Happy 14th Birthday Second Life


Happy 14th Birthday Second Life 🙂 

Today Second Life officially turned 14 years old and it’s incredible to think how much Second Life has changed since the launch back in June 2003.

The introduction of Windlight, Mesh, Materials, Project Bento, Experience Keys, Place Pages and 360 Snapshots has made Second Life so much better. Thanks Linden Lab 🙂

Check out my History of Second Life page for all things historical 🙂

Latest updates on Sansar via Reddit


On the Sansar section on Reddit there have been many new submissions posted in the past week or so which is worth checking out. Sansar_Peter otherwise known as Pete Linden who is the Director of Global Communications in Second Life replied to various submissions giving updates on Sansar. The official start of summer is fast approaching and there is still high interest for Sansar.

Here are some updates that I found most interesting on the upcoming Sansar Creator Beta.

Latest Sansar News – June 2017

  • Linden Lab has so far invited a few thousand creators to date and more invites are being sent out now. The plan is to open up Sansar Creator Beta this summer but no specific date has been announced yet. If you are still interested apply at sansar.com. 
  • There will be upcoming additional PR and asset releases from the lab on Sansar as the launch of  Sansar approaches this summer.  
  • Sansar is not intended to replace Second Life or be a sequel version of it.
  • Adult content will not be allowed during the opening of Sansar Creator Beta. The lab wants Sansar to be an open platform that makes it easier to make all kind of experiences.
  • Sansar will work on the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and on PCs.
  • When Sansar Creator Beta opens there will be many features and functionality still being worked on. 
  • PBR materials will work with Sansar in the distant future 
  • The Sansar pricing model is being worked on at the moment. The lab is planning to make it as inexpensive as possible for everyone to create and share their own social VR experiences.
  • Sansar has come a long way since the lab invited the first external creators. Sansar will continue to improve and evolve with each new update. 

For the latest Reddit Sansar submissions, see here.

SL14B Officially Opens


At 12pm SLT today the SL14B regions officially opened to the public in Second Life after months of planning. The SL14B regions will now remain open until 3rd July 2017 so there is plenty of time to see everything.

Come over and enjoy the birthday celebrations today! 🙂

Stay updated on the latest SL14B news here.

SL14B Press Day Preview


Yesterday the Second Life press had special access to preview the SL14B sims. The long wait is almost over because the SL14B Community Celebrations officially open to everyone at 12pm SLT today.

At first glance the SL14B regions look really impressive this year. There are 18 SL14B regions to visit and explore. There will be live performances, live DJ events, hunts, pod tours and so much more during the week ahead.

Second Life officially turns 14 years old on 23rd June 2017 and there will be grid wide celebrations.

The annual Second Life birthday is one of my top favourite events to attend. I’m always impressed by the amazing builds, events and great community atmosphere there is.

My first preview snapshots of SL14B.

SL14B Map
SL14B Welcome Area
SL14B Cake Stage
SL14B DJ Stage
SL14B Stage Left
SL14B Time Capsule Area

I will be posting more SL14B snapshots on my blog in the days ahead and on my Flickr stream. Stay tuned for that 🙂

RFL of SL 2017: Relay Weekend Press Release


A new press release was sent out this week about next month’s 2017 Relay Weekend in Second Life. This year Relay Weekend is scheduled for Saturday 15th July & Sunday 16th July 2017.  The theme for the 2017 RFL of SL season is Passport to Hope.

Check out the full press release below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEBSITE: WWW.RELAYFORLIFEOFSECONDLIFE.ORG

For More Information Contact Serina Juran

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Are you ready?

Relay Weekend, set for July 15 and 16, is almost here and just wait until you see what’s been planned this year!

From the Opening Ceremony to the Closing Ceremony, Relay Weekend is an exciting and special time, one that you don’t want to miss.

Make sure you keep up-to-date on all Relay happenings with relayforlifeofsecondlife.org.

One way to get involved is to become a sponsor of Relay Weekend. There are many different levels of sponsorships available — both in-world and non-virtual real world opportunities — and all designed to benefit not only Relay For Life of Second Life but for you as the sponsor as well.. Check out relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/get-involved/sponsorship/ for details and be a part of this fun event that attracts thousands.

Our bags are packed and our passports are ready for Relay Weekend. Won’t you come along with us?

About Relay For Life of Second Life

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society and has been active, and continually growing in Second Life for 13 years. In 2005, the first Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) was attended by a few hundred avatars and raised almost $5,000 US dollars for the American Cancer Society. As of July 2014 RFL of SL ranked number 17th in donations received among more than 5,600 relay events held worldwide. As of January, 2017 RFL of SL celebrated raising 3 million US dollars to support the mission of the Society to ‘Save Lives, Celebrate Lives and Lead The Fight for A World Without Cancer!

About the American Cancer Society

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays and is the world leader in the fight to end cancer. Together with our global partners and millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society carries out its mission to Save Lives, Celebrate Lives, and Lead the Fight for a World Without Cancer.

