Thursday, June 22, 2017

Press Release: Steampunk Land and Sky Race For A Cure

Join the Sunbeamers , Swashbucklers For Life and Mel's Maniacs for dual races of both land and sky on Sunday June 25th from 8AM to 4PM SLT. Then enjoy an after races steam punk dance in the Goblin Cave next to the air field from 4PM to 6PM SLT.

Even though the theme is steam punk the land races will not be limited to such as we want everyone to come and enjoy the challenge of the track. There will be three classes Car/trucks; Motorcycles; What is THAT?s. In case not clear What is THATs are the oddball things like mechanical horse or bagel car.

The airship races are not just airships but turn of the century planes including WWI biplanes making the two classes. This is also a fly-in so display your craft and enjoy the clear bright Sunweaver skies.

To enter the races you must make a contribution of any amount to a kiosk provided which then allows you 5 laps on the ground or 3 laps in the air. The fastest time by the close of the races at 4PM SLT wins and you need not be present your prize will be sent to you.

The prizes? For the fastest time in each class you will receive L$1000 , BUT remember this is for the American Cancer Society they should get the biggest prize, your donation!

Pacific Waters (89/140/31)

"Relic The Memories" Part Eleven : Club Zero Gravity Is BACK!

Club Zero Gravity, the sci-fi themed space station club of the Sunweaver/Angels community is back and better than ever. Tonight is it's grand-reopening event, with DJ "Sexy Lexi" spinning the tunes.

The time of the party has not yet been announced. Stay tuned for details.

Part eleven of a cartoon mini-series strip from Ranchan Weidman, Nydia Tungsten, and friends, edited by Matoazma Kazyanenko, "Guardian Angels Inc." presents, in association with White Vixen Enterprises,  An anthropomorphic tale:  'Relic the Memories'. "

Scenes From the SL14B: "Match Game"

On the night of June 20 from 9 to 10PM SL time, Catboy Qunhua held an inworld version of "Match Game" inside the SL14B Cake Stage. Two contestants had to fill in the blanks to phrases given by one of a panel with Tindallia Soothsayer and five others. It was an hour of game show style entertainment that used to be better known in Second Life in the days of "The 1st Question," though one can still find it in places, such as Luskwood's "Primonary."

Press Release: Take Part in the Relay Research Challenge


How would you like to be part of the next cancer breakthrough?  How would you feel knowing that you had a part in saving 1,000s of lives from cancer?

That's exactly what we plan to do!  From June 15th to July 6!   Take Part in the Relay Research Challenge!

The  Goal of the challenge  is to raise enough donations to fund 3,600 hours of research. if we all work together. We CAN!

“Research is the way to find a cure,” said Relay For Life of Second Life 2017 Chair Nuala Maracas. “By raising one hour at a time, we can turn those single hours of research into a fully-funded grant. Won’t you join with me in this challenge? Together we can do it!”

Imagine your Relay fundraising going to support a new researcher. Just L$5,560 will pay for one hour of research time.

From June 15 through July 6, let’s put our efforts toward raising one hour of research at a time!
Talk About It!
Tell Everyone!
Let’s Really Make A Difference and Help Finish The Fight!

You can even track our progress!
Visit ACS Island and see how we are doing.. Check The Research Hour Tracker at::

There’ll be a DJ party at the end of the challenge period to celebrate our achievement and award a trophy for the most hours raised and paid for.

Look for more Relay For Life fun events across the grid leading up to Relay Weekend
on July 15 and 16.

About Relay For Life of Second Life

Relay For Life is the signature fundraising 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.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Journeys Across the SL14B: Dragon Island and the Stages

This is the week of the Second Life Fourteenth Birthday celebration, and there are a great many builds there. Besides the exhibits by regular residents, there is the welcome area and the four stages. The Cake Stage, once again this year by Mikati Slade, always steals the show. But the others, such as "Stage Left" by Faust Steamer, also have much to admire. Yours truly went about on Press Day to get some pictures, and a little later to the stages to see them in action

See the pictures in Places.

