Wednesday, July 17, 2013

We're Not Half Baked at London City



London City Estate has just got Server Side Baking. 

So, is this the biggest over-hyped sensation since the Millennium Dome, The Emperors New Clothing and Mesh Graphics... or one of the modern miracles that offers the solution to those horrid Ruth's and that sodding gesture about seeing grey people?

We've only just got it, so anything is possible.. but behind the scenes we did a lot of testing and we're hoping that the literally thousands of you who visit us every day get to see each other a lot quicker, even if everything else takes its usual time.

Nikolish viewed on Singularity SSB
Apparently if you clear your cache, logon and go make a coffee it is truly spectacular.

Check out Nikolish here, rendered in quite nicely :)  He's a photographer with a gallery and store in London City.  See his superb work by visiting here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/196/46/24








London City - Most Popular Destination in Second Life

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Server Side Baking Blues?




Going from Phoenix to Singularity SSB?
For information about customising FIRESTORM see the Resources Tab above, 3rd story down

So you have made the leap from Phoenix to Firestorm?   Well done you!

If you haven't.... or you cannot get to grips with Firestorm despite my wonderful article in "Resources", then Singularity with SSB may well be the cure for what ails you!



Firestorm is very much like Phoenix when set to the Phoenix mode.  You can customise it even more closely with my settings, but it does still lack some functionality that was enjoyed in Phoenix.
Little things, but annoying things.. Keyword alerts not working in background, UUID not supported in Estate and Local access listing, bad highlighting in edit, strange editor for scripting, Radar needing to be clicked 3 times to make it alphabetical, inability to view/moderate group chat by who has spoken most recently, non proportional tab widths in chat etc etc.

Singularity is the closest viewer you will get to the old Phoenix viewer.  It is virtually identical and the only differences I have spotted are on the radar button, otherwise it seems the same, which is hardly surprising considering both viewers were forked from Snowglobe.

However, they both share the same bug, which is the inability to point their settings away from:
C:\users\yourname\appdata\roaming\secondlife and try as I might I cannot get phoenix to point to "phoenix" and singularity to point to "singularity" in the directory above, it seems that "secondlife" is hardcoded into the settings.

It doesn't matter too much, unless you use both viewers!   If you use both viewers, expect some strange results as one will corrupt the "per user" settings on the other, or you will find Singularity does all the logon stuff and the very instant you think you have arrived in-world, it quits to desktop.   Phoenix on the other hand will dump many of the tweaks you have added, like keyword alerts, auto-responses etc.

My advice is to use either Phoenix or Singularity and NEVER both on your system at a time.

If you are moving from Phoenix to Singularity (or want to give Singularity a thorough road test) here's how:

Remove the desktop shortcut.. You don't want to undo all your hard work by accidently launching Phoenix!

Since Phoenix is now defunct as it will not support SSB and Singularity supports Server Side Baking, my work around was to rename the directory to C:\users\yourname\appdata\roaming\secondlife-phoenix to mothball my old settings and chats (which I can copy across later).   Now on starting Singularity, I can be assured that only Singularity is using the directory C:\users\yourname\appdata\roaming\secondlife thus preserving my settings from corrupting.

If for any reason I find that Singularity is unworkable for me and I want to return to Phoenix from where I left off, I can safely delete C:\users\yourname\appdata\roaming\secondlife  and rename C:\users\yourname\appdata\roaming\secondlife-phoenix back to C:\users\yourname\appdata\roaming\secondlife

By following the steps in the Firestorm guide (See the Resources Tab at the top of this page), you can also copy across the old Phoenix fonts and make the viewer absolutely identical!

I am told that you can copy the language files from Phoenix too if English is not your native language.

Happy fiddling!

PS: If rezzing is slow and grey forever, go to the Network tab and uncheck "Use HTTP for Textures"

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tom Jones on Saturday



Tom Jones is a busy man.  It has been well over a year since he last appeared in London City, but has gone out of his way to fit us in again on account of it being the month of our 3rd Birthday.

Tom who is a sort of cross between Engelbert Humpadink and Elvis shot to fame in the 1960's as Britains hottest export to the USA.

His most famous songs include, The Green Green Grass of Home, Thunderball, Delilah, Thunderball, Kiss, Sexbomb.... the list goes on and on.

So be sure to catch Sir Tom this Saturday in London City.   Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with Sir Tom strutting his stuff, an hour later at 1pm SL, here  http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/113/109/24

Win 500L For Best in Tight Trousers!

This event is Sponsored by DX Exchange, Buy Linden Dollars at Best Rates.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The Fabulous London City Review



~WoooHooo  The weather today  in  London  City is Scorchio!!!! and  the forecast for  the rest of  the week Scorchio!!!!
You  know  what  that means  don't  you ? ...dare I even  say  .....

..... I'll whisper  so as  not to jinx it  .....
It's  summer time ...yayayayay at last..... and  never  one to pass up on a party,  I  joined  everyone  in Regents park  on Saturday  for  one  of  the famous  LIVE  outdoor  concerts.



Regents  Park  had  been  transformed  into an  Oasis right in the centre  of  town,


Sun ,  Sea  and  Sand what more could  you ask  for.... Live  music you say?,  well we had  the covered too.









