Thursday, October 8, 2015

Think Pink Thursday at American Cancer Society Island

With it being the "Making Strides" fundraising season, Thursdays are being called "Think Pink Thursday." And talking a look at the American Cancer Society sim, many of the chairs and other items are pink. Many of the plants are pink. Even the sky is a shade of pink. It's enough to make one start humming "Henri Macini" music.

There were supposed to be special official event pink trousers at the MSABC Office, but I never did find those dropping in late yesterday. Perhaps they're not going up until sometime today. Keep an eye out for special "Making Strides" music events.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: Nemo II

(Click here if the video fails to play)

From May 2010 by Sextant Shepard, the builder of the Nemo sim, "Nemo II is the continuation of Nemo, the Steampunk Suibmarine city in Secondlife. You will be offered to visit some amazing places such as the Orichalcum Mine, the mighty Nautilus submarine, the village "Northelia" and the observatory."

SL Newser would write about Nemo in it's last days before the place closed in October 2010 here and here. The reprint of the March 2010 article SL Newspaper did is here.

Press Release: Second Life 2015 Christmas Exp Registration

Registration for the 2015 Second Life Christmas Expo is now open! The following link is the registration page for the 2015 Second Life Christmas Expo:

The expo and fair have a variety of merchant and non merchant sponsorships. You can view the additional sponsorships at the following links:

The fifth annual Second Life Christmas Expo will be held on December 3 to 14, 2015 and is a mega event that raises funds for Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL). 100% of registration fees, sponsorship fees, kiosk donations, hunt, raffle, auction, and vendor donation items are paid to RFL of SL. Relay For Life of Second Life is part of the American Cancer Society and is a virtual version of the real life Relay For Life. You can find more information about RFL of SL here: .

The 2015 Second Life Christmas Expo - A Frozen Christmas will consist of both holiday and non holiday items from some of the best creators and designers in Second Life, spread across 4 sims! The Expo will feature special events, including live performances, djs, Hunt For the Bells, Naughty Or Nice, a Christmas Tree Lot, Fashion Shows, Ice Skating, Snowman Building Contest and of course photos with Santa!  The Avi Choice Awards - Fashion are back as a special event at the Expo this year  as is The Holiday of Hope Ball.

The 2015 Second Life Christmas Expo Coordinator will be Nuala Maracas. Leala Spire will be the 2015 Second Life Christmas Expo Co-Coordinator.

About Relay For Life of Second Life:

Relay For Life of Second Life is an annual fundraising event that takes place in Second Life in July each year. Volunteers form or join teams to have fun while fundraising and raising awareness from mid-March through mid-July. In July teams build campsites and walk a track, just like a Real World Relay. Since 2005, RFL of SL has raised over $2.5 million USD for the American Cancer Society.  Since 1985, Relay For Life has become an international movement with over 5,000 Relays being held around the world. As of July 2014, RFL of SL ranks 17 out of 5,000! In fact, RFL of SL is the most global Relay event with teams and volunteers and supporters from more than 90 countries, worldwide.

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:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at Furry Fashion. What to do with noob avatars abandoned after day one? Obviously this huge wolf thinks they make great chew toys.

By Bixyl Shuftan

The Sim The Lab Wouldn't Close

Lately it seems a number of sims have been on the chopping block, sometimes threatened due to a bureaucratic glitch despite years of steady payments. So one would think if someone actually wanted their sim closed, Linden Lab would have it done quickly. In the case of MIC Island, that wasn't the case. Despite the owner telling them to take it down as she couldn't keep up the payments, the lab kept up the sim, and continued to bill her.

Read more in Extra.

Eye On the Blog: "Second Life Creepy Crawl 2015 - Call for Venues"

Xiola Linden posted in the official Second Life blog about the "Creepy Crawl," a list of Halloween-themed venues for Friday October 30, the weekday before Halloween.

A-haunting we will go! This year we’re going to take inworld meetups and Halloween shenanigans and mix them together for a frightful mashup of mind-blowingly fun times. But - we need your help to make it happen.
Are you interested in hosting a stop along our Second Life Creepy Crawl? We’re looking for spots that will have music, are appropriate for general and moderate audiences, and don’t mind having a few Lindens and Residents dropping in all at once to dance and hang out for a bit.
The Creepy Crawl will be taking place on October 30th - more details to follow for those who just want to come along for the fun! But for those interested is potentially being a stop along the crawl - here’s what you should do.

  1. Make sure your place is listed in the Destination Guide - here’s how to submit.
  2. Hop over to this form and fill it out before October 20th - we’ll start selecting the venues after that!
  3. Keep an eye out for an email and/or notecard after the 20th to let you know if your venue was selected.
Remember, only General and Moderate themed venues can take part. So clubs in residential areas that are Adult-rated cannot take part.

Press Release: Greedy For Tatas

                     ~Greedy for Tatas~
      Greedy Tournament benefiting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2015.
Hosted by *The Club*

Pre-register at:

Pre-lim rounds held October 10, 2015 starting at 10:00 am SLT 

200$L donation or more appreciated.

