Ebbe Linden first Meet and Greet with SL Press


Meet and Greet
First Meet and Greet with Ebbe Linden

My Review

On Tuesday 18th February 2014 I was invited to a small invitation-only meeting with Pete Linden and Ebbe Linden who is the new CEO of Linden Lab. The meeting took place at PR island in a nice meeting area just north of the region. This was my first visit to PR island to meet the new CEO so I was pretty much excited. It was just 8 of us at the meeting using voice and text chat.

The meeting started later than planned from 9:40am SLT to about 10:55am SLT. Drax managed to record the meeting and at the end of the meeting I managed to copy the transcript. IM me inworld for a copy and check out my Flickr stream for snapshots.

The first meet and greet meeting with Ebbe Linden went extremely well and everyone had a few questions to ask Ebbe. Ebbe talked about the past, current and the future of Second Life which was very interesting.

After the meeting today Ebbe Linden posted Hello from Linden Lab’s New CEO on the official Second Life blog and answered questions from the SL community via Twitter/SL Forums. It’s a good start so far and I hope there will be more meetings like this with more members of the news media of Second Life soon.

PR region
PR Island preview where the meeting took place

Meeting timeline of events

  • Invited over to the PR island and then SL press arrived 
  • Pete Linden and Ebbe Linden gave an opening introduction. The new CEO then said that he’s been in Second Life for a week or so meeting with employees, understanding the basics and he is very excited about being part of Second Life
  • SL press members gave a brief introduction about themselves (8 avs attended the meeting)
  • Pete and Ebbe opened the floor to questions one by one with a few prepared questions 
  • Final wrap up questions and goodbyes
Pete Linden and Ebbe Linden
Voice chat with Pete Linden and Ebbe Linden

Questions and Answers 

Draxtor first asked Ebbe why he took the job at Linden Lab

Ebbe said that he’s known SL since the early beginning, he was an early beta user and that, his son was very involved very early on with Second Life. Ebbe has always known about Second Life. Ebbe hopes to create an environment where teens and adults can come together more than ever before.

Jo asked Ebbe about his first time as a newbie in Second Life, when he joined up, what he thinks about the experience for new users and how he plans to change this to improve user retention.

Ebbe said that it’s difficult and and that he knows of the previous registration methods that either worked/failed. Ebbe mentions that he wants to learn more about the new user experience and look into user testing with new ideas. Finally saying that he wants to make the on-boarding easier for new users.

Mal asked Ebbe about some of SL’s other products and possibilities

Ebbe said that some decisions have been made about simplifying the lab’s product portfolio and there will be some news on that later this week. The news will be focusing on Linden Lab offering. Also he wants to make Second Life more easier to visit in the near future. Ebbe is very interested in Blocksworld. 

Saffia asked if Ebbe was going to continue trying to attract non profit and educational organisations to Second Life.

Ebbe said that it makes alot of sense to continue and he would love to meet with educational communities in Second Life soon. 

I asked What plans do you have for the future of Second Life ? and what are you most excited about in the short-time/long-term? Thank you! 🙂 

Ebbe said that Second Life is just at the beginning of something huge and he hopes to make the online world more engaging and more social. He wants Second Life to be more appealing to a larger audience and to have a massive scale of users using Second Life in the long-term. 

Ebbe goes on to say the long-term plans including understanding the talent at the lab, making it more focused, creating a clear path and looking at the organisation as a whole. Ebbe hopes to raise the bar in focus and have a clear vision. 

Saffia asked about if he played any sports in Second Life ?

Ebbe would like to learn more about sports in Second Life

Jo asked Ebbe how excited he was about the Oculus Rift and Virtual Reality going big and if he tried it yet.

Ebbe said that he did use the Oculus Rift last Friday afternoon, he knows of an early version of the hardware and he’s interested in leap motion. Ebbe understands the hype about Second Life and that he’s looking forward to discover Second Life for what it is really like.

10:55am SLT the meeting finished

Expect more coverage this Friday when Drax will be talking about the meeting during his weekly radio hour. I hope that more meetings like this will be set up in the near future with more news media folks.

Further coverage

CasperTech takes over the METAbolt project


Version: 0.9.69.0 (BETA)
Version: 0.9.69.0 (BETA)

CasperTech recently announced on the official Metabolt homepage that they will be taking over and maintaining the METAbolt text client for Second Life and OpenSim users. This is very good news to hear this and that the project is once again active for the long-term.

In the coming weeks there will be brand new website and a new release of METAbolt soon. New developments are now in the pipeline and it’s going to be interesting to see where it goes next I think.

