Category Archives: SL Coming Soon

Creepy Crawl 2016, BURN2 Da Vinci’s Workshop 2016 and VWBPE 2017


There have been various interesting Second Life event announcements made just recently and here is a recap of them if you missed any of them. Please spread the word about these events happening this year and next.🙂

Creepy Crawl 2016

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On 29th September the lab blogged about the Creepy Crawl event that will be taking place in Second Life on 31st October 2016.  There will be live music, Halloween fun and the return of the Halloween Shop ‘Til You Drop event.

The Shop ‘Til You Drop Halloween themed shopping event will be taking place on Friday 21st October through until Monday 31st October 2016. Merchants that are interested in this shopping event can fill out the Halloween Shopping Event form here.

BURN2 Da Vinci’s Workshop 2016

The annual BURN2 event is coming up fast in Second Life and this year the theme is Da Vinci’s Workshop. The BURN2 2016 festival in Second Life starts on 15th October through until 23rd October with entertainment and music.

  • The Man Burn will be on Saturday 22nd October 
  • The Temple Burn will be on Sunday 23rd October 

Press Day will be on Friday 14th October and if you are interested fill out the Press Pass Signup form to get special access to the BURN2 regions.

  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm SLT
  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm SLT

VWBPE 2017

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education is a global grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments. This open conference is organized by educators, for educators, to provide an opportunity to showcase the learning that takes place in this community of practice. All educators are encouraged to present, attend and take part in this discussion of collaborative deeper learning and co-presence in virtual worlds and games.

The 10th annual VWBPE conference in Second Life will be taking place from Wednesday 29th March through until Saturday 1st April 2017. To mark the 10th anniversary the first annual  Virtual Science Fair will be taking place which invites all educators to participate.

VWBPE17 LEGACY: Call for Proposals

Which event are you most looking forward to the most ? Please comment below! :) 

 

Windlight Art Gallery’s Summer Art Show Press Release


The Kultivate Magazine has released a press release today for the upcoming Windlight Art Gallery’s Summer Art Show featuring live performers, DJ’s,, parties, tribute bands and more. The event will take place on Friday 12th August through until Saturday 20th August 2016.

The event will feature 2D and 3D artists, merchants and creators. The full press release can be read below…including all those that are participating in the event…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Windlight Art Gallery Summer Art Show

Dates: August 12, 2016 to August 20, 2016

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/140/137/21

Website:  https://kultivatemagazine.com/summer-art-show/

Kultivate Magazine’s Windlight Art Gallery is pleased to announce it’s Summer Art Show! This show will feature 2D and 3D artists, a variety of Second Life merchants and creators, live performers, DJ’s, and a hunt!

Participating 3D artists include: Alpha Auer, Betty Tureaud,  Bryn Oh, Cica Ghost, Eleseren Brianna, Johannes1977 Resident, and Silas Merlin.

Participating 2D artists (Gallery A): Adi4guam Resident, Aradia Aridan, Bluesrocker Resident, Boudicca Amat, Byrnedarkly Cazalet, Cadence Caine (heathermknopp Resident), Eleseren Brianna, Hana Hoobinoo, Kodymeyers Resident, Lagoa Resident,  Miele Tarantal, Pam Astonia, Sandi Benelli, Saulgoodie Resident, Sparkie Cyberstar, Wicca Merlin, Wintergeist Resident,  & Wrennoir Cerisse.  Participating 2D artists (Gallery B):  Carley Noonan, Ceakay  Ballyhoo, Cherrycarr Resident, Dawnbeam Dreamscape,  Glitterprincess Destiny, Ilyra Chardin, Inara Pey, Inquistor Titanium, Jamee Sandalwood, Johannes1977 Resident, Kaijah Chrome, Kismetkills Resident, Lucia Tophat, Myra Wildmist, Ramsa Luv, Roxanne Fyanucci, Scarlet (Doasilike Resident), Sheba Blitz, Pipit Peacedream (retroye Resident), Tiszo Cioc, & Warm Clarity

Participating merchants: Aka, Aleutia, Alme, Azul, Byrne, Chop Zuey Couture Jewellry, Dotbe, Faster Pussycat, Ghee, Legendaire, Lillou’s Designs, Pink Ice Boutique, Potomac Signature Homes, Propose, Silvan Moon Designs, Sonatta Morales, Spyralle, TRS Designs, Vivienne Darcy, Windlight Workz, & Zuri Rayna Jewelry.

