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Xiola Linden

This episode of the Drax Files focuses on 88-year-old Bernhard Dörries. A successful German film director whose prolific career spans more than 50 years and 129 films, Bernhard continues to explore storytelling and creativity through Second Life.

In Second Life, Bernhard’s avatar is Bernhard McIntyre - a youthful representation of his creative intellect, as well as a vehicle to cope with the emotional and physical challenges of moving into an assisted living situation.

“My avatar is co-creator, equal partner in sharing feelings, co-owner of feelings and emotions,” he says.

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To find out more about this fascinating man - including his Second Life machinima and how he envisions a Film Festival in his honor - tune into this episode of the Drax Files

, or watch the video below.

https://youtu.be/igrVubodKwI&yt:cc=on

Want to see more Second Life stories? Find previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s Website, or at the links below - and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel - where you can watch the entire series.

 

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 39: Sergio Delacruz
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 38 : Eboni Khan
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 37 : Nonprofit Commons
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 36 : Sominel Edelman
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 35 : Project Bento
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 34 : Cheeky Pea
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 33: Luxembourg 1867
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 32: Jay Jay Zifanwe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 31:Tom Boellstorff
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 30: Maylee Oh

Xiola Linden

More puzzles and adventures await. Last week many of you tackled Dungeons & Knightmare, but do you have what it takes to brave an epic expedition through the Devil’s Cave? I hope so because that’s just one of the destinations you should definitely not miss from this week’s list of Destination Guide Highlights.

Hot Bay City Nights wraps up this Saturday, so drop in to catch the vintage and retro automobiles available there. Who will be crowned at the Miss Bay City Pageant? Better drop in to find out!

Pop in to Surfside Hideaway and hang ten with some buddies for live music and good times or tiptoe through the tulips on a picturesque butterfly hunt just scroll the spots below for even more music and creative fun.

The official Second Life Flickr page is where we select images to feature on our social media channels as part of the Pic of the Day program. It’s also the perfect place to share your inworld adventures for posterity.

You can also submit your spot for Destination Guide consideration, if it’s not there and you’d like it to be.

Catch you inworld!

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Lost Treasure of the Inca Warrior

Embark on an epic expedition, solve puzzles and dodge deadly traps as you navigate your way through the Devil's Cave and crack the vault where precious treasures are waiting to be discovered.

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Arranmore

Explore the timeless coastal island of Arranmore, with its haunted manor house and photogenic scenery. Enjoy the creepy landscape shrouded in mist. Remember, it is not what you can see that is scary - it is what you can't see. Don't forget to take the flashlight from the station platform when you arrive.

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Hot Bay City Nights!

It's time for some Hot Bay City Nights! It's its fifth year now, the event is your one-stop for vintage and retro automobiles. Come by and check 'em out, you'll might even want to take one home! Also features the Miss Bay City pageant and charity car washes! Event held Aug. 20-27.

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The Pillars by Oberon Onmura

"The Pillars: Four Moments of Contemplation" by Oberon Onmura is a forest of mountain pillars inhabited by four bots, each in his own soundscape. And then, something flickers...Oberon is known for his minimalist yet evocative style, sometimes highly scripted, and other times (such as this) more metaphoric. Open now through October at the Split Screen Installation Space.

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Ephemeral

Ephemeral. Such a beautiful word. I find the definition matches the word itself. Its meaning is lasting a very short time...short-lived, transitory. It does give a whole new purpose to the art being created. Windlight settings and audio stream are an integral part of this installation. Please press the "play" button in your viewer. The audio stream is from Ambient Art Sound Radio. A project by Danial Kolba.

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Botanica's Butterfly Hunt

The Botanica Butterfly Hunt is back in mesh! Botanica recently moved and in a terrible terraforming accident the bulldozer knocked over and broke the butterfly transportation cage. The staff could only watch helplessly as our rare and endangered butterfly collection escaped into the wild. Volunteers are needed to round up those that are flight impaired and at risk.

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Singularity Tribe Bon Odori

Singularity Tribe’s Bon Odori is a cultural, music, and dance festival held during Obon. Obon is a tradition originated from Japan to honor and remember one’s ancestors. Family and friends would reunite and light lanterns to symbolize the return of their loves ones. Joyous celebration of communal dancing and thunderous drumming will take place on August 27 from 5-11 p.m. (Pacific).

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D U P L I C I T Y

Established on the right side of a river, the city of Duplicity is home to the homeless youth of Second Life. This city wasn't built by a river by accident. Here you'll find hidden stores and homes, which are of great importance to the youth of Duplicity and its success. The city itself looks ghastly. With its gray rooftops, rusted walls and rotten fields, Duplicity has a macabre atmosphere.

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Club Metronome

Club Metronome features live deejays playing a variety of styles including EDM, trance, hardstyle, house, hardcore, DNB, electro and more.

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Foxxies

Foxxies Ballroom and Jazz Club offers a fine line-up of music in an elegant environment. Explore the many romantic areas and attractions, including a hot air balloon ride, horse-drawn carriage and more.

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World is Colorful

Can you imagine how colorful your virtual world could be -- especially during Indian summer and autumn? Be inspired by landscapes filled with colors, flowers, grass, animals and more.

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Surfside Hideaway

Surfside Hideaway is a live music venue and hangout space where you can catch a few waves and meet new friends. Enjoy your stay, surf, relax and shop under the northern light.

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Ecnad Nation

Experience Ecnad Nation, a venue that is committed to bringing live music and arts to the grid. SL has a rich history of live music and Ecnad delivers a superior audio and visual experience for performers and patrons alike!

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Cafe Musique

Cafe Musique features a mix of live performers and DJs, as well as friendly hosts. From seasoned performers to those who are new to the grid, Cafe Musique offers music for music lovers by music lovers.

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Xiola Linden

If you missed out on the nifty, interactive adventure of Dungeons & Nightmares during the Second Life 13th Birthday celebrations the good news is    it’s back! You don’t want to miss out on the fun. Torley Linden and I tackled it together    as you need a friend to take on some of the puzzles. Find a good friend to help you make it through to the end!

It’s no secret that I love to shop in Second Life. I really enjoy going to stores and browsing designs from creators both familiar and new (to me!), but I also really enjoy when events go all out to create a certain theme and mood. From the build to the items offered Enchantment is just one of many shopping events that do it really well!

My house in the physical world is a mashup homage to classic horror movies and the 1950s    so any kind of 50s build in Second Life is worth checking out as far as I am concerned! Drop by the 50s Diner    which blends that Sock Hop nostalgia of yester-years with full on biker badass-ery. It’s simply ginchy!

There’s plenty more brewing in Second Life and the Destination Guide editorial team has surfaced some of the best new places all you have to do is scroll below.

Don’t forget the official Second Life Flickr page is where we select images to feature on our social media channels as part of the Pic of the Day program. It’s also the perfect place to share your inworld adventures for posterity.

You can also submit your spot for Destination Guide consideration, if it’s not there and you’d like it to be.

Now   ready, set, login!

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Dungeons & Nightmares

Grab the helmet of justice and head into the dungeon in this little game of riddles and careful footsteps. Can you become master of the dungeon? There is a small fee for the game pass.

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LibertಠJourneys

LibertಠJourneys, sponsored by BRM Radio and Bell Estates, invites music lovers from across the globe to celebrate the freedom created through live music. Held through August 21, 2016, this is an amazing interactive experience that you'll want to go through again and again!

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Nouvelles Aventures

Welcome to Nouvelles Aventures, a photogenic spot for exploring and discovery. Take beautiful pictures and blog what you find amidst this rural and rustic vintage landscape.

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Invictus

Invictus is an art installation based on the poem "Invictus" by English poet William Ernest Henley. Brought to life by Storm Septimus, this exhibit is only open through December in Second Life.

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Who Stole the Sky?

Visit this unique art exhibit, "Who Stole the Sky?" by Brazilian digital artist Theda Tammas More info at lindenarts.blogspot.com.

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Peter Vos Museum

Explore the artwork and creations of Dutch artist Peter Vos in this loving exhibit curated by his son Sander. More info at: nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2016/08/peter-vos-museum-second-life-1.html

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Enchantment

Enchantment brings fairytales to life every three months and this round is particularly exciting as it's the anniversary! The theme is The Wizard Of Oz! Come out and shop from over 100 of Second Life's most fabulous designers, watch live performances by the Lady Garden Cabaret, and visit the build by Divine Paine!

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LICK - Byrd Island

Welcome to Byrd Island. Take a step back in time to explore this once inhabited island. The lighthouse keeper and his family abruptly left the island never to return. Could it have been the birds, or something else? Byrd Island is now open for tours. Check the schedule for the next ferry from the mainland.

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Clash of the Sovereign

In a land full of chaos and corruption, who will be able to climb to the top and sit on the throne? Submerge yourself in a story with many unexpected twists and turns. Join other amazing roleplayers and see who will be able to sit upon the throne, and who will perish attempting to win it all.

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Lutra City Mysteries

Lutra City Mysteries is an ongoing series of full-length point and click adventure games that tell the stories of Lutra City and its people. Become a private detective and solve the puzzles to progress through these fully realized and complex interactive stories. To get started, enter the detective agency, and choose a game on the cases board.

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Herston Butterfly Conservatory

Come visit this amazing Butterfly Conservatory. Located in a tranquil park setting, here you will see many different species of butterflies, birds, insects and plants. Great for field trips, family outings or just to relax. A great educational adventure!

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That Place Amusement Park

Come one, come all and witness the majestic, mesmerizing and magically memorable experience that is That Place! This curated collection of coasters and curiosities is sure to delight and amaze you! They have all the big coasters, Linden Sea access, Linden River access, Offroad Park and public "rez" spots!

