Saturday, July 20, 2024

SL Video: "Happy Birthday Second Life (Part 5)"

 
 


 From Draxtor Despres on July 14, "It is that time of year again where we celebrate the fact that Second Life - due to the ingenuity of its residents - has outlived many a Metaverses. Well, I don't personally find joy in punching down on worlds that came and went so let me be clear: HAPPY BIRTHDAY SECOND LIFE! YOU ARE MY ONE AND ONLY (even if others were to exist .... and they don't ... change my mind?) Join me if you see me and let's wander the grounds of SL21B ! ! !"

Friday, July 19, 2024

Global Outage Affecting Online Systems Worldwide

 
All day today, there's been a global tech outage. Across the US and much of the planet, it's affected many places from airports, to hospitals, to 911 and other emergency services, and more. People have been stranded at airports waiting for their planes. Procedures for patients in hospitals are delayed as their records are inaccessible. Court sessions are delayed due to computers being down. 
 
About the only bright spot was the doughnut chain Krispy Kreme offering free donuts to people. 
 
The source was traced to a software update for Cloudstrike. In a Twitter post, it's CEO explained the problem was, “a defect found in a single content update of its software on Microsoft Windows operating systems."
 
To read more, check here and here on CNN and here on AP.
 
Bixyl Shuftan
 

More News Later

 

 Yours truly has been busy, and wasn't able to finish writing something before the need for sleep took over (or maybe was busy to the point he couldn't start). We'll have something up once there's been a chance to rest.
 

This Saturday at The Science Circle

 
Saturday July 20

    ~*~
    
    At 10 AM PST   

    Math's Dojo
    Dr. Robert Nendrix
    https://www.sciencecircle.org/event/maths-dojo/
   
      
    ~*~
 
    
    NOTE: Non-members required to register once
    IM Jes Cobalt or Nymf Hathaway

╚══════════════════════════════ The Science Circle (72,129,30) ═╝
 

Thursday, July 18, 2024

RFL Team Sunbeamer Meeting

 
 
 On Sunday July 14, the Relay for Life's Sunbeamer team held a post-season meeting at the team's HQ in Sunweaver Bay. They talked about about how things went this year, what went well, and what didn't. There was discussion about possibly retiring one event, and adding in a new one.
 
Among the things discussed was that while previous years had souvenirs in the Sunbeamer HQ, the ones for this year seemed absent. It turned out they're at Club Cutlass, elsewhere in the sim.

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Cartoon of The Day: Unsteady Skates

 
 
 Taken at the Happy Vixen. I got the pun from an old black and white cartoon. 

By Bixyl Shuftan

WonderlandZ

 
Gemma Cleanslate is back after a necessary hiatus. Returning to Second Life,a friend of hers told her about a place she made called WonderlandZ. Gemma took a look at this place, interesting and often strange.

Read Gemma's article in Places.

Reader Submitted Pictures: Big Hair At Club Cutlass

 
 
"Big Hair" was the theme at Club Cutlass last Saturday. And in group chatter, Rita was talking about Kylee Gracemount's hairdo, "Kylee, is giving fuzzball a run for biggest hair." I couldn't make it to take pictures. But I got a few. This one from FluffyFoxy364 Resident
 
 
This one from Cynthia Farshore
 

 And this one from DeniseUnicorn Toonie

Snowy would comment, "Could say its a big Hare day."

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay Clubs, and Club Scorn

 
 
Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver, Montecito Bay, and Scorn clubs.

Club Cutlass:Wild West, Wild vs Domesticated, Steampunk

Happy Vixen: DJ Malit, DJ Arooo, DJ Charlee, DJ Minty, TBA, DJ Scratch, DJ Squeaks, DJ Khyra

Club Zero Gravity: Wild vs Domesticated

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: TBA

Xanadu: DJ Jesse 

Club Squeaks: DJ Squeaks
 
Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Club Scorn: DJ Charlee, Morning Show, Breakfast Show, DJ Aldi, DJ Poison, DJ Charlee, DJ Malit, DJ Gwen
 
Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'
 

Monday, July 15, 2024

Interview With Aldaris (Bawnty Resident) About RFL Team Scorn

 
It's been a busy Relay season, with almost two hundred teams taking part. Among them was a new one, Team Scorn, captained by Aldaris (Bawnty Resident), which ended up in Gold ranked fundraising. Recently he was interviewed by Bixyl Shuftan about how the team came to be, and what it did.
 
