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Sneak Preview: First Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk


On Sunday 26th October 2014 starting at 9am SLT the first ever Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk will be held in Second Life and here are sneak preview snapshots of the regions with the schedule of events. There will be 9 hours of themed laps, live djs and live performances. Invite friends and spread the word! :)

Join the very first Strides Walk as everyone makes strides to promote awareness, honor caregivers and survivors and remember those lost. For more information, visit http://makingstridessl.org.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

 

Schedule of Events:

  • 9am to 10am SLT – T1 Radio
  • 10am to 11am SLT– Opening Ceremony – 2014 Making Strides Committee
  • 11am to 12pm SLT – T1 Radio – Survivor & Caregiver Hour (Survivors and caregivers are why we make strides! Help us honor these very special people)
  • 12pm to 1pm SLT– Boot It Up Hour (wear your favorite boots as you walk around the Stride’s path) with DJ Gem Sunkiller
  • 1pm to 2pm SLT – International Spirit Hour (Wave your country’s flag as you walk around the Stride’s path) with The Second Life Cheerleading Squad
  • 2pm to 3pm SLT – Hat’s Aplenty Hour (Show off your favorite hat during this hour) with DJ Ben Vee
  • 3pm to 4pm SLT – Let’s Get Hopping Hour (Grab one of our hoppers and hop around the path) with Millcreek Road
  • 4pm to 5pm SLT – Remembrance Ceremony (Remember your loved ones that you have lost to breast cancer during this special hour) With the 2014 Making Strides Committee & T1 Radio
  • 5pm to 7pm SLT – Time Machine Special (We are going back to the 1960’s with DJ Trader1 Whiplash)

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For more info http://makingstridessl.org/

Haunted locations to visit in Second Life in 2014


Check out the Haunted attractions on the Second Life Destination Guide with over 80 locations to visit full of ghosts, scary surprises, zombies, goblins, screaming and much more. For Halloween shopping, check out the Second Life Marketplace listings.

On 31st October 2014 marks my 8th rezday in Second Life and this year i’m holiday in real life. I hope to celebrate during early November 2014. :)

Bay City Halloween Hay Maze

 

Spread the word and have fun during this Halloween season in Second Life. :)

First Ever Strides Walk 2014 Press Release


First Ever Strides Walk 2014 Press Poster

First Ever Strides Walk 2014 Press Poster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1ST ANNUAL MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER ACROSS SECOND LIFE STRIDES WALK

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/184/248/23

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, at 9 am slt, the very first Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk will be held in Second Life.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life is an annual event that place in honor of breast cancer awareness and fundraising in October of each year. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the official breast cancer charity of the American Cancer Society.

Second Life residents will make strides together to promote breast cancer awareness and to honor breast cancer survivors and caregivers. Stride Walk will kick off at 9 am slt with a special T1 Radio Warm Up Show and will feature 9 hours of themed laps, live djs and performances, and fun! The day will wrap up with a special Pink Power Time Machine Special event with Trader1 Whiplash from 5pm to 7pm slt. Below is a complete schedule of events with hourly themes:

Schedule of Events:

  • 9 am to 10 am SLT– T1 Radio
  • 10am to 11 am SLT – Opening Ceremony
  • 11 to 12pm SLT – T1 Radio – Survivor & Caregiver Hour (Survivors and caregivers are why we make strides! Help us honor these very special people)
  • 12 pm to 1pm SLT – Boot It Up Hour (wear your favorite boots as you walk around the Stride’s path)
  • 1pm to 2pm SLT – International Spirit Hour (Wave your country’s flag as you walk around the Stride’s path)
    2pm to 3pm SLT – Hat’s Aplenty Hour (Show off your favorite hat during this hour)
  • 3pm to 4pm SLT – Let’s Get Hopping Hour (Grab one of our hoppers and hop around the path)
  • 4pm to 5pm SLT – Remembrance Ceremony (Remember your loved ones that you have lost to breast cancer during this special hour)
  • 5pm to 7pm SLT – Time Machine Special (We are going back to the 1960’s with DJ Trader1 Whiplash)

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight. Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

About the American Cancer Society:

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

For more information:

Today is BURN2 Caravansary Grand Opening Day


It’s grand opening day! 

BURN2 2014

BURN2 Caravansary 2014 opens officially today at 12pm SLT/PDT in Second Life through until Sunday 28th October at 11:30pm SLT/PDT. This year it’s going to be the best ever and bigger than before!

