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Friday, May 31, 2013
Read Gemma's article in Events.
The Madpea games area will be shutting down it's Carnival soon, but before it vanishes there will be one last event there, a "Demolition Party" with music, a raffle, and zombies, lots and lots of zombies.
After 7 months of entertaining SL residents with evil thrills, rides and games, the MadPea Carneval is closing down. While we are sad to see it go, we’re also excited to have the space for creating new! To celebrate the Carneval, we are arranging a huge Demolition party on May 31st starting at 12pm SLT!
Details are in the Madpea Blog: http://madpea.blogspot.com/
Madpea Base, (54, 66, 32)
By Bixyl Shuftan
In its latest blog post, Linden Lab announces another update for it's viewer ready to be downloaded by the residents. It says it's been updating "Project Shinning - an initiative that will make avatars load and rez more quickly and reliably."
We’ve tested changing of outfits, avatar swapping, and initial avatar loading into worlds, and our tests showed performance gains across the board. Bottom line, Second Life users will experience less time in “clouded” or untextured avatar states and/or completely failed bakes that require relogs.
They included a video, narrated by Torley Linden, with details. The blog post promises "important updates you'll need to enjoy the benefits of Project Sunshine, so update if you haven't yet."
My own personal experience with the new viewer, based on a day's experience, was mixed. Avatars can still take a while a load. But eventually they did, although it could still take a few minutes, even in a place with just several other avatars. For someone used to chat interfaces based on Viewer 1, the communications HUD left something to be desired, especially when getting a number of Instant Messages. When I had to talk to several people at once, I had to log off and go back to Singularity. And once when trying to log on, the viewer just refused to coooperate (picture above). On the other hand, the glitch from the last official viewer of freezes and crashes when making IMs seemed to be gone, when it was working anyway.
Linden Lab promises two more updates, the first being "A server-side update, rolling out soon. It's at this point that you'll began to notice significant improvements in avatar and object load times and reliability." But for those who don't upgrade, the Grid will be a gray world. And later on, "A second Viewer update, released after the server-side improvements are rolled out." It's with this third step that the Lab says users will get "the full benefits of Project Sunshine."
With many residents still using the older Phoenix Viewers rather than the official viewers, it remains to be seen if everyone will benefit from Project Sunshine.
For the blog post: Click Here.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Read Nydia's article in Extra.
Read Theonlyjohnny's article in Places.
We are a group that provides in world support to those dealing with depression and/ or the loss of a loved on to suicide. We can make the world a better place together. We have been around since 2009, we are an active group.
Survivors of Suicide Depression Support group offers
* Daily positive living and healing articles
* 24/7 Peer support via the groups chat
* Join a community that understands what you are going through, as the are also
* Education about depression and depression related issues
* Referrals to real life resources
* Don't be alone
We have a club house with lots of healing and self help note cards from past posting. It is a great place to hang out and has greedy greedy and una games out for all to enjoy. Feel free to come and enjoy and explore.
Please tell others about SOS buy having it in your profile and./or handing out SOS 1 prim signs that stores, clubs and places in SL can put out to help more people find us. Talk us up to any bloggers you know and magazine people.
Any help you can provide will be most welcome.
Also seeking a place to host a immersive educational art exhibit about suicide. It will be a walk through exhibit. If you know of anyone with sim space to host this for a month, I would love to know. Thank you.
Schoomere (161, 48, 23)
Founder of Survivors of Suicide
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Renaissance Island. There, one can see things as they were in 1500s England, with the buildings and clothes. The place also has a number of fun events that locals and visitors alike can take part in.
Read Grey's article in Places.
Read Grease's article in Design.
On Sunday May 26th, the evening before Memorial Day, Veterans Isle hosted a Wounded Warriors Benefit concert. From 6 to 9PM SL time, three musicians performed live for the audience at the stage for the veterans community and friends of. The event was in part organized by guitarist Frets Nirvana.
ABOUT WOUNDED WARRIORS - Wounded Warriors program has developed significantly over the last several years to include advocacy, benefits counseling, caregivers retreats, coping/family services, peer mentoring, warriors to work and many other. http://slurl.com/secondlife/Veterans%20Isle/70/216/23
For the first hour, DennyMac performed on stage. From 7PM SL time to 8, Frets Nirvana himself performed for the crowd with his guitar. And in the last hour, Avantgarde Frequency played his piano. Just after Avantgarde got off the stage, Frets made an announcement, "Folks we raised 160k for Wounded Warriors tonight ...thank you to all who supported!"
