Visit InWorldz Desert Island welcome area today and check out the new look christmas themed region for 2013. The welcome area is covered in snow, christmas trees, snowmen and santa helpers. There is exactly two weeks to go until christmas day which is always awesome. It’s time to visit and hangout with friends by the warm fire.
The bear with his santa helpers.
Snowman looks for others.
Nice christmas trees surrounding the welcome hub.
It certainly feels like christmas time now around InWorldz. Great job to all those that helped out with the christmas theme because it’s brilliant this year.
It’s very sad news that on 9th December 2013 Osprey Therian passed away in real life due to battling against MS. I was a friend of Osprey and I followed her Twitter updates. Osprey was lovely person and very kind to all. Osprey will be missed deeply by the SL community and RL family.
If you knew her please send tribute messages on her SL profile page.
RIP Osprey Therian
Today there is a new version (2.5.6) of the popular Lumiya android app which is now available to download and install. This new version comes with many new features, improved performance and it fixes many issues. Since the launch of Lumiya there have been 10,000 – 50,000 installs of the app which is amazing.
What’s new in version 2.5.6?
- Sending and receiving group invites;
- Support for persistent mute/block list;
- Option to view your own profile;
- L$ transaction log;
- Improved performance when handling large chat histories;
- Improved performance of flexible prims in 3D mode;
- Fixed an issue with touching complex mesh objects;
- Fixed a few known crash issues.
I really enjoy using the Lumiya app on a regular basis because it’s simple and fast to access Second Life/OpenSim grids. The app handles everything alright on my smartphone and tablet android devices. I strongly recommend everyone trying Lumiya out today because it offers so much.
BURN2 Santalarity event in Second Life will be starting this year on Saturday 14th December 2013. The event starts at 10am SLT through to 10pm SLT and this year the theme is Ice Planet. The BURN2 sims have been transformed into an ice planet which is set in the future. It’s going to be great fun this year and celebrate once again on the wonderful playa.
Everyone is welcome to attend and please spread the word this week. Thanks!
Today the annual Bay City tree lighting event took place over at Bay City Fairgrounds in Second Life featuring live music, a skate party and a silent auction between 1pm to 4pm SLT on Sunday 8th December 2013. This year I saw many new changes including a Christmas themed stage and a snow-covered region which looked absolutely brilliant.
Everyone having fun and dancing to the live music.
The guests: GoSpeed Racer, Grace McDunnough and Christov Kohnke put on a great show this year for everyone. Every year the annual tree lighting gets better and bigger with more visitors attending. All funds raised during the event have will be sent to the Child’s Play Charity soon.
Great flower/Christmas stage this year.
Awesome work by Marianne McCann, Pygar Bu, and The Linden Department of Public Works, Michael Linden for decorating North Channel region for this special annual event. It’s the best one yet. Bring on 2014!
Episode two called Old Friends of The Blackened Mirror season 2 aired today at 2pm SLT and now it’s available to watch now. Episode two runs for seven minutes and nineteen seconds. I think there is alot of action and dark scenes in this episode. It’s great series so far and everyone should watch The Blackended Mirror for many exiting surprise and twists.
Epsiode 2 details
Quinn has been brought face tio face with his past, in the shape of the mysterious Doctor. What secrets are hidden in the Asylum – and is there anty safety, even beyond its walls?
See below for the updated season 2 release schedule for 2013/2014 upcoming episodes so that you won’t miss anything.
Season 2 Release Schedule
Episode 2.1 : Reversals of Fortune (Dec. 1) Episode 2.2 : Friends of Old (Dec. 8)
- Episode 2.3 : Catching Up (Dec. 15)
- Episode 2.4 : “Missing You” (Jan. 12)
- Episode 2.5 : “No More Angels” (Jan. 19)
- Episode 2.6 : “Decisions” (Jan. 26)
What do you think of this episode ?
It’s possible that before the end of 2013 Linden Lab may release a Oculus Rift viewer for Second Life if everything goes to plan otherwise don’t expect anything until January/February 2014. Apparently the Oculus Rift consumer version won’t be released until late 2014. Expect the official announcement and timeline soon.
Voidpointer Linden mentioned Oculus Rift in a recent Beta Server Office Hour.
- VoidPointer Linden: Adding support for Oculus Rift is feature-complete and should be released “soon”.
- VoidPointer Linden: More information will be in an upcoming announcement, and I can’t give an exact timeline, but it’s close
Recently there has been news that Linden Lab have finished making the Oculus Rift viewer which is fantastic news. I’m sure there will be huge interest on the grid when it finally launches and many will try this out for sure. It’s the next big thing for Second Life!
More updates soon. Stay tuned!
I received good news today that my blog has been nominated for Avi Choice Awards 2013 which is fantastic and thanks so much for voting. Hopefully my SL blog will win this year on 15th December 2013. I’ll have to wait and see.
Congratulations! You have been nominated by your fans for the 2013 Avi Choice Awards in the Entertainment categories. The voting period ends on Dec. 13th and the awards show will take place at the Xmas Expo 2013 regions on Dec. 15th @ 3pm SLT.
The show will be televised on Aview TV and broadcast on T1 Radio. If you are the Avi Choice nominee who receives the most votes, your trophy will be sent to you via your inventory profile on the evening of Dec. 15th or the morning of Dec. 16th.
What is The Avi Choice Awards ?
The Avi Choice Awards is the premier annual awards presentation recognizing the people and talent of Second Life’s® amazing creations, completely chosen and voted on by SL™ residents.
