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The Drax Files: Episode 35 – Project Bento


Episode 35 of The Drax Files is now available to watch and this month it’s all about Project Bento in Second Life. In this episode of The Drax Files there is great footage of the Project Bento, there is a view into the development process, beta deploy and people who are involved with the project.

Project Bento still has a long way to go before making onto the main grid but good progress has been made so far. Project Bento is such an exciting development for Second Life and it’s going to be awesome when it finally launches on the main grid in the near future.

Exciting times ahead for sure. :)

About Episode 35

“Our users create content all the time: this world is not bounded, it is not finite!” says Coyot Linden, describing the reason for the sustained success of Second Life amongst digital creatives: in this universe you have the freedom to be and do whatever you want!

And precisely that open world concept is a daily challenge for Linden Lab engineers who have to operate on a “live patient” when trying to optimize performance or implement new features.

Project Bento which added over 100 new joints/bones to the standard SL skeleton was such an endeavor, spanning months of intense collaboration between Lindens, residents and the ever busy SL content making contractors – the Moles.

Now live on the SL test grid Aditi, Project Bento is bound to give the diverse culture in Second Life an even more expressive edge: complex facial animations for humans and fantasy creatures alike are now possible, hands have fully flexible fingers, multiple tails, wings, ears and even two heads are now thinkable: only one’s imagination would be the barrier for identity exploration through colorful avatars.

And all that new activity will be adding little load on Second Life servers, as animations would be running on local machines rather than SL servers.

Win L$10,000 – Linden Lab announces “Leap into Love” Second Life snapshot contest


On 3rd February announced “Leap into Love” Second Life snapshot contest on the Second Life official blog. This is a great opportunity to submit your Love themed images for a chance to win 1 of 4 amazing prizes. The closing date is 29th February 2016.

It’s time to get into the romantic spirit as valentine’s day approaches.

Price Breakdown 

  • Grand PrizeL$10,000
  • First Prize L$5,000
  • Second PrizeL$3,000
  • Third PrizeL$1,000

About the contest

February is here and love is in the air! Everywhere you go it seems the sweetest of songs plays, red roses are suddenly twice the price, and chocolate finds its way into the hands of sweethearts via heart-shaped boxes. Those things are nice, but what better way to celebrate than with a memory captured in perfect pixels?<br

The “Leap into Love” Snapshot contest is your chance to submit your Valentine’s Day themed images for a chance to win 1 of 4 awesome prizes.

The “Leap into Love” Snapshot Contest celebrates friends, family, loved ones – all of those who are beloved in our lives. While Cupid may be pointing arrows at this time of year, we know that love is much bigger than that. Love is kindness, friendship, balance, warmth, laughter, and so much more – so share it with us! Contest ends on February 29th.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges made up of Residents and Lindens based on consistency with theme, originality, creativity, and overall impression.

Spread the word! :)

Sneak Preview: The Drax Files Episode 35 – Metal Mole Moshpit Time


On Wednesday 3rd February Draxtor uploaded a sneak preview for the new upcoming episode of The Drax Files. Episode 35 will be available to watch on Friday 5th February 2016 and it’s all about the Moles in Second Life.

The Moles are banging their heads to an old rehearsal room recording of a band I was in 1993ish = excuse the bad audio but it seemed fitting….

Episode 34 called Cheeky Pea has now been viewed 14, 394 times on YouTube. Wooot! :)

Watch previous episodes of The Drax Files here.