For those of you who have followed the TV Show “Lost” and/or those who have had anything to do with Second Life, you might find this as amazing as I did.
For the record, I have never watched “Lost’, but I do play in SL. And one of the things I’m always fascinated with is the ability to build and create things from the single basic building block in SL known as ‘the primitive’ or just ‘ prim’. Each thing in SL is made up of a combination of prims – from the smallest piece of jewelry to the biggest building or tree. If you’re really lucky, something can be one prim, but on an average they start at 3 or 4 and go up into 50’s or 60’s or even the 100’s. And then each and every prim has to be colored or textured or both before it’s combined into the larger project. And then those textures have to be created off-line in something like Photoshop or Paintshop and uploaded into SL, and so on and so on and ditto. You don’t even *what* to know how many prims and separate scripts my Australian Sheppard ‘Conner’ is.
For example, here are shots of the front and back of my current house. The house itself is 55 prims [and that’s not much for something this big and complex] and about 5 different, separate scripts that control the doors and the transparency of the ‘window/walls. And that's just the house. not the steps or porch, the prayer flags on the front, the cat in the basket, etc. Just the walls, the floor and the roof.
View from the front yard.
View from the back yard.
Each area can only support so many prims – there are limits. The SL Servers can only handle so much in one given area. So when you buy/rent land, you have limits to deal with. This house is approx ¼ of the total allotment for the corner lot [I lave two lots side by side and can lump the total together].
Anyway, back to “Lost”.
As the article at the end of the URL I’m giving you states, a bunch of “Lost” fans decided they want to reproduce the island and create a place where fans could come and discuss things in SL. As sometimes happens, good ideas go in the crapper and the person who physical owned the land [well, he was renting server space from SL, but in-world that’s the same thing] disappeared. Since the owner could not be found, Linden Labs reclaimed the island. They did, however, open things up for one day so folks could come back and reclaim their works.
I’m sharing this because I am constantly amazed what folks can create with vision, a will and a few colored block stuck together.
Go. Watch the Vid. And enjoy.http://syndicated.livejournal.com/slinsider/820696.html
Oh, and if you happen to be on SL some time, just look for Tmayla Rotaru – a 4 ft. something ginger cat who’s currently living in a Japanese style house, building a new Koi pond and shopping way too much.