Saturday, December 12, 2009

Moar interwebbs!

I changed my internet plan yesterday from a 25gig one to a 50gig one, still with my same ISP, Telstra BigPond. I've got cable with them, its the fastest I can get where I am. The only alternatives are a commercial connection, or moving out to one of the new estates where some ISPs are offering 100mbps plans.

Reason for the change is simple, BigPond is now making Second Life a metered experience. And I tend to spend a fair amount of time connected to SL for one reason or another.

I've been procrastinating a bit this evening (surprise, surprise) and I decided to check my usage for the past few months. In August I had 21gig normal usage and 25gig of unmetered usage. Definitely justifies the upgrade to a 50gig plan. But every other month I haven't been that much over 25gig, even if you count the unmetered usage. Also I've found that more and more of my work has been outside of SL. I'm helping write these papers with the Uni and starting to look closer at offline solutions for clients.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Create World 2009

On Sunday Amanda and I ran a 4 hour workshop on 'An Introduction to making Machinima' at Griffith University, South bank Campus.

It was a part of the Create World 2009 Conference.

I really enjoyed it and it was great to see everyone create a little something. A couple of the participants even posted thier work to YouTube!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Things that shit me

This could potentially be a long post. But today I'll just limit it to one thing.

It shits me when people send me a message in Second Life saying "hi", or "hey", or "are you online?"

Usually I'm offline when I get one of these messages, so when I come online I reply with a "hi". At which point they seem to have no idea who I am or why I am saying hello to them.

Strangely, as I was writing this I got an IM from someone, "hi". "OMG FFS IS THIS FOR REAL?" was what i wrote, but then i deleted it and wrote "hi". I saw the chat history above and they had already said "hi" while i was offline, and i had said "hi" back while they were offline. perfect.

Anyway, it was a short conversation as the next line they came out with was "Have you got a money".

Monday, November 23, 2009

The class of '09

Well, sort of...

In this pic we have 9 avatars that we have created for the Southern Cross Universary. The basic purpose of these avatars is to role-play interviews.

By a conbination of clothing and hair choices along with an 'Animation Overrider' each avatar has it's own personality on display. Some are professional interviewers, some are less professional interviewees.

I was away for the weekend so so-far my input into this project has been to log all 9 avatars in at the same time for a photo opp at SCU's inworld campus. And my computer gave up after about 10 mins so we didn't get many photos. :s

We'll try again another time.