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Second Life Destinations: 2020 Election Simulator


Second Life Destinations

This week’s destination is an intriguing and timely recreation of a news studio buzzing with current forecasts in real time as well as a voting booth with instructions for each U.S. state.

The creator is a longtime Second Lifer named Duncan who also works in the political field. (His voice in the video is dubbed by voice actor Reverend Quar for privacy reasons.) Built with data pulled from FiveThirtyEight.com, this region runs a simulation of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election based on the latest state-level forecasts once every ten minutes or so.

A male avatar in a formal suit named Guy Simpleton serves as the host, announcing each state as its corresponding color is filled on the large map behind him, in the manner of the calling of states on election night. Duncan elaborates on the design of the board by saying, “Rather than do a geographic map, I made 1x1x1 cubes for each electoral vote in a state to give voters a better sense of the relative scale of the states as they're called. So Wyoming may be big on the map, but it's tiny in terms of the electoral vote total. The Eastern Seaboard gets really crowded because so many people live there.”

There are also some lighthearted elements to bring a humorous contrast to the table of pundits, such as a nerdy statistician based on Nate Silver (founder of FiveThirtyEight), and a talk show set with some celebrity guests.

This region is a well-rounded snapshot of the current U.S. political climate: protests on both sides taking place, a courthouse, as well as a voting booth outside of a post office scripted to outline local U.S. voting procedures.

Duncan has recently experienced some health issues that have prevented him from being as physically involved with this election as he would prefer, so he created the election simulator in an effort to present the facts in an impartial way so that people can make the decision they feel is right for them. “I see voting as a matter of thinking locally,” Duncan says, “building community and institutions that can be trusted."

Whether you’re there for a couple hours or 10 minutes, alone or with politically engaged folks from the U.S. and beyond, you will definitely leave with something to talk about. Visit the Election Simulator today!

 

Video Production Credits:

Draxtor Despres

Tara Linden

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(Photo by Melony Parker)

In just a few months, Music Mondays has been an incredible journey of getting to spotlight the part of life where music and SL overlap. A space filled with people of all ages, from all over the world, who play a broad spectrum of genres.

I hope newcomers have felt inspired to take to the stage, and that maybe even some veterans have dusted off their virtual gear. I also encourage musicians from lesser known styles and every type of avatar aesthetic to feel excited about sharing their creative outlets.

As always, if you or somebody you know would like to submit content for Music Mondays, please sign up here.

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(Photo taken at the Altitude music venue)

 

 

 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Rosewood Hills - See the amazing video trailer for this destination!

 

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.

We have numerous new destinations in our Editors' Picks, Featured Events, and Haunted categories this week. Here are just a few highlights from each 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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Linden Lab

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We've added a collection of Halloween themed items to our Official Merchandise store.

These designs feature fun and quirky creations from our Halloween Swaginator Hunt and have all the ingredients for the perfect pumpkin spice AHH-tte.

Get festive with some autumnal gear today, as these items might not be around forever...

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Strawberry Linden

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“Lab Gab” is a live-streamed variety show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. Join our host, Strawberry Linden on Thursday, October 15th at 11am PT/SLT as she speaks with Artemesia Sandgrain and Nova Conundrum of IndieCade Oasis.

For 15-plus years, IndieCade has been the premiere stand-alone gathering and showcase for indie games worldwide, this year they have expanded to an online environment! IndieCade Oasis 2020 is their online festival that will run Second Life from October 16th to 24th with the theme - Anywhere and Everywhere! 

Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, or Periscope!

For full episodes of Lab Gab, click over to the Lab Gab YouTube Playlist

 

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Linden Lab

Imaginación Hecha en SL: Arietu Kyori


Second Life Destinations

This week Drax spotlights Arietu Kyori, a 24-year-old communications student and Second Life designer in a special interview predominantly in Spanish.

Hailing from Mexico City, she is an extraordinary multitasker with an inventory housing about 500 avatars. She also views SL through an analytical lens, writing in a university thesis that “Second Life is all about being able to freely express yourself. Young people can show more facets of themselves than they can in the real world.”

One of the ways Arietu illustrates this point is through her brand, Hanzel, which specializes in skins and accessories. As one can see from her Flickr, Arietu has a colorful imagination and encourages others to explore the possibilities that exist in this unique environment.

