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Love Made in Second Life: AvatarLove


Second Life Destinations

This week we are taking a look at the innovative niche of maternity roleplaying in Second Life.

For those who are curious, the Family Roleplaying section of the Destination Guide is a great place to start exploring options for your potential virtual family. Babies of all skin tones and ethnicities can be found at inworld adoption agencies, and vendors can help you find a bundle of joy that looks like you or even a combination of you and your partner. Once your love bug has arrived, feel free to go all out with tiny clothing and accessories! Chat away the new parent jitters with others at various family-themed regions.

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Carrie Tatsu has been one of the leading contributors to inworld maternity products for several years, with her first product line, Zooby Babies. This week her new product line, AvatarLove, is releasing the Love Momma: the first avatar capable of a live birth in Second Life. The body is streamlined to make it easier to use for Residents, with only one mesh layer. One of the key features is a HUD for both parents that aids in the baby’s growth and provides a mood meter for her partner. The partner and/or friends can do sweet things to boost the pregnant avatar’s mood or help her feel more comfortable. The layers of interactivity that have been woven into the creation of the Love Momma culminate in a meaningful shared experience. 

“I don’t want to say real and not real, I’ll say physical and virtual, because everything is real,” says Carrie.

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The roleplaying of relationships that Residents find in Second Life can mean many different things to people. Carrie points out that people often “reveal more about themselves in a virtual space than they necessarily reveal about themselves in real life,” and says that she creates these products to provide a segway into a unique type of emotional intimacy. 

“Communicating with each other is the ultimate connection,” she says.

Just as we often say it takes a village to raise a child, it took over a year for Carrie and her extraordinary team to bring this latest model to life. Piscine Mackenzie is one of the Lead Developers, and Brias Stardust is the Senior 3D Artist. Other 3D and texture artists that contributed are chobii Resident, ming lu, NODNOL Jameson, Astralia Resident, blaiseowl Resident, Aurore Clarity, benjaminlucas Resident, Katarzyncia Resident, Hoshi Kimono. She would also like to thank YouTuber/Blogger Mousy "The Ultimate Clout Chaser” and Customer Service and Product Testers Anne Whimsy, cindy kiyori, RoseSilverShadow Resident, and lilymai1 Resident.

The real life couple you see in today's video illustrating the live birth is Ayambi, a contributing 3D artist and owner of Lovies Maternity Clinic, and Lord Ra.

Carrie invites other creators to play around with the mesh kit on Blender, and join the AvatarLove Group (secondlife:///app/group/fce15a14-4747-977d-e06d-65fc502547b7/about).

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

Linden Lab

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We have been very pleased to see the response to the return of last names back in April of 2020. Much as we did with the original legacy surnames, we plan to continually update and change the last names that are available for selection. Now that Uplift is complete, we anticipate that the rotation of available options will happen more often.

Today some of the older last name options were removed and the following new ones were added:
Orlando
Incognito
Nebula
Knickers
Aviator
Bunny
Blackwood
Darkheart
Amore
Suki
Venus
Evergarden
Caboose
Dakota
Absinthe

We will continue to make additional updates to the available last name pool, so if these options aren’t for you, stay tuned for future updates. 

For more information about the costs and how-tos involved in name changes, read the Changing your username FAQ.
 

Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations: Marfa


Second Life Destinations

This week we are visiting the southwestern splendor of Marfa, Texas.

Creator Valium Lavender, a proud Texan whose family has lived there for generations, had until now “never found the right way to capture my love for Texas in a {region} design.” That’s pretty understandable: given that its land mass is the second largest state in the U.S., there’s a lot of personality to convey. 

While movies might give one the impression that Texas is defined by cowboy hats, barbecues, and country music, Lavender painstakingly sculpted this region to give Residents a more three-dimensional experience of her home state. She tells us that “Marfa, Texas in RL is this obscure, funky art mecca out in the middle of nowhere. Artists like Donald Judd settled in Marfa because of the massive uncluttered land space and abundance of natural light.”

One of Marfa’s crowning features here is The Empty Chair Gallery, comprising photos taken by a variety of renowned SL photographers and Lavender’s ode to the town’s artistic spirit. Lavender says she “chose photos  that imparted a feeling surrounding an empty chair. I felt that the 'empty chair' in most cases created the emotion of being lonely, sad, or waiting, and wanting from the observer. At  times, the chair instilled a sense of happiness, knowing perhaps, that soon someone would occupy their empty chair.”

This is just the beginning, as Lavender tells us “I hope to expand Marfa by adding “Ballroom Marfa,” which is the hub of cultural activity in RL Marfa, with the showing of international artists, local artists, artisans, folklore and history.”

Retro gas stations, cacti, and old school trucks add to the charm. Builder help for this project came from Fred Hamilton (frecoi), Lotus Mastroianni and Sofie Janic. Walking around this region brings a feeling of peace and a sense of curiosity.

Visit the quirky and charming town of Marfa today.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres


 

 

Tara Linden

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Photo Credit: Kissmy Spicoli

This week's featured artist is Jed Luckless, who has been providing us with upbeat and improvisational guitar jams since 2009! With over 600 shows under his belt, his immense music archive is filled with enough tunes to get you through the rest of winter and then some.

Please check out his website as well as his YouTube channel.

He also has some great videos of inworld performances: Nantucket Yacht Club, The Cave, & Hippiestock.

 

Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: I first became aware of Second Life in 2009. I heard there was a live music scene happening there. At the time I was playing in a Grateful Dead cover band, and I was honing my skills on that music so I wanted someplace I could recreate the complete Dead show experience. I did a search in Second Life for Grateful Dead and stumbled upon a {region} called DarkStar, which had a complete recreation of the Dead’s stage setup, and I knew I had found my place. That was my home for many years and I played a lot of shows there. After a while, I branched out into playing more of my original music.


Q: Your music draws from a variety of styles, what subgenres do you think would be appropriate to describe it as?
A: My style really is all over the place, which likely comes from being exposed to all kinds of music by my parents, from classical to jazz to showtunes. My own musical tastes gravitated initially toward hard, classic rock, like Led Zeppelin, then later progressive rock like Genesis, and eventually jam band music, which is typically how I describe myself now: jam band inspired, which reflects the large amount of improvisational jamming I do at my shows.


Q: How many years have you been playing guitar, and how did you get into it?
A: I picked up guitar around age 15. I think it all started with the Partridge Family. I wanted to be Keith Partridge and I loved the idea of driving around in a bus playing music. An early love for guitar heavy rock bands like Kiss, Aerosmith and AC/DC also propelled me to pick up the six-string.


Q: Tell us about some of the musicians who had an influence on your style.
A: I mentioned a few of them already, but not the biggest one which is Phish. Not too many people even know who Phish is, but they have such an eclectic mix of styles in their music and that’s what first drew me in. It might surprise people to know that I first saw Phish live in 1992 and have seen hundreds of their shows over the past 30 years. They do a lot of improvisational jamming too. My tours and shows in Second Life are very much patterned after the way Phish and The Grateful Dead do it, with a run of shows set up around a theme like “Winter Tour 2021” and stops at various venues across the grid over a few weeks or months. The concerts themselves are typically a two-set format with a setbreak.


Q: Do you have to adjust any effects like distortion, whammy bar, pedals, etc. while streaming in a way that is different from a performance in the physical world?
A: I would say that if anything, I have to change the way I perform in the physical world to replicate what I do in Second Life, since that is where I have really developed my act and my sound. When playing in Second Life, I use in-ear monitors and an on-stage mixer that allows me to put drums, keys and other instruments through my looper to create a kind of one-man band. It’s really hard to do that on a physical stage with the typical amps and monitors that a bar or club has set up. In Second Life we also have an amazing particle light show by Moondance Parx. If only we could make that work in the real world!


Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: I think the answer is right there in your question. Community. The group of fans and friends that come to the shows and the interaction I have with them and they have with each other is really what it’s all about for me. It’s very similar to the vibe of a Dead or Phish show, and that’s the goal. It’s not just about the music, it’s about the scene. That’s why we have a set break, so people can socialize and connect. I totally love that I’ve been able to build a community around my original music and I couldn’t have done that without Second Life. But my shows are only as good as the energy the crowd brings to them. The more connected we all are the more the circuit hums and the more likely it is to be an electric experience for everyone.

 

Thank you, Jed!

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Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Enchanted Spring Carnival at Storyland Park

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. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!

 

For this week's Music Made in Second Life video, we featured Spiralo.

 

Also this week, the NFL Alumni Association Virtual Experience (NFLAVX) launched in Second Life!

 

And some enchanting new regions to explore with your loved one this weekend:

 

 

 

 

 

A special live music event for you all to enjoy as well!

 

And finally, our Linden Lab events going on this Valentine's Season:

 

We've been continuously adding new destinations to our Valentine's category, so find the perfect spot to take your loved one!

 

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

Connect with Second Life on Social Media:
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Linden Lab

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Our 2021 Valentine’s Shop & Hop is now open with 160 participating Merchants throughout eight shopping regions! All are offering their best to inspire your Valentine fantasies from a romantic evening with your sweetie, to a party with your friends, and everything in between. You will definitely find something to suit you! The event runs from February 5th to the 17th.

Every Merchant has provided one gift (no group needed) to share with you and has put deep discounts on many of their top products. Scroll down for a complete list of participating Merchants, and the slurls, in alphabetical order.

We’re looking forward to pictures of your Valentine’s haul in our Shop & Hop Flickr group

 

Don’t forget to check out all the other Valentine’s activities we have in store for you this season. Happy Valentine’s Day! 


A complete list of all 160 participating Shop & Hop Merchants in alphabetical order is below:

_-FAS-_ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/100/200/53
- Secrets - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/99/23/53
-:zk:- Store http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/54/161/53
:::boyberry::: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/161/233/53
::C'est la vie !:: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/99/228/53
::K:: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/158/203/53
:DH: Shop http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/228/158/53
:LW: Bento Poses http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/155/60/53
:UNA: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/161/233/53
!APHORISM! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/99/228/53
. Hanzel . http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/28/99/53
. Infiniti . http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/158/26/53
.: Runic :. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/99/228/53
.::WoW Skins::. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/228/158/53
.:SourBubble:. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/60/100/53
.:Tm:.Creation http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/54/161/53
.EscalateD. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/99/228/53
[ Aleutia ] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/165/93/53
[ bubble ] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/229/102/53
[allasio] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/99/23/53
[CIRCA] Living http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/229/102/53
[Krescendo] http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/165/93/53
[QE] Designs http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/158/203/53
{ wren's nest } & {ZOZ} Nails http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/161/233/53
{ViSion} http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/197/158/53
* SK * ( Old  Sweet Kajira ) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/228/158/53
**UTOPIA@Design** http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/229/102/53
*Elite Equestrian* http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/165/93/53
*Epic* http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/100/200/53
*Holli Pocket* http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/202/101/53
*PSS* Paint the Sky with Stars http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/197/158/53
#ADORED/VICE X http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/167/168/53
1313 Mockingbird Lane http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/228/158/53
A.D.D.Andel! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/158/203/53
A&D CLOTHING http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/99/51/53
ACORN http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/202/101/53
Addams http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/165/93/53
adorsy http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/23/159/53
Afterparty http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/161/233/53
ALANTORI http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/197/158/53
ALTER http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/197/158/53
andika http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/155/60/53
Aphrodite Shop http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/92/89/53
Astara http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/229/102/53
ASTERIA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/28/99/53
Atelier Burgundy http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/99/23/53
AVEC TOI http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/99/51/53
Baiastice http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/60/100/53
BBX Yachts http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/99/51/53
Belle Epoque http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/23/159/53
Birth http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/99/23/53
Bloom Furniture & decor http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/99/51/53
Blueberry http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/167/168/53
Boudoir http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/92/89/53
Bumblebee http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/23/159/53
Candy Kitten http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/54/161/53
CELESTE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/202/101/53
Celestinas Weddings http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/23/159/53
Cerridwens Cauldron http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/167/168/53
CHEZ MOI FURNITURES http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/60/100/53
ChicChica http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/23/159/53
CHIMAERA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/202/101/53
Chop Zuey http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/165/93/53
Cinnamon http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/155/60/53
Clover http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/99/51/53
Cosmetize http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/28/99/53
Culprit http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/99/228/53
Dahlia http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/158/203/53
DEEP STATIC http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/60/100/53
Entice http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/54/161/53
Envious http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/229/102/53
etham http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/88/164/53
Eudora3D http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/202/101/53
Ever Green http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/28/99/53
Faida http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/161/233/53
Fantasy China http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/23/159/53
FashionNatic http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/158/26/53
FlowerDreams http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/158/203/53
fluffy stuff http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/197/158/53
GA.EG & Gaeline http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/158/26/53
Gabrielle Hamelin - Pretty Things to Wear http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/197/158/53
GAW http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/228/158/53
Ghee & Baby Ghee http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/100/200/53
Glitzz http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/202/101/53
Harshlands http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/54/161/53
HILTED http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/88/164/53
Illustrious http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/99/23/53
ISON http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/165/93/53
JIAN http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/92/89/53
Jinx http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/88/164/53
Juna Artistic Tattoo http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/229/102/53
Kactus http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/158/26/53
Konoha http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/99/228/53
Kreatures http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/167/168/53
kunglers http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/92/89/53
L'etre&DOUX http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/28/99/53
Lacrime dell'anima http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/60/100/53
Lapointe & BastChild http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/92/89/53
lassitude & ennui http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/158/203/53
Lemon Chilliz http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/155/60/53
Libertine http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/88/164/53
Limited Addiction http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/99/23/53
Love http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/229/102/53
LOVE SUPERSTORE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/167/168/53
Lyrical B!zarre Templates http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/165/93/53
MadPea http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/228/158/53
Mangula http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/229/102/53
MASOOM http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/202/101/53
MEMOIRE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/202/101/53
MILA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/100/200/53
Mirage Treasure Co. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/60/100/53
Mistique http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/155/60/53
Mithral Apothecary http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/197/158/53
Moon Rabbit http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/54/161/53
Myth http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/155/60/53
Never Totally Dead... http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/100/200/53
NORUSH http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/155/60/53
Nuve http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/158/26/53
On A Lark http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/165/93/53
Petit Chat http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/99/228/53
Pitaya http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/100/200/53
PIXEL BOX Design http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/28/99/53
pixicat http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/88/164/53
PoseAble & Mesh http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/158/203/53
PULSE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/158/26/53
RAWR! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/88/164/53
REVOUL http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/161/233/53
RM Art Of Poses http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/161/233/53
RNK http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/100/200/53
Roawenwood http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/167/168/53
Rosary http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/60/100/53
ROZOREGALIA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/167/168/53
Rumah Kita http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/99/51/53
Schadenfreude http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/92/89/53
Son!a-Edge http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/99/51/53
Spyralle http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/228/158/53
Stardust http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/23/159/53
Stargazer http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/100/200/53
Supernatural http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/99/23/53
Sway's http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/92/89/53
Tachinni Clothing http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/158/26/53
tarte. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/167/168/53
The Annex http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/92/89/53
The Home Store http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/155/60/53
The Stringer Mausoleum http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frosted/54/161/53
THIS IS WRONG http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/60/100/53
tivoli inc http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/28/99/53
TO.kiski http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/99/23/53
TONE 2 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/99/228/53
TrigiGifts http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugarplum/197/158/53
TROPIX http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/158/26/53
Unholy Duality http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/28/99/53
Unicorn http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/54/161/53
Valentina E. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/88/164/53
Vanity Hair http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/161/233/53
VARONIS http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/23/159/53
VENGE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/158/203/53
Wazzer Works http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snowflake/228/158/53
What Next http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/88/164/53
YsoraL http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/99/51/53
Linden Lab

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Just in time for the big game! The NFL Alumni Association has established an all-new presence in Second Life that includes a massive multi-region virtual stadium that will be used for several live events including concerts, player appearances and charitable initiatives.

“Sports fans from around the world can hang out, chat and attend events together in Second Life across thousands of immersive virtual world experiences including this all-new virtual stadium built exclusively for this event,” says Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg.  

To kick off the opening of the new virtual stadium, several members of the Second Life music community are performing at virtual halftime shows as part of a multi-day charity event  “Madden “The Yard” Celebrity Challenge.” The event airs daily at noon through Saturday on ESTV, a 24-7 live linear video channel dedicated to esports that is available across multiple streaming outlets including Roku Channel, Amazon Fire TV and social channels. The stream can also be viewed daily inworld on a huge circular video screen located at the center of the virtual stadium. Participating musicians playing inworld include Sassy Nitely, Marqs DeSade, Toxie, JLively, and Van Star.

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Future expansions planned for the NFL Alumni Association project include a virtual museum exhibition later in 2021.
 

Learn more on the official NFL Alumni Association website and be sure to also check out ESTV on YouTube.

