Vendor changes, partial downtime Aug 26-Sept 3

In the coming week, I will be migrating all vendors from the existing vendor system to a more reliable reporting system  that will make things easier for me to manage and will be more efficient over all.  While the current system has not been particularly laggy and transactions occur regardless, I have been finding some  significant miscommunication and error reporting between the vendor and web-server of late, so I am switching to a different service.

Gift Certificate service may be variable or unavailable this week since there are quite a number of vendors that must make this transition; I would recommend that Organica customers refrain from making gift certificate purchase until such time that all the vendors are switched over. This should be complete by Sept. 3, 2010.

What does this mean to you as an Organica customer?

– Regular purchases will be minimally affected as I must make the transition on each individual vendor (there are hundreds). If there is an issue with one and you see that I am online (yes, it shows publicly when i am online), please do IM me and I will endeavor to help you out as best I can 🙂

– Gift certificates will not be available for purchase until all vendors are switched over. If you require a custom gift delivery, please IM me directly for service.

– Older gift certificates will no longer work after this week. If you purchased or received a gift certificate, you must IM me to exchange it for a new gift certificate of equivalent value.

– After the switch, items can be purchased either for one’s self or as gifts (without the need for a separate gift certificate). This will include both mod/trans and mod/copy items.

– The new system will open up possibilities for loyalty reward programs and coupons – more on this later after the switch is made.

New releases will be announced and make their way on to the sales-floor after this vendor transition is complete.

Please do feel free to IM me if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you for your patience during this time of transition.

Succulent releases, Hunt & RFL wrap-up.

Thanks to all who helped to make the SL House and Garden hunt a success!  It was crazy busy and I’m really happy to have heard the feedback surrounding the hunt item!

I realize two releases in as many weeks is more than normal – hopefully this doesn’t come off as being too spammy – but I am going away for SLCC this weekend and would rather put out something for you now than wait until afterward.

Two new items are now available;

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These are great for ground cover in a dry, rocky or sandy environment. Both are available now both inside the store and out on the grounds.

Related to releases, some of you have noticed that the bougainvillea gate vendor disappeared this week; this is because RFL has concluded. All told, total sales for the item raised $36000L for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life!  Thanks for your support! The gate will now be made available normally in both mod/transfer and mod/copy editions.

Also, as the SL House and Garden hunt promotion has concluded, sales for the Alder bonsai have also resumed as per normal in both mod/transfer and mod/copy editions.

More items will be on the way some time after SLCC.

As always, these and other items are available at my store in Organica.

SL Home and Garden Hunt + New release!

SL H&G Hunt Texture-2010Organica will be a part of the 2010 SL House and Garden Hunt! It runs from August 1 through 7th and features a wide variety of content from new and established content creators!

I’m offering the following item this year! It won’t be exclusive and it won’t be released for *sale* until after the hunt, but it *will* be a free item for the duration of the hunt!

alderbonsai-vendorAdditionally, I’m releasing another bonsai *today*!

japanesemaplebonsai-vendorThis 3 prim bonsai comes with an additional bonsai stand and much like the newest Japanese Maples, has one texture change script to switch between green and red foliage. It is offered both mod/trans and mod/copy and is great for your own home or as a gift!

As always, Organica products are available at my store in Organica!

Organica 2010 Photo Contest Winners

By now I’m sure quite a number of you are very anticipatory about the winners of the contest. In total, six entrants sent in three entries each.

The judging process was pretty difficult – there was quite a variety of excellent shots and the judges had difficulty concurring on pictures overall. Three rounds of judging were undertaken – each judge chose three photos according to the listed criteria – their top three favourites, picking a maximum of one photo from any one entrant. This left us with a total of 8 chosen photos, which were taken to the second round, which had judges rank from 1 through 8 which they liked most. Rankings were added up and the photos with the lowest number (IE: highest ranking) were found to be the winners. A third round was undertaken to break the tie for third place.

Our judges were Astrin Few – Live musician and administrator of the Live Music Enthusiasts group, Moo Money – well known machinimatographer and texture guru, and Sandusky Kayvon – developer for The Wastelands and co-editor of the Post-Apocalyptic Press.

The winners are:

For third place (L$2500):
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For Second Place (L$5000)

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and for 1st place, winner of L$10,000:

Contest2010-E03-03Entry #3 from Carthalis Rossini

All Qualified Entries:

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Melodie Darwin

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Vesper Dreamscape

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Carthalis Rossini

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Eclectic Wingtips

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Roy Howley

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Griete Rasmusson

Late Entries:

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Bakahatsu Otsuka

Photo contest Final results delayed

Hi folks – due to an unplanned mismatch in schedules and extended deliberation due to a large number of quality submissions, final results for the contest are currently delayed, hopefully for no lnoger than one day. More info to come shortly 🙂

RE: Photo contest

The submission period for the photo contest is now closed; thanks to all who sent in their entries! There will be quite a few for judges to choose from!

All individuals who submitted entries will have been sent a confirmation email as of today to note the reception of their entry. If you have not received the email, please contact me (Aki Shichiroji) and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Winners will be announced on May 1, 2010!

Home Garden and Patio Expo 2010

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Organica will be at Home, Garden and Patio Expo this year! The store is located at booth #68, located in the Home Expo 7 sim!

