Thursday, October 30, 2008

Goony Island under threat again...sign

Just when i thought, yeahy can settle down and just build and have fun, up pops our favourate LAB with a real stinger of an issue.

The Issue.
Jack Linden has decided that those who build places on Openspace Sims are being abusive of what they originally intended them to be. I for one dont think holding a party on the island once every month is going to cause significant damage to who ever else if using the other 3 openspace sims on the CPU. I thought Goony island has always been unlaggy compared to a lot of fullprim Sims. Anyway because of this apparent miss use of OpenSpace sims by 1000's of people who bought them Linden Lab has decided to charge us 67% EXTRA a month as well as asking ownership of such sims to return to private Estate Owners AND will be asking troublesome openspace sim owners to reduce the load on their paradise islands.

The Bait & Switch
A lot are seeing this move as a Bait & Switch by Linden Lab. Back in March Linden Lab announced that Prim Usage would go up on Openspace sims. Before then you only had 1875 prims available meaning you could only build a few things, effectively restricting your Openspace to just that, and openspace, with a few trees and stuff. After March 3750 prims became available.

Finally, we are going to increase the prim count for Openspaces. They will become exactly a quarter of the normal 15000 prim limit for a region, so they will be set at 3750 (to date they have been limited to 1875 prims).


I for one used them all to create Goony Island. Actually not all are used, some are left for people to rez boats or planes.

So nearly 8 months down the line and Linden Lab decide that we are using these extra prims to build popular places where people want to go and use, and thats WRONG. But instead of talking to us and helping us to understand the situation and try and help us turn things around, they call us abusive and proceed to punish ALL opensim customers with a price raise.

The question some are asking is how did Linden Lab not know this was going to happen? If they did know why did they not do more to prevent it? and what exactly is the price rise for? this has lead some to believe LL knew all along and just need the extra cash, and this ploy will get them that cash....

Unanswered Questions?
As with most Blog releases there are always unspecified terms leading to unanswered questions. Especially ones like ...
What will the exta money do to help you with the way we use our openspace sims?
will we get anything extra for our money, especially those who only use openspace sims for water?
does the new price mean we can ALL now have 60 people on our openspace sims EVERYDAY?

Openspace owners will now be paying more than Quarter of a full sim, meaning LL will be making shit loads of profit on each CPU, unless they spend it on something that will improve the usage somehow?

Destroying Communities
Seeing as Linden Lab have opened their eyes to how Openspace sims are now being used, they are fully aware that communities will fall apart causing a lot of personal anguish between friends who have together bought openspace sims. unable to sell opensims off, having to merge four sims to make a full sim to stand a better chance of selling. Fighting over who owes who what now that LL have changed policies on ownership. I know for instance that my brother and Kris are very stressed over whats happend and uncertain whats to come. i am lucky that i can call these guys very good friends and we will work together to come up with the best solution for all. But other communities that dont have that bond will crumble and crash. People will loose their openspace paradises and loose not just a sim, but everything they have invested into it, time, money and passion.
LL need to be on the case NOW with assurance and insentives for us to pay the extra cash.... give us more prims! give us free t-shirts, or a signed photo of Phillips avatar!

The Protest.
I and everyone i know joined the protests yesterday witch occured at the Linden Welcome area, the Linden Land Centre and the cheap Mainland showcase Nautillus. There was a protest support group which nearly reached 4000 members before being hacked and ruined by some idiot that needs to delete herself.
For the most part the protest was good and informative and helpful. people were supportive of each others concerns. There was one or two whos actions should have been AR'd for acting underage, but generally was a historical event wether or not LL respond or not, it does not matter. It showed a huge force wanting to be heard.





Future of Goony Island
The Price rise means more will need to be donated to keep Goony Island the way it is. If LL come a knocking at my cabin asking me to make changes to how we play and enjoy our second lives at Nemo Beach i will tell them to fuck off

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Loki is THREE!!

On tuesday i turned 3 years old, and my friends held a Rez Day party for me which really touched me. The real world me has never had a birthday party after the age of 10 and its amazing how good it makes you feel to have so many people turn up just to celebrate you being around. My typist secretly had a tear or two and was actually a bit Jealous of Loki for a moment, but they are the same person really.

These sorts of days i tend to look back at the year thats past. Since this time last year there has been a lot happening to the Kid Av community, Nemo beach moving to its own Sim, The Goonies Group opening, Sky News debacle, SL5B:Drama, Kids5B, Burning Life, New Babbage Expansion, The TOTAL change in direction by Linden Lab. Big high profile events where we are finally being vindicated and recognised as a unique and important part of the virtual world movement. To understand the Child AV is to realise the virtual environments true powers in creativity, mind and spirit.

Many's the road I have walked upon
Many's the hour between dusk and dawn
Many's the time
Many's the mile
I see it all now
Through the eyes of a child


Thank you everyone who came to my party and to Serv for playing the awesome tunes :) - keep your ears to the ground as there are alot more events happening over the coming months as it is the time of the year for parties :)



Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Burning Life 08 - What a BLAST!

