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BURN2 Santalarity 2015: “Great Things Come in Small Packages”

BURN2 Santalarity 2015 will be opening on Saturday 12th December through until Sunday 13th December 2015. The theme is “Great Things Come in Small Packages” and the event will be held at the Burning Man regions in Second Life. See the press release here.

Like a fable borne upon a mist of time, a magical, mysterious transformation is wrought upon the ancient dry lake bed we know as the playa. When the mist clears you see an alpine wonderland of mountains, hills and valleys.

Oh, but that is not all! As you draw in for a closer look, you notice something incredible: everything is small in size. You are surrounded by miniature villages and diminutive trains, with LIlliputian creatures and beings populating the scene. But don’t let their small sizes fool you – things are rarely as they appear.

Doesn’t that just stir up all sorts of things in your mind? Petites, Tinies, Micros..miniature camps and mini-mutant vehicles, the world goes small! Of course, we’ll have a fun little Burn, too. You are invited to participate!

Tinies, petites and other small avatar creatives are especially invited to be a part of this event, to build, DJ and perform.

How to Apply! 

If there are any questions, contact the BURN2 event leads:

  • iSkye Silverweb
  • Ladyslipper Constantine

First Windlight Winter Art Show & Winter Showcase Press Release

Windlight Winter Art Show 2015

Team Diabetes of Second Life has announced the first annual Windlight Winter Art Show & Winter Showcase and the event will take place from 7th to 13th December 2015. There will be live music, concerts, shopping, hunts, gingerbread building and more. The first annual art show is sponsored and produced by Windlight Magazine and Windlight Art Gallery.

Blogger applications are OPEN and if you are interested you can apply here.

Here is the first press release for the first annual Windlight Winter Art Show & Winter Showcase.





Team Diabetes of SL is pleased to announce the first annual Windlight Winter Art Show & Winter Showcase! This event will take place from December 7 to December 13 and will include seven days of live djs, performers, tribute concerts, art exhibitions, contests, shopping, a hunt, a gingerbread building
contest and more!

The art show is sponsored and produced by Windlight Magazine and Windlight Art Gallery and will feature the following artists and photographers: Bryn Oh, Cica Ghost, Skip Staheli, Wicca Merlin, Dawnbeam Dreamscape, JudiLynn India, Kayly Iali, Saoiriseheart Resident, Warm Clarity, Eeraftr Resident, Honey Bender, WrenNoir Cerise, Roffellos Resident, Layachi Inhen, Richie Narstrom, Ilyra Chardin, Bluesrocker Resident, Sparkie Cyberstar, Tripleplaynitely Resident, Inara Pey, and Johannes1977 Resident.

The 2015 Winter Showcase is sponsored by Tayren’s Fantasy Fashions and will feature the following brands: Tayren’s Fantasy Fashions, Moonstar, Feyline Fashions, Wiccas Wardrobe, Zuri Rayna Jewelry, Spyralle, Kittycat’s Creations, The House of Avro, An Lema, Park Place Home Décor, Pink Ice Boutique, A Little Bit of Everything by Neck, Jamie Wolf Photography, Potomac Signature Homes, Lyrical B!zarre Templates, [JOH], Hearthaven Photography, Kaerri, and Meshopotomia.

The modeling firm, Solaris, will also produce a winter queen themed fashion show, featuring jewelry by Chop Zuey.

Blogger applications are currently open and interested bloggers can apply at the following link:

About Team Diabetes of Second Life:

Windlight Magazine is a publication about the art and photography world of Second Life. The goal of Windlight Magazine is to support artists, photographers, galleries, and related events. John nee Johannes1977 Resident is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor in Chief of Windlight Magazine and Gallery. The magazine is published on a monthly basis.

For More Information:

Lab Chat video and transcript now available

After almost a week of waiting the full video and transcript of the first episode of Lab Chat that aired on Thursday 19th November 2015 is now available. The video is split up into three parts featuring Ebbe Linden, Saffia Widdershins and Jo Yardley.

Today Inara Pey has posted up the full transcript and audio of the first Lab Chat event. Check out the quick links for parts on Second Life, Project Sansar and for the Q&A part. 

Video Links

Spread the word! :)

6th Annual Holidays of Hope Ball 2015

6th annual Holiadys of Hope Ball 2015

Here is the press release for the 6th annual Holidays of Hope Ball which will be starting Sunday 13th December 2015 from 3pm to 7pm SLT. Spread the word! :)

The 6th Annual Holidays of Hope Ball will be held Sunday, Dec 13th from 3 to 7 pm SLT as part of the 2015 SL Christmas Expo. This year’s theme will be A Winter Wonderland and is open to all residents of Second Life. Sponsored by T1Radio, the formal ball will once again feature raffles and door prizes provided by SL’s premier merchants.

