Second Life Destinations hosts a new section dedicated to the SL16B event. For those who are not aware of it, SL16B is an opportunity to celebrate the sixteenth birthday of Second Life. The platform of the Linden Lab™ was born on 23 June 2003. From June 20 until July 8, 2019, SL16B will be open to the public who can visit the various installations of the exhibiting artists, participate in the events scheduled and dialogue with the most representative exponents of the LL. Let’s see some of the most critical events in the program.
I often follow Jackson Redstar’s YouTube channel for an endless number of reasons. First of all, I think Red can make professional videos with high emotions. One of his latest videos caught my attention in particular because Red records the impressive performance of Sultry Sonata singing live at Babylon Berlin. The voice of this enchanting live singer won me over, and I decided to share it with you. I leave you also the references to find her and go to hear she singing inworld.
A few days ago, while I was seeing my Second Life inventory, I had a bad time. Putting order into the Second Life inventory is more challenging than making a season change in the cabinets. Let’s see how to face this challenge without succumbing and live happily. In this post, I tried to be schematic, to make it easier to read. Note: If this method works for my Second Life inventory, it can work for any inventory.
Second Life Inventory: Finding a sandbox
The first important step is to find a sandbox where we will have the opportunity to rez the objects that we do not remember, and we can not identify by name. If you have a premium account, you will have a more significant number of interesting sandboxes available. If, on the other hand, you are a basic account, the list narrows. Below I have listed both Sandboxes for Premium accounts and Sandboxes for Basic accounts. I have chosen the best (according to my standards) from the different categories.
Sandbox Artifex – Rated – return every 4 hours → Teleport to
Sandbox Verenda – Rated – return every 4 hours → Teleport to
Sandbox Bricker – Rated – return every 4 hours → Teleport to
Alethia Island – Rated – return every 8 hours → Teleport to
Retroverse Sandbox – Rated – No autoreturn → Teleport to
Second Life Inventory: Create the “Old Stuff” folder
The next step is elementary: take the old inventory and put it in a folder that you will call “Old Stuff.” Here you will put clothes, objects, scripts, animations, textures, and everything that is part of your inventory at this time. You’ll wonder why to create this folder. The reason is that from this folder we will only remove the objects we want to keep, sorting them by category. When we have finished removing and sorting objects from “Old Stuff,” this folder can be deleted. In this way, we will put an order in the Second Life Inventory quickly and without mistakes.
Creating the main folders
We are ready to create the main structure of our inventory. We add the basic folders, such as:
Obviously, this list is just an example, you can customize it as you like.
The categories that I have listed in alphabetical order to facilitate the search in the inventory are mark-categories. Each of them will have sub-categories within it. For example, the “Heads” category could have sub-categories within it:
And so on.
Or the Clothing category can have sub-categories like:
And so on.
Sort the objects in the “Old Stuff” folder
Now comes the most tedious part. You have to select one by one the objects in Old Stuff that you want to keep and save. For example, suppose that in the folder “Old Stuff,” there is the summer dress xxxx. Well, now you have to take this dress and drag it into the Clothing → Summer Clothing folder. To proceed with simplicity, I recommend you to have opened two Second Life Inventories. How? Simple. Open the inventory and then use the following key combination CTRL + SHIFT + I, or click on the tool washer at the bottom right of the Second Life Inventory and then open the Inventory Window. Now, with two extensive inventories, it’s easier to drag objects from one folder to another.
Second Life Inventory: Deleting demo objects
You get to take demos while you go shopping. Unfortunately, it also happens that you don’t delete them once they have run out of function. To delete them in bulk, type “demos” in the search space in your inventory. This way you’ll immediately find all the items you’ve taken and folders you’ve opened that refer to those demos. Select more than one item (by holding down CTRL and clicking on each item) and then press CANC. Bye-bye, Demos.
Second Life Inventory: Delete the boxes after placing the purchased items
You bought a new dress, you opened the box, you put the dress in the right folder, but you forgot to delete the box! Unfortunately, by doing so, you could accumulate several unnecessary items in your inventory. It’s best to waste two more minutes immediately and delete the box. Remember to always delete the boxes also in case of purchases on the Marketplace: in this case, you will find the boxes in the Received Items.
Second Life Inventory: Delete duplicates
If you find that you have more than one identical item in your inventory, delete the duplicates. It’s useless to keep things that unnecessarily weigh down your game! To remove duplicates quickly, type in even part of the name of the duplicate object, select the extra copies using the CTRL + selection key and click on CANC.
