Category Archives: NCI General

Friday Night Beach Party! Best in: Cowboys and Indians!

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Cowboys and Indians?!? Yay!

Who doesn’t want to dress up in traditional cattle wrangler or  native American garb? Whoohoo!

The Fourth-Place Winners: Andre, drp1098, Laeluna, Pablowill, Talia, and Technus!

The Third-Place Winners: Victor, LibranFire!

The Second-Place Winner: Chipp!

The First-Place Winners: Ginger and Mousie!

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Dancing and Partying Into The Night! Have a great weekend!!

Friday Night Beach Party – Best In Patriotic!

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Party Time!  And in celebration of the United States’ Independence Day, the theme is Best In Patriotic!  Whoohoo!!

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So much fun and dancing, and they the votes are cast and the winners announced…

The 3rd place winners are:  Ayla, Chad, Jenny, Andre, Talia and Rya!

The 2nd place winners are: Ginger, Technus, Laeluna, and Emilylo!

The 1st place winner is…Victor (guana)!!

Congratulations everyone!!

BUT WAIT! Just when the evening seems to be hitting its high point… we get fireworks!! Whoohoo!!

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Happy Independence Day!!

Happy Beach Party!!  Yay!!

Friday Night Beach Party – Under The Sea!

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They swam and danced through the evening!

This week’s winners – “Best In Under The Sea”:

1st Place: Mousie

2nd Place: Ginger

3rd place: Laeluna, Technus, Ridge, Andre, and Lexi

4th place: Ayla, Sonya

Congratulations everyone!! See you next week!

The Beach Party happens every Friday, at 7:00pm SLT (Pacific), at NCI in region Fishermans Cove.  Come and join in the fun!

All-Ages Blitz Build – Theme: “If I Were A Billionaire…..”

Welcome to the Blitz!

Your Host: Krystal!!

Hurry! The clock is running!!!

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And with 40 prims and 40 minutes, the builders show us their creativity and skill…

And the winners are…

1st Place:  Eyre
2nd Place:  Leah
3rd Place:  Christine
4th Place:  Keres, Tech, and Zoom
5th Place:  Elayne and Ridge
6th Place:  Jorrdan
7th Place:  Laeluna

Yay!  Cash prizes!!!  And congrats to everyone for having fun!

Friday Night Beach Party – Best In Formal!

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With Beverly looking like that…you KNOW it’s gonna be a good party!

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And it was a great party!

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The votes are cast and winners announced…

First place is Christine Grigorovich!!

Two tied for second place: Mousie and Leah!!

Twelve others shared the prizes and glory of third place! Whoohoo!!

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Goodnight? It already has been good!

Friday Night Beach Party – Best In Uniforms!

Beach Party! Whoohoo!!
Beach Party! Whoohoo!!

As usual, dozens attended the beach party! Most came in awesome costumes! Here are some in no particular order…

Finally when the votes were tallied..

  • Tying for first place were Mousie and Christine!!
  • Tying for second place were Victor, Technus, and Talia!
  • Nine others tied for third place!

Congratulations, everyone!  Fun and prizes!

And a good time was had by all!
And a good time was had by all!

See you next week!

New Advertising Experience

The long awaited new advertising experience is live across all three of the NCI campuses! The new boards are static and can be rented for as little as $50L a week. These new ad boards are instantly rentable and don’t need to be set up by an AdNode staff member.

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Even the first night they were live, we already had some renters! All the boards are placed at highly visible areas in each campus.

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Come check out this new advertising experience at any of the NCI campus

NCI Kuula
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–Rowan Carroll

NCI SL10B cool places

NCI will be attending the Second Life 10th Birthday celebrations this year. Our location for the event is here:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL10B%20Stupendous/226/219/22We’ll list cool places as we find them by updating this blog post

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Pictures from the opening

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First week exploring

 

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The Cornfield

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SL10B Auditorium

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Lin’s Gallery

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Classy Souvenirs of SL

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Linden gift vendor

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 Nitwacket “It Started With a Cube”

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Pod Tours

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 Avatar Evolution

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  Sel and Nom

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 The History of Invisiprims

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Patch Linden

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 The Tightrope of Our Affection

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 Invasion of The Space Dinosaurs

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Prof Thunder’s Mad Science

 

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SL8B

This week saw the opening of the annual event to celebrate the anniversary of SL opening. After some initial exploring here are some links to areas I enjoyed. More will be added as they’re found

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Impressive/105/227/22 – Virtual Popcorn by Pyewacket Bellman

SL8B megahunt – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Magnificent/226/235/22

rainbow bubble ride, Peter Pan and man in the moon http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Captivate/148/12/21

Phoenix Wave – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Captivate/155/103/22

Cake Walk – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Captivate/103/108/21

Houdini - http://maps.secondlife.com/

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Bay city – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Exhilarate/148/157/22

Pod tours – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Exhilarate/254/134/22

From a single prim.. Cool growing statue - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Magnificent/52/190/22

Bubble tree – Portals to unlimited Imagination http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Magnificent/97/223/22

Cult of the flying pig temple – Lollygagger Lane http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Magnificent/114/153/22

Beyond Time (Gramma and Kaine) - http://maps.seco

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fun storybook and scary ogre video - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Pizzazz/158/101/21

