Thursday, April 27, 2017

News and Commentary: Linden Lab Changing From Open Beta to Open Alpha Release


When Linden Labs first gave an estimate in September 2016 of when their next-generation virtual world Sansar would be in open beta, the date given was January 2017. In early Janurary, the date was described as "after March." Later in January, the date given was sometime in "the first half of 2017," meaning as late as June 2017. But when the Irish Times wrote about an interview they did of CEO Ebbe Altberg, they reported that Sansar would be in an "open alpha" release sometime this summer 2017. At what point it would go into beta was unexplained.


What this suggests is not only is Sansar currently at "an early stage of development," as Hamlet Au commented, but that they are having more difficulties and delays than anticipated. When Linden Lab placed an ad for Linkedin for a software engineer to help them develop a voxel-based terrain editor, Hamlet was initially quite impressed. But with these delays, he feels they should "have hired someone to build that maybe two years ago." This is on top of existing doubts about Sansar, it beginning to remind him of the old "Blue Mars" virtual world of several years ago, which was fading into obscurity after less than two.

So when will Sansat be complete? Hamlet was thinking that might not be until sometime in 2018. How will users react to an unstable open alpha Sansar that crashes more than Second Life? Probably not very well.

Source: New World Notes , The Irish Times

Bixyl Shuftan

Registration for Raglan Shire Artwork Now Open


Raglan Shire is noted as the location of Second Life's best known communitiy of "Tinies," not to mention the over-the-top antics of it's residents. It has yearly events every month, it's tenth anniversary being last month. But one event attracts many residents from across the Grid: the Raglan Shire Artwalk. This year, the Artwalk runs from May 14 to June 18, and the registration for interested artists has now opened.

Residents of Second Life may show their artwork during this time.  Reproductions of RL artwork (painting, drawing, digital fine art, printmaking that can be imported and put on a prim) are encouraged, along with SL photography, manipulated photography and sculpture. ... Each year we have had over 100 artist participants exhibiting in spaces over several sims. This year, the 12th ArtWalk, we hope for a good turnout and will include space in the newly renovated Raglan Shire, in Heron Shire forest, and in other sims in the cluster if needed. The 2D artwork will be displayed along hedgerows around Raglan Shire, and sculpture in designated areas of the forest on Heron Shire.

Entries opened on Saturday, April 22, and artists and photographers have until May 7 at 9PM until registrations are closed. Those whom resistered in time will be notified of their setup locations starting on Tuesday May 9. Setting up the art runs from 9AM on Friday May 12 and all day Saturday May 13. The Takedown is from one minute after 6PM on June 18 to Tuesday June 20.

For the announcement from Raglan in full, Click here. For a list of the requirements, Click here.

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Scenes From The "Bid The Lindens Bald" Party


Last week, the "Bid the Lindens Bald" fundraiser came to an end. The tally of the totals was marked by a party, which saw the Lindens on the third place team present losing their hair, along with a few others. The Newser was there, and took a number of pictures.

See the pictures in Events.

Cartoon of the Day: Head Linden



Taken at the "Lindens Jail and Bail" at the Fantasy Faire. Dropping by there, the lag was so bad, most avatars were only half-rezzed or just nametags. While I wasn't able to get the total amount raised as the kiosk never rezzed to me, someone told me the amount was close to 250,000 Linden dollars.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Update On The Rusty Garter Saloon


A few months ago, we wrote about the "Rusty Garter Saloon," a cowboy-themed venue in the Caledon II sim. Recently, there has been a change in ownership. Blake (Palmerblake), the owner of the saloon, along with the location's Patty Poppy (Autopilotpatty Poppy), will no longer be operating the establishment. The last event under their direction was on Friday April 14. But fans of the saloon need not worry. One of the people coming by to enjoy the place, Soaron Ronin (soaron.fazuku), stepped up to continue to run it.

Chatting with Soaron some, he explained that the transfer had been done, "ll is sorted.. just small details." He had no plans to change anything, "The saloon remains as is.. just a new owner that likes to keep the place running." He would need to find a DJ, but he expected that wouldn't take long. I asked him if he had any role at the saloon before. His answer was, "Wanderer, as most of my SL life." So would it be a problem for him to have to take care of a fixed location? He told me no, "Well I got time, so not a problem." He told me that visitors to the saloon should expect to see him act in-character, "I keep the OOC (talk) to a bare minimu."

The "Rusty Garter Saloon" has events "every other Friday" at 7PM SL time.

Caledon II (112, 69, 22)

Bixyl Shuftan

Steelhead Update


Work on the Steelhead Community's home of Steelhead Bay continues. Besides Club Gearz, they now have a new place to dance, their new theater. On Friday April 21, it had it's first event in the form of a "Mad Scientists' Ball," with Fuzzball Ortega playing the music.

