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365 days of SL, day 36

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Apr. 19th, 2012 | 12:26 pm

365 days of SL, day 36:

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Do you know those days where you're not feeling up to anything, don't have anything to talk about and just end up distracting yourself and feeling progressively worse as time goes by?

Last night was one of those. So nothing happened, and as a result, you just get a random screenshot of the usual suspects sitting around doing... well, nothing.

I originally wanted to play around more with the environment here; you really can change all sorts of things about it, and Firestorm comes with a large amount of presets, too. Unfortunately, it turns out that pretty much all of them are so exaggerated as to be useless for my purposes: if you want to set up a post-apocalyptic movie shot, you can choose from several dozens, but if you're looking for slight variations and fine-tunings of a sunny day, you're out of luck.

In a way, I'm reminded of fonts there. There's probably tens of thousands of fonts out there, if not hundreds of thousands, but the vast majority of them are ornamental typefaces you couldn't use for any text that's longer than a few words at most. Logos, album covers, posters, sure — but if you want to typeset a book, you'll need something much more subdued and readable. (And there ARE beautiful typefaces out there that accomplish this while still being markedly different from the usual Times New Roman etc.)

As far as environment settings are concerned, anyway, you of course don't have to use presets, but manual fine-tuning is difficult to get right, too (which is probably why there are hardly any presets that do it), and I'm not experienced enough yet to really pull it off. Maybe I'll experiment more as time goes by.

Location: FP Enigma (18, 132, 21) (approx.)

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from: schnee
date: Apr. 19th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)

Sounds like a plan. :)

I do have a few backup plans in case nothing much's gonna happen again, but if there's a sufficiently large group, it's hard to excuse yourself for that sort of thing. (And if you're already feeling blue, you'll likely not be motivated to do so, anyway.)

You're right, though, at least we did a good sitting job there. ^^ Or lying. Or even standing.

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