And it's over. For almost a month since Friday June 19, the Second Life Birthday has been going on. The official music events ended on Sunday June 28, but the sims remained up for people to see. Now, the sims are closed to the general public.
For some however, they can stick around for a few more days. Missy Mole (Mischievous Mole) posted the following in the exhibitor's group:
The Estate is open through Sunday, July 19th for people to come in and continue to explore. The practical side of this is DON'T take down your exhibits yet! You can clean up your parcels July 20-22. Thanks everyone for a great Birthday! I hope everyone had a good time. I would love to hear any feedback you have about how things worked and what you thought of the layout this year.
So yours truly has a little more time to take pictures. Though there's always at least one whom takes down his place early.
There was some sad news for Caledon and other steampunk communities in Second Life this weekend. It was announced that Autopilotpatty Poppy, sometimes known as just Poppy, had passed away a few months ago in May.
It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of a former Captain of RFL, Dame Autopilotpatty Poppy this past May. Patty was a resident of the Steamlands since 2006 with land and venues in Rosehaven, New Babbage, Caledon and other estates.
The "Steamlands Wiki" had this to say about Poppy in an entry presumably last updated several years ago:
Dame Poppy has been a resident of Second Life and the Nation of
Caledon since November 2005. She has owned a several fine art galleries
over the years including: The Gallery Tamrannoch, Sea Song Gallery,
Poppy's Place Galleria, and Thistle Hill Marketplace to name a few. She
has offered free gallery space to dozens of new and established artists
in SL since her first gallery opened in January of 2006. She is a
photographer in RL as well as in SL. In SL she specializes in unique
portraiture work. She has had work on display in permanent exhibits in
the AHO gallery at the NMC campus and at the 2nd Louvre Museum. She has a
gallery on the ruins of Caledon Moors and on the Scotland sim of Loch
Lomond Balloch. Lady Poppy is from the Pacific Northwest. Her rl floral
close-up photography remarkably brings to mind the works of Georgia
Dame Poppy was Knighted on her 6th Rez Day on November 25th, 2011
by Caledon's Guvnah, Desmond Shang, for her exemplary work for the
Independent State of Caledon.
Lady Poppy devotes a large amount of her time to volunteer work
for the Caledon community and is a friend and mentor to many new
citizens of SL. She is devoting much of her time in 2012 as Co-Captain
of Team Caledon's Relay for Life fund drive. She devoted her time in
2011 as Co-Captain and in 2008 assisting Erasmus Margulis, Captain of
Team Caledon's hugely successful RFL fund drive for the 2008 season.
(Team Caledon came in 2nd overall with more than 3.04 million $L in
In 2017, the Newser would write about the Rusty Garter Saloon, which Autopilotpatty played music at as DJ Poppy. A page in the NAS blog stated she had been DJing there as well. Her passing was listed as May 9.
The notice about her passing also stated, "There will be a memorial dance celebration in her honor on Saturday, July 18 from 2-4pm at Chateau Trikassi in Rosehaven. More info to come."
It's been a lot of fun, but the Second Life Birthday event is about to come to a complete close. After Midnight SL time tonight, the SL17B sims will be closed to the public. So now's your last chance to see any exhibits you might have missed.
Occasionally, there's a rumor that Linden Lab is talking to someone behind the scenes in negotiations to sell Second Life or be bought out. This was especially the case in 2010 in the months following the layoffs of a third of the staff. But while the Lab has made deals with other companies, the last time having sold Sansar to Wookey, there have been no negotiations about either the ownership of itself or Second Life (at least officially). That is until yesterday when in a Press Release, Linden Lab announced it had been "Acquired" by a group of investors.
It didn't take long for news to spread, and there's been no shortage of comments, such as the thread in the official forums. There's no shortage of predictions of doom, "Second Life is dead." "We're so screwed." "Damn I cannot believe it, after 13 years its time to say good bye, I guess,
that sucks. I mean you put 13 years of your life into something and wham
its gone just like that."
And there's more than a little pessimism, "But after being let down by Blizzard, Bioware and Bethesda, I'm usually
not rooting for any company to get investors on board nowadays." "This is worrying indeed, I've always been more in favor of a company
remaining independent from outside influences, and this is basically...
the opposite." "Investment groups are typically parasites that contribute very little while sucking companies dry."
