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
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
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.
After weeks and months of waiting The Blackened Mirror has returned with a new season 2 and episode 1 can be viewed here. Episode 1 runs for ten minutes and thirty one seconds. Season 2 went live on Sunday 1st December at 2pm SLT and hundreds of avatars viewed the new episode.
Episode 1 / Season 2
As Season 2 opens, Harland Quinn, Private Investigator, is forced to face up to his past and to meet old – and new – enemies. But what has become of his companions, the enigmatic Alais Alleyn and her redoubtable champion, Mister Biggins
Stay tuned for Episode 2 coming soon.
Episode 14 has been released of The Drax Files featuring Rose Borchovski who is one of the most popular artists on Second Life and in this episode she shares her wonderful art work with the rest of the world. Drax and Rose discuss inspirations, current projects and much more. Episode 14 runs for four minutes and fifty nine seconds. Great work!
See Episode 14 here of The Drax Files.
Rose Borchovski’s installations are by far are unique and the best on the grid I think. This is another amazing episode and overall there is always new things to learn in The Drax Files when new episodes are uploaded.