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  1. This week we are raising awareness for the COVID-19 information center on Inspiration Island. Lissena, who also goes by Wisdomseeker, guides us through the colorful and comforting realm of Inspiration Island, which she created with several other volunteers to promote wellness in a fun and accessible way. In this region you can also find Whole Brain Health, which Lissena describes as “the virtual arm of our nonprofit Ageless Mind Project. Our mission is to give people the tools to stay sharp, active, and healthy, based on research coming from neuroscience, gerontology, positive psych
  2. 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
  3. Happy Wednesday! We’re writing today to remind everyone that we’ll be holding our monthly Web User Group meeting on Wednesday, January 13 at 14:00 SLT in our usual meeting place, where we’ll be discussing our status with ongoing projects such as the cloud uplift and our near future plans for our web properties, particularly in light of the changes taking place in the world around us. As always, we’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A from the community. We look forward to seeing you there!
  4. 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 The digitization of archival materials has made historical content more accessible, and Rumsey had the keen foresight to create an interactive experience with these maps in Second Life.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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. This week we are transported to Silent Night, a glittering winter park available until January 10th. Creator Nessa Nova of Unicorn Landscaping became a Resident about nine years ago and says that shortly after, “I rented a parcel and taught myself how to terraform. It is now my main business in Second Life.” As you wander from section to section, it is clear that a skilled hand created Silent Night, as it feels like a portrait of winter’s tranquility. Among the natural cycle of the seasons, winter is often seen as symbolizing the absence of life, but Silent Night is a reminder that
  10. This week we are listening to five inspiring stories as Residents share how they celebrate the holidays in Second Life. Isabelle Cheren, a video artist and blogger, speaks highly of SL Residents’ adaptability to the current social isolation in the physical world. Given the depth of connections people can have with each other in the virtual world, she thinks people may be more inclined to give it a try. Having grown up in Australia, Cheren says the winter holiday spirit of SL “feels like those films I used to watch when I was a young girl because… we never had any of this, the snow,
  11. Joy to the grid, the winter festivities have begun! WINTER SHOP & HOP 2020 - NOW OPEN! Our 2020 Winter Shop & Hop is now open with 180 participating Merchants, 9 shopping regions, and tons of ideas for all your holiday shopping needs! It will be held till January 3rd, 2021. In the great gift of giving, most Merchants have provided at least one gift (no group needed) to share with you this holiday season and have put deep discounts on many of their top products. Scroll down for a complete list of participating Merchants, and the slurls, in alphabetical order.
  12. This week we are highlighting VOIR Gallery, a slice of early 20th century Birmingham, England, in which street gangs ruled the urban cobblestone landscape. The aesthetic of VOIR Gallery is inspired by 1920s Birmingham to be specific, during the Second Industrial Revolution and increasing tension among the poverty-stricken working class. This environment brewed many legendary street gangs that roamed the town between the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th. In fact, these gangs left behind such impressive legacies that they have been depicted in numerous films a
  13. We'd like to announce that we've added a couple wintery items to our official merchandise store on RedBubble. A wholesome and humorous play on our logo, we hope these can bring some lighthearted joy to kick off a hopeful and positive attitude for the start of 2021. We've also added the Linden Bears of April and Coyot to our collection of pocket tees. Head to our store to take a peek. Redbubble is currently offering discounts on duplicate orders of the same item.
  14. This year’s SL Christmas Expo is bursting with bright and merry delights - all for supporting the American Cancer Society and the fight against childhood cancer. It's never too late to get on Santa's good list: this holiday market features over 225 merchants, all of whom are giving a portion of their proceeds to the American Cancer Society. You will also find many holiday activities including the annual snowman contest, Christmas tree lots, raffles, auctions, and nearly 100 live performers for your entertainment! Linden Lab has also joined in on the fun! We are revealing the next e
  15. Happy Wednesday! We’re writing today to remind everyone that we’ll be holding our monthly Web User Group meeting on Wednesday, December 2nd at 14:00 SLT in our usual meeting place, where we’ll be discussing our status with ongoing projects such as the cloud uplift and our near future plans for our web properties, particularly in light of the changes taking place in the world around us. As always, we’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A from the community. We look forward to seeing you there!
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