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Linden Lab

This episode of the Drax Files almost didn’t happen. When initially asked to participate, Whiskey Monday declined due to personal challenges that she’s since worked through by using Second Life as a medium for artistic expression.

"The anonymity in this virtual world gave me the bravery to be very very real. I was able to overcome a lot of issues by expressing myself creatively in Second Life!" she says.

Whiskey builds 3-dimensional sets inworld, then creates 2-dimensional images from them in her popular Second Life photography. One of the interesting things about her process is that she thrives on the impermanence of her builds and the process of deleting them once she has achieved her vision. While the image remains, the space in which the image was taken is gone.

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Watch the

 for more on how Whiskey’s healed through her art and reconciled her relationship with her mother.

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Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below:

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 27: Nylon Pinkney



Linden Lab

This weekend, take a break from all the spring showers and blooming flowers with the Second Life Destination Guide. Rescue elephants from evil ferrets, don the ruffles of European nobility, or dodge wart-covered monsters in claustrophobic, dripping caves. Start your springtime adventures below!

Free Wilma is an interactive adventure game on Escapades Island. This whimsical point-and-click journey takes players on an anarchic quest to save Wilma, an elephant held hostage by the dastardly Modsno the ferret.  

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Free Wilma

Prepare to embark on an interactive adventure game at Escapades Island, a place of childhood dreams and mayhem. The play scenes of this point-and-click game will immerse you into the world of an anarchic fantasy story. Solve a series of little quests to finally save the elephant Wilma, held hostage by the biggest mouse ever: Modsno the ferret.

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Shadewyck is a region that delights in gloom. Delve through dark tunnels, dank forests, and moonlit mountains under the fiery eye of a jealous dragon. In a land of wart-encrusted goblins, towering ogres, and skulking kobolds, who will claim the deepest shadows?

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Shadewyck

Ruled by a dragon lord, Shadewyck is a realm of darkness and shadow. Shadewyck is a land where dark fae, goblins, orcs, ogres and other nightmarish creatures lurk through forest and caverns. Come hang out at this freeform fantasy role-play region.

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Eclectica is an enchanting world with a mix of forested wilderness and hidden relaxation spots. This land was lovingly crafted to be perfect for wandering, photography, or just taking in the sights. So come visit this living, beautiful world.   

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Eclectica

Wind your way through this enchanting region with an eclectic blend of forestry, fantasy, folklore, whimsy, and magical exploration. Enjoy wonderful photo opportunities amongst the ruins, hidden caves, lovers spots, and romantic meadows of Eclectica.

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A bright land of pastels and cheer, 2015 Easter Town is back again for more springtime goodness. Celebrate the greenest season with egg hunts, dances, gacha fun, races, rabbit ears, and giant candy eggs. Easter Town is only around for a limited time each year, so don’t wait.

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2015 Easter Town

Welcome to the 6th annual Easter Town event. You can do everything, from race marshmallow peeps, drive carrot cars, dance the bunny hop, ride egg boats, hunt for Easter eggs, enjoy hot air balloons, and even take pictures with the Easter Bunny. There's also an egg decorating contest with a L$ 7,000 prize. Enjoy of fun activities and shopping at Easter Town 2015.

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Few time periods did decadence like the 18th century, and Corona offers a chance to experience the pampered life of the royalty of yore. Rococo, gold leaf, and cavorting cherubs? Palace-sized gardens and lavish masquerades? All that glitters really is gold in this royal roleplay region.

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Corona

In Corona, you are royalty and everything else is at your service. Experience the glamorous life of 18th century monarchy. Walk through idyllic gardens, enjoy soothing fountains, watch opera premieres at the royal theater, take in tea at the greenhouse, waltz through the grand ballroom, and more. Become royalty at Corona.

Visit in Second Life

 

Contribute to the vibrant Second Life we know and love and show off your new springtime builds! Or show your latest looks on the official Second Life Flickr Page. Until next time, enjoy the fruits of the virtual world!

Linden Lab

Last month, we blogged about some of the projects we’re working on to improve Second Life, and today, we’re happy to share that one of those changes has become a part of the default Second Life Viewer: hover height adjustments.

As a reminder, here’s what this change means (quoted from our previous post):

 

One of the surprisingly difficult things to do in a virtual world is to make things come to rest in a natural-looking way. Keeping feet on the ground when standing and the right body parts on furniture seems obvious, but getting an avatar to "just touch" without either floating above or penetrating into the adjacent surface can be computationally quite expensive. To avoid some of that expense, Second Life has always used approximations, which rely on some simplifying assumptions about the avatar shape and size. Those assumptions are adjusted by a number of factors including several of your shape parameter choices, values included in attachments you are wearing, and active animations.

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As we've all seen, sometimes these things combine to leave you floating above or sinking into the surface on which intuitively you should be resting. This is because the adjustments come from many sources and sometime interact in unexpected ways. Because they have not always been applied in exactly the same order, even if you wear the same set of attachments in the same setting you could sometimes get different results.

This Viewer, and some accompanying server changes, improve things in two ways: the order in which we make adjustments to your vertical position has been made more stable -- combining the same set of attachments and animations should now always produce the same vertical offset: even if it's not perfect, it will at least be predictable. Because it can't always be perfect, we've also introduced a new final adjustment that is directly under your control: a new avatar right-click selection allows you to tweak your vertical position. This final adjustment is shared with everyone around you so that they too will see you correctly, and is saved locally by your viewer so that it persists between sessions. This new feature was inspired by a proposal from the Firestorm viewer team, and they've been helping with testing it.

This new feature is now available to everyone as part of the default Second Life Viewer. Update to the latest version and start enjoying this improvement today!

Linden Lab

The Second Life Destination Guide is packed full of events and limited-time experiences. This week’s haul includes tidal flats, charity fashion worlds, hunts, and chat hangouts. Dive in to new experiences below!

Fashion for Life makes a triumphant return to Second Life! Come see nine regions of the hottest designers, gorgeous fashions, the best modeling agencies, and dazzling entertainment in support of American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Find that new avatar look while donating to a great cause.

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Fashion for Life

Fashion for Life is part of the annual Relay for Life, in aid of the American Cancer Society. Come and see nine regions packed with the very best Second Life has to offer, the best designers, the top model agencies, the hottest trends, and the most amazing places you'll see! Fashion for Life runs from March 21st through the 29th.

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The Trace provides a new take on the whole beach scene. Perfect for photography and bloggers, enjoy bright sun, soothing water, and long, sandy tidal flats in this perfectly calming, sun-kissed region. 

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The Trace

Come enjoy the quiet solitude of the Trace, no matter the season. The soothing beach provides paths, seaside sights, houses, props, and more. Come see serenity at it's best.

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Welcome to Rocket City, a fun and friendly furry community nestled in a fantastic forest. Flit and flutter through a fabulously famous land of foxes, fur, flowerbeds, friends, weekly events, and possibly even philosophy. This family-friendly region is, quite frankly, fun.

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Rocket City

Rocket City is a fun and friendly PG furry community. This beautifully-wooded region offers weekly events, activities, or places to just relax and unwind. So what are you waiting for, come on in!

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Sparkys is an oddly whimsical, monochromatic region. This installation by Romy Nayar follows the story of a person living in a world of shadows and grey. This person has an idea, an idea he’s turned into an invention. A world-changing invention he calls “color.”

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Sparkys by Romy Nayar

Welcome to Sparkys by Romy Nayar. The esteemed Doctor Nutty has discovered, thanks to the dear Sparkys, a substance that produces this new thing called "color." Join the residents as they experience the joy of this bright new substance.

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Every spring, Aero Pines throws an Easter-themed hunt to celebrate the holiday. The seventh annual Eggapalooza Spring Hunt covers four regions and offers hundreds of prizes. Start spring with a bang at Eggapalooza!

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EggaPalooza Spring Hunt

It's Eggapalooza! The 7th Annual EggaPalooza Spring Hunt at Aero Pines Park spans 4 regions. Hike, bike, ride, or drive to find hundreds of gift eggs hidden in plain sight. Great fun for groups, families, explorers, and avid hunters. The event runs from March 1st through May 31st.

Visit in Second Life

 

If you have an event or region you’re particularly proud of, send it in and share it with Second Life. Or check out what your fellow Residents are up to over at the official Second Life Flickr page. See you inworld!

Linden Lab
The 8th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) Conference focuses on education in immersive virtual environments like Second Life. Driven by educators and for educators, this open conferences looks closely at the ways in which virtual world platforms can be leveraged in classrooms, universities, and other learning applications.
Last year’s event drew a global audience representing 45 different countries and consisted of 80 presentations over a three day period.
This year, Ebbe Altberg - CEO of Linden Lab -  will address Virtual Education in Second Life & in the Future in his opening Keynote at the SL-Main Auditorium starting at 1 PM SLT.
Plan your schedule ahead of time by visiting the VWBPE website. There will be a Pre-Show and staff available starting at 10 AM SLT to help answer your questions prior to the conference. Drop by the VWBPE Gateway Coffee Shop/Patio for information, swag, and details on the event scavenger hunt.
Don’t miss out - register for this conference, sync your calendars, and prepare to learn something new.
If you can't make it inworld, much of the content will be streamed live here.
 
Linden Lab
Once again, it’s time to show off a small selection of the many and varied regions in the Second Life Destination Guide. With charities, holidays, pubs, and more, this weekend’s a great time to experience some the fun things available in Second Life.
It’s time for the official Relay for Life of Second Life’s Kickoff Celebration! The start of 2015’s fundraising season is packed with ceremonies, live musical performances, DJ’s, a bring-your-own-kiosk party, and good times all around. Be sure to visit http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/ to learn more.
2015 Relay for Life Kickoff Celebrations
It is time to kickoff another season for Relay For Life of Second Life! Join them for two days of DJ's, live performers, celebrations, and more on American Cancer Society Island! Everything starts on March 7th, visit www.relayforlifeofsecondlife.org for more information.
Visit in Second Life Delve into a bewildering Escher-inspired landscape in Metamorphosis Exhibition. Designed to inspire visitors to create 2D objects in 3D spaces, and this installation boasts a myriad of cubes, arches, staircase mazes, kaleidoscopic villages, and interconnecting animals.
Metamorphosis Exhibition
Metamorphosis is full-region art installation inspired by Esher's Reptiles and Altrani, Amalfi coast artwork. Created by Relay for Life and Fantasy Faire builder Beq Janus. Take a journey through the eyes of Escher and reflect on how Second Life inspires people to transform the 2D into 3D.
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If a dystopian future ruled by evil corporations is on your role-play wishlist, Era of Salvation is a place you won't want to miss. Taking place in the year 2082, enter the neon-lit darkness of Metroplex 17 as you make your way through a dark world of mega corporations and augmented humanity.
Era of Salvation
Era of Salvation takes place in the gritty, futuristic, neon-lit mega-city known as Metroplex 17. Taking place in the year 2082, enter a world of mega-corporations and augmented humanity. EoS is an immersive environment for role-players to weave their own intricate stories in a completely original and amazing atmosphere.
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The Guy Fawkes Inn is everything you’re looking for in a British pub and nightclub. Take time out from a busy day to chat with friends, dance, and enjoy a pint (or two). Just be sure to stand your round, huh?
The Guy Fawkes Inn
The Guy Fawkes Inn is a British-inspired pub and nightclub, built by British Residents for an authentic experience. Set in the Britannia sim, the Guy Fawkes Inn is inspired by the London historical icon Guy Fawkes. Enjoy a beer at the bar, a dance in the club, or a beer in the sun out by the pond!
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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early at 2015 St. Patrick Day’s Town! This yearly build returns with rainbows, brimming pots of gold, dancing, food, gifts, and a whole lot of green. So dance a jig and join the festivities today.
2015 St. Patrick's Day Town
The all-out festive atmosphere of St. Patrick's Day Town will blow through your senses like a virtual Irish breeze. Ride on flying gold coins, dance a jig with leprechauns, drink green beer, sing along with friends at the piano, and fill your basket with everything Irish. The most colorful party is waiting for you, so follow the rainbow to St. Patrick's Day Town.
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As great as these destinations are, we always love seeing what you do next. So share your creations! Or show off that new look in the official Second Life Flickr page.
Linden Lab
It’s time again to show off a few of the newest experiences and intricate locations in the Second Life Destination Guide. Make time to immerse yourself in the great destinations below.
Relay for Life of Second Life is back with the Paint Second Life Purple fundraiser. Paint Second Life Purple asks people to do just that: paint selves, clothing, homes, landscapes, and pretty much everything else purple. The event lasts through March 7th, visit www.relayforlifeofsecondlife.com to learn more.
Paint Second Life Purple
It is time to paint the grid purple again for of cancer awareness and fundraising. Join Relay For Life of Second Life for the start of the 2015 relay season. Paint Second Life Purple Week takes place from February 21st through March 7th. Turn your house, land, prim, even yourself purple! For more information, visit www.relayforlifeofsecondlife.org.
Visit in Second Life  
Speculum is the newest installation by artist Giovanna Cerise. Too large to view from the ground, you’ll need to take to the sky to experience the entirety of this huge exhibit. What will you see in the mirror of Speculum?
Speculum
Giovanna Cerise presents the latest installation, Speculum. In Speculum, the mirror is multiplicity and continuous playback. It overlaps and obfuscates, as illusions are wont to do. The mirror is a projection into an unreal dimension. Where does it lead?
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The Moulin Rouge is a neo-Victorian, community-themed roleplay region with loads of live stage shows, cabarets, burlesque and more. Active for more than seven years, the Moulin Rouge is a great spot for anyone with romance on their minds.
The Moulin Rouge
The Moulin Rouge is a community-themed roleplay sim with entertainment, romance, residential life, and shopping. They also offer weekly live events, burlesque, and live stage shows! Relax at a bistro, explore gardens, the Eiffel tower, take a romantic hot air balloon or boat ride – they're a perfect destination for romance.
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In Blithe’s forested park, breezes whisper through trees, fireflies flicker, and horses graze around artfully rusting trucks. You can even relax with someone special in rustic houses on mirror-still ponds. Blithe is a calming region built with an eye for nature.
Blithe
Come explore the enchanting world of Blithe, an expansive two-sim region with plenty to discover. Wander the wooded pathways, enjoy the rocky coast, cozy up and dance with a loved one or friend. There's so much to see and do at Blithe. You can even join the inworld group to rez your own items for photographs and more! Get lost in the captivating world of Blithe.
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An easy-to-join freeform roleplay zone, Helion Alpha is a slick sci-fi region welcoming to all. Active players can claim living spaces, and faction leaders can even take over entire headquarters. Ignore the dross, go to Helion Alpha for sci-fi roleplay in its purest form.
Helion Alpha
Helion Alpha is a LGBTQ-friendly sci-fi roleplay region featuring freeform roleplay in a moderate-rated setting. Choose between mercenary, pilot, outlaw, scarper, or replicant. Come play, hang out, or just tour this amazing build. Active players can claim living spaces, and faction leaders can even take over entire headquarters! There's no applications, sign-ups, weapons, meters, or hassles.
Visit in Second Life  
If you’ve just finished adding the final few touches to your next great creation, don’t forget to share it with the rest of the community! There’s still a little over a week to send in those submissions for the Photo Booth Fun Contest, it runs all the way through March 4th. If you’re looking for inspiration, sneak a peek at what your fellow Residents are up to in the official Second Life Flickr page. See you inworld!
Linden Lab
The weekend is just around the corner and, as always, the Second Life Destination Guide is packed to the brim with slick builds, beautiful regions, and exciting events!
Pandora Box of Dreams is a gorgeous, artistic series set in dreams. Their first dream is titled Dreams of Sakura, but expect something new and equally intricate every couple of months. So jump in the bed and drift away to the imaginative dreamscape of Pandora Box of Dreams.
Pandora Box of Dreams
Pandora Box of Dreams is a creative region setting for the visionaries and creative minds who seek a place where dreams come to life. They also have a flickr group where artists can share their experiences: http://bit.ly/1KPz8Jz.
Visit in Second Life  
A highly-detailed swamp with that down-home feeling, Crystal Gardens is a joy to wander through. Whether you’re looking for art shows, misty docks, gorgeous houses, or romantic dancing, you’re sure to find it at Crystal Gard
Crystal Gardens
Welcome to Crystal Gardens, home of the Crystal Gardens Live Music Venue. Come try boating, art exhibits hangouts and more. Enjoy your visit to Crystal Gardens!
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To quote Arthur C. Clarke, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Few art installations embody incomprehensible technology as well as Omnibus. Venture through a machine composed of moving colors and rhythmic shapes in this ever-changing, symmetrical region.
Omnibus
Presented more than four years ago, come see a special current showing of Omnibus at the Linden Endowment for the Arts.
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Seemingly ripped straight out of a dance movie, Republic Club is a veritable feast for the senses. Feel a need for pulsing lights, pounding tunes, and live DJ events? Head on over to Republic Club and let the music take control.
The Republic Club
The Republic Club caters for people of all types and all musical tastes. Owned and managed by an experienced team with some of the best DJ's in Second Life, they run regular events and have much to offer visitors. Come be part of the Republic Nation and enjoy great tunes, meet some amazing people, make new friends, and have a great time!
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Makeahla Jungle is a soothing and beautiful jungle island packed with wildlife. Dedicated to animal rights, visit Makeahla to learn about conservation, preservation, and what you can do to help maintain nature in all her pristine glory. Or swing by for the beach parties, exploration and couples-friendly safaris throughout this vibrant region.
Makeahla Jungle
Makheala Jungle is a place for mankind to remember what is important. To remember that which we should co-exist with, that which we should preserve. There is a large variety of wildlife, activities, jungle fun and more. Take time to visit Makeahla Jungle.
Visit in Second Life  
Few things are as exciting as that first teleport into a brand new region, so keep on sharing those new creations. If your preferred method of creation is more picture composition than world-building, we’ve got an official Flickr page for that. And for you serial prize-winners, the Photo Booth Fun Contest runs all the way through March 4th. Don’t wait, there are prizes on the line!
Linden Lab
Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just a few days away! Pink and red dominate, chocolate sales sky-rocket, and we're reminded that the true hallmark of love is in the quality of time we spend with our loved ones.
Come to the Isle of View on February 13th for some Pre-Valentine’s Day fun. Meet up with other Residents and enjoy all the romance that Isle of View has to offer - boat rides, fireworks, kissing booths - a treasure trove of memorable moments just waiting to be made with someone special.
Why February 13th? Because we believe in love, and there is still time to find a special someone for the big day.
If you’ve got a Valentine - bring them to the Isle of View.
If you’re currently looking for a Valentine - come to the Isle of View.
If you have several Valentines - well lucky you - bring them all to the Isle of View!
And how does one get to the Isle of View, you may wonder - here’s your ticket to Second Life’s twist on the tunnel-of-love.


