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  1. 83 points
    Today we’re rolling out a new logo for Second Life. Second Life has seen a surge of interest from people new to SL, longstanding residents, and groups and businesses seeking a uniquely interactive place for gatherings and special events. With this renewed attention we decided it was time to update a key part of how we tell the world what SL is all about. Second Life is still going strong, with a devoted and energetic resident community, and we want everyone to know that. The old logo has served us well but no longer projects our vision for SL as we move into this next decade. The new logo uses clearer, bolder type to communicate our optimism and confidence in what the future holds for SL. We retired the soft green color in favor of bright blue to reflect the boundless energy of our residents, who create amazing content and experiences. When it comes to what you can do with SL, the (blue) sky’s the limit! Second Life is a big product. In addition to the Viewer, there are hundreds of web pages, and the old logo is on all of them. We don’t want to distract our teams from the important projects our community knows we’re working hard on. So you will see a mix of new and old logos for a while as teams find time to make updates. We’re all excited to use the new logo and we hope you like it. -- The Second Life team
  2. 38 points
    Well, this is awkward... Due to the ongoing public health crisis, we’ve experienced an unprecedented surge in demand for new Second Life regions. While we are thrilled by the heightened interest, the increased demand has consumed our available inventory of full regions and homesteads (there are still many parcels available on existing regions, both on the mainland and from private estates). We are committed to maintaining (and improving) the stability and performance of Second Life. So while we are very gratified that we can be of help to people in these trying times, unfortunately, our current server systems cannot accommodate unlimited growth without adversely impacting that stability and performance. This means that region inventory in Second Life will be extremely limited and may not be readily available until early fall. WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? As we’ve discussed previously, Second Life is in the process of migrating from our existing dedicated servers to a cloud hosting service. That migration has already moved a number of the most important services and databases, but we are not quite ready to host simulators in the cloud. We have a crack team working on that and are making lots of progress, but there are significant changes needed to make sure that we can provide the performance, stability, and security required. When that process is complete we will have a nearly unlimited region capacity, but until then we are constrained by the size of our existing server fleet. While our migration project has been underway for some time, even our most optimistic business projections did not anticipate a surge of the magnitude we have seen in recent weeks for additional regions. While we planned for growth driven by improvements to Second Life and other factors, we didn't expect demand to be created by a global pandemic. As a result, we are in the unfortunate position of hitting the maximum capacity of our “old” servers until the “new” cloud servers are fully operational. WHEN WILL REGIONS BE AVAILABLE AGAIN? Regions may be intermittently available as existing regions are returned to us by their current owners. Due to the economic impact of the public health crisis, we do expect that some limited number of landholdings will be returned to the general inventory in the coming weeks. This means that there may be some regions available on-and-off, but it is more likely that normal region sales will not resume until our migration to the cloud is complete. While we do not have an exact date at this time, we anticipate it will be early fall. WHAT IMMEDIATE OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE MEANTIME? So, what are your options if you are seeking land sooner? Owning land on the Mainland is an alternative. We can offer abandoned Mainland directly for sale with a range of various parcel sizes from 512sqm per parcel to an entire full region (minus infrastructure). You can learn more about purchasing abandoned Mainland in our Knowledge Base. Consider renting from an existing landholder. If you do not need an entire region, there are plenty of rental options available from established Second Life landholders right now. Learn more about how rentals work in our Knowledge Base. You can also explore Land Auctions in Second Life. Much like an auction on the popular auction-based shopping site eBay, Second Life Land Auctions allows individuals to place their bids on open inventory for available parcels across the virtual world. You can learn more about how the auctions process works in our Knowledge Base. There are also third-party sellers that offer both parcel and full land rentals and sales. For example, some of the better-known entities are listed on the Land & Estates category in the Destination Guide but you can also find many on the Forums or through the Land & Rentals tab in Second Life Search (on the web or in the Second Life Viewer). We’ll update the community as soon as we can when normal region sales resume, but in the meantime, we recommend any of the above alternatives until things get back to normal. Questions or comments? Please visit our related forum thread “Limited Availability of New Second Life Regions.”
