Dirk Talamasca has passed away

It’s heartbreaking and sad news to report that Dirk Talamasca passed away in real life on Sunday 30th March 2014. Dirk was a developer of virtual worlds, mentor, grid evangelist and good friend. On Dirk Talamasca’s official Facebook page his brother Charlie posted this…

This is Brother Charlie. Dirk is gone. I want everyone to know how much it has meant to us in having your love and support through all of this. May God Bless You All.

My condolences go to family and all his friends at this sad time. Dirk was one of my friends in Second Life and I first met him back in February 2009. Dirk was a lovely friend who really believed in Second Life. The grid has lost great talent and knowledge.

RIP Dirk Talamasca and goodbye. 😦


New video shows beta testing of the Oculus Rift Second Life Beta viewer

A new video has been uploaded this week showing new beta testing of the Oculus Rift Second Life Beta viewer filmed by Marc Weerts. The video runs for 12 minutes and 20 seconds showing the user interface. The video is a nice overview of the Oculus Rift Second Life Beta viewer.

I’m beta testing the new viewer for Second Life, by Linden Labs, which will support the Oculus Rift natively. Really exciting, to be able to actually walk around in the virtual world and feel like you are really there. They also did a good job of incorporating the UI.

Marc mentions on Facebook that it’s really cool to walk around SL with the Rift. Marc says he can’t wait for the DK2 version and what LL will do in future versions of the viewer.

It’s very exciting to see new video coverage of the Oculus Rift Second Life Beta viewer and hopefully there will be new videos soon. For the latest news, visit the Oculus Rift and Second Life Facebook page to stay updated. So far there have been 705 likes for the page and hopefully interest will grow over the coming months.

The Drax Files Radio Hour #12 – The Proprietary Metaverse

Listen to the latest edition show #12 of the drax files radio hour hosted by Draxtor Despres and Jo Yardley. This week the radio hour show is about the proprietary metaverse.

This week show #12 covers the recent deal between Facebook and the Oculus Rift VR company. Maria Korolov gives out good advice on open source worlds and leadership in digital platforms. The hour is filled with interesting discussions and in-depth coverage on the biggest stories this week.

Please spread the word about the weekly drax files radio hour and Drax files monthly series.





Burnal Equinox 2014 opens in Second Life

Burnal Equinox 2014

At 12pm SLT today the BURN2 Burnal Equinox 2014 event opened at the Burning Man- Deep Hole sim in Second Life. The event runs from today through to Sunday evening. This year the theme is Hotter Than Air and the layout has been completely revamped.

There is a special express balloon ride you can hop on at the welcome area to travel to the new center camp bridge high in the sky. There are free goodies, friendly greeters, fire, live performances and much more. It’s more toxic than ever before and bigger than previous years.

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Welcome to the Burnal Equinox 2014

The Toxic Welcome Area

  • You will be greeted at the welcome area landing point
  • Select/rez a balloon to ride up to the new center camp bridge high in the sky
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Burnal Equinox 2014 welcome area landing point

The new sky Center Camp 

  • Fly up to sky level
  • Expect great views up here and experience the new center camp
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The new center camp in the sky

Dance the night away at center camp

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New center camp

It’s one of the best layouts so far for the BURN2 Equinox event and it’s like a great adventure tour from ground level to sky level. Come and visit this weekend! 🙂

VWBPE Conference 2014 calls out for volunteers

VWBPE Conference 2014 starts in two weeks time (9th – 12th April 2014) and it’s going to be a great conference this year. There will be many well known featured speakers such as Ebbe Altberg, Philip Rosedale, Maria Korolov and Andrew Hughes with many others. Check out the new VWBPE 2014 Calendar for the full schedule.

The VWBPE 2014 team are calling out for volunteers to sign up and be part of it. You can sign up at: http://vwbpe.org/conference/call-for-volunteers. “Second to None Volunteers have always provided an outstanding level of support to conference participants and presenters”. Volunteers are needed in Second Life and OSGrid this year. Sign up today!

Volunteer Roles 

  • Moderator
  • Technical Liaison
  • Estate Manager
  • Mentor
  • Meet and Greet

15 days to go and counting 



Pixie Viewer one year later and new updates

After months of silence the Pixie Viewer team posted a new blog post on 14th March called Happy 1st Birthday #PIXIEVIEWER. It’s been one year since the first initial launch of the pixie viewer and good progress has been made since December 2013. 

New Updates

  • More than 12, 700 Pixie Viewer visitors within the last year
  • Pixie Viewer is used in 12 commercial projects (not public yet)
  • Pixie Viewer is still running the public version currently
  • OpenSim connection to the public coming soon

Apparently there will be further announcements soon on the blog. Exciting times ahead hopefully and I think the pixie viewer has great potential in the coming years.