Second Life Destination Guide Is Still Under Maintenance

Digital Art - Cammino e Vivo Capovolto.jpg
Pictured: Digital Art

On December 22nd I announced that the Second Life Destination Guide was being uplifted to the cloud. That process is still underway, however, we have run into some errors. For this reason, the web publishing tool that allows us to update the Destination Guide is still unavailable and will be for the foreseeable future until these errors can be corrected. I am hoping it won’t be much longer than another week or two. I will continue to update you on this status every Friday. 

The submission form for the Destination Guide is also giving errors because of this, so please continue to email your submissions to and we will add them as soon as we have access again.

In the meantime, you can still find many destinations to explore on the Destination Guide, as well as events to attend on our Events page.

One very exciting event occurring this weekend is at the ACS region. The American Cancer Society is celebrating an important milestone – $4 million USD raised in Second Life to help fight cancer! The party, which features live music and many guest speakers, will be held Sunday, January 17th from 10am to 1pm PT.


American Cancer Society

The official home of the American Cancer Society in Second Life. Since 2005, cancer patients, caregivers, and volunteers have been able to receive services and support from the ACS in SL without having to leave the virtual world.

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If you’re looking for more places to explore, here are some destination listings for a few of my favorite places on the grid:


Digital Art – Cammino e Vivo Capovolto

Cammino e Vivo Capovolto is a creative place dedicated to 3D art and photography by Mistero Hifeng.

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Virtual Black History Museum

The Virtual Black History Museum invites everyone to explore the timeline of African-American history from the heartaches to the victories in a park-like and welcoming environment.

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Missing Melody

Missing Melody stuck in nostalgia. Breathing a dream. A cool wind strolls between the trees and leaves dance with the salty water’s waves. Photographer and Blogger friendly with a romantic touch. Everyone is welcome. Add your images to their Flickr group:

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Japanese music group Chouchou bring their creativity to Second Life in several photogenic and atmospheric regions, including “Memento Mori,” “Islamey” and “The Babel.”

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Tralala’s Diner @ Pine Lake

Tralala’s Diner @ Pine Lake is post-apocalyptic living at its finest. Explore this photogenic region filled with rooftop slums and scavenged ruins. Strap yer boots on tight…you might be a’ight

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Have a fun week and remember, stay safe, stay home, stay virtual!

From all us us at Zoha Islands And Fruits Islands/Eden

Safe Mode: Your Windows 10 Bomb Shelter

Safe Mode has been an important troubleshooting tool for Windows since the operating system’s debut. With Windows 10, Safe Mode got a major upgrade, with new features that make it more powerful than ever. Read on to learn about them and new ways to access Safe Mode in Win 10…


New Features of Windows 10 Safe Mode

When you have a problem with Windows, starting up your computer in Safe Mode can help you get back to good. You might want to print a copy of this article and stick it in your “computer emergency” folder, just in case you encounter a “blue screen of death” or other startup problem.

Safe Mode loads Windows with the bare amount of components necessary, with or without network (Internet) access. I read somewhere that Safe Mode is like a bomb shelter when Windows explodes. That may not be a perfect analogy, but this bare-bones Windows configuration makes troubleshooting simpler. You can tweak your auto-start programs one by one until something triggers the problem you’re having. You can also run a virus scan, access System Restore and other repair options in Safe Mode.

Since the invention of the stone tablet, Safe Mode has been invoked by restarting your system and holding down the F8 key until the Windows recovery menu appears. However… this is not how you access Safe Mode in Windows 10. For the first time, you can switch to Safe Mode while you are in Windows! Here are two ways to invoke Safe Mode:

Windows 10 Safe Mode

Method 1: From the Start menu

  • From the Start menu, choose Settings.
  • Click on “Update and Security”
  • Select “Recovery” from the left-hand column, then click on Restart Now.
  • Wait a bit until the menu appears
  • Click on Troubleshoot, then Advanced Options, then Startup Settings
  • Click on Restart

Method 2: From the Sign-In screen:

  • Restart your PC.
  • When the Sign-In screen appears, select the Power icon and click on Restart.
  • When the “Startup Settings” menu appears:
  • Click on Troubleshoot, then Advanced Options, then Startup Settings
  • Click on Restart

In either Method 1 or 2, when the system restarts, you will see a menu of options; you can choose to start Safe Mode without networking, or start Safe Mode with networking. If you anticipate needing the Internet while in Safe Mode, choose the latter option.

