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365 days of SL, day 152

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Aug. 13th, 2012 | 12:32 pm

365 days of SL, day 152:


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This picture is perhaps not 100% representative of what I did last night, but I spent some time on Jeogeot, at least.

The object depicted is found near the south end of Lordshore Bridge, in the area of Jeogeot Bay; I've seen it countless times before, but never really looked into it, except for once. (And I forgot about that one time until I looked at it again now and thought, hey, I remember this thing!)

It's calld the "Dreamsnake Interactive Kaleidoscope", and that's pretty much what it is: an abstract, snake-like sculpture of swirling colors; you can push some metaphorical buttons to change its textures, and see the pattern evolve. It's actually quite cute.

Location: Spurness (241, 23, 64) (Route 9)

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The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit

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from: porsupah
date: Aug. 13th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Ooooh, shiny. ^_^ Now that I need to remember to visit sometime!

Imagine if SL had the ability to specify optical characteristics of materials, like refractive index.. =:D

(That could make a wonderful demo, too. Might be impractical with current tech, though, as you'd probably have to use raytracing, if you genuinely wanted to demonstrate actual refractive effects, rather than something plausibly resembling them. Lens design seems like such an arcane business, with a dozen or more elements of various shapes all somehow countering chromatic aberrations, making for good focus at the intended focal length, or indeed, all along a range of focal lengths)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 13th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah, that would be nice... and yes, I think it'd definitely be impractical right now. But technology's only gonna get better, and one'd hope that video cards in five or ten years from now will be a few orders of magnitude above the current ones in terms of bang for the buck. :)

BTW, I'm sure I've seen that fursuit in your icon before. Remind me? ^^

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The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit

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from: porsupah
date: Aug. 14th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
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Oh, indeed. I was just looking at The Last Starfighter the other day - still a wonderfully fun flick, and also the genesis of much of the CG industry, as they had to write all the software necessary to bring the Starfighter to life. And then, it had to run on the world's fastest computer, the Cray Y-MP - now, graphics that can be surpassed by an iPhone. That kind of extreme transition over but a couple decades is quite amazing to me. So, yes, we'll probably see similarly astounding improvements over the next few decades, assuming we don't annihilate ourselves in the meantime. And people will still grizzle about having to pay 99¢ for a game people have slaved over for months. =:)

That's one of Robert Hill's (aka Vawlkee) creations, Leticia, a bat dominatrix. Quite a fun character, even if the head construction takes a bit of getting used to - he always goes for fiberglass, quite close fitting, so it feels rather confining, whereas I'm used to foam variants. But the effect does work rather nicely. ^_^

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 14th, 2012 07:02 am (UTC)
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Oh, right, Leticia! One of the very early fursuits, if I recall, and definitely also one of the sexier ones. ^_~ (And confining doesn't have to be bad, right?)

So, yes, we'll probably see similarly astounding improvements over the next few decades, assuming we don't annihilate ourselves in the meantime. And people will still grizzle about having to pay 99¢ for a game people have slaved over for months. =:)

Oh yes, assuming we won't... one can hope. Heh, and yes; it's silly, isn't it? Not that I can't understand people not wanting to pay even that much – despite everything, it's an entirely rational decision –, but when the coffee coffee-flavored milk drink you're just buying at Starbucks costs four times as much, it shouldn't be such a big deal to pony up that sum.

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Lil' Pink Coupe

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from: crow_lover
date: Aug. 14th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
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Oh my, that kaleidoscope sort of reminds me of the Auroras! :)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 14th, 2012 07:02 am (UTC)
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The Auroras?

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Lil' Pink Coupe

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from: crow_lover
date: Aug. 14th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
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Yes - the Auroras are what some people call the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights...you can see them sometimes at night if you're really far up north in places like Minnesota and Canada. :) The kaleidoscope has some of the same colors. ^^

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd454/lilpinkcoupe/aurorasnothernlights.jpg

BTW, the photo isn't mine. ^^

Edited at 2012-08-14 02:58 pm (UTC)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 14th, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Oh, OK! :) The way you capitalized it, it sounded like the name of a band, or an art group, or a TV show, or something along those lines.

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