Thursday, November 14, 2019

Cameo on Bay City Locationon Destination Guide



From the Bay City History Pavilion page on the Destination Guide. Looks like a certain fox reporter wasn't the only one taking pictures that day, and ended up getting a cameo.

RFL Press Release: 2019 SL Christmas Expo




Believe in The Magic of Christmas is the theme of the 9th Annual 
SL Christmas Expo, to be held Dec, 5th - 15th, benefiting the 
American Cancer Society and Childhood Cancer research and 
support. Every L$ raised will be dedicated to the Society's Virtual 
Reality Headset program for kids in treatment for pediatric cancers.
The biggest and most popular Holiday Shopping and Entertainment 
event since 2011 this year will be even bigger and is proud to 
welcome its partner in fighting cancer Linden Lab!


Some 2019 Expo Highlights

ELEVEN REGIONS

MORE THAN 160 MERCHANTS - FASHION, HOME AND GARDEN, 
BREEDABLES AND MORE!

4th EDITION LINDEN HOME REVEAL; 
12 LINDEN LIGHTS OF HOPE DECORATING CONTEST ENTRIES
AND THE 1ST EVER EBBE LINDEN BEAR - AVAILABLE ONLY AT 
THE EXPO

NEARLY 100 HOURS OF LIVE PERFORMERS, DJ SHOWS AND 
OTHER ENTERTAINMENT

A KIDS FASHION RUNWAY SHOW AND MORE THAN  20 KIDS 
SHOPS

AND THERE'S RAFFLES:
WIN A  L$160,000 HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPREE! 
PLUS 
THE GIFT OF HOPE MEGA RAFFLES WITH MORE THAN 
L$150,000 OF GIFT CARDS!

TREE LOTS, SNOWMAN CONTESTS, ICE SKATING
AUCTIONS - GOTYAS - STOCKING STUFFER HUNT

*****  WHY VR HEADSETS? ******

The American Cancer Society and Children’s Hospital of 
Atlanta (CHOA) have partnered to provide virtual reality 
(VR) headsets for pediatric cancer patients to use while 
undergoing various cancer treatments within the hospital. 

Studies have shown:

        o    VR Distraction helps to reduce pain during 
procedures
        o    VR improved patients’ emotional well-being
        o    A reduction in patients’ distress in terms of cancer-
related psychological symptoms.
        o    A significant decrease in anxiety, distress, and f
atigue immediately after 
              chemotherapy sessions with VR
              
******
The SL Christmas Expo is in support of the American Cancer 
Society and its Childhood Cancer 
programs.  For More Information visit http://slchristmasexpo.com 
or the ACS Campus in Second Life

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: Lawyer Summoning



Taken at Club Cutlass. What happened was one of the staff activated a gesture by accident, which looked like demon summoning. But in our day and age, people are more nervous of having to deal with other things, such as politicians and lawyers.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Ville de Coeur


After a short break following her exploring some spooky places for Halloween, Gemma Cleanslate is back and looking around second Life for noteworthy locations. A friend recently told her about one she hadn't been to in a while: Ville de Coeur. Owned by Bedrich Panacek-Guisse (Bedrich Panacek) and Ayla Panacek-Guisse (Ayla Guisse), Gemma found their place to be "a rich area with six regions of venues and activities." There's shopping, games, beaches, and picturesque scenery to explore. As this was the time of Veterans Day/Armistice Day, the place had also placed a monument to the fallen.

Read Gemma's story in Places.

Berlin Wall Display in Second Life (2008)


It was thirty years ago this month that the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the Cold War and the failure of Communism, was opened and began to be taken down. For years, the city of Berlin was divided, the state of East Germany keeping it's subjects behind a barrier of concrete, barbed wire, minefields, and guards with orders to kill anyone trying to flee. Hundreds died trying to cross it before it the guards began letting people through and over in in November 1989. For Baby Boomers and Generation Xers old enough to know, the fall of the wall was history in the making, a revolution without a shot being fired. But for younger generations, many know little to nothing about it. In November 2008, a Christo Larsen built a Berlin Wall exhibition in Second Life, detailing the history around The Wall. The article was originally published in Second Life Newspaper that month.

Read the republished article in Places.

