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.

PIXEL DUCK

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?
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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!

Which Linden will you target in the snowball fight?

Torley Linden reports on the Winterfaire Itinerary on Official Second Life Blog today.

Today we can read of the exciting events planned for Winterfaire.  Now’s your chance to throw snowballs at the Lindens.    🙂

This looks to be a lot of fun…..

Which Linden will you target in the snowball fight?       hehehe

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.

Linden Contest & LOLO Snow!

Linden Labs has made a super-cool contest…. er… sort of…. or is it an auction? Anyways, bids start at only 1$L, and the winner gets super exclusive Christmas land with cute names of Santa’s reindeer! Wheeee!!

Check out the details by clicking this link, to see the Official Linden Blog.

LOLO Snow:

Looking for Christmas Snow to decorate your Second Life with?

Falling snow, gently falling…. Settings are adjustable by you!

Get some LOLO snow here! <You can also see demo there of our pretty Christmas Snow on display.