A Second Life Roadrunner

Riding the SG33E Roadrunner

Ape Piaggio has crafted some of Second Life’s more unusual vehicles, be they for land, air, or water (or even some combination thereof). and by “unusual”, I mean fun.

I’ve covered many of them in these pages, and am admittedly a confirmed fan of her work. Most recently, I’ve been involved in the development of her LS33W AirFish (read here for more). That project has been taking a little longer than anticipated, but there’s a good reason for this: Ape has been busy with a fun vehicle that’s she launched at the end of November: the SG33E Roadrunner.

This is a fun little 2-wheeler for running around on – particularly along the road networks of the Mainland, where I spent time testing it. Probably the best way to describe it is a marriage between an electric motor and a traditional push scooter that’s been given a few steroids to beef it up.

From boxed to “assembled”: the SG33E Roadrunner (note the black marks on the optional rezzed fenders are baked shadows for when the optional parcel racks are used)

Delivered in a neat packing case – itself a trademark of Ape’s products (and which will deliver a texture pack as well, when unpacked), the Roadrunner rezzes in its stowed mode – handlebars folded against the footboard, awaiting attention. Select Sit Here from the right-click context menu / the pie menu, and a neat animation will play, causing your avatar to kneel and unlock the handlebar before raising it to its upright position, and then “stepping” aboard the scooter.

At the same time the handlebars are unstowed, a Quick Start guide is displayed in local chat (user only – not general spam) listing the basic driving controls. Using the Touch option will list the Roadrunner’s menu, including the permissions options (who can drive / ride on the scooter); the adjustment options for correctly positioning avatars (the scooter can be resized); access to the couples poses (cuddles plus a couple of adult poses), and the scooter’s accessories options – of which more anon.

Readying the Roadrunner for riding

The basic controls are easy enough to master, and the simple fact is, with a little consideration for SL’s eccentricities, the Roadrunner is a great little ride – and be sure to check out the cute “reversing” animation.

The Accessories option adds to the Roadrunner, allowing a degree of customisation. This includes recolouring, plus the rezzing of the front and rear well fenders and / or the front and rear luggage racks. The racks also include headlights and tail-lights for night driving.

The accessories menu

Also included in the Accessories menu are the battery / recharge options. The former allows the Roadrunner to behave like a real electric vehicle: running only as long as there is sufficient charge in the battery. When it has expired, or is close to expiring, the recharge option can be used. This will display the solar-powered battery charger which, as it is attached to the scooter, doesn’t require rezzing rights in order to appear.

The Roadrunner is additionally capable of carrying passengers. Providing the driver is already on-board and permissions are set, a passenger can right-click and sit on the scooter – this will display the rear luggage rack, which is used as a passenger seat.

At L$350, the SG33E Roadrunner isn’t going to break the bank, and it weighs-in at just 6 LI. Those those who enjoy road vehicles, it offers a fun and unique means of both travel and exploration around the Mainland.

Riding Route 12 on the Mainland

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2018 SL UG updates 48/1: Simulator User Group

Nowhere Else; Inara Pey, October 2018, on FlickrNowhere Elseblog post

Server Deployments

As anticipated following US Thanksgiving, there are no planned deployments for week #48, but a new RC deployment is expected in week #49 (commencing Monday, December 3rd, 2018).

SL Viewers

The EEP viewer updated on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 to version 6.0.0.521947.

  • Current Release version 6.0.0.520636, dated October 18, promoted November 14. Formerly the Animesh RC viewer – NEW.
  • Release channel cohorts:
    • Love Me Render RC viewer, version 6.0.1.521759, November 20.
    • Spotykach Maintenance RC viewer, version 6.0.1.521757, November 15.
    • Estate Access Management (EAM) RC viewer, version 5.2.0.520057, September 28.
    • BugSplat RC viewer, version 5.1.9.519462, September 10. 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 5.0.9.329906, 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 3.7.28.300847, May 8, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

EEP Updates

As well as the viewer update, the Snack channel received a simulator update for EEP. Rider is working on the last of the SL functions for EEP support: llSetAgentEnvironment. This will require viewer-side support, which Rider describes as possibly being “tricky”.

