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Second Life University - How to Make a Fantasy Avatar


Second Life University

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today with a pre-recorded video by Boston Blaisdale as he shows you how to make a fantasy avatar! 

Watch the premiere of the Fantasy Avatar video at 8am PT: 

Here is a glimpse at the topics and fantasy creators and events he will cover in this video:

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning! 

Linden Lab

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today with two pre-recorded videos by Second Life Resident Boston Blaisdale as he shows you how to upgrade your avatar’s body using a Belleza mesh body. These are the next two videos in our series which will cover the variety of mesh bodies available on the grid

Watch the premiere of the Belleza Jake Male Mesh Body video at 10am PT: 

Here is a glimpse at the topics he will cover in this video:

  • Unpack the body
  • Add the Belleza Jake body and the HUD
  • Unpack the body skins
  • Try the skin tones
  • Use a neck blend
  • Reorder Bakes on Mesh layers in outfit menu
  • Get familiar with the applier system skins
  • Wear an alpha when using applier skins
  •  Explanation of different alphas
  • Recommend using BOM over applier skins
  • Remove alpha if body turns red while switching back to BOM
  • Adjust body shine in skin tab
  • Tint the skin
  • Change nail color
  • Explanation of the Alpha tab on the HUD
  • Explanation of Shape tab, including hand poses on the HUD
  • Edit your shape
  • Explanation of Layers, Articles, and Outfits tabs on the HUD
  • Enable tattoo applier in Layers tab on the HUD
  • Save different combinations of tattoo layers in the Articles tab on the HUD
  • How to purchase the correct applier or BOM tattoos for your body
  • Outfits tab in the HUD becomes redundant when wearing mesh clothing
  • Save your outfit using the avatar outfit menu of the viewer

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Watch the premiere of the Belleza GenX Female Mesh Body video at 10:30am PT: 

Here is a glimpse at the topics he will cover in this video:

  • Explanation of what is included in the folder for the body
  • Attach the HUD 
  • Unpack the body skins in the folder
  • Try skin tones and freckles
  • Explanation of Belleza Custom Feet and SLUV Feet
  • Explanation of HUD
  • In the style tab you can toggle between applier and BOM skins
  • Wear an alpha when using applier skins
  • Recommend using BOM over applier skins
  • Adjust body shine and materials in the skin section in the Style tab of the HUD
  • Edit your own shape
  • Customize your nails using the HUD
  • Use the Alpha tab in the HUD to hide parts of the body
     

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning!
 

Linden Lab

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today with two pre-recorded videos by Second Life Resident Boston Blaisdale as he shows you how to update your avatar’s body using an Inithium mesh body. These are the next two videos in our series which will cover the variety of mesh bodies available on the grid

Watch the premiere of the Inithium Kario Male Mesh Body video at 9:30am PT: 

Here is a glimpse at the topics he will cover in this video:

  • Purchase the body
  • Unpack the body
  • Remove clothing and other body parts from current outfit using the worn tab
  • Add the Inithium body and the HUD
  • Open the starter pack in the body folder
  • Apply skin in the starter pack, explanation of skins
  • Reorder Bakes on Mesh layers in outfit menu
  • Fix ear textures
  • Comparing Inithium body skin with third party skin
  • Customize your avatar with body hair and tint it
  • Difference between the fit and flex versions of the body
  • Trying and adjusting different shapes
  • Explanation of HUD that comes with the body
  • Turn on Advanced Lighting Model in Graphics Settings under Preferences to see body shine
  • Tint the skin using the color picker in the HUD
  • Customize nail shape and color
  • Try accessories and clothing options in the starter pack
  • No alpha masking in this body to reduce complexity
  • Free updates to the body can be obtained from the settings tab on the HUD

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Watch the premiere of the Inithium Kupra Female Mesh Body video at 9:45am PT: 

Here is a glimpse at the topics he will cover in this video:

  • Purchase the body
  • Unpack the body
  • Add the body and HUD
  • Remove other body parts from current outfit using the worn tab
  • Open the starter pack in the body folder
  • Apply skin in the starter pack, explanation of skins
  • Explanation of shapes and rigging
  • Explanation of HUD that comes with the body
  • Turn on Advanced Lighting Model in Graphics Settings under Preferences to see body shine
  • Tint the skin using the color picker in the HUD
  • Customize nail shape and color
  • Adjust foot position
  • Try BOM layers that come with the body
  • No alpha masking in this body to reduce complexity
  • Try the clothing in the starter pack that comes with the body
  • Explanation of alpha mask in the folder

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning!

