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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Baby Steps in Second Life: A Guide to Understanding your Avatar and Abilities- Debby Sharma Reporting...

It has been a long time since I wanted to walk all the newbies through the baby steps in Second Life. For few it’s difficult, but with the following pictorial tutorial, it should be a cup of tea. 

When you visit, you will see the following:

Step 1: Choose your avatar

Step 2: Either log in with your Facebook ID or fill in the simple details. (You may choose to use the same email id for various avatars.) You will be asked, if you want to download the official Second Life viewer. You may either choose to accept or there are other third party viewers that you may download. Look at the end of the article for the list of third party viewers. I suggest to use the official SL viewer, but you always have a choice.

Step 3: Best is to read the Terms and Conditions and accept them by clicking on the tab.

You will see Step 4 appear on your viewer. Wait till it loads.
Step 5: Welcome to Second Life. Use arrow keys to walk.
Step 6: Look for the arrow boards placed in world and follow the directions.
Page up is used to jump, page down is to crouch. Use upward and downward arrow to move forward and backward respectively; left and right arrows for turning. Double tap on Page up will make you fly. One may use W, A ,S and D too.

Once you enter the Invisible swirling teleporter in Step 7, you will be teleported to the Welcome Island. There will be a number of new comers and also old avatars to help you out. Type is the local chat bar for help, and they will be at your assistance.

Before I proceed further, I want to give you a brief on the main tabs and their functions on the viewer. I am using the Official Second Life Viewer. The icons on the tabs are the same even if you use any third party viewer. Look into the picture below to know more.

Now, that we know a little about the viewer, our next step is to get dressed. Our avatar represents ourselves. I normally like to be a human. But, you may choose anything you wish. Click on the marketplace link
Whenever you buy, remember to use the words “promo, gift” along with the search item. This helps you to get a list of products that are free and yet you are not compromised on quality.  Remember never to buy the demo product; they are free to try out before you buy the original products. Demo products either have a box attached with the product or are textured with “demo” words. All items bought from the market place are received in the “Received Items” folder. This can be seen in your inventory. To track the recent purchases, it is best to click the “Recent” tab.

Second Life is a dream. So, if you want to be a panda, a horse, a Lilliput or a giant, all is possible. Search the market place and wear them. However, if you to be a human and want to go shopping in-world. If you ask around, you will be given landmarks to the Freebies Galaxy and the Freebies Dungeon. When I was a newbie, I had collected almost all the items at these places. It took me almost a year to know that I would not use half of the products.
 Some are of lesser quality and others household materials because they are high on prims. Hence, I suggest go for brand names that have free to join groups or subscriber kiosks and receive group gifts occasionally.

To dress up like a human avatar, we need hair for the head, skin, shape, clothes, shoes and accessories. To get it all at one place, my most favourite is the JStyle Store. Click the following link to teleport.

A one stop shop for both females and males. Once you get there, click on the rotating pink heart to join the group. In the notifications, you will see a message appear, click “join” and you will be added as a member. In the shop, hover your mouse on the big pictures; if they turn from an arrow to a hand, they are free. Click on them, and click “Keep” in the notification area. Your folder of bought items will be saved in the Inventory.  If the arrow turns to “L$” when you hover on pictures, it means they can be bought only.
There are many boxes of freebie hair and animation overriders or “Ao”. The Ao helps the avatar to move even while standing at a place. Right click these boxes, kept on the floor, and select “Buy”. Click “Buy” to buy the items in the boxes. Either they are saved as a folder in your inventory or under the objects tab.

The other option is to visit other places for each component. At each of the following store, join their group to receive the group gifts for lifetime. The groups are free to join. The best part is quality of the products is good. Look for the words “Join the group”, click it and join at each store.

Here are a few landmarks you can teleport to:
For hair visit the Diva Main store Isle (2nd floor) for females
For skin visit mojo skins body boutique for females
For clothes for both men and women visit
Other stores you may visit are Ydea, GB etc. Search the store name in the search bar within the viewer to teleport.

