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  1. Last week, we blogged about the opening of Fantasy Faire - and many of you have probably already dropped by to see what is available from the hundreds of Merchants who have items that will go to the benefit of the American Cancer Society. Did you also know that there’s a big Literary Festival that is part of the faire this year - with story-telling, dramatic performances, workshops, and author meet and greets? Find out more about all the events happening on the Fantasy Faire website. This year’s Literary Festival guest of honor is Elizabeth Bear. Elizabeth will be appearing in Second Life for an interview on Tuesday April 23rd , which appropriately is on #WorldBookDay. There’s also a separate reading on Friday April 26. Both events will take place from 2-3pm SLT (Pacific). Here is a snippet taken from her author bio on her website: [Elizabeth Bear] is the Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, and Campbell Award winning author of dozens of novels; over a hundred short stories; and a number of essays, nonfiction, and opinion pieces for markets as diverse as Popular Mechanics and The Washington Post. She lives in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts with her spouse, writer Scott Lynch. The full schedule for the Literary Festival can be seen on the Fantasy Faire website, but if you want to attend the Elizabeth Bear events, follow the Destination Guide link below. Elizabeth Bear Event at Fantasy Faire Sci-fi and fantasy author Elizabeth Bear is the Litfest guest of honor at this year's Fantasy Faire and will appear at two special inworld events. On Tuesday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific), she will arrive at the Fantasy Faire in her avatar form for an interview. On Friday, April 26 at 2 p.m. (Pacific), she will again visit the Faire to read from her works. Learn more at fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/elizabeth-bear-at-litfest. Visit in Second Life
  2. Today's Second Life pic of the day is "690" Geri Nayar. 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 Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  3. We’re happy to announce some great changes for Estate Managers which rolled out in Tuesday’s Viewer Release. This shiny new viewer is a brave foray into improving the state of Estate Access Management! We can’t wait to see what you think about it. Here’s what you’ll find: New “Access” tab in the Region/Estate floater with subtabs for “Estate Managers”, “Allowed”, “Allowed Groups”, and “Banned” Recording banned date, banned by, and last login for each banned account † Search & Sort within each of the sub-tabs Copy Banlist & Allowed-list Added a confirmation for adding or removing from a list More Estate Managers! We’re upping the number to 15. Remember, with great power comes great responsibility. † these features only available going forward. Known Issues There is currently an issue where newly added Estate Managers will need to relog in order to view access lists. A fix for this will be arriving in an upcoming server release. As always, please file a Jira to tell us about any problems you discover or request additions or feature changes to this functionality.
  4. Due to continued changes in the Facebook API, as of today the Second Life viewer will no longer be able to support Facebook Connect for sharing your inworld photos and posts. We apologize for this inconvenience and will be removing the UI from the viewer shortly. We will, of course, be happy to see your SL posts on Facebook going forward, and you can always say hello and check out what’s happening on our official page: https://www.facebook.com/secondlife
  5. The Fairelands are open and this year’s Fantasy Faire is steaming full of Merchants who are donating a portion of their proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Check the vendors to see which items are exclusive for the benefit of the American Cancer Society. As is clear in the name, this event is all about Fantasy - from dragons and fairies, to any other majestic creature you can imagine, this is the place to fulfill your flair for the fantastical. Costumes, masks, and other delightful wares line the booths in each gorgeously built and decorated portal. You can shop, quest, dance, and frolic across each Region between now and May 5th. 2019 This week’s Destination video takes a glimpse inside the Fairlands. Don your fantasy looks and head on over. Don’t forget that your purchases will benefit the American Cancer Society. Fantasy Faire 2019 Celebrating its 11th year, Fantasy Faire 2019 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, role-players and performers in the virtual world. Held April 18-May 5, treat yourself to shopping, dance and theater performances, DJ parties, auctions, questing, a Literary Festival, fantasy art, events and role-playing as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer. More at fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com. Visit in Second Life
  6. Spring is in full swing, and that means the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, and those Glytches are … well glytching! We've scattered special eggs around various Regions throughout Second Life. Your task is to find the eggs, follow the clues inside, and if you make it to the end of the hunt, you’ll earn an exclusive prize! This Spring hunt is only here for a week - so be sure to get hunting by April 24th, 2019 - or this prize will be lost forever. We will get you started with the first clue here: Start your hunt in Hartyshire, where the Glytches have been poaching the shiniest yolks! Spring Egg Hunt We've got a special Springtime gift for you - but you're going to have to find it! We've scattered eggs around various regions in Second Life. Find the eggs, follow the clues, and earn eggs-clusive rewards. Event ends April 24. Here is your first clue: The Glytches have been poaching the shiniest yolks! Visit in Second Life
  7. A massive fire recently swept through the world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral and many community members are showing their support by paying tribute to this magnificent and historically-rich building by visiting a detailed 3D inworld replica in Second Life. As recently blogged about in New World Notes, Second Life Residents have been spontaneously appearing at the virtual version of Notre Dame to connect with others who share their sorrow over the damage done by the April 15 fire. As the world looks forward to restoring and repairing this beautiful landmark, this week’s Destinations video celebrates the Notre Dame Cathedral in its full past and future glory. If you would like to donate to helping restore Notre Dame, you can donate directly through the Friends of Notre Dame page. Visit Notre Dame in Second Life Notre Dame Cathedral Join the Second Life community in our support for the famous Notre Dame cathedral, which has recently been devastated by a fire in Paris. Visit this 3D replica of the popular attraction. Visit in Second Life Thanks to Draxtor Despres for this special video production.
