Press Release: Bay City’s Annual Tree Lighting 2020


The eleventh annual tree lighting event at Bay City in Second Life will take place from 1pm to 4pm SLT on Sunday 6th December 2020. The event will be held at the Bay City Fairgrounds in the North Channel region. There will be dancing, ice-skating, live performances, refreshments and much more.

The silent auction is back again this year to support Child’s Play Charity. Bay City has raised over US$3000.00 for Child’s Play at the annual tree lighting events and charity car washes so far.

It’s time to celebrate Christmas in Second Life with friends and family.

Here is the full press release below…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Marianne McCann
Bay City Alliance
marianne.mccann@gmail.com


BAY CITY’S HOLIDAY EVENT IS UPON US ONCE AGAIN

Eleventh Annual tree light, concert, and fund raiser coming in December

BAY CITY, SL (29th November, 2020) –


Coming to Second Life® for the eleventh year in a row is Bay City’s annual annual Tree Lighting event on Sunday, 6th December 2020 from 1-4 pm SL.

The event will be held at the Bay City Fairgrounds, in North Channel ( http://slurl.com/secondlife/North%20Channel/128/128/24/ ) and will feature GoSpeed of KONA stream and live performances by Maximillion Kleene and Wolfie Starfire. The event will also feature ice-skating, dancing, refreshments and plenty of fun for everyone!

As part of the event, a silent auction will again be held to support Child’s Play Charity (www.childsplaycharity.org) and a. We are asking Second Life® designers and artists to participate by providing fun, interesting, unique, or other transferable items (or a no-copy object that the auction winner can give to you to redeem their prize, if the item(s) have to be no transfer). Please contact Marianne McCann to participate.

Auction will end at the conclusion of the event. All proceeds from the silent auction and from donation bins at the venue will go to Child’s Play Charity. Child’s Play is a 501c3 non profit organization offers online communities such as ours an opportunity to help seriously ill children around the globe during their hospital stays with the purchase of games and gaming equipment. Bay City has raised over US$3000.00 for Child’s Play at the tree lighting and at charity car washes held in Second Life®

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 group for Residents of Bay City.

For more information, or to participate in the event, please contact Marianne McCann.

Please spread the word.

Winter Wonderland Is Open At The Bellisseria Fairgrounds


Check the the Winter Wonderland over at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds in Second Life. The event started 28th November and runs through until 4th December 2020. The magic of christmas has arrived.

Enter the tunnel and explore the magic.
View from the sky
Lovely place to visit

There are loads of other winter attractions located on the Second Life Destination Guide. There are plenty of photo opportunities during the month ahead.

Linden Lab Introduces The New Second Life Public Calendar


The new Second Life Public Calendar

On 19th November Linden Lab introduced a new Second Life public calendar where everyone can view upcoming Linden Lab sponsored events and user group meetings. I think this Google web based calendar will be very useful indeed for the Second Life community. It would be nice to see this calendar somehow built into the Second Life viewer etc under the Help menu soon.

Don’t forget you can click the +GoogleCalendar icon in the bottom right corner and add it to your Google Calendar which is very neat indeed. Click on any event on the Second Life public calendar to see when the event will take place, the location and description of it.

Here is the blog announcement…

We’ve heard your requests and we’re introducing a new public Google calendar that will have all Linden Lab official events listed. This new calendar offers a convenient way to get an at-a-glance look at upcoming User Group meetings and other Linden Lab-sponsored events (such as the Second Life Book Club and upcoming Winter Wonderland snow fight).

To access the web version of this calendar, go to second.life/calendar, no login is required. 

You can additionally use this ICAL feed link to add it to your own personal calendar. You can also click the +GoogleCalendar icon on the bottom right of the web calendar to add it to your Google Calendar. Or, copy over individual events that you are interested in by clicking on the event and click “copy to my calendar.”

If you see any errors then you can reach out to Strawberry Linden at strawberry@lindenlab.com.

100% Of Second Life Regions Now In The Cloud


Within the past few hours Linden Lab have finished moving all the regions on the grid to the cloud. Congratulations Linden Lab 🙂

The official confirmation came from April Linden on Twitter today. Well done to the Uplift team for moving all regions way ahead of schedule.

Stlit Homes Release Update

Patch Linden confirmed today that the Stilt Linden homes release will take place after Turkey Day.

[10:57] Patch Linden: What’s today?
[10:58] Patch Linden: Thursday

[10:58] Patch Linden: Guess what?

[10:58] Patch Linden: 100% of the regions on the grid have now been uplifted!

[10:58] Patch Linden: That’s why it’s been restart city, and that’s one of the things we had to get past!

[10:59] Patch Linden: Alas, the team still has some stuff to do caused by the various interruptions that’s all created, but that puts our immediate timeline for release to after Turkey Day.

[11:00] Patch Linden: We’re so close, we can taste it, but the team also needs time with their families too ;)

[11:01] Patch Linden: Thank you everyone! ❤️

Exciting day for Second Life news I think.

Second Life Main Grid Regions Uplift Almost Complete


As of Wednesday 18th November over 50% of main grid regions have moved to the cloud via Amazon Web Services. Today it’s believed that the rest of the main grid regions will be uplifted to the cloud.

There is scheduled maintenance today from 7am SLT through until possibly 4pm SLT (maybe sooner) The lab will be performing rolling restarts during this period and so there could be issues when rezzing objects inworld.


AWS (the cloud)

For example Oak Grove is running on AWS. Click on About Firestorm or whatever viewer your using to find out if the region is running on AWS.

You are at 175.6, 115.7, 20.4 in Oak Grove located at ec2-34-220-149-232.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com (34.220.149.232:13004)
SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oak%20Grove/176/116/20
(global coordinates 255,408.0, 256,116.0, 20.4)
Second Life Server 2020-11-12.552183


Linden Lab (data center)

You are at 145.5, 171.6, 24.0 in Debug1 located at sim10376.agni.lindenlab.com (216.82.51.26:13000)
SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Debug1/145/172/24
(global coordinates 239,249.0, 343,980.0, 24.0)
Second Life Server 2020-09-11T22:25:15.548903


Once completed Debug 1 and Debug 2 regions will continue to be hosted at the Linden Lab data center. The next phrase of the cloud uplift will start in terms of improving performance etc. I would expect that to take place sometime in 2021+.


Scheduled Maintenance

Rolling Restarts and Uplift for SLS Channels

Nov 1907:0016:00 PST

We will be performing rolling restarts for regions on the SLS Channels on Thursday, November 19th, beginning at 7:00 AM PDT. During this time regions will also be Uplifted to the cloud. Please refrain from rezzing no copy objects and remember to save all builds. Please check this blog for updates.
Posted on Nov 1714:56 PST


Hopefully before the end of today all regions on the main grid will be in the cloud. Good luck Linden Lab.

The latest uplift updates can be found on the Second Life Forums in the Server section and on the Second Life Grid Reports page.

I will blog more when new updates become available very soon.