New System

Yes it has arrived and it is more than I expected it to be. The 27 inch monitor is so much bigger than 5 inches extra from the 22 inch. However I can seamlessly join the two monitors together. creating a space of 3890 x 1080. Because they both run at 1080p each window can be dragged to either monitor or stretched to cover both without loss of resolution nor having to be resized.

Here is the monitor set up :

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Here’s what The Junkyard looks like:

Junkyard Wide

Click on the picture to view better. As you can see without zooming the whole of the dance floor can be viewed. Awesome. The speed of the new system is super and I am really pleased how second life performs. Running at 18 fps in high to ultra. But I will play with the settings and see. I made a video using two monitors but the processing size is only 2048 x 500. This needs work. Here is my second attempt. Watch full screen.

hehehe I will play. should be able to get it bigger I think.

All in all I am a very happy bunny. Reckon I won’t need to upgrade for at least another month (hahaha)

12 Hours in Second Life

I have shadows enabled and as the sun rises and sets shadows get longer and you see the shadows lengthen. I have shown moonrise below to give you an idea. I don’t think many people have shadows enabled , Storm says it crashes her computer; others have said it gives the user too much information to process. I disagree I always have shadows enabled now. For me it adds a realism to the whole scene. I don’t know how long the night / day cycle is in second life, can someone help? Leave a comment with this info if you can. Also your opinion on having shadows enabled . Thanks. Please watch full screen.

graphicssettingsI have since turned off Local Lights which gets rid of the glare that some personal lights produce. This means I also lose lights from the Junkyard like from the sign.  This seems to be optimum for me. I like shadows took me a few days to get used to them but I have now and it adds another dimension of realism. There is some lag but this is tolerable. It came as a bit of a shock when, a while back, I realised what I see / experience is not the same as others. Everyone has different settings almost making sl a subjective experience. So I make videos of what I see. With my new graphics card I run graphics at High with Advanced Lighting Mode and Ambient Occlusion with Sun / Moon shadows.

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7th Birthday For Junkyard Blues

YAY the Junkyard is now 7 years old the oldest blues club in second life. Congrats Kiff and Dina awesome. I made some videos to celebrate:
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on my second day in second life about a year ago, i found the jy. i think i had searched for the blues not that im any expert but it seemed like a good idea. The whole place was aesthetically pleasing, blue tiles. There was a dj and I was made to feel welcome. Not too many there. I stood, god forbid I would try dancing. I perved the dancers. They were all so pretty even the men. The music was great no fault there. Took me a few days to suss everything out but by the end of the week i was dancing. I had been back every time I logged on til log off. that hasn’t changed that much, well it has a bit. I thought everyone was really cool. I said “cor I wanna be like them” So I set about properly joining this family. All I needed was kindness, thoughtfulness, patience, a sense of humour and a fair share of love to give away. still working on some of them. But that pretty much sums up the people of jy. , Then I met someone.(Its all detailed on my blog)

Over the year I have had many teachers, all willing to share their knowledge or expertise. I’ve learned loads about sl and during this year I have met incredible people some of whom have changed my life. I have had 4 partners three I met in jy. see sl blog). I met Storm here. Everywhere I have found kindness and thoughtfulness (well with some exception). I have 98 friends easily the majority are jy people. I have met doctors, scientists, graduates in all sorts of things, writers, poets, artists the many who would just say “I love the blues” and mean it. And that’s enough for us all: a love of the blues.

Its a place where you feel at home. You get to be known and get treated and greeted like a friend. It is a meeting place. But also it is a community. The oldest blues club in second life. Heres a snippet of the birthday party, people paying tribute. I have met 4 of my 5 partners here, the last one will stick I think 🙂 Just like any club you meet a girl and fall in love. You chat you dance you swap snippets of real life and so it goes….

The Junkyard is a community, no one would deny that. It runs 24/7 and people are from all over the world. The language is English but don’t be surprised if you read people chatting in Norwegian or French. We all mix. We are getting new members everyday despite the limitations imposed coz of griefers. There are people who I share confidences with and I have gone public about having and surviving cancer. Was given a safe environment to do this. Hope it helped. The point is there is a lot of sharing going on just like any community. Wanna join? Gimme a bell I host

Mon to Wed 6am to 8am Second Life Time (Pacific) and Sunday 2am to 6am slt. I will fix you up with a membership tag.

