The Egg on LEA19 Closing

The Egg Closing

I visited The Egg on LEA19 by Livio Korobase back in July and wrote a post about it here. This installation will be closing by the end of the year and Livio is opening it up to people who visit to part-take building, starting December 21 until the date of closing, which is December 31, 2015. Opening the sim for public building is the result of Livio’s contemplation of art itself and part of the closing The Egg FuneralSo what is art? Does it have to be beautiful? Expressive? Original? Uplifting? Intellectual? There are many passionate discussions on this topic, shared or not. For me, over all, Art is you. The sim is set to 24-hour auto-return for those of you who wish to build. A great idea I think for the last 10 days of this interactive and fantasy driven installation to let people who visit become part of the project itself. Head over and take a look. Lastly, let me also add here that Livio has graciously agreed to show at Berg by Nordan Art a new installation in October, November and December 2016, he will be accompanied at that time by co-exhibitor ◦⊱ Mi ⊰◦ in the gallery in the sky. Please be on the lookout for announcements.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

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Lab Chat #1: Ebbe Altberg – transcript and audio

I’m reblogging here this excellent post by Inara Pey of Living in a Modem World about the first Lab Chat session in Second Life that took place on a LEA sim on November 19, 2015. I attempted to attend this event myself, but after four crashes (I was simply sitting and kept crashing, a sad state of affairs), I gave up. Thanks, Inara, for this post! ♥

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Lab Chat LogoThursday, November 19th saw the launch of what is hoped will become a new series of monthly discussions. Lab Chat is billed as “an opportunity for you to ask Lindens your questions during a live taping that will be recorded and archived for everyone to view.”

The first show featured the Lab’s CEO, Ebbe Altberg in his alter ego of Ebbe Linden. In preparation for the recording, Second Life users were invited to ask questions about the Lab, Second Life, “Project Sansar”, etc on a forum thread.

Over 40 questions were asked, and members of the production crew selected seven questions they thought would be of most interest to the attending audience, to be asked during the show, whist also leaving time for further questions from the audience itself.  Discussions are under way with the Lab to try to ensure those questions from the forum thread which weren’t asked as…

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SL 12B

SL12B_1260x240_wDates_RS002-greenLast post for today! The Second Life 12th Birthday Celebration, with the theme What Dreams May Come, opened officially today and will remain open until June 28, 2015. We headed over a few hours ago and there was lots of lag, as expected. I really think the best way to enjoy this kind of massive celebration is to prepare and look at maps and websites in advance to easily get to parts of the venue one wants to see. Please check the official SL 12B Website for more information and post photographs in the SL 12B Flickr group. Head over and take a look, and, remember, prepare in order to avoid LAG!

What Second Life Means to Me by Huckleberry Hax

As I mentioned a few days ago, there is a Linden Lab machinima event going on where residents are asked to create little films for SL 12B addressing why it is that Second Life is meaningful to them. My dear friend, Huckleberry Hax, just now posted the machinima above. Part of the footage is shot on Leka on Nordan om Jorden. Take a look for yourselves, I find it so poetic and very beautifully done. Bravo Huck.

What Is the Meaning of Second Life to Me?

The Second Life 12th birthday celebration is coming up on June 21, 2015 and one of the incentives by Linden Lab, specifically by Xiola Linden, is to ask residents to create a brief machinima and share why it is that Second Life is meaningful to them. I first saw this project mentioned in Strawberry Singh’s blog and thought I’d post it here too.

I think this is such a wonderful way of celebrating the upcoming Second Life birthday and may take a stab at it myself if time allows. It is it a super creative way of involving residents, the true creators of our Second Life, to share their individual stories. Hopefully these little video snippets will reach and touch people outside of Second Life as well. In the machinimas produced so far issues like the dreamlike quality of Second Life, the social aspect and, of course, creativity have been highlighted. I suspect these are the major components that will continue to be addressed in most of the machinima, but, and so typical of Second Life, each resident of course will add their own individual flavor to their story. Because, and as we already know, it is the individuality and creativity of each Second Life resident that makes our Second Life world what it is today. Take a look at the machinima by Xiola Linden (created by Torley Linden),  Strawberry Singh (created by Draxtor Despres) and Draxtor Despres and enjoy.

Linden Lab working on a next generation virtual world

Here are some interesting news about the virtual world posted on Daniel Voyager’s blog, thought I’d reblog it here!

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On 20th June 2014 Ebbe Linden went to the TPV developer meeting with some rather interesting news which is that Linden Lab are working on a next generation virtual world and that it will be in the spirit of Second Life. Apparently during the past year or so Linden Lab development team have been working already on the new project. The next generation virtual world will be closed sourced and will not be backward compatible with content from Second Life. Linden Lab believes this is a massive and exciting opportunity ahead in having a new generation virtual world. The lab are now hiring new developers to help out with the next generation virtual world.

The new next generation virtual world will be in beta sometime in 2015. More details will be announced in the next few months or so. It’s still early days! 

Oz Linden with the dev team will remain working on Second Life and Linden Lab have made clear that…

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Ebbe Altberg at VWBPE

Yesterday, Ebbe Altberg, the recently appointed Linden Lab CEO, spoke at the 2014 Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education conference. While I was unable to attend this event myself, I found a video by Mal Burns, official videographer for the VWBPE,  that captures the entire presentation. Judging by the posts and comments on various blogs, it was an incredibly successful event that started off with an opening discussion by Ebbe Altbert and was followed by an audience Q&A. Please see below for the video by Mal Burns.

The Other World

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Ever so often there is a great sense of discontent amongst the citizens of Second Life© to adjustments or changes that the Linden Lab makes to the guidelines of our living in this virtual world. I experienced it in the past too, when I was here with a different avatar; people were upset then, making a lot of loud noises, but it all then eventually fizzled out and disappeared completely. The most recent Linden Lab change to section 2.3 of the ToS, however, seems to have had a more profound consequence, namely, content creators no longer want to make things here and some are even leaving Second Life all together. Those of us who remain in Second Life are considering alternative virtual worlds, like InWorldz. Several bloggers have written posts about InWorldz lately, the two that I like the most are the ones by Strawberry Singh and Canary Beck (these are two very different blog posts, but both incredibly informative and well-written). I created an InWorldz account with my old avatar several years ago. I had a terribly time navigating then and couldn’t make it work. Inspired by all the recent talk about InWorldz, I headed over again, but still I had the same experience and just gave up. Honestly, I think I am just not invested in making InWorldz work. More than anything else, I am conflicted and worried that when talented content creators abandon Second Life there will be really bad consequences for all of us living here. I am someone who is sentimentally attached to Second Life and I would hate to see it go under. I may have to try InWorldz again. For now, it is just a matter of waiting to see what might happens next.

Photography by Kate Bergdorf

Qarl Linden Quits Second Life©

1712471_300There has been much talk lately about a recent change to the Linden Lab’s Terms of Service (ToS). The change was announced on August 15, 2013 and pertains to Section 2.3 of the ToS; basically, in a nutshell, Linden Lab has declared that they now hold the rights to all user-generated content. Bloggers are writing posts about this, Second Life creators are arranging discussion panels and artists are protesting in different ways. I think it is safe to say, people are outraged. Most recently,  a Linden employe himself has called it quits. Read Qarl Linden’s farewell to the Second Life community here: qLab.