Linden Lab

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today with a pre-recorded video by Boston Blaisdale as he shows you how to update your avatar’s body using the Ebody Reborn body. This is the next video in our series which will cover the variety of mesh bodies and heads available on the grid

Watch the premiere of the Ebody Reborn Female Mesh Body video at 10am PT: 

Here is a glimpse at the topics he will cover in this video:

  • Search and Teleport to the Ebody store
  • Try a DEMO before purchasing
  • Remove clothing from current outfit on system avatar using worn tab
  • Unpack Reborn body from Objects folder and go through folder
  • Add body parts - always remember to "Add" rather than "Wear" 
  • Ebody Reborn body is already BOM by default
  • Add the HUD from the folder and maximize it
  • Try on body skins and neck blends
  • Try out the shapes the body comes with and then edit and make your own
  • Familiarize yourself with the Ebody HUD
  • Use Materials sliders in the HUD to add shine and glossiness to the skin
  • Adjust the tint of the skin tone
  • Ebody has various add-ons for squishy boobs and thighs
  • Ebody has a Reborn monthly shopping event where third-party creators are invited to sell items for this body
  • Use the Alpha tab to hide body parts
  • Use the Pose tab to try hand animations
  • Adjust nail in the nails tab
  • Adjust your feet angle in the pose tab
  • Fix your broken ankles by using Ankle Lock in the Pose tab

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning!

Linden Lab

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today at 10am PT with Second Life’s Support Operations Manager Keira Linden and Support Operations Supervisor Tommy Linden. Keira and Tommy will share some Governance tips for staying safe and enjoying your Second Life, as well as keeping your account secure.

These are some of the topics they are planning to cover during the show: 

Watch it live today at 10am PT on the Second Life YouTube channel. We will be monitoring the YouTube chat and answering your questions.

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning!
 

Linden Lab

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today with two pre-recorded videos by Second Life Resident Boston Blaisdale as he shows you how to update your avatar’s head using a Lelutka mesh head. These are the next two videos in our series which will cover the variety of mesh bodies and heads available on the grid

Watch the premiere of the Lelutka Male Mesh Head video at 9:30am PT: 

Here is a glimpse at the topics he will cover in this video:

  • Search for and teleport to the Lelutka store
  • Choose a head to purchase - shape and skin will make a difference on how it looks
  • Try a free DEMO before purchasing
  • Unpack the head
  • Remove items currently worn
  • Wear alpha mask
  • Add the head, eyes, teeth, and HUD
  • Wear the default shape included with the head
  • Add one of the face skins included with the head and ear texture and eyebrows
  • Difference between EVO and EVO X
  • Add a hairbase
  • Reshape your avatar
  • Different methods for applying facial hair
  • Different methods for wearing eyes
  • Apply HD eyebrows
  • Adjust face shine and effects
  • Explore facial and eye effects
  • Play around with facial animations
  • Try out the elf ears that come with the head

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Watch the premiere of the Lelutka Female Mesh Head video at 10am PT: 

Here is a glimpse at the topics he will cover in this video:

  • Search for and teleport to the Lelutka store
  • Choose a head to purchase - shape and skin will make a difference on how it looks
  • Try a free DEMO before purchasing
  • Unpack the head
  • Remove items currently worn
  • Wear alpha mask
  • Add the head, eyes, teeth, and HUD
  • Wear the default shape included with the head
  • Add one of the face skins included with the head and ear texture and eyebrows
  • Difference between EVO and EVO X
  • Add a hairbase
  • Reshape your avatar
  • Different methods for wearing eyes
  • Apply HD eyebrows
  • Adjust face shine and effects
  • Different looks with various Lelutka heads
  • Play around with facial animations

 

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning!

Linden Lab

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today at 11am PT with Second Life’s Senior QA Manager, Kyle Linden. Kyle will be sharing some tips for bug reporting and feature requests through Jira.

Some topics Kyle will be covering in this episode:

Watch it live today at 11am PT on the Second Life YouTube channel. We will be monitoring the YouTube chat and answering your questions.

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning!
 

