Tuesday, January 22, 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 'A,' Flying Away, Formal Dance

The Happy Vixen: Heroes and Villains, Back to School, Lions and Tigers and Bears, Best in Green, Sci-Fi, Hospital Hilarity, Pajama Party, Arabian Nights, Lingerie, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

 Montecito Bay:Taco Tuesday, Musical Expedition, Lem n' Em Show, Opposite Day, After Dark, Monochrome

FF Furscape: CAYA, Sci-fi, Neons, Japan, Pastels, Cybergoth, Horror, Country, Rock n' Roll

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

Reader Submitted: The Dragon Crew at Club Cutlass

Picture submitted by Cynthia Farshore and Shockwave Yareach. On Saturday January 19, the Epic Failure Show, sometimes called the Dragon Crew, took it's act to Club Cutlass. DJ Geerkil, the purplish dragon on the left, is usually the largest avatar when he plays music. But some of his big fans showed up, and they were big in stature as well, making him look a bit small in comparison. "Wow. You don't often see so many dragons," one of the people below commented. When someone wondered if the ceiling might buckle, Shockwave, who was around, responded with a grin, "Not MY roof." He explained when he and Cynthia were building the club, he was in charge of the roof, so he assured everyone it could accommodate the draconian passengers easily.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Arcadia Asylum Living Library

Longtime readers will likely remember Yadni’s Junkyard, which for over a decade was a place for newcomers and even established residents to get free stuff, and Arcadia Asylum, whom made a number of items for residents to get for free. You can find the works of Yadni, Arcadia, and others at the Arcadia Asylum Living Library. Made by Prof. Grey (BrianL61 Landar), it is his aim to "preserve the works of SL's Great Creators and Collectors" for residents to continue to be able to get and use them. Gemma Cleanslate dropped by the place to have a look around.

Read Gemma's story in Design.

How Second Life Makes Life Better For A Disabled Person

Life, virtual and otherwise, is hard enough when you're fully abled. But when you're disabled, it gets tougher. Deaflegacy, as her name suggests, has been deaf since birth, able to hear only with hearing aids. So how does she feel virtual life is for a disabled resident? When one knows how, it can make life in general better.

Read Deaflegacy's story in People.

Farshore Radio Now Has A Country Music Station

Cynthia Farshore is known for her Farshore Radio station (24/7 Internet music stream), which delivers a great mix of classic rock hits and more recent tunes. But this is not all she has to offer. Late on Sunday night, she announced the opening of a new station: Farshore Country.

Farshore Radio Has a New Stream

The Goat you got is happy to announce that Farshore Radio-The Goat has added a new stream! Farshore Country -  with your favorite country stars from Hank Williams to Garth Brooks.
 The Goat, Farshore Country where you feel right at home.

Farshore Radio's main station is continuing to play it's classic rock at . Cynthia also has a Steampunk-themed music station at

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: Why is Earth Feeling Ill

Taken at the Happy Vixen, with Lia in another of her avatars. So if Earth could think and feel like a person, what would make it feel sick? While some might think of the theory of Climate Change, other things come to mind.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Friday, January 18, 2019

Wisdomseeker and Whole Brain Health

When it comes to matters of health, people frequently talk about their heart, joints, and digestive system. But what about the brain? As the brain is where the mind and soul are, what goes on there affects us more than other parts of the body. There is a place in Second Live devoted to the health of the brain: Whole Brain Health. Located at Inspiration Island, it is aimed at a "multi-faceted approach to brain fitness. ... it takes place in a 3-dimensional environment allows a level of engagement that is unique to online brain-training programs." I recently had a chat with group leader Wisdomseeker (Lissena Resident) about them.

Read the story in People.

Merchant's Sales Canceled, Lindens Taken, by Linden Lab

Longtime readers may remember "M and M Creations," run by Marcthur Goosson. For years, he has been making quality items for sale, such as his cottages. But he recently came to the Newser after an incident that concerned the sale of some of his cottages.

Besides his inworld store at the Isle of Paradise, M and M also has a Marketplace page. Sales there were routine until December 30 when Marcthur discovered the Lindens had taken away 11,000 Linden dollars from his account, "without any warning or explanation." A few days later on January 4, he found 31,000 Linden dollars were gone. So he asked Linden Lab what was going on. They gave the following answer

Thank you for contacting support. We'll be happy to explain! We discovered the Marketplace purchase on your store was done with Lindens acquired from another source. The transaction was cancelled and the Lindens that were used were subsequently removed. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Let us know if you need any further assistance!

Marcthur messaged them again for more details, and his money back. He was given this answer.

Unfortunately we are not privy to the specifics on which Marketplace purchase was actioned against, you do have our apologies! Our Accounts Review team discovered the issue and made a determination which resulted in the removal of the Lindens spent. For security purposes we cannot reveal the source of the Lindens or who spent the Lindens through your store.

Exactly what Linden Lab meant by "acquired from another source" they never stated. Marcthur wondered if it might be "fraud or stolen Linden dollars." But with the Lab not saying more, he could only turn to the Newser. Of the items involved in the canceled transactions, "I do not know cause they do not tell me. But given the amounts ans transactions in my overview it must be mainly cottages. So my cottages are in the wild now, and who-knows-what other items (I mainly sell full-permissions only). ... I am still in conversation with Linden Lab so they might compensate me or tell me more (or give me the LL finger)."

So far, Marcthur has yet to tell me of any additional information Linden Lab might have given him, or any of the lost 42,000 Linden dollars. If anyone knows of any similar incidents, please contact the Newser about it. In the meantime, M and M Creations remains open for business.


Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Party

What:    Celebrate a Total Lunar Eclipse with National Space Society in Second Life!

When:    Sunday, January 20 2019 at 19:33 - 22:50 SLT (Eclipse Sequence).

