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Once again, the real and virtual worlds celebrated the completion of another year. Fancy glowing balls were dropped, fireworks lit, noisemakers noised and loved ones kissed with all due celebration. Now that the all the New Year’s debris is cleaned up, come see what’s happening at the Second Life Destination Guide! Look below for a small selection of the many favorites from 2014.

 

Is your ideal world one of crazy technology, mohawks and neon lights? Does William Gibson make you want to strap electrodes to your head and hack a megacorp? Make your avatar show your love with a trip to Clockers. Clockers might be small, but this store has sci-fi and cyberpunk items of incredible detail.

 

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Clockers

Welcome to Clockers. Clockers is a shop inspired by cyberpunk and the ongoing technological changes of the world. This small store has an amazing selection of incredibly high-quality items and accessories. Pay Clockers a visit, if you have the time, you're sure to enjoy it!

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When was the last time you dove beneath the waves? Turned a graceful pirouette in an underwater grotto? Raced manta rays through waving kelp forests? Mittandraland Mermaid Haven is an underwater paradise at the edge of a warm and sunny beach. Best part? You don’t even need a fin to enjoy it!

 

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Mittandraland Mermaid Haven

Explore this Mermaid haven and natural park where anyone is welcome to swim around and enjoy the scenery and the many fascinating creatures that swim around freely. There's also a fishing game, rezzable water sport vehicles and other fun attractions.

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The gacha craze continues to get more and more popular, and few places embody the gacha craze like Gachatopia. Start with the thrill of a casino, add a little collecting urge/fun, then top things off with a 1950’s-inspired decor for a pretty good idea of what awaits visitors.

 

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Gachatopia!

Gachatopia is the first region built exclusively for gacha. It has grown into the largest gacha community on the grid with year-round trading and events. This 1950's-styled location features original builds, shops and the Trailerpark Gacha Yardsale, running since 2012. Gachatopia is home to events like the Gacha Show, the Arcade Countdown and Tag! Gacha, a HUD-based gacha experience.

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Club Lucente is a huge and sprawling venue, perched on the water with four unique stages. A great place with DJ’s and all types of electronic music, get those lollipops ready and head over to Club Lucente!

 

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Club Lucente

Club Lucente has been around since 2008, offering live DJ's, dancing, house, trance and more. With four wild stages, you can't go wrong at Club Lucente!

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Too often people seem to focus on the same tropical islands, dense forests and bright reefs. Rarely do we seek out all the other great little ecological wonders all around us. The Gulf of Lune is a highly-detailed and lovingly-crafted rendition of a salt marsh. Salt marshes might not sound fancy, but these important ecological niches are home to a huge variety of birds and a vital hatchery for fish. Not to mention all the cool little mini-islands and countless waterways.

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Gulf of Lune

Second Life's climate spans the gamut from freezing wastelands to torrid sun, and the Gulf of Lune wet marsh is pleasantly nestled between those extremes. Escape to a simpler time, visit with the ducks and herons, and generally bliss out.

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All the greatest places in Second Life are user-created, so join the fun and make something amazing! If you’re running short of ideas, look for inspiration at the official Second Life Flickr page.

Linden Lab

The subject of the latest episode of the Drax Files: World Makers is the man behind the avatar known as “Oblee” and how he utilizes Second Life to express himself via live musical performances.

Despite residing in a remote space in Durango, Colorado, Oblee is able to perform in Second Life 2-3 times a week; reaching a global audience and often collaborating with other musicians from all over the world.

Oblee was able to take his virtual earnings from playing venues in Second Life to finance his debut album Wow Bob Wow. His fans and audience from Second Life were some of the first to run out and purchase his music once it was available.

Oblee finds new audiences by exploring regions where the residents may reside in other countries like Japan, and though they may not speak English they understand the universal language of music. “It’s not an alternative to life - it’s adding to the substance of your existence.” he says in the

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Oblee also states that “If you have an idea in virtual reality, what’s to stop you from taking it to real reality?”, and he’s successfully used Second Life as a platform for his musical expression and to explore new things with his own music - creatively pushing him to try new things and compose a variety of original music.

You can follow Oblee on Twitter to stay in the know on his performances inworld.

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

 

Linden Lab

Now that the holiday rush is over, why not come on by the Second Life Destination Guide? There’re sure to be some winter destinations you missed, this might be your last chance to see some of the winter season’s builds, games and creations! 

Eggnog the Winger troll is a fun little hunt in one of the new Seamless Experience regions. Eggnog the Winter Troll also happens to be a cartoonish winter beast with special gifts for anyone who completes this great winter experience. Embrace the cel-shaded troll!

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Eggnog the Winter Troll

Eggnog the Winter Troll has returned to Escapades Island to give a special gift to all in Second Life. Unfortunately, the Winter Engineer lost the four crystals that open the doorway to Eggnog's grotto. Help the Winter Engineer find all the crystals to meet the big, cuddly winter troll. This game is available to play until New Years.

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Another winter activity for you candy detectives out there, the Unico Candy Cane Hunt offers a mall decked with Christmas decorations and hidden candy canes. But what are the hidden candy canes hiding? You won’t find out unless you complete the hunt.

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Unico Candy Cane Hunt

Visit Unico December 21st through the 30th for the Candy Cane Hunt! Candy canes are scattered throughout, some with prizes and others with anywhere from L$5 to L$200. Check back daily as the $L candy canes will replenish. Happy hunting and happy holidays!

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Are you passionate about science? Does physics literally float your boat? Take a trip down to Oddprofessor’s Science Center. Oddproffessor’s is a virtual physics lab currently used by Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, but everyone’s invited to come by and learn.

 

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Oddprofessor's Science Center

Oddprofessor's Science Center is a virtual physics lab used by the students at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf over at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The center is open to the public; stop by and see!

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A glorious winter island built around a market and hunt, there are a few reasons for visiting Inspiration Point. The glowing pastel palette of blues and whites makes for wonderful photography spots, while the hunts offer a fun intellectual challenge. There’s even shopping, if you feel so inclined.

 

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Inspiration Point

Go to Inspiration Point for the all new Christmas hunt and market experience! Discover the wonders of winter as you venture around the sim to find a market filled with holiday goods and over 20 new hunt prizes from Boogers, Kirin, Tee*fy, The secret store, Flowey, MishMish, Pizza's, Jim, Intrigue Co., Pilot and more!

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Most clubs are, quite simply, clubs. Large boxes with garish lights and loud speakers. Trancescending bucks that curve. Come to Trancescending for live DJ’s mixing in forested groves, around waterfalls and gorgeous gardens. Don’t lock your music in a box, enjoy it out in the world.

 

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Trancescending

Trancescending brings the best in trance music with the best live-mixing DJs around. They aim to bring together nature and music with messages of humanity. They've got shows every Sunday from 4pm through midnight, spectacular three-day festivals every three months, and a beautifully chill garden. Come relax at Trancescending.

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Now that Christmas is over, what were your favorite places to visit? Share them with the grid. Or, instead of entire zones, share your holiday pictures at the official Second Life Flickr page.

Linden Lab

Winter has arrived — and the spirit of the season is evident in every sense — from the snow on the ground in many parts, to the merriment and joy and observances across the world.

We want to know how you celebrate the coming of the New Year in our New Year Snapshot Contest. If it’s a whole new look for your avatar, or an inworld party to celebrate — share your snapshots for a chance to win L$10,000,  L$5,000, L$3,000 or L$1,000. Visit the contest in our Official Forums for details and to enter.

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If you’ve got a sweet tooth — come by one of the Portal Park locations to pick up a free holiday gift. Look for the red gift box and click it to get your copy — and enjoy the seasonally decorated Portal Park while you’re there.

 

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Have a warm and bright season and a happy New Year!

Linden Lab
It’s the second-to-last-weekend of 2014, how do you plan on enjoying it? Why not make time to see all the new places in the Second Life Destination Guide? ‘Tis the season to be dazzled and inspired, after all.
While winter white and Gothic black provide a rather stark color palette, Gothmas by Gaslight pulls it off with style, panache and an Aurora Borealis. Now through January 5th, do your winter shopping through darkly looming buildings, bright lights and swirling colors. Velvet and lace isn’t required, just recommended.
 
Gothmas by Gaslight
Gothmas by Gaslight follows a darker, more beautiful holiday season. The night air is cold and crystal, it is a time of velvet and lace, of jewels and silver. Gothmas runs through January 5th, for more information be sure to visit https://gothmasbygaslight.wordpress.com/.
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Have you ever driven through a neighborhood, ooh-ing and ahh-ing over all the lights, giant inflatable Santas and silly Christmas decorations? This holiday season, come see as your Second Life neighbors open their homes and show off how they dress their domiciles in the Tour of Lights.
Tour of Lights
Celebrate the holiday season with a grid-wide community event: the first annual Second Life Tour of Lights, December 18th through the 21st! Over 30 Second Life residents came together to open their homes for this free, self-guided tour through a wide variety of holiday-themed houses and winter wonderland landscapes. Bundle up and experience the magic of the season!
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Not everyone is blessed with the perfect winter climate. Some people are forced to shovel snow in eight layers of clothing. Some stare at warm sandy beaches all year. At Scribbled Hearts, you don’t have to worry about the weather, season or time of day. Just rez in and bask in everything the perfect winter has to offer.
Scribbled Hearts
Home of tarte. and Plethora, Scribbled Hearts is winterized and the perfect place to visit. Grab a friend, a book, or a spot near the water and cozy up to the beautiful landscape and scenery. Whether you're looking to shop, take pictures, or just explore, Scribbled Hearts has it all!
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Are you good at puzzles? Are your favorite challenges described using words like “fiendishly” and “difficult?” The Bushido Challenge is a maze-like treasure hunt that requires a whole host of skills to complete. And what reward would make this task worth your while, you ask? A full suit of customized armor, of course.
The Bushido Challenge
Enter the Bushido Challenge, a treasure hunt and maze that requires planned movements, logic, sequencing, matching, interaction, cooperation and more. Solve them all for a full set of kanji armor. Get your bushido on as the at the Bushido Challenge.
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A yearly tradition over at Jasmine’s Hollow, Hollow Days offers all the trappings of good winter fun. With art and music for sale, ice skating and events through the new year, come spend winter with one of the friendliest communities around.
Hollow Days at Jasmine's Hollow
Welcome to the fourth annual Hollow Days winter celebration! Skate, stroll, cuddle, play games and more at this Adirondack steampunk artist community. Shop for gifts at the galleries and listening booths. Or hang out at the live shows and New Years Eve party at the Dirty Grind.
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Nothing heats up winter like seeing your new creations, so join the fun and share something great. Or send a picture over to the official Second Life Flickr page and see what your Second Life neighbors are up to.
Linden Lab
UPDATE: 01.05.2015
We have addressed and resolved all instances of this issue. Thank you for your continued support of Second Life and your patience while we worked to carefully test and monitor the restore process.
If you still have a Notecard in your inventory referencing one or more of the following Claim IDs: 3289, 3290, 3302, 3358, 3379, 3392, 3526, please submit a Support case and provide us with the Claim ID(s) on the Notecard. A screenshot of the Notecard will further assist our team in addressing the issue for you.
   ************************************** UPDATE: 12.23.2014 We continue to work on resolving this issue and restoring the removed items as quickly as possible. The problem has proven to be somewhat more complicated than we initially thought, and we've been digging much more deeply into our system and testing all restores very carefully to make sure nothing is missed. We're more than halfway done at this point, and we thank you for your continued patience as we complete the process.
  **************************************   Due to a recent internal error, some Residents may have noticed a few items were recently replaced within their inventories. We are working to reverse the process and hope to have the original items restored quickly.  If you believe that your items were affected, please keep an eye on your inventory - you should see the original items restored soon.
In addition to restoring the original items as quickly as possible, we are also taking steps to resolve the issue that caused the error so that we can avoid repeating it in the future. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Linden Lab
What’s the one thing Linden Lab could do that would have the biggest impact on further improving your Second Life experience?
Many Second Life users have thoughts on this - from different approaches for the way things are done today, to brand new features that could dramatically improve their experiences, to seemingly small things that could have a big impact. Today, we’re launching an easier way to share your ideas with us, a new “Feedback & Suggestions” page on SecondLife.com. You can also find this page by going to Help and finding New Feature Suggestions in the drop down.
Just sign-in with your Second Life account, select the topic or category that’s most appropriate, and describe your suggestion in the text box. Once you submit, you’ll see a confirmation page and receive an automated email as well. We won’t be able to reply individually to each suggestion, but every idea will be routed to the appropriate Lindens and each one will be reviewed and considered.
We’ll of course continue to be on the lookout for ideas as they continue to surface in social media, direct conversations, or via JIRA, but this new page should make it easier than ever for any Second Life Resident to share suggestions directly with us.






