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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!
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.
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!
Linden Lab have sent a new email response on Wednesday 20th November to Kylie relating to the recent change to the Second Life terms of service. Apparently Linden Lab are still reviewing what can be done currently and it may take some time to come to a final solution/result. It’s just a confirmation that Linden Lab are still evaluating and hopefully we will hear something more encouraging next time.
See the new email response by Linden Lab and follow up by Kylie Sabra below….
Thank you for your group’s letter. As mentioned in my last note, we have been reviewing what changes could be made in light of the concerns expressed by some Second Life content creators. The Terms of Service impact all of our products and services, and the careful process of reviewing, evaluating, and making any revisions does take some time; we greatly appreciate the continued patience of concerned Second Life content creators while we do so as quickly as we can.
3:39 PM November 21st
Thank you, Peter, for your response. We will continue to check in, of course. In cases such as this, silence is not golden. I look forward to hearing from throughout this process.
I’m glad there is positive communications between concerned members/groups of the SL community and Linden Lab PR team. I really do hope this gets sorted out before the end of the year at the latest.
Firestorm have started to block old Firestorm versions this week one by one which will continue for the rest of the week until completed by the Firestorm Team. See the latest block updates below and be prepared to upgrade to the latest version of Firestorm.
The Firestorm team have recently been under pressure from Linden Lab to block older versions and its been in the works for many weeks now. The blocking is needed so that the Firestorm Team can continue to develop Firestorm futher so that everyone has a better inworld experience. By the end of November the Firestorm team will only allow the latest three versions of the Firestorm to access Second Life which makes sense.
Blocked Firestorm versions…
220.127.116.1179 release – 166 users(Blocked Nov 18th, 2013) 18.104.22.16836 release – 881 users(Blocked Nov 19th, 2013) 22.214.171.12480 hotfix release – 571 users(Blocked Nov 20th, 2013) 126.96.36.19982 maintenance release – 606 users(Blocked Nov 20th, 2013) 188.8.131.52000 Beta – 4585 users(Blocked Nov 21st, 2013) 184.108.40.206744 – 3334 users(Blocked Nov 22nd, 2013) 220.127.116.11803 – 60 users(Blocked Nov 22nd, 2013) 18.104.22.168837 – 14,120 users(Blocked Nov 23rd 2013) 22.214.171.124155 – 40,451 users(Blocked Nov 24th 2013)
Last updated: 25th November 2013
Stay updated on the latest news on the official Firestorm blog.