Sunday, October 27, 2013


I've been to Bewbstock. Lovely clothing--though if you don't use Tangos or Lush, or one of the breast attachments that can use Tango appliers, your choices there are limited.

I bought one of the Gatherings Designs Boho outfits, even though they don't include an applier I can use, because the skirt is just so darned beautiful! Thank you, Stacia Zabaleta.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hope to see you soon in a better virtual place, Qarl...

A must-read from Qarl Fizz né Linden: "goodbye, second life".

I am amazed and grateful that he hung on as long as he did in the face of Linden Lab's unconscionable foot-dragging on the mesh deformer.

Someone on NWN in comments on a video of an in-world presentation by IP lawyers on TOS and IP has already done a "So long and thanks for all the sculpties" HHGttG reference, so I'll skip that. Besides, I hope it's not so long, at least not forever.

Read the whole post, but I have to quote its end:
fellow citizens of the virtual world: next time we do this, we absolutely must be more careful. no matter how cute and earnest our rulers appear in the beginning, we cannot accept their promise "trust us". we need DEMOCRACY. we need it at the foundation, and we need it in writing. 
see you on the other side.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Graphics improvements with Linux 3.12 kernel

The folks at the Phoronix web site found that AMD Radeon graphics run much (where much ranges from 10% to 90%) faster on the Linux 3.12 kernel, and now they've found out why.

They have a neat setup to automate testing to find the answer to this type of question--it does a binary search on the kernel source commits to find the one where the change takes place. It turns out to be a change that affects how CPU frequency is adjusted based on load.

So, that should be good news for at least some SL residents using the 3.12 kernel. The 2^16-dollar question: what about other graphics card users? The change doesn't sound like it should be specific to AMD graphics, but until you try it out, you can't say for sure, and that testing is now in Phoronix's queue. (Darn it, it looks like Ubuntu 13.10 will have the 3.11 kernel.)

Anyone out there using 3.12? Have you noticed a speedup in SL? I'd love to hear about your experiences.

UPDATE: OhHeyItsLou reports that Nouveau (the open source nVidia driver) works nicely on 3.12, but he doesn't do any gaming sorts of things in the video, so the question is still open.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Survey at Whimsy's Closet blog

Of course, surveys in blogs have self-selected respondents, which pretty well guarantees a non-representative sample. But hey, unless we're willing to pay someone to do a serious survey, this is as good as it gets.

So... I hope you'll head over to "Which Prim Breasts Do You Wear Most?" on the Whimsy's Closet blog and give your response. I look forward to seeing where the results settle down. Thanks to Cindy Melgund for setting up the survey, and to Maggie Bluxome for posting about it on her blog.

Maggie Bluxome reinvents her blog again

...and the results are impressive indeed. Check it out:

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

An interesting reaction to the new TOS

Take a look at "The Content Liberation Front" on the Kitely Blog. Creators can copy their stuff to Kitely for free, and thence they can back it up to their very own hard drive. I'm no content creator, but it looks like a heck of a deal.