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Saturday, August 31, 2019
Friday, August 30, 2019
Read Penny's article in Places.
Earlier this week, Linden Lab announced on their blog the release of a new feature for the Second Life viewer: "Bakes on Mesh."
In short, Bakes On Mesh is a feature that allows you to apply a server baked texture to a mesh attachment, similar to the way that standard system avatars currently work. Using this feature, you’ll be able to apply several texture layers to customize skin, tattoos, clothing, etc on your mesh object as a single server baked texture without the need for multiple transparent layers.
The major features of Bakes on Mesh were described as:
Any face of a mesh object can be textured using any of the server baked textures.
The corresponding region of the system avatar is hidden if any attached mesh is using a baked texture.
New texture bake channels have been introduced to give more control over how meshes get textured.
A new “universal wearable” is now provided with support for the new texture channels.
The potential benefits of Bakes on Mesh are avoiding the need for appliers, avoiding the need for different layers and therefore needing fewer meshes and fewer textures to display, and allowing the customization of any mesh set to the system by "simply equipping the appropriate wearables, without needing to modify the mesh itself."
There's a new "Bakes on Mesh" channel of threads in the official forums, where people can ask questions, or get some answered. Inara Pey has written an introduction and overview of the new feature. The Slink avatar brand has a FAQ page about "BOM," as some are starting to call it. They have also announced they've been updating their avatars for it as well.
The Slink body parts system has undergone a MAJOR update for Bakes on Mesh. We have gone back to the drawing board on many features and redesigned the whole thing from the ground up. We have streamlined the geometry and texture usage, and removed as much unnecessary overhead as possible. This includes extra onion skin layers that were no longer necessary, and the script system and HUD have been completely redesigned to take full advantage of this opportunity. The end result is that the user experience is easier, cleaner and lower avatar rendering cost, especially in the body bundle packages.
Also the Black Dragon Viewer (and presumably Firestorm) are making BOM updates. Hamlet Au quoted Black Dragon creator NiranV as saying BOM was a much needed feature that would help greatly with avatar complexity and the lag that goes with it, an issue he previously talked about as some avatars have been getting very resource-demanding, "Bakes on Mesh idea is nice and it's a much needed thing, especially with onion layers. This could potentially reduce texture memory usage by up to 75%, and polygon counts too."
But just how fast and how much residents will demand Bakes on Mesh enabled products, and how many and how fast avatar designers update remains to be seen. On older viewers that don't have the feature, what is seen is basically a mess of textures that don't make any sense. As Niran stated bluntly, "BOM doesn't mean jack ... if the creators don't swap for it since the user can't, because all the ... human (avatar) trash content is no-mod."
Sources: Linden Blog, Slink, Modem World, New World Notes
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Thursday, August 29, 2019
Amehana Ishtari (Teresa Garcia) Second Life Fantasy Author and Trotsdale Library Narrator has Narration on Audible.com
Somewhere around two years ago Amehana Ishtari (Arashi) AKA in real-life Teresa Garcia began narrating and recording "The Ian's Realm Saga Trilogy: Book 1" for fantasy author, artist, & screen writer D.L. Gardner. Books One through Three released on August 27 2019 on Gumroad for direct purchase and download. They had been available for pre-order and released shortly after each audiobook sub-project was ready and approved. Once all three parts were finished and ready they there then ported to other retailers via FindAWay Voices by D.L. Gardner herself.
The pair, both female fantasy authors and artists, met via Facebook through author circles. Amehana does not remember exactly how nor which of the various groups. Teresa noticed that Mrs. Gardner needed a narrator and offered her services, as at the time fellow narrator and Trotsdale Librarian Illya Leonov was too busy to mention the project to... and she needed the work herself to help support her family.
The trilogy book follows the story of Ian Wilson, a teenager who becomes sucked into a world of magic and danger with his father through a portal within their computer. The tale blends science fiction and fantasy genres seamlessly. Prophecy has foretold the pair arriving through a window to forever rid The Realm of the evil dragon and its sorcery. The overall tale continues beyond the first three books to cover various side stories that together will tell the full fate of a land and a lad.
The Ian's Realm Saga is the winner of the Book Excellence Award for a series 2019. The book has also been turned into a proof of concept short film with FireRing Productions that has been circulating various film festivals around the world and won several awards and nominations. The intent is to have the book series become a movie.
