Lab Gab Episode 5 Airs Today At 3pm SLT – Halloween Special!


Lab Gab Episode 5 airs today from 3pm SLT/PDT over on the official Second Life YouTube channel hosted by Xiola Linden and Strawberry Linden. They will be exploring some “de-frightful spots” around Second Life and sharing top Halloween themed things with some scary stories. 

It’s a Halloween special episode. 

Here is the full blog announcement on episode 5…

Scary movie rules state that no matter what – there must always be a sequel! Xiola and Strawberry are back this week for another chilling and thrilling episode of Lab Gab – with more frightening fun and spirited excitement!

We have some de-frightful spots to explore and need your help to make sure we survive the trials of our adventures in – The Spooky Side of Second Life Returns! 

We’ll also be sharing some of our top Halloween themed things and scary stories – there’s a ghost story in there somewhere! 

We might need to take a trip to a lovely autumnal experience after the bone-chilling venture – good thing there are so many scenic spots for us to lighten the mood and recover after our journey into maniacal madness.

Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel (or check us out on our new Mixer channel or Facebook Live! Via our Official Facebook page) to watch on Wednesday, October 23rd at 3 pm PT/SLT. 

Please spread the word about this. Thanks very much. 

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The Man & The Temple Burns Weekend Schedule 2019


Event now closed!

This weekend marks the big burns of The Man and The Temple on the playa at BURN2 2019 Metamorphoses in Second Life. The event ends late on Sunday 20th October. This weekend is your last chance to visit the regions before they go for another year. 

Here is the weekend events schedule

The Man Burns

  • 12pm SLT/PDT
  • 6pm SLT/PDT

> Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Burn2-%20Chrysalis/211/59/24

The Temple Burns

  • 12pm SLT/PDT
  • 6pm SLT/PDT

> Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Burn2-%20Alchemy/229/48/24

It’s recommend to arrive early of these times (above) to get a good viewing point and it’s expected there may be lag due to the high volume of avatars.

Press Release: Ebbe Linden Bear To Debut 2019 SL Christmas Expo


Ebbe Linden CEO of Linden Lab will be unveiling his brand new special Ebbe Linden bear during the upcoming Second Life Christmas Expo 2019 for a L$250 donation to the American Cancer Society. The design of the new Linden bear will be shown to the public on Thursday 5th December 2019 during the opening of the SL Christmas Expo.

Linden Lab will be revealing their 4th edition of the Linden Homes and taking part in the Lights Of Hope Holiday Home Decorating Contest.

Here is the full press release today…

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
October 15, 2019
For more Information contact: Nuala Maracas slchristmasexpo.com@gmail.com

Ebbe Linden Bear To Debut @ 2019 SL Christmas Expo

Linden Lab is doing its part to add to the Magic Of Christmas in Second Life, and help the American Cancer Society fight Childhood Cancer. Already a partner in the fight against cancer, the Lab is joining in the Expo goal to provide at least $20,000 for VR Headsets for kids in treatment.

As already announced, Linden Lab will be revealing their 4th Edition of the coveted Linden Homes and taking part in the Lights Of Hope Holiday Home Decorating Contest.

And Now Even Bigger News! Since becoming CEO in 2014 Ebbe Linden is the lone Linden without his own bear… until now! A Very Special EBBE LINDEN BEAR will be available during the EXPO for a L$250 donation to the American Cancer Society. Linden Bear collectors take note! The design of the bear will be revealed on Dec 5th at the opening of the Expo so do not miss out on this opportunity!

More Than 150 Merchants! Breedables! Entertainment! Linden Home Reveal! Don’t miss The All I Want For Christmas Kids Fashion Runway Show, Lights of Hope Christmas Decoration Show and HUGE Raffles, The 2019 SL Christmas Expo is the place to be!

Mark Your Calendars for Dec 5 – 15 and Believe in The Magic of Christmas!

The SL Christmas Expo is in support of the American Cancer Society and its Childhood Cancer programs. For More Information visit http://slchristmasexpo.com or the ACS Campus in Second Life 􀀁http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/128/96/22

Linden Lab “not quite ready to release” details yet on the Name Changes feature


On 1st October Linden Lab posted a small update on the long awaited Name Changes feature saying the teams at the lab have been working hard preparing the grid and all of the systems to accommodate account name changes. It looks like the lab are going to give everyone the ability to change their First and Last names which is rather interesting. The lab points out in the blog post that they are “not quite ready to release” details yet on Name Changes feature.

Second, we’re extremely pleased to say that in the last month we’ve made significant progress in laying the foundations for the long-awaited Name Changes feature.  All of our teams have been working hard on preparing the grid and all of our systems to accommodate account name changes, both first and last. We’re not quite ready to release all the details yet, but suffice to say that if you’ve ever wanted to change up your account name for whatever reason (and we know you have!) STAY TUNED.

Hopefully the lab will publish details on the Name Changes feature before the end of 2019. Ideally christmas time would be a nice time to roll this out.

Web User Group Update

The next Web User Group meeting will be at 2pm SLT on Wednesday 2nd October at the usual meeting area.

Back-end Changes Update

The lab have been spending time making on-going back end changes to Second Life. Yay! 🙂

First, we need to acknowledge that a large portion of our time has been spent making on-going back-end changes that our Residents may never notice directly, but which will provide a much more secure and pleasant experience for all going forward. For example, we’ve already completed a full-scale migration of multiple web services away from our dedicated hardware colo and into the cloud. Others have been moved from third-party vendors to an in-house implementation. Still, others have been decoupled from their previous dependencies into stand-alone services. This is all part of our long term plan to move all of our services, from the web properties to the Second Life grid itself, providing us greater reliability, flexibility, and security across the board. We’ll let you try to guess which services have already been migrated – we’re betting you’ll never know the difference!

Marketplace Experience 

The lab have been continuing to improve the Second Life Marketplace experience. Recently the lab released the new Store Managers functionality,  gifts received page and a new feature for Merchants for when items are sold.

Finally, our continuing dedication to improving the Marketplace experience continues. Last month we were very excited to release the new Store Managers functionality. And this month, we’ve been refining that experience, as well as adding more new features for Merchants such as in-world messaging when an item is sold. But we haven’t forgotten the most important part of the Marketplace, the customers! For them, we’ve added a “Gifts Received” page with details about what the items are, who sold it, who bought it, any gift message, with much-requested options for self-service redelivery!

All of this on top of our usual laundry list of bug fixes, quality of life improvements, security updates, and general troubleshooting. Whew!

It’s been a heck of a September, and this post is only scratching the surface of what we’ve done and what we’re planning for October through the end of the year, so come on by the Web User Group meeting this Wednesday at 14:00 SLT to share your thoughts and to hear ours!

I like the sound of all these changes the lab are making to make Second Life even better.