Tuesday, April 24, 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 'E,' TBA, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: Dinos, Dragons, and Unicorns , Lapines

Happy Vixen: Biker, Silly, Cats and Dogs, Geeks and Nerds, Slumber Party, Walpurgisnacht/ Halloween in April, Silver and Gold, Hospital Hilarity, Latex, "Raving for Relay"

Momtecito Bay: Genderbend, Anything Goes, Musicals, EDM, Rock, DJ's Favorites, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge: TBA

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Linden Lab Releases Second Life Infographic For 15th Anniversary


Linden Lab posted yesterday about the upcoming SL15B, and it's "Crystal Anniversary" theme. They also had an infographic showing off some statistics about Second Life.


The SL15B "crystal" theme this year aims to inspire our Residents to reflect on the past 15 years and peek into the future to explore the next 15 years of Second Life. To kick things off, we've rounded up some interesting statistics and facts about the past and present state of Second Life in this new infographic ...

The post was made by Brett Linden.

The last time Linden Lab had an infographic was the one for the SL10B five years ago. Both mention the number of accounts, 36 million then compared to 57 million now (obviously only a small part which are active). Both also mention the number of new account registrations per month, 400,000 per month five years ago compared to 350,000 today, a loss of one eighth. A total of over 217,000 years spent inworld by all avatars combined in 2013 compared to a combined total of 482,000 years today. 2.1 million virtual goods were available for sale five years ago compared to five million today, more than double back then. The top three destination categories in the Linden's Destination Guide have changed a little. Five years ago it was Games, Events, and Adventure and Fantasy. Today, the top three are Games, Editor's Picks, and Photography Spots.

They would post about more, which we will write about later.

For the blog post in full, Click Here.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, April 23, 2018

Scenes From the Fantasy Faire



The Fantasy Faire got off to a good start in it's first few days. Besides the many great sims to explore, some of the people took the time to wear some interesting avatars. Among them, the Colossus avatars that have been available since 2012, but I've seldom seen them except during Fantasy Fair events. There are two in this picture. The smaller one, the lady in the white dress, was several times my height. But the male was well over a hundred feet high, maybe two hundred. I was a small speck near his shoe.


There were also some "Jail and Bail" events. The one getting attention was when Jessica Lyon, the head of Team Firestorm, was detained by the Farelands "Pawlice." Jessica was given a number of charges from deliberately slowing down debugging of the Firestorm viewer to taking Oldesoul's parking spot to squirrel porn. This was despite counter-accusations from someone in the audience that the Linden viewer team had bribed the Pawlice with waffles. Residents were invited to put money in two kiosks, one to bail her out, the other to keep her in longer. After over a couple hours, the bail side won 75,000 to 58404."Thank you Jessica  for helping all of  us Battling Cancer!"


And yours truly gave the Fairelands Quest a try. In the quest, you answer a dragonfae's plea for help to search for the Queen's father. As you progress, you get small prizes. The game is HUD-based, and with the lag there were times I had to replay a video in my browser, or detatch and reattatch the HUD. Despite the bugs resulting from the lag, I found it to be a fun game. Already, there has been at least one whom claimed to have finished.

Stay tuned for more,

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Second Annual RFL Cake Building Contest


DATES: Sunday May 20th, 9am - 6pm

Goal for Event: 50,000L

Entries: Drop off Cake between 8 am and 11 am on  May 17th

Voting will be May 19th all day and May 20th 9am- 3pm, 2018

20 Entries Maximum will be allowed:
Registration form must be return by May 1st, 2018

Dance Party Sunday: 9am-6pm
Winners announced during Sunday's Dance Party.

All cakes must be removed from sim by 6:30 pm on Sunday May 20th, 2018

Public can come to vote anytime during the contest.

The contest is this:

Each team or individual will design a cake that represents the concept of RELAY, a theme central to Relay for Life. There is a prim limit of 25 prims per cake.  Each team or individual can only enter one cake into the contest.
A table number will be assign to each team/individual once registration form is receive.

Cakes must be original work, no store bought. It is up to the team/individual that enters the contest what rights will be on the cakes.  Please remember if you keep it full perm people can copy the item.  We suggest that you make the cake so no one can copy it while on display.

