Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Meet Yummy, the Crash-Test Dummy

Yup even me too.


Now. I didn't give 2 hoots when it was happening to everyone else. Now I have lots of hoots to give. I will give some here now.


I thought it was just me. 

Then I thought, well its just some of US. US unlucky ones. US not doing something right.

Not the latest OS.

Not enough hardware horsepower. Too poor to play SL, crash free.
My graphics settings are too high.
Avoid crowded places.
Don't cam around.
Someone is out to get me. Someone got me. They keep getting just me.

Yup I played victim. Why me? Poor me. 

Different levels of 'crashing' is what I was experiencing

Level 1 - SL crashes, have to relog into SL. Sometimes you will get a message "Display Driver Has Stopped Responding But Has Recovered" message.

Level 2 - SL crashes, I get a flickering single-colored screen, pink, blue, or black. I have to reboot my computer. *sad face*. This is a HARD POWER-OFF reboot and not a RESTART.

Level 3 - SL crashes and causes my computer to REBOOT on its own.


It appears to me, personally that the problem, has been exacerbated by mesh and the cost to rez with the onset of mesh and more mesh...not just clothes and feet and bodies but now heads and more mesh objects (non-avi related mesh). It appears as if SL is sending too much graphical information in 2 seconds. This causes the system to freeze up and or reboot.

Mesh objects are a culprit it appears and not just mesh avis. Also multiple large (1024x1024) textures on multiple faces on big multi-linked items like jewelry are a contributing factor. Also poorly or over vertexed mesh designs cause more work to be done....prolly more than needs to be. Thus the introduction of Avatar Complexity to try and shame creators down to more reasonable resource-laden creations. Just my 2 cents. Maybe only 1 1/2 cents.


Sooo...finally after waking up my super-lazy self and poking around and sleuthing and googling....

It appears the problem lies between nVidia driver and Windows OS updates. I will stop short of pointing a finger. Suffice it to say that they don't seem to play well with each other. nVidia asked me for a screen-shot of my Windows Updates so that lends credence to Windows. 

Also I read someone in blog posts said they were ok until a certain Win update. 

Then , i went back to an nVidia driver 2 years ago...seemed to fix it but SL ran slow as molasses. I got too used to a faster SL experience where I am not typing in slow-motion...and can pivot around my camera so....

I tried lowering my SL graphics and lowering monitor display resolution. Nothing worked.

I went to an nVidia driver that was one year old. (I had been running with one 2 years old...refusing to update out of fear that this very thing would happen). The latest nVidia drivers did not fix the problem. That's the thing everyone says to do. But with the latest all i got was was blank screens and forced reboots.

By going to a driver (1-year-old), in between what I had been using (and the most current, i was able to at least now get an error message. TADA!!!!!!!!!!  

"A TDR has been detected. Application must close."

It pointed me to a working solution having to do with TDR. Timeout Detection and Recovery. The changes took me 30 seconds to make, if that long. You have to ADD the entries. They don't exist. Took me awhile to figure that out.

I don't suggest you make them on your own if you never have made changes to your Windows Registry before, just to be safe. Get a skilled friend or tech to help you or walk you thru it or take it into a computer shop and have them make it or let a tech have online access so they can make the changes for you.

Make a backup before making the changes if its your 1st time. And you have to reboot your computer after making the changes.

Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR)

This is what Microsoft has to say about it.


And another helpful thread for Win10 users (I am on Win7 64-bit - nVidea 560ti)


Long story short, I made changes to my Windows Registry and have been crash-free for a couple days (knock-on-wood). I was normally crashing 2 to 4 times a day, almost always upon my 1st login attempt. 

"You can use the following TDR-related registry keys for testing or debugging purposes only. That is, they should not be manipulated by any applications outside targeted testing or debugging."

So I don't know what if any downside there may be to making these changes permanent.  Technically I manually made the changes and it wasn't an application that made them. Maybe they don't trust applications to make them safely. An app could screw up and you might never know what happened if you got a blank screen upon reboot as an example. eeek.

But for now I am crash-free.  Also my friend seems to be crash-free so far and reports a much smoother experience so far. WOOHOO! Knocking on more wood. Knock Knock.

