The day after the Paris attacks, Second Life remembers at Paris Eiffel

Last night there were series of coordinated terror attacks in the heart of Paris and at least 127 were killed with many others being injured. This is devastating news and very sad. I can’t believe there are people that want to harm innocent people. All my thoughts and respect go out today to the families in Paris that have been affected.

In Second Life at Paris Eiffel there is already an gathering remembering the Paris attacks.

Paris attacks

Come and Pray For Paris 

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Teleport to Paris Eiffel in Second Life!

Virtual Ability’s International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference 2015

5th annual conference

Virtual Ability’s International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference (IDRAC 2015) in Second Life will be taking place on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November.

The sessions start at 9am SLT through until 4pm SLT over at the Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island. This year’s conference theme is “It’s All About the People.”

There will be presenters from Japan, United Kingdom, USA, Canada and Saudi Arabia. The full conference schedule including presenters bio and presentations can be found here.

You can stay updated on the latest news on the Virtual Ability Blog.

If you have any questions, send them to Gentle Heron.

Linden Lab announces Marketplace Search Beta

Marketplace Beta

On 11th November Linden Lab announced Marketplace Search Beta with improved relevance of search results and more. The lab is working on an important feature that will let you exclude keynotes when searching.

Try it out >

Here is the lab announcement on the Marketplace Search Beta…

We’re pleased to share that improvements to the existing Marketplace search functionality are now available through Marketplace Search Beta.  We’ve made infrastructure changes to improve the relevance of search results – making it easier for you to find what you’re looking for! We have also made changes for search to scale better as more content and categories are added to the Marketplace – and that means the newest creations and additions are at your fingertips.  We are still working on an important feature, which will allow you to exclude keywords (such as “demo”) from your search – but want to get this into your hands now and get your feedback!  

Bugs & Issues

If you see any issues, please file a BUG JIRA with the SLM Beta Search component.  For general comments and feedback, visit this forum thread. Happy shopping!

Linden Lab announces First Lab Chat

On 10th November Linden Lab announced interesting details about a new Q&A show in Second Life called Lab Chat. On Thursday 19th November starting at 10.30am SLT the first Lab Chat will take place at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre in Second Life featuring Ebbe Linden. This is a great opportunity to ask Lindens your questions on Second Life, Project Sansar and more!

There is a special forum thread set up to add your questions. Get your questions into the thread no later than Friday 13th November 2015.

The event will be recorded and will be archived after the show ends. The Lab Chat production team will pick selected questions from the forum thread to ask Ebbe Linden. Hopefully there will be time for audience questions near the end of the event.

Meet the Lindens series and VWBPE Linden keynote talks have worked really well this year and I enjoyed watching them. I hope the new Lab Chat will work out well and hopefully there will be more Lab Chats in the months ahead.

We will have to wait and see.

Second Life regions drop under the 25, 000 mark

On 8th November Tyche Shepherd announced that Second Life regions dropped below the 25, 000 regions mark for the first time since June 2008. During the summer private estates dropped below the 18, 000 mark and sadly the decline is still happening it seems.

Overall Second Life is still a huge virtual world today and it’s been a success after 12 years. Second Life is going to be around for many more years to come. There needs to be more interest and lowering the tier may help.

As of 8th November 2015

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 985
  • Private Estates: 17, 888
  • Linden Owned: 7, 097
  • The year to date private estate losses now stands at 712 = (3.8% down on last year). 

The graph below shows the weekly net change in the number of private estate regions since 28th December 2014. As we look at 2015 there have been some signs of growth however it’s mostly been declining throughout the year.

  • Do you think the decline will continue during 2016 ?
  • Will there be growth during 2016 ?  
  • What needs to be done ? 

Useful links for grid numbers

New Classic Avatars released by Linden Lab

On Friday 6th November Linden Lab announced 16 new classic avatars for Second Life. These new classic avatars look good with mesh and they look much better than the old avatars from the early days of Second Life. 

These new classic avatars are available for both new residents joining Second Life today and for all existing residents through the Me > Choose an Avatar menu.

Hopefully this should improve new user retention rates and improve the experience for newbies getting started in Second Life. Along with the new community gateways that Linden Lab have introduced and I’m so pleased to hear the good news.

Check out the revamped classic avatars below! :)

Second Life classic avatars

What do you think of the new classic avatars ? 


LEA announces Round 10

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LEA Welcome Area

The Linden Endowment of the Arts (LEA) have announced round ten this week and for those that don’t know the LEA Land Grant program seeks to promote the arts in Second Life through a six month land grant. Land grants are expected to be completed and then to be open to the public within the six month grant period.

The Linden Endowment of the Arts is an official Linden Community Partnership program whose purpose is to help new artists, cultivate art in SL, and foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration within the art community.

Important Dates

  • November 2nd – Round 10 applications open
  • November 30th – Round 10 applications close
  • December 10th – Notifications sent out
  • January 1st – Hand over regions to recipients
  • June 30th – End of round 10


There is no one ‘right’ project that qualifies for a land grant. All types of art builds are considered, including immersive builds, highly technical and scripted work, and projects embracing collaborative, curatorial, or education projects. ANYONE has a chance at getting a sim, provided you can demonstrate that you have an idea for a great project and that you are able to complete it in the 6-month grant period.

Recipients will also be expected to present at least one event at some point within their residency. This could be an art opening, or it could be lectures or demonstrations. It could be an ongoing event, as well.

Apply Here

Fill out form for Round 10 – more details here! 

LEA regions

LEA regions