A Night in the Lonesome October

It is the start of the Haunted Month, and Seanchai Library (SL) are marking the arrival and passage of October ith a four-part reading of Roger Zelazy’s A Night in the Lonesome October. The latter is the last of Zelazy’s published works, and 31 of its 32 chapters (the first being an introductory chapter) each take place on a night in October.

A Night In The Lonesome October

The book is satirical in nature, and is written in the first person – the narrator being Snuff the dog, the companion of none other than Jack the Ripper. The central theme of the book is that once every few decades, when the moon is full on the night of Halloween, the fabric of reality thins, and doors may be opened between this world and the realm of the Great Old Ones. At this time, men and women with occult knowledge gather at a certain location to engage in The Game – an attempt by some to open the doors, and others to hold them closed. Should the Openers ever win the game, the Great Old Ones will come to Earth, remake it in their own images and enslave or slaughtering the human race in the process.

Through the month of October, the Players in the game – all archetypal characters from Victorian Era gothic fiction – form alliances, make deals, oppose one another, and even kill off opposing Players, until the night of October 31st, when the ritual takes place and the fate of the world is decided. Each Player has his or her familiar, an animal companion with near-human intelligence which helps them complete the numerous preparations required to be ready for the ritual on the final night. The majority of the story describes the interactions and discussions of these animals, as described from Snuff’s viewpoint.

Seanchai Library will be presenting A Night in the Lonesome Octoberin four parts, featuring members Shandon Loring, Gyro Muggins, Caledonia Skytower and special guests. Part One will be presented on Monday October 1st, at 19:00 SLT.

Also this week, Seanchai Library (SL) will be presenting:

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Derry McMahon and Bear Silvershade – Tuesday October 2nd, 19:00
  • Petty Magic with Caledonia Skytower – Wednesday October 3rd, 19:00
  • Nocturnes from Ireland with Shandon Loring- Thursday October 4th, 19:00
  • Tea Time on Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower – Sunday October 7th, 14:00

All the events will be held on Seanchai Library’s home region at Imagination Island, and all are welcome to attend.

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Viewer release summary 2012: week 39

This summary is published every Monday and is a list of SL viewer / client releases (official and TPV) made during the previous week. When reading it, please note:

  • It is based on my Viewer Round-up Page, a list of  all Second Life viewers and clients that are in popular use (and of which I am aware) and which are recognised as being in adherence with the TPV Policy
  • By its nature, this summary will always be in arrears
  • The Viewer Round-up Page is updated as soon as I’m aware of any releases / changes to viewers & clients, and should be referred to for more up-to-date information as the week progresses
  • The Viewer Round-up Page also includes comprehensive links to download pages, blog notes, release notes, etc., as well as links to any / all reviews of specific viewers / clients made within this blog.  

Updates for the week ending: 30 September, 2012

  • SL Viewer updates:
    • Beta version rolled to 3.4.1.265134 on September 24 – release notes
    • Development rolled to 3.4.2.265141 on September 25
    • Mesh project viewer rolled to 3.4.1.265139 on September 25, and then to 3.4.1.265192 on September 26. 3.4.1.265139 included an additional upload option for “scrawny male” shapes; 3.4.1.265192 saw the normal weighting calculation disabled, as it conflicted with how Blender creates sharp edges and would cause the deformer to split the edge
  • Kokua rolled to 3.3.4.23807 (GMa) on September 25 – core updates: Further Grid Manager updates, same build number as previous version, but GM designation updated to “GMa”. No release notes available
  • Zen version 3.4.1.3 was released on September 28 – core updates: updated to latest deformer code & inclusion of the Cool VL DEFORM_TO_CURRENT_SHAPE Patch; pathfinding updates; return of the Custom Colour options in the UI Skinning Panel & addition of Pie Menu Colour options; removal of unreliable NVidia OpenGL Shader switches; further windlight presets; assorted minor updates & fixes
  •  Cool Viewer Stable rolled to 1.26.4.32 and Experimental to 1.26.5.11, both on September 29. Core updates:
    • Stable: fix for issue of new server messages not showing; minor assorted fixes
    • Experimental: updated to latest deformer code; added a patch allowing the upload of deformer-ready mesh which is referenced to the shape your avatar is wearing when you upload that mesh;
    • Release notes for both
  • LittleSight for Android rolled to 1.4.0 on September 25 – core changes: minor bug fix.
  • Libretto – note that the website for the Libretto client has been unavailable since mid-September.

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