Monday, December 6, 2021

New Linden Home Theme: Newbrooke

 


The new theme of Linden Homes has been announced. This time, the theme is "Newbrooke."

Stay tuned for more information.
 

EOTB: "Joy To The Grid" - Winter Wonderland, Linden Snowball Fight, And Other Christmas Happenings

 

December is here, which means the winter and Christmas seasons. On Friday December 3, Linden Lab posted about several themed places and events, including some of their own.

December has begun and we have lots in store for you this holiday season, including our annual snowball fight, exclusive premium gift, swag for all, the magic of Winter Wonderland, SL Christmas Expo, and more! 

Linden Lab's winter area, the Winter Wonderland, is back.

Winter Wonderland is back in all its beautiful glory with interactive fun that you won’t want to miss! Start your adventure in the Village of Lights, then make your way to snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice-skating, and of course, the snowball fight arena. These activities are more fun with friends - so grab your besties and plan to spend a few hours catching everything that Winter Wonderland has to offer. If you’re in the mood for something a bit quieter after all that running around, take a breathtaking trip on the Ferris Wheel and catch incredible views of the twinkling lights and shimmery snow. 

A Linden and Resident Snowball Fight is being planned, for Friday Dec 17.

Get your warm clothes and throwing arms ready - it’s time for a Lindens and Residents snowball fight! This snowball showdown means you're free to pelt your fellow Second Life Residents and Lindens with a bevy of sparkling snowballs - launched fresh from the snow-arsenal available at the arena.

The battles take place on Friday, December 17th from 10am to 11am PT and then again from  2pm to 3pm PT. Spots are limited, so be sure to get there early to grab your free snow launching weaponry from the vendors around the arena.  

 There's another "Winter Swaginator" hunt.

‘Tis the season to be jolly - and what could be more jolly than new gifts? From now through the end of December, Second Life will be giving away 4 exclusive Linden Bears for everyone! Pick up your HUD at the Meauxle Bureaux and make sure to complete the gift hunt in order by following the clues in the HUD and local chat. Happy hunting!

The hunt starts in Meauxle Bureaux (157/123/30). 

There was a mention of the Relay for Life's Christmas Expo.

This year’s SL Christmas Expo is bursting with bright and merry delights - all for supporting the American Cancer Society and the fight against childhood cancer. From December 3rd through the 14th enjoy many holiday activities at the expo and donate for a good cause! 

Linden Lab has also joined in on the fun! Watch out for these Linden-themed activities at the expo:

 The Lab reminded residents of the Winter Attractions on the Destination Guide

If you’re looking for even more winter activities, there’s already close to 100 wintery themed locations in the Winter Attractions category on the Destination Guide. We’re adding new regions daily, so if you have a spot you’d like to invite other Residents to explore, make sure to check out the submission guidelines and submit yours today!

 There are some new Winter Premium gifts available. 

Premium members - we have something special for you - a limited and exclusive Premium-Only gift that’s sure to delight and add a little extra holiday charm to your inworld adventures. Drop by one of the Premium Gift kiosks and take it for a whirl!

Included, you’ll find a Premium Member Token and Premium Member Token HUD, which are the keys to Premium Only snowball weapons at the Snowball Fight arena in Winter Wonderland. The HUD will give you access to some upgraded snow arsenal. Remember to attach your HUD at the arena to access and rez your snow-slinging artillery. 

And they mentioned their upcoming Christmas "Shop and Hop" event.

The Holiday Shop & Hop returns on December 8th with over 200 participating Merchants. Watch this blog for all the details about Shop & Hop early next week!

To read the blog post in full, Click Here.
 

A Busy Weekend

 


Plenty happened this weekend in Second Life. Saturday at the Sunweaver Estates had longtime member Dudk Griswold have her real-life retirement party, leaving the Post Office after over 30 years. On Sunday, Bay City had it's Tree-Lighting Party and Silent Benefit Auction. Bellisseria had it's third annual Winter Wonderland party (above). Throughout the weekend, the Relay's Christmas Expo took place. And more.

More on these events as time is available.

