Last Names Launching In A Matter Of Weeks


Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab has said this week on Twitter that we can expect to see last names launch in a matter of weeks. Not months. It’s very close apparently.

The lab could be launching this around the Easter period at best estimates. Probably more likely before the end of April 2020. Anything later than that is not good enough.

 

More updates soon.

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16 new regions added to the new Victorian regions


This week the lab have added 16 new regions to the Victorian regions south east of the Bellisseria continent in Second Life. This new expansion is set to grow even larger in the weeks and months ahead. The Moles are working hard in nearby regions and they are doing a great job.

Many think that Linden Lab strategy for the rest of 2020 is to expand the larger size land masses with each new theme moving eastwards and northwards. Adding in the mini continents (wood region) with squishy pickle and houseboats. Don’t forget more new themes are in the works so it’s going to be pretty interesting to see how it all mixes up.

Overview map of the Bellisseria continent as of today…

I will post more updates very soon.

Visit The Coronovirus Info Center At Inspiration Island In Second Life


Health Hacienda

A new special information area on Coronovirus (COVID-19) in Second Life has been set up at the WBH Grove of Wisdom/ Health Hacienda on Inspiration Island. You can read the statistics and basic facts about the virus inworld thanks to Briellr Coronet. 

This area will be kept updated regularly. Please spread the word and direct your friends here. 

Stopping the spread info board
Info boards about the virus

I think there should be more virus info places like this around Second Life during this crisis.

Teleport Here

Message from Ebbe Altberg on Coronavirus and Second Life Operations


Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab has posted a message on the Second Life blog today on the latest Coronavirus situation and Second Life Operations.

The lab are seeing an increase in new registrations and returning residents in Second Life during this outbreak.

The full blog post in full…

As concerns about the current coronavirus outbreak continue, we want to assure the community that we have taken steps to ensure that the Second Life operations stay steady while also helping our employees stay safe through this public health crisis. Our hearts and thoughts go out to those who have been affected by this unprecedented event. 

Second Life will continue to be available without interruption as we get through this tough time together. Due to our previous crisis contingency planning and the flexible nature of our distributed workforce, we are not expecting any changes to response times for support inquiries and payment processing. 

We know that Second Life serves a great purpose for our community as people seek ways to stay in touch with their friends and co-workers, as they grapple with new social distancing protocols, mandated remote work requirements, and other precautionary measures. 

With the closure of many universities and displaced conferences and events, Second Life also continues to be an option for disrupted organizations looking for new remote work, classroom or event solutions. To help, we recently implemented a reduction in pricing to a flat $99/month per region for qualified education and nonprofit organizations.

We are seeing an increase in new registrations and returning residents during this outbreak. Please be kind and welcoming to those who may just need a friendly conversation to escape from this crazy world for a moment or more. If you have a friend or colleague who is looking for a safe place to socialize online during these tough times, we encourage you to help them discover how Second Life can enable them to feel less isolated by connecting them to your favorite communities or experiences.

Like many companies across the globe, we’ve put into action new remote work policies for our employees to ensure that they can take care of themselves and their families while continuing to work from home. Prior to this incident, a large percentage of our company was already working from the “Moonlab” (that’s what we call remote employees’ locations), so we have been able to transition quickly and efficiently to a fully remote setup. 

For the past 17 years, Second Life has been a special place that brings people across the world together — and we appreciate your trust and support as we get through this rough time together.

Ebbe and all the Lindens 
From the Moonlab. 3.18.2020.

VWBPE 2020 Conference Starts Next Week


The 13th annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference officially starts next Thursday 26th through until Saturday 28th March 2020 in Second Life. The theme for VWBPE 2020 is Stellar and the regions will reflect this year’s theme.


The keynote speakers for this year’s conference. The keynote speeches will be presented at the newly re-built VWBPE Auditorium.

