Space update special: the 7-exoplanet system

By Inara Pey – Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World. Visit Space update special: the 7-exoplanet system for original post.

On Wednesday, February 22nd, US space agency NASA, working with a team of European astronomers, confirmed no fewer than seven extra-solar planets are orbiting a star some 39 light years away – with three of them within the so-called “Goldilocks zone” of habitability. The star in question is TRAPPIST-1, named for the instruments used in […]

FabFree “Love” February 2017 Photo Challenge Update!

By Astrid de Manyet – FabFree – Fabulously Free in SL. Visit FabFree “Love” February 2017 Photo Challenge Update! for original post.

February FabFree Photo Challenge

Starting the 2nd Week of the Challenge!

February is a short month… so though we are only 3 days in, technically, the first week of the photo challenge is already over… but there is still lots of time for you to get your contest entries in!

Charge up your cameras and head out into the hearts, dancing, roses, or… whatever says “Love” (or “Love Stinks?”) to you and get cracking and get those photos in!

If you haven’t already, take a look at the “how it works” then get those shots into the FabFree Photo Challenge Flickr Pool between February 1st and February 28th. Our winner and a runner up will be chosen as soon after as possible. Make sure that you have “FabFree Photo Challenge” somewhere in the title of each picture and at least one absolutely FREE item in your picture. Then, please be sure to credit the FREE item or items so we can include your shot in the contest.

Don’t Forget the Prizes!

This round of the photo challenge is being hosted by Carrie Snowpaw of Snowpaws Store who is generously providing the prizes! Be sure to support the creator this month and check out the store! If you win, you’ll get be getting one of two very generous prizes!

Snowpaws Sign 2017 - updated

Prize for the winner: $ 3,000L Giftcard to spend on items of your choice from Snowpaws

Prize for the runner up: $ 1,500L Giftcard to spend on items of your choice from Snowpaws

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Here’s how it works:
1. Create a photo inworld based on the theme that is posted here at FabFree.
2. Upload your photo to the FabFree Photo Challenge Flickr Pool by the challenge end date.
3. PLEASE Be sure to include “FabFree Photo Challenge” somewhere in the title or we can’t add it to the pool!
4. Leave a comment on the challenge post with a link to your flickr photo (and blog post if you wish).
5. On March 1st, (or as close as possible) the winners will be chosen and will be featured on the blog as “The FabFree Photo Challenge Champions”.

Rules:
1. Your photo must contain at least one absolutely free item. Please put the free item’s name and Designer’s or Shop’s name in the comments section of your photo.

Like this -> “Free thingy” by A Talented Second Life Creator or A Cool Second Life Store.

2. Your photo must have “FabFree Photo Challenge” somewhere in the title.

3. Please keep your photos family friendly (eg. no naughty bits displayed, no graphic violence, nothing you wouldn’t see in a PG rated movie).
4. You may enter as many times as you like.
5. Most of all – have fun, and don’t be afraid to enter. Everyone from all photography levels is welcome to participate.

Good Luck!

Second Life News Update 2017 w05

By Nalates Urriah – Nalates’ Things & Stuff. Visit Second Life News Update 2017 w05 for original post.

The new package rolling out to the main grid’s RC channel has a fix that should make offline IMs and group notices a bit more reliable. That comes from Simon Linden. I didn’t see anything about it in the server version release notes. There will be no Server/Scripting meeting next Tuesday (2/7). A Linden Lab … Continue reading

LEA18 Existence in Balance- an update from JenniferMay Carlucci

By – Linden Endowment for the Arts. Visit LEA18 Existence in Balance- an update from JenniferMay Carlucci for original post.

When entering the sim upon completion, you will be guided to the first stage, Terra  Forma.

From there people visiting can choose to go in 4 directions.  As I told you last week, 4 heart-shaped platforms surround 2 hands holding an icy globe.

Each heart shape platform will represent its own direction:

–    Reality
–    Fantasy
–    Spirituality
–    Emotion

Before we go explore these basics of human life, you are invited to take a tour in Terra Forma where Earth is created.  Parts where vision will be important, but also sounds and movement.

