Full Perm Marketplace Scams – StrawberrySingh.com

While I’m sure that copybotting will be around as long as there are people on the internet, that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it.

Strawberry Singh posted an article after being contacted by a full perm content creator.  If you’ve ever shopped on Marketplace, you know it’s full of copybotters.  And generally, as quickly as they are reported and stopped, they create a new account and start selling again.

However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t fight the good fight.😀

Some (most) of the copybotters don’t even attempt to hide what they are doing, using the same vendor ads as the original (and legal) creators.  When you see a copybotter, it would be nice to drop a line to (one of) the original creators, so that they can file a DMCA claim and have the copybotter removed.

Again, it won’t stop them, but perhaps if it’s a tad more difficult or time-consuming, it will slow them a bit.

Read Strawberry’s full post:

I was recently contacted by a Full Perm Creator (Valentine Resident of Underground) who has informed me of a seriously frustrating problem on marketplace regarding full perm illegal sales. Apparently there are many accounts on the marketplace reselling full perm creations that they do not have permission to resell. They purchase full perm items from […]

Source: Full Perm Marketplace Scams – StrawberrySingh.com

Understanding Equivalent Exposure Pay attention – there’s a Quiz

Image Source:  simpleicon.com
Image Source: simpleicon.com

This is a great article for helping you to understand how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together.  And there really is a quiz at the end! 😀

Source: Understanding Equivalent Exposure Pay attention – there’s a Quiz

The Gates of Melancholy

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit The Gates of Melancholy. According to the land information, the sim is inspired by the life and work of famous American painter Andrew Wyeth.

Gates of Melancholy 1

I’d seen pictures of the sim taken by several different SL photographers, so I was curious to head over and see it for myself.  I wasn’t disappointed.

Gates of Melancholy 2

There are tons of areas to explore and the windlight is simply amazing. Sometimes I will find myself playing around with the windlight on sims to get different effects for my pics.  But I loved the windlight on this sim.😀

Gates of Melancholy 3

I think one of the reasons the sim is so appealing to me is that it reminds me of 1) home, and 2) simpler times.  No reminders of things that are ubiquitous today – cell phones, TVs, cars, etc. Just peace and quiet.

Gates of Melancholy 4

I would love to live somewhere like this – near the shore, where I could listen to the waves crash on the beach, but high enough to be protected from most storms, sheltered by huge old trees.

Gates of Melancholy 5

I’ve never lived near the water, so I am fascinated by places like this.  Being that close to so much water seems like it would be amazing.  Of course, I’m sure I wouldn’t appreciate the storms and hurricanes, but it’d be worth it, right?😛

The sim is absolutely gorgeous, so hop on over and check it out.

Firestorm Update, Jelly Dolls, and Graphics Settings

Yesterday Firestorm released a long-awaited update.  I downloaded and installed it immediately.  I love Firestorm, and I am always sad when I am forced to use the LL official viewer.  (Yes, I know there are some who love the official viewer, and that’s great.  Use whatever makes you happy.  Me, I’m sticking with Firestorm.)

First, let me just say that I am so appreciative of the Firestorm team and all the volunteer work they do to keep tech-illiterate peeps like me swimming in all the gorgeousness of SL.  If you are in the Firestorm support group, a thank you might be appreciated.  In fact, one sec while I go do that myself.🙂

Ok, that’s done.  Now, the two biggest things with this latest update are the Jelly Dolls and the Quick Graphics preferences.  I have been awaiting both with great anticipation.

Jelly Dolls

I’ve talked in many posts before about ARC/Render Weight.  This is now called ‘Avatar Complexity.’ (How this number is calculated I don’t know exactly.)  You can now set your ‘Maximum Complexity’ how you wish, in order to avoid being lagged out at busy events, for example.  If you use Firestorm, it’s in the Quick Prefs window:

Max Complexity

In the pic above, you can see the Max Complexity Slider under the Max Bandwith slider.  You can set it to 0 (which will make pretty much everyone Jelly Dolls) or move it all the way up (which will make everyone render fully).

I went to a busy club last night just to test out how it worked and how people appeared.  With a setting of around 30,000, most people in the club were Jelly Dolls.  Interestingly, if they were Jelly Dolls, their animations appeared to be slow-motion (everyone was dancing at this club).  I moved up the slider to around 70K and more people rendered.  However, there were a few avatars (including the hostess at the venue) who did not render fully until I set the complexity to above 250K.

You can also see your own complexity.  Under the Advanced menu > Performance Tools > Show Avatar Complexity.  In the pic above, you can see that my complexity is 165,374.  Not great, but I was wearing a mesh head for some photos, which makes my complexity larger than usual.  The ‘rank listing’ has something to do with how distant from you others are, so your rank is always 1 (I think).  The green 229m^2 – not a clue what that means.

Also, when you tp somewhere, you may get a message telling you that people around you may not render you fully because of your avatar complexity.  I’m already seeing people who are annoyed about the complexity issue.  A lot of people are afraid it will harken back to the days when ARC/RW was used as a tool to berate and belittle noobs and others who were ‘causing’ lag.

While this is probably going to happen, I am happy about the new information and settings offered.  I have been paying attention to my own ARC/RW/ACI for some time now.  For example, I no longer wear any jewelry when I go to dance shows.  After doing some testing on my own, jewelry was often the culprit of my high complexity.  I don’t routinely run around in a mesh head that I know may cause others to lag.  And I have experience myself crashing when someone with an extremely high complexity renders.  This way, I can control not only my own complexity, but how the complexity of others affects (or doesn’t) my own SL experience.

