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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, as she speaks with Senior Software Engineer Rider Linden,  Senior Graphics Engineer Ptolemy Linden, and Principal Software Engineer Euclid Linden. They will be discussing the Environmental Enhancement Project (EEP). 

Do you have any questions for Rider, Ptolemy, and Euclid about EEP that you’d like Strawberry to ask them on your behalf? Fill out the Google Form and submit your question today, and it may be selected!

Tune in on Friday, April 24th at 10am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, Mixer, or Periscope!

P.S. Euclid and Rider decided to do the Yearbook Challenge, you can click over to our Flickr to see their images!
 

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

Linden Lab

The biggest annual fantasy event in Second Life is back!

Now open through May 10, the Fantasy Faire 2020 features eighteen incredible regions of extraordinary beauty and magic -- all made from scratch by the residents of Second Life and in support of Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society's goal of a world without cancer. 

Watch the video preview of Fantasy Faire 2020 here.

For eighteen days become immersed in a world of enchantment where you can shop, enjoy fantasy art and performances, discover roleplay opportunities, and hear award-winning fantasy authors including author Fran Wilde.  While you explore you’ll hear a soundtrack provided by Fantasy Faire Radio, too 

You’ll also find fantasy avatars, clothing, furnishings, gadgets, and exclusive items available from almost 200 of Second Life’s top Fantasy Creators across thirteen stunning regions.  There are also five Faireland realms that include a wide variety of entertainment, events, and experiences including a Memorial Garden, the Literary Festival, Performance Stages, Art Galleries, and more. Don't forget to complete the epic story-based experience “The Fairelands Quest: The Bard Queen's Garden.” 

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Follow all the events at fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com or visit it inworld now.

CREDITS:
Video Production: Draxtor Despres

Linden Lab

SPRING PREMIUM GIFT

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Pictured: the latest gift set available exclusively to Premium Members.

Just in time for spring! Premium members can now claim the latest Premium-only Gift - a springtime gazebo with accompanying table, chairs, and stools. But, that’s not all!  This gift is jam-packed with over 50 items in total!

Enjoy a peaceful day outdoors in your own beautiful gazebo with matching table accessories including a tea and cake set, small candle lanterns, flowers, balloons and more.

To claim your Premium Gift, head over to one of the many Premium-only gift kiosks. Not Premium yet? Upgrade now to get several Premium-only benefits including a weekly L$300 stipend, increased group membership limits, expanded live-chat support, tier allotment for use with a Linden Home or a parcel on the Mainland, and much more! 

SPRING SWAGINATOR HUNT

The arrival of spring also means that it is time for an all-new Swaginator Hunt! Several flower-shaped kiosks have blossomed across the grid - and each kiosk holds a special surprise! Seek and find the kiosks to claim a total of five free gifts. 

Are you new to the Swaginator Hunt? Here’s how to play:

How to Begin the Hunt

Grab your free Swaginator HUD to get started. Look for the flower-shaped kiosk and touch it to add it to your inventory. You should be able to find it in your Recent inventory. 

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Next, select “Wear” to add the HUD to your Viewer screen. You will see a flower-shaped HUD appear on the upper left corner. Click the HUD to teleport to your first location to begin the hunt!

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As you travel from location to location, keep an eye out for the Swaginator gift kiosk. To claim your free gift, click the kiosk! Then, click “Keep” in the pop-up window to accept the free item. It will be waiting for you in your inventory.

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Use your HUD to keep track of all of the free items you collect. Don’t forget to click the HUD again after you collect each prize so that you can teleport to the next location in the hunt!

SPOILER ALERT! (Scroll down only if you want to learn about all gifts - revealed in the images below!)

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Shimmy, Paranormal, Spiffy, Quartz and Garden Gnome are waiting! Can you collect ‘em all?

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Linden Lab

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Do you love Second Life? Do you love to party? Do you love to help? Join the SL17B Volunteer staff and you can do all three! 

We’re looking for volunteers to help people celebrate at the upcoming 17th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL17B), held June 19-July 10. We are seeking Residents with great people skills and a love and excitement for Second Life to help us make SL17B a huge success! If you like the idea of promoting Second Life in a positive way to thousands of people in a  celebratory atmosphere, we welcome you to apply today! The application will remain open through May 18.

CALLING ALL SECOND LIFE MUSICIANS & PERFORMERS!

Are you a DJ who can spin up a great party set? Maybe you’re a Live Musician who plays an instrument or sings! You might be one of the grid’s amazing Dance companies, or perhaps you’re a Particle Performer! Whatever your medium, we would love to hear from you. 

Fill out the official performer application form by May 18 and tell us a little about how you roll, and one of our Event Staff Leaders will contact you soon.

Don’t forget that we also have a separate form specifically for those who want to audition for our Music Fest event, which kicks off SL17B. We are seeking live music performers for this special event. Applications can be found here4/21/20 UPDATE: Due to popular demand, the application process for musician auditions is now closed.

