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Monday, November 30, 2015
Read Ichie's interview in People.
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.
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.
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 ( http://slurl.com/secondlife/North%20Channel/128/128/24/ ) 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 (www.childsplaycharity.org) 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
Picture from Gemma Cleanslate. Holocluck Henly goes for a ride in the Pala Pala sim on a float appropriate for the holiday.
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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
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
Friday, November 27, 2015
See the pictures in Events.
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.
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY ALL SHOWS @ BUNDY's ARE CANCELLED.
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.
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
Aero Pines Park & Recreation Area Presents:
Our 9th Annual
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THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION BONFIRE DANCE
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All Welcome! - No Costume Necessary24/7 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
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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.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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
Read Becky's article in Places.
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.
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
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
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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 https://www.hfotusa.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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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 COUPONS AND GIFT CERTIFICATES MUST BE TRANSFERABLE.
• 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.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Torley Linden is a familiar name to many longtime Second Life residents. This popular Linden was known for both his watermelon-colored avatars, outfits, and other creations, and his helpful videos, which always began with "Friendly greetings!" BloodyKitty came across his sim, "Torley Island," which while in a cyberpunk theme, had much of it done up in his trademark pink and light green.
Read more in Places.
Gemma Cleanslate has been visiting the Linden Endowment of the Arts area again. She heard about a bar at the entrance of LEA3, though this one serves more than just drinks. Created by Eupalinos Ugajin, he describes his work as having "influences as diverse as Kafka and Joni Mitchell." So what did Gemma think?
Read Gemma's article in Design.
A full schedule of events and totals raised to date can be found on our website: http://sl-t4t.org
If you would like to get your own set of fundraising tools- kiosks, sale vendors, etc. Please contact Rocky Hillburton, Marissa Goodliffe, or Shannon Hillburton (Shannon Dubratt).
You can also join the inworld group, Annual T4T Christmas Benefit here:
Just copy and paste the group key in local.
Thank you for all of your support for Toys4Tots!!
ToYs for ToTs sponsored by WK Wild Kajaera, Escape to Jupiter (221, 126, 22)
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Tally ho - Steamlanders far and wide!
The 2015 Spoopy Steamlands Halloween Decorating contest was a resounding success, and the results are in - your votes have been tallied!
First, I want to acknowledge that without the generous donations of time and effort by Fauve Aeon who created the event poster, the event trophies, and extended the event - beyond prior years - out to encompass all of the Steamlands, this event would not have happened. Secondly I want to heap accolades upon Herr Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, also without whom this event could not have transpired, through his dedication to provide Town and Shire announcements to send out the decree unto all the Steamlands, and procurement of the neutral vote tally~ment.
So without further ado Maestro, timpani roll, please!
First place goes to... pause for dramatic effect...
Softpaw's Indoor Tea Garden!
'I never knew tea could be this frightening!'
Second place goes to: Bleue Lacroix
'Loved how over the top this ended up being. Fun, scary, and treats!'
Third place goes to: Sneaky Sam
'Wonderful layout, amazing pieces and really great place to hang out with friends.'
But wait that's not all; there's a special award! The Dauphine's Golden Key Award goes to...
Softpaw's Indoor Tea Garden for 'delightfully creepy atmosphere'!
And there you have it, a first in the annals of a united Steamlands Halloween decorating competition, where you, Steamland residents of hither and yon, contributed your building creativity and cast yer ballots to decide the outcome!
Stay tuned for future events, and we hope to see you all next year for a redux!
This event was brought to you by the Councillors of the City of Steelhead, the Consulate of Europa Wulfenbach, Fauve Aeon, and Bleue Lacroix.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
A picture from last weekend's crew meeting on Saturday November 14. Attending were Gemma Cleanslate, Becky Shamen, Nydia Tungsten, Bixyl Shuftan (myself), Wesley Regenbogen, and a guest, my friend Shadowrenee Ivanova.
We discussed a few things, such as the terrorist attack on Paris which had taken place the night before. Also was the spaceship game which has been proving popular in the Sunweaver community. We talked things over a little pizza, which Becky stood up to nibble on.
Zayn Till announced on Facebook yesterday that Raglan Shire, Second Life's most noted Tiny community, would be holding it's ninth annual talent show this Sunday, November 22.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Yesterday, Thursday November 19, was the first session of "Lab Chat," the new Q an A show organized by Linden Lab. The show started at 10:30 AM, taking place at the LEA Theater, and went "well over an hour." Jo Yardley and Saffia Widdershins hosted the show with Ebbe Linden.
Due to real life, none of the Newser reporters could attend the show. But Ciaran Laval was there, and wrote some about the event on her blog. She described it as going "quite smoothly, which was quite impressive with a four region setup that attracted over 150 people. The show launched on time, without any technical issues ... The questions had been selected from a pool of 46 questions submitted via the official Second Life forum."
Ebbe was described as talking "about land, commerce, Marketplace, experiences," and other topics. Of the Grid's land, of which there was a drop in sim set-up fees earlier this week, Ebbe stated that the Lab was continuing to look at options, but there were limits that could be done. Ciaran wrote that "reading between the lines," Ebbe was essentially saying there would be no drop in sim prices.
Ciaran reported there were a number of other Lindens there, "some lurking backstage where they were also joined by some of the Lab Chat production team, bloggers and of course residents who found backstage a less taxing location for their graphics stage than the main theater." She stated the team was "taking unscheduled questions and even asking their own questions."
The official page of Lab Chat (https://labchatsl.wordpress.com/) stated they hope to have a transcript of the event soon, and hope to have a recording of the event available by Tuesday.
Source: Ciaran Laval
Image Credit: Torley Linden
Read Becky's article in Design.
Friday, Nov 20th at 8:30 PM PST
Io, one of the remarkable moons of Jupiter, is well-known as the most volcanically-active body in the solar system. Its volcanism has been observed using large telescopes and spacecraft. In contrast, we have been making observations of Io using a mere 10-cm telescope from Haleakala. In this talk, I will describe the scientific output obtained from Haleakala using this tiny telescope.
CUH Alliance sim
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Last week, the yearly Second Life Veterans' Tribute took place. After I first wrote about this year's tribute, I had a chance to talk to it's curator, Wildroses Pevensey. Wildroses had a few things to say about the event, saying it was a bit tiring, but had absolutely no regrets.
Read the interview in Events.
Read Nydia's review in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
By Bixyl Shuftan
Read Gemma's article in Places.
Linden Lab Reduces Set-Up Fees For Getting Sims, Transfered Grandfathered Priced Regions Will Now Retain Status
Yesterday in the official Second Life blog, Linden Lab announced two changes in their sim fees that will be welcome news to the Grid's residents. "Effective immediately," the fees for setting up a private sim have been reduced up to forty percent.
- Full Private Island - previously $1000, now $600
- Developed Full Private Island - previously $1029, now $629
- Homestead Private Island - previously $375, now $225
- Developed Homestead Private Island - previously $395, now $250
- Openspace Private Island - previously $250, now $150
The other change regarding Linden fees is about the status of sims with grandfathered lower tier pricing ($195 US dollars a month for full private sims). Previously, when the ownership of such sims changed hands, they would lose their grandfathered status. Now, they keep their status when they have a new owner.
Inara Pey called the changes, "a step in the right direction," comparing it favorably to the one month "land sale" in October 2011 which failed to change the overall slow decline in the total number of privately held sims that year. Jo Yardley was glad to hear the news as well, though thought the set-up fees were still too high. Hamlet Au felt the changes were aimed not at the typical sim owner, but at land barons, calling it a move to encourage them to expand, and thus help maintain Linden Lab's revenue for enough time for the Sansar grid to gain a large following.
For the announcement in the Linden blog: Click Here.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Read the schedule in Events this Week.
It's that time of year again when the giving spirit is in full swing. Right now in Second Life avatars are working hard to get ready for the Holidays. One particular place in Second Life is focused on making sure children in need gets toys for Christmas. Please meet Rocky Hillburton. For the past 6 years Rocky and his team have been dedicating their time and efforts to raise donations for Toys 4 Tots. In the past 6 years Toys 4 Tots in Second Life with the support of residents raised over $110,000 USD with 100% of funds raised going to the Toys 4 Tots Foundation in Virginia.
Read the rest of Lanai Jarrico's interview in the SL Enquirer.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Read Becky's article in Places.
Read Gemma's review in Design.
Stopping by the Paris 1900 sims yesterday on Sunday, November 15, people were still gathering there to pay their respects to those killed on the attacks on the real life Paris on Friday the 13th. At one place, residents were leaving candles and other items from flowers to flags as part of a shrine for the dead.
But the tributes were not only at the Paris sims. At Creations Park, a small memorial, "We Pray for Paris and World Peace," was set up.
Barbie Alchemi, the owner of Creations Park, sent the Newser the above picture, "I built it as soon as I heard what happened. and as soon as I put it in place this women spontaneously knelt down to pray. She told me her family lives in Paris. It really touched me. I love the way the whole world comes together in Second Life."
Several blogs and newsletters have commented on the reactions to the Paris attacks, including the SL Enquirer, Daniel Voyager, and New World Notes.
As Second Life, and the world, mourns for the civilians who were killed, the retaliation has begun. Ten French military jets bombed the city the ISIS/DAESH group consider their capital. No doubt there will be more to report on about the attacks in their aftermath.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Saturday morning before I did anything else I stopped over at Paris 1900 at the Eiffel Tower which wore a sign that said “ Je suis Paris”.
There were many avatars from all over the world gathered to express sympathy for the events of Friday night in Paris. We all took signs that echoed the sign on the tower, Je Suis Paris and stood. Some prayed, some stood in silence, some expressed anger, but all were there.
There were many languages spoken but the sentiments were the same. We stood in solidarity against radicals who can strike anywhere , anytime. http://maps.secondlife.com/
DATE: NOVEMBER 15, 2015
The November and December 2015 exhibition features the November and December Windlight Art Fellows: Kaijah Chrome, Bamboo Barnes, Honey Bender, Valium Lavendar, Dean Yao, Benivinudo Moskalev, Twotone Rhiano, Van Caerndow, Dawnbeam Dreamscape, and Inara Pey. The Windight Artist in Residence, Wicca Merlin, and past Windlight Art Fellows SaoiriseHeart Resident and Ilyra Chardin are also showing in this new exhibition.
About the Windlight Artist Fellowship Program:
The Artist Fellowship program will provide free gallery space to both new and established artists for a period of 30 days. This program is open to both new and established artists in Second Life. The goal of the program is to provide promotional and artistic resources to artists in Second Life.
About Windlight Magazine:
Windlight Magazine is a publication about the art and photography world of Second Life. The goal of Windlight Magazine is to support artists, photographers, galleries, and related events. John nee Johannes1977 Resident is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor in Chief of Windlight Magazine and Gallery. The magazine is published on a monthly basis.
For More Information:
Saturday, November 14, 2015
On the evening of Friday the 13th in Paris France, terrorists launched a series of attacks, murdering scores of people. The terrorist targeted bars, clubs, the Paris Stadium where a game was being played, and the Bataclan theater and concert hall where over 100 people were massacred. So far, the death toll is over 150. At least eight terrorists are accounted for, all dead, seven from detonating suicide vests. So for, no group has yet taken credit.
In Second Life, people headed over to the Paris 1900 sims to show their support of the people in the real Paris. "These terrorists aren't just enemies of single nations. They are enemies of the world." "My heart is heavy with sorrow for all who have suffered at the hands of violence." "Much love prayers from our country to yours. Our hearts are with you all." "My sympathies and love go to those families who have lost their loved ones. May they be at peace. May the lost rest in peace, may their families find peace in their hearts. Much love to Paris."
One French resident told everyone, "Thank you all for joining us in this difficult night full of panic and fear and excessive sadness. and I thank you for your prayers. (I) need to try to get some rest now. I am alone in my house and panic and uncertainty, I can not sleep, try to get some rest now. See you, God willing and we'll see you tomorrow. thank you again. (takes leave giving a big hug to all, with tears in his eyes and heart, always wondering why such violence, many unjust situations)."
Michael Romani sent the Newser a picture (shown above) of earlier in the evening when a few more people were at the sims.
In January, Paris was the scene of an earlier attack when terrorists stormed the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, murdering twelve. Residents also gathered at the Paris 1900 sims then in a show of support.