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Torley Linden

The Second Life Discussion Guidelines have moved here.

^ As a friendly reminder, please read the guidelines before commenting on the blogs or posting in the forums so you can be awesome! ^_^

This change was done by Torley Linden as part of making help easier to find... because the previous version couldn't be read by non-logged-in Residents and contained numerous formatting glitches and old references (for example, "Xstreet" instead of "Marketplace"). The meat and spirit of the Discussion Guidelines' content remains the same, and been cleaned up on the wiki help pages, where future versions can be updated easier. Please let Torley know if there are further errors to correct.

Linden Lab

Our “Made in Second Life” series continues with our first episode focusing on “Art Made in Second Life.” This episode spotlights Fiona Fei, an artist who has extended her canvas to Second Life. Fei, who has an MS in Visualization from Texas A&M University, uses SL to “share [her] thoughts, ideas, knowledge, and artistic vision in fantastic ways that is not possible in the real world.”

Her work can currently be seen in the Shui Mo Gallery, a series of installations created in the style of Chinese ink brush painting, depicting a common theme or landscape seen in many traditional Chinese paintings. 

“As a Chinese American who immigrated from China at a young age, I created the Shui Mo series as a way of connecting with my ancestry and celebrate centuries of art from old masters who painted using traditional Chinese ink brush style,” says Fei.

Shui Mo hovers over Dreams, a region dedicated to helping and supporting stroke survivors and people with autism by means of regular group meetings, classes, games, and creative building contests. The goal of the Shui Mo Gallery is to give the visitors and the Dreams community the feel of being fully immersed inside a 2D drawing as well as an escape from even ‘’virtual’' reality, where the 3D space melts away into the mind of the artist.

 “It is my hope that these artworks will look like 2D paintings upon first glance and surprise the viewer in seeing that they are actually sculptures,” she says. “When you first come into the gallery, you are about to step into a world of ink and become the art...or at least become immersed as a fellow piece of artwork."

CREDITS:

Video produced by Draxtor Despres

Logo designed by Marianne McCann

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Linden Lab

For a limited time, get 10% off your first year of a new annual Premium Membership subscription.* Premium members get a one-time L$1000 sign-up bonus, a weekly L$ stipend, their own home, priority access to full events inworld, and exclusive gifts like the festive ones below. Subscribers also have special access to Premium Sandboxes inworld, where you can build objects, unpack your purchased items, and meet other Premium members. Upgrade to Premium and start enjoying all the benefits now!

New Winter Premium Gift is Now Available
Premium members can stop by one of the Premium Gift kiosks to claim over a dozen holiday decorations. If you’re not yet Premium, take advantage of this 10% discount to easily upgrade and grab your gifts immediately.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 10% DISCOUNT 
This offer begins on December 2, 2019, at 8 AM Pacific Time (PT) and expires on January 2, 2020, at 8 AM PT. To qualify for this promotion, you must 1) have an existing Second Life ("SL") basic account or create a new account, and 2) select annual (every one year) billing for your SL account. The ten percent (10%) discount will be applied to your first annual bill and will be renewed at the standard Premium Membership price (currently US$99.00 per year). For new accounts or accounts not previously upgraded to Premium Membership, after initial login through the Second Life viewer following upgrade to Premium Membership and: 1) following your first full week, the L$300 weekly stipend will be deposited to your account every Tuesday for the duration of your Premium Membership; and 2) after your account has been active for forty-five (45) consecutive days, the L$ sign-up bonus will be deposited to your account.

 

Linden Lab

It was literally this morning that I found out this fun fact: Jingle Bells was originally a Thanksgiving song - called One Horse Open Sleigh. Guess it didn’t catch on so much - and evolved into the tune we all know today as an anthem for the winter holidays.

While we are just heading into the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, all over the Grid, Second Life has started to look like a twinkling wonderland - with snow, sleighs, and fairy lights galore. 

This week’s destination video highlights one such spot - Moochies - Tis the Season. A gorgeous and cozy spot to ease you into the holiday spirit, Moochies is vibrant and bright. Be sure to wrap yourself in a warm winter coat and pay it a visit. Be sure to take a ride on the no horse open sleigh as well!

 

For more  Destination videos, check out our Destination Video channel on our official YouTube Channel.

Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres

P.S. Need more reason to get into the spirit of things? Why not take a few minutes to grab your free gifts from the Winter Swaginator Hunt going on right now. Here’s a quick How-To that will make it a snap. It’s fun with friends!