Press Release: The Dickens Project Returns to Second Life, December 1



Second Life – The Dickens Project has become a winter holiday tradition for a growing number of Second Life residents since it began as a special seasonal presentation by Seanchai Library in 2008.  It transformed into an interactive environment in 2012, then to a full region experience for 2017 and 2018. Seanchai Library is proud to announce that they will be opening the doors of The Dickens Project 2019 Edition beginning December 1.

The Dickens Project celebrates the work of English author Charles Dickens (1812-1870) featuring his seminal work "A Christmas Carol." This year's edition presents a full month of exploration, storytelling, music, dance, roleplay opportunities, and the return of the "Urchins in Dickens’ London" experience.

"The Dickens Project is not one single thing," said Caledonia Skytower of Seanchai Library. "It began as purely a story event, but has evolved to be much more. Our goal is to bring residents together around this important literary work and its themes. Whether their interest is historical, educational, artistic, social, recreational, active, reflective - we work to provide opportunities to engage that are fun and meaningful."  It is the scope of the project and the breadth of its reach into the Second Life community that recommended it to Patch Linden and Linden Labs, the region sponsor of the 2019 Edition.

In a nutshell, The Dickens Project includes:
    ~ A full region themed around Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and the world of the story.
    ~ Over 40 hours of live music, spoken word, dance events and performances.
    ~ Self-selectable interactive elements, including the "Urchins in Dickens’ London" roleplay/game/experience, and opportunities for both RP and Non-RP guests.
    ~ Dozens of performers, presenters, and special guests including Patch Linden himself.
    ~ Educational and interpretive content to encourage questions like "What was Tiny Tim suffering from anyway?"

More information on performances, events, schedules, and features will be released later in November through the Seanchai Library website, and to interested media. There will be special Press/Blogger Previews on November 29th and 30th for the virtual media to get a closer look at The Project before  it officially opens.

About the Seanchai Library
Seanchai Library (pronounced Shawn-a-kee, which means "Storyteller" in Irish Gaelic.) was founded in March of 2008 in Second Life. The program remains dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations: "We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life and other virtual worlds."  http://irelandslstory.blogspot.com/

Contact Caledonia Skytower for any questions.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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


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

Cutlass: Veterans Day, Let it Glow, Hippies

The Happy Vixen: Cats and Feathers, All Meshed Up, TBA, Pirates, Tinies and Ferals, Fire and Ice, Odds and Mods, Bunnies and Feathers, Monochrome, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Montecito Bay: TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: CAYA, Magic, 80s, Pajama Party, Rainbow, Rave, Under the Sea, Late Night, Pirates

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.  

Reader Submitted: Warcraft Elvis Souvenier




 Jasmine Dawn was going about Hyjal Summit when a demon she clobbered dropped a couple items, including a pair of Blue Suede Shoes. Maybe the demon was an Elvis fan, though no telling where he got them.

As a Worgen, the shoes look better in her human form (above) than her were (left).




Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans Day



Have an honored Veterans Day from the Second Life Newser

Taken at Veterans Isle's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Reader Submission: Flyover Above Tomb of The Unknowns



From  ŜolƌîéƦ ŴaʋǝƦȉƌǝƦ (Soldier Waverider), a picture of a helicopter flyover in a ceremony at Patriot Island on Friday November 12, 2010.

Press Release: Homes For Our Troops October Donations


On this weekend that we honor our veterans, I am happy to report our efforts for Homes for Our Troops collected $540 during the month of October.  This now brings our donations in 2019 to $11800.  Two more months to pass our 2018 total of $13000 …..we can do this!  Call all your friends and let’s make 2019 the year to beat in helping our extremely wounded veterans.