Announcement: Toys For Tots Fundraiser By Myth Mystery and Magic Hunts

 
Myth, Mystery and Magic Hunts is currently holding the Yule Cart Sale and Hunt from November 26 to December 31, 2021 as a Fundraiser for Toys4Tots.
Visit this location for all of the vendors and free gifts: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mieville%20Dragonsworn/230/193/701

In addition to the Yule Cart Sale and Hunt....Myth, Mystery and Magic Hunts (MMMH) is hosting Photos With Santa on the following dates and times:
December 8, 2021 3-5PM SLT
December 11, 2021 3-5PM SLT
December 14, 2021 3-5PM SLT
December 18, 2021 3-5PM SLT


Bring the kids by for their photos with Santa.
You can also donate to get a cookie to give Santa, all proceeds are going to Toys4Tots:

Kids can also watch a Holiday movie with Santa on these dates and times:
December 7, 2021  2-4PM SLT  Polar Express
December 10, 2021 12-2PM SLT Next Stop Christmas
December 14, 2021 2-4PM SLT A Christmas Carol (Jim Carrey)
December 17, 2021 12-2PM SLT Rudolph

All of this and much more will be found at:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mieville%20Dragonsworn/230/193/701


December 22, 2021 MMMH Will have a Toys4Tots Auction called Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree starting from 2PM and ending at 8PM SLT.  There will be live DJ's and Hosts for your entertainment and this will be held at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Eclectic%20Witch%20Cove/59/198/2195
 

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries

 

THIS WEEK: A Seanchai Winter Holiday opens December 6th for fun, frolic, photos  and stories as we celebrate 2021 with our storied community.  Join us for fun and adventure, 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, December 6th, at 7pm: Philip Jose Farmer's A FEW MILES with Gyro Muggins.
    
**TUESDAY, December 7th: Both sessions today in The Glen
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21
 
     ~  at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live in The Glen

   ~  at 7pm: VINTAGE CHRISTMAS: Stories by L.M. Montgomery and Ralph Henry Barbour and Others, Live in Seanchai's *Winter Holiday* with Caledonia. (Landmark will be distributed day-of)
 
**WEDNESDAY, December 8th at 7pm: Adventures from Terry Pratchett's HOGFATHER with Caledonia Skytower
 
**THURSDAY, December 9th at  7pm: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF EBENEZER SCROOGE, Concludes with Shandon Loring.

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Our friends at Elite Equestrian have opened their Winter Hollow seasonal experience.  Check out the decorations and trail rides.
 

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: A Fishy Dog

 


Taken at the Happy Vixen. And yes, there is such a critter, or rather critters, called "dogfish."

By Bixyl Shuftan

 

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Announcement: Dusk Griswold's Retirement Party

 


Dusk "Ginger" Griswold invites you to come to her retirement party from her real life job with the United States Postal Service. Party is Dec 4th from 3pm to 5pm at Club Cutlass onboard the Airship Cutlass VI . Come dressed casual, there is no contest. The music will be of the 60's and 70's mostly. DJ Snowy AngelBun will play tunes first hour with DJ Cynthia Farshore the second hour.

Party is Saturday, December 4

3 to 5 PM SL time

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunweaver%20Bay/114/118/757
 

SL Video: "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

 

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From Alexandra Xubersnak on Dec 2010
 

Announcement: This Monday at The Science Circle - "Discussion - Science / Sci Fi Movies and Books"

 

"Discussion - Science / Sci Fi Movies and Books"

Monday December 6

10 AM SL time

Matt Burr

Fireside - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/104/125/1114
 

Friday, December 3, 2021

New Linden Home Theme to be Announced Monday, December 6

 

It's been rumored for a few days, sparked in part by a picture by Patch Linden on Flickr, that a new theme of Linden Homes will soon be announced. Earlier today on the official blog, tucked away in the Holiday announcements (more about that later) was an announcement that there will indeed be one, on Monday December 6.

New theme of Linden Homes will be revealed on Monday, December 6th! Watch this space - to be published on Monday!

"This space" is the Destinations Guide. But two sims likely to be the location are Lights of Hope and Lights of Hope Linden, at the southwest corner of the Relay for Life Christmas Expo grounds. But officially, the Lindens aren't saying where it will be yet.