Read the interview in People
 

"Switched Destinies", Novel by SL Writer, Has A T-Shirt Available

 
 
 For fans of "Switched Destinies," a novel series written by Second Life resident Nydia Tungsten, good news. On her Zazzle page, there's now a T-shirt available for purchase, with pictures of the cover art of both the original book and it's sequel. 

For more about the novel, read the 2018 interview with Nydia

Reader Submitted Picture: "You Are About To Exceed ..."

 
 
 From Zada Bury, a shirt with captions that reflect how she feels on days when there's larger numbers of difficult people. 

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Announcement: Memorial Service for Lady Lovie Benoir

 
 
 Celebrating the life of 
Lady Lovie Benoir
Gone Too Soon

Your candle burned out long before your legend ever will
 
Balloon Release
 
Sunday July 14 at 4PM SL time
Dressy Attire 
 
PBC Colosseum
 

Friday, July 12, 2024

Sneaky Discord Scam

 
 
 Been hearing about a diabolical scam on Discord. It's described as appearing as a very obvious one at first, but the REAL scam is the "dismiss message" link, which supposedly gives the scammer access to your computer. 

At the very least, it's a reminder to be a little careful with your computers. 

Commentary: Reflections on the SL21B

 
Second Life is now "old enough to drink." And while most residents are happy, a few feel like having a drink themselves.

There's no doubt that the Lab would have prefered that this year's Second Life Birthday be remembered when it showcased it's PBR update and finally brought out it's mobile viewer. While that's part of how it will be, unfortunately there are some details the Lab would prefer we the residents forget.

In late February came allegations in an anonymous online article that a number of Lindens and Moles had been involved in ageplay, offering no real evidence. Despite the caution of the Second Life media, the Newser and others only giving hints of what was going on or limiting themselves to saying there was an investigation, and that the host website took down the article, word got around as rumors do. While most may believe "all remain innocent until proven guilty," some instead were "once accused, always suspect." A few Lindens and moles named in the accusations were regulars on Bellisseria chat and stopped chatting, laying low. They would not appear at the WVBPE Conference and one would briefly show up at the Fantasy Faire. Finally at the Second Life Birthday they would appear as normal. This was a relief to most, though there were still one or two people going, "Hide the children!"

About a month and a half before the Second Life Birthday came the Linden response to the ageplay allegations: more restrictions on child avatars. They would all need to have "modesty layers" under their clothes. But more importantly would be completely barred from  Adult-rated sims, even if there was nothing overtly sexual outside private homes and the rating was there only because those making their home there were afraid the Lab would ban them for what went on behind closed doors under any milder rating. The Moon Dance and possibly a few other Relay events were barred to child avatars, and while Burn2 once allowed both nudity and child avatars, it is currently deciding which to do away with. Marianne McCann and possibly others whotook part in the past may not be able to do so any more without changing from the look they've been known for.

Soon after, it was announced that the mobile viewer could not be used to take users to Adult-rated areas either. The viewer could be gotten only through Google Play and Apples App Store, both of which had rules about what products available there could show. Between this move and the rule about child avatars, for better or for worse Adult sims were no longer as acessible as they were compared to Mature ones. For some places, this brings up a choice. Do they remain Adult to soothe nagging fears by some who make their home there about what the Lab will do if they spend a little private time with a loved one (or friend with bennefits), or do they lower the rating to make the place more accessible?

And this was the time in which Firestorm, the most popular viewer, released it's PBR (Physical Based Rendering) update. And so the majority of residents were now able to see objects made with this feature, notably the first truly functional mirrors. It was a joy to a number of residents. But for others, notably with older computers, it wasn't. A few people I talked to complained of greater lag and even crashes. Former Newser reporter, who was scheduled to DJ at the Second Life Birthday, had to cancel as he lagged heavily and repeatedly crashed. He would make the decision to leave Second Life for good. How many others did the same is unknown. And a better computer isn't always better for Second Life. I was told about someone's brand new expensive PC that was "barely able" to play the new viewer.

