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Jellydolls and Avatar Rendering Complexity

By – Chic at Phil’s Place. Visit Jellydolls and Avatar Rendering Complexity for original post.

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I saw my first Jellydoll this morning; he was blue. Walking quickly to set up his booth at a popular venue, his outfit was over the 120,000 complexity chosen the other day as my default cut off point.  If you are using the Linden viewer or a new version of a third party viewer these solid color avatars in rainbow hues — depending on their complexity count — will show up now and then.

I would have seen one of these colorful single hued guys before but my graphics card is hefty enough that Firestorm in its wisdom didn’t think I needed the feature — and it is most likely correct. Still, when I go to a busy venue (true that is rare) I usually end up derendering folks so that I don’t see all the odd mesh body parts floating in the air as they load.

You may have noticed “complexity numbers” of late below lead photos in this blog. My plan is to add those numbers daily — not to point out super low cost stylings, but just to keep us all aware.

I did some tests both in Second Life and on two Opensim grids. My SL avatar did MUCH better than the Opensim ones — mostly it seems because of sculpts which I never EVER liked much.  So, the idea of mesh bodies and heads being a huge contributor to viewer lag appears to be incorrect.

It is both fun and instructive to keep that avatar number (Avatar – Avatar Health – Show Avatar Complexity Information) up on the screen while you are getting a new outfit together. I have one pretty but very old pair of earrings that are now in the trash (sculpts).

To learn more about Avatar Complexity using Firestorm, venture over to the FS wiki pages.

It is very obvious that you can look really good and still be seen by almost everyone. A plus for sure.

Outfit info in yesterday’s post.

Avatar Social Network for Second Life Residents

By Strawberry Singh – StrawberrySingh.com. Visit Avatar Social Network for Second Life Residents for original post.

Avatar Social Network is a network that caters to virtual world avatars. It’s been around for quite a few years now. I first created my account there in 2013 and then I blogged about it in 2014. Recently I’ve noticed the site has had a bit of an upgrade and running quite smoothly so I […]

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it’s my first avatar rezday

By – [Just Fashion]. Visit it’s my first avatar rezday for original post.

Purple Poses – Erin 01 by Audrey Guter
/Wasabi Pills/ Reese Mesh Hair – Chocolate MissAllSunday Lemon
 Silver metal[MANDALA]POLLY RING/BLACK by 空海上人
AZOURY – Extravagance Heels (Black) by Aniki Seetan
DeeTaleZ Shape Dawn with Skin Dawn B black Mixedtype by Steffi Villota


I’m on second life since 8 years !

FLASH! Firestorm Gets Avatar Complexity Settings

By – Across The Grid With Lindal Kidd!. Visit FLASH! Firestorm Gets Avatar Complexity Settings for original post.

A new version of the Firestorm viewer, 4.7.9.50527, is now available, with the new Avatar Complexity functions.  Now you can adjust your viewer to get better performance, at the expense of seeing more complex avatars rendered as monochrome “jelly dolls.”

Get it here: http://www.firestormviewer.org/downloads/

FLASH! Firestorm Gets Avatar Complexity Settings

By – Across The Grid With Lindal Kidd!. Visit FLASH! Firestorm Gets Avatar Complexity Settings for original post.

A new version of the Firestorm viewer, 4.7.9.50527, is now available, with the new Avatar Complexity functions.  Now you can adjust your viewer to get better performance, at the expense of seeing more complex avatars rendered as monochrome “jelly dolls.”

Get it here: http://www.firestormviewer.org/downloads/

To see more about these functions and how to use them, see this: https://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Why-are-all-these-people-made-of-colored-jelly/ba-p/3031255

FLASH! New Avatar Skeleton Features – Project Bento

Many of us have complained over the years about the dearth of facial expressions for human avatars in Second Life.  The avatar skeleton has no facial bones, and facial expressions have been limited to the dozen or so stock “facial morphs,” most of which look pretty creepy.

And those of us with non-human avatars have had to crush our bodies up small and hide them inside body attachments, which were often animated with a very complex and often clunky special HUD.

But Linden Lab has just announced the trial release of “Project Bento” which aims to solve both problems by adding a number of “bones” to the avatar skeleton.  The new features are now available for experimentation and comment.

Note that (unfortunately) LL has not changed any of the existing skeleton structure.  Much as I would like to see more realistic movement of, say, the shoulders, I am forced to agree that this was a good decision on their part.  Changing existing bones would break all kinds of content…pretty much any existing animations, and clothing and attachments that depend on those bones for their movement or deformation.

