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Second Life News for May 1, 2008

May 01st, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: New World Notes The Second Life Of Star Wars: In Fan-Made Mini-MMORPG, Metaverse Meets Lucas-verse Quote from the site - Game developers haven’t catered very well to Star Wars fans who want to live in George Lucas’ world. While there’s innumerable action and strategy titles based on the franchise, and the single-player RPG Knights of the Old Republic series is beloved, fans who joined Sony Online’s Star Wars Galaxies hoping to roleplay together were soon disappointed.

From: Grady Booch Grady Booch via Second Life! Quote from the site - I’m presenting a keynote at the next International Association os Software Architects (IASA) IT Architect conferences on May 22 - 23 in New York City.

From: Second Life First Person Aggregators out, Aggregators in Quote from the site - Time for me to eat some crow, because it’s official. I’ve completely given up on Sweet Second Life. Yes, it’s the same blog aggregator I noted months ago for being a good way to discover new and interesting Second Life blogs. But I’m done with it.

From: MaryMaryQuiteContrary Quote from the site - Sun is a global company.

We have more than 30,000 employees in 100 countries.

We all live on the network.

From: Second Life Blog New Highway Routes - LDPW Poll Quote from the site - So our gangs of skilled Moles are ready with the components to expand the Second Life road network. We’ll try to match the roads to the terrain, and to the existing road styles … but our eager little insectivores have some creative ideas, too.

From: MixedRealities Kelly Services works with Clever Zebra offering staffing services in Second Life Quote from the site - Kelly Services, the staffing services company, will provide staff for companies and organizations in Second Life. It will be real life jobs for functions in Second Life, so senior director Dave Fenech of Kelly Services just announced at the vBusiness Expo conference and expo in Second Life.

From: Business Communicators of Second Life Cultures of Virtual Worlds Quote from the site - Over the last two days I’ve had the real pleasure of being back in the classroom, straining at times to hear over the noise of the construction of the engineering building next door.

From: hannem3kg Between RL and SL - Interview with a Second Life Professional Quote from the site - During my time studying in the US, I have developed an even greater interest in Online Communication and Internet Culture. My aim is to combine what cultural studies knows about communities, culture and human interaction with the Online space and understand it better.

From: Linux Insider Virtual Real Estate: Building on an Imaginary Foundation Quote from the site - Sure, people have become millionaires buying and selling land in virtual worlds such as Second Life, but the practice carries with it a higher risk than real property transactions. The legal status of both virtual property and virtual currency remains tenuous at best.

From: Collaborative Learning Center Teaching w/ Technology Tuesdays - Second Life Quote from the site - Kari Swanson, Acting Head of the Science Libraries, took us on a tour of Second Life with her avatar Kari Meadowbrook. Second Life is a 3-dimensional online environment populated by graphical representations (avatars) of over 1 million people.

From: Twilight Musings - Imagination, Parenting, & Life The appropriately named “Havok” 4 in Second Life Quote from the site - Second Life, a virtual world owned by Linden Labs which readers of this blog will hear me mention often, recently introduced the Havok 4 engine. Havok is a physics engine software that is responsible for calculating supposedly realistic interactions within the 3-D world.

From: Straight Goods Union Island opens on Second Life Quote from the site - Activists from around the world will gather online for training, strategizing, and fun.

From: Virtually Yours Second Life’s rising threat? Project Wonderland Quote from the site - It appears that there is an increasing interest in Sun’s Project Wonderland which is a platform in the same way Second Life is. I tried googling for videos of projects from Wonderland but could not find many at the moment. However, the two I have been able to land on points to a few things worth mentioning.

From: Information Week ‘Lost’ Fans Serve Up Surprising Lessons About Web 2.0 For Business Quote from the site - When I set out to do an article about fans of the TV show Lost and how they’re using the Internet, I didn’t think I’d learn anything about using Web 2.0 for business. I thought it was an article our readers might find entertaining, and that I’d enjoy doing, and nothing more than that.

From: Second Life Blog Second Life Showcase, Popular Places and the Future of Traffic Quote from the site - Looking for cool places to visit within Second Life? We are too! We’re pleased to announce that the Second Life Showcase is coming to the 1.21 viewer release, which is planned for Release Candidate in 2-3 weeks and in final form in 6-7 weeks.

From: Ambling in Second Life My Alibaba Quote from the site - Out and about after an interesting day, helping with a guided tour for about a dozen newcomers, I stumbled upon the intriguingly-entitled My Alibaba sim and its immediately adjacent neighbour, the rather more prosaically named HongKong Island sim.

From: Your 2nd Place Time Versus Social Networking and Virtual Worlds Quote from the site - With so many things competing for people’s time on the Internet…

Personally, I was surprised that LinkedIn didn’t make it into this video. I’ve never had a MySpace page, and I wouldn’t want one. Friendster? Nope. Facebook? Semi-useful though the poking and super wall junk is annoying. Second Life?

From: Massively Xbox out, Nintendo in Quote from the site - Close to one year ago, we stumbled onto a new Microsoft island in Second Life, called Microsoft Xbox. The island was brand-new, and was still closed to the public, and there was a lot of speculation as to what it was for.

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M Linden is the New CEO of Linden Labs

April 23rd, 2008 | Category: Lindens, Press release, Second Life News, Virtual Worlds

As you may or may not know, Phillip Linden has announced the hiring of the new CEO for Linden Lab, Mark Kingdon, who has worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a partner and CEO of Organic. He will be known as M Linden and he will be focused on improving the in-world experience and stability and reliability of Second Life, something they should have been more focused on for years.

He is going to start on May 15th. Like I said when we started looking, I am not going anywhere, and will be working with Mark to help lead Linden and Second Life onward. I am really looking forward to working with him, as he has so many skills and capabilities that will help us and that I can also learn from - here are a few: He will have an intense focus on improving the in-world experience and stability and reliability of Second Life. He has extensive hands-on experience with user experience design, which will be critical in making Second Life an easier and better experience for more people. Finally, he has a ton of experience leading companies and products with global reach, which is now essential given that the great majority of Second Life usage is international and Linden Lab will continue to grow as an international company with offices in many locations. Source: Announcing our New CEO!

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Second Life News for April 23, 2008

April 23rd, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: TechCrunch HiPiHi Opens Its Doors To The Public Quote from the site - HiPiHi, China’s answer to Second Life has opened its doors to the public with a beta test that includes free features. We first wrote about HiPiHi in August 2007 when the company called for the establishment of virtual world standards and interoperability.

From: sered second life Second Life 1.20 RC2 on Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron Quote from the site - As with many Linux related issues, finding a solution can be frustrating; it can also take quite some time. In the end though, the solution is often simple. After I installed the beta of Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron, Second Life didn’t work as it should; the screen redraws and flickers were a pain on the eyes.

From: Librarian’s Matter Murdoch University Island in Second Life Quote from the site - Tonight’s interview with the State Library of Victoria went very well. We discovered that you need to use “push to talk” to stop the echo from speakers creating feedback - but once we knew that, we were flying.

From: eSchool News Gaming helps students hone 21st-century skills Quote from the site - Online gaming can help students develop many of the skills they’ll be required to use upon leaving school, such as critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity, agreed educators who spoke during an April 16 webinar on gaming in education.

From: Purplegrrl’s Second life Jokaydian the new frontier Quote from the site - Last weekend I attended the Jokaydian April festival. You may think where is Jokaydia I have never heard of this place is it in the south coast some where one of those hippy towns or is it a Star Trek planet But no Jokaydia is a island in Second Life.

From: Lifekludger Second Life performance of The Wall by Pink Floyd Quote from the site - I was awake at 5am the other morning so I could go to a artistic performance in Second Life. The performance was of Pink Floyd’s The Wall concert set to the original music from The Wall. And it was spectacular. It is so popular we had to be there an hour before start to make sure we could get into the sim.

From: bit by bit Reflection on “Second Life: K-20 Educators Exploring Virtual Worlds by Kevin Jarrett and Sylvia Martinez (K12Online07) Quote from the site - What an incredible and thorough presentation by Kevin Jarrett, Sylvia Martinez and other contributors. I really appreciated that Kevin and Sylvia presented using VoiceThread and will add my own comments to the posting soon.

From: nmc Panel in Storytelling in Virtual Environments | Location: Second Life Quote from the site - The Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) and the Museum of the Person are celebrating the International Day for Sharing Life Stories on May 16. The following day – May 17 – the CDS is proposing a reflection on storytelling in virtual environments in the form of a panel in Second Life.

From: Popular Science Second Life Prepping for a Second Boom Quote from the site - The knock on popular virtual world Second Life has been that it’s a little slow, and not entirely easy to sue. Sure, it has roughly 13 million registered citizens, but only a few hundred thousand are actual devotees who spend a fair amount of time in the alternate universe.

From: AdWeek Organic CEO Kingdon Leaves for Second Life Quote from the site - Mark Kingdon, CEO of Omnicom Group digital agency Organic, is leaving the shop to take the post of chief executive at Linden Lab, the company behind the virtual world Second Life.

From: Paul’s Memoirs OK, So Second Life support really IS rubbish. Quote from the site - Last weekend I sent a support ticket to Second Life asking them how I could fix an issue with not being able to connect to regions running Windows Vista Ultimate with Verizon Online DSL (3megabit).

From: Experiencing E-learning Tools for Getting Started in Second Life Quote from the site - Elena at Lively Learning posted some comments about Second Life for education in response to my liveblogging of the TCC Keynote Why do we need a Second Life? (Her original post is in Russian; the Google translation gave me enough to get the gist of her post.)

From: Information Week Second Life Gets New CEO Quote from the site - The Second Life community today got its first good news in what seems like forever — Linden Lab, the creator and operator of the virtual world, announced its pick for new CEO. At first glance, his resumé looks like the right combination of business acumen and creativity needed to restart the engines on the foundering ship.

From: Paid Content Industry Moves: Second Life Parent Appoints Former Organic CEO as Its New CEO Quote from the site - Linden Lab, the parent company of Second Life, has appointed a big name CEO: Mark Kingdon, till now the CEO of Omnicom digital agency Organic, is stepping down to come on as the CEO of Linden. Kingdon will succeed founder Philip Rosedale, the founder who gave up his CEO role earlier this year; he remains chairman.

From: Second Life Blog [Resolved] Stipends are going to be taking longer than before Quote from the site - As anyone who has been here long knows, Second Life is a world that is constantly evolving and changing. Many of those changes are a result of growth. As our population has continued to grow, we are finding it is taking longer to process weekly stipends.

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Second Life News for April 22, 2008

April 22nd, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: metanomics Take This, Jon Stewart! Non-Profits in Second Life Quote from the site - After her testimony to the US Congress, Susan Tenby, Senior Manager of the non-profit TechSoup was the object of the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, who said “Damn you Susan Tenby” because she took the SL name he wanted, Glitteractica Cookie.

From: Cnet Apple stores to get virtual counterparts? Quote from the site - A patent filing by Apple is prompting speculation that the Mac and iPod maker could be getting ready to open up Apple stores in the virtual realm–perhaps in Second Life.

From: Tech.Blorge Apple to gain online presence in Second Life? Quote from the site - Apple could be about to venture in to a new and innovative online presence, possibly on virtual world Second Life. Speculation over the move has come about after the iPod, Mac and iPhone maker has filed a patent at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office called Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere.

From: Gizmodo Apple Patent Filing Hints at Second Life-Style Storefront Quote from the site - A recent patent filing by Apple Inc. entitled Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere indicates that Steve Jobs’ next BOOM could involve a hat tip to virtual worlds like Second Life. According to the filing, Apple is considering a more interactive visual representation of its online store complete with changing weather and avatars. Let the griefer brainstorming session begin.

From: ClickZ Video Games, From Toys to Tools Quote from the site - This is a quote from a college friend who is a mother of two. In addition to her motherly instinct, you can see she has developed a strong opinion on gamers and their activity of choice. I’ll spare you the e-mail exchange we had last week and tell you that we agreed to disagree on the topic until we had a chance to talk face-to-face.

From: Wednesday’s Song Second Life is taking off Quote from the site - I’ve been a little obsessed with Second Life since that article in Electronic Musician magazine. My avatar has fancy hair now and is getting slimmer and younger.

From: rolley Problems with Second Life recording Quote from the site - We’re nearly finished the Machinima we’re doing in Second Life - today we were supposed to record the final scenes, but we had a handful of problems.

From: jokaydia.com Events in Second Life: What’s On This Week!? Quote from the site - Continuing with our weekly roundup of events worth checking out in Second Life, here’s what’s coming up this week! Dont forget, I’m listing these events based on Australian Eastern Standard Time (because that’s where I am!)… but SL Time and ‘Check Your Local Time’ links are also listed in each entry.

From: Wired Second Life Running on A Phone Quote from the site - Years from now, when historians try to determine what caused the dramatic drop in productivity that ultimately led to the downfall of civilization, they perhaps will point to the moment Vollee got Second Life to run on a cell phone.

From: Guardian Second Life seen becoming mainstream Quote from the site - Virtual world Second Life has the potential to become mainstream once computers and connections catch up with the aspirations of its creators, its founder told Reuters in an interview on Monday. Despite the fact that user growth is slowing as a wave of publicity subsides, Philip Rosedale believes activity will increase 100-fold as improvements in computers and Second Life’s own systems make it easier and more fun to become a citizen.

From: Great Expectations BGSU Celebrates its Virtual Campus Birth/Earth Day Quote from the site - The BGSU virtual campus in Second Life is celebrating its first birthday in conjunction with an Earth Day celebration in the virtual world on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 - 8:30pm EST.

From: Second Life Blog Greetings from Katt Linden Quote from the site - A big part of my job is to listen. I will also be aggregating your comments here and monitoring the blogosphere, to follow developing trends and opinion. I’ll be working to update our communications tools.

From: Second Life Blog Overdue Statements for Some Residents This Month Quote from the site - Some of you may have noticed that you haven’t been billed yet for this cycle. The biller hasn’t run properly, so collecting some payments has been delayed.

From: Second Life Blog [Resolved] In World Services Unavailable Quote from the site - As we have blogged in prior posts, during peak hours we sometimes see a delay in services. We have been working to update our database clusters and are still working to add servers.

From: Reuters New Linden CEO could be named within weeks Quote from the site - Virtual world Second Life has the potential to become mainstream once computers and connections catch up with the aspirations of its creators, its founder told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

From: New World Notes Subprime Mortgage Crisis Means Metaverse Opportunity? Quote from the site - During a recent book interview, an ABC news anchor asked me what kind of impact the real world’s subprime mortgage crisis and related fallout would have on Second Life’s economy. I speculated that it would probably provide an ironic boost, noting how the last recession of 2003 was important to Second Life’s early growth.

From: New World Notes Streaming Africa: Cape Town NGO Opens SL Outreach Club Quote from the site - The unlikeliest resource for fighting poverty in Africa is a floating island with an ancient tree and a gleaming ballroom, drifting in space amid a sheet of falling rain. Someone sent me there the other night, and at first I didn’t know what it was for.

From: Torley Do you wish more people paid attention to your contact info? Quote from the site - In the very first few lines of my Second Life profile, it says this: I’ve tweaked it in subtle ways over the past few months to see if it made any sort of clear difference in the quality of incoming communications, but no, it hasn’t.

From: Molotov Alva Machinima Contest Molotov Alva Machinima Contest Quote from the site - “Molotov Alva” took us on an incredible journey… Now it’s your turn to show us “Your virtual Life”… What do you do inside your favorite world? Are you a fighter, explorer, creator, destroyer?

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Second Life News for April 20, 2008

April 20th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Contagious Curiosity Heroes Happen Here Launch in Second Life — April 26th, 2008 Quote from the site - Although Second Life is one place that I haven’t spent any time (yet!), my buddy and fellow evangelist from Texas, Zain Naboulsi is doing quite a bit of evangelism there. He’s now leading a ‘Heroes Happen Here’ VS/Windows/SQL 2008 LIVE virtual launch event on Saturday April 26, from 9am to 4pm CST.

From: Listening Post Second Life Slowly Turning into a Record Store Quote from the site - Keiko Takamura has figured out a way to sell her music inside the Second Life virtual world. Using a rough approximation of an iPod that she calls the myPod, Takamura allows Second Life citizens to preview her music and buy songs in the MP3 format using Linden dollars.

From: The Observer Online Around the Circle Quote from the site - Cleveland is a virtual boomtown. Building goes on at a rapid pace, the Euclid Corridor Project is finished, and Terminal Tower looms over an unpotholed Public Square. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has moved, but it’s still in town. The keyword is “virtual.”

From: Second Life Blog Tip of the Week #31: Creating & uploading animations Quote from the site - Ever want to learn how to make animations for use with Second Life? You’re just in luck! It’s been a popular request, and in spending some of my time to save a lot of yours, here’s the video tutorial… ENJOY!

From: macnn Will Apple open a store in Second Life? Quote from the site - On April 17, 2008, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple’s patent application titled Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere.

From: WSJ Disruptions on the Virtual Trail Quote from the site - The presidential campaign has gotten nasty in the real world. It’s getting nasty in the virtual world, too. As Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama duke it out in the Democratic primary, unofficial campaigns are being waged by fervent supporters in Second Life, the virtual world run by Linden Lab.

From: Orient Lodge Fiona, SpaceNavigator, SketchUp and Second Life Quote from the site - The other day, I received a product evaluation of the laptop version of 3Dconnexion’s SpaceNavigator for Notebooks. I am starting to test it as a navigation and building tool for Second Life. Support for the SpaceNavigator is part of the Second Life Client Release Candidate 1.20.

From: Forbes Taxing Virtual Worlds Quote from the site - Back on April 1, Congress held its first hearing on virtual worlds, and no, it wasn’t an April Fools prank. Warning: If the politicians can hold a hearing on it, then they can probably tax it too.

From: SLWTF Just for show Quote from the site - Mazda Nagare Island is Mazda Motor Europe’s virtual showcase for their Hakaze show car. Since the Hakaze isn’t something you can actually buy in real life, the island is more of an image builder for Mazda.

From: Network World Microsoft MVPs gathering; Microsoft in Second Life and Microsoft NASCAR won’t go Quote from the site - From the random stuff file … Microsoft is hosting a shindig for 1,800 of its Most Valuable Professionals in Seattle this week. Microsoft has awarded the MVP designation to 4,000 professionals worldwide.

From: Infonatives Why Second Life and other virtual worlds will never be relevant Quote from the site - There’s a lot of hype about Second Life in libraryland, and I have to be quite honest: I’ve never understood it. Sure, it’s fun, but it isn’t very interesting other than in a “Hey-amusing-computer-game -where-I-can-chat-with-people-pretty-much-like-I-would-in-a-chat-room kind of way. Woo.

From: Second Life Blog Second Life Simulator v1.21.0.85362 Update is on the Beta Preview with 12 Physics Fixes (2008-04-19) Quote from the site - This is an update of the server-side code that runs at our data centers. This is not a viewer update. Please do not post about viewer problems here, as it distracts from the core discussion about beta testing of the next release of the simulator (server) software.
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Second Life News for April 15, 2008

April 15th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Learn Online Creating a learning space for real life, in second life, 2 weeks on. Quote from the site - I’m making steady progress in building my ideal learning space in Second Life. Konrad and Jo have been wonderful in teaching me building skills, and very patient with my insistence to use real life proportions and limitations.

From: Nuketown Stumbling through a Second Life Quote from the site - Jumping into Second Life is like jumping into a void, albeit one populated with the remnants of a half million flea markets. Moving around is awkward, and not just because your avatar inevitably looks like its been nailed to a set of wooden planks.

From: WoW! Wouter on the Web ELAG2008: Second Life and Libraries Quote from the site - Bernadette Daly Swanson is presenting her experience in Second Life. She states that she doesn’t expect to jump in, but in the years to come a 3-D web will certainly become a reality. So to gain a little experience is really useful. However she hasn’t convinced her superiors yet on the usefulness of these experiences.

From: Daily Headlines Art Students Create Virtual Candidates Quote from the site - The first android candidates for 2048 President of the United States who are campaigning in Second Life invite everyone at the University of Arkansas to visit their new campaign booths.

From: SLNN University of Kentucky in the winners circle Quote from the site - Kentucky has rolling green countryside, the Black Mountain and the famous Kentucky Derby, where thoroughbred horses race for a prize. Another prizewinner for Kentucky is the University of Kentucky sim built in Second Life.

From: A2central.com Second Life on the Apple II Quote from the site - Joshua Bell, an employee of Linden Lab, creators of the virtual world Second Life, has posted to YouTube a demonstration of a program he’s written that streams video from a Windows machine to an Apple IIc. The specific program he’s streaming is Second Life, which appears on the Apple II monitor shortly after its original display on Windows.

From: Kansas City infozine Virtual Worlds: A Business Guide Quote from the site - On a first visit to Second Life, visitors are lucky if they can adequately clothe themselves and learn to walk along a path without ending up under water or face to face with a wall, unable to turn around.

From: APLINK - itsReal IBM erects KEEP OUT SIGNS - in regions of Second Life Quote from the site - IBM said Wednesday it would become the first company to host private regions of the virtual world Second Life on its own computer servers.

From: Koinup Blog Second Life Postcards! Some tips Quote from the site - Hey Guys, you know, Koinup allow you to send postcards directly from Second Life to Koinup, without login on the website……There are some members that use frequently this feature! We wanna inform them, that currently there is a small bug in Second Life, causing some issues.

From: CAP Obama Supporters Attack Hillary In Second Life Quote from the site - When Lestat Destiny teleported onto Hillary Island for her daily prayer vigil, she was surprised to see several dozen people milling about. The Second Life virtual headquarters (unofficial) of the Clinton campaign was usually unoccupied, quiet. Yet today it teemed with life.

From: The Hatchet Business school offers class on creating a virtual world Quote from the site - “The Office” character Dwight Schrute isn’t the only one using the Second Life computer program while on the job. This summer, the School of Business is offering a class that will teach students how to create an online, virtual world where characters can talk, do business and make money.

From: Fairfax Digital It’s a virtual life Quote from the site - Mac Taylor, the lead detective in Nine’s CSI: NY played by Gary Sinise, is a pretty conventional TV hero. But in this week’s episode, Down The Rabbit Hole, Taylor finds himself entering the computer-based virtual world Second Life.
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Second Life News for April 12, 2008

April 12th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Digital Trends Second Life Career Fair Offers Real Jobs Quote from the site - At Working Worlds, the desk, chair and avatars are all computer-generated, but the jobseekers and employers that use them both hope to hammer out real-life jobs.

From: Linux Insider Taking a Second Look at How Business Is Done Quote from the site - Many businesses are trying out virtual worlds such as Second Life as a way to market their goods and services, or to hold training sessions or meetings. H&R Block, Sprint and the University of Kansas are a few that have found some success in-world.

From: Living in the Metaverse Is The Second Life The Next Web? Quote from the site - No, it isn’t. I know that so many residents feels so hyped with it to declare the Second Life™ the next big thing and the next step that will replace the web as we know it. I can agree that virtual environments are possibly the next big thing.

From: Chaos Manor A little Second life evaluation Quote from the site - Second Life can appear rather dull at first and I can see where it might look to you as if there is little to do that would be worth doing. You might be surprised if you would take another, closer look and do a bit of exploration…

From: bMighty Terror Threats From Second Life? Uh, No. Business Value? Uh, No Quote from the site - A hearing was held in Congress (!) about the possibility of terrorists using virtual worlds for nefarious means. Second Life founder Philip Rosedale and other virtual reality experts were even called to testify. The verdict? Nothing real about a virtual world – neither for terrorists nor for business.

From: Listening Post Networked Music Symposium Slated for NYC and Second Life Quote from the site - Pace University will host a free public event on Friday called Programmable Media II: Networked Music to address the question of whether networked music can provide “a compelling music experience.”

From: Critically Unstable Muslim Muslim Brotherhood in Second Life Quote from the site - Teleport directly to the Muslim Brotherhood Second Life parcel…

From: eWeek IBM First to Host `Second Life` on Its Own Servers Quote from the site - IBM unveils a plan to host “Second Life” on its own servers as a stepping stone to greater adoption of virtual worlds across the enterprise.

From: Rasmuson Foundation Rasmuson Foundation launches Second Life Gallery of Alaskan Artists Quote from the site - Rasmuson Foundation announces that its Gallery of Alaskan Artists in Second Life is now open for visit. Second Life is an on online, 3-d virtual world imagined and created by members or “residents.”

From: the setonian Virtual reality gives Second Life to students Quote from the site - Members of the Seton Hall faculty attended a seminar on Feb. 29 held by the Technology Department regarding a networking program called Second Life.

From: theage.com.au Avatar crimes Quote from the site - THE lead detective on CSI: NY Mac Taylor, is a pretty conventional television hero: like his colleagues on the two other CSI franchises, he uses science to follow the evidence and catch the bad guys.

From: CIO Insight Second Life Goes to Washington Quote from the site - The founder of virtual world Second Life sought to reassure U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday that the online community is able to police itself.

From: mrtopf.de Second Life Music Videos wanted! Quote from the site - As you can read on the Koinup blog, they now launched a Machinima contest for Music videos created in Second Life. You can win L$ 20,000 plus the MachinimaCam from CodeBastard Redgrave.

From: Unable To Connect - SuezanneC Baskerville Opera stretching the icons at the Second Life forums Quote from the site - Opera has been distorting these standard vBulletin provided images for months now. It’s intermittent but frequent.

From: smh.com.au They’re virtually famous Quote from the site - Imagine an art gallery where you can not only touch the works on display, you can walk over them, sit on them, even fly through them. Such actions would doubtless send security staff into apoplexy, but in Second Life, the world is your oyster.

From: University of Kentucky News Student’s Art Exhibit Gets Second Life Quote from the site - Have you ever wondered where the art goes after the exhibit or just missed the opportunity to get to the gallery to see it? Well, with today’s technology you may get a second chance to see that exhibit if it goes to Second Life.

From: Reuters Virtual world offers bands global stage Quote from the site - Leo Wolff, a woman who joined the online world of Second Life in 2005, bought a small plot of virtual land with eight other musicians and opened the “Virtual Garage” to showcase and perform their music.

From: Dragon Tail Press in Second Life The Problem with Bots Quote from the site - The debate over the use of bots in SL is a passionate one with many different points of view. Anyone can read the blogs at http://www.blog.secondlife.com (search for “bots”) to see that for oneself.

From: Your2ndPlace In Case You Missed that Hearing About Second Life and Terrorism… Quote from the site - Here’s Jon Stewart from a few days ago, pulling no punches: This created a mild ruckus on at least one list - but Jon Stewart hadn’t gotten his hands on it yet. Some people were pretty upset about how Second Life was portrayed.

From: Second Life Games Adult Themed Game For Clubs Quote from the site - Mob Mentality, a new adult themed game designed to be placed in Second Life Clubs and Strip Clubs, is now available! The game offers fun and sexy game play designed to enhance a club goers experience and create a more social environment as players interact while playing.

From: Ogle Earth Programming planetariums in Second Life Quote from the site - Second Life is not a dedicated virtual globe or virtual planetarium but a free-form three-dimensional programmable space that anyone can use to build globes and planetariums in. One impressive recent example is the virtual planetariums built by Magnus Zeisig, one of Sweden’s most talented SL programmers.
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Second Life News for April 9, 2008

April 09th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

Of course some of the big news recently has been the big price drop for new islands $1000 from $1675. Avatars everywhere are either mad or happy, mad that the islands they bought at 1675 or now only worth 1000, or happy that they are only 1000. Some links, LL Slashes Land Prices — Landowners Scream In Pain, Estate Owners Lose BIG BUCKS! OMG!!! Pffft., Linden Land Bolshevism, Linden to increase land supply, drop prices, Playing with fire, and many others.

From: Second Life Blog Quarterly Land Supply and Island Pricing Update Quote from the site - As with my previous quarterly posts, here is an update on land, including supply, average prices, abandoned/defunct land and pricing information relevant to Q2 of 2008.

From: collapsing geography connections and networking Quote from the site - I was chatting with Pathfinder at the Virtual Worlds Conference 08 in New York and we realized that there were two particularly long chains of personal connections that were relevant to the event and Second Life. The first was the State of Play conference, the second a video I had just been emailed showing Second Life being used for public diplomacy in Doha, Qatar.

From: ScienceRoll Health News in Second Life: More and More Tools Quote from the site - In Second Life, the virtual world, there are so many tools in several aspects of medicine. Here I present just a few examples…

From: Full Comment Robert Bloomfield on Second Life: The first entrepreneurial virtual world Quote from the site - The press has not been kind to Second Life, the virtual world developed by San Francisco-based Linden Lab.

From: Second Life Blog ‘Inside the Lab’ podcast with the WindLight Team! Quote from the site - The third edition of our ‘Inside the Lab’ podcast series is now available!

From: user experience network “Second Life” - Michigan ASIS&T Spring meeting Quote from the site - Please join us for an interesting presentation, refreshments and a walk in the gardens.

From: Dusan Writer’s Metaverse Times UK Reports (barely) on VW2008 Quote from the site - The Times UK reports, in a meandering sort of way, about VW2008, coming to the conclusion that “Companies are increasingly turning to virtual worlds not just for brand building, but also to hold meetings and train staff.”

From: PRNewswire The Benelux Career Fair of ‘Working Worlds’ in Second Life Quote from the site - Encouraged by the tremendous success of the first virtual Career Fair held in Luxembourg at the end of last year, the Luxembourg based company Gax Technologies is organising a second recruiting event. On May 29 the exhibition ‘Working Worlds’ opens its doors again on Second Life, this time to all three Benelux countries.

From: TTG Live Kuoni builds island in Second Life Quote from the site - Kuoni has created an island in the virtual world of Second Life, giving visitors a travel book to chart their trips.

From: nmc Second Life Simulcasts from UD: Global Agenda and International Polar Year Quote from the site - International experts on climate change have concluded with near certainty that climate changes could bring disastrous consequences within the next century, unless the nations of the world reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide into the earth’s atmosphere.

From: SLWTF Driven to distraction Quote from the site - Nissan has built some islands in Second Life with the intention of selling you Altimas. Whether or not these islands will you the trick, you have to give them an A for effort.

From: New World Notes New World Newsfeed: Second Life On “The Daily Show” Quote from the site - Jon Stewart’s cadre unleashed a barrage of mockery over last week’s Congressional hearing on yesterday’s show, and the segment represents a larger cultural milestone than the actual hearing.

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Second Life News for April 6, 2008

April 06th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Second Life Blog Video Tip of the Week #29: Using the Second Life Wiki Quote from the site - I’m always one to share knowledge + resources that’ve helped me in hopes they’ll help you, and the Second Life Wiki is an info-site you can add to. If you’d rather just read it, that’s fine too, but should you feel more adventuresome…

From: Linux Insider Big Blue’s Secure Second Life Fortress Quote from the site - Second Life may still be in its Wild West phase, but IBM intends to inject some security into an otherwise lawless and disorderly environment. Big Blue is collaborating with Linden Lab to create a space where its employees can engage in serious business dealings behind virtual locked doors.

From: Ambling in a Second Life Euro-VirtWorlders, 2 For Your Diary Quote from the site - If you are a virtual worlding conference junkie - and particularly if you are based in Europe (and, depending on your political sensitivities about such things, the UK) - you will be thrilled to the core by the news that, not one, but two Virtual Worlds conferences are on the way to London in 2008.

From: SL Attitude Dorkwad Congressman … In Second Life Quote from the site - Several days ago he held a Congressional hearing in Second Life, a specially designed “virtual world” for sociopaths, furries, and flying penis “avatars.”

From: Danger Room Congress Freaks Out Over Second Life Terrorism Quote from the site - Oh no, the virtual terrorists are coming to get us! Well, maybe. Congress, in its infinite wisdom, had an entire hearing about virtual worlds and terrorism, even calling in the chief executive of Linden Lab to testify about the possibility of Second Life being used for evil terrorist ends.

From: SL iReports Software Update Disrupts Second Life Surfing Quote from the site - According to the Second Life surfing blog SurfWatch (surfwatch.blogspot.com) the new code is upsetting surfable waves, surfboards and other objects that are rezzed in the water. Surfing sim owners all over Second Life have been contacting Linden Labs support staff as their simulated waves crash, stop, sink, fly into the air or simply make it very difficult for surfers to ride them.

From: Kansascity.com With its virtual club, H&R Block is among the KC firms finding ‘Second Life’ online Quote from the site - As a tax pro for H&R Block, Kathy Burlison has helped countless traditional customers. She’s also helped vampires, cartoon characters and a knight doing the tango in a full suit of armor.

From: Ambling in a Second Life Second Life and 3D Intranet Quote from the site - One of my predictions for 2008 was that we would see IBM, Sun and others launching “virtual world behind the firewall” products. I thought then, and think now, that this is inevitable - and I daresay you may feel the same way.

From: Architecture+ The Second Life Grid Quote from the site - I sat down and using the map inSL, slowly panned around and was able to collect a complete crude image of the grid and the people in it. each little grey dot is an island or region of 256 x 256 meters.

From: Molaskey’s Pub Virtual World Expo Convention NYC April 3,4, 2008 Quote from the site - This week, Apple and I attended the Virtual World Expo in New York City where dozens of virtual world companies and their dedicated pioneers exchanged business cards, pleasantries and participated in presentations on the topics of ‘virtual law’, ‘kids in virtual worlds’ and the overall growing business within virtual worlds.

From: collapsing geography it’s a small world after all Quote from the site - I’m having fun spending a couple of days immersed in the metaverse at the Virtual Worlds conference in New York City. I was out in New York for consulting and the company asked me to attend, so suddenly I’m back where everyone knows my name.

From: Second Life Blog [RESOLVED] Intermittent inventory and login issues Quote from the site - We have seen reports that a number of our residents see inventory related problems, such as slow or no loading, problems in picking things up etc. Those same residents might find themselves unable to log back in if they left Second Life.

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Second Life News for April 4, 2008

April 04th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: The Diary of a Second Life Socialite Paper Couture Show a Success! Quote from the site - Ahh! So exciting! I just did my first runway show for the amazingly talented Lu sisters, and I thought I’d share some snaps of the outfits I modeled for them - since there’s nothing that I hate more than missing a show and there being no good snaps of the clothes!

From: The Anglican Church in Second Life How do you run a bible study in Second Life? Quote from the site - How do you run a bible study in Second Life?

Sophia Tulip who runs a Bible Study each week shares her thoughts….

From: Oh Second Life Pics from the Work of a Dedicated Group of Educators in the Teen Grid of Second Life Quote from the site - Thanks to Kevin Jarrett, tons of pics from his work this past week with Bernajean Porter, Peggy Sheehy and Marianne Malmstrom (and others, I’m sure–somebody help me out heahhhh!) on a variety of projects in the Second Life Teen Grid.

From: Your2ndPlace How NOT to Make Money in Second Life Quote from the site - Tonight I was chatting with Fugazi about my SL unemployment and prospects for the future. A company or business? Potentially an IPO? I have a great voice and have been paid IRL for voice work in the past, maybe that’s an angle? Actually, I might try the latter.

From: Science Roll Case Presentation in Second Life Quote from the site - Yesterday, we had a meeting in Second Life, the virtual world at the Ann Myers Medical Center. One of our educators did a case presentation by giving us a textfile that contained the anamnesis and all the important physical signs.

From: Vint Falken Motorability, The United Spinal Association in Second Life Quote from the site - When I asked whatever happened to Motorati (the Pontiac sims) a while ago, I got told it was baptised ‘Motorability’ and handed over to the United Spinal Association.

From: PRlog Virtual Concert To Raise Funds For “relay For Life” Quote from the site - World music artist Rhida will once again bring his original style of entertainment to the virtual stage as a part of the “Second Life Relay for Life” Sun March 30. Rhida is expected to hit the Stage on The Island of Hiriam for the fund raiser at 3 PM Second Life time.

From: Discovery Education Network Mark Your Calendars - April Events Quote from the site - This is a workshop for new arrivals in S/L. We will look over the menu functions, Search, Inventory, Maps. We will take a look at editing your avatars appearance.

From: Click Heard Round the World Two upcoming documentaries examine virtual worlds and their effects on real lives Quote from the site - Within the week, I received invitations to two in-world events related to upcoming documentaries about virtual worlds and the people that inhabit them. It’s interesting seeing the increased public and media attention to the social and emotional implications of virtual worlds and MMORPGs on the people that play in them.

From: The Industry Standard Second Life: Interface, infrastructure and growth woes continue Quote from the site - A social virtual world, accessed through a desktop application. Unlike virtual worlds driven by gaming (World of Warcraft, Tabula Rasa, EverQuest), Second Life focuses on the social and creative aspects of interacting in a 3D, computer-generated environment.

From: Hey Jude Virtual Learning and Teen Second Life Project Quote from the site - Skoolaborate is a place for teens to create and be part of a global educational community.

From: Reuters Business Intelligence Network Opens Online Facility in Second Life Quote from the site - Maintaining their position as an innovative online publication, Business Intelligence Network has launched BeyeLAND, a Second Life island dedicated to furthering the interactions of the business intelligence.

From: SLNN Is SL conducive to mental health? Quote from the site - SL’ang Life Magazine hosted a conference this past weekend on “Mental Health in Second Life: Potential Chances and Threats.” The conference was attended by 25 physicians, therapists, social workers and mental health professionals.

From: The Register IBM unveils nano-projector based VirtuaHuman with 1TB of memory Quote from the site - April Fools Don Eigler – a researcher famous for spelling I-B-M with individual atoms – stunned the world once again today by revealing on his blog that a creature known as Robert Scoble is really a research project.

From: Bits Dreaming of a 3-D Web Quote from the site - Vivaty, the company I wrote about in Monday’s paper, represents the fulfillment of a 14-year-old dream to bring 3-D images to the Web.

From: Business Week Ahead of the Bell: Online Virtual Worlds Quote from the site - Some House lawmakers on Tuesday will deliberately step into another realm of existence for a look-see at commerce and safety issues in virtual universes.

From: Silversprite Outer Hebrides recreated in Second Life. Sort of. Quote from the site - For a while I’ve been thinking of re-creating the Island of Berneray in Second Life. Hills, terrain, key buildings, a few croft houses, beaches, that sort of thing. It would be interesting to see if the causeway could be re-created in SL as well.

From: PC Magazine Terrorists in Second Life? Hogwash, Says CEO Quote from the site - The founder and chief executive of Linden Lab on Tuesday testified before House legislators that his virtual world of Second Life does not serve as a playground for terrorist activity.
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Second Life News for March 30, 2008

March 30th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: PRNewswire International Fund for Animal Welfare Launches IFAW Island in Second Life Quote from the site - The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) announced today the launch of its new space, IFAW Island, in the virtual world called Second Life.

From: DIGITAL DOMAINS ONLINE: A second coming for virtual worlds Quote from the site - When online worlds such as Second Life began, they captured the public’s imagination. But the initial stampede of brands into ‘immersive spaces’ has slowed. Polly Devaney investigates.

From: NPIRL New Real Life - Second Life physical interface Quote from the site - Last night, musician and technologist Komuso Tokugawa attended a Second Life-related event at the bar BarTube in Tokyo. While there, he met with several people who are collaborating on a Havok 4 sim owned by Softbank (the company that acquired failing Vodafone and turned it around), to work with prototypes and try out new ideas.

From: Georgetown Independent Second Life: The Future of the Internet? Quote from the site - How often is the phrase “I need to get away” cried by the stressed out, the bored and the lonely? It is such a tempting thought: escaping from your reality-whatever it may be-and cultivate a fresh, new life.

From: iReport iReport: ‘Naughty Auties’ battle autism with virtual interaction Quote from the site - Walk into Naughty Auties, a virtual resource center for those with autism, and you’ll find palm trees swaying against a striking ocean sunset. Were it not for the pixelated graphics on the computer screen in front of you, you would swear you were looking at a tropical hideaway.

From: NPIRL Avatar puppeteering for Second Life in 2008? Quote from the site - Insofar as virtual worlds are concerned, puppeteering is the real-time, user-manipulated animation of avatar joints, and nope, it’s not available in-world yet, though Linden Lab and its Studio Shiny (an SL developmental lab) have indicated that they are behind it, or were behind it or…

From: The Social Networking Girl WC Second Life team updates Quote from the site - We have our island in Second Life and development has begun! Today we had our team meeting to discuss our recently Professional Development session that was held in SL in collaboration with Memorial University in Canada.

From: Mental Health Notes National Council Uses Second Life For Mental Health Advocacy Quote from the site - Are any of you familiar with Second Life? I know, I know, I can be really behind sometimes - I just discovered it a few months ago.

From: Newsweek The College Tour Goes High-Tech Quote from the site - How big a hall would you need to bring together some 50,000 students and their parents, as well as college admissions officers, guidance counselors and financial-aid experts? No room required: the crowd participated in CollegeWeekLive, a virtual two-day college fair held this week that built on a smaller “test” event held last fall.

From: VTOR Second Life (No Registration Mark) and Trademarks: Your Views Please Quote from the site - Linden Labs, owner of Second Life, has managed to create an uproar again by issuing guidelines governing use of the name and trademark. Others, mainly content creators and SL old-timers, have complained about the hamhanded approach and speculated that this move, coupled with the impending move by Philip Rosedale (aka Philip Linden) from the CEO chair back to the factory floor, might have something to do with a possible IPO.

From: Spindrift, in SciLands, Second Life John Zhaoying talks to SciEye: carbon, future trends, & advantages of running VR conferences Quote from the site - While at Life 2.0 Spring ‘08, SciEye was fascinated by John Zhaoying’s answers to a conf carbob footprint question on the last day. So Eye asked for those numbers again afterwards, and added a few followup questions for him.

From: IWR Blog Second Life vs Real Life Quote from the site - Two recent encounters brought Second Life and real life into sharp contrast. And, it has to be said, on this particular occasion I preferred Second Life.

From: gulfnews.com Going gets real in virtual world Quote from the site - Shobha Menon, a Philadelphia-based artist, plans to build an art gallery on Second Life, one of the internet’s more successful virtual worlds.

From: Second Life Left Unity OPEN LETTER TO LINDEN LABS Quote from the site - We have been a group within your medium for 17 months. We are a political forum, essentially using the forum as a way to link with people of our political persuasion across the world. We felt this media would be a great way to do that and have managed to link people across the globe.

From: Vint Falken The Little Newbie, Second Life Music Video Quote from the site - If you heart Trance, you should have heard from the Alienhearts already. This France based trio creates awesome electronic dance music and can often be found performing in Second Life. They have now released their first Second Life Music Video, The Little Newbie.
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Second Life News for March 28, 2008

March 28th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Linux Insider When Your Avatar Gets Sick: Hospitals in Second Life Quote from the site - Hospital visitors — or rather their avatars, who serve as virtual personas in Second Life — can tour the site, try out patient beds and test technology that industry professionals believe will be created in the future. For example, the operating room offers a glassed-off “cockpit” where surgeons sit and guide robotic arms through surgeries.

From: Video Game News Text And Phone From Second Life Quote from the site - The division between real and virtual worlds becomes thinner and thinner. Beginning today on a one-month trial, BT will let your avatar on Second Life make 10 free phone calls – each lasting up to an hour – and send 10 text messages to the real world using its Avatalk service.

From: beyond the beyond Spime Watch: Building Bacteria in Second Life Quote from the site - I don’t wanna come off all stiff-necked about this, because nobody’s happier than me to see weird design ideas getting attention, but, okay, look: strictly speaking, self-replicating software models of bacteria in Second Life are not “spimes.”

From: RW Online WGBH to Open ‘Studio’ in ‘Second Life’ Quote from the site - WGBH Radio Boston is going boldly where no public radio station has gone before, by opening a “virtual studio” on the Second Life Web site.

From: Second Life Blog Second Life news on Twitter and iTunes Quote from the site - Did you know…… we have an official Twitter presence? I know that with lots of social networks out there, you may love certain tools someone else doesn’t.

From: AP Lawsuit Over Online Sex Toys Settled Quote from the site - A dispute over sales of virtual sex toys has resulted in a real-life slap on the wrist for a Texas teenager. Eros LLC, a Tampa Bay-area company that creates virtual sex scripts in the online world “Second Life,” sued Robert Leatherwood, 19, last year claiming he copied, displayed or distributed Eros products without permission.

From: Excalibur Cybrary fields for education Quote from the site - On March 18, 2008, McMaster University liaison librarian Krista Godfrey visited York University, in the real world, to speak with students, teachers and librarians about the benefits of the virtual world.

From: United Spinal Association Fashion, Cars and Avatars Event in Second Life to Raise Awareness About Spinal Cord Injury Quote from the site - Cars! A passion, a hobby, and a culture. It all comes together for Second Life residents on Motorability Island in Second Life.

From: Gwyn’s Home Second Life Bloggers Require Clarification Quote from the site - Your recent change of policy regarding the usage of your trademarks — Second Life, Linden Lab, and others registered by Linden Research Inc. — will effectively prevent the operation of the very vibrant community of bloggers, forum posters, websites, community portals, and even 3rd party services, that have provided Linden Lab with links and driving traffic to your blog, and raising brand awareness for free for your product Second Life.

From: ars technica Second Life lawsuit over purloined naughty bits settled Quote from the site - Wouldn’t it be cool if, in real life, all you had to do in order to try out new, crazy, adventurous sex would be to buy a script from somebody and run it? Or if you weren’t happy with your genitalia, all you had to do was pay someone a few bucks to create a new one (or ones) for you?

From: Your 2nd Place The Request for Clarification from Second Life Bloggers: Blogger Strike? Quote from the site - In Second Life Bloggers Require Clarification, Gwyneth makes some valid points on stuff that many bloggers are up in arms about.

From: Broadband Finder Open Day in Second Life university Quote from the site - Students using their broadband connection to help decide their future could be interested in an open day being held on Second Life by Liverpool Hope University, reports the BBC.

From: Government Technology Virtual Worlds Help Public Safety Officials Practice for Real-Life Threats Quote from the site - In early 2006, a dozen staff members from the California Department of Health Services received extensive training on how to administer antibiotics from the Strategic National Stockpile in the event of an anthrax attack.

From: Second Life Blog Knowledge Base Article of the Week #21: Things that go bump (map) in the night Quote from the site - Hi everyone! Have you had a chance to explore our new and improved Support Portal? Now’s your chance; it’s KBAotW time!

From: Second Life Blog Havok 4 Beta Preview Update with 8 fixes (2008-03-27) - RC3 of the new Second Life Simulator Quote from the site - The Havok 4-based Second Life simulator v1.19.3.83444 has been deployed to the Beta Preview. If this version looks solid on the Beta Preview overnight and into tomorrow, then tomorrow (Friday) we will deploy this version to the Early Adopter regions.

From: Second Life Blog Support Metrics Updated Quote from the site - Two months ago, Cyn announced our new Customer Relations metrics page. I am back on the blog to let all of you know that the metrics are now updated through the end of February.

From: Second Life Blog Introducing the New International L$ Marketplace Quote from the site - It’s astounding that with so many residents outside of the United States, we still only accept U.S. Dollars as payment. Localizing payment systems and maintaining the highest level of security possible for our residents is no easy task.

From: Second Life Blog Tips to Improve Your Search Ranking Quote from the site - Since the launch of the new search, we’ve had lots of Residents ask for more tips and information on how to improve their search relevance and ranking within the Search All results.

From: The New Modernist Farnsworth House in Second Life Quote from the site - Well-rendered, well-detailed. The landscape is not at all accurate, but haven’t you always wanted to see the Farnsworth in various sites? Via computer that is. To see it in “Second Life” your computer will need to be able to access this address.

From: Fleep’s Deep Thoughts Second LifeSecond Life for Dummies Party Quote from the site - JoannaTrail Blazer and AngryBeth Shortbread below my fabulous party hat to celebrate the Second Life for Dummies book written by Sarah “Intellagirl” Robbins and Mark “Typewriter” Bell.

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