Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The 3rd edition of the Medieval Fantasy Hunt is about to start and LnL is ready! This hunt will already take place in the new store of LnL at Mare Serenitatis. The hunt starts today, December 1, and will last till December 31. Check the hunt blog for hints and store locations. And don't forget to click the red "i" (hint giver) by the hunt posters for an updated hint! Have fun!
Friday, November 25, 2011
Yesterday's discussion at LnL's Lounge was a lot of fun! A small group gathered on Thanksgiving day to talk about the value of money in SL. Money is power. Buyers and sellers relate to each other through money, it can buy us clothes but not beauty, it can buy us luxuries but not happiness. London, the moderator, kick-started the discussion by asking whether SL would be more interesting without its currency. There was a common thought, money makes things fascinating in Second Life, it adds to realism, to the excitement of purchasing things. If there were no money, there wouldn't be any commerce. But what do we really need money for? There are so many freebies. The truth is that money puts the market into gear creating opportunities. These sometimes shape excessive consumerism though... The group then went on to talking about the differences between putting money into SL (Premium accounts) and not doing so (Basic accounts); although Basic accounts allow for quite a comfortable living in SL, Premium ones offer other possibilities. Now, with all this talk about money, it was inevitable to mention the best ways to make money in this virtual world! Buying, selling or renting land, being a musician, a model, a teacher, a counsellor. There are many options, however nowadays it seems to be a lot more difficult to make money than in the past. To end the discussion, London asked what we would do if we had all the Linden dollars in the world! Some said they would give it away in tips or to charities, others said they would buy a whole set of sims! All great plans! :) Time was up! To conclude, money controls many people; the more they have the greedier they get, the less they have, the more they want. The real wealth though is freedom, friendship, health, love. So if you can spare a buck, give a gift to someone you love because that will bring you the best richness there is, HAPPINESS!! Join us next week for a new topic! Thursday at 2pm SLT in LnL's Lounge!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Money is a medium of exchange, a medium of power. Buyers and sellers relate to each other through money, it can buy us costumes but not beauty, it can buy us books but not wisdom, it can buy us luxuries but not happiness. So...what is the value of money? Is it really necessary for us to live a happy Second Life? Join us for a lively discussion about this hot topic in LnL's Lounge at 2pm SLT! Looking forward to seeing you! London Junkers (moderator)
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
LnL is happy to present Nevyn Hammerthal, who has recently started blogging and what a fantastic job he is doing! His aim is to show high quality products in Second Life, all types of styles, free items and hunt prizes. As you can see in his blog Slfashionbynevyn, his posts are very carefully presented. Check Nevyn's work when blogging two of LnL's hunt prizes.
Dark Little Secrets 2 Hunt (above) and the Jerky Turkey Hunt (below).
Great job! We certainly need more bloggers like Nevyn! Do keep updated on his blog by clicking the link to the right in the LnL Blogs Selection!
Friday, November 18, 2011
Yesterday, at LnL's Lounge, the weekly discussion took place with a very interesting (as always I must add!) group of attendees. The topic promised to be interesting -- Hey, how do I look?! -- about the way people choose to portrait themselves showing a lot about who we are in Real Life (RL) and expect from SL. The group, under London's lively moderation, started by talking about what determines the way we choose to look in SL. For some it is how they wish they looked in RL, for others the need to express creativity, the places they go to, what they want to do. Just having the possibility to try out change, in all its possible variations, is one of the most captivating features of SL. It was interesting to see that many of the discussers don't feel the need to change all the time, being rather comfortable in one look, while others felt the need to be true shapeshifters, showing different sides of themselves and, in a way, promoting the notion that there is beauty in all types of "looks". The way each resident looks in SL strongly determines their SL experience as it reflects who you are influencing others' reactions towards you. To conclude, "looks" are important, both in SL and in RL. The way we "play" with the possibilities SL puts at our disposal opens the door to fun, entertainment and a bit of reality mixed in it! ;) Join us next week in LnL's Lounge, Thursday at 2pm SLT for a new discussion topic!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Hey, how do I look? - how much attention would we get in SL if we looked like we do in RL?! The way we decide to portrait ourselves shows a lot about who we are in RL and what we expect from Second Life. What do you think? Do you agree? Or do you find this statement a total nonsense? Join us for this hopefully controversial discussion in the LnL Lounge, at 2pm SLT! London Junkers (moderator)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
"Me. Myself, my avie and I!" was last Thursday's topic at LnL's discussion. For many people, Second Life creates an alternative reality, but is that reality creating a false sense of fulfilment and accomplishment? Are we becoming our avatar, reducing our life to a set of irreal experiences and choosing a dreamlike world over our RL world? Are we real or are we avies? It is true that Second Life could, for some, create a false sense of "reality" and even accomplishment, but it is also a fact that many of SL's residents learn very real new skills through this virtual world, things like interaction, communication, empathy, or simply how to use image manipulation sofwares. After discussing what the concept of "reality", which proved to be extremely complex, a few discussers debated the notion that by being/staying in SL, people got a somewhat irreal notion of who/what they were; some defended that SL is as much a reality as any aspect of RL. Some researchers defend that a large amount of people who access virtual platforms tend to suffer from depression and isolation, yet many of those present felt that that is an image the Media has created; the amount of people who have those conditions is proportional to the same group of people in RL. There is a fine line between avie and RL person. Some try to separate them as much as possible, others get so immersed in who/what their avies are, the way they look, etc. that that overflows into RL. The avatar becomes, in a way, one of many masks (not in a negative way) we wear daily, one possible "face". Our time was up so London concluded the discussion stating that "Second Life can be very attractive, and we can spend a lot of hours enjoying it, but we must never forget that in order to play the game, we first have to be alive, so let's have balance, enjoy both worlds and be as happy as we can be. Everything in the correct dosage is good for our well being!". Join us next week for a new topic, same day, same place, same time - Thursday, LnL Lounge at 2pm SLT!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Yay! A new fantastic hunt at LnL!! The Jerky Turkey Hunt starts tomorrow and lasts till mid-December. Check out the cool unisex outfit we have prepared for you! Top, pants, gloves plus a collar and a coat bottom (resizable) and adjusted to the male and the female avatar. An absolutely amazing texture! For an updated hint, click the red "i" (hint giver) by the hunt posters and check the hunt blog. Enjoy!
