Saturday, August 18, 2018

SL Video: "Happy Birthday, SL! 15 years! Second Life 2018 Press Day"




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From SL4Live on June 16, Press Day of the Second Life Fifteenth Birthday. Apparently, someone decided to play some music, people joined in, and SL4Live kept the camera rolling for an unplanned impromptu video.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Woodstock Then and Now


There's an old joke from somewhere that no one truly remembers Woodstock; if you were there you were too stoned to recall it. For those wanting to relive the experience, Gemma Cleanslate found out about a tribute to this event in music history. For three days starting on Saturday August 18, this event organized by FrannyDJ Dean will offer "Peace, Love, and Music," with tunes from both the 60s and today. Following that, the event changes to "Woodstock Summerfest 2018" which lasts until Labor Day.

Read Gemma's story in Events.

"Lovefest 2018" Lovecraft Festival Starts Today


Today marks the start of the "Lovefest 2018" festival, a yearly event by and for fans of the stories of HP Lovecraft. The nine-day event offers shopping, music concerts, and an adventure, "The Path to Madness."

Along with the shops and event schedule, visitors may opt travel to Arkham, Massachusetts, there to delve into a mystery!

Find yourself at the notorious Arkham Sanitarium, where a particular patient is beset with a dark, quite disturbing mental affliction…

Discover clues as to what brought this pathetic lunatic to his state of crazed despair, and follow a trail of clues.  Find yourself at places such as the prestigious Miskatonic Univerity, or the back alleys of some less-traveled, shadier parts of town.  Perhaps a journey to Dunwich village or the dread fishing port of Innsmouth is in order, maybe even further off beyond New England.

One thing is certain, insanity lurks in many places.  Is there something to be learned? Are there grave things lurking, incubating as a result of the careless delvings of a too-curious soul?  Is there even a soul still to be had by this hapless individual?

Will you find your way, and unravel the secrets along the Path to Madness?

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

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ravenheart/128/128/53

Brandi Streusel Back in Second Life



A little more than a month ago, it was announced that Brandi Streusel was taking an indefinite break from Second Life. We're happy to report that she's back, and back in action as a DJ.

"I missed Second Life and all my friends," Brandi told the Newser, "It wasn't easy staying away."

Brandi is the partner of Nydia Tungsten, whom runs the Angles Estates sims in the Sunweaver area, and helps manage most of the others.


Brandi can be found on Second Life DJing as "DJ Squeaks" at clubs Urban Furry and Club Cherry18.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

KZK Avatars Celebrates Twelve Years



Yesterday, Wednesday August 15, was the twelfth anniversary of a popular brand of furry avatar: Kinzart Productions, often called Kinzart Kreetures or KZK. The event went from 3-5PM SL time, and attracted a large crowd, with 64 people in the sim at one point.


Becky Nosferatu of Montecito Bay was the DJ for the packed event, despite a few technical difficulties, she persisted and the crowd was patient for her. At the end of the two hours, she spoke to the crowd, saying she'd been in Second Life for years and had enjoyed every avatar she'd gotten from the "talented artists," her current avatar being a modified KZK, "It's been an honor ot be your DJ tonight  ...get it through ... all your happy customers. I hope to see you again soon, fantastic party indeed. Rock on guys!"

Crew Meeting



On Saturday August 11 at Noon, the crew of the Second Life Newser had their monthly meeting. From left to right there was Kain Scalia, whom is about to rejoin, Gemma Cleanslate, Deaflegacy, and myself (Bixyl Shuftan). Velanai, Pagan Sunfire, and Felina Firmi were there as guests. The meeting took place at the Newser office in Purrfection.

We talked about some things, such as the collapse of InWorldz and how some questions have yet to be answered or are just beginning to get one. We also swapped ideas on what to cover that month.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Cartoon of the Day: "Love Potion Cloud"



Taken at the Happy Vixen. Skylark Lefavre was in a bunny battlesuit when she let loose with a pink cloud. A pink cloud? What could it be and why is my dance partner looking all doe-eyed at me ...

So why not "Love Potion Number Nine?" Well, listening to the lyrics, it didn't smell that great.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Copybotted Avatar From Second Life Discovered on OpenSim World


OpenSim virtual worlds have been the subject of renewed attention following the demise of InWorldz. Not every Second Life resident is a fan of them, as one responded when asked if he would set up a store in one that he considered it a copybot haven. While that was not true, some copybotting does occur in those worlds. Recently, Nydia Tungsten was going about in the Tranquility Grid when she spotted a mesh furry avatar being given out, and instantly recognized it as the same as one available in Second Life for months.

Read more in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.

CDS Press Release: Feriae Augusti - Aug. 18, 2018, Noon to 2PM SL Time




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Ferragosto (on August 15) is still a popular holiday in Italy - many people are on vacation in that period, but even those who aren't celebrate the holiday going out of town - to the seaside, or the mountains, or just have a barbecue in the countryside.

The origins of this holiday are very old - two thousand years old: it dates back to a Roman holiday called Feriae Augusti, the rest of Augustus (the Emperor) - it was a time of rest to celebrate the harvest, to honour some harvest-related gods and have fun, not just for one day like nowadays, but for weeks.

So come celebrate Ferragosto with us! We are going to have a horse racing contest, like the Romans did, and a toga party at the Thermae with the music of CDS Resident DJ Dolphin.

