Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay Clubs, The Fallout Shelter, and Furry Fashion Lounge


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

Club Cutlass: MTV Flashback, Blue and Purple, Off to Africa

Happy Vixen: Rumble in the Jungle, Undies, Fantasy, Best in Red, Madkatt Mashup, TBA, Boots and Bikinis, Rave

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Scalies

Xanadu: DJ Christine, DJ Jesse

Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Barely There, Bunnies VS Cats, Felines, Nocturnals VS Diurnials, Late Night, Scales vs Fur

Deathlands Fallout Shelter:  DJ Wolfy, DJ Nafrini

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Reader Submitted: "Elf Equality" Protest


"Having toured and scoured the Fantasy Community Center I have detected a glaring lack of a statue to our beloved Rillifane, Leaf Lord and primary Deity to Wood Elves, and many Fae, faeries, humans and lovers of the wildes.  This blatant slap in the face can nae stand unanswered. Tis bad enough we must endure taunting from Sun Elves about our natural ways,  They call us simpletons and ignorant.  And they say we are nae fit to sleep with pigs but I assure ye we are.   I stand at an appropriate location to correct this injustice, and urge an exploratory board be formed, a committee convened, a clutch clatched to resolve this injustice forthwith, fifthwith even.  I submit this with a resounding,  Hmmmph!" 

Tealcie Annibles 

Editors Note: The "protest" was in the name of fun.

Monday, January 17, 2022

The New Vietnam Veterans Memorial


In 2007, a team created a replica of the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Second Life, highly detailed with all 58,000 names. Four years later, it was gone. Recently, over ten years later, the Newser came across a new Vietnam Wall. Getting in touch with the group behind it, Legacy Vets, they explained much about how it came to be, and of course the meaning behind it.
Read more in Places.

"Pandemic" Game Pulled From Steam By Developers


"Pandemic," an online game by Asmodee Digital, has just been taken down from Steam at the request of the developer. There was no official announcement, though one player posted on Reddit that contacting the company he was told "we are taking the Pandemic app off the stores. We have worked hard over 4 years on Pandemic and withdrawing it from the stores has not been an easy choice. This decision was made with a heavy heart for a multitude of reasons that we cannot disclose."

Jody Macgregor would write, "When a planned Pandemic giveaway on the Epic Games Store was canceled in 2020, it was assumed to be a matter of sensitivity given the Covid-19 pandemic was in its early stages. It seems a bit late to follow up for the same reason, so presumably there's something else behind this delisting."

The game has been taken down from the developer's website, so the page is accessible only through the Wayback Machine.

Source: PC Gamer

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries


THIS WEEK: A fun new series, more Indy, and a surprise Wednesday! Join us for fun, adventure, and fellowship this week.

Check out the stories and the storytellers! 

All events at Nowhereville (203/43/26) , unless otherwise noted.

Stories told in open voice unless otherwise noted. All times SL/PT

--------->> COMING THIS WEEK

**MONDAY, January 17th, at 7pm: Larry Niven's A WORLDS OUT OF TIME with Gyro Muggins.
**TUESDAY, January 18th:

   ~  at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live in The Glen  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21
   ~  at 7pm: Emily Chenoweth and Johnny Marciano's KLAWDE: EVIL ALIEN WARLORD CAT begins with Caledonia Skytower.
**WEDNESDAY, January 19th at 7pm : POE SPECIAL - Beyond Porch and Portal with Shandon Loring
**THURSDAY, January 20th, at 7pm: YOUNG INDIANA JONES Adventures continue, presented by Shandon Loring.


Saturday, January 15, 2022

SL Video: "The Drivers of SL Grid Drive - Hauling Missions"


(Click here if the video does not play)

From Zada Bury on January 10, a series of photographs, with narration, about a "Get The Freight Out" run in Second Life.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Press Release: Signups Open For Burn2 Winter Burn


Burn2 Burning Man Regional Winter Burn 2022

We kick off the new year with a new outlook with a lot of frosty fun for you.

Winter Burn will take place January 28th through 30th, and we have a delightful theme for this one: Gingerbread Houses (with Jack Frost Effigy).

Twas the winter of 2022…
Gingerbread Man was heading home for the winter after the holidays. Oh, how much he missed his village home, with gingerbread houses and treats scattered every which way! He said to himself, “I will run just as fast as I can” then sang, “You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!”

At last he arrived - what could it be? There was much more than he expected to see!