  8. UPDATE: Currently, new Linden Homes are sold out - but more are on the way. Please stay tuned to our blog and to this forum thread for updates. New Linden Homes Have Arrived! One of the many benefits of becoming a Premium Second Life member is access to an automatic waiver of the monthly land fees for a Linden Home or 1024m² tier allotment for use towards a parcel on the Mainland. A pretty incredible perk, but it was time to make it even perkier. Let’s be honest - those Linden Homes from 2010 were long overdue for some updates and improvements. It was clear a fresh coat of paint and some new landscaping were just not going to make the amount of curb appeal we were shooting for. In fact, it was time to return to the drawing board and start a better-built Linden Home experience, from the ground up - literally. The first of several planned Linden Home updates launches today - with the introduction of New Linden Homes - exclusive to Premium members. Your new home may be in the mountains, along the shore, or in a rolling landscape of low hills and river valleys, but you’ll also be part of a large community experience, with navigable waterways, a network of roads, and community areas to socialize and have fun. There are two new themed styles in this release - Traditional and Houseboats - and some are twice as big as previous Linden Home offerings. Traditional Our new Traditional suburban homes are available in several single or two-story options and are located within a convenient distance from a communal park area where you can join your friends for picnics, sports, or family activities. Houseboats For something a bit less conventional, try one of the many new Houseboat theme options with large rooms and a high ceiling and skylights. There’s also a deck area outside for you to relax or entertain friends and family under the blue skies and over the even bluer waters! Existing Premium Member with Linden Homes Out with the old, and in with the new! If you’re already a Premium Member, you qualify to switch to a new Linden Home in one of our new styles including Traditional Homes and Houseboats. Old Linden Homes will be phased out over time, but there’s no rush. If you’re not ready to make the big move, that’s okay. Many of these new home options are twice the size of previous offerings, and even more new Linden Homes are coming later this year. Once you’ve seen the improvements and additions, you’re going to want to claim your new place to call home as soon as possible. How to Get Started Moving into a new place may seem a bit overwhelming, but we’ve got you covered. Everything you need to know about the new Linden Homes is available on the New Linden Homes wiki. There is a walk-through on how to claim your new Home if you’re new or returning to Premium Membership, or if you’re an existing Premium member and ready to make the switch. All the details on what makes these new homes better than ever, and the how-tos to get you into your new place are all there. Are you ready for your new life on the Bellisseria continent? Now may be the perfect time to upgrade to Premium! Your new home is waiting for you!
  9. This week, we shine a spotlight on the many virtual horse communities in Second Life. With the recent introduction of Water Horse’s Animesh rideable horse, there is renewed interest in equestrian experiences across the Grid. For example, Inara Pey recently blogged with an in-depth look at the new Water Horse animesh release (featured in the latest video above) while other virtual popular horse offerings include Amaretto Breedables and Awesome Breed Creations. Pictured: Templeton Cove Riding & Hiking Trails Horse lovers need places to saddle up and ride...and there’s no shortage of destinations that cater to horse enthusiasts including Templeton Cove Riding & Hiking Trails, AKK Horse Ranch and Champion Horse Racing. Check out the Pets & Animals category in the Destination Guide for even more options. Do you have a favorite equestrian-themed spot that we’ve missed? Share your recommendations with the community in our Favorite Destinations forum and we’ll review for consideration to add to the Destination Guide.
  10. Many Residents have noted that in the last few weeks we have had an increase in disconnects during a teleport. These occur when an avatar attempts to teleport to a new Region (or cross a Region boundary, which is handled similarly internally) and the teleport or Region crossing takes longer than usual. Instead of arriving at the expected destination, the viewer disconnects with a message like: Darn. You have been logged out of Second Life. You have been disconnected from the region you were in. We do not currently believe that this is specific to any viewer, and it can affect any pair of Regions (it seems to be a timing-sensitive failure in the hand-off between one simulator and the next). There is no known workaround - please continue logging back in to get where you were going in the meantime. We are very much aware of the problem, and have a crack team trying to track it down and correct it. They’re putting in long hours and exploring all the possibilities. Quite unfortunately, this problem dodged our usual monitors of the behavior of simulators in the Release Channels, and as a result we're also enhancing those monitors to prevent similar problems getting past us in the future. We're sorry about this - we empathize with how disruptive it has been.
