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Linden Lab

Explore where art imitates Second Life in the latest episode of the Drax Files: World Makers.

This episode features the works of an Italian illustrator - Flokers - who has synesthesia and whose Second Life avatar art has turned her passion into a full-time job. Her viewpoint is that an avatar represents a person’s inner persona, and her paintings reflect that. “It doesn’t matter to know who they are in real life,” she says, “ because I know them in Second Life … and that’s what they are to me in that moment.”

Watch this

 for a glimpse at her artwork, what the synesthesia experience is like for her,  and some of her Second Life philosophy. “ … it gave me the chance to become the artist I always wanted to be.”

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

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M

Linden Lab

In May, we launched some new mesh default avatars to give new users some up-to-date, better-looking options that incorporated some of the new technological advances to Second Life. Following community feedback about these new avatars, we’ve made some adjustments, and today we’re re-deploying them with a few updates.

Most significantly, users will now have the ability to edit the avatar shape for the human form avatars. Because these avatars are mesh, not all sliders will affect the shape, but many of them will. Play around and personalize the body, torso, and legs using the sliders now supported with the updated, modifiable shape. Some of the head and eyes sliders will also now work to adjust the avatars’ faces.

Additionally, Sara (the blonde female avatar) got a fuller hairdo with more body and volume, and we’ve fixed the hover position for several of the avatars which helps prevent sinking into the ground.

Updating to the new release of avatars is easy. New users that are just coming into Second Life for the first time will automatically receive the new avatars via registration. Existing users will simply need to re-wear the avatar from the library (Inventory>Library>Clothing>Initial Outfits) or by accessing the avatars via the Me Menu (Me>Choose an Avatar).

Give the new avatars a try - we hope you enjoy the updates!

Linden Lab

As we recently mentioned, this month marks the 11th anniversary of Second Life first opening its virtual doors, and in honor of this occasion, there are some fun things lined up to help us all celebrate Second Life’s 11th Birthday (SL11B).

First off, we’ve created a brand new limited-edition SL11B avatar that everyone can now get for free!

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This robot is sleek and ready to explore the landscapes of Second Life. Made with Fitted Mesh, you can put your own stamp on this android by playing with some of the shape sliders. Just make sure you’re upgraded to a Viewer with Fitted Mesh enabled. There are two ways to get your robot - pick it up inworld at Hairy Hippo Fun Land in Bay City or just visit the Marketplace.

Year after year, our community has shown off the very best of what Second Life can do and mean, and that tradition continues with the Second Life 11th Birthday Community Celebration (or SL11BCC) which kicks off on Sunday June 22nd. This community-driven celebration will host exhibits, music, and much more. Find out more about what’s planned and how you can get involved on their website.

If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate or planning events of your own, the new Second Life 11th Birthday Category in the Destination Guide has got you covered. Check there often to find SL11B parties to join all over Second Life, and if you’re planning an event for the occasion, be sure to submit it using the form (use the ‘Misc’ category) or via editor@lindenlab.com. Use “SL11B” in the subject line on the form or email.

We hope you enjoy your new SL11B avatar and we look forward to seeing you at the inworld celebrations. Be sure to  show off your SL11B adventures by sharing snapshots to the Second Life Official Flickr Group Page.



 

 

Linden Lab

It’s time for another edition of Second Life’s Destination Guide Highlights - just in time for the weekend. If you’re looking for some interesting places to explore, here are just a few spots that have surfaced recently.

We’ve got everything from art galleries to Mardi Gras celebrations for those of you that missed the holiday or simply want to relive the madness virtually. Take a look - snap some inworld pics of your adventures and share them on the Official Second Life Flickr Page

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Havendale Village

Visit Havendale Village to enjoy a fun and magical fantasy-themed sim with homes, games, hangouts, and shopping. Havendale is family friendly and welcomes role-players to live their magical lifestyles. Play with your friends, stroll through town with your family, join in one of the events, but make sure to make Havendale Village your home.

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Grimmerfell, Land of the Yggdrasil

Yggdrasil, the great world tree, branches through the nine worlds. Grimmerfell is home to deep forests and rowdy longhalls. Come, traveler, and listen to the songs and hails of many from the amazing world of Norse mythology. A blend of authentic history & Scandinavian/German folklore, Grimmerfell's living mythology combines Viking history with forest kin, dwarves and the children of frost giants. Come by ship, by dream or antlered crown.

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HHVET Victoriana

HHVET Victoriana is a beautifully constructed Victorian light role play community. Set in the glorious age of the horse and buggy, they feature a mall area for vendors and consumers, several interactive areas, even carriage services with real horse avatars. They also offer carriage driving and horseback lessons along with residential estate rentals.

