Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at Club Cutlass. Zorro Wuramunga was pretty determined to win the "Pink and Red" event the other day. A little too determined perhaps.

By Bixyl Shuftan

SL14B Theme Announced, Infrastructure Build Applications Being Accepted


The Second Life Birthday celebrations aren't for another four months, in June. They don't even have their logo yet. But already preparations are being made for the event.

In group chat of the Second Life Birthday Volunteers Group, Doc Gascoigne (doctor.gascoigne) announced the theme for this year's SLB: "Carnivalesque." Doc went on to say, "and we are thinking of having a masked ball."

On the Second Life Birthday blog, the application for Infrastructure builder, such as the roads, the welcome area, and the various stages, has been posted for those interested to fill out.

We are looking for people who are able and willing to build a sim-wide stage or welcome area for SL14B. The ability to create original content in mesh is required, though additional purchased elements are acceptable. We need the builds to connect to our theme and have to be done before the first week in June.

BEFORE you fill this out, make sure you are familiar with the SL Community Celebration and our build requirements from last year (subject to minor changes) (http://www.slcommunitycelebration.info/infrastructure-build-requirements-for-sl13b/)

If we are interested, we will contact you via email and in-world to set up a time to talk. Please be prepared to provide a sketch of your planned build.

Deadline for sign up is April 1, 2017, 12 pm SLT.

Probably the most noted SLB infrastructure builder has been Mikati Slade, the three-time builder of the "Cake Stage."

Further details will be announced as they come in.

Press Release: Fundraiser At Veterans Isle on Sunday For Homes For Our Troops


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:
Frets Nirvana in Second Life

Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce the February 2017 benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life! 

Frets Nirvana, the premier guitar artist in the virtual world Second Life and the US Military Veterans Group announce the February 26, 2017 benefit in Second Life for the Veterans Support Organization for Home For Our Troops . 

Frets Nirvana states:  “HFOT is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans are multiple amputees, paraplegic, quadriplegic or suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).  As of January 2017 they have built 229 homes for severly wounded Veterans and have another 85 projects underway.  Since its inception in 2004, over 90 cents of every dollar spent by Homes for Our Troop has gone to directly support Veterans. ”

Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle.  The concert on February 26, 2017 is scheduled from 4-9 PM PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Toxie Darkmatter, Paul Nowles, Raven Zenoria and Dirtydee Sweetwater .

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ranchan Weidman and the Robotech Roleplay


Ranchan Weidman has been mentioned in the Newser before, as the owner of HV community and a supporter of the newsletter from the begining by providing both the office and the land for it, in addition to building it's 2015 Second Life Birthday exhibit. As it turns out, she's also the GM of a sci-fi roleplay, based partially off the "Robotech" anime, which has gone on for about nine years. She recently talked to the Newser about the roleplay, and a little about how it's gone over time.

Read the story in People.

Fran Seranade's 90th Birthday Party



On Saturday February 18, Creations for Parkinsons was the scene of a 90th birthday party for Fran Seranade. The party actually got an early start the night before for a couple hours. But the main event was from 3PM to a bit past 8PM SL time. At one point, there were close to forty people crowded in the CP Swing Ballroom, which unfortunately resulted in me crashing before I could get a good picture. Yours truly would have to wait until later for a clear one without they grays and glitches.

Barbie Alchemi, Fran's daughter, had stated her mother wasn't planning a party in real life. She would just enjoy the event with her friends in Second Life. The theme of the party was 40s sing and big band. And people either dressed in formal outfits, or in clothing that could easily have been of the era. There would be various live performers singing throughout the party, such as Max Kleen, "We had so many great performers here today."

While at the party, I would see the black and white photos of Fran and her family change like a slide show.  "Fran was the 6th of 7 children," Barbie told the crowd, "she was born in Brookly New York in 1927." Other pictures included her and a childhood friend, "they were both very limited sight and were considered blind at that time," and her high school photo, "she was the first in her family to go past elementary school and graduate."

While most of the musicians were experienced performers in virtual reality, one was making his Second Life debut as a singer: Ron Rosa. A singer in the style of the "Rat Pack" yours truly got a couple requests to mention him in the article, saying for a beginner he was too good not to name, " his voice is nuanced and spot on.  I think he is going to really do well when he gets tuned up."

Following Ron, it was time for the party to wind down. And Fran herself was ready to head to bed herself, "Good night everybody! Thank you all for a GREAT night!!!!!!!!"

Creations for Parkinsons raises funds for Team Fox, a Parkinson's charity. During the course of the party, a substantial amount of Lindens were raised.

Creations for Parkinsons has events on a daily basis, sometimes a few to several on a day. The CP Swing ballroom itself has events just about every day.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Creations%20Park/35/52/28

Bixyl Shuftan

Heartspeaker Lorefield Has Died


Grease Coakes recently heard that Heartspeaker Lorefield, a storyteller of the Spirit Nations sim, had passed away. Grease had interviewed him in March 2012. Grease felt from recent notices in the group, his health hadn't been good lately.

