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While the debate and protests over the Open Space sims rages on the rest of the world continues on.  Here’s a bit of what’s coming up this weekend on or about Angel Square.

Friday: It’s Halloween.   There will be a party at the Crown.  Prad is in charge of decorating this year.  I really don’t need to say anything else do I??  Good.  The sploder will be going, DJs will be DJing and the dead will walk again.  Wait, that’s a normal friday night at the crown. 😉  Eh, it’ll be good times.  It’s also the last day the Crown will be on Angel Square.

Saturday:  The Crown moves.   The Crown and Pearl moves to her own island to the east of Angel Square.  Little place called….  wait for it….. Crown and Pearl. hahaha   Starting Saturday if you use the Angel Square Landmark you’ll end up in my house. lol  While I love you all to bits, I don’t need ya all hanging about while I’m gettin dressed so delete the old lMs!!!  No perving Bailey!

Monday or Tuesday:  Official Opening of the gallery at Angel Square.   Invites will go out today or tomorrow to the artists I’m asking to participate for the opening.  The point of the gallery is to give artists a chance to participate that wouldn’t  normally get an invite to a big gallery.  For that reason I will rotate artists.  That doesn’t mean you won’t come back, it just means someone else is getting a month. 🙂  I’m all about being fair here.  There will be 7 artists.  A new theme every two weeks.  As popularity grows artists will rotate so everyone gets a chance.  If you want to be considered, drop me an IM or a comment here.  The first theme is *Myself*.  In one pic, show us who you are.  Show us that piece of you that maybe we don’t see.  All work must be your own or creditted to the original artist.  For the first showing, drop your full perm pics on me and I’ll put them up.

Expect to see a notice about a bar quiz in the near future. 🙂  Maybe Sunday afternoon…..

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The Open Space sim debate rages on.  Vint posted this last night.  Interesting post.  If it’s true, and I’ve no reason to doubt Vint, then it would *appear* that LL wants to get into the Open Space sim rental business.  Why else would they build this stuff on an OS?  But why tell us(the residents) that this is not what they were intended for and then go and do it themselves?  Good question.

Now I totally understand the concept of paying for performance.  Want better and faster, it’s gonna cost ya.  Want more bells and whistles, it’s gonna cost ya.  So, if LL tells me, you can keep your OS with the 3,750 prims and continue to use it as a club with 40-50 avatars every night and blinding particles and intense lag you go right along doing that but it’s gonna cost you more.  I’m more or less ok with that.  The drain on resources becomes another issue altogether. 

The problem is, I don’t have a club on BaileysReach.  It’s just my house and whole bunch of plants.  I’ve never had more than 5 avs there at a time.  Most of the time it’s just me, sitting there while I’m doing something else.  My usage and the usage of the above club owner are totally different.  Should we both be paying the same?  You wouldn’t pay the same money for a Porsche that you would for a Volkswagen right? 

So here is my suggestion:  Pay for what you use.  I’m sure LL can come up with another tier level to bill on.  Or even multiple levels.  One size fits all never really works.  With so many different uses for the Open Space sims why not simply offer multiple use levels.  High traffic/use gets one tier fee.  Waterways, roads, true void sims gets a different tier fee. 

Suggestion #2:  Implement controls to match use.   You can’t give me an island with 3,750 prims and then say, but you aren’t supposed to use them.  Sorry, that’s silly.  Eventually I’m going to push the limits imposed on me.  Don’t give me limits and watch out!  So, put controls in place.  If I buy an Open Space at a waterway level, it should have few prims available and a low price.  The number of av’s allowed should be low as well.  The reverse goes for a club level, lots of prims and a higher price.

Jack Linden has another meeting in world today. I’m at work with no access so I won’t be able to attend.  If you go, remember, nasty verbal abuse gets us no where.  Be respectful, go with suggestions and constructive comments.

