Monday, April 30, 2012
As the event went on, the total amount gathered was announced to the audience. Finally at 6:54, the hundred thousand threshhold was crossed, "We have 102,925L so far!" At 7PM, it was Frets Nirvana who took the stage, and the music & dancing went on.
The event went on to 9PM SL time (Midnight EST), and a total of 214,000 Lindens were raised. Frets told that next month's singers will be, "PonDman, Guitar Zane, little old me, Mulder Watts and Voodoo Shilton."
According to writer Andy Greenman, Trevor Timm, a lawyer and activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, felt, "the House’s early vote on CISPA as an attempt by its author, representative Mike Rogers, to squeeze the bill through before its opposition grew any stronger." The bill was also amended before passage, "the House voted to amend the bill to actually allow even more types of private sector information to be shared with government agencies, not merely in matters of cybersecurity or national security, but in the investigation of vaguely defined cybersecurity 'crimes,' 'protection of individuals from the danger of death or serious bodily harm,' and cases that involve the protection of minors from exploitation." It was a move that raised further concerns from opponents. Techdirt.com's Leigh Beadon called it "an absolutely terrible change."
"Somehow, incredibly, this was described as limiting CISPA, but it accomplishes the exact opposite," Beadon wrote, "CISPA is now a completely unsupportable bill that rewrites (and effectively eliminates) all privacy laws for any situation that involves a computer. Far from the defense against malevolent foreign entities that the bill was described as by its authors, it is now an explicit attack on the freedoms of every American."
The bill still has to be passed in the Senate before heading to the White House, which has come out against it recently. Timm saw hope it would be beaten, "We’ve seen an explosion of a variety of groups and congressmen coming out against the bill,” he says. “As the Senate debates this, it’s good that privacy and civil liberties will be front and center.”
Sources: Forbes.com, Techdirt.com
It was during one moment of this discussion that a figure walked in. With his long ears, carrot in the mouth, and bushy tail, he was recognizable as a kani or anthro rabbit. But this one wasn't dressed up for Easter. He had on a set of chainmail armor, with a warhammer on his back.
"Um," one clerk spoke up a bit worried, "This isn't a hold-up, is it?"
"Huh? Oh no-no!" spoke the visitor, "I was at the Fantasy Faire earlier. Do I need to leave the hammer outside?"
"It's fine as long as you're wearing it and not swinging it. Sorry about that. What can we do for you?"
"Well, I need a few Lindens to help my Relay team meet it's goal at tonight's event, and I need enough left over to meet my tier. Do you accept Euros?"
"We most certainly do." The long eared visitor and the teller soon worked out a deal and the Lindens were exchanged for the armored guy's Euros.
"Hope all goes well at the Faire," the teller told him.
"Thank you," the armored kani told him, "Just don't expect any late Easter eggs. Thanks to these long ears, people have been making jokes all month."
"Oh, sorry about that."
"Oh well, it's gotten me lots of free chocolate."
They all had a good chuckle, and the visitor went on his way.
The Podex Exchange is located at Moonbeam (26, 223, 34), with a website at http://www.podex.info/ . Jacek Shuftan is the CEO.
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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Another "Flufee" machinima from Pooky Amsterdam and Draxtor Despres, "Kaito helps Mika recover a mysterious box....what does this have to with Flufee? Watch, find out & enjoy pondering life's persistent questions...."
Saturday, April 28, 2012
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Sheriff Fuzzball Ortega DJed the event, going all-out in dressing up the part of a 60's musician. He didn't have the infamous mountain of hair on, though the 60s being noted for bad hair sported another doo. His tunes had a variety of 60s songs from the Beach Boys to the hippie songs of Woodstuck. And yes, "Long Beautiful Hair" was among those played.
There was one other thing different about Fuzzball's DJing that night. It was the first time he spoke during a session. He plans to do so again in future events.