Judging:  Judging will be done by the voting public. They will choose who they think best represents the concept of RELAY. Voting boxes will be at each table. 

Teams/individuals will be allowed to include a texture for their cakes with the title of their cake and their team name etc.  This will be next to each table. 

Prizes:
1st: 2000 lindens
2nd: 1000 lindens
3rd: 500 lindens


Sponsored by Game of Thrones Cooperative

** This Event Is On A Sim Rated: A (Adult) the sim rating will be change for this event for Moderate for the day of the dance.
No nudity, no children on an adult sim event (this is not only ACS rules but Linden rules), no sexual activity. **

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Happy Vixen. Stormtroopers have gotten a reputation for bad shots as the heroes they pursue have a way of escaping. The leading theory is some of the clones from the Clone Wars have deteriorated with age. On the other hand, the "redshirts" on Federation ships have a way of dying a lot in space. Just how are they able to keep finding men to fill the ranks has been less easily explained.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries


THIS WEEK at Seanchai Libraries,
WE RELAY, BECAUSE WE CAN ..
... and because there is not one of us whose lives have not been touched in one way or another by Cancer.  We are at Fantasy Faire LitFest this week, benefiting Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society's special Hope Hostel Project with Kenyatta National Hospital. 




 THIS WEEK AT FANTASY FAIRE in SL (unless otherwise marked)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halls%20of%20Story/126/200/93

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

**SUNDAY, April 22nd:

   ~ at 1:30pm: TEA TIME WITH TOLKIEN: Corwyn, VT, and Caledonia with THE KING OF THE GOLDEN HALL from "The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien

   ~ at 6pm: MAGICLAND STORYTIME: Mrs. Piggle Wiggle begins with Caledonia at the The Golden Horseshoe in Magicland
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bracket/181/57/30
  
**MONDAY, April 23rd at 7pm: THE CRUCIBLE OF TIME continues with Gyro Muggins

**TUESDAY,  April 24th at 7pm:  National Lampoon's DOON concludes with Corwyn Allen

** WEDNESDAY, April 25th at 7pm:  A SELECTED VIEW of George R.R. Martin with Aoife Lorefield

** THURSDAY, April 19th at 7pm : MONSTERS & MYTHS: "Fafnir" with Shandon Loring (also presented in

Kitelyhop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/144/129/29)


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

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Reader Submitted: "The Three Amigos" in Tera?



From Malya Violetsong (DaughterOfArboria Resident). She talked me into playing the MMO Terra a bit, so I decided on the name "Gaskyl" for my character while she had one, Kacina. Going along, we came across one with a name very similar to my Second Life name, "Bix?! You has a twin?! 'Bixano'?!" She would send me this picture

Los Dos Amigos y Una Amiga?!
Gaskyl (Bixyl) the Ferret, Bixano the Puss in Boots, and Kacina the sideways horse rider?!

The guy was Away From Keyboard, so no telling where the name came from. Maybe he was a reader of the Newser who was giving Tera a try as well.

Announcement: Today At Fantasy Faire Litfest


6-7am - POET'S PLUNDER with Klannex Northmead

10:-10:30am - Litfest: Inksters Poetry Prompt with Klannex Northmead
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halls%20of%20Story/131/99/81

11am-13:20pm - Selections from THE NIGHT CIRCUS, a dramatic reading by Zander Greene and Caledonia Skytower

2-4pm - The Faire Lands Players, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at The Story Well
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Story%20Well/141/33/64

5-6pm - LitFest Tour: The Bazaar Dungeon

6:30-8pm - Tales and Outright Lies - Storytelling from a Bohemian New Babbage Coffee House

All events, unless otherwise indicated, are at the Halls fo Story main hall
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halls%20of%20Story/126/200/93

SL Video: "Owl City - Silhouette"




(Click here if the video fails to play)

From Zera Sparr on Mar 2017, "CZproduction Presents Owl City - Silhouette ~~~ Sorry for the delay on videos everyone, I'm Currently now working hard on 2 other video projects!~ Enjoy"

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Eternal Desires Club


Some clubs are difficult to distinguish from others, appear and disappear after only a few months. And some stand out and stand the test of time. Among the later is Eternal Desires. After ten years, the club has lasted through changing times, drama, even the deaths of some important staff. It's also succeeded in achieving what many clubs strive for but never quite get: a clearly diverse following of different types of avatars. The Newser recently interviewed it's owner, Blackened Merlin, and she had much to say about the club, and those who helped make it what it is.

