Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween





A very Happy Halloween to you all from London City.   Enjoy the festivities today at World's End Halloween Party with Katty and Coffee.  Starts 12pm noon SL time (7pm UK).

Worlds End Pub: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/37/9/24

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Abranimation - Motion Capture and Bento dances




Real Life Motion Capture Company Awesome Dog Limited  the creators of the Second Life leading animation brand Abranimations,  original Mocap dances and animation overrides, has a Mainstore in London City.

Abranimations has been a partner of  London City for five years, but the brand has been in-world for thirteen years and uses the very latest capture techniques, for their  bento dances; where multiple cameras track the movements of real life dancers and performers and  digitally encode them into virtual world animations.

If you check your inventory for Abranimations, the chances are you will find items ranging from toys, games, accessories, avatars, gadgets, dances and AO's from your travels around the grid, made by this famous company.  You can now add to your collection of the best animations by visiting them in London City.

CEO Abramelin Wolfe explained that, "Originally we lived near London and it is a very special place for both Wildcat and myself and seeing and feeling the buzz in London City, we knew we wanted to be here and that it felt right for our business.  I especially like the little touches that bring it all to life."

Talking about the latest innovations from their company he explained, "We have recently set up a brand new studio and we are working really hard with new fluid and exceptionally realistic animations, including bento finger animations, which can already be seen in our in-world stores".



Abramelin has also made a fantastic free accessory for London City visitors, a union jack style Mesh Avatar to go with some dances and mime animations.  "We made a special Brit one to give away free here".





Abranimations is located here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/31/129/24   All animations have a test pad in the shop which you can sit on to dance and try before you buy.  What's more - in this massive stores there are many other products on offer, including club games, stunt bikes, guns, a butt animator and an hilarious fish slapper!

Abranimations has also featured on the Drax files where Abramelin explains some of the company history and demonstrates the extraordinary lengths they go to in their studio to ensure the perfect detailed dances that we all enjoy in Second Life.




Abranimation is a registered trademark of Awesome Dog Limited

Monday, October 29, 2018

Login issues



Vintage "outage" page.
As of Monday morning UK time, Login issues to Second Life continue.
Since Sunday, there have been incidents where the entire population has been thrown off-grid for an hour or more at a time.

You can check progress on this issue by clicking the button at the top of the blog to see the Grid Status

Frustrating as it is, these things happen from time to time and rest assured the lab is doing all they can to restore normality.


This graph as at 2am SL time (9am UK) charts the outages.  The gaps indicate when no residents were online.

This issue was subsequently resolved Monday afternoon.

From the lab:

Heya Folks.
I can confirm it was a DDoS attack, and yes, the folks on my team had a rough weekend.

We do our best to fight DDoSes, but this one took quite a bit more effort than normal.

I’m sorry people’s plans got interrupted over the weekend. It was a rough weekend for all of us… including those of us on this side of the grid, too.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

The weekend continues



We survived the invasion of the aliens from Mars, in last night's show, The War of the Worlds.  Hope you all enjoyed it!

The UK clocks went forward one hour this morning.. so today at 12pm SL time (7pm UK) it is Substation with Bailey and Coffee, then join Katty on the beach for Worlds End from 2pm SL (9pm UK).  Don't worry, we all catch up again as everyone else's clocks change next weekend!





Wednesday, October 24, 2018

War of The Worlds Stage Show, Saturday 27th
































On 30th October 1938 long before television, CBS broadcast a radio version of The War of The Worlds.

They mentioned several times at the start of the show that it was a dramatization.

The format of the show was that of a light music program, constantly interrupted by reporters giving an account of the aliens progressive invasion.

What the network had overlooked was that the average radio listener to jump stations throughout the evening.

As the play continued, more and more people tuned in to the War of The Worlds broadcast without realising it was a play. Furthermore the radio broadcast had used real town names instead of fictitious ones, and one by one each town fell into the hands of the Martians.

Panic ensued as whole towns, swept in waves of hysteria, packed their possessions and fled to surrounding areas.


A suicide was reported as one woman said she would rather die than be taken by the Martians. In another town there was a fatal stampede as residents desperate to leave trampled each other.

The following morning CBS were forced to hold a press conference to explain themselves and to apologize for the duress they had subjected their listeners to.

Ultimately with such intense press coverage, this catapulted the actor who has played the lead reporter, a young and unknown Orson Welles, into super-stardom.  Just three short years later, he wrote, produced, directed and starred in Citizen Kane.


Join us in London City on Saturday for the interactive stage show version of this most famous of classics.

Our evening begins with a huge mass of luminous gas erupting from Mars and heading towards Earth.

Across two-hundred-million miles of void, invisibly hurtling towards us, is the first of the missiles that will bring so much calamity.

Be part of this show.  Come dressed however you like, but to be in the cast and to dance on the stage, please wear turn of the century or steampunk clothing.  Men in cloth caps and working clothes, ladies in bustles or bonnets, or as maids.   Circa anytime between 1880 to 1940.