Some others were more optimistic, such as those pointing out Linden Lab founder Philip Rosedale quoted as saying, "I’ve known Brad for 14 years personally and professionally, and I’m
confident he will bring his passion and proven strategies to help Linden
Lab achieve new heights in distribution, scale, and quality while
remaining true to the original vision, creativity, and community that
makes Second Life unique and special.” And then there was the track record of Oberwager, "My ... thought was that this fellow buying the outfit seems to have
more business success (with this sort of better Task Rabbit thing called
Jyve) and more experience than the past lab technicians, and that's a
And there were those suggesting it was too soon to make conclusions, "I need to wait and see what Ebbe has to say from his side on this to us the users of SL before I get overly excited." "I've worked for several companies that got taken over by investment companies. What happens next falls into two categories ... Things run smoothly for a year or so, then the investment company starts asset stripping piece by piece. ... The investment company...invests. They take a loss on the initial
purchase, a loss on the initial investment but have a road plan to
regain that investment back in 2 to 5 years. ... THIS is the kind of investment company we can hope has taken over
Linden Research, the type of company who are in it for the long haul.
We will find out (probably by the beginning of next year) if the investment company who took over is path 1, or path 2." "After careful consideration, I have decided not to freak out just yet." "Hope for the best. Plan for the worst. Expect nothing.That's it. Speculation is lovely and all but being panicked will not help whatsoever."
And of course there was humor, "I guess that guy that's been perving us all and IMing with only 'hi' all these years finally got the money to buy the thing."
Ebbe Altberg/Ebbe Linden would try to answer these concerns from residents on Twitter, saying Linden Lab was free to make it's own decisions, "No plan for drainage here. Great to remain independent. Everyone motivated to build and grow."
Brett Linden would finally step in the thread with his comments, "A few folks are speculating that this is the end of SL and nothing could
be further than the truth. Any talk of dismantling or radically
changing the fundamentals of SL that we know and love is inaccurate.
While we can't get into specific details about the deal itself, I want
to emphasize the fact that this keeps Linden Lab as an independent
venture led by two investors who have a great deal of awareness about
what SL is and isn't. They are excited to join and help us grow both SL
and Tilia while also respecting and recognizing the needs and
sensitivities of the existing culture and community. " When asked when more information was forthcoming, he answered, "We look forward to being able to share more as soon as we can and I know
that Brad (Oberwager) is eager to meet the community as we get closer to the
closing/approval date." Bret would go on to say that Oberwager would get an avatar and come inworld, for the Lab Gab show and meeting people elsewhere inworld. A couple Lindens, including Grumpity, would poke fun at the doom and gloom by wearing signs proclaiming "The end of the world is coming!"
My own opinion? In short, I tend to agree with those whom argue "wait and see." After being part of this virtual world for over thirteen years, I've seen my share of people of people predicting the end whenever something big happens. But I do see signs of optimism. That Oberwager is planning to come inworld to discuss things is a good sign. So are the Lindens with their "End of the world" joke signs. If they weren't optimistic, I doubt they'd be kidding around. Of the two people, one a member of Mensa, the other whom has an interesting success story with Jyve, it's obvious they're smart businessmen. That one plans to come inworld shows at least he wants to talk to his new customers.
On the other hand, there are enough acquisitions that went badly, or had mixed results. So those with dim outlooks don't have to look too deeply for evidence to support their conclusions.
So why did Waterfield and Oberwager's group of investors buy out Linden Lab when the company couldn't find a buyer in 2010, assuming the rumors were true? Well, Second Life's glory days were from 2006 to 2008. By 2010, it was clear the place wouldn't be drawing as many people as it once did for quite some time to come. Today, the world is under a global pandemic that has send many places into lockdowns and quarantines, and even in places that aren't people are discouraged from meeting up or going to crowded areas. The result is people are spending more time online, and more are coming here. Our future, at least for the near term, is looking brighter. And this is what financial investors are looking for.
In a sense, this sale marks Linden Lab finally becoming a success story in the eyes of the tech world. It's been commented on that one of the reasons Second Life wasn't considered one was it was never bought up by a larger company. And now, Linden Lab has been bought out under what look like generous terms. Not that Second Life's residents/customers cared much about what those people thought.
In any event, Linden Lab, and Second Life, are entering a new era. How it turns out, we'll need to wait several months at least, maybe over a year, before we can really say it was for the better or worse. Image Credit: Whirly Fizzle Source: Techcrunch
Linden Research, Inc. announced today it signed an agreement to be
acquired by an investment group led by Randy Waterfield and Brad
Oberwager. Closing of the acquisition is subject to regulatory approval
by financial regulators in the U.S. related to Tilia Inc.’s status as a
licensed money transmitter as well as other customary closing
conditions. Upon closing, Mr. Waterfield and Mr. Oberwager will join
the Board of Directors of Linden Research, Inc.
