I mentioned before that Cloe is now the new Chairperson for the Chamber of Commerce. You maybe did read it here: A new Chairperson for the Chamber of Commerce.
So I think because of that, yesterday she did invite us to her Party at the “Wee Little Irish Pub“. I think you can read in the Name it was an Irish Pub. We had much to talk and did listen Music. I thought the Music sounds pretty Irish so thats why I asked Cloe if this is “Irish Style Music” and she said yea you could call it so but the Moderator is subject to call it “Celtic Rock”. For me it was new but I did enjoy the Music and indeed the little Pubs atmosphere and all the friendly Guests. I had the chance to meet peoples I already know and some of Cloe´s Friends which I didnt know before.
She also told me that she has an Irish Band in Second Life and that the “Wee Little Irish Pub” is the Place where they hold Events sometimes. I was nosy and did join the Group to be informed about Events. I think I will arrive there again then and it could be that I someday write another Blogpost about it.
I also had the chance to take a “Lionheart Times” in front of the Pub. It is a Second Life Newspaper about things that happen on the Lionheart Estates. Pretty funny writen. You defenetly should take a look and read a little bit.
Ok I had again a nice day in Second Life. Sadly I was to early tired and had to leave the Party. But it was because its another timezone here in Germany. So for me it was latenight. However I was there for a while and I really did enjoy to meet them all. I think this is all I can write about it but at least I have some cool Pictures for you, take a look:
Some days ago I wrote already about the Chamber of Commerce Election Weekend on the Lionheart Estates. The Chamber of Commerce Members and the Chairmen-Candidates came together. The Candidates introduced them self and the Members asked some Questions and got many Answers. You can read more about the Election Weekend here:
Today the Lionheart Estates announced the Election Results. For the Roundup, 21 members have participated in the Elections and 3 votes were invalid (One vote per business only..). So this means there were 18 valid votes distributed as following:
- Sookie Slafford: 6 casting of Votes
- Clover Windlow: 12 casting of Votes
This means we have a new Chairperson for the Chamber of Commerce and for this reason many congratulations goes to Clover Windlow. But for sure thanks goes to both Candidates, all Members and the Lionheart Estates as well because of this exciting Weekend we had.
You can find the original Announcement on the Lionheart Website:
The Emerald Team announced a Public Beta. You can find the Announcement and Links to the Emerald Beta Viewer here:
Today I went to the Lionheart Town Hall Meeting. It was funny to see all the peoples from the Lionheart Estates again. We shared some Informations and News. It was very intresting. One of our Topics was that Linden Lab is working on Screennames. This means that we soon maybe can change the Name of our Avatar which appears to others Inworld. But this doesnt mean the Accountname itselfs. Just the Name which is over our all Head. We did discuss this. Many peoples worried about this News as some peoples and me too believe this could be abused by some Peoples. Griefers could immitade Names of others and Newbies could fall into this trap. Or if you did build a big Business in Second Life, someone could describe them as you, and this could result in further Problems. If it is possible to copy others Names, its sure that there is a Reason to worry about.
But this wasnt the only Topic we had. As always we had a nice round for Asnwers, Questions and Suggestions. I made the suggestion that the Estate should have an own Sandbox for Estate Members only. It could be a nice spot to meet each other or maybe working on shared Projects. We wouldn´t have Lag like in Open-Sandboxes and Peoples with smaller Parcels could work on bigger Objects and Projects. Indeed we wouldn´t have the Problem with Griefers as it would grands access only to Peoples who live on this Estate. I noticed that many Peoples liked the Idea. They came with additional thoughts on that. At least our Estate Manager said that this is a nice Idea but he need to think about it. I think it was about the realization. Indeed it cost many Prims and many Space so the realization would also cost him more Money. But I think my suggestion arrived and lets see maybe there is still a Chance in the Future.
We had way more Topics but I cant remind them all. It was again nice to meet the Estate Manager, the Lionheart Team and all my Neighboors. After all the formal Topics we went over to usual Chat. Talked about this and that. Had fun together and so. I like it. Great to meet them all.
Today I did build a new Product for Second Life. This is a romantic Pavilion which can be placed in a Garden or on a Wedding. Maybe it could be a good spot to meet and talk with friends. Or just for any other Event. I uploaded it already to the Second Life Marketplace:
Hope you like it. Greetings :)
Today I thought back and asked my self how and why I did start building in Second Life.
