Saturday, August 08, 2015

An amazing online resource

One of the things I would give almost anything for is access to Oxford University's Bodleian Library. It holds eleven million items (oops! almost twelve million; there's a total on the "about" page). You can't check anything out, and in fact you must agree to this declaration before admisssion:
I hereby undertake not to remove from the Library, nor to mark, deface, or injure in any way, any volume, document or other object belonging to it or in its custody; not to bring into the Library, or kindle therein, any fire or flame, and not to smoke in the Library; and I promise to obey all rules of the Library.
That's the English language version of the declaration, one of many translations. The original is in Latin. (The prohibition of smoking is a later addition.)

Now I am delighted to link to the Digital Bodleian, which makes some of the collections of the library viewable online. My blink rate has shot up, because one of those collections is the Arthur Evans archive of drawings made at the excavations at Knossos. I would like very much indeed to think that our wanax, Aeneas Anthony, has heard of the Digital Bodleian and is happily perusing those documents and drawings.

"Some" is technically correct--goodness knows how long it would take to process all those artifacts--but it gives the wrong impression, because there's an amazing variety of things to see and study. By all means, go there and explore.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

The story so far...

I've been in world this weekend a lot more than I have for a very long time, and with help from Foxbean, I'm making some advances.

First, Foxbean's Sanira 1.0 breasts. They are beautiful. I think I will turn the jiggle down some, but it's a joy to have it. They are fitted mesh, so of course I spent a little time wondering where the heck the size adjustment is when the whole point is that the torso slider controls it! Having it bounded is a little sad for someone like me who always wants to turn the knob to 11, but... they are so breathtakingly beautiful, and have so many other advantages, that I don't hesitate. (Besides, it's not as if I don't still have what I have used in the past.)

(UPDATE: I should remind myself that breast size is not the only slider that affects fitted mesh breasts. That would make a good video, especially if it showed the effects with and without clothes.)

Second, the Maitreya Lara mesh body. It is beautiful, too, especially at the slender settings I want--no invisible pony riding for me--and plays well with Omega, as do the Sanira breasts. (I double-checked. The linked blog post says it works with materials as of 3.0, and the current release is 3.4, so when I want to go the Goldfinger route or be chrome-plated, the body shouldn't get in the way.)

 The body went on easily, as did the breasts. I have been away so long I'm having to relearn parts of the UI, so I expect things will become easier with time. I also greatly appreciate the convention of having purchases appear as a bag when you wear them, with the folder you want delivered when you touch the bag. No muss, no fuss, no need to rez on the ground and hence no need to go to a sandbox just to open your purchases. OTOH, when you're doing NSFW avatar adjustments, you need a dressing room. Thanks to those who provide such things!

I still need to get shoes, but the main thing was to be presentable so I could explore, even if barefoot. I bought a teal peplum sweater dress from Gatherings, and set to work.

Some issues:
  • Remember how Tangos, if you make them too big, are transparent in a region under your arms where what at smaller sizes are up against your torso are now off to the side? Well... at least until I manage to edit the breast clothing layer texture, you can see that region--it's not transparent, but it shows the top texture not stretched out and looking differently lit. I'm not sure whether it will always be possible to adjust the texture to minimize that issue.
  • fitted mesh is supposed to fit your avatar, but when I bend my arms, my elbows stick out through the top. That may be because I have my arm length cranked to avoid the infamous "T. Rex avatar" effect.
  • Looking closely at my legs, I see little transparent triangles. I think they're around my knees. That may be because I have my leg length cranked to 100. (I have several heroines, and Svetlana Pankratova is one of them.)
I'm sure things will improve... especially once I can materialize at an adult sandbox long enough to put clothes back on after "wearing" the demo shoes I bought so that, I thought, the bag would materialize on my arm, seemed to take said clothes off. I think the lesson from that is that, with very rare exceptions, don't wear things, add them. More news as it happens.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Another beautiful travel blog

"El mundo es como un libro abierto, quien no viaja sólo ha leído la primera página".

(The world is like an open book--whoever does not travel has only read the first page.)

That appears by the "about the author" portion at the bottom of a beautiful travel blog, Bitacora Viajera, mentioned in a recent post in New World Notes.

The article says the blog is "bilingual", but I would say that it's much like Caminante de Sueños, both in style and in being not bilingual but nonlingual. The photos of the sites featured speak for themselves. Both blogs are more than worth your following.

(Just what does that title mean, anyway? My Spanish vocabulary isn't that great so I had to look it up. Una bitácora is a binnacle--and now we see that my English vocabulary may not be that great, either; I had to look binnacle up, too! A binnacle is a post in a ship to which a gimbal-mounted compass is attached. As an adjective, viajero or viajera means "traveling" (thus "los Wilbury viajeros"--yes, "Wilbury" rather than "Wilburys". In Spanish, you don't pluralize the family name). So, a "traveling binnacle", a guide to your journeys in Second Life.)

P. S. Apologies to my long-ago Spanish teachers for the translation. Unlike Spanish, English forces a gender on one ("he who doesn't travel..."), and "whoever" was the cleanest PC version I could come up with.