One Billion Rising 2019 Starts Tomorrow In Second Life


Preview of OBR 2019

The 7th annual Second Life One Billion Rising event starts at 12am SLT on Thursday 14th February 2019. The event will be held on four OBR regions on the map and it’s expected there will be a large gathering this year. The event lasts for 24 hours featuring many DJs, performances, poetry and much more.

The main stage is central of the regions surrounded by an area of art installations and informal exhibits. It’s definitely worth checking it all out.

About OBR

ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.

Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face.  We rise through dance to express joy and community and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

And we here in Second Life can be part of this global movement.

Map of OBR 2019

Preview of OBR 2019

OBR 2019 Dance Video

Check out the new OBR 2019 dance video choreographed by JenzZa Misfit. The Break the Chain song was chosen for this years special dance video for OBR 2019.

Stay updated on the One Billion Rising website.

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Linden Lab Launches New Second Life Mini-Series – “Love Made in SL”


Logo by Marianne McCann, courtesy of Linden Lab

On Monday 11th February Linden Lab announced the new Second Life Mini Series called “Love Made in SL”. This new limited run mini series will be “showcasing the many real stories of romance in the virtual lives of the Second Life community”. This is great news I think.

In the next few months the lab plans on unveiling a series of short video profiles that tells the stories of couples finding love in Second Life.

Wolf and Teal

Here is the first episode featuring the first couple named Teal from the United States and Wolf from the United Kingdom. They both met 10 years ago at the Tiny community of Raglan Shire in Second Life. Wooooot!!!!

After a few years of a long distance relationship Teal decided to move from the US to the UK to be with Wolf. They are getting married this week.

This is lovely news and I hope they have a great wedding this week. I wish them all the very best for the future in SL and in real life.

Future episodes of “Love Made in SL” will be uploaded soon via the Second Life YouTube channel.

8 New Classic Starter Avatars Added To The Join Second Life Page


New 2019 starter avatars

This week Linden Lab have added a new group of classic system starter avatars on the Second Life Join page. The new 8 avatars are all shown under the drop down menu named New Avatars.

These avatars have been created using the latest features in Second Life like Bento. The avatar complexity for them is around 10, 000 – 20, 000. One of the new avatars comes with a pet dog. The Second Life Join page now has a better range of new starter avatars than it did many years ago I think. This will definitely help new residents in Second Life get started.

New 2019 avatars on the Second Life Join page

Linden Lab plans on rolling out more new avatars with new styles/themed for new residents in the near future. There is a thread set up on the Second Life forums to discuss these new classic avatars.

2019 Mobile Apps For Second Life


The last post I made on mobile apps for Second Life was back in January 2010 for the IPhone. Since then Touch LifeSparkle IM and AjaxLife have all gone offline.

Apparently Linden Lab is working on an iOS app solution for accessing Second Life and hopefully there will be a Android version of it. Hopefully there will be a prototype app released sometime this year if all goes to plan. Sansar may at some point go on mobile in the near future.

Below are iOS and Android apps which can be used to access Second Life and OpenSim as of 30th January 2019.

iOS Apps

MetaChat 

  • Text only viewer
  • View avatar profiles, search for avatar by name, chat locally or via IM, teleport to landmarks, view group information, see your friends list and more
  • Size: 27MB
  • Version: 1.2.9100
  • Price: $2.99
  • Available since August 2017
  • Listed on TPV Directory
  • Download

Android Apps

Lumiya

  • Second Life viewer for android phones and tablets
  • Supports OpenSim, supports new Android Oreo notifications. supports Bento, supports voice, inventory management, 3D view, mesh support, works with Google Cardboard, full VR experience and more
  • Size: 10MB
  • Version: 3.4.2
  • Price: £2.69
  • Available since 2012
  • No longer listed on TPV Directory
  • Installs: 100, 000+
  • Download

Lumiya Voice Plugin

  • Adds voice chat support to Lumiya Viewer. Supports group voice calls and nearby voice. Requires Lumiya Viewer to be installed. Support for Bluetooth headsets and speakerphone mode
  • Size: 4.9MB
  • Version: 1.4
  • Available since January 2017
  • Download

Lumiya Cloud Plugin

  • Enables Lumiya Viewer to save chat and IM data to Google Drive. Requires Lumiya Viewer to be installed.
  • Size: 2.7MB
  • Version 1.0
  • Available since 19th October 2016
  • Download

Mobile Grid Client

  • Second Life and OpenSim messaging client for all Android devices
  • Local chat and instant messages, teleport to other regions, region map, profiles, full inventory manipulation and more
  • Size: 1.1MB
  • Version: 1.25.1255
  • Price: First 14 days are free then there is a monthly fee L$250 for the standard version. The Pro version is L$450 per month / L$4500 per year.
  • Available since 2010
  • Listed on TPV Directory
  • Installs: 100, 000+
  • Download

LittleSight

  • Second Life viewer for Android
  • Chat, IM, online friends list, nearby people, mini-map, teleport to current map (paid service).
  • Size: 5,3MB
  • Version: 2.0.0
  • Price: single payment
  • Available since 2012
  • Listed on TPV Directory
  • Installs: 10, 000+
  • Download