Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Essence of Your Patronage in SL

In my time as a resident of Second Life, I've seen really wonderful projects come to life: Art collaborations made to inspire, invoke emotions and reflect. Gathering places like clubs and discos that provides an avenue for our social activities. Fashion that feels like an artpiece or makes a testament of one's heritage. Immersive sims that increase your SL involvement. Truly being in Second Life has made me more appreciative of the many endeavors that enrich the world and protecting them becomes very essential, not just for me, but for the whole Second Life experience. 

I'm sure all of you has seen how creative a lot of people can be in SL, and when creativity thrives, there's no stopping it....well, nothing except MONEY. The sad truth is that many if not all of the art and visuals are made out of sheer love to create and to inspire, and with the rising tier prices and the economy in RL taking its toll to our SL activities, we are in danger of losing all that we have come to appreciate. One of such project is the Second Life Shakespeare Company's Twelfth Night. Though I have not seen this one, I have seen Hamlet, and I truly believe that this is an amazing testament of passion for theatre and an excellent example of how Second Life can be used.
This collaboration is strictly a resident-run and resident-supported professional theatre company that first started with Hamlet as its first production last year. They do this out of love and respect for the craft, and such endeavors are worth supporting. Even if Shakespeare bores you to death in Real Life, at least SLSC does their best to make it cool in Second Life.

Please support the art and creations you come to love in Second Life by donating to their efforts and helping spread the word about their existence. We must not be complacent during this difficult times to help those who have resorted to their creative genius to support themselves, for some of our virtual fashion designers and artists, whatever little Linden dollar you contribute bring food and gas to their table in Real Life.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What really ails the grid

Today's post is in reaction to RightAsRain Rimbaud's blog post about bots and campers. He stresses out that they are the main reason of Second Life's performance issues, then asserts his disappointment over the Linden Lab's lack of reaction and action to it. Mr. Rimbauld also started a Flickr group so residents can submit snapshots taken of bots and campers that litter our grid.

True, bots and campers a bane to our Second Life existence, but so are the following residents:

*Attachment junkies
*Content creators who unwisely upload textures that rezz too long
*Sims running too many scripts/textures that load too long

However, the difference is that while the three offenders can be changed through awareness, the issue on bots and campers remain an issue that
REALLY NEEDS to be acted upon by the Lab. Bling can easily be taken off and scripts be rewritten to work efficiently, but bots and campers are proof of the Lindens' lenient system. The word "lenient" here is in the context of how the Lab responds to people using bots/campers as a business of some sort. With the exemption of gambling and bank bans that has taken place, the Lab has an easy going policy with regards to running and engaging in business in Second Life

Thus the question comes up on how to best resolve this problem that has long been hindering our experience from the grid. Should we form a group designed to abolish this? I wonder if this is the purpose RaR's Flickr group serve? Would it be used as some sort of evidence-gathering repository to show/shove down the Linden's who refuse to see the LIVING resident's point? That THIS and not Openspaces are the root cause?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

AVENUE Magazine's 2nd issue now out!

Hello everyone! With Halloween shenanigans temporarily distracting us and with the deluge of parties, events and other happenings for October, we got so much in our plates we had difficulty trying to squeeze everything into this one issue!

As Managing Editor of AVENUE Magazine, Second Life's newest and most comprehensive magazine about Fashion, Lifestyle and the Arts, we are proud to release our 2nd issue!

Featuring Sissy Pessoa of Biastice, eDreams Factory newest sim--Golgothica, Burning Life 2008 interview with Poid Mahlovich and Katt Linden featuring the awesome photography of SL's best photographers who were able to get the best snapshots of BL's best art installations!

More in this issue:

Talk Show--SL Style
Artist of the Month: Ravanelle Zugzwang
Model of the Month: EmmZ Tzara
Cirque D' Ego

Click here for the web edition! ENJOY!