Did You Meet Your Soulmate in Second Life?

Did you meet your soulmate in Second Life? Many not part of the virtual world may sneer at such an idea, but the fact is some have met, fallen in love, then gotten together in first life to live happily ever after. This should not be controversial but it is. Humans tend to judge a thing based on their own preferences or limited experience and shun what’s outside their bubble. I believe the future

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Second Life: My Wonderland

I like to buy whimsical things in Second Life. If you find it down the rabbit hole, I want to see it. If it sparkles or seems alive, even better. The Killing Moon is an English pub at the Penny Lane sim. At first glance it may seem like a regular place, but in the nooks and crannies you’ll find rainbow snow globes playing hobbit songs, dancing trees, raccoon drinking from a

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Getting Excited About Christmas

I admit it. I’ve been thinking about Christmas since October. The reasons why are probably a bit complicated, but the main one is this: I love colourful, sparkly, whimsical things and go giddy for shiny lights. I spent my younger years in Chicago, and it was tradition for my family to put up a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. I suppose Chicagoans do Christmas pretty well since winter is

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The IM That Goes Wrong

Have you ever sent an IM to the wrong person? It can happen if you’re not paying attention and people’s names are next to each other on a friend list. It’s also possible to get confused when multiple conversations are happening. However, some wrongly sent IMs seem to happen for no reason – like the one I received this morning. [00:41] j——- T——-: (Saved Fri Nov 27 04:21:44 2015)whats the sex

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Being a Man in Second Life

Second Life allows us the choice to present ourselves as a gender different from our own, and while this may not tell us what it’s really like to be the opposite sex, it does make for some thought provoking experiences. When I was new to SL I created a digital representation of my actual self. Yes, it was an idealized version, but still quite a bit like the real life me. I’m

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Five Tips For Making Friends in Second Life

I once met a lady who thought she’d try Second Life but lasted only a few days because she couldn’t find anyone friendly to talk to. People hardly noticed her, and because of this she didn’t return for several months. I’m no expert, but I have some tips that might help to overcome this based on what I’ve learned from my own SL experience. There are far more, I’m sure, but these are

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Thinking of Second Life Like Playstation

A few years ago someone asked me to write an article to help people new to Second Life deal with emotional attachments and the deep feelings which can occur in the virtual world. An unusual request at the time but, I thought, maybe Dr. Shauna should give an opinion. Here’s what I think. I believe this dilemma is mainly caused by how a person views Second Life. They enter our world

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Mesh Has Changed Us

Recently I’ve seen people who have left Second Life for a few years decide to return, and once they do something becomes immediately apparent: They look REALLY out of date. Hipsters and mods who used to be the most fashionably dressed now look like, well, worse than newbies. The lack of mesh and, in some cases, the lack of a new skin can make a huge difference.   What we

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Five Boring Second Life Profiles

A profile is one of the first things I check when I see a new person in Second Life. You can glean a lot by seeing what groups people join, what they choose to put (or not put) into their real life tab – and the locations they promote inworld can be revealing. In some cases I’ve made friends because of a profile. “Oh, you like that? Me too!” But

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