Sorry, I had to use that title, it’s from a stupid advert … basically it means “this works”…. and I was thinking about this blog. Having moved from Google and had spyders and bots crawling through my every nook and cranny, well, my blog’s, that is, rather than my person… I have noticed that most of my regular readers have made the jump with many a kind word for this new format.
I followed it up by installing Firefox with DuckDuck Go as my default browser and using NewsBlur as my blog reader. As all my photos are on Flickr and I use Mac (‘Mobile Me’) for my mail I really don’t care what Google decides as far as Nyms go, I am Google-proof.
..and as the Nymwars smoulder on with Google claiming it will do what it can in the next few weeks to allow nyms, I think “….whatever”.
I actually made my first ever Wikipedia entry re. Nymwars and would encourage anyone else who feels the impulse to do likewise….
But the big news this week is Mesh and a number of things are becoming clearer now that we can see it working, well, I actually can’t see mesh because, although I downloaded Viewer 3, and made an attempt to customise it, I was so irritated I gave up ….that’s not gonna help, so I’ll have to get over myself and get a grip, or wait for Firestorm/Phoenix or Kirstens Viewer….. anyway… inspired by Claudia222 Jewell‘s amazing stuff captured by ColeMarie … here... There is a great photo on the SL website too but I couldn’t re-find it using their search try as I might… duh!
Anyway….I spoke to Claudia who told me it was an enormous task to learn and then to figure out how to do it and, so, I then searched for some tutorials…. there are two extreme opposites…one easy but very limited via Sketch-up, which it seems is supported although a Linden said it wouldn’t be…. here. It seems that mesh is scalable to 64 meters though as you scale it the PE (older post) will increase… the cost as I predicted in that post will be sky high unless….
The unless part involves doing it properly. Doing it properly involves making 3 or 4 versions of the same model with different LOD (level of detail) and uploading them all. For those really interested I would highly recommend watching these tutorials…. here…. In them Gaia Clary does exactly that, makes 4 versions of a kettle in order to lower the PE and to stop the thing looking like a piece of crap when viewed from a distance.
Now, obviously you would have to be “madder than Mick McMad” to do so much work for a simple object but, when people post on forums that their boat weighed in at 915 prims…well…you know you have to take this stuff seriously.
Which begs the $64,000 Question…. why?
From where I’m looking I would have to have extremely good reasons to go through all that trouble.
Seeing Claudia’s stuff I can understand why someone would, but…. as I said in a previous post…It takes time, lots of time, lots of prims, lots of patience … I can’t imagine this stuff is going to be cheap. [“it’s little wonder than no tree on TurboSquid costs less than 7800 L$, the top one mentioned above being ca. 80,000L$”] ….I would imagine this stuff is gonna be expensive.
It may be worth it.
Eventually it will be a real asset, I’m just not sure how long Eventually is….