Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cartoon of the Day



The ancient Romans caught doormice, fattened them up, and then cooked them as food. As the ROMA area is a furry-friendly place, one can imagine whom would be eating most of them.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Perri Prinz Returns to The Vinyl



For the past several weeks up to a few days ago, Perri Prinz, the co-owner of The Vinyl Museum had taken a hiatus from Second Life. Now she's back to DJing, and Tuesday night she was once again in business as the night's DJ.

About a dozen and a half people attended that night, including Lomgren Smalls (left), whom also recently came back after a hiatus, his close to a year.

"Dr. Demento" was the theme that night, a radio personality known for playing humorous and offbeat songs and other recordings. And so Perri played a number of tunes associated with him, including "Transfusion," which was the song that helped Demento get his nickname.


The Vinyl Museum is at HV Community (67, 207, 4051), and has events every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8PM SL time


Press Release: Think Pink Week (in Honor of Breast Cancer Month)


October 1, 2014 is the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! In honor of this occasion, the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Second Life (MSABC In SL) committee invites you to "think pink".

From October 1 to 8, 2014 avatars in Second Life will spread the message of pink throughout the grid, in order to raise awareness about breast cancer. During this special week we will have fun themes, events, and contests to make you think pink! Below is a schedule of committee ran events and contests:

OFFICIAL COMMITTEE THINK PINK WEEK EVENTS:

Pink Ribbon Day – Wednesday, October 1, 2014
October 1 is the start of breast cancer awareness month. Show your support for breast cancer awareness by wearing a pink ribbon throughout the day in Second Life.
Stomp Out Breast Cancer – Pink Shoe Day – Thursday, October 2, 2014
Help us stomp out cancer by wearing pink shoes, boots, flip flops, or pink feet!

Pink Denim Day – Friday, October 3, 2014
In real life the American Cancer Society and Lee Jeans have National Denim Day, where Lee Jeans donations 5 dollars of every sale to the American Cancer Society. You can visit Denim Day here:  http://www.denimday.com/.  In Second Life we ask that you wear denim attire and/or buy the special par of mesh jeans for only 5 lindens each at the Strides Booth at ACS: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/122/47/22

Pink Your Parcel Day – Saturday, October 4, 2014
Still want more pink?? If so pink your parcels today, turn your house, grass, and trees pink! Send us a photo and enter our special Pink Your Parcel photo contest. (Please see the notecard in world to submit your photos for this contest)

Pink Spirit Day – Sunday, October 5, 2014
Join us at the American Cancer Society Island for a day long party. With live djs and music, this pink rally will be pinkreffic!

Mission Pink – Monday, October 6, 2014
Learn about the mission of Making Strides and help us spread the word of Strides throughout Second Life, by placing your mission posters at your home or business.

Pink Swag Day – Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Put on your best pink attire and show off your pink swag throughout the day. Go entirely pink and enter our Pink Swag Day photo contest!

Pink Honor & Remembrance Day – Wednesday, October 8, 2014
As Think Pink Week ends, we honor and remember those we have lost to breast cancer. Honor a loved one by place the special pink ribbon at your Second Life home or business. Enter a special dedication that will be displayed on our website to a loved one.

Individual or Business Events:
Please let us know if you are having any events during Think Pink Week, so that we can promote these events on our official social media sites and on our Strides Fundraising Event Boards in Second Life! All events must meet our fundraising guidelines before we post them. You can submit your events here: http://makingstridessl.org/submit-your-event/

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight. Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and race money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

About the American Cancer Society:
For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

For more information:
www.makingstridessl.org
www.cancer.org
http://makingstridessl.org/events/think-pink-week/

For media inquiries:
Contact: Jessii2009 Warrhol, 2014 MSABC In SL Chair
makingstridesinsl@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Game Review: League of Legends



Nydia Tungsten is back with another game review. This time she looks at "League of Legends," by RIOT games. Recommended to her by a friend, she saw a few trailers of the game while waiting for it to load, and was looking forward to playing it even more than ever. But did RIOT spend as much effort on their game as they did the trailer videos?

Read Nydia's review in Other Grids and MMOs.

News and Commentary: Blizzard Cancels Titan, Will Linden Lab Follow With SL 2.0?


By Bixyl Shuftan

For about a decade, Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft has dominated the Multiplayer Online Game market. Although no longer getting twelve million players, it's still the top of it's class. But back in the prime of it's prize product in 2007, it was revealed that Blizzard was working on another MMO unofficially known as Titan. So when will this game be released? Apparently the answer is "never," as last week Blizzard stated the project was shelved.

There are a few reasons for Titan's cancellation. One was that those in Blizzard assigned to the game's development "didn't find the passion" for it. The success of it's recent smaller game "Hearthstone" was another factor, evidence that not everything by Blizzard has to be "colossal summer blockbuster-type products." Then there's the obvious: if the Titan MMO was a success, would it not be taking players from it's current hit World of Warcraft?

So Blizzard has made the decision to stick with what works, at least for now.

But does this mean that Linden Lab will soon be following up by scrapping its development of it's next generation virtual world, known as SL2.0?

Ciaran Laval wrote an article suggesting that Blizzard's move was a "warning bell" the Lab shouldn't ignore. Ciaran quoted Blizzard's cofounder, "We had created World of Warcraft, and we felt really confidnent that we knew how to make MMOs. So we set out to make the most ambitious thing that you could possibly imagine. And it didn't come together." A VP was quoted of their decision, "We were losing perspective and getting lost in the weeds a little. We had to allow ourselves to take that step back and reassess why the hell we were doing that thing in the first place."Ciaran suggested that Linden Lab needed "to ensure they don't find themselves in this position with their future virtual world, that they don't find themselves making something that isn't fun, that isn't really progressing how they would like it to, and that it might not be worth their time at the end of the day."

In a sense, the Lab has more to loose as Blizzard's big product's revenue model is millions of users paying $15 a month, while it relies on several thousand users paying $300 a month per sim and content creators whose wares get the masses of users to buy virtual currency to purchase them. One reader responding to Hamlet Au's article commented, "a content creator needs several years to get respect, establish their brand and gather a customer base. ... This takes a lot of time and effort. Once that gets destroyed, the creator will get burned. That creator did work at a very low hourly rate for years to get to the point where they were now. Telling that creator the place where he does business will get shut (down), but he can come and rebuild it all over again on new tech, you can be sure about 70 to 80% will say thanks but no thanks."

Ciaran concluded, "Linden Lab, with a combination of luck and judgement, struck gold with Second Life. The new virtual world has for more ambitious aims, but Linden Lab need(s) to ensure that don't tie themselves in knots trying to make it happen. Second Life is still there, and many people will be happy to engage with (it) for many a year yet."

Hopefully the Lab will take heed of Blizzard's decision, and concentrate on making it's customers happier with it's current product instead of developing a product that given the transition from it's classic viewer to Viewer 2.0 is likely to be neither fun for them or it's customers.

Sources:  PC Gamer, Polygon, New World Notes, Ciaran Laval

Bixyl Shuftan

Tales from Podex: Pirate Pratfalls


 By Bixyl Shuftan

It started off as more or less any other day at the Podex Exchange. One of the tellers talked about going to the "Clockwork Spiral" charity event later on. Someone else talked about taking a look at the "Vinyl Museum" and "Happy Vixen" clubs in HV Community and Sunny Beach respectively. Then someone remembered what day it was, "Arrrrr! It be September 19th., maties. It be 'Talk Like a Pirate Day,' lan'lubbers! Arrr!" And after a few chuckles, other tellers were doing it too, "Avast there!" "Shiver me timbers!" "Arrrr!"

