Monday, November 30, 2015

Winter Scenes 2015

Gemma Cleanslate has been on the lookout for places residents can have Holiday-themed fun. Today, she has an article about two places full of Winter and Christmas activities. The first was Winter Scenes 2015 in Hazelnut, the second Mrs. Santa's Christmas Market in Kikai. So what did she think of them?

Read Gemma's article in Places.

Interview With Ichie Kamachi

In 2009, Bixyl Shuftan interviewed a live musician from Hawaii, Ichie Kamachi, for Second Life Newspaper. Since then, Ichie has continued with her musical career in Second Life. Earlier this month, she sat down with him for another interview, covering details about how things have gone for her over the past several years.

Read Ichie's interview in People.

Preparing For The RFL Christmas Expo

Taken from the American Cancer Society Sim, to the south are the sims for the Christmas Expo in a few days. Currently they're closed as the shops and displays are still being set up, but they will soon be open, will all proceeds from the sale going to the Relay for Life.

Weekend in Review

Quite a bit happened this weekend. From the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Tribute to Kikas and Marmaduke's art event to the Roman Community festival to Aero Pines' Thanksgiving Day event, there was too much going on to cover it all so soon. We'll have more to say about them soon.

Press Release: Bay City Annual Tree Lighting, Concert, and Fundraiser

Sixth Annual event coming in December

BAY CITY, SL (27th November, 2015) - The Bay City Alliance will host its annual Tree Lighting event on Sunday, 13th December 2015 from 1-4 pm SL. The event will be held at the Bay City Fairgrounds, in North Channel ( ) and will feature DJ GoSpeed Racer and live performers Christov Kohnke and Grace McDunnough. The event will also feature ice-skating, dancing, refreshments and lots of fun for all!

Since December of 2014, Bay City has raised US$1,675.00 for Child's Play Charity ( and as part of the event, a silent auction will again be held to support them. We are asking Second Life™ designers and artists 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). Please contact Marianne McCann 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.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cartoon of the Day

Picture from Gemma Cleanslate. Holocluck Henly goes for a ride in the Pala Pala sim on a float appropriate for the holiday.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Frets Nirvana performs 'Bohemian Rhapsody' "

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From Susan Lionhart in April 2011, "Frets Nirvana performs Bohemian Rhapsody, written by Freddie Mercury for his band, Queen, in 1975."

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Second Life Newser's Coverage Recognized by "Making Strides"

This week, the Newser received a Certificate of Appreciation by the people behind the "Making Strides" fundraiser for the American Cancer Society for it's coverage for events.

The certificate hangs in our office in HV Community

SL Video: "Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade"

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Taken in 2007, a short video of a tribute to the noted annual parade in New York City.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy Rezzday Brandi

Among furred avatars, in a population full of foxes, wolves, felines, and bunnies, the small number of mice tend to stand out. But Brandi Streusel is more than just a cute face with round ears. She has a talent for designing clothes, and her warm personality has made her a welcome sight in the Sunweaver/Angels community. On Sunday, a rezzday party was held in her honor. And so a few pictures of the event were taken.

See the pictures in Events.

Bundy Xue Goes on Hiatus From Music Club Scene

Longtime readers of the Newser may remember Bundy Xue, an Australian club owner whom helped out with the "Jam For Genes" fundraiser that went on every August for a few years up to 2014. She also participated in an Australian Day flood relief benefit in 2011. When we last heard from her, she had closed her B&Bs Aussie club, with plans to build a smaller one.

Any1 Gynoid notified the Newser that Bundy has closed her new club and is taking an indefinite break from running clubs in Second Life, sending us a notecard from her.


 Due to personal reasons and family commitments I am closing Bundy's down. 

 As most of you know i have owned or hosted a live music venue for the last 6.5 years and at the moment I am no longer enjoying the music. So after some thought and hesitation I have decided to take a break from it. Whether it is 3 months, 6 months or longer I dont know.  But at the moment the most important thing in life is my children and I have been busy with them and their schooling and running them around with their job commitments. And over the next few months that is expected to get a lot more busier. I am truly sorry if this is an inconvenience to anyone. But I need to do this for my own sanity.

