So I’ve been thinking and thinking about what should come next. And I have no shortage of ideas. In fact that’s the problem, as usual, what should I focus on? While last time I built what was voted on by fans, this time around I want to do some things on my own want list. But this always presents problems. Why? Because I’m terribly indecisive at times. Also right now I’m finding myself with an unusually large # of custom fitting requests, so that’s kind of distracting me as well. But I expect that to pass, it comes and goes.
Nothing Much to post this week. So Happy Halloween and until Next week. 🙂
Lots of fun lately. Yesteday I had my 6th Rez Day! Hard to believe I’ve been around for 6 years now but it’s true. LL apparently sends Premium Members a rez day cake now, cute idea. So here’s the lowdown on what’s been going on lately:
Well, it’s been about 2 weeks since the release, and things have finally settled down enough for me to write. To say the reception of the SJ by the community exceeded all my expectations would be no exaggeration. I was grateful and humbled by the amount of support expressed. Thanks everyone! But as always, there are questions and thoughts and issues that arise after a big release. Also that burning question, “What’s Next?” So let’s get into all of that.
So instead I figured it was time to touch some issues with Shared Media and the viewer that I’ve been meaning to touch on, and Which many of you have probably experienced.
So without further ado…
It’s been pretty quiet as of late on this front, but some news has recently surfaced. It seems Last week on the Metareality podcast Karl Stiefvater was a guest and gave some new info on the current status of the project.
You can tune in here at 34:00 to hear, or go for the summary below: http://metarealitypodcast.com/Metareality_Episodes/MetaReality061512.mp3
The key points:
- The proposal to have either the default avatar as the base shape or to have the 5 Standard Sizes as the base shape, has shifted. In Qarl’s own words: “Instead of having fixed set of sizes, encode the actual parameters into the mesh. then you can have any base, any avatar shape as your base.” So what this would mean is you could encode a Standard Size as a base shape, or the default, or any shape you want, as it will build a base shape on the fly from your included parameters. This is actually a brilliant proposal. Nobody will be tied down to any one (or 5 or 50 for that matter) base shape for their deformation.
- Vertex matching is of course an issue. It’s been suggested by many that the base avatar be changed or fixed, but it now seems the prevailing idea is in Qarl’s words: “vertex matching needs to be tweaked a little bit to take into account position and the normals when it chooses the matching spot.” I can’t say how much of a difference that will make, but I guess we will see.
Personally I’m still trying to work out the implications of being able to have any base shape for the deformer. It seems to me, If you made a mesh for a small avatar, and set the deformer to use a large Base shape, you would still have deformation issues. So:
- I’m not clear this removes the need to make multiple sizes
- I’m not clear it improves the quality of deformation.
- and what happens if you use a large base shape, and the wearer has a small shape?
- would you still need to supply multiple deformer versions with various base shapes?
Some exciting developments, and when I know more, you’ll know more. 🙂
I have removed their identity not because of their threat, which is baseless, but because their stupidity is certainly a heavy enough of a burden to bear as it is. However, I want to illustrate the latest and greatest of what I have to deal with sometimes:
Dummy: (Saved Sun Jun 17 15:47:19 2012)Hey, I’m messaging you about the [BG] Feline harness, I set my mate as my owner and it’s been 3 days it still hasn’t sent him a HUD. Shat do I do?
Darien Caldwell (from offline): the harness doesn’t send huds. you can either give them your hud, or they can buy their own hud.
Dummy: (Saved Sun Jun 17 15:47:32 2012)what, not shat*
Dummy: (Saved Sun Jun 17 15:55:26 2012)Oh alright
Dummy: (Saved Sun Jun 17 15:55:31 2012)well it said it was sending him a HUD
Darien Caldwell (from offline): you would have to show me where it says that because I specifically remember having it say they need to get their own.
I did notice you called it the [BG] harness instead of the [H]arsh harness, are you perhaps talking about somebody else’s product?
Dummy: (Saved Sun Jun 17 16:09:55 2012)No I’m sure I’m not https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Harsh-Female-Harness-Galaxian/3371130
Darien Caldwell (from offline): okay well It definitely never says anywhere that it is going to be sending a hud.
Dummy: (Saved Sun Jun 17 16:14:39 2012)It did when I set him as owner
Darien Caldwell (from offline): except that I wrote the complete hud myself, I know the phrase ” I am sending < blank > a hud” exists exactly 0 times in the code. so I don’t know what to tell you.
