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    Love Made in SL: Meet Calisto and Talon

    Age ain’t nothing but a number for Calisto and Talon Whitewolf, a U.S.-based couple that met about eight years ago in Second Life. While Calisto may be about a decade older than her long-time partner, but the virtual world proved to be the perfect platform to bridge the age gap and connect the two together in the physical world. The courtship began with an initial period of flirting and fun across multiple romantic 3D spaces in Second Life, including a memorable date on a replica of the Titanic! Pictured: Calisto and Talon Whitewolf “We did the whole couples thing,” says Calisto who adds that over time the signs became more clear that the two were truly meant to be together. As a result, Talon ultimately moved from his home in Virginia to be with Calisto in Kentucky. This move is described by Calista as a “natural progression…We were best friends and then the next thing I know - he’s here!” To learn more about Calisto and Talon’s story, watch the latest episode of “Love Made in SL” below. You can also learn more about dating in Second Life in this recent article on DatingNews.com, too. Did you miss an episode of “Love Made in SL”? Catch up on the entire series on our YouTube channel. Credits: Video production: Draxtor Despres Love Made in SL logo: Marianne McCann
  2. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your friends at one of the many Irish-themed pubs and events inworld this weekend. Start your journey by grabbing a pint at the legendary Irish pub The Blarney Stone - a Second Life institution that has been around in the Dublin Region for well over a decade. Check out this week’s Second Life Destinations video for a quick peek at one of Second Life’s oldest hangout spots below. Video production: Draxtor Despres You can also explore London City’s Irish Festival, a month-long event filled with Irish-themed events, music and attractions. Sláinte! London City Irish Festival London City celebrates all things Irish. The biggest party event of the year so far, with a season of special concerts around the theme of St. Patrick's Day. Live DJ's and bands, collectible memorabilia and of course, the Green Beer Garden! This event runs through March. For details of acts and bands, see mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk Visit in Second Life The festivities continue with parties aplenty at St. Patrick’s Day Town, a limited-time location that is filled with everything Irish. Will you find the bars of gold hidden in the cave mines? 2019 St. Patrick's Day Town The all out festive atmosphere of St. Patrick's Day Town will blow through your senses like a virtual Irish breeze. Ride on flying gold coins, drive through cave mines to find bars of gold with prizes, and fill your basket with any and everything Irish. The most colorful party is waiting for you so follow the rainbow to St. Patrick's Day Town. Visit in Second Life
  3. It feels like we just packed away all that crystal magic from our 15th anniversary celebration, but our sweet sixteen is just around the corner! This summer, we’re throwing a huge celebration to commemorate 16 years with this incredible community and we wanted to fill you in on just a few of the details. Sixteen years ago, on June 23rd, 2003, Second Life launched to the public. Though it feels like just yesterday and a lifetime ago at the same time, this year we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go retro and embrace the “Sweet Sixteen” theme for our big party. Sock hops, bowling alleys, and late nights at the diner were a quintessential part of many teenagers lives back in the 1950s, but the 1950s were also a time of political and social change. The world was shocked by the iconic ‘Elvis pelvis,’ and poodle and pencil skirts changed the fashion world forever. Rebellion became the titillating pastime among all that soda shoppe sweetness. It was an era that - like Second Life - rocked and rolled! So, this summer we’re throwing a 1950s themed SL16B with a TON of fun events and happenings. Here is a brief rundown of just a few. Save the Date The dates of this year’s celebration will be June 20th, 2019 through - July 8th, 2019. SL16B Applications for volunteers, performers and exhibitors will be opening soon - so stay tuned to our blog for more updates as these applications become available. SL16B Shopping Event We’re bringing back our multi-region inworld shopping event, complete with gifts and great deals from many Merchants from all over the Grid. If you are a Merchant and you’re interested in submitting an application to participate, please visit and complete this form. The cut-off for submissions will be June 1st, 2019, so be sure to apply sooner rather than later. The shopping event will take place for the duration of the celebrations - June 20th, 2019 through - July 8th, 2019 SL16B Music Fest The 1950s were an exciting time for music - and we have such an incredible live music community in Second Life, we’re going to carry on the tradition of Music Fest and will be announcing application for the audition showcase and more very soon. SL16B Gifts and Parties There really ain’t no party like a Second Life party - and there will be some parties within the party that you won’t want to miss. Come As You Were Party (dust off those oldbies and round up those Ruths) and a modern twist on the dance party are just a few of the opportunities you’ll have to come out and shake your virtual tail feathers. There will be costume prizes - so start planning those looks. Dates will be announced as we get closer to the celebration. Last year we introduced the Swaginator at SL15B - and we’re bringing it back again this year with some updates and changes based on feedback. You’ll hear more about this as we get closer - but Swaginator gifts will be easier to get than ever! See You There We’re very excited to hit another incredible milestone this year and can’t wait to shake, rattle, and roll with all our Residents this summer. It’s going to be the ginchiest!
  4. Linden Lab

    Second Life Destinations: Skin Fair

    Looking to update your avatar? The annual Skin Fair event, held by Pale Girl Productions and LAQ, offers the perfect opportunity to shop for the latest skins, mesh body parts and accessories from about 200 content creators. This week’s Destinations video gives a quick peek at the event, which ends March 24. Take a look below: This Skin Fair, which includes many exclusives you won’t find elsewhere, is already capturing the interest of many bloggers in the Second Life community including Strawberry Singh and Seraphim. For a more in-depth look at Skin Fair, Strawberry recently live-streamed a full walk-through that you can view on YouTube: Ready to visit? Check out the Skin Fair inworld at both Regions below. 2019 Skin Fair - North Looking to update your avatar? The annual Skin Fair event, held by Pale Girl Productions and LAQ, offers the perfect opportunity to shop for the latest skins, mesh body parts and accessories from about 200 content creators. Runs through March 24th. Visit in Second Life 2019 Skin Fair - South Looking to update your avatar? The annual Skin Fair event, held by Pale Girl Productions and LAQ, offers the perfect opportunity to shop for the latest skins, mesh body parts and accessories from about 200 content creators. Runs through March 24th. Visit in Second Life
  5. Linden Lab

    Marketplace Early Spring Cleaning

    Happy Monday everyone! As we posted last month the Web Team has been busy with an array of different project and fixes. One we’d like to highlight is our effort to clean up Marketplace listings. We’ve had many of you give us feedback on absentee store owners who cannot offer sales support for their products. You also told us there were older products which were still in demand even though the Merchant hasn’t been currently active. Keeping all this feedback in mind, we had undertaken a cleanup sweep of the marketplace in the past, and had very positive response. Today, we have taken a second one: If the Merchant hasn’t logged in in two years *and* a specific product hasn’t sold in 1 year, the product will be unlisted. If the Merchant hasn’t logged in in two years *and* the store hasn’t sold anything in 1 year, their store will be disabled. This means that if a product has sold within the past year, that product listing will remain available on the marketplace. If a store has products, which have sold within the past year, it will remain enabled. We are confident that a more relevant selection of products and search results will benefit the shoppers on the Marketplace, as well as active Merchants. Spring is in the air!
  6. Linden Lab

    Group Tag Animators Being Removed

    There are a number of scripts available that animate the Group Role title for your avatar. While no doubt entertaining, these take advantage of a functionality, which was never intended to serve this purpose. Server side changes which will break Group Tag Animators are going to be rolling out to the grid soon. This change is deliberate: it will sharply restrict the rate at which these updates are allowed. The new limits are generous enough that a human changing things through a viewer should not exceed them, but strict enough to break the 'title animators'. The current Marketplace products which do this are being removed and the sellers notified. Image from xkcd
  7. Linden Lab

    Second Life Pic of the Day 03.06.2019

    Today's Second Life pic of the day is "KissMeButterfly" by Nubyia. Details on how to participate in the challenge or available on Strawberry's blog. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, login to Second Life, snap some pics and add them to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Instagram Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  8. Second Life Destinations is a new weekly video travelogue series that highlights some of the incredible experiences and events created by Residents within the virtual world of Second Life. In this series, we’ll highlight different places focusing in on the beauty and imaginative possibilities in no more than 60-90 seconds so that you can get a quick peek at the creations and communities inside each virtual space. At times we may even speak to creators of theses spaces so they can shed some light on what inspired them. Look for each new episode on our blog and social media channels, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. This week, we explore Bay City’s popular self-proclaimed “beatnik hang-out space” The Pen. Here you can grab an espresso and join the community for conversation, book readings and good times! The venue also hosts “Espresso Yourself,” an open mic night held on the first Tuesday of the month from 6-8 p.m. (Pacific). Footage for this week’s Destinations video was taken at a recent 13th “rez day” celebration event for SL long-time Resident Marianne McCann. The live performance showcased in the video is none other than Grace McDunnough, who has performed in Second Life since 2006. You can catch a schedule of her upcoming performances on her official website. Check out Grace in action and discover The Pen in this week’s video! For more information about The Pen, visit its official website. Special thanks to Draxtor Despres for production on this video.
  9. Linden Lab

