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2015 Fashion for Life of Second Life opens today at 10am SLT


Fashion For Life 2015 Map

Fashion For Life 2015 Map

Fashion For Life of Second Life opens officially to the public at 10am SLT today on Saturday 21st March 2015. Fashion For Life of Second Life is a really popular event every year and all proceeds from the activities will be donated to the American Cancer Society. This event is apart of the RFL of SL 2015 season and hopefully new records will be broken this year.

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FFL Milan

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FFL CentralPark North

FFL 2015 Locations

The regions this year are named after capital cities around the world and I have to say the regions look incredible from looking around today. Here are the SLURLs to start exploring the regions for Fashion For Life of Second Life 2015.

  • NYC – Builder, Sofia Corleone – Sponsored by Zanze
  • Paris – Builder, Kaya Angel – Sponsored by CHOP ZUEY COUTURE
  • London - Builder, Rebeca Bashly – Sponsored by ARGRACE
  • Los Angeles – Builder, Regi Yifu – Sponsored by Zaodyeck Magazine
  • Milan – Builder, MaximilianIII Massenberg – Sponsored by Sage
  • Berlin Builder, Setsuna Infinity – Sponsored by Yasum Designs
  • Tokyo - Builder, Ouka Ugajin – Sponsored by ::GABRIEL::
  • CentralPark North – North & South, Builders, Spankmy Boucher and Sofia Corleone – Sponsored by MISS SL ORGANIZATION
  • CentralPark South – North & South, Builders, Spankmy Boucher and Sofia Corleone – Sponsored by MISS SL ORGANIZATION
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FFL CentralPark North

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FFL CentralPark South

FFL 2015 Fashion Shows Schedule 

Fashion For Life of Second Life 2015 will be hosting many fashion shows during the week and it’s always been popular in previous years with the community.

  • Saturday,  March 21st, 14:00: 1st Styling Challenge, MISS SL 2015 by MISS SL Organisation on the theme Why do you relay?
  • Sunday, March 22nd, 10:00: Limited Edition Fashion Show by AIM Impression Modelling
  • Monday, March 23rd, 16:00: Fashion show by BLVD Fashion House
  • Tuesday, March 24th, 16:00: Fashion show by aQuarela Models
  • Wednesday, March 25th, 16:00 Fashion show by SCALA Models Agency
  • Thursday, March 26th, 16:00: Fashion show by PENUMBRA
  • Friday, March 27th, 16:00: Fashion show by The queenS
  • Saturday, March 28th, 10:00: 2nd styling challenge MISS SL 2015 by MISS SL Organisation

FFL 2015 Hunt

THE FASHION HUNT will be held across the two Central Park sims and include many items donated by generous designers and creators. Happy Hunting!

GACHAS

There will be plenty of Gachas to keep you busy and trading during FFL 2015.

FFL 2015 Events 

This year there will be many live events happening on the FFL 2015 regions and here is the schedule of events. Many DJs, singers, entertaining performers and people with talent will be providing fun entertainment during the week ahead. All times are SLT!

Saturday March 21st – Opening Day at 10:00am

  • 12:00 noon Seth Regan – Singer
  • 1:00 pm blake Hambleton – DJ
  • 4:00 pm – BBOY_DAN dance group
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Sunday March 22nd

  • 12:00 noon – BONIEFACIO – DJ
  • 1:00 pm – Kylie Sabra Angel (kylie.sabra) – Singer
  • 3:15 pm – T1 Radio
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Monday March 23rd

  • 1:00 pm TBD
  • 2:00 pm blake Hambleton – DJ – sent invite
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Tuesday March 24th

  • 1:00 pm DJ Theo (Zimny)
  • 2:00 pm “The Jersey Boys” by the Kittens and Tigers Dance Group.
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Wednesday March 25th

  • 1:00 pm – BONIEFACIO – DJ
  • 2:00 pm – Lady Garden Cabaret Dance Troupe – Chandra Meehan
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Thursday March 26th

  • 1:00 pm Anek Fuchs – Singer
  • 2:00 pm Zimny Zane – DJ
FFL NewYork City

FFL NewYork City

Spread the word and come along later today to visit the fantastic FFL 2015 regions with friends. They really are special and you really don’t want to miss the truly amazing builds.

