Archive for July, 2008

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More texture resources

July 22, 2008

The texture library houses over 800 textures

Amazing textures has many free textures on their site

Texture bin 342 is a great resource of free textures and Travis also kept a blog

Texture archive also has numerous textures but you must be a member and logged in to download textures. When you join  and sign on you get 10000 credits which keeps you busy for quite a while.

Grunge textures releases their material under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License and images are high resolution JPG’s (2400 pixels x 1800 pixels minimum)

Texture Warehouse offers free high resolution textures for use under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0)

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BlogHer 08 in Second Life

July 21, 2008


My weekend went topsy turvy as I attended BlogHer 08 in Second Life. Living in Australia means that conference sessions that start at 9 in the morning in SL are 2 at night here! That aside there was lots to chew over and think about which I am still doing to be honest.

One statistic that surprised me, given to us in the opening keynote, is that 19 % of the attendees of Blogher in the SF conference were thinking of starting a blog. They were not yet bloggers. My reaction to this bit of information was that these new bloggers were doing some very serious research and good networking before hitting the publish button on that first post. I am sure this considered approach will lead to success.

In Second life over the weekend there were problems with the video link but the final keynote was wonderfully clear. I found the technical problems a frustration (particularly at 3 in the morning my time) until I discovered the problem was with the upload band width provided by the hotel. Since there were many new people to second life it was easy to see they were blaming Sl and for once it was not the case. Once the video link was worked out it was great.

That said I am scouting around the net for summaries, reports, podcasts and videos of the sessions.

Aiji Ducatillon has been doing the same thing and weeding out the dross to produce an excellent round up of some of the sessions that are being summarized.

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I have been hanging paintings

July 19, 2008

Well I have been a busy little avatar as I have spent most of the evening hanging paintings.

I was invited to hang some at the S&S Garden Gallery of Fine Arts, Portabello

This is what it looks like

SLURL is http://slurl.com/secondlife/Portabello/55/57/146

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Husk by AM Radio

July 17, 2008

The NMC Arts Lab is a sim devoted to experimental large scale installations, and currently features Husk an interactive installation by AM Radio.


AM Radio created the wheat field and this installation is another plot of land that evokes a mysterious cinematic set. Wandering about you immediately try and piece together a narrative not always successfully because I concluded that this was a place of possible narratives a bit like Second Life itself.

The build evokes a surreal nostalgia as it sets a scene that provokes thoughts about human (or avatar) loneliness and alienation.

To visit NMC Arts Lab use the SLURL :

http://slurl.com/secondlife/NMC%20Arts%20Lab/130/128/22

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Free textures

July 16, 2008

David Leggett of Tutorial 9 has rounded up 99 Free Canvas, Paper, Paint, and Metal Textures

There are free patterns and textures from highresolutiontextures.com

CTG Textures is a texture site run by a 3D artist. It is one of those sites on which you will spend hours because there is a forum on the site as well as tutorials.

Texture King also has a large collection of high quality textures 

3Dmd.net is also another site that hosts a large collection of textures which can be used in 3D modeling