SL project updates 17/1: server, inventory issues

Dawn’s Promise by Marcus Inkpen and Sharni Azalee, Fantasy Faire 2017 – blog post

Server Deployments

As always, please refer to the server deployment thread for the latest information  / updates.

SL Viewer

The Project Alex Ivy (LXIV) project viewer updated to version 5.1.0.504536 on April 25th. According to comments passed at the TPV Developer meeting on Friday, April 21st, this update should now include Havok for Mac, although the release notes currently do not reflect this, possibly because they have not been updated from the previous release.

Outside of this update, the viewer pipeline is as follows:

  • Current Release version: 5.0.4.325124, dated April 3rd, promoted April 19th – formerly the Maintenance RC viewer overview
  • Release channel cohorts:
    • Project AssetHttp project viewer version 5.0.5.325600 dated April 20th – This viewer moves fetching of several types of assets to HTTP / CDN – overview
  • Project viewers:
    • 360-degree snapshot viewer version 4.1.3.321712 dated November 23rd, 2016
  • Obsolete platform viewer version 3.7.28.300847 dated May 8th, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

Inventory  / Inventory Loss Issues

Inventory loss is not a new issue within Second Life, and it is something the Lab has acknowledged in the past and sought to try to reduce. However, there are new reports of odd cases of inventory loss resulting from folders apparently somehow being moved to the Trash folder without apparent user intervention, from whence they are then purged (see this forum thread for examples).  Others have also reported seeing folders move themselves to Lost & Found.

While it is only speculative, it has been suggested that a bug somewhat akin to BUG-4617 might be in part responsible. It is also possible that is some cases, the loss is due to accidentally moving a folder to Trash and then purging as a result of a (fairly) recent introduction of the pop-up warning to purge Trash (intended to show up when Trash exceeds 5K items, unless the threshold is manually increased via debug), which may be causing people to purge their Trash without double-checking to ensure nothing is there that shouldn’t be there.

However, the above doesn’t explain the apparent movement of folders into Trash (or lost & Found) where the user is certain then did not mis-click or mis-drag. A further problem appears to be that when moved, folders don’t always appear in Trash – although this may be due to people incorrectly looking at Trash via the Recent Tab in the Inventory floater, or as a result of inventory filters being active.

Kyle Linden is apparently ware of the latest batch of reported issues, which means that  hopefully, they are being looked into. In the meantime, if you do suffer any kind of noticeable inventory loss on the scale being reported, immediately file a support case; it may not work, but the sooner a case is logger potentially the greater the chance of the matter being resolved.

General Steps to Help with Inventory Loss

The following steps are not suggested as a panacea for the kinds of losses noted above, but are offered as a potential help to those experiencing lost inventory (and are based on using the official viewer):

  • Try a cache clear first:
    • In the top menu bar of the viewer, go to Me > Preferences > Advanced -> Click the “Clear Cache” button -> OK
    • Restart the viewer – the cache will be cleaned when the viewer launches
    • Login to a low lag region (for example Pooley), open your inventory and wait for it to fetch
  • If you are still missing inventory, then work through all the relevant steps on the Inventory Loss wiki page
  • If still no luck then you need to contact Linden Lab support directly for help by submitting a support case form at https://support.secondlife.com/contact-support/
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The art at Fantasy Faire in Second Life

Fantasy Faire: Art Gallery 1

As anyone who visits the Fantasy Faire Flickr pool will know that among its many achievements, each year’s Faire bring forth an outpouring of creativity through people’s photographs of the Fairelands regions. It’s also not unreasonable to say that fantasy art as a whole is one of the staples of Second Life photography as a whole, such is the popularity of fantasy realms in-world.

It’s therefore fitting that Fantasy Faire embraces this wellspring of individual creativity each year by offering Second Life photographers and artists the opportunity to display their work. In fact, this year fantasy art is doubly celebrated, with not one but two galleries of art to be appreciated.

Fantasy Faire: Art Gallery 2

Both can be found within Opal Flight, the Arts and Entertainment region of the Faire, which sees Haveit Neox and Lilia Artis bring forth a magnificently unique region which is itself a work of art, extending as much below the waves as it does above. The galleries play host to the work of 40 artists, including the likes of noted Fantasy Faire photographers Alisaundra Andel and Caitlin Tobias, as well as a host of names familiar and perhaps new to those who follow Second Life art. You can find the full list of artists, with links to their Flickr streams on the Fantasy Faire website, so I won’t repeat them here.

The first of the galleries is presented above the surface of the water on the west side of the region, beautifully hung from the stems and leaves of great white gallery plants. A path of floating leaves offers the way to them, but such is the scale of the gallery space – and if you have the luxury – I would suggest flycamming to view the art more completely. Follow the path around to the end of the art display, and it will lead you onwards and beneath the waves to the underwater part of the region.

Fantasy Faire: Art Gallery 1

The second of the galleries can be found underwater within a coral rotunda at the centre of the region, which if teleported to directly can also act as a gateway to the undersea environment Haveit and Lila have created; an environment I thoroughly recommend visiting.

The art displayed within the galleries offers a broad mix of style, narrative – something regular readers of my blog will know attracts me – emotion, power and sense of fun. The names of the artists are not directly displayed, but  provided you are within whisper – I think – range of an image, touching it will cause the title and artist’s name to be displayed in local chat. I have no idea of the criteria used to select the images, but the number of images displayed by any artist seems to vary between one and two pieces.

