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A Petrovsky Flux

A Petrovsky Flux

  A Petrovsky Flux is gorgeous and the work of two great artists – Cutea Benelli and blotto Epsilon.  Definitely one of the highlights of Second Life.

I love Cutea’s work and own many of her weird and wonderful creations. I wore one of her spooky dresses recently in a short film I made (as part of an ongoing film course). I particularly love the way she combined elegance with … skulls. It’s very Cutea.

I’m delighted that A Petrovsky Flux provides a platform for her work (and I hope that people who see it will also go on to explore – and shop from – the remarkable emporium that is Grim Bros.

A Petrovsky Flux

A Petrovsky Flux

Ziki Questi has written about the sim before, and has revisited it recently, and shares the sad news that it may be about to close very shortly. Do read her posts – she highlights some of the cool things you can do there.

However …

It’s harsh but true. Linden Lab are our platform providers, not our archivists. They cannot save every sim that has outstanding beauty or artistic interest. If A Petrovsky Flux is to be saved, then, if the University of Kansas needs to step back, it must be the community who judges it worth saving – and pays to sponsor it.

A Petrovsky Flux

A Petrovsky Flux

It would not be impossible for a group of concerned residents to form a trust, perhaps each paying 5 dollars a month towards the cost of the sim. Or donating an article to be sold on Marketplace in support of the sim. Or organising an event once a month that would raise money towards keeping the sim going.

Keeping sims like A Petrovsky Flux alive is NOT Linden Lab’s’ responsibility. It is ours.

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Two major changes in Virtual Worlds are coming to light today.

Rodvik Linden (the cut-out version)

Rodvik Linden (the cut-out version)

First of all, Rod Humble (aka Rodvik Linden in Second Life) left his post as CEO of Linden Lab last week.  You can read fuller details on Jo Yardley’s blog here.

What I think makes this news really strange is the way it has been announced. Or not announced. Rod is sharing the news on Facebook with friends, family and co-workers, which I guess is the way that one would want to do it.  Except that he seemingly left last week … which rather begs the question …

Who the hell is in charge over there now?

Does this mark a new low in the Lab’s failure to communicate with … well, anyone?

Cloud Party

Cloud Party

And in other news, Cloud Party is closing on February 21st. The announcement appears in a rather breezy and chipper little blog post, announcing that the team are starting their next adventure – but joining Yahoo.  However, for once the acquisition seems to have been of the people rather than the product. Yahoo aren’t continuing Cloud Party – it will be interesting to see if the team has been recruited for something similar.

I always felt Cloud Party missed something of a trick. It had a connection to Facebook, and could have tapped into a huge (and largely unrealised) family market potential – a shared space where grandparents could play with grandkids (no age limits), We all know the that the demographic of virtual worlds like Second Life is actually skewed towards older users, while younger users are enthusiastic about Club Penguin and Habbo Hotel. It could be that Cloud Party had the capacity to unite the two, but went chasing after that elusive cool demographic instead.

In Cloud Party - what lies ahead?

In Cloud Party – what lies ahead?

But for now Second Life has seen off yet another virtual world. And another CEO.

Well, we live in interesting times.

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A wall between Second Life and Gmail

A wall between Second Life and Gmail

Are you a gmail user? Have you seen your messages from Second Life decline over the last few days?

There’s a reason for this – and you need to do something about it – NOW!

It seems that a few weeks ago, Linden Labs was put on the SPAM list for gmail. Because of this, many of your offlines from Second Life may have been going to your spam folder (a peek into the dark recesses of your spam folder will confirm this – and I’ve included instructions below for how to check spam on the web).

If you still wish to see all your offlines – and I know many businesses depend on this for customer service – you may need to set a filter.

How to set a filter

  • Pull up your gmail and go to the little settings *wheel* in the upper right corner.
  • Select SETTINGS from the dropdown list.
  • On the page that opens, click on the FILTERS tab
  • Click on CREATE NEW FILTER. It will bring up a new window.
  • In the FROM box type “@im.agni.lindenlab.com
    (without the quotation marks of course!)
  • Click CREATE FILTER WITH THIS SEARCH
  • Make sure to check the box marked NEVER SEND IT TO SPAM
  • Check the small box at the bottom that says: “Also apply filter to matching conversations.”
  • Finally, click the blue box that says CREATE FILTER

Your filter is now set!

That’s the important one – you can also add a filter for no-reply@lindenlab.com too.

How to see the contents of your Spam folder on the web

If you want make sure all your offlines have been seen you can double check.

