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

New Sansar Creator Preview Video Released

January 4, 2017

Daniel Voyager's Blog

Today Linden Lab released a new Sansar Creator Preview video showing more impressive footage of Sansar featuring Loz Hyde of Meshworx fame who tells his story on the testing side of things in Sansar.  Loz has been working on a cool location called The Grand Hall and it looks incredible. The detail in Sansar in terms of the reflections, the effects and lighting looks really good so far.

The video runs for 1 minute and 33 seconds and it was filmed by Draxtor Despres. Stay tuned for more Sansar videos in the weeks/months ahead.

Loz mentioned in the video that Sansar rending is amazing and he thinks Sansar is very realistic. Loz goes on to say that in Sansar you will be able to create video games, he thinks that education & medical science is going to be amazing. If you want to build a business or build furniture you can do it like…

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Firestorm 5.0.1 demand: “please be patient”

December 14, 2016

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

firestorm-logoOn Tuesday, December 13th, Firestorm released the much-anticipated Bento update, Firestorm 5.0.1 – which you can read about here.

HOWEVER, such has been the demand for the update, the Firestorm servers have been overloaded, a situation which has left Firestorm without the ability to  provide their download and web services.

“This is an unprecedented situation for us,” Jessica Lyon, the Firestorm project lead informed me. “While we have had download problems in the past, we’ve never seen demand on this scale before. It’s repeatedly taken all our servers off-line with the load.”

Because of the demand is preventing people from even accessing the Firestorm web services – the blog, JIRA, etc., – the Firestorm team is asking that people hold-off if they cannot obtain a download or access the Firestorm website, and not to keep repeatedly trying.

Jessica added, “Please, just be patient. Our servers need the breathing space…

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Gaslighting the nation

December 10, 2016

Druid Life

Gaslighting is a term associated with domestic abuse. What it means is a deliberate process of destroying a person’s mind with the intention of leaving them unable to defend themselves, make decisions or trust their own sanity. A person who thinks they are mad, or whose reality has been damaged by gaslighting is much easier to control and abuse.

I think we’re seeing this happen at a national level. I’m going to speak to the British experience, but suspect it’s not just us.

We’ve had a lot of conflicting messages: Migrants are here to scrounge off the dole, but they’re also taking your jobs. We can afford nuclear weapons, but we can’t afford to look after the vulnerable. Socialists are an out of touch elite, while millionaires understand the needs of ordinary people… and many more such tales. Clearly these things don’t add up, but we’re getting a steady diet…

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Project Bento now part of the Second Life default viewer

December 6, 2016

Daniel Voyager's Blog

On Monday 5th December Linden Lab announced that Project Bento is now live on the main grid and it’s now part of the Second Life default viewer at long last. This is one of the biggest updates to the Second Life avatar has ever had on the main grid. Christmas has come early 🙂

It’s almost been a year since Linden Lab first introduced Project Bento back in mid December 2015 and so much has been improved during the past year. Interest in Bento has grown over the past year and that’s always a good thing to see.

Linden Lab is proud to announce that Project Bento is now part of the default Viewer! Bento is probably the single most extensive update to the avatar skeleton ever, and as a result of countless hours of testing, updating, reconfiguring, testing… you get the picture, we are now live!

Now everyone…

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