The first Warren Adler chat in Second Life (announced here) was quite successful, with a total of 15 avatars in attendance. If you were not able to attend you may enjoy reading the transcript.
You can read Balaji’s review of the chat to get a flavor for how it went. You may also enjoy a look at the two collections of pictures posted on Flickr.
The next chat will take place on Thursday, February 28th at Noon SLT. You can find the landmark in the original post. Sadly, I will be in the air en route to Philadelphia and won’t be around to help with teleport requests this week.
Thanks again to Cruxy for their help with this series of events.
A developer asked me to post some information about an alpha-level release of the Second Life viewer for the Solaris and OpenSolaris operating systems. The developer is “corporate” and has been asked to keep his Second Life activities separate from his official job duties. While I can’t vouch for the actual bits, I can say that this person does work for a Fortune 500 company (verified by round-trip email and by the way in which he was referred to me) and that his Second Life alter ego is named Clark Dastardly.
Here are the URLs:
And here’s what I was told:
- The snv build supports GStreamer and streamed audio while the s10 build does not.
- This viewer does not contain Voice support because Linden Labs does not supply a Vivox client for Solaris.
- The snv version may give people problems if they run with OpenSolaris build 75 or earlier. If it does, they should install the s10 version instead.
To install a package, simply download the file to a local directory, change into that directory and do the following as superuser (root):
pkgadd -d SecondLife_i686_1_19_0_3-2008Feb25-snv.pkg
The viewer is then run using:
- These packages are made available as alpha.
- I’ve run the snv version for hours without a single crash, burp, or hang so I’m confident they should run without issue.
I’m posting this only because I was approached for help in getting these loaded into Amazon S3 and because I am a big (6′ 1″, 240 lb) Second Life fan. I can’t help you in any way with these bits.
My wife was out of the house on Sunday afternoon, conducting an open house.
Of course, she expected the kids and I to spend a little bit of time cleaning house in advance of a homeowners association meeting planned for later in the evening. My daughter Grace noticed that the backyard water fountain looked a bit dirty and asked me if it would be OK to use some dishwashing soap to clean it. Knowing full well that this might result in some bubble action, I agreed that she could put one tablespoon of soap in the upper tier of the fountain. After 10 minutes we didn’t see too much action so she put in another tablespoon. That did the trick and here’s what it looked like when I checked back around 11 PM:
Fortunately, Carmen thought that it was pretty fun too. I’m not yet sure how clean it is underneath all of those bubbles though!
Author Warren Adler will be coming into Second Life later this week for a series of interactive events.
A collection of folks at Amazon.com and Cruxy are working together to make this happen. The events will take place at the News Center on Amazon Developers 1, coordinates (118,179,23). You can click here for a direct teleport.
Join the Second Life group named Warren Adler Fans for reminders before each event.
The hour-long events will take place on Thursdays at Noon PST, from February 21st to March 20th. Here’s an outline of what will be discussed at each event:
Session One (Feb 21)
Where do story ideas come from?
Mr. Adler will discuss a number of short stories that appear in NEW YORK ECHOES, how they entered his mind and were fashioned into stories. He will discuss three of his stories: “Good Neighbors,” “The Mean Mrs. Dickstein,” and “The Cherry Tree.”
Session Two (Feb 28)
Tragic events and how they resonate
Mr. Adler will discuss two of his short stories that deal with the aftermath of 9/11 and how these tragic events linger in memory and trigger ideas for stories. The two stories are “I Can Still Smell It” and “That Horrid Thing.”
Session Three and Four (March 6 & 13)
Short Story Contest
Mr. Adler will discuss his short story contest and why he decided to start it. He will also announce the winners and discuss each story and why he chose them. If possible, contest entrants will convey their story lines or read the stories.
Session Five (March 20)
How to put “life” into stories
Mr. Adler will talk about his novel FUNNY BOYS and how it took shape. He will describe the era that is described by the term “Borscht Belt”, how it came about, what life was like then (1937) and the brutal gangster era at the time when Murder Inc., a group of Jewish and Italian killers, was in its heyday.