Friday, November 15, 2019

CDS Election Update


On Saturday November 2, the election campaign of the Confederation of Democratic Simulators, or CDS, officially began. The largest event would be an election rally at Cathy Sabre's venue at Alpine Meadow a week later on Saturday November 9. There was a little dancing with music provided by Maggi696 Resident. Afterwards was a discussion. Asking Rosie Grey if there ware any issues, she answered, "Nothing in particular has come up so far. ... perhaps people are a bit exhausted by real-life politics at the moment." Cathy herself thought, "There is always the discussion of how to attract more avatars to CDS. Everything else is mostly administration."

Of the sole candidate for the Chancellorship, Emilia Dagostino (emilia Avindar), Rosie thought, "I'm sure she will do fine (smile). She loves the CDS, and that's the biggest thing." Cathy thought, "She is extremely intelligent, so will probably get the dance without much problem." A third felt, "She seems to have old knowledge about the CDS too."

Due to some technical issues, the opening of the polls was delayed. On Thursday evening, Nov 14, one of the Representative Assembly candidates, Lyubov (20180414 Resident) invited people over for a candidate chat. A few people showed up, and it was a small, friendly discussion. People were looking forward to the Inagural Ball on December 7, though didn't mention any burning issues.

So it appears This month's election at the CDS is a low key affair with the voters and candidates in a laid-back mood. It has been hoped that despite the lack of burning issues, there will be a high turnout at the polls anyway, as a healthy democracy depends on a high turnout. Time will tell.

Bixyl Shuftan

Team Sunbeamers Pre-Season 2020 Fundraising Hits 100,000 Lindens



To help get Relay for Life team Sunbeamers to a flying start next season, team captain Rita Mariner has encouraged people at Club Cutlass to donate a few Lindens in a tip jar marked for the purpose. A few days ago, it hit the 100,000 Linden dollar mark.

In 2019, a total of 100,000 Lindens raised would put the team firmly in Silver rank fundraising. What will it be in 2020? We'll soon see.

Bixyl Shuftan

RFL Announcement: Ho! Ho! Ho! We Need You


Hi everyone!!

We are looking for jolly, round, happy, cookie eating, holiday loving Santas...   Yes, it's the time of year for Santa. If you want to be Santa at Christmas Expo, give me a notice. I'd love to know what days you are available..etc..

HUGS.. and we are a very diverse Santa, so all creatures and beings are welcome!!  

Hugs,
Prettykitty Gumbo

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Cameo on Bay City Locationon Destination Guide



From the Bay City History Pavilion page on the Destination Guide. Looks like a certain fox reporter wasn't the only one taking pictures that day, and ended up getting a cameo.

RFL Press Release: 2019 SL Christmas Expo




Believe in The Magic of Christmas is the theme of the 9th Annual 
SL Christmas Expo, to be held Dec, 5th - 15th, benefiting the 
American Cancer Society and Childhood Cancer research and 
support. Every L$ raised will be dedicated to the Society's Virtual 
Reality Headset program for kids in treatment for pediatric cancers.
The biggest and most popular Holiday Shopping and Entertainment 
event since 2011 this year will be even bigger and is proud to 
welcome its partner in fighting cancer Linden Lab!


Some 2019 Expo Highlights

ELEVEN REGIONS

MORE THAN 160 MERCHANTS - FASHION, HOME AND GARDEN, 
BREEDABLES AND MORE!

4th EDITION LINDEN HOME REVEAL; 
12 LINDEN LIGHTS OF HOPE DECORATING CONTEST ENTRIES
AND THE 1ST EVER EBBE LINDEN BEAR - AVAILABLE ONLY AT 
THE EXPO

NEARLY 100 HOURS OF LIVE PERFORMERS, DJ SHOWS AND 
OTHER ENTERTAINMENT

A KIDS FASHION RUNWAY SHOW AND MORE THAN  20 KIDS 
SHOPS

AND THERE'S RAFFLES:
WIN A  L$160,000 HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPREE! 
PLUS 
THE GIFT OF HOPE MEGA RAFFLES WITH MORE THAN 
L$150,000 OF GIFT CARDS!

TREE LOTS, SNOWMAN CONTESTS, ICE SKATING
AUCTIONS - GOTYAS - STOCKING STUFFER HUNT

*****  WHY VR HEADSETS? ******

The American Cancer Society and Children’s Hospital of 
Atlanta (CHOA) have partnered to provide virtual reality 
(VR) headsets for pediatric cancer patients to use while 
undergoing various cancer treatments within the hospital. 

