Time for a Cure: Relay for Life of Second Life

April 17, 2012

Cancer is an equal opportunity disease, it does not discriminate – it takes people from all walks of life, skin colours, and ages – you yourself may have been touched by it, even if only indirectly. The best and brightest scientific minds are finding new ways to beat this disease all the time, and there is real hope for a cure. It is definitely Time for a Cure.

That’s the theme for the 2012 Relay for Life of Second Life, an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that kicked off in March and ends in mid-July, with a variety of events and activities. This is one of those times when Second Life shines, with people from all across the grid coming together, and raising an impressive total of 375,000 US dollars in 2011. Wouldn’t it be great to top that this year?

The =IcaruS= Metaverse HQ is in Magna Carta, Avalon Town, so we joined up with the Knights of Avalon team last year; we had such fun, we’re with them again this year. When you stop by for a visit, please drop a few lindens into the donation kiosk at our main entrance to show your support. Have a look at the Halfway to Halloween event coming up the 28th of April, and visit the Avalon Events page often to see what other fun things they’ve cooked up for the RFLSL cause, as well as other events of interest. You’re always welcome to visit as well!

Knights of Avalon RFLSL Renaissance Ball EntranceKnights of Avalon Renaissance Ball RFLSL KickoffKnights of Avalon RFLSL Renaissance Ball
Knights of Avalon 2011 Silver AwardKnights of Avalon RFLSL 2011 Teamwork AwardRFLSL 2012 Knights of Avalon Kiosk at =IcaruS=

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Wear and Share!

April 4, 2012

Leon wearing the =I= NetConnect MiniBadgeThis week finds =IcaruS= putting a new twist on a popular product: the =I= NetConnect MiniBadge, a wearable metaverse identification badge. This small, powerful yet low-lag networking gadget has all the benefits of the much-liked =I= NetConnect! Share all your metaverse connections, everywhere you go in Second Life!

Ideal for educators, presenters, bloggers – anyone with a presence in the metaverse – wear it everywhere in Second Life to show others you are connected even beyond SL.

This deceptively simple little low-lag, low-prim badge can be placed on your hip, shoulder, or even above your head – just about anywhere you’d like to have it. A notecard with instructions for placement is included with the product. Further details are available in a tutorial on our website.


  • Wearable – or just rez and place it on your desk!
  • Small size
  • Customisable buttons
  • Goes with you everywhere
  • Clicked button responses can go to private IM or Nearby Chat
  • Contains all the functions of the popular =I= NetConnect (Low Prim)
  • Will work with the =I= NetConnect Display Screen

iSkye and LaylaMay wearing the =I= NetConnect MiniBadge

The =I= NetConnect MiniBadge is available on the Second Life Marketplace or you can find it at =IcaruS= House, our Metaverse Headquarters in Magna Carta, Avalon Town in Second Life.


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Direct to You…from =IcaruS=

March 30, 2012

With LL’s recent announcement of the Direct Delivery launch on the Second Life Marketplace, we (very reluctantly) thought it best to follow suit and convert our Marketplace store listings. The previous conversion from the XStreet SL to the Second Life Marketplace was inordinately painful, as was one upgrade to the Marketplace system which had us re-listing each of our 80+ products, one at a time. It’s safe to say we weren’t looking forward to this latest ‘enhancement’ from Linden Lab. Thank goodness for small mercies.

Converting to Direct DeliveryConversion Done!

We must admit the conversion process was remarkably easy and quite painless, even with the occasional slow response times on the SL Marketplace website. It took us less than three hours total, helped greatly by the instructions in a Second Life video Tutorial by the always helpful Torley Linden. As we switched each product from Magic Box to Direct Delivery, we noted the new “Use It Now” section seen on each product page on the Marketplace. Test Delivery was successful in each case, and actual purchases have been reassuringly trouble-free.

Use It Now on Converted Page

We anticipate your experience with Directly Delivery will be smoother and more convenient – when you purchase something from our shoppe on the SL Marketplace, it is delivered into your Received Items in a folder, all ready to use – there’s no need to rez and unpack purchases from boxes. Then you can drag the folder from Received Items to the desired place in your inventory, and rez or wear the product as usual.

It is important to note that you will need to be using the latest version of your viewer of choice – whether it’s the SL Viewer or a Third Party Viewer (TPV) like Firestorm or Phoenix with the current codebase.

In our opinion, this enhancement to the SL Marketplace is actually beneficial for both merchants and customers. Visit our shoppe and try it for yourself! We do still keep our inworld store at =IcaruS= Metaverse HQ in Magna Carta, Avalon Town.


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