Archive for September, 2009

A good way to earn Lindens

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Because we need lindens to buy some special sets, then I tried to find ways to get lindens.

First I tried the surveys, they were all useless, endless and you can get nothing out of it.

Then I found a post introducing a way to earn lindens, then I tried it which lead me to the website call earn2life. What you should do is go to their secondlife location, and download a hud. Once you get the “hud” from them, you need to wear it, and then connect to the main server , and it will give you offers.

What is the offers?  When you ask for offers, it will give you an ad about the location and tell you if you stay there for 1-3 mins, then you can get 3 linden dollars per visit. Once you accept it, it will send you a landmark and you can teleport yourself to the location. They will count the time for you, and when you finished, it will automatically send you 3 lindens. It’s quick, reliable and real. Think might be helpful to others if they still worried to earn some lindens. If you want to get a job in secondlife, you can also try other ways provided on the website.

Weird homes

Friday, September 25th, 2009

There are a lot of houses that designed in a special way, why they are so different to others? Is it becuase people just feel bored to be normal?

Weird Camoflauged House by chippenziedeutch.
I like this one, looks like you are back in the nature. Why can’t apartments or houses in the city build like this? Wasting spaces?
A weird house in the Alps by nicolasnova.
La Pedrera House by puroticorico.
Strange house in forest by suneko.
Strange House Perched near the Dalles by St_A_Sh.
I found something in common for these strange houses, they are mostly alone by themselves. Is lonely the price for being unique?

Style for documentaries

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

To make a boring explanation or exploring into some kind of interesting stories, I think that’s what documentaries do. I didn’t watch many docos or even interesting in watching because I had the bad impression on most formal documentaries, then I think about the style of documentaries, is it all interview based? is all the docos boring? how many genres are there for docos?

I found some styles for docos on the internet:

Documentary style has constantly evolved and redefined itself. Ever since the earliest films were made, filmmakers have invented new technologies and storytelling solutions that have, in turn, suggested additional and more innovative possibilities to younger filmmakers who have seen and learned from the work of their elders.

Early French Shorts

Before 1900, films were extremely short–a minute or less–and really just captured moving images in a single event or scene. Moving pictures were seen as such a novelty, their mere existence was enough to enrapture viewers. The best examples of these black and white documentaries is the fascinating footage of the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière, shot at their studio in Lyons, France.

Seminal Styles

In 1914, two seminal documentaries indicated the development of divergent styles in longer form: storytelling documentaries. Edward S. Curtis used reenactments to show ’true’ Native American life in In the Land of The Headhunters, while footage actually shot on location revealed the hardships endured by the cast of The Rescue of the Stephansson Arctic Expedition.

Setting the Scene

Reenactment and setting the scene was commonplace in early documentaries. In his famous Nanook of the North (1922), Robert J. Flaherty shot on location, but frequently censored the behavior of his subjects and even had them build an igloo without a roof so he could get sufficient light and space for his camera work.

Newsreels

Early newsreels, too, featured reenactments. A cameraman would arrive on the scene after the battle was won–or lost–and re-stage battle scenes so he could film them as news clips.

Kino Pravda

Kino Pravda (Cinema Truth) describes Dziga Vertov’s 1920s newsreel series. Vertov believed the camera could see and capture reality more accurately than the human eye, and used varied lenses, time lapse, shot and counter shot, slow, fast and stop motion to capture the cinematic reality of a moment in time.

Propaganda

Films were used as outright propaganda during the 1930s and 40s war years, when Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will, which stirred Nazis to their fevered adoration of Adolph Hitler, was countered by Frank Capra’s Why We Fight newsreels, which were produced to sway Americans to go to war.

Cinema Vérité

Taking advantage of technological developments in image and sound recording equipment, the French Cinéma vérité, similar in name to Kino Pravda, took documentary filmmaking to a new level of realism by using handheld cameras on location to capture events as they occurred. No more staged battle scenes. Cinema vérité shows you the real thing.

Direct Cinema

The North American variation of Cinema vérité, known as the Direct Cinema style, was developed and preferred by trend-setting filmmakers Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault, Richard Leacock, Frederick Wiseman and Albert and David Maysles.

Various Takes on Direct Cinema

Following the Direct Cinema style, most filmmakers shoot for reality, but contemporary directors are generally divided into two groups–those who, like Michael Moore, enter the story and influence its outcome, or those who, like D.A. Pennebaker, remain objective observers who watch and film as their story develops.

Still in Vogue

The Direct Cinema style, still in vogue, usually involves following a person or group through an event–often a crisis–using handheld cameras to capture the subject’s reactions as the situation unfolds. Voice over narration and sit down interviews are used very sparingly. In making these films, directors often shoot many hour of film, which must then be edited to concisely tell the story. In contemporary documentary filmmaking, editing is often as important as shooting, but great editors–like Nancy Baker, who shaped Harlan County USA–rarely get the credit they deserve.

Power of Persuasion

The propaganda potential of documentary film is still a factor in contemporary nonfiction films, especially those dealing with political hot potatoes. For example, most films shown at the annual Human Rights Watch International Film Festival have strong social and political messages for viewers.

Big Budget Small Budget

Commercially successful documentaries such as Super Size Me, March of the Penguins and An Inconvenient Truth have given nonfiction features a much broader reach–and yielded bigger budgets for some documentary filmmakers. On the other hand, very affordable digital recording equipment now makes it possible for almost anyone to make a documentary, which guarantees a proliferation of nonfiction films–which will undoubtedly give rise to the development of new and highly individual styles of documentary filmmaking.

Second life cheats?!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Like many otehr computer games, second life is a game, so there will be cheats.

