This episode of the Drax Files: World Makers focuses on the “perfectly imperfect” perspective of Nylon Pinkney. Nylon Pinkney is the owner of the virtual clothing and accessories store Nylon Outfitters - a brand that Drew Carey has mentioned as a favorite - and even had a hand in designing some of the original starter avatars in Second Life.
As a wedding photographer who deals with challenging clients in her offline career, Nylon enjoys expressing her whimsical artistic side in Second Life - applying her skills t o her brands as well as her region - Tableau. Check out Tableau for what Nylon describes as a “bombed out southwestern desert” from a Jersey girl’s point-of-view.
Watch the video below for the full story on how working in Second Life has helped her to grow as artist, how it has uncovered some interesting niche communities, and more of Nylon Pinkney’s distinctive sense of Second Life style.
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
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 23: Meshworx - Ioz Hyde
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe
It’s time again to show off a few of the newest experiences and intricate locations in the Second Life Destination Guide. Make time to immerse yourself in the great destinations below.
Relay for Life of Second Life is back with the Paint Second Life Purple fundraiser. Paint Second Life Purple asks people to do just that: paint selves, clothing, homes, landscapes, and pretty much everything else purple. The event lasts through March 7th, visit www.relayforlifeofsecondlife.com to learn more.
Speculum is the newest installation by artist Giovanna Cerise. Too large to view from the ground, you’ll need to take to the sky to experience the entirety of this huge exhibit. What will you see in the mirror of Speculum?
The Moulin Rouge is a neo-Victorian, community-themed roleplay region with loads of live stage shows, cabarets, burlesque and more. Active for more than seven years, the Moulin Rouge is a great spot for anyone with romance on their minds.
In Blithe’s forested park, breezes whisper through trees, fireflies flicker, and horses graze around artfully rusting trucks. You can even relax with someone special in rustic houses on mirror-still ponds. Blithe is a calming region built with an eye for nature.
An easy-to-join freeform roleplay zone, Helion Alpha is a slick sci-fi region welcoming to all. Active players can claim living spaces, and faction leaders can even take over entire headquarters. Ignore the dross, go to Helion Alpha for sci-fi roleplay in its purest form.
If you’ve just finished adding the final few touches to your next great creation, don’t forget to share it with the rest of the community! There’s still a little over a week to send in those submissions for the Photo Booth Fun Contest, it runs all the way through March 4th. If you’re looking for inspiration, sneak a peek at what your fellow Residents are up to in the official Second Life Flickr page. See you inworld!
Are you an educator seeing positive results from using Second Life? We’d love to hear from you! Please join us in this Education Forum thread to share your answers to the following questions:
- What educational organization do you represent?
- How do you use SL in your educational endeavors?
- Most importantly, what positive results have you seen from using SL?
From direct conversations, press coverage, and the like, we’ve heard of a number of organizations seeing positive results using Second Life for education, but we’re always eager to hear more and we hope you’ll add your voice to the thread.
The weekend is just around the corner and, as always, the Second Life Destination Guide is packed to the brim with slick builds, beautiful regions, and exciting events!
Pandora Box of Dreams is a gorgeous, artistic series set in dreams. Their first dream is titled Dreams of Sakura, but expect something new and equally intricate every couple of months. So jump in the bed and drift away to the imaginative dreamscape of Pandora Box of Dreams.
A highly-detailed swamp with that down-home feeling, Crystal Gardens is a joy to wander through. Whether you’re looking for art shows, misty docks, gorgeous houses, or romantic dancing, you’re sure to find it at Crystal Gard
To quote Arthur C. Clarke, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Few art installations embody incomprehensible technology as well as Omnibus. Venture through a machine composed of moving colors and rhythmic shapes in this ever-changing, symmetrical region.
Seemingly ripped straight out of a dance movie, Republic Club is a veritable feast for the senses. Feel a need for pulsing lights, pounding tunes, and live DJ events? Head on over to Republic Club and let the music take control.
Makeahla Jungle is a soothing and beautiful jungle island packed with wildlife. Dedicated to animal rights, visit Makeahla to learn about conservation, preservation, and what you can do to help maintain nature in all her pristine glory. Or swing by for the beach parties, exploration and couples-friendly safaris throughout this vibrant region.
Few things are as exciting as that first teleport into a brand new region, so keep on sharing those new creations. If your preferred method of creation is more picture composition than world-building, we’ve got an official Flickr page for that. And for you serial prize-winners, the Photo Booth Fun Contest runs all the way through March 4th. Don’t wait, there are prizes on the line!
With less than 24 hours until Valentine’s Day, the Second Life Destination Guide is overflowing with both romantic and non-romantic activities and events - so make plans to experience a few of the newest destinations today!
