Monday, July 23, 2018

The Garden of Absentia To Close

Usually it's a great thing to find out about a well-done sim. But if you find out the place will soon be gone, the joy is mixed with some sadness. I was recently told about the Garden of Absentia, made by Filo Tani and Sage Allegiere. But after a decade, the sim will soon be going away. So I went there and took a look around.

Read more in Places.

Reader Submitted: "Breaking News"

From Maeto Firecaster, a picture of the Newser's SL15B exhibit, "BREAKING NEWS!!!! Sonic has taken over!" Presumably this picture was taken at Silvia Ametza's build when "The Birthday" was at it's busiest as the only way Sonic would stay in one place for long would be all that lag.

News in Brief

There's been a lot going on in Second Life. So here's a list describing several happenings in brief.

Kim Kardashian has been using Second Life avatars as part of her promoting a new brand of her perfumes (article by Ozon).

It was announced that the The Garden of Absentia and Memorial in Garden of Absentia (135/155/22) would be closing on August 1.

Graine Macbain, the owner of Blue Curacao where The Riverside Café and Galleries and The Avian Retreat are announced her sim would be closing on August 2 (Fritter Enzyme's 2014 interview): Blue Curacao (54/52/21)

Andreas Jones' "Reflections of Darkness" opened at the National Museum of Caledon on Sunday July 22: Caledon II (164/52/23)

Team Shadow, The Cure Chasers, and Team ACTS jointly held their final event, a formal ball on Saturday July 21.

The Corsica International Air Show took place over the weekend, Saturday July 21 to Sunday July 22.

Jadyn Firehawk announced a schedule on which the different parts of the Yosemite sim would be closed (Gemma's article earlier this month about the closing).

There will be more information about most of these, and other, subjects when time permits.

Announcement: Yosemite Sim Closure Takedown Schedule

Hey folks, here is a copy of the takedown schedule for which areas of Yosemite Sim will be taken down, on which day, and in which order. This is so that you can best plan your remaining visits prior to the closing date on July 29th. Thank you for all your supportive messages during the past few weeks. It means a lot to me. ♥

On Thursday, July 26th:

1. Maganda Arts (Mainstore, Maganda Homes, and Maganda Cafe)
2. Little Yosemite Art Forest
3. Admin Areas (non-public)

On Friday, July 27th:

4. Shinzen Japanese Garden
5. Little Yosemite Valley
6. Keao's Crystal Ballroom

On Saturday, July 28th:

7. Yosemite Village Stores
8. Shinzen Garden Village
9. Little Yosemite Cabins (Meadow Cabins)
10. Landing Zone and Lantern Point (Forest Cabins)
11. Bluefield Wildflower Meadows (Stone Cabins)

On Sunday, July 29th:

12. Main Park (Forever Wild, Base Jumping, Visitor Center, John Muir Campground, The Gazebo, Mariposa Grove, and Tuolumne Meadows)

Jadyn Firehawk

Announcement: No RFL Castle Home and Garden This Year, Postponed to 2019

Dear Relayers and CHGers,

We have faced a lot in the last four years. We have raised so much money, that every drop of sweat spent on the Castle Home and Garden contest was 110% worth it. Your builds, your designs and your support has been amazing.

We face several challenges this season, including Henrietta’s passing and Rowena being computer-less and hospital bound for a good amount of time. We are also without a website as Hilshire was owner of it and it poofed (Hilshire passed away as well). 

We have been told we can “scale down” the contest a bit along with other suggestions, but we are not going to scale down anything. With that being said, in order for the CHG to be as successful as it deserves to be, the Castle Home and Garden contest will be postponed to the 2019 season. The current sign ups and builds will remain as they are- if you are building, please don’t be discouraged- see this as just more time to perfect your build. 

2019 will bring us the 5th annual CHG... bigger and better than ever. Henrietta would kill us if we canceled so it is just a postponement for a little while longer.

