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Thursday, July 19, 2018
From Jessicabelle Dayafter, "I saw someone wearing this shirt awhile back, and had to have it, as how fitting for it to be worn on a skunk. (big grin) I am pleased with the pics for a super quicky shoot."
Also, the "Two Vixens and a Wolf" radio show, which the Newser reported on recently, is getting a new location to listen in from inworld besides their studio in Rabbit Valley: the Sunweaver's main club and hangout of Club Cutlass. Svetlana Snowpaw (Sarah Golem) made the following announcement on Tuesday July 17.
Join the National Space Society in SL on July 20th at our Tranquility Base venue as we celebrate the anniversary of mankind’s first lunar landing.
We will gather there at 1pm SL time ahead of the landing time, and again at 7:30pm in advance of the first steps on the Moon to watch the videos and discuss the past, present and future of space exploration and development.
Ad astra (“to the stars”)!
Also, check out the Apollo 11 historical tour here:
Pick up a free Apollo 11spacesuit here:
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
It's been about two weeks since Linden Lab put into effect their reduction in what they charge for land tiers (for non-grandfathered sims), while raising the fee to buy Linden dollars. While the Lab gave no clear reason for their move beyond "to keep Second Life a vibrant world," it's strongly believed the reason for this move was to stop the overall long slow decline in the number of sims. A recent report by Tyche Shepard, who keeps track of new sims and sim numbers in Second Life showed something promising. Total numbers of private estates show growth for two weeks in a row, 35 the past week and 34 the one before for a total growth of 69 sims.
We are now two weeks into the new pricing regime for Private Estates and this is now the 2nd week of positive growth of the grid
Net Growth stands at 35 regions this week (last week was 34) All this week's net growth was among private Estates .
Overall , taking into account last weeks closure of the 24 Temporary SL15B regions , Net Change in Private Estates since the new prices stands at 94 New or Returned Regions
I've no record of Region type at the moment, and therefore no estimate of overall change in revenue for the Lab, but the initial change in demand doesn't seem enough to increase overall revenue at this stage.
Source: SL Universe
Hat Tip: Daniel Voyager.
Been doing more checking the Relay Track than writing tonight, as today is the last day most of the camps will be up. So be sure to check out these great builds, such as this tower in the Second Life Cheerleading Squad's campsite at North America Reflection. When someone clicks on it, a piece is added to it. So over time it's gotten quite tall.
This afternoon is the Flood Party, or the "Razz the Sims Party" as it's being called this time. It's from 4-7PM, though which sim it will be on has yet to be announced. Get your free inner tube in the Relay for Life Volunteer's group.
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From Jara Lowel on July 15, "The relay for life 2018 track, running a round on it ~ Enjoy the camp sites as they swoosh."
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Club Cutlass: Best in 'S', Monochrome, Cartoon Time
Happy Vixen: Comedy, School Colors, Bare, TBA, Sock Hop, Ponies, Circus, Magic, Beach, TBA
Club Zero Gravity: Best in Blue, TBA, Best in Sports
Momtecito Bay: Rock, Plushies, Pony
Furry Fashion Lounge: Disney, Small Animals, Monsters, Leather vs Lace, Nature vs Tech, Summer of Love, Sea Life, Sexy
Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'
Updated 9 PM
We laughed and joked for the short time I was there, congratulating each others' teams' efforts. I also heard the day the Flood Party will take place, sometime on Wednesday July 18. But what's unknown is when it will take place, or how deep the water will be. Yours truly can't tell you whether to bring an inner tube, or just rubber rubber boots. So keep an eye on Relay group notices that day.
Monday, July 16, 2018
In contrast to the laggy first half on Saturday, Sunday at the Relay Weekend went smoother. There were much fewer comments about lag and crashing in chat, and the only time yours truly did was in the closing ceremony, which Jara Lowel filmed. Following that was the victory lap with fireworks in places. And after that, things wound down, with those who pulled all-nighters logging off to get some rest and people either going about the camps and designer sims at their own pace,stopping by the stages to listen to music, or going about other activities elsewhere in the Grid.
