Friday, May 22, 2015

Linden Bear digs grave



At first glace of the free teddy bear and gravestone from Linden Lab, you could be forgiven for thinking that Linden Lab has finally done it and killed off Second Life.

But relax, its just the death of something else, the merchant outbox, signalling that Linden Lab have changed the way merchants upload their wares to the Market Place, which in itself has largely killed off in-world stores and hundreds upon hundreds of regions.

When Linden Lab announced a year ago that there is a new grid in development to succeed Second Life, many of us thought, surely it must be near completion.  No company with an ounce of marketing sense would so dismissively herald the end of their one and only flagship, thus immediately poisoning the well of investors, without having something extremely impressive to wow us with... and quickly.

Yet here we are, a full year later, still waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Still no sign, or single pixel of our new paradise has been released into the wild.  Nothing to wet our appetite.

Meanwhile, some master of merchandise and promotions has put on their front page of market place, a Linden Bear, digging a grave.

Nice one Linden Lab.  You inspire our confidence with your expert branding.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Eurovision Song Concert - Saturday



Join us on Saturday at 12pm SL (8pm UK) in London City for the Eurovision Song Contest.

The event includes:

- Live streaming of the competition
- Vintage Eurovision
- Previous Winners
- and Brotherhood of Man and Bonnie Tyler on stage during the intermission.

The complete Eurovision package runs all evening, with the results as they happen from 3pm SL / 11pm UK.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Madame Lala's The Movie



We love it when our visitors enjoy the attractions so much that they film them.  Check out this great user created video of Madame Lala's in London City Soho.    It was filmed by Lysi Myrtle.  Enjoy.




Friday, May 08, 2015

Cameron wins Best in Number 10



"I have a tiny majority but my wife still loves me"
All hail the outright winner of Best in Number 10, David Cameron.

Cameron squeaked home this morning being able to form his own government and kicking Liberals to the kerb.  He no longer needs them, nor does the rest of the country it seems as they look set to pick up just 8 seats in total.

Don't forget your pledge Dave.  An In/Out Referendum on Europe in 2017.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Best in Number 10 - The Results




Unusual results here in the London City General Election..  A Labour Win!

Labour 41, UKIP 25, Others 20, Conservatives 15 and Liberal coming last with 14.

In our election, Labour would win and form a majority government.

In reality Labour look to be in for a truly terrible night.   Voters in our election predicted Liberals would do badly.  This looks set to be an accurate prediction.

Real life exit polls which are always iffy at best predict  (326 seats to win):
Liberals 2, Labour 239, Conservatives 316, SNP 58 and UKIP with 2.

If this happens, Conservatives would be 10 seats short of being able to form a majority government so would need to form a coalition.  If Liberals win the forecasted 10 seats, then it is just enough to squeak them through and back into power.

Best in Number 10 - The Results




Today is the day where we all get our say.

It is Thursday 7th May and today is the General Election day in the UK.

Don't forget to vote.   Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.

Election Result coverage begins at 10pm on most networks, with some early results around midnight and a picture emerging of which way the election will go, from around 2am Friday.

Be online and in the London City Hub to dissect the results as they happen!



Monday, May 04, 2015

Vote now: Best in Number 10



With less than a week to go before the General Election in the UK, our poll here in London City is far from reflecting the real life current trend.   The community is watching this with interest.

The real life polls have no clear winner, with Conservatives ever so slightly in the lead, but still needing to form a coalition in order to form a government.

The London City poll has Labour out in front (dream on Ed) and UKIP close behind.  "Others" are in third place, presumably the SNP and  Welsh Plaid Cymru Party with a smattering of Green votes. Bizarrely at the bottom of our poll is Conservatives with the Liberals doing marginally better.

In our poll, the UK Independence Party very much holds the balance of power being able to form a government with any of the main parties.  Of course this could never happen in real life due to our strange seat allocation system in the House Of Commons, where UKIP could do better than any other party but still get far less seats.

It does seem that this election will see the very same people returned to power for another five years, with perhaps a referendum sometime between now and death.  More likely than a referendum, is that we shall all be singing the Anthem of the European Union and waving their flag instead of our own, as the next boat load of people from Europe arrive on our shores and uncontrolled immigration is allowed to continue.  Depending on where from Europe you come from, the streets of London can truly be paved with gold.

Sing along now...



There is of course still two full days of campaigning before the big day itself and if you have not voted already, please come on over and select who you think would be "Best in Number 10".

Voting Station:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/80/245/24

Saturday, May 02, 2015

It's a girl!




Congratulations William and Kate.  Mother and Daughter are 'doing well' says Palace.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bright Canopy an alternative to SL Go



With only 250 signatures on the petition to save SL Go, one could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps the market for a Second Life streaming service is far too niche to be of interest to developers.

Bright Canopy think otherwise and held their first meeting with Second Life residents on 25th April to explained that this service should be similar to SL Go, but will be web browser based, initially using Chrome.  So, if a device or PC can run Chrome then in theory it should be able to use this service as an alternative to SL Go, which ends tomorrow.

Bright Canopy is in closed beta right now, but will be a premium service accepting payment via credit card or Bitcoin, with plans to add Paypal and Linden Dollars after launch.

The service still seems to be a way off from launching, but appears to be the most likely successor to SL Go.

For information about Bright Canopy, see the notes from the in-world meeting here