And of course we dance to a live dj spinning the blues. Perfect Great looking avatars, blues lovers, dancing, chatting, grooving.

I captured Sianis piece about JY, Bard was hosting and read out peoples eulogies. The Junkyard is much loved. Well done Kiff and Dina you have created something wonderful.

You will see some grey its because it takes time to rezz such a lot of avatars in one place. Wonder if server side baking will improve it.

However this one I took earlier is better. With Miss Luci Nice Stuff sorry bout the typing.

New New Blue Tiles

Well it looks as though these are the New Tiles that we will be dancing on. Yes like them very much. Please feel free to leave a comment love feedback. I did have a thought about a suggestion box but realise Kiff and Dina have enough on their hands. It has been suggested that we could do with some new dances……What do you think? Anyhoo here is the new new dance floor. Thank you Storm for the dance!

New Blue Tiles

Hi Everyone

We have a new dance floor which personally I love. One of the reasons is that the 7th birthday of JY is coming up on the 16th June. Here is a video showing off the new dance floor. What do you think? Its your club. Please watch Full Screen

However :

Hi Staff! This is just to remind you that while we’re experimenting with a new Junkyard Blues dance floor the old tiles will always be available if you prefer them. Simply derender the new floor and you will be back to the old one which is directly beneath it. The new floor will be an alternative for those among us who would like something that is a bit less ponderous and visually kinder to avatars. We’ll be tweaking it a bit, but so far this seems to fit pretty well judging by feedback.

Community

The views expressed here are my own and are not representative of Junkyard Blues Club main site here

Strong relationships are formed in second life, the blues clubs are a sub culture. Music is a powerful aphrodisiac and people fall in love. This sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. Some people cheat and do it with malice aforethought. Just as in “real life” there is cruelty. The following was posted in a friends profile:

As I was sitting in my cozy little shack, looking out over the water, I realized I needed to say something important. Those who know me understand the last few months have been a trial. Having both old and new friends shield me from the worst of the drama with humor and warmth has been awe inspiring. Bonding with other survivors, those who’ve also felt the pain of deceit and betrayal, some who I’m ashamed to say I’ve inadvertently helped to hurt the same way I was hurt, have still held out their hand in friendship and forgiveness. It’s a silver lining I didn’t expect. (13 people are mentioned) to name just a few, were the rocks I clung to, who sheltered me, for all this time. I don’t know how to repay your love and kindness other than to say I’m doing fine now. Your efforts have not been in vain. Thankyou so much for giving me the room and stability to heal.

As you can see those that have been wronged can and do get support because we are a caring community. Up until last week I was out of sorts and a friend asked me if I was ok, another thought I had a black cloud over my head (I did actually) and were concerned. There was no noticeable overt behaviour however people notice. I think the blues helps you to care. The blues is a powerful expression of life’s vagaries, its joys and heartbreaks. And brings solidarity through shared experience.

Sometimes its absolutely spiffing. Proud of our community.

Griefer Attack 2nd Feb

We had another griefer attack We chatted in Management. we identified billjohnson69 Resident as the probable culprit. Abuse reports were filed. We discussed what could be done. We thought LL could do more. We were not happy bunnies. I mentioned I had set up a grid wide site for hosts at sl dot HostsLikeMe dot com :

We’ll play the hand we’re dealt and go from there. Our membership has doubled to almost 6500 junkyard dawgs since this whole mess started in December, so it’s not like we’ll croak anytime soon.

Kiff eventually decided

[09:16] Kiff Clutterbuck: Okay here is what I have from this discussion as the most feasible idea: Rent a small parcel not only offsim but off the estate someplace and set up our jyb tag pager board there. Tell people in our venue profile how to find it and give the entire membership a landmark. By this afternoon we’ll probably find a problem with that but so far it seems like the most workable option.

During the discussion Bard became quite bloodthirsty and had to be restrained and

[09:14] dudestarship2: This would happen today when I got my new hair. It will be ” Another Griefer Attack Day” instead of ” Dudes New Hair Day” 😦