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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.
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.
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 ?
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 ?
Metropolis is a free OpenSim Grid and for the past week it’s been offline due to migration of the server infrastructure. There have been delays during the downtime and its starting to have a big impact on Metropolis users. Metropolis Grid recently celebrated it’s 5th birthday and every month or so its reaching new records in terms of regions/residents.
The good news according to the Metropolis Grid login screen is that the grid should be online today around 8pm CET. I can’t image what would happen if SL went down for a week because it would cause anger and many issues with the SL community users/businesses.
I log in regularly into Metropolis Grid like many other grids to see what the trends and events are like. I hope the grid will come back online soon.
Wednesday update 12:40am SLT
In case of server maintenance and changing the Metropolis-Grid is Offline at the moment. The actual status of the current works are permanently published in the Forum.
The latest update as of 3pm SLT:
The Metropolis-Grid is currently offline due to migration of the server infrastructure. In all probability, the Metropolis Grid will be tonight against 20:00 clock back online. Best regards! Lena Vanilli ————————– ————————– In case of server maintenance and changing the Metropolis-grid is offline at the moment. The grid will be online again today around 8.00pm CET. Best regards! Lena Vanilli
Screenshot of login screen showing server downtime after a week!
Latest updates visit the Metropolis Grid Google+ page. Stay tuned for more updates soon!
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 was a big announcement on the Kitely Blog today about the new Kitely Market which is now open to Merchants which is really good news to hear. This is a major milestone for the Kitely team and it’s the first phase of many still yet to happen. Kitely Merchants can now create a store and add products to the store. It’s not open to Kitely buyers yet but it will become available sometime within the next few months or so. Stay tuned for that!
We achieved a major milestone today with the completion of the first phase of the Kitely Market! Merchants can now create their stores, and we are offering a limited time promotion which can save you money and increase your sales with free advertising.
Currently the Kitely Market is not open to the public and its only limited to Kitely Merchants. This allows time to get ready for the main launch in June/July 2013. Very exciting!
First preview of Kitely Market
- Learn more – documention page with full official information
- Create Store – login details needed to create stores
- Link: http://www.kitely.com/market
There is a limited time promotion which is worth doing if you are interested in joining the Kitely Market.
Limited Time Promotion
Normally there’s a fee of 100 KC to add a product to the Kitely Market, and 25 KC to add a variation. However, we are offering a limited-time promotion to encourage merchants to add products now, so that they’ll be ready once the Kitely Market opens for buyers.
The promotion includes the following benefits:
- Add 20 products to your store for FREE (no listing fees).
- If your first 20 product listings adhere to our guidelines then you may request to be allowed to add an unlimited number of products to your store for free. The link that allows sending this request appears once you have added 20 products to your store.
- If you create at least 100 product listings that adhere to our guidelines then you’ll be considered for Featured Merchant status. Featured Merchants will be featured for free on the Kitely Market homepage, and they’ll get free in-world shops in the official Kitely Plaza.
The free listings promotion will expire once the market is open to buyers. However, Featured Merchant benefits will last for an entire year after the market opens for business.
See the Kitely Market Fees page for a complete list of fees, and additional details about this promotion.
Please note that there are no fees for uploading content in Kitely: only for listing products. Furthermore, if you don’t have a world of your own where you can create your products then you can use the free Kitely Merchants Sandbox.
Great progress is being made and hopefully there will be alot of people creating stores on the Kitely Market to make it very successful for years to come.
On the 3rd Rock Grid blog there is a new deal for the whole of May 2013 which is 50% off all private regions on 3rd Rock Grid which sounds very good for new and existing region owners. There is a whole list of prices of Private Regions here if you are interested in buying a private region.
May Sales Event!
50% OFF All Private Regions!
As you may or may not know, 3rdrockgrid.com has been working very hard the past couple of months upgrading our equipment and moving our servers to a faster and more reliable datacenter. These changes have provided us with previously unheard of reliability and smoothness on our grid.
To celebrate we have decided to offer all private regions at a previously unheard of “50%” off* and no setup fees for the entire month of May!
These prices are good for new and existing region owners but does not apply to any regions already owned – new orders only.
Thats right! 50% off.
Any private region(s) you purchase during the month of May will be 50% off each month for the entire time you own your private region(s).
At these prices you can afford to have all of the land you have ever wanted!
Want to save even more??
If you pay for 11 months in advance, your 12th month is free!
There will be no setup charges however prices are “non-transferrable”. See below for more information!
