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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