Duchess Liz Wilner Speaks on the Fourth Annual Royal Ascot and Races

This Saturday June 24, the Royal Ascot will take place in the Katoteros sim at Blackhawk Heights. A fundraising event for Relay for Life Team ACTS, the occasion is a celebration of the Victorian Era in Britain, with an emphasis on a dress code. Liz Wilner, known as the Duchess of Trikassi, helps organize the yearly event and talked about it with the Newser.

Read what the Duchess had to say in Events.

"Relic The Memories" Parts Nine and Ten

Parts nine and ten of a cartoon mini-series strip from Ranchan Weidman, Nydia Tungsten, and friends, edited by Matoazma Kazyanenko, "Guardian Angels Inc." presents, in association with White Vixen Enterprises,  An anthropomorphic tale:  'Relic the Memories'. "

Meeting Lindens at the SL14B

You'll come across many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different people going about the SL14B. One I came across was a newcomer here on day one, whom I talked to some and gave her a landmark to "The Shelter." And among those there were some Lindens. One I found skipping down the path: April Linden. She stopped to chat with me and a couple friends at the Second Life Coast Guard exhibit.

The "Gridbun" as she called herself was happy to pose for a picture with Skylark Lefavre, the manager of the Happy Vixen club. Skylark is a big bunny fan and happy to see the furry Linden going about as one.

 A chance to meet more Lindens was at the Masquerade Ball on Monday June 19, which ran from 11AM to 1PM at the Cake Stage. Yours truly showed up as an avatar with it's own built-in mask.

Unfortunately for me, and presumably a number of others, the large number of avatars present (and perhaps some of what they were wearing) kept causing my viewer to overload and crash. The pictures I managed to take were mostly of crowds half-rezzed, half-naked, or both. This was the best picture I could get of Xiola Linden, who organized the event, before my Firestorm quit on me again. There was at least one other Linden at the event, Simon Linden, but I never did see him with my crashy viewer.

There was a 5000 Linden dollar prize, which was won by Polly Ellsmere.

There will be one other event in which you can expect Lindens to show up, the "Come As You Were" party, also at the Cake Stage, today from 6-8PM SL time.

Bixyl Shuftan

RFL Team ACTS Raises 230,000 Lindens at Junkyard Blues

On Sunday night June 18, the Relay for Life team Team ACTS (Aether Chrononauts Tiny Steps) held a fundraising event at the Junkyard Blues club. OldeSoul Eldemar made the announcement in the Relay volunteer group.

Night falls across the bayou. The moon rises above a thin layer of clouds, illuminating the stage at the old blues joint. The Junkyard is ready, for 2 hours of amazing slow blues, presented by DJ Bard Wasp. Come hear him as he pours his heart and soul into the stream, presenting some of the best blues you've ever heard- everyone is welcome. Junkyard Blues (195,21,22)

And for every 1000 linden donation you get your choice of a home built by Bard himself.

Maybe it was Bard's offer to give people log cabin homes. But the donations kept coming and coming. Ninety minutes after the event started, the total raised was about 125,000 Lindens raised. Seven minutes later, it was up to 150,000. Ten minutes before the end, the kiosks had 183,000 donated in them. And when Bard got off the stage, his event had raised a total of 230,477 Linden dollars.

The event put Team ACTS into Sapphire status among the Relay teams. Only the Relay Rockers and Unmasking a Cure have higher totals. Following then are five Jade level teams: Team Shadow, Cure Chasers, Goreans in Relay for Life, Inspired Dreamwalkers, and Go the Distance. Then there are two Platinum ranked teams, Touched by Angels and TwoMoon Paradise Dreamers. And following those are the ten Gold level teams, of which in the middle is the Sunbeamer team, the team representing the community where the Newser office is.

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

RFL Team Sunbeamer "Bid Me Pink" and "Bid Me Human" Results

The two "Bid Me" events being run by the Relay for Life's Team Sunbeamers have now been finalized and the totals made official. 7,050 Lindens were raised in both events combined. Rita announced the results in the Sunbeamer group.

Beamers:  The BID MES are over and here are the totals.

RITA: 3000L on PINK, so I go PINK for a WEEK

BIWYL - 4050L on HUMAN, so Bixyl goes HUMAN for 2 WEEKS.