"Trying to explain what Burninglife is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind"

ok so i think for most people it was BurningLAG, but those who battled through it were rewarded with the Burning life spirit that i first experienced last year. It really is sumfin special, if only Second Life had that community party atmosphere all the time.

Its different from the other big event SL5B, because SL5B has turned into just a showcase for the Lindens, a pretty boring one at that. Burning life is the residents event, and even though finding a plot of land is hard unless you are one of the Linden 'Chosen Ones' it's still a pretty free to do as you want event. It's a gathering of imaginative residents who want to give all they can give to other residents, to party and have a laugh, expand your ideas and perceptions or just to chill and feel loved.



*The Hay Barn*
So yeah i Made a giant Hay Barn. I was worried at first this concept would be bland an unappealing considering what i had done at SL5B. But as the week unfolded and the events took place, i think people really took to the place as somewhere to feel warm and cosy. The Dragons managed to add that extra bit of SL surrealness thats so important to a kid Avatars experience.





*Open Day*
The First Event to take place was the Milk'n'Kookies show drawing a huge audience and giving the Hay Barn its first major bit of press on the most important Burning Life blog around. I was so thrilled to be Given a Sizzle award, i felt very Proud.

I've since heard that the burninglife.com blog had been critisised by a few and is now being closed down. I think that is awful, its the one place i could go and read what has been happening in Burning life. It's sad and shows there is always out there waiting to spoil things for you in SL, yu just gotta keep fighting past them, becos you owe it to the people who enjoy your work so much.



Bed Time Stories
Wilfric Did Story Telling on the Sunday which was enjoyed by all who attended. Sokmonkey was billed as being the story teller, but her RL called and Wilfric stepped forward to take her place. And he really enjoyed himself, so maybe in future we'll hear more from Wilfrics book shelf :)

The Goonies!
Monday saw a gathering of the Goonies and Friends as they set out to explore Burning Life, making their way around the 22 sims. Looiking at the Mini map you cauld see a sim wide green line of green dots snaking across. The Lag was bad, REAL BAD, and eventually our group dwindled, but we made it all the way around to the centre stage.
And here in video form is the highlights of the adventure...




Gemini's invisible experience
On what was supposed to be my Lil brothers defining moment as the best DJ in Burning Life, he bailed out because of ManFlu (a cold). Luckily Everest Piek and Eyaldon Ember stepped forward to put on a great 5 hour show. Thanks go out to them for making that such a greta night.







Chillout
The wednesday saw me put on my DJ hat and play 3 hours of chill out music. A few people turned up and we talked alot of rubbish. Other than that it was quite borring LOL. Note to self, dont do a chill out session ever again.....

The Great SLC Pogo Race
Skipping Thursday we held the great pogo race on the friday. Only a minor issue with a prim allocation cock up by the organisers who could not do math, meant the 300 prims i thought i had left to use did not actually exist. This meant i had to watch what i build and in some cases riding green bikes out of the sim to free up prims. Also the scripts in the pogo sticks would not work unless you went up 80 metres in the sky first. Oh the joys of SL's buggy rules.
Anyway to see the race and who won, watch this video. It also includes Kite flying which we did after the race. Was very kool and the kites were amazing, giant surreal things, just what we like to see in Burning Life.



The Burning Of the Kid
Saturday we Burnt the wicker kid. I DJ'd for the first hour before we headed out of the barn to the wicker kid to light it. The DJ Serv played some kool music while the Kid Burned. Gotta say DJ Serv is an excellent and funny DJ, made me laugh out loud at moments. The Atmosphere was amazing and for some it signaled the start of all night partying as later the official Burning Man was lit. Its extraordinary how watching a virtual wickerman burn can be as hypnotic as the real thing, and looking around seeing your SL friends all dancing on bails and around the wickerman, you cant help but feel a good sense of belonging... GOONIE NEVER SAY DIE!
And here is the video of the Kid burning :)....






The End
So with the burning of the Wickerkid on Saturday, it only left on more thing for Sunday, the Burning of the Hay Barn itself. For the Past week it had been my home, and by now i think a lot of friends had become very fond of the barn. We started off with an hour of cool tunes, dancing up in the loft. Suddenly someone had noticed Bert the Big Dragon, whos head had been smiling through the window all week, had vanished!. Then Smoke and flames started to spread up the walls while everyone still danced. Upon exiting the Hay BArn for the fire works display we realised that Bert was now flying above the Barn spewing fire onto the Barn. The Fireworks worked quite well i think, and everyone watched as the Barn started to collapse.
Here is a video of the Burning of the Hay Barn....



As the flames died down all that was left was rubble and that was it for another year, for me at least , Burning life 2008 was over. I have some great memories of the week, and i hope everyone who came to the events at the Hay Barn left with some fun memories also. I like to create stuff that can be experienced, and i hope the Hay Barn was a good one :)


Friday, October 03, 2008