Baron Klaus Wulfenbach was among those attending the party. Normally his hair is a bit long and somewhat unkempt, like so many other eccentric scientists. But when dancing at a party full of long haired hippies, he showed up sporting a haircut, neat and trim, dressed in a business suit.
Trader1 Whiplash of the Relay staff was also there, and RFL kiosks were set up for the party. A few thousand was raised that night, bringing the total of the Steelhead Salmons team to over 172,000 Lindens. Less than 28,000 stands between the Salmons and Gold status.
The party went on for three hours of 60's fun, with some residents who grew up in the 60's and 70s talking about the shows they saw as kids, "I tried explaining Saturday Morning cartoons to my kids ... they couldn't imagine life without computers." "We had computers then. We called them pocket calculators."
At the close of the party, residents bid each other good night, and went their separate ways.
Enter Kalli Birman, known as Brandy Maltas in real life and the manager for SL musician Mankind Tracer. On her Facebook page, she made the following announcement:
"Since Linden Lab is not hosting an SL9b (SL9th B-day Event), Seth Regan,/Mankind Tracer in SL and I have decided to coordinate our own. The Tracer/Birman Agency will be producing the SL9B Street Fair and Pub Crawl. The event will be held June 19th-24th, 6PM-9PM, at six established and respected SL Live Music venues. Participating venues are: Club Graffiti, Gwampa's Dance Kamp, Key West, Boom Pony, Ground Zero and San Diego City."
So far, Kalli is offering "6 days - 6 venues - 18 live musicians!!!" Though it's highly likely more will be joining as time goes on.
For Daniel Voyager's article on the subject: Click Here.
Hamlet Au wrote more on his take on why the Lab wasn't hosting an anniversary event this year. In what he called "a harsh but necessary virtual reality check," he noted attendance has been declining in the more recent SLB events. Citing statistics provided by Daniel Voyager, he noted that about 38,000 visitors attended the SL3B events when Second Life had "about 200,000 active users… nearly 20% of the total userbase," and in the more recent SL6B, "when there were about 742,000 active SL users, only 17,712 attended … about 2% of the userbase."
Why the decline? His guess was "As SL's userbase has grown, there are fewer SLers who have a deep affinity with SL as a unified virtual community, and more who are just interested in going to their favorite nightclub or roleplaying sim or whatever sub-community they're affiliated with."
Hamlet's post was followed by a few comments. Some more or less suggested that it may not be so much newer residents having less affinity to "a unified virtual community," than residents old and new alike having less tolerance for Linden Lab's policies.
Source: New World Notes
Friday, April 27, 2012
Read Xymbers' article in Places.
Remember the mess over SOPA in December and January? This proposed law had the potential for becoming "The Great Firewall of America," possibly meaning the end of favorite places online such as Youtube, Facebook, and Second Life. Despite a Congress seemingly poised to approve it, opposition to it and it's sister bill PIPA grew in numbers. The backers of SOPA eventually shelved it from a vote, and the opponents had seemingly won.
However, a new bill, H.R. 3523, has made it through committee: the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act," or CISPA. Intended to "allow the voluntary sharing of attack and threat information between the U.S. government and security cleared technology and manufacturing companies to ensure the security of networks against patterns of attack," the bill "has been criticized by advocates of Internet privacy and neutrality, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation … because they feel it contains too few limits on how and when the government may monitor private information when it might become collaterally entangled in the process of passing threat information, and too few safeguards with respect to how the data may be used; they fear that such new powers may be used to find and punish file sharers and copyright infringers rather than the stated foreign spies or hackers."
An article in Forbes.com describes opposition to the bill as mounting, "On Monday, a group of more than fifty professors, entrepreneurs and information security professionals published an open letter to Congress calling on lawmakers to oppose CISPA and other overbroad cybersecurity bills like the SECURE IT Act … CISPA has a very different focus from SOPA and PIPA, the much-loathed antipiracy bills killed by a similar groundswell of Internet anger in February. Whereas SOPA and PIPA raised fears of censorship, CISPA’s vague data-sharing statutes are largely seen as a threat to privacy, although some are also interpreting the bill as allowing site blocking. And whereas SOPA pitted Silicon Valley against Hollywood, CISPA seems to have the support of many technology and Web-based companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, Symantec, and IBM."
