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Remembering Joe Miller

by Community Manager on ‎09-12-2014 04:15 PM

We're saddened to share the news that former Linden Lab executive Joe Miller recently passed away. Joe was our VP of Platform and Technology Development from 2006 to 2010, and long-time Second Life Residents may fondly remember encountering his avatar, Joe Linden, as a friendly robot inworld.

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Joe Miller (via LinkedIn) and his Second Life avatar, Joe Linden (via Gianna Borgnine’s Flickr)

Joe's work in his time at Linden Lab helped to dramatically improve Second Life and contributed to making the virtual world what it is today. Among his many contributions, Joe played a major role in the introduction of 3D voice to Second Life in 2007 - an incredibly powerful advancement that revolutionized how we can communicate inworld.

Those of us who had the good fortune to work with Joe during his time at Linden Lab remember his wonderful combination of fierce intelligence, tremendous warmth, and great caring for his fellow Lindens, for Second Life, and for its Residents.

We will miss him, and our thoughts and condolences are with Joe's family and friends in this time of great loss.

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 9/12/2014

by Community Manager ‎09-12-2014 10:06 AM - edited ‎09-12-2014 10:06 AM

Second Life is home to all sorts of wild and fun entertainment. Role-playing, zombie survival, night clubs, and more are all waiting just the other side of the login screen. The Second Life Destination Guide is always happy to show you some of the best places to spend your virtual time, and this time, it’s all about dancing your worries away at some of Second Life’s music clubs.

The look and mood of a club can be as distinct as an artist’s sound - and there are plenty of places to get your musical kicks inworld. There’s an intimate blues experience, loud tunes in the great wide open, an island retro amphitheater, and a gothic underground cathedral. To top it off, in this installment of the Destination Guide Highlights, we have clubs built in a futuristic glass pyramid, a chic chrome island, and a good ol’ fashion main street nightclub.

Go on and get dancing, then show off those moves on the Official Second Life Flickr Page. If none of these places whet your obscure musical tastes,  and you know some you think we should check out, be sure to share it for consideration in the Destination Guide.

Let’s dance!

Toby's Juke Joint Blues Club

Toby’s Juke Joint, one of the oldest clubs in SL, offers a wide range of musical styles for all blues lovers. Modeled after an authentic bayou juke joint, the warm, friendly environment is a great place to dance, chat and meet friends old and new. The great mix of knowledgeable DJ's and live shows keep the blues alive 24-hours a day.

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Alabama Jack's

Alabama Jack's is a place for all to meet old friends and make new ones. They've got dancing, DJ's, live performers and scenic views of Key Largo. Their lobster is the best on the grid, and their large assortment of beers leave little to be desired. Everyone is welcome in this friendly atmosphere, open 24/7.

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Club 108 Main Street

This plush city venue redefines entertainment within the SecondLife club scene. Status and prestige await those that cross the velvet rope at Club 108 Main Street. A glamorous escape from traditional nightlife, Club 108 features large platforms for dancing, trendy décor and world class DJ's bringing pulse-pounding sounds. Come see the most dynamic nightlife destination around.

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Club End of Days

Enter the world of the dark angels, if you dare! Hidden in a dark corner of cyberspace is a secret club where vampires and other nocturnal creatures party the nights away. Join live DJ's as they play various music from old-school goth to the latest cyber goth genres. Welcome to Club End of Days.

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GOL the 9th

Famed across the grid as the top club for house music, the GOL series of clubs launches its most stylish venue so far. GOL the 9th is the place to go for cool clubbing and hot sounds. GOL is brought to you by the best DJ’s from across the world, so dress to impress and get ready to experience the most realistic club anywhere

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Dance Island

Find live DJ performances and non-stop action at Dance Island.

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Club Retro

Come hang out with the cool people at Club Retro, where live deejays play classic rock, hard rock, metal, punk and much more.

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Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 9/5/2014

by Community Manager ‎09-05-2014 10:02 AM - edited ‎09-05-2014 10:02 AM

As we roll into the weekend, you might be looking for something new to explore in Second Life. Where else would you find a variety of selections to suit your tastes but the Second Life Destination Guide and the latest installment of Highlights.

This time around, choose to dive through a day-glo mind-bender of an art installation, get chilled and thrilled in a wildly dark biker carnival, or take in some tunes at a cancer charity event. There’s time to cover them all if you’re up for it.

As many people may know, the Arcade is back with tons of new gacha goodies to collect, trade, and enjoy. This time around they’ve provided off-region shopping to accommodate more gacha enthusiasts - so your chances of getting in earlier are much better than past Arcade events.

Whatever you decide, why not show it off on the Official Second Life Flickr Page? Or join the fun and create something new? There’s no lack of fun finds in Second Life, but we hope you enjoy this small sample of some of the best things going on inworld right now.

The Arcade Gacha Events

The Arcade Gacha Events presents the ultimate GACHA experience! Guaranteed to delight shoppers, The Arcade offers unique gacha prizes from 100 of the grid's top designers! Proudly sponsored by Apple Fall, Boogers, Pure Poison, and Style Kingdom.