The annual event will take place at the Burning Man regions in Second Life as usual and again it’s resident community supported for the 4th year running. As many know BURN2 is an extension of the Burning Man festival in real life and it’s all virtual in Second Life. This year there will be a caravansary that occupies the crossroads of a dreamland with many exciting places to explore and discover. There will be live performances, live shows, lamplighters, rangers, greeters, fire and much more.

BURN2 Caravansary Theme

This year, we will create a caravansary that occupies the crossroads of a dreamland: a bazaar of the bizarre, wherein treasures of every sort, from every land and age, flow in and out to be flaunted, lost, exploited and discovered. This is not a tourist destination, but a home for travelers who come here bearing gifts. Amid the twisting and the turnings of its souk, participants will come upon an inexhaustible array of teeming goods and unexpected services.

Anyone may pose as ‘merchant’ here, and anyone may play a ‘customer’, but nothing in this strange emporium shall have a purchase price — no quid, no pro, no quo — no trade at all will be allowed in this ambiguous arcade. According to a rule of desert hospitality, the only thing of value in this ‘marketplace’ will be one’s interaction with a fellow being.

Our desert inn will also be a scene of luxury and cultivated ease. An apron of fine carpets will spread out beneath the shade of portals that surround a courtyard. Here, travel-wearied pilgrims may relax, inventing pastimes as they watch the whirling world go by.

Workers of great wonders will be welcome here; fakirs, dancers, sadhus, seers and potentates will throng through this performance space, like figures that adorn the fabric of a silk brocade. The sounds of finger cymbals, chimes, and music of acoustic instruments will fill the air.

By night, bathed in the lambent glow of lanterns gently swaying overhead, fire spinners will perform around the Burning Man. This year’s Man will rise directly from the desert floor and tower many stories high. Its massive torso will evoke a tiered pagoda; its ornate head will be a lamp that welcomes people home.

Bystanders become participants; participants share in the burning, spinning cacophony on the virtual Playa.

Will you be attending BURN2 Caravansary 2014 in Second Life ?

BOOFest 2014 Press Release


Boo Fest 2014

BOOFest 2014

Issued: October 15, 2014
PRESS RELEASE
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACTS
Caledonia Skytower, Seanchai Library/StoryFest Events
thedede@comcast.net

BOOFest Celebrates Four Years of Scary Stories Benefiting Worthy Causes

Lavender Field, Second Life – A partnership which began with a single story-based weekend in March 2011 has blossomed into a series popular annual events, including this weekend’s BOOFest – a celebration of stories told around a blazing autumnal fire featuring a gathering of virtual story presenters at their spooky and scary best Sunday, October 19 from 10am to 3:30pm, SLT. All the performers are volunteers and the sessions are free to all Second Life residents, with tips this year benefiting The Lavender Field’s resident charity: Live and Learn in Kenya’s “Feed a Smile” program.􀀅
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Feed%20A%20Smile/59/20/24

BOOFest features a wide range of stories within the broad genre of “spooky.” Story sessions will include everything from classic selections of authors such as Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft; to works from more contemporary authors such as Neil Gaiman; and will also include original works by SL authors Freda Frostbite, Dubhna Rhiadra, Caledonia Skytower, and Moon Aerandir. Specifics on each performer, session, along with schedule updates will be available on the StoryFest Events Blogsite Friday evening, October 17th. http://storyfestsl2011.blogspot.com/
All BOOFest presentations will be live in voice.

Sunday’s event will be preceded on Saturday by an afternoon of musical delights produced by BOOFest partner, Branwen Arts. BOOStock will feature ghostly entertainments October 18th from 2-5pm SLT on their home sim of Bran. Featured acts will include Songbird Sorbet – the tiny opera singer, and The Frankentinies. If haunting on the grid gets a little intense for your pleasure, BOOStock is a great antidote for some spooky, silly fun. 􀀄

Both weekend events benefit Live and Learn in Kenya’s “Feed a Smile” which has been an active presence in Second Life since January 2010, currently resident in The Lavender Field. Desolation, hunger and thirst, poverty beyond comprehension, illiteracy, AIDS, child prostitution, and child rule the lives of the children living within the Rhonda Slums of Nakuru, Kenya. Live and Learn in Kenya is working to change this one day at a time, one child at a time. http://www.leben-lernen-kenia.org

Live and Learn in Kenya works to enable education of needy children, including all the necessities required for an active, effective educational experience. They provide medical and dental care to all LLK-children, including check-ups and vaccinations. The “Feed a Smile” project is a great success, assuring nutritious warm lunches for over 400 children every day. All programs are run exclusively on donated funds, and L$100 will provide meals for a child in Kenya for an entire day.