  • Slowly lower your mouse down from the INBOX until the MORE option shows.
  • Select MORE
  • Select SPAM
  • You can now see everything in your spam file.

If there is nothing there you care to keep, do not worry about it! gmail deletes all spam after 30 days!

Many thanks to Melody Regent of Regent Estates for this information! Please spread the word as widely as you can!

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Designing Worlds’ two recent shows are now available on the web.

In Part 1, we we are joined by Jilly Kidd, of the writer’s group Written Word, Chic Aeon, artist, machinimatographer, builder (past tense), blogger, store owner and curator of LEA7 – the Machinima Open Studio Project; Ramses Meredith, owner of the leading fashion brand Egoisme; Cain Maven, designer and owner of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes; Kylie Skyborne, Council Facilitator and Press for UCCSL & Curator for the Rose Theatre Galleries; and Jamie Bryce Infinity, a technology lawyer who started on Wall Street and now is the general counsel of an internet standards organization – in Second Life, he has served on the SL Bar Association board of directors, and has been involved in a number of virtual world intellectual property and privacy disputes. They outline the problems that are caused by the changes for different communities.

In the second part of this show, we see a presentation by Agenda Faromet of the Second Life Bar Association, who compares different Terms of Service before looking in detail at the Lab changes. What she has to say may surprise you!

Then in Part 2, we discuss questions that have arisen from the issue – and questions asked by our live audience with the aid of our panel.

Designing Worlds Terms of Service show Part 2

Designing Worlds Terms of Service show Part 2

It all makes for a fascinating and timely show!

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Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 18th November, for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams for Part 2 of our special show as we discuss an issue of key importance to many designers on the grid – the changes made to Linden Lab’s Terms of Service for Second Life.

Designing Worlds Terms of Service show Part 2

Designing Worlds Terms of Service show Part 2

In Part 1 (available here on Aview TV), a group of concerned residents explored the problems that are caused by the changes for different communities and in the second half of the show, we showed a presentation by Agenda Faromet of the Second Life Bar Association, who compares different Terms of Service before looking in detail at the Lab changs. What she has to say may surprise you!

In Part 2, to discuss questions that have arisen from the issue – and question asked by our live audience – we are joined once more by we are joined by Jilly Kidd, of the writer’s group Written Word, Chic Aeon, artist, machinimatographer, builder (past tense), blogger, store owner and curator of LEA7 – the Machinima Open Studio Project; Cain Maven, designer and owner of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes; Kylie Skyborne, Council Facilitator and Press for UCCSL & Curator for the Rose Theatre Galleries; and Jamie Bryce Infinity, a technology lawyer who started on Wall Street and now is the general counsel of an internet standards organization – in Second Life, he has served on the SL Bar Association board of directors, and has been involved in a number of virtual world intellectual property and privacy disputes.

Designing Worlds Terms of Service show Part 2

Designing Worlds Terms of Service show Part 2

It all makes for a fascinating and timely show – so do come and watch it at 2pm!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a special showing on Aview TV – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 11th November, for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, as we discuss an issue of key importance to many designers on the grid – the changes made to Linden Lab’s Terms of Service for Second Life.

Designing Worlds Terms of Service show Part 1

Designing Worlds Terms of Service show Part 1

In this first installment of a two part show, we are joined by Jilly Kidd, of the writer’s group Written Word, Chic Aeon, artist, machinimatographer, builder (past tense), blogger, store owner and curator of LEA7 – the Machinima Open Studio Project; Ramses Meredith, owner of the leading fashion brand Egoisme; Cain Maven, designer and owner of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes; Kylie Skyborne, Council Facilitator and Press for UCCSL & Curator for the Rose Theatre Galleries; and Jamie Bryce Infinity, a technology lawyer who started on Wall Street and now is the general counsel of an internet standards organization – in Second Life, he has served on the SL Bar Association board of directors, and has been involved in a number of virtual world intellectual property and privacy disputes.

They outline the problems that are caused by the changes for different communities.

Designing Worlds Terms of Service show Part 1: Agenda's presentation

Designing Worlds Terms of Service show Part 1: Agenda’s presentation

In the second part of the show, we see a presentation by Agenda Faromet of the Second Life Bar Association, who compares different Terms of Service before looking in detail at the Lab changes. What she has to say may surprise you!

It all makes for a stunning show – so do come and watch it at 2pm!

Designing Worlds Terms of Service show Part 1

Designing Worlds Terms of Service show Part 1

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a special showing on Aview TV – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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On Tuesday 29th October, Designing Worlds will be recording a special panel show about the Terms of Service introduced for Second Life by Linden Lab in August 2013.

