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Friday, May 29, 2020
2pm Book Island - Selina Greene reads the final part of Animal Farm by George Orwell. Next week we will begin another dystopian classic... Do join us.
For those who don't know, the story was a cautionary tale by George Orwell about how revolutions can all too easily end up the same old oppression under a new set of masters. In the story, a farm is run by a farmer uncaring of his animals, and the creatures rise up to throw him out. But the animals are betrayed by their leaders, the pigs, whom end up using the revolution for their own selfish ends.
To keep up with the readings at Book Island, check out the group here.
Yours truly finally got access to the Relay Track. While it was no questions asked, there is a general understanding that I won't be showing too much too soon, at least outside of the "Ten Days of Relay" areas. So here I am at the campsite of Team Sunbeamers, next to the sign and the Fimi statue. The camp is still under construction, with Cynthia Farshore, Shockwave Yareach, Rita Mariner, Skylark Lefavre, and others building it up.
Speaking of Sunbeamers, it's DJ Matt will be playing at the "Ten Days of Relay" today. So be sure to drop by to see her, and other, musicians.
Saturday May 30
10 to 11 AM SL time
People experience a 3D virtual world through an avatar representation of their real world self. A virtual world avatar can be distinguished from a static social media thumbnail or handle in that a VW avatar is dynamic and 3-dimensional. Typically, the VW avatar form is either chosen from a menu of premade forms or is assembled from a library of components. In either case, the avatar can be customized with an almost limitless array of elements. The choices made in creating an avatar, the way others react to your avatar, and how you respond to other avatars is psychologically revealing and challenging. An avatar need not resemble the real person at all. It can be a non-human form or human but look different from the person’s “real life.” Indeed, an avatar can be a powerful modality to test a new identity such as transgender in a fully social virtual environment. This causes a distinct shift in one’s body awareness. How a person adapts to this shift has strong psychological implications.
Some people find the avatar experience so foreign that they either are very uncomfortable or decline the opportunity entirely, perhaps due to reduced visual cues inherent in in-person interaction or to how closely participants identify with their avatars and how much they recognize the people behind other avatars. This is a psychological clue about how deeply our perception of self is connected to the emotional investment we make in our avatar.
During the pandemic, educators and students alike have been introduced rather abruptly to the virtual environment. While grappling with how to teach and learn, they may not be aware of the impact of how they present themselves has on the way they interact with each other. Some educators and students adapt well to the virtual environment while others find it uncomfortable. Understanding these aspects of the virtual environment is a critical element in the success of online education.
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Thursday, May 28, 2020
From Stingray (Stingray9798 Raymaker), whom posted this on the Relay for Life's Discord channel, "I don't know who did this, but I've got my eye on Alison Flow and Sienna Thor."
With the Scifi Con now over, the sims are going up for the next and biggest event in the Relay season, the Relay Weekend.
The American Cancer Society has become one of 49 sims (and what looks like a yet unnamed water sims) that will make up the Relay track. This will be the longest track for the Relay Weekend in several years.
As of now, there are a few sims that have been built on. But as the map shows, there's a great deal of empty space. Among those getting the most building on are those for the "Ten Days of Relay" event for a number of motorcycle club teams, as well as the Bellisserians and Goreans.
For the Sunbeamers, work will soon start on their camp, if it hasn't already. Not being a builder, I can't get to there. But I'll soon have some pictures of other places.
The Relay Weekend will take place over a 24 hour period from Saturday June 6 to Sunday June 7.
Festivities on these regions begin 8 days BEFORE the weekend kicks off and ends on Friday (May 29th thru June 5th). Ten Days of Relay includes 8 days of celebration leading right up to the 2 day Relay Weekend to make it 10 AMAZING, UPLIFTING AND EMOTIONAL Days of Relay! We are so excited that the MC community has returned to support the American Cancer Society and help us move towards a world without cancer. Joining the MC Community this year is two more communities, Bellisseria and the Goreans.
Every L$ raised during the 10 Days of Relay goes directly to The American Cancer Society. Festivities include SL's largest bike rally, auctions, raffles, shopping, live and DJ'd music, theater and much more!
