Category Archives: SL Cool Stuff

Group Selfie in Second Life with Lindens and SL community


Group Selfie with Lindens and the SL community

Group Selfie Time with Lindens and the SL community

This afternoon around 65 avatars attended a very special meetup with Lindens over at the lovely Meauxle Bureaux region. Many known Lindens came along to hang out with the community including Ebbe, Torley, Xiola, Dee, Oz, Shaman, Michael and many more.

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Yay Group Photo!

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Meauxle Bureaux looking amazing

I just like to point out that the SL community likes having Lindens inworld either at meetups or at events in Second Life. Apparently there will be more regular meetups in the weeks ahead and I would like to say thanks so much to all the Lindens that attended today. I thought the meetup went really well along with good discussion too.

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Meauxle Bureaux – gathering inside to hang out

Check out my snapshots of the meetup here and feel free to comment. :)

Firestorm Mobile is now Live on SL GO


Today OnLive has announced that Firestorm Mobile is now on SL Go and due to “overwhelming demand from our community of SL Go users, we are making the Firestorm Viewer available for mobile devices including Android and iOS”. Yay! :)

This is very exciting news for both the SL Go community and for anyone that uses the Firestorm Viewer to access Second Life. “Our studies have shown that the SL Go community prefers the Firestorm Viewer, and now they can enjoy the same rich experience on their mobile devices.”

Check out the full announcement below via OnLive official blog…

OnLive is thrilled to announce today that due to overwhelming demand from our community of SL Go users, we are making the Firestorm Viewer available for mobile devices including Android and iOS. Due to current technical limitations, we are only able to offer one viewer for mobile devices. Our studies have shown that the SL Go community prefers the Firestorm Viewer, and now they can enjoy the same rich experience on their mobile devices.

We will still offer our users a choice of either Linden Lab’s Second Life Viewer the Firestorm Viewer on PC and Mac to supercharge older computers and laptops.  We hope to bring this same choice to mobile devices soon, but still have some technical hurdles to overcome.

Users with existing SL Go accounts do not need to do anything!  Just pick up your iPad or Android tablet and login with your SL Go account.  Firestorm will appear.

For new users, we have 2 convenient ways to sign up for SL Go.

  1. For a 7 Day Free Trial visit: https://games.onlive.com/landing/slgo and sign up.  Credit card or PayPal required.
  2. To pay “in-world” visit our SL Go Island to sign up and pay in L$.  No name and no credit card are required.

 Copy and paste into your Second Life navigation bar: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunny%20Dream/230/147/22

We’re grateful for all the feedback from our SL Go community, helping us continually improve the SL Go experience for all.

-Dennis Harper-

Sr. Product Manager, SL Go

What do you think about this announcement ? Share your views in comments below. :)

VWBPE 2015: the closing ceremony, my review and updates on VWBPE 2016


On Saturday 21st March 2015 marked the end to this year’s amazing 8th annual VWBPE conference and wow hasn’t it been great this year. If you missed the VWBPE closing ceremony then here is recorded video below. See the recorded videos here for keynote speeches and presentations here.

Congrats to Gentle Heron for winning the 2015 Thinkerer Award. Wooot! :)

My Review of VWBPE 2015

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the organisers of VWBPE for making it another successful event and to all the speakers for making this year the most interesting one yet. Thanks to the broadcast team for bringing the live coverage of the VWBPE 2015 conference from start to end.

For me the main highlight of VWBPE 2015 was Ebbe Linden opening keynotes speech on Wednesday 18th March because it was very helpful to know the latest updates on education, Second Life and the next generation platform. Thanks so much Ebbe for attending and hopefully Ebbe will be able to make next year’s 9th annual conference in March 2016.

This year over 75 volunteers helped to make VWBPE 2015 a huge successful and again thanks so much for helping. There was a huge attendance this year throughout and I’ll look forward to hearing more about the VWBPE 2015 stats.

I’m already looking forward to VWBPE 2016 and it’s going to be exciting to hear more updates on virtual worlds. Until then the VWBPE 2015 conference will be one my favourites so far. :)

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VWBPE 2015 Post Conference Feedback Survey

This survey will help to improve the conference for VWBPE 2016 which will be the 9th annual VWBPE conference in Second Life. You can fill out the feedback survey here.

VWBPE 2015 Tours

Check out the VWBPE calendar for upcoming virtual tours which you don’t want to miss. It can be found under the Categories tab – Virtual Tours.

VWBPE 2016

VWBPE 2016 will be held from 9th to 12th March 2016. This will be the 9th annual VWBPE conference and the theme will be Horizons.

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.

Recording now available of Ebbe Linden opening keynotes at VWBPE 2015


The full recording of Ebbe Linden opening keynotes speech at VWBPE 2015 is now available. If you missed Ebbe Linden keynotes speech yesterday here is another chance to catch up.

Check out my blog post on Ebbe Linden opening keynotes speech here. The feedback has been mainly positive and many are excited about the future now.

Special thanks goes to Mal Burns for broadcasting the session & uploading the full recording to YouTube today. The recording runs for 1 hour and 9 minutes for reference. :)

VWBPE 2015 Keynote: Ebbe Altberg

Please spread the word that the recording is now available and happy watching.

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 is now open


VWBPE 2015 is now OPEN

VWBPE 2015 is now OPEN

At 10am SLT today the 8th annual VWBPE conference for 2015 opened officially in Second Life and this year it’s set to be even more amazing than in previous years. I’ve been looking forward to this conference for months and I’m looking forward to hearing the keynote speeches in the days ahead. :)

Don’t forget at 1pm SLT Ebbe Linden the CEO of Linden Lab will be speaking live about virtual education in Second Life & in the future in his opening keynotes at the Main VWBPE Auditorium.

The keynotes will be streamed live here so you won’t miss anything.

VWBPE 2015 runs through until Saturday 21st March 2015. See below for many useful links you need during this conference. Spread the word, attend and enjoy! :)

I’ll be blogging more later on, stay tuned. :)