Category Archives: SL Cool Stuff
Today is media and bloggers day for Home and Garden Expo 2013 in Second Life which goes on for 24 hours starting from 12pm SLT today. Many SL bloggers including myself will be exploring the sims and taking many snapshots.
This year there are “100 exhibitors showcasing the very best homes, gardens, landscaping and interiors products on 8 sims, 30 breedables exhibitors on 2 sims and 1 sim with a full entertainment schedule and market stalls”. The Home and Garden Expo helps to raise funds and awareness for RFL/American Cancer Society.
The 6th Annual Home & Garden Expo – May 24th thru June 2nd. The Expo features all areas of home and land decor in SL. Returning for its 2nd season visit the BREEDABLES FAIR, too! Both in support of Relay For Life!
Home and Garden Expo 2013 opens at 12pm SLT on Friday 24th May 2013.
Home & Garden Expo 2013 SLURLS
Home Expo 1: Sponsored By: Roawenwood
Home Expo 2: Sponsored By: Cheeky Pea
Home Expo 3: Sponsored By: Park Place Home Décor
Home Expo 4: Sponsored By: Stonewood Homes
Home Expo 5: Sponsored By: Galland Homes
Home Expo 6: Sponsored By: Prim Perfect Magazine
Home Expo 7: Sponsored By: PRIME
Home Expo 8: Sponsored By: Home & Garden Market
Home Expo 8: Sponsored By: Wonderful World of Meeroos
Breedables Fair 1
Breedables Fair 2
American Cancer Society
Sneak preview of Home and Garden Expo 2013
More snapshots will be posted on my SL Flickr stream and my SL web profile feed.
According to the SL10B Community Celebration Blog applications have now closed for the resident run event and now the process starts on sorting through all of the applications. Acceptance notifications will be sent out in the coming days so keep checking IMS/emails.
It’s good to know there is still large support and excitement for the 10th SL birthday this year. There are now 25 days until the grand opening of SL10B Community Celebration takes place. It’s almost here!!!
Number of applications received for SL10B
- Over 500 exhibitor applications
- Over 470 performer applications
- Over 350 volunteer applications
Upcoming Dates for SL10B
- Sims open to exhibitors on 26th May 2013 – plots have 269 prims this year!
- Grand Opening on 16th June 2013
- Second Life officially turns ten years old on 23rd June 2013
- Final day of performances on 23rd June 2013
- Sims close on 29th June 2013
- Builds returned on 1st July 2013
Photo Contest for SL10B
- Deadline for contest is 6th June 2013
- Enter the photo contest here
- SL10B Website: http://slcommunitycelebration.com/
- SL10B Twitter page: https://twitter.com/SLBCommunity
- SL10B Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SL10B/561781090521311/
- SL10B Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/slcommunitycelebration/
- SL10B Google+
If you have any questions or concerns etc about the resident run SL10B Community Celebration, please visit the Staff page.
New details have been released from AvaCon about the 1st annual OpenSim Community Conference which will be held on 7th-8th September 2013. Apparently it will include keynote speakers, presentations and topic based panels. This conference is open to opensim developers, admins, users of all opensim grids. The conference will be free to attend and registration for the event will be free on a first come served basis.
The Overte Foundation and AvaCon are pleased to announce the first annual OpenSimulator Community Conference 2013, to take place on the OpenSimulator Conference Center grid on September 7 – 8, 2013. The OpenSimulator Community Conference will be a celebration of the platform and of the large and varied community using and creating it. It will feature two days of keynote speakers, presentations and panels on different topics, and an expo area to showcase community activities and projects.
The conference will be held in OpenSim and it’s expected there will be around 150-200 attendees during the conference. The conference will be live streamed on UStream which sounds good if you can’t attend inworld. Hypergrid will be enabled and there will be a chance to move between different opensim grids during social hours.
Tickets for the conference will be free during June 2013 and the aim is to reach 200 users in total. It’s a first come first served basis process and registrations open on 17th June 2013. Wooooot!!!!
Volunteers sign up here
Speakers sign up here!
Sponsors apply here!
This sounds very exciting indeed for OpenSim users and its going to be interesting learn more at the conference about OpenSim. A historical first and most likely if it goes to plan there will be many more in the near future.
Bay City in Second Life will be celebrating it’s 5th anniversary today (Sunday 19th May 2013) which is going to be awesome. The whole SL community is welcome to attend because its a historical milestone for the Bay City community. You really don’t want to miss this one!
In May 2008 Linden Lab announced Bay City on the Second Life mainland and now the Bay City group is very large in group members. It’s worth celebrating all the Bay City milestones and events that have been hosted throughout the years.
Join us in a parade on Sunday, 19th May, starting from the bandshell in Bay City – Harwich and traveling down Route 66 and Park Place to the Bay City Fairgrounds at North Channel!
- Parade staging starts at 12pm SLT at Bay City – Harwich bandshell
- Parade starts at 12:30pm SLT
- Parade ends at North Channel between 1pm-1:20pm SLT
- Live music starts from 1:30pm
Parade route Map 2013
Come and celebrate 5 amazing years of Bay City in Second Life this afternoon.
