Calling All Cultures to the Second Life 5th Birthday Celebration

Each year, on the date that Second Life came out of beta (June 23rd 2003), Residents and Lindens have gathered to celebrate the amazing world we’ve been creating. This June 23rd, our community marks its Fifth Birthday, and the volunteer Birthday Team (who has been planning this party since last year) picked a theme that will be hard to resist– “Celebrating the cultural diversity of Second Life”.

Who do you hang around with in Second Life? What are your communities’ traditions and signature characteristics? Are you proud of your sexy blue fur? Your excruciatingly detailed tea ceremony? Your murky environments? Your sculptures? The help you’ve given to others? 


Build an exhibit!

Whatever it is you do, flaunt it at this years’ Birthday celebration by entering an exhibit and showing off your unique culture. The team has put together an entry form that will initiate your application process. Fill it in, make your proposals, and wow the team with a description of your vision and skills. The form contains a pull-down list with some obvious “culture” choices already on it, but many of you are not obvious, are you? So, fill in that box marked “other”, as the team will be attempting to put the exhibits of related cultures near each other.

This is a Resident-created, Linden Lab-sponsored event, which means that Linden Lab has donated the land and various basic resources, but the rest comes from you, the community. And there is room for many people to get involved. Even if you don’t want to enter an exhibit, you can volunteer to help the Birthday Team build-out the event infrastructure, help with publicity, translate signs into various languages, give tours of the exhibits, etc. Please send an IM to SignpostMarv Martin or email if you’d like to help with event logistics.


Application Deadline

The team will be accepting exhibit applications until May 25th. You can expect to see the regions open for building on or shortly after June 1. The deadline for completing your builds is June 20. Gates open on June 23 and the event runs until June 30th.


Got Images?

The team is putting together a retrospective of scenes from previous SL Birthday events. If you have movies or still images of 2004, 2005, 2006 or 2007 that you can share with full permissions, please drop then on Evie Fairchild, and include a notecard that explains which year the photos are from.  If you have photos on a photo-sharing site, please send Evie a notecard with links to them. Once the photos are compiled, you may be invited to donate a voice remembrance to add to the slide show. Please remember to give full permissions on anything you’d like to submit.  

As the launch date gets closer, the team will be back with more details of the festivities planned. Until then, let’s start building a diverse and memorable event!


Teen Second Life

The Teen grid will be having it’s own celebration– more details on that coming up in a later post.

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131 Responses to Calling All Cultures to the Second Life 5th Birthday Celebration

  1. U M says:


    U sagi M usashi

  2. Marianne McCann says:

    As someone who had a hand in the 3rd and 4th birthday… count me in!

    I’ll dig up some photo links as well, as I have a number of them on Snapzilla.

  3. Crunch Underwood says:

    happy birthday SL looking forward to this one 🙂

    anyone want to form a furry steampunk group and make an exhibit?

    wooden cogs, steaming tree’s, balloons made from leaves.
    you know you want too 🙂


  4. Ener Hax says:

    happy birthday Second Life! Yaya, what an awesome place and to many more birthdays. hmm tp Crunch, Furry steampunk? I am intrigued and go about a third of the time as a furry. I have a tall steampunk building and am wondering about making it like it has been “lost” to the forest?

    Vines, decay and organic debris, trees, weeds, make shift nests and dens?

  5. Dusty Linden says:

    @1 UM– Yes, Happy Birthday indeed– You’ve all made a wonderful world and there’s a lot to be proud of in here.

    @2 Marianne, we’d love to see your photos! Please Please!

    And @1 Crunch– I think the fur needs to be on the cogs, no? Looking forward to some awesome builds and a chance to inspire each other even more.

  6. Kathmandu Gilman says:

    I…. I… learned a new word today. Teledildonics? My horizon has stretch marks now from this totally unexpected widening. All I can say is…. frickin’ sweet!

  7. hugsalot says:

    I’m only 4 years old. :o)

  8. That's just me... says:

    /me reads Second Life “came out of Alpha” on June 23rd 2003. 😛
    Happy fifth Beta year nevertheless! Can’t wait till it comes out of beta. =)

  9. “Teleporting and movement: We have a heavily loaded database that makes teleporting slow and often delays the movement of attachments to new locations, causing a number of different problems and interruptions. We are going to redesign to fix problems with this process, and are increasing the capacity of the hardware.

    Securing in-world Content: We are adding tools and changing the system to reduce the chance that content can be lost or damaged.

    Inventory: Because SL allows unrestricted inventory sizes, our database for these assets is also heavily loaded. We are redesigning these systems to scale better.”

    Philip Linden, 13th October 2004

    Another birthday, same old unfixed problems…

  10. Jayden B says:

    Pity no-one apart from regulars to this blog will know about this post as Katt Linden, in her infinate wisdom, set up a system where the “vast majority” of people will never see this message.