Mrs. Gardner will continue working on the Ian's Realm books and prospective movie. Amehana (Teresa) plans to continue with the Trotsdale Library as well as return to working on the second book of her "Selkies' Skins" and the "Mythical Minstrelsy" series (and other books) along with running her Flash Fiction Fridays podcast and any illustration or narration that comes to her via her publishing company or freelancing channels.
Pick up your copy of the Audiobook at-
Gumroad Storefront: http://www.gumroad.com/dlgardner
Film Info: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8421702/
-Follow Author D.L. Gardner-
Ian's Realm Saga FB: https://www.facebook.com/IansRealm/
Amazon Author: https://www.amazon.com/D.L.-Gardner/e/B01G7AKQ28
-Follow Narrator Teresa Garcia (Amehana Ishtari/Arashi)-
Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Teresa-Garcia/e/B009Q938VE
Deviant Art: http://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
On Sunday August 25, Veterans Isle had their monthly benefit concert. The event was to raise money for the Homes For Our Troops charity. The event was organized in part by Frets Nirvana.
At 7PM, singer Arrahh Resident took to the stage. Other singers scheduled that evening were Toxie Darkmatter and Hogan Baily, as well as DJ Waya Snowpaw. By the end of the event, exactly 170,000 Linden dollars had been raised, the equivalent of about $640 US dollars.
The monthly event at Veterans Isle is usually scheduled on the last Sunday of each month, though occasionally is moved to Saturday or the Sunday before due to holidays or other reasons.
To learn more about Homes for Our Troops visit https://www.hfotusa.org.
It was announced in the Relay for Life Volunteers group that Stingray Raymaker had a new look.
After a swat team of many avatars spent more than 15 days on his makeover, we are proud to introduce you to the new and improved, all-mesh, Stingray9798 Raymaker.
And last, but not least, Sting is sporting a mesh shirt with the 2020 RFL of SL season logo, courtesy of Marina Sharpshire.
It is unknown if any future looks involve pantyhose or pink dinkies.
Also, the logo for next year is done, also courtesy of Marina.
We are excited that Marina, a professional graphic design artist, donated her services to create our official “Game On, Cancer!” logo.
Thank you Marina.
Source: Second Life ACS Information
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Cutlass: Best in 'I' and 'J', Denim Day, Shiny Clothes
The Happy Vixen: Fur and Scales, Topless, TBA, Fire and Ice, Cats and Dogs, Star Trek, Scary and Sexy, Angels and Demons, Ears and Tails, TBA
Club Zero Gravity: TBA
Montecito Bay: TBA
Furry Fashion Lounge: CAYA, Black and White, Fantasy, Beach, Elements, Cyber , Nocturnals, Late Night, Purple, Fur vs Scales, Red
Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.
on the official Second Life blog that she and Strawberry will be co-hosting a live-streamed show, "Lab Gab." Their first episode is tomorrow, August 28, 2019 at 3PM SL time. Further episodes are planned "every two weeks or so."
We’re excited to announce our very first live-streaming show - “Lab Gab” with Xiola and Strawberry Linden. We’ll be coming to you live on YouTube every two weeks or so, starting Wednesday, August 28th at 3 pm SLT/PT. You can join us for these live streams on our Official YouTube Channel here when we go live! (We’re working on bringing Lab Gab to more streaming platforms in the very near future - so stay tuned!)
What’s Lab Gab? Well, it will be a variety show of sorts - we want to explore Second Life, answer your questions, talk to Residents from all over the world, and stream it through the internet and into your homes, phones, and wherever you get your quality entertainment.
In our first show, we’ll be introducing ourselves, talking a little bit about what Lab Gab is, and interacting with you through YouTube live. In the future, we will invite special guests to come visit us on the set and talk about events and issues that impact the communities in Second Life.
As Xiola stated, the first episode is basically an introduction. What will further shows "gab" about? Will the show last longer than "Lab Chat" a few years ago? Time will tell.
Source: Linden Blog
Monday, August 26, 2019
Read the story in Events.
Read the story in Extra.
Quite a few things happened this weekend. Regrettably, the closing of the Derpyland sim was one of the happenings. But there were also a couple events. The Homes For Our Troops benefit concert took place in Veterans Isle. Also, there was the annual Lovecraft festival, the Innfest, at Innsmouth (17/34/1201), which is still going on for a couple more days.
More on these, and other goings-on, later.
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Talking to Amehana Arashi, she told me the sim owner has been having money troubles for some time, and last month the tier had been paid for him by a friend. "We had tried in private to help him find ways to keep it up," she explained, saying nostalgia was the big reason the sim remained up for as long as it has, "... but this just couldn't continue." She did say there was an offer made to rebuild part of the sim in Trotsdale.
