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Like so many in Second Life, the Designing Worlds team were greatly saddened to learn this weekend of the passing of Ebbe Altberg, known on the Second Life grid as Ebbe Linden. Elrik and Saffia were fortunate enough to be able to interview Ebbe on a number of occasions, both with Designing Worlds, and with Saffia’s annual “Meet the Lindens” talks at the Second Life Birthdays.

Ebbe was a wonderful guest to talk to – and always willing to share ideas and plans for Second Life. In today’s Archive show, we look back to the very first interview we did with him, back in 2014. You can see it on this blog, or watch it directly on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/107624666. You can also join the Watch Party at 2pm SLT Monday June 7th in our studio on Garden of Dreams, where we are sure there will be lots of discussion about Ebbe and his contributions, in so many ways, to Second Life.

Ebbe arrived at the Lab in February 2014, at what was a low point in the Lab’s fortunes. From the heady early days when the Lab, residents and the grid had grown together, a widening division became perceived between the Lab and the residents. Lindens were no longer allowed to go on the grid and socialize with residents; residents increasingly felt that the Lab didn’t “get them” or their needs and desires (having said that – the Lab is such a multifarious place that it would be difficult for anyone to “get” everything!). There seemed to be an animosity of both sides that made many people very sad.

Ebbe came in – and was like a breath of fresh air. Suddenly, Lindens were back on the grid. The team was smaller as Sansar was developed – but the amount of content and new innovations grew amazingly. And best of all, the closed doors were opened – and residents were allowed to share in the ideas and plans for the future. The enthusiasm of the team working on the Second Life grid seemed power-charged, with the Bellisseria Homes, the development of material, the Bento project, animesh .. and much more. This all came to fruition on Ebbe’s watch – and a reason why, when the pandemic struck, Second Life was in such a healthy place to welcome back old friends and new.

He not only made changes to the infrastructure – he made changes to the culture of Second Life – and that in a time of darkness, when many despaired of the real world around us. Under Ebbe’s leadership, Second Life became a place of hope for a better world.

Interview with Ebbe, Elrik and Saffia, photograph by Honour Macmillan
Interview with Ebbe, Elrik and Saffia, photograph by Honour Macmillan

The interview we’re showing today was recorded in October 2014 for the 250th edition of Designing Worlds. We were hoping to have Ebbe back on the show for the 500th – and we are devastated that interview will now never happen.

In the words of Shakespeare (almost) …
Small time, but in that small most greatly lived
This star of Linden.

Come and join us for today’s Designing Worlds and see again our first interview with Ebbe Linden at our Watch Party in Garden of Dreams – or see it on the web.

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Patch and Brett Linden, in conversation with Saffia and Elrik, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Patch and Brett Linden, in conversation with Saffia and Elrik, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our most recent episode of Designing Worlds, we sat down for a chat with Patch and Brett Linden, about recent happenings in and future plans for Second Life. And we covered a wide range of topics – with some interesting side trips!

DW426 – Lindens & Stilt Homes from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Brett Linden is VP of Marketing for Linden Lab and Patch Linden is Vice President of Product Operations for Linden Lab. We had a wide ranging discussion that covered the Uplift to the Cloud, now largely completed, and – now that new land is once again an option – the forthcoming Linden Homes release of Stilt Homes.

Stilt Homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Stilt Homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also discussed the impact of the pandemic on Second Life and how the Lab has handled the significant influx of new and returning residents as the virtual environment has become increasingly important, including the availability of “turnkey” educational and conference environments that users can adapt and configure from a range of available designs.

The Town Hall - one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Town Hall – one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wildstar Beaumont gaves us a look around Rosehaven in the autumn and finally, we looked ahead to winter treats the Linden have planned, with a visit to Winter Wonderland … and news of a planned snowfight. Linden Lab versus the Residents – bring it on!

