Seanchai Library’s “Welcome Summer” weekend

This weekend, Saturday May 19th and Sunday May 20th,  the Seanchai Library will host a Welcome to Summer Weekend featuring a variety of summer-themed events to benefit their home at the Community Virtual Library (CVL) Estate (SLurl).

In addition to the events, the scenic parcel on Imagination Island will be fitted out with picnics, blankets and other trappings of summer. Chief among these features will be “The Narrows” – a surf wave running along the North border of the sim from the creations of noted Second Life surf creators Heather Goodlife and Sebastian Saramango. “The Narrows” features perilous off-sim rocks, a shark, a kraken, and free surfboards so everyone can “catch the wave.” Residents are encouraged to enjoy the summer features of the sim all weekend long. Imagination Island is a Mature rated sim.

Events

All times SLT

Saturday 19th May:

  • 13:00 – Summer Stories read by the Seanchai Staff
  • 14:00 – Lightning Productions present their Tribute to the Beach Boys concert
  • 15:00 – More tales of sun, sand and surf

Sunday 20th May:

  • 16:00 – Summer Stories
  • 17:00 – Beach Party hosted by DJ Derry McMahon

All events are free, with all donations received to benefit the Community Virtual Library.

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Kev Sweetwater passes away

Daniel Voyager brings sad news that Second Life resident Kev Sweetwater has passed away in real life. He was 35.

Active within Second Life since 2008, Kev was heavily involved in BURN2, the Department of Public Works and SL8B, serving as a core team lead in all three, as well as being an advisor to the LEA.

A special commemoration and celebration of Kev’s SL life will be held on Saturday May 19th at the Burning Man Deep Hole region, from 18:00 through 21:00 SLT. All those who knew him, or who wish to remember his contributions to Second Life are invited to attend, memorials may be made to standup2cancer.org.

In addition, a photo memorial  to Kev is being arranged: those wishing to contribute Second Life snapshots are asked to contact Marianne McCann in-world.

Condolences are offered to Kev’s family, and all who knew him in Second Life.

Given Daniel and Kev were close friends, I would ask that you leave messages of sympathy on Daniel’s blog as a mark of respect of their friendship and Daniel’s loss. Comments are therefore closed here. Thank you. 

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Marketplace Update: DD migration pushed to August

Updated 19th May: The Commerce team have responded to payment issues. See the comments after this article.

The Commerce Team issued a further update on the status of ongoing work to fix various issues relating to both Direct Delivery and listings problems. Indeed, the announcement itself may have been prompted by a cascade of Tweets directed at Linden Lab’s CEO by frustrated merchants late on the 16th May These both requested help with the non-payment issue (outlined later in this piece) and appealed for news on Direct Delivery issues given the revised migration deadline of June 1st is fast approaching without any clarification on matters from LL having been received since April 26th.

The update is reproduced here in full. For those concerned about Direct Delivery migration, please note the final paragraph of the announcement.

[UPDATE: May 17, 2012]

We continue to work outstanding Marketplace issues.

Performance continues to improve on the Marketplace web site. With our deploy last week, we fixed a couple of JIRAs and order processing sped up, which led to some orders getting stuck in the Queued state (which means no money has been taken from the customer nor have any items been delivered). Orders got stuck because other portions of the system struggled to keep up. Stuck orders were Aborted, and a fix was made to decrease the number of orders getting stuck in the Queued state going forward while we work on a longer term fix. 

Here is the status of the remaining issues:

  • (WEB-4587) Listings show up with images from other Merchants listings
    Current status: we have identified the problem and are working on testing the fix.
  • (WEB-4696) Deleted listings appearing in search results for consumers and in Merchant Admin.
    Current status: we continue to work on this issue, and have decreased the incidence of these occurrences.
  • (WEB-4441) Orders stuck in Being Delivered
    Current status:  we are actively working on this issue and will focus our fixes on Direct Delivery purchases.
  • (WEB-4567) Bulk delete failing.
    Current status: the work-around on this is to delete each item. We continue to work on resolving this.

One other question that has come up frequently as we get close to June 1, is around Direct Delivery migration dates. We will not be requiring Merchants to migrate to Direct Delivery before August 1, 2012, and will give at least a 4 week notice for any shutdown dates. [my emphasis]

The Commerce Team

In the meantime, Merchants are becoming increasingly concerned over the non-receipt of payments from good sold. The crux of the issue has been raised in a forum post (which itself links to an earlier and more involved post on the subject). A JIRA has also been raised on the issue as well. So far, there has been no response from the Commerce Team on this latter issue.