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web, spoke last week the bill "is threatening the rights of people in America, and effectively rights everywhere." Senator Ron Paul spoke out against the bill, saying it would make "government spies of Facebook and Google." Eighteen House Representatives signed a letter opposing the bill, at least in its current form. The White House has also come out against CISPA. Avaaz.org has a petition against the bill with three-quarters of a million signatures, with the goal of making it a million. Reddit has a number of "anti-CISPA discussions."
CISPA is expected to be voted on in the House of Represenatives today.
Sources: Wikipedia, Forbes.com, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Avaaz.org, Reddit,
Thursday, April 26, 2012
[Posted 7:20am PDT 26 April 2012] We are currently undergoing unscheduled maintenance. This may cause some Residents to be logged out or prevent some from being able to login. Our homepage (www.secondlife.com) is also unavailable during this maintenance, so live chat service is unavailable. Please keep an eye on this blog for updates.
Maintenance was declared completed at 10:45 AM SL time, but was soon started up again, the Lindens admitting there was still problems with logins, rezzing, purchasing, etc. The last update was 1:20 PM, when they still advised against rezzing no copy objects and inworld transactions.
*Update* I've been unable to get online, and the latest update is as follows:
[Updated 3:23pm PDT 26 April 2012] Services are still undergoing maintenance - logins, billing, and other issues may occur. Some regions may be down intermittently. Please continue to refrain from rezzing no-copy objects, or transacting L$ or land. At this time, we do not have an estimated time of repair. Please continue to monitor this blog for updates.
No telling how long tonight this will last.
Image Credit (top): Daniel Voyager
*Update #2* This was the final update: [COMPLETED 7:15 pm PDT 26 April 2012] All maintenance has been completed. We really appreciate your patience and understanding with this matter. There are still a few regions that we’re helping with an assisted restart. They should be returning to service in a short amount of time.
Daniel Voyager found some statistics on for the Grid status that day: article here.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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Spring or Fall? Depends on the hemisphere! We mark the change of seasons with many events, pageants, play, tomfoolery, and absurdity. Tis the season to join your fellow Burners and return to Deep Hole! Come party and play with an astounding line up of DJs and live music. Plus, in the Art Gallery, there will be poetry events throughout the weekend.
It's time to return! Time to recall that this little slice of the virtual Black Rock Desert is our Home! Its our Playa! So come on back and we’ll occupy it for the weekend! Bring your friends, bring strangers, robots, petites, furries, mer, fae, role players, and everyone else! We are all friends that have been acquainted or just met!
Occuplaya is just one of many 10 Principles-precompresson events leading up to the big BURN2 event. Come get a taste of what Burning Man on the Playa is all about!
When: 4/27 - 4/29
Where: BURN2 Deep Hole
See amazing art from our invited artists:
Mikati Slade - Japan
Takni Miklos - Spain
Fuschia Nightfire - Canada
Town Hall Meetings:
Express yourself at BURN2 Townhalls 4/27 3:00 p.m. SLT and 4/28 9:00 a.m. SLT
Join us at the porta potty stage to hear DJ sets and live music
Come join us for a celebration of art, art cars, burning fun and frolic around the Maypole! Please note to frolic EARLY around the Maypole -- as it does look flammable!
For a complete schedule of activities and events, Please see our website at: http://www.burn2.org/occuplaya
BURN2 is an extension of the Burning Man festival and community into the world of Second Life. It is an officially sanctioned Burning Man regional event, and the only virtual world event out of more than 100 real world Regional groups.
The BURN2 Team operates events year around, culminating in an annual major festival of community, art and fire in the fall - a virtual echo of Burning Man itself.
We'd like to encourage you to use the following labels and hashtags when you write about the event: Burn2, #burn2 . We will promote those tags to make it easier for people to find your content.
