Friday, October 15, 2021

Burn2 Continues

 

Burn2, the biggest and longest running annual art and music festival in Second Life, is taking place. This Saturday and Sunday are the high points, the Burning of the Man and the Temple Burn. But there's much more to the Burn than that. Gemma Cleanslate has been going around the various exhibits and events. And there was plenty to see.

Read Gemma's article in Events.
 

Bellisseria's "Great Trick or Treat Event"

 

Earlier this week, Patch Linden announced, on a thread in the Linden blog, a Halloween event on the Linden Home continent of Bellisseria, "The Great Trick or Treat Event." 

Prepare to celebrate Halloween Belli style! Collect candy across Bellisseria this Halloween season with a chance to win prizes! This is an interactive event where residents living in Bellisseria can host Candy Buckets on their parcels and anyone (even residents not living in Bellisseira) can go all around Bellisseria Trick or Treating to collect candy. 


As the event takes place on Bellisseria, only residents who own land there can place a candy bucket. But anyone can get a HUD and collect candy. There's also prizes available in the form of bears. Those whom collect at least one piece of candy get a Skelly Bear (skeleton).

Only residents who own parcels in Bellisseria can host a candy bucket, but all residents can get a game HUD and go Trick or Treating.

Everyone who participates in Trick or Treating and collects at least one candy will receive a Halloween Skelly Bear (skeleton bear is decor only). The top 100 trick or treaters get the Evil Bear (devil) as well. The top 35 players get those two plus the Magic Bear (magcian), which is wearable animesh and "waves a wand with particle effects, sounds." And finally the top ten also get the top prize, the Deady Bear (zombie), an "Animesh Pet/Follower with custom animations, sounds and effects."


To help explain the event, this video of Magellan Linden and Punkey was shown with Magellan going around still incognito.

The event doesn't start until Monday October 18. But residents of Bellisseria can go ahead and get a candy giver and place it on their land. It and the HUD can be found at the following locations.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Millbank/205/38/23
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Campwich%20Forest/118/101/24
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Randelsham%20Forest/150/112/70
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Muehlenbach/158/120/37 

 Good gaming to you.

Hat Tip: Daniel Voyager

Bixyl Shuftan
 

Press Release: "Scare Me Silly" by Team Diabetes

 


DATES:
OCTOBER 15 TO 22, 2021

WEBSITE: https://teamdiabetessl.org/scare-me-silly-2021/

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/148/144/25

The 6th Annual Scare Me Silly Event, will take place October 15 to 22, 2021.. This event is the first fundraising event for the 2021-2022 official Team Diabetes fundraising season! Scare Me Silly will feature shopping, a special hunt, art, raffles, giveaways, live music, tricks and treats!

Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorized team of The American Diabetes Association. The mission of Team Diabetes of Second Life is to raise awareness, tolerance, and funds for diabetes in the virtual world of Second Life. According to the World Health Organization (2016): 422 million adults in the world have diabetes and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year.

Participating Artists: 4pril resident, Aquaris27 Resident, Bagnu, cutewillow.carlberg, DamnedFool Bonde, Elise Sirnah, Eucalyptus Carroll, Fluer Heartsdale, iidreamrii resident, Jamee Sandalwood, Karma Weymann, maggiemagenta, Matt Thomson, Moora McMillan, Pieni (Resident), Sasheba Looming, ShawnDeLyons Resident, Sophiependragon, SummerSuperb, ViktorSavior, & Vita Theas

About The American Diabetes Association:

The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes by funding research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association delivers services to hundreds of communities and provides objective and credible information and resources about diabetes.

Free resources are available in English and Spanish at http://www.diabetes.org and 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2382).

For More Information:

Team Diabetes Official Website:
www.teamdiabetessl.org

Scare Me Silly 2021 Website:
https://teamdiabetessl.org/scare-me-silly-2021/

Official Team Diabetes Authorization and Fundraising Page for the American Diabetes Association:
https://donations.diabetes.org/site/TR?px=11304578&pg=personal&fr_id=13323

 

Announcement: This Saturday at The Science Circle - "Alien Exosociology,"

 

"Alien Exosociology: Our Transgalactic Commonalities"

Saturday October 16,

10 AM to 11 AM SL time

Recent military reports of unexplained objects flying in our skies have sparked renewed interest in alien visitors. Some scientists predict that we will have made contact with advanced civilizations on other worlds within 25 years. What might they be like, and — more importantly – how might they act? Steven Van Hook, a researcher in transcultural relations, will consider what universal social traits we could share in common with our galactic alien neighbors.