These monthly prices will be good for the entire time you own your private region(s) and there are no setup charges. The only catch…. these prices are non transferrable. If you sell your private region(s) the new owner will be charged our regular monthly fees. If you give up or lose your private region(s) due to non payment and you later decide you want them back you will be charged our regular rates.
This month there are many big SL Relay For Life events happening in Second Life during May 2013. Recently the Fantasy Faire finished in Second Life raised over 9,000,000 Lindens to help the American Cancer Society which is a new event record. Overall Relay For Life in Second Life have so far raised over $2,000,000.000 Lindens during the past 7 years which is fantastic and really worth celebrating.
There are many RFL events to look forward to between now and the end of the RFL season in August 2013.
Upcoming May 2013 RFL Events
- Halfway There Fair > 18th to 19th May 2013
- Paint SL Purple > 19th to 25th May 2013
- 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society > 21st to 22nd May 2013
- 6th Annual Second Life Home / Garden Expo > 24th May to 2nd June 2013
- Breedables Fair > 24th May to 2nd June 2013
Which RFL SL events will you be going to this month/year ?
2013 Relay For Life season started in March 2013 and will last until August 2013.
This year marks the 9th year of Relay For Life of Second Life and the relay weekend on the main grid starts on Saturday 13th July through to Sunday 14th July 2013. The theme this year is Celebrating 100 years of Hope. There will be Wrap Up Party in August 2013 to end the RFL 2013 season.
- Check out the Relay For Life of Second Life SL wiki page for event details and historical RFL events.
- The main SL RFL website is worth visiting for the latest totals and teams.
New dates have been published for InWorldz 2nd season of Relay For Life for 2013.
- IW Kickoff – 24th August 2013
- IW Halfway Events – 28th September 2013
- IW Relay Weekend – 2nd November 2013
A lot of events to look forward to and hopefully more new RFL event records being set in Second Life/InWorldz. Wooooot!!!!
Melanie Milland who is part of the Avination Viewer team announced a new first pre-release of the Avination Viewer which is now available to download. This latest version is 0.4.0 public FirstLook beta which is 31.2BM in size. This is very exciting news for Avination users because this new viewer brings many new features including:
- Mesh upload / Full Mesh viewing capabilities
- Improved graphics
- Improved menus
- Land options
- Misguiding labels have been removed
- And more!
Here are my snapshots of the new Avination version 0.4.0.
The orange login screen
Logged into the new viewer
Upload Mesh menu
Apparently there are more major new developments coming in the pipeline. A new script engine and new improvements is in the works. Media on a Prim is still under the “implementation” phrase.
The well known Bay City in Second Life will be celebrating a big milestone of five years in Second Life during May 2013. There will be the annual parade down route 66 and music concert at Bay City Fairgrounds in North Channel to make this special 5th anniversary. The 5th Bay City anniversary starts from 12pm SLT on Sunday 19th May 2013 and everyone is welcome to attend. Wooooot!!!
Bay City Fifth Anniversary Poster
BAY CITY MAP 2013 – snapshot taken at 3:16pm SLT on 7th May 2013
PRESS RELEASE: View the press release for Bay City 5th anniversary celebrations:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bay City Alliance
BAY CITY AT FIVE
Bay City Celebrated its Fifth Year
BAY CITY, SL (6nd May, 2013) – In May of 2008 the Linden Department of Public Works unveiled its first project, the themed city area on the Second Life™ Mainland known as Bay City. Now, as Bay City turns five, its community invites everyone to join us in celebrating this milestone.
Anniversary celebrations will kick off around noon SLT/PDT on Sunday, the 19th of May, with a parade lineup at the bandshell in Bay City – Harwich. The parade will make its way down Route 66 beginning at 12:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, concluding at the Bay City Fairgrounds in the North Channel region.
A live concert will kick off at 1:30 p.m. SLT/PDT at the Fairgrounds, featuring Christov Kohnke, CelticMaidenWarrior Lancaster, and RoseDrop Rust, and including GoSpeed Racer of KONA Stream providing music leading into the event.
All Residents of the Second Life grid are encouraged to participate. Celebration goods are available at the Bay City Community Center, in the Daley Bay region, for those who wish to be a part of the parade, and able viewing area is provided. The music event is also open to all who desire to attend.
Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life™ and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.
For more information, contact: Marianne McCann
BAY CITY GROUP SNAPSHOT 2013
Will you be attending the big 5th anniversary of Bay City in Second Life ?