In some ways, it's a reminder of Linden Lab's delima. Unless Second Life is updated, fewer new users will come in. But the problem is, updating means higher requirements for computers. And so those with older machines end up with slower virtual experiences that can make going about here less easy and more difficult, and eventually not able to get on. And 21 years after Second Life's creation, working class residents often have less disposable income than their forebears, and it takes them longer to save for a better computer, if they can save at all.

The Second Life Birthday itself would reflect some of these happenings. People cheered at the sight of certain Lindens and Moles who had been lying low for a while. Much of the terrain, and many of the exhibits took advantage of the new PBR technology, which was a treat for those who could see it. The theme "Elements" was an odd one, but thankfully one didn't need to make their exhibits adhire strictly to the theme. And there is quite a variety of exhibits to see. Plus with this year's SLB lasting a month, more time to see them.

There was one other difference from previous recent birthdays. Instead of a Musicfest at the start with a lot of DJs and singers at the begining weekend with a smaller number of stage events the rest of the celebration, this year all the scheduled performances were in the first ten days, then no more. But there will almost certainly be a few performers step up in the closing hours to help end things with a bang.

As with previous birthdays, there were a few things that raised eyebrows, but much to celebrate, such as despite all the naysayers saying we were doomed, the glitches, the recessions, and the occasional Linden blunder, we're still here.

Happy twenty-first birthday, Second Life. And here's to many more.

Bixyl Shuftan 
SL Newser

This Saturday at The Science Circle

 
Saturday July 13

    ~*~
    
    At 10 AM PST   

    Feeding The World
    Dr. Stephen L. Gasior
    https://www.sciencecircle.org/event/feeding-the-world/
   
      
    ~*~
 
    
    NOTE: Non-members required to register once
    IM Jes Cobalt or Nymf Hathaway

╚══════════════════════════════ The Science Circle (72,129,30) ═╝
 

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Cartoon of the Day: Light Treat

 
 
 Taken while on a shopping trip. Some of the items up for sale were, interesting, and got my sense of humor working.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Ad: Charlee's Gachas

 


Looking for a place to get some gachas? Well, for some at bargain prices, check out Charlee's Gachas. You'll find that the variety is large, and the prices are small. From companion pets like mice and pandas and bats, to jewelry, to furniture, you'll find plenty of products at bargain prices.  

To start browsing the Marketplace store, Click Here
 
 

SL Video: "Correcting Misconceptions About Second Life"

 
 

From Prisca Newall on April 28, in response to a youtuber making exaggerated claims about Second Life's Adult side, "This episode sets the record straight on the 'Horrifying Truth about the Metaverse,' by Virtual Venture, debunking the common misconceptions about Second Life."
 

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay Clubs, and Club Scorn

 
Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver, Montecito Bay, and Scorn clubs.

Club Cutlass: 80s Night, Rocker, TBA

Happy Vixen: DJ Malit, DJ Arooo, DJ Charlee, DJ Minty, TBA, DJ Scratch, DJ Squeaks, DJ Khyra

Club Zero Gravity: Long Ears And Short Tails

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: TBA

Xanadu: DJ Jesse 

Club Squeaks: DJ Squeaks
 
Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Club Scorn: DJ Charlee, Morning Show, Breakfast Show, DJ Aldi, DJ Poison, DJ Charlee, DJ Malit, DJ Gwen
 
Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'
 

Monday, July 8, 2024

A Few SL21B Exhibits

 
The SL21B is going on until later this month. And among the things are the exhibits. Some are simple, some very details. A certain fox managed to get in a little time to see a few. 

See the pictures in Places.
 

Team Firestorm Not Planning On Making A Mobile Viewer

 
It's been a few days since Linden Lab announced their mobile viewer was ready and available for download. Soon after, Daniel Voyager asked on Twitter if Team Firestorm should also develop one. Firestorm's Beq Janus replied, saying they realistically could not.

While I like the idea and the confidence in our ability, the reality is that we do not have anything like the resources to take on such a project at this time.

Daniel also took a poll, asking if Firestorm should develop a mobile viewer. A small majority of those responding answered no, a few commenting this was too much to ask for them, "I say no, because the FS devs already have way too much on their plate right now. Especially with ongoing improvements to the PBR experience."

