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Basilique region in Second Life set for closure on 30th September 2017


Basilique Town 2017

The much loved Basilique region is set for closure on Saturday 30th September 2017 according to Canary Beck’s latest blog post. Canary has enjoyed maintaining the region for many years and is now looking for someone who wishes to keep the Basilique region alive for many years to come.

Paradise Lost was a amazing theatre production filmed in the Basilique region and over the years I have enjoyed blogging about premiers that went worldwide. The popular Linden Inworld meetups were hosted on the island in recent years where hundred’s of avatars gathered and had interesting discussions.

I personally think it would be a very huge loss to Second Life if the Basilique region closed down this month. Hopefully there is someone out there who can save the region today and make it even more amazing.

Here is the full blog post on the closure…


I’ve decided that I will no longer keep up the Basilique (Isolotto di Garda)

region in Second Life and will close it on September 30th, 2017. I’ve enjoyed maintaining the region and hope that you have enjoyed visiting it as well.

I have, from time to time, heard expressions of interest from several people on taking over ownership of the region. If you have a serious interest in this, then I will read any proposals I receive for the full region (non-severable) by the 23rd of September.

The full region costs USD 295.00 per month and the transfer fee is USD 100.00. I’m not looking to make extra bucks from any transactions but would be happy to transfer the region (and use of all the public buildings and furnishings) to someone who wishes to keep it alive.

If I don’t receive or accept any serious transfer proposals, I will refund any rentals monies paid by tenants beyond the 30th, on that date. I will also return all objects to tenants on that date. I will close the region shortly thereafter.

Thanks for everything,

Canary Beck

P.S. If you wish to propose a transfer send me an email to canarybeck@gmail.com and ideally, send me an IM, so that you remind me to check my email.


Someone Please Save Basilique

 

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Second Life Grid Statistics – September 2017 Update


Historical Daily Concurrency Since December 2009

These are latest Second Life Grid Statistics for September 2017 from the Second Life Grid Survey run by Tyche Shepherd.

The Second Life Grid Survey is by far the best source for daily Second Life grid statistics to check out. You can check out the latest region database numbers, useful economic metrics and much more.

I pointed out in my last Second Life Grid Statistics made back in early July 2017 that the grid saw a tiny amount of region growth from Private Estates during the first half of 2017. However the total amount of Main Grid regions has been dropping throughout 2017.

Since July 2017 Private Estates and even Linden Owned regions have declined down hill. Personally I don’t think the launch of Sansar Creator Beta effected the grid numbers or had any sort of big impact that some were guessing was going to happen.


Updated stats as of 10th September 2017 


Second Life Grid Size Through 2017 So Far

On 1st January 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 002
  • Private Estates: 16, 783 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 219

On 2nd April 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 806
  • Private Estates: 16, 586
  • Linden Owned: 7, 220

On 5th July 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 649
  • Private Estates: 16, 414 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 235

** 10th September 2017 **

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 537
  • Private Estates: 16, 312
  • Linden Owned: 7, 225
  • Year To Date Private Estate Net Losses: 471 (2.8% loss)
  • Total Area of Second Life: 1542.52 (km²)

Daily Concurrency

  • Maximum Daily Concurrency: 46, 773
  • Median Daily Concurrency: 37, 324 
  • Minimum Daily Concurrency: 27, 281

Breakdown of current regions by Ownership and Classification:

  • Estate – Adult: 5, 091
  • Estate – General: 1, 226
  • Estate – Moderate: 9,976
  • Estate – Offline: 19
  • Linden – Adult: 484
  • Linden – General: 1, 651
  • Linden – Moderate: 5, 090

Breakdown of Host Server Classes by Ownership:

  • Estate – Class 5: 259
  • Estate – Class 7: 7, 244
  • Estate – Class 8: 7, 061
  • Estate – Class Unknown: 1, 748
  • Linden – Class 5: 6
  • Linden – Class 7: 1, 310
  • Linden – Class 8: 5, 609
  • Linden – Class Unknown: 300

Second Life Signups 

  • Total Signups: 51, 641, 115 

Useful Links

The next stats blog post will be made at the end of December 2017 along with predictions for 2018.

Linden Lab announces upcoming investments for Second Life


Today Linden Lab announced a new set of exciting investments for Second Life on the Official Second Life Blog. Apparently Linden Lab have budgeted many millions (USD) in the coming year to make Second Life more amazing than ever.

These new investments include improved Second Life infrastructure, better Premium subscriptions, new Windlight extensions, new grid wide gaming experience and extensions to the animation system. See below for the full details!

Here are a few of the things you can look forward to soon:

  • We are hard at work upgrading all of the SL infrastructure and moving it to the cloud, which will bring a wealth of opportunities to Residents near and far, and allow us, among many other things, to make SL more performant for Residents across the world from us. It may also allow us to introduce new products with more flexible pricing.  

  • We’re working on several features to increase the value of Premium subscriptions. Most recently we gave Premium members priority access to near-full events, and shortly, we’ll be ready to unveil another bit of exciting news for subscribers.

