• Having a terrible time

    I just spent all my savings on upgrading my computer, primarily so i could be up to date with Second Life. I upgraded to a 64 bit system with 8 gigs of RAM which is probably pretty standard now. Everything works fine EXCEPT SL. The system freezes after a few minutes. So I tried

    1. Using recommended graphics drivers as per wiki : no difference. Tried different drivers …no good.
    2. Spent hours testing RAM with no difference. Firestorm works with 4 gigs of RAM which makes having 64 bits pointless.
    3. Reinstalled Windows and just installed FS, no difference.
    4. Posted a jira to FS site no one has answered. This could take months.

    Yesterday I spent hours researching, reading forums and posting to them. One thread decided it was my power supply that needed upgrading. Not doing that would mean dismantling the PC. This is very frustrating.

    I am able to go into SL providing I have my graphics set to low. I managed to do my shift.

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    I was crashing so much Siani created a body double for me. But this is not funny when it come down to it. My SL experience with low graphics is not good. All I can do is wait for the Jira response. It is very frustrating especially as everything is supposed to be better. Everything else on my computer works fine its just SL.

    Not a happy bunny anyone got any ideas?

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  • Tails From The Cat Shop

    Great new book out from Storm! Must Read! Click on the picture to buy.

    Fantasy meets Reality in Cyberspace, in a world where our online and offline experiences, friendships and even, our identities are excitingly entangled. Avatars are extensions of us, leading lives parallel to our own dull everyday existence. There are no limits to our Virtual Lives and we are free to live in any World we choose. Having a Virtual Life sets you free to dream and some dreams do come true.

    Storm and Dude are partners. In spite of the fiercely opposing time zones, they meet and fall in love on the dance floor of the Junkyard Blues Club in the Virtual World of Second Life. They begin collecting breedable cats and their Second Life gets very crowded, so together they open Not Another Kitten, a Cat Shop in Cyberspace. Then the Cat Shop meets the University and both Worlds collide with laughter.

    Meet the Divine Penny, the Italian-speaking Siamese cat, with the delicate chocolate paws, and find out if Professor Poppett’s poodle recovers from ‘indoor barking syndrome’. Go on an adventure in the alligator infested bayou to hunt for the Golden Kitten and find out why love always wins the day.

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    Quite an achievment. Started as a blog and became a book. Well done Storm very proud of you!


    Heres the URL again : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IFRFR7G

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  • 2013 – 2014

    Had a fun filled time this holiday season as videos attest. Here are a few videos:

    And New Year

    We had great fun. Now to get back to work:

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  • Happy Birthday My Storm

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    Hey Its your Birthday! A day to celebrate your days on the plant! Hope you treat yourself to something nice. You have changed my life ( for the better- lol) Hope you have a wonderful day.

    Much Love

    Dude / Philip

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  • Relationships

    You get so alone at times that it just makes sense….. Charles Bukowski

    What did he mean when he wrote that? I’m alone at the moment because the person I was sharing with has left.  Nothing new there. It must be me. Ha! look at my history its not surprising. I give up doomed to walk alone but does it make sense? Well ultimately we are all alone. Is this what he meant?

    I awoke to a message saying “ok” and a poem

    I woke and a single tear fell slowly
    as I fumbled on the floor to find
    the clothes I wore before I met you.

    I feel the love running away
    like rain water,
    building to a flood that I cannot stop.

    I watch sunlight trickle through the trees
    and wash the floor in light.

    And that is love
    bright
    sharp
    beautiful

    and soon it will be dark and the love will be gone.

    I expected “Remember you are loved” but got “ok” instead.  Self harm is a feature of my illness, but now I use a metaphorical knife to running across the wrists. This is done painfully in the dark hours of the night; I cannot sleep and when I do nightmares rule.

    I cry.

    So thats it?  No more love?

    And soon it will be dark and love will be gone……..