Where:    National Space Society "Tranquillity Base" ON THE MOON! (Landmark attached)

Why:    The only total lunar eclipse in 2019, visible in Western Hemisphere and western Spain, Portugal, Brittany, British Isles and Scandinavia. A rare conjunction of events:

Super Moon: Full Moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, so larger, and Earth's shadow is bigger, so the eclipse lasts longer (over one hour) (and may be extra dark);

Blood Moon: Sunlight refracts through Earth's atmosphere, making a ring of red light like sunrise-sunset around the planet.

The Moon appears bathed in a dim red light. See what this looks like on the surface of the Moon at NSS' Tranquillity Base;Wolf Moon: American Indians called the January Full Moon the "Wolf Moon" after wolves singing to its brightness over the long winter night (and on the hunt).

Period of Totality: 20:41 - 21:43 SLT.

Dance to our "Space Filk and More" music and socialize with space colonists. Everyone Welcome!

Come early -- stay late!

More Info:

-- Hosted by the NSS in Second Life Team and Friends of NSS.

Tranquillity Base:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/National%20Space%20Society/50/100/3675 .

Prng Flagstaff, NSSinSL Planetologist

Thursday, January 17, 2019

SSP Region Update

Tyche Shepherd's first Grid Status Report of 2019 on January 6 had some things of note, such as an increase of 11 sims that week, seven private and four Linden-owned. But these four had the letters "SSP" as part of the title,ssp65X, SSP66X, SSP67X, and SSP92X, and along with nearby SSP2 QA are apparently part of Linden Lab's
mystery SSP region, which is just to the south. With these new sims, the total is now slightly larger, now 389 sims in total size, though almost all the sims are part of the main mass which has been around since August.

Since the Newser's last update on the area a few months ago, the amount of change has been more gradual. But some of the sims have slowly taken on more detailed looks. Many of them from above resemble streets and homes, which could be a sign the area will be a new area of Linden homes. While this has been suggested, the exact purpose for the region has never been officially confirmed.

In a Town Hall meeting, one Linden stated SSP stood for "Super Secret Project."

Hat Tip: Daniel Voyager

Source: Virtualverse

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: American Cancer Society Day in Second Life


This January 27 2019 is American Cancer Society in Second Life Day.

Since 2004 the American Cancer Society has been part of Second Life. Most Second Life residents know The Relay For Life of Second Life, established in 2005. It is one the largest Relay fundraiser events in the world and has raised nearly $L1 Billion.  Residents may also know about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or the 'mega-event' fundraisers Fantasy Faire, SL Christmas Expo, SciFi Convention and the Home and Garden Expo.

Just as in the physical world the American Cancer Society is more that its fundraising events.  Since 1913 the American Cancer Society has lead the global fight against cancer.  In addition to funding ground breaking research the Society offers more programs for Survivors and Caregivers than any other organization, continues to fight for equitable cancer and health care and education and provides support in the fight against cancer on a global scale.

Since 2008 the American Cancer Society has had a 'local office' right here in Second Life.  American Cancer Society is a full region available to any Second Life resident who wants to know more about our programs and fundraising events. 

American Cancer Society day is an Open House to re-introduce the Society and our virtual home to Second Life residents. Visitors can:

~Learn about Hope Haven, the home of the ACS Cancer Survivors and Caregivers support groups;
~Learn more about real world programs that can assist cancer survivors and patients
~Find out more about the 2018 Global Outreach program that saw more than $70,000 (USD) raised in Second Life to support cancer patients in Kenya
~Learn how to get information about cancer and survivor support by speaking to a Cancer Information Specialist without logging out of SL
~Meet with Relay and Strides participants and learn how to take part in Second Life's largest fundraising events
~Visit the Resource Center and Catt Gable Memorial Gardens

General Information Sessions and Break outs are Scheduled for 6am to 8am; 10am to 12noon; 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm
Entertainment will Included:
12noon Austin Moores
1pm Maximilion Kleene
4pm T1Radio's Relay Rap Talk  Show
5pm Keeba Tammas and the Tiny Maniacs

Join your fellow residents and ACS Volunteers for American Cancer Society Day, Sunday Jan 27

A schedule of information sessions and times can be found here

About the American Cancer Society:

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.  Together with our global partners and millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society carries out its mission to Save Lives, Celebrate Lives, and Lead the Fight for a World Without Cancer. 

For More Information: www.cancer.org

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: Pony on the Internet

Taken at Cape Heron. So what would a pony browse online for? A few things come to mind, as do what might result from "autocorrect" blunders.

By Bixyl Shuftan (and Deaflegacy)

Sebastien Bouevier and Survivors of Suicide

Last month the Survivors of Suicide had their Christmas Fair. Having been around in Second Life for ten years, it is the largest and most recognized depression support group inworld. Deaflegacy recently interviewed the head of the group, Sebastien Bouevier. He had a few things to say about Survivors of Suicide, which has recently moved to a new location.

Read the interview in People.

Viewer Developer's Remarks on Resource-Intensive Avatars Sparks Debate

If there's a universal complaint among the residents of Second Life, it's the lag. The slowness in our viewers rendering images of objects and avatars. Except perhaps for those with the most top of the line computers, everyone gets it. But what opinions differ on is what causes it. Over time, people have pinned blame on things from blingy jewelry to breedables to poorly made objects. But last month in New World Notes, an interview with the creator of the Black Dragon Viewer suggested that some of the more popular mesh avatars were actually particularly bad causes, being so resource intensive, they would slow everyone around them. This caused quite a bit of debate about solutions.

Read more in Extra (note, links to NSFW images).