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My Space

My Space can be your space, come and enjoy flying and falling through bright colors. My Space is an interactive place where you can experience Betty Tureaud's way of space, complete with music composed by Ultraviolet Alter.

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RatPack MC Carnival Bash

Come on by the RatPack MC 4th Anniversary Carnival Bash September 3rd through the 10th. They've got events, bands, rides, hunts and more in a darkly fun carnival setting. Come win over L$100,000 worth of cash prizes and gifts!

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Stand Up 2 Cancer 2014

Stand Up 2 Cancer is a non-profit organisation established to raise funds to accelerate the pace of cancer research to get new cancer therapies to patients quickly. Come see performances from top recording artists and celebrities and listen to stories illustrating the remarkable progress SU2C has made in cancer research. 100% of donations go directly into supporting SU2C’s collaborative research programs.Stand up 2 Cancer runs September 5th through the 7th, don't miss it!

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Kelini Haute Couture

Kelini Haute Couture offers a selection of exclusive mesh design haute couture and accessories at affordable prices. All their items are the highest quality mesh, so if fashion is your passion, this is the store for you!

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Stand Up 2 Cancer is a non-profit organization established to raise funds for cancer research and to help fund groundbreaking new treatment development. Inara Pey has written a very informative blog post about the organization and the event.

While the entertainment industry plans to help raise awareness and funds by hosting a prime time event, Second Life musicians, venues, and artists are planning an inworld festival of music and fundraising in support of Stand Up 2 Cancer.

SL Music Race for a Cure (an official Stand Up 2 Cancer fundraising team) kicks off today, and a full list of venues, performers and information is available at The Shore.

Enjoy some live music and dancing, and contribute to a great cause.

 

 

 

“Second Life is the perfect place for amputees to overcome emotional trauma by sharing stories and realizing they are not alone!” says Sandra L. Winkler, assistant professor at NOVA University in Florida, teaching occupational therapy.

Sandra and her Virtual Health Adventures project are the subject of the latest episode of The Drax Files: World Makers. She’s studying the use of Second Life both as a tool to help amputees and as a way for occupational therapy students (and anyone, really) to experience a body image with a prosthetic and empathize more closely with amputees.

While the study is still in an early state, Sandra believes results show that virtual worlds offer a valuable platform to help facilitate a peer-network and offer emotional support to friends and families who are dealing with physical and emotional transitions.

This study is just one example of how Second Life and virtual worlds can create a mutually positive exchange between people who may otherwise be unable to meet.

Watch the video here, or below:

Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below.

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 6: Abramelin Wolfe

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity

 

 

Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 8/27/2014

by Community Manager ‎08-29-2014 03:31 PM - edited ‎08-29-2014 03:31 PM

What are your plans now that summer is winding down? Taking in the pumpkin spiced smell of everything as Fall beckons? Why not spend some time enjoying all the seasons that Second Life has to offer? Without further ado, come see some of the exciting new locations in the Second Life Destination Guide!

Start by purifying yourself at a soothing cathedral, before diving into a dark and gloomy haunted carnival. Peruse a sunny auto show or make a splash at an enormous waterslide. If you meet anyone along the way, or just want to relax after all the sightseeing, drop in at an exclusively romantic ballroom. Whatever you do and create, be sure to share it with the rest of the grid, on the Destination Guide or the Official Second Life Flickr Page

Lorena Monastery

Lorena Monastery is a a monastery and church for those who seek a moment of peace and silence in a crazy life. Though built as a Catholic monastery, people from any religion seeking contemplation are welcome here. Light a candle at the Mary shrine.

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Halloween Drop It

When you hear the banshee's cry, a person, high-bone, will die. A murder, quite often, is what fills the coffin. Then under the turf the bones will lie.

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Hot Bay City Nights

Now in its third year, Hot Bay City Nights has hot roads and cool cars. Come see established vintage automobile designers in the Bay City Fairgrounds from August 23-30 as they present the best in vintage and retro vehicles for all avatars. Additional events provide plenty for all to do, including the crowning of 2014’s Miss Bay City and a number of charity car washes. The event will raise funds for Child’s Play, a charity that provides toys and games for children in hospitals around the world.

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Marathon Caye Lookout Point & Waterslide

Welcome to the highest point at Marathon Caye. From here you can take in the breathtaking vistas or plunge down the 90-meter-tall custom-made water slide. Experience something truly unique and fun at Marathon Caye!

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Oceana Romantic Ballroom

Come relax and dance your cares away in Oceana Romantic Ballroom. Oceana is a perfect getaway for lovers, with its formal ballroom and romantic spots. They've even got a mall to help you find that perfect gift.

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Last month, we announced a change to our policy on skill games in Second Life. The new Skill Gaming Policy establishes that skill games offering Linden Dollar payouts will be allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it is operated must be approved by Linden Lab. You can read more about the details of the policy in the FAQs.

From the many applicants, we have since approved a number of Operators, Creators, and Skill Games, and the first Skill Gaming Regions will soon be appearing inworld (and in the Destination Guide). You can find the current list of approved participants, games, and regions on the wiki. We will continue to accept applications for Operators and Creators and will update the wiki as the list of approved participants and games grows. If you would like to apply, you can do so here.

