Monday, December 29, 2008

Can't Log In? Check The Grid Status

Sometimes no matter how many times you type your username and password, you can't get logged into the grid. Remember- you can check the current status of the grid and any issues it may be experiencing at

It's been a quiet winter break... with statwide training and conference workshops and sessions coming up, we're looking forward to a busy winter! Stay tuned...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Melany and I are working on still images and poses for the Small Business Development Center's simulations, and it dawns on me that when I first started learning how to move objects around in Second Life, it took me a while to put to memory which direction was which. Coordinates in Second life are still Cartesian, but in math classes growing up, the entire grid was tipped 90 degrees to what is "normal" to what I learned. This didn't come to light for me until I sat down today to work with Melany, and she insisted that this grid isn't the same as a "math grid. "

So, here's a little mnemonic that I've devised for myself that may help you- it helped Melany:

RGB = XYZ, where the red handle correlates to the x value, y correlates to green and z to blue.

Also helpful? Thinking of the way things will actually turn in the real world when correlated to values on the x y z plane - I did this thinking of the way my body moves. R, or red, is like tumbling head over heels, Y or green is like doing a cartwheel, and z is like spinning in place. Does this make sense? Let me know if a better explanation than this is desired.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Homogenous Forests?

If you've been on the island lately, you may have noticed that from our space has emerged a ton of pine trees- the basic Linden evergreen is acting as a placeholder, until we can grow more localized Oregon fauna. Did you know you can help sprout new plants to bring green variety to OR Community colleges island? We have a list of native species we're growing as a group- and making plants in Second Life is pretty easy- we'll happily help you, just come on by during sandbox drop in time! (Plant list, sandbox schedules and more are at our main info site. )

If you'd like more information on the island flora project, drop avatar Ruby Sol a note in Second Life.