i have been build focused in OpenSim since i started in earnest back in march of 2010. that’s one reason i don’t mind being a hermit and it’s a radical change from Second Life where i was land focused and consumed with keeping as many parcels rented out as possible (at one point i had 101 parcels and had to average $100 USD, or L$26,000, a day to break even!). apart from being build focused now, i also have very little pressure to work on it every day or even every week – a huge change from the land business and being in-world as much as possible and doing LindeX exchanges from my old Blackberry several times a day
with the land business, there was always something to do daily and residents to visit with. however, being a hermit makes it easier to put something off till later it’s up to me what i want to build – there’s not really a to do list or urgent issues demanding my attention. some of what i build is in conjunction with subQuark and, as his book approaches, that collaboration becomes tighter. but until recently, i could just build anything that i thought would be interesting for middle school science students and subQuark would work an activity around it
there are several things that came easily to me because they are “big” topics – like solar panels, wind and water turbines, and hydro-electric power (seeing as many electric companies in Canada is simply referred to as “Hydro” (no, not hydro as sometimes pot is called in BC) =p
how about other builds, where do those ideas for Enclave Harbour come from?
like the flushing toilet activity which i totally love (thank goodness subQ does too), the underwater nuclear reactor, and even the freebie waste bins? where did those come from? certainly not from the cogs in my head, i’m not that original!
those ideas come from current events online and many come from a daily newsletter i get from SmartPlanet!
in fact here are a few i’d like to build in the next month to be included in subQ’s book:
- smart bus stop
- 2,500 mph vacuum train (up to 4,000 mph according to ET3)
- commercial scale rooftop produce
my inspirations need to be tied to science but there are millions of inspiring things to look at online
the next time you get stuck, just do a little Google surfing and you might be surprised with what you get excited to build next! =)