There are now over 6 million residents now in Second Life since yesterday. Again, no big press release, nada, zip, nothing. I wonder...
The number of undersigners of the Open Letter grows at great speed. Yesterday there were perhaps around 1500 undersigners on it - now there are already 2541 underwriters on it. Well, it had some kind of effect already, the Lindens replied in their blog to it.
Their response at the moment is like this: we're working on a detailed response, in the meantime please look there and there for more information, and oh, by the way, we're going to hold a new town hall meeting soon
The responses vary, I think, it is too early to judge since they are still working on their real reply.
There's a new open letter in town of people who try to persuade Lindenlabs to stabilize SL. So far 569 Avatars undersigned it, a nice idea, at least.
Another unplanned downtime, again. That's a good time to move on the voice beta grid and have some fun. Today there were many people at Ahern and Morris, so it's always good to move to another sim.
I was at Pulveria, there was a Linden and some other guys, but not so much as in the laggy welcome area and he spoke to us and with us. No better way to meet the Lindens in world than on the beta grid at the moment.
So... one asked the question, why a region sometimes gets better when restarted. Seems it depends on the neighboring regions, when you're restarting a region it could be moved dynamically to another CPU, so that's why it can become better, again. Interesting detail in the architecture.
Since I've got again too much ideas for blog entries in my mind and don't want to post them all as separate articles, I'm doing another roundup. Here it comes:
- Pham Neutra is discussing the population growth of Second Life with a graphic from Chromal Brodsky. Thesis there: growth is still there, but it slowed down already in March, it's not exponential anymore. So it will be interesting to watch the statistics of April, when the month is over.
- There's an article made by a law professor about taxing virtual worlds. In essence it's this: players should be taxed like in the real world for commercial activity, but not game play.
- There's an article in Wired about the Nasa activities in SL, especially CoLab.
- A German article, tagline "Second Life is not going to be better than the first life".
- A gallery of RL brands in Second Life. Very interesting to get a picture which companies are already involved in SL. Big brands listed only!
- A very critical article about the so called casino investigations. Thesis: the FBI looked at one thing, but nothing seemed to happen at all, so where's the meat? Then again, Lindenlabs seems to be reacting before FBI is doing anything and installing a new registration/confirmation system.
- A new photo book named "Avatar Expression" has been released.
Well, that's it for the moment, more to come shortly.
Simple: it is a big laboratory for trying out new approaches, getting new experiences that can be transferred to other, future projects, too. Though Second Life is not perfect, it is still going to be thrilling in the future and that is why it matters.
I've spent today again some time on the voice beta test grid. It has been quite fun and interesting to see how voice is going to change the SL experience.
It's also a good way to see the Lindens live; no wonder, since it's beta and only under 10 regions are online, you can see them there. I saw Pathfinder Linden and another Linden, Monroe Linden, even used voice and talked with us a little! Great!
So, basically when you're going online on the beta grid it's first looking where the crowd is. There are perhaps 30-40 people online the same time, and they use to flock around, well, that's my experience so far.
Today was also interesting since we've seen an avatar from the company that is providing the voice technology, Vivox, Rockin Randall, who talked with us and answered some questions to us. Nice guy and some very interesting insights, for sure this is going to scale at great lengths, if necessary!
BTW, I've found another 3d-project today on my radar: Uni-Verse. Founded by the European Union, developed by academic institutes, seems the purpose of this project more in the field of 3d-collaboration. It's, like Croquet, also Opensource and the demonstration movie on their website looks very interesting. It has also interfaces to Maya and Blender - no wonder since the Blender foundation is involved in the development of Uni-Verse.
It's really funny upon which things you can stumble upon into Second Life. Goreans are a big and well known community there. But, until now, I never knew that there are also gay Goreans around. I've stumbled upon a group called "Gay Gorean Coalition."
The purpose of this group is:
To promote & help gay rp'ers in the Gor community.
We meet the 2nd Saturday of every month at 1pm SL time. Place to be announced.
If you need help or wish to network with others, we are here to help.
SL never ceases to amaze me...