Championship round held October 10, 2015 at starting at 2:00 pm

Yes (74, 45, 21)

Grand Prize: Basket full of amazing Gift Cards.

Tournament Rules:

1. Each player must purchase seat for a recommended 200 L$ donation to the  Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kiosk
2. Each table will have a minimum of two players and a maximum of eight. 
3. Zilch Rules will apply with 1000 minimum score to get on board. 
4. Each table will play 3 games. 
5. The individual with the highest score overall from each table out of the three games moves up to Championship Round
6) If there is a tie at one of the tables for high score there will be a tie-breaking game (1)  between the players at the table(s) in question.

Championship Round - October 10, 2015 at 2pm slt.
1. The winners from each tables will play 3 games.
2. The  winner of the tournament is the player that has the highest overall score for all games of the championship round.
3. Zilch Rules will apply with 1000 minimum score to get on board.

All winners will be determined by high score.

If any player fails to show up at the said time of the championship round they forfeit their seat.
Players will be allowed 5 minutes if they crash to return. 3 crashes and they will be eliminated.
All judgment calls are determined by the Event Host.

Contact TS Darrow or Dianna Wycliffe with questions or concerns.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Making Strides Kickoff Events

Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 4 would see events for the "Making Strides" fundraiser for breast cancer. At 6PM SL time on Saturday, a DJ music party took place high over Silver Creek.

Hey everyone, we have DJ Gemstone spinning some tunes at Relay Hard Cafe. Come and join us as we kick off Strides!!!

On Sunday, Making Strides held it's Tailgating Party in Relay Relay dAlliez. The event started at 11AM SL time, and went on for some hours. The performers listed were DJ Titan Hawksky, Samm Quendra, Zak Clazton, Jeffak Resident, and Shane Dezno.

We are kicking off Strides in a big way.   We are having a Tailgating party!!!  It's a huge game.  Breast Cancer VS SL Stride Volunteers and Supporters!!   Come join us for pre-game music with T1 Radio, starting at 10 am.   Opening Ceremonies at 11 am, and then a great line of live performers and djs.  Come on out and cheer on our team!!  The fun goes through out the afternoon.   Sign up for upcoming events, pick up some great Tshirts, and other great things.

I dropped in while Shane sang for the crowd. There was a great deal of enthusiasm as the crowd cheered for her. And when her time finally ended, the screen was full of gestured as they applauded her performance. I would later be told some thousands of Lindens were raised that day for Making Strides. Let's hope they have a successful season.

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: Making Strides "Pink Sweetness"

Pink Sweetness- Want to Buy a Rose for a Loved one?

MSABC - Making Strides for Breast Cancer
October 10th and 11th, 2015

*Remember getting flowers from a loved one?
*Do you want to show how much you care?
*Want show someone here how much you appreciate them?
*Want to let a survivor or caregiver know you admire their fight?

Sign up to get  flowers/card sent to them the weekend of Oct 10/11!

1) Sign the google sheets form that will ask for information on who the recipient is and your contact information for that weekend. We will then IM you and you will be responsible for helping us find the person and TP to them to deliver!

2) Pay a vendor -
For bouquet of roses or vase of roses - 200 L
Pick the card out of the vendors you wish to personalize and send the card back to us for delivery.

3) Send Rowena Dubrovna a transaction record by copying and pasting the transaction record to her in notecard or IM and the card you wish to match with your flowers.


4) On October 10th and 11th, a team of people will deliver the flowers/cards to the recipient! We will be IM'ing you directly asking for a location, and if/when they are online we will ask you to TP us to them. If they are not on the entire weekend we will send it to you to deliver.

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Furry Fashion Halloween Hunt

It's October, and that means for the Furry Fashion store, it's time for their Halloween Hunt. Running from October 1st last week until Halloween night, the event promises a new place to explore, freebies to pick up, and spooky Halloween-ish fun.

"We've been working on this all summer," Amethyst Crystal (Amethysia) told me about the event, "Basically theres a hunt in a special Halloween area, you get a hud as you go in and put it on and look for bats. the bats give out prizes as you find them and if you find them all you get a bonus gift box. there's also 'trick or treat' bats which will trick you but also give the chance to give a exclusive limited edition item too. There's also special halloween shops set up by various merchants."

Amethyst and her friend Fortunas Sands gave me an early peek at the Halloween area. "Theres a maze and graveyard, witch's house and petshop, along with a surprise or two," Amethyst told me, "And there's plenty of seats around the area for good pictures, including a deadman's hanging tree. ... This is all going on along side the Quest Fur Cover grid wide hunt Furry Fashion organizes .... So a very busy month especially since we're in the Twisted Hunt too."

"Ae plan to have security working shifts here in costume for the first few days," Amethyst explained, then mentioned there would soon be special costumes for the staff. Showing me hers, it certainly left a lot around her mid-section exposed. When we got to a certain hall area, Fortunas would show me his ghost T-Res avatar, then a "Clownasuarus Rez" look, a T-Rex dressed up in clown make-up.

Of the graveyard area, "we even have staff graves," Amethyst told me. They plan to have their big Halloween party there as well.

As for the Halloween hunt, after picking up a special HUD for the event, one searches for the small bats scattered across the Halloween areas. Clicking on them, there is a chance the player may end up "tricked" and transformed, "Patrons get to become part of the horror show. ... They're trick or treat bats for a reason. But there is a chance of getting a exclusive gift off them too, a limited ed that won't be sold or given away any other time. And if you do get 'tricked' by a trick or treat bat there is a un-deformer door in the main  vendor area."

Once again, the event runs the whole month to Halloween night. So come on over to Furry Fashion sim for some spook-tacular Halloween fun.

Furry (170, 90, 27)

Bixyl Shuftan

Halloween at Calas

A few days ago, Gemma Cleanslate wrote about the Calas Galadhon sims, which had been given a new autumn look for the season. But there was one part that had yet to be opened: Valyria. Named for the abandoned city in "Game of Thrones," Ty Tenk and Truck Meredith have come up with a picturesque, spooky exhibit for this Halloween definitely worth a visit.

Read Gemma's article in Places.

Steelhead and Mont Saint Michal Still Up, For Now

Last month, we reported about the Steelhead Estates and the Mont Saint Michal sim set to close after September 30. But in a stroke of luck, it seems these picturesque locations haven't gone away yet.

Stopping by both locations, Mont Saint Michael was completely untouched, with several residents taking advantage of the extra time to explore around. Similar story with the Steelhead Estates. Steelhead, Steelhead Harborside, Steelhead Boomtown, and Steelhead St Hellens were still around. Only Nevermoor wasn't there, having been renamed to Ravenwood and moved after ownership was transferred to Willow Leafstorm.

As to why the sims are still up, perhaps Linden Lab simply haven't gotten around to taken them down. Or maybe the Lab really is listening this time, postponing the day of reckoning for something to be worked out somehow. In any event, the sims are still around for people to walk about in and enjoy, at least for now. How much longer is anyone's guess, except possibly Linden Lab's.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at Seagull Island Park, this vampire bat isn't going to find his next meal in a bottle soon.

by Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Prometheus Grid.

Some Second Life users like to explore other virtual worlds to see what else is out there. Some have been out there for quite some time. But there are still some just starting up. The makers of the new Prometheus Grid contacted the Newser and requested a meet-up. So Bixyl Shuftan hopped over to see this new grid with currently just a few sims and residents, but high hopes.

Read more in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.

SL Video: "The Queen Anne's Revenge - Second Life "

(Click here if the video fails to play)

From "The Virtual Redblog of Redgrrl" on August 2008, "a short video of my lovely ship The Queen Anne's Revenge, Silent's Folly - Cooper River, Wando. The ship was made by Baron Grayson of Relic and the antique furnishings were those I collected on my many plundering raids. Enjoy! Featuring Jolly Roger by Adam and the Ants."

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Trip to the Amazon: Day One

A few years ago, Linden Lab came up with it's "Amazonian Adventure." While liked overall, some residents thought there was room for improvement. Recently the Newser found out about a newer Amazon area, one which has adventure, but also some dangers. Bixyl Shuftan took a trip over, likely to be the first of a few.

Read more in Places.

Hurricane Troubles

A hurricane is threatening the East Coast, causing storms this weekend and making landfall about Monday. This may mean power outages that could last for hours or days, depending on the severity of the winds, and the priorities of the repair crews should there be a lot of damage to the power grid. As a few SL Newser reporters are in it's path, including the editor, there is the possibility the SL Newser will stop updating, aside from what was uploaded ahead of time, for a short time.

Check out, or other sources of information on the latest.  For a look at weather in Second Life, check out NOAA Virtual Weather (2011 article).

Press Release: "Photos For A Cure"

Thank you for your interest in the MSABC in SL 2015 Photo Contest sponsored by Skyy Games and Paramour Studios .

Take your best pictures with our chosen theme “Beauty Within” and add it to our Flickr group.
1st Prize 10,000L
2nd Prize 5,000L
3rd Prize 3,000L
+ winners posted on our website and Facebook page.
Photography Contest  runs from 1st October till 18th October.
Open to all Second Life residents.
Rules :
♦ Photo cannot show privates or nipples (pasties may be used). We ask for tastefully done photos with no explicit scenes.
♦ Size must be 1600 x 1200 and full perms
♦ One entry per avatar
♦ Photo should reflect the theme of “Beauty within”
♦ Photo editing is allowed
♦ Upload your entry in the Flickr group:

♦ Send one full perm copy of photo in world to Leala Spire.
♦ Photos will be on display and up for silent auction from October 20th – 25th to raise funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Second Life.
♦ Include “MSABC 2015” in the title of your photo
♦ Winners will be notified on the 25th October
Help us make Strides for Victory against Breast Cancer.  We Are So looking Forward to your submissions.  Contact Leala Spire if you need more information.
Good luck!