I can’t wait for the results!
Breaking news from the Relay For Life group in Second Life today that SL resident Alliez Mysterio has passed away to Breast Cancer 2 weeks ago which is deeply sad news. Alliez Mysterio was the owner of dAlliez Estates and one of the creators of the Estate System in Second Life.
Alliez Mysterio joined Second Life on 22nd April 2004 and her first sim was opened in December 2004 called Rue dAlliez. It was home to T1Radio and the Relay Rockers team until 2011 which is well-known. Alliez Mysterio supported Relay Rockers and Relay For Life in Second Life since 2005.
It’s sad to hear that a well-known member of the Second Life community has passed away in real life and she will never be forgotten. This is the group notice posted today from Relay For Life group in Second Life on the passing of Alliez Mysterio…
it is with deep sadness and sense of loss that i share with all of you the passing of Alliez Mysterio to Breast Cancer.
Alliez was the owner of dAlliez Estates and one of the creators of the ‘Estate System’ in Second Life. Her first sim Rue dAlliez was opened in Dec 2004 and was the home of T1Radio and the Relay Rockers team until 2011.
Alliez was a founding member of the Relay Rockers and sponsored and supported the team and Relay For Life in Second Life since its inaugural event in 2005.
Losing Alliez is a loss not just to those of us who knew and loved her, but to all of Second Life.
Please join Nuala and I in extending sincere condolences to Sue Peregrine, her daughter, and to her families in both worlds. We will miss our dear friend very much.
This year’s Holidays Of Hope Ball will be held in Alliez’ honor, and the 2014 Relay Rockers will be dedicating our 10th season in honor of one of our founding members.
On Saturday 7th December 2013 all day there will be a memorial service on her sim dAlliez to celebrate her life in RL and to celebrate life in Second Life. Alliez Mysterio favourite musicians and her dAlliez family and friends will be attending. There will be kiosks set up for donations to the American Cancer Society and in the name of Alliez in L$’s.
For more information contact, Trader1 Whiplash, Nuala Maracas, Sue Peregrine, or Polgara LLewellyn in celebrating the SL life of Alliez.
RIP Alliez Mysterio
Come along to a special event tonight from 6pm to 8pm SLT at Bay City stage and share stuff with the rest of the SL community either by voice or text. It’s going to be great fun during this special occasion. Everyone is welcome to attend!
The Pen proudly presents Espresso Yourself night, Tuesday, the 3rd of December from 6-8 p.m. SLT.
What is “Espresso Yourself?” It’s a chance to take your spot on the stage and share. Tell a joke, share your poetry, read a chapter from your favorite book, sing a song. Just share! Voice or Text. Talent not required, but passion is mandatory. Also, no mimes.
The Pen, located in the heart of Bay City – Mashpee
Check out the magical and wonderful Christmas at Winter Holiday Village destination in Second Life today because it’s celebrating its 5th winter season on the grid. Go sim-wide ice skating, visit the polar bear pond, penguin park and meet Santa to celebrate the Christmas season. The event runs through until Tuesday 24th December 2013.
It’s a lovely location to visit if you are in the mood for Christmas season currently and it’s a great location to take snapshots of the amazing winter landscape. So far it’s one of the best Christmas villages I’ve visited on the grid and so this becomes my top personal favourite destination.
Check out my Christmas at Winter HolidayVillage snapshots below to see the regions in more detail.
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My personal rating: 10/10
This is the winter update on Second Life statistics 2013.
SL Total Regions
My last post on Second Life statistics was published on 1st October 2013 for the autumn update and it still appears that private regions are declining week on week for many reasons. Tyche Shepherd yesterday published that year to date of private estate losses now stands at 1, 568 (7.5%) via SLUniverse Forums.
This time last year the year to date of private estate losses went up to 2, 500 regions however this year the decline is slower but it’s still alarming. 2013 started with 28, 036 main grid regions and today it’s dropped down to 26, 403 regions. If rates continue as they are then I would expect total main grid regions to be around the 24, 000 mark or less this time next year.
I do hope the SL economy will see growth again but it’s unlikely to happen without more investment.
On 6th January 2013
- Total main grid regions: 28, 036
- Total private estates: 20, 921
- Total Linden owned: 7, 115
On 21st July 2013
- Total main grid regions: 27, 079
- Total private estates: 19, 997
- Total Linden owned: 7, 082
On 1st October 2013
- Total Main Grid regions: 26, 729
- Total Private Estates: 19, 645
- Total Linden owned: 7, 084
On 1st December 2013
- Total Main Grid regions: 26, 403
- Total Private Estates: 19, 424
- Total Linden owned: 6, 979
The graph shows a down hill drop of main grid total regions during the past year or so.
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SL Daily Concurrency Levels
Since October 2013 the daily concurrency levels seem to be reaching a peak of 60, 000 to a low peak of 29, 000 on a daily basis since October 2013. The median daily concurrency went up to the 46, 000 mark with the mean daily concurrency being around 45, 000 mark. I would expect the daily concurrency levels to pick up now as we head into the Christmas season and the new year months.
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As of 2nd December there are now 36,201,866 signups for Second Life since 2003. According to Dwell On It statistical graphs it appears that the rate of signups on a daily basis is now between 10, 000 to 12, 000 which is much slower than it was at the start of 2013 when it reached between 16, 000 – 17, 000 signups on a daily basis.
Next stats update
The next statistics update will be published in March/April 2014.