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Last month (aeronyaarai.deviantart.com/jou…) I mentioned that DAZ was giving away free full versions of some of their software.  Well I went back to their site today and saw that that giveaway is still running!!  So, do yourself a favor and go get your copies of their software while you can before the giveaway ends.  The giveaway goes to the end of the month, that gives you 9 days to go grab some really good quality software for FREE!!!
(you'll need to register for a free account to get everything, then just go and add it all to your shopping cart and proceed to the checkout, download links will be posted to your DAZ account and you'll be given any serial numbers you need to install everything on another account page, I recommend printing that page or saving it to your computer for your own records (I used the Firefox extension Pdf It!to save a copy in PDF format on my computer to make it easier to refer back to when I need to)).

Here's the link to their main website: www.daz3d.com

GO GET IT WHILE YOU CAN!!!
  • Listening to: Birds chirping outside my window
  • Drinking: Water
DAZ is GIVING AWAY copies of a few of their most popular 3D figure/scene/object modeling software for FREE!!!!  It's only for a limited time though.  And you need to register for a free account with them in order to get the registration serial numbers for the software, but it's over $800US worth of software for FREE!!  You can go to the main DAZ web page (www.daz3d.com) to login/create your account and then you can go here www.daz3d.com/i/3d/free-3d-sof… to add each software package to your shopping cart so you can download them.

Bryce 7 is powerful scene/landscaping creation software
DAZ Studio 4 is a powerful program for working with 3D figures it can use most of the content created for the figure manipulation program Poser
Hexagon 2.5 is a 3D modeling program that features built in support for making Second Life Sculpted Prims
  • Watching: Supernatural Season 7 Episode 10
  • Eating: Sun Chips (Harvest Cheddar)
  • Drinking: A&W Root Beer
Probably the best place to start is to go over what Second Life is NOT and explain a few of the differences between what it is and what it isn't.

OK, First off contrary to popular opinion Second Life is NOT and NEVER HAS BEEN a game.  While I will grant that there are games you can play WITHIN Second Life, Second Life itself has NO levels, NO points systems, NO missions, NO quests to complete, NO big bosses to slay, in short none of the elements that constitute a game are integral to making Second Life what it is.

In terms of graphics performance in Second Life it's important to note that UNLIKE with online games like World of Warcraft or Dungeons & Dragons Online or most other online games the content you view is NOT preinstalled on your computer and must be downloaded fresh for each sim you visit, so every time you go someplace new in Second Life your Second Life viewer (the software you use to connect to and interact with Second Life) must download all of the information relevant to the virtual location you are visiting, bear in mind that while this is happening for you it is also happening for anyone else in that same location, additionally as new people arrive in the location you are visiting information about how their avatar looks (skin textures, clothing textures, attachments like hair, hats, belts, shoes etc....) is all being downloaded to not only your viewer but that of every person that is in that location with you.  When you take all this into consideration it should be easy to see why lag is a problem that will always be present in Second Life (at least until someone figures out how to perform faster than light data transfers and processing).

As for what you can expect in Second Life, let's just say that 'your imagination is your only limit'.  While most individuals get buy just fine in Second Life without using a paid subscription (myself included), some people (most notably those who wish to open up a business or some other special venue in Second Life) may find that in order to receive the kind of support from Linden Labs (creators of Second Life) that they may occasionally need it may be to their benefit to consider subscribing, on the bright side last time I looked a year subscription cost less than $100 (that's less than $8.50 per month, most of us spend at least that a week on coffee/fast food easily).

If you are a fan of the Steampunk genre you'll find plenty of interesting places to explore and places to meet others with similar interests, likewise if you're into science fiction, horror, fantasy, post apocalypse settings, Dr. Who, Star Trek, Babylon 5, you name it and odds are that somebody has made something related to it in Second Life, if not nows your time to flex those creative muscles and try your own hand at making content for use by either yourself or your fellow SL Residents, there are a number of new exciting changes coming to SL in the near future including the ability to import 3D Meshes (3D Models) into SL, it's important to note though that you need to make sure that you have the legal rights to use the meshes you import otherwise you may face legal prosecution from the original creator of the mesh.

In summary SL is whatever YOU make it!
  • Listening to: Ozzy & Lita - If I close my eyes forever
  • Watching: Girls Bravo (anime) Episode 4
  • Eating: Doritos
  • Drinking: Orange Sunkist
Ok, I had a rather unusual dream while I was taking a nap earlier, I can't help but wonder if there's some sort of meaning to it.  I dreamt that I was a young man of about 28 years old and that I was good friends with a woman a few years younger than myself, but the weird part of the dream is that as a young man I was secretly able to transform into an attractive young woman and the female friend of mine knew this and helped me keep it a secret even though we both worked together in a clothes store (me as the male that is).  The main part of the dream seemed to focus on a scene where I had ordered a pair of jeans for my female self, and my friend and I and another co-worker were going over the orders before submitting them and there was a sort of awkward moment when the other co-worker realized that I was the one who had placed one of the orders, my friend and I sort of bumbled through it saying that the item was ordered for a mutual friend of ours.  And unfortunately that's about where I woke up.

