Monday, June 18, 2018

"Meet The Lindens" This Week At The SL15B Auditorium



For the past few years at the Second Life Birthday, the residents have had a chance to hear from the Lindens themselves. And this year, they can at the "Meet The Lindens" events in the Auditorium. From Monday to Friday 2-4PM SL time, Saffia Widdershins will be conducting interviews with various Lindens.

Monday: Xiola Linden
Tuesday: Keira and Patch Linden
Wednesday: Ebbe Linden (the CEO)
Thursday: Oz and Grumpity Liden
Friday: Brett Linden

The Auditorium is just north of https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL15B%20Enchant/25/119/23


RFL Team Sunbeamers Hit Sapphire Level



It was a great weekend for the Relay for Life in Second Life's Team Sunbeamers. Friday June 15 was the close of two "Bid Me" events run by the team, "Bid Me Foxy" in which Cynthia Farshore was putting her anthro goat avatar on the line, and "Bid Me Goat" in which Shockwave Yareach did the same with his wolf avatar. At Club Cutlass at 8PM following the party there, the amounts raised on the kiosks were made final, Rita announcing the results:

Beamers:  here are the results of the 2 BID MEs that ended tonight.

Cynthia Farshore:
Stay Goat:             12,900L
Go Foxy;                 24144L

She goes Foxy for 12 WEEKS!

Shockwave Yareach:
Stay Wolf:                 1050 L
Go Goat:                    24100 L

He goes Goat for 12 Weeks!


Cynthia took the change more or less in stride, when changing into a vixen having a chicken in her mouth, later saying, "Between the kiosk of Shocky and I, we racked up L$62,244." Shockwave posted on Facebook, "I was on the BidMe for Relay For Life. Every 2K$ put in, I'm a Goat for a week. I'm now gonna be a Goat for... 12 Weeks. Holy..."

The following day, Saturday June 16, was the Farshore Field Air Show. It was widely expected that the team would get to the coveted half million Linden dollar mark. And before the event was over, it did. The Sunbeamers passed 500,000 Lindens, and achieved Sapphire fundraising rank. For the second time this season, the team had achieved a rank they never had before.

The last time The Sunbeamers reached this amount of cash, I went in a female avatar for a week. But with me pantsless most of the time thanks to a previous Bid Me event,  I wasn't in the mood for something so drastic this time. So when one of my teammates was saying she'd go purple for two weeks if the team reached Sapphire, I offered to take one of them. But team captain Rita Mariner and teammates Dusk Griswold, and Skylark Lefavre also went purple that day.

So what next? There is a joint event with the Meli's Maniacs team being planned. And of course there is the Relay Weekend and the Sunbeamer camp build next month. For now, once again the "Little team that could" is taking pride that once again it's proved itself a top fundraiser among the Relay teams.

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Press Day At The SL15B


The Second Life Fifteenth Birthday celebration grounds aren't open until Noon today. But some members of the Second Life media got a chance for an early peek. Gemma Cleanslate in the past had been a volunteer for SLB events. She returned on Press Day, Saturday June 16, for an early look at the exhibits and builds.

Read Gemma's article in Events.

SL15B Celebration Begins Today



After months of preparation, the Second Life Birthday celebration is finally about to start. For a little over a week, residents will get to enjoy various events, music and discussions, across twenty-four sims of stages, exhibits, and other builds.


And among the exhibits is that of the Second Life Newser. Presenting the SL Newser SL15B Tower, courtesy of Silvia Ametza and Aimee Louise Destiny (aimeelou.destiny). The crystal-shaped structure is fifteen stories high, one for each year of Second Life. There are a few pictures at the top of the Grid's first year, plus a parachute giver for those wanting to dive off the side. Come see our exhibit, and listen to the tunes of Farshore Radio at SL15B Spectacular (196/14/23)

For more information about events and times, check the SL15B blog : http://www.slcommunitycelebration.info/

Bixyl Shuftan

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Happy Vixen. Two feral foxes come face to face with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken ... or is it? Just why would someone leave a bucket where wild animals could get it?