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  12. Vittorio Beerbaum says:

    The application doesn’t work when u click “submit”. 😦

  13. Elvis Orbit says:

    Happy Birthday Second Life! 😀

  14. Vittorio Beerbaum says:

    Some tips for who’s trying to fill the form: apparently it doesn’t work with IE7 (use FireFox instead).
    You need to use your inworld name on “contact” (not your email) since it checks the UUID.

  15. Crap Mariner says:

    Submitting info for Podcasters.

  16. Did I miss an announcement or blgo entry or something? 5 days seems like awfully short notice. I guess the 4th year b-day should have been on everyone’s calendars already

  17. Desmond Shang says:

    We’ll be there, as we have been in the past!

    The form was a bit wonky, I had to submit it as ‘solo’ under the name of the leader of the birthday effort, one Mr Vivito Volare – but that’s us!

    Desmond Shang
    Independent State of Caledon!

  18. Dusty Linden says:

    @ 16, Subghoul, that’s a good point, and I’m not sure how that cutoff date was set. But I can talk to the team to see if they can lengthen that deadline. We’ll get back to you on that.

    Same with the form, we’ll see if we can get the resident who created it to take a look at it and give us some hints (remember, this is a resident-created event). Vittorio and Desmond– the builder of the form has a link on there where you can report errors to him, so maybe we can get that fine-tuned with your input.

    By the way, some of you may have noticed my name connected with both the Birthday Celebration and with the recent Day of Remembrance. Linden Lab has tasked me with being their point person on Linden-sponsored, Resident-created events. So, you’ll also see my name popping up on upcoming events like Burning Life and the Winter Festival, I’ll be trying to keep you all informed on upcoming plans for those, too.

  19. WADE1 Jya says:

    Wow… second life is 5 years old already? Congrats… lets hope for many more happy birthdays to come for this young & growing world!!

  20. Katt Linden says:

    It looks like it will be a great Second Life Birthday Celebration.

    What fun, for those of you who have been involved in the Celebration before, to see what you wish to do the same or differently than you did then.

    What did you like best about previous Second Life Birthday Celebrations? What did you enjoy doing and seeing there, what’s most fun?

    What are you thinking of building or doing for the Celebration? Do you plan to attend? Since it’ll last a whole week, it’ll be fun for me to see what people enjoy most, what they talk about and bring their friends back to visit, what cool things you all will build….

  21. Verdana Klaar says:

    May be i will build a cake. 🙂

  22. djaya says:

    WooooT Happy birthday (or should I call rez day) 😀

    Looking forward to enter.


  23. The AvaStar says:

    The AvaStar be providing all the coverage of the great event – and will be throwing a big birthday bash as well! Looking forward to the 10th birthday already!
    The AvaStar Team

  24. isadorafiddlesticks says:

    ooh sounds like a great community project!

  25. Jessica Hultcrantz says:

    Really? ALL cultures? 🙂

    Now this will be interesting as there are many that might look very strange at eachother… Sounds kind of fun though.

    Btw… @8 & @9 … spot on !

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  27. alf lednev says:

    “Each year, on the date that Second Life came out of beta (June 23rd 2003), ”

    Its out of beta??????????????????????

    Funny whenever it collapses on itself ,we get told its cutting edge beta stuff. If after 5 years the basics aren’t right, I guess a party is a good idea, moving deckchairs on the Titanic.

    Supppose you can have your cake and eat it to in a virtual world. The truth is what you make up.

  28. Xen Akula says:

    Wow, this blog post has been up for over nine hours and only 30 entries. I think that says a lot. I think it says that quite a few people are fed up and/or have given up. That’s simply my opinion, which I am entitled to, so kma, in advance all you brown nosing fanboys.

    By the way, I have not given up, but I am starting to get plenty fed up. Please get these grid issues to where they are at least tolerable…PLEASE!

  29. karah says:

    I really wish we could have been given more notice. I have been doing one 400 m2 build about our area in SL and had months of advance notice. Not just the build for this, but even the “apply before the 25th” as the relevant ppl in that org are really busy in this thing called RL right now. I can not expect them to drop everything and deal with something I think is neat.

    That being said though, overall this sounds like a wonderful idea. Just keep in mind that most people need *MUCH* more advance notice next time!

  30. Verdana Klaar says:

    Fed up Xen ? You must have been building too many cakes.

    Have a 12 prims giant hot-dog instead ?

  31. Ann Otoole says:

    Insufficient time to formulate anything serious.
    Who is running this anyway? The last bday was fantastic and was clearly well planned and orchestrated. did someone forget their own bday this time? 😀

    With such short time for planning this looks like maybe the people that knew it was going on maybe let their pals and business associates know in advance so they would be ready.

    Why not slam it shut and start over and do it right?

  32. Raul Crimson says:

    As every year, happy birthday SL!
    Last birthday celebration was great in some ways, i met wondeful ppl there and was really interesting, but in the other side, the sim performance was quite poor. Hope this year will be better.

  33. Sean Heying says:

    hah, you know those little coloured identicons… the ones that are unique to every person and help “out” people who run more than one identity…

    Katt Linden and Dusty Linden are identical.

