Wednesday, August 6, 2008

'Chasm' installation - see it while you can!

An installation by Nebulosus Severine
Cow sim
July/August 2008

"No matter how much you think you love someone or trust someone, know this:
Between you and everyone else on this planet there is a dark, infinite chasm that can never be crossed."
-- Oswald T. Pratt, You Are Worthless

Before you explore the sim, there are some specific instructions for optimal viewing. They may seem complicated, but I assure you, they are simpler than they first appear and completely worth the effort.

Additionally, I suggest that you visit and explore the sim alone.


1.) Enable music streaming and turn on your music.

2.) Turn your draw distance to maximum.
(Edit - Preferences - Graphics - Check the "custom" box if it is not already - Draw Distance: 512)

3.) Download and install the following Windlight settings.
Download the zip file here --
Instructions for installation:
Unzip the files (if you don't have Winrar, you can download that for free here -- and extract them to the following locations:
Dark%20Water.xml -- C:\Program Files\SecondLife\app_settings\windlight\water
Shine%20Modified.xml -- C:\Program Files\SecondLife\app_settings\windlight\skies
---FOR MAC OS X---
Unzip the files (if you don't have UnRarX, you can download that for free here -- and extract them.
Go to your Applications folder and right-click on the version of Second Life you're running. Select 'Show Package Contents.'
It should open a new window with a folder called 'Contents' -- open that folder, then within it open 'Resources', then within that open 'app_settings', then within that open 'windlight.'
In the 'windlight' folder drag the files to these subfolders:
Dark%20Water.xml -- Resources/app_settings/windlight/water
Shine%20Modified.xml -- Resources/app_settings/windlight/skies

4.) Restart Second Life to see the new Windlight settings. Then, in the 'World' menu, select 'Environment Editor.' Press the 'Advanced Sky' button and choose 'Shine Modified' from the list. Press the 'Advanced Water' menu and choose 'Dark Water.'
[You can reset the skies/water at any time by choosing a different Windlight setting or by reverting to region default under 'Environment Settings.']

5.) Exploring the sim:
If you do not have a flight assist, you will need to wear a Flight Feather to explore. A free one is provided at the entrance to the sim.

There are two major structures in the sim; you can fly up and through them. Also, you will quickly notice that there is only one way to get from one side of the sim to the other (if you pay attention to details you will figure it out). At water level, you will find the Lost Souls.


Special thanks to:
-- Dirkthecow Writer and HERD for the use of their sim
-- Bettina Tizzy of NPIRL for making this possible
-- sp00ky Graves for help with textures, particles, and for general inspiration
-- Sean Clancy for help with the Mac OS X Windlight instruction settings
-- SomaFM for the 'Doomed' channel
-- All my visitors and supporters!

1 comment:

Zipeg said...

On Macintosh it is much easier to open RAR files with Zipeg. Free: