Firestorm to host “the future of Second Life” Q&A with Lab staff

Update: The promised transcript is now available.

Jessica Lyon has announced that the Firestorm team will be hosting a Q&A session entitled The Future of Second Life.

The session will take place on Wednesday July 2nd at 07:00 SLT (that’s 7:00 AM PDT – I’ve always used 24-hour clock notation in this blog)  at the Firestorm Auditorium, with seating on a first come, first serve basis.

Oz Linden: SL's Technical Director
Oz Linden: Linden Lab’s Technical Director of Second Life

In attendance will be Oz Linden, Technical Director of Second Life at the Lab. Peter Gray, the Lab’s Director of Global Communications may also be present as well.

Note that the focus of the session will Second Life – the session will not be a forum for discussion of the Lab’s  next generation platform. Opportunities to discuss the latter will doubtless come through various mediums once the Lab more solidly release details about it.

So if you want to learn more about what is planned for SL, this may be a meeting you want to attend. However, if you can’t attend, the blog post points to the following:

  • The event will be recorded and made available after the fact
  • The event will be live streamed though I do not have all the details yet. Stay tuned to this bullet for edits.
  • If you have questions to ask concerning SL’s future, please leave them in a comment on the Firestorm blog. Jessica will attempt to ask as many as she can. Please do not leave questions here, as they unlikely to be collected and asked at the session.

I’ll also most likely provide a transcript of the meeting as time allows after the event.


Viewer release summaries 2014: week 26

Updates for the week ending: Sunday June 29th, 2014

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 Current Viewer Releases 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. This page 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
  • By its nature, this summary presented here will always be in arrears, please refer to the Current Viewer Release Page for more up-to-date information

Official LL Viewers

  • Current Release version: June 23rd (formerly the SL Share 2 RC – ability to upload Tweets and snapshots to Twitter and / or snapshots to Flickr) (download page, release notes)
  • Release channel cohorts (See my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
  • Project viewers:
    • Group Ban project viewer updated to version  June 24th – allows certain group members to ban avatar from a group or from joining a group  When an existing group member is banned, they are also automatically ejected from the group (download and release notes)

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers


  • Black Dragon updated to version on June 28th – core updates: bug fixes; ability to invert pitch controls (change log)


  • Cool VL viewer updated on June 21st – Stable release to version and Legacy version – core updates: please refer to the release notes

Mobile / Other Clients

  • No updates

Additional TPV Resources

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Inside Gemmy’s World

Gemmy's World, La Maison d'Aneli
Gemmy’s World, La Maison d’Aneli

Gemmy’s World is the latest exhibition of fractal artwork by Gem Preiz. Occupying one half of  La Maison d’Aneli at Virtual Holland, curated by Aneli Abeyante, the exhibit opened on June 24th – and my apologies to Gem for not having been able to attend the opening.

The approach taken to the pieces on display is rather unique, the art depicting the imaginary world of a young boy, as Gem explains:

Gemmy is my nephew, a wide-eyed amazed little boy, who spends a good half of his life to dream about the other half.

He is the age where every indistinct shape can become a character with whom he populates his imaginary universe, coloured with the thousand shades of the autumn, because it is the season of sweet chestnuts and fireplaces. As he understands nothing to the adults, everybody looks like animals who get lost in secret meetings and night-patrols, in fights and in wild pursuits.

Gemmy's World
Gemmy’s World, La Maison d’Aneli

It is a world full of movement, jumps, somersaults and contortions for, nothing is more boring than to remain sat quiet doing homework while there are so many adventures to be lived, of huts to be built and of caves to be explored. A world with dangers also, those who haunt his bad dreams, but which won’t make him anything worse than to spoil his breakfast chocolate.

He opens you for a while his picture book, and it doesn’t much matter what you will see there: in any manner, he would tell you his stories without even realizing that you are listening to him.

This back story brings the 30 fractal prints on display vividly to life; these are no abstract pieces, they are wondrous places conjured from the fresh and invigorated mind of a young boy. Here are worlds populated by fantastical creatures rising up together or swirling through high corridors of air. Some appear to be on confrontation with one another, others perhaps more playfully competing with each other, and some simply enjoying their freedom of being.

Gemmey's World
Gemmy’s World, La Maison d’Aneli

Look closely, and what might appear to be one great creature changes to become many, and what at first seems to be a rolling, roiling, alien sea is yet more creatures or boats or both. There is a dynamism here which is given added depth as we see each picture through Gemmy’s young eyes. Follow the pictures around the exhibit space, and a story seems to suggest itself, each image a portrait of one or more of the protagonists within it. Subtle reminders of the exhibition’s roots in childhood imaginings lie scattered across the floor in the form of toys to be encountered as one explores.

Gem states he used a recent UWA competition which posed the question, “what makes us human?” as the inspiration for the piece. While he did not participate in that competition, it did give him pause for thought as to what his answer might have been, had he done so. This led him to consider the power of imaginative expression, which first arises in childhood.

