Saturday, April 25, 2015

Gaming News: WoW Tokens, Star Wars Galaxies Jedi Hunt Idea, and Antilia No Longer an MMO


While the Newser has reported on events in Second Life, we've heard about some interesting and noteworthy events in the world of gaming. Here's three things that caught our attention, concerning World of Warcraft, the old "Star Wars Galaxies," and Antilia.

Read more in Other Grids and MMOs.

SL Video: "Krauser Cusack - 'Digital Love' "





(Click here if the video fails to play)

From January 2007 by Krauser Cusack, "My second video here on you tube ^^ its a video of Krauser Cusack, and Felicity Haller, dancing at the SFHQ to 'digital love' the musical wonder by Daft Punk!"

Friday, April 24, 2015

Nydia Tungsten Gets New Monitor From Sunweavers


How deep does a friendship go when it's over a computer? Many people say no matter how well you get along, unless it takes place in real life you can't count on any friend if all of your meeting is done over a computer. While no one argues real life is more important, the friendships here can be very real, to the point that someone in need will get help. Take for instance when Nydia Tungsten announced to her friends in the Sunweaver community that her monitor was on its way out. It didn't take long for her friends to get together and help her out.

Read more in People.

The Fantasy Faire is Open



 The 2015 Fantasy Faire officially opened yesterday, Thursday April 24. This event which raises funds for the Relay for Life offers residents a chance to buy fantasy-themed items such as outfits and avatars, and some well-designed builds up for view. There are a total of thirteen sims in the event: Fairelands Junction, Odyssey, IchiGo IchiE, Sylvan of Spells, Tangleshimmer Grove, Aurora FF, Poseidons Abyss, Poppetsborough, Spires of Andolys, YoZakura, Wildehaven Marsh, Vallacia, and Ravenshold.


 Checking out the SURL I was given, I appeared at the bottom of the waters in the sim. There was a HUD available nearby, which could take me to any of the sims on the Faire grounds.


 Or one could take one of the portals that surounded the entry point.


 Swimming up, once my viewer processed the sights, there were some beautiful sights to behold.


For more information on the Fantasy Faire, check out the website: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/.
For the schedule of events, check out the calendar. The happenings include music and dance parties, story readings, discussions, Roleplays, and more. Among the special events is Pratchett Day on April 28.

Email: FantasyFaireSL@gmail.com
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/fantasyfairesl/
Plurk: http://www.plurk.com/FantasyFaireSL
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FantasyFaireSL
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/fantasyfairesl/
RFL in SL: www.relayforlife.org/secondlife

Press Release: "Life Around Our Active Star" by the University of Hawaii


University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy Presents:
"Life Around Our Active Star"

By Dr. Tom Schad
Friday, April 24th at 9:30 PM PDT
Institute for Astronomy - U. Hawaii Astronomy Amphitheater: 

Over the centuries, humanity has tuned its existence to Earth's seasons, created by our yearly travel around the Sun.  At the dawn of the Machine Age, however, the seasons of the Sun itself proved influential to our progressing world.  In this talk, we will explore the cycles of solar activity, and study the impact of these cycles throughout the heliosphere and on our modern society.  We will learn of the interplay of new and old methods for the study of solar epochs, and anticipate the great advances of the Senator Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) currently being built on Haleakala.

Alliance, Chaminade University (49, 205, 4002)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

SL12B Theme Announced, Applications Now Being Taken



Yesterday on April 22 after some days of anticipation, important details of the upcoming Second Life Twelfth Birthday celebration, called the SL12B for short, were revealed. For those who don't know, the SLB is Second Life's yearly anniversary celebration. For most of it's history, Linden Lab sponsored the event. Starting with SL9B, the event has been entirely done through volunteers and sponsors paying for the sims.

The theme for this year: "What Dreams May Come."

The line is part of the “To be, or not to be…” soliloquy from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It later became the title of a book by Richard Matheson, then an Academy Award winning movie.

Unlike our physical world, everything we see in Second Life© was born out of the stuff of dreams. For some, these dreams are what they aspire to, while others seek to recreate that which is unattainable in their lives.

Some may craft elaborate worlds of gleaming gold, while others may descend into the netherworld, portraying realms of flame and darkness. Still others may have dreams of a simpler variety: a nice house, a picket fence, and a perfectly green lawn. All dreams, big and small, are valid and welcome.

We want to see your dreams. what do you imagine for the future, what are your aspirations, or what is your own personal flight of fancy?

