It’s really NOT magic after all!

The folk at Kirstens Viewer (or KV) have spilled the beans! SL isn’t magic! Their display shows exactly how it works:

Stuff goes in here…..^^

and comes out here ^^ Not magic at all.

Don’t get your nice shoes all wet in the memory leak…

See the KV display at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Impressive/117/59/22

KT

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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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Danger! Run Away!

Aliens! The Happy Hippo Building school built this lovely miniature city. Then aliens came and destroyed it! So sad 😦

See it before it’s destroyed completely at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Captivate/39/146/22

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Bear with us….

(coming up with post titles is NOT my strong point)

Are you a collector of the elusive linden bear? We how have our very own SL8B bear! You can get it from the marketplace at:

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/products/search?search[category_id]=&search[maturity_level]=G&search[keywords]=second+life+birthday+bear

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More Important Info for Exhibitors

We’re almost there – the builds are looking awesome and we’re almost ready to open. We just have a few issues to bring to your attention regarding some of the builds.

1. Copyrighted Material – Linden Lab have stated categorically, NO COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL! And yes, they used caps at me.  If you want to use RL (or even SL) brand info/logos/pictures etc in your build, you MUST have written permission from the brand owner to use them. DCMA is a serious business and as LL are endorsing this event, they do not want dcmas served on them. Our policy from now on is that any copyrighted materials found in the builds WILL be returned.

2. Megas – we’ve asked and asked. LL have again stated – no megs on any LL event (they didn’t use caps this time \o/). Regardless of how you feel about the rule, it IS the rule and you agreed to respect it. Please remove all megas from your build before we do it for you.

3. Prims – you have 234. Your neighbour has 234. Everyone has 234. No one gets a special deal. Again, it’s the rules like it or not. If your parcel has more than 234 prims then you need to reduce them now. Either you decide which to remove or we will.

4. Tip jars – again – just not allowed and will now be returned

5. Floating Signs – visual pollution – we hate them. Surely SL has grown past this. Be inventive people!

6. Be nice to your volunteers. They’re unpaid and doing this because they love to help. If they contact you about a problem, they’re NOT doing it to pick on you.

Now I’ve said all that, let me now say that most of you are awesome and your builds rock! Most of you have done them inside the limits imposed too which is doubly awesome. So thankyou to all those people who have checked their own builds and fixed the issues before we saw them AND to those you have changed them after we’ve been in contact. We’re 90% there – lets aim for 100%.

 

KT

 

And no, we won’t stop checking after we open – just in case you think you can sneak something back in. We’re watching!

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SL Magic comes in all forms…..

The Magic of SL takes many forms. There’s the obvious amazing displays and builds, but there’s also the less obvious but equally (if not more so) magic ones, such as this exhibit by Danny Noyes.

Danny suffered from a mental disorder. He joined SL to try to escape further from reality and to contemplate suicide. But what Danny found in SL was a support network in groups and individuals that helped him get through his depression and start him on the road to recovery. Part of this process was his immersion into SLs art culture and that helped him start painting again. Now he has a new project. In his own words:

“The avatar Project is a collaborative effort between TAMI Second Life and the founders of TAMI Real Life. The project involves painting the images of 300 avatars from second life and producing them on a large canvas that can be exhibited in the real world.

The idea behind this project is to highlight two things. Firstly to shine another spotlight on Bipolar and mental health in general and secondly, to espouse the virtues of a virtual life. ”

The project requires 300 images of avatars to be painted in real life and produced for exhibition. If you would like to be involved please contact Danny in world. You can see his exhibit at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Fascinate/205/182/22

KT

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Anyone Want Cake?

Here it is. Our centerpiece, built by the amazing Tao Mistwalker and his team. Aim yourself at the middle of the SL8B sims – you can’t miss it!

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Together

I have no idea what this is – but I love it!

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Awwwwwww…..

Too cute. I CAN has cheezeburger!

And just yummy!

This overdose of cuteness by Sanura Sakai is in the Astonish sim, next to the auditorium.

KT

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