Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Hogfather


Me on Hogfather's lap. He looks scary.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

FLOCK THE ESTABLISHMENT MAN!!!


It's Wootstock tinies style.

2 days of waffles and music. Raglan Winter Wood... er, Wootstock.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Something said about child AVATARS

You should PLEASE consider this stuff:


1). Contrary to what most people outside second life think, there is more to SL than just SEX. Second Life (SL) child avatars ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER IN REAL LIFE - this is ROLEPLAYING childhood and it's sooo much fun! You get to be silly all the time! You can get adopted & hang out with other kids & go to school & whatever else you can dream up!

If you're new to being a kid (or teen!) here's what's up - YOU CANNOT DO ANYTHING SEXUALLY-RELATED WHATSOEVER. If you want to be a kid AND an adult then make 2 avatar accounts. Just do it.

If a child avatar is seen around things like sexual furniture, photos, naked people, etc. - ANYTHING you can think of that's of a sexual nature - Linden Labs can and will delete your account and could even ban your COMPUTER from logging into Second Life.

There will be no questions asked - you get caught like that and you're gone - as the Terms of Service for Second Life states:

(TOS - 2.6 Linden Lab may suspend or terminate your account at any time, without refund or obligation to you.)

Don't be nude in public EVER - if you wanna change clothes, find a private place - if you go to Search and type in "changing rooms" there are places to go to! A lot of stores have changing rooms too!

DO NOT join any groups that have sexually-related content. This will cause some places to ban you right away, not to mention a good majority of Second Life people will not respect you & may be mean to you. You don't need groups like that anyways - you're playing a CHILD!

It was discovered that places had been created by ADULT avatar's who were interested in luring child avatars to engage in sexual activities. The child avatars who fell for this ended up having their pictures posted all over the net and in the end they deleted their accounts and left SL leaving behind a media circus. Some people are still mad at child avatars because they wrongfully assume we're all out to be pervs when WE'RE NOT!

Linden Labs polices prohibits these sorts of places & if someone asks you to do anything sexual you should abuse report (AR) them. To file an abuse report, hit the "Help" tab at the top of your scren and then hit "Report Abuse" - it's a very simple lil form that'll pop up. Then just get away from that perv!

SL residents have been told to abuse report Underage Users. There is a Second Life for people 18 and older (where you are) and a "teen grid" for people who are under 18 in real life. Sometimes REAL LIFE underagers get into the 18-and-older area of Second Life.
Because of this, some people are ignorant and will think you are underage just because you are roleplaying a child. Linden Lab would like ALL child avatars to state their REAL WORLD AGE in your profile to try and prevent mistaken reports.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Do not use Emerald - Version 950 has a critical exploit

There is a recently discovered exploit within Emerald that can quite literally allow someone with an appropriately equipped client to strip your entire inventory. Egregiously bad flaw, kids... wait until Modular sorts this one out.

Gee, I wish I knew about this before it happened to me.

I had problems with my account night before last with my inventory not loading.
Don't know how it happened, but it did.

--------------------------------EDIT--------------------

Since this post, it happened to me on my main account. The creator(s) of Emerald has since posted a update to their viewer. You will have to download and install this update to continue your fun.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Updated TAO of SPAM

***NCI Spam Central***

*****NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT GROUP*****

***URL:
secondlife:///app/group/e8a029bf-a974-e521-9437-6cd72bf96bad/about

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***Definition of the internet meme/term "Spam":

Spam is the abuse of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast mediums, digital delivery systems) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately.

While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media: instant messaging spam, Usenet newsgroup spam, Web search engine spam, spam in blogs, wiki spam, Online classified ads spam, mobile phone messaging spam, Internet forum spam, junk fax transmissions, and file sharing network spam.

What is not included in the definiation of "Spam" is the word "advertisement". That said, while it's falsely assumed that being open to spamming means being open to ads; the truth is, that's a very small portion of the heart and soul of spam.

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***Main group charter:

*****NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT GROUP*****

GREETINGS SPAMMERS! :p
Is your idle chit-chat getting complaints over there in the main group? Bring it over here and have a ball. Got complaints about how chatty THIS group is? Click the bottom "X" on the upper right of the chat window.
Please keep conversations as PG as possible, official NCI announcements in NCI main chat, advertisements in your own group, and drama in personal IMs.

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***Extended group charter:

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||CHAT||
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Basically. NCI Spam Central's intent is to allow the NCI main group to be maintained as a serious (HA!) question, answer, and assistance group. The name came from the core complaint that New Citizens Inc. main chat was "Too spammy". So, those "Spammy" conversations are encouraged to sliiiiiide on over to this group in order to free up NCI main chat to serve its purpose effeciently.

While a few unawares confuse the simple term "Spam" as strictly for advertisements, the truth is that the above definition is much more accurate and doesn't actually mention advertisements at all.

As for a rule on moderation of advertisements. The admins of this group stronly maintain that this is not here for that purpose. But, the member response should not be that of frustration, attack, or negativity. This is a group to release and be free from those thoughts, so when an advertisement is given the suggested response is a tolerant reminder that it's not allowed... Followed by an immediate ejection from the group. =^-^=

If a moderator/officer doesn't promptly respond, feel free to IM one of the bold names visible in the active users list. (This can be seen by clicking the blue (<<) symbol on the upper right of the chat window.

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||CONDUCT||
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NCI Spam Central is a PG chat group. Please conduct yourself in a PG and respectful manner. Swearing, descriptsion of lewd acts, violence, and attacking each other are not allowed.

But, remember, we're all adults here (right?) so expect to be open to some innuendo and such in chat. Legal, medical, and scientific terms are alloed. Nobody will poke you in the nose for saying "Vagina", "Penis", or "Nipples". In fact, use of the word "Nipples" is encouraged and may be subject to prizes*.

Just.. Steer clear of the big 7... Okay?

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||GROUP GIFTS||
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Yes.. Nearly every bloody member of the group has permission to send notices. This is manually set so new joins can't just ad-spam and jet on us. Any group officer/owner should be able to add the role for a new member upon request. When in doubt... IM Imnotgoing Sideways.

A Group Gift is an object, clothing item, gesture, avatar accessory... STUFF that you made and would like to share. Remember that word though... "Share" Please be sure the item you're sharing is something you either made or have full permission to distribute.

Don't over-use the ability. Having notices pop up all bloody day is no fun. So, when you're sending your gift, be sure it's of a bit of laugh value at least. Don't just send out anything. Spam, but, don't overspam.

And, a reiteration of the key policy... NO ADVERTISEMENTS! Notices with names of stores, landmarks, and event notecards are not allowed. The advertisement doesn't have to be for a for-profit venture to be considered an advertiesment.

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||NCI FRINGE EVENTS||
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There will be times when NCI staff and officers will want to host a fringe event. This is an event typically not on the regular calendar and not directly related to NCI's class and regular event roster.

These events are meant to be a fun distraction and a way to further socialize with other NCI members you haven't met yet. Events may be impromptu dance parties in NCI sandboxes, member home/store hunts, NCI contests in the testing stages, and thigns like that.