Do your own research. Everyone's situation is unique. There are no guarantees. There is another solution that I found that cleans up corrupt Windows files that has seemed to fix peoples crashing issues when the TDR didn't work for them.


 Here are the settings I chose....don't ask me why I chose these particular values. Its likely you get way with a TdrDelay that is smaller than 16 seconds. I have heard 8 and 10 as other workable values.

 Good Luck!

Monday, August 29, 2016

"The Atlantis Variety Hour"

"The Atlantis Variety Hour"

Variety is the spice of life and variety shows are one of the oldest forms of showbiz razzle dazzle.
Atlantis Grand Theatre is pleased to present the very first of their monthly entertainment offering something for everyone.
Each month we will be featuring a revolving door of creators and dancers showcasing their favorites.
Hope to see you there !


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Elysium Cabaret "Twilight" Inspirational

It's Friday and that means it's Elysium Cabaret!  Grab some friends and dash on over. Brand new acts... dynamic choreography, detailed staging, and elaborate costumes to an eclectic mix of music await you!  Starts at 6pm.  Welcome to the weekend!

This Friday, August 26th, it is a theme night.  The theme is TWILIGHT!  The show will features songs from the Twilight movie series.


Diddy Hyun on stage with her Kittens 'n' Tigers

The Waterfront Theatre is proud to present Diddy Hyun on stage with her Kittens 'n' Tigers.  Before I give you the details of this extraordinary show I would just like to share a few things with you, that we don't always get the time to say or share.

Dids isn’t just a superb Choreographer or someone who I met 9 years ago on here, she is one very special lady, someone who understands me a bit more than I understand myself and I wouldn't be where I am today in SL if if wasn't for her.  She is my rock, my mentor, my strength but most of all my best buddy RL and SL.

We sometimes forget to thank the ones that mean the most to us SO Miss Hyun before you hit the stage,
I just want to : -

Thank you for always giving me the extra push I need, your patience and understanding when my performances were going in the trash.
Thank you for  always believing in me.
Thank you for knowing when something is wrong with me
Thank you  for being the shoulder I can always depend on.

And on and on I could go, but time for the details of the dance show and I run and hide before she kicks my derriere for being soppy ♥ ♥



The Paramount Players "Ride 'em Cowboy"

August 27th @7pm slt

The Paramount Players does a monthly "after hours" show. We bring bring you the same performance quality we do at our Saturday shows, maybe a little more skin... little less costume. Some acts do contain adult content.

What's the diff? You already know what we present at the Paramount; Night Players will have some acts that are similar - but it will also feature acts that are more - Avant Grade - acts that stretch our creative wings - - push our boundaries.


Misfit Dance & Performance Art Wednesday /AND/ Friday!

The Misfit Dance & Performance Art shows every other Wednesday at 7:00pm SLT and also one Friday Matinee each month at 10:00AM SLT.

This week happens to include BOTH the Wednesday evening AND the Friday Matinee shows!

Each performance is a full production showcase featuring selections from over 30 Theater Dance Art pieces (and growing!) that are rotated for our shows to keep things fun & memorable!

We frost the cupcake after each performance with 30 minutes of fun choreographed Group Dancing with our audience!   Come join the fun!

N.B.  JenzZa herself told me just this morning that she and the troupe are debuting not just one, but TWO, new acts this week!

Misfit Forest Theater SLurl

MJ's Burlesque Review Returns after Summer Haitus with an All New Show!

The ladies of MJ's Burlesque return after their extended Summer break with an all new show where some housewives go back to school, enjoy a tasty beverage and escape to enchanted lands through the medium of interpretive dance.

This is an adult show and will feature nudity and smut as usual.

Friday 26th August at 2:00PM SLT
Sunday 28th August at 2:00PM SLT


Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Monarchs Present: Star Wars - Three Additional Shows!

Created by the Monarchs!  Star Wars: The Untold Stories!
A show that is the epitome of “epic.”  “Epic” on steroids.  What comes next?  A show that is beyond epic.  It is phenomenal!
What can you expect when you attend Star Wars: The Untold Stories?

You will arrive at a landing platform where you will board a spaceship.  You will be introduced to the experience you are about to have, in traditional Star Wars style.  And then you will be flown across a full sim, planet to planet.  At each planet you will be treated to a dance performance inspired by the Star Wars franchise.