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50s Diner

Step back in time and visit this classic 50s diner. Here you'll find rock'n'roll dance balls, a wicked Cadillac-inspired sofa and more!

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The Sticky Fingers Pub

Another pub in the wrong part of the city. Live music; stickyness and people who are mostly drunk. Nothing beats Sticky Fingers.

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Club Havoc

Club Havoc plays all genres of music (except country). The Havoc Staff is among the friendliest around and the atmosphere will draw you in while the music fills your senses with delight!

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A Scission Of Souls

Visit this cozy and relaxing lounge for those interested in the D/s lifestyle. This is the place for socializing for those who are looking for a partner or want to share these experiences.

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Linden Lab

Today we’re happy to announce that the new Marketplace search is live!  In addition to helping you find what you are looking for faster, we’re excited to swap out the ageing infrastructure that was supporting the old search.  Part of the new search is a learning algorithm that will further improve search results with time - the more it’s used, the better it performs.  Also, keep in mind that you can use boolean operators in search (AND, OR, NOT) for more specific searches.  We look forward to a more relevant and robust experience for shoppers and merchants alike.

We thank the merchants and everyone who pitched in and tried out search during the Beta phase for your input. As always, if you’ve found a bug, please let us know in Jira under the BUG project.

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Xiola Linden

Greetings intrepid travelers and explorers! This week’s digest of Destination Guide is chock full of spots both new and familiar that are sure to quench your thirst for something to do. One of Second Life’s oldest vampire and Goth communities is celebrating a major milestone of 12 years! Drop by Transylvania - Vampire Empire and experience the dark and delightful danse macabre with live music, DJs, and even a ball.

When those Transylvanian spooky kids get their fill of flowing velvet and lace, and the Vampire Empire celebration creeps back into the shadows, you must drop into LoveFest a Lovecraft-inspired adventure that kicks off on August 13th.

There’s so much more happening inworld a live stream video webcast with songwriters, musicians and artists, beautifully built regions for photography, and even free dance lessons!

And, if you don’t already know the details the official Second Life Flickr page is where we select images to feature on our social media channels as part of the Pic of the Day program. Share your inworld adventures with other Second Life Residents, and you may also get featured.

You can also submit your spot for Destination Guide consideration, if it’s not there and you’d like it to be.

Let’s get inworld eras, ideas, inspiration, and so much more await!

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Transylvania - Vampire Empire Turns 12

Give in to your dark side and enjoy a week of Gothic-themed events as part of Transylvania's 12th birthday celebration. Transylvania is now one of the oldest communities in SL and features a thriving social scene where everyone is welcome. With live music, DJ's, stage performances, a Gothic formal ball and red carpet parties, there is plenty to see. Event held through August 13th.

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LoveFest 2016

Welcome to LoveFest 2016! Shop in a New England coastal town area and enjoy entertainment aboard a 1920's era cruise ship. Join Lovecraft-inspired adventures beginning Aug. 13 through 21. More info at lovefest.wordpress.com.

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London City Carnival

August is a busy time in London City, with real life tie-in events including the London Carnival, Beer Fest, Reggae street bands, concerts and beach scene. Get the most out of summer! More details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk

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West of the Rain

West of the Rain was conceived to be a tribute to the beautiful San Juan Islands as envisioned by the builders Nodnol Jameson and Oobleck Allagash. It showcases the nature and beauty of the Pacific NW.

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My Father's Place Presents!

My Father’s Place (MFP) presents a live video webcast series from Long Island, NY. Featuring original musicians and songwriters, as well as famous recording artists. At the Virtual MFP venue, you can experience live mixed-reality shows, explore interactive photos from the book, listen to archived shows, watch the WLIR documentary, play rock trivia, dance, and mingle at the bar. Open through October.

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Astralia

ASTRALIA features an astral surreal landscape for photographers and art lovers. In the middle of my journey, I found myself at a stroke within a beautiful landscape, surreal, Astral. Nothing was in place according to logic and common sense, everything was in order according to the soul. There is no a landscape more surreal than an astral one.

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New Beginnings Farmstead

From time to time we all want to make a fresh start in life, to close the door on the past and open ourselves up to a new beginning. Welcome to my new beginning. Feel free to walk around and explore. Photographers welcome.

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CADERU 2016 Summer

Wha unique items t will you discover at this Japanese hunt and shopping event, held through Sept. 10? More info at asuma46kuma.wixsite.com/caderu

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Free Dance Lessons Exhibit at LEA1

Visit Swing City and learn to dance! In this 1940's-era city and CP Swing dance hall, you'll learn about dancing while you meet and dance with class members. There are live instructor classes weekly with costume changes and live tips and techniques. Self-guided classes run 24x7. Join in at any time. Dance lessons brought to you FREE by 2LDance.org now through September at LEA1.

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Galaxy Raceway

Race on a 1000 meter-high track that includes multiple jumps, a "loop d' loop," Wall of Death, Galaxy Track, Shooting Range and more. Speed track results are cleared weekly!

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City Of Jupiter

The City of Jupiter is a urban roleplay sim set in Florida. The City of Jupiter houses multiple city-initiated departments, including police, fire, medical, residential and tourism spots.

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British Car Boot Sales

Visit SL's only Car Boot! Car Booting is a British tradition that is a bit like a flea market. Sell your unwanted clutter and gachas here in an authentic car boot setting.

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Cafe Wellstone

Cafe Wellstone is one of the oldest gathering place for progressives in SL. Deejays play great music almost every night and there is plenty of dancing and great chat.

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Summer Art Show

Don't miss the Summer 2016 Art Show, which features a combined 50 2D and 3D artists in Second Life! This week-long celebration of the arts will feature live performers, deejays, parties, shopping, a hunt and more! Event held Aug. 12-20. For more information, visit kultivatemagazine.com/summer-art-show.

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Xiola Linden

When I explore Second Life, I find the Second Life Destination Guide to be an invaluable resource to discover new places. Our editorial team spends a great amount of time looking through submissions, actively hunting for spots to feature, and categorizing them all into an organized and easy guide for everyone to use. In one of my former jobs, I spent a great deal of time doing a similar ‘taxonomy’ work thinking about how people would discover the things that they were looking for even when sometimes they may not know what they are looking for. It’s a tough and fun challenge that takes creativity and acumen. Show your Destination Guide editors some love by poking around the guide and finding something really cool!

 

The Official Second Life Flickr page is here we select images to feature on our social media channels as part of the Pic of the Day program so why not share your inworld adventures with others there? Tell us a little bit about the spots you find and your experiences!


If your spot isn’t yet in the Guide, why don’t you submit it?

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Ironwood Hills

Ironwood Hills is a post-apocalypse sim ravaged by time and nature. As sirens wail in the distance, derelict buildings give up ghosts of their past. You'll find an abandoned amusement park under a plume of stale popcorn. The threat of dangers and other darker things lurking around every bend in the path toward the corpse-filled caves. An eerily beautiful landscape that tries hard to hide its secrets.

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Them by Cica Ghost

There is no U in UFO...

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Cool Rush

Cool Rush is all about space and adventure! Will you find aliens, space ships or strange plant life that no one has ever seen before? Will you be abducted by passing UFOs for stepping foot on forbidden grounds? Explore the glowing stars surrounding this otherworldly sim or seek out the spaceships hidden on the moon.

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Mystica

Make your way through Mystica, a magical floating archipelago, rich with forest, mystery, folklore and fantasy. The Mystics castle and eclectic artifacts adds to the magical charm. Lovers cuddle spots are found high and low so make sure you explore!

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Fable

Create your own story at this special event with 87 participating designers, held Aug.6-17. What do you dream of? What is your fairytale or horror story? Fairies, elves, fantasy, horror...the choice is yours. You'll find L$10 gifts at every store, as well as two gacha gardens! Learn more at evilbunnysl.com.

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Baitoushan Aviation Museum

This museum traces the history of aviation from lighter-than-air flight through modern jet aviation. Please come and enjoy this tribute to the men and women who made modern aviation possible.

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Avra Orbital Habitat

Avra Orbital Habitat is a massive sci-fi roleplay area that is set in a dystopian future where Earth's ecosystem is all but destroyed. Explore the labs, hydroponic gardens and much, much more.

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[ arts & letters ] literary salon

[ arts & letters ] literary salon hosts readings, open mics, discussions, and workshops in both voice and text. Please enjoy the cozy property while mingling with bright and curious minds. All residents are welcome!

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Aphrodite Summer Market

The Aphrodite Summer Market has everything you need for your home in just one shopping stop! Shop for summer floats, furniture, bbq and picnic supplies, beach products and more!

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Visions of Beauty Art Gallery

Visions of Beauty Art Gallery is a complex of four art filled buildings, located in Whinlatter region. The displays are the works of at least 14 artists chosen for the quality and uniqueness of their art. Art takes many forms, and you will see multiple styles as you walk through the individual galleries.

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The Majestic

The Majestic is a palace located in a beautiful zen park setting filled with great contemporary music and places to dance.

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Cyberia Openstage

Cyberia Openstage is a sci-fi themed place with an open stage for all aspiring and established deejays. Get on the stage and show us your talent!

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The Coral Gardens

The Coral Gardens of Templeton Cove is an underwater exploration and discovery region dedicated to adventure! Visitors enjoy swimming with whales and dolphins, exploring our region by submarine, or finding the hidden entrance to our observation deck. Find the entrance to the underwater maze and marine life museum, and win a prize when you find the treasure!

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Golfing Plus

Come visit the Whispers Golf Club (WGC) and explore the wonderful world of golf on one of SL's best courses. This friendly environment welcomes newcomers and is also located close to shopping, dancing, dining,and games.

