Today the Firestorm Viewer turns four and it’s time to celebrate with friends over at the Phoenix Firestorm Support region. Congratulations to the Firestorm team for reaching 4 years and thank you for all you do to make Second Life/Opensim lives better. There are special free gifts to collect and live entertainment during this afternoon. Follow the latest news of the Firestorm Viewer on the blog here.
More than 50 avatars at the party!
September 3rd we turn four! Hard to believe but it has already been 4 years since we started developing viewers! First the popular Phoenix viewer and now of course the crazy popular Firestorm Viewer. Firestorm is by far the most popular viewer used in Second Life and we have you to thank for that! After all… we couldn’t have done it without your support and encouragement! So as a show of our appreciation and with what is becoming a bit of a tradition for us… we have partnered with a couple of content creators to bring you some really cool free gifts AND organized a Rockin anniversary party with Rockin entertainment!
Come and enjoy the party!
Let’s celebrate 4 years of Firestorm!
The Drax Files #22 is now available to watch and this week it’s all about Virtual Health featuring Second Life and the Oculus Rift. Episode 22 runs for 4 minutes and 59 seconds showing another amazing aspect of Second Life. I found this episode very inspiring and most interesting from start to end about amputees using Second Life. I do agree that this is a great way to utilize the Virtual and experience Second Life like never before.
During this episode there is footage of the Oculus Rift which looks just incredible and shots of lovely locations in Second Life. Spread the word about this incredible episode of The Drax Files series and see below for episode details.
Episode #22 Details
“Second Life is the perfect place for amputees to overcome emotional trauma by sharing stories and realizing they are not alone!” says Sandra L. Winkler, assistant professor at NOVA University in Florida, teaching occupational therapy.
Her Virtual Health Adventures project is using Second Life to find out if virtual reality can offer a better learning environment for amputees than a traditional website.
Dr. Winkler’s 3-year study is funded by the United States for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and is currently mid-way through the 3-year study period.
She adds that while it would be too early to state conclusions on the project, preliminary results clearly show that virtual worlds with their unique ability to create a sense of “being-there”, are a powerful tool to facilitate a peer-network: a place where amputees from all over the world help others [veterans of wars and non-military amputees alike] and offer emotional peer support to families.
“Second Life offers a space where clinicians can learn from patients what they might not be able to glean from textbooks”, Sandra Winkler says: a space where amputees can share insight into their lives so that able-bodied students or any other interested party can experience what it feels like to lose a limb.
More information at http://www.virtualhealthadventures.org/
The Drax Files #22
Previous episodes of The Drax Files
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 2: Jo Yardley
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 5: Engrama
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 6: Abramelin Wolfe
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 7: Rod Humble
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 8: MadPea Games
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 9: Elie Spot
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode11: Dwarfins
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 12: Ole Etzel
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson’s
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 15: Scottius Polke
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 16: Feed a Smile
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 18: Paradise Lost
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 20: Flockers
- The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 21: Editorial Clarity
You are invited to the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life (MSABC) kickoff event on Sunday, September 7, 2014, to start the official fundraising season for breast cancer research and awareness in Second Life. The 2014 MSABC Chair is Jessii2009 Warrhol and the theme for the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life is “Seasons of Pink”.
The kick-off event starts at 9 am slt Sunday, September 7 with a pre-show by T1 Radio, the official broadcaster of Making Strides in Second Life. The celebration will include speeches by the Making Strides Committee, live music, and performances.
Kick Off Schedule:
Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014, 9 am slt
9 am to 10 am slt – T1 Radio Pre Kick Off Show
11 am to 4pm slt – Musical Performances
330 pm slt – While you are dancing away at kickoff, join us at the special Making Strides broadcast booth for the premiere of the T1 Radio Show “Getting in Stride With Tee and Nuala”.
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 race money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.
