Monday, April 10, 2017

Here comes Summer.. or it is Easter?




Well goodness wasn't it fantastic here in old Blighty yesterday?   All the promise of the Summer to come.  Traditionally it usually rains during the Easter holidays, but here's hoping!

London City has a packed schedule of Events for you to enjoy this Bank Holiday, whatever the Weather, and prim-rain permitting there might even be a Barbecue on Easter Monday!


Friday, April 07, 2017

Judith Durham and The Seekers



The Seekers are an Australian up-tempo folk/pop quartet, formed in 1962.

They were the first Australian pop group to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States.

The group had Top 10 hits in the 1960s with I'll Never Find Another You, A World of Our Own, Morningtown Ride and Georgy Girl.  "The Carnival Is Over" is still one of the top 50 best-selling singles of all time in the UK.

Reformed in the late 1990's, The Seekers were still regularly performing until last year.  However due to the ill health of lead singer Judith Durham, the band has just ended their farewell tours.  This year a new show on Broadway called Georgy Girl and telling the musical story of the band has reignited interest in the group.

Enjoy The Seekers in London City on Saturday as the start of our Easter Shows.   Party starts at 12pm SL time (8pm UK) with the show an hour later.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Maximum Agents - Region Capacity Raised




On 3rd April, the lab began testing new server code and invited London City Estate, to be a part of this test.

The new code increases the capacity (maximum agents) allowed on each region.

It does this in a very specific way, it allows Premium members to enter, even when the region is already full.  Also, Region owners and Estate managers can always enter a region, no matter how many avatars are in the region.

This is how the new code will increase region capacity:
Full Regions by 10% (100 to 110)
Homesteads by 25% (20 to 25)
Open Spaces by 20% (10 to 12)

The new entry capacity limits are however available only to Premium members.  For Basic accounts the limits remain unchanged.   For example, a full region that supports 110 users, but currently has 105 users on it, will report at full to basic users and prevent them entering, whilst a further 5 Premium accounts will be able to enter.

As many of our visitors will know, there are times, particularly at the weekends, when our regions reach capacity and this new code will add an extra layer of privilege for Premium members.

Linden Lab have just released this blog about Region Capacity


Information about Premium accounts can be found here: https://secondlife.com/premium/

We have reviewed Premium accounts many times on this blog, search "Premium" in the box at the top.   Also check out this story we ran about discounted premium membership and watch for similar offers.



Friday, March 31, 2017

Free Dance Gift from Abranimations




Check out the revamped Abranimations store in London City.  A brand new crisp layout featuring their most up-to-date products including the awesome Bento Dances.

This week Abranimations released two more Bento dance sets. They include some Bhangra dances & some Tutting Dances.

Free this weekend only is one of the Tutting Dances, located in a crate next to the Tutting demo.  Buy it for 0L and enjoy!

Visit Abranimations: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/31/143/24

Eurythmics on Saturday



Eurythmics is a British duo, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart.

The band was formed in 1980 with little fanfare, but burst onto the scene with Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) in 1983 and went on to have many major chart topping hits including Here Comes the Rain again, There Must Be An Angel, Who's That Girl, Love Is A Stranger, When Tomorrow Comes, Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves, I Saved The World Today... and many many more.

The duo split ten years later in 1990 but have reunited a few times since then to release singles, their last being I've Got A Life in 2005

Enjoy the music of the Eurythmics this Saturday in London City with our tribute band.
The party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show an hour later at 1pm SL.

Concert area http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/95/105/24

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Leaving the European Union






Today is the day that Britain files Article 50, it's formal notice of intent to withdraw from the European Union.  By triggering this Article, Britain agrees to leave the bloc by 29th March 2019.

From then on, treaties that govern membership of the EU will no longer apply to Britain.

The terms of exit will be negotiated between Britain’s 27 counterparts, and each will have a veto over the conditions.

After the Brexit, Britain will be able to self govern again, create its own trade routes, control its borders, and will no longer be required to pay into the EU, which currently costs £50m per day.

Since joining the EU, Britain has been largely prohibited from trading with countries outside of the European Union.

It is hoped that the UK will re-open trade routes with the Commonwealth.   The Commonwealth is the remnants of the original British Empire and is a voluntary association made of 52 sovereign states, including Australia, New Zealand, Cyprus, Malta, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad, India and Pakistan.

You can listen live and debate the exit, in London City today from 12pm UK time (4am SL)  and enjoy the street party and VE dances.










Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Singularity Viewer Update




Singularity updated their Second Life viewer today to version 1.8.7 (6937).
You can download it here:
http://alpha.singularityviewer.org/alpha/


A reminder of some of our favourite settings for Singularity:

Not seeing things that you know are there?
CTRL+SHIFT+V will reset the vertex buffers and redraw the area.

CTL+SH+ALT+C for Avatar Cost.   Cost and Weight can be toggled via Debug, see below.

Some useful Debug settings:

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

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
LiruLegacyLandmarks = true/false  Landmark saved with position e.g. (22, 258, 23)
LiruSensibleARC = False   Show new style render Weights not Costs
ShowSimChannel = True    Shows the Server name on About land top bar next to region name
LiruMapShowAvCount = True    Map shows amount of avatars on sim 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)

Britain's new pound coin



The new UK pound coin comes into circulation today.  It was last changed 36 years ago, and it is estimated that of the 155 billion in circulation, £47 million are fake!

It is a nightmare for Tesco, the supermarket giant in the UK who failed to get coin discriminators in trolleys changed in time, forcing them to leave all trolley's unlocked.  At £150 per trolley, thats a lot of unprotected rolling stock out there.

The new 12-sided pound coin has a laser etched design where the "£" changes to "1" as you tilt the coin in the light.   It is hoped that the new design will eliminate forgeries.   Time will tell.

The round pound will cease to be legal tender in 6 months, so start splurging your old ones today and do your bit to help spend our way out of austerity!


Monday, March 27, 2017

Ronald Reagan on Mount Rushmore



During the last election in the USA, Ronald Reagan, once a Democrat who defected to the Republicans, was used by both sides of a shining example of what a President should be.

It was common throughout the campaign for both sides to quote him, posthumously second guessing his thoughts on their tactics, and hail him as the best ever modern leader of the free world.

With that in mind, at the weekend we ran a poll. Would you like to add Ronald Reagan to Mount Rushmore?

36% said Yes, 60% said No and 4% were undecided.

It is worth noting that during discussions, some who voted no, said that they had done so as they believe the monument should remain unaltered.  Others said in 200 years, whilst Washington and Lincoln would still be relevant, Reagan might be forgotten... and others just plain didn't like the idea.

Thanks for taking part.