June, Second Life turns 15 and we’re planning some fun ways to honor
this long-standing community and invite some of the rest of the world to
come check out what makes us so special! Stay tuned to this blog for
more details about events to come and read on to find out about the
first of many - our annual Music Fest - sponsored by Linden Lab.
recent years we’ve taken the popular idea of music festivals and
brought them into the virtual world - all the music, merriment, and good
times without the sunburn. This year will mark the 4th annual Music
Fest in celebration of Second Life - and we can’t wait to get grooving.
we started Music Fest in Second Life, we’ve held an audition showcase
to highlight some of the musical talent in the Second Life community.
Many of you have been performing for years in virtual venues all over
the grid, and we’d love to have you come showcase your talent at the
tryouts for this summer Music Fest. All genres are welcome! From bands
to solo acts, rock and roll to electronica - we encourage anyone to sign
up for consideration. The Second Life Music Fest is an opportunity to
perform at one of the biggest celebrations in Second Life, and it’s a
Unlike the performers volunteering for the main Second Life Birthday event, Linden Lab promises to pay the musicians in it's event a little cash. Those trying out for auditions need to fill out a form online (link here). Musicians are requested to define their type of music, and while not required are requested to provide links of any music they have online.
The audition times are Friday June 1 at 12 Noon to 2PM, and Saturday June 2 from 6 to 8PM SL time.
Come and join us for this OOC GOT RFL event all are invited to attend this medieval faire. DJ Regan spinning the tunes, dance, games merriment come one come all! Join us as we chase off this horrible disease cancer from out lives! Help us to gain the momentum to make things better. Join the Hairy Bear and Maiden Faire on Wednesday April 25th 6pm-8:30pm
The SL15B "crystal" theme this year aims to inspire our Residents to
reflect on the past 15 years and peek into the future to explore the
next 15 years of Second Life. To kick things off, we've rounded up some
interesting statistics and facts about the past and present state of
Second Life in this new infographic ...
The post was made by Brett Linden.
The last time Linden Lab had an infographic was the one for the SL10B five years ago. Both mention the number of accounts, 36 million then compared to 57 million now (obviously only a small part which are active). Both also mention the number of new account registrations per month, 400,000 per month five years ago compared to 350,000 today, a loss of one eighth. A total of over 217,000 years spent inworld by all avatars combined in 2013 compared to a combined total of 482,000 years today. 2.1 million virtual goods were available for sale five years ago compared to five million today, more than double back then. The top three destination categories in the Linden's Destination Guide have changed a little. Five years ago it was Games, Events, and Adventure and Fantasy. Today, the top three are Games, Editor's Picks, and Photography Spots.
They would post about more, which we will write about later.
The Fantasy Faire got off to a good start in it's first few days. Besides the many great sims to explore, some of the people took the time to wear some interesting avatars. Among them, the Colossus avatars that have been available since 2012, but I've seldom seen them except during Fantasy Fair events. There are two in this picture. The smaller one, the lady in the white dress, was several times my height. But the male was well over a hundred feet high, maybe two hundred. I was a small speck near his shoe.
There were also some "Jail and Bail" events. The one getting attention was when Jessica Lyon, the head of Team Firestorm, was detained by the Farelands "Pawlice." Jessica was given a number of charges from deliberately slowing down debugging of the Firestorm viewer to taking Oldesoul's parking spot to squirrel porn. This was despite counter-accusations from someone in the audience that the Linden viewer team had bribed the Pawlice with waffles. Residents were invited to put money in two kiosks, one to bail her out, the other to keep her in longer. After over a couple hours, the bail side won 75,000 to 58404."Thank you Jessica for helping all of us Battling Cancer!"
And yours truly gave the Fairelands Quest a try. In the quest, you answer a dragonfae's plea for help to search for the Queen's father. As you progress, you get small prizes. The game is HUD-based, and with the lag there were times I had to replay a video in my browser, or detatch and reattatch the HUD. Despite the bugs resulting from the lag, I found it to be a fun game. Already, there has been at least one whom claimed to have finished.
Entries: Drop off Cake between 8 am and 11 am on May 17th
Voting will be May 19th all day and May 20th 9am- 3pm, 2018
20 Entries Maximum will be allowed:
Registration form must be return by May 1st, 2018
Dance Party Sunday: 9am-6pm
Winners announced during Sunday's Dance Party.
All cakes must be removed from sim by 6:30 pm on Sunday May 20th, 2018
Public can come to vote anytime during the contest.
The contest is this:
Each team or individual will design a cake that represents the concept of RELAY, a theme central to Relay for Life. There is a prim limit of 25 prims per cake. Each team or individual can only enter one cake into the contest.
A table number will be assign to each team/individual once registration form is receive.
Cakes must be original work, no store bought. It is up to the team/individual that enters the contest what rights will be on the cakes. Please remember if you keep it full perm people can copy the item. We suggest that you make the cake so no one can copy it while on display.
Judging: Judging will be done by the voting public. They will choose who they think best represents the concept of RELAY. Voting boxes will be at each table.
Teams/individuals will be allowed to include a texture for their cakes with the title of their cake and their team name etc. This will be next to each table.
** This Event Is On A Sim Rated: A (Adult) the sim rating will be change for this event for Moderate for the day of the dance.
No nudity, no children on an adult sim event (this is not only ACS rules but Linden rules), no sexual activity. **
Taken at the Happy Vixen. Stormtroopers have gotten a reputation for bad shots as the heroes they pursue have a way of escaping. The leading theory is some of the clones from the Clone Wars have deteriorated with age. On the other hand, the "redshirts" on Federation ships have a way of dying a lot in space. Just how are they able to keep finding men to fill the ranks has been less easily explained.