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  • YouTube Erratum

    Don’t know what is wrong with YouTube embed code???? Anyway here is a link to the video Sorry about that. Will try putting in the embed code again.

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  • Sigh

    Blogged in NowChangeYourLife.WordPress.com and eCollege.me:

     
    Crashed three times in the middle of recording a video, sigh. Updated my eCollege dot me site . Crashed another couple of times. Sigh. Then I looked at the clock and it was two minutes to six, I had forgotten to pick up my meds ( don’t worry I have a stash). Sigh. A nice cup of coffee will help but shit remembered I had bought the cheap stuff to save money which I don’t like, stupid! Sigh. Then sent my daughter out to get cream for the christmas pudding that was on sale. The cream cracked in her rucksack and went everywhere. Sigh. So to cheer myself up I updated my eCollege site.Do have a look. I’ve included the post here for my subscribers to this blog.

    Been having a troublesome day so……..

    I thought I would cheer myself up with some Art. I am more ignorant of Art than I care to mention but I know what I like. Perhaps the most famous paintings I have seen were in the Uffizi gallery in Florence my favourite city in Europe. Of note there is Botticelli’s Venus on a Half Shell:

    Botticelli's Birth of Venus reworked on the website annautopiagiordano.it Florence is so beautiful, the square with the statue of David ie wonderful. To sit in the square in an outdoor café, a little stoned, sipping Campari Sodas. Yes sipping because the point is to be with the ambiance without breaking the bank. to be smartly dressed is a must otherwise you will be given a table inside. You have to look cool. You should look like one of The Beautiful People, aging perhaps but aging gracefully. The fact we were camping on the side of hill 5 miles outside town need not be mentioned. The thing is wherever you go you have to blend in. Myself with my 25 year old slim, leggy Japanese wife (well she won’t read this but one of the reasons I married her not because her dad was a millionaire, nor that she had an IQ off the scale but because John Lennon had a Japanese wife; the coolest man ever. ) blended.

    Oh dear aren’t I awful. Ooops. Back to Art. You do realise that all Art is generally available on the ‘net? So there is no excuse. Of course, if you must and the fact you are technophiles, you can make it a technology. So I love Kandinsky and below is a slider of his work.

     

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    Unfortunately HiSlider only works on a self hosted WordPress site. So here is a promo video of the site. I have just learned to use annotations. What do you think?

     

    I love the colours and the integrity. Above should be for reference only – i just love moving pictures.

    Nota Bene

    I know how to be buy a computer. Probably I got used to people ignoring the box that did all the work but calling the monitor the computer, anyway I bought my first proper computer in 1994. It cost a fortune because i spent half the total price on a 17 inch monitor. You see you spend all your time in front of your monitor, the fastest and biggest computer need not be viewed through a 15 inch monitor. I have a 22 inch wide screen monitor and I run at resolution of 1920 x 1080. Makes sense to me. I live in front of my computer as my environment is not conducive to perambulations. You might find my graphics a tad large but to me they are normal. For example my signature is 36pt.

     

    philipBut to me its ok. A signature should be a tad flamboyant. I have said in Essential Free Graphics how important it is to have a good graphics program without spending months or years on Adobe Photoshop. All my stuff comes from Expression Design from Microsoft. The studio was selling a good few hundred euro but I don’t know why they stopped selling it but now its free. It does the job.

    I created :

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    I did it all except for photoshopping the background of Penny the cat. you can get the rest of the story Not Another Kitten dot com. ” Tails from The Kitten Shop” a damn good read.

    Thanks

    philipsm

    See? (I can do small!!!!)

    Thats the end of a very trying day!! Thanks for your time!
     

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  • Moving Pictures

    I love making videos, especially using second life. If you need one for a club or function fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you. My main production site with the videos I love best ( made in the last month) is on Ravens Kiss (dot ) org. With modern software it is amazing what you can do if you use your imagination. If any one needs lessons likewise fill out the form and advice for me? Fill out the form …..smiles. I manage on disability but don’t charge much for making a video, it depends what you want. I charge €8 or $10 an hour and I’m pretty quick. Here is a list of the programs I use.

