Saturday, 29 March 2008

Snippets on Friday 03/28

I guess everyone was too busy discussing Linden Lab's changed trademark policy or adjusting blogs, Flickr streams or whatever to comply. So lean pickings this week...

Gany showing at Kirkness

On Sunday March 30th at 11am SLT you can attend the opening of "Male SL-Photography of Ganymedes Costagravas" at the Kirkness Art Centre.

I don't know what will be on display, but knowing Gany's work it will most likely be real eye-candy. Congratulations on this exhibit my friend. I will most certainly try to be there for the opening.

Go there straight from here


My announcement of last week that Shoshana Elpsilon will be showing at the Avatrait Gallery has now been confirmed with this wonderful poster. (I wanted to show it here but obviously the picture is protected) I can't wait to see what she has in stall for us.

Exhibition in RL about SL art

Both my friends Kynne Llewellyn and Ariel Brearly were contacted by Mario Gerosa, known in SL as Frank Koolhaas about a RL exhibit of SL art and asked for their permission to use some of their work. The exhibit is to take place in Florence, Italy, from Oct 2008 to Jan 2009. It will be organized by the Festival della creatività (website in Italian) in the Museum of Natural History and Anthropology.

I'm very curious to see how this will pan out. I don't know who else was invited but by asking Ariel and Kynne Mr. Gerosa sure shows he's got great taste.

More on Mr. Gerosa at or on his own blog.

Friday, 21 March 2008

Snippets on Friday 03/21

Can't believe I actually made it on time this week.

Sad News

This is all that's left of the Magma Art Group sim.

For reasons unknown the owner, Omurtag Milev, has closed down this place that saw some great expositions in it's short existence. I for one will miss the place. Good luck in your future endeavours OM!

More Sad News

I always knew Katharina Malthus is a smarty. She posted a pic on Flickr dealing with her concern LL is moving the asset databases away from the central asset servers to smaller distributed databases on the sim servers. There is no doubt in my mind it will not help solve any lag problems if anything it will probably cause even more asset problems. As she states in her comment this is still not officially confirmed. Let's keep our fingers crossed...

Good News

A cute little birdy told me April's exhibit at the Avatrait gallery will be dedicated to the art of talented Shoshanna Epsilon. Definitively something to look forward to. I actually posed for her last night with my friend Kynne Llewellyn. Can't wait to see my bare butt grace the walls of the gallery ;-)

More Good News

Multi talented Nephie Eerie has shared with the world some of her musical work. You can now listen to her tunes on If you do, make sure to register and give her songs a bump she deserves it.

For those of you who don't mind a download she still has two of her mixes online. I'm listening to one of them while I'm writing this as I often do :-)

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Snippets on Friday 03/14

In keeping with tradition: a day late...

Ladies First

I've seen a number of initiatives announced for this weekend. One that certainly drew my attention is this one:

Seeing some of the names this is going to be something you absolutely shouldn't miss!!
Sorry for stealing your picture Silver but I couldn't have done it better and after all it's for a good cause ;-)


Compatriot and fellow blogger/flickerite Looker Lumet is showing his pictures at Portucalis until the end of March. I haven't had the time to visit myself but I'm sure it's more then worth a visit.

Go there from here

Windlight presets

We all love Windlight right? There are a few presets you can use as a starting point for your own experiments in the environment editor. Thanks to a tip from Kynne Llewellyn I found out omnipresent Torley has made a collection of extra sky and water presets available. I haven't had time to play around with them but Mylena Aquitaine has.

Doesn't get more Torley than this I guess :-)

There is a zip available with the preset xml files you can manually put into the correct folders and an executable. A word of caution though: if you use the executable make sure to change the install directory to the Release Client during the install because by default the files are put in the obsolete Windlight client.

Thanks for letting me use this picture Mylena.

Download the file here.

Saturday, 8 March 2008

Opening Pandora's box ?

For a while now I've been wondering what route Linden Labs is going. Rumours have been around that the server code would be open-sourced but until now that hasn't materialised. Would it be a good idea? Unlike some others I do think it's a good idea. Obvious benefit of opening the code is more people will look into it and fix the bugs and security holes that exist presently. It will also allow for a breath of fresh air when it comes to new features. wearing the sim for a skin?Most of all it means the SL-grid can grow and evolve. In my opinion 2007 was the year LL suffered from their own success. The grid has become laggy and unstable,riddled with bugs, security holes have left it open to griefing and DoS attacks and it looked like LL was scrambling to put out fires left, right and center but was never able to get control.