Isle of View
Looking for something romantic this Valentine's Day? The Isle of View brings together everything the discerning romantic looks for in romantic festivities: boat rides, fireworks, kissing booths, forested walks, tasteful fountains, and free gifts. So bring that special someone to the Isle of View and tell them how you really feel.
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Linden Lab
We (both the Lindens and some hard-working open source contributors) have been busy making improvements to Second Life, and now is a good time to let you know about some new things you’ll soon be able to enjoy. These changes include improving the way your avatar interacts with surfaces inworld, giving you more tools for managing your preferences for notifications and graphics settings, as well as improvements to make life easier for mesh creators and merchants. Read below for the details and links to download Project Viewers that will let you get an early look at some of these improvements.


Hover Height
One of the surprisingly difficult things to do in a virtual world is to make things come to rest in a natural-looking way. Keeping feet on the ground when standing and the right body parts on furniture seems obvious, but getting an avatar to "just touch" without either floating above or penetrating into the adjacent surface can be computationally quite expensive. To avoid some of that expense, Second Life has always used approximations, which rely on some simplifying assumptions about the avatar shape and size. Those assumptions are adjusted by a number of factors including several of your shape parameter choices, values included in attachments you are wearing, and active animations.
As we've all seen, sometimes these things combine to leave you floating above or sinking into the surface on which intuitively you should be resting. This is because the adjustments come from many sources and sometime interact in unexpected ways. Because they have not always been applied in exactly the same order, even if you wear the same set of attachments in the same setting you could sometimes get different results.


We've been doing some work on all this and testing the results in the Project HoverHeight Viewer. This viewer, and some accompanying server changes, improve things in two ways: the order in which we make adjustments to your vertical position has been made more stable -- combining the same set of attachments and animations should now always produce the same vertical offset: even if it's not perfect, it will at least be predictable. Because it can't always be perfect, we've also introduced a new final adjustment that is directly under your control: a new avatar right-click selection allows you to tweak your vertical position. This final adjustment is shared with everyone around you so that they too will see you correctly, and is saved locally by your viewer so that it persists between sessions. This new feature was inspired by a proposal from the Firestorm viewer team, and they've been helping with testing it.
 
