Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Index

New Resident Information
 - Choosing Your Avatar - Part One - 'New' Avatars.
 - Choosing Your Avatar - Part Two - Fantasy Avatars.
 - Choosing Your Avatar - Part Three - Vampires and Other Monsters
 - An Introduction to Mesh Bodies



 - Opening Boxes and Putting on Clothes
 - Teleporting and Reading Maps in Second Life
 - Where to Find Freebies
 - About Gatchas
 - How Not to Buy Land in Second Life

Art in Second Life 
Overview
Patrick Moya
Earl Dinkins

Places to Visit
A Quick Tour - The Mainland, Zindra, and the Premium Home Continents
The Great Second Life Railway
ONSR Railway
The Virtual Railway Consortium (VRC)
MadWorld and MadPea Games
Unofficial Tourist Information Office Locations
Whimsy Kaboom and Kaboom

Living in Second Life
Setting a Place As Home
Finding a Place to Hang Your Virtual Hat
Getting a 'First Generation' Premium Home
Getting a 'Second Generation' Premium Home
 The New Linden Homes in Bellisseria

Finding Your Way Around Second Life
Second Life Geography - An Overview
Know Your Continents - Satori
The Lilliputian Isles
Sailing and Boating

Building
How to Find Free Textures in Second Life
Learning to Build

History
Finding Linden Bears
Greenies - A Part Of Second Life History
Telehubs and Infohubs
Second Life Geographic Institute (SLGI)

The Three-Hour Tour:
 - First Stop - Governor's Mansion, an early Second Life Build
 - Second Stop - Historical Recreation, Buckingham Palace
 - Third Stop - Arcadia Asylum Museum in Mieville
 - Fourth Stop - A Visit to D-Lab
 - Fifth Stop - Exploring the Roads of Second Life
---Route 14
 - Sixth Stop - Pod Tours
 - Where to Get More Information

Sunday, February 23, 2020

How To Use A Mesh Body - New Resident Services Has A Tutorial

I just got an announcement:

"Ladies! Are you struggling with how to use the mesh bodies? Why not try out this interactive and comprehensive tutorial. You will get a free open source mesh body, and there are nice clothes and shoes.
Why not give it a try!
(Tutorial is for female only at this time. Sorry guys - yours will come later)."
I walked through the tutorial, and plan to come back when it is not so busy.

 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lawst%20Paradise/68/46/2002








Thursday, February 6, 2020

Whimsy Kaboom and Kaboom

These two private regions were created by Cheyenne Palisades and she has generously made them open to the public. Over the years, she and her partner Sweetie have worked to bring the landscaping to perfection. This is a a wonderful example of what just a few people can achieve, and I always pick up ideas to improve my own parcel.

The beauty extends from under the water to high in space - but at every turn the humorous touches make this place unique. Be sure to read the signs and pick up the notes and handbooks available at different locations.

Just put "Whimsy Kaboom" or "Kaboom" into your Second Life map. You will probably arrive in the water, but that is just one of the many surprises you will find on your visit. If you want to try for a dry landing, just use one of the Slurls below.
In the same area is a smaller destination
board with directions to the Robot Sanitarium
and Earth Orbit


Every time I visit I find something new to inspire, astonish, or amuse me.




http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Whimsy/16/108/33

This lands you on solid ground, near a directory of some of the many activities available. Turn around and you'll find a directory of other destinations, like the Robot Sanitarium or Earth Orbit.

You can control the volcano from the viewing platform:


Slurl : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Whimsy/34/57/60


Bob the Paleolithic Drinking Bird is one of the oldest objects here.

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Whimsy/101/44/30

Beauty, and danger, but I think the touches of humor make this destination unique. Be sure to read the signs and pick up the notecards.

Have fun!
From the volcano platform you can control the volcano.
Watch out for the control marked "Sacrifice"



Bob the Paleolithic Bobbing Bird is one of the oldest features.
Note: You can pick up a notecard with Landmarks (rather than Slurls) at the Unofficial Tourist Information Center in Ukanipo.


Saturday, January 25, 2020

A Quick Tour - Exploring the Mainland, the Premium Home Continents, and Zindra

Since teleportation is the primary method of transportation here in Second Life, it is very easy to lose track of where you are.

Want to visit all the Mainland Continents, the Premium Home Continents, and Zindra in a short period of time? This tour is for you. 

I have tried to find a neutral teleport destination on each continent where you can stop, look around, and move on to the next site. For those who want a more in-depth stop I have added the closest Pod Station slurl.




