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Friday, January 17, 2020
After weeks of anticipation, the MMO World of Warcraft's major update 8.3, "Visions of N'zoth," is now live and running. The main point of "Visions" is one of the old gods is out to wreck havoc on Azeroth with visions of madness (above video link), and once again it's up to the heroes of the Alliance and Horde to save the day.
But this isn't all. Two new "allied races," or races available as player-characters once you finish certain achievements, are now available. The Alliance have the Mechagnomes, and the Horde have the foxlike Vulpera. The latter have gotten the attention of many of my friends to the point one managed to do the required achievements to be able to make one.
Nobble87 did a video checking out their character creation, mount, emotes, and one special ability (link), of which there were a number of comments, "I wish I never saw the /sleep emote. 15 years of Alliance loyalty down the tubes." "How are we going to PVP them? I will be feeling like I am going to be kicking a puppy."
So will Azeroth see a population explosion of Vulpera? Will the Alliance find themselves outfoxed?
Sources: World of Warcraft, MMO Champion
Saturday January 18
10 AM to 11 AM SL time
Natural Forcings and Natural Climate Cycles – Just not what we are seeing today
In order to understand how human-caused climate change differs from natural cycles, it helps to have a basic understanding of natural cycles. In that context, this talk will address orbital forcing, solar variation, and natural carbon dioxide emission and removal.
By Keith Eric Grant
To read more, Click Here.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
It's been about two weeks since Xiola Linden departed Linden Lab. According to New World Notes, already she's been hired. She's now at Ubiquity6, a startup tech company focusing on mixed reality.
Xiola told Hamlet Au she saw similarities between Linden Lab and the new startup, "'Fun, energized, whip-smart, kind, thoughtful, and very diverse. That is something that was so important to me in my previous role, and I did not expect to find that kind of culture anywhere else -- I got lucky to have lightning strike twice in that regard. It's exciting to make new friends who are so enthusiastic about the incredible possibilities and potential of really compelling projects."
Uniquity6 has one product available: display.land , which it calls "a new digital canvas for creativity and shared experiences." How much we'll be hearing from them in the future, hard to say. But Xiola's presence can only help them.
Source: New World Notes
Earlier this week, Linden Lab announced it would soon be having a shopping event for Valentines Day, and was looking for merchants to take part in it. The event runs from February 3 to 17.
Linden Lab is winding up for a Valentine’s Day inworld shopping event - and we’re now looking for Merchants who would like to participate.
The Valentine’s Day edition of Shop and Hop will open on February 3rd and will run through February 17th. This is your opportunity to bring a ton of new customers to your brand, by offering some of your best items. We are looking for Merchants willing to offer a discount on some of their items and provide a small non-exclusive gift to shoppers.
Those interested are asked to fill out a form (link) by the end of Monday January 20. Those accepted will be contacted "soon after."
To read the blog post in full, Click Here.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Yesterday evening, word began to spread about a sight just off the west coast of the new continent of Bellisseria. It was the SS Galaxy, Second Life's largest ship, three sims in length.
A vacation cruise liner, from 2007 to 2015 it was an active area, it's owner and staff renting out rooms and organizing events. Then following it's worst griefing attack ever in which the particular Linden that answered to their call for help responded poorly, the decision was made to close the ship. But Linden Lab decided to bring the ship back, and several months later it was back on the Grid.
But, there was no staff to welcome people, organize events, or arrange for people to have a cabin for a while. Occasionally people from outside would organize an event. Still, it wasn't the same ship those who saw it in earlier days knew. On those occasions I went there, I was either alone or there was just one or two others.
After hearing from a couple friends, I decided to check things out for myself. While the ship's old location on the map showed it there, a closer look showed nothing but water and the sims were inaccessible. While where the Galaxy really was, it wasn't showing on the map nor were the sim names. Nor could anyone TP there. One could only head over from the adjacent Hibiki, Bazby Gulf, and Belby Depths sims.
Hat Tip: Oldesoul Eldemar, Ed Connect
Panda Jenn (PandaJenn0 Resident) was the lady who set up the club, "It's a hang out for furs and such," she told me, "It's a small place, but it's meant to be a cozy hang out area." The place itself is mainly a dance floor, with some of Panda's artwork on the wall. The radio stream plays All Fur Radio twenty-four hours a day, so people can come any time to listen to music. There's also a pool table for a game.
We still have some things to add and move around. For the most part, it's ready to go." Panda doesn't own the land itself, "My friend Logan has property there. The Pad is just above it."
Panda is somewhat new to Second Life, though she's been an artist for some time. She has an online comic, "Simply Panda Jenn," that updates about twice a month. She also has artwork on Fur Affinity and Deviant Art.
Panda Jenn's Pad is at https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Parlouf/70/54/2494
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver, the Montecito Bay clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge.
Club Cutlass: Best in 'G' ?, Military, Toon Time
Happy Vixen: Foxes and Felines, Geeks and Nerds, TBA, Aliens, Fairy Tales, Barely There, Cyberpunk, Strips vs Spots, Sock Hop, TBA
Club Zero Gravity: TBA
Montecito Bay: TBA
Furry Fashion Lounge: CAYA, Rock, Retro, Plaid, Horror, Formal, Food, LNL, Royalty
Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.
