Thursday, March 21, 2019

RFL Team Sunbeamer Has Three More "Bid Me" Fundraisers


Last Friday, the first two "Bid Me" events conducted by Team Sunbeamers had their totals finalized as their biding periods ended. Now three more have started running. They are Shockwave Yareach in "Bid Me Goat," Cynthia Farshore in "Bid Me Wolf," and Sunbeamer team captain Rita Mariner herself in "Bid Me What?"

We have 3 new BID MES up and running at CUTLASS.

1. SHOCKWAVE is offering himself up to go GOAT!

2. CYNTHIA: Is offering herself up to go WOLF!

3.. BOSS BUNNY: Is offering herself up to the last bidder (NO CHEAP BIDS COUNT), to choose any avatar I have in my inventory, and I will wear for the time bid. 

As before, the bids will be made in pairs of kiosks at Club Cutlass, one to keep the volunteer as is, the other.to give him or her a new look for a while. Provided the change kiosk wins, the volunteer has to spend a week in the look for every 3000 Lindens raised.

Talking to Rita about her Bid Me, she was saying she didn't want someone making a tiny bid of five Lindens at the end, saying a final bid of 500 Lindens would be sufficient. Apparently the only limit is that the avatar already be in her inventory. The Bid Me only affects her avatar. Anyone hoping for an "au naturel" bunnygirl will be disappointed to hear she'll keep on being well dressed for events.


The kiosks will remain open for bids until 8PM on March 29.

Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757).

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Love Made in Second Life - Episode 3: Meet Calisto and Talon"




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From Linden Lab's "Love Made in SL" series, "Age ain’t nothing but a number for Calisto and Talon Whitewolf, a U.S.-based couple that met about eight years ago in Second Life. While Calisto may be about a decade older than her long-time partner, but the virtual world proved to be the perfect platform to bridge the age gap and connect the two together in the physical world. The courtship began with an initial period of flirting and fun across multiple romantic 3D spaces in Second Life, including a memorable date on a replica of the Titanic!

“'We did the whole couples thing,' says Calisto who adds that over time the signs became more clear that the two were truly meant to be together. As a result, Talon ultimately moved from his home in Virginia to be with Calisto in Kentucky. This move is described by Calista as a 'natural progression…We were best friends and then the next thing I know - he’s here!'
 
"To learn more about Calisto and Talon’s story, watch the latest episode of “Love Made in SL” below. You can also learn more about dating in Second Life in this recent article on DatingNews.com, too."

To see the post in it's whole, Click Here.

Announcement: "Celebrating SL Women" at The Gallery Barzane



This coming Saturday, March 23, is the date for our 2nd annual Celebrating SL Women. Avalon Bouvier will DJ as we honor the following women who have made Second Life a better place through their contributions. This event features honorees from all walk of Second Life, representing women who bring amazing work and creativity to our shared worlds.  We hope to have Citizens, friends and fans to greet and honor our honorees, and to celebrate SL Women! Join us, and watch for updates!

2019 HONOREES
Gabrielle Riel
Callipygian Christiansen
Elizabeth Tinsley
Gentle Heron
Theresa Linden
Tish (laetizia)
Leondra Larsson
Delia Lake
Inara Pey
Imajika Wirefly

Please join us!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Colonia%20Nova/13/186/44

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Happy Vixen. While some planes such as ultralights work just fine with the same gas that goes in a car, others require fuel with higher octane and special additives.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: Subnautica Below Zero, Part Two


Last month, Rita Mariner wrote about the sequel to the popular aquatic survival game Subnautica, "Subnautica: Below Zero." Since then, the early-access game has continued to develop, and Rita's continued to play, noticing both the changes and the deeper sea levels that getting better equipment has allowed her to do. So she decided to write once again about the game.

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

Interviewing Jasmine Dawn And Nydia Tungsten About The Happy Vixen


The beach club of the community where the Newser office makes it's home has just gotten a new look. It's a shiny look that's gotten complements. But who's the person behind the build? Deaflegacy went out to interview the woman behind the renovation: Jasmine Dawn. She also had a few words with owner Nydia Tungsten.

Read Deaflegacy's interview in Places.

SL Video: "Second Life Destinations - The Blarney Stone"




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From Second Life Destinations on Friday March 15. The Blarney Stone is a pub located in the appropriately named Dublin sim at (81/81/25). While the biggest crowd is on St. Patrick's Day, it's open all year and has a few events a weel.

Also mentioned was St. Patrick's Town, and the month-long festival in London City.

Second Friends Social Network Closing Down


With Facebook having a less than friendly policy toward account users whom would prefer to use their online name rather than their legal real-life name, some Second Life users have sought alternatives. Among then was "Second Friends," created by musician Mankind Tracer (real-life name Seth Regan). But last week on March 14, Seth announced he was no longer keeping it running. It's Facebook group however would remain.


