Sansar Gears Up For Halloween With Prizes, Karaoke and Live Music

Sansar Jenn Does Halloween

Linden Lab’s Sansar is gearing up for Halloween with a series of events and prizes, as a blog post by Sansar Jenn reveals; October in Sansar is Going to be Scary Good! 

The post informs us of a series of planned events, including :

A Contest with a Wicked Sweet Prize

Sansar’s Scariest Experiences is a competition whereby people can create a brand new Sansar experience in the spirit of Halloween. This competition comes with a very eye catching prize :

One grand prize winner will receive $10,000 (USD), an Oculus Rift + Touch bundle and a one year Sansar Super Creator Subscription. Three honorable mentions will each each receive a one year Sansar Creator Subscription.

However if you want to enter time is short, the closing date is October 15th. Click the link earlier in this post for details.

Sansar caroline and a witch

Other events include Friday 13th at Draxtor Despres 114 Harvest. This could be a very scary experience if Draxtor decides to sing the Monster Mesh, make sure you bring some Bavarian bread.

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A Visit To Maison de L’amitié In Second Life

Maison de L'amitie

Second Life is gearing up for Halloween, the destination guide has a haunted section and this week’s Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide blog post is packed with spooky destinations.

Rowing Boats

However the destination guide also offers many more choices for those who aren’t yet ready to dive into the Halloween mood and I decided to take a look at the photogenic spots section, where I found the wonderfully serene Maison de L’amitié.

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Digital Human Takes A Look At Modern Day Sin Eaters – The Content Moderators

Aleks Krotoski is back on BBC Radio 4 with a new series of the excellent The Digital Human and this week’s episode is entitled “Sin-eaters” :

Sin eating was an age old British practice carried out by those on the fringes of their communities. When someone died the sin eater would consume a ritualistic meal over the corpse and in doing so they would take on their sins. Whether they were outcasts because of this, or to start with folklorists can’t say. What is known for certain though is that they were among the poorest – who else would do it?

It’s a dirty job and someone’s got to do it. This episode takes a look at modern day Sin-eaters in the shape and form of content moderators. Early in the episode we hear this :

“One woman I spoke to, told me, after I stopped working on content moderation I wouldn’t shake people’s hand. If you’ve had the job that I’ve had you know that people are nasty.”

This is a harrowing episode in many ways, touching upon offensive content to content that is much much worse. This is the side of content moderation that we don’t hear much about, it’s a side of content moderation that isn’t widely talked about due in part to the fact that companies simply don’t want to talk about it and that in turn means it’s a side of content moderation that is greatly under appreciated.

Aleks Krotoski points out :

Their job is vital, but we treat them like second class citizens.

The episode features input from Sarah T. Roberts, Assistant Professor of Information Studies at UCLA who has been studying content moderation since 2010. Sarah runs a website on content moderation, or Commercial Content Moderation (CCM); The Illusion of Volition.

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Event For Maxwell Graf and Lyyric Fei Runs Until October 10th In Second Life

For Max Paths

Going To The Max, also known as For Max, a Second Life event for Second Life creators Maxwell Graf and Lyyric Fei opened on October 3rd and will run until October 10th.

For Max From Charlotte

The event was created after a Plurk post revealed that Maxwell and Lyyric had run into some very unexpected and serious problems outside the virtual world.

Max encouraged people to buy items from his Rustica store to help out with the unexpected situation but Second Life friends of Max decided to go a step further.

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AltspaceVR Appear To Be In The Right Place At The Right Time For Microsoft’s Purchase

AltspaceVR yesterday announced they would be joining Microsoft in a deal that looks to suit both parties. This is quite a turnaround in fortune for AltspaceVR, which bid the world a very sad goodbye on July 28th before announcing on August 15th that AltspaceVR is Back!

The new deal with Microsoft looks good for AltspaceVR :

AltspaceVR will stay AltspaceVR. Microsoft is most interested in preserving the current community that uses AltspaceVR to connect and interact with new and old friends. These first few months will focus on fostering our community and making sure AltspaceVR remains a friendly, welcoming and vibrant place to hang out in virtual reality.

Sometimes when a company gets purchased it gets incorporated in another company and we never really hear of it again. This isn’t the case with this deal and that’s good news.

I do not know why Microsoft have purchased AltspaceVR. but it’s fun to speculate and with my speculation hat on it looks to me as if AltspaceVR was in the right place at the right time to take advantages of developments in Software and Hardware that Microsoft are heavily involved with.

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