    Expression Studio (there is a free version , highly recommended, lessons given)
    Microsoft PowerPoint Excel Word 2013 ( I have MS Certs in them, lessons given)
    Camtasia Studio ver 8 ( this is my main program you can pick up a lower version for very little, lessons given)
    Autodesk 3DS Max (I’m learning this at the moment)

    I use anything I can get my hands on. Its surprising the free stuff out there. Anyone using Paint to do graphics is daft! lol. Just as an example I have captured a PowerPoint transition and saved it as an animated gif on a loop. Ok I have been doing this for some time but to be perfectly honest its not rocket science. I studied PowerPoint online and then went up to Dublin to do my exam which I passed with flying colours! Cost? Nothing except my time.

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    Having your own domain, a personal domain is so much fun. I mean I just tell people to google me ( Philip Finlay Bryan ) and there are links to everything I do. My email address is me@PhilipFinlayBryan.com [I actually use a different one, Philip@IrishSecure.com, I forward all my email addresses there] So be a member of the 21stCenturyNetworks (dot ) com . Come join the fun.

    RavensKiss (dot) org

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  • Help

    There is no need to watch the whole 2 hour video, the important stuff occurs in the first 15 minutes.

     



     

    Storm gave me this link : Firestorm Help Video Its very good and well worth watching. There is a voice transcript.  Key issues is stuff like draw distance, Internet bandwidth and cache. Interestingly I have already the settings recommended and I don’t crash. I run HIGH with ambient occlusion and shadows. Bandwidth at 1024, draw distance at 128 I don’t crash and everything runs smoothly. I do not clear my cache, it is self purging. Always recommended is the Firestorm wiki. Its over an two hours so you might get tired but I was doing stuff like this while listening to it. The first 10 minutes could change your sl experience dramatically.

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  • Not Another Kitten

    Our Kitty Cats have become a business! Yes we love our bundle of pixels and we are eager to share. To this end we have set up a shop in The Junkyard to sell kittys. They are so much fun to have an animated critter running around. You can set their roaming distance and various animations. You can also set them to follow you and just like a real cat they will pause then amble after you.  They have animations of course; cleaning their whiskers, scratching, rolling over, jumping and yes they even talk. Storm has started a blog that chronicles our Not Another Kitten experience! Click Here!


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    Geneology

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    Storm says:

    Put two good-looking cats in one room together and they get ………..frisky! Your cats will be adult when they are 7 days old and to breed they need to have; 25% Energy, 75% Happiness, 100% Love, (we would all like that!) and not more than 25% hungry.

    The cats need to be in range of each other and this is the hard bit, your cats need to be awake to get a kitten – (wake up you little monsters).

    The new kitten appears ready packed in a box and you have a tense fifteen minutes waiting for the box to open. You can save your boxes for later if you want.

    Register with KittyCats.biz and you can see all your cats on a pedigree chart. If two cats have some interesting traits you can pair them together as partners and try for a “wunderkind”.

    Your Kitty has various characteristics, traits and some of these will be dominant. Fur, ears, colouration, whiskers, eyes can all be bred for. Each kitty has a history and going back to the grandfather / mother you can see what traits might appear. Genetics for our kittys is somewhat hit and miss however our experience is that you can produce some very cute and interesting cats. The “boring” ones can be left in their boxes in your inventory. When you get your kitty you can register with KittyCats.biz and see your cats pedigree.

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    I don’t know what you think of all this but I will say this: The experience of being an avatar in second life becomes very real. It is not so far fetched to extend this reality to other objects in the world. Where these objects look like cute kitty cats that move and act like real cats, can be petted and show response to this petting; have to be fed; can get sick then they become very real. If we have a cat in real life we find they have personalities. Likewise we can give our secondlife pets a personality. This all goes to make the whole experience very real.

     

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