2020 Simulator User Group week #32 summary

**[Dream]** Village, June 2020 – blog post
The following notes were taken during the Simulator User Group meeting of Tuesday, July 28th, 2020.

Simulator Deployments

Please refer to the server deployment thread for news and updates:

  • There was no deployment to the core SLS channel regions on Tuesday, August 4th, leaving the majority of the grid running on server maintenance update 544832, designed to resolve issues with some internal service updates, chat range improvements and capability improvements.
  • There should be two RC deployments on Wednesday, August 5th:
    • 545722 comprising internal changes.
    • 545966 updates to assist with the cloud uplift work.

SL Viewer

There have been no official viewer updates to mark the start of the week, leaving the pipelines as follows:

  • Current release viewer version, dated June 11th, promoted June 23rd, formerly the CEF RC viewer – ROLL BACK.
  • Release channel cohorts (please see my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
  • Project viewers:
    • Custom Key Mappings project viewer, version, June 30.
    • Copy / Paste viewer, version, December 9, 2019.
    • Project Muscadine (Animesh follow-on) project viewer, version, November 22, 2019.
    • Legacy Profiles viewer, version, September 17, 2019. Covers the re-integration of Viewer Profiles.
    • 360 Snapshot project viewer, version, July 16, 2019.

Region Crossings

As noted in my previous SUG meeting update, Simon Linden has created a fun challenge people can take to test region crossings on Aditi, where the Blake Sea regions have been cloned and are running on AWS services.

However, ahead of the challenge being issued, changes were made in how region crossings are handled by the simulators, and these have seen significant improvements in crossing performance (with the exception of corner-to-corner crossings). As a result, the same updates are to be deployed to an RC channel in week #33 (the week commencing Monday, August 10th, 2020).

A video documenting region crossings using the updated code  / handing on Aditi has been published on You Tube by the MIRAI group.

Note: If you still want to try Simon Linden’s Aditi region crossing challenge, go to secondlife://Aditi/secondlife/Morris/200/207/34 on the BETA (Aditi) grid and click on the red egg-shaped thing. It will give you the “Blake Sea Challenge” object which should be worn so it can give you instructions for sailing / flying / motor-boating around the 46 regions. See if you can make it without doubling back!

Rock Your Rack 2020: calling all artists!

via Rock Your Rack

Rock Your Rack, the annual fund-raiser organised by Models Giving Back (MGB) in aid of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), will again take place between Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 18th, 2020, inclusive.

Officially endorsed by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Rock your Rack celebrates its eighth year of fund-raising in Second Life. Each year it brings together music, art and entertainment into a 14-day event that both raises for for, and awareness of the work carried out by, the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Activities at the event include designer booths, fashion shows, entertainment, an art show, and auctions and hunts.

Registrations for creators / designers, bloggers and DJs / live entertainers all closed on on July 31st, 2020. However, on August 1st, the organisers opened applications for 2D and 3D artists who would like to participate in the event, displaying / selling their art and help raise money for NBCF.

Requirements and allowances for participation comprise:

  • Donation requirements:
    • 2D artists are required to have two new and original art pieces for sale with 100% of proceeds going to Rock Your Rack.
    • 3D artists will be required to have 1 new and original piece available for sale with 100% of proceeds going to Rock Your Rack.
    • Vendor scripts will be supplied by the event organisers.
  • Artists who wish to make larger donations to Rock Your Rack can do so by either:
    • Using the donation script in additional art pieces to donate 100% of proceeds to Rock Your Rack, or
    • Use the official 50/50 split script to donate 50% of proceeds of sales to Rock Your Rack.
  • All items must be placed for sale for at least L$250.
  • Artists must keep within the LI limit set for their display area (including all decoration):
    • 2D artists will be allowed 30 LI.
    • 3D artists will be allowed 75 LI and a 10×10 metre area.
  • All items must follow the Second Life TOS and Community Standards, and must be General or Moderate rated – adult themed art is not allowed.
  • The following cannot form part of a display: particle machines, hovertext, auto group joiners, chat spammers, or announcers.
  • Touch group joiners are allowed.

Artists wishing to join the event should complete the Rock Your Rack Artist Registration form. Applications will remain open through until the end of Monday, August 31st, 2020 (SLT), unless all spaces are claimed before that date.

Successful applicants will received a note card confirmation and invitation to the Rock Your Rack Artist group, and should remain a member of that group through until October 21st, 2020.

About Rock Your Rack and Models Giving Back

Rock Your Rack is the annual fund-raiser started in October of 2012 by Jamee Sandalwood and the team at Models Giving Back. MGB is the grid leader in trusted charity events. Jamee takes care of everything from Designers, to bloggers, to musicians, to models. This way any confusion is avoided and no one has to wait to check with anyone else before things are getting done. Rock Your Rack provides full transparency: all of the event’s documentation from screenshot totals, to Lindex transactions, to donation receipts account for every penny that was earned and donated all being posted to the Rock Your Rack website. The event has also, in previous years, obtained formal approval from the NBCF – see the 2018 approval letter for 2018 as an example.

Models Giving Back is the professional team of elite models in Second Life who have dedicated themselves to supporting the efforts of verified RL charities. This team of models gives tirelessly to the events we are involved with always giving of their time and talents to promote those designers involved in our events. For more information on Models Giving Back an how you can become a part of the team, visit the Models Giving Back Facebook Page for information about casting dates and times.

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