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Linden Lab

 

Over the last several months, a lot of projects and improvements have been in the works, and we want to take a few minutes to talk about some of the highlights. Some of these have been released into the wild, and some are at exciting stages of development, so read on to get caught up!

Project Bento - extended Avatar Skeleton

Bento is making great progress! Week by week, the collaborative efforts between the Lab and Bento content creators and Resident testers continue to improve this project. We couldn’t be more excited about working with creators in making Second Life avatars better than ever! Stay tuned for updates or join us at our weekly user group meetings! We're getting very close to promoting the Bento-capable viewer to Release Candidate status, the next step in making it a part of everyone’s Second Life experience.

 

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Visual Outfit Browser

We realize Second Life Residents have dozens and dozens of outfits and looking at a list can be boring and uninspiring, not to mention difficult to remember what is what (imagine that you couldn't look at the clothes in your own closet at home, but instead could only see a list of their names!). With the new Visual Outfit Browser, you’ll be able to see your outfits via an all new gallery-style display, making selecting outfits a snap. You provide the images that are displayed for each outfit or try out VOB’s new snapshot utility. Playing dress-up has never been so easy and fun! You can download this viewer now by visiting VOB’s Viewer download page.

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Quicktime Replacement

Apple recently withdrew support for the Quicktime player for Windows, which has in any event been a steady source of security vulnerabilities over the years. This project replaces that plugin for the Windows Viewer with newer and more robust media support (the Mac Viewer will also get this new tech soon). It will play some media that Quicktime would not, but will not play some older Quicktime-only media. Content creators that incorporate media should be testing with this Viewer to see if the media they use is supported. In general, we recommend upgrading any shared media to mp3, mp4, or any HTML5 compatible format for best performance and stability.

Learning and Social Island

The latest Learning and Social Islands launched in March - the first to utilize Experience Tools as part of the new user experience. Early results have shown the new Learning/Social Island setup outperforming all previous (both Linden and Community) introductory setups in some key retention metrics.  We’re continuously making optimizations to that experience based on the data.

Gaming Island

We launched Gaming Island - a new Linden Lab region dedicated to educating Residents about skill games in Second Life.  On this region, anyone can learn how to play all available games of skill in a free-to-play setting. If you want to then go play the games for Linden dollars, the Portal Park makes it easy to find them.

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Server Robustness

Over the last several months we've been working to make Second Life servers more robust with new limits and checks to manage bandwidth usage and CPU resources between Residents. This is to make sure that a shared experience will not turn into a shared crasher, and in addition to improving stability for everyone, these changes make things more difficult for would-be griefers.  

Group Chat & Bans

We found a way to finally fix a long-standing issue with group chat and bans. Group moderators have the ability to remove troublemakers from a group; with the new change, this causes them to be immediately removed from the group chat and prevents them from returning or causing further disruption in the group.

Quick Graphics & JellyDolls

In order to give Residents more control of their graphics/performance balance and improve their performance, we released the JellyDoll Viewer which allows Residents to set limits on the amount of avatar complexity they render in their viewer. The Quick Graphics feature lets you save optimal presets for all different occasions.

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TLS Update

We implemented TLS 1.2 for state of the art security to protect SL users’ financial transactions.

Verified Emails

As part of our continued efforts to improve security and reliability of our services, we've set a goal of only sending emails from Second Life to verified email addresses. One step on the road to achieving this goal has just shipped - we now request all new accounts to verify the provided email address. Keep an eye out for the next steps!

CoreHTTP

For improved performance and stability, we replaced the old HTTP infrastructure of the viewer - no small feat, but one that we know was much needed. This has resulted in fewer problems with high volume operations like loading inventory, and has significantly reduced certain kinds of load on the simulator hosts (leaving more time for actually simulating). It's also made the viewer code easier to maintain and extend.

Marketplace Search

In November we introduced BetaSearch for the Marketplace with a new search engine and infrastructure.  Though it performed much better in some regards, Merchants also let us know about some issues, so we’ve proceeded carefully.  We’ve utilized Merchant feedback to refine and optimize the experience, and now we’re close to promoting the new Search.  Additionally, we’re looking forward to getting off the ageing infrastructure that’s been causing nightly service lockups.  We’re excited about providing better search results and a more reliable service.

Bug Fixes

We’ve been putting in a lot of effort to be more responsive to bug reports and improve turnaround time on fixes.  We triage bug reports daily and you can often see a fix in a public code repository within days of filing a bug.  We carefully consider feature requests and are always thrilled to accept and follow through when we can.  In addition to the focused projects above, just on the Viewer side we’ve had 3 Maintenance Viewer releases this year, with a 4th one in RC, fixing more than 200 bugs in total. And of course, we do try to introduce fewer than we fix! :)

We know that much of the work we’ve been doing is ‘under the hood’. It’s an important priority to us to continue making improvements on performance and stability, while balancing feature development and Resident feedback. If you haven’t already, take the latest Viewer for a spin or experiment with one of the Alternate Viewers for a closer look at what’s been developing - and stay tuned to our blogs to keep up to date!

 

Xiola Linden

Summer can be a season of colors a beautiful painting of nature in her brightest glory. I wander out to my yard and see bold bursts of red tomatoes, sunny yellow lemons, tiger-striped green cucumbers, all against a blue sky full of fluffy clouds, and I can’t help but smile! The vibrancy and diversity reminds me of the Second Life community, and like that garden, our Destination Guide is full of amazingly colorful stuff!

Where else in any world can you jump from a Japanese summer festival to a Japanese Horror event with just a click? Or shop  summer fashions then drop into a little cafe for some live music? Not too many places, I bet which is one of the many reasons I friggin’ love Second Life.

The Official Second Life Flickr page is here we select images to feature on our social media channels as part of the Pic of the Day program so why not share your inworld adventures with others there?

If your spot isn’t yet in the Guide,, why don’t you submit it?

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Okinawa Summer Festival 2016

Okinawa Summer Festival, held through Aug. 21, is a Japanese festival that features 50 creators and a market, photo contest, deejay events, fireworks and more!

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Ubume Japanese Horror Event

Ubume is a Japanese horror event, held through Aug. 31. Presented in collaboration with ORIGAMI, a Japanese culture and clothing event that is also available here. More info at http://ubume2016.wix.com/home.

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Bury Your Fears - Bury Your Dreams

This multimedia work by artist Selavy Oh features a full-sim installation at the sim MetaLES, as well as a real-life exhibit and book. More info at metalesmetaverse.wordpress.com

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A Watercolour Wander

Wander around this world made out of paintings, read the story and immerse into the dreamy world of watercolours!

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Uber

Uber is a monthly shopping event featuring unique creations from talented designers in Second Life. Learn more at ubersl.com.

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Womenstuff Hunt

One of the most popular female fashion hunts returns to SL with 150 top participating designers and numerous exclusive items. Running Aug. 1-31, the Womenstuff Hunt has everything a woman needs to look great. More info at http://womenstuff.stuff-sl.com.

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Soul of Colors

Color, light, shadow and music intersect in Giovanna Cerise's art installation inspired by the famous masterpiece by W. A. Mozart's "The Magic Flute."

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Curbed Event

The Curbed Event began with one set of furniture and a group of talented artists. Now you'll find all original mesh furniture including sofas, chairs and footstools. There are custom animations in each item added for both regular and tiny avatars. Event held July 28 through August 5.

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OMGoshigans

OMGoshigans, held July 29-31 at ShenaniganS Music Cafe, is an annual Second Life community event in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital London. Join the fun for a good cause and enjoy a mix of live artists and deejays.

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London City Carnival

August is a busy time in London City, with real life tie-in events including the London Carnival, Beer Fest, Reggae street bands, concerts and beach scene. Get the most out of summer! More details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk

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The Aloha Fair 2016

Enjoy two weeks filled with great designers and summer fashions at the Aloha Fair, held July 27 through Aug. 10. Here you will find amazing exclusive items including sales, discounts and gifts in every store. More than 80 designers are participating -- all of whom are influenced by the summer. More at eventhuntforeverplanners.wordpress.com.

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Steal Deal Summer Fair

Stroll across two charming squares to find sales across 70 booths in the Steal Deal Summer Fair, held through Aug.15. Surrounding the fair are 48 shops and 10 street vendors with a large variety of merchandise. In addition to shopping, visitors can enjoy the scenery, take a horse ride, visit the chapel or ride the Ferris wheel, bumper cars and merry-go-round. Play the carnival games and try to win some prizes.

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Victrix Mortalis

An outlaw village on the coast hosts refuge for the most nefarious types found on Gorean lands. Pirates, outlaws and rouge mercenaries call these lands home. Perhaps you would, too? This Gorean Evolved sim brings a new taste to roleplay...

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Marvelous Events

Fashion is a passion at Marvelous Events, which offers a new and fresh approach to the traditional “discount events” currently on offer in SL, Marvelous Monthly brings to you a full shopping experience with new rounds starting on the first and ending on the 25th each month.

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Xiola Linden

There’s never a shortage of exciting new spots for us to add to the weekly highlights sometimes it’s hard to keep it under the handful we include here but if your spot isn’t in there yet, why don’t you submit it to the Destination Guide?

Each week, the Destination Guide receives tons of submissions for clubs, celebrations, festivals, art exhibits, and beautifully built spaces created to delight and admire.  That’s just scratching the surface of what is available for us to explore.

Take lots of pics and share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page  where we select images to feature on our social media channels as part of the Pic of the Day program.

See you inworld soon!

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Yosemite Valley (Forever Wild)

Yosemite National Park in SL consists of evergreen forest and granitic boulders strewn across undeveloped lands within a spectacular surround of granite cliffs and waterfalls. "People are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that [National Parks] are fountains of life... The mountains are calling, and I must go." ~John Muir

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Hestium I...Where Stories Begin

Perched above a sparkling sea, built from ancient weathered stone, this tiny village lies basking in the soft, warm light of a perpetual 'Indian Summer'. But who lives here? And why? What are the stories of these unseen people who have left fragments of the lives for you to find?