Randy Waterfield is described in his Linkedin page as "the Chairman of Waterfield Group, a diversified financial services
holding company" with holdings in "technology, real estate, and asset management." The man is also described as a member of Mensa and a graduate of Harvard. He also worked at Goldman Sachs as an asset manager.
Bradford Oberwager had this to say in his LinkedIn, "I have founded and/or run five tech/CPG companies—Jyve, Bare Snacks (acquired by PepsiCo), True & Good! Snacks, Acumins/more.com (acquired by HealthCentral), and Blue Tiger/Open Webs (acquired by CarParts). Of course, I founded more than these five, but I have had my share of failures as well. Learned a lot from them. These companies were built in partnership with spectacular executive teams and based on strong cultures. My father always said, 'The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.' At each of these companies, our 'main thing' is culture. We are obsessed with it. These teams believe diversity of thought is essential to success and understand with diversity comes conflict, which we wholeheartedly embrace. We have complete trust—in each other and in the certainty that in working through the conflict in a healthy way, we’re going to get someplace good."
The press release did quote Philip Rosedale, the founder of Linden Lab, as saying, "I’ve known Brad for 14 years personally and professionally, and I’m
confident he will bring his passion and proven strategies to help Linden
Lab achieve new heights in distribution, scale, and quality while
remaining true to the original vision, creativity, and community that
makes Second Life unique and special.” So the Lab is trying to put a positive spin on the change.
It's too soon to tell what effect this change will have on Second Life. But there's already discussion brewing about it, in various groups inworld and a thread in the official forums. Do you have any comments? Feel free to leave them below.
Stay tuned for more information on this breaking news.
Kultivate’s latest gallery, Dene Gallery, presents the Resolution Exhibition! This special three day exhibition will feature some of the top talented photographers and artists that can be found on Flickr. The exhibition is curated by photographer and artist, Tempest Rosca (Huntsman) and will feature 3 days of live music.
The following live performers will provide entertainment throughout the exhibition: Samuel James, Steph Sinatra, Mavenn, Wolfie Starfire, Jesie Janick, Max Kleene, and Samm Qendra.
About Dene Gallery and Kultivate: Dene Gallery is part of the Kultivate family of galleries and is located in Rosehaven. The gallery is curated by Tempest Rosca (Huntsman) and highlights one artist each month. Kultivate consists of Kultivate Magazine, Windlight Art Gallery, The Edge Gallery, Kultivate Loft Gallery, Kultivate Signature Gallery, & Kultivate Select Gallery. The goal of Kultivate is to promote and support the cultural aspects of Second Life. Kultivate is proud to be the official sponsor and media partner of Team Diabetes of Second Life, an official and authorized team of The American Diabetes Association.
So what do people do when they're not reading the Second Life Newser or exploring around Second Life? Among the popular Internet activities are reading online comics. In March, we ran a review of five popular serial online comics. Some readers responded by requesting more. So yours truly found five more, including one in which the cartoonist made a little real-life news, and another with a good following in some Second Life communities.
Tuesday July 7 had one big impromptu, unplanned, event at the Second Life Seventeenth Birthday grounds. At the Auditorium, a number of musicians got on stage. Due to the lag, I couldn't get much of the audience in a picture before crashing. Among the performers was Golan Eilde, a longtime SLB volunteer, whom DJed for a time.
The events went on for some hours, going on to about 6PM SL time. The last performer was singer TJ O. Joubert (TJ Jenipe).
Dropping by after the events, with the lag mostly gone I saw that around the Auditorium was a carnival area. There was a Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, a water slide, a drop tower, and much more.
There were a number of food stands, such as a pizzeria whose pizzas looked so real, one of them steaming, they had a friend of mine drooling over them. There were also some desserts. One big dessert was a destructible version of Nance Clowe's cake. Press the button, and after an ominous tune the cake would start to shake itself into pieces. One person dubbed it the "Shake and Cake." Nance joked that for a more intense experience, one could always hop in as the cake parts fly.
The carnival is at the meeting point of the four sims SL17B Imagination, Fantasy, Astound, and Awesome. People have until Sunday July 12 to drop by and join in the fun.
