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365 days of SL, day 113

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Jul. 5th, 2012 | 02:11 pm

365 days of SL, day 113:


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We had a random visitor join us last night — a four-legged critter of the canine persuasion who was looking for something resembling intelligent conversation a little more closely than what she'd had to endure before. *s* I think we were able to help her out, too, at least for a while.

She also provided a good example of four-legged avatars in SL — the usual SL terminology seems to be "feral", although I still call them "non-morphic" since that's what I grew up with (metaphorically speaking). I'm not quite sure how they work: I've been told that one way of doing these is to shrink the regular (human) avatar's body as much as possible using an appropriate shape, then curl it up tightly using an animation, and finally create the new avatar around it, but I don't know if it isn't also possible to just hide the regular avatar outright. I'd expect problems with anything that animates your avatar otherwise, and since that includes things like sitting, it's pretty much everything in SL.

Anyhow, this one (a fox, I think, although the head is quite obviously based on a well-known wolf avatar's head)'s unusual in that it's smaller than most. The size is what makes me think "fox", too; most non-morphic avatars I've seen are at least as large as a very large dog, if not larger, but this one was quite petite. She's barely higher at her shoulders than my skunk friend's knees — and she's already on the petite side.

I wonder if SL will ever allow you to directly mess with your avatar's mesh, too, modifying it in more or less arbitrary ways (instead of being restricted to shape editing), while still retaining the connection to the internal skeleton so that animations etc. will still work. Wouldn't it be nice to not have to resort to things like wearable heads etc. for furry (anthropomorphic, at least) avatars?

Location: FP Enigma (9, 135, 21) (Two Fuzzies and a Plane and a weird robot (sometimes))

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Quentin

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from: quentinwolf
date: Jul. 5th, 2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
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You're probably right about using an AO to deform the body, but there's also Full body Alphas to completely hide the human form. :) Many digi-grade type avatars use No Hands/Feet/Leg Alpha masks now, instead of Invisiprims to hide the human legs. Most of mine do. (Btw, I don't know if maybe I deleted you from my list, or what happened but I don't think you're on my friends list in SL anymore ^^ hehe)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jul. 5th, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, alpha layers are another (relatively new) possibility. :)

Hmm, and I'm not sure! But you've got my SL name now (you did get my message, right?), so you can just readd me. :)

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Quentin

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from: quentinwolf
date: Jul. 5th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
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Yay! ^^ Definitely, I'll have to show you my new house and the scripting I've done with pictures inside it, using LSL, it toggles the texture and prim dimensions to switch from one picture to another (mainly to switch all my artwork from General to Mature art with no trace of the previous picture unless it's toggled)

They all have listeners, and I have a few buttons placed throughout the house that all talk to each other and toggle each others state, if ones clicked they all change. ^^

In the past 2-3 months I've really gotten back into SL again. :). I think I've done more in that timeframe than I have in the past 5-6 years, including several new avatars and stuff. Heh xD

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jul. 5th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
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Sounds cool. :) I still need to do something like that; I have a TV set in my home that (among other things) displays a slideshow of pictures, and I'd like to adapt that to the BG power grid. Writing my own script for that'll likely be easier than converting the existing one (which is, frankly, messy), and I only need the slideshow functionality, anyway. It really should be easy enough.

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