Since the “press F8 while the computer is starting” trick no longer works, and both of the above methods require that Windows be at least partially up and running, you might be wondering how to get into Safe Mode when you can’t boot up at all. I’ve not personally experienced this, but Microsoft says that if Windows tries to start and is unsuccessful twice, it will automatically start in Windows Recovery mode. From there, you select Troubleshoot, and follow the steps outlined above.

For completeness, I should mention that there is a way to restore the “legacy” F8 method of entering into Safe Mode during the startup process. It requires just a bit of minor geekery. First, you must open a Command Prompt window in administrator mode. To do so, type cmd in the Windows search box, right-click the top result, and select Run as administrator. Click Yes to allow the app to make changes to your device. Next, type (or copy/paste) the following command and press Enter.

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Close the command prompt window. You can now enter Safe Mode by pressing F8 when restarting Windows 10.


Once you’re in Safe Mode, you can run your anti-virus program, try System Restore to roll back recent system changes, or uninstall recently added software. If a printer, scanner or other device isn’t working correctly, you can visit the manufacturer’s website and download a new driver for it.

New Features on the Startup Settings Menu

Note that the Startup Settings Menu includes options never seen before in Windows (see image above).

Disable Driver signature enforcement: Windows 10 normally requires digitally signed driver software that has been tested and certified to work with Windows 10. But you may need to load an uncertified driver to get your old printer or other peripheral device working. This option disables driver signature checks so you can load the old driver and see if it is causing your problem.

Disable early launch anti-malware protection: Anti-malware software includes components that load early in the startup process to guard against suspicious activity of software that loads later. Sometimes anti-malware software blocks the loading of other software when it shouldn’t, which can cause problems. This option lets you disable these early-loading components to see if they are causing your problem. Your anti-malware software will load completely later in the startup process.

Disable automatic restart after failure: As mentioned above, this kicks in if Windows thinks it failed to start successfully twice in a row. You wouldn’t want to change this option unless Windows gets confused and mistakenly thinks something went wrong during startup.

I am pleased to see options 7 and 8. I am not so pleased to see the new, somewhat tedious process of invoking Safe Mode. It would have been even better if the folks in Redmond had not hidden the “F8 during startup” option, and added these new ways to access Safe Mode. But overall, I give the new Safe Mode and Startup Settings a thumbs-up.

Have A Great Week From All Of Us At Zoha Islands Fruit Islands/Eden

Second Life in 2020: Year in Review



2020 has been an eventful year that none of us will soon forget. The global pandemic has impacted all of us deeply and it has also caused many people and organizations to develop a new appreciation for how virtual worlds can bring people together for comfort, connections, entertainment, joy, inspiration, and even income. 

As the pandemic grew rapidly, so too did Second Life. At the initial onset of the lockdowns, Second Life saw about a 60% increase in new user registrations compared to the same time in the previous year and there has since been sustained growth in both concurrency and economic activity. 

We remain as committed as ever to making Second Life the best it can be – and 2020 saw several significant improvements and feature additions that we are particularly proud of.


It has been a monumental task to move Second Life to the cloud, but we are thrilled to report that this important milestone has been reached as the year ends. All of the interconnected services and databases that collectively provide you with Second Life have been migrated to Amazon’s cloud servers (it’s possible that a couple of relatively minor features will require a bit more work, but if so, we’re doing our best to have them operational by the New Year). 

The “uplift” to the cloud has already paid dividends in better simulator performance and much improved our ability to diagnose problems and scale our systems. We have only just begun to exploit other advantages of our new platform: the move sets the stage for further substantial improvements.

We truly appreciate your patience during the last few weeks as we worked furiously to finish the last portion of this migration.


More advanced and dynamic environments debuted in 2020 with the release of the Environment Enhancement Project (EEP). The new features allow Residents to create, customize, and share environment objects that enable dynamically-changing environments that can be controlled at the parcel level including up to four different, independently controlled sky layers. It further advances the shared experience aspect of our world, and has been an amazing creative outlet already!