While there are some pony sims left, the end of Derpyland means no others are next to Trotsdale.
In real life media, this is the last year the "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" cartoon has a new season, the show coming to an end after nine seasons.
Addition: Amehana has requested that any inquiries as to if Derpyland will be renting the parcels offered in Trotsdale go to Shippo849 Resident (Dashy), "It's in Shippo's hands to decide to accept the offer or not."
From SynodaMae Sonnenkern (Miss Maehem). What could have caused this avatar to go so googly-eyed? Amethyst Crystal in Furry Fashion chat suggested "Mate or prey spotted? Or watching for (the) pizza delivery guy?"
CELEBRATING WITH FRIENDS THIS WEEK
Our friends at Innsmouth (H.P. Lovecraft inspired) are celebrating 10 years in Second Life, and that's no mean feat! We join them for the festivities, as well as sharing other adventures this week - not all of which involve screaming. It's another week of stories LIVE in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely, live in voice.
Check out the stories and the storytellers at www.seanchailibrary.com
All stories told in open voice unless otherwise noted. All times SL/PT
All stories told in open voice unless otherwise noted. All times SL/PT
*SUNDAY, August 25th, at 1pm (90 min): CELEBRATING INNSMOUTH'S 10th ANNIVERSARY. We stop by to celebrate with our friends at Innsmouth - wishing them a happy decade anniversary with selected short stories, live on Stream from the Miskatonic University Library at Arkham. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Innsmouth/32/50/1202
*MONDAY, August 26th, at 7pm: Arthur C. Clarke's RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA continues with Gyro Muggins.
*TUESDAY, August 27th, at 7pm: Ian Fleming's CHITTY CHITTY, BANG BANG continues with Caledonia Skytower, live on stream.
*WEDNESDAY, August 21st at 7pm: DARK - No Story
*THURSDAY, August 29th, at 7pm: Joanne M. Harris' (author of 'Chocolat') THE BLUE SALT ROAD - Part 3 with Shandon Loring (Also in Kitely! Find teleport from the main Seanchai World grid.kitely.com:8002:SEANCHAI)
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From Nitwacket on July 31
Saturday, August 24, 2019
It hasn't been an easy week for me. Someone I was close to in real life passed away a week ago, which left me pondering much how he meant to me over the years. While the subject of what I write about confused him sometimes, he did appreciate me (and others on the team) writing about the Relay for Life and veterans' charities, as well as 9/11 remembrances.
To those whom were there for me with words of support, or even just listening, thank you.
Friday, August 23, 2019
Springstar is part of Angel and Akea's Second Life family. As most of you know, Akea passed in October 2018 and Angel is becoming concerned that something has happened to Springstar also. She would greatly appreciate it if anyone who is in contact with him could let her know his status.
It's been about a year since the "SSP" landmass first appeared on the map. In April, the real new continent appeared on the Grid, and became known as Bellisseria. Since then, the moles have continued to work on and expand both the land, and build the Linden homes on them. In early June came an island that would become it's community center.
Since then, the work on Bellisseria continues. More of the continent's southeast landmass has been built, and a second "pickle" island has been added off the coast to the southeast, to go with the "squishy pickle" to the northeast.
And as the land has been developed, the roads, piers, and Linden Homes aren't too far behind. The land ones initially appear as green shapes, then take familiar form with green fields around them and orange squares on top. There's also what looks like coding over the homes, both the land homes and houseboats.
When someone asked on the forums how long does it take the Lab to make the homes, Quartz Linden answered:
Each region in Bellissaria is unique, designed and laid out individually. When we make new regions to add to Bellissaria, we start with a completely new one, flat as pool table and completely featureless. Each one needs terraforming and dividing up into parcels, and roads laying, and slips for the boats, and then decorating with trees, flowers, rocks, fences and whatever else for the parcels and then some general landscaping on the remaining LDPW land plus some community areas building here and there.
That's all done by teams of LDPW Moles, working together, and pretty much flat out. It involves several passes, and several QA inspections at different stages in the process. That's what takes the time, and it's because the terraforming and decorating is done with such care and attention to detail that the regions look as good as they do.
... everything we put out on a region is made and scripted by LDPW Moles, and those of us who work primarily in content creation for Bellissaria rather than setting up the regions are already well advanced into creating items for future themes.
There was one build on the southeast island that got my attention. In the middle of the place were three towers that bore a resemblance to a nuclear reactor. Just what the towers are for can only be speculated on at this point.