 

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Cartoon of The Day: Otter Hula

 
 
 Taken at Club Scorn. This ottergirl was doing a hula. So why was it doing so? I could think of one answer.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, July 6, 2024

SL Video: "Drivers of SL Grid Drive 2024-06-08b - Bonus Leg 'Relay For Life' (2024)"

 
 

From Zada Bury on June 29, "Bonus Leg after the 'regular' Grid Drive - a round on the 'RFL - Relay For Life'. ,,, This kind of "Bonus Leg" was happening after the regular drive. It was gone over the "RFL - Relay For Life" Event with a large number of Sims. I wasn't have that much time left, so I was done a fast round. Even while these fast (running) run, I seen a lot awesome builds around, which would have been worth a closer visit, but ... "that if life", you can say, even in SL I get in trouble with having 'too less time' for all."

At 2:09, Zada runs into a certain fox.
 

Friday, July 5, 2024

Mirror at The SL Newser Office

 

 With both the Linden and Firestorm viewers now having the PBR update, Shockwave Yareach made a working mirror. He placed it at the Newser office at HV Community. So if anyone wants to try out the latest Firestorm update to see how mirrors work, they can head here. HV Community, (140, 85, 25)
 
Bixyl Shuftan
 
 

Second Community Roundtable Postponed

 
 On Monday July 1, the Second Community Roundtable was supposed to have taken place at the Aquatorium at the SL21B, featuring Oberwolf and Patch Linden. The Newser was not able to be there, but hoped to get a video. As it turns out, the event did not take place. 

POSTPONED: The scheduled SL21B Community Roundtable event has been postponed. Stay tuned for an announcement on the new time and date. In the meantime, we've extended the deadline to submit questions in advance at https://second.life/sl21b061024 

Stay tuned for more information. 

This Saturday at The Science Circle

 
 Saturday July 6

    ~*~
    
    At 10 AM PST   

    Resolving Polarization
    Chantal Jager
    https://www.sciencecircle.org/event/resolving-polarization/
   
      
    ~*~
 
    
    NOTE: Non-members required to register once
    IM Jes Cobalt or Nymf Hathaway

╚══════════════════════════════ The Science Circle (72,129,30) ═╝
 
 

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Free Fireworks

 
For those wanting to celebrate the Fourth, DeniseUnicorn Toonie has some free fireworks.
 
 The Forth of July is here! I have something for folks that are on Secondlife wanting to celebrate it. I've made some simple sparklers that you can wear in your left, right, or both hands. They're also totally free! 
 
 
 

Happy Fourth of July

 
 
 Happy Independence Day from the Second Life Newser.

EOTB: New Last Names For Residents

 
In the official blog a few days ago, it was announced there was a new set of last names to go along with the SecondLife Birthday. A number of them go along with the theme of the event, elements.

In addition to all of the exciting events, we're thrilled to unveil a special series of SL21B themed last names. Embrace the elements with our new Earth, Wind, Fire, and Air themed options!

The names are: Cirrus, Blowhard, Windyfloofs, Cinder, Hotman, Pyroclaw, Boulder, Soil, Pebblepaws, Ocean, Torrent, and Frostfangs 
 
The notice didn't say how long the names will be available, though probably at least until the end of the Second Life Birthday, on Sunday July 21. 

SL Video: "Terrain Model of the Sansara & Heterocera Continents in Second Life"

 
 

 From Erik Mondrian on June 29, "A topographic model I made showing Sansara [https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Sansara] and Heterocera [https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Hete...], Second Life’s two oldest mainland continents — with 982 and 433 regions, respectively. You can get a closer look at Heterocera in one of my previous videos:    • Terrain Model of the Heterocera Conti...   You can also see a model of the atoll inworld [http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife...] by going to my exhibit parcel for SL21B [https://community.secondlife.com/blog...]. I gathered each region’s elevation data at half-meter X and Y intervals using an interconnected set of LSL scripts — feeding that data to my computer via a series of HTTP requests — then (re)constructed and textured the terrain model(s) in Blender using its incredibly powerful Python API [https://docs.blender.org/api/current/...]. The textures themselves were downloaded from SL’s “Picture Service” [https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Pict...], with UUIDs available thanks to Tyche Shepherd and her indispensable Grid Survey database [http://gridsurvey.com/api.php]."
 

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

EOTB: Lnden Home Poll

 
In the official forums, Patch Linden announced there was a poll open, one asking people which of a list of Linden Home theme ideas were the best, telling them they could select three. 
 