NCI staff and officers are allowed to utilize the Spam Central group and its group notices for these events.

Official NCI events should continue to be announced in the main group.


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||LULZ||
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Beyond that: Enjoy the group you'll love to hate and embrace your inner spammer. (^_^)y










*No purchase necessary. Details inside. Prizes are not guaranteed. Nor, do they even exist. But, it was a fun thing to say anyway. =^-^=

Childrens In Crisis

On behalf of supporters of Childrens In Crisis, it is my pleasure as this year's host, to invite you to join us and celebrate in Memory of Wollas Beaumont the 1st Annual Children in Crisis 24hr RockAbout Benefit. Starting December 12th at 6pm slt and ending December 13th at 6pm slt a lineup of 10Dj's ( hope it come some more) (confirmed so far) will rock your world with hourly contests and with great gifts.
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Wollas Beaumont was a dear SL friend of mine who died and she was devoted to the Children in Crisis Organization. As a result her family and I have decided to keep Wollas Original gesture shop in Second Life open, donating all money earned from the shop and all the tips to her favorite charity "Children in Crisis" - a humanitarian association which helps children. Additionally we have decided to put this huge party together in her memory and gather donations to be sent in her name to her favorite charity.

http://www.childrenincrisis.org

Are you a shop owner? How to get involved....
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As a shopowner we would love to have you join us on this magnificent day to assist us in this initiavtive of helping the Children in Crisis organisation by placing a vendor, or vendors (up to a 15 prim) with landmark giver for your main store at no cost to you on the condition that you donate at least one of your original creations (no freebies allowed) to be given out at the hourly contest and for you to advertise the event in your group prior and throughout the events. As this event is for a childrens benefit we also require that the vendors do not have any sex items or nudity please.

Please share in our commitment by accepting this invitation and contact Moanaiti Littleboots if you are interested and for more information,

Top 10 Linden Myths

1. Lindens have X-Ray vision

This is untrue. Their ability to see you naked has nothing to do with X-Rays.

2. There are only ten Lindens and they rotate through many accounts to make it seem like there are more.

This is untrue. There are over 50 Lindens who cycle through many accounts to make it seem like there are more.

3. Lindens have the ability to turn your avatar into a fish.

This is untrue. Lindens abilities to turn people into other forms of life is limited to changing you to a toad.

4. Lindens put their pants on one leg at a time just like everyone else.

In 2005 this became a myth when FeeFieFoeFanna Linden perfected the first dual legged virtual trouser fitting device (using only four prims!). In 2007 it became a complete impossibility when the official uniform Linden dresscode mandated a nice plaid kilt or skirt.

5. All new Lindens traditionally make a bear to give SL citizens as tokens of goodwill.

The real purpose of the bear making tradition is to provide the existing Lindens with an opportunity to snicker at someone faced with an impossible task and hurl snipes about prims being upside down and warnings that the team might have to get out the 'desuckifier' tool.

6. Lindens hold office hours to keep SL citizens informed, and to solicit opinions about future developments in SL.

The real reason for office hours is to allow them to test new features on you such as the ability to see you naked or turn you into a salamander.

7. Lindens smell like jellyfish

This is highly unlikely, although this is very difficult to confirm. This rumour probably keeps circulating because of the obvious tentacles visible on most Lindens.

8. Lindens must receive a bio implant in order to become a Linden

The bio implant is completely optional for most Lindens. The implant is only required for positions that directly affect grid operation such as LSL execution Lindens, Physics solving Lindens, and of course the Lindens who pedal the generators powering the grid server.

9. Everything that is said in public or private chat is recorded and a secret team of Lindens goes through it all looking for national security concerns and juicy blackmail tidbits.

Hahahah!! This is totally laughable. Seriously.. and I'm not just saying that. Why would I say it was laughable if it wasn't huh? Think about that.. what do I stand to gain by trying to convince you this is not true. So please.. believe me.. I implore you.. don't believe this myth. They can't make people do things against their will using... stuff that should have never been said in the first place.

10. Lindens have no sense of humor.

We'll see. If I dissapear suddenly, it's been fun, and this myth is confirmed.

A Guide to Anime Emoticons and why they're getting popular

A Guide to Anime Emoticons
And why they're getting popular
By Sohan D'souza

At the dawn of the internet era, BBS-users discovered that the lack of face-to-face communication resulted in conflict when, for example, parodies or humorous comments were taken seriously. Even telephone users could use voice tone to indicate anger, sarcasm or humor.

As such, they needed to find a way to express the tone of the messages they were posting. No need to go into how exactly it happened, but the first emoticons were a godsend, and prevented many an awkward, confusing or flammable situation. Over the years, with the evolution of the BBS into the Internet, and then the explosion of online websites, forums and chat interfaces, the proto-emoticon regularly evolved into a myriad sets, mostly unique to their hosts, and even developed into codes that were translated by the communication engine into images and sometimes even animations.

As the environment molds evolving lifeforms to its demands, each online community tends to mold the emoticon concept to its own needs and characteristics. The online community of anime fandom is no exception. The creativity and experimentation of fellow anime fans has given rise to the following set of anime emoticons that have withstood the test of time.

Root Emoticons:

^_^ or ^__^ Eyelids raised: smiling, happy
U_U or u_u Eyelids lowered: solemn, sad, sometimes exasperated
X_X or x_x Cross eyes: dead, tired, knocked out
*_* Starry eyes: fascination, admiration, euphoria
=_= or -_- Narrowed eyes: bliss, happy mood
O_O or o_o Wide round eyes: concern, shock, confusion
._. Dot eyes: blank expression, or puzzled
@_@ Spiral eyes: dizzy or confused
T_T or ;_; Tear streams or drops: crying
>_< Contorted eyes: anger, frustration
O_o or o_O One widened eye: sudden confusion
^_- or ^_~ Winking eye: humor, joke
$_$ Dollar eyes: money on the mind
9_9 or 6_6 Directed eyes: looking up or down
>_> or <_< Directed eyes: looking left or right
z_z or #_# Sleepy eyes: snoozing away
h_h "h" eyes: thinking perverted hentai thoughts
^o^ or ^O^ Laughing or humorously calling out someone
^.^ or ^.^ Oooh, amazement
=3 Neko mouth: Catty mischief or feline attribute

Diacritics/Accents:

; as in ^_^; Adds a sweat drop to express awkwardness
# as in >_<# Adds a popping vein to express irritation or added frustration
* as in *^_^* Adds blushing cheeks to express embarrassment or humility
zZ as in -_-zZ Indicates that one is sleeping, or sleepiness
= as in =^_^= or =(|)_(|)= Adds whiskers to express felinity and catty mischief
^ as in ^o_o^ Adds pointy animal ears, usually represents a dog
x as in ^_^x Adds a scar like Kenshin (other scars also applicable)

So why are anime emoticons growing in popularity? Well, for one thing, nearly all of them are aligned such that you don't have to read them sideways like traditional emoticons. There is a large variety of expressions from which to choose, and not all of them require acquaintance with anime emotional conventions (no, not that kind of convention ^_^). For the most part, anime emoticons let the eyes do the talking, which comes across as natural. And of course, within the anime fan community, their use is a means of acknowledging fellowship and belonging.

