In which I complete a project, rashly volunteer and secure a position

I have not been inactive during my brief excursion into matters philosophical.  On the contrary, I have in fact experienced three significant events which I will now detail.

To Follow the Sun

My first significant achievement was to successfully complete my sundial project.  Actually, I say I have completed it; but, in truth there may be some modifications necessary in the future.  For now, however, I have made sufficient progress to actually set the working prototype in front of my cottage.  I do hope Mr. Magellan, Miss Woolley and Colonel McMahon do not object.  (insert picture here)

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In which I continue my attempt to make a wall behave

Warning:  This article is a continuation of the one before; therefore, it will likewise contain arcane minutiae regarding Conjuration and Inscription.  I hope that someone learns from the things I’ve done wrong.

Another Take and Conjuration proved that I had indeed solved the issue of the wayward wall.  All was not yet perfect, however.  Raising and lowering the wall still caused it to veer slightly off true perpendicular.  I surmised that this drift may perhaps be due to  my wall being, as yet, a free standing structure. 

I quickly constructed two rectangular columns, hollowed and path cut to leave one side open, that would serve as channels and supports for my wall.  I should note that I also reduced the dimensions of the wall to 5m x 0.25m x 4m as I determined that in the final construction this would result in 5m wide corridors.  10m sections would be used for the external, unmoving, walls only. (more…)

Published in: on 13 March, 2009 at 10:26 AM  Leave a Comment  
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In which I raise a wall and encounter physical difficulties

Warning:  This article will contain arcane minutiae regarding the mysteries of conjuration and inscription, topics possibly only of interest to Sorcerers and Code Poets.  It is my hope that sharing these things as I, a mere fledgeling in these matters myself, discover them will help others on the path to enlightenment.  If you, dear reader, can learn from my mistakes, then I have fulfilled my purpose.

I have in mind another rather ambitious project on a somewhat grander scale than the sundial.  Simply stated, I hope to construct a configurable maze.  Instead of hedges, however, my maze shall be constructed of steel walls arranged on a grid that can be raised and/or lowered to form the paths of the maze.  Preferably, there will be a control panel of sorts from which one will choose from a selection of maze configurations after which the many wall sections will arrange themselves accordingly.  If not particularly difficult from a construction standpoint, I think that the coordination of movement among the several pieces will be a significant challenge. (more…)

Published in: on 12 March, 2009 at 11:19 AM  Leave a Comment  
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In which I chase shadows and find a useful new tool

Chasing Shadows

I continue to struggle with getting the shadow on my sundial to look just right.  Maybe I’m putting too much effort into it.  Or, maybe I’m looking at it from the wrong angle, as it were.  I’ve tried a plain triangular shadow, then discovered that rotation from the center did not give the desired effect.  In order to shift the rotation point I set a small sphere some distance away and linked it to my shadow object.  (This explanation would go better if I supplied images, I suppose.  But, so far my attempts to do so have resulted in unwanted discontinuity)  This effectively moved the rotation point, but then it would only work for a quarter turn before it failed to resemble a true shadow.  I considered using copies of the linked construction, rotated and flipped, to complete the rest of the needed rotation, but that proved overly complex, and added two more primary objects for each copy. (more…)

Published in: on 11 March, 2009 at 7:37 PM  Leave a Comment  
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In which I begin a challenging construction

Having seen so many wonderful creations in and about Steam SkyCity I felt the urge to begin a new construction project of my own.  After giving the matter some thought I have come up with a few promising challenges.  One thing that fascinates me is the many ways in which those bound to the mortal coil mark the passage of Time.  Also, in my researches into the mysteries of incantation (a.k.a. “scripting”) as practiced in the SL metaverse I chanced upon an article laying out the formula for causing an object to rotate in reaction to the path of the sun  (Link).  Taking my inspiration from this I have decided to construct a simple Horizontal Sundial with, hopefully, a realistic shadow that will follow the course of the sun. (more…)

Published in: on 10 March, 2009 at 1:05 PM  Leave a Comment  
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