Episode 6 of The Drax Files has gone live and you can watch the brilliant video below. This episode is all about creativity & animation override movements in Second Life which is really amazing.
Episode 6 details
Motion capture artist Abramelin Wolfe monetizes his creativity by humanizing our virtual lives — one fluid movement at a time. He puts his dream of an immersive future succinctly: “We want a universe that we can step into!”
Edinburgh-based Abranimations is run by the Englishman with his Scottish wife who designs colorful mesh avatars. The couple makes their living capturing performances ranging from everyday walking and communicating to 1920′s flapper dances and Geisha sequences. They then sell the polished animations in their in-world store to a global userbase by way of the Linden Dollar.
But the virtual world is more about fun than it is about commerce for him, says Abramelin: “Second Life is about other people’s creativity. Some of it is beautiful. Some of it is just strange…but all of it is amazing! It is like looking into their minds.”
Abramelin’s hectic work schedule includes expanding the business to encompass services for the emerging Scottish video game industry, but he always finds time to take long flights over the vast virtual mainland to marvel at user-created chaos and beauty. It’s a digital testament to human ingenuity and the desire to exercise that muscle of imagination.
A new press release has been released for next week’s Home & Garden Expo 2013 which is a Relay For Life fundraising event. The sims open at 12pm SLT on 24th May 2013 which is a event you should not miss. This year there are “100 exhibitors of the very best homes, gardens, landscaping and interior design products in Second Life, plus an additional 30 creators from the ever popular breedables sector” which sounds awesome.
Home & Garden Expo 2013 Regions Map
Home & Garden Expo 2013 Logo
Full press release for Home & Garden Expo 2013
Home & Garden Expo 2013: Relay for Life
From 24th May 2013 12PM SLT to 2nd June
Sims open: 12PM SLT on May 24th
Are you ready for the biggest home and garden event of 2013?
Bringing together over 100 exhibitors of the very best homes, gardens, landscaping and interior design products in Second Life, plus an additional 30 creators from the ever popular breedables sector in the second annual Breedables Fair, the Home & Garden Expo for Relay For Life 2013 is a fundraising event not to be missed.
The Expo is an annual highlight for those that love seeking out the latest home and garden products and combined with a full entertainment schedule, hunts, raffles and silent auctions plus items designed just for this event – you can be sure of finding stylish new products to give your home a fresh look.
This year’s Expo will feature 8 regions full of home products, 2 sims just for the breedables fair and 1 entertainment sim where you can take a break from shopping and party in style: there is going to be a lot to see and do at this year’s Expo!
Shopping in Second Life is always fun and each Expo exhibitor will be selling special new items for Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society so you can shop and help cancer patients and their families in real life too.
The Home Expo and Breedables Fair crew hope you will enjoy visiting this year’s event and wish you a lot of fun exploring the sims and decorating your homes!
For full information and all the latest updates, please visit the Home and Garden Expo website:
Additional Information for SL Press and Media
*Further information on this Expo including SLurls will be released in the coming days.
*Please include the official Home & Garden Expo logo and webpage where possible in your posts to help us promote this event.
RFL of SL 2013 Event Chair: Nikki Mathieson
Home & Garden Expo Coordinator: Heavenly Villa
Media/PR: Persia Bravin
RFL of SL 2013 Event Chair, Nikki Mathieson says of the Expo: “With the influx of mesh designs there should be a lot of ‘new’ at the Expo this year. We have new builders who will be at the Expo for their first time. Lots of fabulous entertainment, an amazing Breedables Fair, the Raffle For Relay will be the biggest EVER and it’s all for a wonderful cause, Relay For Life and the fight against cancer. Each exhibit will feature items being sold especially for Relay and all proceeds from the Raffle and the Silent Auction goes to the American Cancer Society, too. It’s a perfect opportunity to spend some fun time raising money for a great cause. You can’t beat it!”
Home & Garden Expo Coordinator, Heavenly Villa adds: “This event is for a great cause, we have all been affected by cancer in some way, personally or family members or friends. The Home and Garden Expo is an exciting and significant event where home and garden designers get to showcase their best work to a large SL audience. They love the opportunity to come together for such a good event and to meet new people and chat with other builders.”
Sound be very interesting this year and hopefully there will be new records set this year.
The World Goth Fair event for 2013 has just opened in Second Life to explore two regions. The event started on Wednesday 15th May and will last until Friday 31st May 2013. All money proceeds will help to benefit the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Apparently there will be two weeks of creepy, delicious and fun. There are over 75 SL merchants who are taking part in World Goth Fair 2013 and it’s really worth checking out the goth market. View my snapshots here of the World Goth Fair 2013.
The World Goth Fair is an annual Second Life event, officially sanctioned by the folks at World Goth Day to benefit the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. The event runs from May 15th through the 31st and features a massive amount of vendors, musicians and two huge areas to explore.
When I arrived there were more than 40 avatars in the Port Seraphine region and not so many in the WaterWorks region. There is alot to see and do with low lag in the region which was good so far. The sims look amazing and they are really detailed everywhere you look. There is a radio stream playing goth related music. There are many booths around the outside which is worth a visit I think. Donations so far: L$1, 675 and it’s expected the number will rise much higher within the next two weeks.