Ebbe Linden talks about education, Second Life and next generation platform at VWBPE 2015


On Wednesday 18th March 2015 Ebbe Linden the CEO of Linden Lab gave his opening keynotes speech at the VWBPE Main Auditorium stage between 1pm SLT to 2:12pm SLT. Ebbe Linden talked about education in Second Life, the latest updates for Second Life and mentioned more about the upcoming next generation platform.

More than 200 avatars attended Ebbe keynotes speech with 100 – 110 people watching it via web stream with a lively debate. No major problems were reported during the session and everything went smoothly.

This year marks the 8th annual conference for VWBPE and it’s going be be another successful year. I really enjoyed the pre-concert show before the keynotes speech today and I can’t wait to listen to more speakers over the next few days or so.

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Ebbe Linden in his new suit at VWBPE 2015

Ebbe Linden used voice during his opening keynotes speech at VWBPE 2015 and that was most interesting to listen to from start to end. There was a Q&A session with audience members then Ebbe Linden stayed on longer until 3.05pm SLT to answer more questions until he had to go to his next meeting.

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Huge attendance this year at VWBPE 2015

These quotes below are ones that I found most interesting during Ebbe Linden opening keynotes speech covering education, Second Life and the next generation platform. Gentle Heron did an amazing job at transcribing the whole session making it easier to understand what’s being said.

Education Updates

  • “We have over 300 orgs taking advantage of discounts for educators and nonprofits.”
  • “The capabilities of 3D and simulation etc is a strong component of improving learning and teaching”
  • “We hear great stories of successes from educators.”
  • “We do not intend to increase prices or remove the discount”
  • “We want to make it less costly.”

Second Life Updates

  • “We want to improve the new user experience including entry points”
  • “SL will not go anywhere”
  • “It is sad to see SL content disappear because of cost”
  • “We continue to improve SL”, “make chat more reliable”, “fix bugs” plus performance and stability
  • “We continue to think about notions from the past, community portals, optimizing SLURLs to be more efficient to bring users to a particular place.”
  • “There is more competition. We have to work hard to stay in the lead.”
  • “We think about quality- ease of use, quality of physics and lighting, smoothness, naturalness of avatars”
  • “We charge for land, but almost nothing for transactions”, “If we lower property taxes, we will need to increase sales taxes”
  • “We are at the early stages — I didn’t know if educators were interested in getting paid –“
  • “We don’t want money laundering”
  • “Last year we paid out over 60 million dollars, that is over a million dollars a week”
  • “Customers of longstanding, we should make this automatic, in the next few months.”
  • Bringing back mentor programs? Ebbe Linden “We have had issues in the past”, “We don’t have a current plan like that”

Next Generation Platform Updates

  • “We call it Next Generation Platform, not SL2.0″
  • “It is progressing well, we are 8-9 months on this”
  • “We have 30+ engineers and others working on this product”
  • “We thought about why SL hit the ceiling”. “It peaked at 1.1 million monthly users.”
  • “We want to support mobile from the beginning”
  • “We want to do events for 10s of thousands”
  • “At the beginning, the platform will be revealed to alpha users this summer who know Maya”
  • “After summer we will invite more people as it gets easier to use”
  • “It could be years before you decide to use this new thing instead of SL”
  • “In the beginning, accessibility and multiple platforms, we are focused on virtual reality and PC.”
  • “Any content in the new platform will be good on Oculus and PC”
  • “No more Linden Programming Language, so you can use existing experts.”
  • “We want to be open, so whatever we don’t supply 3rd parties can extend to provide additional solutions”
  • “When the platform is more generally available it will support many tools including Blender”
  • “We will lower the age to participate”
  • “We realized there is no legal difference between 13 and 16″
  • “We decided the other day to have the next gen platform to be 13+”
  • “We will take external content and bring it into the world perhaps in a different format.”
  • Are there plans to do data management of large inventories? Ebbe Linden “Yes in SL. In the Next Gen, inventory management is being redone”