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Venezia City Showcase

Take a break and visit this intricate recreation of Venice, sure to dazzle the senses. Gondolas, masks, gondolas and more await in the Queen of the Adriatic, Venice City Showcase.

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Isla Okiddo

Isla Okiddo is an unusual art expo at an exotic location. The island is immersive and lush, the art a tribute to Second Life photography. Come see a different approach from what you've seen before.

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Little Village by Cica Ghost

The quirky homes in Cica Ghost's Little Village stand tilted on little hillocks, some single, some in little clusters, their shapes silhouetted against the sepia sky. It is a village for people, or only for the cats peeking out from the windows? Come enjoy Little Village's humorous and photogenic appeal.

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2014 Mardi Gras Town

The vibrant sounds of authentic, New Orleans jazz will fill your ears the moment you land on the cobble stoned streets of Mardi Gras Town. A holiday venue with incredible colors, ambiance and a festive spirit. Mardi Gras Town is the destination to let the good times roll.

Visit in Second Life

If you have an incredible build you want to share that isn’t already in our Destination Guide, be sure to submit it.

Linden Lab

We were recently contacted by Back2back Productions, a production company in the UK, about a documentary series they’re working on, one episode of which will feature stories of couples that first met online.

For the episode, they are currently looking to speak with UK-based Second Life users “who have solid relationships/marriages as a result of meeting in these online communities, but also couples who are together online but not yet in real life.”

They describe the planned piece as “an entirely positive exploration of these relationships and plans to overturn people’s misconceptions through honest storytelling – it’s very much about ‘love conquering all.’”  

They’re seeking couples of all kinds, but at least one person in the couple should be UK-based.

If this sounds interesting to you and you have a story to share, you can reach the production company directly at jamie.stratton [at] back2back.tv. All initial conversations will be strictly confidential.

Linden Lab

Spring is one of Mother Nature’s sassiest seasons so slip on your virtual hiking boots and visit these allergen-free showcases of nature in full bloom. We’ve got natural to the fantastic in every snapshot-worthy scene you can imagine.

If you’re the indoorsy type - take a trip to a punk art gallery to admire the attitude and fashion of an epic era in musical history.

After that-  you may just want to treat yourself to a little shopping. The Skin Fair boasts an impressive number of exclusive items from well known designers - but be sure to strip your script count down to get in, as they’ve implemented a script limit in order to speed up your shopping experience. Take a walk on the steampunk side and drop by to play the machines at the MadPea Steampunk Gacha Fair.

If you have an incredible build you want to share that isn’t already in our Destination Guide, be sure to submit it.

 

 

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Alki

Alki offers many fun activities and scenic spots to kick back and hang out with friends. Wander the forest path and discover peaceful little hideaways. Watch amazing sunsets on the beach or meet new people and enjoy music events at Z&A Coffeehouse and Art Studio. Experience the sights and sounds of this living, evolving project inspired by the Pacific Northwest.

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Serenity Gardens

Want to explore or are you looking for romance? Serenity Gardens has majestic hikes through forest, caves, waterfalls, rustics coastal shores and romantic beaches. A little eerie, a little enchanted, utterly beautiful.

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Eldalote

Eldalote is a garden. Navigate throught it in gondola, walk, laze on the beach or explore its mysterious caves. Discover the wealth of the land and let yourself be lulled by the romanticism and authenticity of Eldalote.

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Britannia Village

Come by and enjoy Britannia Village's natural British beach, marina and promenade. Two sims in size, Britannia Village has a sprawling ocean and several exclusive builds. Enjoy games, sailing or their very own night club. Britannia Village is a great community spot for all to enjoy!

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Land of the Lycans

There is something for everyone in the Land of the Lycans, whether you want to relax, explore or just enjoy. Roleplay is welcomed within pack rules and guidelines.

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Woodsy

Welcome to Woodsy! Enjoy the gentle rain, the forest and the stream. Dance under the stars with someone special. Explore, dream... Everything is possible in Woodsy. Namaste.

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Oi Oi Oi

Oi Oi Oi is a rockin' art gallery starting Saturday, January 25th at 6 pm. With three separate spaces, you're sure to find something worth looking at. So what's it gonna be: Rock, Mayhem Museum or sweet, Sweet Chaos? Only one way to find out...

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MadPea Steampunk Gacha Fair

Mad City plays host to an amazing steampunk gacha fair from March 15th through the 31st. With a revamped steampunk sim to explore, complete with weird contraptions and a huge kraken, there's something for everyone--even if you're not the world's biggest shopper!

