While in the real world, the spread of COVID-19 has many, including myself, concerned about how it will affect them and their families, and more and more people are moving their work, meetings, and social connections to digital platforms I am celebrating our community in SL. And to celebrate the connections, friendships, and love that we share here’s the latest from Sol …
Many of you know that Namaara MacMoragh hosts the Etopia regions as an extension of her passion for justice and equal access to healthy living. Did you also know that for the past few years she’s also been working with the Brain Energy Support Team to ensure justice and equal access to support and services for individuals with brain injury and their families?
Namaara will present about Brain Injury & Mental Health at the 6th annual Mental Health Symposium. It will be held on Saturday, May 27, beginning at 6am Pacific (9am Eastern), and continuing through 5:30pm Pacific (8:30pm Eastern)
The theme of this year’s Symposium is “I can relate to that.” An international group of presenters offers a wide interpretation of the theme, based on their interests and academic backgrounds. Attendees will learn ways to promote mental health for themselves and their families, how diet affects mental health, and how first responders and medical clinicians can improve their own mental health.
Not only is this an opportunity for our community members to learn more about topics related to mental health from experts they probably would not have a chance to meet otherwise, it is allows the general public to attend a professional conference for free.
The Symposium takes place in Virtual Ability’s The Sojourner Auditorium, on Virtual Ability island. The SLURL for the auditorium is: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/54/170/23.
Visit the Virtual Ability blog to learn more and see the; http://blog.virtualability.org/2017/05/announcing-6th-annual-mental-health.html
There’s a lot happening at Etopia. Some of the best places and activities are just out of view so turn the corner, or dive into the bay. To get you started the Holiday Penquin placed 20 clones around Etopia Island, Etopia Prime, and Etopia Quest. No clues, no LMs, no hints, just an opportunity to explore and discover.
We’ve also got some snowfall on Eagle Peak. Sit by the fire with a special someone, build a snowman, and then take the gondola down to the Pavilion and dance the night away.
Speaking of nights … We’ve got the best New Year’s party planned for Thursday, 29 December at 7pm SLT at the Pavilion. DJ Dani will bring us the best in dance music (I heard it might be Big Band). So blow the dust off the tux, polish up those dancing shoes and kiss 2016 goodbye.
We’re simply having a wonderful Christmastime …
Earlier in November there was a brief post on the Radegast blog stating that updates to this gem of a third party viewer would end. If you’re not already familiar with Radegast, it’s a light-weight graphic-free, but feature-rich viewer for Second Life and Open Sim.
Why is this important? For those with visual impairments, poor internet connections, older computers, or any number of physical and cognitive challenges Radegast is the way to engage in world. Among its many features are speech to text and text to speech tools that can be integrated with other devices such as braille screen readers.
So, when Vivox updated the voice program Linden Labs uses in the SLViewer there wasn’t anyone to update the Radegast viewer. Thanks to Gentle Heron of Virtual Abilities and Beq Janus the word got out and Cinder Roxley stepped up to the plate.
It’s been the talk of Second Life for a little more than a month.
Linden Labs increased the limits on the Mainland earlier this month. As of today Private Estates, like Etopia, are seeing a 33% increase in prim allocation. This means that parcels across all of the Etopia regions will be able to enjoy a richer experience with more room to build or landscape.
Some of our residents have noticed the increase in limits and we are working to adjust our parcel limits and rental rates to meet the changes with as little inconvenience as possible. Once the parcels are updated we’ll begin updating the apartment complexes and shops. Residents will not see their rental rates change until their current rental period is ended.
LL has also announced that soon Private Estates will have the option to increase land impact to 30,000. This may be something we consider in the coming year.