Notifications
Busy Second Life Residents have told us via JIRA, the Suggestion form, and other channels that they need better ways to control and organize the many notices they receive: inventory offers, group notices, event invites, and money transactions all result in the same kind of pop-ups and notice chiclets and are all listed together. It can be difficult to keep track of what has been happening, and all too easy to miss something important. An upcoming Viewer release will add a new floater that provides separate displays for different notice types, and the ability to sort them. You can prioritize and organize what's important to you.
 
Mesh Import
Mesh creators have sometimes found that large or complex models can't be imported to Second Life, and the reason why is not always clear. We're upgrading support for mesh import: an upcoming Viewer update will allow uploading models that have more than eight unique faces, and improved association of physics representations and LODs by name. It also improves error reporting, including a detailed mode that dumps everything you might want to know about how your model is being processed. You can try out this work in-progress now in the Project Importer Viewer.
 
Viewer Managed Marketplace
Merchants get improvements too! In the next couple of months, you'll be able to manage the  inventory in your Second Life Marketplace store directly from the Viewer (there is a Project Viewer available for exploring this on Aditi). Items no longer need to be loaded into the Merchant Outbox or a Magic Box; instead you'll designate items to be sold directly from your personal inventory.

 
Graphics Settings
Your preferred way to see the world can change depending on what you're doing, and your graphics preferences strongly affect the performance of your viewer. We're introducing an open source contribution that allows you to save named sets of graphics settings, with a drop-down for quickly changing between them. When you sit down to listen to a performance in your favorite music club, you can pick settings optimized for rich display of your companions and settings, and when you go exploring you can pick a set that trades off longer draw distances and better lighting effects for simpler rendering of details - whatever you think is important. This Viewer will also expose some controls we've been experimenting with for some time to give you better protection against nearby objects or avatars that are too difficult to render fully on your system.

 
Second Life Developer Tools
Finally, we've been updating several of the tools we use to build both viewers and simulators; while this doesn't directly provide new features, we believe it will improve stability, performance, and the productivity of developers so that we can more quickly bring you an even better Second Life.
All of these changes, along with other fixes and small improvements, should reach the default Viewer over the next several weeks.
 
Linden Lab
SNOWBALL WARZONE SHOWDOWN
Come pelt some Lindens and fellow Residents with snowballs in a frozen field free-for-all at Winter Wonderland. That’s right - between 10 AM SLT and noon SLT on Friday, February 6th, we’re holding a meetup inworld at the Snowball Warzone. Get your free snow launching weapon, gather your posse, and prepare to say hello to some Linden friends for a full on flurry of snow-slinging fun.

 
PHOTO BOOTH FUN CONTEST
Share your silly photo booth style pictures with us for a chance to win L$10,000, L$5,000, L$3,000, or L$1,000 for your snapshot! Props encouraged! Winners will be selected by a panel consisting of both Lindens and Residents.
For inspiration we’ve created a Pinterest Board on our Official Pinterest Page for you to view.
Rules and more information are available on the contest page.
Enter between now and March 4th, 2015. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Linden Lab
The Drax Files: World Makers is back with another great human interest story from a Second Life user. This episode is all about the well-known virtual model Absinthe and the thriving fashion community inworld.  Absinthe opens the episode with a statement that many Second Life Residents can relate to:
“You’ll know what your avatar looks like when you find your soul avatar,” she says, “You’re like - that’s it. That’s me. That’s who I am.”
This episode looks into the way in which Absinthe and others identify with their avatars. Like many of us, Absinthe’s avatar represents a facet of her personality, but doesn’t necessarily bear a complete physical resemblance.
Offline, Absinthe works with patients who have HIV/AIDS and volunteers at Camp Hope as a clinical pharmacist; inworld she indulges her love for fashion through her modeling work and her FEROSH project. FEROSH is a visual arts digital publication that interprets current fashion trends in the context of Second Life.
To hear more of Absinthe’s story and find out more about her FEROSH project, watch the video embedded below or follow this
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Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below:
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
Linden Lab
The weekend is fast approaching, which means the Destination Guide has an assortment of great places to visit in Second Life. With only a few more weekends between now and Valentine’s Day, things are definitely sweetening up. Read on to see what’s new in this week’s Destination Guide Highlights!
To thrill the senses and warm the heart, the Isle of View has resurfaced with a splash. This romantic destination features swan-shaped gondolas, fireworks, sultry lighting and gorgeous forests. Bring a friend or romantic interest to ride the Swan boat ride at Isle of View!
 
Isle of View
Looking for something romantic this Valentine's Day? The Isle of View brings together everything the discerning romantic looks for in romantic festivities: boat rides, fireworks, kissing booths, forested walks, tasteful fountains, and free gifts. So bring that special someone to the Isle of View and tell them how you really feel.
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While many clubs seem to undergo re-designs, few have done it as well as Club Eleven Seven. This rock club features live DJ’s, hosts and a wide variety of rock genres. But the real star is the build. Crazy geometric designs, slick chrome and smooth lights? Why aren’t you there already?
Club Eleven Seven
Looking for something a little different? Find it at Club Eleven Seven! This amazing, unique club is home to some of the best DJ’s and hosts around. They’ve also got shops, including V-Twins, Edelfabrik, XTC, and Shades. Music covers most all rock genres from today’s top artists.
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Many role-players looking for new and unique adventures completely forget about the rich stories and power-hungry villains of yesterday. Lightbridge is a period roleplay set just before Henry VIII’s English Reformation. Enter a world of political intrigue and shifting alliances. Don’t doom yourself to repeat the same dragon-slayings and elf-parties of yore, create history at Lightbridge! 
Lightbridge
The year is 1529, on the cusp of the English Reformation under Henry VIII. Welcome to Pont de Lumière, a.k.a. Lightbridge. Lightbridge is a fictional city in English-controlled France near Calais during Tudor times. Peace is tenuous at best, and alliances shift rapidly. Turbulent times lie ahead, where do you stand? Lightbridge is a realistic historical medieval roleplay sim.
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Speaking of role-players, We Love Roleplay has just made a triumphant return. This monthly shopping fest caters to role-players of all types. Whether you need a shinier suit of chainmail, an even more-improbable sword, or the perfect period outfit, you’ll find it at We Love Roleplay. 
We Love Role-Play
We Love Role-Play is the original and largest monthly sales-event for role-players. Here, you can buy premium items of high quality at a very nice discount, meet like-minded role-players and find out about great new sims!
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For those of you who prefer your Second Lives to be less hack-and-slash and more dinner-and-a-show, dust off that sport coat (or little black dress) and pay a visit to Aphrodisiac Dinner Theater. At Aphrodisiac, live performers offer weekly shows while diners enjoy the finest in virtual cuisine served in a wonderful open-air theater. A little culture, a wonderful evening, and someone to enjoy it with - what more do you need? 
Aphrodisiac Dinner Theater
Aphrodisiac Dinner Theater brings weekly shows to residents to enjoy the performing arts over the finest cuisine. Experience exhilarating performances from talented and passionate performers who come to Aphrodisiac to entertain its guest.
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Last week, the call went out for romantic destination submissions and you sent in some wonderful spots. There’s still plenty of time to share a special destination or compose the perfect Flickr image. You can even submit in-world snapshots for a chance to be featured in upcoming email and banner campaigns. See you in-world!
Linden Lab
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we’re looking for some great Second Life pictures from the community.
Let us know what Valentine’s Day means to you in Second Life, and your work could be featured in an upcoming email or banner campaign - with your name credited of course! Do you spend Valentine’s Day inworld with friends, your partner, or maybe even looking for someone to enjoy future holidays with?
Share your story in a picture and on our Official Flickr Page with the tag “SLVday2015” so that we can see all of your amazing works. You may submit as many as you like between now and February 2, 2015.
We’ll showcase the chosen image(s) in an email to Residents, as well as in some banner campaigns. We’ll let the chosen image creators know via Flickr and ask for an avatar name for the credits.
Tips for your submissions:
Make sure that your submissions are appropriate for all audiences. Show your avatar or avatars in a scene inworld - an image that tells a story is going to make an impression. Keep your image free of additional text/logos Higher resolution images work best. Good luck and have fun!
 
