Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Interview with Shockwave Yareach
Shockwave Yareach and I met at his area at Sunweaver Space , high above the sim. Shockwave said we are in space, that's why it is named Sunweaver Space. "One of us has to build in orbit." said Shockwave. He took a moment to say this, "By the way: we are a kilometer up. So be careful of the edges of the platform. It's a long drop."
"Thank you for the warning. I was afraid of going over the edge." I said.
He then showed me the meditation tube,"You just stare at it and relax." said Shockwave when asked what the meditation tube could do. When he was asked about the avatar jumping in the chair, he said that it cycles among animations. Shockwave also showed me the plasma curtains. "The plasma curtains are for walking through." he told me, "They are just decorations. Most of the textures I use are Raytraced using POVRay - a very old and slow graphics program."
"I made this parcel. But not the whole sim." said Shockwave when we started talking about Sunweaver Space. "I WISH I had a whole sim - could put out some of my maze games. They consume land area like you wouldn't believe. In this parcel, I can only rez my smallest."
We started talking about his role as a builder. "The first thing was Squid on a stick." said Shockwave. "It was stupid, but silly. You waved at people and the tentacles slapped them."
"I have a partner, Cynthia. We build together for Relay For Life and for our store as we can." said Shockwave when he was asked if he had an assistant. "The past year we've both been busy. So except for RFL, our production has been slow."
"Cynthia and I build stuff for steampunk builds and mad science looks." said Shockwave. He and Cynthia have worked on a number of joint projects over time. When he was asked if he had ever build a store, he said, "Yes, but it is gone now."
Shockwave had been building on Second Life for a long time, as well as real life. "You've seen the Christmas lights dancing to songs? I do that. But I don't have the budget others have so I have to make stuff myself and with my own designs." he told me.
Shockwave had been on Second Life for over 10 years. I asked him when his rezdate is and he said, "Sept 29 2006." Then Shockwave said something about his work in real life. "I used to work at Nasa." he told me, "15 years. I did a good job."
When Shockwave was asked if he goes to any club, he said, "Cutlass and Xanadu principally. Now and then I'll find a blues club here or there. I'm usually in Sunweavers or Caledon territory." Shockwave added that he goes to the Irish club in Caledon. "Heh. I'll pass your complements to the dance ball builders" said Shockwave when I said that Shockwave and Cynthia are amazing dancers.
I found out that Shockwave write filk songs. Shockwave gave me the link http://www.furaffinity.net/gallery/shockwave77598/ where he has some songs. "Once in awhile someone at a club will come up with a silly idea. And if I have the free time, I try to make it real." said Shockwave. "Zorro wanted the song CARS done about Tanks. So..." And with that, he gave me the link http://www.furaffinity.net/view/17593029/ . "I gave it a more Industrial twist." said Shockwave.
Shockwave used to write furry and Scifi, but he had not done much lately. There was no time for him to write furry and Scifi. "Would you say that you are still a writer even though you don't do much of that today?" I asked. "I think so. Out of practice is all." said Shockwave. When he was asked if he has a blog, he said, "Alas, no."
Shockwave plands to continue coming on Second Life until the end. Until then, he will continue to build things and maybe sell something.
Before the interview ended, we talked about my house-building. When I asked him if he had ever built a house, he replied that he had built many houses. "I know you helped others build houses. You've helped me with building a house. Thank you." I said. "You are very welcome." said Shockwave with a smile, "Let me know if you need more help with the house building."
What I have learned from my time with Shockwave is that he is an amazing person, who would help people in need, like Relay for Life, and someone trying to build a house.