Tuesday, January 15, 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: Lost 60s, Mad Science, Best in Blue

The Happy Vixen: Monsters, Secret Agent Man, Mice and Mares, Pirates, Silks, Foxes, Pokemon, Skunks, Pasties and Things, Rave

Club Zero Gravity: DJ JB, DJ Sexi Lexi, Poker After Dark, Poker Tournament, Freeform DJ/Poker Tournament, DJ Snowbuns, Freeform DJ/Poker Tournament, Poker After Dark, DJ JB, DJ Sexi Lexi, DJ Applebloom

 Montecito Bay:Taco Tuesday, Scalies, Lem n' Em Show, Hobboes, After Dark, Rainbow

FF Furscape: CAYA, Wasteland, 80s, Canines, Pastels, Bits and Butts, Videogames, Fantasy, Space

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

"Hover Bug" To Be Fixed Today

On Friday January 11, dozens of tiny avatars and friends of held a protest at Governor Linden's Mansion to draw attention to the "Hover Bug" which was making some mesh avatars, tinies included, appear to float a few feet off the ground. Linden Lab listened, and it is delivering. On the webpage for Second Life on Monday January 15, the Grid Status Report area stated there would be a "Bake Service Update" for early this morning. A closer look revealed this update was the one that would fix the glitch that's caused the mesh tinies so much trouble.

We're floating a new update to help you get back on the ground! You may encounter issues changing outfits during this time.

Once the update has completed, any avatars experiencing issues with hover height will need to change outfits in order to help you stand on the ground. 

Oldesoul Eldemar, who spends part of the time in the Relay For Life as a Tiny, had a few comments about it, "Have an issue- call a tiny! Still lockin em up at Fantasy Faire! I mean dis is jest silliness!" There were a number in the comments section of the protest article, "A big box of choco waffas and a box of Wootjoos to the Lindens! Hugggles!" "On behalf of my dinky and titchy friends, thank you for fixing this!" "Thank you programmers for helping me, my frens, my frens' frens, and all those affected by involuntary flight."

So the issue seems to have been resolved, and the tinies can, to paraphrase a quote from World of Warcraft, keep their feet on the ground.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, January 14, 2019

Tinies Protest at Governor Linden's Mansion

So what do the tinies of Raglan Shire worry about? Usually they'll tell you it's about where their next waffles are coming from. But lately, there's been a "Hover bug" in the mesh tinies that's been driving them to distraction. So they decided to get Linden Lab's attention with a protest at Governor Linden's Mansion in Clementina. And they did so in a way of seriousness and humor only they could pull off.

Read the story in Events.

Windlight Gallery

One place Gemma Cleanslate has gone to a number of times to look at the exhibits of artwork is the Windlight Gallery. And after exploring a number of Christmas and winter places in Second Life, she decided to check out what's been going on over there. The gallery reopened earlier this month, and has new exhibits with "something for everyone." There will also be a party to celebrate the opening next Sunday.

Read Gemma's article in Design.

Press Release: First Fundraiser Social For VWBPE 2019

First Fundraiser Social for VWBPE 2019!
WHEN: Thursday, 17 January 2019 at 5:00 pm SLT (Pacific time)
WHERE: Rockcliffe Village in Second Life

Winter is perfect for dancing the night away in a beautiful winter themed venue complete with a skating rink and free ice skates! Enjoy an evening with friends and colleagues at VWBPE’s first networking and sponsorship social of 2019!

DJ Coz OKelly will be on hand to spin some fantastic dancing tunes (again donating his time in support of VWBPE).

Don your warmest, fanciest, fur-lined outfits (the one with the deepest pockets!) and take advantage of the photo ops available.

All donations are welcome, and while cash contributions (USD) are preferred, Linden dollars are also accepted. Hope you will join us for an evening of fun, networking, and fundraising.

VWBPE Sponsorship Opportunities

Cash contributions are our most appreciated form of support. The conference costs at minimum $5000 each year in order to have a successful conference. This is in a large part due to several in-kind sponsors who have been dedicated to helping this conference succeed since it first started in 2007.

One hundred percent (100%) of contributions received go to program related activities. No one involved with the organization of the conference receives a salary or stipend. Funds are used to help support our information systems, development of video and machinima archives, live video streaming, social activities, swag bag materials for conference attendees, buildings supplies (mesh 3D objects), and graphic designs.

Click here for more information, including the Sponsorship Packet

Upcoming Events
Registration is NOW OPEN
14 January: Presentation Proposals DUE
17 January: Winter Wonderland Fundraising Social
11 February: Thinkerer Award Nominations DUE
11 February: Exhibit and Immersive Experiences Proposals DUE
4-6 April – VWBPE Conference!

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education
April 4-6, 2019
* Play * Explore * Engage * Immerse * Learn *

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at Club Zero Gravity. DJ Snowbuns, in the red panda (Wah) avatar requested a cartoon of her. So, one was delivered.

By Bixyl Shuftan
(PS - Snowbuns gave her thumbs-up)

Friday, January 11, 2019

Feral Furry Theater Returns to Sunweaver Space

Watching movies at the theater is a pastime that has been around for over a century. With the arrival of cable TV and video tape recorders, people have been able to watch them at home alone. But it's not quite the same as watching with a group of your buddies. In the Sunweaver community, people would watch movies at the inworld theater there, the Feral Furry theater, for years. But when updates to Second Life caused problems for movie viewing, the location was closed. But last Sunday, Shockwave Yareach announced the theater was once again open.

Read the story in Design.

Linden Lab Confirms Work on Mobile App For Second Life "In Early Stages"

There's been some talk in the past several months about Linden Lab coming out with an app for mobile devices, such as iPhones and Android phones. During the "Meet the Lindens" events at the Second Life Birthday in June, Ebbe Linden stated the Lab was "thinking hard about mobile." In August, Linden Lab had a job opening for a "Senior Mobile Engineer."

Not much more was revealed, until January 9 when Inara Pey blogged that Brad Linden, Second Life's Marketing Manager, had posted about work beginning on such a project. The following day on January 10, Inara posted that he had responded to her questions, and confirmed ''we’re in the early stages of work on an iOS companion app for Second Life."

    ...we discussed at our Town Hall events last year that we’re actively looking at ways to extend the reach of Second Life to new audiences including mobile platforms. For example, we’re in the early stages of work on an iOS companion app for Second Life. 

