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The Weekly Peek: May 25th Edition

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Welcome to the start of a shiny new week in the SL Blogphere! Let’s take a peek back and see what the happs were last week:

🔹 First, somber news that two of Second Life’s well-loved residents have passed away. Tutti Anatine shared a thoughtful tribute to Thorn (Thorny904) and Amy (ScarletCSkylaC), whom many knew from their shares on Plurk. My thoughts and condolences go out to the friends and family of these two individuals; I’m sorry I did not have the chance to know them personally, but it’s very clear that they touched the hearts of many.

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Project Sansar Promotional Image from SVVR

🔹 Inara Pey, Jo Yardley and Daniel Voyager reported on the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) Conference, which featured a presentation by the CEO of Linden Lab, Ebbe Altberg. Inara provides a detailed summarization of the talk, which can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube. Most notably, the presentation featured an intriguing promotional image of Project Sansar, LL’s next generation virtual world platform, and revealed that they will be running a closed alpha beginning in Summer 2015.

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Second Life’s Learning Island Portal. (Please click for a full-size image.)

🔹 One of the interesting options I found in TweetDeck (a wonderful desktop app that helps to aggregate and organize your Twitter feed), was the ability to follow hashtag mentions, as well as tweets that specific accounts receive. With that in mind, I set up columns following the #SecondLife tag, as well as the @SecondLife account, and that’s how I found out about author and gaming journalist Beau Hindman and his foray into the life of a Second Life newbie! Like myself, Beau is long-time SL member but was curious about the new resident experience, so he decided to live stream it for his followers and fans to enjoy. You can catch Beau’s replay of his first hour in SL on YouTube, and Inara Pey also referenced the video in her post on Experience Keys for new avatars.

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A mesh head named “Ever”? I can hardly resist! (Photo Credit: Strawberry Singh)

🔹 Canary Beck’s blog post, 5 Misconceptions About Mesh Heads in Second Life, generated a lot of thought-provoking opinions and commentary. I added my voice to the fray in my comment, but being personally limited of Linden funds, exploring the world of mesh heads, bodies and parts remains (for now) something to look forward to in the future. These SL bloggers, all of whom have either tried, periodically worn, or are exclusively wearing mesh heads, shared some diverse and equally interesting perspectives: Auryn Beorn, Kat Feldragonne, Harlow Heslop, Shae Marquis, Strawberry Singh.

🔹 Sasy Scarborough shared a brilliant video on her site where she demonstrated how she makes use of a macro keyboard to help simplify her blogging and other Second Life related tasks. It was a great eye-opener for me! As I mentioned in my comment on her post, I use the program AHK (AutoHotkey) for work purposes, and I had never thought to apply its macro-building and hotkey-mapping abilities to SL and my blog. AHK has a bit of a steep learning curve, but it can be an invaluable program for streamlining repetitive tasks. For those who blog or just spend lots of time in SL, give Sasy’s video a look and see if working with macros might improve your efficiency.

🔹 K.T. Burnett from Smart SL shared about an upcoming lecture being given in Second Life by Pamala Clift of RoadsidePhilosopher.com. As K.T. writes, the State of Being lecture “is aimed to educate Second Life residents about the social environment of virtual worlds, about various types of people we meet there, to answer different questions about the nature of virtual communications, especially in the interactive environment, and a lot more.” I think it sounds like a fascinating subject! The lecture is being given on June 4th at 6PM SLT, and you can learn more and grab the SLURL at the link above.

🔹 To wrap up, some wonderful news for SL bloggers: the Blogging Second Life site is back and better than ever! I know I’m going to be referencing their excellent directory listings frequently for upcoming posts, as the site curates both the SL community’s bloggers and creators, making it a really excellent resource. And speaking of lists and the blogs that inhabit them, I’ll be updating my Second Life Blogs page again soon, so be sure to leave a comment, send me a note through my contact form, or ping me on Twitter if you’d like to exchange links. Always happy to share the love! 💗