Snowfight Arena In Winter Wonderland

Snowfight Arena In Winter Wonderland

 

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Futuristic - one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Futuristic – one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our new episode of Designing Worlds, we sit down for a chat with Patch and Brett Linden, about recent happenings in and future plans for Second Life. And we cover a wide range of topics – with some interesting side trips!

Patch and Brett Linden, in conversation with Saffia and Elrik, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Patch and Brett Linden, in conversation with Saffia and Elrik, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today Monday 30th November  when you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams at 2pm SLT.

Patch and Brett Linden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Patch and Brett Linden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to Brett Linden, VP of Marketing for Linden Lab and Patch Linden, Vice President of Product Operations for Linden Lab in a wide ranging discussion that covers the Uplift to the Cloud, now largely completed, and – now that new land is once again an option – the forthcoming Linden Homes release of Stilt Homes.

The Stilt Homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Stilt Homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also discuss the impact of the pandemic on Second Life and how the Lab has handled the significant influx of new and returning residents as the virtual environment has become increasingly important, including the availability of “turnkey” educational and conference environments that users can adapt and configure from a range of available designs.

Academic Campus 4 - one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Academic Campus 4 – one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wildstar Beaumont gives us a look around Rosehaven in the autumn and finally, we look ahead to winter treats the Linden have planned, with a visit to Winter Wonderland … and news of a planned snowfight. Linden Lab versus the Residents – bring it on!

The Dino - one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Dino – one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s a really interesting discussion – with peeks at parts of the grid you may not have seen – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

 

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Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Have you seen our Designing Worlds exploration of Halloween sites on the grid?

Here it is … for your Halloween pleasure …

DW424 Hallowe’en 2020 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We kick off with a visit to Linden Lab’s Portal Park, from where you can join the special Linden Tour – with new extensions this year.

Then it’s on to Bellisseria, to visit a strange new region that’s appeared there – and to meet the inmates of the Millbank Asylum with our guide – Prudence Anton.

Halloween in Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Our next port of call is an extraordinarily detailed experience inspired by the country song, “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” telling the eerie tale of Lucius Clay. We’re joined by the creators, Aleriah and Mathias Laurent, who help us explore the beautifully detailed swamp and its mysterious inhabitants – and they share a few secrets with us too!

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Next we visit Haunted Hollow in the company of one of its creator, Honey Heart, which features skeletal horse-riding, Russian folk-tales, the odd Headless Horseman who may lob a pumpkin at you, readings under the Hallowe’en Tree and a rather whimsical tower that’s full of fairytale left-overs under the auspices of its skeleton crew.

The episode ends with a visit to Frightened Pink – a region that combines scariness with fund-raising to fight breast cancer.

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Places we visit on the show:
Portal Park – Halloween entrance: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%202/119/77/53
Millbank: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Millbank/173/71/23
“The Legend of Wooley Swamp”: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairytale/237/237/21
Haunted Hollow: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Island%20Of%20Joy/241/12/97
Frightened Pink: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Westone/116/147/2201

Plus, of course, there’s a slideshow of fabulous images of Hallowe’en across the Grid created by Wildstar Beaumont.

Halloween Portal Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween Portal Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wildstar visited the Linden Halloween Tour (accessed via the Portal Park) and explored beautifully decorated Halloween Homes in Bellisseria. In addition, he visited:

Rosehaven starting point: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosehaven%20Laudanum/64/164/23
Darkwood: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Enchanted%20Rock/22/13/22

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our new episode of Designing Worlds, we visit some of the scary regions you can visit around the Second Life Grid for Hallowe’en 2020.

Join us at 2pm today Monday 26th October for our special Hallowe’en edition when you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios at 2pm SLT.

Halloween Portal Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween Portal Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We kick off with a visit to Linden Lab’s Portal Park, from where you can join the special Linden Tour – with new extensions this year.

Then it’s on to Bellisseria, to visit a strange new region that’s appeared there – and to meet the inmates of the Millbank Asylum with our guide – Prudence Anton.

