New Last Names Announced


Last Names available selection

On Wednesday 10th February Linden Lab announced the latest new round of Last Names to choose from. The lab does now anticipate the rotation of available options will happen more often going forward now due to the fact that the Uplift is complete.

Here are the new Last Names that have been added to the available selection…

Orlando
Incognito
Nebula
Knickers
Aviator
Bunny
Blackwood
Darkheart
Amore
Suki
Venus
Evergarden
Caboose
Dakota
Absinthe

I actually love these new ones like Aviator, Knickers, Venus and Bunny. The lab plans to roll out more last names very soon.

Which last names from the list above do you love the most ?

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Second Life User Concurrency Levels During 2020


During 2020 the Second Life user concurrency has been pretty steady considering the real world is still in a pandemic. It would be good to see the lab release Second Life metrics in the near future at least once or twice a year.

The top photo below it shows the minimum, average and maximum of users online in Second Lite during the past 60 days. The bottom photo shows the past year whichs shows a clearer picture from February 2020 to February 2021.

Daily Second Life concurreny statistics for 2020

Between March 2020 and May 2020 the daily average maximum Second Life user concurrency stayed around the 60, 000 mark. Since late May 2020 until January 2021 the daily maximum figure has been around 52, 000 to 55, 000 at peak times.

It does appear the daily maximum user concurrency is showing postive growth again in terms of active logged in users on the grid. Yay.

The average daily figure has stayed above the 40, 000 mark for many months now. The minimum daily figure has mostly stayed above the 30, 000 mark.

I think the daily maximum number of the active users in Second Life will steadily increase over the months ahead then drop slightly during the summer months. Then another steady increase in the autumn and winter months.

Log Homes Railway Stations – Randelsham Forest To SSPE1110 Train Station


Here is a preview of all the new train stations from Randelsham Forest going all the way to the end of the line at SSPE1110. It’s important to remember the Moles are still working on the east side of the log homes continent building new log homes and new interesting areas. The SSPE region names will change at some point in the months ahead.

Log Homes Railway Map Version 2.0 – February 2021

Key Areas

  • Hawkesblood train station is the nearest station if you continue heading west from Randelsham Forest
  • The new SSPE1110 Train Station is located above the red line on the right side
  • The new SSPE1217 Tunnel is located above the red line on the left side
  • The SSPE1130 Switch is located where the red and blue line meets

Most of the railway line shown below is still not ready for public train use.

+ Train Update – as of 8th February 2021

Randelsham Foresthttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Randelsham%20Forest/122/56/70

Randelsham Forest Train Station

SSPE1188 Railway Bridgehttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Randelsham%20Forest/149/96/70

SSPE1188 Railway Bridge

SSPE1130 Switch – (train tracks go west & east here) – Go East! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE1130/172/215/52

SSPE1130 Switch – Go East!

SSPE1125 Train Stationhttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE1125/34/253/51

SSPE1125 Train Station

SSPE1110 Train Stationhttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE1110/15/100/52

SSPE1110 Train Station

This is the newly built railway loop which marks the end of the log homes railway line on the east side.


Here is what you will find if you go west at the SSPE1130 SwitchGo West!

SSPE1194 Bridgehttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE1194/251/246/57

SSPE1194 Bridge

SSPE1217 Tunnel http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE1217/96/237/68

SSPE1217 Tunnel – expansion railway line expected soon here going up north

I will post more railway blog posts very soon!

Latest SSP Developments – February 2021 Update


New area built in SSPE1109

A lovely new area has been built in SSPE1109 with new Stilt Linden homes along the coastline including a new tall bridge in SSPE1108 connecting the log homes with the Stilt homes. The Moles have added a whole bunch of new Stilt Linden homes in SSPE1734 which is still under going development currently.

The Moles have been making more progress down the east coast of the log homes continent where new Linden homes have been added. There are plenty of new areas to discover and enjoy in the weeks ahead.

New tall bridge in SSPE1108
New Stilt homes in SSPE1734

Four New SSPE Regions

New land has arrived

The Moles have added four new SSPE regions this week located west of Awash, Faraway Breeze and Red Palms regions on the grid. It’s not known at the moment what the plans are for these new regions but it’s going to be interesting thats for sure. I will blog more about this development very soon.

View from the mini-map
View from the air

New Changes In SSP Area

The Moles have been doing house cleaning recently over at the SSP area where the purple and pink regions are on the grid. The entire block of pink regions SSP1501-1551 are now gone offline.

