Ok, I know. This site went mostly dark. I’ve been slack with OpenSim.
I’ve been playing with other stuff. All the fighting awhile back had turned me off somewhat to OpenSim. it was my toy. It was play.
I turned off my wee grid and moved to other projects.
but now I’m having ideas N stuff for it.
I want my toy back. So I’ll be booting up my new private grid again, with updates and new code soon. I found a way awhile back for one my my NPC/ AI bots to tap into the power of the cloud via api, so one of my NPCs can rez a region and shut it down. I know Kitely has something like that (sans the NPC stuff), but that’s them. I’m too much of a backend nerd to get full toy value out of not getting to play with the whole banana. I’m going for a 3 region mini grid again, but with timed options and some NPC options for more regions that can be rezzed on the fly via API. I don’t know what I’ll do with that tech (if anything), but wanna make it anyway.
I don’t really see much future in this right now, so I’m not going all out to be anything amazing with my stuff. Just a hopefully fun spot on the hypergrid for people and me to play.
Yay, OpenSim 7.5 is now running on my wee grid, did the update today. Even motivated and got the Diva WiFi plugin working for regular OpenSim as well. Now to go build stuff. Eventually I’ll get groups, profiles and IMs working.
Been having fun setting up my own grid that I can rez on the cloud. I didn’t get profiles and such working yet, but everything else is fine. I enjoy having different regions at different locations on the upper middle and lower quadrants of the hypergrid. I can take my wee scripted inner-tube and ride my river though the hypergrid- a little code clean up and that’s going to be even cooler. I moved out of OsGrid- well I zapped most of my inventory there. I had been slowly moving out for sometime. HGing to my own spot from OsGrid and tossing out fun toys down in my regions. I expedited the move a bit due to all the stuff that’s been in the news as of late from OsGrid. Some of it upset me a tiny bit (though not to the extreme of some of the posts I’ve seen). I’m not a huge social user. If I get in a social mood, I’ll go dancing on the RL grid. I enjoy other things with OpenSim. I never went to the main Plazas on OsGrid much, and didn’t know any of the admins, and had no content anyone would really want to ban- if they did decide to drop into a random sim in the boonies. and then not unless silly Fae NPCs and ugly Trolls that sing really really bad country music got upsetting to some admin. I was a bit peeved for a bit though when I heard about the OsGrid banning of a Hyper-grid location though. I was real glad I had my own toys by then. as the banned spot was on my “to visit list” due to a cool looking article over at Virtual Christine’s Blog. I am a big fan of HyperGrid, I’ve had lots of fun with that- just popping into random locations for a walkabout. I had been to Craft (which Virtual Christine usually writes about). so this post about another grid was something new to me. Another thing I like about having my own grid is I can rez a sim anywhere (any open spot). I had to move 3 to 4 times in Osgrid, and had gotten more and more off in the boonies out of frustration from that- no one visited there- (I wasn’t actively seeking visitors anyway), so my very own grid or a wee sim in the Osgrid boonies wouldn’t make any difference socially for my play.
I am working on a script to rez a list of sims on the cloud automatically- Go shopping with a Faerie in Linda Kellie’s mall- See Hak Spew the Troll sing badly- travel to space with the Black Outfit (Pirate Space Faeries) (and other stuff). and I hope to close these sims down to save cloud costs when no one is using them. My NPCs will likely be able to do that for me with a little work (cloud control Faeries). Having the grid coordinates be in my control is a good thing for this process. An no more having to move because someone stole my spot during some server downtime. When I get the extra dough and motivation to keep a bit more on the cloud, and the script work done I’ll open the thing up more, and keep it running full time for hyper-grid visits. I don’t feel cut off anymore than I did before. As I can pop into any place with open hypergrid with ease. Next bit of time I get, I’ll be upgrading to the new OpenSim 7.5.
My Grid has Wheels. It will Roll with Me.
Still here– Well sort-of. I still have my own entire mini-grid that I can rez on the cloud on a whim (yes as many sims as I want to play with on the cloud when and where I want them, running in full-grid mode (with hypergrid). My rules, my ways, my toys, my databases, and if I piss off the uber lordly local Powers that Be for some reason, I’ll buy myself a beer and the local lord will forgive me. My grid can have my Araxie River that can take me anywhere in the HyperGrid- so that is my new “social center” the hypergrid itself. I did log into OsGrid one last time and zapped my entire inventory down to a farmboy outfit. No use in taking up someone’s inventory server space for stuff I’m no longer using. I can always HG there if I want to visit. My own grid is much more a nexus to the hypergrid for me now. Virtual Christine posted something that interested me enough to stick with OpenSim for awhile longer, something about Metropolis grid. Gonna HG into that one and visit that when I get some time to play.
Rez Day for Araxie Longoar my 1st major Avatar. (I hope I get to play some today somewhere on the Grid.)
