Thursday, February 20, 2014

Free OpenSim Terrains

Please feel free to use these free terrains however you wish. They are not to be re-sold as-is.

These are my gift back to the Hyperverse, in the spirit of sharing that so many offer, I add my own little talent. I create these terrains by hand because I find it relaxing and enjoyable.

p.s. While I do take some time doing these, and they are nice, I do not do as much with them as I do with my "For Sale" ones. These are more "when in the mood to do some terraforming"...and I usually complete them in a couple of hours or so over a couple of days or so. My for sale terrains I walk/fly them over a few days in order to put fresh eyes and perspective on them, upload them into other places and do the same, change water levels and other such things in order to make sure I have dotted every "i" and crossed every "t". So these may sometimes have a slight imperfection, hardly likely to be even noticed except by me, but they do not reflect the energy and time consuming processes I do otherwise. They are a gift...plain and simple.

They are also not to be used in any non-hypergated closed commercial grid.

[ I probably will not create any more free terrains. There are tons of other free ones around. The best one can be hypergated to @ that Magnuz Binder maintains. 13 April 2016 ]

According to Classical Greek mythology, Lesbos was the patron god of the island. In archaic times, Arion developed the type of poem called dithyramb, the progenitor of tragedy, and Terpander invented the seven note musical scale for the lyre. (wikipedia)

Be that as it may, I recreated it for you to enjoy. Get it right here.

Islet of Villa Franca the World's Only uninhabited oceanic island or islet with a beach bordered by naturally growing trees. Artistic and virtual license taken as needed. Happy Holidays 2014! Get it here.

Say you're the Queen of all you can see, right? You need to see what your minions are doing, right? So, of course, you need a high place to set your Castle on, right? not right? ok then... you can't have this.

I named this one Hazardous...why, you ask yourselves? Well, It just seemed "right". Anywho, snag it here while ripe.

Getaway, yes, getaway to your very own Island!! Only for the daring...

Another mod similar to Harbours where I add...hmmm...harbours get it here, not over there

Harbours is another modification of a terrain that had much less land. So I extended some out to make these nice harbours-)) get it here or be square...or whatever that old phrase was

I called this Insanity, well, for one, "I" am insane [no, really, I ain't jokin'!!], and for 2, there was this Insanity Installation I went to the other day by an Artist named Cherry Manga and insanity has been on my mind more due to that. Get it here before, you, too, go completely and utterly insane!!

Another modification of a free one, Blossoming gives you a lot of land with some flat areas and some nice water areas inside. Get it here,if you dare!!

I have been feeling reflective lately and decided to create a terrain for myself, and to share it with others who may also be feeling their Zenness, or, even if not. [you may get it here] sweet!! @ 19 meters depth, this raw not only sends your sweetie a message, but allows you to  add much underwater. Some hills added for a variety of elevations. The terrain textures are just my current that I like...much can be changed to the look you prefer by changing textures and adjusting their numbers. [get it here for free]

Saipan is the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands, an unincorporated territory of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean. It was discovered by Gonzalo Gomez de Espinosa in 1521 on board the Spanish ship Trinidad, that he commanded after the death of Ferdinand Magellan. The Battle of Saipan from 15 June to 9 July 1944 was one of the major campaigns of World War II. Get it here or here.

The Territory of Christmas Island is a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. It has a population of 2,072 residents who live in a number of "Settlement areas" on the northern tip of the island: Flying Fish Cove(also known as Kampong), Silver City, Poon Saan, and Drumsite. The majority of the population is Chinese Australian. It is called Christmas Island because it was discovered on Christmas Day.

In 2001, increasing numbers of people attempted to travel to Australia by boat in order to seek Refugee status. Many of these arrived off Christmas Island. An incident known as The Tampa Affair caused quite an issue there. [git it here] or [here]

I created this one due to some talk going on at the time. My little twist is that it can be used with water at the default height, but that also, if you lower it to -0- you can use it that way, which is what I designed it for. [d/l it here] and here

For years, trivia buffs thought the world's largest island-in-a-lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake-on-an-island was a tiny island in a crater lake on Volcano Island in Lake Taal on the Philippine island of Luzon. [it is now some island in Canada, btw] [snag it here] and here

Aogashima is a volcanic Japanese island in the Philippine Sea. The island is administered by Tokyo and located approximately 358 kilometres (222 mi) south of Tokyo and 64 kilometres (40 mi) south of Hachijō-jima. It is the southernmost and most isolated inhabited island of the Izu archipelago.

