Category Archives: The LOLO News (General)

New kind of bot in Second Life!

It’s the LOLO Kickabot!

The kickable robot.

This bot is NOT used to fake traffic, bother people, or steal stuff. Its quite harmless. Very Happy

Fully animated: its a walking, free-roaming robot!

You can make your robot talk & even give it a name too.

Best of all, if anyone or anything bumps into the robot, it falls down, and the bot can be kicked around on the ground!

Finally we can get back at the bots.

To take a look at the LOLO Kickabot on Xstreet SL shopping site, please click here.

To go inworld to The LOLO Pet Shop and see the LOLO Kickabot, please click here. (Here you can see the bot live & even kick it!)

In other news…..

The official Linden blog announces some fancy techno-stuff they are busily working away on. Seems lots of people get thrown right off when lots of long technical words are used….. so I’ll try to give a little summary, to the best of my understanding….. I promise I will use no long or unusual words. 🙂

First FJ Linden admits the grid has been a little choppy lately, but this is because big changes are happening. Lindens have been building a special new network called “LLnet”, just for us! This new network will soon be running the SL for us. FJ says LLnet is ready so, next week they will start to move some of our avatars and stuff onto this new network.

Glad to hear they are not trying to just quick dump us all over there…. seems like a slow & careful process, hopefully avoiding grid crashes & downtime.

Next FJ describes the good things about LLnet. Right now we’re all running on this “VPN” system. It’s kinda slow, aged, and clunky. LLnet will be faster, less laggy, and not crash the grid so much.

But that’s not all…. The Lindens have been working on “improving asset storage“. This means keeping your data in a smarter way – more organized. Their new way of storing stuff will save Linden Lab lots of storage space and speed everything up for us too.

It will keep all those great things you like to play with all the time in a place where the grid can fetch them quick for you, when needed.

The things you don’t use much, will get tucked neatly away, so they are not in your way, where you trip over them all the time… You don’t want to sit your home gym out where its half blocking off your front door right?

Its kind of like keeping your car keys on a hook on the wall, instead of wasting time hunting for them each time, because last time you randomly threw them down behind the couch & they’re now hidden under that ugly sweater you never wear, and an old pizza box.

So, soon when you search for your favorite jewelry, it should pop right up in inventory the quickest.

3 cheers for Lindens deciding to put everything in its place & clean their room!

Next FJ goes on to tell us about “HTTP Dataserver and Agent Inventory Services“. Sounds complicated – I’m sure everyone skim read that part. All he’s basically saying here is: when the server and database talk to each other, they use complex language. Probably slows them down & gets them confused. Lindens want to feed them new code so they talk simpler, which should make things faster, and I think less likely to bork.

So, lots of good improvements coming down the pipes. Hooray! More stability. Less lag. Snappier grid. Should be nice to see. FJ says they are also working on some other stuff with the Central Database, but he’ll explain that later this January, probably because he thought his post was getting too lengthy to throw on stuff about another big complicated thing.

I’ll likely post a “Cole’s notes” version right up here for everybody, whenever that post appears.


Avatar-eating dinosaurs appear in SL!

Today M Linden wishes us all a happy new year, and talks of his explorations over the last seven months. The new year time is a great time to reflect, and plan for what to do next. M lists his favorite places that he has discovered so far, and asks us to share ours

My favorite spot in the whole big virtual world Second Life offers, is my own little creation cubbyhole above the clouds. Up there, there is no distractions, & it is there that I can create freely whatever comes to mind. That, for me is more exciting than all else SL offers – I just love making stuff, its so addictive. Seeing the joy my creation brings to other people, inspires me to create more.

Today, I finally finished a MAJOR project of mine. I’ve worked on this on-and-off for 6 months……

LOLO T-rex

I created a free-roaming T-rex, all animated, that can eat Second Life avatars! When I was a kid, I used to be totally obsessed with dinosaurs. It totally took me back, making this big Tyrannosaurus rex. I am happy to be ending this year of creating in SL by finishing this major piece of work…. it feels good to complete something like this.

Now I can freshly plan out what new stuff to make for 2009. 🙂

T-rex box art graphic

Want to get your own T-rex? My T-rexes are now available from The LOLO Pet Shop. To go there, click this Second Life link. You can also check out the T-rexes and read more about their specific features, by clicking on this link to XstreetSL.

See you all next year!

Best wishes,


Today in Second Life

What an eventful day in SL today….. first, I look at the Lindex, and its going crazy! The L$ was spiking up dramatically. I closed trades today, at 235 $L! Wow! Last I looked, the Linden Dollar had corrected slightly (as can only be expected), floating around the 250 $L mark.

Sometimes, I hear skeptics expressing doubts about the strength of SL’s economy (Indeed, some people like to talk all the time, as though SL is dying.), but today’s bull market showed strongly to the contrary. A new strength seems to have appeared behind the Linden Dollar – today skyrocketing it to brand new heights against the USD! I wonder what the resident doubters will say now? Maybe these people will be a little confident, relax & be happy now.

