Thursday, September 25, 2008

Caledon the Musical

Caledon the Musical, in aid of Relay for Life '08, from the Independent State of Caledon and Caledon Studios, Second Life. Raising over L$100,000 in the fight against cancer, the good people of Caledon donated money to be in this machinima.



In total, in '08, the fine folks of Caledon raised L$3,000,000 for Relay for Life.

Hopefully this film showcases some of the amazing sims in Caledon and the amazing variety of smashing people. This is filmed at peoples properties and at assorted locations around the steampunk Victorian sims.

May I just tip my hat, one more time, to the good peoples of Caledon and the Caledon RFL Team '08, without whom this wouldn't have been possible.

Yes, apologies, some parts of this are a bit rough and ready. When shooting so many shots with so many avatars one has to take the frame rate that's available at the time. As this was for charity at least one shot of each group made it into the final edit. Also, being machinima, it has suffered somewhat from recompression issues during upload to YouTube so I'm dispalying it abaove at the 320x240 (4:3) that YT likes best.

A better rez version is available for download at
megauploads, just pop in the code and wait for the timer to expire in the rather confusing, but free, interface :-)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Slacking

Okay, not been blogging so much this week. Life is busy.

Trying to get this Caledon RFL machinima edited, a half decorated house, new PS3 toys to abuse, bit choca at work, plus buckets of season 3 & 4 Lost to watch before @SparklyJem deserts me and the bunnies for some frocky-horror Regency ball in Bath at the weekend.

Back as soon as I got something worth spamming you about.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Abusement Park [from iPhone]

Finally I just got my paws on PAIN Abusement Park, go top up ya wallet and get it NOW at the PSN store.

Updates took an age, but, top quality more-of-the same with a bit of a twist. 3 new characters too.

All this on the same day as Folding@Home goes "Life with Playstation" and all newsy (not had a proper fiddle with it yet but it looks pretty, and Googly).

Can't blog now, gotta go play. Need to hit the rides :-)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Features on LT Site

New features have been launched today on Lasting Tribute (the site that sponsors one of the the sims I run, Tribute Island [SLURL]), an' I gotta say "hat's off" to @DigitalPulse, AR, Hoony, AndyF, Wheelwright, and the boys and girls at AND for this one. Spot on!

Nice navigable tabbed browsing to all the content already on the site and, for the first time, you can add links to videos on You Tube (oh hell yeah, I'll be spammin' the strides off that tomorrow).

From small acorns, as they say. It's incredible that there's now memories and images been added to more than a million tributes on our site. It was getting big, and a redesign has created space for expansion and separate sections for memories, images and now videos.

Some examples of tributes with video already added today include:
Leading Aircraftman Martin Beard; rally driver Colin McRae; Pink Floyd members Richard Wright and Syd Barrett and footballer George Best.

The breath of content out there on YouTube for this kind of tribute/slideshow/montage is massive, and having somewhere for it to have a collective home is a damn nice touch.

"Hat's off" again folks, nice damn release ;-)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

LIVE Paisley Beebe Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald: Friday 19th September - 2PM SLT.

This week, at the island [SLURL], the one-and-only Paisley Beebe pays homage to "Lady Ella" and the "First Lady of Song", one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century. This is a lady who, over a recording career that lasted 57 years, won 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Art by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush. With a vocal range spanning three octaves, her purity of tone, phrasing and intonation, was undeniably awesome. Ella is widely considered to have been one of the supreme interpreters of the Great American Songbook. Only Paisley could do her justice.

SL has few real divas, usually wannabe divas that are all mouth and mediocre talent, but not Paisley. Paisley is the real thing. Pailsey is what SL divas should inspire to be.

Paisley Beebe is the alter ego on Second Life of the beautiful Leonie Smith, an Australian jazz vocalist, and radio host. Leonie has released multiple albums and is a professional jazz vocalist of over 15 years standing. Paisley is also CEO of "In A Perfect World" which produces "Tonight Live with Paisley Beebe", Second Life's first, and best weekly TV talk show; for which I can always be available on the couch at a moments notice Paisley, you only have to ask ;-) This is filmed live in front of a studio audience in SL every Sunday at 6PM SLT.

