May happenings on OpenSim grids

Plenty of events happening around the OpenSim metaverse this month. The big social grids have packed events calendars. Check out the InWorldz Events Calendar and the InWorldz Event Announcements Forum Page.

3rd Rock Grid and Virtual Highway also have the month of May packed full of music and other community events, as do Avination and Metropolis.

Metropolis also celebrated its sixth birthday last month — see the photos on Daniel Voyager’s site.

Tropical Paradise Virtual World celebrates first birthday

Tropical Paradise Virtual World, a small commercial grid,  celebrates its first birthday this month with a grid-wide hunt and musical events.

The grid’s anniversary falls on May 5, a Tuesday, so the festivities will take place on Sunday, May 3, starting at noon in-world time on the Welcome Island region.

“We will be handing out notecards with the landmarks promptly at noon,” said grid COO and co-founder Ashlie Avelino, also known as Moonfairie Baxton in-world.

(Image courtesy Tropical Paradise Virtual World.)

(Image courtesy Tropical Paradise Virtual World.)

Musical events begin at 3 p.m. on the Storm Front region.

We are also pleased to announce that Melonie Romano — owner of Ratmataz Animations & Poses — has joined the grid,” she told Hypergrid Business. “We wish her success in TPVW and look forward to some great animations for the grid.”

SkyLife grid adds a 100-region sea

Sailing and boating fans should rejoice — the SkyLife grid has added a megaregion the size of 100 standard regions.

Josh Boam

Josh Boam

SkyLife grid is boat oriented  as I myself create yachts and we just got Duran Marine and Breen Yachts in SkyLife so we should be getting some nice boats soon,” grid founder Josh Boam told Hypergrid Business.

Megaregions allow users to travel across a large area without hitting region crossings.

This is particularly useful for vehicles, including boats, since scripts and attachments continue to work and there are no jitters or “rubber-banding” at the region crossing areas.

A more recent alternative, varregion, is also available but only in the experimental release of OpenSim and won’t be part of the official release until the next update. In addition, megaregions work with older viewers while varregions require that users use the latest releases of Firestorm, Singularity, or Kokua viewers.

(Image courtesy SkyLife grid.)

(Image courtesy SkyLife grid.)

Logicamp gets new domain, upgrades hardware

The French-language hypergrid-enabled Logicamp grid has finally replaced its DynDNS Web address with a real domain — logicamp.org.

All of the grid’s hypergrid addresses are changing as well, to  logicamp.org: 8002: region name.

According to grid owner Didier Preud’homme, this is due to the change in terms and conditions relating to DynDNS IP addresses.

“Because we have a VIP account, the measure does not concern us directly but we prefer to take this change to make a smooth transition to the new logicamp.org address,” he told Hypergrid Business.

DynDNS has also been in the news lately because it stopped offering free DNS services. This is a feature that some small grid owners use when they host a grid on home computers where the IP addresses change frequently. IP addresses are the string of numbers used to identify a computer’s actual location on the Internet. The human-friendly domain name simply points to that IP address.

Logicamp does offer land rentals, starting at just 10 Euro (US $14) a month. An increase in renters has allowed the grid to upgrade its computer equipment, said Preud’homme.

“It should help alleviate overall system load and improve scalability,” he said.

(Image courtesy Logicamp.)

(Image courtesy Logicamp.)

In addition, it also allows the grid to roll out its new Spa-Francorchamps racing circuit on Spa Plaza. Hypergrid visitors can take a look by teleporting to logicamp.org: 8002: spa1.

Littlefield parties on Kentucky Derby, Memorial Day

The Littlefield grid, a mid-sized community grid, is celebrating both the Kentucky Derby and the Memorial Day holiday this month with dance parties.

Speakeasy region on the Littlefield Grid. (Image courtesy Littlefield Grid.)

Speakeasy region on the Littlefield Grid. (Image courtesy Littlefield Grid.)

The Kentucky Derby party will be held on Saturday, May 3, on the Speakeasy region. It starts at 8 p.m. pacific with mint juleps and female guests are encouraged to wear large summer hats. Hypergrid teleport to lfgrid.com:8002:speakeasy.

The Memorial Day beach party and barbeque will be held on Saturday, May 24, starting at 8 p.m. Pacific and will feature a life DJ, dancing, and fireworks at midnight. The party will be on the Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk regions, teleport to lfgrid.com:8002:coney island.

Poets and storytellers join Kitely

The on-demand Kitely grid has seen the arrival of some poets and storytellers recently.

For example, the Seanchai Library, a well-known location in Second Life, now has a presence on the grid. The first story telling session is scheduled for May 2 at 7 p.m. Pacific, following an estate tour at 6:30 p.m. on the Seanchai region. The group has a central four-region megaregion on the grid as well as eight separate themed one-region islands, all open to all Kitely residents.

(Image courtesy Seanchai Library.)

(Image courtesy Seanchai Library.)

For even more literary happenings, check out the new Poesy region on Kitely. This region is home to the Babel On! coffee house, the virtual offices of A Poet’s Progress author Stephanie Mesler, the Poetic Good group of metaverse authors working for good causes, and the book and art shop Catalyst Designs.

The region hosts the ongoing Haiku Throw-Down, weekly live poetry readings by Mesler at 3 p.m. Pacific on Sundays, and the Babel On! weekly readings by guest performers every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Pacific.

Oren Hurvitz

Oren Hurvitz

Kitely has also continued making contributions to the OpenSim code base, with patches and bug fixes. For example, Kitely co-founder and VP of research and development  Oren Hurvitz, who is now a core developer on the OpenSim project, contributed several fixes to make teleports smoother. For example, currently, when an avatar wearing mesh clothing teleports from one region to another the entire mesh asset is sent over with the avatar.

This made teleports and region crossing extremely slow, because mesh assets can take up several megabytes, and they had to be sent to each region the user visits,” he told Hypergrid Business. “And it wasn’t actually necessary, since the assets are stored on the assets server so each region can load them on its own, without slowing down the teleport or region crossing.”

Another bug fix was to prevent the sending of temporary local assets to foreign grids.

“Since  these assets aren’t even stored in the grid’s own assets server, they certainly shouldn’t be sent to foreign grids,” he said. “Sending them was just wasteful.”

Hurvitz also added a function that checks whether a particular asset already exists on the destination grid. “That eliminates the need to send large assets unnecessarily,” he said.

Hurvitz also fixed several group-related bugs. For example, when an avatar changed their active group, all nearby avatars had their group changed as well.

Kitely Market Listings May 1 2014

Finally, the Kitely Market has continued to grow, now with 5,133 variations of 2,656 different products, with 2,162 exportable to other grids.

Avalonia Estate now a BDSM adult grid, part-time rentals

Avalonia Estate continues to evolve. The adults-only hypergrid-enabled grid, which previously focused on serving the FemDom community, has now expanded its focus to the entire BDSM lifestyle and re-enabled the creation of local avatars, though hypergrid visitors from other grids are still welcome and encouraged.

Avalonia Estate's grand opening party. (Image courtesy Justin Ireman.)

Avalonia Estate’s grand opening party. (Image courtesy Justin Ireman.)

Another feature is unique to OpenSim grids — part-time rentals. Parcels and regions can be rented just for evenings, or for evenings and weekends, at a discount over regular prices.

This isn’t the same as Kitely’s metered offerings, which can be turned on and off at will. The Avalonia Estate land is billed monthly, and the part-time land would be available, say, every evening and weekend in that month. Land rentals are available both to local residents and to hypergrid visitors.

Dorena’s World hosts Rock-House Specials

Each Friday night at 8 p.m. CET — 11 a.m. Pacific — the Rock-House on Dorena’s World holds a themed music night.

Visit via hypergrid teleport at dorenas-world.de:8002:Nihilon.

The Rock-House on the Nihilon region of Dorena's Grid. (Image courtesy Dorena's Grid.)

The Rock-House on the Nihilon region of Dorena’s Grid. (Image courtesy Dorena’s Grid.)

Grid Calendars

Many grids have calendars showcasing their events. If your grid’s calendar isn’t in this list, please send an email to [email protected].

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  • WoooHooo Thanks for the post Maria 🙂

  • Dorena Verne

    Thank you,Maria. 🙂

  • shawnkmaloney .

    Hey Maria, any way that you can get a google calendar in here so that these wonderful grids that provide their own grid calendars in their blogs and sites will be encouraged to use their google calendars in their own G+ communities or groups or pages?? I have been searching high and low for other grids with google calendars for events and it’s very discouraging that I keep missing what few events I see post in G+. Kitely has the best so far, only cuz it IS Google and I can tack it to mine and I see their regions evnts WITH HG addresses and MY time so no figuring out timezones nor having to explain and be wrong. hahaha AND I can choose which grids I want notified of. It’s right there at the top of every G+ users page and yet it’s not being used by pretty much everyone (for Metaversal events I mean). I’m tired of going here there and everywhere looking for events, aren’t you? No, cuz we come to YOU huh? hahahahaha. Thanks. 🙂

    • I would LOVE to see some kind of centralized, organized system for grid events. ESPECIALLY for hypergrid events, since it’s so easy to visit multiple grids that way.

      I’m not sure what you mean about the Kitely calendar though — Are we talking about the same calendar?

      This one: http://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/2014/02/2014-events-opensim-kitely-events.html ?

      Wow, you’re right – it IS a Google calendar. And I can add it right to my calendar – wowsa!

      Only problem is that the Google calendar works best with physical locations, not virtual ones. Sounds like a business opportunity!

      If someone creates a calendar plugin or tool that grids can use that handles time zones like Google does, but uses hypergrid locations instead of physical ones, I’d be all over it.

      Though I do see that some people are adding the hypergrid address in the description field. I guess that also works. 🙂

      So if you’re a grid — make it easy for people to follow your events if they want, by using Google Calendars!

  • shawnkmaloney .

    And one MORE thing. we would benefit from having G+ added to yer share. some dont use those others. 🙂