    Sock Puppets.

  34. Dekka Raymaker says:

    @33 hehehe

  35. U M says:

    omg! it is

  36. What a joke says:

    What’s there to celebrate? Really. Why should we celebrate SL that has only brought us frustration and worries.

  37. GC Continental says:

    LOL @ #6 … it was only my second month, 9/06, that I was introduced to that word, and I was *strongly* urged to get into that field ;P

    Life and love. I’d like to do an exhibit on “change” and how my subculture has changed in the time I’ve been here. SL has done incredible wonders to RL, torn it to shreds, rebuilt it, taught me things that would have taken me decades to figure out on my own, and given me an outlet for my “programming jones” in the process. Honestly, I rarely ever have a serious complaint with all the inworld issues.. what I’ve learned, what I’ve gained, is something Hamlet never put in his book, and has far, far out-valued any detrimental effects to my bank account. The hell I’ve been though has been worth it. Happy Rez Day, SL.

  38. GC Continental says:

    @ #36: read my #37. That’s why.

  39. Marx Dudek says:

    @36 – We all complain, but if you’re really that unhappy, I’m sure there are other things you could be doing. If you haven’t had a *single* good moment in SL recently:

    * Log out
    * Go outside
    * Get some fresh air
    * Read a book

  40. Sean – I’ve seen so many different icons for my own user name when posting comments here that your assertion is ridiculous. It goes by IP address iteration, not by unique user. Otherwise my own identifier would be identical in each and every comment I have ever made.

    Kindly try a bit harder to find whatever it is you are looking for.

    Better yet: go back to whatever it is you used to do before complaining and looking for some flimsy item to hold up as evidence to your own theories.

  41. Toy LaFollette says:

    never attended a LL b’day and wont again. I been here since the first one. Peeked at it simply said OMG what a fweakin mess and left to never return. So, Katt take your pom poms to it but remember pom poms fix nothing.

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  43. Ann Otoole says:

    why argue about the little icon thing when you can make your own little icon at gravatar dot com. Tried to mention it but the comment got filtered out probably because it had a url in it.

  44. Yes, it’s a simple explanation that Katt and Dusty are using the same computer terminal to post to the blog. LOL

    @ Montana and all the other nay-sayers… one comment:

    You’re still here, though, aren’t you? 🙂

    Might as well celebrate the good parts. Because if there weren’t any, there would only be the bad parts. And the good parts outweigh the bad parts, else you wouldn’t be here.

    So, stay positive! =D

  45. Ann Otoole says:

    What ever happened to the SL4B time capsule?

  46. Ron Crimson says:

    *hi-fives Ari @ 44* 😀

  47. Ron Crimson says:

    Ann: it accidentally got sent back in time, just before the millennium. Someone discovered it and promptly had the idea to create the Second Life grid… and the first-ever prims to be used for building came out of that capsule. You see, all the things that ended up being put into it came from it in the first place. A paradox is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? 😉

  48. Ann Otoole

    What ever happened to the SL4B time capsule?

    Will Webb has *all* the time capsules from SL Birthday events and will be producing a display similar to the one from last year’s event, where content from previous years is rezzed on display alongside the time capsule for next year’s event.

  49. Skate Foss says:

    To all residents and Lindens who have been inWorld from the beginning, a Very Special Happy Birthday wish to you! To the rest of us, who are apart of, and continue to make Second Life what it is, Happy Birthday all! Heres to many, many more!!

  50. Christos Atlantis says:

    Happy Birthday SL!!!! May the following years, bring us all happiness, joy and fast computer systems.

  51. DD says:

    can I get my just lost items back for the Birthday? Stroker -Platinum and other house items from strokers main store 2 years old took into inventory, moved to new house on land I own same sim, same land new area s(should have dragged the items from 750m down to the ground) no where in my inventory, done the cashe clearing checked every object 12000+ not there.

    yeah I know … this isn’t the place

    but my support tix go un-answered and then a week later come back see the knowledge base …:P

    Happy Birthday 5 year BETA~!!!!!

    cant wait for the real birth 🙂

  52. Dark Princess says:

    I’d be interested to see if they already have something planned to celebrate Vampyre Culture if not, I”ll have to get some friends together to plan something.

  53. Ann Otoole says:

    Maybe a display of the room of lost “soulventories”. (like the room of lost sould in the movie Beetlejuice ok?) Peek in the window and see distorted semi transparent images of dance chims full of :$10k worth of dances, stroker products, favorite equipment, weapons, and such… All never to return…

    Then on the last day it all swirls down the drain with the GC emblem.

  54. pantaiputih korobase says:

    happy b-day.
    A guess: 53 responses in 15 hours. Could it be that new residents don’t find the blog anymore??

  55. Tater Todd says:

    Happy B Day SL — This sounds like a really exciting theme!

  56. Dark Princess

    I’d be interested to see if they already have something planned to celebrate Vampyre Culture if not, I”ll have to get some friends together to plan something.

