2020 Simulator User Group week #42 summary

Souls of Dreams, September 2020 – blog post

The following notes were taken from the October 13th Simulator User Group meeting.

Simulator Deployments

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

  • There was no deployment to the grid on Tuesday, October 13th.
  • On Wednesday, October 14th there should be an RC deployment, server maintenance release 550305, comprising further logging updates for the cloud migration work,together with additional logging that it is hoped will assist with locating the causes of teleport time-outs that have been occurring.

SL Viewer

There have been no updates to the current list of official viewers, leaving the pipelines as follows:

  • Current release viewer :Love Me Render #4 (EEP fixes), version 6.4.9.549455, released September 24, promoted September 28 – No Change.
  • Release channel cohorts:
    • Cachaça Maintenance RC viewer, version 6.4.10.549752, issued October 1.
    • Mesh uploader RC viewer, version 6.4.10.549686, October 1.
  • Project viewers:
    • Project Jelly project viewer (Jellydoll updates), version 6.4.10.549690, October 1.
    • Custom Key Mappings project viewer, version 6.4.5.544079, June 30.
    • Copy / Paste viewer, version 6.3.5.533365, December 9, 2019.
    • Project Muscadine (Animesh follow-on) project viewer, version 6.4.0.532999, November 22, 2019.
    • Legacy Profiles viewer, version 6.3.2.530836, September 17, 2019. Covers the re-integration of Viewer Profiles.
    • 360 Snapshot project viewer, version 6.2.4.529111, July 16, 2019.

Cloud Uplift

  • While the Lab hasn’t as yet got to uplifting the “big three” simulator release candidate (RC) channels – BlueSteel,  LeTigre and Magnum – it was confirmed that as these are eventually migrated to AWS services, all things being equal, updates will continue to be deployed to them on Wednesdays.
  • People are reporting few or no region crossing issues when moving between adjacent regions that are running within the Lab’s co-lo facility and those now running on AWS.
  • The London City regions obtained permission from LL to confirm they are one of the private estates that has been assisting the Lab with cloud migration – see London City Uplifted.
  • Scripters confused about obtaining host names via scripted means as a result of the uplift work should refer to this forum thread.

Group Chat Issues

There is some confusion around the problems of group chat failures (in particular, although IMs can all suffer). these are routed in a September 1st Grid Status report that indicated the cause of the problem was known. Responding to requests made during the meeting for specifics on what the Lab had found, Oz Linden replied:

Sorry if that text got your hopes up. … We understand that that problem has a lot of impact on some people, which is why it’s on the status board. We’ve had some difficulty with getting the time to attack it given the demands of uplift. We have freed up some time, though, so we should start making progress on it soon.

As the current bout of group chat failures seems to be in part linked to teleports, there is a hope that the additional teleport-related logging being deployed to one (or more) of the RC channels on Wednesday, October 14th might provide some information on why this is the case.

In Brief

  • Some running services with external management to SL are still experiencing HTTP 499 connection loss errors. The request is that while the issue can be intermittent and irregular, if those experiencing could file a Jira specifying time, location, and object ID when they see the issue, it would be helpful.

Burn2 2020: The Metaverse in Second Life

Burn2 2020

Burn2 2020 opened its gates at 17:00 SLT on Friday, October 9th and is currently in full swing with daily event scheduled throughout the week that will culminate over the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October with the burning of the Man and the Temple respectively, before the event closes with a final party that kicks-off at 23:00 SLT on Sunday, October 18th.

This year’s event is a little different to past Burn2 activities, thanks to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The latter pushed all of the Burning Man events from the physical world to the virtual, as the Burn2 organisers note in introducing this October event:

Traditionally, Burn2 “echoes” the annual event in Black Rock City, Nevada. This year, however, things are different. Burning Man went virtual, the Multiverse populated by eight “recognised universes.” Burn2 was one of those, with a VRC Week event in the beginning of September, featuring just a bit of what a virtual Burn is like in Deep Hole.
Now…in October, we shall go all out!
Burn2 2020

This means that a total of six regions once again provide a setting that reflects the actual Burning Man event, but are this time especially welcoming to Burners from around the world who  were not able to attend the physical event,who can share the creativity and atmosphere virtually and immersively. To reflect this, the Burn2 landing / arrival zone includes a short tutorial on using the viewer for those new to Second Life, and greeters are especially attuned to assisting those who are unfamiliar with the platform and with Burn2.

Also reflecting the “virtual universe” idea of this year’s Burning Man event, Burn2 has been given the theme of the Metatverse, with builders and participants invited to present builds and camps that reflect the idea of multiple universes in which life might find itself – be they spiritual, fictional, of time and space, extroverted or introspective.