Mainland Continents and Related Areas



Let's start with Corsica:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Paneer/217/62/23
If you have Second Life installed the link will take you to the Explorer's Information Center in Paneer, Corsica. Inside the building you will find a variety of maps and information, including a map of Corsica showing the two main routes - Circuit La Corse, and Route 11. There are Explorer Information Centers on 

Another spot to visit in Corsica is http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fishers%20Rest/33/67/23


Fishers Rest, Corsica

















One Corsica Pod Station is at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Corfeld/247/62/71 - Yavascript Pod Station


 Gaeta 1 (The Unfinished Continent)

Lastness Marina and Lighthouse is at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lastness/215/104/23
from there you can explore the Sandy Beach Trail, or try sailing around the shoreline.

Lastness Lighthouse, Gaeta 1
There is a Gaeta 1 Pod Station at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Elten/12/149/29


 Gaeta 5 

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Helfell/208/133/72 - You will arrive at a Fort by an Infohub.A public beach is nearby.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife//186/178/48


Heterocera has many roads. This slurl will take you to a spot on the High Mountain Road just below Simple's Zoo which is excellent for travelling by horseback. (Horses are in your current 'choose an avatar' menu -  I saved the horse and rider avatar in my outfits, then just added the horse and the riding animation to what I was wearing.)



http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Concinna/23/182/40 - High Mountain Road
Calleta Pod Station - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife//122/150/43






Jeogeot

In Jeogeot The Lordshore Bridge spans several regions. There are underwater wrecks and a cave nearby. 




http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lordshore/65/59/55
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Monowai/8/141/73


Nautilus

Magellan crash-landed in Nautilus and his rocket is still there. You can sit in the cockpit and view his first surveillance photos.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nautilus%20-%20Mysehi/109/36/24
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cecil/9/118/60

First Generation Linden Premium Home Continents

There are actually four First Generation Linden Premium Home continents. Each continent has Meadowbrook, Tahoe, Shareta Osumai, and Elderglen housing communities and infohubs.  In this case we are only going to visit one location on one continent, but it is well worth exploring the rest on your own.



http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shareta%20Osumai/138/171/89

There are no pod tours on any of the First or Second Generation Premium Home Continents
Eastern Premium Continent

Sansara may be considered "The Mother Continent". Second Life started with a small cluster of 16 regions near Da Boom on March 13, 2002.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Da%20Boom/159/219/36

This will land you next to Caffe DaBoom.
Primitar Avatar courtesy of Second Life Historical Museum http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Phobos/204/162/42
One Sansar Pod Station is at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Durango/154/188/119

Satori has Asian-themed signposts, but a diverse Second Life population.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bagheera/59/125/57 This is the end of Route 8 in Bagheera.


http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife//3/156/24 is the landmark for the Pod Station in Basilisk.

 Sharp Continent used to be the place where teenagers were sent before they were old enough to venture on Mainland. There are many places to visit.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife//3/156/24



There is a Pod Station at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife//137/147/116
Zindra:  Linden Lab started a project to create a new continent specifically designed for Adult content. 


http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pengallen%20Bridge/199/242/38 - From here you can take a free sailboat explore the river, head straight back and explore the interior of the power station under Pengallen Bridge, or just walk up to the top of the bridge and look at the statues.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bronlen/36/11/37

I have found most of the residents I've met there to be very friendly and helpful.

 Bellisseria. This is the "Second Generation" Premium Linden Home Continent. It was first opened to residents in April 2019, and has been steadily adding land and structures.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Echo%20Cove/127/118/22 Currently Bellisseria has four styles of housing available: houseboats, traditionals, Victorians, and campers. As long as the "Art Gallery" sign is on the outside then you are free to visit. You can get more information at the Bellisseria Citizens Group Headquarters in Arghh or visit the forums. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Arrgh/145/124/27

There are currently no pod tours in Bellisseria.













Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Getting a 'Second Generation' Linden Home

Jeremy Linden has written an excellent article on getting a Linden Home. I don't see any reason to repeat everything that he has written, but below is some additional information on 'Second Generation' homes that might be useful.

Right now (Jan 2020) some of the different models are very hard to get. To find out when new releases are coming out I recommend paying attention to the Linden Homes part of the Second Life Forums, and especially Patch Linden's "The New Linden Homes Update Post".

A brief history:  Daniel Voyager was apparently the first to blog (8-19-18) about the new continent, and Garnet Psaltrey re-posted the information on the SL Forums the next day. Linden spokesmen confirmed that new Premium Home areas were being built, and there was a lot of discussion and speculation in the forums over the following months. The first SSP regions were north of the current location, and continue to be a testing area for landscaping and building. Right now there are still mystery SSP regions showing up on the map.

There were a lot of hints, but no official advance notice of when the first Premium Homes would be available. Model homes were shown at a SL event.

I came home on April 15, 2019 to find that folks on the forum were announcing they had claimed a home, and I quickly signed up and got my present parcel. On April 18, 2019 Patch Linden made his first "The New Linden Homes Update" post stating that the houseboats and traditionals that had been released had all been claimed.

