Main Grid Regions Statistics – March 2021 Update


Here are the latest Second Life main Grid region statistics for the past week ending Sunday 28th February 2021 via the Second Life Grid Survey.

As of 28th February 2021

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 25, 729
  • Private Estates: 17, 302
  • Linden Owned: 8, 427

Back on 27th December 2020

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 25, 614
  • Private Estates: 17, 084
  • Linden Owned: 8, 531

In the past week there was an increase of 138 regions on the Second Life grid which is very positive news. 131 were private estates and 7 were Linden owned regions. This recent increase of regions on the grid could be to do with the reopening of the Land Store which has been open for a week. But it could be to do with lockdowns around the world where many people may have spare money saved up to purchase new land in Second Life.

The total area of ​​all regions in Second Life is now 1686.18 square kilometers. That’s still a big area to explore and here is the classification breakdown of the regions as of 28th February 2021…

  • Moderate regions rose to 15,936 (+79)
  • Adult regions rose to 7,172 (+71)
  • General regions rose to 2,613 (+1)

Since 27th December 2020 private estates have grew by 219 regions so far. There has been a loss of 104 regions on the grid. Overall the grid has gained 115 regions this year. Hopefully the growth trends will continue throughout 2021.

Patch Linden Says The Next Linden Homes Theme #8 May Be Unveiled At SL18B In June 2021


During the recent Dunk & Hug a Linden event on Friday 12th February 2021 Patch Linden says they may reveal the next Linden Home theme #8 at this year’s SL18B event. Check out this video of the event and skip to approximately 5 minutes / 30 seconds to hear what Patch had to say.

Second Life 18th official birthday starts 23rd June 2021. The lab are now planning for the birthday and more will be announced in the months ahead. Expected to return is the birthday music event, the shopping birthday event, the free gift area and a cool avatar of some form.

The Stilt Linden Home release #6 happened back in mid-late December 2020 and there has been a large demand for that so far in terms of residents moving into their Stilt homes. The Moles are working on the release of the new upcoming Chalet Linden Homes #7 and now with a brand new Linden theme #8. The east side of the Log Homes continent is still being worked on.

I hope the lab will release the Chalet Linden Homes #7 before Easter and the brand new Linden theme #8 before the end of 2021. Can’t wait until SL18B officially gets underway.

Second Life Home & Garden Expo 2021


The Second Life Home & Garden Expo 2021 is just around the corner it’s been confirmed. The 2021 event will take place from 27th February through until the 21st of March 2021. The 13th Home and Garden Expo (HGE) is in support of Relay for Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society.

There will be a great opportunity to look at the latest house furnishing trends, attend auctions, hunts and enjoy the great entertainment throughout the event duration. It’s not yet known if there will be any new previews or announcements during the expo event of the next Linden home theme after the Chalet Linden Home theme.

The event offers something for anyone who is looking for a new home, decor or wishing to improve their building skills. This year there will be a new “special addition of Waffleville a Tinies, Dinkies and Chibit mall space” which sounds very exciting indeed.

Here is the full blog post…

Everyone is busy getting the place ready and spruced up for your visit to the Second Life Home & Garden Expo! Flowers are being planted, shrubs being trimmed, homes are painted, furniture is being moved in and acts are getting ready to wow you.

So save the dates to visit February 27th to March 21st. Catch an amazing act at the main stage, attend a talk by our exhibitors at the auditorium or check out the RFL booths to learn more about this year’s teams. Walk the sims to visit SL’s top designers, not forgetting to pop into the malls anchoring our corners and this year’s special addition of Waffleville a Tinies, Dinkies and Chibit mall space.

You can already get an idea of who will be part of this long running RFL event by visiting the sponsor page links on the left.

We can’t wait to see you once we open the doors!

Here is a list of important dates for this year’s event.

  • 18 February 2021 – Regions are delivered by Linden Labs.
  • 20 February 2021 (evening SL Time) – We hope to let you all in to begin setting up your parcels/stores.
  • 24 February 2021 (Midnight SL Time) – Setup to be finished or as close to as possible.
  • 25 February 2021 – Blogger day.
  • 26 February 2021 – Soft opening.
  • 27 February 2021 – Open!

Please spread the word 🙂

COVID-19 Resources On Inspiration Island In Second Life


This week the lab are raising awareness for the COVID-19 information center on Inspiration Island in Second Life. There is a updated Covid display there built by Lady Brielle which is located in the courtyard upon arrival. The information relating to COVID-19 is displayed in Spanish, American Sign Language and English.

