Philip Rosedale & Brad Oberwager Talks About High Fidelity and Second Life


On Monday 31st January there was a special pre-recorded edition of Lab Gab with Brad Oberwager and Philip Rosedale hosted by Strawberry Linden which aired from 9am SLT to 10am SLT. Already there has been over 1, 700 views on the Second Life YouTube video (shown above) and there has been some positive comment feedback. Over 300 questions were submitted for this special Lab Gab interview. It’s a really awesome interview with useful information about the future of High Fidelity and Second Life.

Here is a brief summary of the main talking points…

  • Brad views Philip as the “moral compass” of the metaverse right now and that he thinks that Philip has established himself over the years to making things better.
  • Philip says there is a small team at High Fidelity and that they are doing a great job selling spatial audio technology (like clubhouse). Philip new role as “strategic adviser” at Second Life means he is not responsible for day to day decision making but he has meetings with the team with different groups inside the company when they would like help or ideas. Philip is an engineer and a product strategist. Philip will be continuing in a more direct way to be a compass for decisions the lab makes.
  • Philip and Brad met while boat sailing around the bay and they started talking about Linden Lab/Second Life (chatting about selling Second Life).
  • Philip had a lot of concerns when he left as CEO of Linden Lab he wondered if he managed the company correctly. Since the return Philip says it’s nice to come back and not feel any stress. Philip says Second Life is constantly transforming itself and it’s changing all the time.
  • Philip briefly talks about Meta on some of the risks that are out there.
  • Philip said that there was 500 media articles written about Second Life every day back in 2005/2006. Most of them were on paper in those days and now it’s a like an “incredibly powerful moment for all of us in the world”.
  • Brad has now been a co-owner for a year now since he stepped in at the lab. Brad says “Second Life operates so much more closely to the physical world than people think in reality”.
  • Philip says that “we are the original crypto and we were the original nfts”. Brad says there are no plans for crypto, web 3 and nfts.
  • Will Second Life ever have VR capabilities ? Brad: can’t do it basically / Philip: There are Second Life viewers that have VR capabilities and he says that “we shouldn’t do anything with VR in a mainstream way” for at least five years. He thinks that desktop and mobile experiences will continue to dominate what social virtual worlds mean for at least the next five years.
  • What’s next for Second Life in 2022 and beyond ? Brad wants to continue to see “consistent improvement in the experience, the engagement and the number of residents as a metric for how well things are going”.
  • Philip wants “more and more expressive avatars are necessary to get a larger number of people to participate in virtual worlds”. The other thing is “how many people can be in one place at one time?” and he says Second Life is the leader. Virtual worlds on smartphones: Philip says “if virtual worlds are to serve you know billions of people it’ll have to involve smartphones in some fashion”.
  • And there is more!

What are your views on what Philip and Brad said from this interview ? Please share in comments.

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Lab Gab Special: Philip Rosedale & Brad Oberwager – 9am PT on 31st January 2022


There will be a special pre-recorded edition of Lab Gab with Philip Rosedale (Philip Linden) Second Life founder / current Strategic Advisor and Brad Oberwager (Oberwolf Linden) Linden Lab Executive Chairman starting at 9am PT on Monday 31st January 2022.

I can’t wait to hear about what Philip and Brad have to say about the big news recently on High Fidelity investing in Second Life, Tilia inc reaching a deal with Unity (Verified Solution Partner) and answering the most popular questions from the Second Life community. There will discussions about Linden Lab and probably what’s coming next on the roadmap.

The official news came via tweet on the official Second Life Twitter page on Saturday 29th January 2022. This is going to be a big show drawing in hundreds of viewers I would imagine.

Please spread the word to your friends and share this on your blogs etc. Thanks 🙂

Next Linden Home Theme Is Fantasy


First Preview of the new Fantasy Linden Homes

Patch Linden officially announced the next Linden Home theme during his opening address at SL18B yesterday morning. Fantasy now becomes theme 8 and more will be said about the new Linden Home theme during Meet the Lindens series next week. As many know already Patch Linden will be live from 1pm SLT on Tuesday 22nd June 2021 over at the SL18B Auditorium talking with Saffia Widdershins. It’s best to arrive early as the regions will full up pretty fast. This session will be live streamed across the metaverse (see below for the live stream link).

