SL14B Music Fest Features Live Music On Three Days This Weekend

Steps to Stage Left

SL14B Music Fest, featuring live musicians in Second Life as part of SL14B kicks off at 11am SLT Today. The music fest will see four hours of live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Stage Left.

The start and finish times are different each day, which gives people all around the world the opportunity to see some of music fest at a suitable time.

The schedule is (all times SLT) :

Friday June 23rd

  • 11 a.m – Tempio Breil
  • Noon – Evely Lane
  • 1 p.m. – Mar Biddle
  • 2 p.m. – Zak Claxton

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Sansar Will Be Free To Access But Will Have Subscription Options

Sansar Screenshot 1

Cecilia D’Anastasio’s recent article for Kotaku regarding Linden Lab’s Sansar has certainly started some heated discussions and one point of major discussion has been regarding subscription pricing. Cecilia wrote :

Right now, only 2,000 select virtual artists, builders and designers have access to Sansar, but later this summer, Sansar will open its doors to everybody with its open beta. Users may pay a small subscription for access.

Hamlet Au over at New World Notes covered Cecilia’s post : Sansar May Launch With “Small Subscription” Fee, Kotaku Reports. with Hamlet pondering whether this would be a subscription model similar to that used by World of Warcraft.

The comments on the New World Notes article are lively, but into the fray stepped Gray of The Lab from San Francisco, AKA Peter Gray, senior director of global communications for Linden Lab.

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Get Your Free Sananok Avatar and Mysterious Egg

Vending Machine

There’s something mysterious going on with Linden Lab and this year’s SL14B celebrations, something very mysterious indeed, which we can see by way of a Linden Lab blog post :  Second Life is Turning 14 !

Well you may think there’s nothing mysterious about Second Life turning 14, but pay attention, there’s something mysterious about this year’s gift of a free Sananok avatar and a mysterious egg.

Sananok Avatar and egg

The first mysterious thing is that even Linden Lab are sure of what a Sananok is :

We’re not entirely sure what a Sananok is, but the Moles assure us they are friendly creatures that tend to keep to themselves and need a good home. Each Sananok avatar comes with a mysterious egg, which is in fact so mysterious, not even the Moles know what it will hatch into.

Furthermore, The Moles aren’t quite sure what that egg will hatch into.

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Sansar, Sustainability and Suspicion

A couple of unrelated articles about virtual worlds have caught my attention. One is by Cecilia D’Anastasio for Kotaku : Hands-On With Sansar, The New Second Life.

The second is regarding a greener future by Julia Rosen for Nature, International weekly journal of science : Sustainability: A greener culture.

Whereas the articles are unrelated, I’m going to link them because the latter article covers a subject that Sansar could help with.

First Cecilia D’Anastasio’s article for Kotaku, this as the headline suggests, takes a hands on look at Linden Lab’s Sansar and has some very positive commentary about the platform :

my favorite, an Egyptian tomb. In real-life, this tomb is only accessible with permission from Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities. The level of detail a Lidar-scanned image of it betrayed in Sansar was astounding.

Also impressive were Gholston’s facial movements as we toured around the world. Sansar is developing a new facial recognition software that contorts avatars’ mouths into shapes it knows people’s faces make when they pronounce certain sounds. It’s like vocaloid software, but it blends into the whole Sansar caprice of “immersion,” an empty buzzword that took on sudden meaning inside Sansar today.

This exemplifies how immersive Sansar and other Virtual World / Virtual Reality ventures will get. Whether this makes them more popular remains to be seen because beyond superb technology you will also need communities.

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SL14B – The Beat and The Exhibits Go On

Taxi For Me

Second Life’s 14th Birthday celebrations continue at a rapid pace with such a packed agenda that I need transport to get around.

Armed with the new 5.0.7.52912 release of the Firestorm Viewer, (which Inara Pey reviews so very well here), I’ve been taking in the many sights and sounds.

Kardargo Adamczyk DJ

Now you may have an impression that SL14B is all about partying, well there is a lot of partying with live music and DJ’s entertaining the crowds.

Vinnie (Acoustic Rhapsody) Sings

However there’s a lot more to it than that. Discussions, art, education, community exhibits and much more will also occupy your time and eyes.

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