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Tara Linden

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(photo courtesy of Tally Mercury)

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

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

Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: I first heard about Second Life by working in the education sector. Some colleagues of mine were investigating how SL could be used to enhance digital learning. As a graphic designer, I got involved as I saw an opportunity to be creative and make clothing, so I started doing that back in 2009.

Q: How long have you been playing music?
A: I've been playing music for as long as I can remember. I think I have been singing for as long as I have been talking lol. I started singing properly when I was 16 though, in a church setting. They sang quite modern songs, and that is when I started to play the guitar, too! I had played many instruments before that, but the guitar seemed to sing with me, so I've stuck with it for the remaining 24 years!

Q: Name some of the musicians who have been most influential to you.
A: There have been so many over the years and from such an eclectic mix. I grew up listening to classical music, through to Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, to Michael Jackson. When I was 16 and started playing guitar, I got into a lot of rock music. Nu Metal particularly, like Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park, but over the years, there have been certain musicians that have always stuck with me. Jeff Buckley is probably my biggest inspiration. He inspires me with my vocals and with my songwriting. The guy was a genius. I just wished he had lived longer - I often wonder where he could have taken his music.
In Second Life there have been a few musicians that have had a big impact. Skye Galaxy really helped me to use more emotion and create more atmosphere in my performances, but there have been people like Saintess Larnia and Lexus Melodie that have always driven me forward and encouraged me too. Phemie Alcott is also a great emotional performer.

Q: Do you feel there have been more concerts this year since the pandemic started, and do you think the atmosphere at inworld shows has changed?
A: There are definitely more concerts inworld, but there are also more artists performing. I have seen many new artists either join SL for the first time or start performing for the first time. I've seen some artists that haven't performed in years come back to the scene, too!
I don't think the atmosphere has changed. There has always been a very strong music community in Second Life. I think it has grown, so we are seeing larger crowds now, but it's still the same positive vibe as always, and I find it very exciting to see it thriving still, even after performing here for 11 years.

Q: Tell us about an "A-ha!" moment when something about playing music clicked for you.
A: I remember playing a concert in Second Life at a sim called Burrow that my good friend Harlow Heslop owns. After the show, I got a message from someone who was there for the first time. She told me how she had been brought along to the concert by a friend because she had been feeling down. She had recently come out of an abusive relationship in RL and was struggling to put things back together again, but she said that when she heard my music, she felt her soul heal. I mean, what an incredible thing to hear from someone. So I guess I realised a few things from that moment. 1. How important my music is, even when I don't think I'm doing anything significant, or those days when I feel like I'm rubbish and should give up, that despite how I'm feeling, my songs could just be helping someone through a dark moment and show them some light. 2. Never underestimate how much putting your own emotion into your music can translate over the airwaves. I always try to feel what I am singing, so that those listening can feel it too. It makes for a more intimate performance and it becomes way more than just listening to someone sing. It really is a performance. Listeners cannot see me, they can only hear me, so I have to give it that something 'else.'

Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: I think the friendships I have made. The people who have committed so much time and money to help the music scene thrive for as long as it has. The late Garrett Lutz was a huge inspiration. He believed in the live music scene in SL. Even up to the point of when he passed away, he was still supporting the scene here. Places like Templemore (Lutz City) owned by Luis Lockjaw and Whata Conundrum, that has just celebrated 10 years of being a live music venue in Second Life. How awesome is that! I will never get over how dedicated people are to the community and how much they invest in keeping it alive. It's why I keep coming back, and can't imagine a life without it. I love every single person that has ever come to a show and supported the artist and venue. I love how we all need each other, The artist, the venue and the patrons - we can't do this without everyone involved. What an amazing family to be a part of!


Thanks, Tally! He is also in a band called Neon Fiction. Keep an eye out for them, as they hope to play more gigs in SL soon!

If you or someone you know would like to submit content to be featured in Music Mondays, please fill out this form. Have  great week!
 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Deadman's Island

Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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Linden Lab

Halloween Shop & Hop - Now Open!


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

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

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

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

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

Happy Halloween!
 