Linden Lab

Music Made in Second Life: Tia Rungray


Second Life Destinations

This week we are given an inside look at the musical project Tia Rungray and the new art venue, Spiralo.

Known as Takayuki Noami in RL, Rungray is based in Japan and describes his musical style as “noise classical: this style encompasses ambient, post-classical and noise music.” Rungray tells us that he uses several platforms for creative expression, but he says of Second Life, “I'm particularly impressed by the amount of user-driven creativity that goes on there. The freedom to do so is an important part of what makes Second Life such a great place for me to come up with ideas and try them out.”

Like many talented SL musicians, Rungray’s tracks are “streamed live, not recorded.” This one-of-a-kind vibe is amplified by the variety of venues in which the music is streamed, “from art galleries and shopping events to installation art spaces that I produce.” 

The video offers a few shots of the mysterious region of Spiralo. Described as a virtual cultural complex, it is a minimalist structure that guides visitors up a spiral to a rooftop with a piano against a dreamily surreal background. As you traverse the structure, you will see several art pieces, and you are welcome to discuss your takeaway with others at the ground floor cafe.

As much as Rungray enjoys the freedom available in Second Life, he is careful not to rest on his laurels, saying, “I'm looking forward to seeing how Second Life evolves in the future.” So are we! The special exhibit at Spiralo opens today, and you are all invited to observe and maybe even be inspired to create some experimental art of your own.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

Tara Linden

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Photo provided by Fly Kugin

This week's featured artist is Fly Kugin, an immensely talented violin player who injects a classical flair to jazz, rock, pop, and music from all over the world. She enjoys both solo performances as well as dual-streams with many talented SL performers.

For more information and to hear her music, check out her official website and SoundCloud

Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: I discovered Second Life five and a half years ago. I had a new laptop and was searching for games. I discovered an advertisement on the internet about Second Life, so I downloaded the viewer and created an account. It happened by accident via the internet.


Q: At what age did you start playing violin, and do you play any other instruments?
A: I was at a fine arts high school when I started playing the violin and have been playing since then. At the same time I also started playing the piano. In addition to the violin and the piano, I can also play the flute and the ukulele.


Q: Are there any aspects of playing the violin that are specific to this instrument and not found in other string instruments?
A: I was at high school when I started playing the piano and violin, as I stated above, and in the beginning the violin was harder for me to play than the piano. This is because I had experience with the piano in middle school. I had a small keyboard and was playing melodies and the piano was initially my first musical passion. At the beginning of my professional classical music education in high school, my main instrument was the violin and everyone in my class had to play the piano. I still loved to play the piano at the time, as I was more familiar with the violin, but one cannot get the sounds as easily on the violin than on the piano. But my high school violin teacher started to give me very emotional pieces to play. An example of such a piece is Pietry Illyric Tchaikovski's "G Minor Canzonetta." This particular classical piece went straight to my heart and was so emotional. After this, I started to practice the violin more. Within four years I realized my violin skills had improved very much. I applied to university with the violin as my piece for the entrance exam to the music program, and I passed! At this point, the violin was my main passion. In music I really cannot compare any instrument, but I was wrong because you have to be patient with instruments. I was not patience with the violin, so in the beginning the piano was my main piece and I practiced it more. I believe that there is no instrument that is harder than any other: all instruments can be played if you have time, patience, and are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to learn the instrument.


Q: What are some of your favorite songs to cover on the violin?
A: There are too many to count and name! But there are a few that I feel really passionate about. These pieces are: Lara Fabian's "Je T'aime," Queen's "Show Must Go On," Tomaso Albinoni's "Adagio," and Lucio Dalla's "Caruso." I am always adding new covers, but I cannot ever stop playing these four pieces.


Q: Tell us about your creative process as it pertains to instrumental music, like how you convey ideas and feelings without words.
A: This is hard to explain, as it is about feeling. For example, if the song is about losing someone, I put myself into the song so to speak and I think about a time when I have lost someone and put that emotion into playing that particular piece. If the song is a funny song, I remember a time when I was having fun as a child and put that particular feeling. My feelings are reflected with my violin fingers when playing. Music is a reflection of feeling, so the audience will feel the pieces as well. If I feel happy I will play happy music, If I am sad then the music I am playing is sad.


Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: For me the most meaningful aspect of the SL community is the music. Because music is life for me. Music is the place or object where I realize I am real when I am in Second Life. Music makes me feel so alive.  I could make music in any location or in any time zone, but Second Life provides a great opportunity for me to share my music to strangers and friends who are around the world. This is important because there are so many people around the world who have different perspectives about music, so getting appreciation from many people from different backgrounds and cultures gives me confidence and makes me very happy.

 

Thank you, Flyqueen!

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Happy February 1st! Love is in the air...and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! That means it is time for the return of the Isle of View, our annual Dunk-A-Linden & Hug-A-Linden Event, and our Valentine’s edition of Shop & Hop!

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ISLE OF VIEW

The Isle of View is our annual tribute to all-things-romantic via four regions filled with forested walks, cozy nooks for cuddling, and romantic swan boat rides.

Visit one of the Love Pavilion gift kiosks to browse through a variety of gift selections that you can send to your friends and loved ones on Valentine’s Day. This year’s selection includes heart lollipops and balloons, an adorable teddy bear, a chocolate box with rings, cutesy cupcakes, love lanterns, and, of course, romantic roses. To select and send your free gifts, follow the directions on the sign adjacent to the kiosk. 

What are you waiting for? The Isle of View is now open!

 

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DUNK-A-LINDEN & HUG-A-LINDEN EVENT

Are you feeling “some kind of way” about the Lindens? Show your love (or friendly aggression) for the makers of Second Life at our annual Dunk-A-Linden & Hug-A-Linden Event, held this year on February 12th from 1pm to 3pm PT. Come early or watch the live stream on our YouTube channel for some fun conversations and plenty of soaked Lindens!

