Ciaran Laval

May 262015

Obedience and TV

Inara Pey has already made a superb blog post about Obedience in Second Life, so I will try and refrain from covering all of the same ground, but it’s inevitable that there will be some crossover.

Obedience is An Installation in 15 Rooms by Saskia Boddeke & Peter Greenaway at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. The exhibit started on May 22nd and will be running until September 13th.

Saskia Boddeke is also known as Rose Borchovski in Second Life, whereas Peter Greenaway is a British Film director of films such as The Belly of an Architect and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover amongst many others. Peter Greenaway has also been known to use Second Life.

Now if you’re wondering what an exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Berlin has to do with Second Life, it’s because there’s also a Second Life version of the exhibit running at LEA1 in Second Life which has been brought to life thanks to the fine work of Bryn Oh and Jo Ellsmere.

Obedience Exhibit

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May 262015

Between June 8th – 10th the 6th Augmented World Expo will take place. The event will feature exhibits, networking, classes and more and is described as :

AWE 2015 features over 200 companies leading the charge in augmented and virtual reality, wearable tech and the internet of things. Join over 3,000 tech professionals to engage in over 20+ workshops, 200+ interactive demos, a VR experience powered by UploadVR and 100+ AWE-inspiring talks from industry leaders and pioneers. AWE is focused on turning ordinary experiences into the extraordinary and empowering people to be better at anything they do in work and life.

Whereas many of the names are familiar, two names probably stand out more for those of us with experience in a virtual world background. Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg and High Fidelity CEO Philip Rosedale will both be speaking during the course of the expo.

Both are due to speak on June 10th. Ebbe will be speaking in a session entitled The Social and Philosophical Impact of Immersive Technology, which is described as :

How is virtual reality going to impact our social and cultural world? How will this technology affect human interaction, social dynamics, relationships, and life in general.

Ebbe will be joined by Altspace VR CEO Eric Romo. Philip Rosedale’s session is a little more vague.

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May 252015

The Kingdoms of Giliath

I’m back from the Med and a fortnight seems an awfully long time to be away when you try and catch up with news and developments in the virtual world and beyond. A fortnight also provides insight into one of the reasons why Second Life can be an annoying name, there are tons of news stories about Second Life, but they are largely about the Second Life of a product or a show, such as The Mindy Project.

However, fortunately for me, Xiola Linden and the Linden Lab community team do a good job of updating the Second Life Blog with Destination Guide information, hence why I will at some point in the near future be heading on out to visit The Kingdoms of Giliath, an ambitious looking immersive roleplay kingdom in Second Life.

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May 092015

Sea Front

Basilique in Second Life is a quite stunning town, boasting bars, shops, a theatre and much more. This is also the home of Paradise Lost in Second Life.

The region has been brought to life by Harvey Crabsticks and Canary Beck.


One of the things I liked about my visit was the notecard, because that largely writes my blog post for me, for example, we are informed :

Named after the Basilica that dominates the region, Basilique is a small village on a lake nestled between the mountains of Northern Italy. Our most current information can be found at the website:

Event information can be found here:

History and Geography can be found here:

There are a number of places to visit here. However, first of all you may just want to take a stroll around.

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May 082015

Xiola Linden

Xiola Linden, Superstar, has posted on the official Second Life blog : Help Decide the Next Inworld Meetup Destination. These are meetups between The Lindens and residents and they are a lot of fun. Xiola states in the post :

It’s just about inworld meetup time, and since we’re in the habit of sharing some of our favorite spots from the Destination Guide, this weekend, we wanted to flip the script and find out from you what spot you think is one of the best to visit for our next inworld meetup.

I’ve been to a couple of meetups with The Lindens and they have both been at Meauxle Bureaux, home of the Second Life Moles.

Michael Linden Is Here!

However it seems as if The Lindens want to set sail to some new destinations, as Xiola explains in the blog post :

Share your recommendations in this forum thread – links to Destination Guide entry or SLURLS are best – and we’ll pick one to have our next inworld meetup.

The next meetup is planned for Thursday, May 14th at 1 PM SLT, so get your recommendations in soon!