Philip Linden

After about four months as interim CEO, working closely with Bob Komin, the management team, and the board, we've decided we are ready to start the search for a new CEO. I'll be leaving day-to-day management of the company and continuing in my role on the board, including helping in the search to find a great CEO. I will also be continuing my work with my new company, LoveMachine. Bob will lead Linden Lab while we conduct the search. It's been an intense few months of transition, and we all feel like we are in a better place now, with a clearer sense of direction and more focus, and are ready to bring someone new into the mix as a leader.

Linden Lab

 

Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our first ever episode of Lab Gab with Xiola & Strawberry on August 28th! While things got off to a bit of a rough start with some pesky technical difficulties (no amount of testing can fully prepare you for going ‘live’) we had a blast chatting with you and answering your questions about all things Second Life. We’ve also looked into the audio issues to ensure that things go much smoother for our second episode. Thanks for sticking with us!

This week - we return with a special guest -  Reed Linden - Product Manager, Second Life. Reed brings the dish on a bunch of different things related to Second Life accounts, including Marketplace, Profiles, and the recently released Bakes on Mesh project. We are excited to welcome Reed to the Lab Gab set for a chat about some of the things going on from the product team’s perspective. We’ll be taking questions from viewers towards the end of the show, and we look forward to seeing you there. 

Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel to watch on Wednesday, September 11th at 3 pm PT/SLT. 

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Linden Lab

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Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays in Second Life - when the veil between the other world and inworld is thinnest. Each year, we see events, parties, hunts, and costumes haunt even the farthest reaches of the Grid. It’s a great time of year to explore the elements of surprise and the unknown, and maybe even get a little scared. While dressing up is a year-round activity for many, there are some next-level looks that roam inworld. 

This week, we’ll be talking about Halloween in Second Life as well as taking a field trip to venture into some Halloween-themed events. Join us as we wander the spooky, spoopy, and downright kooky side of Second Life!

Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel (or check us out on our new Mixer channel or Facebook Live! Via our Official Facebook page) to watch on Wednesday, October 9th at 3 pm PT/SLT. 

Linden Lab

Here in most of the United States, we’ve entered that time of year where it gets dark very early. It will literally feel like 10 pm at night when it’s barely 6 or 7 pm. The temperatures dip in the evenings, but there is still enough of the Autumn sunshine to keep us from realizing how fast November is moving by! In stores, they’ve already begun to deck the halls, and there’s the distinct sound of jingles and holiday tunes in the air. The new holiday cups at coffee shops all already out, and there’s no denying that … winter is coming.

We’re all set to go walking in some Winter wonderlands in our next episode of Lab Gab with Xiola & Strawberry. What’s not to love about sweater weather, a cozy scarf, and the calming crackling of a toasty fire? Winter is a time of year for family, friends, holidays, and cheer - and we’re ready to bring some of that cheer to Lab Gab.

We’ll be going live at 3 pm (PT/SLT) this Wednesday, November 20th.


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Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel (or check us out on our new Mixer channel or Facebook Live! Via our Official Facebook page) to watch on Wednesday, November 20th at 3 pm PT/SLT. 

Linden Lab

The VWBPE Conference is a community-driven event that focuses on education in immersive virtual worlds like Second Life. It’s organized by educators, for educators as an opportunity to showcase and share research and best practices in virtual learning environments.

The conference runs through April 1st, and a full schedule of events in available on the website.

Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab, has participated in the VWBPE Conference since 2014, when he spoke at the Featured Keynote just a few weeks after joining Linden Lab. This year, Ebbe will be part of Above the Book: a Conversation about Education in Second Life with Kevin Feenan, founder of the Rockcliffe University Consortium. The discussion will take place on Wednesday the 29th of March, at 1 PM SLT. You can view a live stream during the talk via YouTube. Many of the discussions throughout the event will be recorded and made available on the VWBPE YouTube channel after April 5th, 2017.

Linden Lab

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Thank you to everyone who has tuned in to watch the “Lab Gab with Xiola and Strawberry” live stream, or watched the archives on our Official YouTube Channel. We’re having a lot of fun coming up with different ideas for content to bring to you in these shows, and this week we have a special guest from the blogger community - Kess Crystal!

Kess has been a Second Life Resident for almost a decade - much of which she has dedicated much of her time to running the popular BVN or The Blogger & Vlogger Network.

Blogging in Second Life is something that a large base of our Residents participates in to some degree or another. Whether it’s via posting pictures on Flickr, creating branded blogs, sharing tutorials, creating event videos … there is a ton of incredible content being created from the community.

Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel (or check us out on our new Mixer channel!) to watch on Wednesday, September 25th at 3 pm PT/SLT. 