Our next port of call is an extraordinarily detailed experience inspired by the country song, “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” telling the eerie tale of Lucius Clay. We’re joined by the creators, Aleriah and Mathias Laurent, who help us explore the beautifully detailed swamp and its mysterious inhabitants – and they share a few secrets with us too!

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Next we visit Haunted Hollow in the company of one of its creator, Honey Heart, which features skeletal horse-riding, Russian folk-tales, the odd Headless Horseman who may lob a pumpkin at you, readings under the Hallowe’en Tree and a rather whimsical tower that’s full of fairytale left-overs under the auspices of its skeleton crew.

The episode ends with a visit to Frightened Pink – a region that combines scariness with fund-raising to fight breast cancer.

Halloween in Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Bellisseria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Plus, of course, there’s a slideshow of fabulous images of Hallowe’en across the Grid created by Wildstar Beaumont.

It all makes for a great scary show – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Halloween Haunted Tour, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween Haunted Tour, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Places we visit on the show:
Portal Park – Halloween entrance: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%202/119/77/53
Millbank: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Millbank/173/71/23
“The Legend of Wooley Swamp”: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairytale/237/237/21
Haunted Hollow: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Island%20Of%20Joy/241/12/97

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Halloween in Darkwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We started our new season with a look at the forthcoming launch of the new Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA).

DW423 – Launch of the SLEA from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

The SLEA picks up where the Linden Endowment for the Arts left off, supporting and encouraging the arts in Second Life. We talk to Tansee and Hannington Xeltentat who originally developed the idea, and to Patch and Brett Linden who have been helping to realise the vision under the auspices of Linden Lab.

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This show looks at the structure of the new SLEA and how people can become involved, including how they can apply for grants.

And Patch and Brett also talk about some exciting new packages they are planning to support communities in Second Life!

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition, in film and pictures, we look back on the nine years of the original Linden Endowment for the Arts, which closed a year ago.

 

 

 

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Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 14th September, Designing Worlds is back for its new season – we look at the forthcoming launch of the new Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA), which picks up where the Linden Endowment for the Arts left off, supporting and encouraging the arts in Second Life. We talk to Tansee and Hannington Xeltentat who originally developed the idea, and to Patch and Brett Linden who have been helping to realise the vision under the auspices of Linden Lab.

Join us at 2pm  when you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios at 2pm SLT. We hope to have Tansee and Hannington join us to be on hand for a post show discussion with our live audience.

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This show looks at the structure of the new SLEA and how people can become involved, including how they can apply for grants.

And Patch and Brett also talk about some exciting new packages they are planning to support communities in Second Life!

In addition, in film and pictures, we look back on the nine years of the original Linden Endowment for the Arts, which closed a year ago.

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It all makes for a fascinating show – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

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SL17B Tapestry of Time, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL17B Tapestry of Time, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today is the very last day to visit the Second Life Seventeenth Birthday Community Celebration (SL17B) on the grid, but you can see the first of our two visits on the web!

DW421 – Second Life 17th Community Birthday Celebration: Part1 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In this episode, we look at the Linden builds; in the next show, we’ll be looking at resident builds – just a few, because there were so many wonderful ones! But we’ll be seeing a sneak preview of some of those resident builds with a slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont in this episode.

SL17B Auditorium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL17B Auditorium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join Saffia and Elrik as we check out some of the key areas like the Welcome Area, the Tapestry of Time, the Auditorium, the Main Stage and the DJ Stage; we preview the latest Linden Homes – and we take a look at the sky. Why? Because of a special Linden Lab feature – known as EEP – Environmental Enhancement Project.

The special EEP sky. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The special EEP sky. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also visited the gift area and the Hop and Shop area – an amazing shopping arcade that wasn’t actually part of the main Celebration area – but very tempting! We even visit a dinosaur park and, of course, we can’t resist a podcar trip!

SL17B Dinosaur Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL17B Dinosaur Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This year, the theme for the Birthday was vacations and road trips, and many of the exhibits were wish-fulfilment for people who were pretty much in lockdown while they were building. In the Linden builds too there are many elements of vacations – with the stages having a lovely holiday feel.