The annual Holidays Of Hope Ball, established in 2010, is one of Second Life’s brightest holiday season highlights and brings together residents from all corners of the virtual community to celebrate the holidays and to support the American Cancer Society. Holiday Gift Basket Raffle tickets, purchased via scripted kiosks, benefit the Relay For Life of Second Life. Past raffle prizes, and the door prizes which rain down on party goers, have included gift certificates and gifts donated by merchants from throughout Second Life, with values exceeding L$50,000. SL Merchants are invited to become Holidays Of Hope benefactors by providing Gifts and Gift Certificates. For more information please see below*.

This year the ball will be held at the Wonderland Ballroom, created by Darkstone Aeon of Stone’s Works, high above the Christmas Expo. There is no charge for admittance.?

If you would like more information or would like more information about the Holidays Of Hope Ball please contact Trader1 Whiplash in world or email .

How To Become a Holidays Of Hope Sponsor
• If you wish to donate Gift Certificates, please be sure to enclose the certificate(s), a notecard with redemption instructions and a landmark to your store or Marketplace Link.
• If you wish to participate in the Gift Basket Raffle, please provide a coupon to redeem the item, a graphic of the item and a landmark to your store. PLEASE DO NOT SEND OBJECTS. This will allow you to control permissions.
• Please be sure to enclose a full perm business logo.
• All donors will be recognized by signage at the event and either On Air by T1Radio or by “object shouts” as the items are dispensed by the random gift givers at the ball.

Contact Renee Riva or Xyza Armistice for more information or to provide a gift or gift certificate for either the Holiday Raffle Basket or Random Door Prize.

The Drax Files Radio Hour Show 95: Lab Chat!

On 20th November show 95 was aired of The Drax Files Radio Hour and you can listen to the show here. This week it’s all about the recent Lab Chat Q&A event featuring Ebbe Linden talking about Second Life and Project Sansar. It’s most interesting to hear what’s going on and I have to say great work to the team that made this happen. Great engaging conversation for sure! :)

There have been many bloggers that have already blogged about the first Lab Chat event and I recommend that you should check it them out.

The full video of the event and transcript will be published soon.

First Lab Chat launches in Second Life

Over 180 people attended the first ever Lab Chat Q&A session on Thursday 19th November in the LEA Theatre in Second Life with Saffia Widdershins and Jo Yardley featuring Ebbe Linden.

Sadly I missed it due to RL but from what I can gather the event went rather smoothly and everyone enjoyed it. I heard that Torley Linden, Pete Linden, Xiola Linden and Danger Linden attended the session.

There will be a transcript published soon along with the full video replay featuring Ebbe Linden talking about Second Life, the marketplace and Project Sansar. I believe there will be a second Lab Chat Q&A session soon.

If you attended the first Lab Chat Q&A what did you think of it all ? 

OpenSim has reached the 70, 000 regions milestone & update on Second Life regions

According to Hypergrid Business on 15th November 2015 OpenSim has reached the 70, 000 regions milestone which is incredible news. There are now the equivalent of 71, 034 standard regions on OpenSim’s 314 active public grids and it’s increasing every month. OpenSim active users reached the 34, 000 active users mark for the first time this month.

For those interested in joining OpenSim, read this!

For those who are new readers, OpenSim is a free, open source virtual world platform that’s compatible with the Oculus Rift. It allows people with no technical skills to quickly and cheaply create virtual worlds, and then teleport to other virtual worlds. Those with technical skills can run OpenSim worlds on their own servers for free, while commercial hosting starts at less than $5 a region — compared to $300 a region for the same land in Second Life. A list of hosting providers is here. Download the recommended Firestorm viewer here. And find out where to get content for your OpenSim world or region here.


In the graph below the total land area of OpenSim has reached many new milestones during 2014 and 2015. This time last year regions passed the 50, 000 mark and today there are more than 70, 000 regions.

(Hypergrid Business data.)

In the graph below shows the Hypergrid growing faster than the closed grids and InWorldz. In 2015 there has been more interest it seems for the Hypergrid.

(Hypergrid Business data.)

For the latest OpenSim grid news, top popular grids by (active users) and top region counts, see here.

Second Life

In Second Life today there are 24, 952 main grid regions in total left, with 17, 852 regions being private estates and 7, 100 regions being Linden owned regions. In the graph below shows the total number of main grid regions from 2006 to 2015. There is a noticeable decline in the graphs below and Second Life has a lot of catching up to do with OpenSim.

Second Life Grid Survey Data

In the graph shows the total number of private estates in Second Life between 2006 to 2015.

Second Life Grid Survey Data

In the graph below shows Second Life historical concurrency from 2009 to 2015.

Second Life Grid Survey Data

In the graph below shows historical Maximum Daily Concurrency from December 2009 to November 2015. Second Life had more people logging in between 2010 to 2012 (60, 000min – 80, 000max) and today the number of people logging into Second Life has dropped (27, 000min to 52, 000max).

Second Life Grid Survey Data

Will 2016 see Second Life decline further and OpenSim still on the increase ?

I would love to see Second Life regions increase in 2016 and for OpenSim regions to steady out more. It’s unclear whether or not Project Sansar will have a huge impact on Second Life and OpenSim.  We will have to wait and see!