Same Viewer. New Opportunities

It was recently announced that the METAbolt project was being discontinued. We are very happy to announce that this has not happened, and instead CasperTech have stepped in to curate and maintain the project.

CasperTech is a leading provider of solutions for content creators within Second Life. We believe that METAbolt will benefit from our strong legacy and foundations.

It is not our intention to commercialise the project, and we will maintain it in the same spirit of open source community collaboration. We do intend, however, to rejuvenate the METAbolt community with active development, support and new innovation. We are very excited by this opportunity, and we hope you are, too!

Please bear with us while we complete the transitional period – we’re working on a new website and will be making our first release of METAbolt soon.

– Casper Warden, CasperTech Ltd.

Download Metabolt Here

Fashion For Life 2014 registration is now open


Fashion For Life 2014

Cajsa Lilliehook announced new details today that she will be organizing Fashion For Life 2014 in Second Life via Plurk which is great news. Registration for this year’s Fashion For Life event is now open and she hopes that everyone will sign up. Apparently the blogger applications will open on 1st May 2014. Early blogger preview access if selected will be held on the 5th and 6th of June 2014.

  • The main event dates: June 7th – June 20th, 2014. 

Efforts and funds committed to FFL go to support American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.  We are entirely volunteer driven and 100% of the funds raised are presented as a charitable donation to ACS from the residents of Second Life.

I personally think Cajsa will do an excellent job at organizing the event this year and it will be a huge success. Good luck to the Fashion For Life team this year and I’ll look forward to attending the event for sure. If you are interested, please sign up and be part of the volunteer driven event in Second Life.

Trailer 4 of Paradise Lost in Second Life


Paradise Lost in Second Life – Spring 2014

Canary Beck has uploaded trailer 4 of Paradise Lost in Second Life on YouTube this week. This is a theatre production that will coming out officially in Spring 2014. I’m super excited about the main release and I can’t wait to review it. I strongly recommend everyone watching the trailers that have been released so far. 

Please watch the new trailer below and spread the word about this wonderful production in Second Life to friends around the grid. This is really world-class and fantastic in so many ways I think.   

Paradise Lost in Second Life, Trailer 4 – Basilique Performing Arts Company

Our Fourth Trailer! For best results: Watch in 1080HD, full screen, with the sound on. 

The 4th Trailer for Paradise Lost – The Story of Adam and Eve’s Original Sin in Fourteen Movements of Mozart’s Requiem, featuring Satan falling from Heaven, landing in Hell, and being coronated by his followers. Opening in Spring 2014 at the Basilique Playhouse.

View previous trailers here

 

The Drax Files Radio Hour show 6 featuring mesh, OBR, hypergrid and more


Today show 6 of the drax files went live named the reality of virtuality featuring many interesting talking points this week. Special guests this week includes Saffia Widdershins and Peter Ludlow. The Drax Files radio hour is a audio podcast by Draxtor Despres and Jo Yardley. The show is already recorded in advance and goes out on Fridays. 

Show 6 talking points in this podcast 

  • Fitted Mesh announcement  
  • One Billion Rising is happening now 
  • Peter Ludlow talks about governance in virtual worlds, griefer management and investigative journalism
  • SL Winter Games starts next month 
  • Hypergrid/OpenSim show is in the works
  • And more!

You can watch previous shows of the drax files radio hour here. Spread the word about this great weekly podcast in Second Life. I’m looking forward to a show about the hypergrid and OpenSim in the coming weeks because it’s not yet been covered in the weekly podcast.

  • What topics would you suggest for upcoming shows of The Drax Files radio hour ?
  • Please comment below!

2nd annual One Billion Rising event opens in Second Life


The 2nd annual One Billion Rising event is now open for everyone to explore and dance for 24 hours. Search and teleport to the “OBR” regions on the Map. Have fun and enjoy!

Landmarks (SLURLS)

Music Events

OBR regions open
OBR regions open
OBR map 2014
OBR map 2014
One Billion Rising 2014 is now OPEN!
One Billion Rising 2014 is now OPEN!
Live music for 24 hours on OBR Dance
Live music for 24 hours on OBR Dance

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

2nd Annual One Billion Rising opens tomorrow in Second Life


OBR 2014 regions map
OBR 2014 regions map

Just one more day until the 2nd annual One Billion Rising event opens in Second Life. The OBR regions are set to open tomorrow morning for 24 hours. It’s predicted that more than 200 avatars will attend the event within the 24 hour period.

