Firestorm Viewer team announces 64-bit support versions coming soon


Jessica Lyon who is the project manager of the popular Firestorm viewer has announced in a new blog post this week that there will be 64-bit support for Windows 64-bit, Linux 64-bit and at some point in the future possibly a Mac 64-bit version of Firestorm. This is very good news and it’s been welcomed by Second Life community/Firestorm users.

Using 64-bit version of Firestorm would firstly work a little bit faster and secondly it would work more effectively than using a 32-bit version. 64-bit will use a greater amount of memory but overall it will still perform well.

Before 2014 there will be regular releases of ALPHA and experimental versions of Firestorm which is worth watching out for and trying out. There will be a Firestorm Public Beta release coming out soon full of fixes and improvements. Jessica mentions Materials, DAE Export with other things are in the works.

What are your views on having 64-bit versions of Firestorm ?

Disability and Virtual Worlds: New Frontiers of Appropriation presentation in Second Life


Gentle Heron who is the founder of Virtual Ability Island has spread the word about an upcoming presentation happening this weekend called Disability and Virtual Worlds: New Frontiers of Appropriation. This presentation will take place on the well known Virtual Ability Island at the Sojourner Auditorium. The event takes place at 9:30am to 11:10am SLT on Saturday 26th October 2013. The presenters are: Tom Boellstorff, Donna Davis and Gentle Heron who will be talking in voice + text inworld.

More details see below:

Disability and Virtual Worlds: New Frontiers of Appropriation
PRESENTERS: Tom Boellstorff, Donna Davis, Gentle Heron (panel at AoIR)
SATURDAY October 26, 9:30-11:10 am SLT
Sojourner Auditorium, Virtual Ability Island

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/54/170/23

Three SL researchers will present a panel at the Association of Internet Research (AoIR) conference titled “Disability and Virtual Worlds: New Frontiers of Appropriation.” The panel will occur in both RL and SL simultaneously.

After the 3 panelists present, there will be an opportunity for the “live” and SL audiences to interact. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to chat and answer questions from Internet researchers.

PRESENTER BIOS:
Tom Boellstorff is the author of Coming of Age in Second Life, and co-author of Ethnography and Virtual Worlds:
A Handbook of Method.
Donna Davis is doing research with the Creations group, for people with Parkinsons.
Gentle Heron is the head of the Virtual Ability community in Second Life. She is a former educational researcher,

Voice + text transcription.

If you are interested then please come along and attend. 😀

Greeting at BURN2 2013


Today I went along to the BURN2 greeters gate road in Deep Hole and started my 2 hour slot of welcoming new visitors to the playa which I enjoy doing every year. It’s good fun volunteering and meeting new people. This is my 5th year greeting at the BURN2 event in Second Life which just gets better every year I think. I enjoy giving out freebies and information to ensure everyone has a great experience at the BURN2 event.Greeting at BURN2 Greeting at BURN2

i’ll be volunteering this week and next so buzz me if you see me in the owl avatar. Greeting is very important at resident supported events in Second Life overall and I’m glad that there are hundreds of people that still want to volunteer in the SL community.

Wooooot!!!!

BURN2 2013 landmarks to visit


BURN2 2013 is open and it’s time to visit the recommended landmarks around the amazing playa this year. There is so much to see and participate in. There are many awesome builds and activities around the six regions.

Popular Places to visit…

  1. Greeters Road – Meet fantastic greeters and receive info/freebies
  2. The Man – All new and revamped for 2013
  3. The Temple – Check out the new look for 2013
  4. Center Camp – The central place for great live music
  5. Lamplighters – Celebrate and dance the night away
  6. BURN2 Playa Balloon Trip – See the amazing views from above

BURN2 2013 Map…

BURN2 2013 Map

Explore and have fun is key!

Builder’s Brewery group reaches 20, 000 members


Great news to share is that the well known Builder’s Brewery group in Second Life has reached 20, 000 members which is a big milestone indeed. The record was set on 15th October 2013 and marks the fact that there still interest for educational SL classes. Builder’s Brewery do a great job at teaching in Second Life and it’s life changing for sure.

For creators who strive for excellence at all levels, from celebrated Pro to new. Our goals are to promote the visual & structural quality of SL, by encouraging intelligent design, builds & innovations, through education, sharing & support.