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries


SUMMER'S COMING - THE SEASHORE AND MORE!
We can almost officially declare that it's here.  Summer's a coming with lots of great plans for outstanding tales.  We've got another stellar line up this week, including a guest session featuring images and thoughts from the seashore with friend Ktahdn Vesuvino. Join us this week in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely, live in voice.

Check out the stories and the storytellers at www.seanchailibrary.com

All times slt, stories in Voice.

--------->> COMING THIS WEEK:
Senchai Library at Holly Kai Park
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Holly%20Kai%20Estates/215/44/27

All stories told in open voice. All times SL/PT
   
**SUNDAY,  June 17th
   ~ at 1:30pm: TEA TIME at Baker Street: join Corwyn, Kayden, and Cale as they continue (1887) A STUDY IN SCARLET. Part Two of Four today.
   ~ 6pm: MAGICLAND STORYTIME: Mrs. Piggle Wiggle concludes, live at the Golden Horseshoe at Magicland

**MONDAY, June 18th at 7pm: Larry Niven's PROTECTOR continues with Gyro Muggins

**TUESDAY, June 19th at 7pm:  More from Craig Johnson's SHERIFF LONGMIRE TALES with Kayden Oconnell

** WEDNESDAY, June 20th at 7pm:  WRITTEN IN THE SAND: Images and Thoughts from the Seashore with Ktadhn Vesusino.

** THURSDAY, June 21st at 7pm - H. G. Wells THE INVISIBLE MAN Part 1 with Shandon Loring (also presented in Kitelyhop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/144/129/29)

COMING NEXT WEEK: Go For Poe! 

Three great sessions featuring the woods of Edgar Allan Poe, presented by Seanchai Library at LEA 18: "Edgar Allan Poe's "The Philosophy of Furniture" 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

SL Video: "Feels Good To Be BAD"




From Nydia Tungsten on June 9, "I know it's been a while, life can be such a PAIN sometimes (laughter). We shot this in the 'Planet Serenity' in Second Life, I hope you enjoy the models and the dancing."

Relay Poem


Call you up in the middle of the night
Like a firefly without a light
You were there like a slow torch burning
I was a key that could use a little turning
So tired that I couldn't even sleep
So many secrets I couldn't keep
Promised myself I wouldn't weep
One more promise I couldn't keep

Runaway train never going back
Wrong way on a one way track
Seems like I should be getting somewhere
Somehow I'm neither here nor there

Runaway train never comin' back
Runaway train tearin' up the track
Runaway train burnin' in my veins
Runaway but it always seems the same.... GO RELAY


Sara Llewellyn (Sarandel Llewellyn)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Scenes From The Relay: The "Club Crawl" and "Bid Me Mesh"


On Friday June 8 and Saturday, the Relay for Life's Team Harmony for Hope hosted a "Club Crawl" to raise funds for the participating teams. Their second one in two years, two of the participating four clubs were from the Sunbeamers team, the Happy Vixen beach club and Club Cutlass. The following day was another noteworthy event, Team Relay Rocker's "Bid Me Mesh." The objective of this event was to give a new look to "Second Life's last surviving newbie avatar." So how did the events do? Both did very well.

Read more in Events.

Sneak Peek: The Newser SL15B Exhibit



Some last minute work on the SL15B exhibit for the Newser before the sims were temporarily closed to builders on Thursday at Noon. Yours truly had the idea of putting up some pictures from across Second Life history on the fifteen floors of the tower, one for each year. Unfortunately, I ran past the prim limit, and had to take some down. Oh well, I should be able to keep a few up.

The sims open Sunday at noon. So be there at the Second Life Fifteenth Birthday celebration.

