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“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!

 

Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 8/14/2014

by Community Manager ‎08-14-2014 02:06 PM - edited ‎08-14-2014 02:06 PM

The virtual world can be an enjoyably odd place. While it might have the same trees, grass, and skies as the one outside, it differs in a surprising number of subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways. The grass could be neon purple, the sky filled with mythological creatures, and the trees might just have a gleeful disregard for the laws of physics. This week, the Second Life Destination Guide is proud to be your ticket to a taste of the delightful oddities that recently caught our eye.

Take the first steps through a forested island in a forgotten land before solving a dark and horrific mystery with a Japanese twist. Brave provincial ballrooms populated by beings from your darkest imagination, or traverse kaleidoscopic technicolor cliffs in a geometrically-reforming land that may even boggle Escher.

Share what you see on the Official Second Life Flickr Page, and if you see anything else of interest that may not already be in the Destination Guide, be sure to share it.

 

Lost Island

Lost Island is, quite simply, just a lost island on a lost planet. Travel here to see glorious waterfalls, large cave complexes, relaxation spots and more.

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Kagami 2014

Everything started with the simple words of a childhood friend. Midnight, a few mirrors, what could happen? No one could foresee what happened to Kasumi... Kagami 2014 is an interactive horror experience complete with a custom HUD and dark mysteries.

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The Province of Kishar's Nest

The Province of Kishar's Nest comprises a small city with outlying areas. The social life revolves around Le Salon de thé Sanglant - Bêtes Élégantes, a ballroom and salon where high-end patrons gather to commune and dance the night away. Many things happen in the Province... Not all are as they seem.

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Pinwheels

Pinwheels shows an extensive, continually-changing landscape. This kaleidoscopic landscape consists of many identical triangles in different orientations shaped as stairs, walkways and dangerous cliffs. Follow the path at the landing point and prepare to be amazed.

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District 5

District 5 is a full-sim fashion fair bringing together an eclectic group of designers from across the grid. This massive event boasts five sections, with each section housing two sponsors and 20 unique stores separated by type and style. Make some time to join the shopping depravity of District 5.

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Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 8/7/2014

by Community Manager ‎08-08-2014 04:07 PM - edited ‎08-08-2014 04:07 PM

Here’s this weekend’s guide to some cool spots we discovered this week in the Destination Guide.

Make your first stop a challenging hunt with some great prizes if you’re willing to play along.Visit a charming Italian lakeside community or neighborhood before dancing the night away at a swanky club. For those of you who want the night to last forever, brave the horrors and delights of a decade old vampire region as they celebrate their anniversary.

As always, if you find a place of interested that isn’t in our Destination Guide, pleaseshare by suggesting to the the guide.. Just be sure to show off your adventures on theOfficial Second Life Flickr Page

The Bleeping Bunny Hunt 2

It's the Bleeping Bunny Hunt 2! It's meant to be hard, why bother if it's easy!? Every designer provides a hint, a riddle, or a scavenger hunt leading to hidden exclamation points. You'll encounter decoys along the way, but stick to the path and you'll be rewarded. The sponsors will be giving bleeping fantastic prizes for all your hard work.

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Silver Lake

The Argento Lago (Silver Lake) is a rugged portion of land just off the Liguria region of Italy. The Silver Lake is surrounded by four terraced towns, rugged landscape and cliffs overlooking a gorgeously-realized lake.

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Fashiowl Street

Fashiowl Street is a charming corner with places full of life and perfect to gather for fun. You just have to wander through this beautiful site, and discover the myriad of wonderful details. Everyone is invited to Fashiowl Street!

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EnVogue Night Club

EnVogue is a place where the people are friendly, the music is great and an overall fun place to dance. All types of music are played to accommodate the everyone who enters the doors of EnVogue.

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Transylvania Turns Ten!

Give in to your dark side and enjoy a week of Gothic-themed events as part of Transylvania’s tenth anniversary celebrations. Transylvania is one of the oldest communities in Second Life and features a thriving and welcoming social scene. With live music, DJ’s, masked balls and red carpet parties, there's plenty to see August 7th through the August 13th.

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50% off Premium Membership and Premium Gift Airship Ending Soon!

by Community Manager ‎08-01-2014 12:57 PM - edited ‎08-01-2014 01:01 PM

Our 50 percent off Premium Membership* promotion is fast approaching an end - so if you were considering upgrading while the price is slashed in half, now is the time to do it.

The Linden Marauder is available to Premium members only and is also going away soon, so don't delay! It now comes with two version - a lower land impact version and the original high-quality version that holds up when photographing from distances.

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There’s no better time to see what’s available to Premium members of Second Life. For more info, you can see our original blog post about this promotion here.

*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT

This limited-time discount offer is available only for memberships on the Quarterly billing plan. Discount will be applied to the first quarterly billing cycle only, and all future charges will be at the regular Premium price. To qualify, Second Life members must have an active Basic account or create a new Second Life account. Discount offer begins on Friday the 18th of July at 8:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and expires on Monday the 4th of August 2014 at 08:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

 

 

The Drax Files Episode 21: Editorial Clarity

by Community Manager ‎08-01-2014 09:19 AM - edited ‎08-01-2014 09:23 AM

The latest episode of the Drax Files: World Makers highlights Editorial Clarity - owner and operator of the Love to Decorate Magazine.

Editorial Clarity and a staff of photographers and writers have turned Second Life decorating into a passion and artform by not only publishing a well-received digital magazine, but also by creating three-dimensional spaces inworld that people can visit. It is through these projects that Editorial feels he was able to discover what he best at, and how he first met his real life partner, Rico (creator and namesake of Rico’s Tea House) in Second Life.

When not visiting one another face-to-face, Editorial and Rico bridge the physical distance by enjoying their work together in Second Life.

Editorial says that Second Life ”taught me that I can be who I am no matter what.” To learn more about their love story, their works, and some of Editorial Clarity’s thoughts on Second Life watch this video. 

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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