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The Juicy Pineapple Festival

The Juicy Pineapple Festtial is an exciting summer event celebrating love, unity, cultural diversity and fun! Highlights include live entertainment, shopping, food, games, hunts, mermaid lagoon and rides. Get your swimsuits ready! Event begins July 23.

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London Village Mini-Festival

The London Village Mini-Festival, held July 29-31, is a three-day event at Olde London Village in true British festival style! Highlights include deejays on stage, music, freebies, tents and dancing! Let's hope it doesn't rain!

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Route 66 Celebration

Come celebrate the 90th year of the Mother Road! Festivities will include a dance at the Silver King Drive-in with costume and titler contests, bumper cars and other rides, a petting zoo, Cheese Henge, great food, shopping, fireworks, Gachas, music, a mini-hunt, classic cars to "rent" and drive, freebies and much more. Evene held July 23-August 14.

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The Vordun Museum and Gallery

The Vordun Museum and Gallery is a new art and history experience in Second Life. Featuring the use of experience keys, visitors can get a real life feeling of being at a museum. Three new exhibits will be featured at The Vordun, featuring various art by masters and Second Life residents, and a historic Titanic experience.

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Elysium City of Templemore

Beyond the iron wrought gates and stone sculptures that usher you past the brick archway lies Elsyium City of Templemore. True to its name, you'll find yourself immediately immersed in a whimsical world, but Elysium goes beyond that. Here your imagination can be engaged in a place and time that defies the limitations of such concepts.

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U L T R A Events

U L T R A™ Events is a fascinating cluster of shops flanking a modern, one of a kind atrium promenade, rich with Palm Springs charm. A total of 35 elite designers offer a truly unusual array of fashion, furnishings and all things from antique to contemporary. The U L T R A™ Event occurs on a bi-monthly basis. It will showcase the products and services available from the most prestigious brands across the grid, which include men's and women's latest fashion, hair, fine jewelry, home decor, mesh avatars, animations, skins, vehicles, accessories and much more.

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Shinzen Japanese Garden at Yosemite

"Shinzen" means goodwill or friendship. A peaceful place for solitude, contemplation, and relaxation. In this gorgeous romantic park, you'll find a meditation pavilion, Buddha temple, teahouse, walking path and free gifts throughout. Visitors have described it as walking around inside a work of art. "Experience the beauties of nature, and in doing so learn about yourself." ~Japanese Saying

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The Conquest of Elysium

Magi and Mystics, Wizards and Diviners – those more than attuned to magic, the followers of stars and the charters of the Great Beyond – they felt it before it happened. The great streak in the sky that lit it with a thousand colors. The Conquest of Elysium is an exciting fantasy inspired sim with a lush immerse landscape filled with all kinds of treasures and large race list.

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Camp Grounds on Lake Templeton

The Camp Grounds on Lake Templeton are situated on the four-sim recreation and residential light sailing and watercraft region, Templeton Cove. Begin your exploration at the campfire, then find the free canoes and explore the beautiful lake. Find fishing, bumper boats, bicycles or ride a hot air balloon ride! Explore the light house and find the free boat dock with kayaks, paddle boats and more.

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The Land of Tarinfell

Come seek adventure in the Land of Tarinfell! This D&D-style role-playing sim and community features a long list of races and classes with custom applications available.

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Hollow's Creek

Hollow's Creek is a whole sim dedicated to photography. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and hang out in social spaces that are open to everyone. Join the Group to allow rezzing of props and poses.

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Deep Space Bowling

Come play Bergson Bowling in this deep space hangar surrounded by the stars. Meet the aliens in our space station or visit the club/open stage for deejays and performers!

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The Forest Garden, Meadow and Woodland

There are many tucked away places to explore in this beautiful garden. It is a place to go fishing or lie in the sun, go dancing, or spend time with your lover. The teleport driftwood seats will take you where you want to go...or. you can just wander.

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Linden Lab

For a limited time, we’re offering 50 percent off Premium Membership*! There’s no better time to see what’s available to Premium members of Second Life and consider upgrading to Premium.

As a Premium member, you’ll enjoy rewards like access to special Premium Sandboxes, Live Chat support, your own inworld home, a L$1000 sign-up bonus, and weekly L$ rewards to spend on whatever you like. Get all the details of going here, and sign up to start enjoying the benefits now!

“For any immersive Resident, Premium membership is a must.”

Many of the benefits and perks of being a Premium member are especially useful for those looking to start or expand a Second Life business. Second Life Resident Blueberryxx, owner and creator of the incredibly popular fashion store Blueberry - gave us some insight into how Premium membership helps her continue to manage and run her virtual business.

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LL: What do you do in Second Life?
BB: I own a fashion brand called Blueberry where I focus on creating mesh casual/chic women's apparel. It's my real life job and my most beloved hobby at the same time. It is an incredible experience to create content with the heavy influence, guidance and feedback directly from the customers.

 

LL: Why do you like Second Life?
BB: I am very passionate about Second Life, because it is the only platform in the entire world where a community constantly inspires each other to greatness. There is no going back once you have opened the doors to the kind of diversity, compassion and purpose Second Life has to offer.

 

LL: Why did you become a Premium Member?
BB:  I became a premium member the moment I knew I was going to be working full time as a content creator in Second Life. It is so crucial to me to have instant live-chat feature, not only for quick handle on account security issues if they have ever happened, but for regular billing hurdles that might come up as well.

 

LL: What do you like that the membership offers you?
BB: Honestly for any immersive resident, premium membership is a must. Group communication is essential part of the community and premium membership allows for a much, much bigger group space. Between events, land groups, friends groups, support/help groups, and store groups, this feature makes our lives so much easier. For a beginner content creator the weekly linden bonuses and premium sandboxes are going to be essential and a lot less costly in the grand scheme of things. The perks of having your land space and mainland building rights are the cherry on top.

 

LL: What advice would you give others starting out in SL?
BB: Take advantage of the freedom of expression Second Life has to offer and never be afraid to approach people. Second Life gets truly magical when you let yourself be involved and it's an amazing experience there after.

 

 

*TERMS & CONDITIONS This offer begins on July 21, 2016 at 8AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and expires on August 1, 2016 at 8AM PDT. To qualify for this promotion, you must 1) have an existing Second Life (“SL”) basic account or create a new account, and 2) select quarterly (every three months) billing for your SL account. The fifty percent (50%) discount will be applied to your first quarter’s bill and future quarters will be billed at the standard Premium Membership price (currently US$22.50 per quarter). Any Linden Dollar (L$) sign-up bonus will be applied to new accounts or accounts not previously upgraded to Premium Membership after the account has been active for forty-five (45) consecutive days.

 

Xiola Linden

“When you play a console game, you have to follow the directions of the developer. In Second Life, you are the developer.”

Meet Sergio Delacruz - creator of the inworld multiplayer game “Susan’s Diary” and owner of Delacruz Technologies.

As a creative free spirit, Sergio discovered that Second Life was a wide-open canvas for exploring and learning the fundamentals of building, scripting, and design. After making his very first pair of shoes inworld, Sergio’s passion for creation led him to craft a first-person shooter game in Second Life.

Sergio’s enthusiasm is evident in  this episode of the Drax Files. Watch the video below or follow

to view it on YouTube. Subtitles are available for this episode, courtesy of Draxtor Despres, and can be turned on by clicking the “CC” icon in the viewer. Don’t forget to login inworld and try your luck at “Susan’s Diary”.

Want to see more Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s Website, or at the links below - and  subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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 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 - Episode 11: 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 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 27: Nylon Pinkney
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 28: Whiskey Monday
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 29: Insilico
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 30: Maylee Oh
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 31:Tom Boellstorff
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 32: Jay Jay Zifanwe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 33: Luxembourg 1867
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 34 : Cheeky Pea
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 35 : Project Bento
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 36 : Sominel Edelman
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 37 : Nonprofit Commons
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 38 : Eboni Khan
Xiola Linden

I am freaking out because it’s that wonderful time of year that is Hair Fair! You can indulge your inner hair hoarder guilt free because proceeds go to Wigs for Kids. This weekend also marks Relay Weekend fun-filled, overnight event that unites Second Life Residents throughout the world to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer. They are close to having raised a total of $3,000,000 over the years so help them reach that goal this year and contribute what you can!

In addition to these wonderful events, there is some good old fashioned exploring and festivities to enjoy. Drop in to the London Music Festival, wander the dark and mysterious Skull Island, do a little fantasy shopping, or get in some incredible sight seeing. Wherever you end up, please take lots of pics and share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page, because sharing is caring!

Don’t forget that this blog is a shortened digest of all the wonderful and amazing things going on you can always hit up the full Destination Guide for more, and if you’d like to share a cool spot that isn’t in the Guide, submit it!

See you inworld soon!

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Relay For Life of Second Life

Relay Weekend will kick off at 10 a.m. (Pacific) on Saturday, July 16 and will feature 24 hours of themed laps, activities and entertainment. The weekend will wrap up with a massive party at 1 p.m. (Pacfic) on Sunday, July 17. Full schedule at relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/get-involved/event-day.

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Hair Fair 2016

Welcome to the 11th Annual Hair Fair, where a percentage of all items sold will be donated to Wigs for Kids. Hairstyles are created new and exclusive for the duration of the event, which is held July 16-31. You'll find both styles for both men and women across all four sims. For more information, visit hairfair.wordpress.com.

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London Music Festival

Celebrate London's 10th birthday at this three-day music festival with deejays and live performances. Event held July 15-17.

