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Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
9:08 pm
Second Life Community Section Updates are completed

The updates and changes on the Second Life Community sections are completed. The blogs and forums are active again. Check them out. They are a bit different so they will take some getting used to for some people. I count myself as one of those. ;)
Thursday, March 9th, 2017
7:06 pm
Second Life Community Section Updates
Linden Lab is currently redoing the Second Life Community sections completely (Blogs, Forums, etc..). Those areas are offline right now. It will be interesting to see what they come up with. An overhaul of those features is long overdue. I hope they construct a good user-friendly and interactive forum/blog system and then begin the work on the Destination Guide and other neglected featured sections too.

I know many people are waiting (holding off re-joining or joining) until the emergence of Linden Lab's new virtual world, Sansar (sometimes grudgingly called by some SL II), but Second Life is still active, is still a going concern, and is larger grid-wise than ever. To be honest, it is probably too big for it's own good. *chuckle*

I admit that I will be checking out Project Sansar when it opens, but I do not believe that I will ever stop using Second Life. Time will tell. For me, SL is still a great place.


Current Mood: pleased
Sunday, February 26th, 2017
9:41 am
Monday, June 15th, 2015
1:50 am
The Passing of 2 MMO Sims
Originally posted by mweatherwax at The Passing of 2 MMO Sims
Alas, Venexia is no more. Goatswood will go away on June 19th, 2015. Venexia opened in 2011 and was a Venice-like city. Goatswood opened in 2012 and was a Victorian-era rural town. Both were stunningly beautiful builds with strong attention to detail and design by creators Baal Zobel and Kora Zenovka. While beautiful to explore, the primary function and mission of these builds was role-playing.

Unfortunately, these Sims had experienced a steady decline in players and visitors over the last year. The tier fees, the diminishing number of players, it all adds up. So the owners had to make a hard decision and decided to close their doors.

Let's give one last look to two of the most beautiful builds in Second Life.

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Monday, April 6th, 2015
8:30 pm
Bumping this community
Hello! I just wanted to bump this community to see if anyone is still here on LiveJournal and, for that matter, on Second Life.

Cheers! And see you in-world. :)

Monday, June 4th, 2012
12:48 am

Has been a while since I've been dancing to music in SL

Sometimes the simple pleasures are the best.

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
7:29 am
AO search
I'm trying to find a good AO for my husband. Most male Ao's seem to violent or macho for what he wants. He's an Fur, like me. Only a dragon in stead of a cat, with Indiana Jones tendencies. There is sadly not an Indy AO on the Marketplace.

Any suggestions?
Thursday, December 1st, 2011
4:17 pm
Letting my LJ Journal Go To Sleep
Just wanted to let any interested parties know that I've bought my own domain at http://ceejaywriter.com and am blogging via WordPress over there these days. I find myself less and less inclined to log into LJ these days (and it seems when I do, I always pick the day the system is down). The Second Lifers community here has dwindled to a gasp, as well.

Feel free to follow me at my site, if you are so inclined! And LJ, thanks for all the fish. It was fun while it was fun!

For the moment, my 'real' person keeps her LJ, but since my avatar-feelings are based in hers, she may be making a similar announcement down the road.
Friday, October 21st, 2011
8:50 pm
Has anyone had experience with these "Meeroos" I am seeing all over the grid? I joined a couple of groups advertising them and I swear, it's like a layer of hell reserved for used car salesmen!

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
8:16 pm
Overreaction much?
So, my other self rented a parcel on Xandia. It seemed nice enough, and I was just looking for a change.

My avatars tend to rent long-term, usually close to or over a year, so I wanted something where it was inexpensive, but not going to have to deal with a lot of club traffic. Xandia seemed decent.

I should have known there would be issues when, seconds after I "bought" the land, the sim owner teleported me to another parcel to ask me if I knew why she couldn't sell them.

Um... okay. We discussed a few ways she could increase traffic and market the sim.

She friended me.

5 minutes later, she unfriended me.

I went along my merry way and just used the place as a home base, to mostly relax and listen to music as I did things in First Life.

Well, last night, someone dropped a megaprim on the sim. Annoying, sure, but not the end of digital life as we know it.

I thought I was polite. It's been my experience that it is polite to give the sim owner a chance to deal with non-emergency abuse like this. Mostly because this way, they can then handle the situation and ban if necessary. At least that is how I handled it when I owned sims, and what other sim owners of places I have lived have requested.

Nothing was in the covenant about dealing with griefers.