The sims will still be up several more days, and the camps and designer sims offer a number of great builds to see, such as the Sunbeamer team's camp, and that of Meli's Maniacs (pictured left) whose builds reflected the theme "United We Relay." The weekend was a great boost to many teams, Team Bonanza and the Steelhead Salmons for instance making it to Platinum rank, and Team Sunbeamer making it to Emerald. Awards were given out to several teams, to both repeat performers and some getting an award only for the first or second time. The total amount raised by the RFL in SL in general also topped the forty million mark, as of the writing of this article now at a little over 40,400,000 Lindens.
event calendar has it scheduled for July 28, other sources say it will be in August. Stay tuned for more details.
Image Credit: Jara Lowel
Read Klaus' article in Places.
It was just a few days ago in which Rita Mariner, the captain of the Relay for Life's Sunbeamers, challenged the team to get them to Emerald rank fundraising status. And once again, the team pulled through. Late Saturday night, Rita announced that the team had crossed the 625,000 Linden dollar mark. And for the third time this season, the team achieved a level it never had before.
Thanks to generous donations from Cynthia, Royce and myself. we are now Emerald. I have gone GREEN for a month. Sweet!
And of course, Rita lived up to her promise of changing to her appearance. So for a month, she'll be a glowing-green bunny avatar.
In the meantime, the Relay season goes on. The "Bid Me Buck" fundraiser is still going on. And there are several more days to enjoy the Relay track sims before they fade away. The Relay Wrap-Up, the final day of the Relay season, is scheduled for the last weekend of the month on Saturday July 28.
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From Nydia Tungsten, "Rita Mariner's SunBeamer Relay for Life team has raised over 625,000 Linden dollars, or $2,500 USD, which is a new record for how much the team has raised in a season. This video is to congratulate the entire time and to thank them for their dedication and all their hard work. As a survivor, I thank you all."
Awards were presented this morning during the Relay Weekend Closing Ceremony. Congratulations to all recipients and job well done to all the Relayers who spent so much time to build camps and provide this Relay with an amazing track. Remaining awards will be presented at the Wrap Up Party in August.
Cancer Education Awareness Award
1st Place - Relay Rockers
2nd Place - Harmony of Hope
3rd Place - Goreans in Relay For Life
Favorite Walk Through - Elves of Hope
Favorite Ride - Harmony of Hope
Favorite Abstract Build - Heroes Helping Heroes
Favorite Realism - Inspired Dreamwalkers
Theme Decorated Campsite Award
1st Place tie - The Goreans in Relay For Life and Harmony of Hope
2nd Place - Bonanza Country RFL Team
3rd Place - Touched by Angel
Favorite Walk Through - Relay Rockers
Favorite Ride - Harmony of Hope
Favorite Abstract Build - Team Livewire
Favorite Realism Build - Fly For Life
Designer Region Award
1st Place - Null Aries (Mac Pierce) - South America Hero
2nd Place - Cassie Eldemar- Europe Dedication
3rd Place - Cuddly Waffle - Survivor Caregiver
1st Place - Fantasy Faire
2nd Place - Home and Garden Expo
3rd Place - Christmas Expo
Rising Star Award
1st Place - Ritz New York
2nd Place - Relay for Christ
3rd Place - GTFO 4 Life
1st Place Tie - Harmony of Hope and Fighting Sunflowers
2nd Place - Relay Rockers
3rd Place - Bonanza Country RFL Team
Sunday, July 15, 2018
There's been more than a few comments about the lag at the Relay Weekend. Among them, "Is it just me, or is this the laggiest Relay ever?" And there are the jokes "It ain't Relay until you crash a couple dozen times," "Every time you crash, make a donation at a kiosk."
For me personally, I can't recall a time when it was this bad. I was crashing about every second sim crossing most of the time. It was much the same for others, who were continuing to find the sim ahead of them gone (like in the picture above). One friend told me among the luminaria on the side of the roads, one had been named, "In honor of the sim ahead."
