Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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

Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in 'X, Y, and Z', Roller Skates, the 1960s.

Happy Vixen: Hybrids, Fairy Tales, Class and *ss (Ladies' Revenge), Hooray for Hollywood, Foxes and Mice, Seven Deadly Sins, Fantasy, Red and White, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: TBA, TBA, TBA

Momtecito Bay: Taco Tuesday, Glitch Hop Night, Lem n' Em Show, Black Cat Appreciation, Cyber

Furry Fashion Lounge: TBA

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

Announcement: (The Rest of) This Week at the Senchai Libraries

Join us this week in #secondlife, live in voice.

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

All events at Senchai Library at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise noted

** WEDNESDAY, August 15th at 7pm: Stephen Fry's MYTHOS continues with Caledonia
** THURSDAY, August 16th

    ~ at 2pm: FIRESIDE TALES - "Ghost of the Bridge" second reading of a new story by Caledonia

    ~ at 7pm - Frederick C. Davis's FLAMING ANGEL (a Tale of Suspense) with Shandon Loring. (also presented in Kitelyhop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/144/129/29)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Caledon Llyr Holds Closing Party

The Caledon community will soon be going through a change in it's lands. It was recently announced that the sim of Caledon Llyr will soon be fading away. On the night of Saturday August 11, there was one last event there, which was well attended by both locals and friends of.

More on the story in Events.

Editor's Note: I first thought the sim was going away. Well, it is, but it isn't. It's getting a new name and owner, but the old appearance will be going away.

The Tarot Garden

Gemma Cleanslate's latest trip to the Linden Endowment of the Arts regions took her to LEA 17 where she found something that got her attention: the Tarot Garden. Built by Secondhandtutti, the exhibit is based on a real life sculpture display in Naples Italy by Niki de Saint Phalle. Gemma had a look around the place, and a few words with the artist.

Read Gemma's story in Design.

Reader Submitted: "Why Fuzz Is Not Allowed to Drive"

From Trader Whiplash. Fuzzball Ortega has a reputation for being a less than sterling driver. Trader Whiplash shared this picture of him behind the wheel in an out of control moment.

CDS Announcement: Rose Coloured Glasses - Books of Distinction

It's a little book shop located on the forum in Colonia Nova. We have free mesh books we're giving away, that include a copy of the book and a synopsis notecard inside. We can't give away the text of real books of course, due to copyright, but these synopsis will give you a good idea of what the book is about, and a nice mesh book display for your home or office.

If you'd enjoy finding new books when we put them out, then please join our group "Books of Distinction". You'll find a group joiner in the bookshop. Eventually we hope to stimulate discussion about our book picks, or maybe your book picks!


Rose Gray

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Cartoon of the Day

From Burnstock 2018. Instead of an avatar on fire, here we have one made up of fire.

By Bixyl Shuftan.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

SL Video: "Symphony"

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From Furry Alex on August 2, "Song: Chris Parker - Symphony (Radio Orchestral Edition)"

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fractal Insanity and Rose Theater

Having gotten an update to her Art Gallery HUD, Gemma Cleanslate is back from visiting two of the locations she found on there. Fractal Insanity, as it's name implies, has a show of fractal art. It's displays are by Millie Sharple. The other is the Rose Theater Gallery, a large gallery with many artist's works on show.

Read Gemma's story in Design.

Gift Grab Week Eight

For those who haven't done the latest "Gift Grab" from Linden Lab yet this week, (described in their blog post of the event and briefly at the end of our June 22 article of The Birthday), this week's area is a bit on the creepy side. The hint is, "Come and visit for a spooky stay. Once you enter you may never go away!" It is in the Falmouth Hotel in the Falmouth sim in the Bay City area.

The description of the place is, "The Falmouth Hotel will reopen soon after some slight superatural damage is repaired." The scream I heard just after I arrived was a sign that it wasn't. The hotel was one creepy place inside and outside, with some low spooky music playing. Getting to the room where the gift was located, it was a bar with a bloody zombie bartender and some creepy-looking teddy bears. They were old, bloodstained, and had their eyes redone with buttons. One group was drinking what looked like blood in teacups and the other one had a desert bowl of eyeballs. There was some occasional childish giggling, and once in a while the teddys would break out into outright laughter, often while their heads were turned toward someone in the place. Creepy.