Linden Lab
Whether you’re looking for an exciting weekend of adventure or a few soothing days of relaxation, the Second Life Destination Guide is the place to plan your itinerary. Whether you’re looking for urban cities, pastel islands, charity builds or green flamingo bushes, all sorts of cool spots are just a click away.
A labor of love with more than two years of behind-the-scenes work, the City of Harrison is one of the most realistic builds around. This urban roleplay zone features incredible levels of detail, from working elevators to suspiciously-familiar price tags in shop interiors. If you’re interested in urban roleplay, City of Harrison is the place to visit.
City of Harrison
Are you looking for an incredibly realistic, detailed urban environment? The City of Harrison is arguably the pinnacle of realistic Second Life cities. Descriptions don't do this labor of love justice, you need to see it for yourself.
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Timeless Memories is a soothing place of pastel whites and blues, soft lights and sparkling water. A wonderful spot for romance and photography, the creators even invite you to share your photos on their flickr page. Soothe your cares away at Timeless Memories.
Timeless Memories
Without timeless memories, what would you carry with throughout life? At Timeless Memories, time slows, stopping just long enough to catch your breath in this infinite land. Take a few photos, meet a kind soul or just relax in the moment. Be sure to post pictures at: http://bit.ly/1x0mJc3.
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Discovery, Mark II, is a rebuild of a popular Second Life theme park and a look at what the future might look like (or at least the future as imagined by people in the fifties). Equal parts nostalgia and fun, put on those shiny future clothes, so grab a bag of astronaut ice cream and get your ticket for retro-futuristic wonder at Discovery!
Discovery, Mark II
Explore the world of tomorrow. Featuring rides, shows and more, you owe yourself a trip to Discovery Mark II!
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An art build to help raise money for disaster victims, ArtFest 4 features a continually evolving set where artists change the landscape as they see fit. Equal parts whimsical and intriguing, this ever-changing landscape is one that rewards multiple visits.
ArtFest 4
Welcome to ArtFest 4! ArtFest brings together caring artists from all over the world, building and displaying their work to raise money for the less fortunate. Watch the building, view the ever-changing art and landscape, talk to the artists, and vote for your favourites. Enjoy the atmosphere, but return often.
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Chicago in the Roaring Twenties was a place where rivers of bootleg booze flowed through underground speakeasies, gangsters swaggered around in pinstripes, and flappers showed scandalous amounts of leg. Chicago Empire Burlesque Theater hearkens back to that time, offering weekly live burlesque shows in a fun period setting. So stick a carnation in your lapel, grab the reddest lipstick you can find and head on down to Chicago Empire. 
Chicago Empire Burlesque Theater
Chicago Empire Burlesque is possibly the best live show in Second Life. Come see 1920's-style burlesque every Saturday night at 7:30. They're a bit naughty, so come see a real show with wonderful sets, live music, and dancing beyond belief.
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Have you made something you’re interested in sharing? Send a submission to the Second Life Destination guide! While you’re at it, why not send a few pictures to the official Second Life Flickr page?
Linden Lab
It’s time to share a sample platter of all of the weird and wonderful regions in the Second Life Destination Guide. Evil apples, dilapidated islands, pulsing bass, and a whole lot more await Residents looking to experience some new and exciting places in Second Life.
Snow White, Eve, Athena and the Trojan War… Apples don’t always lead to a happy story. This installation by Rebecca Bashly explores various myths, legends, and fairytales to show apples as symbols of the darkness hiding behind something sweet and innocuous.
When Life Gives You Apples... Run
Looking at various myths, legends and fairy tales, apple seems to be pretty unfortunate for women... Rebeca Bashly takes the lead at LEA 6 for the final round of the LEA full-sim art series, as curated by Jayjay Zifanwe.
Visit in Second Life A gorgeously grimy, tumbledown region, Ruins delights in the decrepit. In this new creation by Cica Ghost, wander through an island of skeletal brick pillars under grey skies, flat water, and the wrathful eyes of crows. Embrace decrepitude in Ruins.
Ruins
Only blackbirds and wildflowers remain to inhabit the ruins of this once-active city. Explore this beautiful and decrepit locale of collapsed brick edifices. What deserted worlds will be revealed?
Visit in Second Life A steampunk ode to Jules Verne, Sargasso Sealab offers undersea exploration, roleplay, and a gas-lit lab full of brassy Victorian goodness. Take the underwater elevator down for weekly roleplay sessions, or just enjoy the watery region as a human or mer.
Sargasso SeaLab
Take a journey to the mysterious Sargasso Sealab, an adventurous locale in homage to Jules Verne. Arrive by a sea-elevator deep in the Bermuda triangle, hunt for treasure, rare fish, meet the mysterious merfolk, or explore the station itself. Enjoy exploring the station, even join the weekly episodic role-play group if you'd like.
Visit in Second Life A fantastical re-imagining of Italy, Tudor is a lush romantic land. Soft, warm pastel lighting, gorgeous foliage, flowering trees, and  loads of spots for cuddling … explore Tudor with a friend or loved one for maximum enjoyment.  
Tudor
Tudor is a beautiful place to hang out and cuddle with loved ones, or just chill and relax. Feel free to explore and take pictures of this wonderful location. Please, have respect for others.
Visit in Second Life Pulsing beats, acid skulls, and multiple levels make Hardbass a wild club. This electronic venue pours out the bass in a wide variety of genres, all of them hard. Visit for live-streaming DJs and stay for the vibe - just make sure to get yourself to Hardbass.
Hardbass
Alright Second Life, if you want and love hard bass, Hardbass is your place. They play a ton of electronic genres, they've got live DJ's and more at this club. All are welcome.
Visit in Second Life Second Life is perfect for showing off lasting virtual creations, so polish up those destinations and share them with us! Even if you’re sharing something as simple as a new hairstyle on the Flickr page, the virtual world runs on your creativity. Spread it around!
Linden Lab
This episode of the Drax Files: World Makers focuses on the “perfectly imperfect” perspective of Nylon Pinkney. Nylon Pinkney is the owner of the virtual clothing and accessories store Nylon Outfitters - a brand that Drew Carey has mentioned as a favorite - and even had a hand in designing some of the original starter avatars in Second Life.
As a wedding photographer who deals with challenging clients in her offline career, Nylon enjoys expressing her whimsical artistic side in Second Life - applying her skills t o her brands as well as her region - Tableau. Check out Tableau for what Nylon describes as a “bombed out southwestern desert” from a Jersey girl’s point-of-view.
Watch the
 below for the full story on how working in Second Life has helped her to grow as artist, how it has uncovered some interesting niche communities, and more of Nylon Pinkney’s distinctive sense of Second Life style.h_U0OlB1Rjg
Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below:
 