Linden Lab

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today with two pre-recorded videos by Second Life Resident Boston Blaisdale as he shows you how to update your avatar’s body using a Legacy mesh body. These are the next two videos in our series which will cover the variety of mesh bodies available on the grid

Watch the premiere of the Legacy Male Mesh Body video at 9:30am PT: 

Here is a glimpse at the topics he will cover in this video:

  • Shop for the body at the Legacy store
  • Body choices: Masculine and Athletic
  • Try a DEMO before purchasing
  • Remove clothing from current outfit
  • What is Bakes on Mesh?
  • Add the Legacy Body
  • Apply an Alpha Mask
  • Attach the HUD (named: ‘EDIT’)
  • Activate BOM via the HUD
  • Wear a BOM skin on the body
  • Learn how to modify your avatar's skin
  • Recap of steps
  • Add clothing from the ‘Premium Outfit’ folder
  • Modify your shape using appearance sliders
  • Add your own BOM layers
  • Add BOM Body Shine using Advanced Material Editor
  • Swap to Applier Alpha Mask to use skins from the HUD
  • Apply a cycle of hand animations or static poses
  • Use the Alpha menu on the hud to hide parts of the body
  • Learn to dress your avatar 
  • Modify the nail color using the Style tab

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Watch the premiere of the Legacy Female Mesh Body video at 9:45am PT: 

Here is a glimpse at the topics he will cover in this video:

  • Shop for the body at the Legacy store 
  • Body choices: Feminine, Perky, and Pregnancy
  • Try a DEMO before purchasing
  • Remove clothing from current outfit
  • Contents of Legacy folder
  • What is Bakes on Mesh?
  • Add Body, Hands, and Feet
  • Apply an Alpha Mask
  • Attach the HUD (named: ‘EDIT’)
  • Activate BOM via the HUD
  • Wear a BOM skin on the body
  • Learn how to modify your avatar's skin
  • Recap of steps
  • Modify your shape using appearance sliders
  • Add your own BOM layers
  • Add BOM Body Shine using Advanced Material Editor
  • Swap to Applier Alpha Mask to use skins from the hud
  • Use the Alpha menu on the hud to hide parts of the body
  • Learn to dress your avatar, more info here
  • Modify nail shape and color
  • Apply a cycle of hand animations or static poses
  • Adjust the angle of the heel to fit your shoes

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning!

Linden Lab

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today with two pre-recorded videos by Second Life Resident Boston Blaisdale as he shows you how to update your avatar’s body using a mesh body. These are the first two in a series of videos which will cover the variety of mesh bodies available on the grid. The two we are beginning with are the Signature Gianni Mesh Body and the Maitreya Lara Mesh Body.

Watch the premiere of the Signature Gianni Mesh Body video at 9:30am PT:  

Here is a glimpse at the topics he will cover in this video:

  • Shop for the body at the Signature store
  • Try a DEMO before purchasing
  • Remove clothing from current outfit on system avatar
  • Unpack Signature Gianni Body
  • Apply an Alpha Mask
  • Attach the mesh body parts and HUD
  • Wear a skin on the body
  • Modify your avatar's skin
  • Modify your shape using appearance sliders
  • Expand the Signature HUD
  • Enable Advanced Lighting Model in Graphics under Preferences
  • Use the skin effects on the HUD to adjust glossiness and intensity
  • Tint your skin
  • Fix your avatar if it looks grey by activating BOM
  • Use the hands and feet menu in the HUD
  • Dress your avatar
  • Use the Alpha and Layers Menu in the HUD to hide parts of the body
  • Reset scripts if you get errors with scripts or animations
  • Redeliver the body to get an update or fresh copy
  • Read the Signature manual for more info 
  • Detach the HUD once you finish using it to save resources

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Watch the premiere of the Maitreya Lara Mesh Body video at 9:45am PT:

Here is a glimpse at the topics he will cover in this video:

  • Shop for the body at the Maitreya store
  • Try a DEMO before purchasing
  • Unpack the Maitreya Mesh Body
  • Remove clothing from current outfit on system avatar
  • Add the body parts and HUD
  • Add the correct Alpha Mask
  • Activate Bakes on Mesh
  • Wear a skin on the body
  • Edit your shape using the sliders in the appearance menu
  • Use body skins included in the HUD by changing the Alpha Mask
  • Use Advanced Options in the HUD to tint skin
  • Click Glossiness button to adjust Materials on the skin
  • Use Alpha tab in the HUD to hide body parts
  • Customize your nails in the Hands/Feet tab in the HUD
  • Change your foot shape in the Hands/Feet tab in the HUD
  • Click the Misc tab on the HUD to reset scripts, redeliver the body, teleport to store, and get more info from the Maitreya website. 

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning!

Linden Lab

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today at 9am PT with a pre-recorded video by Resident Boston Blaisdale. Watch and learn how to modify your avatar's skin!

