Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Pride Parade





Today was the Pride Parade in London City, ending Pride 2016.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who has attended Pride through June and thank you to the cast and crew of all the shows.  Thank you for making this such a success.   The parade was the usual fiasco it is every year, so enjoy this horribly hurried and rough cut video of Parade.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

London Pride, ABBA and The Parade!





PRIDE reaches its crescendo this  weekend with ABBA and The Wearable motor Pride Parade!

The amazing ABBA show comes to London City this Saturday for Party in The Park.

Singing all their top tunes, this most famous band of all time will have your avatars dancing in the aisles.

Classic Disco at 12pm SL (8pm UK) and the main concert is at 1pm SL (9pm UK). Claim your space on the dance floor early!

On Sunday:
Pride Parade at 10am SL (6pm UK)
To be in the Parade is easy, all you need is a fabulous outfit and a wearable car or van to parade around the streets of London.  Funnier the better, so get your sequined thinking caps on!


Party location: http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City3/136/123/23

Friday, June 24, 2016

What a day!






Goodness.  What a day!

Brexit



A very happy Friday to you all.   For the first time all month in RL London, the sun is shining, it is a scorcher of a day and a new dawn for Britain has just begun.

If you fancy popping by London City today, predictably, people are gathering to discuss what happens next...   Join us.



Thursday, June 23, 2016

European Union Referendum Day in UK




Whether you choose to leave, or remain; today is the day you cast your vote.   Unlike General Elections where you can boot out the offending party in favour of a different one, this is a once in a lifetime vote as to whether or not Britain should leave the EU or remain in it.  We will not be asked again, so choose wisely!





Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pride in London City - The Weekend Video



Donna Summer took to the stage at London City Pride this weekend.  For anyone who missed it, here is the video.   It's in high definition so click the cog to change to a resolution that suits your preference. (Filmed on the new version of Singularity.  Great graphics!)

For the final week of Pride, on Saturday 25th June we have the Parade at 10am SL (6pm UK) funniest wearable car wins the prize as we parade around London, Party at 11am SL then Abba in Concert at 1pm SL (9pm UK)


 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Birthday Second Life




Happy Birthday to Second Life as our host turns 13 years old!
SL13B the Birthday bash in honour of Second Life opens today at 12pm SL time (8pm UK).

Come and visit the London City exhibit on the large parcel on the Spectacular region today as we move the Wine Bar event to the street party scene at SLB!  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL13B%20Spectacular/24/110/22


Saturday's event



Last night was the start of London Pride in RL and what a nice tie-in it provided to Pride in London City.   Here are a few pictures taken from the event.  The pictures were taken on the new release of Singularity which ran super smooth without a hitch.  Give it a try!



Friday, June 17, 2016

Saturday Pride: Top Turns





Join us for the start of our tie in to RL Pride today, Over 12 hours of Carnival and fun, starting at 8am SL Time (4pm UK).

All times shown are SL time (PDT)

8am Anthems 
9am Judy Garland in Concert 
10am One Night in Heaven with Pants People
1pm Donna Summer in Concert
3pm Bar Soho on the Pride Road








Bar Soho and Worlds End Pub will also be running events from the main concert area, right through until Sunday morning!

Also,  Win 1000L for being The Best Pride Outfit!

Next week Pride reaches its climax with the Parade and ABBA in Concert.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Singularity Viewer 1.8.7 (6861) - Full Release





It's been a while since the last full release of the popular Singularity Viewer, with many of its users opting into the Alpha path to receive updates.

The wait is now over with a full main release: Singularity version 1.8.7 (6861) Dated 16th June 2016, is now available to download from http://www.singularityviewer.org/

For those wishing to remain on the Alpha path and receive this current version and the more frequent updates (although some will of course be better than others), see the Alpha download page and download the most recent version.
You need to use this to preserve the current directory structure of the Alpha paths if you intend to remain using Alpha releases. http://alpha.singularityviewer.org/alpha/

As with all viewer upgrades, its always best to uninstall the old viewer first.  Your settings will be preserved.

Here is a reminder of some of our favourite additional settings that can be used to customize Singlarity viewer:

CTL+P > System > Security  autoteleport when region is restarting (drop LM in here)

Debug:
LiruShowTransactionThreshold = 2 Do not pop up a notification box for amounts less than this value.
UISndRestart = UUID of sound to play on restart (replaces Torley Linden)
AlchemyRegionRestartShake = true  Shake the screen when region restart is imminent
ShortDateFormat  for European format:     %Y-%m-%d   change to   %d/%m/%Y for Europe
LiruLegacyLandmarks = true/false  Landmark saved with position e.g. (22, 258, 23)
LiruSensibleARC = False   Show new style render Weights (FS style) not Costs
ShowSimChannel = True    Shows the Server name on About land top bar next to region name
LiruMapShowAvCount = True    Map shows amount of avatars next to region name
AvatarNameColour = override the default name colours, you can still colour friends in vanity
LiruShowLastNameResident =  Turn on or off  last names ending in 'Resident' (on CTL+P too)
LiruNewARCLimit = Change threshold colour on Av Weight (suggest 120k value for >230kARC)
FontScreenDPI= (default is 96.0) try 104.0 for slightly bigger lettering
RadarNameSystem=3  Show Legacy (display)
FriendNameSystem = 3 Legacy (display)
GroupMembersNameSystem = 3 Legacy (display)
IMNameSystem = 3 Legacy (display)

Sadly,  no Mac version currently available.  A note from the Singularity team:
Unfortunately, we are left without a Mac dev and we would welcome applications. If anyone at all knows a mac user that knows how to program in C++, then PLEASE ask them if they would like to help us out so we can start offering an up-to-date singu for Mac.

