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  1. The biggest big deal is to NEVER give the impression that your add-on is in any way approved or endorsed by the creators of the base item unless it actually has been andto always acknowledge the original. Say so explicitly - "(add-on) was developed independently of (product) and is not endorsed by or affiliated with the makers of (product). It has been tested with (versions) of (product) but is not guaranteed to function with future updates released by the makers of (product). I am not a reseller of (product) and it should be purchased directly from (creator) in order to make use of (add-
  2. Every way I show up in SL is an aspect of me. Just not necessarily the aspect you'd encounter most clearly in RL - but they are all in there somewhere
  3. Which was unprofessional of the DJ. When you're engaged to perform you complete your set EVEN IF THE VENUE IS EMPTY AND THE STAFF AWOL. You've been promoted by the venue, even if that promo didn't work yet - a punter comes by later in your scheduled set and finds you gone that just makes the venue and YOU look bad. This is the music business. You're going to play a lot of gigs, spin a lot of sets when your only audience is the kitchen staff. That's how our trade works. Get used to it or find a different line of work.
  4. Ok, so here goes with my second review of gear from the perspective of performing in SL. I'm one of those guitar players that is pretty much a devotee of the Boss line when it comes to pedals and FX. As an instrumentalist I started on keys like most of us do, and like most of us fell in love with the Roland line of keyboards. This sorta predisposed me to looking at the Boss brand from the same company when it came to buying stompboxes and other gear for my guitars. With that admission of potential bias out of the way, here goes.... Performing in SL has its issues. Our home stu
  5. THIS. Now, it's important to note that this is NOT the way specularity is supposed to work. In a modern PBR engine a metallic surface is the only thing that should have colored specularity. But it IS the way SL specularity works, both before and after EEP. Balancing the tint (if any) in the specular map with the environment factor is hugely important if something is to look right and its real subtle - the tiniest differences in the map or env value (as modified by the specular maps alpha channel) can make a huge change in how something looks.
  6. Indeed. The one I use is configured to: block all traffic to or content from any facebook.com domain unless the page itself is in that domain. block all traffic or content from google.com sites unless I'm on a google site (including things like gmail.com and youtube.com) unless I am on one of those sites or have explicitly whitelisted the domain I load for google content access - even when whitelisted it silently dumps all cookie set/get/send requests from google sites unless I'm actually accessing a google page facebook-level (total cross-site block) for several other social
  7. I'm a fairly broad-shouldered guy (albeit wiry rather than bulky - martial arts as your physical fitness regime will do that to you even if I didn't have a genetic predisposition that way) and I sure don't look like my body was built by a kite-maker in RL. If you know your way around the shape editor you really DONT have to to look like a 'roid-boy, even with bodies like Aesthetic Enzo that have the musclebound look as their default shape - it IS fitted and responds to your sliders! I see somebody who wears that look when the RL tab of their profile doesn't say "Professional bodybuilder a
  8. When I hear someone use the B-word I like to remind them that a female canine is loyal, persistent in the face of adversity when she believes in what she's doing, fierce in defense of those she cares about and that the term came into use as a derogative because unlike the males they tend not to posture, if you're a threat to something they feel bound to defend they tend to just go for it. As a result they got a rep for attacking without warning when this mostly happened to people (usually men) who blundered across their sensibilities without understanding. Consequently, if one must use it
  9. some useful bits and pieces for baking textures in blender 2.8 with cycles for use in SL.... The texture node that is the target of your bake does not need to be connected to anything. It just has to be the active node and have an image assigned. The target of your bake does not have to have the same UV mapping as you used for any other images that contribute to the material. Just make sure you get rid of any other UV maps before you export the collada. The one applicable to the bake target must be the only one the model has when you upload it. Note that this is also useful
  10. You won't get a word of disagreement from me on that one! I know LL are considering it... But it almost makes the point about how big a hit the specularity changes are, it's been how many years with deferred out there before LL started considering making it the baseline? With it being core to the official viewer now EEP is as impactful on content as deferred rendering was when it was first introduced and yet it has become the baseline immdiately. I, personally, don't have any problem with this - most of what I make is for me and so if I pull something out of my inventory and it's got pre-
  11. Indeed. I just finished a build that had specular maps involved and I switched to an EEP viewer midway through it and had to adjust not just the specular maps but the glossiness maps in the normals alpha channel too, knowing that EEP would hit the official viewer about the time I finished it. However, the fact that all those skins/bodies will need their map redoing is going to be an issue - there's a LOT of them out there and it's a pretty sure bet that some of their makers are not going to update what's already out there. In its own way this level of "breaking existing content" is up there wi
  12. I think the biggest issue with the changes to the specularity in EEP is actually with mesh bodies that use a specular map to give the skin a subtle sheen (not the "freshly oiled" look that some folks favor, I'm talking about a much more subtle effect) The other day I was hanging out with a friend who wears what was a rather beautiful dark skin with a very well-done subtle sheen, pre-EEP. In any EEP-enabled viewer she looks like she was cast in bronze. It's very noticeable on many, many avatars.
  13. No harshing! Promise Although I confess.. You've now got me going back through characters I've played as a radio actor and making myself laugh by expressing the same sentiment in their different voices
  14. That will, sadly, have to wait until that missing hardware arrives and I get my system rebuilt. The netbook I'm working on right now can maybe run a viewer for about 15 minutes before it runs out of memory and locks up and attempting to stream audio from it has truly hideous results. This is, to be honest, the primary reason for the extreme stabbiness resulting from that hardware's delays. I truly, monumentally, HATE letting down a venue or audience I've promised to perform for and the number of sets I've had to cancel since my system melted down is, to use a common SL reference (albeit w
  15. In fairness, lassie, I should point out that my accent, such as it is, has been seriously corrupted. Starting with the fact that I am of a generation when it was unsurprising that my mother was absolutely insistent that my brother and I would pick up neither the accent of our families native Stirlingshire nor that of Liverpool where I, at least, first learned to talk. Family influence being what it is, though, I ended up with a sort of hybrid NorthWestEngland/Scots accent as my baseline but then spent half my life in the upper midwest. As a result it's a sort of "mid-Atlantic bastard" these da
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