Monday, May 21, 2018

A Busy Weekend

Quite a bit happened this weekend in Second Life. Saturday had the opening of the Relay for Life's Home and Garden Expo. There was the Bay City 10th Anniversary Parade and dance party (pictured above) on Sunday. Also on Sunday was the Memorial Week fundraiser at Veterans' Isle. All this time the Sci-fi Expo was going on in Second Life. And there were smaller Relay events such as the Sunbeamer Team's latest round of "Bid Me" fundraisers being made final (see below).

We'll get to these events as time permits. Stay tuned for these stories, and more.

Reader Submitted: Game Review - Subnautica, Part Three

Rita Mariner has been sending in reader submitted articles about the undersea survival game Subnautica. In her third story, which takes place in the middle part of the game, she describes how as your character progresses, your end goal of escaping the planet is within sight. Unfortunately, a nasty surprise is discovered that threatens your ability to realize that.

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

What Happened With the CDS Elections?

"Suppose they gave an election and nobody came." That wasn't quite what happened with the Confederation of Democratic Simulators, or CDS. But the number of people who stepped up to run for office was small, just enough to fill the seats. Both the soon to be Chancellor, and the current CDS leader, had a few words about the matter to say to the Newser.

Read more in Extra.

Sunbeamer "Bid Me" Fundraisers Raise Over 53,000 Lindens

On Friday May 18, the totals of Team Sunbeamers' first round of "Bid Me" events were made final and official. For those who need a reminder, the three volunteers were Team Chieftess Rita Mariner in "Bid Me to the Dogs," Liska Fuchs in "Bid Me Goat," and Bixyl Shuftan (myself) in "Bid Me Pantsless." Following the end of the party at Club Cutlass at 8PM that night, Rita tallied up the amounts, and gave them out in a Sunbeamer team announcement:

Keep Fox =    150L
Go Goat =      16,100L so goes Goat x 3 weeks

Keep Fox = 1100 L
Go Pantless = 25,200L so Pantless x 5 weeks

Keep Bunny = 0L
Go to Dogs = 10,650L so a Dog for 2 weeks

So it seems yours truly will be sans trousers for a while, at least when not doing Newser duty such as interviews. But I won't be going around in my undies. There's kilts, togas, male kimonos, swimming trunks, and of course going about in tiny avatars that my clothes don't fit. At a little over 25,000 , this was my second most successful Bid Me event, the top one my "Bid Me Human" for the Passionate Redheads several years ago.

With a total of 53,200 raised, this first round of Bid-Me events pushed Team Subeamers past the 300,000 mark. As of the writing of this article, the team has raised over 346,000 Lindens. At this rate, it won't be long before the team reaches Jade level, which it has never done. This season, that will take 375,000 Lindens. Earlier, I stated if this level was reached, I'd be in a green avatar for a week. It looks like I may have both a Jade Avatar challenge *and* a Bid Me condition to live up to. Oh well.

The Sunbeamers are planning more events this season, including an air show in June. And of course there's the Relay Weekend.

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cartoon of the Day

From the "Bid the Lindens Bald" party. Among those there was this tiny skunk, Tazzie "Tazz" Tuque, in a Fairelander "Pawlice" uniform.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Friday, May 18, 2018

Rebel Yell

Gemma Cleanslate is back from exploring Second Life. Her latest article is about a new sim called Rebel Yell. If the name sounds familiar, they're a tribute group that has entertained residents for years. Now, they have a lasting place on the Grid. Gemma took a look around, and had a few things to say about the hangout.

Read Gemma's article in Places.

RFL Graphic: Team Standings

Here's a picture showing the status of over fifty teams in the Relay for Life. There are two teams, the Relay Rockers and Unmasking a Cure, that have reached the Ruby fundraising level, which takes 750,000 Linden dollars (or $3000 USD). Third place is the Skill Gaming team, which made Emerald rank, which takes 625,000L (or $2500 USD). Fourth to seventh place are Goreans in Relay for Life, Touched by Angels, Team Shadow, and Aether Chrononauts Tiny Steps (ACTS), which are Jade level, which requires 375,000L (or $1500 USD). The Sunbeamers lead the list of Platinum-ranked teams, the others being Cure Chasers, Friends for a Cure, and Harmony of Hope. This level requires 250,000L to reach (or $1000 USD). The Gold level teams are Fighting Sunflowers, Sail for Life, Honoring Hope, the Free Spirit Hippie Brigade, the Relay Cure Masters, RGF Estates for Relay for Life, Team Sol Existence, and Team 427. Reaching Gold status requires 125,000L (or $500 USD).