My Dear Second Friend,

I have decided after a bunch of years to close down Second Friends. I want to thank you personally for helping create our wonderful SL community on the SF social network.

If you would like to stay in touch with other members, please join the Second Friends group on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/groups/secondfriend/


Seth asked people to download any pictures or videos from the site that they wanted to keep before it went down.  He stated he may open another network in the future.

Be well my dear Second Friend. I hope to see you in Second Life where I plan on starting up my live shows again very soon. ... I sign out for the final time here on Second Friends.

Second Friends boasted about 3800 users.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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 Furry Fashion's Furscape

Club Cutlass: Best in "H", Working Stiffs, Toon Time

The Happy Vixen: Fairy Tales, Videogames, TBA, Raccoons and Wah, Cops and Robbers, TV and Movie Characters, Naughty, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: DJ JB, DJ Snowbuns, DJ Naughty Nydia, DJ JB

Montecito Bay: Under the Sea/Ocean Creatures, Monthly Plushie Night, National Goof-Off Day, After Dark, Ska

FF Furscape: CAYA, Wasteland, Cartoons, Nature, Wet n' Wild, Cute, Animes, Wings, Videogames, Equines

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

The Happy Vixen Gets A New Look



It's been almost three years since the Happy Vixen, the beach club of the Sunweavers/Angels community, was last redesigned. But in recent months, there have been some events in which the club's dance floor was quite a bit crowded. So club owner Nydia Tungsten got together with Jasmine Dawn, whom had done the last few renovations, as well as the Halloween builds. So last Friday and Saturday, Jasmine went to work. And on Sunday at 6PM, the club was ready for it's Sunday events.


Besides a larger dance floor, a glowly one that won't cause peoples' tails to look transparent, the club has a hot tub for relaxing in, seating for people, a dragon seating area, and more. There is still a little more work to do. Later on, the games that people played at the old Happy Vixen between events will be placed.

The two events that night were "Angels," made with Nydia's "Angels" group in mind, with DJ Snowbuns, and "Best in Green/St. Patricks Day" with DJ Squeaks. Valerie Casetti (llodea Resident) won the first event. For the St. Patrick's event,  MaliitCoyote Resident and Kragon Vlodovic split the 1500 Linden dollar prize.

The Happy Vixen has events most of the week, the schedule that can be viewed in SL Clubbin'.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Purrfection%20Estates/208/231/22

Bixyl Shuftan

Urban Furry Club Shuts Down.



There was some sad news late last week. On Friday March 15, the Urban Furry club had it's last events. It had been owned by Whiskey (Thorrin Resident), and was located in Mystic Timberland. The club had been running for over a year, and was a member of the Furry Club Alliance. Probably it's best event was the "Furry Prom" which was attended by over fifty people at one point.

Talking around, it seems the cause of the club's shutdown was real-life schedule changes with the owner and much of the rest of the staff that made running events harder, plus questions if they had the finances to keep it running long term. Thorin did say, "I'll be back. This isn't the end of me," and has plans for something new when things calm down in real life.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, March 18, 2019

Kitacelia and Raising Horses


Before automobiles, people got around either on foot or by horse. Even today when many people go weeks or months without seeing one, horses are still a big part of our culture such as engines measured in "horsepower," expressions such as "never look a gift horse in the mouth," and of course our stories such as cowboys always being near their horses. So it was probably inevitable people would bring horses to Second Life. Several years ago, breedable pet horses came about. And it became possible to raise them here. Deaflegacy, who owns a few horses, recently interviewed one horse breeder, Kitacelia. She had a few questions about raising horses here in the virtual world.

Read Deaflegacy's story in People.

Environmental Art Delivers a Sobering Message at Ecoscape


For most of its history, Mankind was at the mercy of the environment while having little impact on it. While Man could occasionally cause ecological damage, it was on a local level. But in the past century, it's become more obvious more powerful tools made possible by recent technologies in addition to more humans on the planet are having an impact on the global ecology. The question is, how much? Klaus Bereznyak recently went to InterstellART and saw EcoScape, an art exhibition with works from eight different artists about environmental issues. So what did the exhibits show?

Read Klaus' story in Design.

Preview of New Linden Homes at Home and Garden Expo.



The Home and Garden Expo, one of the larger events of the Relay for Life in Second Life, is taking place in several temporary sims south of American Cancer Society. But the one getting the most attention is the Linden Homes Preview sim as like the name suggests, people can check up on what the soon to be available set of Linden Homes look like.


 Not all of the Linden Homes will be on dry land. Some will be houseboats parked at docks.