Linden Lab
Do you hear those sleigh bells ringing? That’s the sound of the season of giving approaching, and it’s arrived with the Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair.
Returning for a 4th year - the expo kicks off today - December 4th- and runs through December 15th, 2014. Coordinated and sponsored by residents who wish to help fund a charitable organization with a festive event, this event intends to make the gift of giving memorable and fun.
This joyful happening helps raise funds for Relay for Life of Second Life - with 100% of registration fees, sponsorship feeds, kiosk donations, hunt, raffle, auction, and vendor donation items going to Relay for Life of Second Life - part of the American Cancer Society.
There will plenty of activities for you to participate in; from two tree lots filled with beautifully decorated trees from some of the best designers, auctions, live performances and DJs, to pictures with the man himself - Santa!
 
2014 Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair
The 2014 Second Life Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair offers 12 days of shopping, hunts, live performances, and winter fun! This returning eight-sim event is in support of Relay For Life of Second Life. For more information, be sure to visit https://slchristmasexpo.wordpress.com/.
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Linden Lab
The latest episode of the Drax Files: World Makers focuses on actress MadameThespain Underhill, who directs the virtual reality theater troupe - Avatar Repertory Theater in Second Life.
A.R.T has been performing live theatre in Second Life since 2008,  with a cast of actors from multiple generations that span several locations all over the world.
MadameThespian - a seasoned Chicago-based actor who also performs and directs for her local Shakespeare company - feels that the virtual theater affords opportunities to those who could otherwise “age out” of many roles in live theater.  "Second Life levels the playing field when we interact with each other," she says.
This leads to the unique combination of professional TV and stage actors working  with dedicated hobbyists and community theater buffs to perform drama, comedy, musical and improvisational theatre to the global audience of Second Life.
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In addition to the creative possibilities that a digital universe such as Second Life holds, MadameThespian is enthusiastic about its social aspects as well.
"The value for older people is wonderful because of the ability to interact with other people from all over the world of other ages,” she says. “You are being judged by what you say - the pure essence of who you are!"
Be sure to watch for the latest shows and performances from the Avatar Repertory Theater who are performing scenes from some of Shakespeare’s plays tonight at 5 PM SLT/PT  - details are available on their Facebook page.
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

 
Linden Lab
Running short of fun ideas for the weekend? Check out what’s new at the Second Life Destination Guide. You’re sure to find something interesting to enjoy.
 
The Linden Department of Public Works are an amazing group of creators constantly working to make the grid a more vibrant, amazing place. Their home, Meauxle Bureaux, is an amazingly whimsical place where the LDPW hang their collective hat.
 
Meauxle Bureaux
Meauxle Bureaux is the home of the Linden Department of Public Works, a program focused on improvements related to the experience of living in and visiting the Linden Mainland. This intricate build was lovingly crafted by resident experts for all to enjoy, so come see the ultimate in shared creative spaces!
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A Second Life institution for more than five years, everyone should visit the freshly-remodeled Pixel Bean Coffeehouse. In addition to the enormous attention to detail, the wonderful design choices and incredibly realistic decor, it’s an almost perfectly relaxing place to spend an afternoon.
 
The Pixel Bean Coffeehouse
Established in 2009, this cafe has been a well known part of the Second Life community for many years. Come stop by a charming old island home transformed into a unique cafe and bar. A great sense of community, wonderful people, and casual conversation await you, as well as countless events involving music, poetry, discussion, art, and more. Anyone and everyone welcome!
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No matter what level of nerditude you embrace, the Freaks and Dorks Rock Club welcomes you with open arms. With a great staff, multiple rooms, and a huge dance floor, everyone will find something they enjoy here.
 
Freaks & Dorks Rock Club
Feeling a bit dorky or freaky? Freaks & Dorks Rock Club is a place for you! Join all sorts of outsiders as they come together to enjoy great music. They play anything under the genres rock, metal, alternative, indie and trip hop. Come to relax or get crazy, you won't constantly be bugged for tips!
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If you’re looking to add some magic (or just a little more oomph) to avatars or creations, be sure to visit M2D Magic Land. Few stores offer the interactive depth and variety of particle effects you’ll find here.
 
M2D Magic Land
M2D Magic Land is an interactive particle store. Visit the platforms to use huds and create beautiful scenes for photos, or just play around. One of the best store designs around, every particle can be rezzed and looked at. There's even a group-member party area and freebie store. Embrace creativity at M2D Magic Land!
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Lastly, do you seek the rush of combat? Separating the quick from the dead, the wolves from the jackals? The 2142nd Regiment’s looking for a few good recruits, if you think you’ve got what it takes.
 