Since the first release there have been a variety of releases, large and small.

The campers, on 512 plots, were released on 9-17-2019 after they were previewed at the Second Life Birthday Party. The Victorians were first released on 9-17-2019, and were all taken within twenty-four hours.

There are almost always 'abandons' available, because some residents are playing "Game of Homes" and catching and then releasing parcels in the hopes of finding the 'perfect' home. I've seen photos of some very nice homes that were released, so it is worth trying to get one of these if 'brand new' is not available.

Differences between 'First Generation' and 'Second Generation'.


  • 'Second Generation' homes can be reached from the Mainland.
  • Skyboxes are allowed over 2000 meters.
  • There are roads for vehicles, and all houseboats have access to navigatable water.
  • Parcels have privacy easements with landscaping.
  • Each type of residence comes with a package of accessories like textures or plantings. (These are not being offered at community hubs, as textures were for the First Generation homes).
  • There are more restrictions than you have on the Mainland. You can't set up 'instant teleport' orbs, or build above a certain height, or use your parcel to sell or advertise anything. This reduces some conflict between neighbors, but also reduces your own freedom to be annoying. 
  • You have more room to landscape and decorate.


There are many active Bellisserean community groups. You can join them even if you don't live in Bellisseria yet.

The future: There are supposed to be a total of eight different types of neighborhoods available. That means there are four more to come. Keep an eye on the map and the forums to see what happens!


Sunday, December 29, 2019

Getting a 'First Generation' Linden Home

Jeremy Linden has written an excellent article on getting a Linden Home. I don't see any reason to repeat everything that he has written, but below is some additional information on 'First Generation' homes that you might call "Things the Lindens Didn't Tell You"

"First Generation" Homes

The "First Generation" Homes are on the four original Premium Home Continents. These continents have no connection to the Mainland or to each other, so you can only get to them by teleporting. The Eastern Premium Home Continent was originally called Nascera, or Nacera, but now is usually referred to as the Eastern Premium Continent. The Eastern Premium Home Continent is also accessible from Orville and some other LDPW Regions on the west. The Eastern Premium Home Continent also has the most interesting areas to explore, like Cape Ekim. The three southern continents are called Premium South 1, 2, and 3.
Premium Home Continents


The Premium Home Continents are almost duplicates of each other, for example, you will find a Meadowbrook Infohub on each continent.
Premium Continents Compared (Map, 12-28-2019).




Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Finding a Place to Hang Your Virtual Hat

After you've spent a little time in Second Life you may find that you want to have a permanent home - a place where you can put out furniture, change clothes in private, keep a virtual pet, or have friends over, for example.

You have many options.

Squatting:

For the truly broke, you might be able to persuade someone to let you squat on their land and give you permission to rezz articles. It is also possible to squat on someone's land without permission, but this is not ethical and the only people who will think you are being clever to do this are other scum.

Renting:

You can rent many nice plots and parcels for less than the cost of a fast-food meal. Some landlords will even offer you a choice of free houses.  Renting is probably a good choice for someone who is just learning the ropes. A good landlord can also answer questions and help with problems like "I bought this house and took it out of the box but now it is upside down!"*

The downside of renting is that sometimes landlords go "poof" and you may come back and find that your 'home' is no longer there and all of your personal property has been returned to inventory.

Being a landlord in Second Life is a hard job and many people try it and give up. Look for a landlord who has been in the business for a while and who has a wide variety of properties.

Buying Land:

See my article on "How Not to Buy Land in Second Life".

You have to be a Premium Member to buy land.

Buying a Parcel directly:

When you see a spot on the map for sale, you can buy the land by going to the 'World' tab and pulling up "Parcel Details" which has a spot where you can buy the land. Do not click on a cube marked "Buy this Land". When you buy land by using the 'Parcel Details' option you will also get a message that tells you how much your monthly tier will be. (Remember that Premium Members are allowed to have a 1024 plot without tier, and Premium Members in a group may have a higher allotment).

Buying Abandoned Land:

If you see a nice plot of land that has been abandoned you can request that Linden Lab put the land for sale to you. They have the option of setting the land to sell to you directly (There is a greater chance of this option if the land is next to land you already own.) or to set the land for auction.

Buying Land at Auction:

Go to the Second Life Land Auction Page to get more information and see what is currently on offer.

Getting a free home by becoming a Premium Member:

When you are a Premium Member you have the option of holding a 1024 parcel tier-free, or getting one of the new Bellisserean homes. Right now there are four types of home: Houseboat, Camper**, Traditional, or Victorian and each type has four variations. Other styles and variations are expected to be offered in future.

More on this in future articles.

*Do not ask how I know this.
**Campers are on a 512 parcel, so you could also have a 512 parcel on Mainland. The others are on a 1024 plot.