  • We’re building out a series of great extensions to Windlight (code name: EEP!), which will give value, flexibility, and new marketability to land, and will make Windlight settings tradeable assets.  

  • We have an extension to the animation system in the works (code name: Animesh) that will allow non-avatar objects to use more powerful and efficient skeletal animations the way avatars can today, and even more changes planned for creators and merchants later in the year.

  • We’ve also got new experiences and events coming. An exciting new grid-wide gaming experience is coming soon! The team can’t wait to share the details with you in just a few days. Also in the works for this fall is an updated Halloween Haunted Tour, with new spooktacular events to celebrate. Not to mention, we’re turning 15 next year – SL15B, baby! That’s an incredible milestone and we are looking forward to collaborating with you to produce an amazing celebration.

It’s great to see Linden Lab are still improving Second Life for the better. This is proof that Second Life is here to stay for many more years to come.

Dear Second Life Residents,

It’s been an exciting summer at Linden Lab. Second Life celebrated its 14th anniversary, and shortly thereafter we also opened Sansar’s creator beta to the world. In addition, we are thrilled to announce a set of investments into Second Life and its communities that will include enhancements to our engineering support, customer support, billing systems and upgrades, and customer acquisition outreach. In all, we’ve budgeted many millions (USD, not L$…) in the coming year to make SL even better, and we’ll keep everyone up to date on improvements as they roll out (or sooner).

This summer’s milestones have given us all another opportunity to reflect on just how strong the Second Life community is, what an incredible history SL has had so far, and what an amazing future lies ahead for the virtual world and its Residents.

For more than 14 years, you’ve created memorable experiences, diverse communities, close relationships, thriving economies, engaging art, exciting events, and amazing creations of all kinds. You’ve made the world, and we’re proud to provide the platform and tools that help you to do so. We at Linden continue to be impressed by what we witness from Residents every day, and we want you to know that we share that commitment to and love for Second Life.

I agree 15 years will be an incredible milestone next year and I’m so glad I’ve been around for ten years in Second Life. Yay 🙂

Press Release: Team Diabetes Returns For Third Season in Second Life


Great news to share this week is that Team Diabetes of Second Life will be returning for a third season to raise awareness and funds for diabetes in Second Life. The third season starts on 13th October through until 31st December 2017. There will be shopping events, art show, hunts, races and much more to look forward to this year.

Here is the full press release below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Team Diabetes of Second Life to Return for a Third Season

DATE: 14, AUGUST 2017

WEBSITE: www.teamdiabetessl.org

SLURL:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Plush%20Non%20Profit%20Commons/221/30/26

We are pleased to announce the third season of Team Diabetes of Second Life! Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorized team of The American Diabetes Association. The mission of Team Diabetes of Second Life is to raise awareness, tolerance, and funds for diabetes in the virtual world of Second Life.

According to the World Health Organization (2016): 422 million adults in the world have diabetes and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year.

Team Diabetes of Second Life was founded by Jessii2009 Warrhol and Johannes1977 Resident and will continue functioning in the form of an advisory board, with a coordinator leading the Team Diabetes of Second Life effort. The 2017Team Diabetes of Second Life Coordinator is Johannes1977 Resident and the 2017 Team Diabetes of Second Life Co-Coordinator is Veruca Tammas.  Team Diabetes of Second Life Advisory Board members are: Jessii2009 Warrhol, Dawnbeam Dreamscape, Eleseren Brianna, Sandie Loxingly, Rob Fenwitch, and Earth Nirvana. Saiyge Lotus is a special advisor to the advisory board.

The official Team Diabetes of Second Life’s season will take place from October 2017 to December 2017, with the following events scheduled to take place:

  • Off Season Event – October 13 to October 31 – Scare Me Silly Shopping Event
  • November 1, 2017- Team Diabetes of Second Life’s Season Begins
  • November 1 to 15- The Red Hunt & Red Fling
  • November 5, 2017- Season Celebration & Bike Race
  • November 12, 2017 – The Red Ball
  • November 1 to 30 – National Diabetes Month
  • November 4 & 5 – Team Diabetes Kickoff – Tour de SL
  • December 1 to 10 – Winter Showcase & Winter Art Show
  • December 31, 2017 – Team Diabetes of Second Life’s Season Ends

In addition to the events mentioned above, individuals, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to hold fundraising events in support of Team Diabetes of Second Life!  The official 2017 fundraising season toolkit will be available to the second life public on September 1, 2017, at the organization’s office in the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life.

About The American Diabetes Association:

The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes by funding research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association delivers services to hundreds of communities and provides objective and credible information and resources about diabetes.

Free resources are available in English and Spanish at http://www.diabetes.org and 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2382).

For More Information:

www.teamdiabetessl.org

https://teamdiabetessl.wordpress.com/designer-merchant-applications/
(Designer, Merchant, & Blogger Applications)

http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR?px=11304578&fr_id=11965&pg=personal

(The official American Diabetes Association page for Team Diabetes of Second Life)

www.diabetes.org

http://www.idf.org/membership/meet-our-members
(Website to find diabetes information in your home country)