✣ LnL Square in Second Life ✣
LnL Square is a group.
LnL Square is a store in Second Life with four collections
-- Main Collection, Gothic Collection, Kimono Collection and Tshirts Collection, plus accessories.
LnL styles go from Gothic, Biker, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Medieval, Oriental, Steampunk, Vampire to Celtic.
LnL Square hosts weekly discussions and inworld parties.
LnL Square is owned by Lizzie Gudkov and London Junkers.

Friday, March 30, 2012

LnL blogged by Inventory Maintenance!

Nestor Farshore sent LnL a message to let us know he had blogged one of our creations, the unisex sunglasses (the group gift till the end of March). The blog is called Inventory Maintenance and is co-written with Mondra Kira. The look of the blog is very clean and elegant, the texts are informative and have just the right length. The photos are very beautiful emphasizing the look created with the different creations blogged. Also, at the end of each post, you will find a listing of locations where you can find all the items featured. Very good job! Do drop by Nestor and Mondra's blog by clicking --> here!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Discussion today at 2pm SLT!

Mentors in SL. The role, the problems they face and their future. Are mentors needed in a virtual world? These are some of the things we will talk about so do join us for a lively discussion about this hot topic in LnL's Discussion Lounge at 2pm SLT! Looking forward to seeing you! As usual, your moderator will be London Junkers!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Releases at LnL!!!

LnL G41-O74 is a unisex outfit inspired on Sweeney Todd, the fictional character who was a barber (depicted for the first time in a story dating back to 1846 and more recently in a Tim Burton's film). This outfit has a leathery blueish tone on the top (worn as a shirt), a gray on black stripe motiv on the pants (mod) and a knit pattern on the fingerless gloves. It also includes a coat bottom for the female avatar and one for the male avatar, plus a sculpted collar and a buckled belt with a knife (all accessories are resizable for a perfect fit).

Outfit O-67 is a unisex outfit inspired on a dragon. Its vivid reds and oranges depict the texture of a dragon's body with an eye motiv in the neck and belt areas. This outfit includes a top (worn as a shirt), pants (mod) and gloves. It is completed by a coat bottom for the female avatar and for the male avatar, plus a sculpted collar (all elements resizable).
To visit the store, click --> here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

We talked about communication in SL!

Last Thursday, LnL hosted its weekly discussion moderated by London Junkers. This time communication in Second Life (SL) was the center of all attention! One would expect people to be more careful about the way they communicate in SL (considering that there is no face-to-face interaction), yet problems like the lack of facial/body language information, typos, the sheer typing speed, many “distractions” such as group notices, multiple IMs, the lack of politeness, and many social dysfunctions do put an enormous stress on communication. Some discussers agreed that residents often do not strive to improve the lines of communication simply because they do not think of possible consequences. Taking into consideration that there seems to be a certain need to exert power over others, “communication” is often used to do exactly that; people engage in alternate monologues rather than in true, meaningful dialogues. Discussers agreed that listening, an often forgotten skill, is as important as speaking or writing. One thing never forgotten though is drama, which derives from lack of knowledge and respect, in the opinion of many. As the discussion drew to an end, it was time to talk about possible solutions like using the typing animation and emoting or using gestures, using voice, being sincere, showing empathy and trying to see the others’ point of view. London concluded the discussion by pointing out how important it is to give a bit of thought to the way we say things in order to create a positive communication in both SL and in Real Life! Join us next Thursday at LnL's Discussion Lounge for a new topic and back to our regular 2pm SLT time!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Discussion today @ 3pm SLT!

What?! I'll mute you... - Communication in SL!"
Why is communicating in Second Life such a challenge sometimes? Misunderstandings, unwelcomed spamming , drama... Group chats, emoting, using voice - are they effective or a source of conflict? How can we improve the stream of communication in SL? We will talk about these and many more issues related to the topic at LnL's Discussion Lounge! This week, the discussion will take place at 3pm SLT due to Daylight Saving Time changes. Drop by to share your opinion! We are looking forward to seeing you!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Dead End

LnL Films presents Dead End, the movie. Based on a story by Lizzie Gudkov, this movie tells us the story of two characters who emerge from the shadows in a city ruled by fear. The suspense rises up to an unexpected end, showing us that sometimes things are not quite what we think they are.
Shot on location in Eudoxia, a Marcus Inkpen creation in the L.E.A. exhibition Invisible Cities in Second Life, March 2012.

Special thanks to Marcus Inkpen, moo Money and L.E.A.

UPDATE: To read the story that trigered this machinima, go to Crap Mariner's 100 Word Stories - Weekly Challenge and to Lizzie Gudkov's writing blog!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Boiling hot discussion!