2142nd Regiment
The 2142nd is a British-themed military group founded in February of 2007 that participates within the Second Life Military Community. SLMC is a collection of groups who use the Linden Lab Combat System or LLCS. Visit http://2142sl.info and join the 2142nd today. Weapons and uniform provided free of charge. Meet lots of new people and experience combat in Second Life like never before!
Visit in Second Life Interested in how your fellow residents enjoy their grid-based adventures? Take a peek at the official Second Life Flickr Page. Have you created something cool you’d like to share? Share it with the grid and show it off on the Second Life Destination guide!
Linden Lab
For those who crave year-round chills and thrills of the last month - the Haunted category remains open with spooky attractions that have not packed away their Halloween decorations. For those inclined to fall into the crunchy leaves of November, we encourage you to grab a steaming mug of cinnamon-spiced coffee or hot mulled wine, and check out what’s new this autumn in the Second Life Destination Guide.
This week, we have a range of diverse activities for you to choose from - from a risque murder mystery from the folks at MadPea to a German electronic club and much more in between.
While you’re out making new memories and exploring, be sure to share the memories on the official Second Life Flickr Page. You might even get a last minute entry to the snapshot contest - you’ve got until 5 PM on November 8th, PST.
If there is something cool you’ve come across in Second life that you don’t see listed in our Destination Guide, be sure to share.
Blood Letters
Become the lead character in an erotic thriller and assume the role of a private investigator specializing in infidelity investigations. You've caught the attention of an infamous serial killer and it’s clear that you're going to be the next victim. Will you catch the killer before you’re dead? This immersive and interactive grid-wide adventure is strictly for adults.
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The Dirty Turkey Hunt 5.0
The Dirty Turkey Hunt 5.0 runs from November 1st through the 30th, marking Depraved Events' fifth year on the grid! Over 100 stores are offering new, exclusive and free gifts to hunters who find the hidden hunt objects. Each store provides helpful hints and a full gallery will be listed on the website when the hunt opens. Make sure you join the Depraved Events group for helpful hints and chatter along the way.
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Eupalinos Ugajin's Taxy to the Zircus
Eupalinos Ugajin is an artist who highlights the surrealism in his work, while enriching it with interactivity and humour. Come see his newest work, Taxy! to the Zircus, from November 1st through December 31st. Don't miss it!
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Unique Breedables
Unique Breedables is a company dedicated to creating breedables that are fun and unique, with a fresh approach to how the breeding in Second Life works. They listen to their customers and welcome input on how to improve the overall experience of breeding animals. Their goal is to innovate and improve upon the breeding and the community in order to foster a more enjoyable environment for all.
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Sound Pirate
SoundPirate ist ein einzigartiger Club! Hier treffen sich nette Leute zum feiern, plaudern und vieles mehr! Kommt vorbei und genießt die ganz andere Atomsphäre Ihr seit Spasskanonen wollt einfach nur FUN und gute Musik? Dann seid Ihr hier genau richtig! Wir freuen und auf Dich.
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Linden Lab
11.07.2014 - For a technical update on specific performance metrics since the launch of our performance improvements, please check out this blog in Tools and Technology.
 
Has Second Life seemed a bit faster for you lately? Improving performance for all Second Life users has been an important focus for us at Linden Lab, and we’ve recently seen some great results from several projects that should make your Second Life experiences faster, smoother, and more reliable.
 
Speeding Up the Marketplace
If you visit the Marketplace today, you should be seeing a much snappier experience than in the past. We recently deployed infrastructure upgrades for the Marketplace, and the site has since shown some of the best performance we’ve ever seen from it. Even during peak usage periods over the weekend, when in the past performance would degrade, we’re seeing response times that average 70% faster and page load times that are 30% faster than before the changes.
 
Improving Group Chat
Last week, we also deployed new group chat server configurations. Our internal metrics are showing dramatic improvements in group chat performance, and we hope that you’re seeing that in your own experience as well. We are still seeing some cases in which performance for some groups degrades for shorter periods of time than before, and we are continuing to investigate and make changes; the project isn't finished, but we've made a lot of progress.
 
Faster Texture & Mesh Loading
The entire grid is now using a CDN service for textures and meshes. This change means that textures and meshes should load more quickly, particularly for those who login to Second Life from places that are far from our US data centers. Our testing showed dramatic improvements: average download times for textures and meshes have been reduced by more than 50% on average, and the improvement is even more dramatic outside of North America.
 
Quicker Viewer-Server Communications
Another way we’re enhancing Second Life performance is through our HTTP project, which improves the way your Viewer communicates with grid services. With the HTTP Project Viewer out now, the faster content download times you’ll see thanks to the CDN change get even better - we’re talking 80% faster!
As you look for these improvements, please bear in mind this important note from Oz Linden:

The CDN (and HTTP in those viewers that have them) improvements for texture and mesh data are improvements to how long it takes to download the data. Once they've been downloaded, your viewer caches them locally so the next time you need that data it doesn't need to download them at all. What that means is that these improvements mostly affect how quickly you see new things: places and objects you've never seen before. You probably won't see a big difference in familiar places because your viewer should be using cached data for those.

So... now's the time to try checking out places you've never seen before!

The use of pipelined HTTP for the initial load of your inventory when you log in matters every time, since while we cache some inventory data locally we always make sure it's correct by loading it all at the beginning of your session. 
So, How’s Second Life Performing for You?
Performance improvements are generally behind-the-scenes work, and we know it’s not always as exciting as rolling out a new feature, but these changes directly impact all our Second Life experiences and our daily lives inworld. We hope you’re starting to notice the effects of these improvements - if you are, please let us know in the Forums, on Twitter, or however you prefer.
Don't forget to grab the latest Official Viewer to experience the improvements. 
 