The event starts at 12pm SL Time (8pm UK)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

War of the Worlds, date for your diary!



War of The Worlds, interactive stage show will be held in London City on Saturday 27th October.
The event begins at 12pm SL time (8pm UK).

To be in the show, please wear turn of the century costume of your choice.


Last night in London City



It was Michael Jackson's turn to spook us last night, at the Halloween Party in London City.

Here's some pictures of the event, and a reminder that today at 11am SL time (7pm UK) it's time for Substation Retro and then at 1pm SL time it is Worlds End on the Beach!







Saturday, October 20, 2018

Freebie Megastore - New Mesh Items




Today we have added ten new mesh dresses and jeans for ladies and four pairs of mesh shoes to the Freebie Megastore.   All of these items come with colour /pattern change HUDs, so that you can customize your outfit to your heart's content.

All items are on the ground floor (except a new pair of men's trainers on the top floor) and are available FREE!

Enjoy!  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/109/195/24



Friday, October 19, 2018

Michael Jackson in Concert on Saturday




The legendary Michael Jackson is appearing in Concert at London City Party in The Park on Saturday.

With Halloween rapidly approaching, we thought you might enjoy something strange.. This week, the theme is Halloween, win 250L for being the Best!

The party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with Jacko on stage at 1pm SL.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/127/114/24


Friday, October 12, 2018

Adele Show on Saturday



Adele is a British singer, songwriter and musician who shot to fame after posting a demo of herself on MySpace (remember that?).

In 2009 she hit the big time with 19, her debut album. The success of this was quickly surpassed with her follow up album, 21, which earned her six grammy awards and Album of The Year.

To critical acclaim she released her album 25 in 2015 which to date is now her best selling collection. Adele has a place in the rich list with an estimated net worth exceeding $100m.

Come and enjoy a night of Adele in Concert with this brand new show, as the London City Players perform their tribute act.

Party starts 12pm SLT (8pm UK) with the show an hour later at 1pm SLT.

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/79/133/24

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Spooktacular!



It was the first of the Halloween Specials last night in London City with 80's New Wave singer songwriter Hazel O'Connor in Concert.  This was a great beginning to the Halloween Season, with more themed events to follow each week.

Don't forget that from 11am SL time (7pm UK) today Substation is open, with golden oldies Bailey and Coffee, and then Katty takes to the beach for World's End at 1pm SL time (9pm UK).








Saturday, October 06, 2018

Oktoberfest the event




A wonderful night was had, thanks to Bailey and Coffee at Lala's, which had turned itself into a beer tent full of grog sampling residents.

Top Omph-pa-pa tunes were heard throughout the evening, and a special appearance by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel made the event even more special!

Don't forget today is party day with the Worlds End pub at 11am SL (7pm UK) and then Party in The Park from 12pm SL (8pm UK) followed by the concert by Hazel O'Connor.




Friday, October 05, 2018

Hazel O'Connor on Saturday



A special treat as we move towards Halloween..

London City's tribute to Breaking Glass, with Hazel O'Connor, from the 1980's Punk/New Wave scene.

The hit film starring Hazel O'Connor and Phil Daniels, and broke the UK box office in 1981.

The film was called Breaking Glass and charted the success of a post-Punk/New Wave singer 'Kate' from humble beginnings, singing in rowdy back street bars, to sudden super stardom and her eventual meltdown.

Hazel O'Connor wrote and performed all of songs from the movie and just like her character in the film, experienced a brief superstardom in the early 80s with songs, Black Man, Eighth Day, If Only, Writing on the Wall, D-Days, Who Needs It and her most famous of all, Will You, which remained in the charts for 14 weeks.

Come and enjoy the show on Saturday http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/128/113/23  

The Party starts at 12pm SLT (8pm UK), with the concert at 1pm SLT

Oktoberfest at Madame Lala's



It's time to celebrate the jolly music of German Bands (oomph paa paa) as Madame Lala's celebrates Oktoberfest on Friday night from 1pm SL time (9pm UK).   Free Beer, Jolly People and no mention of Angela Merkel or Brexit.

Madame Lala's  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/241/38/23

Buskers at London City



Some great busking going on right now in London City in the performers area.  Pop over if you can!  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/74/198/23


Monday, October 01, 2018

Cash at The Crown Wine Bar




Missing from the London City landscape for a couple of years now, we are thrilled that The Crown Wine Bar has at last made a long overdue return!

Located just off the welcome area in the main hub, The Crown is a one stop venue for entertainment and for winning some cash!

You will need to join the group inside the bar for details of events being held.  An inviter located inside the venue will automatically invite you.

As well as regular DJ events, there are some very handy features for new users looking to earn a few linden dollars to pay for some of life's luxuries.

These cash incentives, include cleaning the bar after the untidy customers,  being a dancer, answering cash questions at 1L a pop, a cash dropper and a lucky chair!

Pop over to The Crown and check it all out
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/49/201/24