Avination grid team announced new details on the official Avination Blog on 30th January that the first community meeting of 2014 will be held on Sunday 2nd February at 12pm AVN time (9pm CET/8pm GMT/12pm PST) when the Civic Center doors open.
Topics to be discussed at the meeting…
New script engine & the possibility of problems from the upgrade & possible solutions
Problem reporting (sending useful information to developers/fixing problems fast)
InWorldz will be celebrating its big 5th birthday from 16th March through to 2nd April 2014. This year there will be 21 sims (IW Events sims) to celebrate the biggest birthday that grid has ever seen before. Each sim will be showcasing different aspects of InWorldz and there will be always things to do during the 5th birthday.
See the breakdown below of the InWorldz 5th Birthday regions showing different themes for each. I’m excited already and it’s going to be fantastic this year. I will be blogging for sure about the upcoming 5th birthday in two months time and I’ll be sharing my snapshots on my Flickr stream.
The BURN2 planning team have released a brand new press release today announcing details of the upcoming BURN2 Burnal Equinox 2014. This will be the first big BURN2 event on the event calendar this year for the BURN2 community to enjoy in Second Life. Every year it’s great fun for everyone and more visitors attend the annual BURN2 events which is always a good thing.
The BURN2 Burnal Equinox 2014 starts at 12pm SLT on 28th March through to 30th March 2014. Invite friends and enjoy the 2014 playa experience.
OPENS MARCH 28TH 12PM SLT
Join us from March 28th-30th in Second Life for a totally different playa experience!
At a time far into our future, the earth has been devastated by a multitude of scourges: harsh climate change, pollution, famine, and war. The playa is one of the last inhabitable places on earth, but toxic fumes cover the ground and rise to 100 meters. The only safe living environment is above the toxic gas at ground levels as the playa’s winds help purify the air at this altitude. Passing through this toxic ground zone is possible, but long term exposure can be fatal.
One redeeming factor of the toxin is that when it is captured, placed into a balloon and mixed with the correct proportion of playa dust, it takes on the form of a very powerful, lighter-than-air gas. A single five-meter balloon can lift thousands of pounds into the air.
The gaseous concoction has been fondly named Fairy Dust. Modern manufacturing no longer exists. Everyday items are scavenged from the remains of abandoned buildings. Humans have learned to survive by creating with their own hands. They build platforms supported by balloons filled with Fairy Dust. These floating platforms are the hosts for a new civilization above the ground. The citizens of this floating city commute by building lighter than air vehicles. They are powered by whatever means can be found and lifted into the air by balloons filled with the Fairy Dust.
Every Spring the residents of this community celebrate a renewal of life. Balloons have been the savior of this city. Residents design and decorate their lifting balloons as part of the Equinox celebration. This tradition has been carried down from their ancestors from when the earth was plentiful. They celebrate this event in hopes that the earth will renew itself. They celebrate the clean air that still exists high in the clouds. They celebrate their existence on earth, as different as it might be from their ancestors. They are ALIVE!
Become a citizen of this Playa City in the Sky and celebrate Burnal Equinox by creating a build on one of our 32x32x40 floating platforms!
After weeks of delay episode 4 of The Blackened Mirror Season 2 aired on Sunday 26th January 2014 and the episode title is named “Missing You”. There are just two more episodes to go until season 2 ends. I have to say that Season 2 has been very entertaining to watch so far and the story lines have been great. I hope that Season 3 goes ahead and perhaps a Season 4 at some point in the near future.
Episode 4 is here!
Episode 4 details
Quinn is back in Seraph City — his home. Or so he expects. But this is a very different Seraph City, it seems — and there are some shocks in store for the detective hero. “Meet at the office.” That was the arrangement. But what will Quinn find there?
Last week the VWBPE teamannounced major news on the blog that the CloudParty platform will no longer be part of VWBPE 2014 onwards. This year the conference will be held from 9th to 12th April 2014 without CloudParty. As many know already Yahoo have acquired CloudParty and the service will shut down on 21st February 2014.