Here is a glimpse at some of the topics he will cover:

  • Purchasing face skin that is compatible with the head you are wearing
  • Purchasing body skin that is compatible with the body you are wearing
  • Wearing a basic system skin
  • Wearing the correct alphas for your head and body to be Bakes on Mesh (BOM) compatible
  • Unpacking purchased skin
  • Wearing face skin using tattoo layers
  • Wearing body skin to match face skin
  • Adjusting environment settings
  • Wearing neck blend to fix neck seams
  • Reordering layers in the outfits menu
  • Customizing your avatar with different Bakes on Mesh (BOM) layers
  • Explaining differences between system skin and tattoo layer skin
  • Displaying various ways skins are sold by Creators
  • Purchasing tattoos from the Second Life Marketplace
  • Adding tattoo layers to your avatar
  • Suggestions for more affordable options for skins

Watch the premiere at 9am PT on the Second Life YouTube channel.

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning!
 

Linden Lab

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today at 11:30am PT with Second Life’s Tier One Support Supervisor, Spots Linden. Spots will be giving us some very helpful Linden Exchange tips!

Learn more about the LindeX:

Watch it live today at 11:30am PT on the Second Life YouTube channel. We will be monitoring the YouTube chat and answering your questions.

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning!

Linden Lab

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today at 9:30am PT with another pre-recorded video by Second Life Resident Boston Blaisdale. Today, Boston will be showing you how to customize your avatar with hair and accessories!

Here is a glimpse at some of the topics he will cover:

  • Purchasing items inworld
  • Purchasing items from the marketplace
  • Unpacking items from objects folder
  • Unpacking items from "Received Items"
  • Cleaning up "Received Items" after unpacking
  • Searching inventory
  • Wearing a hairbase
  • Wearing hair and accessories
  • Resizing hair and accessories
  • Repositioning hair and accessories
  • Rotating hair and accessories
  • Changing colors
  • Explaining the difference between rigged and unrigged versions

Watch the premiere at 9:30am PT on the Second Life YouTube channel.

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning!
 

Linden Lab

Inventory Management and Performance


Second Life University

On the Second Life team we are always talking about ways to improve the in-world experience. Often we hear from the Support team about problems with inventory loading times. We dug into this problem and discovered that many of you have inventories which may partially or never load, and even worse, can prevent you from logging in.  We have identified a couple of ways the Support Team can fix the most common issues for you.

Starting Tuesday, June 21st, Support will implement a process to stabilize only those inventories affected.  For the small group of Residents this affects, you may see a change to the organization of your inventory, but all your objects are still there.  If you encounter any difficulty with your inventory, please reach out to our Support Team https://support.secondlife.com

Why it’s important to organize inventory

You can do your part to make your inventory load completely. Organizing your items into folders with fewer items at the same level can make a big difference:

  • Ease of use: Finding what you’re looking for when you want it
  • Saving money: Not buying something you already have because you can’t find it
  • Saves you time: Do you really want to scroll through thousands of folders looking for the outfit you bought last week?  Or is it faster to go into your Clothing Folder?  The Vehicles Folder?

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Tips!

Start organizing your inventory early
It’s a great idea to create a few top level folders which represent common things you buy such as  Hair, Jewelry, Shoes, etc.  Many people also organized clothing into categories.

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Get rid of demos
When buying a demo and trying it out, you know pretty fast if you like it -- and usually if you do, you buy the non-demo version soon after. As a result, search for demos in my inventory and if you no longer need them, move them all in the trash.

Clean your trash out regularly
And speaking of trash, it’s much easier to catch an accidental deletion when you’re only looking through a few dozen folders versus thousands of items.

Renaming Folders
Did you just buy an exceptional item but the folder’s named in a way that it doesn’t identify what it is?  Rename it. Think about naming an item “long lace dress with high neckline - Red”.  Your own name for an item is more meaningful to me than “**~~XX BRANDNAME~~** Tiffany Red”

Clean out Lost and Found 
If things are returned to you or possibly detached, they may appear or get returned to your Lost and Found folder.  Many times it’s going to appear as a Coalesced Object (a collection of different objects returned as one mass, shown with an orange box icon with a bite taken out of it).  

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Rezz these coalesced objects and take each item back into your inventory so you can find them again.  Sandboxes are a great place to do this.

Don’t have a Lost And Found folder? That’s great! It means you don’t have anything in it!