APPLY NOW TO BE AN EXHIBITOR AT SL17B

Finally, we want to remind everyone that the applications for those interested in exhibiting at SL17B are now open. This year’s theme is “vacations and road trips,” but exhibits will not be limited to that topic. See our previous blog post for details, read our rules and policies and check out the official exhibitor application form for more information.

Linden Lab
Calling all performers! Second Life is seeking talent for our upcoming 17th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL17B), held June 19-July 10.  Get ready for a fun-filled week of live music and deejay performances, shopping exclusives, and amazing community exhibits. 
One of the things that makes Second Life so vibrant and exciting is the wide range of Performers who share their talent with our Residents. Are you a DJ who can spin up a great party set? Maybe you’re a Live Musician who plays an instrument or sings! You might be one of the grid’s amazing Dance companies, or perhaps you’re a Particle Performer! Whatever your medium, we would love to hear from you. 
Fill out the official performer application form by May 18 and tell us a little about how you roll, and one of our Event Staff Leaders will contact you soon.
MUSIC FEST APPLICATIONS

Don’t forget that we also have a separate form specifically for those who want to audition for our Music Fest event, which kicks off SL17B. We are seeking live music performers for this special event. Applications can be found here. 4/21/20 UPDATE: Due to popular demand, the application process for musician auditions is now closed.
EXHIBITOR APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN THROUGH MAY 22
Finally, we want to remind everyone that the applications for those interested in exhibiting at SL17B are now open. This year’s theme is “vacations and road trips,” but exhibits will not be limited to that topic. See our previous blog post for details, read our rules and policies and check out the official exhibitor application form for more information.
 
Linden Lab
4/21/20 UPDATE: Due to popular demand, the application process for musician auditions is now closed.

Photo: Becky Blackcinder
Can you believe it? Our 17th birthday celebration (SL17B) is only four months away - and work is already happening to make sure that this year’s event is better than ever! 
Full details of this year’s SL17B event will be revealed soon...but to get things started we are opening up the sign-up process now for auditions for the annual Music Fest, to be held June 19-20. Music Fest will kick off the overall SL17B celebration with two days of live music performances featuring some of the most talented musicians in SL!
Are you a new or veteran Second Life musician that wants to participate? Over a dozen performers will be chosen to share their musical talents with the Second Life community in an event that has become an SLB tradition. We welcome performers to apply and join us in wishing Second Life "Happy Birthday!"
To sign up for an audition, please complete and submit the submission form.
While we encourage all interested performers to sign up, please note that it does not guarantee a spot at the auditions. We will review all submissions and extend audition invitations via a follow-up note in-world to the SL username that you provide. For more details, see the submission form.
Linden Lab
This week’s “Second Life Destinations” video travels back in time to 1888 for a visit to Crossroads, a popular combat-based role-playing community in Second Life. Set in the fictional town of McCoy, Kansas during the civil war period, you’ll embark in a Western Victorian and Wild West Para RPG filled with suspense, natives, tribes, gangs, horse trails, and more!
Once you arrive, you’ll find several resources and shops that will help you get in character -- and don’t forget to pick up the WWM Wild West Meter from P3 Gaming (available near the landing point). You’ll also want to pick up the latest edition of the Shenadoah Times, a free local paper that is filled with the latest community gossip, job opportunities, recipes, and even a horoscope! 

As one of the longest-running RPG communities in SL, Crossroads is filled with an active community worth exploring. Once you are properly dressed and in character, you’ll want to visit the many era-appropriate attractions here, including the local town square, bar, mine, and railroad.
Crossroads 1880s
Crossroads 1880s is a combat-based role-playing community. Set during the civil war period, it is a Western Victorian and Wild West Para RPG with suspense, natives, tribes, gangs, horse trails, and more!
Visit in Second Life CREDITS:
Video Production: Draxtor Despres
Strawberry Linden
“Lab Gab” is a live-streamed variety show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. 
Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she speaks with Caledonia Skytower. Caledonia is a long time Resident, director of Seanchai Library in Second Life, and a theatre artist in the physical world, who brings much of her talent and creativity to our platform. She will also be giving Strawberry a tour of Seanchai Library and they will attend a literary event there together. 
Tune in on Friday, April 17th at 11am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, Mixer, or Periscope!

For full episodes of Lab Gab, click over to the Lab Gab YouTube Playlist. 
Linden Lab
As health officials continue to warn against public gatherings amidst the current coronavirus outbreak, many people are seeking out online outlets that can serve as an adequate substitute for their in-person religious services and spiritual communities. 
Many are flocking to the virtual world Second Life, which is already home to many thriving religious and spiritual online communities that help people connect with others who share the same values and beliefs. In Second Life, the sense of presence is just much more powerful because of it being an actual place where communities can feel togetherness on a much deeper level than in other online platforms.