As always these kind of results can only be experienced due to the hard work of some special folks in Second Life.  First accolades go to our performers:

Gary Johnstone
Waya Snowpaw DJ
Thunder Lovencraft
DudecanSing
Sultry Sonata

And then there are the folks who continue to organize special events and work hard for this effort:

EastbayRay and the Legion of Vets MC
Faydrah Faerye and all the folks with Wildones MC
RGHangnLo and all the folks at RG’s hangout
JacksonTrig Resident and the Jacksonville Concert Series
KyleWForrester Resident at Crystal Cove

And thank you to those regular supporters who consistently support this effort every month:

All the folks at Club Mojo
Cayleen Linette and everyone at Cay's at Woodland Lake
Joi Shepherd and all the folks at Runaround Sues
Dirk Danger and the All Breedable Market
Bixyl Shuftan and all the folks at Purrfection estates
Fire Bonfire and everyone at Boots and Lace Country Rock Club
Grizzly Nightfire and all the folks at  Eternal Knights MC
Snuppelure Resident at Xanadu Isle
BellamyLeggett Resident at La Bella Bonaire

Then  Bri Mcmahon, Gjackie Winkler and Dahlea Milena always work hard every month at Veterans Isle for our monthly benefit there.  As always outstanding!

Let’s make 2019 the year to beat folks!

Frets Nirvana

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: Crashy Firefox



Taken at the Happy Vixen Haunted Carnival. The Spirit Fennec avatars have a number of animations, including one that makes it jumped into a hole. Or maybe, it crashed.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Veterans Day Celebration and Ceremony



Info:  Join us as we pay homage to our heros. Veterans day in the U.S.A.  The brave men and women who proudly fought for us to enjoy our freedom.

Sunday , November 10th , 2019 at 1:OOpm SLT there will be a special tribute celebration with plenty of entertainment.
Along with a special ceremony in dedication to our supporters.

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shamone/24/84/1509

Feel free to dress accordingly.
Guests are encouraged to arrive early.
Those wearing excessive scripts may be asked to lower script count.

We look forward to seeing you. . . . 

For more information contact  Sharon (Sharon.Twist)

*AdditionA friend of mine went to the event, and told me the actual ceremony wasn't as advertised. To anyone else who went and was disappointed, my apologies.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

SL Video: "Anime in Jazz at Sci Fi Convention 2019 in Second Life"




(Click here if the video does not play)

From WizardOz Chrome in August 27, "Machinima by Wizardoz Chrome from event: "ANIME in JAZZ at SCI Fi Convention 2019 in Second Life" An evening with Jazz and Soul music from openings, endings and soundtracks of Japanese anime, hosted by Rubin Mayo. "This is one of the events of the great SCI-FI Convention that took place in Second Life from 17 to 26 May 2019 " (from a post of Rubin Mayo on FB) ***The avatar "Gundam" worn by Rubin Mayo was created by Shingo Lunasea *** Soundtrack: Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt OST - 04 Gundam Thunderbolt OST 09 I`m Your Baby ( Music Remix by Wizardoz Chrome) ***Machinima, live from Event, edit by Wizardoz Chrome (aka Alba Rocca on FB)"

Holding Down The Office


Readers may have noticed that for over a week, there hasn't been any articles from the rest of the staff. This isn't because they haven't found anything, but that real-life has been butting in to the point they've had to put down their pens, at least for the moment.

So for now, yours truly has been keeping things running on his own. But only temporary. One reporter has already contacted me about an article in progress. And everyone else should be back on track soon.

Bixyl Shuftan


Friday, November 8, 2019

Flattop Ewing and Sarah Ewing on the Veterans Tribute


Once again, the Veterans Tribute is in Second Life. This year is different from recent ones in that the two people whom were behind it early on, Flattop Ewing and Sarah Ewing, have returned to Second Life after an absence. Back in organizing the tribute, the Newser recently met up with them to talk about the annual event to honor Veterans, in both it's early days and what it's become.

Read the article in People.

CDS Announcement: Election Rally at Cathy's


Reminder to mark your calendar for Saturday at NOON slt.

This is an ELECTION rally, not a campaign rally, so everyone is invited:
to party for an hour to Maggis tunes and join a discussion on where to point CDS, now that it is developing steam.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Alpine%20Meadow/137/225/40

Veterans Day Parties This Weekend


There are a few Veterans Day events going on this weekend. The Second Life Veterans Tribute will be having music events this weekend from Saturday November 9 to Veterans Day Monday November 11. The schedule and number of music parties known is not yet available.

Northern Lights (129/32/38)

Another event going on is the Marine Corps Ball, organized by the Second Life Veterans Tribute, but taking place on Veterans Isle. It will take place Saturday November 9 from 6 to 8 PM. Veterans Tribute organizer Flattop Ewing will be DJing.

Veterans Isle (116/206/23)


The region the Newser office makes it's home in, the Sunweavers, will be having a Veterans Day event of it's own. The community has several veterans among it's numbers. This includes Cynthia Farshore, who will be DJing for the party. It takes place after Veterans Day, on Wednesday November 13 from 6 to 8PM.

Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757).

Addition: The Cutlass event was originally for Saturday November 9, but was moved up a few days.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Announcement: This Saturday in The Science Circle - "A Short History of the Antibiotic Era"


"A Short History of the Antibiotic Era"
by Robert A. Hendrix, MD 


We will begin by examining what in the scientific milieu led to the discovery of the first antibiotic. We will consider the transition from Paul Ehrlich and the organically bound Arsenic Compound 606 to the emergence of “natural antibiotics” beginning with Fleming and Penicillin. We will walk through the major advances chronologically, with attention to diseases that became treatable, as well as the mechanism of bacteriostatic or bactericidal action on microbes.

Finally, we will discuss the possible END of  the ANTIBIOTIC ERA with the widespread emergence off drug resistance as well as destruction of potential sources of new drugs such as reckless clearing of rain forests as ecological and bio-molecular reservoirs.

Saturday 7-8 AM PST part I
Saturday 10-11 AM PST part II

Read more here (link).

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/67/129/32  


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: A Head of Himself



Taken at the Happy Vixen's Haunted Carnival. Someone was going around in just a head and tail. Considering his equine appearance, that made people think of a certain scene in "The Godfather."

By Bixyl Shuftan

News and Commentary: Linden Lab Lays Off Over 20 of Sansar Staff, Next-Gen World Faces a Mediocre Future


On Monday November 4, it was reported by blogger Ryan Schultz that Linden Lab had dismissed over 20 of the part of it's staff running it's Sansar virtual world. The news of the layoffs was just two days after news that the next-generation virtual world had undergone a major staff shakeup. As Linden Lab won't confirm if anyone's lost their job or not, Schutlz and then Hamlet Au got the news from insiders in the Lab. Inara Pey would state of the sixteen names she knew on the Sansar team, four were no longer active.

While Sansar has had a few enthusiastic fans, it's following has remained small. While it initially got a large number of curious visitors after it's introduction in July 2017, most didn't find a reason to stay and it's numbers dropped to less than fifty users a day, sometimes as low as ten. By January 2019, the number increased a little to 79 a day. A report on New World Notes last month brought up an infographic from September stating that Sansar was third of social VR platforms in peak concurrent users at 220 compared to 475 of Recroom and 10610 of VRChat, which has become the next-generation virtual world of choice. The report stated what the numbers didn't show was that most were coming on for a handful of popular events, and between them normal usage of the next-generation virtual world was closer to 20. These statistics are a tiny drop compared to the tens of thousands on Second Life and the several thousands of VR Chat, "220 people for Hello Kitty during TwitchCon 2019 on September 27... And after the event, tumbleweeds as usual."

Hamlet Au would put part of the blame for Sansar's failure to draw in bigger numbers on Linden Lab changing direction with the virtual world during it's development and after it's release, such as making content creation available only with offworld tools and pairing it with VR gear, the latter which is too expensive for most computer users. The current direction seems to be a focus on live events, which as stated earlier provides a temporary boost to it's mediocre numbers. Sansar developer "Gindipple" would comment, "They've changed direction so many times now. They are winging this and hoping. I gave up on them a while ago, so don't care as much now. They lost a lot of good people in this cut back, some went to SL but many [are] just out."

Second Life's future is still secure, as the Lab is still hiring people for it. But for Sansar, it looks like it will be operating with a "skeleton crew" as it faces a mediocre future. It's highly unlikely the Lab will close down the virtual world. Hamlet predicted it would "eventually be run as a spinoff company and product separate from Linden Lab." In any event, Linden Lab long had high hopes for the virtual world, despite most users of Second Life giving it a thumbs down. Now it appears even they have admitted, at least to themselves, that it's next-generation virtual world won't be attracting numbers anything close to the one that's been going for over sixteen years.