Grease may have some more information about the man in more recent times, and any memorial service planned, in the near future.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


Valentines Week is over, but there's still plenty happening at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in "G," Cowboys and Indians, Fantasy

Happy Vixen: Best in Blue, Happy Vixens, Felines, Best in White, CAYA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Blue, Rock, Leather Latex and Lace, Anime, Crux, Barely There, Rave, Pirates, Mystery and Monsters, Angels and Demons, Heroes and Villans

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 12:30PM SL time

Press Release: Paint Second Life Purple


TURN THE WORLD PURPLE FOR RELAY FOR LIFE!
To raise awareness and get ready for the Kickoff Celebration of the 2017 Relay season, Relay For Life of Second Life invites you to turn the grid purple starting March 4 through March 12!   Why purple? It’s the official color of Relay For Life because purple is the universal color for cancer awareness and Relay For Life raises money for research of all types of cancers.  We invite you to join us for a special purple celebration day Saturday, March 4 starting at 9am slt.  Tell your friends and help us get the word out for Paint SL Purple week!
How can you participate?  Turn your Second Life purple!  Wear purple clothes, purple hair, and even purple skin. Turn your house purple, paint your grass purple! Do you own a store? Paint your store purple. The goal is for people to take notice!
Take the purple to the next level by forming a team and registering. Check out our website, relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/ for information on how you can register a team and join in Relay.
To help with your overall purpleness, we’ll be sending out a Paint SL Purple kit too!  You can also get the kit after March 4 at this SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/112/46/24 on American Cancer Society Island.
Our purple reign on the grid started in 2009 and has been growing each year. Tell us about all the purpleness you see on the Relay For Life of Second Life’s Facebook page, http://facebook.com/rflofsl or on Twitter, @RelayForLife_SL. Use the hashtags,  #RelayForLifeSL and #PaintSLpurple. You can even take purple out to the rest of the web by painting your Facebook and Twitter pages purple too!
The theme of the 2017 Relay For Life of Second Life season is “Passport To Hope”. The Steering Committee is comprised of  the 2017 Relay for Life of Second Life Chair Nuala Maracas, and co chairs Grace Loudon and Leala Spire.

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 5600 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, February 20, 2017

Madpea International Food Fair Taking Place Until March 4



Madpea Productions, the company in Second Life noted for it's detailed games over the years, is running a charity event in cooperation with Feed a Smile, the Madpea International Food Fair. The event started on Saturday with musicians such as Shannon O'herlihy performing. Due to the lag, some attending watched from just past the sim border not far from the stage, or stayed near the TP point and donated to kiosks near there.


The "Queen Pea" Kiana Writer was among those at the Saturday events  On the event's webpage, the group stated, "Our goal is building a kitchen for impoverished school children in the Rhonda Slums of Nakuru, Kenya. The MadPea International Food Fair will raise funds for the kitchen with the help of some of the grid’s top designers, who will sell exclusive food-themed items and gachas throughout the event with 50% of all earnings going toward Feed a Smile. Additionally, donations will be accepted throughout the fair. The fair will be a full cultural feast; alongside the awesome shopping, live musicians and DJs will provide music at the festival’s Center Stage virtually round-the-clock."

By Sunday, the total amount raised had passed the one million Linden mark. 

Madpea has done charity events before. In October 2015, they raised over a million and a half Lindens to help build a school in Africa


The Food Fair will have at least two performances every day, today having Beth Odets at 2PM and Zak Claxton at 6PM, with four performances tomorrow Tuesday February 21. The closing party will be on Saturday March 4 from 1-3PM SL time.

For more information on the Food Fair, and the latest fundraising total, check the page at http://www.madpeagames.com/events/madpea-international-food-fair/ . To see the event stage yourself, head to Harms Way (171/151/1234) .

*Update* According to Modem World, the "Live and Learn" charity, which gets a third of it's money through Second Life "Feed a Smile" fundraisers, the people Madpea is partnering with in this event, recently had their outdoor kitchen wrecked due to bad weather.  The new kitchen will be a sturdier and more hygenic indoor one.

Second Life Website's Community Platform To Be Moved To New Server, Forums To Be "Read Only" During Move


A few days ago, Linden Lab announced there would be some changes to the Community Platform on the official Second Life website. The new looks comes live on Monday February 27. But before that, the Lab will be moving the data from the server the platform is now to the new one. And this will take several days. So starting Tuesday February 21, and going onto part of February 27, the official Second Life forums will be set to "Read Only." So no new entries can be made at this time, but existing ones should be available to be read as before.

Exports require that the forums be put into “read-only” mode during the export process.  What that means for you is that during that time you’ll be able to read the forums, but not publish new posts until the export job is complete. Our hope is that by doing this we will avoid any gaps in the content as we import it into its new home.
The current timeline is as follows:

February 21st through February 27th -  The forums will go into read-only mode. Our hope is to have the new site live sooner than the 27th, but we want to be sure things go smoothly.

February 27th - The new platform goes live and the forums are taken out of read-only and full posting functionality is brought back online.


To read the Linden blog post in full: Click Here.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Song Parody: "Mesh Heads"


(Sung to the tune of "Fish Heads")

Mesh Heads. Mesh Heads.
Multi Poly Mesh heads.
Mesh Heads. Mesh heads.
Clean them up some!