The room had been made by Governor and Michael Linden and Squishy, Crazy, and Silent Mole. What they were thinking of, who knows? A certain Bay City resident spotted me on her radar and messaged me, "Say hi to the teddy bears for me." I went ahead and got the Crystal Anniversary gift, and headed home. There, I rezzed the crystal it was packaged it, and got the contents.

And this week's gift, a crystal ball. When rezzed and placed, when clicked on it will give you your fortune for the day. Occasionally, it will offer useful advice, "Don't just say that you are sorry. Mean it." But more often are witty and amusing comments, "May your hair ever be worn on your head." "Never sit on a pose ball you aren't prepared to make a commitment to." "A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of typing." "Avoid loud noises and low-flying ducks."

This is Week Eight of the Gift Grab, which lasts until late September in which Week Fifteen is for those who got all fourteen of the previous gifts.

Bixyl Shuftan

Ex-InWorldz Staff Launching "Infiniti" OpenSim World

Following the demise of their virtual home, InWorldz fans have been either checking out other virtual worlds, waiting patiently for it's owner Beth Reischl to make another place, or both. But several days ago, it was announced on the Metaverse Traveller that some former members of the InWorldz team have been getting together to make their own virtual world: Infiniti.

Talla Adam talked to Lecktor Hannibal, who told him that he and two others on the Infiniti team, Legion Heinrichs (John Arnolde), and April Chung "were part of the original six founders of InWorldz along with Beth Reischl." Lecktor stated he and others left the team due to differences with Reischl. Neither David Daeshler, whom left in late 2016, and Jim Tarber whom was on the team when InWorldz closed and has stated he will not be involved in Reischl's new virtual world, are involved with Infiniti. "It is with great sadness and pain that we've watched InWorldz deteriorate over the years and what motivates us to this project," Lecktor stated, "We are all excited however with the prospect of helping the Opensim/InWorldz community heal from the hurt."

The link to the website Talla gave, http://www.infinitigrid.com, was broken when this article was being written. But there was some information on a Google Plus post.

Our Vision

Our customers will be our existence. We strive to be recognized and respected by our customer as providing the highest level of quality service and value through accountability, innovation, integrity, and commitments to our community.

Our Mission

To provide reliable, competitively priced parcels, regions and related services to our customer and maximum value consistent with the latest technology and resources. We will work with our customers to improve the social and economic well being of our grid.

Our Organizational Values

We will strive to provide services that exceed our customer expectations, emphasizing honesty, quality, and sound business principles.

As we conduct our business, we will be responsible leaders for our grid, while focusing on continuous improvement for our processes and services.

Practicing fiscal responsibility and working together, will have the power to make a difference.

There has been no date set for the opening of Infiniti.

Sources: Metaverse Traveller 

Bixyl Shuftan

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Gallery Graine's Closing Party

How does one say goodbye to a small art gallery that's been around for several years? Last Sunday, August 5, the Gallery Graine had it;s final event. This was a farewell party by owner Graine MacBain whom was having to close it and the Blue Curacao sim due to events in real life and inworld. The Newser dropped by for one last look at the place and if the owner had any final words.

Read more in Events.

Classic SLN Cartoon

From the SL Newspaper sometime in late 2009, when pet turtles were popular.

"Oh, I so miss being on the beach. Then again, those humans might toss me around like a frisbee."

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at Club Cutlass. Another avatar and clothing combination that got me wondering how could something like this happen in real life.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Aech's Basement in Second Life

Even if a resident of Second Life hasn't seen the movie "Ready Player One," he or she has probably heard about it as it takes place in a high-tech immersive virtual world. One fan of the movie and book, Orion (OR10NN Resident), decided to build one of the scenes high above Foulds Cross. Highly detailed, the room is full of all kinds of 1980s nostalgia. Bixyl Shuftan recently had a few words with the builder.

Read the story in Places.

SL Video: "DJ's Second Chance in Second Life" (2010)

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From CNN Money in February 2010, "Brad Reason, a real life DJ, finds that the virtual world offers more abundant and enjoyable work." This several-year old video is a bit dated, and Doubledown Tandino is a bit mistaken when he says there were few other DJs at the time he started out. Also, most of the DJs I run into don't usually make what he does. Still, it does describe how life for someone who enjoys DJing in Second Life can be, "I don't want to ever leave, because I know this is the future"

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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

Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in 'W', B and W Night, At the Beach

Happy Vixen: Trashy, Best in Green, Shades if Grey, Best in Black, Best in Blue, Hair, Under the Sea, Space,

Club Zero Gravity: TBA, TBA, TBA

Momtecito Bay: Taco Tuesday, Electro Swing, Lem n' Em Show, Monsters and Mayhem, After Dark, Rave

Furry Fashion Lounge: Felines, Good vs Evil, Musicals, Sexy, Hippies vs Hipsters, Milky Way Store Launch, Rainbows, Genderbend

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

Updated 7AM Wednesday

Announcement: Burn2 Plot Sale Open

You Guessed it! The BURN2 2018: I, Robot Plot Sale is OPEN!

The event will be held October 19-28, 2018 - mark your calendars and start making plans!

Instead of information sessions, upon purchasing your plot, you will be asked to fill out a simple form which will help us to place your camp in the best possible location on the playa. You will not be assigned your camp location or group tag until you have submitted the form - the link to that will be in the notecard included in your plot folder when you purchase your plot.

Be sure to reserve your plot today! The sims will arrive about mid-September, but plots are limited.

Plot Sizes, Prices, Prim Limits, Maximum Build Heights

512 Plot L$2,800 LI = 156, max height = 16m
1024 Plot L$5,600 LI = 312, max height = 20m
2048 Plot L$11,200 LI = 625, max height = 24m
4096 Plot L$22,400 LI = 1250, max height = 28m
Yes - we will have the "relaxed rules" sim again this year. In Alkali, max build height is 28m regardless of plot size. Details are in the info givers at the kiosks.

Here is the SLURL to the kiosks: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Burning%20Man-%20Deep%20Hole/174/32/25.

Any questions, view the event staff page to find the appropriate person to contact, found at https://burn2.org/irobot-staff.

iSkye Silverweb

Monday, August 6, 2018

News and Commentary: Sansar, One Year Later

With the attention on InWorldz's collapse, it went almost unnoticed that a week ago it was the one year anniversary of the official release of Linden Lab's newer virtual world, Sansar. Initially simply called "the next generation virtual world" for over a year of it's three year development, once most Second Life residents had a look at the place or talked to someone who had, interest in the place by the users of it's established world quickly plummeted. So a year later, is the place any better? In short, maybe a little, but ...

Read more in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.

Reader Submitted: Partial Furry Ban

A few days ago, Lia (Female Winslet) and I met up, her in a steampunkish tiny quardaped robot avatar. She explained she had just been asked to leave a club that didn't want her around because of her appearance. The venue wasn't in a historical RP area, but a regular club where curiously some nonhuman avatars such as furries were okay, but not four-footed avatars. She would later send me an article explaining the situation from her point of view, saying this was for the Newser.

Read Lia's reader submission in Extra.

Weekend in Brief

A few things happened this weekend. From Friday to Sunday, the "Burnstock" took place. Also the Gallery Graine had a closing party. There were further developments on the aftermath of the InWorldz shutdown. It was also a little more than a year ago since Sansar was officially opened.

Stories on these, and more, later on.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Cartoon of the Day: At the Burnstock

iSkye Silverweb at the Burnstock, using a burning animation

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries

A week of varied adventures and diverse tales from our main branch on Holly Kai Park.  Join us this week in #secondlife, live in voice.

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

All events at Senchai Library at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise noted

 All stories told in open voice. All times SL/PT
**SUNDAY, August 5th at 1:30: TEA TIME on The Orient Express: Episode 5 -  Seanchai Library & Friends, live in voice.Check out the special series page http://irelandslstory.blogspot.com/p/te.html

**MONDAY, August 6th at 7pm: Alan Dean Foster's DROWNING WORLD concludes with Gyro Muggins

**TUESDAY, August 7th at 7pm:  Jim Butcher's BRIEF CASES concludes with Corwyn Allen

** WEDNESDAY,  August 8th at 7pm: Stephen Fry's MYTHOS continues with Caledonia
** THURSDAY, August 9th:

    ~ at 2pm: FIRESIDE TALES - "The Following Shoes are a Gift from the Pope" with Caledonia Skytower

    ~ at 7pm - THE GHOST OF THE BRIDGE Caledonia shares a draft of her latest short story, inspired by Pfaffenthal 1867 in SL, and a legendary ghost from Luxembourg. 

