Free Speech to get Really Complicated

Every so often I get on the subject of free speech. Second Life™ is said to be inhabited by more Liberals and Progressives than Conservatives and Traditionalists. But, no one knows, at least I have yet to see an objective study or assessment. I can see that we have more demonstrations of liberalism in SL. But, Conservatives have historically been the silent majority. Thus, the problem figuring out the actual demographics.

Google can't tell about information requests from China

Google can’t tell about information requests from China

Second Life is not a free speech area. It is a private area owned by Linden Lab(R). Speech is governed by the ToS. We are free to say whatever within those limits. It is up to the Lindens to decide what speech exceeds those limits. Their decision is final, there is no appeal.

In RL free speech is suffering from fake news that is confusing some people and adding extraneous information some mistake for facts. Part of which is that awful thing ‘Hate Speech’, which is an interesting spin on “Hate” and the prime tool for anti-speech proponents.

I think the recent Berkley riot and threat of riot are examples of people not understanding the US Constitution and the principle of Free Speech nor its importance nor how to protect it nor why. Continue reading

Content Creation UG 2017-04-27

This video time compresses no-voice sections to reduce the total run time from 70+ minutes to less than 45. The Time Marked outline is below. We get a few hints of possible coming features.

Prior to the meeting officially starting, Medhue Simoni and Jessicaann Wrigglesworthwere were discussing how Appearance Sliders in Blender-AvaStar work with animation.

The meeting starts at TM: 03:00.

04:30 – Vir Linden working on the HTTPAssets viewer to reduce crash rates. Fixing a couple of bugs. New version out to RC this afternoon (Thursday – v5.0.5.325825).  Continue reading

Second Life News 2017 w17

Servers

The main channel did not get an update. Bummer. I was hoping the increased population change would roll across the grid.

I looked to see if Fantasy Faire has the RC version with the feature running. Nope. I had a lot of trouble crossing regions so, I thought the new version might be the problem..

The County Girl

The County Girl

The RC channels Blue Steel and Magnum are being updated with a new version of the increased population package: 17.04.13.325429. Le Tigre is getting a package with internal tool changes: 17.04.21.325687.  Continue reading

Second Life: Open Source DJ Software

MIXX DJ Software

I came across this in my daily reading. KirstenLee Cinquetti started posting in the KirstenLee blog. There are two new posts apparently the first since 2015. Whatever, there is this interesting software for those DJ’ing in Second Life™.

See: K’s Software Pick of The Week! This is an article about the software MIXX. See it here: DJ Your Way. For Free. I don’t DJ in SL, but it looks way neat…

KIRSTENLEE Viewer Lives?

Long ago (2013 and before) KirstenLee Cinquetti made the KirstenLee Viewer. The S19 version was about the last in the series. Until the updates stopped KirstenLee’s Viewer was the photographer’s viewer of choice. It was my daily-use viewer.

KirstenLee Viewer April 2017

I suppose the Black Dragon Viewer could be said to have taken over a similar position in the community. Firestorm Viewer is now my choice for photography.

However, back in 2013 there was a bit of a controversy in June 2013: S19 Viewer Controversy. There were also some health issues in KirstenLee’s family before the controversy that I thought were the primary reason for discontinuing the viewer updates.

KirstenLee is again compiling a viewer. See: KV SPRING CLEAN… You’ll find the viewer in SourceForge under Kirstens Viewers. I am not endorsing the viewer nor have I used it. But, I do find it interesting that it still lives.

Also, this viewer had an Anaglyph 3D feature (the middle image in the image), which would be a good reason to try it out.

Anaglyph 3D: The 3D that uses Red-Blue glasses to see 3D. A problem with anaglyphic viewing is distorted color.

I have my Samsung VR Gear and an S8 in process… woohoo!

Fantasy Faire 2017 Warning

Fantasy Faire (FF) is always awesome and it certainly is this year. I enjoy trekking through the regions. But, that is a challenge this year. Trying to walk from region to region is almost always failing, stripping off scripts, reducing ACI, and checking the population in my destination region are all failing.

Fantasy Faire 2017 – Morbus

I can walk across the region boundary but, then I am on one of those no-control-rubberbanding-walks. Before I ever recover the system logs me off.

My solution has been to use the world map to teleport into each region when I reach the boundary. So, far it seems to work way better. I can now see why so many are using the Fairelands Portals.

I am also finding the scripted things in many regions seem to not be working. I’ll hope for a Tuesday restart and revisit.

Content Creation UG 2017 w16

On Thursdays the Content Creation UG meets at 1PM SLT in Hippotropolis Campfire, AGNI. (URL) Medhue Simoni and I are both recording it. You’ll find his video here: Second Life Content Creation Meeting 4-20-17. (760p) He is playing with streaming. So, you can watch the meeting live streamed in his channel.

This video is my recording. (1080) It is missing the first 15 minutes. But, the silent portions of the video are time-compressed to lessen run time. Plus a bit of post meeting discussion is included.

I do the video to experiment and practice with Adobe Premiere. The big difference between the two videos is I use a SpaceNavigator and Medhue is using a mouse.  Continue reading

Second Life: SL Main Viewer Update 2017 w16 – New Features

4/14 the main viewer updated to version 5.0.4.325124. If you have automatic update on, you likely already have the update installed. This version was the RC maintenance version. Release Notes

Garden escape...

This version will now remember if you want to Fully Render a specific avatar that exceeds your ACI setting. You can set an avatar to render as; Default, Always, or Never.

In Preferences->Graphics there is a setting to always render friends regardless of ACI setting. Plus, an EXCEPTIONS button so you can edit who you render or don’t. You can also add people using the + in the upper right. That opens a ‘chooser’ where you can search for a name, or another tab lets you pick from friends, and another tab to pick from nearby avatars. Continue reading