Over the past week builders have been hard at work building their art installations and building the main stage/pathways at the OBR regions. This is a big opportunity to end violence against women and girls. Come and dance with friends. 🙂

OBR region landmarks to use 

OBR Rise: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/OBR%20Rise/186/186/24
OBR Release: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/OBR%20Release/68/68/24
OBR Dance: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/OBR%20Dance/168/68/24
OBR Justice: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/OBR%20Justice/68/186/24

OBR information packs 

One Billion Rising 2014 SL
Free information pack for OBR in SL 2014

OBR 2014 art installations 

Art builds at OBR regions 2014

Less than 24 hours to go until the grand opening of the 2nd annual One Billion Rising event in Second Life. Will you be attending this year ?

First ever SL Winter Games opens 15th March 2014


The first ever SL Winter Games will be opening to the public on Saturday 15th March and will last through until Saturday 22nd March 2014. This is really exciting news as you can sign up for exciting competitions such as snowboard races, curling, ski jumping, ice hockey, snowboard half-pipe, downhill ski races and much more. There will be DJs, parties, live music and hundreds of people attending the events.

SL Winter Games 2014
Welcome to Chamonix City
Ski Jumping area
The Ski Jumping area

The first ever SL Winter Games will be held at lovely venues across the Chamonix City region in Second Life. Chamonix City has agreed to host the Winter Games and it’s set to be the biggest event of the year for the SL community. Open for everyone to have fun and set new records.

Registrations

If you are interested in participating then contact either Marianne McCann (Bay City) or Drewski Northman (East River Federation) through a message inworld to receive a registration form. The deadline is Friday 28th February 2014.

SL Winter Games 2014
The Ice Hockey Arena

I’m really excited about attending and being part of the first ever SL Winter Games event in March 2014. Please spread the word about this upcoming event and visit with friends. 🙂

One Billion Rising 2014 in Second Life press release


Saffia Widdershins has released a new press release today with full details about the 2nd annual One Billion Rising event in Second Life which will be happening on 14th February 2014. The event will be held on four OBR regions where 200+ people can dance for 24 hours and this year the regions will have a modern look.

On 13th February 2014 there will be a special press day with three sessions: 10am, 2pm and 4pm SLT. If you would like to attend press day for One Billion Rising in Second Life 2014 fill out this form.

See the full press release below

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  • ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE –  IN SECOND LIFE
  • SECOND LIFE® RESIDENTS JOIN GLOBAL CAMPAIGN “ONE BILLION RISING”
  • TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS
  • One Billion Rising for Justice in Second Life ill be held this Friday – ALL DAY FRIDAY 14th FEBRUARY

On February 14, 2013, for 24 hours starting at midnight Pacific Standard Time, Second Life residents will join with activists around the world in a spectacular 24-hour event for ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE, a very special day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

The Second Life event will feature a four-region stage where 200 people can dance together, surrounded by an area of art installations, poetry events and informational exhibits. A variety of performers will play and perform over the 24-hour period, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter their timezone. The regions will have a General maturity rating to allow all residents an opportunity to participate. Pictures are welcome on the event’s Flickr group.

ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2014, men and women in Second Life will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and people across the world to Rise, Dance, and Release as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change.

The objective of the event is to raise awareness, not to raise funds; however, information about real-world organisations will be available for those wishing to donate.

One Billion Rising in Second Life is sponsored by: Cheeky Pea; The Domineaux Effect; Dutchie; Gos Boutique; Heart Garden Centre; Maven Homes; MESHWORX; Prime; and Spargel and Shine.

In-kind sponsors are: CaLLie CLine; Fruit Islands; KittyCatS!; Liv-Glam; Style by Kira; Sway’s;and Prim Perfect Publications.

The four regions have been named for the four core elements chosen as the focus of this years global event, One Billion Rising.

  • OBR Rise
  • OBR Dance
  • OBR Release
  • OBR Justice

You are invited to our special press day on Thursday 13th February.

There will be three sessions where you can talk to organisers of the event and others involved too:

  • 10am
  • 2pm
  • 4pm

Between those times, you will be free to explore the regions and see the art installations. If you would like to attend the press day, complete this form: http://bit.ly/1gnielw

For more information:

About One Billion Rising

One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is one billion women. In 2013, one billion women and men shook the earth through dance to end violence against women and girls. This year, on 14 february 2014 we are calling on women and men everywhere to harness their power and imagination to rise for justice. Imagine, one billion women releasing their stories, dancing and speaking out at the places where they need justice, where they need an end to violence against women and girls. Join us!

Rise. Release. Dance!

“ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a call to survivors to break the silence and release the stories of both pain and hope – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way best expresses their outrage, their need, their desire, and their joy.  The path to justice begins with acknowledging and recognizing the violence – letting it be known.” – Eve Ensler

For more information go to http://www.onebillionrising.org/.