Although she lives in a big, sprawling city, Arietu chooses to focus on family life at home with her parents and sister, as well as honing her design and English skills through interacting with a global community in SL. “I learned most of my English by making conversation in Second Life,” she says, “and in terms of using Blender and other tools to make 3D content for SL, I learned from others inworld and by watching YouTube tutorials.”

Arietu'swares have been covered by Seraphim, and you can shop from her catalog at events such as SoKawaii Sundays and several regular hunts. She also has her own small skybox store where she concentrates on selling niche products for fans of anime, like modified skins for the popular Kemono avatar, among other content. “In order to be successful in SL you have to find something that nobody else is offering and then you learn how to make those things. Anybody can do this!”

Arietu's parents fully support their daughter’s creative endeavors in SL (probably because her school work is diligently pursued), although as Arietu chuckles, her mother’s internet skills might need some brushing up: “My mother is still trying to figure out YouTube.”

Well, on behalf of Second Life, we’d like to let Arietu’s mom know that we would love to see you inworld. SL has great community gateway programs full of wonderful folks who would love to show you how things work, and you might even bump into an avatar or two sporting your daughter’s whimsical designs!

 

Video Production Credits:

Draxtor Despres

 

P.S. If you’d like to protect yourself with a matching SL facemask, you can get one at our brand new merchandise store.

 

Tara Linden

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(Photo courtesy of Mimi Carpenter)

This week's featured artist is Mimi Carpenter, who brings us energetic acoustic reimaginings from various genres, and original material, both subtly encased in her French accent.

Please check out her music on the following platforms.

SoundCloudYouTube, Twitter, & Facebook

She also has a calendar of upcoming events.

 

Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: I first discovered Second Life back in the summer of 2006 (yes... it's been quite a while... haha). It was on a rainy weekend while I was doing an internship in Salzburg, Austria. I was browsing the internet, looking for an online community and I found Second Life, which was free to sign up for. I tried it out and made my way to the Help Island.
 
Q: How long have you been playing music, and what got you started?
A: When I was about 6 years old, my mum asked me which activity I wanted get into. Could have been judo, ballet, or whatever else that was available in our area. I said I wanted to learn music. I hesitated between violin and piano for a while and I ended up starting with the electronic organ and music theory!
 
Q: Tell us about some of your favorite French musicians.
A: Naming some of my favorite musicians is always a difficult task for me in general. If I could name a few, I'd say Noir Désir, MC Solaar, Jacques Brel, Daft Punk... 
 
Q: I absolutely loved your cover of "Realiti" by Grimes, I never would have thought that it would translate to acoustic so well. What is your approach when creating an acoustic version of a song from a very different genre?
A: I am glad to hear that you loved it! I usually do enjoy covering songs that are sometimes less expected. That's why I like covering male songs as well to make it different. It's something I really have a great time doing as I get excited to bring something more unique to the table, whenever I'm able to.
 
Q: Who is that little yellow bird next to you? Do they have an SL presence?
A: I do like cute things, so this is a cute little chick I found when I traveled to Seoul with one of my previous jobs. Unfortunately no, he doesn't have a presence in SL but that's a good idea. I may consider that, thank you haha. For many years since I started performing in SL, I've had my pink piggy, Maple! He's been around and got a mesh update a few years ago as well. His name is inspired by Canada, where I had wanted to move to for a long time and where I've now lived for close to 3 years.
 
Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: What's awesome about SL is that I've been able to keep a following over the years from all over the world, and I'm able to go on singing for them, no matter where I live. I've lived in about 7 different countries. I made many friends thanks to SL and live music and enjoyed attending Live Music meet-ups in Europe and in North America. It's a shame we cannot travel at the moment but it's definitely one of the best things that has ever happened, thanks to SL live music.
 
Thank you, Mimi!
 
Join her group at secondlife:///app/group/aa81b6f9-fe5b-c995-d688-f689489bd716/about
 
If you or someone you know would like to submit material for Music Mondays, please fill out this form. Have a great week, everybody!
Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Burn2 2020: The Multiverse

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.

From Burning Man in Second Life to Skill Gaming Fair - we have numerous events in our Featured Events category for you to attend and spend time at with friends this weekend. Here is just a glimpse of some upcoming activities.