This week’s “Second Life Destinations” video explores a good cross-section of the many places of worship and communities that span across all spiritual and religious denominations. In Second Life, you’ll find a diverse range of representations including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and even some free-form places of spirituality like Wicca.
Among the virtual world locations featured in this video are:
Dornoch Cathedral, Scotland Bhaktiville Ross Mosque Buddha Center The Monastery House of Prayer Church Ganesh Temple & Gardens St. George Orthodox Christian Church Kingdom of Nubia  Israel Island Temple Beth Chayei Olam To see even more, visit the Spirituality & Belief category in the Second Life Destination Guide.
CREDITS:
Video production: Draxtor Despres
Strawberry Linden
“Lab Gab” is a live-streamed variety show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. 
Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she speaks with Yorkie (VibeE11vn). Yorkie is a fun and informative vlogger, who creates very popular tutorials for Second Life. Yorkie will also be taking Strawberry on a field trip to some of his favorite Second Life destinations.  
Tune in on Friday, April 10th at 10am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, Mixer, or Periscope!

For full episodes of Lab Gab, click over to the Lab Gab YouTube Playlist. 
Linden Lab
Can real people find true love in a virtual world? It is happening each and every day in Second Life and our limited-run “Love Made in Second Life” series explores how romance and long-distance relationships can thrive in the metaverse.

Meet Suite and Danny Bourne, a Netherlands-based married couple that first met in Second Life over twelve years ago.

It all started around 2007, when they first met on a virtual beach in Second Life. Danny, who sells prefab houses under his brand name reBourne in Second Life, was moving rocks along the shoreline. Suite was nearby relaxing on the beach before she noticed that her sunbed she was laying on was playfully lifted up high above the sand.
“She was in the way, so I moved her,” jokes Danny.
That flirtatious encounter led to conversation and a day of exploration as the two got to know each other better and they toured various parts of the virtual world together. They kept meeting each other on the same beach over subsequent days and weeks.

While Danny initially expressed some concerns over the age difference between the two, they both continued to grow closer.
“You can’t turn off attraction,” says Suite.

Both eventually moved their virtual relationship to the physical world where they were married and now have a child.
“There’s no way we would ever meet each other in real life,” says Suite. “It’s magic. That’s what I really love about Second Life. There’s no prejudice, no judgments.”

It “feels like home,” adds Danny.

VIDEO CREDITS:
Production: Draxtor Despres
Logo: Marianne McCann
Strawberry Linden
Lab Gab is a live-streamed variety show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. 
Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she speaks with the VP of Engineering Oz Linden, Systems Engineering Manager April Linden, and Director of Web Engineering Ekim Linden. Oz, April, and Ekim are heading the uplift team, the team that is moving Second Life to the cloud. They will be discussing all aspects of uplift and giving us an update on it.      
Do you have any questions for the uplift team that you’d like Strawberry to ask them on your behalf? Fill out the Google Form and submit your question today, and it may be selected!
Tune in on Friday, April 3rd at 10am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, Mixer, or Periscope!

For full episodes of Lab Gab, click over to the Lab Gab YouTube Playlist. 
Linden Lab
This week’s “Second Life Destinations” video visits Citta Bhavana, an ashram run by Chraeloos Aristotelous. 