London City at SL13B - Opens Sunday



London City, official London of Second Life Birthday

A date for your diary..  
Join us on Sunday at 12pm SL (8pm UK) for a street party at London City at the launch of SL13B

Monday, June 13, 2016

Book of Condolence for the victims and families of Orlando Florida




If you would like to sign our Book of Condolence for the victims and families of the tragic event in Orlando Florida, click the book in-world and leave your message.

We will send your messages via email to the management of  'Pulse Club' at the weekend to be shared with the families and friends.

Sign the book here:   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City%20Gateway/118/5/23

Hillary trumps Trump



In March we assumed that it would be a Trump v Clinton race to the White House and asked you to cast your votes.   At the time it was Trump 64 (43%), Clinton 85 (57%).

Now that it is definitely a Trump v Clinton election, we polled you again at the weekend to see if your opinion had changed.

Almost no change at all in your opinions with Trump scoring 62 (42%) and Clinton scoring 87 (58%).

It is worth noting that Trump seems to score much better in the middle of the night UK time which would be USA prime time.  This could indicated that he is more popular in the USA than in the UK.



Victims in Orlando Florida



It is with great sadness we learn of such a shocking event in Orlando Florida.  Our thoughts are with the victims and families and everyone affected.







Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pride in London City



Pride runs through June here in London City.    Next week is the main event with Judy Garland in the afternoon, Pants People, One Night in Heaven and Donna Summer in the evening!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Happy Official Birthday to The Queen



Her Majesty the Queen turned 90 in April, but today is her official Birthday.   This cunning tradition of doubling up on pressies, originated after a bleak wartime childhood where she would receive just a tangerine and maybe the odd country or two to add to her Empire.

Happy 180th Birthday ma'am.  

See you at London Pride tonight,  for the Bee Gees in Concert.

HRH tries out new Tonka Toy

Friday, June 10, 2016

This weekend at Pride in London City: The Bee Gees




Enjoy a night of Disco around the Pride theme, as we welcome the Gibb Brothers, Barry, Robin and Maurice, better known as the Bee Gees.


Apart from the hundreds of songs that they are so famous for, the Bee Gee's have also written for other artists including Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Celine Dion, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, and the musical scores for films, Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Titanic.





Selling more than 220 million records, it is estimated that the brothers, wrote just short of one thousand songs and scores, averaging one a fortnight for  40 years.

The Disco begins at 12pm SL (8pm UK) and you can enjoy the Bee Gee's concert here at 1pm SL on Saturday.

Win 250L for Best in PRIDE

Tammy also sings!

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/100/110/23



Sunday, June 05, 2016

A look back at London City at Second Life Birthday





London City is the official London of the Second Life 13th Birthday celebrations.  This is our seventh year at SLB.   Here are some of our previous exhibits:  SL13B opens 18th June.


Friday, June 03, 2016

Pride Begins with Erasure on Saturday



Show some respect and party as Jan would have wished.
Back in 1985, singer/songwriter Andy Bell and songwriter Vince Clarke formed the band Erasure.

With the release of the single Sometimes the band established itself as one of the most successful bands in Britain during the 80s to mid-90s.  By the end of the 80s they had broken into the American market and to date have sold over 25 million albums.

Always popular with the LGBT club circuit, the band still performs today to a more mainstream audience.  They are best known for the songs, Oh L'amour, Victim of Love, Blue Savannah and A Little Respect .

Enjoy a tribute to Erasure here in London City on Saturday.  Party starts 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show an hour later at 1pm SL time.  Teleport: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/95/104/23


Wednesday, June 01, 2016

PRIDE FESTIVAL at London City




Celebrate Pride Festival throughout June in London City.

Top Turns this year include, Judy Garland, Donna Summer, Bette Midler, Abba, The Bee Gees and many more!

With Concerts every week, a funfair and Pride Memorabilia to collect, we think you'll agree that our 7th Pride here at London City is the best one yet!

With London City now an official Community Gateway, many newer residents will probably not have experienced this festival in-world before.  You can see what to expect at London City Pride, from the links below showing some of our previous Pride events:

Pride 2012    Pride 2013    Pride 2014    Pride 2015

The Festival gets under way on Saturday 4th June with Erasure, 11th June with The Bee Gees and the Main Event on Saturday 18th, to tie in with RL London Pride is all day long, featuring Donna Summer, Pants People, One Night in Heaven, Gay Anthems and a surprise LIVE cabaret artist.

Don't forget to check notices from all the London City clubs throughout the Pride season for great events, especially from Madame Lala's, our longest running gay/trans club celebrating its 6th Birthday.

You don't have to be gay, lesbian or trans to enjoy Pride with us.  It's a festival or freedom for open minds.  So get shopping for some great costumes.   It is positively inexcusable to looks drab!

'Project Bento' now on the Main Grid



Project Bento has been in development for over a year and  since the end of 2015 the lab has been rigorously testing this new system enhancement.

Yesterday they announced a much wider test.  See the blog announcement here.

The addition of 90 extra bones to the skeleton will mean a revolution in realism for the avatars. Also, 30 extra face bones which can be  tied into appearance sliders will make for super realistic expressions.

Initially you will need to use the Project Bento viewer until these changes are implemented in the viewer of your choice.

Although it is still in testing, the rolling of the code to the main grid, indicates the project is nearing completion.

See the video below for more details: