the LOD of the build. Thanks to…

Rathaus Rebuild as of 27 March 2017

The above photo shows how the outside of the new Rathaus looks like at the moment. It is completed apart from a few details to fix, some textures and props. I am aware that I haven’t kept up the blog updated on the building of this build, so I am planning to create clips which…

Rathaus – Neualtenburg Coat of Arms

History of the Neualtenburg Coat of Arms Moon Adamant the creative director of Beta Technologies and CDS guild member created the original ‘Neualtenburg – Coat of Arms’ in 2005. Excerpt from: Second Life Wikia about the Rathaus – One of the walls features the coat-of-arms for the City of Neufreistadt (designed by Moon Adamant as…

Texture Creation: Diffuse, Normal and Specular Maps

The immersive factor in 3D games is partially the quality of the textures. so this post is about texturing for 3D games and MMORPG Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) are a combination of role-playing video games and massively multiplayer online games in which a very large number of players interact with one another within…

Rathaus – Windows

Completed Window + Surround: 1 Li The final windows with stone surround are 1 Li each and give a nice definition to the front walls of the Rathaus. They are fairly easy to put together with no prim cutting except for the top part of the stone which is a half box with a slant, …

Rathaus Rebuilt Controversy

At the moment there are a few voices who are against the re-building of the Rathaus, mainly for historical reasons. I announced the rebuilding of the Rathaus on the forum but didn’t expect that it would create such a controversy. The original building was put together by Kendra Bancroft or Maddie Joan Blaustein in RL;…

Rathaus: Arches Ground Floor

Arches, Windows, Columns The Rathaus design for the ground floor front shows a series of 5 arches with windows in each arch. In RL there is a walk-able space between the arch and the window but since we haven’t got that much space for this building I have combined the arch and the wall where…

Rathaus: Creating the Columns

Checking the Detailed Drawing of the Columns & Arches The next detail of the Rathaus are the columns first then the arches. I went back to the drawing and looked at the columns for the ground floor which are half columns and look very sturdy. For those of you who want to copy this column…

New Rathaus Project

CDS Guild Meeting Approval Yesterday we had a CDS Guild Meeting in the NFS Guild building. Various projects were approved for building, Sudane will look after rebuilding two Colonia Nova builds, and my proposal to rebuild the Rathaus on the Platz in Neufreistadt was accepted by all. Artisan Master I was finally made ‘Artisan’ having…

Creating Vectors

RL Teaching – Flat Vectors This is not a post about Second Life building but about my RL teaching graphics and more precisely flat vector graphics depicting buildings, which can be used in various applications and for various projects. I started two modules in January with my students, web authoring and computer graphics and one…

CDS – Tuscan Shop

Building a Tuscan style shop for Locus Amoenus CDS, Locus Amoenus sim is a Tuscan styled sim. The area around the quays needed some revamping as the buildings were not up to current standards and detail. I decided to create a Tuscan shop in mesh after I finished the Roman baths on Colonia Nova. I…

Building Roman Thermae

Building the Roman baths: a joint building project It all started from the 23rd RA when Gaius and Mizou volunteered to rebuild the Roman baths RA Cooperstone was the then chancellor of the Confederation of Democratic Simulators in Second Life. A quick look at the finished building Before I start to detail the story of…

Carpe Diem Design Shop Restock

I have started to restock my ‘Carpe Diem Design’ shop on the Second Life Marketplace with a few houses designed for the Friedsee sim in the Confederation of Democratic Simulators or CDS. i bought two excellent vendors from Caspervend, one is just a normal vendor and the other one is a holovendor situated at 1501m…

Building Houses for Friedsee in the CDS in Second Life™

I have been working on new houses in Second Life™ on my platform and work with Mesh Studio and Advanced lighting textures, and importing the DAE files created by the Mesh Studio script into Blender 3D. Using Mesh studio makes building much easier and it gives me a chance to look at DAE in Blender 3D and…

Building and Texturing a Tuscan Cottage

Tuscan Themed Cottage on Locus Amoenus Locus Amoenus is part of the CDS sims on Second Life, if you want more info on those sims check out this website. I have finally build my cottage now that I have a newly built desktop which renders image fast in Second Life.  

Mizou Vavoom in 2015 – New PC

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…

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…