    ~ at 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT - Finn Zeddmore shares contemporary Sci-Fi-Fantasy


SL Video: "Raglan Shire Wootstock 2018 Part 2"

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From Nitwacket on August 2, "With Quartz! Wootstock is a Raglan Shire Production - Druscilla Ferraris Boss!"

Saturday, August 4, 2018

SL Video: "Raglan Shire Presents Wootstock 2018" Part One

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From Nitwacket on July 31, "3 Days of Music and Waffles - Part One Thanks to all for your support of music at Raglan Shire!"

Friday, August 3, 2018

Goblin Cave Moved to Caledon Downs

Cynthia Farshore, the owner of Farshore Radio, has moved her Goblin Cave. When first built in Pacific Waters a few years ago, it overlooked the Farshore Field airport. And when the airport moved to Sunlight Bay, the cave moved with it. But during the air show in June, it was revealed the hill the cave was in interfered with air traffic. But there was a solution: move the venue to Caledon Downs, which Cynthia acquired in April.

The main feature of the cave is the party and social area, where the music to Farshore Radio is streamed between events. People can dance on the floor, chat at the tables, or order a drink from the Orc bartender. The gremlin bartender from earlier times apparently ate after midnight. Taking the stairs, one can go down to a gaming area with pool, Greedy, and other games. Beneath that is the jacuzzi area. Above the social areas are picturesque cave, garden, and waterfall areas which one can explore around a little, relax with a companion, or turn up your draw distance and look around the surrounding area.

On the evening of Tuesday July 31 at 7PM, Cynthia held a grand reopening party for the venue, which a number of people attended. So far, the Goblin Cave is fitting in with it's new home region of Caledon quite well.


Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: Collection of Places That Restrict Furry Avatars

If you go about in a furry avatar full-time in Second Life, most clubs and other places will welcome you as long as you behave (especially if you tip). But there are a few that give you the equivalent of the bouncer at the door and tell you to leave because of your appearance. Sometimes the place is a historic RP area that won't make allowances for people wearing an observer tag, saying they want to preserve the period atmosphere, and won't allow humans not in dress code either. And then there's the club that gives no reason at all. Lia (Female Winslet) has been gathering a list of such places.

Read Lia's reader submission in Extra.

Reader Submitted: "The Hair" At A Dance Party

Taken by Fuzzball Ortega, while wearing the infamous "The Hair" at a post-Relay Weekend party on the Relay track.

Giving Tranquility A Try, But ...

With the demise of InWorldz, and it's residents heading to other places, one of the top destinations is the Tranquility Grid. This required downloading a new OS compatible Firestorm. As Tranquility wasn't among the list of grids included, I had to add it in, and then register for a Tranquility account. And then ... this.

"Could not authenticate your avatar. Please check your username and password and check the Grid if problems persist."

After a couple of hours of frustrating work, I decided to call it a day. Anything related to Tranquility will have to be from someone else, for now.

Bixyl Shuftan

Happy Birthday Geerkil

On Wednesday August 1, JB Raccoon and his daughter LS Raccoon held a party for their friend and partner in music Geerkil Ziskey. For the noted dragon DJ, it was his birthday in real life. Although no theme was given other than birthday, the party soon took on a scaley look with smaller dragons and other reptilian avatars about. Besides the rock tunes, there were a few Happy Birthday songs.

Happy birthday, DJ Geerkil

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Relay Wrap-Up

After four months, the 2018 Relay for Life fundraising season is over. It saw many parties, races, an air show, and other events the biggest being the Relay Weekend. On Sunday July 29 at 10AM, over fifty Relayers met at a temporary sim south of American Cancer Society, and a few listening in from ACS as well, for the season's final event: The Relay Wrap-Up. Congratulations were given to all, the final awards for the season given out, and everyone looking forward to the Christmas Expo and of course next year's season. Sandy Loxingly provided a transcript of the event.

Read the transcript in Events.

Memorial Concert for Maxx Sabertooth

On July 26, a memorial concert was held for Maxx Sabertooth. Maxx was a live musician, whom was noted for his rhythm and blues music. He has been performing in Second Life for several years, at events as far back as 2012. He had performed at some charity events such as Homes For Our Troops, and the RFL Christmas Expo.