In Brief

  • BUG-216320 “Error when retrieving grid statistics page via llHTTPRequest”: this has been partially fixed for requests using HTTP. There are still issues when using HTTPS.
  • BUG-7084 “Prim properties visually revert to an earlier state since Interesting”: unfortunately, no progress on this.
  • Firestorm – Animesh when? This is a frequent question with the Firestorm support groups. There had been a couple a blockers, which are in the process of being resolved, and the hope is the latest development cycle will be completed soon, allowing further user testing to take place.

A return to R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S in Second Life

R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S; Inara Pey, November 2018, on Flickr
R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S – click any image for full size

At the start of 2018, we visited R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S, a 1/2 region setting, designed by the Rahmenlos-Chaos-Team (R.C.T.). They themselves and the parcel thus:

We are a mixed troupe from different German-speaking areas. And as different we are, R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S. is too. Everyone of us got involved with his own ideas and personality. And the result is really good. Whether you like beach, nice landscape, [a] City or Club … hidden places or just much small things to explore: everyone will find his favourite place!

R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S; Inara Pey, November 2018, on Flickr
R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S

Back at the start of the year, R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S offered a mixed semi-urban / semi-rural setting, providing a pleasant mix of places to explore. This was still somewhat the case during our November visit, but with enough changes to make a return an interesting exploration.

The landing point sits on the east side of the region, on the uplands and just outside a Tuscan villa. However, as the landing point isn’t enforced, those using the “old” landmark for the parcel may find themselves on the west coast, marked by a small harbour and two large warehouse buildings. One of these is home to the group’s art gallery, the other is home to the R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S club – actually one of two, the other being overhead.

R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S; Inara Pey, November 2018, on Flickr
R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S

This second club is reached via the parcel’s teleport system, which includes a number of other destinations dotted around and over the land, some of which are only available to R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S group members. This system is cleverly disguised – a sign here, a tree stump there, a disused subway station entrance, etc. However, each is denoted by a sign board or sign post. Unfortunately, during our visits, I admit to finding the teleport system unreliable: at times a button failed to deliver me to the expected destination.

However, clicking the signs alongside each teleport point will provide a note card of the various points of interest (in English and in German), and it’s worthwhile obtaining the card, even when exploring on foot, as it offers clues to the various points of interest at ground level.

R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S; Inara Pey, November 2018, on Flickr
R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S

These locations include the story area that includes one or two secrets, an outdoor ground-level events area, a café and a beach.

What is particularly attractive about this parcel is the smooth blending of the environment from the waterfront, through the little square, through to the country lanes, pass the fields with their animals – including saddled horses with poses for photographs. Throughout all of this are places to sit and enjoy the views and the ambience of the setting.

R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S; Inara Pey, November 2018, on Flickr
R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S

As far as I’m aware, none of the houses are private residences – several have welcome signs hanging on the doors – so there doesn’t appear to be a risk of trespass when exploring, while the games area, one of which – a chess game enclosed by hedges – I found particularly attractive.

Wonderful photogenic, rich in detail and with plenty to see and enjoy, R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S remains a delight to visit and – for the time being at least – remains winter-free for those who may want to avoid the snow for a while longer.

R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S; Inara Pey, November 2018, on Flickr
R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S

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  • R.A.H.M.E.N.L.O.S (Sacred Heart, rated: Moderate)

A return to Rainbow Painters in Second Life

Rainbow Painters Art Gallery

In September 2018, I wrote about the Rainbow Painters Art Gallery. Curated by Timo Dumpling and Patience Dumpling (patience Roxley), the gallery offers free space to artists both new to exhibiting their work in Second Life and those who are established on the exhibition circuit.

The open nature of the gallery means that it presents a broad range of art, both from within Second Life and from the physical world, with the Second Life art encompassing both 2D and 3D work.

Rainbow Painters: Pure Lovee

At the time of my second visit, the gallery featured another broad spectrum of art, including 3D work of reycharles, the physical world art of Moya Patrick (Moya Janus – actually French artist Patrick Moya), the physical world photography of Black Rose, the marvellous mixed-media portraiture of Cybele Moon (hana Hoobinoo), the fabulous nature photography of Anibrm Jung, the surreal art of Tani Thor, and Monroe Snook, displaying some of her fractal art.

