Friday, September 25, 2009

Two V-cherries

I popped my SL cherry with two particular 'V's last night.

My gallery only has limited space, obviously, and I don't want the walls to feel cramped. But I really wanted a way to make available my paintings that were either in the gallery before but have now been superseded, or are just new pieces that haven't quite made it onto the walls yet. The answer is the first 'V' - a vendor!

Now we all know there are some ugly-ass vendors around SL and obviously, with a place like Swirly Disco Flames, I wanted something classy, cultured and some other adjective starting with c.

So the hunt began. I had the perfect idea in my head - some sort of computer terminal console pedestal thingy. But I could not find one for the life of me. I found all sorts of promising vendors, but nothing the shape I wanted. And then I had a brainwave. I felt like such an idiot. I could use the nice vendor I'd found, rez it at a slight angle and create the pedestal myself. Not really having ever built much before, this idea didn't come to me right away. Don't laugh. Seriously. Stop laughing.

So below you can see the result. A surreptitious little number with a marble base that hopefully looks like the "sort of computer terminal console pedestal thingy" I'd envisioned. It's all loaded up with paintings for people to buy and you can flick through them and stuff. It all works and everything. I am feeling right pleased with myself. Yes, yes, small victories and baby steps and all other self- patronising phrases spring to mind.

The second 'V' cherry I popped last night is 'voice'. Now some of you know the reasons why voice is not always an option for me but last night was not one of those times. I plucked up the courage, bit the bullet, wrestled with technology and hey presto voice-ahoy. My dulcet northern tones hit the airwaves.

It's not as scary as I imagined, you know. But I do worry my 10gb a month data limit is going to become a problem. Once I hit that my connection speed drops to dial-up rate. Bye-bye SL. Unless I ration myself.

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