As usual, there are entertainments and activities taking place throughout the week, with the aforementioned Man and Temple burns taking scheduled to take place twice (and respectively) at 12:00 and 18:00 SLT on the 17th and 18th of October. Full details of the burns and all activities throughout the rest of the event can be found in the event schedule on Google Calendar.

Burn2 2020

When visiting, people can explore the regions in multiple ways: on foot, via balloon, and the familiar Department of Mutant Vehicles cars, whilst for the environmentally minded, horse are also available for riding.

About Burn2

Burn2 is an extension of the Burning Man festival and community into the world of Second Life. It is an officially sanctioned Burning Man regional event, and the only virtual world event out of more than 100 real world Regional groups and the only regional event allowed to burn the man.

The Burn2 Team operates events year around, culminating in an annual major festival of community, art and fire in the fall – a virtual echo of Burning Man itself.

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Wythburn Art Walk in Second Life

Wythburn Art Walk, October 2020 -Mark Steiner (mrcanoehead)

Currently open through until November 1st, is the Wythburn Art Walk (SLurls at the end of this article), an event to help raise funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC), and to encourage people to explore Wythburn at Thirlmere, a full Mainland region. Some two dozen artists are participating the event, with their art offered for sale through RFL of SL vendors, with exhibitions spread throughout the region, thus allowing visitors to explore the region as they view the art.

The art is displayed on easels found throughout the location – along the roads and waterfronts, around the town square and along the each of the local lake. Exactly how many pieces each artist has provided appears to be up to individual choice – but taken together this is a rich and diverse display of Second Life art. Several SLurls are offered by which to explore, but I do recommend starting from the town square, and thence out along the waterfront and around the lakeside.

Wythburn Art Walk, October 2020 – Jaz (Jessamine2108)

Meet the Artists

In addition to the art and the chance to explore the region, the event offers unique opportunities to meet with the participating artists and hear about their art.

These events will occur between 10:00 and 12:00 noon SLT on Saturdays 17th and 24th October, when DJ Tani will be playing tunes for people to dance to, between which he’ll read notes the artists have provided about themselves, their work and their techniques, with the featured artists also in attendance.

To help make these sessions a little more special, attendees are asked to dress formally.

Wythburn Art Walk, October, 2020 – Mirabelle Biederman

Selfies with the Breast Cancer Ninja

The event includes a “selfie” contest with three unique statue prizes from artist Harry Clover (ImpossibleIsNotFrench) up for grabs. Those wishing to participate should:

  • Locate the Breast Cancer Ninja at the town square.
  • Touch the Fight Like A Girl sign next to it to obtain a competition package containing:
    • An attachable sign.
    • Instructions on entering the contest.
    • A contest entry note card.
    • A copy of the Ninja statue.
  • Touch the statue to sit next to it, and then select a pose.
    • If  you prefer, you can also use the copy of the statue and use it to take your entry photo wherever you like, so you’renot limited to just the event region.
    • You can also wear the sign included in the package if you wish.
    • Note that the statue supports two avatars posing at a time – so you can include a friend!
  • Take your selfie(s).
  • Upload the photo you wish to enter and make sure it is set to full permissions.
  • Open the contest entry note card and:
    • Add your avatar name.
    • Drag and drop your photo into the card.
    • CTRL-drag the completed card in the mail box alongside the contest vendor.
  • Entries may be displayed within the region while the contest is open – so check back to see if yours is one of them.
  • At the end of the event, three of the entries will be selected to receive the prizes created by Harry.
Wythburn Art Walk, October 2020 – Star (Gossamerstar)

Wythburn Attractions

As well as the art exhibition, Wythburn has numerous attractions of its own, including horse riding, a hidden room of magic and spells, a stone henge, The Hall of Faces, a cave to explore, and more.

Participating Artists

GraciAnne Harte (Gracianne), Jaz (Jessamine2108), Jolie (JolieElle Parfort), Max (Maxseagate), Poppy (Popikone), Star (Gossamerstar), Darkstone Aeon, Abi (Abigail Lemongrass), Caly Applewhyte (Calypso Applewhyte), Stevie Morane Basevi (Stevie Basevi), Wildstar Beaumont, Michiel Bechir, Mirabelle Biedermann (Mirabelle Sweetwater), Tour Blanche (Aspen Normandy), Harry Cover (impossibleisnotfrench), Star (Morningstar Finesmith), Tresore Prada Hawkins (Tresore), Skye McLeod (Skye Fairywren), Maya McQueen (Maya Snowfield), Doddy Meiler, Wren Noir (Wrennoir Cerise), Kammy Page (Kambrie Triellis), Mark Steiner (mrcanoehead), and Pavel Stransky.

SLurl Details

Thirlmere is rated Moderate