Saturday, December 4, 2021

Announcement: Dusk Griswold's Retirement Party

 


Dusk "Ginger" Griswold invites you to come to her retirement party from her real life job with the United States Postal Service. Party is Dec 4th from 3pm to 5pm at Club Cutlass onboard the Airship Cutlass VI . Come dressed casual, there is no contest. The music will be of the 60's and 70's mostly. DJ Snowy AngelBun will play tunes first hour with DJ Cynthia Farshore the second hour.

Party is Saturday, December 4

3 to 5 PM SL time

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunweaver%20Bay/114/118/757
 

SL Video: "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

 

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From Alexandra Xubersnak on Dec 2010
 

Announcement: This Monday at The Science Circle - "Discussion - Science / Sci Fi Movies and Books"

 

"Discussion - Science / Sci Fi Movies and Books"

Monday December 6

10 AM SL time

Matt Burr

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

Friday, December 3, 2021

New Linden Home Theme to be Announced Monday, December 6

 

It's been rumored for a few days, sparked in part by a picture by Patch Linden on Flickr, that a new theme of Linden Homes will soon be announced. Earlier today on the official blog, tucked away in the Holiday announcements (more about that later) was an announcement that there will indeed be one, on Monday December 6.

New theme of Linden Homes will be revealed on Monday, December 6th! Watch this space - to be published on Monday!

"This space" is the Destinations Guide. But two sims likely to be the location are Lights of Hope and Lights of Hope Linden, at the southwest corner of the Relay for Life Christmas Expo grounds. But officially, the Lindens aren't saying where it will be yet.

Stay tuned for further developments.

Image Credit: Patch Linden
 

Christmas Shopping: Snuggles Holidays and Stormwind's North Pole

 

In her next article on Christmas shopping in Second Life, Gemma Cleanslate looks at two more locations. One on the cute side is "Snuggles Holidays." There one can find animal scenes, greeting cards, teddy bears, and more. Another visited was North Pole in the Stormwind sim, which looks like an old fashion town's shopping area. So what did Gemma think?

Read Gemma's article in Design.
 

RFL Christmas Expo Begins

 


The Relay for Life's winter event, the Christmas Expo, is under way. 


From today to Tuesday December 14, there's fifteen sims filled with events and things to do over the next eleven days. Most of the temporary sims have names based on "The Twelve Days of Christmas," such as Turtle Doves and Maids A Milking. To the southwest are Lights of Hope and Lights of Hope Linden. 

It's probable the next Linden Home theme will be revealed at the Hope sims on Monday Dec 6. But officially the word is stay tuned as to where.

The sims are picturesque with much detail. There's Christmas trees and decorations all over. There are ponds to stake on, a hunt to take part in, a Santa sleigh ride, pictures with Santa and Linden and Mole elves, auctions, DJ music events, a limited edition "Patch Linden Elf on the Shelf" doll to buy at Partridge in a Pear Tree (167/119/23), and of course lots of places to shop.
 
For more information about the expo, check the blog at https://slchristmasexpo.com/ .
 

Remembering Alleara, and Jessicabelle

 


As word gets around about the passing of Alleara Snoodle, people have made many prayers in her behalf. in Sunweaver Eclipse, a memorial flame was set up for her. It is next to fellow Sunweaver Jessicabelle Dayafter's, who passed in late September. In front of both, people have left flowers, candles, and other items.
 
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunweaver%20Eclipse/72/248/22
 


Announcement: Chateau Trikassi Annual Holiday Ball

 


Formal Attire.  The Ball will start at 1pm slt...and when we have all assembled, we have arranged to have Changhigh Sisters perform a special show they have created just for the celebrations!

After the performance there will be dancing, food and general merriment

KT will be our musical maestro.  See you all there!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosehaven%20Laudanum/32/196/2011
 

Press Release: Bay City's Annual Tree Lighting

 


BAY CITY, SL (2 December, 2021) -The Bay City Alliance will host its annual Tree Lighting event on Sunday, Saturday, 8th December 2019 from 1-4 pm SLT at the Bay City Fairgrounds, in North Channel ( http://slurl.com/secondlife/North%20Channel/128/128/24/ ). The event will feature DJ GoSpeed of KONA Stream and live performances by Tamra Hayden and FrankLee Anatra. There will be much merry-making,  ice-skating, dancing, refreshments and lots of fun for all!