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Hug and dunk some Lindens,
At the Isle of View!

 

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2021 VALENTINE’S SHOP & HOP

Ready to shop? Share the love and bring your friends to get big discounts and free gifts from over 160 of your favorite Second Life Merchants at the Valentine’s edition of our Shop & Hop event, held Feb. 5-17. This year’s event spans 8 regions filled with exclusive items you won’t want to miss!

Look out for a detailed blog post coming up on Friday at 9am PT (when the doors for Shop & Hop officially open) with a full list of participating Merchants accompanied by direct links to each store.

In the meantime, browse in advance the vendor and blogger pics being submitted to the Second Life Shop & Hop Flickr photo pool for this upcoming event.
 

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SECOND LIFE VIRTUAL VALENTINE MERCHANDISE

On Friday we released some Valentine’s-themed merchandise in our Redbubble second.life/merch store. Remember to click on the “Explore Designs” tab to see all of the current designs available.

 

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VALENTINE’S DAY DESTINATION GUIDE

Finally, we have dusted off our Valentine’s Day Destination Guide category, too! You’ll find a few romantic Valentine’s-themed destinations in there already - so grab a loved one and go on a romantic date or just some friendly exploration.

The Destination Guide Suggestion Form is now working, so make sure to submit your Valentine’s-themed destination soon!

 

Enjoy and take advantage of the many opportunities to share the love this season! 

 

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Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Linden Employees Field Trip to the Lavender Lake Balloon Festival

This is the first official Destination Guide Highlights post of 2021! Now that the Destination Guide is completely uplifted to the cloud, and the Suggestion Form is working, I will continue to do my weekly Friday features on some of the best new destinations of the week!

Here are 10 enchanting new locations we added to the Destination Guide this week. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve also dusted off our Valentine’s Day category and we’re ready to include all of your romantic destinations themed for this upcoming event!
 

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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Virtual Valentine Merchandise


Merch Store

We've added an adorable new design to our merchandise store in honor of the month of love and the romantic possibilities of Second Life.

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This stuffed bear is emblematic of the warm connections so many Residents find in SL. Give yourself a positive reminder that love comes in many forms with a coffee mug to start your day, or a pin on your backpack. Our furry friend will be available on a variety of custom accessories for a limited time, so hop over to our official merchandise store today.

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Second Life Destinations: COVID-19 Resources


Second Life Destinations

This week we are raising awareness for the COVID-19 information center on Inspiration Island.

Lissena, who also goes by Wisdomseeker, guides us through the colorful and comforting realm of Inspiration Island, which she created with many other volunteers to promote wellness in a fun and accessible way. In this region you can also find Whole Brain Health, which Lissena describes as “the virtual arm of our nonprofit Ageless Mind Project. Our mission is to give people the tools to stay sharp, active, and healthy, based on research coming from neuroscience, gerontology, positive psychology, and creativity.”

The COVID display in the courtyard was built by Lady Brielle, a medical librarian who maintains the text as new data becomes available. Lady Brielle has been a tireless essential worker throughout the pandemic, and her work has not gone unnoticed. Lady Brielle tells us that “our outreach work in Second Life has been recognized by the National Library of Medicine and won an award in Research by the Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association.” 

Information on COVID-19 is displayed in Spanish, American Sign Language, and  English. The creators of Inspiration Island took a multidisciplinary approach to presenting information so that as many people as possible can be positively impacted by visiting. In addition to medical data there are stories submitted by other Residents about their personal experiences of social distancing to remind us that what we’re feeling is totally natural, and we’re not the only ones who feel that way. There are also many activities to facilitate mental stimulation and help people feel connected.

Lissena wants us to know that even the scary parts of sickness are addressed here: “Once a month Rob, a member of the Collective in Germany, hosts a Death Café -- something he is trained to do professionally outside SL -- conversations that help make death less {of} a forbidden subject. Amazingly, we laugh a lot there.”

This vibrant region is the labor of love of a devoted community. Marly Milena, a volunteer, explains that she provides “programs focused on creative expression on Inspiration Island. I have introduced a way of working with arts-based processes, called Symbolic Modeling (SymMod for short). We use the building tools so people can make art in SL, and then we guide them in exploring meanings, new ideas, feelings, etc.”

Thuja Hynes, the associate director of the project, builds educational exhibits and tours. Two of her current projects are called Simply Impossible and Hero Walk. Francisco Koolhoven, media director, creates unique, invaluable tools for the project. There are also many weekly events. Faust hosts the Positive Change Circle at Whole Brain Health on Sundays, and Arisia Vita plays piano in the gazebo every Monday and Wednesday. Priceless contributions are also provided by community members Catseye Tennen, Ghaelen D'Lareh, and Marylou Goldrosen.

Second Life is proud to host a space that incorporates elements of education, creativity, and community, and Inspiration Island is a living example of the positive it can bring. Lissena feels that the activities found here “give you insight into yourself, encourage your creativity and your sense of purpose and reduce loneliness, which is really important.” It is open to people from all walks of life, so stop by for a visit today.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

 

Tara Linden

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This week's featured artist is Lexus Melodie, who has been performing soulful indie folk in Second Life for about a decade. Her interest was piqued by the creative and entrepreneurial sides of SL, and she even met her RL husband inworld! She's been writing songs about experiences from both of her lives ever since.

Please check out her Youtube channel for some RL content, as well as some inworld performances: Cafe Musique, this glamorous closeup, and a birthday concert.

Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: Back in about 2008, I was working in London and a friend showed me an article about Second life and the people who were making money with land and making clothing etc.  I had already played Sims for a few years and it felt like the ultimate upgrade. I spent a year making clothing until I rented a store at the classic old SL venue Guthries, where I got my first taste of live music in SL. I never looked back.

