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SL9B Details

You thought that was the end of it? The party is NEVER over!

The SL9B community event is coming. Go to www.sl9b.wordpress.com for more info

See you in June…..

 

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NOW it’s over!

We’ve had plenty of people look over the sims this past week but it’s finally time to shut the doors. The sims will close to the public at 11.59pm July 2nd. Exhibitors then have till 11.59pm July 5th to pick up their builds. After that, everything on the sims will be returned. If you don’t want your exhibit  returned to your lost and found as one large lump, please pick up your build on the 2rd, 4th or 5th of July.

 

 

KT

 

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Thank you SL8B Cast, Crew and Community

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Second Life 8th Birthday for all your hard work and volunteerism.  You again stepped up and showed  true community spirit with your eagerness and dedication.

We would like to thank Linden Lab for support and sim space for us to celebrate again this year. This year’s gathering expressed the diversity of Second Life within our vast community, user created content, art and music.  It was truly humbling for me to see so much collaboration that the Second Life community shared for this event.

If you enjoyed the event and want to be a part next year,  keep an eye on the Second Life blogs and stay in the Second Life Birthday Group for notification of next year’s festivities.

It was an honor and my pleasure to once again work with all of you.

Cya next time….

Doc

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Magic is……

Here’s Techsoup and Non Profit Commons take on it:

And right next door at Crissi Yoshikawa’s large pool, you can actually swim with real(ish) dolphins:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Spectacular/43/45/22 will put you right next to both of them.

 

KT

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Main Stage Presents….

Machinima of MommaLuv Skytower playing live at Main Stage.

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Sands of Creation

One of the most magical things in Second Life for me is the ability to build and create things from nothing so this amazing build from Perefim Cao hits a special note for me. From the basic builds of a new resident learning to mash prims together for the first time to some of SLs top builds and builders, anyone here can create the content around us. The words in this exhibit say “It was within the first sandbox that the magic of creativity began within Second Life. From the sands of time the first creations rose to create the grid of today.”

The exhibit shows the hand of the creator rising from the sandbox, his (or her) creation coming to life in their hand. See it at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Pizzazz/177/138/22

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The Machinarium

There are lots of machinima entries in this years birthday party and I think this is one of the best of them – The Machinarium. Made by Colemarie Soliel, it features  an outdoor movie theater in a deco style built by Groll Greggan and showcases her new video about the Magic of SL as she sees and feels it. Starting off slow and peaceful (when time was plentiful) it builds to a frenzy as the end date approaches. Shot over 2 weeks and helped by her sister, Colemarie edited for several days straight, finishing it 20 minutes before SL8B opened! Come sit in the comfy seats, grab some popcorn and watch magic of SL through Colemaries eyes.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Captivate/118/64/21

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And We’re Open!

Come join us for a non stop party over 21 sims with almost non stop entertainment on 4 stages and almost 300 exhibitions on “The Magic of Second Life” . The stages run from now until late on June 26 and the exhibits are open till July 3.  See you there!

 

Come join us now at the welcome area at Exhilarate  or Magnificent

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Only One More Sleep to Go!

It’s almost opening! The sims open to the public at 1030am SLT (or PDT) June 20 with the opening address by Kim Linden at 11am. Scripts will be turned off for all sims while the speeches are on.  Come early to get a seat!

 

Update – the sims are now closed till we open. Get some sleep people!

KT

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Lag at SL8B–What you can do about it

Note: This is a rewrite of a blog I did for Fashion for Life, an event I ran across 9 sims. The fundamentals of user-side lag issues remain the same. The folks at SL8B asked me to reprint and I rewrote it for this event. The original article can be found at my blog at http://slfashionpassion.wordpress.com.

One of the biggest concerns with any event is the issue of lag. Lag is like the US Federal deficit—it seems to be getting worse and worse and definitely impinges on our enjoyment.

A lot has been written about lag, and there are a lot of myths and half truths. I have tried to get to the core of what we have control over and I want to explain to you what you can do to make your visit more enjoyable.

First, let me say that any sim that has 50 or more avatars moving around and doing things is going to experience some lag. It’s that simple.