As part of the event, a silent auction supporting Child's Play Charity (www.childsplaycharity.org) will be held. At our 2020 event, we raised L$135,994, and hope to break that in 2021

Confirmed designers, artists, and brands participating in the event include GenusProject, Diana Takeda (of Meshbody), Cica Ghost, Lunar Tripsa, Owen Lusch (of Lusch Motors), Brick Swansen, Late Billig (of Junk Food), Cindy Henusaki, Javatar Mocha, Plato Novo, Bryn Oh, Trinity Yazamoto, Vinsie Bunny, LadyJane Shippe (of Shippe & Saille), and OldManChristmas.
DeeDee Dakota will also be offering a parcel in Bay City - Falconmoon!

Additional Second Life™ designers and artists who wish to participate by providing fun, interesting, unique, or other transferrable items (or a no-copy object that the auction winner can give to you to redeem their prize, if the item(s) have to be no transfer) may contact ThomasHooker Resident to participate.

Auction will end at the conclusion of the event. All proceeds from the silent auction and from donation bins at the venue will go to Child's Play Charity. Child's Play is a 501c3 non profit organization offers online communities such as ours an opportunity to help seriously ill children around the globe during their hospital stays with the purchase of games and gaming equipment.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab® and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest group for Residents of Bay City.

For more information, or to participate in the event, please contact Marianne McCann.
 

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Alleara Snoodle Is Gone

 
It has been confirned by a reliable source that Alleara Snoodle has passed on. To those not familiar with her, she was a highly skilled builder and scriptor whom was with the Sunweaver and Chilbo communities. She was also part of the Relay for Life in Second Life.

Alleara. or "Allie" to her friends, was from Germany, though talking to her she told me she was born in Romania and later she and her parents would emigrate from there. She first logged on in July 2008. She soon became part of the Metanomics group, as well as becoming established in the Chilbo and Sunweaver communities. She's known for having taken part in the building of some Passionate Redhead camps, and the Chilbo community held at least one Relay fundraiser, in July 2010, that the Redheads were a part of. But she also worked behind the scenes on a number of things from clothing to avatars. She was a longtime helper of one brand named Allissandrea. More recently, a few years ago she helped get the Yinglet avatar up and ready on time for it's release event. Just how many projects she helped may never be known.

Besides her skills as a builder, Alleara was also an artist. The picture of the editor at the Newser office was done by her. She is known to have done some singing. She's also taken part in a number of Nydia Tungsten's music videos.

Sadly, Alleara was physically disabled, having suffered injuries from a fall some years before coming to Second Life. She would also end up in an automobile accident in later 2010. She would have to stop singing and drawing, and stepped down from her position in Chilbo though continued to keep in touch with the artistic community. Down but not out, she eventually went back to scripting and building in Second Life, though usually behind the scenes on the projects of others. She would find some work as a consultant to a major real-life business a few years ago. While she spent less time online, she never did stop coming to Second Life.

It should be noted Alleara and I were friends, having met around 2009, and meeting up regularly for a time. I found her to be brilliantly smart, but she also very compassionate. She had a way of sensing something was wrong with a friend, and would listen for a while as to what the problem was. She had many friends and admirers. She had several avatars, but was best known as a winged white vixen with red hair.

When we last met inworld in early June 2010, she was thinking of a couple things. Long knowing I was writing a sci-fi tale, she told me of an interesting story written by another beginning writer. She also wanted to show me the grounds of the Chilbo community, which after so many years had less territory but was still active.

A friend of Alleara's would say in her final days, she was increasingly ill. She was showing signs of Coronavirus, and planned to have herself checked at a clinic. But would pass away the night before a friend was to take her there.

Not just the Sunweavers and Chilbo, but Second Life has lost a great woman, with both brains and a good heart.

Bixyl Shuftan

Update: Shockwave Yareach of the Sunweavers/Sunbeamer team, would have this to say:

She was my equal in building, though she had lots more time than I did early on. She was one of the first people I met inworld (Lusk if I recall.) We spent ten years trying to outbuild each other and finally just settled on mutual showmanship rather than competetion. She was horribly crippled from a car wreck, and got around the physical deformities by living in SL instead. 
 
May God grant you ALL the answers, dear lady. Your suffering is ended at last, and your wings will free you from your prison.


 

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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).*
 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: Bad Lips

 


From Bliss Mundy on the Second Life Friends group on Facebook. She described her avatar as looking like this after using Voice. But I could think of one other thing that could cause that.

By Bixyl Shuftan

 

Real-Life News Referencing Second Life in Commenting About Facebook's Metaverse Plans

 
In the Golden Age of Second Life over ten years ago, the virtual world was frequently mentioned in mainstream real-life news. These days, not so much. So it was interesting when in the past few weeks it was mentioned not once but twice.