Even though the 10 Days festivities end on Friday, the regions stay in place all weekend long as our communities relay throughout the event's duration.
Celebrating the 10 Days - Bellisseria Community
Design Crew: Grant & Dianna Wade, Alec Walsh, Roxy Raven, North Crannock
Entertainment and Fundraising Crew: Adam and Ari Anatine, JameeLynn Clary, Gem Sunkiller, PrudenceAnton, Stephanie Gardner, Beth Haroldsen, Holly Giles and the wonderful residents of Bellisseria, the Monarchs led by Royal and Diiar Vader Shippe
ELT Mentor: Nikki Mathieson
=====SCHEDULE OF EVENTS =====
THU MAY 28
2pm: Mankind Tracer
FRI MAY 29 (OPENING DAY)
11-12:30pm: DJ Matt Carlton
12:30-2pm: DJ Stephanie
2-400pm: DJ Stytchwytch (Rora)
5pm: Wolfie Starfire
6pm: Holly Giles
7pm: Turner Harbrough
8pm: Hogan Baily
SAT MAY 30
GAME DAY! Game Tables, Mechanical Bull, Beach Volleyball, Fishing, Bumper Boats, Racing and MORE !
10am: The Monarchs presents: SUPER HEROES ~ the RFL Edition!
1-3pm: DJ Raymond65 Docherty
3pm: The Monarchs presents: SUPER HEROES ~ the RFL Edition!
3-5pm: DJ Laura Larsen
JAIL N BAIL 5-9PM
5pm: Chillee Hernandoz
6pm: Jesie Janick
7pm: Marqs DeSade
8pm: Sophie Brumati
SUN MAY 31
11am: Maximillion Kleene
NOON: Annette Seranade
1pm: 10am: The Monarchs presents: SUPER HEROES ~ the RFL Edition!
1pm: Shayne Dezno
2pm: Suzen Juel
6pm: The Monarchs presents: SUPER HEROES ~ the RFL Edition!
MON JUNE 1
GAME DAY! Game Tables, Mechanical Bull, Beach Volleyball, Fishing, Bumper Boats, Racing and MORE !
4pm: Relay Chat with Saffia - Home & Garden Expo
5-6pm: The A-Team
6-8pm: DJ Gem Sunkiller
TUES JUNE 2
GAME DAY! Game Tables, Mechanical Bull, Beach Volleyball, Fishing, Bumper Boats, Racing and MORE !
4pm: Relay Chat with Saffia - Fantasy Faire
5pm: Ravenswood Dance Theatre
WED JUNE 3
2pm: Relay Chat with Saffia - Bellisseria
3pm: Toxic Darkmatter
4pm: Kris Composer
5pm: Abby Jaidov
6pm: Djembe Dragonfire
7pm: Samuel James
THURS JUNE 4
2pm: Relay Chat with Saffia - the ELT
4pm: Agatha Martin
5pm: NeoMaximus Brandenburg
7pm: AMFORTE Clarity
9pm: The Monarchs presents: SUPER HEROES ~ the RFL Edition!
FRI JUNE 5
1pm: Family Feud - ELT vs LINDENS/MOLES REMATCH!
2pm: Relay Chat with Saffia - Linden Day
4pm: Zorch Boomhauer
5pm: Luciano Lionheart
6pm: Emma Ness
7pm: DJ Gem Sunkiller
8pm: Fireworks Finale
SAT JUNE 6
10am: RELAY WEEKEND! Opening Ceremony
11am: Survivor & Caregiver Lap - CELEBRATE
9pm: Luminaria Ceremony - REMEMBER
SUN JUNE 7
6am: Fight Back Lap - FIGHT BACK
10am: Closing Ceremony
To coincide with the 7th Annual Royal Ascot of SL benefiting RFL/ACTS, the Ravenheart Museum of Arts, Culture and Curious Things will host an in-depth exhibit of British Sporting Art, curated by Duchess Liz Wilner and Lady Oriella Charik. Beginning in around 1700 and spanning more than 200 years, the enduring appeal and beauty of English country life is reflected in more than 40 paintings, including a special section devoted to the incomparable work of famed horse and animal painter George Stubbs (1724-1806).