THIS WEEK at Seanchai Libraries,
WE RELAY, BECAUSE WE CAN .. ... and because there is not one of us whose lives have not been touched in one way or another by Cancer. We are at Fantasy Faire LitFest this week, benefiting Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society's special Hope Hostel Project with Kenyatta National Hospital.
From Malya Violetsong (DaughterOfArboria Resident). She talked me into playing the MMO Terra a bit, so I decided on the name "Gaskyl" for my character while she had one, Kacina. Going along, we came across one with a name very similar to my Second Life name, "Bix?! You has a twin?! 'Bixano'?!" She would send me this picture
Los Dos Amigos y Una Amiga?!
Gaskyl (Bixyl) the Ferret, Bixano the Puss in Boots, and Kacina the sideways horse rider?!
The guy was Away From Keyboard, so no telling where the name came from. Maybe he was a reader of the Newser who was giving Tera a try as well.
Some clubs are difficult to distinguish from others, appear and disappear after only a few months. And some stand out and stand the test of time. Among the later is Eternal Desires. After ten years, the club has lasted through changing times, drama, even the deaths of some important staff. It's also succeeded in achieving what many clubs strive for but never quite get: a clearly diverse following of different types of avatars. The Newser recently interviewed it's owner, Blackened Merlin, and she had much to say about the club, and those who helped make it what it is.
If there's an event in the Relay for Life in Second Life that's as loved as the Relay Weekend, it's the Fantasy Faire. For ten days in fifteen sims, there's plenty to see, do, and experience. There will be clothes and avatars and more to buy with the money going to fund cancer research. There are events such as the "Jail and Bail", the Literary Festival, G.R.R. Martin Day, the Xanadu Roller Party, and others. There is the Fairelands Quest. And of course the well-done scenery to explore around in.
Dropping in with my alt on day one of the Faire yesterday, it was a bit glitchy at times, with my avatar occasionally turning invisible, crashing when trying to teleport, etc. "Welcome to the Relay Weekend," one guy put it, comparing it to the big event in which the sims are overwhelmed by the sheer number of avatars. But I did find some goodies, notably a freebie "The Minkie" Bento avatar that could be worn on the spot upon getting it when clicking on the vendor. There was also a "Cheer the Dragonfae" avatar for 199 Linens. And who is Cheer? He's your guide in the Fairelands Quest this year.
For those with less powerful computers, you may need to wait until late in the evening or early in the morning to enjoy the Faire better. But for Second Life enthusiasts, especially Relayers, this is an event you won't want to miss.
The Sunweaver community will be taking part in the Second Life Birthday celebration. With Shockwave Yareach and Cynthia Farshore focusing on a build for the Relay for Life, the construction for the SLB exhibit was left to Becky "Sha" Shamen. A couple days ago, she showed us how much of the structure she had made.
The full size of the structure, as well as what it will be, the Newser isn't saying quite yet. But we can give a little clue about it with this picture. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks, and clues.
This month's Mod Monday at Montecito Bay will be on the 23rd, at 7pm, in the redesigned Avagora Mall! Featuring Caboodle/Bullseye, Visual Magick, Twilight Imaginarum and newcomer Steedful Things!
Hope to see you there! LMs will be given when it's time to party.
“Updating Darwinian Evolution Part I: Insights from Genes and Genomes”
By Dr. Stephen L. Gasior
Sunday, April 22 at 8AM - 9AM PDT
Darwin’s Theory of Evolution was a landmark event in science,
providing an explanation for the origin of the diverse lifeforms on the
Earth. Notably, it was largely a construct of deduction from
observations. In the over 150 years of the existence of this theory,
scientists have provided the nuts and bolts of how evolution works.
Notable discoveries include DNA and how it encodes genes, how genes lead
to characteristics, the ability to compare genomes, and experimentally
measure population dynamics. What Darwin Never Knew (PBS 2009) covers
some of the molecular examples of how evolution works. This presentation
will summarize the key examples from the documentary. You are welcome
to watch the documentary in advance and ask specific questions; however,
the talk is designed for those unfamiliar with the documentary topics.
When the Relay season started, the Sunbeamer team went of to a great beginning. Thanks to funds that had been collected all winter, the team started at Gold level fundraising rank. The money has continued to come in, and Wednesday night hit the 250,000 Linden mark, or $1000 USD. This puts the team in Platinum rank, with Jade as it's next goal.
SUNBEAMERS Are now Officially Platinum!
beamers: we are now officially Platinum Level, so we can strap on our big person pants and shoot for Jade Level Now and have some fun along the way.
The Sumbeamers have never before reached Jade rank, but this very well may be the year the team achieves it.
There's a new club in Montecito Bay called "The Flying Pickle." This new venue has nothing to do with "Pickle Rick," or the 1993 movie "The Pickle." But rather, it was created to help celebrate the birthday of one of the staff, and has remained up after the celebration ended.
From it's exterior to the interior and of course it's name, there's nothing serious about the Flying Pickle. It's a fun, silly place that's become part of the Montecito Bay collection of clubs.
From Draxtor Despress on April 17, "Guided by principal investigators Tom Boellstorff and Donna ZImmerman
Davis, the Ethnographia group is examining how avatar embodiment and
place-making in virtual worlds like Second Life influences people with
visible and invisible disabilities.
More about this 3-year National Science Foundation funded study,
conducted by University of California, Irvine and University of Oregon
can be found at http://www.ourdigitalselves.com/
If you like to join this community in SL please meet up at Ethnographia Island here: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ethnographia/18/29/22