Shortly afterwards, Fuzzball gave a brief announcement for the community, saying that Loki Eliot was helping him with building and touching up the streets, "Bear with us as we get that situated." They were also adding street lamps to help light up the place at night. But there was one other issue at hand.

"Something may or may not be living in the bay," Fuzzball stated, "Apparently, folks have been seeing something surface every three minutes or so." He would later post the picture to the left on Facebook, "I think it's some old log floating in the bay......"

So is it "Swamp Gas" as someone suggested. Or does Steelhead have it's own sea monster? Perhaps time will tell. Or perhaps the "old log" will float away to other shores.

Bixyl Shuftan 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


It's a busy week of events with the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs. This weekend, something new. The Happy Vixen and Club Cutlass will be taking apart in the Relay for Life Club Crawl.

Club Cutlass: Best in 'Q' and 'R,' TBA, Club Crawl

Happy Vixen: Silver and Gold, Heroes and Villains, Fashion Diva, Fandoms, Club Crawl, Club Crawl, CAYA

Furry Fashion: Hip-Hop, Leather, Latex, and Lace, Scalies, Robots, Hats and Headgear, Hippies vs Hipsters, Nocturnal, Cyber, Winged/Flight

Xanadu: TBA, TBA

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Announcement: First Annual Mad Hatter's Dance For Life




Please join us for fun filled time
May 6,
4-5pm Sophie live blues singer
5-8 DJ Luis
and 
May 7th,
 4-6pm  DJ Mike, Rock and Roll music
6-7pm Ms. Lark , with her gorgeous voice Live

Take the Rabbit Hole to hidden room, walk the maze to the Wonderland. Please Join us and lets Dance for Life for those we know.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Team Sunbeamer "Bid Me" Results


For close to a month, Team Sunbeamers has had a number of "Bid Me" events going. Numbering ten at first, including one that was actually an auction, the number of the fundraisers was soon raised to thirteen. Finally on Friday, April 21, at 8PM, the kiosks for the events were frozen, and the amounts calculated. Team captain made an announcement of the results the following day, in the cases of events involving more than one kiosk only the amount of the winning one announced.


1. BIXYL 1100L goes Tiny Fox
2. VIDEO - 7600L Winner DUSK
3. GREASE - 700L - Goes Original AV
4. SHOCK - 1270L - Stays Wolf
5. GIL - 1250L - Goes JAILBAIT
6. PERRI - 1100L - Chocolate bunny
7. SNOWY - 5800L - Rita
8. BRANDI - 1000L - Little Mouse
9. RITA - 1200L Goes Rat
10. Christine: 1000L - Rita
11. Vicki - 1000L - Rita
12. Kacey - 1000L - Rita
13. Clover - 1000L - Rita


Of the video auction, Dusk Griswold gets to chose the theme of Nydia Tungsten's next video, as well as the dancers or actors. Some, including Rita and myself, are stuck in new avatars for a week. Though as yours truly does some work on journalism, on some occasions such as when doing interviews I'll be temporarily back in my usual avatar.

The Sunbeamer team has been described as "creeping towards Silver." In the past three weeks, the team has raised about twenty thousand Linden dollars, the team total as of when this article was written adding up to 122,700 Lindens (Totals page). .This upcoming weekend, Club Cutlass and the Happy Vixen, two clubs of the Sunweaver and Angel communities, of which most of the members of Team Sunbeamers make their home, will be a part of the Club Crawl. Future planned events include an air show, a road rally, a tribute party for the late Artistic Fimicloud, and others.

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: Relaystock



May 12, 13 and 14, 2017 in Relay dAlliez

It's time to get out the tie-dyes, love beads and 60s outfits once again!  RelayStock is BACK! 

The Relay Rockers announced today plans for the 4th annual gathering of the teams at Relay For Life's favorite multiteam event RelayStock 2017.  Started by the team in 2014, RelayStock is a chance for Relay teams to come together, kick back and Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back before the closing push toward Relay Weekend and the close of Passport To Hope, the 2017 Relay For Life of Second Life season.

"it's been one of the highlights of past Relay seasons, and I fully expect the same for RelayStock 2017" said Arizona Ballinger, 2017 Relay Rockers captain. "I love seeing the entire sim filled with relayers dancing and hanging out.  When you land and see all the team banners flying across Relay dAlliez you can see just how much  Relay means to so many people."

Entertainment stage slots of 90-120 minutes can be reserved by registered Relay Teams, and will feature DJs and Live performances.   Keeba Tammas and The Tiny Maniacs will take the stage Sunday May 14th at 2pm. followed by T1Radio's Relay Rap talk show.

