Mysterious lodgers, alien enounters and chivalrous affairs

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in Voice, brought to Second Life by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library SL.

As always, all times SLT, and unless otherwise stated, events will be held on the Seanchai Library’s home on Imagination Island.

Sunday February 16th

13:30: Tea-time at Baker Street: The Adventure of the Red Circle

Tea-time at Baker Street embarks on a new series of adventures as Caledonia Skytower, Corwyn Allen and Kayden Oconnell commence reading from His Last Bow.

A 1917 anthology of previously published Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, His Last Bow originally comprised seven stories published byThe Strand Magazine between 1908 and 1917. However, later editions of the book saw an eighth story included, The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, originally published in 1892.

In The Adventure of the Red Circle, Holmes and Watson come to the assistance of Mrs. Warren, a landlady with a worrying situation involving a lodger.

It seems the lodger, a young, heavily bearded man, paid twice the going rate to rent a room from Mrs. Warren on the condition he had the room on his own terms. After going out the first night, and returning well after everyone else in the house had gone to bed, nothing has been seen of the man. Communications – such as requests for the Daily Gazette to be left outside the room each morning – have been via notes left on a chair outside the door to the room.

From the evidence Mrs. Warren provides, Holmes deduces that the person ensconced within the room is not the bearded gentleman who rented it, and that the key to the mystery lies within the Gazette’s agony column. The game is then well and truly afoot when Mrs. Warren returns with news that her husband had been kidnapped, only to be dumped unharmed at the roadside. Realising that the kidnapping is a case of mistaken identity, Holmes insists he and Watson visit Mrs. Warren’s house to determine the identity of the secret lodger …

Find out more by joining Caledonia, Corwyn and Kayden!

18:00: Magicland Storytime

The Pooh Bear Pajama Party! Come suitably attired and join Caledonia Skytower at Magicland Park, in the Golden Horsehoe.

Monday February 17th, 19:00: From an Alien Point of View

When humans interact with aliens who are actually alien, we run into the fact that we’re as weird to them as they are to us. This can cause the most remarkable misunderstandings…. More thought-provoking sci-fi from the collection of Gyro Muggins.

Tuesday February 18th, 19:00: The Words of William S. Burroughs

Crap Mariner returns to Seanchai Library, bringing with him the wit, wisdom and wry observations of American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer, William S. Burroughs.

Wednesday February 19th, 19:00: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice – Conclusion

In 1915, a 54-year-old Sherlock Holmes find his retirement to the Sussex Downs, where he is studying the habits of the honey bee, to be interrupted by the unexpected arrival of 15-year-old Mary Russell. American by birth, Ms. Russell had come to England to live with her Aunt following the tragic death of her parents in an automobile accident.

Holmes is impressed by the young lady’s wit and intellect, ne before he knows it, he finds himself teaching her his former tradecraft of solving crimes. Thus was formed a new partnership is formed between the very modern young Miss Russell and the very Victorian Great Detective.

Now Caledonia returns with more tales from the pen of Laurie R. King, and her series of stories for young adults which focus on the adventure Ms Russell and Mr. Sherlock Holmes shared.

Thursday February 20th

16:00: First Nation Tales

Caledonia Skytower and Dubhna Rhiadra sit down to bring us more native tales from the first peoples of the North American continent.

Drawing on  number of sources and resources, Cale and Dubna have, over the years, drawn together collections of stories and legends from across a number of First Nation tribes, including the Zuni, Omaha, Paiute, and Hopi as well as legends from Kwaikutlsome in Western Canada. Some of these stories have been published, others of which have come from the long tradition of the spoken word, with archetypal tales handed down through successive generations.

“We have everything from Raven stealing the moon, to how Winter and Summer came to be, and the Creation of Corn,” Cale says of the stories. “The thing I like about them, is the imagery and the “themes” are almost Aesopian. They are all lesson/moral/cautionary tales.”

Join Cale and Dubhna as they delve into this treasure chest of tales and legends.

19:00: Peredur son of Efrawg

Shandon Loring brings us one the three romances associated with the Mabinogion

PeredurDating from the 12th or 13th century, Peredur son of Efrawg is a tale somewhat similar in nature to – but necessarily based upon – Chrétien de Troyes’ unfinished Arthurian romance Perceval, the Story of the Grail, albeit with the Grail replaced by a salver containing a man’s severed head.

Left fatherless from a young age, Peredur is raised in isolation by his mother, deep in the woods. After meeting a group of knights, he determines he will become like them, and so travels to the court of King Arthur. Here, while he earns respect for his valour and pureness of heart, he also discovers prejudice, in the form of Cei’s (Sir Kay’s) attitude towards others.

Determined to restore the honour of a recipient of Cei’s insults,  Peredur sets out on a series of adventures which mirror those of  Chrétien’s Perceval, and which in turn lead to further adventures very different from any in Chrétien’s work, before eventually revealing to Peredur the truth concerning the misfortunes of his family, allowing him to avenge them.

21:00: Seanchai Late Night

Details still TBA, so please check with the Seanchai Library blog as the week progresses.

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Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule. The featured charity for January and February is The Xerces Society and their efforts at world-wide conservation and education for some of the smallest creatures on our earth.

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UKanDo updates with Fitted Mesh

logoUKanDo updated on February 14th to version 3.7.0.27930 (release notes).

The core update to this release is that it brings the viewer to par with the Lab’s 3.7.0 code base, and thus it joins the list of viewers with fitted Mesh support.

In addition to this, the viewer is also brought up to par with Marine Kelley’s RLV 2.8.5.9 and incorporates a fix to ensure MUpose and OOC brackets work correctly when RLV is disabled.

As well as the above fix, both MUpose and OOC also get their own radio button options in Preferences > UKanDo > Miscellaneous.

MUposes and OOC get their own options in UKanDo's Preferences
MUposes and OOC get their own options in UKanDo’s Preferences

A further addition is the debug setting ShowLookAtText, which gives the current status of another avatar’s camera (e.g. focused on another avatar or an in-world object; idle; freelook), when ShowLookAt is enabled in the viewer.

ShowLookAtText defines the status of cameras in SL above avatar's heads
ShowLookAtText defines the status of cameras in SL above avatar’s heads

This is seemingly small update to the viewer – but it is one which keeps it pretty much on a par with the released LL code (barring the Facebook Hotfix), and also keeps the viewer to the promise of close alignment with the official viewer with  just some of the more popular TPV UI additions.

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