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Second Life Destinations: Alpha Tribe


Second Life Destinations

This week we are transported to the surreal landscape of Alpha Tribe Tomorrow.

Creator Alpha Auer made Tomorrow a very large and immersive exhibit with a premise that is open to interpretation. If you think the attention to detail looks like that of an experienced professional, you are correct! Alpha is known as Elif Ayiter IRL and works as a designer and educator in Turkey.

She has co-authored the LPDT2/3 series of {region} wide installations based on Roy Ascott's concept of distributed authorship and La Plissure du Texte. These works were featured in international art exhibitions such as ISEA2011 and the 2010 multimedia festival at Incheon, Korea’s Tomorrow City.

The Tomorrow installation at Alpha Tribe has a surreal environment, with a unifying theme that Alpha describes as “an entropic world in which nothing is expected to ever change.” This appears to defy time, which is also a prominent element here: Alpha tells us “The landing point is 'Yesterday,' where all sorts of people are frolicking in an old garden. As for the narrow valley ahead of you, that is 'Today,' where the two hapless boys have just found a mysterious smartphone…”

Tomorrow is a mesmerizing blend of grey dystopia and childlike whimsy. The static characters include literal fat cats, humanoid sculptures, pigs, and even what Alpha describes as “The trickster god Kokopelli and his merry tribesmen... embodying the essence of 'Tomorrow’: blind belief. 

The notion of surveillance society is implied by watchtowers and drones, with Alpha saying “The {region} is an allegory. I am actually telling a pretty serious story, but I wanted to tell it in a humorous way, not get all miserable and dark about it.” The cartoonish tone is on purpose. Alpha says there is “a retro element to the figures, which is quite intentional since I love that mid-20th century period in design.”

For those curious about Alpha’s technique, she says “I made the mesh in Zbrush Core, and then took it to Blender for the final output. I spent most of my time with the textures which I made in Photoshop and then applied in Zbrush.”

There are too many details in this creation to mention, so we suggest just hopping over to Alpha Tribe Tomorrow to see for yourself. After your visit, don’t forget to check out Alpha’s store. It’s like a trip to the gift shop after a day at the museum.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres


 

 

Linden Lab

To celebrate Second Life’s 18th birthday and Father’s Day we are releasing new limited edition last names today!

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The following names for Father’s Day are only available until June 25th.  
Daddy
Pop
Sire

These names for Father’s Day are seasonal and may come back around this time next year, for a limited time.

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The following names are in theme with SL18B this year and are only available until July 9th.
Mystic
Fae
Mote
Woodsprite
Silvius
Fyrewik
Padfoot

 

We will continue to make additional updates to the available last name pool, so if these options aren’t for you, stay tuned for future updates. 

For more information about the costs and how-tos involved in name changes, read the Changing your username FAQ. Click to change your name now!
 

Linden Lab

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SL18B is now officially open! Second Life is celebrating its 18th birthday with our biggest celebration ever -- this year we have over 35 regions filled with parties, live music, deejay performances, special events, exhibits, gifts, and shopping! Head on over to the SL18B Welcome Area and start your exploration now!

Here’s the rundown of some highlights from this year’s celebration, which runs through July 6th:

SL18B Destination Guide & Over 200 Community Exhibits!

At the heart of SL18B are over 200 exhibits that showcase a wide range of creativity across the many diverse communities in Second Life. Expect the unexpected as you explore and discover how each exhibit offers its own interpretation of this year’s theme “hidden worlds.” 

To get started, check out the Community Experiences category in our dedicated SL18B Destination Guide. Not all of the exhibits are listed in the guide, so make sure to visit all 8 of the exhibitor regions and walk around to enjoy all of them, and don't forget to pick up the gifts that some of them offer! The Exhibitor regions are: Amaze, Astonish, Captivate, ElectrifyIncredible, Pizzazz, Sparkle, and Stunning.

In addition to the community builds, there are several birthday events happening. Our Destination Guide also features an SL18B Events category - make a point to join your fellow Residents in the festivities!  

 

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SL18B Shop & Hop - 320 Merchants Across 16 Regions

This year’s Shop & Hop event is our biggest ever -- with more merchants, more regions, and more gifts than in any previous year! The event features a record-breaking 320 participating merchants across 16 regions. In addition to deep discounts and deals, there are also exclusive and completely new gifts available for free at all the shops. A full list of participating Merchants is available on the blog.

 

Music Fest - Three Days of Live Performances By Top SL Musicians

Are you ready for this year’s Music Fest? Many of the top performers in Second Life have come together to perform live at this special three-day music event, held June 17-19 at the SL18B Live Stage. Here’s your chance to celebrate Second Life’s 18th Birthday while experiencing some fantastic talent that you won’t want to miss. The full Music Fest schedule is available on our blog and the Birthday events calendar.
 

Meet the Lindens & Other Talk Shows

Learn more about the people behind Second Life at our annual series of Meet the Lindens Town Hall events, held daily from June 22-25. Participants this year include Patch Linden (June 22 at 1pm PT), Grumpity Linden (June 23 at 2pm PT), and Brett Linden (June 24 at 1pm PT). You also get the chance to meet the Moles (June 25 at 1pm PT).