This past weekend we celebrated the birth of our great country and with that celebration I am excited to announce that we sent Homes For Our Troops just over $960 in June, 2020. So now our total for 2020 is just over $6650. We can exceed 2019’s $14000 with this kind of effort…let’s do it!
Upon seeing June’s donations, Jamie Crossman Manager of Individual Giving at HFOT stated:
"On behalf of HFOT and the Veterans we serve, I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend and reflected upon the journey of freedom and independence our country has traveled. Thanks to your generosity every time we present a severely injured Veteran with their HFOT home, they experience a new meaning of freedom of independence. This would not be possible without your support and belief in our mission. Coming together as one nation despite our individual differences and challenges to support those who have sacrificed for our freedom sends a powerful message of thanks to our Veterans. Please know how grateful we all are for your efforts.-Jamie"
This country was built on hard working and generous people with a can-do spirit. I feel strongly that the HFOT family in Second Life is doing just that. Delivering positive results and overcoming obstacles for the greater good. This is the true American spirit and the following folks truly have it.
Special events and extra efforts were held by the following contributors to this June’s donations. Thank you:
EastbayRay, Cattleya Lovette LadySmack Gears and the Legion of Vets MC JulesA Flow, Salonios Koolhoven and DOOWOPS FOREVER at Gigli Isles RGHangnLo Resident DJ efforts with Pop's Crue Ashley Steele and all the folks at Saddles Live Music Venue and Retreat
And the performers who sang and played their hearts out for this cause last month were: Waya Snowpaw DJ Max Kleene, Turner Harbrough and their manager Kat Vargas Harmonia Trefoil and SS Gasser Jack Slade and his management team LaurieC and Keys Management Group Toxie Darkmatter
Then there are those that keep providing that true American “steady as you go” support with donation kiosks placed at many area in Second Life. Thank you:
Fire Bonfire and everyone at Boots and Lace Country Rock Club Cayleen Linette and everyone at Cay's at Woodland Lake Wizard2016 Resident and Midnight Renegade Country Club Devil Loordes and Shooting Star Entertainment DJ DL Skytower and The Hacienda Club Bixyl Shuftan and Purrfection estates Joi Shepherd and all the folks at Runaround Sues All the folks at Southern Fried Country Club BiggDANNY and DEATH RIDERZ MC
To the many others who have started to support this cause we salute you as well. Welcome and we look forward to all of your increased support.
Keep up the great work folks. Let’s make 2020 another year that we can be proud of making a difference in our severely injured veteran’s lives.
A few weeks ago, I dropped by an Autism Spectrum group meeting in the Dreams East sim. They talked about things from their doctors, "The best doctor I think I ever had took me off ALL my medicines so he could evaluate me," to how potential employers seem to regard them, to comments about the Coronavirus crisis, and more.
The events of the Second Life Seventeenth Birthday may be over. But the exhibits are still up and will remain so for a few more days. And with most of the people gone, there's noticeably less lag. While there's not enough time to write about them all, we can put a spotlight on a few in three different SL17B sims to give examples on what's here.
This Fourth of July, there are a number of places one can get an American flag. But there's one that not only allows you to get one for free, but also flags of most of the nations of the world, each of the fifty United States, Canada's provinces, and some international and movement flags. It's the World Peace Flag Garden, and it offers them for free.
Free flags of all nations. Hand-held, modifiable for your build. Free patriotic swim trunks, gym shorts, speedos, shirts. Camping for world peace. In Second Life, good people of all nations meet in friendship.
Most every nation is represented here. There's also flags for a number of territories and islands. Some places in the news in recent years, such as Kosovo and Hong Kong, are represented. Some are not recognized by all, such as Taiwan and Northern Cypress. And there's Nepal's double-triangle. There's also a box with a modifiable flag and various textures of American Indian flags. Another box has various "Pride" flags.
The place is owned by Edd Thor, whom also owns the Thor's Oak Christian Men's Center (aka Men's Recreation Center and Chapel) next to it. There, one can pick up some free clothes, skins, and jewelry.
Like other Second Life Birthday celebrations in the past few years, this one has a gift hunt by Linden Lab. Called the "Swaginator," the objective here is to go from one destination after another, collecting the gifts, or "swag," along the way.
To get the gifts, you'll need the HUD. The SL17B Swaginator HUD is at the entrance area of the Birthday grounds at SL17B Beguile (16/117/53) , a short walk from where you TP in. Finding the sign, touch it to get your LDPW - SL17B Swaginator HUD.