Citta Bhavana, which in Sanskrit means "cultivating heart/mind," is a peaceful ashram for meditation, yoga, discussion, philosophy, spirituality, music and art. It also showcases teachings from Asia (India, Japan, China, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism) and Africa. It was originally opened in 2014 with the help of Sunshine Szavanna, Rhiannon Dragoone, and Swami Luminos. 
“We wanted a place where anybody can come together to talk and get to know each other’s philosophies,” says Aristotelous. “People want to be able to learn from everybody - bridging heart and mind. We tend to meditate when we think we need to - but really we should be meditating every day.”
Participants come from all over the world and from various different beliefs and backgrounds, but share a common desire: to connect in a respectful and open-hearted manner. 
The venue offers guided meditations and instruction, yoga sessions, philosophy and science discussions, dances and live music, and poetry and storytelling events. 
These unifying and calming social experiences are more important now than ever during these difficult times, says Aristotelous.
“People are all of the sudden isolated, like a lot of chronically-ill people have been for their whole lives,” she adds. “It’s kind of an awakening in a way for a lot of the general population.”
According to Aristotelous, the main focus of the venue is to make discussions and events accessible for people with all forms and abilities.
“Second Life offers accessibility. It also offers a community. In Second Life, you can be as embodied in it as you choose to be,” she adds. “The people who find video games to be a separation from themselves can control their avatars in ways that they definitely can’t elsewhere and that adds a level of embodiment to it that is unique.”
To learn more, watch the video, visit the ashram’s Facebook page or check it out in Second Life.
Citta Bhavana Ashram
The Citta Bhavana Ashram is a peaceful ashram for meditation, yoga, discussion, philosophy, spiritual, music, and art. Teachings from Asia (India, Japan, China, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism) and Africa. Please post photos to: flickr.com/groups/2751432@N23
Visit in Second Life VIDEO CREDITS:
Production: Draxtor Despres
Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Soul2Soul Mediterranean
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. So in no particular order, here are a few locations on the Destination Guide that we recommend checking out this weekend:
Soul2Soul Mediterranean
Nestled in the Italian Riviera lies Portofino, originally a fishing village with small cobbled square, picturesque harbour, and panoramic views. Relax in bijou cafes, peaceful spots on the beaches, or stroll along the yacht-lined harbour in this stunning public double region designed by Minnie Atlass. Take pictures and watch the world go by! Joint their Flickr group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/3985845@N25
Visit in Second Life  
Silent Melody
Silent Melody is a serene and photogenic spring-themed region. Come and explore, meet new friends, listen to music, take a lot of pictures, and add them to Silent Melody's Flickr group flickr.com/groups/14739712@N22
Visit in Second Life  
Murder City
Murder City is a fun cyber and sci-fi role-play region where you can take stunning images or simply hang out. Cyberpunk skyboxes are available to hang out in, chill with a friend, or rest. This is a friendly region where everyone is welcome.
Visit in Second Life  
Nevermore Gallery and Photography Studio
The mission of Nevermore Gallery and Photography Studio is to inform and inspire Second Life photographers and guests in the beautiful art gallery, where you can find a high-quality source of visual art. All are welcome here!
Visit in Second Life  
AbTeC Island was featured in an article on CBC today: You don't have to dress up for meetings in this virtual, Indigenous space
AbTeC Island
AbTeC Island is an Aboriginally determined research-creation network whose goal is to ensure Indigenous presence in the web pages, online environments, video games, and virtual worlds that comprise cyberspace. For more information, visit: abtec.org
Visit in Second Life  
There is only one more day left for the VWBPE 2020 Conference in Second Life, so make sure to visit this weekend!
VWBPE 2020 Conference
The Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education (VWBPE), held March 26th to 28th, is a community-based conference that provides opportunities for participants in all virtual worlds to share current teaching, learning, and research practices in 3D virtual environments. Join the event for three days of lectures, workshops, discussions, games, and fun! Visit vwbpe.org to learn more.
Visit in Second Life  
Check out this special concert happening on Sunday at 2pm in Second Life!
Mankind Tracer / Seth Regan Concert!
Seth Regan a.k.a. Mankind Tracer, Second Life’s veteran “Rock Star” will be making his long-awaited, big return to Second Life on Sunday, March 29th at 2PM SLT, after nearly 4 years! This four-region live concert will fill up fast, so arrive early!
Visit in Second Life  
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 at the following links:
Community | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr Account | Flickr Group | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk
Linden Lab
As we blogged back in the Summer of 2014, gambling is strictly prohibited in Second Life and operating or participating in a game of chance that provides a Linden Dollar Token payouts is a violation of our Terms of Service.
However, games of skill are legally permitted in many jurisdictions, and we’ve seen that many Second Life users are interested in playing such games for Linden Dollar Tokens. We updated our gaming policy in Second Life at that time and opened applications for Skill Gaming. Skill Gaming applications are now open as of today, March 24, 2020, for those who wish to become authorized creators and/or operators of Skill Games in Second Life.
The details of the Skill Gaming policy can be found here, and the Skill Gaming FAQ is available on our wiki.
In summary, skill games that offer Linden Dollar Token payouts are allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it is operated must be approved by Linden Lab.
Applications for creators and operators will be available on the FAQ page as of today, March 24, 2020.
Linden Lab
Save the date! The 17th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL17B) will be held June 19-July 10. Get ready for a fun-filled week of live music and deejay performances, shopping exclusives, and amazing community exhibits. 
In Second Life, you can explore the (virtual) world from the safety and comfort of your own home -- and that’s why we’ve selected  “vacations and road trips”  as this year’s SL17B theme. Whether you teleport directly or travel to your favorite SL destinations by plane, train or automobile, we hope to see a wide variety of community exhibits and experiences that celebrate the spirit of Second Life escapism and travel. Interested exhibitors can apply now to participate in the festivities using our official application form.
Please note that the rules and policies for exhibitors have been updated this year to allow for more creative flexibility, so it is important to read them even if you have participated in SLB before. For example, a major change for exhibitors this year is the freedom to create an exhibit that reflects your own passions in Second Life. This means that while “vacations and road trips” is our official SL17B theme, exhibits will not be limited by it. We welcome a wider variety of topics this year, including exhibits that may serve as introductions to the varied and abundant communities throughout SL. We also are inviting original art installations and other personal projects that people want to share with the SL community at large.
So, if you want to participate as an exhibitor with a presence at SL17B then please join us by filling out the exhibitor form no later than May 22. 
MUSIC FEST APPLICATIONS 

As a reminder, we also are seeking live music performers, too. We previously announced a call for audition signups for the SL17B Music Fest - and those applications remain open through May 18 and can be found here.
4/21/20 UPDATE: Due to popular demand, the application process for musician auditions is now closed.
Linden Lab
The big day is here!  The Environmental Enhancement Project has been released grid-wide.  As of today the default viewer download and all regions on the grid fully support EEP!
If you have not been following this exciting project, you can check out this wiki page and the community discussion.
EEP offers:
Environment objects that you can keep in your inventory and share with others Parcel-level control of environments Up to four different, independently controlled sky layers More options for customization New LSL functions rolling out as part of EEP allow scripts to interact with parcels’ environments:
llGetSunDirection and llGetMoonDirection allow scripts to accurately track both the sun and the moon as they move through the sky.  llGetEnvironment gives a script access to all the parameters that go into generating the parcel's environment.  For example, flowers can change their color based on the ambient light color. An experience script can set up a distinct environment for each visitor to the experience, using llReplaceAgentEnvironment and llSetAgentEnvironment. Many thanks go to all the devoted Residents who have spent so much time and effort to help us test EEP and make it solid. Beta testing would not have been possible without those who participated in forums and at our inworld User Group Meetings.  
We’re excited to see the new environments you create, the experiences that feature dynamically changing environments, and the scripts that will read and react to the environment around them in real time.
As ever, we welcome your comments and bug reports in Jira.

Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Safari Park at LeLoo's World
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. So in no particular order, here are a few locations on the Destination Guide that we recommend checking out this weekend:
Safari Park at LeLoo's World was featured in our Showcase Stream this week.
Safari Park at LeLoo's World
Many beautiful attractions await you! Stroll the tropical jungle paths to the beach-front. Stay overnight at the Safari RV park, with its own hidden beach. Ready for your Safari? Head over to where the wild animals roam! Be sure to bring your camera!
Visit in Second Life  
Dya's scent of the Caribbean
Dya's scent of the Caribbean has feel-good vibes and the rhythm of Reggae. With long beaches, romantic spots, and various places for photographers, it's also a great place for bikers and horsemen. Everyone is welcome!
Visit in Second Life  
Nautilus Cove
This property was inspired by the love for Blake Sea and sailing. This marina offers beautiful cliff home rentals as well as boat slips, with a very close distance to Blake Sea. Beautiful landscaping sets the mood for this location. An amazing waterfall and peaceful stream are surrounded by greenery. All are welcome to make this their home!
Visit in Second Life  
Saddles Art Gallery & Ballroom
Saddles Art Gallery and Ballroom is open 24/7 with a romantic atmosphere. Art Gallery incorporates classical, period, modern, contemporary, impressionist, renaissance, and cultural art. It features monthly openings and art displays that are open to explore. The ballroom is also available for an artist to introduce their work in a formal setting.
Visit in Second Life  
Ristorante Kandela
Ristorante Kandela is a free and self service restaurant on the Kultivate region! This venue is decorated in an Italian rustic style and features crooner music and couples intan so you can enjoy a romantic date out with your loved one. The restaurant is also available for private events, free of charge. For more info, visit: kultivatemagazine.com/ristorante-kandela
Visit in Second Life  
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 at the following links:
Community | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr Account | Flickr Group | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk
Linden Lab
Back by popular demand! After being gone for almost a decade, last names in Second Life are now available once again!
THE HISTORY OF LAST NAMES
So, what’s the big deal you say? Well, a bit of context might be helpful for newcomers and those who created an account at any time in the past decade or so.
Back in the day, Second Life Residents were given the option at registration of selecting from a variety of pre-determined “last name” options. The use of shared “last names” helped build community among Residents who found instant kinship and bonding amidst these newfound virtual family ties shared with strangers of the same lineage. Similar to the commodity of dot-com domains, some “last names” held a special status in the community. Some were extremely rare and, in some cases, there were perceived attributes and reputations associated with certain last name offerings. To make sense of it all, there was even a dedicated website put together by a third party to track the history and availability status of last names (which tended to rotate in and out of circulation quite quickly).
It all came to an end in 2010 when Linden Lab announced that “last names” would no longer be available amidst the roll-out of “display names,” which allow Residents the opportunity to use their real name, nickname, role-play name or social identity in Second Life. While display names do allow for a great deal of flexibility and freedom in expression, some Residents mourned the loss of the common shared “last name” options that helped people across the globe bond together across the metaverse. For those who are curious to learn even more about the sordid history of “last names,” there is an interesting thread that goes into more detail about “the very real panic over virtual surnames” on reddit.
THE RETURN OF LAST NAMES
Given the ongoing interest in “last names” among our community,  we’ve reinstated “last names” effective today as a new option for Second Life Premium Members. If you have a Premium account, you will be able to visit https://secondlife.com/my/account to change your first, last or both names. In the true spirit of the original “last names” option last seen in 2010, participating Residents will once again be able to choose from a rotating list of available last names. Some names may only be available for a limited time, so if you see one you like then you might want to claim it quickly! 
Already changed your name and want to go back to one of your old names?  You can do that too!  After you have changed your name once, you will see a list of your previous names below the list of available last names.  
Please note that “display names” are still available at no charge to everyone. However, “last names” is a new optional feature just for Premium members and a separate $39.99 fee applies when you change any part of your account name. 
In order to ensure your name changes proceed smoothly, please make sure you are logged out of the viewer before changing your name. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for your new name to show across all services in Second Life.  
We know that many of you may have further questions about how this all works and that’s why we’ve put together a dedicated FAQ to help explain things in even more depth. 
 
This is the list of current available last names (as of April 13th, 2020). 

