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  1. The latest edition of Made in Second Life, narrated by longtime Resident Marianne McCann, explores the many aviation communities taking flight across SL. “I have a strong fondness for SL aviation and flying in Second Life,” says McCann. “I think the really fascinating thing about Second Life is that the people who created it and continue to run it may not necessarily have been able to foresee every possibility that Second Life has unlocked for people. It’s become something so much greater than what may have been envisioned.” Interest in aviation has grown organically over the years, and McCann credits many of the pioneers who made key contributions to the evolution of flight across the grid. “Garth FairChang made some of the first airplanes with the idea of traveling from the telehubs...and then that led to Cubey Terra - a great pioneer in SL aviation,” she says. Getting started isn’t difficult, but it helps to join a community or group of existing virtual world aviation enthusiasts. “The easiest way to fly even without a plane in Second Life is to join a group called Passengers of SL created by Laben Core,” says McCann. “You’ll find pilots there who want to ferry people around just for the fun of having passengers in their plane. They’ll go from Second Life airport to airport. You’ll also find that there’s a lot of demo rezzers in the various aviation stores that are out there where you can take one of their planes out on a free ride.” While there are plenty of free rides to be had, there are also several options for those who are willing to splurge. “If you are going to buy a plane then it is going to cost you a bit of money so if you want to get a decent helicopter (like one from Shergood Aviation) you’re gonna lay out about L$5,000,” says McCann. “For that, you’ll have working dashboards on them so you can get the complete feeling of traveling by your instruments with a lot of mesh detailing.” Another option is a special Marianne McCann limited-edition version of the Sopwith Camel WarBug biplane made by Arduenn Schwartzman. Not all flights need to be conventional. Some modes of travel are designed more for humor and fun than aerodynamic efficiency. “With Second Life, you can fly around in a paper airplane,” says McCann. “Perhaps, even a bacon sandwich [that] you could take to the air?” So, where’s the aviation action? “Flying in SL really focuses on the Mainland thanks to the large landmass. Most of the airports are actually located on the Mainland and most of the flying goes on there because you can go for great distances,” she says. Some aviation communities even specialize in story-based play and/or situational exercises such as search-and-rescue. “There’s a lot of roleplaying that happens in SL aviation,” says McCann. “Things like the SL Coast Guard where people will stage accidents to fly out and rescue people.” The SL Coast Guard has over 150 members who train daily in sophisticated roleplay scenarios, involving safety training. Many members are first responders in the physical world as well. “You’ll even find people that will take out large air tankers that are used for refueling in the air and they’ll do refueling for combat missions,” she adds. Ready to get started? Whether you are flying in a conventional plane or a bacon sandwich, you’ll find plenty of places to explore in the Airplanes category in the Destination Guide. CREDITS: Video production by Draxtor Despres Logo courtesy of Marianne McCann
  2. After a month-long hiatus, Lab Gab is back! Lab Gab is a live streaming show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. We’ve got lots of exciting stuff to share with you this year, and we hope you all join us! To start the year off, our host Strawberry Linden will be interviewing Draxtor Despres. Draxtor is a long-time Second Life Resident whose documentaries and video series about Second Life have won awards! Tune in on Thursday, January 23rd at 10am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, Mixer, or Periscope! Happy new year!
  3. This week’s Destinations video visits Burrow Coffee Co., one of the many cafes and coffeehouses in Second Life. Created by Harlow Heslop, Burrow is only the latest of her many coffeehouse creations. “I have been decorating cafe-style places in Second Life for almost 12 years,” says Harlow. “I got the nickname ‘Hurricane Harlow’ because I tend to take them down, rebuild and come up with new and innovative ways to spaces for people to hang out.” Like many physical coffeehouses and cafes, Burrow has been designed as a social space that welcomes live music performances, deejays, poetry readings and other social gatherings. “It’s a great spot for conversation and gathering,” says Harlow. “People can come here as couples and spend time on a date. It’s also a great space for people to come alone. A lot of people come here to relax just like you would in a real-life coffee house. Hopefully, it has a sense of realism for people and gives them a safe and comfortable place in SL to come and spend time.” Burrow Coffee Co. Cozy, eclectic, and unique coffee shop/cafe featuring live music, DJs, poetry readings, games, great conversation, and more. A wonderful spot for photographers to snap photos as well! Come grab a cup of coffee and make yourselves at home! Visit in Second Life CREDITS: Video production by Draxtor Despres
  4. 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 Valentine’s Day edition of Shop & Hop will open on February 3rd and will run through 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 some of their items and provide a small non-exclusive gift to shoppers. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please fill out this form as soon as possible and no later than Monday, January 20th, 2020. We will contact you soon after that date if your application is accepted. We are excited to host this event and look forward to putting it together! Image by Fel Matias.
  5. Our “Made in Second Life” series continues with our first episode focusing on “Art Made in Second Life.” This episode spotlights Fiona Fei, an artist who has extended her canvas to Second Life. Fei, who has an MS in Visualization from Texas A&M University, uses SL to “share [her] thoughts, ideas, knowledge, and artistic vision in fantastic ways that is not possible in the real world.” Her work can currently be seen in the Shui Mo Gallery, a series of installations created in the style of Chinese ink brush painting, depicting a common theme or landscape seen in many traditional Chinese paintings. Shui Mo Gallery Explore the artwork of Resident FionaFei at the Shiu Mo Gallery. Shui Mo, meaning "ink" in Chinese, is a series of installations created in the style of Chinese ink brush painting, depicting a common theme or landscape seen in many traditional Chinese paintings. Visit in Second Life “As a Chinese American who immigrated from China at a young age, I created the Shui Mo series as a way of connecting with my ancestry and celebrate centuries of art from old masters who painted using traditional Chinese ink brush style,” says Fei. Shui Mo hovers over Dreams, a region dedicated to helping and supporting stroke survivors and people with autism by means of regular group meetings, classes, games, and creative building contests. The goal of the Shui Mo Gallery is to give the visitors and the Dreams community the feel of being fully immersed inside a 2D drawing as well as an escape from even ‘’virtual’' reality, where the 3D space melts away into the mind of the artist. “It is my hope that these artworks will look like 2D paintings upon first glance and surprise the viewer in seeing that they are actually sculptures,” she says. “When you first come into the gallery, you are about to step into a world of ink and become the art...or at least become immersed as a fellow piece of artwork." CREDITS: Video produced by Draxtor Despres Logo designed by Marianne McCann
  6. Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows 7 on January 14th. This means that it will no longer get updates, including security patches. Therefore, running Windows 7 will become increasingly insecure as new vulnerabilities are discovered and not patched. Accordingly, Linden Lab is updating our system requirements to remove Windows 7 from the versions we support. This does not mean that Second Life will stop working on Windows 7 immediately; existing viewers, and possibly some new viewers, should run as well as they did before. However, we will not be testing any viewers on Windows 7, so it is likely that compatibility problems will develop and increase over time. In addition, we will not attempt to fix any problems which occur only on unsupported operating systems (if a bug is reported against an unsupported system, we usually try to reproduce it on one that is supported; if we can't, we don't investigate further or attempt to fix it). In order to keep your Second Life experience as reliable and secure as possible, we strongly recommend using only supported versions and keeping them updated with the latest vendor patches.
  7. Happy Tuesday, and Happy New Year! We’re writing today to remind everyone that we’ll be holding our monthly Web User Group meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8th at 14:00 SLT in our usual meeting place, and also to highlight one of our favorite new features we shipped to the marketplace just yesterday. Specifically: Search filters for limited quantity items and demos! Both of these features have been requested for a very long time by our community and we’re just tickled pink for them to be the first marketplace updates we deliver in the new year. We believe these features should make the marketplace more responsive and efficient across the board, and make searching more enjoyable for all. We've also added individual gifts received pages (similar to order invoices), so that the purchase notification at the top of each product listing can link to these for easier redelivery, where available. Cheers, and we’ll see you at Web User Group on Wednesday to talk about the rest of our 2020 slate!
  8. Click for the details on the Just a Girl blog.
  9. “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” Get these looks with the details on the Twisted Euphoria blog.
  10. "The New Year is a painting not yet painted; a path not yet stepped on; a wing not yet taken off! Things haven’t happened as yet! Before the clock strikes twelve, remember that you are blessed with the ability to reshape your life! ―Mehmet Murat ildan" Details are on the Threads and Tuneage blog.
  11. Look details are on Aline's blog.
  12. "Look out the window on a really bad winters day and the only people you will see outside are dog walkers. That and crazy people. Us dog walkers are an insane type, we refuse to go out if something is needed for the dinner, telling others to 'just make do with whats in the fridge'. Then it comes time for the dog to get their walk and off we go, big coat on, rain hail or snow, off walking the dog. " Click here for details on the Just Stuff blog.
  13. "Currently open – for a while longer at least, given it commenced at the end of October 2019! – at La Galerie D’angle, curated by Mary Zimmer, is an exhibition by JanitaEduarda Arado. I confess that I’m not aware of being that familiar with JanitaEduarda’s work, but will say that this exhibition is a superb introduction. Comprising some 40 images, the pieces presented in it cover landscape, avatar and self-studies that are diverse and eye-catching. Throughout all of them as a rich understanding of colour, tone, depth of field / focus and – as is always important for me – narrative." The rest of the story is on Inara's blog.
  14. Details on all these cutie cats after the link.
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