Events will include live performers Phemie Alcott and Tallyesin; Bad Amp Tribute Bands will perform tribute shows for Metallica and Queen; DJ’s Mia Deluca, Paradox Messmer, and Johannes1977 Resident will be spinning the tunes throughout the event and Whymsee will have a special dance event with DJ Cordie!

Guests will also have the chance to participate in a variety of raffles and the Summer Sandcastle Hunt, where they can hunt for 25 sandcastles to win 25 FREE prizes!

About Windlight Art Gallery & Kultivate Magazine

Windlight Art Gallery is the main art gallery for Kultivate Magazine. The gallery features both new and experienced artists in Second Life. The gallery has a fellowship program that provides free gallery space to artists for a period of 30 days. Kultivate Magazine (formerly Windlight Magazine) Kultivate Magazine is a publication about the cultural aspects of Second Life. The goal of Kultivate Magazine is to support art, photography, music, and fashion. Kultivate Magazine consists of the magazine, The Edge and The Edge Gallery, The Windlight Art Gallery, The 30/31 event, and The Kultivate Bailywick Gallery.

For More Information:

https://kultivatemagazine.com/summer-art-show/

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

  • ** 12, August to 20, August 2016 – Windlight Art Gallery’s Summer Art Show
  • -12, August, 2016 – Summer Art Show Opens
  • -12, August, 2016 – Sandcastle Hunt Begins
  • -12, August, 2016 – 4pm slt – Bad Amp Metallica Tribute Band Concert
  • -12, August, 2016 -1pm slt – Live performer Phemie Alcott
  • -13, August, 2016 – 12pm slt to 2pm slt – Summer Rave Party with DJ Paradox Messmer
  • -13, August, 2016 – 2pm slt – Live performer Tallyesin
  • -15, August, 2016 – 6pm slt – Whymsee with DJ Cordie
  • -16, August, 2016 – 12pm to 2pm slt – Tribute and Crown Pub event with DJ Mia
  • -17, August, 2016 – Tribute and Crown Pub event with DJ Mia
  • -18, August, 2016 – Tribute and Crown Pub event with DJ Mia
  • -19, August, 2016 – 4pm to 6pm slt – Summer Ball event with DJ John
  • -20, August, 2016-TBD- Queen Tribute Band Concert
  • -20, August, 2016- Last day of the Summer Art Show & the Sandcastle Hunt
  • ** 20, August 2016 – Deadline to enter the Kultivate & Maven Homes’ Home Away From Home Photo Contest
  • ** 1, September 2016 – September Edition of Kultivate Magazine will be published

Stay updated on the latest news on the Kultivate Magazine website.

Linden Lab posts about Recent Second Life Developments


On 2nd August Linden Lab posted a blog post on the Recent Second Life Developments – What’s New and What’s Coming. In recent months the lab have been working on a lot of projects and improvements in Second Life. There are updates on Project Bento, the Visual Outfit Browser, the Quicktime replacement, updates on Learning islands & Social Islands & Gaming Island, Group Chats and much more.

It’s worth a read if you are interested in staying updated on active Second Life projects and improvements that are in the works. Please spread the word about the recent Second Life developments.🙂

The latest updates are as follows:

Project Bento – extended Avatar Skeleton

Bento is making great progress! Week by week, the collaborative efforts between the Lab and Bento content creators and Resident testers continue to improve this project. We couldn’t be more excited about working with creators in making Second Life avatars better than ever! Stay tuned for updates or join us at our weekly user group meetings! We’re getting very close to promoting the Bento-capable viewer to Release Candidate status, the next step in making it a part of everyone’s Second Life experience.