I hope this little illustrated guide encourages more of us to use these emoticons among ourselves, and among outsiders when appropriate.

Originally downloaded from:
http://www.iit.edu/~jfas/articles/animeemoticons.html

Cleaned up and copied to Second Life by Albertane Havercamp.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tiny Carolers


I'm a caroling tiny as we go from spot to spot caroling.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Raglan's Winterfest


The Raglan activities calendar is available online at: http://raglanshire.com/ - click Event Calenar link on right side of the page.

SEKRET SANTA - look for notices about this
Sunday 11/29 - Dec 2 - Sign Up! Drop your name in Sekret Santa box to participate
Dec 3 - begin - pick up your stocking with name of your Sekret Santa giftee at Great Tree Steve, Heron Shire Forest
Thurs Dec 24th - 2 prezzie exchange parties - 11 am and 5 pm slt
Location: tba

Artisan Ornaments for the Community Tree & 3rd Tree Topper Contest!
Look for notices about these
Location: Raglan Holiday Village

Snowman Building Contest - Look for notices about this

3rd Annual Etheria Parrott Ice Sculpty Sculpture competition
Look for notices on how to enter and date of judging and awards.
Location:Raglan Holiday Village

Tiny Holiday Carolling - around the grid
Look for notices.

Sat Dec 5: WINTERFEST OPENING DAY PARTY
Skating & Skiing Party - DJd music
Location:R aglan Holiday Village

Sun Dec 6: Kitti & Chaff Wedding & Party noon -3 pm
Location: tba

Sat/Sun Dec 12-13: Winter Wootstock - Tiny Music Festival 11am-5pm
Live musicians, DJd music, FuzzNutz, CRASH, movies each day at 7 pm
Location: tba - Watch for notices.

Sat Dec 19 - Hogwatch Celebration noon - 3 pm

Dec 20 - Holiday Pajama Party - noon - 4 pm
a pajama party, with pillow fights and hot cocoa and all that, some holiday story telling, then Muppet Christmas Carol movie.
Location: Galaxy Theater Dome.

Sat Dec 26th - Holiday Aerodrome Party & Games noon - 2pm
Parachute drop, air race, party
Location: Raglan Aerodrome on Raglan Commons

New Year's Eve Bash - Thurs Dec 31 - 2 pm to 12:30 am
Celebrating New Year's through the time zones.
DJ'd music, fireworks and celebration. Happy New Year every :00
Location: sky platform

Sat Jan 2 - Winter Sled Race - noon - 2 pm
- Isis, Chester, Iwanta
Location: Raglan Shire

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tiny Thanksgiving at a spot in Raglan


A turky dressed tiny.


Lots of fun...


...and dancing.


Turkey... nom, nom, nom.


I CAN HAZ LOLS?


Wake me for tomarow.

Happy Thanksgiving



Mmmmmm pumpkin pie!!!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tinies ice skating



Winterfest is comming soon. The Shire is gonna be snowed in soon.
Today we ice skate. Is there a hockey team in the works?

Maybe.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Raglan Has Talent


Marlon8000 Hastings plays guitar at the Raglan Shire Talent Show.
What's my talent? I donno, it'll be something to work on for next year.

The Mentors gruop is closing?

Seems like it. I feel like they are taking a part of our fun away.

[12:29] Loretta Lurra: Open note to any Lindens that monitor this communication channel: I have been in SL for over three years and a Mentor for a fairly long period of time. I own 40 sims and pay Linden over $6,000 per month for them. During my time in Sl i have witnessed a successive chain of horrible decisions by the SL executive team. Some of which are not simply bad business decisions - but totally inexplicable from logical analysis; however, with your decision to end the Mentor program you have simply outdone yourselves. You take 3500 or so people who are committed to helping others - and throw that talent, expertise, and experience out the window. What in the world is wrong with you people? Are you simply idiots as some say? You claim that the Mentor program is simply too large to administer: well, get a clue. Reduce the number of Mentors to a managable level. Take the best of the best ( Admittedly I am not one of those) and get an actual adult

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Oh bawls, the Lindens are at it again.

I just recived word that the Lindens will charge content creators (our) money or a fee for listing on Xstreet. I took all my stuff down from it.

https://blogs.secondlife.com/thread/4902

The Blog link: https://blogs.secondlife.com/community/commerce/blog/2009/11/18/roadmap--managing-freebies-on-xstreet-sl

The Forum response so you can put your say in: https://blogs.secondlife.com/thread/4902

Basicly it's like this:

LL are going to introduce some charges:

* 99L per month for freebie listings
* They are charging a MINIMUM 3 lindens surcharge on all items sold for 1 linden or more
* 10L per item per month for anything over $1L

For example: if you have 10 items on there, you will now have to pay $1200L per year to have them on SLX or if you have 100 items, thats $12,000L per year

And freebies don't get listed in search or anything

All I have to say is Content creators and website builders, come to gether and create your own sites to sell stuff. I'm sure there will be other like minded people out there that will work on sites to sell their stuff.

Also, go find a Linden and ask them what's going on?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Andy Warhol inspired artwork


This is my Andy Warhol inspired work.

Here's the link: http://www.melissaclifton.com/tutorial-warholphoto.html

Real life stuff


I'm not in SL as much for the holidays. I am fixing stuff up for my store now.
Doing more comic type stuff. Here's a pic I fixed up when I found a simple tutorial to do it.

http://www.photoshoproadmap.com/Photoshop-blog/2007/09/13/give-your-photos-a-retro-comic-book-effect/

Sunday, October 25, 2009

House Of Pips


Loki Eliot's Burning Life build.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

DJ Everest at Tokyo Stage


Burning Life at the DJ Eve show. I liked his dance, I'll have to ask him sometime where he got it.

Worlds colide?



Tinies and kids in Marianne McCann's ball pit at her Burning Life build.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Halloween at the Shire


It's Shocktober at Raglan. This month we have classes on Halloween decorations, parties, movies, a swamp with vendors all around, a haunted house, a haunted carnival and freak show.

JLU at Burning Life




Burning Life is up and running and the JLU has a build there. I had plans to put a build in but rl stuff came up. In the mean time, check out Burning Life and come see the JLU build.

JLU Burning Life build

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Project Jason

There was a formal dance last night that I had missed. However, I did make it there in time to make a donation. The dance was hosted by the JLU (Justice League Unlimited) and was set in the Big Band Era. Fancy dresses, suits and tuxedos.

Today I had received these:

I wanted to take time to thank the wonderful and very creative people who hosted yesterday's fundraising event in Second Life.

I saw the images on the Krypton Radio site and it looked like you all captured the essence of that era so perfectly!

In representing the families of the missing, it is important that you know how much these efforts mean to all of us. We're not a "popular" cause, and the majority of the general public doesn't know about the crisis going on behind the scenes, and of the difficulties faced by the families we serve.