Bixyl Shuftan

Relay Events This Weekend

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FRIDAY - 06/15/18
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EVENT:  Relay for Christ Trivia Party
HOSTED BY:  Relay for Christ
TIME:  2:00pm - 4:00pm
LOCATION:     http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Alua/171/124/28


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SATURDAY - 06/16/18
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EVENT:  The 5th Annual RFL Team Sunbeamer Air Show Fly-in
HOSTED BY:  Sunbeamers
TIME:  8:00am - 6:00pm
LOCATION:     http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunlight%20Bay/128/128/2   


EVENT:  Mynx Disney Parade
HOSTED BY:  Inspired Dreamwalkers
TIME:  1:00pm-2:00am
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SkyBeam%20Stowaway/174/92/1220






EVENT:  Bitty Bumper Car and Boat Race
HOSTED BY:  Team Shadow
TIME:  1:00pm-5:00pm
LOCATION: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Thorklin/103/139/1027


EVENT:  Mom's Formal Ball
HOSTED BY:  Circle Of Life
TIME:  3:00pm-5:00am
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Farhaven/86/61/28


EVENT:  Live Singers. Rhapsody and LostSinger
HOSTED BY:  Bonanza Country RFL TEAM
TIME:  6:00pm - 8:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Saphire/237/230/23


EVENT:  Weekly Theme Dance: Day of the Seafarer
HOSTED BY:  Mieville Steampunks
TIME:  6:00pm - 8:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mieville%20Dickens/71/141/2501


EVENT:  Game Night
HOSTED BY:  Heroes Helping Heroes
TIME:  6:00pm - 8:00pm
LOCATION:  https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Excelsior/57/117/1534

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SUNDAY - 06/17/18
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EVENT:  Fennux Auction RFL Panel
HOSTED BY:  Fantasy Breedables Fight Against Cancer Team
TIME:  4:00pm-6:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jirina/84/77/3202    

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle: Catalysis in Wonderland 2"


"Catalysis in Wonderland 2: An SL presentation of classic transition-metal chemistry"
By Dr. Mike J. Shaw

Saturday June 17
10 AM SL time

"Organic chemistry follows certain rules. Starting in the 1950’s, we began to find ways that transition metals (e.g. chromium, iron, nickel, rhodium, gold and many others) could bend the rules of classic organic chemistry and facilitate chemical transformations which would otherwise be onerous. One example of the utility of transition metals as applied to organic chemistry is in catalysis, i.e. the transformation of starting materials into products through an easy-to-traverse sequence of steps. Today, catalysts mediate a wide range of reactions, from improving the quality of air (e.g. catalytic converters) to the production of plastics, medicines and other chemical transformations. This talk is a continuation of our discussion of catalysis where we will review the basics of “organometallic” catalysis reactions such as “oxidative addition”, “insertion”, and reductive elimination. These steps allow a metal complex to catalyze a reaction without itself being changed. These principles will be illustrated through lecture and scripted objects. The talk will discuss in detail the issues of “handedness” and how a catalyst can imprint its “handedness” on the final product."

For more information: Click Here.  

The Science Circle (61/127/32

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Press Release: Fifth Annual Relay For Life Farshore Field Air Show Fly-in


Team Sunbeamers welcomes you to the 5th Annual RFL Sunbeamer Air Show Fly-in.


The Sunbeamers team welcomes you to the 5th Annual Farshore Field Steampunk Air Show Fly-in this Saturday the 16th of June between the hours of 8AM to 4PM SLT. There will be planes on display with information about them. Some Pilots will be on hand to give rides and flight demonstrations or you can just BYOAP [Bring Your Own AirPlane] and stunt around yourself.

During the show there will be a number of activities to participate in. These activities we ask for a donation to the Relay For Life kiosk located at each. These include being shot out of a cannon straight up to about 300 Meters where a provided parachute gently brings you back down. You keep the special RFL 2018 textured parachute for free. Then you can help cool each other by taking turns dunking your partner in a nice cool dunk tank, that is instead of a beanbag you fire a German 88mm shell into its target!! How often do you get to shoot such an historical gun?  There will be other activities so come explore as well as many fun spots around the sim.