Fourteen teams made it to Silver level fundraising, which takes 50,000 ($200 USD). These include Fly for Life, Inspired Dreamwalkers, Team Bonanza, and the Steelhead Salmons. The Bronze teams number twenty-four, those which raised at least 12,500 Linden dollars (or fifty US dollars). These include repeat teams Too Tough to Die, the Second Life Coast Guard team, Relay for Christ, Team Live Wire, Giant Snail Races, and Meli's Maniacs.

These statistics are four days old, so it's probable one or more teams have moved up and more have joined the ranks of the Bronze teams.

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Bay City's Ten Year Anniversary Parade And Concert on Sunday

Just a reminder. Bay City, the largest urban area in Second Life and the first big project of the Linden Department of Public Works, has their anniversary event this Sunday, May 20. The parade starts in Harwich at 12:30 SLT, then goes down their main road, Route 66, ending at North Channel where the Bay City Fairgrounds are.  Following the parade, a concert starts at the Fairgrounds at 1:30, starting with DJ GoSpeed Racer, followed by live musicians Parker Static, Erika Ordinary, and Stratus Mactavish. The music is scheduled to last until 4:30PM.

Press Release: Memorial Week Bennefit Concert at Veterans Isle

Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce the 2018 Memorial Week benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life! 

Frets Nirvana, the premier guitar artist in the virtual world Second Life and the US Military Veterans Group announce the 2018 Memorial Week benefit on May 20, 2018 in Second Life for the Veterans Support Organization  Home For Our Troops . 

Frets Nirvana states:  “HFOT is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans are multiple amputees, paraplegic, quadriplegic or suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Since its inception in 2004, over 90 cents of every dollar spent by Homes for Our Troop has gone to directly support Veterans. DURING THAT TIME HFOT HAS BUILT OVER 240 SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOMES NATIONWIDE FOR WOUNDED VETERANS.”

In 2017 the community in Second Life sent over $10,000 to Homes For Our Troops, thanks to may kind hearts and great Second Life performers. 

Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle.  The concert on May 20, 2018 is scheduled from 10 AM - 4 PM PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Hogan Baily, Paul Nowles, Melenda Baptiste and Wolfie Moonshadow.

ABOUT HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS  - HFOT builds homes as a departure point for Veterans to rebuild their lives, and once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many Veterans have embarked on new careers, completed their college degrees, or started families. Empowered by the freedom a mortgage-free and specially adapted home brings, these Veterans can now focus on their recovery and return to their life’s work of serving others. Many have embraced their roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms around the country; others take to a national platform to promote awareness of veteran suicide, homelessness and PTSD. Their incredible stories are the driving force for the work for HFOT.  HFOT has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating of 4 Stars for six consecutive years. Charity Watch has awarded HFOT an A rating and included us on its list of Top-Rated Military & Veterans Charities.

To learn more about the Homes For Our Troops visit

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Scenes From Bid the Lindens Bald

For five days earlier this month, people could donated to three kiosks in the "Bid the Lindens Bald" fundraiser. On Wednesday May 9, the totals were finalized and the loosing team had to lose their hair for an amount of time determined by how much the winning team raised. So who kept their hair and whom ended up with a shinny scalp?

Read the story in Events.

Announcemement: Second Life Home and Garden Expo Starts Saturday

It’s Almost Time for the Expo!

Get the latest in decor for your Second Life at the Home and Garden Expo!

A number of sims of shopping, auctions and events await you through June 2nd at the annual Home and Garden Expo benefiting Relay For Life.

This Expo features the great creators of Second Life’s Home and; Garden products. The first Expo was held in the summer of 2008.  Joining in with the Home and Garden Expo is the RFL Breedables Faire. 

For the seventh year the Breedables are back, intermingled with the Home and Garden shops and holding auctions galore!