Fortunately, there were options, such as dialing back on one's viewer. Though if one wants to take pictures, such as myself, one can do that only so much. And there are the music events one could stay at and not cross sims, which on my map were well-attended. And of course there was sticking to their team campsite. But if one wanted to go about the sims and take pictures, not much else one could do but restart the viewer a lot. As one friend put it, the Relay Weekend simply stretches the Second Life hardware to it's limits and only so much can be done about it.
Hopefully the lag will be better today.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
After weeks, perhaps months, to prepare, the Relay Weekend is finally here. Across the sims are the campsites of many teams, where they have various builds. Among them is that of Team Sunbeamers, the Relay team of the community where the Newser makes it's home. I had a few words with Cynthia Farshore, one of the two main builders of the camp, as she showed me around the place at the North America Hope sim.
Read about the location in Design.
The themes are brought to the track to be fun and entertaining, not required, but it's always fun to see all the variety on the track. Here is a list of this year's themes and we hope you enjoy getting those outfits ready!
Opening Ceremonies. Please join us at the Ceremonies Stage as we begin the 24 hour relay with the Opening Ceremonies.
11 AM - 12:30pm
CELEBRATE - Survivors and Caregivers
The 1st lap of the 2018 Relay weekend! Make your way to the side of the track and applaud our heroes during the SURVIVORS & CAREGIVERS honor time. Only survivors & caregivers walk the track during this time.
12.30pm - 2 PM
WE ARE FAMILY ~ TEAMS LAP
This is the moment you’ve been waiting for, teams. Grab your team banner and / or flags and get on that track & walk with pride for all you have done in working towards FINISHING the FIGHT against cancer. We are ONE big, awesome team UNITED FOR RELAY!
It's time for some DANCE YOUR DECADE!! What is your favorite musical decade? 50's, 60's, 70's 80, 90's or maybe country? Dress in your favorite decade or genre of music and dance on down the track.
SUN AND FUN IN MARGARITAVILLE
It's summer, let's have some fun! Dance and party down the track in your coolest summer outfit. Don't forget to Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap to protect yourself from the damaging UV rays!
PIRATES OF THE CUREABEEAN
Arrrghhh Maties! Shiver me timbers, tis time to take to the high seas. Swashbuckler? Captain Kidd? 1st Mate? Don ye best pirate outfit and all hands hoay on the track.
CRAZY HATS AND HAIR!
Let's cover our heads to protect ourselves from the sun and get some giggles with the craziest hats and / or hair you can find ! Why not! It's Second Life!
Come one, come all to the biggest show on earth! The RFL Circus! Watch for clowns, ring masters, bearded ladies, mimes, the strongman, fortune tellers, tightrope walkers!
TRICK OR TREAT / MONSTER MASH
Join us on the track for a spook-tacular hour. What is your favorite spooky Halloween costume?
GLOW IN THE DARK
Evening is upon us, help us light the track. A single hand-held candlestick, a gaudy candelabra, a pair of sparklers, a glow stick, a flashlight, let's light the way as we walk. Be sure to light the luminaria bags along the track as you walk.
REMEMBER The Luminaria Ceremony
Please plan to walk or line the track, in silence. We remember those who we’ve lost to cancer. We reflect on the friends, families and loved ones we Relay for.
Ahhh..High School Prom night... how could we ever forget! (or maybe you want to but mom had that darn Polaroid camera). Don your Prom outfit and sashay down the track.
SCI FI / FANTASY
Fantasy Characters, Dragons, Pirates, Star Trek, Fairies, Elves... Fantasy themed avatars, Medieval, Tinies, Mermaids & Mermen, Wings
Wear a Masque and costume and join the Carnival like festivity hour.
A special PJ Party. Wear your jammies, carry your pillow and blankets and dance down the track to stay awake. Bananas in Pajamas!
ANIMALS! FROM HORSES TO UNICORNS!
Ride a horse. Ride an elephant (you bring the super duper pooper scooper for that one). Be an Ostrich, ride an Ostrich. Be, Ride, Walk or Carry your favorite Animal.