 

Check out today's Lab Gab episode about Virtual Ability to learn more about this conference tomorrow.

 

Learn more about Skill Gaming Fair from the blog post and video we posted today!

 

 

 

 

And of course, don't forget to visit the Haunted category for some more spooky fun! We are adding new entries to this category every single day of October! Here is just a taste of some of the new entries:

 

 

 

 

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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Linden Lab

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Learn how to play skill games for free at the Skill Gaming Fair, held Oct. 10-18 in Second Life.

Many of Second Life’s top skill game operators have come together to showcase their latest and greatest creations at this special event, which is held at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds.

If you aren’t familiar with how skill gaming works, then this is the perfect opportunity to get familiar with games like Core S, 4Play Classic, Eureka!, Buzz, Lucky Rainbow, Fire, Deal Classic S, Space Race and Pico Line. There’s even a zombie-themed multiplayer game Tombstoned that will pit you and your friends against each other as you zap zombies for points!

In addition to the games, this event features a fun haunted theme, photo opportunities, and carnival rides aplenty. To further sweeten the pot, there is an exclusive limited edition skill gaming Linden Bear that is only available at this event.

Join us for an exclusive sneak peek at the event a full day early - tune into our YouTube channel today at 12:30 p.m. SLT to get your first look as several Lindens explore the event!

Strawberry Linden

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“Lab Gab” is a live-streamed variety show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. Join our host, Strawberry Linden on Friday, October 9th at 11am PT/SLT as she speaks with Gentle Heron of Virtual Ability and Dr. Rhoda Olkin, who is one of the presenters at the upcoming International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference at Virtual Ability.

Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, or Periscope!

For full episodes of Lab Gab, click over to the Lab Gab YouTube Playlist

 

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Linden Lab

Register to Vote


Physical World News

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(Photo taken at the 2020 Election Simulator)

Virtual Worlds Are Made By Real People

Just as we are free to create and shape the virtual world of Second Life, we can’t forget the power that we also have to shape the physical world.

We are all a part of something, and your voice matters.

Register to vote today!

To vote in the 2020 U.S. election, you can register in person or online. Voter registration deadlines vary from state to state, with cutoffs ranging from 7-30 days before the election.

It’s also important to check if your state requires identification, find your polling location, and apply for an absentee ballot if you can’t make it in person. Click here for more information.

Don’t forget that if your legal name, address, or political affiliation has changed, it’s best to update your information to make sure your vote counts.

Visit the 2020 Election Simulator to get a sneak peek at the newsroom rush.

 

Linden Lab

We have entered that time of year where unforeseen events can occur in even the most tranquil Linden suburbs: this week’s Destination Guide video explores the Halloween Haunted Neighborhood.

 

One of the many benefits that Premium account holders can receive is a land allotment to use for a Linden Home. These neighborhoods have been landscaped to perfection, the transportation is smooth, and the locals are friendly. In most Linden Home areas, waterfront homes are available, as are single-family homes with beautiful yards, and there are plenty of customization options. But somehow, just a few days ago, this dreamscape has become a nightmare that Residents can’t wake up from.

It is immediately apparent to anyone familiar with the Millbank region that the atmosphere has been altered. The light is subdued, and a gloomy fog hangs about. Strange noises can be heard in every direction, ranging from a whirring chainsaw to screams dappled with eerie childrens’ laughter.

Today's video follows a masked character with bulging eyes and an unnerving smile as he prowls the streets, lurks in a derelict carriage, and watches an unsuspecting couple with his unblinking gaze. We are given clues as to what heinous acts may have taken place here, but the mystery remains unsolved. A stately home sits with an open door and ominous red light emanating from the windows. A cemetary can be found with creatures bursting through the cement.

Are you courageous enough to find out for yourself what happened here in the Millbank region? Will you explore alone, or bring a friend? Visit the Halloween Haunted Neighborhood today, and don’t forget to bring a flashlight!

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

Tara Linden

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(photo courtesy of Tally Mercury)

This week's featured artist is Tally Mercury, who gives us a mix of original music and covers that are made distinct by the contrast of his powerful voice with featherlight acoustic guitar.

