Friday, February 5, 2016

Bay City's Mole Day 2016


Last Saturday, Bay City held it's annual Mole Day event. Mole Day is the day Second Life's largest urban area takes the time to celebrate the employees of Linden Lab who built it, and various other places on the Grid, such as Linden Realms and Paleoquest. Second Life Newser was there to take a few pictures of the occasion.

See the pictures in Events.

Reader Submitted: A Little Treasure, Calas Galadhon Park's Glanduin


One location the Newser goes back to cover time to time is Calas Galadhon Park. Created by Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith, the park offers several sims of detailed scenery that is not static but regularly changed so it's not the same place for too long. Today's article about the location was made not by one of our staff, but from a reader: Alysabelle. In her reader submission, she describes the latest look of the Glanduin sim, that of a country farmhouse in the countryside.

Read Alysabelle's article in Places.

Press Release: Openings Available for One Billion Rising Video


Hot Off the Press…  Would you like to come and dance in our upcoming One Billion Rising video?

The One Billion Rising in Second Life team is reaching out to the SL Community for female avatars interested in participating in upcoming rehearsal on Friday, Feb 5th at 8pm SLT.

We have approximately 50 available openings.   We will provide everyone with OBR T-Shirts during the rehearsal.   To sign up send a notecard to Samantha Ohrberg or message on Facebook.

Landmark will be provided the day of rehearsal....

!DRUM! DANCE! RISE!

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Friday, February 6, 2013
[ THEME ]                      [ TIME ]                 [Dress Attire]
 OBR Fun                        8:00pm SLT           OBR T-Shirt & blue jeans (no shorts or torn jeans)


Due to the scheduled allotted time per video shoot, we ask that you are dressed and ready prior to reaching your designated film location. For those in multiple shoots in one day, we recommend creating an outfit folder with everything you will need to  change.quickly.


Read the links provided  for additional information.

One Billion Rising in SL Blog : https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/
One Billion Rising Youtube: http://youtu.be/fL5N8rSy4CU
One  Billion Rising RL website: https://secure.onebillionrising.org/page/event/detail/wd8
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For more information:

OBR SL Flickr Group http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23
One Billion Rising SL Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/One-Billion-Rising-in-Second-Life-493344827375934/
OBR Second Life Twitter:  https://twitter.com/OBRinSL
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For more information go to: http://www.vday.org/
For more information about One Billion Rising and the V-Day events around the world, visit www.onebillionrising.org and www.vday.org..

Thursday, February 4, 2016

One Billion Rising


Valentine Day is regarded as a day of love all around the world, both in real life and Second Life. My favorite way of celebrating this day is to be involved the One Billion Rising in Second Life. This is the third year for this event in SL and all, regardless of gender are invited to participate.
 For those who do not know the history or meaning of the event it began across the world as global event calling for justice for women in 2012. It came into Second Life in 2013. It is a way of calling to attention the women who are abused or live in a violent situation. We all read about happenings across the world where women suffer and are unable to respond either in personal situations or in countries where they are counted as not full humans. This is a call to rise up in protest and support. By rising in dance and music to call for change.
In 2013 there was a video made of avatars dancing to the music of Break the Chain and it was marvelous. I was part of the dance in several scenes and loved it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AUYdrhoDfE Take a look. 
If you would like to become a part of the event I refer you to the website.  https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/
Regardless, you are all invited to the events that will be held that day . You will find the calendar at the same website soon so keep an eye out and reserve some of your time on February 14 to join the Revolution for Change that day . There will be dancing on multiple stages with some great djs , art exhibits , poetry and much more .  Hope to see you there . 
Gemma Cleanslate

Announcement: "The Universe in 2016: A House of Cards?"


By:  Dr. Yuan M. Unson
Friday, Feb 5th at 8:30 PM PST
Institute for Astronomy - U. Hawaii Astronomy Amphitheater

The "Big Bang" model is a good description of the Universe.  In 2016, we know the value of the key parameters although we do not know what constitutes the majority of the matter and energy content of the Universe.

Measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation as well as of type Ia supernova explosions indicate that the dynamics of the Universe is determined by some kind of "dark energy" which causes the expansion of the Universe to accelerate.

There are significant challenges to our understanding:  we do not know the nature of key components and there appears to be insufficient time for the evolution of the stars, galaxies and structures that we see.  While these might be just details to be worked out, it is instructive to remember that in 1900 Physics was considered a "complete and finished" science just before the Quantum revolution pulled out the rug from under the "Classical" description.

