Nothing New? Have you left?

“Oi Logan!” said shouted Miller*, “You haven’t made anything new for two years or more. Have you given up and left?

No, no. I’m still in Second Life and InWorldz and still going strong. The difference is that I’m now spending more time working for the Virtual Kennel Club and it’s not leaving me any spare time for the birds or the farm stuff. But, my store is still there in SL and IW and the products are still up to date and working well :c)

*I don’t know why he feels the need to shout. He’s right there on my shoulder, I can hear him even if he whispers.

The Blue Tit

Like my other little birds, the Blue Tit can hop around on the ground, perch or ride on your shoulder. Wherever you put him he’ll look around and serenade you at every available opportunity.

He has all the usual features:

  • 5 songs/calls,
  • Searching, pecking, singing routines,
  • Thousands of combinations of random movements
  • Roaming, Perched or Worn modes
  • Chat commands to perform songs on demand, change song volume, configure roaming area, etc.
  • Free updates/product replacements

But, given that he doesn’t have as many songs as the others, when you get to the store, you’ll find he’s a little cheaper.

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Important Updates to Birds (SL Only)

 

What’s in the update?

*A MAJOR Crash Fix*

It came to my notice earlier this week that the birds were crashing regularly. In most cases they crashed with a stack-heap collision within 24 hours of them being rezzed. I think that something must have changed in the Second Life scripting engine that is causing this because I haven’t changed the bird code since February and they were all very stable until this last week or so.

This latest version fixes the crashing problem and will provide more stability and flexibility for future birds. Please update your bird(s) as soon as you can.

*A New Command*

It’s not a completely new command, it’s a pseudonym for “static”. You can now use “perch” or “static” to make the bird stay in one place and sing.

*Modified Output from the “Mode” Command*

When you give a mode command, your birds will now say “perched” instead of static.

 

How do I get the updates?

Go to the Sandry’s Store of your choice and find the vendor for your bird.

Click on the vendor and choose “Redelivery”

The server will deliver a new copy of the bird to you.

(Repeat for each bird that you have)

If you’re not sure where the stores are, this is a SLURL to get you there:  http://bit.ly/sandrys_store

 

What if I got the bird from Marketplace?

Go to the my Main Store at Turing Isle and collect your update from the vendor(s) there.

http://bit.ly/sandrys_store

 

What if the bird was sent to me as a Gift?

Go to the my Main Store at Turing Isle and collect your update from the vendor(s) there.

 

I have your birds in InWorldz, do I need to update them there too?

No, the problem that this update fixes has only occured in Second Life.

 

Why did you make that command change?

I had never been quite happy with the “static” command/mode. I chose that name for it because I used “active” for the hopping around mode and “passive” for the standing still mode and I thought that “stationary” was too long and clumsy. But “static” is not intuitive, it implies standing still. I had been considering changing it to “perch” for the command and “perched” for the output of the “mode” command for a while and now that there is a significant increase in free memory in the birds’ scripts, it seemed like the ideal opportunity to make the change and introduce “perch” while still keeping “static” for backwards compatibility.

 

What if I don’t want to receive your news messages?

You are receiving this message because you are a customer of mine or because you subscribed to my news service at one of my stores. If you no longer wish to receive these messages, please visit one of the stores and click on one of the subscribe/unsubscribe signs that are near the vendors.

This is the SLURL to my Main Store, you can unsubscribe from the “Tree” sign next to the entrance.

http://bit.ly/sandrys_store

 

If you have any problems or queries, please contact me by IM or by email: [email protected]

 

Thank you for shopping at Sandry’s.

 

House Sparrows

The House Sparrows are out!

Yes! Sparrows plural for there are two of them: a male and a female.

They have all the usual features:

  • 10 songs/calls,
  • Searching, pecking, singing routines,
  • Thousands of combinations of random movements
  • Roaming, Perched or Worn modes
  • Chat commands to perform songs on demand, change song volume, configure roaming area, etc.
  • Free updates/product replacements

They are available separately or as a pair (at a discounted price).  You can get them at all the usual places: my stores in Second Life and InWorldz, on the Marketplace and on Cariama.

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The Robin and Canary come to in InWorldz

I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally be able to release the Robin and Canary in InWorldz. I’ve been holding back on this release until the new scripting engine was in place and now it’s here and so are the birds.

The birds can sing, peck the ground, look all around, turn, hop around on the ground or other surface, or sleep. They have ten different songs and thousands of combinations of movements from which they choose at random. You can name them and you can wear them on your shoulder where they will entertain you with song.

The birds can be instructed to hop around freely, stay in a certain area, stand still, and sleep. They will be equally at home hopping around in the garden, riding on your shoulder, or standing on a wall or branch.

You can visit them in-world at my store on Matahari Island.

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Tweety Does Her Bit for Charity

I don’t know if you remember the story of Gabriwel and Tweety, who were the influence behind my canaries, and I don’t think that I ever told you that they are Japanese. When I was offered a spot at the Pacific Crisis Fundraiser, it seemed only appropriate that Tweety should be my flagship product.

If you purchase a Canary from the stall there, the entire proceeds go to AmeriCares.org. I’m also donating 50% of the proceeds from the sale of the Robin, a few of the farm accessories and a selection of the LogSpark Western Hats. There are some 400 different designers taking part and many of them have created things exclusively for this fund raiser.

SLURL: Pacific Crisis Fundraiser

Canary Updates

You may have noticed that the Canaries become inactive after a while and do nothing except blink. I found a problem that was causing them to crash and I’ve made some modifications to their script which I think has fixed it.

This update is only required for the Canary.

You can get an updated Canary by going to one of the Canary vendors, touching it and choosing “Redelivery” from the menu.

If you purchased your bird from the Second Life Marketplace, you can collect your update in the same way. This is a SLURL for my Main Store: http://bit.ly/sandrys_store

Gabriwel and Tweety

This is Tweety an RL pet that belonged to Second Life resident Gabriwel Juliesse. Tweety had been sick from birth and Gabriwel had cared for her and nursed her for years. When I met Gabriwel she had recently lost Tweety. Unable to find a canary in SL to remind her of her dear friend, she had just purchased my robin.

I must confess that I had not even considered making a canary at that time, I was thinking of making a Great Tit or a Blue Tit (more favourite garden birds form my childhood) but Gabriwel and Tweety’s story touched my heart. You’ll find that many of the canaries in my stores are called Tweety in memory of Gabriwel’s Tweety, but if you find them called Artie, he is one of the bird whose songs my canaries sing.