Linden Lab
This time of the year ( and well, all year, really!), residents take pride in pushing dressing up to a whole new level - but as the rollicking extravaganza that is Halloween tears through, leaving ghosts and candy in its wake, the spirit of costuming is off the charts! So embrace the fun, Second Life-style, and partake in some fiendishly fun outfits before exploring yet more of Second Life’s most frightful and delightful offerings!
Go on a journey into the mouth of madness at the Haunted Halloween Tour - a treat from the mad scientists at the Linden Lab for everyone. If you survive that ride, wander an outdoor haunting with scenes guaranteed to chill even the bravest of viewers, or find the perfect makeup and costumes at some seasonally festive shopping events. After all that, you may want to take a moment to reacquaint yourself with the earthly realms and visit a charity festival in support of breast cancer research.
Don’t forget to share those ghoulish discoveries on the official Second Life Flickr Page and enter them to the 2014 Second Life Fab-OO-lous Snapshot Contest for a chance to win some L$s.
Do you prefer your Halloweens dark and gritty or bright and candy-filled? Let us know and show us your Halloween spirit!
Haunted Halloween Tour
What will you do this Halloween? Help children with a sugar fix? Buy overpriced masks from big-box stores? Do something different, something frightening and fun. Linden Lab is proud to present the Haunted Halloween Tour. Strap in and prepare to experience haunts, ghouls, death, scares, and a descent through madness itself. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart!
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Damned Divine Haunted House
Come visit the Damned Divine sim-wide haunted house experience! Will you survive the many and varied intricately-terrifying horror zones?
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The Cosmetics Fair Halloween Edition
Running from through October 31st, the Cosmetics Fair Halloween Edition is a great place for all your makeup, henna, freckles, blushes... Know what? Come here for all of it.
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Bloody Horror Fair
Running from October 15th through November 5th, the Bloody Horror Fair is a place of dark deals and delightfully grim fashion. Come see a host of vendors offering everything your dark heart desires in this darkly atmospheric locale.
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Cure Con Festival 2014
Cure Con is a nerdy/geeky/gamer-themed event with a heavy focus on pink, breast cancer awareness, costuming and cosplay. Come see amazing items from some of Second Life's nerdiest designers! For more information, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/1w43EJA.
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In March, OnLive introduced SL Go - a service that brings the Second Life Viewer to mobile devices. The service had previously been available for Android devices, but today brings an exciting expansion: SL Go is now available for the iPad!
With SL Go, you can now access Second Life on your iPad using Wi-Fi or 4G LTE and enjoy a high-fidelity experience with great graphics quality, full shaders, shadows, and full motion capability. SL Go gives you access to the full Second Life Viewer interface, including edit menus, inventory, preference settings and chat management, adding intuitive touch controls.
To use SL Go on your iPad, you’ll need an OnLive account to launch the app, and then you’ll log into Second Life with the same credentials you’ve always used. To learn more about SL Go, including pricing and regional availability, and to get started with a free trial, visit https://games.onlive.com/landing/slgo

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You’ve fared well thus far, traveler, and survived last week’s itinerary of terror with body and mind mostly intact. Perhaps you’re up for some more frightening scares? We double dog dare you to test your bravery against this next round of Halloween fun courtesy of the Second Life Destination Guide.
Start your voyage in a techni-colored Halloween village with a frighteningly fun tour before fending off the ravenous dead in a sweltering bayou. Lose yourself in a dank cavern system and wander through a dark neighborhood perfect for some trick-or-treating. Will you escape two uniquely haunted forest parks?
Think you’ve got something scarier, or just a cool spot in general? Share it with us! Snapshot those scary moments and submit them to the  official Second Life Flickr Page - you could end up being a featured Pic of the Day!
2014 Halloween Town
Halloween Town is full of shops for all of your Halloween needs, from party food to costumes. Go from spectator to participant at the haunted house as you pay tribute to the greatest horror movies of all time.
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Zombie Bayou
Welcome to the bayou, come join in a small hunt for Halloween! Zombie Bayou's a fun place to hang out, enjoy each other's company, do some trick or treating, watch a movie, maybe even shop a little. Most of all, have fun. Just... You know... Beware of the zombies.
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Caverns of Doom
Marcy Mansion is not your typical haunted house. Below the mansion are the infamous Caverns of Doom, spanning three full sims. Will you find the entrances, explore the labyrinthine tunnels, fight off zombies and the hellhounds, take a ride with the Ferryman and find the Aztec ruins? There are hidden doors to a secret laboratories and old cemeteries. Explore if you dare, but beware the danger that lurks around every corner...
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Havenhollow Returns
Holiday Appreciation Association presents Havenhollow Returns, an interactive neighborhood featuring a door to door trick-or-treating experience. Trick or be treated, leave no stone unturned or corner unexplored. This town is packed with fun, mystery, and excitement for you and your friends to experience together. Many surprises await in fog-lit Havenhollow Returns. Discover them soon.
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Masoma County Haunted Halloween Sim
Masoma County welcomes you to 2014's Haunted Halloween Sim. Feeling the itch for a bit of suspense and frightful sights? Follow the foggy path and hope you make it out alive. Wander around, searching all of the hidden destinations, but he sure to watch your back. Who knows what could be following you. Do you dare to take cover in the Haunted or Horror house?
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Nightmare at the Park
That eerie feeling crossing a darkened bridge in the night, where trees howl and ghosts wail... Walk dark foggy paths, chased by unseen presences. Will you find out what lurks in the shadows of the night? Or will you delve into the hilltop house of fright? Grab a flashlight, you'll need it. The perfect Halloween is the one you never forget. No matter how hard you want to.
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Experience Keys are a powerful feature that allows creators to build more seamless and immersive experiences in Second Life. Without this feature, you need to grant individual permissions to every single scripted object included in an inworld experience, and that can mean a lot of dialog boxes interrupting the fun! Experience Keys make it possible for creators to build experiences that ask your permission just once. In other words, you can opt-in to the entire experience, rather than having to grant individual permissions to every single scripted object included in it.
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This powerful feature is currently available as a beta only to a limited number of creators, and there are already a handful of experiences leveraging this feature that you can now explore.
Today, a new Viewer Release Candidate makes it easy for you to manage all your experience permissions in one place. This new Viewer makes it easy to Block, Unblock, or Reset experiences. Additionally, an Events Tab logs the objects and scripts you encounter in an experience, so every action performed on your avatar will be saved or recorded. Have a problem with an experience? We’ve also integrated a new reporting feature to make it easy to flag bad experiences to our Support team for review. Search is also available in the new Viewer, so you can explore all of the growing number of available experiences that use this feature. A complete feature summary can be found in this Knowledge Base article.
We’re looking forward to making Experience Keys broadly available to creators early in the new year, so keep an eye on this blog for more! In the meantime, grab the RC Viewer and start enjoying more seamless and immersive experiences in Second Life today!
 