When we're given help, it helps us know people care, and gives us that boost to keep going one more day, to keep searching, and to never give up, no matter what the odds.

Thank you for giving us that gift.

Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
President and Founder,
Project Jason
www.projectjason.org
Help us find the missing: Become an AAN Member
http://www.projectjason.org/awareness.html

Her profile shows she leads a pretty active rl and sl. I also found this: http://www.gardenforthemissing.org/

I also found some slulrs:

*Garden for the Missing

Project Jason in world

*Project Jason Keys to Healing Retreat

This from one of my groups:

A BIG THANK YOU
Sun Oct 18 2009 05:29 PM

Thank you from JLU for your wonderful generosity at last night's charity event. It was a truly magical evening!! We all raised an amazing 55,000 L. Attached is the article that appeared in Ireport and a note from the founder of Project Jason.

And this:

Thank you from all of us at JLU,!! It was a fantastic and magical evening. The following article appeared in Ireport:

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-343041

The attached note came from Ronnie Rhodes who spoke to the founder of Project Jason. I'm attaching the article that appeared today as well:

"This is from Kelly -- feel free to publish it! I wanted to take time to thank the wonderful and very creative people who hosted yesterday's fundraising event in Second Life.

I saw the images on the Krypton Radio site and it looked like you all captured the essence of that era so perfectly!

In representing the families of the missing, it is important that you know how much these efforts mean to all of us. We're not a "popular" cause, and the majority of the general public doesn't know about the crisis going on behind the scenes, and of the difficulties faced by the families we serve.

When we're given help, it helps us know people care, and gives us that boost to keep going one more day, to keep searching, and to never give up, no matter what the odds.

Thank you for giving us that gift.

Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
President and Founder,
Project Jason
www.projectjason.org
Help us find the missing: Become an AAN Member
http://www.projectjason.org/awareness.htm"

Monday, October 5, 2009

This just in....

The Green Lantern Movie is a go, will star Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. So, all you Deadpool fanboys will have to wait.....

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Palm reading at Medevil faire in Raglan


Now I won't say what the Great Clowey Greenwood had told me, but it'll be very silly.

Login re-directs to Zindra

**So when I logged in, my home sim wasn't available. I was redirected to Zindra, and this worried me, so I contacted live support. Chatlog follows.

- Soki**

What kind of issue are you having?
Inworld Issue

opr_9882401204cde46b2be097b71142eefc48b3b283-65e2-45cb-9b54-c76fc34673c7: Thank you for contacting Second Life Live Chat support! An agent will be with you in a moment.

Minerva: Hi there, Sokmunky_Rutabaga Rutabaga. Welcome to Minerva's live help. As I am speaking with a number of residents currenty, I appreciate your patience very much. If this call pertains to an Inworld Abuse Incident, please file an Abuse Report inworld by selectiong Help>Report abuse in your client.

Sokmunky_Rutabaga Rutabaga: Hi. I just logged in, and my usual sim was unavailable, so I was redirected ti a sim on Zindra. This wouldn't ordinarily be an issue, but I'm a child avatar. Is there a way to not get redirected there again?

Minerva: I'm afraid not. There's not harm in being in a mature or adult region as a child avatar. It's just that the activities that you choose to conduct yourself in :)

Minerva: *no

Sokmunky_Rutabaga Rutabaga: ok. But what if I get sent there and someone ARs me? What's my recourse?

Minerva: The Governance team (G-Team) investigates these matters fully. If there isn'y any evidence of a TOS or community standards violation, you don't have to worry about recourse. :)

Sokmunky_Rutabaga Rutabaga: the thing is, there's a proximity thing in the TOS. if I get dumped in the wrong place, I might be close to pose-balls or something.

Sokmunky_Rutabaga Rutabaga: Which would be a violation of TOS. And not my fault.

Minerva: No, no, please don't worry abou that. Being close to a poseball doesn't mean your quilty.

Minerva: *guilty even (Forgive me, it's early and Saturday)

Sokmunky_Rutabaga Rutabaga: it's happened to kids I know.

Minerva: I can't discuss specifics of other residents. However, it takes more than just being near a poseball for it to be a TOS violation.

Sokmunky_Rutabaga Rutabaga: may I quote you on that?

Minerva: lol Sure, if you like. But like I said, it's the activities that you choose to conduct yourself in that make all the difference.

Minerva: *add an s on makes...

Sokmunky_Rutabaga Rutabaga: I understand that. I just wish all SL residents did. ok. quoting you for Sept 19, 2009 6:26 am SL time.

Minerva: Okay. Why do you need to quote me? :)

Sokmunky_Rutabaga Rutabaga: so I can tell other kids, in case it happens to them.

Minerva: The TOS and community standards should cover the specifics of Ageplay. Ah, okay. Is there anything else I can help you with?

Sokmunky_Rutabaga Rutabaga: nope. thanks for your help.

Minerva: You're welcome.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A fellow blogger at the Vortex


Adz Childs at the Vortex. Adz is a fellow kid blogger.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Maturity ratings: an overview

https://support.secondlife.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=4417&task=knowledge&questionID=6010

Tiny jousting in Raglan

Tiny jousting pics:







Raymond Nightfire, Morgan Underwood, Songbird Sorbet and a few others participated.
This is just one of many events during Raglan's Renaissance month.

Friday, September 11, 2009

911 WTC Memorial sim

Another memorial: http://slurl.com/secondlife/New%20York%20NYC/128/123/21

There are too many New York sims. LOL. I made a mistake thinking I bloged another sim when I thought it was this one.

9/11 greeter: Bloodfang Clawtooth Welcome to the World Trade Center Memorial.
Please turn on your radio, you will hear the names of all the people that died today 8 years ago There is one flag for each person, to match the country they are from.
Today is a simple day of remembrance and reflection. (step a bit away from the TP point if you can so that others have rez room, TY)

This is a FREE American Flag Lapel Pin.

It is attached to the chest and initially will float a "few" inchs away from your avatar.

You can use the included FREE Posing Stand (created by Cailyn Miller) to pull it closer and repostion it to your individual Av's size.

Rez the stand, right click on it and choose "Sit Here".
Once you are standing on the stand, right click on the Lapel Pin and choose EDIT. From there you may use the red,green and blue sliders to adjust it ;)
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I made this pin by scanning the American Flag Lapel Pin I wear in RL and tweakinga nd trying to "clean" the resulting texture.

I own several of these pins in RL and have worn one with every outfit I own since the tragic events of 09-11-01. It is something I've missed in SecondLife and after talking with others, decided to produce the one you now own.

I hope you enjoy it and that it will express whatever seniment you have about the country called America ... still the Land of the Free.


Sami Tabla
07-01-05



911 Memorial Memorial

http://slurl.com/secondlife/dAlliez%20Land%20Headquarters/108/148/25

The owners of this sim took the time and effort to put up a memorial for the people who lost their lives on 911.

Someone had said: "Well, wanting to is something that everyone does... sacrificing their time and energy to make it happen, that is special."

No notecards of freebies. I'm sure if you ask them, they'll let you leave a candle or rose or something.