  3. 12 points
    Be among the first to experience live video streaming inside Second Life at an exclusive Adult Swim screening event, held this Friday, May 8 at 4 p.m. (SLT/Pacific)/7 p.m. (ET). Watch two classic episodes and two all-new unreleased episodes from the forthcoming second season of “The Shivering Truth” at this special event, to be held inworld at a new venue created exclusively for this screening. During the event, you can chat with fellow fans of the show and other special guests as you experience the show together for the first time in the virtual world. Free limited-edition virtual gifts and mementos will also be distributed during and after the show -- just look for the “Free Gifts” kiosk near the front entrance. The event also marks the first media partnership utilizing the new limited-release Second Life Viewer, which enables content creators and entertainment companies to broadcast live video events to virtual world audiences. In the future, you may see several new forms of entertainment including movie and TV premieres, live concerts, and artist/fan meet-and-greets. We're very excited to partner with Adult Swim for the debut of this new feature, which we plan to integrate into the main Second Life Viewer release in the coming weeks. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Whether you are new to Second Life or a returning resident, you’ll need a special Viewer to see the Adult Swim live video stream in Second Life and participate in this event. Download the all-new limited-edition beta version of the Second Life Viewer in advance of the event to ensure that you are ready. Please note that other Viewers will not be compatible with the live stream during the screening event! On the day of the event, be sure to first login to Second Life and then use this link to teleport to the venue. The venue opens early at 3:30 p.m. (SLT/Pacific), so get there early as seating is extremely limited! Can’t get into the event? No problem! If you miss the first live streaming event, then try again for repeat showings hourly through 9 p.m. (SLT/Pacific). For more information about the event, visit this link. FIRST LOOK PREVIEW VIDEO Get a sneak peek at what the venue looks like in this exclusive “first look” fly-through of the screening area: We’ll see you at the show! “The Shivering Truth” Season 2 begins May 10 at midnight on Adult Swim.
  4. 10 points
    Pictured: Machu Picchu At this point you may have organized your whole house, binged an entire series, or had a moment where you forgot what day it was. It’s no easy feat staring at the same walls everyday, but we’re chugging along. It’s totally natural to feel a little squirrely and bummed out that our 2020 travel plans might not work out the way we had hoped. We curated a list of real life locations that have been replicated in Second Life so you can adapt to a virtual vacation. Overpack all you want, there are no extra baggage fees to worry about! Machu Picchu: Get your steps in by climbing the labyrinthine Inca citadel in the mountains of Peru. Named one of the new 7 wonders of the world, the view from the top is incredible. You might even see a baby llama! Oahu Vacation Resort: One of the larger islands of Hawaii, Oahu is home to Honolulu, the state capital, numerous beautiful beaches, and Pearl Harbor. Fun shopping, scenic overlooks, and white sand await. Kowloon: Based on a portion of Kowloon Walled City, the intricately developed streets are lit by a characteristic neon glow. The concrete architecture and dark lighting give off a slight cyberpunk vibe. The Grand Canyon: Grab your visor, it’s gonna be a scorcher. Explore this vast natural marvel carved by the Colorado River millions of years ago. There are also fun activities like horseback riding and games. Stay hydrated. Temasek: Temasek boasts beautiful recreations of the mangroves that serve a pivotal role in the local ecology. This region also has educational posts with fun facts about Singapore’s culture and history. Eiffel Tower: Located in Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower has come to symbolize French culture and is the most visited paid monument in the world. The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is the perfect place for a romantic stroll. Guadalajara, Mexico: Enjoy the colorful atmosphere of one of Mexico’s most famous cities. It also has a region dedicated to the coastal city of Puerto Vallarta for an extra summery feel.
  5. 9 points
    Our annual multi-region inworld birthday shopping event is coming back this summer -- and we’ve just opened up the new application form for merchants who want to participate! The SL17B Shop & Hop event, to be held June 19 through July 12, is the official multi-region shopping event of the 17th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL17B). This event brings together many of the top merchants across SL for exclusive items and discounts on some of the best creations in Second Life. Are you a merchant or creator that wants to participate? If so, then please fill out this form before Monday, June 1st, 2020. We will be filling in stores as we receive applications so please apply sooner rather than later. Some important details for participating merchants: The set-up for participating merchants will be held June 10-15 and all participating merchants are required to have at least a 20% discount on all items (including gachas). Merchants are strongly encouraged to provide a new and exclusive, for the duration of the event, non-group gift. Stores should not be entirely filled with gachas. Gacha resellers will not be permitted. Items need to be appropriate for a moderate audience. For more details, see the application form. LAST CALL FOR SL17B EXHIBITORS SL17B celebrations begin June 19, which is only one month away - so this is a “last call” for exhibitors who are interested in participating. In Second Life, you can explore the (virtual) world from the safety and comfort of your own home -- and that’s why we’ve selected “vacations and road trips” as this year’s SL17B theme. Whether you teleport directly or travel to your favorite SL destinations by plane, train, or automobile, we hope to see a wide variety of community exhibits and experiences that celebrate the spirit of Second Life escapism and travel. Interested exhibitors can apply now to participate in the festivities using our official exhibitor application form.