The Gift Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Gift Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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SL17B Welcome Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL17B Welcome Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 13th July, Designing Worlds is paying the first of two visits to the Second Life Seventeenth Birthday Community Celebration (SL17B). This time, we’ll be looking at the Linden builds; in the next show, we’ll be looking at resident builds – just a few, because there were so many wonderful ones! But we’ll be seeing a sneak preview of those resident builds with a slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont in this show.

Join us at 2pm  when you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds and on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist at: https://www.slartist.com/browse-dw-videos-1-date.html. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios at 2pm SLT.

SL17B Tapestry of Time, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL17B Tapestry of Time, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this show, we check out some of the key areas like the Welcome Area, the Tapestry of Time, the Auditorium, the Main Stage and the DJ Stage; we preview the latest Linden Homes – and we take a look at the sky. Why? Because of a special Linden Lab feature – known as EEP – Environmental Enhancement Project.

The special EEP sky. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The special EEP sky. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also visited the gift area and the Hop and Shop area – an amazing shopping arcade that wasn’t actually part of the main Celebration area – but very tempting! We even visit a dinosaur park and, of course, we can’t resist a podcar trip!

This year, the theme for the Birthday was vacations and road trips, and many of the exhibits were wish-fulfilment for people who were pretty much in lockdown while they were building. In the Linden builds too there are many elements of vacations – with the stages having a lovely holiday feel.

The Gift Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Gift Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It all makes for a fascinating show – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

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SL17B DJ Stage Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL17B DJ Stage Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The SL17B regions will be open until Sunday July 19th – so you still have time to visit! The Welcome Area is a good place to start – or grab a pod car straight away!

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Designing Worlds at SL17B!

You can read all about it here (and find out how to collect our special collectible postcards!)

One of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

One of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

A sample postcard message

A sample postcard message

 

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Ebbe Londen in conversation

Ebbe Londen in conversation

Today’s Designing Worlds show will be rather different as rather than show an episode from our archives, Saffia will be speaking live at 2pm to Ebbe Linden, CEO of Linden Lab, as part of the SL17B Birthday Celebrations – and we’d love the Designing Worlds audience to be there!

You can join the live audience at the Auditorium on at the Celebration. The Auditorium is open in three areas – but do get there early – last year it filled up fast!

Or you will be able to see the event livestreamed at: https://youtu.be/quloVw0OVj8

The Auditorium

The Auditorium

Ebbe Altberg came to Linden Lab with more than 25 years of experience leading teams and creating software used by hundreds of millions of users. After graduating from Middlebury College he went on to work at Microsoft, where he spent most of his 12 years leading teams that created the world’s most popular productivity products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Office.

Saffia will be talking to him about a range of topics, including the impact of Covid-19 on Second Life, issues of diversity and equality, the situation with Sansar and the economics of Second Life – as well as what we can look forward to in 2020.

And there will be further Meet the Lindens events all week!

  • Tuesday 23rd at 2pm SLT: Patch Linden – VP of Product Operations at Linden Lab
  • Wednesday 24th at 2pm SLT: Oz Linden – Head of Engineering at Linden Lab
  • Thursday 25th at 2pm SLT: Marketing Team (Brett, Darcy, Strawberry, Maveric, and Tara Linden) at Linden Lab
  • Friday 26th at 2pm SLT: Meet the Moles (Linden Department of Public Works)

Don’t miss a new special chance to learn more about the Lindens, with a new series in the Second Life Community Forums, created by Strawberry Linden: https://community.secondlife.com/forums/topic/456100-sl17b-meet-the-employees-social-campaign

Ebbe Linden

Ebbe Linden

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Have you visited the Designing Worlds site at SL17B?

Designing Worlds exhibit at SL17B

Designing Worlds exhibit at SL17B

You can read all about it here (and find out how to collect our special collectible postcards!)

One of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

One of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

A sample postcard message

A sample postcard message

Visit Designing Worlds at SL17b here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL17B%20Electrify/224/138/23

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