As you’ve all guessed, the “Guinea Pigs – 3D editions” have made it into world, and are finding alll kinds of things:

  • A memory leak associated with Picture Surfaces, which we picked up with the DX9 work. We actually did a lot of other cool stuff when DX9 was introduced, which in turn introduced some bugs. So, we found it.
  • A memory leak in our script handing, which had been around for a longggg time.

We continue to look for other things such as some (as in, one or two) GP3Ds reporting rubberbanding, but overall the consensus seems to be that things are performing well. Especially inventory loading.

But it’s still early. Over this week (when we’re short handed) we’ll be fixing those bugs, and inviting more and more GP3Ds in.

A couple of other notes:

  • Please don’t call the office for Technical Support. There’s no one there that can help you. Seriously.
  • Please don’t come by the office for Technical Support. There’s no one there that can help you, and I’m not there.
  • If you’re under 18, and thinking you’re gonna skate, you’re not. And when we catch you (which we will), we’ll take all your stuff, and you won’t get it back. Seriously.

That’s all for now.

Here’s something to look at today.

  1. #1 by Mademoiselle Fifi on 2011.09.03 - 8:27 pm

    hahaha…very cool francis…keep up the good work.

  2. #2 by Francis_7 on 2011.09.01 - 10:06 pm

    • #3 by Francis_7 on 2011.09.01 - 10:16 pm

      I wanted this to be a lot better. I was so excited to get the GP e-mail. I stared at it for about 10 minutes before I realized that I probably should do something with it.. like install and give it a try. I marked the date on my calendar with a big smily face. I have been grinding it as best I can looking for problems and finding a few here and there. I see from posts here and there that a lot of people want to see more of the testing, so I asked first then started to work on a short film today. Over the past year I have been trying to get over my dependence on using my old Alienware laptop (a PIII which I used to record all of my videos starting with There Action News in August of 2003) I now need to think bigger and better. I realized that my new machine could shoot 1080p with not much strain at all. If you got a large screen check it out in 1080p! So I set about shooting a tiny video today. I did not realize that editing would be such a pain on a PC. I have always used a Mac for editing before. Anyhow I made a poor selection for an editing program. I got it done, but there are really no audio controls and I could not even add in a narration track or soundtrack. The older version of this program had many more audio editing tools. Oh well. So it has no credits, and is mostly unfinished. The other G.P. who was going to do the part of the host was unable to make it, so I ended up doing both parts. I sort of thought I could change the pitch a bit and make it ok.. can’t do that either! ‘vash Anyhow I must go pass out now. More video footage and pictures to come!

    • #4 by Cyndi Yonkers on 2011.09.03 - 1:58 pm

      Awsome work Francis!! Thanks loved it…

  3. #5 by Francis_7 on 2011.09.01 - 10:06 pm

  4. #6 by Dawgie on 2011.09.01 - 7:05 pm

    Thats meant to be…..Yahoo…can’t wait…getting closer.

  5. #7 by Dawgie on 2011.09.01 - 7:03 pm….cgtting closer. Can’t wait

  6. #8 by MeadowAngel on 2011.09.01 - 5:43 pm

    I could have swore i already posted this but I guess not (unless MW didn’t like my post and didn’t approve it :P).

    Yay! I’m really happy we’re one step closer to going home. And Congrats to all the GPs. I keep checking my email every hour hoping for an invitation to be a GP. My husband and kids are laughing at how desperate I am.

    • #9 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.09.01 - 7:59 pm

      lol he didn’t post it, it was his good deed of the day. He gave you a 2nd chance not to be put at the end of the line for asking. πŸ™‚

  7. #10 by calliekitty on 2011.09.01 - 11:39 am

    Michael Wilson I love the photos you share with us, you do have a great eye with the camera. Also I am sending you a GIANT CAN OF RAID, so you can get rid of those bug once and for all! LOL, just kidding. Thank for all the hard work you all are doing, and thank you for keeping us informed about what’s going on. I can’t wait till we all get to play once again in

  8. #11 by mystic1there on 2011.09.01 - 10:48 am

    MichaelWilson wrote:

    > Please don’t call the office for Technical Support.
    > Please don’t come by the office for Technical Support.

    Can we call or come by the office for _emotional_ support? Just wondering.



  9. #12 by Dean Caballero ( Bumpin42 ) on 2011.09.01 - 9:01 am

    Plzzz work them bugs out, lol. I just put more money on SL, I need my There .com

  10. #13 by MrScrooge on 2011.09.01 - 5:45 am

    Awesome, work those bugs out Team!

  11. #14 by Osee on 2011.09.01 - 5:40 am

    Did anyone ever run before on a Mac in boot camp (windows) if so did it work well?
    Thank you
    Can’t wait too see everyone There

    • #15 by ImageMaker on 2011.09.01 - 11:55 am

      I recall a couple users mentioning they were running on a Mac with Windows in a virtualizer; if that works, Boot Camp ought to work at least as well (it’s a dual boot manager, right, letting you choose Windows or Mac OS when you start up the machine?).