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Fantasy Cream

At Fantasy Cream, you will find the most juicy, tasty, creamy, deeeeelicious and exclusive creations ever created by the beautiful minds of medieval fantasy creators. The market, contest and hunt run from July 18 through August 18. More info at fantasycream.wordpress.com.

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Olde London Village

An anachronistic mix of contemporary and modern architecture can be found in Olde London Village. A small village area with iconic London landmarks (Albert Hall, Big Ben,Tower Bridge, and a good old English pub) in a British community. Old London Village is the home to Brit-X: the adult club and magazine Brit-X, as well as a mix of shops and freebies.

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The Chronicles of Lynnea

The Chronicles of Lynnea (thelynneachronicles.enjin.com) is a Medieval high fantasy roleplay sim that is focused on community, helping others and giving a home to roleplayers. There are many races, many factions and a very active player base on this beautifully-designed sim for humans, fae, elves, wolves, monsters, and many more!

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St Tropez Market

L'ExoDe presents the St. Tropez Market, a summer shopping event event held July 17 through August 27. Come explore and shop in this relaxing and harmonious setting for fashionistas.

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Skull Island

What will you find on the island? Are you brave enough to see it in the dark?

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Cinema City

Cinema City, built by Ataro Asbrink, is a city dedicated to important aspects of cinema and movie making.

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New Palermo

New Palermo is a historical roleplay region set in 1933. The Volstead Act... "prohibiting the sale of hard liqour," remains in force. The likelihood of it soon being repealed has only made matters worse as cops and gangsters posture to either make a last big score or get hated criminals behind bars. Corruption is rife.

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Sound Check Night Club

Sound Check Night Club has a real world feel not unlike a local dive bar. Friends from around the world and from many cultures come together to meet, hang out and enjoy amazing music while learning and growing together. Sound Check Night Club is the centerpiece to the S.C. Dressing Room project for residents of Second Life.

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Xiola Linden

I’ve spent a lot of time inworld lately watching live music and checking out a ton of shopping events, and I am always happy to witness the creative energy and joy that thrives all over the grid. There really is nothing quite like Second Life, or like this incredible community of communities. From creators and artists to shoppers and charity event organizers, SL has it going on. As we used to say in school “It’s all that AND a bag of chips!”

That is partially what makes coming up with these highlight lists simultaneously easy and difficult! Our editorial gurus have to dive in and narrow down the list each week to keep this blog on the shorter side.

Don’t forget that this blog is a shortened digest of all the wonderful and amazing things going on you can always hit up the full Destination Guide for more, and if you’d like to share a cool spot that isn’t in the Guide, submit it!

Please take lots of pics of your discoveries and share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page!

See you inworld it’s adventure time!

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London Sims 10th Anniversary

The London Sims celebrate 10 years in Second Life with a month filled with special events, including a music festival, building competition and other events. More at virtuallondons.com.

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Indie Teepee Midsummer Nights

Indie Teepee, held July 8-24, brings people together through their love of song and art – breaking down barriers and providing a haven for music genres like indie, alternative, rock, electronic dance music and hiphop. This year, the event includes live music performances, theatre acts, original mesh designs, photography and a creative forum. Full schedule at indieteepee.com.

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Shivers Unleashed Festival 2016

The annual Shivers Unleashed Festival happens this year on July 8-10. There's a full packed lineup with the best live music acts of Second Life. The festival grounds provides free camping, as well as a festival market and live stage. Get ready for a great weekend filled with music and dance!

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Windlight Summer Fashion Showcase

Windlight Magazine continues its anniversary summer of events with this special event starting July 7 through July 19! The Windlight Summer Fashion Showcase highlights a variety of the top Second Life fashion designers in a special artistic setting. The event features a hunt, live performers, dj parties, shopping, fashion, and art! For more info visit bit.ly/29ikKi4

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Snarl

Snarl looks like a messed up thread, fiber, vine, etc. which curls at random in every direction. It is about 4 kilometers high. It uses three different cycles for hue, saturation and lightness, giving each prim a different color. It rebuilds once per day. It zig-zags between floor and ceiling.

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The Chapter Four

The Chapter Four is monthly shopping event that begins on the fourth day of each month. For ten days, explore unique and independent stores for exclusive specials and items, including a gacha event. So what are you waiting for?

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We Love Role-Play

We Love Role-Play is the original and largest monthly sales-event for role-players. Here, you can buy premium items of high quality at a very nice discount, meet like-minded role-players and find out about great new sims!

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London City Summer

The great British Summer is here, so celebrate summer in the City. A month of outdoor summer-themed concerts and poolside parties to get you in the spirit for the holidays. For more information see mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk

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The Great China Wall

Roam the Great Wall of China in Second Life! Enjoy the sites, watch the sun and moon rise and don't forget to say hello to the magic pandas!

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Walden Pond

This virtual recreation of Walden Pond provides a relaxing and inspiring walk amidst autumn trees no matter the weather or season. The Walden Walk takes a path around Walden Pond where the stroller can contemplate quotes from Henry David Thoreau’s writing and visit his cabin.

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The Beached Bunny Hunt 6

The Beached Bunny has gotten himself into a real mess. His fat behind is wedged in the sand and he can't get out! To help him escape his sandy trap, and prevent a bad sunburn, collect all 59 of the sand buckets and help dig him out! Hints available at evilbunnyhunt.blogspot.com.

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Radio Geko

Radio Geko is a meeting point for good music lovers. Learn how a radio works from within, enjoy live broadcasts and have fun with your friends in this beautiful and very detailed place that will become one of your favorite spots. Come and meet us in www.radiogeko.com.

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Oh! Give Me A Gnome!

Botanica is more than a store – it’s an adventure. To celebrate its move to the Merlin Gardens sim, there are 12 garden gnomes spread out throughout the whole homestead, in each of the boutiques and attractions on the teleporter system, standing in plain sight, waiting to give you some of our best home and garden accents.

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Etosha Romantic Dance Paradise

Etosha is a beautiful dance venue with wonderful slow music to dance and dream away with your loved one in a tropical paradise. Enjoy a self-guided Venetian Gondola or ride a hot air balloon in this romantic hot spot. There's even a few private dance and cuddle spots for you and your partner to spend some special quality time together.

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Xiola Linden

Before we dive into all the great things on deck for this week - I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in the amazing SL13B celebrations last week. We had a blast! Noob parties, Second Life history exhibits, a Music Fest, DJs, dancing and so much more. This community really knows how to throw and enjoy a party!

Just because the birthday celebration has come to an end, doesn’t mean there is any reason to stop the good times from rolling on! There’s a fresh batch of fun events for you to explore and experience - just a click away!

If you’d like to share a cool spot that isn’t in the Guide, submit it to the Destination Guide.

With all that is happening inworld, you’re going to want to take lots of pics and share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page!

Now, log in and let’s get to exploring!

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Pulse Fundraiser for Orlando

A fundraiser for the victims of the Pulse shooting. Come get some exclusive items from some of the grid's premiere mesh creators and help support the victims of the Orlando shootings. Events ends July 12th, 2016.

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Fairy Tales Castle

Explore the castle, tunnels and mysteries of Fairy Tales Castle. Find the flying key and grab your magic wand as you go deeper and deeper into the castle. Be wary of the dragon - he's not to be trusted. Find the treasures...and have fun.

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Rocky Point Urban Role-Play Community

Explore this urban role-play sim based in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, located in an old mining town called Rocky Point. This space offers a mix of urban grunge and upscale living, set against a backdrop of the beautiful Colorado Rockies. There's even a 5-star resort where you can visit and enjoy all that the nature surroundings that the city has to offer.

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Junktown

A post-apocalypse compound cut off from civilization after a nuclear fallout. There is much to explore. Hang-out in the container yard with friends while playing games or traversing the ropes. Listen to music at the open stage. Lots of photography opportunities and hidden places to discover.

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Dross

Bienvenido al espacio de DrossRotzank en Second Life. Te va a perturbar.

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Violetility

Shop, explore, roleplay, and take pictures at the Violetility mainstore. Original mesh fashion and decor await inside Castle Violetility with fantasy areas outside. Faunling Hollow offers an oversized fairy forest hangout, and Blackhorse Village is a small town beside the haunted mines, overlooked by Waystone Plateau.

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WWZ WW2 Vice Combat

Welcome to France 1944, Explore six Experience and Vice enabled sims based on the Normandy Landings. Roam from the beaches to Sainte-Mère-Église.

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Cruel Summer Cart Sale + Hunt

Beat the heat from July 1st to 31st as you peruse 36 carts full of shiny wares, including a unique theme and L$10 item on every cart. Or if you prefer you can roam the sandy desert as you search for hidden cacti that contain L$2 hunt gifts, one from each participating merchant. If you don’t have Lindens to spend try and find the hidden freebie oasis, overflowing with lots of goodies.

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Oceanarium

Relax and play with the most realistic trick dolphins and orca killer whales in SL at the Tropical Creations oceanarium. Uniquely, you can command these dolphins to jump through a hoop and do many other tricks! Feed and ride the dolphins and ride the orcas or try to win the weekly dolphin rodeo with the longest ride. Watch the cute baby dolphins & orcas too! Fall in love and take them home!

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Bluff Cove

A spot for surfers. Open to all! Hit the waves or kick back and relax. Selection of free surfboard rezzers to try a variety of boards. Please no nudity, no motorized vehicles.

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Bundy Reef

Bundy Reef is a surf beach for the enjoyment of the SL surfing community. Here you'll find surfable waves and free surfboards to ride for free. Come enjoy and hangout at this beautiful tropical beach.

