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  1. As the new year begins, we have some exciting news to share. The migration of Second Life to the cloud is now complete! All the interconnected services and databases that collectively provide you with Second Life have been migrated to Amazon’s cloud servers. The "uplift" to the cloud will help bring better simulator performance and also improves our ability to diagnose problems and scale our systems for future growth and improvements. Here’s a peek at the former cage in our colocation facility that housed our servers since 2009, now cleaned out and completely empty. Many
    62 points
  2. 2020 has been an eventful year that none of us will soon forget. The global pandemic has impacted all of us deeply and it has also caused many people and organizations to develop a new appreciation for how virtual worlds can bring people together for comfort, connections, entertainment, joy, inspiration, and even income. As the pandemic grew rapidly, so too did Second Life. At the initial onset of the lockdowns, Second Life saw about a 60% increase in new user registrations compared to the same time in the previous year and there has since been sustained growth in both concurrency and ec
    25 points
  3. (Photo taken at Puddles) One of the things I miss the most right now is spending Saturday morning in a coffee shop. There’s something about sipping an espresso beverage while nibbling on some kind of carb that makes me feel like all my worries have floated away and the day is filled with glorious potential. I found this video by Resident Emily Wand that really illustrates that experience. I ended up hopping around to a few different coffee shops in Second Life and without even meaning to, let out the biggest sigh of relief. I could even sense the muscles in my shoulders dr
    9 points
  4. Pictured above: Moonlight Teahouse Now that we're all obsessed with washing our hands, it's time to get those virtual paws dirty with some gardening! The plants of Second Life are truly one of my favorite parts of coming inworld. I am continually impressed by the botanical creations I see. Some are exact replicas of things from nature, and others are imaginative renderings that look like props from a fantasy movie. While 2021 may not be the fresh start some of us had hoped for, there are plenty of regions waiting for you with space to clear your thoughts and think positively about the fut
    9 points
  5. It’s been a busy year for the marketing team at Linden Lab. The year 2020 began smoothly with several new ambitious campaigns and promotional initiatives for Second Life as detailed in our March 3 post “The Heart & Science of Second Life Marketing”. Among the highlights shared in that post and discussed the same week in “Lab Gab” were early-year marketing strategies and accomplishments in: Paid/Performance Marketing - There was a complete refresh of our paid display ad campaigns and dozens of new video ads debuted, as well as improved ad targeting technologies. Org
    8 points
  6. This week we are whisked away to the roleplaying community of the Ancient Order of Centaurs. For those who may not be familiar, Centaurs are half-human and half-horse, found prominently in Ancient Greek mythology. Centauria was created by Julala Demina, a longtime Resident and aficionado of fantasy roleplay. Her fantasy creature brand Jinx has been active in Second Life for over a decade. Julala states that about two years ago, “I taught myself how to make my own Centaur skeleton rig in Blender and how to animate it,” which sparked the beginning of a region dedicated to this communi
    7 points
  7. This week we are traveling around the globe and through time through the extensive David Rumsey map collection. David Rumsey, President of Cartography Associates, has been an avid collector of maps since the early 1980s. According to his website, the collection “contains more than 150,000 maps... Items range in date from about 1550 to the present.” The digitization of archival materials has made historical content more accessible, and Rumsey had the keen foresight to create an interactive experience with these maps in Second Life. Rumsey states, “We built the 4 {regions} in 200
    7 points
  8. From all of us at Linden Lab, a Happy New Year to all Residents of Second Life and the world! Goodbye 2020 - and here's to a safer and better 2021! A big thank you to all the Residents who have shared their wonderful Second Life images with us in our Official Flickr Group this year. Click over to see more of them celebrating the new year with the 2021 hashtag. Today's pic of the day is a collage of some celebratory images by Residents: Finn Lawksley, Ryogo Nakamura, Kamalmarx, Shakilyn Peppermint, Winter Jefferson, and Haiden Gothly. For a chance to have your image featu
    7 points
  9. Pictured: SLEA Last week I said I would offer an update about the uplift process of the Destination Guide every Friday. As of about 5 minutes ago, the process is complete and we finally have access! We are slowly updating the entries now. Since we haven’t had access to it for almost a month, we have quite the backlog and it will take some time to catch up. Hopefully, by next Friday I will have a long list of new destinations for you to explore. In the meantime, check out these interesting events that are happening this weekend. Second Life Endowment For The Arts T
    6 points
  10. In today's Second Life pic of the day, Harlow Holiday is all set for the Polar Prom! Click over for details about the Burrow Company's Polar Prom on January 9th. Here's a destination link for Burrow! Happy Prom everyone! 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
    6 points
  11. This week Tansee, Coordinator of the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA), takes us on a tour of this region’s immense and breathtaking landscape. The Second Life Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Linden Lab, launched January 1st, 2021. The new initiative, originally announced in September, provides an opportunity for artists to apply for use of grid space to create artistic experiences in Second Life while also promoting the overall virtual arts community in SL. The SLEA, which is the spiritual successor to the former Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA), bears a
    6 points
  12. “Lab Gab” is a live-streamed variety show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. Join our host, Strawberry Linden on Friday, January 22nd at 11am PT as she speaks with the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA) Coordinator Tansee, and our very own VP of Product Operations, Patch Linden, along with our VP of Marketing, Brett Linden. Tansee will be giving us a brief description of SLEA and will also take us on a quick tour of some of the creative installations currently there. Tansee will also give us details about the Grand Opening of
    4 points
  13. Pictured: White Veil by Bryn Oh and Cica Ghost On Friday afternoons I usually do my Highlights from the Destination Guide blog post where I share some of the latest interesting destinations from that week. However, the tool we use to update the Destination Guide is still in the process of being uplifted, read the details here. It is one of the final updates left for uplift and we are hoping it should be done by the end of next week. Since I haven’t been able to add anything to the Destination Guide, I thought I would share some Art events that you can attend this weekend in Second L
    4 points
  14. Happy National Hat Day! Mika Snow's hat is keeping her warm in today's Second Life pic of the day. Mika is also a prolific Second Life YouTuber and budding Second Life TikTok-er, click over and subscribe to her channels! 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
    3 points
  15. While many of us are still recovering from the winter holidays, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and our shopping itch just won’t go away! Linden Lab is winding up for a Valentine’s Day inworld shopping event - and we’re now looking for Merchants who would like to participate. The 2021 Valentine’s Day edition of Shop & Hop will open on Friday, February 5th, and will run through Wednesday, February 17th. This is your opportunity to bring a ton of new customers to your brand, by offering some of your best items. We are looking for Merchants willing to offer a discount on
    3 points
  16. January 6th is Cuddle Up Day so grab a loved one and get your snuggle on, no social distancing needed in the virtual world! Today’s Second Life pic of the day is by Jenya. Share pics with your cuddle buddy in our official 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
    3 points
  17. Stronger Together by Belen Ackland 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
    3 points
  18. "So, 2020. That sort of happened, didn’t it? Yeah, what a bloody year to decide to try writing a retrospective post! But I’m nothing if not a stubborn git, and I’m determined to find as much good in this otherwise crappy year as I can. The personal, internal, RL processing is being done away from this blog, but here I can focus more on the SL side of things and bring you some of my favourite things from my digital life this year – both inworld and out." Read more on the blog.
    3 points
  19. "More of my favorite Christmas 2020 pics..." Read more on the blog.
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  20. Merry Christmas Eve! Spend some time with your loved ones in the virtual world. Today's Second Life pic of the day is by Roman Godde. 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
    3 points
  21. Pictured: Luane's World One of my most favorite part of my job description is updating the Second Life Destination Guide. I discover beautiful new locations to explore, all created by you, the Residents! We know how beloved it is to our Residents as well, that’s why we wanted you to be aware of a temporary freeze on new additions to the Destination Guide over the next few days and possibly until early in January. Why? As part of our overall migration to the cloud, some of our web publishing tools (including what we use internally to update the Destination Guide) may be unavailable fo
    3 points
  22. Pictured: Digital Art On December 22nd I announced that the Second Life Destination Guide was being uplifted to the cloud. That process is still underway, however, we have run into some errors. For this reason, the web publishing tool that allows us to update the Destination Guide is still unavailable and will be for the foreseeable future until these errors can be corrected. I am hoping it won’t be much longer than another week or two. I will continue to update you on this status every Friday. The submission form for the Destination Guide is also giving errors because of this, so p
    2 points
  23. ‘Zora’ by Sugah Pancake 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
    2 points
  24. "Imagine living in a five star hotel, and having constant access to the bars, restaurant, spa and pool. You might not want to do it all the time, but for a month or two it would be pretty great. Unfortunately in RL, extended luxury hotel stays are the preserve of film stars and business tycoons, but out of the reach of us mere mortals. Not so in Second Life however, where it’s not only possible, but often cheaper than renting a house or skybox." Read more on the blog.
    2 points
  25. Happy Kiss a Ginger Day! Today's Second Life pic of the day is by Serenity Found. 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
    2 points
  26. Make a connection in Second Life! Today's pic of the day is by Gabriel De Roca. Check out the "Make Friends" and "Missed Connections" categories on our Second Life Community Forums. 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
    2 points
  27. "In this Second Life video, I'll provide recommendations for upgrading your PC to make Second Life faster (Graphics, CPU, FPS, lag). I'll also show tips for adjusting the graphics settings in the Firestorm viewer. Suitable both for beginners and long-term residents!" Click over to watch the video on YouTube.
    2 points
  28. ""Miss Caroline Walker came to me a few days ago with a great idea: to have a page that lists which mesh heads and bodies are currently available on the grid for free or as group gifts! We get asked this question pretty often, and with designers being so generous these days, it’s nice to have a resource that will guide you. " Read more on the blog.
    2 points
  29. Merry Christmas Second Life Residents! Today's pic of the day is by Vanky. 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
    2 points
  30. December 21st is the first day of Winter, discover the beauty of winter in the virtual world. Explore the Winter category on the Second Life Destination Guide. Today's Second Life pic of the day is by Jack Finn. 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
    2 points
  31. 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,
    2 points
  32. "Hippiestock the annual celebration put on by Hippie Bowman reaches it’s 11th year! wow, what a long run. Hippie said this will be the last year he hosts this well loved Virtual festival. Do not miss it!" Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  33. "Todays video is about how to file an abuse report in Second Life. Many people actually don't know how simple this is to do when you are being trolled etc on land in second life etc. So this is a simple set of steps. Do not abuse the reporting button. Only use it for those moments you are really having difficulty." Click over to watch the video on YouTube.
    1 point
  34. "I found Sindaria via a Scoop.it article that led me through to a Blog post about the Cyberpunk area of Sindaria. At the time of writing my previous post on Sindaria, I hadn’t fully read the said blog post, for which I owe the author an apology for seeming rather dismissive of it,when that wasn’t my intention. Anyway onto my visit to this city. Obviously this time I took the other teleport doorway, the one lit with neon." Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  35. "When you meet someone in an office for an interview you imagine all sorts of things. When I arrived in the realm of famous Second Life writer Huckleberry Hax, the fantasy matched reality completely. Only the reality in SL added something to it. It was as if I had landed in a 70s movie like All the presidents men. Picture this: veneer wood furniture and walls, a globe, books and liquor displayed in a shelving unit, an old TV, iron beige-brown filing cabinets and Huckleberry Hax himself sitting behind his desk, looking like a boss with his sleeves rolled up. This was vintage in the superlative
    1 point
  36. "Today I start a new segment called In The Kitchen with Harlow! These segments will feature a variety of food and kitchen items! I will also make sure to let you know what I'm wearing in each segment as well! I hope you enjoy the segment, as much as I have making it!" Click over to watch the video on YouTube.
    1 point
  37. "NEW Lelutka Evolution 2.5 SASHA, ZORA, IRINA Let's review the new collection of Lelutka Evolution (100% Bakes on Mesh) focus on Eastern European rare looks, with sharp and unique features. Feel free to join our giveaway too" Click over to watch the video on YouTube.
    1 point
  38. "I’m not angry this is just my viking face. Norse blood dripping all through this one. The rugged style is my favorite. Long hair by Barberyumyum for women but us fellas have to make it work here." Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  39. "Yes, you read that right: Pondering Eggs. In a valley. That is where I spent my Monday night and it was lovely! The Valley of the Pondering Eggs (A) is an installation by Num Bing-Howlett and Clifton Howlett, the creators of the Empire of Dreaming Books a while ago." Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  40. "Kultivate is reopening our galleries for 2021! Below are our opportunities for artists:" Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  41. "May 2021 bring us all some happiness and normalcy in this craziness that was 2020!" Read more on the blog.
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  43. "We did a lot of buying in preparation for Christmas. Then a dog smelled the good smell and came by." Location details on Flickr.
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  44. Chess anyone? We're loving Elise Mersereau's homage to The Queen’s Gambit in 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
    1 point
  45. One day, Simba, all of the cupcakes will be yours. Today's Second Life pic of the day is by Ara. Happy National Cupcake 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
    1 point
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