The Next Linden

November 14, 2015 by · Comments Off on The Next Linden
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, The Project to Save Second Life 

Ever go wandering around in Second Life? Do you often run into people, or are you basically wandering alone with no interruptions or encounters whatsoever? Well, I found out why. There’s no one at the helm!

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Second Life Photography for Lazy People

August 29, 2015 by · Comments Off on Second Life Photography for Lazy People
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, Technical Info, The Project to Save Second Life 

Second Life PhotographyHow many times have you stood back and looked at your Viewer screen then thought: “If I could just get that scene captured…”? Well, I’m here to tell you how.

Log-out. Right then and there. Hit Ctrl+Q or Alt+F4 or whatever keystroke you need to use to close your SL Viewer. Now we go on a hunt.

The Last Image

Most SL capable Viewers save that last screen image to a single disk file. I use Firestorm and run on Windows 10, so my last image can be found at:

C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Firestorm_x64\darrius_gothly

And the image file itself is named screen_last.bmp

See? (click the images for a full-size view)

Second Life Photography via Last Screen Image

More Sunset in Second Life  Photography

All you have to do is find your last image file, and there you go! An exact capture of the very perfect scene you saw rendered on your Viewer. (Second Life Photography is just more wheels on suitcases, man. I’m tellin’ ya!)

VMM – Understanding How It Works

August 20, 2015 by · Comments Off on VMM – Understanding How It Works
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, SL Marketplace, Technical Info 

VMM - How It WorksViewer-Managed Marketplace is making quite a hit with both Sellers and Buyers at the Second Life Marketplace. The “hit” it’s making is more the absence of complaints than the usual flood of them, but in the process of turning around sometimes it’s necessary to do things kinda backward. What really matters though is that VMM is working. And now it’s up to us to learn how it works and how best to use it.

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Sansar – Is It Second Life V2?

August 13, 2015 by · Comments Off on Sansar – Is It Second Life V2?
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, The Project to Save Second Life 

Sansar begins to take offTalk is beginning to heat up around the Grid about Linden Lab’s newest project. Working under the name “Sansar” (which apparently means “World” in Sanskrit), there is lots of debate about what it will be and what it will offer. People are confused and hunting for answers. Which is probably to the liking of the folks at Linden Lab as they are trying to keep things somewhat secret.

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HyperMenu Meets Virtual Landmarks

August 1, 2015 by · Comments Off on HyperMenu Meets Virtual Landmarks
Filed under: DGP4SL Info, New Products, Technical Info 

VLMlogo2I mentioned in a recent post about the use of the HyperMenu product on my new (and still a-building) in-world store. I also made mention of the fact that the Virtual Landmarks for the previous Teleporter Store had been updated to the new locations. That means anyone owning a VLM (Virtual Landmark) to my old store can now use it to teleport directly to the new store. As the true idiot I am sometimes, it completely escaped me to build VLM support into the HyperMenu product line. But I got smart(er).

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I Have Dreams

July 31, 2015 by · Comments Off on I Have Dreams
Filed under: Man Behind the Curtain 

The Explosion of a DreamI first came to Second Life at the suggestion of a good friend. (She’s still listed in my profile.) Upon arriving, and after gaining some basic skills that allowed me to build and script and design, I started NOT seeing it as a game or a virtual world. I stopped seeing the user interface, the jagged edges on rendered shapes, the glitches and hitches that pepper the experience. I started seeing it as a canvas, blank and wide and inviting me to color upon it anything I wished.

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Of Calendars, Carts and Horses

July 27, 2015 by · Comments Off on Of Calendars, Carts and Horses
Filed under: Internet Life and Humanity, Linden Lab and Second Life 

carts and calendarsOne of the things that most annoys people is when their personal schedule gets disrupted. We all have our own personal schedule; it’s pointless to try and deny it. Many of us carry ours around at the ends of our arms (cleverly concealed as a portable communications device … Mwaahahahahaaa!)

Another hot button for people is this issue of Respect. Gosh! Here is the USA it’s almost state law in some places that you get shot for disrespecting someone. (Okay, maybe I’m stretching just a wee bit … sorry.)

Is It So Much To Ask?

So is it really that much to ask that Linden Lab pay attention to our Personal Calendars AND show us some Respect by giving us:

  • Proper Tools in Advance
  • Proper Notice
  • A chance to Comment on the Schedule

… Apparently so. Never mind. Just an old curmudgeon being curmudgeonly today.

Linden Lab is NOT the Government

July 3, 2015 by · Comments Off on Linden Lab is NOT the Government
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, SL Marketplace 

It really should not need to be stated so bluntly, but apparently it is … so there it is. And why is it there? Because massive upheavals in the American culture have suddenly cast an extremely negative spotlight on one specific chapter of our societal history. Tensions are so high, sensibility is so low, that any happenstance sighting of a particular symbol can cause otherwise right-thinking people to go absolutely nutty.

The symbol? The Confederate Battle Flag.

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A Stepstool to the Bar

June 8, 2015 by · Comments Off on A Stepstool to the Bar
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life 

lets-climb2There were some bumps and bruises when I first joined Second Life™ back in 2008, but I overcame them with the patient help of friends and family. Once I had reached a basic level of understanding, my preference for Scripting took hold and has remained my focus for many years now. But I’m an odd bird in that respect; most people that have the desire to make things will eventually dabble in clothing and fashion accessories. Continue reading “A Stepstool to the Bar” »»

Beating My Head Against The Wall

March 25, 2014 by · Comments Off on Beating My Head Against The Wall
Filed under: DGP4SL Info, New Products, SL Marketplace 

It’s bad enough that over the years I’ve been living, working and creating in Second Life that I’ve had to do continual battle with the often myopic Decision Makers at Linden Lab, but sometimes I wind up having to push hard against some unfathomable reticence from my fellow Residents.

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