Stay tuned for further developments.

Image Credit: Patch Linden
 

Christmas Shopping: Snuggles Holidays and Stormwind's North Pole

 

In her next article on Christmas shopping in Second Life, Gemma Cleanslate looks at two more locations. One on the cute side is "Snuggles Holidays." There one can find animal scenes, greeting cards, teddy bears, and more. Another visited was North Pole in the Stormwind sim, which looks like an old fashion town's shopping area. So what did Gemma think?

Read Gemma's article in Design.
 

RFL Christmas Expo Begins

 


The Relay for Life's winter event, the Christmas Expo, is under way. 


From today to Tuesday December 14, there's fifteen sims filled with events and things to do over the next eleven days. Most of the temporary sims have names based on "The Twelve Days of Christmas," such as Turtle Doves and Maids A Milking. To the southwest are Lights of Hope and Lights of Hope Linden. 

It's probable the next Linden Home theme will be revealed at the Hope sims on Monday Dec 6. But officially the word is stay tuned as to where.

The sims are picturesque with much detail. There's Christmas trees and decorations all over. There are ponds to stake on, a hunt to take part in, a Santa sleigh ride, pictures with Santa and Linden and Mole elves, auctions, DJ music events, a limited edition "Patch Linden Elf on the Shelf" doll to buy at Partridge in a Pear Tree (167/119/23), and of course lots of places to shop.
 
For more information about the expo, check the blog at https://slchristmasexpo.com/ .
 

Remembering Alleara, and Jessicabelle

 


As word gets around about the passing of Alleara Snoodle, people have made many prayers in her behalf. in Sunweaver Eclipse, a memorial flame was set up for her. It is next to fellow Sunweaver Jessicabelle Dayafter's, who passed in late September. In front of both, people have left flowers, candles, and other items.
 
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunweaver%20Eclipse/72/248/22
 


Announcement: Chateau Trikassi Annual Holiday Ball

 


Formal Attire.  The Ball will start at 1pm slt...and when we have all assembled, we have arranged to have Changhigh Sisters perform a special show they have created just for the celebrations!

After the performance there will be dancing, food and general merriment

KT will be our musical maestro.  See you all there!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosehaven%20Laudanum/32/196/2011
 

Press Release: Bay City's Annual Tree Lighting

 


BAY CITY, SL (2 December, 2021) -The Bay City Alliance will host its annual Tree Lighting event on Sunday, Saturday, 8th December 2019 from 1-4 pm SLT at the Bay City Fairgrounds, in North Channel ( http://slurl.com/secondlife/North%20Channel/128/128/24/ ). The event will feature DJ GoSpeed of KONA Stream and live performances by Tamra Hayden and FrankLee Anatra. There will be much merry-making,  ice-skating, dancing, refreshments and lots of fun for all!

As part of the event, a silent auction supporting Child's Play Charity (www.childsplaycharity.org) will be held. At our 2020 event, we raised L$135,994, and hope to break that in 2021

Confirmed designers, artists, and brands participating in the event include GenusProject, Diana Takeda (of Meshbody), Cica Ghost, Lunar Tripsa, Owen Lusch (of Lusch Motors), Brick Swansen, Late Billig (of Junk Food), Cindy Henusaki, Javatar Mocha, Plato Novo, Bryn Oh, Trinity Yazamoto, Vinsie Bunny, LadyJane Shippe (of Shippe & Saille), and OldManChristmas.
DeeDee Dakota will also be offering a parcel in Bay City - Falconmoon!

Additional Second Life™ designers and artists who wish to participate by providing fun, interesting, unique, or other transferrable items (or a no-copy object that the auction winner can give to you to redeem their prize, if the item(s) have to be no transfer) may contact ThomasHooker Resident to participate.

Auction will end at the conclusion of the event. All proceeds from the silent auction and from donation bins at the venue will go to Child's Play Charity. Child's Play is a 501c3 non profit organization offers online communities such as ours an opportunity to help seriously ill children around the globe during their hospital stays with the purchase of games and gaming equipment.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab® and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest group for Residents of Bay City.

For more information, or to participate in the event, please contact Marianne McCann.
 

