Torch Top 5

The Torch Top 5 – 10/3 2014

5) OUYA will come to more devices

OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman announced earlier this week that the storefront, called Discover, will be available to several Android devices. The decision to open it up to more devices than the console itself is inspired by Amazon’s Kindle setup, where you have the Kindle devices, but you can access the books from almost any smart device.

They will put certain hardware requirements on Discover to ensure the customer can play all games offered.

4) Archie is back

The popular 1940′s American Classic comic Archie will be back sometime next year. This is thanks to the star and creator of Girls, Lena Dunham, who has been approved to write a new four-part story about Archie Andrews.
Dunham has been a long-time fan of the series and was sent a box full of Archie comics by the publishers for her research. Within a week she had read them all and pitched a story to the publishers, who approved it right away.

Dunham’s Archie stories will be released sometime in 2015.

3) Power Suit available soon

Italian robotics company Percro has engineered the first publicly available and cost efficient robotic power suit, Continue reading

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10th Relay Season has begun

Everyone is excited for the Relay Season to arrive. The Relay for Life of Second Life is going to have its major events starting this March up until the Wrap up Party in August. The RFL of SL is in its 10th Year of fundraising for the Relay for Life (American Cancer Society).

What happens in Relay for Life?

This is one of the biggest events that happens in Second Life. There are shows, events, parties, shopping, games, etc. that take place. The designers, builders and creators come together to put forth a mega event. All the proceeds go to Relay For Life organization. The total funds raised and the details can be viewed in the Totals Page.

What is special this Year?

This is the 10th consecutive year for Relay. This calls for mega celebrations. The Events this Year are categorized into Mega Events and Special Events.

Upcoming Event:

The Kick-Off Journey


March 7th, 2014 at noon SLT until March 9th, 2014 at 10:30 pm SLT.


American Cancer Society (ACS) Island

How can I contribute to Relay for Life in Second Life?

Apart from being an active participant in the season, you may help in three other ways: Continue reading


A Stroll Through the 2013 RFL Christmas Expo – Part 4

As I continued to walk the cobbled streets of the Peace sim at the 2013 RFLChristmas Expo, I was again struck by the number of great stores occupying this space.  Many are well known to me, such as Evie’s Closet and Aphrodite Shop.  Oh, and in case you don’t know about Aphrodite, they have the nicest café at their in-world location, very family/kid friendly.  Do check it out. Nice way to spend some time with your SL children.

I decided to begin today by visiting some merchants not so well known to me.  DG Designs offers clothing and jewelry.  The RFL vendors included two candy-ribboned formal gowns, and I liked the swing dresses on another wall.  I wasn’t sure if they are mesh or not, but I believe they are.

DG Designs

My actual favorite in the store was the Gatcha machine, offering some really cute holiday pendants.  I played the game and got three fun ones to wear this season, and a duplicate to give to my sister. I may go back for more. DG Designs is also participating in the Expo Bell Hunt and has a Naughty/Nice gift for you to click. Continue reading

It’s Time to Hunt for the Bells!!

The 2013 Relay for Life of Second Life’s Christmas Expo has many fun and exciting activities this year. One fun activity is the Hunt for the Bells Hunt. Below is the official press release for this great event:



DATES: December 5 to 15 (10am slt)


The bells are ringing across the Christmas Expo and it is time to find them! TP into any of the Christmas Expo sims and start hunting for gold bells, which are hidden in some of your favorite merchant shops!

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Torch Top 5

The Torch Top 5 – 25/11-2013

1) Both Sony and Microsoft break milestone sales

Sony Playstation 4 launched the second week of November and the Microsoft Xbox One in the third week. Both consoles sold over one million in less than 24 hours of their respective launches. However, day-after-the-launch reports indicated that several of the Sony machines arrived in a broken or unplayable state. Microsoft has announced they held back a percentage of the manufactured machines in order to replace broken machines right away.

2) WinAmp may be sold or closed

AOL bought the media player and streaming software WinAmp in 1999. Along with the streaming server service Shoutcast, the top internet radio streamer, it has been the number one choice for many internet DJs over the years.
Last week, AOL announced they will close down WinAmp and Shoutcast, but then disclosed that they will possibly sell it to Microsoft.
If Microsoft buys the software, it may be integrated to the Xbox personal radio features for streaming music straight to or from your console.

