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: a 3-D virtual world created by its Residents. (SecondLife, 2015)
is an online virtual world, developed by Linden Lab, based in San Francisco, and launched on June 23, 2003. By 2013 Second Life had approximately 1 million regular users, according to Linden Lab, which owns Second Life. The virtual world can be accessed freely via Linden Lab's own client programs, or via alternative Third Party Viewers. Second Life users (also called Residents) create virtual representations of themselves, called avatars and are able to interact with other avatars, places or objects. They can explore the world (known as the grid), meet other residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, build, create, shop and trade virtual property and services with one another. It is a platform that principally features 3D-based user-generated content. Second Life also has its own virtual currency, the Linden Dollar, which is exchangeable with real world currency. (SecondLife, 2015)
What is SecondLife?
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You can access sites in SecondLife (SL) from the web using SLurls. Learn more about
Getting Started Resources
SecondLife Video tutorials (Linden Lab)
Cosma has a 3D interface that allows you to browse content spatially!
Cosma has been using the virtual world
to provide a 3D interface to Cosma since 2006.
The SecondLife interface consists of a series of virtual spaces designed around inviting metaphors.
The spaces all have hundreds of interactive objects such as animals, vehicles, rides and games.
There are also a number of "Magic Doors" that serve as portals to interesting SecondLife sites.
Most importantly, there are “Magic Windows” and other
that you can click on
to open a browser window that displays subject specific pages on this and other web sites.
Knowledge Park, Exploration Area (K-Place v.1.6)
Providing a free and public Knowledge Navigation Nexus
to the best of SecondLife and the Web since 2006!
Here is a video "walk-through" of Knowledge Park.
These are links to resources organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma.
Subject Specific Links
SecondLife Wiki (Linden Lab)
SL Unofficial Wiki (Wikia)
What is SecondLife (Linden Lab)
SecondLife Help (Linden Lab)
SecondLife Destination Guide
SecondLife in Popular Science (Popular Science)
How SecondLife Works (HowStuffWorks)
Business in SecondLife (Linden Lab)
Historical Locations (SL Wikia)
SecondLife Through the Ages (SL Wikia)
SecondLife Historical Museum (SecondLife Destination Guide)
List of Museums and Galleries in SecondLife (SL Wikia)
Library of Congress
UPenn Online Books
SecondLife Education (SL Wiki)
SecondLife Knowledgebase (Linden Lab)
My SecondLife (Linden Lab)
SecondLife Press (Linden Lab)
New World Notes (Wagner James Au)
SL Policy & Guidelines, Linden Lab
Can people actually 'own' virtual land? (John D. Sutter, CNN)
Building content for 3D can be intimidating, but the Ivory Tower of Primitives has been doing a great job of easing people into it for a decade. It is actually easier to begin by learning how to author in SecondLife using this site and then move on to more complex authoring systems like Blender and Unity.
Learn building at the Ivory Tower of Primitives
Second Life building basics 101
Second Life Building Basics 102
Ivory Tower of Primitives (SecondLife Destination Guide)
SL Wiki (Primarily Technical Information)
Linden Lab’s How To Videos
SL Knowledge Base, Build Tools
SL Knowledge Base: Building Tips
Building Tips Forum
SL Exchange, Building Components
Resident Resources, Building & Architecture
LLSite Resident Resources, Textures & Prim Tools
Texturing Tips Forum
Texture Tutorials & Library
Texture Tutorials by Robin (Sojourner) Wood
The Particle Laboratory
LSL Scripting Portal
LLSite Resident Resources, Scripting Tools
Community: Resident Sites, scripting
Scripting Library Forum
Scripting Tips Forum
World Map & Teleporting
Live SecondLife Map
SL Navigation Help (SL Wiki)
Maps of SecondLife (Secondlife Destination Guide)
Moving & Flying
How to move your camera further and better
Hands Free 3D: Second Life Navigation Demo
Google Maps in Second Life
Google Maps in SecondLife (Digital Urban)
Getting your message across...
How to enable voice in Second Life
How to see and hear streaming media in Second Life
Parcel Media: Play webpages, movies, & more - Second ...
SL Wiki: Category:Help/Multimedia
Giving a PowerPoint Presentation in SL
There aren't always real people behind avatars...
are third party programs used to access the server to perform and automate various tasks like camping, group joining, greeting and even copying/cloning (in SecondLife)
Second Life Pikkubot Tutorial - Setting Up Pikkubot
SecondLife Traffic Bots - mr Roboto
'Crowded Silence' (Second Life Bots Footage)
How traffic in SL works...
How Many Bots Are There?
From creators of Second Life a new VR world is coming
Discussing Project Sansar with Second Life CEO Ebbe Altberg
Project Sansar Preview
Linden Lab Invites First Virtual Experience Creators to Project Sansar Testing (Linden Lab)
The virtual reality successor to Second Life will open to 3D artists this summer (Adi Robertson, The Verge)
The Infinite Mind in Second Life with Kurt Vonnegut
Featured News articles
A Fresh New Community Look is Just Around the Corner!
by Linden Lab
There are some exciting changes coming to the Second Life community platform! A fresh look and feel are just around the corner. In order to make this happen, and to ensure that everything remains intact when we make the changes live, we need to export existing community platform content, which - you can imagine - is a lot of data! Exports require that the forums be put into “read-only” mode during the export process. What that means for you is that during that time you&rsqu...
Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 02/17/2017
by Xiola Linden
Just because the hallmark of romantic holidays is over, doesn’t mean it’s time to completely abandon the concept of love. We need love in our lives, now more than ever — and the Destination Guide has almost every shade of love you can imagine. You can show love through shopping — by dropping into the Madpea International Food Fair — where 50% of proceeds will help build a kitchen at a school in Kenya through the Feed a Smile charity. Explore the Dross Valentine E...
Hug and Dunk Lindens on Valentine’s Day at Isle of View!
by Xiola Linden
Feb 10, 2017
Roses are redViolets are blueCome hug and dunk some LindensAt the Isle of View! On February 14th from 10am-12pm and 2-4pm SLT, join us at the Isle of View for a chance to hug and dunk some Lindens. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your one and only - when else are you going to get the chance to cozy up to a Linden or send one shrieking into the depths of a dunk tank? An opportunity like this comes around about once a year — so don’t miss out. Love is a complicated crea...
Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 02/10/2017
by Xiola Linden
Feb 10, 2017
When I was in school, Valentine’s Day meant hanging a construction paper mailbox off your desk for classmates to leave you a valentine — usually with some kind of pun on the front. It was a nice little act of kindness that made us all feel good! Consider the Destination Guide our year ‘round valentine to you. This blog highlights some of the newest additions to the guide — an assortment of treats for every taste. From hunts to fairs and everything in-between — yo...
An Important Update to the Skill Gaming Application Process
by Linden Lab
Feb 7, 2017
As we blogged back in the Summer of 2014, gambling is strictly prohibited in Second Life and operating or participating in a game of chance that provides a Linden Dollar payout is a violation of our Terms of Service. However, games of skill are legally permitted in many jurisdictions, and since then we’ve seen that many Second Life users are interested in playing such games for Linden Dollars. We updated our gaming policy in Second Life at that time and opened applications for Skill Gam...
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Brownwood hardware store to get a second life - ReporterNews.com
ReporterNews.comBrownwood hardware store to get a second lifeReporterNews.comBROWNWOOD – After 140 years, the oldest hardware store in Texas continues to have a bright future. Two weeks ago, the family-owned Weakley-Watson Hardware announced it would be closing its doors at the end of February. “It's been 140 years, it's been ...and more »
Faded patio cushions get second life as dog beds - Houston Chronicle
Faded patio cushions get second life as dog bedsHouston ChronicleWe are getting a new patio set, but the chair pads in the old set are in pretty decent shape - they're just faded. I thought that the dogs could use these cushions as beds when out on the patio. The outdoor fabric stands up to the weather, and the ...
Former WP building may get second life as housing development - The Daily Times
Feb 16, 2017
Former WP building may get second life as housing developmentThe Daily TimesWHEELING — The former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel building in downtown Wheeling may see a second life as an upscale housing development, according to local real estate agent Jay Goodman. Goodman, of Harvey Goodman Realtor, said a preliminary ...
A Burmese Resurrection: Grocery Cafe Will Get a Second Life in Jack London Square - East Bay Express
Feb 15, 2017
East Bay ExpressA Burmese Resurrection: Grocery Cafe Will Get a Second Life in Jack London SquareEast Bay ExpressNearly every week, some Bay Area restaurant ends not with a bang but a whimper — or, in the case of the well-loved East Oakland Burmese spot Grocery Cafe, a single all-caps Facebook status posted in early January: “DEAR ALL WE ARE CLOSED ...
Oldest Dallas Record Store Could Get Second Life - CBS Local
Feb 14, 2017
CBS LocalOldest Dallas Record Store Could Get Second LifeCBS LocalDALLAS (CBS11) -It was the oldest music shop in Dallas and even played a role in the assassination of JFK. But Top Ten Records is now a business of the past. The shop owner, Mike Polk, recently decided to hit stop and retire. “I mean it's kind of ...and more »
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