Saturday, 23 April 2011

Blogosphere round-up....

This is a Bunny Free Zone..... [is Bunny Jam actually a Terrine au Lapins?]
Just a little compilation of some stuff you may not have caught this week.

The ongoing testing of Phlox, InWorldz new script engine continues. 67 avatars dancing around on a sim is a sort of record as far as I have heard apart from a one-off University experiment last year sometime. ...more details here.
...and that sort of got me thinking about the new ARC board that Indigo posted about (via Chestnut).
This new scripted board gives a list of local avatars and the number of prims (basically) they are wearing. It strikes me, however, that this is just another DIY system. By that I mean that instead of me being able to wear what I want in SL, the lag being the responsibility of the Boys to sort out, the inference is, like Hamlet's post, that it is us that are responsible.
Don't get me wrong, I am happy to help to un-sabotage the platform/sim, but isn't it down to the Boys to make it possible for me to wear what I want?? improve the script engine..??

Anyway, it does seem that the Advertising Revenue is starting to flow, as seen below....

This arrived in my email....[I love this bit..."By accepting our ToS you have agreed to accept emails...etc]

Well, I have always said that Viewer 2 is all about advertising... good luck to them.

I would imagine it will be a long time before their viewer is as popular as Phoenix, and my personal favourite, Imprudence which has just released the latest/last upgrade, 1.4.0 and one I hope to be using for a very long time, in InWorldz if not in SL.

Full sim radar. That’s right, not just the radar in the mini-map. Changes to the mini-map are forthcoming, but in the meantime you can access the new radar window from the Advanced menu > Full Radar

Login and passwords now saved for each grid. No more having to re-enter your first/last/username and password when you login to a different grid! Usernames are also now stored in the grid manager (grids that want to support usernames can enable their entry by adding the boolean “username_compat” to their grid info).

Inspect now shows last owner as well as script and object count (depending upon server performance, this can tricky).

Imprudence now supports SOCKS 5 proxies.

Set your Imprudence tag color. You can change your tag color in Preferences > Advanced. (Only affects what you see on your computer, not what other people see.)

New preferences for color and behavior of particle clouds in Preferences > Advanced > Eye Candy.

Debug Settings are now searchable.

In other news...well, the Cloud had a bit of a thunderstorm.... Amazons Cloud thingy was down and all the eggs that had been put in one basket were offline... for two days, so far, which must have cheesed off more than a few peeps. Full report here.

My own Soror News involves a very nice photo on Karro Lean's blog, here.... and Koinup announcing, in conjunction with MondiVirtuali, that I am Graphic Dreamer of the Week. Thank you all for your kind words.

I had a visit at Transubstantiation (closes on the 30th) of Hexx from Born Again Pagans who may well do a piece of music for my upcoming machinima of the build... Great news.

..and I popped over to Tesco's new Grid, which I believe is gonna be a gambling grid (as the USA won't allow anything so awful to happen online they will probably clean up). It's on OS with Hypergrid enabled, but although they offered me a sim (no money) I am not sure how much I wanna do for free on a grid where there is no, not very impressed.. (no mod skin and shape too, which really annoys me as you may have gathered from earlier posts).

So I took my few items back.... I have started on a new build on one of Jeri's sims in InWorldz at Twisted Isle and it is more than enough to keep me going for now ... and will probably show a few things at Raglan Shire.

Last, but not least, announcement by ColeMarie's new group of a competition for Excellent, except for theme, (in my opinion, "The Human Condition" cliche makes me wanna throw up) ... and the cash is real dollars, not Linden Peanuts.

..and remember... "Always look on the bright side of death, even when you draw your terminal breath.."'ll have that tune stuck in your head now....

So....Happy Spring Festival....

...and Dr. Who!!!



  1. Hey, they played it during the crucifixion scene, so in my mind that makes it a valid choice for an Easter song.

    Of course, I also like to tell people that my favorite Christmas movie is The Thin Man, so make of that what you will.

  2. Yep, fitting for an Easter Friday...:))

  3. Yes, it always seemed a bit disingenuous to me when developers complain about laggy scripts, and prim-heavy avatars. My philosophy on this is that it is the responsibility of the provider of the grid software to ensure that nothing any one user can do has a significant performance impact on others. Either something like a scripted AO is an actual feature of the grid or it should be disabled. Some of these complex avatars with high rendering and scripting costs are featured in marketing images, etc, so they cannot have it both ways. Now, some of this does affect others due to viewer-end performance costs, so I'll accept a bit of this for those with weaker video cards, etc, but ideally we should not be blaming the residents for things like "laggy AOs". Sure, in the short term while work is in progress, we can point out that performance can be improved by reducing our needs, but that is a request to residents, and I draw the line at blaming them, or their scripters. There should be nothing that a AO can do to hurt performance, ideally even if it is maliciously written. Phlox resolves those issues nicely. It will be interesting to see what happens with scripting when there is no such thing as scripting lag. I feel we are on the verge of renaissance in virtual worlds, and see Phlox as a key tool in that awakening.

  4. Well, I'm glad I'm not alone in this, Jim.
    While we all benefit from a bit of restraint (ARC) ....for example...if we want to tp anywhere, I do feel that SL is more and more pointing the finger at it's customers who, in a service industry, are 'always right'.

    I am looking forward to seeing Phlox rolled out across InWorldz... altho I already get far better fps than in SL.... add to that PhysX and


    ....all is not well with Dash Deals, it seems that more than a few Merchants are a bit displeased at the lack of transparency in the selection process.

    This doesn't surprise me at all after Breedablegate. I would have thought that people would know, by now, this is how the Boys work.

  6. what surprises me is how people still get surprised at LLs handywork . Baffeling really.

  7. @ LadySakai Yes, it's a bit late in the day to get surprised.

  8. Imprudence still has a Music bug for Mac users...i.e. NO music...:(( shame....Phoenix here I come??

  9. sexy hexxy and i came to visit transubstantiation on 4/20.