Please excuse Rowena’s absence this year. He will be back better than ever ready to go for the Christmas Expo and, of course; the 2019 Relay season- which will bring us the 5th Annual CHG. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

-Sidonie and Rowena, CHG Chairs

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Happy Vixen

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Corsica International Air Show Today

Since 2016 the Blue Angels have had the unique privilege of demonstrating to the Second Life public the precision techniques of Naval Aviation, hoping to inspire a culture of excellence and service to country. We are honored to make a quick detour from our FIRST SECOND WORLD TOUR in progress and jump to Corsica from France where we currently are located for this unprecedented Blue Angels event (see here for the first stop of the BLUE ANGELS FIRST SECOND WORLD TOUR!). 

The CORSICA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW is part of the Cannery Cove grand opening and this program is air show centered. For complete details of all that is happening at Cannery Cove for the grand opening please contact Tealcie Annibles! ( Profile here! )

Corsica International Airport (SLCI)
Xobite / Marlif - Corsica
July 21 and 22, 2018
Start 10:30 hours (10:00 am) - End 18:00 hours (06:00 pm)
Please arrive early and use the AUDIENCE assigned locations! 

Day Two Events:

10:30 hours (10:30 am)
U.S. Navy Blue Angels #7 VIP Ride
Centerpoint - Rooney w/ incursions into Xobite

11:00 hours (11:00 am)
Anemone Wing Walking Team
Centerpoint - Rooney w/ incursions into Xobite

11:45 hours (11:45 am)
U.S. Navy Blue Angels Fat Albert Airlines
Centerpoint - Rooney w/ incursions into Xobite

12:15 hours (12:15 pm)
U.S. Navy Blue Angels Jet Team
Centerpoint - Rooney

13:10 hours (01:10 pm)
Armée de l'Air Patrouille de France en SL
Centerpoint - Rooney

14:10 hours (02:10 pm)
Hawks Aerobatic Team
Centerpoint - Rooney

15:10 hours (03:10 pm)
Air show ends.

15:30 hours (03:30 pm)
After show party with LIVE concert.
16:00 hours (04:00 pm) Lexus Melodie sings live.

Concert location: Cannery Cove Town Square ( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )




McRITCHIE (off SLCI open water) - ONLY on DAY TWO
U.S.Navy Self-Sustained Platform U.S.S. Hoover

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries

There will be plenty of that this week, as series continue and solos stories join them. You can join us as well, this week in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely, live in voice.

Check out the stories and the storytellers at

All events at Senchai Library at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise noted

 All stories told in open voice. All times SL/PT
**SUNDAY, July 22nd

   ~ at NOON: TEA TIME on The Orient Express: Episode 3 -   Seanchai Library & Friends, live in voice. Check out the special series page

**MONDAY, July 23rd at 7pm: Alan Dean Foster's DROWNING WORLD  - continues with Gyro Muggins

**TUESDAY, July 24th at 7pm:  Jim Butcher's BRIEF CASES continues with Corwyn Allen

** WEDNESDAY, July 25th at 7pm: Stephen Fry's MYTHOS continues with Caledonia - "No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly and brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses. They are like us, only more so ... "
** THURSDAY, July 19th:

    ~ at 2pm: FIRESIDE TALES - this week featuring folktales with Dubhna Rhiadra

    ~ at 7pm: LAST THUNDER HORSE WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI - another tale of the Wilder West with Shandon Loring.  (also presented in Kitely hop://

    ~ at 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT -  contemporary Sci-Fi-Fantasy with Finn Zeddmore

SL Video: "=Shady Fox Memorial Giant Snail Race"

(Click here if the video fails to play)

By RacerX Gullwing on July 14, "Today we had a Tiny snail race for our Relay For Life final race. Much fun was had by all. What a wonderful way to raise money for a great charity."

Friday, July 20, 2018

Scenes From The "Raze The Relay" Party

"All good things must come to an end." And so after a few days so would the campsites on the track sims that the Relay Weekend took place on. But before the teardown, there would be one more party: the Flood Party. A Relay tradition in one form or another since 2010, a number of the Relayers gathered once again for a little fun in the water before, one last chance to have fun before the sad task of taking down the campsites.