3) Hammer remakes classic yeti film

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Nekos in Real Life, SL’s NekoZone and InFuZion, and a talk with Fox Daviau

This weeks Virtual World article will be a bit of a whooper, touching not only virtual worlds but some of it’s transition into real life. This week, we’re taking a look at NekoZone, owned by Fox Daviau, and touch a bit about neko in general.

Neko, for those who are new to the concept, is a human with cat features, such as cat ears and a tail. The reason to have cat features, as well as how many features a neko can have, varies and can be simply a pair of ears or as many cat features that the lines between neko and furry (furry: anthropomorphic animal) become blurred. The word comes from Japan and is an abbreviation of the word nekomimi, meaning cat.

Neko isn’t a culture that is entirely virtual.  Since the mid-80′s people have worn diadems with cat ears or belts with tails, but recent technology have made the transformation into neko a bit more realistic. A Japanese company called Nekomimi Inc. released a set of cat ears with an attachment that you put on your forehead (and preferably hide with hair or a hair band) that will read your emotional state and control the ears based on your mood. This is not a “fake science,” like the 60′s mood rings; it actually reads your brain activity (though no thoughts can be read, so don’t worry about mind reading) and acts according to certain patterns.

Both the company that made them and several third party companies have made several “ears” to attach to the device, so you’ll get exactly the type of ears you want. And, it does not stop at cat ears — there are fox ears, dog ears and several different animals out there. If you can think of it, chances are that someone has made it.

I found this demonstration video from Comic-Con in San Diego. Continue reading


Thoughts from the Cyberverse: What’s up with the SL TOS?

Linden Lab changed the Terms Of Service (TOS) for Second Life in mid-August, 2013.  At first nobody reacted, as it looked like the regular things were there.  But recently there has been a controversial storm surrounding the changes.
Some call it “the big content grab” because they have added a clause stating that Linden Lab has permission to use all content made in Second Life for their own purposes without notifying the creator or sharing any eventual revenue from it.

The new text that has caused the uproar is in §2.3 of the TOS:

Except as otherwise described in any Additional Terms (such as a contest’s official rules) which will govern the submission of your User Content, you hereby grant to Linden Lab, and you agree to grant to Linden Lab, the non-exclusive, unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, and cost-free right and license to use, copy, record, distribute, reproduce, disclose, sell, re-sell, sublicense (through multiple levels), modify, display, publicly perform, transmit, publish, broadcast, translate, make derivative works of, and otherwise exploit in any manner whatsoever, all or any portion of your User Content (and derivative works thereof), for any purpose whatsoever in all formats, on or through any media, software, formula, or medium now known or hereafter developed, and with any technology or devices now known or hereafter developed, and to advertise, market, and promote the same. You agree that the license includes the right to copy, analyze and use any of your Content as Linden Lab may deem necessary or desirable for purposes of debugging, testing, or providing support or development services in connection with the Service and future improvements to the Service.

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Burn2 – Burning Man in Second Life

A while back we talked about Burning Man and the coming event Burn2. This weekend it is time to start the celebrations! On Saturday October 19 the sims will open and the organizers promises the closest thing you can get to Burning Man without physically being there.

To help you out at the festival, there are several “rangers”. A ranger is the ones that help the builders get settled at their plots, helping out with issues that might occur and settle disagreements as well as helping the guests to have the best time of their lives. Each of the 30 rangers has gone through between three and five weeks of training and many of them have been around for over five years. One such ranger is Gemma, who have been a ranger for 6 years.  Continue reading

Fantasy Roleplaying in Second Life: Avilion Part 2

Trustees of Avilion reviewing the Combat Parade

Trustees of Avilion reviewing the Combat Parade

Our series, Fantasy Roleplying in Second Life, featuring the sims of Avilion is back with part 2, after a couple of week’s hiatus. In our first installment, we introduced you to the sims of Avilion. In part 2 we will look at the people of Avilion. Continue reading