In BBC News, Joe Tindy wrote an article "Lessons From Second Life," in which he described himself as a user of the virtual world a decade ago, then forgot about it. He was surprised to find out not only was it still around, but had a dedicated userbase. So he checked it out once more. He ran across someone, who didn't like the idea of Facebook getting into virtual worlds, "The entry of a slightly oversized and outsized player into the space seems to signal to people that they are not the owners of it, that someone else is going to be setting the rules and kind of running the show and they will just be the consumers."

In a Time Magazine article by Andrew Chow, that appeared in Yahoo news, "6 Lessons on the Future of the Metaverse From the Creator of Second Life," he compared Facebook's move to the predictions around 2006-2007 that Second Life would be the future of the Internet, which didn't turn out that way. He also felt there were lessons to be learned. (1) "People will stay in virtual worlds, even without an explicit mission." Or as Philip Rosedale was quoted, "the reason why tens of millions of people tried it out was the promise of the ability to be creative and expressive in a realistic, lifelike domain."(2) "People will spend money on digital goods—but very few creators will actually make a living." Tom Boellstorff, an anthropologist whom wrote a book after spending two years in Second Life, compared it to Youtube in which most who used it just browsed, and many of those who do create content, "sort of informally make stuff that they don’t sell to make money."

(3) "Ease of use and technological challenges remain a huge roadblock for mass adoption." Rosedale was quoted, "people don’t want to be a cartoon avatar while wearing a VR headset ... It’s really stressful for people to do that, and most of them won’t.” (4) "Virtual worlds might always struggle to appeal to certain demographics." Rosdale commented that those whom were young, healthy, and had active social lives in free urban environments were going to find virtual worlds less appealing than those with little social contact, disabled, and lived in places they felt they couldn't speak their minds. (5) "Identity is tricky, and so is rule-making." Second Life has had a largely hands-off approach to one's identity in the virtual world, compared to Facebook which encourages people to use their real-life identities. (6) "The metaverse doesn’t need to be ubiquitous. In fact, it shouldn’t be." Boellstorff commented that the hype going on in Second Life's golden age was part of Silicon Valley's business model of attracting big money by presenting oneself as so big, they would change the world as we know it. Still, that Second Life is not just existing but has a healthy community shows there's still a good demand for virtual worlds, “Allowing somebody to be really expressive and creative in an environment that’s lifelike is an incredibly powerful offering. I think that’s why we all tried Second Life,” Rosedale was quoted, “And I think that we will eventually get there—but it’s still a long road because the difficulty of it is considerable.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/6-lessons-future-metaverse-creator-102405073.html

Sources: BBC News, Yahoo


Bixyl Shuftan
 

Announcement: L!vew!re Winter Cyber & Sci-fi Ball

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L!vew!re 2021 Winter Cyber & Sci-fi Ball

Saturday December 4

6 PM to 10 PM SL time

Best male or female avie, Each set takes the 500 L pot

Cyber/ Sci-fi avies

Two winners per set

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ZoHa%20Islands%20E/63/111/3982

 

Tuesday, November 30, 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 'W', Monochrome, Gone to Plaid

Happy Vixen: Best in Tails, Bikinis and Trunks, Cervines, Hybrids, Madkatt Mashup, TBA, Silk and Latex, Slumber Party

Club Zero Gravity: Equines and Felines

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Skunks

Xanadu: DJ Christine, DJ Jesse

Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Barely There, Animation, Sci-fi, Nature vs Tech, Rock, Late Night, White

Deathlands Fallout Shelter:  DJ Wolfy, DJ Nafrini

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.
 

More on The Bellissarian Stamp Giver

 

Last week, we announced that the Newser office in HV Community was now a location one could get a stamp for the Bellisserian passports. Since then, the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy gave us a mention in their own newsletter

"It's a venerable SL publication with a suitably old school HQ build," they spoke of us, "and – now – a wonderfully old-fashioned stamp!"

Other locations mentioned include a couple airports, the Willowtail Airfield, and Abbot's Historical airport. 

As for the stamp, well, the design is simple and to the point. Just as is our goal when telling the news.

Bixyl Shuftan
 

SL Video: "Down the Rabbit Hole: CSINY enters Second Life (2007)

 

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From Draxtor Despres, a 2007 video of the CSI Promotion of Second Life, "The new mainstream media tie-in, a 'who dunnit' virtual game coming to Second Life is an interesting marriage of old and new. The Electric Sheep Company releases a special SL browser for the occasion and merges the Metaverse with a successful TV show: is this a new era of growth for SL or the death of all (sub) culture? Are corporate brands taking over? CSI NY detectives say that if you die in the METAVERSE you die in REAL LIFE as well .... oh boy, and I thought Second Life was just a game?"
 