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Skin Fair 2014

2014's Skin Fair is now open! That means lots of goodies from skin makers, makeup designers and more. Come see old favorites and find new discoveries in three sims of deliciousness. For more information, be sure to visit http://skinfair.wordpress.com/. At the Skin Fair, you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy.

Visit in Second Life
Linden Lab

The weekend has landed and it's time for another edition of Destination Guide Highlights! From a club at the top of a castle to relaxing and tranquil outdoor adventures or beach living at its best - there's something for everyone.

Don't forget to snapshot your experience and share those pics with the Second Life Official Flickr Pool for a chance at being featured in the Pic of the Day program.

 

 

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Eternum Impiorum

Eternum Impiorum is a metal, rock and EBM club located in the AdEternum Realm. They have live DJs all days of the week and good tunes. Give 'em a visit, you won't be disappointed.

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Aspen Fell

Aspen Fell is a great place to relax and get away from it all. This artfully-darkened location is open to the public for all to enjoy, so set to estate/region settings and make sure you have your music turned on. Come get lost in perfection.

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Southern California

Welcome to Southern California! This themed sim is dedicated to Southern California beaches. Hang out, soak up some sun and enjoy the famous SoCal skateboarding at their local skate park. Be part of the SoCal community and live the Southern California dream.

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Blue Lotus Okiya

The Blue Lotus Okiya has been a place of tradition and artistry since 2007. A place for women of culture, intelligence and distinction, geisha with honor, grace and beauty. This is an environment rich with traditional values combined with sisterhood and support. Stroll in the lush gardens to the ochaya (tea house) for an afternoon engagement. Or seek to rest your head at the local ryokan (inn) for the evening.

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Aloha Beach

Aloha! Aloha Beach has spacious sandy beaches, big waves and the best surfing features. Come to this welcoming place for good sun, great water, dancing, live music and more. 広々とした砂浜、波乗りにもっとも適した大きな波が特徴のビーチです。サーフィンするもよし、日光浴をするもよし、散策はいつでもどなたでも歓迎します!ダンス、ミュージックライブ、DJクラブイベントなども楽しめます。

Visit in Second Life

If you have an incredible build you want to share that isn’t already in our Destination Guide, be sure to submit it.

Linden Lab

As we’ve previously blogged, we recently integrated the Oculus Rift with the Second Life Viewer; users with the development headset can try out the beta now and experience Second Life in a uniquely immersive way. Today, we’re happy to announce another exciting new way to experience Second Life: anaglyph 3D mode.

We think this will appeal to literally dozens of Second Life users nostalgic for the kind of 3D experiences provided by comic books, cereal boxes, and B-movies.

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As with the Oculus Rift integration, you will need a specialty headset to take advantage of this new Viewer mode. Fortunately, the consumer edition of the hardware has been in production for many years and is readily available around the world. Though not quite as immersive as using the Oculus Rift with Second Life, the hardware required to use this mode is certainly cheaper, very comfortable even with prolonged use, and less prone to inducing nausea for first-time users.

A key immersion feature of the Oculus Rift is the ability to look around the world by moving your head. This works with the anaglyph 3D mode as well. Simply attach the monitor to your head and coordinate your camera controls with your head movements.

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Anaglyph Glasses by Snaily is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States license.

To start using anaglyph 3D mode today, download the project Viewer, then from the ‘Me’ menu, toggle Anaglyph Mode or press CTRL+3+D.

While we look forward to bringing Second Life into the future with exciting new technologies like VR headsets, we also think it’s important to balance cutting-edge innovation with tried-and-true last-century technology - at least on April 1st.

Linden Lab

In late 2013, we released a new way to share photos, status updates, and check-ins from Second Life to Facebook: SLShare. That project is now receiving an awesome update: SLShare will include Twitter and Flickr support!

This SLShare update will allow you to share your Second Life experiences beyond Facebook. Twitter and Flickr sharing is just as quick and easy, complete with specific options relevant to each social network.

For Flickr, you will be able to name and add a description to your image. We have tagging capabilities so you can ensure other users can find the images you want to share. Maturity settings are a requirement for Flickr, so we’ve made it easy for you to set this right from the Viewer.

The Twitter integration is also designed to be very intuitive, so it will be easy share what’s happening in Second Life with your Twitter followers. You’ll also be able to add photos and your location when you share to Twitter, and by default, SLShare tweets include the hashtag #secondlife, so it will be easy to see what others are sharing with this feature.