      • #16 by Osee on 2011.09.01 - 2:22 pm

        Yes, thought it would work but didn’t want to find after there opened.
        Thanks for the reply!
        Bobby aka Osee

    • #17 by Kev on 2011.09.01 - 6:20 pm

      Osee, I own a MacBook and when There was open, I ran There on BootCamp. It worked great, no problems at all. Running Windows virtually for There is an option but not a very good one. I would highly recommend using BootCamp for a good ‘There expereince.’

      • #18 by Osee on 2011.09.02 - 8:30 am

        thanks Kev

  12. #19 by fulkenstien on 2011.09.01 - 5:27 am

    all the talk about the pretty dx9 graphics are all well and good but what about the important stuff?

    how goes the hoverboad racing/lapping?
    do track layouts work?
    any lag/rubberbanding?

    in my mind i already have my board waxed and my tapping finger is getting restless.

    • #20 by fulkenstien on 2011.09.01 - 5:29 am

      dang it something in my brower is is not showing my post so i didnt think the first post showed up so i repeated sorry

  13. #21 by fulkenstien on 2011.09.01 - 5:22 am

    all the pretty eye candy dx9 graphic testing is all well and good it apears but what about the important stuff?
    how goes the hoverboad racing/lapping?do racetracks work?is there laging?
    my tapping finger is getting restless.

  14. #22 by Okalnix on 2011.09.01 - 2:09 am

    Oke guy’s here we go I am a Gp on There 3d.
    Soon some other info comes also like photo’s and video.
    Do not ask me who are the Gp’s , I know them but do not tell.
    Its not my job to tell you about that.
    Only the Gp him/her can tell that.
    So respect the Gp’s and let them test
    To give the Gp’s fun in testing so more bugs are found befor reoping there.
    I am a basic member of there nothing special.
    Just a helping hand for the people and
    And more info later oke.
    Thank you and give the other Gp’s a happy feeling the needed.

    • #23 by Christy Clendenen on 2011.09.01 - 5:21 am

      WOOT! Congrats love! Now get back to work! *Giggles*

      • #24 by Okalnix on 2011.09.01 - 1:13 pm

        Ty, Yes mom……joking πŸ™‚

  15. #25 by NateTheStar on 2011.08.31 - 8:49 pm

    At least you guys are taking the opportunity to upgrade to DX9. One of the best things about there was that it would run on almost any PC after 2002. Makes me wonder if there is still any similarities to what Forterra uses.

  16. #26 by JasonMK on 2011.08.31 - 5:33 pm

    Love the lighting and DOF on the 1st photo, but oit as much as I love There 3D updates (but I’ve already said that a dozen times).

  17. #27 by migman on 2011.08.31 - 5:14 pm

    Let me in and will tell you how well it works,i am on wireless. lol

  18. #28 by _Taz on 2011.08.31 - 5:05 pm

    Great update yay!

  19. #29 by Brandyn_1 on 2011.08.31 - 4:45 pm

    Awesome to hear MW. Congrats to all the In World GP’s! You are all very lucky! And thanks for finding those bugs! Will be very excited to be in game, and see everyone/thing in game again. ‘tu

    Thank you Makena Team! You rock!

    • #30 by Brandyn_1 on 2011.08.31 - 4:47 pm

      Also once again, what beautiful shots you take MW. Those are really great! πŸ™‚

  20. #31 by stxdixiechick on 2011.08.31 - 2:46 pm

    Silly question, but its one I am getting a lot from friends, and also it is a question in the back of my mind as well. used to boast (almost yell) that the client is able to be used on slower internet connections. Is the new going to be the same? I realize that most people now days do not use dial up, but there are many still on satellite internet, or 3-G connections. Kudos to the whole team on getting things up and running! The screenies I have seen look GREAT! πŸ™‚

    • #32 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.31 - 3:28 pm

      It will work as well, or not, as it did before. We didn’t change anything in that area.

      • #33 by stxdixiechick on 2011.08.31 - 5:05 pm

        Great news for slow connections πŸ™‚

      • #34 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.09.01 - 10:26 am

        I will say this as a person with dial-up. The welcome walkway was weird, all white but I was capable of reading the signs and navigating though to the end to reach the world. The world itself took a week or two of leaving it on while I slept to load the avatars and colors of the world. Then buggies and houses were last to load, still unsure if I ever fully loaded lol. But once the color was all there I was fully able to enjoy the world with virtually lil lag, even less than a browser based 3d world. The only sucky part was two weeks after I loaded a forced update came, which made me reload it. Overall it’s the best 3d world for dial-up hands down.

      • #35 by Michael Wilson on 2011.09.01 - 10:48 am

        I’m surprised an update forced you you to reload things. Did it make you uninstall?

      • #36 by Camel on 2011.09.01 - 12:55 pm

        Isn’t the walkway a single scene that’s included with the initial install (along with newbie/IG clothes and any other assets used in newbie areas)? I was under the impression that they’d gone to a lot of effort to fix the walkway experience.

      • #37 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.09.01 - 3:26 pm

        No it didn’t make me reinstall, but it was a long update 2 dl I remember. The only difference was that stuff loaded a lot faster than the original time. Like 2-3 days rather than 1-2 weeks. To camel, the reason the walkway was white is well cause on dialup everything kinda starts that way and I pushed through it to get to the world not giving it time 2 load for me. Dun get me wrong, it’s worth the time it takes 2 load for me. Yep while you all are driving around when it opens and see me standing idle, don’t paintball my poor loading avie lol

      • #38 by Camel on 2011.09.05 - 10:52 am

        You’re missing the point – There ships with all of the files you need to load the walkway (the scene as well as all newbie and ig clothes), so there is nothing to download.