All this,
Paisley Beebe paying live musical homage to Ella Fitzgerald, plus 2hrs of tribute tunes from our good friends the DJ's of Radio Riel, all in honor of Ella.

This is part of our ongoing live events season at Tribute Island, not many left to go now, sponsored by the good folks at Lasting Tribute, and in association with Prim Perfect Magazine (and my good friend Saffia Widdershins) and Radio Riel (and my good friend Gabi Riel), loverly ladies and talented divas in their own right ;-)

Being Friday, I may have to lay off on the voice chat out of respect (it being Talk Like a Pirate day) an' all.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Up For Virtual Worlds London?


Early Registration ends this coming Friday, 19 September 2008, for Virtual Worlds London. Go sort it now, ya save ya'self 400 notes.

Billed as "
the leading European event for businesses seeking to understand and maximize business strategies within virtual worlds". Virtual Worlds London is the 5th such world event by Virtual Worlds News, and takes place at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (a cheery '70s abomination right across the street from Westminster Abbey) from the 20th to the 21st of October.

In my capacity as a business alt, I'll be propping up the bar and checking out a good cross section of the keynotes and presentations on both days (probably blogging it etc. as I go). If you do go, drop me a line or a twitter when you get there and we'll do booze and RL. An evening meet-up in The Greyhound in Kensington (that strange SL/RL crossing point of metaversal paradox in the centre of the city) is invariably a must :-)


Friday, September 12, 2008

Live Tribute Island Gig Sunday

On September 14, 2008 at 12PM SLT (8PM GMT), Mankind Tracer, Second Life's Premiere Rock Performer and winner of the Best of SL Best Live Performer 2008 Award, is planning the largest ever FREE Second Life concert event. The "Peace, Love and Belief Concert" to promote love and understanding and encourage collaboration between sims across the grid. He will be streaming his show LIVE to an incredible 30 SIMS all around SL. Including our very own Tribute Island and Kensington W8 (where the DMGT offices are).

Mankind Tracer and his identical alt, Mankind Republic, will be on two venue stages simultaneously and then both will jump to the next two and so on. There will be roughly 15 sim jumps playing a few songs at each venue. We'll be playing all 4hrs of music, live at Kensington and Tribute Island [SLURL] and you can just bet he'll be revisiting his legendary Pink Floyd tribute he did at Tribute Island [SLURL] for the folks at the DMGT offices a few weeks ago.

We'll have loads of freebies up for grabs on the day. Come along for the 4hr gig, give it a listen, support the cause, and see the guy play live :-)

Other venues include The Wild Coast, Kosmik Ballroom, Virtual Holland, Temple of Mankind, Best of SL, Incantations, First Meta, The Vibe, Mankind's Sweet Spot, The Max, Kelly Services, Rumble in Brighton, Groningen Centrum, Simply Paradise, Tropical Orchid, The Blue Moon, The Lover's Nest, Monogram Virtua, SLEvolution, eHQ on ACTIV8, Jamville, Dreams and many more!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Big Bang Day: End of World NOT EVEN VAGUELY Nigh. No Cause For ConCERN.



To be honest, quantum physics gives me a massive hadron...



...but I wish people who didn't have a PHD would just shut the frack up with their uneducated whining about the end of the world. People like this, and creationists (
will you just frickin' look on the back of the £10 note, take a hint, and don't even get me started), are just holding back human progress. Despite what certain newspapers seem to think, safety levels at the collider are monitored by the Safety Assessment Group and not Homer Simpson.

"The chance we produce a black hole is minuscule," said a British spokesman for Cern, which perhaps wasn't the best way to phrase it admittedly. "And even if we do, it can't swallow up the Earth." Which did make me wonder – so, just Geneva, then? That's not so bad. Just Switzerland? Damn, no more cuckoo clocks, cheese with big air bubbles or white chocolate Toblerones, how will we live? Europe? Hmmm? Hmmm? Seriously though, not a showballs chance in hell.