 
Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Mediterraneo Coffee & Lounge Bar
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. So in no particular order, here are a few locations on the Destination Guide that we recommend checking out this weekend:
 
"Le Cirque de la Nuit" is an hour-long program that features award-winning animated dance performances interspersed with colorful art installations. It was recently featured on a Showcase Stream, which you can watch on our YouTube channel: Second Life Showcase Stream - Le Cirque de la Nuit
Le Cirque de la Nuit
Idle Rogue Productions presents "Le Cirque de la Nuit" for 2020 across two weekends from April 10th to 19th. This hour-long program features award-winning animated dance performances interspersed with colorful art installations by well known virtual artists Bryn Oh, Cica Ghost, H0ney Heart, and more. The production uses a guided camera system to completely immerse you in this dazzling world of magic and illusion. Seanchai Library adds their sumptuous live readings to the production, which is set in Gloriana Maertens' breathtaking environment on Idle Rogue, providing an astonishingly engaging entertainment experience. It's a steampunk circus in black and white that has been playing to full regions and rave reviews since 2014! For more info, visit: idlerogue.org
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Mediterraneo Coffee & Lounge Bar
Mediterraneo Coffee & Lounge Bar is a place to relax and meet friends in a fashionable location and with a wonderful ocean view. From the beach, it is also possible to drive a boat, sail in the Black Sea and discover other beautiful islands. Mediterraneo, the perfect place for your leisure and laziness.
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Overlook Orchard
Overlook Orchard farm and venue is open just in time for Easter, and the springtime revival of everything from budding flowers to your soul! Come by and explore the rolling citrus orchards, grab a pair of binoculars for some multi-species birdwatching, visit the little chapel on the hill, or get creative and take some pictures! There is live music, sweet tea, and plenty to do at the Orchard!
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Anya's Place
Welcome to Anya's Place! Spring has come to the house on the hill, it's a place that feels like coming home. Teleport to enjoy the shores and west coast beaches below.
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Prima Materia Open-RP Community
Opening Easter weekend, escape from reality in the newly constructed open-RP community where all role-players are welcome, and non-role-players can explore the fantastic grounds. There is an undercave network but these come with a warning, the Underfae live here, and they are not always friendly. Drink Mead in the Longhouse, hang out in the stunning gardens and ponds, you can even get married!
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The White Mask - Make A Sound
The White Mask Concert event, featuring world-class concert violinist FLY and singer/pianist Zacch Cale will take place on April 11, 2020 from 10am to 11:30am SLT. FLY decided to use her talent as a professional violinist to provide a realistic concert type atmosphere to listeners in Second Life under the White Mask name and is dedicated to raising funds for various charities. This event; “The White Mask - Make a Sound" will benefit the Relay For Life of Second Life. Please visit this formal event and enjoy yourself as Fly and Zachh "Make A Sound!"
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“Second Life Book Club” Debuts April 8 with Monthly Live Book Readings & Author Meetups
As book publishers adjust to coronavirus-era restrictions, Linden Lab is launching the Second Life Book Club, a new “virtual world book tour” initiative that enables authors to have real-time book readings, engage in meet-and-greets with their fans and promote their publications in front of a live audience within the Internet’s largest user-created virtual world.

The Second Life Book Club, which debuts April 8 at 10 a.m. (Pacific), will kick off with a multi-author panel that will discuss the new reality of writing and selling books in the age of COVID-19. The event will feature a live Q&A with best-selling authors Matt Ruff (“Lovecraft Country”), Ken Liu (“The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories”), SL Huang (the Cas Russell series) and CB Lee (the Sidekick Squad series). 
Upcoming shows will feature guests such as Tad Williams, Christopher Brown, Qiufan Chen, Kelly Robson, Chana Porter and Premee Mohamed.

Pictured: Author Matt Ruff joins host Draxtor Despres at Second Life Book Club Island
The Second Life Book Club is hosted by virtual world personality Draxtor Despres, who is also producing the series in partnership with Linden Lab.
“When I first reached out to authors, some of them very high profile, I was surprised to get super enthusiastic feedback like: ‘Of course I will come on the show. Can I be a tentacle monster? Can I be a parrot? Can I fly?’,” says Despres. “It’s a dream come true for a book nerd like me!”
Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg adds, “Second Life offers a safe, fun retreat during a time of great anxiety, stress, and social isolation. Through the virtual world, people can stay connected and engage in friendly conversations and fun social activities such as visiting live music performances, virtual nightclubs and deejay events and now even book readings. Virtual world interactions offer a much deeper connection with other human beings than for example video conferencing: through the avatar and the shared space we feel as if we are fully present together.”

Pictured: Author CB Lee at Second Life Book Club Island
To participate in the SL Book Club events, attendees can head to Second Life Book Club Island. Anybody with a Second Life avatar can join this event, mingle with fellow book lovers and get up close and personal with internationally bestselling authors. If the region is at maximum attendance capacity, you can also participate by watching the event as it is streamed live across all official Second Life social channels.

