I’ve been converting my sim security “cam” system from using http posts to google forms backed by a spreadsheet to a nice litlle php service writing to a mysql database. The next two interesting next steps to consider are: (1) since the detectors are LSL scripts using sensors, they have limited range and frequency… So I end up with lots of point observations of visitors without any continuity- not a problem, but sometimes I’d like to watch paths not points. So the question is should I keep this information in the database in some form or just regenerate it on the fly when I query. (2) pretty displays: tabular it trivial, but little maps and such would be cool… And not an area I know much about.

Streaming update

So let’s see: we’re using streamhoster for broadcast services, two MacBooks (one old, one brand spanking new), QuickTime broadcaster, probably mpeg4 for the mainline, H264 for the new, dv/FireWire in (produced for main stream, also backup D8 camcorder).

State of Live Video

SL live video is… uh… quirky. I expect to write up my notes on what it takes and post it here in the next few weeks. sigh.

Translated english on Stolen SYW description

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Can’t argue with “module possession a solidified discernment!”

Talking with UW class tonight

The University of Washington extension has a certificate program in virtual worlds (see earlier post). Turns out that the teacher of several of the classes, Randy Hinrichs, has them using SYW as a textbook and has asked my to talk with his class tonight.

Update: I had a blast – lots of great questions and interaction.  I was scheduled for an hour and ended up talking for two.

Why does windows uh… underperform so impressively?!?

Vista updated itself overnight and SL clients have been running terribly ever since.  Caught the “Superfetch” service scanning random huge files while my cpu and disk should have been full out on SL… result: SuperCrummy performance with SuperCruddy halts and starts.

More Meta

Added a flickr widget and the latest action on my open PJIRA bugs. Now back to work! Oh yes, and a separate mobile skin if you are using iphone/blackberry/android/etc.

Hello Second Lifers

Here’s a placeholder post for Vex’s blog.  I don’t expect to blog a whole lot here, but I do occasionally want to post text on Second Life topics beyond what it supported by Twitter, etc.

So, if you’re reading this, welcome!