Monday, July 29, 2013

The Fabulous London City review



Well, London  City  its  been a while,  that's  the last time  I  use  Lindo-Print  to get  my  photo's developed....it took 3 weeks.... on  the  plus  side I have 3 weeks  of  pure  unadulterated  excitement and  fun to report  on  ....


So,  the story so far...

We  are  celebrating  London  City's  4th  Birthday, wow  4 years  on  I can't  believe it, it's  zoomed  by,  and  London City  goes from strength  to  strength, the forefront  of innovation, fun, new  ideas, and  the best entertainment  in  Second  Life.





Every Saturday Regents Park plays  host to  a  LIVE open  air concert, free and  open  for everyone.
Over  the last 3 weeks we have  seen  the  likes  of  (  are  you sitting  down  for  this  ? )
1. Tom  Jones, 2.The Beach Boys,3.The Drifters...can  you  believe  it ... I know !!!!







Tom  Jones  on stage  to  roars and  screams  form  the crowd, we love a bit  of  Tom, its been well over a year since  he's been to  London with his busy schedule.




He arrived  on  stage... with That Hair,  That Hip Shaking Wiggle, That Voice... no wonder all  the ladies swooned.

 Tom Jones, ( no relation ) born Thomas  John  Woodward in  June 1940 in Wales.
Tom, has sung from many genre over  the years  from  Pop, Rock, R&B,Show Tunes,  Country, Dance, Soul and  Gospel, and  has  sold  over  100  million records.





Next  up  The Beach  Boys, American  Rock band  from California,  in  1961, they are best known for  reflecting Southern California  youth  culture  of surfing, cars  and  romance in their  lyrics.

 The  first time to  London City,  they went down  a storm, helping  us  celebrate  our 3rd  birthday.

Relax...That's  not a Beach  Boy  on  fire, it's  one  of  our  birthday candles. I wish  I'd  known  before calling  999.














Last but by  no means  least,  The  Drifters,  second  time  in  London  City.
They are an American  Do-wop and  R&B vocal  group, formed  in 1953.







Playing some  of  their  awesome  hits we all  know  and  love, think  you don't know any  of  their tunes  guess again... we all sang along to  "Save  The Last Dance  For  Me", "There Goes  MY Baby" "Under The Board Walk" and  many  more.



















More fun in  London City during  the heatwave, we all  cooled  down  in  the  pool right in  the hub  how refreshing.









That's all from  me  this week, I'll see you  next time for  more  fun and  frolics  in  London  City.... number 1 destination  in Second  Life.


Roving  Reporter  Ruby  xxx

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Buy Linden Dollars for the cost of a phone call with DX Exchange



L$315 for £1.50 phone call
Buying Linden Dollars is easier than ever with DX Exchange.

Simply click one of the telephones in London City and it will take you to the DX web site, where for the cost of a £1.50 phone call, it will credit you with 315 Linden Dollars.

Many other ways to credit your account also exist, including via Paypal!

For information pop into the Official UK HQ here in London City or click a DX telephone anywhere in the estate.

DX Exchange, great rates for purchasing Linden Dollars

Saturday, July 27, 2013

DEAD ROAD - The World Premier on Sunday



London City in Second Life presents the World Premiere of Dead Road, a Second Life Film.


Dead Road is the story of a terminally ill woman (Zarah Minx) and her doctor (Felix Bunkenstein) desperately seeking salvation in a crumbling, apocalyptic world.

Pursued by a deadly assassin and hunted by a ruthless vampire clan, Zarah and Felix fight their way to a better place in a sexy, action packed roller coaster of gratuitous violence and intrigue, a tribute to the grindhouse/exploitation genre and its revivalist film makers.

Written and Directed by Bunky Snowbear (Dr. Noob, Griefbusters) and starring London City’s Evie Falconer, Dana Luckless and a cast of familiar locals, Dead Road will change your perceptions of Second Life machinima.

London City in Second Life will be hosting the World Premiere of Dead Road at Comptons Pub on Sunday 28th July 2013 at 7amSLT (3pm UK time).

Everyone is  welcome, so frock up and come along to be among the first people on the planet to see it! (refreshments available at the bar)

Comptons Pub is located here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/42/182/24

To view Cinema Minima’s previous Second Life films, please visit the Vimeo page at http://vimeo.com/user7244579

Dead Road (Official Trailer)



DEAD ROAD - Sex, Antivirals & Rock'n'Roll (TRAILER) from Cinema Minima on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Drifters, Party in The Park on Saturday



Well, Saturday night at eight o'clock, I know where I'm gonna go... To the Drifters Beach Concert in London City!

Spanning fifty years (and counting) and with sixty Drifters members so far, this is America's longest running band.

Their songs include, Saturday Night at The Movies, More Than a Number in my Little Red Book, On Broadway, Kissin' In The Back Row of The Movies, There Goes My Baby, This Magic Moment and many many more.

The Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) and The Drifters are on stage at 1pm SL.

Prize of 500L for best in Beach outfit.    Sponsored by DX Exchange.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/114/115/24

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