Starting at 4pm SLT today marks this year’s Halfway There Event Weekend in Second Life and there many exciting activities happening. The opening party will be held at the center stage from 4pm followed by a full weekend of fun activities including dance parties, tribute events, raising money events and much more.
Check out the event schedule below and please spread the word :)
Halfway There Regions 2015
Saturday 16th May 2015 – SLT
4pm – 5pm Opening Party Centre Stage
5pm – 6pm The Purple Man Group Centre Stage
6pm – 7pm Dance Party Centre Stage
7pm – 9pm Garth Brooks Tribute Band Centre Stage
Sunday 17th May 2015 – SLT
6am – 8pm Team vendor, raffle, random riot & gotcha’s and silent auction – Happening in various locations
10am – 11am Halfway There Award Presentations! – Centre Stage
As many know already the famous SS Galaxy ship in Second Life closed down after 8 years earlier this month and the regions are no longer accessible. The closure marked the end of an era but there is exciting news on the horizon because it’s going to be modified so that Linden Lab can place it back inworld as a Museum soon.
The ship will be open for visitors in the near future and the ship will be preserved as a piece of Second Life history so thats the good news at the moment. More information will be released soon.
No previous management or crew will be aboard
No rentals or events will be hosted
The ship will exist in a museum state
Linden Lab takes ownership of the sims
On Tuesday 12th May 2015, DBDigital Epsilon who is the former Manging Director of SS Galaxy said this in a recent blog post…
Dear Supporters and Friends of the SS Galaxy,
There have been many rumors cycling regarding the Galaxy and what really happened. I can’t release that information as of yet. However, I can now say that the SS Galaxy has been acquired by Linden Labs and will return. She is currently undergoing retrofitting to sail under the Linden Labs flag. I have been tirelessly converting all the transferable prims I personally owned to Linden Lab ownership, and my part of the project is now complete.
Sadly being under Linden Lab’s flag also means that none of the previous management or crew will be aboard in any sort of capacity. I have also been told there will be no rentals or events. This means she will not quite be the Galaxy you know and love. But she will still exist in a museum state and be open for visitation in the near future.
More information will be released as I can. I wish to thank everyone again from the guests, to the staff, and beyond. You all made the Galaxy the special place she was, and no one can take that from us.
DBDigital Epsilon Former Manging Director SS Galaxy
The inworld meetup today with Lindens and Residents
On Thursday 14th May 2015 between 1pm to 2pm SLT Linden Lab hosted a special inworld meetup at the well known Basilique region with the Second Life community. This time over 100 avatars attended (104 was recorded at one point) and many Lindens stopped by to chat. There were discussions on SL12B, SS Galaxy the next generation platform and many more topics.
There was a live stream via YouTube of this inworld meetup and the meeting was done using text chat. There will be more meetups in near future and I hope to attend those. I did crash a few times but managed to take snapshots of the meeting.
Today at 1pm SLT head over to Basilique where Linden Lab will be holding a special inworld meetup with the Second Life community. Everyone is welcome to come along however please arrive early as the region will most likely be full around 1pm ish.
Basilique Town – Home to Paradise Lost in Second Life
Basilique is a lovely town set in northern Italy. Visitors are invited to walk the leafy square and waterfront piers, relax in the bar or cafe, and row around the lake before enjoying wonderfully immersive theatre produced by the Basilique Performing Arts Company. Visit http://bit.ly/thebasilique for more information.
Thank you so much for all of the great suggestions/recommendations. There is certainly no lack of incredible spots for us to explore in future meetups!
The location for this meetup has been decided and its going to be held at … Basilique! See you there at 1 PM SLT tomorrow – May 14th, 2015!
The last Linden Lab inworld meetup back in March 2015 was a huge success and there was a massive attendance. Basiliqueis a great choice to host a inworld meetup and it’s going to be exciting to see what happens this time. :)
Xiola Linden announced today on the Offical Second Life Blog that there will a Second Life Music Festival happening in celebration of the Second Life 12th anniversary. The lab are inviting musicians from across Second Life to participate and perform at one of the biggest celebrations in Second Life. It’s a paid gig apparently and you can sign up to audition here if you are interested. Submissions must be completed before Wednesday 20th May 2015.
Musicians will be selected to audition and will receive further instructions via email
Successful musicians will be invited to perform a 30 minute set then receive payment
Then the auditions goes public at Lavender Field on May 22nd (12pm-2pm SLT) and May 23rd (6pm-8pm SLT) 2015. It should be great fun and very exciting for those taking part!
Second Life is turning 12 this June, and we’re planning a few extra special ways to help commemorate a dozen amazing years with our Residents! You’ll have to stay tuned to this blog and our social media pages for all the exciting things as they roll out, but today we’re announcing auditions for … (drum roll, please) … the Second Life Music Fest – sponsored by Linden Lab – a two day music-extravaganza inworld to celebrate!
Second Life is full of talented musicians, and we’re hoping to draw out all you guitarists, bassists, drummers, singers, tambourine shakers and other music makers to come audition for the festival. All genres are welcome!
The Second Life Music Fest is an opportunity to perform at one of the biggest celebrations in Second Life, and it’s a paid gig!
To sign up for an audition, please complete and submit the submission form no later than 05/20/2015. While we encourage everyone to sign up, it is not a commitment on your part and does not guarantee a spot at the auditions. We will review all submissions and extend audition invitations via email to the designated contact. Each invited act will have a short audition time (5 minutes max) to play and leave an impression on a panel of judges made up of Lindens and Residents. This panel will select acts to be invited to perform at the Second Life Music Fest. Upon completion of a half hour slot at the festival, the designated contact for each act will be eligible for payment (subject to Linden’s terms and conditions).
If you are a musician in Second Life then this is a huge opportunity for you. Spread the word :)
On 10th May 2015 a new blog post was published on Bright Canopy’s First Month and it’s worth a read if you are following the latest developments for Bright Canopy.
As many know already Bright Canopy will support Second Life and OpenSim during the public launch. Bright Canopy is currently in closed beta with early access starting from 12pm SLT on Tuesday 19th May 2015. The cost will be $1 per hour and soon the service will let you use credit cards as payment.
I have signed up to Bright Canopy for the launch and still waiting for an invite. I know that the Second Life community see Bright Canopy as the next big thing after SL GO and many can’t wait to test our the new service.
Here are the latest updates from the blog post
There has been spectacular community support almost from the first day (beta) including the Q&A session
Bright Canopy worked with Frame to validate the core service
Bright Canopy nowadays is a sustainable service rather than a demo
Payments, metering and metrics now in advance of the Pre Launch are being worked on
The team are working with rights holders on licensing and IP questions and chasing down attorneys with four separate firms to find the best fit for Bright Canopy’s legal needs
The pre-launch is scheduled for 12pm SLT on Tuesday 19th May 2015
The aim is to solve the technical problems and to ensure that streaming virtual world viewers is a viable business.
There will be an hourly fee set at less than one dollar (USD) per hour.
What comes next ?
The team is working on bidding strategies, avoiding adding any unnecessary overhead, and even working with Amazon
Pricing will remain the hardest thing to be resolved
The aim is to grow Bright Canopy from a seed into a mighty larch.