According to Inara Pey and Daniel Voyager, what was assumed about the SSP continent is true. It will be the location of the new Linden homes. It's opening is described as "weeks" away. The plan is to rename it "Bellisseria" and place it between two other continents to form a larger mass of contiguous sims that one can walk/fly/drive from one end to another without the need for teleports.

As with the other Linden Homes, these are available only to Premium Residents, and obtaining them will be done via a webpage. As the new Linden Homes are occupied, the smaller landmasses where the older ones are will be dismantled once they're empty of residents.

To check out the new Linden Homes yourself, and the rest of the Expo, head to https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Linden%20Homes%20Preview/40/210/25

Sources: Daniel Voyager, Modem World

Bixyl Shuftan

RFL Team Sunbeamers "Bid Me" Results


Last month, Team Sunbeamers, the Relay for Life team for the Sunweaver community, started it's first two events: "Bid Me Human" and "Bid Me Goat," with yours truly Bixyl Shuftan and fellow vulpine Liska Fuchs as the volunteers. On Friday March 15 at 8PM, team captain Rita Mariner calculated the totals at Club Cutlass.

Results:
LISKA: Fox      2500L
             Deer  13,600L

 Liska goes Venison, I mean Deer for 5 Weeks,

 BIXYL: Fox:          2550L
              Human:  27,000L

 Bixyl goes Human for 5 weeks.                        

So it looks like Liska will be dealing with a few "buck stops here" jokes and yours truly will be furless, at least for a few weeks. Being a journalist however, I can switch back to my usual self when doing an interview, or something else related to the paper. But other times, I'm without the pointed ears and tail.

And yes, it's not the same human avatar after the first couple "Bid Me Human" events. I figured two rounds of "Blazing Saddles" jokes was enough, so went with an Asian avie instead.


In the meantime, the fundraising by Team Sunbeamers continues. There will soon be another round of "Bid Me" volunteers.  The team itself has climbed to almost 64,000 Lindens, passing the halfway mark to Gold. After that is Platinum, in which I appear as something special for a week. The first couple times, it was a look I hadn't gone about before. What will it be this time? You'll see.

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Sunweaver Easter Hunt 2019 - Dungeons and Dragon's Eggs



This Easter, from Mar14 through the week after Easter, the Sunweavers are holding their annual Easter egg hunt.  14 eggs wait for you to  find them.  Just wear the Easter basket you get from the chocolate bunny at the entrance, and touch the eggs as you find them.  Then they appear in the basket.  Simple, right?

oh yes -- simple.  Except this year they are DRAGON eggs, and are hidden in the catacombs of SunWaterTwo. 

But not to worry.  This years' egg hunt doesn't have traps and monsters. This years... next year, who knows.  But what good is a dungeon crawl without treasure? 

There are two prizes.  The first 3 people to find all 14 Easter eggs in the dungeons, win 1000L apeice.  And anyone finding all of them, gets a special prize with a steampunk flair that you can't buy in any store (yet.)

The eggs are cleverly hidden.  But they aren't unfindable.  But of course, there are some rules:

* the eggs will never be underwater
* the eggs will never be outside the dungeons
* the eggs will never be inside something -- you can see it without
opening anything.

Basically they will all be where you can see them just standing there, walking about the catacombs.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SunWaterTwo/87/176/50

Shockwave Yareach

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: Happy St. Patrick's Day



Taken at St. Patrick's Town. Part of St. Patrick's Day is the beer. Some love it. Some don't care too much for it as it's not the best tasting beverage and too much will leave you looking silly. But even if you don't mind looking funny, please stay away from the drivers seat if you've had a few.

Bixyl Shuftan

SLB Sims On The Map



Last Thursday was when Linden Lab gave it's first announcement about the Second Life Birthday celebrations, the SL16B, for this June. Taking a look at the map, it seems there's a number of sims labeled "SLB (number) Build." They're sixteen in number, one for each year the virtual world will have been officially open when The Birthday takes place. For now, the sims are inaccessible.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Second Life Birthday

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Luskwood Goes Medieval



Dropping by Luskwood yesterday, it looked like the place had turned into a Renaissance fair.


There were tends and pennants in Medieval design, stalls with food that looked like they could have come from a town of the era. And even a few whose outfits matched the theme.


How long the "Big Tree" will be "Going Medieval?" Time will tell.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lusk/218/167/62

Hat tip: Spooked Dreamscape

SL Video: "Jessica Rabbit Tribute 'Why Don't You Do Right' "




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From Nydia Tungsten, with the help of Jessicabelle Dayafter and others on March 10, "This tribute to Jessica Rabbit, it's creators and owners,and in no way are we making any money or infringing on copyrights. this was done for fun and our enjoyment."