You wouldn't believe who  joined  us  to sing  a vast array  of  his  top  hits .... Born in 1947,  David  Robert  Jones  ( no relation ) he's an  English  musician, actor, songwriter and  producer, he has  been a major  figure  in  popular  music  for  the last  four decades. Well  known  for  his  distinctive  voice and  intellectual depth...any ideas  yet?
What  if  I said  "Starman"? "Lets Dance"? come  on  you must  know.... that's  right!!!.....



We had  the  one,  the  only  David  Bowie  in  concert....how awesome .....Born  in  Brixton,  Bowie played  to  a full Park, the  roar  of  the crowd welcoming him.












To say  people  were enjoying  themselves  is  a huge  understatement.









Bikini clad  bodies,  wooo everyone  looked  hot  in more  ways  than  one....people  could cool down  with a fruity cocktail at the bar  ( that's where I was  most  of  the  night  ... hic ... let  me just  say Billy  makes  the  best  prim  Margaritas, EVER)


No that's  not  foxy bingo
























A quick  paddle  in  the pool, whilst singing to  "All  The Young Dudes" where else  could  you do  that for  FREE too....See ,  this is why  London  City is  the top  destination  in  Second  Life, diversity,
excitement, fun, unique,everyone  LOVES London  City and  it shows....record amount of visitors.



We have so  many  summer related  events  coming  up, don't miss  out, make sure  you  join us .


well that's  all from  me  this week, I'll see  you next time  for  more fun and  frolics  in  the  number 1 destination... London City....accept no  imitations...

Roving Reporter  Ruby xxxx

Friday, July 05, 2013

Bowie Concert on Saturday



David Bowie appears for the first time in London this weekend.

With a career span of nearly 50 years, this unique singer, songwriter, musician, actor and producer has done it all!

Re-live Bowie's career highlights in this spectacular tribute to this incredible recording artist, this Saturday in London City.

Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with Bowie on stage at 1pm SL.

Win 500L for Best in Groupie!.

This concert is sponsored by DX Exchange.

TP Here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/113/109/24





London City - Most Popular Destination in Second Life.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The Fabulous London City Review



Hi peeps,  how's it hanging ?
Didn't we have an awesome weekend  together....Celebrating  Pride  Weekend, back to back  entertainment all day, an unbeatable  line-up in the top destination  in SL.













 Launch Party
6am    Judy Garland Concert
7am    XXL
9am    Cher Concert
10am  Donna Summer Party
11am  Classic Anthems
12pm  One Night in Heaven with Pans People 
3pm    Juiced in the Pride Park
5am    Fireworks

Hourly cash prizes for the sexiest studs on the dance poles

Plus Win 2000L for Best in Pride Theme












Can  you believe  it all in one full fun packed day.
In Real  life, thousands of people joined the Pride parade through central London.









The parade began in Baker Street, passing through Oxford Street, Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square before ending at Whitehall.

Organisers said this could be the biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event in London over the last decade.

The theme this year is Love and Marriage to coincide with MPs considering the Equal Marriage Bill. 



In SL, people arrived  in  regents  park early, ready to party and  win  huge amounts of  money, the whole London City sim was buzzing.


Gay pride or LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.

First up .... Judy Garland, born  Francis  Ethel  Gumm, June 10th 1922, her career spanned 40 years, she was  as Fred  Astaire put it  "The Greatest  Entertainer That Ever  Lived".

Most  identified  for her role in Wizard  Of Oz, Judy sang her heart  out,  fabulous show tunes and a vibrancy on  she  could bring to the days  entertainment.

XXL,  fun  up beat tunes and  best dancer  on the poles, what a hoot, medics  on stand by  for  sore chaffing, people had a whale of  a time  sliding  up and down the poles for all  they were worth.

People joined  us from  all  over, ready to party, and have a great time .





Next up  Cher , born Cherilyn Sarkisian, May 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress. Cher took  to  the  stage, "nearly"  wearing  her signature one piece ...  the crowd roared as  she sang a medley  of  her  hits  that spanned   nearly half a century and she's  still going strong.



Later  Pans  people  took  to  the stage  and  displayed  their  own  unique version  or expressive dance.






Pan's People was a British TV dance troupe, most usually associated with the BBC TV music chart show Top of the Pops.


In an era before pop videos, they danced to songs whose original artists were not available to perform them live.











They were not the first dance troupe to appear regularly on Top of the Pops; they were preceded by The Go-Jos in the programme's first four years, before Pan's People replaced them in May 1968. They did not start off with weekly appearances, but they had become an almost-weekly feature of the programme by early 1970.


 Then juiced brought the evening to a close with fireworks  and  an array  of  upbeat  trance music, with yet more Linden cash  to win.





All  in all  we had  a fantastic time, meeting  a whole array  of  new people, and  our  regulars for  this fantastic  day.
London City  is  the  top  destination  in SL,  we strive to bring  you bigger and better each week and we deliver..... make  London City  your  number  1  venue.... we look forward to seeing  you again.

That's all from  me  this week,  I'll  see you  for  more  fun and frolics  in  the awesome  London  City .... accept no imitations xxxx

Roving Reporter  Ruby xxx