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

STORES: LOCATION AT EVENT:
_-FAS-_ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/99/228/53
:::boyberry::: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/229/102/53
:UNA: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/197/158/53
.: Runic :. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/202/101/53
.EscalateD. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/228/158/53
.peaches. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/54/161/53
.Tardfish. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/161/233/53
[ Aleutia ] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/28/99/53
[: Kawaii Couture :] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/229/102/53
[^.^Ayashi^.^] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/158/203/53
[CIRCA] Living http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/23/159/53
[ContraptioN] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/167/168/53
[Cubic Cherry] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/161/233/53
[Krescendo] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/88/164/53
[KuddelMuddel] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/197/158/53
[Sheba] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/99/228/53
{ wren's nest } http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/23/159/53
{Limerence} http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/228/158/53
* SK * ( old sweet Kajira ) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/155/60/53
**UTOPIA@Design** http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/155/60/53
*Elite Equestrian* http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/155/60/53
*Epic* http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/228/158/53
*paper moon* http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/60/100/53
#ADORED & VICE X #ADORED http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/167/168/53
= LIZAIL = http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/23/159/53
~Mythril~ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/197/158/53
1313 Mockingbird Lane http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/99/23/53
3rd Eye Perceptions http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/158/203/53
777 Motors http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/99/51/53
A N E http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/167/168/53
A.D.D.Andel! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/54/161/53
A&D Clothing http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/99/51/53
Addams http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/88/164/53
AlaFolie http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/54/161/53
ALMA Makeup http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/60/100/53
Aphrodite Shop http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/100/200/53
Apple May Designs http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/88/164/53
Ashbourne & Co. Fine Jewellers http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/158/26/53
Astara http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/158/203/53
ATTIC http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/100/200/53
Baby Ghee http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/229/102/53
Baiastice http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/99/51/53
Belle Epoque http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/155/60/53
Blossom&Seeds http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/229/102/53
Blow-Up http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/229/102/53
BONDI http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/99/23/53
Boudoir http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/88/164/53
Bumblebee http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/202/101/53
Candy Kitten http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/202/101/53
Casa de Bebe http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/99/228/53
CELESTE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/23/159/53
Cerridwen´s Cauldron http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/167/168/53
Cheval D'or/Elysian http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/99/228/53
CHEZ MOI FURNITURES http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/23/159/53
ChicChica http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/202/101/53
CHIMAERA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/60/100/53
Chop Zuey http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/92/89/53
CONSTRUCT http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/60/100/53
Cube Republic http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/161/233/53
Culprit http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/202/101/53
DaD - Virtual Living - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/54/161/53
Dahlia http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/229/102/53
Dark Passions http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/228/158/53
Decoy http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/100/200/53
DEEP STATIC http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/197/158/53
Dreaming Thicket http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/158/203/53
Enchante' http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/99/23/53
Entice http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/99/51/53
etham http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/28/99/53
EXMACHINA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/161/233/53
Faida http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/99/51/53
Fallen Gods Inc. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/92/89/53
Fantasy China http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/60/100/53
Fantavatar & Moonstruck http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/99/23/53
Ghoul 喰種 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/229/102/53
Glam Affair http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/165/93/53
Harshlands http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/28/99/53
Hayabusa Design http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/167/168/53
HAZEL http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/60/100/53
HILTED http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/92/89/53
Holli Pocket http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/100/200/53
HORNTAIL http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/54/161/53
Infinite Furniture http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/158/26/53
Inner Demons http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/99/23/53
Insomnia Angel http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/100/200/53
irrISIStible http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/165/93/53
Jinx http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/92/89/53
Joker's Asylum http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/155/60/53
Juna Artistic Tattoo http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/60/100/53
JUSTICE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/100/200/53
K&S http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/197/158/53
KAI http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/229/102/53
Kunglers http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/165/93/53
Lapointe & BastChild http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/167/168/53
lassitude & ennui http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/197/158/53
Lilith's Den http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/23/159/53
Luas http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/158/26/53
Luova http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/202/101/53
LYBRA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/99/23/53
Madpea http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/228/158/53
MALified http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/158/26/53
Meshmerized http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/23/159/53
Modulus http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/28/99/53
Moon Rabbit http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/99/228/53
Mosquito's Way http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/99/51/53
Mossu http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/99/23/53
MUSU http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/28/99/53
Narcisse http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/158/26/53
ND/MD http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/99/51/53
Neve http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/165/93/53
Never Totally Dead... http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/165/93/53
NeverWish http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/23/159/53
Noxturnal http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/161/233/53
On A Lark http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/167/168/53
Orban http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/158/203/53
Pink Cream Pie http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/99/228/53
PinkRayne http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/28/99/53
PIXEL BOX Design http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/99/51/53
pixicat http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/92/89/53
PULSE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/28/99/53
RAWR! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/54/161/53
RNK http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/197/158/53
Roawenwood http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/54/161/53
ROZOREGALIA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/92/89/53
Rumah Kita http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/100/200/53
Salt & Pepper http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/228/158/53
Schadenfreude http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/88/164/53
SEmotion http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/92/89/53
Short Leash http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/155/60/53
Sintiklia http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/99/23/53
Slink http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/158/26/53
Solus http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/155/60/53
Star Sugar http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/99/228/53
Stardust http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/158/26/53
studioDire http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/28/99/53
Supernatural http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/228/158/53
Sway's http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/92/89/53
Sweet Thing http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/197/158/53
Tableau Vivant http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/88/164/53
tarte. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/165/93/53
Teegle http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/167/168/53
Tentacio http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/161/233/53
The Annex http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/228/158/53
The forge http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/88/164/53
The Nerdy Birdy http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/100/200/53
The Stringer Mausoleum http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/202/101/53
Trompe Loeil http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/88/164/53
unKindness http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/60/100/53
Valentina E. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/165/93/53
Vanity Hair http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/54/161/53
VARONIS http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/99/228/53
Velika Rituals http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jubilant/158/203/53
Velvet Whip http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/158/203/53
Venge http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/161/233/53
What Next http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/165/93/53
Ys&ys http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/155/60/53
Yūgen http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/202/101/53
Zibska http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/161/233/53
Zinnias http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/158/203/53
Zombie Suicide http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/158/26/53
Linden Lab