Unfortunately, Maxx was having trouble with his health in the past few years. In July 2017, a fundraising concert to help pay for medical expenses was done by fans and other supporters. Sadly, this was not enough. On July 20, there was an announcement in his fan group that he had died the day before.

As many of you may already know, Our beloved Maxx passed away yesterday after a long fight with heart disease.  He was loved by all of us and his music will be missed by all.

Over the next few days, a memorial event was planned and a memorial grounds area set up. When all was ready, an announcement was made.

Please join us today as we remember the life of Maxx Sabretooth.  Memorial service starting at 4:00 pm SLT.  Please use the landmark as the memorial is taking place at Maxx Sabretooth Memorial Garden.

Several musicians would perform at the event, which included names such as Maximillion Klene and Keeba Tammas in the schedule. When I dropped in at 8PM, the concert was still going on with over forty people at the grounds. Frets Nirvana, best known for his Veterans' charity benefits, had taken the stage.

 At 8:30PM, Paul Nowles would perform, going on to 9PM (Midnight EST), when the event came to a close.

The Maxx Sabertooth Memorial Garden is at Make it R3ign (185/220/26)

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Burn2 Spinnoff Event "Burnstock '18" Starts Tomorrow

BURN2 Burnstock 2018! August 3-5!
The sounds of drums, music, sultry voices, even primal screams...
Here in the dog days of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it's nice to have something to look forward to. It's the season of open-air concerts, pool or beach parties, all kinds of reasons to have a party. Even the Southern Hemisphere can look forward to events to warm things up a bit.

Well, BURN2 is no exception. Coming up the first weekend in August, we have Burnstock, the second time we've had this happening. Last year was such fun, we're doing it again!

Mark your calendars and join us - there will be more than just music going on - races, games, THUNDERDOME... be there! Yes, we have, ahhh, facilities too! BYOTP, however.

iSkye Silverweb

Hat tip: Daniel Voyager

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

CDS Representative Assembly Meeting

On Monday July 20, the Confederation of Democratic Simulators held a Representative Assembly meeting at 1PM. There were several issues discussed, mainly financial ones. Chancellor Han Held would appear shortly after I took this picture.

Near the end, I mentioned that the CDS website was appearing as insecure fo Firefox browsers. So until it's fixed, it was suggested that the CDS banner on the Newser's front page when clicked on will lead to the CDS forums.

Update on Banned Artist Kake Broek

By Bixyl Shuftan

Banning Kake Broek hasn't quite made him go away, but it has made him angry.

About a month ago, the Newser reported on satirical artist Kake Broek (known as Adolph Chaplin on Flickr) whom had announced on May 31 he had been banned in Second Life. The Lindens basically stated he had been impersonating a Linden. Kake stated that he wasn't, saying the closest thing he did to that was have a tag "Not a Linden" over his head.

A few weeks ago, Kake was interviewed by Blog Veridical. There, he talked some about his art, "Maybe just cause I’m an intellectual so that’s a part of my own nature to have a critical look on everything. And I like caricatures, cartoons, comics, satirical drawings and so. That’s simply the combination of these two parts." When the conversation went to his banning, he clearly put the blame of his banning on one particular worker of Linden Lab.

Kake would also contact me.. Though he has yet to give me the okay to use any of our conversation for an article, he did point out a few examples of reactions to his acts on his Flickr page. Some were seen as amusing jokes. But other times his actions were seen as trollish, such as when he was banned from the SL10B for wearing a cartoon dialouge balloon with a certain phrase, and once at Social Island when he went about without pants but a long shirt that made a moderator wonder if he was being indecent.

Kake has continued to make posts on his Fickr page (not all pictures safe for work). Time hasn't mellowed him though. His more recent posts showed anger, notably "3rd Life: Their Death, My Imagination." and another aimed at the one he blames for his banning. While Kake is known for his satire, the poke-in-the-ribs humor of other works of his is absent. Just anger.

"Provocation is a way of putting reality back on its feet," Kake quoted a man when commenting on the article I did about his banning. How the Lab will react to these provocations remains to be seen.