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Are you looking for some last-minute decorations, festive costumes, or winter fashions to refresh your wardrobe or perhaps a new places to explore? Whatever your wish, check out the Second Life Destination Guide for a bevy of new creations!
One of the first winter locations to go live every year, Winter Holiday Village is a place of consistent quality and wonderful spirit. Dash through snowy fields, twinkling forests and warm chalets, just watch out for the icicles!
Winter Holiday Village
Christmas time fun is here and Winter Holiday Village is open for it's 6th winter on the grid. Winter Holiday Village is chock full of wintertime goodness, fun and snow! Visit Polar Bear Pond, Penguin Park, slippery slopes, ice tunnels, arctic scenery, ice skating and so much more with surprises around every corner. Santa even makes personal appearances November 28th through December 24th.
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A wonderful place to find the perfect winter accessories, Christmas at Snuggles is lighthearted and enjoyable. If you’re looking for some last-minute gifts or themed decorations, you’d be hard pressed to find a better shopping zone.
Christmas at Snuggles
Across two sims, you're sure to find that perfect Christmas decoration. And once you've finished putting up those decorations, don't forget the Christmas cards and gifts, all found at snuggles. For a magical Christmas, visit Snuggles.
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Ever since the first person figured out that bent piece of wood got them down mountains faster, mankind has skied. Come enjoy this snowy pastime in a Second Life recreation of the south Austrian village of Semmering. The climb up is nothing compared to the rush of flying down. Just try not to hit any tourists, huh? 
Magic Mountain Semmering
In the South of lower Austria is the wonderful Semmering ski region with the Zauberberg ski area. Come enjoy skiing and other winter sports, as well a romantic dinners at the Seewirtshaus right by the lift station. The Semmering ski region is the hottest winter spot around, close enough for every day!
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This holiday season, take a moment to help those in need. The Children of the World Project is a charity event in support of War Child, which seeks to help children in war zones and places of conflict across the globe. Come help the people who need it most.
Children of the World Project
Help the world of children through music. Starting Friday, December 12th at noon and running through through Sunday, December 14, the Children of the World Project is a charity event in support of War Child. Come help children find futures, even in the midst of conflict.
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Few things are as fun as getting a group of friends together, rolling some dice and taking imaginary characters through amazing adventures. Remnants of Earth joins the grand tradition of stat-based RPG’s by offering a beautifully decrepit roleplay zone set in a place where Earth is a dismal backwater in a galactic civilization. 
Remnants of Earth
Remnants of Earth is a cyberpunk-fantasy role playing game, heavily based around classic pen and paper RPGs and with a focus on dice rolling, stats, MMO-like adventuring, and gathering. RoE takes place on Earth in the year 2130, after humanity has started to leave Earth behind to colonize the stars. Earth is now a crime riddled slumworld. This is it's story of the Remnants of Earth...
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Second Life wouldn’t be nearly as wonderful without all the amazing creations of residents like you, so make something awesome and share it with everyone. And if you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than the official Second Life Flickr page.


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What do you do when winter rolls around? Shovel driveways and bundle up? Buy spare umbrellas and ponchos? Once you’ve taken care of those things, why not curl up with a nice cup of cocoa and see what’s going on in Second Life? The Second Life Destination Guide has tons of new and exciting places to wander through, play in or just plain enjoy. Take a look below and see!
With the cold, wet and general discomfort, winter is the perfect time of year to snuggle with a dog, cat or whatever your companion animal happens to be. For those of you lacking a virtual pet, take a trip to the 2014 Christmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair. Best of all, all profits go to Relay for Life of Second Life, so help a stranger and gain a friend at the same time.
2014 Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair
The 2014 Second Life Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair offers 12 days of shopping, hunts, live performances, and winter fun! This returning eight-sim event is in support of Relay For Life of Second Life. For more information, be sure to visit https://slchristmasexpo.wordpress.com/.
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Frisland celebrates the changing seasons with a soothing and relaxed winterscape. Covering a huge area, enjoy a sparsely-developed, snowy landscape of hills, beaches and warm, rich colors. Minimalist and soothing, you owe yourself a visit to Frisland.
Frisland
Winter has made its silent arrival at Frisland. Snow falls on the trees, icicles hang from the rooftops, silence reigns. Come over and enjoy one of the most beautiful rural landscapes you can find in Second Life.
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Noel offers a well-balanced holiday sim with all the classic trappings: snowy mountains, gently falling flakes, pine trees covered in lights, flying reindeer and more. Set to region settings for an extra-soothing nighttime color palette.
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Immerse yourself in the beauty, warmth and spirit of the holidays at Calas Galadhon Park's Noel. Take a sleigh tour though this magical winter wonderland, all the way to the the beautiful Christmas Pavilion. Relax with a cup of hot chocolate or brandy, chat with friends by the fire or listen to one of the scheduled live music events. Don't forget the flying reindeer ride!
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Slowly drifting through the long, chill dark, it doesn’t get much colder than Phoenix One Station. A stellar place for roleplay in a well crafted build, who says you need a hemispheres to have winter fun?
Phoenix One Station
Originally a deep space research station, Phoenix One remains as humanity's last outpost after the Earth's destruction. For the last hundred years, it's traveled the universe, seeking out surviving humans and forging new alliances with alien races.
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How do you like holiday mashups? A darker holiday, full of werewolves, zombies and gory scares can be found at Mystic Haunted Xmas Island, a haunted Halloween island covered with a snowy blanket of festive cheer. Happy Hallow-istmas! Or is it merry Christm-oween? 
Mystic Haunted Xmas Island
Winter has come to Mystic Haunted Xmas Island, will Santa be able to overcome the zombie apocalypse? Wishing you a Scary Christmas!
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The best part of Second Life has always been your creations, so show us something great and share it with the grid. Don’t forget to take a look at what your neighbors are doing on the official Second Life Flickr page.
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What are your plans for the weekend? Holiday recuperation for some parts of the world? General weekend fun and relaxation? Why not make some of what’s going on in the Second Life Destination Guide part of your plan? it’s an exciting place full of something for everyone - so take a look at a few of these something below!
How does your body language come across in Second Life? Flirty and playful, or more mysterious and brooding? !Bang offers a great selection of poses for just about every need. Boasting a freshly-remodeled store, maybe it’s time to find a new favorite silhouette.
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!bang poses offers a high quality pose selection for couples and friends, as well as a wide variety of poses for models and photographers.
Visit in Second Life Done Wiv’ a Twist is a seasonal garden that gets a fresh redesign with every change of the weather. If you’re looking for a soothing and well-designed place to wander through, Done Wiv’ a Twist is the place to visit.
Done Wiv' a Twist
Done Wiv a Twist is a photogenic place that changes every season. They welcome newcomers, photographers, bloggers, and people who just enjoy great scenery.
Visit in Second Life Set in a futuristic build so smooth you can smell the burning chrome, Geeks n’ Nerds is a shopping event that celebrates anything and everything, well, geeky and nerdy. With over 100 designers showing off mesh creations, you’re sure to find something to make that nerd flag fly.
Geeks n' Nerds
Geeks n' Nerds is an annual fair that showcases some of the most popular things in the geek and nerd world. Some of the best original mesh designers are chosen to partake in this event, so there's guaranteed to be something for everyone. Geeks n' Nerds opens November 24th and runs until December 10th!
Visit in Second Life What do you know about Queen Elizabeth and 16th century England? The House of Tudor is a recreation of the Oatlands Palace, just off the Thames river. Come here to learn about the history of this time of changes, or just enjoy the free period dress.
House of Tudor
In the dramatic background of the 16th century England, one woman holds the key to England’s most glorious empire: Elizabeth Tudor. The year is 1560. In a village north of the English county of Surrey lies Oatlands Palace. Overlooking the Thames River, Oatlands was built around the south western periphery of London by Henry VIII. Free period clothing is available for visitors at the main landing.
Visit in Second Life The Fantasy Collective is a monthly shopping event with quite a few contributors. This intimate boutique is perfect for a quick peek and wander, whatever you’re looking for.
The Fantasy Collective
The Fantasy Collective is a premier monthly shopping event that opens every 20th at noon. Come enjoy this quaint boutique.
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When’s the last time you visited the Second Life Destination Guide? There’s always something new and interesting happening in Second Life, so come take a look!
 