Move things out of your Received Items Folder 
You can wear and use items directly from your Received Items section (at the bottom of your inventory window). But it’s not a good place to keep them long-term. Take a moment each time you receive an item to move it somewhere in your main inventory that makes sense to you. 

Troubleshooting Inventory issues

Missing or Lost Inventory? 
Second Life is very large and very complex, but not all missing inventory is truly lost. http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Inventory_Recovery_Steps 

Antivirus, Firewall and Security Applications
While everyone should keep their home network and computers safe, sometimes overly cautious applications or settings may interfere with the communication between the Second Life Viewer and our Inventory servers. This could result in errors like “body part missing from database” and in these cases those assets may be permanently lost..

Here is further information about setting up a firewall to work with Second Life:

Too many friends
It is possible to have “too many” friends. Check your Calling Cards folder and remove any duplicates.

New inventory error message
“There was a problem loading your inventory. First, try logging out and logging in again. If you see this message again, contact Support to correct the problem.”

This error message is new in the Second Life Viewer and is shown to let you know that your inventory has problems.

The sooner you contact Support to resolve this problem, the better! Inventory problems may worsen over time if you keep trying to connect to Second Life before getting assistance from Support.

Please note -- clearing the cache and relaunching Second Life will not resolve this specific, new problem that results in this warning message.

Note: We have reports that residents who have changed the “NoInventoryLibrary” debug setting to “True” will see this error message and not be able to load their inventory. That issue has been reported at BUG-231865. The quick workaround is to change that setting to False. If you have changed this setting and are still seeing the error message, you should contact support.

You may contact Support directly at https://support.secondlife.com/create-case. Choose “Submit a Case,” select Technical Question > Inventory Issue, and complete the rest of the form to get assistance. Our amazing Support team is aware of these issues and is on the lookout for these new cases.

Second Life University

Second Life’s Director of Product, Alexa Linden, will be on a Second Life University livestream tomorrow covering these inventory management tips, and more! Watch it live on May 19th at 11:30am PT on the Second Life YouTube channel. We will be monitoring the YouTube chat and answering your questions.

Linden Lab

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today at 9:30am PT with a pre-recorded video by Second Life Resident Boston Blaisdale as he shows you how to purchase clothing and dress your Second Life avatar!

Here is a glimpse at some of the topics he will cover:

  • Second Life Marketplace overview
  • Purchasing from the Marketplace and trying on a DEMO version of an item
  • Hiding classic avatar (non-mesh) body parts using an alpha HUD
  • Using the viewer's search function to find and teleport to a location in SL
  • Purchasing items inside Second Life
  • Unboxing your purchased items
  • Wearing your new clothing
  • Detaching or removing HUDs or clothing

Watch the premiere at 9:30am PT on the Second Life YouTube channel.

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning!

Linden Lab

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Class is back in session! Second Life University returns today at 12pm PT with Second Life’s Land Product Specialist, Izzy Linden. Professor Izzy will be teaching you Land & Group basics. 

Here is a glimpse at some of the topics he will cover:

Watch it live today at 12pm PT on the Second Life YouTube channel. We will be monitoring the YouTube chat and answering your questions.

Stay tuned for future updates about Second Life University. Happy learning!
 

Linden Lab

Announcing Second Life University


Second Life University

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Would you like to learn more about creating and modifying your Second Life avatar? Explore more of the Destination Guide? Perhaps you’re looking to acquire advanced knowledge of scripting and building in Second Life, or learn all about amazing inworld photography.

Welcome to Second Life University, a new project that aims to teach people all about the vast virtual world of Second Life! 

There are many videos and tutorials out there for Second Life already, including Second Life Tutorials on our YouTube channel as well as those created by our Residents, — and we’d like to consolidate information in one place as well as ensure that all content is up-to-date. We will begin with topics that are particularly relevant for newer users. This is a huge project that will take time, and we’re excited to work on and collaborate with the community to make it easily understandable and fun.

Also, we are keeping in mind that everyone learns in different ways, whether that’s watching and listening to a video, reading a text tutorial, or participating in an interactive Q&A livestream — so what does that mean? 

Thursday, April 7th, at 2pm PT, we’ll be kicking off Second Life University by doing our very first interactive livestream all about Second Life Viewer Basics.

After the livestream, we’ll be posting general notes on topics covered in the video here in text format, too. You can also get written information and assistance from our Knowledge Base and the Community Forums

Stay tuned for future updates. Happy learning!

UPDATE: Look in the description of the video on YouTube for a list of all topics covered, along with a timestamp to the exact moment it was covered in the video. 
 

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