Fantasy Linden Homes Preview > https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLB%20Mesmerize/196/225/45

Fantasy homes from above

From the information I’ve seen so far on the Linden Homes section on the Second Life Forums about theme 8 is that there will be four home styles (Amberbrooke, Rosebrooke, Mistbrooke and Stonebrooke. The new houses on the demo region are not the finished houses and will be changed slightly during the release later this year. So far the overall feedback on the forums seem to be very positive and many love the new Linden Home theme.

4 days and counting.

More details will be announced soon.

SL18B Calendar of Events Released by Linden Lab


SL18B regions now joined up

Today Linden Lab have released it’s exciting calendar of SL18B events in a blog post on the official Second Life blog about what’s planned for this year’s birthday celebrations. There is a Second Life birthday calendar worth checking out in the blog post where there is the ability to add the events to your Google calendar.

SL18B officially opens to the public at 9am SLT on Thursday 17th June 2021 over at the SLB regions. Patch Linden will be hosting the SL18B Opening Ceremony from 11am SLT at the SL18B Main Stage. It’s best to arrive early to have the best seat before the regions become full.

  • Lab Gab at SL18B live stream starts after Patch Linden opening address at 11am SLT where Strawberry Linden will be exploring SL18B
  • The Second Life Birthday Group will get early access to SL18B Shop & Hop from 9am SLT on 17th June

Linden Lab will be holding the SL18B Music Fest which includes three days of great music from a variety of talented performers around the grid. The SL18B Music Fest live sessions will take place on the SL18B Live Stage from Thursday 17th June to Saturday 19th June 2021.

2021 lineup:

TimeJune 17June 18June 19
9amSL18B Opens Randy De Lucia
10am  KATIA
11amSL18B Opening Ceremony with Patch Linden SpiritLed
12pm Seli BlackmoreSemina
1pmMilan ZeppToxieSkye Galaxy
2pmRogue Galaxy and The Tiny Rebel BandStaring At The SunFly Kugin
3pmObleeDandy PianomanMarqs DeSade
4pmMaximillion KleeneMimi CarpenterDude
5pmErik KottzenRuvilyn GatchieEffinjay
6pmJoaquin GustavWytchwhisper SadofskyGabriel da Silva
7pm Gabriella Rothschild 
8pm Kendall Jigsaw

Save the date for SL18B Music Fest 2021!

Meet The Lindens at SL18B

Meet The Lindens returns this year according to the Second Life Birthday Calendar with a great lineup of well known Lindens and from the Moles team.

  • Monday 21st June 2021: Lab Gab SL18B Special with the Leadership Team – 2pm SLT to 3pm SLT – Auditorium Option 1
  • Tuesday 22nd June 2021: Patch Linden (VP of Product Operations) – 1pm SLT to 2pm SLT – Auditorium Option 1
  • Wednesday 23rd June 2021: Grumpity Linden (VP of Product) – 2pm to 3pm SLT – Auditorium Option 1
  • Thursday 24th June 2021: Brett Linden (VP of Marketing) – 1pm to 2pm SLT – Auditorium Option 1
  • Friday 25th June 2021: Meet The Moles (LDPW) – 1pm – Auditorium Option 1

There are live events happening at the main stage, DJ stage, the auditorium and much more during the SL18B celebrations starting in two days time.

Useful SL18B Links

Special SL18B Lab Gab Featuring Several Executives From The Linden Lab Leadership Team


Special SL18B Lab Gab Epsiode Planned

On Thursday 10th June 2021 Linden Lab officially announced that there will be a special SL18B Lab Gab episode featuring several executives from the Linden Lab leadership team. This new special episode is scheduled for 2pm SLT/PST on Monday 21st June 2021 which will be live streamed across the world.

The 18th annual Second Life birthday celebrations (SL18B) start next week from Thursday 17th June through until Tuesday 6th July 2021. That’s at least two weeks full of fun birthday celebrations to enjoy with friends. There will be live performances, live music, shopping and loads of new exhibits to check out this year.

