Volume 1 of the Windlight Quill and Pen is Now Published!

Writings on Second Life…


Volume 1 of the Windlight Quill and Pen is now published! This new literary journal features the following poets and authors from Second Life and real life:

This issue features short stories, poems, fiction, and nonfiction stories from the following authors: R. Crap Mariner, Eleseren Brianna, Glitterprincess Destiny, Kamille Kamala, Dawnbeam Dreamscape, Sabreman Carter, BayJoy, Judith Cullen aka Caledonia Skytower, Huckleberry Hax, Hobby Writer, Journey McLaglen aka Cindy Landers, Bryn Oh, Inara Pey, Ahn Avion, Pieni Resident, and John Herring aka Johannes1977 Resident.

You can view this issue by clicking on the cover below:


You can also view this book in your ebook reader or ebook reader software or table! The book will be available at Barnes and Nobles, Kobo, iTunes, and Scribed soon! In the meantime you can download it from the Smashword:


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Singularity 1.8.7

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

singularityThursday, June 16th saw the first full release of Singularity in almost two years, with version offered for download.

As the release notes explain, the delay in updates for the viewer have been due to a number of reasons – not the least of which was the sad passing of Latif Khalifa (to whom this release is dedicated), and also the departure of one of the viewers core developers for pastures new. There have also be various infrastructure and hardware issues which have frustrated attempts at update.

The new release is currently for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit, and Linux 64-bit only, The team hopes to get the Mac version back on track as well, and are currently seeking a Mac developer to help with this.

Given the length of time since the last full release, there have obviously been a lot of changes, including getting back towards parity…

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SL13B talks: amplifying the awesome with Torley and Brett

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Torley (l) and Brett (r) flanks by Jessica with a slice of watermelon and Saffia Torley (l) and Brett (r) flanks by Jessica with a slice of watermelon and Saffia

Meet the Lindens is a series of conversations / Q&A session with staff from Linden Lab, held as a part of the SL Birthday celebrations in-world. These are opportunities for Second Life users to get to know something about the staff at the Lab: who they are, what they do, what drew them to Second Life and the company, what they do, what they find interesting / inspirational about the platform, and so on.

Monday, June 20th saw Torley and Brett Linden sit down with Jessica Lyon and Saffia Widdershins, this article hopefully presents some “selected highlights” of the chat, complete with audio extracts from my own recording of the event. To hear the conversation in its entirety, please refer to the video at the end of this article.

About Brett and Torley

Brett Linden…

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What we are experiencing is an arc of hate

I have taken the title of this post from an opinion piece written by Doreen Lawrence in the Guardian “Honour Jo Cox by meeting division with compassion – and anger with love.”

I am profoundly discouraged by world events over the last few years. It seems to me that day-to-day brutality has increased in pace with the cynicism of governments and all the powers-that-be as they respond to it. There seems no moral high ground left, no ethical impulse operant in the episodes of violence that convulse us, nor in our responses to them. We divide rather than unite; fear rather than understand. At most there seems a welcoming of apocalypse by all those involved…

Even in situations where violence is not overt, there is a constant stoking of underlying tensions – a building of hatreds in effect in the politics of our nations. The Trump campaign in the US is an obvious example of this as is the anti-immigration focus of some of the Brexit Leave campaigners. In Canada, the last federal election was contested under similar conditions. Luckily in the Canadian case the Harper government, who were stoking the flames of division, were defeated by the Trudeau Liberals who campaigned clearly against them. And I hope similarly that Trump will lose to Clinton, and Brexit Leave to Remain. But even so these results would be but temporary victories in an ongoing state of tension where hatred is stoked by many interests and neighbours turn against neighbour.

Doreen Lawrence, whose son Stephen was murdered in a hate crime, advises us:

As Jo Cox said in her powerful and – reading it again now – heartbreakingly tragic maiden speech just a year ago: “Whilst we celebrate our diversity, the thing that surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency is we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”.

We are and we do. Jo Cox dedicated herself to public service, fighting for those who did not have a voice. And she did so with hope, compassion and justice. Living by those values is how we honour her memory. Meeting division with compassion, resentment with generosity, and anger with love is how we make sure some good comes from her death. That is how we fight the hatred that killed her.

She is right. Hatred only breeds hatred.

I stand in awe of her compassionate wisdom, even if I find the suggested path a toilsome one to walk. But I will try.

A better world is ours to build. Step by step, step-by-step

original photo taken from my flickr



SL reaches its 13th anniversary: it’s time to celebrate

Second Sighting

SL13B: The Story Teller, one of the stages at the event SL13B: The Story Teller, one of the stages at the event

It’s time to commemorate another anniversary of Second Life and its impressive 13 years of full existence – which is a remarkable milestone in this ever-changing tech world. The party at SL13B Community Celebration starts today, June 19, at noon (SL Time) and goes up to June 26. The official anniversary day is the 23rd, when, more than a decade ago, SL left its beta stage.

The turtle stage The turtle stage

SL13B is going to be celebrated by the community at a group of 17 regions with over 200 exhibits and more than 600 performers, DJs and speakers, according to the organizers of the event. The whole schedule can be consulted on their official webpage. And even if the party will come to an and on the 26th, the sims will be kept open for another week, so visitors will still…

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Thoughts on flags & on symbolism

Just over a week ago the Orlando shooting happened. There has been a huge amount of commentary in the intervening period with narratives focussed on terrorism, hate crimes, availability of guns and other societal divisions. As with acts of this nature we can’t know for sure what the killer intended beyond murder and mayhem.

On June 15th on my way to work I took the picture at the top of this post. It was a typical morning. I was walking along Bloor Street from Yonge towards Sherborne Street, head down, minding my own business on my way to work. I looked across the street toward the Manufacturers’ Life insurance Building as I passed it – it is a beautiful building in itself, with lovely greenspace surrounding it and saw that the flag was at half mast – obviously in response to the Orlando shootings. I stopped and in a moment consciously realized that the flag flying in question was the rainbow flag – not the Canadian flag that normally graces that pole.

I’m proud of Manufacturers’ Life for the gesture, for the symbolism, for their bravery in substituting the one flag for the other. There are times when symbolism really matters, and for me this was one of them.

Orlando was clearly a hate crime. To stand with the community singled out, by flying their flag in respect for the tragedy suffered is a gesture of support, of shared identity, of desired healing.

Well done The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company – I’m proud of your values!

original photo taken from my Flickr