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RFL of SL 2015: relay weekend stats


RFL of SL 2015 relay weekend is now over for another year and it’s time to look at the stats for the event. The countdown has now started for Relay For Life 2016 of Second Life and it’s going to be even bigger next year. Check out these interesting stats below and for historical stats see here.

RFL of SL 2015 Stats

  • Avatars: 1, 229
  • Laps: 2, 370
  • Distance: 20, 016, 523 meters
  • Minutes: 123, 240
  • Course Length: 8, 448 meters

Recognition of Completed Laps for 2015

RELAY WEEKEND 2015

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RFL of SL snapshots from the past


Here are historical snapshots of Relay for Life of Second Life that I have attended so far and wanted to share with you today.

This year marks 11 years since the first Relay for Life of Second Life event and later on today we will relay around the track to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Come and make a difference! :)

RFL sims 2011

RFL of SL 2011 regions

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RFL of SL 2012

2013 RFL of SL Wrap Up

RFL of SL 2013 Wrap Up party

RFL weekend 2013 SL

RFL of SL 2013 fireworks

RFL 2013

RFL of SL 2013

RFL Kickoff 2014

RFL of SL Kickoff 2014

Ten years of Relay Weekend

Ten years of Relay for Life of Second Life 2014

Relay Weekend Closing Ceremony 2014

Relay Weekend Closing Ceremony 2014

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RFL of SL 2015 season starts

RFL of SL 2015 season

RFL of SL 2015 season starts

RFL of SL 2015

RELAY WEEKEND 2015 is here!

RFL of SL 2015: The Relay Weekend Preview


RFL of SL 2015

View of the relay weekend welcome area

RFL of SL 2015 relay weekend starts tomorrow at 10am SLT with the opening ceremony at the main stage. The first lap of the 2015 relay weekend begins with the celebrate ceremony starting at 11am SLT. The exciting fun-filled weekend will then be underway to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society including theme laps, the Luminaria ceremony, event activities and much more.

RFL of SL 2015 Map

RFL of SL Map 2015

 

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Welcome area starting point

 

It;s almost time to RELAY!

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The starting point of the RFL Activities regions

 

The closing ceremony of RFL of SL 2015 relay weekend will start at 10am SLT on Sunday 19th July 2015. Please spread the word about relay weekend in Second Life and let’s make a difference. :)

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View from above of the RFL Activities regions

 

The RFL regions look really nice this year and they are ready to host the 11th annual event. YAY!

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The owl gets ready for RELAY WEEKEND

 

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A great view of the relay track and central areas of RFL of SL 2015

 

Stay updated on RFL of SL 2015 here. You don’t want to miss RELAY WEEKEND 2015!

Dr. Phil talk show in HD now available to watch featuring Second Life


The full episode of Dr. Phil talk show is now available to watch again in HD featuring Second Life. The episode is called Won’t Work, Won’t Go to School: “My Son Just Wants to Game All Day” and runs for 40 minutes.  Ebbe Linden was featured in this episode talking about how Second Life can help people in a positive way. The good news is that Dr. Phil didn’t really say anything negative about Second Life, gaming or virtual worlds. Enjoy watching!

Episode Details

Sarah says her 23-year-old son, Justin, is so consumed with playing video games that he dropped out of college, can’t hold a job and is neglecting his health — losing more than 50 pounds — and she fears he’ll die if he doesn’t stop. Sarah says she has tried cutting off Justin financially and giving him ultimatums, but he always finds a way to continue gaming to excess.

Justin admits he can play 16 hours a day — sometimes lasting up to 30 hours straight — and says he would rather live in the virtual world than the real world. What could be driving his behavior? And, has his hobby become an addiction that could eventually kill him?

With the help of Dr. Rachael Ross, co-host of the Emmy Award-winning show The Doctors, Dr. Phil opens Justin’s eyes to the potential health dangers he faces. Will it have an impact? Plus, how can Justin regain traction in his life?

Gaming to Death?

Sarah says Justin once weighed 160 pounds and has whittled down to 110 pounds because of his video game “addiction.” She fears he’ll die if he doesn’t get help. “He won’t even eat,” she says. “I absolutely believe Justin’s video game addiction is killing him.”

