Goodbye, Polish Republic...

Monday, March 30, 2009 / by

Yesterday we said goodbye to the Polish Republic sim (Polska Republika). It was great to be a part of this amazing project and to manage it together with friends. You guys are all beautiful freaks :) We're moving on but I'm sure sooner or later we'll come up with a fresh new project.

To say goodbye properly, we decided to blow up the buildings surrounding the sim's town square. Even though it was a bit sad to remove 8 months of our work, the event was kind of fun :) The video below is a collection of some great memories of Polish Republic, and ends up with yesterday's explosions. Bye, bye, dear Polish Republic.

Xstreet SL - quick tip to stay logged in

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 / by

I've noticed a lot of people complain that Xstreet SL won't keep them logged in, even when they use the 'Remember me' option. The solution is quite simple: just enter the site using the HTTPS protocol (each time), like this:

Xstreet SL - how to stay logged in

Then you should stay logged in, plus, it's safer for your account :) Happy shopping!

By the way, have you noticed the new cool option added to the default edit item template on Xstreet? I'm talking about the SLURL option. I'm happy both as a designer and as a shopper. I don't have to add SLURL by hand anymore in products' descriptions (I'm still planning to do that though, until people catch up with the new feature), and as a shopper, I don't need to skim through the whole description to find the SLURL to the item I want to see in-world. Yay!

Xstreet SL - SLURL option 1

Xstreet SL - SLURL option 1

New release: St. Patrick's Day Party Hat at Magic Nook

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 / by

Aah, I'm so late with this :P I just released St. Patrick's Day Party Hat. It's a funny yet fashionable sculpted hat with shamrock poofer. If you're late with preparations to St. Patrick's Day as I am, you might want to come and get one ^^

Magic Nook - St. Patrick's Day Party Hat

You can buy the hat in-world and through Xstreet SL.

Have fun at your St. Patrick's Day party and don't forget to drink some green beer :)

World Builder

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 / by

This movie by Bruce Branit was awarded Best Narrative Short Film at 2007 KC Filmmakers Jubilee (but rejected by other film festivals for some reason). It was shot in a single day but the post production took about 2 years. See if you can notice anything familiar ;)

I didn't like the ending. Too sad. Hope she wakes up.

PS. It would be cool if SL had those sliders for mirror and shiny effects ;) Also, the plants tool and the texture browser :P

Flexi sculpties!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009 / by

I first learned about flexi sculpties over at Ana's blog a few months ago. I was very enthusiastic about them and was waiting for their introduction since then (there is a patch on JIRA that is being worked on). A few days ago Sql told me he found a viewer that already supports flexi sculpties, so, of course, we went playing with them right away. What we noticed is that they often act weird and not as you would expect, and it seems there is still a lot of work to do before they are introduced in the regular viewer (currently they look like flexi cylinders if you are logged in with regular viewer). Nonetheless, they are fun to play with. I made a little movie out of my experiments - please excuse the rough shapes and textures of the sculpties I present here, as they were only made for testing purposes and I didn't feel like spending too much time on them ;)

So what do you think? Once flexi sculpties are introduced, we're going to have swaying plants and flowers, sculpted trees moving like the Linden trees, flexi fish' fins and birds' wings, skirts (and other clothing elements) blowing in the wind, blankets, table-cloths, curtains, hair flowing in the wind, and all the other creative things people will surely make. Imagine combining flexi sculpties together with dynamic shadows. Aah, SL is getting even more beautiful!