Helping one another is key

SCHEDULE:  http://j.mp/BBcalendar1

Check out the new themed Halloween Builder’s Brewery destination.

Builder's Brewery

Visit Builder’s Brewery today and join the group for free.

 

 

 

BURN2 2013 opens today at 12pm SLT


The big has finally arrived because SL BURN2 2013 will be opening at 12pm SLT today at the Burning Man regions. There is six sims of the playa to visit this year full of amazing and outstanding new creations. The best starting place is to teleport to greeters gate road where everyone will be welcomed and freebies will be given out. The second best thing to do is to visit the artist builds/themed camps then to attend live BURN2 events which are always entertaining.

New BURN2 video from Drax

Teleport to Burning Man – Deep Hole to start the adventures and have fun with friends. 🙂

  • Rangers & Managers are ready
  • Volunteers are ready
  • Artists are ready
  • Theme Camps are ready
  • The Man & The Temple are ready

Final preparations and checks are currently happening to make sure everything is finished/ready for the opening at midday. Stay tuned for BURN2 coverage and spread the word! 🙂

BURN2 2013 regions

BURN2 2013 Press Day adventures


At 12pm SLT today BURN2 2013 press day officially opened to SL press and SL bloggers with 30+ avatars attending the starting press area on the Deep Hole region in Second Life. This year marks my 5th visit to BURN2 and its one of the best annual events on the grid that the SL community hosts. The sims, main attractions and events have been revamped this year to make the experience ten times better. Just two days remain until the grand opening when hundreds of avatars will pass through the BURN2 gates then onto the playa. BURN2 2013 will officially open to the whole community on Saturday 19th October 2013.

BURN2 Press Day 2013 includes the following…

  • Main Introductions and info about the BURN2 festival in SL
  • Tour of six sims at BURN2
  • Chance to meet amazing BURN2 artists in SL
  • Chance to explore themed camps, stages and amazing builds

The start of BURN2 Press Day 2013 tour…

BURN2 Press Day 2013

Arriving at the new Center Camp Stage

BURN2 Press Day 2013

Arriving at The Man which has been revamped > (Burns on 26th October 2013)

BURN2 Press Day 2013

Arriving at The Temple which has been revamped > (Burns on 27th October 2013)

BURN2 Press Day 2013

I’ll be blogging during the event, so stay tuned for that. It’s going to be great fun this year!

Qarl Fizz announces closure of region and update on the deformer project


Qarl Fizz (former Qarl Linden) has announced on his blog on 16th October 2013 that he has deleted his region in Second Life. The main reason for leaving was due to the recent changes that Linden Lab made to the terms of service and that he doesn’t want Linden Lab to steal all of his intellectual property.

Qarl writes about the deformer project in the blog post and mentions that Linden Lab have been completely ignoring requests for information and that the lab can’t find time to review hundred of lines of code or answer emails.

Goodbye Qarl and good luck for the future. 🙂

Fourth Annual Bay City Halloween Hay Maze Now OPEN


The fourth annual Bay City Halloween Hay Maze is now open at the well known Fairgrounds area in the North Channel region in Second Life. It’s full of exciting scary Halloween things and terror. Enter at your own risk.

Visit The Maze Here

Bay City Hay Maze 2013

Great job, Mari and Pygar for building this special halloween maze this year.

Bay City Hay Maze 2013

Join in with the halloween fun this year at Bay City Fairgrounds and invite friends to have fun in the maze. 😀

Join the United Content Creators of SL group


If you are concerned about the recent changes to the Second Life Terms of Service it’s strongly recommended to join the open free group called United Content Creators of SL which was founded on 29th September 2013 by Kylie Sabra . This group is offering a strong approach to recent TOS changes and by working together will hopefully achieve so much.

This group needs backing with alot of support if there is going to be any impact at all.

So far there are 254 members in the group and it’s growing by the week. This is huge news and this recent TOS change effects so many people/places on the grid. Change has to happen at some point in the near future and hopefully Linden Lab will do something. The best thing is to participate today and spread the word.

This group consists of content creators who want to protect their rights and work for the common good of all content creators in Second Life. By working together we can achieve much. Please invite fellow creators..

CURRENT ISSUE; Linden Labs TOS as affects content creators.

More details visit the United Content Creators of SL group blog site.