So, I sent a message: Good evening - if you have a moment, it seems someone decided to play with prims and dropped a mega prim on Xandia.

That's it. Nothing else.

This morning, I found emails from missed messages. Since I won't violate TOS, I cannot post them here, but I was told she was not my slave (!?!?) and just ripped into me for sending her anything at all about the megaprim.

My lindens were not refunded, but I was booted out and my items returned to me.

It was one of those "huh" moments. This was the only interaction I'd had with her outside of the day I rented the place.

So, just a warning, I guess, if you are looking at properties. Xandia (Fake Estate Group) is a nice property if you don't say a word to the owner!

(x-posted to my LJ)
Sunday, August 14th, 2011
10:53 am
Yard sale time
 Cleaning out my inventory -

If you breed/collect Wyrmwood Faeries:

I have a L$ 5 common egg random vendor, with some uncommons and rares tossed in the mix 

There is also a box of uncommon glitters (10 eggs for L$ 150) and a box of meadows (10 eggs for L$ 250)

A few rares are for sale, too (Chaos, Evil, Water, Lightning) for L$ 300

Also: starter house, dance floor, boots, art, furniture

At KK's Flea Market and Yard Sale: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Hedy/66/91/22

Thursday, August 11th, 2011
11:52 am
Air Kraken Festival in New Babbage
(Poster designed by Lia Bilavio)

Week-long Events

Open Air Market
Shop carts along the Port Babbage docks will be filled with festival themed wares, food and games for festival goers to take and purchase. Shop carts can be provided, though you can also use your own display if you wish (within logical prim reasoning). First come first serve for spots, more space will be provided so all can participate. The first section of carts will be set out Friday, August 19th. Prim limit of around 25 per market cart area.

Build Contest
Contest theme is "Air Kraken Traps: Most Inventive Way to Capture an Air Kraken." Building platforms will be set out in the Academy of Industry Friday, August 19th, deadline for completion to be judged is Saturday, August 27th at Noon SLT and will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Additional space will be created if necessary. Please keep builds under 150 prims. Top three placed builds will be given prizes.

(Poster designed by Aeolus Cleanslate)

Black Ink and Bold Tales
At the core of each Air Kraken is a well of deepest blackest ink. Pick up your quill, dip into the source and pen your poem or tale of adventure. All creative writings about these legendary beasts of the skies are welcome.

No minimum word-count, but please, no longer than 1,500 words. Submissions will be accepted the entire week of the Air Kraken Festival, either by notecard to Ceejay Writer, or email to ceejay@cocoajava.com. After the festival, a panel of judges will choose the winners in these categories: Truly Terrifying Tale (horror), You're Kraken Me Up (humor), Surprise from the Skies (cleverest) and Misunderstood Monsters (Pro-Kraken viewpoints), as well as one overall winner, the Tantamount Tall Tentacle Tale.

Plans are afoot to publish all entries in some form of anthology for everyone's enjoyment afterwards. Submission of your entry shall indicate your agreement to this project.

"Look here! Look there! Look everywhere!"
Rumor has it there is a baby kraken that has lost his way in our fair city! Can you free this adorable little beast before he has our town for his feast? There's a reward in it for you if you do, so join the hunt and follow all the clues! The scavenger hunt will work just like a regular Secondlife Hunt will, taking you through 8 locations within the wondrous world of New Babbage. If you follow the clues and riddles you will certainly find the baby Kraken, however releasing him is up to you. There is no time limit and it's no race, but we hope you have fun and explore together!

Air Kraken Exhibit
An exciting and intriguing natural history exhibit by Kimika Ying focusing on air kraken at the Exhibition Hall in New Babbage.

Other Activities:

Air Kraken Target Practice
Located on the docks of Port Babbage. Come safely test your shooting skills against the miniature-airship towed air kraken drones.

Air Kraken Attacks
Once you've sharpened your skills with target practice go up against the big boys. Located in Clockhaven (as well as unannounced attacks in town). ((Psst- Look over the ledge of the wall towards the water, click on the top of the barrel to produce kraken.))

Kite Flying
Grab a free themed kite and enjoy flying them around Port and town.

One Time Events

Opening Party
Casual and fun celebration of the opening of the festival. 6-8pm SLT Sunday, August 21st at Liberty Hall in the Academy of Industry.

