Lab announces a 12th anniversary music fest and invites auditions

secondlifeWhile the traditional Second Life Birthday celebrations are now pretty much coordinated and run by the community – hence the title Second Life Birthday Community Celebrations, the Lab has a track record of sharing in the celebratory mood around the time of SL’s anniversary through various promotions, gifts, and so on, often as an overall part of the community celebrations

Xiola Linden brings word that this year, the Lab is trying something a little different – a music festival; and they’re inviting musicians from across SL to participate.

Xiola’s blog post on the festival reads in part:

Second Life is turning 12 this June, and we’re planning a few extra special ways to help commemorate a dozen amazing years with our Residents! You’ll have to stay tuned to this blog and our social media pages for all the exciting things as they roll out, but today we’re announcing auditions for … (drum roll, please) … the Second Life Music Fest – sponsored by Linden Lab – a two day music-extravaganza inworld to celebrate!

Second Life is full of talented musicians, and we’re hoping to draw out all you guitarists, bassists, drummers, singers, tambourine shakers and other music makers to come audition for the festival. All genres are welcome!

The Second Life Music Fest is an opportunity to perform at one of the biggest celebrations in Second Life, and it’s a paid gig!

Those interested in taking part are invite to complete the audition application form – and to do so no later than Wednesday, May 20th. The blog post notes that completion of the application never signifies a commitment on the part of the artist to take part, nor a guarantee they’ll be called upon to audition before a panel of judges comprising Lab personnel and residents.

Musicians who are selected to audition will receive word directly from the Lab via e-mail. Those successful in their audition will be invited to perform a 30-minute set at the Second Life Music Fest, and (subject to the Lab’s terms and conditions) receive payment for doing so.

The auditions themselves will be open to the public, and will take place at Feed A Smile’s Lavender Fields on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, May 22nd 12:00 noon to 14:00 SLT
  • Saturday, May 23rd 18:00 to 20:00 SLT

So, if this sounds like it might be your kind of gig as a musician – follow the links and apply.

Join Hands to help Nepal

Join Hands: raising money to help the WFP's aid work in earthquake-struck Nepal
Join Hands: raising money to help the WFP’s aid work in earthquake-struck Nepal with Fashion for Food

Valsnia and Ruby Ornamental, two Second Life residents and bloggers, have recently formed Join Hands, a virtual group they would like to see  “make a difference to the real world we live in. Not dedicated to a single mission but the spirit of Humanity.” As the inaugural activity for Join Hands, they are organising a four-day fund-raiser in support of the people of Nepal following the devastating earthquake of April 25th.

Fashion for Food SL is aimed at raising money which can be put towards the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), which is focusing its efforts on bringing assistance and relief to the outlying regions of Nepal, allowing the government there to co-ordinate efforts along the Kathmandu Valley. The WFP  estimating US $116.5 million is required to provide food for 1.4 million people for a period of three months – that’s US $27 per person per month.

Fashion for Food will showcase items from top SL designers in a special fashion show on Wednesday, May 13th
Fashion for Food will showcase items from top SL designers in a special fashion show on Wednesday, May 13th

Measuring a peak moment magnitude (Mw) of 7.8Mw , with an epicentre one the the village of Barpak in the Gorkha district of the country, the initial earthquake was followed by  a series of aftershocks, some almost as powerful as the original ‘quake,  which are still continuing.

The result is a disaster which has left over 8,000 dead and 18,000 serious injured at the time of writing, and around 3.5 million people in need of food, water and assistance, including 1.7 million children in need of medical support. Aid agencies around the world have rallied to the call, but there is mounting concern over providing care and assistance with the fast approaching monsoon season, and the real risk of epidemics among survivors due to the shortage of clean water, the makeshift nature of living conditions and the lack of toilets.

the Fashion for Food event area recreates an Earthquake shattered environment to help people better understand the devastation wrought in Nepal
the Fashion for Food event area recreates an Earthquake shattered environment to help people better understand the devastation wrought in Nepal

Fashion for Food launches at 14:00 SLT on Wednesday, May 13th, with a special fashion show by SCALA™. It will be followed by an after-show party hosted by  DJ Seashell Dench from SCALA™. Clothing and jewellery from participating designers can be purchased from the vendor boards throughout the region, with all proceeds of sales, as well as all donations received going directly to WFP in support of their work in Nepal.