First of all I need to say that working with Grafics wasnt new for me. Some peoples in the family do so in with ther jobs but also as hobby. So when I was pretty young I touched a tool called Truespace if I remind right. My uncle did let me play with it for a while when I visited him. First I didnt understand anything but then when he did show me some stuff, i´ve been amazed and wanted to learn more. But anyhow it was not so great compared to tools we have today. So soon I found a software magazine in a Kiosk near my home. There was a Software on the frontpage called “Maxon Cinema 4d”. I also could read on the frontpage that this Software is on the Magazin-CD as something like a Demo or Freeware (With less Features then the Fullversion). I went back at home as I didnt have enough money in my wallet. Shocked I´ve noticed that I dont have more money at home too. My mother wasnt at home so I went to my grandpa.. “Grandpa? I have a question.. may I ask you if you borrow me some money? I did see a magazin in the Kiosk and I defenetly need it!”. My Grandpa said: “Cutie, you dont need to borrow anything.. if it is so importend for you.. take this money and get it!”. Well, I didnt like to ask him because ask for money makes me shy. But my Grandpa did understand and helped me out. So i´ve got this new Software then and checked it out. It was more complicated but I could understand it as there were some Tutorials in the Magazin and on the CD.
So this is how I started with 3d Applications.. I did try those stuff out already before on a Amiga System but I really was to young to understand it and I really cant remember the Name of the 3d Software from the Amiga.
However, after getting the Demo of Cinema 4d for PC.. I was pretty happy. Later I had a job and could afford to buy the original Version. Schock! I really didnt know that this hobby is so expansive.. If I remember right I had to pay a 4 month income of my job to buy it. If your second hobby is playing Guitar.. damn.. you sometimes wish you had choosen other Hobbys.
At least those creative hobbys are the best hobbys and even if you wasn´t the best student at school times.. later after school you get your education trough creativy hobbys. Internet came and I had the feeling of a big boost of education on my own. Its just as you had a hobby which forced you to read much. So if you ask me “Is a creative Hobby educate you?” I would answer pretty fast “Indeed, it does and it will! It is education!”. I just think so because in school I wasnt good in english. Im sure that I am still not good in english but at least I can read it and I can write some english even if its not perfect. But I didn´t learn it at school. I had to learn it as the most Turotials you need for your hobby are writen in english. With a translator I did master this complicated mission. Soon I noticed that I additionally did perceive a lot of vocabulary of a foreign language. Funny in consideration of the fact that I just wanted to learn something about a 3d Application. So yes those Hobbys are additionally Education in Math, foreign Language and so on..
As you see I did make a digression. But this is what I think about today.. So I feel philosophical today :P
So later I did realize that using a 3d Application is not all. Often you are in need of textures you cant find for free or you dont have the money for. So I came to Photoshop. I did read several Tutorials and did learn how to work with 2d stuff.
One day I started Second Life but not because the Fact that this is a Platform for Content Creation too. No, I did use it more for listening music, chatting, communication, dancing and all the funny stuff.
After browsing Torley´s Second Life Video Tutorials.. I found out that you can build in Second Life too. As I didnt know how to start.. I really didnt know where I could start to build and how I open the menu to build I was interested on that much more. Torley provided a lot of basic Videos. Lots of good Turorials you need to start.
I can remember the first Video which did bring me to Second Life Content Creation, and I found it on YouTube today. This was the first Movie I did see from Torley:
How to make a Flag that waves in the Wind. I did see this movie again and again. But I still didnt know where I can build. A friendly person told me that I have to search for a “Sandbox” inworld. He told me that there is everyone allowed to build. I found my first Sandbox and just started the Video again. I did recreate what Torley told me. It was much more simple then a 3d Application and soon I did start to create my own ideas in Second Life.
Today I really would advice every Person who still didnt build in Second Life because they think its complicated, to try it out. There are lots of friendly builders who are helpful. Many peoples did give me some good informations when I was beginner. There is also a lot of Text and Video Material about all this. So if you arent a Creator then try it. If you are a Creator, you maybe say that I am right if I say “It is not so complicated as it seems”.
At least I am not perfect with this Hobby. Neither with 3d Applications, 2d Applications or Second Life. The question is anyway not “How good we are?”. The question should be “Do we have fun?”. I can say..yes I have fun with all of it. And sometimes I lose the fun but then I still can take my Guitar or other Hobbys and refresh. At happened many times and I even came back to Second Life and started new Projects.
So as the Blogpost-Titel said “How and why did you and me start to build in SL?” , I am for sure interested in your Story too. Just post a comment here or do you maybe have a own Blogpost about your beginning of Second Life Content Creation? Just put the Link here and I defenetly will read it. Its interesting how other peoples came to all this!