Auditorium

For more information, Click Here.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/125/132/22 

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"Online Anonymity; How Important Is It To You?"

Saturday October 16

9 PM to 10 PM SL time 

“There is no guarantee that an anonymity-free Internet would be a kinder, gentler Internet.” –Author: Whitney Phillips

“The Internet, my fickle friend, my two-faced enemy, what would life be like without you? Where else can I be anonymously anyone and yet, have no anonymity at all?” -Author: Susan Schussler

Fireside

For more information: Click Here

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

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Anita Kimono/Kayly Iali Departing The Newser, For Now

 

Newser Reporter Anita Kimono, whom did her first stories under her alt Kayly Iali, has stepped down as part of the Newser team. An artist in real life, for about a year she has interviewed numerous artists and exhibit curators in Second Life. Recently, she obtained a job in real life that was a result of her art-related activities inworld. So she no longer has the time she once has to go about inworld, or write about it. She stated before she left that she appreciated that the Newser writes time to time about the arts in the virtual world, and that she had some time to contribute to the writing.

We at the Newser wish her the best of luck.
 

The 2021 SciFi Expo Quest


The 2021 Sci-Fi Expo is taking place. There are a number of things to see and do. Among the activities is a quest. Called "The Quest For Crystals" on one page in the Sci-Fi Expo blog, one can pick up the HUD at several places around the Expo sims. This includes New Eden (129/125/18) and Aperture (107/191/25).

There are two options when getting the Quest HUD. With the Basic version, you just get the HUD for 250L. But there's also a Deluxe version for 500L in which you get both the HUD and an outfit for the quest. When you buy the item, you add it to your avatar, and then click the bar that appears on the bottom of your viewer. You then get the Quest HUD, a "Holo Haley" wrist-mounted holographic assistant, and three sets of outfits: men, women, and dinkie. When you unpack an outfit box, you get several choices of mesh clothing. The outfit itself is pink, and comes with a small floating robot.

I should note that when I had on an avatar that was judged to be too high of a complexity by the local sim scanners, I wasn't able to get the HUD working. But with an older avatar, it worked. The HUD has a few buttons. Clicking the Objectives button for instance will remind you of what your immediate objective for the next part of the quest is. The Hint Button will provide you with a clue on what or where the next part of the quest is. There's also a bar that shows you how close you are to the next objective. If your target is far away, there's only a small red signal. If the bar is completely filled, your objective is within ten meters. 

The plot of the quest involves Earth trying to broker a peace between the various factions of the colony world of New Eden. But the global communication network is down, and one of the research assistants from Earth has gone missing with a data crystal with information the delegation needs to get things going. You're sent to look for her. But of course she isn't where you first go, just a clue to where she is. So what happens? Play the quest and find out. 

The quest lasts until the end of the Expo, which closes after Sunday October 17.
 
Bixyl Shuftan
 

Haunted Train On The Sunweaver Railroad

 


Things at the Sunweaver Railroad are getting a little spooky. Instead of the usual golden-yellow train, a different locomotive has been seen steaming down the tracks. This one is coal-black, is numbered "666," and is marked "Skeleton RR."  And the engineer was looking a little on the bony side. 

Guess one could call him the "skeleton crew."

Presumably, once November 1 rolls around, this spooky train will chug back to whatever Halloweenish place it came from.

Bixyl Shuftan
 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

More Halloween Places in Second Life

 

October is here, and it's time for Halloween season. This means plenty of spooky and scary places across Second Life. Gemma Cleanslate has been on the lookout for them. In her second article, she writes about a few more spooktacular places to visit. That is, if you dare. It seems some are just, dying, to stay for good.

Read Gemma's article in Places.
 

Cartoon of the Day: SS Minnow Dance

 


Taken at the Bouncing Bunny Beach Club. Not sure why Gil Otaared was waving around the life preserver with "SS Minnow" on it. But one can imagine.

By Bixyl Shuftan

 

Do You Have A Story?

 


We at Second Life Newser work hard at bringing you the news of the people, places, and events across Second Life. This past year, we've posted hundreds of articles, announcements, press releases, briefs, and our popular screenshot cartoons. But sorry to say we can't be everywhere, and we don't always have time to write about every single place we come across.

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.

Mail submissions to bixylshuftan(at)gmail.com.

PLEASE include your SL user name and tell us if you wish it to appear with your story.

SL-Newser reserves the right to post in the appropriate section and to investigate any names used in submitted stories (please ask permission before using anyone's name or picture (if taken in a private area) or use an alias for them).*
 

Tuesday, October 12, 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 'M', TBA, TBA

Happy Vixen: Fairy Tales, Red and Black, Witches and Warlocks, Odds and Mods, Madkatt Mashup, Day of the Dead, Mice and Canines, Spots Stripes and Other Markings

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Nearly Naked

Xanadu: DJ Christine, DJ Jesse

Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Fursonas, Scales VS Fur, Horror, Insects, Sexy, Late Night, Good vs Evil, TBA

Deathlands Fallout Shelter:  DJ Wolfy, DJ Nafrini

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.
 

Announcement: No 2021 Dickens Project

 

We regret to announce that, after careful consideration, we have decided to give Charlie a year off. A variety of First Life imperatives and other factors brought us to the realization that we could not provide our community with the Project that they have come to expect, for 2021.  

This is not a long-term decision. We fully intend to come back refreshed and ready for guests and friends in 2022. In the meantime, Seanchai Library will be offering a wide range of story experiences for the season beyond the works of Mr Dickens, including a special Sunday series from classic holiday radio shows, and the annual Big Read of "A Christmas Carol" on Sunday, December 19th (just as if there had been regions filled with Dickensian doings).

Thank you for your support & enthusiasm!

~ Slainte'
 

Monday, October 11, 2021

A Visit to the Viridian Gallery


Recently Anita Kimono went over to the Viridian Gallery. Created by Julian Crooks, the exhibit there, “The Butterfly Eyeffect: Touch of Light at the Edge of the World" is by Eyeclectic (John Stone in real life). It features feature real-life photos of nature alongside some picturesque Second Life builds. Anita took a look around, and even ran into the photographer.
 
Read more in Design.
 

A Bad Week For Facebook and Twitch, Windows 11 Launched


It was not the best week for Facebook last week.  On Tuesday October 5, Frances Haugen, a former Facebook manager turned whistleblower, testified before Congress. She stated the company knew it's app Instagram could be hazardous to the mental health of teenage girls, and knew it was not doing enough to combat disinformation on it's social media website that contributed to the worsening political divide in the United States and led to the January 6 riot. While it could have taken measures to protect girls on Instagram and done more about misinformation on Facebook, it had not done so as the company didn't want to cut into it's profits, putting money over the safety of it's customers. Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg would respond with a statement denying her accusations.

But then came more bad news in the form of a six hour outage of both Facebook and Instagram. While for most it was an annoyance, some small businesses have come to rely on Facebook for communication with their customers. Also affected were sets of Oculus VR headgear. The company would eventually offer an apology.  It's estimated that the company lost billions from this outage. Then on Friday, the company suffered another outage and once again Facebook and Instagram were down once more, another blow to it's reputation.

Facebook wasn't the only social media platform to face big trouble. On Wed Oct 6, there was a massive data leak targeting Twitch. Over 100 gigabytes of data was posted online on Wednesday October 6. This includes operational details that the company "fiercely guards," such as how many millions the top streamers made in revenue from broadcasting. "Aside from the salary details, the documents seems to contain the site's source code and even technical details for yet to be released products and platforms," Joe Tidy in an article on BBC News would say, adding if everything was confirmed it would be, "the biggest leak I have ever seen - an entire company's most valuable data cleaned out in one fell swoop." ThreatModeler founder and CEO Archie Agarwal would say of the data breach,"This is as bad as it could possibly be."

While there didn't seem to be any passwords included in the leaked data, it was listed as "part one," hinting there was more to come. Still, it is reccomended that Twitch users change their passwords anyway.

Tuesday October 5 was the release date of Windows 11. Six years ago, Microsoft was saying there would be only new installments of Windows 10. That has changed, and the company has launched a new version that promises to be "clean and fresh and simpler." If you're reluctant to change over to the new system, you'll have plenty of company. The list of machines the company says this version of Windows needs has been described as "ridiculously strict." In a review on PC Gamer, the writers thought Windows 11 had a few nice improvements, but nothing worth upgrading to the new system, and a number of reasons to wait. Officially, PC users have until October 2025 to wait. After that, Microsoft plans no more technical or security updates.