1 year ago today, After reading a blog called I Live in Science Land by Ener Hax, I logged into OsGrid. I wasn’t a virtual worlds guy, I didn’t come to OpenSim after years in Second Life – I didn’t like SL at all.
I’ve learned some in my year of OpenSim playing.
- I’ve learned quite a bit of lsl scripting ( I already knew php though so that helped) -
- I’ve connected NPCs to server php scripts,
- had NPCs running around doing stuff,
- made Pirate ships fly,
- ridden scripted inner-tubes through the hypergrid.
- and I’ve even learned to build and manipulate things on some level
- make simple animations, textures etc.
- I’ve learned how to spin a grid and host it on the cloud.
and what’s most important is , I have had fun with my toys.
So Happy Rez day to me.
And Hak Spew – my NPC Troll sang me a rez-day song.
Happy Rez day to You
You still ain’t gotta clue
Happy Rez day A-rax-ie
Happy Rez day to you.
You act like a little kid,
Got lost on the Hyper-grid.
Happy Rez Day Araxie
Happy Rez day to you
All your friends are made of lsl
You terr-aform like hell
Happy Rez Day A-rax-ie
Happy Rez Day to you
Your Faeries all love you loads
’cause it right there in their code
That’s why you need Troll Hak Spew
To sing Happy Rez Day to you.
The Cloud Based-UFO Encounter-Zombie Apocalypse of Kim Kardashian’s Naked OpenSim
I sort of wish OpenSim folks would quit using the words “cloud based” as if it was some sort of New Amazo Magic.
- Clouds can behave like a server or a collection of them
- They can scale (fishie fishie fishie fish),
- When combined with the power of nifty api coolness, they can be really awesome.
- Some cloud systems can hide several systems and file servers behind one ip,
Clouds are not that new (not by net standards anyway).
I read several articles(at about 4 blogs) about how a company had done the complete remodelling of the OpenSim inventory system- eliminating load on the Robust mysql server and taking it mostly from the mix, quite an accomplishment in my book. But the words “cloud based” dominated the articles to such an extent that it came off to me like “this whole cloud thing is really the newest most magical thing ever”, meh no.
I do find cloud tech fun though, and changing. Things like Linode’s Node balancer and Amazon’s Elastic Load Balancing and Cloud Front seem like fun tech to play with to me. There is quite a bit of potential to be had on the cloud.
I do not however think that the words “Cloud Based” need to not be put out there like some great world changing headline, but I’m silly – Ok I’ll go back to my wee play grid now.
I’m bad, I’ve been all neglectie on this blog and my sims. I’ve been too busy in RL to do much at all with my opensim projects and toys. I did manage to make a high prim Pirate Ship fly. and have a ton of things that will be cool soon in half finished mode on my standalone. I took down my OsGrid sim because I wasn’t using it just now. What little time I’ve had to play has been on my standalone. I’ll likely be more into these projects when Winter comes. It is the last bit of summer and I need to play in it more.
Its Summer, I love summer. I am often all run run play play wee wee splash splash in the Summer,
but alas, in my attempt to think I was still a bounding Daniel Boonish Mountain Man,
I spranged my ankle at the river.
I was attempting stuff that I could always do, and apparently no longer can (patoodie! on this fracking getting older stuff).
It does mean that I have a reason to start back with my OpenSim play and projects.
So on the list now is a good upgrade to the latest opensim, a clean database, and maybe a new build.
Linda Kellie’s Fantasy sim as a base for my remade region.
Yes, that may be a good start.
After that, I want to continue with my efforts to build my AI tools that tie into my silly Faerie NPCs. That was fun and has lots of potential.
Ok, here are pics from some of the play today
Made a New Pirate: (mostly out of Linda’s stuff) and updated open Sim to latest osgrid version. This Fella is First Mate Blood. I also worked on the engine for my pirate ship some.
I’ve been reinventing myself again. I do that seasonally (and decide when the season is). Not much time to play with this site remake this week. I did make a new AI though. Using a php, mysql version of the classic Alice AI. . I am turning it into a sub event for my Faerie Nessa NPC; So she can soon tap the power of uber cool AI tools at the drop of a hat. Her personality is already evolving. and I’ve just started with her. Now to figure out how to make the php script interface with the inworld NPC, got some testing going on that too. If I get the Faerie to this level (so she can interface with php), its game over man!
My already semi cool NPCs will be rocking patoodies for sure.
I cleaned this out, and am remaking this site with a new approach as I get to it. Please stand by as I add more goodies, tweak the look and whatnot. I’m cutting back on my “internet hording” of worthless outdated content, and I needed a new direction with this toy.
In the meantime here is a silly video from my OpenSim NPC Troll you can checkout.
Hak Spew the OpenSim NPC Troll sings Virtual Valentine to the NPC Faeries from Dale Norris on Vimeo.