Q: What instruments do you play in addition to singing, and at what age did you start practicing music? 
A: I play guitar for the most part these days, but I've been pretty musical since the age of 5, when I started playing trumpet, piano, and later, cello.  I was lucky enough to live somewhere where music education is free. I feel like music has always been in me. Guitar is the only instrument I hadn't had formal lessons for, so it's my bit of fun really.

Q: Tell us about a few of the musicians who have influenced your style.
A: This is a difficult one... I love so much music but I'm probably influenced quite a lot by the angst of Alanis Morrisette, the heartbreak of Amy Winehouse... the melodies of SIA and a whole lotta soul music.

Q: What do you think is the best show you've ever played in SL, and what made it so special to you? 
A: After 10 years on and off of playing music in SL it would be almost impossible to pick a single event, but the thing that makes it so special in SL are the people who come out and listen to the shows.  They could just plug in the stream on their land, but they make the effort to come out and support the venues and the shows. They make me feel like my words mean something in a world in which it's hard to be heard sometimes. It's a relationship... I perform, but they give back so much... it would impossible to do it without them.

Q: What advice would you give to other musicians and artists who are struggling to find inspiration these days? 
A: Don't be afraid to step away from music, whether it's for a week or a month or longer... sometimes you just need to refresh and give yourself the time to get inspired again. Listen to the music that used to make you sing aloud in the car, or dance around your room with a hairbrush mic.  


Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you? 
A: Just that.... that it truly is a community. For all the good and the bad... we come here to escape and end up mimicking reality. We might not want to be physically near people but you still want the other parts of the community, friendships, and even commerce that SL has to offer.  It's a really special place that has been important to an awful lot of people for a million different reasons. It's slife as we know it.

 

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Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: SLEA

Last week I said I would offer an update about the uplift process of the Destination Guide every Friday. As of about 5 minutes ago, the process is complete and we finally have access! We are slowly updating the entries now. Since we haven’t had access to it for almost a month, we have quite the backlog and it will take some time to catch up. Hopefully, by next Friday I will have a long list of new destinations for you to explore. 

In the meantime, check out these interesting events that are happening this weekend. 

The Second Life Endowment for the Arts is having its 1st Annual Celebration of the Arts Grand Opening this weekend. The festivities start at 1pm PT on Saturday and will continue past 7pm PT on Sunday. Check the full schedule on their blog

Don’t forget to watch today’s Lab Gab, where we had the Coordinator of SLEA, Tansee, take us on a tour of the regions.
 

 

Janus Gallery welcomes a new art exhibit by Asperix Asp with a party starting on Saturday, January 23rd from 12pm-2pm PT. Click over to their blog for all the details.
 

 

The Science Circle is having a fireside chat at their region in Second Life on Saturday, January 23rd from 10am to 11am PT. This week’s discussion will focus on Covid-19 and questions will be answered by Phil Youngblood Ph.D. and Robert Hendrix MD. Click over to their website for more information.
 

 

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The Sweet Sp*t is a brand new rock venue created by veteran SL rocker Mankind Tracer (Seth Regan in RL.) The doors open this Sunday, January 24th at 1:30pm PT. For more information, check out The Sweet Sp*t Facebook Page.
 

You can find even more Resident-run events to attend this weekend on our Second Life Events page!

 


During the upcoming week, keep an eye for new entries popping up on the Destination Guide, especially in the Editors’ Picks category

Please note that the web submission form for the Destination Guide is still giving errors. While that’s being sorted, please continue to send your submissions and updates to editor@lindenlab.com and we can process them manually for you. Thank you!

 

Have a fun weekend and remember, stay safe, stay home, stay virtual!
 

 

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Tara Linden

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(Photo taken at Puddles)

One of the things I miss the most right now is spending Saturday morning in a coffee shop. There’s something about sipping an espresso beverage while nibbling on some kind of carb that makes me feel like all my worries have floated away and the day is filled with glorious potential.

I found this video by Resident Emily Wand that really illustrates that experience.

I ended up hopping around to a few different coffee shops in Second Life and without even meaning to, let out the biggest sigh of relief. I could even sense the muscles in my shoulders drop, because something about being in that environment makes me feel so relaxed.

With all the Cafes & Hangouts available inworld, I encourage you to treat yourself to that feeling of “Ahh, that’s perfect” as soon as you can. There are so many good ones, each with a unique atmosphere, so I wanted to mention a few.

Puddles Cafe and Lounge really hit the spot for me. This two level hangout has a super tall ceiling and a hip converted industrial loft aesthetic. Plus, prepare yourself for what I am about to say: there is a cat on a roomba. I may or may not have chased it around with a grin on my face for 15 minutes. Add the rainbow flag and Black Lives Matter sign, and I’m officially moving in. A sign says that there are group chats on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6pm SLT, so check it out!
 

For a more rustic setting, check out Il Nido. As a cafe and wine bar, this is a great option for more of a late afternoon vibe. From my research I also discovered Bellis Blues Cafe, with DJ Stephanie every Monday from 10:00am-12:00pm. Coffee shops like Burrow Coffee & Whisky Co., which is remodeled regularly so there’s always something new, are great places to meet people and experience art, music, and the little things that make us happy.
 

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I wasn't kidding!

Strawberry Linden

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Lab Gab” is a live-streamed variety show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. Join our host, Strawberry Linden on Friday, January 22nd at 11am PT as she speaks with the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA) Coordinator Tansee, and our very own VP of Product Operations, Patch Linden, along with our VP of Marketing, Brett Linden. 

Tansee will be giving us a brief description of SLEA and will also take us on a quick tour of some of the creative installations currently there. 

