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Jan 22 2012

I’m too sick to read, or write or do much of anything right now. Running a fever.

So, more on the parametric mesh deformer.

 Lab requests feedback on an optional inventory view.

Go. I’ll be back as soon as I can.

There seems to be a little confusion about who is involved in the parametric deformer project. For the record, it isn’t me – for those of you that might have gotten a little confused. If you’re eager to donate money by way of saying thanks, then the person to send it to is Karl Stiefvater, perhaps better known as Qarl.

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Yesterday (and I nearly missed it), Karl Stiefvater put up a preliminary look at the crowd-funded parametric mesh deformer. “I should specify immediately that it’s not done,” said Stiefvater, “but the heavy-lifting part of it is.”

“I’m giving it to you in this form now, so that you can give me feedback. There are decisions to be made which we should make together.”

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If you’ve been around Second Life for a while, you’ll probably know the name Karl Stiefvater (who was once known as Qarl Linden).

Stiefvater was behind a number of popular Second Life features, but was laid off from Linden Lab after the Lab responded to public calls from its customers to stop focusing on features and instead to work on platform stability and bug-fixes. With new feature-development halted, Stiefvater’s particular genius was no longer required.

Now, however, there is a perceived deficiency in how mesh-clothing functions; requiring avatars to be altered to fit clothing, rather than allowing the clothing to fit the avatar. In an unprecedented move, Second Life users are raising funds to fund Stiefvater to fix that.

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