Brett Linden

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  1. It’s summer time in Second Life! The new season officially arrives this week and Residents will find no shortage of hot getaways and cool events to explore inworld. One highlight you won’t want to miss is SL14B MusicFest, which starts today! This special event features three days of live music performances from some of the most talented musicians in Second Life. This week’s highlights also include the twelfth year of Second Pride and a unique hunt and event that is based on the Japanese “Star Festival” Tanabata. Here are some of our favorite new events and spots in SL this week: SL14B MusicFest Experience live music and interact directly with some of Second Life’s top musicians at Music Fest. Visit in Second Life 2017 Second Pride Festival It's gay pride in Second Life! The official SecondPride is happening for the 12th year in a row from June 23 to July 2nd! Don't miss the many parties held throughout the festival that include live performers and the best LGBT deejays on the grid. There's also shopping, gifts, a Japanese Garden, rides, a memorial church and more. Full schedule at second-pride.com. Visit in Second Life CADERU Vol.3. Tanabata This hunt and shopping event, held from June 19 to July 31, is themed after the popular Japanese "Star Festival" Tanabata. Collect the festival tickets and claim your reward! There is also a photo contest. Visit in Second Life Quiet After Evening You can hear the big beat of the hydrangea and streams and the quiet sounds of the drizzie. It has longed for home. The memory of a particular image is but regret for a particular moment. Visit in Second Life Mica's Maze Collection There are five mazes to try out and every maze works in a different way. In the gravity maze, you walk on the walls and ceiling like a fly. The 360 maze will test your memory. The rotating maze will make you dizzy. The unfair maze will drive you mad. Fortunately, there is also an easy maze. Mica's mazes are hard to solve. Do you have what it takes to solve them all? Visit in Second Life The Abandoned Beach Resort The Abandoned Beach Resort is a new post-apo beach sim, created by bg5 Slade. Feel the warm sun on your skin and the sand between your toes while exploring. It's 21 years behind apocalypse now and nature is gaining back the power over the environment. Will you get by in that post-apocalyptic dream? Visit in Second Life Of course, Second Life’s fourteenth birthday celebration (SL14B) also continues (and concludes) this week. If you haven’t checked out the many community-created exhibits for SL14B, then you’ll want to explore them soon before the disappear! Here are some of our favorites: Pinwheel A continuously changing patchwork of four patches made out of equally sized pinwheels. Visit in Second Life TJ's Mediamagic! Take a wildly immersive trip - figuratively and literally - into a world created by enveloping you in light and sound. There are free rocket rides available, too! Visit in Second Life Rawson Square, Nassau Welcome to Rawson Square in Second Life. In the Bahamas, twice a year Rawson Square becomes the focal point for the world famous Junkanoo Carnival. But you can celebrate with a Junkanoo party anytime in SL. Come put on a costume and hit the street. Let that Junkanoo beat move your feet! Visit in Second Life Torgon's Rollercoaster Let's celebrate SL's 14th birthday with the ride of your (Second) Life! Enjoy a rollercoaster ride filled with color, light, and speed! Visit in Second Life Neverland Soiree Beneath Hangman's Tree, a magical party is taking place. The pixies and the Lost Boys have prepared their home for a most fancy "soiree" and you are invited! First, you must make the perilous journey through the galaxy. Many say that it is impossible to find your way out of the never-ending maze of stardust... but those who believe in themselves will surely find their way. Visit in Second Life Don’t forget to share your SL14B and other Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr — where we select our Pic of the Day features. Have you updated your Place Page yet? In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is for 18th Century Paris. If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.
  2. Second Life starts to celebrate its fourteenth birthday this weekend — and you’re invited to the party! This year’s celebration has a Carnivalesque theme and features both official and community-created events, free gifts, and exhibitions. Everything opens this Sunday, but you can get a sneak peek at what to expect by visiting our SL14B directory in the Destination Guide. Don’t forget our ongoing SL14B Official Shopping Event, which features free gifts and exclusive items from many of Second Life’s top designers. There are too many SL14B highlights to list here, but we’ve assembled a few spots that you’ll want to check out: Come As You Were Party Party like it's 2003! Dress up and get down with your favorite outdated look from the earliest days of Second Life at this special SL14B event, held June 21 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (Pacific). Visit in Second Life Masquerade Ball Don't miss the Masquerade Ball, a special SL14B event held on Monday, June 19, from 11 a.m. tp 1 p.m. (Pacific). Visit in Second Life SL14B Cake Stage The SL14B Community Celebration Cake Stage is on four regions. Built by Mikati Slade, it is the centerpiece of the SL14B Community Celebration and also serves as a venue for musical and performance Art. Visit in Second Life The NeoVictoria Project at SLB14 Visit the NeoVictoria Project's parcel! This small community of artists is working together to bring their stories out of SL. The goals of the project are to enjoy great roleplay, make new friends, and create filmed stories (machinima). Visit in Second Life Masked: Carnevale di Venezia "Masked: Carnevale di Venezia" is a beautiful gallery of new photography done by Catalina Staheli, featuring the concept of amazing masks you'll see worn during Carnevale in Venice. Featured stylists include: Falbala Fairey, Beatrice Serendipity, Steele Sirnah, LeezahKaddour Resident, Zoya Braham, AnnaG Pfeffer, SeasidePurcell Resident, Xandrah Sciavo, Njegovanka Resident, and WrenNoir Cerise Visit in Second Life Hybridisation - Trimmer Bay Hybridisation is a process, an evolution. SL moved to RL and came back. The exhibit is an evolution in imagery and construction, through tortured prims, sculpties and mesh. From 2D to 3D, a new psychedelic experience. Visit in Second Life Newspaper Factory Newspaper Factory is passionate about publishing with a mission to encourage community-focused projects. Newspaper Factory shows the "whys" and "hows" over three floors in a beautifully re-purposed factory building. Contains two visual presentations and in-world papers for you to browse. Visit in Second Life Cassini's Grand Finale: Leeward CC This exhibit shows the Cassini orbiter in the final part of its 19-year Saturn exploration mission. Come explore the full-scale model then explore the seas of Second Life with the Leeward Cruising Club. Visit in Second Life A Shakespearean Theatre Tribute The Baron Collection presents A Shakespearean Theatre Tribute. Come test your knowledge of Shakespeare with the trivia boards and win original mesh prizes made exclusively for SL14B. Visit in Second Life Carnivale Fashion Through The Ages As SL14B has the theme of Carnivale, this exhibit shows some fashions which have been used in Venetian carnivals in the past. Information is also given on the history of some of the original wearers of these gowns and, finally, there is a (hopefully) humourous end to the visit at the top of the build. Visit in Second Life In addition to SL14B, there are several other new events and locations to explore. Here are some of our favorites added to the Destination Guide this week: Man Cave Man Cave is a refreshing monthly event that caters to the modern man with exclusive items that promise to entertain, stimulate your mind and keep you looking your best! With everything from gear, rides and style, Man Cave promises to deliver the biggest, baddest and best that Second Life can offer. Opens June 18. Visit in Second Life The Earth Repository A holographic simulation located in a space server committed to curate the memory of planet Earth. Visit in Second Life Forest Of Mystical Dreams Mermaids,dragons, furries, elen, pixies and even humans are welcome at the Forest Of Mystical Dreams. Discover romantic spots for you and your loved ones. Lite roleplay without all the rules. Dance under the stars or find one of many hidden bubbles and spots around the sim. Visit in Second Life Summer Of Love Concert (Relay for Life) Bust out your best tie-dye for an afternoon of 60s music and optional LCC sailing cruise at the beautiful Mount Cooper estate in celebration of Relay For Life and the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Hosted by the incomparable DJ BennyThe Boozehound. Event held Sunday, June 18, from noon to 6 p.m.(Pacific). Visit in Second Life Pictures of the Floating World "Pictures of the Floating World: The Art of the Japanese Woodblock Print" at The Vordun Museum and Gallery showcases the centuries-old art of Japanese printmaking. Full of color, nature, and beauty, this exhibit will transport you to Edo-period Japan (17th-19th centuries), and explain how these intricate masterpieces were created, and are still being created today. Visit in Second Life The Lost Cruise Ship Before all living was ended through the huge storm, some survivors brought the old vessel in the harbor of NYC back to live. It brought them as far as it could ended by a tropical storm on an island in the middle of nowhere. Will you get by? Visit in Second Life Nova Renegade - Colony of Ixion Nova Renegade offers gritty western sci-fi roleplay set on a backwater, mudhole of a volcanic planet orbiting a Red Dwarf star on the other side of the Milky Way galaxy. Visit in Second Life Share your SL14B and other Second Life pictures with our official Second Life Flickr — where we select our Pic of the Day features, and do not forget to update your Place Page! In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Our featured Place Page this week is for the Sweet Tea Couture SL14 Shopping Event. If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.
  3. For anyone having difficulty with the Destination Guide suggestion form, an alternative is to email the editors directly with your inquiry via the email address: editor at lindenlab.com (replace "at" with @).
  4. Hi Liviiia, I'm sorry to hear that you had some issues with the Destination Guide suggestion submission form. As others on this thread have pointed out, the form is very specific re: the dimensions of the web-hosted photo and it will reject anything that does not match the correct (657 x 394) format (URL path should end in .jpg). For the image, it is also true that one of our criteria is that the image should be an inworld snapshot of the actual location. If the form becomes too problematic, then please feel free to email the editors directly so that we can help process your submission suggestion manually. Our email is editor -at- lindenlab.com...and we'll be happy to help! Best, Brett
  5. Hi Voodoo, Sorry to hear you are having some issues with the parcel selection on the Destination Guide submission suggestion form. If you can't get it to display your preferred SLurl landing point, then please just email the editors directly at editor -at- lindenlab.com and we'll review your suggested description, image and SLurl manually. Or, if you prefer, you can also add the correct SLurl in the open-ended Editor Notes field of the form and we'll take a look. Best, Brett
  6. 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.
  7. Hi everyone I'm one of the editors at Linden Lab that works on the Destination Guide. To answer a few questions: We do a manual link integrity check about once a month of each listed location in the Destination Guide. It has been about five weeks since the last sweep and we are about 70% done with the current audit (which will be done tomorrow). Someone mentioned that about 50% of links are broken, but I only counted 17 in total so far I've found that many times venues go offline, but they also will move locations...so our audit will often include an updating of the SLurl link to the new, correct location. I'd agree that the manual integrity check is not the most efficient process and, as an editor, I've made a request internally at Linden Lab for development resources to better alert editors when a sim or parcel goes down. It would be great to be automatically notified or, better yet, have the venue automatically unpublish if it goes down so that there is never a time when a broken or misleading link is displayed to the public. We do respond to any notifications about bad links fairly quickly by email (editor-at-lindenlab.com), so please shoot us a note if there are any known issues so we can follow up. There's also a "Report conent" link on the detail page for each venue's entry on the web version of the Destination Guide. The upside of clicking and teleporting to 1,683 different locations in two days is that I get to see lots of cool places and I often discover new people and builds. The downside is that my fingers are quite sore from all the clicking. @WADE1 - You probably did spot one of our editors on the case. (Well, there are really only a couple of us... LOL). Or, maybe we were just checking out your cool pets @Ann and Argus - Your comments are definitely noted re: the Basic mode and the Destination Guide. I agree and hope to see some improvements on this soon so that those venues listed in Basic mode make better sense in the context of the Basic mode experience. @Phoebe - I just checked your venue on two different viewers and confirmed that the link is working. Not sure why you are getting an error - can you email me brett-at-lindenlab.com so that I can work with you directly to troubleshoot. If anyone wants to chat about any of the above or just to offer their ideas and feedback, I encourage you to attend the upcoming Events User Group meeting, held next Thursday (5/5) at 2 p.m. (Pacific). I've attended the last two User Group meetings and the Destination Guide is often one of the hot topics. The meeting is at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hanley/159/209/27 and there is a wiki page where anyone can add items to the agenda at: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Events_User_Group.
  8. Hi Kennedy, Maybe this? http://secondlife.com/destinations/photospots - Brett
  9. 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: 1. INSILICO 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. Visit InSilico Now >> 2. S.I.C. 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. Visit S.I.C. Now >> 3. PARALLEL WORLDS 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. Visit Parallel Worlds Now >> 4. ANTARCTIC STRONGHOLD 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. Visit the Antarctic Stronghold Now >> 5. INNSMOUTH 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. Visit Innsmouth Now >> 6. ALIRIUM GARDENS 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. Visit Alirium Gardens Now >> 7. LA PERLA II 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. Visit La Perla II Now >> 8. SAN FRANCISCO 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? Visit San Francisco Now >> 9. PARIS Or, visiting Paris to see the world famous Eiffel Tower? Visit Paris Now >> 10. GRAND CANYON What about walking the rocky edges of the Grand Canyon? You can even walk right off the edge. Just make sure to grab a good shot on your way down. Visit the Grand Canyon Now >> Of course, these ten spots are only the beginning. There’s so much more to explore. Check out the Destination Guide for even more photogenic hot spots. Special thanks to Torley Linden for his fantastic photographs!
  10. Imagination will take you everywhere. But, in Second Life, finding a place to create and build isn't always so easy. In fact, it can even be a bit stressful if you aren't prepared or lack knowledge about how land works. Before you take the plunge to acquire your own land for a dream home, business, club or art project, it might be helpful to read what one independent blogger has to say about the process. Second Life resident Apollo Manga recently created a useful series of blog posts to address the various steps and potential pitfalls in acquiring land within Second Life. In his multi-part series for Examiner.com, Manga weighs the pros and cons of getting land on the "mainland" vs. a "private region." For example, did you know that you don’t have to be a paying Second Life member to acquire land in a private region? Also, it’s important to know the rules for any private region you acquire — they are published and viewable in the land’s associated “Covenant” (accessible by right-clicking the land, then selecting “About Land” and the “Covenant” tab). Manga also gives tips and tricks that will help you better use Second Life Search and the World Map to identify the best property for your needs. To read the full series of articles, check out "Buying your first Second Life land" on Examiner.com in these four parts: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Of course, there's also the official Linden Lab Land Buying FAQ, too. To get a feel for the types of property available in Second Life, you can browse listings on the Second Life Marketplace for mainland and private island locations.
  11. Hi Tymus, We are reviewing all suggestions in the comments here and on Facebook...so we'll take a look at the SLurl link you provided as we start to curate our Spring Break promotions. We're still undecided on whether there will be a temporary "Spring Break" category for March/April or if we'll beef up our existing Beaches and some Music categories. If you want to submit using the existing form, then just classify it with whatever category you feel is most appropriate and we'll take a look. (You can even use the Editor's Notes field if you want to add more context...). Thanks!
  12. Looks like we have a huge pro-Facebook crowd here As mentioned in the original blog post: "Share your favorites with us here OR on our Facebook page" To all the Facebook haters: Message heard loud and clear! From an editorial perspective, I'll take submissions any way you feel comfortable sharing. You definitely have a choice, as the editors are reviewing all Spring Break venue locations posted on this blog and, of course, Facebook. You can avoid Facebook altogether, if you prefer -- just post your favorite spot(s) here or e-mail editors directly using editor -at- lindenlab.com. The same applies for your Look of the Month submissions...just post the URL to your hosted image and we'll take a look. To Lisa Lowe: Yes, Feb. 6 is definitely early!! However, many of the promotional media elements are prepared about a month or so before they actually go live so we're trying to give everyone an early notice so that they can be considered for inclusion for when the newsletter is distributed in the spring. It's very cold (and, in fact, snowing) where I'm at, too!
  13. No matter where you are in the world, it’s always sunny somewhere in Second Life. The SL editorial team is getting ready for “Spring Break” with a search for the hottest beaches and outdoor club spots to spotlight in the Destination Guide, as well as the March edition of The Sandbox newsletter. Where do you go to find hot fun under the SL sun? Share your favorites with us here or on our Facebook page no later than Feb. 6. We’ll be reviewing all suggestions, so it’s important to also include the SLurl link so that we can find your spot! For the next edition of The Sandbox, we’re also casting beachwear models for a March “Look of the Month.” If you’ve got it, then flaunt it! This is your chance to show off your best beach-bound look for the entire Second Life virtual world to see! Show off your freshest “Spring Break” look (deadline: Feb. 6) by submitting your head-to-toe avatar shots to our Facebook page, where you’ll also find complete entry and image guidelines.
  14. Thank you to everyone for the great suggestions. We'll be looking at all of these as we get closer to February.
  15. Nika, Now THAT made me giggle! - Brett