Oh this poor neglected blog! Nothing new has happened nor have I felt particularly motivated to write here the past year or so. However the writing bug is itching me again and I feel the need to write stories. I’ll post more as I progress. for now, enjoy these screenshots:
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Web on a prim has been an SL feature since the introduction of Viewer 2. You can do a lot of things with this viewer that you can do with a normal browser. One thing that is exciting is the ability to play media content on flash based players. You may be familiar with Youtube on a prim. Not only can you watch video but you can also stream music via a web based flash player. As you may well now KONA Stream can be accessed in Second Life via the built in FMOD player on your Music channel. The URL in the land setting is what you are forced to listen to. Media playing on a prim comes over the Media channel.
So what exactly does this mean? It means you can listen or watch a stream that is independent of that played over the regular music channel. Let’s say you rent land and have no rights to change the music URL on the parcel. The land settings do not regulate what you can listen to over the media channel. If you wore a HUD or rezzed a prim with a media stream you can bypass that. This is good news if you hate your landlord’s choice of music be it 181.FM, the 80s Channel, SOMA, or some other generic boring commercial stream.
KONA Stream has created and released a pair of devices that will allow you to listen to our stream no matter where you are on the grid. First is the Music HUD that will let you listen to the stream wherever you go.
The music plays in full stereo with artist information displayed.
For your home you can opt for the wall mount display. Visitors will also be able to click it and tune in also.
Click both faces to activate both screens.
As is the viewer defaults to a sound rolloff range of 5-30 meters. As you move away from the wall mounted device the audio gets weaker. I recommend going into the sound settings and adjust it to at least 128 meters.
To get your own HUD go to the Marketplace and get one here: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/KONA-Stream-HUD-player/5893608
The Wall mount can be found here: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/KONA-Stream-Wall-Panel/5893685
Some 3 or so years ago I went to visit a friend on an OS Grid called Inworldz. Can’t say I was too impressed at that time as every time I logged in I kept floating upwards in the air!. Flash forward to 2014 and I decided to go back. Why? Mostly boredom with SL and also to see if there were opportunities there. Appearance wise it is much prettier now as the improvements in graphics and rendering has kept up with the SL grid. Plus it helps that a lot of creators have migrated over. The sole welcome area is staffed with genuinely helpful people. There are a fair share off, how can I put it, fetishists also present but they are well behaved and also are very helpful to new arrivals.
Setting up your Avatar to somewhat resemble your SL one is difficult due to a lack of content, especially if you prefer a darker skin. If you’re white you’ve got lots of options. I was able to find a fairly close tone match for my skin, so I am was satisfied in that regard. Hair was a lot harder for me I’ve yet to find anything remotely similar to my SL style in appearance and quality. Eyes took a bit of searching to find one I liked. Just about every style I found had all those reflections in them, blocking out the much of the color of the iris! Clothing is pretty decent in my opinion. There are a lot of stores offering a wide variety in styles. Like skins and hairs, finding a style of clothing you do want will take a bit of searching to find. There are freebie places, but the pickings are slim compared to SL.
I recommend that you use the Inworldz provided viewer at first. I have been using the OS version of Firestorm, but a few things don;t work well with it like buying currency inworld or search. I use both. IWZ for transactions and Firestorm for general use. One glitch I have noticed is making changes stick. A few times I have updated my profile, only later to see they didn’t stay. Or I would modify the texture on a freebie hair and the colors would revert back the next time I log in. Eventually if you keep at it, they stay permanent.
Perhaps the biggest negative is the lack of people there. One of SL’s criticisms is that it’s mostly empty. The same can be said of Inworldz. At best there can be up to 1,000 people online at it’s peaks. Once you leave the welcome are it’s hard to find anybody at all. Fortunately there are event boards all over the place with a calendar of events. Click the board and it TPs you to the location. With all that being said I still recommend you visit. Perhaps the best analogy I can come up with is to compare Inworldz to a remote colony of SL. The infrastructure is the same, the builds are familiar, but the economy and social life reflects a low population and a slower pace of life. If you like peace and quiet with less drama, then this is a safe haven. Look me up if you’re ever there!
