Category Archives: SL Cool Stuff
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!
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!
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.
- Click snapshots to view them larger
My personal rating: 10/10
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.
InWorldz will be having its 4th annual holiday gala for 17 days starting in December 2013 and all money proceeds will benefit the Toys For Tots foundation. The InWorldz holiday gala starts on Saturday 7th December through to Monday 23rd December which is open to all InWorldz residents to attend. It’s set to be a great event for InWorldz with entertainment, auctions, live dj events, storyteller events and much more.
The 4th Annual…
InWorldz Sponsored Holiday Gala
Benefiting Toys For Tots Foundation
December 7th thru December 23rd 2013 – Open to all IW residents!
A 17 day long event in which all proceeds will benefit Toys For Tots foundation. Filled with amazing winter and holiday builds, entertainment and auctions, the Holiday Gala promises to once again be a spectacular event for InWorldz!
We will be holding a fashion show via InStylez Modeling agency, A total of 3 Auctions & Entertainment- Several Live music and DJ events, as well as Storyteller events.
ABOUT TOYS FOR TOTS
A bit about Toys For Tots and OUR mission to help..
“The mission of Toys For Tots is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted”. “All funds collected in InWorldz will go straight to our founders which will be donated to the Toys For Tots organization for this purpose. All builds, auction and sale items and entertainment is on a voluntary donation basis for this purpose.
WINTER & HOLIDAY BUILDS
We are looking for content creators to do Winter & Holiday builds for display. You may also sell your sim builds at the auction or in a kiosk, but all proceeds must go towards Toys For Tots. It is not demanded that your build be auctioned or sold towards this charity but bare in mind we are doing this for needy children. Those who are donating all or parts of your build please retain a copy for yourself for your own use or sales. If you are building or donating AN EXCLUSIVE- PLEASE SPECIFY. Also if something you don’t have permissions to donate (such as trees you purchased to surround your build) please specify in auction notes that trees do not come with it.
Winter & Holiday builds are a great way to showcase your work and you may use a lm/notecard giver to put a sign on so people can find your store and see/buy additional work from you.
This year we are holding 3 auctions. December 8th – Christmas Tree Auction, December 15 Christmas Tree Auction & the MAIN BUILDS, GOODS & SERVICES AUCTION Dec 23rd.. All are welcome to donate AND participate in purchasing items for these auctions.
TREE AUCTIONS- This year we have a lot set aside for our Christmas tree auction. We ask that you sens us 3 copies of the tree to be auctioned. One for display in thew lot, and two boxed versions for the two auction dates. Additionally we will have some donated trees in kiosks with proceeds to go to Toys For Tots. Please let us know if you would like to leave a kiosk tree
Scripts MUST be kept to a minimum and excessive or laggy scripts are subject to be asked to be removed at the discretion of the IW Events staff. No frequent “updating scrips” may be used such as updating texture switchers which 2 years ago rendered the holiday gala inaccessible until removed due to lag. We do understand that decorations on trees etc are essential for the holidays but please be conscious If you are not sure of a script please sens a notecard to EventsCoordinator InWorldz and I will have a tech look it over.
Last year we incorporated an art gallery into the main music venue build. We are doing that again this year as sales do go 100 percent towards charity. I would like to ask artists to place and sell one or more pieces of work for sale to benefit Toys For Tots. There should be TWO versions of 2D or 3D art. One for display, NOT for sale, and one in a Toys For Tots Kiosk for those purchasing a copy. Your vendor with the art should be placed close by your display version You may place your own art. Please be considerate of your fellow exhibitors…Winter or holiday themed art is desirable but is not necessary.
Artists should contact: Wolf Hartnell to be included in the gallery. Art must be hung/shown and in kiosks by December 5th.
Santa’s Workshop is a fun and beautiful build buyt it is so much more! It is a HUGE and fully Functional STORE filled with donated items in kiosks from Gifts, to Fashion, to Furniture and more! All items will be sold with complete proceeds to benefit Toys For Tots. Please donate PG Items only! Contact Sheku Thor or Tamara Redenblack for information. Kiosks will be made available to all outside of Santa’s Workshop. Thank you all in advance for your very generous participation & donations!
There are 3 venues for entertainment this year. Most events will be at The Crystal Palace Stage for Live Performers & Djs. Storytellers will be located in The Storyteller’s Hollow- A cozy spot beneath the rooty hollow of a giant tree. The 3rd will be DJ Astoria’s Ice Rink. If you care to throw a skating party this is the place to be!
ENTERTAINERS, STORYTELLERS, LIVE PERFORMERS, DJ’s, HOSTS
We will try our best to welcome all who wish to join in as performers! Please send a notecard to EventsCoordinator InWorldz or Bookings Manager Astoria Luminos requesting to volunteer! We will do our best to schedule and promote your performance here. NO TIP JARS- Remember- this is a VOLUNTARY CHARITY event – All tips and donations are being sent to Toys For Tots! Thank you all who volunteer to help the children! Hosts are welcome and needed as well- please send EC or MidnightRain Glas a notecard!