My depiction includes water inside the Caldera Maruyama which is inside of the larger Caldera of Ikenosawa. With heights rising to 44m I smoothed it all out a bit more than the real place because that is just what I do, so deal!! [d/l here] and here

Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands. [get it here] and on payloadz

Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands located off the coast of western Africa. Virtually rising to 40m with lots of beach areas added, this depiction of the island should give you some nice options to enjoy. [d/l link] and here

Rhodes, home of Ancient Civilizations whom have risen and fallen. Rhodian Sea Law forms the basis for modern Admiralty Law, was the home of the Colossus of Rhodes and for some time the home of the Knights Hospitaller. [download here] and here

Guanahani - San Salvador Island. The first place Christopher Columbus landed in his discoveries of the New World, surpassing those who saw the horizon as being where "[t]here be dragons Terra incognita".  [link to download and here]

I was going to sell this but then I had to stop and think, "can one really sell Phi?? The Golden Number??"...and I said, "no, one can't" [kype it here] or here

Canyons is inspired by work I was doing for 3rd Rock Grid. Up to 80 meter Mountains with most around 50m. Two rivers with a wonderful low area on two sides of one where you can relax in peace, and solitude--)) [click this] and here

This crop circle was one of the first terrains I made, and I did it in the Kitely grid. A gift for my 1st rezday. download here or here

This Boat style terrain is fun. Roughly shaped like a boat, it offers high mountains and nice water areas. I added quite a bit of flat lands to set your home on and the water opens on one side to the free oceans. download here or here

With an approx 35 meters in diameter and 37 high centered landing point hill and the rest of the land @ approx 22 meters, this wheel with spokes has lots of possibilities. I used a silver land texture which does not come with it and changed the windlight settings a bit also. The region is inside the red prim area. [take it here] or here

I decided to add one of my old ones I sold to this free list. [230 Peaks and flats] or here

I did 36 of the tortured prims explained here and put them in a box and created an IAR for whomever wants it, go here and this explains how to use it...enjoy torturing prims, it's fun, and healthy!!

With flat lands and water going from the oceans to 5 inlets, Marina is primarily for people who enjoy boating. Add some nice landscaping and homes and you will find this one useful and enjoyable. [download]

Delta is a nice terrain. The south side is at the bottom ... [download]

Thursday, February 6, 2014


This blog page is another of my continuing series of talk based on my latest epiphany
concerning the need to separate HG enabled OS VR concepts from the non HG ones.

When one is attempting to convey a message, and knows well this is easily buried in the net amongst the more verbose, saying it in different ways, over and over again, helps to get the message out.

I take my cues from watching the marketing done by major marketing firms and the companies who employ them, change the message up, often, and you will reach a wider market and demographic.

As well, using different wording gets searched differently on the net, thus also helping to reach a wider audience.

I am one who when I like something, I like to talk it up. If I don't like something, I will often speak to that also. Frankly, I just speak my mind…lol

The thing is, though, we can, obviously, only speak to things we know about.

However, an awful lot of people speak about, and support, things, for all sorts of reasons. A lot of people support things that they do not even know that much about. A lot of people support things that are not even all that good, and usually for very selfish reasons.

It is not the purpose of this missive to go into all that, really, but to speak to why I support and/or promote certain things, in a, hopefully, positive way.

I have learned a bit about all this current iteration of virtual reality since I found SecondLife a few years back. I also know enough to know there is a ton of things I do not know. I am not one to simply accept things in much regard, and I am old enough to know what things I like, and what things I do not like. I have been using software for a long time, tried and threw away tons of it, and moved on to whatever is next.

When I was younger this was easier to do, it gets harder to make changes with age.

I currently support several things, and promote them, for want of a better word, simply because things come before my eyes.

If people obviously need extra promoting, or they are not good at doing so themselves, then I do what I can, if it touches on my key interests in some way.

I also am not especially interested in promoting for-profit types of things. They make the money, it is their job to do such things, really, and I have noticed that people are often used for such things, and casually thrown away when they do not do it the way those people think it should be, by people who obviously have no clues themselves, and I do not care for that.

Overall, if there is any future for the Metaverse, I feel strongly it will be with hypergating.

"Connecting people in social ways is just too ingrained in the net as a whole, hypergating does this."

There are a handful of closed type commercial grids, which, while being clones of the SecondLife business model, do somewhat well, but...not really. Some do get some hype simply due to them being something of a known quantity, by being clones, but as anyone can see who looks, SL is dying, and so will the clones, eventually. The only people, and this is a mere handful, who make any kind of sustainable real money that correlates into what some would call “a living” are those who run such grids. It is not really all that much, even then. It is more in the nature of the internet “start ups” who, often, come and go.

I see hosting of grids and regions as a viable business model, and I would have done it myself if this was 10-20 years ago. It makes sense, really. Though it is not near ready for prime time, in several regards, the foothold people make into it now should make a decent living for them, eventually. I can imagine such companies hiring marketing people and paying them a decent real wage, this is not happening yet.

Zetamex does this, and one can easily see Kitely as doing this when they enable HG, primarily because their pricing is in line.

Most of what is going on in VR now is tech stuff, laying the groundwork for what “might” be possible, and as such it is still in flux. People are mostly used for free to market other people’s projects and this, above all, shows the infancy of this all. The people who run them are tech people, primarily, or they have gotten tech types to work with them, or they use “friends” or family to do things.

I can't pretend to know what the future will actually hold, but now, other than with SL, it is more a seat of the pants type of thing, obviously.

So my primary desire, that which I want to see happen, that which I think is absolutely necessary for this to become mainstream, that which will become the tipping point and that which will make this all really happen, is with hypergating.

The majority of people are now actually involved in some way or another with it. There is a vast and mostly uncounted amount of personal grids where people keep HG enabled, or only enable it when needed. It is clear to me that this is where this is all headed, and it is the right thing.

We even see it with a couple of commercial type grids. Avination has been saying they would enable HG when content permissions issues are solved to their satisfaction, and this is a work in progress. Kitely promises it “soon”, even though they keep pushing it back due to various reasons they give, I expect it will still be the first of the commercial grid type to do it. I know of one older closed commercial grid where the owners are discussing enabling HG.

Why? Because even those people see it is the future. Are they wrong, I don't think so, and in fact, I think they are forward and innovative thinkers. They see what others are seeing, that whatever way things go, hypergating should be an essential part of it.

So this is why I support, in my own increasingly limited way, Kitely.

However, Kitely is a commercial grid, and in that regard still is basically another clone business model of SL. They tease of future things that may be interesting, but so do others. As I am one who does not count my chickens before they hatch, I will believe it, when I see it.

In the meantime, it does not hurt to support what I think is a “good thing” as Martha Stewart used to say [does she still? I don’t know].

My “home”, for want of a better word, or my interests, is with the free aspects of the Metaverse. These can be grids who are non-profits, or who are testing grids, or that are run by individuals, Companies for their own uses, or for Educational needs.

To my thinking all this content strife is unhealthy. I do understand some people who wish to sell things they create, whether for any monies they can obtain for helping their lives, or for the good vibes they get from someone showing they like what they do by voting with their own money, or simply because that is all they know.

But I also know many people, and a growing amount of them, who spend equally, if not more of their own time, making extremely good things, and giving it all away. Granted, this would reflect on their real lives, either they simply have the extra money to spend time with their hobby, or they have an ethos of sharing, or other myriad reasons…and they also get good feelings when people praise them…but it is a fact one can find so much freely given content there is not any reason to spend real money on it, unless one wants to.

In fact, here is my page full of such [free stuffs] that you can also get.

I like that and it fits my own ethos. So this is my main focus.

To my thinking, hypergating relates to how the net as a whole is. If one wishes to go to certain types of websites, then they simply can. If one wishes to join certain social type things, they are free to do so. If one wishes to have all sorts of varying interests, they can do so freely, and easily. Hypergating is that. Closed type grids, especially commercial ones, are not, and this is why the majority of the drama comes out of them, it is antithetical to “most” humans basic needs.

Kitely promises a symbiosis of both concepts, the commercial and the free hypergating. If this works, then it may be the future.

To my thinking, some people who should know better, work against their better interests by dividing their support between closed and open mentalities….I think this dilutes things, and confuses the real issues. What happens is that people who just glance over reading materials do not get the fuller picture they should be getting. The fact is that those closed, non-HG grids think what they are doing is better than what is being done in the HG'ed Meta, and they espouse all sorts of reasons they think are valid...that they get paid and therefore they can code better, or they can do this, or that, better...I mean, really? The hubris and lack of vision has struck me often as being quite limited.

But they do it in all sorts of ways, "their" content protections are better, "their" users are better, "their" owners are better, "their" coding is better...blah, blah, and more blah. And none of that is even true. It is very insulting too.

So, why would people who roam in, and enjoy, the hypergated Meta, act as a shillaber for such people?

Those people who think they are their betters? People who insult them? People who themselves say hypergating is not good and will never enable it, even if they could? I haven't a clue, perhaps someone can help me to see the light?

I do “get it” that they must think there is so little of all this that it would not make sense to separate out the differing concepts, but I think that thinking has passed, and comfortably so.

Often people lump all of opensim together in one basket, which is incorrect. Or they think of it only in terms of commercial SL clones, this is also incorrect. Most do not know they can be free, hypergate around as they will, and also do the commercial aspects, if it pleases them.

"Many do not know the true creativity is in the free Metaverse."

The bloggers, the talkers, the movers and the shapers, need to stop diluting the message…they need to more fully understand what they are helping to shape here, and they need to more fully focus on specific parts of it that interest them, and send that message out. They need to more fully understand their obligations due to being read…their obligations to their audience. Doing otherwise only keeps the casual majority onlookers confused, and then it falls to the few to try and help them more fully open their eyes.

So, for now, and maybe until I find something else to do, and with the caveat that I could learn something new, and change my thinking, I will mainly support anything related to hypergating. I will continue to call the wonderful Metropolis Grid my home, and I will continue to not involve myself much at all with for-profit ventures of others.