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Xiola Linden

Travelling to new places and experiencing a variety of cultures is something many of us dream of doing at some point in our lives. There may be reasons we have not been able to go to all the places we desire, and there’s still that pesky space-time continuum that prevents us from hopping backwards or forwards to explore not just different places, but past eras and events that have shaped our collective histories.

Luckily, for us - there are ways to come close to travelling not only through distance, but time, within Second Life. For example, Village of Ahiru is a picturesque Edo-period Japanese village , where you can wander and enjoy seasonal landscapes, waterways, forests, and much more. Here, you will find others who enjoy immersing themselves in the scenic and historically rich Region. Stop by and share a meal with someone new, or bring your friend. There is so much to experience, you may need to make more than a single trip.

Village of Ahiru has been covered by blogger Inara Pey, as well as KULTIVATE Magazine, but you should be sure to explore it in person yourself, at the location below.

Be sure to share your pics on the Second Life Official Flickr group.

 

Linden Lab

Art is such a large part of lives. We find inspiration everywhere we look in the world, and inworld both. It can be two-dimensional or three-dimensional, composed with words, colors, paints, sculptures, multimedia, and pretty much anything you can think of!

The Raglan Shire has been celebrating Second Life art and artists for the last 14 years - and this year brings the 14th Artwalk to life across all of the Raglan Shire Regions. From now until June 16th, you can visit and explore all of the amazing artwork that has been curated and displayed in the great and virtual outdoors.

With 150 artists displaying artwork that spans from photography, paintings and sculptures, to music and poetry - you will find hours of entertainment and are bound to find some art that you’ll want to take back to your virtual homes.

For more information on the event, you can visit their webpage.

 

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Linden Lab

Second Life is home to virtual replicas of many worldly locations. Many have been lovingly recreated in great details from images and visits to those locations in the world.

The Hotel Chelsea - which serves as an icon for art, the Bohemian movement, and holds an arguably unmatched history of New York City culture - is one of those locations that has a virtual twin within Second Life. They are celebrating their 10th Anniversary in Second Life - starting this Friday at 1 pm - with live music and events.

In 2009, Resident Mykal Skall  decided to build a small, virtual interpretation of the Hotel Chelsea on the Grid. Through his friendship with the keeper of the Chelsea Blog, Mykal was able to eventually gain access to the original main floor blueprint, and in 2011, Virtual Chelsea went under some serious renovation - resulting in a more realistic and accurate replica of the original hotel.

The Virtual Chelsea Hotel is open for visitors - be sure to stop by during their 10th anniversary celebration, or check in later, if you’re unable to make the event!

Be sure to share your pics on the Second Life Official Flickr group.

 

Linden Lab

Last week, we blogged about the opening of Fantasy Faire - and many of you have probably already dropped by to see what is available from the hundreds of Merchants who have items that will go to the benefit of the American Cancer Society.

Did you also know that there’s a big Literary Festival that is part of the faire this year - with story-telling, dramatic performances, workshops, and author meet and greets? Find out more about all the events happening on the Fantasy Faire website.  

This year’s Literary Festival guest of honor is Elizabeth Bear. Elizabeth will be appearing in Second Life for an interview on Tuesday April 23rd , which appropriately is on #WorldBookDay. There’s also a separate reading on Friday April 26. Both events will take place from 2-3pm SLT (Pacific). Here is a snippet taken from her author bio on her website:

[Elizabeth Bear] is the Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, and Campbell Award winning author of dozens of novels; over a hundred short stories; and a number of essays, nonfiction, and opinion pieces for markets as diverse as Popular Mechanics and The Washington Post.

She lives in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts with her spouse, writer Scott Lynch.

The full schedule for the Literary Festival can be seen on the Fantasy Faire website, but if you want to attend the Elizabeth Bear events, follow the Destination Guide link below.

Linden Lab

The Fairelands are open and this year’s Fantasy Faire is steaming full of Merchants who are donating a portion of their proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Check the vendors to see which items are exclusive for the benefit of the American Cancer Society.

As is clear in the name, this event is all about Fantasy - from dragons and fairies, to any other majestic creature you can imagine, this is the place to fulfill your flair for the fantastical. Costumes, masks, and other delightful wares line the booths in each gorgeously built and decorated portal.

You can shop, quest, dance, and frolic across each Region between now and May 5th. 2019

This week’s Destination video takes a glimpse inside the Fairlands.

Don your fantasy looks and head on over. Don’t forget that your purchases will benefit the American Cancer Society.

 

 

Linden Lab

Second Life is filled with many different types of experiences to explore. Artists have always found it as a means to express their creativity through many forms. Sound, sculpture, immersive events, prose, and many other forms of artistic expression are all possible within SL.

One of the most prolific artists on the Grid is Cica Ghost - whose installments have intrigued Residents and given them food for thought over the years. These limited run installations have been whimsical, fantastical, silly, and much more.

Cica is back with a new experience - simply titled “Donkeys”. Delightful donkeys and other creatures inhabit this scenic island - perfect for pictures, adventure, and the highlight of this week’s destination guide video.
 

Visit Donkeys before it disappears. 
 

Be sure to share your pics on the Second Life Official Flickr group.

Linden Lab

Second Life is home to many accomplished artists - creative individuals and groups who use the virtual landscape to express themselves through two-dimensional or three-dimensional exhibits and immersives experiences, music, story-telling, poetry, and much more.

Award-winning artist Bryn Oh has been telling unique and chillingly beautiful stories with her installations in Second Life for years. Her visual and virtual art has garnered her a fan base and reputation within the community.

Standby is the final part of the Rabbicorn trilogy, which began with the Daughter of Gears. All three parts to the story can be seen on the Immersiva Region - and parts are shown in this Destination Guide video.

Drop by and immerse yourself in the trilogy that tells the story of the Daughter of Gears and the Rabbicorn.

Be sure to share your pics on the Second Life Official Flickr group.

 

Xiola Linden

 

Since its beginning, artists have found Second Life to be a means of expression - from installations and exhibits like Bryn Oh’s work, to galleries and fundraisers like the Raglan Shire Artwalk  - art has always been a key element of the Second Life Community.

With recent conversations about the ending of the initial iteration of the LEA, and what may be soon to follow in its spirit, it is clear that not only is art in Second Life important to artists, but it is also important to the community.

Acclaimed French artist, Patrick Moya (Moya Janus in Second Life) has an impressive and expansive breadth of work that spans over 40 years, and includes dolls designed for UNICEF, ceramic sculptures, video and projection art, and the work he’s done in Second Life at “Moya Land.”

Moya Land is a space in which he says he can realise a dream - to be a character who lives inside of his own work. To find out more about Moya Land and the artist, watch this Destination video and login to check out the Moya Galleries in Second Life. If you do not speak French, be sure to turn on closed captioning to English.

Linden Lab

‘Tis the season for snow-filled experiences and events -- and this week’s Second Life Destinations video highlights some of the coolest hot spots (or is it hottest cool spots?) scattered across the Grid.

Featured in this video are highlights from three destinations you won’t want to miss, including  Let it Snow, Winter Wonderland at LLW and Old Town Winterland.

For even more chilly explorations, check out the Winter Attractions category in the Second Life Destination Guide to discover over 50 winter-themed spots! 

P.S. Don’t forget to also check out the ongoing Christmas Expo, an annual event held in support of the American Cancer Society's fight against childhood cancer. This eight Region shopping extravaganza features more than 150 merchants, contests and more!

 

Linden Lab

Some of the most popular places to explore in Second Life are those that emphasize nature. Peaceful parks, lush gardens and photo-friendly landscapes can all be found across the grid. A good starting point is the Nature & Parks category in the Destination Guide.

One of our favorites is The Four Seasons, a place to relax and stroll between beach and greenery. This spot is perfect for photographers and those looking for a romantic spot to spend with loved ones.

Experience it for yourself inworld or get a peek in this week’s Second Life Destinations video.

Linden Lab

Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres. Avatars depicted in this video are made by Neurolab and Chip Midnight.

This week's Second Life Destinations video explores one of the most popular and long-lasting spots in Second Life. Kowloon is a densely-populated destination that is inspired by Hong Kong’s infamous Kowloon Walled City. 

Visitors can stroll through the many darkened alleys and narrow neon-lit streets to shop and explore, but one impossible-to-miss attraction is the new 100-story building project initiated by Magnum Yoshikawa. This unique limited-time community project was inspired by a popular Japanese children’s book and is already in its second iteration. Participating Residents are encouraged to show off their creativity by decorating one of the many small rooms contained vertically across the 100-floor structure -- with a 20-prim limit, no less! 

To participate in the project, look for the sign adjacent to the building at the entrance of Kowloon. Once you touch the sign, you can message Yoshikawa if you want to potentially decorate one of the many rooms (as space allows).

The blogging community has already taken notice of the ambitious project, too. The Million Happy Endings blog recently documented the origins of the project, while the YouTube channel The Demented One also created a video showcasing the creativity under construction.

To learn more about Kowloon, you can visit its official blog...or visit it inworld!

Linden Lab

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

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

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

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

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

CREDITS:
Video production by Draxtor Despres

Xiola Linden

Our Second Life Destination Guide editors have been getting their boots quite broken in while exploring the freshly-driven snow of wintery regions submitted to the Destination Guide. It’s a blast to see how the Second Life community stretches its creative muscle to do it up around the holidays and there has been no shortage of great spots coming in. We’re reminded of how incredible this community is as a sum of so many diverse and unique people. Keep up the amazing work!

Take some time over the next week or so to stop by some of these spots to really feel the spirit of Second Life’s amazing Residents.

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Eiffel Tower

Pay tribute to the victims of the recent attacks in Paris in this virtual replica of the city of light.

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The Ghost Town Of Bodie

Visit a reproduction of Bodie, a ghost town in California, USA, constructed by the Literature Alive! group.

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Wintertime Reflections

Celebrate the holidays at Wintertime Reflections, a winter wonderland filled with fun activities including ice skating and more.

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Arosa SL in Winter

Based upon a place in Switzerland, Arosa SL sits below the largest mountain chain in Second Life. Visit the Winter Market in the Arosa village square, and sip on a warm Swiss hot chocolate or glühwein. Pull on ice skates or skis, or borrow a free sled for snowy fun. Maybe you will find nice wildlife! Afterward enjoy some quiet time in the tavern or one of several romantic spots with alpine views.

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Christmas at the House of Avro

Explore this winter wonderland extravaganza, packed to the brim with Christmas! Take a ride on the trolley car or take your life in your hands and try the downhill ski run! if you're not so brave then there is ice skating and a wonderful Christmas carousel! For those that love to shop, there is the Christmas town and stores packed with beautiful Christmas decorations!

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Winter Wonderland at Two Moon Paradise

Two Moon Paradise is proud to present the 5th Annual Winter Wonderland. This beautiful venue features rides, skating, skiing and live events. Free gifts, skates and lots of hot chocolate are waiting for you. Celebrate the magic of winter!

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Wonchewcome Inn Resort

Welcome to Wonchewcome Inn & Resort. They'll take your bags once you've checked in so you can get outside and start enjoying yourself. Bundle up, though, it's cold outside and there is a definite chance for snow in the forecast! Oh! Please don't feed the bear!

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Winter at the Retreat

The snow is falling and the wind howling at The Retreat, a relaxing spot that has a plenty of places for pictures. Warm up inside or go ice skating and dancing with your friends and loved ones.

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Wayward Market

The Wayward Market shopping experience gives you the opportunity to experience items from those you know and love, as well as, talented new creators! More info at waywardevents.com/wayward-market.

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Enchantment

Enchantmentsl.com is a seasonal event that takes place four times a year. Each round is inspired by a different and unique fairytale! The best designers and creators in SL come together to celebrate the chosen fairytale and create something inspired. Shoppers can enjoy a beautiful environment filled with everything from clothing to accessories! Check out the hunt as well.

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Winter in London

Enjoy the winter season in London City. Activities include Ice skating, sleigh rides, outdoor street traders, hot roasted chestnuts on a brazier and open-air weekly concerts, bringing the festivities to life. For details see mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk.

