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ML Spotlight: Burning Life Media Center

Thanks to Raven Haalan, who has been spotlighted before, our Super Event Boards are going to be exposed to the visitors of one of Second Life’s largest, most infamous events, Burning Life. The boards are already up, even though the event itself won’t open until this fall. But a lot of activity is going on as the builders and event participants are gathering their resources and imaginations for another wonderful celebration of creativity in SL. They will know what is happening when thanks to our Super Event Boards, and just notice how nicely Raven has modified the boards to blend in the the media center’s motif!

[Update March 25, 2010: Raven sent along this notecard about current events at Burning Life!]

Burners! Discard Winter at the Burning Life Spring Fling!
Friday, March 26 - Sunday March 28

Time to light lamps and drum drums! Time to dance the night and day away on two stages! Time to Burn!

Take the time to carpe three awesome diems packed with stuff to check out…

TWO PERFORMANCE STAGES! One features a schedule of great LIVE PERFORMERS, the other features SL’s HOTTEST DJs. Get your hud on and get moving! You can see the schedules as google calendars online (urls below ) or you can check out the event boards outside each of the stages or in the infocenter. New stage builds by Rails Baily (DJ Stage) and Nyx Breen (Live Stage).

  • http://burning-life.org/calendar-live-stage
  • http://burning-life.org/calendar-dj-stage

PORTA-POTTIES! Need we say more? A huge swath of the Playa has been set aside to display a huge collection of this long running BL tradition. No need to hold your nose, the ventilation is SL’s best.

Some Websites to track:
Burning Life [updated on 3/25/10]
Burning Man

ML Spotlight: ALA Island

kioskAt ALA Island, where ALA=American Library Association, Oberon Octagon has installed a wide variety of MechanizedLIFE gadgets! They are about to host a conference called The Future Is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds, sponsored by LearningTimes. The island was designed by graduate students of the San Jose State University Library Sciences School under Oberon’s direction and launched in January 2008, hosting conferences and events like Banned Books Week and National Library Week. In 2009, he asked ML to be part of a hunt during NLW and Codie went along with it.

“I remember sitting with Alidar Moxie and Robyn … something … in their new store. I bought all the Cog stuff that connects with Google Calendars,” Oberon told me in January this year. “Then the StatsCollectors came out and I bought a six pack of those. We have them placed at various strategic spots on the island to track visitors. What is great about these collectors is they tie to a Website where we can look at charts and graphs interpreting the data for a 30-day period.”

He showed me how he retextured one of Ali’s old CogKiosks with the ALA logo. Pretty cool. Of course, we upgraded the kiosks and discountinued that shape, providing instead, ten different shapes and sizes that can be used. ALA is using those now, along with our Countdown Timer, RSS Screen, and the Super Event Board.

I jokingly suggested that he ought to place an affiliate vendor in their bookstore, and he mentioned that at one point, he had purchased 25 CogHUDs to give out to ALA members who joined the SL group for ALA members. Ali had it all set up but it got too complicated to support when she sold the business to Codie, so they dropped the arrangement and refunded the money.
super event board
I seem to recall that we had a booth at a Virtual Fair put on by the Librarians of Second Life one year and did fairly well. A very sizable number of librarians do volunteer work for their institutions in SL.

Visit inworld: ALA Island

FilterCam HUD Photo Contest - L$15,000 in Prizes!!

You already know that I am a huge fan of the FilterCam HUD by MechanizedLife. I love anything that makes my life easier, and the FilterCam does just that by eliminating the need for post-processing my photos.  Considering my very limited Photoshop skills, this tool is invaluable to me.  This is a photo I took earlier this week and uploaded directly from in-world. I didn’t even have to crop it. All of the effects were provided by FilterCam and Windlight. What could be easier?

Day 18 - Hiding In Plain Sight

Now, we want to see how YOU use the FilterCam HUD, and we’re giving you some incentive. MechanizedLife is holding a FilterCam Photo Competition with support from the makers of the Avimote PoseMaker HUD. The prize packages total more than L$15,000 and everything you need to know to enter is listed below. Just be sure to get your entries in before the end of the month. And please, don’t hesitate to leave a comment here or drop me an IM in-world if you have any questions! Good Luck!