 

egg timer sculpture – Junk Sands of Creation - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Pizzazz/196/141/21

looking for a lost illusion - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Pizzazz/195/190/22

Big Ben- http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Pizzazz/152/232/91

Sword in the stone - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Pizzazz/191/238/22

Transgender lounge- http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Pizzazz/94/157/23

Seven levels of interactive fun. keep going up !! – Emphatic Eccentricia – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Fascinate/143/238/42

Wiches and Wizardry – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Fascinate/65/230/24

Giant snail racing – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Spellbound/235/15/21

Giant brain – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Spellbound/206/78/21

The Owl and the Pussycat – * very nice build - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Spellbound/104/62/22

soaring with magic – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Spellbound/111/140/22

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Dazzle/43/234/22 – 1920s Berlin

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Spectacular/159/62/22 – Through The Looking Glass Stained Glass done right

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Dazzle/116/163/22 – Magimorphosis (By the creators of Grendel’s)

 

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Spectacular/219/226/21 – Sky Sculptures Gallery- fun poses


http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Dazzle/143/99/21 – Sandcastle Studios


http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Astonish/203/109/68 -  Reach for the stars

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Astonish/194/179/21 – Phoenix Firestorm
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Astonish/193/220/22 – Illusionation
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Astonish/160/221/22 – Cats


http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Astonish/104/234/33 – Invisible

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NCI and its staff: How we bring new staff on board

As you’re probably all aware, Linden Lab’s volunteer mentor program (which was effectively closed a little over a year ago from memory) is now finally being disbanded. We’ve already had a number of folks from the program ask to sign on with NCI staff, and so this is probably as good a time to talk about that process as any.

NCI is, as you should know, a volunteer organization. Nobody gets paid for the work they do, except for instructors and event hosts who are paid a small fee for classes. NCI has a very large footprint in Second Life, in terms of people, land and facilities. It is not cheap to run, and there’s nothing left over for wages.

NCI does not have ‘positions of power’ (with the exception of the owner/trustee). Instead it has positions of responsibility. NCI staff and officers are expected to fulfill those responsibilities with diligence and principle.

Being a volunteer organization and a widely distributed one, we value key criteria in different priorities to what you might find in more centralized organizations or businesses. Your principles, trustworthiness and reliability are more important than raw ability. The latter can be learned. The other things are harder to come by.

Civility, courtesy and respect are the three things we look for in people dealing with new Second Life users, and in dealing with NCI responsibilities. Those three core qualities should be a part of everything you do, whether you’re dealing with new users, your fellow staff, or griefers (whether accidental or intentional). Everyone makes mistakes or slips up now and again, but those three qualities will help get us all past mistakes and failures, whether we’re NCI staff or new users.

We select staff members through a double-probation system. Anyone who is willing to comply with the rules of our spaces, and who is willing and able to help new users is welcome to do so — just show up and start helping. Ask one of the staff for more information about the rules of the spaces, if you need to.

Not everyone who is both willing to help and able to help is necessarily an ideal fit for NCI’s operation, but those that distinguish themselves in action and principle, are provisionally taken on staff as Helpers. Helpers who continue to distinguish themselves are given increased responsibilities within NCI, if they want it and some appropriate role is available.

At one time, we had an actual application process, but the actual results were quite poor compared to this rather longer process.

Your ethical compass is, of course, expected to point firmly towards new users and, by extension, NCI. Assisting as many new users as possible, and as effectively as possible, is why we’re all here. It’s good for the new users, and what’s good for them improves all our Second Life experiences as a whole.

We help more than an estimated 40,000 new users each year, and that number continues to grow. We remain the most vigorous and heavily trafficked organization of our type because we stick to our principles, we maintain order in our facilities, and we’re selective about our staff.

Morning All

 Well here I am again, coffee in  one hand and pop tart in the other trying to figure out how to type. I am just a bit worried as to how things are going in our great little group. With some of the talk that I hear on the info channel, the lack of people at the newbie get togethers and the continual change of command at the top.  That worry my friends is the simple thought of:

“Then There Were None”

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Everything old is new again

Dear NCI folk, before I get to the heart of the post, I want to thank each of you for dedicating your time and skill (be it scripting, building, helping new citizens, or a sense of humor that can help lighten the mood of Group Chat.) NCI can be a great organization without a single Linden Dollar or a single square metre of land. But it must have great people to be a great organization. And NCI is full of great people. Thank you for making NCI what it is.

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Afternoon All

No coffee, however do have a glass of tea. I know that I have neglected you for awhile, I will not offer any excuses, just say I am sorry.

OK, now that that’s out of the way. With Halloween fast approaching I did a quick and I mean quick search of the internet for info on this fun holiday.

So kick back, pour yourself something to drink, hey it’s afternoon and enjoy.

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Morning All

  Well another late night for me working on a project for “Show and Tell”. Waking up the first thought running through my mind was how to make it better, so  quickly I made my coffe  did my morning routine set down at my computer with just that in mind.

  Wait a minute not even dress yet, then the thought hit me.

          “Is Second Life Addicting”

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Morning All

Well here it is Friday morning  again and there is a great list of classes and event’s lined up as always from now through the weekend.

Choice’s, choice’s, choice’s  that is what this essay is all about. It is entiled:

            “However, on the Other Hand”

 

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