SL11B open to builders and press


The SL11B community celebration is fast approaching with three weeks to go until the grand opening day. On Friday 30th May the SL11B sims opened to builders and members of the press to start preparing. Builders have until 12pm SLT on Wednesday 18th June 2014 to finish their exhibits and this year’s SL11B press day will be held at 12pm SLT on Saturday 21st June 2014.

Timeline Update

  • Wednesday, June 18, noon SLT: Sims close to builders
  • Saturday, June 21, noon SLT: Press day
  • Sunday, June 22, noon SLT: SL11B opens!!!
  • Sunday, June 22 to Sunday, June 29: SL11B open with performances!!
  • Monday, June 23: Official 11th Birthday!!!
  • Monday, June 30 to Saturday, July 5: Sims will remain open for viewing. No performances.
  • Sunday, July 6 to Tuesday, July 8: Breakdown
  • Wednesday, July 9: Sims go offline

This is very exciting for sure for those that are able to view the sims early and I can’t wait to visit the sims for myself in the coming weeks. There is a lot of work still left to be completed but good progress is being made I think.

The SL11B regions as of 31st May 2014

SL11B Map
SL11B Map

More SL11B blog coverage in the coming weeks, please stay tuned. 🙂

 

 

Upcoming June 2014 events happening in Second Life


There are many exciting events happening during June 2014 in Second Life and here are some of the most popular ones, please see below. It’s going to be awesome for sure – please spread the word!

Please feel free to comment if know of any other popular events happening in Second Life during June 2014. Thanks!

1920s Berlin Project 5th Anniversary in Second Life


The 1920s Berlin Project in Second Life is celebrating it’s 5th anniversary this weekend and to mark this special occasion there will be five days of events from 29th May through to 2nd June 2014. On 30th May 2009 the 1920s Berlin Project officially opened to the public for the first time.

It’s been a huge success over the years and it’s a nice city to visit in Second Life. Everyone is welcome to celebrate five amazing years of the 1920s Berlin Project in Second Life and it’s now time to party. Latest updates can be found on The 1920s Berlin Project Facebook page.

What is the 1920s Berlin Project ?

Travel back in time to this big city during an amazing era. Wander down Unter den Linden, explore the dirty old back streets, see a movie at the cinema, visit the museum, enjoy cabaret, dance the Charleston in a small Tanzlokal or at the gay Eldorado club in this role-play sim with a 1920s dress code (freebies provided).

Landmark > SLURL

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 29

  • All day: Open Door Day
  • “On this day everyone is welcome to visit our sim ‘as they are’, with other words, you can ignore our strict 1920s dress code and you can also use non human avatars”.
  • “Several of our tenants will also open their doors and an ‘Open House’ sign will show you where you can enter and explore how the people in the city live”.
  • “Berlin tenants who want to sign up for this, please contact Herr Sein Loire“.

Friday, May 30

  • 1:00 PM SLT – Kids’ Soap Box Derby @ Tiergarten *prizes*
  • 2:00 PM SLT – 5th Anniversary Dance @ Pariser Platz (At the foot of the Brandenburger Tor) with DJ Myron Byron
  • 4-ish PM SLT – After party @ Kling Studio

Saturday, May 31

  • 11:00 AM SLT – Tea Dance @ Hotel Adlon
  • 12:00 PM SLT – Miss Berlin Pageant rehearsal @ The Odeon
  • 1:00 PM SLT – Happy Hour Talent Show @ Biergarten *prizes*
  • 2:00 PM SLT – Eldorado Anniversary Special

Sunday, June 1

  • 11:00 AM SLT – Scavenger Hunt @ Train station *prizes*
  • 12:00 PM SLT – Miss Berlin Pageant @ The Odeon *NO prizes, except the power and the glory*
  • 1:00 PM SLT – Flapperettes 2nd Anniversary Party @ Bauhaus rooftop, Unter den Linden 17
  • 2:00 PM SLT – Benefit Auction Happy Hour @ Bauhaus rooftop, Unter den Linden 17 (as always, a lot of great items have been donated for your bidding)
  • 4:00 PM SLT – Church Service *a prize for all attendees*
  • 5:00 PM SLT – Movie screening @ Babylon
  • 7:00 PM SLT – Flapperettes 2nd Anniversary Party (part 2) @ Bauhaus rooftop

Monday, June 2

  • Relaxed Rules Day: All day
January 24, 2012
My first snapshot taken of 1920s Berlin Project on 24th January 2012

More historical snapshots can be found here.

OSG7B starts on 26th-27th July 2014


OSG7B celebrations will be held on 26th-27th July 2014. There will be two regions for this year named OSG7E and OSG7BW with 15 plots in each with the plot size being 1583m and with the prim allowance being 483 prims for each plot.

If you are interested in a parcel for building an exhibit for OSG7B then contact one of the grid admins in-world. If you are wanting to plan an event then the Event Plaza will be used during the birthday celebrations. 