Often featuring specific portraits of beloved horses, dogs, and their owners, the exhibit provides an in-depth immersion into the sporting and daily pursuits of the British countryside. The exhibit also touches on larger themes related to Enlightenment era scientific inquiry, class structure, industrialization, and the development of roadways and transportation.
This incredibly special exhibit runs from June 1st through June 30th.
Ravenheart Museum of Arts, Culture and Curious Things
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
group notice glitches that gave each notice the same date and time down to the second. Yesterday, Linden Lab finally fixed the problem.
The issue has now been resolved. Thank you for your patience!
Posted May 26, 2020 - 13:08 PDT
It is unclear why it took the Lab two weeks to fix the problem. But finally it is solved.
Read Cyfir's story in People.
Just a couple days ago, the Newser was notified that it's exhibit for this year's Second Life Birthday had finally been approved. It will be in SL17B Stunning.
Hello and welcome to Second Life’s 17th birthday celebrations! We are thrilled to have you joining us this year! It is hard to believe that 17 years have passed since Linden Lab first opened the doors to this wonderful adventure we call Second Life. We are excited to have you bringing your building skills and creative vision to the party. This year the theme of SL17B is Vacations, Roadtrips and Travel. This year our goal for exhibitors is for you to take us on a trip around Second Life to visit all your passion projects. Show us your personal creations, introduce us to your organizations and welcome us to the communities you are involved in. We want to experience all there is to do and see in this wonderful world we have created together in this second life we all out virtual home.
There are a total of 21 sims in the SL17B grounds. At the moment, they seem to be split in two groups. They'll probably be merged sometime in the next few weeks as "The Birthday" grounds have always been in one single group.
One thing we'd like to show are more "sneak peek" pictures. Talking to Mischievious, however, she doubted the "no pictures, period, no matter how unrevealing," policy that was in effect last year had changed. Hopefully this isn't the case and we can go back to a few teasers (none of resident builds without an okay). Until then, the only pictures will be of the map.
Addition: I tried teleporting to the larger group of sims. It was off limits to me, and presumably other exhibitors. The reason for dividing the sims into two groups may be to help ensure secrecy of Linden builds until just before the event starts.
Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce 2020’s May benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life!
Frets Nirvana, the premier guitar artist in the virtual world Second Life and the US Military Veterans Group announce the 2020 May benefit in Second Life for the Veterans Support Organization Home For Our Troops.
Frets Nirvana states: “HFOT is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans are multiple amputees, paraplegic, quadriplegic or suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Since its inception in 2004, over 90 cents of every dollar spent by Homes for Our Troop has gone to directly support Veterans. DURING THAT TIME HFOT HAS BUILT OVER 295 SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOMES NATIONWIDE FOR WOUNDED VETERANS.”
In 2019 the community in Second Life sent $14,000 to Homes For Our Troops, thanks to many kind hearts and great Second Life performers. HFOT built 19 homes for extremely wounded veterans in 2018 and purchased the land to build 21 more.
Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle. The May concert on May 31, 2020 is scheduled from 4 PM to 9 Pm PM PST. Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Quartz, Sassy Nitely, The Vinnie Show and Neomaximus Brandenberg.
Sponsored by Frets Nirvana and the U.S. Military Veteran’s Group of Second Life. To learn more about Homes for Our Troops visit https://www.hfotusa.org .
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver, the Montecito Bay clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge.
Club Cutlass: Best in "F", TBA, TBA
Happy Vixen: Scalies, TBA, Raccoons and Wah, Circus, Disco, Club Wear, Angels and Demons, Lace, TBA
Club Zero Gravity: TBA
Montecito Bay: TBA
Furry Fashion Lounge: Wings, Retro, Monochrome, CAYA, Masquerade, Around the World, Late Night, Insects
Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.