 

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Something spooky is happening in Second Life! As October begins, hundreds of haunted experiences and events are emerging from the dark shadows of Second Life. To jumpstart your jumpscares, we’ve assembled a few Halloween-themed highlights you won’t want to miss.

 

Halloween Swaginator Hunt 2020

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

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

 

New Premium Gift: Ghoul Follower

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

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

All-New Halloween Haunted Ride and Haunted Neighborhood

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

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

 

More Haunted Attractions

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

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Second Life Destinations: Sandboxing Around the Grid


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Video Production Credits:

Draxtor Despres

Linden Lab

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for more Halloween season announcements!

 

 

Strawberry Linden

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

Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team.

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

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

 

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

 

And now here are some featured spots from our Haunted category:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tara Linden

Machinima in Second Life


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(still from a video by Burnha Firehawk)

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

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

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

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

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

Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations: Asiza's Islands of Love


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Video Production Credits:

Draxtor Despres

Tara Linden
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This week's featured artist is Phemie Garfield, whose earnest and uplifting blend of folk and indie rock will energize the start of your week.
 
Please check out her music here
 

Q: When and how did you hear about Second Life?
A: I heard about Second Life on New Year's Day at the dinner table with my family. My brother asked me if I'd heard of it and how it's not a game but a world where you can just socialize with people and create things, and there was live music, which made me so curious to check it out!

Q: Some of your songs come to a really powerful crescendo, is that of particular symbolic value to you?
A: That is a really interesting question! Yes, I think I've always been a fan of dynamics and expression and power in music. When I'm writing music there is a cathartic release of emotion. I feel things very deeply and sometimes talking about it is so uncomfortable, but with music I can express it safely. It's like riding a wave and that crescendo is probably my way of riding that wave of anger or passion or sadness or hurt or joy. I've always loved anthemic rock, like U2 for example.

Q: How did you first become interested in playing music?
A: It really started in high school after a few years of devouring records that my big brother would play for me and listening to my dad's old vinyls that I would sing to in my bedroom. I started piano in 5th grade and learned how to sight read very quickly, and then in college learned acoustic guitar. Once I graduated college, I moved home and somehow started jamming with a friend and then it turned into a rock band that I sang in for four years. We toured regionally and I loved every second of it.

Q: What instruments do you play, and do you have any favorite models?
A: I play piano and guitar.  I think it's fair to say that Tori Amos was a big influence especially with how she wrote piano. Vocally my role models are Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Bono, and Sia. 

Q: Tell us about some musicians and/or artists that have influenced your style. 
A: Bono and U2 were a huge influence on me. He had this passionate soaring voice that just carried you into another dimension. They were heartfelt and something felt so true and authentic about his voice.  Tori's Amos' style was delicate and yet strong, deep but accessible. Her music is beautiful yet when you read some of her lyrics they are edgy, dark, and full of pain, and you can tell she was working out some deep stuff. Joni MItchell... Well, she was just a goddess genius of lyricism and melody. Her voice was warm and could move you, and her melodies were so imaginative. All these people taught me that it isn't enough to just sing, you have to give yourself... It has to come from deep within. The music has to come from your heart and you can't be afraid.

Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music scene to you?
A: The SL music community is one of the most accepting and welcoming communities around. If you have an original to throw out there, they welcome it. If you aren't the best singer in the world but you have heart and you give your time to people, they will come and listen and they will stay the whole hour. It's just wonderful to see. People love to hear a live performer just giving their all and they give budding musicians a chance to be heard and to practice their skills. Also, hearing from people who IM me and say things like, you really helped me through my night, or you really made me feel something is so awesome. To know people from around the world are listening! That is so cool.

Thank you, Phemie!


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Strawberry Linden

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Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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As you may know, we are in the process of moving Second Life to the cloud! Our first ever cloud simulators, on the beta grid, have been uplifted, and we can use your assistance. Here’s your opportunity to be among the first Residents to test the performance of uplift.

Log in to the beta grid (click here for instructions) and start at the Aditi Portal Park to try out Linden Realms in the cloud. Bring your friends and spend some time engaging in the virtual experience produced and provided by Linden Lab. You may even run into the often unseen technical Lindens working away. Don’t forget to ask them for their Linden bear, and beware of the rock monster!

If you find any issues with Linden Realms on the beta grid, please file a BUG jira at https://jira.secondlife.com, and make sure to include the time, date, region you were in when you found the issue, and a description of what happened, as well as what you would expect to happen in a similar situation on the Main Grid today.

Tara Linden

Music Mondays: An Interview With Levi Zuzu


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This week's featured artist is Levi Zuzu, whose modern take on 80s synth pop, rock, and jazz is the perfect soundtrack for some cinematic musing.

Please check out his SoundCloud and stay tuned for his new album, which is in the works.

 

Q: When and how did you hear about Second Life?
A: It has been a minute! I was looking for a new game to play with a more realistic touch, and later on I found Second Life. 

I bet it doesn't sound very exciting when I say I found it through Google but living in Germany you don't have too many English-speaking people, so I was also happy to be able to connect to other people. This way my English was also going to be kept crispy! 

Q:  Do you play all the instruments in the recordings, or do you collaborate with anybody? Tell us about the instruments used in the music you shared.
A: Oh yeah! My starting point is the piano, a Yamaha upright felt piano with a very close mic so, and an absolute classic, the Fender Rhodes Mark 1 stage piano.  When it comes to my synth sounds, it's either me crafting the sound on my computer or my Roland Dx7 Synthesizer. It doesn't get more 80's than that. Oh, and lastly drums, a Gretsch drum kit! 

Q: I also listened to the Djane Batista remix of "I can feel myself" and really enjoyed it. Is this the first time someone has done a remix of your music? How does it feel hearing someone reinterpret something you created?
A: That was the first time! I was just so surprised. Never saw this one coming. I have to say it made me proud. 

Seeing that my music inspires someone, and they even go to the lengths of remixing it, is a huge compliment for me as a musician. 

Q: Your style seamlessly incorporates elements from diverse styles, from an 80s synth vibe, to a jazzy cover of "Roxane" by The Police, and toned down r&b. How did you acquire such a wide range of tastes?
A: Good question! I guess my taste in music has to do with how I grew up. It's always been 80's and classics from back in the day from various genres. I've always been incredibly curious when it came to music, and my parents were always very passionate about it as well. So I guess that's how this came about. I  started with music quite young. Got my first drum kit at the age of 3, piano followed shortly, along with singing. And later in life, even career choices were all around music. 

I have always loved covering songs and giving them my twist. That's also what I do on Second Life. Sometimes I slip in my originals but since my album isn't fully finished I try to mix it up.

Q:  What are some of your favorite musicians?
A: There are so many good musicians out there that have inspired me and continue to do so, to this day. But my top list would be: Prince, George Michael, Nat King Cole, D'Angelo, Phil Collins, and lastly, Thomas Newman.

Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music scene to you?
A: I think the connection to people. It's wonderful to be able to touch someone emotionally, give them a smile, or just a good minute of escapism through music. 

 

Thank you, Levi!

 

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Brett Linden

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Linden Lab is pleased to announce the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA), a new community arts initiative developed in partnership with Tansee and Hannington Xeltentat. 

What is the SLEA?
SLEA is the spiritual successor to the former Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA), a decade-long partnership with the arts community that aimed to help new artists, cultivate art in SL, and foster innovation, collaboration and education. Due to open to the public in January 2021, the new SLEA is a multi-region experience that aims to provide opportunities to further fuel interest in and spotlight the work of both established and emerging artists in Second Life. 

It is hoped that the creations and art featured in SLEA will help draw attention to the overall arts community in Second Life including driving both traffic and awareness to many of the established artists and exhibits found across Second Life. In addition, SLEA would like to reach out to new residents of SL and help them to discover the arts in SL and all the creative tools that are offered so that a new generation of creativity will unfold.