Read the story in SL Clubbin'.

Fantasy Faire 2018 Begins



If there's an event in the Relay for Life in Second Life that's as loved as the Relay Weekend, it's  the Fantasy Faire. For ten days in fifteen sims, there's plenty to see, do, and experience. There will be clothes and avatars and more to buy with the money going to fund cancer research. There are events such as the "Jail and Bail", the Literary Festival, G.R.R. Martin Day, the Xanadu Roller Party, and others. There is the Fairelands Quest. And of course the well-done scenery to explore around in.

Dropping in with my alt on day one of the Faire yesterday, it was a bit glitchy at times, with my avatar occasionally turning invisible, crashing when trying to teleport, etc. "Welcome to the Relay Weekend," one guy put it, comparing it to the big event in which the sims are overwhelmed by the sheer number of avatars. But I did find some goodies, notably a freebie "The Minkie" Bento avatar that could be worn on the spot upon getting it when clicking on the vendor. There was also a "Cheer the Dragonfae" avatar for 199 Linens. And who is Cheer? He's your guide in the Fairelands Quest this year.

For those with less powerful computers, you may need to wait until late in the evening or early in the morning to enjoy the Faire better. But for Second Life enthusiasts, especially Relayers, this is an event you won't want to miss.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairelands%20Junction/89/134/128

Bixyl Shuftan


Sneak Peak: The Sunweaver SL15B Exhibit



The Sunweaver community will be taking part in the Second Life Birthday celebration. With Shockwave Yareach and Cynthia Farshore focusing on a build for the Relay for Life, the construction for the SLB exhibit was left to Becky "Sha" Shamen. A couple days ago, she showed us how much of the structure she had made.

The full size of the structure, as well as what it will be, the Newser isn't saying quite yet. But we can give a little clue about it with this picture. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks, and clues.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: "Mod Monday at the Avagora"



This month's Mod Monday at Montecito Bay will be on the 23rd, at 7pm, in the redesigned Avagora Mall! Featuring Caboodle/Bullseye, Visual Magick, Twilight Imaginarum and newcomer Steedful Things! Hope to see you there! LMs will be given when it's time to party.

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle: “Updating Darwinian Evolution Part I"

“Updating Darwinian Evolution Part I: Insights from Genes and Genomes”
By Dr. Stephen L. Gasior
Sunday, April 22 at 8AM - 9AM PDT     

Darwin’s Theory of Evolution was a landmark event in science, providing an explanation for the origin of the diverse lifeforms on the Earth. Notably, it was largely a construct of deduction from observations. In the over 150 years of the existence of this theory, scientists have provided the nuts and bolts of how evolution works. Notable discoveries include DNA and how it encodes genes, how genes lead to characteristics, the ability to compare genomes, and experimentally measure population dynamics. What Darwin Never Knew (PBS 2009) covers some of the molecular examples of how evolution works. This presentation will summarize the key examples from the documentary. You are welcome to watch the documentary in advance and ask specific questions; however, the talk is designed for those unfamiliar with the documentary topics.

The first talk will be based on “What Darwin Never Knew”.
Watching before hand will be good but not necessary.

For more information: Click Here.  

The Science Circle (61/127/32

Thursday, April 19, 2018

RFL Team Sunbeamers Hits Platinum



When the Relay season started, the Sunbeamer team went of to a great beginning. Thanks to funds that had been collected all winter, the team started at Gold level fundraising rank. The money has continued to come in, and Wednesday night hit the 250,000 Linden mark, or $1000 USD. This puts the team in Platinum rank, with Jade as it's next goal.

SUNBEAMERS Are now Officially Platinum!

beamers:  we are now officially Platinum Level, so we can strap on our big person pants and shoot for Jade Level Now and have some fun along the way.



The Sumbeamers have never before reached Jade rank, but this very well may be the year the team achieves it.

Bixyl Shuftan

The Flying Pickle Club



There's a new club in Montecito Bay called "The Flying Pickle." This new venue has nothing to do with "Pickle Rick," or the 1993 movie "The Pickle." But rather, it was created to help celebrate the birthday of one of the staff, and has remained up after the celebration ended.


From it's exterior to the interior and of course it's name, there's nothing serious about the Flying Pickle. It's a fun, silly place that's become part of the Montecito Bay collection of clubs.

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Montecito%20Bay/20/49/3802

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Discussion at Virtual Ability This Saturday


Saturday April 21
Sojourner Auditorium, Virtual Ability island
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/54/170/23

6am SLT Divya Padmanabhan "Dancing Crazy? Unpacking the category of possession-form dissociative identity disorder"

7am SLT TBA

8:15am SLT Mohammed Al-Mosaiwi "People with depression use language differently"

9:30am SLT Philip Yanos "How do people diagnosed with mental illness become written off? How can they overcome it?"

10:45am SLT Meg Peters "Challenging the Conception that Social Media Causes Bad Mental Health"

Noon SLT performance by DRUM

1:15pm SLT Alita Nandi "Ethnic and racial harassment and mental health: Identifying sources of resilience"

2:30pm SLT Joe DeLuca "Forensic Psychiatric Experiences, Stigma, and Self-Concept"

3:45pm SLT Isabelle Martin "Visions of Infinity: Singularity, Proliferation, and Transcendence in Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms"

5pm SLT Carolyn Weisz "Stigmatized Identities, Psychological Distress, and Physical Health among Individuals Experiencing Homelessness"

SL and Sansar Video: "Our Digital Selves Official Teaser #4 (Drax Files Special coming 2018)"




(Click here if the video fails to play)

From Draxtor Despress on April 17, "Guided by principal investigators Tom Boellstorff and Donna ZImmerman Davis, the Ethnographia group is examining how avatar embodiment and place-making in virtual worlds like Second Life influences people with visible and invisible disabilities. More about this 3-year National Science Foundation funded study, conducted by University of California, Irvine and University of Oregon can be found at http://www.ourdigitalselves.com/ If you like to join this community in SL please meet up at Ethnographia Island here: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ethnographia/18/29/22

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Scenes From The Kultivate Spring Art Show


A week ago, the Kultivate Spring Art Show was taking place. For the third year in a row, the event sponsored by Kultivate Magazine showcased numerous works of art from a number of artists. Gemma Cleanslate was there, and took a number of pictures.

See the pictures in Design.

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at Eternal Desires. What really caused this guy to faint, I forget. But I could think of one possibility.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: My Banning From Faery Crossing, And Beyond


When people think of someone being banned from a sim, they usually think of a troublemaker. But what if the person had made numerous attempts to reconcile differences? In a reader submission sent to the Newser, MajikVixen (Bluevioletvixen Lorefield) describes her situation with the Faerie Crossing community, of which despite her efforts to smooth out differences she ended up banned from the area. Here, MajikVixen presents her side of the story. But the most important thing, she feels, is that there can be a life after banning for a resident of Second Life.

Read MajikVixen's story in Extra.

Fantasy Faire Opens Tomorrow



The Fantasy Faire, one of the big yearly events of the Relay for Life in Second Life is almost here. The event is noted for a number of things, notably the fantastic and picturesque builds across it's sims, which number fifteen this year. There are a number of items up for sale of which the proceeds go to charity. And if that's not enough, there are a number of events taking place there, such as the "Jail and Bail' fundraisers, roleplays, readings, and more. And of course there's the Fairelands Quest which if you complete you get a special prize. The event goes on for ten days to April 29.

For more information, check the website at https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/ .