Visual Outfit Browser

We realize Second Life Residents have dozens and dozens of outfits and looking at a list can be boring and uninspiring, not to mention difficult to remember what is what (imagine that you couldn’t look at the clothes in your own closet at home, but instead could only see a list of their names!). With the new Visual Outfit Browser, you’ll be able to see your outfits via an all new gallery-style display, making selecting outfits a snap. You provide the images that are displayed for each outfit or try out VOB’s new snapshot utility. Playing dress-up has never been so easy and fun! You can download this viewer now by visiting VOB’s Viewer download page.

Quicktime Replacement

Apple recently withdrew support for the Quicktime player for Windows, which has in any event been a steady source of security vulnerabilities over the years. This project replaces that plugin for the Windows Viewer with newer and more robust media support (the Mac Viewer will also get this new tech soon). It will play some media that Quicktime would not, but will not play some older Quicktime-only media. Content creators that incorporate media should be testing with this Viewer to see if the media they use is supported. In general, we recommend upgrading any shared media to mp3, mp4, or any HTML5 compatible format for best performance and stability.

Learning and Social Island

The latest Learning and Social Islands launched in March – the first to utilize Experience Tools as part of the new user experience. Early results have shown the new Learning/Social Island setup outperforming all previous (both Linden and Community) introductory setups in some key retention metrics.  We’re continuously making optimizations to that experience based on the data.

Gaming Island

We launched Gaming Island – a new Linden Lab region dedicated to educating Residents about skill games in Second Life.  On this region, anyone can learn how to play all available games of skill in a free-to-play setting. If you want to then go play the games for Linden dollars, the Portal Park makes it easy to find them.

Server Robustness

Over the last several months we’ve been working to make Second Life servers more robust with new limits and checks to manage bandwidth usage and CPU resources between Residents. This is to make sure that a shared experience will not turn into a shared crasher, and in addition to improving stability for everyone, these changes make things more difficult for would-be griefers.

Group Chat & Bans

We found a way to finally fix a long-standing issue with group chat and bans. Group moderators have the ability to remove troublemakers from a group; with the new change, this causes them to be immediately removed from the group chat and prevents them from returning or causing further disruption in the group.

Quick Graphics & JellyDolls

In order to give Residents more control of their graphics/performance balance and improve their performance, we released the JellyDoll Viewer which allows Residents to set limits on the amount of avatar complexity they render in their viewer. The Quick Graphics feature lets you save optimal presets for all different occasions.

TLS Update

We implemented TLS 1.2 for state of the art security to protect SL users’ financial transactions.

Verified Emails

As part of our continued efforts to improve security and reliability of our services, we’ve set a goal of only sending emails from Second Life to verified email addresses. One step on the road to achieving this goal has just shipped – we now request all new accounts to verify the provided email address. Keep an eye out for the next steps!

CoreHTTP

For improved performance and stability, we replaced the old HTTP infrastructure of the viewer – no small feat, but one that we know was much needed. This has resulted in fewer problems with high volume operations like loading inventory, and has significantly reduced certain kinds of load on the simulator hosts (leaving more time for actually simulating). It’s also made the viewer code easier to maintain and extend.

Marketplace Search

In November we introduced BetaSearch for the Marketplace with a new search engine and infrastructure.  Though it performed much better in some regards, Merchants also let us know about some issues, so we’ve proceeded carefully.  We’ve utilized Merchant feedback to refine and optimize the experience, and now we’re close to promoting the new Search.  Additionally, we’re looking forward to getting off the ageing infrastructure that’s been causing nightly service lockups.  We’re excited about providing better search results and a more reliable service.

Bug Fixes

We’ve been putting in a lot of effort to be more responsive to bug reports and improve turnaround time on fixes.  We triage bug reports daily and you can often see a fix in a public code repository within days of filing a bug.  We carefully consider feature requests and are always thrilled to accept and follow through when we can.  In addition to the focused projects above, just on the Viewer side we’ve had 3 Maintenance Viewer releases this year, with a 4th one in RC, fixing more than 200 bugs in total. And of course, we do try to introduce fewer than we fix!