Friday, November 11, 2011
This week, two new hunts start at LnL, the Menstuff and the Unthemed Hunt! For the Menstuff, we have prepared a fantastic unisex Tshirt in black, longsleeved.
LnL, click the red "i" (hint giver) by the hunt posters for an updated hint and extra information. Hurry, hurry, and happy hunting!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
For many people Second Life creates an alternative reality, but is that reality creating a false sense of fulfilment and accomplishment? Are we becoming our avatar, reducing our life to a set of irreal experiences and choosing a dreamlike world over our RL world? Are we real or are we avies? Join us for a lively discussion about this hot topic in LnL's Lounge at 2pm SLT! Looking forward to seeing you! Join us! :) -- London Junkers (Moderator)
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Last Thursday's discussion sure had a hot topic! Is Second Life just a game? London, the moderator, kick started the "hostilities" by asking what kind of information we had about SL before we created an account. Some had no information at all, some thought it was a game with levels. What brought most to SL was curiosity, boredom or the need to try something new and different. Most mentioned the important influence of either a mentor or a friendly resident who helped overcome the steep learning curve. Then the group moved on to discussing whether SL was "just a game"! Goals, levels, score, a beginning and an end, all these concepts are part of the definition of game for many. Yet, SL doesn't necessarily have those, so the group did not reach a consensus in considering SL a game. Another interesting topic debated was the fact that some people strongly separate RL and SL. However some discussers were of the opinion that that is extremely difficult because there will always be a part of our "self" present in the way we experience SL. Relationships or SL becoming a source of RL income contribute to residents not considering Second Life a game at all. It was a fun and diverse discussion, but it was time to conclude. Regardless of the way we enjoy SL, or the fact that we consider it a game or not, important is to experience SL's rich range of possibilities and share it with your friends! Join us next Thursday in LnL's Lounge at 2pm SLT for a new topic related to this amazing world we call Second Life!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Is Second Life just a game?! Just the mentioning of this idea is enough to create various reactions, some do agree while others get very annoyed about it. What are your thoughts about this interesting subject? Join us for a lively discussion about this hot topic in LnL's Lounge at 3pm SLT (time changed due to Daylight Saving Time changes)! Looking forward to seeing you! Join us! :) London Junkers (moderator)
Trick or Treat! Seasons in SL! That was the topic of last Thursday's discussion. It was a fun and relaxed time with a fantastic group of people and lots of laughs! The group started by sharing some of the "treats" of SL in the form of places we could enjoy, such as The Library of Alexandria, the Inspire Space Park, Tempura, the Gardens of Apollo, The Wastelands or the DaVinci Gardens, some of which already disappeared, unfortunately. These places shared the uniqueness of offering us the best of SL. To add to the places, the group moved on to share some of the best moments they experienced in SL, such as meeting and talking to people at discussions like these *wink wink* , going to concerts and exhibits, building, exploring, sailing, hunting, and learning new things (some mentioned cybersex, but that doesn't count! Aham...! lol). Some of the "tricks" (not so nice aspects of SL), in the opinion of the group, were the fact that SL is so ephemeral, fantastic places disappear, wonderful people stop coming inworld, and of course the usual array of nutheads, a.k.a., griefers who tend to contribute to a bit of stress in SL. As the discussion came close to its end, the moderator guided the group to talk a bit about seasons (festivities, fashion, etc.) in SL. Most discussers enjoyed the sense of having seasons (and weather) in SL, despite the fact that in some cases these are used as an excuse for commercial purposes. Dressing up for a specific season, and Halloween is big in SL, didn't seem like a redundancy to those present; they found it to be very interesting and amusing even, being creativity a keypoint in SL! To conclude, SL has very interesting aspects and at the same time there are things we don't like but all in all it is a wonderful platform worth searching, providing fantastic experiences, friendships and fun. So open the map, search the destination guide, teleport and get ready for a great time! See you Thursday at LnL's Lounge for a new topic, this time a very controversial one "Is SL a game?" !! Oh, and this week, due to the Daylight Savings Time, the discussion will be at 3pm SLT. As soon as the time changes in SLT, we'll get back to our regular 2pm SLT timeslot! :)