Pink regions now appear offline

The block of purple regions SSP2001-2040 is still showing up on the map however a new region has appeared in the east SSP2501. The Moles have taken down SSP1501x, SSPGlamBuild, SSP Conspiracy II and SSPMBC.

New single region added in the east

I think the Moles are still doing a great job at building new interesting areas, adding hundred’s of new Linden Homes, adding new roadways and much more. During the past few months a lot of people have moved into their new Stilt Linden homes. There is still big demand for Linden homes and more are on it’s way.

It’s going to be exciting to see the development of the Chalet continent be created soon. The Moles have not yet released any timeframe for this at the moment. I’m sure there will be further new Linden home theme announcements later in 2021/2022.

Second Life Home & Garden Expo 2021


The Second Life Home & Garden Expo 2021 is just around the corner it’s been confirmed. The 2021 event will take place from 27th February through until the 21st of March 2021. The 13th Home and Garden Expo (HGE) is in support of Relay for Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society.

There will be a great opportunity to look at the latest house furnishing trends, attend auctions, hunts and enjoy the great entertainment throughout the event duration. It’s not yet known if there will be any new previews or announcements during the expo event of the next Linden home theme after the Chalet Linden Home theme.

The event offers something for anyone who is looking for a new home, decor or wishing to improve their building skills. This year there will be a new “special addition of Waffleville a Tinies, Dinkies and Chibit mall space” which sounds very exciting indeed.

Here is the full blog post…

Everyone is busy getting the place ready and spruced up for your visit to the Second Life Home & Garden Expo! Flowers are being planted, shrubs being trimmed, homes are painted, furniture is being moved in and acts are getting ready to wow you.

So save the dates to visit February 27th to March 21st. Catch an amazing act at the main stage, attend a talk by our exhibitors at the auditorium or check out the RFL booths to learn more about this year’s teams. Walk the sims to visit SL’s top designers, not forgetting to pop into the malls anchoring our corners and this year’s special addition of Waffleville a Tinies, Dinkies and Chibit mall space.

You can already get an idea of who will be part of this long running RFL event by visiting the sponsor page links on the left.

We can’t wait to see you once we open the doors!

Here is a list of important dates for this year’s event.

  • 18 February 2021 – Regions are delivered by Linden Labs.
  • 20 February 2021 (evening SL Time) – We hope to let you all in to begin setting up your parcels/stores.
  • 24 February 2021 (Midnight SL Time) – Setup to be finished or as close to as possible.
  • 25 February 2021 – Blogger day.
  • 26 February 2021 – Soft opening.
  • 27 February 2021 – Open!

Please spread the word 🙂

Mole Day 2021 Press Release


Mole Day 2021 will take place in Second Life from 11am to 1pm SLT on Sunday 7th February 2021. The event will be held in the Bay City Fairgrounds in North Channel. The event is free for everyone to participate. It’s time to come together and show appreciation for the Moles. Yay Moles.

The Moles have improved the experience for the Second Life community over the years in Bay City. The Moles have been undertaking larger scale projects like expanding the Bellisseria continent, building premium content and experiences.

Here is the full press release…

BAY CITY OBSERVES “MOLE DAY,” ALL WELCOME

Annual Event Honors Members of Linden Department of Public Works

BAY CITY, SL (31st January, 2020 – Bay City will once again come together to salute the hardy Moles of the Linden Department of Public Works in with celebration held in the Bay City Fairgrounds.

Initially honored in 2010 by Residents of Bay City, Mole Day is set aside to show appreciation for The Moles and their many contributions to Bay City and the rest of the Second Life® Grid.

Normally held on the same day as Groundhog Day, this year’s annual Mole Day will take place a few days later, on the 7th of February, commencing at 11:00 a.m. SLT. The event will feature DJ GoSpeed Racer of KONA stream followed by Quartz performing live at 12:00 p.m. SLT.

The event will be held in the Bay City Fairgrounds in North Channel. As in past years, the invitation is open to all Second Life® members to join in the fun.

“Moles” are members of The Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW). The LDPW is a program focused on improvements related to the experience of living on, or visiting the Linden Mainland. The LDPW organizes teams of Resident builders, artists, and scripters (the Moles!) to create new content on Linden Lab’s behalf and to the benefit of all. These Residents have the last name “Mole.”

Moles essentially build all of the grid’s infrastructure: the public roads and railways, items in our coastal waterways and protected lands, and even larger scale projects like the Bellisseria regions, premium content and experiences, and much more. Bay City was their first such project.

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. Thanks.