Archive for the 'Belgian' category
This evening, august 7th Thurdays August 9th, 19h30 belgian time, the virtual prize distribution for the photography contest organised by sim België (sim Belgium) in cooperation with Vacature and the SecondLifeCrew takes place at the auditorium of Vacature. Afterwards there is a party at the Vacature Lounge with DJ Kiyoshi Nishi.
I ended up second, after Looker Lumet and before Angellilah Pile. As most of you know, I did not agree with how the voting went - although I suggested this voting procedure myself - but that’s not the reason why I will not be present. I just can’t attend. (Maybe I’ll show up later, if the party lasts long enough.) Loki Popinjay was as kind as to agree to play ’stand-in-Vint’ and to replace me there.
Despite my frustration about how the voting went - which maybe does come partly because I didn’t win :p - I think the Belgian Second Life Photography Contest was a great initiative, I hope it will be continued and that we get to see more ‘Belgian’ initiatives and cooperation between Belgians in Second Life soon. AnnSophie, thank you for organising this one!
PS. *Points at the sun in the photograph.* Anybody has a clue why that happened? Was it because I was on ‘RenderGlow=True’?
My jaw came down rather painful on my keyboard when I read the following in a promo-machinima for Second Life Vlaanderen: ‘dagelijks 15 000 bezoekers’. Fabrice Morreau - we know him in-world as Calibre Green or ‘the avie with the very boring bed‘ - claims to have 15k visitors a day to the ‘Vlaanderen’ sim he owns together with Jurgen Verstrepen. Like? What!? No way! Kiss my meta-ass, as this is an enormous lie.
I quickly IM’d Kean and she seconded me: ‘There’s no way he can pull that off without campers.’ So, mister Morreau? 15k visitors/day? All interested in what you and Jurgen have to say? Using your sim as a place of free speech to discuss politics? Back that up with some figures, please. Show us your sim is as popular as you claim it is. Or should I give it a try?
First we need to know what the ‘traffic’ figure is that SL allows us to see for land: ‘Traffic is a number for each parcel which is based on the amount of Residents who visited, and the time spent on that parcel out of their total time in world that day. It’s calculated using a complex algorithm.‘ (more information about ‘traffic’ at SLeducating)
Which makes that your traffic figures are always way above ‘unique visitors’ stats. Especially if you do like mister Morreau and create camping locations on your sim. Camping will allow people to earn Linden Dollars in exchange for sitting at a fixed location in your sim. Hence they spend more time in your sim, hence the ‘traffic’ number increases, which makes you end up in search better. Those poor campers camp their meta-butts of for L$2/10min or not even 0.04 EUR /hour. Is that how Lijst Dedecker plans to create new jobs? *grins* Fabrice Morreau offers ‘employent’ in that way to 8 campers: 4 dancing job, 3 sunbathing jobs (2 out of the 3 sunbathing campspots don’t work, and thus return no Linden Dollars at all, although they are advertised as camping spots!) and 1 sitting job.
Furthermore, the location in the Flanders sim ‘Lijst Dedecker party’ is advertised with the following words: ‘Vlaanderen - Media Vila (should be villa?) - VL - Radio - Free T Shirt - Tatoo (tattoo?) 3l$ - camper - Free SMS Gratis SMS versturen vanuit SL DancePad’. Not much about talking politics there, no?
In Belgium we have a rule involving a ’sper periode’ that states that political parties can’t give away free stuff a couple of weeks before the election. I know Linden Labs has made it awefully clear (in their TOS opposed to what they write on the website) that Linden Dollars hold no monetary value, but I still feel they are breaking this rule with the camping stuff and the freebies. But anyway:
Let us take a look at sim Vlaanderen’s traffic numbers, shall we?
sim Vlaanderen - Vlaanderen: 1443
sim Vlaanderen - Lijst Dedecker party: 8445 (region with 7 campers)
sim Vlaanderen - Lijst Dedecker: 95 (héhé)
sim Vlaanderen - Vlaams Freebie Shop: 3869 (region with 1 camper)
The traffic number indeed totals at +- 15k (13852 to be exact) but - again - that is no way near the ‘number of daily visitors’. At all. Yet another reason - besides the bed being boring - for me to not vote for this guys: if you don’t feel a bit ashamed for lying about visitor statistics to get some extra media attention, then why on earth do you think you’re capable of governing my country?
