Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Comics Fair 2014 in Second Life

Visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Little%20Sprites/128/128/22

The Comic Fair runs April 15 through the 30th.  They have a lot of fun stuff from a variety of well known stores doing it up good in comic style, lots of gifts, gachas, AND this super cute mini dress by Legal Insanity......LOOK CLOSE! : )

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt for L$ and Prizes at The Station Now!

Visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Station/187/89/1040

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Welcome to The Station Easter Egg Hunt!  The hunt runs Tuesday through Saturday April 19th.  You will be searching for two types of eggs.  The golden eggs hold L$ and the multi-colored eggs have gifts inside.  Search the entire sim, ground level Dead City, sky level, The Floating City, and the many hidden areas around the sim to find thousands of Lindens worth of L$ and prizes, some small and some large.   The larger prizes may be harder to find, so enjoy exploring while hunting and have a great time.   Please join Miri's club group if you'd like to stay apprised of sim events.  Note: The ground level has some private residences and there will be no hidden eggs in these locations.  Please do not enter private rented residences.  The rooms that are NOT rented you may enter and search for hidden eggs. You can ride the human sling shot to get to the ground level and you can reach the sky level by taking a balloon ride up or enter the ground level fun house to teleport.  There are many hidden places in this sim.   If you have any questions please contact Kara Trapdoor, Enigmatic Deir or other sim staff if you see them around.  If an egg is not working properly, is emptied out, or there are other issues we apologize but this hunt is just for fun and no extra reimbursements will be made.  There are a lot of gifts and Lindens to find.   Thanks for visiting the sim and have fun!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

LEA8 The Russian Avante-Garde

LEA8 The Russian Avante- Garde: Visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA8/128/128/22
Visit here for RL info: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-24938297
This exhibit opens tomorrow in real/first life in Russian and on Friday in Second Life.  I tp'd over like the snoop I am for some early quick  rez pictures free from crowds, plus I work full time and tend to miss a lot of day openings and parties so wanted to get some photos for my blog.  At the landing are 11 free unique avatars by Alpha Aueer to pick up for the taking.  The place is filled with interesting art. There is also a very cool exhibit by Jo Ellsmere .. the Coppelian bots that merge from one to 5 and back making for a great show. The exhibit contains works by Alpha Auer, Bryn Oh, Caer Balogh, Eupalinos Ugajin, Jo Ellsmere, Nessuno Myoo, Rose Borchovski, Soro Nishi. LEA8LEA8LEA8 LEA8LEA8LEA8LEA8LEA8LEA8LEA8LEA8LEA8 LEA8LEA8

Naked, Invisible, Gray ..... Oh My!

I've been meaning to post about this for quite a while now as lately I've seen more and more people asking on Facebook and around SL what is going on.  They/we are seeing naked avatars.  They are seeing partially invisible avatars.  They still sometimes see a lot of gray avatars which has been ongoing, and now they are seeing strange elongated shapes stretching from avatars bodies.  None of  this is unusual people.

When I started SL I saw a lot of gray avatars in crowded places.  It got to be so that if I went to a fashion show I thought gray was the new black.  Models would sashay down the catwalks wearing nothing but gray body suits.  One after the other.  (poor computer system for SL needs and rezzing ability. Lag=slow reaction time.)

grey 2.jpggray 5.jpgLater in my SL I was seeing many nudes. (No, I was not attending the nude player's beach sim party.... errr at least not all the time)   This again was primarily in heavy traffic areas, (shows and events)  and at first I was mortified, then not being a total perv, I just tried to look away and not stare at avatars bits like the train wreck it was. About this same time I was also seeing large invisible spots on avatars and lots and lots of baldness even in women. Soon I began to wonder if I appeared naked to others,  so as we all do, I asked a friend.  LOL, yes of course at times I was appearing naked and bald like all the others even if I saw myself fully clothed and proper, so I learned after all this time in SL to finally begin wearing system underwear, as this will show immediately even if no other clothes do.     (new mesh issue)
Lately I will occasionally see these long stretched out unusual formations jutting out from a few avatars. I don't have a picture of this but its a thick LONG stretch of color projecting off an avatar.  (fitted mesh issue)


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For everyone who keeps asking what is going on: these things are NOT unusual. New avatars also might like to know what is going on.  Old-timers I'm sure know all this, but since I keep hearing people ask, here is the deal..... .

1. It is best if you have a wonderful, expensive computer, graphics card, high speed Internet system (would be nice wouldn't it?) If you had the greatest system in the world you probably wouldn't have any of these problems, but SL can be a little hard to rez right on a not so amazing rig.  Usually if you hang around long enough in a heavy traffic area,  things will eventually start to rez into view correctly.

2. Be sure to use the latest viewers that support all the new clothes/mesh, fitted mesh, etc. and work better all around. Now days there are some mesh hands, hair, feet, heads, bottoms, breasts, other parts that can be attached, and even full mesh avatars, so sometimes they take longer to rez and will appear grey a little longer.

3. If you are modest, wear system underwear even if you do see everyone properly because chances are even if you are working ok and see yourself fine, many others around you may not have the rig you have and are still seeing you as I've described above.  On the other hand if you are a perv, by all means run around looking naked for all to see, and enjoy those around you.   (I'm not clear about the status of this false naked issue in PG areas, so parents watch your teens if so inclined and maybe suggest they wear system underwear)

4. Note to show organizers.  Not all systems are created equal so obviously some people are going to see all as intended and many others will be seeing a lot of gray, nudes, invisibles, and deformities.  Probably most event organizers are aware of this and often (regular events at clubs, galleries, etc)  it's just not possible to change up the environment to help the problem, but in the case of fashion shows especially where they are set in staged previously empty areas that should be free from lag/issues,  promoting a one time show doesn't do much good if people can't see the clothes or products being shown.  While this it's frustrating for attendees, it's a waste of a lot of time, effort, and expense on the part of show organizers, models, designers, etc. 