Ram Linden

The L$/US$ exchange rate briefly experienced fluctuations for approximately one week in June. At the time, we interpreted this as being due to a number of factors, including uncertainty over our recent reorganization. Further research has shown  this was also caused by the effect of merging Residents’ inworld and XStreet SL account balances in late March. Previously, Residents had two separate balances: one for inworld transactions, and one for XStreet SL transactions. Merging those balances provided a more convenient, efficient way for Residents to maintain and spend their L$ balance. Residents are no longer keeping a higher than historical average L$ balance across their two accounts and this process of reducing their  total balances caused new L$ purchases to temporarily be lower while  these “extra” L$ were used and/or added to the selling volume if the L$ were taken out of the economy. At this time, total Resident L$ balances have stabilized and are no longer falling.

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Despite this temporary uncertainty and related market impact that caused sell volumes to briefly spike beyond purchase demand during one week, trading activity and the exchange rate have since returned to near historical levels.

The L$ exchange rate is a floating rate that can change based on supply and demand. Although Linden Lab employs a variety of methods including  sinks, sources, and selling L$ from time to time, and tries to maintain a relatively stable money supply and exchange rate, we are committed to allowing the economy to fluctuate based on its own market forces. As in the real-world economy, these market forces can sometimes result in changes that can affect businesses positively or negatively in Second Life.

For more information on the Second Life economy in the second quarter, read today’s blog post.

Linden Lab

The final month of the year is upon us. A time to reflect on the year behind us, and the one in front of us. It’s not unusual to see the rest of the year gone in the blink of an eye - but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season!

In some parts of the world, this time of year is Summer, with sunshine and warm temperatures, but in other parts of the world, the snow has come on in full force, and the only thing rising is people’s heating bill - but in Second Life - you can enjoy the snow without the extra expense. 

Last time on Lab Gab, we barely touched the surface of the virtual avalanche of winter-themed attractions in the Destination Guide. This week, we’re back for more!

Xiola & Strawberry have ransacked their inventories looking for warm outfits, and are all set to explore a few more incredible spots on the Grid. Grab your hot cocoa, throw on a warm blankie, and get ready to go dashing through the snow.

We’ll be going live at 3 pm (PT/SLT) this Wednesday, December 4th, 2019.

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Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel (or check us out on our new Mixer channel or Facebook Live! Via our Official Facebook page) to watch on Wednesday!

Linden Lab

The last Lab Gab of the Year is upon us! The end of the year is a time to both reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Some big announcements and updates will be shared.

Join us at 3 pm PT/SLT on Wednesday, December 18th, as Xiola and Strawberry talk about some exciting upcoming fun - including the ever-popular Linden/Resident Snowball Fight, the Last Names Contest, and much more. If you’ve not been to one of the snowball fights before, this is the one to come to! Residents and Lindens meetup at Winter Wonderland for tons of snow-filled fun. Specifics will be revealed on the show!


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Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel (or check us out on Mixer, Periscope or Facebook Live! Via our Official Facebook page) to watch on December 18th at 3 pm PT/SLT. 

Linden Lab

While many of us are still recovering from the winter holidays, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and our shopping itch just won’t go away! 

Linden Lab is winding up for a Valentine’s Day inworld shopping event - and we’re now looking for Merchants who would like to participate. 

The Valentine’s Day edition of Shop & Hop will open on February 3rd and will run through February 17th. This is your opportunity to bring a ton of new customers to your brand, by offering some of your best items. We are looking for Merchants willing to offer a discount on some of their items and provide a small non-exclusive gift to shoppers.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please fill out this form as soon as possible and no later than Monday, January 20th, 2020. We will contact you soon after that date if your application is accepted. 

We are excited to host this event and look forward to putting it together!

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Image by Fel Matias.

Strawberry Linden

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Image taken at Lost Lagoon.

Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. So in no particular order, here are a few locations on the Destination Guide that we’d recommend checking out this weekend:

Burrow Coffee Co. - Also featured in our Destinations video this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Linden Lab

This week’s Destinations video visits Burrow Coffee Co., one of the many cafes and coffeehouses in Second Life.

Created by Harlow Heslop, Burrow is only the latest of her many coffeehouse creations.

“I have been decorating cafe-style places in Second Life for almost 12 years,” says Harlow. “I got the nickname ‘Hurricane Harlow’ because I tend to take them down, rebuild  and come up with new and innovative ways to spaces for people to hang out.”

Like many physical coffeehouses and cafes, Burrow has been designed as a social space that welcomes live music performances, deejays, poetry readings and other social gatherings.

“It’s a great spot for conversation and gathering,” says Harlow. “People can come here as couples and spend time on a date. It’s also a great space for people to come alone. A lot of people come here to relax just like you would in a real-life coffee house. Hopefully, it has a sense of realism for people and gives them a safe and comfortable place in SL to come and spend time.”

CREDITS:
Video production by Draxtor Despres

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