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Pictured: A map of the seven-region SLEA experience including central hub and related art regions and sandbox. (Image courtesy of Tansee and Hannington).

Since LEA ended in late 2019, many members of the community have expressed an interest in reviving the idea of establishing another official showcase hub for the arts in Second Life. In particular, both Tansee and Hannington led a grassroots effort to revive LEA that resulted in the formation of the Hannington Endowment for the Arts in late 2019. That initiative, which has drawn the interest, respect and participation of many artists in SL, proved the concept and the demand from the arts community in Second Life. SLEA promises even more access to engaging events, exhibitions and experiences in the arts for the Second Life community. It is anticipated that the HEA will continue as a separate entity for those who wish to participate in its activities

At the heart of the SLEA presence in Second Life will be a new central landing and information hub featuring a teleport station that will help visitors easily discover current exhibitions, as well as a public park, “art challenge corner,” arts education center and SLEA Theater. 

Here’s a peek at the work-in-progress layout: 

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Image courtesy of Tansee and Hannington.

How can artists and creators participate?
Specific details of how the community can get involved in SLEA will be revealed in the near future. Keep an eye out for the application where artists and creators can apply for consideration for use of full or partial regions at SLEA. There is also a new SLEA group inworld that interested parties can join, too.  To learn even more about SLEA, tune in next week to a special episode of “Designing Worlds” for an insightful interview with Tansee, Hannington and Linden Lab execs Patch and Brett Linden.

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Image courtesy of Tansee and Hannington.

Note: Linden Lab and the SLEA wish to express our deep gratitude to all in the community who have supported and promoted the arts in Second Life over the years. In particular, we want to express thanks to the many volunteers who contributed to the original Linden Endowment for the Arts during its almost decade-long run from 2010-2019. We are grateful for your ongoing passion and support -- and we can’t wait to see what the new year brings with SLEA in 2021.

Tara Linden

Region Evolutions

It’s pretty wild to think about how much things have changed in the last 15-20 years. We don’t quite have flying cars yet but I’m still trying to wrap my head around 3D printers. Oh, the early 2000s: Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah’s couch, wifi had just begun to be freely available, and of course, the birth of Second Life.

I’d like to start sharing some old and recent pictures of regions that have been around for a while to show how far we’ve come and give a shout out to some SL veterans.

 

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Blue Galaxy, a sci-fi themed store found in a mysterious forest, has been around for at least 10 years. The design of the building is a welcoming blend of modern and experimental with spunky colors. Who can resist that glittery trail leading to the front door? There are some other cool shops nearby, and the entire region is a gorgeous spot for a casual stroll.

 

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Sascha’s Designs was first published in the Destination Guide in 2010. It has grown to be a two-story department store filled with women’s clothing for all occasions. The decor has a simple elegance that does not distract you from the selections, with wide open spaces and tall ceilings adorned with glittering chandeliers.

 

Many more to come!


 

Linden Lab

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Expect the unexpected at the Titmouse Smash Party -- an infamous tradition in Hollywood for almost two decades that comes to Second Life for an exclusive event, held Sept. 12 from 6 p.m.-midnight (Pacific). 

Anything can (and probably will) happen at this virtual world gathering where participants are invited to smash, bash and crash one of the hottest parties of the year held by independent award-winning animation production company Titmouse (known for “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” “Big Mouth,” “Metalocalypse,” and countless other shows).

Attendees of the Lightbox Expo and the Second Life community are invited to attend this year’s festivities, which include a combination of music, art and overall anarchy. At the center of the event is an interactive smashing cage where attendees can smash objects with a variety of different weapons. You can also meet and take a photo with Titmouse mascot, Mr. Chirps.

Rumor has it that the region is filled with more than a few easter eggs so don’t be surprised when you encounter everything that is weird and wonderful -- all springing from the imagination of the Titmouse team. Eagle-eyed attendees may see a few familiar faces from the Titmouse creative team and animated characters in the crowd, too. (Did somebody say Dethklok?)

What’s a party without free swag? Don’t forget to pick up your free virtual gifts as you arrive.

How to attend

Are you new to Second Life? We’ve put together a complete FAQ to help you get started - everything from registration to instructions on how to navigate to the event. We recommend that you download and install the free Second Life Viewer early so that you can get a bit more familiar with how Second Life works before the event. Read the FAQ to get started!

Where’s the party?