If you have any questions to ask the Linden Lab leadership team for Lab Gab then use this submission form and submit them before Tuesday 15th June 2021.

The full blog post reads…

Save the date! The 18th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL18B) will be held from June 17th to July 6th. Get ready for fun-filled weeks of live music, performances, shopping, and amazing community exhibits!

During the SL18B celebrations there will be a special edition of “Lab Gab” featuring several executives from the Linden Lab leadership team. Now is your chance to share your thoughts and ask questions directly to the leadership team! 

Click over to the submission form and submit your questions now. You have until Tuesday, June 15th to do so.

Keep an eye on this blog and the Second Life public calendar for all the dates and information about SL18B coming soon! We hope to see you at the celebrations!

Please spread the word about Lab Gab starting in a few weeks time and SL18B which opens to the public next week.

RFL of SL 2020: It’s Time For Relay Weekend


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Relay Weekend Regions 2020

The 2020 Relay event weekend officially opens tomorrow from 10am SLT on Saturday 6th June 2020 through until Sunday 7th June over at the RFL regions in Second Life. So far RFL of SL 2020 have already passed the $250,000 USD goal and it’s set to break new records during this weekend.

Lab Gab episode 27 streams live today from 12pm SLT where Strawberry Linden will be speaking to the Relay For Life of Second Life 2020 team. Featuring Stingray9798 Raymaker, Trager Alter, MamaP Beerbaum and Nikki Mathieson. Apparently there may a surprise guest. You don’t want to miss this one.

Watch Live Below From 12pm SLT!


Here is the Relay Weekend 2020 Event Schedule…

10am SLT: Opening Ceremony

Time to get started. We kick off the event by honoring everyone who’s been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s Relay season.

11am SLT: Survivor/Caregiver Laps
Sponsored by Relay Rockers

Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events. We honor their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn’t matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, you can walk while everyone gathers together to cheer you on. The 2020 Survivor/Caregiver Walk in Second Life will begin immediately following the Opening Ceremony.

12:30pm SLT: Teams Laps
Sponsored by GridPlay

2pm SLT:Roller Skating Hour

3pm SLT: Walk with a Friend

4pm SLT: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Sponsored by Attention on Cancer

5pm SLT: Your Favorite Sports Teams

6pm SLT: Nerds & Geeks Unite!

7pm SLT: Your Favorite Video Games
Sponsored by Friends For A Cure

8pm SLT: Camping Hour
Sponsored by Camping For A Cure

9pm SLT: Luminaria Ceremony

10pm SLT: Candyland Hour!
Sponsored by SHB Gems

11pm SLT: Las Vegas Hour

12am SLT: TOGA Party!! Food Fight!

1am SLT: 80’s Hour
Sponsored by C&V’s House of Rock

2am SLT: Pac Man Hour

3am SLT: Monopoly Hour

4am SLT: Ahoy Matey!

5am SLT: Hero Hour
Sponsored by Heroes Helping Heroes

6am SLT: Fight Back Hour
Sponsored by Gavin Dionysus

7am SLT: Wear Your Coffee & Drink Your Curlers
Sponsored by Relay Rockers

8am SLT: Hawaiian Hour

9am SLT: Purple Power Hour
Sponsored by Team Shadow

10am SLT: Closing Ceremony

11am SLT: Victory Lap – Dancing With Your Sparklers!


Please spread the word about this weekend’s Relay Weekend 2020.

Lab Gab Episode 19 With Ebbe Linden & Brett Linden – 10am SLT Live This Friday


Ebbe Linden & Brett Linden will be speaking live on Lab Gab episode 19 from 10am SLT on Friday 27th March 2020. You can expect to hear the latest news on the Coronavirus public health crisis and how the lab are dealing with it.

There could be updates on Linden Homes, Last Names, Sansar and much more.

The full blog announcement…

Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she speaks with the CEO of Linden Lab, Ebbe Linden, and Senior Director of Marketing, Brett Linden. Ebbe and Brett will be discussing how Linden Lab is responding to the public health crisis to ensure uninterrupted Second Life operations, as well as how the company is offering new remote turnkey solutions for conferences, events, or classes.

