Category Archives: SL Coming Soon

SL Christmas Expo 2015: Volunteers Needed

The fifth annual Second Life Christmas Expo will be held on 3rd December through until 14th December 2015. This is a mega event that means you will be able to raise funds for Relay For Life of Second Life. The theme this year is A Frozen Christmas.

The 2015 SL Christmas Expo organizers are looking for dedicated volunteers to help out with this year’s event. If you are interested in volunteering for Second Life Christmas Expo 2015 then there is a application form to fill out, see here.

There are many volunteer positions available including the following…

  • Sponsorship & Merchant Registration
  • Merchant Support & Technology
  • Special Events
  • Events & Entertainment Support
  • Santa & The Elves
  • Design & Infrastructure
  • Expo Ambassadors
  • Press & Media

More info here


Sixth Annual OpenSim Grid Survey is available

The sixth annual OpenSim grid survey is out where OpenSim residents can rank their grids and see how they compare to other OpenSim grids. This is a great opportunity for everyone to rank a grid’s content, community, support, technology and overall experience by filling out this survey.

Vote now!

The results will be published on 6th October 2015.

See 2014 results here

New Art Park is about to open in Bay City

Sneak preview

Sneak preview

At 2pm PDT on Saturday 19th September 2015 there will be a grand opening of a new Pop Up Art Park over at Bay City in Second Life. The art park is set up and everyone is welcome to visit in advance of the opening to preview the new exhibits.

Here is the press release…

Derry McMahon and Bear Silvershade invite you to the opening reception for their latest exhibitions on Sat, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. in Bay City, with Pippa Exonar as our featured entertainer.

This time though, it’s not in a formal gallery.

We’ve watched as galleries flicker in and out of existence, and had shows at several. Two things are consistent: nothing is permanent, and even with the most relentless, ongoing promotion, visitor numbers drop off dramatically after the opening and reach near zero long before a month – the usual length of gallery shows – is up.

Instead of fighting it, we’ve decided to embrace the ephemeral nature of Second Life and experiment with pop-up galleries. It goes like this: Rent a piece of suitable land, set up our work and open it to the public, but just for a couple of weeks.

The short time frame is key. For the patrons, it gives them more incentive to get out and see the show; no putting it off because “There’s plenty of time.” For us, it gives us the freedom to experiment and not feel tied down.

We can set up when and where we want, with whatever style we want. They might happen in different places once a month, or once every six months – whatever feels right.

This was Derry’s idea, by the way, so she’s the one to talk to about it. Our first location is in Bay City, on the Falconmoon sim. We discovered it quite by chance; we had been looking at several commercial properties all around SL, but when we randomly decided to poke around mainland, we found a property we decided would be perfect for a pop-up art park.

Derry is calling her exhibit Double Vision, and she’s paired up her images: one created in real life, one created in Second Life. In some cases, it’s difficult to tell which is which. (Frankly, that worries me a little. They look so alike, so does that mean that Second Life is actually a virtual copy of New Jersey?)

As always, Derry’s images are filled with bright colours so the park setting highlights them beautifully.

Mine, of course, are not so colourful. (You’ll note another difference – I just drove in some fence posts to hang my images from, but Derry insisted on having hers prettily arranged on easels)

The work I am showing this time grew out of my Lonely Streets of Second Life project (which I showed at my former gallery in Avalon). I call this exhibit Solitudes.

Like Derry, I’ve included — for the first time ever in Second Life — a few of my real life images, though I haven’t matched them one-to-one. I am a photojournalist in real life, and the images I have included here are tiny vignettes or scenics, often made on assignment while I am waiting for something else to happen.

The little art park is mostly set up, and you are welcome to drop by in advance of the opening to preview the exhibits or gather images for your blog, but we are hoping you can also make it to the reception on Saturday.

Spread the word about the new opening of the art park happening tomorrow. :)

New screenshot of the Project Sansar Login Page

On Friday 18th September 2015 from 6pm to 8pm PDT there will be a special Project Sansar Preview Workshop going on at the headquarters of Linden Lab in San Francisco. This event will allow the early users to preview Project Sansar for the first time.

This interactive virtual reality workshop will provide a hands-on preview of the new 3D virtual experience platform, code-named Project Sansar, being developed by Linden Lab, the makers of the popular virtual world Second Life. This new platform will enable people to virtually walk through 3D

At the moment Project Sansar is in the closed Alpha phrase with early users under heavy NDA. I am not apart of the closed alpha yet but i’m pretty much looking forward to the launch of the new generation platform next year.

There is a new screenshot of the Project Sansar login page that I found on Echt Virtuell’s blog  which is rather interesting. This login page shows a wallpaper from Sansar I think and the login area saying Project Sansar by Linden Lab. The page is animated showing some creations that appear every few seconds or so.

Project Sansar Login Page

Project Sansar Login Page

What do you think of the Project Sansar login page ?

Are you excited for the launch next year ? 

Linden Lab are transitioning to a new payment system

Linden Lab have announced this week that Second Life is transitioning to a new payments processor for credit cards and that they want you to update your Second Life Payment Info today.

The lab mentions in the blog post that you may notice small authorization charges made to the credit card linked with your account. “These charges are made to confirm the validity of the billing information on file and will be automatically voided by your bank or credit card issuer.”

It’s not known yet when the new payment system will be completed but this is a good time to update your Second Life info.

The blog post explains more…

Second Life is transitioning to a new payments processor for credit cards. If you use a credit card for Second Life payments and have not added or updated your billing information since July 7, 2015, we strongly encourage you to re-enter your information to avoid any potential disruption of services. If you use PayPal or Skrill for Second Life payments, no action is needed.

Adding billing information to your Second Life account is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Login to your Second Life account at
  2. Click “Account,” then “Billing Information”
  3. Under “How You’re Paying” just click to Add the payment method of your choice*

To learn more about the benefits of adding billing information on file, the many supported payment options, and how to add or update your billing information, please visit this page in the Second Life Knowledge Base.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your attention and help in spreading the word throughout the Second Life community.

*Note: You may notice small authorization charges made to the credit card associated with your account. As is common when new payment processors are initialized, these charges are made to confirm the validity of the billing information on file and will be automatically voided by your bank or credit card issuer.


Hot Bay City Nights, 12th to 20th September 2015

Opens Today!

Opens Today!

The 4th annual Hot Bay City Nights event starts Saturday 12th September through until Sunday 20th September 2015. The event will be happening over at the Bay City Fairgrounds area in the North Channel region in Second Life.

Hot Bay City Nights main focus is on the top Second Life classic car makers and vintage showcasing many vehicles between 1940 to 1965. There will be many exciting events taking place including charity car washes and the winner of Miss Bay City 2015.

The funds go to support Child’s Play which is a charity providing games and toys for children in hospitals around the globe. Please spread the word about Hot Bay City Nights and everyone is welcome to attend.

Hot Bay City Nights, 12th to 20th September 2015_003

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 Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.

For more information, contact: Marianne McCann

Bay City Fairgrounds area

Popular events happening during September 2015 in Second Life

It’s already September and there are many popular events happening this month. Spread the word and add these events to your calendar.

If you know of any other events happening in Second Life during September 2015 that you are excited about then please comment below.

Have a great month all :)