This isn't the first time the end of the world has been predicted, no siree. Interweb doom-mongers are convinced that 21 December 2012 will b
e the end; it's the final date of the Long Count Calendar of the Mayans. Jehovah's Witnesses cheerfully and eloquently debate the coming final conflagration while standing on the nation's doormats. The Millerite Sect, led by William Miller, predicted that the apocalypse would fall on 22 October 1844 and, when SFA happened, Mr. Miller shamelessly called it "The Great Disappointment".

It's all shamooy and a crock. Such is the power of the Internet that stuff like this gets out into the public domain from a couple of words of misunderstanding, fuelled by the story hungry plonkers of Fleet St.

Good old Stephen Hawking was on Radio 4 earlier, wheeled out to reassure listeners that the world wouldn't be inverting itself today and all was all going to be hunky-dory and they could still go out and consume tonight in ASDA on the way home, safe in the knowledge they wouldn't be beating on aliens with crowbars and trying to find a HEV suit charge point by the middle of next week.

The Radio 4 audience knew this already (
or are waiting for Torchwood and accidentally tuned in early), it's the Radio 1/2 crowd who needed the reassurance of electronic voiced coffee table science from a scientific icon they recognise from The Simpsons.

Bless him though, he did say he'd bet someone £100 as to whether the "Higgs boson" particle would be discovered. The Hawking is betting on the outcome? One ironically recalls reading that Robert Oppenheimer had a bet with other members of the Manhattan Project that the first A-bomb would kick off a chain reaction that would kill the Earth's atmosphere. I digress.

Anyway, there he was on Radio 4, or an Apple Mac impersonating him while he's being held by scientific occultists who want to open a gate way to the dimension of elder gods (which seems a far more interesting and plausible scenario to me) you be the judge.

Bring it on @CERN, and fingers crossed for a successful first pass firing, the real fireworks start end of next week. If you want to check on what's going on, you can also watch the live feeds from the CERN Webcams.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Classic Who Figs News

As my humble collection of classic tat grows ever larger, here's a few titbits on what might be next. Wave 2 are, I think by now, confirmed. Wave 3 is pure educated geek-froth and a few spied on 1st stage proofs.

Doctor Who Classic Series Wave 2 Figures

Doctor Who Classic Series Wave 3 Figures (rumour only)

Much of the last lot may be wishful thinking (especially Bessie and WhoMobile). I can't see why Sutekh would be a 'Build A Figure' for starters, unless it's massive, as a collector surely Bessie would be best served in this roll? A couple of classic assistants (Leela, a younger Sarah Jane, The Brig) would be nice too. I've frothed on this previously, no point repeating myself.

Ah well, it's all just rumour anyway. Gives us something to drool over 'till we see some pictures.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

La Princesse



Beautiful work by La Machine, the same folks that brought us The Sultan’s Elephant I frotherd about back in '06. This 8 legged arachnophobes nightmare is “La Princesse”, commissioned by Artichoke (the creative company behind The Telectroscope), that was hanging on the side of the Concourse House near the Lime Street station and then got up and went investigating the landmarks of the Capital of Culture in the pouring Mersyside rain. Just plain stunning.

Here are some photos of La Princesse by LiverpoolGas, Rob Sutton, John Kennan, Pedro and liverpool08images, c/o of a heads-up from LaughingSquid.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Night of the Starlets at Tribute Island!

Slight change of plans this evening.

It’s now Night of the Starlets at
Tribute Island in Second Life.

Unfortunately, Penelope Fullstop of
Atomic Blondie was in touch with us yesterday to say Geoff (their lead guitarist) has health problems and can’t do the Marilyn Monroe gig tonight, which Pen was particularly looking forward. They'd gone to the trouble of sorting loads of new stuff for this special show so alas it's impossible to do it without him and Saffia and I (thanks Saffia) started fishing around to find other arrangements.