  11. Today's Second Life pic of the day is "Day 1221. Dear Diary..." by Piitufiina Thorr, Credits available here. 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
  12. As we blogged earlier this month (Announcing “SL16B” - Second Life’s Sweet Sixteen!) SL16B is coming this summer - and part of the celebration means we will be opening applications for Volunteers, Exhibitors and Performers. This year, we are excited to return to being more involved in the organization of all the events. In addition to the official Music Fests, costume parties, and Shopping events, of the last few years, we’re also returning to our roots and participating more in the development and planning of the main SLB celebration. While we already launched applications for Merchants interested in the inworld Shopping Event, here is your first opportunity to apply as an Exhibitor and/or Performer. Festivities kick off with a special event opening on June 20, followed by the return of MusicFest on June 21-22. Then, many entertainers will take the stage to perform a variety of sets from June 23-29. Please review the policies before submitting your application. APPLICATIONS & POLICIES Exhibitor Application - Applications close on May 15th, 2019 (Exhibitor Policies) Performer Application - Applications close on May 15th, 2019 ( Performer Policies) Volunteer Applications - Applications close on May 15th, 2019 Merchant Application - Applications close on June 1st, 2019 Music Fest Audition Showcase Application (TBD) We’re excited to celebrate this milestone with our community this summer - and can’t wait to share even more details on event specifics and activities - but be sure to get your application in ASAP!
  13. Today's Second Life pic of the day is "Neverland" by Leanne Mordue. 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
  14. What’s that? Residents can auction their parcels? Wow! Last July we shared the news that Auctions had received a makeover. Today we are pleased to announce the launch of Resident to Resident Auctions! If you own parcels on the Mainland (not group land), you are now able to put them up for auction via your parcels’ Place Page. You can set the parameters of your auction: start and end times, minimum bid, and the bid increment. If the auction attracts bidders, at the end time the winner gets the land automatically and the winning bid amount less the Auction Commission fee (15%) is automatically transferred to your balance. Want to know more? We’ve created an Auctions Walkthrough to help. It will answer common questions and provide a detailed breakdown of how auctions work and what happens during the different stages of bidding. Going once… going twice… SOLD!
  15. Quite some time ago, we introduced viewer changes that moved the fetching of most assets from using UDP through the simulator to HTTP through our content delivery network (CDN) to improve fetch times and save cycles on the simulator for simulation. At the time, we did not disable the UDP fetching path so that all users would have time to upgrade to newer viewer versions that fully support the new HTTP/CDN path. We warned that at some time in the future we would disable the older mechanism, and that time has come. The simulator rolling to the BlueSteel and LeTigre channels this week removes support for UDP asset fetching. In the normal course of events that version should be grid wide within a couple of weeks. Viewers that have not been updated to the newer (and faster) protocol will no longer be able to fetch many asset types, including sounds landmarks clothing body parts animations gestures meshes Since some specific body parts are required to render avatars, anyone on viewers that cannot load them will be a cloud or “Ruth” avatar and unable to change from it. All current official viewer versions are able to load assets normally. As far as we are aware, all actively maintained Third Party Viewers have had support for the HTTP/CDN asset fetching for many releases, so no matter what viewer you prefer there should be an upgrade available for you. Regards, Oz Linden
  16. Role-playing is one of the many ways in which Residents choose to spend their time in Second Life. From supernatural fairy tales to gothic vampires and medieval battles, there are long-standing communities and Regions built around elaborate and rich lores. It is possible to visit any of our over 200 Role-playing communities and find your niche. “You’re not just there as a bystander … you’re creating worlds.” says Stark Osterham in the video below. This week’s Destinations video takes a glimpse into InSilico, which is one of the longest running role-playing communities in Second Life. InSilico is an immersive, futuristic, cyberpunk world full of interesting characters who operate beneath a dark, foreboding skyline and airships. InSilico is a painstakingly detailed space that you will want to explore, photograph, and you may just find yourself swept into the story as a participating citizen. Ready to face the future? Put on your best futuristic ensemble and enter InSilico. InSilico The future is leaking backward in the form of InSilico, a high-end cyberpunk role playing sim in Second Life. Visit in Second Life CREDITS: Video Production: Draxtor Despres
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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!
  20. 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
  21. 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!
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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