Hamlet Au would go on to call the Trump Organization an example of Second Life imitating real life, comparing them to the Presidential campaign they claimed they supported, "in this case, they're actually less troll-ish than their real life
counterparts -- who are literally drawing on images and memes from
trolls in the online realm in order to troll the entire world." But
unlike trolls in Second Life, which are close to universally disliked by
the residents, Donald Trump enjoys the support of much of the US
electorate, seen by many working-class Americans as their champion. This week at the Republican Party's convention in Cleveland, he officially became their nominee for the office of President of the United States,giving a long acceptance speech. While this may be the last we hear of JP Laszlo, Trump will dominate the headlines of real life news for the next few months, possibly for the next four to eight years.
Not all charities deal directly with curing illnesses. A few deal with quality of life of those afflicted. For those suffering from baldness due to the effects of chemotherapy treatment, it's bad enough for adults. But for children, losing their hair can be truly devastating. This is where the charity "Wigs for Kids" comes in, providing hairpieces for younger cancer patients. In Second Life, the most noted event raising funds for the charity is the annual Hair Fair, taking place right now. With six sims to shop in, there's a lot of cover for one's virtual noggin. Becky Shamen decided to to give the event a look to see what was available.
Names. Everyone has them, but what do they say about a person? Unlike real life, Second Life residents have had some degree of choice in their names. Before 2010, people could chose whatever first name they wanted, and one of a limited number of surnames. Since then, new people have been limited to a unique single account name (and the default surname of "Resident"), and a separate "display name" which could be whatever they wanted. As it turns out, display names can include some fancy letters that weren't an option before them. So what are some examples of what residents can come up with? For Newser reporter MajikVixen, she only had to go to her partner and circle of friends for some examples.
Wednesday July 20 was the last day to see the builds on this year's Relay for Life Weekend track. A few builds had already been taken down by the time the day started, and by mid-afternoon many more were gone. But some were still up such as "The Forest of Life."
Tsunami Warning Targets RFL SIMS - Flooding Expected The impact of RFL of SL's 2016 Season has triggered a Tsunami and its focus is on RFL Activities Sim.
Unlike the first one, subsequent Flood party events have never resembled the deep end of a swimming pool. A few involved only a few inches of water. But that would not be the case this time. People gathered at the RFL Activities sim at 4:30, where Trader Whiplash was DJing some tunes, and before long, some rain started, and the water soon covered the ground.
It wasn't much longer before the water covered the walkway around the stage.
Rowena Dubrovna, who showed up in her tiny otter avatar, was soon having trouble keeping her head over the water. Someone rezzed a tiny float tube for her to stand on.
The water would eventually get knee-deep for most (or thigh deep for this 5'1" fox). While not exactly deep enough for certain felines to get their merfolk tails and "turn catfish," still deep enough for everyone to enjoy it.
But not all was cheers for the Sunbeamer team. It was time to take down the builds at the camp, and Shockwave and Cynthia had waited until almost the last minute. But there were no tears. The build had been well documented, and had a place in the team's history as the first to win an award, "End of line."
And so, the Relay track sims, once home to dozens of exhibits, were once again empty. And in a few hours, the sims would be offline and closed to the public.All except for the American Cancer Society, which remains up the whole year. The Relay Weekend had truly faded into the history books. But there's still the "Wrap-Up" party next month. And of course a whole new season next year.
Stay tuned a few more articles on the Relay Track.
From Jara Lowel on July 16, a recording of the Relay Committee speaking at the Opening Ceremony, and of the Relay Track on the Survivor and Caregiver's Lap. Jara was the girl whom walked the track with a cart behind her.
We are pleased to announce the second season of Team Diabetes of Second Life! Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorized team of The American Diabetes Association. The mission of Team Diabetes of Second Life is to raise awareness, tolerance, and funds for diabetes in the virtual world of Second Life.
According to the World Health Organization (2016): 422 million adults in the world have diabetes and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year.
