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General

Portal

SecondLife Resources Page (Cosma, You are here!)
SecondLife Wiki (Linden Lab)
SecondLife Destination Guide (Linden Lab)
SecondLife Unofficial Wiki (Wikia)

Dictionary

SecondLife (SL) : a 3-D virtual world created by its Residents — Linden Lab See also OneLook

Encyclopedia

Second Life is an online virtual world, developed by Linden Lab, based in San Francisco, and launched on June 23, 2003. By 2013 Second Life had approximately 1 million regular users, according to Linden Lab, which owns Second Life. The virtual world can be accessed freely via Linden Lab’s own client programs, or via alternative Third Party Viewers. Second Life users (also called Residents) create virtual representations of themselves, called avatars and are able to interact with other avatars, places or objects. They can explore the world (known as the grid), meet other residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, build, create, shop and trade virtual property and services with one another. It is a platform that principally features 3D-based user-generated content. Second Life also has its own virtual currency, the Linden Dollar, which is exchangeable with real world currency. — Wikipedia

Britannica

Introduction

What is SecondLife (Linden Lab)
SecondLife Help (Linden Lab)

Innovation

Science

SecondLife in Popular Science (Popular Science)

Application

How SecondLife Works (HowStuffWorks)

Commerce

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Business in SecondLife (Linden Lab)
Shop
SecondLife Marketplace (Linden Lab)
Amazon
Zazzle

Preservation

History


Historical Locations (SL Wikia)
SecondLife Through the Ages (SL Wikia)

Museum

SecondLife Historical Museum (SecondLife Destination Guide)
List of Museums and Galleries in SecondLife (SL Wikia)

Library

Catalog

WorldCat, OAIster, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

Book

Google Books, ISBNdb

Participation

Education

SecondLife Education (SL Wiki)

Course

Open Education Consortium
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Community

SecondLife Knowledgebase (Linden Lab)
My SecondLife (Linden Lab)

Organization

Linden Lab

Event

Conference Alerts Worldwide (Conal)
Meetup.com

News

SecondLife Press (Linden Lab)
NPR Archives
Google News
Google Scholar

Government

Document

USA.gov

Law

SecondLife Policy & Guidelines, Linden Lab
Can people actually ‘own’ virtual land? (John D. Sutter, CNN)

Expression

Fun


Belief

Future




Linden Lab Invites First Virtual Experience Creators to Project Sansar Testing (Linden Lab)
The virtual reality successor to Second Life will open to 3D artists this summer (Adi Robertson, The Verge)

Cool SecondLife site reviews on old Cosma 3D blog…

International Space Flight Museum
Inspire Space Park
The Faery Crossing
Abbotts Spaceport
Sailing Center and History Museum
Virtual Railway Consortium
Ivory Tower of Primitives
Virtual STEM Sites
David Rumsey’s Maps Island