First previews of OSG7B

OSG7B
OSG7B regions
OSG7B region
OSG7E preview

See my blog coverage from OSG6B and OSG5B. It’s going to be another interesting birthday celebration this year and let’s help to spread the word today. I will look forward to blogging about OSG7B and capturing the amazing bits.

1 month to go until SL11B Community Celebration opens


There is exactly one month to go until the grand opening of SL11B Community Celebration and it’s going to be another special birthday for the whole grid to enjoy. This year the SL11B team received 426 exhibitor applications, 440 Performer applications and over 300 volunteer applications.

SL11B applications closed on Tuesday 20th May 2014 and exhibitors will have to chance to start building from Friday 30th May 2014. The SL11B team are currently sorting through SL11B applications and they will be in touch with you with the next steps soon. There are around 243 plots and 3 stages for SL11B community celebration with much more to do. Don’t panic! 

Timeline Schedule

  • Tuesday, May 20, noon SLT:  Applications close for Exhibitors, Performers and Volunteers
  • Friday, May 30, noon SLT: Sims open for builders
  • Sunday, June 15, noon SLT: Sims close to builders
  • Saturday, June 21, noon SLT: Press day
  • Sunday, June 22, noon SLT: SL11B opens!!!
  • Sunday, June 22 to Sunday, June 29: SL11B open with performances!!
  • Monday, June 23: Official 11th Birthday!!!
  • Monday, June 30 to Saturday, July 5: Sims will remain open for viewing. No performances.
  • Sunday, July 6 to Tuesday, July 8: Breakdown
  • Wednesday, July 9: Sims go offline

SL11B Region Map – (22nd May 2014)

SL11B regions on Thursday 22nd May 2014
SL11B regions on Thursday 22nd May 2014

Exciting times ahead with one month to go! 

Ebbe Linden, Philip Rosedale and Drax at SVVR 2014


Ebbe, Philip and Drax
Ebbe, Philip and Drax

Watch the recording of the Creating the VR Metaverse panel session below which runs for 1 hour and 11 minutes. Full of interesting topics and discussion featuring Ebbe Linden, Philip Rosedale and Drax from Second Life. There was a large crowd inworld and online via YouTube during the whole session. Woooot!!!

Live streamed into Second Life - LEA Theatre
Live streamed into Second Life – LEA Theatre

LEA Theatre SLURL > http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA1/247/16/21

Philip Rosedale talks about Second Life and High Fidelity at SVVR 2014


Philip Rosedale at SVVR
Philip Rosedale at SVVR

Philip Rosedale gave a fascinating and interesting keynotes speech today at SVVR 2014 for almost one hour about Second Life and High Fidelity. Over 50 residents watched the keynotes speech live at the LEA Theatre in Second Life. Thanks to Hamlet Au who managed to live tweet during Philip SVVR talk today and here is a copy of those tweets below in time order.

Highlights

  • High Fidelity’s Ryan Downe real time drumming from a VR-equipped virtual world.
  • “The Revenge of Virtual Reality”
  • “We have a 1987 article at the office about VR about to revolutionize computing”
  • The traditional definition of VR is not accurate
  • Philip’s def. of VR: “Sensory experience in which the results of our actions are consistent w/our past experiences.”
  • We want things to work like the way we remember them or expect them to be. We need that in VR. 
  • As a kid, Philip fascinated by “Game of Life” & the possibility that whole complex systems could emerge from simple rules.
  • Second Life is still the greatest version of virtual reality we have. But we have a long way to go
  • Virtual worlds/reality are still in the trough of Gartner’s hype cycle.
  • In demo, Ryan tries to build in SL – it’s “incredibly difficult’. Why only million in VR, not billions.
  • Face-to-face experience in VR is absolutely riveting if it can be done well, but latency is a problem
  • Skype is faster than cell phones which is why we tend to use Skype for calls more
  • “100 milliseconds is a magic place”
  • Fortunately it only takes 100ms to reach Singapore.
  • “We’re pretty much in range of putting all 7 billion of us” in range of 100 millisecond latency.
  • Virtual worlds of the future are going to look like Pandora in Avatar”
  • “We’re going to be arguing over the price of virtual real estate on Pandora” soon
  • “There’s plenty of room for virtual reality”. Computing power is now limitless.
  • High Fidelity v.world already size of San Francisco. They can already import content from other worlds.
  • Live drumming in a virtual world with a VR suit in High Fidelity.
  • Millions of machines will host the high fidelity virtual world
  • Audience Q: Will High Fidelity have a user marketplace like SL? Yes
  • “Our value add as a company will be as a marketplace, currency, naming system”
  • “If Snowcrash was instruction manual for SL, Ready Player One is awfully inspiring”
  • Audience Q: Will SL merge with High Fidelity? My hope is to interoperate in SL anyway we can.
  • Audience Q: Will you have your own rules on your HF server? Yes
  • We needn’t fear the Oasis of Ready Player One. We should fear our clumsiness in not getting VR right.

There was live coverage via YouTube but due to technical difficulties it was cut half way through only showing the first 26 minutes of Philip Rosedale’s speech. There will be professional videos out next week with much better quality video and audio of the keynote speeches. Stay tuned for that. 