Justin’s stepfather, Graham, says he and Sarah have attempted, unsuccessfully, to help Justin. “At the end of the day, I think Justin is an escapist,” he says. “If you took gaming away, he would find some way to escape.”

Graham says he and Sarah have reached a breaking point. “We’ve stopped offering financial support to him,” he says. “Sarah and I have given him a series of ultimatums.”

Sarah adds, “I’m ready to cut him off and let him swim; I just need to know from Dr. Phil that he won’t sink.”

Tune in to see what happens when Dr. Rachael Ross runs medical tests on Justin while he’s gaming. Will the results make an impact? And, will Justin accept the help that Dr. Phil offers?

What do you think of this episode ? Please share your views in comments! :)

Second Life community invited to “Ask the CEO”


Linden Lab have opened a new Forum thread this week called “Ask the CEO” for the Second Life community to post questions that didn’t get answered during the SL12B Meet the Linden interviews last month. There were many Second Life and Project Sansar questions that didn’t get answered during the birthday celebrations.

Ebbe Linden, Pete Linden and many more Lindens will be answering your questions in forum thread on things that matter to you. If you have a question on Second Life or Project Sansar etc post them here

Here are is a brief summary of some the answers so far 

  • Improvements coming soon for Media on a Prim
  • It’s unlikely there will be rounded edges to be introduced to Second Life
  • Second Life will work with Windows 10
  • Sansar will require higher specs than Second Life and that it will be capable of so much more than Second Life
  • There is a dedicated core team working on improving Second Life and keeping it fresh
  • Sansar will have a new marketplace with new technology along with a new user experience
  • There is support for physically based materials with spec, smoothness, “metalness” and normal maps
  • Sansar won’t be 100% backward compatible with Second Life
  • There will be flying and boating in Sansar with much more
  • SL residents will be able to create Sansar personas (under a master account) using their Second Life user names

Check out the Forum thread for more answers in the days ahead and spread the word. :)

Dr. Phil talk show will be featuring Second Life and Ebbe Altberg on 14th July 2015


Linden Lab have announced today that Second Life will be featured on the popular Dr. Phil talk show along with Ebbe Altberg (CEO of Linden Lab). This special episode will be airing on Tuesday 14th July 2015 shown in the United States and the times can be found on the Dr. Phil main website.

Ebbe Altberg will be speaking about some of the positive ways that Second Life is being used from around the world. There will be footage of Dr. Phil adventures in Second Life in this episode.

Dr. Phil will be shown on the largest monitor (40 feet wide) controlling his avatar in Second Life. The episode features a young man who is struggling with many problems and his addiction to playing online games.

Won’t Work, Won’t Go to School: “My Son Just Wants to Game All Day”

Sarah says her 23-year-old son, Justin, is so consumed with playing video games that he dropped out of college, can’t hold a job and is neglecting his health — losing more than 50 pounds — and she fears he’ll die if he doesn’t stop. Sarah says she has tried cutting off Justin financially and giving him ultimatums, but he always finds a way to continue gaming to excess. Justin admits he can play 16 hours a day — sometimes lasting up to 30 hours straight — and says he would rather live in the virtual world than the real world. What could be driving his behavior? And, has his hobby become an addiction that could eventually kill him? With the help of Dr. Rachael Ross, co-host of the Emmy Award-winning show The Doctors, Dr. Phil opens Justin’s eyes to the potential health dangers he faces. Will it have an impact? Plus, how can Justin regain traction in his life?

Check out the bio about Dr. Phil here

RLF of SL 2015: Relay Weekend is fast approaching


RFL 2015

RFL of SL 2015 Regions

Relay Weekend starts on Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th July 2015 in Second Life and the excitement is building up for the 11th annual event. The RFL regions have arrived and preparations are being made. This year the hope is to reach the 2.5 million dollar mark which would be absolutely incredible.

This year there is so much packed into Relay Weekend to remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer. Take part and mark a difference! :)

What is Relay For Life of Second Life ?

