Life... four simple letters, yet so complicated; Love... four simple letters, yet so confusing.
I mean ONE little typo and...
The scripts I write aren't full of the estoteric database calls the whizbang kids use, but they're complex. My scripts create sounds, particles, and movement, and only when they're supposed to. Before, every prim that needed to act required its own simple script. Since Linden Lab introduced the llSetLinkPrimitiveParams and llSetLinkPrimitivePramsFast commands, I'm using one script per linkset-- and it has to talk to its child prims and to other linksets as well.
It's complicated to, say, script a broom that grabs itself and sweeps the floor or a rocket that blasts you into the stratosphere or a giant electromagnet that grabs a robot, moves 80 meters, and drops that robot into a bin, then moves back to its original position, ready to do it all again.
I do use listens when linksets are far from one another, as the controller for the electromagnet is a couple of dozen meters from the electromagnet itself. I used quite a few-- twenty, maybe-- at the robot sanatorium, but then it's one of the most highly interactive places in Second Life. I used, I think, four for controlling Pele.
Pele has four modes-- extinct, inactive, active, and erupting. The rocks and lava have a distinct texture for each mode. The lava is solid when the volcano is inactive or extinct, and phantom when she's active and erupting. Pele creates hissing and rumbling sounds when active (and a huge roar when she's erupting); inactive and extinct modes are silent, with no particles. Active calls little puffs of light gray smoke, and erupt mode makes huge clouds of black smoke.
Above the caldera, five tiki masks hold stones in their mouths, telling onlookers know what they control. Touch the tiki and you change the mode. The mode remains set for three minutes, then Pele becomes active again. I like her best in active mode.
The fifth mask makes Pele throw huge smoking, steaming boulders dozens of meters into the air. It works only when Pele is in active or erupt modes. The launchers, phantom and invisible, are inside the lava pool and the rocks can't escape when the lava is solid. That's why the rock launcher works only in active and erupt modes.
Touching a mask makes a number of things happen. First, the lava in the caldera is set accordingly, and smoke and sound turned on or off, as appropriate. Texture animation is switched on or off. Liquid lava moves; solid lava doesn't. The rocks lining the volcano also change texture-- and as of the other night, the lava flow that falls 60 meters to sea level changes mode accordingly
Scripting all this requires a lot of attention to detail, and it's complex, but not all that complicated. By that I mean a lot is going on, but I'm really changing only a few characteristics of the prims-- color, texture, texture movement, transparency, brightness and glow, and switching sound and particles on and off.
Three linksets-- the lava in the caldera, the rocks in the caldera, and the prims in the lava flow, listen and do their jobs when they hear, on a channel I won't disclose. When one of the masks is touched, it chats a command word. A script in a nearby tiki mask hears it and sends the command on to the three linksets. Then it sets its timer to zero. If it hasn't heard another command by the time the timer reaches 180 seconds, it sets the lava to active mode.
In Pele's initial erupt mode on Whimsy, I didn't include that relay. Poor Pele grew confused when masks were repeatedly touched. Each mask did its own counting, so if a visitor selected inactive and then, 160 seconds later, extinct, she would go active after just 20 seconds. Now the modes last three minutes, unless another mask is touched, in which case the newly selected mode will last for three minutes.
I'm happy to say the scripting is all done-- it took perhaps four hours, but then the already existing erupt mode provided much of the code. Barring weirdness like solid rock moving or liquid rock not moving, smoke where there shouldn't be smoke, and silence where there should be sound, Pele has a new and improved erupt mode.
She had one of the world’s most difficult actresses to dress. She pulled dresses from many of the best stores, but the actress merely fanned them away with a graceful but curt dismissive wave of her hand. Must I do your job for you as well…I only wear Zanze Dresses and Gowns, you idiot…as she looked at her well manicured red long nails, which looked like she had been clawing at meat, she said…find me one! She added, I am not paying you for your mistakes!
After her rather rude and obnoxious treatment from the famous actress, she hurried over to Zanze. Hmm, I remember that there’s a brand new location as she redirects her driver. When the stylist arrived at the store, she was very impressed by what she saw…making a mental note that she must come here for her other clients as well!