 Teams can reserve either a small tent or VW 'hippie bus' with up to 200 prims for kiosks, vendors or what ever decorations they wish.

Online and Stage Reservation Requests can be made at:  https://goo.gl/9veVJz

Direct all questions to arizona@t1radio.com or trader@t1radio.com
or contact  Arizona Ballinger or Trader1 Whiplash in world.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Giant Snail Race at Raglan Shire. Although redshirts didn't have such a high death rate in later series, the joke from the original Star Trek series persisted. So one would think survival in itself was the real trophy.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week At The Seanchai Libraries


**SUNDAY, April 23rd, at 6 pm: MAGICLAND STORYTIME: The Wind in the Willows begins with Caledonia. 


**MONDAY, April 24th, at 7 pm: Alan Dean Foster's A MIRACLE OF SMALL FISHES with Gyro Muggins

**TUESDAY,  April 25th, at 7 pm: Selections from Neil Gaiman's NORSE MYTHOLOGY with Caledonia Skytower.

**WEDNESDAY, April 26th, at 7 pm: TOLKIEN TALES - Selections from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy with Corwyn Allen, Aoife

Lorefield, Kayden Oconnell. (also presented in Kitely)
  
**THURSDAY, April 27th:

        ~ @7PM: Monster & Myth: THE CHIMERA Concludes with Shandon (also presented in Kitely)

        ~ @ 9PM: SEANCHAI LIATE NIGHT: contemporary Sci-Fi with Finn  Zeddmore (back at Seanchai on Bradley U)


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NOTE:  This week we are at Fantasy Faire in SL - benefiting Relay for Life -  except where marked specifically below.  Wednesday and Thursday Sessions will be presented in both Second Life and Kitely. 

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kakushi%20Pasu/135/62/42

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/100/209/28

www.seanchailibrary.com

https://www.facebook.com/SeanchaiLib

"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in VIRTUAL WORLDS."

All stories told in open voice. All times SL/PT

Saturday, April 22, 2017

SL Video: "Not Quite Human"




(Click here to see the video)

From Nydia Tungsten on April 18, "This was inspired by "Dream Song" you can find her talent here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GsAH..."

This video is a departure from Nydia's typically happy and fun fare. Humankind no doubt has much to be proud of. Alone among the animals can groups of them change the land as they see fit, to farm the land and store or trade food so lean times do not mean starvation, to understand the universe around them, even to fly and (temporarily) leave the planet. And he has more than intelligence. He is one of the few animals that can see in color, and has among the lowest rates of infanticide of animals.

But ...

The road to modern humans was a bumpy, sometimes perilous one, that involved climate change that turned the land of his ancestors to dry dust, that at one point shrank his numbers to what today would be considered an endangered species. Mankind did survive, but did it come at a cost? While we've become smart enough to cooperate to survive, we've also become ruthless enough to destroy other tribes that we see as being in our way, holding grudges that last for generations, centuries, even millennia.

There are those whom see the ability of humans to get along as having limits that are just too hard-wired to overcome, that we will forever be a species divided among it's tribes that at best can get along only when there's a common enemy, and once again bicker and fight once that enemy has been defeated. And then there are those who say "No," that time again time again, Man has risen past such hate even even there is no advantage, and even disadvantage, to do so, that our future is not one of eternal warfare but of overcoming our differences and channeling our aggression to less destructive activities such as sports.

So who is correct? How do you define what it is to be human?

Comments by Bixyl Shuftan

Friday, April 21, 2017

RFL Fantasy Faire Opens



The Fantasy Faire sims are now open. Fifteen regions of various well-designed landscapes. Although many of the places are essentially shops, the sims are designed so beautifully, the event is a must-see for any resident.


The event describes itself as "The largest fantasy-related event to take place in Second Life, Fantasy Faire brings together fantasy enthusiasts, creators, performers and designers for eleven days of commerce, special events, live music concerts with special emphasis on fund-raising for Relay for Life of Second Life."

Some of the places are more-or-less what one would expect at a Fantasy event, aside from much more detailed. Others are a bit darker, from the dark circus at Anansi, to the post-apocalyptic
San Mora, to the Orcish stronghold of Chaddul Ro. There is a great deal to see.



For a look at what awaits you, here's a video by Whisper Mizin of the sims.

For a list of the events, check out the calendar. Among those today the "Lindens Locked Up" Jail and Bail from 2-4 PM at Egregore (181/178/41) , At Opal Flight (214/59/41) are the following:

11AM – 12PM: The Night Theater
1 – 2 PM: Lady Garden Cabaret
3 – 4 PM: The Monarchs
5 – 6 PM: Misfit Dance & Performance Art

There is also the Literary Festival, the Fairelands Quest, and various roleplay classes and events.

