Second Life – Beta Animesh is HERE

This week the awaited project viewer for Animesh was released. See Second Life Project Animesh Viewer version 5.0.9.329458 here.

2017 Oct Animesh Test

Release Notes:

This is the first build of the Animesh Project Viewer. Animesh is a new feature under development that allows non-avatar objects to play animations like avatars do today. Animesh is still under development, so the new features will only work in supported test regions on Aditi. See the wiki page for details on how to get started with animesh. You can report problems with animesh in our JIRA and discuss it with other interested residents at the Animesh Forum .

For more information, see our blog posting.

This viewer ONLY works on the ADITI – Preview/Beta Grid.

Lindens are answering questions in the SL Forum. Please read the thread before asking your question.

The announcement for Animesh is here: Join the Project Animesh Beta – New Support for Animating Mesh Objects.

The details are in the SL Wiki here: Animesh User Guide.

ADITI

The only place Animesh works is in the Preview Grid (click for info). If you have never logged into ADITI, you will need to try and likely fail. Then contact support and tell them you tried to get into ADITI for the first time and cannot get in. They’ll fix you up. Then you’ll be able to log in.

Tutorials

Medhue has some Bento tutorials that should help with animesh.

Otherwise, it is too early for tutorials. There are problems with animesh. The basic mechanics are working. But, amimesh’s right and left click behavior, various alignment issues, attachment issues, and Pathfinding integration have some issues.

Protesting in Second Life

Hamlet has run a couple of articles about fat chicks protesting a store with the sign ‘No Fat Chicks’. (Link) Everyone commenting seems to think this is a serious ‘body shaming’ issue.

Hamlet made an effort to avoid promoting the store with The Sign, ‘No Fat Chicks’. But, the brand name is visible in the images he used so it doesn’t take long to figure out which store is being talked about, Back to Graceful.

The Protest

It is hard to tell how the protest is going. Hamlet saw a bunch of people protesting. This morning there are 2 and they show as AFK. I suppose protests are boring…

Reading the articles and the follow-on comments, no one talks about basic principles or philosophical ideals. Seems most espouse narcissistic arrogance, situational ethics, and personal preferences. Protesters never seem overly bright to me. Emotional, yes. Activists seem to hold the brain trust. But, what’s the difference? Continue reading

PSA – Talk Like a Pirate – Can you?

This is a benefit with an in-world component. It looks fun. The announcement is:

Talk Like a Pirate

Issued: September 15, 2017
PRESS RELEASE
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT

Caledonia Skytower, Seanchai Library
caledoniaskytower@gmail.com

Seanchai Library Goes Salty for International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Second Life – They are dusting off their cutlasses, refreshing their command of “The Code” and getting ready to celebrate an event that marks the beginning of the “High Story Season” for one of Second Life’s oldest spoken word programs –  now in its tenth year.  Seanchai Library will celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with Pirate Sunday on September 17th beginning at 1pm at Holly Kai Park, followed by music and dancing across the region at the Holly Kai Park Pavilion.

“Any time of year is a good time for a story,” said Chief Storyteller, Shandon Loring, ” but Talk Like a Pirate Day really kicks things off. It will be one special theme after another, with a lot of extra demand for stories, from now until a few weeks after St Patrick’s Day.”

Seanchai Library is launching the season in style this week: presenting a schedule littered with swashbuckling tales, and offering its second annual Pirate Sunday featuring 90 minutes of salty adventures live in voice with Kayden Oconnell, Aoife Lorefield, and Caledonia Skytower.  At 2:30pm festivities will shift over to the Holly Kai Park Pavilion (just a teleport away by the on-island system) for music and dancing.  The Pavilion is easily accessible to vessels enjoying the Blake Sea, and residents are invited to sail by and drop in, to shake their swashbuckling money maker.

Pirate Sunday benefits Feed a Smile, supporting a school in Kenya founded and run by Brique Topaz 16 years ago through her German-based Live and Learn in Kenya charity. 100 Lindens equals approximately 30 cents in real-world currency, which pays for one child’s meal. One-third of all money raised for each month’s food budget is collected through donations in SL at The Lavender Fields where musicians perform in support of the children.

Seanchai Library will follow up Sunday’s festivities on Tuesday, September 19th (the day itself!) with two back to back story sessions featuring the piratical works of writers active in Second Life.  At 7pm “Pirate George Night” will feature selections from R. Crap Mariner’s canon of 100-word stories – known as “drabble.”  Just over a year ago Mariner began writing pieces which began with the line “George was a pirate, but he wasn’t a very good pirate…” and the rest is history.  Members of the Seanchai staff will bravely share George’s various pirate adventures, selected randomly from the “George stories,” and read “cold” – with no advanced preparation.

At 8:30pm, author Matthew Howard will share an episode from his own canon of works featuring an interstellar female pirate in 2029 – Meteor Mags.  In “Hang My Body on the Pier”, the heroine recalls the exploits of her great-grandmother, who rose from a disguised ship’s boy to a Pirate Queen, connected to the legends by a song.  Author Howard will present the story himself, live in voice.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Bauer (“Ol’ Chumbucket”) and Mark Summers (“Cap’n Slappy”), of Albany, Oregon, U.S., who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. The holiday and its observance springs from a romanticized, and comic view of the Golden Age of Piracy.  According to Summers, the day is the only known holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. During a racquetball game between Summers and Bauer, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of “Aaarrr!”, and the idea was born.

Seanchai Library (Shawn-a-key, which means “Storyteller” in Irish.) was founded in March of 2008 in Second Life. Thousands of stories, and hundreds of authors later, the program remains dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations: “We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life.” Learn more about the program at Seanchai Library’s website – seanchailibrary.com

The event will begin at the Seanchai Library at Holly Kai Park.
All listed times are SLT (PT).

I hope you’ll check it out.

Linden Lab pours MILLIONS into Second Life

Ebbe Linden has posted in the SL Forum. The post is titled Celebrating 14 Years of SL with Investments in Its Future. In it, he says they have budgeted US$ Millions for the coming year, which is awesome.

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He tells us about some of the coming changes to Second Life. Some we know about, others are new news.

One change is moving SL to the cloud. I have heard no details. So, exactly what this means is currently speculation. My speculation is this should significantly drop the cost of running the system. I imagine an empty region could be spun down and then only spun up as needed. Would this reduce land cost? It might.  Continue reading

Second Life – Having Problems?

Yes. You aren’t alone. The Lab is aware people are having attachment issues… instead of psychologists, they are using computer tech’s to find the problem. So, we will likely see a fix soon. No years of counseling…

Seems avatar-attachments are not attaching. In a world where genitals are an attachment, this problem could create huge gender identity issues…

Also, some scripted items are not working.

My first login about 8:40 AM SLT from California failed. I made it in with the Alex Ivy RC and then crashed. Five minutes later I successfully logged in with the same viewer. All my parts rendered. So, no gender ID crises for me.

Some think this is related to Grid maintenance performed yesterday. I don’t know. Possible. Follow Grid Status to see when they have the issue resolved.

PS: And they are having trouble with the web site too…