Tag Archives: Second Life

Second Life – Bento Avatars

Trying the new richer Bento skeleton avatars… which were released as starter avatars by Linden Lab on 5th July 2017 (see this announcement). Thomas with my old Ai Austin skin and shape works great as “Strider”… and I even get … Continue reading

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Second Life in Anaglyph 3D using Kirstens Viewer

Back in 2011, Kirstens Viewer for Second Life added an Anaglyph 3D view capability which could be seen with red/cyan 3D glasses. See this blog post. Kirstens Viewer has now been updated by Kirstenlee Cinquetti to include recent Second Life … Continue reading

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Second Life – Gardens by the Bay

Maddy (Nibby Riddler) has constructed an artistic build in Second Life that is based on the Singapore Gardens by the Bay with it’s “Supertrees” and night lighting. Visit via http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA15/179/122/22 See also Inara Pey’s Blog Post about the location. Our … Continue reading

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Second Life – Winter Wonderland 2016

@InaraPey has provided an overview of the 2016 Winter Wonderland themed areas in Second Life… https://modemworld.me/2016/12/15/the-all-new-new-portal-parks-open-in-second-life/ Fireworks On the hour, every hour in Winter Wonderland… “Automated” Ice Skating The skating though does take some (keyboard) work! For a more “automated” … Continue reading

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Winter in Second Life

As usual there are some wonderful Christmas and winter regions in Second Life… one of the “Destination Guide” locations in Winter 2016 is the Erebor region by Calaas Galadhon. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EREBOR/155/106/22

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360° Snapshots in Second Life

A new Second Life “Project Viewer” has been released by Linden Lab that allows for the creation of 360° snapshots in Second Life virtual world scenes. There is also a package of HTML and JavaScript that can be installed on … Continue reading

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Vue Landmarks Restored in Second Life

On the Virtual University of Edinburgh (Vue) regions in Second Life, some landmark buildings that were previously on the “Edinburgh University” region have been restored in world so that they appear in the distance when meetings are held at “The … Continue reading

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Second Life Starter Avatars

Second Life provides a wide selection of avatars to select from when you first join, and these are all available in the Avatar Picker tool or the Inventory “Library” to pick later. Its also possible to mix and match to … Continue reading

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Scuba Dive in Second Life

Scuba diving is a popular virtual sport in Second Life… and scuba diving has been available on the Virtual University of Edinburgh facilities in Second Life from the very earliest days of the Vue regions (back from 2006). See this … Continue reading

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Skydive in Second Life

When I first joined Second Life in 2006, I used a skydive setup built by “Cubey Terra” (Steve Cubey Cavers) to demonstrate some of the features of Second Life to colleagues and friends. Some images from those early days are … Continue reading

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Ai Austin @ 10

Ai Austin is 10 years old in Second Life today (joined on 6th August 2006)… Here are Ai’s outfits built up over the period in Second Life… Ai’s skin was a gift back in 2006 from a fellow educator who … Continue reading

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Supercar in Second Life through VR

CtrlAltStudio viewer 1.2.6.43412 has provided 3D/VR access for the Oculus Rift in Second Life and OpenSim. VR Performance using Oculus Debug Tool With “Ultra” graphics levels (including shadows) and 256m view distance, the performance is excellent and with exterior or … Continue reading

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Second Life and OpenSim in VR using VorpX

While CtrlAltStudio viewer 1.2.6.43412 has provided 3D/VR access for the Oculus Rift in Second Life and OpenSim, there is another way to explore virtual worlds in VR – through VorpX. VorpX allows some applications and games not specifically designed for … Continue reading

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Supercar in VR

This is Gerry Anderson’s Supercar mesh model (with non-physical flight scripts) in Second Life viewed in VR via the CtrlAltStudio viewer 1.2.6.43412 for Oculus Rift DK2 and CV1. The Supercar mesh has a “prim equivalent” of 705. More information on … Continue reading

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Watercolour Wander in Second Life

“A Watercolour Wander” by Ceakay Ballyhoo (CK) is an installation artwork in Second Life sponsored by the “Linden Endowment for the Arts” (LEA) who provide in world space donated by Linden Lab for artists to create and show their works. … Continue reading

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Oil Rig Training Environment in VR

