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The crazy cat lady parlor

A while ago Eupalinos Ugajin gave me the sofa as a gift. And I was so delighted that I immediately rushed out to get the matching arm chair and put together a special parlor for cat lovers on the island.

And so, these were among the first things that I rezzed in this re-build. They are on a special platform that is actually above water. I did of course build a ramp to terra firma so that the cats can come down and wander around when no one is around. After all, everyone knows how they hate to be confined, right?

Play play play!
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The Hextraordinary Cat

Naxos gave me a wonderful gift. Just look at this little guy! And when I walk he walks right along with me. When I stop he immediately plops himself down and sometimes he swishes his tail. Not the upcoming animesh, the creator made the animations by using instances and transparencies.

He truly is the hextraordinary cat. And I don't just mean his movements, that face! The grumpiness. What a cat!
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I have decided to build a playground

From the sky tower city, which I am leaving alone for now, I have moved to ground level to put together an amusement park of sorts. Ferris Wheel, carousel, bumper cars, some rides and a shooting gallery. Or rather a grab-a-duck gallery - no killing on my land - you just get to grab a duck and if you catch it the kiosk will give you a gift.

So, I am back to "play" as a basal concept.

We also have magic lantern show, a gym, and a Chemical lab.

No gold - I am sticking to that. But, I can't seem to stay away from precious metals entirely, so now we have silver, I'm afraid...

Am I liking it? Sort of. Is it as good as the sim before? Nope. But, it seems to be the best that I can do at this point.

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First trial - building towers

I have started at a sky level. The idea is to build another "city," but one that is quite different from Blueprint City where the whole idea was to use only cubes, rectangles and cylinders that were covered in textures that distracted from their being nothing but basic geometric prims. With this one I am actually using quite complex elements out of which I construct towers that are combined with flora, specifically trees.

What I have carried over from Blueprint City is the "reflection" effect that I also used with "from here on there be dragons."

Not sure yet... 
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But, it isn't just the gold

I am finding it quite hard to rebuild the island. Nothing seems to work quite how I want it to. And the truth of the matter is that the island that I built 3 years ago is probably the best thing I have ever made in Second Life and it is quite hard to even try to get close to that. Gold or no gold, the place had a mood. And it told a tale. Which is quite a hard thing to pull off - as I am finding out, trying to set up another "mood" now.

Which is probably why I put off rebuilding it for as long as I did. Knowing how hard it was going to be to perform the same trick twice. 
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Too much gold...

When I built alpha.tribe in 2015 I even called the sim "fool's gold" - there was so much of it.

But it isn't just that one sim. I also went completely overboard when I built "from here on there be dragons" for Dividni Shostakovich a couple of years later.

Of course I have been around long enough as a designer to know to combine it with plenty of neutral colors so that it doesn't get completely out of hand. But nevertheless, I cannot deny the obsession.

Also here, for example, when I built an annex to ShapeShifter island:

The thing is that it is getting somewhat boring. And although it is nice to be told that I use gold really well, I still do not want to be pegged down as "Alpha the gold builder."

So, now that I have finally started to rebuild alpha.tribe island I am making a conscious, concerted effort to keep away from gold. And, believe it or not, it is proving to be quite difficult to stay away from the stuff. :-\

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While transferring the blog...

I encountered myself from years ago. There is even a photo that Lanfranco took in Singapore in 2008 where I look not just 10 years, but 20 years younger than my current age of 65.

I could not transfer the blog from wordpress to blogger with an xml file, like one would normally do, but had to bring the posts over one by one. And, I ended up reading a lot of them, of course. For the most part, I cannot believe the naivete. I certainly cannot believe how shut off I seem to have been from world affairs. Which is probably the biggest change that I have undergone in the interim.

Did I finally grow up then? The person writing before 2012 sounds like a teenager, quite frankly. I hope I did grow up.

We shall see...

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After 6 years...

I want to start blogging again. shorter posts this time around. Mostly, just jotting down ideas, really.

But maybe sometimes a bit more. During the years that I neglected this blog I became engrossed with how our planet is run. How totally screwed up it is. It started out with my being no longer able to ignore what was happening in my own country. But, then from there I quickly spread out since I came to realize that what happens here is completely tied to what happens "there." So, there may be some occasional ruminations on that also. But, by and large I think I will write about making stuff. And also teaching, probably.

So - here I go. After 6 years.