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Actually, it's not really a Maneuver, it's more of a Gesture . . .

No, really, Miles and I made a Gesture in Second Life. Miles wanted a way to type our logo in the chat window--:)i(:--with a shortcut instead of leaning on the shift key for four keystrokes. I suggested if we were going to do that, we ought to have a little sound to play to go with it, so Miles composed a little nine-second .wav file of a sort of fluttery ringtonish chime. (This is not as annoying as it may sound, since most of those seconds are a long slow echoey fade after the initial notes.) Miles uploaded the sound and gave it to me, and I went off to create a new Gesture with it.

Selecting Gestures under the Edit menu (or hitting Cmd-G) brings up a list of your Active Gestures and the shortcuts for them. Just click Add and you can set the parameters for a new Gesture. You can make it play an animation, play a sound, type a preset message in the chat window or all of these things at once. You can also add Wait steps if you want a pause between events. I simply had it play the sound Miles had created and type ":)i(:" into the chat window, all at the same time. I named it /bfly, saved it and gave a copy to Miles so we could start handing it out to our fellow Social Butterflies.

Once again, we did our usual rounds at Quantum Fields, with the Positive Quantum Energy Festival in full swing that night. Miles handed out the /bfly Gesture to the other Group members in the room and people were triggering it all night. Miles and Lysander wound up doing tag-team DJ duty--Lysander would play a few songs and then hand the stream over to Miles, who would then play a few tracks and then hand the stream back to Lysander. (I don't know the techy details about How They Did It, beyond the fact that they both have access to the Shoutcast server and used IMs to coordinate the changeovers.) It was a really fun night.

I also did some mucking about with prims, but that didn't turn out quite as well as I would have liked. The torus still baffles me in many ways.

There are big all-day events happening at both Quantum Fields and Caledon. I might check out Caledon; I'll definitely have to swing by Quantum Fields at some point. Of course, there is that pesky Real Life business to be taken care of . . .

Gesture Mania

Date: 2007-04-29 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caliburnsusanto.livejournal.com
You can also string a series of gestures together inside a single gesture command. There are lots of freebie gestures out there to mix and match to get your point(s) across.

The Create Gesture feature was broken for quite a while in SL so people kind of gave up on it, but now that it works again it's worth fooling around with to break away from the deadpan generic avatar expresionlessness.

Re: Gesture Mania

Date: 2007-04-29 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cyfishy.livejournal.com
I wasn't aware it had ever been broken, because last night was my first time using it. I'm glad it's working again.

I tried making another Gesture, but was stymied by an odd glitch that I can't figure out. I used it to play a non-looped animation called drunkfall that I picked up as a freebie somewhere. Now, when I play drunkfall by double-clicking the animation, my avatar falls over and ends up on the ground. If I move, then I stand back up again.

I tried making a Gesture that played drunkfall, and while I fell over without a hitch, when I moved to stand back up, I would stand and then blink back into the lying down position when I stopped moving. I tried adding a 'stop all animations' step, but it didn't seem to take. Any ideas?

I'll tinker with it again and see what I can come up with.

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