Saturday, August 1, 2015

Roma's Neptunalia Festival

Last weekend in the Roma area, residents held their Neptunalia Festival. Covering six events over Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26, there was much fun to be had. Besides the feasts and chariot races the Roman community is know for, this being the festival in honor of the god associated with the ocean, there were also a couple water events.

Read more in Events.

SL Video: "Giant Snail Race July 18 2015 Relay For Life "

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Published July 27 by Relay for Life of Second Life, "This was the special giant snail race run at the Relay for Life of Second Life weekend 2015."

Friday, July 31, 2015

Commentary: Windows 10's Dark Secret

Microsoft is releasing their latest version of Windows: Windows 10. In development for over two years, Microsoft calls it, "the best Windows ever." And the company is giving it out for free. So what's the catch? It seems the Operating System collects quite a bit of your data that gets sent to Microsoft. Nydia Tungsten had a few things to say about it.

Read more in Extra.

Angels Calendar Auction Ends Today

If you want a chance to be in a picture with a calendar girl, you better hurry up. Tonight Nydia Tungsten's Calendar Auction comes to a close and  the last bids made final.

The time is counting down for your chance to be in this years Angels calendar, final bids starting so check back often for your chance to pose with your favorite model.

Every year, the Calendar events take place to help raise money for the Angel Estates sims to keep rents down. This year's calendar auction has 18 models of which the 13 with the highest bids will appear in the calendar with the bidders in the calendar. Also up for bid is a spot in a video of Nydia's with the 13 girls. So far, most of the models have bids of at least 1000 Lindens, with two at over 5,000.

The auction bids are made at the Happy Vixen club and hangout.

Press Release: RFL ABBA Tribute Concert

Brightest Day Productions & Willow Springs Auction House proudly present . . .


In concert, Saturday, August  1, at 4 p.m. SLT, at the Star Dream Annex!
Serena Baia (69, 129, 22)

Come hear Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn, and Anni-Frid--ABBA--perform their greatest hits . . . "Dancing Queen," "Mama Mia," "SOS," "Honey, Honey," "Fernando," "Waterloo," and more! Experience the top vocal group of the '70s in a special thank you party for RFL! It's ABBA as you've never seen them before!

A Brightest Day Productions tribute event!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Classic Rock Club "The Vinyl" Goes on Hiatus

The Sunweaver Estates is known for it's clubs. But one of them has gone inactive, at least for now. This week, it was announced that the Vinyl Museum would be indefinitely closed to regular events.

Until further notice from Perri, Vinyl is semi-closed. The club is still open for use there just won't be any events until Perri comes online and is able to stay online to handle issues. We can't run with no Managers and DJs. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope this won't make you give up on us.

Opening in May 2009 as Club Xanadu, a classic club with the design based on the Pan Pacific Auditorium which in the movie "Xanadu" was turned into a club. with Perri Prinz and RECoyote Mindes as co-owners and Perri the regular DJ. Perri had a reputation for being a good DJ, with one of the best selections of 60s and 70s classic rock. Even though the club was later renamed "Green Meadows," and then "The Vinyl Museum," people have continued to call it "Perri's Xanadu," and more recently just "The Vinyl."

The club has temporarily closed a few times in the past, last reopening in December 2013. Taking the Tuesday and Thursday time slots that were done by Club Zero Gravity before it closed, the club has continued to do well until recently, being among those taking part in Second Life Newser's anniversary parties. But Perri has had to take an indefinite break from Second Life to help out family in real life. That led to the decision to put regular events on hold until the Sunweaver's popular bunnygirl DJ can return.

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: Grand Opening of Windlight Magazine’s Art Gallery

DATE: August 1, 2015


Windlight Magazine, Second Life’s newest magazine about the arts, will open it’s brand new Windlight Art Gallery with a group exhibition on August 1, 2015. The opening reception will be on August 8, 2015 at 1pm slt and feature live performer Anek Fuchs. A closing reception will be held on August 23, 2015 at 3pm slt and will also feature live performer Anek Fuchs.

The exhibition will feature August 2015 Windlight Art Gallery Fellows Artemis Greece Resident, Richie Narstrom, Seb Arkright, Bones Delicioso, Ozymandi Resident, Ilrya Chardin, Sandi Benelli, Myra Wildmist, SereneDean Resident, Roffellos Resident, Bluesrocker Resident, ChrysteRox Resident, and Wicca Merlin. Many of the works are original pieces by each artist in a variety of scenery and art mediums.

About the Windlight Artist Fellowship Program:
The Artist Fellowship program will provide free gallery space to both new and established artists for a period of 30 days. This program is open to both new and established artists in Second Life. The goal of the program is to provide promotional and artistic resources to artists in Second Life.

About Windlight Magazine:
Windlight Magazine is a publication about the art and photography world of Second Life. The goal of Windlight Magazine is to support artists, photographers, galleries, and related events. John nee Johannes1977 Resident is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor in Chief of Windlight Magazine and Gallery. The magazine is published on a monthly basis.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"Kiss" Tribute Concert at Primal Passions for Post-Walk Relay Event

Although the Relay Walk is over, there are still some Relay for Life events taking place. One was the Kiss tribute concert at Castle Primal Passions in the Sunweaver Estates. Taking place Sunday July 26, it was held in front of a packed crowd, whom cheered on the hard rock musicians.

Read more in Events.

Cartoon of the Day

From the Relay for Life Weekend Opening

By Bixyl Shuftan

Podex Exchange Closes Operations in Second Life

With their deadline for currency exchangers to close due to orders by Linden Lab just a few days away, I went to check on the Podex Exchange to see if any information was posted there. I found their ATM disabled and with a message in Polish over it. It took a translation program to figure out what it meant, "Sale of Linden dollars is temporary suspended - for more information, visit Podex ."

Checking their English language page at, I noticed that among the icons for the virtual worlds they cover, the Second Life symbol was no longer among them. There was no new information on their English Language blog. On the Polish page's blog however, there was. I again used a translation program for it.

As a result, the company Linden Lab's decision that restricts the sale of Linden dollars through intermediaries are forced to temporarily suspend the service. Please do not make payment, and do not send SMS.

Although Podex owner Jacek Shuftan used the word "suspend," what it means is the place has de fatco closed to further business. After being in business for several years in Second Life, the Podex Exchange in Second Life has shut down.

For Second Life's resident's, it means a currency exchanger with a good reputation and record of service is now closed, making it more difficult for those having difficulties with Lindex, the official Linden Lab Linden dollar currency exchanger, to get Linden dollars. For the Second Life Newser, it means it's longest running sponsor whom has been listed as one for most of it's history starting in November 2010, is now gone.

The Newser thanks Jacek Shuftan for all those years of support.

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Two New LEA Exhibitions

After her time at the Relay, Gemma Cleanslate is back looking at art exhibitions. Hearing about two new ones at the Linden Endowment of the Arts regions, she went over and checked them out. One was designed bu Circa Ghost, the other by Livio Korobase. So what did Gemma think?

Read more in Design.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Busy Weekend

With the Relay Walk over, some might expect that this weekend would have nothing going on. That was not the case. There continued to be Relay events after the walk. Team Strange Journey held a party at the Shadowmoon roleplay area. Castle Primal Passions held a music concert featuring a "Kiss" Tribute band with over 5,000 Lindens raised going to Team Sunbeamer. The Roma sims held a weekend festival with the Roman god Neptune as the theme, with a few water-related events.

There's always something going on, somewhere, in Second Life.

Commentary: Linden Lab Continues to Shoot Itself in the Foot

By Bixyl Shuftan

With the Relay for Life now over, time to focus more on other issues, such as Linden Labs and its recent blunders.