Second Life Inventory: Delete objects you know you won’t be using anymore
When you look at your inventory, ask yourself: will I still use this item? If the answer is no, but you would instinctively keep the thing for emotional or other reasons, I suggest you leave it in the “Old Stuff”. For example, if you’re keeping a dress that you associate with memories with, but you know you’ll never wear again, leave it. If you don’t use it, you don’t need it. And if you don’t, it’s useless to keep it.
Note: if you don’t like the idea to cancel some items you love to, even if you don’t use them, put them in a box, and name the box itself to remember what you put inside. Now, simply take the box in your inventory and delete the objects you saved into the box.
Second Life Inventory: Delete accessories that are incompatible with mesh bodies and heads (optional)
This step only makes sense if your avatar is mesh. For example, I have both the head and the body mesh, that’s why I deleted all the no mesh dresses and animations that were good for standard heads. I know I won’t go back to a standard avatar anymore, so it doesn’t make sense to keep them.
The most difficult part: delete the “Old Stuff Folder”
Now you saved all the items you want to keep. Be strong: delete the “Old Stuff Folder”.
Second Life Inventory: Hiding the Library
Select World > Show > Advanced Menu to enable the Advanced Menu.
Choose Advanced > Show Debug Settings.
Type noinventoryLibrary. It autocompletes.
Close the DEBUG SETTINGS window and restart the Viewer.
Some Second Life residentshave started a petition through the service Change.Org. This petition is addressed to Ebbe Altberg and Linden Lab. Let’s try to understand what’s going on. As you know, LL has modified the contractual conditions with SL users. Specifically, some cost reductions and some increases. I wrote about this in the post titled “The New LL Economic Condition: speculation or necessity?” Cost reductions affect land buyers, while increases affect premium users on the one hand and creators on the other. In particular, creators suffer a 5% increase (from the original 2.5%) in the exchange fee. This happens when a person exchanges L$ to current currency. (EUR or DOLLAR or other currency in use).
Second Life Petition against the 5% fee exchange
In this “petition”, residents complain about the 5% tax. In fact, creators who suffer a decrease in revenue as a result of this increase wrote it. This increase to 5% could be the result of the rise in micro-payments by PayPal (micro-payments are all those of less than $10.00). So the increase in the tax to 5% seems to be more an adjustment that LL has implemented concerning a decision taken by PayPal. The petition focuses on the needs of creators, and then we talk about those aspects that most affect them. It is natural that what strikes the creator also strikes the final consumer, who will find himself with an increase in overall prices. The resident authors of the petition also complain about some decisions that LL has taken recently; they appear incomprehensible and therefore ask for an explanation, creators told. Finally, the petitioner residents are asking to be heard by LL. They ask LL to hire people who live in SL every day; in this way, decisions can be taken more in line with the interests of the community. I have always thought that a “petition” is a request that a private individual addresses to a public authority. Things change quickly in the web age.
Second Life Petition: Residents talk
We would also like to discuss the possibility of negotiating the 5% processing fee. We understand that Linden Lab does have a final say, but we have a long list of innovative and insightful ideas of how Linden Lab might increase profits without relying on land and without creators having to bear such a severe financial burden. The primary areas that we feel we could address to improve profits in the long- and short-term related to retention, marketing, and platform stability, as well as Premium member benefits. We would love to share our ideas and insights with you regarding these subjects and more if you are willing to give us the opportunity to do so.
As known, SL16B is the important anniversary with we celebrate the birthday ofSecond Life. In 2019, it turns 16 years old. It is a sumptuous event that involves several exhibitors, musicians, traders, and volunteers. Today I tell you how I was involved in this (important) event.
I never made a post about an event of any kind in SL. It has been a few years now that I have “specialized” in the artistic sector, also dealing with different themes, but never of a commercial nature or particular occasions. That’s why, when I received the Berry IM (Strawberry Singh) that invited me as blogger, I was both happy and surprised. Writing about this event is an unmissable opportunity to encourage me to broaden my horizons that, for some years, have been fossilized on the same issues. Furthermore, having received an invitation from Berry, whom I have esteemed and followed for many years, makes me even more willing to test myself with new topics.
SL16B – History
When celebrating a birthday, it is reasonable to retrace the history of the person being dedicated. In this case, we briefly review the history of SL also because, to understand where we are going, we must remember where we came from.