Bixyl Shuftan

Relay For Life Awards

Presented at Relay Weekend

Cancer Education Award

Favorite Ride: Harmony of Hope
Favorite Walk-through Experience: Elves of Hope
Favorite Abstract Experience: Heroes Helping Heroes
Favorite Realism Experience: Inspired Dreamwalkers
Favorite Overall:
1. Relay Rockers
2. Harmony of Hope
3. Goreans in Relay For Life

Theme Decorated Campsite Award

Favorite Ride: Harmony of Hope
Favorite Walk-through Experience: Relay Rockers
Favorite Abstract Experience: Team Livewire
Favorite Realism Experience: Fly For Life
Favorite Overall (3 awards):
1. Goreans in Relay For Life and Harmony of Hope
2. Bonanza Country RFL Team
3. Touched by Angels

 Designer Build Award

1. Null Aries (Mac Pierce) - South America Hero
2. Cassie Eldemar - Europe Dedication
3. Cuddly Waffle - Survivor/Caregiver

Rising Star Award (Presented to first year teams)

1. Ritz New York
2. Relay for Christ
3. GTFO 4 Life

All Star Team Award

1. Harmony of Hope and Fighting Sunflowers
2. Relay Rockers
3. Bonanza Country RFL Team

* * * * *
Presented at Relay Wrap-Up

Top In-World Fundraising Team

1. Skill Gaming L$6,475,533
2. Goreans in RFL L$1,603,563
3. Relay Rockers L$1,346,920

 Top Website Fundraising Team

1. Heroes Helping Heroes $2,070
2. Team Shadow $2,260.55
3. Relay Rockers $2,375

Top Overall Fundraising Team

1. Skill Gaming $25,804
2. Relay Rockers $7,756
3. Goreans in RFL $6,517 

Top Website Fundraising Individual

1. Melina Firehawk $2,070
2. Gem Sunkiller $1,635
3. Samm Scrabblebat $1,250

Spirit of Relay - Team

All Teams 

Spirit of Relay - Individual

Gem Sunkiller

Source: Relay for Life

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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

This week, July transitions to August. So here's what's going on at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in 'U and V', White Out, Toga Party

Happy Vixen: Pajama Party, Scales and Horns, Mad Science, Raccoons and Wah, Robots and Battlesuits, Night Creatures, Around the World, Black and White, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: TBA, TBA, TBA

Momtecito Bay: Taco Tuesday, Envy Nightlife, Lem n' Em Show, Prehistoric Party, After Dark, Metal

Furry Fashion Lounge: Fandoms, Cute vs Creepy, Japan, Flowers and Florals, Piercings and Tattoos, Barely There, Purple, Horror

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

Updated 11:01 AM

SL15B's Bear Island Open For Gift Grab This Week

For those of you doing the "Gift Grab" from the Second Life Fifteenth Birthday from last month (described in their blog post of the event and briefly at the end of our June 22 article of The Birthday), this week's gift is found at a sim from the SL15B grounds that's either been brought back (or perhaps not closed yet): Bear Island. “Go to this location and you can see, all the bears that already be.”

Heading over to Bear Island (170/201/21), the place looked like what I remembered it from the Second Life Birthday. For those who don't know, many Lindens carry a teddy bear with them, each having their own personal touches depending on the Linden, that residents they run into can politely ask for (if the Linden's having a busy day, your bear may have to wait). Bear Island has most of these bears, plus some special commemorative ones, such as the one given out to celebrate the one millionth resident getting an account, and the one made to promote the release of Viewer 2.

There were other residents going about the area. This week, people could grab more than just the weekly gift. One lady was saying, "I'm always pestering lindens anytime I see them for their bears, this way I can get them a bunch all at once."

In previous weeks, some chests could take a little effort to find, one week it being on the second floor of the building. The chest for this week's gift was plain to see. I had on my "Swaganator HUD" (not visible in this picture), and got the gift.

Previous weeks gifts have included t-shirts, a crystal staff, a can of "party string", and more. This week, the gift is a crystal teddy bear. Not the most cuddly-looking kind of teddy, but one can change it's color by clicking on it.

This week is Week Seven of the Gift Grab, with a new one every week. The one for the fifteenth week is available only for those who get the first fourteen. What is it? We know only that the Lab says it's a special gift.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, July 30, 2018

News and Commentary: More On InWorldz's Closing

The InWorldz grid is gone. On Friday afternoon, most of their residents found themselves no longer able to log in, and by Saturday morning the place had completely shut down. The closing has left many sad former users with a decision: where do I go now? From both InWorldz and Second Life residents, there have been a number of other questions such as "How could this happen?" "Will there be another InWorldz?" "Could this happen to Second Life?" Yours truly offers a few answers, or partial answers, based on my observations.