What: FilterCam Photo Contest

When: 6 February through 28 February 2010, Winners announced 1 March 2010


1st Prize - L$5000 + Avimote PoseMaker Personal Edition (L$2450 value)

2nd Prize - L$2500 + Avimote PoseMaker Personal Edition (L$2450 value)

3rd Prize - L$1000 + Avimote PoseMaker Personal Edition (L$2450 value)

Prizes will also include: MechanizedLife gear and Tillie’s Posestands


  • All entries must originate in Second Life and must be created using the FilterCam HUD by MechanizedLife
  • Entries must be submitted to the FilterCam Flickr Group
  • Entries must include the tag “FILTERCAM CONTEST”
  • Post-processing is permitted, but should be used sparingly as the idea behind the FilterCam HUD is to create beautiful in-world snapshots that do not require extensive post work.
  • A descripton of the filter/mask used and any post-processing applied should be included in the photo description.
  • You may use any of the filters/masks included with the FilterCam HUD or you may create and use filters/masks of your own design.
  • You may submit up to 3 entries.
  • Entries can be submitted through 12:00am SLT on Sunday, 28 February 2010, at which time judging will begin.  Late entries will not be considered.
  • Winners will be announced on Monday, 1 March 2010 at 5pm SLT and prizes will be distributed at that time.


The following individuals have agreed to participate as judges for this competition.

  • CodeBastard Redgrave - Owner, MechanizedLife and Creator of the FilterCam HUD
  • Gabby Panacek - PR Manager, MechanizedLife
  • Ryker Beck - Second Life artist and designer, creator of many of the filters/masks included with the FilterCam HUD
  • Stephen Venkman - Second Life Artist and Photographer
  • Tillie Ariantho - Second Life Photographer and Creator of Tillie’s Posing Stand with HUD
  • Jori Watler - Second Life Photographer and Jewelry Designer

About FilterCam HUD

FilterCam is a fantastic visual effects HUD system which makes it effortless to add a variety of high quality special effects to your pictures or when filming machinima. Over 80 high quality masks and filters are provided, including a picture frame and keyhole, as well as blood, cinema, circle, clear, grunge, iphone, nightvision, oval, postcard, scanlines, square, tryptic, and wanted.

FilterCam Tutorial:  Creating Masks & Adding Custom Filters to the HUD

Ryker’s Tutorial for making your own filters

About Avimote PoseMaker

The Avimote PoseMaker HUD allows Second Life residents to pose their avatars in any position they like, right where they are, without the need for external tools. It can be used to override part of an existing pose, such as when a hand is stuck in a skirt, or to create complete new poses.

Customing Your CalendarCog Pinup Calendar Kiosk

Try repeating that title five times! Nonetheless, we here at MechanizedLIFE Multiversal HQ have received some requests about how to go about inserting your own pinups or other illustrations into the pinup calendar that is one of the ten kiosk choices you get with the CalendarCog Kiosk Boxed set from our store. BTW, our new store at Starlustian has all our Cog stuffs in a terrific Retro Computer motif!

Here is my Pinup CalendarCog Kiosk, providing marvelous memories as well as up-to-date information on the events of my life.

Here is my Pinup CalendarCog Kiosk, providing marvelous memories as well as up-to-date information on the events of my life.

So if you really insist on replacing the wonderful Rouge Pinups, which include ML staffer Gabby Panacek as well as ML founder Alidar Moxie, here’s how you do it:

  • Make a copy of the original calendar and archive it.
  • Then rez a copy of it and use Edit>General to rename it to whatever you desire.
  • While you’re in Edit mode, click on Edit linked parts, then click the picture prim of the calendar kiosk.
  • Go to the Content tab and you should see a script called RotatePic. (If you don’t, you didn’t do this right–try again!)
  • You can delete the script that’s there and use the RotatePic script that I can supply you if you IM or Notecard me. (I will give you a notecard with these instructions and the script embedded in it.)

Once you’ve followed those steps, open the script and follow the instructions: “replace the uuid1, uuid2, with your list of texture UUIDs. Don’t forget the last entry must have no comma at the end.” To find UUIDs, right click on a texture or photo and you will see an option for copying the UUID. Paste it into the script.