***

Went to Luskwood
everyone was Jelly.
No they were not Jealous -
they'd all become grapes.

How can one head
have a million faces?
Even a diamond's
not that bad.

My new avatar;
supposed to look the greatest.
It should load in about
a day or so.

Thousands per face!
Double for a sweater!
We don't need great detail
of your gums!

Mulity Poly Mesh heads are usually seen in virtual restaurants impersonating oriental women
... or cats.

To hear the song: Click Here 

Song and lyrics by Shockwave Yareach

Announcement: American Cancer Society Island Re-Opening Event


Please join us on Sunday,February 19 3pm SLT for the Grand Reopening of the newly designed American Cancer Society Island and a special dedication / opening of the new memorial gardens.
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Special guest speakers, tours of the island and dancing.

Landmark to follow on Sunday

Hope to see you there .

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society

Crew Meeting



Saturday February 11 was when the Newser had it's staff meeting. The meeting took place in the Newser office in HV Community. Gemma Cleanslate was busy with helping to make the One Billion Rising video, and Kain Scalia and Grease Coakes were having real-life matters to deal with. So that left Deaflegacy, Mylie Foxclaw, and myself. Also coming by was MajikVixen, whom stated she might be able to end her hiatus soon, depending on her real-life schedule.

Majik's appearance was that of a multicolored KittyKats breedable, the same kind as the Newser's mascot "Chilly." She had taken one, and made it her avatar.

We discussed a few things, such as the upcoming One Billion Rising and "Hug a Linden/Dunk a Linden," and a few ideas for articles.

Be sure to keep watching to see what the writers of the Second Life Newser report on.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Valentines Day Events Around Second Life


Valentines Day is  good occasion for a party. And this week across Second Life there were a number of them either named as such or had similar themed such as formal dances. The Newser was there to get pictures of a few.

See the pictures in SL Clubbin'.



SL Video: Red Cherry




(Click here if the video doesn't play)

From Furry Andy in March 2015

Announcement: The Science Circle Presents “Measuring the Universe With Digital Surveys”


When: Saturday, February 18th
Time: 10 AM PST
In Voice and Text chat

By Giuseppe Longo

A large part of what we know about the cosmos comes from what the astronomers call “surveys”, i.e the imaging of large portion of the sky conducted in a systematic fashion and when possible in multiple colors. Survey astronomy requires dedicated telescopes finely tuned to cover a large field of view and large detectors capable to capture several square degrees of the sky at once.

In the past these surveys consisted mainly in huge archives of photographic plates which had to be visually inspected and analysed. Nowadays, large field digital detectors allow to acquire and store the information in digital form and this has caused a true revolution in field. The huge volume of data produced by an average survey is so large to make impossible for a single researcher or group of researchers to exploit all the scientific applications of the data and therefore data become immediately or almost immediately public thus allowing a large, worldwide community to access first quality data. The talk will try to outline these and other aspects of survey astronomy.

https://sciencecircle.org/upcoming-presentation/

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/61/127/32

Friday, February 17, 2017

Scenes From One Billion Rising


On Tuesday February 14, many residents were at the Isle of View's "Hug a Linden/Dunk a Linden" or other Valentines Day themed happenings. But the event that most likely got the largest attendance was not a romance-themed one, but one that was part of a worldwide demonstration against violence on women and in support of women's rights globally: the One Billion Rising. Gemma Cleanslate was one of the volunteers for the event. Bixyl Shuftan dropped by briefly and took a few pictures of his own.

See the pictures in Events.

Fanny Starr To Present Holocaust Discussion on Youtube, Feb, 22


One of the oldest residents in Second Life is FannyStarr Hilltop, Fanny Starr in real life. As a Holocaust survivor, she has on occasion talked about her experiences in Second Life, such as in March 2015 when she spoke at the VWBPE conference. Later this month, she will be having another discussion. But it will be on Youtube, and not Second Life.

"We tried to have it in SL, too many people," Explorer Dastardly, FannyStar's real-life daughter, told the Newser, "At least 1000 or more on live Youtube that we know of. ... The sims would crash, so I asked Spiff, and one idea was Youtube live." As of now, there are no plans for an inworld location of any kind where the event will be discussed, "I wanted to use cookie, the amp theater, but only 40 avatars allowed. But on Youtube you'll be able to ask questions. We will have a moderator."

Despite the efforts of historians and people like her to educate the public, Holocaust denial is still an issue. "It's a very serious issue, on grand scale worldwide." She went on to say the problem wasn't just neo-Nazis and radical Muslims, but people in politics and business whom were either incompetent or just didn't care. She cited one Huffington Post news article about Amazon allowing the sale of books calling the Holocaust a "myth", and a Washington Post story in which this year's annual statement from the White House on International Holocaust Remembrance Day failed to mention the six million Jews whom were murdered. Of the later, she felt was probably a sign of ineptness rather than malice, "We don't know, but its caused a lot of fear and hate. We'll talk about that next Wed. night."

The event is on Wednesday, February 22 at 6:20PM SL time, with the link at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MuM7hRFZKo&feature=youtu.be

Bixyl Shuftan

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Our Mission

My husband I decided to carry on a painful legacy, and we wanted to fight Holocaust denial. I’m braver than the other survivors; I want people to listen. No one can attempt to identify the faith that humanity can learn from its mistakes. We use live technologies, and other live venues followed by discussions to promote awareness and understanding of the Holocaust from a living witness.

I have a mission to complete to tell the world what happened, especially to the deniers. 

We cannot forget the blessed memories: My family, my late husband, and his family and my late son Morris. I cherish my daughters Hilda, and Helen. I cherish my son-in-law Irwin, my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Please join us; we know you cannot make it to CSU's Holocaust event featuring Fanny Starr, Holocaust Survivor.  Please join us on YouTube live, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

How To: 

YouTube Live Access Link: Available on February 22, 2017 at  6:20 pm

Steps to Access the Live Event
 
Step 1. Click the link the arrow is pointing to
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MuM7hRFZKo&feature=youtu.be

Step 2.  Once the link is open look for the Subscribe button. Click on it and accept.

Step 3. Click on the power button

Step 4.  Sit back, watch, and listen 

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Best Regards

Fanny Starr and Helen R. Starr

Any information shared by Fanny Starr and Helen R. Starr is protected by intellectual property and copyrights. Thank you

Announcement: RFL Ministry of Dance


DESIGNERS, FRIENDS, Anyone who cares about cancer, how big or small or little you think you can do, every person can make a change in some way!   and to TODAY i am opening up the 9th YEAR of Ministy of Dance,
secondlife:///app/group/88f8eece-8ad1-d4a7-e235-de2529d7667b/about
Please support us and help give cancer the boot (or both hind hoofs if you're a pony). Every little no matter how small helps!

Safra Nitely

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at Creations for Parkinsons. Whatever this girl is doing with a prim build of Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, one only can only guess.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Michael Linden Has Left Linden Lab


Following some questions about Michael Linden, the Newser discovered through an article by Marianne McCann published though Modem World that he had left the Lab after ore than 13 years in service. He was noted with his direction of the Department of Public Works, which has created many projects from Bay City to the recent Horizons Residential area and game. The Newser got permission from Marianne to reprint the article. One might also want to check out Hotel Adriano, Michael Linden's home in Second Life, at Shamon (65/96/29).

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Over the weekend of February 11th and 12th 2017, it was noted that Michael Linden’s profile was not showing up in Second Life search, nor was he showing as a member in several groups within his profile. Many began to question if he had left Linden Lab, and – given he was known as the head of the Linden Department of Public Works – if the LDPW was being shuttered.
At the Bay City Alliance meeting on the 14th of February, a trio of LDPW staff, Shaman Linden, Squishy Mole, and Sylvan Mole, attended in part to address these concerns.

Speaking at the meeting, Sylvan Mole confirmed that Michael has indeed left Linden Lab, but was unable to give many specifics. It is assumed that he left of his own accord.

Michael Linden started with Linden Lab in the autumn of 2003 as an in-world Liaison, moving briefly to Governance in 2007 before becoming one of the heads of the LDPW with the former Blue Linden. The LDPW has expanded to include several Linden staff members and a fair number of “Moles,” as the resident contractors working on content for Second Life are known.

One of the first projects released by the LDPW under Michael was the Bay City mainland regions. Last week, Michael added a rail and boat terminal to Bay City, in the Grub Beach region. It is believed that was his last project under his Linden name.

Michael has been heavily involved in the past with vehicles as a Resident, in particular with Second Life railway projects. It is expected that he will again do so, but no longer as a member of Linden Lab’s staff. Resident and Linden alike will miss his presence within the LDPW.

As to the question of the LDPW’s future, they are most certainly still an ongoing department under Patch Linden, with Shaman, Dee, Keira, Kona, and Vitae Linden as an active part. As we’ve seen, the LDPW has just recently completed the multiple-region residential and experience-laden Horizons project, and they have several current and future projects on their plates.

Those of us who know Michael will miss his presence and guiding hand as a Linden, as well as his sense of fun. We all hope he enjoys every success wherever his career and work take him, and offer three cheers as he sets sail to pastures new.

Many thanks, Michael for your years of work within Second Life!

Marianne McCann

Press Release: "Birthday Bash" at Creations For Parkinsons


Birthday Bash Benefit - Fran Turns 90
Saturday February 18th 3-9pm slt
6 Hours of Live Music
CP Swing Ballroom on Creations Park
All donations go to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Attire: Formal or 40's vintage
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Creations%20Park/35/52/28

3:00 Max Kleene
4:00 Agatha
5:00 Greg Kat
6:00 DirtyDee Sweetwater
7:00 Robbie Downing
8:00 Quartz

Fran said she did not want a 90th Birthday Party in Real Life, she only wanted a party in Second Life. And this will be a Birthday Bash to remember with 6 hours of live music.

Fran became famous in Second Life through this heart touching video: The Drax File: World Makers- Episode 13 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyiiWxNguGo&feature=youtu.be

Fran says "I may have Parkinson's, but it does not have me." At 90 "years young," she is active in Second Life and is thrilled to see herself running and dancing again.