For more information, check the blog:

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle: “The Anthropocene Epoch”

    Saturday, May 19th

    "The Anthropocene Epoch“
    By Phil Youngblood / Vic Michalak
    6 AM - 7 AM PDT
    10 AM - 11 AM PDT

There is a saying that in English goes, “One cannot see the forest for the trees.” The traditional meaning is that it is difficult to see the bigger picture if you cannot see beyond your own little part in it. So it goes with seeing the bigger picture of global changes because we live on such a small part of our planet, and for such a relatively short time.

In March 2008, The Science Circle officially began its tradition of presentations of a variety of science topic with “The Anthropocene Epoch.” Ten years later, we will again explore the concept of geological epochs and evidence that humans have had such a significantly high impact on our planet that we are even now leaving evidence in rock and ice layers, in the atmosphere, and in the fossil record, that will be evident thousands and millions of years from now.

Some of the questions we will explore are: “How has the Earth changed over its history?”
“What caused those changes?” “What was the impact and how long did it last?” “How do we know?” “What natural changes are occurring right now on Earth?” “How are humans changing our planet and by how much?” “Are humans the only living things changing the Earth?” “What are the possible short and long-term consequences of our activities?” “Is there anything we can do about it?”

This is a subject that is having an impact on every one of us for centuries to come. Come join us!

For more information: Click Here.  

The Science Circle (61/127/32

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Sci-Fi Expo.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: Game Review - Subnautica, Part Two

Last week, Rita Mariner sent in her first of a number of reader submitted articles about Subnautica. Subnautica is a single player survival game taking place in an ocean of an alien planet. In Part Two, she describes what happens after the beginning part of the game as you venture further from where your life pod landed. As you explore more and gather more resources, you become able to build better tools. But you will be needing them to face greater dangers.

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

Could *You* Be A Reporter?

Over the years, the Second Life Newser has had many talented writers within it's ranks. DrFran Babcock, CNN iReporter Any1 Gynoid, and many others have made their mark in the paper. But the Newser has always been open to new talent, and new writers coming in. Often these new writers have been readers of the paper.

Could you be a writer? We're looking for people who can write well, of course. But we're looking for people who can do a story several paragraphs long at least once a week. We're looking for people whom want to know more about Second Life and want to share what they've found. And of course looking for people with a great love of writing.

If you have all of these qualities, there just might be a future in our team of Second Life journalists for you. IM the editor inworld, or send an email if you're interested.

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, May 15, 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 'H,' School Daze, Lemon/Lime

The Happy Vixen: Spots, Vampires, Sports, Werewolves, Dinosaurs, Formal/Black Tie, Best in Black, Wings, Hawaiian Luau, CAYA

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Momtecito Bay: Felines, Pastels, After Dark, Ghouls and Monsters

Furry Fashion Lounge: Jungle, 7 Deadly Sins. Genderbend, Food, Hippies vs Hipsters, Superheros and Villains, Demos, Murder, Mystery, and Monsters

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Sneak Peak: The SL Newser SL15B Exhibit

It's about a week until the exhibitors for the SL15B celebrations are notified. In the meantime, work has been continuing on the Second Life Newser's exhibit. Build by Silvia Ametza and Aimeelou Destiny, it's been taking shape. Here's another sneak peak of what to expect. And of course, the Sunweaver Comunity is working on it's own exhibit.

On May25, 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.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, May 14, 2018

Net Neutrality Scheduled to End June 11

By Bixyl Shuftan

On December 14 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to end it's protection of Net Neutrality. The decision came despite numerous advocacy groups, over 200 businesses and trade groups, as well as skepticism of the public at large. Among the corporations calling for it's continuation is Linden Lab, whose founder Philip Rosedale predicted "especially negative" consequences as Internet providers could easily introduce bandwith caps and by-the-megabyte billing.

The new rules did not go in effect right away  They had to be posted to the Federal register first. For some reason, this had not been done for over four months, provoking guesses as to why. But on Thursday May 10, the FCC stated in a notice that thirty days after the following day, or June 11, the new rules doing away with the Net Neutrality protections would begin. "These unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stated.