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe 
Xiola Linden
Are you an educator seeing positive results from using Second Life? We’d love to hear from you! Please join us in this Education Forum thread to share your answers to the following questions:


What educational organization do you represent? How do you use SL in your educational endeavors? Most importantly, what positive results have you seen from using SL? From direct conversations, press coverage, and the like, we’ve heard of a number of organizations seeing positive results using Second Life for education, but we’re always eager to hear more and we hope you’ll add your voice to the thread.
Thanks!
Linden Lab
With less than 24 hours until Valentine’s Day, the Second Life Destination Guide is overflowing with both  romantic and non-romantic activities and events - so make plans to experience a few of the newest destinations today!
The Love is in the Air Event is a beautiful and highly detailed shopping region with a great selection of clothes, gachas, furnishings, HUDs, and more. The event boasts over 40 unique booths, artfully-landscaped walkways and even a catwalk for shows. Better hurry, because the Love is in the Air Event only lasts through Valentine’s Day.
 
Love is in the Air Event
GizzA Creations is proud to present Love is in the Air. Join them February 7th through the 14th, as GizzA brings to you a selection of the finest brands in Second Life. Come be swept away on the gossamer wings of love!
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Embrace rollicking jazz, street parties, and flashing confetti at 2015 Mardi Gras Town. This yearly New Orleans build features all the traditional Mardi Gras trappings, as well as shops for costumes, masks, art, and more. Fat Tuesday’s less than a week away, so get partying!
2015 Mardi Gras Town
The vibrant sounds of authentic, New Orleans jazz will fill your ears the moment you land on the cobblestones of Mardi Gras Town. A holiday venue with incredible colors, ambiance and a festive spirit. Mardi Gras Town is the best destination to let the good times roll.
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A grin-inducing pun aside, Less than Three is a nearly perfect romantic getaway. Whether you prefer vineyard wine tasting, classic drive-ins or forested ruins, this archipelago offers a variety of romantic places to explore. Take that special someone on a soothing vacation to Less than Three. 
Less Than Three
Less Than Three is a photogenic locale designed with romance in mind, packed with activities for explorers and couples as well numerous photo spots for bloggers and enthusiasts. Enjoy a boat ride, romantic spots, numerous dance areas, outdoor ballrooms and more. Romance is alive and assured at Less Than Three.
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Moya’s Memory takes visitors on an imaginative tour of an artist’s thoughts and memories. Part found installation, part computer mainframe, part hand-drawn whimsy, this project offers a glimpse into the imaginative mechanics of what make us who we are. 
Moya's Memory
Come see as Moya shares the world of his imagination. Don't miss it, enjoy Moya's Memory!
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A futuristic blend of modern nightlife and Aztec ruins, Hydra is a new club making big waves. This well-designed venue offers the full club experience, including poolside parties, cozy lounges, a large bar, and a pounding dance floor.
Hydra
Hydra is a captivating and mysterious futuristic ruin. Each segment offers a unique chill zones. Formed under an ancient Aztec temple, Hydra is a playground for mature obsessions.
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Keep your Destination Guide Submissions coming and share your creations! If you’re more explorer than creator, be sure to check out the Photo Booth Fun Contest. Props and exotic locations are most definitely encouraged, and there’s a chance for some pretty cool prizes. While you’re at it, share your images at the official Second Life Flickr page. Until then, see you inworld.
Linden Lab
As we continue to improve Second Life, we’re looking into the issue of inventory loss. If you have experienced some form of inventory loss in the past 12 months - whether partial (such as a single object or subfolder), or full - please take a moment to share your answers via this quick survey.
Your answers will help provide our engineering team with information that will assist them as they make improvements to Second Life.
We greatly appreciate your time and want to thank you for responding to the survey.
Linden Lab
There’s no shortage of romantic places to explore in Second Life this Valentine’s season, but there’s also a whole host of intricate and interesting places to experience that are outside of the Valentine’s Day bubble.
Take a look below at a sample of what the Second Life Destination Guide has to offer.
Grab your snow gear and head over to Winter Wonderland - a 4-region event filled with ice-skating, snowboard and snowmobile racing, a snowball fighting arena, and much more. This special event is brought you by Linden Lab, and will be open for a limited time - so go enjoy the fun before the snow melts!


Winter Wonderland
Grab your snow gear and head on in to Linden Lab’s Winter Wonderland. For the past few months we’ve developed a four-region winter experience many different attractions. Wander through a cozy little snow village, a mesh race track for both snowmobiles and snowboards, rides, ice skating and even a killer snowball war zone. Get in there, choose your arsenal and conquer the castle with a furious fusillade of frigid, frozen fun!
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If you enjoy digging to the bottom of a juicy mystery, Buried might be the game for you. This geocaching-focused hunt tasks visitors with uncovering the truth about a famous writer’s unnerving disappearance. Prepare for twists, turns, thrills, and more as you delve deep into the world of Buried. 


Buried
Buried is a mystery game that takes the player into the world of geocaching. Solve the mysterious disappearance of the writer Lily Morano. With twists and turns aplenty, this is no small hunt. It's a full-on adventure where the player takes center stage.
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A quest-like hunt from the people at Green Rose Manor, the Eternal Love Quest challenges Residents to discover what eternal love really means. Keep your wits sharp, be brave, and leave no stone unturned in your search for Eternal Love. Successful hunters are generously rewarded with gifts from a unique range of creators.
 
Eternal Love Quest
Green Rose Manor's Eternal Love Quest is a strange and mysterious romantic quest about eternal love. Challenge yourself to to solve riddles and search for various items as you uncover the mystery of the Green Rose Manor. And once again, the makers of the Dandelion Daydreams Factory ask, "Are you brave enough?"
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The SLGBT Alliance’s Spread the Love Expo is a great shopping event for a good cause. The SLGBT Alliance aims to to raise money in support of a variety of LGBT-focused charities. This Valentine’s Day, support all love.


Spread the Love Expo
Spread the Love February 1st through the 15th with the SLGBT Alliance! Shop for a good cause this Valentine's season as 25 incredible designers come together with new and exclusive donation items to help benefit the Human Rights Campaign.
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The Citta Bhavana Ashram is a heavily-forested area that celebrates all things that cultivate heart and mind. The citta averages ten events per week, including philosophy discussions, music theory, meditation, and more. Visit the Citta Bhavana Ashram for thought-provoking conversation or peaceful.