From 4PM till 6PM SLT there will be an after flights dance and activities in The Goblin Cave located on the hill over looking the field. No theme dressing needed, no contest, just socializing and relaxing after a hard day of flying.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunlight%20Bay/128/128/2

Rated G during event

Happy Flag Day



It's Flag Day in the United States. Doing a search inworld, I came across a place with a lot of them, and for free. They're at the World Peace Flag Garden in Odaesan (81/151/42). I found many dozens of flags, not just of the USA and Canada, but also state and provincial ones, and flags from around the world from major nations to numerous tiny ones. The place is next to Thor's Oak Christian Men's Center.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Odaesan/81/151/42

Bixyl Shuftan

SL15B Sneak Peek: At The Holodeck



Somewhere hidden in the grounds of the SLB public buildings is a holodeck, like the one found in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and it's spinnoffs. A few questions come to mind, such as if one uses a rest room here, do the contents get disintegrated. And this being Second Life, would a holodeck here be a holodeck in a holodeck?

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Happy Vixen, with thanks to Lia (Female Winslet).

By Bixyl Shuftan

First Weekly Summertime Fireworks of The Year at Livingtree



On Saturday June 9 at 8PM SL time, a summertime tradition resumed in Second Life after a break if several months: Marianne McCann's weekly fireworks show. During the summertime, Marianne likes to light up a pyrotechnic display at "Kick the Can" in the Livingtree sim every Saturday. And now, it was time to begin once more.

Marianne told those in her friends list the news a new moments before the show, and a number teleported over. The crowd "Ooooo"ed and "Ahhhhh"ed as the dark skies lit up and filled with color. DJ GoSpeed Racer provided the music for the event, though the sounds of the firecrackers going off could occasionally partially muffle the music. Much of the crowd came from Bay City, though Livingtree is apparently far away from it (one could be fooled just by looking at the people instead of the map).

Not everything went according to plan, though. At one point some of the pyrotechnics were going off not in the air, but on the ground. And the watching crowd ended up in the muddle of the light show.

Before long, GoSpeed was playing her ending theme, "Man or Astroman." And the fireworks came to a close, and least for another week. Those who missed this first show can make plans to head to Livingtree next Saturday night.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: RFL Live Benefit Concert Wed at 11AM SL Time



Team Meli's Maniacs and Team ACTS will have an event starring Miss Longtail Wednesday at 11am SLT. The event will be held at Clubs Amarantha.  Both teams would love to see you attend this event.  Miss Longtail is just wonderful and can belt out all of our favorite tunes.

Amarantha (25,151,1500)

Announcement: "Health Care Delivery In The 21st Century: What Do We Want; How Do We Get It?"


A presentation, open to the public, led by Robert K. Smoldt, Chief Administrative Officer Emeritus of Mayo Clinic

Thursday, June 14, 2018
6:15 am  PDT
Mayo Clinic conference center, Mayo Clinic island

Presented in English Voice.

As the opening session of the World Congress for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (WCBIP), this presentation is open to the public (in Second Life). Mr. Smoldt retired from Mayo Clinic after a long career in Planning and Administration, and serving as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for several years. Mr Smoldt currently teaches at Arizona State University, and is very engaged in Healthcare Delivery and Policy.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mayo%20Clinic/34/195/28

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Events This Week at the Sunweaver, Montecito Bay, and Furry Fashion Clubs


It's a week full of events at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge

Club Cutlass: Best in 'M,' Sports Night, Stripes/Spots

The Happy Vixen: Steampunk, Dragons, Wings, TBA, Horror Spoof, Candy Colors, (closed for airshow), Videogames and MMOs, Bunnies and Foxes, CAYA

Club Zero Gravity:Best in Neon, Best in Formal

Momtecito Bay: Taco Tuesday, 8-Bit Adventure, After Dark,

Furry Fashion Lounge: Fantasy, Robots, Space, Toys and Plushies, Cyber, Cartoons, Beach Party, Geeks and Nerds

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 4:45 PM

SL15B Sneak Peek: Bathroom Humor



Going about the SL15B grounds, eventually, one will feel the call of nature. But going to the bathroom, there was no toilet paper. Only three sea shells. Sea shells? How are sea shells going to help someone in the bathroom?

For those who don't get the joke, Click Here.