I want to thank you all for your support and loyalty over the last 6.5 years. I couldn't of done it without all of you.  I love you all dearly as you are family to me. 

The Bundy's club group listed a number of musicians, including Rosedrop Rust, OhMy Kidd, and Beth Odets. Cellandra Zon, whom once helped run "The Pocket," and Whelan Ferris, whom ran the Australia sim until it closed, were also in the club group.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: "Life Seems To Be Normal" by Kikas Babenco and Marmaduke Arado

 Kikas Babenco and Marmaduke Arado, known for their wacky performances, have a new one coming up: "Life Seems to be Normal."

"Of course, life seems normal, except when we stumbled upon the unexpected, then we rhyme us and we wonder about this so-called normality, but if you want answers you need to see with your own eyes why life is not so normal as it seems."

Satuday November 28,  10:30 AM

Universidade de Aveiro ( 214/129/24)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Second Life Newser.

Announcement: Aero Pines Thanksgiving

Aero Pines Park & Recreation Area Presents:
Our 9th Annual
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All Welcome! - No Costume Necessary     
24/7 November 22nd -  30th

Colonial, Pilgrim, Native American, Pirate, North American Wildlife Avatar, etc

       Turkeys and other fowl attend at their own risk!

Warning:   This party has been too much fun in the past,
                so please celebrate and party responsibly!
Location:      Aero Pines Park & Recreation Area Northwest Pasture
Landmark:    Equus (18, 241, 22)

Yes we will have our Annual Turkey Shoots TBA

SL Video: "Consent And The HIE"

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Pooky Amsterdam, once an active member of Second Life's video media, has been quieter in recent years. But she still works on occasional projects. Here, she uses Second Life as the media for a commercial for HealthlinkNY, a medical information exchange network in New York state.

Source: Pookymedia.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Pooley sim. There, the most prominent land feature was this island shaped like a footprint. Of the small pier, word has it they're a good place to fish for sole.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Nirvana Island

Becky "Sha" Shamen's explorations took a slightly different path recently. Looking for a place for relaxation and tranquility, she came across Nirvana Island. Located in New Paris, the place offers spots for meditation and relaxation. But there's more, such as homes for newcomers, a nightclub, and discussions and other events every day.

Read Becky's article in Places.

Tales From Podex: This Is Goodbye

"All good things must come to an end." We at Second Life Newser had a fun time doing the advertisements for our longtime sponsors, the Podex Exchange. One reoccurring theme was "Clumsy Cooper," the raccoon robber whom tried again and again to steal money from the place, and failed every time.

Sadly, Linden Lab made their doing business here impossible, so they had to move on. But Clumsy Cooper was just too good a character to just stop writing about without some closure. And so, we close our "Tales from Podex" with one last appearance from the burglar.

Read the story in Extra.

Steelhead Sims Finally Closed

The long-delayed end of the Steelhead sims may finally be happening. Set to close after the month of September, the sims would remain up for weeks afterwards, with the last known event happening there in late October. Finally yesterday, November 24, on Facebook, Fuzzball Ortega posted, "Looks like the Steelhead sims are finally closed for good. The sims are showing on the map, but don't have names of each sim listed. And I'm unable to teleport over."

The exact date of when the sims were no longer open is up for debate, the land reportedly been accessible as late as November 17. RockAndRoll Michigan commented on Steelhead chat in Second Life they had actually closed the day before, on November 23. But for most the date was unimportant, those on at the time reminiscing of what was now fading away, "lots of great memories,  first time I walked around  city hall ,  the wonderful bridges and hills .... the people of course and always first .....  Lunar makes such great settings."

