Monroe Snook’s Art Bistro in Second Life

Monroe Snook Art Bistro

Monroe Snook has a new home for her art, courtesy of Milly Sharple. Called the Art Bistro, it offers an impressive insight into Monroe’s art, both from the physical world and from within SL.

Art expression for me is in the experience of the creative process. The thrill of a piece as it unveils itself as I work. The process can be slow and tedious or a quick snap. The work is in command – I am but its servant.

– Monroe Snook

Monroe Snook Art Bistro

Monroe’s physical art is a fascinating blend of nature and abstract; wonderful plant-like creations, some mindful of sea anemones or even triffids, others organic forms of fractal images. There is a rich vibrancy on the use of colours in these images that adds depth to the feeling they are each alive, whether plant-like in form or more crustacean in shape and feel.

Within her photography, Monroe demonstrates an equally rich ability to present mood or narrative – so much so, that I actually regretted finding three example of her photographic work on display in the gallery space.

Art expression for the viewer is in the interaction with the completed work. Spend time to get to know a work. Make [it] yours. Listen to its song.

– Monroe Snook

Monroe Snook Art Bistro

This is a selection of pieces that also demonstrate the richness of Monroe’s approach to her art: and approach that encompasses paints and brushes, scans of objects, original sketches, digital art tools such as fractal generation programs and tools like Photoshop.

All told, a welcome return to exhibiting her art from a talented artist.

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Aliens and Thanksgiving traditions at Seanchai Library

Seanchai Library

It’s time to highlight another week of storytelling in Voice by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s home at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, November 19th 19:00: Tumithak Of The Corridors

Far and away the best and most exciting story I had ever read up to that time. I found the characters human and the hero all the more admirable because he could feel fear. I found the plot exciting and a deep humanity in the sentence ‘Tumithak had to learn that in no matter what nation or age one finds oneself, he will find gentleness, if he looks, as well as savagery.’

– Isaac Asimov

Such are the words of praise from one of the giants of science fiction for Charles R Tanner’s Tumithak series, first published in the 1930s (the fourth book in the series, Tumithak and the Ancient Word was not published until 2005, 31 years after the author’s death).

The series follows the titular hero, Tumithak, a young boy who rebels against the tyranny of the oppressive Shelks, invaders from Venus who have over-run Earth and force humanity to live underground in tunnels and caverns created at the time of the invasion. With no access to technology or knowledge of science, humankind lives in fear of the Shelks, who periodically descend into the tunnels of Man to hunt humans for sport – and worse.

Tuesday, November 20th: TBA

The Library may be dark – check the Seanchai Library blog for updates.

Wednesday, November 21st: 19:00: The Quilters: Women in Domestic Art

With Caledonia Skytower.

Thursday, November 22nd 10:00: Alice’s Restaurant Massacree

A Seanchai Library Thanksgiving tradition with Shandon Loring.

via Wikipedia

You can get anything that you want
At Alice’s restaurant.
You can get anything that you want
At Alice’s restaurant.
Walk right in, it’s around the back,
Just a half-a-mile from the railroad tracks
And you can get anything that you want
At Alice’s restaurant

As Thanksgiving arrives in the United States, Shandon Loring presents singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie’s famous 1967 musical monologue, Alice’s Restaurant Massacree (also popularly known as Alice’s Restaurant, and the inspiration of the 1969 Arthur Penn film of that name, starring Guthrie himself).

Aside from the opening and closing chorus, the song is delivered as the spoken word accompanied by a ragtime guitar. The story is based on a true incident in Guthrie’s life when, in 1965, he (then 18) and a friend were arrested for illegally dumping garbage from Alice’s restaurant after discovering that the town dump was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

What follows is a complicated, ironic and amusing story told in a deadpan, satirical tone, which encompasses fines, blind judges, guide dogs, 27 8×10 copiously annotated glossy photos related to the littering, frustrated police officers, the Vietnam War draft and, ultimately, the inexplicable ways in which bureaucracy moves to foil itself, just when you’ve given up hope of foiling it yourself.

