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The Second Life Destination Guide is feeling a little romantic these days  with a blossoming bouquet of Valentine’s Day destinations to hit. Drop by the Isle of View and you could glean a chance to dunk or hug a Linden or send Valentine’s Day gifts to your friends and loved ones with the proceeds going towards The Michael Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. If love and hugging booths aren’t your thing, then there are plenty of other things to explore in Second Life. Check out what the editors have hand selected for you this week! Come on in with your virtual Valentine and mingle a little!

Take lots of pics maybe enter them in the Leap into Love Snapshot Contest for a chance to win or share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page!

If your spot or event is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.

We’ll catch you inworld!

Isle of View

Looking for something romantic this Valentine's Day? The Isle of View brings together everything the discerning romantic looks for in romantic festivities: boat rides, fireworks, kissing booths, forested walks, tasteful fountains and more. So bring that special someone to the Isle of View and tell them how you really feel.

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Dunk-A-Linden & Hug-A-Linden Event

Party with us at the Isle of View on February 12th from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. (Pacific). Meet your Valentine, enjoy music, and don’t miss the Dunk-a-Linden and Hug-a-Linden booths!

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2016 Valentine Town

Valentine Town is a destination that is a visual panorama of all things that denote love and affection. From chocolate waterfalls to the sugary delight of giant gum balls, there is an endless feast for all the senses, with remarkable vistas and colors that bathe the visitor with affectionate delight. Incredible stores are featured with items for lovers and their beloved.

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Temporia Prime

Visit Temporia Prime, a world where you can explore an exotic, alien landscape in Second Life. Stroll the streets of the city levels and fly to the outer atmosphere. From the forests and rivers of the exotic surface to the depths of space, there's lots to explore!

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Valentine on Ice

Rebel Yell Concerts presents:"Valentine on Ice." Bring your special one and enjoy the many romantic spots, Plan a romantic dinner in one of the Valentine restaurants or meet your special one at the cozy winery. Have fun with awesome tribute concerts, swan tour, horse slade tour, paddleboats and the many winter activities.

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Gators MC

Gators MC celebrates its third birthday with three days of fun events in Second Life. Join the fun Feb. 12-14 as the community celebrates with music, competitions and more!

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8th Annual Home & Garden Expo

Explore nine regions filled with top home and garden designs at the 8th Annual Home & Garden Expo, held through March 6. More info at slhomeandgardenexpo.wordpress.com. Opens on Feb. 14.

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On the Boardwalk Gacha Fair

Bitter love is in the air at On the Boardwalk Gacha Fair! Over 45 designers have once again come together to bring you the best and worst of the most romantic day of the year. Join the celebration with over 75 gachas, rides, games and more! Whether you're in love, or you hate love - there's something here for you Smiley Wink

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Valentine's Day at Foxxies

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Foxxies, a romantic ballroom and jazz club that features a large dance floor surrounded by gardens, horse and buggy rides, and even boat rides offering amazing offshore views of the region.

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The Convent

The Convent is a dark but stylish Goth club in Second Life. It gives guests the possibility to live out erotic fantasies on several levels. Roleplay is centered around the main club.where deejays perform.

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Fantomas

Chateaux des Fantomas is a secret restaurant, lounge and ballroom created for special moments. It is a dream spot for lovers, first date, proposals, engagements and any kind of events praising an elegance in romance.

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Deezul Raceway For Motorcycles

This new riding experience in SL features 12 different race tracks and a sim rally track that can make every motorcycle rider's dream come true.

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Just Damnn Strange World

Many have roamed here only to find that there was no returning to Earth. Now only their souls and bones walk about. Many have asked, what kind of place am I in? They have all at one time or another screamed, "Help me! Oh, somebody help me please!"

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The Spring Full Perm Fair

The Spring Full Perm Fair at Old Europe features many of the top full permissions creators in all categories of fashion, furniture, building components and just wonderfully creative objects. All are sold with full permissions for re-sell and many of the creators are offering big discounts and exclusives for this event (held through February 29th).