If any club owner or anyone elso who can compare with their own traffic ranks/visitor count wants to do some guessing at what the real visitor stats for Sim Vlaanderen could be, I’d be very gratefull! Take the following into account:
Total traffic: 13.8k
Camping spots: 6 working, 2 defect
Feebie shop: check (mostly giving away Agent Case stuff)
Content: almost none
Social interaction possibilities: almost none (8 campers, 2 freebie shoppers when I went to check)
Classifieds: one, for L$50
Update: Just look at this visitor count numbers for the ‘major sims’ and then tell me how Vlaanderen would ever get to 15k/day.
Although a lot at the Wack Attack Barrack is still ‘under construction’ their stage stands and may be seen. The honor of being the first band to perform there came to the Belgian/ Dutch band Grensgeval. They have performed both English as dialect Dutch - mostly cover - songs and gave away a great show. I must admit, I missed them playing at the Motorati sim, so I’m glad I was able to finally see them.
And I like their take on the whole SL performance thingie: ‘Grensgeval plays live on SL from our studio in Belgium. Our avatars however are controlled by friends from Second Life. Yves Welles (also RL-band member), Pieter Dixon, Gianky Lindman, Reddee Hian and Kanako Takakura are our puppeteers. They really help us to make our SL-show not only great to hear, but also fabulous to be seen … Thx guys !!’
It’s not the music I would normally listen too but I <heart> the song ‘Schaapjes tellen‘ (Counting scheeps) which is based upon a Snow Patrol song. Ow, and it seems they added something to the SL formula that they don’t have in FL: hawt female drummer. ;)
More pictures in the Flickr ‘Grensgeval @ Wack Attack Barrack’ set.
Sim ‘België’ is organizing a SL Photography contest.
The contest is open to all Belgian avatars be it they are humans, Furries, Neko’s or whatever strange breed.
Photographs should be send to AnnSophie Maertens before May 30th 2007 together with a notecard stating the name of the photographer and the title of your work.
They will be on display at the first floor of the New Mardes Club during the month of June. Along with that everyone will be able to vote once for the photograph of their choice on secondlifecrew.be. The three photographs with most votes receive a nice/awesome* prize and if the three winning photographers wish, their work will be added to the permanent collection of the New Mardes Club. So
get out boot SL and become Belgium’s best meta-photographer! ;)
Do’s and donts:
- The picture must be taken in-world.
- Post processing in Photoshop, GIMP, PaintshopPro, Paint, … is allowed.
- Measurements: maximum 2m by 2m.
- No scripted objects will be accepted.
- A maximum prim count of 5.
*Still to be decided upon.
Sim ‘België’ organiseert een fotowedstrijd. Deelname is mogelijk voor - en wordt zelfs verwacht van ;) - alle Belgische avies. Foto’s moeten overhandigd worden aan AnnSophie Maertens voor 30 mei 2007 samen met een notecard met daarin de naam van de fotograaf en de titel van het werk.
De foto’s zullen de hele maand juni tentoon gesteld worden in de bovenverdieping van de New Mardes Club. Tegelijkertijd kan je op secondlifecrew.be één maal je stem uitbrengen en zo je favoriete foto kiezen. De drie foto’s met de meeste stemmen krijgen een leuke/geweldig leuke* prijs en als de virtuele fotografen het willen, wordt hun werk toegevoegd aan de permanente collectie van de New Mardes Club. Dus start Second Life op, begin the snapshotten en wordt België’s beste virtuele fotograaf! ;)
Voor de foto’s:
- De foto moet in Second Life genomen zijn.
- Bewerken met Photoshop, GIMP, PainshopPro, Paint, … is toegestaan.
- Maximale afmetingen: 2m bij 2m.
- Objecten mogen geen scripts bevatten.
- Maximaal 5 prims.
*Zijn ze nog niet uit.
Le concours est ouvert à tous les avatars belges qu’ils soient humains, à fourrure, chat ou n’importe quelle autre espèce étrange. Vos photos devront etre envoyes a AnnSophie Maertens avant le 30 mai prochain avec une carte note donnant le nom du photographe et le titre de votre travail.
Les photos seront pendus au premier etage du club New Mardes pendant le moi de juin. A côté de cela, tout le monde pourra voter pour la photographie de son choix sur secondlifecrew.be. Les trois photographes avec le plus de voix recevront un prix et si les trois gagnants le veulent, leurs oeuvres seront ajoutées à la collection permanente du club New Mardes. Alors lancez SL et devenez le meilleur photographe virtuel belge ! ;)
A faire et ne pas faire :
- La photo doit etre prise dans Second Life.
- Les retouches avec Photoshop, Gimp, PaintShopPro, Paint, .. sont autorisées.
- Dimensions : 2m x 2m au maximum.
