Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Why is communicating in Second Life such a challenge sometimes? Misunderstandings, unwelcomed spamming , drama... Group chats, emoting, using voice - are they effective or a source of conflict? How can we improve the stream of communication in SL? We will talk about these and many more issues related to the topic at LnL's Discussion Lounge! This week, the discussion will take place at 3pm SLT due to Daylight Saving Time changes. Drop by to share your opinion! We are looking forward to seeing you!
Monday, March 12, 2012
Shot on location in Eudoxia, a Marcus Inkpen creation in the L.E.A. exhibition Invisible Cities in Second Life, March 2012.
Special thanks to Marcus Inkpen, moo Money and L.E.A.
UPDATE: To read the story that trigered this machinima, go to Crap Mariner's 100 Word Stories - Weekly Challenge and to Lizzie Gudkov's writing blog!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Last Thursday’s discussion at LnL Square’s Discussion Lounge was a rather tense one, much unlike what generally happens! The idea was to discuss some of the latest issues that have concerned the Second Life (SL) community, and it was not an easy task! Everyone agreed that SL does need and could use some improvements, namely in the areas like lag, group and conference chats, undelivered objects/notecards/purchases, etc. but some of those present very vehemently showed how much they disagreed with the general feeling that Linden Lab (LL) was not doing a good job. LL’s priorities were discussed and the majority defended that the most basic features of SL should be dealt with first. The fact that they are not most likely shows that there is a certain state of disarray in the company (note the careful hesitation there!). One of the hot topics was, as expected, the different viewers and the new Third Party Viewers (TPVs) policy. Most stated they preferred the use of a TPV rather than the official LL viewer complaining of usability issues. It was also stated that the viewer each resident used was not relevant, as long as it worked well for the resident in question. The removal of the viewer tags was, in the opinion of many, a negative decision, especially for those who are mentors (and we had a number of mentors present) as it is important to know which viewer the new resident is using so the help provided is more complete. It was also suggested that LL should hire externally for a viewer creator company; this would, in many ways, release them from this pressure! LL does own the company, but residents are the core of SL. No residents, no Second Life. One of the aspects debated last Thursday was the difficulty LL shows in establishing an effective line of communication with the residents (although not all agreed and defended that people’s need to complain was lately getting in the way of LL’s efforts to improve things). Some discussers recalled the beginning of SL when the smaller number of residents made that communication possible and everyone could have a saying in the destiny of SL (or at least make direct suggestions to Lindens). Nowadays the sheer dimension of SL is enormous and the corporate spirit of LL does not seem to be able to cope. As a conclusion, London Junkers, who was moderating the discussion, said that “the Lab is going through some turbulent times. Let's hope everyone involved has the common sense to build rather than destroy Second Life. This is certainly a grid that deserves that chance.” Drop by next week for a new topic, Thursday at 2pm SLT in LnL’s Discussion Lounge!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Moderator: London Junkers
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Welcome to LnL Youtube channel!! We at LnL love technology and video is one of those things that makes us dream!!! This is just a try out intro, let's learn together and make a wonderful movie in the future!! Thanks for reading us, we hope you enjoy it!!
Friday, March 2, 2012
This was not an easy topic, child avatars – reasons for creating a child avie and reactions towards them. It was a mature discussion held at LnL Square by an amazing group of people who debated this topic in a very open way. Despite the fact that many feel uncomfortable in the presence of child avatars, everyone expressed the respect for individual choices. Often caught between what borders on prejudice, in the opinion of some, and their need to portray what they consider a child’s behavior/language to be, child avatars are often seen with suspicion and asked to leave sims/stores/locations or to change their avies. Now, why do people (adults and not teens, was the general opinion) feel the need to create a child avatar? It could be the result of creativity, the need to heal or to be different, even a way of disturbing others. As the discussion continued, it was inevitable to talk about pedophilia in SL. Yes, a touchy issue that Linden Lab has had to address and tried to eradicate, successfully or not? Whether we talk about child avatars being adopted, roleplaying within the context of a Second Life family or simply being griefers (as someone pointed out, not a common occurrence), one must respect those who choose to enact a child in SL having no foul intentions. Join us next week for a new topic! Thursday, 2pm SLT at LnL’s Discussion Lounge!