Few items when bought are delivered to you in objects. These objects are saved in Inventory under the “objects” folder. To open the items in the objects, search for a “rez zone” or a “sandbox” in the search window within the viewer. Click “teleport” in one of the search results. Once you are teleported, left click the object in the inventory and drag it out to the ground near you. When you see the box on the ground, right click on the box and click “open”. A new small window will appear, click “save to inventory”. All the items in the object, i.e, a box will be transferred to your inventory in a folder. To wear the items in your inventory, simply open the folders and right click, then select “add” or “wear”. In case, you still have problems, ask someone near you. The residents in Second Life are always willing to help unless they are busy.

With the advent of mesh, few of the newbies and even the existing avatars, look for mesh clothes and mesh avatars. When you enter Second Life, you will find yourself in a mesh avatar. Mesh gives a more realistic view to your avatar and can be best seen in mesh enabled viewers. Almost all the latest viewers are mesh enabled. The avatar that you have as a newbie is fitted mesh, i.e., you can scale them in the appearance according to your liking. Mesh is best when worn with an alpha. Alpha is an invisible layer that hides the original avatar.  Even for other avatars, non –human, few are available with alpha. Right click on the alpha layer and click “add”.

To get the latest mesh body for free, The Shops are the best option at the moment in Second Life. However, they are only available for female human. Click here to visit the Shops mesh body project free body for females
· mesh project
The following picture tutorial will help you to buy at The Shops, as it is a little complicated process.

Step 1: Click on the picture you see on the wall to teleport to The Mesh Project.
Step 2: When you arrive at the landmark, you will receive a folder. Open the folder in your inventory. Always click the “recent” tab as it is easier to locate the folder. Right click “The Shops! Shopping Hud” and select “add”.
Step 3: Click on “THE SHOPS” that you see on the bottom left corner. A new window of the hud appears within the viewer. Select your language and agree to the terms of service of The Shops. Click Continue.

Step 4: Click on the white mesh body on the wall of the shop. In the hud, select the last small white mesh body to the right, it is for 0L$, and select buy.

Step 5 and 6: Keep the folder in your inventory. Open and add the body, feet and hands (left and right). Also add the alpha of body, hands, feet and hands.
Step 7, 8 and 9: Next add the “StyleMode Hud” and click Style from the bottom right of the screen. In the new window below edit, click “Styles”; then click one of the objects you are wearing from the white options below in the screen. Click the color button and select the skin color that matches your head. Note that the head is non mesh. You may choose to buy the mesh head in future. To buy the donated pink mesh dress and shoes at The Shops, right click on them while wearing the Shopping Hud, and select buy. Pay 1L$ each, wear them and repeat the process to use different textures.
Note that the Shopping Hud and the StyleMode Hud does not work if you are not at The Shops.

In the above picture, the bodies are mesh. Apart from the original mesh avatar, the heads of the other two are non-mesh. You may see that there is not much of a difference for starters. The problem with mesh bodies is that not all the clothes can be worn for them. Each mesh body has to wear specific set designer clothes only. I am wearing the JStyle Store clothes and avatar mixed and matched. Hair is from the Diva Store.  Well, once set and ready, it is time for you to explore.  Click on the “Destination” tab at the bottom or the “Search” tab at the left of the viewer. There are lots to do in Second Life. You will be amazed at the potential. Have fun exploring.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Avatars on top: How does Second Life empower you? Bimala Tagore Reporting…

How does SL empower you? How does this virtual world provides you resources, opportunities and personal growth motivation? Do you think SL has permitted you to create an environment where you can realize activities that expand awareness and identity, enhance talents and contribute to the realization of visions and desires?
We are talking about any kind of growth whether daring shows, fashion magazines, unexplored business, boundless love, discovering your hidden talents, etc. Empowerment in SL includes a background which holds opportunities for reaching any kind of goals.
La Freese, Sagia, Subtlety Dalglish, Eugenia Calderon and Nino de Amore were recently interviewed about this topic. It is so inspiring to appreciate how they spread their interest, thoughts and inspirations with dedication and commitment.

Eugenia Calderon: Devoted professor

Bimala: I appreciate people around the world who defend their own cultural values. Many times when we expose to foreigners cultures you can damage you own identity. Eugenia Calderon (2008) protects her Mexican roots with wisdom and dedication. She is Spanish language professor and commitment on to impart education that promotes Mexican culture in Second Life.