Other special Lab Gab and Book Club talk shows will also be happening during SL18B, see the full schedule on our blog.

 

SL18B Gifts

At SL18B, Exhibitors and Merchants are sharing in the festivities! You will find over 300 gifts at the Shop & Hop stores and many of the community exhibits will also have gifts. Come celebrate Second Life's 18th birthday and pick up close to 500 exclusive gifts!
 

Full Event Calendar

You’ll also want to catch the many DJ performances and other special events. To keep on top of what is happening each day, visit the full SL18B birthday calendar or our SL18B Landing Page.

 

We are so excited about celebrating with you - and look forward to more great Second Life Birthdays!

 

 

Linden Lab

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Along with Music Fest, and other events, we also have some special talk shows that will be aired during the SL18B celebrations. Most of them will be in front of live audiences at the SL18B Auditorium and also be available for viewing on the Second Life YouTube channel

SL18B Talk Show Schedules:

Thursday, June 17th at 11am PT - Lab Gab at SL18B starting with Patch Linden’s opening speech. After the speech, Strawberry will give you a brief tour of SL18B! Watch it live on the Second Life YouTube channel and at the SL18B Live Stage.

 

Monday, June 21st at 8am PT - Second Life Book Club with Draxtor - Special with the founder of Second Life Philip Rosedale, and Professor of Anthropology at UC Irvine Tom Boellstorff. They will be talking about 18 years of Second Life! Watch it live on the Second Life YouTube channel or at the SL18B Auditorium.

 

Monday, June 21st at 2pm PT - Lab Gab SL18B Special with the Linden Lab Leadership Team. Strawberry Linden will be speaking with Linden Lab's Executive Chairman Oberwolf Linden, VP of Product Grumpity Linden, VP of Product Operations Patch Linden, and VP of Marketing Brett Linden. Watch it on the Second Life YouTube channel and/or in the SL18B Auditorium.

 

Tuesday, June 22nd at 1pm PT - Meet the Lindens with VP of Product Operations, Patch Linden. Patch works to bring the best of product and support-based decisions on a daily operational basis to the virtual world platform for Second Life, while maintaining oversight on how all of the various teams within Linden Lab can best work together for the highest good of the Residents and the business. Watch it on the Second Life YouTube channel or at the SL18B Auditorium.

 

Wednesday, June 23rd at 2pm PT - Meet the Lindens with VP of Product, Grumpity Linden. Grumpity will speak in-depth about several Second Life initiatives including recent efforts focusing on growth, a stronger, more balanced economy, movement towards better community cohesion, and an overall forward-looking approach. Watch it on the Second Life YouTube channel or at the SL18B Auditorium.

 

Thursday, June 24th at 1pm PT - Meet the Lindens with VP of Marketing, Brett Linden. Brett will speak on recent acquisition and retention efforts for Second Life including advertising, public relations, content strategy, and social media. Watch it on the Second Life YouTube channel or at the SL18B Auditorium.

 

Friday, June 25th at 1pm PT - Meet the Moles! The Moles are builders, scripters, and content creators employed by Linden Lab to work in the Linden Department of Public Works. Watch it on the Second Life YouTube channel or at the SL18B Auditorium.

 

Set reminders for these events by clicking on "Set Reminder" on their YouTube links, or add them to your calendar from our Second Life Public Calendar.

If you can’t make it to these events at those timings, you can watch the videos later on our YouTube channel in the Book Club, Lab Gab, and Meet the Employees YouTube playlists!

Come celebrate 18 years of Second Life with us, we look forward to seeing you!

Linden Lab

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The SL18B Shop & Hop is almost here -- and this year it is bigger than ever! The event opens to the public on Thursday, June 17 at 9am PT with more merchants, more regions, and more gifts than ever!

This year, you’ll find a record-breaking 320 participating merchants across 16 regions. In addition to deep discounts and deals, there are also exclusive and completely new gifts available for free at all the shops. Whether you are into fashion or roleplaying, you’ll find items across a variety of themes including fantasy, cyberpunk, historic, and more!

We can’t wait until it formally opens to the public on Thursday - but who wants to wait when you get early access! If you are ready to shop now, join the official Second Life Birthday group inworld and you’ll be granted access right now, before the general public.

Before you jump inworld, you can get a sneak peek at many of the items that will be available in the official Second Life Shop & Hop Flickr pool. Don’t forget to share photos of your haul too!

To visit the SL18B Shop & Hop event - start at any one of the Regions - but be sure to visit them all to see everything that's available.  

