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.
Yay Group Photo!
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.
Meauxle Bureaux – gathering inside to hang out
Check out my snapshots of the meetup here and feel free to comment. :)
Today (25th March) there will be a get together with Lindens and Residents at Meauxle Bureaux starting at 12.30pm to 1.30pm SLT/PDT. Meauxle Bureauxis the home of the Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW).
Xiola Linden confirmed this get together (see above) on Twitter on Tuesday 24th March offering invitation for the Second Life community to meet the Lindens. It should be interesting and hopefully there will be a good attendance.
Meauxle Bureaux is the home of the Linden Department of Public Works, a program focused on improvements related to the experience of living in and visiting the Linden Mainland. This intricate build was lovingly crafted by resident experts for all to enjoy, so come see the ultimate in shared creative spaces!
Linden Lab announced today that the hover height improvements is now available in the latest Second Life viewer update. There is a clear explanation provided in the blog post about what the Hover Height issue is. This is good news that it’s now in the default Second Life viewer update and now everyone can enjoy this latest improvement.
One of the surprisingly difficult things to do in a virtual world is to make things come to rest in a natural-looking way. Keeping feet on the ground when standing and the right body parts on furniture seems obvious, but getting an avatar to “just touch” without either floating above or penetrating into the adjacent surface can be computationally quite expensive. To avoid some of that expense, Second Life has always used approximations, which rely on some simplifying assumptions about the avatar shape and size. Those assumptions are adjusted by a number of factors including several of your shape parameter choices, values included in attachments you are wearing, and active animations.
As we’ve all seen, sometimes these things combine to leave you floating above or sinking into the surface on which intuitively you should be resting. This is because the adjustments come from many sources and sometime interact in unexpected ways. Because they have not always been applied in exactly the same order, even if you wear the same set of attachments in the same setting you could sometimes get different results.
This Viewer, and some accompanying server changes, improve things in two ways: the order in which we make adjustments to your vertical position has been made more stable — combining the same set of attachments and animations should now always produce the same vertical offset: even if it’s not perfect, it will at least be predictable. Because it can’t always be perfect, we’ve also introduced a new final adjustment that is directly under your control: a new avatar right-click selection allows you to tweak your vertical position. This final adjustment is shared with everyone around you so that they too will see you correctly, and is saved locally by your viewer so that it persists between sessions. This new feature was inspired by a proposal from the Firestorm viewer team, and they’ve been helping with testing it.
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.
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. :)
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 will be held from 9th to 12th March 2016. This will be the 9th annual VWBPE conference and the theme will be Horizons.
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.
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
FFL CentralPark North
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!
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
The VWBPE organizers would like to know what you thought of VWBPE 2015 by filling out a feedback survey. This survey will help to improve the conference for VWBPE 2016 the 9th annual year. There are 13 questions to answer such as rating the overall experience, which presentations were most interesting and what could be done better etc.
“The VWBPE Organizational Committee would like to thank the numerous presenters, volunteers, sponsors, and organizers that make this conference possible.”
VWBPE 2015 ends today on Saturday 21st March 2015 and the closing ceremony will be happening at 6pm SLT over at the SL-Main Auditorium followed by a dance party from 7pm SLT. There are still many VWBPE 2015 events happening, see here.