So what happens next? There is a bill in Congress being pushed that if passed would require the FCC to keep the current protections. But while it needs only one more Senator to support it, it faces an uphill battle in the House. In the courts, more than twenty states have also filed suit to stop the FCC from repealing the present-day rules. Several states, including California and New York, are considering legislation enforcing Net Neutrality within their boundaries. But a spokesman for the FCC states such legislation would be illegal and would be challenged in court.

Gigi Sohn, an advisor to a former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, commented that net neutrality's future will probably "stay murky" through the rest of the year.

Because of the importance of the issue of Net Neutrality, the Second Life Newser declared FCC Chairman Ajit Pai as it's "Man of the Year" for 2017 as we felt the potential harm of the disposal of these new regulations to Second Life outweighed the accomplishments of any one group of residents or any one accomplishment of Linden Lab.

Sources: CNN, Motherboard

Image Credit: Lanai Jarrico

Bixyl Shuftan

"Ask Ebbe Linden" and Merchants Wanted by Linden Lab for SL15B

There's a couple things going on with Linden Lab that Second Life residents may find of interest, notably if they want to hear the CEO speak or are interested in shopping events.

The youtube program "Designing Worlds" turns ten this year. As part of their celebration, they recently announced they'll be interviewing Ebbe Linden, the avatar of the CEO of Linden Labs Ebbe Altberg. The show is scheduled to be shown on Monday May 28. On the day of the announcement, the Prim Perfect website was taking questions to ask. But the time limit was Midnight that night.

For those whom like to shop, Linden Lab announced they would be organizing a shopping event to go alongside the SL15B celebrations. They also were asking for merchants to take part.

We’re actively seeking Merchants who are willing to participate in an inworld Official SL15B Shopping event! Our inworld shopping events have been very successful and we hope to continue that tradition with a big SL15B. We are looking for quality Merchants across all categories to be a part of this exclusive event. If you think that this is something you’d like our brand to participate in, read on! Space is limited!

Merchants interested in taking part in the event were asked to fill out a submission form in this link no later than June 5.  The event is scheduled to go from June 18 to July 2.

For more information, check the official Second Life blog

Sources: Prim Perfect, Linden Lab

Bicyl Shuftan

Team Sunbeamer's "Bid Me Pantsless" Extended to May 18

Remember the "Bid Me Pantsless" event announced on April 30? It had been scheduled to end May 4. But partially because one of the participants couldn't be there that night, the time for the bidding has been extended. You now have until May 18 to "Bid Rita to the Dogs," "Bid Liksa Goat," and "Bid Bixyl Pantsless." The totals will be added up at 8PM after the party at Club Cutlass where the kiosks are.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Happy Vixen. Female Winslet briefly had on a bacon avatar ... briefly. In most any club, let alone full of foxes, wolves, and felines, bacon will quickly attract residents who will likely invite themselves to lunch.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Raglan Shire Artwalk Starts Today

Raglan Shire is known for many things. It's best known for it's fun-loving community of "tinies," but that is not all. They have events every month. And the best known of their annual events is the Raglan Shire Artwalk. This art festival is open not only to local artists, but any across Second Life whether tiny or "biggie," as they call full-sized avatars.

This year, more than 150 artists across the Grid are taking part in the Artwalk. Across four sims, one will find paintings, drawings, photography, SL screenshots, digital art, 3D sculptures, and other examples of art. The event goes on for five weeks from Sunday May 13th until Sunday June 17th. The event is a "non-judged exhibition," so there are no prizes. Some of the art may be for sale, but the event is aimed at giving artists a chance to show off their talent.

For more info go here:

If you have questions contact karmagirl Avro, Kayak Kuu, Shadow Marlin or RaglanShireArtwalk Resident.

There were several locations marked as LandMarks, though the first area for 2D art was at

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries

Newbery Medal winners, western mysteries, a brand new Sci-Fi series, and something about a computer named "Hal." Join us this week in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely, live in voice.

--------->> COMING THIS WEEK:
Senchai Library at Holy Kai Park

All stories told in open voice. All times SL/PT
**SUNDAY, May 13th at 1:30pm: TEA TIME with Tolkien:  join Corwyn, Cale, and Kayden in Ceiliúradh Glen on Holly Kai for more from Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy.