*Sets so detailed and elaborate that it took more than 14,000 prims… almost every available prim… on a full sim.
*Beautiful, exciting, fun, interesting costumes, as elaborate and detailed as the build!
*Painstaking choreography, each animation carefully selected to compliment the music.
*A tailored soundtrack with introductions and songs each carefully mixed to provide the audience with a cohesive flow from set to set, story to story.  Complete with soundbites that will bring back memories for Star Wars fans!
*Dazzling particles and special effects.

One of the biggest dance shows in Second Life history, one that a dedicated team have created with passion and majesty, all to entertain YOU!
Additional dates have been added to this show:

Tuesday, August 23rd at 7pm SLT
Friday, August 26th at 9pm SLT
Saturday, August 27th at 3pm SLT


This project was made possible in part by a grant from Linden Endowment for the Arts.  With builds by Royal Shippe and Diiar Vader-Shippe.  Choreography by Royal Shippe, Diiar Vader-Shippe, BabypeaVonPhoenix, and SexyS Quintessa.  Between shows, please visit the sim and explore!  Have fun with it.  Lots of great photo opportunities!

This show is dedicated to the memory of Kenny Baker, the man who brought R2D2 to life.

Skull Island Jungle Boogie Followed By Underwater Ball!

Say goodbye to King Kong's Skull Island

Say HELLO to Water World!

A project made possible by the Linden Endowment for the Arts!  We celebrate human imagination and the wonderment of creativity with a final dance show featuring Elysium Cabaret.  This will be followed by an UNDERWATER BALL with DJ Gunner rocking the island.  Please join us and share this special evening!

Tuesday, August 30th at 6pm SLT


Saturday, August 20, 2016

TerpsiCorps ARTWerks Presents "Summer of Love"

On August 21, 2016 at 7 pm, the TerpsiCorps ARTists take the stage to bring you The Summer of Love 2016, a program of exceptional dance featuring music from The 1960s. Come, get your groove on, and enjoy the psychedelic sounds and sights of the late 60s.

TerpsiCorps Isle is open 24/7, so come early and wander through the gallery spaces featuring the works of Bryn Oh, Molly Bloom and Kimika Ying. The sim is sure to fill up fast, so come early, we don’t want to miss you!

TerpsiCorps Isle

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Fusion Dance Crew presents STONE SOUL PICNIC

Fusion Dance Crew presents its latest show, STONE SOUL PICNIC on:


Stoned Soul Picnic is composed of 8 dance routines to original tracks from the Motown Record Label with authentic era costumes along with dance choreography from that era... the 60’s! Authentic you ask? Well... when you grew up in the 60's in RL as a young girl, you remember!.  Back in that day dances had names. You will see the Jerk, the Twist, the Skate, the Pony, the Shing a ling, the Monkey and the Swim.   Amazing we were able to find the dance animations. All routines are being performed on a re-creation of a 60's sock hop restaurant. Music by: The Temptations, Martha & the Vandellas, the Marvelettes, Mary Wells, Isley Brothers, the Supremes and the Contours.

Hope to see you in the audience as Fusion Dance Crew takes you back in time to the classic soul music of the 1960’s:))


Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Milky Way Cabaret recruiting choreographers and dancers for Sci-Fi Faire: Trek To A Cure

The Milky Way Cabaret is recruiting choreographers and dancers for the
                                            Sci-Fi Faire: Trek To A Cure
The Trek Faire is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and is being held in support of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. All proceeds and donations go directly to the Relay For Life charity. In the past, the Milky Way Cabaret shows have been a lot of fun and were highly appreciated, a grand event for people all over the grid to get together, celebrate 50 years of Star Trek, get their galactic groove on, and fight cancer.