    No applications listed under that culture as yet, but that shouldn’t stop you from exhibiting!

  57. Dusty Linden says:

    @31– Ann, I’m told by the team (the same team that did this last year) that Birthday 07 was put together in only 2 weeks. So, this is actually more time to do builds. People who come up with a proposal will have up to 20 days to build on site. What seems to be at issue is the cutoff date for applications. I’ll let you all know if they decide they can extend that.

    @32– Raul, this year the sims will be class 5 with Havok 4, so that will help. Also, the team plans to spread the entertainment around the event site more to balance the load better. Of course, you can all help with region performance by shedding your AO’s, your uber-bling and those killer shoes when things get too crowded. It’s a nice thing to do, and enables more people to get in the door.

    Regarding the entry form, the team advises that it is accepting your application properly if you are using IE7, but it fails to give you a confirmation screen.

  58. As noted with Issue 6 and Issue 7, IE is generally borked when it comes to the application form.

    The parcel configuration options on the form aren’t visible on IE (due to bugs in it’s rendering engine, but work fine in:

    Flock (based on the same rendering engine as Firefox)
    Safari (tested on Windows)
    Opera (tested on Windows and on Wii)
    Lynx (tested on Debian via PuTTY)

    I’d recommend using one of these browsers if you’re needing to use the parcel configuration options (parcel perms/flags, streaming media)

  59. Noisey Lane says:

    @57 “Of course, you can all help with region performance by shedding your AO’s, your uber-bling and those killer shoes when things get too crowded. It’s a nice thing to do, and enables more people to get in the door.”
    Great! We reside in a world where content is king. We are encouraged to create and build on the basics supplied by LL. Then we’re told to Ruth ourselves if we want to attend popular events because SL can’t handle the load.
    So much for our individuality and creativity. It’s all swirling down the same toilet as our lost inventory that Ann @53 envisages.
    I already shed high prim attachments when attending popular events for this very reason but it is hardly ideal and I look forward to the day when content can indeed be enjoyed by all without the associated lag.
    It’s ironic that a ‘user-created virtual world’ can’t handle those user creations.
    Happy Birthday SL! I look forward to your grown up future.

  60. Cael Merryman says:

    Perhaps its time, then, as the fifth anniversary is upon us, for LL to do what everyone else is able to do – permit the change of the primary key, i.e. the avatar name. No other software I use – and I do use some complex software – is unable to change the primary key, including some working through thousands of data files and structures.

    A new person enters Second Life and selects the name based on what they think the experience will be like (and fromthe avalable list – more onthat later) and then five or six weeks later, starts over again when they realize their interests were entirely different or unexpected. And they get to pay $20-40 to start over, minimum, to replace non-transferable items purchased (or maybe all items if they don’t understand the transfer process yet).

    In the same vein, there are two other issues. The first is, why not release, finally, the old name combos if the person is past the time limit on avatar rescusitation? And why don’t you show the entire list of available names at sign up? What is served by limiting the list to a sub-group? All this does is make it less likely that the new person will find a name they like and more likely they will start over later. Oh, yeah, I forgot. The extra $ 20- 40 spent in SL…

    It took me a couple of tries to realize that I would find entirely new lists of names if I came back into the ‘Join’ page from the home page. Just don’t unnerstan’ it at all.

    And since I’m bitching, bitching, bitching, why so many Bs, Ms and Ss starting names, while other first letters are shortchanged or ignored? Is there a LL bias against, say, Rs and Gs to start names? Just wonderin’.

  61. Sandor Balczo says:

    Perhaps I am not the only one saying this but the entry form link is broken. I receive a parser error.

    Sandor 🙂

  62. Xe Oh says:

    @ 57 Dusty Linden:

    “What seems to be at issue is the cutoff date for applications. I’ll let you all know if they decide they can extend that.”

    All to true true! The RL Cultural organization I represent in SL (feel free to take a peek at my in-world profile/web) would like to participate. But 4 days from today is not enough time to even think about getting all the copyright release forms I’ll need to put an event like this on in SL.

    Is it possible to extend the deadline for another 2 weeks?

    @ 58 SignpostMary Martin:

    “Safari (tested on Windows)” Tested on windows? What about tested on Mac? Safari 3.1.1 on Mac doesn’t work either. That sure leaves a lot of creative Mac users out.

    @59 Noisey Lane:

    Guess I’ll just have to wear my birthday suit .-))

    @60 SignpostMary Martin:

    Good point!


  63. Xe Oh says:

    oops, sorry for the double post, I was still editing and hit the Submit Comment button by accident. Feel free to delete my first post # 63


  64. Martin Magpie says:

    “Please remember to give full permissions on anything you’d like to submit. ”


  65. Crunch Underwood says:

    where can we go to view the lists of groups already taking part signpostmarv?

  66. Nimue Jewell says:

    Happy Birthday SL!