To be honest, this blog post started out as a test of the performance with various graphics options to try CtrlAltStudio viewer with an NVidia GTX1080 GPU. But the performance even on maximum “ultra” graphics settings with shadows was so … Continue reading

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CtrlAltStudio Viewer 1.2.6.43412 Performance Testing

As noted in an earlier post CtrlAltStudio Viewer 1.2.6.43412 was released by David Rowe on 18th July 2016 to allow VR access to Second Life and OpenSim via the Oculus CV1 and DK2 using Oculus SDK/Runtime 1.5.0/1.6.0. This blog posts … Continue reading

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Testing CtrlAltStudio Viewer 1.2.6.43412

CtrlAltStudio is a version of the virtual worlds viewer for Second Life and OpenSim created by David Rowe. It has been updated to CtrlAltStudio 1.2.6.43412 to run with the Oculus Rift CV1 (as well as the previously supported DK2) under … Continue reading

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Testing CtrlAltStudio Viewer 1.2.6.43402

CtrlAltStudio Viewer 1.2.6.43402 is an early test version that has been replaced with the updated CtrlAltStudio Viewer 1.2.6.43412 to address some issues, support the X-Box One controller, and provide further graphics experimentation options for the Oculus Rift. These notes were … Continue reading

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Testing Second Life Oculus Rift Viewer 4.1.0.313313

On 1st July 2016 Linden Lab released a first version of their Oculus Rift Viewer version 4.1.0.313313 which is meant to work with the newer Oculus runtime 1.3 and hence to support the CV1 consumer version of the Oculus Rift. … Continue reading

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Second Life 13th Birthday

The Second Life 13th Birthday (SL13B) events took place in Second Life between 19th and 26th June with a range of exhibits built by Second Life residents and groups, and a number of social events, dances, etc.

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Second Life Visual Outfits Browser

A version of the Second Life Viewer which support a visual gallery of avatar outfits is being tested. The Outfits tool is extended to include a “Visual Outfits Browser” (VOB). Thumbnails (typically 256×256 or 128×128 images) can be created in … Continue reading

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Avatar JellyDolls

From Second Life Viewer 4.0.5 (18-May-2016) a capability to increase performance by rendering some highly complex avatars as “JellyDolls” was introduced. When set appropriately, the viewer will render avatars with a complexity score that are over some preset limit as … Continue reading

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2015 Virtual University of Edinburgh Graduation – School of Education

For seven years since 2009 the University of Edinburgh has offered its distance education and remote new graduates the option to graduate in Second Life, alongside the real world ceremony in the graduation hall, which his year is in Edinburgh’s … Continue reading

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Second Life Avatars

Second Life has a new set of “mesh attachment” avatars called “Classic” available through the initial account creation page at http://join.secondlife.com and through the “Me -> Choose an Avatar” in the viewer. It is interesting that Linden Lab chose to … Continue reading

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Second Life – Move from Edinburgh University to Vue

In early November 2015 the “Edinburgh University” region in Second Life was abandoned… with active facilities being moved to the Vue, Vue South and Edinburgh East regions. Edinburgh University was originally obtained as part of the Vue estate in June … Continue reading

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Fish4Knowledge Virtual World Pavilion – Move to Vue

The Fish4Knowledge Exhibition Pavilion and Underwater Gallery is moving across the bay from the “Edinburgh University” home it has had since it was created to the “Vue” region in October 2010, which continues to be maintained as a virtual world … Continue reading

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Vue Display in Maps of Second Life

The Maps of Second Life Pavilion is accessible at New Kadath Lighthouse Art Gallery, New Kadath (34, 51, 22) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/New%20Kadath/34/52/23. It is curated by Juliana Lethdetter, a member of the Second Life Historical Society, and shows maps and information … Continue reading

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Halloween in Second Life 2015

Ghost avatars in Second Life at Halloween 2015 2015 Second Life Creepy Crawl 2015 Run by Xiola Linden on 30th October 2015, this event visited a number of spooky locations with “appropriate” music for the occasion… see https://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Get-Your-Costumes-Ready-for-Friday-s-Inworld-Creepy-Crawl/ba-p/2975298

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Valkyrie Avatar

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics is to get a NASA Valkyrie Robot in March 2016 as part of its Robotarium. The Valkyrie robotic platform was originally designed and built in 2013 to carry out search and rescue missions inline with … Continue reading

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