2016 SL project updates 33 (1): server, viewer

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No Server Deployments

There was no deployment to the Main (SLS) channel on Tuesday, August 16th, and there will be no deployment on Wednesday, August 17th.

It is currently “doubtful” there will be an RC deployment next week – although this may change. A contributing reason for the slowdown is that the Lab is currently focused on server-side operating system upgrades.

SL Viewer

Release Viewer

BUG-37646 “Attachments get ghosted at login on”; and BUG-37653 “Every time I delete Cache and Relog, my Saved Appearances do not load and I am left as a White Cloud in Second Life Viewer”, noted in my last TPVD meeting update have both been accepted by the Lab and are being worked on.

VLC RC Viewer

As expected, the VLC Media Plugin RC viewer, which contains the LibVLC-based replacement for QuickTime for Windows, updated on August 15th to version An additional fix is included with the update, which should correct an issue with new MOAP objects losing audio.

Remaining Official Viewers

This leaves the remaining list of official viewers, at the time of writing as follows:

  • Current Release version: (dated August 8), promoted August 11 – formerly the Maintenance RC viewer
  • RC viewers:
    • Visual Outfit Browser viewer updated to version, on August 1 – ability to preview images of outfits in the Appearance floater  – due to update
  • Project viewers:
    • Project Bento (avatar skeleton extensions) updated to version on July 14 – incorporation of final skeleton and slider updates from the test viewer
  • Obsolete platform viewer version dated May 8, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.


West of the Rain in Second Life

West of the Rain; Inara Pey, August 2016, on Flickr West Of The Rain – click any image for full size

West Of The Rain,” Oobleck Allagash says of the region, “was originally conceived to be a tribute to the San Juan islands, as a token of love to my partner, Nodnol Jameson, given her respect and admiration for the nature and beauty of the Pacific North-west.”

While I’ve never been to the San Juan Islands, I have spent time looking at photographs from the web, and I have to say that Oobleck and Nodnol have done a superb job in recreating much of the look and feel of the islands, including some notable landmarks.

West of the Rain; Inara Pey, August 2016, on Flickr West Of The Rain

Visitors begin their journey on the south side of the region, where a quay juts out into the sea, a ferry alongside. Shoreward of this, rising up a gentle slope, are two rows of little shops and boutiques facing one another across a road. The first of these are, respectively, a charming little café and an old bed and breakfast – both perfect for anyone thinking of staying a while. Close by, on a little headland and in an homage to Friday Harbour on the main island,  sits a lighthouse.

Follow the road up through the town, passing the parking lot, and it will lead you north and east around the region. Or, if you prefer, you can follow the footpath running past the lighthouse and along the west side of the island. Whichever route you choose, the is a lot to see, be it the beach to the north, or past the steps leading up to the local church to the boat yard, and then onwards from either.

West of the Rain; Inara Pey, August 2016, on Flickr West Of The Rain

In addition. a footpath winds its way across the middle of the region, taking hikers through woodland, over a bridge and around a small lake to reach the main road once more. It is in the design of the road and footpaths where at least some of the magic of the region lies: they have been laid out in such a way as to give a feeling you’re travelling through a place much bigger and more irregular in form than a 256 metre on a side square of land.

The rest of the magic lies in the natural flow of the land, from little town to rural roads and footpath, from woodland to rocky cliffs and sandy beaches, from boat yard to lake, there is a natural, organic flow to everything here. There’s also a lot of nice little touches, from the rooftop terrace of the café, though the roadside picnic areas to the little cuddle spots dotted around; the care and love put into building the region is clearly evident.

West of the Rain; Inara Pey, August 2016, on Flickr West Of The Rain

“The entire region is public,” Oobleck says, “and will over time evolve and include installations by friends who we also want to feel a part of the creative process. There will be no commercial activities on the sim, nor do we solicit or ask for contributions. Our goal has always been to make this as pure as possible in every way.”

That’s a noble goal, and having spent a fair amount of time exploring the region on foot – you can grab a bicycle near the arrival point, if that’s your preference – I’d say Nodnol and Oobleck have already succeed in their goal to a good degree, and I’m certainly looking forward to seeing how things develop.

West of the Rain; Inara Pey, August 2016, on Flickr West Of The Rain

Rounded off by a subtle sound scape and offering many opportunities for photography, exploration and relaxing, West Of The Rain makes for a most enjoyable visit.

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Team Diabetes of Second Life announces Red Gallery and seek artists

TD-logoTeam Diabetes of Second Life has announced The Red Gallery, a new art venue focused on raising money for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), for whom Team Diabetes of Second Life are the official and authorised in-world fund-raising team.

The idea for the gallery is to allow artists to display and sell their work, splitting the proceeds of any sales with Team Diabetes of SL, who will in turn donate the proceeds to the ADA.

The new gallery will be opening in the near future, but applications are now being accepted from artists wishing to participate in exhibitions rounds (lasting around 2 months apiece) at the gallery. If you are interested in supporting the ADA and Team Diabetes of Second Life in this way, please read the guidelines below and complete the official application form.

  • All artists and artwork must follow the Second Life Terms of Service and Community Guidelines
  • All displayed art must be the artist’s own intellectual property
  • All artwork must be in keep with the Second Life moderate / mature rating; adult themed artwork is not allowed
  • All items offered for sale must use the Team Diabetes split profit script
  • Artists may register for multiple rounds, but must change the artwork they place on display for each round.

Red Gallery

  • When displaying work:
    • All artists are allotted 10 LI
    • Artists must group the designated Team Diabetes group to rez their work
    • No auto group joiners, particle makers, temp rezzers, or chat spammers or hover text  allowed within the gallery spaces, but touch group joiners are permitted
    • No donation kiosks or charity info for any other charity but Team Diabetes of Second Life
    • All items should be removed at the end of an artist’s assigned round(s), or will be returned. Team Diabetes of Second Life cannot be held responsible for the condition of returned items in the latter case.

Further information on exhibitions, etc., will be made available to artists who apply, and publicly announced in due course through the Team Diabetes website – and I’ll of course be carrying the information in these pages as well.

About the American Diabetes Association

 Established in 1940, the American Diabetes Association is working to both prevent and cure diabetes in all it forms, and to help improve the lives of all those affected by diabetes. It does this by providing objective and credible information and resources about diabetes to communities, and funding research into ways and means of both managing and curing the illness. In addition, the Association gives voice to those denied their rights as a consequence of being affected by diabetes.

About Team Diabetes of Second life

Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorised fund-raiser for the American Diabetes Association in Second Life. Established with the aim of raising funds in support of diabetes treatment and to raise awareness of the disease in SL, Team Diabetes of Second Life was founded by Jessi2009 Warrhol and John Brianna (Johannes1977 Resident), and is served by an advisory board comprising Eleseren Brianna, Veruca Tammas, Sandie Loxingly, Rob Fenwitch, Earth Nirvana and Dawnbeam Dreamscape, with Saiyge Lotus serving as a special advisor.

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