Sunday, September 23, 2018

Saturday's Memorial of NakedCarl Paneer - From Bock McMillan's Blog

Photography of NakedCarl Paneer's Memorial Service by Bock McMillan

Carl Gee, aka Blogger NakedCarl Paneer was remember by his friends  at a warm and moving memorial service yesterday at Viper Isles yesterday.

Over 49,000 Linden was raised for various real life charities that NakedCarl supported at a dance party after the event.

Ryce Skytower was one of the speakers at the event.

From Bock's Blog:

"Let anyone who says anything negative about Second Life be answered with "Yes, but you did not know NakedCarl Paneer." And may all of us hope that all virtual worlds in the future be fortunate enough to have their own NakedCarl to let sunlight shine in all parts of the electronic universe." (Ryce Skytower at NakedCarl's memorial service, 9/22/2018)

For more coverage of the event and more photography please head over to Bock's Blog:

Friday, September 21, 2018

NakedCarl Paneer Memorial Service Information --- Set For Saturday, September 22 @ 12:00 Noon SLT

As many of you already know, our great friend, fellow blogger NakedCarl Paneer, passed away this week.  His memorial service is set for tomorrow, Saturday, September 22, at Viper Isles, and will begin at 12:00 Noon SLT.  A Charity Fundraiser and Celebration of Life Party will follow. 

The location will be open one hour early -- at 11:00 a.m. -- for arrivals.

Here is the landing area:



DJ Ez Mirabella has sent the following message to everyone who will be attending the service-

PLEASE!!! Remove any and all huds (Vampire Huds etc) and scripts you have to avoid any possible lag issues during the event while on the sim we do expect a large number of people and the less lag we have the better it is. for anyone here to pay their respects.

As you arrive at the Landing Point we ask you take your time to walk down to the service site, you will see pictures of about Naked Carl Paneer some done by himself, Others by Markarius Viper and Bock Macmillan. These pictures will block you at a few points from going the wrong way and direct you down the hill to the service site

These pictures will give you and others the time to look through Carl's life in Second Life and the amazing journey he had.

Carl passed away on what would have been his 8th Rez Day in SL and I am sure there are many people around the Gay Grid who have come to know and meet him during his life here. During the service, you will hear some of the many things about this many and his life he was proud of outside of SL. So there is more for you to read and see.

Please don't TP down or take a TP from a friend.

When you get to the service area there will be a short walk to the seating, but just before the seating, there is a guestbook you can sign and leave a few words or comments. Carl's Real Life Family have selected the charity of choice for them is the SOMC HOSPICE, the Southern Ohio Medical Hospice, You can support this charity by depositing some lindens into the donation. Or after the service at the fundraiser party to follow all DJ tips on the 22nd will go to the above-named charity.

Thank You In Advance

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mourning the Passing of Blogger NakedCarl

Our good  friend, blogger NakedCarl passed away on Sunday, September 16.

He will be missed by many good friends.

For more information read the post over at Bock McMillan's blog.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

I Am Revising My Prior Report. The New Firestorm Viewer Is Stable.

In a prior post, I expressed some reservations on the new version of the Firestorm Viewer.

I can now report that after six weeks of usage the new viewer is stable.  You can install it without recommendations.

Benja and I both thought that the new viewer was somewhat slow when rendering complex landscapes compared with prior versions, but has some advanced features you can read about over at Inara Pey's Blog. We use very different graphic settings on Intel devices, AMD and Apple users may have different experiences.

Benja and I both do clean installs -- something mandatory whenever upgrading viewers due to increasing application complexity.

You can download the new Firestorm viewer, version at the Firestorm download page:

Friday, July 27, 2018

My Recommendation on the New Firestorm Viewer -- Proceed with Caution

I installed the new Firestorm Viewer last night - the recommended upgrade.

I installed the Windows 64 bit version for Second Life only.

I did a clean install.

My system would be considered "high end" by many - it is an Intel I7 based custom gaming computer  running an NVDIA 970 graphics card. I run my graphics setting at the level right before Ultra.

Here are two initial caveats -

1. I crashed tonight. This is the first time I have crashed in Second Life in about two years.

I was with Benja on our sim and he had no problems, and has not upgraded, so the problem was not a sim crash. I also had internet connectivity at the time - a sudden connection loss (always a problem in Florida summer thunderstorms) was not the issue.

I will be going back and doing another install if this problem continues.

2. My cloud TGA files (in Windstorm Optional Preferences) may not be rendering  properly.  These are for the optional cloud versions that may be selected. I need to check this, and this could be a problem with the new install and conflicting files.

I have a second computer, a new Acer Laptop running an Intel I3 chip that I usually run at high graphics settings that I have not upgraded yet. I am going to hold off for now.

The new upgrade does seem faster, but the crash is concerning. I will let you know if the problem continues.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Great Second Life Destinations: SALT by Eliza Wierwight at LEA 7

Eliza Wierwight's "salt"  art installation up for viewing at LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) 7 invites the viewer to view the immersive work  "as experiencing-dining from a pre-set menu of somewhat unpalatable stories & truths". A more detailed statement on salt can be found on her mission statement on the LEA blog link given below. This is a gorgeous and amazingly well designed work that is one of the highlights on the LEA series of exhibits this calendar year and should be mandatory viewing for anyone who appreciates great virtual art.

To visit this highly recommended art installation:

For other reviews of salt at LEA 7:

All photography was taken with the recommended light settings used at the destinations in ultra environmental light and processed with a pale gold reflex film effect to bring out three dimensional natural elements of the constructive elements.

For more information on LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts):

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Great Second Life Destinations: Cape Florida Lighthouse and State Park

Cape Florida Lighthouse and State Park is a highly realistic virtualization of the nearly 200 year old lighthouse in Miamis Bill Bagg's State Park, which is located on the south side of famous Key Biscayne. The Second Life destination really struck men as one of the most true to scale and realistic, and frankly most relaxing depictions of the native Florida  Coast --- the parts that are a bit away from such crowded and trendy areas such as Key West, or South Beach. but still well tended and very picturesque.

Key Biscayne Island where Cape Florida is Located, San Marco and Sanibel Island on the West Coast, and Delray Beach in Palm Beach County and Singer Island a bit north come to mind as well tended and private areas with great food and levels of serves that can march the images set here.

To visit this highly recommended destination:

A  photography contest is starting in June 2018 for best depictions of the sim. You can find information about the contest at the above arrival area.

For other blogs about Cape Florida Lighthouse and State Park check out Scoop It Destinations:

Cape Florida has a Flickr Group:

To find out more about the history of the lighthouse at Cape Florida:

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To see these images in a silverplate black and white variation check out Ryce Skytower's blog:

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Great Second Life Destinations: The South Sea Islands Beckon at The Lost Lagoon

Eddi & Ryce Photograph Second Life returns after a six month hiatus with a visit to the lush tropical Lost Lagoon. This island has to be one of the most evocative of the South Seas in Second Life. Ryce Skytower tried out various poses and positions available through the wide range of photographic props available for singles and couples.

To visit this highly recommended destination:

You can check out more blog postings and reviews of this destination over at Scoop it! Destinations:

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