World Goth Fair, Port Seraphine arrival area
World Goth Fair 2013 Map
New visitors arriving at the main point – ready to explore the two regions
Snapshot from the sky above of the World Goth Fair 2013
Walking down the path
Are you ready to explore this amazing event ?
A new press release has gone out about Relay For Life of Second Life Halfway There event 2013 which takes place this weekend. Starts on Friday 18th through to Saturday 19th May 2013 which is going to be very popular hopefully in Second LIfe.
Celebrating! Rejoicing! Cheering! Exulting!
On May 18 – 19, Relay For Life of Second Life will celebrate the 2013 Halfway There point in a Mad Hatter kind of way!! We invite you to join us for the Awards Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at 4pm SLT. The Planning Committee (Nikki, Dwen, Serina, and Sting) will be announcing the the Halfway There awards both for in-world and convio totals! In addition, we will have some music and will be rejoicing just how awesome the 2013 season has been so far!
In addition to our events, there will be team events all weekend as well utilizing the sim. Just in case you can’t be there in person, T1 Radio will be broadcasting for us.
More details on the schedule will be published in the coming days… but for now… stay curiouser and curiouser and be ready to celebrate where we are, and be ready to stay strong to finish this season! We look forward to seeing you there!
Sounds very exciting and its time to celebrate the season so far.
The InWorldz Desert Island has been revamped today and now there is a new welcome point for new residents when they arrive on the grid. The new InWorldz Desert Island looks very impressive and it’s very exciting to explore the new welcome area. It’s open to the public now and it’s going to be very popular in the coming years than the old welcome area I think.
There has been already positive feedback on the new look revamp of the island. Most love the relaxing atmosphere and garden feel to the island which I agree with totally. Woooot!!
Visit InWorldz Desert Island to explore the new look island!
New areas to visit
- New welcome point with new info boards
- New Freebies Tower with 4 floors with new viewing area on top
- New Building Learning Center
- New music/events hangout
- New bowling lane
- And much more!
New InWorldz Desert Island Map
New Welcome point when new residents arrive. Very colorful trees and more seats around the island.
Snapshot from above showing the new InWorldz Desert Island showing the different areas.
Snapshot of the new Freebies tower with a new viewing area at the top.
Explore InWorldz – check out the new Landmarks Board with many places to explore on InWorldz!
Stay tuned for more great things soon from InWorldz. Like the new look ?
Today Saffia and Elrik talked with Linden Lab about the latest developments in Second Life. This week was all about Server Side Baking and Materials on the Designing Worlds Show. The show was recorded (39 minutes & 11 seconds) and now the replay has been uploaded on YouTube to watch again if you missed the show.
Watch Brooke, Oz, Troy and Nyx Linden talk about Server Side Baking and Materials!
Details about this show
This episode, broadcast on May 13, 2013, Saffia and Elrik discuss the latest developments in Second Life technology – Server Side Baking and Materials – with the teams from Linden Lab who have been developing and implementing these new features: innovations that promise to significantly improve the quality of the experience in-world.
On Google Chrome Web Store I did a search today for “Second Life” extensions and I was surprised that three results that showed up which you can add to your Chrome browser. Very interesting to find out there are ”Second Life” extensions on Chrome and I’m not sure other browsers have any SL related add-ons.
Results for “Second Life” extensions!
- Second Life Friends - Users can check if their friends are online from any web page, instead of having to go through the tricky Second Life dashboard.
- (157 users, version 1.0 & updated 10th February 2010)
- Second Life Marketplace Helper - 1.Favorite Store Registration 2.Open Link in a New Window 3.Search in Deep Directories
- (104 users, version 2.5 & updated 12th January 2013)
- ChromeLife - ChromeLife uses your secondlife.com credentials to display useful at-a-glance information about your Second Life account, without requiring your username or password. Supported features include: – Online friends – Display names – Linden balance – Groups – Desktop notifications – Custom CSS – Map links
- (79 users, version 1.0.6 & updated 11th April 2013)
A search for “Linden Lab” extensions showed up 1 result.
- SLWishlist.com adding sl marketplace - This is a tool specially for Second Life users. With just a click of a button you can add products in your SLWishlist while browsing Second Life marketplace.
- (30 users, version 1.3 & updated 14th March 2013)
A small userbase for these extensions and not alot of reviews either. I think there needs to be more extensions for Second Life and more in other internet browsers too.
There is now 7 days left to apply for SL10B Community Celebration before applications closes on Monday 20th May 2013. So far there have been hundreds of applications for SL10B Community Celebration and many more are needed during the next week. There will be 20 sims for SL10B which will be full of exhibitions, art builds, events and information.
Roles that are still needed:
- Art builds
- Language speakers
- Hosts for the auditorium
Important Dates upcoming for SL10B Community Celebration!
|May 27||Sims open to builders|
|June 16||Grand Opening|
|June 23||Official Birthday|
|June 23||Final day of performances|
|June 29||Sims close to the public|
|July 1||All builds to be dismantled – sims go offline|
Will you volunteer for SL10B Community Celebration ?