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Xiola Linden

 

It feels like just the other day that we all commemorated a dozen years of Second Life, but here we are - ready to celebrate number 13 in style! Second Life opened to the public on June 23, 2003, and whether you’ve been a part of it for more than a decade or just a few days, we had to roll out the good times and hope you will join us at these fun inworld events! Please tag all your pictures of the SL13B fun "#SL13B" and share them on our Official Flickr Page.

Rock Out at the SL13B Official Music Fest

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Last summer’s Music Fest was amazing! Once again, we invite you to join us as some of Second Life’s best musicians hit the virtual stage! We held auditions earlier this month, and had a hard time narrowing it down to the performers we have - Second Life is full of amazing musicians, and you may just discover your next favorite music act inworld at any of the live music venues. Thank you to everyone who came to audition, and to those who came to support them!

This year, we’ve extended the festival to span across three days, featuring an amazing line-up across many genres of music. Each day’s event will start at different times so that everyone can enjoy some live music - no matter what timezone you’re in.

Grab some refreshments, prepare to boogie your pixels off, check out the schedule below, and join us at Stage Left for a rockin' good time!

 

Friday June 24 11 am - 3pm

 

Saturday June 25 8 pm - midnight

 

Sunday June 26 4 pm - 8 pm

 

11:00 AM

JueL Resistance

8:00 PM

Oblee

4:00 PM

Zachh Cale

11:30 PM

Phoenix J

8:30 PM

Oblee

4:30 PM

Mavenn

12:00 PM

Phoenix J

9:00 PM

Evely Lane

5:00 PM

Shannon Oherlihy

12:30 PM

Taka Coeur

9:30 PM

Toxic Darkmatter

5:30 PM

Ambrosia Kamala

1:00 PM

Tempio Breil

10:00 PM

Jerry Angel

6:00 PM

Frogg Marlowe

1:30 PM

Engrama

10:30 PM

Paul Nowles

6:30 PM

Spiral Sands

2:00 PM

Engrama

11:00 PM

Tzaryna Gracemount

7:00 PM

Amforte Clarity

2:30 PM

Zoz Quandry

11:30 PM

Acoustic Rhapsody

7:30 PM

Psiquence

 

SL13B Gift Shop Hop!

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We know that one of the most incredible things about the creator community is their creativity and talent - but they’ve also shown their tremendous generosity by providing some incredible, FREE gifts for you to come get at their shopping events! Just drop by the following events and look for the gorgeous flamingo cake designed by Second Life Resident Doctor Aho. Inside each cake is a gift from one of the event designers. While you’re there, please do a little shopping to help support these incredible creators and their brands!

Stop by each of these events to get your free gifts from these designers!

 

 

 

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A Vampire and a Viking Walk into a Bar …

On Monday, June 20, from 10am - 12pm SLT, join us at the SL13B Cake Stage for a Roleplay Mashup Party! Everyone loves to dress up and Second Life is full of amazing roleplay communities. From historical re-enactment attire to Sci-Fi couture - past, present, and future -  come in your absolute favorite roleplay costume (please note that the region is rated General) and spend a little time dancing and mingling with other costume enthusiasts! Costume contest with L$5,000 prize! Rules are posted on the wiki.

 

We All Start Somewhere …

Do you remember the first outfit you put together for your avatar? If you still have some of those oldies but goodies in your inventory, why not dust them off for posterity and show up to the Flashback Party at the SL13B Cake Stage on Wednesday, June 22, from 7 - 9 pm SLT? Wear something old and bring your oldest Second Life friend - the plan is to celebrate the past in all its glory and share some amazing stories from the Second Life days of yore. Dancing, music, and some good old-fashioned nostalgia - it’s sure to be a blast… from the past! Costume contest with L$5,000 prize! Rules are posted on the wiki.

Meet the Lindens (Astound Auditorium and Enchant Stage)

The Meet the Lindens series from Prim Perfect is a fun and casual chat with some of your favorite Lindens! Drop by the Astound Auditorium from 3 - 4 pm SLT from June 20th through June 24th to get to know a little more about these Lindens and what they do at the Lab!

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  • Mon. June 20 - Brett & Torley
  • Tues. June 21 - Ebbe
  • Wed. June 22 - Landon & Oz
  • Thurs. June 23 - Pete & Xiola
  • Fri. June 24 - Patch & Dee

 

 

 

 

 

Party Favor!

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Because no party is complete without a token to take home - and because of the long history of bears in Second Life - you’ll want to drop by the SL13B Community Celebration Regions and pick up this cute keepsake to remember the whole shebang by!

You can pick them up at kiosks across the birthday regions, from June 19th - June 26th. The special party favor is also available on the Marketplace.

We’re excited to spend time celebrating Second Life with our amazing community - and looking forward to SL14B next summer!

Linden Lab

The Second Life community comes together in incredible, compassionate ways that serve as a badge to show what amazing, diverse, and accepting communities we have all over the grid. Love is love is love is love is love.

In light of the tradegy that struck Orlando nightclub, Pulse this past weekend, Casper Warden of CasperVend has set up a kiosk in his mainstore to collect donations for the GoFundMe set up by Equality Florida to benefit and support the victims of this horrific event.

You can donate to the GoFundMe directly if you choose, or donate inworld at the kiosk Casper Warden has set up here - which has already collected an impressive amount of L$s which he plans to donate to the GoFundMe. 

If you would like to add a etworked kiosk to your own location inworld that will get added to the donations - you can buy one off the marketplace here.

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Pic taken by Strawberry Singh - who has written a blog that covers other ways in which you can help - here.

Xiola Linden

We had so much last weekend at the Music Fest Auditions it’s hard to believe the weekend is upon us once more and there is no shortage of fun things to get into this weekend!

We’ve got Vintage fashion, Men’s fashion, rock fashion and some super fun rollerball action!

Have a look at the list of spots the Destination Guide team has curated for your enjoyment!

The 13th birthday celebrations are fast approaching. If you have some plans for parties and events that celebrate Second Life’s 13th Birthday, submit them to the Destination Guide.

As always please share pics of your inworld adventures on our Official Second Life Flickr page!

Let’s teleport on in!

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Vintage Fair 2016

Vintage Fair, held June 10 to 26, showcases numerous designer brands with each exploring inspiration from the vintage eras of 1920-1980. Discover new and exclusive items from every brand!

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Menswear Fashion Week 2016

Menswear Fashion Week 2016 is coming to you live from Paris, France on June 10 - 19. Celebrate with SCALA and Siren Productions as they bring you the best designers of menswear in Second Life for one week only. Join in for an entire week of fashion, accessories, shows, events, and more all for the well-dressed gentleman. MWFW 2016 is a proud sponsor of RFL.

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Rock Attitude Fair 3

Are you ready to rock? Well if you are, then head on over to the Rock Attitude Fair and add some glamour and attitude to your Second Life! Event end June 18.

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Gacha Good - June Round

Gacha Good is having its June Gacha round that has over 80 gachas and a fun "Jungle Fever" theme. Follow through the twists and turns of the jungle for some mystery and adventure. Event held June 8 - 30.

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Hillary Clinton 2016

Are you ready for Hillary? Visit the Second Life headquarters for Hillary Rodham Clinton to learn more.

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RollerBalls

Visit this 1970s roller derby arena that has is also a club where you can skate, dance and hangout.

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Preiddeu Annwn

What better place to stage an Otherworld than in this Otherworld? A visual representation of a medieval Welsh poem from The Book of Taliesin, early fourteenth-century. This very cool, partially underwater art installation makes generous use of shadow and light.

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La Vie

Get lost at La Vie, a photogenic spot in Second Life.

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Fleeting Heart and Rosewood Cafe

Fleeting Heart is a quaint rustic residential sim that is also home to Rosewood Cafe.

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Plagues of Egypt

Explore this Egyptian-themed build representing the Egyptian plagues circa Moses and the 10 Commandments.

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Black Basalt Beach

Gray skies hover over a dark sandy beach, while wet sand sticks to your toes. Ocean scents carried in the wind and you can taste the salt on your tongue as you watch shadows dancing off the Basalt cliffs and rocks on the shore. Welcome to Black Basalt Beach.

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Blithe

Come explore the enchanting world of Blithe. Wander the wooded pathways, enjoy the rocky coast, cozy up and dance with a loved one or friend. There's so much to see and do at Blithe. You can even join the inworld group to rez your own items for photographs and more! Get lost in the captivating world of Blithe.

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The Looking Glass at Horizon Dream

The Looking Glass is the joint creation of Marcus Inkpen and Sharni Azalee. Beautiful art and designs populate this photogenic island, which aims to host and support the arts in Second Life through live music, particle shows and poetry readings.

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Club Synthetik Bunker

Club Synthetik Bunker is a club with a Gothic, industrial and sci-fi design that has many active staff members, including friendly deejays, hosts and dancers. Music genres include EBM, synthpop, aggrotech, hellektro, dark-wave, Goth, cybergoth and trance.

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Xiola Linden

In this episode of the Drax Files: World Makers - meet Eboni Khan - owner and creator of Hucci. After losing her job as an IT Manager during the recession, this single mom survived by becoming a Second Life entrepreneur.  

Eboni now creates virtual clothing and accessories for Second Life avatars, and earns her living from the sales of those items.

Find out more about Eboni, the origin of her brand name, and her thoughts on the positive side of escapism in virtual reality by watching the

below.

Want to see more Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s Website, or at the links below - and  subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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 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 - Episode 11: 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 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 27: Nylon Pinkney
|The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 28: Whiskey Monday
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 29: Insilico
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 30: Maylee Oh
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 31:Tom Boellstorff
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 32: Jay Jay Zifanwe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 33: Luxembourg 1867
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 34 : Cheeky Pea
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 35 : Project Bento
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 36 : Sominel Edelman
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 37 : Nonprofit Commons
Linden Lab

Here is a friendly reminder that come June 15th, 2016, you will want to ensure that you've updated your web browser to support TLS 1.2.