Jack Frost had nipped! Home was in drifts! Blankets of snow soft as whipped cream! Oh, what a dream! Icy sculptures and frosted art on the ground, gifts from creators the whole world around. Candy lined paths ensured that no one got lost. And in the midst of it all…
the beloved Jack Frost!

And so this is how Burn2 brings you a Winter Burn
[00:24] Mrs. Mia Wallace (Mia Quinote):  theme with “Gingerbread Houses” and a Jack Frost Effigy. Let’s dare to dream, after a couple of trying years. It’s now a time for hope - dry each other’s tears. Hope for a better 2022 and build a fresh start all shiny and new. Come join us, and welcome this new year, new snow, new chance for new things to happen, and celebrate together - us and you!

The playa has now been opened for building! You can sign up for your (free) plot but they are limited so sign up now if you want one!

Performers are invited to come to play on one of our two stages - booking is also open now!

If you've considered helping out with stage crew at events, here's your chance. You can sign up for stage crew now, too!



Burn2 Volunteer sign up!!

BURNER BUS: Burning Man- Deep Hole (166,33,24)

Announcement: This Saturday at The Science Circle - "2020s Vision" And "Events Or Discoveries That Inspire"


"2020s Vision: The Future Is Nearly Now"

Saturday January 15,

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM SL time

In a daily fog of uncertainty, we may lose track of transformational changes just over the horizon. So where are we headed? Some of the world’s smartest people in government, social research, academia, business, economics, science, and other fields have looked 20 years into the future and seen a time of abundance and shared opportunities. Let’s update on evolving technologies and trends from an optimistic perspective beyond the turmoil of today.

Presentation by Dr. Steven Van Hook


For more information, Click Here.


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"Events or Discoveries That Inspire Your Love for Science"

Saturday January 15,

9:00 PM SL time

“Beautiful, beautiful. Magnificent desolation.” -NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin as he followed Armstrong onto the moon’s surface

“Every brilliant experiment, like every great work of art, starts with an act of imagination.” -Jonah Lehrer


For more information, Click Here.


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Breaking News: Philip Rosedale Returns to Linden Lab

Good news to fans of Philip Rosedale, the founder of Linden Lab and Second Life. He's back at the Lab. There was an announcement today that High Fidelity, the company Rosedale would found after leaving Linden Lab, had "acquired an interest" in Linden Lab. Some people from High Fidelity will be joining the Lab, including Rosedale, whom is back as a "strategic advisor."

The transaction will help Second Life further scale its operations and strengthen its commitment to growing an innovative, inclusive, and diverse metaverse where its inhabitants’ ingenuity drives real-world value for themselves and others.

"No one has come close to building a virtual world like Second Life," says Second Life founder and High Fidelity co-founder, Philip Rosedale. “Big Tech giving away VR headsets and building a metaverse on their ad-driven, behavior-modification platforms isn’t going to create a magical, single digital utopia for everyone. Second Life has managed to create both a positive, enriching experience for its residents — with room for millions more to join — and built a thriving subscription-based business at the same time. Virtual worlds don’t need to be dystopias.”

“Since Philip started Second Life in 1999, its visionary approach has not only stood the test of time, but positioned it for the future,” says Brad Oberwager, chairman of Linden Lab. “He and the High Fidelity team have unmatched experience and I can’t wait to capitalize on the vast opportunity in front of us.”

The Lab would state both Philip and Overwolf Linden would appear on a special edition of "Lab Gab" in a couple weeks. Residents are invited to submit questions using (this Google doc), but have until Midnight Sunday January 16 to do so.

Click Here to go to the Press Release.

Click Here to go to the announcement in the Linden blog.

"Grand Opening: Chaotic Community Club"


Hello my friends, family members and dearest ones! The Lions Hell was our baby but we had our paws closed for a few months, but I am happy to announce that we are reopening our club. I would like to send you an invitation to our Chaotic Community Club. Where our builder Sj√∂ and her Manits share a business together! With their blood and sweat and many tears of laughter, they built a new home for us, so that we could have a place, where we can welcome you every day. Starting from January 15th, 2022. We would all be delighted if you came and celebrated with us on this day and many more to come! Presents are NOT required, your presence among us will already be plenty. Starting at 11 a.m. SLT! DJ Sjoefn DeLoos, DJ Sonnenplume, Dj Bora´as and Dj NoFear Deir will be playing amazing music for you during the evening


Announcement: Draxtor Despres Looking For Second Life Couples For "Love Made in SL"


Want to be featured in a special Love Made in Second Life episode for Valentine’s Day 2022? Let us know if you met your significant other in Second Life, are not (virtual) camera-shy, and are ready for your close-up! Contact Draxtor Despres at madeinsl@draxtor.com

Watch previous Love Made in SL episodes here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist...