Come by to support the Relay For Life campaign, check out new & recent releases, pick up freebies, and just explore in general. The Expo has grown to twice its size from last year, so there is definitely a helluva lot to see here!

The event will also offer raffle and auction prizes, all to benefit the American Cancer Society.

It begins Saturday, April 10 at 8AM SLT and runs through until April 17 at 10PM SLT.

See you there!

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Today is the big day!

Organica celebrates its official opening this afternoon from 4-6PM SLT with some great tunage, prizes and discounts for today only!

Join us in Organica Sim for your chance at some pretty valuable gift vouchers,

The sim is presented in two parts that will combine what regular visitors will be used to based on the previous store set-ups both in Sylvan and abroad:

First, much of the sim is devoted to displaying new stock. Visitors are free to explore the ground level areas and will find vendors for stock on display next to most items.

Visitors will additionally be able to browse vendor boxes for most stock within the Japanese styled building just west of the store landing point.

Out with the old

Sort of. Some of you will have received updates for your products earlier this week or may be receiving further updates soon.  Many items were updated to use more efficient foliage and rather than making you buy new ones, they were passed out to existing customers on record.  If you have one of the following items and haven’t yet received an update, please pass me a notecard with your transaction number or a screenshot of the edit menu that comes up when you edit your tree and sit tight – I do have records, but they are plentiful, very old, and archived. Since I am also in the middle of organizing events for today, there may also be some delay in my getting back to you right away.

Updated Items: Cherry 1, Cherry 2, Japanese Maple 1, Spruce 2, Trident Maple 2

***Trident Maple will be sent out later today – please wait until after March 21 to send inquiries about this update***

Some items have been withheld from sale and are on hold pending update or retirement. If you don’t see something you were looking for, please ask.

There are other items that are being retired from display entirely due to age and lack of space.  These items will be found in the store on the right-hand side at permanently discounted prices. They may at some point be retired from sale entirely, though such will be announced specifically at some later point on the blog or through notecard.

In with the New

sugarmaple2-vendor2 This package of young sugar maple trees includes five different seasonal foliages – Spring, two Autumn shades, Winter and Lit.  A first for Organica also is texture change scripts (which were also included with the Trident Maple 2 update) which are available as a seperate single tree in the package for those who wish to use them.

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These trees are available in three sizes and are great as broad forest items. They include both spring and autumn foliage, scripted and unscripted.

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A taller, fuller edition to the Japanese Maple series, this tree reflects the lush and humid nature of the natural environment Japanese Maples hail from.  This tree is again available in green and red foliage, along with a scripted edition which can switch between the two.

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This is an arched trellis covered in bougainvillea vines and will be the first of Organica’s contributions to this year’s Relay for Life campaign for the American Cancer Society.

On Scripted Trees
I have long debated about the use of scripts to control tree textures since folks have a tendency to use so many trees at a time. Particularly in light of the lower prim offerings many tree stores offer today, the potential for increased lag server side is certainly there.  I’m not going to say the scripted trees I have begun offering are ‘lag free’, since no scripted object can ever claim that no matter how many times those words are bandied about in all-caps.

With that said, the scripts in each tree presented thus far have been found to average 0.03ms each, which is quite reasonable on a sim that is performing properly.  For those who are a bit more script conscious, non-scripted editions will always be provided for every foliage texture used in the scripted edition.

Photo Contest!

takingpictureAs part of the fun going on at Organica this month, I’m please to announce Organica’s first ever photo contest!

The Basics:

– Submit up to three (3) of your best photos taken in Organica Sim.

This contest is FREE to enter and the first, second and third place winners will receive the following prizes:

1st place: L$10,000 prize

2nd place: L$5,000 prize

3rd place: L$2,500 prize

– Contest ENDS at 12 Midnight, April 21, 2010

– Photos will be judged by three independent, impartial judges, and winners announced no later than  12 Midnight, May 1, 2010.

The Details:

– Photos must be sent to organicaphotocontest2010@spacylittlecowgirl.otherinbox.com no later than 12 midnight, Wednesday April 21, 2010.

– Photos can feature anything as long as they are recognizably taken in Organica, don’t contain adult content and are not defamatory in any way to any party or individual.

– Each contestant must submit ONLY photos of their own creation.

– Each contestant will be entitled to win only one of the three prizes, despite entry of several photos. The allowance for up to three photos gives entrants the opportunity to display the breadth of their work and allows the judges a larger pool to pick from. The selection of one photo for a prize will immediately invalidate the contestant from any other prize. This is to keep the contest fair and fun, while allowing folks the freedom to display their creative ability.

– By entering this contest, you consent to the publication of the photo (attributed to you) on the Organica blog, in Organica’s Flickr Contest pool, and in-world. All intellectual property will be respected and the photo will not be used in any way shape or form except to discuss the contest.

– There are vendors on the grounds, situated near some items. You will not be expected to photograph these – in fact I would encourage you not to. You can remove these vendors from view prior to taking your snapshot by opening up your Advanced menu (if you don’t have it revealed already, it’s control+alt+shift+d on a PC and command+alt+shift+d on a Mac), select Rendering>Hide Selected.  Then right click>edit each prim from the vendor (there are usually 5 in total) to erase them from view on your screen.

– Photo-editing IS permitted as long as the content is recognizably taken on Organica sim. Understandably, not all viewpoints and shots will be optimal and you may wish to tweak your visual treatments.  This is fine!