SLNewspaper on “Why Are You in SL?”

Nothing really more to say about this, other than that it is related to the “SLpurpose” dialogue that’s been going on in this blog and at other places.

Linden Lab’s “Bay City”

OK, so my walkabout led me to the new Linden Lab-commissioned Bay City. By “commissioned,” I mean the new Linden Department of Public Works has built out the rough infrastructure of a multi-sim build with the eventual goal of selling off parcels within this layout. No question – it’s a pretty build. But what is Linden Lab doing getting into content creation? Are they THAT dissatisfied with the quality of their resident-built environment? Has the Second Life contract build consulting market gone so sour that Linden has to prop up these creative minds to help them compensate for the depressed Second Life economy?

And what of the private land owners? Take a look at this comment from the Linden blog:

anyone want to buy a bunch of sims. ill sell them dog cheap. i cant compete with this land giving sl has started so have at my islands i give up!! i have 5 sims and not making anything close to the time i have to put in., buy up there land people. buy into what they are planning to do. its not an open market. its sl thats the market now. just bitter over all this and want out.

It just doesn’t make sense.

Chouchou featured on SLCN’s “Tonight Live”

If you haven’t been to the Chouchou sim, go check it out. It’s remarkably engrossing, especially as a minimalist design (at ground level…the upper level is something else altogether!). My photo from the beach (“Homeless Again“) was taken at Chouchou.

Chouchou (pronounced shoo-shoo) is a Second Life musical act. One’s in the USA, one’s in Japan. They only perform in the Second Life grid, but their music is available at their MySpace page and through their blog. Wonderful, lush, ambient music.

SLCN’s Paisley Beebe showcased Chouchou’s members, Juliet Heberle and arabesque Choche, on “Tonight Live.” (Speed through to the halfway point of the show to hear them play) The emotional response they bring is right up there with Origin Rang…just a totally different form of music. Nice interview, too. Paisley’s a pro.

Definitely worth checking out…the sim, the music, the video.

[UPDATE: Full disclosure – I didn’t take this photo…Aadec Alexandria did.  Any wonder that it’s a “Best of Snapzilla“?]