Friday, 23 January 2009

Linden Lies

I'm posting this image up here, because I don't trust that at some point over the next 12 months, Linden Lab won't 'accidentally' delete it, or deny all knowledge of it. This is my binding contract to throw back at them, attached to a megaprim in January 2010.

I'm not sure simply "announcing" purchases of OnRez (to kill it) and XStreetSL (to tax merchants) is really improving communication, but still, it's done now, and I will just have to seethe about it in my own way. I absolutely begrudge paying back Linden Lab for my work, which I will now do. I didn't mind paying when it was an independent venture - I'm all for rewarding entrepreneurialship - but now am wondering why Linden Lab deserve a cut of my sales? They will say that it will be used to improve the customer experience; I'll believe that when I see it - which won't happen (I found out recently that I make less than 50% of the sales that a fellow tiny makes on Xstreet in a month, than I do IN TOTAL - from all 5 shops I have, and XStreet, and this tiny is making more than double that on XStreet alone).

Three weeks into 2009 and again LL have managed to incense a massive percentage of residents, or more importantly, merchants. They are claiming it is for the residents, but I wonder exactly how many residents actually asked for this to happen? My guess is somewhere around the Zero mark. LL are doing this for the additional $1.2 million USD, of which approximately $0.00 USD will be filtered back through to the residents. After the OS debacle at the end of 2008, and now this, it seems to me as though Linden Lab may become a public company within the next couple of years, after Kingdon displays that income streams have massively increased and can make a potential share price look uber-attractive. Hopefully, he'll take the payoff that will come with such a move and get lost.

In other news: made a custom 7Seas fish this past week though, although all the hard bits were mostly done by Panacea Pangaea, with Bloodsong Termagant providing invauable support too. Thank you! I will endeavour to get it thrown into the sea and fishable very soon!

Friday, 16 January 2009

The Funny Bunny Lucky Chair Fruity Tooty Top Hat

Officially the Longest Name For A Hat In SL (probably), this is the new prize in the Heron Shire lucky chair! I chose not to mention Frootcake in the hat's name, as it is technically a copyright issue - although not an issue to cause any major litigation, but I am aware and respectful of these things. I will replace the Christmas Hat in the Potterswick chair with the Aviator outfit (the DePaul exclusive PAD version - Potterswick Air Defence) too.

Plus, Eth has once again worked her animation magic for my banjo, so that will be going out for sale this weekend too!

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Feelin' Frooty

Magistrate Till bowed to pressure from the TAD Girls - Tinies After Dark Girls, namely Isis Sinatra, karmagirl Avro and AlohaLani Heron - and got in touch with the creator of this game called Frootcake, to adapt the tables to cater for tinies (and after looking across the player rankings/scores on the Frootcake website, just as well he did! I recognise so many names in the list from the Friends of Raglan Shire group!)

The table is now up at the Paw & Whisker clubhouse, and provided there are at least 3 people about with nothing better to do, provides a great means of passing the time. I have so far spent two mornings this week stacking cakes, to find myself in the Top 80 of players!

And I don't think I'm the only person who has expressed an interest for a waffle-themed version...

Friday, 9 January 2009

Raglan Shire Winterfest 2008

Magistrate Zayn asked me to put together short video to commemorate Winterfest. I had been planning to do a Winterfest video before I had connection problems before December, but the idea quickly faded as the days and weeks rolled past and I figured I'd missed more than I could film when I got back.

So when I got asked, I thought it was the least I could contribute. I put this together in about 8 hours yesterday, from filming to editing. Luckily, I had already got a piece of music in mind - Winter Wonderland by Peggy Lee - that was short enough to make the project not too complex and paced fairly nicely. A real slapdash affair if ever there was one though! Hopefully I've captured some essence of the event.

Many thanks to all the tinies who were able to give up a few minutes of their time to help me yesterday!