**MONDAY,  May 14th at 7pm: Hal Clement's THE NITROGEN FIX begins with Gyro Muggins

**TUESDAY, May 15th at 7pm:  Craig Johnson's THE COLD DISH: A Longmire Mystery" begins with Caledonia Skytower

** WEDNESDAY, May 16th at 7pm:  Erin Entrada Kelly’s Newbery Medal Award-Winning Tale HELLO, UNIVERSE begins with Caledonia Skytower.

** THURSDAY, May 17th:

   ~ at 7pm - TALES FROM THE MOS EISLEY CANTINA with Shandon Loring (also presented in Kitelyhop://

   ~ at 9pm - SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT: The Sentinel with Shandon Loring (also presented in Kitelyhop://

Check out the stories and the storytellers at

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Press Release: Second Annual Sensuality Exhibition

May 11 TO 13, 2018

Kultivate Magazine presents the 2nd Annual Sensuality Exhibition. This special exhibition is the only adult themed art show that is curated by Kultivate and will take place May 11 to 13, 2018. The exhibition features a variety of sensual,  erotic, adult, and sexual imagery. **Please note that the location will be adult rated and themed.**

Events include live music, dj parties, a special raffle, photo challenge, and hunt. Exhibiting artists include: eruca Tammas, Rasecel Masatada, bri graycloud, Ramsa Luv,
maaddi, chey5620 resident, SeasidePurcell Resident, retroye resident, Fafnir Kiranov, ChristianAyden Resident, Myra Wildmist, reycharles resident, Hadiya Draper, damien0krux, Darrian Royce, Raddick Szymborska,Isle Biedermann, Sparklybootie, lovingdiscord, Kapaan, Karma Weymann, Cyberspy, FiordiligiDaPonte Resident, and  Johannes1977 Resident.

Schedule of Events:
May 11, 2018:
-8 am slt-Exhibition Opens to the public
-8 am slt-Hot Kiss Hunt Opens to the public
-8 am slt-Sensuality Raffle Opens
-8 am slt-How Sensual Are You Photo Challenge Opens
-4pm to 5pm slt-As Bare As You Dare event with live performer Jaq Luik

May 12, 2018:
-1pm to 2pm slt-Naughty Trivia and Angels N Demons Party

May 13, 2018:
-12pm to 2pm slt-Sensuality Whips & Chains Masked Ball
-8 pm slt-Exhibition, Sensuality Raffle, How Sensual Are You Photo Challenge and Hot Kiss Hunt Ends


For More Information:

SL Video: "Solarian Swing"

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From Furry Andy on May 2016

Friday, May 11, 2018

News and Commentary: Is Second Life's Population Not Growing in Numbers Because It's Growing Older?

When Second Life began to fade from the tech media spotlight, naysayers predicted it would quickly go away. It hasn't. After almost fifteen years it's still around and tens of thousands can be found online at any one time. But over the years, it's been undergoing a long slow decline. Why this is has been the subject of some debate. But it's been suggested that maybe the reason isn't so much that people are leaving on their own, but that the existing userbase is getting older with not that many young people going in.

Read the commentary in Extra.

Sci-Fi Expo Tomorrow

The Sci-Fi Expo is coming back to Second Life. For nine days from Saturday May 12 to Sunday May 20, there will be exhibits and events over a four sim area. You'll find Star Trek, Star Wars. Battlestar Galactica, Dr. Who, and other science fiction groups represented. The Expo is a fundraiser for the Relay for Life in Second Life.

For more information, Click Here to get to the website:

For a calendar of the events, Click Here.

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle: “Method of Conversion of Dissipated Environment Heat Energy”

“Method of Conversion of Dissipated Environment Heat Energy“
By Alexander Frolov
Saturday May 12, 10AM - 11AM PDT

The object of the study in this paper is a method of conversion of dissipated environment heat energy. We plan to calculate parameters of an energy converter, operating according to this method. The objective of the work is determination of principles of conversion of environmental heat energy mechanically, by means of compression-decompression of an elastic working body, and to design an autonomous fuel-less power source.

For more information: Click Here.  