Fran's daughter Barbie Alchemi tells us that their RL Dad died with Parkinson's. Exactly one year later Mom was diagnosed with the same disease. However due to the time Fran spends in Second Life her progression has been noticeably slower.

In honor of this remarkable woman, five years ago their family started Creations for Parkinson's and has raised 9.5 Million Linden which is approximately $38,000 US Dollars for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. "We are hoping to raise another 500,000 Linden this week to reach our 10 Million Linden goal." The Creations Park sim has was built with love to include all of Fran's favorite activities. We hope you can feel that love while you are enjoying yourself here.

Fran's party will have six live singers performing during the day at Creation Park's newest addition, CP Swing Big Band Ballroom. It is a 40's era ballroom built as a re-creation of the Savoy Ballroom which was the birthplace of swing dancing. Here we can all enjoy the wonderful music of Fran's teen years. It brings back happy memories for Fran of "taking air" which are those amazing areal Swing dance moves. The crowd used to make a circle around Fran and her partner as they became the floor show.

The Birthday Bash Benefit will be held in this Ballroom. Attire for the event is formal or 40's vintage. There will even be a short slide show of Fran in the 40's.

Actually the festivities will start the night before on Friday February 17th 7-9 with a tribute to Vaugn Monroe and the Moon Maid. One of Fran's closest friends Tinker was one of the original Moon Maids.

We are thrilled to have this wonderful article release 2 days ago in BackChannel:
https://backchannel.com/first-they-got-sick-then-they-moved-into-a-virtual-utopia-1dc6c165f3e9#.o6sz3eo2t

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

An Event-Filled Valentines Day



Quite a bit happened yesterday, Valentines Day. At the Isle of View, the Lindens had their "Hug a Linden" and "Dunk a Linden" events. But more went on that day.


In the OBR sims was the "One Billion Rising," part of a worldwide demonstration in support of women's rights in all countries, not just those in the developed world.

There were other events, Creations for Parkinson's, Safra Nitely's place, and the Happy Vixen. But more will be written about these events later. It's been a big day, and time to rest and recharge before we get into details.

Bixyl Shuftan



Press Release: Zamargad Sim Grand Opening Event!



Dip yourself in your finest fantasy pixels and let your inner beauty frolic!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Canadiana/52/103/21 is the Zamargad Sim Grand Opening Party Parcel, with a field trip to follow, to the actual Zamargad sim at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zamargad/143/108/21 on Thursday, February 16th, 2017.

This is intended to be an all day event featuring a buffet, DJs, musicians, and fun seeking supporters celebrating the initiation of the Zamargad sim to the public. 

Zamargad is a Majikally Dark, Unseelie Fae, and poetic themed place, dedicated to those who wander the night in search of truth and beauty amidst the common world of chaos.  Here one will find all kinds of secrets waiting to be uncovered.  May everyone enjoy getting lost in them and never want to return to reality! 

It is also the new home of the ^v^/<|;) (Bats Out Of Hats) store, "Fly To Our Wicked Sanctuary, Like A Bat Out Of..." offering unique things with a touch taboo, dark miscellanea, and mysterious accessories to enlighten your home or wardrobe.  As well as an Advertisement Level filled with cheap, large billboards seen by frequenting gamers of games ranging from Lindo, Treasure Quest, The Vault, LGH Trivia, Skippo, to raffles and more.

Suggested dress code highly recommends fantasy (i.e. Fae, Elves, Dragons, Furries, Witches, Goth, etc.) ...but no one will be turned away for coming simply as they are!  Everyone and their mother is invited to come!

Entertainment starts at 5pm SLT with DJ Astoria Luminos, who has been creating unique event playlists in SL since 2009. 

At 6pm, David Csiszer takes the stage, a Songwriter/Singer/Multi-Instrumentalist who delivers an unique array of original songs as well as classic cover tunes ranging from alternative & acoustic rock to blues & jazz. 

Beth Odets, who has been playing violin for 33 years, and is a classically trained concert violinist who is now the greatest itinerant fiddlist in Second Life, will share her many talents and professional antics at 7pm. 

Gracing the stage at 8pm for a fun journey will be Vinnie of The Vinnie Show, winner of 2016 Avi choice for Favorite Acoustic and Original songs, who will sing current favorites to Classic Rock & Pop, plus ORIGINALS - all acoustically. 

Finally, at 9pm, DJ Moonryme will be leaving everyone with songs of dark happiness that range from trance, EBM, industrial, darkwave, to retro. 

Everyone is encouraged to explore Zamargad at their leaisure, as all parcels will be tuned into each entertainer's stream during their performance.  More details about the artists are available in the inworld invitation, or by contacting David Csiszer's Manager, Nyna Slate-Sands (nyna.slate), or The Vinnie Show Manager, daallee rhapsody™ (daallee), or by contacting Astoria Luminos, Beth Odets, or Moonryme directly.