This update will also introduce a set of post-processing filters that you can run your pictures through to create cool one-of-a-kind images! The new filters were inspired by the images posted to Flickr by Second Life Residents. With more than a million uploads, most of them enhanced by some post-processing, we thought it would be great to include this feature right in SLShare. These filters will work regardless of which social network you choose to share your Second Life pictures to.

But it doesn’t stop there. For those more technically savvy, we designed this feature to be modifiable by our users. If you’d like to create your own filters, check out the wiki page on this for more information.

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below, then go try out the new Project Viewer here. We can’t wait to see more of your SL experiences online so share today and share often!

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Linden Lab

Do you enjoy classic stories, pageantry and wonder? Ever taken the time to enjoy truly immersive theater? In the newest episode of The Drax Files, Draxtor Despres interviews the creators of the epic Paradise Lost, an intricate production based on the works of Milton. Join them as they talk about the joys and freedoms of online production, the masks we use to reveal ourselves and more.

Click the link to see the


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Looking to scratch that Drax Files itch? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below.

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley

 

 

Linden Lab

Since launching the beta of SL Go about a month ago, OnLive reports they’ve seen a very positive response to the Second Life® Viewer for Android™ that allows users to access Second Life over wifi or 4G LTE on tablets and laptops.

Today, OnLive has updated the SL Go beta with new pricing:

  • Monthly unlimited-use subscription for $9.95 (USD) / £6.95 (GBP). No contract and no commitment.

  • Reduced hourly rate: $1 / £0.70 per hour.

The previously available offer of a 20-minute free trial still stands.

Additionally, OnLive is expanding the regions where SLGo is available. The service is now supported in 36 countries - you can find the full list, along with more details over on OnLive’s blog here.

Linden Lab

Here's another edition of Destination Guide Highlights, bringng you a variety of some standout spots we found and wanted to share. From the Paradise Lost build featured in the last Drax Files, to some goold ol' fashioned Rock 'n Roll bowling - there's sure to be something you'll enjoy exploring this weeked.

Don't forget to snapshot your experience and share those pics with the Second Life Official Flickr Pool for a chance at being featured in the Pic of the Day program.

 

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Global Surf Treaty

Island Sea Dreams & Ellimatta Banyandah are a surfing community. Global Surf Treaty runs surf lessons and events for anyone wanting to surf in Second Life. Find your smooth transition over the waves.

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2014 Easter Town

Welcome to the 4th annual 2014 Easter Town. You can do everything from race marshmallow peeps, drive carrot cars, dance the bunny hop, ride egg boats, hunt for Easter eggs, enjoy hot air balloon tours and even take pictures with the Easter Bunny. There is also an egg decorating contest with L$6,500 in prize money. Lots of fun activities and shopping await you at Easter Town 2014.

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Gehenna Crossing

Gehenna Crossing is an immersive, emotive roleplay sim set in 1888 Wyoming. Brought to you by the storytellers who had made the legendary Deadwood sim, this build typists to re-live the real life-range wars where ranchers, farmers, railroad interests and townies battled for control in the time of Billy the Kid and Cattle Kate. There's saloons, brothels, ranches, respectable businesses and more.

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Sauce

Fancy a bit of Seaside Sauce? Slap on your wig and flash those knobbly knees because this time, it’s personal. Test your Sauce Factor, try your luck at the Modern Love Bureau, get sparky in the Saucy Science Lab and dive headlong into a bountiful sea of fish and chips. Come visit this interactive art installation from Maya Paris.

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Rock'n Bowl Bowling Center

Travel back to the 1980s and enjoy a night of bowling at Rock'n Bowl. Enjoy the greatest hits from the decade while you bowl the night away with family and friends. Rock'n Bowl is the perfect place to relax with friends, snacks and free shirts!

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Paradise Lost

Set to the 14 movements of Mozart’s Requiem, the Basilique Performing Arts Co. performs its weekly production of Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” Join in this immersive theatre production and experience the mind blowing show show everybody's talking about. For tickets, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/mpbpac.

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 If you have an incredible build you want to share that isn’t already in our Destination Guide, be sure to submit it.

Linden Lab

We’ve got a few tempting destinations to brighten up your weekend and you won’t even need to check the weather to enjoy them. Feed your body and soul with tea, art, philosophy, a little shopping, and a full-blown holiday thematic egg-stravaganza at these lovingly crafted regions. We'd love to see you share your adventures on the Official Second Life Flickr Page.

 

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Rico's Tea House

Rico's Tea house is a place to meet new people, socialize with friends or just relax, all in gorgeously stylish surroundings. Rico's Tea House welcomes you!

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The Kollective

The Kollective is a monthly shopping event that unites the creativity of designers and bloggers to bring exclusive and intricate designs to the during the event. This collaboratiion between designers and bloggers is well worth your time.

