Uccello Poultry Has Sadly Passed Away In Second Life


Recently I found out that my friend Uccello Poultry in Second Life sadly passed away. I am heartbroken and shocked to hear about this. It’s upsetting as I write this blog post.

Over the years Uccello mentioned me on her blog which was really nice. We went on grid adventures across the grid and we had nice long chats. Uccello transferred over from the teen grid many years ago. She loved following my blog ❤️.

Uccello helped the Second Life community in so many different ways over the years and she was much loved by everyone that knew her.

This is a big loss for Second Life and in real life for all of her family/friends. Rest in peace Uccello. You will never be forgotten.

EEP Is Live


On Monday 20th April Linden Lab released the EEP (Environmental Enhancement Project) grid wide in Second Life. All regions on the grid now fully supports EEP and the default Second Life official viewer supports EEP now.

You can now expect to see prettier Windlight visuals as a shareable inventory item. Plus customisable sun, moon, clouds, and water textures and these will probably be the most noticeable differences to most people. EEP has been long awaited to launch grid wide and it’s finally here.

Getting Started

What is EEP ?

EEP is a major enhancement to the legacy Windlight environments, introducing new inventory object for defining the environmental settings.

What does EEP offer ?

EEP offers:

  • Environment objects that you can keep in your inventory and share with others
  • Parcel-level control of environments
  • Up to four different, independently controlled sky layers
  • More options for customization

New LSL functions rolling out as part of EEP allow scripts to interact with parcels’ environments:

llGetSunDirection and llGetMoonDirection allow scripts to accurately track both the sun and the moon as they move through the sky.

llGetEnvironment gives a script access to all the parameters that go into generating the parcel’s environment.  For example, flowers can change their color based on the ambient light color.

An experience script can set up a distinct environment for each visitor to the experience, using llReplaceAgentEnvironment and llSetAgentEnvironment.

Stay updated on the latest developments via the EEP section on the Second Life Forums.

SL17B Volunteer Applications Open


For anyone that is interested in becoming a SL17B volunteer for this year’s upcoming 17th annual Second Life birthday celebration you can apply here. The birthday celebrations will be held from 19th June until 10th July 2020. This year’s theme is “vacations and road trips”.

For those that are accepted there will be pre-birthday training sessions, you will be added to the SL17B inworld groups and asked about the availability for shifts at SL17B. I strongly recommend if you love helping then this is something for you.

The lab opened SL17B applications officially last weekend

Do you love Second Life? Do you love to party? Do you love to help? Join the SL17B Volunteer staff and you can do all three! 

We’re looking for volunteers to help people celebrate at the upcoming 17th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL17B), held June 19-July 10. We are seeking Residents with great people skills and a love and excitement for Second Life to help us make SL17B a huge success! If you like the idea of promoting Second Life in a positive way to thousands of people in a  celebratory atmosphere, we welcome you to apply today! The application will remain open through May 18.

Applications will remain open until 18th May 2020.


Interested in other SL17B Roles ?


 

New SSP Pink Land ?


New SSP pink land

This week a new batch of pink SSP regions were added on the grid. There is a total of 50 regions under development from SSP1501 to SSP1550. The moles could be doing anything here from testing/planning/building for the next Linden home style. It will be interesting to see what comes next now. 

What Linden home themes would you like to see launched next ?

Linden Homes Availability Check

As of:  14 April 2020 @ 1:12pm SLT/PDT

Home Type Available
Campers 104
Houseboats 1
Log Homes 2642
Traditional 1
Victorian 1

Bellisseria: One Year Later


Houseboats

Today marks Bellisseria’s first anniversary in Second Life since the new premium homes first officially opened up for Premium subscribers. Bellisseria started with a good hundred or so regions and a year later it’s pretty massive with thousands of new Linden homes. The lab and the Moles have done a great job.

First 80 SSP regions came online on 20th August 2018
Late 2018 the SSP continent grew bigger in size

I remember when the first SSP regions appeared on the grid back in mid August 2018. It all started with just 80 SSP regions (SSP1 – SSP80) and back then the regions were marked as Linden owned. 8 months later and the Bellisseria continent opened up to everyone.

It’s been exciting to see the birth of a new continent and see it grow over time.

April 15th 2019 – Continent opens
March 2020 – New logs continent arrives

Bellisseria is amazing, the community is still actively growing every week and it’s definitely a major step forward in my opinion. The best thing is the Bellisseria continent is set to grow even bigger in the months ahead with more new themed home styles.

The Bellisseria railway tracks

The new railway system, the airstrips, the new community areas, the new water areas and the different landscapes I love the most about the Bellisseria continent. I love going on adventures, tracking new developments and blogging about it.

Log Homes

The different Linden home themed styles have worked pretty well so far. These include Traditional, Houseboats, Trailers/Campers, Victorian homes and more recently with the new Log homes. These new styles are so much better than the old Linden homes and at some point the lab will probably shut them down. Could happen later this year or within the next few years.