    This sounds fun. Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

  67. Ina Centaur says:

    oh no.. not again! :-O

  68. les says:

    Not to get off topic on this wonderful birthday party, but this is not a good source of info…

    /me suggests reading Gwyneth Llewelyn’s article on “Lag Myths Dispelled”

    Kinda wishful thinking. To argue that scripts don’t cause lag due to the script scheduler, but instead just make the sim run slower and slower… well, huh?

    Just look at the total frame time break down and see how much of it is scripts.

    To argue that you don’t have to worry about prims of an attachment/hair cause of object occlusion culling is not very acurate either unless you stick each av behind it’s own box.

    Basically more stuff = more lag. sever or client it’s all the same lunch.

    …now back to our pre-scheduled banal birthday blather.

  69. Marianne McCann says:

    @65 – this is why I’ve not submitted items into the time capsule at previous birthdaye events. Anything I’ve done that I’ve felt was worth including is also something I’ve felt like protecting.

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  71. Xe Oh says:

    @ 69 les Says:

    “Not to get off topic on this wonderful birthday party, but this is not a good source of info…

    /me suggests reading Gwyneth Llewelyn’s article on “Lag Myths Dispelled”

    I wondered about that myself after reading her blog.

    So Dusty Linden, can we all please get some feedback? It isn’t helping anyone interested in this event that there is a big lack of communication.

  72. Xe Oh says:

    @ 57 Dusty Linden:

    It’s now May 22nd with three days left to apply, and yet you still haven’t replied to the submission deadline extension question(s.)

    Also now in question is this: “Please remember to give full permissions on anything you’d like to submit.”

    Could we all please get a reply from you?

    @65 Martin Magpie
    “Please remember to give full permissions on anything you’d like to submit. ”
    @ 70 Marianne McCann
    “this is why I’ve not submitted items into the time capsule at previous birthday events. Anything I’ve done that I’ve felt was worth including is also something I’ve felt like protecting.”

    OK, so a question to all of you about granting the Lindens full permission: Does that mean that the submitted material becomes the property of LL?
    If that is in fact the case, that means the 1st life organization I represent would be unable to participate since all the video artists we represent own copyrights to their creative work. To bad if this is true, because our archives contain some of the most interesting and creative alternative video work from around the world.

    Can we all please get some feedback?

  73. Just to re-iterate, the request for full-perms content was for the retrospective slideshow that Evie Fairchild is working on, and has nothing to do with the permissions on content you’re exhibiting.

    It’s also not got anything to do with granting Linden Lab full perms for any purpose.

    With regards to the Time Capsules (though I’m not entirely sure why this issue came up when it wasn’t mentioned in the blog post), we can’t accept “no-copy” content, as that’d mean only one person could get the content in the time capsule next year.

    Similarly, we can’t accept “no-transfer” content, as that’d mean we wouldn’t be able to give it to anyone.

  74. Xe Oh says:

    @74 SignpostMarv Martin

    “Similarly, we can’t accept “no-transfer” content, as that’d mean we wouldn’t be able to give it to anyone.”

    To clarify: So you’re saying that any and all material submitted for the B-day event that has copyrights is unacceptable for submission even if the Artist or Organization the handles the copyrights for the Artists has full perms to exhibit it? Because you want to give it away?

    Bother, if that’s the case you will be eliminating a ton of potentially interesting material from a ton of people.


  75. Xe Oh says:

    @74 SignpostMarv Martin

    BTW did you get my IM from earlier today?


  76. Meghan Dench says:

    Ok to clear a few things up;

    @ 62, Sandor.
    I’ve checked the link, it seems to be working now.

    @ 63, Xe Oh.
    Can you give some more details about the Group and the Culture please? Also, Advertising wont be permitted, I think. And am pretty certain content handed in for Exhibit will not be sold, and is purely for the benefit of the event.

    @ 66, Crunch.
    You can’t, not yet anyway.

    I think what Dusty meant when talking about lag, is that to reduce lag it would help if Residents would volunteer to remove laggy attachments such as bling and AO’s, this wont be particularly mandatory but will make the event much more enjoyable for everyone. And besides, we’ll be there to have fun, not to look great 😀

  77. Just to re-iterate, the request for full-perms content was for the retrospective slideshow that Evie Fairchild is working on, and has nothing to do with the permissions on content you’re exhibiting.

    No, haven’t received your IMs- if you need to reach me and I’m not in-world, try me on skype or yahoo to avoid capped IM problems.

  78. Oh, with regards to the whole lag issue, one of the sims is called “SL5B Ruthed”. We’re thinking about having an event during the week where everyone dresses up as Ruth 😛

  79. U M says:

    speaking of Ruth what in the world is up with that anti-ruth feature that results in on a “CLOUD” instead of avie. You call this better coding? i call it lazy lindens at work!

  80. Franja Russell=Frances Jaekle says:

    The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Portal has two displays highlighting ethnic authors of those two genres.

    The Black American Authors of ‘Speculative Fiction’ display is on the upper landing in the Portal building. It was our first and was developed by Floria Hand our first Portal Leader.