It’s not surprising to hear this because as one door closes another door opens for another platform to be part of the VWBPE conference. Other possibilities could be Twinity, There.com, Onverse, World of Warcraft, Active Worlds or Kaneva etc.
It is with regret that one of the key platforms VWBPE has been using as a principal venue, CloudParty, has been recently bought out by Yahoo and is now due to close (see link). While this potentially means wonderful things for the people at CloudParty and their future success, for the rest of us, we now need to pick up and move forward. This, too, is part of best practices. Learning to let go and to move on. How to bear the burden of attachment to friends, dedication to projects, and a desire for improvement, which now will need to transform to new states of being.
For the VWBPE Conference, this means we will no longer have a CloudParty track as the platform will be taken down prior to our April conference dates. People who have submitted proposals for this platform will be contacted to make other arrangements. But in the face of loss comes the face of opportunity to make new connections. To rethink the way we do things. To be reborn from the ashes and hopefully soar higher than ever before.
In this conference, we want to hear your stories on how you have addressed the transition from CloudParty to other platforms. To show us how we can extend the reach of educators to imagine a world without boundaries, without CloudParty. To reach out beyond self-imposed constraints and open the doors to new ways of thinking, imagining, expression, and building.
Upcoming Dates for VWBPE 2014
Registration opens: 1st February
Call for Volunteers: 15th February
Acceptance Letters: 15th February
VWBPE 2014 opens: 9th April
VWBPE 2014 ends: 12th April
Will you be applying or attending this year ? Please comment and share your views!
GoSpeed Racer and Christov Kohnke will be performing live this year. The 4th Annual Mole Day is a big celebration of the hard work that the moles do for the grid. The Linden Department of Public Works is a program focused on improvements to the Second Life experience.
This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Don’t miss this!
Episode 3 of The Drax Files Radio Hour is available to listen online and this time Drax is interviewing Esteban Winsmore talking about griefing and other interesting topics. Listen to the amazing podcasts so farand spread the word about The Drax Files Radio Hour!
I’m sure that episode 4 of The Drax Files Radio Hour will be all about the departure of Rod Humble who was the CEO of Linden Lab between January 2011 to January 2014. I’m looking forward to hearing about that.
Last week Rod Humble CEO of Linden Lab left Linden Lab after 3 years at the lab. Jo Yardley was the first to report about Rod’s departure through Facebook private message. Rod told family, friends and co-workers on his personal Facebook page. Rod Humble mentions that he wants to start up his own company that will make art, entertainment and cool stuff. More details will be announced in a few weeks.
This is very surprising news and shocking to hear about his departure. There was no big announcements about Rod leaving anywhere during the past week. It’s not known at this stage who will take over as CEO of Linden Lab but I’m sure we will know more in the coming weeks. So stay tuned.
I do think we need a CEO who has a solid understanding of Second Life and someone who is already from Second Life to take over the ship. But whatever happens it’s going to be interesting to see where Second Life/Linden Lab goes next during 2014+.
The good things that Rod did for Second Life between (2011-2013)
Rod Humble (Rodvik Linden) joined back in January 2011 at Linden Lab and since then Second Life has been improved alot since then.
Teen Grid merged with Second Life main grid
The Second Life Community Platform launched
Basic/Advanced modes in Viewer 2
The Social Web Profiles introduced
Launch of Mesh
Improved Avatar and Object Streaming speeds
CHUI Beta Viewer launched
Materials Project Viewer launched
Project Shining launched
Rod Humble gaming timeline so far…
Worked on gaming since 1990
Worked on The Sims 2 and The Sims 3
Worked on Sony’s EverQuest
Was the Executive vice president & head of The Sims group at ESA (2008 to 2010)
Became CEO of Linden Lab from January 2011 to January 2014
New company startup in 2014 planned
I wish Rod all the best for the future and I would like to personally say thanks so much for all the big improvements made to Second Life over the past 3 years. We will miss you!