So I hope I didnt bore you to much with my Story as I know noticed I did write pretty much. Hope it was anyway interesting for you. And just let me know if you have a cool Story about that Topic on your Blog too.. or just drop a Line here in the Commentfield.
I was bored of using any other Viewer for Second Life. I did miss several Features. I did decide to run the clean Emerald Viewer Beta Build 18.104.22.16873 now. So I am back to the Emerald Viewer now and I am happy! :D
For all peoples who still trust the Emerald Team. Check out this Thread in the Emerald-Forums:
Today me and a friend went to the Chamber of Commerce Election Weekend. The Chamber of Commerce is a Association of all Merchants who are Owners of Land on the Lionheart Virtual Real Estates. It is a free Group for us Merchants where we can discuss Second Life related business questions. Like they write on there homepage it is also the Place to get involved with other merchants in inside of the community to arrange common promotion events like continentwide hunts etc. The Idea behind is pretty good. The Goal is improving the Business of us all Community-Members. So thats why you can say that this Estate and the Community of it is not unorganized. You rather should know it is pretty well organized. And here it goes to the question why holding an Election? What is the Chamber of Commerce Election Weekend for?
Organized things are in need of someone who can organize and manage things. So this is the reasons for the Election-Weekend. Finding a new Chairman of the Chamber for a 6 month term. The latest Chairmen was “Jezzy” and now we did need to find a new Candidate. There were two Candidates called “Sookie” and “Clover”. Both did introduce them self and later we had the chance to ask and get answers about what there targets will be if they become Chairmen. It was a pretty interesting round. Later then we talked about some Business related ideas and so. Again to set some goals and improve our all business. For sure it was not only serious.. Indeed we also did make some jokes and had a lot of fun. It was a nice round, yes.
So after all discussion we had to create a Notecard with the Name of the Person we want to elect. Everyone had to vote for one of the Candidates only. Then we did put this Notecard in a Election-Box. We will hear on next Monday who is the new Chairmen as some peoples still have to vote. So its great to meet all the peoples and improving our all Business. This is something I really admire on this community. Its not only a Estate where you rent some virtual Land. No its more then this. You can get involved if you like. Its something I dont know from other Estates. Im nosy what kind of Events we will hold in the Future. I am nosy what kind of plans and ideas we bring on the table. I am happy to meet those peoples soon again. This is defenetly a Table where I like to sit. Hope this Article was interesting for you too. :)
So today I did meet a Second Life Neighboor which I already know for some time now. He has a Parcel not far away from mine. First we talked about differend stuff and then I´ve got an invite from a neighboor Club called “Number 12″. For all who dont know about this Club.. It is a alternative and Rock Club. I did write about it some time ago:
I told my friend about the invite and he decided to go there too. We did listen music and did write about everything. Our biggest topic was Windows Vista vs. Windows 7. I told him that I dont like it if a Operation System ask me multiple questions if I really want to start a programm or move data files from one to another location. We had much fun and did laugh much.
I like those day when I can hang out in Second Life and just relax the time, listen music and talking with other peoples. We also talked exactly about this topic. What do we do today if we are bored and its cold outside? We have the posibility to hang out in front of our computers. Use some photoshop or just hang around in Second Life. I asked him what he would to if he was born in 1818 or so.. He said he would posibly write a book. It was interesting to know. He told me that he like to write. What would I do if we wouldnt have computers and all this? I hope I would have a horse! I could imagine that I would like to ride a horse every single day. Maybe I would like to write songs.. I love music and in real life I play guitar. Maybe I could write songs on piano when I would be born 1800 or so.. You maybe laught about the topic we had. But at least its a good question or? What would you do in times were they didnt have stuff like computers or tele vision? I think they also had much hobbys.. music, writing,. painting.. at least they arent much differend to our hobbys today. Its just more technical and modern today. But we will see some day too.. Its just today modern and it will be old in the future. I like to talk with peoples about those philosophical stuff. At least we had much fun together and a great talk with great music.
My Parcel is on the Lionheart Estate and it can be fun to hang around there. You have so much neighboors with differend own projects there. You will find clubs and and and. When I did rent my parcel there it is some time ago and today I already know lots of peoples who are tenants there too. So this is what I like. Its like a virtual home town.. yea I feel at home there.
