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Ebbe Altberg confirms DK2 support is coming


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!

Confirmed

Ebbe Linden

DK2 support coming soon!

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?

RFL of SL 2015 theme voting countdown


The Steering committee has narrowed down the theme nominations to a final four and it’s time to cast your votes for the upcoming theme for 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life. Voting ends at 10pm SLT on Saturday 30th August 2014. The theme for 2015 will be announced at the Wrap Up Party at 10am SLT on Sunday 31st August 2014.

Cast your Vote Here

  • UNITED FOR A CURE Represents the unified effort in SL as one team with many parts working together in the fight against cancer.
  • RELAY GOES TO THE MOVIES Allows us the opportunity to build the theme around fun, creativity, and imagination. Campsites and teams can build experiences that represent their favorite movies in cinema.
  • FESTIVAL OF TEAMS Allows the opportunity to show the “one team” spirit while giving each team a chance to celebrate what is special about them. Also allows campsite themes to be built to honor various festivals around the world.
  • THE FUTURE IS NOW Demonstrates the forward movement of our Relay event. Following our 10th year anniversary (where we spent much time looking back), this theme would allow us to turn our heads to the present and celebrate great accomplishments in the fight against cancer. Also allows campsite themes to showcase our vision of hope and what the future holds for society.

Which 2015 RFL of SL theme are you voting for ? 

Facebook disables my account


Update: Facebook has now disabled both my accounts. You can still find me on Plurk, Google+ and Twitter etc to stay updated. 


 

On Wednesday 27th August 2014 Facebook disabled my main SL FB account without any notice/reasons which was unacceptable. I was very upset and angry when this happened because I have been using Facebook since 2007 without any problems until now. I lost all my Second Life snapshots, status updates and most importantly my friends contact list. I guess I was one of the unlucky ones.

Facebook needs to remove it’s fake name policy!

 

 

Press Release: OpenSimulator Conference Announces High Fidelity CEO Philip Rosedale as Keynote Speaker


PRESS RELEASE

August 28th, 2014

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is pleased to announce Philip Rosedale, Founder and CEO of High Fidelity, Inc. will be a keynote speaker at the second annual OpenSimulator Community Conference, scheduled to take place virtually on November 8-9, 2014 in a virtual conference center designed for the event.

Mr. Rosedale’s keynote presentation will address the question, “What is the Metaverse?” and discuss the opportunity to develop an open platform for virtual reality over the internet, including new hardware devices that catalyze entirely new kinds of interactions between avatars.

In 1995, Philip Rosedale created an innovative Internet video conferencing product (called “FreeVue”), which was later acquired by RealNetworks where in 1996 he went on to become Vice President and CTO. In 1999, Rosedale left RealNetworks, founded Linden Lab and built a virtual civilization called Second Life, fulfilling his lifelong dream of creating an open-ended, Internet-connected virtual world.

Since leaving Second Life in 2010, Rosedale has worked on several experiments in distributed work and computing, including Coffee & Power and Worklist.net. In 2013, he co-founded High Fidelity Inc. to explore the future of a next-generation virtual reality system.

“Philip Rosedale is one of the foremost thinkers about virtual reality and the Metaverse today,” said conference chair Chris Collins. “We look forward to hearing his thoughts on the next generation of open Metaverse platforms, including OpenSimulator.”

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community surrounding the OpenSimulator software, an open-source platform that supports the creation of collaborative, immersive, distributed and social 3D virtual environments.

Organized as a joint production by AvaCon, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the growth of the metaverse, and the Overte Foundation, which manages code contributions for the OpenSimulator platform, the virtual conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.  Last year the first annual conference was attended virtually by 300 avatars, with thousands of viewers on the conference live video streams.

Registration for the virtual OpenSimulator Community Conference is free and opens on September 15, 2014.  The conference will also be livestreamed through UStream.

For more information please see the conference website at http://conference.opensimulator.org.