I can’t wait to see what the next 12 months will bring. Happy 1st birthday Bellisseria! 🙂

The Return Of Last Names


First batch of last names

On Monday 13th April Linden Lab officially announced the return of last names for the Second Life community. It’s now effective as a new option for only Second Life Premium Members. You can now change either your first, last or both names. 

Please note that “display names” are still available at no charge to everyone.

Log into your Second Life account online to check them out. It will cost you $39.99 and a Premium subscription. It does seem expensive but maybe the lab may lower the cost at a later point. The list of names will be refreshed on a regular basis.

In order to ensure your name changes proceed smoothly, please make sure you are logged out of the viewer before changing your name. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for your new name to show across all services in Second Life.  

For all new residents joining Second Life they will not be able to change names until they upgrade to premium. It will still remain and show “Resident” as default.

THE RETURN OF LAST NAMES

Given the ongoing interest in “last names” among our community,  we’ve reinstated “last names” effective today as a new option for Second Life Premium Members. If you have a Premium account, you will be able to visit https://secondlife.com/my/account to change your first, last or both names. In the true spirit of the original “last names” option last seen in 2010, participating Residents will once again be able to choose from a rotating list of available last names. Some names may only be available for a limited time, so if you see one you like then you might want to claim it quickly!

Already changed your name and want to go back to one of your old names?  You can do that too!  After you have changed your name once, you will see a list of your previous names below the list of available last names.

What do you think of the return of last names ?

Inventory Levels Of The New Linden Homes


On the Linden Homes section on the Second Life Forums Patch Linden is now posting the latest inventory levels of the new Linden Homes available. At the moment there seems to be a large amount of log homes and campers available to claim. The Moles are still building new areas on the new east extension and releasing new homes every week. 


For the near future, I’m going to post inventory levels of the New Linden Homes on this post in an effort to let everyone know what is available at the time we report the counts.

Please note these inventory levels may change drastically and suddenly without warning.  We will try to keep them updated as time permits!


As of:  9 April 2020 @ 2:42pm SLT/PDT

Home Type Available
Campers 112
Houseboats 2
Log Homes 3261
Traditional 7
Victorian 1

 

Bellisseria 1 Year Anniversary Celebration


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On Wednesday 8th April Patch Linden posted new details about the upcoming Bellisseria 1 year anniversary celebrations in Second Life. The first anniversary celebrations will take place between Friday 17th to Sunday 19th at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds. Everyone is welcome to attend and have fun. 

April 15, 2019 saw the launch of the new Linden Lab premium homes and Bellisseria was born. Soon those that nestled into the comforts of a brand new home found more than just a nice place to live, they found community, discovered new friendships, parties, adventures and so much more.

There will be live DJs, a particle show and a boat parade along with much more. The anniversary is sponsored by Linden Lab, Bellisseria Citizens Group, Bellissseria Entertainers & Events and the Bellis Blues Cafe.

Watch Bellisseria’s 1 Year Anniversary celebration video premiere on 16th April at 9am SLT. Patch Linden said recently it’s taken “more than 1,000 film clips, countless previews and edits, 100 plus volunteers and 60 hours of diligent work, its finally ready”.

Video Production & Editing by
Sceneris & Prudence Anton

Still photo art by:  Elora Lunasea
Sound Remix by:  Baphy (fushichou.mfume)

See here for more event details here

SSPE regions connecting to the Log Homes open


The new Log Homes continent

The SSPE regions connecting from the Victorian homes to the new Log homes are now open. There is alot of open terrain separating the two areas at the moment but it will be interesting to see how the Moles will transition both of the home styles in the weeks ahead.

There is plenty of exploring to do in the weeks ahead. The scenery looks very nice and I think the Moles have done a great job with this new continent. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

The best way of getting a new Linden Home is to check out the land selection page.


Current Available Linden Homes. Subject to demand!


As of:  2 April 2020 @ 12:18pm SLT/PDT

Home Type Available
Campers 53
Houseboats 0
Log Homes 4195
Traditional 90
Victorian 59
 Inventory levels of the New Linden Homes


SSPE Regions Connection
The new log homes area
Many empty areas to be completed soon

I will post more updates soon.

The Log Homes Released


On 1st April Patch Linden announced the new release of Log Homes on the official Second Life forums. The Mole team have now added 4, 828 new Linden Homes for everyone to move into. It’s the biggest release to date spreading over 230 regions which is located east of the Bellisseria continent.

The new log homes are now available on the land selection page. Good luck.

The new Log Homes features…

  • Four styles of Log Homes
  • Vast rural regions with stunning scenery, including giant redwoods.
  • Additional Railway accessibility (coming soon)
  • More Rez Zones for your boats, horses, bikes, golf carts, ATVs, tractors…

A new community center is coming very soon along with more new regions full of different types of homes. Its great news the Moles have finally released these new homes.

Its going to be fun to explore the new continent in the days and weeks ahead.