The Second Life Book Club is just one of many recurring events that might be of interest to literature lovers. Other popular community-run event venues can be found in the Discussions & Communities category in Second Life Destination Guide,  including the Seanchai Library, Book Island and the Cape Serenity Library.
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Pictured: Mystical Dreams
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. So in no particular order, here are a few locations on the Destination Guide that we recommend checking out this weekend.
Mystical Dreams
A mystical and magical land, where fantasy creatures reside. Embrace the fantasy, take a walk, explore, and let your imagination run free. There are many things to discover, so take your time to linger, dance, cuddle, and enjoy the companionship of friends. A wedding venue is also available, with many spots to take a perfect photo.
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Lavender Lake by TONAL
Lavender Lake is a mountainous lakeside somewhere around the Adriatic Sea. A historical farming village, it got its name from the fields of purple flowers surrounding the hills. Before modern influence the locals produced essential oils, fragrances, and even a signature dessert wine using lavender. Now with modern development, homes are adorned along the cliffs overlooking the lake and tree tops.
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Sea Brook
Sea Brook is a wonderful place to explore hidden places, ride horseback, lounge on the beach, play games, and more!
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Underwater Cove
A lovely little undersea area to bring out the mermaid and merman in all of us. You can swim, dance, take pictures, and explore. A stage is set to host events periodically.
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A new art installation by Fiona Fei just opened at the GBTH Project.
CHUANGHU (Windows) by FionaFei
Chuānghu is an architectural installation in the style of ink wash. It is a modern take of today's urban environment, especially crowded areas filled with buildings and structures that are close together. In the meantime, it also provides a type of openness, where all the "walls" are see-through, acting as windows.
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The Second Life Book Club is a new series of literary-minded events. The region is currently open to explore and the first show will be on Wednesday, April 8th at 10am SLT. Teleport there early and watch the live show!
Second Life Book Club
Home of the Second Life Book Club, a series of literary-minded events. Draxtor Despres will bring established as well as up-and-coming authors, poets, publishers and indie store owners together for virtual book discussions every first Wednesday of the month at 10am SLT. For more information and to suggest show topics or guests, please visit: draxtor.com/slbookclub. The first live-streamed show is on Wednesday, April 8th at 10am SLT.
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There are many more events going on such as egg hunts and festivals! Check our Featured Events category for more places to explore and socialize.
 
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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These are strange times indeed: With the current public health crisis sweeping across the globe, many of us are finding it more difficult to go out and physically do the things that comfort us and bring us joy. Socializing. Shopping. Dancing. We can’t wait to get out and explore in the physical world again - but, fortunately, you can do these things virtually right now in Second Life.
During this time of great anxiety, stress and social isolation, we’ve seen a spike in interest and activity in Second Life as people seek online outlets for comfort and social connections. Many are discovering for the first time how Second Life can bring people together for friendly conversations and fun social activities - such as live music performances, virtual nightclubs and deejay events and even book readings.
That’s why we’re excited to introduce two new initiatives that will help bring people closer together in Second Life.
SECOND LIFE BOOK CLUB TO DEBUT APRIL 8
As book publishers scramble to adjust to new social distancing protocols and other coronavirus-era restrictions, Second Life offers a safe, synchronous way for authors to hold real-time book readings, engage in meet-and-greets with their fans and promote their publications in an immersive person-to-person setting.
We’re proud to partner with Draxtor Despres for the introduction of the Second Life Book Club, a new series of literary-minded events. Drax has lined up many established authors for a series of recurring in-world "virtual book tours" that will be kicked off in April with a multi-author panel that will discuss their thoughts on writing and selling books in the age of COVID-19.
Scheduled for the kick-off event, which will happen on April 8 at 10 a.m. (SLT) in Second Life, are a slate of best-selling authors: Matt Ruff (“Lovecraft Country”), Ken Liu (“The Paper Menagerie”), SL Huang (“Zero Sum Game”) and CB Lee (the Sidekick Squad series). This premiere event will also feature a yet to be confirmed guest from the publishing end of the book business. Stay tuned for further announcements.

Anybody with a Second Life avatar can join this event, ask questions, mingle with fellow book lovers and the authors. These events will also be streamed live across our social channels and will be promoted to both mainstream and specialized media. 
We also want to help promote and expand the audience for other inworld book events, too! If you have a literary event that you'd like us to be aware of, then reach out to us at editor@lindenlab.com. 
SHOWCASE STREAMS: SPOTLIGHTING SECOND LIFE MUSIC, ART & CULTURE
We’re also pleased to introduce “Showcase Streams,” a new recurring series of live spontaneous videos that will aim to spotlight the many music, art and cultural events in Second Life. We think that there’s a lot of cool and creative energy in Second Life that deserves broader exposure. With “Showcase Streams,” we hope to bring great attention and audiences to some of these marquee experiences as we better educate the general public about the wide variety of creativity and events in our virtual world.
This means that you’ll start to see more unscheduled live video streams of Second Life hot spots on our social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter/Periscope, Mixer...and, yes, YouTube. We’re working on Twitch, too!