Rita's banning has raised more than a few eyebrows, at least one estate owner asking if something like this could happen to her as well, having her account frozen because she was sent a form that got lost in the mail or email. It was also brought up that the original Steelhead community closed down partially because the Lab had locked out the estate owner's main account (the bigger reason was numerous real-life difficulties). One person commented, "That's disturbing, and rather draconian. Something like this only reinforces the fact that FinCEN completely controls the Linden Dollar. What the hell happened to Linden Lab's spine?" Another responded, "US government regulations is what happened and LL is not going to go against it."
In any event the bunny is back, and life in the Sunweaver/Angel community can get back to clubbing and preparing for the Relay. Some though are glancing over their shoulders.
Monday, January 13, 2020
Read Gemma's story in Places.
"Some weird entity is claiming parcels via eminent domain," Moff (MoffettMephit Resident) told me, "Nobody has ever heard of them!" I asked who they were, and he answered, "Azucar, Incorporated, apparently." He had tried looking up information online about them, and found nothing, "They must be brand new or something."
Groundhog Day incident, and the flying saucer crash weeks earlier. But there were a few "crop circles" in the vicinity. Before that, there was a weird statue not far away that some passersby described as compelling them to approach it. As for the motel itself, it's better days were years ago. While it's a cheap place to stay if one has almost no money, that one of the rooms is blocked off with "crime scene" tape is a frequent sight. There are rumors the place has freakishly huge spiders, but no doubt those tales are from combinations of liquor and arachnophobia.
Stay tuned for more information.
Note: This is a fun article done at the request of Montecito Bay
*SECRETS, TREES, MAGIC & STORIES - This Week! *
Magicland Storytime & Seanchai Late Night return for a new year of adventures. The return of Tea Time is announced, PLUS a week full of tales to intrigue and delight.
Check out the stories and the storytellers at www.seanchailibrary.com
All stories told in open voice unless otherwise noted. All times SL/PT
*MONDAY, January 13th, at 7pm: INTEGRAL TREES by Larry Niven. Gyro Muggins continues his newest series.
*TUESDAY, January 14th, at 7pm: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's CUTTING CORNERS from Liaden Universe Constellation #4 with Ktadhn Vesuvino.
*WEDNESDAY, January 15th, at 7pm: Erin Morgenstern's THE STARLESS SEA. Caledonia continues this series featuring selections from the new book by the author of THE NIGHT CIRCUS.
*THURSDAY, January 16th:
~ at 7pm: Midor Snyder's VIVIAN with Shandon Loring. (Also in Kitely! Find teleport from the main Seanchai World grid.kitely.com:8002:SEANCHAI)
~ at 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT - Contemporary Sci-Fi-Fantasy with Finn Zeddmore
** COMING JANUARY 19th: The Return of Sunday Tea Time, presenting Agatha Christie's DEATH ON THE NILE
All sessions held at the Seanchai Library in Second Life unless otherwise indicated. Schedule subject to change.
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Taken at the SL Newser office. The punchline was in an SL Newspaper cartoon twelve years ago. But with recent events, it seemed appropriate.
By Bixyl Shuftan
Sunnies: Rita discovered the reason she was blocked and took care of the issue. Seems LL sent her an IRS Tax Form W9, via e-mail, that they wanted her to fill out. She didn't notice it in scanning her e-mails, on her cell phone, but she found in checking on her PC. It was dated last month. Still Rita was upset wondering WHY they wanted the form filled out and all that sensitive, personal, info, since she didn't do business on SL, wasn't here to make money. In fact SL costs her.
At the Club Cutlass event on Saturday night, she (via the alt) talked about what was going on, "LL wanted me to fill out some IRS Tax Forms, why? I have no clue. ... If I was making money on SL and pulling it out, I could see it, but the opposite is true, I pour money into SL every month." She stated that it was a W9 form sent in her emails, "So I filled it out and then I had to verify it again it was me. It was from a Linden. It had a ticket number. And it was in my account."
Others around were puzzled by the turn of events, one commenting ironically, "Because the IRS just KNOWS you are getting rich off SL." Another remarked, "Odd that I haven't heard of other large land-owners having issues." "Other than H and R Block, no business has demanded a tax form from me," spoke a third. "So maybe the IRS is gonna make you pay tax on the rents you collect?" someone jokingly asked. "If they try, then I get to deduct the losses," Rita answered, "which means I get a refund." "Or offer to pay them in Lindens (grin)."
Rita was optimistic, "I found the problem, filled out the paperwork, now just have to wait. ... Hopefully (by) Monday Rita will be back, now that LL has their desired paperwork."
Talk soon turned to other issues, such as the upcoming Relay season, hopeful the situation was on it's way to being resolved.
Saturday, January 11, 2020
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From Furrex (Furry Alex) on December 31, "Song: Joel Nielsen - Internal Conflict"