  6. 6 points
    “Change does not happen in silence!” Black Lives Matter! The Second Life pic of the day today is a collage of images from our supportive community members: Randonee Noel, Janet Voxel, Jadelyn McAuley, Lindalindalein Mayo, Alyss Whitewood, Tori Greyson, Reyetta Claven, Prophet, and Vanity Mirror. See more from our community in the Official Second Life Flickr Group! For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
  7. 6 points
    To comply with financial regulations, we’re making an important change to how US Dollar transactions are processed in Second Life. Beginning May 26, 2020, when you make a US Dollar payment or add a new payment method in Second Life, your transaction will be handled through Tilia Inc. What is Tilia Inc. and Tilia Pay? Tilia Pay is a product of Tilia Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linden Lab. Tilia Inc. is a licensed money transmitter in all U.S. states and territories that regulate such activity. Tilia was created to provide secure and compliant solutions for powering virtual economies including Second Life. To learn more about Tilia Pay, visit its new website. Why are we making this change? To stay compliant with regulations across a number of U.S. states, we are taking advantage of the additional safeguards built into Tilia Pay, leveraging the enhanced fraud and money laundering safeguards that Tilia Pay provides. Stored-value accounts (your USD wallet, payouts, balance credits, etc.) are already handled by Tilia and now it will also handle all other USD transactions (including those involving conversion to other national currencies). What does this change mean for you? Because Tilia is the payment processor for Second Life, you will be consenting to the Tilia ToS and Privacy Policy when making a payment through one of your payment methods (such as a credit card, PayPal, or Skrill). This change does not require you to provide any additional information, nor will it result in any new fees. What about L$ transactions inworld? There is no change to L$ transactions conducted in the Viewer or in the Marketplace. This change only applies to transactions involving USD. Are there any new fees associated with this change? No new fees are associated with this change. How do I learn more about Tilia Inc. and Tilia Pay? To learn more about Tilia Pay, visit its website. How do I submit my questions or concerns about this change? For feedback and questions about Tilia Pay and Second Life, please join the discussion in our Community Forums.
  8. 5 points
    The popular live music venue Lutz City of Templemore is in the focus of this week’s “Second Life Destinations” video. Home to frequent performances by many of Second Life’s most popular musicians, Templemore is a full city with apartment buildings, businesses, outdoor areas with a little chapel, hidden pianos and many ambient and nested stages -- all drenched in soft green hues like a film set designed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The region is dedicated to the late Garrett Lutz, a patron of live music in SL who managed many artists and venues before he passed away in 2017. Prior to his death, Lutz described Templemore as a “live music venue [that] features a grand stage where musicians become part of a living painting that reaches out to your very soul. Lutz City of Templemore isn't just a sim, it's home for your creative spirit.” That spirit is still very much alive under current owner Luis Lockjaw, who has integrated all of Garett’s favorite aspects of Templemore into its most current form. Musician Oblee, who is our tour guide this week, has played many Second Life venues over the years, but he says that Templemore is among his top favorites because of its particular charm due to its subtle mood, soft lighting, and overall beauty. “It’s a work of art,” he says. “I play a lot of local clubs but I really like playing in Second Life because there is such a great appreciation for original music,” says Oblee. “The importance of music in a time of social isolation is vastly understated.” The song Oblee is playing in this video is an original live improvised tune called "Shapeshifter." You can visit Lutz City of Templemore in Second Life via its entry in the Destination Guide, which also features several more live music venues worth exploring. To learn more about Oblee, visit his official website. CREDITS: Video production: Draxtor Despres
  9. 4 points
    Goth Beauty by Mortisha BlackSoul is today's Second Life pic of the day. Happy World Goth Day! For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
  10. 4 points
    “Lab Gab” is a live-streamed variety show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she speaks with Land Product Specialist, Izzy Linden. Izzy will be discussing a number of topics, including the new Solution Provider Directory. Izzy specializes in Custom Names, RegAPI, and has been handling the new business requests incoming from businesses and educational institutions due to the COVID pandemic. He also, along with the rest of the Land Operations team, handles abandoned land tickets and liaises with the Moles concerning everything Linden Department of Public Works. Do you have questions for Izzy about any of these topics that you’d like Strawberry to ask him on your behalf? Fill out the Google Form and submit your question today, and it may be selected! Tune in on Friday, May 22nd at 10am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, Mixer, or Periscope! For full episodes of Lab Gab, click over to the Lab Gab YouTube Playlist.