As mentioned in the "Your Theme Ideas Please" post, this is the first of two polls we will conduct.  We reviewed the thread and identified numerous potential themes!  We condensed some of the themes down to what we know can work as Linden Homes, and also merged a few together where we thought it would make sense, especially with some duplicate mentions.  Please vote for your top 3 picks in this poll!   We will then have a second poll from the top choices here to choose a winner. 

The poll (page here) has a total of 33 themes. They vary from science-fiction to fantasy to Medieval to modern. Some were similar to existing themes, such as Mid-Century Modern. And there were some very unique themes such as the Mermaid Homes, which would be the first underwater theme if approved. 
 
It was not mentioned which homes would be Premium, and which would be Premium plus, though Patch did say, "selection of the premium account type to which the theme will be applied will depend on the winning theme's outcome." But "Millionaire Homes" and "Castles" would be easier to pull off with Premium Plus. 

I happened to be listening in on Bellisseria chat when the poll was first brought up. The only complaint there was that people could only chose three. It was commented on that mermaid homes and 18th Century Caribbean would be an interesting combination. In the forums, it was asked why Norwegian homes were an option as there was already a Second Norway region. Patch answered that this was an option a number of people asked for.

Patch didn't give a date as to how long this poll would be open, though did mention "possibly concluding it by Friday." 

Once again, the poll is located (here). 

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: HFOT July 7 2024 Benefit

 

 Frets Nirvana, longtime supporter and contact for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life in conjunction with the US Military Veterans Group, announces the July 7, 2024 benefit for the Veterans Support Organization Home For Our Troops at Veteran’s Isle . Scheduled on the weekend that we celebrate the birth of the United States as a country.

Frets Nirvana states:  “HFOT is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans are multiple amputees, paraplegic, quadriplegic or suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar spent by Homes for Our Troop has gone to directly support Veterans. DURING THAT TIME HFOT HAS BUILT 383 SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOMES NATIONWIDE FOR EXTREMELY INJURED VETERANS.”

Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle. The July 7, 2024 concert is scheduled from 11AM-3PM PST.  It is fitting that it will be staged on the weekend that we celebrate the birth of our great country.  Featured artists will be DJ Zack Friller and performers Roxy Chronotis, Marqs Desade and Frets Nirvana.

Sponsored by Frets Nirvana and the U.S. Military Veteran’s Group of Second Life.  To learn more about Homes for Our Troops visit https://www.hfotusa.or
 
 
 

Scenes At The SLB: Pony Play

 
 
I had a spare five minutes the other day, so I decided to check out the SL Birthday. I noticed a large group of dots on the map in the exhibit area, so curious I TPed over. Once the red clouds, most of them, cleared away, what I saw was a herd of ponies running around. I noticed something else; they were rolling what looked like a large egg around. The third thing I noticed, there was someone inside. 
 
I'd seen this group of ponies before at the Fantasy Faire running around, and now here they were at the SLB, having found something to roll around.  They went past me, and headed down some road.

As for the lady in the egg, SarahKB7 Koskinen, she's been in the paper a few times, such as wanting to be the first to sail between two newly connected continents

One random scene at the Second Life Birthday.

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Gemma's Internet Connection Down

 
For those wondering why SL Newser reporter Gemma Cleanslate hasn't had anything in the paper for a little while, her Internet connection is down, having to rely on a friend to send email. It should be taken care of soon, and her articles resuming.

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay Clubs, and Club Scorn

 
Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver, Montecito Bay, and Scorn clubs.

Club Cutlass: Fourth of July, Long Ears and Short Tails, Fur and Scale

Happy Vixen: DJ Malit, DJ Arooo, DJ Charlee, DJ Snowy, TBA, DJ Scratch, DJ Squeaks, DJ Khyra

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Postponed

Xanadu: DJ Jesse 

Club Squeaks: DJ Squeaks
 
Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Club Scorn: DJ Charlee, Morning Show, Breakfast Show, DJ Aldi, DJ Poison, DJ Charlee, DJ Malit, DJ Gwen
 
Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

Monday, July 1, 2024

The Sunbeamers At Relaystock

 
Yesterday on June 30, the Relay for Life's fundraising season for 2024 came to a close. Among the teams taking part were the Sunbeamers, which ended at Ruby level and eleventh place. The team had taken part in a number of events to raise money. Among them was the Relaystock in mid-May, a tribute to the noted three day rock music festival in 1969. DJ Cynthia would head a band of dancers on stage. So how well did they do?
 