This has raised huge questions about Creators’ Rights, with some people leaving Second Life, and some feeling that they can no longer encourage other people (such as artists) to bring their work to Second Life.

But others see the new Terms of Service as opening the doors to potential new markets for their digital creations, and believe that the Terms of Service (possibly in an amended form) are the way forward.

What do you think?  What do you need to know about this? What questions do you have about the new Terms of Service?

Send us your questions – either by commenting below or by email here – and we will try to see that these questions are raised and discussed by our panel – who will include representatives of

  • the United Content Creators of Second Life (an active Second Life group that has been working to redress widely perceived problems in the changed Terms of Service)
  • the art community
  • the design community
  • the writers’ community
  • the fashion community
  • the legal community

For your information, here are some posts that are informative, and reflect different sides of the debate currently under way:

Inara Pey – Living in a Modem World:
One ToS to rule the all: Linden Lab issue new Terms of Service
ToS change and content rights: Lab provides statement
ToS Changes: The “Desura connection” and a personal perspective
ToS in-world meeting, September 29th: a personal perspective

ToS changes: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by short-sightedness”
ToS changes: Legal panel discussion – audio recordings and notes

Aview TV – Legal Panel Discussion (warning – three hours long; you might want to take it in sections!)

Sim Street Journal
Ten Ways to Defend Creators’ Rights by Eleanor Medier
Digital Property Rights in Second Life: Times have changed by Kylie Sabra

SL Newser
“United Content Creators of SL” Group Formed in Response to ToS Changes
Interview with Will Burns (Aeonix Aeon) About The ToS Controversy

Songs from the Nightingale – Gabrielle Riel
The Tale of Chicken Linden: Mass Hysteria, Copyright, TOS and Self-Empowerment
Chicken Linden Follow Up: Texture Resources

Andromeda – Will Burns
Modus Operandi
Your World? Your Imagination.

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Join us today at at 1pm in the Prim Perfect Headquarters for the first of what we hope will be regular discussions with leading creators.

Prim Perfect and Mesh Creative

Prim Perfect and Mesh Creative

Today we’ll be joined by four of the leading mesh creators who’ll be talking about mesh, materials, and the changes in the Linden Lab Terms of Service.  How do they see it as affecting their work?  How will it affect you?

And we’ll also be talking about elements that they are working on – as well as providing a forum where you can ask questions about creating mesh and using materials as a creator or as a consumer.

It’s going to be informative, challenging and a whole lot of fun so do come and join us in the Prim Perfect cafe!

 

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Now available on the web – our latest episode, as we visut the beautiful – and endangered – region of Arcachon Atlantique.

Arcachon Atlantique is the beautiful Francophone region based on the Languedoc region of France, which has recently come close to closure, despite offering great activities and developing a brilliant immersive language learning programme.

In this show, we explore some of the beauties of the region with Claire Pascale, the owner of Arcachon and with Cybère Placebo, who has been working on developing language courses, as well as Karelia Kondor, a teacher of French in the UK, who has used the region of Arcachon in her teaching.

Arcachon Harbour

Arcachon Harbour

We explore the region, discussing the plans to use it as an immersive language resource, and also experience some of the activities it offers, from wine tasting, to a hot air balloon trip, to harvesting (and enjoying!) fresh oysters.

And we’ll be looking at the problems owners face in sustaining such a region.

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Arcachon Harbour

Arcachon Harbour

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 11th February, for our new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we visit Arcachon, the beautiful Francophone region based on the Languedoc region of France, which has recently come close to closure, despite offering great activities and developing a brilliant immersive language learning programme.

We explore some of the beauties of the region with Claire Pascale, the owner of Arcachon and with Cybère Placebo, who has been working on developing language courses, as well as Karelia Kondor, a teacher of French in the UK, who has used the region of Arcachon in her teaching.

Arcachon cam close to closure in January

Arcachon came close to closure in January

We’ll be exploring the region, discussing the plans to use it as an immersive language resource, and also experiencing some of the activities it offers, from wine tasting, to a hot air balloon trip, to harvesting (and enjoying!) fresh oysters.

And we’ll be looking at the problems owners face in sustaining such a region.

Arcachon farm, photograph by Aisling Sinclair

Arcachon farm, photograph by Aisling Sinclair

It makes for a fascinating show – so do come and join us at 2pm.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

The Lighthouse at Arcachon

The Lighthouse at Arcachon

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