Second Life land and user in 2020, via Tyche Shepherd

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Sunset at home in Second Life

The last few months of 2020 saw Tyche Shepherd release some brief summaries related to Second Life that – as always – make for interesting reading for those interested in the general state of the platform.

In the first, a tweet Tyche issued in October, we were offered insight into general use of the platform in terms of sign-up and concurrency. It came as a the last in a brief series of tweets from Tyche on the subject that started after the Lab indicated that with the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, they were seeing an increase in general usage of the platform, particularly among returning users.

Following-on from Tweets in June -, Tyche confirmed that overall, median concurrency on the platform saw clear growth in March through mid-May (when the first ’bout of lockdowns hit a fair portion of the world  due…

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Sunday @ 1pm slt – Windlight Art Gallery’s January Exhibition Opening!

Join us this Sunday, January 10, from 1 to 2pm slt for the exhibition opening of Windlight Art Gallery’s January Exhibition! This exhibition will feature live performer Lyric Serendipity and the following artists:

Jesie Janick
JueL Resistance
Matt Thomson
Cadence Ravenhurst
ViktorSavior
4pril resident
Grace Sixpence
Kalina Sands

The dress code for the opening is casual and we hope to see you there! Slurl: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/32/133/26

Kultivate is Seeking Artists!!

Kultivate is reopening our galleries for 2021! Below are our opportunities for artists:
-January 10-Windlight Art Gallery Exhibition
-January 17-Edge Gallery Exhibition (black & white art only)
-February 5 to 7-Sensuality Exhibition(adult themed)

Visit the following link to express interest and/or register for any of these opportunities: https://kultivatemagazine.com/artist-opportunities/

Celebrate New Years @ Kultivate!

Join us at Kultivate from 4pm to 7pm slt on Thursday, December 31, 2020 for a a 3 hour New Years Eve party! You will have a chance to win free gift cards and linden prizes throughout the 3 hours and the following live performers will perform at this special event:

4pm to 5pm slt – Lyric Serendipity

5pm to 6pm slt – Ambrosia

6pm to 7pm slt – Jesie Janick

The dress code is dress casual and we hope to see you there!

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/63/141/1390

Kultivate Magazine’s December Holiday Issue is Available!

The December Holiday Edition of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue features over 40 images by some of the most talented photographers and artists in Second Life, The Janus Art Gallery, the artist Tresore, 3 photo essays by Tempest Rosca Huntsman, Inara Pey, & Grace Sixpence; the new Linden Labs stilt homes, IMAGO Gallery, The Dickens Project Art Exhibition, Aterna 3D Exhibition, and the Snoweeta Sim! Click the image below to view this months issue!

Firestorm 6.4.12 the EEP and more release

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

On Wednesday, December 9th, 2020, Firestorm issued a release version of their viewer – 6.4.12.62831. This is the formal release of Firestorm supporting the Lab’s Environment Enhancement Project (EEP); it also includes a number of other Lab-specific updates to the viewer, such as the Camera Presets capability.

Note: while there has been an EEP beta release – 6.4.5.60799 (July 2020) – this summary has been written for those who may still be running the 6.3.9.58205 release from May 2020.

Also, given limitations of my own time (coupled with an inability to run 6.3.9.58205 in direct comparison with 6.4.12.62831), this is a much briefer overview of changes for a Firestorm release in comparison to past overviews in these pages.

Table of Contents

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2020 Winter Showcase & Art Show Press Release

Team Diabetes of Second Life

5TH ANNUAL WINTER SHOWCASE PRESS RELEASE

DATES: December 8 to 15, 2020

WEBSITE: https://teamdiabetessl.org/2020-winter-showcase-art-show/

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/132/135/28

The 5th Annual Winter Showcase event returns in support of Team Diabetes of Second Life! This event is the last fundraising event for Team Diabetes of Second Life in 2020 and features a hunt, live performers, dj’s, an art show, shopping, and lots of winter fun!

Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorized team of The American Diabetes Association. The mission of Team Diabetes of Second Life is to raise awareness, tolerance, and funds for diabetes in the virtual world of Second Life.

