SL project updates 43/1: server, viewer

WOD: Chateau Village; Inara Pey, October 2015, on Flickr WOD: Château Village (Flickr) – blog post

Deploys for Week #43

There was no deployment to the Main (SLS) channel on Tuesday, October 20th.

On Wednesday, October 21st, all three RCs should receive the same new server maintenance package, which include server-side improvements for delivering group notice attachments, which is hoped will provide some improvements to issues of trying to open such attachments from the group notice notifications.

The update also includes some simulator crash fixes, and while not advertised in the release notes, should also include simulator-side code to prevent the uploading of “hacked” mesh content (e.g. mesh items which show a LI of 1 no matter what their actual complexity, or which spoof a creator’s name).

As usual, updates can be found in the server deployment thread.

SL Viewer

The Quick Preferences RC viewer was updated to version 3.8.6.305942 on October 19th, most likely bringing it up to parity with the current release viewer.

Commenting on the status of the current RC viewers during the open Source Developer’s meeting on Monday, October 19th and in relation to any possible viewer promotion in week #44, Oz Linden said, “The Quick Graphics viewer has too many bugs to promote; mostly minor, but there’s no reason to go forward with it yet. HTTP has a couple of significant bugs to fix. So if I had to bet on the next promotion I’d guess the Notifications viewer.”

Expect more news on viewers following the TPVD meeting on Friday, October 23rd.

Other Items

A question was asked during the Simulator User Group meeting on Tuesday, October 20th about making script time for in-world objects in a parcel available to the parcel holder (e.g. an extension of the region-wide Top Scripts functionality available to region / estate owners / managers). The idea here being to help parcel owners better understand how in-world objects within their parcel might be impacting simulator resources (see this forum thread and SCR-60 as well).

Commenting on the idea, Simon Linden said:

Since we send it to the viewer already, you have access to the info … You can probably get some of that info by scanning but I can see it would be a lot easier to get that in a different format. One of the limits (I’m sure you all know) of LSL is it’s not good with large data sets, so I’m not sure how you can expose that info for a large number of items … so maybe the top 10 or 25 objects on a given parcel? I can totally see the need for that to manage land.

… HUDs and attachments add a twist to it … they would probably be lumped together with the AV as they are now. I wonder if it would be easy to add something like PARCEL_SCRIPT_TIME to llGetParcelDetials()? that doesn’t give you what you want, but is a higher level for finding the parcels with the most scripts.

Those looking for such a capability are advised to raise a JIRA feature request.

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Fractals and watercolours Second Life

Timamoon Arts
Timamoon Arts

Timamoon  Arts offers a peaceful and carefree environment in which to enjoy art, spend time relaxing and perhaps enjoy a dance or two. There are a number of gallery paces spread across the region, together with ruins to be explored, a coffee-house, aviary, woodlands, a hilltop house and more.

The galleries offer works by a number of artists, notably those belonging to the Gualdo Group, which encompasses some very well-known names: Kylie Sabra, Nino Vichan, Kaly Iali, La Baroque… all of whom make Timamoon an ideal destination for those with a passion for art, be it created digitally (and within Second Life), or in the physical world, or a combination of both.

I was particularly drawn back to Timamoon to view the work of two artists who are featured as a part of the current FIAT (FIne Art Tour): Milly Sharple (who also holds the region) and Sisse Singh.

Milly Sharple - Fractal Insanity
Milly Sharple – Fractal Insanity

Milly’s exhibit is entitled Fractal Insanity, and the title will likely have regular readers here know why I am drawn to it, featuring as it does more of her stunning fractal art, presented in an ultra-modern gallery space utilising a design by Steven Devoid (Devoid Aeon).

Milly Sharple - Fractal Insanity
Milly Sharple – Fractal Insanity

The pieces on display, both static and animated, are stunning in complexity, texture and colour. Given that several are animated, images simply do not do them justice and they need to be seen first-hand to be fully appreciated.

As well as the fractal pieces, Milly offers a number of other digital works, all of which are equally intricate and quite marvellous to behold. Some of these are ideal as both individual pieces or as part of large grouping  – such as her “Petal” series, which I found myself particularly drawn towards.

Milly Sharple - Fractal Insanity
Milly Sharple – Fractal Insanity

With abstract pieces vying with more “traditional” mandelbrot inspired pieces, animated pieces offered alongside static works and an amazing display of digital pieces, Fractal Insanity is a captivating visit; one which is liable to have you admiring and dallying for longer than you might have planned.

However, when you have completed a tour through the floors of Milly’s exhibit space, do make sure you pop across to the rotunda next door, where Sisse Singh is currently exhibiting a range of her watercolour and ink art.

Sise Sigh - Timamoon Arts
Sisse Singh – Timamoon Arts

A self-taught artist, Sisse finds her inspiration from a range of sources including her local physical world environment, Danish landscapes and her own imagination. The display of her work at the rotunda reflects this admirably, offering a broad and captivating cross-section of her physical world art uploaded for display in world.

Sise Sigh - Timamoon Arts
Sisse Singh – Timamoon Arts

The lower floor of the exhibit space presents a number of Sisse’s studies of flowers, while upstairs is a mix of abstract piece, landscapes and portraits. All of them catch and hold the attention, but I confess to finding myself particularly drawn to her portraiture during my visits. The three pieces – Awaken, Joy, and Naked Sunset, each tell a little story of their own, and really draw one into them.

I confess that prior to making my way through the FIAT exhibits, Sisse’s work had somehow escaped my attention. As such, I’m glad I have now belatedly discovered it in-world. This is a beautiful simple display of her work, more of which  – along with that of other artists in the group – can be enjoyed at the Gualdo galleries, also in the Timamoon region. So be sure to pay the galleries a visit as well.

Sise Sigh - Timamoon Arts
Sisse Singh – Timamoon Arts

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