Pictured: Bryn Oh’s Hand exhibit in Second Life
Examples of future “Showcase Streams” might include live video tours of popular shopping events such as the current Skin Fair, walk-throughs of art exhibitions such as the latest work by Bryn Oh, or a quick drop-in of a live music performance such as this weekend’s event from musician Mankind Tracer. Expect the unexpected! 

Pictured: Mankind Tracer gets ready for his upcoming Second Life performance
Do you want to have your event or experience featured on a future “Showcase Stream”? Reach out to us at editor@lindenlab.com  You may also want to make sure that you are listed in the Destination Guide using the official submission form, as we’ll be using this as a source for scouting out locations for some of our streams.
COMING SOON: SL17B!

Another opportunity to showcase the best of Second Life is to participate in our upcoming 17th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL17B), held June 19-July 10. Applications are now open for exhibitors, musicians and performers. 
Full details of the event will be announced soon, but we’ve already revealed that this year’s theme is “vacations and road trips.” 
 
Linden Lab
Over the past 15 years, thousands of students have logged into Second Life to extend their education beyond the classroom and into the virtual world. While Second Life continues to expand with new features and enhancements, many virtual world education offerings are also evolving to include more engaging and exciting lessons bringing students from different locations together in fun, shared learning environments.
This evolution of virtual world education is the subject of the latest edition of “The Drax Files,” which returns after a brief hiatus with a new super-sized episode that spotlights the latest edtech work of Chant Newall Development Group, LLC (CNDG).

Pictured: CNDG CEO William Prensky meets with Pearson’s Dolly Womack and another attendee at a recent STEM Conference. 
For over a decade, CNDG has worked closely with Florida State University and the University of Central Florida on exciting Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) that cover multiple disciplines including biology, chemistry, economics and environmental science. These efforts have been developed in partnership with education giant Pearson to create the “textbook of the future” using unique virtual world learning modules that include compelling social 3D virtual experiences and games.
“What differentiates what we do from many other iterations of distance learning is that we are virtual worlds learning,” says CNDG CEO William (Bill) Prensky. “Students begin to sense that they are present to each other.”
He adds, “The sense of presence in the environment is real. The live networked interaction between teaching assistants and students is vital to maintaining that sense of presence. So, it creates a community of teachers as well as a community of learners. It empowers them and it energizes them.”

Pictured: CNDG promotes a learning module developed in Second Life at a recent conference.
You can see some of CNDG’s work and hear from its executives and university faculty in the latest episode of “The Drax Files” below.

 
Linden Lab
Educators from across the globe are gathering together in Second Life for the 13th annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) Conference, held March 26-28.
In this time of a global public health crisis and as many educators and conference organizers are looking for online alternatives to replace their in-person meet-ups, Second Life is offering a unique alternative: a sense of presence and community that can not simply be replicated via screen sharing or webinars.
For example, another high-profile conference, MuseWeb, recently opted to quickly relocate some of its sessions to Second Life after its 24th annual event in Los Angeles had to be canceled because of concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.
In Second Life, conference attendees can experience events through virtual conference rooms, theatres, exposition halls, meeting spaces, and other types of venues similar to a brick and mortar type conference. Many different styles of avatars are ready-made for immediate use and customization options - as you can see in today's video - are limitless to express yourself as you wish.
This week’s “Made in Second Life” video takes a closer look at the VWBPE Conference including an interview with Executive Director Kevin Feenan, known in Second Life as Phelan Corrimal.

“We want to challenge educators to think beyond a two-dimensional space,” says Feenan. “What are you going to do in this environment if there is no ground beneath your feet? How can you truly leverage a three-dimensional space?” 
“It’s a much more dynamic environment than simply going to a webinar,” he adds. “It’s about making those personal connections with other people who can relate to the challenges you are going through in trying to understand something new.”
“People can get together - they can talk, dance, and party (so to speak). As long as their avatar is online, they can pop in and connect with friends [and] new people,” he says. 
Feenan has been a long-time advocate for use of virtual worlds in education through his work with VWBPE and also his role at Rockcliffe University Consortium, an online organization dedicated to the advancement of technology in education.
“Second Life is the most utilitarian application that is out there,” says Feenan. “Second Life is part of the educator toolbox to allow students to experience how to resolve problems by focusing on those particular things that you might not be able to do inside a classroom.
Among the academics presenting at this year’s event are Dr. Michael Thomas, Daniel Dyboski-Bryant, Lorelle VanFossen, and Dr. Robert Furman. 
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To learn more about VWBPE, visit its official website or check it out for yourself inworld.  To learn more about how Second Life can be used for remote work, events or classes, visit our new enterprise/education micro-site.  To see examples of universities and nonprofits in Second Life, visit the Education & Nonprofits category in our Destination Guide.  For information about discounts for education and nonprofits, contact us at business@lindenlab.com. VWBPE 2020 Conference
The Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education (VWBPE), held March 26th to 28th, is a community-based conference that provides opportunities for participants in all virtual worlds to share current teaching, learning, and research practices in 3D virtual environments. Join the event for three days of lectures, workshops, discussions, games, and fun! Visit vwbpe.org to learn more.
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Video: Draxtor Despres
Learning Made in Second Life Logo: Marianne McCann
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