Check out the social distancing book of stories from the past year. You can leave your personal note of the pandemic at the information center.

Check out this great video which runs for 2 minutes to learn more about this destination. Lady Brielle has been a essential worker throughout the pandemic.

Here is a brief overview…

The COVID display in the courtyard was built by Lady Brielle, a medical librarian who maintains the text as new data becomes available. Lady Brielle has been a tireless essential worker throughout the pandemic, and her work has not gone unnoticed. Lady Brielle us that “our outreach work in Second Life has been recognized by the National Library of Medicine and won an award in Research by the Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association.” 

Come and visit today.

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Three New Board Directors Added To About Linden Lab Page


The About Linden Lab page has been updated this week unveiling three new board directors. These include Brad Oberwager, J. Randall (Randy) Waterfield and Raj Date. 

The lab have said that everything is carrying on as business as usual. There is no cause for alarm yet.

SecondLife is now listed as part of the Waterfield Network which is worth mentioning I think. Check out the biography for each of the new board directors at Linden Lab below…

BRAD OBERWAGER

Brad Oberwager has spent his entire career in technology and consumer focused companies as an entrepreneur and board member.

Currently, he sits on the board of two public companies, Asure Software (NASDAQ: ASUR) and Better World (NASDAQ: BWACU). He is the chairman of two companies he founded, Jyve and Sundia and is also on the board of TEGSCO (aka AutoReturn). He owned Bare Snacks, acquired by PepsiCo in 2018.

Brad was Vice-chair of YPO International, a global organization of 25,000 CEOs.

Brad received his BS from Georgetown University, his MBA from the Wharton School and lives in San Francisco. 

 

J. RANDALL (RANDY) WATERFIELD

Mr. J. Randall (Randy) Waterfield, is the Chairman of Waterfield Holdings, which traces its origins to 1928. After selling the largest private mortgage company in the US and largest Indiana based bank in 2006 and 2007 respectively, he diversified into technology, manufacturing and other industries.

Randy holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a graduate of Harvard University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Red Oak Partners, Waterfield Technologies, Linden Research, Inc. and has previously served on the boards of YPO (and was the 2017-2018 Chairman of YPO), Asure Software ( NASDAQ: ASUR), SMTC Corporation (NASDAQ: SMTX), RF Industries (NASDAQ: RFIL), among others. He is also the Co-Chairman of Missouri Cobalt, LLC, the largest cobalt mine in North America.

Randy supports various education, environmental and community development charitable causes through the nonprofit Waterfield Foundation and J. Randall Waterfield Foundation.

 

RAJ DATE

Raj Date was the first-ever Deputy Director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). As the Bureau’s second-ranking official, he helped steward the CFPB’s strategy, its operations, and its policy agenda. He also served on the senior staff committee of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, and as a statutory deputy to the FDIC Board.

Before being appointed Deputy Director, Raj acted as the interim leader of the new agency, serving as the Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury. He led the CFPB for most of the first six months after its launch.

Currently, Raj is the Managing Partner of Fenway Summer, an advisory and investment firm focused on financial services and financial technology. In that capacity, he chairs the investment committee of Fenway Summer Ventures, a fintech venture capital fund, and works with clients of FS Vector, the fintech advisory firm. He also serves as a Director for a number of innovative firms in financial services: Prosper, the marketplace lender; Green Dot, the bank holding company; Circle, the digital asset firm; Grasshopper, a de novo bank; and College Ave, a private student lender.

He is a graduate of the College of Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley (highest honors) and the Harvard Law School (magna cum laude).

What are your views on the latest announcement and the change on the Linden Lab about page ? 

Stilt Linden Homes Planned Release Expected Today


On 20th December Patch Linden posted a promising update in the Linden Homes section of the Second Life Forums saying that the Stilt Linden home release is proceeding as planned for Monday 21st December 2020.

It’s expected there will be more than 3000+ Linden Homes released later on today including houseboats, campers, log homes and Stilt homes. 

Delays are likely but hopefully everything will go as planned today. 

Heed the big huge disclaimer at the bottom of my Flickr posting:

[Giant Disclaimer™ – if everything goes according to plan]

I’m going to clearly warn you all now, if you leave your homes and this DOES NOT work, there’s no going back potentially and you’ll be homeless.

I suggest you do NOT abandon your homes until we are absolutely sure the release is proceeding as planned tomorrow – we will not run out of Stilt homes for several days.

This is very exciting news for anyone wanting to get one of the Stilt homes in the new extension area east of the log homes continent. The wait is almost over. 

Sty tuned for further updates later today and during this week.