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24 hours later…

So, 24 hours have gone by since the big Open Space announcement by LL.  I’ve seen ranting, protests, hundreds of blog posts addressing it and the chat log from the emergency meeting with Jack Linden.  I’ve no idea what’s going to happen.

Will LL revise their plan?  I’d like to think so.  The residents of SL are the backbone of their product.  Without us, SL ceases to exist.  So if they’ve listened at all they’ll rethink their plan on the OpenSpace sims. 

If LL doesn’t revise their plan, then what.  Well, I’ve heard people saying they are dumping all their OpenSpaces.  I’ve heard some land owners and content creators threaten to leave SL entirely.  Well that’s a bit silly if you ask me.  Dumping the OS’ sure, leaving SL completely, no.  If you love the place then you’ll find a way to work with what we have.

I’ve done some more thinking, read many blogs about it and I’ve got some thoughts on the whole thing.  If you want to read some of the recap and find the other blog links, go over to Vint’s blog.  She’s organized them quite nicely.  Crap also has a flickr group dedicated to the Open Spaces that may be lost forever.

So here are my rambling thoughts on the whole thing..

1. Estate owners have been bitching about not having their sims entirely rented out.  The lowering of the price and increase in prims on  the Open Spaces is a direct result of this IMO.  If you could have an entire island to yourself for the same price as a 1/4 of a normal island what would you do?  Just look at how many OpenSpaces there are now and how many empty plots there are on the islands.  I won’t even go into mainland because I’m not familiar enough with it to comment.

2.  Open Space sims had their prims increased and the  prices lowered.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what’s gonna happen.  And look!  It happened!  For the most part, I imagine the majority of people have not abused them.  Some people have though.  Too many avs, too many scripts, too many textures etc etc.  I think the abusers should be paying more for their over use of the system resources. 

3.  Offer more options.  Instead of offering only 2 types of sims, offer 4.  Main sim as it is today.  Void sim that is truly open space and strictly limited to # of avatars, script usage and prim count.  All of which being very low.  I’d add two *light* sims.  One with 1700 prims and one with 3750.  Then price them accordingly.  It’s a service contract, you pay for the service you want.  I’m sure LL has the ability to do this now too.  This seems to be a better model which will not punish anyone for staying in the boundaries and will get those who wish to push the limits to pay for the privilege.  Now put all the heavy users together on their own servers which they are paying a premium to have.  Does this make sense to anyone besides me?

4.  In the 2 years I’ve been in SL, i’ve seen residents up in arms over a number of topics.  SL5B, lowering of island prices, ad farms etc etc.  Never have I seen such an outcry against LL as I’ve seen the last 24 hours.  It’s good to see so many residents standing up for what they believe in.  Just remember, in order for a protest to work, you need your apponent to listen to you and agree with you.  This isn’t going to happen without rational ideas and suggestions.  As a professor of mine used to say, "Do not complain to me unless you have a suggestion for a solution."    Simply complaining does nothing.  Give LL suggestions that make sense for everyone. 

5.  At the end of the day LL will do what they want.  It’s their world.  Those of us committed to SL will figure out a way to survive.  If content creators/designers/land owners leave, that will simply open a door for some smart cookie to take their place.  Life is about change.  Stand still and you’ll get run over.

Jack Linden said in the chat of the emergency meeting yesterday that LL may change the plans for the Open Spaces.  I look forward to seeing that.  I think the future is going to be an interesting place.  I’ll be in SL watching it from a strip of beach on Angel Square.

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LL announced their new policy on openspace(OS) sims yesterday here .   Tier prices going up, upfront cost going up, as of January 1, 2009.  Read the post… I’ll wait.  Welcome back.  So, this is what it all means.  When LL lowered the prices on OS sims and double the prim count they had to know we’d use them for other than water and landscaping sims.  If they didn’t realize it…. well I don’t believe that.

So, now that a lot of people have bought them and some use them appropriately, some don’t.  LL is going to try to rectify that situation.  The open spaces aren’t going away, the prices are just going up.  I understand LL’s point in all of this.  I’m a sim owner and I own 3 OSs.  I’ve never over used them.  Yes, i’ve had people living on them but they’ve not overused them.  Will I keep them?  That’s a good question.  I’ve got a couple months to decide what to do with them.