Fantasy Faire: Art Gallery 2

On a personal note, and through both of my visits to the galleries, I did find myself feeling that the this exhibition is a little one-sided, with the onus very much on avatar studies. But over the years, Fantasy Faire has produced some fabulous realms over the years, many of which have been the subject of photographs and art. So having a few of these recalled among the preponderance of avatar sets would not have been amiss, and might have further broadened the depth (and possibly the appeal) of the exhibition.

Nevertheless, given how easily an art exhibition can be overlooked with so much else occurring at Fantasy Faire, I do very much recommend that anyone who enjoys Second Life art and photography stop by Opal Flight and visit the galleries. And as noted, while doing so, they take the time to explore the region as a whole. It truly is a delight.

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Lab seeks musicians and merchants for birthday festivities

secondlifeWhile the traditional Second Life Birthday celebrations are now pretty much coordinated and run by the community – hence the title Second Life Birthday Community Celebrations, the Lab has a track record of sharing in the celebratory mood around the time of SL’s anniversary through various promotions, gifts, and so on, often as an overall part of the community celebrations.

In 2015, for example, the Lab held the first Anniversary Music Festival, which they then repeated in 2016 – and which is now set to take place as a part of the 14th Birthday celebrations as well, alongside of an in-world shopping event.

Xiola Linden once again brought forth the news in an official blog post, in which she once again invites musicians across Second Life to sign-up for auditions to be a part of the 2017 Music Festival showcase. All genres are welcome to apply, from bands to solo acts, electronic to acoustic – and the event itself, for those invited to participate, will be a 30-minute paid gig (subject to the Lab’s terms and conditions) at the SL14B Community Celebrations.

Those interested in applying should complete the submission form no later than May 22nd, 2017 – signs-ups will close at 00:01 SLT on May 23rd, 2017. All applications will be reviewed, and a selection of acts will be invited to attend in-world audition sessions. At the auditions, they will have a maximum of five minutes to perform before a panel of judges made up of Lab staff and Second Life residents, who will select acts to perform at the actual SL14B Music Fest. In addition, Second Life residents who wish to, can attend the audition sessions as members of the audience.

The 2016 Music Fest Auditions

The key dates for the auditions and the Music Fest itself are:

  • Auditions:
    • First session: 12:00 noon to 14:00 SLT, Friday, 2nd June 2017
    • Second Session: 18:00 to 20:00 SLT, Saturday, 3rd June 2017
  • Music Festival:
    • 11:00 to 15:00 SLT, Friday, 23rd June 2017
    • 20:00 to 00:00 SLT, Saturday, 24th June 2017
    • 16:00 to 20:00 SLT, Sunday, June 25th 2007.

L12B Community Celebration; Inara Pey, June 2015, on FlickrIn 2015 the Music Fest was held during the SL12B Community Celebrations at the SL12B Ixtlan Stage, designed by Cube Republic

The blog post also gives notice of an anniversary in-world shopping event, with Xiola stating:

In addition to Music Fest, we are also planning a festive in-world shopping event and are actively looking for Merchants who are willing to participate! We had a very successful Valentine’s Day shopping event, and are making this one even bigger – with plans for three Regions of participating stores offering gifts and discounts on items.

The event will take place across three regions in Second Life, between Monday, June 5th, and Monday, June 26th, 2017. If you are a Merchant interested in being part of this event, please complete and submit the  application form, no later than Monday, May 15th, 2017.

2017 Raglan Shire Artwalk: call to artists

2016 Raglan Shire Art Walk

The Raglan Shire Artwalk is  one of the staples of the SL art calendar, and for 2017 will take place between Sunday, May 14th and Sunday, June 18th, inclusive, as a part of Raglan Shire’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

Every year over 100 artists and residents in Second Life display 2D and 3D art across a number of exhibition spaces across all the regions of the Raglan Shire cluster. 2D art is displayed on hedgerows in and around the regions, offering visitors the chance to view pieces as they explore the Shire, while sculptures and 3D art is displayed in a number of designated areas across the regions.

Those wishing to exhibit their work at the 2017 Artwalk are invited to complete the  Artist Registration Form, which should be submitted for inclusion no later than 21:00 SLT on Sunday May 7th, 2017.

2016 Raglan Shire Art Walk

There is a full set of guidelines and requirements for participation in the event, but in brief:

  • The event is a non-juried show
  • Artists can display more than one piece if they wish
      • 2D (“flat” art pieces will be awarded a maximum of 15 prims, and individual pictures should be 1 prim, including the frame
      • 3D art (sculptures, etc.), will be awarded a maximum of 500 prims for up to three pieces of work. Artists are requested to state the number of prims per piece in their application
      • Sales of art are allowed
  • Types of art supported by the show are: representations of RL photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, and digital fine art that can be displayed on a prim;  and SL photography, manipulated SL photography and SL sculpture.
  • Pictures of RL crafts, such as beadwork, leatherwork, etc., are not part of the show’s  definition
  • All the above art forms are welcome, but should be rated PG / G – so no nudity, please!
  • Group membership will be required in order to display work
  • Questions and enquiries should be forwarded via note card to Artwalk Director Karmagirl Avro, or Artwalk Assistants Kayak Kuu & Trebek Raymaker.

Key Dates

  • Sunday May 7th: Applications close at 21:00 SLT
  • Tuesday, May 9th: Notification of exhibit space location issued to artists
  • Friday, May 12th / Saturday May 13th: Artist set-up days
  • Sunday, May 14th: ARTWALK OPENS
  • Sunday, May 25th: Artwalk closes
  • Sunday, May 25th (after 18:00 SLT) / Monday, May 26th: Takedown of works.

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