Friday, 13 June 2008

The Slews - June 12th - Pooky & Hydra report!

From the top of the airship hovering above us to the bottom of the cube rotating on its arc… covering internet madness and scientific gladness in ways to eclectic to set bongo music to….This …is ….the …slews!

P: Good evening Second Nation and here now The Slews!

H: Irass hai mass se kon ban wa oy shee

P: Older than Stonehenge but 3 times as powerful! the Greater Stonehenge Cursus 500 years older than the circle itself.
Has been uncovered! A university of Manchester team has found it. Go Man United!

H: They don’t know what it was used for – but we do know it encloses a pathway which has been made inaccessible.
And that suggests it was either a sanctified area or for some reason cursed.”

P: It is believed that the Cursus was part of complex of monuments, of which Stonehenge was later constructed. And dated some of the cremated human remains from Stonehenge..I’m sorry Hydra, but wouldn’t dating live human remains have made for more fun evening?

H: Researchers in Sweden and Japan report development of a new type of paper that resists breaking when pulled almost as well as cast iron. The new material, called “cellulose nanopaper,” is made of sub-microscopic particles of cellulose and may open the way for expanded use of paper as a construction material.

P: All quiet on the setting sun: Sunspot activity at a standstill - scientists said periods of inactivity are normal for the sun, but this period has gone on longer than usual. “It continues to be dead,” That’s a small concern, a very small concern.” Especially if you are the sunspot program manager.

H: Shuttle Discovery astronauts said goodbye to the International Space Station crew on Tuesday, ending a nine-day mission to deliver a Japanese-made orbital research laboratory.

P: The new Japanese laboratory on the International Space Station has one drawback: It’s so spacious that astronauts floating in the middle of the room can get stranded

H: NASA has nine more flights to complete assembly and resupply of the station by 2010, when the shuttle fleet is due to be retired. The agency also plans a final servicing call to the Hubble Space Telescope in October.

P: Hewlett-Packard, the world’s biggest computer maker, launched a new generation of PCs on Tuesday that respond to users tapping or stroking the screen, potentially bringing user-friendly computing to the masses.

H: :Apple Inc on Monday unveiled a next-generation iPhone with faster Internet access.

P: It will run on advanced wireless networks and sell for as low as $199 — half the current entry-level price.

H: Curious timing! Of all days, Samsung chose the same day launch its flagship device for 2008, a Windows Mobile-based über-phone. the Omnia

P: Google is not making a Gphone, and top Google execs have gone on record, multiple times in the media in the last week, all saying the same thing. Google is engineering an open source multi-platform.

H: In the same way that Microsoft doesn’t make your PC, Google will not be making your new cell phone. Android is a complete mobile phone software stack . Android will be made available as open source via the Apache v2 license..”

P:Kansas public schools are preparing to teach students and their parents about wind as an energy source through a national initiative from the DOE & Renewable Energy Laboratory. It is pairing wind turbines with schools in six states that are just beginning to harness wind energy..

H: Twenty years from now the United States may be getting 20 percent of its electricity from wind power a report this week stated. While Wind energy only accounts for 1 percent of the USA’s electricity, that is a 45 percent leap from last year. The goal is to lead more students toward careers in engineering with a focus on tackling the looming energy crisis.

P:Tuesday night Rep. Dennis Kucinich presented 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush to the U.S. House of Representatives.

H Kucinich’ will move his impeachment resolution forward to the House Judiciary Committee. The thirty-five articles of impeachment were read painstakingly for several hours and will enter the record

P: While oil and gas will someday run out companies still generate a seemingly inexhaustible supply of data:
H: : In an effort to test the results of advertising in its print and online products, Philadelphia Media Holdings created and ran ads on Friday for a fictitious airline The full and partial page ads for Derrie-Air appeared everyehere multiple time in local media outlets

P: early results showed a “clickthrough” rate for the online ads of 1.25 percent, compared with a national clickthrough average of 0.05 percent.”

H: In addition to research, the ads were designed to stimulate conversation about environmental issues and “to put a smile on people’s faces.” But not a happy Meal face on their plates.

P: New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo this week was expected to announced an unprecedented nationwide agreement with Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable that would prohibit subscribers from accessing online bulletin boards and Web sites that distribute child pornography. Other ISPs may join this effort

H: However, The FCC’s Kevin Martin, who permitted bandwidth bidding by companies who could make a “no porn” promise, hit a speed bump. Some say it interferes with free speech and is infeasible

P:, the largest e-commerce site in the country, went down for 90 minutes on Friday afternoon. The site blames the outage on its complex systems.. Ad Age estimates Amazon lost about $1.8 million an hour

H: The outage reportedly sparked outcry and speculation on social chat sites like Twitter. Always the first to know!