Team Diabetes of Second Life was founded by Jessii2009 Warrhol and Johannes1977 Resident and will continue functioning in the form of an advisory board, with a coordinator leading the TEam Diabetes of Second Life effort. The 2016 Team Diabetes of Second Life Coordinator is Johannes1977 Resident and the 2016 Team Diabetes of Second Life Advisory Board members are: Jessii2009 Warrhol, Dawnbeam Dreamscape, Eleseren Brianna, Veruca Tammas, Sandie Loxingly, Rob Fenwitch, and Earth Nirvana. Saiyge Lotus is a special advisor to the advisory board.
The official Team Diabetes of Second Life's season will take place from October 2016 to January 2016, with the following events scheduled to take place:
Off Season Event - October 13 to October 31 - Scare Me Silly Shopping Event
November 1 to November 30 - National Diabetes Month
November 1 to November 30 - The Red Hunt
November TBD - The Red Ball
November TBD - The Red Hop Around Shopping Event
November TBD - The Edge Anniversary Events
December 8 to December 18 - The Windlight Winter Art Show and Winter Merchant Showcase
January 2017 - TBD - Tour de SL Bike Race and Season Closing Events
In addition to the events mentioned above, individuals, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to hold fundraising events in support of Team Diabetes of Second Life! An official fundraising toolkit will be available to the Second Life Public on August 1, 2016 at the organization’s office in the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life.
About The American Diabetes Association:
The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes by funding research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association delivers services to hundreds of communities and provides objective and credible information and resources about diabetes.
Free resources are available in English and Spanish at http://www.diabetes.org and 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2382).
Taken at Furry Fashion. Okay, technically a Renamon is a "Digimon" and not a Pokemon, but how many who don't play the games would know or care that much? And for those whose "significant others" play the game a little too much, wouldn't you like to turn the tables on him/her in a rather ironic way? ;-)
Every year, there are some great builds at the Relay for Life Weekend track. Not all were documented, but thankfully some have. On July 24 2009, the Second Life Newspaper wrote about the Passionate Redhead's "Wild West" exhibit on it's camp. Featuring picturesque canyons, there was much interactivity in the form of a river raft ride and a mine cart ride. Several years later, the camp is still fondly remembered.
If you want a look at the Relay sims, today is your last chance to see them. Builders have been asked to pick up their exhibits by 10 PM tonight. A few whom presumably wouldn't be able to log in today have already packed up and left behind empty plots. But there's still much, to see, but not for long. As the day goes by, more will be gone.
Yours truly has spent more time exploring and less writing in order that the builds be documented in pictures. So for now you'll have to see for yourself. And there's more than just fun sites. At the Null Aries designer sim in RFL Courage, I found nine colorful geode stones and a display case.
There was much to see, both above ground and below, pristine forest and hillsides, and well done brick and marble structures. And a lot more.
From Draxtor Despress on July 15, "Is Second Life a game? 'No!' answers game designer Sergio Delacruz from
Sicily decisively: 'It is a virtual world where I can imagine and build
whatever I like. For example a game. But I don't have to. It is total
"Sergio is a self-taught programmer and 3D modeler who
came to SL in 2008 with little digital skills but thrived quickly by
hanging out in public sandboxes, studying in-world building and
"Today he runs the popular Delacruz Park
which features elaborate immersive action and horror games like his
latest 'Susan's Diary': here, any SL resident can play - and this is the
unique feature of this world - while retaining their own virtual avatar
identity throughout the experience.
"One might even encounter a Koala bear with a laser rifle alongside humanoids, shooting robots in Sergio's 'Drone War'.
between applying the latest Second Life features to his games and
selling hundreds of roller-coasters, water-slides and bumper cars all
around the Second Life grid, Sergio is developing for Android using
various programming languages as well as Blender and Unity, even
dabbling in the latest VR development.
"Who would have thought
that relentless creative pursuit coupled with a free, accessible and
limitless virtual world can result in personal growth and a wide range
of applicable skills for the experiential age?"
Gemma Cleanslate recently attended a performance at the Oval Theater called "Mysteria." Performed by a cast of dancers, the audience is asked to "Let
your imagination soar as your reality merges with a world of wonder and whimsy." A performance to be remembered, there are two more this week on July 21st and 23rd.