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Alleara Snoodle Is Gone

 
It has been confirned by a reliable source that Alleara Snoodle has passed on. To those not familiar with her, she was a highly skilled builder and scriptor whom was with the Sunweaver and Chilbo communities. She was also part of the Relay for Life in Second Life.

Alleara. or "Allie" to her friends, was from Germany, though talking to her she told me she was born in Romania and later she and her parents would emigrate from there. She first logged on in July 2008. She soon became part of the Metanomics group, as well as becoming established in the Chilbo and Sunweaver communities. She's known for having taken part in the building of some Passionate Redhead camps, and the Chilbo community held at least one Relay fundraiser, in July 2010, that the Redheads were a part of. But she also worked behind the scenes on a number of things from clothing to avatars. She was a longtime helper of one brand named Allissandrea. More recently, a few years ago she helped get the Yinglet avatar up and ready on time for it's release event. Just how many projects she helped may never be known.

Besides her skills as a builder, Alleara was also an artist. The picture of the editor at the Newser office was done by her. She is known to have done some singing. She's also taken part in a number of Nydia Tungsten's music videos.

Sadly, Alleara was physically disabled, having suffered injuries from a fall some years before coming to Second Life. She would also end up in an automobile accident in later 2010. She would have to stop singing and drawing, and stepped down from her position in Chilbo though continued to keep in touch with the artistic community. Down but not out, she eventually went back to scripting and building in Second Life, though usually behind the scenes on the projects of others. She would find some work as a consultant to a major real-life business a few years ago. While she spent less time online, she never did stop coming to Second Life.

It should be noted Alleara and I were friends, having met around 2009, and meeting up regularly for a time. I found her to be brilliantly smart, but she also very compassionate. She had a way of sensing something was wrong with a friend, and would listen for a while as to what the problem was. She had many friends and admirers. She had several avatars, but was best known as a winged white vixen with red hair.

When we last met inworld in early June 2021, she was thinking of a couple things. Long knowing I was writing a sci-fi tale, she told me of an interesting story written by another beginning writer. She also wanted to show me the grounds of the Chilbo community, which after so many years had less territory but was still active.

A friend of Alleara's would say in her final days, she was increasingly ill. She was showing signs of Coronavirus, and planned to have herself checked at a clinic. But would pass away the night before a friend was to take her there.

Not just the Sunweavers and Chilbo, but Second Life has lost a great woman, with both brains and a good heart.

Bixyl Shuftan

Update: Shockwave Yareach of the Sunweavers/Sunbeamer team, would have this to say:

She was my equal in building, though she had lots more time than I did early on. She was one of the first people I met inworld (Lusk if I recall.) We spent ten years trying to outbuild each other and finally just settled on mutual showmanship rather than competetion. She was horribly crippled from a car wreck, and got around the physical deformities by living in SL instead. 
 
May God grant you ALL the answers, dear lady. Your suffering is ended at last, and your wings will free you from your prison.


 

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So this is where you the readers come in. Have you seen a particularly well-detailed sim? Went to a great event? Found yourself in 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.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: Bad Lips

 


From Bliss Mundy on the Second Life Friends group on Facebook. She described her avatar as looking like this after using Voice. But I could think of one other thing that could cause that.

By Bixyl Shuftan

 

Real-Life News Referencing Second Life in Commenting About Facebook's Metaverse Plans

 
In the Golden Age of Second Life over ten years ago, the virtual world was frequently mentioned in mainstream real-life news. These days, not so much. So it was interesting when in the past few weeks it was mentioned not once but twice.

In BBC News, Joe Tindy wrote an article "Lessons From Second Life," in which he described himself as a user of the virtual world a decade ago, then forgot about it. He was surprised to find out not only was it still around, but had a dedicated userbase. So he checked it out once more. He ran across someone, who didn't like the idea of Facebook getting into virtual worlds, "The entry of a slightly oversized and outsized player into the space seems to signal to people that they are not the owners of it, that someone else is going to be setting the rules and kind of running the show and they will just be the consumers."