Addition: The SLB volunteers have been a little more cautious about people posting sneak peeks this year, so we got the okay for this and one other for before the weekend.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, June 11, 2018

Ari at Cape Heron


Deaflegacy recently had a friend of hers playing in her community at Virtual Ability: Arisia Vita. Better known as "Ari," he has played piano music in places such as Creations for Parkinson's, and events such as the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference. Deaflegacy had a few words with the people gathering around as they listened to the tunes.

Read Deaflegacy's story in People.

Sneak Peek: The Newser SL15B Exhibit



Taken at the SL Newser exhibit for the SL15B. Silvia Ametza and I met with GeeJann Blackadder, another exhibitor. Looks like a curious pigeon is wondering what's going on.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: "Battle of the Bikes" For The Relay



We will be hosting a Battle of the BIKES to benefit 'Bobby McKey's Angels' an RFL team.
Bobby was a member of the EVO family and his loss affected many of us deeply. In his honor and in the name of his wonderful son we RELAY.

The contest !
We have invited some of the best bike builders we know regardless of their "SL FAME" 
As a builder you will be expected to have your bike built and ready by JUNE 29th 2018 .
Builders will receive no profit .

TWO WAYS TO WIN !
#1 The Builder who receives the highest PAID bid (via the bid boards)
OR
#2 Highest vote balance (a kiosk will be placed in front of your bikes and your fans and friends can come and drop a couple linden to support you)

THE PRIZE::
The winner will Be kept on display with a landmark giver for your bike shop 30 days

TIME LINE::
JUNE 29th SET UP
JUNE 30th Voting begins
JULY 7th Winners will be announced 

We are being hosted at Remood
This is a G sim please keep that in mind when building and visiting <3 br="">( http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/REMOOD%20UNITED/158/39/24 ) when the time comes.

CONTACT magi3 With any questions

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at Club Cutlass. Sometimes, it does seem the lag gets so bad, you can almost swim in it.

By Bixyl Shuftan

The White Vixen Enterprises Party



The Happy Vixen beach club and the Club Zero Gravity space club are the best known parts of White Vixen Enterprises, owned by Nydia Tungsten. But the organization also runs the Purrfection Estates sim, does a number of music videos, and more. Several days ago, Nydia threw a party the staff of the group at Mousehole Manor in Pacific Waters.

It is that time of year again, time for the WVE staff party to say thank you to all of YOU. YOU make these clubs and projects work there will be TWO THOUSAND L's up for grabs with DJ Snowbuns taking her turn spinning the tunes for you all. It will be at the castle from 7 to 10 slt


Besides the club DJs, hosts and hostesses, and managers, sim managers, and others, some friends of the group were also invited over. But only those considered staff were eligible for the contest prize of 2000 Lindens. DJ Snowbuns, aka Skylark Lefavre, played the music for the party with a mix of rock and pop from easygoing to energetic. Skylark does double-duty at the Happy Vixen as a manager and one of it's DJs. Club Zero Gravity is run by Ranchan Wiedman with help from Matoazma Kazyanenko.

A great time was had by Nydia and her friends during the event that went on for a little more than three hours. The large prize was split between three people. It was a well-deserved break for the staff.

Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, June 9, 2018

RFL Team Shadow's "Music Is Life" Festival



From Friday June 8 to Sunday June 10, Team Shadow is hosting the "Music is Life Festival 2018" event.

The Music is Life Festival has the  BEST DJs spinning EDM, Dance, House, Deep House, Techno and Chill/Down Tempo, Trap, Future House, ETC!! Relay for Life's Team Shadow and DJ Dema are hosting the 2018 Music is Life Festival and Shopping event featuring 26 live mix DJs from around the grid and 48 amazing creators!!

The event goes on 24/7 to Sunday at 6PM

Athenaeum (141/6/21) (concert area to the north)

RFL Announcement: Tinies of New Toulouse - With Team ACTS, Sat from 1-3PM SLT



The Tinies of New Toulouse and Team ACTS cordially invite you to the 8th Tiny Dance in aid of RFL.Dancing to the music of DJ Manfred Hancroft at the Tiny Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Red Drum Place, from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm on

Saturday, June 9th. All are welcome, we love our human friends also.