Participating Merchants:  :Pharmacist::, !!Firelight!!, DBS Designs By Soosy, Absinthe, Art & Angels, Afantasy, ART & FASHION, Aurora Sky Designs, Avalon Greene designs, Christmas Delights, Cosmos Boutique, Creepy Midget Designs, Ev!ldead dollz, Ever Green, HJM Designs, ikr!, Just imagine… by Vita, Kitty Creatons, LC Fashion, Little Big Designs…

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Kultivate Magazine’s November 2020 Issue is Now Published!

The November issue of Kultivate Magazine is now published! This issue features artist & musician Suzen Juel, The Let It Snow! Sim, the new game Squee!, family locations photo essay, an update on the Linden Labs transition to cloud servers, a photo essay on the Aqua Breeze sim, 1920’s Birmingham 3D exhibition, the Travel and Present exhibition, the first SLEA grant recipients, Coiottolina Xue’s Bots and Blossoms exhibition sim, and another “riddle me this” photo essay. Click the cover image below to view the issue.

Travel Past & Present in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Bare Rose Art Gallery: Owl Dragonash

Owl Dragonash has been a long-term patron of the arts in Second Life. She has supported artists through her curation of multiple art spaces, including most recently her own Hoot Suite Gallery, and she has done much to promote live music in Second Life, as well a providing huge support for a range of arts groups and locations in-world.

Owl has also been a keen SL traveller and blogger  over the years,  capturing regions, parcels, arts events and more. Over the years, it’s been my pleasure and privilege to come to know her and to experience first-hand her support, so it is will a genuine sense of pleasure that I  hope I can help turn the spotlight on Owl’s own work as a Second Life photographer and recorder of places to visit and appreciate through her new exhibition that is open through…

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Ladmilla and Eli’s Enigma in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Raging Graphix Gallery: Ladmilla and Eli

Currently open at Raging  Graphix Gallery, curated by Raging Bellls is Enigma, another fascinating selection of art and words by Ladmilla and Eli Medier.

Working as a couple, Eli and Ladmilla have gained a reputation for their joint pieces – an image (generally by Ladmilla, although Eli does produce his own as well) accompanied by words by Eli. More that just poems and pictures, these are illustrated pieces that encompass thoughts, desires, and reflections on life, love and more, that capture the eye and imagination.

Raging Graphix Gallery: Ladmilla and Eli

As I’ve noted when reviewing Ladmilla’s and Eli’s work, it is a perfect mix of styles: wonderfully layered images created by Ladmilla that have both a tactile richness and also a sense of great depth; and carefully constructed blank verse by Eli that compliment Ladmilla’s images as well as having to…

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LL confirms Second Life regions now all on AWS

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

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On Thursday, November 19th, and after several months of very hard work in order to manage things in an orderly and as non-disruptive manner as possible, the last remaining regions on the Agni (the Second Life main grid) were successfully transitioned over to running on Amazon Web Services (AWS), thus placing the entire grid “in the cloud”.

The announcement can first via Twitter, and from April Linden, the Lab’s Systems Engineering Manager, Operations, who announced:

April Linden’s announcement

The Lab actually started transitioning regions several weeks ago, and without fanfare, first moving a number of regions only accessible to Linden personnel, and they carefully widening things to include selected public regions on the Mainland, and  – subject to the estate owners initially keeping quiet as well – private regions that experience assorted loads.

These initial transitions were more about testing certain…

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Second Life Endowment for the Arts: first grants

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

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On Friday, November 2020, the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA) announced the first group of artists who have been awarded grants to use the new SLEA art facilities in the first six months of 2021.

As I reported in September this year, the SLEA is the successor to the former Linden Endowment for the Arts, which ran from 20091 through until 2019, when the user committee responsible for running it decided to close it down. At the time of the closure announcement, moves were initiated to try to keep the LEA afloat, which transitioned into discussions with Linden Lab to develop a successor – the Second Life Endowments for the Arts.

Operating on a smaller scale than the original LEA, offering an initial group of five regions for art installations: four for region-wide installations and one offering quarter-region art spaces, all of which are…

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The snows of Yukina in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Yukina, November 2020

Occupying half of a Full region, Yukina is the home of Namanax & Stella (Stella Mahogany), who is largely responsible for its design. Currently sitting within a winter setting, we were directed to it by Shawn Shakespeare, our resident region discoverer :).

The parcel runs north-south,  with the eastern side open to the sea, and the west boundary marked by high cliffs separating it from the neighbouring parcel.