Click Save, then click Reset. The kiosk will soon show the new pics in rotation.

Contact Paypabak Writer for the notecard with the new script! Who knows? I might even include a pinup of myself!

Bloggers Love FilterCam

Happy New Year!

We just wanted to take a few moments and share with you a couple of great reviews/tutorials that were blogged recently by Alicia Chenaux and SarahTheRed Aurbierre.

Follow the links to read these two fantastic posts:

From Ch’Know Style: FilterCam 2.0 is Ready!!

And from What? Another Fashion real casino games online Blog?: Feature/Tutorial: MechanizedLife FilterCam

Thanks so much to Ali and Sarah for their support of FilterCam!

UPDATE:  And here’s another good one from Shyayn Lusch’s The Digital Doll: CodeBastard Redgrave is Such a  B!tch Thanks, Shy!

FilterCam Glow support broken: Please vote on this JIRA

As some may know, FilterCam has native support of glow layers since the beginning. However, since viewer 1.20, Linden Lab “broke” support for glow on the HUD as a tradeoff for an issue, namely inworld glow objects affecting HUDs. To fix this, Linden Lab completely removed glow support on the HUD, which broke existing content, namely FilterCam’s glow support.

If you would like to see glow come back on the HUD, at least with a debug option to enable/disable it in your viewer, please vote/comment on this JIRA here: http://jira.secondlife.com/browse/VWR-3167

ML Spotlight: Raven Haalan

Raven Haalan uses our Calendar Cogs and therefore is the focus of this Spotlight. However, Raven is worth the spotlight for a number of other great reasons: he’s a great scripter in his own right, with the RavenScript product line (the store mentioned in this blog is closed, sad to say). He’s involved with the communications team for Burning Life in SL, which is the mega event of Second Life, entering its seventh year of infamy. He also participates in Step Up!, a special event day for creating awareness about content theft in SL. Raven is also a delightful resident of SL in any of his three forms: Jaime Kenin and Binary Rascon being his other avatars. Time spent with any of these people is well spent as my sister Pay can attest, and for whom I am indebted for all her notes and pix taken in service to this article. Of course, I wonder sometimes where he gets time for operating three avis and all the things he does when he also is a regular contributor to Prim Perfect!

SLers Ottawa Group clubhouse in the sky.

SLers Ottawa Group clubhouse in the sky.

Raven has probably done the best job of ’splaining how Calendar Cogs work outside of this blog, of course (although the new upgrade now does away with the server components he describes). He is using the Superboard to handle events for his latest SL project, the “SLers of Ottawa, Canada” group, where he has created a clubhouse for fellow Canadians to meet and plot virtual domination of SL. (Doesn’t everyone belong to a group like that?) Sister Pay was there while Raven built the skybox for this group and came away impressed with the speed at which he worked.

Raven added a red bow for the holidays to the SuperBoard announcing SLers of Ottawa, Canada, events.

Raven added a red bow for the holidays to the SuperBoard announcing SLers of Ottawa, Canada, events.

Thanks, Raven, for your continued support of MechanizedLIFE products!

UPDATE/RELEASE: FilterCam 2 is ready to go!


You heard well! FilterCam is now better than ever with it’s brand new menu system and support for multiple preset notecards! This opens the door to new extension packs that will become available shortly.

Current FilterCam owners can get a free upgrade simply by wearing their old FilterCam HUD. If the updater fails, please contact us inworld.

The new version is available from SLX or inworld at one of the MechanizedLife stores.

Thanks a LOT as usual for all the beta testers and code breakers, you guys are awesome and patient! Hope you will enjoy this version at least as much as we enjoyed brewing this version.

Thanks to Sasara Klaar and Gabby Panacek for the new filter masks, they rock! <3

UPGRADE: CalendarCog Board, SuperBoard and Kiosks

We just fixed a nasty bug in CalendarCogs that rendered boards or kiosks blank under certain conditions. We also fixed the broken ONEDAY function in the boards. CalendarCog SuperBoard and Board have been released with version 2.1 and Kiosks are now version 1.9. If for any reason you didn’t get the upgrade, please send a notecard listing which products you own to CodeBastard Redgrave.

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