So, in steps our good friend "The Duchess" and the outstanding folks at Radio Riel with a tribute of their own. Night of the starlets, 3 hours of DJ'd Hollywood music, at the backstage sets at Tribute Island [SLURL] from 1PM SLT, NOT at the bar as usual.

Come dress to impress directors and join us to celebrate those loverly ladies of Tinsel Town. Have an evening in that Oscar frock, wear those Anna Sten eyes, that Ida Lupino hat, fiddle with those sliders for those Doris Day curves, from Rita Hayworth to Marilyn Monroe, you get the gist.

Also, we have professional Second Life Marilyn, the loverly Miss. Sasha00 Laryukov of The Gauskov Entertainment Agency to pose for pics etc. These people do the most amazing one-off shapes, skins, costumes, looks and attitudes you'll see this side of Hollywood.

Gentleman, dress to dance with the ladies tonight we’re nought but accessories to the likes of Jane Russell, Audrey Hepburn
, Jane Mansfield and (with any luck) Louise Brooks.

I'm off into Second Life to 'doll-up' the backstage area for some serious dancing. See you there.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Clown Torture Delayed

I was on the Playstation Store like white on rice this morning, but alas us PAINsters going to have to wait a little bit longer.

The
Amusement Park expansion, originally due this morning, is being "delayed to some time later this month".



This comes from Idol Minds (the makes of Pain, Neopets, and lots of shit you've never heard of) responding to user feedback and changing Trophy requirements after the original trophy list was whinged at by all for being "too hard". Pussys, I hear you cry? Isn't that the point? No PAIN, no gain? Hmmm?

According to Jarvis and crew on the PAIN blog: "They [the trophy leveling structure] began to resemble the tedious level grinds in MMOs and not the spoils for being good...", "...so we thought rather than making people play PAIN for the trophies, it might be a better idea to let people play PAIN because it's REALLY FUN and let the earned trophies come from that experience."

Okay, to be fair, they got it right. This is a good move, if mildly irritating with Phil's coming over tonight for an 'Amusement Park' session. PAIN's a top 'dip in' game but I don't want to spend my life doing the same thing over and over again 'till it gives me peanuts and opens an AV with a different tie on. Lets hope the delay isn't too long then I can crack-on with maiming clowns ASAP.

Sacré-Blur, back to frog tossing and free-styling Nigel into a builders bum-crack for the night.

Office Poster

It's very early. Can't sleep, again.

Redecorating the SL office for want of something to do.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Google Chrome First Impressions

Today is fracking about with Google Chrome day. Check it if you can.

The download was quick and after 2 mins I was flying along with it. 

The rendering speed rocks, though it's not filled up with my add-on crap yet and it'll probably slow down as that open source gets chipped add by 'indispensible' add-ons. I miss my spell checker in Blogger as I write, but I'll live. Loved the quick, if a bit scary, import functionality. Up and running in seconds.

I like the 'tear off' tabs (especailly as a duel screen user), and instead of traditional tabs like those in Firefox Chrome puts the buttons on the top of the window, not below the address bar. Thank god for the standard FF short cut keys and an address bar with auto-complete. 

The default homepage gives you an intuitive kind of “speed dial” feature, part of it's visual bookmark system, similar to the one with Opera. I like the idea of the Chrome privacy mode; you can create an “incognito” window “and nothing that occurs in that window is ever logged on your computer” specifically for 'left handed surfing time' (well, what else is it for, really). Like Prism, it seems apps can be launched in their own browser window without address bar and toolbar. 

I'm an old school Firefox die-hard, and I'll have to spend some time tinkering to see if the multi-threaded architecture is really that robust and how the Gears can be cobbled to 'enliven my browsing experience'. I see it has it's own JavaScript Virtual Machine (called V8) which also open source and seems fine so far ('cept for a few niggly bits with upload in Flickr). I appreciate them adding the task manger too, which lets you see which processes inside Chrome are running, taking up how much memory, network resource and CPU. 