On Memorial Day weekend, no doubt there were a number of salutes to the US military. Among them was a USO tribute show held by the Relay for Life's Second Life Cheerleading Squad. It was held at the Agrippa sim, starting at 9AM SL time, and went on for hours with performers such as Lyric Serendipity and Ronnie Artano. The event raised thousands of Linden dollars for the Relay team.
On Memorial Day itself, Club Cutlass would have it's own Memorial Day event, intended as a tribute to fallen veterans. Cynthia Farshore, a veteran herself, played a number of military songs, as well as some pop music associated with war movies and TV shows. People were encouraged to either dress in uniform, or in red, white, and blue, with a prizes of 1000L for the best male and female. The place was also decked out with a few national flags.
Liska Fuchs won the prize for the ladies with her red, white, and blue dress. The male prize was won by Zorro Wuramunga.
Veteran's Isle's monthly fundraising concert was not held this Sunday, but will happen on Sunday May 31.
A lot has been going on lately in Second Life, from more people coming here due to the Coronavirus Crisis to the Fantasy Faire, the Relay for Life, the upcoming Second Life Birthday, and more. And of course there are the everyday places, events, and new builds that have always been going on. While we cover a lot, we can't be everywhere.
This is where you the readers come in. On occasion, Second Life Newser will print an article or picture submitted to us by one of you. From a particularly well-detailed sim you've seen, to a great event, to a hilarious "only in SL" predicament, we're very interested in what you the readers have to say. Send us a story or funny picture, and if we like it, we'll post it as a Reader Submitted. For pictures, jpg format is preferred.
Mail submissions to bixylshuftan(at)gmail.com.
PLEASE include your SL user name and tell us if you wish it to appear with your story.
SL-Newser reserves the right to post in the appropriate section, edit, and to investigate any names used in submitted stories (please ask permission before using anyones name or picture or use an alias for them).
Monday, May 25, 2020
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getting a slight change. While the shape of the familiar eye in hand logo would remain, it would change from bluish-green to blue. Less noticeable was a change in the lettering.
The old logo has served us well but no longer projects our vision for SL as we move into this next decade. The new logo uses clearer, bolder type to communicate our optimism and confidence in what the future holds for SL. We retired the soft green color in favor of bright blue to reflect the boundless energy of our residents, who create amazing content and experiences. When it comes to what you can do with SL, the (blue) sky’s the limit!
The Lab stated it might be some time before the original logo is completely taken down from all of it's many web pages, "We don’t want to distract our teams from the important projects our community knows we’re working hard on. So you will see a mix of new and old logos for a while as teams find time to make updates."
Not much of a change, though it is the first one made since Second Life's launch seventeen years ago in 2003. So what do the residents think? As of the writing of this article, there were eight pages of comments on the thread in the official forums, and a few on the Virtualverse thread. Some like the new look. Others preferred the old one. And still others felt Linden Lab should have spent the time and effort here on fixing the bugs and glitches the virtual world still has.
For more information, check the Linden blog.
THIS WEEK: Bidding "Farewell" to Stories and a Storyteller
Join us this week for stories, presented LIVE in Second Life, and on Seanchai Library's properties in Kitely.
All events at Holly Kai Estates (215/44/27) , unless otherwise noted.
All stories told in open voice unless otherwise noted. All times SL/PT
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*MONDAY, May 25th, at 7pm: Richard Bach's ILLUSIONS concludes with Gyro Muggins.
*TUESDAY, May 26th:
~ at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live in the Glen with music and poetry in Ceiluradh Glen as guest of Seanchai Library
~ a 7pm: More from Ursula K. Le Guin's THE WIND'S TWELVE QUARTERS with Willow Moonfire, live on stream.
*WEDNESDAY, May 27th, at 7pm: Dorothy Gilman's A NUN IN THE CLOSET, concludes with Caledonia Skytower, live on stream.
*THURSDAY, May 28th, at 7pm: SOLO: A Star Wars Story concludes with Shandon Loring & Caledonia Skytower. (Also in Kitely! Find teleport from the main Seanchai World grid.kitely.com:8002:SEANCHAI)
We Honor our friend VT TORVALAR, who now continues to share his gifts as a storyteller and actor beyond this mortal veil. He was a valued member of the extended Seanchai family of storytellers; a gifted contributor to our community who will be missed.