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The Philosopher's Stone

What happens when 15 artists interpret 15 philosophers? The Philosopher's Stone, a delightful mix of original thought-provoking and immersive artworks. Come see the wondrous floating islands above a sim filled interactive discoveries. Throw on your favorite toga and and get your philosophy on at The Philosopher's Stone on LEA-17.

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Outdoor Roman Technology Museum

The ORTEM Project is a Second Life outdoor museum of ancient Roman technology, conceived, developed and built by Alexia Carnell with the cooperation of Fern Leissa and Linteus Dench. The museum highlights both the military and civil technology used from the late republic to the height of the Roman Empire in 117 AD.

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2014 Easter Town

Welcome to the 4th annual 2014 Easter Town. You can do everything from race marshmallow peeps, drive carrot cars, dance the bunny hop, ride egg boats, hunt for Easter eggs, enjoy hot air balloon tours and even take pictures with the Easter Bunny. There is also an egg decorating contest with L$6,500 in prize money. Lots of fun activities and shopping await you at Easter Town 2014.

Visit in Second Life

If you have an incredible build you want to share that isn’t already in our Destination Guide, be sure to submit it.

Linden Lab

Are you interested in how virtual worlds can and do help support people with disabilities? If so join in the conversation and attend *Virtual Ability's Mental Health Symposium. This year’s conference will be held this Saturday, inworld at the Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island.

Presenters will focus on discussion around  research, practice, and insight that reflect on the theme "Quality of Life."

The Symposium is Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 7 am - 5 pm PDT.

The conference schedule and more information about Virtual Ability and this event, is available on their website.

 
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*Virtual Ability, Inc. is a non-profit corporation based in Colorado, USA. Their mission is to enable people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in online virtual worlds.

 

 

Linden Lab
The University of San Martin de Porres from Perú is offering a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called "Introduction to Second Life for Educators". This course is designed to help spanish-speaking educators in the use of Second Life as a starting point in their interaction with emerging and innovative environments that can be used for education. This initiative meets the needs of students who are experiencing this new way of learning and studying in virtual environments, as well as their tendency for increased use of technology.
 
If you or someone you know, might benefit from a course like this, you can watch an introductory video (in Spanish), review course details, and register at their websiteStart Day: May 19th, 2014
 
Additionally you may visit the inworld Headquarters from our Destination Guide.
 
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La Universidad de San Martín de Porres de Perú ofrece un curso en la modalidad MOOC (Massive Open Online Course ) llamado "Introducción a Second Life para Educadores". Este curso está diseñado para ayudar a los educadores de habla hispana en el uso de Second Life, como punto de partida en su interacción con entornos emergentes e innovadores que se pueden utilizar para la educación. Esta iniciativa responde a las necesidades de los estudiantes y su nueva forma de aprender y estudiar en entornos virtuales, así como a su tendencia cada vez mayor hacia el uso de la tecnología.
 
Si tu o alguien que tu conoces pueden beneficiarse de un curso como éste, pueden ver el vídeo de introducción (en español), revisar los detalles del curso, y registrarse en la página web. Inicio: 19 de mayo, 2014.
 
Además se puede visitar la sede del curso dentro del mundo virtual en nuestra Guía de Destinos.
Linden Lab

Join Draxtor Despres and Julia Tiraxibar for an inside look at another type of virtual chemistry - in the Chemistry Lab! Tiraxibar teaches Chemistry at Texas A&M University. She teaches with students who use Second Life in the Lab to conduct experiments and study the properties of matter in a 3D environment.

Find out more about how a National Science Foundation educational grant is helping students learn in Second Life by watching the latest episode of the Drax Files here<link>, or below in the embedded

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Looking to scratch that Drax Files itch? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below.

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost

Linden Lab

The magic of the Fantasy Faire, 2014 has enchanted the Second Life Community. This event benefits Relay for Life which supports the American Cancer Society.

For more information about the event, sponsor, organizations, and creators you can visit the Fantasy Faire website.

There is sure to be plenty of wondrous things to peruse and delight the senses, but be sure to marvel in the painstakingly crafted details of each unique area. All of them were clearly made with a love for emersion, beauty and atmosphere. On the website, you can read about each region. Here is a small quote from DRD designer and Dwarfins contributor, Jaimy Hancroft about her design.

“Hope’s Horizon was born in Tolkien’s mind.  The sim is inspired by the great city of Minas Tirith and I am dedicating this build to my dad, who passed away a couple years ago of cancer. He was a major Lord of the Rings fan and this was my chance to do something great to make him proud."

