Issue #354 Friday, June 18, 2010

THE D’NI VOICE

Issue #354 Friday, June 18, 2010

Shorah!

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NEWS:
D’NI WORD OF THE DAY
Rehnehmtahn Later

dho (adv.) how (ex.) How beautiful it is!

GREAT WOLF RESORTS ANNOUNCES AQUISITION OF CONTROLLING INTEREST IN CREATIVE KINGDOMS
LAHI – MOUL Forums

Great Wolf Resorts has bought a controlling interest in Creative Kingdoms which produces MagiQuest. From the article, ” “Since installing our first MagiQuest game at a Great Wolf resort in 2006, this high-tech, interactive live-action adventure game has become a key attraction for our guests. This acquisition allows us to protect an important proprietary amenity and revenue stream.” What does this means for Cyan? Hopefully good things if Great Wolf Resorts considers the game this important.

CCCP BURNT DOWN THE HOUSE!

WOW….what a feathery, fiery night! Incredible music, company, clothing and dance….Beach, you out did yourself there….

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UPDATED METAVERSAL EVENTS

Radio KTDN will be having a fifth anniversary party on Saturday, June 19th all day starting in Watcher’s Sanctuary and moving to Minkata later.

UPDATED COMMUNITY BUSINESSES

Merchant’s Guild June Market Day is underway until June 20. Over 30 businesses will have sales during this time period.

UPDATED EVENTS IN SECOND LIFE

Merchant’s Guild June Market Day entertainment for the week is posted. Serenity Myst will be having an all day celebration on Sunday, June 27 with the Myst Dancers performing at 5:00 PM SLT. Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum will be presenting a lecture: The Wright Connection: Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland on Satuturday, June 19.  Relay for Life Giant Snail Relay Race is Saturday, June 19. CNN iReports has picked this up for their feed.

UPDATED COMMUNITY AREAS

Eder Delin is no longer since we now have the real thing available.

LINDEN LAYOFFS – A GOOD THING?
Nalates Urriah

There is lots of discussion about the layoffs, lots of speculation, lots of gloom and doom. But… this is not the first time 30% +/- of staff has been laid off. Nor is it an indicator that SL is following THERE.com. There are people working with Linden Lab under NDA’s and while they can’t reveal inside information, their personal opinions voiced in their blogs allow us insight to probable realities within the Lab.

Most bloggers have their opinions and speculations on the cause of the layoffs and what it means. I certainly have mine. Based on knowing; the Lindens are known for poor communication skills, that they have a business to run, and an agenda to say things to support their business, one can expect some ineffective spin toward the rosy side from the Lab. But, that does not mean there are not facts and honest statements in their communications. Those leaving LL are likely still NDA bound. Some are leaving with positive attitudes and will likely voice positive opinions. Some likely are negative and they will tend toward sour grapes. We have a mix of information and misinformation, agendas, and mind sets flowing. One has to sort through it as best they can, but our hopes and fears color how we interpret what we read.

Many bloggers write without doing any research and many have no business experience, so in general they have no framework for insight into Linden Lab. I’ve written two articles now that I hope are more objective and point out numbers and facts I’m not seeing most other articles. Also NWN’s and Gwyn both work with LL from outside and have history with LL, I link to some of their writing. That doesn’t make my opinions any better than another’s, I have my hopes and Uru burnt fears.  My articles do give you objective information and links to form your opinions on. The links leading to statistics on SL and LL are to sites you will likely want to bookmark so you can check out other rumors and claims.

In general and in a few words… LL has made some mistakes as the new CEO settles in. This round of layoffs is more likely a course correction more than anything else. Read the articles and see if you agree or not. Be sure to check the comments for even more links.

Are the Linden Lab Layoffs a Good Sign?
http://nalates.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/are-the-linden-lab-layoffs-a-good-sign/

Second Life Layoffs Update
http://nalates.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/second-life-layoffs-update/

PS: I have RL work that is keeping me busy. So, I have not been around SL, Uru, or the forums much.

THE RIVEN SOUND EFFECTS GAME SHOW – POSTPONED
Tanshin – MOUL Forum
June 19, Saturday, 2:00 PM KI Time at the Eastern Time Zone Bevin

“Know the game Riven and it’s glorious musical and sound wonders? Think you know the sound effects well enough to recognize them by ear? Well test your skills at the 1st Riven Sound Effects Game Show!” See the thread for further details. There will be an audience participation portion to this as well. Teamspeak will be used for this due to the unreliability of Cavern chat feature. See link in thread for Teamspeak information. (I helped Tanshin test out Teamspeak 3 and was very impressed with the ease of use and sound quality)

**Tanshin just posted that due to some RL commitments, he won’t be able to have this on Saturday and has posted a link to a Doodle Poll to get the best time for folk. See link here.

OTHER ITEMS:

ENTANGLEMENT
Jay is Games

This game you have to create an unbroken path as long as you can make it without intersecting the path into the wall or the game ends. The board is a set of hexagonal tiles you can rotate using either the arrow keys or mouse wheel to rotate the pieces and the space bar or click to set them. You get points for each hexagon that has a path through it and you can run the path through the same hexagon more than once for extra points. This is a fun little game to while away some time.

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