His music can be found on many platforms through his Linktree, and don't forget to check out his videos. For more information, please visit his website.

 

Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: I first heard about Second Life by working in the education sector. Some colleagues of mine were investigating how SL could be used to enhance digital learning. As a graphic designer, I got involved as I saw an opportunity to be creative and make clothing, so I started doing that back in 2009.
 
Q: How long have you been playing music?
A: I've been playing music for as long as I can remember. I think I have been singing for as long as I have been talking lol. I started singing properly when I was 16 though, in a church setting. They sang quite modern songs, and that is when I started to play the guitar, too! I had played many instruments before that, but the guitar seemed to sing with me, so I've stuck with it for the remaining 24 years!
 
Q: Name some of the musicians who have been most influential to you.
A: There have been so many over the years and from such an eclectic mix. I grew up listening to classical music, through to Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, to Michael Jackson. When I was 16 and started playing guitar, I got into a lot of rock music. Nu Metal particularly, like Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park, but over the years, there have been certain musicians that have always stuck with me. Jeff Buckley is probably my biggest inspiration. He inspires me with my vocals and with my songwriting. The guy was a genius. I just wished he had lived longer - I often wonder where he could have taken his music.
In Second Life there have been a few musicians that have had a big impact. Skye Galaxy really helped me to use more emotion and create more atmosphere in my performances, but there have been people like Saintess Larnia and Lexus Melodie that have always driven me forward and encouraged me too. Phemie Alcott is also a great emotional performer.
 
Q: Do you feel there have been more concerts this year since the pandemic started, and do you think the atmosphere at inworld shows has changed?
A: There are definitely more concerts inworld, but there are also more artists performing. I have seen many new artists either join SL for the first time or start performing for the first time. I've seen some artists that haven't performed in years come back to the scene, too!
I don't think the atmosphere has changed. There has always been a very strong music community in Second Life. I think it has grown, so we are seeing larger crowds now, but it's still the same positive vibe as always, and I find it very exciting to see it thriving still, even after performing here for 11 years.
 
Q: Tell us about an "A-ha!" moment when something about playing music clicked for you.
A: I remember playing a concert in Second Life at a sim called Burrow that my good friend Harlow Heslop owns. After the show, I got a message from someone who was there for the first time. She told me how she had been brought along to the concert by a friend because she had been feeling down. She had recently come out of an abusive relationship in RL and was struggling to put things back together again, but she said that when she heard my music, she felt her soul heal. I mean, what an incredible thing to hear from someone. So I guess I realised a few things from that moment. 1. How important my music is, even when I don't think I'm doing anything significant, or those days when I feel like I'm rubbish and should give up, that despite how I'm feeling, my songs could just be helping someone through a dark moment and show them some light. 2. Never underestimate how much putting your own emotion into your music can translate over the airwaves. I always try to feel what I am singing, so that those listening can feel it too. It makes for a more intimate performance and it becomes way more than just listening to someone sing. It really is a performance. Listeners cannot see me, they can only hear me, so I have to give it that something 'else.'
 
Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: I think the friendships I have made. The people who have committed so much time and money to help the music scene thrive for as long as it has. The late Garrett Lutz was a huge inspiration. He believed in the live music scene in SL. Even up to the point of when he passed away, he was still supporting the scene here. Places like Templemore (Lutz City) owned by Luis Lockjaw and Whata Conundrum, that has just celebrated 10 years of being a live music venue in Second Life. How awesome is that! I will never get over how dedicated people are to the community and how much they invest in keeping it alive. It's why I keep coming back, and can't imagine a life without it. I love every single person that has ever come to a show and supported the artist and venue. I love how we all need each other, The artist, the venue and the patrons - we can't do this without everyone involved. What an amazing family to be a part of!
 
 
Thanks, Tally! He is also in a band called Neon Fiction. Keep an eye out for them, as they hope to play more gigs in SL soon!
 
If you or someone you know would like to submit content to be featured in Music Mondays, please fill out this form. Have  great week!
Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Deadman's Island

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.

It's October now and we are officially in Halloween season. The submissions for the Haunted category on the Destination Guide are overflowing, so much so that we can't keep up. You will see many more new entries in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out some of these haunted regions and spooky events with your friends this weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't forget to visit our Halloween events this season:

 

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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Linden Lab

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160 participating merchants. Eight shopping regions. Tons of fun. The annual Halloween Shop & Hop is here!