Designers from across Second Life are donating to and participating in the event, the list comprising:   69Park Ave GQ, Amarelo manga, Ana Markova, Astralia Alice Tartaglia, Aura Yeu, Ayiki, – AZUL -, Baboom Couture, CIRCA Living, CORPUS Motion,  Dulce Secrets, ~ghee~,
~~ Glitter Girls ~~ and In-Pose,  Glitterati by Sapphire,  Hawker’s House, ImmateriA,  J’adore poses,  JCNY Collection, .:JUMO:.,  K E L I N I Haute Couture,  Lazuri.  Look @ Me Design,
LUXE,  Lyrical Bizarre Templates, Mâchoire,  M&M Clothing,  Me Sew Sexy,  Moondance Boutique,  NYA’S Shop,  No 7,  Petit Chat,  Prey,  Prism Designs SL,  PROMAGIC, RAPTURE, Athena Couture,  SF designs,  Silken Moon,  ::SG SLackgirl ::,  Snowpaws, TASHI,  Totally Random,
Vestige Poses, Xen’s Hats and Zanze.

All proceeds of the sales through the vendor boards will be going to support the WFP's programme to deliver food to the people of Nepal
All proceeds of the sales through the vendor boards will be going to support the WFP’s programme to deliver food to the people of Nepal

The region hosting the event – Indian Paradise – has been designed to recreate an environment which has been shattered and an earthquake, offering something of a glimpse of the devastation wrought in Nepal. The fashion show and events area is located towards the centre of the region, while paths winding around the region take visitors past the vendor boards which will be available throughout the fours days of the event.

At the time of writing the schedule of events for Fashion for Food is as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, 14:00 SLT: Fashion Showcase by SCALA™Models
  • Wednesday, May 13th through Saturday May 16th 2015:  outfits and jewellery from the participating designers on sale throughout the region, will all proceeds going to the WFP
  • Thursday, May 14th, 2015, 12:00 noon SLT: DJ Bonie Facio
  • Saturday, May 16th, 2015, 14:00 SLT: closing party with SCALA™ DJ – Seashell Dench

Fashion for Food is being largely organised by the Indian community in Second Life to support their neighbouring Nepal, with the event region being sponsored by Indian Paradise. Note that if you would prefer to donate to the WFP’s work directly, you can do so via their Nepal relief work page.

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Lab confirms open source support sought for Linux viewer development

Linux-SLIn April I blogged about the Lab seeking assistance from the Linux community to assist with the continuing development of the Linux flavour of the viewer.

The call came during a Third-Party Developer meeting on April 24th, with Oz linden indicating that while the Lab will continue to integrate and provide build services for Linux, and publish the results, but is unable to pro-actively continue developing the Linux flavour of the viewer, which has generally accounted for around 1% of the total user base, although the Lab currently puts the figure at around half that.


On Tuesday, May 11th, the Lab expanded on this in a technology blog post, which reads in full:

Since its introduction, the Linux version of the Second Life Viewer has been considered a Beta status project, meaning that it might have problems that would not have been considered acceptable on the much more widely used Windows or Mac versions. Because “Linux” isn’t really one platform – it’s a large (and fluid) number of similar but distinct distributions – doing development, builds, and testing for the Linux version has always been a difficult thing to do and a difficult expense to justify. Today, Linux represents under half of one percent of official Viewer users, and just a little over one percent of users on all viewers. We at Linden Lab need to focus our development efforts on the platforms that will improve the experience of more users.

While we hope to be able to continue to distribute a Linux version, from now on we will rely on the open source community for Linux platform support. Linden Lab will integrate open source community contributions to update the Linux platform support, and will build and distribute the resulting viewers, but our development engineering, including bug fixing, will be focused on the platforms more popular among our users. We hope that the community will take up this challenge; anyone interested in ensuring that their fellow Linux users can continue on their preferred platform is encouraged to reach out to us to find out where help is most needed.

 So, if you’re a Linux user and in a position to help the viewer move forward, please do consider assisting the Lab and your fellow Linux users.