Sunday, 24 August 2014

Hanging Baskets - Mixed Flowers 1

Included in this pack:
12 Hanging Baskets with mixed flowers - Petunia, Daisies, Aubretia and Gallardia
12 Different colour combinations plus wall bracket

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Mediterranean Cypress - The Complete Collection

Included in this pack: 
Spear Shaped 
Cigar Shaped 
Oval Shaped 
Flat Top Shaped 
Seed Shaped 
Tear Drop Shaped 
Mixed Wild
Season Changing Hud - Lush Spring Green, Classic Dark Green, Winter Snowy

Garden Decor 1 - Topiaries and Flowers

Next generation 3D mesh plants. Extensive pack for discerning landscapers and world builders

Included in this pack:
9 Potted flower arrangements
3 potted daisy ball topiaries - 1 small, 2 large

Summer Green Topiaries
Ball Topiary - Small and Large
Teardrop Topiary
Cigar Topiary
Potted and free standing versions of the leafy green topiaries plus 2 summer green versions

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Wildflowers - White Ox Eye Daisy Clusters and Bushes

An extensive pack for the discerning landscaper and world builder

Included in this pack:
4 Daisy Bushes
4 Leafy Bushes - No Flowers
4 Daisy clusters

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Wildflowers - Aubretia Patches for Gardens Patios and Rockeries

Lots of different colours and sizes to create your own arrangements.

Included in this pack:
4 different size flower patches - Large, Medium, Small and Tiny
8 Colours - Purple, lilac, Blue, pale Blue, Yellow, Red, White
2 greens - Dark and Light
2 versions of each flower patch - Full Bloom and Sparse Bloom

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Oculus Rift Is Not Virtual Reality

There seems to be some confusion about Oculus Rift. Let's get a grip on the hype and get something straight. Oculus Rift is not virtual reality. Virtual Realities are 3D digital worlds and places.

We can experience virtual worlds right now through something that could be described as a magic window or more commonly called .... a computer monitor.

Virtual Reality Worlds are already here.

Multi-User Game Realities such as Halo, Call of Duty,  Everquest, World Of WarCraft, Rift, Elder Scrolls,  are all a type of virtual reality. I would call these limited virtual realities or perhaps frozen or fixed virtual realities as users have limited control, they play and act out  specialised parts such as warriors, healers, soldiers, magicians etc whatever that realm/story/game world dictates. These are limited story based virtual realities.

The only real virtual world that exists right now is Second Life, created by Linden Lab. It's the only 3D world that qualifies as a living virtual reality. Real virtual worlds have user generated content, economies and commercial ecosystems. Second Life is currently the only virtual world that fully empowers users in this way.

Oculus Rift is just one of the means of seeing into a virtual world. Oculus is a marvellous, super, duper, stereoscopic Head Monitor, it's an aid to immersing oneself into virtual reality. But it's not virtual reality itself. Oculus Rift is a fantastic bit of tech. I hope with the 400 million USD they got from Facebook, they can speed it's developement and make it perfect. I wish them well.

If Oculus Rift, as an unfinished, stereoscopic, immersive head monitor, is worth 2 billion USD - on the strength of what it will be in 3-5 years -  then Second Life, the only real virtual reality world that exists today, with it's established community of creators, users and existing virtual ecosystem and content , must be worth at least 20 billion USD or more ...... since Second Life is a 'LIVING PLACE' .... it is currently the only qualifying candidate that can call itself a real virtual reality.

Note to Self ...
I'm officially coining the phrase 'LIVING PLACE' as a qualifying necessity of any virtual reality. If there are no other real people, that are not you, present ....  creating their own stories, experiences and shaping themselves and their surrounding environment ... then it's not a true virtual reality.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Living In The Fairytale World Of Second Life

I can hardly believe I have lived and worked in a fairytale virtual reality world for the last 8 years. There is something truly remarkable about the virtual world, Second Life.

Second Life has everything the real world has - magnified, it's an exaggerated reflection of the real world, both good and bad. But let's not forget the magic.

Today Dolly and I were setting up screenshots for our new mesh pine forest when some fairy friends dropped by. I'm often visited by fairies since I am one, some of the time. But today , after viewing these totally spontaneous screenshots (windlight and fairy dust added) it really did make me stop and think, not for the first time,  ..... what a wonderful place Second Life is, it's a truly magical world. Where else can you be busy working and be interrupted by the visits of fairies and I have the screenshots to prove it.

What you see below is a tiny glimpse into a magical moment that happened today in Second life

Lilith Heart and The Fairies

Moonstruck Fairies

Lilith Heart Telling Fairies Stories 

 Dolly Heart thinks to herself ...
 "I do love fairies, but I couldn't eat a whole one."

Recently Dolly and I transformed into forest elementals -  larger than fairies and a tad scary but fundamentally the same DNA. We'd been human for too long ...  time to be more virtual, time for change, time for Fairy Power !

I always knew Second Life and Virtual Worlds were an important medium, from the first time I logged in 'I got it'. Eight years later I am not surprised to learn it still has the power to amaze and delight me.

What have I learnt in eight years ?

1. Don't trust appearances
2. Change is gonna come
3. Many a mickle makes a muckle

Also .....  Welcome to the Fairytale King Ebbe. Please be gentle with this world, as you can see .... it has fairies.