Want more information? Check out these resources
Contact: Emcee Widget
Image Credit: Daniel Voyager
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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Contact: Dusk Griswold
Club Cutlass is at Sunweaver Space (246, 88, 124)
Monday, April 23, 2012
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Sunday, April 22, 2012
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Saturday, April 21, 2012
It was "Friday Night at The Pocket" Australian club on the evening of April 20-April 21. The event started at 8 SL time, with a number of live singers that night. Finally at 10PM SL time, it was musician OhMy Kidd's turn. And he got his guitar and began singing. Saraine Sands was by his side as the "percussionist," tapping on a metal bell, and getting a few "needs more cowbell" jokes from the Americans in the crowd.
Finally someone pointed out, "Hey, it's OhMy Kidd's rezzday!" And the audience cheered and wished the singer a happy rezzday. Among them were CNN iReporter Any1 Gynoid, and a certain kangaroo avatar dancing with her.
The Pocket is at the Fendahl sim at (240, 85, 31), with Cellandra Zon as manager. The club was founded by the late Delinda Dyrrsen, a noted resident in Second Life media.
9am SLT Etopia 5th Birthday Party - Starts!
Earth Day 5 Years Ago Was the Founding of SL's Eco Sustainability Community - Etopia! Join Us!
11am SLT - What's So Important About Earth Day Anyway - presented by Namaara MacMoragh
11am SLT Poetry Open Mike on Earth Day Poetry at Four Bridges Speak Easy
6pm SLT Earth Day @ Virtually Speaking Sunday (VSS)
Friday, April 20, 2012
Last Saturday at Alpha Cold on April 14th, the Virtual Basketball Association threw a party to celebrate the launch of it's second season. Players, cheerleaders, and fans alike danced to the music. Gladiola Mistwallow, the VBA's vice president of marketing, was among those there.
A few residents had the feeling, "Oh well, it was going to be a lousy show anyway." But most wished that the Lindens hadn't made this decision. There were some whom thought it was not too great a surprise, citing the Lab no longer running other Linden-sponsored events of the past. One resident wondered if the Lab would soon be abandoning the Linden Endowment of the Arts as well. One resident thought this was a great opportunity for one of the major real estate companies to gain a public relations coup by offering to host a resident-created SL9B.
It was interesting to note that a Linden spokesman posted on the SL9B Fail thetas to address the residents:
Having seen the feedback in this thread and elsewhere about the plan for SL9B celebrations, we wanted to elaborate a bit about why we’ve decided to focus on promoting numerous events hosted by the community this year, rather than hosting a centralized celebration as we have in the past.
We want to give the Second Life community more control over the celebrations and to put the focus of the events where we think it really belongs: on you – the landowners, the creators, the artists, the DJs, the musicians, the venue managers – the people who make Second Life great every day.
Many of you have invested both time and money in your own venues inworld, and we think the SL9B celebrations are a good opportunity to introduce new people to the work you’ve put into cultivating a community presence inworld (rather than potentially drawing traffic away from your region to a central event). A collection of decentralized events and exhibits means that not only can many more creators participate, but it should also help us to avoid some of the performance challenges that have lessened the fun for attendees at past SL Birthdays.
As many of you have pointed out, there are pros and cons to the approach we’re taking this year, just as there have been in the past, but we hope you’ll choose to participate and enjoy the celebrations.
Various blogs had various opinions. Botgirl Questi came up with a parody of the song "F**k You," expressing anger at Linden Labs. Daniel Voyager expressed the sadness and disappointment so many others did, hoping that there would be an effort by residents to organize some kind of anniversary event.
Hamlet Au's response was different, "To be honest, I think this state of things is just as well." He brought up an incident last year in which an artist accused Linden Lab of using a design of hers for the event without her permission or credit and numerous residents protested in her behalf without bothering to ask for her own art to compare with what was used, "another telling illustration of Linden Lab's inevitably fractious, drama-rife relationship with its own user community … bad faith on Linden Lab's part is automatically assumed." The persistent lag was another reason.