New Toulouse (155,57,23) .

SL Video: "Riff Vahreyt - Party"




(Click here if the video fails to play)

From Riff Fox on Aug 2015

Friday, June 8, 2018

Announcement: The Relay for Life Club Crawl



We are thrilled to announce our 2nd Annual Club Crawl Competition sponsored by Harmony of Hope. We have great clubs involved in this Relay For Life completion.  Clubs will have RFL events at the times listed below.  Events are held Friday, 8th 4 pm - Saturday, 9th at 10 pm.   At 10 pm on Saturday the club with the highest amount of donations to The American Cancer Society showing in their kiosk will be announced the 2018 Club Crawl Champ.  The winning Club will receive a trophy for display at their club. Please Join us and support these clubs as they volunteer their staff and time to support Relay!

FRIDAY
The Happy Vixen 4-5 pm - Purrfection Estates (236/219/24)
Bonanza Country Club 5-6 pm - Saphire (186/230/22)
Club Cutlass 6-7 pm - Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757)
The Club 7-8 pm - Yes (67/79/23)

SATURDAY
Bonanza Country Club 2-3 pm - Saphire (186/230/22)
The Happy Vixen 4-5 pm - Purrfection Estates (236/219/24)
Club Cutlass 6-7 pm - Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757)
The Club 8-9 pm - Yes (67/79/23)


Dianna Wycliffe Team Captain
TS Darrow Captain
Cathy10 Longoria  Event planner

Reader Submitted: Game Review - Subnautica, Part Five


Rita Mariner has been doing reader-submitted articles about a new favorite game of hers: the ocean-based survival game of Subnautica. In earlier parts of the series, she wrote about what to do at the start and the middle part of the game. Part five is about what do do when getting to the Lost River, having to deal with acidic spots and still more powerful creatures.

Read Rita's reader submission in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.

The Newser Anniversary Party


With the Newser celebrating it's giving the readers the news about the people, places, and events across Second Life big and small, it was time to take a moment to kick back and celebrate. So on Saturday June 2, a party was held at the Happy Vixen beach club. Quite a number showed up, reporters, locals, and fans of the paper. And a good time was had by all.

See the pictures in Events.

OS Grid Hypergrid Business "Winding Down" After Nine Years


For fans of Opensim, some sad news. HyperGrid Business, the leading source of news and other articles about the OS grids has been scaling back it's coverage lately. Maria Korolov, the editor, stated they have just two more articles, "after that, there's nothing else in the pipeline."

"What's Next?" Maria stated, "I’m going to continue maintaining the site itself, so that the article archives stay up, and all the resources stay available. I’m also going to do a monthly active grids list — just the list of active grids, not any of the usage stats. I’ll stop updating the list of popular hypergrid destinations, since I’ll no longer have the traffic numbers.I’ll continue running press releases and guest columns, and the free ads will stay up. We might do a short news piece or two each month as well."

Of her cutting back, "The reasons are both personal and practical. Personally, I’ve moved on from covering virtual worlds to covering cybersecurity and, most recently, artificial intelligence. ... I barely spend any time in OpenSim anymore."

"Practically, there was once a strong possibility that OpenSim would evolve into an open source, virtual reality metaverse. That’s not happening. Our viewers are still stuck where they were ten years ago, without any real support for web or mobile access or for virtual reality headsets. All projects to address that issue seem to have faded away. Instead, the focus has shifted to VR-native platforms from Google, Facebook, and, to some degree, Microsoft. We don’t know yet what Apple is cooking up, but they’re busy as well.

"It’s increasingly looking like the whole SL-OpenSim ecosystem has hit a dead end. It will probably continue to exist as a niche platform for its half million active monthly users, shrinking slightly each year until it’s just a nostalgia thing, like text-based adventure games or manual typewriters."