Sources: Ryan Schultz, New World Notes, Modem World

Bixyl Shuftan

New Airbase in Caledon Regions



For those who like flying high over the sims of the Caledon steampunk community, there's a new place to land. Yesterday on November 5 at 6PM SL time was the opening party for the new carrier airship in the Caledon Steam SkyCity sim. The ship was made by Amy LaCroix (SimplyAmy Iwish).

Tuesday the 5th Caledonian Nights has it's first dance on the new landing strip airship in Steam Sky City. Amy I Wish has built a lovely air ship base for us all to visit and use. DJ Cynthia Farshore will be our DJ for the evening. We will get started at 6.  Feel free to explore as the base has a library, forest, meditation sand garden.  Hope to see you there, the theme is sky pirates, privateers and rouges.

The party went on for a little more than two hours.

 In January 2018, another airship base, the Iron Cloud, closed down.

The new airship base can be found at:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Steam%20SkyCity/204/48/363

Image Credit: Cynthia Farshore

Bixyl Shuftan


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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


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

Cutlass: Best in 'W', Shades Of Grey, Veterans Day

The Happy Vixen: Canines and Rodents, Bonfire Night, TBA, Spies and Secret Agents, Hybrids, Best in Denimm, International, Fantasy, Cute and Cuddly, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Montecito Bay: TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: CAYA, Disney, Ferals, Pink vs Blue, Tails, Cute, Genderbend, Late Night, Anime

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.  

Eye On The Blog: "Celebrating Hello Kitty’s 45th Birthday"



Women, especially young women, are probably familiar with "Hello Kitty." This "staple of the kawaii segment of Japanese popular culture" came to America shortly after her creation in 1974 and according to Wikipedia has become the second largest media franchise in terms of money made, second only to Pokemon. A few days ago, the official blog pointed out a sim and event done for the character's forty-fifth anniversary.





Second Life creator Astralia has been working hard to bring a celebration that embodies the joy and excitement of a character who has brought delight to millions of people many times over. This official Sanrio event features an interactive immersive game as well as rides, food, entertainment, and adventures that are absolutely purr-fect. 
 
Check out Astraliaworld.com to learn more about this special limited-time event, which also includes an exclusive virtual collection of Hello Kitty fashions created in collaboration with designer Jimmy Paul and Difuzed.



There was also a special "Lab Gab" show, the first time the live program has been on a day other then Wednesday, taking place yesterday on Monday November 4 at 10AM SL time. Here, Strawberry and Xiola Linden interviewed Astralia, whom has been in Second Life since 2011, taking interest in the virtual world as a family member was playing. She would take Xiola and Strawbery out of a tour of the place.

The Hello Kitty tribute has a village with a cart race, a maze and Ferris wheel, a store, and event area, and more It will be up until November15.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Astralia%20x%20Sanrio3/235/170/23

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, November 4, 2019

Veterans Tribute And Sci-Fi Expo Return



With Halloween over, attention turns to upcoming holidays. Among these is Veterans Day. And so the annual Second Life Veterans Tribute, the thirteenth one, has returned.

The Tribute itself is non-political and serves one purpose and one purpose only and that is to honor all the men and women that have given willing of their time to protect the lives we enjoy today. 

This wall consists of names submitted by those in Second Life to honor their loved ones from any branch of military service, in any country. Honoring those currently servinc, those who have served, and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country.

There will be at least one event at the Tribute, the SL Marine Corps Ball, on November 9, the day before the anniversary of the official founding of the Marine Corps.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Northern%20Lights/129/32/38


Also taking place is the Sci-Fi Expo. This sister event to the annual Sci-Fi Convention takes place every fall while the Con takes place in Spring or Summer. Taking place on the Solaris Station sim, the event raises funds for the Relay for Life, which does so in behalf of the American Cancer Society.

The kickoff for the Expo was on Saturday Nov 2. Further information can be found on the Sci-Fi Con website at https://scificonventionsl.wordpress.com/ .

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Solaris%20Station/107/79/38

Bixyl Shuftan

Addition:  I was told after writing this that the location of the Marine Corps Ball has been moved from the Tribute grounds to Veterans Isle.

Do You Have a Story?