Zamargad is both home and business to MajikVixen (bluevioletvixen.lorefield) and ਹөƞ ƇƸяתߎɳŋøϟ  (joncernunnos) of ^v^/<|;) (Bats Out Of Hats).  Thanks go out to each and every one of their friends and family, for their love and support (the extensive list can be found in the inworld invitation).  For a free copy/trans inworld invitation, please contact Majik or Jon, or join the ^v^/<|;) group, Group Key: 0dceeb4c-62ab-9436-ca6a-5f46106681b4

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


It's Valentines Day week, so get set for some romantic themes (and non-romantic ones for those who call it 'Happy stick-it to singles Day') at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in "F", Red and Pink, Formal Night

Happy Vixen: Pink and Red, Valentines Dance, Leather and Lace, Formal Party, CAYA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Prom, Metal Anarchy, Rock, Mad Science, Tim Burton, Genderbender, Plushies, Wings, Cybernetics, Wings

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

The Valentine Interview - Part 2


It's Valentines Day. For the men out there whom are prepared and sure of their gift: congratulations. For those who've waited until the last minute, or haven't had much luck in getting someone a romantic gift, this article just might be for you. In her second of two Valentines Day articles, she sought answers to the question "what do women want?" in regards to a romantic gift. Asking several women, she got several different answers.

Read more in People.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: Feeling Sheepish



Taken at the Happy Vixen. In a place filled with foxes and felines, someone in a sheep avatar is going to stand out. But this girl takes it in stride.

By Bixyl Shuftan

The Valentine Interview - Part 1


Valentines Day is coming. So that means residents getting a little something romantic for their special someone. But what to get? What do women want and what do men want? Mylie Foxclaw decided to find out. For the second part of the question, she interviewed several gentlemen about what would their ideal Valentines Day gift. The responses varied.

Read Mylie's article in People.

Avatar Review: The Fluff Fox by Cloak Farigoule


In his latest article, Grease writes about the Fluff Fox avatar, designed by Cloak Farigoule. While some furry avatars allow the owner to change the eye or hair color, the fluff goes further in that one can change the color of the whole thing. Grease managed to find Cloak and ask him a few questions.

Read Grease's story in Design.

"Hug a Linden" And "Dunk a Linden" at Isle of View on Valentines Day


Valentines Day is coming, and there will be many Valentine-themed events (and a few anti-valentine events for those who think of it as 'Happy Stick-It to Singles Day') across the Grid. Linden Lab will be having it's own events on the Isle of View: "Hug a Linden" And "Dunk a Linden." Both events will be taking place at once on Tuesday February 14 from 10AM-12 Noon SL time, and 2-4PM SL time.

Roses are redViolets are blueCome hug and dunk some LindensAt the Isle of View!

...  join us at the Isle of View for a chance to hug and dunk some Lindens. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your one and only - when else are you going to get the chance to cozy up to a Linden or send one shrieking into the depths of a dunk tank? An opportunity like this comes around about once a year — so don’t miss out.

To read the blog post in full, Click Here.

For several years in it's earlier days, Linden Lab would hold "Kiss a Linden" events in the Isle of View and Isle of View 2 sims, sometimes called "Valentine Island," while holding "Hug a Linden" events in the Teen Grid. But Linden Lab would close the Teen Grid in January 2011, and February that year would see the last of the "Kiss a Linden" events, none being held next year in 2012. At the time, it was seen as part of a trend of Linden Lab distancing itself from the residents.

The Isle of View would be gone until 2014. But it wouldn't be until last year in February 2016 in which Linden Lab would start Valentines Day events with a new and larger four-sim Isle of View, bringing back "Hug a Linden," and adding a new event: "Dunk a Linden."

Happy Valentines Day.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isle of View 2/84/79/107/

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Press Release: Relay For Life of Second Life Team Registration Opens Today


Second Life Residents Invited To Participate in the World's Largest Virtual Fundraising Event!

Relay For Life of Second Life Team Registration opens at 6 am SLT on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

Led by Event Leadership Team chair Nuala Maracas and co-chairs Leala Spire and Grace Devin, the 2017 season kicks off March 5th and continues through Relay For Life Weekend in Second Life on the 15th and 16th of July. The theme for the 2017 Relay season is “Passport To Hope".

Team Registration Details
•    Captains may register their teams beginning Feb 12th by visiting http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/    
     and clicking the TEAM REGISTRATION button.
•    Teams are recommended to have at least 5 members
•    Captains will be asked to set a goal for their team.  
•    Teams who meet the minimum fundraising levels will be eligible for a campsite and for real life prizes and awards.

A new Supporter category has been created to give credit to non-team entities who in the past have
raised funds for Relay using General Donations kiosks.These businesses, clubs or organizations can contact PrettyKitty Gumbo in world to be assigned a “Supporter” number and receive fundraising tools.

"This year we are not just going to think outside the box," said  event Chair Nuala Maracas. "We are going to Break The Box! Together we are going to make a difference. Together we are going to help our American Cancer Society finish this fight!"


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 5600 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:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Kultivate Spring Fashion Event


Gemma Cleanslate reports on the Kultivate Spring Fashion event. Boasting about fifty designers with a number of shows, a shopping hunt, and more, the event is also a fundraiser for the charity "Feed a Smile." Gemma went to where the event is being held, and took a look at what awaits those coming by.

Read Gemma's story in Fashion.

