A showcase of some of the amazing things going on in Second Life - from snapshots, to gifs, to edits and landscapes. If you're interested in being featured, submit your pics to the Official Flickr Group. Looking for places to visit inworld for pics and adventures? Check out the Destination Guide for places to explore.
"Two sims full of art on a fantasy landscape, I couldn't resist. Ravens Mist is Katz Jupiter's gift to those who love to poke around and find great art in a completely unnatural setting - well it's unnatural if you think art has to be in a walled gallery or organized in nice neat display areas."
Interested in learning more about virtual worlds? Check out the University of Washington's Certificate in Virtual Worlds, developed in partnership with the University of Washington Information School. Get more information about the program here.
"The 7th annual Second Life Community Convention 2011 begins today!...Those attending SLCC remotely can check out the IN-WORLD PAGE for SLurls, schedules, streaming video, and more information for virtual attendees..." Keep reading.
Excerpt from the Aug. 12 post on SLConvention.org, authored by AvaCon, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality, and 3D immersive and virtual spaces. Linden Lab is one of several sponsors of the convention.
"This is an awesome use of a brain-computer interface developed for disabled people to navigate in the 3D virtual world of Second Life, using a simple interface controlled by the user's thought: Developed by an Austrian medical engineering firm called...(continue reading)
Does your campus have a cool 3D exhibit created in SL? Or do you have a unique learning experience or research project that you want to share with a larger audience? Tell us about it!
As the new semester approaches, Linden Lab ushers in the new school year with a celebration of the best in interactive academic offerings in SL. Starting on Aug. 15, we’ll debut the Academic Showcase – a new, limited-time Destination Guide category that aims to spotlight some of the many interactive learning exhibits, online education events, and other academic pursuits in Second Life.
This opportunity is open to all SL venues that house 3D learning projects – so it isn’t limited to real-life universities. To contact the Second Life editorial team, use the Destination Guide Submission Suggestion form with a description, SLurl and suggested image that represents your project.
We’ll be rounding up the best submissions for inclusion in the Academic Showcase, which will soon be accessible on the Destination Guide on SecondLife.com and inside the Second Life Viewer.
Can’t wait til Aug. 15? You can explore some of the best ongoing academic SL offerings now in our existing Destination Guide Education category. Unlike the upcoming Academic Showcase category, which is meant to spotlight specific learning projects, the broader Education category will continue to spotlight the overall educational institutions and nonprofits in Second Life.
One of the most powerful examples of community in Second Life is the annual Relay For Life event, which helps raise money for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer and to celebrate the lives of people who have battled this disease. Over the past few years, more than $1 million real-life U.S. dollars has been raised in Second Life for this important cause.
This year’s fundraiser (themed “Seasons of Hope”) takes place from July 16 to 17 and features several community activities and events, including:
Live and silent auctions
Live music performances
Exclusive, limited-edition goodies
...and much, much more!
We hope you’ll take a moment to visit and participate in this Second Life community-organized event.
Watch July’s video finalists in a special Month of Machinima screening event on July 6 at 10 a.m. (Pacific). Visit now >>
Attend the LEA Avatar Art Games each Monday at 4 p.m. (Pacific). Visit now >>
About Month of Machinima
Produced by the LEA in partnership with the Second Life community, the Month of Machinima (MoM) event is a monthly screening of the best of Second Life machinima. This event, which began in May, continues to accept submissions each month to be considered for the next month’s screening.
Whether you are an aspiring or established machinima artist — or someone who just enjoys watching videos — MoM offers an awesome viewing experience for those who enjoy this now-established creative art form. These videos get better each month -- and word is that July’s are among the best ever! See this month’s submissions debut July 6 at 10 a.m. in the LEA Theater. Don’t forget the popcorn!
If you enjoy those intense -- and often hilarious -- televised human-obstacle games, such as “Wipeout” or “Takeshi’s Castle/MXC,” then you won’t want to miss the live Avatar Art Gamesevent each Monday at 4 p.m. (Pacific). Watch as participants run through the obstacle course and the audience tries their hardest to to slow them down! Check out the sign-up sheeton Thursdays for contestants and audience participants.
Not familiar with the Linden Endowment for the Arts? The LEA was established to help create a center for arts activity in Second Life. It is a collaborative venture between Linden Lab and the arts community. Guided by a dedicated board of renowned Second Life artists, many of whom are highly-accomplished artists both inworld and recognized by their “real life” peers, the LEA is committed to providing access to engaging experiences in the arts for the Second Life community. Through its exhibitions, programs, and events, the LEA fosters awareness of artists’ contributions to our virtual world and encourages others to get involved and be inspired.
Second Life’s 8th Birthday celebration kicks off at 10:30 a.m pacific time! The community has really created a fabulous celebration that you won’t want to miss. There are so many ways to have fun and stay on top of the action.
We took her down to see her new digs, a beautifully appointed Linden Home on an exclusive double-parcel with a landscaped yard and adjoining pool.
“It’s wonderful!” she said. “I’m so grateful.”
We didn’t arrive empty-handed: We gave her the L$5,000 furnishing bonus—a great housewarming gift, don’t you think? The house may be empty now, but the bonus will certainly help her to set up housekeeping in style. And there’s still a garden to plant!
What does she plan to do first with her new place? Decorate, of course!
Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter the sweepstakes and complete our land survey. Your insight is incredibly important to us. And congratulations, Abigale Artful. Enjoy your new home!
The Linden Endowment of the Arts (LEA) is offering three ways to get more involved in the arts in Second Life. Whether you like to build or simply enjoy being part of a creative experience, the LEA has some fun things in store for you in May and June.
Come out to play in the Art Sandbox Floating cows, tornadoes, and butterfly kites—oh, my! You never know what you might see at the LEA Art Sandbox, which is now officially open to the public.
The LEA exists to help people understand and create virtual art in Second Life. Therefore, the LEA Art Sandbox has been created for the same purpose, by giving Residents space to build and play and experiment with the tools of Second Life as a medium for artistic expression.
So, how do you get started? Take a look at the LEA Art Sandbox wiki page to learn more about working in the different Sandbox areas, how long you can keep your builds there, and how to join the group. For a peek into what you’d experience, take a look at the
New Machinima for June The latest lineup for the LEA’s Month of Machinima (MoM) project will be ready for viewing inworld at the LEA Theater on Monday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m. PDT—with the theme of “Mixed Reality.” Seating for the MoM event is conveniently located near each of the theater’s four entrances:
The objective of MoM is to stimulate the creation of new Second Life machinima and introduce the community to the machinima art form. In case you missed last month’s opening event, you can still view the jury-selected, community-created machinima for May on the Month of Machinima YouTube channel.
Dodge, Dash, and Dive in the Avatar Art Games If you’re a creative type who likes to virtually sweat, the LEA Art Games (aka Avatar Games) might be just the thing for you.
They’re called the Avatar Games because they’re really a “physical” challenge for your avatar—having to successfully run through a gauntlet of objects and artful environments to reach the end. It’s a marriage of artful builds and a silly footrace—making it accessible to those who admire inworld aesthetics and good, clean fun.
The Games involve an an art obstacle course on the LEA sims. One competitor runs the course with one referee monitoring from the platform, and the audience is given special guns with scripts for shooting at the competitors (the bullets don’t cause damage; they just slow them down).
The Avatar Games kick off (pun intended) Monday, June 6 at 4:00 p.m. To sign up for a spot as a competitor or a participating spectator, visit the LEA Avatar Games wiki page. And if you don’t get called for an active role, just come down to the Games each Monday at 4:00 p.m. PDT and you just might get picked out of the crowd!
About the Linden Endowment for the Arts The Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) was established to help create a center of arts activity in Second Life. It is a collaborative venture between Linden Lab and the arts community. Guided by a dedicated board of renowned Second Life artists, the LEA is committed to providing access to engaging experiences in the arts for the Second Life community. Through its exhibitions, programs, and events, the LEA fosters awareness of artists’ contributions to our virtual world and encourages others to get involved and be inspired.
To learn more about upcoming programs produced by the LEA, join the Linden Endowment for the Arts Info group—which is open to the public inworld.
This is your chance to show the virtual world how amazing you are! This is SL8B—Second Life’s 8th Birthday bash—and we have 20 regions dedicated to the birthday event where you can make your mark.
Whether you’re a performer, artist, educator, mentor, social butterfly, designer, business owner, or media maven, SL8B is your time to shine. We’re counting on you to share your talents in the spirit of our theme this year-- “Magic of Second Life.” You know. It’s that magical moment when the virtual light bulb turns on like when you made your first strong connection with a friend or when you realized that you were part of the community--the Second Life culture.
The deadline to apply to be an exhibitor, a performer, or a greeter volunteer is tomorrow, May 20th. Visit our SL8B wiki page to learn more about the theme and apply to officially participate in the event.
Want to learn more? Join the Second Life Birthday group inworld for the latest updates on the festivities.
As fans of lotteries around the world know, you’ve got to play to win.
Today is the last day to enter to win the “Linden Dream Home Sweepstakes”—so don’t miss your chance! Simply complete our short land survey and you’ll be entered to win a spacious Linden Home on a double-parcel plus L$5,000! We’ll be drawing the winning name this week, so one lucky Resident will start enjoying his or her new, luxurious home by next week!
Our virtual world, Second Life, turns eight this June. Wow! Our hard-working team of Resident volunteers and Lindens have been busily preparing for our annual birthday bash—laying down the groundwork (literally) for us all to celebrate.
The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. SLT on Monday, June 20 and runs through Sunday, June 26 with a glittering assortment of musicians, speakers, artists, business leads, media mavens, merchants, social organizers, and other amazing Residents like you. Make a Wish This year’s theme is the, “Magic of Second Life.” No, we’re not just talking about wizards and sorceresses (though of course they’re included). The true magic of Second Life is something different for each of us. It’s all about that moment when we realized how amazing Second Life really is. It’s when we found our own personal connections to Second Life, realizing its potential in our own lives and the lives of others. Whether it’s the social aspect, the content creation possibilities, or unique business and commerce opportunities, we’ve all got a tale of Second Life magic to share. You’re Invited Now that you know the theme, you know you want to get involved! We have 20 sims reserved for themed exhibits, amazing builds, fantastic music and entertainment, and for wonderful volunteers to make this the best birthday party ever. Visit our SL8B wiki page for our exhibitor application, entertainment application, and volunteer greeter application and deadlines. Don’t miss a thing: Join the Second Life Birthday group inworld (now open) for the latest updates on the festivities. Happy birthday to all of us!
To help kick off the event, Linden Lab’s Senior Director, User Experience Rhett Linden and the LEA board will be in attendance to talk about the arts in Second Life, the 13 films selected for the May event, and what’s next for the LEA’s community events and installations.
Check out this
for a sneak peek into what you’ll experience at today’s event! If you like it and are inspired to tweet about it, spread the word on Twitter using the #SLcinema hashtag.
Seating for the MoM event is conveniently located near each of the theater’s four entrances:
More about MoM and the LEA The objective of MoM is to promote Second Life machinima, encourage the creation of new work, and showcase existing work to the community and beyond. It serves as an opportunity to introduce Residents to the machinima art form and to support the machinima community to continue to create Second Life films for everyone to enjoy. MoM will be a recurring monthly event with juried screenings of community-created machinima so you can participate and view new films every month.
Also, the LEA Information group is open to the public—feel free to join to learn more about the organization’s future events. You can pick up information in the MoM info boxes at the LEA Theater and infohub.
Now’s the Time for June Submissions The next deadline for machinima submissions is May 10 for the June MoM. The theme is Mixed Reality. Maximum run-time is six (6) minutes (SL machinima has to be included in your mix). Interested in participating? You can learn more about MoM and apply to have your machinima included in the event here. Films that have already been submitted, but not selected for a previous MoM, will be eligible for consideration in future events if they adhere to the theme, length restrictions, and other requirements.
There’s no place like home. Especially when it’s spacious, luxurious, and rent-free!
We’ve got just the place for you to rez your hat. Imagine living in a home with an open floor plan, seaside views, and a sparkling pool just steps away from your property. Now envision having L$5,000 to spend on furnishings, lush landscaping, and a new wardrobe for your new, luxurious lifestyle. Sound good? Now is the time to enter our “Linden Dream Home Sweepstakes”—where you could get a Linden Home, a L$ furnishing bonus, and free Premium membership for a year!
What does the Sweepstakes prize include?
A spacious GraysonLinden Home on a double parcel (1024 m2 total) with 234 prims
Free Premium membership for one year, which includes the L$300 weekly stipend and extended support services
A L$5,000 furnishing bonus so you can decorate your home and garden parcel in style
Convenient location next to a fabulous pool and deck: Perfect for outdoor entertaining
How do you enter? Second Life Residents are invited to complete our Land Survey between May 2 and May 16. That’s it. Complete the survey and you’re eligible to win. For more details, visit the Sweepstakes wiki page. What else could you get? Tis the season to be thinking about homes and gardens, so even if you aren’t interested in the sweepstakes, we’re offering a few freebies that might boost your curb appeal. Be sure to visitShopkeeper Linden’s store on Marketplace to check out the following items for your next garden party:
Special-edition Garden Gnome Linden Bear
Picnic and tea party pack
Whether you’re looking for a little something to spruce up your space or for your friend’s housewarming party, these freebies or the great stuff on the Home and Garden category on Marketplace might be just the thing you’re looking for. (Hey, who doesn’t love a gnome?) Happy spring!
Time to get your bunny tail over to our all-day music festival! We’ve got a full line-up of DJs and live music performances from 6:00 a.m. SLT to 7:00 p.m. SLT today only. Read all about it here! And while you’re there, be sure to check out the dozen winning eggs from the Bunny Jam egg decorating contest. Congratulations to the following Residents for their unique designs!
Egg hidden in a flower, by LadyKath Avon
Gift-wrapped chick, by Aria Meridoc
Spiked egg, by Fandango Rhapsody
Dozen eggs, by Maui Islander
Butterfly egg, by Raphaela Palmer
Chick pulling the egg, by Laura Liberty
Egg escape, by SimonLeo Roelofs
Waldo egg, by Griete Rasmuson
Cherry blossom egg, by Isis Berithos
Transparent egg in egg, by Wolfling Winterwolf
Steampunk egg, by Norbo Sands
Glow egg, by Ginger Lorakeet
We’ve tabulated the votes from the community for the #1 egg—drum roll, please! Congratulations to Aria Meridoc, who won the top L$10,000 prize!
Congratulations go out to our winners who found the L$5,000 prizes in our egg scavenger hunt as well:
We hope you all had a good time on the hunt! Enjoy the music—and have a very happy spring in Second Life!
Second Life is a virtual world imagined and created by people just like you. And, while it's always fun to create, it's also rewarding to explore and appreciate the artistic beauty and architectural wonders created by others in the SL community.
Inworld photography is one of the most popular hobbies inside Second Life and getting started is as easy as clicking a single button. In the SL Viewer's Advanced mode, just use the Snapshot button to take a picture. Then, you can then share it with friends on Facebook or post it on Flickr, where thousands of SL photographers have contributed over 1 ½ million unique images that document the beauty and quirkiness of SL. For some useful photography tips and tricks, check out this wiki page to help you get the best shots.
Looking for great places to photograph? Watch this video to discover ten of our favorite picturesque spots to get you started. We've also put together a new Photo Hot Spots category in the Destination Guide that you can use to quickly visit each of the locations featured in the video.
So, in no particular order, here are the ten featured Second Life spots that are perfect for practicing your snapshots:
One of the longest running and most popular communities in Second Life is InSilico. This cyber-punk roleplay region is filled with hi-tech high-rises and hidden elements that make for excellent imagery. For anyone with an interest in showing off the absolute best of Second Life to your friends, this is THE place to snap and share.
Another “Blade Runner”-esque region to roam is S.I.C. -- that stands for Science Innovation Company. By the looks of this place, you can just bet that there’s an elaborate back story to explore in this hi-tech, post-apocalyptic urban landscape. So, why not capture it in images? Scout out your shots by traveling the dark urban streets as you pass by flashing neon signs and battling bots. And, after the shoot, hang out at the cool little hamburger joint.
Yep. It’s a weird and wonderful world we live in--and even more so in Second Life. How can words alone explain the strange shapes and textures that you’ll find twisted throughout Parallel Worlds? This extraordinary experience by Claudia222 Jewell is the perfect place to practice your photography skills. Zoom in on one of the many gooey globs that float in the air as you glide from surreal spot to spot--some combining snakes and circuit boards. Is there supposed to be a hidden meaning here? Maybe or maybe not. Either way, you’ll not want to miss a single shot.
If you can brave the blizzards, then you’ll get some fantastic photographs at the Antarctic Stronghold, a primary telehub for the Vanguard Armed Forces’ base in a remote, icy region of Second Life. There’s lots of shots to snap here, but be careful not to interrupt the combat roleplayers that frequent this popular spot.