With Halloween being just a few days ago, did you come across a particularly detailed and scary haunt? Went to a great event with lots of people in cool costumes? Or maybe you found yourself getting quite a big scare or some other Halloweenish situation that could come only in SL?

On occasion, Second Life Newser will print an article or picture submitted to us by one of you, the readers. We're very interested in what you the readers have to say. Send us a story or funny picture, and if we like it, we'll post it as a Reader Submitted. For pictures, jpg format is preferred.

Mail submissions to bixylshuftan(at)gmail.com.

PLEASE include your SL user name and tell us if you wish it to appear with your story.

SL-Newser reserves the right to post in the appropriate section, edit,  and to investigate any names used in submitted stories (please ask permission before using anyones name or picture or use an alias for them).

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Cartoon of the Day



Taken during the "Creepy Crawl" on Halloween

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, November 2, 2019

SL Video: "Zero 7 - Destiny"




(click here if the video fails to play)

From Fernando MF on Feb 2009, "Another Second Life video that I made. This time I chose the song Destiny performed by Zero 7. Starring me and Kao."

Friday, November 1, 2019

April Linden Explains Last Sunday's Outage


If you tried to get on Second Life on Sunday October 27th, then you may have been blocked by issues that persisted all afternoon. On Wednesday, April Linden, the Operations Manager of the Grid, posted in the Tools and Technology blog just what happened in "The Sunday That Was Not a Fun Day."

The trouble started back on Thursday. We had some pretty bad problems talking to key services (packet loss) on one of our Internet links. It didn’t impact everything, but the stuff it hit was pretty important. It started for a few hours on Thursday, but just magically went away on its own. It’s never good when a problem just magically fixes itself because it’s pretty likely it’s gonna happen again. 

The same thing happened again on Friday, but once again it went away on its own before we were able to debug what actually happened. 

We were nervous going into the weekend, and sure enough, it bit us again on Sunday. We started having more Internet communication problems, but this time, it didn’t just go away. 

Now that we had it in a bad state we started to troubleshoot and figured out really fast that it wasn’t our equipment. Our stuff was (and still is) working just fine, but we were getting intermittent errors and delays on traffic that was routed through one of our providers. We quickly opened a ticket with the network provider and started engaging with them. That’s never a fun thing to do because these are times when we’re waiting on hold on the phone with a vendor while Second Life isn’t running as well as it usually does. 

After several hours trying to troubleshoot with the vendor, we decided to swing a bigger hammer and adjust our Internet routing. It took a few attempts, but we finally got it, and we were able to route around the problematic network. We’re still trying to troubleshoot with the vendor, but Second Life is back to normal again.

April went on to say that the power outages affecting much of California had nothing to do with the outage, although one of the people working on the issue was, "One of our engineers was working in the dark in a house without power, with his laptop being powered by a long string of extension cords that ran to a generator outside."

We’re really sorry that this past Sunday wasn’t very fun. The weekend before Halloween is a really fun time to be Inworld, and it was a frustrating day all the way around. (I personally love the way our Residents really get into Halloween in a way that’s only possible in Second Life!) Knowing that it wasn't as awesome as it could have been makes me sad, and we’re working to make it better in the future. 

April requested that if anyone suspects an issue that may have been caused by the outage, please let the Support team know.

Source: BBC, Tools and Technology

Bixyl Shuftan

CDS Campaigning Begins Tomorrow


Earlier this month, there was a call in the Confederation of Democratic Simulators to local residents for candidates to run for office. Several answered for the Representative Assembly, or RA. But only one announced she was running for the Chancellorship.

The following citizens are standing for office in the coming elections:

One position as Chancellor : Emilia Dagostino (emilia.avindar)
With no other candidate declaring, Emilia Dagostino will be the Chancellor for the 32th term.

Standing for one of five positions on the Representative Assembly:

Cathy Sabre
Kyoko Furse-Barzane (samara.barzane)
Lyubov (20180414 Resident)
Richie Deschanel
Rosie Gray
Tanoujin Milestone


Campaigning can begin on Saturday Nov 2th.