Read all about Project Bento here: https://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Introducing-Project-Bento-New-Bones-Added-to-Second-Life-Avatar/ba-p/2987206


Previously posted by at Across The Grid With Lindal Kidd!. Visit http://acrossthegridwithlindal.blogspot.com/2015/12/flash-new-avatar-skeleton-features.html for original post.

A Starship Enterprise in Second Life big enough for an avatar crew

Cathy Foil is a creator of note. Among her many talents, she was the first to introduce fully sculpted foot in SL and put it in a high heel; she is the creator of the MayaStar mesh rigging plug-in for Maya, and she is, alongside the AvaStar folk, one of the prime movers in the […]



Previously posted by Inara Pey at Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World. Visit https://modemworld.me/2016/07/26/a-starship-enterprise-in-second-life-big-enough-for-an-avatar-crew/ for original post.

Sex and the Single Avatar in Second Life XVI – Lost and Nude in the Woods and Making a New Friend


The difference between nudists and clothed people is that nudists don’t mind if you are wearing clothes.
Anonymous
           Running a blog and posting weekly, not to mention doing it for over five years, is not the easiest thing in the world.  (Significant Other just giggles.  Please note that Significant Other was a major encourager of my initial blogging efforts.)  
          Of course, many opportunities for stories present themselves and part of my job is juggling all these possibilities against commitments, expectations, and changing conditions in Second Life (SL).  (Significant Other is having a blast right about now.)  One story that

I’ve been meaning to write about for a while is the nudist resort at Mango Island – Adult Nude Forest.  

          As no good deed goes unpunished as a good friend of mine in Real Life (RL) (Yes, I have a few.) once explained to me, my prevarication in doing this story was rewarded by a recent announcement by Mango management that the current sim would shut down shortly, as in now, for demolition and would subsequently reopen to begin new builds. 
          I was stuck, enough material for a story but no good photos of Mango, actually, none at all, and no time to go take any.
          Then my luck began to change!  
          I’d recently made a new friend inworld.  She and I had met randomly (Significant Other says that she was just too polite to tell me to get lost.) and she has joined me on some of my journeys and also takes superb photos in SL.  In fact, she supplied me with several for another story already.    
          My friend stepped up and offered to take and supply me with pictures of Mango for this story.  I quickly agreed, my friend promptly dropped her clothes and went off to obtain

photos of Mango in its “before” state.  (Needless to say, my friend is fairly uninhibited when it comes to wandering around nude.)    

          Now, for the catch, you may have noticed that I keep referring to this talented female photographer as “my friend.” She wishes to keep her SL identity a secret.  (Significant Other doesn’t blame her and wishes for the same privilege in RL.)  
          I asked my friend what should I call her?  “Anonymous photographer” while accurate just didn’t seem to have the appropriate flair.  She asked time to sleep on it overnight.  I readily agreed. 
          The next day I received an email saying that she wished to be known simply as “The Companion.”  So, that’s who she’ll be!  (I think SL has more Whovians than Gallifrey.)  
          Now, as with all my SL friends, I take them as they present themselves. The Companion presents as an adult woman and says this is who she is in RL.  For all I know, she could be a community college dropout living in his parents’ basement outside of Detroit. Irrelevant to me.  I take people as I find them inworld! 
          The Companion and I have been to Mango together to explore which means my invariably getting lost and her finding me.  (So much for that much vaunted male sense of direction.  Significant Other becomes hysterical.)  
          Anyway, back to Mango!
          Mango is a sister sim to Lupes Magic Forest.  Seeing Mango being promoted there when it first opened I joined. 
          Mango is a nudity required, fee sim.  The layout is a lush forest with heavy brush, tall trees, flowers, waterfalls, streams, ponds, and coastal stretches.  Birds and insects

provide the natural soundtrack.  There are few manmade objects about and the few that are draw heavily on the natural surroundings.  Examples are footbridges made from fallen trees and tree houses.  Signs of civilization are buried deep in the sim and require some looking to find.         

          Once found, these quiet oases provide peaceful places to either be alone or to show an intimate moment with another.  Basic romance is the theme but there is one mild BDSM spot which The Companion found.  (Honest, I had nothing to do with this!)  Unlike Lupes where there are obvious paths and landmarks, navigating in Mango and

trying to find places again can be difficult.  

          Mango never has many visitors at the same time.  The Companion and I have both had this experience in our various visits both together and alone.  (I’ve been going to Mango longer than The Companion.) Folks we meet are friendly and polite.  
          By the time, you read this story, the former Mango will be gone and demolished.  The new construction will have begun and all are invited to drop and to check its progress.  The Companion and I will be visiting soon after to check the new build and to report back.  So keep an eye on this space for an update!  
          In the meantime, please enjoy the beautiful memories of Mango captured in The Companion’s photos in this story and on this flickr page!    (BTW These are only scenic shots.  Don’t go looking for nude people, we’re still not that kind of blog!) 
          I’d like to thank The Companion for both her friendship and making the time to take the photos accompanying this story!  Look for more of her work in future stories!  
As always, I’m grateful to all inworld for their kindness and time in stopping to talk with a stranger who was passing through their lives.  
My Twitter handle is @webspelunker.  Please feel free to follow me and I’d be happy to follow you.
I can be found on Google+ as webspelunker Ghostraven.
My flickr Photostream is located here.
On Skype I’m webspelunker Ghostraven.