SL was born for the public on June 23rd, 2003. Since 2003 the innovations within the virtual Linden platform have been many, starting from the construction methods that led to the mesh up to the animation methods that led to the Animesh. Also, the ways of interaction between people, the practices of purchase, the types of events organized have changed considerably. In 2003 I was not in SL; I lost a significant part, namely that of birth and its maximum expansion (2007). However, I can say that, in these seven years of SL, I have seen many things changing. To give an example, when I entered SL, people bought items on the Marketplace, or they went directly to single creator’s inworld shop (I saved the LM in my inventory!). Today people buy and know creators during events, some of which are famous and renowned because they only accept stores produce “original mesh“. Furthermore, an essential role in the promotion of events and shops is played by fashion bloggers, followed for their ability to match outfits from different stores tastefully and because in the credits they indicate in detail how to find the clothes proposed in their beautiful photographs. An example for all was Strawberry Singh, the SL influencer. In addition to Berry, Mia Reebane is a high-level fashion blogger and has a significant number of followers (including me). Virtual photography has exploded, as one can easily see from a large number of images shared by SL users on Flickr (I confess that, in some cases, I am impressed by the creative ability of some photographers!).
SL16B – The dates
The event which we celebrate SL’s birthday with this year will start from June 20th to July 8th, 2019. Applications for volunteers, artists, and exhibitors are now closed.
SL16B – The theme
Every year the LL proposes a theme that is a beacon for exhibitors and to which they adhere to their creations. Last year the idea was the “Crystal,” this year the theme is “Sweet Sixteen – 50s“. The post which LL announces the imminence of the SL16B with is interesting because it highlights the similarities between the 1950s and SL. The 1950s were a period of innovation, rebellion, creation, freedom, and a will to live. SL is an expression of all these aspects; in fact, it was born allowing people to express their creativity without limits (if not technical ones, based on current technological knowledge).
SL16B – Gifts
The event will be an opportunity to take original and hard to find gifts elsewhere. In particular, I advise you not to miss Swaginator because gifts are easy to get!
SL16B – The Community
On the SL Community, you can find a lot of information and be updated on the evolution of events.
As is known, the LL has recently changed its contractual conditions towards SL users. The changes introduced have been the subject of many criticisms in the socials and, consequently, the same LL has changed its original idea regarding some aspects. We see what happened and try to understand if the choice of the LL was inevitable, or speculation.
1 news → Land price reduction, according to the following scheme:
A change in line with the news that started the past year. A 15% reduction on the price of private estates, a 10% reduction on the amount in Mainland and a doubling of the size of the land available for users premium.
* as specified by the LL itself, the reductions do not apply to sims dedicated to role play. Discounts for educational and non-profit purposes will be updated to keep the 50% reduction on the purchase price. Furthermore, residents in some EU countries may incur increases due to VAT or other improvements concerning current tax legislation.
2 news → Changes for the premium and basic plans (increase in the value of the premium membership, price changes, and more)
Here the “sore point” was the reduction in the number of groups a basic account can join, which went from 42 to 35, like originally communicated in a first announcement. Subsequently, as a result of the numerous criticisms, LL accepted the requests of the users and the number of groups remains unchanged at 42. The capacity for receiving IMs offline is also reduced in the face of a considerable increase for premium accounts.
*All the rest is unchanged, therefore: the weekly salary of L $ 300, the exclusive gifts, the privileged access to the Full Regions and the instant assistance chat service.
Premium users now have innovative homes, with double the plot of land and the possibility to change their home theme without limits among those available. These aspects justified an increase in the value of the premium membership and, consequently, the following updates in the subscriptions, as shown in the table below:
* Attention to VAT, as mentioned before. More info in the dedicated VAT Policy Page.
As of June 3, there is the possibility of blocking a further renewal cycle at the previous (more advantageous) price. So, if you have an annual subscription, you can renew for an additional year at the old cost, and so on.
3 news → Starting from June 24, the tax on credits (which only affects those who convert Lindens into current currency, such as EURO or DOLLARS) will increase from 2.5% to 5% per transaction.
Warning! This one is not an unjustified increase, but a consequence of the rise imposed by PayPal for micropayments (with a value of less than $ 10) to which the LL can do nothing but adapt to avoid incurring losses.