Those commenting on Korolov's article tended to support her observation about OpenSim. One stated, " The open source developers have been great, but if OS is not to degenerate into an historical curiosity, there needs to be a linking of business cases and investments with resources and developers. Investors need to understand the need for Open Source, and OS developers need to be open to dealing with the changes that come with resources." Another commented, " It does feel like we are stuck in Limbo at the moment. ... Opensim development seems to have hit a dead end." A third remarked, "To get to the next level of user involvement is going to take a lot of development. The kind of capitalization needed to do that means big players will develop it. Yes, there is the possibility of a grass roots development effort, but that is much harder to coordinate." But one remained optimistic about OpenSim, "I think Opensim still has a lot going for it and for those of us that still use Second Life too and are perfectly happy still using our PC's."

Hamlet Au didn't agree with Korolov's comments, at least in regards to Second Life, " I don't quite buy that last bit, because unlike OpenSim, Second Life is still backed by a profitable company with a highly engaged, highly monetized userbase, giving Linden Lab enough money to evolve ... . As with many open source-based projects, OpenSim was relying almost solely on the community spirit and voluntary work of assorted tinkerers and enthusiasts -- and that rarely leads to a commercial product with a consumer userbase." It was his wish though that Hypergrid Business somehow find a way to continue on, "maybe a benefactor could buy the site and take over?"

Sources: Hypergrid Business, New World Notes

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle: “Student Virtual World Science Projects in Sine Space”


"Student Virtual World Science Projects in Sine Space”

Saturday, June 9th at 10AM - 11AM PDT

Members here at Science Circle regularly attend our meetings for online discussions and collaboration. On June 9, I will discuss my attempts to get my students to collaborate and work together online. Sine space seems to provide the online networking in a safe networked environment we need. One of my students has created a space colony for Europa, and another has created a geological simulation called Eagle Rock, based on an actual area in Virginia. The creator of the sims can control who has access to the sim and can even delete it if so desired.

An optional field trip will be given at the end of the lecture. Details on how to log in will be giving at the end of the lecture. These sims can be accessed with a web browser and a guest account. Although the sine space client for pc and an account is recommended at https://sine.space.

by Dr. William F. Schmachtenberg (Dae Miami SL)

For more information, Click Here.

Team Sunbeamers Reaches 400,000 Lindens



Picture from Cynthia Farshore. The "Little team that could" is continuing to pass milestones and make news. Yesterday evening, it passed the 400,000 Linden dollar mark.

It was May 23 when the team made Jade level fundraising. How much longer until 500,000 Lindens, and Sapphire level?

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Happy Vixen

By Bixyl Shuftan

Team Sunbeamer's "Bid Shockwave Goat" Fundraiser


After a week, Team Sunbeamer's "Bid Me Foxy" is doing well, having raised 8500 Lindens so far. It's just been joined by another "Bid Me" Fundraiser, "Bid Shockwave Goat."

With Cynthia Farshore, who has always been known by her anthro nannygoat avatar, going canid for a while with "Bid Me Foxy," her teammate Shockwave Yareach is joining her with a "Bid Me" that turns things full circle. In "Bid Shockwave Goat," the Sunbeamer who is seldom seen without his anthro wolf avatar, promises to be an anthro buck goat for every week each 2000 Linden dollars, rounded down are raised. This means if 5999 Lindens are raised, he spends two weeks in his new look while 6000 would mean tin can jokes for three. And as with other Sunbeamer Bid Me events, there's a default kiosk for those wanting him to keep his usual look. If it gets more cash than the goat kiosk, he stays a wolf.

As of the writing of this article, 3000 Linden dollars have been raised. Meaning without lots of cash in the default kiosk, he'll be hooved for at least one week. How many more "bucks" the goat fundraiser gets remains to be seen.

Both Cynthia's "Bid Me Foxy" and the "Bid Shockwave Goat" run until Friday June 15 at 8PM, following the close of the party contest at Club Cutlass where the kiosks are. As of the writing of this article, Team Sunbeamers have raised a little more than 397,000 Linden dollars. With the upcoming "Club Crawl" and Sunbeamer Air Show, 500,000 Lindens and Sapphire level fundraiser status are within sight.

Go Sunbeamers, go Relay!

