Hello! I’m Canary Beck.

I’ve been an active virtual world resident since 2007. I am a Second Life blogger, artist, and filmmaker. Welcome to my website!

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In everything I make, I strive for interestingness. I make 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 I 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. Read on and tell me what you think.

How advice is everywhere and why most of it is nonsense

Much too often, we offer too much advice and too little understanding. We talk much too much and listen so very little. How about this for some advice to the givers of advice: If you hope to change minds, if you want to help, if you want to give advice, seek first to understand, before being understood.

The Linden Lab Chat summarised in 7 minutes

Ebbe Altberg answered questions at the first LabChat show. The DraxFiles Radio Hour aired the show today. For the full recording, check out today's DFRH. I understand organisers will make a full transcript available in a day or two. As I was listening, I made notes (as I tend to do when I listen to these types of things), and thought I'd share them with you if you felt like reading about what he said. It will take about 7 minutes, in case you don't want to spend the hour + listening to the show (although I encourage you to listen to the show as well!)

Hatred does not cease by hatred – hatred ceases by love

I can empathise with what the people of France must be going through the day after such heinous acts against hundreds of innocent people of Paris, yet I worry when world leaders say things like this: "We are going to lead a war which will be pitiless."

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