It's only here until May 11th, so don't miss out on your chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery and shop for a great cause.

The portals are open - teleport there now!

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Fantasy Faire 2014

Celebrating its sixth year, the Fantasy Faire is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From May 1st through the 11th, treat yourself to eleven days of shopping, live music concerts, auctions, hunts and roleplaying. Come join thousands of Second Life residents and creators as they bring their visions together in support of the American Cancer Society.

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Draxtor Despres put together

which shows off some of the amazing region builds.

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Linden Lab

Today we’re promoting a much-anticipated Viewer update called Project Interesting. Previously, available only in limited release, Project Interesting is now available gridwide as part of the default Second Life Viewer!

This update reduces the load and time it takes to draw objects in regions, meaning scenes appear more quickly and smoothly as you move throughout Second Life. To learn more, check out the

below:

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A Viewer update that includes Project Interesting is now available. To start taking advantage of these performance improvements today, just download the latest Second Life Viewer (or allow your Viewer to update).

Project Interesting is one part of the ongoing and much larger Project Shining initiative, which brings a number of performance improvements to the Second Life experience. Today’s promotion of Project Interesting to the default Viewer means that two of the three bundled initiatives under Project Shining are now complete. The third and final project in this initiative (Sunshine) is in the home stretch, and we hope to promote it to the default Viewer soon - keep an eye on this blog for updates

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Now that April’s showers made way for May’s flowers, come see what new and exciting places and events sprouted in the Destination Guide. Much like last time, we’ve scoured submissions to bring you dark urban roleplay, steampunk art galleries and walks, futuristic sci-fi, and a whole lot more. So what are you waiting for, come visit!

Don’t forget to share your creations. We love seeing what you come up with next!

 

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Hollow Woods

Hollow Woods is a modern supernatural-horror experience that caters towards creative, paragraph-style roleplay. The game is based within the small island town of Hollow Woods, where unexplained events and a shady government-funded corporation are at the forefront of all those bumps in the night. Explore Hollow Woods and the rest of the island as it unfolds with real time events.

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Extension Centennial Celebration

Cooperative Extension represents universities in all 50 states improving lives by bringing applied research to help farms, homes, and communities. Cooperative Extension observes its 100th birthday this month with celebrations around the USA and also in Second Life, where it began creating virtual learning environments in 2007. Come and wish Extension a happy birthday!

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The Steampunk Gallery Opening Party

Come see the Steampunk exhibit in the Skywalk Gallery opening party in the Station. The Station is a highly detailed, fun-filled sim featuring ten well-known bloggers and artists. DJ Kate will spin the tunes while everyone dances and strolls the gallery halls enjoying steampunk sites, sounds, and activities.

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Botany Bay

Botany Bay is a unique multi-genere Sci-Fi roleplaying sim. With a unique, inclusive backstory and lore, this sim is friendly to many different types of Sci-Fi roleplayers. With no meter requirement and flexible play styles, the staff work to make everyone feel welcome, new or seasoned. Rental and space available.

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Raglan Shire Art Walk 2014

The Raglan Shire's 2014 ArtWalk opens Sunday May 4th, and displays the works of over 100 artists on four enormous outdoor sims. Artists grid-wide converge to exhibit their photography, art and sculpture in this annual arts festival, hosted by the Raglan Shire through May 25th.

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Punto de Encuentro

Punto de Encuentro es un lugar de reunion, para hablar, jugar a juegos de mesa, escuchar musica y todo lo que se nos ocurra, !bienvenido a nuestra familia!.

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Linden Lab

Today, we’re updating Second Life’s default avatar options with 24 brand new mesh avatars. You may have spotted a sneak peek at a few of these as Lindens tried them out recently, and starting today, you can start using them yourself!

These avatars are designed to give new users a more appealing set of choices as they start their time in Second Life. Based on the most popular avatars picked at registration, these new options are much better-looking and take advantage of technology incorporated into Second Life over the past year (like fitted mesh and materials) for a more modern feel.

If you want to check out the new default avatars, just open up the Avatar Selector in the Viewer. Under the People tab, you’ll see a great variety of male and female mesh avatars to pick from. Under the Vampire tab, you’ll see those infamous creatures of the night along with some other monsters like zombies, werewolves, and winged beasts. (Tip: Make sure you’re running the latest Second Life Official Viewer for the optimal experience with these avatars.)

Under the classic tab of the Avatar Selector, you will find many of the most popular classic default avatars. Although not all of the old options will be available in the Avatar Selector, you can still access them all in your inventory library under Library/Clothing/Older Outfits - so if you were partial to one of them, don’t worry.