Thank you VT, for all you gave, and for sharing the journey for just a little while with us.
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Taken at the Club Cutlass on August 2018. Even with a roller stating party, maybe this buck should have stuck with hooves.
By Bixyl Shuftan
Scientific Council Dean, Lilith Ivory, will officiate and administer the Oath of Office to the Chancellor and then the individual member of the Representative Assembly. The Dean will then call for an election for the Leader of the Representative Assembly.
Colonia Nova (18,158,41)
So much of real life these days in 2020 has been defined by the Coronavirus Crisis. Among the things people have been doing in real life has been getting pets for company while having to live through lockdowns, and finding ways to pay tribute to medical workers whom have been the equivalent of front line soldiers of this crisis. Team Firestorm, whom are the people behind the most popular viewer used by Second Life residents, and KittyCatS, whom make a popular breedable pet, got together to make a free pet cat available to anyone who wants one: the KittyCatS CareKitty. Both Firestorm and KittyCatS would write about it.
228/244/3902), or at the KittyCatS store. Just touch one of the large cat builds, and you'll get a "KittyCats CareKitty Package." Rezz it on the ground at your home or a sandbox, and you'll get two things, the box for the CareKitty, and a coupon. Rezzing it onto the ground will begin the process of it being born, which will take several minutes. Once the time is up, the box vanishes and a kitten takes it's place. This one will be wearing the scrubs outfit of a medical worker, blue for males, pink for females.
fourth anniversary party years ago, You'll be able to keep it indefinitely.
Should you want a breedable cat that will have kittens of it's own, you'll need to use the coupons that came with the CareKitty and be able to feed it and keep it fed. But the CareKitty itself, as mentioned before, is completely free
The CareKitty will only be available for a limited time. So be sure to get one soon.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
We are thrilled to announce our 3rd Annual Club Crawl Competition sponsored by Harmony of Hope. We have great clubs involved in this Relay For Life competition. Clubs will have RFL events at the times listed below. Events are held Saturday, May 23 12 pm - Sunday, May 24 8 pm. At 8 pm, Sunday, the club with the highest amount of donations to The American Cancer Society in their kiosk will be announced the 2020 Club Crawl Champ. The winning Club will receive a trophy for display at their club as well as social media announcement. Please join us and support these clubs as they volunteer their staff and time to support Relay!
Participating Club Landmarks
Rocking Sands Club http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dragovar%20Dynasty%20Estates/214/55/22
Happy Vixen : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Purrfection%20Estates/180/250/22
The Club http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Yes/67/79/23
Infused Raindrop Beach http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tiger%20Land/104/185/21
Club Anatine http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mythical%20Serenity/53/208/2803
Club Cutlass http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunweaver%20Bay/114/117/757
Club Zero Gravity https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunweaver%20Space/129/249/3597
Schedule of Events
12:00 Noon - 10 pm Rocking Sands Club
3-6pm Happy Vixen
4-10pm The Club
6-8pm Infused Raindrop Beach
6-7pm Club Anatine
6-8pm Club Cutlass
8-10pm Club Zero Gravity
3-6pm Happy Vixen
4-8pm The Club
6-8pm Club Cutlass*
7-8pm Happy Vixen
Harmony of Hope team members will be hopping throughout the weekend...JOIN US!
Questions contact Cathy10 Longoria and/or Random Padar
After having been up for about a week, the Scifi Con in Second Life is almost over. Today and tomorrow, Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24 are the last days people will get the check out the sims near the American Cancer Society island, and the events there.
Feel free to check out the exhibits and music parties. On Monday, the sims will close, and the area around the ACS sim will be changed into the Relay Weekend track, made up of a few dozen sims.
For more on the Scifi Con, click here: https://scificonventionsl.wordpress.com/
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From Cartmantal in May 2009, filmed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Second Life and Patriot Island.