As the land continues to grow, the people making the continent their virtual home and their friends have formed a community that continues to do well. It's not just human avatars, but also furs, ferals, and others. The Bellisserians channel on Discord has numerous entries every day, and brings attention to places such as the Belli's Blues Cafe (left). Creative residents have been making add-ons to Linden Homes, such as pools, porches, sheds, and more.
Daniel Voyager predicted the continent's land would be completed before Spring 2020. He very well may be right. We'll report more on the continent as things develop.
Last picture from Bellisserians Discord channel
Note: I tried getting a good picture of the map showing Bellisseria in relation to nearby continents. But something kept the sims from view when smaller than shown on the picture, and even then many of the sims would vanish after a few seconds.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
From Spooked Dreamscape during Club Cutlass' "Best in H" party. Looks like Zorro wanted to look pretty "beefy" for the party.
Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce 2019’s August benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life!
Frets Nirvana, the premier guitar artist in the virtual world Second Life and the US Military Veterans Group announce the 2019 August benefit in Second Life for the Veterans Support Organization Home For Our Troops.
Frets Nirvana states: “HFOT is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans are multiple amputees, paraplegic, quadriplegic or suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Since its inception in 2004, over 90 cents of every dollar spent by Homes for Our Troop has gone to directly support Veterans. DURING THAT TIME HFOT HAS BUILT OVER 274 SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOMES NATIONWIDE FOR WOUNDED VETERANS.”
In 2018 the community in Second Life sent over $13,000 to Homes For Our Troops, thanks to may kind hearts and great Second Life performers. HFOT built 34 homes for extremely wounded veterans in 2018. We hope to help them exceed that in 2019!
Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle. The concert on August 25, 2019 is scheduled from 4pm to 9 PM PST. Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Toxie Darkmatter, Paul Nowles, Arra and Hogan Baily.
Sponsored by Frets Nirvana and the U.S. Military Veteran’s Group of Second Life. To learn more about Homes for Our Troops visit https://www.hfotusa.org.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Read Gemma's story in Extra.
Read the story in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Cutlass: Best in 'H', Pink For Fimi, Dogs and Cats
The Happy Vixen: Dragons, Down On The Farm, TBA, Back to School, Horse and Pony, Around The World, Squirrels and Skunks, Fishnet, TBA
Club Zero Gravity: TBA
Montecito Bay: TBA
Furry Fashion Lounge: Wings, Rainbows, Wild West, Spots vs Stripes, Nocturnal, Demos, Late Night, Noobs vs Trolls, Horns and Hooves, Scales and Fins
Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.
The Hair Fair is back in Second Life. On Saturday August 17, the fundraiser began as the six sims were open, three of them full of shopping areas full of hairpieces for men and women avatars. The event is to raise funds for the "Wigs for Kids" charity.
Hair Fair is now open to the public, three regions covered with styles by creators from all over Second Life. Every purchase at Hair Fair donates a percentage to Wigs for Kids. Bandana booths and Donation kiosks donate 100%.
There is a Demo group where you can try the styles at home before venturing to the event. secondlife:///app/group/2e30d166-f3e5-e2de-ff72-b3da2d06ded2/about copy paste to chat to join
This year as well as hairstylists we have a selection of accessory creators that have also made items to adorn your hair purchases. It is a wonderful combination of items for the hair enthusiasts of SL.
So come and do your part to help those that are giving so generously of their time, and creativity to this cause and to further show Second Life what a wonderful community of creators they are.
As the announcement states, the Hair Fair has a variety of hairpieces. This includes Bento animated hair that is advertised to move with the wearer, and hair that can be adjusted for head and breast sizes. Some hair was for ethnic avatars. While a few kiosks advertised their product as 100% of the money going to charity, 15% to 25% was a more common amount.
Wigs for Kids is a charity that "for over thirty years ... has been providing Hair Replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, ... burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families."
The event is scheduled to go on until September 1
For more on the Hair Fair, check out their blog at https://hairfair.wordpress.com/ .
Hair Fair - Noirette (102/212/26)
Hair Fair - Streaks (102/34/23) (cam sim)
Monday, August 19, 2019
"SL: Second Look" is a unique event for sculptors and 3D artists. Artists will have a 31 days period of time, from Midnight of 14 August to 23:59:59 on 14 September (all times SLT). Artists may rez up to 100 Land Impact worth of parts, components, bits, etc. in a moderately-sized area.
What's the catch?
Aside from working in Blender, PhotoShop, GiMP or other programs, all of the building of the sculpture must be done inside the artist’s area.
