A little time with Bob Dylan in Second Life

Not Dark Yet, Crestwick Gallery
Not Dark Yet, The Broad Street Gallery, Crestwick Island

Now open at the Broad Street Gallery, Crestwick Island, is a new exhibition entitled Not Dark Yet. Bob Dylan fans may recognise this as the title of his 1997 single, the first released from his Time Out of Mind album.

This is no coincidence; Not Dark Yet is a collaborative exhibition of art inspired by Dylan’s lyrics. The idea came from the gallery’s curator, photographer (and Crestwick Island’s co-designer) Isa Messioptra. She invited artists Cipherscape, Doc, .kiki, Senna Coronet, Dantelicia Ethaniel, Harbor Galaxy, Edie Horngold, Amona Savira, Hillany Scofield, and Maloe Vansant to join her in presenting one image apiece interpreting lyrics from one of Dylan’s songs.

Not Dark Yet, Crestwick Gallery
Not Dark Yet, The Broad Street Gallery, Crestwick Island

Each artist was given free choice on the song and lyrics to be used; the result is a small, but changed display of images based on one or more stanzas from the selected songs: Visions of Johanna, Boots of Spanish Leather, Hurricane, It Ain’t Me Babe, Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright, Emotionally Yours, Sarah, One Too Many Mornings, Desolation Row, Most of the Time, and the titular Not Dark Yet (by Doc).

I say “charged”, because taken individually, each piece is rich in content; there is an emotional strength to each of them which allows it to stand in its own right in whatever context in is framed. But when seen in the context of their inspiring lyrics, each piece gains a further depth of resonance that literally draws you into it.

In some, the impact is almost physical, as with Cipherscape’s rendition of lines from Hurricane or Isa’s Too Many Mornings;  in others the effect is more subtle, as with Harbor Galaxy’s interpretation of  Boots of Spanish Leather, which is so beautifully inspired it really takes time to appreciate just how subtle all the references are: the guitar, the boots, the facial features, the hairstyle…

Not Dark Yet, Crestwick Gallery
Not Dark Yet, The Broad Street Gallery, Crestwick Island

To single out just two or three pieces from this exhibit isn’t really fair; all of them are really superb, and should be seen for themselves. Not Dark Yet will remain open until around mid-September; should any of the pictures on show really grab you, they are available for purchase. Also, when visiting, do please consider a small donation at the door to help with covering the costs of running both the gallery and Crestwick Island.

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2015 viewer release summaries: week 28

Updates for the week ending: Sunday, July 12th, 2015

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 version:, June 30 – no change
  • Release channel cohorts (See my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
    • Viewer-managed Marketplace RC viewer updated to version on July 9th – allows Merchants to manage inventory associated with Marketplace Listings from within the viewer (download and release notes)
    • Importer RC viewer version released on July 8th – provides a modified mesh uploader  (download and release notes)
    • Maintenance RC viewer updated to version on July 7th – comprising some 50 updates, fixes and features (download and release notes).
  • Project viewers:
    • Notifications project viewer version released on July 8th – new Notifications floater separates incoming notifications into System, Transactions, Invitations, and Group. It provides a better way to view, interact with, prioritize and manage incoming notices for busy residents (download and release notes).

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers


  • Black Dragon updated to version on July 9th (Notifications update with rendering improvements – release notes) and then to on Monday July 13th (Maintenance RC update – release notes).


  • Cool VL Viewer Stable branch updated to version on July 11th – core update: inclusion of VMM code into Stable branch (release notes); the Experimental branch temporarily removed in preparation for implementing the Lab’s CEF updates.

Mobile / Other Clients

  • Radegast updated to version 2.18 on July 9th – core updates: support for Group Bans and several smaller updates (download and release notes) .

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