 

A complete list of all 320 participating Shop & Hop Merchants in alphabetical order is below:

Store SLurl
_-FAS-_ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snapdragon/100/200/53
- Secrets - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lupine/229/102/53
-:zk:-STORE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/54/161/53
-RabbitHouse- http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dahlia/23/159/53
:: ANTAYA :: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/54/161/53
:::boyberry::: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lupine/228/158/53
::C'est la vie !:: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/23/159/53
::Fluffy Stuff:: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/99/228/53
::Static:: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/88/164/53
!APHORISM! https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/54/161/53
. Infiniti . http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/99/51/53
.: Runic :. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/202/101/53
.:RatzCatz:. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/228/158/53
.:Tm:.Creation http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/158/26/53
.E l e i. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/197/158/53
.EscalateD. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/158/203/53
.peaches. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/28/99/53
.Tardfish. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/99/51/53
[ Achromance ] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/197/158/53
[ Aleutia ] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/88/164/53
[ bubble ] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/155/60/53
[[PS]] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/155/60/53
[allasio] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lupine/197/158/53
[CIRCA]  Living http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/60/100/53
[Eternus] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/54/161/53
[HC] Hopes Creations http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/23/159/53
[Krescendo] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/92/89/53
[KuddelMuddel] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/161/233/53
[NC] Noble Creations http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/167/168/53
[QE] Designs http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/99/228/53
[sau]motorcycles http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/92/89/53
[Sheba] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/100/200/53
{Poeme} http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/228/158/53
{Soleil et Lune} http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snapdragon/155/60/53
{ViSion} http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/23/159/53
**UTOPIA@Design** http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lupine/99/23/53
*~*HopScotch*~* http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/155/60/53
*Elite Equestrian* http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hollyhock/165/93/53
*KWaii* http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snapdragon/23/159/53
*PSS* http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/100/200/53
//ABADDON ARTS\\ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/99/51/53
%Percent Furniture & Lighting http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hollyhock/92/89/53
+FATHER+ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lupine/158/203/53
+Psycho Barbie+ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dahlia/228/158/53
~BBB~ Shapes http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/158/203/53
~Mythril~ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chickory/202/101/53
│T│L│C│Animals http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/167/168/53
1313 Mockingbird Lane http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/23/159/53
3rd Eye Perceptions http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dahlia/99/51/53
777 MOTORS http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/158/26/53
A.D.D.Andel! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/158/203/53
ABC - Awesome Breed Creations http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snapdragon/165/93/53
ACORN http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/28/99/53
Addams http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/92/89/53
Ade http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/158/203/53
adorsy http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/228/158/53
Afterparty http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/202/101/53
AlaFolie http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lupine/23/159/53
ALANTORI http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chickory/161/233/53
alaskametro<3 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/158/203/53
Alli&Ali Designs http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/158/203/53
ALTER http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/161/233/53
American Bully http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snapdragon/167/168/53
Amikko http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chickory/99/51/53
Analog Dog Hair http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/167/168/53
andika http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/28/99/53
Aphrodite Shop & Heart Homes http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/92/89/53
Apple Blossom http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hollyhock/197/158/53
ART & FASHION. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hollyhock/161/233/53
Artisan Eden http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/202/101/53
Ashbourne & Co. Fine Jewellers http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/229/102/53
Astara http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snapdragon/197/158/53
Atelier Burgundy http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/28/99/53
AVEC TOI http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/23/159/53
Avi-Glam http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chickory/158/203/53
Baby Ghee http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hollyhock/88/164/53
Bad Unicorn http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/60/100/53
BaDa/M.Mie http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/54/161/53
Badwolf Accessories & Co. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snapdragon/229/102/53
Baiastice http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chickory/167/168/53
BALACLAVA!! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lupine/92/89/53
BBX Yachts & Houses http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/60/100/53
Bee Designs http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/60/100/53
Belle Epoque http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/29/104/53
Birth http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chickory/88/164/53
Bloom! Furniture & Decor http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/60/100/53
Blow-Up http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/99/228/53
Body Language Sweet Lovely Cute http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/165/93/53
BONDI http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/155/60/53
Booty's Beauty http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/158/203/53
Bricolage http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/28/99/53
Broken Arrows http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/99/23/53
Bumblebee http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/99/23/53
By Little Daimond http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dahlia/158/203/53
Candle & Cauldron http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/158/26/53
Candy Kitten http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/23/159/53
Carol G http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/167/168/53
Carpe Noctem & AYAYA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hollyhock/100/200/53
catNap. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/100/200/53
Cats Claw Designs http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/99/228/53
Caverna Obscura http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/99/23/53
CELESTE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/99/228/53
Cerridwen's Cauldron http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dahlia/99/23/53
CHEZ MOI FURNITURES http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/158/26/53
CHIMAERA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chickory/155/60/53
Chop Zuey http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/167/168/53
Cinoe http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/60/100/53
cinphul http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chickory/100/200/53
Clockwork Bird http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/165/93/53
Cube Republic http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/92/89/53
Culprit http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/165/93/53
Dahlia http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lupine/202/101/53
Damaged Society (previoisly meshmerized) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/228/158/53
Decoy http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/99/23/53
DEEP STATIC http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/229/102/53
Delicious Food http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/155/60/53
Devinz Designz http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hollyhock/60/100/53
Dirty Rat http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chickory/28/99/53
Dragon Lance Design http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/229/102/53
Dragon Magick Wares http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/60/100/53
DRD http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/165/93/53
Dreamland designs http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hollyhock/228/158/53
Eclectic Stars http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/23/159/53
EED Home&Garden http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/60/100/53
ELEMENTAL http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/165/93/53
En Point http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chickory/23/159/53
Entice http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snapdragon/99/23/53
Envious http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/54/161/53
ERSCH http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/88/164/53
etham http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hollyhock/167/168/53
Ever Green http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lupine/28/99/53
EXiA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/165/93/53
Faida http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/228/158/53
Fallen Gods Inc. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/167/168/53
Fantasy China - Illumination http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/99/51/53
Fantavatar & Moonstruck http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/167/168/53
Fashionable Bag Store http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/229/102/53
FashionNatic http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chickory/99/228/53
Fashiowl Poses http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/99/51/53
FAYDED http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/28/99/53
FenDuDu http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hollyhock/54/161/53
FINCA 1743 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chickory/60/100/53
FlowerDreams http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/99/228/53
Formanails http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/229/102/53
GA.EG & Gaeline Creations http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/88/164/53
Gabrielle Hamelin http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chickory/99/23/53
Garbaggio http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/100/200/53
GESTALT http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hollyhock/158/203/53
Ghee http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dahlia/155/60/53
Glitzz http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/23/159/53
Gos Boutique http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/229/102/53
GothiCatz http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/161/233/53
Grumble http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lupine/100/200/53
Half-Deer http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/165/93/53
HANGRY http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/202/101/53
Harshlands http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dahlia/167/168/53
Hayabusa Design http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/92/89/53
HILTED http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/202/101/53
Holli Pocket http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/228/158/53
Illustrious http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/161/233/53
Infinity Freight http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dahlia/229/102/53
Inkme http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lupine/60/100/53
INORI http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/54/161/53
ISON http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snapdragon/92/89/53
Jack Spoon http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/158/26/53
JIAN http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/92/89/53
Jinx http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lupine/165/93/53
Juna Artistic Tattoo http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snapdragon/158/203/53
JUSTICE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/161/233/53
Kaithleen's http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/23/159/53
Kali(*)Ma http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/99/23/53
Kaos Tattoo http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/99/228/53
Kawaii Couture http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/88/164/53
Kitty Creations http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chickory/228/158/53
Kiyori http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hollyhock/202/101/53
KL Poses http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/60/100/53
Korpokkur HOuse http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/99/228/53
KraftWork http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/92/89/53
KUNGLERS http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/165/93/53
Lacrime dell' anima http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hollyhock/28/99/53
Lapointe & Bastchild http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/167/168/53
lassitude & ennui http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/88/164/53
Lilith's Den http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snapdragon/99/51/53
Limited Addiction http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snapdragon/54/161/53
Linkrave http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/158/26/53
Little Bee http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dahlia/161/233/53
Little Big Designs http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dahlia/60/100/53
Lost Junction http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dahlia/99/228/53
LouChara http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/28/99/53
LOVE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/88/164/53
Love http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poppy/161/233/53
Lucky 7 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/99/51/53
LuluB! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/155/60/53
Lunistice http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gleaming/197/158/53
LYBRA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/100/200/53
Lyrical B!zarre Templates http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/202/101/53
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SL18B is just a few days away, are you ready for this year’s SL18B Music Fest?