  21. #39 by EvenStupider on 2011.08.31 - 2:25 pm

    When people call the office asking for you… You should have your staff transfer them to your voice mail… where they’ll listen to this:

    • #40 by vmcl1998 on 2011.08.31 - 3:38 pm

      Or transfer them to GLaDOS and let her deal with them.

  22. #41 by 3cmaldito on 2011.08.31 - 2:18 pm

    Pictures, really, LMFAO:

    1st, the minimum 18yr rule,

    2nd, the why we have to pay

    3rd, the GP/Beta freebies

    4th, the re-banning of members

    5th, Ban whoever offers the items violationg propriety rights

    But Pictures really, stop the KAsing please I am certain MW has enough ppl to do this already. Otherwise thanks for the update.

    • #42 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.31 - 3:26 pm

      Ignore this silly person. I’ll take all the honest compliments I can get.

      • #43 by 3cmaldito on 2011.08.31 - 8:47 pm

        NIce Pix


      • #44 by Lady_Tigrane on 2011.09.01 - 1:44 pm

        You have an adorable smile.. Honestly .. you do.

  23. #45 by moondustmadness on 2011.08.31 - 1:39 pm

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Like everyone else I am anxiously waiting for the news that I can finally log into There. What an awesome day that will be. I might even have to take a day off work so that I can bask in the wonderous world of There. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  24. #46 by hugsalot on 2011.08.31 - 1:36 pm

    Whenever the time comes I’d like to be Mac tester, though I’m sure if there is development on that will be long after the 3D world has opened up and more kinks have been ironed out once you have a significant population and load on the system. Probably some time next year I’m assuming.

  25. #47 by Simone on 2011.08.31 - 1:28 pm

    I can not wait to see everything again !!! Been so great getting to catch up with my friends I had not seen in forver just getting to put on my bunny slippers again is like a dream come true !!! Thank you again MW for bringing back a world that I loved from the time I logged into it in 2003. Nothing will ever fill the place of Who says you can’t go home again ?

  26. #48 by . on 2011.08.31 - 1:15 pm

    I’ve loved all the pictures, but these of the children are the most beautiful, because they seem alive.

  27. #49 by Achenar on 2011.08.31 - 12:56 pm

    NIce photos Michael, and I’m expecting some more good ones from Burning Man – Have a great w/e πŸ™‚

  28. #50 by Diego on 2011.08.31 - 12:36 pm

    Yep, pix are beautiful……appreciate the progress and the update.

  29. #51 by Uni Crystal on 2011.08.31 - 12:28 pm

    Great job MW, Samsyn and all Makena staff. Looking forward to seeing the world once again and praying that it will be up and running soon.

  30. #52 by 2_fast_for_u on 2011.08.31 - 11:51 am

    thanks for the update!! πŸ˜€

  31. #53 by LeeLee on 2011.08.31 - 10:05 am

    Your pictures are GORGEOUS. What kind of camera you use? I am photographer, too. And thank you for the update! I can’t wait to go THERE! πŸ™‚ Have a lovely day! ❀

    • #54 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.31 - 10:57 am

      Those were taken with a manual focus Leica.

      But, as my father, who was a photojournalist with the U.S. Marines for 20+ years said “It’s not the camera that takes the picture”. And he used to use a Mamiya Twin lens Reflex, which weighed about as much as my little brother did.

      • #55 by SaltySilver on 2011.08.31 - 11:13 am

        I was doing to comment on your eye for takeing a great picture. The angles on how to draw your eye to points of intersets are very well done. I see you pick up quite abit from your Pops.

      • #56 by LeeLee on 2011.08.31 - 1:34 pm

        Interesting about your father! That Mamiya Twin lens Reflex is truly handsome model and… I want it! lol Thank you for the reply, Michael!

      • #57 by ImageMaker on 2011.08.31 - 2:48 pm

        If that was a C series Mamiya, you aren’t exaggerating much — put the long lenses on a C330 and it’s close to twenty pounds. Helps keep the shot steady (I don’t have a Mamiya, sad to say, but my Speed Graphic has much the same effect; I can hand hold that monster to 1/20 second with a 150 mm lens).

    • #58 by Chagall on 2011.09.01 - 1:34 am

      LeeLee!!! I’m so happy to see that you’re still around!

  32. #59 by Godwin33 on 2011.08.31 - 9:48 am

    Thanks for the great work all the team is doing.

    Just one question. I have a 13 year old daughter who played Becouse my Daughter was at the time still under 13 yrs i had to send an email requesting that my daughter would be allowed to play and she was only in world when i also was in world so as to be able to supervise her. my question is will there be something similar in this new, taking into consideration that i would be taking the full responsability for her ???