Fundraiser at Happy Vixen Nets over 110,000 Lindens, "Personal Pin up Benefit Auction" Announced



It's been a trying time for RECoyote Mines, one of the members of theSunweaver/Angels community. In the past, he had helped a few of it's members get new computers, as well as helping the land owners lower their tiers to Linden Lab by paying the fees. But recently he announced his mother was very ill with cancer, and had exhausted his savings. So Nydia Tungsten began organizing a couple fundraising efforts at the Happy Vixen beach club. On Tuesday January 31 was a special double event in which those attending dropped over 20,000 Linden dollars into a special tip jar. Also started at the Happy Vixen was a "Tail Sale," in which people stopping by could bid on two dozen volunteers for a date, or some other special service such as building, drawing, or writing.

Thursday February 9 was the last day of the Tail Sale, and during the two events scheduled that evening, people dropped by not just to dance but make the final bids. People continued to remain after the scheduled events were over, and each of the boards was closed at a random time over the next few hours. The results were impressive. A total of over 87,000 Lindens had been raised in the Tail Sale, with four women getting bids of 10,000 or above: Ranchan Weidman, Alleara Snoodle, Brandi Streusel, and Matoazma Kazyanenko. Four more would get bids of 5000 Lindens or more: Nydia Tungsten, Dusk Griswold, Jasmine Dawn, and Mystic Xurina. Combined with the contents of the tip jar, which had gone up to close to 23,000 Lindens, plus the sales of the outfits made by Brandi for the purposes of raising funds for the event, and a few other donations, the result was 112,543 Linden dollars, or about $420 USD.

I want to thank you all for your help in helping raise money for our dear friend Reco, and with this first event alone we have raised $112,5111 L's total  THANK YOU ALL

But Nydia and the Happy Vixen club aren't done yet. Sadly, RECoyote's mother had passed away, which means funeral expenses. So she began organizing a "Personal Pin up Benefit Auction." While similar to the calendar auctions Nydia has held in the past, these would be for personal photographs of the volunteers and winning bidders. At most, these pictures can only be tasteful nudes with nothing more than a hug or cuddle.

Yes we just had one, but funerals are so very expensive, our friend Reco  still needs us, so we are having one last event, come bid on these models for the chance to have your own personal sensual photo shoot that goes no where but to YOU! so this is a one of a kind photo for your own collection.
 

If you didn't win in the first auction your chances are better now.

Several people have volunteered for this second auction, some from the first one such as Nydia, Brandi, Matoazma (pictured), and Mystic, and a few whom weren't in the first. So if you're interested in a picture with one of the models, head over and made a bid.

Purrfection Estates (236, 219, 24).

SL Video: Second Life - Valentines Day VLOG #3




(Click here if the video fails to play)

From HOC Productions on Feb 14, 2014

Friday, February 10, 2017

Rana Dexler of Survivors of Suicide


Depression isn't just simply "the blues," but a real illness. In Second Life, one can find support groups for this and other forms of mental illness. "Survivors of Suicide" despite the name isn't just for those who attempted the act or their friends and families, but for those who have or are recovering from mental conditions, as well as those whom know someone who is. Deaflegacy recently talked to one of  the group's staff, Rana Dexler. She had a few things to say about the organization.

Read Deaflegacy's article in People.

The Second Life Coast Guard Museum Opening Ceremony


The Second Life Coast Guard is noted for two things, cleaning up Second Life's waters of "prim litter," and reminding the public of boating safety. Last Saturday February 4, a museum was open to tell a little about the organization's history. But before the official opening, there was a ceremony with several speakers, and a few people given honors. The Second Life Newser was there, and wrote a few details.

Read the story in Events.

Press Release: "Kultivate Spring 2017 Fashion Event"


Kultivate Magazine is pleased to announce it’s very first Spring Fashion Event! The Kultivate Spring 2017 Fashion Event will take place February 11 to 26, 2017.

This event will feature over 50 designers and creators,  a variety of fashion shows, a shopping area with exclusives, two special hunts, entertainment, and more! The Fantasy Angels will also present a special themed show as the finale on February 26, 2017.

The modeling company that will produce the fashion shows is Amazing Impressions Modeling (AIM) and the charity partner for this event is Feed A Smile. Feed A Smile is the charity of Live and Learn Kenya in Second Life. This nonprofit charity raises funds to provide educational opportunities for the children of Kenya. Visitors will be able to help raise funds for Feed A Smile via their official kiosks and by buying tickets to a special raffle.

Participating  merchant sponsors are: Alpha Tribe, Bliensen + MaiTai, Blueberry, Chiffon, Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery, Closer to the Heart Fashion, DE Boutique, Dot-Be Fashion, EGOISME Milano, Emerald Couture, Entice, Feyline Fashions, FlowerDreams & Nile Karas, Gabriel, Ghee, GiluliaDesign, Mahlberg Tailors, Prey, Prism and Prism for Men, Sachas Designs, Snowpaws, Sonatta Morales, Spyralle, Sweet E’s Designs, Tameless, Tayren’s Fantasy Fashions, The Bohemian Underground, Virtual Diva, White Room Couture, Zibska, & Zuri Jewelry. Other participating merchants include:  .:Jullytobe:., {Aluetia}, *DBS* Designs by Soosy, AnyB Poses, Balderdash, Cosmos Boutique, EED Home & Garden, Get Frocked, IT! (Indulge Temptation!), Just Ordinary, Mara’s Mysteries, Moonstar, Pink Ice Boutique, Pin Up, Portofina Stile, ProPose, Steelhead Outfitters, Stone’s Works, Sweet Dreams, Sweet E’s Designs, TASHI, TRS Designs, and Winterwood.