The Love is in the Air Event is a beautiful and highly detailed shopping region with a great selection of clothes, gachas, furnishings, HUDs, and more. The event boasts over 40 unique booths, artfully-landscaped walkways and even a catwalk for shows. Better hurry, because the Love is in the Air Event only lasts through Valentine’s Day.
Embrace rollicking jazz, street parties, and flashing confetti at 2015 Mardi Gras Town. This yearly New Orleans build features all the traditional Mardi Gras trappings, as well as shops for costumes, masks, art, and more. Fat Tuesday’s less than a week away, so get partying!
A grin-inducing pun aside, Less than Three is a nearly perfect romantic getaway. Whether you prefer vineyard wine tasting, classic drive-ins or forested ruins, this archipelago offers a variety of romantic places to explore. Take that special someone on a soothing vacation to Less than Three.
Moya’s Memory takes visitors on an imaginative tour of an artist’s thoughts and memories. Part found installation, part computer mainframe, part hand-drawn whimsy, this project offers a glimpse into the imaginative mechanics of what make us who we are.
A futuristic blend of modern nightlife and Aztec ruins, Hydra is a new club making big waves. This well-designed venue offers the full club experience, including poolside parties, cozy lounges, a large bar, and a pounding dance floor.
Keep your Destination Guide Submissions coming and share your creations! If you’re more explorer than creator, be sure to check out the Photo Booth Fun Contest. Props and exotic locations are most definitely encouraged, and there’s a chance for some pretty cool prizes. While you’re at it, share your images at the official Second Life Flickr page. Until then, see you inworld.
Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just a few days away! Pink and red dominate, chocolate sales sky-rocket, and we're reminded that the true hallmark of love is in the quality of time we spend with our loved ones.
Come to the Isle of View on February 13th for some Pre-Valentine’s Day fun. Meet up with other Residents and enjoy all the romance that Isle of View has to offer - boat rides, fireworks, kissing booths - a treasure trove of memorable moments just waiting to be made with someone special.
Why February 13th? Because we believe in love, and there is still time to find a special someone for the big day.
If you’ve got a Valentine - bring them to the Isle of View.
If you’re currently looking for a Valentine - come to the Isle of View.
If you have several Valentines - well lucky you - bring them all to the Isle of View!
And how does one get to the Isle of View, you may wonder - here’s your ticket to Second Life’s twist on the tunnel-of-love.
P.S. Isle of View.
As we continue to improve Second Life, we’re looking into the issue of inventory loss. If you have experienced some form of inventory loss in the past 12 months - whether partial (such as a single object or subfolder), or full - please take a moment to share your answers via this quick survey.
Your answers will help provide our engineering team with information that will assist them as they make improvements to Second Life.
We greatly appreciate your time and want to thank you for responding to the survey.
We (both the Lindens and some hard-working open source contributors) have been busy making improvements to Second Life, and now is a good time to let you know about some new things you’ll soon be able to enjoy. These changes include improving the way your avatar interacts with surfaces inworld, giving you more tools for managing your preferences for notifications and graphics settings, as well as improvements to make life easier for mesh creators and merchants. Read below for the details and links to download Project Viewers that will let you get an early look at some of these improvements.
One of the surprisingly difficult things to do in a virtual world is to make things come to rest in a natural-looking way. Keeping feet on the ground when standing and the right body parts on furniture seems obvious, but getting an avatar to "just touch" without either floating above or penetrating into the adjacent surface can be computationally quite expensive. To avoid some of that expense, Second Life has always used approximations, which rely on some simplifying assumptions about the avatar shape and size. Those assumptions are adjusted by a number of factors including several of your shape parameter choices, values included in attachments you are wearing, and active animations.
As we've all seen, sometimes these things combine to leave you floating above or sinking into the surface on which intuitively you should be resting. This is because the adjustments come from many sources and sometime interact in unexpected ways. Because they have not always been applied in exactly the same order, even if you wear the same set of attachments in the same setting you could sometimes get different results.
We've been doing some work on all this and testing the results in the Project HoverHeight Viewer. This viewer, and some accompanying server changes, improve things in two ways: the order in which we make adjustments to your vertical position has been made more stable -- combining the same set of attachments and animations should now always produce the same vertical offset: even if it's not perfect, it will at least be predictable. Because it can't always be perfect, we've also introduced a new final adjustment that is directly under your control: a new avatar right-click selection allows you to tweak your vertical position. This final adjustment is shared with everyone around you so that they too will see you correctly, and is saved locally by your viewer so that it persists between sessions. This new feature was inspired by a proposal from the Firestorm viewer team, and they've been helping with testing it.