    • #60 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.31 - 10:54 am

      We’re very sorry, but no, that won’t be possible. We had some incredibly creative (but also, obvious) attempts by minors to forge “parental permission” with There, and since we can’t provide any sort of protection for minors, we’ve decided we’re just not going to admit folks under 18. We know this is very disappointing, but we’ll hold onto their accounts for when they do turn 18 (if they still want to use them) (and maybe we’ll have cats by then).

      • #61 by Lady_Tigrane on 2011.08.31 - 12:18 pm

        (and maybe we’ll have cats by then)

        COOL!! I’ll have something to fill the kittylitter pan with when I bury xSnoopy at paintball.

        Gotsta have kittehs!!

  33. #62 by Marta on 2011.08.31 - 7:57 am

    Thank You….. MW and all the guy’s (female/male)…. for all your hard work. I hope all that are off this week, (and at) are enjoying the “burning man” . I’m very excited!!!

    Mmmmmmmmm “There Sweet There”
    (we are almost home)

  34. #63 by trevor9393 on 2011.08.31 - 7:53 am

    Thanks for this update. Looking for update pictures as well. Only thing I’ve been doing is using my old Style Maker now a days. Bring back memories.

  35. #64 by Phil Reinsmith on 2011.08.31 - 7:34 am

    Completed the “Tuneup” On the Flying Machine….Doing one on Cadzilla today….Next, on to the Buggies. I hope to have everything ready by the time I can go HOME…Thanks for the Update. Keep up the GREAT work albeit short handed. “Rockinsurfer_boy”

    • #65 by ImageMaker on 2011.08.31 - 2:45 pm

      Wow, what’d you do, leave all your vehicles in the sun? πŸ˜‰ I just checked the feelium tanks (still full — even in the buggy I bought used six years ago; feelium fusion must be incredibly efficient), made sure the hoverboat lift bladders are still inflated, and can’t find anything else to tune up (hoverboards don’t seem to have any moving parts, even).

      • #66 by Mooly on 2011.09.04 - 7:13 am

        I’m sure a good waxing would do the hoverboards a world of good.

  36. #67 by 3cMaldito on 2011.08.31 - 7:32 am


    Is there any sort funzone reduction in the planning? I ask simply bc when I use the search interface my old Funzone is not listed amongst the results.

    • #68 by ImageMaker on 2011.08.31 - 2:43 pm

      First, it might show under the original There-assigned name (the one it had before anyone had ever rented it); second, it might not show if it’s not part of the limited subset of the 3D world currently open for the GPs to test (search can’t find it because the server where it would reside isn’t yet active in the cloud).

      Given that there haven’t been many new funzones added since I joined in 2004 (two in Saja, two on Frosty, and a couple on an outlying island near Comet — in six years), I’d be surprised if there were a reduction below those that existed in 2004 — especially since funzone rent is income for Makena! Now, whether funzones show immediately when our avatars first return to the 3D world, I seem to recall Michael stating that the world would be brought back online gradually — which might mean funzones, houses, PAZ, and neighborhoods would be phased in rather than being available immediately.

  37. #69 by Okalnix on 2011.08.31 - 7:05 am

    Very good news.
    Go Go Gp’s
    Thank you for the update.

  38. #70 by AlwaysAngie on 2011.08.31 - 6:31 am

    Thanks so much for the update πŸ˜‰ Question…… when the world opens and we see old friends and people on iggy, will the note I placed in their nametag as to why they were iggied still be there? I know it’s a long shot, just curious.

    • #71 by ImageMaker on 2011.08.31 - 2:39 pm

      I’m not certain, but it seems to me I recall four or five updates back (maybe further than that) Michael mentioning that they were attempting to recover avatar notes along with skills and property.

  39. #72 by justagreatguy on 2011.08.31 - 6:13 am

    MW, those are great pic’s but I can’t help to wonder if there is a story about them. Did you take them? Where are they from?
    Please keep the pictures coming as we all like to see them!

  40. #73 by spot751 on 2011.08.31 - 5:55 am

    sweeet, can i put my name down for a GP?
    i did do a lot of the BETA tests befor

    • #74 by ForTehLulz on 2011.08.31 - 1:33 pm

      Back of the line.

      • #75 by spot751 on 2011.08.31 - 11:12 pm

        have been in line for 2 years LOL

  41. #76 by SB on 2011.08.31 - 5:17 am

    *sitting down with my coffee*….Woooo Hoooooooooooooo! Awesome update! Spectacular! Wonderful! Great!……*another long sip of coffee*….Fantastic! Superb!….*sip, sip*…..Exciting! Exhilarating!

    Too much coffee? *blink, blink*

    • #77 by Melody_Chase on 2011.09.01 - 2:25 pm

      Isn’t it the rule that if you bring a beverage to the party you have to bring some for everyone? Where’s mah coffee?! πŸ˜€

  42. #78 by Cef on 2011.08.31 - 4:59 am

    Does anyone know what picture surfaces are?

    • #79 by Escape on 2011.08.31 - 12:00 pm

      PictureSurface Billboard. “Get your creative on…this sign lets you showcase public-approved pictures from Flickr! Once you buy it, look in your My Gear menu and start sharing your favorite images.”

      • #80 by Escape on 2011.09.01 - 1:28 pm

        The PictureSurface idea is awesome. After purchased and dropped (in areas we rent like paz’, lots etc), allows us to upload (or use stock) images for display on the in-world “surface”.