Any thoughts on what this might mean?  It kind of freaked me out, but in a way felt somehow right, if that makes any sense.
  • Listening to: Big & Rich "Holy Water" - One of my
  • Watching: Hawaii Five-O
  • Eating: Munchos
  • Drinking: Pepsi
Saw this in a journal entry of one of the DA artists on my watch list and figured I'd fill out my own version of it adding a couple things here and there.

[X] I am shorter than 5'4". (4' 10" for those that didn't know)
[X] I think I'm ugly sometimes.
[] I have many scars.
[] I tan easily.
[] I wish my hair was a different color. (sometimes)
[X] I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color.
[] I have a tattoo.
[X] I am self-conscious about my appearance.
[] I have/I've had braces.
[X] I wear glasses.
[/] I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free.
[X] I've been told I'm attractive by a complete stranger.
[] I have more than 2 piercing.
[] I have piercing in places besides my ears.
[X] I have freckles.
[] I hate my dad.
[] I hate my mom.
[] I have a brother.
[] I have a sister.
[X] I've sworn at my parents.
[] I've run away from home.
[] I've been kicked out of the house.
[] My biological parents are together.
[] I have a sibling less than one year old.
[X] I want to have kids someday. (of my own)
[X] I've had children.
[] I've lost a child.
[X] I'm in school.
[] I have a job.
[X] I've fallen asleep at work/school.
[] I almost always do my homework.
[] I've missed a week or more of school.
[] I failed more than 1 class last year.
[] I've stolen something from my job.
[X] I've been fired.
[] I've slipped out a "lol" in a spoken conversation.
[/] Disney movies still make me cry. (sometimes)
[] I've peed from laughing.
[] I've snorted while laughing.
[X] I've laughed so hard I've cried.
[X] I've glued my hand to something. (fingers actually)
[X] I've had my pants rip in public.
[X] I was born with a disease/impairment.
[X] I've gotten stitches/staples.
[X] I've broken a bone. (toes)
[] I've had my tonsils removed.
[X] I've sat in a doctor's office/emergency room with a friend.
[X] I've had my wisdom teeth removed.
[] I had a serious surgery.
[X] I've had chicken pox.
[] I was born in a different country.
[] I've been on a plane.
[] I've been to Canada.
[] I've been to Mexico.
[] I've been to Niagara Falls.
[] I've been to Japan.
[] I've celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
[] I've been to Europe.
[] I've been to Africa.
[X] I've gotten lost in my city.
[] I've seen a shooting star.
[] I've wished on a shooting star.
[] I've seen a meteor shower.
[] I've gone out in public in my pajamas.
[] I've pushed all the buttons on an elevator.
[X] I've kicked a guy where it hurts. (done more than kick actually)
[] I've been to a casino.
[] I've been skydiving.
[] I've gone skinny dipping.
[] I've played spin the bottle.
[X] I've drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour.
[] I've crashed a car.
[] I've been Skiing.
[] I've been in a play.
[] I've met someone in person from myspace.
[] I've caught a snowflake on my tongue.
[] I've seen the Northern lights.
[] I've sat on a roof top at night.
[] I've played chicken.
[] I've played a prank on someone.
[X] I've ridden in a taxi.
[/] I've seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show. (only bits and pieces)
[] I've eaten sushi.
[] I've been snowboarding.
[] I'm single.
[X] I'm in a relationship.
[] I'm engaged.
[] I'm married.
[] I've gone on a blind date.
[X] I've been the dumpee more than the dumper.
[] I miss someone right now.
[/] I have a fear of abandonment. (sometimes)
[] I've gotten divorced.
[] I've had feelings for someone who didn't have them back.
[] I've told someone I loved them when I didn't.
[] I've told someone I didn't love them when I did.
[X] I've kept something from a past relationship.
[X] I've had a crush on someone of the same sex.
[X] I'm bi.
[] I'm gay.
[] I've had sex in public.
[] I've had a crush on a teacher.
[X] I am a cuddler.
[X] I've been kissed in the rain.
[] I've hugged a stranger.
[] I have kissed a stranger
[] I've done something I promised someone else I wouldn't.
[] I've done something I promised myself I wouldn't.
[] I've snuck out of my house.
[X] I have lied to my parents about where I am.
[X] I am keeping a secret from the world.
[X] I've cheated while playing a game.
[] I've cheated on a test.
[] I've run a red light.
[] I've been suspended from school.
[] I've witnessed a crime.
[] I've been in a fist fight.
[] I've been arrested.
[X] I've consumed alcohol.
[] I regularly drink.
[] I've passed out from drinking.
[] I have passed out drunk at least once in the past 6 months.
[X] I've smoked weed. (found out I'm allergic to it)
[] I've taken painkillers when I didn't need them.
[] I've eaten shrooms.
[] I've popped E.
[] I've inhaled Nitrous.
[] I've done hard drugs.
[/] I have cough drops when I'm not sick. (can't help it I love those Ludens Wild Cherry ones! :) )
[] I can't swallow pills.
[] I can swallow about 5 pills at a time no problem.
[] I have been diagnosed with clinical depression. (no, though I probably do suffer from some form of it)
[X] I have been diagnosed with one or more anxiety disorder.
[X] I shut others out when I'm depressed.
[] I take anti-depressants.
[] I am/was anorexic or bulimic.
[X] I've slept an entire day when I didn't need it.
[] I've hurt myself on purpose.
[X] I've woken up crying.
[X] I'm afraid of dying.
[X] I hate funerals.
[] I've seen someone dying.
[X] Someone close to me has attempted suicide.
[] Someone close to me has committed suicide.
[] I've planned my own suicide.
[] I've attempted suicide. (I'd be lying if I said I hadn't considered it at times though)
[] I've written a eulogy for myself.
[X] I own an iPod or MP3 player. (a really old ilo from WalMart)
[X] I have an unhealthy obsession with anime/manga.
[] I own a plushie of my fave character from anything.
[] I own a cosplay outfit.
[X] I know what cosplay means.
[] I own multiple designer purses, costing over $100 a piece.
[X] I own something from Hot Topic.
[] I own something from Pac Sun.
[] I collect comic books.
[] I own something from Gap.
[X] I own something I got on e-bay.
[] I own something from Abercrombie.
[/] I can sing well.
[] I've stolen a tray from a fast food restaurant.
[/] I open up to others easily.
[] I watch the news.
[] I don't kill bugs. (I hate spiders!)
[] I hate hearing songs that sacrifice meaning for the sake of being able to rhyme.
[] I curse regularly.
[] I sing in the shower.
[] I am a morning person. (lol, yeah right)
[] I paid for my cell phone ring tone.
[/] I'm a snob about grammar. (sometimes)
[] I am a sports fanatic.
[] I twirl my hair.
[] I have "x"s in my screen name.
[] I love being neat.
[] I love Spam.
[] I've copied more than 30 CD's in a day.
[] I bake well.
[/] My favorite color is either white, yellow, pink, red or blue. (blue)
[] I've worn pajamas to school.
[] I know how to shoot a gun.
[] I am in love with love.
[] I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS.
[/] I laugh at my own jokes. (sometimes)
[] I eat fast food weekly.
[X] I believe in ghosts.
[X] I believe in aliens.
[] I believe in god. (not so much, if he really existed and was a caring as they claim do you really think he'd let this world get as messed up as it is?)
[] I am online 24/7, even as an away message.
[] I've not turned anything in and still got an A in a certain class.
[X] I can't sleep if there is a spider in the room.
[X] I am really ticklish. (sides, feet, elbows, back of my knees)
[] I love white chocolate.
[X] I love milk chocolate.
[/] I bite my nails.
[X] I play video games. (FRPG's usually, not coordinated enough for most shooters)
[] I'm good at remembering faces.
[] I'm good at remembering names.
[] I'm good at remembering dates.
[X] I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life.
[X] I loathe labels.
[/] I like action movies. (sometimes)
[X] I like Fantasy movies.
[X] I like Sci-Fi movies.
[X] I like horror movies. (horror not terror*, there IS a difference)
[] I like chick flicks.
[X] I like Fantasy books.
[X] I like Horror books. (again horror not terror*)
[X] I like Sci-Fi books.
[/] I know the most random facts about things people have never heard of before.
[] I can't spell.
[X] I treasure my friends.
[/] I think of others before myself. (sometimes)