Friday, March 15, 2019

SL16B Theme Announced



Yesterday on Thursday March 14, Linden Lab made it's first announcement about the upcoming Second Life Sixteenth Birthday event, or the SL16B as it's called for short. The theme of the anniversary celebration will be "Sweet Sixteen."

It feels like we just packed away all that crystal magic from our 15th anniversary celebration, but our sweet sixteen is just around the corner! This summer, we’re throwing a huge celebration to commemorate 16 years with this incredible community and we wanted to fill you in on just a few of the details.
 

Sixteen years ago, on June 23rd, 2003, Second Life launched to the public. Though it feels like just yesterday and a lifetime ago at the same time, this year we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go retro and embrace the “Sweet Sixteen” theme for our big party. Sock hops, bowling alleys, and late nights at the diner were a quintessential part of many teenagers lives back in the 1950s, but the 1950s were also a time of political and social change. The world was shocked by the iconic ‘Elvis pelvis,’ and poodle and pencil skirts changed the fashion world forever. Rebellion became the titillating pastime among all that soda shoppe sweetness. It was an era that - like Second Life - rocked and rolled! So, this summer we’re throwing a 1950s themed SL16B with a TON of fun events and happenings. ...

The Lab also stated as in previous recent Second Life Birthdays, there will be a Music Fest and a shopping event. Merchants wanting to take part are asked to fill out a form (link). There will also be a "Come As You Were" party and another "Swaginator" gift hunt "with some updates and changes based on feedback" from last year's.

The event is scheduled to run from June 20 to July 8.

Stay tuned for more information on what's sure to be one of the big events of the year inworld.

For more information, Click Here.

Announcement: Saint Patrick's Day at the Cav,? No, Pub!


Yup it's time to drink green beer and step dance again. This time Duchess Cynthia's party is NOT at the Goblin Cave but at Andrea's Irish Pub! Come on, Irish party in a cave? No way, only one way to do it right and it's in an Irish pub. Sunday 17th 6-8 PM SLT and be sure to thank Andrea for the use of her fine outstanding pub.

Her Grace Cynthia Farshore

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Oxbridge%20Village/58/170/27

SL Video: "Chariot Racing at ROMA - 20 Lap Main Event"




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From Kim Link on March 11. There are a number of races in Second Life, such as the Giant Snail Races, and the AGRA racetrack. At the Roma community, every week they have their chariot races. Unlike the other two mentioned however, the chariots (and horses) can suffer damage. Bump into the walls and other horses too much, you won't be finishing.

Something appropriate for the Ides of March.

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle - "Lab Experiments in SL"


"Lab Experiments in SL - Design and Effectiveness of Laboratory Experiments in the Virtual World of Second Life”

March 16 at 10AM SL Time
By Kurt Winkleman

In order to explore the feasibility, challenges, and benefits of replacing real world chemistry lab experiments with a virtual experience, students at a large public university performed experiments in both the real world (RW) and Second Life (SL). Students in either the control group or SL group performed analogous RW and SL versions of two experiments by working in pairs and using the same laboratory manual. The SL group and control group were evaluated the same way as well. Results demonstrate that students learned just as much from the virtual experiments as they do in a real world laboratory based on pre-/post-experiment quizzes and lab report grades. A hands-on lab practicum showed that both groups learned kinesthetic skills to the same extent overall but there were subtle differences in individual skills that each group mastered. Students in the SL group report that the virtual experiments are fun and less stressful than the real world experiments. Teaching assistants provided a useful perspective about implementation and ideas for future virtual lab development plans.

These results are relevant to chemical education in a variety of ways. For on-campus courses, activities in virtual worlds can provide a means to address shortages in budgets and laboratory space. Existing online chemistry courses often lack a high-quality laboratory experience. Virtual worlds enable students to conduct interesting, realistic experiments which may be impractical to perform in a real world setting. Students can work independently or with lab partners, under the supervision of an instructor or autonomously.

For more information, Click Here

The Science Circle (61/127/32)

Thursday, March 14, 2019

FaceBook Hit With 14 Hour Outage


If you tried to get on Facebook yesterday but couldn't, you were far from alone. On Wednesday March 13, the social network was hit with an outage that made it not accessible to most of it's users. The disruption lasted for about fourteen hours, it's worst in over a decade.

Facebook announced the outage through another social network: Twitter, "We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible." The cause of the trouble has not been officially announced, though Facebook denied it was a Distributed Denial of Service attack. One NBC reporter stated the problem came from "overloaded" databases.

The problem was worldwide, and numbers in Europe and Asia are reportedly still having trouble.  Instagram and WhatsApp, which are owned by Facebook, were also down.

Reactions from people varied from people complaining they couldn't message to friends, to people poking fun at themselves that they had no idea what to do, to some wondering if this was a reminder about how many have become dependent on social networks. The last time Facebook was down for this long was in 2008 when it had 150 million users. Today, over two billion use it.