Seanchai Library (Shanna-key, which means “Storyteller” in Irish.) was born in March of 2008 as the West of Ireland Library and Cultural Center. Nearly seven years and thousands of story session later, Seanchai Library remains dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations in Second Life and on the Hypergrid, as well as promoting the work of a variety of charitable organizations every year. “We bring stories of all kinds to life, in virtual worlds.” Contact Caledonia Skytower. http://www.irelandslstory.blogspot.com

Branwen Arts Cooperative is a group of artists who work singly or together with other artists. Their home base on Bran in provides a stage for performance and a gallery for exhibitions. Branwen Arts is always looking for artists, visual and performing, who want their work to be seen and appreciated: writers, storytellers, dramatists, visual artists, dancers, musicians. Contact Dubhna Rhiadra, Fae Varriale or Safi Farspire.

Linden Lab announces ceased development for Patterns


Breaking News

Linden Lab have released just issued a new press release, announcing that Patterns will cease development and that the lab will no longer be offering the game for sale. Patterns features will no longer be functional that rely on the server connections.

Linden Lab first announced Patterns back in September 2012 and it had potential for sure to be something huge. Linden Lab confirms in the press release that they are still “evaluating the future of the Patterns technology” which sounds interesting.  I guess the main priority for the lab is the next generation virtual world and so far good progress has been made already. The alpha release comes out in mid-2015 with a public release expected in 2016.

Full Press Release

Recently, Linden Lab announced that we are working on an ambitious project to create the next-generation virtual world, while we continue to improve Second Life and grow Blocksworld. As we focus on these priorities, we have ceased development for Patterns, and we will be no longer offering the game for sale.

We at Linden Lab are extremely grateful for the adventurous early players who explored the Patterns genesis release. Those who purchased the Patterns genesis release will still be able to play their copies of the game, but features relying on server connections, such as world-sharing, will not be functional.

Patterns had early promise, and while Linden Lab focuses our efforts on our other offerings, we are still evaluating the future of the Patterns technology. Interested parties are welcome to contact us with proposals.

The Patterns website (www.buildpatterns.com) is now redirecting to the official Linden Lab website.

(September 2012 – October 2014)

New updates on the next generation platform from Ebbe Altberg


Ebbe Altberg gave some new updates about the next generation platform that Linden Lab are currently working on during a recent interview with Designing Worlds to celebrate their 250th episode. In recent months the lab has been pretty much quiet about releasing further details until now.

  • So far progress is good but it’s far from a world yet. Technologies are starting to come together. 
  • Four months ago significant resources and work went into the new platform.
  • In three or four weeks time Linden Lab will hit it’s first internal milestone. The first milestone will be the ability to import content, script some stuff and cruise around as an avatar in that world. 
  • There’s a tremendous amount of technology that need to go into just doing that; just the networking, the physics, the lighting, the import pipeline, the server technology, client technology, cloud technology – so many things that we’re doing from the ground up.
  • The new platform will be in the spirit of Second Life, in that idea of the user-generated content, creating spaces, places, and things within it. Then making it easy to invite people into those spaces and communicate and socialise within those spaces.
  • The next milestone will be at the end of the year. 
  • The alpha release might be invite-only – somewhere middle of next year.
  • The next platform is still so early and the lab are still negotiating on time-frames.
  • Linden Lab have goals in mind for making it cross-platform including mobiles, PCs, HMDs and Oculus. 
  • Linden Lab are trying to create something that is a very strong evolutionary step forward over a lot of things that have been done before.
  • The new platform has a long way to go to even think about naming, branding and specific target audiences.
  • “don’t bank on full backwards compatibility for all content”
  • “mesh is something that is very likely to be importable, we’re working on that already”
  • “Scripts – we’ve said it’s going to be a completely different scripting language.”
  • “We would like to make it [so] it’s easy for you to move back and forth using your identity and your Lindens, so that you can hop back and forth, and do what you do here, the place you enjoy and love, and then go over and experiment and play over there.”
  • Linden Lab has a code name internally for the next platform but they don’t want that to leak out. 

It’s still early days for the new platform, good progress is being made with milestones coming up before the end of 2014 and there will be official releases in 2015.

Are you excited about the next generation platform ? Please comment below! :) 

 

 

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