  11. 4 points
    Pictured: Ocean Pearl Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. So in no particular order, here are a few locations on the Destination Guide that we recommend checking out this weekend: One of the most exciting events is happening tonight! Watch exclusive episodes from Adult Swim's "The Shivering Truth" Season 2 during this special world premiere event in Second Life, held May 8th at 4pm PT/SLT and repeating hourly until 9pm PT/SLT. To participate, you must download a limited-release Second Life Viewer that supports live video streaming. Details at this link and FAQs at this link. The venue will be open after the show for you to explore! Adult Swim - The Shivering Truth Live Event Watch exclusive episodes from "The Shivering Truth" Season 2 during this special world premiere event in Second Life, held May 8 at 4 p.m. (Pacific) and repeating hourly until 9 p.m. (Pacific). IMPORTANT: To participate, you must download a limited-release SL Viewer that supports live video streaming. Details and download link at secondlife.com/view/adult-swim. Visit in Second Life Mieville Art & Anxiety Awareness Fair 2020 The purpose of Mieville's Art & Anxiety Awareness Fair is to educate the public about what real anxiety is, to clear up misunderstandings such as that one can just "get over" anxiety, or that anxious people are "not trying hard enough" to be well. You will find live music, shopping, DJs, and topics for discussion, including the realities of living with anxiety, the pros and cons of medication, and similar topics. The event runs from May 9th to 25th. Visit in Second Life Ocean Pearl A treat for the eyes as you hike, fly, swim, or teleport around the region. Visit in Second Life Exhalt Exhalt exudes a New England flavor with shops and 4 venues to choose from. The region is open 24/7 for photo ops, and the venues on the region are open from Wednesday through Sunday, with many live events. Visit in Second Life The Allen Bar & Grill Restaurant The Allen Bar & Grill is located in the heart of La Orchila. A great place to take the whole family, this restaurant is friendly, welcoming, and warm. You’ll be spoiled for choice when you look at The Allen Bar & Grill menu. Take your pick from hearty breakfasts, well-presented Caribbean dishes, international delicacies, and mouth-watering and traditional cuisine. Make sure you try the delicious homemade cakes too, all freshly baked in their restaurant. Visit in Second Life Luciano's - Bistro & Lounge Located just off the public Marina in beautiful SL New England, sits Luciano's - Bistro & Lounge. This brand new venue provides the ideal backdrop for a date-night and can be reached by boat from anywhere on mainland by way of Blake Sea. As an added bonus, they offer live music on Fridays. Welcome to Luciano's! Visit in Second Life Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
  12. 4 points
    Looking for a fun activity to do this weekend? Try skydiving in Second Life with a loved one. Today’s pic of the day is by Gustaf. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
  13. 3 points
    Happy Pride Month! Today's pic of the day is by William Carrington. Celebrate Pride in Second Life and discover all the different events coming up this month on the Second Life Destination Guide! For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
  14. 3 points
    'She's a fox' by Tamzin Xigalia is today's enchanting Second Life pic of the day. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
  15. 3 points
    Pictured: Breath of Nature Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. This week we decided to highlight some of the most photogenic locations in Second Life. Some are new and some have been around for a while; all can be found in the Photogenic Spots category on the Destination guide! Breath of Nature Breath of Nature is a countryside themed region with many lovely spots to explore, relax after a long day, or dance. For the photographers there are many posing opportunities. All are welcome, and don't forget to bring your camera with you! Visit in Second Life Isle of Pandasia Welcome to Isle of Pandasia, a mystic region with a Zen atmosphere for people who love nature. Visit and relax your mind, go on a boat ride, and take lots of photos. The region is open to explore and even has a little beach area. Enjoy your visit! Visit in Second Life Burrow Coffee & Whiskey Co. Cozy, eclectic, and unique coffee shop, whiskey pub, and full scenic woodland region featuring live music, DJs, poetry readings, games, great conversation, and more. Visit in Second Life Alpha Tribe A region of several sky levels as well as a ground level. The ground level has different areas such as an amusement park, a gym, an alchemist's work area, and a crazy cat lady parlor. So, it is a place where avatars can relax and play. The 3 sky levels are region wide architectures that are also artistic installations which will hopefully provide good backgrounds for the photographic work of visitors. Visit in Second Life Sommergewitter Sommergewitter is a German-language region that's been open since March 2015. It features a summer thunderstorm, as well as endless photographic opportunities. Visit in Second Life Where peaceful waters flow Where peaceful waters flow is a wildlife and nature rainforest. Everyone is invited to listen to the sounds of nature. Visit in Second Life Erebos Harbor Erebos Harbor is a community designed with the quiet SLifestyle in mind. From the working harbor, the roads wind past warehouses, rail tracks and through a sleepy little town that quickly gives way to muddy tracks and little lanes bordered by rock faces and lush green foliage. There truly is something here for every dreamer. Visit in Second Life Baja Norte “The cure for anything is salt water: tears, sweat or the sea.” Welcome to one of the most realistic, perfect beaches in Second Life, emotional and deserted. Experience the beauty of northern Baja California in its natural state. Come see the beach, dunes, surf, nature, ocean and more than a few goats. Visit in Second Life Ocho Tango Place Ocho Tango is a land dedicated to tango, with a milonga for dancing and live concerts. It has become a point of reference for all lovers of Tango Argentino. Visit in Second Life Hazardous "Dream infinitely, remain fearless, but always seek hazardous adventures." Hazardous is a mysterious and intriguing place with a minimalistic beauty of the U-shaped plateau; the novel means of reaching it from the landing point; and the curving stone steps awaiting discovery as they curl down to the waters below. Take a few photographs, hang out, or just spend some quiet time reflecting. Seek it out. Visit in Second Life Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
  16. 3 points
    This week’s “Second Life Destinations” video explores The Retreat, a beautiful hang-out space on the Mainland created by Anjelikka who writes regularly about her Second Life adventures at the No Time for Real Life blog. “Second Life was my therapy that I could go to anytime I wanted to - especially in those wee hours at night,” says Anjelikka, who created her own happy place in SL as a way to help with her post-traumatic stress disorder. “Second Life is like a social life after work and it’s safe. I like that part. In real life, social gatherings are hard for me because I can not just leave if I feel uncomfortable. In SL this is understood and accepted People have lots of different situations - depression, anxiety - here it is OK. You are not going to be judged because everybody who comes here has some kind of story.” At The Retreat, visitors can wander through a lush garden, explore an art gallery, or even enjoy music at the Basement Club. “When everybody’s staying home, it is here where we can find friends, beauty, art, and creation,” says Anjelikka. “We are here to heal together.” The Retreat The Retreat is a beautiful hang-out with a lush garden, art gallery and the Basement Club. Enjoy, take pictures and bring friends to this wonderful place! Visit in Second Life CREDITS: Video Production: Draxtor Despres
  17. 3 points
    Happy International Day of Families! Virtual or physical, spend some time with your family this weekend. Today's Second Life pic of the day is by Apricot. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
  18. 3 points
    'Just Like Heaven' by Larisa Lyn is today's Second Life pic of the day. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
  19. 3 points
    Make a connection in Second Life. Today's pic of the day is by Oshun Emor. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
  20. 3 points
    Even in Second Life, seagulls know the art of photobombing. Today’s pic of the day is by Heather Falls. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
  21. 3 points
    Today is National Tourism Day and even though we may not currently be able to travel in our physical life, we can still travel and explore the grid in Second Life. Today’s pic of the day is of Cann!bal Island, one of many beautiful locations you can discover on the Second Life Destination Guide. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
  22. 3 points
    Happy Earth Day! Today’s Second Life pic of the day by Kleio is a beautiful representation of glorious Mother Earth, in a virtual world! For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr Account | Flickr Group | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk
  23. 2 points
    “Lab Gab” is a live-streamed variety show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she speaks with the team from Relay for Life in Second Life: Stingray9798 Raymaker, Trager Alter, MamaP Beerbaum, and Nikki Mathieson! There may also be a surprise guest! Tune in on Friday, June 5th at 12pm PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, Mixer, or Periscope! For full episodes of Lab Gab, click over to the Lab Gab YouTube Playlist.
  24. 2 points
    This week’s “Second Life Destinations” video explores “The Empire of Dreaming Books,” an elaborate region that features a vast system of tunnels and catacombs worth getting lost in. If you venture far enough, you’ll also encounter the largest bookcase that you will find in any world - virtual or otherwise. Inspiration for the project comes from a passion for the Zamonia series of books by German author Walter Moers, according to Num Bing who co-created the elaborate region with her boyfriend Clifton Howlet. “There are books everywhere,” says Bing. “There’s no electricity. It’s [filled with] candle lights [and] all kinds of little book shops, restaurants [and] little houses...Outside the little city, we have added all the pretty little things that you like for kind of quiet serene moments. There’s a small stream, a garden, and trees.” The ambitious project represents the first Second Life region created by the duo. “Our visitors and all of their positive feedback have surprised and humbled us, and we are both very excited to see how much our creation is being enjoyed,” says Bing. To learn more, watch the video or explore it inworld. The Empire of Dreaming Books Welcome to the Empire of Dreaming Books! Wander here in the city of Buchhaim, or explore the vast system of catacombs. Created in honor of an amazing Zamonia book series by Walter Moers, with the biggest system of catacombs and tunnels in Second Life. Share your photos in the Flickr Group: flickr.com/groups/-friendsofzamonia- Visit in Second Life CREDITS: Video Production: Draxtor Despres
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    Pictured: Vive La Paris Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. So in no particular order, here are a few locations on the Destination Guide that we recommend checking out this weekend: The Official National Football League Alumni (NFLA) organization is holding a weekend-long virtual concert in Second Life! National Football League Alumni Charity Concert Hear great music and raise money for a good cause at the National Football League Alumni weekend music festival on May 30-31 from 1-9 p.m. SLT at Key West Island. This official event features many of the top musicians in SL and raises funds for the Alumni COVID-19 Relief Fund. Visit in Second Life If you are a sailor in Second Life, remember to register for the Summer Sailstice before June 20th! Summer Sailstice in Second Life Summer Sailstice is the annual celebration of sailing that happens every year on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice; this is their 20th year! The idea is simply to get as many people around the world out on a sailboat on the same day. In 2020, because of the pandemic, it is safer to move to virtual sailing! Summer Sailstice in SL is officially registered as a Summer Sailstice Event. If you’re already a sailor in SL, visit this location to find out how you can register and join the inworld group to participate in this event on June 20th. For more information, visit: sailvirtual.com Visit in Second Life The Bellisseria Community celebrates the 10 Days of Relay from May 29th until June 7th! 10 Days of Relay The Bellisseria Community celebrates the 10 Days of Relay from May 29th until June 7th with live music, themed events, games, live auction, and more, while supporting an awesome cause, the fight against cancer! Join them as they get 10 days of celebration underway! For more information, visit: facebook.com/rflofsl Visit in Second Life The MC Community celebrates 10 Days of Relay from May 29th until June 7th! 10 Days of Relay - Relay Goes MC The MC Community of Second Life celebrates the 10 Days of Relay from May 29th through June 7th. You will find more than 100 MCs coming together through live music, bike builds, auctions, and prizes, all benefiting the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. Join in all of the fun! Visit in Second Life Vive La Paris Each footstep tread softly upon its cobblestone streets, echoes in my thoughts of you. There is such beauty and depth found in the richness of its history and culture. Its withstood so much yet it endures, still breathtaking and strong. You remind me of Paris. Visit in Second Life The Empire of Dreaming Books Welcome to the Empire of Dreaming Books! Wander here in the city of Buchhaim, or explore the vast system of catacombs. Created in honor of an amazing Zamonia book series by Walter Moers, with the biggest system of catacombs and tunnels in Second Life. Share your photos in the Flickr Group: flickr.com/groups/-friendsofzamonia- Visit in Second Life Wision Wision is a region in which virtual projects are created for the real world. Pending a return to normal, the region hosts conferences and art exhibitions, and is available to photographers from the metaverse or to those who want to stop in its suggestive quiet corners. You are welcome! Visit in Second Life Astral Dreams Since 2008, Astral Dreams offers everyone a space to better enjoy their experience in the metaverse, with ever more refined settings and increasingly careful themes. Now in a wonderful Steampunk version, where you can find friends, music, sympathy, and love. Visit in Second Life The Kingdom of Corthe The Kingdom of Corthe is a medieval fantasy roleplay region. Come visit the beautiful lands and meet the people. Seek out the lore that brought them to this new land after escaping an evil queen. You'll find royalty, merchants, magic, dragons, fishing, target course, and much more. Continue your story or start a new. Find a home with a friendly group of role players. The Future is what you make it. Visit in Second Life Konakui - The Romantic Island Konakui is a romantic paradise for singles and couples. You may dance in the secret Bahia Lagoon pavilion, or bathe in Osar’s hidden Fountain of Youth. There is also a scavenger hunt for gifts and money, Seven Seas fishing, and a palm jungle to explore. Take the steam ferry to Kona Beach for a pleasure picnic or relax in the sun. Visit in Second Life Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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    This week’s “Second Life Destinations” video explores the towering Skyscrapers immersive architectural project by Gem Preiz. Once you arrive, you’ll have the option of taking a guided tour that allows you to take a magical flight through this futuristic megacity via tiny vehicles or simply flying around. According to the notecard provided in the welcome area, the city was built at 1/10 scale and uses a combination of techniques to give visitors the illusion of a massive city despite the fact that it is built on a single region. “About 11,000 prims, 500 constructions of more than 100 different designs, 6 transport lines of 20 km in total (at scale), 6 bridges; diversity and excess that evoke but do not equal that of the megacities of our time,” says Preiz in the welcome message that greets visitors. “I hope that you will take as much pleasure in visiting this city as I had to build it during the 6 months of its realization.” If you enjoy this creation, you’ll want to also explore the many other ambitious projects by Preiz - just look for the teleports in the Skyscrapers region. Skyscrapers Skyscrapers is a magical flight through a futuristic megacity. As this city is built at 1/10 scale, you become invisible for the visit, and you are provided with an "Invisible Avatar" in the welcome hall. You transport down to the city and hop on the Guided Tour (in 10 languages). Skyscrapers provides the illusion of a city of 2.56 km side that you fly around in – or about 100 normal regions! Visit in Second Life CREDITS: Video Production: Draxtor Despres
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    Today’s Second Life pic of the day is the cover of the May 2020 edition of Eclipse Magazine. This month they feature four fantastic bloggers and discuss the importance of blogging in Second Life. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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    It's National Be a Millionaire Day and "Dream big, live bigger" by Uri Jefferson is today's Second Life pic of the day! For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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    Today's beautiful Second Life pic of the day by Carmilla Mirabeau proves that there is no such thing as over-accessorizing. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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    "Current world events have seen a lot of people returning to Second Life after a long time away from it, and they’re finding that things have changed in a big way. If they left SL prior to the beginning of 2012 they have no idea what mesh is. If they left prior to the end of 2015 they have no idea what Bento is. " Read more on the blog.
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    "Enchantment is upon us and the theme is Kitsune Tales and/or Yokai elements. So I did a collaboration with my good best friend Sugah! Why because I wanted too and also I made a promise to myself I would attempt more collaborations with other people!" Read more on the blog.
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    Queen's Treasures by WrenNoir Cerise is today’s beautiful Second Life pic of the day. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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    Today is National Nurses Day! A big thank you to all the heroes on the front lines. Today’s Second Life pic of the day by Rita Rowley commemorates our selfless caregivers. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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    "Always be yourself unless you can be a squirrel, then always be a squirrel." Today's Second Life pic of the day is by Angel. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr Account | Flickr Group | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk
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    4/21/20 UPDATE: Due to popular demand, the application process for musician auditions is now closed. Photo: Becky Blackcinder Can you believe it? Our 17th birthday celebration (SL17B) is only four months away - and work is already happening to make sure that this year’s event is better than ever! Full details of this year’s SL17B event will be revealed soon...but to get things started we are opening up the sign-up process now for auditions for the annual Music Fest, to be held June 19-20. Music Fest will kick off the overall SL17B celebration with two days of live music performances featuring some of the most talented musicians in SL! Are you a new or veteran Second Life musician that wants to participate? Over a dozen performers will be chosen to share their musical talents with the Second Life community in an event that has become an SLB tradition. We welcome performers to apply and join us in wishing Second Life "Happy Birthday!" To sign up for an audition, please complete and submit the submission form. While we encourage all interested performers to sign up, please note that it does not guarantee a spot at the auditions. We will review all submissions and extend audition invitations via a follow-up note in-world to the SL username that you provide. For more details, see the submission form.
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    The big day is here! The Environmental Enhancement Project has been released grid-wide. As of today the default viewer download and all regions on the grid fully support EEP! If you have not been following this exciting project, you can check out this wiki page and the community discussion. EEP offers: Environment objects that you can keep in your inventory and share with others Parcel-level control of environments Up to four different, independently controlled sky layers More options for customization New LSL functions rolling out as part of EEP allow scripts to interact with parcels’ environments: llGetSunDirection and llGetMoonDirection allow scripts to accurately track both the sun and the moon as they move through the sky. llGetEnvironment gives a script access to all the parameters that go into generating the parcel's environment. For example, flowers can change their color based on the ambient light color. An experience script can set up a distinct environment for each visitor to the experience, using llReplaceAgentEnvironment and llSetAgentEnvironment. Many thanks go to all the devoted Residents who have spent so much time and effort to help us test EEP and make it solid. Beta testing would not have been possible without those who participated in forums and at our inworld User Group Meetings. We’re excited to see the new environments you create, the experiences that feature dynamically changing environments, and the scripts that will read and react to the environment around them in real time. As ever, we welcome your comments and bug reports in Jira.
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    Today's Second Life pic of the day by Ara pays tribute to every person working in health care around the world in these difficult times. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr Account | Flickr Group | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk
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    "For Kultivate’s 5th Anniversary we are asking artists and photographers to submit 1 image that will be published in our special anniversary issue of Kultivate Magazine this month, on June 20!" Read more on the blog.
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    "It’s been a while since my last post and as I heard about a newcomer I thought it was the perfect opportunity. No sooner said than done, I went to Saddles to see Jack Dryden." Read more on the blog.