    Right now we’re focused on getting a prototype out to our Residents, at which point we’ll be looking for feedback and suggestions. In the early stages, we will not be tying the app to a streaming service. However, we don’t have anything to formally announce yet about the specific features, capabilities, and availability.

Inara felt this wasn't much information to go on. But it did say they were in the early stages of the project. When they'll have something to release for the public is still unknown.

Source: Modem World

Bixyl Shuftan

Join the Newser Crew For a Party

The Newser crew work hard to give you the news about the people, places, and events across Second Life. But this weekend, we're going to take a little time to relax. Tomorrow at the Happy Vixen beach club, we're going to have some fun with a beach party. The party is open for most everyone to come by and say hello to the crew. And if enough come by, there will be a small prize up for grabs. The music will be provided by DJ Applebloom.

Saturday January 12

12 Noon SL time

Purrfection Estates (236, 219, 24)   

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle : Optics for Photographers

"Optics for Photographers"
Sunday, January 13 at 10 AM PST
by Robert Lawson Brown, Ph.D.

A tutorial on “Optics for photographers”.

This tutorial is intended to teach practical optical concepts to persons who are photographers but have not had formal training in optics and may have acquired misleading notions from camera advertisements, the common talk on forums, and the like.

The tutorial outline is shown below.
Optics for Photographers
by Robert Lawson Brown, Ph.D.
Physicist and Photographer

Pinhole Camera
– Making a Pinhole Camera
– Using a body cap on a regular camera
– Raytracing
Field of View
– Sensor Size and Image Distance
– Object Distance and Image Distance
The relationship of pinholes optics to lens optics.
Focal length
Depth of field
ISO, Aperture, and shutter speed.
Choosing the right lens.
Perspective is about where you stand.
Thumb through my portfolio.

The Science Circle (61/127/32)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Crew Meeting

On Saturday January 5, the Newser crew had it's first meeting of the year. Attending were Klaus Bereznyak, Deaflegacy, Gemma Cleanslate, and Bixyl Shuftan (myself). We discussed ideas on what to cover this month while we still had some time before the Relay season and other events hit next month.

Stay tuned for some exciting news, some you might have seen this week already.

Press Release: Winter Burn 2019 - Seasonal Perceptions

Opening 6:00pm SLT, Friday 25 January 2019
BURN2, Deep Hole

Seasonal Perceptions: Theme for Burn2’s Winter Burn Event
Perception -- the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.

This is particularly important as we move through the seasons... especially the holidays.  However, our perceptions are affected by our environment... the things and people around us.  Even the weather!  At this time of year, one person might be shoveling the snow off his driveway while another might spend the day surfing the waves off the coast of Australia!

But it is also influenced by our imaginations.  Michael Whelan, a world-renowned artist, once did a painting of his young daughter who loved playing in the sandbox.  What he did differently is depict his daughter wearing a spacesuit and playing in a lunar sandbox!

Our perceptions ares a driving force in how we interact with the world around us.  But imagination is also a strong influencer.  Given all that, how would you perceive the seasons?  Would you reflect the environment around you... or imagine something completely off the wall and different?  Show us your "Seasonal Perceptions!"

Lamplighters will help to open the event with a walk-on from the Welcome Area to the main stage.
Artists and builders are invited to sign up for a plot (limited number, first come first served). We also have a collaborative build area set aside for Burners who would like to join a team with other creatives to build to theme. Signup is available at https://burn2.org/seasonalperceptions-buildsignup. On this form, one can indicate interest in the collaborative team or a single plot. There is also an opt-in available to be part of the Ten Principles Hunt if signing up for a single plot.

As for performers - live singers, group acts and DJs - watch for the self-signup to play at Burn2 in the next few days. If you know you are interested, you can contact Cuga Rajal inworld, until the signup sheet is available.

The Weather Machine will have its place at the center of the playa, an interactive build gleefully doomed to burn!

Mark Your Calendar and SHARE the News!

We look forward to welcoming Home Burners and community, to explore the builds and enjoy the music that will fill the air over the playa. The BURN2 Calendar at http://www.burn2.org/calendar will fill up quickly as performers sign up.

Want more information? Connect with us through our networks::
Website: https://burn2.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BURN2BURNER
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BURN2BURNERS
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Burn2.SL/
Google+ Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/114073732445186160592
Regional Page: http://regionals.burningman.com/regionals/cyberspace/second-life/

BURN2 Inworld Contacts:
BURN2 Communications: iSkye Silverweb communications@burn2.org or contact inworld
BURNING MAN Regional Contact: sl@burningman.org

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Happy Vixen. You'd be worried too if a two foot butterfly landed on your head.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Crystal Ski Resort and Zimminyville

Christmas is over. But there are still plenty of winter-themed areas across Second Life. Gemma Cleanslate recently took a look at two. At the Crystal Ski Resort, the big attraction is of course, skiing. But there's also sledding, snowmobiles, and a place to warm up after a length of time in the snow. Zimminyville offers ballooning, ice skating, horseback riding and hiking, and scenic views for photography or just enjoy them for the memories.

Read Gemma's article in Places.

Draxtor Despres Needs Three Couples For Valentines Day Video

Draxtor Despres, recently made the Newser's runner-up for Man of the Year for his series of videos about Second Life over the years, notably his recent documentary "Our Digital Selves." Yesterday on January 8, he announced that he will soon be working on a new video, and needs the help of three couples in Second Life who took their relationship to real life and kept it going.

Friends: I am doing a VERY special Valentine's Day video profiling THREE couples who fell in love through Second Life & stayed together. Do you know of a great story or do you have one yourself and are you cool with being on camera? CONTACT ME as soon as you can in IM.

Draxtor says he'll start filming on January 17.

