Pine Lake – November 2017

Pine Lake is a post-apocalyptic build in Second Life™.  I’m not that much into doing travel guide stuff for SL. But, occasionally I find a place that is like… Wow! Pine Lake is such a place.

PineLake_001 - Landing Point

PineLake_001 – Landing Point

You can get a kinda lame idea of what the place is like from their Flickr Group. The images there today do not do the build justice.

It is the attention to detail that impresses me. Wow! Just wow. The amount of detail is incredible. Continue reading

Planned Second Life Updates

The Linens have announced some new things coming to Second Life™. Some are good, some are a pain.

In the pain department first, there is an increase in the fee to buy Linden dollars (L$). It is going from US$0.60 to $0.99 per transaction. This goes into effect today, Nov 2, 2017. Dang. I need Lindens…

Also, when cashing out the fee goes from 1.5% per transaction, with a $3 (USD) minimum and a $25 (USD) maximum to 2.5% per transaction, with a $3 (USD) minimum, and no maximum. This happens January 3, 2018.

- to The Mist -

– to The Mist –

Why? Thank criminals and government regulators. The cost to remain compliant with regulations is going up.

In the goodies department, money is being budgeted for; new features, engineering support, customer support, billing systems and upgrades, and customer acquisition outreach. These are all good things. I like new features. Animesh is the exciting one. The improved server-side baking for 1024 rez and adaption for use with mesh bodies and other mesh attachments is intertwined with animesh phase I & II. But, it has great potential to reduce avatar induced lag.  Continue reading

SL Support Offline 11/7

The Lindens have posted that they will have support offline November 7th starting at 3PM PT. They plan to have it back up by 9AM PT 11/8. It may take longer.

*^-^Meow^-^*

*^-^Meow^-^*

They are changing the infrastructure of the support system. Only ‘open’ tickets from 2017 are being transferred over. There are 1.2 million tickets and 200,000 live chat records from 2016 and before that will eventually transfer over. But, probably not for some time.

If you need ticket information from before 1/1/2017, get it now, before 11/7.

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.