Luckily I got some trades in and out, at the right timing. That will definitely help me pay the bills this month. 🙂

After an exciting afternoon of trading, things settled down marketwise, so then I finished testing of, and released my new PIXEL DUCK AVATAR! This duck is old arcade style 3-D BLOCK.

It has an AO to fly, walk, and an animation for standing too.


Yay! You can pick up these duckies now, right here on this XstreetSL link….. or inworld at The LOLO Pet Shop.

I had just finished setting up my PIXEL DUCK on XstreetSL, and so I was reading over Dusty Linden’s reminiscences of this year’s fun times at Burning Life 2008, when suddenly Rodney Linden appeared in my skybox for a visit. This was surprising to me, as usually nobody much visits my little workstation in the sky. Before dashing away, he gave me this bear, which is very cute eh?

Nice Christmas News from Linden Labs

Judging from their blog, looks like Linden Lab‘s new site design is performing well; despite the worst fears of the resident flash-haters, the professional skeptics & the disgruntled “I-complain-about-absolutely-everything” whatevers…. So, this design soon goes live….. & thanks to this new design from Big Spaceship, we should now see more users than ever beginning their Second Life, and this can only help SL continue to expand and grow — likely at an even brisker, healthier clip in the coming new year.

This news item combines well with the Lab’s earlier news, of the construction of some big fiberoptic ring superstructure (dubbed LLnet) that will connect up all their servers better — allowing for higher server/database load. From my understanding, the only current limitation to SL’s expansion is Linden Lab’s teeny server/database capacity. Otherwise, I bet growth would be exploding right now. When the servers can handle more than the current maximum concurrency of 70,000 users without crashing out (clearly visible on this concurrency graph)….. & the influx of new users begins, due to Big Spaceship’s sweet welcoming experience…. 2009 should be a great year of growth for SL.

It’s exciting news for all residents, since the more people can be inworld all at once, the more interesting events can come together, the more fun new content will be created, & the more fun experiences can happen. There will simply just be a greater level of diversity to the already thriving community of SL……

Here’s to a great year…. now just beginning!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from your friends at The LOLO Pet Shop – your place for Second Life Pets & more!

Linden Labs & USS create new virtual sea!

I was happy to see this news on the Linden Lab blog:

Linden Lab & USS create Blake Sea!

As well as being an excellent way for Linden Lab to show care towards the sailing community (which it so nearly destroyed), to me this also is wonderful because it is allows the continued existence of a beautiful natural area (created by USS, United Sailing Sims), that all residents can explore & enjoy.

With all the hustle & bustle of malls, nightclubs, sky-rises, and post-apocalyptic combat zones….. it is nice to see a big wide area of nature represented, for a change.  What we choose to create in our virtual world shows what is important to us as a whole community.  SL, although virtual, can serve to remind us of the joy nature offers, and the importance of protecting our natural spaces.

At The LOLO Pet Shop, nature has always been our central focus too.  Wide open natural spaces, animals, pets, all the good natures.  Kudos to LL & USS for working together to create this space!

The Second Life website gets a makeover!

Wow!  This looks pretty cool….  Big Spaceship, as some may have heard, is redoing LL’s Second Life website for them, and it looks to be loads more attractive & less alienating geek-factor-ish. Myself, I love a good interactive flash site….. any web content just becomes so much more appealing when it is interactive.  I am looking forward to seeing this complete changeover to The New from Second Life’s old familiar site style – this happens in a week or so, as Linden Lab reports (You can read the full scoop about it on LL’s official blog, by clicking this link, right here. ).

So far all we have is the tease of one small thumbnail and a text listing the soon-to-be-present dynamic features — but looks to be sweet!

Love the new website idea?  Hate it?

Linden Lab’s is looking for feedback on this too, so visit their forum, if you’d like to share your opinion.

What is The Newest in Second Life’s Virtual Pets?

New Tabby Cats & Calico Cats too!

To see more about the virtual pets & animals living in Second Life, visit The LOLO Pet Shop’s Second Life Pets website.

To go inworld, link here to find SL Pets at The LOLO.

New Second Life Pets: Tabby Cats!

Tabby Cats have arrived in SL, at The LOLO Pet Shop…..

★ Virtual Pets with a special health system, that you can really take care of on the day-to-day in Second Life! These cats are lively & animated.

To see more about my new Tabby Cats…. *Click here!*

The perfect XMAS gift for yourself, or for the cat lover on your list!*

*The cats are not transferable, so use the “Purchase as Gift” button for gifts on Xstreet SL.

★ Also available from The LOLO Pet Shop: Black Cats, Siamese Cats, White Cats, Tuxedo Cats…. & many more SL pets & animals!

To go inworld to The LOLO Pet Shop, click here.