Linden Lab invites users in-world for exclusive 1-day message!

Linden Lab Town Hall Island - focus for a special message (image: Linden Lab)
Linden Lab Town Hall Island – focus for a special message (image: Linden Lab)

The start of the month is always a good time to make important announcements, so it should come as no surprise that on Friday, April 1st, the Lab are making am exclusive announcement. You may have already heard about it, but I thought I’m help spread the word, just in case 😉 .

Because of the nature of the announcement, which features a special message featuring guest announcer Rick Astley, it is only available in-world, so the Lab have opened the 4-region Town Hall Island to ensure as many people as possible can get to hear it.

The blog post announcing the news reads in part:

You may have heard that in addition to continued work to improve Second Life, Linden Lab is developing a new platform for user-created virtual experiences, code-named Project Sansar. (If you’d like to learn more about it, check out some of the recent press in our media archive.)

Project Sansar is not a sequel to nor a replacement for Second Life, and that the two will run in parallel. Although different from Second Life in a number of respects, Project Sansar has understandably aroused the interest and curiosity of many Second Life Residents. We’re very grateful for that enthusiasm! While it’s still very early for Project Sansar, today we have a special message to share in-world –  exclusively with Second Life Residents.

When visiting the regions, do make sure you have media enabled, in order to hear Mr. Astley and the message. And remember, as the official blog post states – this message is only available for today, April 1st, 2016.

Addendum: as some appear to be having issues with the message, it is also available here.

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Forget the Higgs boson: CERN confirms the existence of The Force

In a startling piece of news delivered on April 1st, 2015, it was announced that physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider have, in their search for all things force related, discovered positive proof for the existence of THE Force.

The CERN press release revealing the news opens:

Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider just recently started testing the accelerator for running at the higher energy of 13 TeV, and already they have found new insights into the fundamental structure of the universe. Though four fundamental forces  – the strong force, the weak force, the electromagnetic force and gravity – have been well documented and confirmed in experiments over the years, CERN announced today the first unequivocal evidence for the Force.

A spokesperson for CERN, merely described as “diminutive” and “green” in the press release, is quoted as referring to the discovery as, “very impressive, this result is.” However, other researchers are more forthcoming on the matter, including one Ben Kenobi, of the University of Mos Eisley, Tatooine, who is quoted as describing the new discovery thus: “The Force is what gives a particle physicist his powers. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us; and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.”

Despite not knowing precisely what causes The Force, CERN researchers are already putting in to use, as CERN librarian Tullio Basaglia demonstrates, returning books to their correct places on the shelves. Other uses of The Force arre said to include lifting heavy objects in swamps ... (images courtesy of CERN)
Despite not knowing precisely what causes The Force, CERN researchers are already putting in to use, as CERN librarian Tullio Basaglia demonstrates, returning books to their correct places on the shelves. Other uses of The Force arre said to include lifting heavy objects in swamps … (images courtesy of CERN)

Interestingly, the release goes on to note that while no-one is quite sure as to what actually causes The Force, CERN researchers and students have already started harnessing its unique properties. Apparently, practical applications that have already been discovered are listed as long-distance communication, influencing minds, and lifting heavy things out of swamps.

Kenobi is credited with first outlining the properties of The Force in his research paper, May the Force be with EU, in which he notes the vital role played by CERN’s new R2 units, and the Thermodynamic Injection Energy (TIE) detector, recently installed at the LHC.

However, the report also indicates that the discovery hasn’t entirely gone down well with researchers elsewhere.

Dark Matter physicist Dave Vader, who is apparently somewhat asthmatic, or at least a heavy breather, dismissed CERN’s announcement before stating he would be furthering his research into the Dark Side of matter physics, and opened an invitation for others to cross over and join him. Physicists who look good in dark robes are said to be particularly welcome.

The entire report makes fascinating reading, and I’d strongly encourage anyone with an interest in particle physics to give it a read. Assuming it remains visible after April 1st 😉 .

It’s the first of the month…

Note: To all those who have been poking me about the big secret in the Firestorm video. Yes I am aware – admittedly after-the-fact, as I didn’t check the link at the time, so egg-on-face to me! However, Jessica informed me what was really going on not long after I’d blogged, but asked me to keep mum, as the hope had been that people would discover it for themselves (hence why I’m still not mentioning it here, although the cat is out of the bag elsewhere). There is yet more to come on this; again I’ve been asked to hold-off blogging on it to allow the fun to be had!

Yes, it’s April 1st, and time for the tradition of April Fools jokes. Last year, Firestorm hit the nail on the head with their Firestorm Mobile hoax, which was beautifully conceived and executed. In some ways, it was perhaps too successful, given the upset that came from some who didn’t pick-up on the hints throughout.

This year, they’re back with another video, introducing the Firestorm DUI.

It’s a cute video, but I can’t help thinking that it would have worked a lot more effectively as an April Fools joke had it been approached with the same gravitas as marked last year, and  leaving the reveal until the end rather than announcing the intention in the title and the opening few seconds of the video. Nevertheless, the video should raise a smile or two, and I also have to say…

Jessica, really! Such language! 😉  .

Catzip are also into the April Fools theme this year as well. More low-key than Firestorm, they’ve issued an April 1st Press Release concerning the revolutionary Catzcoin:

The long-awaited next version of the Catznip Viewer™ for Second Life™, Catznip R9 will ship with its own built-in peer-to-peer crypto-currency, CATZCOIN™.

CATZNIP R9 users will be able to mine CATZCOIN while logged in without impacting viewer performance. The longer they use Second Life with Catznip the more CATZCOIN they will generate. CATZCOINS will be tradeable for L$, US$, Dogecoin, BitCoin and directly for virtual goods in Second Life via the CATZAPI™.

Catzcoin: not available real soon!
Catzcoin: not available real soon!

A Revolutionary Digital Currency for your Digital Second Life.

Earning and spending CATZCOIN in Second Life will reinvigorate in world commerce, helping customers to be more active and involved. Hot spots allow store owners to boost traffic by offering CATZCOIN mining surges while preventing campers thanks to our patent pending CATZNAP™ anti AFK wizardry. CATZCOIN means real anonymous people earning and spending in world.

 CATZNAP™ anti AFK wizardry ensures the most active SL users mine the most!

  • FREE Achievements and CATZCOIN hats in Second Life for major milestones!
  • CATZEYES™ for easy CATZCOIN block inspection!
  • Firestorm integration with our CATZCLAWS™ P2P protocols.
  • CATZCOIN surges for members of the CATZPURR™ mentor and live help programs!
  • The really awesome CATZCOIN logo. So awesome you want it on a mug.
  • No chance of being bought out by Facebook. Ever.

The “mug” link (there’s a hint there as well, in the use of “mug”, methinks!) will take people to a Cafe Press page (which is genuine) where anyone who enjoyed the joke or who wants to support Catznip and purchase merchandise. Proceeds from any sales will go towards offsetting costs involved with paying for the project’s VPS server.

Start April with a one-day offer from the Firestorm team!

It’s the start of April, and for ONE DAY only, the Firestorm team have a very special offer for SL users.

Firestorm Mobile brings the power for Firestorm to any mobile device – even if it doesn’t have graphics!  So don’t delay find out more about this first-of-the-month offer for April in this official Firestorm video!

With thanks to Jessica 🙂