Friday, March 21, 2014

Someone send this link to Linden Lab...

From the nVidia blog: "NVIDIA, AMD, Intel Explain How OpenGL Can Unlock 15X Performance Gains". An enticing quote: "the techniques presented apply to all major vendors and are suitable for use across multiple platforms."

The blog post has a slide show; check it out.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

"Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce!"

I just deleted some spam email... I saw the first line, and it said something about loving my photo on Facebook.

Facebook?! In the immortal words of the Philosophy Department of the University of Wollamalloo, "Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce!" With Facebook's policies, it's the last place I'd ever sign on. *plonk*

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wise beyond her years...

Marianne McCann posts an insightful open letter to SL's new CEO: "Dear Ebbe". (And it took me until now to get the reference...)

Friday, January 31, 2014

RL inspiration

From the January 29, 2014 New York Post, "Meet the gal with the longest legs in NYC", about Brooke Banker, a 26-year-old model who is 5'11" tall with 47" legs (measuring from heel to hip):

Apparently Russia crowned Anastasia Strashevskaya "Miss Longest Legs" earlier this month; she has 42" legs. (Alas, I have not been able to find her total height.) That was followed by Alexandra Robertson in England, 6'1" with 47-inch legs, and now Ms. Banker.

I would think that legginess involves proportion as well as length, so that Ms. Banker (0.662 leg length/height ratio) outdoes Ms. Robertson (0.644). My goodness--being two-thirds leg by height! Could Ms. Banker create a similarly-proportioned Second Life avatar?

Actually, I think she could. I will have to make a point of figuring out my avatar's leg length/height ratio. I do like to twist the knob to 11, and the avatar stretching animations do most of their stretching on the legs. How far can one go?

UPDATE: Svetlana Pankratova still holds the record, 6'5" tall with 4'4" legs, and thus a leg length/height ratio of 0.675.

Friday, January 24, 2014

What next?

Things are happening. One is depressing; the other just makes me wonder.

Cloud Party has been bought by Yahoo, which is going to shut it down.

Sigh. I'm reminded of the days of Ziff-Davis buying computer magazines in order to shut them down. Cloud Party had great promise, and I'm very sad to see it go.

Now for the one I'm not sure of: Rod Humble is stepping down as CEO of Linden Lab. Who will replace him? That's a very good question.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Passing the Torch

The January 2014 Busted magazine marks the passing of the torch. The lovely and talented Maggie Bluxome has stepped down as senior editor, and Rachel Swallows has taken on the job. The new issue, I assure you, shows that the magazine is in good hands.

I look forward to what is to come from Busted, and I wish Maggie all the best with whatever she takes on. You're an amazing lady, Maggie.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Life imitates Second Life

Christmas brings ads for many stores--including jewelers. I saw an ad the other day, and I wish I remembered the store and the product--it was a ring or a bracelet, and I swear it sparkled like the most obnoxious bling-laden SL product you could ever imagine. I had to laugh; I guess in RL people wouldn't berate one quite as much for wearing it.