So, here's the deal. Since Steelhead closed. I had been researching on sim ownership and Mainland ownership. Caledon is nice, but it was not quite home.
At the job that pays the bills, I got a promotion, with a nice pay raise. Also, did my taxes and, despite paying a penalty for a brief period of time of not having insurance last year, I'm getting a good chunk of change back. I'm not in debt, I don't have rent or any huge bills to pay, so I decided to purchase my own sim, soon as the refund comes in. And I would still have plenty of money from my refund check left over to hold on to.
I also wanted to use it as a tie in of sorts for a future project that I'm working on for Krypton Radio. The name of the sim will be Steelhead Bay.
Steelhead chat had at least one lively discussion, "Steelhead will rise from ashes!" "Promoted from marshall to mayor - dat's not too shabby." Jimmy Branagh mused, "Does that mean I'm promoted to Marshal?" "Only if you rent a parcel." He was told by someone. Jimmy responded, "Ah, buying high office is still an art in Steelhead." Fuzzball finally broke in, "Calm down, everyone. It ain't gonna happen right away. Still have to procure the funds. But it will happen, I promise." "Well, you seem to have a bunch of willing renters Mr. Fuzzy." he was told. "I'll explain everything in due time."
Eight hundred thousand seems small compared to Facebook, which Backchannel stated as having close to two billion users. World of Warcraft, which came around about the same time as Second Life has sometimes been used as a comparison as to how virtual reality hadn't quite caught on the same way as massive multiplayer online games, boasted a total of 100 million accounts (in 2014) with up to over 12 million active players. But it didn't last, and it's numbers of active players dropped to 5.5 million in late 2015 when it's owners announced they would no longer be publishing reports of active numbers. It's probably safe to assume it's dropped further.
Hamlet Au suggested recently in New World Notes that this lower number of active users may not be what it seems at first. Talking with Peter Gray (Pete Linden), he was told, "We've made a number of optimizations to our user acquisition efforts to
get more qualified traffic ... As a result, though the total number of monthly actives has come down,
the number of paying SL users has held steady."
In layman's terms, Pete Linden says the Lab has changed their advertising to get people more likely to stay and spend time and money in Second Life. Hamlet went on to say he's felt it's more active users numbered closer to 600,000 for some years, "So most likely, dropping from 1,000,000 to 800,000 reported users isn't
so much a loss of actual people as a trimming of marketing fluff."
What do you the readers think? Have you noticed fewer people coming in, or has the number of those people leaving been replaced by new users coming in?
"Fat Tuesday" is almost here. One place where you can have a little Mardi Gras fun New Orleans style is Jade Isle. Designed and built by Frannydj Dean, there are a number of things to see and do here. Gemma Cleanslate went there, and wrote about what she saw.
The Second Life Newser recently heard about a place called "Cerridwen's Cauldron." Owned by Elicio Ember, the man is a first class designer, and has put up most of what he's made up for sale. Recent events, however, have given Elico a sense of urgency as his father has suffered a stroke, and he needs money to make sure he gets better.
One of the Newser reporters is currently writing a review about the sim. In the mean time, one can head there and buy something to support its owner.
Taken at "Hug A Linden" at the Isle of View. For those having trouble reading the nametag, her name really is "Lost Prim." A name like that probably means trips to the sandbox are a little more interesting.
On February 14, Linden Lab hosted the "Hug a Linden" and "Dunk a Linden" events. For residents, this was a chance to meet up with the Lindens, either for a friendly hug or a dunk into a water tank. The Newser was there, and got a number of pictures.
For a few years in the Sunweaver and Angel Estates, Nydia Tungsten and Brandi Streusel's castle home, Mouse Hole Manor in Sunlight Bay, has been one of the most highly recognized structures in the community. The place has served as the setting of weddings, music videos, group meetings, and a hangout for those of her Angels group. But the castle will soon be gone. Nydia told her group that the structure would soon be coming down.
For those whom want to see the castle before it fades away, Nydia's stated anyone who might have left something at the castle has a few more days to claim it. After than, Mouse Hole Manor comes down, and a new more modern structure takes it's place.
Bloodykitty is back from her hiatus and once again writing for the Newser. She recently came across a place called CADERU 2017 Valentine in Clover. The place is a cozy little shopping district where one can buy gachas and discount items.