Snapshots of Philip Rosedale’s Keynotes Speech

Philip Rosedale at SVVR
Philip Rosedale at SVVR
LEA Theatre
LEA Theatre
SVVR
Over 50 residents attended today

 

First SVVR Conference and Expo featuring Philip Rosedale and Ebbe Altberg


LEA Theatre
LEA Theatre

Exciting news this week is that Philip Rosedale and Ebbe Altberg will be having keynote speeches at the first SVVR (Silicon Valley Virtual Reality) Conference and Expo 2014. This is “The World’s First Professional Conference for Consumer Virtual Reality”. There will be special Second Life coverage for Philip and Ebbe. Please see the times below and enjoy the show!

Live Coverage Now – Philip Rosedale!


SCHEDULE

Philip Rosedale keynotes (19th)

  • Live coverage will be streamed into Second Life today at the LEA Theatre
  • Starting at 2pm SLT on Monday 19th May 2014.
  • Philip Rosedale
  • Founder of Linden Lab
  • Co-Founder of High fidelity

Ebbe Altberg keynotes (20th)

  • Live coverage starts at 3pm SLT on Tuesday 20th May 2014
  • Also featuring Philip Rosedale, Stefano Corazza, Tony Parisi and the panel will be moderated by Draxtor Despres. 
  • Creating the VR Metaverse
    • One global metaverse or many?
    • Identity and privacy
    • Virtual World Governance: democracies, the greek god model, or benevolent dictators
    • Intellectual property and legal jurisdictions
    • Avatar portability and standards

What is SVVR?

SVVR (Silicon Valley Virtual Reality) is a fast-growing group of developers, entrepreneurs, hackers, and artists, with an infectious enthusiasm for exploring the possibilities, opportunities, and impact of consumer Virtual Reality.

 

 

Bay City Celebrates 6th Anniversary


On Sunday 18th May 2014 Bay City celebrated it’s 6th anniversary in Second Life with a exciting parade down route 66 with live concert afterwards in the North Channel region. Over 50 residents attended the 6th anniversary celebrations which started from 12pm SLT through to late afternoon.

  • 12:04pm SLT – Parade groups are now preparing for the 6th annual parade. 35 residents are in the region at the moment. Head over and join the celebrations at Bay City – Harwich (16, 12, 23).
Bay City 6
Everyone gathering
  • 12:15pm SLT – See the new Bay City 6th Anniversary 2014 Parade Route. Starts 12:30pm SLT!
Parade route 2014
Parade route 2014
  • 12:33pm SLT – The 6th annual Bay City parade starts and moves down route 66.
Great parade this year
Great parade this year
Bay City 6_016
Travelling down route 66 at Bay City
  •  1pm SLT – The parade arrives at the Fairgrounds over at the North Channel region in Second Life currently. This year marked another successful parade with excitement throughout.
Bay City route_006
Yay, the parade arrives at the main stage
  • 1:40pm SLT – The live concert is well underway and there are 46 avs in the region at the stage dancing to great music. Marianne McCann said a couple of words about the passing of Ever Dreamscape.
Bay City 6th birthday live music
Bay City 6th anniversary concert happening now
  • 2pm SLT – The live concert is going really well and everyone is having fun
Bay City 6
Live music!

4pm SLT – The party continues in North Channel with live music and guests. It’s been another amazing anniversary and I’ll look forward to next year’s celebrations when Bay City turns 7. 🙂


 

Bay City 6th Anniversary Press Release

BAY CITY, SL (17 May, 2014) – This Sunday, the 18th of May, 2014, Bay City celebrates its sixth anniversary as part of the Second Life Grid™.

The celebration will start at noon SLT/PDT, with a parade lineup at the bandshell in Bay City – Harwich. The parade will make its way down Route 66 beginning at 12:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, concluding at the Bay City Fairgrounds in the North Channel region.

A live concert will kick off at 1:30 p.m. SLT/PDT at the Fairgrounds, featuring Christov Kohnke, Ultraviolet Alter, and Winston Ackland, and including GoSpeed Racer of KONA Stream providing music leading into the event.

All Residents of the Second Life grid are encouraged to participate.Posters, banners, parade float bases, and other goods are available at the Bay City Community Center, in the Daley Bay region, for those who wish to be a part of the parade, and able viewing area is provided. The music event is also open to all who desire to attend.

The event is dedicated to recently passed Bay City Resident Ever Dreamscape, who had helped arrange this and many other Bay City events since she came to Bay City in 2011.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life™ and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.

 

New blog record of 1,780 for blog post views


On 16th May 2014 a new blog record was recorded for blog post views reaching a new high peak of 1,780 viewsThe blog post was that received the highest amount of views was Linden Lab announces new starter avatars and I would like to say thanks so much for viewing this blog post.  

New blog record
New blog record

Historical blog post records 

  • 1,780 views is now the new record set on 16th May 2014
  • 891 views was the last highest recorded on 6th November 2012
  • 778 views was the first highest for my blog back on 25th August 2011

Wooot!