Today marks six years since I first started to blog about Second Life back on 18th December 2007 which seems a long time ago now. In six years I have blogged about the biggest SL news stories and popular events on the grid because I love keeping everyone informed on what’s going on. I have enjoyed visiting opensim grids and blogging about the experiences I had.
New blog milestone
Other interesting stats I would love to share:
- 891 views – highest ever for blog post on 6th November 2012
- 1,772 posts
- 92 categories
- 39 tags
- 389 wordpress blog followers with 3,366 other followers
- 1, 513 shares
This week my SL blog reached the 260, 000+ hits milestone which is awesome and it won’t be long until it surpasses the big 300, 000 milestone. On average my blog receives between 8, 000 to 11, 000 hits per month. October 2013 was the best month for my blog with a total of 11, 230 hits.
Thanks to everyone that has followed my SL blog, mentioned it and made comments since December 2007. I will continue to blog for many more years to come because I love Second Life/OpenSim. Stay tuned for 2014 opensim adventures and SL explorations across the grid. Thanks so much for visiting!
SL Breaking News: During today’s server scripting meeting Andrew Linden made a big announcement that he is leaving Linden Lab on 19th December 2013 which is very shocking news and sad because Andrew Linden has been with the lab since the early days of Second Life. Andrew Linden was a great developer at the lab and he joined Second Life on 2002-06-04. So that’s 11 years and 6 months ago.
- C++ developer at Linden Lab
- Worked on SL servers & backend architcture
- Participated in weekly Simulator User Group office hours
- Answered questions on server bugs, architecture, and the current state of development in LL
Andrew Linden final farewell message
This is going to be my last User Group meeting as a Linden: I’ve decided to leave LL and pursue other things. I’ve really enjoyed these User Group meetings, which is why I’ve been showing up all these years.
Andrew Linden confirmed his new project
I’m going to join Philip and his new project. Not because I don’t love SL or am not excited about what LL is working on, but because I’m ready for a change, and I really like working with Philip.
Andrew Linden will be missed deeply by the SL community after today. I wish him all the best in his new job at High Fidelity with Philip Rosedale and thanks for making Second Life a better place to be..
The annual Avi Choice Awards for 2013 took place from 3pm SLT for a few hours or so on Sunday 15th December 2013 and hundreds of avatars attended the live show inworld/livesteam channel. Today the Avi Choice Awards 2013 final results have been published on the official Avi Awards website. See the final results for the top 5 and the winner of each category from lowest to highest in votes received.
My blog was featured in the list of Favorite SL Media/News Source which was great to see but it was not chosen as the winner. Hopefully next year I’ll win something.
Favorite SL Media/News Source
New World Notes – Hamlet Au
Daniel Voyager Blog – Daniel Voyager
Associated SL Press – Frolic Mills
Metaverse TV – Robustus Hax
The SL Enquirer: Lanai Jarrico - Avi Choice
Well done to all the WINNERS that got awards for Avi Choice Awards 2013.
Did you win a award this year ?
In 2014 the year ahead in Second Life there are many exciting events to look forward to and spread the word about. These annual events are very popular within the Second Life community and I love them so much. Click the links to find out more details about each event happening in 2014.
Home and Garden Expo 2014
In 2014, Home and Garden Expo (HGE or Expo) is celebrating its seventh anniversary as one of the grid’s premiere fundraising mega-events! The dates have been set, so mark your calendars: Home and Garden Expo will run from May 15, 2014 through May 27, 2014 with a Press Preview May 13 and 14.
Relay For Life in Second Life 2014
Second Life 11th birthday
- Events and dates to be confirmed
Bay City 2014 annual events
- Bay City will be hosting it’s sixth Bay City anniversary, Hot Bay City Nights, Mole Day, Fashion Week, Tree Lighting and much more. There will be regular meetings and special occasions during the year which is always worth attending.
One Billion Rising 2014
- To be confirmed (February 2014)
If you know of any other big SL events happening in 2014 then please comment and I’ll be happy to add them to the list above for 2014.
Its time to look back at InWorldz memorable events and new records set month by month during 2013. InWorldz is one of my top favourite grids to visit on a regular basis and it’s full of friendly people. InWorldz continues grow in terms of sign ups, active users and regions every month. All links and dates shown below are my blog.
- Nothing to report during this month
- Nothing to report during this month
2014 the year ahead – events to look forward to…
- InWorldz reaching the 100, 000 registered users milestone
- Elf Clan Fantasy Art Festival
- InWorldz 5th birthday celebrations
- 3rd season of Relay For Life
- 5th InWorldz Annual Holiday Gala
- More new improvements, fixes, records and more!
- Dates to be confirmed!
2013 was a fun and interesting year for InWorldz and I can’t wait to see what 2014 has ahead for the InWorldz grid. Next year will mark my 4th year on the grid of InWorldz. Woooot!!!
Kylie Sabra announced in a group notice on Thursday 12th December 2013 that UCCSL group will be taking a break over the christmas season and they will be back in January 2014 taking action again. Kylie Sabra mentions that “Failing an acceptable revision by end of February, we begin assertive actions”. Then Kylie finally goes on to say “Five months is more than enough for Linden Lab to have worked out a resolution to address our concerns”. I totally agree on whats said and five months is long enough to sort out the TOS concerns with a final resolution.
Status Update from Kylie Sabra
Thursday,12 Dec 2013 19:59:32 GMT
Good day, Members:
We are taking a break during the month of December. Business slow down and so should we. I encourage you to enjoy this holiday season. Continue to spread the word about the UCCSL. We will be back to being the proverbial thorn in Linden Lab’s side at the first of the year. Failing an acceptable revision by end of February, we begin assertive actions. Five months is more than enough for Linden Lab to have worked out a resolution to address our concerns.
Stay tuned for more details about the TOS in the new year 2014 unless the lab addresses it before the end of the year. I would personally like to thank UCCSL group members for taking action this year and keeping us all informed on the latest developments from Linden Lab. Hopefully Linden Lab sort this out finally within the next month or so.
This is a special early post looking back at the first six months of 2013 in Second Life on what happened between January 2013 to June 2013 including Linden Lab announcements, popular SL news stories and big events that shaped 2013. All links below are from my blog posts during the first six months of 2013 and I’ll be publishing the final six months of 2013 post before the end of December 2013. Stay tuned for that.
I can’t believe it’s nearly christmas and 2014 already!
My next special Second Life year in review 2013 post – part 2 from July 2013 to December 2013 will be published very soon.
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 ?