I'd volunteered for one several years ago, so here I go again. Unlike last time, it's for a couple weeks instead of a month. There are a few exceptions for the time period, such as interviews. But for most of the time period stuck as a 6' 7" "baldie." So far, the reactions have mostly been surprise, although one girl thought it reminded her of the "John Henry" American West fable.

Right now, the Sunbeamers have started work on their build for their camp on the Relay Weekend track, which takes place about a month from now on July 15 and 16. There's also some planning behind the scenes for one big event involving at least one other Relay team. It's all on the table, so we'll announce it when things are official.

As for me and what the next two weeks will bring, we'll see. I don't know for sure. After all, I'm only human.

Bixyl Shuftan

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's a big week of events from the Sunweaver and Angel clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge. The Second Life Fourteenth Birthday may be going on, but take a break from the lag and drop by for some more fun (just don't forget to head back before it closes).

Club Cutlass: Best in 'B,'  Red and White, Pirates

The Happy Vixen: Gods and Goddesses, Birthday Party, Disney, Red and Purple, Video Games, Latex

Xanadu: TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Video Games, Barely There, Japanese, Retro Avatars, Books, Cyber, 90s, Horns, Disney

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

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"Relic The Memories" Part Seven and Eight

Parts seven and eight of a cartoon mini-series strip from Ranchan Weidman, Nydia Tungsten, and friends, edited by Matoazma Kazyanenko, "Guardian Angels Inc presents, in association with White Vixen Enterprises,  An anthropomorphic tale:  'Relic the Memories'. "

Inside the SL Newser SL14B Exhibit


Bergfrau Apfelbaum did a short animation of the inside of the SL Newser's SL14B exhibit. Matching the theme "Carnivalesque," Silvia  Ametza put in an aquatic amusement park ride. As our job is to inform as well as entertain, there's a model of the Solar System overhead. And the globe represents our dedication to covering events across the Grid.

Check out the exhibit at at SL14B Electrify (39/104/22)

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Reader Submitted: Remembering the Rainbow Tiger and Spike Nico

Bastian Endless (BastianEndless Resident), the owner of the Babylon Nightclub, recently sent the Newser this picture. Spike Nico, the owner of the Rainbow Tiger club which ran for seven years from 2005 to 2012, had passed away in January at the age of 33 from illness. The club had been very popular in it's day, and Bastian put up this slideshow of several photos of the place.

What are your memories of the Rainbow Tiger?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Journey Across the SL14B on Day One

Gemma Cleanslate has been busy touring the grounds of the Second Life Fourteenth Birthday celebration. Among the places  she visited were three memorial exhibits to two notable residents who passed away.   Two were for Ladyslipper Constantine, noted for her activities with volunteering and the arts. One was for Lumiere Noir, the creator of the Ivory Tower of Prims which instructs residents old and new about creating things in Second Life.

Read Gemma's article in Places.

SL14B Opens, Masquerade Party Today

June 18 was the opening day of the Second Life Fourteenth Birthday, or SL14B, celebrations. And as the clock hit Noon, the sims were open to all and people poured in. Within minutes, there were hundreds around the SL14B grounds.

We'll have more on the SLB later as it has been a busy day, and we need to rest before we can write more. But we can tell you about one Linden-organized event today: The Masquerade Ball. The Lab advertised it as, "where mystique and intrigue are sure to reign supreme! There is also a L$5000 prize for the best at the ball ." The event will take place at the Cake Stage, "stay tuned for details once those locations go live!" The Lindens also promise "a special commemorative avatar and bonus gift from the Lab." 

The event at SL14B Fascinate (202/247/22/) is from 11AM to 1PM.

For more locations for certain SL14B exhibits, theaters, and more, check out the SL14B portion of the Destination Guide at . And don't forget to check out the SL14B blog at: .

Babylon Nightclub

Some readers may remember Bastian Endless as the DJ who performed for the SL Newser's birthday party. Besides his DJing, Bastian has also been working on designing his own club. The Babylon nightclub is aimed at the gay demographic, but all are welcome whom are willing to follow the rules. Bastian had a few things to say about the club, which opened earlier this month, and what inspired.