After being gone for almost a decade, “last names” in Second Life were made available once again in 2020. This means that Residents can now opt to change their name and share the same last name to communicate family or community ties and/or friendships with others in Second Life. We’re pleased as pie with how well-received this has been: a lot of work had to happen on the back end to make name changes possible, so it’s rewarding to know that over twelve thousand Residents have chosen to take advantage of it!


Our popular Linden Home offerings continued to roll out in 2020. As the year began, we had just launched an all-new Victorian theme and then subsequently introduced additional stilt and log home options. Expect even more in 2021 as our Moles are actively at work on multiple new offerings including Chalet Homes (which were previewed at the Christmas Expo earlier this month).


In the past year, the company has made some incremental improvements to the Viewer to support streaming into SL via Chrome Embedded Framework (CEF) so that it is easy to bring “live” video streaming content into Second Life (such as live YouTube streams). We’ve already seen several high-profile events use live video for world premiere screenings and movie events.


We also continued to improve Second Life with additional performance enhancements and features, including significant improvements to region crossings, Marketplace, Events, transaction emails, and the ongoing development of the Second Life Viewer. 

Our Marketing team has also been working hard to maintain the momentum with increased media coverage, improved advertising campaigns and more active social media engagement. You can see their own year-end report in a separate blog post.


As we (thankfully) bid adieu to 2020, we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and a safe and joyous new year. More than ever, it is important that we remember to treat each other with respect and kindness in both the physical and virtual worlds. 

Happy New Year

From all of us at Zoha Islands – Fruit Islands -Eden

VR Study

Virtual Reality Seems to Help Prime People to Have Lucid Dreams

VR Lucid dreaming experiment

Fascinating study from researchers with the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab  in the the Netherlands suggests that VR helps prime the user to have more lucid dreams — you know, the sensation of being conscious while in a dream, and even having some control over what happens in the dream itself. VR inherently cues a user to keep questioning whether the things they are experiencing while wearing a HUD and motion capture rig are real or not. And that constant Cartesian awareness, the researchers theorized, might bleed over into the VR user’s dreams.

To test this, they put volunteers into a VR rig and had them play a number of dream-like VR games. Then, they put the users in a realistic “normal” cafeteria setting in VR (pictured above)… but then made that simulation become increasingly strange and dreamlike:

Every early session (first two weeks) included the custom-made ‘Spinoza Café’ scenario which involved performing the role of a waiter or waitress—delivering food to customers in the university canteen—which became progressively bizarre (clocks running backwards; customers suddenly staring at the participant or changing into mannequins; gravity failing) under control of the researcher. To increase the dream-like character, changes occurred outside of the field of the participants, i.e. they did not directly witness any changes, but only the result of the change when moving their gaze/attention to a different field of view. This produced an aesthetic which closely resembles dreaming, since alterations to working memory (among other cognitive changes) render otherwise intrusive, non-sequitur inconsistencies frequent and unremarkable from within the dreaming state. 

Overall results were pretty promising:

VR training led to statistically significant increases in dream lucidity compared to the passive control group… It therefore stands to reason that the tentative gains seen in the VR group could be explained through a combination of several overlapping factors: dream-like VR scenarios provided a training ground for meta cognitive reflections; bizarre and novel VR content was subsequently incorporated into participants’ dream imagery; and this reminded them of the study goal when noticed. It is further worth considering whether the VR experience itself could have exerted some dissociative effects, which prospectively provided a fertile and convincing (dream-like) psychological state from which to question one’s reality, as part of the required lucid dreaming training.

In other words, the very fact of the experiment might have been the thing that helped prime the lucid dreaming. There are many more qualifications to the study’s results which you can read here, and they should be replicated by other researchers before jumping to any conclusions.

That said, this could be another positive effect created by VR: Not only giving us more imaginative options during our waking life, but while sleeping, and we feel like passive observers in the random experiences created by our subconscious, help give us more agency.

Have a great week from all of us at Zoha Islands and Fruit Islands/Eden



This week we have found ourselves at Seaclaid, a roleplaying region. This ferry station in an idyllic coastal town welcomes everyone with an undercurrent of romantic mystery.