    The Asian Authors display is currently on the main floor of the Portal to the right after you walk in the door. It was developed by Riven Homewood, a Portal member.

    I don’t know if these are the kinds of displays you’re looking for. Also, I don’t know who to ask about it.

    If someone on the 5th. Birthday Celebration committee could come and look at the displays, they can contact me by IM. We can lend copies of the displays.

    Sci-Fi & Fantasy Portal–Info Island 1 (210–94–33)
    Contact: Franja Russell

  81. Meghan Dench says:

    @ 81, Franja.
    I helping out on SL5B, Liason for Asian Culture Exhibits. Id be happy to pop by and see your builds InWorld, when I’m on Second Life, and so talk to you. Could you fill out an Application:

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  83. Happy Birthday Second Life!!!

  84. Aloah Oh says:

    Ok – 1 day left to register – still not a working form on-line. I have no idea if my proposal actually went through as really I cant be doing with loading new browsers ont o a system I rigorously protect from new software in order to keep the system tuned to its peak, just in order to submit one application form (OK rant over).

    If anyone organising this gets this post then please contact me in-world, come and see what I do and let me know if you want someting from me 😉

    Please then issue clarification on copyrights – we have just been through all this at the NPIRL exhibitiion at Rezzable Create etc ( do come everyone – not long left to see it). and really it wasn’t difficult to get a balance between need of the media to publicise and needs of the artists to protect and nothing had to be full perm – we just built it there and worked together.

    Incidentally has anyone ever brought a successful action for copyright infringement in SL? I suspect it would be a legal nightmare.

  85. 1) Firefox is built into the SL Viewer. Preferences > Web > “Use built-in browser”
    2) For the third or fourth time, the perms on your exhibit don’t matter. You’re rezzing it, not us.

    I really have no idea where the confusion about perms came from.

  86. Xe Oh says:

    @77 Meghan Dench

    Meghan, Thanks for the feedback.

    We are a non-profit organization in the US with a group presence in SL and are dedicated to the creative exhibition of the most innovative and culturally relevant independent new media from around the world.

    BTW all of the media artists we work with retain copyrights to their work, and none of their work will be for sale through SL.

    We will submit our application prior to midnight Sunday the 25th.

    If you need to contact me, please IM me in-world.

    @86 SignpostMarv Martin

    Marv, If I’m not mistaken, I believe the confusion about perms came from the heading on this blog: “Got Images?…Please remember to give full permissions on anything you’d like to submit.” And then the subsequent postings that followed escalated it…

    Currently we now see this as a non-issue.

    Thanks to both of you for clearing this up.


  87. Toy LaFollette says:

    I got an idea!!!!! lets rename the blogs to forums, since thats how they are used.

  88. Xe Oh says:

    @ 88 Toy LaFollette

    Hay Toy, that’s a great idea, a SL forum would work oodles better then these blogs!

    Now try and talk the Lindens into that great idea. /me falls off her chair laughing.

  89. We’ve decided to extend the application deadline by a week, so we’ll be accepting applications until the end of May!

  90. Xe Oh says:

    @90 SignpostMarv Martin

    “We’ve decided to extend the application deadline by a week, so we’ll be accepting applications until the end of May!”

    Marv, I’m almost speechless.

    All I can say at this late hour is thank you!


  91. Alvi Halderman says:

    Awsome.. i was on SLB4……..

  92. Meghan Dench says:

    @ Toy.
    I like the amount of discussion and feedback here in comments on this post.

  93. Tristin Mikazuki says:

    Is it true that child AV’s cant have displays and may not even be let in? Theres a post on the fourms about it would be nice to know if its true or not

  94. Lias Leandros says:

    I read the blog post on this again and I am not sure how people will be informed about their participation. Who is the Head-Linden-In-Charge of the celebration this year? A press release going out soon with all of the participant’s names on it would be a good thing to have about now.

  95. Meghan Dench says:

    @94. I’m not certain on the displays, but I will find out about that for you. However, it’s certainly NOT true that Child Avatars will be denied access, it would almost certain violate the Second Life ToS/CS and also there is no In World function to deny access to an avatar just because they are a child av. Please post a comment here with the URL to that Forum Thread?

  96. Meghan Dench says:

    Sorry for the confusion.
    To clear this up;
    Child Avatars are no longer able to have an exhibit in SL5B, but will be able to access the event. They will not be denied access to the Simulators, for the duration of the event.
    I’m very sorry.

  97. Tristin Mikazuki says:

    So does that mean they are now treated like black men an women in the 1950’s?
    I cant belive LL has done this I wont be going and I’ll be letting others know not to go either

  98. Tristin Mikazuki says:

    And who decided that Child avs cant have a build at SL5B?

  99. Meghan Dench says:

    @ 99, Tristin.
    Linden Lab made this decision.

  100. Kara Spengler says:

    So, LL is perfectly happy when we give them our efforts (mentors, content contributors) and money …. but show us the back door when we ask to be treated as equals?