So the blogosphere and the forums and the in world groups are going nuts.  One thing Prokofy Neva said last night that I agree with is that instead of bitching, get a group together, make a petition, get signatures and go to the Lindens with our suggestions.  Yelling and bitching will not change the situation.  Making reasonable suggestions to LL does.  Here are mine:

1.  Instead of having the ax fall on January 1, grandfather the current OSs until March 2009.  This will do 2 things.  There won’t be a flood of abandoned sims on January 1st.  Two, it will give current OS owners and LL an opportunity to evaluate the usage on these sims accurately.  This brings me to point 2..

2.  Create 2 kinds of OS.  The water/landscape only lower prim sim at the current pricing and the higher prim/higher use sim and the higher pricing.  If you currently have a populated OS that you don’t want to lose, you keep it and pay more.  If you are ok with dropping the prim count and really using it for light use, then you pay less.

Those are my 2 suggestions.  LL knows which OS sims are abusing what they were intended for.  Instead of punishing everyone, they should go to those owners directly and deal with them. 

As an island owner though, I do see some good coming from this.  All those folks renting on OSs, will either get their rents increased or will need to find a new home.  I see island land prices going back up and the available land being snatched up.  I have land available on Angel Square.  I don’t plan to raise the prices or rents to take advantage. 

It’ll be interesting to see what happens.  As always, LL throws a curve and those of us who are really committed will work out how to deal with it.

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A few people have posted about the Crown lately.  It seemed appropriate that I do the same.  After all, she’s my baby. 🙂

For those who may not know, The Crown and Pearl is the bar owned by Prad Prathivi and myself.  A place built out of love and friendship.  Built for good conversation, dancing, fishing and great friends.

It has no doors…. everyone is welcome.

It has no roof…. the sky is the limit on your imagination.

It has no walls…. we are open and welcoming

It is a bar but it is so much more, it’s a family.

DJ’s playing good music, good people laughing and carrying on, new residents learning the way of SL from friendly helpful people…

a family.

 The Crown and Pearl is a family, a family you can choose to be a part of.  Come in sit a spell, join the conversation.  If we laugh, it’s not at you, it’s with you.  It’s a family I’m proud to be a part of.

Prad and I have tried really hard to make sure the Crown is an environment that everyone wants to be a part of.  No commercialsim, no naked newbs with frenis’, not many annoying gestures. 😉  We wanted people to want to be there. 

Thank you to everyone for helping to make it what it is today.   If I try to name you all, I’ll miss someone and feel dreadful.  So I’ll just say, Thank You!

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Well it seems a little bit of controversy is good for the not only the soul but the blog stats too. LOL  Last weeks discussions of freebies was certainly interesting.  Fortunately I didn’t get the hate mail/comments that Ana and Prad did.  I will never understand how viscious people can be simply because they either don’t agree, or don’t understand.  Anyway, enough about serious stuff for now.  The economics of SL won’t crumble in a day or two.

 If you want to read something laugh out loud funny, then go read Prad’s blog.  His latest post is sheer genius.  I warn you though, put beverages down before reading.  I will not be responsible for you spewing (insert beverage of choice here) on your monitor or keyboard.  Nor will I be held responsible for the pain and suffering of your nose when the above occurs.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  😛

Lands was a busy blogger too.  Her post about the Women of Crown is really lovely.  Gave me a warm feeling inside.  These ladies are family and you mess with one of them, you take  your life in your hands.  Just sayin…  Her reflections on RL and SL are awesome too.  I’ve got a post floating around in my head about that too.

