2018 SL UG updates #14/1: Simulator User Group

Bay of Dreams; Inara Pey, February 2018, on FlickrBay of Dreamsblog post

Server Deployments

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

  • The Main (SLS) channel was updated on Tuesday, April 3rd  to server release 18#, containing internal fixes and updates the new off-line IM and Abuse Report capabilities (see below).
  • On Wednesday, April 4th, the BlueSteel and LeTigre release candidate channels should receive server maintenance package 18#, containing internal fixes; the Magnum RC has no planned deployment, and remains on 18#

SL Viewer

There have been no changes to the viewer pipelines at the start of the week, leaving them as:

  • Current Release version, dated February 23, promoted March 1 – formerly the Nalewka Maintenance RC – No change
  • Release channel cohorts:
  • Project viewers:
    • Bakes on Mesh project viewer, version, March 30 (note this version of the viewer does not support applying bakes to mesh bodies / heads).
    • Animesh project viewer, version, March 7 – project overview.
    • 360 snapshot viewer, version,  March 6 (this version can have significant rendering issues, see my hand-on update).
  • Linux Spur viewer, version, dated November 17, 2017 and promoted to release status 29 November – offered pending a Linux version of the Alex Ivy viewer code.
  • Obsolete platform viewer, version, May 8, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7. This viewer will remain available for as long as reasonable, but will not be updated with new features or bug fixes.

Region Crossings

As I’ve reported in recent Simulator User Group meetings, Joe Magarac (animats) working on a scripted workaround to improve region crossings (“partial unsits, etc.) – see BUG-214653. The Lab is also working on crossings on the simulator side. While no time frames for the work were given, Oz Linen did observe, “How successful we’ll be remains to be seen, but we’re optimistic that we can make significant improvements.”

Decisions and memories in Second Life

Wintergeist – Decisions

Now open at the Artists In Residence gallery in the InterstellART, curated by Asmita Duranjaya, is a new exhibition of physical world photography by Fuyuko Amano (Wintergeist). Entitled Entscheidungen (decisions), it is dedicated to her father, who recently passed away, and so forms something of a personal exhibition of art.

A further dedication to her father sits alongside the landing point for the exhibit, which reads:

One morning you do not wake up. The birds sing as they sang yesterday. Nothing changes this new daily routine. Only you left. You are free now and our tears wish you luck.

Wintergeist – Decisions

Inside the gallery space, a dozen photographs are offered for viewing. They at first appear to be a curious mix: a building, an autumn leaf, a deliberately blurred night scene, an empty corridor, and so on. They seem to be random – and perhaps they are; yet, a considered look at them, taken with their titles (just right-click and edit to view), and perhaps something more is revealed.

When we lose someone, the mind becomes a waterfall of memories and mood, thoughts and feelings. The closer that person was to us, then the more tumultuous the thoughts. We can feel alone, caught between places and feelings – sometimes happy, others sad; places we can go to and remember, places that remind us, unbidden by conscious thought. Our moods become complex, layered; the familiar seems emptier, stranger, and it’s hard  – at first – not to count the passing of time when they are no longer there, doing what we know was part of their life.

Wintergeist – Decisions

This is this cascade of thoughts and feelings that might be reflected in the images offered here: rather than being a study of leaves turning red with the passage of the seasons, Herbst (Autumn)  becomes a reminder of what has now come to an end; Night City personifies the way the once familiar can seem suddenly strange to our eyes after the loss of a loved one; Here and There captures that sense of being capture between moods and memories; while In the City of Ghosts, Allein (Alone) and Don’t lose Your Way, speak powerfully and clearly without the need for translation here.

This is – as I noted – something of a personal display of photography, both in the way it is dedicated to the passing of a family member, and because of the manner in which Wintergeist appears to be opening her heart and feelings to use, allowing us a glimpse inside. Artistically speaking, it is also a visually captivating set of images; each beautifully framed and cleanly presented without the distraction of framing.

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