Sources: BBC, NBC, Twitter

Bixyl Shuftan

A Look At The Chibi Noodle Dragon Avatar


If you've been seeing some small and cute Asian-style dragons going about the Grid, you're far from alone. There's a new avatar that's been all the rage in some places: the Chibi Noodle Dragon. Available in the Gacha Guild Spring in Dew Drop, this avie has proven just too irresistible to many. Bixyl Shuftan went to see what the fuss was about.

Read more in Design.

Happy "Pie Day"



It's March 14, which can also be written 3/14 or 3.14, the latter which is also known as "pi." So Happy "Pie Day" everyone.

Picture from Eternal Desires.

Crew Meeting



Last Saturday March 9, the Newser crew held it's monthly meeting. Attending were Klaus Bereznyak, Nydia Tungsten, Gemma Cleanslate, Deaflegacy, and Bixyl Shuftan (myself). Deaflegacy's partner Six String was also there.


Besides the talk about what to write about in the coming month, there was a little time for fun with some pizza from Gemma. At one point, she was showing off a few avatars, including a tiny hedgehog that could do somersaults in the air.

Guess one could call it "living life on the hedge."

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: When You Feel Like A ...



Taken at the Roma area

By Bixyl Shuftan

St. Patrick's Town


This upcoming Sunday, it'll be "th' day o th' wearin' o' th' green" : St. Patricks Day. For those who can't wait to have a little fun on the day everyone is a little bit Irish, or you want to grab a few outfits and other things to get ready for when it is, one place to go is St. Patrick's Town. Set in Laura Liberty's Townies sim, Gemma Cleanslate recently gave the place a look. While some of the sim is for shopping areas to buy things, there's fun to be had for free from Celtic music to dancing, beer-themed dunking booths, and a gold mine mining cart game.

Read Gemma's story in Places.

Yinglet Avatar Release Party in Montecito Bay's Avagora, Saturday 6PM



Some good news for the fans of the "Out of Placers" online comic by Valsalia. The Yinglets, the nonhumans in the story that the main character ends up becoming very familiar with, are about to have an avatar in Second Life based on them.

Yinglets are bento rigged.
They have male and female chests.
Two colors included, bento rigged mesh with bento rigged jaws, ears, tails, fingers. This avatar is a Yinglet through and through.
900L for the avatar.
Working staff get it free, staff are welcome to preorder.
Devkit: dummy rig files and UV/PSDs. (if he finishes it in time, it will be offered early to skin creators, I need to know who all is interested,)

The release party is at the Avagora mall high over Montecito Bay. The event is from 6 to 8 PM SL time. There will be a raffle with one winner

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Montecito%20Bay/53/130/703

Press Release: Bid Me Bald All Aboard Challenge



The Relay Rockers, In Celebration of our, and RFL of SL’s 15th Anniversary, challenge all teams to join us in a Bid Me Bald Team Event, The Bid Me Bald - All Aboard Challenge.

From April 5 thru April 14th the  Rockers will place Kiosks in Arinultra Cay for each team that joins. At 3pm April 14th the Kiosks will be totaled and the Challenge Winner will Shave the Head of the lowest total team.

                                           *This is NOT a Relay Rockers Fund Raiser*
                                      
                                           ? ? ? ? ? ? For More Info Contact ? ? ? ? ? ?
    
Polaris Grayson, Yasamine Grayson, Trader Whiplash
                                          
                                            ? ? ? ? ? ? How It Works ? ? ? ? ? ?

1) Your team kiosk will be placed out by one of the Relay Rockers at the Bid Me Bald Barbershop.

2) The kiosk will be available for donations starting April 5. 

3) Donations will not be accepted after 3pm slt April 14

4) Totals of All Kiosks will determine the Days : 1 Day Bald for All team members  for each L$10,000

5) Only the official Kiosk, placed by the Relay Rockers will be used to determine winners and Total days bald.

6) Official Kiosks will be configured for each individual team and count toward their team totals.

7) Team Kiosks that fail to raise at least L$1000 will be removed before the final accounting, and will not be    considered for Haircuts

8) On April 14 at 3pm slt, Final Totals will be calculated and the top fundraising team will cut the hair of the lowest fundraising team!

                                           ? ? ?  ? ? ?   FAQ  ? ? ? ? ? ?

? Do I need to Rez a Kiosk?
No Need, We've Got You Covered!   The Rockers Will Rez a Kiosk configured for YOUR TEAM at the Barber Shop on the Boardwalk at Arinultra Cay

? Does My Team Get the Donations?
ABSOLUTELY.   Each team that enters will have kiosk rezzed and configured for YOUR TEAM

? Can I fund raise online for this event?
Sorry.  This is a Kiosk Based Challenge. While the Rockers strongly urge every team to fundraise online we  can not determine what online donations are dedicated to the event.