Read the article in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.

Weekend in Review

A number of things happened this weekend. On late Friday and Saturday morning, the InWorldz Grid shut down. On Saturday, there was a memorial concert for musician Maxx Sabretooth. On Sunday, the Relay for Life in Second Life had the closing event of it's 2018 fundraising season, the Relay Wrap-Up.

Stay tune for more on these, and other events, in the Newser

SL Video: "InWorldz' Farewell Party"

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From Holocluck Henley in July 27, "inWorld's final day and its final party. Towards the end as the party sim became unavailable we had to move to public land (which wasn't so bad). Best of luck to IW friends, acquaintances and colleagues wherever you end up."

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Cartoon of the Day

From the Happy Vixen. Humans don't usually have too many problems with the creatures that most resemble the primates they evolved from. Anything intelligent that could trace it's ancestry to sharks however, that could be quite a problematic relationship.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, July 28, 2018

SL Video: "Arrivals and Departures"

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From Caledonia Skytower on July 22, "A Tale of Two Journeys.

"ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES is a machinima (a film created in a virtual environment) from CEH Productions – Judith Cullen of the Seanchai Library, Richard Elen of Radio Riel and Designing Worlds, and Honey Heart of Elite Equestrian. The 15-minute film, shot in the virtual world of Second Life®, is based on a short story written by Cullen and originally recorded for Fantasy Faire Radio as part of the 10th Fantasy Faire, the annual SL-based fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.

"The story was inspired by, and performed in, a superbly-imagined Steampunk-inspired spaceport created by leading virtual world creators The Looking Glass – Sharni Azalee and Marcus Inkpen – for Fantasy Faire 2018, and loaned for the shoot.

"ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES presents a glimpse into two individual journeys that are brought together and shared for the last time. It is about the one who leaves, the one left behind, and the essential role of each. Though the word is never uttered in the film, it essentially addresses aspects of our attitudes towards death.

“'He has accepted the journey on which he must now embark,' says author and storyteller Cullen. 'His last act is to pass along that which has been most important in his life to someone who is remaining behind – requesting their commitment to carry on the work.'

“She is dropped into loss, grief, and accepting his legacy with no warning or time to become accustomed to its inevitability,' Cullen goes on. 'She must choose to be present for him in this moment, accept the commitment with which he tasks her, and be prepared to continue on – while at the same time dealing with the shock and weight of it.'

"ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES also highlights the vital importance of storytelling, harking back to an earlier time when tales were woven into a verbal tradition that was handed down by word of mouth from one generation to the next.

" Technical Director Heart re-erected the spaceport as a film set, and used a range of in-world animations and path-scripting techniques to realize the action, which was shot by Cullen and Elen, who also performed the two lead roles in their avatar forms (Caledonia Skytower and Elrik Merlin). The footage was then edited conventionally.

"The project was a transatlantic collaboration, with Cullen in Washington State, Heart in Michigan and Elen in Scotland. The soundtrack recording and production co-ordination was carried out in Skype, sharing screens while shooting, and ‘dailies’ were viewed via the cloud. The film was released on 22 July 2018."

One can find an article about the video written by Inara Pey here.

Friday, July 27, 2018

InWorldz Fades Away

Friday July 27 was InWorldz last day. Logging in at 2:30PM PST, people were gathering at InWorldz Desert Island, one of the last sims still up.Most of the rest of the sims had been shut down. Some were lamenting the downfall of the grid, others were looking back at the fun they had, and perhaps later on in another virtual world.

Ten minutes later, as the radio was playing, "Closing Time," the sim crashed.

I relogged, and was moved to InWorldz Sandbox2. This would be the last place in the grid I would see. Minutes later at 2:55PM PST, my viewer quit working. When I restarted, it listed 66 people still online, but I never could get on again. And in Discord chat, the number still there was getting smaller and smaller.

InWorldz, after over nine years in operation, and a week of raised and dashed hopes and plenty of confusion, has finally been shut down.

Closing time, time for you to go out
To the places you will be from
Closing time, this room won't be open
Till your brothers or your sisters come.

So gather up your jackets, move it to the exits
I hope you have found a friend
Closing time, every new beginning
Comes from some other beginning's end, yeah.

I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
Take me home.

Bixyl Shuftan