For More Information:

www.relayforlifeofsecondlife.org

www.cancer.org/involved/participate/relayforlife/second-life

Linden Lab shares some quick tips on account security


Today Governance Linden shared some updated quick tips on account security on the official Second Life blog. The reminder comes afteran increase in the use of third party tools that gives account credentials and control over a Resident’s account to another Resident”.

“This and similar products can change an account password and/or details, such as email address, which could prevent an owner from accessing an account, or even from being able to recover the account.”

The lab have now issued some updated quick tips on how to keep your account secure. Please read the full blog post below for more information.

We want to remind everyone that giving another Resident access to your account or account information, by any means and for any reason, is both dangerous and not permitted by the Terms of Service. An account is intended to be used solely by its creator, and keeping your account details secret and secure helps you keep it that way.

We’d like to provide you with some quick tips on how to keep your account secure:

Choose a secure password with upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, spaces, and symbols, and avoid common dictionary words or phrases. For instance, “password” is not a good password, but “wh4tAr g@t4P55!” is much better (though you shouldn’t use that last one either, now that all of Second Life just read it, too).

Choose a secret security question answer. To keep your information extra secure, choose an answer that you will remember, but that no one else could possibly guess. For example, answering “What is your favourite vacation spot?” with “Potsdam, Pennsylvania” isn’t secure if you have that listed as an interest on your social media accounts. Answering “The Wide Wide World of Sports” might be much more secure!

Keep your password and the answer to your security question secret from everyone, regardless of their relationship to you. Only you should know this information; not your significant other, family member, casual acquaintance, person with an honest look in their eye, or anyone else.

Keep your password unique and special to Second Life. Reusing the same password across different platforms or websites makes your account vulnerable if one of those sites suffer a data breach.

No Linden will ever ask for your password. Likewise, there is never a reason for you to enter your password to unlock an item, receive a discount, or anything else.

Use only the official Second Life Viewer, or a Third Party Viewer from the Third Party Viewer Directory. If the viewer does not allow you to log directly into your account for any reason, the viewer is NOT secure.

You can read more about keeping your information secure on the wiki at Linden Lab Official: Password Protection.

If you have any problems accessing your account—especially if you believe that your password or security information may be known to anyone other than you—please contact the support team by opening a support case.

Thanks for keeping your account secure!

-Governance Linden

SL14B: one week to go


7 days and counting until SL14B

There is now exactly one week to go until the resident supported SL14B celebrations opens to the public in Second Life. The SL14B celebrations officially starts at 12pm SLT on Sunday 18th June through until Sunday 25th June for performances. The SL14B regions will remain open for viewing until 2nd July 2017.

This year SL14B Press Day will be happening on Saturday 17th June 2017 where members of the press will be able to preview the sims before it opens to the public. The theme for SL14B is Carnivalesque and it’s going to be interesting to see what they come up with this year in terms of builds.

SL14B Timeline

  • June 15-16: Sims Closed to Exhibitors for Walkthrough
  • June 16-17: Extra time for adjustments
  • June 17: Press Day
  • June 18, noon SLT: Opening Day!!
  • June 23: The Birthday
  • June 18-25: Open with Performances
  • June 26- July 2: Open for viewing–No Performances
  • July 3-5: Breakdown
  • July 6: Sims Go Offline

SL14B Official Shopping Event

Linden Lab have already started the 14th birthday celebrations early by launching a huge shopping event until 26th June 2017. If you love shopping head over now to the three regions Golden, Gilded and Halcyon.

Sixty Merchants with some of the most popular brands in Second Life have set up shop across three Regions  –  Golden, Gilded and Halcyon – each providing a FREE gift and some major discounts on their top-selling items!

Kultivate Magazine Launches The E.V.A Project & !Show!


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On 7th June the Kultivate Magazine sent out a press release announcing details of their newest venture named The E.V.A Project & !Show!. This latest new project combines art forms of fashion, music and theatre to create a interesting unique experience for everyone to enjoy.

The !Show! will take place on Saturday 10th June 2017 at 1pm SLT. The “!Show! is a chance to do something different in Second Life for the fashion industry and to showcase the arts in a blended format.”

For more information about the project please see below for the full press release…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 7, 2017

THE E.V.A PROJECT’S DEBUT PRODUCTION: !SHOW!

DATE: JUNE 10, 2017

TIME: 1PM SLT

WEBSITE:  https://theevaproject.wordpress.com/

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/197/234/2601

Kultivate Magazine is pleased to launch out latest venture, The E.V.A. (Exceptional, Vibrant, and Artistic) Project. This special project combines the art forms of fashion, music, theater, and art to create a unique experience and event, which is appropriately titled !Show!

!Show! Will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 1pm slt. This artistic fusion will feature Elysium Cabaret choreography and the following models (in alphabetical order): Apocketfullofbutterflies, Aealla Illyar, Anne Daumig, AriannaJasmine, Beatrice Serendipity, Dakota Lavarock, Desireme Fallen, Eleseren Brianna, Falbala Fairey,GinPhx , Jamee Sandalwood,Jaily Bailey, Judelin, Lolita Paragorn, Lucemia, Meishagirl, Miele Tarantal, Milla Crumb, Onix1997, Payton Heron, Ruby Ornamental, Sabine Mortenwold, and Tiszo Cioc.