The Science Circle (61/127/32

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Reader Submitted: Game Review Subnautica

With most popular survival games these days, your biggest enemy is other players, usually in some jungle or forest. Not so in Subnautica. This survival game takes place in an environment not often seen in gaming: underwater. The game is also has only a single player mode, so the only things after you are hostile species of wildlife, and the elements, and your thirst and hunger. Newser reader Rita Maniner has been playing the game, and recently sent what will hopefully be the first of a few reader submissions on it.

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

Announcement: RFL Event: Bring Your Own Kiosk 7Seas Fishing Party

Bring Your Own Kiosk 7Seas Fishing Party
When: Sat, May 12, 12pm – 2pm
Where: Relay for Christ (map)
Description: Contact: Leelee78 Resident
Location: Batchel (98, 16, 25)
Sim Rating: General

Bring a kiosk, dance, 7seas fishing, donate donate donate

Wednesday, May 9, 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 'G,' Back to Work, At the Beach

The Happy Vixen: Warrior, Trashy/Slutty, Sunny Colors, Next to Naked, Bikinis/Boxers, Pool Party, Angel/Devil, Ice/Fire, White, CAYA

Club Zero Gravity: Best in Blue, Skunks

Momtecito Bay: Dragons, Electro Freaks, Electro Funk, Creepy and Cute, Gouls and Monsters

Furry Fashion Lounge: Movies, Rave, Fandoms, 80s, Wasteland, Around the World, Food, Black and White

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Back After Technical Difficulties

I once stated the Newser updates 364 days a year. Why not 365 days? Because of the possibility of storms knocking down power lines, or just plain old-fashion computer breakdown. Over the weekend, that's what happened, and my computer just got back.

I'll be back on my feet soon. In the meantime, checking up with friends and events inworld.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


If you can read this, then somehow I lost my connection to the Internet (or was too sleepy to reset the "deadman's switch").

Hopefully it'll be fixed, soon.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, May 7, 2018

Press Release: Bay City's Tenth Anniversary Concert

Four performers to take to the anniversary stage

BAY CITY, SL  - As part of Bay City's Tenth Anniversary, enjoy a music extravaganza in the Bay City Fairgrounds on the 20th of May!

Performing will be GOSPEED RASERE from 12:30-1:30 p.m. SLT, followed by PARKER STATIC from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., ERIKA ORDINARY from 2:30-3:30 p.m. SLT, and finally STRATUS MACTAVISH from 3:30-4:30 p.m. SLT.

GOSPEED RASERE (12:30-1:30 P.M. SLT)
"GoSpeed is a Second Life DJ and online radio station owner, providing KONA Stream since 2007. As well as spinning classic hits of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and today, she is a Published author and the current reigning "Miss Bay City."

PARKER STATIC (1:30-2:30 P.M. SLT)
"Parker Static started singing at a very early age, being in a musical family her passion for singing was inevitable. With a sultry sound, Parker’s amazing voice has given her the ability to move from Pop to Ballads, Jazz, Country, RandB, Soft Rock and more. Parker has also won many awards for her singing, such as “Showtime Magazine TOP 10 performers in SL” and “The Soul Train’s Best Female entertainer of the year.” She’s fun and vivacious and her shows have something for everyone!"

ERIKA ORDINARY (2:30-3:30 p.m. SLT)
"Erika has a wonderfully expressive voice that can be powerful but also is pleasantly delicate and understated. She brings life to the songs she selects and a window to her soul in songs of her own. She plays several instruments, but primarily sticks with guitar and ukulele. She especially loves the juxtaposition of darker themed songs played on such a bright, happy instrument as the ukulele. Ask her to play In The Pines by Leadbelly or Henry Lee by Nick Cave, and you'll get the idea."

STRATUS MACTAVISH (3:30-4:30 p.m. SLT)
"Stratus sings and plays with an easy-going soft, smooth and intimate sound that draws his audience, occasionally bursting out with his powerful vocal range.  Stratus has a light guitar playing style, showcasing bright acoustic arrangements of popular songs, plus a few atypical acoustic arrangements of songs outside the acoustic genre."

Event held at the Bay City Fairgrounds in North Channel, easily accessible by boat, car, walking , or teleport, and the end location of this year's parade. Come on down!