These last mentioned items will be added in a later stage when all parts of Existence in Balance are finished.
In this way we can be asured no sounds are overlapping and you can enjoy the surroundings to its fullest.

We have seen many of you already taking a peek. As this enterprise is a major work in progress I suggest to come by regularly to see the ‘story’ develop.

See you inworld on LEA18 and enjoy Existence in Balance!

JenniferMay Carlucci

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Poem by Rumi:

Love is from the infinite, and will remain until eternity.
The seeker of love escapes the chains of birth and death.
Tomorrow, when resurrection comes,
The heart that is not in love will fail the test.

From Thief of Sleep
by Shahram Shiva

Thank you, Thank you and Thank you.(Hunt Update).

By zanbeck – Pure Eggs & Spam. Visit Thank you, Thank you and Thank you.(Hunt Update). for original post.

Thanks to all of you who were so quick to respond, honestly, I was chuffed.  Fortunately one of our regular readers was also inworld so she took me by my AV hand and literally had to have her emmm put her “buy beam” on the snowflake before I could finally spot it! The clue didn’t have much to do with where it actually is BUT I will have to say that not only is it worth the hunting but it did make me on my first visit have a good look around the shop.

So this is what it’s all about.  A snow caterpillar which is just what I need to save Faiths poor bear who she seems to have left to its cold demise!

xxxhuntuse

So I rezzed and rushed to it’s aid, I’m such a humanitarian.

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Sadly my driving skills are sorely lacking.

xxxhunt3

And I think I killed him!

I was in a bit of a rush but as she was showing me where to find the snowflake she told me how she found it and this is something I will have to try this myself when I get time to do the rest of the hunt.

Anyhow, I’ll put the link to my post so you can find out more details about this hunt, the LMs and the shop this comes from plus of course there are many other prizes to hunt down this one was so I could have a bit of fun.

Winter Blows Post

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First Second Life Grid Statistics Update For 2017

By Daniel Voyager – Daniel Voyager’s Blog. Visit First Second Life Grid Statistics Update For 2017 for original post.

Weekly net change in number of regions since 3rd January 2016

On 3rd January 2017 Tyche Shepherd posted up the first grid statistics update for 2017 via the SLUniverse Forums. It’s not good news folks sad to say. I was hoping for something more positive this year to reflect on.

Tyche mentioned in the forum thread that 2016 saw a slow decline in private estate regions in Second Life with surprising small growth for Linden Owned regions (+109 regions). The total net loss for 2016 was much higher than 2015 was in terms of net losses.

So another year gone and another year of a slow decline in private estate regions – total net loss for 2016 was 992 (5.6% down on the beginning of the year) – higher than 2015’s net loss of 825 regions(4.4% down). Overall the whole grid was down by 884 regions, the drop in private estates mitigated by a smaller growth in Linden Owned regions (+109 regions)

As you can see from the graph above for 2016 almost every week there were region losses with only a handful of weeks where there was small positive net growth for private estates. To be honest it was a bad year for region losses during 2016 and I really hope 2017 will not end the same way.

2015 vs 2016 Total Net Loss Comparison

Total net loss for 2016

  • 992 regions down
  • 5.6% down since the beginning of 2016

Total net loss for 2015

  • 825 regions down
  • 4.4% down since the beginning of 2015

2016 Vs 2017 Main Grid Regions Comparison

On 3rd January 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
  • Private Estates: 17, 775 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 111

As of 1st January 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 002
  • Private Estates: 16, 783 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 219

Sansar 2017 Impact

As many know already Sansar will open to the public sometime during January 2017 and the big question is will Sansar have any impact of the Second Life grid region numbers during 2017 or will it continue to go steady this year ?. I would love to know what you think about this in the comments section below.

My next update on Second Life statistics will be published in March 2017 and I will be keeping a closer on Sansar to see how that impacts the numbers in the weeks/months ahead.