The Kultivate Spring 2017 Fashion Event has the following media partners, all who have generously agreed to promote this event: ModelS Magazine, Model’s Workshop, Port Elysium News, Radio Riel, SL Live Radio, The Miss SL Organization, The SL Enquirer, The SL Parade, and Virtual Diva Magazine.

About Kultivate Magazine:
Kultivate Magazine is a publication about the cultural aspects of Second Life. The goal of Kultivate Magazine is to support art, culture, photography, music, and fashion. Kultivate Magazine consists of the magazine, The Edge and The Edge Gallery, The Windlight Art Gallery,  The Red Gallery,  The Bailywick Gallery, The Kultivate Select Gallery, Ristorante Ivanna, & The Tribute and Crown Pub. Kultivate Magazine is proud to be the media partner and primary sponsor of Team Diabetes of Second Life, an official and authorized team for The American Diabetes Association.

For more information:
https://kultivatemagazine.com/spring-fashion-event/
https://kultivatemagazine.com/spring-fashion-show-schedule/

Locatrion: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/63/131/2802

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Linden Labs Announces No Further Applications For "Skill Game" Operators


"Skill games" have been something of a controversial topic ever since their appearance. Early in Second Life's history, there were no rules about games of chance, and there were a number of casinos across the grid. But in 2007, Linden Labs banned gambling machines that took and paid out Linden dollars. And so the machines vanished from the grid. There are some who wonder if the ever popular 'sploders fall in this category, but they remain a frequent sight across Second Life clubs. After a few years, games such as "Zyngo" began appearing. These games were left alone by Linden Lab as long as they followed certain guidelines which technically allowed them to say they were not games of chance, but the outcome of possible Linden dollar payouts could be influenced by skill. In 2014, Linden Lab updated it's "Skill Games" policy, which stated the machines could only operate in specially designated areas, and those wanting to operate them had to apply to Linden Lab

A couple days ago in the official Second Life blog, Linden Lab announced "an important update" to their skill games policy. They would no longer be taking applications from residents interested in running the gaming machines. Applications already received, and the process for being a maker of the games were unaffected.

Skill games that offer Linden Dollar payouts are allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it is operated must be approved by Linden Lab.

As of today, Skill Gaming Operator applications are being closed. Any pending applications submitted prior to the date of this blog post will be reviewed and processed normally.

Though applications for Operators are now closed, you can still apply as a Skill Gaming Creator with the application process available on the FAQ page.

For the blog post in full: Click Here.

Announcement: The Science Circle Presents “Women in STEAM”


When: Saturday, February 11th
Time: 10 AM PST
In Voice and Text chat

Thuja Hynes and The Science Circle are pleased to present “Women In STEAM,” a fun, informative, and interactive exhibit of the accomplishments and experiences of notable women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

This opening coincides with International Women and Girls In Science Day, sponsored by the United Nations. The exhibit also aims to address the challenges for females undertaking STEAM study and careers, and to present forward-looking and pro-active options. Event presented in Voice and Chat. A reception follows, at 11am. Please join us for this important event!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/173/218/23

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Happy Vixen. Looks like Nydia has a small dancing friend.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Scenes From Mole Day


Once a year, Bay City has a day to remember Linden Lab's lesser known workers: the moles. The event taking place in early February, this year it was held last Saturday February 4. It was a party with music, dance, and a chance for the residents to meet up with a few of the moles.

Read more on the story in Events.

One Billion Rising in Second Life


A wonderful place to be on Valentines Day in Second Life is at the One Billion Rising Event. This is the 5th year of the event in our virtual world which coincides with the real-life event held all over the world on that day. “The Rising continues as a demand to end ALL forms of exploitation of women and girls.”
 
To read about the event check the Second Life website  https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/  and see the explanation of the statement above. This is not just a women’s event. All men who recognize the issues are definitely invited. 

“The Second Life event will feature a four-region stage where 200 people can come together to dance, surrounded by an area of art installations, an arena for poetry and dramatic productions, and informational exhibits. A variety of performers will play over the 24-hour period and poetry and dramatic events will be held at different times, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter their timezone. The regions will have a General maturity rating to allow all residents an opportunity to participate. Pictures are welcome on the event’s Flickr group.”
 
The artists who exhibit always do a wonderful job with their installations and I am looking forward to seeing them and to the great parties on the stages. 
 
I stopped over at the offices of the OBR to pick up my t shirt. 

Saturday I hope to participate in the filming of the new "Break the Chain video. It will be my third film working with all the other dancers .  I will be greeting again this year so will see you there.
 
Gemma Cleanslate