Certainly there are ways that it can be counteracted from the sim side, and many of those issues have been addressed by Linden Lab and the volunteers for SL8B. I believe they have also asked that participants employ as many low lag measures as they can but they can not police them all.

The truth is that a lot of lag is client side.

I hate saying it’s you but it really is you. The biggest portion of lag comes from the user’s end. It comes from having a lower-end graphics card, a slower computer, a slower internet connection, and a poor set up. I can’t give you all new computers and better internet connections. (Gosh would I love to.) But I can give you some hints to make it all work better.

In short, my tips for making your time at SL8B (and everyone else’s) more enjoyable are as follows:

  • Make sure you are using a more current version of any client. Most old versions of LL’s 1.23 are obsolete. Get rid of them. Go grab a third party viewer or get v2.7 and stop complaining. (It’s much improved—really.)
  • Tinker with your Graphics preferences in your client:Take down graphics quality and performance.(Go to Preferences > Graphics and set to mid or low.) Some people call this “turning down draw distance.” Do it!Lag at Fashion for Life

Lag at Fashion for Life

Turn off anistropic and antialiasing. (Go back to Preferences > Graphics. In v1 viewers, check the “Custom” and click “Hardware Options.” In V2 viewers, click “Advanced” and “Hardware.” In that window, uncheck “Anisotropic Filtering” and make sure Antialiasing is set to Disable.)

Lag at Fashion for Life

Lag at Fashion for Life

Stop looking at other avatars. Do this by going to Advanced > Debug Settings > RenderAvatarMaxVisible and just take that down to 5. Really. If you’re not even looking at other avatars (which chances are you aren’t) this will just remove them from your graphics lag.

Lag at Fashion for Life

  • Close other programs you might have running. They may be hogging computer resources and bandwidth. You really REALLY don’t need PS, Firefox, iTunes, Messenger, and WoW running all at once. You need to be looking at the wonder of SL8B. This is a huge one that people NEVER pay attention to.
  • Adjust your graphics card to optimal settings. An interesting article about this (has not been tested on our side) is offered here.
  • Remove all scripts (including AOs). Too many scripts make the sim cry.
  • The following all go under the heading: “No one is looking at you anyway”(and most of this has to do with reducing scripts rather than ARC):
      1. Take your AO off. Waddle. Or install your AO if you are using Phoenix (find out how to here). (No one’s looking at you anyway. Really. We are all looking at the builds and not noticing someone else’s waddle. And if we ALL waddle, then we all look silly together. Besides we have derendered you so it really doesn’t matter—see above.)
      2. Wear system clothes only. It is not necessary to be naked. The avatar has to render anyway—doesn’t matter if it’s naked or not. But wearing prims will add a bit to graphics lag (and many contain scripts). So wear something sleek and sexy and system.
      3. Barefoot is in these days–no shoes or prim feet 😉 We all have the same fugly system feet. NO ONE’S LOOKING AT YOUR FEET!
      4. Wear a skin with a hairbase and skip prim hair. (You won’t look bald. In fact it’s kind of chic.)
  • Wait a few days and go later and enjoy leisurely, less-lag viewing. (It’s open from June 20-26 and the exhibits will be left up til July 3!)
  • Do not lecture others on their arc, scripts, etc. Mind your own business and don’t be a drama queen. Besides, running that arc indicator thing in your client increases YOUR personal lag.
  • Have patience. The sims are open for two weeks. You can hit two sims a night, slowly enjoy the incredible builds and spend all that time having fun.

Now, if you really want to know how the sim is running, if you REALLY think it’s not you, go to Statistics view and get a better idea:

Lag at Fashion for Life

If Sim FPS is running in the 10s or less, it IS the sim. They will restart the sims every day to clear the sims’ cache.

Look at the Packet Loss. If that is more than 0%, your connection is struggling. It’s not the sims. Call your internet provider 😉

Look at the Main Agents. That is how many people are on the sim. Remind yourself that 50 avatars on a sim will mean some lag. Find a less popular sim and go look at it.

I typically enjoy most of SL lag free because I have followed all these rules and then some. It really works! Come enjoy SL8B with me!

Harper Beresford

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