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    Pictured: It All Starts With a Smile Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. So in no particular order, here are a few locations on the Destination Guide that we recommend checking out this weekend: It All Starts With a Smile It All Starts With a Smile is a beautiful region with fun activities for you and your friends. Explore the calming nature, try out some games, or take a tour around the river and discover hidden wonders. Visit in Second Life Puddlechurch Heath Puddlechurch Heath is a beautiful coastal region perfect for romantic walks and plenty to explore for the keen photographer. Once you leave Puddlechurch Heath Station you can explore the dock, beaches, and woodland. Find your forever home in this relaxed welcoming place. Visit in Second Life Kintsugi; Spirited Beyond Allow yourself to be Spirited Beyond to Kintsugi. 金継ぎ, "Golden Joinery", also known as Kintsukuroi 金繕い, "golden repair". A bond made with gold. This is a Magical Japanese Oriented Garden to soothe the hearts and encourage creativity. Their goal is to bring you some relaxation and solace. They are blogger, and photographer friendly. Add your pictures to their Flickr group: flickr.com/groups/14751711@N22 Visit in Second Life There are numerous special events going on over the next week, here are just a few. See more Featured Events on the Destination Guide. Bid the Lindens Bald For the fourth consecutive year, Linden Lab and the Relay Rockers are teaming up to fight cancer and support the American Cancer Society with the 2020 Bid the Lindens Bald Challenge. The challenge runs from May 13th to the 20th. More info on the website: relayrockers.org/bid-the-lindens-bald Visit in Second Life SL SciFi Con 2020 Going on its twelfth year, the SL Scifi Con is the largest gathering of science fiction fans, roleplayers, creators, merchants, and entertainers in Second Life! The Con covers scifi and all its sub-genres like horror, steampunk, post-apocalypse, cyberpunk, superheroes, and even a little fantasy thrown in for good measure. The Con supports the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Second Life’s quest to achieve a world without cancer and will run from May 15th to the 24th. For more information, visit: scificonventionsl.wordpress.com Visit in Second Life Bay City's 12th Anniversary Bay City, the first mainland commmunity created by the Linden Department of Public Works, will be celebrating its 12th anniversary this Sunday, with a parade down Route 66 and a four-hour-long concert featuring GoSpeed of Kona Stream, Parker Static, Wolfie Starfire, and Quartz! Visit the Bay City Fairgrounds this Sunday, May 17th from 12:30pm to 4:30pm PT/SLT for the fun! Visit in Second Life KittyCatS CareKitty KittyCatS is honored to bring this specially created "CareKitty" to the Second Life Community during this trying time. Firestorm has partnered with KittyCatS to bring this "no care required" CareKitty for anyone in SL who loves pets and who could use a little smile during this time. The package includes one boy or girl cat, and a coupon for a free pair of Kittens too. You can read more about them at this link: firestormviewer.org/free-kittycats-carekitty Visit in Second Life Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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    "Discussing myself is something that doesn’t come particularly easy, especially when it comes to anything like self-advertising or my photography – which I regard as passable for blog illustrations, little more. However, Sorcha Tyles recently asked me to consider an exhibition of my work at her gallery of Artful Expressions, which I admit to finding incredibly flattering – if more than a little nerve-racking. However, in talking to Sorcha, I decided to take up her generous offer." Read more on the blog.
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    Spend some time with loved ones in Second Life this weekend, no social distancing necessary! Today’s Second Life pic of the day is by Brian Werefox. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr Account | Flickr Group | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk
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    “Lab Gab” is a live-streamed variety show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she speaks with Yorkie (VibeE11vn). Yorkie is a fun and informative vlogger, who creates very popular tutorials for Second Life. Yorkie will also be taking Strawberry on a field trip to some of his favorite Second Life destinations. Tune in on Friday, April 10th at 10am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, Mixer, or Periscope! For full episodes of Lab Gab, click over to the Lab Gab YouTube Playlist.
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    Lab Gab is a live streaming show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she bakes a peach pie with Resident, MeelaVanderbuilt. Meela is a prolific Second Life blogger and vlogger as well as an entrepreneur, with several Second Life venues under her belt! Tune in on Friday, January 31st at 10am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, Mixer, or Periscope!
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    Second Life Pic of the day is "Untitled", from Tomomi alpaca Homewood To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
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    Residents are experts when it comes to using the tools within Second Life to create amazing work. We love it when someone decides to share their knowledge in an easy and intuitive way - and hope to share even more helpful community tutorials here in the near future. You may have seen this lighting tutorial from Resident and creator Brookston Holiday recently, but if you haven't - we encourage you to have a look. If you're a builder, designer, or even a casual photographer in world, the tips shared here are simple, low resource ways to create dramatic effects using lights and projectors inworld.
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