The CDS Campaigning Act imposes limits on how candidates run for office. Campaigning starts two weeks before the end of the election, and ends when the polls close. Candidates are "expected to conduct campaigns in a civil and respectful manner." Griefing, spamming, defamation and libel are expressly forbidden. Candidates are encouraged to hold campaigning events. And there are several limited on campaign signs and where they can be placed.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Cartoon of the Day



From Club Cutlass. Yes, "Dracula Disco" is an actual song. 

By Bixyl Shuftan

Halloween Events Today


It's Halloween. In real life, besides "Trick or Treating," there are Halloween parties and other events for people to go to. In Second Life, one of the larger ones will be the "Creepy Crawl," organized by Linden Lab. This is a four hour event taking place from 10AM to 2PM or longer SL time, starting at Bay City's Hay Maze at North Channel (128/128/24). But for those who can't make it, or looking for more, there's many more parties.



For space fans, the  National Space Society is throwing it's "Spooky Space" Party

Celebrate Halloween with the National Space Society's Spooky Space playlist on the audio stream. Come dance or hang out and tell spooky space stories.  Spacesuits or SciFi costumes are encouraged but not required ... just please keep it PG-13.

The event is from 4 to 6PM SL time, and is at National Space Society (128/152/1261)


One friend of the Newser, Safra Nitely, is hosting a Halloween party at her Devon Dream sim. The event will be at the Heels n' Hoofs Club. The event starts at 1PM, with no ending time scheduled.

Devon Dream (208/44/3993) (A)


The Happy Vixen's Haunted Carn-Evil will be having three events over a six hour period. At 4PM is the main Halloween party, with DJ Jazzy providing the tunes. At 6PM is the "Scary" party with DJ Geerkil. At 8PM, "Horns and Hooves" takes place with DJ Snowbuns.

Purrfection Estates (236, 219, 24)  (A)


The Furry Fashion Lounge is holding two events over four hours. At 6PM is Halloween, at 8PM is "Fangs and Claws."

 Furry ( 98/33/4002) (A)


For those whom haven't had enough of Halloween, or want something a little different, there is one "Dia de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead) party planned, at the Confederation of Democratic Simulators.

Come one! Come all. You are invited to the CDS celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Friday, November 1 from 2-4pm slt. Calli is DJing for us. Dia de los Muertos in celebrated in Mexico and other Latin America countries. This year it is October 31-Nov. 2.

The party is on Friday, November 1, from 2PM to 4PM SL time

Neufreistadt (158/182/157)

Scenes From Second Life: "Gemma Explains Halloween"



Taken by Gemma Cleanslate at The Valley in Linden Realms. Gemma says she was explaining Halloween to the Moles and rocks. It looks though one rock is making things a bit heavy for one mole.



Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Announcement: Lacy Musketeer's Memorial Service This Saturday



After a few months following her passing, the inworld memorial service of Lacy Musketeer will finally be held. It will be this Saturday, November 2, at 2PM SL time.

Hi folks, we're finally ready to do the memorial for Lacy. It will be held at 2pm on the 2nd of Nov. We'll send out LMs a little while beforehand. If you have a group that she was involved in or who would like to show your support, please contact Oscelot Haalan to see about having yoaur group logo placed on a banner for the ceremony. We look forward to seeing you all there!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ontario/180/153/56

The event will be hosted by Lacy's SL sisters, Oscelot Haalan and Amehana Ishtari

Official "Creepy Crawl" Schedule


For the past several years, Linden Lab has organized a "Creepy Crawl" event, a Halloween-themed venue crawl, every October 31st. This year will be no exception. Yesterday, Tuesday October 29, the Lab posted the schedule on the official blog.

10:00 AM : Bay City's Halloween Hay Maze - North Channel (128/128/24)
10:30 AM : Dreadvill - Halloween at Cay's - Spice Cove (110/56/3008)
11:00 AM : Sanctuary at Rock - Serena Nightingale (39/76/1999)
11:30 AM : All Hallows - Moochie (170/200/23)
12:00 PM : Club End of Days - End of Days (233/245/503)
12:30 PM : Shenanigans Music Cafe - Ocean Of Orchids (81/64/25)
  1:00 PM : I Am A Rock- Au Paradis (176/60/21)
  1:30 PM : Ambrosia Dance Club - Ambrosia Dance Club (185/121/686)

The event is often crowed and the sims packed. So those having trouble TPing to the next venue in the crawl may want to head to the one after.