Login to your Second Life account and meet the new mesh avatars, today!

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Note: These are just a few of the new avatars you'll find in the Avatar Selector. Login to see them all.

Linden Lab

Happy Birthday to …. Second Life!

While it’s only the middle of May, June is fastly approaching and the time is now to start planning your Second Life Birthday celebrations! As in past years, we’ll wrangle the best of the best in Second Life Birthday events and corral them into a special SL11B category on our Destination Guide during the month of June.

If you are planning an event that commemorates the occasion - submit your event or party information to the Second Life Destination Guide Submission Form (use the misc category) or via editor@lindenlab.com, using “SL11B” in subject line on the form or email.

There’s also the Second Life 11th Birthday Community Celebration - a resident-driven event that promises tons of amazing fun and excitement for everyone. If you’re interested in being part of SL11BCC and applying as an exhibitor, performer, or volunteer, be sure to submit before the deadline - Tuesday, May 20th at noon Pacific.

As the birthday approaches, watch this space for more information - we have a surprise or two planned as well!

Are you ready to party?

Linden Lab

10.13.2014: UPDATE: Oculus Rift DK2 Project Viewer Now Available.

At Linden Lab, we’ve been very happy to see all the recent activity and interest in the virtual reality space - it's a sign of progress and innovation in the industry and helps validate the space Second Life has led for more than 10 years. Developments like the Oculus Rift hold great potential for Second Life, and we're very excited to bring the virtual world into the future with new technologies and partners.

 A few weeks ago, we began a limited beta test of a version of the Second Life Viewer that makes it easy to use an Oculus Rift headset with Second Life for a fully immersive, VR experience. From the outset, we’ve seen strong interest in the integration, not only from existing Second Life users seeking a new way to experience the virtual world, but also from virtual reality enthusiasts eager to explore the enormous quantity and variety of user-created 3D content and social experiences inworld.

 The early beta testers of our integration have provided some valuable feedback, identifying bugs as well as providing suggestions for additional features and options that would improve the experience of using the Oculus Rift with Second Life. Today we’re pleased to announce that our Oculus Rift integration is now available as a Project Viewer, the first step toward becoming a part of the default Second Life Viewer.

 The Project Viewer features:

  • Full Oculus Rift Hardware Support - includes automatic hardware detection and display calibration for quick and easy setup.

  • Full UI Support - users can access the entire Second Life UI and HUDs while in Oculus Rift mode, so there are no limitations on what a user can do inworld while using the headset.

  • Customizable UI - users can tailor the settings for Oculus Rift mode that work best for their needs.

  • Avatar Head Motion - Oculus Rift head-tracking data is mapped to the avatar, so users’ avatars look where they do.

  • New First-Person View - allows users to enjoy the immersion previously available with mouselook mode, but thanks to the Oculus Rift, the mouse is free again to control the cursor, allowing for interaction with the UI and objects inworld.

  • “Align to Look” -  allows users to quickly start moving the direction they are looking.

  • “Action Key” - interact with objects by pressing a key, works great in mouselook mode.

Like our initial beta release, this Project Viewer is more about making it easy to get started using the Oculus Rift to view Second Life than it is about optimizing the UI for headset users. We’ve made some minor adjustments to the regular Second Life UI in order to present it in head-mounted display (HMD) mode, but the UI headset users will experience with this project Viewer is still essentially the same as you’d see without an Oculus Rift.

If you have an Oculus Rift headset and would like to use it with Second Life, get the Project  Viewer here. Getting started is easy - the Viewer includes automatic hardware detection and display calibration, and we’ve created this brief

to help:

You can use the Oculus Rift for an immersive 3D experience anywhere and everywhere in Second Life, and we’re also creating a new category in our Destination Guide to make it easy to find places that are particularly compelling with the Oculus Rift.

It’s still early days for the Oculus Rift (the hardware isn’t yet available to consumers), and we have more planned for our integration with the Second Life Viewer as well. We’ll keep you posted as development progresses, and we look forward to hearing more about your experiences using the Oculus Rift with Second Life!

 

Linden Lab

Back in March, we blogged about a British documentary company that was looking for couples who first met in online communities, like Second Life, for a TV piece with a working title of “Happily Ever Avatar.”

The production company says that in response to our first blog post, they found some great stories to tell, but they’re still interested in a few more from Second Life users. Here’s their updated casting call with more information on the angle they’re pursuing and what they’re looking for:

British documentary company Back2back are currently making a documentary for Sky Living about relationships that start in online communities such as Second Life, with a working title of “Happily Ever Avatar”. The programme is a completely positive documentation of these relationships, where we look at relationships that have blossomed through online gaming, with players falling in love through their avatars and going on to have meaningful, committed relationships in the real world. It will look at unconventional relationships in a counterintuitive way, overturning many of our prejudices and misconceptions with honest storytelling. It will challenge us to realise that committed, successful relationships can embrace the unusual.