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Winter Scenes 2015

Enjoy the many activities at Winter Scenes including ice skating, snowball fights, couples dancing, exploring and more. Relax in the lodge, play games, cuddle, ride horses, explore a winter maze and more.

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Aphrodite Winter & Christmas Market

The new Winter & Christmas Market has opened! Here you will find houses, furniture, holiday decorations, gifts, Christmas trees and everything you may need for your holiday celebrations in SL!

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Winter Festival on Creations Park

Have fun with your friends at Winter Festival on Creations Park. Ice skate over the entire frozen sim. Sled down the snowy mountain. Experience the finest winter amusement rides. Dance to live music. Fall in love in the Romantic Winter Forest. Get a head start on holiday shopping. Find all the free gifts in the Holiday Hunt. Best of all feel the joy at this special place built with love for you.

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Be sure to share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

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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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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。

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

Visit in Second Life

 

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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

 

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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.

Visit in Second Life

 

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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.

Visit in Second Life

 

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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!

Visit in Second Life

 

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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.

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.

Xiola Linden

 

A-haunting we will go! This year we’re going to take inworld meetups and Halloween shenanigans and mix them together for a frightful mashup of mind-blowingly fun times. But - we need your help to make it happen.

Are you interested in hosting a stop along our Second Life Creepy Crawl? We’re looking for spots that will have music, are appropriate for general and moderate audiences, and don’t mind having a few Lindens and Residents dropping in all at once to dance and hang out for a bit.

The Creepy Crawl will be taking place on October 30th - more details to follow for those who just want to come along for the fun! But for those interested is potentially being a stop along the crawl - here’s what you should do.

  1. Make sure your place is listed in the Destination Guide - here’s how to submit.
  2. Hop over to this form and fill it out before October 20th - we’ll start selecting the venues after that!
  3. Keep an eye out for an email and/or notecard after the 20th to let you know if your venue was selected.

We’re excited to visit as many Halloween spots a possible - and can’t wait to have some spook-tacular fun!

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Pic by Gia Nikai Juliesse

Xiola Linden

 

Are you unafraid of things that go bump in the night? Love a screaming good time with fellow Residents, and dressing up in your Halloween best? Well, it is that time of year when once more - a-haunting we will go!

Once again, we’re going to monster mash-up our annual Creepy Crawl with some de-frightfully fun Costume Contests - but we need your venues to host our stops on the crawl. This year’s Creepy Crawl will happen on Halloween ( Tuesday, October 31st) from 10 am - 2 pm (PT).

If you’d like to host a stop along the Creepy Crawl, own a spot that will be decked out for the holiday, and don’t mind if a parade of Residents and Lindens come through, then you might be just what the witch doctor ordered. We’re looking for spots that will have music, are appropriate for general and moderate audiences, and can handle a crowd.

Here’s how to submit your venue for consideration:

  1. Make sure your place is listed in the Destination Guide - here’s how to submit.

  2. Hop over to this form and fill it out before October 15th - we’ll start selecting the venues after that!

  3. Keep an eye out for an email and/or notecard after the 15th to let you know if your venue was selected.

We’re excited to visit as many Halloween spots a possible - and can’t wait to have some spook-tacular fun!

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Costume contest details and Creepy Crawl schedule will be posted soon - so keep an eye out!

 

Xiola Linden

The Second Life community mourns the passing of friend, colleague, and mentor - Lumiere Noir.

For information about his contributions and legacy in Second Life, take a moment to read these insightful reflections from other members of the Second Life community who have been impacted by Lumiere's work, as well as the comments and memories being shared on his profile.

Ciaran Laval

Inara Pey

New World Notes

Daniel Voyager

Visit the The Ivory Tower Libeary of Primitives - Lumiere's long standing Creator resource where Residents are paying their respects.

 

 

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Ivory Tower Library of Primitives

This self-guided, self-paced, comprehensive building tutorial also includes a weapons testing area and safe sandboxes where you can try out your newly-acquired skills.

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Oakland city skyline at night. Image courtesy: thedude.com

The 7th Annual Second Life Community Convention 2011 will take place at the Oakland Marriott City Center in Oakland, CA from August 12-14, 2011, and registration is now open!  Linden Lab is a sponsor of this great event that is offered to you by the amazing AvaCon organization.  Read about them here!

The following article courtesy of: slconvention.org:

The Second Life Community Convention is three days of exciting activities, events, musical performances, machinima screenings, panels, workshops, and much more that showcases the abundant creativity of Second Life Residents.

Don't Just Attend — Be Part of the Convention

The Second Life Community Convention is more than just what is planned — the convention is also what you want to make it.  Don't just attend — share something with the community!

Submit a Proposal

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The Call for Proposals is up, and with five new track themes and fun presentation formats, you have the opportunity to share your hard work and creativity with the community that will most appreciate your efforts.  Don't want to give a full presentation? Consider doing a Speed Sparks session of 20 slides in five minutes to share the gist of your idea in a fast paced presentation style that was a huge hit last year!

 

 

Be a Staff Member, Track Leader, or Volunteer

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There are a few Staff and Track Leader positions open, and if you want to help run the show on the ground in Oakland or inworld, you are invited to join the team.  It's easy to ask "Why don't they do X?" but the real fun comes when you help make it happen!  Apply for a Staff or Track Leader position, or be an Oakland volunteer or Inworld volunteer today!

 

 

Sponsor the Convention

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If you have a product or service and want to get your message out to the most enthusiastic Second Life Residents, or if you just want to show your support, there's no better place to spread the word than at the Second Life Community Convention.  There are many levels of sponsorship, so it's more than affordable to help support this nonprofit, community produced event - become a sponsor!

 

Organize a Social Event

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The convention has a light schedule on Friday, Aug. 12th to make sure there's plenty of time for socializing and networking, and to give you the opportunity to organize your own fun events.  Check out the Social Events & Mixers page to organize a social event or outing for your friends and communities. Need ideas for things to do?  There is a terrific guide of things to do In & Around Oakland to help you get started!

 

 

Planning Your Trip

There has been lots of hard work this year to help keep the cost of the convention affordable, and there are a number of resources available to help you plan your trip.

 

Reserve Your Room at the Oakland Marriott City Center

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The convention will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center in the heart of downtown Oakland, CA — just a ten minute train ride from San Francisco.  The best room rates ever have been negotiated!  $109 a night for up to quad occupancy, and free wireless internet access in guest rooms.  You must be registered for the convention to receive the group-rate discount, and you will receive the link to reserve your rooms in the email confirmation you receive when you register for SLCC.  Note that lunch on Saturday and Sunday is included in your convention registration, as well as free wireless internet access in all convention spaces.  If you need information about flying, driving, or taking the train to SLCC, check out our transportation guide to get all the details you need to get to the convention.

 

Budgeting & Sharing Expenses to Reduce Costs

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There is also a guide to help you budget for your trip. Visit the SLCC General Budget page to see a breakdown of convention expenses, a general budget guide to help you estimate costs for travel, and tips to help reduce the overall cost of the convention.  If you're interested in sharing expenses on hotel rooms or travel, you can also find information to help you coordinate Finding a Roommate or Carpool.

 

Program Information Coming Soon

More details will be announced soon about the program sessions and keynote speakers in the coming weeks.  SLCC is going to be a fun and thrilling three days of sharing, learning, and networking with Second Life Residents from around the world!

See you in Oakland!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Linden Lab

We are deeply humbled by the response so far to the debut of the new Second Life Blogger Network (SLBN). Since our announcement of this new initiative yesterday, we’ve already had more than 100 bloggers opt-in! 

We’d like to extend a sincere “thank you” to all of the blogging community for the many years of coverage of Second Life culture, communities, creations, and, yes, even controversies. The Second Life blogging community is never dull, to be sure -- and it serves as a key information source for so many who seek to stay connected to so many aspects of our shared virtual society. SLBN aims simply to call more attention to the many fantastic bloggers that are out there so that more people discover their work.

We do ask for a bit of patience during our launch week as we sort through and strategize how to both efficiently and fairly review the many blogs who have opted-in. In all honesty, we’re a bit overwhelmed by the number of bloggers who have responded in the first 24 hours!

So, what’s next? We’re already reviewing posts across all bloggers who have opted-in to begin the process of selectively sharing a handful of posts weekly via many of our official Second Life channels including the new Community Newsfeed, social channels and (in the near future) the login page of our official Second Life Viewer.

