LivingSL – a new feed to keep up with SL news

A few weeks back, I received an e-mail from Alianna Logan asking me if I would consider having this blog being syndicated on a new blog feed  – LivingSL – which is, in her words “focused on the thoughts, feelings, ideas, expressions, explorations, etc. of SL residents, even mixing in real life at times.”

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Intrigued by the offer, I dropped Alianna a line, asking a little more about why she’s started feed (and to accept her invitation!).

“I was one of those who was focused solely on fashion feeds,” she said in reply, “and then started to realize there was a whole world of blogs out there I was missing out on. It’s been on the back burner because of the other three I have.”

By the “other three”, Alianna is referring to her other feeds – DesigningSL, her feed for SL creators, bloggingSL for SL fashion, and HuntingSL for events and media in SL.

LivingSL has in fact been running for a few weeks now as mentioned, and I’m frankly honoured and delighted to have been asked to help get things going. If you take a look, you’ll doubtless see a fair few names from the blogsphere you recognise, and the cross-section of articles means that the feed does indeed cover areas not often found in SL-related blog feeds.

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Alianna has just opened the feed’s doors to suggestions from readers on additional blogs which might be added to it. So if you do know of a blog that fits the criteria for the feed as outlines above, why not drop her a line?

If you’re looking for a central point by which you can keep up with SL-related news, commentary, thoughts and explorations, sometimes mixed with a dash of real life, make sure you bookmark LivingSL.

Thespians, poets and avatars! Lend out your voices!

Bard 2013 PosterSunday August 25th will see the third annual Bard on the Virtual Beach festival take place at Nowhereville Beach, starting at noon SLT, and there is an open call for performers to take to the stage and be a part of proceedings. If there is a high enough response, the event may be extended to include the afternoon of Saturday August 24th.

Bard on the Virtual Beach is a celebration of the works of William Shakespeare in an informal beachfront setting – a kind of sun, sand and sonnets, you might say. Performers are invited to present, in voice, scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, monologues and  / or sonnets which meet the following requirements:

  • A presentation should be no shorter that five minutes and no longer than 12 minutes although minor fluctuations might be negotiated in exceptional circumstances). Performers are asked to submit a specified length of their presented pieces in advance of the festival and to be realistic in their timings
  • A single presentation may be solo, or include a scene with multiple actors
  • Performers may participate in more than one selection under these conditions: a limit of two selections per day, three in total (subject to programme review)
  • Selections will not be repeated from one day to the next, so that each session will be unique.

Do please note that the setting for the festival is informal – there will be no sets, although there will be a stage with some items of furniture and a functional balcony level. Performers are asked to submit any specific requirements, stage-wise, with their application to perform.

How To Apply

Send a notecard to Caledonia Skytower by the end of the virtual day on Monday, August 12th.  Include your name, the piece or pieces you would like to present, approximate length of the performance slot you need, and whether this is a solo performance or a presentation by a group of performers.  You may also email your application information to Caledonia at

Details and schedule drafts will be managed through the StoryFest Events Group (if you are bringing a scene you will need to designate one from your company to be your captain & join that group temporarily to assist in communication/logistics) and through the StoryFest Blog.

Viewer release summary 2013: week 32

This summary is published every Monday and is a list of SL viewer / client releases (official and TPV) made during the previous week. When reading it, please note:

  • It is based on my Viewer Round-up Page, a list of  all Second Life viewers and clients that are in popular use (and of which I am aware) and which are recognised as adhering to the TPV Policy
  • By its nature, this summary will always be in arrears
  • The Viewer Round-up Page is updated as soon as I’m aware of any releases / changes to viewers & clients, and should be referred to for more up-to-date information
  • The Viewer Round-up Page also includes comprehensive links to download pages, blog notes, release notes, etc., as well as links to any / all reviews of specific viewers / clients made within this blog.

Updates for the week ending: August 11th, 2013 (with extras!)

Official LL Viewers

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers

  • Restrained Love Viewer (Windows) updated on August 12th to version 2.8.5 – core update: materials processing support (release notes)
  • Cool VL updated on August 10th to:
  • Singularity updated to version on August 12th – core updates: Media ob a Prim (MOAP), Voice code update; Wavefront and Collada export; Web Profile and V3 Web Search support; Updated SSA code; OpenSim Hypergrid and high altitude building support, and more (release notes)

Additional TPV Resources

Depreciated / Discontinued Viewers

  • SL Second Life Beta viewer – depreciated as of version, July 15, 2103
  • SL Development viewer – depreciated as of version April 24, 2013
  • Zen Viewer – discontinued by developer and no longer available, January 27th, 2013
  • Phoenix viewer – development and support ended on December 31st, 2012

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