          Open roads and kind fires!  




Previously posted by at webspelunker – My Travels Across Second Life. Visit http://webspelunker.blogspot.com/2016/06/sex-and-single-avatar-in-second-life.html for original post.

Sex and the Single Avatar in Second Life XVII – Exploring Nudity in Second Life


Nudity quickly becomes unremarkable when generally practiced.
Martha Nussbaum
           While I’ve blogged a few times recently about nudist sims in Second Life (SL), I haven’t talked about nudity per se inworld for a while so I thought given how it’s summer now where I reside in Real Life (RL) that this would be a good time to do so.  (Significant Other’s eyes roll.  I’d like to note who teased me into going nude inworld in the first place.) 

  

          I just want to share a few observations about nudity in SL with my three loyal readers and whoever else would like to read them, the “naked” truth if you will!  (Significant Other cringes.)
          I still wander around nude inworld.  

          “Why?” you may ask.  

          First off, many places that I visit inworld for my stories require nudity. (Why I visit such places will be the subject of another story!)  
          Next, I freely admit that I’m too lazy to keep changing clothes in SL.  (L’il Sis has cast a critical eye on my sartorial choices inworld.  (She is one of many who has only seen me clothed!) Significant Other makes similar comments in RL.  Once again, I think these two are comparing notes about me when I’m not around.)  
          Finally, running around nude is something that I would never do in RL and SL gives me the chance to try this without embarrassing myself.  (Significant Other merely sighs.)
          Another question I get a lot is, “Are you a nudist?”
          No, I’m not. 
          Although, I have many friends inworld who insist that I am.  (I have noted that these are folks who would never be nude either inworld or anywhere else.)  
          I happen to be in undress at certain times inworld because it’s appropriate for and necessary for my writing and exploring.  Contrary to popular belief, I’m not always nude.  (I

really wish that L’il Sis would stop reminding me constantly to make sure that I’m dressed when I visit First UCC!  Sheesh, I used to be an altar boy back in the day.  I know something about the decorums!)  

          While nudist sims tend to come and go, I find that nudity itself is alive and well inworld. 
          There tend to be two major categories of nudists in SL.
          The first are like naturists in RLwho are nude for the sake of nudity and abhor the sexual connotations that many associate with wandering around nude in public with members of both sexes.  (While I understand and respect their beliefs, I’m still trying to figure out why they act so surprised when others, generally clothed, make this obviously erroneous assumption.)  
          The second group of nudists throw caution to the wind and happily indulge in sex inworld whenever they get the chance and couldn’t care less what others think.  (Caroline Resident will be very happy that I wrote this.)  
          (There’s also a third, smaller group of people who go about semi-nude inworld and generally hang out in clothing optional sims with nudists.  I’m still trying to understand them.)  
          Both groups have their own sims but do often mix together.  (Although, when this does occur, I find it does make me think about the juxtaposition of voyeurism and

exhibitionism inworld.)  

          Many like me only practice nudity inworld and would never dream of doing this in RL.  (I get the look from Significant Other.) They’re only exploring and testing their limits.  
          Some do practice nudity in RL and come inworld for new experiences or possibly when it gets too cold where they live.  (Interestingly, I’ve met some who only practice nudity in the privacy of their own homes.)  
          Have you ever practiced nudity inworld? Once? Frequently?
          Do you just do it inworld or do you practice nudity in RL?  (Your shower doesn’t count.) 
          Please share your experiences with us and I’ll try to write a follow-up piece on this topic!
          One last point, you won’t find pictures of nudists with this story.  I’m still not that kind of blog!
      

    The pictures included are from SL nudist sims past and present.  

As always, I’m grateful to all inworld for their kindness and time in stopping to talk with a stranger who was passing through their lives.  
My Twitter handle is @webspelunker.  Please feel free to follow me and I’d be happy to follow you.
I can be found on Google+ as webspelunker Ghostraven.
My flickr Photostream is located here.
On Skype I’m webspelunker Ghostraven.
          Open roads and kind fires!  


Previously posted by at webspelunker – My Travels Across Second Life. Visit http://webspelunker.blogspot.com/2016/07/sex-and-single-avatar-in-second-life.html for original post.