[X] All of those are answered honestly

*For those that do not know the difference between terror and horror, terror movies are typically the psycho slasher killer type, terror also includes movies like the Saw series of movies in my opinion, those are NOT horror movies, horror movies are typically monster movies and other scary movies where the protagonist is not just some guy with a gun or a knife or some other weapon killing people, if the protagonist is a zombie or other undead then yeah it's horror, like the Nightmare on Elmstreet movies or the Halloween or Friday the 13th movies where the protagonist has come back from the dead.  The same distinction applies to horror books as well.
  • Drinking: Orange Kool-Aid
Think of it this way, if you realized that everything you did could possibly end up on the net for anyone and everyone to read, wouldn't you be a little more careful about some of the choices you make?

The US government keeps too many secrets from it's citizens as it is, secrets that in a great many cases should not be kept from it's citizens in my opinion. I will say that I disagree with the listing of names in those leaked documents, but I do not disagree with the disclosure of the documents themselves, the US people have a right to know what their government and military are doing. If this means that government has to stop certain activities that according to the very laws and guidlines set down in this country are illegal or at least immoral then so be it.

We need to focus more on the US and less on the World as a whole, we need to address the problems that exist at home. Not go off on our own and try to police the world, NATO was formed for that purpose, not the US.
  • Listening to: 'The Insider' (haven't changed the TV channel yet)
  • Drinking: Lipton Tea