Tuesday, April 17, 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 'D,' Sci-Fi Night, Spring Break

Club Zero Gravity: Rodents, Cartoons

Happy Vixen: Undies/Underwear, Computer/Digital. Foxes, Red and Black, Blue, Fantasy, Wolves, Anime, Asian, CAYA

Momtecito Bay: Memes, DJ's Favorites, Old School, Rock and Roll Night, Synthwave Night, After Dark at the Magnum Opus, Out of the Fridge

Furry Fashion Lounge: Fandoms, Pajamas, Nature vs Tech, Human Invasion, Horror, Turning Japanese, Food, Magic

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 12:20PM

Second Life Newser Reaches 700 Likes on Facebook


Second Life and Facebook are sometimes at odds. such as when the latter insists those who use both can't use their avatar names (though if they include some real-life information, the moderators may let a pseudonym slide). But it's so widespread and otherwise convenient, a lot of SL residents use it. They post pictures, vent about drama, and of course see what the SL Newser has to say about goings-on in the Grid. A few days ago, we received our 700th like on our Facebook page.

So keep on reading, and if you haven't given us a like before, go ahead and do so.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Ebbe Linden to Appear at "Town Hall" April 20


Ebbe Linden wants to speak to you and answer your questions. But you'll have to send them in advance. And it appears he'll be speaking to you from another inworld location.

In the official Second Life blog on Friday April 13, there was an announcement that the CEO of Linden Lab, Ebbe Altberg, or Ebbe Linden as his avatar on the Grid is named, would be speaking to an inworld audience at a "Town Hall Event" as an early part of the fifteenth anniversary celebrations of Second Life.


To kick things off, Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg will be holding two “Town Hall” chat sessions on April 20th at 9:30 a.m. (SLT/Pacific) and 1 p.m. (SLT/Pacific). Ebbe will be sharing his vision for Second Life in 2018 and beyond, as well as taking questions from the community. Got a question for Ebbe? Post it in the Community Forum thread “A Conversation with Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg” in advance of next week’s meeting. Questions will be selected from submissions for as many as can be answered in the time frame. To join either meetup, head over to one of these Town Hall Regions in Second Life on April 20.
 
As the Linden blog states, Ebbe will not be taking questions from the audience, but they are being taken in advance. Users are invited to ask questions in this forum thread. The Lab will select which of the questions will be used in the Town Hall event.

The post stated three locations for the event. So this strongly suggests Ebbe will be at neither place, but that instead he will be at a third location inworld to answer questions while the audience sees his broadcast, like at the VWBPE Conference last month. It also stated that this would be just one of "numerous appearances." So expect more Town Hall style events, presumably some during the Second Life Birthday. But there may be some in the weeks leading up to the anniversary event.

Linden Lab also stated "In the coming months, we plan to hold additional conversations and meetups directly with many of our communities ...." The community they listed was Bay City, though they also brought up "Firestorm users/developers," as well as the Second Life media group "Designing Worlds."

For more information, read the post in full in the Second Life Community blog.

Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: Not Quite a Pink Elephant



Taken at the Happy Vixen by Fortunas Sands. When someone says they see pink elephants, people think they're drunk. But what if they say see a pink dinosaur with wings and a pink top hat?

Yuri's Night 2018



Thursday evening on April 12 was "Yuri's Night," an international celebration of the anniversary of the first manned mission in space. Although at the time it was seen as a defeat for the American space program as the United States was engaged in the Cold War with the Soviet Union, in years since it has been come to seen as a triumph for all of humanity.

For the event's first two hours, the party took place high above the Spaceport Bravo sim. Then at 4PM SL time, the people headed to the Sagan Planetarium at Aspen (200/120/3730). There, people danced, sometimes going weightless. Next to them, the planetary displayed to show each of the planets and the dwarf planets Ceres and Pluto. It was a fun time for space nuts.

For pictures of the 2016 Yuri's Night, Click Here.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Sunweaver Estates. With it being over seven years since Linden Lab came to the conclusion surnames for new accounts were no longer necessary, it has felt like a long, long, time.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Announcement: Team ACTS Kick Off - Time Traveller's Ball


The Time Traveler's Ball  will be April 14th from 11am - 1pm SLT. Jarl Otenth Paderborn will be leading us through a delightful set of songs for our Kickoff Relay For Life event .  Rosehaven and Team ACTS invites everyone to come!  Dress to have a good time and some great dancing !  