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society and has been active, and continually growing  in Second Life for 11 years.  In 2005, the first Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) was attended by a few hundred avatars and raised almost $5,000 US dollars for the American Cancer Society. Five years later, in 2010 the Relay For Life of Second Life raised over $220,000.  The 1 MILLIONTH US dollar was raised in 2011 when more than 2000 volunteers raised over $375,000.  In 2012 we passed the 1.5 million dollar mark. In 2014, we passed the 2 million US dollar mark and we are approaching the 2.5 million dollar mark quickly.

The event schedule listings are now available for Relay Weekend. please see below!

Saturday 18th July 2015:

  • Opening Ceremony – 10 am – The fun-filled weekend begins!
  • CELEBRATE – 11 am – The first lap of Relay weekend begins with the celebrate ceremony. A Survivor/Caregiver honor walk. Please line the track and celebrate our heroes.
  • REMEMBER – 9pm – the Luminaria Ceremony – a solemn reflection with readings and inspirational music; sims are darkened in remembrance of those and their loved ones who have lost their battles to cancer or are still battling it; all are invited to participate. Please walk the track in silence.

Sunday 19th July 2015:

  • FIGHT BACK -6am- Pick up your Fight Back Kits and Fight Back Flags – available at the Relay Information Stations along the track, and join us as we make our fight back pledges to save a life this year – your own, a friends, a family member, or someone you don’t even know yet. Together we all can FIGHT BACK against cancer.
  • Closing Ceremony – 10 am – Come to close out our amazing weekend with this closing tribute to what we’ve accomplished and how we will, as ONE big Relay For Life of Second Life team, continue to Fight Back and keep our Hope alive.

Relay Weekend Theme Hours

Saturday 18th July 2015

  • 10:00 AM Opening Ceremony
  • 11:00 AM Survivor/Caregiver – CELEBRATE
  • 12:30 PM Teams Lap
  • 2:00 PM Crazy Hats & Hair
  • 3:00 PM Movies & Musicals
  • 4:00 PM Holiday Road
  • 5:00 PM Hawaiian Beach Party
  • 6:00 PM Space Cadets Fight Cancer Too
  • 7:00 PM Health Matters
  • 8:00 PM Purple Power
  • 9:00 PM Luminaria Ceremony – REMEMBER
  • 10:00 PM Meet & Make A New Friend
  • 11:00 PM Your Relay Heritage
  • MIDNIGHT The Random Hour

Sunday 14th July 2015

  • 1:00 AM Get Active – Sports !
  • 2:00 AM The 60’s
  • 3:00 AM Hoppy Ball Bounce
  • 4:00 AM Relay Around The World
  • 5:00 AM Heroes – Every Day & Super
  • 6:00 AM FIGHT BACK
  • 7:00 AM Happy More Birthdays
  • 8:00 AM Coffee, Tea, or Relay
  • 9:00 AM Formal Hour
  • 10:00 AM Closing Ceremonies
  • 11:00 AM Victory Lap! – Walk the track and meet the Relay Committee.
    Celebrate YOUR Relay. Take THAT, Cancer!
  • 12:30 PM RAFFLE Draw!
  • 1:00 PM SILENT AUCTION Closes!
  • 2:00 PM Enjoy Walking the Track and Visiting the Builds

Relay Weekend Activities

Visit the Relay For Life Museum and see the changes over the past 11 years of RFL of SL history. There are many activities happening during Relay Weekend on the 4 Activity Regions and the Water Region including…

  • Torch Of Hope
  • Raffle For Relay
  • Silent Auction
  • Art Show and Sale
  • Live Music
  • DJs Music and Dancing
  • Stand Up Comedy
  • Tribute Bands
  • Snail Races
  • The Body Is A Fortress Hunt
  • 4 (sim) Corner Ceremonies Stage
  • Teams Vendor Markets
  • Sailing For Relay

The LUMINARIA

  • 50 – 999 – Green
  • 1000 – 2499 – Orange
  • 2500 – 4999 – Blue
  • 5000 – 7499 – Yellow
  • 7500 – 9999 – Pink
  • 10000 or more – Purple + fireworks

I’ll be posting more next week on RFL of SL 2015. :)