Memorial at the Salt Creek sim

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Salt%20Creek/20/74/22

You get some goodies here too.

“911 Rememberance- Memorial” in Virtual World
" We Will Never Forget".

WWW.911Memorial.ning.com 911memorial@gmail.com

“911 Rememberance- Memorial” in Virtual World (Second Life)

A DAY
“ WE WILL NEVER FORGET”

On September 11th, 2001 .... four American Airliners were hijacked. Two of these planes were crashed into the World Trade Center and one into the Pentagon. The last plane crashed eighty miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Eight years later, Americans and nationalities covering the planet, remember... in the real world AND in a Virtual World of Second Life, those tragic occurrences.

A 24 hour Remembrance-Memorial Service begins September 11th at 10 A.M. EST. The program consists of Memorial Services repeated twice, including a 21 gun salute, and additionally, speakers that are real-life Survivor/relatives of 911. The exceptional architectural design, compassionate vocal presentations, and numerous "live" on-stage performances will also memorialize that day:

" We Will Never Forget".

WHAT Is SL
Second Life® is a virtual-reality world socialized by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited with over 16 million Residents from around the globe.
The moment you enter this dimension you'll experience a vast digital continent, teeming with people, entertainment, exploitations and opportunity in a 3-D world presentation.

SL is a complex and rich social networking- environment, encouraging an individual to build and form compelling relationships, resulting in deep, profound and meaningful experiences while participating in a variety of activities. It is a visually-compelling environment with communications utilizing means of Voice, Chat, Animations and Gestures.

History of 911 Memorial in SL
This is the fourth year of remembrance in Second Life. Creation of last year's event took over 200 volunteers, participating in its construction, and over 3000 visitors paid their respects. The monetary funds raised from this memorial, were then donated to Real Life 911 Charities.

Location this year
Coyote Country Saloon at Salt Creak SIM.
Salt Creek is one of the oldest Country-Western based Sims on SL. Privileged and touched by the participation of so many dedicated volunteers and participants, that have given their time, efforts, and contributions towards the development of this memorable " We Will Never Forget”..... the owners have, this year, donated the space for its implementation to the public.

Constructed and located on a sky-platform above Salt Creek, access to this memorial, begins on Coyote Country's sandy beach with teleportation provided. Considering the volume of visitation expected, rare back-ups might be anticipated. Consequently, they warmly invite you to enjoy the Salt Creek's (Coyote Country's) exhibits while waiting access to the "911" memorial.

Time and Date of the Event
September 11, 2009 10 A.M. EST – September 12, 2009 10 A.M. EST

WEB Site - WWW.911Memorial.ning.com
A 911 Memorial website has been established, that you can log in, keep track of scheduled events and activities and update with everyone concerning your role in honoring the 911 Memorial in SL.
Participate in the discussion forums, post your comments and shared experiences.

WWW.911Memorial.ning.com 911memorial@gmail.com



911 in the NYC sim

I blogged this sim this past July. There isn't any notecards for this place, when you first tp to the sim, look around for the sign that will tp you to the Twin Towers. There you can pick up a t-shirt and memorial candle to wear.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/NYC/86/135/23

There's a website: http://www.familiesofseptember11.org/donate.aspx




Sept 11, 2009

This is a third annual Second Life 9/11 Memorial Event that are based on real life police and fire traditions ( depending on volunteers availablity). This will provide opporuntities for anyone that may not be able to attend real life 9/11 event for various reasons.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Salt%20Creek/20/74/22

The speakers from various background such as doctor, firefighters, officers and other will be presenting, including Hope McAlpine, the creator of this event. Every attempt is made to invite speakers in different languages.

We feel honoured to have bagpipers to play for us again this year. They have been truly amazing in demostrating their unwavering dedication.

The honourable positions such as 21 gun salutes, honour guards, and other positions are typically reserved for real life police, firefighters, EMS, disasters and other responders. But also for whose avatar that have unrefutable and soild , upstanding reputation.

We read name of fallen officers, firefighters, EMS, military and others.

We have memorial services that repeats every 6 hours:
Sept 11th 8 am
Sept 11th 2 pm
Sept 11th 8 pm
Sept 12th 2 am
Sept 12th 8 am

This run continiously 24 hours and the 9/11 memorial site is available for anyone to visit at anytime. This way, people arould the world will have a chance to pay their respect according to their schedule.

We also have muscians with live stream continously . Tips they received will be given to charity that will assist those who have served at the ground zero.

This event have been widely covered by numerous medias including Real Life CNN coverage.

VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED. Perferences will be given to real life police officers, firefighters, EMS and other responders.

NO SECOND LIFE POLICE OFFICER OR FIREFIGHTER WILLL BE ALLOW TO WEAR SL UNIFORM... except RL responders may wear their uniform smiliar to RL uniform. Does not have to be exact likiness but similiar.

If you have any question, feel free to contact as list below.

Drakken Calhoun
Hope McAlpine
Jorie Teichmann
Vickie Maidstone





Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Alert a missing person

Jenifer Seabra missed since 4 days
Tue Sep 08 2009 04:36 PM

Jenifer Seabra missed since 4 days
Account name: Jenifer Martinek


She wanted to meet someone she met in SL in RL and her parents are concerned
Infos please to Klebber@terra.com.br

Jenifer Seabra missed since 4 days
Account name: Jenifer Martinek


She wanted to meet someone she met in SL in RL and her parents are concerned
Infos please to Klebber@terra.com.br

---please forward this note----and translate to your language if possible.



german:

Jenifer Martinek ist in RL Jenifer Seabra und sie wird schon seit 4 tage vermisst ihre eltern machen sich sorgen .sie wollte jemand von sl in rl besuchen mit einen bekannte. wenn jeman information hat bitte an den vater email schreiben Klebber@terra.com.br ich bedanke mich im vorraus bitte es weiter geben
!!!! BITTS AUCH AN EURE GRUPPEN WEITERGEBEN !!!!!



italian:

Jennifer Seabra è scomparsa da 4 giorni
il suo account name è Jenifer Martinek
Sembra lei volesse incontrare in RL qualcuno conosciuto in SL
Se avete qualsiasi informazione circa questa persona siete pregati di scrivere a questo indirizzo email:
Klebber@terra.com.br

Grazie per qualsiasi aiuto

Saturday, September 5, 2009

New store location.


I moved my store just down the sidewalk to a bigger place.
I hope to have more stuff out soon. I did put a section up for tinies.
and the land behind it will have something, just don't know what yet.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The world comes to an end...

No, SL isn't ending, but the real world might just be.

Disney buys Marvel Comics
Wed Sep 02 2009 07:23 AM

Many of you might have seen it in the papers, many likely did not. Yesterday Disney announced it is buying marvel comics.

You might have noticed there is no SL Disney here., nor are disney characters readily available. That is because Disney is famous for protecting it's owned copyright and tradmarked characters through lawsuits.

I just wanted to make sure people here playing an selling marvel avatars are aware of the possibility that there may be problems soon.

Say it ain't so bub.

Kid bots?