When Ebbe Altberg took over as CEO of Linden Lab, at the time a number of residents were having serious doubts as to its commitment to the residents of Second Life, the content creator rights controversy being the big issue at the time. When the new leader of the Lab spoke more on the issue in five minutes than the company had in five months, many residents became hopeful things were changing for the better. When the controversial section of the new terms of service that had created the mess was rewritten, more felt certain better times had arrived. A few longtimers held their enthusiasm in check though, commenting they'd seen hopeful signs followed by disappointment before, saying chances were, this was just a honeymoon period for the new CEO.

It would seem the honeymoon has ended.

A few months ago in April, residents were surpised to hear about the closing of the SS Galaxy, the three sim ocean liner which had been around for over eight years, the largest build on the grid. It came as an even greater shock as to what led to the closing: a severe griefing assault followed by Linden Lab telling the ship's managers they would get only one sim rollback to repair damage, and then no more. All that money spent by a longtime customer, and when they asked for customer service were essentially told to stuff it. No surprise the owners decided they could no longer promise the experience they offered to Second Life's cruise liner fans before, and announced they were closing.

Sadly, the closing of the SS Galaxy would not be the only Linden blunder in recent weeks. In June, Linden Lab announced they would be calling off the deal they made with third party currency exchangers two years before, telling them after July to leave Second Life. They stated they had improved their Lindex and solved the problems people complained about the previous time they tried closing down the exchangers two years earlier. However, Second Life residents, notably those outside the United States, have complained about problems with Lindex, saying their ability to buy Linden dollars will be compromised, if not outright shut down, once the third party exchangers are. Despite two petitions totaling over 1200 signatures, Linden Lab shows no sign of backing down from it's course, leaving those dependent on third party exchangers with an uncertain future in Second Life.

This month, Linden Lab almost had a public relations disaster when the noted Grendel's Children store was almost taken down along with it's sims because of it's co-owner Flea Bussy, the one who paid for the virtual land, being locked out due to a technicality. Flea and his partner Toady Nakamura are topnotch builders whom recently got attention with Toady's exhibit at the Second Life birthday. Bussy so impressed Philip Linden, he was quoted as saying, "As goes Grendles, so goes the Grid. Imagine what it would have looked like if the store once seen as symbolic of Second Life had been shut down due to a technicality?

Incidents like this are nothing new. One friend told me she once lived on a Fantasy roleplay community of which the sims suddenly went offline, and when they didn't go backup, the owners suspended payment. After two months, Linden Lab told the sim owners they were ready to bring them back online, but demanded the teir for the two months the sims had been offline. They refused, and the sims were reopened just long enough for the community members to gather their items before the land went down for good. Granted this didn't happen recently, the sims in question going down a few years ago, but it was a reminder of Linden Lab's "customer no service," to borrow an expression from financial commentator Clark Howard.

Linden Lab, what is going on?

Despite some raised eyebrows of your announcement of SL 2.0, or Project Sansar as you insist on calling it, your reputation had recovered from the messes you'd gotten into earlier. And now with two high profile failures plus a strategic move that will make it more difficult for residents outisde the US to purchase Linden dollars, once again you're looking like the uncaring, incompetant beast criticss accused you of being. Such incidents do not make you look well when people think about whether or not to buy a sim or renew one, or purchase Linden dollars to help their Second Life experience.

You've worked on bells and whistles to improve how things look around here, to try to get things to rezz more smoothly, to get the items closer to someone to rezz first to him. her. This of course is great, but how good is it if residents can't be sure the Lab will help if something goes wrong?

There's more to this then just Second Life, but your planned sequel to it, Project Sansar. You say you're going to make it "so good, people will want to leave Second Life for it." But if they see you as goofing up with Second Life, why will they trust you with it's sequel?

I've stated it before in previous commentaries. For businesses, trust is a valuable commodity. Trust that you will honor your commitments. Trust that you have the competence to run your business and manage your product well. It cannout be gained quickly or bought, only earned over time.

And right now, the trust you're regained over the course of a year is being lost.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, July 26, 2015