Apr 20

Second Life News for April 20, 2008

Category: Second Life News by Stone Culdesac

From: Contagious Curiosity Heroes Happen Here Launch in Second Life — April 26th, 2008 Quote from the site - Although Second Life is one place that I haven’t spent any time (yet!), my buddy and fellow evangelist from Texas, Zain Naboulsi is doing quite a bit of evangelism there. He’s now leading a ‘Heroes Happen Here’ VS/Windows/SQL 2008 LIVE virtual launch event on Saturday April 26, from 9am to 4pm CST.

From: Listening Post Second Life Slowly Turning into a Record Store Quote from the site - Keiko Takamura has figured out a way to sell her music inside the Second Life virtual world. Using a rough approximation of an iPod that she calls the myPod, Takamura allows Second Life citizens to preview her music and buy songs in the MP3 format using Linden dollars.

From: The Observer Online Around the Circle Quote from the site - Cleveland is a virtual boomtown. Building goes on at a rapid pace, the Euclid Corridor Project is finished, and Terminal Tower looms over an unpotholed Public Square. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has moved, but it’s still in town. The keyword is “virtual.”

From: Second Life Blog Tip of the Week #31: Creating & uploading animations Quote from the site - Ever want to learn how to make animations for use with Second Life? You’re just in luck! It’s been a popular request, and in spending some of my time to save a lot of yours, here’s the video tutorial… ENJOY!

From: macnn Will Apple open a store in Second Life? Quote from the site - On April 17, 2008, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple’s patent application titled Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere.

From: WSJ Disruptions on the Virtual Trail Quote from the site - The presidential campaign has gotten nasty in the real world. It’s getting nasty in the virtual world, too. As Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama duke it out in the Democratic primary, unofficial campaigns are being waged by fervent supporters in Second Life, the virtual world run by Linden Lab.

From: Orient Lodge Fiona, SpaceNavigator, SketchUp and Second Life Quote from the site - The other day, I received a product evaluation of the laptop version of 3Dconnexion’s SpaceNavigator for Notebooks. I am starting to test it as a navigation and building tool for Second Life. Support for the SpaceNavigator is part of the Second Life Client Release Candidate 1.20.

From: Forbes Taxing Virtual Worlds Quote from the site - Back on April 1, Congress held its first hearing on virtual worlds, and no, it wasn’t an April Fools prank. Warning: If the politicians can hold a hearing on it, then they can probably tax it too.

From: SLWTF Just for show Quote from the site - Mazda Nagare Island is Mazda Motor Europe’s virtual showcase for their Hakaze show car. Since the Hakaze isn’t something you can actually buy in real life, the island is more of an image builder for Mazda.

From: Network World Microsoft MVPs gathering; Microsoft in Second Life and Microsoft NASCAR won’t go Quote from the site - From the random stuff file … Microsoft is hosting a shindig for 1,800 of its Most Valuable Professionals in Seattle this week. Microsoft has awarded the MVP designation to 4,000 professionals worldwide.

From: Infonatives Why Second Life and other virtual worlds will never be relevant Quote from the site - There’s a lot of hype about Second Life in libraryland, and I have to be quite honest: I’ve never understood it. Sure, it’s fun, but it isn’t very interesting other than in a “Hey-amusing-computer-game -where-I-can-chat-with-people-pretty-much-like-I-would-in-a-chat-room kind of way. Woo.

From: Second Life Blog Second Life Simulator v1.21.0.85362 Update is on the Beta Preview with 12 Physics Fixes (2008-04-19) Quote from the site - This is an update of the server-side code that runs at our data centers. This is not a viewer update. Please do not post about viewer problems here, as it distracts from the core discussion about beta testing of the next release of the simulator (server) software.

From: Second Life Blog Linden Department of Public Works: Construction Update Quote from the site - We’re going to have some kind of poll or voting process very soon to let Residents choose the first set of new roads being built. There will be maps to show the roads in the public wiki. The “Highway Moles” have been working on systems of bridges, roadway, signage, etc. to make these new routes extra nifty!

From: Second Life Blog New Release Candidate Viewer: 1.20 RC2 Available Quote from the site - A new 1.20 Release Candidate Viewer (RC2) is now available with fixes based on issues reported in RC0 and RC1. Please visit the test software page to download the Second Life 1.20 (RC2) Release Candidate viewer.

From: Second Life Blog More on Trademarks Quote from the site - We want to address Resident concerns raised in the blogosphere. We know Residents have questions about our trademark policy, and we want to answer them. We’re responding to questions by email as quickly as we can. We also hope this post will help with questions and concerns. If you have others, please let us know by email to tm-questions@lindenlab.com.

From: mrtopf.de How Linden Lab screws their fan community Quote from the site - If you look out into the world of new marketing these days you might see one thing you shouldn’t do and this is what Linden Lab recently did. With this change they are moving away from being a modern company which understand how to do marketing these days to one of the more old school ones which most likely will have to rethink their marketing strategy in the future.

From: iheartsl.com Gossip Girl: Serena’s Style Quote from the site - If you haven’t noticed the overtaking of GossipGirl’s iSL(tm), you may just be living under a virtual rock. The CW took it’s hit TV show, “GossipGirl,” created a SIM iSL(tm), and hundreds of avatars were born in New York’s Upper East Side.

From: New World Notes How “The Grid” Will Transform The Grid of Second Life Quote from the site - Metaverse developer Rodion Resistance notes recent news of “the grid”, a project from CERN that aims to drastically superpower broadband speeds– so fast, according to the London Times, that “‘the grid’ will be able to send the entire Rolling Stones back catalog from Britain to Japan in less than two seconds.”

From: 2nd Sex A Page From Men: The Missing Owner’s Manual
The Game of Sex
Quote from the site - I think our age caters to weaknesses and sort of reductive views of people. I think one reason that evolutionary psychology is pop psychology, is that we live in a society that pushes our buttons, and so a good deal of our behavior isn’t so much evolutionarily determined, as there are incentives to find the obvious evolutionary buttons and push them repeatedly.

From: Fabulously Free in SL QUICKIE: SelfExpressions / Flowerpot Hunt at Island Depot Quote from the site - SelfExpressions offers a really cute freebie: Summer Flamingo Jeans Set. It comes with jeans painted with flowers and flamingos and a matching short top. This set free only today! Your landingpoint is at the entrance of SelfExpressions`store. Go straight ahead to the back salesroom - the freebie is a big ad on the wall.

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