Dr. L. Robert Furman

Title TBA

Thursday, March 26

Opening the conference is Dr. Rob Furman. Dr. Rob is a well known educator, administrator, author and speaker from Pennsylvania. His engagement and enthusiasm for everyday education inspire audiences everywhere. We are excited to welcome Dr. Rob to Second Life and VWBPE.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drrobfurman/
Website: http://www.robfurman.com
Presentations: http://www.robfurman.com/YouTube
Podcast: http://www.robfurman.com/iTunes

 

Dr. Michael Thomas
Dr. Michael Thomas

Virtual Worlds and Social Justice: An Impact and Civic Engagement Agenda

Friday, March 27

Dr. Thomas has worked extensively with VWBPE partner vLanguages, working as PI of the CAMELOT project (EU KA3 ICT) about project-based learning with video (2013-2015); a partner in the (EU KA2) VITAL project on learning analytics (2015-2017); and PI on the GUINEVERE project (EU KA2) which examined gamification in virtual environments (2017-2019). He is a prolific author and researcher.

Dr. Thomas helps us launch Day 2 speaking on Virtual Worlds and Social Justice: An Impact and Civic Engagement Agenda.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaelthomas/

Daniel Dyboski-Bryant and Lorelle VanFossen

Lessons Learned from the 2020 Educators in VR Conference

Saturday, March 28

The final Keynote address of the conference brings us the co-founders of Educators in VR: Daniel Dyboski-Bryant and Lorelle VanFossen. This dynamic duo will be reflecting on the lessons learned at their recent and highly successful Educators in VR International Summit — 24 hours a day for 6 days in VR environments.

Daniel Dyboski-Bryant

Daniel Dyboski-Bryant

Daniel is a lifelong educator from a family of educators and speaks 5 languages. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant of VR in Education with clients including schools, colleges, universities, design teams, training companies, councils and private individuals.

In his daytime job Daniel is the Project Lead for Exploring VR in Further Education, Remote Learning and Language, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Lecturer, and Trainer at Coleg Llandrillo, Grwp Llandrillo-Menaia in North Wales UK.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-dyboski-bryant-1776045/

Educators in VR: https://educatorsinvr.com/

 

Lorelle VanFossen

Lorelle VanFossen

Lorelle VanFossen is a keynote, trainer, writer, and consultant on web writing, digital storytelling, content curation, social media, and blogging, especially working with WordPress and virtual reality. Called a digital evangelist, on Lorelle on WordPress she writes and teaches more than you may want to know about how all this social publishing business stuff works.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorelle/

Educators in VR: https://educatorsinvr.com/


VWBPE 2020 Map

About VWBPE

The VWBPE Conference is a completely virtual conference that is conducted using simulated environments. Participants experience the conference through a virtual reality type setting including conference rooms, theatres, exposition halls, meeting spaces, and other types of venues similar to a brick and mortar type conference.

The conference is free to attend. The cost of the conference is covered by sponsorship and donations.

Useful VWBPE 2020 Links

SL17B applications now open for Exhibitors and Performers


Linden Lab have announced this week that the SL17B applications have opened for exhibitors and performers.

The 17th annual Second Life birthday celebrations start on 19th June through until 10th July 2020. The theme for SL17B is vacations and road trips.

Save the date! The 17th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL17B) will be held June 19-July 10. Get ready for a fun-filled week of live music and deejay performances, shopping exclusives, and amazing community exhibits. 

Apply Here

Please spread the word.

Discount for Education & Nonprofits In Second Life


This week Linden Lab have announced that Second Life is to expand support & reduce prices for Education & Nonprofits. Linden Lab have implemented a new price reduction to a flat 99/month per region to qualified nonprofit or educational institutions.

This is effective immediately and is this a limited-time price reduction is applicable to new or added regions including renewals of existing regions.

Check the Terms & Conditions for more information.

The full blog post reads..

We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about how Second Life can help organizations, events, and conferences continue to safely and efficiently operate during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Many individuals and organizations are being affected by this unprecedented public health crisis, and we recognize that Second Life can provide an important and valuable way for people to stay in touch with their friends and co-workers amidst new social distancing protocols, mandated remote work requirements, and other precautionary measures.

