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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!
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.
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My personal rating: 10/10
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.
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!
Tangle Grid is a fairly new opensim grid so I decided to signup today and visit. Tangle Grid offers free shops, free apartments, free items and much more. See the reasons to join below and sign up if you are interested in being part of a new opensim grid. The Tangle Grid founders have made a game within a game recently called Pegasus Quest that will be hopefully be open before the end of December 2013 which sounds interesting indeed.
Grid Stats (26th November 2013)…
- Total Users: 134
- Total Regions: 43
- Unique Visitors last 30 days: 58
- Online Now: 1
Here is a list of 10 reasons to join Tangle Grid…
1) AN AFFORDABLE PLACE TO CALL YOUR NEW VIRTUAL HOME
2) FREEDOM TO LET YOUR IMAGINATION RUN WILD
3) YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME ON TANGLE GRID
4) GRID OWNERS AND MANAGERS WHO CARE
7) FREE GROUPS
8) FREE CLASSIFIEDS
9) FREE EVENTS POSTING
10) FREE UPLOADS
The Tangle Grid homepage is pretty much straightforward with snapshots and links on the left/right hand side to get started. It’s very welcoming and it’s a good experience for everyone I think.
We are a new grid but not new to virtual worlds. Between the 3 of us, we have more than 14 years of experience. We started this grid to make a home that is affordableand welcoming. We also have a mentor program so if you need help we are only an IM away. There are 3 groups you should join while in TanGLeGrid..
The signup process takes only a few minutes to fully complete and here is what is involved…
- 1) Choose avatar – Only 4 male or female avatars to pick from
- 2) Signup details – Avatar First Name, Last Name, Password, Email and accept TOS
- 3) Creation/activation of account – Follow on-screen instructions
- 4) Confirmation message – “Thank you, your account is now active and ready to use. Start and configure your viewer Login and have fun”.
I used Imprudence 1.4.0 beta 2 viewer to log into the grid and here is the viewers page with details about logging in…
My first snapshot of Tangle Grid and my arrival at the welcome center.
Tangle Grid useful links to bookmark!
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!
Today I went to visit Brasil Rio Surf in Second Life which is a really cool place to visit I think. There are many great things to do such as attending parties, riding jet skis, wave surfing and much more. I strongly recommend this destination to visit because it’s a great way of hanging out with friends and most importantly having fun. It’s open to everyone!
My Brasil Rio Surf snapshots
^ The coaches arrive ^
^ Snapshot of the Brasil Rio Surf beach with the Brasil 2014 clock ^
^ Snapshot of the owl chilling out on the beach looking towards the sea ^
Teleport to Brasil Rio Surf in Second Life today and have fun with friends.
Today I went to have a sneak preview around the Relay For Life of InWorldz 2013 regions which looks absolutely stunning this year. This weekend coming marks the 2nd annual Relay For Life of InWorldz weekend which will see hundreds of avatars participating in the relay. Inside the relay track this year there is large fairground split over two regions with loads of exciting rides to have fun on.
I’m sure it’s going to be a fun weekend for everyone. Hopefully new records will be set and more people will attend this year to support/donate. I can’t wait!
RFLofIW 2013 Event Details
- Time > 9am to 9pm InWorldz Time
- Date > Saturday 9th November 2013
- Theme > Many Worldz For A Cure
- Where > SLURL < (inworldz users only)
Snapshots of Relay For Life of InWorldz 2013
It’s preview time!
The bear on the relay track ready to race!
A lovely side view of the relay track and the large fairground this year
View overlooking the seating area, track and fairground area
A huge welcome blue and white sign for RFL Fairgrounds
It’s almost time to race!
Are you ready for 2nd annual InWorldz Relay For LIfe weekend 2013 ?
Draxtor Despres has uploaded a new 10 minute & 54 seconds video today of him playing with Leap Motion exploring gesture-based interactions with Second Life. Draxtor Despres pre-ordered Leap Motion when it was announced and Drax found some time to try it out. It’s a awesome video from start to finish and it’s so nice to see Leap Motion being used in Second Life. Yay!!!
Leap Motion for sure has amazing potential in Second Life I think and hopefully with more development/support it will be used more often. I hope that this video will inspire more people in the SL community to give it a try and share their views.
See Draxtor Despres playing with Leap Motion below…
Wow, it’s November already and we are just one month away from Christmas. Check out the list below for upcoming events in Second Life worth attending during November 2013. Links to events for more details and dates they take place on can be found below…
Popular November 2013 Events
- The Rockabilly Fashion Fair – 3rd to 23rd
- Espresso Yourself Night at The Pen - 5th November
- InWorldz Relay for Life weekend (season 2) – 9th (9am to 9pm)
- Shoetopia – 15th to 30th
- Geeks ‘n’ Nerds Fair – 17th to 30th
- Christmas Market – 25th November to 24th December
Other November 2013 Events
- SL hunts happening this month - SL hunts that are fun and exciting can be found here
- Featured Events – SL Destination Guide listings for November 2013
- Community Events – SL events on a hourly schedule
Know of any others?, please add them in comments. Thank you!
I’m following the news closely relating to changes to the terms of service for Second Life and it appears that the UCCSL group are doing a Critical Vote starting today to send a email to Linden Lab on TOS. The email will be apparently be sent on Monday at some point and this time the hope is for Linden Lab to release more info what happens next. Voting ends on Sunday 3rd November at midnight SLT, so if you are interested then please participate in this critical vote.
- Vote Here < All votes (likes) will be anonymous and every vote is important!
A new month and a new special episode from the Drax files featuring Creations for Parkinson’s in Episode 13 which is truly inspiring story of Fran Swenson, who is 86 years old suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Watch the video and find out how Second Life has improved her life over the years. I think anything that helps this cause and stops others suffering from this terrible disease is worth doing to make life easier. Think positive and try things to improve the condition.
Episode 13 details…
My avatar represents how I truly feel inside” says 86-year old Fran Seranade. And despite her Parkinson’s condition she navigates her blond, blue-eyed and stunningly dressed digital alter ego with bravura through the immersive universe of Second Life: one moment she is a mermaid and another she ice skates with her friends in winter wonderland.
The effect of engaging in a virtual world on her condition is being closely studied by her personal doctor and although conclusions can’t be drawn without further research, the exhilaration of being able to engage in activities like horse back riding and boating in SL suggests that so-called mirror neurons are at work here: identifying with the avatar and the action happening on the screen makes Fran’s muscles feel less rigid and increases dopamine production in the brain.
“Second Life just might be the fountain of youth” Fran is saying with a smile and the in-world community “Creations for Parkinson’s” run by her daughter is trying to make this statement a reality by bringing people together to celebrate the power of creativity every day, regardless of age, origin and physical location.”
Watch Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson’s below!
Another amazing episode and it’s got to be the best episode yet of The Drax Files.