Second Life Land Deal Goes Sour (via Wired and SecondCast)

18 05 2006

So Wired now has a story about the ongoing lawsuit between Marc Bragg and Linden Lab.
Basically it is about somebody finding and using a loop hole in the land auction system of Linden Lab and thus getting a sim for a extremely low price. Linden Lab in turn blocked his account. So read more in this story or listen to the latest SecondCast which also does address this issue.

Original entry:

Second Life Land Deal Goes Sour:
An online real estate developer sues gamemaker Linden Lab for allegedly repossessing his cyberproperty. Are real judges ready to deal with virtual worlds? By Kathleen Craig.

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Economics Statistics now available

9 05 2006

So as an update to the economic article: The economic statistics of SL are now available on SL community pages.
(which was announced at that Community Roundtable meeting also).

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Just a little announcement but a big discussion

9 05 2006

Yes, I am speaking about the announcements that Linden Lab is going to change the TOS in order to be able to sell L$ over the LindeX. So in other terms that means that they are allowed to print money in “the context of smart economic policy”. As you can imagine this immediatly started a huge discussion in the forums.
I am no expert on economics but I will try to understand what’s going on nevertheless.

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Helping the helpless, possible at all? :-)

7 05 2006

So I was speaking with Tateru Nino the last days. I actually never did this before although I was linking to her blog. So it was time for it and we chatted a bit about helping people and the like (as this seems to be her business :-). Nice person, btw 🙂
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The case of Last Names

22 04 2006

So last week I was attending a little meeting lead by Cyn and Torley Linden about the planned possibility to be able to change last names. It happened that they wanted input from the community in order to decide what to do. So here’s actually my view on all this based on the meeting and some other input… Read on!

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I must blog about Tartarus Island

21 04 2006

I was browsing Snapzilla and found a pic by Osprey Therian telling about Tartarus. So I checked it out and it's architecture is just great!

Check it out yourself here!

Tartarus Island

Congrats to Musuko Massiel for creating it!

Tartarus Island again

SecondLife in TWIT #50

20 04 2006

It’s not happening that regularly that I do listen to This Week In Tech (TWIT) with Leo Laporte and other hosts but this time I did and what happened? They did speak about SecondLife. While it’s nice that SL gets more and more attention it wonders me why people are so uninformed. And even more so as I would assume that they would call themselves journalists.

So Leo was actually speaking about that “there is no naked” and you need to wear naked suits to be naked. I am wondering now if he speaks about skins? I at least don’t have to wear a nude suit 😉
They also wonder if SL will soon become as much bad press as myspace has become due to the kid harassment accusations which came up the other day.. But in that case they should have mentioned the teen grid which is (as I understand it) a method by LindenLab to prevent just that. At least one could say they are aware of that possible issue.

Last thing I want to note is that they didn’t know about the role of Mitch Kapor. They came up with that name but did not know precisely his role in this company. So those interested should simply read the LindenLab homepage.

So I just hope that they are better informed in other areas 😉

(but ok, you cannot trust media anyway, can you?)

Anyway, listen to it yourself!

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Lawrence Lessig::Second Life

10 04 2006

Watch the video

Just found that on It’s about the appearance of Lawrence Lessig in SecondLife which I actually missed.. (wasn’t born back then).


This video was originally shared on by Jan of Sound with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

The Lost Gardens of Apollo

31 03 2006

I thought I just post two pics of that nice place in SecondLife. Also read Hamlet Au's Blog entry about it!      

Lost Gardens Of Apollo 1   The Lost Gardens Of Apollo 2