Kitely is breaking new wind


wow, is that juvenile or what!?! *must be the Xmas Eve Frito pies we had* =p

i missed the december 23rd Kitely blog post talking about the addition of fancy wind control (maybe because the post title was New Kitely Forums with Single Sign-On) =p

In one of our recent updates we changed the default type of wind used in OpenSim from “Random Wind” to “Configurable Wind”. We did so at the request of some of our users, but since then we’ve been told by other users that they prefer to use Random Wind. We’ve therefore added a checkbox that lets you select which type of wind to use in each of your worlds. All existing worlds are now using Random Wind by default, so wind behavior will return to what most people are used to. If you rely on Configurable Wind in your world then please make sure to enable it.

that seems like a pretty nice option, especially for people into sailing!

this is also a handy option for terrorism simulations which the US government tried in Second Life a few years ago. typically, these types of simulations are done in a physical room with various emergency officials using a table mounted model cities and one example was an anthrax attack. using Second Life, they were able to set up a scenario and run through varying conditions and change things like the time of day (an attack on a weekend night has different ramifications than during the day of a school week)

being able to script different winds would help emergency responders do simulations under a greater number of variables (gee, from breaking wind to anthrax!)

well, anyway. . .  nice going Kitely – i don’t think you guys sleep! =).


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written by Ener Hax

December 26th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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  1. That sounds cool. I’m glad it’s wind wind and not some special code that makes your avatar pass gas…lol you got me with the title. What can I say, I have an 8 yr. old at home XD

    Jamie Wright

    26 Dec 12 at 10:59 pm

  2. an 8 year old! that is such a great age – they still think you know everything and are awesome to be around

    being 8 is great and i always think of my inner child as around 10 years old =)

    why is 6 scared of 7? because 7 8 9! =D

    Ener Hax

    27 Dec 12 at 7:16 am

  3. Configurable headwind for launching your plane, just what the Wright brothers needed. And if we ever get proper aircraft working, we can be practice crosswind landings as well.

    From the emergency services angle, random wind must be a big factor in major incidents involving fire and smoke, as well as NBC hazards.
    Of course if you’re planning an exercise, you might want to choose your weather, or replicate real recorded weather.

    Has me wondering how far virtual worlds will go. Feels like we’ve come a long way in the past few years, but these are still baby steps.

    keith selmes

    27 Dec 12 at 8:08 am

  4. nice thoughts on the flight simulation keith =)

    it does seem like we have come a good way but i think there are still “great” things to be made by people. OpenSim is pretty good as it stands and some examples, such as the Fern Seed’s million dollar grant, are out there but they are the exception

    someone will figure out a really cool way to use OpenSim and change the way people view it (i think your variable wind examples are along that advanced line of thinking)

    Ener Hax

    27 Dec 12 at 8:29 am

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