Ethos Erlanger's First Virtual Life© Blog

Building in Virtual Worlds

Just got a bill from Linden Lab dated a year ago!

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on November 14, 2011

Dear Ethos Erlanger,

We hope you’re enjoying your Second Life. This is a reminder that your Second Life Premium Annual Plan will be renewed on November 3, 2010, at which time you’ll be charged $72.00(USD). You don’t need to do anything; renewal and billing are automatic.

To review or modify your account details, or to change or cancel your Membership Plan, visit

If you’ve forgotten your password, you can go to to start the password recovery process. As part of the process, an email with a time sensitive link will be sent to the email address you registered with.

Best Wishes,

Linden Lab and the Second Life Team

Linden Research, Inc.
945 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111


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Old Virtual World© is mine too

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on October 4, 2009

I like that phrase too. Old Virtual World© What do you think?

Enjoy Your Virtual Life©

Ethos Erlanger

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First Virtual Life© is Mine!

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on October 4, 2009

I hope you do not mind, but I will copyright this phrase to keep it out of the clutches of the Old Virtual World.

First Virtual Life© is now the exclusive property of Ethos Erlanger.

I hope we can all agree that this is important stuff.

Enjoy your Virtual Life© (I Said It First)

Ethos Erlanger

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Look for my Virtual Building Blog

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on October 3, 2009

I expect Linden Lab to ask me to change my blog address because it had an “S” and an “L” in front of the word “builder”.

So, here I am starting a new blog that will use none of those two letters if it can be avoided. Look for Ethos Erlanger’s Virtual Building Blog.

We may not be able to use VW to refer to Virtual Worlds either. I expect to hear from Volkswagen about that one too.

I am hereby coining the words “First Virtual World” and the letters FVW to be used as my own, with exclusive rights. In otherwords, I have just copyrighted these two terms. You may see me use it liberally (or not. As I choose.) I intend it to mean the preferred place to be when I am in my full virtual glory. This may not be in “their” virtual region, or it might be, but it may become a generic term for the place I choose at the time.  Almost like the term “Home”. Gee, I wish I had copyrighted that word. It has a warm ring to it.

Now. On to other world!

Enjoy your Virtual Life.

Ethos Erlanger

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I have changed my Blog Title

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on October 3, 2009

Seeing how Linden Lab has requested a highly respected website (See:  to change their name because of their use of the copyrighted, trademarked or otherwise not-to-be-used-by-anyone-for-any-reason word, two-word-phrase, or image, I am taking a preemptive step to forestall the wrath of the almighty.

I never meant any infringement.

I actually like Second Life.

I just think that now is the time to begin thinking of them as less than the premier virtual world and stating this in my blog. If I happen to raise their ire… well, so be it.

It is simply beginning to look like they have a sour attitude towards their own customers.  Some of their actions are driving a wedge between them and their clients that send them real currency every month to pay the electric bills and salaries of their employees.

Give me your thoughts please.

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Building – The Guggenheim

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on September 22, 2009

The Guggenheim is a large project. At a scale that I am familiar with, the Erlanger Scale, it will be approximately 100 meters wide and about 60 meters deep. The Erlanger Scale is a scale factor of 1.6x. Remember that the main rotunda in Real Life is listed in many documents as having the dome 95 feet above the floor. Well, translated to SL, this is about 47 meter high. And the Annex Building (designed by Gwathmey Siegel) is 135 feet tall or 67 meters tall in SL.

I did a study of the ramp that winds counter-clockwise up and around the rotunda. As my avatar walked down the six stories and quarter mile path I was at the ground level in slightly over 3 minutes.  This translates to a walking speed (more like a brisk trot) of about 5 miles per hour. This brings me back to the realization of the need for a “museum walk” as I have discussed before. This is one of the few areas where I allow myself to complain a bit about Linden Lab not allowing us the controls needed to manage the walking speed of our avatar.

Enjoy your Second Life,


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The Absence of Ethos

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on September 7, 2009

It’s been a while.

In my real life, you know, the one that puts food on the table and keeps the wolves away from my door, I have started working again. This is such a happy thought. Ethos does not typically discuss Real Life here, but many of my on-line friends in SL know how long I have been searching for work.

After a few more weeks of certification training, I will have time for more in-depth work/play in my Second Life and some new things on this blog.

Enjoy your Second Life,


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The Viewer Makes the Difference When Uploading Sculpty Bitmaps

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on August 3, 2009

I did a rather detailed test of an upload of a cylindrical sculpty and the results were quite different between the SL viewer and the Meerkat viewer. This was totally unexpected.  I will show photos later of the two different uploads and the resulting prims, but I am interested if any other users have experienced this.


Open Sim in Local Sandbox Mode

the bitmap image file that was exported from Wings 3D


Meerkat Viewer used to upload the image

SL Viewer used to upload the image

Crosscheck used:

Both viewers display the same image of the best sculpty or the inferior sculpty.

I expect the results to be reproducible by other users.

Has anyone else experienced this?

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I am still looking for plans to the Guggenheim

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on August 1, 2009

How can I find dimensioned plans and cross sectional drawings for the Guggenheim?

Has anyone seen them? Would you please share them with me?


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Looking for an On-Line University That Offers a Degree in Architecture

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on July 27, 2009

Why not?

I’ll take the courses, and the test.  I’ll become a real architect. Is there such a thing out there?

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