Wearing the HUD, you get a clue to where the first gift is, as well as a location to port to. Getting to the first spot, the Swaginator both won't be immediately in sight, but some distance away on another side of the structure next to you. The second one, the gift will be inside a place some distance away, but still on the island you're at. The third gift was the hardest for me to find, but eventually I did (it's not in a different sim). The ones afterward were easier to find.
There are a total of six gifts to grab in the SL17B Swaginator hunt. The gifts consist of three "floaties," including one that's really a raft, and three mole garden gnomes. There's no bonus for finding all six. Just the challenge of a little game, and a few items you're likely to find some use out of this simmer in Second Life.
Don't forget to check the SL17B grounds, notably the gift shop area, for some more gifts.
Different Second Life Birthday events are remembered for different things. The previous one, the SL16B, was "Sweet Sixteen," when Linden Lab got back into full control and had a 1950's theme, and the ending of some traditions such as the "Cake Stage," at least for now. The SL15B was our "Crystal Anniversary," and the first of the "Swaginator" gift hunts by Linden Lab, and would turn out to be the last resident-run anniversary event, and the last of the Cake Stage and Stage Left builds. The SL14B, "Carnivalesque" will be known for it's "Dragon Island" and "Stage Left" two-sim "Guardian." "Unlucky Thirteen" was lucky in some ways with Loki Eliot's tribute to a kids' game show and Madpea's "Mad Monster Island," and it's "Stage Left" then, sometimes called The Librarian. The SL12B had it's "party velociraptor" gift avatar from Linden Lab, and Linden Lab was starting to step back in the events with "Music Fest" and "Meet the Lindens."
For people, age seventeen is thought of as the last year someone's a "kid" and the year before they get some of the privileges and responsibilities of being an adult, at least in Western developed countries. "One more year and Second Life gets to vote" I would hear more than once. Maybe it's with this in mind Linden Lab chose as it's theme "Vacations and Road Trips," or "Road Trip" as I heard it called for short a few times. And this is what helped distinguish this year, allowing the resident exhibitors more freedom to build what they wanted. And people made a variety of things from the playground of Rocket City's community to Fiona Fei's "Conversation with a Stranger" art exhibit. to Suika Manamoko's Bleriot XI exhibit that was a tribute to an early aviation pioneer, and of course Silva Ametza's tropical vacation island build for the Newser's exhibit, there were many examples.
In this birthday party, the residents had more than a few gifts. The gift shop area had a number of things from clothes to a toy airplane. And there were gifts in the exhibit areas as well. The GTFO game people had a place one could get a gift car. One wasn't so much a lasting gift as a free ride rental. Teegle set up a place one could get a temporary horse or horse and carriage and ride it for as long as they wanted until they detatched it (or crashed).
One difference between this anniversary event and others in recent years was this one was taking place at a time Second Life's numbers have been rising instead of slowly falling. So there were likely more people at the SLB this time than in the past few years. This may have been the reason for some residents complaining about more lag.
At the "Meet the Lindens" events, there were no revelations that were particularly earth-shaking. There was some talk about the move of Second Life data from existing servers to Cloud servers. It was also mentioned the number of Moles in the Linden Department of Public Works was increased from about twenty to thirty due to work on Bellissaria. Work on a mobile device continues. Sansar is no longer really an issue, save for those Lindens that returned from working on it (some such as Torley apparently stayed). There are no new games in development, though it was mentioned the Paleoquest game *might* get an upgrade in the future. And new user experiences are still being examined for what works and what doesn't. The effect the Pandemic has had on day to day Linden Lab operations has been described as "minimal." The revelation that got the most attention seems to be the latest kind of Linden Home, the stilt houses. But they won't be available for some time to come.
There was much greenery and other natural scenery around, such as the forest area around the main stage. The auditorium was also different as it was a stage with an open seating area. Some liked it. Others didn't, and while I didn't personally hear it, there were likely some whom wondered if there was a connection between this and perceived greater lag. Was it really greater? I seemed to have more trouble going about the Meet the Linden events and concerts more than walking the Relay Weekend this year, crashing a lot. So my personal answer is "maybe."
And of course, there were the residents whom missed "The Cake." Nancy Clowes personally came up with a partial solution with her own SL17B birthday cake. With no Cake Stage for two years in a row, perhaps next year we'll see some cakes of some kind among the exhibits.
In any event, it was quite a "road trip." And the Newser was happy to be part of it. Special thanks once again to Silvia Ametza for her well-done exhibit. And of course thanks to the Lindens and Moles for making sure things went smoothly. And now that our "busy season" is coming to a close (we still have some things to write about), we can get back to topics that were left on the back burner.