Sources: BBC News, PC Gamer, The Verge   

Bixyl Shuftan
  

Announcement: Haunted Hollow - An All Hallows Experience

 


Presented by Elite Equestrian, Seanchai Library, Tarot @ Teatime, and Virtual Community Radio
October 7 - 31 on Chestnut Hills in Second Life.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chestnut%20Hills/144/219/2502
 
"Once Upon a Time there was an Enchanted Hollow under the glow of the Hunter's Moon. It was there that tales gathered: tales of struggle and virtue, of light and looming darkness. They settled in as cooling breezes whirled the falling leaves, nestling between the autumnal heights and that place where the brook waters blend with the salty sea. Some thrive, some expire, and some twist themselves just a little."

Haunted Hollow features stories, music, live trick or treat, hunts, pony rides, and a region of fun to explore.

Take the rambler tours (aerial or ground based) of the Hollow, or stop by for one of the trick or treat events hosted by Elite Equestrian. Join Seanchai Library as they present  hours of stories for the season, including an encore presentation of Ray Bradbury's "The Halloween Tree." Explore the caves and discover video screening spots.

~ Not one, not two, but THREE treasure hunts
~ Pony rides with adorable free gifts
~ Participating in Free Bird's annual live trick or treat event
~ Presentation of author Roger Zelazny's "A Night in the Lonesome October"
~ Ray Bradbury's "The Halloween Tree"
~ Special story sessions, and "A Grimm Brothers Halloween" on the day itself
~ Two Live Tarot@Teatime episodes
~ Live Tarot Readings
~ A dedicated "Spooky Music Stream" provided by Virtual Community Radio
~ Three viewing rooms to stop and watch short features on the theme of death and transition.

~ Music events, and more!
 
Check out the schedule of events at the Main Landing Point, then check back often as the month of spookable doings continues.

You can also check out our Google Calendar for updated events: https://tinyurl.com/3p3n5pu5

Haunted Hollow is presented by:

Elite Equestrian - https://ladiespleasure.wordpress.com/
Seanchai Library - www.seanchailibrary.com
Virtual Community Radio - https://vcradio.org/
 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: "House Flippers"

 


Taken at the Second Life Renaissance Festival. Who knows why this guy was wearing just a wetsuit bottom and a pair of divers' flippers. But there was one other kind of "flipper" I could think of.

By Bixyl Shuftan

 

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries

 

THIS WEEK: Haunted Hollow is open and splendid!  We've done our first stores there, and more are on the way plus Ghostbusters, Watchstar, and more Wyrd Sisters. Join us in #Secondlife 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

{IMPORTANT NOTE: To get to story sessions at Haunted Hollow, you will be directed to the main landing point. There is no direct teleport to the Halloween Tree venue.  Look for the sign outside the arrival building, pointing to the *telepumpkin*. Click on the *telepumpkin*  to be redirected to The Halloween Tree story venue.}


** SUNDAY, October 10th at 1:30pm: TEATIME ~ A Night In The Lonesome October Continues, live on stream at The Halloween Tree at Haunted Hollow. NOTE: Session will be 1 hour, 15 minutes-ish long. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21

**MONDAY, October 11th, at 7pm: Pamela Sargent's WATCHSTAR continues with Gyro Muggins.
    
**TUESDAY, October 12th:

   ~ at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live! with music, and poetry in Ceiluradh Glen.
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21
   
   ~ at 7pm: Ray Bradbury's THE HALLOWEEN TREE  begins with Caledonia Skytower, Faerie Maven-Pralou, and Shandon Loring, live on stream at The Halloween Tree at Haunted Hollow.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chestnut%20Hills/144/220/2502

**WEDNESDAY, October 13th at 7pm: More from Terry Pratchett's WYRD SISTERS with Caledonia Skytower.

**THURSDAY, October 14th: Both Thursday sessions are with Shandon, live at The Halloween Tree at Haunted Hollow. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chestnut%20Hills/144/220/2502

   at 7pm: THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH OF JOHN BUCKLEY

   at 9pm: LATE NIGHT HORROR - It Came From The Multiplex
   
** FRIDAY, October 15th at 7pm: GHOSTBUSTERS Continues with Shandon Loring and Caledonia Skytower

***