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  1. In recognition of Black History Month, our “Made in Second Life” series explores the newly-reopened Virtual Black History Museum in SL! Open through late March, this interactive educational experience invites attendees to explore the timeline of African-American history from the heartaches to the victories in a park-like and welcoming environment. At the heart of the museum is a new exhibit that spotlights the amazing women that helped shape African-American history in the US. “There’s a focus on women in Black history and telling some of the stories of people that don’t really make it into the history books,” says curator Abrianna Oceanside.”We talk about Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks, but we don’t really talk about some of the [other] names that we don’t even recognize.” That’s why the Museum goes deeper in its exhibition to amplify awareness of several lesser-known historical figures including civil rights activists Amelia Boynton Robinson, Daisy Bates, and Martha P. Johnson. “To be able to walk through, observe and just be able to have a more immersed experience is more effective than just going to a website and reading the information,” says Oceanside. “I’m hoping to foster a place where there can be a dialogue.” While some of the subject matter in the museum can be unsettling, Oceanside says that she hopes the experience will help enlighten and educate attendees. “There are a lot of difficult discussions and I’m OK with uncomfortable because I believe that is a big part of what helps us grow as people,” she says. “I’ve had some really interesting discussions with people whose perspectives shifted a little bit...and sometimes that little shift makes a big difference in the world.” To learn more about the Black History Museum, watch the video or visit it in Second Life. Credits: Video Production: Draxtor Despres Logo: Marianne McCann
  2. Lab Gab is a live streaming show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she speaks with the CEO of Linden Lab, Ebbe Linden, and the VP of Product, Grumpity Linden! They will be discussing the 2020 Roadmap including new features and improvements for Second Life! Do you have a question about the 2020 Roadmap that you’d like Strawberry to ask them on your behalf? Fill out the Google Form and submit your question today, and it may be selected! Tune in on Friday, February 21st at 11am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, Mixer, or Periscope!
  3. There’ve been quite a few rumors about changes at the Lab and their possible effects on Second Life and Tilia. The truth is that we have made a few operational and personnel changes to ensure that we continue to stay strong for the next decade and beyond. This means that we had to say goodbye to a few employees, but at the same time we also strengthened our team by bringing back some heavy hitters who will help make Second Life better than ever. So, Second Life is still here and still strong. We’re continuing to invest in its future and you’ll see the results of our commitment this year as we roll out a new mobile companion app, new Linden Home themes, performance and usability improvements, and a number of other new features and enhancements. The ability to change names will be available in the next few weeks, too. These changes reflect our commitment to making SL strong for many years to come. To infinity and beyond!
  4. Lab Gab is a live streaming show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she tours One Billion Rising with Kess Crystal. On February 14th, men and women in Second Life will join people across the world and Rise to protest violence against women, as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change. The Second Life event will feature a four-region stage where 200 people can come together to dance, surrounded by an area of art installations, an arena for poetry, a stage for dance performances, informational exhibits and free gifts. Kess Crystal will be giving Strawberry a tour of the four regions. Tune in on Friday, February 14th at 8am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, Mixer, or Periscope! Join them on Valentine’s day at One Billion Rising! One Billion Rising in Second Life On February 14th, men and women in Second Life will join people across the world to Rise to protest violence against women, as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change. The Second Life event will feature a four-region stage where 200 people can come together to dance, surrounded by an area of art installations, an arena for poetry, a stage for dance performances, informational exhibits and free gifts. For more information, visit onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com. Visit in Second Life Dunk-A-Linden & Hug-A-Linden Event Live Stream Strawberry will also be doing another live stream on Valentine’s day, at the Dunk & Hug a Linden event, with a surprise guest (hint)! After OBR, drop by and dunk or hug a Linden between 12pm and 2pm! Dunk-A-Linden & Hug-A-Linden Event Party with us at the Isle of View on February 14th from 12pm to 2pm (Pacific). Meet your Valentine, enjoy music, and don’t miss the Dunk-a-Linden and Hug-a-Linden booths! Visit in Second Life
  5. Last year, we debuted “Love Made in Second Life” -- a limited-time series that explores the true stories of real people who met and found love inside the virtual world Second Life. A whole season of new episodes is already in production for this year -- and the first new edition of 2020 debuts just in time for Valentine’s Day! Meet Adam and Ruby - two Residents who met four years ago at the Sexy Brits club in Knightsbridge within the London Sim in Second Life. Strangely enough, it was a song request that brought them together! At the club, Ruby noticed that one of her favorite songs “Crucify My Love” by X-Japan had been requested -- so she had to find out who was behind it. “I had to know!” she says. When told it was Adam, she was surprised as she had assumed that his avatar was just a bot. So, she reached out to him in chat. “I thought it wasn’t really a person because he was dancing in the same corner all the time,” says Ruby. “I absolutely thought he was a bot!... I never would have started talking to him if it wasn’t for that song.” Pictured: Ruby and Adam dancing to music in Second Life. “It all started with a message and soon we became good friends and we both started chatting, spending every-time longer and longer together,” she says. “We reached a point we would be talking both in video chat on Skype and Second Life all day long. Six months later, Christmas was approaching and I traveled from my country, Spain, to the UK just to spend our first Christmas together. We really did click together and what was supposed to be just two weeks, never finished.” Adds Adam: “When I met [her] it was like a gift from God...she is perfect!”. Pictured: Adam and Ruby What happened next? As we’ve seen with some previous couples featured in our series, there was a decision to take a leap of faith to find love. “I left everything - literally, everything behind, and moved to his house. Years have passed and we're going strong, looking forward to doing new stuff together.” With all these love stories, should Second Life be considered a dating app? “It is not a dating app,” says Ruby. However, she does think that SL offers a unique way for people to meet that goes deeper than many popular apps. “With avatars, we jump over the social expectations and social constructs that allow you to be yourself.” CREDITS: Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres Logo courtesy of Marianne McCann
  6. Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres. Avatars depicted in this video are made by Neurolab and Chip Midnight. This week's Second Life Destinations video explores one of the most popular and long-lasting spots in Second Life. Kowloon is a densely-populated destination that is inspired by Hong Kong’s infamous Kowloon Walled City. Visitors can stroll through the many darkened alleys and narrow neon-lit streets to shop and explore, but one impossible-to-miss attraction is the new 100-story building project initiated by Magnum Yoshikawa. This unique limited-time community project was inspired by a popular Japanese children’s book and is already in its second iteration. Participating Residents are encouraged to show off their creativity by decorating one of the many small rooms contained vertically across the 100-floor structure -- with a 20-prim limit, no less! To participate in the project, look for the sign adjacent to the building at the entrance of Kowloon. Once you touch the sign, you can message Yoshikawa if you want to potentially decorate one of the many rooms (as space allows). The blogging community has already taken notice of the ambitious project, too. The Million Happy Endings blog recently documented the origins of the project, while the YouTube channel The Demented One also created a video showcasing the creativity under construction. To learn more about Kowloon, you can visit its official blog...or visit it inworld! Kowloon Bathe in the neon glow of this region based on Hong Kong's infamous Kowloon Walled City, a place with a sordid past and where sunlight rarely reaches the ground below. Shops line the narrow city streets and darkened alleys, while Panda Park offers the lone space to stare up at the stars. Visit in Second Life
  7. Lab Gab is a live streaming show that showcases events, destinations, and different talents across Second Life. Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she speaks with Resident, Bollycoco (Ajvdi). Bolly is a very talented, multilingual, Second Life YouTuber. On her channel, she beautifully showcases her fashion sense along with sharing the latest Second Life news and updates. Belly dancing is one of her passions in Second Life, and right after the interview, there will be a belly dancing party! Make sure to dress in your belly dancing gear and join them! Landmark to the party will be given out during the interview. Tune in on Friday, February 7th at 10am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTube, Facebook, Mixer, or Periscope!
  8. Happy Monday! We’re writing today to remind everyone that we’ll be holding our monthly Web User Group meeting on Wednesday, February 5th at 14:00 SLT in our usual meeting place, where we’ll be discussing some of the last month’s deploys, our status with ongoing projects such as Name Changes and Premium Plus, and our near future plans for the marketplace and our other web based properties. As always, we will leave plenty of time for Q&A from the community. We look forward to seeing you there!
  9. Love is in the air...and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! That means it is time for the return of the Isle of View, our annual Shop & Hop event and the Dunk-A-Linden & Hug-A-Linden Event. NEW & IMPROVED ISLE OF VIEW (AND FREE GIFTS, TOO!) It’s back - and better than ever! The Isle of View is our annual tribute to all-things-romantic via four regions filled with forested walks, love nooks, and romantic swan boat rides. This year, we’ve made several additions including updated Mesh and Windlight enhancements, improvements to the Swan Ride and even some redesigned and new gifts! Visit one of the Love Pavilion gift kiosks to browse through a variety of gift selections that you can send to your friends and loved ones on Valentine’s Day. This year’s selection includes several new options including heart lollipops and balloons, an adorable teddy bear, a chocolate box with rings, cutesy cupcakes, love lanterns and, of course, romantic roses. To select and send your free gifts, follow the directions on the sign adjacent to the kiosk. What are you waiting for? The Isle of View is now open! GET READY FOR THE SHOP & HOP EVENT - OPENING FEB. 6 Ready to shop? Share the love on Valentine's Day and bring your friends to get big discounts and free gifts from over 80 of your favorite Second Life Merchants at the annual Shop & Hop event, held Feb. 6-23. This year’s event spans across multiple regions filled with exclusive items you won’t want to miss! Once the event opens, head on over to the Gilded, Aurelian, Gleaming or Tinseled regions to get started. For added convenience, we added adjacent camming areas as well. After your happy haul, be sure to share your shopping pics in the Second Life Shop & Hop Flickr photo pool. Before you head over, you can browse in advance to see what others are shopping for and sharing, too! DUNK-A-LINDEN & HUG-A-LINDEN EVENT ON FEB. 14 Are you feeling “some kind of way” about the Lindens? Show your love (or friendly aggression) for the makers of Second Life at our annual Dunk-A-Linden & Hug-A-Linden Event, held on Feb. 14 from noon-2 p.m. (SLT). Join us for music, conversation and plenty of soaked Lindens! VALENTINE’S DAY DESTINATION GUIDE & MORE Don’t forget to check out our special Valentine’s Day Destination Guide category, too! You’ll find numerous community-created events and romantic destinations to explore including Mad Pea’s Cupid Catastrophe, The Stupid Cupid Hunt 8 and much more! Finally, our popular “Love Made in Second Life” mini-series returns next week! Stay tuned for an all-new episode exploring the true story of a couple who met in SL before finding true love in the physical world.
  10. Some of the most popular places to explore in Second Life are those that emphasize nature. Peaceful parks, lush gardens and photo-friendly landscapes can all be found across the grid. A good starting point is the Nature & Parks category in the Destination Guide. One of our favorites is The Four Seasons, a place to relax and stroll between beach and greenery. This spot is perfect for photographers and those looking for a romantic spot to spend with loved ones. Experience it for yourself inworld or get a peek in this week’s Second Life Destinations video. The Four Seasons The Four Seasons is a place to relax and stroll between beach and greenery. Perfect for photographers and those looking for a romantic spot to spend with loved ones. Visit in Second Life
  11. 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!
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  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 Valentine’s Day edition of Shop & Hop will open on February 3rd and will run through February 17th. (PLEASE NOTE: The shopping event's dates have been changed to February 6th to the 23rd.)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.
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