Tateru Nino's perspective of the matter was perhaps the most unique. Years ago, she had run the Second Life Third Birthday event (not called SL3B until later). She was the organizer of the event, which "had two key differences to all of the other anniversary events that have come afterwards. Firstly, it wasn’t centralised, and secondly, Linden Lab was barely involved. " Linden Lab did provide six regions, which were used for parcels for landless communities and SL groups, an art show, and the grand parade. There were numerous birthday events across the Grid as well. She felt, "It worked astonishingly well … better than any of the anniversary events before or since."
Tateru called the Linden's announcement, "almost a return to the way it was when I organized it." But this time no organizer. She thought the birthday event could be successful if both someone stepped forward to organize it and Linden Lab remained relaxed with the rules. Otherwise, the whole thing would just fall flat. She also called the decision an opportunity for such an organizer. But judging from the feedback she was getting, there was no sign of someone stepping forward. at least for now.
" What I don’t know is if the Lab is returning to this anniversary model because it is one that is proven to work, because it realises that it is crap at doing this, it is unwilling to spend the money, or it has nobody able to handle the work. Or perhaps some combination of the above."
In any event, Linden Lab has pretty much handed over the SL9B event to anyone whom will take it.
Sources: Linden Blog, Linden Forums, SL Universe, Daniel Voyager's Blog, New World Notes, Dwell on it
Thursday, April 19, 2012
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
SL9B is canceled.
Details are still coming in. Stay tuned for further news.
For the article on Daniel Voyager's blog, Click Here.
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Syzygy University is the latest improvement to be added to the Syzygy Community. The University is located at Syzygy Eos (89, 21, 1326).
Built by Syzygy resident B.W. Jinxings, SU has all the latest in modern technology, including TV camera and monitors. The classroom is spacious and airy.
Last week fellow Syzygy resident Elric Anatine presented the first class on SL Photography. Notes, including screen shots of the best viewer settings, can be found at http://www.syzygycommunity.
In case you need a pick-me-up to get through your SL day, there are Red Bull and Coke dispensers outside the classroom, too. You won't need them to stay awake in the Syzygy classes, however, as they are awesome!
Be careful, however, when walking around the grounds. Odd creatures are springing up from the lawn and sewer. It's also possible to fall off the edge of the skybox. Or perhaps one of those creatures pushed me. In any event, beware!
The next class will be May 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM SLT. Dr. Anatine will be presenting a class on "Taming Your Inventory". We all know how out of control that can get!
The University is free and open to all SL residents.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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The sim-owner is experiencing bank issues since he moved to Ecuador, which is making it difficult to transfer money to the Lindens. If we can't raise the tier money for this month, the sim will disappear on April 23rd and with it Gairdin na Sidhe.
To help raise the money, I've set all the vased flowers at half price and put a donation box out for those who want to help support us. All sales and proceeds will be going towards the tier for this month to keep the sim and the store alive.
If we don't make it, I'd like to thank all of you who've visited and enjoyed my products. Let's hope this isn't our final goodbye. :)
Thanks for all the help and support! <3
Star Bright (224, 162, 27)
Editor's Note: For those who don't know, Euranna was the manager of the defunct STA: a place in 2007 which besides its purpose of helping arrange trips abroad also served as a hangout and a starter place for newcomers. Following the STA's vanishing in Jan 2008, Euranna eventually founded the flower shop, where she continued to do business up to now. It really is a nice little flower shop, with gifts for all occasions.