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Cartoon of the Day


Taken at the Happy Vixen. One might think a high tech device might get us started faster than a cup of coffee. But there's nothing quite like a glass of caffeine.

By Bixyl Shuftan


Post-Christmas Winter Attractions: Winterland And Rebel Yell


Christmas may be over. But that doesn't mean the end of winter fun. So Gemma Cleanslate has been continuing her search for winter-themed places. One was Winterland at Adagio Gardens. The other is Christmasville at Rebel Yell. So what did Gemma think of them?
Read Gemma's article in Places.

The Return of "The Wall," Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rebuilt


Longtime readers may remember the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Second Life, also known as "The Wall." Built in 2007, it stood for four years until it vanished in 2011. But after over ten years, it's back, or rather rebuilt. This wall is high over the Heavens Sunset sim.

This version of The Wall appears to have all 58,000 names. There are some differences as the Three Soldiers Memorial statue isn't there. Still the return of "The Wall," is good news.

 Bixyl Shuftan


Announcement From The Safe Waters Foundation


2021 has passed and we are looking forward into 2022:  Let's name this  the year of COMING TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF OUR UNDERSEA COMMUNITY.  Feel free to share this with other sea related groups - together we can continue to inject fun and energy to the sea parts of Second Life.  We hope you visit all the undersea spots - and come to Safe Waters Foundation to to find underwater resources, other sea folk, some fun and to help others in the community!

2021 was a great year for underwater seafolk communities.  Safe Waters Foundation  had a huge response to our Fantasy Faire involvement and experienced a big jump in traffic.  Traffic, as always goes in cycles -  we continue to encourage the  involvement of people and groups coming into SL and into SWF lands to take advantage of our resources.  

JustaChicky Goldshark has emerged as a solid officer for SWF and we soon will have another officer you all know - JewelMermaid, who owns the Pied Piper Mermaid Shop .  Jewel leads the concierge team - a huge sub-group of SWF that attempts to greet and help people as they come to a SWF booth (at special events) and to our headquarters location (contact Jewel if you'd like to become a SWF Concierge).

The Saturday gathering continues to be a strong weekly connection for us (thanks to Miranda and Sweete) - and a small  gathering I call "Grace Gather" now meets on Wednesdays 4:30pm to chat and go tour one of the SWF hangouts.

As usual, the winter months have been slow - but that's given us an opportunity to reflect and look for where we can improve in serving our mission.

We are excited to tell you that there are some remodeling and  upgrades coming to the Safe Waters Headquarters, Fanci's Deep Mer Mall and the Fanci's Deep Residential areas.  Adboards are being updated and we'll be offering some special rates to get people to restart there.  A very generous, talented builder team has stepped up to lead the rebuilds you will be seeing soon.   We intend to participate in Fantasy Faire again this year and will be working to strengthen our concierge team.  We are working on very fun ideas and yet still maintain that we want SWF HQ to be a place for you to go find all the fun under the sea in Second Life.  We are a hub for finding fun (but having fun doing it!)

So, while our areas have a bit of dust and disarray right now - please know that good things are in development.  You are invited to come to the Saturday gatherings as we'll try to have updates for you there as things start to happen.  We do need help in making it happen - I think right now we need volunteers for short term projects, and some quality full perm gifts if any of you like to build and share.  How can you help our community?  Things only happen when we all come together to help - please join us as we venture hopefully into a new year!

GraceSWF Wrigglesworth
Founder and CEO
Safe Waters Foundation

Safe Waters Foundation Mission statement: Supporting the development of harmony and safety for merfolk and sea folk of Second Life. Bringing together and being a resource for designers, retailers, sims, merrow, mermen, mermaids, sirens, cetaceans, cephalopods, other aquatics and lovers of same in an environment that encourages diversity and awareness of RL ecological issues.

SWF Goals:
- To assist those considering an underwater life
- To increase awareness in the general public that there is an underwater option
- To make mer resources (events, projects, groups, retailers, sims, designers) visible and easily accessible
- To assist, as possible, with the viability of mer resources so they may continue to be available to the community
- To promote the conservation of RL oceans, lakes and waterways and the nature that relies on them

Please visit the SWF web page at: http://www.safewatersfoundation.com/

SWF Headquarters:   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Union%20Passage/212/223/4

Read about all things mermaid at:  http://cynthiamermaid.blogspot.com/