Many times the analogy has been made between this stage of development of the grid and the early days of the web. At present the grid is a privately held project with limited resources and limited space to expand. Imagine what could happen if those limitations were lifted. It could lead to the grid being an international network with sims all over the place. Sounds like the World Wide Web reinvented in 3D to me. It doesn't mean we all have to start running our own sims, but we could if we wanted to. More importantly, those willing to invest their money, ideas and creativity into a next generation www could do just that.

Maybe LL could follow the path the likes of Sun Microsystems, Novell and RedHat have taken. They split off an open source branch (open Solaris, open SuSE, Fedora) and take whatever good comes out of it into your their own relaeses. You could imagine LL taking a similar route: free open-sim server code for everyone to tinker with and use but unsupported by LL and server software sold and supported by LL. Sims based on LL supported servers could have a closer integration with the Linden owned grid.

Of course there are concerns. Some argue open sourcing the server would make the grid unsafe since it would allow owners of sims outside the Linden Lab controlled part of the grid to steal all content from whoever enters their sim or use it to plant malicious code on your pc, or ... the possibilities are endless. That is probably true and it will definitively be a challenge to find ways of solving those problems but it doesn't change the fact that the practical problems disappear in the shadow of what could be. The Internet as a whole has never been a safe place; there will always be people out there looking for an opportunity to steal your credit card number, prey on your children or make your life hell just for the fun of it. I believe the benefits outweigh the risks.

I think Linden Labs basically has no choice but to open up their source. If they don't others will soon be competing to set the standard for an open grid. I think LL owes it to itself to be the true pioneer of a really open Metaverse. They will probably never be able to keep control of the SL-client, nor do I think they intend to, but their server software can be the foundation of things to be that are far greater then what they could achieve all by themselves.

Snippets on Friday 03/07

Just a few short announcements this week since I'm writing on something else.

Magma Art Group

This weekend will see the opening of a new exhibit at the Magma Art Group by a man we all know and love: Stephen Venkman.

I'm curious to see what he has prepared exclusively for this exhibit. Grand opening on Saturday 03/08/08 from 11:00am till 2pm slt time. Hope to see you there.
Go there straight from here


Last weekend the Avatrait presented this months artist on display: Daequix Scarborough. The opening was definitively a resounding success.
Go there straight from here


Rezzable have enlisted the services of Vint Falken who actually traveled to London last week to meet up with the folks at Rezzable HQ. It seems a new exhibit is in the making featuring the art of the most talented Melodious Source. Looking forward to it!
I'm curious to see what else they have up their sleeve :-)

Saturday, 1 March 2008

Snippets on Friday 03/01

I thought about making this "Snippets on Saturday" since I'm late again, but then I'd probably have to make it "Snippets on Sunday" next week. Deadlines are just not my thing I guess.

I have been to a few events this week and had a lot of fun doing so.

Bloggers Party

The SL Bloggers parties are rapidly becoming notorious. Last Sunday a crowd gathered at The Cove where GoSpeed Racer hosted this months get-together. It was good to see that apart from the usual suspects a number of new faces (to me anyway) showed up.

The nice thing about these parties is the fact you can actually have a half decent conversation with the people around you. Whimsical banter flying around and clever wisecracks are no exception. If you like to yell "WOOT" or howlzzzz your lungs out these parties are probably not your cup of tea.

Links to a few other accounts of the event and pictures:

Dinosaurs extinct

Last Thursday the Rezzable sim Legends was spectacularly closed when a Greenie spaceship and a large meteor hit the sim trashing the dino skeletons that were there. Rezzable put up quite the show for a whole bunch of avatars who gathered to see the event.

It's nice to see that Rezzable doesn't sit on its laurels but has the courage to change things. The skeletons were very nice but now it's on to new and even better. I'm curious to see what they will come up with.


I can't remember what led me to do so, but last week I checked what last names are available for new avatars these days. I tried a few first and last name combos I thought were funny and sure enough most of them were taken. A lot of those names seem to be taken very soon after they become available. Checking the names in world reveals a lot of completely blank profiles. If you're not going to use the name why register it? Are people name squatting maybe or picking up the good ones for possible alts? It's a pity we will probably never bump in to the likes of Not Telling, Too Short, Onmymind Georgia, Tape Gaffer, Mumbo Gumbo, Fujitsu Siemens, Her Hotshot or Nota Troglodite.

I also noticed some names turning up as unavailable but who don't seem to exist in game. Two examples are Laurence Llewellyn (as in Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, BBC presenter) and Bob Morane (comic book character). I wonder if LL "reserves" some names. Maybe they just want to avoid copyright hassles.

A few of the ones that were still available and I thought were funny are: Vraiment Dufaux (French for Really Fake) and Quitethe Hotshot. Overall it seems like the good ones are taken though.

Seems Vint has just posted something about names as well. Must be true great minds think alike :-)