On Saturday June 27, the monthly benefit concert to raise money for the Homes For Our Troops charity took place. The concert took place at Veterans Isle, and was organized in part by musician Frets Nirvana.
Next week we celebrate the birth of our country. And tonight we will be honoring those who have suffered so much for our freedom. We are conducting our monthly benefit for Homes For Our Troops tonight with a great lineup of performers who are donating their time to help this great cause.
A number of performers, one DJ and several live musicians, took part. The event started at 4PM with DJ Waya Snowpaw. At 5PM, the popular Max Kleen took to the stage with his guitar. It was Harmonia Trefoil's turn to sing to the audience at 6PM. 7PM was when Turner Harbrough had his turn. Last but not least at 8 PM was J Lively. As the musicians played for the crowd, people donated to two house-shaped kiosks on either side of the stage. Occasionally someone would challenge the others to donate a certain amount, throwing in an equal amount of his or her own when the challenge was met.
At the end of the event, a total of 126,100 had been raised in both kiosks combined.
While the Coronavirus crisis has mostly shut down world travel, one can do some virtual vacationing here in Second Life. This week in the Linden Blog, the latest Second Life Destinations is a tribute to a favorite global tourist spot: Vive La Paris.
Designed by longtime SL resident Trouble Dethly Crystal, Vive La Paris was built as a special gift by the creator for his girlfriend in Argentina.
“Whether it is her favorite song posters adorning the walls of the
music store, the outdoor gallery of some my favorite images by her, to
the cheese and flower shop and everything in between, the region is my
love letter to her,” says Dethly.
Highlights of the region featured in the video include the Eiffel
Tower, shops, cafes, and an outdoor exhibit of Second Life photography.
“Initially, the region was only meant to be rented for two weeks like
the other date experiences I have taken her on, where I would hire a
couple of live singers for a private show...This time I even had a
friend roleplay as a waitress so we could experience a full-service
dinner. It was after this date that Ara and I decided to keep the region
to share with others to explore, to use as a backdrop for their
photographs, or even take their partner or friends for a full-service
Many Second Life users, probably most, don't spend all of our screen-time here, but will occasionally play games. Some of us will play them on the computer as well. Others prefer game consoles. Two of the most popular brands have been Playstation and XBox. Playstation recently revealed their latest in their line, the Playstation 5. XBox's latest, the Series X, won't be around until later this month, but some information about it has been revealed. So which is better? Cyfir (Cyfiremmerich) takes a look at the two and compares.
Part Five of the "Railroads Made in Second Life" series from Draxtor Despress and Hrdtop75 Deluxe, "The series concludes in episode five featuring an interview with VP of Product Operations Patch Linden, who discusses the important role of railways within the expansive infrastructure of the massive Bellisseria continents (where thousands of Residents reside within Linden Homes)"
From Draxtor Despress on June 23, the fourth in a series of videos on Second Life railways. The episode, "highlights the communities surrounding the ZZR (Zany Zen Railway), which was built by Zen Swords-Galway. As you travel the ZZR, you’ll discover a variety of quirky communities and unique attractions including the small Welsh seaside town Little Coverston."
The events of the Second Life Birthday, at least the official ones, are over. But the exhibits will be up for a while longer. As busy Gemma Cleanslate was with her volunteer duties, she had the chance to check out two. One was "Conversations With A Stranger" by noted artist Fiona Fei. The other was the one by the women's rights group One Billion Rising.
The Second Life Birthday had a lot of events. But this past weekend were the last ones that were planned. Friday at 2PM was the last of the Meet the Lindens events, "Meet the Moles." For those who missed it, you can check out the video of it here.
And there would be live singers at the Main Stage.
Nance Clowes would also have a larger version of her SL17B Cake by the stage.
In the last few hours of official events, there were fireworks at the DJ booth.
Some left, but others hung around to the end.
Some of the fireworks formed words. They were too blurry for me to make out with the lag. But Cayenne Republic posted a link to a picture in the birthday group chat.
While the official events are done, the exhibits are still there, and will be there until July 12. And with most of the people gone, this is when the lag is less, and those with older computers or otherwise have difficulty with Second Life can have less trouble sightseeing. It should be noted that this isn't necessarily the last of the events. There will likely be an unofficial final farewell party shortly before the sims are truly closed down.
Stay tuned for a few more articles about the Second Life Seventeenth Birthday.