Rosehaven Reverie (98/95/1225)

Sansar Video: "HoverDerby: World Premiere"




(Click here if the video fails to play)

By Draxtor Despres  on April 1, "Big premiere of HoverDerby [the fastest game in Sansar ] = create, play + win = hang with us @ https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/..." This video shows some of the progress Sansar has had in the past several months. People are able to hold things, have a variety of avatar appearances, and play competitive games.

Note, not all of the video was viewed before posting, so there's a small chance of some profanity.

Friday, April 13, 2018

SL15B Theme Announced: Crystal Anniversary



The theme for 2018's Second Life Birthday celebration event has finally been announced. This year, the theme is "Crystal Anniversary."

As Second Life begins to celebrate its 15th birthday, our “crystal” theme aims to inspire residents to reflect both on the past and see into the future. The community is encouraged to use the crystal aesthetic and concept to creatively express their favorite SL features of the past while also looking forward into the future. The “crystal” theme allows for exploration of the tapestry of time that weaves together the past, present and future of Second Life.

The theme may have been inspired from fifteenth wedding anniversaries traditionally being called crystal ones.

This is also the day that applications for performers, exhibitors, and volunteers are open for those wanting to file one. For the latter two, you'll have only a few weeks to do so as applications for exhibitors and volunteers close on May 7. On May 7, the regions are open to builders with May 29 being the deadline for parcel claims. Performers have longer to decide whether or not to take part, their deadline being May 31.

This will be quite an exciting event, so be sure to stay tuned for updates.

Bixyl Shuftan

Applications For SL15B To Go Live Today At Noon


Last night in the Second Life Birthday Volunteer group, Doctor Gascoigne announced that starting today at Noon SL time, applications would finally be accepted. These are applications for exhibitors, performers, and general volunteers for the event at the website http://slcommunitycelebration.info/ .

Attention Partygoers
ANNOUNCEMENT
Applications for SL15B will go LIVE TOMORROW
APRIL 13 at 12:00 PM NOON  SLT
http://slcommunitycelebration.info/
(site will not be live till 12pm NOON)

Applications for:
Exhibitors
DJs
Live Performance
Auditorium
Volunteers
Press Day

If you have any questions please IM
Sullybaby Gomez
Doctor Gascoigne
Diana Renoir



As of the writing of this article, the website is still not up.

Compared to the previous five SLB events, the SL15B has had some delays (SL9B was done later in the year as well due to Linden Lab announcing it was no longer organizing the events). Of the map of the SL15B sims, several land areas are yet to be online. The theme of the event has yet to be announced. Presumably it will be announced today. as exhibitors have been asked to keep builds within the theme.

Stay tuned for further developments.

Bixyl Shuftan

Happy Friday the 13th



Taken at the Happy Vixen. It's Friday the 13th. Be careful of walking under ladders, broken mirrors, and of course black cats.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle: "The Fascinating World of Elon Musk"


"The Fascinating World of Elon Musk" by Phil Youngblood    
   
7AM - 8AM PDT   Asia-Oceania hour  
or 10AM - 11AM PDT     Regular time

Elon Musk: Man With a Purpose

We asked Science Circle students what topics they would like to hear and Elon Musk was one request. Well, I was curious also, so this coming Saturday your request is granted!

Elon Musk is one of the richest and most powerful men in the world. Who is he and how did he get where he is today? What drives him to do what he does? What will he do next? Of course we could never really know unless we asked him directly (anyone know if he has a SL avatar?), but we can speculate on answers to these questions from what he has told others and what he has done in the past.

Come explore what I was able to find out about this fascinating person and his world, about his past projects (Zip2, X.com, and PayPal), current projects and how they work  (Tesla & SolarCity, SpaceX, The Boring Company & Hyperloop, and Neuralink & OpenAI), and about what is next!

Phil Youngblood / Vic Michalak

For more information: Click Here.  