Read the story in Events
 

Happy Canada Day

 
 
 Happy Canada Day to our readers from the Great White North.
 
Picture taken at the Canadian Club Lodge 

SLB Linden "Community Roundtable" Today

 
Today, Monday July 1, Linden Lab hosts the last of it's scheduled Meet the Lindens events at the Second Life Birthday, the "Community Roundtable." Patch Linden and Executive Chairman Oberwolf Linden will be on stage.
 
Attend our second Community Roundtable at the SL21B Aquatorium with Executive Chairman Oberwolf Linden and Senior VP of Product Operations & Marketing Patch Linden. Our Community Roundtables give you the opportunity to connect directly with our top executives, share your input, and discuss ideas on enhancing Second Life. This initiative represents another step in our efforts to improve our community interactions, ensuring that your voice is more directly heard and valued.  

The event will take place at 11:30 AM SL time at the Aquatorium building. Note - this is earlier than the other Meet the Lindens events. Vic Morington and Pantera Polnocy will likely be broadcasting live.

 

The "Last Day of Relay Party"

 
 
 Picture from Wildstar Beaumont. On Sunday June 30, the final event of the Relay Season was held, the Last Day of Relay party.

Come party with us, Selene is DJ'n American Cancer Society2 (244,100,23)
 Our last day of Relay part continues at the Relay Stage  come on over and join us ....  the party continues until 7pm slt tonight!
 
It was a great Relay season with a total of 115,523,610 Linden dollars raised, or $462,094.00 USD. But people are already looking forward to the next one , starting at Feb 15, 2025. And between now and then are events like the Fandom Con, Making Strides, and the Winter Expo. 


Sunday, June 30, 2024

Cartoon of The Day: Censored

 
 
 Taken at the SL21B. Why the girl would be wearing a "Censored" mask, who knows. But a few things come to mind. 

Bixyl Shuftan

 

SL Video: Fourth SL21B Town Hall

 
 

 From Vic Morington on Friday June 28, his live broadcast of the Fourth Town Hall event at the SL21B, featuring Patch Linden and the Moles, followed by the first moments of the party at the Helios Casino afterwards.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

SL Video: Third SL21B Town Hall

 
 

From Vic Morington on Thursday June 27, his live broadcast of the Third Town Hall event at the SL21B, with Linden Lab founder Philip Linden being interviewed.
 

SL Video: First SL21B Town Hall

 
 

From Vic Morington on Tuesday June 25, his live broadcast of the first Town Hall event at the SL21B, with Grumpity, Kali, Syntx, and Kyle Linden.
 

Friday, June 28, 2024

Breaking News: Linden Lab Offering Limited Number of Lifetime Premium-Plus Accounts

 
 It was just announced at the Friday Town Hall at the Second Life Birthday by Patch Linden that Linden Lab will be offering Lifetime Premium Plus Accounts, called SecondLifetime Premium Plus Accounts (youtube link). BUT, it will be a small number. As this the 21st anniversary of Second Life, there will be 21 Lifetime Premium Plus Accounts available, "it's in honor of Second Life's 21st Birthday, and we enjoy trying to be thematic when we can."

These lifetime accounts are not cheap. They will cost 1,899.00 US dollars, or 1,150.00 if one is upgrading their SecondLifetime Premium account.
 
SecondLifetime Premium accounts were offered last year at the SL20B.  Back then, they were $749 USD. The price has since gone up to $859.00

More details about SecondLifetime accounts can be found (here). 

Second SL21B Town Hall, Video And Summary

 
 Wednesday January 26 was the second of the Town Hall events at the Second Life Birthday this week. Patch Linden, the VP of Product ad Marketing, was the most prominent. Others on stage were Keira Linden, the Support Operations Manager, Product Operations Manager Derrick Linden, and Creative Producer Izzy Linden. Besides Vic Morrington (link), it was also filmed by Pantera Polnocy (link), whose video had a side window for local text chatter.
 
