Second Life beta testers available
The crew of the privateer ship
Jolly Bonny Anne partee'd hard after capturing a Spanish galleon
laden with looted Inca gold & Mayan calendars & relics from
Egypt, Greece, Tibet & the South Seas
Come find where Gaia buried her pirate's treasure!
Yes, we are still have our original pirate's village and we
have just purchased the parcel next to us to house pour jousting
my home on Second Life
Another busy week in Second Life:
Jolly Bonny Anne
Ships log May '08
Second Life Land Sale
land sale has been and gone - some said it was sad to close the palace and
full medieval shopping village, however its all part of the bigger
picture as we consolidate in preparation for our own sim.
The modifications that the team made to the palace (adding art
gallery, large photo studio and conference area), and texturing
our fleet of ships made the tenure worthwhile.
Houses to rent
have a few places to rent on my little patch, including
a tardis = please IM (instant message) me and I'll show you
around. The place is secure and there are many other fantasies
have a fantasy get together every week so you'll meet some
We respect privacy although if you want to participate
in the madcap mayhem please do!
my home on Second Life
the X_HUD weapons & defence system
GaiaGirl becomes a crash
Please note that this is an unpaid article about the state
of the art in personal weapons & defence systems in Second
2008 - Well it had to happen. A good SL friend was asked to
beta test the new X_HUD weapons system available in Second Life.
And yours truly, GaiaGirl Pearl, became the crash test dummy, the
victim, the object of the onslaught! Wow, I don't want to get
on the wrong side of the X_HUD if someone really wants to grief me.
GaiaGirl's verdict: The X_HUD is impressive - highly impressive!
This is the state of the art in Second Life weapons!
I'm not going to go through
all the features of this awe-inspiring piece of weaponry - there
will be more than enough tricks left up the sleeve of the user.
I will say that the subject of some the actions of X_HUD will be
begging for relief - "PLEASE TURN IT OFF" - even days after being
hit and even after re-logging onto Second Life.
If you get hit with the X_HUD, you're going to stay hit!
The X_HUD is made and sold by
EAC Corporation and comes with some impressive
features. One of my favourites isnt even a weapon - TP2cam
allows the user to select a location anywhere within a sim using the
alt-left mouse button, one click and you're there!
The chapter headings of the user's manual
give you an idea of the range of features of the X_HUD. Within
each of these chapters there are at least six modules - the X_HUD
has over 90 modules altogether.
The chapter headings of features
Security (for the Land Owner);
Statistics (avatars and parcels/sims); SimScan (more facts about any sim);
Sensor (of incoming avatars including advice of their
mouselook, typing, etc);
Tracker (follows an avatar in the sim);
Tools (including channel scanner and high speed FlyAssist);
Annoy / Traps / Followers /
Movements (four separate categories, each with a large series of
tools such as bumps & harrasses to deal with other avatars);
Particles (an array of markers including Smoke an avatar,
rending his mouselook view unusable);
Defence (shields, deflectors, phase vehicles and more);
Assault (all the Havok 4 features plus others including
Harpoon and Requiem - the manual states "Most assault modules
will kill your target in a damage land");
Logs (a history); Rez Objects that are pre loaded
inside the contents folder, included in the X_HUD are a scripted
platform, pose stand, sky box, etc;
Deploy the combat drone; & other user settings.
Sound like fun? Well it is!
The HUD is reasonably large, taking up about 1/8 of the screen,
although you can hide the HUD with alt-h. It does take a bit
of getting used to and it pays to read the manual as some of the
features are pretty wild - you will want to know what you're setting
off, especially if you're on someone else's property. But once
you've practiced and played with the devices, it is fairly
intuitive. It is designed to be used quickly.
We did notice some lag in testing,
particularly when my friend TPd in next to me. I was building
at the time and noticed a definite push when they arrived.
I spoke to Mufasa Takaaki, a self
confessed 'weapons boffin' and proprietor of
But BodyBags about his use of the X_HUD.
GG: How does the X_HUD compare with other systems that you've used?
Mufasa: I own almost every system there is :) and it compares very
very well laid out and easy to use, reacts quickly in lag, and there
are tons of modules to play with
GG: What circumstances you use this system in?
What are the most useful modules for you? and why?
Mufasa: as a shop owner I must say I love the security menu, quick
to access, ban, TPhome, etc Other than that I use the assault
menu a lot in combat at rausch, and the followers against griefers
GG: but TP2home is in the World menu of SL
GG: whats the difference?
Mufasa: but having them on your HUD and available in one click is
much better. If you have a griefer in your shop or home, it's
speed that matters
Mufasa: you need to tell people NOT to use url spam, I'm convinced
Lindens have a new tool to track it and they don't look who's doing
it - you get kicked and banned within seconds
Mufasa: I used it against a griefer that wouldn't quit, usually a
great attack as they can't use their HUDs and that forces them to
quit, stops you clicking and typing. Once you track a target
you know where they are if they're in the same sim and you can send
them anonymous messages - the messages are fine - but don't use the
GG: ah yes - I have used that - my friend was sending me messages
saying "hello - this is God speaking to you"
The full featured X_HUD defence and
weapons system costs L$1890
if you're looking for advanced personal security, I can
recommend the X_HUD.
If you are logged inworld at Second Life
now, you can click
EAC Corporation to purchase X_HUD.
The X_HUD is
controlled by a HUD - Heads Up Display:
Photo & Media Studio
my Second Life friends know, I work as a photographer / journalist in RL & 2L
and am happy to do a new profile portrait for you, photograph your
event, party or fantasy situation, or work with a stylist to do a
fashion shoot for that magazine feature or prepare your photos for a
model competition ~
this is the website to collect photographs or order your photo
photographic studio in SL is well equipped, with hundreds of pose balls,
animations, backdrops, lighting and three stages: a portrait stage
with multiple backdrops, a model stage for large dynamic pictures
and a white cyclorama for easy photoshop pics (if you want me to
put your portrait onto any background image) – in other
words its well equipped to handle almost any assignment from
product photos to fashion shoots. I am also available to do
photos on your location.
am happy to work for Lindens, although please be aware that an
hourly rate starts at L4000 and photo sessions are
minimum L1500 ~ only occasionally I will reduce my fee if the
assignment & you are worthy. IM for details! I do not pay
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them to your email, or I prefer to save them to my disk, work them
in Photoshop to make sure they are OK, and then make them
available for you to pick up anonymously at a secure place on this
website soon after the photo session. Please IM me!
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