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Tansee will also give us details about the Grand Opening of their First Annual Celebration of the Arts, happening on January 23rd and 24th!

Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, or Periscope!

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

 

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Second Life Destinations: Centauria


Second Life Destinations

This week we are whisked away to the roleplaying community of the Ancient Order of Centaurs.

For those who may not be familiar, Centaurs are half-human and half-horse, found prominently in Ancient Greek mythology. Centauria was created by Julala Demina, a longtime Resident and aficionado of fantasy roleplay. Her fantasy creature brand Jinx has been active in Second Life for over a decade. Julala states that about two years ago, “I taught myself how to make my own Centaur skeleton rig in Blender and how to animate it,” which sparked the beginning of a region dedicated to this community. The enthusiastic response of Jinx customers inspired Julala to design a space to accommodate Residents “who had chosen to spend their Second Life (at least in part) as Centaurs.”

What makes Centauria such a vibrant place is that the passion Julala brings is equally matched by the Residents who visit. She would like to inform us that in addition to roleplaying, there are “social events, classes, and all sorts of different types of entertainment. It’s not only about Centaurs, we welcome everyone to Centauria and even within the formal roleplay we have a wide variety of allowed species.” 

Residents appear in a variety of forms: some Centaurs look more natural, whereas others have angel wings, ornate horns, brightly colored skin, or even magical sparkles. Here, identity is more than just an aesthetic. You will meet Centaurs who are warriors, farmers, chefs, and sorcerers.

While the overwhelmingly positive feedback of Residents can’t be expressed in one post alone, here are just a few impressions. Marilina Antonioni describes herself as a Mertaur, “a type of Centaur whose top human body is that of a Merfolk with the lower body of a Taur/horse… As a Merfolk I love to swim underwater.” Rayven Firebrand, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis IRL, says that “when for the first time I entered into a trot, then a canter, then a gallop... for the first time in years I actually felt alive.” Pearline Sweetwater, longtime Resident who is retired IRL, feels that “in Centauria I found beauty, friendship, acceptance and almost instantly felt like I belonged.” Many more kind and intriguing folks are waiting inworld!

Julala’s Jinx creations are proof that Second Life is a safe space and blank canvas for anybody who wants to bring their imagination to life. On her background, she says, “I am completely self-taught and learned pretty much everything I know about 3D modelling from Youtube tutorials.” 

For those who can’t wait to explore their inner hybrid, the Jinx Bento Centaur comes in four sizes, as shown below.

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Visit Centauria today to immerse yourself in this breathtaking world!

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Digital Art

On December 22nd I announced that the Second Life Destination Guide was being uplifted to the cloud. That process is still underway, however, we have run into some errors. For this reason, the web publishing tool that allows us to update the Destination Guide is still unavailable and will be for the foreseeable future until these errors can be corrected. I am hoping it won’t be much longer than another week or two. I will continue to update you on this status every Friday. 

The submission form for the Destination Guide is also giving errors because of this, so please continue to email your submissions to editor@lindenlab.com and we will add them as soon as we have access again.

In the meantime, you can still find many destinations to explore on the Destination Guide, as well as events to attend on our Events page.

One very exciting event occurring this weekend is at the ACS region. The American Cancer Society is celebrating an important milestone - $4 million USD raised in Second Life to help fight cancer! The party, which features live music and many guest speakers, will be held Sunday, January 17th from 10am to 1pm PT.

 

If you're looking for more places to explore, here are some destination listings for a few of my favorite places on the grid:

 

 

 

 

 

Have a fun weekend and remember, stay safe, stay home, stay virtual!

 

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Tara Linden

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Pictured above: Moonlight Teahouse

Now that we're all obsessed with washing our hands, it's time to get those virtual paws dirty with some gardening! The plants of Second Life are truly one of my favorite parts of coming inworld. I am continually impressed by the botanical creations I see. Some are exact replicas of things from nature, and others are imaginative renderings that look like props from a fantasy movie. While 2021 may not be the fresh start some of us had hoped for, there are plenty of regions waiting for you with space to clear your thoughts and think positively about the future.

The Gardens & Landscaping regions are a great place to get inspiration to build a greenspace of your own, and also lovely spots for a leisurely stroll. Moonlight Teahouse (above) even has Tai Chi poseballs facing the ocean.

Nature & Parks offers more options that are a little spread out. Beaches, wilderness, and enchanted forests are all great places to hang out with friends or have a relaxing moment to listen to the stillness around you. Many of these regions are based on real life places or inspired by cultures from all over the world.

Our Photogenic Spots section is also filled with rolling hills, seaside cliffs covered in moss, and more.

If you're feeling inspired, check out the gardening section of the marketplace and see what your virtual green thumb comes up with!

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Second Life Destinations: David Rumsey Maps


Second Life Destinations

This week we are traveling around the globe and through time through the extensive David Rumsey map collection.

David Rumsey, President of Cartography Associates, has been an avid collector of maps since the early 1980s. According to his website, the collection “contains more than 150,000 maps... Items range in date from about 1550 to the present.” The digitization of archival materials has made historical content more accessible, and Rumsey had the keen foresight to create an interactive experience with these maps in Second Life.

Rumsey states, “We built the 4 {regions} in 2008 and have continued to update them since then. One of the things that fascinated me early on was the potential to “walk” on the historic maps and fly around them in SL.” Just getting from map to map feels like an adventure; they vary in size and are not only on display but a central component of the region’s structure. The degree to which atlases inform the design gives the region a dream within a dream feel. Rumsey informs us that “The Yosemite map which forms the floor of the site was built with a full elevation model so that it is accurate and in scale. The map is the first truly accurate map of the Yosemite Valley made by U.S. Army topographers in 1883.” 