In case you haven’t heard, there’s less than a week to go in the 2014 Toys for Tots Breedable Expo. Stop by for fun pets and great performers on two whole sims of charitable fun. You can’t really go wrong when all proceeds go to a good cause.   
2014 Toys for Tots & Breedable Expo
The Toys for Tots & Breedable's Expo will be kicked off by Amaretto & KittyCats Breedables on Nov 15th through Nov 23rd. Hosting two sims full of fun, the event will feature some of Second Life’s top breedables, non-breedables, and the grid's finest live performers. All proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots, visit www.sl-t4t.org for more info.
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Where do you go for electronica, looking for a new favorite place? Club Lucente boasts four well-designed stages, live DJs and a multitude of electronic genres.
 
Club Lucente
Club Lucente has been around since 2008, offering live DJ's, dancing, house, trance and more. With four wild stages, you can't go wrong at Club Lucente!
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2Lei is a week-long discussion community event chock full of ideas, art and more relating to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Share perspectives, join discussion groups or just enjoy the beauty of 2Lei.
 
2Lei
2Lei brings people together once again to inaugurate a week of reflections, ideas, artistic and cultural stimuli over the common theme discussed at the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This is the fifth consecutive year for 2Lei in Second Life, so join them for this year's theme: rebirth.
Visit in Second Life A recurring seasonal shopping bonanza, the Thrift Shop’s Winter Edition is an enormous warehouse stuffed with games, gachas and collections from a huge variety of brands and creators. Looking for your new favorite brand? Look no further.
 
The Thrift Shop Winter Edition
The Thrift Shop is a quarterly sales event that runs for 22 days. The focus of this event is to bring a large variety of designers together in one spot to present samples of their work at great prices. This edition is a full-sim event with sales tables, new releases, and gacha machines. Visit www.depravednation.com to learn more.
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Chaos, Kosmos is a complex installation representing the understanding of an even more complex idea. Is it possible to understand the origin of the cosmos through the artist’s interpretation of chaos?
 
Chaos, Kosmos
Chaos, Kosmos is the newest creation from artist Giovanna Cerise. See the artist create aesthetic meaning from formless matter, cosmogony regulated by quantum mechanics, order from chaos. Set to sunset or midnight to best appreciate the nuanced setting. For more information, be sure to visit http://giovannacerise.blogspot.com/.
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A seasonally fun hunt coinciding with Depraved Nation’s fifth anniversary, the Dirty Turkey Hunt features over 100 free shops, stops and prizes.