Applications for the event are also currently being taken as well, exhibitors, discussion presenters at the auditorium, performers, and volunteers. Applications are scheduled to be taken in until May 13.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

Wednesday, May 13: All applications closed
Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27: Exhibitors notified via email
Monday, June 1 to Wednesday June 17 at noon SLT: Sims open to exhibitors for building
Wednesday, June 10: Performers notified via email
Wednesday June 17 at noon SLT to Thursday, June 18: Sims closed for walkthrough
Friday, June 19 to Saturday, June 20: Extra time for adjustments
Saturday, June 20: Press day
Sunday, June 21 at noon SLT: Sims open!
Tuesday, June 23: The Birthday!
Sunday, June 21 to Sunday, June 28: Sims open with performances
Monday, June 29 to Saturday, July 4: Sims open for viewing
Monday, July 6 to Wednesday, July 8: Break down
Thursday, July 9: Sims go offline

Check out the Facebook SL12B page, the SL12B Flickr page, and the SL12B Information page.


Press Release: Sail4Life Launches its Inaugural Triple Crown of Sailing



Sail4Life, the Relay for Life team that represents SecondLIfe’s sailing and water-oriented community, will launch its inaugural Triple of Crown of Sailing on April 25 at the Nantucket Yacht Club (NYC).

“The Triple Crown of Sailing is a series composed of three races,” said Delight, Sail4Life team co-captain. “Each race features a different type of sailing yacht. The series is based on a low point total.” Skippers will have no crew.

During the Triple Crown of Sailing, three clubs will host—Nantucket Yacht Club (NYC), Seychelles Yacht Club (SIYC), and Fishers Island Yacht Club (FIYC). Race #1 is April 25, 2-6 p.m., at NYC (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nantucket%20Yacht%20Club/60/29/23). Race #2 is May 16, 2-6 p.m., at SIYC (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Port%20Victoria%20Isle/46/188/22). The final race is June 27, 2-6 p.m., at Plum Gut in Sailors Cove East (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Plum%20Gut/53/162/29), and sponsored by FIYC.

Parties to raise funds for Sail4Life/Relay for Life follow each race. NYC has scheduled a Guns N’ Roses party.

Registration to race closes April 23 at midnight. To register and for complete details, go to the SL Sailing Forum post at http://forum.slsailing.co/index.php?board=206.0 and return the completed registration form to Gemma Vuckovic.

The winner of the Triple Crown will be announced at the Blake Sea Ball on July 11.

“I want everyone to participate in Sail for Life, even if they don’t sail,” said Delight. “I want people to enjoy the sailing sims. They are such a treasure.”

For more information about the Triple Crown of Sailing, Sail4Life, or its schedule of upcoming events, contact Winnie Sweetwater, Sail4Life team captain or Delight (otherwise known as Dian4ma Shen). A full calendar of upcoming Sail4Life events can be seen at http://teamup.com/ks164d24b3cfc2d414/.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at Aero Pines Park. For those who don't know, in "The Godfather," a horse's head was left in one guy's bed as a warning.

By Bixyl Shuftan

The Farshore Airshow and Country Rebels Tribute Concert


Last weekend was the second annual airshow for the Relay for Life at Farshore Field, in the Pacific Waters sim in the Sunweaver Estates. Last year, the event raised thousands of Lindens for the community's Relay team: Team Sunbeamers. To make sure this year would follow up on last year's success, the team got together with another: Team Country Rebels whom were also a tribute band.

Read more in Events.

Reader Submitted: Team Strange Journey's Avatar Challenge






Team Strange Journeys got some recent attention when a few of the members offered to don different avatars from what they usually wear if their team raised certain amounts. Three usually appeared as normal human, one a child, the fourth usually a tiny otter. As the team's Waffle Carnival came to a close, they offered this announcement:

At 200k, Sid and Cuddly promised to go otter.
At 300k, Fairie and Rowena promised to go smurf.
Thanks to you guys, we reached the goal!!!!!
Here is the picture!


And so, the team continues it's "strange" fun.

Go Relay!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Events This Week at the Sunweaver Clubs


It's a new week for the Sunweaver Clubs. At the new Club Cutlass it's "Gimmie a D" as they have their "Best in D," then things get spacy as they have "Outer Space," and then things go from cold to red hot with "Fire and Ice." At The Vinyl, the place gets hit with a boarding party as they have their Pirate party, followed by a night of wanderers as they have their Gypsy night.

Read more in Events this Week.

SL Enquirer: An Educational Tour of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum


Last week on April 15 was Holocaust Remembrance Day, seven decades since the mass murder of millions of European civilians by the Nazis. Most of them were Jewish. In Second Life,  there is a museum that takes a look at the events of Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Glass) in November 1938. SL Enquirer reporter Nena Dreadlow recently took a look at the museum and it's exhibits.