These artists alone make a trip to the gallery, however, they are also joined by a number of artists I’ve not previously encountered, and their work adds further depth to a visit.

Rainbow Painters: Gwen Enchanted and Boog (Merry Gynoid)

There is the fascinating physical world art of Pure Lovee, for example, or the line drawings of Viktor Savior (which includes a stunning portrait of David Bowie), to name but two of the talents on display. Of them all, I confess to being particularly drawn to the two pieces offered by Siobhán Muintir (Qorell); taken from within Second Life, they are in a world, beautiful.

Those wishing to add their art to that being displayed at Rainbow Painters should contact either Timo or  Patience in-world. As I noted in September, the gallery shares a quarter-region with an open-air games area (table games and 10-pin bowling) and dance / events space. Join the local Rainbow Painters group for details of local events.

Rainbow Painters: Reycharles

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2018 viewer release summaries, week #47

Logos representative only and should not be seen as an endorsement / preference / recommendation

Updates for the week ending Sunday, November 25th

This summary is generally 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.
  • Note that test viewers, preview / beta viewers / nightly builds are not recorded in these summaries.

Official LL Viewers

  • Current Release version 6.0.0.520636, dated October 18th, promoted November 14th. Formerly the Animesh RC viewer – No Change.
  • 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 6.0.1.521759, November 20th.
  • Project viewers:
    • No updates.

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers

V5/V6-style

  • No updates.

V1-style

  • No updates.

Mobile / Other Clients

Additional TPV Resources

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A Tranquil Bear Winter Resort in Second Life

Tranquil Bear Winter Resort; Inara Pey, September 2018, on Flickr
Tranquil Bear Winter Resort – click any image for full size

Recently opened to the public is Tranquil Bear Winter Resort, a homestead region designed by Alex Luciano (AlexandraSadie). Given the time of year, it’s another snow-themed region, in which Alex invites visitors to enjoy horseback riding and ice skating along with walks along the trail that winds its way around the region.

Visitors arrive at a gazebo on the west side of the region, the main track commencing at its foot to offer a route around the island, running east to turn south and then back west, concluding at an open-air stone fireplace and seating area. Along the way, it passes under a step of rock on which sits a large wood-built lodge, and encloses a large frozen pond occupying the region’s centre.

Tranquil Bear Winter Resort; Inara Pey, September 2018, on Flickr
Tranquil Bear Winter Resort

The ice skating referred to in the About Land description can be enjoyed on the pond. There’s a couple of skate givers on the south side of the pond, one alongside the coffee wagon beside the track, and the second on the ice itself. The skating animations are a little basic, so if you have your own skates with animations, these might be a preferable choice.

Horse riding is available to those who have wearable horses, the trails offering one possible path to follow, although the region has plenty of space out under the trees to make further wanderings possible.

Tranquil Bear Winter Resort; Inara Pey, September 2018, on Flickr
Tranquil Bear Winter Resort

Up on its vantage point, reached by stone steps cut into the rock, the lodge offers warmth and places to sit for those who might find the outdoor setting a little too cold. It also includes the café also referred to in the About Land description.

A walk from here leads up to ruins on a hilltop, offering a view across the woodland of the region. The route up to ruin passes over a high rocky arch, beneath which a spur of the track points the way to where some of the region’s outdoor seating. More seating can be found alongside the frozen pond, offering the chance to watch any skaters on the ice. Those wanting something a little more romantic can enjoy a cuddle on a horse-drawn sleigh.

Tranquil Bear Winter Resort; Inara Pey, September 2018, on Flickr
Tranquil Bear Winter Resort

The track running around the landscape could perhaps benefit from a little experimental re-texturing to see if it could be better blended with the snow on the ground, as it does tend to stand out a little, but other than this, Tranquil Bear Winter Resort makes for a photogenic visit.

Those taking photos might like to share them via the region’s Flickr group. Those needing rezzing rights for props can join the region’s group (via the joiner close to the landing point gazebo). But  do please clear away anything you put out once done.

Tranquil Bear Winter Resort; Inara Pey, September 2018, on Flickr
Tranquil Bear Winter Resort

Surrounded by mountains, this is a simple region design that offers a natural setting that can easily be enjoyed without putting a heavy load on a computer even with the constant snow falling across the region.

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