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SecondLife Community News

  • More Control for Estate Owners! May 26, 2017 5:01 pm
    In recent server deploys, we rolled out valuable updates to land access in Second Life. These improvements made a change to allow estate owners and managers to always enter the regions that they administer, increased the population limits on regions, and granted premium members priority access to popular events. But wait, there’s more … Now, we are happy to announce another improved capability for estate managers. Estate managers may now enforce parcel access settings across their entire estate. They can choose to allow parcel owners to prohibit public access (creating a banline), or require that parcel owners permit public access so that most Residents experience the estate as a contiguous area. As an estate owner, if you want a welcome area that is accessible to all, you’ll no longer need to manually check your parcels for banlines on your estate! Just set it and forget it. You will be informed that this change may impact any existing parcel settings, and you can rollback to previous individual parcel settings. We’ll keep the previous parcel settings - for a limited amount of time - in the simstate to temporarily safeguard against accidental changes. We’ve adjusted the access management UI to try to make the effect of each change more clear, and have additional UI improvements in the works! You can read a great (and highly detailed) recap of these changes on Inara Pey’s Blog. Thanks, Inara! Keep a light lit... we have more exciting land enhancements coming on the wind in the future.
  • Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 05/26/2017 May 26, 2017 4:01 pm
    Summer time makes me think of mix tapes — compiling music tracks to create the perfect soundtrack for a long drive to the beach, or an evening out on the patio with friends and loved ones. The Destination Guide is a bit like those mix tapes, but set to shuffle — so every song is a surprise! You can switch from a cool, mellow vibe to an upbeat number with just a click of the mouse and a teleport to somewhere new. Shuffle away and discover a new place you’ve never been. Share your Second Life summer pics to our Official Second Life Flickr — where we select our Pic of the Day features. If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Also, do not forget to update your Place Page! In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Check out our featured Place Page this week at Zed Designz. Home and Garden Expo Nine sims of shopping, auctions and events await you through June 4th at the annual Home and Garden Expo benefiting Relay For Life. Joining in with the Home and Garden Expo this year is the RFL Breedables Faire. Visit the blog for a complete list of events and landmarks during this exciting and fun event. More at slhomeandgardenexpo.wordpress.com. Visit in Second Life Steelhead Bay Steelhead Bay is a steampunk-inspired location with a 19th century American-Victorian vibe. Visit in Second Life Another World by Solkide Auer Another World is a flight in a pure geometric ambient space filled with shapes and colors. Visit in Second Life Memories from Underground The work of art premiered by Stefano Mingione for the virtual world stands out for its unique dimensions in real life. The drawing, done in pen, is 215 metres long and 2.80 high. The exhibition structure is created by Solkide Auer and the set design is by Mexi Lane. Visit in Second Life Chess Wonderland The life of black and white. Chess is all about black and white trying to conquer each other. There is no grey in chess and the same goes for life. Visit in Second Life La Luna - Nature and Art La Luna is where nature meets art. Visit in Second Life Enchantment Enchantment, held May 13-31, brings a fairytale to life every three months with an event jam packed with creators, dancers, art galleries, music and various other talents - all in an effort to submerge the event visitor in the tale. Each round a new build springs to life that is inspired by the story, impeccable in design and full of magic. This round brings the lady of locks herself, Rapunzel, to the Second Life grid. Shop themed items from over a hundred well-known designers and builders, participate in the free hunt, view performances by the talented Enchanted Lady Garden Cabaret, become mesmerized by the fabulous photographers of The Lost Unicorn Gallery, and much more, as you immerse yourself in a tale so sweet... you won't want to leave! Visit in Second Life Transgender Hate Crime & Suicide Memorial This monument is dedicated to all transgender people who have lost their lives to suicide or murder. Visit in Second Life Shadewyck Presents Neverland Come hang out at this version of J. M. Barrie's Neverland! Green tights and feathered hat not required. Visit in Second Life Purrfection Purrfection strives to provide a great environment for the Furry community in Second Life. All are welcome here including furry, neko, humans, etc. Enjoy the relaxing beach setting or take a ride on the bumper boats and explore the sim! Enjoy yourself and stay as long as you desire. Visit in Second Life The Ruins of Tyme Travel back in Tyme as you explore this beautiful and romantic open sim brought to you by landscape artist Rye Falmer. The Ruins of Tyme is a Meadow Rose Recreations sim open to all for romance and adventure! Visit in Second Life Solaris Station Solaris Station: a gigantic rest stop at the edge of civilized space for the weary galactic traveler. High-tech meets nature to offer something for everyone including orbital docks, hangars, holds, labs, rentals and an expansive entertainments/hangout deck for both RP and OOC. The planet below boasts enchanted forests, meadows, cuddle spots, dance venues and a summer resort. Visit in Second Life Last Hope - Karibik Eine kleine malerische Insel in der Karibik, liegt zwischen Guadeloupe und Dominica. Einst von den Piraten gegründet und von den Spaniern übernommen. Hope ist perfekt für einen Urlaub oder um in entspannter Atmosphäre zu wohnen. Doch der ruhige Schein der kleinen Stadt kann auch trügen, denn hinter der Fassade gibt es Verbrechen. Visit in Second Life The Elite In a dark and fearful atmosphere, you stop at the metro station for the small urban city known as The Elite filled with strange creatures. Will you meet (or be) one of them? More info at theelite89.wixsite.com/elite Visit in Second Life Mayhem The fog lifted, exposing a land that time forgot and an island killed off by nuclear energy gone wrong. A government cover up created death and monsters, vampires and more. Visit in Second Life
