November 21, 2008

The Grand Tour - 40 hours of Fun....

Announcing the Departure of the Grand Tour......Tickets available inworld on the Independent State of Caledon Notices, which includes Landmarks to all events.

Balls are formal attire unless otherwise specified.

You may also contact myself or any of the organizers of other nations for a ticket and itenerary....

The Grand Tour, to bring all our nations and groups together to demonstrate why we stay, and what is important.

Saturday, November 22

4am Colonia NovaToga Party, featuring classical Greek and Roman music, Colonia Nova Docks, Inspiration Park, and Three Muses Park - Rose Springvale

6am New Toulouse - All Day Celebration - Welcome Home Mama Cree, come as you are -Gabrielle Riel

8am Orcadia Wyre Ball - Otenth Paderborn

10am VictorianaWhite Queen Ball*Ripening of Diamonds* A diamond head piece will be awarded to the person selected as the Winter Queen. The Ripening of Diamonds is valued over $L500. - Circe Skytower

12 Noon Neufriedstadt Formal Ball in the Schloss Neufreistadt, featuring German Composers and waltzes - Rose Springvale

2pm WinterfellWinterDance - Mediaeval & Renaissance Music - Serra Anansi

4pm Caledon CarntaighTulips in the Snow - Gabrielle Riel

6pm New Babbage - Autumn Mystery Ball - Breezy Carver

9pm Steeltopia - SteelCobra Calamari

11pm Caledon Argylle - Edward Pearse

Sunday November 23, 2008

5am Al Andalus Flamenco and Spanish music and dancing - Rose Springvale

7am Isles of Fatima - Ice Skating to Holiday Music in a Beautiful Winter Garden - Fatima Ur

9am Giggleford/Eynehallow Ball - Soliel Snook

11am Caledon Early Birds at the ForresterCeltic Forest Tea and Dance - Abigail Raymaker

12 Noon WunderbarWALTZ in the WUNDERBAR BALLROOMDo you love to waltz? Does the music of Johann Strauss put a smile on your face? Would you like to see how crazy King Ludwig of Bavaria went broke, furnishing a castle? Then join us for an elegant waltz event! 21:00 bis 23:00 UhrDress in your finest formalwear and join us at the beautiful Wunderbar Ballroom castle. DJ Lorelei Saintlouis will play the best waltzes, Dann kommen Sie bitte in Ihrer besten eleganten Kleidung in unserem einzigartig schoenen Wunderbar Ballroom. Mit DJ Lorelei Saintlouis - Poppet McGimsie

1pm Antiquity Ball - A Formal Ball Welcoming Winter to Antiquity - SadieRose Beaumont

3pm The Ladies who Prefer Ladies Dance at the Bashful Peacock - Muse Carmona

5pm Steelhead - Castle Wulfenbach hosts the Grand Tour at Steelhead Boomtown - TotalLunar Eclipse

7pm Prop Spinners Pub in Caledon Steam SkyCity - Thadicus Caligari

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You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

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November 5, 2008

Corporate BS from The Lab Which Cannot Be Named

My post on the SL forums re: M's "New Deal"
Oh Dear
Have read and digested the latest song and dance from TLWCBN.
I am beyond disgusted. That is the biggest pile of egregious corporate BS I have had to scrape off my shoes in a long time.
There is no hard evidence to date that the problems you are having with load is caused by the OS sims - and darn good evidence to suggest that it is self inflicted - please check your JIRAs on your buggy viewers. Since TLWCBN claims an inability to measure this load, your customers (as usual) are doing the heavy work here. Heck of a business model you have here M, get your customers to do your R & D, debugging, PR, Orientation, Infrastructure work.....and then stick it to them with huge price increases as performance of the product plummets.

Some business owners have found that treating their customers with respect, and using Customer Service Models (google it) are an effective way to build customer loyalty. Playing very childish and transparently manipulative games with your Very Intelligent customer base (many of whom run the aforementioned successful businesses) is ultimately self defeating and will result in your well deserved failure. A good business school usually has many models of both types of business, perhaps a review is in order.

Your customers are both recreational users and businesses whose customers are recreational users. We do not HAVE to be here, we are here for fun - that is your product. You are creating a fun and VERY experimental world model for people to play in. If your customers (or your customer's residents) are being made miserable constantly they will not come back. And your customers cannot run a business in a world with poor performance and worse business practices. The mistake being made by too many is thinking this is some sort of business service you offer. This is a game that some people are making a bit of money doing, and a couple may even scrape out a living for a while. If they work day and night to keep their residents well served. The current LL management is definitely not contributing constructively to that either.

The Plan - Which is IMHO the original plan all along - and is an attempt to reduce the total number of OS sims on the grid in order to prop a poorly managed land market - and make up the difference on the backs of the residents (and taking no responsibility yourselves for your own mismanagement)... please note I am a resident of Caledon and this is specific to my friends and neighbors there who are affected by this price gouging.
hmmm....... $75.00/mo for 750 prims, not to be used for undefined "habitation" or rented. Yeah, I don't think so .

So the new product they were rolling out is the new "openspace", which is lower prims than the old "void" sims, with a 10 avatar limit and script and resource limits TBA......

The current product has been renamed the "homestead" and will maintain the 3750 prims, will still go up to $125/mo (but not until July - will step up in Jan to $95), with 20 avatar limit and script/resource limits TBA....

Or buy a Full change and won't even go there.

This fellow M is a true professional manager. He can take the most egregious BS, and make it sound completely reasonable and like he is doing you a favor. Until you do the math.

So for current OS lessors with no changes from TLWCBN or Des - price goes up a little in January and the rest of the way in July = so no real change in policy there. Plus now you get added avatar limits and other limits at LL whim. So this actually is a WORSE offer than the first one for us, as I read this.
I am most anxious to hear Desmond's take on it....

And since the evidence clearly indicates that the problem is not the one they purport to solve with this - we end up again with a dramatic price increase, usage limits, and no net increase in perfomance for the pain.

Please keep in mind this is my synthesis of the current wisdom out there....and most know far more on these subjects than myself.