Extra Time Updates

  • “Yes we want land to be cheaper, and we don’t want a model where content disappears”
  • “The cost of land will come down, but sales tax will go up”
  • “I am a fan of strong communities.”
  • “I love Jo Yardley’s Berlin. There is also great art.”
  • “You should be able to go back and forth between platforms” – next gen platform
  • “We are not ready to give out minimum system specs”, “specific specs will take longer to define” – next gen platform
  • “We are over a year before general availability” – next gen platform
  • “In terms of nonUS currencies- to buy in? we do support many currencies. We support probably 20 currencies”
  • “Office in other countries? Only for a partnership or acquisition. we are US based now. We have many offices here already.”
  • “No plans for international offices”
  • No plans to add more office hours
  • “We are thinking about in Next Gen your sim may not always run hot. If nobody is there, we will save it to disk.” & “We will never need to delete or archive.”
  • “But we also want to make multiple identities possible under one account. Then the need for alts will diminish.” – next gen platform
  • “Someone asked about how contiguous the next world would be. I don’t say “world” about the next gen platform. I find SL less a world, the map doesn’t do much for me, but more like a collection of interconnected experience, more like the web.”
  • “We are thinking of the Next Gen platform without a unified geography.”
  • “I think of SL as a portion of the next gen platform. SL could be created on top of the platform we are creating. Less world, more platform”
  • “A meter which goes red if your creation creates lag or performance issues” – next gen platform
  • “In the new platform, you can connect regions. we do not know how we will create sim crossing, maybe move through a gateway”
  • “Land by default will be much larger, thousands of meters”
  • API- “We are still open GL. As you think about multiple platforms, but Vulcan is not ready for prime time yet”
  • “With instancing, we create an experience that is optimum with 150 users, but when it reaches that, spin up another one”
  • “Imagine this as not 4 corners, but 50 that all feel like they are on center stage”
  • “With the next gen platform we should allow people to create mainland.”
  • “We will have voice. We spend a lot of time on audio. VR needs precise location and direction of audio.”
  • “We will have voice and 3D audio”
  • “We will use completely new avies, nothing borrowed from SL”
  • “Physics for vehicles- this will be more sophisticated, we are working with a 3rd party who will supply a physics engine”
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Ebbe Linden stayed on until 3.05pm SLT answering questions

Summary

There seems to be strong interest for discounts for educators and nonprofits. That’s a good news to hear. The future of Second Life sounds very promising with more work being done to make it better than ever before. Second Life is not going anywhere and improvements are being made on a regular basis.

This summer the next generation platform will be revealed to selected alpha users that know how to use Maya. After the summer more invites will be sent out according to the lab when the platform is easier to use. The next generation platform is set for 13+ year olds to be using it and the minimum system specs will be defined at a later date. I would imagine that either in 2016 or 2017 the next generation platform will be more available to the public to use. So far good progress is being made and hopefully we will hear more in the months to come about the next generation platform. 

Ebbe was very open this year I thought answering every single question via audience members It’s good to see Ebbe Linden inworld again with the Second Life community keeping us all updated on whats going on.

Great job Ebbe on an excellent opening keynotes speech. :)

VWBPE 2015: sneak preview


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VWBPE 2015 is almost here!

 

 

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The owl looks at the 2015 VWBPE stage area

 

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Free gifts at VWBPE 2015

 

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A nice snapshot of the main area of VWBPE 2015

Fashion For Life 2015 opens on 21st March


FFL 2015 regionsFashion For Life 2015 opens in Second Life at 10am SLT on Saturday 21st March through until Sunday 29th March 2015. This event is in support of the 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life season.

The FFL regions are now on the grid and final preparations are happening right now to get everything completed on time. This year there will be 113 designers, 9 regions, 7 fashion capitals of the world and 8 sim sponsors.

There will be one week of non-stop, boundary-breaking, uplifting, shop-till-you-drop, dazzling entertaining events. For one week this will be a great time to come together, celebrate life, honour memories, have a lot of fun, and make a difference.

Fashion For Life is one of Second Life’s biggest charitable events and it’s a really popular event from start to finish. Spread the word and attend this incredible event when it officially opens.