Citta Bhavana Ashram
The Citta Bhavana Ashram has a large community of philosophical and spiritual practitioners from various backgrounds and belief systems. Join them as they share their perspectives through open discussions, art, music, meditations, energy healings, poetry, storytelling, and various other activities. They have a friendly, compassionate community where everyone should feel safe and welcome.
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 If you’re looking to explore a fantasy-based environment, make time to explore the Elven Isle of Telrunya. Hidden nooks and crannies abound in this soothing forested realm. Mortals, fae, magic, mystique… Discover something otherworldly in Telrunya.


The Elven Isle of Telrunya
The Elven Isle of Telrunya is a quiet and natural place to explore, sit and talk with friends, and relax from a weary day. Explore the woodlands in search of elves and fairies. Explore the palace and its lush green hillsides and divine shrines. Don't let the elven word frighten you, for everyone is welcome at Telrunya. Escape to the forest, if only for a little while...
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With less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day, time’s running out to send in those last-minute romantic destinations and snapshots. You can even enter the Photo Booth Fun Contest for a chance to win some cool prizes. Don’t wait, get those comically-oversized props together and start posing today!
Linden Lab
It’s time again to take a look at all the new and exciting activities Second Life has to offer. From cool winter to steamy romance, spend the weekend exploring, dancing, and playing your way through the awesome experiences of the virtual world.
It’s here. It’s big, and it’s filled with powdery, frozen goodness. We’re proud to present Winter Wonderland, a four-region destination chock full of gifts and attractions. Explore cozy villages, rides, and more in this expansive shrine to winter fun. Premium users should also stop by the Premium Gift Kiosks for brand new, winter-themed gifts!
Winter Wonderland
Grab your snow gear and head on in to Linden Lab’s Winter Wonderland. For the past few months we’ve developed a four-region winter experience many different attractions. Wander through a cozy little snow village, a mesh race track for both snowmobiles and snowboards, rides, ice skating and even a killer snowball war zone. Get in there, choose your arsenal and conquer the castle with a furious fusillade of frigid, frozen fun!
Visit in Second Life Every week, new submissions pour into the Destination Guide in a deluge of Resident-crafted activities, games, and locations. Here are some recent standouts we think you'll love exploring:
The Antiochia Scholarships Trust aims to help Middle-Eastern students without ready access to secondary education attend Canadian universities. Redemption Cathedral is their re-creation of the ancient city of Antiochia, complete with a variety of ancient architectural styles. Learn more about this great cause, visit Antiochia.
Redemption Cathedral, Antiochia
Antiochia is the Second Life campus of the Antiochia Scholarships Trust, a non-profit helping Middle East students attend Canadian universities. This destination re-creates Antiochia on the Orontes in 600 AD, combining Phoenician, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine architecture. The centerpiece is the Redemption Cathedral, modeled after the Hagia Sophia. Visit http://apa.antiochiatrust.org to learn more.
Visit in Second Life It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day in Second Life without fun seasonally appropriate hunts, and the Be My Valentine Hunt is no exception. This annual hunt takes place in the Botanica region, known for detailed gardens built with a quirky sense of humor. Do you have what it takes to win the aggressively cute prize? Find all the Valentine’s cards to see.
Be My Valentine Hunt
This Valentine's Day, make sure you visit Botanica's Be My Valentine Hunt. Come collect vintage Valentine cards hidden in scattered hearts throughout Botanica’s Botanical Gardens. Find all 15 hearts and win a cute lil' Luv Bug. Then take your friends out for a Valentine's spin on your favorite sim!
Visit in Second Life Another wonderfully romantic spot - Valentine’s on Ice - is a region-wide event in the ever-popular Celebrities Hangout. Enjoy romantic scenery, live concerts, and great people, all under a dusting of rose petals and snow.
Valentine's on Ice
Celebrities Hangout presents Valentine's on Ice. Bring your special someone one and enjoy the many romantic spots. Plan a romantic dinner in one of their lakeside restaurants. Have fun with awesome concerts, paddle boats, snuggle-rose boats and the many winter activities. Come spend some quality time in this immersive and romantic winter experience.
Visit in Second Life Aquarelle is a soothing island where everything is ever-so-slightly transparent. Wander through a place where ephemeral trees drive taproots into concrete-solid ponds, relax, or view paintings at the quaint gallery. After all the activities and hunts and active entertainment, it’s nice to be able to meander through something beautiful and minimalist.
Aquarelle
Aquarelle is a landscape of lightness, softness and transparency in the colors of a watercolor. It is as if a painter invited you to jump into a painting, to bring life to the scene. Visit the beauty of the place alone, with friends or a lover and explore what is visible and what is not. Enjoy the serenity!
Visit in Second Life For the last few weeks, Residents from all manner of virtual places have been sharing their destination submissions and images for romantic spots. Keep it up! Share that love with a special destination or the perfect Flickr image. You can even submit inworld snapshots for a chance to be featured in upcoming email and banner campaigns. ‘Til next time, see you at Winter Wonderland.
Linden Lab
Get ready for some wintery inworld fun! Today, we're opening Winter Wonderland: four regions of icy, snowy greatness for everyone to enjoy. Pick up free gifts, have a snowball fight, go ice skating, race a snowmobile, and more!

Premium subscribers enjoy special upgrades in Winter Wonderland as well as exclusive new gifts! It's a great time to upgrade to Premium - for a limited time only, you can get 50% off a quarterly subscription!
Read on for the details:
SNOWBALL FIGHTS, LIGHTS, and OTHER DELIGHTS

There’s no shortage of fun festivities to enjoy in this four-region frosty Winter Wonderland - a collection of scenic builds that were created for you and your friends to discover and enjoy. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll find there.
VILLAGE OF LIGHTS
Pay a visit to this fantasy styled icy village and enjoy company, calm, and the wonderful winter feel! In the heart of the village you will find a variety of celebratory gifts await you. Be sure to stick around for the fireworks that light up the sky at the top of every hour!
SNOWBALL WARZONE
Atop the hill outside the village awaits a great cold wasteland where you and others will buckle down in the trenches of warfare: SNOWBALL FIGHTS! Claim the top of the towers for great vantage, or rule the castle walls with friends. Choose from two weapons, or if you are a Premium member, equip your Premium token for access to the ultimate snowball fight arsenal! You may even catch a Linden or two participating in the snowball shenanigans.
ICY RACE COURSE
Strap on your helmet, hold tight, and rev those engines! On the outskirts of the Village of Lights are free vendors where you can pick up a snowboard or a mighty snowmobile. Premium members can access upgraded vehicles by equipping their token. Hop aboard and race around the four-region wide race track full of bumps, hills, jumps, and more! Grab a friend and see who can best the turns and cross the lines first. Be sure to turn on Advanced Lighting to see the track nicely lit up as you cruise the snow!
SKATETOWN ARENA
In the heart of this region are two skate arenas for the enjoyment of everyone. Grab a pair of skates from the free vendor, strap them on, and give them a spin! Execute athletic jumps and twirls, and glide your way around the ring. In the front vendors here, Premium members will find an extra prize full of customization options to fit your style and avatar.
WINTER FERRIS WHEEL
What better way to see the region than to sit, relax, and rotate your way to the top of the view.  The ferris wheel will give you one of the best - and most romantic - views in the region.
 