Hopefully there will be more region growth in Second Life during 2017 and it will be great to see more great improvements made to Second Life to make it even better.

Useful Links To Keep Track of Second Life 2017 Statistics

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The Big Slink Update

By – Otherworldly: Blog. Visit The Big Slink Update for original post.

A few days ago, Siddean Munro announced that a big update of all three Slink bodies has been completed. She also released video tutorials for the core feature of the update, namely the brand new HUD. I have been playing with the new HUD for a while and I’ve found it a huge improvement both in terms of layout and functionality. To add my own spin to the tutorials available, I decided to spend Christmas Day recording another video.

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Slink Physique? A huge update!!

By Khitt – {K}iss {K}iss. Visit Slink Physique? A huge update!! for original post.

Originally posted on Slink Style:
An update for the silly season?? We at the Slink HQ have been a little quiet lately, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been hard at work, developing new features and products for our wonderful and supportive customers! Today we are pleased to announce the release of the December 2016 Physique body…

SL project updates 2016 51/1: server, simulator OS update

By Inara Pey – Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World. Visit SL project updates 2016 51/1: server, simulator OS update for original post.

Server Deployment While the No Change window was supposed to have come into operation on Friday, December 16th, there was indeed a deployment to the Main (SLS) channel on Tuesday, December 20th. It comprised the same server maintenance package as deployed to the RC channel in week #50, comprising internal logging changes. The deployment means […]

FabFree Photo Challenge Update!

By Astrid de Manyet – FabFree – Fabulously Free in SL. Visit FabFree Photo Challenge Update! for original post.

You haven’t forgotten the Fall Fun Photo Challenge have you, FabFree?

"Snowed In" FabFree's December Photo Challenge

Starting the 2nd Week of the Challenge!

The first week of the photo challenge is over… but there is still lots of time for you to get your contest entries in!

Charge up your cameras and head out into the snow, holly berries, pine trees… or inside into the hot cocoa and holiday decorating… whatever says “Snowed In” to you and get cracking and get those photos in!

If you haven’t already, take a look at the “how it works” then get those shots into the FabFree Photo Challenge Flickr Pool between December 1st and December 31st. Our winner and a runner up will be chosen as soon after as possible. Make sure that you have “FabFree Photo Challenge” somewhere in the title of each picture and at least one absolutely FREE item in your picture. Then, please be sure to credit the FREE item or items so we can include your shot in the contest.

Don’t Forget the Prizes!

This round of the photo challenge is being hosted by House of Ruby who is generously providing the prizes! Be sure to support the creator this month and check out the store! If you win, you’ll get be getting a voucher to spend there!

Remember, House of Ruby provides quality intimate apparel for both men and women, so fellas, don’t be shy about getting your photos in the contest as well!

[House of Ruby] Logo UPDATED

Prize for the winner: Voucher to spend on item of your choice from House of Ruby

Prize for the runner up: Voucher to spend on item of your choice from House of Ruby

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Here’s how it works:
1. Create a photo inworld based on the theme that is posted here at FabFree.
2. Upload your photo to the FabFree Photo Challenge Flickr Pool by the challenge end date
3. PLEASE Be sure to include “FabFree Photo Challenge” somewhere in the title or we can’t add it to the pool!
4. Leave a comment on the challenge post with a link to your flickr photo (and blog post if you wish).
5. On December 1st, ( or as close as possible) the winners will be chosen and will be featured on the blog as “The FabFree Photo Challenge Champions”.

Rules:
1. Your photo must contain at least one absolutely free item. Please put the free item’s name and Designer’s or Shop’s name in the comments section of your photo.

Like this -> “Free thingy” by A Talented Second Life Creator or A Cool Second Life Store.

2. Your photo must have “FabFree Photo Challenge” somewhere in the title.

3. Please keep your photos family friendly (eg. no naughty bits displayed, no graphic violence, nothing you wouldn’t see in a PG rated movie).
4. You may enter as many times as you like.
5. Most of all – have fun, and don’t be afraid to enter. Everyone from all photography levels is welcome to participate.

Good Luck!