We all have those we consider brave heroes…who is yours? Police Officer, Fireman, FBI Agent, Paramedic, Soldiers to name a few. We call them heroes, they say they are "just doing my job". Who is your Occupational Hero?
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
....the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. What is over your rainbow? Toto, Dorothy, Aunti Em? Maybe it is the dream you dare to dream.
We all have those great super heroes …who is yours? Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman,. Maybe it is your mom or dad, your 4th grade teacher, or the doctor down the street. Show us who is your Everyday or Super Hero!
FIGHT BACK - The FIGHT BACK CEREMONY
Pick up your Fight Back kit at any Info station along the track! Walk the track or join us at the ceremony stage! Make your personal Fight Back pledge of what you will do to fight cancer in the upcoming year and future. The life you save from this pledge, may just be your own!
COFFEE, CURLERS AND CAKE -
Wake Up Relayers! Morning has arrived ! Wear a tea pot, a coffee maker, coffee cups.. Wear pj's, slippers, curlers. It's time to wake up and keep going on the track just a little bit longer!
MAKE A NEW FRIEND
We all can use friends. Introduce yourself to someone you do not know and walk the track with them. Who knows, you may meet a new best friend !
Relay For Life is internationally held in more than 26 countries around the world! Our virtual relay is truly an International Relay. Wear something that reflects your Nation's Colors or one of those 26 countries. Maybe carry your nation's flag or an international flag from one of the countries.
Please join us at the Ceremonies Stage for the closing ceremonies.
Please return to the track and take YOUR VICTORY LAP!! One last time around the track! Look for the Committee Members along the side of the track cheering for you and all you have accomplished in support of the American Cancer Society! Look for the Fireworks! Celebrate YOUR Relay !!
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From Furry Alex on July 5, "Song: Yellow Claw feat. Serebro - Blood Diamond (FuRReX x Rob Almighty x Scary Fox Remix)"
Friday, July 13, 2018
Usually, the sims of the Relay for Life's main event, the Relay Weekend, are open to only a handful and closed to most until just as the event starts. But this year, things are a little different. Last night on the evening of July 12, it was announced that all thirty sims of the Relay track, not just the permanent American Cancer Society sim, were open to all.
You heard it right! Get ready for an EPIC Relay weekend. Go around and check out all the amazing team builds and designer sims! Do some shopping:) Keep in mind there is building still going on, But come UNITE as we Build up for our 2018 Relay Weekend!
To make sure, I sent an alt there who wasn't in any Relay group, and he got on the sims okay. It's unclear if this is just temporary and sometime today the sims will be closed again until tomorrow or if they'll stay open. But it's a great opportunity to see all the fantastic builds that have been done.
The Relay Weekend is almost here, starting tomorrow, and now we can show more of what awaits those who head there tomorrow.
Sunbeamers, NORTH AMERICA Hope (124, 76, 23)
Team Strange Journey, EUROPE Dedication (126, 63, 23)
EUROPE - Healing - In Memoriam to Henrietta Demina, EUROPE Healing (129, 148, 23)
NORTH AMERICA - Inspire, NORTH AMERICA Inspire (122, 176, 23)
RFL SURVIVOR CAREGIVER -Never Lose Hope - Design Cuddly Waffle , RFL SURVIVOR CAREGIVER (127, 134, 23)
NORTH AMERICA - Knowledge - United We Relay, NORTH AMERICA KNOWLEDGE (181, 127, 23)
Team Strange Journey, EUROPE Dedication (146, 60, 23)
Pictures from Gemma Cleanslate
This year can only be called a record-setting one for the Relay for Life's Team Sunbeamers. Time and time again, "the little team that could," has reached levels like never before. On April 18, it reached Platinum for the earliest time in a season. On May 23, it reached Jade for the first time. On June 18, it hit Platinum Level fundraising for the first time. Since then, fundraising totals have continued to climb, as of the writing of this article over 540,000 Lindens. Which is leading a few on the team to wonder, can they reach Emerald level?