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunweaver%20Bay/114/117/757

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Relay Events This Weekend


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FRIDAY - 06/08/18
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EVENT:  ABBA Concert for RFL
HOSTED BY:  Atlantis for Life AND Team Jellybean
TIME:  11:30am - 2:00pm
LOCATION:     http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/GEL%20Community/129/155/2601

EVENT:  Music Is Life Festival
HOSTED BY:  Team Shadow
TIME:  6:00pm-8:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Athenaeum/140/9/22

EVENT:  Club Crawl
HOSTED BY:  Harmony of Hope
TIME:  6:00pm-12:00am
LOCATION:  various locations around the grid. Contact Cathy10 Longoria or watch RFL Volunteer chat for the locations

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SATURDAY - 06/09/18
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EVENT:  Music Is Life Festival
HOSTED BY:  Team Shadow
TIME:  12:00am - 10:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Athenaeum/140/9/22

EVENT:  Club Crawl
HOSTED BY:  Harmony of Hope
TIME:  6:00pm-12:00am
LOCATION:  various locations around the grid. Contact Cathy10 Longoria or watch RFL Volunteer chat for the locations

EVENT:  Game Night
HOSTED BY:  Heroes Helping Heroes
TIME:  6:00pm-8:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Excelsior/57/117/1534


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SUNDAY - 06/10/18
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EVENT:  Music Is Life Festival
HOSTED BY:  Team Shadow
TIME:  12:00am - 10:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Athenaeum/140/9/22

EVENT:  Dance-a-thon for life at Mountain Lion Club and Amusement Park
HOSTED BY:  Team Shadows
TIME:  8:00am - 10:00pm
LOCATION:   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jaguar%20Mountains/35/215/22

EVENT:  Jail and Bail
HOSTED BY:  The River of Life
TIME:  4:00pm - 8:00pm
LOCATION:   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Stonehaven/128/128/2

EVENT:  2018 Grayson Challenge - Bid Me Mesh or Bald?
HOSTED BY:  Relay Rockers
TIME:  5:00pm - 6:30pm
LOCATION:   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Arinultra%20Cay/198/42/27

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

"Your Mother Has Cancer"


Deaflegacy told be recently it was her mother's birthday. It was a happy occasion in the past, but today it was a sad reminder as she had passed away almost five years ago, from cancer. In her article today, she writes about her last time with her mother, and goes on to say the cause of her death is why she supports the Relay for Life in Second Life.

Read Deaflegacy's story in People.

My Time At Second Life Newspaper (2015)


As the Newser celebrates it's eighth anniversary, it should be noted our roots go back to another publication. Before the SL Newser, there was the SL Newspaper. Founded by JamesT Juno, it blossomed into Second Life's leading newsletter under editor Dana Vanmoer. About a year into the paper's history, I joined up with them. For the next two and a half years, I would be one of it's reporters, and eventually assistant manager. In this article written five years following it's closing, I looked back on my time at the "Gray Lady" of Second Life newsletters.

Read the article in Extra.

Looking Back: The Podex Exchange


As the Newser looks back in it's eight years of covering the news, we take a look at the first and longest-running of the cash sponsors who helped us along the way: The Podex Exchange. Owned by Jacek Shuftan, this Linden dollar exchanger bought and sold Lindens for various real-life currencies, many residents finding them much more convenient than the official Lindex. Unfortunately, changes in Linden Lab's Terms of Service would put them out of business.

Read the story in Extra.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Events This Week at the Sunweaver, Montecito Bay, and Furry Fashion Clubs


It's a week full of events at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge

Club Cutlass: Best in 'K,' TBA, TBA

The Happy Vixen: Disco, Biker, Feline, Leather or Lace, Dark, Crazy, Lions Tigers and Bears, Fashion Diva, Naughty, CAYA

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Momtecito Bay: Taco Tuesday, Pretty in Pastels, Panda-Moni-um, After Dark, Downtempo and Synthwave

Furry Fashion Lounge: Rainbows, Horror, Angels and Demons, Visual Magic Release Party, New Age, Metal, Elements, Good vs Evil

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.