The region’s owner, Katie Luna, explains that “Seaclaid was born in sorrow, but soon became an instrument of healing. Lost friends return, new friends are made. The place now has an almost magical feel to it. I step back in wonder and gratitude. That my simple little sim has garnered so much interest is amazing to me.” Although the region of Seaclaid is about 5 years old, the role play group active is now much older and as you can imagine, the landscape has evolved and grown more detailed over time.

In the video, Katie also states that “Since Seaclaid is a damaged part of the ferry, doorways open up at random times. And people from different time periods fall in, which allows for the oddities that you see walking around.” There is also so much to do and see here between the stone pathways, castle, Irish pub, and gallery. The gallery is filled with many styles of art, and don’t be surprised if you see a baby dragon floating by the fountain outside.

Sorrel Fang, a dressmaker, remarks that “Seaclaid is a breath of solitude, joyful fun when meeting others and sharing adventures, and a true masterpiece for the eyes and heart. Just when you think you know something, you discover a new mystery.” The wildflowers and sparkling water will take your breath away, and the many interesting shops are a pleasant way to lose track of time. 

As Katie mentions in the video, Tam’yn comes from a different planet and accidentally got trapped. However, it seems like destiny given Tam’yn’s glowing testament to Seaclaid’s inclusivity: “As a dedicated Furr, I’d about given up on roleplay since most RP’s are medieval, political, and humans only.  Seaclaid is not any of that.  Who you are is who you are since you “dropped in” from somewhere and some when else.”

Some other prominent Residents include Cressy, a Fae fox, and Zsophia, a healer. Onceagain happened upon Seaclaid by chance through the Destination Guide and ended up opening a small photography studio. Onceagain says “I don’t know how this adventure will end but I hope to leave lethargy behind and make new friendships because the beginning was sparkling.”

If you’re feeling inspired or would just like a nice place to relax, Seaclaid has several rentals open. It is a popular choice among bloggers and photographers, and there is no dress code. Visit Seaclaid today to enjoy a mystical windswept moment.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

Have a Great Week from all of us at Zoha Islands Fruit Islands/Eden



When the night grows dark and the sea is calm and the fog rolls over the land, the wise folk bar their doors and watch for the shadow on the land. Dragons, Fae, Vampire, all fantasy creatures welcome. Yeah, you pesky humans too!

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Nord Storm Steampunk

Nord Storm is a vast steampunk role playing experience featuring an abandoned laboratory, a sacred cathedral, retro gadgets, and more in a wintery mountain town.

For those unfamiliar, steampunk is a retro futuristic sub genre of science fiction, and it has a sizable devotion in Second Life with many steampunk regions to explore. Nord Storm is a huge region with architecture and technology bearing the distinct aesthetic of what would be considered futuristic through a 19th-century lens. 

Upon arrival, you are greeted with the message: “Here you can fight monsters, solve puzzles, upgrade avatar skills, craft, cook your own food, earn experience coins, play team games, fish, compete with other residents in skills, and much more… The game is available to all users.” Sounds like enough activity to fill up what’s left of 2020!

You first enter Nord Storm at an open air train station. In order to participate in the game component of the experience, you can receive a HUD from a machine nearby. The HUD has a built-in collision-based combat system. To hunt ghosts, you don’t have to wear a combat system, but if you want your avatar to be able to deal damage to them, the combat system will allow you to do so.

You are free to explore on foot, but who wouldn’t want to use the time machine? All you have to do is launch the portal by reclining in the car seat. Click on the monitor to select one of the many locations in this world.

Be sure to keep an eye out for places marked with gold coins. When you sit at the designated earning spot, coins will be credited once a minute and can be used to purchase different items that enhance gameplay in the shop. You can also redeem prizes in the factory once you accrue enough experience points.

More details, pictures, and maps can be found at the official Nord Storm website.

For those more interested in admiring the architecture and environment than the gaming aspect, there is no pressure to conform to any specific gameplay rules. Everybody is welcome to visit the church, peruse the library, enjoy a quiet moment in the garden, or take a ride in the steampunk train.

If you’d like to adorn your avatar in steampunk attire, the marketplace has outfits and accessories for all levels of commitment. This region takes winter wonderland to the next level with the highly detailed levels of interactivity, gorgeous terrain, and hidden treats. Let Nord Storm whisk you away today.

Have a Great Week from all of us at Zoha Islands Fruit Islands/Eden