Tuesday, January 8, 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 Ravenwood Retreat

Club Cutlass: Best in 'X Y and Z', Leather and latex, Surf City

The Happy Vixen: Barely There, Cartoons, Best in Yellow, Hoof it!, Newser Beach party, Cats and Mice, Angels and Demons, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: DJ JB, Poker, Poker, DJ Snowbuns, Poker, DJ JB, DJ Lexi, DJ Applebloom

 Montecito Bay:Taco Tuesday, CAYA, Lem n' Em Show, Pizza Party, After Dark, Punks

FF Ravenwood Retreat: CAYA, Rainbows, Barely There, Spots vs Stripes, Seven Deadly Sins, Felines, Cats and Dogs

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

Relay Dates Announced, Earlier Season This Year

 In the Relay for Life Volunteers Group, a few of the dates for this year's Relay season were announced. The one for this month is registration for the Relay, which is January 20.

RFL of SL 2019 Registration is January 20th!  Help us get the word out, through your groups, friends, and even social media! This is going to be the best Relay ever! If you would like to arrange a meeting between RFL Leads, yourself, and someone you know who might be interested in forming a team, sponsorship, partnership, etc?. We've attached a notecard to help you with your conversations 

There was also a reminder of last year's announcement that this would be an earlier Relay season, with the Kickoff in February and the Relay Weekend in early June.

There are great things in store for Relay For Life of Second Life! Some of the important dates to remember are listed below. Let's keep those dates fresh in everyone's mind, spread the word around the grid.

Registration-January 20, 2019
Kickoff-February 16, 2019
Five Days of Relay-June 3-7, 2019
Relay Event Weekend, June 8-9. 2019

In September, Stingray stated the decision was made after talking to other volunteers, who felt that more people were logged in earlier in the year, so they would be more likely to get more donations in an earlier season.

For more informantion, message RFL 2019 Season Leads Adam Spark, Ari Spark, and Gem Sunkiller

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, January 7, 2019

Sansar on Steam One Month Later

It was a month ago that Sansar was made available on the Steam gaming service. In it's first day, things were looking good at first with mostly positive reviews, and the statistics were showing up to 72 people users at once, which is up from it's high average several months ago of fifty to ten.

But after a few days, Sansar's numbers began to slip again. A look yesterday showed only 25 had been on at it's peak in the past 24 hours (statistics page). While there were still more positive reviews then negative, numbers were more mixed with 33 of the 79 reviews being negative.

When it was first announced by Linden Lab that Sansar would soon be available on Steam, there were some people who felt that this move was being made too early, that Sansar wasn't ready yet, and that the critics in Steams could be quite "brutal." While a longer time period is needed before a true conclusion can be made, right now, it looks like Linden Lab's move isn't having much of a long term impact on Sansar's numbers.

Update On Montecito Bay's UFO

It's been a few weeks since the Newser reported on the mystery craft that had apparently crashed into the side of one of the buildings in Montecito Bay. So what's happened since then? A little.

Dropping by one event there, I asked what had come about since the crash. Someone commented, "I saw a ufo fly over my house, was a silent wingless black thing." Someone else joked, "I heard that gosh darned Loch Ness Monster was tryin' to get minimum wage at the donut shop on the shoreline again. Gosh darned Loch Ness Monsters."

Moff (MoffettMephit Resident) went into more detail, "So from what I've been told, it's all top secret as far as I can tell. But they don't know what it is. Current prevailing theories are, it's a giant radio controlled model that went horribly awry, or perhaps a top secret military thing. Now the believers are showing up and pushing some alien/UFO theory. You can tell by the angle it hit the building that whatever that thing is had some reasonable altitude."

There was one other matter, the posters of their club events becoming increasingly marked by weird symbols, as well as announcements in Discord. Moff told me, "About the posters, I dunno what's going on there. We create them, they are perfect, and the moment we upload them to the places they go, they somehow get corrupted. I'm wondering about sunspots. I mean, they're uploaded, so there's a data stream involved, so yeah, I guess sunspots could interfere. We're not really finding anything else. Same with the radio streams. They're clean, but then that weird stuff happens."

Of the mystery patterns with a resemblance to crop circles that have appeared in the sim's streets, Moff replied, "The streets department tried. None of their strippers will touch that paint, or whatever it is." Talking to him later, he was saying they would only go so far in trying to remove the symbols as they didn't seem to be doing any harm, "We're still trying to figure out which solvent to use to clean 'em up. So far, none have worked. We don't want to cause an environmental crisis. "

 "This has been a very bizarre year here," Moff told me, then smiled, "I can't wait til the new year!"

Later on, there was a conversation about a NASA craft in development that would stop meteors. Some wag, probably referring to the situation in the city, commented it would be useless against aliens.

What happens next? Time will tell.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries

After a short breather, we are back in full swing this week with THREE new series, and the resuming of a joyously "tentacular" adventure. 

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

All events at Senchai Library at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise noted

All stories told in open voice unless otherwise noted. All times SL/PT
** MONDAY, January 7th at 7pm:  Larry Niven's RINGWORLD begins with Gyro Muggins

**TUESDAY, January 8th at 7pm:  Mitch Ablom's THE TIME KEEPER begins with Kayden Oconnell and Caledonia Skytower

**WEDNESDAY, January 9th at 7pm: Charles Stross' THE JENNIFER MORGUE  resumes with Corwyn Allen

*THURSDAY, January 10th:

   ~ at 7pm: MOANA  Part 1 with Shandon Loring & Caledonia Skytower  (Also in Kitely!  Find teleport from the main Seanchai World grid.kitely.com:8002:SEANCHAI,  in Kitely)

   ~ at 9pm in SL: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT, contemporary sci-fi-fantasy with Finn Zeddmore

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at Club Cutlass. Now what would this vixen be doing with a balloon?

By Bixyl Shuftan

Raglan Shire's "Merry Prankster" Strikes Again

Over time, a certain character (or perhaps two or more pretending to be the same person) known as the "Merry Prankster" has left a series of signs and other amusing sights over the Raglan Shire sims that can be seen only on the map (or way above the sim at the right height). A few days ago, he or she left something high over the Raglan Galaxy sim: a sign with the words "do not eat the yellow snow."  "The Merry Prankster offers sage New Year's advice over Raglan Galaxy,"Linn Dorkwatcher posted on Facebook, with one person responding, "Don't tell me what to do! I'll eat the lemon slushy if I want!" Another went, "The best kind!"