Read the article in Events.

The Relay Winds Down

Despite the lag on Saturday, it was a good Relay Weekend on July 14 and July 15. Most of the team campsites were up for a few more days, a few being picked up early for whatever reason. After the "Raze the Relay" party, a number of teams moved fast. Rather than simply pick everything up, the Sunbeamers had their Hope Lodge go up in a blaze of glory (image credit Cynthia Farshore).

When I walked the track that night, it looked like half the campsites were gone or mostly gone.

But there were still others up which I explored. Among them, Stingray's designer sim which included a twin-tower roller coaster.

A few people left a final message on their plots.

And so, with the Relay track all but down, the sun is setting on another Relay season. I have heard a handful of complaints, and at least one Relayer told me she will be taking a break next year. But all in all, it was a great season, and for my home community, it's team the Sunbeamers had their best year ever. For me personally, this means the "busy season" is winding down and after a few more articles about the Relay, I'll be able to relax a little. But only a little as the news never stops for long around here.

I'll try to have more pictures up soon. For now, one can check the Relay's Flickr page. Wildstar and Ishtarkiss took a lot of screenshots.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Final Weekend of the 2017-18 Season at Theatre On The Hill

As we approach the Final weekend of our fantastically successful 2017-18 season, Theatre On The Hill will say good-bye until September with 2 great shows for you.

On Friday, our weekly Cabaret will be Iasfy Zepp's Cuban-inspired "HABANA FIESTA" Come listen - and dance - to the infectious Latin rhythms

On SUNDAY: the spectacular Fantasy Dreams Dance Show Group returns with its latest "FLIGHT IN THE WORLD OF FANTASY"

What a way to close our season!

Crew Meeting

 Saturday July 7 was the day of the Newser's crew meeting. Attending from right to left were Jamiethefoxy, Klaus Bereznyak, Deaflegacy, and Bixyl Shuftan (myself). We traded ideas about what to write about, such as the upcoming Relay Weekend (which was the reason this pictures weren't posted last week), and other subjects.

At the end up the meeting when we all stood up, I noticed something about Klaus. He was shoeless. "Oh yes - it's the summer," he told me, "I have been hoboing." I reminded him with a grin, "Bare feet for a fur is one thing, for a human avatar, a bit more watch where you walk." "Hee hee - I will."

Getting to the foot of the matter, I guess

Bixyl Shuftan

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Reader Submitted: "Love Is In The Air"

From Jessicabelle Dayafter, "I saw someone wearing this shirt awhile back, and had to have it, as how fitting for it to be worn on a skunk. (big grin) I am pleased with the pics for a super quicky shoot."

Brandi Streusel Back Online, "Two Vixens And A Wolf" At Cutlass, Other Sunweaver News

Early this month, it was announced that Brandi Streusel had taken an indefinite break from Second Life. The Newser is happy to report that the little mousegirl of the Sunweaver/Angel community is back, and doing some music DJing, " I've missed both so much." She is currently playing at Python's Dance Club on Wednesdays.

Also, the "Two Vixens and a Wolf" radio show, which the Newser reported on recently, is getting a new location to listen in from inworld besides their studio in Rabbit Valley: the Sunweaver's main club and hangout of Club Cutlass. Svetlana Snowpaw (Sarah Golem) made the following announcement on Tuesday July 17.

Hello I just wanted to let everyone know about our fairly new Radio show "2 Vixens and a Wolf" we are going live at 5PM SL Time (27 Minutes) you can listen in at for our 3 hour furry talk show which we do EVERY MONDAY (Today is exception due to technical difficulties) from 5PM-8PM SL TIME

Unfortunately, not all the news from the Sunweaver community has been good. On Monday or Tuesday this week, community leader Rita Mariner was taken to the hospital due to an infection. She was released Wednesday. Also Dusk Griswold's real-life spouse has been in the hospital for several days. Her condition was initially serious, but she has been recovering and will hopefully be home again soon.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Moon Landing Day Celebration! Friday, 20 July 2018

Join the National Space Society in SL on July 20th at our Tranquility Base venue as we celebrate the anniversary of mankind’s first lunar landing.