Studies have shown:

        o    VR Distraction helps to reduce pain during 
procedures
        o    VR improved patients’ emotional well-being
        o    A reduction in patients’ distress in terms of cancer-
related psychological symptoms.
        o    A significant decrease in anxiety, distress, and f
atigue immediately after 
              chemotherapy sessions with VR
              
******
The SL Christmas Expo is in support of the American Cancer 
Society and its Childhood Cancer 
programs.  For More Information visit http://slchristmasexpo.com 
or the ACS Campus in Second Life

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: Lawyer Summoning



Taken at Club Cutlass. What happened was one of the staff activated a gesture by accident, which looked like demon summoning. But in our day and age, people are more nervous of having to deal with other things, such as politicians and lawyers.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Ville de Coeur


After a short break following her exploring some spooky places for Halloween, Gemma Cleanslate is back and looking around second Life for noteworthy locations. A friend recently told her about one she hadn't been to in a while: Ville de Coeur. Owned by Bedrich Panacek-Guisse (Bedrich Panacek) and Ayla Panacek-Guisse (Ayla Guisse), Gemma found their place to be "a rich area with six regions of venues and activities." There's shopping, games, beaches, and picturesque scenery to explore. As this was the time of Veterans Day/Armistice Day, the place had also placed a monument to the fallen.

Read Gemma's story in Places.

Berlin Wall Display in Second Life (2008)


It was thirty years ago this month that the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the Cold War and the failure of Communism, was opened and began to be taken down. For years, the city of Berlin was divided, the state of East Germany keeping it's subjects behind a barrier of concrete, barbed wire, minefields, and guards with orders to kill anyone trying to flee. Hundreds died trying to cross it before it the guards began letting people through and over in in November 1989. For Baby Boomers and Generation Xers old enough to know, the fall of the wall was history in the making, a revolution without a shot being fired. But for younger generations, many know little to nothing about it. In November 2008, a Christo Larsen built a Berlin Wall exhibition in Second Life, detailing the history around The Wall. The article was originally published in Second Life Newspaper that month.

Read the republished article in Places.

Press Release: The Dickens Project Returns to Second Life, December 1



Second Life – The Dickens Project has become a winter holiday tradition for a growing number of Second Life residents since it began as a special seasonal presentation by Seanchai Library in 2008.  It transformed into an interactive environment in 2012, then to a full region experience for 2017 and 2018. Seanchai Library is proud to announce that they will be opening the doors of The Dickens Project 2019 Edition beginning December 1.

The Dickens Project celebrates the work of English author Charles Dickens (1812-1870) featuring his seminal work "A Christmas Carol." This year's edition presents a full month of exploration, storytelling, music, dance, roleplay opportunities, and the return of the "Urchins in Dickens’ London" experience.

"The Dickens Project is not one single thing," said Caledonia Skytower of Seanchai Library. "It began as purely a story event, but has evolved to be much more. Our goal is to bring residents together around this important literary work and its themes. Whether their interest is historical, educational, artistic, social, recreational, active, reflective - we work to provide opportunities to engage that are fun and meaningful."  It is the scope of the project and the breadth of its reach into the Second Life community that recommended it to Patch Linden and Linden Labs, the region sponsor of the 2019 Edition.

In a nutshell, The Dickens Project includes:
    ~ A full region themed around Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and the world of the story.
    ~ Over 40 hours of live music, spoken word, dance events and performances.
    ~ Self-selectable interactive elements, including the "Urchins in Dickens’ London" roleplay/game/experience, and opportunities for both RP and Non-RP guests.
    ~ Dozens of performers, presenters, and special guests including Patch Linden himself.
    ~ Educational and interpretive content to encourage questions like "What was Tiny Tim suffering from anyway?"

More information on performances, events, schedules, and features will be released later in November through the Seanchai Library website, and to interested media. There will be special Press/Blogger Previews on November 29th and 30th for the virtual media to get a closer look at The Project before  it officially opens.

About the Seanchai Library
Seanchai Library (pronounced Shawn-a-kee, which means "Storyteller" in Irish Gaelic.) was founded in March of 2008 in Second Life. The program remains dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations: "We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life and other virtual worlds."  http://irelandslstory.blogspot.com/

Contact Caledonia Skytower for any questions.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay Clubs and Furry Fashion Lounge


Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver, the Montecito Bay clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge

Cutlass: Veterans Day, Let it Glow, Hippies

The Happy Vixen: Cats and Feathers, All Meshed Up, TBA, Pirates, Tinies and Ferals, Fire and Ice, Odds and Mods, Bunnies and Feathers, Monochrome, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Montecito Bay: TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: CAYA, Magic, 80s, Pajama Party, Rainbow, Rave, Under the Sea, Late Night, Pirates

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.  