To join the party in Second Life, once the event opens you can “teleport” to the inworld location using this link. You won’t be able to join the event until it opens to the public -- but in the meantime you can check out thousands of other Second Life events and locations to get familiar with the virtual world.  

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Linden Lab

It’s time for a field trip to a gorgeous virtual aquarium where you can take a moment to relax amidst a colorful array of marine life.

Aquatic Discovery was created by Beta Omega Iota (BOI) as an act of gratitude for the community. BOI, a fraternity founded in 2010 by Mars Xorn Sr., Neroli Portofino Sr., and Caspian Dionysus Batista, was born of the desire to create a space for masculine-identifying lesbians and often hosts community appreciation events. Neroli says, “We hope that through these events people of all backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and abilities have an opportunity to pursue and connect through a love of all things aquatic. Most importantly, we hope to give experiences to people who may not have the ability to do so in real life.”

There is ample space for exploring both above and below the water’s surface. In Caspian’s words, “The aquarium allows adventurers to look nature in the eye and discover the wonders of the aquatic animal world. Our tanks and open waters have whales, platypus, stingrays, and a host of other marine species.”

Hop into a glass elevator to see the vast underwater portion of the exhibits. In the central tank, you may even catch a glimpse of a mermaid. The design is detailed and modern, with so many things to catch your eye you will lose track of time.

On the surface level, you can visit the aquarium’s whale and hear the chatter of the oceanic society. There is also a large glass dome where you can peer down into the water, or even hop in. Where else can you jump into a tank with zero chance of getting nipped?

For those who can’t get enough of this place, Neroli and Caspian suggest heading to the souvenirs: “Each week in our wonderful gift shop we have a list of the events that adventurers can take part in.” 

Don’t miss your chance to see this awe-inspiring region! Beta Omega Iota’s Aquatic Discovery will be open from August 15th through September 30th.

To see more of the aquatic side of Second Life, take a look at our list of underwater regions.

 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Souls Of Dreams

Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Get ready for the Titmouse Smash Party, held Sept. 12 from 6 p.m.-midnight (Pacific)!

PREPARING FOR THE EVENT

Do I need a Second Life account to participate?
Yes. If you are not already a member of Second Life, then sign up for free!

I am already a Second Life member. Do I need to sign up again?
No. You can use your existing Second Life account to participate!

What is Second Life?
Second Life is the Internet’s largest user-created virtual world already experienced by millions of people across the world. Participants can use text and voice chat to socialize, explore, and create together across thousands of unique virtual world experiences and communities. Almost everything you see in Second Life was created by the community! 

How do I get Second Life? Is it safe to download?
Second Life can be downloaded and installed on a PC, Mac or Linux. Once you register, you will automatically be prompted to download the Second Life Viewer. You can also manually download the Viewer directly from the official Second Life website.

Installing Second Life is safe and secure -- it does not contain any spyware. 

Does Second Life work on a mobile device or tablet?
Not officially. While there are some experimental third party Viewers, attendees of this event are strongly encouraged to use a desktop-based Viewer.

Are there any tutorial videos for getting started?
Yes! Check out our New User Video Tutorials on YouTube for tips on customizing your avatar and getting started in Second Life. These are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, and Polish.

How do I change my look?

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The fastest way to change your look in Second Life is via the avatar button. A pop up will appear with several new looks to choose from. Just click any look to instantly transform your avatar. You can watch this tutorial to see how it works.

Feeling more ambitious? You can craft an even more complex avatar if you want to spend a bit of time and money. YouTube has several tutorials that can help. You can also shop for a complete avatar on the Second Life Marketplace.

How do I explore Second Life?

In addition to the special venue created for this event, Second Life is a huge virtual world filled with both public and private experiences including virtual nightclubs, fashion events, art exhibitions, social hangout spots, and much more. Check out the Destination Guide to see a directory of thousands of places. Once you see a virtual world destination you like, you can visit it “inworld” (inside Second Life). 

DURING THE EVENT

How do I join the event or visit any location in Second Life?
Assuming you have already downloaded, installed, and logged in to Second Life then you should be ready to go! 

The event area will be open to the general public beginning Saturday, September 12 at approximately 6 p.m. (Pacific)/9 p.m. (Eastern). Any attempt to access the event area prior to this will be unsuccessful - but you can explore other virtual world locations while you wait!

Once the event venue is open, click this link to get the directory listing with the correct virtual world event location. On this page, select “Teleport” or “Visit this Location”
From the web directory, click the “Teleport” button.

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Alternatively, you can choose “View on map” and then you will see a larger map that shows the location in the context of the entire virtual world. From this screen, you can click proceed by clicking “Visit this location.”