Last Thursday’s discussion at LnL Square’s Discussion Lounge was a rather tense one, much unlike what generally happens! The idea was to discuss some of the latest issues that have concerned the Second Life (SL) community, and it was not an easy task! Everyone agreed that SL does need and could use some improvements, namely in the areas like lag, group and conference chats, undelivered objects/notecards/purchases, etc. but some of those present very vehemently showed how much they disagreed with the general feeling that Linden Lab (LL) was not doing a good job. LL’s priorities were discussed and the majority defended that the most basic features of SL should be dealt with first. The fact that they are not most likely shows that there is a certain state of disarray in the company (note the careful hesitation there!). One of the hot topics was, as expected, the different viewers and the new Third Party Viewers (TPVs) policy. Most stated they preferred the use of a TPV rather than the official LL viewer complaining of usability issues. It was also stated that the viewer each resident used was not relevant, as long as it worked well for the resident in question. The removal of the viewer tags was, in the opinion of many, a negative decision, especially for those who are mentors (and we had a number of mentors present) as it is important to know which viewer the new resident is using so the help provided is more complete. It was also suggested that LL should hire externally for a viewer creator company; this would, in many ways, release them from this pressure! LL does own the company, but residents are the core of SL. No residents, no Second Life. One of the aspects debated last Thursday was the difficulty LL shows in establishing an effective line of communication with the residents (although not all agreed and defended that people’s need to complain was lately getting in the way of LL’s efforts to improve things). Some discussers recalled the beginning of SL when the smaller number of residents made that communication possible and everyone could have a saying in the destiny of SL (or at least make direct suggestions to Lindens). Nowadays the sheer dimension of SL is enormous and the corporate spirit of LL does not seem to be able to cope. As a conclusion, London Junkers, who was moderating the discussion, said that “the Lab is going through some turbulent times. Let's hope everyone involved has the common sense to build rather than destroy Second Life. This is certainly a grid that deserves that chance.” Drop by next week for a new topic, Thursday at 2pm SLT in LnL’s Discussion Lounge!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Discussion at LnL 2pm SLT today!

Second Life is BOILING HOT!! Is there such a thing as common sense in SL? TPVs, Viewer tags, lag, office hours, customer services...and much more. Don't miss this HOT discussion. Join us for a lively discussion about this hot topic in LnL's Lounge at 2pm SLT! Looking forward to seeing you!
Moderator: London Junkers

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

London's Listen To The Wind at UWA Exhibit

London Junkers, the co-owner of LnL Square has, once again, created an amazing piece for the University of Western Australia (UWA) exhibition. For March, the entries were to be related to Music. London's piece (seen from above in the picture), named Listen to the wind, is a symetrical very elegant structure were two figures (see detail in the pic) are dancing. To the sound of the notes scale, you climb the progressively illuminated keys and reach the top to a piano challenging the rules of gravity and to the sound of the wind. Man made and nature made sounds intertwine in perfect balance. The black and white installation subtly suggests closing your eyes and dancing along. Do drop by the UWA exhibit for a visit to London's piece and to the rest of the artwork. And do vote for your favorite creation by clicking the voting box (with the name of the artist and of the piece) and choosing 3 (high), 2 or 1 (low). Click ---> here for your limo. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Supernatural Hunt Prize!!

LnL is proud to take part in the latest version of the Supernatural Hunt. It starts March 7 and ends March 31. In the picture above, you can take a glimpse at the prize LnL has prepared for you! It's a unisex complete outfit with a coat bottom and collar (both resizable for perfect fitting). Click the red "i" (hint giver) by the hunt posters for an updated hint! We hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

LnL is now in YOUTUBE!!

Welcome to LnL Youtube channel!! We at LnL love technology and video is one of those things that makes us dream!!! This is just a try out intro, let's learn together and make a wonderful movie in the future!! Thanks for reading us, we hope you enjoy it!!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Discussion on child avies!

This was not an easy topic, child avatars – reasons for creating a child avie and reactions towards them. It was a mature discussion held at LnL Square by an amazing group of people who debated this topic in a very open way. Despite the fact that many feel uncomfortable in the presence of child avatars, everyone expressed the respect for individual choices. Often caught between what borders on prejudice, in the opinion of some, and their need to portray what they consider a child’s behavior/language to be, child avatars are often seen with suspicion and asked to leave sims/stores/locations or to change their avies. Now, why do people (adults and not teens, was the general opinion) feel the need to create a child avatar? It could be the result of creativity, the need to heal or to be different, even a way of disturbing others. As the discussion continued, it was inevitable to talk about pedophilia in SL. Yes, a touchy issue that Linden Lab has had to address and tried to eradicate, successfully or not? Whether we talk about child avatars being adopted, roleplaying within the context of a Second Life family or simply being griefers (as someone pointed out, not a common occurrence), one must respect those who choose to enact a child in SL having no foul intentions. Join us next week for a new topic! Thursday, 2pm SLT at LnL’s Discussion Lounge!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Discussion today at 2pm SLT -- Child or Adult?

Children or Adult? By popular demand we will be debating this controversial topic. Why do people make child avatars, what do Lindens think about them, innocence or pedophillia? These are some of the things we will talk about so do join us for a lively discussion about this hot topic in LnL's Lounge at 2pm SLT! Looking forward to seeing you! Moderator -- London Junkers.