July 2, 2014

Linden Lab building new virtual world

Per Wagner James Au's New World Notes,
"Linden Lab Confirms It's Building New Virtual World "Far Beyond What is Possible with Second Life" 

The Lab's official statement reads in part:
"Linden Lab is working on a next generation virtual world that will be in the spirit of Second Life, an open world where users have incredible power to create anything they can imagine and content creators are king. This is a significant focus for Linden Lab, and we are actively hiring to help with this ambitious effort. We believe that there is a massive opportunity ahead to carry on the spirit of Second Life while leveraging the significant technological advancements that have occurred since its creation, as well as our unparalleled experience as the provider of the most successful user-created virtual world ever.
For the complete text, go to the link at the top of this article.

I have always felt that the biggest improvements to SL from a techy standpoint would be a better avatar mesh (more detail + maybe optional realistic naughty bits that aren't "tack-ons"), smoother sim crossings, less lag and the ability to get more "stuff" into a SIM. Maybe even the concept of a SIM is just outdated. I dunno.

June 28, 2014

"Sara" - A "bratty" new mesh outfit from Inga Wind

One look at "Sara" from Inga Wind and I knew I had to take a photo with my tongue sticking out! It has a dash of snark that makes you feel like being a brat! Outfit complete as shown including sandals. Comes in 5 sizes with alphas for top, shorts, sandals or all three.

For reference, I'm wearing a size S top with S shorts.

Price is $195L with 10% off for group members. Demo available.

SLURL to Inga Wind Main Store

May 25, 2014

Great commentary on Linden Lab grid meltdown!

I think this blog post from Torric Rodas is dead on with respect to Linden Lab's recent grid problems and Landon Linden's very open and public response to what actually happened. I can seen the fingerprints of Ebbe Altberg on this and I sincerely applaud him and Landon for it!

May 2, 2014

New cuteness shorts outfit from Inga Wind

Nicki by Inga Wind
Inga keeps turning out winners week after week. This time, it's "Nicki" -- an adorkable mesh short set featuring a cropped over-jacket and peek-a-boo top. Outfit complete as shown with ballet flats. Comes in 5 sizes from XXS to L with alphas for jacket, shorts or both.

I'm wearing a size M top with XS shorts. This one is definitely going into my "wear often" folder!

Price is $220L with 10% off for group members.

SLURL to Inga Wind Main Store

April 13, 2014

Bastille at Coachella Festival

Not my usual type of blog post but I was watching Coachella streaming live on YouTube largely because of a few bands I like --- including, or maybe especially, Bastille.

I really LOVE Dan Smith as a lead singer (he cute too) -- well at least I do on their studio albums. But the Coachella performance featured wayyyy too much of his "signature" vocal styling where he breaks a single word into discrete notes. Places in songs where he would normally slide a note up or down turned into overly repetitious and at times, annoying use of vocal stepping or whatever you call it.

And what's with throwing an"H" onto the front of words that start with vowels? Like the word "almost" became "halmost" and "all" became "hall" so Pompeii turned into "Does it halmost feel like nuh-uthing's cha-hanged at ha-all." Seriously? "Bad Blood" is a great album and the vocals are really good. But a little bit of Dan Smith's normal style goes a long way. Live? Is there something that makes singers think they have to overdo everything?

Snickers Snook -- music critic for a day. :P

April 10, 2014

Linden Lab looks to hire lead engineer

Came across this job posting because my Google alert on "Linden Lab" fired off.
Linden is looking for a Lead Engineer to join our New Products development group. You will be leading a group of engineers working on our iOS game Blocksworld. 
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/215247/Get_a_job_Linden_Lab_is_looking_to_hire_a_Lead_Engineer.php
(SIDE NOTE: Why do websites allow .php extensions for posts? Many places won't allow you to share links to .php.)

Is Blocksworld doing well enough to deserve resources? Just curious.

April 4, 2014

3D mesh fashion comes to real life


OK, I used the word "mesh" as a tease but it's not far from the truth. Fashion designer Francis Bitonti has been using 3D printing to create clothing that breaks the boundaries of traditional cloth and other materials.

Using a small army of MakerBots, Bitonti "prints" pieces of outfits and assembles them into completed designs that look like nothing you can buy off-the-rack. Bitonti is also producing accessories and housewares and will be selling the "code" or printing instructions to individuals for reproduction on their MakerBot printers or using a partnering 3D printing service, 3D Hubs.

According to Mashable (the primary source for my article):
"Bitonti's Cloud Collection debuts Friday, April 4. The capsule collection offers four decorative housewares, or rather, the code for them. By modifying one aspect of the code, consumers can decide how much noise or relief appears on the surface of a vase, for example, resulting in a customized purchase."
For a fascinating look at the story behind the Bristle Dress shown in the photo above, see this write-up on MakerBot's blog. Per MakerBot, you too can wear the Bristle Dress if you download the files from Thingiverse. The top takes about 160 hours to print, and the skirt another 135.

Cool but at that rate, I'll stick to H&M.