Monday, October 27, 2008

3d Sculptie and Photoshop texturing with Second Life

Recently started messing around with 'sculpties' in Second Life. I downloaded a program called Wings 3D, and used it to make a 3d sculpture map which I can then upload the sculpture map into Second Life and apply textures. As I'm very new at playing around with 3d sculpture software my following examples are what I would call "newbie" level at the moment.

Hopefully the more experience the better and more detailed these will become. But for example below is couple examples of 3d sculpted objects created in Wings3d.

Rocket created in Wings3d

And a rook chess piece in Wings3d

Once uploaded into Second Life I took some screenshots of the 3d model with a texture and without a texture. Photoshop used for the texture.

Sculpted rook chess piece textured and without a texture inside second life.

Sculpted rocket textured and without a texture inside second life.

Sculpted mushroom textured and without a texture inside second life.

Well that's it so far in my jump into experimenting with 3d sculpties and texturing using a mixture of Photoshop, Wings3D in Second Life. There are many tutorials to getting started with sculpties within second life so to get people started visit this link and it gives a rundown of using Wings3d for your Second Life sculpties and using Photoshop for texturing them.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Smart Apes: Starts fire, Writes, Plays Pacman

Came across this very wild video, it's 17 minutes long but is a video explaining Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, which can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology -- and how much by cultural exposure.

Susan Savage-Rumbaugh has made startling breakthroughs in her lifelong work with chimpanzees and bonobos, showing the animals to be adept in picking up language and other "intelligent" behaviors
Full bio and more links

Very amazing video

Monday, October 13, 2008

Enigma - Seven Lives

From the 7th album "Seven Lives Many Faces" by ENIGMA.

Enigma - Seven Lives

Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Slow week again

It's been another slow week, haven't updated the blog in a few days. Thought I'd post something, at least keep the spider webs from accumulating. In previous posts I had mentioned that I was playing Eve Online which is a mmorpg (massive multiplayer online role playing game). It's been a lot of fun, last month I hit my one year mark in that game which is kinda cool.
I've been venturing out more into dangerous territory to give the more pvp side of things a try, and took a screenshot I'll show here. This is what is called a 'Jumpbridge' which allows one to travel different systems bypassing the stargates. For those not in the know that's geekspeak for "Makes moving around a lot easier"

Eve Online Jumpbridge
Click for larger image.

Anyhow thats about it. Nothing much going on, just playing the waiting game with my disability attorney while enjoying some Eve Online and trying not to pay too much unneeded attention to the current economy debacle and political circus going on. I guess I should pay closer attention and perhaps I may even write a boring blog entry about it... Or maybe not, could be too boring even for me.

Anyhow hope everyone is having a great week!