For more information, check out the Fantasy Faire blog at https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

 Fairelands Junction (91, 125, 60)

Eye On The Blog: Email Verification


For Second Life users, the ability to receive group notices and Instant-Messages in one's email can be a relief as it allows one to keep track of them without having to log in. Plus when one gets more than a few Instant-Messages when offline, email can be the only way to get them as only a few will be stored for one to see when logging back on, the extras capped.

For Linden Lab, having to keep track of the emails of so many accounts can be a daunting task. And if the account of a new user, or alt, is made-up or unused, which has the potential of getting Second Life flagged by an Internet Service Provider as a sender of spam. So recently, Linden Lab recently announced "over the next few months we will be converting all the sources of email in Second Life to not even try to send to an address that has not been verified."

To verify your email address, go to your Account: Change Email Address page. Go to the "verify" link next to it, and click on it. You should then get a verification letter in your email. Click on the link there to verify your email address. After that, and refreshing your page, the word next to your email address should change to "verified."

For more information, check the community notice in full here:
https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/2155-making-email-from-second-life-more-reliable/

In addition, Inara Pey wrote about the email verification as well.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Science Circle


Saturday, April 22th at 10 AM PDT

"Unsung Women in STEM" by Phil Youngblood, USA
In text and voice.

The contributions of women to science has long been underrepresented or unrecognized. This presentation highlights significant ‘unsung’ accomplishments in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by 16 women over the course of the last two centuries, together with the struggles they faced while working in historically male-dominated fields of study and practice.

More information about Phil's presentation at: https://sciencecircle.org/upcoming-presentation/
          
Join us at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/61/126/32

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"Bid The Lindens Bald" Raises Nearly One And A Half Million LInden Dollars



What has clearly been the most successful Relay for Life "Bid Me" event in Second Life history came to it's conclusion at 2PM SL time yesterday at Wednesday April 20 in the Relay dAlliez sim. Twenty eight Lindens in three teams put their hair on the line for the cause of raising money for the American Cancer Society. Bidding was slow at first. But in the final days the cash was pouring in. And the results of the three teams are:

Customer Accounts: 719,182
Concierge: 352,485
Land Ops/LDPW: 399,735
 
Total: 1,471,402

The Lindens whom will be losing their hair, for a time period of close to a year, are:

Boris Linden
Derrick Linden
Izzy LInden
Kai Linden
Lillian Linden
Madori Linden
Theresa Linden
TJ Linden
Vix Linden
Whitney Linden

The money raised is counted as a part of the Relay Rockers team, which originated the "Bid Me Bald" events, and has the noted Relayer Trader Whiplash of T1 Radio as part of their members.

Congratulations to all involved.

Bixyl Shuftan

Resceduled: Songbird At Grendle's Today, "Bid Me" Events For Sunbeamers Extended


Due to unforeseen events, two events in Second Life will be happening at different times than originally scheduled.

On Saturday April 8, Songbird (Songbird1028 Sorbet) was scheduled to give a live music performance at Castel Bufo (AKA the "Fool's Castle") over Grendel's Children in the Avaria Tor sim. Unfortunately, the event was postponed due to technical difficulties. It has been rescheduled to today, April 20, at 12Noon SL time, "One last chance to break the dinosaurs while listening to the Amazing Songbird!!"

To get there, get to the Grendel's telehub, then sit on the nearby rocket for a quick ride to the castle.

Avaria Tor (133/135/302)

*  *  *  *  *


The "Bid Me" events being held by the Relay for Life's Team Sunbeamers were originally scheduled to end last night at 8PM following the conclusion of the party at Club Cutlass, where the kiosks for the event are located. But team Captain Rita Mariner is in the hospital for kidney stones, possibly for a few days. So the conclusion of the "Bid Me" events has been postponed until her return, possibly at 8PM Friday April 21, or Saturday April 22.

The Newser wishes Rita Mariner a quick and reasonably painless recovery (at least as painless a recovery one can expect from kidney stones). In the meantime, people are encouraged to make further donations for the Relay for Life at Club Cutlass's "Bid Me" events.

Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757).

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Giant Snail Race in Raglan Shire Saturday April 22



Hey Tiny Folks this week the Giant Snails will be running across the Raglan sims.

This is a Relay For Life Event all Moneys collected will go to the American Cancer Society

Giant Snail Arrows should start appearing soon. The theme is Sci Fi. The Snail is free. Any donation gets you a scarf to race. Scarf = Ticket. Just put some money in the Kiosk here.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gullwing%20Coast%20Racers/165/116/777

and you will get your scarf. Suggested donation 500L Anythings fine though . Hope to see you all there.