Read about the nightclub in SL Clubbin'.

"Relic The Memories" Part Five and Six

Parts five and six of a cartoon mini-series strip from Ranchan Weidman, Nydia Tungsten, and friends, edited by Matoazma Kazyanenko, "Guardian Angels Inc presents, in association with White Vixen Enterprises,  An anthropomorphic tale:  'Relic the Memories'. "

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Second Life Fourteenth Birthday Begins Today!

After months of preparing, planning, and building, the SL14B, the Second Life Fourteenth Birthday finally opens today. The builds are all up, the exhibits have had their last minute adjustments.

The official entrance is at SL14B Impressive (96/122/80), at Dragon Mountain. As the name implies, "Here be dragons." But don't worry, they're used to humans and their antics are more for showing off. There's even a couple you can ride.

There are a couple places here one can find some teleports to certain spots around the SL14B grounds.

There are many, many exhibits available, and we'll get to them later. For now, here is our own. Silvia Ametza's exhibit this year is a futuristic-looking pyramid with a combination of an amusement park water ride, and a solar system model with a Kulper Belt ring. The exhibit is at SL14B Electrify (39/104/22).

See you at "The Birthday." Impressive/96/122/80

Bixyl Shuftan

"Relic the Memories" : Parts Three and Four

Parts three and four of a cartoon mini-series strip from Ranchan Weidman, Nydia Tungsten, and friends, edited by Matoazma Kazyanenko, "Guardian Angels Inc presents, in association with White Vixen Enterprises,  An anthropomorphic tale:  'Relic the Memories'. "

SL14B on Press Day

Press day is always exciting on the SL14B sims because we are all looking for the first glimpse of the wonderful builds scattered across all the regions. It is the time when we can finally publish pictures of the builds themselves instead of just teasers. Since I was not working this year at the event, I let Bixyl do the teasers. 

I absolutely love the entrance this year. It is an amazing creation by Darkstone Aeon . There was a grand greeting for the press when I arrived!  I hope people take the time to examine it during the week .

 There is so much to see there. You can ride a dragon, or take a hot air balloon ride around the outside. One can also sit in the welcome center building and relax, hoping the dragons don’t get you.   But don’t miss the cave! Before you leave the entrance mountain extend your draw line to get a view of the distance at the top of the stairs. 

Not too far from the Dragon mountain is the auditorium, or as it is called this year , the Entertainment Hall, Digital City. The builder for this ediface is  Anthony (ADudeNamed Anthony). All week long meetings and lectures will take place there and you can see the schedule on the website.

Quite visible from this area is the Cake Stage. Mikati Slade has worked her magic again in creating a marvelous build. There will be many parties on this stage. 

We will visit the parties at the other stages during the week when the parties are going on.
Also not far from the auditorium is the Time Capsule. Will Webb is the curator of this parcel. it is here that collector’s items from all the past birthday celebrations are on display.There is a capsule from 2003  belonging to Ryan Linden that cannot be opened until 3001. Amazing. 
This will all be yours to enjoy beginning on June 18 at 12:00 noon and will continue with events and games until June 25 . The sims will remain open until July 2 so you can get to explore more of the magnificent builds . Take a pod ride and jump off when you want to see a parcel. 
 The actual birthday is June 23. I warn you , If you really want to see all the builds plan on spending many hours on the all the sims. There is a big hunt going on in all the regions during the time it is open. There are also gift centers where you can pick up your presents from many of the builders. Check out the website to see everything you will encounter so you don’t miss anything.

Much more to come. Here is where you start at 12:00 noon Sunday
Gemma Cleanslate

Saturday, June 17, 2017

"Relic the Memories" : Parts One and Two

Parts one and two of a cartoon mini-series strip from Ranchan Weidman, Nydia Tungsten, and friends, edited by Matoazma Kazyanenko, "Guardian Angels Inc presents, in association with White Vixen Enterprises,  An anthropomorphic tale:  'Relic the Memories'. "

SL14B Sneak Peeks

It was Press Day at the SL14B today, and while we still can't show anything too revealing, yet, we can show you a few things with a small amount. One this is this flower held up by a metallic hand. A friendly greeting perhaps? You might want to see the whole thing before judging.

