Sansar: thoughts around Kotaku’s hands-on

Check out this new build in Sansar, Inara has new info:

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The Sansar Apollo Museum, unveiled LOOT Interactive’s The Art of VR event in New York on June 22nd, allows visitors to virtually explore true-to-scale models of the Saturn V rocket, Command and Service Module, and Lunar Excursion Module used to reach the Moon, then walk the entire mission from launch to re-entry via a Museum-length mission map; and teleport to a recreation of the Apollo 11 lunar landing site. Credit: LOOT Interactive / Linden Lab

While it doesn’t offer any revaluations of epic proportions about Sansar, and is headlined by the somewhat misleading Hands On With Sansar, the New Second Life, Cecilia D’Anastasio’s June 21st, 2017 piece for Kotaku, still makes for an interesting read, offering as it does further looks inside Sansar for those keen to get a look at environments there, and some food for thought.

Cecilia is a journalist I greatly admire, and who has…

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 5/8/17 to 6/22/17

Lots of images of the day to catch up with! Below are our images of the day from 5/8/17 to 6/22/17:

Image by Loco Oppewall
Sea´s Monsters
Image by Kimeu007
Care for a game of chess?
Image by Eva Luciano
Ocho Tango sunset
Image by Isabelle Beerbaum
The Last Forever
Image by PanAeon
Image Anouk Lefavre
Madpea's The Tower
Image Raizan Field
Forever...pour toujours
Image by Chanell Resident
Back in time, in a old town in England...
Image by Sophia
A Distant Rumble
Image by Indii Tolsen
Book Lovers Retreat!
Image by Caliban Jones
Image Paradox Ivory

Join our Flickr group to have an image considered for our image of the day:

SL14B Meet the Lindens: Patch and Dee

Inara reviews the Meet the Lindens Session With Path and Dee Linden:

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Dee Linden (l), Patch Linden and Saffia Widdershins at the first SL14B Meet The Lindens session

Meet the Lindens is a series of conversations / Q&A sessions with staff from Linden Lab, held as a part of the SL Birthday celebrations in-world. They provide opportunities for Second Life users to get to know something about the staff at the Lab: who they are, what they do, what drew them to Second Life and the company, what they find interesting / inspirational about the platform, and so on.

Monday, June 19th saw Dee and Patch Linden sit down with Saffia Widdershins, and this article hopefully presents some “selected highlights” of the chat, complete with audio extracts from my recording of the event. The official video of the event will be added at the end of this article, once available from Linden Lab.

About Dee and Patch

Dee Linden is the Land…

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Kultivate Magazine is celebrating their 2nd anniversary by teaming up with Model’s Workshop to cohost the month of June’s styling challenge.  Kultivate Magazine and Model’s Workshop invite you to join in “ Fashion in Art,” where each person will wear their best expression of this bold styling! Choose your favorite artist and style an outfit that reflects his or her work, technique and overall mood. Participating in this exciting styling challenge gains you valuable feedback and you can win wonderful prizes! As always the sky’s the limit.

Prizes will include:

-1st Place Winner: Image featured in Kultivate Magazine’s July 2017 Issue and on all social media websites, 2000L’s and three gift cards; Your photo will appear on the Model’s Workshop website and at MW HQ  in-world

-2nd Place Winner: Image featured in Kultivate Magazine’s July 2017 Issue and on all social media websites, 1500L’s and two gift cards

-3rd Place Winner: Image featured in Kultivate Magazine’s July 2017 Issue and on all social media websites, 1000L’s and one gift card

-4th Place Winner: Image featured in Kultivate Magazine’s July 2017 Issue and on all social media websites, 500L’s and one gift card

Winners may also be asked to judge in future styling challenges. Gain great exposure for your modeling and styling career!

For more information including how to participate and application please visit the Model’s Workshop HQ and click on the poster in the lobby.

Here is your taxi: MW HQ

Don’t miss this very special styling challenge! See you there!


The art of SL14B in Second Life

Even more art from SL14B:

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SL14B Community Celebration; Inara Pey, June 2017, on FlickrSL14B Community Celebration

Art in all its forms has always tended to be a part of the SL14B Community Celebration, and this year is no exception. In fact, art is well represented, with the familiar four art parcels around the Cake Stage, and further art parcels within each of the exhibition regions, all of which are in addition to the individual art displays to be found among the exhibitor spaces.

In the run-up to the SL14B gates opening, I was able to visit many of the art displays and installations on offer, and while this is not intended to be an extensive list / set of reviews, I thought I’d highlight those I particularly enjoyed visiting.

Illusion by Solkide Auer and Magda Schmidtzau

Location: SL14B Spectacular art parcel.

You’ll need a little viewer set-up to appreciate this piece, but the effort is more than worthwhile, as the installation is…

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Photofocus | Lightroom FAQ: Update Folder Location

This is useful function to know about if you are wanting to move a folder (or even your entire photo Library) from one drive to another drive. For example, say you are running out of space on one drive and want to move photos to a new drive to free up space on the original drive.You could use Lightroom to move the folders via drag and drop within the Folders panel, but I don’t recommend doing that when a large amount of date is at stake. Using a move command is risky, because if anything goes wrong in the middle of the transfer you could lose data. I prefer a technique that involves copying the folders to the new drive outside of Lightroom, updating Lightroom to this change, and then later manually deleting the files from the original location (outside of Lightroom).

Here’s how:

Open Mac Finder / Windows Explorer (or any file browser or folder synchronization software of your choice).

Copy the entire folder structure (as-is without changing the folder structure or photo file names) from the original drive to the new drive.

Open Lightroom.

Once the copy operation is complete, Expand the Folders panel and right-click (or however you trigger the contextual menu) the parent folder (of the folder structure you copied to the new drive) and choose Update Folder Location.

In the resulting dialog box that appears, navigate to and select that same folder in the new drive (the one you just copied over). Lightroom will update the catalog to point to the folder in the new location (and everything inside of that folder). If you have all your folders/photos in a single parent folder then you are done, but if there are additional folders at the same level as that top folder you just need to repeat steps 4 and 5 with those folders. Give it a test run to make sure everything is as it should be before removing the files from the original location.

Having a good backup in place before you do this is always a good idea. I use this function every time I migrate my photos to a new drive.

Source: Photofocus | Lightroom FAQ: Update Folder Location

Art & Music @ SL14B

Great review of the art at SL14B:

Through Owl's eyes...


There is so much to see and do each day it is impossible to see it and hear it all.

Today I visited Suzen Juel and the Dirty Grind exhibits.

I also plan on spending some time at the Live stage today!

Agusto Napoli @ Live Stage

Wed, June 21, 9am – 10am

Agusto is an acoustic Musician with a lean towards the Grateful dead and rock.

Agusto on face book

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Acoustic Rhapsody (The Vinnie Show!)@ Live Stage

Wed, June 21, 10am – 11am

Vinnie is an accomplished very talented Musician who plays in his Real Life as well as Second Life. His originals are a reflection of his life and experiences sharing a glimpse of the man’s soul.

The Vinnie show is like a box of chocolates… you never know what your going to get!
Acoustic goodness, with current favorites to Classic Rock, Pop songs….plus…

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An All-New Media Library for the WordPress iOS App

Check out the new media library for wordpress via Ios

The Blog

We recently launched an all-new media picker for WordPress for Android. Now, iOS users, you’re next! The new 7.8 release of WordPress for iOS includes a top-level Media Library section for each site you manage — making it even easier to share your images, video, and other media with the world.

With just one tap from your site’s details menu, you can view all your media, search, edit metadata, delete items, and upload new items.


We know that for many of you your smartphone is your camera. We want the WordPress mobile apps to be the easiest way for you to store and share your photos and video on the open web. This is just the beginning of the improvements you can expect to see for
WordPress for iOS.

If you haven’t already, download WordPress for iOS from the App Store, give it a try, and let us know…

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Firestorm 5.0.7: tight and tidy

Firestorm has a new release, Inara has more info:

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

On Tuesday, June 20th, the Firestorm team released Firestorm

This is something of a maintenance update than a major feature release, covering as it does the more recent updates from Linden Lab – the improved region and parcel access controls, updated Trash behaviour to try to help control risks of inventory loss, custom folders for uploads, the avatar complexity updates, and a host of smaller fixes and tweaks.

Most of these have been adopted directly from the Lab’s code, others  – such as the avatar complexity updates – have been folded-in to existing capabilities in Firestorm. There are also numerous updates and improvements from the Firestorm team as well.

In keeping with my usual approach to Firestorm releases, what follows is  not an in-depth review of everything new  / updated in version, but rather an overview, highlighting some of the more significant / interesting changes, updates and  fixes…

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Floating worlds and Dutch proverbs in Second Life

Inara reviews the new exhibit at The Vordun Gallery:

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The Vordun: Pictures of the Floating World

Now featured at The Vordun Museum and Gallery  curated by Jake Vordun, are two new exhibitions Caitlyn and I recently dropped in on, and which make for an engaging visit.

The first, and most recent, is Pictures of the Floating World, occupying the gallery’s South Wing. This takes visitors in to the world of ukiyo-e,(literally “picture[s] of the floating world) a form of Japanese art using woodblock prints and paintings which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries.  Ukiyo (“floating world”) refers to the hedonistic lifestyle enjoyed by the  merchant class of Edo (modern Tokyo) who were at that time benefiting the most of the city’s economic expansion, and who became one of the prime audiences for the art, purchasing it to decorate their homes.

The Vordun: Pictures of the Floating World

Much of this is explained in the…

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Lab issues Second Life account security tips / warning

Security Warnings from LL, Inara has the scoop:

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Linden Lab has issued a reminder / warning about the need for Second Life users to keep their account details secure.

It comes as a result of tools such as viewer “wrappers” (third-party applications which must be launched in order to run the viewer) which effectively takes away a user’s ability to control their account. by making changes to both the account password and the e-mail address associated with the account (thus effectively preventing the user from ever recovering their account). In some cases, these viewers / wrappers may even effectively pass control of an account to another user.

All of the above is not only dangerous in terms of account security / integrity – it is also against Linden Lab’s Terms of Service.

The blog post carrying the warning is reproduced in full below, was issued by the Governance Team. It is designed to clarify the use of such…

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Photofocus | Selective Coloring Tutorial with ACDSee Ultimate 10

Editor’s Note: For Window’s users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a solution.  We invite you to check out a free trial of their application In this Ultimate 10 tutorial, we’ll learn an easy way to create a popular selective coloring effect, converting a photo to black and white while leaving the main subject in full color.

Source: Photofocus | Selective Coloring Tutorial with ACDSee Ultimate 10

Second Life Windlight environmental enhancements

Inara has the scoop on the new windlight environmental enhancements:

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

As I recently reported, Linden Lab are starting on a set of Second Life environmental enhancements, including the ability to define the environment (sky, sun, moon, clouds) at the  parcel level. These changes to the environment controls are quite extensive, and wrap a number of ideas together into a single project.

On Tuesday, June 13th, Rider Linden, who is leading the work made a preliminary document on what is being considered available via the Simulator User Group meeting. In it, several enhancements to the windlight environment capabilities are outlined, and are summarised below – please read Rider’s document for the full details.

Environment Inventory Asset

A new asset type that can be stored, managed and traded through the Second Life inventory and the Marketplace. This asset type will:

  • Comprise a Sky asset for adjusting atmospheric effects, clouds, the sun,moon and stars; and a Water asset for controlling the environment…

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Day #3 @ Kultivate Magazine’s Anniversary Summer Weekend!

Anniversary Summer 17 Poster


Today is the last day of our anniversary summer weekend and our lineup is:
12pm to 2pm slt-Bollywood Art Ball (international)
3pm to 4pm slt-Storytelling with The Seanchai Library
4pm to 6pm slt-rave party, Bishbox, & Decocrate giveaway with DJ Paradox

**the exhibition hall, the hunt, and shopping areas are open 24/7**

show #153: confessions of a [second] lifer: rai fargis

Check out another Drax Files Radio Show Hour

the drax files radio hour [with jo yardley]

show #153.jpg show #153

don’t let the title mislead you: this is not some exploitative show but simply commemorating a super special event = you meet someone in real life for the first time, someone you have previously only known by their avatar and interacted only in our beloved virtual world. happened to drax in vienna a few days ago and here is a fabulous conversation which touches on a few controversial topics:

more to read on the topics discussed below:

  • our guest rai fargis:
  • the now defunct sim “undercity” [pics by liqeur felix]
  • a whole bunch of blogposts about sl5b and the kids child play controversy:

loki about sl5b.png

rai on sl5b.png

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Photofocus | 8 Tips for Better Candid Photos

Some of the best photos are candid. People are more relaxed and photos have more context. Despite what you might think, candid photos do take some planning. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Continue reading “Photofocus | 8 Tips for Better Candid Photos”

Detectives, skulls, moons and ghosts

Inara covers this week at The Seanchai Library:

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s time to kick-off another week of storytelling in Voice by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, June 11th

13:30: The Thin Man

New York, 1932. Nick Charles, a retired west coast private detective, and his wealthy socialite wife, are in the Big Apple for Christmas. It’s a place where Nick is perfectly happy getting drunk in their hotel room or in speakeasies. Which is not to say the couple are unhappy; far from it. They enjoy witty repartee and banter with one another, and Nora is every inch Nick’s match in wit and intelligence.

Things change when Nick is visited by Dorothy Wynant, the daughter of a former client, businessman Clyde Wynant, who has apparently vanished ahead of his daughter’s wedding. Nick reluctantly…

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Summer Hunt @ Kultivate Anniversary Summer!


Welcome to the Summer Hunt at Kultivate Anniversary Summer!

Scattered throughout the area are beach balls, touch each one and you will get a free prize. Below are areas where you can find beach balls:

Art Exhibition Area – 5 balls are hidden here

Shopping Area – 5 balls are hidden here

Enkeli – 5 balls are hidden here

Seanchai Library Area – 2 balls are hidden here

Performances Area – 2 balls are hidden here

Landing Point – 1 ball is hidden here

Today @ Kultivate Anniversary Summer Weekend Day #2!

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It’s Day #2 of our Anniversary Summer Weekend! Todays lineup:

1pm slt – The E.V.A Project presents !Show!
3pm slt-Live performer Dimivan Ludwig
4pm slt-Live performer Winston Ackland
6pm slt-Rave party with DJ Paradox Messmer

**All galleries, exhibits, shopping, & the hunt are open 24/7

For a complete list of events:


Slurl to !Show!:

Kultivate Anniversary Summer Photo Challenge!

ANNIERSARYSUMMERPHOTOCHALLENGE.jpgKultivate is pleased to announce a special photo challenge in honor of our second anniversary! This challenge has a combined total of 5000L’s in prizes. Below are the rules and guidelines:


1st place- 1500Ls and one shopping gift card

2nd place-1000L’s and one shopping gift card

3rd place-500L’s and one shopping gift card

**All images will be published online via our social media websites**

Below are the rules and guidelines of this photo challenge:

  1. There is no set theme for this photo challenge ,we simply ask that you enter your best image
  2. All photos must be posted in the official contest Flickr Group:
  3. You are allowed 1 submission
  4. When posting photos please use the following naming convention: “Kultivate Anniversary Summer-your SL Name” DO NOT use display names
  5. All photos must include the slurl of where you took it in the description
  6. All photos must be new and original, you can post them in other Flickr groups
  7. Nudity and adult themed images and places are not allowed
  8. Editing in Photoshop, GIMP, or some other graphics program is ok
  9. You have until June 16, 2017 at 6pm slt to submit your images. We will use the Flickr date and time stamp to determine if you met the deadline
  10. Remember to follow are sim rules and covenants when visiting sims and places that do not belong to you
  11. The image must be of your own intellectual property and by submitting an image to our Flickr group, you give us rights to publish the image if you win the contest
  12. Please contact Johannes1977 resident in regards to this contest

Kultivate Anniversary Summer Art Exhibition is Now Open!

Anniversary Summer 17 Poster

At the Kultivate Anniversary Summer Weekend, we have a special art exhibition set up! The exhibition is now open for viewing and the following artists are taking part in this special exhibition:

Ilyra Chardin
KodyMeyers Resident
Slatan Dryke
Tisephone Resident
Sheba Blitz
Sandi Benelli
Veruca Tammas
Jaime Poutine
Jamee Sandalwood
Catalina Staheli
Wild Alchemi
Anouk Lefavre
Syphera Inaka
Sabine Mortenwold
Pam Astonia