Ready to travel back in time? Then, visit beautiful, historic Innsmouth--a troubled New England coastal town where darkness prevails and danger lurks around every corner. Be careful as you wander the rain-soaked streets as you snap spooky shots.
Do you love secret gardens? If so, then you’ll want to get lost at Alirium, a relaxing place to immerse yourself in unspoiled beauty across all four seasons. As you wander through each garden area, you’ll stumble across shots that are just too good to pass up.
So, for your next spot, check out old Italy. La Perla II is a beautiful old Italian village with its own unique Mediterranean styles. Explore the shops and hillsides as you scour the village for just the right picture. Strike a pose on one of the cliff pathways to remember the moment as the Mediterranean sun sets behind you.
In this economy, traveling to some of the world’s greatest cities is out of reach for many of us. In Second Life, not so much. I know. Maybe it’s not exactly the same as the real thing, But, how can you resist traveling to San Francisco to see the Golden Gate bridge when it is just a mouse click away?
Many thanks to everyone who took the time to show off their creative talents in the Bunny Jam egg decorating contest! It was no easy decision for the judges, who received and reviewed over 300 eggs—but the results are in, and the winning dozen are on display!
Pick the best of the dozen We’ve got a special prize of L$10,000 for the #1 egg in the contest, and we need your help to pick the best of the dozen! Check out the dozen winning eggs on display here and here. You can click on the voting kiosk set up by the eggs and vote there, or you can vote here after you’ve selected your favorite. Ready, set, hunt! The Bunny Jam egg scavenger hunt kicks off tomorrow, April 21, at 9:00 a.m. SLT, featuring copies of the 12 winning eggs from the egg decorating contest. Not sure where to start? Check out the Bunny Jam Destination Guide for tips on where to begin. Remember: Each egg (and that L$5,000) can only be found once—so good luck, hunters! Get ready to jam The Bunny Jam music event happens on April 25 from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. SLT. Check here for the full lineup of live music and DJs. Be sure to share the latest with your fellow Residents by using the #SLBunnyJam hashtag on Twitter—so they can follow the fun! And if you’re still looking for something festive to wear to Bunny Jam (or for any other springtime events you’re attending), feel free to pick up the bunny ears, bunny slippers, and bunny tail that are all available for free in Shopkeeper Linden’s store on Marketplace.
Spring has sprung in Second Life! And we have some great ways to celebrate the season with our Bunny Jam event, kicking off April 11. With an egg decorating contest, egg scavenger hunt, and an all-day music festival, Bunny Jam is an event you won’t want to miss! Egg Decorating Contest: April 11-15 The egg template is available on Shopkeeper Linden’s store on Marketplace. Once you’ve got your egg, it’s time to get creative! Decorate your egg and drop it on Libby Linden between April 11 and April 15 to enter it into the contest.
A panel from Linden Lab’s community team will review and select the top dozen eggs received by April 15 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) SLT. The creators of each of the 12 winning eggs will receive L$5,000. We’ll announce the winners on April 20. But wait—there’s more! We’re going to put the winning eggs on display and invite the Second Life community to vote on the best of the dozen—and the creator of the one you pick will get an additional L$10,000! You read it right: The winner of the #1 egg in the contest wins a combined L$15,000! Contest details are here.
Egg Scavenger Hunt: April 21-25 The top dozen eggs will be hidden in regions featured in our Bunny Jam Destination Guide, which will be up next week once the Bunny Jam events begin. It’s truly a race—as each egg (and each egg’s L$5,000 prize) can be found only once! Once you’ve found an official scavenger hunt egg, take it and drop it on Libby Linden inworld to collect your prize. Bunny Jam Music Event: April 25 C’mon down dressed in your bunny best for Bunny Jam, the all-day music festival hosted on the Bunny Jam regions! We’ll be featuring live music and DJs from 6:00 a.m. SLT to 7:00 p.m. SLT. Be sure to share what you’re up to (with photos, SLurls, etc.) at Bunny Jam with your fellow Residents by using the #SLBunnyJam hashtag on Twitter—so fellow Residents can follow the fun!
Free Bunny-Wear Channel your inner bunny with the freebies available in Shopkeeper Linden’s store on Marketplace! Bunny ears, bunny slippers, and a bunny tail are yours to keep and wear to the Bunny Jam festivities or give to a friend. But they’re only available on the SL Marketplace for a limited time, so hop on over to get yours today!