Ok but after listening music we got a group Invite of the Chamber of Commerce. It is a association of all Merchants and Business Ownerd from the Lionheart Estates but I will tell you more about this Event in my next Blogpost. Just check that out if you want to know what we did there.
So I just did read this Post from the Emerald Blog:
So are you? However…
I hope they get the right Team and can work on making the Viewer socially acceptable again soon as possible.
I miss already a lot of Emerald Stuff. I miss the command line feature which lets you teleport high with “gth”, or teleport home with “tph” and so. I miss the possibility to change distance draw without beeing in the options. Dunno I miss so much.
Hope the Emerald Team get the things sorted and can make a new start.
Im still confused what to do now. I defenetly would like to use the Emerald Viewer again.
Yes I would give them a second chance. Its just that I did install several Viewers now and didnt find one which is a good alternative for my matter of taste.
Still using Imprudence at least this one is better then Viewer 2.0 for my subjective feeling. But I would like to be back to Emerald.
So you are Dev and not criminal? :P Hurry up and be a Emerald Dev so that we all can relax a good Viewer again! :P
Today I finished some more work on my Blog. I added tons of categorys and did put all the Posts in several Category because I wanted to add a Tag-Cloud-Widget on my Sidebar. And I did.
I think about creating an own Background-Image for my Blog with Photoshop. But right now I´m a bit to lazy coz creating and adding all posts to Categorys was already a good amount of work for today.
Oh no.. I did forget to inform the Blogs which did link to my old Blog. Need to ask them if they can change the URL of the Link to my blog. It must be the new URL.
And then comes the part of relaxing.. Give me some Second Life! :)
I wasnt happy with Blogger anyhow. I did try WordPress and I must say that I like the Backend much more. I like how I can manage the blog with WordPress. Im sure its a matter of taste. But here I am on my new Blog at WordPress. Yes now I am happy. Finished most importend stuff and imported already all the old Posts from Blogspot. Did create a Header and did setup some Widges. I know there can be done more. But give me some time.. let me see what I can setup next days. For now I am happy.
I think I need to inform all the Blogs who linked back to me. I did add already there blogs in my Blogroll.
So here is the new Place where I will write about my Second Life in the future.
If you are merchant you know it was easy to get the value of xstreet sales you had in a exact time range.. How I said.. when you did use xstreet.
Under “My Marketplace” we just had to click “Today´s Sales” and then we´ve got a Sales History where we could find everything we want to know. Monthly earnings… weekly earnings.. maybe a whole year? Indeed all was possible so no more math needed. Just copy and paste the values to our Calculation Software (OpenOffice or Excel) and thats what was ok. Pretty simple but enough to monitor the income we have.
Now for sure I asked my self how it will be with the new Marketplace instead of Xstreet. Checked out the new Second Life Marketplace Beta to see if I can find anything. Under “Merchant home” I found a Link called “Reports” and “Product Sales” on the left side. Clicked it and was shocked how simple this report is. Didnt see much more then a list which tells me how much visits and sales differend of my objects had. Ok so far.. but.. I did see more numbers on the buttom which I could use to browse all my objects… yea to get all the info about my other product visits and sales. And here is my problem. Should I now browse all pages and then do the math by my own to get the amount I´ve sold? And how about time range? I couldnt see the complete addition of all sales.. I also couldnt find anything which let me define a time range. This cant be true and I hope it is because it is still in a beta.
This is not complexy and there must be more.. I hope there will be more. Im not happy with a simple list of my product sales. I need to define the time of sales.. I need to have the possibility to setup more then this. And I defenetly wont browse 10 Pages of over 100 Items and do the math by my own.
This cant be all. And please lets all hope we get more then this after the beta.
Got this email right now…
Dear Second Life Resident,
Late last week, we discovered a denial-of-service attack that was being served through the widely distributed Emerald third-party viewer. This is in direct violation of our third-party viewer policy (part 2, section d, paragraph iii).
We have removed Emerald from the list of third-party viewers, and are now in touch with the Emerald team to discuss what can happen next. We did this to do our best to protect the safety and security of Second Life users. We will not tolerate a viewer that includes malicious code, nor will we tolerate development teams with a history of violating users’ trust or disrupting their lives.
We take privacy, safety, and security very seriously, and we will act to the best of our abilities to protect it. We have not yet disabled logins via the Emerald viewer, but will do so if we feel the software and the team behind it is not able to meet the standards we’ve set. While Emerald is currently the focus of our attention because of what happened recently, all third-party viewers are held to the same standard, and must comply with the third-party viewer policy. Read more >>
If you have been using the Emerald viewer, for now we would encourage you to consider either one of the Linden Lab viewers, or an alternative third-party viewer.
denial-of-service attack that was being served through the widely distributed Emerald third-party viewer? Emerald?
