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Raising Abuse Reports in Second Life

March 25, 2017

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Griefing, be it through word, action, noise, or object (as seen here), etc., is one of the items covered by the Abuse Report

The following notes are drawn from a presentation Governance Team manager Tommy Linden and team member Corky Linden are making to various communities within Second Life as part of an initiative to better disseminate information about the Governance Team, and on filing Abuse Reports (ARs). The hope is that the information provided will give users a better understanding of what the Governance Team hope to see provided in an Abuse Report in order to fully investigate it.

Note that  official information on Abuse Reports can also be found in the Knowledge Base.

Governance Team: Quick Facts

  • The team is relatively small – under a dozen in size – but handles an average of 400-500 Abuse Reports per day
  • All Abuse Reports get reviewed as the first…

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Warrant Issued to Search Facebook Page of a NoDAPL Advocacy Group

March 12, 2017

LRInspire

Bellingham WA – On March 8th the American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] filed a motion to quash a warrant that had been issued to police to search for information on a Facebook community page dedicated to protesting against the Dakota Access pipeline.

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Sebastian Gorka and his distinguished military career.

March 6, 2017

Adrian Weale

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One of the curious paradoxes of the Trump administration is that, at the very top, there is a mixture of supremely competent professionals – James Mattis and HR McMaster spring to mind – working in the same national security space as quirky ideological warriors like Stephen Bannon.  Sebastian Gorka, the British-born commentator of Hungarian extraction, who was named as a Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump in January 2017, seemed to straddle this apparent divide:  an academic specialist in counter-terrorism with some apparently radical ideas about how to defeat Jihadi Islamism.

I took a mild interest in Gorka because he had apparently served in an Intelligence Corps unit of the British Territorial Army (TA) in the early 1990s.  For non-British readers, the Territorial Army* was the name of the part-time British Army reserve established in the early years of the 20th century primarily for…

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Lapidary Tips: DIY Inexpensive Lapidary Grinder

March 3, 2017

Silverandstone's Blog

This blog describes how you can build an inexpensive diamond lapidary grinder that will economically handle a lot of grinding tasks that should never be done on diamond wheels. Any lapidarist quickly learns that using diamond grinding wheels is expensive because diamond coatings are thin and wear off relatively fast.

It’s necessary to use expensive grinding wheels when the stone surface requires minimal scratches and is being prepared for sanding and polishing. But here are some grinding tasks where scratches are not an issue and they can be done on the grinder described in this blog: 

  • Removing saw tabs from the corner of slabs
  • Grinding away opaque skin from agates to expose features
  • Shaping rough so it fits slab saw vices
  • Squaring rough to enable a usable first cut slab
  • Removing any unwanted matrix from rough stones 

Diamond wheel coatings are only a few microns thick. Compare this with masonry…

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Experiencing the Roaring ’20s in a recreated New York

February 14, 2017

Second Sighting

UPDATE: The 1920’s New York Project has already moved to a full sim. This is its new location in SL. The SLURLs on the post have been updated.

Historical reconstruction and role-playing has found a breeding ground in Second Life, and one of the most impressive examples of such an endeavor that I’ve stumbled upon in the virtual world is the 1920’s New York Project. It recreates a section of Lower Manhattan, more or less as it would be in the second decade of the 20th Century, and it’s reach in details – as I hope the photos on this post will show (the photos, by the way, are displayed here in two versions: both in color and in black and white).

Aerial view of Front Street Aerial view of Front Street…

... in the 1920s New York … in the 1920s New York

The Project recreates the streets around Jeanette Park – which corresponds today to the Vietnam Veterans…

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Space Sunday: Juno and Jupiter, China, Google and the Moon

February 6, 2017

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

An artist's impression of Juno firing its main engine at it passes over Jupiter's cloud tops. Credit: NASA An artist’s impression of Juno firing its main engine at it passes over Jupiter’s cloud tops. Credit: NASA

On Thursday, February 1st, 2017, NASA’s Juno spacecraft completed its fourth 53.5 day orbit of Jupiter since its arrival on July 4th, 2016. The vehicle, reached perijove – the point at which it is closest to Jupiter’s cloud tops at 12:57 GMT (07:57  EST), just 4,300 km (2,670 mi) above the cloud top at a velocity of about 208,000 km/h (129,300 mph) relative to the planet.

As there were no plans to utilise the craft’s main engine to slow the craft into a 14-day orbit around Jupiter – a issue with a potentially faulty set of valves in the motor system is still being investigated – the spacecraft was able to conduct a “close-up” data gathering exercise as it swept around Jupiter, gathering data on atmospheric radiation and plasma.

Also active during the…

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ARCADIA HOUSE

February 2, 2017

La Galleria

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The ARCADIA HOUSE Part Mesh has a footprint of 35 X 35 and a prim count of about 120 for the house and deck. The unlinked room divider and pool add additional prims to the total if you choose to use them.

The house is ONE STORY — the dormers are just decorative.

REZZING INSTRUCTIONS:

To rez with optional pool and room divider, place Rez box a little above ground level, L Click, and choose Rez. Move and rotate into position. Pool and dividers may be deleted (extras are included in the main box).

When done rezzing, either click FINALISE to remove rez scripts and “kill” the rez box, or click STEALTH to hide floating text and keep the rez box live so you can re-rez in place (you will want to make the rez box invisible).

Double doors can be easily removed from bedrooms to make them into a…

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Poll Results: Most voters think Sansar will open to the public in 2018

February 2, 2017

Daniel Voyager's Blog

Last week I posted up a new poll named When do you think Sansar will open to the public ? on my blog and since then the poll received 81 votes in total. Thanks to everyone that voted during the past week.

The clear winner of this poll with 41.98% (34 votes in total) think that Sansar will open to the public in 2018. Many others still believe that Sansar will open in the second half of 2017 (16 votes in total) and it looks to be going that way from what I have been hearing in recent weeks.

The lab are currently inviting more and more creators into Sansar now and this process I think will continue for many more months yet until the time is right to go public. Hopefully the wait will be well worth it when it does open to the world soon.

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Donald Trump is going to snap very soon, and here is how I know

January 26, 2017

Infinite Coincidence

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I believe that rather than smashing our own glass houses to pieces in the act of destroying Donald Trump’s Presidency, we need to be aware of our own inner Trump, to reflect on our own tendencies to think and behave in catastrophically immature, venal and insecure ways. I therefore offer up this short account of my own personal emotional development, and then explain why I think it helps explain why Trump is heading for a breakdown very, very soon.

I used to suffer from a quite disabling insecurity, particularly when it came to things like being creative and forming relationships with other people. I got better, partly by virtue of living in and studying Portugal, learning about its people’s tendency to swing between moments of self-aggrandisement and self-abnegation, from ‘we are great’ to ‘we are nothing’. I also learnt about my own habit of projecting my own feelings onto…

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Trump Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

January 24, 2017