The theme is Sci Fi. So decorate your full perm snail. Try the course out should be mostly there by Thursday.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



While on the Madpea Easter Egg Hunt, I came across this coffee stall. Perhaps the name comes from the caffeine, but the place was a little scary at night.

Bixyl Shuftan

Kristin Linden And The "Bid The Lindens Bald"


The "Bid the Lindens Bald" event ends today. The event has been a success with the total raised in the hundreds of thousands of Linden dollars. Occasionally, one or more Lindens could be found at the location. The Newser was fortunate enough to run into one: Kristin Linden. Even for a Linden, her avatar was unique. She was willing to talk and explain a few things.

Read more in Events.

Ari's Piano Recital


It was almost a year ago in which Deaflegacy wrote about her favorite piano player: Arisia Vita, or just Ari as he prefers to be known. He is still playing piano music around places. Deaf was recently at his weekly recital in Perfect Paradise, which has drawn a regular audience.

Read Deaflegacy's article in People.

Announcement: The Relay For Life Club Crawl


Hi there, hope all is well with you. The Relay For Life team that I am part of, Go the Distance, is hosting a Club Crawl April 29-30, It is a fund-raiser for Relay For Life that would consist of the Go the Distance team and others moving from club to club, spending a specific amount of time at each club throughout the weekend. The club with the highest amount of donations in their kiosk by the end of the weekend wins the Club Crawl. Awesome accolades for the winning club! If you and your club would like to participate please contact Cathy10 Longoria and/or Random Padar. Sign Up https://goo.gl/forms/oH5TJlfIgSgUwq213 Deadline is April 24!

Expectations of the club...DJs and hosts of the club volunteer their time accepting no tips according to the the RFL guidelines. A Go the Distance kiosk will be placed at the beginning of the event. In the event the club belongs to another team a donations will be shared using a dual team kiosk. Event will be PG rated.  Advertise within their group. Clubs can have special contests, extra DJs, live singers, etc during the weekend to increase their odds of winning.

Cathy10 Longoria
RFL Go the Distance

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


It's another week of events at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge

Club Cutlass: Best in "P", Gone Green, Fantasy Night

Happy Vixen: Easter Redux, Badass in Black, Hospital Hijinks, Horse and Pony, CAYA

Xanadu: TBA, TBA

Furry Fashion: Science Fiction, Tinies and Chibis, Monsters, Hybrids, Blue and Yellow, Felines, Disco, Zombies vs Survivors, Green/Celtic

See the schedule in SL Clubbin'.

Press Release: The Halfway There Fair, May 5 - 7

RELAY FOR LIFE OF SECOND LIFE REACHES THE HALFWAY POINT!


Relay For Life of Second Life Relayers invite your to celebrate with them as the Relay season reaches its halfway point.


Starting at 6 p.m. SLT on Friday, May 5, a Small Town Festival will be held on ACS Island and continue through the evening of Sunday, May 7. Come play with the team-hosted games, participate in a Gotya event, enjoy entertainment and awards ceremonies and much more.

“Halfway There celebrates the achievements of our Relayers so far this year and shouldn’t be missed,” said event Chair Nuala Maracas. “Our teams and sponsors have been pouring their hearts into the season to help our American Cancer Society defeat cancer.”

The second half of the Relay season looks to shape up to be unforgettable with exciting and fun events scheduled between now and Relay Weekend on July 15 & 16.

About Relay For Life of Second Life

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society and has been active, and continually growing in Second Life for 13 years. In 2005, the first Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) was attended by a few hundred avatars and raised almost $5,000 US dollars for the American Cancer Society. As of July 2014 RFL of SL ranked number 17th in donations received among more than 5,600 relay events held worldwide. As of January, 2017 RFL of SL celebrated raising 3 million US dollars to support the mission of the Society to 'Save Lives, Celebrate Lives and Lead The Fight for A World Without Cancer!

About the American Cancer Society

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays and is the world leader in the fight to end cancer. Together with our global partners and millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society carries out its mission to Save Lives, Celebrate Lives, and Lead the Fight for a World Without Cancer.

For More Information:


Monday, April 17, 2017

"Bid The Lindens Bald" Ends Wednesday



 Only a few days left to make a donation to the Linden "Bid Me Bald" Event. Twenty-eight Lindens and Moles, organized in three teams, are involved in the unique event in which for the first time members of Linden Lab's finest are putting their hair on the line. Put your Lindens in the kiosk of the team of your choice: Concierge, Land Operations and LDPW, and Customer Accounts departments. The loser gets their heads shaved.


