SLishin’ Up the Slinterface

In order to enhance and continue the trend in SL interface style, I suggest attention focusing effects during actions like highlighting text for edit and perhaps for the appearance of each character in chat and notecard and script entry.

Each time a new character appears while typing, a character image could move from our avatar’s fingers, on our display, or from an icon of a keyboard in the sky on the recipients display, with a flashing orange outline around it and a cone of context shadow fading in and fading out connecting the arriving character with the area it is entering.

Characters would enter the area they are headed for from the side opposite where they need to be displayed at, giving their orange outline the maximum amount of time possible for flashing, as well as reducing the load on the servers imposed by entering text at a normal rate. These outlines should undulate and pulse a bit to help make sure that the user is aware of the extremely important arrival of the newly typed character.

If the user moves the cursor over the character as it finds its way to its final destination, a tooltip with the character itself as the message would appear, so if one moved the cursor over an “e”, a tooltip would appear that says, “e”, and below that it should also say “Ctrl-[ for previous tab” and ” Ctrl-] for next tab”. Actually the words “Ctrl-[ for previous tab” and ” Ctrl-] for next tab” should just be permanently placed below whatever cursor is displayed at any time or action. Some folks might not know what a cursor is, so the cursor itself should have a tooltip sticking out of it that says “Cursor”.

Hmm…. if every interface element had tooltips displayed constantly, users eye might get used to that and learn to ignore them, so instead every element of the interface should still have tooltips displayed, but each tooltip should flicker and do animated motions like backflips while singing their messages and also displaying their messages with little bitty semaphore flags.

Pulsating orange outlined semaphore flags that emit particles.


Change the SL F1 home page

LL has changed the way the home page for the F1 browser works, so here’s an updated version of how to change it on Windows machines for those who liked the no longer functional old hack.

There’s a file C:\Program Files\SecondLife\skins\xui\en-us\floater_html_help.xml with a line that reads:

The “” can be replaced with something else, like Google, as shown below: is a likely choice for scripters.

Or create your own web page with links to the sites of your choice.

This should be done while SL is not running.

The start_url is the home location, so the first time you use this you need to press home to make the browser go the url you provide.

National Platform of the Libertarian Party

National Platform of the Libertarian Party

Adopted in Convention, July 2, 2006, Portland Oregon


As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.

In the following pages we have set forth our basic principles and enumerated various policy stands derived from those principles.

These specific policies are not our goal, however. Our goal is nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetime, and it is to this end that we take these stands.

Statement of Principles

We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.

We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.

Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.

We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property — accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.

Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market.

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