Alliance, Chaminade University, CUH Alliance (49, 205, 4002)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cartoon of the Day



By Bixyl Shuftan

Cyber Nice Carnival 2016


On Saturday January 30th at 11AM SL time, The Cyber Carnival took place in the Moya sim. Done in cooperation with Virtual Ability, and the real-life the Office of Tourism and Congress of Nice, France, the event was an extension of the real-life Carnival in the city. Deaflegacy Darkbloom, our newest writer, was there as Moya Janus filmed the event, to be shown on screens at it's real-life counterpart.

Read Deaflegacy's article in Events.

Press Release: Relay for Life Team Registration Opens


With the official Relay for Life in Second Life fundraising season about a month away, team registration has begun.

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Team registration for the 2016 Relay For Life of Second Life Season will open on Monday, February 1, 2016. Prospective Team Captains can register their teams at the official Relay For Life of Second Life Website: www.relayforlifeofsecondlife.org. Relay For Life of Second Life is an official charity of the American Cancer Society.

The theme of the 2016 Relay For Life of Second Life season is “Once Upon A Cure."

Once on the website you will find the registration form beginning February 1, 2016. There must be a Captain and Co Captain for each team to register. This year we have some changes in our team requirements.
Each team will be required to have at least 5 on the team, including Team Captain and Team Co Captain. There will be exceptions made for smaller teams but prior approval from the Steering Committee must be obtained. It is not necessary for teams to have 5 members to register. Members may join the team after registration.

New this year teams will have the opportunity to attend a class with our Fundraising Advisors. The role of the Fundraising Advisor is primarily to help Team Captains in the Relay For Life of Second Life become better fundraising leaders for their teams. Classes will include, how to set a goal, ways to reach your goal, how to use your tools, how to promote your event, how to engage and delegate their whole team in Relay For Life fundraising. These classes will be a wonderful learning experience with hands on learning.
First year teams are required to attend these classes. The Steering Committee may select your team to attend these classes based on your previous years fundraising totals. These classes will be open for all team Captains and Co Captains. On your registration form there will be an area to mark if you would like to attend a Fundraising Advisors' class.

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Daniel Voyager also had this press release, along with a schedule of some of the events.

Space Remembrance Day in Second Life



At Noon SL time on Sunday January 31st, the National Space Society in Second Life held a remembrance event in their sim. The event was to both remember those who gave their lives in the pursuit of space exploration.


The day of the event was timed to take place close to the anniversaries of the Shuttle Challenger and Shuttle Columbia losses on January 28 and February 1 respectively. These would be only two occasions in which astronauts, and cosmonauts, died in accidents.

At the event, people talked about the astronauts, as well as how the Shuttle Challenger tragedy affected them. It was also brought up how Western governments seem to be reluctant to open up their wallets to build new manned rockets to travel into space.


At 1PM, Cypress Rosewood, who performs every Sunday night at an ambient music event in the Scilands, took to the stage to perform. His relaxing music was mixed with a light show of colorful patterns floating around the area.

The National Space Society in Second Life has weekly meetings every Monday at 3PM at their sim, discussing space, science, and tech.

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Events This Week at the Sunweaver Clubs


It's a new month, and a new week of events at the Sunweaver clubs. At Club Cutlass, to appease the angry spirit of the New Year which has been causing musician after musician to drop dead, to calm him down they're having a Second New Year's Party with DJ Shockwave. This is followed by by spooks, monsters, lawyers, and things that go bump in the night with "Scary Things," finishing up the week with the polyester suit from Hell with "Disco Inferno." At the Happy Vixen, things get a little skimpy with "Dare to Bare" by DJ Tantari, followed by painting the club red with "Redelicious" and breaking out the tight pants and lingerie with "Leather and Lace."

Read the schedules in Events this Week.

Advertise in the Newser


Running a business in Second Life can be hard. Running a dress botique? A breedable pets store? Or perhaps you're trying to get your dream club started? You're not going to make any sales if no one knows about you. So how do you get your name out?

Advertising.

We at Second Life Newser have several levels of advertising. For 1000 Linden dollars, you can have an article describing your business and what you sell on the front page for a week, and afterwards it remains in our archives, either of your design or done by one of our writers. To keep your name in the spotlight, consider a sponsorship in which you'll have a banner, linked to your page or an article of your choosing, near the top of the front section where it will be quickly noticed by readers, a three month term for the economical rate of 15,000 Linden dollars. Secondary Sponsorships are much the same, the banners appearing high on the page of other sections, such as People, Places, and Events, the three month term there costing 5,000 Linden dollars.

So get your name noticed. Advertise in the Newser today!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Eye on the Blog: Second Life Machinima "Breakout" to Air Today



A machinima filmed in Second Life, described as having a Christian theme, is appearing on Internet TV tonight.

