2014 SL Home and Garden Expo registrations open and bloggers sought


Having been put back from its usual May time slot due to unavoidable circumstances, the 2014 Home and Garden Expo in support of Relay for Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society, is now accepting registrations from exhibitors and are seeking bloggers to help cover the event.

The Expo will open its doors to the public on Tuesday September 16th and run through until Sunday September 28th, 2014. The press preview days will be held on Sunday 14th and Monday 15th September 2014.

The Home and Garden Expo is the SL event where users can see homes, gardens and furnishing from creators across SL, enjoy talks and presentations by designers, enjoy entertainment throughout the week and – most importantly, help raise funds for RFL of SL. The 2014 event will now take place between September 16th and 28th, with press days on the 14th and 16th September
The Home and Garden Expo is the SL event where users can see homes, gardens and furnishing from creators across SL, attend talks and presentations by designers, enjoy entertainment throughout the week and – most importantly, help raise funds for RFL of SL. The 2014 event will take place between September 16th and 28th, with press days on the 14th and 16th September  (image: 5th HGE, 2012)


Those wishing to participate in the event as exhibitors should check out the following links:

The application form for exhibitors is available on Google Docs.

When applying, do make sure that you follow the instructions in the application form for making your payment at the HGE Office in-world, and that you supply the requested note card alongside of your payment.


Those wishing to register as official bloggers should note that there are new requirements on blogging this year, and the organising team are looking for two groups of bloggers:

  • Online Shopping Guide (OSG) Staff (12 sought), who will be instrumental in promoting the donation items raising funds for RFL of SL and the other new releases and prizes being offered by our extraordinary exhibitors and program contributors
  • Third-party bloggers who are willing to blog about home and garden items, as well as in promoting the Second Life Home and Garden Expo and our fundraising efforts.

Those wishing to apply as either OSG staff or third-party bloggers are requested to read the official HGE post on blogging opportunities, which includes links to the relevant application forms.

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Viewer release summaries 2014: week 31

Updates for the week ending: Sunday August 3rd, 2014

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 Current Viewer Releases 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 adhering to the TPV Policy. This page 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
  • By its nature, this summary presented here will always be in arrears, please refer to the Current Viewer Release Page for more up-to-date information

Official LL Viewers

  • Current Release: no change to version
  • Release channel cohorts (See my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
    • Zipper Viewer RC viewer version released on July 30 – faster viewer installation (download and release notes) (note it is likely that this viewer is liable to be removed from the channel shortly, due to older operating systems not supporting the archive format used to zip the viewer skins for faster installation Removed from the channel on August 6th)
  • Project viewers:
    • No updates.

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Third-party Viewers


  • Dolphin viewer released a beta version on August 1st – core updates: mostly under-the-hood changes – download and  release notes


  • Cool VL viewer updated on August 1st – Stable release to version and Legacy version – core updates: please refer to the release notes

Mobile / Other Clients

  • No updates

Additional TPV Resources

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Climbing the Pinwheel

Pinwheels, LEA26

In February 2014, Mac Kanashimi unveiled Dragon Curves at LEA26. A stunning 3D piece of fractal art which quite captivated those who visited – including myself.

Now, as a part of the Artist In Residence (AIR) round 7 series, Mac is back at LEA26, this time with Pinwheels, which he invited me over to see on Saturday August 2nd, not long after he’d set it up in the region. Pinwheels is another remarkable mathematical structure with something of a fractal bent, and which uses Charles Radin’s pinwheel tilings, themselves based on the Conway triangles, to tremendous visual and artistic effect.

Pinwheels, LEA26
Pinwheels, LEA26

To explain this requires delving into a little bit of maths and geometry, but bear with me. A Conway triangle is a right-angle triangle with sides of 1, 2 and \sqrt{5}. which can be divided into five isometric copies of itself by the dilation factor of 1/\sqrt{5}  (see the image below), and when suitably rescaled and translated / rotated, can produce an infinite growing pattern of isometric copies of the original.

A Conway triangle divided into 5 isometric copies of itself
A Conway triangle divided into 5 isometric copies of itself (via wikipedia)

A pinwheel tiling is essentially a pattern of these isometric triangles where one tile may only intersect another either on a whole side or on half the 2 side (which actually makes the Conway triangle itself a pinwheel tiling – again, look at the image on the right and see how the five smaller triangles are positioned relative to one another). There’s actually more to the math than this, but I’ll let wikipedia explain the rest.

Like Dragon Curves, Mac’s Pinwheels is a huge piece, measuring 256 x 256m, but this time is confined vertically to a height of 256 metres as well, so to get the full measure of the piece – and to appreciate the overall complexity and beauty of the piece, you’ll need to ramp-up your draw distance to at least 600 metres, and cam out.

When you do so, the patterns of pinwheels and triangles and triangles within triangles becomes apparent. Each Conway triangle forms an individual segment made up of five prim isometric triangles of a similar shade (blues, greens, reds, etc, sometimes mixed with whites), which helps the eye to define individual groupings. These segments in turn are arranged to form pinwheels among themselves – although you’ll need to cam overhead to see them clearly.

Pinwheels, LEA 26

Nor is it static; sections of the design rise and fall, creating an ever-changing landscape of colour and form, with only the arrival point, which is itself quite fascinating to watch. However, this motion isn’t in any way random; the triangles making up a particular pinwheel pattern all move together, and in doing so, they communicate their height and position to one another and to the surrounding segments.

The result of all this is that as the landscape changes and triangles and patterns rise and fall, paths can be found running through the entire construct, allowing the visitor to walk through it starting at the landing point (itself a static platform of 5 Conway triangles), with the individual prim triangles within each larger Conway triangle suitably adjusted so that they form steps for you to follow.

Pinwheels, LEA26
Pinwheels, LEA26

Just how artful this is requires you to walk through the piece. In this way you get to experience how the motion of segments works – no matter how the triangles on which you stand rise or fall relative to one another or to the surrounding patterns, no matter how high the plateau on which you find yourself lifted, or how far down into the depths of the piece you are carried, a footpath can always be found before you and behind you, leading you through the piece without ever necessarily reaching an end.

Pinwheels is another mathematical masterpiece from Mac, and will remain open through until the end of December. If you enjoyed Dragon Curves or if you’re into maths-based art, it’s a recommended visit.

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