Occasionally, one or more of the Lindens will show up for an event at the Bid Me location at the Relay dAlliez sim. Fuzzball Ortega took this picture of three , Ami, Tommy, and Corky Linden, who showed up for one event earlier this month.

https://community.secondlife.com/forums/topic/404561-bid-the-lindens-bald/

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Relay%20dAlliez/100/20/23

Image Credit: Fuzzball Ortega

An Eventful Easter Weekend



Yours truly had a busy time this Easter weekend. There wasn't much time to write, so what I ran into on the bunny trail will have to wait a little before it can be described in detail. Among what happened, Madpea's Egg Hunt, the Relay's paintball match, the Easter parties at Club Cutlass and Xanadu, and more.

Bixyl Shuftan

Relay For Life Fantasy Faire, April 20-April 30


* * Fantasy Faire 2017, April 20 – 30* *
A Benefit for the American Cancer Society


Celebrating its ninth year, Fantasy Faire 2017 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, April 20 to Sunday April 30, treat yourself to eleven days of shopping, live music concerts, DJ parties, auctions, hunts, Literary Festival, dance and theater performances, fantasy art, events and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.

Avatars, clothing, furnishings, gadgets and exclusive items are available from more than 200 of Second Life’s top Fantasy Creators across ten stunning shopping sims designed by some of the visionary artists behind many of the hottest spots on the Second Life destination guide.

The Fantasy Faire 2017 is made possible by the generous support of our Sim and Event Sponsors, which will be detailed on our website with more information about them.

Fantasy Faire 2017 will be open to the public April 20 – April 30. The SLurl to the event can be found on the website on the opening day. We welcome you to come and join the story.

For more information please contact:
Elizabeth Tinsley or Sonya Marmurek in world
or via email @: fantasyfairesl@gmail.com

Are you or a loved one battling cancer? Find out how many ways the American Cancer Society is there to help. Visit cancer.org or call (US) 800-ACS-2345.

Email: FantasyFaireSL@gmail.com

Website: http://fantasyfaireSL.wordpress.com/
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/fantasyfairesl/
Plurk: http://www.plurk.com/FantasyFaireSL
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FantasyFaireSL
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/fantasyfairesl/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FantasyFaireSL
RFL in SL: www.relayforlife.org/secondlife


American Cancer Society SLurl:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/127/103/21

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at Club Cutlass' Easter party. DJ Snowbuns was sporting a milk chocolate bunny look. Perhaps it was a good luck charm with her music.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Announcement: Paint Ball for a Cure



Brought to you by Team Shadow and Team Live Wire.  Saturday April 15th 2:00-6:00 pm slt at Silver Creek Paint Ball Arena.

Play for a donation to The American Cancer Society.

Vendors, Raffles, and Kiosks welcome!

Come join the Melee.

For More Information contact Gem Sunkiller

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Silver%20Creek/227/185/2265

SL Video: "In the Darkness"




(Click here if the video fails to play)

By Art Furry Studio on July 2016 , "The main character after work returned home and falls into a terrible accident, after which she falls into a coma and is in clinical death. To wake up, she must correct the mistake she made before the accident, but she is haunted by a mysterious ghost. Will she be able to fulfill her destiny and be saved?"

Scriptwriter: Eduard QuantWolf Babichev
Composer and Sound: Mikhail Miikhail Kulikov

Friday, April 14, 2017

SL14B Applications Open



It was announced early this morning that the remaining applications for the fourteenth Second Life Birthday celebration have finally opened. It was in late February that those for volunteers for infrastructure builders were being taken. Now the applications for exhibitors (those in charge of and building the various exhibits). performers (DJs, live musicians, comedians, etc.) volunteers (greeters, stage managers, exhibitor assistants, etc.) and auditorium (discussing a topic, media event, etc.).

Do you want to build a gorgeous parcel full of fun? Give a view of your prodigious talents to the wider SL community? Teach the masses about your favorite topic? Or just assist in all the mayhem? Applications for SL14B are OPEN! Keep your eyes on this blog (and fill out the subscriber to the right with your email address to get all the updates). We’ll be looking for more folks to fill out the roster in the coming days. But in the meantime, APPLY!

It is asked that those interested read the general event policies, as well as exhibitor and performer policies and the volunteer code of conduct. While a time limit hasn't been given, there's only so many exhibit spaces and a limited amount of time slots for performers.

The SL14B begins on Sunday June 18. The Second Life Newser has had an exhibit at the SLB every year for six years. What will we have this year? Come and find out.

Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: Xanadu's "Fallout" Party


Perri Prinz is a DJ and the owner of the Xanadu classic rock club in Second Life, as well as the writer of "Spectral Shadows." On the night of Sunday April 9, Xanadu ran a "Fallout" themed party. A game of a post-apocalyptic setting might seem like an odd theme for a classic rock club. But as it turns out, the music from the Fallout games comes from what Perri describes as a "lost period" in music history that the game was helping to revive interest in. Perri would write about the event afterwards.

