What Second Life means to Loki

Linden Lab invited the users of Second Life to come up with short videos based around the theme ‘What Second Life means to me’

Drax was all like ‘You totally gotta do this’ and i was like ‘ I’m totally to busy making the SL12B exhibit!’. Well now the exhibit is done andSL12B is almost over, i found some time to make a quick video. Created from clips from the past few years and some taken at Sl12B i arranged a little video with a few words on thoughts about why i joined SL and why I’m still there.

Thanks everyone who supports and inspires me and loves all the crazy stuff i do, you are all awesome!

What Second Life means to me – Loki Eliot from Loki Eliot on Vimeo.

Check out other great ‘What Second Life means to me’ videos at the official forum.

Return to Childhood Dreams at #SL12B

This weekend see’s the opening of the annual community led anniversary of all things Second Life. Each year i try and do better than before in showing whats possible do do in SL and each year there is one or two people who say something like “I remember the Childhood Dreams Dome.”

It all started when….
In 2008 i set about building something new for SL5B. It was a collaboration with friends of the Chid Avatar Community to build a large interactive story book. The hope being that it would enlighten people to what the child avatar community was all about.

But a certain american congressman had scared Linden Lab with threats of shutting Second Life down unless SL had better safeguards for real children. Somehow this caused a bizarre situation where i was told i would not be able to take part at SL5B as a child avatar for the child avatars.

“So… they’ve asked me to break it to you that you kids can’t have an exhibit there. and it’s really kills me cause I think you’re realy cool”

Well it all flaired up into massive drama and lots of people complained and Linden Lab did a U-Turn eventually allowing me to do my exhibit as long as i changed the name from Slumberland to Childhood Dreams. The exhibit was well received and many of my friends today remember the exhibit with great fondness.

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Returning to the Dreams Dome
For SL12B i decided to bring back the Childhood Dreams Dome in part because many new friends never got a chance to see it, and also because i was interested to see how i would tackle the project now that i can use Mesh, better scripting and Experience Tools.

Before you simply read and clicked signs to get the story. This time story pops up as you walk around, so there is no clicking needed.

As for rebuilding all the models in mesh rather than prims, some stuff is more detailed and how i originally envisioned them to be. Other stuff is pretty much the same as it was since i didn’t want it to be to different from the original. While the build does not push the limits of Second Life content creation, the new Experience Tools allows the story to take centre stage.

Anyways i hope everyone who visits has a great time. Happy 12th Anniversary Second Life and i look forward to the coming years as there is still plenty to explore and do there.

Visit the Childhood Dreams Dome HD when SL12B opens on sunday 21st June!

Video also on Daily Motion

Virtual Patronage

A friend pointed me to a site called Patreon this week. Its like an on-going kickstarter service for artists and as i browsed the service as part of my continuing lookout for new creative paths, i of course started to think how it could be used with Second Life.

The way Patreon works is you choose an artist or project you like and you agree to pay them a certain amount of money each time they come up with goods, you become a patron.

A quick search brought up a surprising amount of Second Life related projects already on Patreon from support for SL Blogs, Scripted HUD, Wrestling Machinema and SL 3D Artists. The diversity of projects tantamount to how Users use the Second Life Platform.

SL already kinda works in a Patronage way. I create for the friends and fans in SL and i think many of the people who rent my cabins and plots on Escapades Island do so in support of my on going mischief.

Wouldn’t it be grand if SL had it’s own built in Patreon style system were you could help fund the doers of SL to create the type of content you want to see…. pfffttt the amount of times i’ve written ‘wouldn’t it be great if Linden Lab did this… or added that!?”.

Perhaps SL and Project Sansar just need a simple way to incorporate outside services such as Sketchfab, Patreon, DeviantArt, Flickr, Twitter, Facebork and maybe even HighFidelity Content. Maybe all thats needed is better web on a prim?

It’s probably more complicated than i make it sound, but the upcoming upgrade of SL to the Chrome Embedded Framework might not just mean users get more robust web on a prim. This could also effect SL’s internal web based pages such as SL feed and Profiles?