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Please check with the Seanchai Library’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.

2018 SL UG updates 46/2: TPV Developer meeting

The EEP sky over the Linden Hippotropolis region, designed by Whirly Fizzle. Credit: Whirly Fizzle

The following notes are taken from the TPV Developer meeting held on Friday, November 16th, 2018. A video of the meeting is embedded below, my thanks as always to North for recording and providing it.

This was again a short meeting.

SL Viewer

Video: 1:10-3:37.

  • The Spotykach Maintenance RC viewer updated to version on November 15th.
  • The Environmental Enhancement Project (EEP) viewer updated to version on November 16th.

These updates bring both viewers up to parity with the newly promoted Animesh release viewer. The remainder of the viewer pipeline remains as:

  • Current Release version, dated October 18th, promoted November 14th. Formerly the Animesh RC viewer – NEW.
  • Release channel cohorts (please see my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
    • Love Me Render RC viewer, version, November 13th.
    • Estate Access Management (EAM) RC viewer, version, September 28th.
    • BugSplat RC viewer, version, September 10th. This viewer is functionally identical to the current release viewer, but uses BugSplat for crash reporting, rather than the Lab’s own Breakpad based crash reporting tools.
  • Project viewers:
  • Linux Spur viewer, version, dated November 17th, 2017 and promoted to release status 29th November 2017 – offered pending a Linux version of the Alex Ivy viewer code.
  • Obsolete platform viewer, version, May 8th, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

Bakes On Mesh

The back-end support is now grid-wide, meaning that Bakes on Mesh can be tested by anyone using the project viewer, which itself will be updated, both to bring it into parity with the new release viewer and with further BoM fixes.

BugSplat Update

[11:55-14:40] There are Four things to note with Bugsplat:

  • As noted above, it will see the Lab switch to using the BugSplat system for crash reporting, rather than their  own Breakpad based crash reporting tools.
  • The Breakpad support code will remain in place with a build time option, so that TPVs wishing to continue to use it can do so.
  • The current parent process that handles viewer launch and also updates, will be removed. This means there will be some internal differences to how the viewer updater works, and one of the two executables for the viewer will vanish.
    • On windows, if the viewer is installed using an account that does not have admin privileges, the viewer installer will install as a local instance in the user’s local applications folder.
  • It will also resolve the viewer having 2 dock icons on MacOS.

In Brief

Group Notifications

[3:34-4:40] A resource has been assigned to look into the unreliable delivery of group notices. It appears the reason some notices are being received when people log-in to Second Life is because they are not actually being recorded in the database that manages the delivery of things like off-line notices. Investigations are therefore focused on backtracking through the various systems to work out where things are breaking down.

EEP On Legacy Viewers

[5:04-6:24] It’s been noted that when seen of non-EEP viewers, applied EEP skies appear odd – stars persistently overlay the sky and fail to render correctly, for example.

This is because the simulator end of EEP tries to take the environment and tries to approximate it for delivery to non-EEP viewers using the “old” environment settings system for delivery to those viewers – something that works at best imperfectly. The Lab has not determined how much effort will be put into making EEP fully backwards compatible with the older environment rendering system, as the issues should only exist through a transitional period as the viewer-side EEP code reaches all maintained viewers.

The same sky seen at the top of this article, but through a non-EEP viewer, demonstrating how an EEP environment is translated for rendering on a non-EEP viewer

Duplicate Calling Cards

[21:35-24:00] This was an issue some time ago that saw people’s calling cards duplicated – sometimes multiple times. The core issue was largely corrected, so people with duplicates could generally delete them and not see further duplications. However, duplicates could sometimes still be created as a result of inventory issues a logging-in, and sometimes clearing duplicates requires a request to support to run and inventory transform.

Thanksgiving USA

Week #47 (commencing Monday, November 19th, 2018) is Thanksgiving week in the United States. This means there will be limited updates and releases during the week, and the Lab will be closed on Thursday and Friday, except for essential support.