  101. Shin says:

    It won’t be just child avi groups, but several other resident group and sub cultures who will now be refused permission to participate in our great leaders 5th birthday party. Surprise surprise. Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss. I was banned from blog posting for 6 months for making a comment about what I saw as the coming SL version of the Spanish Inquisition months ago, and I assume I will be again now. At least this time some of the Resident leaders are resigning in protest as well. I’d say, just boycott it. The Lindens can give a party for themselves…the way they want the world to be. Everybody sitting on the grass staring at the sky. Calm, placid, no possible controversy ..move along..nothing to see here. Let’s see how they spin this to make exclusion seem inclusive. Maybe they can hire an ex White House press secretary…^_^ True colors shining through now.

  102. Everett Linden says:

    @94: hey everyone! Let me be really clear, because there is some confusion and misunderstanding in a few different places.

    Child avatars are welcome at the SLBirthday, and I hope they come. We respectfully decline the submissions for the exhibition.

    I’ll be working over the weekend with a few other Lindens on a blog post for Monday to help explain and expand on the SLBirthday.

  103. Tristin Mikazuki says:

    103 Why in the WORLD would they show up at ALL???
    You guys banned they from having displays.. I hope they DONt show not a single one not anyone eles.
    You guys can have the party all to yourselfs the customers can party with out the lindens YOUR not needed.

  104. DD Ra says:

    So Linden Lab is promoting a Second World with Real Life prejudice ?
    Kids avatars are PG avatars, played by adults… but they will have no right as a community to contribute ? because they choose to play children AVIEs ?!?

    Wanting to sell the world the resident imagination helped to build, but afraid of such originality as CHILDREN AVIE Lindens?

    Very, very, very sad. Is Second Life becoming “Linden World, Linden Approved As Safe Only Imagination?”

    Well, if you succeed, all you will have is an empty lagging 3D hybrid of Habbo Hotel and Barbie World… hard to sell.

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  106. Xe Oh says:

    Last day and the App. still does not work on Safari 3.1.1 on Mac OSX 10.4.11,


    Now what, quit?

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  108. Marianne McCann says:

    Everett – it would seem the policy is “Children should be seen but not heard.” This, to me, is unfortunate. So many of us kids have been painted with a ‘zOMG pedophile” brush by Report Mainz, Sky News, and others, and places like the SL birthday celebration is one of those few places where we get the opportunity to show our talent, or creativity – and most importantly, that we’re *not* freaks.

    Essentially, this decision, no matter how it ended up being decided on or for what reasons, makes those of us who role play children into second-class citizens, being allowed to participate, but not to enjoy the same rights and privileges afforded other groups.

    I’m sorry, but it would seem to me that this is an unfair decision, and goes against even SL’s own community standards. Do I understand LLs need to do this? yes. Do I think it is right, or even that it has been handled in the right way? not so much.

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  110. Shin says:

    103 Everett

    We respectfully decline the invitation to YOUR party. (Meant with the same unctuous sincerity as your version.)

    I’m sure others around the world will be holding their own.

  111. Taff Nouvelle says:

    What is thing that children want most??? To grow up and not be powerless, so the first thing a child does when gaining access to SL is make the biggest most powerful avatar they can, then equip that avatar with all the weapons they can find.
    99.9% of children who actually get access to SL are using adult avatars.
    99.9% of all SL children are adults who do NOT want to be involved in sexual activity, and just want the innocence of childhood that they remember. Or on the other hand, to live an innocent life that they were denied as children in the real world.
    I wish that politicians would actually check facts before jumping on a bandwagon for votes.

    The Gorean community, now that is completely different, they are nasty people who love to fight and kill each other,
    Ummm isnt that role play like most computer games??? I believe Gor is a planet from a Sci Fi book.
    So these people are actually partaking in a literary world, there are things to study so that the role play is as close as possible to the original ideas, I am not involved in Gor so I do not know the complete rules, but surely, role play is what SL is about?? isnt it??

    BDSM, this has somehow been linked with Gor, dont really see how, this is human nature, nothing to do with literature.
    However, I thought that anything between consenting adults was allowed in private. isnt that ststed somewhere in the american constitution, sorry I am British so I dont know the law fully.

    So , next, which religions are allowed to display in the birthday celebrations, and what pictures are not allowed in the art galleries now. It seems that censorship is now to become the norm in SL.
    Its a real shame, I have loved my time here with my american wife and 4 SL children from around the world. I will be sad to see it all go.

