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2013 Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — A Poll!

An update already to this year’s OFPC?  It takes me by surprise, too; but there’s a reason for it.

I always have a dickens of a time getting the word out about the Contest, and so I try to saturate as much of the SL media as possible, as well as encourage people to spread the word themselves by linking to the rules and passing links in the social media (hint, hint).  Iris Ophelia at New World Notes was kind enough to write me up for an article based on my press release, for which I thank her very much.  But she raised a small objection in her own comments to the rule limiting entries to human avatars.  I have always felt that this was a version of the red carpet walk that we could participate in ourselves.  However, it is a valid thought that this is our version, as in Second Life’s version.  So I’ll offer it to everyone in a poll, which will run for one week here, and I encourage you to vote.  The results will decide how the rules will change for this year.  I’ll reconsider for next year’s Contest, any road.

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New Splash Page with Latest LL Viewer Update

For those who have downloaded the latest update to LL’s Viewer 2, you’ll notice a change straight off.  Instead of the traditional photograph, rotating from view to view with each sign on, we are now given a menu of pictures, destinations and events to examine in a browser when we click on them.

Do you think this gives the LL viewer more versatility or usefulness?  Do you like it or not?

UPDATE:  August 9 —

New World Notes suggests that the “What’s Hot Now” line might encourage more new user retention, as they now have a few suggestions where they will find other Residents congregating.  Check out Ham’s article.

Posted August 5, 2011 by Harper Ganesvoort in Polls, Software

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New SL Traffic Algorithm Announced

Jack Linden announced recently on the Big Blog that Linden Lab plans a change to the calculation of Traffic on parcels of land in Second Life.  Instead of the current calculation,

…(t)raffic will be the cumulative minutes spent on the parcel by all visitors to the parcel within the previous day. It will be calculated from the total seconds spent on the parcel, divided by 60 and rounded to the nearest whole minute (up or down). It is calculated in real-time, and will be updated every morning at 1am PST for the previous day.

If you think about this, you can tell that the calculation will be far more straightforward than measuring the amount of time a given avatar hangs in a parcel, to see if it stays there for at least 5 minutes.  Jack says that this new method will take effect on August 31, with results becoming available on the next day’s traffic reports.

Some businesses and locations may be displeased with this change — mostly the locations that game the traffic stats, usually through the use of bots and camping.  I’m wagering that the truly popular locations will not go down on the charts, and may actually go up.  (I can tell you that my traffic at my store won’t change more than a hair, if that — since I have almost no traffic.  Se la guerre. [sigh])  But do you think that things will improve or degrade with such a change?  What are your ideas on the matter?

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Tranquility Base Plus 40 Years

Writing from Gulf Shores, Alabama….

I don’t remember all the specifics of that incredible July 20, 1969.  But, like Pearl Harbor or the assassination of John Kennedy, I remember where I was.  It was a Sunday, and we were fastened to the television that day; we drank in every thing that Walter Cronkite was saying, along with whoever was in the studio along with him.  We listened to the voices coming back to us from over 200,000 miles away, sometimes unintelligable, most times talking gibberish to the “layperson,” while Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin guided their fragile little bug down to the surface of the Moon. 

And yet we couldn’t get enough of it.  It was — and remains to this day — the single biggest event in the history of the planet, when we at last “slipped the surly bonds of earth” and set halting foot on another celestial body.  The words of Armstrong as he stepped off the landing foot of the Lunar Module were burned into my mind.  I was 10 years old, and had been raised on a diet of Star Trek, and this was the first step down the road to that possible future. 

We’ve seemingly lost a little of the dream since then — no person has been back to the Moon, never mind another planet in the Sol system, since 1972, though we continue to send unmanned probes on extra-Terran and even extra-system flights.  But the potential is still there, and we have shown that it can be done.  That will be the most enduring legacy of Apollo 11, and one that we will, hopefully, live up to again.

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