Monday, November 29, 2021

Christmas Shopping: Dench Designs and Khargo Market

 

Thanksgiving is over, and unofficially the Christmas shopping season is underway. Gemma Cleanslate stopped at two places, Dench Designs and Khargo Market. Dench is known for it's bargains, but she found a special Christmas Shop on a platform above the sim that was well designed. Khargo also offered an attractive shopping experience that obviously had plenty of planning behind it with winter scenery and Christmas decor.

Read Gemma's story in Design.
 

Commentary: Fourteen Years of Writing About Second Life

 

It was on November 2007 in which I officially began writing the news about Second Life. I started off as a freelancer at Dana Vanmoer's Second Life Newspaper, soon getting the hang of things and writing about the people, places, and events across the virtual world. Fourteen years later, I'm still doing it. So how did it start, and what's happened over time? Here, I reflect a little on what I've done and what else I've been writing on.

Read the commentary in People.
 

Press Release: 2021 Christmas Expo

 


2021 SL Christmas Expo Opens Friday December 3rd
“The 12 Days of Christmas” Helping To Fight Childhood Cancer

Since 2011, the SL Christmas Expo has been “Giving The Gift of Hope”, and is dedicated to children with cancer. The event which supports the American Cancer Society, is the premier Holiday shopping and entertainment event in Second Life. Opening on December 3rd, the “12 Days of Christmas” features more than 150 stores and shoppes, spread over 15 gorgeously designed regions, and brings together merchants, Breedables, entertainers, and volunteers for 12 days of shopping, music, auctions, and holiday special events.   

As always the Holly Jolly Café presents the top performers in Second Life for nearly non-stop entertainment. Buy a ticket for the Holiday Shopping raffles, visit the Christmas Tree Lot and the Merchant village or stop for a Picture With Santa.

Once again, American Cancer Society partner Linden Lab will take part in the Expo with special surprises and events.  Take a picture with Santa Patch & the Elf Moles, get a Limited Edition Patch on a Shelf elf, and check out the newest Linden Homes at the 2021 winter reveal region.

And don’t forget to check out the Holiday Lights at The Lights of Hope home decorating competition, returning once again for 2021. The Lights of Hope regions feature homes decorated for the holidays by some of the best home designers in Second Life and an entire region of Linden Homes decorated by Lindens and Moles. Vote for your favorites by donating to special kiosks located at each home.

While shopping continues until December 14th, The Expo culminates with the giant Winter Breedable Auction and the Holidays of Hope Ball on Sunday December 12th.

For a list of merchant sponsors, entertainment and event schedules* and to learn more about the Expo and how it helps the American Cancer Society fight Childhood Cancer visit the Expo @ https://slchristmasexpo.com/.

If you or a loved one is affected by childhood or any cancer, or want to learn more about the American Cancer Society and its research and support programs visit the American Cancer Society region in SL, the Society website (cancer.org),  or call 800.227.2345 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

The American Cancer Society is the world’s leader in the fight against cancer and is attacking childhood cancers from every angle.

*Note: Merchant Sponsors, Landmarks and Entertainment Schedules will be available on the website during the week of November 29th. Please Check Back.
 

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries

 

THIS WEEK: The last of our November series concludes, just as the December holidays begin to emerge BEGINNING TODAY with a new Teatime Holiday Radio Classics Series!  Join us 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

**MONDAY, November 29th, at 7pm: Philip Jose Farmer's THE STONE GOD concludes with Gyro Muggins.
    
**TUESDAY, November 30th: Both sessions today in The Glen
  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21
 
     ~  at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live in The Glen http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21

   ~  at 7pm: Charles de Lint's THE WILD WOOD concludes with Willow
 
**WEDNESDAY, December 1st at 7pm: Adventures from Terry Pratchett's HOGFATHER with Caledonia Skytower
 
**THURSDAY, December 2nd:

   ~  at  7pm: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF EBENEZER SCROOGE, Part 1 with Shandon Loring.

   ~  at  9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT with Finn Zeddmore.

***
 

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: Tree Guitar

 


Taken at the Luskwood Tribute at the Happy Vixen. Luskwood is known for it's Big Tree. But this guy made a guitar out of a little one. Hopefully it meant his tunes were, well you know.

By Bixyl Shuftan