We first blogged about this in early May, but that post is repeated below for you convenience and will walk you through the easy steps to make sure that you're up to date!

Original Blog Post

As part of our ongoing work to keep Second Life transactions secure and in compliance with applicable regulations, we are updating the browser requirements for Second Life’s web cashier (the tool you see when you login on the web and go to make a payment).

Effective June 15, 2016, you will need to use a web browser that supports TLS 1.2 in order to access the Second Life web cashier; if your browser does not support TLS 1.2, you will not be able to access cashier to send, receive, or exchange L$ after that date.

Please check that your browser’s security support is up to date. You can do this simply by visiting https://www.howsmyssl.com/ and checking that it detects TLS 1.2 in the Version section:

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Updated security support is also required for accessing the cashier via the Second Life Viewer. The latest version of the official SL Viewer is safe. You can download it here: http://secondlife.com/support/downloads/.

If you’re not using the latest version of the official SL Viewer, check the browser built into the viewer you use with the same test above. Actively maintained Third Party Viewers should have versions available that have the required support. Older or unmaintained viewers may not, and you will not be able to use them for L$ transactions after the deadline if you do not update.

If you need to update your web browser (or aren’t sure), you can download the latest versions of popular browsers using the links below:

 

Xiola Linden

June is kind of special around here. Even though the official Second Life Birthday isn’t until June 23rd, we like to start celebrating sooner rather than later!

If you have some plans for parties and events that celebrate Second Life’s 13th Birthday, submit them to the Destination Guide.

We are cooking up a couple of fun shenanigans ourselves the first of which will be the Second Life Official Music Fest Auditions happening today at noon and tomorrow evening! Check out the widget below for details and come out to see a showcase of some of the best musicians in Second Life. It’s sure to be fun! I’ll be there and I hope to get some great pics to share on our Official Second Life Flickr page!

Celebrations abound across the grid and one need look no further than this amazing list of specially selected gems that you aren’t going to want to miss. From anniversaries to Pride, hunts to gachas, and all the wonderful things in between I’d say it’s time to party!

See ya under the (virtual) sun!

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Second Life Music Fest Auditions

Join us Friday, June 3, 2016 12 PM - 2 PM (SLT) and Saturday. June 4, 2016 from 6 PM - 8 PM (SLT) while some of Second Life's best musicians showcase their talent for a chance to be part of Music Fest later this month!

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1920s Berlin Project 7th Anniversary

1920s Berlin Project celebrates its 7th Anniversary in Second Life with a week filled with fun festivities! For a full schedule of events, visit 1920sberlinproject.wordpress.com.

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The Arcade Gacha Events

The Arcade Gacha Events presents the ultimate GACHA experience! Guaranteed to delight shoppers, The Arcade offers unique transferable items from 100 of the grid's top designers. Discover that perfect gift to surprise and delight everyone on your list this year!

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Red, White, and Blue Event

Creations For Parkinson’s, an official charity of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, is pleased to announce its very first annual Red, White, and Blue event! This event will take place from May 27 to June 6 and will include live deejays, live performers, tribute concerts, an art auction, shopping, gachas, a hunt, and a special carnival! For more info, visit creationspark.wordpress.com.

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London Sims Hyde Park - June Events

Come and enjoy a unique time at the beach. During the month of June, there will be a Gay Pride Festival complete with a beach party, and a special tribute to Michael Jackson. All of this fun is packed into the Hyde Park area for your enjoyment. This party is going to have everyone enjoying some fun in the sun on the beach all month long!

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Pride at London City

Celebrate UK Pride at London City. A month of Pride-themed events through June, including disco nights, weekend concerts, collectable memorabilia and a great fun fair. For more details, see mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk

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The Silk Road Hunt VII

According to Wikipedia, the Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that wound through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East from China to the Mediterranean Sea. In Second Life, the Silk Road Hunt will allow hunters to explore and find treasures from some 65+ merchants, This year's theme is XANADU, the poem by Coleridge. Event held June 1-30.

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Movie Poster Challenge Contest 2016

Machinima Poster Online Archive invites you to visit this exhibit about “Movie Posters Design,” based on the Strawberry's Meme's "Second Life Movie Poster Challenge." This exhibit will be running until the end of June. More info at facebook.com/SLMachinimaPosterArchive.

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Jersey Shore

Be sure to book your trip to the boardwalk this June! The theme of this shopping event is a beach bling summer carnival...all things blingy, showy, over the top and summer-themed. Come ride the rides, shop the stores, get your 10L gifts and maybe even a few group only specials! The gacha boardwalk games area awaits with tons of gacha shopping & rides! Held June 4-25.

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Gami Gacha

Gami Gacha is an event where creators bring you several new and original mesh items which are available in gacha machines for random chance. While playing these machines, you also have the chance to win tokens which can be used at the Wheel of Fortune for more unique prizes only available for the duration of the event! More info at gamigacha.weebly.com. Event opens June 3.

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Gion Kobu Hanamachi

Gion Kobu Hamachi is a Japanese Edo period role play sim circa 1867. The sim is run by the geisha of Karyukai Okiya, Second Life's first geisha community. They provide live entertainment in the form of Japanese ozashiki or banquets, dance shows, and traditional seasonal festivals. The sim contains two tea houses, an indoor and outdoor theater, Shinto shrine, park lands, and an new art gallery.

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Sound Hangar *HC*

This deejay dance club Sound Hangar *HC* is designed in a sci-fi spacecraft hangar theme. Enter this extraordinary space filled with music and well-selected sounds and dances.

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Secret Harbours

Relax at Secret Harbours, a very zen meditation island to date or be alone for hours reflecting on life.

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Linden Lab

Since late 2015 we have been testing a

on the Aditi test grid, working with content creators. Today we’re announcing the second wave of Bento skeleton improvements!

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This release will be available on Agni, making it available to a much wider audience. However, this is still a limited release, until we’re confident enough that this could be a release candidate and ultimately be part of the release Viewer. Creators, recipients, and anyone wishing to view the new content must be running the latest Bento Project Viewer.

If you encounter Bento avatars and are not using the Bento Project Viewer, you may see some strangely behaving avatar animations and meshes. If you're using a very old (i.e. no longer supported) viewer, encountering Bento content may even cause a crash; updating to the latest Bento Project Viewer will prevent this problem.

We’ve worked very hard these past few months and could not have done it without the help of our community.

and check out the Knowledge Based article to get more information. Thank you and enjoy!

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Xiola Linden

As we say “goodbye” to the month of May, we say “hello” to more new events and places to explore via the Second Life Destination Guide!

Cica Ghost returns with another beautifully built region you will want to drop by and get your photography skills ready and share your pics on our Official Second Life Flickr page!

For those looking to honor the memory of those who have given their lives in the pursuit of freedom, there are inworld Memorials that you can visit and pay your respects.

If you know of a spot inworld that isn’t in the Destination Guide, but should be, drop us a line at the submission form.

See you inworld!

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3rd Annual Castle Home & Garden Contest

The Castle, Home and Garden Contest is a virtual competition which takes through June 4. Contestants from all over Second Life use the building tools provided within SL to build their own castles, homes or gardens. More at chgrfl.com.

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Lollygagger Art Event

Nine of Second Life's best artists have come together to exhibit their works for two months at Lollygagger Lane. Event ends July 23.

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Arachnid by Cica Ghost

“Once you begin watching spiders, you haven't time for much else.” ― E.B. White

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The Mill

The Mill, a charming rural sim with many picturesque spots, is perfect for a picture and a relaxing time. Enjoy the beach, walk in the town area, ride a horse or simply sit and admire the view. Hop on the tram to the beach or sit and relax in the town's cafe. The Mill offers much to discover and photograph!

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Beautiful Suicide

Embrace yourself, for something has happened here. Why did that train crash? Was it the erupting volcano? Why does is look so beautiful but yet there is a hint of murder or perhaps suicide along the way. Where did all the people go? Is that really a drunk alien? A carnival? I just don't understand!

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Summer Highline Park of Lapara Towne

Olde Lapara Towne has an abandoned railroad bridge that runs right through the historic downtown. It has been disused so long, that trees have grown, and picnic baskets have sprouted! Come take a walk on this urban wonder, get a view of the streets below, come see the SLRR mainline from high up, and look at the beautiful parcels owned by the neighbors. Summer only. Explorers welcome.

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Millhouse Beanery

Come and explore the newly reopened and rebuilt Millhouse Beanery! Take in the photogenic landscape and keep an eye open for all the hidden treasures as you weave your way through the trees on the grassy trails, ending your journey at our vintage/rustic coffee house where you can hangout and chat with friends or snuggle up with a loved one.

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Royaume De Versailles

Welcome to a little slice of heaven. Royaume De Versailles is a Mediterranean coastal island that has it all.

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The Path To Freedom

The Path to Freedom memorial was made in honor of all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and the millions that have been affected through the many wars that this country has had to face.

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Operation Enduring Freedom Memorial

Visit this memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives in Afghanistan.

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Linden Lab

Bathing suit season in Second Life can be any time of the year - but now is the best time to shop on-trend for some of the freshest warm-weather fashions available!

We’ve collaborated with some of the top-selling brands on the Marketplace to slash prices on many of their most popular items.

Starting Friday May 26th, through Monday, May 30th, 2016, get a minimum of 30% off selected items from enVOGUE Hairstyle Studio, inVerse® , Lapointe & Bastchild Mens & Women's clothing, -Pixicat-, Rebel Hope, and {what next} home & garden. Login to the Marketplace and see what kinds of best-sellers these shops have on special offer. Shop for clothing, accessories, hair, interior decor, gifts, and more before the sale ends Monday!