The Dirty Turkey Hunt 5.0
The Dirty Turkey Hunt 5.0 runs from November 1st through the 30th, marking Depraved Events' fifth year on the grid! Over 100 stores are offering new, exclusive and free gifts to hunters who find the hidden hunt objects. Each store provides helpful hints and a full gallery will be listed on the website when the hunt opens. Make sure you join the Depraved Events group for helpful hints and chatter along the way.
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When was the last time you shared a creation with the rest of the grid? It’s surprisingly easy! And if you’re looking for new ideas, the official Second Life Flickr page is a wonderful starting point for ideas and inspiration.
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OnLive's SL Go allows you to access Second Life on mobile devices - including recently added iPad support - and Draxtor Despres has produced a fun video ad for the service that you can watch below or on YouTube 
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As the ad shows, SL Go allows  you to enjoy Second Life even when you're away from your main computer. Where will you take it?  
For more info about SL Go, including regional availability, pricing options, and to get started with a free trial, visit the OnLive website for Sl Go and get playing outside.
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Tonight is the night when weeks or months of planning costumes, makeup and hair comes to its glorious fruition. Or, perhaps you prefer to masterfully throw something together last minute that looks like you spent months on it. Either way, there’s no denying that Halloween is one of Second Life’s biggest holidays and one that Residents enjoy to the fullest.
What are your Second Life Halloween plans? Are you looking to scare yourself silly, explore fantastical locales or party the night away? Check out these great destinations from the Second Life Destination Guide!
We’ve scared up just a few of the many great places you can wander this Hallow’s Eve. Explore an exciting look at el Dia de los Muertos, or wander through an abandoned steampunk island town. Enjoy not one, but two exciting Halloween hunts before stopping by a beloved clothing designer celebrating a full ten years on the grid. Lastly, be sure you visit the Haunted Halloween Tour before it vanishes. Just be sure you’re ready for quite a fright!
Happy Halloween to all!
Smithsonian Dia De Los Muertos Festival
The Smithsonian Latino Center in collaboration with the University of Texas at El Paso are proud to present a Day of the Dead 3D experience, Oct 29 through Nov 2, 2014. Join them in celebrating Latino cultural heritage through this holiday for honoring both the dead and the cycle of life and death. There'll be a Halloween dance party, dead poets reading, ofrendas, a meso-ballgame tournament, costume contests, music, art and more!
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Little Town by Cica Ghost
The inhabitants of Cica Ghost's Little Town have all disappeared for the day, are they just hiding? Take this chance to to explore their quirky, curious, humorously delightful island.
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Terror-iffic
Terror-iffic is a annual quality L$5 Halloween Hunt, bringing together the love of all things Halloween to stores across the grid each October. 100% original content creators bring back the spooky, fun and cute to celebrate the love of all things Halloween, tricks and treat hunting. Come celebrate Halloween like never before, be sure to make it Terror-iffic!
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Second Pride Halloween 2014
Come to Second Pride's 2014 Halloween festival October 25th through November 1st for live performances all week leading up to Halloween. Voodoo is open 24/7 for your haunted exploration. Be sure to check out the haunted mansion, the fun house, the pumpkin hunt and more. Check out the performance schedule at http://bit.ly/1tarW2g.
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DE Designs
Offers original clothing for men and women including formal wear, casual attire, shoes, lingerie, dresses, and themed items.
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Haunted Halloween Tour
What will you do this Halloween? Help children with a sugar fix? Buy overpriced masks from big-box stores? Do something different, something frightening and fun. Linden Lab is proud to present the Haunted Halloween Tour. Strap in and prepare to experience haunts, ghouls, death, scares, and a descent through madness itself. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart!
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This Sunday, October 26th, at 9 AM PST you can be a part of Second Life history by attending the 1st Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Second Life.

Make strides to promote awareness, support caregivers and survivors, and honor those who have passed.
The event takes place at the Making Strides Walk location here.
Lace up your most comfortable virtual shoes and show your support by showing up.
For specifics about the event, how it works and who it benefits, you can visit the official Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life blog.
 
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Limited Time Only! 50% off Premium Membership & Premium Perks
For a limited time, you can get a Premium Second Life Membership for 50 percent off*! Upgrade now at half-off and enjoy premium perks, including brand new premium gifts.
Perks for Premium subscribers include a a L$1000 sign-up bonus, exclusive access to Premium Sandboxes (special areas inworld where you can build objects, rez purchased items and meet other creative users), a weekly L$ stipend to spend on whatever you like, your own home, and special free gifts.
Limited Edition Premium Gifts
Just in time for Halloween, we have some new gifts for Premium subscribers - the bag of treats includes jack o'lanterns, witches’ brooms and more - including a bone-shaking skeleton avatar to haunt your favorite spooky spots in. Go Premium, then pick up your gifts at the inworld Gift Kiosks.

Haunted Halloween Tour for Everyone - Oculus Rift or Regular Experiences Available
There’s also a special treat for everyone! Come visit the Haunted Halloween Tour and ride through a terrifying gauntlet of thrills and chills! For those who dare, step through the Halloween path from the Portal Park. If you have an Oculus Rift, you can check out the tour’s VR option - just grab the latest Project Viewer to get started.
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Second Life Fab-OO-lous Snapshot Contest
Last, but certainly not least - we know how much you love to dress up and show off your seasonal side this time of year - so why not join us on the forums for Second Life’s Fa-BOO-lous Snapshot Contest. Your frightful and delightful snapshots could win you L$10,000, L$5,000, L$3,000, or L$1,000!
Happy Halloween!

*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT
This limited-time discount offer is available only for 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; price will return to USD 22.50, excluding VAT where applicable. To qualify, Second Life members must have an active Basic account or create a new Second Life account. Discount offer begins on Wednesday the 15th of October at 08:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and expires on Monday the 3rd of November 2014 at 08:00 am Pacific Standard Time (PST).
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A few months ago, we released a Project Viewer that made it possible to use the first generation Oculus Rift development kit (DK1) anywhere in Second Life.
Since then, Oculus Rift has released a second generation development kit, DK2. The new hardware offers an even more immersive experience when used with Second Life - there’s less likelihood of feeling motion sick thanks to the motion-tracking features, and less of the “screen-door effect” on the visuals, thanks to higher resolution and brighter display.
We’ve integrated the DK2 with Second Life, and today are releasing a new Project Viewer so that virtual reality enthusiasts with the DK2 can use it anywhere in Second Life, just as DK1 users can.
Unfortunately, though, there are still some bugs impacting the experience, which we won’t be able to fix until we receive the next SDK from Oculus Rift. Because Second Life uses OpenGL in its browser, we cannot support direct mode in the Rift until Oculus releases a version of the SDK that supports that.
In addition, juddering is an issue (as it is with most DK2 demos).This can be significantly improved on Windows by turning off Aero, which allows the Rift to use its full refresh rate rather than being limited to the refresh rate of the primary monitor. This refresh rate is a major factor in the judder and turning off Aero can significantly improve your experience.
We’ll continue to fix bugs and improve the experience as quickly as we can once we get the next SDK, but in the meantime, we wanted to get this Project Viewer out into testers’ hands. If you have an Oculus Rift development kit, you can download the new Project Viewer here.
Here again is our video to help you get started using the Oculus Rift with Second Life.
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