Read Nena's article here.

Press Release: Fantasy Faire 2015


  
* * Fantasy Faire 2015, April 23 – May 3* *
A Benefit for the American Cancer Society
Celebrating its seventh year, Fantasy Faire 2015 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, April 23 to Sunday May 3, treat yourself to eleven days of shopping, live music concerts, auctions, hunts, events and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.
Avatars, clothing, furnishings, gadgets and exclusive items are available from more than 150 of SL’s top Fantasy Creators across ten stunning shopping sims designed by some of the visionary artists behind many of the hottest spots on the SL destination guide.
The Fantasy Faire 2015 is made possible by the generous support of our Sim and Event Sponsors.
Our Sim Sponsors this year are:  Cerridwen’s Cauldron, Dandelion Daydreams Factory, Dwarfins, Epic Toy Factory,  Fallen Gods Inc., Fuubutsu Dou, Merchants of Dreams, NeoVictoria, Roawenwood, Solarium and The Looking Glass.
Our Event Sponsors this year are: Aview, -AZUL-, Boudoir, Curious Kitties, Dark Unicorns of Lovelace, Death Row Designs, The Forge, Junbug, Lorin’s Sound Effects Shack, L’Uomo, The Muses, ORIONITE, OtherSkin, Plastik, Safe Waters Foundation, Sanctuary RP Community, Spyralle, Stitched., The White Armory.
Fantasy Faire 2015 will be open to the public April 23 – May 3 and accessible from the American Cancer Society sim. We welcome you to come and join the story.
For more information please contact:
Elizabeth Tinsley or Sonya Marmurek in world
or via email @: fantasyfairesl@gmail.com
Are you or a loved one battling cancer? Find out how many ways the American Cancer Society is there to help. Visit cancer.org or call (US) 800-ACS-2345.

Email: FantasyFaireSL@gmail.com
Website: http://fantasyfaireSL.wordpress.com/
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/fantasyfairesl/
Plurk: http://www.plurk.com/FantasyFaireSL
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FantasyFaireSL
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/fantasyfairesl/
RFL in SL: www.relayforlife.org/secondlife
American Cancer Society SLurl:http://slurl.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/127/103/21

Monday, April 20, 2015

Grace Wrigglesworth and the Safe Waters Foundation


Yours truly recently had a chance to interview Grace Wrigglesworth, the head of the Safe Waters Foundation. To those who don't know, Safe Waters is the largest organization of merfolk groups, fans of mermaid, merman, and similar avatars such as sirens and anthro sharks. We talked some about how she came to Second Life and how the Foundation started.

Read more in People.

50,000 Lindens Raised at Sunbeamer Air Show and Concert



The combined air show and live music tribute concert the Sunbeamers held on Saturday April 18 was a big success with about 50,000 Lindens raised. Half of the amount came from one generous donor. The event put the Relay team on the upper half of Silver-ranked teams, and less than 90K from Gold status.

Stay tuned for a more detailed report on the event.

Press Release: Raglan Shire ArtWalk 2015


May 3 - 31 2015 - Raglan Shire Sim Cluster in Second Life
 
Residents of Second Life may show their artwork during this time.  Reproductions of RL artwork (painting, drawing, digital fine art, printmaking that can be imported and put on a prim) are encouraged, along with SL photography, manipulated photography and sculpture.(Full information - click Deadlines, Info, Requirements link below.)

Each year we have had over 100 artist participants exhibiting in spaces over several sims. This year, the 10th ArtWalk, we hope for a good turnout and will include space in the vast center park of Raglan Shire, in Heron Shire forest, and in other sims in the cluster if needed. The 2D artwork will be displayed along hedgerows around Raglan Shire, and sculpture in designated areas of the forest on Heron Shire.


Deadlines, Info, Requirements: All the info you need (please read and print)

Registering for ArtWalk 2015 implies that you have read and agree to this information.

REGISTER HERE FOR ARTWALK 2015


Visit ArtWalk May 3 - 31, 2015, in Raglan Shire, Second Life.


Questions?  Contact inworld:
JIllan McMillan, ArtWalk Asst.
Dagmar Klaar, ArtWalk Asst.
Karmagirl Avro, ArtWalk Director
RAGLAN EVENTS (ARTWALK) 2015 CALENDAR - Look at May for dates

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cartoon of the Day



From "Yuri's Night" last Sunday. Some cartoons show a really unrealistic view of space, people needing a helmet for air and nothing else. This cartoon denizen, isn't taking chances.

By Bixyl Shuftan