Monday, April 16, 2012
I spoke to Dazza this morning and he told me, “I really don't think the first return was about shout .... Ok, well the first one was on a empty sim .. was rezzed then 5 hours later was returned .. our alt who is owner on all boards got a warning for wagering ... NOT ME and its my name on all boards as creator ... now the problem is this .... that game was never played .. even the Linden didn't play it .. so how could he say it was wagering ???? ... ok then .. 3 days past .. 400 sims played 100's of games 1000's of people and nothing .. all boards have same owner .. but nothing!!!! Then in a separate 'attack' on a sim, our board was AR'd .. a 180 day old linden employee went to that sim .. looked on her records and see's that the owner was warned 3 days earlier and she just does what she thinks is right and returns the board .... I still had no contact .. but my alt got 1 day suspn ... so I was faced with a decision .. run it and take the risk of losing my alt or close it down and let the Labs do their thing ..."
There are protests going on at various locations. One was held at Governor Linden’s home, and another at Mia Linden’s office. Here is a video of a protest held Saturday:
Byngo players are hoping that the issue is settled soon and there is also a petition up on the web at http://www.ipetitions.com/
Inara Pey noted a number of other problems, including, "Listings on Marketplace do not match the actual items," incorrect merchant information (products from one seller listed as belonging to another), "products from one merchant appearing in stores belonging to other merchants, items incorrectly priced," and "incorrect ratings assigned to products (G-rated items appearing as Adult, etc)" She also stated she was beginning to observe "rising accusations of 'theft' among merchants as they come across what appears to be their own goods being listed by others." Tateru Nino called the source of the problem a "unicode bungle," listed in the JIRA as "WEB-4587."
The initial response from Linden Labs was largely silence. Then a few days ago, Rodvik Linden gave a few answers on his Twitter account, pointing out an update on the commerce forum, "team has been crunching non stop to get those issues addressed. We will update as soon as we have a fix." Calling it "not an acceptable quality of roll out," Tateru Nino deadpanned, "perhaps is wasn't an acceptable quality of rollout, but it was the level of quality that we have become used to all these years."
The commerce forum update was further updated the next day, saying "two of the top three outstanding issues" were addressed
• WEB-4580: purchases are now delivered to recipients with the inventory name (which does not allow unicode characters). This will prevent future orders from getting stuck in the Being Delivered state due to this issue. In addition, all orders affected by this problem have been pushed through.
• WEB-4587: updates have been made to support updating store search results, which we will process over the next week; we continue to work on the issue related to mismatched data on listings. We do know that this issue has existed since September 2010 (during the migration from Xstreet to the Second Life Marketplace).
Hamlet's article on Rodvik's response drew some positive feedback from readers, mixed in with cautionary notes, "Wow, a straightforward acknowledgment, with no BS, no spin. … Kudos to Rodvik, may this act serve as an example for all of LL. This kind of forthcoming communication can make all the difference in the world in making SL live up to its full potential." the same resident also stated, "Whether it's truly accompanied by the promised action is a different issue … everyone should hold LL's feet to the fire on this regardless until it's fixed."
On the Linden forums, residents seemed a bit more critical, "And yet he can't even manage to post this timely info on his company's official website?" "Although it is refreshing to see a CEO like Rodvik use some of the other social media to communicate with the community, the flaw with Rodvik is that he seems to ONLY use non-LL official tools to interact with his customer base. "
Second Life Newser has yet to hear whether or not things have improved on Marketplace or not. But judging by some of the comments observed, some merchants and shoppers will be relying less on it.
Sources: Living in a Modem World, Tateru Nino, New World Notes, Twitter, Linden Forums,
Image Credit: Emilly Orr, Sera Lok
Sunday, April 15, 2012
From the Relay for Life Bike Rally at "Perri's Xandu." Nydia Tungsten took a friend for a spin on a bike, but somehow it ended up spinning on it's backside. She soon corrected herself, and there were no scrapes on the paint job to take care of.
From AC14 Hutson, and mentioned on New World Notes, a fun little film on Youtube of some "messing around" with Pathfinding, with music by Jerry Reed.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Also there was Rita Mariner and the "Sawyer Clones," all in Easter dress and bonnets. Someone later told me she found them a little creepy. More often, I hear chuckles about them, or people shrugging it off as just another example of the nuttiness around the Sunweavers.
Club Cutlass is at Sunweaver Space (243, 87, 123)