Why not save a few L$s and peruse these fantastic deals over the next few days? Get started on the Marketplace now!

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Xiola Linden

Summer is still over a month away, but things are already heating up over at the the Second Life Destination Guide!

There is plenty to celebrate inworld! Art and culture are everywhere waiting to be appreciated, and creativity is bursting at the region borders of a ton of fantastic shopping events. Spend some time (and some Lindens!) visiting these highlights and finding something new and exciting about Second Life!

If you’re looking for a little relaxation time you may want to pay a visit to the Nature & Parks category of the Destination Guide.

 

Wherever you and your friends wander, capture the memories with great pics and share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page!

Everyone has those spots that they love to hang out at are your favorite Second Life spots in the Destination Guide? If not, drop us a line at the submission form.

 

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Tres Chic

Be Unique, Be Stylish. Once per month, the best designers in Second Life will present you their latest and fashionable creations at the Très Chic event.

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Kustom9

Explore the exclusive creations of about 60 designers in the latest round of Kustom9, a recurring fashion/design event in Second Life.

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Raglan Shire ArtWalk

Raglan Shire is hosting its 11th ArtWalk, held May 15 through June 19. This five-week, multi-sim art festival is beautifully displayed among the hedgerows in a newly-designed tree city. It is a must see event for any art enthusiast! In addition to the art, there is live music, dancers, poetry slam, games and much more! A full event calendar is at bit.ly/1TGPJEd.

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The Courage Event

The Courage Event hosted by Models Giving Back, held through May 31, raises funds for the Canadian Red Cross' efforts to aid those affected by the massive wildfires in Alberta, Canada. Shop and discover 50 exclusive items provided by 38 participating designers.

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Susan's Diary

Susan's diary is a creepy horror game where you must find the lost pages of an old diary in a haunted house and find what happened to little Susan. Visit rooms, secret passages and solve puzzles to reach the end of this experience.

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Kukulkan II: The Seeker of Knowledge

Kukulkan, the feathered serpent, is present in most cultures of Mesoamerica. Mesopotamia knew a feathered serpent, the Egyptian Caduceus and winged globe. The Ascended Ancients await you in Kukulkan. Their mysteries are embedded in the spacial fabric of this sim. They must be sought for they do not seek you. A path lies in Kukulkan, through Hermes' Scepter to Aset. Can you discover it and ascend?

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LICK - Heaven or Hell

Has your fate been decided for you or will you decide? Choose wisely, choose carefully. And remember you can always check out but you can never leave. Turn your sounds up and get ready for the ride.

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Fogs End Roleplay

Fogs End is a roleplay community focused on the 19th century. Explore your dark fantasies, past lives, solve or follow mysteries or take a walk in an imaginative history. What will you make of this world?

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U L T R A Events

U L T R A™ Events is a fascinating cluster of shops flanking a modern central atrium promenade, rich with Palm Springs charm. A total of 35 elite shops offer a truly unusual array of fashion, furnishings and all things from antique to contemporary. The U L T R A™ Event occurs on a bi-monthly basis. It will showcase the products and services available from the most prestigious luxury brands across the grid, which include men's and women's latest fashion, real estate, fine jewelry, mesh avatars, animations, skins, hair, accessories, home decor and much more.

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Death Picks a Winner

What killed the mayor-elect before he could take his oath of office? What happened to the missing newsboy? Could there be a monster loose in old New Toulouse? One plucky investigator (that's you) attempts to learn the truth ... before it's too late! Explore this HUD-based mystery hunt set in New Toulouse, an early 20th-century Louisiana community celebrating its eighth year in Second Life.

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Lighthouse by Singularity Tribe

Gather together for a communal experience of light and sound exploration at the Lighthouse. The Singularity satellite serves as a beacon of hope for diverse sentient beings to find their way through the infinite universe.

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Split Screen Installation Space

Cherry Manga's "The Path" is her first work in SL in 1 1/2 years. "The Path," she writes, represents "the path of life, the inner travel that we all go through during our life." On view at Split Screen Installation Space though July!

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Gaming Island

Welcome to Gaming Island! Play: Learn how to play skill games for free on the game floor. You may even win some $L! Learn: Visit the Learning Center to find out more about skill gaming and read the FAQs. Explore: Jump through a portal and explore more places to play!

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Rosemoor

Stroll around and take in the picturesque surroundings of Rosemoor in Second Life.

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Sirena Mountain

Here lies the ruins of a what was once a beautiful village. A village of mosaic floors and stone walls unknowingly built above a siren shoal. In retaliation, the sirens rose the tide and destroyed what rested just above the shore. Only the brave dare sail or fly to Sirena Mountain in hopes to claim the treasures left behind.

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Ian & Amys Amusement Park

This massive amusement park features over 100 rides and attractions! Bring your friends and family and stay the day!

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Color Me Project

Color Me Project is a theme related destination where fashion meets art. It is dedicated for shopping lovers who value low prices and quality. It gathers designers of all kind who offers exclusive and discounted items in one location. Each round there is a new gift prepared for event visitors. Event starts on the 10th and 25th of each month and lasts for 10 days.

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Enchantment

Welcome to ENCHANTMENT, a one of a kind shopping experience within the virtual world of Second Life. Enchantment was created to showcase the incredible abilities of creators, bloggers, photographers, and artist within Second Life in collaboration with the wonder that is Fairytales. Every three months a Fairytale is chosen to inspire us all. May's theme is, "Thumbelina" So come and be Enchanted!

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Linden Lab

 

One of the great opportunities of Second Life is that Residents can create nearly anything they can imagine. One of the great challenges is that Residents can create nearly anything they can imagine. We spend a lot of time considering how to improve performance without limiting creativity, and today we're pleased to announce a major change that will serve to improve performance and influence behavior without restricting creative freedom.

In a conventional video game environment, everything you see has been carefully optimized and constructed to make display efficient; levels of detail and textures are checked and rechecked by highly skilled experts who understand the impact of every choice on the target display system, and as much of the expensive computation as possible is done in advance. In the free-form user-created world of Second Life, there is little opportunity for optimization, the target display environment ranges from low-end netbooks to state-of-the-art gaming systems, and the experience of creators ranges from complete novice to those who could be (and sometimes are) among the best in the field. The results are often astonishingly great, but are sometimes very hard on the display capabilities of less powerful systems, resulting in extreme rendering lag.

We've looked at what sorts of things cause the most difficulty, and one of the biggest factors turns out to be rendering of avatars. This shouldn't be very surprising when you consider how much time, attention, and creativity goes into selecting and customizing them. Unfortunately, creators and consumers sometimes make choices that are so difficult for others to render that they severely impact the experience of those around them; in busy areas, this can be a big problem for anyone who has a less than fantastic graphics system. We could address that problem by more sharply limiting what people can create - putting in new limits on the textures, mesh complexity, and attachment features you can use on your avatar, but we enjoy the richness and variety of amazing avatars we encounter in-world as much as you do.

Instead, we are trying to incorporate feedback to content creators and consumers on the impact of their choices, and ways for users to limit the effect that the choices others make can have on their own system performance. Avatars are quite complex; we have a measure of that we're now calling 'Avatar Rendering Complexity'. That measure is, of necessity, an approximation - Because different systems have different strengths, no one measure can ever perfectly represent the difficulty of rendering an avatar in a universal way, but we've put some effort into making it a useful approximation.

In the newest default Viewer release, each time you change the appearance of your avatar, a small notice with your new complexity value will appear in the upper right of your display for a few seconds. There is no absolute 'good' or 'bad' value for that number; it can range from just a thousand or so to several hundred thousand (all the starter avatars are under 32,000, and the newer ones are all under 10,000). There is also a new graphics preference you can use to limit the impact of high complexity avatars around you; it lets you set a maximum complexity for avatar rendering. Anyone you see that's over that limit is simplified to a "JellyDoll" - a solid color silhouette without attachments shown - saving you most of the cost that you would otherwise have had to draw that avatar and so increasing the performance of your viewer. Each user can select their own value for that limit, trading off performance and fidelity; defaults for it depend on the power of your graphics system. You can override the limit for an avatar by right clicking on them and selecting "Always Render Fully".

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This limit wouldn't accomplish much if it just changed everyone into JellyDolls without providing feedback to those who wear the most expensive avatars. In order to provide that feedback, your Viewer tells the simulator which of the avatars around you are over your limit and have been simplified. The simulator aggregates that information from everyone and in turn tells you how many of the people around you are not fully rendering your avatar (without telling you which ones they are). When that changes significantly, you'll get a brief notice in the upper right of your screen telling you approximately how many of those around you are (or are not) rendering you because of your complexity. Our hope is that over time this will encourage people to consider the complexity they create - after all, it's not much good having the most elaborate and amazing avatar in Second Life if no one else is seeing it.

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But, you say… This is one more preference that I'll constantly want to customize! Sometimes I want to see the amazing beautiful avatars my friends create, and sometimes I want to move quickly through a crowd and don't care, but changing graphics settings is a nuisance.

We've revamped the graphics settings panels to make that easier, but more importantly we've added a way for you to save collections of settings (called "presets") with a name you pick, and then a pulldown at the right end of the top bar (it looks like a little computer screen) to instantly switch between them without having to even open the setting floater.

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Now you can have one collection of preferences for shopping, one for clubbing, one for intimate settings with your closest friends - whatever you need, and you can add and change them any time.

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We continue to diligently work on stability and performance of Second Life along with adding cool new features.  As we do that, we hope to provide more and better information to the colorful and talented community of Second Life so that we can continue to make it an even better and more interesting world together.

More information on how to configure these settings is in the Knowledge Base.