Sponsors and designers for !Show! are Rapture, Ghee, Blacklace, Aleutia, Pink Ice, Faster Pussycat, Vero Modero, Azul, Dirty Princess, Utopia, Chiffon, Mahlberg Tailors, Boudoir, Lamu Fashion, LOVE, Spot on Stage Props, Irrisistble, Audadacious, and Pixel Box.

!Show! Is part of the Kultivate Magazine’s Anniversary Summer 17 Weekend, which celebrates Kultivate Magazine’s two year anniversary. “!Show! Is a chance to do something different in Second Life for the fashion industry and to showcase the arts in a blended format. I hope that everyone loves what we have put together with this project, “ said Eleseren Brianna, Produce for The E.V.A Project & COO of Kultivate Magazine.

About The E.V.A Project
The E.V.A Project is a fusion of fashion, art, music, and theater. The goal of the project is to showcase how the art forms complement with fashion. E.V.A stands for exceptional, vibrant, and artistic. The project is part of the Kultivate Magazine suite of brands.

About Kultivate Magazine
Kultivate Magazine is a publication about the cultural aspects of Second Life. The goal of Kultivate Magazine is to support art, culture, photography, music, and fashion. Kultivate Magazine consists of the magazine, The Edge, Edge Productions, and The Edge Gallery; The Windlight Art Gallery,  The Red Gallery,  The Kultivate Bailywick Gallery, The Kultivate Select Gallery, Ristorante Ivanna, & The Tribute and Crown Pub. Kultivate Magazine is proud to be the media partner and primary sponsor of Team Diabetes of Second Life, an official and authorized team for The American Diabetes Association.

For More Information:
https://theevaproject.wordpress.com/
www.kultivatemagazine.com

Contact Information:
https://theevaproject.wordpress.com/contact/

Linden Lab announces huge shopping event in honor of SL14B


SL14B Shopping Event

On 6th June Linden Lab announced new details about a new huge shopping event happening now through until 26th June 2017 in honor of Second Life upcoming 14th birthday celebrations.

At the shopping event you will be able to get free gifts and exclusive items (plus major discounts) from the top designers (60 merchants) in Second Life. There are three regions to visit for this event including Golden, Gilded and Halcyon. The lab are planning on doing more things relating to SL14B later this month.

The full blog post:

Second Life hits its 14th Anniversary this summer. That’s worthy of celebration, and you do not have to wait until the actual Anniversary ( June 23rd, if you’re curious) to start enjoying the fun!

While we have a few things in the works for later this month, yesterday we launched a HUGE shopping event in honor of the occasion. Sixty Merchants with some of the most popular brands in Second Life have set up shop in across three Regions  –  Golden, Gilded and Halcyon – each providing a FREE gift and some major discounts on their top-selling items!

 You’re going to want to find some time to make your way through each of these stores, as there really are some amazing things to find.

 Go, check it out now! Sales ends on June 26th!


The resident supported SL14B community celebration takes place in ten days time. It’s going to be great fun this year and bigger than ever before. The big SL14B hunt is back this year and if you are interested in participating then fill out this application form before 11th June 2017.

SL14B Timeline Update

  • June 10: All performers notified via email
  • June 15-16: Sims Closed to Exhibitors for Walkthrough
  • June 16-17: Extra time for adjustments
  • June 17: Press Day
  • June 18, noon SLT: Opening Day!!
  • June 23: The Birthday
  • June 18-25: Open with Performances
  • June 26- July 2: Open for viewing–No Performances
  • July 3-5: Breakdown
  • July 6: Sims Go Offline

The wait is almost over! 🙂

A visit to The Arcade in Second Life


Today I went to visit The Arcade in Second Life to look around and enjoy the lovely scenery. The Arcade is open through until Friday 30th June 2017. If you have not yet visited The Arcade before then I strongly recommend it.

The Arcade is a busy destination around the clock so I recommend visit during non peak hours for a better experience. There are three Arcade regions to teleport into this year.

Looks amazing from a distance right ? Absolutely! 🙂

At the starting area there is a wall of Second Life names that have represented an international choice of generosity that have shown support over the years. I think this is really cool and it reminds me of the Second Life Beta Contributor Wall.

The Arcade is such a great place for Second Life photographers and shoppers to visit. There is so much to capture here. 🙂

The Arcade was founded in September 2012 featuring over 100 of the grid’s best designers and builders. The Arcade opens in March, June, September and December every year.

In September 2017 The Arcade will be celebrating its 5th anniversary in Second Life. Wow 5 years already! 🙂

There is a nice food & drink concession stand on the left with a fun spinning carousel on the right side outside of the main Arcade area.

Once inside The Arcade there are many interactive gacha machines to collect many high quality prizes with so much more to discover.

Useful Links

What will you discover at The Arcade ?