It’s set to be a heart-warming series celebrating dating and relationships in the 21
st
Century. The theme is very much about 'love conquering all', and showing the incredible lengths couples that meet online go to in order to become a real life couple. I am currently seeking couples of all sexualities and backgrounds to take part in the programme. These can be new or established relationships – even those where the partners haven’t met. The only prerequisite is that one person in the relationship must be based in the UK.

If you’d be interested in taking part, or would like to find out more, email
toni.tyldesley [at] back2back.tv
. All emails will be treated with the strictest confidence.

 

Linden Lab

The best summer is eternal in Second Life - so even if it’s raining or snowing where you are - the water and weather is perfect in Second Life! Not only does this June mark the 11th birthday of Second Life, it’s also a great time to explore some virtual places with the ease of teleporting and the best travel rates you can find.

There’s plenty of great spots to investigate in the Second Life Destination Guide, but here’s a few to get you started.

Does a lone radio tower packed with mystery pique your interest? Dip beneath the waves for an exciting underwater hunt or traverse a dense jungle for the perfect photograph. Visit a recreation of the historic Titanic or Zen Buddhist temple, and maybe take in some live music at a towering amphitheater.  Sounds like you’ve got a lot of fantastic plans this weekend! Your travel itinerary is below. Don’t forget to send us your snapshots.

 

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No Signal

The new installation by Nessuno Myoo entitled No Signal is a very special work, with a small mystery to unravel. Find the clues and venture into the solution of an enigma, revealed as a singular interpretive key. The exhibition will remain open through June 14th.

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Titanawak

Titanawak is a huge boat frozen in time and ice. Come and have a drink at the bar with friends, a talk by the fireside, have a dinner, dance, play the piano for your lover, relax in the lounges, games room, library, bedroom or pool. Learn the exhibited artwork, the museum dedicated to the Titanic memorabilia. Explore the sea ice, icebergs and their secret places.

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Formanails Underwater Hunt 2014

The Formanails Underwater Hunt 2014 runs from June 1st through July 15th. This hunt takes you on an underwater journey to find the hidden objects. To hunt, you'll need a free HUD from the starting point. For more information, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/SMWdXu.

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Goodnight Photography

Goodnight Photography is an island sim that explodes with color from the moment you arrive. The island features many wonderfully photogenic locations for your picture-taking delight.

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Kinkaku-ji Garden

Golden Pavilion is the popular name for one of the main buildings of a Buddhist Japanese temple in Kyoto, Japan. The name Golden Pavilion comes from the Japanese term Kinkakuji, which literally means the temple of the Golden Pavilion. Come experience the serenity.

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Mystery at Crescent

This is the Second Life home of the Invisible Band, sometimes known as the Interplanetary Liberation Front or the Deep Space Jug Band. Come hear music streamed 24/7 as well as regular live music shows.

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Discover something else amazing on your adventures? Share it with us here.

Linden Lab

We at Linden Lab love

 video series. Draxtor Despres consistently does a fantastic job presenting the stories of some of the many talented people who are creating incredible things in Second Life.

From artists to educators, game makers, fashion designers, community builders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, musicians, magicians, and more - there is no shortage of fascinating people making and doing wonderful things in Second Life, and The Drax Files presents their stories in a way that shows not only the creative power of the platform, but also the unique personalities that make up the global community of Second Life users. As compelling as the series is for those of us already familiar with Second Life and stories like these, it’s also extremely powerful in communicating the magic of Second Life to those who haven’t yet experienced it firsthand.

The Drax Files has been a labor of love for Draxtor from the start, but there are real production costs associated with creating something of this quality. We want to ensure that the series continues, so today we’re very happy to announce that Linden Lab is now sponsoring The Drax Files: World Makers!

This sponsorship has no impact on Draxtor’s editorial independence; we’re not taking control or trying to dictate what stories are told or how they’re presented in the series, nor does our agreement have any impact on his other work (his podcast, for example). What our sponsorship does mean is that Draxtor will be able to continue to produce new episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers series each month, which we can all enjoy and which Linden Lab can use in support of our Second Life marketing efforts.

Also starting today, a newly refreshed SecondLife.com homepage will feature a brand new trailer from the series as an introduction to just some of the people that make Second Life and its community so interesting. Check it out below, and be sure to share it!


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