Here are some snapshots I took yesterday afternoon (19th May) from Bay City 11th anniversary celebrations including the parade, the conga line and live music concert. It was such a fun and joyful celebration this year. The attendance was high this year with at least 50 residents taking part and having a great time.
It’s hard to believe Bay City first opened on the grid back in May 2008 and since then Bay City has become one of the most popular communities in Second Life to visit. It’s doubled in size, hosted fantastic annual events, published regular Bay City posts and so much more.
I have enjoyed blogging about Bay City since the second anniversary and all of the other Bay City annual events that have happened over the years. Join the Bay City groups inworld to stay updated on all the latest news and events.
Today there are many great attractions to visit in Bay City including the Harbour Railway, Municipal Airport, Hairy Hippo Fun Land, Hotel Falmouth and the Bay City Center. There is more to discover along route 66 and surrounding areas.
On Thursday 16th May Steven Linden announced some interesting news about a brand new dedicated website for Second Life viewer release notes. All upcoming new releases will now be shown on the brand new release notes website. All previous release notes will be archived on the Second Life Wiki.
Over seven years ago, I posted my first set of Viewer release notes to the Second Life Wiki, where we have kept all of our release notes to this day. Over the years, we’ve made some minor tweaks to the appearance and how we generate them, but for they most part they have remained the same.
While the wiki has served us well for release notes, it’s time to improve their readability and browsability. We’ve been putting together the finishing touches to a new website dedicated solely to release notes, with a new look and feel that makes the individual pages easier to find, and easier to read – take a look!
Previous release notes will still be archived on the wiki, however, new releases will be shared and published on the new website.
Our goal is to improve overall accessibility and ease in browsing and reviewing release notes. I, personally, am excited to see the dedicated new website and hope you are too!
The new release notes website looks so much nicer and cleaner now. The navigation menu on the left hand side is very useful and fast to navigate around. The last five recent viewer releases are now shown along with useful pages like repositories, version numbering and the viewer support policy. At the top of each release notes page the operating systems are displayed nicely.
11.15am SLT– It took 27 minutes for the new houseboats (709) to sell out.
Patch Linden made this announcement within the past hour…
The Houseboats are available to select as we release them via the Linden Homes Land selection page, and access to the continent addition is open. We will have a set of region restarts to go through, so please bear with us as that happens if you enter the regions right away.
We know they will go very quickly, but as time goes on we will get more out, and hopefully faster.
Our next focus will be to bring more Traditional Homes plus more Houseboats in another smaller launch while working in parallel to a larger launch and an exciting new theme. As usual, stay tuned here for more updates!
10am SLT – The new Houseboats expansion is open to the public and the second batch is now available here
[10:30] Patch Linden: Ok, we’re technically out of homes again, but we’re seeing the churn that comes after where they are abandoned and snapped back up.
[10:35] Patch Linden: This is that time when those that abandon have a real chance at losing their home sadly and someone else picking it up
Patch Linden: Hehe, really soon, we’re going through our deploy checklist now 🙂
Rolling restarts are now underway. Over 70 residents waiting at the border to cross
Announcement expected shortly. Could be anytime now.
709 new Houseboats (pending)
5.22am SLT (15th)
Second Batch release of new Houseboats expected anytime between 7am – 3pm SLT today – estimated ETA
Check out the new Houseboat region names on the right. Regions are still closed to the public this morning.
10.50pm SLT (14th):
Patch Linden said today that the launch will not happen before 7am SLT today
Within the past hour Patch Linden has posted a newer update today on the The New Linden Homes Update Post via SL Forums. The good news is that the second batch of Houseboats will be ready for release within the next 24 hours. The new houseboat expansion is now in it’s final position and will not be moving according to Quartz Mole.
While I’d love to give more notice than this, it is looking like we will have another batch of Houseboats ready for release within the next 24 hours. This is as much of a forewarning I can provide, because of the complexity behind the work that is going into these releases. Each release requires the coordination of several teams, and having all of the resources line up to hit the “go button” is pretty organic. As soon as we are able to do so, I will post another update here!
It appears the new second batch of new houseboats have arrived next to the new Bellisseria continent. The lab have moved over the new houseboat expansion in the past 48 hours or so however they are still not accessible to everyone yet. If you max out the draw distance to 1024 (m) in preferences you can move around the new houseboat regions.
Teleport to the (Le Prince) region in Second Life and have a look at the new houseboats.
The houseboat parcels are to set to 32 x 32 (1024 sq) and 16 x 64 (1024 sq). If you zoom into the houseboats (green specs) there are new region names. From first glance it looks really nice and the layout is great. There is a new pickle shop in the centre where you can get free jar of pickles lol.
I would imagine we will see these new houseboat regions open sometime this week. It looks highly likely now.