Yukina, November 2020

The southern end of the land is a actually the private home of Stella and Namanax, and while protected by ban lines to prevent trespass, leaving the garden open, it might be a good idea to avoid straying beyond the gabled gates leading up to the house (complete with stone lions guarding the path), in order to avoid the flick-knife armed squirrel  patrols (you’ll have to visit and take a peek into the grounds of the…

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2020 Scare Me Silly Photo Challenge Winners!

First our apologies for not posting these sooner, due to real life and many other issues, we some how forgot to post the winners of our contest! Below are our winners:

1st Place – Chic Aeon

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2nd Place – D’Ashby

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3rd Place – Wendy Snaps

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4th Place – Sitarra Lefevre

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5th Place – April Showers

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2020 Winter Showcase & Art Show Registration!

The 2020 Winter Showacse & Art Show will take place December 8 to 15, 2020 and is in support of Team Diabetes of Second Life! This event will feature shopping, an art show, live music, and 2 hunts! Participation for both merchants and visual artists is 100% free. To reserve your space, please click the link below:

2020 Winter Showcase & Art Show Registration

Seaclaid’s fantasy setting in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Seaclaid, October 2020 – click any image for full size

Seaclaid is a place that appeared in the Destination Guide under both the Recently Added and Editor’s picks category. Described as a fantasy role-play region, there was something about it that caught my eye and had me hopping over to take a look – only to find an intriguing mix of settings, ideas and design that is brought together in the most aesthetically pleasing and attention-holding manner.

Designed by KitKat (KatieLuna), the region welcomes all creatures of fantasy – fae folk, dragons, lycans, vampires (but *no* Bloodlines HUDs) – and even us mortal, ordinary (but nonetheless pesky!) humans too – offering all such folk a warm welcome via the accompanying website:

The fae have returned home. The long abandon isle springs back to life. Light, laughter and magic abound in the air, the water, the very ground beneath your feet…

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Emotions in art in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Michel Bechir Gallery: Emotions – Lynx Luga

Currently on display at the Michel Bechir Gallery is a ensemble exhibition featuring five Second Life photographer-artists, offering images under the common theme of Emotions. The participating artists are AngeloDiabolico, Mya Audebarn, Max Seagate, Robyn35, and Lynx Luga, with four of the artists on display within the gallery building, and one – AngeloDiabolico – on the courtyard outside.

Given the title of the exhibition, the majority of the images presented focus on avatar studies – but within them, there are also some unexpected pieces that add a twist to the theme, whilst others offer a more narrative slant to the theme.

The Michel Bechir Gallery: Emotions – AngeloDiabolico

Take Angelo’s pieces for example; several have a powerful fantasy theme running through them that provide a rich narrative that frames their focus, bringing life and depth to the characters through the suggestion of emotion…

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Kultivate Magazine’s October 2020 Issue is Now Available!

This issue features artist Anouk Lefavre, United Artists of Second Life (UASL), The Outer Garden Photo Essay, Phoenix Artist Collaboration, Gem Preiz’s Arcadia 3D Exhibition, Just Melusina Exhibition by Melusina Parkin, an update on Second Life’s Cloud Uplift Project, Nostalgia Falls Sim, Whimberly, and photo essays by Tempest Rosca Huntsman & Grace Sixpence. 

Click the cover below to view this month’s issue!

Jennifer and John at Sinful Retreat in Second Life

Thank you for the coverage Inara!

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Janus III Gallery: John Huntsman – Latitudes

Currently open at the Janus I and Janus III galleries at Chuck Clip’s Sinful Retreat are two independent exhibitions by Jennifer Steele (Steele Wilder) and John Huntsman (Johannes Huntsman) that share a common link.

I’m going to start with John’s Latitudes, on display at the Janus III Gallery, as this has been open the longest thus far, having commenced on October 17th.

Janus III Gallery: John Huntsman – Latitudes

A Marine Corps officer in the physical world, John is well-known within Second Life as a multi-talented individual: photographer, Second Life entrepreneur responsible for the Kultivate brand that recently extended its portfolio to include live music, arts curator and organiser of Team Diabetes of Second Life, whilst in the physical world he is becoming more involved in his family’s art gallery and learning more about art curation in the process.

John’s photography…

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