There was an announcement of another event the following evening on Memorial Day. But events didn't go as planned, and instead a DJ performed for the small crowd.
Veterans Isle holds a monthly concert on the last Sunday of every month for The Wounded Warrior Project.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
See the list of happenings in Events this Week.
Read Johnny's article in Design.
From Thursday May 30th to Sunday June 2nd, the 1920s Berlin Project will be holding special events to celebrate four years on the Grid. The following was on the 1920s Berlin blog:
On the 30th of may, 4 years ago I opened the first version of our 1920s Berlin sim, it became a much bigger success then I could have imagined and has managed to survive longer then anyone could have predicted. To celebrate the sim's birthday and how well the sim is doing in general, we’re having a few days of fun! The schedule may change at any time, but at the moment it looks a bit like this:
Thursday 30th May:
Keller party, small scale.
We’ll drink, hand out some freebies, dance, chat and invite everyone who wants to to get up on stage to tell about their discovery of Berlin, their life here, to perhaps sing, do a trick or show off another talent.
Friday 31st May:
The Grand Anniversary Dance at unter den Linden
Saturday 1st June
Relaxed Rules Day
11:00 Tea Dance
12:00 Pool party
14:00 Eldorado evening – Revealing new building
Sunday 2nd June
Special class, playground games, football game
More things will be added and there will be a few surprises too…
Hat tip: Daniel Voyager
Monday, May 27, 2013
Veterans Isle (70,216,23)
Read DrFran's article in Places.
Read Gemma's article in Design.
Yesterday on Sunday May 26, the sims for the SL10B celebration were open to those whom would be setting up the exhibits, or helping out to. All day begining at Noon SL time, exhibitors IMed the SL10B group asking to be made part of the new exhibition group so they could teleport over to their plots. Since applications were closed on May 20th, the exhibitors began getting their notifications in the email. This includes Second Life Newser, which got it's notification a few days ago.
The Newser's plot is in the SL10B Astonish sim, the northeast corner of the event grounds. Like the others, it was 1024 square meters (32x32) with a 269 prim capacity and a 175 ft height limit.
Each exhibitor got a "Cake Slice," with a few notecards and things, made to resemble a slice of cake with the words "It All Starts With a Cube," a quote from Philip Linden.
Residents were asked to drop something on the sim to let everyone know the plot had been claimed. For the SL Newser's plot, there was one object that would tell everyone for sure whose plot it was.
A wider view of this corner of the SL10B grounds. A few other plots had already been claimed as well. While some just had a cake slice dropped, others had at least something set up on the plot.
A couple exhibitors looked like they already were set up for show.
Read more in the SL10B blog: http://slcommunitycelebration.com/ .
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From Bobcat, "U.S. Military Veterans Center, Created by and for U.S. military veterans, active duty and families. Bridging the gap between generations for all services, Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard. DAV, VFW, Legion & more. Shop our Navy Exchange and the Hangar!"
Filmed at Patriot Island. The Veterans Center later moved to the Veterans Isle sim.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
The tires rezzed last when this car slowly came in to view. That made me think of street thieves whom shove blocks under cars, pop the hubcaps, and take off the nuts to swipe the wheels.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
See the article and pictures in Events.
Daniel Voyager was on the scene when Bay City had an unusual guest: The head of Linden Lab Rod Humble, also known as Rodvik Linden.
Rodvik Humble who is CEO of Linden Lab today came inworld for about half an hour to hang out with SL residents in the Weston region in Bay City. A large crowd formed around Rodvik within minutes and had a interesting discussion. The reason that Rodvik Humble came inworld will be revealed soon. Wooooot!!!!
Bay City wasn't the only place Rodvik stopped by. Jo Yardley of the 1920s Berlin Project documented his dropping over there as well.
I had invited Herr Humble for a free tour of the sim a while back and was told he would be dropping in today. It was great to finally meet his avatar in person. The welcoming community of 1920s Berlin was very excited to have him as a guest and we all hope his avatar will come more often.
Rodvik Linden is not known to visit the Grid often, at least not recently. Earlier in 2011 not long after becoming CEO, he did make an effort in "getting immersed in Second Life" and he did make an appearance at SL8B. Since then however, Rod hadn't been noticed. Do these visits mean the head of the Lab will take the time to visit inworld more often. Time will tell.
Sources: Daniel Voyager, Jo Yardley.
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From BBFlights, "Simple video of the SL Coast Guard tribute at the 2011 Veteran's Day tribute in the Flying Tiger WW2 Memorial sims in Second Life. Video by Howdy Colter."