        This was introduced about the same time as the various other signs (late 2009 early 2010?? not sure).


  43. #81 by vmcl1998 on 2011.08.31 - 4:15 am

    Woot – time to open the windows in the clubhouse and air it out!

    • #82 by DavyRocket on 2011.08.31 - 5:34 am

      Yeah and don’t forget about the vacuum cleaner, and windex πŸ˜›

      woohoo, 1 step closer to being done.

      By the way MW, what kind of batteries were you using for your camera. No one has asked that yet, so figured I would get that one out of the way, and that should complete ALL the questions about your camera.

      • #83 by xSnoopy on 2011.08.31 - 9:10 am

        Batteries? BATTERIES?? He don’t need no stinking batteries!!
        He has a 5,000 mile long extension cord.

  44. #84 by Dusky Rose on 2011.08.31 - 4:09 am

    Everyone keeps telling me will open in September. Any date set for a goal?

    • #85 by ForTehLulz on 2011.08.31 - 6:24 am

      No set date, no. I do recall Michael saying that it should be open during Summer, we just have to be patient though!

      • #86 by ImageMaker on 2011.08.31 - 2:37 pm

        Well, worth remembering that the time frame for ThereIM slipped by almost a month. Personally, I’ll be very, very happy if the 3D world is fully open by Christmas, but it’s looking (optimistically) like they may beat that time frame by a good margin. And no, I have no connection with Makena (other than that I’ve spent a few hundred dollars with them between 2004 and 2010 and expect to spend more in the near future); I’m making guesses based on the information available to the public.

      • #87 by Mark B. (Cowbellwalken) on 2011.09.01 - 8:30 am

        Well this is honestly the part of the There “Resurrection” that I appreciate taking longer anyway. Getting my inventory back on ThereIM was awesome and I appreciated it; but honestly getting the 3D world back is more important to me. If It takes until December then that’s just the way the cards have been dealt. The 3D world looks great according to the photos GP’s have shared so far; and with that in mind I fully appreciate folks finding bugs and making it work as smooth as possible in the meantime.

        With other games I’ve played on consoles; rushed deadlines only lead to an unpolished product. While online games have far more bugs (that constantly have to be worked out) I’m happy with them fixing as many as they can find before releasing anything to the public.

  45. #88 by Shivaki on 2011.08.31 - 3:57 am

    Thanks for the update.

    I just hope that the GPs don’t stay around Dune Canyon for too long. The last we need is for our testers to be cooked bacon.


  46. #89 by Stephen Mol on 2011.08.31 - 3:42 am

    Sounds great! Thank’s for the update.

  47. #90 by G on 2011.08.31 - 3:38 am

    Beautiful photos, as per usual.

  48. #91 by Leandra on 2011.08.31 - 3:37 am

    I’m excited!

  49. #92 by big noize on 2011.08.31 - 3:29 am

    Thanks for the updates… here’s my questions…Are these your photos?I if so what kind of camera do you use? Excellent shots

    • #93 by Jonathan on 2011.08.31 - 5:19 am

      He uses a Leica M9 – with a Noctilux-M 50mm lens! Crazily expensive, but hell, they take good quality images!

      • #94 by ImageMaker on 2011.08.31 - 2:34 pm

        No kidding — that Noctilux lens is worth more than all the cameras and computers I own plus my van, and it’s significantly less than the M9 body. The two together cost about as much as a brand new Kia.

  50. #95 by justagreatguy on 2011.08.31 - 3:25 am

    MW, I think I also have one of those memory leaks, can you fix it because I have trouble remembering to?

    • #96 by ImageMaker on 2011.08.31 - 2:33 pm

      Sorry, I think you have an unsupported operating system or patch. 😦

  51. #97 by Esky on 2011.08.31 - 3:21 am

    Good luck getting everything up and running… looking forward to going home πŸ™‚

  52. #98 by Raymond Scheffer on 2011.08.31 - 3:08 am

    I guess they are not allowed in There either? Joke!!

  53. #99 by Phantom_StormSniperBait on 2011.08.31 - 2:59 am

    i have been asked quite a few times what is Burning Man Fest and what it is about… here is a video of how it started etc…..

    As far as world status, great news to hear bugs are being fixed. Look forward to seeing you all in world at some point and if we keep on this pace, I will win the bet with my wife πŸ˜‰ Thanks to all the GP’s for being instruments of insanity lol

    Life is to short to not enjoy it while you can.. so instead of waiting till tomorrow, do the things you love today for tomorrow may never come.

  54. #100 by Mark Behncke (Cowbellwalken) on 2011.08.31 - 2:53 am

    Great news, thanks for the update!

  55. #101 by Wendy Stoll (Wendy50s) on 2011.08.31 - 2:15 am

    All good stuff! Thanks for the update!

  56. #102 by Escape on 2011.08.31 - 2:15 am

    Good to hear inventory loads (hate them unknown paper objects)!