5. When attending events/shows where you know there will be a high volume of avatars, try to style an outfit that is low on scripts, attachments, etc. Turn off or detach the AO.   I know we all want to look good but we also want to see and be able to move.  Take your group tag off if it's not needed.  Temporarily derender a few things around you if  they are absolutely not needed. Turn down draw distance and keep the graphics low if you are not needing high quality and windlights etc for whatever it is you are doing. 

If you've ever been to a full multi-sim fair you've probably seen these hecklers yelling at avatars who dare to drop in the crowd all dolled up in gowns, nails, fancy flower-filled hair,  scripty, attachment ridden outfits looking like perfection when those around them are barefooted, bald (on purpose to keep lag down) wearing nothing but a skimpy system top and bottom or even less, an art skin (nude but colored so it appears like a body suit that covers anything personal). I try not to fuss, but sometimes it can be annoying to make your av look not so hot for the better of the community fair, and others have no consideration other than looking their best.. to what end?   Bottom line: know your event and dress appropriately.

6. If you have advanced notice of an event or are even participating in something that you know will be crowded I've found if you go to the sim area ahead of schedule when it's not so busy, your system will pre-load the textures, and if dancing, run through your dances or whatever you are doing, then once the crowd is there you are in better shape and your system "remembers" the textures, animations sort of=my layman's explanation as I understand it and sometimes works well for me.  If you don't have this opportunity sometimes it help to click /lock directly onto the object you are wanting to see properly but can't, and occasionally they will pop into view faster.

7. Here's one I am very bad about.. try to keep inventory cleaned up and free of unnecessary things such as demos, extra sizes not needed, old notes and expired landmarks, outdated or broken products., etc.. ~sigh~ I hear having a large inventory does impact things and weighs you and those around you down.  One idea is to gift your old transfer items that still have value but you have outgrown them to new or low budget avatars who might want them.

Check out the SL Wiki on reducing lag (this helps in the other areas too, not just lag problems) here; http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/How_to_reduce_lag

Although I do spend probably more than my fair share of time helping new avatars off and on who need and/or request it,  I'm not one for giving unsolicited SL advice much, since I'm a perma-noob myself and techie impaired, but this post I felt needed to be written because I keep hearing the same questions over and over and I hear a few new avatars check into my blog from time to time.  I hope this can help someone and enhance our SL time.  The bottom line is that this stuff is pretty normal and you just have to give it time and follow the tips provided. Have a great day.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

LEA 25, 6 and 10: Some Exciting Exhibits Now Open-LEA 25 Opens Today with Events

LEA25 Maya Paris' "Sauce"    Visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA25/128/128/20
This is #1 on the SL Destination Guide right now and understandably so.  It will take quite some time to explore every nook and cranny of this crazy, totally immersive, gift giving, couples loving, brilliantly colored and scripted, whimsical exhibit that must have taken a great deal of time to think up and construct.  Be sure to click everything.   "Interactive art - Test your Sauce Factor, try your luck at the Modern Love Bureau, get sparky in the Saucy Science lab and take a headlong dive into a sea of plenty more fish&chips." Be sure to pick up tons of freebies along the way, find hidden or "harder to find" places and it might be fun to take a friend as this one is a lot about "couples".
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LEA10 Taciturnly by Selavy Oh
Visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA10/128/128/21
I'd read Honour McMillan's blog post about it before going, and no point in me repeating....check it out here:http://honourmcmillan.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/art-a-trigger-warning-in-second-life/
I think the direct SLURL lands you right in the middle and it's a bit difficult to find anything but the falling white and slightly translucent bubbles, but I worked my way to a edge then following around the exterior... I'd suggest visitors try this.  "Main artist: Selavy Oh
The moaning and groaning,      
The sighing and sobbing,
Are quieted now,     
With that horrible throbbing
At heart:
—ah, that horrible,
      Horrible throbbing!

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LEA6 Heartseed The Wild Side by Jedda Zenovka
Visit here:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA6/128/128/23
I set my light to default and took the arial pics, nice lights, sounds, movement, and colors upon landing.  The last part of Jedda's note sums this up nicely, "While our minds and imagination evolves into the digital domain, our hands and naked feet remember the earth and other elements from which we are made. Dreamtime in this sense is the crossing over of two worlds; vision becomes solid and solid becomes visionary. It is instinct and the heart which guide us into and through this journey. The freshness of water, the spirit of a particular plant or mineral, is crafted into new form; the artist becomes the living conduit through which such essences express themselves.
Reach for the stars . .. Put your hands in  Earth!
 This is not  virtual  reality... This is Our world  ! jedda zenovka"
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Virtual Worlds: Best Practices in Education April 9 through April 12, 2014

vwbpe April 9-12. Visit their official site for sessions, events, and all the details here: http://vwbpe.org/   https://www.facebook.com/vwbpe

Here is a tiny bit of info. from their site: "The 7th Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference is very pleased to announce our opening keynote: Philip Rosedale, CEO of High Fidelity, creator and founder of Second Life. Ebbe Altberg, the new CEO of Linden Lab, makers of Second Life, will also present at the conference. We have an amazing lineup of over 70 speakers, panels, workshops, sim demonstrations, poster presentations throughout the four-day conference."

And once again my good friends Sonicity Fitzroy and Lowe Runo will be presenting Friday evening and you might just catch a glimpse of me in their presentation as we have been working on a project, or rather they have, and I like to play along. Look here for more detail on this conference presentation: http://vwbpe.org/ai1ec_event/transmedia-storytelling-in-education-the-case-of-cavendish-7?instance_id=964