In order to augment your experience in the ballroom, tuxedo's and
ballgowns are available at the door. Once you have passed through the
red lace curtain, you will get a cozy feeling. Romantic music will
engulf you and there is a relaxed atmosphere, fortified by the red
drapes and the brick walls.
Centerstage is Lady Dorothea as DJ. Her motto
is "Feel Food Inside!" Owner JayMaze Yao is already
on the dance floor and both are offering you a warm welcome to Jay's
Romance. It is a great place where people can dance and get
acquainted. Lady Dorothea is a true Lady, she is kindness and
gentleness personified. She wants you to feel good and at at ease and
you do as a matter of course!
After sipping a Daiquiri at the bar, feel free to accept an
invitation for a ballroom dance. It is a wonderful feeling to glide
and float being guided and lifted by your dance partner. It makes
for a very special experience, you will see.
Jay's Romance is open every Sunday from 12 to 2 p.m. SL time, and it
stands to reason that everybody is welcome. Be there!
Owner JayMaze Yao and other great DJ's, not to forget the wonderful
hostesses, will entertain you the rest of the week on the other side
at Jay's Club.
7:30pm SL time, Wed 20 July with "First Step" moment at 7:56:15pm SL time.
Video, history and celebration of Apollo 11 and the anniversary of mankind's first steps on the Moon, July 20th 1969, and implications for our present and future in space. Sponsored by the National Space Society of SL at our Tranquility Base venue
Today our newest writer, MajikVixen, writes about a game in Second Life called Lindo Virtual Flowers. The game is designed to give the gamer a few Lindens, while increasing traffic to locations taking part in the game. One can also buy seeds for bonuses, and the top scoring players get a bonus in the number of Lindens they get. So where can aspiring green thumbs find one of these plants?
Yesterday marked the second half of the Relay Weekend, also known as the
Relay Walk, marked by 24 hours of walking across a track across almost
40 sims. In the pre-dawn and early morning, the Relayers continued to walk the track. Some had taken breaks to sleep, but a hardy few continued on without so much as a nap.
At 10AM were the official closing ceremonies. Committee members thanked the hundreds whom had taken part, large and small, as well as recognizing certain individuals whom had made special efforts. There were also some team awards given out. There were also reminders of why the struggle continues, stories of people who had survived their battle with cancer, and of people who had not.
Among the teams getting awards was Team Sunbeamers. They had received the Cancer Education Awareness Award: 1st place. Since it's creation, the team had earned awards for fundraising, but not for it's campsite. This time it had. So when it walked the Victory Lap following the closing ceremonies, marked with fireworks at certain locations on the track, it did so with Cynthia Farshore, one of the builders of it's award-winning camp, it's flag flying high.
After the victory lap was an impromptu event at the T-1 Radio location. And a number of people whooped it up. While there might not have been a "skunknado," at one point a thirty foot woman showed up.
Members of team Sunbeamers would later get copies of their award. Also given out were teamwork awards, and awards for completing at least one lap of the Relay Track. Cynthia Farshore would get the "Rabbit Award" for making more than ten laps.
The SL Newser will display more pictures of the track later. For those who can't wait, IshtarAngel Micheline has a few up on her Flickr, of both the ceremonies, and of the track.
*Addition* - the sims will remain up until at least late Wednesday night. While no date for the "flood party," a recent tradition for the Relayers, has been given yet, it's often on the Wednesday afternoon following the Relay Weekend.
While much of Second Life was busy celebrating the Relay Weekend, there was a small corner with a memorial for a recent tragedy. On Thursday night local time, July 14, in the French city of Nice, a large truck plowed into a crowd of people whom had gathered to enjoy the Bastille Day celebrations. The result was over eighty people crushed to death and over three hundred hurt before local police killed the terrorist, a Tunisian delivery driver with a criminal record including one previous charge of assault. While he had no known connections to any group, the ISIS terrorist organization has claimed credit for the mass-murder.