Busy Second Life Residents have told us via JIRA, the Suggestion form, and other channels that they need better ways to control and organize the many notices they receive: inventory offers, group notices, event invites, and money transactions all result in the same kind of pop-ups and notice chiclets and are all listed together. It can be difficult to keep track of what has been happening, and all too easy to miss something important. An upcoming Viewer release will add a new floater that provides separate displays for different notice types, and the ability to sort them. You can prioritize and organize what's important to you.
Mesh creators have sometimes found that large or complex models can't be imported to Second Life, and the reason why is not always clear. We're upgrading support for mesh import: an upcoming Viewer update will allow uploading models that have more than eight unique faces, and improved association of physics representations and LODs by name. It also improves error reporting, including a detailed mode that dumps everything you might want to know about how your model is being processed. You can try out this work in-progress now in the Project Importer Viewer.
Viewer Managed Marketplace
Merchants get improvements too! In the next couple of months, you'll be able to manage the inventory in your Second Life Marketplace store directly from the Viewer (there is a Project Viewer available for exploring this on Aditi). Items no longer need to be loaded into the Merchant Outbox or a Magic Box; instead you'll designate items to be sold directly from your personal inventory.
Your preferred way to see the world can change depending on what you're doing, and your graphics preferences strongly affect the performance of your viewer. We're introducing an open source contribution that allows you to save named sets of graphics settings, with a drop-down for quickly changing between them. When you sit down to listen to a performance in your favorite music club, you can pick settings optimized for rich display of your companions and settings, and when you go exploring you can pick a set that trades off longer draw distances and better lighting effects for simpler rendering of details - whatever you think is important. This Viewer will also expose some controls we've been experimenting with for some time to give you better protection against nearby objects or avatars that are too difficult to render fully on your system.
Second Life Developer Tools
Finally, we've been updating several of the tools we use to build both viewers and simulators; while this doesn't directly provide new features, we believe it will improve stability, performance, and the productivity of developers so that we can more quickly bring you an even better Second Life.
All of these changes, along with other fixes and small improvements, should reach the default Viewer over the next several weeks.
There’s no shortage of romantic places to explore in Second Life this Valentine’s season, but there’s also a whole host of intricate and interesting places to experience that are outside of the Valentine’s Day bubble.
Take a look below at a sample of what the Second Life Destination Guide has to offer.
Grab your snow gear and head over to Winter Wonderland - a 4-region event filled with ice-skating, snowboard and snowmobile racing, a snowball fighting arena, and much more. This special event is brought you by Linden Lab, and will be open for a limited time - so go enjoy the fun before the snow melts!
If you enjoy digging to the bottom of a juicy mystery, Buried might be the game for you. This geocaching-focused hunt tasks visitors with uncovering the truth about a famous writer’s unnerving disappearance. Prepare for twists, turns, thrills, and more as you delve deep into the world of Buried.
A quest-like hunt from the people at Green Rose Manor, the Eternal Love Quest challenges Residents to discover what eternal love really means. Keep your wits sharp, be brave, and leave no stone unturned in your search for Eternal Love. Successful hunters are generously rewarded with gifts from a unique range of creators.
The SLGBT Alliance’s Spread the Love Expo is a great shopping event for a good cause. The SLGBT Alliance aims to to raise money in support of a variety of LGBT-focused charities. This Valentine’s Day, support all love.
The Citta Bhavana Ashram is a heavily-forested area that celebrates all things that cultivate heart and mind. The citta averages ten events per week, including philosophy discussions, music theory, meditation, and more. Visit the Citta Bhavana Ashram for thought-provoking conversation or peaceful.
If you’re looking to explore a fantasy-based environment, make time to explore the Elven Isle of Telrunya. Hidden nooks and crannies abound in this soothing forested realm. Mortals, fae, magic, mystique… Discover something otherworldly in Telrunya.
With less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day, time’s running out to send in those last-minute romantic destinations and snapshots. You can even enter the Photo Booth Fun Contest for a chance to win some cool prizes. Don’t wait, get those comically-oversized props together and start posing today!
SNOWBALL WARZONE SHOWDOWN
Come pelt some Lindens and fellow Residents with snowballs in a frozen field free-for-all at Winter Wonderland. That’s right - between 10 AM SLT and noon SLT on Friday, February 6th, we’re holding a meetup inworld at the Snowball Warzone. Get your free snow launching weapon, gather your posse, and prepare to say hello to some Linden friends for a full on flurry of snow-slinging fun.
PHOTO BOOTH FUN CONTEST
Share your silly photo booth style pictures with us for a chance to win L$10,000, L$5,000, L$3,000, or L$1,000 for your snapshot! Props encouraged! Winners will be selected by a panel consisting of both Lindens and Residents.
Rules and more information are available on the contest page.
Enter between now and March 4th, 2015. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
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