Many of the top performers in Second Life have come together to perform live at this special three-day music event, held June 17-19 at the SL18B Live Stage. Here’s your chance to celebrate Second Life’s 18th Birthday while experiencing some fantastic talent that you won’t want to miss!

This year’s lineup:

Time June 17 June 18 June 19
9am SL18B Opens   Randy De Lucia
10am     KATIA
11am SL18B Opening Ceremony with Patch Linden   SpiritLed
12pm   Seli Blackmore Semina
1pm Milan Zepp Toxie Skye Galaxy
2pm Rogue Galaxy and The Tiny Rebel Band Staring At The Sun Fly Kugin
3pm Oblee Dandy Pianoman Marqs DeSade
4pm Maximillion Kleene Mimi Carpenter Dude
5pm Erik Kottzen Ruvilyn Gatchie Effinjay
6pm Joaquin Gustav Wytchwhisper Sadofsky Gabriel da Silva
7pm   Gabriella Rothschild  
8pm   Kendall Jigsaw  

 

In addition to Music Fest, SL18B will be packed with plenty of other events you won't want to miss! Check out our Birthday Events calendar below to stay up-to-date on SL18B highlights. We'll be adding more updates to this calendar in the next few days - so keep checking back! Do you use Google Calendar? If so, you can also add the Birthday Calendar directly to your own calendar by clicking here.

 

 

You can also keep an eye on the Second Life Public Calendar for all Linden Lab events and in the next few days, we'll debut a dedicated Destination Guide category with many event and exhibit highlights from SL18B. Look out for entries that will start appearing in the SL18B category later this week. Follow our blog for more announcements about SL18B, Shop & Hop, Meet the Lindens, and more...coming soon!

It all starts on Thursday! Come and celebrate Second Life's 18th birthday with us!

 

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This week we would like to bring attention to the Transgender Resource Center, a place of community and support in Second Life.

The TRC is of particular importance to Shilo Ravenhurst (she/her, they/them), who has been in SL since around 2007. About a decade ago Shilo decided to change to a female avatar, and found it to be empowering and freeing.

While Shilo is realistic about the aggression that trans people often face, she speaks highly of the safety that LGBTQ+ people can find in SL: “It’s an open world where you’re free to be who you want to be, to be you as you want to be seen and addressed.”

