The grid instabilities which have been plaguing Second Life for about a week rumble on, with speculation that it’s been caused by griefing, a previously-sighted bug, and just about everything else. Prokofy Neva blames the Patriotic Nigras, calling them “Leninists“, amongst other choice words.
Added to this, there’s been something of a financial meltdown going on, with virtual exchange WSE being hit by a run of scandals and lack of confidence. This, in turn, seems to have hit Ginko’s, the long-running banking system which, it turns out, is a major investor in WSE. Add into the mix the fact that many casino owners have left in the game in the wake of the banning of gambling, and you’ve got a financial system which has taken quite a pounding.
Meanwhile, in the more controlled part of the Second Life blog world, Wired editor in chief Chris Anderson explains “Why I gave up on Second Life” – largely, it seems, because of a lack of measurable metrics. Wagner James Au responded with a fantastic post detailing all the “long tail” effects that Anderson’s own book appearance in SL got him – thousands of page views of the transcript, for one. Anderson’s retorts since then seem more than a little weak – 1-0 to Au, I think.
And, finally, if you’re an architect in Second Life, you can now find a Google calendar of events related to architecture here.