P: Steve Ballmer of Microsoft asserted this as a key aspect of Microsoft’s vision: “there will be no media consumption left in 10 years that is not delivered over an IP network. There will be no newspapers, no magazines that are delivered in paper form. Everything gets delivered i electronically “

H: And in other race for inner space news- Google’s CEO predicts that his company will hold up well in a U.S. downturn and claims to believe that Microsoft’s proposed Yahoo buyout is bad for the internet

P: People over age 40 participate heavily in word-of-mouth and value personal recommendations and expert opinions, but they have not embraced social networking or blogs despite being heavy users of other online services

H: For a look at the top 10 networking sites – See, linkedIn growth was above Club Penguin

P: FedEx is proving it can deliver in social networks with a hot new Facebook application. Released less than two weeks ago, the “Launch a Package” application lets users send virtual goods to friends, from little digital trinkets to photos and links.

H: The items arrive in a FedEx box that the recipient opens to reveal the gifts inside. It has 258,000 total installations and more than 15,000 active users.

P: this summer, Disney plans to roll out a new parent-oriented social network so the whole family can make avatars. The new community will be different from emphasizing individual profiles. “This is about when your family becomes your identity over your self,”

H: Waves to MOM , oh I don’t know Pooky, but this will be designed to help parents meet other families in similar lifestages
Disney is also attributing recent growth to its virtual worlds like Pixie Hollow, which, with almost 6 million unique avatars, all looking like the same 6 fairies

P: Teen-skewed social networking site Bebo, recently acquired by AOL, has commissioned another online drama –. “The Secret World of Sam King,” , aiming to blend fact and fiction in the setting of Universal’s London HQ

H: In common with previous Bebo dramas “KateModern” and “Sofia’s Dairy,” the show is financed by product placement arrangements with teen-centered brands.

P: its online dramas are a big draw for its core audience of teenage girls and have helped differentiate the site from MySpace and Facebook I am writing Days of our Second Life- call my agent!

H: AOL’s Open AIM developer platform might be an “often over-looked ” but with 80 million users and plans to integrate the AOL Instant Messenger platform into bebo, it might not be oer-looked for long

P: in fact, it now has 295,000 developers signed up. AOL has been pushing their chat platform hard this year, last month giving out $100,000 for the best AIM-powered applications, and announced the availability of AIM Money, a new revenue sharing program.

H: Millions of Us announced today the launch of a new company, Virtual Greats, aimed at the virtual goods market with, an eye toward celebrity and pop culture. Virtual Greats announced that it had secured the rights for virtual goods based on Justin Timberlake, Elvis Presley, and the upcoming Incredible Hulk film.

P: The goods will include likenesses, and more based on celebrities and entertainment IP. The goods will be available in 60 virtual worlds and social media platforms. Gaia Online is onboard & but already earns over $1 million/month in its own virtual goods sales.

H: If Millions Of Us had to negotiate with the talent to get the IP, including likenesses, how does a site like Stardoll have “virtual dolls” of hundreds of celebrities

P: Successful MMOGs can see $1-2 in monthly Average Revenue Per User however Second Life is monetizing at 5x higher which is $9.30 per user per month

H: their blog posts are prolific too James Au on New World Notes cites over 250 Sl blogs with more added each second

P: Orange Island and Koinup are proud to announce the ‘Orange Island Photo Week’ Contest. From june 9 – 23 The theme of the contest is “One second of reality”.

H: The aim of the contest is to capture an instant of reality, and have viewers believe the photo was taken in RL.

P: The challenge here is to share with the community what for a second seemed real to you. They hope we will go beyond still-life shots and try to show us emotions are real, no matter where they happen. *sighs*There were emotions at the satruday night space club

H: Also in Sl this week Rocket Sellars hosted a discussion on Asteroids which included the very important – how to avoid getting hit by one. At the odds of 1 to 9,000 only 3 times less than the odds of being killedi n a car accident. This could be important.

P: This week the best Of SL was an award show focusing on the reality of what we see feel & hear here. Named Avtar of the Year waas The great Beyers Sellars tireless Lord of the Metanomics who has brought incredible focus, credibility and professionalism to what the monetizing aspects are of this great adventure and platform.

H: Accepting the award for him was the beautiful Bevan Whitfield who was able to set the perfect note with her gracious warmth and whose help has been indispensable throughout.

P: Khriss Lehman’ Botanical Sim was named best overall Sim, and other awards of note .best scripter was given to francis Chung
and best animation to Easy Babcock.

H: In other award news the Worst Of Sl will soon be opening nominations in categories such as Most Unlikely To Succeed, Avatar Most Likely to be voted off the island and Least important Inworld Launch. What Award would you like to win Pooky

P: I just want to hand them out Hydra, not get one, and that is the Slews!

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