For more information, contact: Marianne McCann

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Cartoon of the Day: Wootberry Warping

Taken at the Fantasy Faire. If there's anything tinies like more than waffles, at least those at the Raglan community, it's wootberrries. But what happens if a human eats some?

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, May 5, 2018

SL Video: "Listen"

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From Furry Alex on Nov 2014

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle: “Stephen Hawking’s Last Paper“

“Stephen Hawking’s Last Paper“
By Rob Knop
Saturday May 5, 10AM - 11AM PDT

“Stephen Hawking’s Last Paper: his and other theoretical cosmologist’s ideas about the multiverse”

For more information: Click Here.  

The Science Circle (61/127/32)

Friday, May 4, 2018

Burning Man Founder Larry Harvey Dies

Many if not most Second Life residents are familiar with the annual Burn2 art and music festival. Taking place every year in October, it is an inworld version of the real-life Burning Man festival that takes place in the late summer every year. A week ago, fans of both the real and virtual festival received some sad news. Larry Harvey, one of the founders of Burning Man, had died. I had a few words with one Burner, iSkye Silverweb, about his passing.

Read more in Extra.

The Return of Yadni's Junk

For over a decade in Second Life, Yadni's Junkyard stood and provided huge numbers of freebies for thousands of new residents of the Grid. Although Yadni Monde's freebie location has been gone for almost three years and he hasn't been inworld for a while, he is still fondly remembered. Fans of the noted blue resident will be happy to hear about one recent project of BrianL61 Landar (Prof Grey). He is making some of Yadni's items available again. Gemma set out to learn more and report.

Read Gemma's story in Places.

RelayStock, Bid The Lindens Bald, Starts Today

One of the more notable multi-team events, Relaystock, will be taking place this weekend. A tribute to the famous music festival in 1969, for three days, the place will be full of hippie costumes (some better than others), 60s music, dancing, and lots of mud. The music will be provided by T1 Radio, and various DJs and live performers on stage.

Taking place at the same time is the "Bid the Lindens Bald" event. Last year, the three teams of Lindens involved raised over L$1,478,000.  And once again, three teams of Linden Lab's finest are putting their hair on the line. How much will be raised this time?

Besides the Relay Rockers who are hosting the event, many other teams are taking part, camped out in tents or vans. The Sunbeamer camp is located at RelayStock2018 (129/124/23). As of now, the team has raised 279,063 Linden dollars, closing in on Jade level.

Come on by, though bring a raincoat unless you're not afraid to get a little muddy. The fun starts today at 2PM SL time.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "VCE3i HKPolyU Virtual Campus Promotional Video"

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From PolyU ELC, with the help of Pookymedia, Produced by Pooky Amsterdam Directed by Russell Boyd, "The Hong Kong PolyU Virtual Campus: An Evolution in Immersion, Interaction and Innovation (VCE3i) Funded by the Advisory Committee on eLearning (ACE) VCE3i objectives: The development of activities and learning systems that allow for collaboration between faculty and students, within and across the various disciplines at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and around the world. VCE3i ethos: The VCE3i is an immersive, interactive and innovative Carnival with both Circus and Park attractions. We wish to offer the local and international communities a cultural attraction that is familiar yet (hopefully) not clichéd. Additionally, animals and creatures living in the VCE3i are free of human shackles and interference. While this might seem contrary to traditional circus appearances, this is, after all, Second Life!"

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Axtel Motors Closing, Most Vehicles Free

For auto fans, and anyone else looking for a great deal, there's been a development you'll want to here. There's a location where you can get dozens of cars for free.

In Sunweaver chat last night, Cynthia Farshore announced, "Axtel is closing down and has set several hundred vehicles to free status at their main store. LM is attached. Once they fully close, the vehicles will no longer be available so act soon if you're interested." She would then say the place was in the Osla sim. So I headed over. There were a number of vendors for various types of cars, each vendor able to hold several. There was also a sign with the following message:

Final Closing Sale

Axtel's Autos will be closing soon. All cars are free until we take down the store. We are aware some of the vendors are broken. Please try to take turns on the vendors and do not spam click them because they will break and even less people will be able to use them. Axtel will have to come back to fix these in a few days. Meantime you can visit Highflyer location to get some of the cars that are in the broken vendors. Join the Axtel's Autos group for updates and to request a link to this location. For those who use combat HUD systems in SL, this is mean to be a place for everyone to get free cars. Attacks on each other will result in freezing or a ban from the property. You will be warned only once. Please rez only Axtel vehicles here during the duration of this sale. The sim is VERY laggy due to all the scripts running. For that we apologize. We ask only axtel's vehicles be rezzed to people can test them and to keep your personal scripts down to a minimum. If you would like to advertise for your business here, please ask management first.

