Dolphin viewer: news from Lance

dolphin-logoLance Corrimal has provided a short update on progress with his Dolphin viewer. As noted in these pages, a combination of unavoidable issues have meant that development of the Dolphin viewer has slipped somewhat over the course of the past year.

In his latest blog post, Lance indicates that things are still progressing, but he’s been hit by the interest list merge (as other TPV developers have been dreading), which is slowing things down due to the volumes of changes which have been included alongside the actual interest list updates.

Since his last update, which I noted here, Lance has completed several more elements of work on the viewer:

  • Worn tab
  • Preferences page
  • Machinima floater.

He also indicates a few further decisions have been made regarding things Dolphin won’t have:

  • There will be no client-side AO. Lance sees this as a labour-intensive task to port and implement, and he also doesn’t want to use a bridge-like scripted tool (as Firestorm does)
  • There will be no media filter implementation
  • He will not be implementing Flickr upload support in the snapshot floater, but instead will look to implement the SL Share capabilities,  which offer Flickr upload capabilities anyway.

As always, the time frame for when a new vision of Dolphin will appear, Lance wisely states, “when it’s done”.

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Getting personal with Berry


Monday arrived, and with it a fresh meme challenge from Strawberry Singh. This one was quite a long one – 20 questions in all – asking respondents a range of questions on real and virtual living. As it is sort-of in the same vein as her memes on blogging & SL, I thought I’d give it a go as well.

Meme instructions: Answer the following 20 personal questions about your Second Life.

When and how did you discover Second Life? I discovered it in early 2006. I can’t actually remember how; TV report, magazine / on-line article, something like that. I joined for a while, literally a few months, then left. I decided to give it another go at the end of the year, re-joining in December 06.

Did you know about virtual worlds before or was this your first experience with them? I was aware of the concept of virtual worlds through sci-fi films and books, but had never actually used anything like one. I’m not a computer gamer or anything like it, so it was a new experience.

Has Second Life met your expectations? First time around, I didn’t really have expectations, only cursory interest (hence, probably, why I wandered away from it). Second time around, I came back with a specific purpose in mind, which sort-of constrained things for a while. However, I’ve now moved well beyond that original purpose largely as a result of SL leading me into areas I never expected would interest me, so I’d say it’s exceeded any expectations I may have had.

If you could teleport back to the first ten minutes of your avatar’s s life, what would you tell yourself? “The winning National Lottery numbers for Christmas 2006 will be …” 😀 .

How long did it take you to master avatar flying and driving vehicles in-world? I don’t actually recall having major issues with either in terms of understanding the controls (keyboard, mouse, etc). Leaving avatar flying to one side, I do regret not getting into flying aircraft sooner.

Flying in SL was never really a problem for me ... I just regret that flying aircraft was something I didn't discover a lot sooner
Flying in SL was never really a problem for me … I just regret that flying aircraft was something I didn’t discover a lot sooner

Do you have a mystery alt? I have an alt, but her identity isn’t mysterious. She’s appeared in these pages, and the tag I often give her when in-world is a bit of a giveaway 🙂 .

Is your SL avatar a reflection of you, or someone you wished you could be? Her personality is mine. Looks-wise, I did at one point try to get her looking somewhat like me facially. Nowadays, there is little physical resemblance. I’m not conscious of any wish / desire to look like her or have her look like anyone else, in SL or RL.

Is there an individual you met in SL that inspired you in your RL? How? There are many people I’ve encountered in SL who have had a very positive influence on me in ways too numerous to mention. Some are still here, and I appreciate them greatly for their influence / friendship / acquaintanceship. Others have since sadly moved on from SL.

Do you feel it is easier to create stronger bonds/relationships with people you meet in-world as opposed to the real world? I’d say that bonds can be easier to initially form on-line because of the way second Life tends to compress everything. Some can become as strong as those formed through a friendship / relationship which started in RL. It’s really down to the individuals concerned: what they are seeking, how genuine / honest they are when in-world, etc.

Did you ever imagine or believe people could fall in love with someone they never met before Second Life? Yup. As Berry states: it’s been happening for decades, long before SL or the Internet or even computers.

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