Minoan

Throughout the years I’ve owned this homestead, I’ve tried to make a build inspired by the Minoan civilisation, Europe’s first important culture – which was, as it seems, created by one of the oldest European peoples. Progress on this has never been consistent or smooth; In older days, when I tried to essentially recreate the palace of the Homeric king Nestor (a smaller Mycenaean build that seemed to be easier to build on a homestead), I ran out of prims while I was halfway through the build, as I hadn’t taken advantage of convex hull physics. As a matter of fact, I’m not even sure this feature was available back then.

Now, I’ve pretty much settled for a build that will be based on the Minoan palace ancient Knossos. If I ran out of prims back then, what makes me think I’ll avoid running into such problems with such a huge build? Extensive use of convex hull physics and mesh is the answer. So, I started… The first attempt was abortive and I dare say it was a bit of scouting ahead, to see how the parts would work with each other. However, it deviated a lot from the ancient original. So, I started over.

And now I’m starting over again. Again? Yes, again. You see, I visited the archaeological site of Knossos on Friday and saw just how the whole build really was. My recollection of an older visit had faded, and all the information I mustered from the web proved to be inadequate and confusing. So, I’m starting over, and this time I’m going to plan things ahead much better – and also I’m going to try to make as much of it with mesh, in an attempt to optimise it as much as possible to reduce land impact and improve performance as much as possible.

But what is it that I want to make? Well, I  want to make a futurism-meets-fantasy-meets-ancient-lore build that will combine elements of cosmic, sci-fi and fantasy builds with an existing architectural background; what I’m really trying to achieve, however, is not the creation of yet another dystopian sim; I want it to look and feel pleasant, inviting and have an aura of freedom. Also, this build will not be solely made for myself. Instead, I plan to eventually open it to the public.

So, no pictures to see right now – the land has been all but emptied. When am I going to have real news? Later on. But right now, it’s back to the drawing board.

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Mona

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Shortlink: http://wp.me/p2pUmX-ih

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OK everyone, it’s been a while since I last posted anything here. I’m going to give you all an update on my Cyber-Knossos project. I’ve already stated the incentives I’ve had to start this build. Well, to be entirely honest with you, these incentives have never ceased existing; I’ve had them for a long time and, as I mentioned in my last post, there were quite a few abortive attempts on my behalf to make something that echoes the architecture of the great Minoan civilization.

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Today, as I was writing my post on my Cyber-Knossos project, I had started taking snapshots of the build so that I could show you what I was doing. However, for reasons that are well beyond my grasp, one of the snapshots (I even saw it in the preview of the snapshot floater in my viewer, but saved it anyway – and the next one was just the same) ended up like this:

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Borked snapshot

The next one was pretty much the same, like I said. So, I relogged and went back to my beloved habit of snappity-snap-snapping away. And I ended up with this (see the red circle – the top of the pillar was simply invisible, so were other objects):

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Missing prims (rez fail)

Of course, the prims weren’t really missing; they just hadn’t rezzed. At any rate, this didn’t stop me from working on the build. But still, I wonder what causes these graphics glitches. Could it be the crappy ATI/AMD drivers for Linux that caused that borked snapshot? As for the rez fail, what causes it? Beats me.

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Mona (formerly slutrix)

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Shortlink: http://wp.me/p2pUmX-28

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First posted at: http://wp.me/p2RycE-28

Those who have known me for any period of time here in SL are quite aware of my obsession with the Minoan civilization. Well, for starters I must say that it’s my boyfriend who should be blamed for this; he’s the one that got me into this whole thing. Now, what is it that makes this mysterious Bronze Age civilization so interesting and intriguing to me? Let’s see…

  1. It was the first significant civilization in Europe.
  2. By all accounts, it seems that it was a matriarchal society, or at the very least a society in which women were not considered inferior to men.
  3. For its time, it was highly advanced, with artifacts that were exquisitely crafted (jewelry, pottery, even utensils for daily use).
  4. A further sign of how advanced this civilization was is its architecture, with multi-story buildings possessing extremely elaborate floor plans and covering very large surfaces (it is believed that the labyrinth of Greek mythology was inspired by the complicated architecture of the city* of Knossos); these buildings made extensive use of lightwells and polythyra (arrangements of multiple doorways placed one next to the other) to get sunlight and fresh air even down to the lowest floors. Also, the Minoans constructed a very well-designed system of aqueducts and drainage pipes to get fresh water to their palaces and cities, and get the waste water out.
  5. While the artifacts and the references in the ancient Egyptian archives tell us quite a bit, we’re never going to know everything about the Minoans, because their writing is highly unlikely to ever be deciphered, for want of an equivalent for the Rosetta Stone. Therefore, understanding this civilization is somewhat open-ended.
  6. Its art celebrated the small, “mundane” pleasures of life, nature and even sensuality.
  7. They were fashion pioneers, with fitted dresses, often with a series of ruffles, and they were combined with tight-fitting bodices that left the breasts exposed – compare that to the “for God’s name, woman! Cover up!” attitude of later patriarchal societies that have been oppressing women until our days…
  8. I’m sick and tired of the super-cheesy reproductions of buildings from the classical antiquity in Second Life – let’s do something different, shall we?
  9. The fact that neo-nazi offspring of the WW2 nazi collaborators (posing as “patriots” – how ironic) in Greece have usurped Greece’s ancient history, distorted it and put it through the shredder, mixing it with their crap (the people of the movie “300” have a lot to answer for in this department) has poisoned this era for me, forever.
  10. It’s the civilization on which Plato created his fable of the Atlantis! How can a civilization get more cool than that?

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