The Science Circle (61/127/32

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Announcement: Relay Events Today to Sunday





THURSDAY - 4/12/18
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EVENT:  Rock for Life
HOSTED BY:  Buckin' Cancer
TIME:  8:00pm-9:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soap/140/170/27

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FRIDAY - 4/13/18
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EVENT:  Steelhead Meet And Greet
HOSTED BY:  Steelhead Salmons
TIME:  7:00pm-9:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Steelhead%20Bay/171/175/25

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SATURDAY - 4/14/18
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EVENT:  Time Traveler's Ball
HOSTED BY:  Aether Chrononauts Tiny Steps
TIME:  11:00am-1:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosehaven%20Reverie/98/95/1225

EVENT:  Born in the USA
HOSTED BY:  Meli's Maniacs
TIME:  12:00pm-2:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amarantha/24/150/1500

EVENT:  Story Time
HOSTED BY:  The Fighting Sunflowers
TIME:  12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lake%20Springs/161/26/22

EVENT:  GOT Costume Party RFL Kick Off Event
HOSTED BY:  Game of Thrones Cooperative RFL
TIME:  1:00pm-3:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bliss%20Kingdom/96/115/2502

EVENT:  Cannabissl for RFL
HOSTED BY:  Team Aonifall
TIME:  4:20pm-6:20pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Petopia/184/218/802

EVENT:  Immortal Hordes Never Forget Event
HOSTED BY:  Immortal Horde
TIME:  5:00pm-8:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Vaoetere/19/197/16

EVENT:  Story Time
HOSTED BY:  The Fighting Sunflowers
TIME:  6:00pm-7:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lake%20Springs/161/26/22

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SUNDAY - 4/15/18
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EVENT:  Open Mic Night
HOSTED BY:  The Fighting Sunflowers
TIME:  2:00pm-4:00pm
LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lake%20Springs/161/26/22

Announcement: "An Invitation to Bid Me Bald" by Trader Whiplash


11th Season   -   Relay Rockers Bid Me Bald
 
During the Week of April 11 - 18th, I will be participating in the Relay Rockers' 10th Annual BID ME BALD Fundraiser to support The Relay For Life of Second Life & the American Cancer Society.  I would be honored if you would make a donation on my behalf to help. As a BID ME BALD participant I am offering my hair to help find a Cure For Cancer.         

This is how it works.  On Wed, April 11th  I will be placing a Kiosk at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Arinultra%20Cay/208/44/27  next to my BID ME BALD Poster.  For each $L5000 donated during the next week I will go without hair 1 Day! On Wed,  April 18th at 4pm SL time I will be joined at the Barber Chair by my friends and teammates, my Kiosk will be totaled and I will receive my haircut!

I am challenging all my friends to come and donate  to my special kiosk and  BID ME BALD! My Goal is to raise at least $L50,000. (10 days of baldness).  Can I count on you to help me reach my goal?

Please come and help!  We all know that cancer patients have no choice when their hair falls out during treatment, but we do, and through Relay for Life we can do something to help those people, our loved ones and ourselves, by joining together to FIGHT CANCER!

$L1000 equals $4.00!  A Small amount to anyone! Please Consider a Bid of at least that amount, but remember, every single linden makes a difference!

Please accept my Challenge and BID ME BALD!!!
                                       
Until There's A Cure,
Trader

*Bid Me Bald recognizes, with honor and respect,  those for whom the choice was made, not by themselves, but by Chemo and other cancer treatments. 

We have the choice and we choose to sacrifice our hair to honor these Survivors and to help the American Cancer Society Save Lives, Celebrate Lives and Lead The Fight for a World Without Cancer*

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Cartoon of the Day: Guardians of the Club



Taken at Club Amaranth. These three characters, one with the sign, "Attention trolls and griefers, BEWARE! Your remains will be fed to the guy in the middle," have been part of the place for a while. But how the raccoon got a burger, who knows?

By Bixyl Shuftan

Meli's Maniacs, SL Cheerleading Squad Have First Relay Events



Sunday April 8 featured the initial events of two Relay for Life teams. The Second Life Cheerleader Squad had theirs at their Cheertopia sim.

Come see Krisie Snowdrop with the Radical SLCS Cheerleaders throw a 1980s party to benefit Relay for Life of Second Life!  Pull out your parachute pants and get the big hair out because the 1980s have returned in full force. There are singers performing music all day.  If you miss this event it will be worse than Bill and Ted's Bogus adventure!Krisie  is truly honored to have the opportunity to sing for each of you  who listen to a song or show and hang out with her and her friends and fans.