  112. Taff Nouvelle says:

    Unfortanately LL set a precedant by bowing to the press and banning things in second life rather than standing up to them.
    This case is going too far, all members of SL community have verified that they are over 18, more than once for a lot of people,
    If they really did this to safegaurd children, they are banning the wrong people. If on the other hand this is a publicity decision, then that spells the end for SL as we have known and loved it. SL is now ruled by the politicians, and not by the members whop pay for the whole platform, or even by LL who maintain it for us.
    This would not have been as bad had they said only those who are willing to prove and register their age will be allowed to build a display, but to blanket ban all members who wish to do things as children here is totally wrong.
    Children in SL are here for fun and as in RL, I for one would not enjoy a world where children are protected by being locked away.
    This really is the worst decision that LL have ever made

  113. Rai Fargis says:

    The child AV community is excluded from building at this years birthday bash. Amazing artists like Loki Eliot, who contributed some of the best builds in last years celebrations, were already deep into planning – I hear it took him 2 weeks of planning and netwowking, he had amazing ideas once again.
    Child avatars are allowed to come to the fest, but not to create. This is a very bad move, Linden Lab. Don’t you want to show how creative and artistic all the communities in SL are? Instead you are making second slass residents of child avatars, many of whom own several sims and pay you hundreds of dollars every month.
    This decision of yours is extremely insulting and probably the worst thing you have ever done to your user base and could have serious reperccusions on second life as a whole.

  114. Rai Fargis says:

    What makes Linden Lab think, child avatars, who invested weeks of planning and networking in their SL5B builds for this year (again) would come to the celebration after LL prohibited their art? I will certainly not show up there, and from what I read in the blogs and forums all over, a lot of residents are so outraged about this kind of censorship and intolerance they are even thinking of ending their premium membership. I know I am.

  115. Vint Falken says:

    I wholeheartedly agree.

    Please vote for MISC-1231 ‘Missing Cultures & Communities from SL5B’ here:

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  117. Tristin Mikazuki says:

    I wonder how long anyone whith a child AV will be alwoed to be in SL..
    I also wonder who is next….

  118. Tristin Mikazuki says:

    as a side note I wonder what the new CEO thinks of this?

  119. Porsupah Ree says:

    I’m at a loss to understand why LL would refuse to include all of its residents in a birthday celebration, purely on the grounds of their chosen appearance and role.

    I do hope the matter is reconsidered to a more inclusive end, else the event will be tainted by concerns of whether any one of us might next year not be considered sufficiently presentable, whilst regretting the losses already incurred in barring the participation of some particularly creative residents.

  120. Katt Linden says:

    @10 Jayden wrote: “Pity no-one apart from regulars to this blog will know about this post as Katt Linden, in her infinite wisdom, set up a system where the “vast majority” of people will never see this message.”

    Jayden, I’m happy to point out to you the new login screen.

    It’s just one thing, but I am here, listening, and I hope that over time you’ll all see some benefit to that, even when we are not able to make everything work the way you’d like it to, as fast as you’d prefer.

    So, as many of you requested, on the main Second Life viewer, you will now see both the latest few Status Reports, at the top right of the login screen, and also the latest few blog posts from here, the Official Second Life Blog.

    Brief history; when we launched the SL Grid Status Reports page, for awhile only those updates were being shown on the login screen, and many of you commented that you were missing the blog posts which had been listed there until replaced by the Status Reports. (We’ll have a blog post up about this later in the week.)

    You’ll now see both on the Second Life login screen, version 1.91 (4).

  121. Fogwoman Gray says:

    Even if it was not ethically and morally wrong to discriminate in such a way against your own residents, it is just plain bad manners to uninvite someone to a party.
    Even a child knows that.
    Shame on you.

  122. Meghan Dench says:

    @ 122. Child Avatars are still invited to come. Applications to do Exhibits for Child Avs will just be declined.

  123. Tristin Mikazuki says:

    LL Should never have taken over SL5B child gor and bdsmers are banned from having displays pretty soon they are just gona be banned from SL.
    This has way to much the feel of the bank/gambling ban to it

  124. LL are a bunch of hypocrites shall we quote there own Community Standards

    Combating intolerance is a cornerstone of Second Life’s Community Standards. Actions that marginalize, belittle, or defame individuals or groups inhibit the satisfying exchange of ideas and diminish the Second Life community as whole.

  125. Ninja Kawabata says:

    What makes me mad is that LL is banning builds not based on the build but on who is building it. Shame on LL and shame on anyone who builds this year. The community needs to stand strong and send a message that discrimation will not be tolerated. What is LL going to do next install Human and Furry water fountains perhaps make furries ride in the back of the SL transportation system? Hey I should not give them any idea’s. This is a outrage.

  126. Jen Shikami says:

    But if LL is going to censor, shouldn’t it be based on whether the _content_ of the exhibit meets the ToS (and is legal) rather than based on what the person who built it happens to be wearing?

    Some justification on that point would certainly go a long way toward quelling drama. I mean, the actual rules that the exhibit form links to don’t mention this at all:

    And neither does the form — how does LL know if the creator happens to use a child avatar sometimes or even all the time? I just don’t get how that’s relevant.

  127. Toy LaFollette says:

    Food for thought……. are the next steps making it okay to help others but not be a SL Mentor based on what av you have or certain groups you belong to?

  128. Xe Oh says:

    If you already applied see this nex bolg post:

    It has now gone the way of PG.

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