The stylist made the appropriate arrangements with the store and began pulling dresses, then her eyes fell upon the [ZE] Summerwind Limited Edition Gown. This will be utterly perfect for the actress and her coloring. It was a pink and gray confection of a gown with shimmering sequins, like none she has ever seen before! The gown’s sheer diamanté overlay glistened and twinkled, just calling to her “pick me..pick me.” The dress was exquisite enough for a queen! No doubt her client thought of herself as one…but word in certain circles had it more like b***tch! After being told that the gown was very very exclusive, she hurriedly scooped up the gown for her demanding client! She was thinking of what jewelry she will match from Chop Zuey and immediately wanted the Ling Ling Bracelets and the Shoka Earrings. She, as well, had been invited to the awards ceremony, but hadn’t had the time yet to find her own gown. As the sales associates readied her selections, the stylist overheard such a commotion in the back about a gown being too small for the fat actress that it was made for and had refused delivery on, that she smiled, stifling the urge to laugh. She politely inquires and asks to see the gown and immediately has a gownasm! I WANT THAT GOWN!!! She caught herself yelling…but then another stylist had also seen the dress and since her actress client was more famous than the other stylist’s client, of course, she was given the dress! The [ZE] Mirrors Gown was unlike any other gown she has ever come across! The silver mirrored pieces of the gown glinted and sparkled with the intensity of a fine Harry Winston Diamond! The form fitted slinky dress…screamed I am sexy and I know it….look at me as I have arrived!!! Not one time did she think she should offer the gown to her client. It will be my little dirty secret and besides that’s my dress she said to herself. She could never do it justice! If I have to melt and pour myself in it, wear 10 pairs of spanks…I am wearing this gown!!! The vain side of herself said and look better than the famous actress as I walk the red carpet!
Of course the tempestuous actress never thanked her for finding the perfect gown and accessories for her. The day of the event had arrived and she could see that the famous actress’ limo was the fourth one ahead of her own and she saw the actress being assisted from the car unto the red carpet. The oohs and aahs, the what a visions, and paparazzi snapping like mad! She was in her moment…until her stylist got out of the car! She was wearing the [ZE] Mirrors Gown, Chop Zuey Kita Kamakura Necklace, and the elegantly ethereal Sad Dreams BaObA Hat. The fickle paparazzi began snapping her and the gasps and the who designed THAT gown, and Joanne Rivvers trying to stick the microphone towards her when she felt a shove…down she went in her ZE] Mirrors Gown, as the famous actress pushed her and said oops you fell and walked away! What goes around, comes around, but at least she looked sexy sitting on the ground in her ZE] Mirrors Gown! Smiling for the cameras and to herself….as the now jealous actress has made her famous!!!
This awesome Red Carpet Arrival Set was made by the phenomenal Kat Watson for KaTink. Love Love Love this!!! Awesome work Kay!!!
Photographer and model…me
[ZE] Summerwind Limited Edition Gown
Chop Zuey Ling Ling Bracelets
Chop Zuey Shoka Earrings
[ZE] Mirrors Gown
Chop Zuey Kita Kamakura Necklace
Sad Dreams BaObA Hat
KaTink Red Carpet Arrival Set
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1. Which was the last sim you visited? (Other than your home) Young Shopping at Zenith :)
2. Does your avatar look like the real you? Yep pretty much. I've been told quite a lot that it resembles me alot. Especially when my avi has it's dark brunette hair.
3. Do you wear underwear/panties underneath your clothing when out and about on the grid? Hah... I probably should now that I read this question... but nope I don't tend to. UNLESS it's one of those mesh skirts that when you sit down the alpha doesn't cover enough and you still need some underwear underneath... then I do :p
4. If you won a million linden dollars, what would be the first thing you buy inworld? Clothes and... clothes xD Maybe a sim... lol but then I'd have to keep up the tier payments so I dunno... maybe just shopping lol!
5. Have you ever bought something in SL and then realized afterwards that you had already owned it from before? So many times I can't even count. I'm really bad for doing that lol xD
6. Have you ever done anything in Second Life that would be considered illegal in real life? I'm gonna say yes but this one I can't share lol!
7. If you could go out on a date with any other avatar, who would it be? My perfect SL bf ofcourse :)
8. Who, in your opinion, was the greatest avatar to ever slive? This is a weird question and I have absolutely no idea. I'll come back to this lol
9. What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done inworld? In my whole 6-7 years? ALOT of things lol. Infact I'm constantly embarrassing myself with something or other. I tend to embarrass easy though so nothing that major.
10. If your avatar had a mind of its own, what do you think it would say to you? To give her a break from shopping once in a while lol =)