Monday, December 31, 2018

London City. 2018 in Pictures



Enjoy the pictures from London City taken throughout 2018.  Here's to next year!


Sunday, December 30, 2018

Last night in London..



Last night it was the turn of Sir Cliff Richard to wow the crowd at a fun and rather tongue-in-cheek performance from the icon himself.

A reminder that Substation is open today for it's last event before 2019.  Hope you will join us at 11am SL time (7pm UK)

Don't forget the big Party on NYE from 12pm SL.





Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The return of the stool chart!



You can be assured of classy Christmas entertainment, here in London City.

It's the holiday season, with lashings of sprouts, turkey, stuffing, chocolates, trifle, cheese and other grotesques..   So in order to discharge our responsibility of  Care in The Community, the seasonal Stool Chart is here once again for you to vote on!  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/72/223/23



Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas





Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas, from all of us here at London City



Sunday, December 23, 2018

Substation Christmas



Pictures from tonights Substation Party.   The choir service begins shortly.  Join us in London City.




It's Christmas Eve Eve



Here are some pictures from Demis' show last night.  We hope you will join us for the Substation Christmas Party today at 11am SL time.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/30/181/19





Thursday, December 20, 2018

Second Life's new login page




Firestorm
Second Life has a new smart login splash screen, which has yet to arrive on many third-party viewers.   The official viewer automatically displays this smarter new page.

If you would like to see this new page on Firestorm, head to the Debug settings:
[Debug] > Show Debug Settings.
Find the entry for "Login Page" and change the value to: http://viewer-login.agni.lindenlab.com/

Alternatively, This can also be achieved from the Grid manager settings for "Second Life")

Singularity
For Singularity Viewer, in Debug search for: "SplashScreenPage Prefix" and change the value as above.

Restart your viewer and enjoy the natty new Splash Screen!




Get on with your work!




So this is Christmas. Well it is for the nine to fiver's, as Friday is the last working day before Christmas, unless you place makes you work on Christmas Eve?

To help speed your day along, please follow the traditional Christmas timetable:

09.30 Starting time
09.55 Arrive for work
10.00 Have a coffee break
10.30 Coffee break time
11.00 Get ready for lunch
11.30 Go to lunch
12.30 Lunch time
13.30 Afternoon shift begins
14.00 Arrive back from lunch
14.30 Go home
15.00 Going home time

See you all in London City later for a tipple, a natter and then a boogie at Madame Lala's.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Here comes the sun... well almost



Things will start getting a little brighter from tomorrow!

Winter in Old Blighty is dark.  Day times are so short that we miss out on evening and go straight from afternoon to night time.   Then in the spring, evening gets reintroduced just ahead of the night time and sanity is restored.

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest daylight day in the UK, with the sun rising at 8.03am and setting at 3.52pm.

So if you are fed up with the dark nights, tomorrow is a day to celebrate. It will be lighter by 1 second.

What will you do with all this extra daylight?  Well start making plans, because day light will rapidly increase over the next month.   By the end of January it will be almost an hour lighter than now, with a sunset at 4.47pm

Not long to wait!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Christmas replay



Happy Christmas!


Last night in London



Some pictures from the show last night in London.  Hope you enjoyed it, and a reminder that its our Christmas Show next Saturday at 12pm SL time with Demis Roussos!  






Monday, December 03, 2018

Christmas Shows in London City



This years line up of  Saturday Christmas shows includes, Glen, Andy, Demis, Cliff and The Seekers!
Party in the Park each and every Saturday starts at 12pm SL time (8pm UK)


Sunday, December 02, 2018

Advent



Seasons Greetings on this first day of Advent, from the London Support Team.

Owl, Melanie, Semmy, Sarge, Landa, Tourmaline, Illiana, Torric, Billy, Katty, Evie, Coffee, DeSantis, Elise, Lora, Kat, Bailey, Sweet  and Celine

Last night in London



Hope you enjoyed Cilla at Christmas last night.  Here are a few pictures from the event..



Sunday, November 25, 2018

Last night in London



Hope you enjoyed the show last night 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!




Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving




Wishing our American friends across the great pond, a very happy Thanksgiving, from all of us in London City.

This holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Speed up your Cache with a Ramdisk



For your consideration :  The Ramdisk Experiment


Mechanical drives are slow to access files such as your Second Life Cache, and whilst Solid State drives are much faster, constant 'writing' shortens their lifespan.

Enter the Ramdisk, which is 100x faster than even the fastest Solid State drive, because it resides in your computers RAM, the very fastest memory there is.

Forget the Ramdisk of yesteryear where everything was wiped from memory as soon as your computer was switched off,  they have come a long way.

Modern Ramdisks create an image file automatically when your computer is switched off or rebooted and saves this to the hard disk.  When Windows is started, it copies this image back into the Ramdisk so you can continue seamlessly.

On a 16GB computer, we allocated 1.5GB of memory to Ramdisk, leaving us with 14.5GB for normal running.  This 'loss' of memory is unnoticeable, and what is more, the totally free Ramdisk by ROG/ASUS uses Dynamic memory allocation up to the 1.5GB we stipulated.  This means that if that amount of 'disk space'  is not being used, then the Ramdisk decreases in size, releasing the memory back to the computers main pool.


Extract the x64 files folder and run set-up.  Then tell it how much memory you wish to allocate.  It will ask to reboot your computer.    Once you have done this, load your Second Life viewer, and in preferences, under Network, select the location of your Ramdisk, but be sure to set the size of the cache just slightly below the size of the Ramdisk.   Cache's larger than 1GB seldom offer any benefit, so keep it around that size or only slightly more.

For added streamlining, tell your Antivirus software to exclude the Ramdrive.

You are now set up and ready to go.

A couple of pointers..
You may need to disable 'Fast boot ' in Windows as sometimes this can shut down the system ahead of the Ramdrive being written when dismounted.

You may become a little more aware of your CPU fan at times of high traffic.

Download from here:  http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/misc/utils/RAMDisk_Win7-8-8-1_V20206.zip

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Last night in London



Hope you enjoyed the show last night 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!




Sunday, November 11, 2018

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

USA Midterm Elections




You would think from all the hype, that it is a General Election, but it is just the two year juggle, where whoever is in power, traditionally loses control of the senate and congress to the opposing party.

Only twice since the civil war, has an incumbent president won both houses during his first term in office.

Passions are running high as America heads to the polling stations, to cast its first national consensus on life in the USA under the governance of Donald Trump.

With his tough stance on illegal aliens, the lowest unemployment since man first walked on the moon and tax breaks that reward all workers,  will the people remember this and reward him, or is their hatred for him so much, they would rather see the country in the gutter, so that they can say, they were right?

It is your chance to talk about it here in London City from midnight UK time (4am SL time).  Please keep it relatively nice if possible, but tell us all what you really think!



 

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