FREE WINTER GIFTS THAT WILL LIFT YOUR SPIRITS
In addition to access to all the free fun mentioned above, Winder Wonderland is full of vendors with free gifts for everyone! While you're there, pick up:
 
Winter Cupcakes – Carb-load on cupcakes before going to battle in the snowball war, or racing around Winter Wonderland. Ice Jewelry – Ice themed jewelry for a classic, shimmering touch. Penguin Plushie – This adorable little plushie will be a keepsake your avatar will never want to put down! Snowboard – Choose from five different variations, these snowboards will get you through any icy challenge and around any course in a flash. Clunker Snowmobile – A beat down, but dang loyal and fast snowmobile that can race with the best.   Snow globe – A nice little keepsake to remember the season, various versions of these little snow globes can be found at the vendors. Snowman – Various colors are available for you to spruce up your inworld space with a little winter time chill. Snow Pistol and Snow Rifle – Gift versions of the wintery weaponry found in the Snowball Warzone for you to take home and enjoy with friends wherever you like. Winter Cookies: These tasty delicious treats will satisfy your avatar’s sweet tooth any day. Winter Mugs: Enjoy various drinks to steam away that cold chill this winter.  You will find a few variations of these beautiful mugs.


EXCLUSIVE GIFTS for a Premium EDGE
In Winter Wonderland, Premium members get upgraded versions of many of the free gifts in the experience. Just pick up the Winter Wonderland Ribbon at one of the Premium Kiosks, and equip it before heading to Winter Wonderland.
 
There are also some new free gifts just for Premium members! Pick up a gift pack at one of the Premium Kiosks to collect:


Snow Globe Home: Hop right into the snow globe like you always wanted to as a child. Decorate this Tahoe dwelling to your liking, and park it on your favorite region! Penguin Family: These adorable little creatures are looking for a home with you. Snowmobile: A feature-packed snowmobile built for besting any race course.  Change colors and various options to suit your avatar. This snowmobile is built tough and fast, so enjoy the ride. Snowboard: This speedy snowboard was designed to get you where you need to go. Choose from five different color options. Bazooka: A powerful projectile - this Premium snowball launcher fires a giant snowball that can trap even the strongest foes. Something this powerful will definitely get you a leg up on the competition. Customizable Ice Skates – Strap them on and give them a whirl, these customizable skates are feature packed and ready to rock. Choose from premades, or customize individual colors, choose your size, and find your favorite ice rink, or the one at Winter Wonderland and skate away.    
THE PERKS of GOING PREMIUM for HALF-PRICE  

For a limited time, quarterly Premium subscriptions are available at 50% savings.As a Premium member, you’ll enjoy rewards like exclusive gifts, access to special Premium Sandboxes, as well as Live Chat support. Plus, you’ll get your own inworld home, a L$1000 sign-up bonus, and weekly L$ rewards to spend on whatever you like. You can read more about Premium benefits and upgrade your account here.
 
*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT
This limited-time discount offer is available only for purchases of memberships on the Quarterly billing plan. Discount will be applied to the first quarterly billing cycle only, and all future charges will be at the regular Premium price. To qualify, Second Life members must have an active Basic account or create a new Second Life account. Discount offer begins on Thursday the 29th of January 2015 at 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time (PST) and expires on Monday the 16th of February 2015 at 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time (PST).



 
Linden Lab
No weekend’s complete without seeing what’s new in Second Life! So come see all the new things your fellow residents are working on in the Second Life Destination Guide.
Shadowplay: Tales of Urbanization of China offers a unique look at the conflict between tradition and modernization in contemporary China, told through the medium of a traditional shadow play. Enjoy this thought-provoking, five part experience, and decide for yourself the costs of modernization.
 
Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China
Integrating virtual reality with an art form known as shadow play, installation Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China tells a story about the changing landscapes of contemporary China. In four chapters, virtual installation sheds light upon real-life incidents and predicaments involving the cultural and environmental degradation. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1KCEFE5.
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Are you looking for somewhat darker event this winter? The slGoth Timekiller Festival takes place in a land of decrepit cathedrals, large towers and dirty snow. This wonderfully grungy event features a whole host of live storytellers, concerts, content creators and interesting scenery. Who needs sunny pastels, anyway? 
Timekiller Festival
The slGoth Timekiller Festival is a gothic and dark alternative event. This festival features a whole host of content creators, daily concerts, movies, live storytelling and more. There're even free gifts from vendors and slGoth Magazine.
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The first of its kind, Shadow Inc. is an LGBT futuristic mix of fluorescent colors, tall buildings, neon lights, clubs and more. Few locations offer such a vibrant look at a possible future as Shadow Inc. This welcoming location is open to all. 
Shadow Inc.
Shadow Inc. LGBT Industrial Complex is the first of its kind. Come explore this futuristic landscaped city, with hangouts for newcomers and seasoned residents alike. They offer shops, two clubs, even residential rentals. They have an open-door policy and welcome one and all to take a stroll into the shadows...
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Do you thrill in shining spandex, elaborate entrances and larger-than-life stars? Does the thought of a perfectly executed piledriver leave you giddy? Catch a show at Apex Championship Wrestling. Offering weekly shows every Tuesday, Apex Championship Wrestling is the, well, apex of Second Life professional wrestling. 
Apex Championship Wrestling
Apex Championship Wrestling brings sports entertainment and professional wresting to the Second Life grid. Each and every Tuesday night at 5 p.m., visit the Apex Arena for wild professional wrestling.
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Looking for something a little more upbeat? Sick of all that soft, gentle music? Looking for a little more rock in your life? More of a hangout than a bar, the Rock Bar offers live DJ’s, concerts, games and more. Come on by for friendly people and good times.   
The Rock Bar
Dance on the bar, hang out or hookup to loud hard rock music playing on beautiful beaches. The Rock Bar features concerts, live DJs, hosts, games and more games. They play music from current new hard rock to the old classic rock hits. Come for the beauty, stay for the rocking good time!
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Winter is a wonderful time for romance. Snuggling around the fire with that special someone, mugs of hot chocolate in hand? There’s a reason Valentine’s Day’s in February. So with a little under a month remaining before Cupid shows his cherub cheeks, do you have your romantic plans ready? Valentine’s Day is always a celebration in Second Life, so post a picture with that special someone on the official Second Life Flickr page, or share a romantic destination with the entire virtual world. You may also want to submit your inworld snapshots for a chance to be featured in an upcoming email or banner campaign.
Linden Lab
As you may have seen, a company called Skrill recently announced that we’re working together to provide additional payment options for Second Life users. Our relationship with Skrill allows Linden Lab to offer Second Life Residents many more options for their payment activity (like buying L$ or paying account fees), including additional local currency options for Residents outside the US.
We first soft-launched the Skrill options for payments a few weeks ago, and we’ve seen positive results so far as those interested in alternative payment methods have successfully taken advantage of the new options. If you’d like to check it out, using Skrill’s options for Second Life payments is as easy as using a credit card. All you need to do is login at SecondLife.com, click “Billing Information” under “Account,” and then select “Add a Skrill Account” to begin using Skrill for your Second Life payments.
In the future, we hope to also enable credits to be processed (redemptions) to Second Life Residents’ Skrill accounts. Keep an eye on this blog for more info!
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