Black Desert Coming Sooner

I’ve seen and played a little with Black Desert’s character creation tool. I speculated about character creation in Project Sansar: What will Character Creation be like in Project Sansar? with a video of the character creation from Black Desert.

Massively Overpowered points me to the release date announcement for Black Desert. Word is: March 3rd, 2016 – a Thursday… Much sooner than most anticipated.

Learning to play…




Second Life Servers Week 6

There are no rollouts this week to either the main or RC channels. As there are no RC updates this week there will be no update to the main channel next week (7). There is no information I am aware of about new packages for the RC channels for next week.

This must be Heaven...

This must be Heaven…

You may remember that last week’s server updates were about fixing problems that appear when server run for more than a week. I was speculating that this week they would be testing those fixes. They have already had QA and testing on the RC channels that make up about 20% of the main grid. Now they are getting a test as the ‘production’ software.

By this time next week we will know how well they did.

Comments in various places have me thinking the majority of the Lab’s effort on Second Life is now on the Project Bento. But, I suspect some changes will be needed on the server side. After all, the project only runs on certain servers in the ADITI (preview) grid. So, it could be that all server changes and fixes are being built for the Bento capable packages. As they need a break in the rollouts to test long term server stability, it may be saving them some work. Rather than build changes for the pre-Bento servers just build the fixes for Bento capable packages.

Some time ago the Lindens added the ability to enable and disable new features in the servers. So, our next server rollouts could be Bento capable, but with the feature disabled… or not. We’ll have to wait and see.

Inside a Single Cell

Occasionally a project takes me off on an unusual tangent. Researching for a recent project I came across Harvard University’s The Inner Life of the Cell. A medical illustrator David Bolinsky spoke at T.E.D. about the video he was working on in 2007. (A better copy of the video than I show here is at T.E.D., but I can’t embed that one.) I thought these too neat not to share.

The collection of animations created by Harvard for their project can be found here: Harvard Multimedia. The 8 minute video The Inner Life of the Cell can also be found at YouTube, which is what I have below. It is a poorer quality than you’ll find at the Harvard site. If you watch from the Harvard site I recommend you use Internet Explorer.  Continue reading

Project Sansar: Democratizing?

Over on SLUniverse Han Held quotes Prokofy ripping on the idea of Project Sansar® being a democratizing force in Virtual Reality (VR). I would send Prokofy glasses, but I doubt she’ll ever see the world anywhere near the way I do. But, she does raise the question of whether Project Sansar can democratize VR. That is worth addressing.

The Village & BarDeco

The Village & BarDeco

So, first what is democratization? Merriam-Webster defines the word as; to make (a country or organization) more democratic, an alternate defintion:  to make (something) available to all people or said another way: to make it possible for all people to understand (something). Continue reading

Catznip Viewer Updates to R10

I think the Catznip viewer for Second Life™ has been around since about the time I joined SL, early 2008. Inara Pey has been covering viewers since before then. Her earliest article on Catznip, that I found, is September 2011. I suspect there were earlier ones. My earliest is February 2011, back when I was looking for the best viewer and doing reviews.

Royal Flush

Royal Flush

In my 2011 review I was noting that Catznip had not updated for about a year. At the time Catznip was not listed in the Linden’s 3rd Party Viewers list. It is now, as 1 of 8 full feature viewers.  Continue reading

Second Life Servers Week 5

Tuesday a new server package rolled out to the main channel. This is the package that was running in two versions on the RC channels last week. It includes:

  • Fix for BUG-1313 “LSL llSetPosin root prim of attachment behaves differently at high altitudes – viewer does not show updates”
  • Internal fixes
I love the bunny Computer

I love the bunny Computer

The internal fixes were described as fixes for problems that appear when the servers run for more than a week. If these fixes do what they are supposed to do, servers can run longer without problems.

RC Channels

The RC channels are all running this same package as the main channel. There will be no update Wednesday.

We are told that there will be no server upgrades for a short time, couple of weeks or so. The Lindens are working on something else. They weren’t willing to say what or whether people had been moved to Project Bento. So, we are left to speculate.

I suppose this pause will also test the fixes in this last package…

WiFi & Performance

Lindal Kidd has an article up titled Ay-yi-yi! WiFi! It is about getting better performance for Second Life. Most of the article is right on. I think she makes a couple of omissions and forgets a point. But, it is an article worthy of some time to read. I’ll try to add some perspective.



What’s missing is something we geeks tend to gloss over, I suppose we assume most understand a rather esoteric point in our digital age. Bytes, bits, MB’s, and Mb’s…  Continue reading