? Can I rez a kiosk at my own venue for this event?
NOPE   The totals in the "OFFICIAL BID ME BALD KIOSKS" At Arinultra Cay are the ONLY Totals that count!

? Can I fund raise before April 5th?
No! Only donations in the OFFICIAL BID ME BALD KIOSKS received between April 5th and April 14th count!

? Should I advertise?
Of course!  The Rockers will post on SL Events, will request a Message of the Day and (on April 4th) provide signs with landmarks SL Map link to help get your donors to your kiosk, but any and all promotion is welcomed!


                                   ? ? ? ? ? ? Tips and Best Practices ? ? ? ? ? ?

? Set a team goal to raise for the event.  If you surpass that goal, set a new one that is higher

? From now until April 4th, we strongly encourage you to reach out to your family, friends, acquaintances, groups in Second

Life and ask them to help your team reach its Bid Me Bald Team Goal by donating to your team's kiosk at the Bid Me Bald Barbershop. When Bidding opens April 5th send them all the Landmark to your kiosk and ASK Again.

? Advertise on Social Media to reach a broader base. You will be surprised who will donate.

? During the dates of April 5 - 14, periodically check ALL the Team Bid Me Bald Kiosks.  Are you in last place?  Now is a good time to step up your fundraising push.

?  Remember.. YOU ARE A FUNDRAISER.... we are not asking you to donate (you can if you like of course).       Ask ... Ask.. Ask... everyone you know and even those you don't to help you reach your goal.

? On April 14 at 3pm SLT, please have your team at the Barbershop for the final total count and see what team will have their hair cut!    The top fundraising team will cut the hair of the lowest fundraising team!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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 Furry Fashion's Furscape

Club Cutlass: Best in "G",  Hard Days Night, St. Patricks Day

The Happy Vixen: Dragons, Cats and Dogs, TBA (Naughty Nydia), Toga Party, Chibi Dragons and Tinies, Angels, Best in Green/St. Patricks, TBA (DJ Khyra)

Club Zero Gravity: DJ JB, DJ Snowbuns, DJ JB

Montecito Bay: Weird Avatars, Expeditions, Beach Party, Yinglet Avatar Release Party, Celtic

FF Furscape: CAYA, Movies, 80s, Rainbow, Ides of March, Bits and Butts, Genderbend, Green, 70s, Spring


Is The Lab Rethinking Sansar As a World?



Although Linden Lab has had high hopes for Sansar, it's been something of a hard sell. Despite moves such as trying to attract comedy acts, and making it accessible from Steam, it's usage numbers remain small. While the Lab isn't giving up on it, they are still wondering what could be holding the place back. When Inara Pey wrote about a recent Sansar development meeting, Chief Product Officer Landon McDown seemed to wonder if emphasizing the Next Generation grid as a number of separate experiences rather than a single world was part of the reason it hasn't caught on.

We asked ourselves what was really missing from Sansar and what we wanted to add to it, and one of the things that kept coming up consistently is that one of the magical things in Second Life is it feels like a world. It feels like place. And when we designed Sansar, we didn’t really implement that; it was a design decision where we wanted the individual worlds to stand alone, and be disconnected and independent … [Now] we feel that lack of place, that unification across all the experiences, is something that we’re personally missing and something we want to add into Sansar.

McDown stated in the sound clip, "We have a couple of initiatives to help achieve that." So how soon will one be able to travel between the sims of Sansar like those of Second Life and will it help increase numbers? Time will tell.

Source: Inarn Pey
Image Credit: Ampel

Bixyl Shuftan

RFL Announcement: Relaystock 2019 - Multiteam Event - Signup Now Open



6th Annual RelayStock 2019

Its Three Days of Peace, Love, Mud and Hope!!

A Multi Team Event Sponsored by the Relay Rockers

Reserve YOUR TEAM'S SITE NOW!

RelayStock sim is being  transformed into a 1969 NY State of Mind Farm for this year's
Biggest Rock Festival in support of Relay For Life of Second Life!

*APPLY NOW FOR STAGE TIMES*
DJ Performances All Day - Hosted by YOUR RFL Teams!

Tents and VW Buses waiting to be claimed by teams for Kiosks & Vendors! We provide Tie Dyed Tents or 60's VW Vans, you provide decorations, RFL Vendors, and fun!

