Jan 22 2009

3D Geospatial Day at BAAMA.org

Today the (San Francisco) Bay Area Automated Mapping Association hosted a wonderful URISA Certified Workshop given by Tim Case, describing Best Practices and Project Implementation Methods for 3D Geospatial work. The all-day event provided a very broad and even-handed overview of many 3D technologies that hold promise for the near future.

With this presentation as an extra boost for my focus on a new build, I’m gearing up with even more enthusiasm for a new build in the Agni grid Mainland.  I’ve also tuned the Berkeley parcel for sale.  Its price amounts to about US$382.00, and that price is set to help cover purchase costs for the next build’s likely parcel.  The tuning involved reducing the parcel size by 64 square meters, so that the three Gualala parcels total 4608 square meters, or exactly the maximum amount allowed for Linden Lab’s US$25/month tier rate.  With that size, it would be possible for an interested party to purcahse the Berkeley BART station and maintain it for $300/year in tier (the Linden land property tax).

Also, based on today’s Geospatial tag, I’ve noted just this morning two mentions of the Berkeley BART build.  The New World Notes item by Wagner James Au 2009 01 19 was wonderful to find after our in-world messages last month.  For clarification, while true at the time of that conversation, no longer do I work for City of Berkeley.  The TidalBlog item by Peter Miller mentions interesting developments in the overlap between simulators and geospatial models, as well as some shots from his visit to the Berkeley BART model.  Thanks to both authors for their posts!

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Jan 15 2009

Hey Buddy, want a BART station? Berkeley Downtown for L$25/square meter

Published by under BART Station,SL In General

The iconic Berkeley BART station has been listed for sale (all build objects included) in Second Life.  In-world, simply visit the region Gualala  192 / 50 / 24 to take a look.  Under the covers, there are three parcels that are augmented by ample protected Linden land, including a picturesque road and bridge, a boat channel, and a canal.  The land took two years to consolidate, and involved about eight parcel purchases into the three now joined for sale. Two of the contiguous areas separated by the canal have been bridged using meticulous construction methods.

But the best part about this site is the 1000-prim Level 3 build.  It’s a  precise model about 1/3 scale, so that most Tiny avatars can walk around inside it.  Surface details, building exteriors and station interiors were shot in 2007, but look as good as new despite Gualala’s drizzly climate!

The station is on offer starting 2009 01 14 for L$116,800.  Proceeds will be used to support a non-Berkeley build in a nearby region.

Green areas show the three areas joined to make the parcel for sale

Green areas show the three areas joined to make the parcel for sale

Parcel areas with trees and transluscent prims for some scale context

Parcel areas with trees and transluscent prims for some scale context

Steep view of Berkeley BART station build

Steep view of Berkeley BART station build

Shallow view (westerly) of project site from boat channel

Shallow view (westerly) of project site from boat channel

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Jan 13 2009

Meta-machinima, Berkurodam for sale, OpenSim server offline

After two years, it seems time to work on a new big build.  In the interest of conserving SL resources, I’m looking to get enough from selling the Gualala land and Berkurodam build to purchase adjacent land for a new build at the Stanford site.

I’m interested in selling the Berkeley build to architecturally-minded SL folk, so that with a properly sized and shaped parcel, I can do another RL scale model build (not based on any location in the East Bay). Work circumstances have changed and I’ll be spending much less RL time in Berkeley, so Inquiries are welcome care of darb (at) simgis.com.

Unfortunately, the public-facing OpenSim server that was loaded with the 40 region 1:1 scale UC Berkeley model has now been taken offline and is in search of a data center slot.

Meanwhile, just to prove that I’m still around the metaverse, I’ve made my first meta-machinima. Using the YouTube MP4 streaming service, which is apparently available for any uploaded video, one can map a texture into a video stream as part of parcel media settings on Linden servers.  This machinima was shot at the Gualala Level 3 Berkurodam build.

For those with the site blocked, the URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntjkj4eyQvM 
I’m embedding the video below

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