Editing my Blogger posts is a bit weird in it. Oh, and Lively doesn't seem to be supported (like anyone gives a shit anymore). Ironically, Google Analytics shows Google Chrome visitors as being from Firefox which strikes me as a bit of an oversight. I know it's a beta, but way to coordinate a product launch there folks. 

First impressions? Yup, I like it, I’ll be fiddling all day. 

Logan Verse

Read a nice piece of haiku (hokku) this morning, from a lass called Anna in St. Louis, Missouri.

Your razor sharp wit
Can never stand up to my
Adamantium

I like a bit of haiku, especilly when perfect of form but slightly irreverant.

Boo-yar.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Noooooooooooooooo!

Once again, the curse of the Watchman movies rears it's ugly head to strike at the last minute. I heard about this last week and hoped it was just hype, alas apparently not.

For the full sad story see the BBC article from a couple of week ago, or Geeks of Doom for a new look at the issue.

In short, Fox bought the rights to the Watchman Comic in the 1980s and is launching an injunction against Warners cos of the new Watchman movie.
Now, I want this movie to happen more than I want air and I've been pissing myself with excitement ever since Terry Gilliam was sniffing round a script long ago. This project, over the years, has been passed around like poppers at a New Year party. Lawrence Gordon, Darren Aronofsky, even Paul Greengrass was rumored.

Sick as a parrot, and it's easy to say "Frackin' Fox, they sat on it for decades then get precious when a trailer shows up after they've done SFA" but that just might not be true.

Not that Fox aren't whorehoppers of legend, naturally, but it's all about the quagmire that is 'Turnaround' (see, that MA in film and video production finally comes in useful for something).

Mooching about, tracing it back along the line of 'ownership', it seems to me that the production team of
Lawrence Gordon just didn’t dot their I’s and cross his T’s and on the Fox side of things when he gave the go ahead on the new movie. It looks to me like our Lawrence (the unmitigated cock jockey) has incorrectly (or incompletely) assigned rights to Warner Bros in regards to his agreement with Fox. Not being funny, but you'd think with all the licensed stuff he's made they'd have it down-pat by now. It's the only way I can see this having occurred. More complicated than writing the Chinese instruction manual for a hadron accelerator, trust me. Fox are also claiming they tried to contact him/them etc. early on, and have proof, but got no reply.

Bad Mr. Gordon, bad. Fanboys will want to hurt you and your (no doubt terrified) minions. I want my
Apollonia Vanova as a be-bobbed Silhouette, and I want her now.

What a nightmare. Hollywood lawyers must be rubbing their hands in glee. As ever, Mr. Moore knows the score, and your wisely best off out of this one Alan.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Atomic Monroe Friday

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more...

...as this coming Friday, September 5th - 1PM SLT, at Tribute Island [SLURL], the band Atomic Blondie pays homage to iconic actress, comedienne, singer, model, and film producer Norma Jeane Baker, AKA the one and only Marilyn 'Happy Birthday Mr. President' Monroe.

Playing a variety of music, from 9PM GMT, Atomic Blondie will be giving us their personal tribute to a lady who personified Hollywood glamor and was, without question, the most famous woman of the 20th Century.

Also popping along to entertain the troops will be professional Second Life Marilyn, the loverly Miss. Sasha00 Laryukov of The Gauskov Entertainment Agency. Trust me, these people do the most amazing one-off shapes, skins, costumes, looks and attitudes you'll see this side of Tinsel Town. See if you can find an outfit suitable for this one, cos we've already a sizable tribute in the sim that's well worth a pose (which Miss. Laryukov is ably demonstrating in the pic at the top).

A one-off show at
Tribute [SLURL] Island that'll capture the quintessential spark and the sensation that was Monroe, followed by 2hrs of tribute tunes (which is always worth hanging around for, trust me) from our good friends and primo quality DJ's at the one and only Radio Riel. Atomic Blondie are pretty damn good, just check out the amateur vid below.



This is part of our ongoing Tribute Island Live Events season, sponsored by the good folks at Lasting Tribute, in association with Prim Perfect Magazine and Radio Riel.