The Relay Rockers invite all teams to participate. 
60 Team "Sites"  ~ 200 Prim Tents and  VW 'Hippie" Vans Available

Reserve your spot now!   Copy & Paste this URL in your browser    https://relayrockers.org/relaystock

Set Up Times
May 15  Wed 3pm - 8pm slt
May 16 Thur  9am - 8pm slt
May 17 Friday 9am - 12pm slt

RelayStock Opens to the public and stage times
Friday May 17 1pm - 9pm slt
Saturday  7am - 9pm slt
Sunday 7am - 9pm slt

CRFB TOP DJ FINALS - will be held at RelayStock again this year! Exciting time!

For More Information, Contact Nuala Marcus or Trader Whiplash

** All items sold must be PG and in Relay Vendors...no other vendors permitted.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW   https://relayrockers.org/relaystock

Monday, March 11, 2019

Second Life Fraternity and Sorority Taking Photos For Kidney Disease Awareness


Beginning last week, I began hearing notices about a campaign going on, one to raise awareness, and a little cash. They were from a Cobalt Niles-Jones Hoffman.

Cobalt Niles-Jones Hoffman I have loved ones, a friend, and two co-workers diagnosed and living with Chronic Kidney Disease. I have witness wonderful people with delicate lives having to change priorities, and direction because they developed CKD. The very things we take for granted: living day-to-day care free, and unconcerned about our health, are the very thing hemodialysis patients must cling to and never lose grip. Daily treatments, medication and medical monitoring, the increased risk of infections, maintaining and caring for their arteriovenous fistula’s or other access points, and much more… Learning that you have developed kidney disease can be a very dramatic experience that can affect one’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. As a result of my personal relationships with someone having CKD, I’ve yearned to educate myself in order to better Understand, Fully Support, and Help Prevent Kidney Disease. I ASK THAT YOU PLEASE JOIN ME! “…TELL YOUR STORY…” MARCH IS “NATIONAL KIDNEY MONTH” & THURSDAY, MARCH 14TH, 2019 is “WORLD KIDNEY DAY”

I messaged Coltbalt to ask about it. Colbat answered, "It's a Facebook Photo Drive. ....   this is a very real disease that affect our loved ones, our friends, and of all ages.  Tonight a lady share her story with us of how she was diagnosed with CKD at 8 yrs old. She had had two kidney transplants. March Is National Kidney Month, and we will be running this Photo Campaign all month bring about the awareness to Chronic Kidney Disease. ... This campaign is dear to my heart. We want everyone involved and everyone listening. But most of all we want those with kidney disease to know that 'THEY ARE NOT ALONE'."

I would later drop in the sim where he was. He was with Gregorian Lytton whom was also with his SL fraternity, Mu Sigma Nu. As the Greek letter Sigma resembles the letter "E," the badge on their belts looked like the initials were M-E-N. When chatted for a bit, and I posed for a picture, which was placed among others on their Facebook page (located here). In the corner of the pictures are links to the American Kidney Fund website at http://www.kidneyfund.org/ .

A week later, the photo drive is still going on and still raising awareness.

Bixyl Shuftan

Linden Lab "Introducing Second Life Destinations : A New Travelogue Video Series"


On March 6, Linden Lab launched "a new weekly video travelogue series" that it calls "Second Life Destinations." The purpose of the series is to put the spotlight on "some of the incredible experiences and events created by Residents within the virtual world of Second Life." The Lab says there will be one location a week mentioned.

In this series, we’ll highlight different places focusing in on the beauty and imaginative possibilities in no more than 60-90 seconds so that you can get a quick peek at the creations and communities inside each virtual space. At times we may even speak to creators of theses spaces so they can shed some light on what inspired them. Look for each new episode on our blog and social media channels, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter
 

This week, we explore Bay City’s popular self-proclaimed “beatnik hang-out space” The Pen. Here you can grab an espresso and join the community for conversation, book readings and good times! The venue also hosts “Espresso Yourself,” an open mic night held on the first Tuesday of the month from 6-8 p.m. (Pacific).



The video of the location was taken at Marianne Mccann's recent 13th rezzday party. Grace  Dunnough was the singer featured. One can head to The Pen at Bay City - Mashpee (76/48/25), and the venue has it's own website at https://thepensl.wordpress.com/ .

SL Video: "Second Life VS VRChat - What Are The Differences?"




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From Luca on Feb 17, "A video infographics showcasing the differences between Second Life and VRChat, for those of you who might be wondering what the differences are!" VR Chat does have a *few* advantages a user of Second Life might find appealing, notably less lag. But the older virtual world remains much more versatile.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Happy Vixen. The "frog prince/princess" is something of a cliche of fairy tales. Who wants to kiss something that's a bit slimy? As it turns out, there are frogs whose skin secretions are capable of knocking you out or even doing you in. That would make for an even more difficult curse to break, or perhaps an opportunity for a con artist.