A series filmed using Second Life is set to air its first of three 30-minute pilot episodes this coming Monday, February 1, 2016 at 6pm Pacific. Breakout “Joyful Noise” is the first in the series that focuses on a young woman named Joy Jamison who works in a high-end boutique but struggles with her faith and self-image.

Those in the Midwest who are interested in watching may check their listings for Charter Cable channel 198. Everyone can view the broadcast on Dynasty Television via stream.

There was also a trailer available



(Click here if the video fails to play)

To see the blog post, Click Here.

*Addition* The first episode can be viewed on Youtube (Click Here).

Longtime Bitcoin Developer Quits, States It Has "Failed"


By Bixyl Shuftan

Bitcoin, the noted electronic currency that's gained a following among computer geeks attracted to the idea of a worldwide virtual currency and those looking for an alternative to the US dollar and other currencies backed by big banks, has made news time to time, such as when it went through wild price swings in March and April 2013, and when one of it's largest exchanges, Mt Gox, went bankrupt in Feb 2014. Since then, the Crypto currency has continued on, making news recently as the best performing currency in 2015, gaining close to 40 percent.

But a couple weeks ago, it was dealt a major setback when one of it's developers and longtime advocate, Mike Hearn, sold all his bitcoin and published a blog, saying Bitcoin had failed, and would no longer be taking part in it. He wrote, "It has failed because the community has failed. What was meant to be a new, decentralized form of money that lacked “systemically important institutions” and “too big to fail” has become something even worse: a system completely controlled by just a handful of people. Worse still, the network is on the brink of technical collapse. The mechanisms that should have prevented this outcome have broken down ..."

So what are the problems? The big one, Hearn stated, is that the rate at which Bitcoin transactions can be made has been decreasing to the point it's networks are running out of capacity and becoming unreliable. Backlogs at peak times are becoming increasingly common. The blocks in it's blockchain have been steadily increasing, but the capacity cap of each block remains unchanged. While there are several reasons that the capacity limit hasn't been raised, the big one is that it's been effectively controlled by Chinese miners, "just two of whom control more than 50% of the hash power. At a recent conference over 95% of hashing power was controlled by a handful of guys sitting on a single stage."

So why won't they allow the capacity to grow? Hearn wrote, " the Chinese internet is so broken by their government’s firewall that moving data across the border barely works at all, with speeds routinely worse than what mobile phones provide. Imagine an entire country connected to the rest of the world by cheap hotel wifi, and you’ve got the picture. Right now, the Chinese miners are able to — just about — maintain their connection to the global internet and claim the 25 BTC reward ($11,000) that each block they create gives them. But if the Bitcoin network got more popular, they fear taking part would get too difficult and they’d lose their income stream. This gives them a perverse financial incentive to actually try and stop Bitcoin becoming popular."

As Hamlet Au would comment in New World Notes, "Ironically enough ... a currency that is so appealing to libertarians" was being strangled "because of well, the Chinese Communist Party. ... A virtual currency which promised to free us from government oversight and oppression is being successfully strangled in its crib by one of the world's most oppressive regimes. Without hardly even trying."

Despite this blow, Bitcoin remains popular. And it's unlikely it will collapse anytime soon. But as Chris Baraniuk writing for the BBC put it, "it certainly look(s) as though fundamental questions over how Bitcoin works are now coming to a head."

Sources: Mike Hearn, BBC, New World Notes.

Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: Virtual Ability - Being There For Each Other


A group created by three people, this group now has over 1,000 members. It is a group dedicated for people with multiple disabilities. They sought out clear communication and place that have no barriers. Virtual Ability provides all that and more.

Strangers meeting at the Virtual Ability place would become friends, and go remarkable ways. Hiking. Fishing. Campfire Hour. Show and Tell. You name it. There are many opportunities for people right here at Virtual Ability and I can't possibly find a way to describe the wonder ways of the group itself. I met Gentle Heron about five months ago and the first impression was, “Wow, Gentle Heron really know what is going on.” I would become a member of Virtual Ability and I can tell you that they go out of their ways in helping people with multiple disabilities. I myself am deaf and almost blind. It is true that I can see enough to see what's going on on Second Life. But I can see more than just that. I can see good friends. I can see clear communication between the group members. I can even see the understanding to a degree. It's definitely a wonder. I cannot think of anything bad to say about Virtual Ability because all I can think of is the good things.

They are not counselors. They are good friends. To some, they are best friends. Being there for people with disabilities, that's what it is all about. If you want to know more about the Virtual Ability, here is the link: http://www.virtualability.org/.

Deaflegacy Darkbloom

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the "Cyber Carnaval de Nice," Gentle Heron of Virtual Ability was around this event with offbeat avatars as a vulture. Not something an animated skeleton would feel comfortable around.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, January 30, 2016