Then I found an post says opposite:

Second Life Cheats – Do Second Life Cheats Really Exsist?

If you are looking for Second Life Cheats then you may be dissapointed! It is a growing trend as more people are joining Second Life for people to try and cheat the system.

Normally they try and do this for money. Well the truth is that Second Life Cheats do not exsist and you will be searching long and hard if you hope to find one!

That said, there are some awesome guides out there that can get you making money very fast on Second Life.

Probably the hardest thing about Second Life is getting started as it can seem a little bit overwhelming but once you get to grips with it it can be very profitable!

One of the best ways to get started on Second Life is not to search for Second Life Cheats as you will normally get your account banned!

The quickest way to riches is to find a good Second Life guide, probably the best guide I have found is the Second Life Riches guide and it contains everything you need to get started!

Then I tried to googled the cheats for second life, and there are really no specific cheats for that. Unless you know how to write scripts and codes. I think it’s also the nature of the game determines the cheats. It’s not like warcraft or other games that you can upgrade your level, rather than that you need lindens, which can be bought with real currency, and make it hard to cheat, maybe illegal to cheat.

Trip in the virtual world

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Before I found it quite hard to travel in second life, I have no clues on which island can be landed, which island has the thing i want, which island is developed and where I can found amazing stuffs. When browsing second life related sites, I found this one: SL Trip Tips. It introduce you where to go and what you can found in the island. It also provide the landmark of the location for you to teleport. I think it’s really useful.

Dive World: Go SCUBA Diving!


Location: Dive World (143,141,28)

This is a great example of terrific use of an island, both land and water!

Sky News TV Studio


Location: Sky News (128, 128, 0)

Sky News, a UK news TV network, has built a large TV studio and station in Second Life. With a studio set for news anchors complete with TV camera and boom mics on trollies, offices and desks, waiting room and meeting rooms, production and director’s tech rooms and more. And, some easter eggs as well – a clue from the Sky News website: “At some of the desks you can play short videos about the jobs of the people who work there.”

Surfing at Chi!


Location: Chi (132,107,52)

Surf’s up in Second Life!

Zen Living Headquarters, Library, and Gardens


Location: Vine (241,187,108)

The Zen Living Headquarters is an imposing building, surrounded by lovely gardens. The sim has a wonderful sound-scape of flowing water, birds, and wind chimes. Another great place to escape your RL dramas.

I think this site is also very useful for anyone who are looking for sets location for shooting.

Second life going commercial for you?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Anything can go commercial, especially when you have a large user data. I’m not a gamer therefore I cant understand why people paying real money for computer games or anytihing virtual rather than physical. In this case, I can’t understand how can people make a good living via the games either. But I found an example: My Virtual Life. This is about casestudies of the successful examples of making money via secondlife.

In my perspective, the most popular way to make it connected to the real worldis advertising. Since so many people use it and wander around the islands, if you can put an advertisement in the most popular spot, you will get what you want. But according to my experience in secondlife, I didn’t see much advertisement form real world brand. Rather than this, people tend to make their own brands in regard to manuacturing secondlife outfits, set or any other objects and textures. They seem to open another market in secondlife which only provides virtual goods and they promote their virtual branding.

Well, if secondlife is such a spetacular market, why don’t the famous brands in the real world make a good use of it? They can create virtual brand of their own, extend their exposure and even their promotion in the virtual world. Like Facebook, it has a large data base of users and many telecommunication companies want to make a good use of it. But no one step on the land to promote their real goods?

Is it because people using secondlife wants to avoid real life, and they don’t pay attention to the things they’ve already seen everyday out on the street?

Documentary = Home video?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Recently I found that many commercial movies started to use home video style for shooting. Examples like District 9, the newest paranormal activity. It seems that to most audience, home video become the authentic style for realistic, it can also create the feel of as if you were in it. While movies can take the documentary style, can documentary take the style of movie? Or it’s nature determines that it can’t be like movie?

In my opinion, documentary as a movie is possible, but it might need more time to develop the whole story, or even capturing the best bit. Movie can make everything happened immediately, but documentary needs time to develop the drama itself, if you are lucky enough, you can witness the beginning till the end. Also, I think this depends on the topic of the documentary. If the topic is about someone’s past or experience, it’s hard to have drama in it. It’s mostly likely to be boring talking all the time. To made this kind of topic interesting, digging for the dark side is a good way. Many stories are not what it looks like but there are real stories behind. If the topic is about some events, process of something or a subject, it’s easier to capture drama in it because nothing will just go smoothly.

In the case of home video style, I always prefer stable camera rather than handheld one. Handheld can be used for a short time, but not through the whole film. Actually I hate home made videos because it’s low quality and the camera always shaking for no reason. I dont mind if the camera were shooting in a weird angle or using any effects, but strange framing or blury focus will drive me crazy.

Opps, is it banned?

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Second Life banned in Australia

According to this news, Second life is being censored for it’s pornography parts as well as other computer games.  I can see the potentical of banning the game because there exist a considerable amount of sexual themes and islands for sexual purposes. I knew that there are islands for avatars to do any sexual actions, there are animated poses for avatars. Within the cyberspace, you can do whatever you want  and it’s legal, well of course you have to be old enough.

What did second life do is, they set up an age verification system for users. If they are not yet on the standard, they can not access to specific islands and contact any sexual references on second life.

Since Secondlife is open for everyone, they have the responsibility to take concern of the user’s age and their accessibility. While the adults are having fun, children may receive the wrong directions and wrong information on what they should do or should not. Even though Australia is a counrty for freedom to speak, the censoring part has it’s reason to exist.