Listening Parties

There will be two listening parties on Tuesday, August 23rd featuring The Tales of New Babbage broadcast "Horror of the Heights" with the voice of Vic Mornington and hosted at the Brunel Hall Hotel's bar, Muirsheen Durkin. The broadcast can be also heard on Radio Riel Steampunk at the below times.

The first party for the European time zones will be at 12-1pm SLT.

The second party for the North American time zones will be at 7-8pm SLT.

Closing Party
Saturday, August 27th at 7-9pm SLT on the roof of Portside Books in Port Babbage. Dress in your best air pirate/air kraken fighting attire and come celebrate the close of the festival. Dance, drink and be merry.

-Please contact Sky Melnik if you have any questions or ideas concerning the festival.
Saturday, July 30th, 2011
1:42 pm
Tales of New Babbage, Vol. 1

New Babbage's Maceholder, Mister Aeolus Cleanslate, speaks about this exciting new project:

The City of New Babbage is a consensual hallucination of a steampunk city in a time that never was. It’s built out of bits and prims in SecondLife (instead of bricks and plaster), but it’s as “real” a place as Paris or Mumbai. People from all over the world “go” there daily to build fantastic machines, fight krakens, and roleplay vast, open-ended storylines replete with mad scientists, street urchins and evil geniuses.

We also write stories. With a few exceptions, none of us are professional writers, and few write enough to generate complete works. But for all that, the stories are immensely entertaining and sometimes excellent. We’ve assembled pages and pages of them – and want to share them with the world.

Pre-Order Tales of New Babbage, Vol. 1

New Babbagers wishing to become involved should read this informative post!
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
4:59 am
Needing Renters!!
The Citizens of Steelhead City, a Steampunk Fantasy group is in danger of loosing one of their sims. Due to the major landholder needing to leave for RL issues suddenly.

If your interested in living on a beautiful rugged sim with friendly neighbors please read this post http://softpaw-sommer.livejournal.com/61059.html for more information about Steelhead St Helen.

Bonus it comes with membership to The Citizens of Steelhead City group!
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
10:08 pm
Beyond Breedables - The New Needables!
We've all seen (or perhaps some of us own, though this writer will not confess one way or the other *cough*) those adorable, breedable pets. Cats, dogs, meeros, goodness knows what else. And they're all so cute and cuddly when they are wee, but let's fast-forward a few months. Now your itty bitty kitty is a big fat cat, glowering at you as she sits next to that food dish - it's empty again! And she's eating for two! Or is it six? And you swear you just got back from the food store yesterday... or did you? It's all a blur! A big, fuzzy, snuggly, adorable blur!

But wait... there's something new. They're cute, they'll make you smile, they're animated and will definitely add personality to your home. Well, you might want to keep them in the yard, but you get the point.

First, let's meet The Wandering Duck! I have one myself, and it's wandering around inside Cafe Curiousity in New Toulouse. Being a Curious Goods and Oddities store, it somehow seems right to have a duck waddling about in the back of the shop. I love him. I think I will name him Chuck.

And if that isn't enough cute for you.... ta-da, The Walking Chipmunk! I just met this industrious creature yesterday, and I have to say I was impressed. In fact I was bowled over. Literally. He's a Chipmunk on a Mission, and you'd best get out of his way. (Caution: Chipmunks in the Viewer are larger than they appear.)

But really, posters just don't do these critters justice. Bounce over to Gumi's Flower Shop, and see their antics for yourself. That SLurl puts you right in the middle of the fun. Go on now, it's time to meet the next generation of Second Life animals - You'll want to be the first on your sim to show these critters off!
Saturday, June 25th, 2011
4:27 am
Industrial Grind!

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Web: http://www.grindicize.me (includes calendar of events)
Twitter: IndustrialG

Come get your grind on!

Current Mood: excited
Monday, June 20th, 2011
1:29 pm
Hello, there! I am very new to Second Life: I'm not even a month old at the time of this writing. Even though I know I have a tremendous amount to learn, I like it so far.

I've spent much of my time traveling to pretty places. I've also done some freebie shopping. I bought a few Lindens from the Exchange just so I'd be able to tip when I go dancing.

I've visited the Virtual Reality Learning Institute in-world, but, to be frank, I didn't find that it answered the questions I had. I tried tweeting the person who seems to be associated with it, but didn't receive a response. I've Googled and tried the SL wiki, but either I'm not finding it or the info isn't there.

Here are my six questions (the first three have to do with land):

  1. I am considering a premium account. I know this comes with a Linden home. However, before I purchase, I would very much like to tour each style of Linden home in-world. I do not want to watch a video: I want to actually walk through to see what I'd be getting. :) Is there anywhere in Second Life that I can tour demo Linden homes?