The Sci-Fi Faire will be held between September 7th through September 11th, 2016. (Wednesday through Sunday)

During this time, we plan to have 6 shows on the following days and times:

Wednesday, Sept. 7 @ 12pm SLT
Friday, Sept 9 @12 pm SLT & 9 pm SLT
Saturday, Sept 10 @ 12 pm SLT & 9 pm SLT
Sunday, Sept 11 @ 12 pm SLT

The Milky Way Cabaret was started in 2014 by Tray Porthos and Imrhien Fargis, and performs annually at the Second Life Science Fiction Convention. This year, we will also be performing at the 50th Anniversary Star Trek Faire. MWC is a collaborative effort - it is our hope to get members of the dance and sci-fi communities involved. We welcome individuals and troupes to perform with us. We can offer promotional perks like billboard signs, radio ads, etc. during the Faire to give you exposure if you wish.

A general information meeting for the MWC crew and anyone interested is planned for Saturday, August 13th at 12pm SLT.

If you are interested and available as a choreographer, a dancer, a host/ess, emcee, or DJ and have any questions, please send Imrhien Fargis or Tray Porthos an IM or notecard.

The Paramount Players Boogie Wonderland

Come join us for an evening of classy but sassy entertainment as we the PARAMOUNT GRAND THEATRE, the Paramount Players dance for you August 13th & 20th at 7pm slt, in our new show, Boogie Wonderland.

Disco is a genre of dance music containing elements of funk, soul, pop, and salsa. It achieved popularity during the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. Disco can be seen as a reaction against both the domination of rock music and the stigmatization of dance music by the counterculture during this period.

The disco sound has soaring vocals over a steady "four-on-the-floor" beat, an eighth note (quaver) or 16th note (semi-quaver) hi-hat pattern with an open hi-hat on the off-beat, and a prominent, syncopated electric bass line. In most disco tracks, string sections, horns, electric piano, and electric rhythm guitars create a lush background sound.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Monarchs Present STAR WARS: Untold Stories Sim-Wide MegaShow

The Monarchs presents
STAR WARS: Untold Stories.

Take a ride among the stars in a galaxy far, far away and witness the struggles between dark and light, good and evil in this series of dance performances inspired by the Star Wars universe.

Friday, August 19th, 9pm slt
& Saturday, August 20th, 3 pm slt

Come early so you don't miss your ride and please be sure to lower your script count before arriving! If you're feeling a little extra adventurous - dress to theme!

See you soon!

✰ •━━━━━━━━GUERILLA BURLESQUE━━━━━━━━•✰


It’s good to be home in our Ariellua Theater on Idle Rogue!

Guerilla Burlesque will be back performing their dance Revue this Friday night at midnight! We will present an all new revue show with all the glitz and glamour of extraordinary concepts, sizzling music, amazing costumes, and gorgeous dancers all packed into one exciting show!  It's a good night to come see the show, invite your friends and make plans to come cheer on your Guerilla dancers!
After the show come dance and hang with us in our Underground Club! DJ Chryblnd Scribe mixes the tunes we all love to shake our butts too!

Seating is at 11 pm for the midnight show!
The Ariellua Theater on Idle Rogue

Photo by ChryblndScribe
Model – Tyche Szondi

The Shadows Silhouette Dancers present "Silly Shades of Grey"!!

The Shadows Silhouette Dancers present "Silly Shades of Grey"!! No, not THAT Shades of Grey ;) Join us for a film noir murder mystery as only the Silhouette Dancers bring you!! Great music, lots of fun and of course the gorgeous Silhouette Dancers in all their noir-ish glory!!

Special encore presentation, Saturday August 6th at 1pm SLT. Come early and get a good seat!


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Kittens 'n' Tigers at The Waterfront Theatre

THURSDAY, 4th AUGUST 2016 @ 2.30pm SLT - Doors open at 2pm.

We would like welcome you all to The Waterfront Theatre with a smile on our face and welcome old and new friends.

Welcome to the wonderful world of the Kittens 'n' Tigers

We are truly grateful to you all who visit and attend our shows and hope to have memorable moments throughout the years.

Party afterwards outside on the terrace or chill out on the beach.


Monday, August 1, 2016

The Atlantis Variety Hour

"The Atlantis Variety Hour"

Thursday, August 4th, 5pm

Variety is the spice of life and variety shows are one of the oldest forms of showbiz razzle dazzle.
Atlantis Grand Theatre is pleased to present the very first of their monthly entertainment offering something for everyone.
Each month we will be featuring a revolving door of creators and dancers showcasing their favorites.
Hope to see you there !