 Maybe chickens do fly, or in this case giant chickens.

Going into the light, so to speak. And what exactly is this road between two lines of building-like builds lit up by such bright light? You'll find out tomorrow June 18 at Noon when the SL14B finally opens.

Bixyl Shuftan

Addition: Later on in SLB chat, someone remarked, "Someone tell Bixyl that a phoenix is not a chicken." I had been wondering why it was so big.

Safe Waters Foundation Survey

Grace Wrigglesworth recently decided to conduct a poll as to what the interest in underwater virtual life Second Life residents have. So she made the following questions for people to copy/paste to a notecard inworld, fill out, and send it to her via her profile (GraceSWF Wrigglesworth).

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My Full SL Name and Nickname:

Community/entity represented:

Your status in the community (e.g. owner, manager, officer, etc.):

Community sim locations:

What time zone do you live in (RL)

Please provide contact information.  When is the best time to reach you (SLT) and best methods:

What is your perception of the current state of underwater life in SL?:

What aspects of SL underwater life would you like to see improved?:

In your opinion, what are the strengths of your community in what it brings to the global underwater community?:

Are there any aspects of your community that could be improved by collaboration with other underwater communities?:

Do you have any questions about how Safe Waters Foundation can help your community?:

In your opinion, how can Safe Waters Foundation best help the global underwater community?:


Thank you for your time and cooperation!
Please complete this survey, save a copy and rename it to include your name.  Please drop your renamed notecard on GraceSWF Wrigglesworth.

SL Video: "Melanie Martinez - Dollhouse Second Life Version"

(Click here if the video fails to play)

From Second Life Glam House Films on Jan 2015: "Glam House Films Presents Melanie Martinez - Dollhouse Cover video. WATCH IN 1080 HD. We do not own the song used in this video. This video is made for entertainment purposes only."

Friday, June 16, 2017

SL14B Sneak Peeks

The SL14B is just a couple days away. Before the sims were closed to exhibitors, I did some last minute adjustments on the Newser exhibit with Silvia Ametza. Then I went about the sims some. At one point, I went about in this balloon ride over the area.

 A stairway just inside the entrance of the SL14B Auditorium, where a number of discussions will take place, including some "Meet the Lindens" events.

Among the exhibits in the SL14B grounds is "Cassini's Grand Finale," by the Leeward Cruising Club, showing the Cassini Saturn probe in the final part of it's mission, "This exhibit shows the Cassini orbiter in the final part of its 19-year Saturn exploration mission. "Come explore the full-scale model then explore the seas of Second Life ...." In September, assuming the spacecraft is still operational, it will plunge into Saturn's atmosphere.

All these, and much more, await visitors this Sunday, June 17.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcements: 7th Annual Jam Tart Ball, Little Coupe Car Races

7th  Annual Jam Tart Ball on June 17th from 1-3 and 7-9pm SLT

 A Masquerade reminiscent of the Alice in Wonderland stories.

You'll find a scene reminiscent of the Alice stories in Wonderland, Through The Looking Glass and Down The Rabbit Hole... you know the stories!  Find your best costume for this always fun and exciting masquerade event.  A feast for your eyes and ears as always!
DJ Poppy will be your musical host once again.

This is a Relay for Life "Funraiser" with all proceeds & tips going to RFL team ACTS II/182/64/23/

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Welcome to Racing for Relay w/ Go The Distance.  You will have 10 min to complete as many laps as you can in your coupe car (provided)   We will have as many races as we can from 3-6 pm.  The 3 top winners on the board at 6 pm will be the winners...prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.   During the race, you must stay in your car at all times.   That's it! Have fun! Bring your friends we have bleachers and music!  Want to race as a team, or with another team? Contact one of us and we'll set a time for you.   If you have any questions, please IM Archer Mactavish or Dianna Wycliffe.  100% of your entry fee goes directly The American Cancer Society.

Relay dAlliez (118/39/22)