Second Life: Photo Backlighting

If you have a Flickr account, you know how popular photography is in Second Life. So, photo-how-to’s are popular too. Then there are the peeps with a bit of exhibitionist in their blood posting in, How does your avatar look today?

Hamlet just posted an article with a couple of video tutorials on backlighting in Second Life. See Cassie’s Clips: How To Use Backlighting & Projectors.

Hamlet is featuring videos by Cassie Middles (Flickr URL). The video shows how to use Cynefin’s Projection Lighting Kit (L$650) (Video below). Mixed in is how to use your Windlight settings and adjust the sun to get the lighting you want.

Cassie also made a video showing how to use the resulting image and improve it. Below. Continue reading

Second Life News 2018 w46 – Animesh

I was upgrading my computer with a larger C: drive. Cloning a 1TB drive with only 35GB of free space takes far longer than I expected. Plus, Acronis’ idea of fitting a drive to a larger disk is rather lame. The Western Digital free version of Acronis is a great tool for adding new drives, but it has FEW options for cloning.

The fire dance

The fire dance

I now have my main workstation back and continue my fight with Adobe software. Photoshop 2019 is good. But Premiere Pro 2019, their video editing software, is totally unusable. My RL work time line is now almost 2 weeks behind.

Servers

The main channel got an upgrade to #18.11.01.521329. This is the version with logging improvements and land impact/streaming cost accounting.

The three RC channels all get #18.11.09.521593. Listed as Internal Fixes.

The Snack channel is running an EEP update. So, those regions in the main grid have EEP. Still the only place to play with EEP is over in ADITI at EEPTesting. You’ll need the EEP project viewer.

UDP Asset updates are being removed from the servers. This will have an impact on older viewers. This goes into service Jan 6, 2019. The idea is to remove file serving from region simulators.

There will be a note in Open Source List telling where viewers can be tested (ADITI of course) the ‘No UDP’ servers. Continue reading

Second Life News 2018 w45 Election Day

Busy with RL last week and looks like this week. The Adobe updates that screwed things are not helping.

Costa Bella 4: Fountain

Costa Bella 4: Fountain

Servers

The main channel is getting an update to version #18.10.25.521081. This version is apparently the same as last week’s version 18.10.19.520868, but with some fixes to the logging. That version was all Internal Changes.

Blue Steel and Le Tigre will update to version #18.11.01.521328, listed as about Land impact/streaming costs

Magnum gets version #18.11.01.521329, with Logging improvements and land impact/streaming costs

From the Server-Scripting UG I hear the Snack Channel will get an EEP update. Continue reading

Flickr Migration?

I think all the SL peeps using Flickr know it has major policy changes coming in January. A good summary of the problem is Ciaran Laval’s article, Flickr Flounders.

Follow me on Instagram, I'm following back

Follow me on Instagram, I’m following back

Others are writing about the coming changes. Strawberry Singh has an article on alternative sharing sites, Flickr Updates & Alternatives November 2018. She is polling readers to see which alternatives we plan to use. The article has an update, scroll down to see it. In it she points out that she added Ello and Imgur at reader request. They were originally omitted because Strawberry doubts a community could be built using either. Continue reading

Second Life News 2018 w44

Servers

There is no deploy post this week. So, we may not hear anything until Thursday’s Beta Server UG meeting.

There were login issues over the weekend. The Lindens think they have that fixed.

The swimming lesson

The swimming lesson

Inara didn’t make it to the Server-Scripting meeting. I was out and didn’t make it. So, everyone that didn’t make it to the meeting is just out of luck as to what’s going on. Sorry.

Viewers

The main viewer is version 5.1.9.519298, released in week #40.

Second Life Animesh Viewer version 6.0.0.520636 – Released week #43.

Second Life Bugsplat Viewer version 5.1.9.519462 – Last updated in week #37.

Second Life EAM Viewer version 5.2.0.520057 – Moved from Project Viewer to RC in week #40. Continue reading

AvaStar 2.5 Released

A new version of AvaStar is out. The official announcement is here, AVASTAR-2.5 IS OUT. There is a link to the download on the page. You will find the detailed release notes link on the download page.

There are the ubiquitous bug fixes, of course. There are also a good number of improvements in how things work and how the user interface is set up. Check the announcement to get the overview.

Naufragé

Naufragé (castaway)

This release still targets Blender 2.79.

If you have been watching the various announcements and demos of Blender 2.80, you know it will have a very different user interface. I assume AvaStar will have to redesign its interface too. So, this update might be a version to skip… or not. It is sort of learn the AvaStar UI changes now and Blender 2.8 UI changes a bit later and AvaStar 2.6 (?) revised UI after that.

So, my current plan is to stay with Blender 2.79 until I see an AvaStar revised for 2.80. Unless there is something in 2.80 I just MUST have… which I doubt at this point. Deal with just one period of relearning the UI’s. Or not… Just depends on where I am in my projects… and mood.

Second Life: AFK Sex Thing Update

This AFK Sex Thing is a definite growth industry in SL. For many it is controversial. Some feel it is changing SL from a social app to a quick stop orgasm shop. Whatever the case, there are more AFK shops than when I last looked.

There are trends apparent in the shops now. Some are dead… no clients, no workers. These tend to be ‘park your AV here’ places with few requirements and moderate effort put into building the place or publicizing it. Others are jam packed and tend to be well built, advertised, and cater to clients… better customer service (no pun). They have more rules and offer more … services? And the owners have obviously been thinking about how to make things work for the customer and workers.

Sleeping Beauty AFK Sex

The percent paid the works has an influence on whether workers want to be there. But, it is the shop’s requirements for what workers they will accept that may make the big difference. The busy ones seem to require all mesh avatars, which tends to make them way better looking.

The payment thing is changing. In some places failing to tip will result in a region ban. In other places payment is before services are rendered with additional charges up front for live RP. A tip-before-you-sit mentality. Continue reading

WARNING: Possible Prim Returns

Animesh Land Impact Change – Risk of Autoreturn

Thu, Oct 25 2018 5:47:59 PM PDT

Land impact calculation for Animesh has a bug that will be fixed with server rolls coming as soon as next week. This means if you have Animesh characters on your land, you could have potential land impact increases that cause an oveflow and force things to autoreturn. The specifics are discussed in the forum post below: Animesh Release Delayed.