Sail4Life RFL of SL silent art auction

Holly Kai Park Pavilion - will launch and close the Sail4Life art auction in support of Relay for Life and taking place over the weekend of May 22nd through 24th
Holly Kai Park Pavilion – will launch and close the Sail4Life silent art auction in support of Relay for Life and taking place over the weekend of May 22nd through 24th

Taking place over the weekend of the 22nd through 24th May is a special silent art auction organised by the Sail4Life team, with all proceeds raised going directly to Relay for Life of Second Life.

On offer to the highest bidders are a number of original maritime pieces offered by SL artists, all of which can be previewed and bid for on the hills of the beautiful Holy Kai Park on the north side of Blake Sea (you can read my write-up on the opening of the park here).

Sail4Life silent art auction for RFL of SL, May 22nd-24th, 2015
Sail4Life silent art auction for RFL of SL, May 22nd-24th, 2015

The pieces on offer are all original works, and represent a range of styles and approaches to maritime art that will grace any home in Second Life. What’s more, a donor who wishes to remain anonymous has offered to match the total amount raised through the donation kiosks during the course of the auction.

Things kick-off at 17:00 SLT on Friday, May 22nd, with a special auction launch party at the Holy Kai Park Pavilion, featuring DJ Joy Canadeo. The party will run through until 19:00 SLT on Friday. The auction will run through until Sunday, May 24th, with a further closing party at the Holy Kai Park Pavilion with DJ G Winz, from 15:00 through 17:00 SLT.

Sail4Life silent art auction for RFL of SL, May 22nd-24th, 2015
Sail4Life silent art auction for RFL of SL, May 22nd-24th, 2015

Further information on the event can be obtained from Winnie Sweetwater, chair, Sail4Life team.



Second Life project updates 21/2: general notes

Living in a Bowl
Living in a Bowl, May 2015 – blog post

Server Deployments, Week 21

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

On Tuesday, May 19th the Main (SLS) channel received the server maintenance package previously deployed to the three RC channel, comprising Internal server logging changes, back-end system bug fixes and a change to Reply-To e-mail addressing on snapshots. There were no RC deployments on Wednesday, May 20th.

SL Viewer

The Attachments Viewer RC (Project Big Bird) was updated to version on Thursday May 21st. As noted in part 1 of this week’s report, the initial RC release of this viewer had an elevated crash rate compared to the current release viewer, including a crash-on-exit bug, so this release will hopefully address those issues.

Group Chat

A fix for issues around BUG-9130, where some people were unable to see any posts in some or all of there group chats, including their own posts, while everyone else in the same group could see their posts, has started to be deployed across the chat servers, and should be completed on Friday, May 22nd.

“The chat servers got stuck with bad info about where the sender was, so the messages never reached them,” Simon Linden said at the Server Beta User Group meeting on Thursday, May 21st, reiterating an explanation given at a recent Simulator UG meeting. “And unfortunately it wouldn’t fix with relogging or even a chat server restart.”

“Loading…” Issue with Names in Group Chats

This is a viewer-side problem which causes avatar names to appear as “Loading” under certain circumstances in group chat (see BUG-3829 and STORM-2114). A contribution by Ansariel Hiller is currently with the Lab and is expected to be released as a part of the next Snowstorm contributions viewer, which is expected to appear soon.

Other Items

Region Restart Glitch

There has been something of a rise in reports of regions experiencing issues following recent following restarts – most noticeably caps failures. This is something the Lab is looking into, and Simon commented, “we have a suspicion that after rolls, as that server host starts up regions, it’s doing enough of them at about the same time that things get overloaded.   It’s still a theory but makes some sense why we’d get cap failures like that.”

Roxeter: where the arts meet in Second Life

Roxeter; Inara Pey, May 2015, on Flickr Roxeter (Flickr) – click any image to enlarge

Friend and content creator Vivienne Daguerre tapped me about her new collaborative venture, Roxeter, located on her own region, bearing the same name and which is also still the home to her Black Rose brand.

“Roxeter is intended to be a place supporting and featuring SL artists and live musicians,” Vivienne informed me, “and in future we hope to add writers and theatre performances to the list.”

Having opened in March, Roxeter already offers a number of indoor and outdoor venues for music and live performances, and the theatre is currently under construction, with work progressing well.

Roxeter; Inara Pey, May 2015, on Flickr Roxeter (Flickr)

The region itself has something of a New England feel to it, with the core venues built around a small town-like locale centred around two squares. The first of these features an open air café which offers something of a social hub, around which sit a small number of commercial properties, the Roxeter library, and the pub (which offers an indoor venue for music) with the black rose radio station and media centre right next door. Beyond these sits an open-air music venue flanked on the one side by a large events stage built out over a beach, and on the other by the theatre.

The second square, this one with a fountain as its central feature, can be found behind the library building, with the Roxeter Place for the Visual Arts facing the library facade across it. At the time of my visit, Roxeter Place featured small displays of works by Darkyn Dover and John (Johannes1977), both of whom I admire for their exceptional photography, and Altarn Damon Bach – whom I admit is a new name to me, but whose work is equally stunning.

Roxeter; Inara Pey, May 2015, on Flickr Roxeter (Flickr)

Community is very much a part of Vivienne’s focus in Second Life, and this is reflected in the fact that not only offers venues to the arts and music communities, but uphill from the Roxeter Place for the Visual Arts still a number of private houses available for rent to interested parties (please keep in mind some are already occupied); there is a small realtor’s office down in the town offering details of the available lots. Finally, and as no town should be without one, just across a narrow stream sits the local church and manse. The latter is also a private residence, so again, do keep that in mind when visiting, although you might want to look around the church grounds for the entrance to the catacombs below!

From this description, you might think everything sounds a little cramped in the region. Well, not so; considerable time and effort has gone into developing Roxeter and its venues, so the entire region has a feeling of open spaces as well as having something of a small town look. Indeed, with the off-sim islands on one side and craggy peaks on the other, the entire effect is that of being in a coastal town as it looks out over the open sea.

Roxeter; Inara Pey, May 2015, on Flickr Roxeter (Flickr)

A major aspect of Roxeter is that it is entirely non-profit: the region is paid for entire out of the revenue generated by Vivienne’s Black Rose store (which is located high overhead and can be reached by the teleport point inside the little Black Rose shop in the town), with the aim of the venues here being, as Vivienne described, to promote music and the arts in Second Life and provide a means by which artists, musicians, DJ’s the theatre groups can present their music and work.

Obviously, operating a group of venues like this takes time and effort, and Vivienne has brought together a team of talented individuals to help keep Roxeter moving forward.  Freya Lovenkraft is managing the live entertainments, and has started a video series, Behind the SL Music, hosted at Roxeter’s Black Rose Radio, in which she interviews and chats to people from SL’s music industry. Her first interview, with Mason Thorne, is available for viewing.

Artist Shakti Adored curates the Roxeter Place for Visual Arts, while Ercila Robbins manages the library, which had a literary / knowledge focus. Filling out the current team is Trinity Taryn Ansome, who is Roxeter’s Second Life Arts, Music and Culture blogger.

Roxeter; Inara Pey, May 2015, on Flickr Roxeter (Flickr)

All told, Roxeter is quite a superb undertaking with an already very impressive events calendar. There is also an in-world group to keep abreast of news and event notices, while all the latest from the region can also be found on the Roxeter web site.

If you’re looking for a new music / arts / theatre venue, then this is a place you should definitely make a point of visiting.

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