Monday, August 19, 2019

SL: Second Look

"SL: Second Look" is a unique event for sculptors and 3D artists. Artists will have a 31 days period of time, from Midnight of 14 August to 23:59:59 on 14 September (all times SLT). Artists may rez up to 100 Land Impact worth of parts, components, bits, etc. in a moderately-sized area.

What's the catch?

Aside from working in Blender, PhotoShop, GiMP or other programs, all of the building of the sculpture must be done inside the artist’s area.

And it is open for the public to watch them work, chat with artists, critique and ask questions, etc.! This is designed to be a fully-interactive (in terms of communication) race against the clock to come up with a wholly-original three-dimensional piece of art. Artists are encouraged to leave parts and components and bits out overnight, over several nights, over the four weeks.

What matters is the interactive aspects.

That's why it is SL: Second Look -- people can look at and observe and interact with the process of creating art, and then get a second look at the finished (or mostly finished) work!

Who are the artists involved in SL: Second Look?

"SL: Second Look" is a fully-interactive and unique event for you to watch, chat with, critique, ask qquestions and even (within reason) pester four sculptors and 3D artists:

1. Rage Darkstone
2. Proton d-oo-b
3. Isabelle Fisher
4. Marcel Mosswood
as they create a brand-new 3D work.

Any question? Contact Annie Scott-Siegel or Nils Urqhart.

By Marcel Mosswood

Update on Lawsuit Against Linden Lab

It was on Wednesday July 31st that former cybersecurity worker for Linden Lab, Kavaya Pearlman, announced she had filed a lawsuit against the Lab alleging that they had fired her in retaliation for bringing up multiple security issues concerning cybersecurity laws, and that part of the reason for her losing her job was for being a woman and an ethnic and religious minority. A little more than two weeks later on Friday August 16, Wired Magazine had an article about the lawsuit, which had some more information and a statement from Linden Lab's spokesman Brett Atwood.

“While we will fight her alleged claims in court, we deny any allegations that the company has engaged in any illegal activity. Ms. Pearlman left the company on March 15 only after she was given the opportunity to improve her work performance. We look forward to all the facts coming out in a court of law.”

The article would say Pearlman claimed Linden Lab "was not complying with anti-money-laundering rules," such as required information about the skill game operators. Atwood would respond to Wired over email, "All Second Life skill gaming operators must provide and verify their identification as part of a rigorous application process. We are in compliance with all legal regulations and all skill gaming operators agree to our Terms and Conditions as part of the review and approval process for our Skill Gaming program.”

The Wired article would state that the lawsuit mentions Linden Lab's fraud team manager "presented information to Linden board members in quarterly fraud reports that acknowledged a high number of such Ageplay [sic] violations were actually occurring on a regular basis each quarter." The lawsuit would also claim the Lab's chief compliance officer at the time, Scot Butler, wrote a memo, "urging compliance with cybersecurity laws consistent with Pearlman’s repeated concerns." Wired would state that "a former high-level Linden Lab employee confirmed the contents of the memo." When the Linden Lab spokesman was asked about the descriptions of ageplay, he responded, "If any such activity is detected, individuals or groups promoting or providing such content and activities will be subject to enforcement actions, which may include immediate termination of accounts (including all detectable alternate accounts), closure of related groups, removal of content, blacklisting of payment information and loss of land or access to virtual land.”

Nothing was mentioned of the contrast between the allegations of Pearlman's alleged ill treatment by the Lab due to being "a minority, a woman, a Muslim woman and an immigrant" and Linden Lab's actions in recent years such as issuing a statement against a Presidential order imposing immigration restrictions, and joining other companies in a statement of support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered workers against discrimination.

Source: Wired

Hat tip: New World Notes

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries

Maybe it's the fish in Bertie Wooster's bedroom, something wafting through the icy reaches of outer space, or the sparkling exhaust from a magical car.  Only one way to find out!  Follow your nose to another week in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely, live in voice.