Reader Submitted: Warcraft Elvis Souvenier




 Jasmine Dawn was going about Hyjal Summit when a demon she clobbered dropped a couple items, including a pair of Blue Suede Shoes. Maybe the demon was an Elvis fan, though no telling where he got them.

As a Worgen, the shoes look better in her human form (above) than her were (left).




Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans Day



Have an honored Veterans Day from the Second Life Newser

Taken at Veterans Isle's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Reader Submission: Flyover Above Tomb of The Unknowns



From  ŜolƌîéƦ ŴaʋǝƦȉƌǝƦ (Soldier Waverider), a picture of a helicopter flyover in a ceremony at Patriot Island on Friday November 12, 2010.

Press Release: Homes For Our Troops October Donations


On this weekend that we honor our veterans, I am happy to report our efforts for Homes for Our Troops collected $540 during the month of October.  This now brings our donations in 2019 to $11800.  Two more months to pass our 2018 total of $13000 …..we can do this!  Call all your friends and let’s make 2019 the year to beat in helping our extremely wounded veterans.

As always these kind of results can only be experienced due to the hard work of some special folks in Second Life.  First accolades go to our performers:

Gary Johnstone
Waya Snowpaw DJ
Thunder Lovencraft
DudecanSing
Sultry Sonata

And then there are the folks who continue to organize special events and work hard for this effort:

EastbayRay and the Legion of Vets MC
Faydrah Faerye and all the folks with Wildones MC
RGHangnLo and all the folks at RG’s hangout
JacksonTrig Resident and the Jacksonville Concert Series
KyleWForrester Resident at Crystal Cove

And thank you to those regular supporters who consistently support this effort every month:

All the folks at Club Mojo
Cayleen Linette and everyone at Cay's at Woodland Lake
Joi Shepherd and all the folks at Runaround Sues
Dirk Danger and the All Breedable Market
Bixyl Shuftan and all the folks at Purrfection estates
Fire Bonfire and everyone at Boots and Lace Country Rock Club
Grizzly Nightfire and all the folks at  Eternal Knights MC
Snuppelure Resident at Xanadu Isle
BellamyLeggett Resident at La Bella Bonaire

Then  Bri Mcmahon, Gjackie Winkler and Dahlea Milena always work hard every month at Veterans Isle for our monthly benefit there.  As always outstanding!

Let’s make 2019 the year to beat folks!

Frets Nirvana

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: Crashy Firefox



Taken at the Happy Vixen Haunted Carnival. The Spirit Fennec avatars have a number of animations, including one that makes it jumped into a hole. Or maybe, it crashed.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Veterans Day Celebration and Ceremony



Info:  Join us as we pay homage to our heros. Veterans day in the U.S.A.  The brave men and women who proudly fought for us to enjoy our freedom.

Sunday , November 10th , 2019 at 1:OOpm SLT there will be a special tribute celebration with plenty of entertainment.
Along with a special ceremony in dedication to our supporters.

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shamone/24/84/1509

Feel free to dress accordingly.
Guests are encouraged to arrive early.
Those wearing excessive scripts may be asked to lower script count.

We look forward to seeing you. . . . 

For more information contact  Sharon (Sharon.Twist)

*AdditionA friend of mine went to the event, and told me the actual ceremony wasn't as advertised. To anyone else who went and was disappointed, my apologies.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

SL Video: "Anime in Jazz at Sci Fi Convention 2019 in Second Life"




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From WizardOz Chrome in August 27, "Machinima by Wizardoz Chrome from event: "ANIME in JAZZ at SCI Fi Convention 2019 in Second Life" An evening with Jazz and Soul music from openings, endings and soundtracks of Japanese anime, hosted by Rubin Mayo. "This is one of the events of the great SCI-FI Convention that took place in Second Life from 17 to 26 May 2019 " (from a post of Rubin Mayo on FB) ***The avatar "Gundam" worn by Rubin Mayo was created by Shingo Lunasea *** Soundtrack: Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt OST - 04 Gundam Thunderbolt OST 09 I`m Your Baby ( Music Remix by Wizardoz Chrome) ***Machinima, live from Event, edit by Wizardoz Chrome (aka Alba Rocca on FB)"

Holding Down The Office


Readers may have noticed that for over a week, there hasn't been any articles from the rest of the staff. This isn't because they haven't found anything, but that real-life has been butting in to the point they've had to put down their pens, at least for the moment.

So for now, yours truly has been keeping things running on his own. But only temporary. One reporter has already contacted me about an article in progress. And everyone else should be back on track soon.

Bixyl Shuftan