Archive for February, 2009

#10 In Focus! Those shortcuts!

Posted in In focus on February 23, 2009 by Matty

Well this article is more a focus on, ust one of those things you should have… and in this case, its Kippie Friedkin’s cheat sheet… a sheet full of nothing but Second Life Short cuts.

It was posted last year on the Official Blog, and many of you may have missed it, or maybe newer. So I thought now would be a good time to post a link!

Just be warned you need a PDF reader to get it/download. If you click on it and it opens in a webpage, and your unsure of how to get it, you can right click on the link and go save as, and save it straight to your computer.

(Sorry I did not post last week, as there has been a lot on. For those unaware, the New Zealand government is trying to introduce a law that forces internet services providers to cut your internet service upon an accusation of copyright infringement (which means guilty before proven innocent) without trial… so I was helping someone with that, in terms of information…)

Can’t wait to be back in March!
Happy Building
BRN Blog Team!

Dear Everyone – Please stop the chaos

Posted in BRN NEWS on February 16, 2009 by Matty

It seems to me that many people believe that they can speak on behalf of me, putting words and opinions in my mouth without me actually being around to say that they are not my own, that is why I feel I must write this, in an attempt to please ask people to stop, that I will be returning in March, and that I do not need a bigger mess to clean.

First of all, I thank everyone who has continued their support of the BRN (Builders Resource Network) it has been a tough job to keep things moving without being there. Second I want to thank those in the BE (Builders Exchange) for their continued support, their contributions to Second Life Development and Resources and thirdly the Second Life Mentor group, which I think Highly of, respect their continued help and support of players new and old..

Some of you seem to think that I think negatively of the Builders Exchange and Second Life Mentor Group. I wish to tell you otherwise. I have received email from close friends of mine, people who I respect very much and people who I admire, as well as people who I trust. That such negative slander has been floating around about why I left the Builders Exchange, what I think of it and how I feel about it.

First of all the Builders Exchange is a very important group, it has over two thousand members, it has over half of my current group, and it’s a very important group to the building community in Second Life. I left the Builders Exchange, perhaps to some disagreements, perhaps to some hurt feelings but the main reason I left was to develop the Builders Exchange further, and expand it. Which as this blog has shown, has been a success.

I feel very honoured to have once been a moderator of the Builders Exchange. I think of it as one of my best experiences thus far in Second Life, one of them most exciting! I am proud the Builders Exchange is in great hands, that there are new moderators, as I was told and that things are still going well for them.

As for the Second Life Mentor group, I have always supported them, which has lead me into trouble at times in the early days of the help Note Cards. I have many friends in the Mentors group, I like the idea of the group as it is a wonderful gesture from Linden Labs the parent company to Second Life at Community Support in world long after they changed their support model. Many friends are in this group, and many friends of mine are Mentors.

I do not appreciate people putting words in my mouth, creating or generating false rumours, especially when it comes to what or how I think, during a time that I am unable to cope with them due to me not yet being back. (This will change in March)

I apologize to anyone hurt by these rumours, to any destruction caused and any problems that may come about up till the time I am back, and if they endure I do warn you, I will dissolve my groups and resources in an attempt to bring order and peace amongst the groups that seem to have angst against me. I have no fear doing so, as I have had a wonderful drama free month and a half, and at a time where my health is not so great… It may even be in my best interest.

To anyone who feels I have gone about this the wrong way, in expressing my thoughts during this time, I apologize and hope that if you are upset about this we can figure out what to do. However these are my thoughts, if anyone wishes to say otherwise, direct them here.

To contact me my yahoo user-name is located in my about page.

Nothing more will be said on this,Thank you all once again for your wonderful support.

LilMatty Althouse
Owner of the BRN

HAPPY VALENTINES FROM THE BRN!

Posted in BRN content Updates, BRN NEWS on February 14, 2009 by Matty

HAPPY VALENTINES! (AND MATTYS I APPRECIATE YOU, YOU ARE AWESOME DAY!)

YES! It’s that time of year to say I love you, to your friends, family, and significant other… your pet cat or puppy to… and why not yoru gold fish! If theres anything I love more, its showing I love you all more! Wow did that make any sense!

SO! With that! This is what the BRN has on offer this Valentines for free (as always)

From VJI we have a BEAUTIFUL 10×10, 40 prim marble carved patio with a fountain, table & chairs, a cuddle rug, and a silly little heart that plays “love song” by the Cure when you touch it.

From me a picture from my art gallery of two bears hugging each other with the message LOVE CAN LAST FOREVER! in a pink tone!