New, Deeper Discount Rate for Education & Nonprofits

One of the first things we’ve implemented to help is a reduction in pricing to a flat $99/month per region to qualified accredited nonprofit or educational institutions. Effective immediately, this limited-time price reduction is applicable to any new or added regions including renewals of existing regions. See our Terms & Conditions for more information.* 

How Can We Help?

We’re also here to assist you if your organization is exploring options in Second Life for new remote solutions for conferences, events or classes. Our support team is standing by to answer questions about how to get quickly started with a new private or public meeting or event space in Second Life. 

The second half of the blog post reads.. 

How Can I Get Started?

COMPANIES & EVENT ORGANIZERS

Get background information on Second Life enterprise, remote meeting and education services on our new micro-site and related FAQ.
Reach out to business@lindenlab.com to discuss pricing and we’ll help you walk through the process. Options range from do-it-yourself to turnkey virtual meeting space solutions.
Some organizations may want to customize how their employees interact with Second Life via a customized and branded sign-up process that brings participants directly to the virtual world meeting location upon the first login. Contact us to learn about whether this and other customized options are right for your organization. 
If you are an eligible educational organization or nonprofit, you may qualify for a discount, too. Make sure to ask when you contact us! 

CONFERENCE, EVENT OR REMOTE WORK ATTENDEES

If you are a first-timer in Second Life, you’ll want to start by creating a free Second Life account and downloading the Second Life Viewer.
You’ll have the option to select an avatar that you wish to represent your digital identity. Participants can select from a variety of identities from human to non-human and a wide range of attire.
Once you log in to Second Life, you may want to explore a bit to learn the basics of the virtual world. Check out our Support portal or our New User Tutorial videos for help. You may also want to explore a bit before attending your first virtual meeting or event. There are thousands of 3D locations in Second Life – browse the Destination Guide to get familiar with Second Life.
When you are ready to attend your company meeting or event, click on the link provided by your employer to “teleport” and virtually visit the 3D meeting location. 

Coronavirus items on the Second Life Marketplace


Today the coronavirus outbreak has turned into a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Everyone is talking about this virus and its alarming how fast its spreading around the world.

The NHS said the symptoms of Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 include a cough, high fever and shortness of breath.

On the Second Life Marketplace there are three pages of Coronavirus items including a mask, survival bag, clothing, toilet paper and more. To be honest on this occasion the lab should take these items off the Second Life Marketplace as this should be left in real life.

Its unclear if the Coronavirus will have any impact with Second Life in the weeks and months ahead in terms of more active users or in world events etc. Its serious and everyone should be preparing.

I’m in the south west part of the UK and yes there have been cases in the county area. My local town has not been affected so far. I’ll blog if this changes.

As of today 8 people have died in the UK. 460 people have tested positive in the UK. Sadly there will be more cases and deaths before it gets better.

Be safe and hope for the best.

Torley Linden Left Linden Lab Last Month


Torley’s LinkedIn account page

According to New World Notes it appears that Torley Linden left Linden Lab last month. It’s unclear if it was to do with the recent Sansar layoffs or to do with something else at this stage.

Friendly greetings! We — for simplicity’s sake — I am Torley-favicon.png Torley Linden, and I amplify your awesome.

Torley will be deeply missed by the Second Life community. I enjoyed watching his video tutorials and I liked it when he attended big events including office hours.

It looks like Torley regions went off the grid sometime during mid February 2020 around the time of the Sansar layoffs.

  • Torley & Is & Here – Regions! 

I loved seeing his latest amazing snapshots on his Flickr photostream which actually inspired me to go on to do grid wide adventures. I loved his passion for making Second Life more amazing. 

Who are Lindens ?

Torley actually wrote this Flickr testimonial for me back in early October 2008 just a few months before I transferred to the main grid on my 18th birthday.

I wish Torley the best of luck for the future and thanks for making Second Life more awesome.