Whenever I do get a chance to wander aimlessly around SL I find that some places dazzle me. I just sit back and admire the programming skills of some people. The programming skills and the creativity. It amazes me. They amaze me.
Some places are nice. Stunning to look at. Amazing vistas. Some though are different too. I like different. Different and well done is the perfect combination. Like an overcooked ostrich steak.
I explored two places tonight that were just that.
The first was a little place a friend had sent me a landmark for. Basically it was just a little island with a hut you stand in with some controls. In front of you are a few houses and a caravan. You click the controls and a cloud forms, and then a tornado comes down from the cloud and hits ground. And then the tornado wanders around and rips up the houses and caravan flinging debris everywhere. And there's lighting and there's rain.
As I said - different. I'd love to know the thought process that went into the creation of that design. And how much of what was smoked. Genius.
Next up last night was a place called Fotoscope. It's a place that's been blogged a few times in the last few weeks, but never one to deny my sheep-like tendencies I went for a look around.
I didn't get to explore too much but I did have time to try one of the Freefall animations. The one I tried was a couple of minutes long I guess and is a series of psychedelic (if that's spelt wrong, sorry, but I can't be arsed to spell check it) backdrops and animations that you float, hover and generally pose around in front of. And then there was a road I kind of tip-toed along.
I'm not quite sure why. But that's what I loved about the Freefall, and what I love about SL in general. Don't ask why, just do. I like that trait in a designer. "It serves no purpose other than just to be, and perhaps to entertain. To challenge. To be experienced."
Ooh, and before I finish with Freefall, check out Elvis's face in those rocks I'm creeping through in the picture above. Seriously. Elvis is hiding up there. I'll give you a clue - bunch of rocks at the top left - Elvis is Vegas sunnies. You might need to click on the pic and see it enlarged.
There's still plenty more to explore of Fotoscope, I think. There is some more stuff down on the land. And lots of photobooth things as well. I started to check it all out a bit, but then I kinda got distracted.
Ooh, and I had five friends inworld at the same time last night. It's got to be a record for me. Sad innit?