 
On Linden Homes, Patch stated there was a Premium-Plus Linden home under development, though didn't mention the theme. Later in the Second Life forums, he would ask for suggestions. Patch also stated a phasing out of older Linden Homes was desired, but as of now there was no timetable for it.  Someone asked if two Premium-level Linden homes for Premium Plus residents was an option. Patch stated it could be done, but wouldn't be any time soon as it would reduce the number of Linden Homes available. 

Someone asked if the continent of Zindra could be connected to the others via water sims. Patch answered that was an option for the future, but it couldn't happen anytime soon.
 
It was asked what was being done about hate speech "from far right groups." Kiera Linden answered they were doing what they could, relying on inworld abuse reports, "It's difficult to keep up because there's lots of corners of the world that don't pop up very often."

The idea of shared accounts for businesses was brought up, which came up earlier this month in the Second Life forums when a merchant stated he had been relying on one, even though it was against the terms of service and Linden Lab cracking down was making it difficult for his store to function. Patch stated while he could understand why merchants would use shared accounts, the ban on this was for good reasons, that there was the clear ability for an account's Linden dollars to be stolen and the inventory deleted, and that access to one's account had the potential for exposure or real-life financial bank and credit card information, "it has the ability to throw your money out the window, and do damage .... empty into the trash can kind of damage. ... We're as protective of your accounts as we can be. " Plus there was the possibility of a business relationship to sour and turn hostile. Still, Patch stated they were open to change and perhaps something could be worked out in the future. 

The question of content theft in sales came up. Kiera Linden stated it can be tricky when two people come to them saying they're both the original creator of something, and the best solution for people was to continue to file DMCA reports. 

Also asked about was Linden Labs' relationships to charities, ensuring the money goes where it's supposed to. Patch answered there were two levels. The first included recognized charities that had long run in Second Life such as the American Cancer Society and the Michel J. Fox Foundation. The second level was "individuals who are interested in raising funds," saying they were limited in what they could do to help other than list events on the Destination Guide, but did "verify any past fundraisers they have done."

It was asked if there will be multiple partner lines for those in "poly" relationships. Patch talked about work on something allowing flexibility "Yes, but we don't have a timeline. ... It is something that has gotten attention."

Someone asked about land barons supposedly grabbing up Bellisserian land. Patch answered, "This is actually fascinating to hear. We just need to be aware who is doing it ... you cannot sublease parcels. If someone is going so, we'd like to hear about it, File an abuse report."

It was also asked will there be Lifetime Premium Accounts? Patch's answer was a tease, "I don't know, you'll have to come tot he Mole Town Hall to Find out. ... the number 21 might be involved."

Also asked about was a video option for abuse reports, making unclaimed Mainland more easily available to residents, making voice to text and text to voice servers "it's being worked on," the electric vehicle offered as a prize in the SL20B, which was won in a state the winner was able to claim anonymously, handling the accounts of deceased friends and relatives, and others.

There were also some comical comments, such as Patch musing there would be a tollway road through the continents, charging residents money as they drove through it, what was the favorite pizza of the Lindens, and "How many Moles does it take to screw in a light bulb."

The Town Hall events go on to Friday June 28, and the last Meet the Lindens event is the Community Roundtable on Monday July 1 at 11:30 AM SL time, also at the Aquatorium. 

Bixyl Shuftan

Fourth SLB Linden "Town Hall" Today

 
Today, Friday June 28, the fourth of the Linden Town Hall events for the Second Life Birthday will take place. This one will feature a number of the Linden Moles.
 
 Attend a Town Hall at the SL21B Aquatorium with the Moles! The Moles are builders, scripters, and content creators employed by Linden Lab to work in the Linden Department of Public Works.    

The event will take place at 1:30 PM SL time at the Aquatorium building. 

Scenes From The SLB

 
 
 Yours truly has been busy lately, both in real life and writing the news. Still, I've had a little time to see some of the Second Life Birthday. At 4AM on Tuesday, I caught a few minutes of DJ Minty's set.
 

The decorations between the exhibits in themselves look pretty good. This still picture can't show the movement of the fluttering butterflies, though it does show the detail of the flowers and plants. 


Some exhibits fit in well with the theme "Elements."
 

Some exhibits looked like they made some use of the PBR technology recently brought into Second Life. While I couldn't get it to show my reflection, it did show others.


And some were just plain cool, such as this Elements of Spaceflight exhibit at SLB Stupendous (70/120/21)

Stay tuned for more.

Bixyl Shuftan