I’m also hoping that clothing/jewelry designers will become more aware (as residents do) of how complexity affects things and design items with lower complexity – as most home decor/landscape designers are already doing.  Clothing/jewelry designers have not had to pay attention to it, because worn items don’t affect land impact/prim count the way that rezzed items do.  However, since a large portion of residents are in SL to be SEEN, not rendered as a colored body, supply and demand may change that.

For those of you who are dancers, there is a way to make certain people (like others in your troupe) ALWAYS render for you.  Simply click on their name or avatar and there should be a menu option to ‘always render’ so that they will show for you, regardless of your maximum complexity settings.  This should also work when you go to a dance show and want to make sure the performers render.  I believe I read that these settings will persist between log-ins for Firestorm, though not for the official viewer.

So for Firestorm users, you should be able to do this once and then have no worries when performing or going to a show.😀

Quick Graphic Preferences

The other big item in the update is something I have been waiting for – the Quick Graphics Setting option.  When I perform in a dance show, I turn down my draw distance, change certain items to not render, turn off shadows, and a myriad of other things.  When I take photos, I bump up many settings so that I can take a very high-resolution picture.  When I go to a crowded shopping event, I turn many settings down low, so that I don’t lag out or crash before I’m done shopping.  Now I can create a quick graphics setting by doing all these things only once, and then loading that setting quickly whenever I need to.

quick graphics

See the little TV/monitor in the upper right corner?  If you click on it, it will open a window where you can choose one of your quick graphics settings or open the graphics window to create one.

I set up two different options last night – one for everything on ultra/high for taking pictures and one with settings lowered for crowded events.  So now, with just one click, I can be ready to go.

The graphics setting window looks like this:

Graphic Preferences Window

At the bottom, there are now buttons for saving, loading, and deleting your presets.  If you are using a preset, it will tell you which one you are using (or not) at the top of the window.

I can’t wait to try out these new options!

Amazing Art at 30/31 Event

We are about halfway through the current round of Kultivate Magazine’s 30/31 event.  There are some fantastic artists and designers featured, including this fabulous piece:

Aug 3031 Emma

This gorgeous watercolor is by Emmalena Damour.  Titled “Abstract Lilac Watercolor,” this amazing piece was created from a photograph of a lilac branch, and then manipulated in a graphics program to produce the end result.

Simply stunning. I love abstract art, and this piece is definitely going to hang on my wall.🙂

Priced at $331L, you can get your copy here.  The 30/31 event only runs through August 7, so don’t wait to get yours!

August Round of 30/31 Event

The newest round of the Kultivate Magazine’s 30/31 event is now open.  Kultivate (formerly Windlight Magazine) has some amazing artists and designers participating in this round.

Aug 3031 Brie Dress

One of the items you can purchase is this amazing dress from Prism.   The Brie Urban Leather Dress comes with a color change HUD and the texturing on the dress is stunning.  It’s only $331L and you can pick it up here.  It comes with fitted options for Standard, Hourglass, Slink, TMP, and Maitreya bodies.  I paired it here with a great necklace from Meva and some strappy shoes from R.icielli.

Of course, there is also some fantastic art in this round.

Aug 3031 Journey Art

I love this piece – it speaks to contrasts.  The area looks isolated, with huge rocky mountains looming in the background, but then you have this lovely little area with its well-worn chairs and table, and an unfinished game just waiting for them to return.

I’ve spent many a long hour playing games with family and friends and this picture evokes all those lovely memories.🙂

Should you desire a copy for your own home, you can find it here.  It is copy-only, but it is a fabulous piece that would add to any home.

Both pieces (the dress and the art) were created by Journey McLaglen.  I took a quick peek at her Flickr, and she is amazing.  After you finish drooling over her photostream, don’t forget to head over and pick up these amazing items – the round only lasts until August 7!

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Change

I am a creature of habit, so change is never easy for me.

I’ve had enough upheaval in the last few weeks to last me for the next couple of years.:-/

A week or so ago, I lost 1/3 of my inventory in the Great Inventory Debacle of 2016.  I did send a ticket to LL, and they attempted a fix, but alas, my precious inventory items disappeared into the aether. 😦

I’ve been spending my time since then trying to replace what I could, but was forced to accept that 1) I couldn’t replace everything, and 2) I probably didn’t absolutely need most of what I lost.  Are there things I wish I still had?  Yes.

However, sitting around whining about it wasn’t going to change anything, so I set about working on my next routine.  And since my inventory is so depleted, it only makes sense to do some power shopping to replace it all, right? 😀

While I was shopping, an old friend dropped into my IM box and we started chatting.  She’s always giving me crap about being too skinny, so she took it upon herself to ‘update’ my shape for me.

I’m not used to the new shape quite yet, but I am pleased with some of the photos I took wearing the new shape.

Like this one:

LOTD 272 B

A tad more risqué than I normally put on my blog, but hey, it’s my blog, right? 😛

Diawa didn’t make me shorter, which I appreciated.  I am short in RL, so I like being tall in SL.😀

LOTD 273

The shape is much curvier than I am used to, especially the thighs.  I’ve worn the shape for a while, trying to get used to it.  I will definitely be trying it out during some of my performances, so I’ll see how it goes.

In the meantime, me and my thighs are going to do some more shopping!! ;-D

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