By Bixyl Shuftan

RFL Announcement: "#77SECONDS - The Five Days of Relay"




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"Join Trager and MamaP as they report on The 5 Days of Relay... 40+ MC's coming together to fight cancer... the biggest MC rally ever to be held in June to show the entire grid the strength, the heart and the solidarity of The MC community in Second Life..."

Saturday, March 9, 2019

"Livin' Large" at Club Cutlass



 At Club Cutlass last Saturday, things got a bit on the giant side as DJ Geerkil, whom is in his dragon avatar almost all the time, was joined by a few of his wyrm friends. Plus Becky Shamen switched to a Colossus avatar.


I didn't hear any "Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman" jokes. Though as she was wearing shorts, none of the guys got a chance to upskirt her.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Maroon5 ft. SZA - What Lovers Do"




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From Chrristtine Miller on Dec 2017, "Lovely dance with bento animations! So cool!"

Friday, March 8, 2019

RFL Team Sunbeamers Reach Silver



The Relay for Life's team of the Sunweaver community has gone up a notch. On Wednesday night, the total amount of Lindens raised for the Sunbeamers reached 50,000, or Silver rank, followed by an announcement. 

Beamers:  We are now SILVER level and both Bixyl and Liska are now tagged with going 4 weeks each, on their BID MEs.  Bwahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As Team Captain Rita Mariner hinted at, much of the money came from donations to the "Bid Me Human" and "Bid Me Deer" fundraisers. The team total has continued to grow, as of the writing of this article, almost 53,000 Lindens. A number of other teams have also reached Bronze and Silver ranks.

So what happens after March 15 for the two volunteers? Time will tell.

More News In Brief


There's a lot going on, but only so much time to write about it. Here's a few things that have been going on.

A Second Life fraternity, Mu Sigma Nu, has been working with an inworld sorority Zeta Nu Chi on a "Facebook Photo Drive" to raise awareness for kidney disease (their page here).

Skywind Kitsune (Gravity Wright) of United Furry Outpost showed me an inworld racing game called AGRA (Anti-Gravity Racing Association) that's been around, and updated for some years. Until the article, you can check it out at Topaz Oasis (104/218/2005).

The Gacha Guild Spring is going on. Among the items there is a small and cute feral avatar known as the Chibi Dragon Noodle which has been quite popular. Dew Drop (112/116/1738). Another recommended to me were the "Curious Critters" avatars by XuXu (Xulael Resident).

With anti-vaxxer misinformation being enough of a problem to help cause a resurgence in measles, Youtube has recently started to remove ad placements on videos that discourage people to get vaccinated or vaccinate their children, saying they fall under it's policy of not making videos with "dangerous and harmful" material monetized, or having ads placed with money going to the producer (link). One computer game, Plague Inc., is getting an anti-vaxxer scenarito thanks to an online petition (link).

Youtube has also been in the news for disabling comments on most videos that feature children due to increasing concerns about pedophiles (link).

Last month, in the video game Fortnite, a virtual DJ named :Marshmello played to a virtual audience of about ten million. While some such as Rolling Stone Magazine (link) and BBC (link) mentioned Second Life when reporting on it, some called it "the first ever live performance in a video game." 

Announcement: Library Costume Contest - "Past Sins"


It's not Halloween but we don't need that to dress up. Today (March 7) starts Past Sins for our story. For the duration we will keep track of who shows up as their favorite character of the story the most nights attended! Winner will receive 1500L, generously ponied up by Illya Leonov. You have to be in the library so you can be seen though.

Does not have to be the same character every time.
Can use imagination on the OCs that no one has descriptions for and name yourself one.
There are a lot of characters in the "Past Sins" story, including monsters.
The main goal is to have fun.

 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Trotsdale/22/156/25

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle : Archival and Digital Legacy, Preserving Your Digital Work


"Archival and Digital Legacy, Preserving Your Digital Work"

March 9 at 10AM PST

by Budd Turner

Background:
  • When a person dies, their digital footprint persists.
  • Digital providers assume ownership of Intellectual property (IP) created on their servers.
  • Family and workgroup attempts to archive or maintain deceased works are blocked.
Approach:
  • We worked within system permissions shared by the creator.
  • We tested possible workarounds
  • We contacted providers for account/work access
Findings:
  • Limited Copy, Move, possible
  • Edit (update), Delete, not possible, without creator account access.
  • Providers reluctant to discuss or allow access to deceased work,(IP).
Conclusion:
  • Advance planning needed for adding Trusted Friends and/or family member access to digital accounts in Trusts and/or Wills
  • Everyone needs to learn provider policies and legal requirements for establishing a “Legacy” path of transfer of ownership.
  • Passing your digital footprint when you can no longer login

For more information, Click Here

The Science Circle (61/127/32)