Kid Botz (Send responses by 4pm SLT)
Thu Sep 03 2009 03:50 AM

Hi Milk N Kooksters! The Kookie Staff is planning on discussing the new "kids" in SL. We'd like to know how you feel about this, so we can talk about your opinions on the show. Attached is the notecard that discribes what these are, in case you are not aware. I'm sure we will get very different answers. Please send your feelings,on a notecard titled Kid Botz to SAGE KOSTENBAUM. If you'd like to stay anonymous, please tell me in the card. :) We'll probably talk about the article in the Secondlife Herald.

Wait there's more...

Tired of adopting kids on Sl only to have them soak you for Lindens and Land, lie to you and bail? Now there is a better solution.

Thanks for visiting SL's most unique artificial intelligence. KidsBotz ae REAL child avatars that stay logged in, 24/7 through the KidsBotz servers and await your commands. They are the most well behaved kids on Second Life!

Our Kids have hundreds of functions. In fact, they can do just about anything a real person can do. They can walk, follow, sit, use pose balls, stand, fly, talk, shout, dance, attack, change clothing and MUCH much more...

They can even hold intelligent conversations, programmed to respond to over 3 million words and phrayses... Or you can tell them what to say... on real time.

Oh, and did we mention that you can choose the rate in which they grow? Or stay the same age forever? Because you have total control, you can reskin, shape and dress them as often as you want... Or not at all...

They can also be programmed to send instant welcome IMs to people that visit your land, Landmarks, Group Invites and even copy/trans inventory offerings. And they send it to people that visit your land, no matter where the child is on the SL Grid.

Also, all of our bots are Age Verified. However, since they must be teleported by you, in order to go to an adult sim, you must be Age Verified also.

The cost? Very inexpensive. You have TWO options:

Adopt one of our kids: 899 Lindens a week plus a one time, 1000 adoption fee.

Make your own Child Avatar: 899 Lindens a week, 500 adoption fee.

Our kids only limitation is YOUR imigination.

Adopt your KidsBot today!


NOTE: These kids are NOT for traffic, camping or use in ANY adult oriented situation. Should you use your bot inappropiately, your adoption agreement will be terminated immediately with no refund and you will be reported to Linden Labs. This is a ZERO TOLARANCE policy.



And yet more here: Second Life Herald

My point of view is this, that I can see this leading to very bad uses for this technology. Can you say sex toys? I say ban these things before the pedos have a field day with them.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Compleat Disclaimer

Help stamp out cerebroanal anastomosis!
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Teen/kids sim by kids and no adults

There's two new kid/teen sims.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Taro/229/26/22 Here you can own or rent land (1640.00L per week/ Prims: 937), teepees ($350.00L per week/ Prims: 100) or treehouses ($900.00L per week/ Prims: 300).
They will work with you.

And this: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Tori/130/126/24 is the "play" sim. A place where you can ride horses, cuddle, hang out. With pirate ship, secret club house, and fishing area.

They will have another sim for stores and such soon.

The conversation from one of the owners:

-- Instant message logging enabled --
[04:04 PM] Graham Hazelnut: Hey Bloodfang, welcome :D, let me know if you got any questions k
[04:04 PM] Bloodfang Clawtooth: ok thanks
[04:06 PM] Bloodfang Clawtooth: will you have a mall on these sims?
[04:06 PM] Graham Hazelnut: not on the residentional, but planning on adding an additional sim that will be commercial
[04:07 PM] Graham Hazelnut: timing on that will depend on finances though, lol
[04:07 PM] Bloodfang Clawtooth: ok
[04:17 PM] Graham Hazelnut: Hey Bloodfang, if your interested we also have what we calling the playsim, there is a tp board outside the shop, or just let me know and i'll send you a lm
[04:18 PM] Bloodfang Clawtooth: send me the lm plzz
[04:18 PM] Bloodfang Clawtooth: will there be any skyboxes for these homes?
[04:19 PM] Graham Hazelnut: if you buy the land you'll be able to do with the land as you wish
[04:19 PM] Bloodfang Clawtooth: ok
[04:20 PM] Graham Hazelnut: and if we could also come to arrangements to rent land instead of buying it outright if thats more what you looking for
[04:20 PM] Bloodfang Clawtooth: I'm just looking for now
[04:20 PM] Graham Hazelnut: np, feel free
[04:21 PM] Bloodfang Clawtooth: ok

911 Event

This is a third annual Second Life 9/11 Memorial Event that are based on real life police and fire traditions ( depending on volunteers availablity). This will provide opporuntities for anyone that may not be able to attend real life 9/11 event for various reasons.

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The speakers from various background such as doctor, firefighters, officers and other will be presenting, including Hope McAlpine, the creator of this event. Every attempt is made to invite speakers in different languages.

We feel honoured to have bagpipers to play for us again this year. They have been truly amazing in demostrating their unwavering dedication.

The honourable positions such as 21 gun salutes, honour guards, and other positions are typically reserved for real life police, firefighters, EMS, disasters and other responders. But also for whose avatar that have unrefutable and soild , upstanding reputation.

We read name of fallen officers, firefighters, EMS, military and others.

We have memorial services that repeats every 6 hours:
Sept 11th 8 am
Sept 11th 2 pm
Sept 11th 8 pm
Sept 12th 2 am
Sept 12th 8 am

This run continiously 24 hours and the 9/11 memorial site is available for anyone to visit at anytime. This way, people arould the world will have a chance to pay their respect according to their schedule.

We also have muscians with live stream continously . Tips they received will be given to charity that will assist those who have served at the ground zero.

This event have been widely covered by numerous medias including Real Life CNN coverage.

VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED. Perferences will be given to real life police officers, firefighters, EMS and other responders.

NO SECOND LIFE POLICE OFFICER OR FIREFIGHTER WILLL BE ALLOW TO WEAR SL UNIFORM... except RL responders may wear their uniform smiliar to RL uniform. Does not have to be exact likiness but similiar.

If you have any question, feel free to contact as list below.

Drakken Calhoun
Hope McAlpine
Jorie Teichmann
Vickie Maidstone

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Greetings everyone,

With the announcement of guidelines and restrictions placed on items sold in SL and on XStreet (please see the following link)

https://www.xstreetsl.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=22

such as DC or Marvel, Star Trek, Babylon 5, any inspired by items of RW products, of Superheroes, Heroes, Mutants, you name it, we at Mutant Lives will effectively as of this notice be removing our products from XStreet SL and also in the future, removing all products that fit the Branding policies and Guidelines. We have always strived to create 100% by hand all items following what the DMCA allowed but now with these new guidelines that is not enough.
All DC/Marvel/ Superheroes will be removed as will any Avatars based on likeness of characters. All items that do not effectively cross the line will remain but it may not be enough for us to continue to hold land in SL, only time will tell. Also in the future, items will be renamed as such to not reflect any association.

I hope all of you in group, who create take a good look at the guidelines as this will not only effect Mutant Lives but any of us who sell items as such.

Take care everyone,

Trimzi Hedges, Co-Owner of Mutant Lives.