While longtime residents of Second Life usually can remember details about their earliest days, time and experience have a way of dulling memories. Plus things change over time, and newcomers have to deal with things the earlier residents haven't, such as mesh and Bento. On the other hand, they have access to things like the Destination Guide, and of course the Newser, that those here years ago didn't have. So sometimes we need a newcomer's perspective.
After five days, she felt she had accomplished much, and had found some preconceptions didn't match what she experienced. She had some advice for other newcomers.
After Learning Island, residents are basically on their own. Fortunately, there are places such as Caledon University where newcomers can keep coming back to learn.
Have a goal or goals and a purpose, "Without a goal, you will feel lost and will quickly become bored and despondent."
Not everyone is out to grief or harass you, "Don’t assume everyone in world is creepy and out to get you and grief
you. You will not meet one person who treats you badly or even annoys
you in this first week. There will be no drama and no griefing. People
will be genuinely friendly and are often happy to give you advice,
especially if they know you are new."
Don't believe the hype and bad press, "Go in and make your
experience about what YOU want. Think about what you like to do, what
you might want to do, who you want to be and live that life. Stay away
from the 'adult' areas (unless that is where you actually want to be)."
Don't let those who do try to bother you push you around, "if someone is annoying you…just teleport away. Mute them, block them and
go somewhere else and do something else…don’t let someone else’s bad
attitude ruin YOUR experience."
If your only experience with interacting with others on computers is from games like "World of Warcraft," always remember, "it took me a little while to fully comprehend it…You CANNOT die in world!!!!!!"
You’re gonna be ok. You are going to get frustrated and the learning
curve is going to be steep. You will accidentally get naked in public
and not know how to get dressed and be so mortified you mention it over
and over again. You are going to run into walls and people while you are
learning to move around in the world. You will not know where to go or
what to do. You are going to freak out the first time you fall from
great heights while flying. You are going to doubt your ability to
translate your first life art into second life art and you are going to
have a hard time talking to people because that’s just you. When it all
gets a bit much, just stand up and walk away from the computer. Go
outside. Breathe fresh real air and live your first life. Your second
life isn’t going anywhere without you.
And lastly, adventurer….Explore, Explore, Explore.
Mangrovejane is still going about Second Life. You can contact her by IM, or send her a message on Facebook.
The Second Life Birthday celebrations aren't for another four months, in June. They don't even have their logo yet. But already preparations are being made for the event.
In group chat of the Second Life Birthday Volunteers Group, Doc Gascoigne (doctor.gascoigne) announced the theme for this year's SLB: "Carnivalesque." Doc went on to say, "and we are thinking of having a masked ball."
We are looking for people who are able and willing to build a sim-wide
stage or welcome area for SL14B. The ability to create original content
in mesh is required, though additional purchased elements are
acceptable. We need the builds to connect to our theme and have to be
done before the first week in June.
Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce the February 2017 benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life!
Frets Nirvana, the premier guitar artist in the virtual world Second Life and the US Military Veterans Group announce the February 26, 2017 benefit in Second Life for the Veterans Support Organization for Home For Our Troops .
Frets Nirvana states: “HFOT is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans are multiple amputees, paraplegic, quadriplegic or suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). As of January 2017 they have built 229 homes for severly wounded Veterans and have another 85 projects underway. Since its inception in 2004, over 90 cents of every dollar spent by Homes for Our Troop has gone to directly support Veterans. ”
Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle. The concert on February 26, 2017 is scheduled from 4-9 PM PST. Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Toxie Darkmatter, Paul Nowles, Raven Zenoria and Dirtydee Sweetwater .
ABOUT HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS - HFOT builds homes as a departure point for Veterans to rebuild their lives, and once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many Veterans have embarked on new careers, completed their college degrees, or started families. Empowered by the freedom a mortgage-free and specially adapted home brings, these Veterans can now focus on their recovery and return to their life’s work of serving others. Many have embraced their roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms around the country; others take to a national platform to promote awareness of veteran suicide, homelessness and PTSD. Their incredible stories are the driving force for the work for HFOT.
To learn more about the Homes For Our Troops visit https://www.hfotusa.org