365 days of SL, day 135:
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When we were on the previously-abandoned parcel yesterday, I noticed a labyrinth near by — something along the lines of "try to find the holy grail", which seemed interesting enough for us to go back today.
Alas, it was less fun than we expected, and we did not find the grail; in fact, the labyrinth seemed to be more or less completely empty. Did we miss something hidden somewhere? Or was it unfinished? Perhaps it was supposed to illustrate the futility of looking for fabled, mythical artifacts (or the things they might be held to stand for)?
I don't know, but while there was some other stuff in the area, it was also a real framerate-killer, so we moved on — a certain someone'd spotted planes on the map again, so we went to that place.
The large plane that was visible on the map turned out to be a rather nice model of a Rockwell B-1B Lancer — one whose nose art, bizarrely enough, said "Home Improvement". :)
The plane's shadow, BTW, is a fake shadow again (as mentioned on day 121); these seem to be quite common for planes on display. I imagine that people who frequent airports and fly planes on SL tend to turn down their graphics settings to get better framerates, and as such will be unlikely to have Lighting/Shadows enabled in the first place.
And there were other planes, too, so you get a few bonus screenshots. I only took a few, so this is decidedly not one of those larger posts with a dozen shots intentionally trying to showcase many aspects of an area and give a good overview; but on the other hand, it's not just the usual "one screenshot" (or perhaps "one screenshot and one bonus shot"), either.
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The planes were all for sale, and you could try them before committing to any purchase, too. There were a few other people around, and one of them was just landing a plane as I stood nearby.
It's a good thing that SL's physics engine is not able to accurately model these things yet — not just for my sake (I'm not usually the type to be blown away by planes, but I might've been here) but also for the plane's, as he was landing it with the lower (bomb?) compartment open. I don't know much about planes, if anything at all, but that can't be good for the plane.
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Here's another shot that shows a bit more of how much of an open space the place was. I like that about airfields in general; whereas building on SL can otherwise feel cramped at times, with too much stuff being... well, stuffed into the same area, airfields are almost invariably wide open by necessity. And since the planes are often high-prim, too (the good-looking ones, anyway), there's often not a lot of prims left for clutter, either.
I like that.
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And finally, here's another view of the place, with me and moth_wingthane standing there examining the planes. It's not a particularly artful shot, but it gives a good idea of what the place felt like, I think.
Location: Undine State (198, 149, 23) (Olds AFB)