Lady Death (Selenia Galicia)

There were many types of cars available from early roadsters of the 30s and 40s, to classic cars of the 50s, 60s muscle cars, sports cars, even a few subcompacts and vans. There was also a "modern Batmobile" available. There was a vendor full of motorbikes. But when I looked, it was inoperable. Although the price listed was one Linden, I was refunded it after the purchase was made. So these really were free cars and bikes.

Each car comes with a HUD which one can use to keep an eye on the speed, shift gears, turn on the lights. Some cars will also drift if you hold the shift key and make a sudden turn. The instructions had a warning not to press a certain button on the HUD, but I didn't see it in the cars I tried out.

The mainland highway is next to Axtel's, so you can drive onto the road and test out the car. I found driving them to be a little tricky, especially when crossing sims. But it was smoother than jerky ten year old freebies whose scripts were designed for a much earlier Second Life. There were the sounds of the engine revving as I drove.

Of the group to join, I noticed no announcements. So it's unclear how long how long this great deal will last. Happy driving.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Lunches Theives!"

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From Nitwacket on May 1 at the Fantasy Faire Jail and Bail at Tiny Town, "They at it AGAIN! Clover, Druscilla and now Zephry haz stoled LUNCHES and gots arrested by the Pawlice!"

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Cartoon of the Day: Crazy

Taken at the Happy Vixen. Looks like Rita Mariner's feeling a little straitjacketed. But the way lag can be sometimes, can you blame her?

By Bixyl Shuftan

The CDS Election Process, Part One

In recent years, elections in the United States have become increasingly unpopular, partisans of both major parties painting the opposition as the most despicable villains, and moderates increasingly turned off by both the drama and what many see as a process that brings to power people not particularly interested in their well-being. With this in mind, it may come as a surprise to some that a place in Second Life has made politics work. The Confederation of Democratic Simulators is unique from other communities in that it has a functioning government with representatives and a Chancellor, as well as elections to determine who stays and who gets to step in. I had a few words with one of the people there, Hannah Marie Bloodtempestwolf (Han Held), about how the elections are done in this first of two articles about them.

Read the story in People.

Team Sunbeamers Raises 10,000 Lindens at "Rave For Relay"

On Monday April 30, Relay for Life Team Sunbeamers held their first party of the Relay season. Called "Rave for Relay," or "Rave for Life" as DJ Khyra called it, the event had a raver theme, with people wearing glowsticks, particle effects, or glowing clothes and sometimes glowing hair. As this was a charity event, there were no tip jars out. All money given went into the Sunbeamer's kiosk.

The event lasted for four hours, with the "Dazzlecat DJ" as Khyra is sometimes called playing from 5 to 7PM SL time. From 7 to 9PM, DJ Snowbuns spun the tunes. With all of the lights, the place was best viewed at Midnight. Among those stopping by were Happy Vixen owner Nydia Tungsten and Sunbeamer team leader Rita Mariner. Although most of those showing up were from the hosting team, and other regulars of "The Vix," several Relayers from other teams stopped by, or sent cash to the "beamers" to put in the kiosk. For the first hour, only a few hundred went into the kiosk. Then more cash came in. By the end of the four hour event, a total of ten thousand Linden dollars had been raised.

There was also a contest for the best raver look. It was won by Valkyrie "Ice" McGill.

As of now, Team Sumbeamers has raised over 276,000 Lindens. Less than 100,000 Lindens remains until the next fundraising level, Jade, to which yours truly has pledged to go green for a week when met. There are also three "Bid Me" events going on, of which 4500 has been raised so far, of which the totals will be determined 8PM Friday.

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan