Kultivate Magazine’s December Issue Is Now Available!

The December 2017 Issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue features oYo Breedables, the many artists of Kultivate, A photo essay featuring winter animals, The Mill Sim, The Haze Exhibition, The Hollywood Art Museum in Sansar, A Colors of Winter Fashion Photo Essay, and the Edge Stylists present their December stylings. Very special thank you for Veruca Tammas for the cover image! Click on the cover below to view the issue:

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A visit to Tudor London, machinima by Amelie Marcoud

Time Portal

This wonderful machinima was made by Amelie Marcoud during her journey back in time to Tudor London, a Time Zone in our sim.
With her eye for detail she spotted quite a few of the little scenes hidden all over the area.

Want to travel to the past yourself?
You can visit the Time Machine by clicking here;

Enjoy the video!

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Wednesday 13 December Field Trips!

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Rise and shine, live shows will accompany you from breakfast to dinner time today! If you want a white Christmas but there’s none to be seen in RL, today’s field trip will grant your wish 😀


7 am Field Trip: Lluis Indigo @ Cafè Musique!


11 am Field Trip: Lluis Indigo @ Surfside!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Crystal Falls/151/73/32

12 pm Field Trip: Winston Ackland @ MoonChuck!


1 pm Field Trip: The Vinnie Show @ WoodChuck!


5 pm Field Trip: Jamba LosAngeles @ The Beat Scene!


6 pm Field Trip: Effinjay @ Boom Pony!


7 pm Field Trip: The Vinnie Show @ Mystic Muse!


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Managing Your Blog On a Mobile Device

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Have you given the WordPress mobile apps a try lately? We’ve been working hard to make sure our iOS and Android apps are simple to use and have the features you need to blog right from your phone or tablet. Here are a few recent additions and updates that make blogging on the go easier:

Add Categories and Tags

Before publishing a blog post, you can add categories and tags right in the app’s post editor. To add categories and tags to a post in the iOS editor, tap the at the top right, then Options. On Android, tap the gear icon at the top right.

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Holiday Trace in Second Life

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Holiday Trace; Inara Pey, December 2017, on FlickrHoliday Trace – click any image for full size

Over the years, a visit to The Trace family of regions – The Trace, The Trace Too, Summer Trace, Fall Trace, Winter Trace – has always been a pleasure. I’ve written about these regions, which were started by Kylie (Kylie Jaxxon), then became a partnership between her and  Elvira Kytori, on numerous occasions in this blog. So, it was with delight that I received news from Shakespeare that there is another in the series – Holiday Trace – now open for visits, and made a point to hop over and explore with Caitlyn as soon as we could.

Given the time of year in the northern hemisphere, Holiday Trace is a wintry setting. Snow lies heavy on the ground and falls gently from a windless sky. Exposed water here is heavy with ice thick enough to skate on, and the sounds of the…

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The Haze in Second Life

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The Haze

Now open at CKB Art Gallery curated by Ceakay (CK) Ballyhoo is The Haze. It is the latest installation in a series of living stories featuring art and focused on the adventures of a principal character, whose journey we are invited to follow in words, images and settings. For The Haze, CK returns to her own character of Ellie, who featured in A Watercolour Wander (read here for more) and The Forest Beyond (read here for more) in a collaborative story developed with 2D and 3D artist Silas Merlin.

“It was an offer I couldn’t refuse,” CK says of the installation. “An offer from Silas to use his new builds and sketches to form a story. Using Silas’s new digital sketches and the ruins and creatures he has created, a world started to form, darker than anything we’ve either done before, the story turned into…

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Tuesday 12 December Live @ The Dirty Grind – for Net Neutrality

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Today as always there will be plenty of live music for you to enjoy, both at the Dirty Grind and around the grid with the field trips. However, we have a request for the folks in the US – in light of the appalling plans against Net Neutrality in a day and age where internet access has become essential, please call Congress if you are able, or spread the word to those who can. Internet, as well as music, have the unique power to unite us all – I hope all the voices rising against this disgustingly greedy attempt will be heard by those who can stop it.



5 pm Suzen Juel

Suzen is an amazing singer songwriter and one helluva dirty ride! Suzen delivers an incredible show with each of her performances. She has a smooth easy style that makes fans of first time listeners.

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Moni’s Sensuality in Second Life

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Nitroglobus Roof Gallery: Sensuality

Monique Beebe makes a welcome return to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, curated by Dido Haas, presenting the final exhibition for the gallery’s 2017 season, with Sensuality.

I was deeply taken by Monique’s photography when she first appeared at Nitroglobus towards the beginning of 2017,  in what was the first public exhibition of her work, called Hidden Faces (see here for more). Now she returns with twelve more images for Sensuality, which are every bit as evocative and tantalising as her first exhibition, and which once again feature herself as the primary model in each of them.

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery: Sensuality

These are all pieces with a depth of style and beauty which is as evocative as the images she presented in Hidden Faces, and which, in some cases, are NSFW. However, these are far more open in their approach and, to…

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Visiting the Hollywood Art Museum in Sansar

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Sansar: Hollywood Art Museum

The Hollywood Art Museum (HWAM) opened in Sansar on Saturday, December 9th, 2017. A joint endeavour between Sansar Studios and renowned director, designer, writer, producer, and practical effects professional, Greg Aronowitz. Mr. Aronowitz – whose credits such as Jurassic Park: Lost World, X-Files, Saving Private Ryan, Contact, Terminator 2, and Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – is an avid collector who has amassed an incredible collection of Hollywood production art, from storyboards to costume sketches, concept drawings, models, and more.

Greg Aronowitz

The aim is to provide an environment where digital reproductions of items from Mr. Aronowitz’s collection – spanning a period from Citizen Kane to Transformers: The last Knight offer visitors a unique and intimate view of the creative processes involved in some of the world’s most beloved films. Through this, HWAM hopes to encourage artists in the digital…

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Sansar Product meeting 2017 week #49 – with Ebbe Altberg

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Sansar Studios 3D Cinema Dome – location for one of the Friday, December 8th, 2017 Product Meetings

The following notes are taken from the 4:00pm PST Sansar Product Meeting held on Friday, December 8th. Product Meetings are usually held every Friday at 9:30am PST and 4:00pm PST, and are open to all. There is currently no set agenda, and the meetings are a mix of voice and text. The official meeting notes are published in the week following each pair of meetings, while venues change each week, and are listed in the Meet-up Announcements. and the Sansar Atlas events section.

The afternoon Product Meeting featured a drop-in by Ebbe Altberg, the Lab’s CEO, and notes on his comments, with audio extracts are included in this update.

Fashion Release

This is still on-course for a deployment  – mostly likely during week #51, commencing Monday, December 18th, 2017. For a summary…

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Designing Worlds’ first visit to Sansar – Part 1: now on the web!

Designing Worlds

Garden of Dreams in Sansar Garden of Dreams in Sansar

The latest episode of Designing Worlds, a very special show as we pay our first ever visit to the new Linden Lab platform – Sansar, is now on the web!

In this first (or two) episodes, we explore the studio that Kayle Matzerath has created for us in Garden of Worlds in Sansar. Then Saffia talks to Jenn, Lead Community Manager for Linden Lab on Sansar, who talks about the way that the grid is developing, and shows her own Experience, Starry Stars & Stuff (a work in progress), built with items already available on the Sansar marketplace.  And we also take a look at two more of the Sansar Experiences – the Diner, created by C3rb3rus and Stasis Interrupted Chapter 1 by Tyler Scarborough, which is a game (where Saffia, inevitably, dies).

Stasis Interrupted - Chapter 1 in Sansar Stasis Interrupted – Chapter 1 in Sansar

Saffia says: “Sansar…

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The Air Gallery

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A friend of mine in SL has a beautiful gallery, situated up above the Wilde College* RP sim. Air is a talented artist in RL, and The Air Gallery features many beautiful and striking hand drawn sketches by him. The Landmark I am posting here takes you directly to the gallery. I am only posting one picture because I do not want to photograph his work, this is taken at the gallery entrance. Go check out his work if you have a moment.

Teleport to The Air Gallery

*Wilde college (Adult) is a men’s gay roleplay college with 3 adjacent rival gay fraternity houses and a traveller camp.

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Within the Voice of Björk in Second Life

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DiXmiX Gallery – Cecilia Nansen Mode: Within the Voice of Björk

Currently on display within the Black Gallery hall at DixMix Gallery, curated by Dixmix Source, is a selection of images by Cecilia Nansen Mode – whom I confess is one of my favourite exponents of the art of avatar studies. Entitled Within the Voice of Björk, the selection features some fifteen images inspired by the lyrics of thirteen songs by Icelandic singer Björk.

“Within the voice of Björk, I hear the roars of a beast of the North … the beast of a woman,” Cecilia says in introducing the exhibit. “Within the voice of Björk, I hear the voice of the little girl … Within the voice of Björk, I hear the finest and most delicate tones … Within the voice of Björk, I hear passion, anger love, hope and fear. The deepest frustration and the highest happiness. The…

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TONIGHT Djembe Dragonfire at The Christmas Pavilion live music venue @ “Home For Christmas” 2017 Calas Galadhon holiday build!

Calas Galadhon Park

#SecondLife Join us for live music featuring Djembe Dragonfire TONIGHT at Calas Galadhon’s Christmas Pavilion – here’s your sleigh ride to The Christmas Pavilion!

Come early or stay after to enjoy the most beautiful Christmas in Second Life:) Skating, balloon rides, WH Reindeer, Comet the Reindeer Tour, cross-country skiing, sleigh rides and lots of cozy places to cuddle and the gorgeous Christmas Pavilion, too!

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Hollywood Art Museum to open In Sansar with Star Wars event

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Hollywood Art Museum. Credit: Linden Lab

The next instalment of the Star Wars film franchise opens in the United States on Friday, December 15th, 2017, in the form of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. However, on Saturday, December 9th, 2017, Star Wars fans will be able to enjoy a special Star Wars related treat in Sansar, when the virtual Hollywood Art Museum (HWAM) opens its doors to the public.

A joint endeavour between Sansar Studios and renowned director, designer, writer, producer, and practical effects professional, Greg Aronowitz, the Hollywood Art Museum is dedicated to the preservation and education of art used in entertainment.

Mr. Aronowitz – whose credits such as Jurassic Park: Lost World, X-Files, Saving Private Ryan, Contact, Terminator 2, and Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – is an avid collector who has amassed an incredible collection of Hollywood production art, from…

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Home For Christmas at Calas, 2017

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Home for Christmas

Open now and through until the end of 2017, is the Calas Galadhon winter regions offering visitors a traditional Christmas experience called – appropriately enough – Home for Christmas.

Spread across two regions, Home For Christmas has all the familiar touches from Ty Tenk and Truck Meredith those familiar with their Christmas arranges know and enjoy: the Christmas Pavilion, entertainment, sleigh rides, skating, balloon and reindeer tours. In addition, this year offers visitors the chance to ride Bento reindeer around the regions.

Home for Christmas

A visit starts on the southern side of the build. From here it’s a short walk to the teleport to go directly to the Christmas Pavilion; however, taking it means missing out on much of the scenery. Instead, we recommend a short walk along the path leading east from the teleport board to where the sleigh rides await.

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A 1928 trip to the north pole in Second Life

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1928 Polo Nord

Now open at Solo Arte, curated by Melania (MelaniaBis), is 1928 Polo Nord, the latest installation by Terrygold. Best known for her evocative avatar studies, for this installation Terrygold has turned to history. Working with the assistance of Melania and Annalisa Muliaina, she has built an installation commemorating the ill-fated polar expedition of the airship Italia in 1928.

Italian aviator, aeronautical engineer Umberto Nobile was one of the pioneers of airship design in the early 20th century. In particular, he was responsible for the airship N-1, the Norge, which, in 1925 was used by Norwegian Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen for a flight over the North Pole. Nobile helped arrange the expedition and served as the pilot. While it was a success, he and Amundsen fell out over who deserved the greater credit for the feat.

1928 Polo Nord

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The Mill at Christmas in Second Life

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The Mill; Inara Pey, December 2017, on FlickrThe Mill – click any image for full size

It’s always a pleasure to visit The Mill, the homestead region designed by Shakespeare (SkinnyNilla) and Max (Maxie Daviau). It’s a place we’ve paid numerous visits to, on account that it receives a seasonal rebuild, so when Shakespeare dropped an invitation for Caitlyn and I to drop in and see the Winter 2017 build.

The Mill; Inara Pey, December 2017, on FlickrThe Mill – click any image for full size

As is the tradition with The Mill, a visit commences at the titular location for the region:  the great stone mill, currently located in the south-east corner of the region. From here, track runs through the snow, circling a little café serving welcome hot drinks. From here, steps lead up and to the west, where a snowy little cabin sits, overlooking the region’s frozen river. An old pick-up truck is struggling to the cabin, trying to deliver…

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Anu’s mystery in Sansar

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I first became aware of Anu’s existence in Sansar courtesy of a Product Meeting which took place there. Built by AnuAmun (aka (AnuAmun Alchemi in Second Life), it is an intriguing build, bringing together a curious mix of ancient and future, in what is simply described as “a happy place, filled with smiling faces”.

The first thing that tends to strike visitors on arrival is the lighting. Set at what appears to be sunset, the sky a burnished orange, the lighting is one of the major features of the experience – as becomes clear as you explore. The spawn point seems to be the corner of a park, and gives the first indications of the juxtaposition between old and possibly futuristic: the ground is partial covered with strange hexagonal elements, themselves covered in part by soil; odd metal structures and panels sit with ruined stone walls and bare rock…

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The 2017 Winter Showcase & Art Show is Now Open!

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The 2017 Winter Showacse & Art Show is now open and ready for you to visit! Please see our website for info about the merchants and artists you can find at the event, plus info about events, the hunts, and more!


You can visit the 2017 Winter Showcase & Art Show at the following slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/143/139/26

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Sansar and Second Life in the cloud: LL speaks at AWS Re:Invent

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Logos: copyright Linden Lab

It’s been a busy time at Amazon’s AWS Re:Invent conference, which closes in Las Vegas USA on December 1st. At the start of the event, Amazon announced the launch of their VR / AR development / publishing platform Sumerian (see: Sumerian: Amazon’s VR / AR app building platform for more).

Meanwhile, on November 28th, and potential of more interest to Second Life and Sansar users, the event saw Tara Hernandez, Senior Director of Systems and Build Engineering at Linden Lab, give a presentation covering Sansar and touching on plans for Second Life, entitled How Linden Lab Built a Virtual World on the AWS Cloud.

Most of the video delves into the intricacies of building a complex platform like Sansar and how Amazon’s products have empowered the Lab. As such, it does come across as quite a dry listen; however, within it there are some useful…

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