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Looking for places to visit inworld for pics and adventures? Check out the Destination Guide for places to explore. 

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Linden Lab

Resident and prominent blogger Honour McMillan explores Ravens Mist in Second Life. Check out her photos and travels on her blog.


From Honour's Blog:

"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." 

Keep reading on Honour's blog...

Linden Lab

"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.

SLCC 2011 is Inworld!

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.

Linden Lab

"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)


from New World Notes

Linden Lab



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.
Linden Lab

Relay for Life 2011

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
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Exclusive, limited-edition goodies
  • Machinima screenings
  • Theatrical performances
  • ...and much, much more!

We hope you’ll take a moment to visit and participate in this Second Life community-organized event.

Visit the Relay for Life event in Second Life >>

Find out more at the official event website >>


Brett Linden

July has arrived... and things are starting to heat up for the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA). This month, there are tons of exciting activities and updates as the LEA community brings you two fun events: Month of Machinima and the LEA Avatar Art Games.

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!

For more info on the Month of Machinima, check out the official wiki page or YouTube channel. Or, visit the LEA Theater now to watch some videos!


About LEA Avatar Art Games

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 Games event 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 sheet on Thursdays for contestants and audience participants.

Find out more on how to participate on the official LEA Avatar Art Games wiki page, or head on over to the Avatar Games now to check out this super-challenging obstacle course!

About the Linden Endowment for the Arts

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.

Find out more on the official LEA wiki page.
Lexie Linden

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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.  

Take a look at the Second Life Birthday page for information on featured events and live twitter content. Another great place to read up on birthday happenings is the community run SL8B blog.  They have SL8B photos, blogs and news!

Here is today's auditorium schedule: (pacific time)

Monday June 20:

12pm         Virtual Learning Spaces:  El Cerrito Village in SL (Troy Vogel)

2pm            Prim Perfect

3pm            Burn 2

4pm            Meet the Artist

5pm            Lessons from Virtual Concerts in the Park (Kate Miranda)

6pm            Making Communities

Don’t forget you can follow us @Secondlife and the #sl8b hashtag on Twitter for more real-time info! Plus, share memories and fondest moments in Second Life history with #slmoment

Grab your free Birthday Bear at the Marketplace and come on in today to enjoy the events!

Courtney Linden

We have a winner! We’re thrilled to announce that Abigale Artful is the winner of the Linden Dream Home Sweepstakes.


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! 


Courtney Linden

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.


Courtney Linden
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. 


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