Musical Restrictions- Please remember this is an “open to all ages event” to benefit children- music should be appropriate for all audiences and winter/Chritmas/Holiday themed. Thank you in advanced for understanding the importance of this
FASHION SHOW – InStylez will be doing a Holiday Fashion Show- Designers needed- Please contact Raven Dulce to have your fashions participate. – The Date for the Fashion show is Saturday December 7th at 2 PM IW time – Opening day of the Holiday Gala.
Sim builds are to be completed by December 5th with exception to those our management team are updating. To enable us to prepare for future events, we ask that all items be removed from the events sims starting January 10th. Items remaining will be auto returned by January 15th.
HOW CAN I JOIN/ HELP – Send a notecard to EventsCoordinator InWorldz – EC and let her know what aspect you are interested in- building, auction, donating, art, Santa’s workshop, hosting, entertaining or a combination of things. Entertainers should include what TYPE of entertainment they are offering and their stream information. Building is open now and you may start as soon as you are assigned a lot.
Will you be attending this year ?
The excitement is building up for The Arcade Gacha Events starting in December 2013 through to January 2014. The Arcade Gacha Events for December 2013 is sponsored by [AF] Apple Fall, GOL, The Magazine, Oceania Breedables, Pilot and Pure Poison – Fashion.
A new shopping guide has been released for December 2013 which can be found here. The Arcade features over 100 of the top builders and designers in Second Life offering great prizes and more. This is a great time to visit if you love shopping in Second Life. The Arcade gets busy throughout the month so its recommended to visit during non peak hours to enjoy the experience more.
The Arcade Event Schedule 2013/2014
- November 23rd – 27th: Vendors set up
- November 28th: Staff Walk-Through
- November 29th – 30th: Bloggers Preview
- December 1st: The Arcade opens & photography contest starts
- January 1st 2014: The Arcade closes & photography contest ends
- Early January 2014: Photography contest winners announced
Will you be visiting the Arcade during December 2013 ?
Stay updated on the latest news about The Arcade on the following links below and enjoy!
The brand new season of The Blackened Mirror in Second Life will be starting at 2pm SLT on Sunday 1st December 2013 which is expected to be very exciting with many surprises along the way. I strongly recommend everyone watch The Blackened Mirror from the beginning from Season 1 episode 1 onwards. It’s a great Second Life TV series overall and it should not be missed. The Blackened Mirror crew do an amazing job at filming professional episodes for the SL community to enjoy. I can’t wait to see what comes next in the series!
What is The Blackened Mirror all about ?
The Blackened Mirror is the Grid’s latest example of fantastic creativity which involves machinima, film noir, treasure hunting, various forms of digital visual art & media, and good old fashioned storytelling! Join us in the adventures of the hero, the heroine, and of all people, the famous Mr. Biggins!
Season 2 episode 1 will be showed on the following links.
The Blackened Mirror season 2 starts this weekend
Season 2 coming soon!
The popular series, The Blackened Mirror, is back for Season Two! The story will keep you on the edge of your seat through all six episodes! The twists and turns this season will keep all of our loyal fans thrilled! Enjoy this small taste of things to come!
On Hypergrid Business there is a new Fourth Annual OpenSim Grid Survey to fill out to find out which opensim grids users like the best in terms of community, technology, content and support. One vote is required and the results will be posted before 23rd November 2013 apparently.
Once the survey has been filled out click on the Submit button then there will be a message box confirming the submission to Hypergrid Business…
Your response has been recorded. We’ll be publishing the results of this survey by November 23
Previous OpenSim annual Grid Survey results and responses…
Which OpenSim grids will come out on top this year ?
This year Relay for Life of InWorldz raised a grand total of $801,169 izzies apparently which is a new record and this year the funds were quadrupled than last year. This shows that there is still strong support for Relay For Life events to take place InWorldz. This is awesome news and it’s great that so many participated this year to make a difference. Time to celebrate and party!
2013 RFL of InWorldz Stats
- $801,169 izzies raised
- Over 75 visitors (average = 51 people) at any given time
- 133 luminaria were lit
Top 10 distances
- Kelly4u Lynn > 27.0 miles
- Hairy Thor > 22.6 miles
- Wildstar Beaumont > 20.5 miles
- OldeSoul Eldemar > 20.3 miles
- Banker Ibor > 16.3 miles
- Amaranthim Talon > 12.4 miles
- Neill McCullough > 11.7 miles
- MidnightRain Glas > 10.7 miles
- Panza Eilde > 10.5 miles
- Mortus Eclipse > 10.5 miles
- Total Distance covered by users of the Pedometer: 210 miles
I guess we can now look forward to the third season RFL of InWorldz 2014 when I’m sure more new records will be set.
The well-known SLUniverse hit a big milestone this week on 12th November 2013 on reaching its 10th birthday anniversary which is incredible. Wow, ten years full of SL changes, drama, news and today it’s still growing strong.
There have been many good and bad stories posted over the years. It’s a great source to find out what’s going on in Second Life on a daily basis. It’s a large Second Life resident supported site and I’m sure in the near future it will continue to break new records.
SLUniverse is my top favourite site to find out the latest news in SL, OpenSim and RL. I joined SLUniverse back on 01-02-2010 and I log in almost every other day to see what’s going on. Here are some stats worth viewing below…
SLUniverse Forums Stats – (17th November)
- Threads: 83, 073
- Posts: 1, 839, 751
- Members: 29, 879
Happy 10th Birthday SLUniverse!