Taking a look at the map again this weekend, the sign had been altered slightly. So what does "B K O D" mean? And will we find out before the Merry Prankster strikes again? Perhaps we'll soon see.

Bixyl Shuftan

Addition: Linn would message me, saying BKOD means "Basement Kitteh(s) Of Doom."

Saturday, January 5, 2019

SL Video: "Barbie Girl"

(Click here if the video fails to play)

From InWorld Films in Sept 2018, "Special thanks goes to The Noisemaker who remixed Barbie Girl."

Friday, January 4, 2019

New Year's Eve Parties In Second Life

Mondays aren't always the best time for a party. But with New Year's Eve falling on a Monday night, clubs that often had slow events then had bigger crowds, and some areas had special events. All across Second Life, the arrival of 2019 was celebrated at many different places.

See the pictures in Events.

Press Release: Homes For Our Troops in 2018

Happy New Year folks!  And thank you all for a great 2018 regarding our efforts for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life.

We sent  just over $13500 to HFOT in 2018.  This was only possible because of the kindness of each and every one of you this past year. 

Our family of supporters is growing …and it is showing up in the total support for HFOT.

First of all let’s give that round of applause to all of our musician and DJ performers as well as their management for their help in 2018.  We could not have done it without you!  Just look at this list of devoted talent… we truly have the support of the best of the best of Second Life!

Waya Snowpaw DJ, Savannah Rain, Melenda Baptiste, Winston Auckland, Keeba Tammas, Taj and all the folks at Keys Management group, Wayne Rhodell, Hogan Baily, Cryptic Harmony, Amforte Clarity, Guitarhero Dougall, Chillee Hernandoz, ReggieSunset Rookswood and his manager Skeat Abonwood, Trav McCullough, Nina Bing, DirtyDee Sweetwater, KJeff Hohn, Acoustic Rhapsody/The Vinnie Show and Daallee his great manager, Erin68 Frog and Satin Galli, Austin Moores, SingerGirl Mode, Naughty, Lark Bowen, Clyde Barrow, Zak Claxton, Toxie Darkmatter, Savannah Coronet, Amber Lefarve,  Jorr Jarman, Keileigh Jarman and all the folks at Whispering Sands Promotions, Shaye Dezno, David Csiszer, Nyna Slate and Slate Management, Paul Nowles, Melenda Baptiste, Wolfie Moonshadow, Lark Bowen, Beccca Baxton, DJ BellaRose Restless and DJ Trin, Dimivann Ludwig, Ian Harrod, NeoMaximus Brandenburg and Badone Resident, Bono Fouroux, Laurie Alexis and the Key’s Management Group, Agatha Martin, Max Kleene and his manager Kat Vargas, Porter Paquot, Toxie Darkmatter, Cori Arkright, Jon Regent, Ganjo Mokeev, Arra, QuadRadiX (Noma Falta, Maximillion Kleene, DennyMac and Sabian Inglewood), Carol Greenwood (Dirval Greenwood Artists), Nina Bing, Lyndon Heart and his manager Maali Beck

And our family of regular supporters continues to grow. It is a family we can proud to be a part of.  Thank you:

Dahlea Milena and Veteran’s Isle, Gjackie Winkler, Waya Snowpaw, Eastbay47, Bri Mcmahon, Ladysmack gears, All the folks at Legions  of Vets and Lov MC, RGHangnLo Resident and all the folks and VIPs at Hangin's Hideout, Cayleen Linette (and everyone at Cay's at Woodland Lake, Ravencrisler at the Wellston SIM, Lezil1231 Resident at Kindred Spirit SIM, EdgeSteel Resident at Shadow Shore SIM, dirkdanger11 Resident (Sky Ranch), littlebit31okla Resident (Lumiya), Russell65 Resident (MISFITsNC), tbranno Resident (Andrew), All the folks at Tobacco Road Club, Bixyl Shuftan (Purrfection Estates), Grizzly Nightfire (Chaisuki), Hayanah Resident (Leto Yoshiro), Biker Sharkfin (Sacred Ground), BellamyLeggett Resident (Kindred Sanctuary), xcheetahglow Resident (Starlight Meadow), BellaRose Restless  and all the great folks at Midnight Cowboy, Curvslater Resident and all the folks at Shadow Shore, Zack221 Friller (Isolated Heights), Grim Berger (Olympus Island), Don Guapo, Jade Guapo and Victoria Kayor   (Club Vet), Catoh Oh (Sky Ranch and Pigra SIMs), Jaz from Full Throttle Radio, Jardasius Ecksol (Big Dog Customs)

Our extremely veterans needs are lifetime folks.  Let’s make 2019 another year of recognizing this by keeping up the good fight for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life.

It is an honor to work with all of you.

Frets Nirvana

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle : "What is Entropy?"

"What is Entropy?"

Saturday, January 5th
By Dr. Rob Knop and Dice   

"What is Entropy? 'Entropy is disorder.' You’ve learned this from popular culture, you’ve learned this in your physical science, chemistry, or biology class. But what does that *mean*? We have an intuitive sense for what “disorder” is, but how do you really define it rigorously for a scientific concept?

"There are two ways to approach it; one is as a term in thermodynamic equations, the other is as a fundamental concept from statistical mechanics (on which thermodynamics is based). In this talk, I will try to convey the true fundamental definition of entropy at a level that anybody can understand. We will roll dice, we will talk about how physical systems can be more 'ordered' or 'disordered' in a rigorous sense, and hopefully we will shed some light on what entropy really is."

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

2018: Year in Review

2018 is gone. And as we head on to a new year, it's time to look back at the old one, which had it's share of triumphs, tragedies, and tripfalls.