We will gather there at 1pm SL time ahead of the landing time, and again at 7:30pm in advance of the first steps on the Moon to watch the videos and discuss the past, present and future of space exploration and development.

Ad astra (“to the stars”)!

Also, check out the Apollo 11 historical tour here:

Pick up a free Apollo 11spacesuit here:

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Happy Vixen
By Bixyl Shuftan

Private Region Numbers Grows For Second Week In A Row

It's been about two weeks since Linden Lab put into effect their reduction in what they charge for land tiers (for non-grandfathered sims), while raising the fee to buy Linden dollars. While the Lab gave no clear reason for their move beyond "to keep Second Life a vibrant world," it's strongly believed the reason for this move was to stop the overall long slow decline in the number of sims. A recent report by Tyche Shepard, who keeps track of new sims and sim numbers in Second Life showed something promising. Total numbers of private estates show growth for two weeks in a row, 35 the past week and 34 the one before for a total growth of 69 sims.

We are now two weeks into the new pricing regime for Private Estates and this is now the 2nd week of positive growth of the grid
Net Growth stands at 35 regions this week (last week was 34) All this week's net growth was among private Estates .

Overall , taking into account last weeks closure of the 24 Temporary SL15B regions , Net Change in Private Estates since the new prices stands at 94 New or Returned Regions

I've no record of Region type at the moment, and therefore no estimate of overall change in revenue for the Lab, but the initial change in demand doesn't seem enough to increase overall revenue at this stage.

Two weeks is obviously too short a time to declare the slump over, but it does raise hopes that the long slow decline, from over 25,000 in June 2010 to just over 16,000 now, might, just might, be over. We'll need at least another two weeks or so before we can say so.

Source: SL Universe 

Hat Tip: Daniel Voyager.

Bixyl Shuftan

Checking the Relay Track

Been doing more checking the Relay Track than writing tonight, as today is the last day most of the camps will be up. So be sure to check out these great builds, such as this tower in the Second Life Cheerleading Squad's campsite at North America Reflection. When someone clicks on it, a piece is added to it. So over time it's gotten quite tall.

This afternoon is the Flood Party, or the "Razz the Sims Party" as it's being called this time. It's from 4-7PM, though which sim it will be on has yet to be announced. Get your free inner tube in the Relay for Life Volunteer's group.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Relay or Life in Second Life 2018 - A Round Around The Relay Track"

(Click here if the video fails to play)

From Jara Lowel on July 15, "The relay for life 2018 track, running a round on it ~ Enjoy the camp sites as they swoosh."

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Events This Week at the Sunweaver, Montecito Bay, and Furry Fashion Clubs

Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in 'S', Monochrome, Cartoon Time

Happy Vixen: Comedy, School Colors, Bare, TBA, Sock Hop, Ponies, Circus, Magic, Beach, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: Best in Blue, TBA, Best in Sports

Momtecito Bay: Rock, Plushies, Pony

Furry Fashion Lounge: Disney, Small Animals, Monsters, Leather vs Lace, Nature vs Tech, Summer of Love, Sea Life, Sexy

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

Updated 9 PM

Party At The Relay Track

At the Africa Cure sim on the Relay Track on Monday July 16, there was an impromptu party by a number of the Relayers. Among them was Steelheader Eugenia "Genie" Ortega whom I hadn't seen in a while. And of course, Fuzzball Ortega was in "The Hair."

We laughed and joked for the short time I was there, congratulating each others' teams' efforts. I also heard the day the Flood Party will take place, sometime on Wednesday July 18. But what's unknown is when it will take place, or how deep the water will be. Yours truly can't tell you whether to bring an inner tube, or just rubber rubber boots. So keep an eye on Relay group notices that day.

Bixyl Shuftan