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Moving this blog [Feb. 17th, 2012|08:51 am]
Jen Shikami
If anybody is still around on LJ, I'm moving this blog to here:

http://www.Vaengi.com

Do drop in and say hello! :)
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Baby fish with pacifier and toys [Sep. 25th, 2009|01:49 pm]
Jen Shikami
We're making breedable fish. Here's a test size of baby fish with equally small toys for it to hold.
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April Fool's Day at Illusions. [Apr. 1st, 2009|07:58 pm]
Jen Shikami
I need to use my SL LJ account more!

Check this out, giant 7Seas fish have invaded Illusions:
http://masklady.blogspot.com/2009/04/inconvenient-truth.html
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Vidal Tripsa's 7Seas review -- and our charity event coming up. [Nov. 21st, 2008|06:41 am]
Jen Shikami
YAY thank you so much Vidal for the New World Notes 7Seas review! :D

And our Child's Play charity event is coming up, so click the link for details.
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7Seas fishing, a blog review. [Nov. 17th, 2008|06:52 am]
Jen Shikami
Here's another great review of 7Seas in Sapphire Jetaime's Shameless Gossip blog. Thank you Sapphire!

Also, anybody wanting to know what I've been up to lately can check the front page of http://7seasfishing.com for news. I've been very fish-focused and we'll be releasing three sets in coming weeks.

We also just did a 7Seas-related interview with Saffia Widdershins of Meta Makeover on http://www.slcn.tv/ .

Regarding SLCN, I am amused that they're calling themselves a "cable" network... it's like they need to use that word to assure us modern space-age virtual reality residents with something familiar.

Even though it actually has nothing to do with cable and is a perfectly cool idea in its own right without claiming to be cable...

Between that and the live programming, I wonder if they're trying to make a case for RL broadcast at some point? Hmmm.
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SL's OpenSpace pricing shift = disaster for LL? [Nov. 5th, 2008|08:17 am]
Jen Shikami
Heh. I guess the mass cancellations and other forms of commentary are sinking in. http://blog.secondlife.com/2008/11/04/openspace-announcement-due-tomorrow/

Even though the actual pricing change won't kick in till the end of December, there really have been cancellations -- judging by my random sample of almost 500 regions which have 7Seas fishing areas, at least ten 7Seas fishing areas shut down temporarily so they could move, within just a day or two of this announcement. That's 2% of all active regions (assuming a random sample, which this probably isn't, but... still!)

(On a side note: 500 fishing areas?! Yay business plan that rocks! And those are just the publically-listed ones. There are many other private areas out there, too.)

While there's no way we would reopen our OpenSpaces _anyway_ since we have plenty of projects to focus on already, I do hope they come up with some reasonable approach for OS that will work for other folks in SL.

Then again, I thought their previous design (1/4 the prims, scripts, and avatar capacity for 1/4 the price) was already ideal... so... whatever, I'll be watching here for today's post:
http://blog.secondlife.com/
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OpenSim rant: No reason to try to code intellectual property support? [Jul. 29th, 2008|11:56 am]
Jen Shikami
Editor's note, added later: As you'll see from the comments, this post is mainly me venting in a frustrated way. I really do understand that this is a technical hurdle that ultimately is only delay/inconvenience, not prevention. I just hope for any virtual world trying to attract creators, that they set up policies that support protection of intellectual property while still allowing for fair use...

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See article: http://secondlife.reuters.com/stories/2008/07/24/opensim-charts-path-away-from-second-life/

There's a lot of good stuff in there, but I must say that as an artist/businessperson, this mortifies me. Good summary quote:
"In OpenSim, by default, no copy protection will exist at all."
Rant follows...Collapse )

To calm myself from this vision of non-loveliness, I keep trying to refer my mind back to the precepts in the excellent "Better than Free" essay. But many of those precepts don't work in a system where copying is rendered SO trivial (deliberately by OpenSim) that the majority of people who enjoy your work may never even *know* you were the original creator.

I can see how 7Seas Fishing might work in this context, especially given A) our accounts will soon be driven by an external database which we CAN keep control of, and B) you could already get all the fish from other people without paying us anything, but people want the sense of accomplishment from catching them themselves.

But everything else we have built or might want to build, and anything you might want to build that doesn't require external code hooks? Oh well, nevermind. Hope you like people taking advantage of you.

While I admire open source developers, I generally prefer it when they don't set up a scenario that dooms their users to pour their efforts into what is essentially the public domain.
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Flotsam Beach Map, 2008-07-27 [Jul. 28th, 2008|11:49 pm]
Jen Shikami
Flotsam Beach Map, 2008-07-27
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AFK = Gryffindor student [Jul. 24th, 2008|10:42 pm]
Jen Shikami
Go AFK for a couple minutes around a couple of builders... and they'll dress you up as a wizard, see.
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S.S. Mocha field testing [Jul. 16th, 2008|07:38 am]
Jen Shikami
Meissa and I are testing our new coffee cup boats. She's using a toothbrush as an oar and has a nifty captain's hat. I'm using a spoon oar and a sugar cube hat! Zzzzz...
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