  2. I understand that with a premium account, one gets 512m as part of it. Is that instead of or in addition to the Linden home one receives with the account? If the former, if one decides one no longer wants the 512, can one return to a Linden home?

  3. How big is 512m really? I have no sense of that size/scale in relation to any of the other buildings in-world. I'd love to see a chart somewhere that shows, drawn in 2D rectangles or something, "Here's is what 512m looks like on a map. Right next to it, here is 1024m on a map." Can one build a four story building on 512m, for example? Is there a height limit?

  4. What are your favorite places to visit in Second Life?

  5. What are your favorite places to shop for women's clothing in Second Life?

  6. What is your favorite Second Life blog?

Many sincere thanks for any guidance you can provide! It is greatly appreciated!

Have a terrific day!
Friday, May 27th, 2011
12:49 pm
Does anyone know if any fundraisers are being started to aid Joplin? They need a LOT of help to rebuild.
Thursday, May 19th, 2011
9:13 am
Milliways: The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe
(excerpt from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams)

Milliways is built on the fragmented remains of an eventually ruined planet which is enclosed in a vast time bubble and projected forward in time to the precise moment of the End of the Universe. (Many would say this is impossible.)

Inside, guests take their places at tables and eat sumptuous meals while watching the whole of creation explode around them. (Many would say this is equally impossible.)

You can arrive for any sitting you like without prior reservation because you can book retrospectively, as it were, when you return to your own time. (Many would insist this is absolutely impossible.)

At the Restaurant you can meet and dine with a fascinating cross-section of the entire population of space and time. (This, it can be explained patiently, is also impossible.)

You can visit it as many times as you like and be sure of never meeting yourself, because of the embarrassment this usually causes. (According to the doubters, this is patently impossible, even if the rest were true, which it is not.)

All you have to do is deposit one penny in a savings account in your own era, and when you arrive at the End of Time the operation of compound interest means that the fabulous cost of your meal has been paid for. (Many claim that this is not merely impossible, but clearly insane.)

This is why the advertising executives of the star system of Bastablon came up with this slogan: "If you've done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe."

Thanks to a notecard that was furtively placed in my hand by a pirate of dubious reputation, I visited Milliways and captured the picture above, shortly before finishing my Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. I don't remember anything after that.

Here is that notecard. I do not know how long it has been circulating, I only just received it mere days ago. Do with it what you will:


Towel Day May 25th 2011

An open letter to all Sci fi aficionados, and sim owners, simians and sentients,

For the second year running my brother Ora and myself are putting out Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in celebration of all things Hitchhiker and in memory of the author Douglas Adams. Towel Day is near again.

This year we are hosted by Ora's Hyrule sim in Afredo. Our build will only be out for the month of May, and it is intended to be completely without profit, this is just because we love the Guide, and we miss what light that Douglas Adams was to the world.

We want this to be a community project, so that all fans can join in the fun. We would like to invite anyone who wants to help us make this day special to be a part of the good tidings. To "share and enjoy," as Mr. Adams would say. Brass tax is we need help. What kind of help? Glad you asked.....

We are looking for:
*Related freebies
*DJ's and entertainers
*builders ( to help polish the place up)
*Help promoting
Help Promoting can be as simple is rezzing out soon to come one prim ad board and LM, and we will of course return the favor, we will of course be glad to shamelessly plug your sim or store XD
*we can also use ideas
*event planners- we have been tossing around the notion of having both a Vogon Poetry contest, and a "worst Dressed Sentient in the Galaxy contest," People to help run these events, or maybe just prizes related or not to the guide would be hoopy.

Milliways is not yet listed, but will be in the next few days after we feel primary construction is done, Meanwhile feel free to come by and scope the digs, our "working LM" as follows:

I appreciate the time and consideration in reading all this jazz, and hope to hear from many of you. Feel free to IM me anytime, with questions, comments, concerns, or just to tell me off for dropping this notecard on you when you were not looking.

DarthVenger Blackheart
Monday, May 16th, 2011
11:37 am
The Major
11-05-16_The Major, originally uploaded by LauraEss.

Laurel Galli dresses up as Major Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell. This is the first version of this outfit and uses only system clothes, other than an attachment for a high collar. I haven't bothered to create a proper shape yet until I have the clothes right (needs proper boots and jacket.)

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