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Fashion For Life 2015

InWorldz 6th Birthday new poster and preliminary schedule


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IW6 new poster

In a few weeks time InWorldz will be celebrating its big 6th birthday event and this year it’s going to be amazing. The IW6 builders are busy preparing the regions for the grand opening celebrations. The focus this year for the birthday is community and team builds. Check out the new IW6 poster above designed by Zarmina Naidu. :)

The preliminary schedule has been released showing entertainment listings from 27th March through 2nd April 2015. The big grand IW6 birthday bash party will be happening on 1st April 2015. Apparently there will be contests and other fun activities throughout April and May on the grid of InWorldz to celebrate six years.

Here is a sneak preview of the IW6 Welcome Area and it looks very nice so far. I’ll be blogging more on IW6 in upcoming weeks. Stay tuned for that.

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First preview of the IW6 welcome area

Are you excited about InWorldz 6th Birthday ? Please comment below! :)

 

Press Release: Relay for Life of Second Life 2015 Kickoff Celebration Event


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This weekend marks the start of the 11th annual Relay For Life of Second Life 2015 season and here is the official press release below including the full schedule for the next few days. I think it’s going to be another great season during 2015 with larger audiences, new records being set and more great events than ever before.

I’ll be blogging once again during the RFL of SL 2015 season so stay tuned for that. I’m ready and it’s almost time to get the season under-way. Yay! :)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life season will kick off officially on March 8, 2015. Festivities will begin at 9 am slt with a one hour pre-show hosted by T1 Radio. The 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life Kick Off Ceremony will being at 10 am slt and featuring speeches by the Relay For Life of Second Life Planning Committee, the official American Cancer Society Representative StingRay Raymaker.

The 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life Kick Off Celebrations will usher in the start of the 11th season of Relay For Life of Second Life, an official charity of the American Cancer Society. The theme for this year’s relay season is “The Future is Now”.  Immediately following the kick off ceremony, guests will be treated to live music, dj’s, games, and Relay For Life of Second Life Team campsite areas to visit. The campsite areas will provide teams the opportunity to display their team spirit and to start the relay fundraising season.  Below is the official schedule for the 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life Kick Off Celebrations:

2015 Relay For Life of Second Life Kickoff Schedule

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015

On Saturday, March 7, everyone is invited to a special Paint Second Life Purple wrap up party, as our many relay teams will begin setting up for Kickoff 2015! The party will be held at 5pm to 8 pm slt and will be hosted by T1 Radio.

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015

9am to 10 am slt – T1 Radio Pre-Kick Off Show

10am to 11 am slt – Kick Off Opening Ceremony & Speeches

11am to 5 pm slt – Live performers, djs, and team campsites are open

5pm to 7  pm slt – Fireworks & Closing Party with T1 Radio’s Trader1 Whiplash

About 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 10 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. As of July 2014 RFL of SL ranks number 17th out of 5000 teams worldwide in donations received. We have brought in over 2 million US dollars to help with the fight against cancer. This year our Relay weekend will be held on July 17th and 18th.

About the American Cancer Society:

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US during the past two decades, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year.  We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. As the nation’s  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, we’re finding cures and ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, visit cancer.org or call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345.

For More Information:

www.relayforlifeofsecondlife.org

www.cancer.org/involved/participate/relayforlife/second-life

Are you ready ? 

 

SL/WoW documentary “Login2Life”


Draxtor Despres today uploaded a documentary video called LOGIN2LIFE on his official YouTube channel which runs for 1 hour and 26 minutes. Second Life and World of Warcraft is featured in this documentary. Woooot! :)

Elaborate digital platforms like Second Life and World of Warcraft offer novel opportunities for friendship, sex, employment, and aesthetic experience in virtual communities populated by cartoon-like avatars.

Centered around people who have found communities online, Login 2 Life profiles people deeply immersed in virtual worlds, including individuals who are homebound because of their disabilities, and attempts to understand what these individuals get from their virtual lives.

Apparently this SL/WoW documentary “Login2Life” will be shown at the Reel Abilities Film Fest in NYC at 10pm on Tuesday 17th March 2015. There will be a discussion panel in Second Life with a RL audience which sounds most interesting indeed.

More info here > http://newyork.reelabilities.org