Marketplace - Listing Guidelines
Return to the Marketplace

Xstreet Help -> Marketplace -> Listing Guidelines

Marketplace Listing Guidelines

To help promote an enjoyable shopping experience, merchants must adhere to these guidelines when listing items on the Xstreet SL marketplace. The guidelines aim to help sellers list items effectively so that buyers can quickly and easily find what they're looking for. Sellers must:

* Select the category that best identifies the item for sale.

* Describe the item clearly, honestly, and accurately.

* Avoid tactics like item or keyword spamming that make it hard for buyers to find what they're searching for.

The guidelines below provide more detail on the rules for listing on the Xstreet SL marketplace:

* Branding Guidelines
* Category Guidelines
* Adult Guidelines
* Guidelines for Listings in Multiple Languages
* Disallowed Actions:
o Listings for Real-World Goods or Services
o Non-Item Listings
o Item or Keyword Spam
o Disabling and Re-Listing Items
o References to Other E-Commerce Websites
o Anti-Competitive or Abusive Behavior

Be sure to follow these guidelines when listing items. If your listing does not, we may remove it in our discretion, and no refunds will be issued for any removed listings. If you severely or repeatedly violate these guidelines, your Xstreet SL privileges may be revoked.


Branding Guidelines

Branded items may be listed or sold only by the brand or intellectual property owner or its authorized agents. A "branded item" is an item that:

* contains or uses a brand name or logo;

* replicates or closely imitates the appearance of a real-world physical product of a brand owner (for example, items that replicate the appearance of brands of cars, jewelry, or shoes that are available in the real world);

* replicates or closely imitates the appearance of a celebrity, famous person, or fictional character from a copyrighted work (for example, avatars that replicate the appearance of movie stars or characters from a book, film, television program, or game); or

* replicates or uses an artistic or creative work that is the subject of copyright (for example, virtual artwork that replicates artwork available in the real world or a sound clip that includes part of a song recording).

"Brand names" include product names; service names; company names; organization names; trade names; designer names; trademarks; service marks; celebrity names; famous persons' names; the unique names of well-known books, films, television programs, games, and other works that are the subject of copyright; and the unique names of well-known fictional characters from copyrighted works.

Be careful not to make comparisons to a brand name or say that your item is "like," "inspired by," or "based on" a brand name because this can be misleading and can lead to intellectual property infringement.

When including pictures in your listings, use a picture that accurately represents your item so that buyers are not confused about what you're selling. Never copy or use someone else's pictures or logos without their permission.

If you are a brand or intellectual property owner or the authorized agent of one, consider making others aware of this information by including it in your listing.

If we receive a complaint from a brand or intellectual property owner, or if we believe in good faith that your listing violates these Branding Guidelines or intellectual property law, we reserve the right to remove your listing and content (including content in Second Life associated with the listing) and in severe or repeat cases revoke your Xstreet SL and Second Life privileges.

You are responsible for ensuring that your listings and content comply with applicable intellectual property laws. Please be aware that your compliance with these Branding Guidelines does not guarantee your compliance with all intellectual property laws. For general information about intellectual property and our intellectual property complaint procedures, please go here. If you need advice on intellectual property law, we suggest you contact an attorney.

Examples

This Is Acceptable:

* An item that uses a brand name (like Gucci®, Nike®, or Rolex®) can be listed only if the item is officially offered or authorized by the brand owner (for example, Gucci America, Inc., Nike, Inc., or Rolex Watch U.S.A., Inc.).

* An item that uses a celebrity or famous name (like Angelina Jolie or Barack Obama) can be listed only if the item is officially offered or authorized by the celebrity or famous person (for example, Angelina Jolie or Barack Obama).

* A virtual car that looks like a particular brand of cars (like Mercedes-Benz®) and uses the logo of the brand can be listed only if the virtual car is officially offered or authorized by the brand owner (for example, Daimler AG).

* An avatar that has the appearance of a fictional character from a copyrighted work (like Darth Vader or Wonder Woman) and uses the character name can be listed only if the avatar is officially offered or authorized by the intellectual property owner of the character (for example, Lucasfilm Entertainment Co. Ltd. or DC Comics).

* Virtual artwork that replicates copyrighted artwork that is available in the real world (like the artwork of Andy Warhol or M.C. Escher) can be listed only if the virtual artwork is officially offered or authorized by the intellectual property owner of the artwork (for example, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. or The M.C. Escher Company B.V.).

This Is NOT Acceptable:

* A virtual sneaker named after a sneaker brand available in the real world (like Adidas® or Converse®) cannot be listed if the listing party is not the brand owner (for example, Adidas America, Inc. or Converse Inc.) or officially authorized by the brand owner.

* A virtual t-shirt with the logo of a real-world brand (like a Mickey Mouse® logo or an NFL® logo) cannot be listed if the listing party is not the brand owner (for example, Disney Enterprises, Inc. or the National Football League) or officially authorized by the brand owner.

* Virtual furniture with the distinctive appearance of a brand of furniture available in the real world (like the Eames® lounge chair and ottoman) cannot be listed if the listing party is not the brand owner (for example, Herman Miller, Inc.) or officially authorized by the brand owner.

* An avatar that has the appearance of a celebrity (for example, Elvis Presley or Marilyn Monroe) cannot be listed if the listing party is not the owner of the celebrity's right of publicity (or the right to use the celebrity's appearance, for example, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. or Marilyn Monroe LLC) or officially authorized by the celebrity rights owner.

* Lists of unrelated brand names cannot be included in a listing or hidden by using white-on-white text, tiny fonts, special HTML code, or other means intended to circumvent the rules. (See also Keyword Spam below.)

* Misspelling brand names or adding, removing, or swapping some characters to try to circumvent the rules, for example, using the number "1" instead of the letter "I" or a dollar sign "$" instead of the letter "S," is not allowed.




Category Guidelines

We have developed a taxonomy for categorizing items. This taxonomy enables prospective buyers to easily browse listings and find the right items in a straightforward manner. However, it only works well if all the items in the Marketplace are applied to appropriate categories. Use the following guidelines to decide which categories to apply your items to:

* Select the most specific category that is appropriate for the item.

* Do not post items in the "Root" categories such as Apparel, Home & Garden, etc. unless you absolutely cannot find an applicable sub-category that applies.

* Do not create multiple listings of the same item. (See also Item Spam below.)

Listings in the wrong or inappropriate category may be removed to avoid confusion.

Examples

Item: Sailboat
Acceptable Category: Vehicles -> Water Vehicles -> Boats
Unacceptable Category: Vehicles -> Water Vehicles

Item: Set of 14 Couples Animations
Acceptable Category: Animations -> Animation Bundles or Animations -> Couples Animations
Unacceptable Category: Animations


Adult Guidelines

All uploaded or posted material falling under any of the following definitions of "Adult" content must be marked as such by checking the "Adult" checkbox in the Add or Update Item page for the material:

* Patently offensive, obscene, vulgar, or profane language.

* Visual depictions of death, dismemberment, or serious bodily injury.