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Once clicked, your Second Life Viewer will auto-launch and a pop-up “Place Profile” window will appear inside your Viewer - Select the “Teleport” button to travel to your new destination.

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During your teleport, you will see an interstitial screen that looks something like this:

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After the teleport is complete, you should be at your new destination! 

My teleport is not working! What do I do?
Sometimes a teleport fails if the destination is offline, private, and/or already at full capacity. If so, you will see a message like this:

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In the case of a high-demand event with limited capacity, there is a good chance that the event is already at its maximum attendance.

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If this is the case, then you can keep trying to teleport to the location. Once space opens up at the event, you should be able to teleport successfully. 

Please note that the event location will be open from 6 p.m. - midnight (Pacific) - so keep trying if you can’t get into the event on your first try!

How do I smash things at the Smash Party in Second Life?
When you enter through the door of the Smash Cage, a random weapon will be automatically attached to you. Simply walk over to the smashables in the center of the cage and click them -- you will hit the object and it will explode! When you leave the cage, the weapon will be automatically detached from you.

How do I control the volume within Second Life?
In the Second Life Viewer, look for the speaker icon in the upper right and hover your mouse over it to expand to a pop-up selector that allows you to change the volume on various audio sources in Second Life. 

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How do I claim my free virtual gifts?
As you enter the party, look for the white-tented booths on your right. Claim your free swag bag at these booths!

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How do I talk to other people in Second Life?
For many events, voice chat is disabled but you can chat with text either privately or publicly to other attendees. To chat, select the Chat button at the bottom of your Viewer. A pop-up will appear where you can type in your text chat.

Someone is harassing me! How do I get them to stop?
You can block anyone by simply right-clicking on any avatar and then select “Block.” 

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You can also block them by selecting their name in the chatbox and right-clicking to select “Block Voice” or “Block Text.”

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You can also report abuse inside the Viewer. See this video to learn more.

How do I take a picture in Second Life?
Taking pictures in Second Life is simple! Just click the snapshot button in the Second Life Viewer and then save. Don’t forget to share your favorite snapshots with your friends!

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What do I do after the event is over?
Return to your normal dismal life. Or get a vibrant Second Life by continuing to explore thousands of cool destinations and events across the metaverse. Happy! Happy!

Linden Lab

This week we are featuring Etérea, a wondrous and surreal slice of paradise.

Sprouted from the colorful mind of Coqueta Georgia, a Second Life photographer and blogger from Chile, this region feels like a curated selection of fairytale elements sprinkled over a grassy island. Experience behind the camera played a huge part in the design: Coqueta says that “Etérea was born with the idea to make a sim for  photographers so that people could take photos and rezz their poses and objects for free.” With grassy hills, glittering trees, picnic tables and benches, there is no shortage of spots for a selfie, portrait, or landscape shot.

Don’t be shy if you’re somewhat new to SL photography, tutorials abound and experience is how you learn. If you need a little extra motivation, the creator’s team holds monthly contests in the Etérea VIP group, which is a great way to get to know other Residents with an eye for digital art. And as always, please share the gorgeous moments you capture on our Flickr.

Coqueta credits her friend SeKaoru with the creation of the name Eterea, which she defines as “something intangible or volatile, something that gives us the feeling of being poorly defined but sublime at the same time.” This is visible in the way the sky is filled with floating objects: static bubbles, a stack of chairs, a cloud of umbrellas. These things defy gravity and yet seem perfectly natural in this environment, so don’t forget to look up to the clouds.

An incredibly unique aspect of this region is that, as Coqueta puts it, “Etérea will change with the seasons of the year  and will be updated constantly, so bloggers and photographers can take pictures in different thematic seasons.” If you head there today, you’ll be met with tall grass and patches of clover and tulips. We’re very curious to see what will come next.

Visit Etérea today to explore the nooks and crannies of this peaceful wonderland.

 

Tara Linden

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Pictured above: Holly Giles at ~No Strings~

 

This week's featured artist is Holly Giles (pronounced 'Jiles'), a smooth crooner with an eclectic style hailing from Australia. She likes to sing country, rock, and pop from classic to contemporary and can be found at her venue ~No Strings~ each Tuesday and Saturday at 8pm SLT. (slurl for venue: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Areumdeuli/226/27/80)

Please check out her music on her website as well as this video.

Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: In 2011 I joined an online chat platform called IMVU due to some personal stuff that forced me to be at home and unable to work. I ended up staying for 5 years. I heard about SL from some people at IMVU who were trying to convert some of us over, haha. I created an SL account in 2015 and kinda used both IMVU and SL for about a year until I decided that SL was more to my liking, with people around my own age. I was in SL for about 2 years before I even KNEW there was a Live Music Community lol, so once i discovered that, I gave away my IMVU account to a friend and I have never looked back.
 
Q: I really enjoyed your renditions of classic country songs. What drew you to that genre?
A: My music is actually very mixed genre, with country music only taking up about one third of my song list. I was raised on classic country music with my mum having her own band in my childhood, so I learnt my love of country from her and I always say that classic country is my soul music lol. But I do love all music so I tend to sing what I love, from classic country, classic rock, 90's pop and country, through to modern pop like Lady Gaga.
 
Q: As with any artistic style, country music has evolved so much over the last century. Which decade/era is your favourite, and why?
A: Oh that's easy. I love the old country. The Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn era of country. These country legends are like storytellers. Every song has a story. Every song has a purpose to it. I don't know how else to explain it. I can have my heart broken and find my story in a classic country song. I can feel overjoyed about something and find my happiness echoed in a classic country song. While I love all music and listen to even the most modernist of pop music, I personally just don't get that feeling from it. I get the happiness of an awesome beat, or well-written lyrics but yeah, not that feeling.
 
Q: If you could open for any musician (alive or deceased), who would it be?
A:I think a lot of people who follow my music would expect me to say Dolly Parton right now, and I thought I would too, but you know, I think I would LOVE to open for Bette Midler. Wow, what a musician she is. I think if I opened for Bette Midler, I could sing anything I wanted to before she took the stage. I could sing some James Brown, followed by a Dolly Parton song, followed by some Creedence lol. I wouldn’t be restricted to one genre, like I would be if I opened for Dolly, I feel.
 
Q: Do you ever get stage fright before performing in SL? Describe your preshow ritual.
A: OMG. I only started singing, I mean really singing in Second Life AND real life 2 years ago. The reason I never sang before is that I suffered MASSIVE stage fright. I would freeze up and my voice would go shaky if I tried to sing in front of anyone. It took a lot of help and compliments from online friends for me to get the courage to sing in Second Life. My very first show I was so nervous that I felt sick. But by halfway through I suddenly forgot that I was nervous and I just sang. I found the talking part a lot harder than the singing part lol. Now, I don't feel any nerves in Second Life, but am working on my nerves in RL lol.
 
Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: Without a doubt, the part I enjoy the most is singing a song and seeing in local things like “OMG I love this song!” or "Oh wow, I haven't heard this song in years!” I love getting requests, I love sharing my love of music with others. I love talking about how my mum used to sing this song or that song in her band while I slept under tables at the local pub. I love that 2 years ago I couldn't sing this song or that song, but that now with some practice under my belt, I can blast that song out like it's nothing. I love just being able to sing and the fact that people want to hear me sing still blows me away every time I open my mouth.

 

Thank you, Holly!
 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Nour - Light Of The Desert

Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team.

We've got some beautiful new regions and some must-visit events this weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tara Linden

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Pictured above: fossil found at The Natural History Museum of Vienna

There’s nothing quite like the serenity of a beautiful building filled with art. I always feel inspired after an afternoon of walking the quiet halls of a place dedicated to creativity. Since most museums are currently closed, here are some places in Second Life where you can take a virtual field trip.

 

1. Chic and modern buildings like The Vordun, where you can also take a relaxing walk around the large outdoor space and courtyard.

2. The Peale Museum, a recent addition, is a replica of the RL building in Baltimore. Built in 1814, it was the first purpose-built museum in the United States. The virtual Peale has exhibits and events curated by the staff, so there's sure to always be something to pique your interest.

3. Put on your cocktail attire and spend the evening at an art gallery, like Art Atelier. Their current exhibition, a collaboration with Museo Omar Reina de San Rafael of Argentina, goes until September 15. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out.

4. The Natural History Museum of Vienna, which has been designed to replicate the RL building. Currently, you can see exhibitions on both dinosaurs and steampunk. A combination very fitting for 2020.

5. The Cats Museum is a quaint house dedicated to these furry ninjas and their antics. I always appreciate a splash of humor. We don’t all need to be The Louvre. The Cats Museum is an adorable place to make your quiet walk a little more fun.

6. The Virtual Black History Museum is spread out over a beautiful piece of land with open grassy space and calming brooks to make a peaceful moment for yourself. There is an indoor text based history exhibit, as well as a stylized outdoor structure with photographs of many notable figures like Marsha P. Johnson and Diane Nash.

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