Probably the most notable event this year was the fifteenth anniversary Second Life was officially declared open and operational. Despite all the things that had gone wrong from glitches, bugs, griefers, Linden Lab's occasional heavy handedness, and more, the virtual world defied predictions from naysayers that it was a fad that was destined to be shut down. While the Lindens have been increasingly involved in the anniversary celebrations, such as the Musicfest and the "Meet the Lindens" events, as in the past several years it was handled by a group of volunteers. There were exhibits by dozens of communities, businesses, and groups from around the grid in the 24 sims, as well as many musicians and other performers.

Linden Lab would also make some changes to the grid this year. Late in the year came the Animesh update. This new ability has the potential to allow for better and less resource-heavy animated objects, including something like the NPCs in games. Linden Lab would also update the Linden Realms game with "The Wrath of Ruth" and "The Search for Magellan." In August, a new land mass appeared on the map. Labeled the SSP continent due to the names of the sims. While it's suspected the land will be for new premium account homes, it has not yet been officially revealed what purpose the sims will have. The Lab also started testing themed Learning Islands entry areas for new residents. Linden Lab also announced this year that they planned to "bring back last names" for newer accounts and allow established residents to change theirs for a fee. Originally planned for late 2018, it has been pushed back to at least spring 2019.

There were also some changes in how much Linden Lab would charge it's residents. In March, the Lab cut the tier of Mainland sims by ten percent and doubled the amount of free land for Premium accounts to 1024 square meters. In June, the tier for many private sims would also be cut fifteen percent and the setup fees for a sim also were cut. But not all sims could be counted for the tier cuts, notably those which had theirs reduced to "grandfathered rates" two years earlier. And to make up for the lost revenue, the fee to buy Linden dollars went up by fifty percent to $1.49. The tier reductions seemed to have a somewhat positive effect as the overall drop in private sim numbers seemed to stop, but how this affects land ownership in the long term remains to be seen.

Linden Lab would try to keep in touch with the residents though Town Hall meetings, as well as the "Meet the Lindens" event at the Second Life Birthday and CEO Ebbe Linden speaking at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education event. At the Relay for Life, a number of Lindens took part in a "Bid the Lindens Bald" fundraiser. Besides those, residents got to interact with the Lindens at the "Hug a Linden/Dunk a Linden" Valentines Day event, two Lindens vs Residents snowball fights, and the "Creepy Crawl" venue crawl on Halloween. The Lindens would also have two "gift grab" events for the residents in the Summer and Christmas season, posting a clue on their blog where the gift of the week was and residents could figure it out and get it.

There were no shortage of events this year inworld. Besides the Second Life Birthday, there were the events held by the Relay for Life, notably the Relay Weekend and the Fantasy Faire. Second Life's largest art and music festival Burn2 and it's spinnoff events took place in spite of the founder of Burning Man, of which the inworld event is the virtual counterpart of, passing away. Communities such as Bay City, the Confederation of Democratic Simulators, and Caledon would hold a number of events. This included two elections by the CDS as they chose their new leader for the year. Luskwood, the oldest active community, turned fifteen. There would also be fundraiser events by Creations for Parkinson's, Team Diabetes, Homes For Our Troops, and other charities. One fundraiser however was marked by trouble, an event had someone tricking supporters into giving money to them instead of the charity. This would be the Newser's most controversial series of articles this year as some parties involved responded in denials or anger. The charity however expressed it's thanks.

The neighbors of the Newser's office, the Sunweaver community, would distinguish itself at the Relay for Life with it's Sunbeamer team's fundraising events such as "Bid Me Pantsless" and "Bid Me Goat" and reach the Jade, Sapphire, and Emerald fundraising ranks for the first time ever. There would also be the opening of a railroad through the community estates. Cynthia Farshore would move the Goblin Cave to Caledon, where it would find new life as the location of special events and have a Christmas train ride for the community.

Second Life would also say goodbye to some places. The Yosemite sim and park made by Jadyn Firehawk shut down this year. Gallery Graine would close down, as did the campground sim Copacabana. In Caledon, the Middlesea sim vanished and took the noted Iron Cloud airbase with it. Caledon Llyr also closed, though the land in the noted steampunk community remained to be redeveloped. Some closed places would find new life in other grids. The Luxembourg historic area would close down, the owner opening a similar place in Sansar. Aero Pines would also close down, it's creator earlier having made a place based on it in Sinespace. The closing down of one automaker, Axtel Motors, temporarily resulted in the vehicles available for free for anyone who wanted them. Second Life would also say goodbye to some residents who passed away. Among them were Phoenix Psaltery, the founder of the inworld newsletter the Metaverse Messenger which shut down several years ago, Nemoen Magne, the owner of Club Furnication which closed shortly before his death, and Akea Grommet, one of the neighbors of the SL Newser office.

Outside Second Life was some news that caught the attention of residents. InWorldz, the virtual world that was second only to Second Life in the number of users, shut down in July. The reasons why are less than clear, though apparently involve a company the owner borrowed money from taking out a lien on her. The Gofundme started by the owner added to the confusion, her saying at first they were to save the grid, then she started saying it was to help form a new grid. The virtual world shut down after only a week of warning, leaving hundreds, maybe thousands without a virtual home. Later in the year, the former owner came out with a new virtual world, Islandz. But by then most of the former residents of InWorldz had found places in other virtual worlds, or had given them up altogether. Also in news outside Second Life, the best known online newsletter devoted to Opensim coverage announced it was "winding down" after several years of operation, though not yet truly closing.

Linden Lab would also continue to promote and update it's next-generation virtual world Sansar. There was talk about a "cultural shift" in Linden Lab to Sansar and away from Second Life. Two users would also develop a couple game areas, but by year's end they would be gone. One historical area in Second Life, 19th Century Luxembourg, would close down and reopen in Sansar. But so far, very few are using the next-generation virtual world compared to Second Life. An study in April showed only fifty to ten people were using it each day on average. In contrast, VR Chat, another next-generation virtual world, was getting several thousand users a day, and Second Life getting about fifty thousand a day. Later in the year, Linden Lab announced it would be making Sansar accessible through Steam. When it was finally launched on the gaming service, at first reviews were mostly positive, and usership went up some. But a month later, the reviews are mixed and the number of active users has been going back down.