- Les objects avec scriptures ne seront pas acceptes.
- Un nombre maximum de 5 prims.
Does this need any more explenation: The SL Bikini Project or ‘Showing Second Life’s Citizen’s Diversity Through or In Bikini’s’?
If yes, it al started here when Veyron stated ‘Maybe we need to do flags of the world on bikini’s…’.
Feel free to participate: on the project page you can find a Photoshop template to make your own bikini or you can go on a in-world shopping spree.
Loki e-mailed me this, and indeed, it’s hilariously funny:
Investigators of the Belgian first life Federal Computer Crime Unit are investigating the rape of a SecondLife resident: RL cops patrolling the grid!
Belgian Federal Computer Crime Unit has started an investigation after a rape that happened in SecondLife. A complaint at the Police departement of Brussels (our capital, for god’s sake!) of an avatar being raped led to the opening of a case file and now the Federal Police says it’s their intention ‘to look into if any punishable facts occured.
Sources: De Standaard (ty Loki for this great break! *still laughing*) and HLN (via secondlifecrew.be) Would someone tell those cops Median is probably not a safe place to stroll around in police outfit and that they’d better wear their visitor tags? :p Ow! I so hope they bumb into Tiessa or Zoe. *grins*
SLforum.be could use some more visitors and forum activity. Flemish avies - and maybe the Dutch too, that is, if they behave - are very much welcomed on this Flemish SecondLife forum. As I felt like doing something crazy when registering back in the days, I left the space out of ‘Vint Falken’ for my username there: VintFalken it is. ;)
Search.sheeplabs.com is now (in beta) what Google is to First Life, as they ’spider’ (or whatever you call that in SL) all public sims regularely and list all the objects markt as ‘for sale’. Let’s say we want a Luger or all objects on sale owned by Vint Falken? Yes, ego-surfing is allowed. Do tell me if something strange turns up? Lordfly Digeridoo’s ‘Sheep Search Rapeocide Fascist Tekno-Orgy’ blogpost gives you a good idea of the pro’s and con’s. For some maybe this is the only thing that matters, you can easily prevent the items you own being listed: just Opt-Out. You’re still fucked if you build let’s say a Celine Dion statue and somebody puts it on sale without opting-out. We’ll all know you have no music taste whatsoever! ^^ Btw: did you know SecondLife has it’s own yellow pages?
Maybe this can prevent voice in SL ruining our economy: software voice changing stuff that can do male to female and a hardware voice changing tool. Hmmm, didn’t test any of them, but don’t be suprised if you soon hear a male Vint on the grid! ;) Ow, and history has learned us that castration works too.
A special Flickr group for ‘Shots of everything going wrong in SecondLife. Unrezzable avatars and objects, “ruthed” avatars, wheapon attacks, spam attacks, sparked prims, messed up attachments, and the list must go on!’? Finally, SecondLife Oddities was born. The proud single-mom: CodeBastard Redgrave. Amongst my favorites in the oddities-pool: Looker Lumet ruthed (I guess he’ll have to wait ’till the 25th now, as the update of the 1.14 client was postponed. All *purrr*, please! :d), Marquez Tone looking handsome as ever and overall winner: Arahan Claveau’s T-shirt Glitch the misprinted texture itself sums up the situation nicely: ‘Region Unavailable’, ‘Damn SL’, ‘DAMN U SL!’ ‘The need to sort it out’ ‘Morons’. I’d even volunteer to wear that T-shirt! :d
Tiessa has a new chapter posted on her - awesome - blog: Would you dance with me? (See Tiessa, I didn’t use ‘bimbo’, ‘mistress’ or ‘bdsm’ to link to you. I’m a good girl now, no? ;))
You can actually add your flickr stream as a blog to mybloglog.com. Nice! Does that mean I’m getting (basic) statistics on that one too now? *Purrrs*
And a bit about me and the blog:
Would anybody be interested in receiving a notification e-mail when a new blogpost is posted and the ability to subscribe to certain posts so you get notified when new comments are made? Or do we all know about co.comments and feedreaders? If interested, say so, and the necessary wordpress plugins will be added. ;)
A lot of people told me to update my ‘About’ page and I agree it needs some changes, but I don’t know what to put there. Any suggestions? (Humor is allowed here, but do know that although my footsize is 0 most of the time, my tows are easily stepped upon! ;)
Recently when logging in to my second life, SL tells me that I have to much IM’s waiting and they are capped off. So until I get a spam-protected contact form working, the safest way to contact me is to drop an e-mail at info at thisdomain dot com. *look at the url bar in your browser* :p