  57. #103 by ImageMaker on 2011.08.31 - 2:05 am

    Wow, fixing the script memory leak? That’s been around since, like, forever! Now if I can just keep items in my view loading correctly after my object cache gets big…

  58. #104 by freecreed on 2011.08.31 - 1:56 am

    .. rock on .. Be There

  59. #105 by jimony on 2011.08.31 - 1:35 am

    Are those pics the people you have working on the bugs the GP’s find? It looks like the first one, she is a bit stumped on some of the code and the second one they are trying to figure out the paz layouts.

    • #106 by Greenie on 2011.08.31 - 1:28 pm

      *gigglesnorts and guffaws*
      Posts like these are priceless!

  60. #107 by martin71 on 2011.08.31 - 1:05 am

    great update thx

  61. #108 by Christy Clendenen on 2011.08.31 - 1:00 am

    I think I must be addicted.. my lappy is in my bed and I just cracked it open to see if There was a There update… way happy all is going well πŸ™‚ *closes lappy and goes back to sleep*

  62. #109 by Basya on 2011.08.31 - 12:56 am

    Thanks for the update! It looks like we may just be in world by my avie bday (Sept 16th) after all! What a way to celebrate! Have been enjoying the pics the new GP’s are showing us.

  63. #110 by ForTehLulz. on 2011.08.31 - 12:38 am

    Doesnt sound like there are too many bugs! Yet. Good work Makena!

  64. #111 by Sue_G on 2011.08.31 - 12:36 am

    Fantastic news! Closer & closer we get πŸ™‚ It gets more exciting everyday.

  65. #112 by PcDoc on 2011.08.30 - 11:39 pm

    Awesome update. Was worth the wait! πŸ™‚

  66. #113 by Tomixcomics on 2011.08.30 - 11:21 pm

    Oh, wow! How exciting! πŸ˜€
    I can’t wait to be in world again! Riding around all over the place, building, etc. πŸ™‚

    It feels so close! Right at the end of our fingertips!

  67. #114 by ketchup2k3 on 2011.08.30 - 11:13 pm

    Further things people shouldn’t call the office for.

    -Emotional Support
    -Lottery Numbers
    -Kitchen Fires

    • #115 by Melody_Chase on 2011.08.31 - 12:03 pm


    • #116 by Charlene Durbin on 2011.08.31 - 3:21 pm

      Hmmm…can I still call the office about an itch I can’t reach??? –Yupimagrl πŸ˜‰

      • #117 by Melody_Chase on 2011.09.01 - 2:18 pm


  68. #118 by GaryBob on 2011.08.30 - 10:47 pm

    I can almost taste the flaming banana!

  69. #119 by Kattwomann on 2011.08.30 - 10:41 pm

    I’m too tired for an exclamation point, but I’m excited. Really I am. It’s almost 4am here and I should be sleeping.
    Night night…..’zzzzzzz

  70. #120 by lionsheart on 2011.08.30 - 10:21 pm

    Looking forward to going home
    Its as if the planet as just come into veiw and you then get that feeling in your stomach knowing you are nearly THERE

  71. #121 by Seg_Vio on 2011.08.30 - 10:16 pm

    Glad to hear that things are smooth so far!
    Was the pictures taken in Cambodia? They are nice!
    They look like something you’d see in National Geographic!

  72. #122 by Bumpin42 on 2011.08.30 - 10:11 pm

    Sounds great guys, Closer and closer were getting before we`ll see our world ( yay ) Can`t wait all i do is sit here all day and facebook and watch tv, Talk about getting old. lol

    • #123 by Christy Clendenen on 2011.08.31 - 7:44 am

      I refuse to talk about getting old until we are doing it from our “Holodecks” *grinz*

  73. #124 by Harrison on 2011.08.30 - 10:04 pm

    Awesome! Can’t wait πŸ™‚

  74. #125 by Megs_happy on 2011.08.30 - 10:01 pm

    It’s Okay…waiting……waiting……I’ll keep on waiting

  75. #126 by Cyndi Yonkers on 2011.08.30 - 9:51 pm

    Everything sounds awsome. Sounds like things are popping!! Thank you Michael for the update. What great pictures of the beautiful children.

  76. #127 by Grimm on 2011.08.30 - 9:49 pm

    Bacardi 8 year old seems to have enhanced my perception of things tonight….

    Still – AWESOME work guys. Can’t wait to start dealing in badass again πŸ˜›

  77. #128 by Camel on 2011.08.30 - 9:21 pm

    Are you planning to give the under 18 population some warning not to try anything? I would hardly consider your personal blog to be official notice.

    • #129 by ImageMaker on 2011.08.31 - 2:30 pm

      There’s already what I believe to be a legally binding statement in the avatar recovery process requiring the participant to be 18 years or older; I expect the same thing will be found in the new TOS when they show up (which will presumably be before the 3D world opens). No one can enter There (as a legacy or as a new user) without agreeing to the TOS (whether they’ve read it or not, they state they have), which means anyone under 18 years of age will be committing a sort of fraud (“making a false statement”, “false representation”, or something of the sort) if they attempt to log in. Technically, such attempts *could* be treated as computer trespassing or computer tampering under Federal law (which would apply because There is a service available to residents of all 50 United States, as well as foreign countries), and could lead to criminal trial and jail time for the teen pretending to be an adult — though I doubt anyone is likely to pursue things that far unless there’s actual hacking going on.

