About GoSpeed

KONA Stream is proud to be a participant in the 2011 Second Life Home, Garden & Patio Expo. Our stream is piped through all 10 sims this year and will also be heard in the entertainment venues between performances. Look for myself or GoSpeed Racer to be wandering about the expo exploring the sights. Feel free to request a tune too!

We also are proud to announce we have our own standalone client for the Windows Desktop. From Win 98 to Win 7 you can now tune into KONA Stream using a very small, but efficient client that also has a 10 band equalizer and 3 layouts. You must have .NET 2.0 to use it which can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/net/download.aspx

The client can be downloaded here: http://www.konastream.com/files/KONA%20Stream%20Player.zip

Just unzip to the desired location, run the executable and a shortcut will be placed on your desktop.



KONA Radio will be participating at the Second Life 7th Birthday festivities this summer. The theme this year is “Unexpected Collaborations” and our exhibit will highlight some of the people who we’ve collaborated with the past 3 years. We will have a few live events planned to include a Motown night hosted by GoSpeed Racer and other themes. Real Life will keep us busy for most of the upcoming week but expect us be around early evenings and on the weekends.

Our location at SL7B

The doors open Monday the 21st at 10AM SLT. If you’re exploring on foot just look for a tall radio tower with a flashing red light on top.

Ready or Not

Shadows, a first look for me

Having recently acquired a new video card I decided to check out the unsupported shadows feature that’s appeared in the latest releases of the SL Viewer. The results weren’t too bad. The resulting frame rate for me was 8 FPS, somewhat usable for general SL use. The below video is the results I got.


You’ll notice that alpha textured items tend to flicker in and out and that the avatar shadow tends to degrade into point shadows.  Below are a few screen captures. The built in picture utility doesn’t work and fails to capture the shadows. A Print Screen or external utility will capture them though.

Shadows in SL

Under Crap's Tree - Shadows

In the above pic notice how dark it is at noon below Crap’s Clock Tree. Also notice how the eyes tend to glow/shine a bit too.

Shadows in Nowhereville

The Palm trees cast a shadow over the plane in the late afternoon. The shadows look weird at high noon as the prims used for the palm leaves  are vertically oriented and cast almost no shadow when the sun is overhead.

Shadows - midnight - no lite

Midnight is really dark now, even with the moonshine. GoSpeed’s fedora shades her face making it hard to distinguish her features.

I can imagine that many improvements and tweaks will occur before the shadow features are officially incorporated into the SL viewer.

KONA Radio in the news!

A while back I was interviewd for VR Style Magazine June 2009 Issue. The issue is now out and can be found here http://issuu.com/slvibe/docs/vrstyle-june09 . The interview can be found on page 142-145. All in all a pretty nice article. Maybe a bit brief but I’ll take the publicity where I can.  In the interview I stressed on how I tried to stay in touch with the SL community through DJ gigs, SL based sponsorships, promoting our “hometown artist” and sharing the music where I can. I recall as a youth hearing community radio stations that interacted with the locals. That is increasingly becoming a rarity nowadays. DJs and sales staff are being whacked left and right in favor of canned and syndicated programming. Those old fashioned mom and pop radio stations do exist. The other day I was exploring the great plains in Google Map and stumbled across a wiki link for Rugby, North Dakota, the geographic center of the North American continent. Seems they have their own radio station. Visit this link  KZZJ and explore the site a bit and you’ll get the picture on how radio used to be.

New KONA gear

Valentines Party gigs

Tonight I’ll be DJing at the Barn in Nantucket from 4-6pm SLT for their Valentines Day Extravaganza. Expect only the best in fine, romantic music.  Tonight’s event is is sponsored by three of SLNE’s businesses ; TenderLove, SHaFT Estates, & HappyHearts Singles Dating Service. All three will be raffling off select items from their offerings.  Other prizes will be awarded throughout the evening as well.
Nantucket Barn Valentines 2009

The  talented GoSpeed Racer will be commanding the KONA stream for her weekly gig from 1-3pm SLT at Fibber Magees in the Dublin 3 sim. She’s taking the opposite direction and playing some “anti-Valentine” tunes. So if you’re not in the mood for mush, be sure to go to her gig instead.
Spin and sip

Happy Valentines to you all!
Happy Valentines from Trill and Ravishal-3

Christmas Music at the Clocktower 5-7pm SLT

Tonight is GoSpeed’s normal gig at the Clocktower in Edloe. There is a chance neither of us can make it, BUT, the show will go on and Christmas tunes will play during that time. If you can’t be in world or at a place that carries KONA Radio then you can tune in the music at http://www.konastream.com , or you can go to iTunes and look for KONA Radio in the Golden Oldies section.

Merry Christmas and be safe!

Happy Holidays from KONA Radio

Talk Like a Pirate Day in Nowhereveille

Ahoy there! Tomorrow from 2-6pm SLT, and maybe even later, there will be a pirate party in Nowhereville. Don your favorite pirate costume and join us all in sunny, sandy Nowhereville.

Ready for the pirate party-3

Schedule: (all times SLT)

2-3pm : DJ Ravishal

3-4pm : Zacharias Loon

4-5pm : Patrick LaSalle

5-6pm : DJ GoSpeed

There will be contest for the best for best Pirate costumes and other fun events and hijinks! If you lack pirate gear we have a vendor with a wide selection of clothes and gadgets for you to buy. Here’s a handy SLURL that will drop you next to it and the main stage.

Remember to behave yourself or GoSpeed will hit you with a chair!

Eat Chair!!!!

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