While the tellers were joking and laughing, someone walked into the bank. Seeing him, a teller turned, "Good day Sir, what can - " the teller's sentence cut off when two things were clear. One, the visitor was dressed up in pirate garb, which included a sword. Two, his bushy banded tail and natural mask marked him as a familiar character: "Clumsy Cooper." Clumsy had repeatedly tried to rob Podex, and always failed.

"Avast ye scurvy dogs!" Clumsy took hold of a cutlass by the grip and drew it out of it's sheath, "This be a plunderin.'

“Avast yerself, lan’lubber!” One of the tellers called back, “Ye got some chum showin yerself here ye drunken bilge rat!”

“Don’ ye ‘landlubber’ me! Now gather up all ye booty an’ be quick abou’ it!”

“Ye pardon me if we not be so smartly ‘bout yer demands, youn’ pup. But ye try ta raid our poopdeck many times before, an’ every time ye end up keelhaulin’ yerself.”

“That be rotten luck. Now, do I need to wack a few of yer addin’ machines with me cutlass to git yer attention?” He pointed his sword forward.

“My attention be on yer cutlass. Five peices o’ eight that be nuthin’ but a cheap peice o’ plastic.”

“Arrrr! That be fightin’ words!” Clumsy then began swinging the sword around, “I’ll make ye all walk th’ plank!” Then in the middle of his ranting, he slammed the blade of the sword onto the floor, and it snapped in two.

Clumsy looked at the broken blade wide-eyed, then looked at the tellers, “Um, perhaps I be a bit hasty.” He gave a nervous smile, “I be in a good mood. Ye can keep yer booty.”

“Get him!” The teller yelled, pointing at him, “Throw that sack o’ shark bait in th’ busted head!”

Clumsy then turned tail and ran back out the bank. He ran across the field, then the road, and found an airplane on what looked like to him like some kind of launcher he then climbed aboard and started the engine. The plane sputtered and coughed, but it's motor was just not going. Clumsy banged on the pannel in frustration, but that only got the plane to creak as it tipped to the side, and fell down, one door against the ground, the other held shut by a broken wing. Clumsy count only wait as the SLPD arrived and got him out. They then immediately placed him in handcuffs, charged with attempted griefing.

But even if Cooper's scheme had worked, there was no way he could have gotten away with any ill-gotten gains. “All our exchanges are done through electronic transfer,” a teller later explained to the SLPD, “He wouldn’t have walked away with a single Linden.”

The Podex Exchange has a record of being one of the safest Linden exchange services in Second Life, the data processing done outside the exchange, and has a record of thousands of satisfied customers. Transactions can be done at their website, or their location inworld at the Coda sim at (45, 218, 61).

Note: The preceding is a fictional story, written for the dual purpose of advertisement and entertainment.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Scoutlounge Beach Club


Wesley Regenbogen is again back on the club scene. This time he takes a look at Scoutlouge. Reopened in 2011, the club has been showcased in Linden Lab's Destination Guide, and plays music not just at the club but on a stream on the Internet.

Read Wesley's article in Places.

What's New at the LEA


As many art lovers know, Linden Lab sets aside some sims for artistic builds, the Linden Endowment for the arts. These exhibits are not permanent, normally up for only three months at a time. So there is quite a bit of turnover. Gemma Cleanslate visited the area recently, visiting a number of exhibitions, and found a few that stood out.

Read Gemma's article in Design.

Angels Calendar Auction



Guys, how'd you like a chance to pose next to a cute, shapely girl for a calendar pic? Girls, want a chance to get on a calendar next to a hunky guy? Well, now's the chance for both with Nydia Tungsten's "Angels Calendar Auction." Just head on over to the "Happy Vixen" beach club at the Sunny Beach sim. Volunteers like Jessicabelle Dayafter, Skylark LeFavre, and Pagan Sunfire, are up for bids. And Nydia herself has made herself available to pose with as well.

Nydia says the contest is going on for just two more days, with Wednesday being the final day for bidding. But she hasn't given what time the bids will be closed. So if you want to pose with a calendar girl (or guy), get those bids in!

Sunny Beach (180/52/27)

Want to Work For the Newser?


Since the beginning, the Second Life Newser has been open to new talent coming in. We have had a few people who've asked us if we could be a little more clear about it. We thought we were, but we've gone ahead and added a page about contacting us for employment. Click the link at the top, or (Click Here).

Wesley Regenbogen made a contribution to the page, which you can see (here).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cartoon of the Day



Someone combined this "Hogwarts" outfit with a chimp avatar. It didn't take long for me to come up with the punchline.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Wedding Bells



Congrats to Kazumi (third from the right) and Furrygirl (third from the left) whom were partnered together Friday night, Sept 26. The ceremony was conducted by Becky "Sha" Shamen. The witnesses attending were from left to right Brandi Streusel, Nydia Tungsten, Kiwi, and myself.


 Once the ceremony was done, we headed off to the reception, held at Sunny Beach. We were joined there by by Skylark Lefavre, who'd been held up by events in real life, and Kazumi's SL daughter Angel.


Congrats to the lucky couple (last picture from Skylark).

Bixyl Shuftan



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Press Release: Making Strides' "Ready, Set, Snail"

 

The Strides committee "Ready, Set Snail" Giant Snail Race will be held on September 27, 2014 at 10:30 am SL time!  Linden prizes to the top 7 winners!! FREE giant pink snails are available, you can grab yours at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Devon%20Dream/165/110/777

You will need a pink scarf to be in the race, these are only 500Ls with 100% proceeds going to Making Strides! TP to the location and pay the kiosk and the scarf will be sent to you.

Press Release: Roman Festival Schedule


Saturday, 27th September

10am -  Ludi Romani Jupiter Ritual and God Feast
This month's festival begins with a ritual for Jupiter in the Forum Temple, honouring Him as King of the Gods and spiritual father of the Roman Pantheon. Our ritual will then be followed by a special feast with dancing and activities in the nearby Basilica. Since at the ancient feast, statues of the gods attended, at our feast you are asked to come in costume as an ancient deity. (Any entity humans have worshipped as a god is acceptable as a costume.) A prize of L$1000 will be given to the best male and the best female deity costume as decided by vote.
ROMA (22, 208, 79)


11am - Ludi Romani Chariot Races
The Ludi Romani were a time for athletics, games, and sport, and a traditional part of the ancient Ludi Romani were chariot races - for our celebration, we have our own! Come race against other Citizens for prizes (anyone can sign up to race), or come watch the spectacle and cheer on the racers as you drink wine and nibble snacks. There will be 3 races of 5 laps each, and 1st place in each race wins a $L1000 prize purse!
ROMA (249, 113, 43)


12:30pm - Jovian Nymph & Faun Chase
One of the favourite pastimes of the Gods was chasing beautiful nymphs (much to the Goddesses chagrin), and Jupiter was no exception. For our Ludi Romani, you'll get to chase our ROMA nymphs & fauns. Chase them around Transtiberim and try to tag them - the one who tags the most nymphs or fauns will receive a prize!
ROMA Transtiberim (58, 34, 45)


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Sunday, 28th September

10am - Ludi Romani Fishing Contest
Come try your luck in the Ludi Romani Fishing Contest - using the 7Seas
Fishing system. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will get a cash prize, and there will be a chance to catch some ROMA-exclusive custom fish!
Transtiberim (122, 154, 28)


12pm - Ludi Romani Grand Feast
Our festivals wind down with the Grand Feast in honour of Jupiter - with live music - the sweet tunes of Max Kleene! There will be dancing, feasting, and good company - some please join us in bidding farewell to the Ludi Romani until next year!
ROMA Transtiberim (181, 103, 21)


1pm - Vinovium Walls Race
The guards on the towers of our Vinovium Fort are always on watch and try to not miss any strange happenings. For this they need your help. In this game, you are one of the guards, who patrol along the wall -- you have to collect information from the soldiers on the towers, and bring that information as fast as you can to the Officer on duty. Can you get the info to the Officer the fastest and win? Top 3 fastest time with the least penalties will win cash prizes.
ROMA Vinovium (228, 166, 46) -

SL Video: "Hula"




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Nydia Tungsten's back at the videos. Here she is with Brandi Streusel doing a hula dance, "Nydia Tungsten and Brandi Streusel show us their moves on a tropical Island with a Hula in Second Life."

Friday, September 26, 2014

Basilique Town and Performing Arts Company


Some longtime residents may remember the Shakespeare Theater, where plays were done within Second Life. Sadly it was closed a few years ago, but that did not mean the end of theater in the virtual world. Canary Beck, with help from Henry Crabsitcks recreated an Italian small town in Second Life last year, Basilique Town. While it has many attractions, the biggest one is the Basilique Performing Arts Company, which has attracted much attention with grand performances such as "Paradise Lost," which was featured on an episode of the Drax Files.

Read more in Places.

Trotsdale's Third Birthday Celebration With Musicians Jaycatt and Frogg


Last weekend was one of celebration in the pony community. Trotsdale was now three years old, and the locals and their friends at Luskwood threw an anniversary party. The main event (or mane event this being an equine place) was when live musicians Jaycatt and Frogg took the stage. It was a fun event for four-legged and two legged residents like.

Read more in Events.

Eye on the Blog: Introduction to Second Life for Educators - a Course in Spanish Part 2


In the Linden Blog, what's being highlighed is a course inworld aimed at teachers from Spanish language areas to help them make use of Second Life to help teach.

Back in April we blogged about the University of San Martin de Porres PerĂº is offering a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called "Introduction to Second Life for Educators" that was specifically designed to help Spanish speaking educators leverage Second Life for educational purposes. Since then the course has been improved and updated, and a new session is set to start on September 29th at Second Life Para Docentes.

About the course:

The Virtual Worlds Project of The University of San Martin de Porres from PerĂº starts this September 29th the second edition of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled "Introduction to Second Life for Educators 2nd. Ed.". The course is free and is designed to train Spanish speaking educators on the use of the virtual world Second Life, and to provide knowledge that allows educators to benefit from its potential, especially in the education field.

 If you or someone you know might benefit from a course like this, you can watch an introductory video (in Spanish) and register at their website. Start Day: Sep 29th.

 The post, along with Spanish translation, can be found Here.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Prehistorica: The Dawn Kingdoms


Earlier this year, Second Life Newser went to the dinosuar-themed Prehistoria area. Several months later, Xymbers Slade found an LM and decided to give his own report on the place. Xymbers own report focuses less on the land and more on the avatars. So what did he have to say about them?

Read Xymber's article in Design.

Press Release: "I Feel You Feel Hunt"





Earth Nirvana’s Be Hunted Group and the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Second Life Committee are pleased to announce the start of the "I Feel, You Feel Hunt" in support of Making Strides!
TP to the first hunt location, the American Cancer Society, to get the first hunt gift and a copy of the landmarks and hints! All hunt items are 2Ls and there are over 50 stores participating with a variety of male, female, and unisex gifts.

100% proceeds goes to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. You can also find info and hints online: http://tinyurl.com/mo7o4tc

American Cancer Society Island Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/122/47/22

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight. Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and race money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.
About Be Hunted:

BE HUNTED {BH} is a group for store owners to promote their businesses through specially low priced or free prize hunts. {BH} is also a group for hunters to receive information on current and upcoming hunts. There is NO COST to participate. Please contact Earth Nirvana if you are interested in participating.
www.makingstridessl.org

http://4stores2behunted.wordpress.com/2-hunts/i-feel-you-feel-hunt/

Please contact Earth Nirvana in Second Life, if you have any questions or comments about the hunt.