Reflections

I was walking around and saw a reflection...

I was walking around and saw a reflection...

This gave me pause for a moment. Because I have water reflections turned off, and because the water level in this sim is far, far below the ground. So I started moving my camera around, trying to figure out how this was done…

And this is what I found...

And this is what I found...

The entire scene was mirrored and duplicated on the other side of the floor prim. 🙂 Horribly inefficient, but striking all the same.

Take a look.

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I’m not a great fan of nature as such. Can’t even stare at the pretty skies for too long, I get bored. But this gets special mention: the park of Kenroku.

This is how you do a park.

This is how you do a park.

A native of Kanazawa I met there mentioned that this place very closely follows one that exists in the First Life, and this I can easily believe — walking through it evokes a constant sense of deja vu, as scenes from many a visual novel race through my mind.

Toilet humor

In my continued scouring of Japanese sims for things of interest (read: buying anything I find amusing or wearable until I get tired) I have come across the sim of Kichijoji, a shopping district built to resemble a modern provincial shotengai in a seedier part of the city. In First Life, that would include a public toilet facility. Well, it does here, too.

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Yes, yes, I get the point, why are you selling it then? 🙂

Beside that, it includes the mainshops for some relatively unknown Japanese designers, and is in general well worth a visit.

No, really THE tallest standing structure

After I wrote that post about the tallest towers in Second Life, I thought I wouldn’t need to return to the subject, until I bumped into what has to be the tallest tower currently standing in Second Life — literally bumped, I was trying to fly a plane. Surprisingly, it’s built on mainland, which would otherwise make constructing such a structure impossible, if it were not for supergiant megaprims up to 256 meters in one direction, that have recently become available. The sky platform at the top is 4000 meters up, which is pretty close to the current build limit of 4096. But they weren’t satisfied with that and put up a particle beam shining all the way into the void above, no idea how far that goes.

I must mention that a thing like Salt HUD, as well as related HUD tools, makes searching for the right megaprim size and orientation a breeze, and allowed me to get rid of all those open boxes in my inventory, knocking the total at least 1300 items down, which can’t be bad for the poor asset server. 🙂

KB Labs Tower

Not very detailed, but you've got to admire the effort

There is also one more replica supertall landmark built in Second Life that I missed in that list, namely, the ghostly World Trade Center towers memorial. They are rather finely detailed for ghostly boxes, and are built exactly to scale, but commercial development right across the street kind of makes the whole idea dubious.

Please ignore the open shops behind my back.

Please ignore the open shops behind my back.

Tallest standing structure

Considering that you can build directly in the air, the whole issue is rather moot, but I keep stumbling into replicas of tall structures in Second Life, as well as more fictional towers. There are more than a few tower replicas not built to scale, which I mostly won’t be detailing here, since quite a few of them are built to less than 1:2 scale, and as such aren’t very interesting, even if they are very tall.

Eiffel Tower was the first structure of this type built in physical space, and is supposed to be 324 meters tall. However, this replica is only 154 meters tall, and isn’t particularly detailed. It is worthy of note though because it is the only one in which the builder thought to include a few sets of kiss poseballs on the upper platform.

Unfortunately, it\'s not very detailed

Unfortunately, it's not very detailed

But it does come with kiss poseballs

But it does come with kiss poseballs

Tokyo Tower is built exactly to scale, and is 333 meters tall. This is one of the most detailed replicas I’ve seen in Second Life.

There\'s a pink heart on the other side of this deck.

There's a pink heart on the other side of this deck.

Unlike avatars, pandas can\'t fly.

Unlike avatars, pandas can't fly.

Metaverse Broadcasting built a replica of the Empire State building for their headquarters, and while it is more or less realistic, it is only about 383 meters tall, when the original Empire State is almost 449.

Built out of 15x10x100 megaprims

Built out of 15x10x100 megaprims

The spire is unusually detailed

The spire is unusually detailed

The Ostankino Tower in Russian Worldware is built exactly to scale with it’s material counterpart, and is quite likely to vanish soon because the sim is apparently up for sale. It is 563 meters tall.

Actually, it\'s not that glossy...

Actually, it's not that glossy...

I don\'t know why these balloons are here

I don't know why these balloons are here

However, the list wouldn’t be complete without the tallest original towers built in Second Life. The Laurentia tower is one of the prettiest and one of the tallest at 1500m, and also happens to have the distinction of being the only tower of this type with a real staircase inside, all the way from top to bottom. It is, however, still not the tallest one.

Looks rather unassuming from this angle

Looks rather unassuming from this angle

This image is cropped this way because there\'s a quiet naked lady sunbathing to the left of the camera...

This image is cropped this way because there's a quiet naked lady sunbathing to the left of the camera...

All known standing structures dwarfed by the SLNews tower, which is 2000 meters tall. There is a platform at the old build limit, at 760 meters, but apparently it was extended all the way to 2000, where the the sim ran out of primitives.

This was the first supertall tower I found, surprisingly

This was the first supertall tower I found, surprisingly

The tallest point is rather boring

The tallest point is rather boring

Don’t ask me what’s the point, but I suppose having other people talk about them is good enough. 🙂