Dummy: (Saved Sun Jun 17 16:20:40 2012)I’ll copy paste it for you from the HUD when my boyfriend is online next
[ At this point I go log in because this is just getting silly]
Darien Caldwell: http://home.comcast.net/~volfin/20120617232630937.jpeg
Darien Caldwell: in fact it clearly states they have to have a hud of their own
Dummy: Okay well I’m getting him a seperate HUD, you don’t have to be snooty with your customers, But it says in the HUD after you set an owner “Sending HUD to Poor Dudewhohastoputupwithher, Please Wait
Darien Caldwell: well I’m sorry but you are 100% mistaken
Darien Caldwell: it does not even say anything even remotely close to that
Dummy: WEll I’m sorry but I’m not, I’m more than sure I know how to read
Dummy: Yes, actually t does
Darien Caldwell: so I hope you can see why I would get ‘snooty’ when someone makes an untrue claim about one of my products
Dummy: I copy/pasted it in main chat to my mate
Darien Caldwell: that text does not even exist in the product
Dummy: I’m going to proove it to you be right back
Darien Caldwell: so I’m afraid you’re completely mistaken
Darien Caldwell: I just added someone to my harness twice
Darien Caldwell: no text
Darien Caldwell: It doesn’t even make sense that I would put that text into my hud when it doesn’t, has never, and never will be sending a hud.
Dummy: WEll I don’t know because it was saying “Sending HUD yesterday
Dummy: so maybe it tweaked a little
Darien Caldwell: I think you just got it confused with someone else’s product
Dummy: No it’s the same product
Dummy: and you can ask my mate
Darien Caldwell: well I assure you, it never said that
Dummy: I copy pasted FROM the HUD
Darien Caldwell: from some hud. not mine
Dummy: No it was yours
Darien Caldwell: it’s not
Dummy: It was I’m pretty sure I know what product I’m using
Dummy: considering this is the ONLY harness I have for this avatar
Darien Caldwell: well obviously you don’t, since that phrase doesn’t even exist in the code
Darien Caldwell: it doesn’t give out anything
Dummy: WEll your code got fucked up a bit then
Darien Caldwell: so there’s no reason for it to say it’s giving anything
Dummy: because I’m more than sure I know what product I’m using
Darien Caldwell: doesn’t work that way hun
Dummy: you don’t have to be a bitch
Dummy: JUST saying
Darien Caldwell: You could just accept you made a mistake
Darien Caldwell: so who’s being the bitch?
Dummy: Why accept that I made a mistake when I know what I copy/pasted
Dummy: you want my mate’s number?
Darien Caldwell: if it did that
Darien Caldwell: you could do it again, and show me
Dummy: WEll I just added someone else
Dummy: now it’s saying they require a HUD
Darien Caldwell: 🙂
Dummy: Point is I’m already buying my mate a HUD
Dummy: So why are you being a bitch?
Darien Caldwell: I’m sorry, but I don’t like being told I’m a liar
Darien Caldwell: I know dang well what my items do and don’t do, I spent months creating them
Dummy: Neither do I when I know specifically what I read
Dummy: it said it 3 times yesterday
Dummy: I added, removed, added, removed, then added him again
Darien Caldwell: well I didn’t magically sneak into your inventory and switch out the hud
Darien Caldwell: so you’ll have to explain why it’s not now
Dummy: Like I’m that stupid
Dummy: I honestly don’t care
Dummy: don’t expect me to buy anymore of your products you snooty bitch
Darien Caldwell: lol
Darien Caldwell: this is so going on my blog lol
Dummy: Cool, you’re so cool :p
Dummy: You act like I care
Dummy: BTW invasion of privacy
Dummy: Without my consent I can call the cops
Darien Caldwell: not really lol
Dummy: Yeah really
Dummy: How old are you?
Darien Caldwell: you’re just getting sillier
Dummy: you’re not worth my time
Dummy: you mental retard
Luckily this kind of thing isn’t common. But common enough that It’s really annoying. Where I come from we have a saying: “Don’t piss on me and tell me it’s raining.” Which basically means don’t feed me bullcrap. Nobody knows more about what my products do and don’t do, than me. Mistakes happen in development, but certainly I would never do anything as far as to blatantly lie to people about sending anything that was not going to be sent. I take that as an affront to my integrity and honor, and you can be damn sure I’m going to dispute such a claim vigorously and without qualm. And resorting to name calling because someone tries to correct your mistake certainly shows one’s real maturity. Just have to rant a bit today. 😛