Since the Sunbeamers are close to reaching Emerald Level, I have decided to put out a BID ME Challenge. If the Sunbeamers make Emerald Level, I will go GREEN for a month!
I will setup a special set of Kiosks so you can BID away. They will be at CUTLASS!
Rita's challenge isn't a "Bid Me" in the usual sense that instead of being a different look for every week for so much raised, it's a challenge issued to be a different look for a while if a certain fundraising goal is reached, such as the avatar challenges offered for Jade and Sapphire levels.
And then, there's mine. After Shockwave did a "Bid Me Goat" fundraiser, a certain someone kept encouraging me to do one of my own. So with Rita issuing her avatar challenge, I volunteered for a "Bid Me Buck."
With Emerald rank in sight, Rita and Bixyl are both stepping up one last time this year to put their looks on the line. For Bixyl, with more than a few news critics trying to get his goat, he's volunteered for a "Bid Me (Buck)" fundraiser. For every 5000 Lindens donated in the "goat" kiosk, our intrepid reporter will be with horns and hooves for a week, rounded down (9999=1 week, 10,000=2 weeks). As usual, there's a default kiosk for those wanting to keep him looking foxy. So how long will our reporter be a "ba-a-a-a-a-ad" boy? You decide by donating.
The main event, the Relay Weekend, is already upon us, being tomorrow. But there's still a month left in the Relay fundraising season. While many teams just sit back at this time, the Sunbeamers won't be among them. So even if I end up taking life by the virtual horns will the "little team that could" pull it off still yet again for a third rank it's never before obtained? Why not?
The kiosks for "Bid Me Buck" are at Club Cutlass, at Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757).
Purple is the color for RFL. On Saturday July 14th, the Giant Snails of SL paint themselves purple and race for a cure! Time fo git yer snail on and unite to relay for RFL!
Saturday July 14th, 4PM SLT, United Snails Relay For Life
United We Stand! Come out and slime for a great cause.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
The Relay Weekend is this Saturday and Sunday. While we can't show much yet, we can show a few sneak peeks. Here is one from the Sunbeamer camp.
Team Steelhead Salmons
Team Meli's Maniacs.
Stand by for more tomorrow.
From Sheba Metaluna. More of her pictures can be seen on her Facebook page.
Read the article in Extra.
From the Relay for Life Volunteers group, "The many teams that have joined us over the season - we extend all of our thanks - it has been so fun, to interact with our Relay friends, to plan events, to plan campsites, and to listen to the great music of Team Shadows and just have fun. Thank you Team Shadow, Team Live Wire, Team Core Chariities, Team 'meep meep' Cure Chasers, Too Tough To Die, Fly For Life, and all the ones I forgot - laughs Friends Fighting For a Cure, Heroes Helping Heroes, oh did I say Team ACTS? -Laughs- and all the rest of you."
Picture taken from Woodloch
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Read Seersha's article in the SL Enquirer.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Club Cutlass: Best in 'Q and R', Shorts and Ts, Monochrome
Happy Vixen: Heroes and Villains, Scallies vs Furries, Class and A**, TBA, Silver and Gold, Xmas in July, No Event, Predator and Prey, Sci-fi, TBA
Club Zero Gravity: TBA
Momtecito Bay: Taco Tuesday, Bug's Beach Bash, After Dark
Furry Fashion Lounge: Disney, CAYA, Fantasy, Hat's and Horns, Grunge, Canines, Around the World, Angels vs Demons
Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'
Taken at Second Life Spirit from the American Cancer Society sim. Team Harmony for Hope's campsite is still "Under Construction." But they'll have it done in a few days.
By Bixyl Shuftan
Monday, July 9, 2018
From Holger Gilruth, later posted on Flickr by Dawny Daviau, "We, the staff, of the Auditorium at SL15B would like to give a big Thank You to our visitors and performers and we hope to be back next year as it was a pleasure working for and with you!"
Read Klaus' article in Places.
Read the story in Extra.