      Bottom line, though, is that everyone will have been warned before they can manage to log into the 3D world, whether they read the warning or not (just as you’ve been warned as to speed limits whenever you drive, whether you actually read the speed limit signs or not), and any legal action taken by Makena, ranging from freezing or suspending an account to complete deletion of the avatar and all of its “property”, shouldn’t come as a surprise.

      • #130 by Camel on 2011.08.31 - 8:45 pm

        Actually, you have to be an adult to sign a legally binding contract – a child clicking through the TOS is not agreeing to anything in the eyes of the law. This is why every legitimate adult-only business on the planet requires age verification.

        Also, the TOS are the conditions you must obey (terms) to access to the world (service) – there is nothing legal or contractual about it, so you really shouldn’t spread this kind of FUD about it. The reason they exist is so that if YOU break the agreement, Makena can terminate your service, and YOU will have no legal recourse. Contrary to popular belief, no contract is required – our relationship with Makena is not complex enough to require one.

      • #131 by ImageMaker on 2011.09.01 - 2:06 am

        None the less, the under-18 population *will* be warned, and *will* be in violation if they bypass the age questions — and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if there were a form of age verification required to open a new, non-legacy membership (though that’s a slightly tricky thing to manage if you’re not going to accept credit cards).

        As for the TOS — if it has conditions (code of behavior and requirements), benefits (access to the 3D world), and penalties (loss of access, loss of virtual items gained from previous real money spent), for most common purposes it functions as a contract, and the new version will specify that you must be an adult to use the service. And a contract can be as simple as it needs to be — if you and I agree to exchange a few engraved portraits of Ben Franklin for the title to and possession of a large, complex machine, even if our contract consists of nothing more than “I’ll sell you this old Ford for $500”, signing over the title, handing you the keys, and a handshake, it’s legally binding — and there’s nothing at all complex about the relationship that transaction produces, yet the sale is a contract. The TOS of any online service is wildly more complex than any car sale between private individuals.

      • #132 by Charles Davis on 2011.09.01 - 10:05 am


    • #133 by Melody_Chase on 2011.08.31 - 2:53 pm

      One kid in a there FB group was posting how she hopes there will allow under 18 soon. When she was told it wasn’t gonna happen she said someone else in the group told her in about a year there would be open to all ages including under 18. Of course I don’t believe the nonsense but maybe MW has an opinion on the comment? Maybe a hell no or over my deleted avi body will do….

      • #134 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.31 - 3:28 pm

        It’s nonsense. I can only guess who’s spreading that rumor.

      • #135 by Melody_Chase on 2011.09.01 - 3:43 am

        Another persons reply…..

        Alexia Muzick — used to be 13+ but no longer will be when they do open the doors. no free accounts either. but if your like me, that won’t stop you. im 16 soon to be 17, and have recovered my Avie and everything. (I was a payed member when the doors closed btw not a free account) luckily when I came to, I did not know the age and made my account 18+. I also play SL, have a home and everything, everyone who knows me could not tell I was as young as I am. My closest friends know I’m rejoining So if your willing to pay the monthly if your parents are ok with it and if your mature enough to blend in with adults, then I say go for it.Β 

      • #136 by Michael Wilson on 2011.09.01 - 4:54 am

        Where was this?

      • #137 by Melody_Chase on 2011.09.01 - 3:51 am

        Don’t know how you’re gonna keep them out but looks like there will be a battle ahead….brats. Go find something constructive to do!!!

      • #138 by Melody_Chase on 2011.09.01 - 2:17 pm

        MW…it’s a FB group/fan page called

      • #139 by Andrew Harris on 2011.09.01 - 5:38 pm

        MW – I saw that post to. I just brushed it off as I know you guy’s will take care of that.

        My problem is, why does it have to be a problem with them? Have kids never heard of rules these days? Must be the parents. *queue Rebecca Black salty!*

  78. #140 by Greenie on 2011.08.30 - 9:17 pm

    Thought provoking images.

    You have quite a bank of willing GP’s to pull from. Bravo for all of the feedback the GP’s have been giving and the progress Team Phoenix has been making.

    It’s been fun putting THERE IM through the paces. I’m not finding alot of people online when I am. If you see me green, let’s make a scene!

    *okay, okay… update fever subsiding now*

  79. #141 by Seth on 2011.08.30 - 9:11 pm

    Sounds like the progress is getting significant. Thanks for the update and the hard work as always MW.

  80. #142 by jerzeesweetheart on 2011.08.30 - 8:54 pm

    That just brightened up my night, i can sleep well now πŸ˜€

  81. #143 by Brett Peake on 2011.08.30 - 8:53 pm

    Thanks for the update & all the hard work you guys are doing!! Cant wait to be home πŸ™‚

  82. #144 by There Subonline on 2011.08.30 - 8:53 pm

    hello there

    silent but looking and resurrecting … just a quick one .. u mentioned in posts about a give in ThereIM … has the idea beeen abandoned ? i resurrected my 4 premiums and i am ready to gift away all in one i think … over that i dont i am the only one so should be important ( or not, dont know ) to keep a cleaned system if u can set a delete avatar option so that i can eliminate all the premiums not needed in the future

    good day and great job u all

    • #145 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.31 - 5:02 am

      Still working on it, on the side. Got further, still some problems.