Check out the stories and the storytellers at

All stories told in open voice unless otherwise noted. All times SL/PT

*SUNDAY, August 18th:
   ~  at 1:30pm: TEA TIME with Jeeves and Wooster.  A dead fish, a bevy of cats, and several incarcerations.  Just another fun-filled hour with Bertie Wooster and his inscrutable valet, Jeeves. THIS WEEK: "The Inimitable Jeeves" - Episode 3 with Da5id Abbot, Corwyn Allen, Kayden Oconnell, and Caledonia Skytower, live on Stream in Ceiliuradh Glen.
Senchai Library in Ceiliuradh Glen

   ~ at 6:30pm:  MAGICLAND STORYTIME: Tilly and The Bookwanderers
Cale begins the debut book in author Anna James' new series. Caledonia Skytower, live on stream!
The New Golden Horseshoe

*MONDAY, August 19th, at 7pm:  Arthur C. Clarke's RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA continues with Gyro Muggins. 

*TUESDAY, August 20th, at 7pm:  Ian Fleming's CHITTY CHITTY, BANG BANG begins with Caledonia Skytower, live on stream.

*WEDNESDAY, August 21st at 7pm: A CYBERPUNK SUMMER! Concludes -  Short stories of the genre with Finn Zeddmore

*THURSDAY, August 22nd:
   ~ at 7pm: Joanne M. Harris' (author of 'Chocolat') THE BLUE SALT ROAD - Part 2 with Shandon Loring (Also in Kitely!  Find teleport from the main Seanchai World

   ~ at 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT - Contemporary Sci-Fi-Fantasy from online sources such as Lightspeed, Escape Pod, and Clarkesworld with Finn Zeddmore

All sessions held at the Seanchai Library in Second Life unless otherwise indicated. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life rolls sometimes. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Computer Update

Just a short note that shortly after the last update, the new computer finally arrived. And last night got it set up and working.

Unfortunately, not all the news is good. Also last night, I heard about some real-life developments that will likely affect updates in the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for details.

Announcement: ABBA Tribute Band at the CDS Stella Marina

Come join the ABBA fun  at CDS! Brightest Day Productions makes their 3rd visit to The Confederation of Democratic Simulators, bringing their refreshed ABBA Tribute program.

Saturday, August 17
12-2pm SLT
@Stella Marina, Colonia Nova

Announcement: Second Annual Rosehaven Regatta

Please join in the fun Saturday, August 18th
Noon slt -2pm slt

Realm of Rosehaven, Village of Laudanum

Dress code: Within the Rosehaven theme...fantasy, late Victorian, Steampunk, to Edwardian appreciated...or regatta appropriate apparel from other eras as long as not too revealing.

A proper Regatta from yesteryear with something for everyone!

Crew Racing, Tall Ships Racing, and Anything That Floats...but is NOT a Boat contest and race!

All along the boardwalk will be dancing and music, provided by Holocluck Henly, games, rides, foods, prizes...a great summer event!

See you there!

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The 2nd Annual Rosehaven Regatta is August 18th, 2019 from Noon (12pm) SLT – 2pm SLT.
Once again, we will be featuring the ANYTHING THAT FLOATS…BUT IS NOT A BOAT contest and water race!  Hope you all are excited!!

Get your thinking caps on and create something fantastical…that is NOT A BOAT, but it does float!  The purpose of this event is to showcase your ability to design and build a water craft/vessel to travel in the water.  You must also be able to ride your floating invention.

Please let Duchess Liz Wilner or Oriella Charik know if you wish to enter.  All entries must be received and approved by no later than 11am SLT, August 18th for announcing at the Regatta. Prizes will be awarded for the ‘Most Unique’ and the ‘Fastest Vessel’.

This is a timed race. Depending on the number of participants, crews and their crafts will be lined up at the start/finish line, proceed down the canal to a designated turning point, go around a marker buoy, and proceed up canal back to start/finish line. There will be an official at the turn around the buoy to verify all contestants properly negotiate the turn around.

Rules: You may NOT utilize a commercially designed or distributed watercraft. Powerboats, canoes, kayaks, rafts, skiffs or other commercially designed craft will NOT qualify. Your vessel must NOT be commercially designed or built to travel on water. You cannot disguise an actual boat or ship for your craft. The vessels must be powered by Avi or wind energy; no swimmers pulling, pushing or propelling your craft.  NO engines, motors, trolling motors will be accepted. Sails, paddles and oars are acceptable. The decision of the judges is final. You must pick up the pieces if the vessel disintegrates in water or on land.

Hint: last year, for instance, we had a cupcake that floated and steered!

SL Video: "Raglan Shire Wootstock 2019 Part 1"

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From Nitwacket on July 31, "Keeba and the Tiny Maniacs"

Friday, August 16, 2019

Putri Second Life Indonesia 2019 Pageant

Marcel Mosswood recently found about a beauty pageant in Second Life, though not just any pageant. The Putri Second Life Indonesia 2019 Pageant, has the purpose of women from the country to "become an inspiration and role model because of their beauty, brain, and behavior." Marcel got in touch with one of the committee, whom had a number of things to say about it. The final events of the pageant will be this Sunday at 6AM SL time.

Read Marcel's story in People.

Woodstock's 50th Anniversary in Second Life

Whether you loved the hippie movement or hated it, there's no argument that the Woodstock music festival fifty years ago was a major event. While the effort to have an official 50th Anniversary concert in real life may have collapsed, people are still celebrating in Second Life. Gemma Cleanslate found out about one such celebration being held by Laura Templeton. For three days in Connemara, it'll be three days of rock n; roll.

Read Gemma's article in Events.

Computer Down

There's a saying known as Murphy's Law, "If it can go wrong, it probably will." And this week, Murphy was in full force for the Newser.

A week ago, the computer of yours truly would not start. Taking it too the shop, a couple days later I was told the machine was busted, save for the hard drive. For the first time since 2007, I was without a machine, at all. The old Mac I used to have as backup had also given up the ghost years ago.

So I went about the process of getting a new computer. Second Life can't use just any machine as it prefers certain graphics cards. I recall one friend who got a new machine, only to find the virtual world's viewer actually ran slower than on her old computer that was several years old. And on some computers, the viewers just won't work at all.

As of now, the computer still has yet to arrive. I'm still able to get on Second Life itself through the computer of someone I know. But for some reason I can't update the Newser on it. So that meant I had to wait to get access to a machine that's harder to get to.

So until the new machine finally arrives and is all ready and set up, that means the updates will be a bit sporadic. But as you can see, updating we are. Hopefully by Monday things will be more or less back to normal

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, August 12, 2019


If you can read this, then somehow I lost my connection to the Internet (or was too sleepy to reset the "deadman's switch").

Hopefully it'll be fixed, soon.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: A Fowl Situation

Taken at Hangars Liquides. While with Djhean Kidd and her friends, one dropped in as a chicken avatar. With the feline around, one could just imagine the drooling.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Friday, August 9, 2019

SL Video: "Sneak Peek: Made in Second Life"

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From Draxtor Despress on August 7, "Check out this sneak peek of “Made in Second Life,” a new original web series that will debut across various social media channels later this year. This new series (made in partnership with Draxtor Despres) expands upon the concept of Second Life storytelling that was first introduced with “Love Made in Second Life,” an original limited-run production that showcased stories of Residents who fell in love and married after meeting in Second Life"

SL Video: "King of The Mountain"

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From Nydia Tungsten on August 6, "Thank you to DJ Snowy, Captain Mato, JB, Eva and Gina for joining me in the fun in this one. I know it's been a while since our last Video. but know I am working on it. What has been keeping me busy you ask? well, I have been writing, 'Switched Destinies' feel free to check it out!"