Do you have any questions for Ebbe or Brett about any of these or other topics that you’d like Strawberry to ask them on your behalf? Fill out the Google Form and submit your question today, and it may be selected!

Tune in on Friday, March 27th at 10am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTubeFacebookMixer, or Periscope!

Please spread the word.

Linden Lab To Reveal 5th Linden Home Theme At 10am SLT Today


Today at 10am SLT Linden Lab will be revealing the brand new 5th theme for Linden Homes as part of the Home & Garden Expo 2020. The Reveal region near the American Cancer Society Island will open up to the public. Yay.

The LH themes so far are traditional, trailers, houseboats and more recently Victorian homes. It will be most interesting to view the new theme.

At 11am SLT today tune into Lab Gab episode 15 featuring Patch Linden and the Moles. Find out more about the new Linden Homes and SL17B preparations.

For more details about the new 5th LH theme see below…

02/26/2020

The American Cancer Society is excited to host the 5th Linden Home Reveal as part of the 2020 SL Home & Garden Expo. Residents are welcome to take a tour of the new Linden Home theme that will become available at 10am SLT on Friday, February 28, 2020. Residents can land on the American Cancer Society Island and walk to the Reveal region following the directional signs from there.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/128/128/25

“We are always grateful for our relationship with Linden Lab and are honored to host the Themed Home Reveals,” says Stingray9798 Raymaker, American Cancer Society staff Director in Second Life. “We hope to use this opportunity as a way to educate the residents of Second Life that the American Cancer Society is here to help cancer patients and caregivers from around the world, and to give our Second Life community a means to fight back against a disease that has taken too much.”

This marks the 5th Linden Home theme that will be added to the Bellisseria community, alongside the previous 4 themes: traditional, trailers, houseboats, and Victorian. Residents of Bellisserria are sharing theories with one another in the Bellisserria forum and a queue of avatars has been sighted on the American Cancer Society island.

Please spread the word.

 

Linden Lab moves to Plan B for Sansar


Ebbe Altberg confirmed on Friday 21st February on Lab Gab episode 14 that Linden Lab is no longer continuing to sponsor Sansar financially. The lab are now looking for a plan B for Sansar going forward.

No deal has been done yet.

Ebbe said the following below…

So as you might have heard, sadly we have decided that we, as Linden Lab, couldn’t continue to sponsor the project financially, so we’re looking for a plan B for Sansar to continue. I can’t say much, but we’re having very interesting conversations with several parties to help that project move forward, which I’m really excited about. But no deal is done yet, so people will just have to be patient and see what happens with it, but yes  it is true that Linden Lab going forward will focus entirely on Second Life and Tilia. I’m still busy making sure that Sansar finds a great home and that the great work that that team has started can continue.

Linden Lab will now focus entirely on Second Life and Tilia going forward which is good news indeed. They remain in a strong financial position at this time. More investments are coming now for Second Life.

Other Important Updates

  • Linden Lab is still developing a companion app for Second Life. There is still no ETA. Testing could start soon like in the next few months for IOS first followed with a Androud version.
  • No confirmed date for deployment for Name Changes but Name Changes will be around US $20 cheaper for Premium Plus members
  • No ETA for launch date for Premium Plus
  • 8 names confirmed for the first list of last names > Conundrum, Dismantled, Huntsman, Littlepaws, Nova, Ravenhurst, Wumpkins & Yeatley + Winners will be informed via e-mail
  • The cloud uplift project due to be completed before the end of 2020
  • Transfer costs for buy-down / grandfathered regions is to be reduced from US $600 to US $300
  • There are roughly 5,000 new accounts logging-in to Second Life every day
  • There are plans to introduce 2FA

Lab Gab Episode 14 this Friday with Ebbe & Grumpity


At 11am SLT this Friday (21st) episode 14 of the new Lab Gab series will go live featuring Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab and Grumpity Linden the VP of Product.

Strawberry Linden will be speaking to the both of them about the 2020 roadmap for Second Life. There will be updates on a whole range of things.

There could be new updates on Sansar during the episode.

Fill out the Google Form and submit your questions today

Please spread the word about this special episode.