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The Drax Files: Episode 35 – Project Bento


Episode 35 of The Drax Files is now available to watch and this month it’s all about Project Bento in Second Life. In this episode of The Drax Files there is great footage of the Project Bento, there is a view into the development process, beta deploy and people who are involved with the project.

Project Bento still has a long way to go before making onto the main grid but good progress has been made so far. Project Bento is such an exciting development for Second Life and it’s going to be awesome when it finally launches on the main grid in the near future.

Exciting times ahead for sure. :)

About Episode 35

“Our users create content all the time: this world is not bounded, it is not finite!” says Coyot Linden, describing the reason for the sustained success of Second Life amongst digital creatives: in this universe you have the freedom to be and do whatever you want!

And precisely that open world concept is a daily challenge for Linden Lab engineers who have to operate on a “live patient” when trying to optimize performance or implement new features.

Project Bento which added over 100 new joints/bones to the standard SL skeleton was such an endeavor, spanning months of intense collaboration between Lindens, residents and the ever busy SL content making contractors – the Moles.

Now live on the SL test grid Aditi, Project Bento is bound to give the diverse culture in Second Life an even more expressive edge: complex facial animations for humans and fantasy creatures alike are now possible, hands have fully flexible fingers, multiple tails, wings, ears and even two heads are now thinkable: only one’s imagination would be the barrier for identity exploration through colorful avatars.

And all that new activity will be adding little load on Second Life servers, as animations would be running on local machines rather than SL servers.

Win L$10,000 – Linden Lab announces “Leap into Love” Second Life snapshot contest


On 3rd February announced “Leap into Love” Second Life snapshot contest on the Second Life official blog. This is a great opportunity to submit your Love themed images for a chance to win 1 of 4 amazing prizes. The closing date is 29th February 2016.

It’s time to get into the romantic spirit as valentine’s day approaches.

Price Breakdown 

  • Grand PrizeL$10,000
  • First Prize L$5,000
  • Second PrizeL$3,000
  • Third PrizeL$1,000

About the contest

February is here and love is in the air! Everywhere you go it seems the sweetest of songs plays, red roses are suddenly twice the price, and chocolate finds its way into the hands of sweethearts via heart-shaped boxes. Those things are nice, but what better way to celebrate than with a memory captured in perfect pixels?<br

The “Leap into Love” Snapshot contest is your chance to submit your Valentine’s Day themed images for a chance to win 1 of 4 awesome prizes.

The “Leap into Love” Snapshot Contest celebrates friends, family, loved ones – all of those who are beloved in our lives. While Cupid may be pointing arrows at this time of year, we know that love is much bigger than that. Love is kindness, friendship, balance, warmth, laughter, and so much more – so share it with us! Contest ends on February 29th.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges made up of Residents and Lindens based on consistency with theme, originality, creativity, and overall impression.

Spread the word! :)

One Billion Rising in Second Life confirmed for 14th February 2016


One Billion Rising in Second Life will be held on Sunday 14th February 2016 to raise awareness of violence against women around the world. The event will feature a four region stage, art installations, live performances and much more. A variety of performers will play over the 24-hour period.

In previous years One Billion Rising has been really good and I have enjoyed the event. I’m looking forward to attending this year. Will you be attending this year ?

One Billion Rising 2013 Stage

History of One Billion Rising in Second Life 

  • On 14 February 2013, one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls.
  • On 14 February 2014, we escalated our efforts, calling on women and men everywhere to Rise, Release, Dance, and demand Justice!
  • On February 14th 2015, we called for a revolution for change.
  • Now, on February 14th 2016, we are escalating the call for revolution!

Volunteering for One Billion Rising in Second Life 2016

  • Fill out the Volunteer form – Greeters, Stage Managers, Security and more positions available
  • Fill out the Press Day form – Apply for Press Day – Friday 13th February 2016

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About One Billion Rising 

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.

On 14 February 2013, people across the world came together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. On 14 February 2014, One Billion Rising for Justice focused on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and highlighted the impunity that lives at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. For the third year of the campaign, One Billion Rising’s global coordinators chose the theme of “Revolution” as an escalation of the demand for justice, and to build upon the massive efforts of communities worldwide that also looked at the roots and causes of violence as part of their call for justice. On (or around) 14 February 2015, millions of activists in over 200 countries gathered to Rise for REVOLUTION, to change the paradigm, demand accountability, justice and systematic CHANGE. We are rising to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

In 2016, the theme of Revolution continues with a call to focus on marginalised women and to bring national and international focus to their issues; to bring in new artistic energy; to amplify Revolution as a call for system change to end violence against women and girls; to call on people to rise for others, and not just for ourselves.

The campaign has been covered widely by media in all corners of world including The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and many more.

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