ORGANIZATION INFORMATION:

OpenSimulator is an open-source platform that supports the creation of collaborative, immersive, distributed and social 3D virtual environments over the Internet. OpenSimulator software is now the basis for the emerging metaverse of many “grids” or worlds of varying sizes and purposes.  http://opensimulator.org

AvaCon, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality, and 3D immersive and virtual spaces. AvaCon holds conventions and meetings to promote educational and scientific inquiry into these spaces, and to support organized fan activities, including performances, lectures, art, music, machinima, and much more. AvaCon’s primary goal is to connect and support the diverse communities and practitioners involved in co-creating and using virtual worlds, and to educate the public and their constituents about the emerging ecosystem of technologies broadly known as the metaverse.  http://avacon.org

The Overte Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages contribution agreements for the OpenSimulator project.  In the future, it will also act to promote and support both OpenSimulator and the wider open-source 3D virtual environment ecosystem.  http://www.overte.org/

High Fidelity, Inc. powers inter-connected virtual worlds, using new hardware devices to catalyze entirely new kinds of interactions between avatars. Our open source software architecture enables unlimited scalability of both content and audience. http://highfidelity.io

CONTACT:

Chris Collins, Vice President

AvaCon, Inc.

c/o OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014

275 Winthrop Street

PO Box 618

Rehoboth, MA 02769-1819

(774) 654-0010

http://avacon.org

Email:  opensim@avacon.org

Web:  http://conference.opensimulator.org

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/opensimcc

Hashtags:  #OSCC14 #OSCC #opensim

 

3rd Season of Relay For Life of InWorldz Opens


Relay For Life of InWorldz 2014 starts

Relay For Life of InWorldz 2014 starts

On Saturday 23rd August the 3rd season kicked off to mark the start of the 2014 Relay For Life of InWorldz. The theme for this year is A Future Without Cancer and apparently the Relay For Life of InWorldz website is being rebuilt at the moment. Over $325,000 izzies has been raised so far during this 3rd season of Relay For Life of InWorldz.

The main Relay event for the 3rd season starts at 9am PDT until 9pm PDT on Saturday 1st November 2014. More details will be released soon.

If you are interested in sponsoring Relay For Life of InWorldz 2014, contact Hairy Thor for more details.

The new home for Relay For Life of InWorldz is now located over at Muse Island.

Muse Island on the InWorldz Grid

Muse Island on the InWorldz Grid

The Relay For Life of InWorldz team are very grateful for everyone’s support and contributions so far in 2014!

Send in your theme suggestions for 2015 RFL of SL


If you have any theme suggestions for 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life season, fill out this form and submit them. Apparently theme suggestions will be narrowed down and put to a vote this weekend. Hurry!

The 2015 theme announcement will be made at the 2014 RFL of SL Wrap Up party on Sunday 31st August 2014. Everyone is welcome to attend the annual event and be part of Relay For Life of Second Life history. :)

History of RFL themes

  • 2004 – No theme
  • 2005 – No theme
  • 2006 – No theme 
  • 2007 – Quest for a Cure
  • 2008 – Heroes
  • 2009 – One World, One Hope
  • 2010 – Wishing on a Cure
  • 2011 – Seasons of Hope
  • 2012 – Time For A Cure
  • 2013 – Celebrating 100 Years of Hope
  • 2014 – A Journey of Promise
  • 2015 – To be confirmed

GO RELAY!

Avination grid fourth birthday details announced


Avination grid will be celebrating it;s fourth birthday from Friday 12th September until Sunday 14th September 2014. There will be live entertainment, live DJs and much more. Visit the AVN4B sims on the Map to see the amazing exhibits and enjoy with friends.

See the full event schedule and lineup below for AVN4B.

Friday 12th September

  • 10am – 12pm DJane Kirsten (Gothicbunker Aachen) – Warmup with Gothic and Hardrock
  • 12pm – 1pm Digital Deception – live
  • 1pm – 2pm Pingout Duffield – live country, rock and pop music
  • 2pm – 3pm Nance Brody – live

Saturday 13th September 

  • 8am – 10am Fashion show at AVN4B – new and unusual styles for modern people
  • 10am – 11am Babba Ballyhoo – live – unusual and unique, Cologne Folk Music
  • 11am – 12pm AriangelS – live
  • 12pm – 1pm DJane Florchen – live – charts, mixed and pop
  • 1pm – 2pm DJane Melanie – live – Progressive House, Trance
  • 2pm – 3pm Torben Asp – live – unique fusion of electronic music and lights…

Sunday 14th September

  • 11am – 1pm DJane Kirsten – live – charts
  • 1pm – 2pm Dubliners – live show
  • 2pm – open end DJ Menny Italian – music mix

Grid Stats as of 22nd August 2014

  • Total users: 71, 889
  • Unique last 30 days: 2, 135
  • Total regions: 665
  • Online users: 50

 

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