Friday, May 24, 2013
Burn2 is hosting a fun event this weekend in Deep Hole on the playa. It is called “Color Out of the Lines.” The sim will be open from Noon time Friday until Saturday night at 11:59. Come and express your inner builder.
There is an ample supply of materials: building blocks, shapes, textures for you already there, or you can bring your own. There are small sandboxes with a four hour return for you to play in. If you have never built before this is a good way to start. There will be helpers there to assist you. There are already some lovely builds by well known artists on the playa. Music and partying is also going on.
Check out the blog for more information. http://www.burn2.org/
It's been about a week since the last of the Third-Party Linden Exchangers were closed. AnsheX, owned by SL tycoon Anshe Chung, quietly ceased trading. Podex, owned and operated by Jacek Shuftan, was shut down when Jacek's account was suspended by Linden Lab. On the same day, the Lab announced it's new terms for "Authorized Linden Resellers." Of the many exchangers that had once been operating, only five had been approved for the new plan. Among them was AnsheX.
the list of five allowed resellers remains at five.
It's unclear why no additional new Linden Resellers have been authorized.
We offer places with friendly and interesting neighbors. Some places have a tropical island look, others more temperate. Some of the sims have access to enough water to boat around in. And there are plans later on for an open water sim for even more water activities. The sims are home to a number of quality clubs, such as Cutlass and Zero Gravity. In one sim alone there are two quality clubs that work together so there is no lag from them. There are also some small shopping areas available.
To learn more, please contact Nydia Tungsten, Brandi Streusel, Jasmine Dawn Shuftan (Orasine Resident), Rel Klaber, or Matoazma Kazyanenko.
"We pride ourselves on on not just renting land but renting our customers the land you want. We listen to what you tell us on what you are looking for."
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From Draxtor Despress, "Motion capture artist Abramelin Wolfe monetizes his creativity by humanizing our virtual lives -- one fluid movement at a time. He puts his dream of an immersive future succinctly: "We want a universe that we can step into!"
Edinburgh-based Abranimations is run by the Englishman with his Scottish wife who designs colorful mesh avatars. The couple makes their living capturing performances ranging from everyday walking and communicating to 1920's flapper dances and Geisha sequences. They then sell the polished animations in their in-world store to a global userbase by way of the Linden Dollar.
But the virtual world is more about fun than it is about commerce for him, says Abramelin: "Second Life is about other people's creativity. Some of it is beautiful. Some of it is just strange...but all of it is amazing! It is like looking into their minds."
Abramelin's hectic work schedule includes expanding the business to encompass services for the emerging Scottish video game industry, but he always finds time to take long flights over the vast virtual mainland to marvel at user-created chaos and beauty. It's a digital testament to human ingenuity and the desire to exercise that muscle of imagination."
More information at http://www.abranimations.com
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Last Friday was an annual tradition at the Steelhead Community. May 18th is the birthday of local Tensai Hilra. It's also the anniversary of the eruption of Mount. St. Helens. And with Steelhead having their own St. Helens and a population of mad scientists, the result was the biggest lava lamp as part of a party for Tensai.
Read more in Events.
Read Nydia's article in Extra.
It is a very exciting and busy time. Then we get to watch the empty sims fill up with marvelous creative exhibits. And so, at this time the notifications to the builders (and other volunteer applicants) are going out. There are so many it will take some days for all notices to arrive so watch your e-mail if you are waiting. The sims will open to builders on this Sunday, May 26. The sim coordinators and Exhibitor Assistants will be waiting for them. Let the party preparation begin!!
I will keep you updated on the progress. Remember it opens on June 16 and will be open until June 29, with stage performances ending June 23. I promise you, no matter how many times you visit you will never see everything there is to see! Though I will start work this Sunday I know from last years I will never see it all! Keep an eye on the Blog! – There will be regular updates and information posted there!
Editor's Note: Applications for plots at the SL10B closed on Tuesday May 21st. Acceptance notices for exhibitors should start "coming in the next few days and will continue all week.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Holocluck Henley at the "Skunk Aid 2" Relay For Life dance, looking like he just stepped in something.
By Bixyl Shuftan
Read Grease's interview in People.
Read Theonlyjohnny's article in Design.
In remembrance of the time of our early beginnings; Paper - empty as our abilities, was given to us along with crayons. So we created art. As paint boxes and coloring books appeared we still created art, now of structure and less of our first faltering attempts. As we grew in our art, “She” (our mother figure) was always at our side guiding us, praising us; swift with tape and magnets to post our results upon the fridge.