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We Can’t Quit You, Isle of View

by Community Manager on ‎02-09-2016 11:00 AM

In this age of modern love it’s important to stop and enjoy the finer things of your Second Life - smell the virtual flowers and dream a little. The Isle of View is the perfect place to discover that the truest hallmark of love is time spent with our loved ones. This year it’s bigger and better than before - with some rebooted classics and new festivities! Read on to find out everything we’ve got in our box of chocolates this year! We’re fairly sure you’ll fall in love with the fireworks, gaze deep into the waters of the Swan Boat ride, and tiptoe through fields of botanically beautiful landscapes! There isn’t an inch of Isle of View that you and your amor will want to miss.

Love for a Good Cause

What the world needs now is more love! Visit the Isle of View kiosks any time this month to send virtual roses and candy hearts to your Second Life friends and sweethearts. Nothing is better than giving, so the L$ proceeds from the sales of these gifts will go to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Visit the Isle of View to select and send your Valentine’s gifts. We’ll match the final total and double the donation love! How’s that for a sweet pairing?

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Mix It Up at Our Mixer

We understand that love is sometimes complicated. You have got to work hard to make it work - and we’re not afraid of a little tough love. On February 12 from 10am - 12pm and 2-4pm SLT we'll be mixing things up with the return of Dunk-a-Linden and Hug-a-Linden booths! You may just meet your virtual Valentine while waiting for a chance to dunk or hug a Linden - and if you don’t - hey you still got to dunk or hug a Linden! It’s a win-win situation.

With music, festivities and love in the air - solo or soulmates - The Isle of View Second Life Mixer is sure to be fun for everyone. This region is so scenic, you may want to snap some pics and enter our Leap into Love Snapshot Contest.

 

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If you’re looking to take a little jazz-drenched New Orleans stroll in celebration of Mardi Gras, or escape the brain-eating hordes of post-apocalyptic zombies, no one has got your back like the Second Life Destination Guide does. Feeling up for a little hunting? Looking for some Valentine’s Day gift inspiration? We’ve got that covered, too!

Take lots of pics maybe enter them in the Leap into Love Snapshot Contest for a chance to win or share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page!

If your spot or event is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.

We’ll catch you inworld!

Imesha

In Imesha, urban and sci-fi are carefully blended together to bring about a very unique looking landscape. Although very futuristic in appearance, many areas still contain aspects of nature and original art. Discover the endless scenic opportunities for photographers or simply explore this attractive environment and chill out with friends,

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Paris de t'aime

Explore the many shops, sights and attractions in this beautiful Parisian-themed sim.

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Apocalyptic Coast Zombies

Watch your back as you explore this apocalyptic city...where the zombies will come out to bite you.

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The Truth Or Dare Affair

Don't miss the Truth or Dare Affair, brought to you by Evil Bunny Productions. Over 80 of SL's best designers tease and please you with TRUTH (nice) and DARE (naughty) exclusive designs! Each designer also has a $10L gift for you! Opens Feb. 6.

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2016 Mardi Gras Town

The vibrant sounds of authentic, New Orleans jazz will fill your ears the moment you land on the cobble stoned streets of Mardi Gras Town. A holiday venue with incredible colors, ambiance and a festive spirit. Mardi Gras Town is the destination to let the good times roll.

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London City Love In

Celebrate the joy and passion of Love in London City. This month-long festival of the heart has nightly events, weekly concerts, and special attractions centered around Valentines Day. The event runs through February. For details, visit mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk

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The Stupid Cupid Hunt 4

That Cupid, he's so STUPID! Flying around, shooting arrows everywhere, flipping around making everyone dizzy, trailing little hearts wherever he goes. He's trying to make love matches all across SL! It's time to stop cupid before he gets any more stupid! Find the arrows he's left laying around SL for amazing gifts from talented designers.

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Isil Designs

Isil Designs (Delaunay Industries) provides the highest quality materials-enabled architecture, furniture, and vehicles with modern and futuristic themes. Experience the unique sights of the main store from the ground level island resort to the orbital space station.

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REVAMPED

REVAMPED is a monthly shopping event where designers take customer favorites and revamp them to either now be made in mesh, include appliers, include previously unavailable new appliers, or include new pieces that were not part of the set before. This monthly event runs from the 28th of the month to the 20th of the following month.

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“You can build or do or create or be whatever you want. We want to support that in any way that we can.”

Project Bento extends the standard Second Life Avatar skeleton - enabling rigging, animation, and attachment points for dozens of new bones! That means more articulate, expressive and customizable avatars for Residents and a new runway of creativity for creators.

In this episode of the Drax Files take a backstage glimpse into the development process of Project Bento -  from mission statement to beta deploy - directly from the Lindens and Moles who are working closely with Resident advisors on this major avatar improvement.

To find out more about how Project Bento is supporting the endless possibilities in Second Life - watch the video below.


The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 6: Abramelin Wolfe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 23: Meshworx - Ioz Hyde
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 27: Nylon Pinkney
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 28: Whiskey Monday
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 29: Insilico
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 30: Maylee Oh
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 31:Tom Boellstorff
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 32: Jay Jay Zifanwe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 33: Luxembourg 1867
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 34 : Cheeky Pea

Win L$10,000 in the “Leap into Love” Second Life Snapshot Contest!

by Community Manager ‎02-03-2016 09:00 AM - edited ‎02-03-2016 12:11 PM

Many a tune has been penned in its honor, mountains of prose labor over its intricate highs and lows. Love. The original muse. The inspiration of art across the world, and the culprit of many a great story. Why not continue the tradition of love and creativity by participating in the “Leap into Love” Snapshot Contest?

Share a Snapshot in the theme of Love on our Official Contest page, and you could win one of 4 amazing prizes:

  • Grand Prize – L$10,000
  • First Prize – L$5,000
  • Second Prize – L$3,000
  • Third Prize- L$1,000

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges made up of Residents and Lindens based on consistency with theme, originality, creativity, and overall impression.


The “Leap into Love” Snapshot Contest celebrates friends, family, loved ones - all of those who are beloved in our lives. While Cupid may be pointing arrows at this time of year, we know that love is much bigger than that. Love is kindness, friendship, balance, warmth, laughter, and so much more - so share it with us! Contest ends on February 29th.

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Pic by Strawberry Singh

Second Life Machinima "Breakout" to Air Starting Feb 1st

by Community Manager ‎01-29-2016 10:47 AM - edited ‎01-29-2016 10:48 AM

A series filmed using Second Life is set to air its first of three 30-minute pilot episodes this coming Monday, February 1, 2016 at 6pm Pacific.

Breakout “Joyful Noise” is the first in the series that focuses on a young woman named Joy Jamison who works in a high-end boutique but struggles with her faith and self-image.

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Those in the Midwest who are interested in watching may check their listings for Charter Cable channel 198. Everyone can view the broadcast on Dynasty Television via stream.


A trailer for the series is also available.

Tune in Monday!

The Second Life Destination Guide returns with another edition of Destination Guide Highlights a sample platter of some of the coolest spots you don’t want to miss inworld.

Music, art. romance and many more flavors of fun are all over the grid why not springboard into your weekend fun with a tour starting now?

If your spot or event is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.
We’ll catch you inworld!

Mole Day 2016

Once again, we celebrate those creatives minds and the great builds of the Linden Department of Public Works! Join us for a concert in the park featuring Maximillion Kleene and GoSpeed Racer as we toast the Moles! Event held Jan. 30 beginning at 11 a.m. (Pacific).

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Oi Oi Oi - Experiments Phase One

Created by real life multi-media artist "The London Paint Splatterer." Explore the volatile waters that lurk deeply in Oh! Noire's psychological landscape with many visual adventures. You can boat round the waters at Oi Oi Oi - Experiments Phase One. All welcome and nothing is usual.

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Betty Tureaud's The City

The City a art installation about trying escape from a life to another. Follow the footprints in the sand to begin your journey...

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Beginners by Cica Ghost

Every end is a new beginning.

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Surf Religion & Surf Love

Surf Religion and Surf Love is an ideal spot for surfers, photographers and lovers. They have the awesome JAWS wave, as well as beautiful grounds and romantic cuddles. Come and enjoy the positive flow of energy here among the ruins.

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Heavenly Groove

Heavenly Groove is a nice hangout space with beautiful picture perfect scenes. Come here to explore, spend time with friends and take lots of pictures!

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Forgotten at The Pulse

Forgotten at The Pulse is a beautiful, scenic and photogenic area that features beautiful, hidden areas to discover. Here you can dance or find blissful areas for solitude. There's a beautiful chapel and other impressive architecture. Enjoy taking photos, spending quality time with a loved one or just wandering and enjoying a quiet moment and serenity.