* Visual depictions of patently offensive sexual conduct including, but not limited to, sex acts between consenting parties and masturbation.

* Visual depictions of nudity including, but not limited to, exposed pubic area, genitalia, buttocks, and female nipples.

However, "Adult" content does not include any of the following material, which is not allowed to be uploaded or posted on the Xstreet SL marketplace under any circumstances:

* Explicit sexual material depicting minors (person(s) under the legal age, mental, or physical capacity to give consent);

* Explicit sexual material involving any person(s) without the consent of all parties involved (i.e., rape).

The terms "party" and "person" as used above include avatars.

We may remove listings that contain "Adult" content if they are not marked as such.


Guidelines for Listings in Multiple Languages

The Xstreet SL marketplace allows item listings to be created in one or more languages. If you take advantage of this feature, each description must be in the appropriate language. This helps non-English speaking shoppers by keeping the listings they are interested in relevant.

Abusing this feature by entering the same text into all languages does not increase search rankings. It makes our servers work harder to filter out irrelevant results and makes shopping much more difficult for those who do not speak English.

Violations of this rule will be treated as Item Spam (see below).


Disallowed Actions

The following actions are disallowed. Note that these actions are disallowed by the Xstreet SL Terms of Service and Second Life Terms of Service, but they are restated here for clarification.

* Listings for Real-World Goods or Services. The Xstreet SL marketplace is only for digital content and services that are designed and intended for use with the Second Life virtual world technology. We expressly prohibit the listing or sale of any and all goods or services designed or intended to be delivered in the real world, for example, delivered in person or mailed or shipped to a physical address.

* Non-Item Listings. Our Marketplace is also not to be used for:
o Advertising events or places,
o Advertising land sales/rentals other than in the Real Estate section,
o Dispensing catalogs or information regarding an item without actually delivering that item, or
o Dispensing catalogs or information regarding a service without actually charging at least 50% of the value of that service.
You may purchase Banner Advertising if you wish to market things of this nature on Xstreet SL.

* Item or Keyword Spam.
o Item spam is listing an item more than once, for any reason, and will not be tolerated. Xstreet SL provides ways to increase visibility for nominal fees. Consider an Item Enhancement or a Banner Ad. Clear variations of an item, for example, an item offered in multiple sizes (such as small, medium, and large shoes), or an item offered in multiple colors (such as a blue and black sport coat), are allowed and are not considered item spam.
o Keyword spam is the use of words (such as brand names, item names, or other terms) that have nothing to do with the item listed so that the listing will appear in search results. Keyword spam is not allowed because it clutters the Marketplace and makes buying and selling more difficult. In addition:
+ We do not allow descriptions that promote unrelated items in other listings, for instance, items listed in other listing categories. For example, a listing for shoes cannot say things like, "Check out my other listings for cars and watches."
+ However, it is allowed to include a link to one's store in-world or one's other listings as long as the words used in the description do not skew search results. For example, the shoe merchant above could say: "I have these shoes in other colors, check those out here," but CANNOT say "I have these shoes in pink, yellow, blue, and green."
+ We expressly prohibit the hiding of unrelated keywords using white-on-white text, tiny fonts, HTML code, or other means intended to circumvent the rules.
(See also Branding Guidelines.)

* Disabling and Re-listing Items. This is considered misrepresentation. You have the ability to remove discussion posts for your items that are over 30 days old if you wish. In addition, if you are trying to get more attention for your item, try using an Item Enhancement or placing a Banner Ad.

* References to Other E-Commerce Websites. You are free to include references and links to your in-world stores or to your own personal websites, but please do not provide references or links to our competitors in your item listings.

* Anti-Competitive or Abusive Behavior. Examples include, but are not limited to:
o inflating prices on Xstreet SL compared to in-world or other e-commerce sites,
o hostile reviews or comments on a competing merchant's items, and
o item listings which are abusive against another merchant or their products.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Getting Money in SL

The most time-efficient way to get Lindens is to do an RL job and buy Lindens with the proceeds. You can buy Lindens from Linden Lab at https://secondlife.com/currency/buy.php
One US dollar will buy somewhere between 250 and 300 Linden, usually closer to 275 or 290.

The most fun-efficient way is to develop an SL skill that people are willing to pay for.

Making stuff is popular - clothing, hair, furniture, animations, sounds, buildings - everything. This probably amounts to making your own job! Run a small business selling your products, or ask around finding people who want what you can make.

DJs are in demand, but do brush up on music broadcasting law. Skilled event organisers are also in demand, and NCI has a class on event organisation.

Dancers are common, but while some clubs that hire dancers actually want people to dance, others use it as a synonym for prostitute. Ask questions, and look at the environment.
Also, of course, there are plenty of jobs in the sex industry.

Some people make a good SL living in sales or administrative roles: land is popular, running a mall or estate or handling real estate deals for third parties.

You may be able to find a regular working-for-someone-else job in Second Life. Search->Classifieds often has jobs, and in forums.secondlife.com there's an employment forum.
These jobs are actual jobs: you're helping someone else, doing something they value enough to pay you for it. It's not like jobs in The Sims where your characters vanishes for a few minutes and comes back with money, nor is it like jobs in RPGs like World of Warcraft or EverQuest.
Choose a job that's fun for you - if it's something you hate, you may as well earn a much higher rate of pay doing something you hate in the real world.

Also, you can attend contests and other events - NCI has Show and Tell, Blitz Build and Blitz Makeover events that pay Lindens for winning. NCI isn't the only place that has contests.

Many NCI parties have a money-giver, that hands out 10Linden at a time, randomly to the people at the party. Some other places have similar parties.

If you are less than 30 days old (from your original rez date, not 30 active SL days), you can use money trees. In SL, money does grow on trees! To find them, click on the Search button on the bottom of your screen, select the Places tab in the window that opens, and type 'Money Tree' into the text bar in that window. (Then hit the Search button in that window.)
The many places that come up will almost all have money trees, and most money trees will explain how to use them. The trees have 'dollar bill' leaves among their normal leaves, and some fruit. Click on the bills or fruit to get money.

Finally, there is 'camping'. Camping is a system where you are paid a very small number of Lindens to stand around idle at a particular location and make it look busy.
Be careful you don't spend more in electricity, bandwidth and depreciation costs than you earn in Lindens!
To find camping places, use the same technique as for 'money trees'.

More advice:
http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/How_to_make_money
http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Getting_Linden_Dollars_FAQ

Still on the topic of money: avoid scams.
Pyramid deals, ponzi schemes, false banks: everything that you encounter in RL is also in SL. Gambling is outlawed in SL, as are banks unless they're regulated by some RL government.
In shops, beware of people who aren't actually the store owner, offering you 'deals'.
Some people make items that they give away for free. I'm sure you're not surprised to hear that some people take those items and sell them! Before you go and buy something, check to see what's available along those lines for free.
There are also people offering business-in-a-box kits. Everything you need to start your own business, including goods! The problem with these is that the goods are often available free elsewhere, and even if they aren't, you'll be in direct competition with everyone else who buys that business-in-a-box!

Keep your scepticism on, and you'll do fine.