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BURN2 2015 in Second Life, 17th-25th October

BURN2 2015 regions

BURN2 2015 regions – 6 regions

BURN2 2015 will be taking place on Saturday 17th October through until Sunday 25th October 2015. BURN2 is community supported in Second Life this year and as many know it’s an extension of the Burning Man festival in real life. The theme for this year is Carnival of Mirrors and it’s going to be fascinating to see what happens this year.

This year there are six Burning Man regions to explore and the final preparations are underway currently. There will be fire, entertainment, live music and attractions to visit this year. There will be greeters at the welcome gate ready to help around the clock.

I’ve been attending the annual BURN2 / Burning Life events since 2009 in Second Life and it’s one of the biggest events on the grid. I have enjoyed viewing the builds, watching the burns of the man and the temple along with other live events. I have enjoyed blogging about the annual BURN2 events since 2009 and I will continue to blog for years to come because it’s one of my favourite events.

Spread the word cause you don’t wanna miss it. If you have never been then I strongly recommend you visit the annual BURN2 event in Second Life.

Here are some of my snapshots from BURN2 in Second Life from the past.

Day 6 at BURN2! 2010 in SL

BURN2! 2010

BURN2 Spring Event 2011 Opens

BURN2 Spring Event 2011

 BURN2 2012

BURN2 2012

BURN2 2013 - Lamplighter Procession

BURN2 2013 – Lamplighter Procession

The Temple

The Temple 2014

BURN2 Burnal Equinox 2015

BURN2 Burnal Equinox 2015

More info at burn2.org

Linden Lab releases new Valhalla project viewer 4.0.0

Linden Lab have released a new exciting project viewer named Valhalla ( this week which comes with a new web media plugin which uses the Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) to boost what can be displayed on objects inworld. Valhalla still has issues and it’s known that there are bugs yet to be fixed.

Project Valhalla can display WebGL on a prim rather well now and you can try it out today > http://madebyevan.com/webgl-water

Draxtor uploaded an interesting video today showing 3D stuff on a prim / webGL in Second Life which works with the Valhalla Project Viewer. Interesting stuff! :)

This long-awaited project replaces the aging LLQTWebKit system used in the Web media plugin with a shiny new one based on the Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) that supports modern web technologies. In fact, we think this is such a big deal that we’re cranking the Viewer version number to 4.0.0.

This is the first iteration of a Project Viewer – which means that while a lot of the problems facing the old MOAP implementation should now become a distant artifact of the past, we are still cranking through the many new issues with our CEF-based solution. See a bug? If you don’t see it filed already – file a Jira! We look forward to your feedback. Thanks!

Very exciting news!

SL Christmas Expo 2015: Volunteers Needed

The fifth annual Second Life Christmas Expo will be held on 3rd December through until 14th December 2015. This is a mega event that means you will be able to raise funds for Relay For Life of Second Life. The theme this year is A Frozen Christmas.

The 2015 SL Christmas Expo organizers are looking for dedicated volunteers to help out with this year’s event. If you are interested in volunteering for Second Life Christmas Expo 2015 then there is a application form to fill out, see here.

There are many volunteer positions available including the following…

  • Sponsorship & Merchant Registration
  • Merchant Support & Technology
  • Special Events
  • Events & Entertainment Support
  • Santa & The Elves
  • Design & Infrastructure
  • Expo Ambassadors
  • Press & Media

More info here


A visit to Mont Saint Michel in Second Life

Mont Saint Michel

Today I went to visit Mont Saint Michel in Second Life which is due to be closed down anytime now. It’s sad to see yet another well-known location in Second Life about to disappear due to economical reasons and it’s a real shame the region can’t be saved.

For those that have not yet visited it’s a really beautiful recreation of the well-known France Mont Saint Michel and it’s really worth visiting. Mont Saint Michel in Second Life came online in 2008 and over the years it’s been a very popular Second Life destination.

Mont Saint Michel

I believe Linden Lab should preserve the much loved Mont Saint Michel in Second Life or the creator/owner should get someone to keep it up. Today (1st October) Mont Saint Michel in Second Life is still online.

Hurry and visit! – http://slurl.com/secondlife/Mont%20Saint%20Michel/222/95/26

Mont Saint Michel

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Mont Saint Michel_011

Mont Saint Michel_004

See more snapshots of Mont Saint Michel in Second Life here.

Sixth Annual OpenSim Grid Survey is available

The sixth annual OpenSim grid survey is out where OpenSim residents can rank their grids and see how they compare to other OpenSim grids. This is a great opportunity for everyone to rank a grid’s content, community, support, technology and overall experience by filling out this survey.

Vote now!

The results will be published on 6th October 2015.

See 2014 results here

Bright Canopy is Back

Bright Canopy came back online on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 after the service was down for almost a month. Bright Canopy service allows users to access Second Life through a user’s web browser. It offers you the choice of using the official Second Life viewer or the Firestorm Viewer interface when logging in.

The pricing scheme has been updated, see below…

  • $17 per month includes 20 hours of service.
  • Additional time $0.02 per minute
  • 30 minute minimum for sessions
  • If you use 10 hours or more of additional minutes, that will be charged immediately, otherwise additional minutes are charged at the beginning of the next month.

It’s a fresh start apparently so that means that everyone will now have to re-register at brightcanopy.com even if you had an account in beta or during the pre-release stages.

If you have any questions about Bright Canopy, contact support@brightcanopy.com.

The Drax Files: World Makers: Episode 32 now available featuring Jayjay Zifanwe

Draxtor Despres has released episode 32 of the amazing Drax Files World Makers series featuring Jayjay Zifanwe. This month it’s all about Machinima and this epsiode runs for 4mins/59secs.

In this episode JayJay Zifanwe and the University of Western Australia in Second Life helps people to express themselves through using machinima in Second Life. The UWA in Second Life is a great place for artists to come together and take part in many interesting projects.

I thought this episode was fascinating and informative giving a more in-depth look into machinima which is a great way of promoting. Here are some more details about this epsiode…

“The backbone of the our university’s presence in the virtual world is the art and the film. It keeps things alive at all times!” says Jayjay Zifanwe from the University of Western Australia in Perth.

With the blessing of his Dean Jayjay is actively promoting immersive art and machinima made by Second Life residents from all walks of life all the while emphasizing giving voice to creators with disabilities or chronic illness.

The relationship between UWA and the SL art scene illuminates how a major university can use the creative and social aspects of virtual environments to enhance their mission of inclusive learning on a global scale.

May this be a model for other educational institutions to follow?

With the resurgence of interest in VR JJ’s efforts may just be a template to emulate in the future…

More information on UWA in Second Life is at http://www.uwainsl.blogspot.com

Great job Drax and Jayjay :)