The TRC holds meetings twice a week for trans and gender non-conforming individuals. The meetings on Thursdays (7PM SLT) are called “Topic Night,” where they discuss the news and current events. Cisgender allies are welcome to join this meeting and show their support. For those who are not familiar with this community, the term cisgender refers to people who identify as the gender assigned to them at birth.

Shilo tells us that the Sunday meetings (11AM SLT) are “more akin to what your typical transgender meeting in real life would be, like a support group. We talk about our week, about who we are, and introduce ourselves to people if they’re new. It is typically closed to cisgender people because of the sensitive topics and such.” Safe spaces are important for many reasons, and there is a special comfort in being around people who also experience the specific challenges of certain marginalized communities.

Shilo loves changing outfits and has many avatars, although the one featured in today’s video is her main avatar. Shilo says that “when you can’t present as yourself in real life, then it’s a lot easier to be who you want to be inside of this virtual world.”

There are many support groups in SL, and we want to remind you that in SL you are never alone. Shilo says of her experiences inworld, “Second Life has done a lot for me. It’s where I met my partner, it’s where I met many lifelong friends. I think it’s a great place to socialize and explore with other people.”

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

Strawberry Linden

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Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!

This week we're featuring some events to keep you busy this weekend!

 

Relay For Life is raising money for the American Cancer Society and Back to 1955 is raising money for Parkinson's Research. Find more Nonprofit destinations at this link.

 

 

Check out these colorful Pride events! Find more Pride-related destinations in the LGBTQ+ Friendly category.

 

 

 

Here are some events with an artistic flair. Find more Art-related destinations in the Exhibits and Installations category.

 

 

And now let's get some shopping done! Find more in the Shopping Events category.

 

 

 

 

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

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Save the date! The 18th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL18B) will be held from June 17th to July 6th. Get ready for fun-filled weeks of live music, performances, shopping, and amazing community exhibits!

During the SL18B celebrations there will be a special edition of “Lab Gab” featuring several executives from the Linden Lab leadership team. Now is your chance to share your thoughts and ask questions directly to the leadership team! 

Click over to the submission form and submit your questions now. You have until Tuesday, June 15th to do so.

As always, you can watch all episodes of Lab Gab, including this one when it airs, on the Second Life YouTube channel in the Lab Gab Playlist: second.life/labgab

Keep an eye on this blog and the Second Life public calendar for all the dates and information about SL18B coming soon! We hope to see you at the celebrations!

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Second Life Destinations: Euphoria


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This week we are taking a look at Euphoria, a region dedicated to life, loss, and love.

From Euphoria's creator, Kris Miss:

The inspiration behind Euphoria has a lot to do with the Covid pandemic. I lost so many relatives and family friends in just a year's time. Trying to cope became difficult and overwhelming, really. How does one mourn for several at a time? I was exhausted, to say the least. I come from a long line of huggers, and to hug my family during that time was out of the question. So how do I deal with my loss and still carry on? I kept logging into Second Life to try and forget. But inside me, I really wanted to express how I was feeling because I don’t want to forget. I want to always think about them, even when I log into Second Life. 

So, I decided to create Euphoria not only for me but for everyone else who is trying to cope with a loss. 

When I think of my family, I picture them in a place that’s truly peaceful and beautiful. Euphoria is my vision of that place. It took over two months for me to do. I just wanted the {region} to be special enough that even Second Life Residents would want to visit and memorialize a lost loved one there as well. And, now it is. Euphoria is my little oasis. I get to visit the memorial wall every day and as many times as I like. 

Second Life made it possible for me to at least be with friends, and I will forever be grateful. They helped more than they know. And if I can return the favor, I do hope the {region} brings comfort to them and others who may be missing a loved one.  

I hope more people will take advantage of the services I offer, like meditation and memorializing their loved ones. Meditation helped me a lot during those dark moments and I believe it can help others, too. SL Residents can also add their loved one's name to the memorial wall or light a candle for them. And maybe, while visiting, someone will meet their true love and have a wedding at the {region}. Now that would be truly special!

(Music for this video was written by Draxtor in memory of Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Linden, who passed away on June 3rd, 2021. You can download the piece “For Ebbe” here. You are welcome to use it in your own work,  but if you do, please credit Draxtor.)

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

 

Patch Linden

Hello, Community of Second Life

Second Life found new highs in 2020 between a worldwide pandemic taking grip, through the times of a tumultuous leadership change in the United States, and during movements of civil changes that will forever live in history books.  Second Life provides many with the comfort of a normal that continues to exist for all of us, where many use it to escape real life pressures, stressors and day to day challenges.  In Second Life we can be our ideal, our best, celebrate all that is good across the world together.  Sadly we have also seen some people go, and they will never be forgotten as they touched us, gave us their best from their hearts, minds and souls - this thing called real life sometimes knocks on our door and makes a call.   

This is one of those calls.

Ebbe Altberg started with Linden Lab as our CEO on February 5th, 2014.  He took the helm of the company and immediately went to work on reinvigorating our spirit and culture.  Ebbe brought a profound openness, and transparency in his operation which was key and that had many effects on all of us internally, and externally.  Lindens were encouraged to be part of the vibrant community in Second Life, to participate in and to cherish it as part of our daily duties.  Ebbe also worked internally on embracing all aspects of Second Life, learning about its many nuances to understand impacts of decisions we make; while being sensitive to those and utilizing all of our resources, which firstly included you, the community, and many of us who are deeply embedded in Second Life.  Ebbe’s goals for Second Life included promoting Second Life as the world’s best virtual world, community and platform.  He also sought new adventures in building next generation products.

As I am here before you today, it is with profound sadness that I share with you Ebbe passed away yesterday evening restfully and surrounded by the love of his family. 

I commit to all of you to carry forward with our mission of making Second Life the biggest, best, most vibrant virtual world that there ever can be.  Together, myself, Grumpity, and Brett, along with Oberwolf at the helm and the entire team, our mission is clear.  To grow Second Life and to ensure the Residents in Second Life continue to be respected and happy.

 

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Rest in peace Ebbe, our fearless, kind, loving, gentle leader, and friend.

 

Patch Linden and The Linden Lab Team
 

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Music Made in SL: Fly Kugin


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This week we are talking to Fly Kugin, who plays both her own mesmerizing violin compositions, as well as cover tunes, in Second Life.

Music is a huge part of Fly’s life; in the physical world Fly works as a professional musician and music teacher in Istanbul, Turkey. In SL, she reports that she performs “solo shows, dual streams, benefit shows for non-profits all around the grid and recently produced an exhibition of {my} own real life art in SL.”

Initially, Fly was unaware of the possibilities for musical performances in SL. She tells us: “I explored Second Life for about four years and participated in social and cultural activities to improve my English. Then I realized... Why am I not bringing my profession of music to Second Life?”

Fly’s performances in SL were even more prolific over the last year, given the circumstances. She played several live shows per week throughout 2020. She was eager to bring her art to people across the world, saying “sharing these feelings with people around the world gives me great energy and happiness.”

Fly adds, “the effects of music on human psychology have been scientifically proven. That's why I can clearly say that Second Life is a great platform to touch people in profound ways.”

There is actually a chance to witness her perform tomorrow at the Musical Concert for Virtual Ability, which takes place from 12:30PM to 3:00PM. The opportunities to experience art, culture, and music in SL are truly limitless and we encourage all to come explore!

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

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Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Nefeli

Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

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Second Life Destinations: Bellefleurs


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This week we are transported back in time to Bellefleurs, an ornately detailed recreation of a High Renaissance English estate.

Creator India Canning has been active in SL almost from its inception, hence her mastery of world building. It runs in the family, as India tells us that in 2006: “my sister and brother-in-law had been contracted to explore the possibilities of using SL to promote Hawai’ian tourism in a seven {region} project based on West Maui.” 

India loved building inworld so much that she also mentored other Residents. Eventually, she decided to take her creations to the next level: “I decided to combine my background as a professional historian and in architectural design and art into storytelling, and conjured Bellefleurs as an evolving platform, and an open home to the community.” This region encapsulates the many possibilities of creating in the virtual world. Part duchy, part museum, with an educational angle and a romantic fountain. It's whatever you want it to be.

This massive property is a wonderful place to get lost in, with so much potential for storytelling in the walls of art and attention to detail in the countless rooms. There is a level of interactivity for those curious about the region’s narrative. India says “Bellefleurs, rooted in the English history I knew, illustrates the life of a mysterious independent Duchy, yet preserves a lived-in home spanning centuries.  It seeks to provoke thoughts about loss, mortality, as well as love and the essentials of life experience. There is an incomplete, written history, and a huge store of clues and evidence about the background of the elusive Canning and von Baerwald families…” For those who would like to know more, join the official group for more information.

Not to mention the weekly Salon music series, fencing, opera, dancing, and more! Visit Bellefleurs today for an immersive cultural experience.

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Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

 

Tara Linden

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This week's featured artist is Downunder, who has been playing energetic rock music in SL for over six years. Come get amped up at one of his shows soon!

His music can be found on SoundCloud.

Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: Well it was by accident really. I was on a program for a while called IMVU, where I could dj only. A friend on there that recommended Second Life to me, as he said you can perform there, so I joined up. At first I didn't like it, avatars weren't so good, so I went back to IMVU for another year or two. Then, I finally went back to Second Life and stayed. I was lucky to find an awesome manager, Pam Astonia, who has been with me for many years, and of course the amazing Downettes. They get to experience what it's like to be onstage and they all do an amazing job.

Q: How did music come into your life, and what instruments do you play?
A: My love for music began at an early age, always listening to the radio for new bands, but unfortunately I played professional sports so that took priority. It was only when I retired from sports that I joined bands and started playing all over Australia. I’ve tried to play the guitar but was hopeless, so singing is what I concentrated on.

Q: How would you describe your style, and how has it evolved over the years?
A: My style is all over the place, I like to consider myself an entertainer as well as a singer. I love having the crowd involved, I feed off that energy and at most shows I have too much energy and perform for many hours. I think my record is a five hour show. I think most SL performers evolve together for all new genres that come around.

Q: What are some of the albums/tracks that have helped get you through the last year?
A: Bands like Matchbox 20, Neil diamond, Foo fighters, and Inxs to name a few that I draw my inspiration from and have helped me get through a personally terrible year for myself.

Q: What was your favourite inworld performance?
A: Other than the numerous charity events, the show that always sticks in my mind was a memorial for a past manager of mine, Annie, who unfortunately passed away. It was a very hard show to do as she was loved by a lot of people, and I still dedicate her favourite song to her to this day, bless her.

Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: Well, the talent. So many amazing performers in Second Life right in your lounge room, every genre, anything you like. Now that is amazing.

 

Thank you, Downunder! If you or someone you know would like to submit content for Music Mondays, please fill out this form.

Have an amazing week, everybody! 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Nelipot

Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

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Attention, Second Life musicians! Do you have an incredible yet unexpected singing voice? FOX TV is now casting amazing U.S.-based singers for the new nex-gen talent competition “Alter Ego,” which is scheduled to air Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on FOX TV immediately following “The Masked Singer” this fall.

Alter Ego” is an all-new original singing competition where lost dreams and second chances are reignited when singers from all walks of life become the stars they’ve always wanted to be. However, these contestants won’t perform as themselves. Rather, they’ll be given the chance to show how they’ve always wanted to be seen, creating their dream avatar to reinvent themselves and perform like never before.

Producers of the show are inviting Second Life musicians to apply now to be considered for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
 

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Second Life Destinations: Hammifari


Second Life Destinations

This week we are taking a field trip to Hammifari, an African safari themed zoo event that runs until May 21st. Don’t miss out!

Hammifari is the latest creation of the Bellisseria Hammies, a couple/building team that oversee the Bellisseria Animal Sanctuary. They go by Hammie (Jessycajayne) and Varistentia Varriale

Hammifari has an open-plan setup, with the animals roaming freely. You can get up close and personal with giraffes, zebras, elephants, and more. There is also an elevated wooden walkway that lines the perimeter of the exhibit. It’s a great vantage point to enjoy the waterfall, trees, and surrounding nature.

This event takes place on the Bellisseria Fairgrounds, a space the Hammies are quite familiar with. They tell us they have done many events here, such as “Zoo-Palooza 1, {and} a winter fantasy land we called Hamnia - a play on Narnia. And we also did a summer-long Water Park last summer, which will be returning for its second year this coming July.”

Of their inspiration for Hammifari, the Hammies say “our main message to folks that come to see Hammifari or any other builds that we do, is a universal message to be kind to animals. To learn more about them and their needs, habitats etc. And to just generally help create a fun environment where families and anyone who also has an appreciation for wildlife can explore.”

The event is only up for a few more days, so teleport over soon before it disappears!

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

 

Tara Linden

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This week’s featured artist is Virgil, who plays mainly rock and blues, and has had his SL shows streamed on the South Pole!

Check out his music and calendar below.
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Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: When I first came to Second Life I was looking for an online game to play, like The Sims or WoW, and had never even heard of SL. Once I got online and started exploring I was hooked. I did all the things we all do, I imagine, and then a few years ago I met a woman that sang in SL. When she found out I was a musician, she said I should give it a try. So I did.

Q: How did music come into your life, and what instruments do you play?
A: My parents sent me to piano lessons when I was eleven years old. I went for a few years, and this really helped me understand music and some theory. I purchased an acoustic guitar from a childhood friend for $5.00 around that same time, and started learning open chords and beginner stuff. One of my friends played a little more than me and he would show me things… of course back then we did not have the internet - it was all sharing and listening to other players and just figuring stuff out.

I play the guitar and also play the bass and some keyboards. I used to have a drum kit as well, but now usually just program my drums or grab a drum track offline. I record all of my own backing tracks and play 100% of the guitars you hear, and I play all of the instruments on many songs. And, of course, I play the guitar and sing live at shows.

Q: How would you describe your style, and how has it evolved over the years?
A: I am a rock and blues guitar player. I also play pop, country, and can play a little jazz, but mainly I just love to play guitar. I have played in bands since I was 17 years old and still play shows in real life. The guys I listen to and learn from are guys like Brian May (Queen), Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Eddie Van Halen, and Stevie Ray Vaughn… Jeff beck...David Gilmour… I could go on and on. As for singing, I never really sang more than a few songs here and there, I was always the lead guitar player. When I came to Second Life I started singing more, and now I sing all the time. I also write songs. Songwriters I admire are guys like Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, JJ Cale, The Stones, Ric Ocasek (The Cars)... Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, and of course so many blues guys. As for evolving… well, we are always evolving and striving for new and better sounds. For me, the journey is always about tone and taste. I try to slow down and focus on phrasing and expressing my feelings through the instrument, to have some kind of communication or conversation with the listener. I also believe that tone is 90% of the battle when playing live. If you have a good tone in your instrument you are able to play and express yourself so much better.

Q: What are some of the albums/tracks that have helped get you through the last year?
A: Oh wow… this is a tough question. Music really lifts us up, you know? I don't care what you are into or like listening to, it touches the pleasure centers in your mind and transports {you}... I tend to listen to The Stones, Clapton, Beck, Matthew Sweet… some harder rock too. I go back to Sheer Heart Attack album by Queen or Queen II, just about ANYTHING by Joe Bonamassa.

Q: What was your favorite inworld performance?
A: I enjoy all of the venues I play at and the idea that I am able to reach people from all over the planet is remarkable to me. I would say my most memorable was probably the SL17B. I had a great slot there on a Friday night and there were SO many people there… really a good time, and I met some good friends due to that show.

Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: The most meaningful aspect is reaching people and providing some relief or comfort or just plain entertainment to them. When someone IMs me and tells me how my playing or singing touches them, it just makes my day. I was once playing a show and I got an IM from a woman that was part of a research team in Antarctica… she sent me some pics of their station and wanted me to know I was being heard at the South Pole, I mean how awesome is that? I have had people tell me they have their guitar out at home and are playing along, and some go and get their spouses or kids to listen. I have also had people tell me they play my shows while driving and share with others in the car… it is an honor to be able to reach that many people in all of these different situations and share a feeling or moment with them.

Virgil also sells his own line of guitars on the marketplace! Check them out here.

Thank you, Virgil! If you or someone you know would like to submit content for Music Mondays, please fill out this form.
 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Bid the Lindens Bald at RelayStock 2021

Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!

This week we are highlighting some interesting Featured Events that offer a variety of different activities to keep you entertained. 

 

It's going to be a weekend of peace, love, and hope with lots of good music at RelayStock. Head on over to Bid the Lindens Bald at RelayStock and enjoy the party while helping to raise funds for Relay for Life in Second Life and the American Cancer Society. Several Lindens and Moles are up for bidding, click this link for all the details.

 

 

 

The Twisted Gallery grand opening will be on May 16th at 12pm PT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Focus Photography Fair ends today, so visit soon!

 

 

 

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

Connect with Second Life on Social Media:
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This week Drax interviews Chris Prynoski, who runs Titmouse Animation with his wife Shannon. Don’t miss the exclusive five-second shorts screening only in SL!

The screening region, which was custom built for the Smash Party event last year, has a very authentic urban grunge vibe. Matter of fact, the SL location represents an authentic replica of the Titmouse studios in Hollywood, California, right down to the porta potties. Surrounded by concrete buildings, the open outdoor space has everything from a cage to smash things with a hammer, an area to grab a beer, and plenty of seating to hang with your friends or meet new people. There are hidden easter eggs to explore as well, like the lonely animator, who is working away day and night while his colleagues party.

Chris tells us that the tradition of screening five-second clips started 13 years ago. Traditionally screened at a live event in the physical world, previous events have taken place in cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver. This year, due to the physical constraints of COVID, the screening moves exclusively to Second Life through May 24.

Chris says this is an opportunity to let every animator do what they want, so be prepared for a wide range of styles as well as content ranging from wholesome to slightly crude, but always hilarious.

Hopefully we have many more inworld Titmouse events to look forward to. Last year’s premiere of the show “The Shivering Truth” brought thousands of Residents to the event. These collaborations illustrate the many possibilities within SL and make it so wonderfully hard to describe. Visit this quirky virtual cinema today!

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

Strawberry Linden

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Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

Connect with Second Life on Social Media:
Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn

 

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To celebrate Mother’s Day and all the mothers in the Second Life community, we are releasing new limited edition last names today, only available until May 10th: 
Mama
Matriarch
Mum

These names are seasonal and may come back around this time next year, for a limited time.

We will continue to make additional updates to the available last name pool, so if these options aren’t for you, stay tuned for future updates. 

For more information about the costs and how-tos involved in name changes, read the Changing your username FAQ. Click to change your name now!
 

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Our annual multi-region inworld birthday shopping event is coming back this summer, and we’ve just opened up the new application form for merchants who want to participate! 

The SL18B Shop & Hop event, to be held June 17th through July 1st, is the official multi-region shopping event of the 18th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL18B). This event brings together many of the top merchants across SL for exclusive items and discounts on some of the best creations in Second Life.

Are you a merchant or creator that wants to participate? If so, then please fill out this form before Sunday, May 23rd, 2021. We will be filling in stores as we receive applications so please apply sooner rather than later.

Some important details for participating merchants:

  • The set-up for participating merchants will be held June 9-13 and all participating merchants are required to have at least a 20% discount on all items.
  • All merchants must provide a new and exclusive, for the duration of the event, non-group gift.
  • Items need to be appropriate for a moderate audience.

Please note that the closing dates of the applications for Performers and Exhibitors have now changed to May 10th.

CURRENT APPLICATIONS FOR SL18B:

Over the next month, keep an eye on our blog for more information about the SL18B celebrations!

Linden Lab

This week we invite you to take a fantastical journey to the regions created by Resident Natalie Starlight.

United by thematic elements that draw from fairy tales, the fantasy genre, and her boundless imagination, these regions are visually sumptuous and will truly make you feel as if you have been transported to a different world.

The Lost Unicorn Gallery, shown in the video, features a beautiful elven castle full of amazing fantasy artwork. There are monthly shows and events for different artists, as well as rotational exhibits. Check out the official website for more information on the latest featured artist, cottage rentals, and photos.

Finian’s Dream, based on old Celtic Ireland, is a mysterious mountainside village. Walk into the fog to explore the castle, tavern, and rolling green hills.

There is also Storybook, which has a more whimsical aesthetic. Frolic amongst the flowers and glistening trees! This region welcomes all avatars but is a particularly wonderful place to visit for elves, faeries, fauns, satyrs, fae and the like.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

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