    • #146 by CpnBob on 2011.08.31 - 2:13 pm

      Oh, Yeah, Sub … I resurrected 2 alt avies, just to find that I had already transferred everything before closing, so I’m ready to remove the 2 mule avies. Guess I was smarter than I thought!

      • #147 by IMAKOS on 2011.09.01 - 7:07 am

        Hey!!! CpnBob, well we already knew you were a smart fellow. I wish I had transfered all of My stuff.. unlike you I can’t get my 2 alts resurrected.Good to see you on here.

      • #148 by Escape on 2011.09.01 - 1:40 pm

        Personally, I am holding off on resurrecting my alt. My thought is I don’t want to be obligated to pay the monthly fee right now. (If I resurrect, then I feel the need to pay.) Just my opinion. ‘wave

  83. #149 by Ray on 2011.08.30 - 8:49 pm

    hey MW : .,!,,.

  84. #150 by Ray on 2011.08.30 - 8:48 pm

    hey MW : .,!,,.?;

  85. #151 by dirty_dirtball on 2011.08.30 - 8:47 pm

    Sounds groovy…..can’t wait (but willl….patiently) πŸ˜›

  86. #152 by Yozh SunFlowers on 2011.08.30 - 8:47 pm

    Let the Ultimate Fun in the There Sun begin! β€’β™ͺβ™«β€’*Β¨*β€’.ΒΈΒΈβ˜…β˜Ό
    Cheerio all great, fine Thereians, have a Wonderful Day, see you in There 3D world! ‘sunflowerbow

    ~ Promoter of Colorful Joy and Positive Energy

  87. #153 by dakotaman on 2011.08.30 - 8:40 pm

    So glad that things are going smoothly, in spite of being ‘short-handed’. I almost can’t wait for my turn to set foot once again in the world I love so much!

    Carry on, Team Phoenix!!


  88. #154 by Melody_Chase on 2011.08.30 - 8:36 pm

    Awesome update. We are yet one more step closer to being There! And more great pics for our viewing pleasure…

  89. #155 by Lee on 2011.08.30 - 8:31 pm

    Thanks for the update. Hoping thing go smoothly from now on πŸ™‚

  90. #156 by Makhennzi on 2011.08.30 - 8:24 pm

    -Obligatory Great Job Comment Here- ‘tu

  91. #157 by thunderstoorm on 2011.08.30 - 8:21 pm

    So Mr. Wilson, in your opinion, are things going as expected?

    • #158 by jimony on 2011.08.31 - 7:43 am

      But was a copy post expected? Or is this a bug that needs to be reported?

      Just in case it is a bug, consider this an official notification that Michael Wilson is being bugged.

  92. #159 by thunderstoorm on 2011.08.30 - 8:20 pm

    So MW in your opinion, are things going as expected?

    • #160 by Michael Wilson on 2011.08.31 - 4:58 am

      Yes, you posted that question, just as I expected.

      • #161 by Dean Caballero ( Bumpin42 ) on 2011.08.31 - 5:52 am

        lol : )0

      • #162 by jimony on 2011.08.31 - 7:41 am

        Now THAT was a good one!

  93. #163 by JonmiChel on 2011.08.30 - 8:06 pm

    Yaaayyy seems like it’s gonna take a lil bit longer…. I’m so excited to get in There back! I’ve seen some pics from There and looks cooler with DX9 ^^ Good luck all those new chosen GP πŸ™‚

    PS: Great pics, btw :)!

  94. #164 by Fallax on 2011.08.30 - 8:04 pm

    Its getting very exciting..oh and love the have a good eye.

  95. #165 by dandaroo77 on 2011.08.30 - 8:03 pm

    Sounds great :). I can’t wait to get to There..:)

  96. #166 by joseph on 2011.08.30 - 7:56 pm

    wooooooo first comment ur doin great oh mighty mw keep it up

    • #167 by SaltySilver on 2011.08.31 - 1:10 pm

      • #168 by CpnBob on 2011.08.31 - 2:03 pm

        MW’s pics remind me of my trips to the Philippines, except the kids don’t have their hands in my pockets. lol

    • #169 by Okalnix on 2011.09.01 - 2:14 am

      This video its a beta test Aug 31 2011.
      On karuna place and testing hand drops.
      The speed info on the red line is only by recording, just a old pc.

      I am a basic member of there nothing special.
      Just a helping hand for the people and

      • #170 by IMAKOS on 2011.09.01 - 7:04 am

        Props are working great!! ”’yay thank you for the Video

      • #171 by PcDoc on 2011.09.01 - 11:19 am

        I was wondering if someone would actually indulge us with a video! Thanks!! ….and you have a LOT of props! πŸ™‚ lol

      • #172 by SaltySilver on 2011.09.01 - 1:02 pm

        wow, it was scaring me seeing those little red lines…. What program did you use, to do the Video? also Congrats to you Okalnix. πŸ˜€

      • #173 by JonmiChel on 2011.09.01 - 2:20 pm

        Cool video, altho you could add another one driving pretty please? πŸ˜› I miss buggies !!! ❀

      • #174 by Missiselle on 2011.09.02 - 1:17 am

        Gooood to know. thanks.

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