Eugenia:  “Second Life empowers me because it has allowed me to develop both personally and professionally and of course it has allowed me to get money at the same time.  I mean, I have had the opportunity to meet wonderful people from around the world. I have learned a lot from them, not only on how to seeing life but also on professional issues. Many wonderful teachers have given me several ideas to improve my work. In addition, SL has given me a new way to develop professionally and to evolve as a Spanish teacher. It was a big challenge to access new technologies for teaching languages. I'm not a digital native as young now, so make use of the internet, virtual worlds and social networks has not been easy. But I'm learning and that's great.”

Subtlety Dalglish: passionate poet

Bimala: Subtlety Dalglish (2008) is provocative and maybe she ignores this inner clout, because she always incites a certain intense reaction in some of her writings. Her style reveals not only intelligence but it is also exciting eroticism. Her poetry is very intense, deeply suggestive and constantly recreates imaginary natural exotic ambience.

Subtlety: “I truly do not feel I am empowered with any special ability.  I feel and believe that I am an ordinary person who loves doing a variety of things on Second life that any number of persons can accomplish or have accomplished. I love to create poetry and short stories; I love to sing; I love to decorate houses and recreate them from their original state into something that I love even more.   I have even built a few houses of my on Second Life, but not to sell, they are for my own personal usage only. I also try my hand at building furniture every now and then. It is tedious but can be very enjoyable.  I taught myself how to terraform my land, which is very amusing.   At the present time, my sim resembles a tropical island.  And yes, I can draw/sketch, but have not done so in many years. So i suppose it is safe to say, that Second Life has empowered me in many areas of my existence therein.

La Freese: noob Guru, music promoter and eternal friend

Bimala: Through my eyes she is live music warrior. This woman is always  dancing in her club. La Freese’s venue holding its own in fierce competition in the world of entertainment in SL with bravery and audacity.  She has the capability to have patience and tolerate any noob without losing her cool. 
La Freese: I am inspired by all the wonderful creative people do in sl. I mentor singers, djs   and  others to   do what they wish to do in SL. I also enjoy helping all newbies, because if you enter to SL knowing you are appreciated, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with. But overall music is my passion. I darling all  types of music  as music is talks to the heart or it parleys to my heart,  with   stories of my life good and bad  and  future wishes. It lifts the mood and spirit. I am known  for  full theme  decorated   shows that  not only  try to put you   in the mood for the music  but    adds  to   the visual  senses.  

Sagia Monroe: biosphere of mode

Bimala: Sagia (2008) is behind the scenes of good show events with impressive clothes designers, stunning models and professional editors. She reflexively surrounds herself with elegance and luxury.

Sagia: “Second Life empowers me to bring joy and fun to others who have come to Second Life to get away from the stresses of real life.  This is done by my tribute shows in my Swinging with Sagia Group and Show Style Entertainment.
In my heart I care much for people and in Second Life I am also able to give others opportunities in which they cannot get in real life.  For instance, I am a fashion show director and co-owner of a modeling agency.  So many love this opportunity so I teach them how to model and they rock the runway in elegance and style.   Reputation is very important, so Second Life empowers me to try and elevate its culture.”

Nino de Amore: Capone vocalist

Bimala: The lights dim, the music begins to play and I fly to the moon with Nino de Amore (2010). This man owns an Italian swing. I'm thoroughly impressed with what he does in every performance. He seduces women by building charisma. His voice pays tribute to the seductive Italian singer and his chorus will absolutely melt your heart.

Nino: “I am the same person in both worlds. I sing any kind of good Jazz, Big Band tunes, Blues, Bocelli, DMartin and Sinatra. “I drank music from the bottle”. Music is expressively attractive to me and I can't pretend I'm someone else here”, confesses Nino with his raspy sexy voice.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AVIE POLL: Do you have the Spark?- Debby Sharma Reporting...

“I wake up in the morning, Think I have been dreaming”, a line that I think is appropriate from my handbook of poems, written by me. The virtual world is an escape for some and a life for others. But it is a dream for all of us.  How many of us wake up smiling, thinking about the other wonderful life we have? Few among us walk the virtual worlds holding hands and partnered for a long time. One year of virtual relationship is considered a long time in world. This time I walked through the worlds to search for such couples who have made it more than a year. For most of us, we lose the spark as the days pass by. And few still continue through their ups and downs holding each other’s hands. So what is it that keeps the spark alive? 

Most of the time I ask a few questions, but this time my question was generic, i.e., only one for all the three couples I met. “What are the things you do together to be still bonded in love?” Instead of a question answer format, this time, I observed the couples. It is said that a picture speaks louder than words, I have tried to make a collage from their snapshots, consisting of activities they have been doing together over the past few years.

Image Credits: Valeria and Nestor Feiri’ Facebook photographs

Valeria and Nestor Feiri

Valeria and Nestor Feiri have been together since 2009. The first time I saw the pictures of this couple was in a Facebook group “The world of Zooby’s”. Since then, I have always noticed the strong bond that they share.

Valeria says, “Our relationship is based on honesty, dialogue, trust and respect for the other part. It’s a kind of mix, close friendship and love. We have a lot of things in common and for the other side, we complement each other. We have good communication. We know our likes and dislikes and how could the other react and sometimes I know what he’s going to say even before he does. When we have a problem, we try solving it by talking to each other. We try to do things that amuse us and have a good time. We try to get new experiences or new goals that we can enjoy together to avoid falling into the routine, enriching our experiences together.”

As I said, a picture speaks louder than words. One may see that it is true that they love to do things together. They are seen to be roleplaying the characters of “Avatar”, the movie; celebrating Christmas together as Santa; having fun with friends and having two babies (Zooby’s) to complete their family. They love to have candle light dinners, dance with each other at elegant balls and also have a home with kids, pets and a farm.

Image Credits: Bianca and Walter Gedenspire’ Facebook photographs

Bianca and Walter Gedenspire

Bianca and Walter Gedenspire  have been going strong and will complete two years in coming December. I was introduced to Bianca by Shamas Maximus for an article I had to write on arts. Since, then she has been a good friend and I had admired the relationship, she shares with Walter.

Bianca laughs and says, “Never thought I would be asked advice on this. We are busy all the time. We both have our own interests and combined. I think consistency is our key. Every morning Walter sends me a little private note to wake up with. Every night we always tuck each other in. So, I guess, starting the day together with a little note and always ending together. We very rarely miss this. Only natural disasters have stopped it once or twice”, she laughs and says, “We have never argued. Walter has a few friends that are not fond of me. I have a few that feel the same of him. We do not stop the other from having those friendships. I think it is important in the beginning setting ground rules of what you expect from the relationship. What you are willing to give as well. For example, I will not pose with another model. Walter poses only for me”. She pauses a while and then says, “I can honestly say every time I see him log on I still get butterflies.”

In the picture above, one can see that they both like to be in each other’s arms all the time. It does not matter what activities they do, you will always see them together. For SL11B, I had asked Bianca to help me click a few snapshots among other photographers to prepare the SL11B Guide, she came with Walter. They play sports, role play or visit any event together.  She says, “If we are not working on shoots, we are event hopping. There is always so much going on in SL, we have a hard time fitting it all in. We have SL property in Paris, Berlin, Mainland next to East Gallery and a little plot of land we work on. We always have projects. One night when it was slow we even tried making hats. Shopping, Oh my God! the shopping. Our favourite thing is to support our friends and family in SL, be it designers, artists and dancers. We do not judge and enjoy all the good we see in people we meet.”

Image Credits: Kennice and Christian Carlsson’ profile and Facebook photographs

Kennice and Chiristian Carlsson

Kennice and Christian are completing their four year relationship in coming February, the 4th
They are owners and founding members of The Torch: Entertainment Guide. I have been working for them since last year. They are one of the coolest employers. They have achieved much together. The Torch: Entertainment Guide was voted to be one of the top five for the UK Blog Awards last year. They are a team of eleven members currently and are the supporters of Relay for Life. They have a team called the Ryukyu Torch Warriors. At weekly meetings, we would all talk about the week ahead. There are also times at the meeting when Kennice would be giggling and Chirstian would be like hush hush.