Yesterday was the 1st annual pub/bar crawl.  Sponsored by Molaskey’s and organized by Nasus Dumart.  It was a lot of fun.  I wasn’t able to go out to the other bars, I was DJing the event for the Crown but it seemed to be a success.  It was nice to meet some new people, make some new friends.  I hope everyone stops back at the Crown in the future. 🙂

I spent some time working on the gallery.  I think it’s just about ready to open.  Invites will go out in the next few days.  Each artist will have a  panel in which to display their work.  Themes will change frequently.  Each artist will need to change their art every 2 weeks or so.  Details will go out soon.  I realize there are loads of galleries out there. This is meant to be constantly changing.  A commentary on SL itself with things changing in world at such a quick pace.

The Crown moves soon.  She’s all grown up now, moving to her own island.  *sniffs*  Her father and I are so proud.  She’s grown up to be the warm, friendly and welcoming place we’d always hoped she be.  She turns one year old soon.  There will be a party.  Lots of cake. 🙂 You must come. 🙂

That’s it from me for now.

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Wow.  It amazes me how quickly people can jump to personally attack someone on their own blog.  Yesterday two blogs, Ana’s and Prad’s started a discussion about freebies in SL.  Now I don’t know Ana other than what I read on her blog.  I do know Prad though.  If he takes up a serious topic on his blog, it’s because he has an opinion he wants to share. 

After reading his post and Ana’s I added one of my own.  You can read it here .  After following the comments all day and then catching up on Plurk when I got home, what is amazing to me is how quick some people were to jump to attack Ana and Prad for starting a discussion about a topic that in my mind needs to be discussed.  It doesn’t mean everyone needs to agree.  In fact, it would be sad if we did all agree on everything.  I enjoy a good honest debate, but when people start making personal attacks, that’s wrong.  Is it that they have nothing to say but want to *participate*?  Or are they simply seeking attention for themselves?  I don’t know.  Maybe a bit of both.

I resisted starting a blog for a long time.  Reason… I didn’t want to subject myself to either having no one read the blog or to having the personal attacks.  It occurred to me though, I write it for myself.  If someone reads, great!  As far as personal attacks, no one has yet.  If they do, I stand behind what I write here.  If you disagree with me, tell me.  Argue your point.  Hey, you may even change my mind!

So, to get back to yesterday and the freebie discussion.  A few things occur to me.

1.  Most people like getting freebies in one way or another.  Well who doesn’t really, especially if it’s something well done and given to you by the creator for one reason or another.  I certainly don’t turn down group gifts.  Nor do I refuse gifts from my friends who are content creators.

2.  Most store owners want to increase traffic AND sales.  Well this is really a no-brainer.   Announcing a freebie will increase traffic.  Will it increase sales?  Don’t know.  I think there is a 50/50 shot here.  The theory is that the more people who come to the store, the more chance you have to make a sale.  I’d really love to see a test to see if works.  Not hard to do either.  Would take 3 weeks in total.  One week of normal operations.  One week of a freebie.  One week of no freebie but other *advertising*.

3.  Store owners/content creators don’t like the folks who walk around like they are *entitled* to something.  Well really, who does?  I agree it has gotten way out of control.  Whether it’s RL society issues or not, i’m not sure.  I have  noticed though an entire generation of young people who feel they are *owed* something.  I could write an entire blog post on this subject alone, and maybe I will.  My suggestion here, if you have people like this, mute them and ban them.  I  know someone(sorry can’t remember where I saw it) already mentioned this.  I think in the comments of Ana’s post.  You aren’t going to lose a good customer because this person won’t pay for anything in the first place.

So, those are the 3 main things I’ve seen/heard/noted from the discussions yesterday.  Instead of attacking each other, why not get together and do something to try to change what you don’t like and promote what you do?  Run some experiments/tests to see what really improves sales.  I put some suggestions on my post yesterday. 

I may not have a store or be a content creator myself, but I am a consumer.  I spend my $L like a lot of people, pay tier(own a sim and 3 open spaces), and run a bar(The Crown and Pearl) so I do have some knowledge of how things work.  I’d love to see several store owners come together and try something different.  🙂

That’s my 2 cents worth.

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