Since the launch, there have been a few questions from the community that we’d also like to address. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received so far:

If I opt-in, are you going to censor my blog or penalize me if I post something critical?

Absolutely not!  By opting in, bloggers do not cede any editorial control as they remain completely independent. We have no implied or actual say over what bloggers choose to publish -- and, to be clear, we’ll still consider posts from blogs that are often critical of Second Life. Specifically, we review individual posts when we consider what to feature - not your overall blog.

It is true, however, that we do have content guidelines shared publicly so that we are transparent on our editorial criteria used in determining what specific posts we choose to promote on our own channels. One thing that we do want to clarify: we will not deliberately promote or support blogs that frequently post illegal, unauthorized or hateful content. 

We also want to clarify that we do not expect nor recommend that bloggers alter their editorial strategy with hopes of being featured. With the high volume of new posts published daily across all participating bloggers, we anticipate only a very few will be featured any given week. 

My blog features some adult content or nudity. Can I still apply?

Yes! While we won’t feature posts that contain sexually explicit content or other types of ‘adult’ content, we’ll still consider your individual posts that are compliant with our content guidelines. Since featured blog posts may be seen on our general Secondlife.com website and/or some social channels, we aim to follow industry-standard content guidelines (such as those published by Google and Microsoft). 

We understand that one of the great things about Second Life is the abundance of self-expression and creativity across a breadth of topics and genres, including adult-oriented content. However, to stay in compliance with the aforementioned industry-standard content guidelines, we simply aren’t able to highlight explicit ‘adult’ content on our website or social channels. At our sole discretion, we may make exceptions to these policies in limited educational or scientific contexts.

I’m unclear about what happens after I opt-in my blog. Do I need to do anything else? 

No! Once you have opted-in, you will automatically be added to our internal blog feed for ongoing consideration. You do not need to do anything else - and you can opt-out at any time if you change your mind. By opting into the SLBN, you are giving us permission to potentially promote and link to one of your individual blog posts including the use of a brief opening sentence or two from your blog and a single image. We will not reproduce your entire post! All SLBN content links outbound to your site for the full blog post.

I opted-in but now I want to opt-out. How do I do that?

The same Submission Form used to opt-in can also be used to opt-out. Just go to the form and select the opt-out notification. 

Why should I opt-in? What’s in it for me?

We hope to give more exposure to the independent blogging community via some of our high-profile channels including our official blog and social media channels. While a featured presence might not send millions of new pageviews your way, it can’t hurt to get a bit more traffic and awareness to your site - particularly for those who might not have yet discovered it on their own. Your traffic boost might only be modest, but hopefully, you’ll get some new readers from the exposure.

For those that follow industry “best practices” in search engine optimization (SEO), we think that independent bloggers will also benefit from getting another prominent inbound link to their site (which can help with their establishment of “relevancy” in the search engine ranking algorithms). 

For us, we benefit by giving new Residents, in particular, another way to get connected with the broader Second Life community as they quickly learn more context about Second Life communities and cultures (and clothing!). We also hope that existing Residents will stay logged in longer as they discover new events, fashions, and experiences from your blogs.

What about Flickr and YouTube? Do my accounts and content qualify for inclusion in the SLBN?

Yes! We recognize that many bloggers and vloggers publish videos and photos directly on YouTube and/or Flickr. Please use the Submission Form to submit your social account for consideration.

I have a blog for my store or fashion line. Can I still submit my blog and will you consider my posts?

Yes! We recognize that some of the best blog posts come from bloggers who also have their own stores or creations in Second Life. However, we aren’t likely to feature posts where “the editorial content is primarily promotional in nature and reads like a press release or ad for a particular merchant, creator, destination or event,” according to our Content Guidelines

What can I expect if my post is featured? 

Once you opt-in, we’ll begin monitoring your blog posts for potential inclusion in one or more of our official Second Life channels, including our new Community Newsfeed on Secondlife.com, one or more of our social media channels, and (eventually) a feed on our official Second Life Viewer login page. Please note that not all posts will always appear in all distribution channels. 