And a VERY special gift! 6 poems! All written by me on a sculptie hard with a twisted texture of the love can last forever! Baring the message Love Can Last! In pink! (sorry if you hate pink)! running via a popup menu/select note card via menu script (Which can be aquired at freedonia)

You can get all these at the BRN Tutorial Library!

Happy Building
BRN Blog Team

#9 In Focus! Reducing that lag!

Posted in In focus on February 11, 2009 by Matty

This week In Focus,  is a resource, published September 29th 2008, titled Massively’s guide to reducing your Second Life lag. I refer people to this post very often, and I think perhaps its time I give it a link to here in the BRN In Focus articles.

Lag is part of life online, no matter what game, what world, what version, what server, computer or network. At some point, at some time you will eventually come into lag. Lag comes in four forms. Your Computer, The Servers and The Network and last of all your internet connection.

Since Massively has covered the three you can do a lot about about and I don’t think I can do a better job… I will explain just why your internet connection creates lag in relation to Second Life.

When you are in Second Life you are constantly downloading, when you build an move an object, when someone builds beside you and moves an object. You are downloading. There is nothing you can do to improve your internet connection, in countries with internet plans (Like Mine) the best you can do is make sure you have a full download and upload speed. However if you are already on that, and you find your internet to slow, then sometimes the best thing you can do is switch companies.

ADSL is usually significantly slower than Cable, so do keep that in mind. You can test your internet speed here. Though the place you should test your connection to, to in relation to Second Life, is San Jose CA.

As for the other three, read that article linked at the top, written by Massively, I would write my own, but they clear up a lot in a way that everyone can understand it.

Hope this helps a few of you!

Happy Building
BRN Blog Team

Evatars Moves!

Posted in BRN content Updates, BRN NEWS on February 7, 2009 by Matty

Well it took 48 or so but we moved Evatars! The New Building does for the moment require you to zoom in on what you are getting but overall its a good design by Evavavion and Vji, two of our contributors and builders.+

Thank you both for your continued support of the BRN!

Happy Building!
BRN Blog Team!

#8 In Focus! The Avatar Databank

Posted in In focus on February 4, 2009 by Matty

avatardatabankIn Focus this article I have taken a different look, not so much a tool but at a Builders Resource. Known as the Avatar Databank, a site dedicated with providing you with what you need to assist you in making the perfect clothes.

If you want to make really perfect clothes, you need the right UVs. These can be hard to find it comes to different avatars, and especially if you want them perfect, but thanks to the creator behind the Avatar Databank its become easier.

Linden Labs does provide meshes (in an OBJ format), to assist you in clothes creation, but these meshes but those meshes only provide the female UV coordinates.

What this means is that the minute you try to apply these to a male Avatar Mesh, you will come into unexpected results if you try to bake textures.

To solve this problem, the Avatar Databank has extracted the  meshes from the Second Life® client so it would be possible to paint clothing with the correct UV coordinates. Then from there they have provided these meshes on their site as AC3D and OBJ format data files.

They have also provided just the texture templates in PNG format for those of you who don’t work with 3D applications. You can download all of these files from the pages linked on their navigation bar.

These files include:
The female avatar
The male avatar
Skirts
Hair
And all possible morph targets for all of the above.

These are extremely helpful for making clothing especially if you are targeting non-standard avatars.

A big thank you to Zee Pixel for the help with this article, and wishing you all the best with the Avatar Databank and your other adventures throughout the Virtual world!

Happy Building!
BRN Blog Team!

ArbaCroatia closes shop, but the flags go up Free at the BRN.

Posted in BRN content Updates, BRN NEWS on February 2, 2009 by Matty

One of our very dear contributors, supporters and donors  to the Builders Resource Network has informed us that he has closed one of his shops for good.

ArbaCroatia, creator of what many of you know as the free mini-flags, and the how to make a flag tutorial box has finally decided that it is time his flag shop came to a close.

However not all is lost! This wonderful builders and dear friend also informed me, that this event of closure will not mean the end of the flags, as he has also decided to make every flag he has made (All 50!) full sized, completely free, full permissioned and set up at the Builders Resource Network Low Prim Store in Akihabara.

Although this is the end of a chapter in Second Life with the largest flag store closing, I am sure its not he last of Arba and perhaps we will see more of his work around Second Life, or perhaps in my Freebie Stores soon!

Thank you Very much Arba for all your support, and we the BRN Staff, and myself wish to thank you for your continued contributions and wish you all the best with whichever venture you move onto next!

BRN Blog Team
Happy Building!