Linden Lab: L$ buy fee change + 2FA/TPV and Map tile updates

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via Linden Lab

There have been a series of announcements from the the Lab – formal and informal – that I’m catching up on.

Linden Dollar “Buy” Fee Change

The biggest – and the one formal announcement – is the notice that Linden Dollar “buy” fees are changing as from Thursday, April 22nd, 2021.

Currently, a flat fee of US $.149 is applied to all Linden Dollar purchases. From April 22nd this will be changing. As of that date:

  • A new 7.5% buy fee will be applied, based on the total value of the transaction purchase amount, up to a maximum of US $9.99 per purchase transaction.
  • The US $1.49 will become the minimum fee charged per purchase transaction.

Examples:

  • You purchase US $15 of Linden Dollars – 7.5% of 15 is  $1.10 and less than US $1.49 – so the fee charged is US $1.49.
  • You purchase US $30…

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Sunday @ 1pm slt – Kultivate Edge Gallery’s March Exhibition Opening!

Join us Sunday, March 14, 2021 from 1 to 2pm slt for the opening of Kultivate Edge Gallery’s March 2021 Exhibition! Kultivate Edge Gallery is Kultivate’s only gallery that features black and white imagery. The following artists are exhibiting this month:

Vanessa Jane
Jamee Sandalwood
Maaddi Benazzi
Veruca Tammas
Reycharles Resident
Soraia Rodrigues
Anders Franizzi
Saskia Reiko
Johannes Huntsman
Justice Pedroia

Live musician Mimi Carpenter will perform throughout the hour. We hope you can join us!
Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/43/212/27

Kultivate’s February 2021 Issue Is Now Published!!

Kultivate’s February 2021 issue is now published! This issue features 3D artist Betty Tureaud, The Florence at Low Tide Sim, The House That Love Built Sim, The 3D Exhibition Khaos in Motion, and the Futur Art Exhibition. This issue also features the following photo essays: Places to Ride Horses in SL by Tempest Rosca Huntsman, Vargsangen by Inara Pey, and Fun photography by Layka. This issue also features the new last names in Second Life and the departure of long time employee Oz Linden from Linden Labs. Lastly this issue features the No Eden to the West sim. Click the cover below to view this month’s issue!

Third annual “RL Photo Festival” announced

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Photographer Nils Urqhart is organising the 2021 “RL Photo Festival” – you can see his work at his Art Gallery Rill’Arts

The Third “RL Photo Festival” (formerly  the Annual International RL Photography Festival) will take place between Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 and Sunday, April 25th, 2021. organised by photographer Nils Urqhart, and  hosted at the Helvellyn Gallery).

The festival is intended to be a celebration of artistic photographic  expression for the physical world, and is open to anyone from across Second Life with an interest it, or passion for, photography. All submissions should meet the following guidelines:

  • Submissions must be original photographs recorded in the physical world (to images captured in Second Life or computer games).
  • Submissions may be in colour or black and white, and may be on any theme,  and in accordance with the following criteria:
    • All content must be family friendly. Submissions can depict the human form…

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VWBPE 2021 in Second Life: programme announced

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VWBPE 2021

The 14th annual  Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education (VWBPE) conference will take place in Second Life between Thursday, March 18th and Saturday, March 20th 2021, with the supporting programme commencing on Wednesday, March 3rd.

The core schedule of events for the conference has been officially announced, and highlights include (att at the main auditorium, unless otherwise stated):

  • March 18th:
    • 08:00-09:00 SLT: Kick-off event at the VWBPE Gateway.
    • 09:00-09:50 SLT: Keynote address – About the History of Virtual Reality and the Meaning of VR for Education with Dr. Undine Frömming (Angenblick Winkler SL); HMKW Berlin, University of Applied Science for Media, Communication and Management.
    • 15:00-15:50 SLT: What’s up at the Lab? with Patch Linden and hosted by Kevin Feenan (Phelan Corrimal), VWBPE Director; Rockcliffe University Consortium.
  • March 19th:
    • 08:00-08:50 SLT: Keynote address – Heike Philp (Gwen Gwasi).  Details TBA.
  • March 20th:
    • 09:00-09:50 SLT: keynote address…

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Sunday @ 12pm slt – Kultivate AIR Gallery!

Join us at Kultivate AIR (Artist in Residence) Gallery on Sunday, February 28 from 12 to 2pm slt as Kultivate presents its newest artists in residence! This event will feature the following artists:

Anouk Lefavre
Fly Kugin
Jamee Sandalwood
Jesie Janick
Kalina Sands
Lena Kopiak
Pam Astonia
Reya Darkstone
Suzen Juel
Tempest Rosca
Vanessa Jane

Live performers Mimi Carpenter (12pm to 1pm slt) and Ambrosia (1pm to 2pm slt) will perform throughout the event. Casual dress code and slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/57/118/26



John and Tempest at Raging Graphix

Thanks for the article Inara!

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Raging Graphix Gallery: Yin and Yang

Currently on show at Raging Bellls’ Raging Graphix Gallery is a joint exhibition by Second Life partners, John (Johannes Huntsman) and Tempest Rosca-Huntsman (Tempest Rosca) entitled Yin and Yang.

It’s a title that reflects both the art on display and the artists themselves on a number of levels. At its most literal, the title reflects the fact that whilst opposites on several levels (e.g. male and female, the fact that they originate on opposite sides of the Atlantic, etc.), Tempest and John naturally combine to form a whole. There’s also the fact that all healthy relationships contain within them the ability to grow and change, for both sides to contribute to the whole – and through their art and other endeavours in Second Life this is very true of John and Tempest.

Raging Graphix Gallery: Yin and Yang – Tempest Rosca

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Dya’s Little Jordan in Second Life

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Dya’s Little Jordan, February 2021

The start of February saw me hop over to tour Dya OHare’s latest design at her homestead region after receiving an invitation from her to do so. It’s a setting that sees Dya move away from the Americas, which have been a focus for her last two designs (see:  Dya’s Scent of the Caribbean in Second Lifeand Dya’s Southern Twilight), and instead turn to the Middle East for inspiration.

As its name suggestions, Dya’s Little Jordan is a take on the Kingdom of Jordan, and it has quite a lot to offer Second Life photographers. However, I’ll state up-front that, thanks to past idiocy on the part of some visiting Dya’s builds, group membership (L$300, so not a fortune) is now required to access Dya’s region, so do keep that in mind. I’ll also confess that Jordan isn’t a country with which I’m…

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Speedlight: a round-up of recent updates

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via Speedlight

I’ve fallen behind in my tracking of Speedlight, the browser / Android / iOS Second Life client. There are several reasons for this – most of them down to me & time (or lack thereof), although I admit a couple of issues with the application have also kept me from using it. With regards to the latter, I’d like to offer a doff of my virtual hat and a “thank you” to the Speedlight Live Chat support mechanism and Speedlight Support Manager QuincyJohnes (that’s a name you have to love for it’s little play on things) for getting me sorted in very short order.

There have been numerous changes to Speedlight since my last article in July 2020 (see: Speedlight: group functionality and other updates), some of which are more under-the-hood than user visible, and there are several more in the pipeline. As such, this piece is offered…

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A return to Tonarino in Second Life

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Tonarino, February 2021

On February 1st, we dropped in on Tonarino, the Full region held and designed by 秋元のん (n0rik0). At the time, the focus of our visit was the region’s sky platform, Nekomachi Street (see: The cats of Tonarino in Second Life), but I noted we also hopped down to see what had changed within the region’s ground level design since our last visit in December 2019 (as recorded in Tonarino: an oriental curio in Second Life), and I promised to provide an update.

Well, truth be told, first looks tended to suggest not a lot had changed; the majority of the region is still given over to a large landmass in part cut through by the single line of a railway track that terminates abruptly alongside a little station building, while a small stream slices through the bedrock. Around both lies a landscape suggestive of the…

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Hilaire Beaumont at Monocle Man in Second Life

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Monocle Man Gallery: Hilaire Beaumont

Currently available the Monocle Man Gallery, curated by Kit Boyd and Lynx Luga, is an outstanding exhibition by Hiliare Beaumont. Untitled, it presents a series of self-portrait avatar studies that are – despite the fact I often use this phrase with regards to art exhibitions in Second Life – genuinely rich in their depth of narrative and content.

These are piece that bring together a range of inspirations – literature, film, music, elements of fantasy, historical drama to present pieces that are evocative, layered and often highly emotive. Through their presentation, these are pieces that illustrate the fact that Hilaire was initially drawn to Second Life as a place of role-play, and has since grown towards photography as a means of expression and emotional release.

Monocle Man Gallery: Hilaire Beaumont

The role-play aspect can perhaps be seen in the likes of Le Fantome de…

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Giovanna’s Traces at PAC in Second Life

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PAC Featured Artist: Giovanna Cerise

Giovanna Cerise is an artist whom I’ve admired for years. Her work, which spans both the virtual and the physical, is exceptional, whether seen as an individual piece, or as a complete installation.

As I recently reported, she has recently returned to artistic expression through Second Life after a hiatus of several years, opening a studio gallery at Campbell Coast – and I’m particularly honoured and delighted to announce that Giovanna is the first artist to appear at the Phoenix Artists Collaboration as a Featured Artist.

PAC Featured Artist: Giovanna Cerise

Officially opening on Saturday, February 6th, 2021 at PAC, is a special display of art Giovanna has put together, entitled Traces. It marks her first formal exhibition since her return to Second Life – although it will obviously not be her last. It  presents a mix of her work, past and present; …

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A return to Where our journey in Second Life

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Where Our Journey Begins, February 2021

Where Our Journey Begins is a homestead region held and designed by Vivian Ewing. It’s a place we first visited fairly recently – in September 2020, in fact. However, after getting several nudges from people that the region has been redressed for the coming Spring, I suggested to Caitlyn that we hop over and take another look.

The changes made since that first visit of ours are extensive; yet at the same time, there is much about the setting that does offer a sense of continuation from that iteration to this: the curtain wall of cliffs with their waterfalls (now to the south-east of the region, rather than to the north), the use of granite-like tables of rock on which to site some of the region’s buildings, etc. This mix gives the region a pleasing sense of the familiar couple with discovery.

Where…

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Kultivate Sensuality Exhibition-Love Edition!

Kultivate Sensuality Exhibition-Love Edition

Kultivate brings a new version of Sensuality with the Sensuality Exhibition-Love Edition, which takes place February 5 to 7, 2021! This is one of two Kultivate adult themed exhibitions that features sensual, adult, erotic, and sexual art! The following artists are currently exhibiting their sensual art and photography:

Elise Sirnah
4pril Resident
Dusty PEdroia
Jesie Janick
Jamee Sandalwood
Johannes Huntsman
Kacey Lysios
Kalina Sands
Kimmy Ridley
Laerka Resident
Moora McMillan
Resmay Bloodstorm
Myra Wildmist
Q (Sirspanking Resident)
Talitha Alice
Tempest Rosca Huntsman
Vanessa Jane
Veruca Tammas
Vita Theas

**As this is an adult exhibition, teen or child avatars are not allowed. Clothing is optional.**
Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Costa%20del%20Sol/193/58/3699

EVENTS SCHEDULE:
Friday, February 5:
-8am slt – Exhibition Opens
-4pm to 5pm slt – live performer Rapid Randy
-5pm to 6pm slt – live performer Jesie Janick

Saturday, February 6:
-1pm slt to 2pm slt – live performer Lyric Serendipity
-2pm to 3pm slt – live performer Abby Jaidov

Sunday, February 7:
-12pm slt to 1pm slt – live performer Suzen Juel

Kultivate’s January 2021 Issue is Now Published!

The January 2021 Issue of Kultivate Magazine is now published! This issue features the machinima series Lang, Virtual Community Radio, the Marfi Sim, The new exhibition at Kultivate Edge Gallery, Cica Ghost’s Planet 3D Exhibition, the Handmaiden’s Sim, the new board of directors at Linden Lab, Planet Indun, and a photo essay by Euridice Qork. Click the image below to view the issue.

Sunday @ 1pm slt – Kultivate Presents the Art of Anouk Lefavre!

Join us this Sunday, January 31, 2021 from 12 to 2pm slt for the grand opening of Anouk Lefavres exhibition at Kultivate Signature Gallery! This exhibition will feature 3 floors of art work by Anouk and will feature live performers Abby Jaidov (12pm to 1pm slt ) and Jesie Janic (1pm to 2pm slt). Casual dress code.

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/52/185/26

You can learn more about Anouk below:

My name is Anouk Lefavre, photographer in Second Life.
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For details about my pictures, please visit my webpage https://anouklefavre.wordpress.com/ and my Flickr stream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/119288042@N04/

If you need further information, feel free to contact me in-World via IM or Notecard.

Thank you for your interest.
Best wishes!

Second Life land and user in 2020, via Tyche Shepherd

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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/