When exactly?
On Saturday, August 18, from Noon to 2 pm SLT
Where?
At Colonia Nova Forum, at Noon, here: Colonia Nova (75/200/43)
After the horse races, we are going to the Thermae to party!  Here: Colonia Nova (93/229/45)

Wear your best toga and join us!

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Colonia%20Nova/75/200/43

Bismarck in SunWaterOne



 The SunWaterOne sim in the Sunweaver Estates often has some small craft going about in the waters. But recently a very big craft has been there: The Bismarck. It is owned by Rita Mariner

For those less than familiar with naval history, the German battleship had a short but active career in which it served one mission in May 1941 in which it was sent to raid Allied shipping but would end up the subject of a massive search by the British. At  823 ft 6 in (251 m), it was a quarter kilometer in length. The ship boasted eight 15 inch (38cm) guns, twelve six inch (15cm), sixteen four inch (10.5 cm) guns, and numerous smaller guns for anti-aircraft fire. It also had a catapult and four floatplanes.

In May of 1941 the war had just begun
The Germans had the biggest ship that had the biggest guns
The Bismarck was the fastest ship that ever sailed the sea
On her decks were guns as big as steers and shells as big as trees


Despite it's advantages, the Bismarck was eventually damaged by torpedo bombers, and following a long battle with two battleships, three cruisers, and six destroyers, it sunk, taking with it all but 114 of it's 2200 crew. Following the sinking, the Germans would make no more raids in the Atlantic with surface ships, instead relying on submarines.

In 1960, Johnny Horton would do a song in honor or the pursuit and battle, "Sink the Bismark."

We'll find the German battleship that's makin' such a fuss
We gotta sink the Bismarck cause the world depends on us
Yeah hit the decks a runnin' boys and spin those guns around
When we find the Bismarck we gotta cut her down


It's possible the SL Bismarck might be used in a video. But if so, it'll be done in the Blake Sea region. The Sunweaver community waters are just too small to resemble open ocean.

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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


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

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

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

Club Zero Gravity: TBA, TBA, TBA

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

Furry Fashion Lounge: Metal and Rock, Videogames, Wasteland, Sexy, Bits and Butts, Swing, Cartoons, Sci-fi

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

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


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

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

All events at Senchai Library at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise noted
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Holly%20Kai%20Estates/215/44/27

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

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

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

Monday, August 13, 2018

Caledon Llyr Holds Closing Party


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

More on the story in Events.

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

The Tarot Garden


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

Read Gemma's story in Design.

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



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

CDS Announcement: Rose Coloured Glasses - Books of Distinction



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

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

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Colonia%20Nova/55/180/43

Rose Gray

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Cartoon of the Day



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

By Bixyl Shuftan.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

SL Video: "Symphony"




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

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fractal Insanity and Rose Theater


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

Read Gemma's story in Design.

Gift Grab Week Eight


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

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

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

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

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

Bixyl Shuftan

Ex-InWorldz Staff Launching "Infiniti" OpenSim World


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

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

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

Our Vision

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

Our Mission

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

Our Organizational Values

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

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

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

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

Sources: Metaverse Traveller 

Bixyl Shuftan

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Gallery Graine's Closing Party


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

Read more in Events.



Classic SLN Cartoon



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

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

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Cartoon of the Day



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

By Bixyl Shuftan

Aech's Basement in Second Life


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

Read the story in Places.

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




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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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


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

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

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

Club Zero Gravity: TBA, TBA, TBA

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

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

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

Updated 7AM Wednesday

Announcement: Burn2 Plot Sale Open


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

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

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

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

Plot Sizes, Prices, Prim Limits, Maximum Build Heights

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

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

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

iSkye Silverweb

Monday, August 6, 2018

News and Commentary: Sansar, One Year Later



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

Read more in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.

Reader Submitted: Partial Furry Ban


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

Read Lia's reader submission in Extra.

Weekend in Brief



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

Stories on these, and more, later on.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Cartoon of the Day: At the Burnstock



iSkye Silverweb at the Burnstock, using a burning animation

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries


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

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


All events at Senchai Library at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise noted
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Holly%20Kai%20Estates/215/44/27


 All stories told in open voice. All times SL/PT
**SUNDAY, August 5th at 1:30: TEA TIME on The Orient Express: Episode 5 -  Seanchai Library & Friends, live in voice.Check out the special series page http://irelandslstory.blogspot.com/p/te.html
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Holly%20Kai%20Estates/143/80/2901


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


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


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

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

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

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

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SL Video: "Raglan Shire Wootstock 2018 Part 2"




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

Saturday, August 4, 2018

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




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

Friday, August 3, 2018

Goblin Cave Moved to Caledon Downs



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

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

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

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Downs/100/90/30

Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: Collection of Places That Restrict Furry Avatars


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

Read Lia's reader submission in Extra.

Reader Submitted: "The Hair" At A Dance Party



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

Giving Tranquility A Try, But ...



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

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

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

Bixyl Shuftan

Happy Birthday Geerkil



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

Happy birthday, DJ Geerkil

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Relay Wrap-Up


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

Read the transcript in Events.

Memorial Concert for Maxx Sabertooth


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bixyl Shuftan

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



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

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

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

iSkye Silverweb

Hat tip: Daniel Voyager

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

CDS Representative Assembly Meeting



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

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

Update on Banned Artist Kake Broek


By Bixyl Shuftan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bixyl Shuftan