Codie and Paypaback are there too!
My look so far.
So, just wondering here. In the past I was syndicated on several SL syndication sites. Judging from my stats it appears my traffic has really bottomed out. I know I don’t blog as much as I used to which may have lead me to being dropped :( . If you see this post on a feed could you drop me a note and let me know?
Hi there fellow Second Lifers! I’d like to take the opportunity to announce a few developments with KONA Stream, an SL radio station I have a hand in running. KONA Stream has been operating in SL since October 2006 streaming music from the 60s,70, 80s. The genres we play are mainstream pop, rock, and Motown. Our biggest listener base is Second Life residents and they account for %85 while the rest is among web listeners, smartphone users, and various station directories. We started with some 5,000 tracks back in 2006 and to date we now have over 14,000 tracks. Adding new music is a never ending job as we keep mining the classics and finding covers of the originals.
For our Second Life users we now have a new streaming URL:
This is stream is in the ogg-vorbis format encoded at 64Kbps / stereo / 100 slots. This format is equivalent to a 128kbps shoutcast stream, but with half the bandwidth. This means it is less likely to cut out on you when bandwidth is congested.
For listeners outside of SL we have several options to tune in with. There is our homepage; http://www.konastream.com from where you can click the PLAY button to tune in. You can have the option to listen with a web player or click a link to launch an external media player like Winamp, VLC, or Foobar.
We are also listed in the TUNEIN.com directory and app. TUNEIN is an app for smartphones and is also on many multimedia devices to include web TVs, Rokus, cars and it is also a preinstalled app for Windows 8 !
Finally we have our own standalone player adapted from the Propfrexx * version. It works on a Windows 98 and above and .Net Framework 2.0 or above needs to be installed. For Vista and above that is already installed. To install just download from here:
Unzip into the desired directory and click the Propfrexx.exe file to run. The first time it runs a shortcut will be placed on your desktop. You’ll want to rename the shortcut to avoid confusion.
Click above the VU meters to change streams (KONA has an OGG, MP3 and AAC stream)
The volume slider is on the right of the play button.
Give us a listen, I am sure you’ll enjoy our music!
So we have this disgusting thing in Shermeville. No doubt a simple mind fueled by fear and cowardice.You can see the creep’s profile here: my.secondlife.com/mitzuko.kling .
Feel free to pop in and file AR against this intolerant jerk.
Also noticed his partner, Kittyllini Kling is a member of the SL Help group. Got to wonder if she’s very selective in who she helps?
The skins are very lifelike and the clothing is made of mesh. While there are female skins made by modders there are no female shapes in ARMA. Hopefully this changes soon. Women do serve in combat jobs around the world and also as paramilitaries.
A scenic view from a hilltop
Beautiful volumetric cloud
As you may recall from my last post I have been playing with the ARMA III alpha (now a beta) and marveling at the size of the maps. Up til recently all that was available was the Stratis island map which had about 20 sq KM of land area. This past week Bohemia Interactive released the Altis map (which is based on the real life island of Lemnos in the Aegean Sea).
Now for those of you familiar with island sizes in SL let’s begin a comparison. A sim in SL is 256 sq meters, that is, 256 meters on a side. 4 of them together is a bit over 1 sq KM at 1,024 sq meters. So 20 sq KM in SL would be equal to 20,000 divided by 1,024 times 4 equals 78 SL sims. This is comparable to the Blake Sea region in SL. The island of Altis has 270 sq KM of land area but if you include the adjacent water and bays it is 900 sq KM. In SL sims that is 1055 sims and 3515 sims respectively. This dwarfs even the Blue Mars maps which ranged up in size to 64 sq KM in area.
Here’s a few pictures from the island I’ve taken the past few days on my solo explorations:
A helo is a quick efficient way to traverse the island. I stink at flying helos! Ground vehicles are more my style.
A salt flat on the eastern side of the island.