Hello! I’m Canary Beck.

I’ve been an active virtual world resident since 2007. I am a Second Life blogger, filmmaker and owner of Basilique. I also consult for top Second Life brands including Firestorm, Dutchie, Second Life Blogger Support, Blogging Second Life, and The Liaison Collaborative. Welcome to my website!

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In everything I do, I strive for interestingness. I do things that engage me, things that excite me, things that hold my unfocused attention and my insatiable curiosity. If you find similar things interesting, then you’ll enjoy what make.

Paradise Lost - The Movie

Watch the movie everyone's talking about

A Second Life Blockbuster!

Watch this highly-acclaimed, full-length feature film based on Milton’s Paradise Lost set to Mozart’s Requiem available only through registered viewing. This movie will blow you away!

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Visit Basilique!

Prepare to charmed by visiting my Italian-themed village in Second Life

Learn about Basilique

The Basilique is a small coastal town in northern Italy, named after the Basilica that dominates the region, in Second Life. I invite you to visit, where you can walk the leafy square, and waterfront piers, relax in the bars, peruse the art galleries, or mingle in the cafe.

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Read my blog

I write a different kind of Second Life blog

My Second Life Blog

I like to write long-form editorial posts about the social science aspects of Second Life – from appearance to societal norms to my perspectives on user acquisition, user experience and virtual world marketing.

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Latest Blog Posts

When it comes to my blog, I’m proud to say it’s different.
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Paradise Lost The Movie nominated for an Avi’s Choice Award – Watch it now for free and vote

Unexpected news: I learned last night that someone nominated Paradise Lost The Movie for the Favourite Machinima Production Award category of Avi's Choice Awards - Arts. To celebrate, I'm freely showing the movie on this post for the first time ever - no email or registration required.

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Resolving disputes in a virtual world

Disputes are inevitable. When they happen in families or at work, we manage to get [...]

My evolving view on blog comments

I've started to practice Aikido. That sounds impressive. At the moment, it mostly involves me having [...]

My Christmas Gift to You

Happy Christmas! I hope you've had as much fun as I have this year. This holiday season, I'd like to thank all my readers and subscribers, by sharing what I consider my greatest achievement in Second Life to date: Paradise Lost - The Movie. Here's how to redeem your gift...

Share your photos with Firestorm this weekend to promote Second Life

Fancy yourself a good Second Life photographer? Do your pictures make Second Life look as [...]

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Merchants: A chance to get out in front of new Second Life residents

MadPea's first free-to-play game, The Ghost Town, launches on the 19th December at the Firestorm Gateway. MadPea seeks 20 merchants to provide themed prizes for the players. MadPea and Firestorm will promote participating vendors to their customers of the future before anyone else.

The many roles we play in Second Life

Last week I ran a survey asking Second Life users to tell me the roles with which they most identified. 3,073 people completed the survey. The purpose of my study was to determine the most popular use cases of Second Life. I wanted also to see which group is more likely to recommend Second Life. It turns out that most people identify as roleplayers in Second Life. Educators are most likely to recommend Second Life. Scripters are least likely to recommend it.

How men and women draw up the “perfect body” in Second Life

In my opinion, the dominant body style for both sexes in Second Life aligns more with what the poll reports men see as "perfect," rather than what women see as "perfect". It's also fair to say that many women choose to not align themselves to the anybody's perception of the perfect female, but these tend to be the exception that proves the rule.

Poll shows 72% might recommend Second Life, but more needed to sustain Second Life

Earlier this week I asked Second Life residents how likely they are to recommend Second Life to RL friends and colleagues. Over 3,000 people responded to the survey showing passionate engagement for Second Life.The poll shows 72% of Second Life users are more likely to promote it. With that said, more people need to promote Second Life if to maintain user engagement levels.

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