In a Time Magazine article by Andrew Chow, that appeared in Yahoo news, "6 Lessons on the Future of the Metaverse From the Creator of Second Life," he compared Facebook's move to the predictions around 2006-2007 that Second Life would be the future of the Internet, which didn't turn out that way. He also felt there were lessons to be learned. (1) "People will stay in virtual worlds, even without an explicit mission." Or as Philip Rosedale was quoted, "the reason why tens of millions of people tried it out was the promise of the ability to be creative and expressive in a realistic, lifelike domain."(2) "People will spend money on digital goods—but very few creators will actually make a living." Tom Boellstorff, an anthropologist whom wrote a book after spending two years in Second Life, compared it to Youtube in which most who used it just browsed, and many of those who do create content, "sort of informally make stuff that they don’t sell to make money."

(3) "Ease of use and technological challenges remain a huge roadblock for mass adoption." Rosedale was quoted, "people don’t want to be a cartoon avatar while wearing a VR headset ... It’s really stressful for people to do that, and most of them won’t.” (4) "Virtual worlds might always struggle to appeal to certain demographics." Rosdale commented that those whom were young, healthy, and had active social lives in free urban environments were going to find virtual worlds less appealing than those with little social contact, disabled, and lived in places they felt they couldn't speak their minds. (5) "Identity is tricky, and so is rule-making." Second Life has had a largely hands-off approach to one's identity in the virtual world, compared to Facebook which encourages people to use their real-life identities. (6) "The metaverse doesn’t need to be ubiquitous. In fact, it shouldn’t be." Boellstorff commented that the hype going on in Second Life's golden age was part of Silicon Valley's business model of attracting big money by presenting oneself as so big, they would change the world as we know it. Still, that Second Life is not just existing but has a healthy community shows there's still a good demand for virtual worlds, “Allowing somebody to be really expressive and creative in an environment that’s lifelike is an incredibly powerful offering. I think that’s why we all tried Second Life,” Rosedale was quoted, “And I think that we will eventually get there—but it’s still a long road because the difficulty of it is considerable.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/6-lessons-future-metaverse-creator-102405073.html

Sources: BBC News, Yahoo


Bixyl Shuftan
 

Announcement: L!vew!re Winter Cyber & Sci-fi Ball

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L!vew!re 2021 Winter Cyber & Sci-fi Ball

Saturday December 4

6 PM to 10 PM SL time

Best male or female avie, Each set takes the 500 L pot

Cyber/ Sci-fi avies

Two winners per set

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ZoHa%20Islands%20E/63/111/3982

 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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: Best in 'W', Monochrome, Gone to Plaid

Happy Vixen: Best in Tails, Bikinis and Trunks, Cervines, Hybrids, Madkatt Mashup, TBA, Silk and Latex, Slumber Party

Club Zero Gravity: Equines and Felines

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Skunks

Xanadu: DJ Christine, DJ Jesse

Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Barely There, Animation, Sci-fi, Nature vs Tech, Rock, Late Night, White

Deathlands Fallout Shelter:  DJ Wolfy, DJ Nafrini

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.
 

More on The Bellissarian Stamp Giver

 

Last week, we announced that the Newser office in HV Community was now a location one could get a stamp for the Bellisserian passports. Since then, the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy gave us a mention in their own newsletter

"It's a venerable SL publication with a suitably old school HQ build," they spoke of us, "and – now – a wonderfully old-fashioned stamp!"

Other locations mentioned include a couple airports, the Willowtail Airfield, and Abbot's Historical airport. 

As for the stamp, well, the design is simple and to the point. Just as is our goal when telling the news.

Bixyl Shuftan
 

SL Video: "Down the Rabbit Hole: CSINY enters Second Life (2007)

 

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From Draxtor Despres, a 2007 video of the CSI Promotion of Second Life, "The new mainstream media tie-in, a 'who dunnit' virtual game coming to Second Life is an interesting marriage of old and new. The Electric Sheep Company releases a special SL browser for the occasion and merges the Metaverse with a successful TV show: is this a new era of growth for SL or the death of all (sub) culture? Are corporate brands taking over? CSI NY detectives say that if you die in the METAVERSE you die in REAL LIFE as well .... oh boy, and I thought Second Life was just a game?"