Conclusions: LL seems to want favoring land purchases, lowering the related costs. To fill the lower income due to the lowering of land purchase costs, it chose to increase the costs related to Premium Membership. This choice is also motivated by the premium user benefits from a higher value subscription, because of the important improvements on the houses, the increase in the number of groups anyone can join to, and a higher capacity for the receipt of the IMs offline.
Warning! The changes will take effect from June 24. It is now possible to renew for a further cycle at the old cost (more advantageous). To do this, go to your Dashboard → Account → Premium Membership. It is possible finding a complete information on the official page “Land Price Reductions, New Premium Perks, and Prices Changes.”
As you know, about a month ago, began to spread the news about the possible closure of the locationChouchou, the widespread dissemination of this information has led to the publication of several posts (including mine) in an attempt to raise awareness LL to rescue one of the most beautiful sim of SL.
We know that LL is sensitive to the Community, so honestly, I was sure that Patch would soon announce that Chouchou could join the “Second Life Region Preservation Society.”
Once got this result, I confess that I assumed that the sim was safe. It’s hard to think that an owner, relieved of the economic fulfillment (not indifferent) of a location, really wants to bring his creation to destruction.
I specify that it is not my intention to argue: respect the decisions of the two owners; I do not understand them.
Melian is a friend of Juliet Heberle and Arabesque Choch, the creators and owners of the famous Chouchou. A few days ago, she contacted me inworld to tell me that she liked my article on Chouchou and the issue of copyright, but that the article itself was based on a wrong assumption. In particular, Melian points out that the objects that the owners used to furnish Chouchou are not their creation at all, but objects bought on the Marketplace. And she asks me: “why don’t you check it yourself?” Yeah, why? I wonder, too. So I went to Chouchou and checked every single object on the location. And that’s what I discovered.
RELIC -Death of Lovers Tree,C/We shall have richly scented beds
Steinway Concert Grand Piano (Black) by Supershine Zapedzki
Crooked Designs ~ Doll Bird Cage in Black by Merry Gildea
Kaidan by Yuki Aabye
LOTUS – golden glow by Eshi Otawar
Islamey structure by Miya Grut
Cherry 15 red by Ender Meiler
Memento Mori by Yuki Aabye
“It’s strange many people have written about Chouchou without having a real idea of what Chouchou is,” observes Melian. Chouchou’s only original creation is the music, obviously protected by copyright and whose rights belong to Ulula, the company that recorded Chouchou’s music.
However, the objects are not an original creation of the owners but bought and assembled objects, as happens in most cases. In saying this, I don’t want to diminish the work done by Juliet and Arabesque, but say the real situation and how Melian herself, a friend of Juliet’s, wants to highlight.
Though , I can assume that some buildings were built specifically for Chouchou, such as, for example, Memento Mori (which I have not found for sale elsewhere).
In any case, Chouchou is unique for the mood in which it allows the visitor to enter and for its music, but can copyright protect the “mood”? Melian asks me.
I take advantage of Melian and ask why the owners of Chouchou did not accept LL’s proposal to join the “Second Life Region Preservation Society.” She tells me that many real commitments have taken over, including a happy birth at Juliet’s house. In short, the impossibility of managing Chouchou together with the fact that life is now very demanding, have determined the choice to make Chouchou disappear. Its destruction is scheduled for the end of June, as officially announced on Chouchou’s Official Page.
In conclusion, LL offers the tools for creation, but what is created is the property of the individual creator. If the creator does not accept LL’s proposal to include his location in the “Second Life Region Preservation Society,” it is his right, and his creation is doomed to die although the Community doesn’t want it, even though it seems like a difficult decision to understand.
Astral Dreams Project opens its doors this Sunday, June 2, with an ambitious setting and high visual impact. The style of the location (LEA8) is Steampunk, which also inspires many images and statues of the exhibiting artists. Astral Dreams ProJect was born from the idea of giving a significant tribute to the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci. It is an ambitious project that, in my opinion, the owners of Astral Dreams Jack Davies and Mina Arcana have managed to achieve success. Astral Dreams has always been a “team effort,” so several people have contributed to the realization of this project, including first of all Acqua Aria, for her remarkable ability in building and creating textures. The whole staff of Astral Dreams has always been precious in the realization of the activities signed with the brand “Astral Dreams.” I do not reveal more, and I invite you instead to participate in the opening that will be held this Sunday, June 2 at 1:30 PM SLT (22:30 Italian Time). I will present the evening in Italian and English.