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 05.24.2017 May 24, 2017 4:39 pm
    Second Life Pic of the day is "Mirrors are our reality of what our past has created...", from Duchess Flux. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 05.19.2017 May 19, 2017 4:00 pm
    Second Life Pic of the day is "untitled.", from Rayne Morgan. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 05.18.2017 May 18, 2017 4:02 pm
    Second Life Pic of the day is "Dazzling Lights!", from LiangScorpio. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 05.17.2017 May 17, 2017 4:01 pm
    Second Life Pic of the day is "...don't you tell me what you think that I can be... I'm the one at the sail, I'm the master of my sea...", from Ni Avril. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 05.16.2017 May 16, 2017 4:08 pm
    Second Life Pic of the day is "FLOWERY", from Annyzinh. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 05.14.2017 May 14, 2017 7:15 pm
    Second Life Pic of the day is "I know this love of mine will never die.", from Britain Knave. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 05/12/2017 May 12, 2017 5:57 pm
    When I was a teenager, my parents and friend’s parents would buy us season passes for the local amusement park to keep us busy during the summers. We’d get dropped off in the morning, run wild on the rides, and wait for our parents to pick us up as the sun set behind the skyline of roller coasters tracks and ferris wheel spokes. Summer always brings back those memories of good times with good friends — some of whom I am still close to all these years later. There is something magical about an amusement park, and you can enjoy all that excitement without the vertigo in Second Life. The Destination Guide is crowded with fun, interactive spots full of rides for virtual thrill seekers and summer lovers alike. Take a look, and you are sure to find something that brings back memories of the summers of your youth — regardless if that’s decades or last summer. Share your Second Life summer pics to our Official Second Life Flickr — where we select our Pic of the Day features. If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Also, do not forget to update your Place Page! In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Check out our featured Place Page this week at Virtual Railway Consortium Headquarters. Wolf Valley Ranch Amusement Park Wolf Valley Ranch Amusement Park is home to numerous adventurous thrill rides, including the Holly Jolly Coaster, Aqua Scape Coaster, water slides, bumper cars and much more! Visit in Second Life Mountain Lion Night Club Amusement Park Enjoy live deejays spinnin' at this open air rock club in a mountain park setting with ocean view. Experience the classics from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond. Hear pop, new wave, top 40 and more including themed events and concerts. There's also an amusement park for all! Visit in Second Life Raglan Shire's 12th Artwalk Raglan Shire celebrates its 10th year in Second Life and its 12th Artwalk! This five-week long event, which spans four of the eight sims, features over 150 artists from around the world. Here you'll find everything from photography, paintings, drawings and sculptures from both the "real life" and Second Life. There are also live musical events, weekly games, a poetry slam, deejays and more. Held May 14 to June 18. Visit in Second Life Proverbs of the Low Countries A picture is worth a thousand words...and then some! Proverbs of The Low Countries will take you through over 110 proverbs portrayed in the famous painting Netherlandish Proverbs by 16th century painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Utilizing Second Life's experience key system, Proverbs will guide your camera around the monumental piece explaining the old sayings use at the time of the paintings creation, which are portrayed in the painting itself. Visit in Second Life Fade Away by Cica Ghost Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all. - Bob Dylan Visit in Second Life The Garage Fair Have fun exploring the best brands with exclusive specials and unique items at The Garage Fair, held May 22 through 26. Don't miss the many gacha and gifts available from participating designers. More info at eventhuntforeverplanners.wordpress.com Visit in Second Life Draftsman Draftsman is a home decor and architecture shopping event made for those looking for the latest products from both their favorite and newly discovered designers. They feature a unique, custom venue allowing visitors to easily shop through the 20th of every month through the 15th of the following month. More info at draftsman-events.com. Visit in Second Life Aloha Beach Aloha! Aloha Beach has spacious sandy beaches, big waves and the best surfing features. Come to this welcoming place for good sun, great water, dancing, live music and more. 広々とした砂浜、波乗りにもっとも適した大きな波が特徴のビーチです。サーフィンするもよし、日光浴をするもよし、散策はいつでもどなたでも歓迎します!ダンス、ミュージックライブ、DJクラブイベントなども楽しめます。 Visit in Second Life Brand New Colony The Brand New Colony is a scenic, adult-oriented sim. The waterfront woodlands, beach, and dungeon are open to all adult avatars. Enjoy private intimate moments, wandering, sightseeing, exploring, photography, and meeting new people in this friendly, uninhibited environment. Visit in Second Life The Foresta Harbor Community The Foresta Harbor Community is a fully-functional marina with rental moorings for large and small boats. The Foresta sim also offers roleplaying opportunities including firefighting and Harbor Patrol for community residents. All are welcome to come wander the sim and relax. There's even a public rez zone so you can sail from here without renting. Visit in Second Life Town Of Nightingale & Boone Hill You’d heard stories of Boone Hill. It was noted in history books that it was founded by Henry Boone in the 1700‘s. However, long before that it was a home to a notorious Wiccan family (the Nightingales). More info at townofnightingale.wixsite.com/nightingale. Visit in Second Life Terra Nova Welcome to Terra Nova, a community where civilization has picked up the pieces after a meteorite struck and an otherworldly race stuck around. Sky crystals can alter your DNA and 'half-breeds' live here, so be careful to not stray beyond the city walls where the Reapers take and do what they want! Visit in Second Life Second Life International Airport SLIA offers everything you would want from a major airport including but not limited to main terminal facilities, sim security, crash rescue, a fuel station and two levels of rentable space (connected with a custom build aircraft lift) suitable for everyone’s needs. Ticket counters, offices and plenty of public space rounds out the experience at SLIA. Visit in Second Life Lake Templeton Beach The Beach at Lake Templeton is a community beach open to visitors. Enjoy relaxing on the beach or exploring this nine-sim open water region. Visit in Second Life Eagle Town A place to call home. Take a walk around the newly-renovated community of Eagle Town. This family-friendly sim offers many amenities and endless opportunities to be whatever your heart desires. Roleplay in the police or fire departments or play as an officer of the courts, shop owner...or perhaps a restaurant owner? Visit in Second Life
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 05/11/2017 May 11, 2017 4:50 pm
    Second Life Pic of the day is "Heaven if you sent us down, so we could build a playground.", from J M ( Freakshow zsun). To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • "Re-experience the fun of customizing your Place Page!" A Tale of Oops from Ops May 10, 2017 8:03 pm
    Heya! April Linden here. Yesterday afternoon (San Francisco time) all of the Place Pages got reset back to their default state. All customizations have been lost. We know this is really frustrating, and I want to explain what happened. A script that our developers use to reset their development databases back to a clean state was accidently run against the production database. It was completely human error. Worse, none of the backups we had of the database actually worked, leaving us unable to restore it. After a few frantic hours yesterday trying to figure out if we had any way to get the data back, we decided the best thing to do was just to leave it alone, but in a totally clean state. An unfortunate side effect of this accident is that all of the web addresses to existing Place Pages will change. There is a unique identifier in the address that points to the parcel that the Place Page is for, and without the database, we’re unable to link the address to the parcel. (A new one will automatically be generated the first time a Place Page is visited.) If you have bookmarks to any Place Pages in your browser, or on social media sites, they'll have to be updated. Because of this accident, we’re taking a look at the procedures we already have to make sure this sort of mistake doesn’t happen again. We’re also doing an audit of all of our database backups to make sure they’re working like we expect them to. I’d like to stress that we’re really sorry this accident occurred. I personally had a bunch of Place Pages I’d created, so I’m right in there with everyone else in being sad. (But I’m determined to rebuild them!) Since we’re on the topic of human error, I’d like to share with you a neat piece of the culture we have here at the Lab. We encourage people to take risks and push the limits of what we think is possible with technology and virtual worlds. It helps keep us flexible and innovative. However… sometimes things don’t work out the way they were planned, and things break. What we do for penance is what makes us unique. Around the offices (and inworld!) we have sets of overly sized green ears. If a Linden breaks the grid, they may optionally, if they choose to, wear the Shrek Ears as a way of owning their mistake. If we see a fellow Linden wearing the Shrek Ears, we all know they’ve fessed up, and they’re owning their mistake. Rather than tease them, we try to be supportive. They’re having a bad day as it is, and it’s a sign that someone could use a little bit of niceness in their life. At the end of the day, the Linden takes off the Shrek Ears, and we move on. It’s now in the past, and it’s time to learn from our mistakes and focus on the future. There are people wearing Shrek Ears around the office and inworld today. If you see a Linden wearing them, please know that’s their way of saying sorry, and they’re really having a bad day. Baloo Linden and April Linden, in the ops’ team inworld headquarters, the Port of Ops .
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 05.10.2017 May 10, 2017 6:31 pm
    Second Life Pic of the day is "Passionfruit", from Karol Zahm. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 05.09.2017 May 9, 2017 4:04 pm
    Second Life Pic of the day is "In My Dreams", from Darth Kline. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 05/05/2017 May 5, 2017 4:11 pm
    The month of May is upon us, and it’s hard to believe we are only a month away from the middle of the year! We’ve already seen so many events and incredible creations inworld, and it’s not even summer yet! All year round, the editors of the Destination Guide seek out some of the newest spots for you to visit and finding destinations week after week. Take a look below at the most recent list they’ve pulled together to make your inworld travels easy peasy. Share your pics to our Official Second Life Flickr — where we select our Pic of the Day features. If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Also, do not forget to update your Place Page! In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Check out our featured Place Page this week at Holly Kai Park. Halfway There Fair for Relay for Life Every year, Relay For Life of Second Life leads the way in fundraising with 100% of the proceeds benefitting The American Cancer Society. Join the celebration of the halfway mark of this season's efforts with a special Halfway There Fair on May 5th through the 7th. The event features live entertainment, games, a Gotya (gacha) event and so much more! Don't miss out on the fun! Visit in Second Life The Dark Style Fair 4 Flair For Events brings to you the 4th edition of the wildly popular annual event The Dark Style Fair, held through May 22. Shop the very best in dark fashion -- everything from nu goth to emo, dark magic to steampunk, metal to punk and so much more with a twist! Come and explore the darkness, you will never want to leave! Visit in Second Life Spring Fling Fair Spring Fling Fair, a Relay for Life of Second Life event, brings together over over 50 creators to offer L$50 sale and 50% off items, There's also free gifts, over 100 Gachas, and more! Brought to you by the Old World Artisan Guild, this event is active until May 14. Visit in Second Life London City Disco Spectacular Join London City for a month of disco events, weekly concerts and light shows celebrating the acts who created this unique and popular music genre including a special Eurovision show. For info see mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk Visit in Second Life The Endless The Endless are a group of fictional beings appearing in the comic book series "The Sandman" by Neil Gaiman.For this exhibition, seven photographers were invited to create an artwork, each of them representing one of the Endless. Participants included ariel Brearly, Awesome Fallen, kiki, Maloe Vansant, Nevereux, paola Mills and Whiskey Monday. Learn more at daphnearts.com/the-endless. Visit in Second Life PaliHub PaliHub is a friendly place for philosophy discussions and other activities, including board games, karaoke, chess and more. For the next few weeks, you can view a special display of all of the Linden Bears! When a Linden is first hired, they are asked to make a bear of their very own! Then, if any resident sees them and asks for it, they may give you a Linden Bear! Visit in Second Life Reykja Island Relax in this beautiful Nordic nature spot, which is newcomer-friendly. Explore the airport and ferry or be adventurous with skydiving, a hot air balloon or wall climbing activities. There's lots to do here, including fishing, motorboat riding, camping, mini-golf, and much more. Visit in Second Life The Autumn Cafe The Autumn Cafe has year-round autumn scenic views that evoke a rustic feel. This is the perfect place for couples or anyone can just relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. There's also a discussion area for respectful conversation. Visit in Second Life Whimberly Come and explore the spring-themed Whimberly, a photogenic spot to meet friends, capture videos and have fun! Visit in Second Life Orion Tales 10 Years Celebrate 10 years since the founding of the artistic group Orion Tales with this special Art Expo that features 280 works in three buildings, a park and four skyboxes. Visit in Second Life Hibiscus Atoll Rest and relaxation await you on the tropical isle of Hibiscus Atoll. Enjoy the freedom of being one with nature and getting lost in the sound of the waves crashing along the shore. Visit in Second Life Tailspinners Rest Memorial Tailspinners Rest is a memorial site dedicated to fallen aviators from WW1, WW2 and the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and Afghanistan wars. Visit in Second Life Ilha Buzios Brasil Visit Buzios Brasil, a fantastic place to make new friends and engage is beach activities. Play volleyball or board games with friends and take amazing pictures chasing the sunset. Or, you can just chill and cuddle up with someone special. Buzios welcomes newcomers with a friendly staff that is always willing to help. Visit in Second Life Patankar Explore, relax and take pics at Patankar. Visit in Second Life Universe Discover an alternative mysterious universe with an interesting background story while enjoying a magical music soundtrack. Visit in Second Life
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 05.02.2017 May 2, 2017 5:21 pm
    Second Life Pic of the day is "527", from Hibari Foden. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 05.01.2017 May 1, 2017 6:53 pm
    Second Life Pic of the day is "9.", from Katy Glendevon. Taken at Netherwood. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 04/28/2017 April 28, 2017 6:10 pm
    The Destination Guide editors have once again collected some of the latest and finest destinations for you to visit — so don’t hesitate to start making your way through the list below and share your pics to our Official Second Life Flickr. If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Also, do not forget to update your Place Page! In addition to the Destination Guide, Place Pages are a new way for creators to share their unique destinations in Second Life — including 360-degree photos! Check out Time Portal, which is our featured Place Page this week at: https://places.secondlife.com/regions/46933/time-portal BURN2 Burnial Equinox Sacred & Profane Sacred represents interests of the group, while Unity is embodied in a sacred group of symbols or totems. Profane involves mundane individual concerns. Art installations depicting these themes are abound at BURN2. Visit in Second Life The Grab Monthly Event Luxury, elegance, fashion, beauty, power and quality can all be found at Second Life's latest exclusive sales event, beginning April 28. With some of the best designers coming together to present to you amazing clothing, furnishings and accessories, this is definitely the event to add to your calendar. Visit in Second Life Hollow's End - City of Portals Hollow's End - the hub of realms with seven unique realms built inworld for roleplaying. Your character can be involved in many contexts at once without needing to create new characters per genre. The seven realms are of different time periods and different contexts but the storyline is interwoven as fingers to the same hand. Visit in Second Life LICK - Asian Fusion Country in the Orient Asian Fusion Country in the Orient is a picturesque sim with a collection of different Asian cultures. A touch of old and new merged together on one sim. Explore, take pictures or just hang out. Visit in Second Life Celebrities Bay Surf & Music Festival Rebel Yell Concerts presents Celebrities Bay Surf & Music Festival. Enjoy the biggest waves at the surf beach, the luxurious VIP beach, a panoramic restaurant on the ocean, tribute concerts, parties and more. Visit in Second Life The Reading Cafe Welcome to The Reading Cafe. Sit back, relax and espresso yourself. Visit in Second Life Niamh's Journey of Dreams Niamh's Journey of Dreams is a story sim in watercolor textures based on Cybele Moon's "Tales of the Tuatha." Follow in Niamh's footsteps as she looks for her lost dreams. Visit in Second Life Ynys Seamaide It is said that Ynys Seamaide stands upon the grounds of the last great battle of the Elder ones, the Tuatha da Dana and the Femorians. The land holds the key to their banishment. For years, Seamaide has been a haven for those seeking a peaceful life. Its waters, it is said, are doorways to other realms. Behind a reflection in each pool lies a new world, a secret that should have been better kept. Visit in Second Life Wrong Turn City If you have arrived, turn your car around! Wrong Turn City is a dark urban sim where crime flourishes and people seldom live there by choice - unless they are running from something. With a community of roleplayers who are fully inclusive of people of varying roleplay skills, you will not find cliques at Wrong Turn City nor overbearing admins. Come along and start writing your stories today. Visit in Second Life The Anthropic Principle Live the exploration of an alien planet and discover TRON-like sites, full of fractals and lights (cased on a short novel written by Gem Preiz). This installation is open until end of June and held concurrently with No Frontiers (another Gem Preiz exhibition). Visit in Second Life A Yorkshire Tale Feel the warmth of Yorkshire's rural villages and the soul-warming comfort of rustic fires and homemade food. The fulfillment of a simple life is yours for a little while, so let Yorkshire awaken your senses and ease all your worries away as you lose all track of time. Perfect for couples, photographers and explorers alike. Visit in Second Life Visigoth Kingdom of Caucaland Visigoth Kingdom of Caucaland - the place where history, adventure, romance and fantasy are present...and, yes, love is present, too. A place which might astonish you because of what you'll find and what you'll expect to find. A place where you can have fun or relax. A place where you can come and take romantic or kinky pictures. Come and make an impression by yourself. Visit in Second Life Costa Blanco Costa Blanco is inspired by the southernmost province of Sweden, mixed with Bretagne in France. It is a sophisticated place to take pictures, where nature's spacious beauty surrounded by ocean is combined with adult pleasures. Visit in Second Life Maduro Lounge Maduro Lounge is a beautiful waterfront outdoor club. This friendly place features good vibes and good music while live deejays play R&B, soul, hip-hop, reggae and calypso genres. Visit in Second Life
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 04.27.2017 April 27, 2017 4:35 pm
    Second Life Pic of the day is "Fantasy-Faire-2017 - Dawn’s Promise", from Xenno Gregan. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • Seeking Musicians & Merchants for Second Life’s 14th Birthday Festivities! April 24, 2017 4:44 pm
    Second Life’s 14th Birthday is just around the corner, and - once again - we’re planning to help commemorate this milestone event along with our Residents! Please stay tuned to this blog and our social media pages for more details as they roll out. Today, we’d like to kick things off by announcing sign ups for two exciting events that we are planning - the 3rd annual Second Life Music Fest, and an inworld shopping event to celebrate another fabulous year of Second Life! Music Fest Showcase Sign Ups For the last few years, we’ve enjoyed a weekend of live music in celebration of Second Life’s birthdays - and there is no better time for a music festival than summer! This year, once again we’re hoping to draw out all you music makers to come audition for the festival. All genres are welcome! From bands to solo acts, electronic to acoustic - we encourage anyone to sign up for consideration. The Second Life Music Fest is an opportunity to perform at one of the biggest celebrations in Second Life, and it’s a paid gig! To sign up for an audition, please complete the submission form no later than May 22nd, 2017. Sign ups will close at 12:01 AM (SLT) on May 23rd, 2017. While we encourage everyone to sign up, it is not a commitment on your part and does not guarantee a spot at the auditions. We will review all submissions and extend audition invitations via email and inworld to the designated contact. Each invited act will have a short audition time (5 minutes max) to play and leave an impression on a panel of judges made up of Lindens and Residents. This panel will select acts to be invited to perform at the Second Life Music Fest. Upon completion of a half hour slot at the festival, the designated contact for each act will be eligible for payment (subject to Linden’s terms and conditions). All Second Life Residents are welcome to participate in the auditions as audience members. It’s an opportunity to see a variety of acts showcase the best they have to offer. For those who are interested, the auditions location will be shared in a future blog post. Showcase dates and times are as follows: Showcase: Friday, June 2, 2017 12 PM - 2 PM (SLT) Showcase: Saturday. June 3, 2017 from 6 PM - 8 PM (SLT) Music Fest Day 1: June 23, 2017 from 11 AM – 3 PM (SLT) Music Fest Day 2: June 24, 2017 from 8 PM - 12 AM (SLT) Music Fest Day 3: June 25, 2017 from 4 PM - 8 PM (SLT) Inworld Shopping Event Submission In addition to Music Fest, we are also planning a festive inworld shopping event and are actively looking for Merchants who are willing to participate! We had a very successful Valentine’s Day shopping event, and are making this one even bigger - with plans for three Regions of participating stores offering gifts and discounts on items. If you think that this is something you’d like our brand to participate in, read on! If you are a Merchant who is interested in being part of this event, please fill out this form no later than May 15th, 2017. The event itself will run from June 5th, through June 26th, 2017. It’s great to be celebrating 14 years of Second Life with our amazing community! We’re looking forward to doing so this year, as well as many more years to come!
  • Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 04/21/2017 April 21, 2017 6:23 pm
    There’s always a bevy of fairs and events to keep you teleporting on your virtual toes to see what’s on offer — but few capture the whimsy and wonder of imaginations like the Fantasy Faire. Stroll the stalls of merchandise and wares offered by merchants for the benefit of Relay for Life of Second Life. It is worth the visit for the view alone! These regions have been lovingly crafted by some very talented Second Life creators and are well worthy of taking many snapshots to share on our Official Second Life Flickr. There’s also hunts, gachas, scenic retreats and much more to explore, and our Destination Guide editors have collected but a few of the finest below, for you to visit. If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Login and work your way through these latest destinations and events! We hope to see you at the Fairelands! Fantasy Faire 2017 The Fairelands have returned! From the 20th to the 30th of April, 15 incredible sims of extraordinary beauty bring the magic of Fantasy Faire to life once more. Art, auctions, events and shopping fill the days, all set to the sounds of Fantasy Faire Radio. Visit the auctions, the stores, the parties and the Literary Festival, where writers give their tips on successful storytelling. Ten days of the finest Second Life's fantasy community has to offer, complete with our epic quest, The Bard Queen's Song. More info at fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com Visit in Second Life Pose Fair 2017 The biggest pose and animation event of the year is here! Pose Fair 2017 is underway from now until April 29th. Come find new items from over 90 stores to help you put the life in your Second Life! Visit in Second Life Empty Minds by Romy Nayar If an idea is born in your empty mind, it is thought that you must come to disregard it. Nobody knows why. The origin of that idea was lost. Maybe you'll be the first to have the idea and not discard your ideas? Visit in Second Life Bloom: Springtime Market & Gacha Grove From the creators of Tannenbaum and Salem, Prism Events brings you Bloom! Rich in flora, fauna and foliage, Bloom warmly welcomes spring with over 100 vendors and 2 ways to shop! Stroll through Bloom's Springtime Market and connect with artisans across the grid, selling seasonal goods. Or try your luck in the Gacha Grove! Bloom promises to be a wonderful shopping experience, sure to put a spring in your step! Visit in Second Life My Secret Garden Temprus, home to Art in the Park, is featuring the work of Ilyra Chardin in a full sim, immersive art installation. Begin your exploration with "normal" gardens that quickly lead both to the secret garden and to Art in the Park. Visit in Second Life Dark Radiance Dark Radiance is a Second Life dark Victorian era roleplay area. The date is approximately 1890 in a small corner of a fictitious London named Cruor Cross, but it is not quite the same Victorian England known from history. This one is darker, forlorn and supernatural creatures lurk behind the scenes. Every day one reads of yet another industrial accident that killed many workers or of another disappearance of family or child. Visit in Second Life Jewel of the Tahari At the southern tip of the Voltai Mountain range, next to the Upper Fayeen River, lays Teehra. It is an essential outpost to support and preserve merchant trade and the precious salt caravans that come out of the Tahari. Visit in Second Life Dreamsland Easter Egg Hunt 2017 Many gifts await you at the DreamLand Easter Egg Hunt, held through April 30. Visit in Second Life
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 04.20.2017 April 21, 2017 4:08 am
    Second Life Pic of the day is "Untitled", from Júlia Pariz. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 04.19.2017 April 19, 2017 4:08 pm
    Second Life Pic of the day is "Shine", from Tizzy Canucci. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • Making Email From Second Life (More) Reliable April 19, 2017 2:16 am
    There are lots of things in Second Life that send email, but as many of you have discovered, that email doesn't always get to the intended recipient. There are a lot of reasons for email from SL not being as reliable as we'd all like, and the Lab is working on fixing as many of those as we can, but some of them need your help. One of the most important reasons mail doesn't get through is that many Second Life accounts have bad email addresses - when something in Second Life sends to one of those bad addresses, it generates errors. The number of those errors causes many network providers and spam detectors to block even perfectly good email if it comes from Second Life. To fix that, we need to cut down on the bad addresses, so… over the next few months we will be converting all the sources of email in Second Life to not even try to send to an address that has not been verified. To check whether or not your address is verified, go to your Account -> Change Email page; look next to your current address there. You should see a green checkmark and tag: √ Verified. If you do, you're all set and none of our changes will affect you negatively. If you don't, there will be a button you should use to send yourself a verification email; when you get the email, click on the link in the message to verify your address. Changing your email address will automatically send a verification email. If your address is verified, you should not have any problems with our changes to sending behavior - hopefully, you'll begin to see more reliable messages. Unverified:
  • Second Life Pic of the Day 04.18.2017 April 18, 2017 4:03 pm
    Second Life Pic of the day is "Kosmos", from Kai Wirsing. To submit your image for Second Life Pic of the Day consideration, add it to the Official Second Life Flickr Group. Be sure to check us out on social: Facebook Twitter Google+ Tumblr Pinterest Plurk
  • Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 04/14/2017 April 14, 2017 4:02 pm
    Remember the first time you teleported into a space in Second Life that put you in total awe? For me, it was Transylvania, long before I was a Linden. My friend, who had introduced me to Second Life, invited me to his little home — after wandering like a newb nomad for days, it was one of the first times I’d met up with him inworld. I will never forget how enthusiastically he showed me his little coffin bed and walked me around the streets where people were openly role-playing and dressed to the pre-mesh nines in their gothic finest. The whole concept was overwhelming and extraordinary. My mind sparked with possibility and excitement. Shortly after our tour, my friend showed me a club, and for the next 11 years and counting, I’ve been amazed regularly by the places that pop up on the GRID. Our Destination Guide is ripe with some of the best places to make new memories and experience new things — and you may find another chapter to your adventure on the other end of that next teleport. If you have a place of your own that you want to share with the rest of us, make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Login and work your way through these latest destinations and events! The Dark Side 2 Fashion Fair Walk the catwalk at the Dark Side 2 Fashion Fair with over 70 designers. This good vs. evil battle of fashion, home decor, furniture, jewelry, skins, makeup, body art, poses and more will tempt and tease you. Explore events exclusives, L$10 gifts and the gacha gallery. Strike a pose and come to the Dark Side. Event ends April 30. Visit in Second Life Glass Jars This underwater LEA installation by Art Oluja offers an experimental narrative where space contains emotions and memories in a fluid mindscape. Fragments of nostalgia nest into vessels, drifting between glimpses of clarity and obscure dreams. Much of the inspiration comes from G. Bachelard’s “The Poetics of Space." Exhibit open until June 30. Visit in Second Life Light Thoughts 3 by Mario2 Helstein Created by inworld digital artist Mario2 Helstein. Light Thoughts 3 is an exhibition of mesh and prim forms, lights, effects and innovative scripting. This LEA sim is a stimulating example of artistic creation and technical scripting and innovation in Second Life. Visit in Second Life Light Thoughts 3 by Jo Williams A dark sim, expressing the feminine experience and principles -flow, darkness, power, wisdom, beauty, abundance, romance, seduction, love and destruction using shapes and lights with mythical and spiritual symbology...and pose balls (ha!). Visit in Second Life Lockwood Lockwood is a post-apocalyptic photogenic sim created for exploration and photography. Visit in Second Life Hidden Falls Hidden Falls offers dark modern fantasy roleplay where players can let their imagination be their guide. A place where the shadows can either be your friend...or your enemy. Back in the day, New Orleans was the supernatural hot spot of the South. Vampires, witches, werewolves and fae lived alongside each other in what seemed to be peace, or at least what one would consider mutual tolerance. That is until one looked deeper. Visit in Second Life Planetarium Dome Ready to feel the cosmic connection? Dance, cuddle, relax and orbit in an ethereal environment. Ride the rocket and meet the aliens. Unveil the future of human race. Visit in Second Life Old Saint-Petersburg It is the 1850s. You are arriving via train from Moscow to the capital of the old Russian Empire. At the mouth of the Baltic lies the gilded city of Saint-Petersburg, lined with ornate palaces and home to the Romanov dynasty. Here you can walk the streets of this city, attend the Winter Palace of the Tsar, and take your own box at the grandest theatre in the capital, the Imperial Bolshoi Kammeny. Visit in Second Life The Last Forever The latest sim from the creators of West of The Rain, The Last Forever pays tribute to the beauty and unique environs that is Marfa, Texas. Once a sleepy forgotten town best know for the location of the James Dean classic "Giant," it now houses an artistic installation movement like no other. The creators pay homage in their work to the great Donald Judd and his inspiring designs. Visit in Second Life SS San Francisco - Deep Space Station The SS San Francisco, is a newly-built "Yelchin Class" Space Station located in the Delta Quadrant hidden deep within the Nova Fortuna Nebula. Visit in Second Life Yūrei Welcome to Yūrei, loosely based on Aokigahara Forest in Japan. This dark and lush forest bordering Mt. Fuji has gained the reputation as the perfect place to die. Do not go off the trail as many have been lost and never found! Visit in Second Life Lazy Adams Visit this friendly but fun community, which is a place that includes a social hub dedicated to newcomers and legacy avatars to roam, socialize and live in. Here you'll find a voice area, gaming area, club, stores and even home rentals. Visit in Second Life Fragment F R A G M E N T is a chill box where you can relax and hangout in Second Life. Located in Flux Sur Mer, this spot features a speakeasy cafe, gallery, lounge and more. Visit in Second Life Butterfly Conservatory Come visit this amazing Butterfly Conservatory. Located in a tranquil park setting, here you will see many different species of butterflies, birds, insects and plants. Great for field trips, family outings, dates, weddings or just relaxing. Visit in Second Life The Blind Pig Speakeasy Prohibition ends at this Speakeasy, home to early blues 'n jazz. Try the sexy burlesque chair or join the dance line-up. Bring your friends and conga on the deck by the sea. There's a romantic pier behind the club. Visit in Second Life Chelsea by the Sea Welcome to a time-gone-by. The beaches offer a perfect retreat from a stressful day. Follow the railway to experience both sides of the early 1900's life or for a perfect evening out climb the staircase to visit The Gatsby Club .. its a delight! Visit in Second Life Veracity Falls This urban community is now welcoming active roleplayers for the fire and police departments, public service and medical fields. Come make a new home in an inclusive friendly community. Visit in Second Life Gacha What You Want Long Time Shop this Cozy Gacha resale yard with everything you can imagine! Browse avatar components including hair, skin and eyes. There's also home furnishings and landscaping items. Visit in Second Life