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“Our dreams are a second life.” ~Gerard de Nerval

5 sugary sweet Valentine treats for her (or you!)

By Rhezz. It’s the season of love! What else does February have to offer, after all? So treat your honey bun (or yourself) to something a little sweet and a … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Conflagration at the Paper Observatory

Second Life artist Haveit Neox’s Paper Observatory was a complex installation, and slum writer and photographer JMB Balogh visited multiple times during its tenure at LEA. Many bloggers wrote about it, including … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Everything you ever wanted to know about Second Life in a tasty package: Drax Files Radio Hour

By Cat Boccaccio. Here’s a fun thing to try: Pretend you have never even heard of Second Life, let alone toddled along wasting (or not wasting) hours of your time … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ancient Avatars offer Advice: Second Life veterans talk to the newbies

By Buttercup Thursday. When I signed up for my first Second Life account over seven years ago and stumbled online, I don’t remember having a mentor to provide sage advice … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 4 Comments

7 Things I Love about Second Life! Um, Really.

By Buttercup Thursday. The challenge was offered: For a change, could I write about something I really like about Second Life instead of gripe about the things that make me … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Second Life is not a place where lonely people go,” says Scottius Polke in Drax Files Episode 15

By Cat Boccaccio. I remember the first Scottius Polke exhibit I visited back in 2008 at Mater Rhode’s Mountain High gallery. The display consisted of images of Scottius’ first life … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Discipline is for Dummies! And other Second Life New Year’s Resolutions

By Cat Boccaccio. We are far enough into the New Year that many of us have already abandoned our NY resolutions and are back to eating chicken skin and bacon, … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

“Where have you been?” Rose Borchovski asks RL Artists, in Drax Files Episode 14

By Cat Boccaccio. Rose Borchovski is one of Second Life’s most imaginative, fearless and accomplished artists, and I was thrilled to learn she is the subject of the 14th instalment … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Linden Lab welcomes NSA spies to Second Life

By Buttercup Thursday. Recent documents from whistle-blower Edward Snowden have revealed that the NSA has infiltrated online games, such as Second Life and World of Warcraft. According to The New … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 5 Comments

Who are you? The Diversity of Avatars in Second Life

 By JMB Balogh. When you first create an account for Second Life you are offered a choice of avatars from a bewildering selection of more than 50, with five different … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

Breaking My Silence, Part II

By Keeva Moore-Rae. Read Part I. Did you ever hear that old Taoist story about the farmer whose horse ran away? Do you remember how every mishap in the story … Continue reading

November 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

Carnival Discardia: Scottius’ Side Show Assemblage

By Cat Boccaccio. Rummaging through junk shops is what Scott Rolfe (Scottius Polke in Second Life) does. He’s in search of hidden gems from among the heaps of unwanted junk … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

When Avatars Disappear

By Cat Boccaccio. It’s a fact of Second Life that people leave. I am sure you know several people who have left for the adventures that the “real” world has … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · 8 Comments

The Code of Honor for Alts–and How to Spot One

By Cat Boccaccio. Everyone seems to have an alt in Second Life these days. Rather than simply change our display name and the way we look, we choose to open … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · 6 Comments



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