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Northern Forests of Shara

Explore the Northern Forests of Shara, a peaceful retreat filled with many areas to discover including a formal ballroom, large castle, dance pavilions and more.

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Evolving Images Romantic Park

Evolving Images is a romantic place for dancing, dining, cuddling, vistas and walks. There are two types of dining experiences, four dance floors, and a large menu of romantic dances to choose from. Take your sweetheart on a walk through the bird sanctuary, go ice skating on the ice rink, cuddle in the gazebo, buy flowers from the flower cart, mosey through the local shops or ride the carousel.

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Relay for Life of Second Life - Team Registrations Open Monday February 1st!

by Community Manager ‎01-28-2016 09:49 AM - edited ‎01-28-2016 01:22 PM

Once Upon a Cure is the 2016 Relay for Life of Second Life's theme - and it's ramping up for Team registration to start next week!

If you are someone or know someone whose life has been touched by cancer, there is an opportunity for you to find support, help work towards a cure, and participate in one of the great events put together in Second Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

If you're looking to form a team, or sponsor a team, or just find out more information about this event - you can find the details on the Relay for Life of Second Life's website, or in this blog post from Second Life Resident Daniel Voyager. On your marks, get set, go!

 

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Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 01/22/2016

by Community Manager ‎01-22-2016 09:00 AM - edited ‎02-01-2016 10:35 AM

The Second Life Destination Guide strives to highlight all types of events going on in Second Life. From the one off art exhibits to the seasonal events - we’ve got you covered. Now, we’ve added a special category highlighting those recurring shopping events you don’t want to miss! Take a look and see what’s out there and happening right now!

Once again, we’ve gathered a handful of some of the best spots to  investigate inworld right now. Have a look at the list below, but remember - as you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

If your spot or event is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.

Go on now - log in. You know you want to!

Timekiller II 2016 Festival

Join slGoth and Morphe, Inc. for the New Year celebrating the past, present, and future in the theme “Gothic Steampunk." Features 20 merchants, daily live DJ’s and SL voice story telling by Seanchai Library.

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MENstuff Fashion Hunt

The MENstuff Fashion Hunt consists of creations from great MENstuff designers, some of which have generously designed exclusives that will only be found in this limited-time hunt. Event ends Feb.29.

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Wayward Winter

This winter event, held Jan 18-31, is filled with activities and fun. Build a snowman or take a lift up to the tallest hill for skiing. Grab your ice skates for twirling among the snowflakes or pick up the fastest sled for gliding over those snow caps. Then, head back to our ski lodge to warm up beside the fire!

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20Twenty

20Twenty is a monthly instore event, beginning on the 20th of every month, spanning 20 days, and offering exclusive items from up to 20 curated designers at 20% off. More at differentialevents.weebly.com/20twenty.html.

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Santorini Club

Get lost in space at the Santorini International Space Club. Celebrate the spring surrounded by stars and planets somewhere in the universe.

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Emmalena Damour's Art Gallery and Photo

This art gallery hosts photographic art from real life, as well as digital art and prints of real life acrylic paintings and charcoal and chalk drawings (with permission of the artists).

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Split Screen Installation Space

Split Screen Installation Space hosts a variety of limited-time art exhibitions from well-established creators. Don't miss Jo Ellsmere's mesmerizing bot performance "Biomechanical," which is inspired by Russian theater director Vsevolod Meyerhold.

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Gates of Memories

We don't remember days. We remember moments.

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On January 7th, 2016, we put out a call for questions for the upcoming edition of Lab Chat -  a Q & A show where Lindens answer your questions in a 1 hour show that’s recorded with a live studio audience.

 

The next Lab Chat - with guest Ebbe Linden -  is scheduled for this Thursday, January 21st, at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre. The show starts at 10:30am SLT, and if you have trouble getting there at the link above - you can try here and here. Seating is limited - but if you are unable to attend, we’ll have a recording available sometime after the show wraps.

 

If you missed the first episode, the show is available on our Official YouTube channel in three parts:

Catch up on the last episode and try to come out to be a part of the next show on January 21st!