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Thursday, 29 September 2016

The Second Life Complexity Situation

I've mentioned the new Avatar Complexity feature before, for example when I had to abandon a new tutu I had bought for an SL party because the designer, though doing a beautiful job, had made the tutu so complex with prims that my whole avatar would not rez to the other people in the club. 

I've seen a couple of other avatars lately who were unaware that they could not be seen by other people as their outfits were overloaded with detail.  So a couple of nights ago I headed over to that very popular and always crowded Muddy's Music Cafe not only to have a good time, but to see how many avatars were not rendered in my viewer and would just appear like solid colours. Just as I thought, there were a couple of people whose complexity score about their heads was over 500,000, when other people who were rezzed properly were around the 38,000 to 49,000 complexity mark, If your outfit gives you a very high complexity number it's best to try to lower it by changing any items you think may have too much detail, such as hair for instance and then to ask your friends if you are visible to them.  To see Complexity on Firestorm, go to Advanced Menu - Performance Tools - Show avatar complexity information. Anyway, here is a video by Torley Linden that explains how it all works:

Janey Bracken

Monday, 26 September 2016

Willy Wonka Night At The HangOut Was As Sweet As Candy!

Purps (PurpleMia Macpherson)

Willy Wonka is a fictional  character introduced to us  by Roald Dahl in his 1964 novel called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Dahl's novel was later made into a cult film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which starred the late great Gene Wilder; Sadly the actor passed away this year.  In memory of Wilder, Janis Short, dj and owner of the HangOut Club, decided to put a special Willy Wonka Party on tonight as a tribute.

This party oozed of sweet things, a chocolate dance floor, candy bars and lollipops everywhere, even a chocolate fountain! Scrummy! There were quite a few Willy's, all smartly dressed and some devilish Oompa-Loompas as well as some naughty chocolate loving kids.  One little girl called Purps ate so much she put on pounds as the evening went on. 

Janis played some of the sound track from the movie as well as other great tunes, it was a tasty evening!

Janey Bracken

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Willy Wonka Night At The HangOut On Monday

There's going to be a delicious party at the HangOut on Monday (26th Sept from 1pm to 3pm SLT). Willy Wonka will be in town, so make sure you go over and see if you can taste some of his yummy chocolate!  (Can't wait to see people's costumes!!)  Join me there and have some fun! Owner/DJ Janis Short will be playing some scrummy tunes!

Janey Bracken

London Calling

It's all too easy not bothering to go out in the evenings, but there is no excuse not to go out in Second Life; The nightlife is at your fingertips.  So although I had been over to Zorro's Tavern just a couple of nights ago, I decided to pop back over there tonight as DJ Janis Short was having a party based on London songs.  Being a Londoner I couldn't resist.   When I got to Zorro's Janis was playing Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks, Waterloo, mainly known for its great sprawling, extremely busy railway station, is not far from Lambeth where I was born.  I still love London, so I enjoyed hearing all the tunes Janis had put together for tonight's party.  There was the Clash with London Calling, Elvis Costello with I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea,  The Jam with Going Underground, The New Vaudeville Band with Finchley Central, Marianne Faithful with Give My Love to London, plus lots more.  And it wouldn't have been a night without Ralph McTell's Streets of London and Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street.  On hearing Baker Street, Taliesin Silverstar said "Am I the only one who hears this song and immediately thinks of Sherlock Holmes?"  Yes, Talie wasn't alone in that thought, the fiction novels about Sherlock Holmes has made a real impact on the real life Baker Street in London.  Zorro Owner Rob Fenwitch looked it up for us, he told us:

"At the time the Holmes stories were published, addresses in Baker Street did not go as high as 221. Baker Street was later extended, and in 1932 the Abbey National Building Society moved into premises at 219–229 Baker Street. For many years, Abbey National employed a full-time secretary to answer mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes. In 1990, a blue plaque signifying 221B Baker Street was installed at the Sherlock Holmes Museum, situated elsewhere on the same block, and there followed a 15-year dispute between Abbey National and the Holmes Museum for the right to receive mail addressed to 221B Baker Street. Since the closure of Abbey House in 2005, ownership of the address by the Holmes Museum has not been challenged, despite its location between 237 and 241 Baker Street."

It was another great night at Zorro's Tavern and London still rocks! Big thank you to Janis and Rob for a fantastic party!

Janey Bracken