When asked of the activities they do together, Kennice says, “Play games like Forsaken world, work on The Torch and just hang out together. We met at The Shelter in Second Life. We also like to go to the Isle of Dee, to role play. It is a medieval role playing sim. We love to hang out with each other. We work on projects together and it helps that we were friends first”. The collage formed out of the pictures taken from their profiles in Second Life, also suggests the same. She says, “Have fun, do not worry about the future. Just enjoy now”.
Apart from the magazine work, they also have babies and a family. Like Kennice said, they like to hang out with friends.

One of my real life friends said, “Life just goes on, Love is there as it was when we first met.” If there was a spark, it would still be there. We just have to find the things we love to do together. And most importantly, have a family and friends, as they complete us in every world. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Topaz Going Out in Style Party- Saturday September 27, 2014 @ 6pm ST

All good things must come to an end.  After more than 2 years of fun, friendships and overall sexy mayhem the Topaz is closing it's doors and going out in style!

Join us on Sat. 9/27 @ 6pm SLT to celebrate the life of this amazing club and it's owner Brandi Brune.

We will have a special DJ, lots of lovely ladies, and prizes on the board!

Friday, September 26, 2014





Look for the tp to the ballroom or walk up the steps.

DESCRIPTION:  Join us as we celebrate our breast cancer survivors and caregivers at this special 2 hour ball! Attire is formal, with pink being optional but certainly welcome! Music by DJ John. While this event is for breast cancer survivors and caregivers, everyone is welcome to join in the celebration and to honor breast cancer survivors and caregivers.

If you are a breast cancer and survivor or caregiver, please do not forget to register for the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Season as a breast cancer survivor or caregiver:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Linda Lauren's Color Forecast™for September 25!

DOCTORS AND NURSES NIGHT AT DADDY-O's Thursday September 25th 6:00 - 8:00 PM SLT


OH NURSE!!!!! Yes Doctor???? Yep it's a Doctors and Nurses Party at Daddy-O's with DJ Huey Walker and his lovely Hostess Krissy Walker!! Huey will be spinning the tunes with some sort of medical twist - that should be interesting  and, as always your requests. So put on those stethoscopes and doctors and nurses outfits and get on over to Daddy-O's for what is sure to be 2 hours of great music, dancing and flat out fun! Your ambulance is attached!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Things are heating up with the newest shoe from GizzA!
‘GizzA - Eleanor T-Strap Heels are hot as sin with daring high stiletto heel and small straps that wrap around your feet. Together with the matching clutch this stunning sexy shoe is the perfect complement to whatever you choose to wear, may it be a feminine dress or daring booty shorts or even jeans.

GizzA - Eleanor T-Strap Heels are designed for the Slink AvEnhance Feet Female High only which do not come with the shoes. Please be advised you will need purchase those feet to wear them.

GizzA - Eleanor T-Strap Heels are available in 8 different color packs, in each purchase you find two varieties of colors (for the heels and also for the clutch)

A demo is available before purchasing in the main store.

GizzA Mainstore:
Gizza Outlet :
More than thousand new outfits recently added in the outlet store

GizzA Creations / Owner & Creator
Giz Seorn
GizzA Creations / Owner

Auster Elan

Linda Lauren's Color Forecast™ for September 24!

Style Kingdom Magazine News-Photographer of the Year Award- Vote Today!

SL photographers have been a major part of the community, every one of them puts in massive amount of hrs into each piece of work they create. This competition/award is to give recognition to these photographers!

For FULL details of the competition and how to vote for your favorite photographers, see the link below!

Gacha Showroom Now Open in the Center Ground Business District

We are proud to announce  the new  Gacha Showroom is now open and operating in Center Ground Business District. If you are a Gacha Trader  looking for a place to show your wares, we have tables and spaces at reasonable rates. If you are a collector , be sure to stop by and have a look.  The Center Ground Business District is is filling up fast.

 If you are looking to  open a store  look here first.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


On Sunday, September 21, 2014, all contestants, sponsors, judges and contest followers gathered at The Nile Lotus Ballroom to hear the winners announced. The contest started with 11 performances during Round one, seven in Round 2 and five in the final round.  The judges had a difficult task in selecting winners from this exceptional line-up of live SL performers. 