    Second Life Pic of the Day 03.04.2019

    Today's Second Life pic of the day is "Aretha" by jjolie21. Details on how to participate in the challenge or available on Strawberry's blog. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, login to Second Life, snap some pics and add them to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Instagram Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  10. Over the past 15 years, thousands of students have logged into Second Life to extend their education beyond the classroom and into the virtual world. While Second Life continues to expand with new features and enhancements, many virtual world education offerings are also evolving to include more engaging and exciting lessons bringing students from different locations together in fun, shared learning environments. This evolution of virtual world education is the subject of the latest edition of “The Drax Files,” which returns after a brief hiatus with a new super-sized episode that spotlights the latest edtech work of Chant Newall Development Group, LLC (CNDG). Pictured: CNDG CEO William Prensky meets with Pearson’s Dolly Womack and another attendee at a recent STEM Conference. For over a decade, CNDG has worked closely with Florida State University and the University of Central Florida on exciting Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) that cover multiple disciplines including biology, chemistry, economics and environmental science. These efforts have been developed in partnership with education giant Pearson to create the “textbook of the future” using unique virtual world learning modules that include compelling social 3D virtual experiences and games. “What differentiates what we do from many other iterations of distance learning is that we are virtual worlds learning,” says CNDG CEO William (Bill) Prensky. “Students begin to sense that they are present to each other.” He adds, “The sense of presence in the environment is real. The live networked interaction between teaching assistants and students is vital to maintaining that sense of presence. So, it creates a community of teachers as well as a community of learners. It empowers them and it energizes them.” Pictured: CNDG promotes a learning module developed in Second Life at a recent conference. You can see some of CNDG’s work and hear from its executives and university faculty in the latest episode of “The Drax Files” below. Want to check out an example of CNDG’s work for yourself? For a limited time, CNDG has opened up a free preview of its “Ice Core” module in Second Life (as featured in “The Drax Files” video). In this exclusive experience, which was developed for an environmental science course taught by Professor William Landing at Florida State University, participants take a helicopter to a drill site to begin an exciting scientific expedition in Antarctica. Adventurers will learn how scientists live and work in this frigid environment as they collect and analyze ice cores that provide clues into Earth's climate history. Second Life community members can check it out now at the Destination below. Pictured: A scene from “Ice Core” developed by CNDG. Ice Core - Interactive Education Experience In the interactive education experience Ice Core, students enter the virtual world Second Life to begin an exciting scientific expedition in Antarctica. Participants will learn how scientists live and work in this frigid environment as they collect and analyze ice cores that provide clues into Earth's climate history. This virtual learning adventure was developed exclusively in Second Life by CNDG as part of a larger edtech initiative that combines virtual worlds and learning in higher education. Visit in Second Life
  11. Linden Lab

    What - another restart?

    Residents on our Release Candidate Regions got an extra bonus Region restart today. We apologize if this extra restart disrupted your Second Life fun, so we want to explain what happened. The Release Candidate channels exist so that we can try new server versions under live conditions to discover problems that our extensive internal testing and trials on the Beta Grid don't uncover. Unfortunately, it's not nearly possible for us to simulate the tremendous variety of content and activities that are found on the main Grid. We appreciate that Region owners are willing to be a part of that process, and regret those occasions when a bug gets past us and disrupts those Regions. Normally, Region state is saved periodically many times a day as well as when the Region is being shut down for a restart. The most recent Region state is restored when a Region restarts. The extra roll today was needed because we found a problem that could have caused long-running Regions to fail to save that state. Without the roll, there would be a significant chance that changes made to those regions might not be there following the regularly scheduled roll because the save data would be out of date. Good news! It’s been fixed, and today's roll applies that fix. The roll took a little longer than usual because we took extra care to ensure that the Region saves would work normally for this roll. We apologize for any disruption to your Second Life today, but at least you can rest assured that Second Life saves!
  12. Earlier this month, we debuted the first episode of “Love Made in SL” - a new limited-run mini-series that showcases some of the many real stories of romance found within the virtual communities of Second Life. We’re heartened by the positive responses to the series debut, which was shared widely across the Internet after premiering on our YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. Several couples even shared how they met in SL and, in many cases, they’ve posted wedding and baby photos from both in and outside Second Life to share with the world. This week, the love stories continue! Meet Lily and Charles, a couple that first met in Second Life back in 2007. “[Second Life] is an extension of my real life,“ says Charles. “It’s not something I play.” Upon meeting Charles in the welcome area of Second Life, Lily says that “we stumbled through things together...The honesty of both of us made the foundation for the relationship.” Charles adds, “If you get to know someone over several months just typing for hours then, in the end, the personality is becoming really clear.” Shortly after finding love in Second Life, Charles moved from Germany to be with Lily in the U.K. To further seal the deal, he even got a heart tattoo that features both of their early Second Life avatars! To learn more about their story, watch episode 2 of “Love Made in SL” below. Thanks to Draxtor Despres for production on “Love Made in SL” and Marianne McCann for the logo.
  13. Just in time for Valentines’ Day! Second Life is proud to announce the debut of “Love Made in SL,” a new limited-run mini-series showcasing the many real stories of romance in the virtual lives of the Second Life community. Love Made in SL logo created by Marianne McCann with permission from Linden Lab Over the next few months, we’ll unveil a series of short video profiles that tell the many stories of couples discovering love in Second Life. As you’ll see in our first episode, these virtual connections can also extend successfully into long-term relationships in the physical world. Meet Teal and Wolf, a charming couple that met 10 years ago in Second Life within the “Tiny” community of RaglanShire. After several years of a long-distance relationship, Teal recently decided to move from the US to the UK to be with Wolf and they are getting married this week! Pictured: Wolf and Teal, a soon-to-be-married couple that met in Second Life. “I think virtual worlds have that ability to allow people to just see whether their souls match up,” says Wolf. Watch the full video below, or on our Official YouTube Channel here. Catch future episodes of “Love Made in SL” on Second Life’s official Facebook page or YouTube channel. “Love Made in SL” is produced for Second Life by virtual journalist Draxtor Despres. If you’d like to be considered for a future edition, please contact Draxtor inworld.
  14. Linden Lab

    Second Life Pic of the Day 02.07.2019

    Today's Second Life pic of the day is "First Blooms" by Magician XIII. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, login to Second Life, snap some pics and add them to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Instagram Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  15. THE ISLE OF VIEW RETURNS What the world needs now is love, sweet love! In these complex times, a little more love in our hearts and minds is as precious as ever. Love is kind, and love is complicated—but when it’s true, you want to pay it homage through poems, prose, songs, and all forms of art. Celebrate it with flowers, fireworks, and fantastic moments spent basking in the warm glow of all those good time vibes. Love always trumps hate, so let’s enjoy a big dose of that sweet amore that powers the world. Isle of View has returned with its forested walks, love nooks, and romantic swan boat rides. Love is in the air, and pink sunbeams are the perfect spot to profess your true feels to your belle or beau. Enjoy a scenic glide across the pink and purple waters, the twinkling rain of fireworks (and not just the kind you expect when you sneak that first kiss!), or stroll through the twining paths to hugging booths for picture-perfect moments. Be sure to share you valentine pics to our Official Flickr pool. You’ll also notice the return of some gifting kiosks. This is a way to let your friends and loved ones know that you’re thinking of them by sending them a special Valentine’s Day gift. Candy hearts, bears, and roses are all available for you to have delivered directly to your good friends. Just visit a gift kiosk, click, and follow the directions. It’s the thought that counts, and thoughts are free—so the kiosks are free to use as well! Everyone appreciates a little acknowledgment that you’re thinking of them, so send someone special a valentine! With music, festivities, and love in the air—solo or soulmates—The Isle of View is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. HUG AND DUNK A LINDEN Roses are red, Violets are blue It’s time to hug and dunk some Lindens At the Isle of View On Thursday, February 14th from 10am-12pm, drop by the Isle of View for a chance to hug and/or dunk some Lindens. Bring your friends, family, your main squeeze, even bring the kids! It’s bound to be a ton of fun—and really how often do you get a chance to cozy up to a Linden, or dunk them into a tank of freezing cold water? Do NOT miss this opportunity: it only comes about once a year! Dunk-A-Linden & Hug-A-Linden Event Party with us at the Isle of View on February 14th from 10 a.m. to Noon (Pacific). Meet your Valentine, enjoy music, and don’t miss the Dunk-a-Linden and Hug-a-Linden booths! Visit in Second Life
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