The End Of The Ice Cream At Luskwood



Since late August, the "Big Tree" at Luskwood had a dark dysutopian look, with toxic-looking water, grafitti, propaganda from a "Council" with leaflets proclaiming "rebellion" occasionally plastered on them, and a suspicious-looking ice-cream factory. There would be two more bulletins from the Council, one resembling L Ron Hubbard's Sea Organization advertisements, the other looking like Soviet propaganda.

On Saturday October 26 at 8PM SL time was a "Victory Day" party. As no one from the Newser was there, and there are no known pictures of the event, all that there is to go on what happened are the scenes of wreckage at the Big Tree, with clean water flowing this time, and eyewitness reports. There are multiple reports of a giant crab having wrecked the place, although one man claiming to be with the rebellion was saying he had a hand in the ice cream factory exploding, claiming that the substance was flammable. There was no sign of the crab, other than a much smaller one skittering around.

And the "Council?" Reports on what happened to them vary, from getting killed at the event to hospitalized. but it appears their rein over the oldest active community in Second Life is now over.

Note: There was no actual griefing. This was part of a plotline by the residents of Luskwood.

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Halloween Attractions at Caledon


It's Halloween week, and time for lots of scary fun across Second Life. Caledon is getting into the act not just with themed parties, but also some spooky games and other attractions one can enjoy. Yours truly went there to have a look at some, including a small amusement park.

Read the story in Design.

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


It's Halloween week, and here's what's being scared up at the Sunweaver, the Montecito Bay clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge

Cutlass: Halloween (3 hours), Disney, Pink and White

The Happy Vixen: Trick or Treat, Cartoons, Halloween, Scary, Horns and Hooves, Fall Colors, Wolves and Vampires, Wings, Sexy, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Montecito Bay: TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: CAYA, Halloween Ball, Horns, Hooves and Wings, Halloween, Fangs and Claws, Monster Mash (Hybrids), Black Parade (Gothic), Good vs Evil, Spooky Lewdness, Bats and Cats and Rats, Fantasy

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.  

Press Release: 2019 IDRAC Schedule



This year’s annual IDRAC conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2. It has the theme “We help each other, we help ourselves.”
Read about the conference here: https://virtualability.org/idrac-2019/

The conference is held in the Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability island.
The SLURL is http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/54/170/23

Here is the schedule.

NOTE All times are given as SLT or Second Life Time, which is the same as Pacific time in California. You should use a converter such as https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter-classic.html to confirm your local time.

FRIDAY
7 am SLT Mari Kimura (PCORI)
“The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Mission and Successes”
8:30 am SLT Arleen Ionescu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) and Anne-Marie Callus (University of Malta)
"Reading the Personal and the Social in Disability Studies and Trauma Studies"
10 am SLT Catalin Brylla (University of West London)
“Disability and Media Representation”
11:30 am SLT Frederic Fovet (Royal Roads University)
“UDL in Higher Ed: Shifting access from the remedial to the proactive”
1 pm SLT Nohemi Lugo, Maria Elena Melon, Maria Concepcion Castillo (Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico)
“The representation of autism in the narratives of fanfiction.net: Affinity spaces as an opportunity for the negotiation of meaning”

SATURDAY
6:30 am SLT panel “Hearing Our Voices” with Alyssa Hillary (blogger and advocate), Rob Castellanos (Syndio Health) and Kirk Munsch (Rare Patient Voice)
8 am SLT showing and discussion of the video “The Bench”
9 am SLT Fleur Heleen Boot (Radboud University Medical Centre, the Netherlands)
"Which factors influence access to assistive products for people with intellectual disabilities?"
10:30 am SLT Sunil Deepak (AIFO, Italy)
"Challenges and Opportunities in Community-based Rehabilitation and Emancipatory Disability Research"
Noon SLT Katherine Breward (University of Winnipeg)
"Disability Accommodation and Intersectional Identities: Evidence for Differential Requesting and Accommodation Rates"
1:30 pm SLT Lydia X. Z. Brown (advocate)
"The Autistic People of Color Fund: Building Networks of Mutual Aid by/for Negatively Racialized Autistic People"