Held through Nov. 1, the Halloween Shop & Hop features exclusive and discounted items you won’t want to miss! This year’s event features some of the creepiest and coolest creations in the virtual world from both established and emerging creators -- and each merchant has at least one free item so you’ll want to collect ‘em all!

Expect lots of spooky surprises as you shop -- and don’t forget to share your favorite shopping snapshots and haul on Social media. Use hashtag #SLShopHop to tag your photos on Flickr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Feeling in the mood for even more Halloween fun? Check out our round up of Halloween highlights which include dozens of haunted attractions and events you won’t want to miss!

Tune into Lab Gab today as well, Strawberry Linden will be giving you a quick run through of Shop & Hop, the Swaginator Hunt, and the Haunted Neighborhood. Watch live on YouTube at 11am PT/SLT today.

Happy Halloween!
 

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

STORES: LOCATION AT EVENT:
_-FAS-_ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/99/228/53
:::boyberry::: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/229/102/53
:UNA: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/197/158/53
.: Runic :. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/202/101/53
.EscalateD. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/228/158/53
.peaches. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/54/161/53
.Tardfish. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/161/233/53
[ Aleutia ] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/28/99/53
[: Kawaii Couture :] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/229/102/53
[^.^Ayashi^.^] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/158/203/53
[CIRCA] Living http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/23/159/53
[ContraptioN] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/167/168/53
[Cubic Cherry] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/161/233/53
[Krescendo] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/88/164/53
[KuddelMuddel] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/197/158/53
[Sheba] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/99/228/53
{ wren's nest } http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/23/159/53
{Limerence} http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/228/158/53
* SK * ( old sweet Kajira ) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/155/60/53
**UTOPIA@Design** http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/155/60/53
*Elite Equestrian* http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/155/60/53
*Epic* http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/228/158/53
*paper moon* http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/60/100/53
#ADORED & VICE X #ADORED http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/167/168/53
= LIZAIL = http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/23/159/53
~Mythril~ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/197/158/53
1313 Mockingbird Lane http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/99/23/53
3rd Eye Perceptions http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/158/203/53
777 Motors http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/99/51/53
A N E http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/167/168/53
A.D.D.Andel! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/54/161/53
A&D Clothing http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/99/51/53
Addams http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/88/164/53
AlaFolie http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/54/161/53
ALMA Makeup http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/60/100/53
Aphrodite Shop http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/100/200/53
Apple May Designs http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/88/164/53
Ashbourne & Co. Fine Jewellers http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/158/26/53
Astara http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/158/203/53
ATTIC http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/100/200/53
Baby Ghee http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/229/102/53
Baiastice http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/99/51/53
Belle Epoque http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/155/60/53
Blossom&Seeds http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/229/102/53
Blow-Up http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/229/102/53
BONDI http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/99/23/53
Boudoir http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/88/164/53
Bumblebee http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/202/101/53
Candy Kitten http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/202/101/53
Casa de Bebe http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/99/228/53
CELESTE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/23/159/53
Cerridwen´s Cauldron http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/167/168/53
Cheval D'or/Elysian http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/99/228/53
CHEZ MOI FURNITURES http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/23/159/53
ChicChica http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/202/101/53
CHIMAERA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/60/100/53
Chop Zuey http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/92/89/53
CONSTRUCT http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/60/100/53
Cube Republic http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/161/233/53
Culprit http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/202/101/53
DaD - Virtual Living - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/54/161/53
Dahlia http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/229/102/53
Dark Passions http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/228/158/53
Decoy http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/100/200/53
DEEP STATIC http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/197/158/53
Dreaming Thicket http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/158/203/53
Enchante' http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/99/23/53
Entice http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/99/51/53
etham http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/28/99/53
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Something spooky is happening in Second Life! As October begins, hundreds of haunted experiences and events are emerging from the dark shadows of Second Life. To jumpstart your jumpscares, we’ve assembled a few Halloween-themed highlights you won’t want to miss.

 

Halloween Swaginator Hunt 2020

The Halloween Swaginator Hunt is back! Can you find all five hidden Halloween-themed gifts? This year’s freebies are among the best ever! To get started, look for the special haunted edition of the Swaginator gift-giving station to grab your free HUD. 

Once you have the HUD, you can seek and find your free gifts through the month of October. 

 

New Premium Gift: Ghoul Follower

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Want more gifts? Premium Members can now pick up the latest Premium Gift, an exclusive Ghoul Follower that will haunt you wherever you go in Second Life. 

Make a friend this Halloween with your own personal Ghoul! Add him to your avatar and your own spectral phantom will follow you wherever you go. Or rez him out on your land to haunt a particular area.
 

All-New Halloween Haunted Ride and Haunted Neighborhood

Have you heard the news? We’ve got an all-new Halloween Haunted Neighborhood filled with many haunted houses and other scary sights.

There’s also our classic Halloween Haunted Tour, which is back again for a limited time. Are you brave enough to enter?

 

More Haunted Attractions

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Over two dozen haunted attractions and events have been added to the Haunted category in the Destination Guide in the last week alone - and you can expect dozens more in the coming weeks as we get closer to Halloween. Some of our favorites include MadPea’s Halls of Horror Interactive Hunt, Laurel’s Nightmare, and Halloweentown.

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Second Life Destinations: Sandboxing Around the Grid


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A big part of the magic of Second Life involves building and scripting objects in real time and playing with prims. Sandboxes are designated areas for Residents to experiment with the art of building in SL, alone or with friends, in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of way.

If you don’t own land or your landlord just has a small area restricted to rezzing and finetuning your models, fear not. There are many different sandboxes in SL, and many are attached to helpful groups where experienced builders are at the ready to assist with tips and tricks. 

In the video we see several sandboxes featured, including one of the very first ones in Morris, which has been around since 2003 when the Welcome Area of Ahern came online.

The Ivory Tower of Prims can also be seen in the video. Not only does it have script-enabled sandbox areas with a separate damage-enabled weapons testing area, but The Tower is also an info hub for aspiring builders with lots of tutorials on how to manipulate the basic building block of SL: the almighty prim.

Another friendly sandbox area is the one embedded within the Amsterdam community. Don’t worry, many people in Amsterdam in SL speak English, so don’t hesitate to approach a friendly (flying?) Dutchman or woman if you are stuck with a building challenge.

There are even more places for your imagination to run wild in the sandbox category of the Destination Guide, and for premium Second Life members, there are exclusive members-only sandboxes available as well. If you ever feel stuck, in addition to chatting with members of building groups, please don't forget to check in with the building forums

 

Video Production Credits:

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The Halloween season is right around the corner, and this year Second Life brings you not one but TWO Halloween experiences!

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The Millbank region has undergone a spooky overhaul, with numerous Linden Homes getting a haunted horror theme. Visit the Halloween Haunted Neighborhood and explore the many haunted houses and see the scary sights! Take a step inside the homes while you’re at it: we have such sights to show you...

Grab a Red Balloon ride over the region. Explore the paths that lead through the forest. And don’t forget to grab your souvenir flashlight from the landing area: it gets dark here!

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Additionally, the Halloween Haunted Tour is once again open for business! Take a coffin ride through the twisted terrors inside. To begin your journey, head on over to Portal Park and look for the Halloween Haunted Tour sign to enter the portal...if you dare!

Stay tuned for more Halloween season announcements!

 

 

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Pictured: MadPea's Halls of Horror Interactive Hunt (Starts October 1st)

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.

October is around the corner and this week we have officially dusted off our Haunted category, with a long list of new submissions we are slowly going through. Keep an eye on that category over the next few weeks and discover haunted destinations, spooky decor, and nightmares galore! 

But first, check out the SL Renaissance Festival, and send some Lindens to the pillory!

 

We featured Azisa's Islands of Love in this week's Destinations video, click over and learn more about Asiza, aka Toni Harper-Dunlap!

 

And now here are some featured spots from our Haunted 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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We heard your requests, and we are very excited to announce the launch of the Official Second Life Merchandise Store, which will be available through RedBubble. The store offers Second Life and Linden Lab branded clothing and accessories, with a very inclusive range of sizes. Don’t worry, we will have both the classic and new logos, so everybody wins.

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As the store grows, we will also be adding various collections of designs, some of which will be limited time seasonal offerings. Our first collection will feature Linden Bear-themed merchandise, and will have new designs trickling in throughout the year. Stay tuned for Halloween!

We are so excited for our diverse spectrum of Residents to be able to show their Second Life pride IRL, as well as thankful for the opportunity to let people know that SL continues to grow, adapt, and evolve. 

Tell your friends, and be sure to search “Official Second Life” to see our products. Follow us on Redbubble to be the first to know when new designs are released.

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Be sure to use #secondlifemerch when you show off your new gear on our social media!

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Machinima in Second Life


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Machinima, named for its fusion of machine and cinema, is a unique art form in which computer graphics are rendered and choreographed to create a cinematic production, like this recreation of 1920s Berlin by Pepa Cometa. It is shot in real time, differing from other forms of computer animation that are shot frame by frame. This approach to filmmaking has grown and evolved over the last few decades, growing such a large following that there are now machinima festivals, and Second Life is proud to host many Residents who create content in this medium. 

As some of you may recall, a recent episode of Lab Gab hosted Residents Huckleberry Hax and Caitlin Tobias for a discussion of Stomol, SL’s first feature length cyberpunk machinima. The Second Life Flickr also receives many awesome music video submissions, which are a great way to show off your favorite dance animations. Earlier this year, hit Japanese pop composer Yasushi Watanabe made a music video in SL that is bursting with sugary, summer energy. And this mysterious trailer by Burnha Firehawk has me hooked!

Another notable SL machinima artist is Bryn Oh, who also does 3D exhibitions. 

We’re excited to report that the Supernova Digital Animation Festival in Denver has selected the works of Residents Huckleberry Hax, Tizzy Canucci, and Erik Mondrian, and we encourage you to experiment with machinima and the endless possibilities within SL.

You can get more info from the SL forums and many YouTube tutorials. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Second Life Destinations: Asiza's Islands of Love


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This week Asiza Wolf takes us on a tour of her floating Islands of Love, a seamless amalgam of her varying cultural interests that features steampunk ships, meditation areas, a concert stage, and more.
 

 

Asiza’s real life alter ego, Toni Harper-Dunlap, is a former professional singer and dancer who has graced the stages of The Apollo, Carnegie Hall, and Toast of the Town (later The Ed Sullivan Show), so you’d be lucky to catch her perform some impromptu jazz standards here.

Asiza says of the virtual world, “Second Life tickles me. It is my kind of thing. I am having a natural ball every day!” At the age of 83 Asiza/Toni is as creative as she has ever been, with Second Life her playground of infinite imagination.

Asiza turns the stereotype of the lonely old technophobe on its head, proclaiming “I am not afraid of technology. A busy mind is a good thing when the body can’t be that busy anymore. I am the happiest person that I have SL. It is a wonderful something to have in one's life. I have a new life here now and I do intend to truly enjoy it for as long as I am able to.” Her independent and robust spirit continues to thrive inworld and out; proving age is not a thing to be pitied but a badge of honor.

Asiza also refutes the misconception that people who are passionate about virtual realms don’t have a fulfilling experience of the real world: “I have a beautiful family, I love them to pieces. I’m busy doing my thing and they are busy doing their thing… They’re breathing their own air, I’m breathing mine.”

As Asiza/Toni is a practicing Buddhist, she has placed a replica of her home altar on the islands for anyone in search of quiet contemplation under the soft cosmic glow. This region is a visual representation of her dreams, character, and hobbies. There are a few hidden gems here too, like Asiza’s favorite room, which is a serene lounge with a purple (her favorite color) piano surrounded by flowers, as well as a salsa club located inside an active volcano.

To get the full schedule of regular performers, join Asiza’s group: SL’s top jazz and soul singers such as Scorpio Aeon and Tony Slade do regular shows here and weekly DJ events happen down in the fiery depths of the VolcanSiza Club. Asiza’s Islands of Love truly welcomes everyone, so visit today to see the spectrum of vibes.

The three songs Drax and Asiza/Toni recorded in Palm Springs in 2019 & the two tunes Scorpio Aeon performed in the video are available for download here.

 

Video Production Credits:

Draxtor Despres

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This week's featured artist is Phemie Garfield, whose earnest and uplifting blend of folk and indie rock will energize the start of your week.
 
Please check out her music here
 
Q: When and how did you hear about Second Life?
A: I heard about Second Life on New Year's Day at the dinner table with my family. My brother asked me if I'd heard of it and how it's not a game but a world where you can just socialize with people and create things, and there was live music, which made me so curious to check it out!
 
Q: Some of your songs come to a really powerful crescendo, is that of particular symbolic value to you?
A: That is a really interesting question! Yes, I think I've always been a fan of dynamics and expression and power in music. When I'm writing music there is a cathartic release of emotion. I feel things very deeply and sometimes talking about it is so uncomfortable, but with music I can express it safely. It's like riding a wave and that crescendo is probably my way of riding that wave of anger or passion or sadness or hurt or joy. I've always loved anthemic rock, like U2 for example.
 
Q: How did you first become interested in playing music?
A: It really started in high school after a few years of devouring records that my big brother would play for me and listening to my dad's old vinyls that I would sing to in my bedroom. I started piano in 5th grade and learned how to sight read very quickly, and then in college learned acoustic guitar. Once I graduated college, I moved home and somehow started jamming with a friend and then it turned into a rock band that I sang in for four years. We toured regionally and I loved every second of it.
 
Q: What instruments do you play, and do you have any favorite models?
A: I play piano and guitar.  I think it's fair to say that Tori Amos was a big influence especially with how she wrote piano. Vocally my role models are Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Bono, and Sia. 
 
Q: Tell us about some musicians and/or artists that have influenced your style. 
A: Bono and U2 were a huge influence on me. He had this passionate soaring voice that just carried you into another dimension. They were heartfelt and something felt so true and authentic about his voice.  Tori's Amos' style was delicate and yet strong, deep but accessible. Her music is beautiful yet when you read some of her lyrics they are edgy, dark, and full of pain, and you can tell she was working out some deep stuff. Joni MItchell... Well, she was just a goddess genius of lyricism and melody. Her voice was warm and could move you, and her melodies were so imaginative. All these people taught me that it isn't enough to just sing, you have to give yourself... It has to come from deep within. The music has to come from your heart and you can't be afraid.
 
Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music scene to you?
A: The SL music community is one of the most accepting and welcoming communities around. If you have an original to throw out there, they welcome it. If you aren't the best singer in the world but you have heart and you give your time to people, they will come and listen and they will stay the whole hour. It's just wonderful to see. People love to hear a live performer just giving their all and they give budding musicians a chance to be heard and to practice their skills. Also, hearing from people who IM me and say things like, you really helped me through my night, or you really made me feel something is so awesome. To know people from around the world are listening! That is so cool.
 
Thank you, Phemie!
 
 
If you or somebody you know would like to submit content for Music Mondays, please fill out this form.
 
 
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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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’s video transports you to Nour, where you can find domed stone buildings, ornate and colorful rugs, and a mysterious sense of calm on a bed of golden sand.

This desert oasis was built by Camila Runo, who explains that “Nour means Light of the Desert… Surrounded by huge dunes of desert sand in the west and the wide, crystal-blue ocean in the east, Nour seems to be secluded and difficult to reach.”

Like many of us during this difficult time of social isolation, Camila found herself yearning for the experience of traveling to new places and seeing the world’s cultures. To quench that desire, she created this elegant region that looks like it could be from the set of Indiana Jones or Aladdin. In fact, she did find inspiration in “the tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba and the 40 thieves, and Sinbad the Sailor,” describing Nour as “A place that makes people dream, indulging themselves in a colorful fantasy of one of Scheherazade's wonderful tales.”

The mesmerizing belly dancing, performed by Bollycoco, adds to the romantic undertones of Nour’s atmosphere. Camila describes the flow of visitors (some of them roleplayers) that come to Nour as filled with “Traders, travelers, dancers, snake charmers, Bedouins: they all add color to the town, as the omnipresent strains of oriental music and the scent of the rarest spices do.”

Don’t forget to take a camel ride, and the baths and fountains provide the perfect place for quiet contemplation. You may very well end up spending hours here, as this region will make you feel as if time has stopped. Let the heat slow you down and take in the beautiful surroundings at Nour today.

 


 

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