Prim Shaping (Historical Second Life)   2 comments

We were in a bull session on the Maitreya group in world, and we got talking about working in prims, for some reason. Now, most of the older types may think prims are dead as a dodo now, what with mesh … and the younger types may have never known what I’m talking about. (That’s you, Jemmy, Diana and Morgan!) But the primitive is still the foundation stone of Second Life — really, there’s one someplace deep in the heart of Jeogeot (grin). Our clothes and houses and furniture may all be mesh now, but we can still build with prims, for those too lazy or scared to learn Blender or figure out how to do materials graphics.

One of the Residents in the chat shared a link to a 2009 article by Ayumi Cassini on prim twisting. Check it out, and see what’s possible for anyone in Second Life. Don’t let the ancient skills of our foremothers and forefathers die!

Posted August 19, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Tips and tricks

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  1. “Don’t let the ancient skills of our foremothers and forefathers die!”

    Zackerly! Even if the resulting builds can’t stand up to the quality of today’s mesh builds, there is a certain relaxing aspect, almost meditative, about old-school primdoodling. And sometimes you even create something useful. For example swimming pools are easily done and don’t use many prims. ;) Or abstract sculptures, houses, clubs, hangars … all done inworld, where you can see the fruits of your labour manifesting live in front of your eyes.

    Oh, and I’m still a huge fan of hairs and gowns made with flexiprims! So much more sensible and sexy than those stiff cement robes of nowadays.

  2. “We didn’t do things back in my time like you young whipper-snappers do,” the old Resident croaked, leaning on his cane. “We built ever’thing out o’ hot, smokin’ prims, fresh outta the blast furnace, a-hammerin’ ’em out on the mathematical anvils till we got the shape we wanted!”

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