Remember: if you are not an approved* Creator or Operator, you must cease the creation, distribution, and operation of skill games (as defined in the Skill Gaming Policy) by September 1, 2014. So if you haven’t already removed any unapproved skill games from your Marketplace shop, for example, or haven’t yet ceased operating them inworld, now is the time to do so. From that date forward, operating and/or creating skill games with L$ payouts, among other criteria as specified in the Skill Gaming Policy, without Linden Lab approval (and/or outside of Skill Gaming Regions) will be subject to enforcement measures.

If you live in a jurisdiction where skill gaming is permitted and you plan on playing these games in Skill Gaming Regions in Second Life, you should not need to do anything differently. However, adding payment information on file now is a good way to help ensure you’re able to play as soon as Skill Gaming Regions are live.

*As noted in the FAQ, creators and operators whose applications are under review at the deadline may continue to operate skill games while their applications are reviewed, provided that they have submitted all required documentation and continue to promptly respond to any inquiries from Linden Lab.

 

 

For those who were unable to attend the live performance of DanCoyote Antonelli’s Avant Garden in San Francisco last week, there’s a chance to catch the live inworld performance, but it’s limited!

Please join DC Spensley (DanCoyote) and the ZEROG SkyDancer at one of only two performances of the show in Second Life.

If you’re interested in attending, contact Dancoyote Antonelli inworld to request an invitation.

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Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 8/22/2014

by Community Manager ‎08-22-2014 10:58 AM - edited ‎08-22-2014 10:58 AM

It’s time for another installment of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights.

This week we have Edo era Japanese role-playing, a rough and rugged Western-themed shopping event, a scenic outdoor live music venue, a dystopian city ripe with dark corners to explore, an art installation, and a theatrical performance of Milton’s classic Paradise Lost.

Peruse the adventures we’ve pulled together this week, and share your experiences on the Official Second Life Flickr Page. If there are some other great places you stumble upon that you don’t see in the Destination Guide, drop us your suggestions here.

Have fun and get acquainted with these destinations.

The Koto Project

The Koto Project is an intricate Japanese roleplaying sim set in the Edo period. Visit this beautiful location for period roleplay, live shows, a gorgeous setting and more!

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Wild West Fair

The Wild West Fair has tough, sweaty cowboys, sexy cowgirls in tight pants and smoking colts in the desert heat. They'll present new lines in denim, checkered, red, blue, brown and black new lines showing how sexy western can be. This story-themed fair is an exciting and great opportunity to present modern fashion in a classic style. The fair starts August 22nd at 11:00am, don't miss it!.

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The Concert Garden

The Concert Garden is a weekly music venue hosting live musicians from all genres on Fridays at 4pm. Enjoy music while you dine and dance with friends in this wonderful destination.

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Forbidden City

Forbidden City is a dystopian city that offers community living, the hangout Omo and a few stores. Forbidden City is home to an eclectic bunch of folks, where everyone is family. The brainchild of legendary Second Life builder Piraiyah Novikov, Forbidden City is modeled after the real world town of Kowloon in China.

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The Sea of Cubic Dreams

The Sea of Cubic Dreams is Alegria Studio’s CG art installation in LEA25. Warp in, enjoy this eye-opening exhibit, rude cubes and prepare to expand your mind!

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Paradise Lost

Set to the 14 movements of Mozart’s Requiem, the Basilique Performing Arts Co. performs its weekly production of Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” Join in this immersive theatre production and experience the mind blowing show show everybody's talking about. For tickets, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/mpbpac.

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Avant Garden: Mixed Reality Theater Performance in San Francisco Wednesday

by Community Manager ‎08-18-2014 03:35 PM - edited ‎08-18-2014 03:35 PM

This Wednesday evening, long-time Second Life resident and artist DC Spensley (aka DanCoyote Antonelli in SL) is presenting a free, mixed reality theater performance in San Francisco. If you’re in the area, come see the show in person - details from DanCoyote are below.

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Avant Garden, a mixed reality performance presented by DC Spensley

Avant Garden is a mixed reality theater performance by Artistic Director and Virtual Worlds Producer DC Spensley. Mixed reality in this sense means a combination of live and virtual reality dance performers interacting by means of a rear projection screen. The virtual team is called the ZERO SkyDancers, an ensemble that has been performing professionally since 2006 at art biennials, festivals and commissions, log in from all over North America using their computers to rehearse and perform together in simulated space. Imagine people controlling puppets over the internet all together on a stage similar to a video game environment. The live dancer (physically present) Kathleen Moore (of Dance Generators) performs in front of the screen allowing her to interact with the virtual performers and stage set.

Avant Garden is a combination of avant garde and walled garden, and refers to the challenge presented in offering virtual reality theater to a physical audience. Avant Garden is an experiment in doing exactly that: sharing virtual theater with a live audience.

This show is only for the live audience in the physical theater, but for those unable to attend, it sounds like performances for inworld audiences are also planned for the future. As details become available, we’ll share them here!