It's funny, one of the problems I'd always had with SL was that there just appeared to be so much of it that you didn't know where to start. But now having bought a plot you suddenly know where to start - at home. There looks like quite a bit of building off to the NW. What appears as a large cross on the map in the middle of an empty area looks interesting so I fly over. Turns out its going to be a new SL reception area. Good news. It's only a kilometre or so away so traffic could be quite heavy in these parts. Near to that there is a new housing development. Looks like something straight out of a US suburb. A neat rectangle of houses and flats. All for rent. Beyond that there is a trading area. The description says it's meant to have an SF feel. A couple of Mech stand over the main public square, but no ones around.
Back at the SL office I start work on the RSS script. Things start well, I get the RSS feed, but can't find a way tp extract the item entries I want. After much playing around I finally realise that the problem is that SL only accepts the first 2048 bytes. I'm testing it on the Guardian's feed which is in RDF, so there's loads of channel crud at the start, so its not even getting to the stories. I'll need to write a Perl app to do some pre-processing.
Put some posters and signs up, with notecards describing Daden and the chatbots. Can't find a way to embed a URL to take people to the web pages. Surely there's a way.
Meet more neighbours. Behind me a couple with Japanese type names have built a Japanese type garden and house (Dojo?). It looks like they are practicing Kendo or drumming. They're playing music. In front a guy called LL ? keeps asking if I want to sell my plot so he can combine it with two others he has next door to make a larger unit. I politely refuse. His plot is full of large adverts. To the N there's a big building, looks ad based again, and to the NW another big structure selling signs. Most of the land around is now built on. Amazing the SL growth rate. A real land grab!
Went to have a look at the Japanese garden last thing. Nice bench which shouted out when I tried to see if I could take it. One of the owners then spoke out from the Dojo - next time I'll check the map first to see if anyones at home! I said hi neighbour but they didn't reply.