Monday, December 22, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008


HAPPY XMAS (if you celebrate it) and a joyful NEW YEAR!

Monday, December 15, 2008

An exercise in taking photos of an avatar looking at the camera

This is my attempt to take a photo of myself facing the camera.

1. I walked away from my large photo and tree and then back towards the photo in an attempt to position myself. I was looking at the photo and the back of my head was facing the camera.
2. I used the camera controls to spin me round until I was looking into the camera.
2. I used the + - of the camera controls for the camera to get in closer.
4. Result: Osnacantab with Dennis Newson in the background - and a Xmas tree to the right.

Where the avatar stands is critical. What you can practice is positioning the avatar so that WHEN you spin it round, it is roughly where you wanted it to be in relation to the background.

(Isn't this much more fun than grammar?)

Dennis looks after Osnacantab

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Just checking in

Dennis and all,
Just checking in to say I'm sorry I haven't been able to join the group for a few days. It's the end of the semester and I'm rushing to turn in papers and get ready for a final. Plus, the holiday season has begun; lots to do to get ready for Christmas. Hope I can make at least one more meeting.
Mary Jane (emjay congrejo)

And this is me

The place in the photos unfortunately doesn't exist any more. It was called Virtual Starry Night and it was a Van Gogh museum in Second Life. It was unbelievable - you could actually walk into the paintings! I don't know what has happened to it, it has just disappeared.
Anyway, this is how I took these pictures: I right-clicked on my avatar,chose Change Avatar Appearance and then when the avatar turned around I took my photo. So, I cheated. You need to try several times because it is very hard to get the right angle. There must be an easier way.

A SL tour

Looking for a nice spot to take my photo I decided to search in HotSpots and found the Red Square, Moscow. It was snowing and couldn't see many people around. Many signs in Russian and some in English. Nice place with a mall, I have to go again...

As I noticed I could search for places, I decided to look for one I like so much, London, and found Chelsea.

I couldn't help going there.......

And do something few people have done, fly up to the top of Big Ben and take a picture of yourself there ;-D I was really happy!!!!

Walking around I saw a few people and decided to enter to the place, a dance club (Sorry, I didn't copy the name) There was this couple dancing.... which is a challenge to do alone in SL, and they were dancing together!!!! a tango, I think, because of their movements...Amazing!!!

Then I saw sb dancing on his own and felt like dancing too. They told me how to do it and here is the evidence !!!!

Thanks, Dennis, for the opportunity. I'm getting the chance to become acquainted with the tools before thinking of pedagogical purposes.

Friday, December 12, 2008

It's me!

So, this is me

To get this pic, I used 'view' > 'camera controls' and then pressed on one of the control arrows so that the camera - hey presto! - span around in front. Now if I just remember to take the lens cap off properly ...