Dropping in, I was greeted by a scruffy-looking Pac-Man going about the floor, with a few ghosts about. Looking around, there were a number of pop-culture items from the 1980s from a Delorian from "Back to the Future," to a "Tron" Recognizer, to posters of movies such as "Dirty Dancing" and Red Dawn," and more. There was one "Mario" avatar in the audience. '

The total raised was 9850 Lindens when I left, so presumably at the end they had more than 10,000.


Also that day, Meli's Maniacs had their first event. It took place in Club Amartnth high above the Amarantha sim.

Yep, those crazy maniacs are back. Drop everything Come as You Are (as long as you are dressed that is) to Club Amaranth for music and fun with DJ Female Winslet and host (and co-captain) Violet Solano. We've got a 400L contest board, no club group needed to join. We've got a goal of 1500L for this event, so help us get there!

Female Winslet was the DJ for the event, that had raised about 500L by the time I left. There were a variety of avatars there from petite to small dragon to a woolly rhino. There was a 400 Linden prize in a "Come As You Are" event, of which ComCat Fenstalker took the biggest share. It was announced Female would be DJing for Relay events here every other Sunday.

There were also a number of events at RFL Kickoff 1 and 2, which were having their second day of events with the season's opening ceremony taking place on the first. Some other teams would also have their first event.

It was an exciting second day for the Relay.

Bixyl Shuftan

Correction: It was originally reported that Female would be DJing every other Thursday. That turned out to be an error.

Announcement: The 2018 Relay Store Is Open



Come one, Come all! It's that time again. The relay store is open and the walls are cold. Come cover them up with your team vendors. Rezzing instructions and Fund raising tools are here. Please remember to follow the instructions so we are able to optimize the space to fit the most vendors. Some items have had to be returned and we absolutely do not want that.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/New%20York%20Town/63/131/27


Tuesday, April 10, 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 'B,' I Spy, Winged Things

Club Zero Gravity: DJ JB, DJ Sexi Lexi:, DJ Shandi, DJ Rosen, DJ Snowbuns, DJ Sexi Lexi, DJ Shandi, DJ JB, DJ Rosen, DJ Shandi

Happy Vixen: Angels and Demons, Mix and Match, Birds, Pajama Party, Aliens, Hooved, TBA, Pokemon/Digimon, Heroes and Villains, CAYA

Momtecito Bay: Hybrids, Electro Mashups, Vocaloid, Sheeba's Choice, CAYA, After Dark,

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Sci-fi, Nocturnal, BDSM, Military/Camo, Bits and Butts, FF Hoedown, Mythical Creatures, Rodents

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 4/11

RFL Team Sunbeamers Off To Golden Start



The Sunbeamer Team didn't have any opening events during the Relay Kickoff. But since the close of the last season, the team has been putting a few Lindens aside every month. And when the kiosk was placed, over 200,000 Lindens were placed in it. As of the writing of this brief, the total was 213,205 Linden dollars.

Relay fundraising ranks are lower this year than last year's, when it took 562,000 Lindens to reach Platinum level. Our cash on hand was more than enough for the 125,000 Lindens ($500 USD), it takes for this year's Gold level. So we hit Gold on day one, and are well on our way to Platinum rank, which this year is 250,000 Lindens ($1000 USD). The team hopes to reach Jade rank, which it has never done. But this year at 375.000 Lindens ($1500 USD), it's a difficult goal, but we can do it.

So what's our secret weapon? Well, if we told you, it wouldn't be a secret. But we'll unleash it when we're ready. Stay tuned for details.

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Relay for Life Season Kickoff


This weekend, the Relay Season "United We Relay" finally got started. The Kickoff took place at the appropriately named RFL Kickoff 1 and 2 sims. The Newser was there, and took a few pictures of the scenes.

Read the story in Events.

Reader Submitted: "Even The Bunny Is Purple"



From Distraida's Alt (FishBank Resident), taken at her fishing area as she was getting the place ready for the Relay for Life event, "Best in Purple." "My area is purple until relay weekend," she stated, "I'ma purple up the place. I'll be purple starting Friday night after my club event and will stay purple until after the big weekend. ... There's purple balloons and purple swingsets too. ... and I made my pony purple instead of red, through the season I'll go back to red after Weekend."