Fortunately one of the Steelhead sims had been saved by Willow Leafstorm, now under the name Ravenwood Forest. Parties had continued to be held there every Friday. Now it seems the place will truly be all that is left of the noted Steampunk-themed estate as the rest finally fades into the virtual nether.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"Homes Four Our Troops" Bennefit Raises Over 130,000 Lindens

On Sunday November 22, Veterans Isle had a special Thanksgiving week performance at their music stage. Four live musicians, and the supporting band of one, appeared at the event. The show was to raise funds for the "Homes for Our Troops" charity. Frets Nirvana, one of the musicians, helped to organize the concert and dance.

We have a great way for you to kick off your Thanksgiving week. Join us tonight, November 22 in support of Homes For Our Troops, Have a great night of music and get in the holiday spirt by helping those who have scarified so much for our freedom. We have a great lineup for your musical pleasure:

5 PM Keeba Tammas
6 PM Quartz
7 PM Max Kleene
8 PM Frets Nirvana

Veterans Isle usually holds it's events on the last Sunday of every month. But perhaps as this month it would be on Thanksgiving weekend, perhaps they felt attendance would be lower then. Yours truly wasn't there as he had made other plans that night. Fortunately there was a video available of Frets himself playing one of his songs.

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Robert Little recorded this at our vets benefit last night …just giving my all to help those who guarantee our freedom. My wish for all of you …Long live Life!  

The benefit would raise a total of 131,500 Linden dollars for charity.

ABOUT HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS  - HFOT builds homes as a departure point for Veterans to rebuild their lives, and once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many Veterans have embarked on new careers, completed their college degrees, or started families. Empowered by the freedom a mortgage-free and specially adapted home brings, these Veterans can now focus on their recovery and return to their life’s work of serving others. Many have embraced their roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms around the country; others take to a national platform to promote awareness of veteran suicide, homelessness and PTSD. Their incredible stories are the driving force for the work for HFOT.

To learn more about the Homes For Our Troops visit 

Press Release: "Sixth Annual Holidays of Hope: A Winter Wonderland"

6th Annual Gala to Support the Relay For Life of Second Life, and the American Cancer Society
Second Life, – The 6th Annual Holidays of Hope Ball will be held Sunday, Dec 13th from 3 to 7 pm SLT as part of the 2015 SL Christmas Expo. This year’s theme will be A Winter Wonderland and is open to all residents of Second Life.  Sponsored by T1Radio, the formal ball will once again feature raffles and door prizes provided by SL’s premier merchants.

The annual Holidays Of Hope Ball, established in 2010, is one of Second Life’s brightest holiday season highlights and brings together residents from all corners of the virtual community to celebrate the holidays and to support the American Cancer Society.  Holiday Gift Basket Raffle tickets, purchased via scripted kiosks, benefit the Relay For Life of Second Life. Past raffle prizes, and the door prizes which rain down on party goers, have included gift certificates and gifts donated by merchants from throughout Second Life, with values exceeding L$50,000. SL Merchants are invited to become Holidays Of Hope benefactors by providing Gifts and Gift Certificates. For more information please see below*.

This year the ball will be held at the Wonderland Ballroom, created by Darkstone Aeon of Stone’s Works, high above the Christmas Expo. There is no charge for admittance.

If you would like more information or would like more information about the Holidays Of Hope Ball please contact  in world or email .

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* How To Become a Holidays Of Hope Sponsor
•    If you wish to donate Gift Certificates, please be sure to enclose the certificate(s), a notecard with redemption instructions and a landmark to your store or Marketplace Link.
•    If you wish to participate in the Gift Basket Raffle, please provide a coupon to redeem the item, a graphic of the item and a landmark to your store. PLEASE DO NOT SEND OBJECTS.  This will allow you to control permissions.
•    Please be sure to enclose a full perm business logo.
•    All donors will be recognized by signage at the event and either On Air by T1Radio or by "object shouts" as the items are dispensed by the random gift givers at the ball.
Contact Renee Riva or Xyza Armistice for more information or to provide a gift or gift certificate for either the Holiday Raffle Basket or Random Door Prize.