I am worried that my blog might not be compliant with the Terms & Conditions and/or Content Guidelines. Do I need to change anything to qualify?

We are NOT asking anyone to change anything as part of this initiative. However, bloggers who opt-in must also agree to the Terms & Conditions. Remember that we are reviewing content on a blog post level, so some of your posts may qualify for consideration and some may not, but your blog can still qualify. Of particular note though, please be aware that for legal reasons the criteria does mention that Linden Lab trademarks or logos should not be included in the blog domain name for participating bloggers.  

Why is LL doing this when there are other similar initiatives driven by community members! Stay in your own lane!

Fair enough. We acknowledge that over the years there have been many community groups and members who have provided blog feeds and similar initiatives. We see the SLBN as additional and complementary to those established initiatives. Our goal is to further highlight the incredible community content on our platform. We feel that this is a mutually beneficial program that helps show off Second Life and helps send some traffic to bloggers and their content, and we also appreciate and want to support those groups and community members who have been doing so already.   

One of our key goals with SLBN is simply to help introduce even more people in (and outside of) the Second Life community to the many different bloggers that are out there.

How can I get in touch with you if I have more questions?

Feel free to reach out to us at editor@lindenlab.com with further questions.

Linden Lab

It’s hard to believe, but 2015 is wrapping up already! With the excitement over the recent Bento announcement still in the air, we’d like to end the year by highlighting just a few more of the many ways that Second Life got even better this year.

Tech & Feature Improvements
We just promoted the Valhalla (CEF) Viewer to release. This is a major step (so we bumped the version to 4.0.0) - In-Viewer web content is now coming to you via the latest version of the Chromium Embedded Framework API - it’s a lot like the latest version of the Google Chrome browser you might use on your desktop. This change allows Residents to add web media to their creations using the latest web standards including HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL. We’ve ditched the aging and unsupported Qt/Webkit framework and the myriad of previously unfixed problems it accumulated. While we encourage content creators to move to HTML5 for best performance and future compatibility, various older plugins are still supported.

We also spent quite a bit of effort to maintain and improve the infrastructure. There were 28 simulator releases, Inventory Robustness improvements, improvements to Group Chat, and a major update of the developer toolchain.

We launched Viewer Managed Marketplace this year and rolled out the timely demise of magic boxes. We released updates to improve the Mesh Importer and implemented a resident-contributed feature suggestion to improve and expand the Notifications UI. We added a control to set your Hover Height just right from another bit of feedback.

Of course there’s more to come in 2016, hopefully something for everyone. Just a few things we have in the pipeline are the new Marketplace Search (currently in Beta), HTTP project (soon merging with Voice fixes), the Quick Graphics & Rendering Complexity Viewer, and an update to the Oculus Rift Viewer as well!

 Better Looking Starter Avatars
This year we worked on and launched new makeovers to classic avatars. These great-looking new avatars address some compatibility issues as well as offer better-looking starter options for new Residents.

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New Premium Perks
We’re continuously looking for ways to improve the value of Premium Membership in Second Life. Just this year we introduced Experience tools, reduced the cost of monthly membership and stopped charging VAT, increased Group and IM limits, and added Live Chat and extended concierge hours.

Lower Land Set-Up Fees & Grandfathered Transfers
We now allow Grandfathered transfers and we’ve lowered setup fees for Land owners and we continue to look for ways to improve our land products while keeping the economy healthy!

Inworld Events & Community Fun
This last summer marked the 12th Birthday of Second Life, and our Residents put together an amazing community-driven event. As part of the celebrations, Linden Lab hosted the first Official Music Fest - inviting musicians who perform in Second Life to come out and showcase their live music and celebrate a dozen years of Second Life. Part of the fun of SL12B included the release of the awesome T-rex avatar - a hint at what was to come with the epic launch of PaleoQuest.

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There’s lots to talk about - and we were happy to join the Lab Chat production team in November for the first session of Lab Chat. Stay tuned for more details on the call for questions and date for the next edition - coming soon!

In the spirit of our inworld meetups like the Creepy Crawl and our Snowball Fight - we look forward to spending more time enjoying this amazing world with you in the new year!

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