Read Perri's reader submission in SL Clubbin'

The Petrovsky Flux Is Gone


In 2013, the Newser reported on an LEA exhibit called the Bogon Flux, described as, "a scrap-metal steampunk structure that defies gravity." Enterable from the bottom, the structure was a series of hollow metalic-looking tubes that connected to junctions that led to other tubes, windows, and occasionally a fishtank or metallic hand. The structure was not static, but would slowly build itself up to resembling a huge metallic tree, and every so often would collapse and the process of building would start all over again.

Created by Blotto Epsilon, later he and Cutea Benelli would create an even greater build: the Petrovsky Flux. "There are five independent structures that grow among each other, each with different boundaries." He would tell Hamlet Au in a New World Notes article, "the highest goes up to about 350 meters, I think." The build was hosted by the Spencer Art Museum sim, which is owned by the gallery of the same name in the real life University of Kansas.

But unfortunately, the build is no longer up. It seems after years of funding the sim, the University made the decision to stop paying for it, and eventually the sim faded away. Cutea Benelli made the announcement on Facebook, "After five years the Spencer Museum of Art could no longer host the Petrovsky Flux, alas. We were arrears in paying tier and the plug was yanked."



A sad development for interactive art lovers. Perhaps the structure will find a new home, or Linden Lab would be willing to host it. until then, it can be seen only in pictures or videos such as the one made by the Spencer Art Museum itself, or a particularly good one by Toxic Menges.

Source: New World Notes

Bixyl Shuftan

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Furry Fashion Lounge. If there's anything better than bacon, it's the crispy coating of fried chicken. But given the near-universal weakness of foxes for chicken, might they end up in this kind of trouble because of it?

By Bixyl Shuftan

One More Week For RFL Team Sunbeamer "Bid-Me" Events.


About a couple weeks ago, we reported on ten "Bid Me" events the Relay's Team Sunbeamer is holding. They are Team captain Rita Mariner's offer for others to bid her into her newbie avatar, Brandi Streusel offering others to bid her a mouse cub, Skylark Lefavre offering herself up for a date, Perri Prinz offering to go blue vixen or chocolate bunny, Perri's Xanadu support squad also offering themselves up for date auctions, Nydia Tungsten offering to do a video for the highest bidder, and then there's me taking part in a "Bid Me Tiny" in which I get shrunk down to size for a week for the first 5,000 Lindens, and an additional day for each 2,000 Lindens.

Since then, there have been three additional "Bid Me" events added. Shockwave Yareach is doing a "Bid Me Crabby." For every 3,000 Lindens raised in the "crabby" kiosk, if it beats the "stay" kiosk, the wolf will be spending a week having a "shell" of a time. Gil Otaared, Rita's partner and the owner of a Civil War ironclad in the Sunweaver Estates, is offering to stay a pony avatar for the same 3,000 Lindens a week raised (Rita calls it a "jailbait" avatar as this particular pony character is very young). And Newser writer Grease Coakes is offering to put aside his fox avatar in favor of a ringtail for one week for every 5,000 Lindens raised.

Rita told the Newser the kiosks will be up for one more week. At 8PM Wednesday April 19, the totals will be final, and the results announced.

If you want to help with the bidding head over to Club Cutlass at Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757).

Announcement: Easter Bunny Trail for RFL is Open



It's back for another year of egg hunting fun! The Easter Bunny Trail is open! Follow the trail, search for the Easter Bunny's missing eggs, and collect 22 original mesh prizes! Fill your HUD, and get the special prize for this year: the Magic Easter Candy Machine! The Easter Bunny will even pop in from time to time for photos! If you have a great time, consider donating to any one of the many kiosks around the sim! Every linden helps in the fight against cancer!

Easter Bunny Trail for RFL 2017 by Dreamin' in Purple, Aquamarine Island (228, 227, 20)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Memorial Service For Riven Homewood


It was on Monday last week in which Riven Homeworld passed away. On Saturday, a memorial service was held in her honor. At a park in Caledon which had been owned by Riven, many residents gathered to share memories, and say a few words in her honor. For the woman noted for her work in libraries and the Relay, there was much to say, and it was clear she would be remembered for quite some time.

Read the story in People.

Sunbeamers Pass 100,000 Lindens



The Relay for Life team representing the neighbors of the SL Newser has passed another milestone. Yesterday, they passed the 100,000 Linden dollar mark, and are currently at 102,000 Lindens raised.

An impressive number, but it's still about 78,000 short to get to Silver level. A few teams have become extremely successful, Team Shadow recently joining Two Moon Paradise Dreamers and the Relay Rockers at Platinum level. One team made Jade level: Unmasking a Cure.

There will be more about the Sunbeamer Bid Me events and the Lindens' Bid Me Bald soon.

Go Relay!

SL Video: Drax Files: World Makers "Episode 44: Istanbul University"




(Click here if the video fails to play)

 From Draxtor Despress on April 10, 2017, "Professors Tuncer Can and Irfan Simsek from Istanbul University use the virtual universe of Second Life with hundreds of students every day.

"Why? They would probably cite the fact that SL empowers students from all over the world to rise above their own expectations: 'The freedom that students have through their avatars and their ability to create worlds in the context they need in the classroom can not be found anywhere else!' is their paraphrased credo that keeps coming up in conversation.

"For almost 10 years now Tuncer and Irfan use Second Life to train English teachers in the physical classroom and via remote instruction: students collaborate in role-play, do homework or film Machinima to use as custom supplemental materials.

"But Tuncer and Irfan don’t stop there: Educational technologists who study to become advisors on digital learning platforms in other schools and universities, examine the advantages [and pitfalls] of using SL in the classroom by designing proof of concept games for math instruction and climate change.

"Istanbul University with its 200.000 students is the city’s oldest university, founded in 1453, and a perfect example of how Second Life can work in education - when used by passionate teachers who are embracing the unique affordances of a world where boundaries collapse and cultural exchange is not only possible but an essential feature.

"As the buzz about how VR is going to revolutionize education is growing, it may be useful to remind ourselves: there is a digital world out there, used by countless educational institutions day in day out, ripe with possibilities and not going anywhere!

"For more info go to www.istanbul.edu.tr ."

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


Easter is coming, and it's an egg-citing week of events at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge

Club Cutlass: Best in "O," Gettin' Silly, Easter

Happy Vixen: Topless Tuesday, Spies and Secret Agents, Sharknado, Naked Night, CAYA

Xanadu: TBA, TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Nightwear, Ferals, RPGs, Domestic Animals, Under the Sea, 80s and 90s, Disco, Fantasy, Small Animals

See the schedule in SL Clubbin'.

Reader Submitted: "With A Little Help From Our Friends"



Taken by Rita Mariner. Over the weekend, the Relay team "Mel's Maniacs" held an event. Rita, the captain of the Sunbeamer team, along with one of her "Sawyer Squad" showed up along with Sandle Slate (Sandie Loxingly) of the Inspired Dreamwalkers team as a show up support to the Maniacs, whom include Dusk Griswold this year.

Gemma Cleanslate On (Hopefully Brief) Hiatus


Since the founding of Second Life Newser, Gemma Cleanslate has been part of the paper, writing about various people, places, and events. Unfortunately, she's going to have to put her pen down, at least for a few days. She is scheduled to go to her local hospital today for treatment. It is not yet clear how long her recovery will take, or how long until she will be able to use the Internet, and Second Life again.

Get well soon Gemma.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Interview With Tuna Oddfellow


Tuna Oddfellow is known for a few things, such as in the past having won the "Second Life's Got Talent" competition a decade ago, for his protest against against Linden Lab during what was known as the ToS controversy, but mainly for the Odd Ball, one of  the more unique repeating performances in Second Life. Deaflegacy had a chance to meet up with him, and the two talked about his virtual life and career, as well as some about his real life.

Read Deaflegacy's interview in People.

Easter Town


Easter is almost here. And that means Easter Town is back. For every major holiday, Laura Liberty's Townies sim has a new look. And at this time of year, the sim becomes a tribute to the Easter Bunny and chocolate eggs. There you can ride a balloon, play several games and/or buy a few, take part in an egg-decorating contest, and more.

Read Gemma's article in Places.

Annoucement: "Eggapalooza" In Aero Pines


    .-'''``'''-...-'''``'''-.          EGGAPALOOZA!
    !          (\ /)          
    ''.        ( . .)       .'      10th Annual Spring Hunt
      '-.   o(")(")    -' 
            `''-....-''`              Aero Pines Park
           
Hike, Ride, Bike, or Drive to Seek out Gift Eggs Hidden in Plain Sight!

                         Instructions for New Residents

                   Look for eggs, click on egg, accept the gift

                          Avoid Private Homes Please!
       
PUBLIC builds have OPEN DOORS - Private Places have closed doors
                          
EggaPalooza Spring Hunt  - Aero Pines Park, Aero Pines Park (14, 8, 22)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: Having WHAT For Lunch?



Although considered food in some countries, the idea of having octopus for a meal is enough to turn the stomachs of most in North America. While this "ewwww" has probably been around for a while, the sight of unlucky humans having tentacles burst from their bodies after infection from alien creatures in certain movies over the years probably hasn't helped.

By Bixyl Shuftan