The final round proved to be an unique musical experience for both the audience and the contestants.  The excitement was primarily due to the challenge the five finalists were given to perform one song acapella and the second song with chosen musical backup.  The judges listened and scored each performer, which yielded the following winners:

1ST PLACE - BUBBLES (Trinity Ermintrood)

Prize money was increased compliments of Stone Vayandar, White Tigers Islands, Resorts & Clubs.  Original prize money was $10K, 5K, & 3K.  The winners received $15K, 10k & 5K.  And, compliments of Linda Sautereau, Nat's Jazz Club, Honorable Mention prizes of $1K each was awarded to Mark (Singit2ya) and Mizanah.

Lefko Entertainment would like to extend special thanks to all the Sponsors and Judges who volunteered their time and resources to make the 2014 SL’s Got Talent Event a success.

For contest details, see official web site:

Party Like You're Beating Cancer- Stacey Cardalines Reporting…

Hi, everyone. I apologize for shutting down the Sports and Leisure desk for so long, but I got heavily into tennis. If you are making a living as a SL tennis hustler, it's hard to go back to online media. I also wanted to get Homeland Security off my ass, as I was the SL Enquirer reporter who was covering the Arab Spring when the CIA was making avatars and investigating SL looking for terrorists. I did some lay-low time, and now I'm back to take a few more scalps. It's good to be back, too.

One of the reasons it is good to be back is that I get to help out charities, like the Relay For life people.

The Relay For Life is a community based fundraising effort for the American Cancer Society. It is their most successful fundraiser, and is their signature event. There are over 5000 RFL taking place across 20 countries, and they make a ridiculous (I hear "five billion" a lot when I research) amount of money for the cause.

SL has charitable minded people, such as the SLCS, aka the Second Life Cheerleader Squad. The SLCS has been working with RFL since I knew them, and they were my first assignment at this paper back in 2009 or so. I'm technically a member of the squad, although I'm too clumsy to do cheers and am actually better suited towards wrestling or football. 

As you might imagine, their principal job is to train cheerleaders and them have them cheer at events. When there are no events to cheer for, they organize their own events, like RFL fundraisers. They do one almost every month, and have raised thousands and I might even guess tens of thousands of L$ for the cause.

I was at their party last night. It was an all-day event with about 12 hours of different musical guests. I should have published a note earlier and got them some publicity, but, like I said, I've been really into tennis lately. 
I'll eliminate that error right now. Their next event is October 26th, and we'll have a full listing of events soon enough.

For now, you can visit the Relay For Life page at You can also find out more about SL charity by checking out the Cheertopia Cheerleading Arena. You can find that by doing a search on SL... Crikey, you people think I'm here to provide information or links or directions and stuff!

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Arbor is proud to present Twosome for Tatas on Saturday, October 11th, 2014, at 7P.M. SLT

What can you expect at this affair?
A delicious three course meal, a concert by Rose (therose) and LuhreBrann and of course dancing!!!

Tickets are L$250 per head and are limited to twenty-four (24) people.
Please contact sarahelisebeth Brenham or Polly Steerpike in Second Life for more information and/or to purchase tickets.
This is an event benefits SL Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Anek Fuchs Live at Lanai Beach Club - September 22 @3pm SLT

What a great Concert. Thank you all for coming!

Here are some pictures  



Anek Fuchs is breaking in the stage at Lanai Beach Club today for a special sneak peek at the newly Meshed out SL Enquirer Media Center.

Anek is an amazing guitarist! He can shred like nobody's business! No doubt to why his music has become "Guitar Therapy" across the grid! And his voice is just as amazing, haunting & whether he is singing or giving guitar therapy, he is not to be missed!

See you there!

Lanai Beach Club

About Anek

Genre: Blues - Rock - Country - Progressive Metal - Vocals and acoustic as well as electric performances.

 Anek Fuchs -- we have watched him grow here in Second Life, as he magically meanders a fretboard searching out the next piece of his soul, to share  . . Burning up the grid since 2008,  and shredding his way through the common barriers of genres and style in the SL music scene.