The video shows a long map of the Tokaido road: Rumsey says that it was made in 1687 and was drawn by hand! “In real life it is a scroll that unrolls to be over 30 feet long. It shows the route from Tokyo (then called Edo) along the coast to Osaka.”

These maps are a visual history of how countries and territories have changed over time.Rumsey’s website even mentions that “close inspection of the {American} maps often reveals the growth and decline of towns, mining excavations, the unfolding of the railroads, and the "discovery" of the American West by European explorers.”

David Rumsey has donated his entire physical map collection to Stanford University, where it is housed at the David Rumsey Map Center in the Stanford Library and open to the public. Visit the virtual collection today to let out your inner navigator! And don’t forget to pin your hometown on the large world map so others can see that Residents from all over have been here.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres


 

 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: White Veil by Bryn Oh and Cica Ghost

On Friday afternoons I usually do my Highlights from the Destination Guide blog post where I share some of the latest interesting destinations from that week. However, the tool we use to update the Destination Guide is still in the process of being uplifted, read the details here. It is one of the final updates left for uplift and we are hoping it should be done by the end of next week. 

Since I haven’t been able to add anything to the Destination Guide, I thought I would share some Art events that you can attend this weekend in Second Life.

 

The Art of Lash VV will be revealed at The Janus Gallery with a party that starts on Saturday, January 9th from 12pm to 2pm PT. Read the details on their blog.

 

Kultivate Magazine presents their January Exhibition Opening at their Windlight Art Gallery on Sunday, January 10th, from 1 to 2pm PT. Read the details on their blog.

 

Don’t forget, SLEA had its big opening on New Year’s Eve! Click over for our Destinations video this week, which was all about the SLEA!

 

You can find even more Resident-run events to attend this weekend on our Second Life Events page!

Have a fun weekend and remember, stay safe, stay home, stay virtual!


 

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Strawberry Linden

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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 2021 Valentine’s Day edition of Shop & Hop will open on Friday, February 5th, and will run through Wednesday, 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 their items (at least 20% off) 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 18th, 2021. We will contact you soon after that date if your application is accepted.

Love is in the air!
 

Linden Lab

2021 Update: Life in the Cloud


Uplift

As the new year begins, we have some exciting news to share. The migration of Second Life to the cloud is now complete!

All the interconnected services and databases that collectively provide you with Second Life have been migrated to Amazon’s cloud servers. The "uplift" to the cloud will help bring better simulator performance and also improves our ability to diagnose problems and scale our systems for future growth and improvements. 

Here’s a peek at the former cage in our colocation facility that housed our servers since 2009,  now cleaned out and completely empty.

Second-Life-Colo.jpeg

Many have asked us what happened to the “old” hardware that steadily served up Second Life for so many years. Most of it was too old to have any value and has been scrapped, but it is important to note that as part of our standard security protocols, all of the drives have been shredded and destroyed. Thanks for all the memories, old friends!

While the physical move is complete, there remain some optimization tweaks that we will continue to make to further improve performance over the coming weeks, and of course there are always bugs to hunt. We are truly grateful for your patience, especially during the final few weeks of 2020 as we worked furiously to finish the last parts of this migration.

OTHER COMPANY NEWS

Another noteworthy development for the new year is that Linden Lab has new owners! As announced in mid-2020, an investment group led by Randy Waterfield and Brad Oberwager signed an agreement to acquire the company subject to regulatory approval by financial regulators in the U.S. related to Tilia Inc.’s status as a licensed money transmitter as well as other customary closing conditions. We are pleased to share that the regulatory review has been completed and Linden Lab is now under new ownership. 

While the owners may be new, things are “business as usual” in Second Life. Last year saw strong growth for our virtual world and, as a result of this acquisition we expect even more resources in 2021 to further improve and grow Second Life in the future. 

Happy New Year!

Linden Lab

Second Life Endowment for the Arts


Second Life Destinations

This week Tansee, Coordinator of the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA), takes us on a tour of this region’s immense and breathtaking landscape.

The Second Life Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Linden Lab, launched January 1st, 2021. The new initiative, originally announced in September, provides an opportunity for artists to apply for use of grid space to create artistic experiences in Second Life while also promoting the overall virtual arts community in SL.

The SLEA, which is the spiritual successor to the former Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA), bears a colorful aesthetic that is part university courtyard and part amusement park, influenced by art galleries, the cosmos, and more. There are a total of nine regions of varying thematic focus, such as machinima or performing arts. 

This ambitious initiative, which is aided by the help of 21 core volunteers and many more contributors, aspires to give grant awards to selected applicants about twice a year. For the debut exhibitions, the SLEA was pleased to receive wide representation from the arts both in terms of genre, style and nationality. 

On arrival, visitors will be given access to a HUD experience which enables ease of travel around the regions in addition to a teleport network. The Landing Pod provides a view over a Performing Arts Center, Arts Education and Innovation facilities, Machinima Land, and the dPod where SLEA’s archives are located for all to peruse. The SLEA regions are expected to further evolve over time as more artists collaborate and new exhibitions are brought into rotation.

Tansee emphasizes that the SLEA aims to draw attention to all artists, galleries, art venues, communities and art education locations in SL. That goal is evident by the presence of a massive T-shaped “connection bridge'' spread across two regions that aims to connect SLEA to the larger community of artists and venues. As visitors stroll across the bridge, they will encounter numerous promotional posters along the way. There are also additional kiosks that visitors can click to get teleport links and even more information about the wide range of artists and exhibitions to be found across all of Second Life.

While this region is already open to the public, SLEA intends to celebrate in style with a full itinerary of performers and artists during the weekend of January 23rd & 24th. Check out their Facebook and Instagram for news and events. Whether you are a budding artist or a supportive observer, feel free to explore this region at any time.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres


 

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