And it is open for the public to watch them work, chat with artists, critique and ask questions, etc.! This is designed to be a fully-interactive (in terms of communication) race against the clock to come up with a wholly-original three-dimensional piece of art. Artists are encouraged to leave parts and components and bits out overnight, over several nights, over the four weeks.
What matters is the interactive aspects.
That's why it is SL: Second Look -- people can look at and observe and interact with the process of creating art, and then get a second look at the finished (or mostly finished) work!
Who are the artists involved in SL: Second Look?
"SL: Second Look" is a fully-interactive and unique event for you to watch, chat with, critique, ask qquestions and even (within reason) pester four sculptors and 3D artists:
1. Rage Darkstone
2. Proton d-oo-b
3. Isabelle Fisher
4. Marcel Mosswood
as they create a brand-new 3D work.
Any question? Contact Annie Scott-Siegel or Nils Urqhart.
By Marcel Mosswood
It was on Wednesday July 31st that former cybersecurity worker for Linden Lab, Kavaya Pearlman, announced she had filed a lawsuit against the Lab alleging that they had fired her in retaliation for bringing up multiple security issues concerning cybersecurity laws, and that part of the reason for her losing her job was for being a woman and an ethnic and religious minority. A little more than two weeks later on Friday August 16, Wired Magazine had an article about the lawsuit, which had some more information and a statement from Linden Lab's spokesman Brett Atwood.
“While we will fight her alleged claims in court, we deny any allegations that the company has engaged in any illegal activity. Ms. Pearlman left the company on March 15 only after she was given the opportunity to improve her work performance. We look forward to all the facts coming out in a court of law.”
The article would say Pearlman claimed Linden Lab "was not complying with anti-money-laundering rules," such as required information about the skill game operators. Atwood would respond to Wired over email, "All Second Life skill gaming operators must provide and verify their identification as part of a rigorous application process. We are in compliance with all legal regulations and all skill gaming operators agree to our Terms and Conditions as part of the review and approval process for our Skill Gaming program.”
Nothing was mentioned of the contrast between the allegations of Pearlman's alleged ill treatment by the Lab due to being "a minority, a woman, a Muslim woman and an immigrant" and Linden Lab's actions in recent years such as issuing a statement against a Presidential order imposing immigration restrictions, and joining other companies in a statement of support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered workers against discrimination.
Hat tip: New World Notes
Sunday, August 18, 2019
SOMETHING SMELLS LIKE A STORY!
Maybe it's the fish in Bertie Wooster's bedroom, something wafting through the icy reaches of outer space, or the sparkling exhaust from a magical car. Only one way to find out! Follow your nose to another week in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely, live in voice.
Check out the stories and the storytellers at www.seanchailibrary.com.
All stories told in open voice unless otherwise noted. All times SL/PT
*SUNDAY, August 18th:
~ at 1:30pm: TEA TIME with Jeeves and Wooster. A dead fish, a bevy of cats, and several incarcerations. Just another fun-filled hour with Bertie Wooster and his inscrutable valet, Jeeves. THIS WEEK: "The Inimitable Jeeves" - Episode 3 with Da5id Abbot, Corwyn Allen, Kayden Oconnell, and Caledonia Skytower, live on Stream in Ceiliuradh Glen.
Senchai Library in Ceiliuradh Glen
~ at 6:30pm: MAGICLAND STORYTIME: Tilly and The Bookwanderers
Cale begins the debut book in author Anna James' new series. Caledonia Skytower, live on stream!
The New Golden Horseshoe
*MONDAY, August 19th, at 7pm: Arthur C. Clarke's RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA continues with Gyro Muggins.
*TUESDAY, August 20th, at 7pm: Ian Fleming's CHITTY CHITTY, BANG BANG begins with Caledonia Skytower, live on stream.
*WEDNESDAY, August 21st at 7pm: A CYBERPUNK SUMMER! Concludes - Short stories of the genre with Finn Zeddmore
*THURSDAY, August 22nd:
~ at 7pm: Joanne M. Harris' (author of 'Chocolat') THE BLUE SALT ROAD - Part 2 with Shandon Loring (Also in Kitely! Find teleport from the main Seanchai World grid.kitely.com:8002:SEANCHAI)
~ at 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT - Contemporary Sci-Fi-Fantasy from online sources such as Lightspeed, Escape Pod, and Clarkesworld with Finn Zeddmore
All sessions held at the Seanchai Library in Second Life unless otherwise indicated. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life rolls sometimes.