Sunday, September 27, 2015

The weekend in video review



Here is the Video of last nights action here in London City.   It's in hi-def so be sure to click the little cog and select the playback rate.   Enjoy!



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bright Canopy - Run SL in your Web Browser



After a spluttering initial launch and having ironed out some problems, Bright Canopy, the service that lets you stream Second Life via a web browser, offering a new lease of life for slower computers and superior streaming for android devices is available again from Wednesday 23rd September.

Bright Canopy says:

Bright Canopy has been down now for almost one month. We have done our best to be transparent and communicative during the downtime. We have been working with Frame on a new pricing plan that will allow us to offer the service immediately. We will continue working on options that will improve our costs on the back-end and allow more  flexibility in the future.

The service will be charged at US$17 per month for 20 hours service, additional charging at $0.02 per minute.

For information, head to their site here: https://www.brightcanopy.com/

Monday, September 21, 2015

London City Videos



As requested, here are most of the London City videos in one play list, with just a handful missing.

There are 92 videos here, so you might want to make a cuppa before you settle down for some viewing.    Enjoy!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Saturday in Video Review



We hope you had a great time with us all here in London City last night.    For those who couldn't make it and for those of you who did, here are some of the highlights from this weekend so far.

(As usual its in Hi-Def, so click the little cog on the playback and choose the quality you prefer).



Friday, September 18, 2015

Take That! in Concert



On Saturday, the biggest British sensation since the Beatles,  TAKE THAT are here in London City.

Join this most famous boy band for an evening of their most popular songs of all time.

Party in The Park will start at 12pm SL (8pm UK), with Take That in concert at 1pm SL.

Teleport: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/100/103/23

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lab asks you to update your payment info



Today, Linden Lab blogged:

Second Life is transitioning to a new payments processor for credit cards. If you use a credit card for Second Life payments and have not added or updated your billing information since July 7, 2015, we strongly encourage you to re-enter your information to avoid any potential disruption of services. If you use PayPal or Skrill for Second Life payments, no action is needed.

Full story: https://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Update-Your-Second-Life-Payment-Info-Today/ba-p/2966060


Monday, September 14, 2015

Spook your friends!




It is amazing what some people throw away. The Regent's Park bin has 60 items to collect, including some cash!

Someone has carelessly discarded two Wearable Voodoo dolls in the trash can.   Be sure to visit and see if you are the proud new owner of one of them.   You can name them and click them to stick pins in. Will there be enough to go around?
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/84/225/24

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Last Night in The City - The Video Review



Enjoy the video of last night's action here in London City.  The video is in Hi-Def, so click that little cog to improve the quality.  See you for Substation at 11am SL (7pm UK)


Friday, September 11, 2015

Neil Diamond set to Rock the Park




This Saturday, enjoy the incredible talents of Neil Diamond as he performs all of his most famous songs from the 70's, in concert here at Regent's Park

Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK), with the concert at 1pm SL.


Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/91/105/23


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Avatar Complexity (Render Weight)



A new tool is on its way to Second Life,  "Avatar Complexity".

Currently being beta tested via 'Project Quick Graphics Viewer', the viewer will let you know at logon how complex your avatar is.

20k to 60k is normal.
Linden Lab explains, Avatar Rendering Complexity is a measure of how difficult it is to draw an avatar; it's a number that can range from just a few hundred to several hundred thousand. It is affected by your avatar shape and what you're wearing. Since drawing avatars can be one of the most expensive parts of rendering a Second Life scene, complexities at the upper end of the range can cause severe viewer performance problems. Being aware of your own complexity and that of those around you can be an important part of managing the performance of your viewer and how you affect the performance of others.

Regular visitors to London City will know that Render Weights are already monitored to ensure the protection of visitors from those using highly complex, or badly designed attachments.  High weights degrade the performance for other residents, sometimes crashing their sessions.

For more information see the Resources tab above and also the link to Avatar Rendering Complexity on the Second Life Wiki

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Longest reigning monarch




When Elizabeth II became Queen in 1952, Stalin was still leader of Russia and Truman was President of the USA.

The British Empire, although severely dwindling, still existed. India had become independent just five years before.   The British Empire finally ended in 1997 when Hong Kong was given back to China.

Today, Queen Elizabeth II, becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history.

The 89 year old head of state, surpasses the reign of Queen Victoria, who until her death in 1901, was Queen for 63 years, 7 months, 2 days.

Wishing Her Majesty many more happy years.


Sunday, September 06, 2015

Spiced Up



On Saturday, the Spice Girls stormed the stage and held a captive audience as they performed their most famous hits.  It was standing room only in Regent's Park.

Enjoy the video of this weeks show.




Friday, September 04, 2015

Spice Girls on Saturday



British sensation of the '90s, The Spice Girls are in concert in London City on Saturday.
Spice up your weekend as the girls sing all their famous hits in this musical extravaganza.

Party in the park starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK), with the concert an hour later at 1pm SL.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Queen's Guard Plush to collect



It is amazing what random gifts you find in the Regent's Park litter
bin.    From cash to an Oculus head set!
And now, someone has carelessly thrown away a lovable Queen's Guard mesh cuddly toy!

Over 50 items now to collect, from the most well stocked litter bin in Second Life.  

The bin is located here:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/90/220/24

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Churchill Arms




Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 10am SL time (6pm UK), be sure to head over to The Churchill Arms in London City North, where Jon Temple is now in residence.

Jon will be playing a fun mix of old and new party songs to get your spirits on a high before you head off to the clubs.

The Churchill Arms specializes in Live Ales and Jon is on hand to recommend the finest offerings from Newton & Ridley.

Slurl to The Churchill Arms: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City%20North/162/128/25

Bright Canopy - Run SL in your web browser



The successor to SL Go has launched to tremendous fanfare.

It is however proving difficult to blog this story as the situation keeps changing.

Yesterday the site said they were oversubscribed and had to suspend registrations.



It now appears that the service has been suspended whilst cost and usage allowance are recalculated:









We suggest you head on over to their site to catch new information as it emerges.


You can elect to use either the Second Life or Firestorm viewer.

Eclecticmuse writes:

Bright Canopy Just Launched!  For all of the users out there that are missing using SL Go, or have a slow machine or laptop - your wait is over!

"After months of invitation only testing, we have just opened Bright Canopy to the world. You can start your 14 day free trial right now at www.brightcanopy.com and be streaming Second Life or Open Sim in a browser in less than five minutes." states Bill Glover, Founder of Bright Canopy and Long time Second Life Resident.

"We're going to have a big party next weekend to celebrate, but right now we're here for you 24/7...  Be sure to follow @BrightCanopyApp on twitter for updates and news."

I for one have been awaiting this news for months, since the demise of SLGo.  I have been working in Beta testing of Bright Canopy for the last 2 months on an old lap top. If you can access Chrome, you can use Bright Canopy.  Great News for users that have older machines and experience a bit og lag in high traffic areas such as London City in Second Life.

Muse.