In 1984, Massachusetts cancer survivor Margery Gould Rath wanted to find a way to celebrate fellow cancer survivors by raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Working with a committee of fellow survivors and other volunteers, “Margie” created a “move-along-a-thon” called Making Strides Against Cancer to bring people together in an event to move the fight against cancer forward. The first event, held in Boston, drew 200 participants and instantly became an annual city tradition.
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: http://makingstridessl.wordpress.com/
For media inquiries,
Contact: Jessii2009 Warrhol, 2014 MSABC In SL Chair
September 2014 Events Upcoming
- Celebrate The Arcade’s 2nd Anniversary – 1st to 30th September 2014
- FaMESHed – 1st to 27th September 2014
- The Chapter Four – 4th to 30th September 2014
- My Slink Obsession Round 2 – Starts on 5th September 2014
- The 24² – 5th to 13th September 2014
- 7th Annual Second Life Home and Garden Expo - 16th to 28th September 2014
- My Attic – September 2014
Grid Wide Hunts (September 2014)
Do you know of anything else happening in Second Life during September 2014? Please let me know via comments. Thanks! :)
On Sunday 31st August 2014 RFL of SL Wrap Up celebrations took place between 10am SLT to 1pm SLT. The attendance was even bigger this year than in previous years (45+ avatars). During the first hour many announcements and stats were released to the crowd by the core RFL of SL team. Following the first hour there was live music to celebrate the awesome success of the 2014 RFL of SL season.
- $415,422 total raised for RFL of SL 2014 season
- 2014 Relay Wrap Up Awards Winners
- 2014 RFL of SL Feedback
I was really happy and surprised to receive the 2014 RFL of SL COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD. Thanks so much and it means alot. :)
I found it most interesting this year from start to end of the 2014 season and I can’t wait for 2015 RFL of SL season to start.
Relay For Life 2015 Season
- Theme: The Future is Now
- Kick-off Date: 7th March 2015 through to August 2015
- Relay Weekend: 18th-19th July 2015
The countdown has started for RFL of SL 2015 season. Wooooot!!!!
Today at 10am SLT on Sunday 31st August 2014 RFL of SL will be hosting its Wrap Up Party celebrations and you are invited to come along to celebrate the successful RFL of SL 2014 season. T1 Radio will be broadcasting live during the ceremony and hopefully there will be video coverage of this event too. It’s recommended to arrive early to have access to the sims. Don’t miss this! :)
RFL of SL 2014 Wrap Up Party Schedule
10amSLT – Nikki, Sting, Dawn and Random close out the A-W-E-S-O-M-E 2014 Season and the announcements will include the following below:
- 2014 Relay For Life of Second Life Updated Fundraising Club Awards
- 2014 Relay For Life of Second Life Fun and Spontaneous Awards
- 2014 Relay For Life of Second Life Convio Final Awards
- 2014 Relay For Life of Second Life Spirit Awards
- 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life Information and Announcements
- And More!
11:30am SLT – Max Kleene takes the stage. Streaming from Niagra Falls, Canada, Max sings Rock/Pop/Alternative solo acoustic tunes covering old classics to fun, newer hip stuff.
12:30PM SLT – T1 Radio takes back over the airwaves as we bring to a close the 2014 Relay For Life of Second Life Season
Come along and invite friends to join the celebrations today. Spread the word! :)
On Thursday 28th August Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab on Twitter confirmed that official Oculus Rift DK2 support is coming along. There’s still no details yet on when the first implementation will be and I would predict that the public Oculus Viewer will be released in early-mid 2015. Also this week Ebbe Altberg via Twitter said that “SL going to get better and keep going for a long time“. Yay!
Check out David Rowe’s CtrlAltStudio Preliminary Rift DK2 Support viewer released on the 19th of August 2014.
I know some people are very anxious to try their DK2s in Second Life / OpenSim so I’ve released this alpha with some very preliminary DK2 support.
More coverage of Oculus Rift DK2
The Drax Files Radio Hour: Show #34: Is SL VR?