As always, if you have a region or location that you would like to show off – be sure to share it, and we always love to see pics of your adventures on the Official Second Life Flickr page.

Whereas Xiola does not mention it in her post, I would imagine they are looking for a general rated location in order to be all inclusive. Although that’s just my thoughts, I could be wrong, it has happened before, April 12th 1984 to be precise.

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May 072015

Cerridwen's Cauldron

Cerridwen’s Cauldron is rather an odd sim in many ways. There are attractions here, such as :

  • Tower Of Dawn
  • Botanical Garden Display
  • Aquarium
  • Lost Halls

The latter gives a clue as to what makes this sim rather odd. The Lost Halls contain vendors, selling the wares in this wonderful region. The way the store blends so well with the setting is what makes this region a tad odd, for all the right reasons I should add, you don’t feel like you’re in a store, but you do appreciate the work of the creator and can find that work easily if you want to take some of it home with you.


The land description describes the region as :

Fantasy plants, trees and flowers, avatars and buildings. Main Shop, Gallery and Landscaped Sim. Relaxing, exotic and beautifull. Non-disruptive RP, daters and photographers welcome. Home of the grid famous fantasy plants.

This is very true as this region of wonderfully exotic plant life in a fantastical setting is indeed ideal as a store, a roleplay area, ideal for daters and almost perfect for photographers.

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May 062015

Linden Lab have blogged regarding an issue with Facebook and SL Share : An Update on SLShare Service Issues. The post explains that Facebook have recently announced that they are depreciating an old Open Graph API. The implication with this change is that all apps running version 1.0, need to update to version 2.0.

Linden Lab are on the ball with this and have updated their SL Share app to version 2.0, but things aren’t complete on Facebook’s end, which may mean there are problems for a couple of week. The blog post states :

This means that when using SLShare (updating status, photo uploads, and check-ins from the Viewer) you may experience some temporary problems. Please be assured that we are aware of this and any issues you encounter should be resolved once the migration period is complete.

Thank you for your patience!

So the message is clear, there may be a bit of quirkiness for a couple of weeks when using SL Share with Facebook. Now I’ll be honest, I’ve never used SLShare, but for those who are wondering what it is, SLShare is a way of sharing your Second Life experiences on social media, such as Facebook, Flickr and Twitter and it looks rather straight forward.

The first thing to do is to ensure the toolbar buttons for SLShare are available, to do this go to me or avatar (depending upon with viewer you’re using) and then toolbar buttons :


Then the toolbar buttons show up and you can drag and drop these onto your toolbars in the viewer. Hopefully, if you squint you can see there are buttons for Facebook, Flickr and Twitter.


Note that my buttons for Facebook, Flickr and Twitter are dull, that’s because they are already on my toolbar.

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May 052015

There have been plenty of rumours about the name of Linden Lab’s nextgen virtual world. Inara Pey recently asked : Is SANSAR the name of the Lab’s new virtual experiences platform? The answer, as an eagle eyed Marianne McCann noticed is, pretty much yes.

Rumours had been around for a while, as Inara Pey noted :

For the last several days, speculation has been circulating on whether the name SANSAR might be the name of the Lab’s new next generation platform for virtual experiences.

Speculation first came via a post made to the SL Universe forums, and has since appeared on both the Profile feeds and forums, relating to trademarks filed by the Lab on April 10th, 2015, namely:

In addition, in October 2014, Ascio Technologies, Inc., filed a domain name registration for listing Linden Research as the Domain Administrator.

Now Linden Lab have revealed that this is indeed true, that the nextgen virtual world does indeed have a codename of Project Sansar.

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May 042015

Ship Ahoy

On the outside Britannia Village looks like a quaint British village. The river, the boat, the pub. However beneath the surface, and above the surface actually, there’s something else lurking.

Britannia Village is also gearing up for this week’s UK General Election, and there’s a distinct Vote Labour feeling to their political persuasion.

Discussing Politics

Whilst wandering around I discussed the forthcoming election with a protest Gnome. Holding a Vote Labour placard he told me to beware Tory supporters who may be lurking in the strangest of guises.

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