He goes on to explain, “And it is during childhood that this creation power rises with the strongest intensity, as if children’s inner world was already too immense to contain only what they know about the reality. That’s why comic strips speak to them so much: they suggest them unknown, unusual, visual universes, at an age when it is by the glance that they learn most.”

Gemmy's World
Gemmy’s World, La Maison d’Aneli

I freely confess to being a fan of Gem’s work, and have been since first being invited to one of his exhibitions; there is a vibrancy and life to his pictures which I find marvellous. Gemmy’s World is no exception, and I have no hesitation in recommending it.

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Vampires, warring tigers and battling brethren

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in Voice, brought to Second Life by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library.

As always, all times SLT / PDT, and unless otherwise stated, events will be held on the Seanchai Library’s home on Imagination Island.

Sunday June 29th

13:30: Tea-time at Baker Street: The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

Tea-time at Baker Street sees Caledonia Skytower, Corwyn Allen and Kayden Oconnell open the pages of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, the final set of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories first published in the Strand Magazine between October 1921 and April 1927.

This week: The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire

Do vampires really exist?

In 1896, Mr. Robert Ferguson believes they do.

After writing two letter to Sherlock Holmes about vampires, he arrives at 221B Baker Street with a strange tale about his second wife, a Peruvian, who has apparently taken to sucking the blood of their recently born baby. Prior to being discovered in the act by her husband, she has also been found beating Ferguson’s 15-year-old, partially disabled son from his first marriage. Now she has locked herself in her room, and refuses anyone but the maid to see her.

Deducing the reality of the situation, but keeping it to himself, Holmes agrees to travel to Ferugson’s Sussex home with Watson. There, and with the family all gather together, he seems more interested in gazing out of the window than in dealing with the situation at hand …

Also, as a special bonus this week, two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s own parodies of his works:

In The Field Bazaar Watson supplants Doyle as the recipient of a letter requesting he contribute a short written piece for a charity event (Doyle having received such a request from his old university). The story plays on both Holmes’ seemingly mystical powers of deduction and also on the breakfast scenes which open a number of Holmes and Watson’s adventures.

How Watson Learned the Trick, written 28 years after The Field Bazaar, is almost the latter’s companion piece, having come about due to Doyle receiving a request to submit a short story for inclusion in the library of the remarkable Queen Mary Dolls’ House. The result is another breakfast scene between Holmes and Watson, this one with the good doctor attempting to exercise his own powers of deduction.

18:00: Magicland Storytime

Join Caledonia Skytower as she reads some Tall Tales at Magicland Park.

Monday June 30th, 19:00: Space Wars

This week, Gyro Muggins concludes Desert Fox Operation before commencing another story from  Larry Niven’s Man-Kzin wars, The Colonel’s Tiger by Hal Colebatch.

The colony ship Angel’s Pencil is the first human vessel to encounter the Kzin. Following a violent exchange, the Angel’s Pencil relays her situation and the attack on her by the Kzin, including detailed information on the anatomy and physiology of their attackers. While the reports are dismissed by many as an outbreak of psychosis on the colony vessel, for one ARM agent, they trigger a memory about a confrontation between a human and a “tiger man”, which took place in the 19th century on Earth …

Tuesday July 1st, 19:00: A Dog’s Purpose, Continued

Reincarnation can be confusing for a human; reborn into different lives, trying to learn lessons of the past in order to discover one’s purpose … Imagine what it must be like for a dog.

That’s exactly what humourist W. Bruce Cameron has done in his 2010 best seller A Dog’s Purpose. Bailey, pup of a stray, is rather surprised to find himself reborn as a Golden Retriever after being euthanized. It surprises him even more when, after a happy life involving a young boy, a farm and more, Bailey passes from the world … Only to find himself occupying the body of a German shepherd bitch. Thus comes the realisation that he is serving some higher purpose.

The problem is, and as his lives continue, Bailey can’t figure out exactly what that purpose might be…

Travel with Caledonia Skytower and Kayden Oconnell as they continue their journey through Bailey’s heartwarming and funny tale of many lives, a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend; a story in which love never dies, and true friends are always with us.

Wednesday July 2nd, 19:00: Tall Tales: American Legends

With Caledonia Skytower.

Thursday July 3rd

19:00: Legends of the Brethren Court

Shandon Loring takes to the high seas with none other that a young Jack Sparrow, Pirate Lord of the Caribbean Sea, Captain of the Black Pearl, and the youngest Pirate Lord ever admitted into the Brethren Court. With the Shadow Lord seeking to destroy the Brethren Court and it’s down to Jack – sometimes helped, sometimes hindered, by his fellow brethren Pirate Lords – to prevent it.


Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule. The featured charity for May-June is Habitat for Humanity: envisioning a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

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