Open space

Soon, Linden Research, Inc. will be selling open space (also called “void”) sims at prim parity with regular sims; i.e., for 1/4 of the cost (initial and monthly), you can have a sim with all the space and 1/4 of the prims of a regular sim. The one catch is that open space sims can only be bought by those who already own a regular sim.

I encourage anyone who likes the look and mellow nature of Wyre who is interested in renting such a sim to contact me. I would be happy to consider purchasing and renting out new adjoining sims.

The sky is falling (again)

Two very nice responses to recent articles in [our favorite virtual world]’s most notorious rag on gasp! content theft and open-sourcing code.

First, Miss Ordinal Malaprop’s straightforward analysis of new “copybot” scares:

There is nothing at all new about any of this.

Be sure to read the comments to see Second Life’s notorious antagonist in action.

And today we have Mr Barney Boomslang’s ranting sarcasm on the dangers of open source:

Oh my, the doom is near, everyone off to the bomb shelters, man the lifeboats, the sky is falling!

(No comments to entertain the masses on Mr Boomslang’s blog.)

Lag: myths and solutions

Gwyneth Llewelyn has posted Lag Myths Dispelled

While it’s undeniable that all highly attended events are laggy — it’s a limitation of the technology — I was surprised to see that almost all “rules” are based on very old limitations of the SL technology, which plagued us in 2003-2005, but that have since then be “fixed” by Linden [Research, Inc.], as both the client and the server software have dramatically improved.

Improved, yes, but the lag is still with us. And, in a desperate attempt to fight down lag, people are coming up with ancient “recipes” for fixing lag — unaware that they’re not really helping out, but just repeating old myths, that simply don’t reflect the state-of-the art of LL’s technology these days. Lag will remain with us for many more years, but not for the same reasons we had it in 2003-2005.

Gwyneth not only dispells three myths, she makes some suggestions about what you can do to reduce lag.

Meme in the making?

Dandellion at Living in the Metaverse has a great idea: » Let’s Make The Grid Performing A Bit Better, Please

Shall we? Stop whining about things are not smooth as we wish. We all know they are not. Let’s do something about that. Consider that an ecology action. If each of us spend ten minutes and delete all the trash that clutters our inventories…

The basic idea is that cleaning up our inventories will help ease the load on asset servers and improve our client performance. She suggests starting with

  • freebies
  • old landmarks
  • notecards
  • “floating text” scripts
  • earlier versions of your own builds
  • lost and found items
  • demos

She is encouraging people to comment on her post with the number of items they’ve deleted.

New World Notes: Ophelia’s Gaze: Iris’ Top 10 Hottest Male SL Avatars for ’07

There was a recent, small kerfuffle in the [our favorite virtual world] fashionista ranks when someone “proclaimed a dearth of beautiful men of [our favorite virtual world].” And so we have New World Notes: Ophelia’s Gaze: Iris’ Top 10 Hottest Male SL Avatars for ’07.

What I like most may be what someone else likes least in a male avatar, that’s a given.

You said it, doll. What we have on Iris Ophelia’s list are boys, not men.

Another JIRA plea

Mr Oldsarge Dowd today raised this long-broken aspect of groups in [our favorite virtual world]: You should be able (permissions permitting, groan) to create a proposal for a group vote, setting the quorum, period the vote is open, and method of voting (simple majority, 2/3, etc). And indeed, you can create such a proposal, and group members can vote on it—but when the voting closes, the proposal totally disappear. Vote for it here: [#VWR-1146] Closed Group Proposals NOT SHOWING in Group Voting History – Second Life Issues (BETA)

My favorite JIRA issue yet

I’ve just been browsing through the open JIRA issues with high votes, and came across this one: [#VWR-1080] Span-cleavage slider for shirt and jacket layer definitions (and pants) – Second Life Issues (BETA)

We would like to see a checkbox added to the undershirt, shirt and jacket layers ‘Span Cleavage’ which causes these clothes items to render across the space between the tops of the breasts/pecs rather than following the contours of the cleavage. The skin layers beneath would, of course, remain unaffected. . . .

Maybe a similar thing at the pants layers too, so we can ‘Say no to Crack’ 😛

Pushing for more groups

There’s a blog push on to get votes for [#MISC-208] More than 25 groups! – Second Life Issues (BETA) in the bug-tracking system “jira”. If you’ve never been there, for this you just need to follow the link, and you’ll be taken directly to this issue. At the bottom of the left column there is a place where it says that if you were logged in, you could vote for the issue, with a link. When you click that link, you will need to sign in with your avatar name and password. Then you will be brought back to the issue page, and you can vote for it.

One year on

  • I’ve reconnected with the sociable, well-dressed, dancing me of younger years.
  • I’ve found a way to continue a connection, of sorts, with Quakerism.
  • I’ve explored, in a participatory way, Unitarian Universalism.
  • Gifts in leadership will express themselves one way or another.
  • I’m good at listening and giving counsel in SL and text chat, as in RL.
  • Tinkering and adapting is easier for me than original creation.
  • Details of hospitality do not come naturally to me.
  • When the fussy aspects of my personality are given shape, I become a bit bitchy in a way I don’t enjoy.
  • I identify quite strongly as a gay man, even when I can be anything (which is apparently typical).

As for the future?

  • I’m dabbling in internet radio.
  • I’ve created a public service, the Victorian Shopkeepers Association group.
  • I need to give some careful thought and attention to Wyre.
  • I’m finding my way as the Duke of Murdann in the Independent State of Caledon.
  • I’m enjoying a mild flirtation with a pleasant gentleman.
  • I’m deepening the quality of some of my friendships.
  • I will have occasions to bring my RL work into SL.