Im not sure why I cant believe this.. but it seems I have to.
I hope all will be ok soon.. If they shut down Emerald Viewer.. what should I use then to login Second Life? Oh my GOD! Horror-Scenario..
I hope I dont have to use the Viewer 2.0 for the future. :(
Usually I am one of these persons who dislike everything that is affected by changes. Or in short: I hate changes.
In almost the same manner it was pretty sure why I did freak out when heard that Xstreet SL will be transformed to something which is called Second Life Marketplace. Yea New Second Life Marketplace.
Indeed I was one person of many who worried about that. I thought why there is need for so much changes?
Today I updated some of my core products on the new marketplace. And after editing 3 products I started to acclimatize with the new way how to manage products there and so.
I must say that I now start to like the new design.. Yes me! The evil hater of all changes.. I like it now!?
Yea the way how I can edit all the products is pretty good. Guess its just a matter of habituation.
I like that you can link one product to another. Or link to a demo. This is good I thought and I use it now.
What makes me sad is the fact that they did remove this “Peoples who bought this product, bought these products too…” Feature. Im not sure but this was another good way to get some visitors.. yea visitors other creators as well.
But at least I am overall much more happy with it then in the past. Had already some sales but not much. Main sales still come from Xstreet SL. But when they close it down.. I hope those sales will be on the new Market too.
Just my “changed” thoughts on that.
Just downloaded a new Version of the Emerald Viewer.. no I dont know if there is a new Version. I just wasnt up to date because the SL brake I had.
Ok then I did notice that they have a new Website here:
And I must say I like the style of the Website. Its so minimalistic but fine. I like this style. I mean what else should you see on this website? Right.. Most peoples first look for a new Emerald Version. And the first thing you see on this website is the “Download Button”. Easy .. and sweet!
You may wonder why I write about this.. I just dont like the trend that new Websites have to be overcrowded.. Its a trend I dont like.. Lots of Websites outthere which are overcrowded even if they just offer one single product. Yea on some Websites you wont find this single Product with the first hit.
So.. Great Emerald.. I love the new Website.. keep it simple but fine :)
Yea I think I will be back at Second Life is summer is over. I will be there when autunm or winter starts. Lately I am pretty busy in reallife so this is why this blog is pretty bored last time. Yea not much I can write about, if I take a Second Life brake at the moment.
So I did follow all about Second Life just with one eye.
I did notice that slapt the marketplace was closes.. I had a talk with the owner and so.. They did close it because they didnt have much tume and so.. well this is at least what they did tell me.. However I didnt expect that. THey just told us so much good plans.. yea at least nothing came by out. But nevermind.
What did I notice else? Well.. the new Second Life Marketplace Beta is running. This was something importend for me as I sell Second Life stuff. I did need to proof if all my items are ported over and so. My opinion about the new marketplace? Dunno. If you ask me.. I would be happy if the old one stays as the marketplace.. xstreet is ok for me.. And I really cant see a need to change all that. But this depends on me because I usualy never dont like big changes. Its just me. However now we need to take it as it is. I just wonder if they will port over all the ratings we did collect with our products on xstreet.
Sometimes I had to login coz I need to pay my parcel rental. I wont that my store gets closes. I did put in so much work. My Second Life business seems to be stable.. yea not good but not bad.. just stable. I can afford to keep paying my land inworld. And I am able to put some money back into my real life.. this is fun.
So why I am not much active in SL right now? Well how I said.. I did need to keep some things in reallife stable too. We shouldn´t forget that there is not only a Second Life.. there is a Real Life too. Its sommer.. and even if I hate sommer coz i get sick if it is to hot and to warm (I dont like this air), I just had to visit my family and my friends again.. just had to do some real life.
Does this mean I never come back to SL? No.. not really.. Im a computer child.. I love to hang on my computer. I love games.. I love all this. So you can be pretty sure that I will login aften again some day. I just did need a downtime now. But be sure I will enjoy the time on the computer if autunum or at least winter is starting. Its in my opinion the best time for my own creativity.. I will relax a lot of time again with Second Life then. Yes you could say autunm or winter is my personal gaming time. I love it!
So hope you all had much fun too.. nevermind if with Second Life or Real Life..
If there is anything new in Second Life i should defenetly know.. yea just let me know here. :)
Have a great time you all! :)