She was always there to encourage us and to push us further to use chalk, clay, and anything that came to hand. She was our muse and sponsor, and always gave us permission to COLOR OUTSIDE OF THE LINES.
BURN2 – Deep Hole, Join us May 24th and 25th for a two day event with music and collaborative creative art building. Celebrate the act of art creation and the role of Her(our mother figure).
The Playa will OPEN to the public at NOON on FRIDAY, May 24 at the following location:
Drum, Play, Celebrate: Come join the Lamplighters each day to drum and perform. There are no bystanders.
Create, Share, Keep: Small creative areas are setup for participants to "color outside of the lines" by moving the different shaped objects supplied or adding their own to a group art piece that will only last four hours (take a copy! quick!).
Join us, free your inner Burner, and once again explore art and honor the mother muse we all have. Share the news with friends! See below for more information and to share on all your favorite networks:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BURN2BURNERS Label: Burn2
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BURN2BURNER Hashtag: #burn2 Keyword: Burn2
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/burn2/ Keyword: Burn2
BURN2 is an extension of the Burning Man festival and community into the world of Second Life. It is an officially sanctioned Burning Man regional event, and the only virtual world event out of more than 100 real world Regional groups.
The BURN2 Team operates events year around, culminating in an annual major festival of community, art and fire in the fall - a virtual echo of Burning Man itself
Contact people: Emcee Widget, Ronon Carver, Taralyn Gravois
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
See the list of happenings in Events this Week.
We live in a world where standards on genders exist. In one sport in SL, someone's sex doesn't matter. Scroll down to learn more about this refreshing activity.
Warrior Instinct Nations, formerly known as Averlast, was opened in July 2007, by Karine Koba. Ms. Koba wanted an establishment that provided not only excellent boxing events and equipment to train with for this sport, but also a variety of activities outside Boxing. I will list some of the other pastimes this business offers in a bit. First allow me to tell you how to play in this business’s main competition: Boxing.
"On May 22nd, the American Cancer Society will celebrate 100 years in existence! Since 1913, the Society has been at the forefront of many innovative discoveries and has been a driving force in providing services to cancer patients that can’t be found elsewhere. Today, two out of every three patients diagnosed with cancer will survive, due to those discoveries, but the American Cancer Society will not stop until it is three out of three! You are invited to join the Relay For Life of Second Life community as we kick off the birthday celebration with a Celebration of Hope on Tuesday, May 21st from 5pm to 7pm SLT on the American Cancer Society sim. On Wednesday, May 22nd, we hope you will stop by for the ACS Island Open House throughout the day. Stop in and learn more about the American Cancer Society and all that it offers in world and out. We look forward to seeing you there!"
Gem Sunkiller, RFL Blog
Monday, May 20, 2013
Life, at the Cuauhnahuac Gallery in Instituto Espanol. Set in a replica of a real-life museum in Mexico, the exhibition features a variety of pictures from Ruben Acajou and Sandralee Palianta.
Read Grey's article in Design.
Read Grey's article in Design.
Read DrFran's account in Places.
Jo Yardley, the lady known for her work on the 1920s Berlin Project, had a few things to say about something on the more futuristic scale of things: Oculus Rift.
Last month, Second Life's creator Philip Rosedale, who has moved on to found a new start-up company called "High Fidelity," announced "a new kind of virtual reality platform" called Oculus Rift, a "high field of view, low latency, consumer-priced virtual reality head-mounted display." Although the company's primary interest seems to be 3-D gaming, Halmet Au reported that Linden Lab was interested in this technology, with "several Linden staff … working on integrating Oculus Rift with Second Life in an *unofficial* capacity."
Chatting with Rod Humble, Jo quoted him as saying, "Hopefully we will be sharing some vids within a few weeks then get into testing after that. I don't want to overhype this BUT SL+OR is like having dinner with Stefan Zweig and Peter Altenberg."
Hamlet Au called integration an "enormous gamble" that he earlier doubted the Lab would undertake. And in one article Jo Yardley linked to, the writer felt OpenSim would get it first. But it looks like Rod Humble, noted for his experience in gaming, will be having Linden Lab work on it.
Sources: New World Notes, Jo Yardley's Second Life
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Uccello Poultry of the Poultry Report finds herself in a potentially cat-astrophic situation in the outskirts of Bay City. Fortunetly Marianne McCann was nearby to give her a hand.
By Bixyl Shuftan