In computer and Internet news, this was the year Net Neutrality officially came to an end in the United States. Some companies have reportedly been throttling customer's traffic already, the most glaring example being in August when they made it difficult for firefighters to communicate while combating a huge wildfire. In Europe, the European Union approved legislation that threatened to "break the Internet" with bills that would require websites with news content to pay a "link tax" and require websites that allowed feedback and open virtual worlds to install "upload filters." For Linden Lab, this would mean a stark choice if the legislation was ever signed into law. Microsoft's Windows 10 had some of it's early bugs ironed out, but still continued to annoy users. It would "warn" people not to use Firefox and Chrome and try to get them to use the much less popular Microsoft-owned Edge browser. One update late in the year was delayed when it was found to be deleting the files of early installers.

The movie "Ready Player One," which was about a virtual world in an imagined near-future, came out. It was hoped it would attract attention to Second Life (and Sansar by Linden Lab), but the movie wasn't a big box-office draw and the real virtual worlds didn't benefit much from it. Probably more influential was the documentary "Our Digital Selves" by Draxtor Despres, which showed the virtual world as being of great help to the disabled and not the X-rated playground big media has sometimes portrayed it in the past.

In gaming news, Fortnite was clearly the big game this year. Subnautica also attracted attention as it was a survival game that took place mostly underwater. A favorite of some Newser fans, Ark Survival Evolved would get what is believed to be it's final expansion: Extinction. But other games and some game developers weren't doing so well. The MMO Wildstar was shut down by NCSoft, the second non-medieval fantasy game to be closed by them in several years. Trion, the company behind several games, and the publisher of the MMO Archeage, was bought out by a German online game company best known for browser-based games. One game that came out late this year, Atlas, an anticipated pirate MMO developed in part by Instinct Games which helped come out with Ark Survival Evolved was largely seen as a disappointment due to repeated delays in it's release and shoddy content, some of which was obviously copied from Ark files. Fallout 76, an MMO based on the Fallout series of games, was also largely seen as a disappointment.

For the Newser, it's been a great and exciting year in Second Life and beyond. And we'll be continuing to report the news of this great virtual world for 2019. We thank our sponsors Farshore Radio, Montecito Bay, Lorena Chung Estates, and our neighbors the Sunweaver community. And of course you the readers.

Bixyl Shuftan
Editor, SL Newser

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Happy Vixen. Tails on avatars are nothing new. But some are quite long. In real life, they might get stepped on if allowed to get low enough, or perhaps attract the attention of what's on the floor.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at Seanchai Libraries

It was a wild and magical December with this year's Dickens Project. What with the timing of the holiday and the closing of Dickens, we are making this a light week.  Don't panic!  We'll be back in full swing next week with several new series and plenty of stories to share.

This week there will only be one session, Thursday, January 3rd at 7pm with Shandon  THE ICE DRAGON by George R.R. Martin. It accompanies and art exhibition on the HK Gallery lawn.

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ON DECEMBER 27th a plein-air exhibit will open for one week only on the lawn at the Art Gallery in Holly Kai. More than two dozen exquisite illustrations from the story 'The Ice Dragon' will be on display.


ON JANUARY 3rd The Seanchai Library will be presenting 'The Ice Dragon' as a live voice Storytelling event at 7pm SLT. See www.SeanchaiLibrary.com for more information.

In George R.R. Martin's world of 'A Song of Ice and Fire' the ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one.

'THE ICE DRAGON' is a novella by George R. R. Martin, first published in 1980 in the anthology Dragons of Light. The story was reworked to make it more suitable for a younger audience in October 2007, with detailed pencil drawings by Yvonne Gilbert. It was published again in 2014, with a series of original paintings by Luis Royo.

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN is of course the author of the series 'A Song of Ice and Fire' - The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in HBO’s epic series 'Game of Thrones'.
http://www.georgerrmartin.com   https://www.hbo.com/game-of-thrones

LUIS ROYO is a Spanish artist. He is best known for his lavish, fantasy illustrations published in numerous art books, magazines such as Heavy Metal and various other media including book, music CD covers, and video games.

THE NOVELLA follows the story of a young girl, Adara, who befriends an ice dragon after the death of her mother.

As of May 2018, the favorite bedtime story of the denizens of the world of Ice and Fire is being brought to the big screen by Warner Brothers Studios!  Martin will serve as a producer, with Game of Thrones producer Vince Gerardis serving as executive producer.

While Martin has stated that 'The Ice Dragon' is not necessarily set in the world of 'A Song of Ice and Fire', and actual ice dragons have not appeared in the series, yet, it is rife with foreshadowing and hints of what Martin has created throughout his epic fantasy series. So don't be surprised to find ice dragons soaring through the skies beyond The Wall and, perhaps, even crossing it in the novels yet to come.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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

It's a new year and a new week of events at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs and Furry Fashion's Ravenwood Retreat

Club Cutlass: Best in 'W', TBA, TBA

The Happy Vixen: In The Money, Superheroes, Undies, Raccoons and Wah, Stranger Things, Going Medieval, Best in Blue, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: DJ JB, Poker, Poker, DJ Snowbuns, Poker, DJ JB, DJ Lexi, DJ Applebloom

 Montecito Bay:Taco Tuesday, Musical Expedition, Lem n' Em Show, Sweet Tooth, After Dark, Punks

FF Ravenwood Retreat: CAYA, TBA

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

Happy New Year

The world told the old year goodbye and rang in a new year last night, and Second Life rang it in along with it. At events like the Bay City Prim Drop, people celebrated. We'll have more pictures about the event across the Grid soon.

So how did you ring in the new year in Second Life? What are your plans for this one? What would you like to see in the Newser this year? Feel free to leave your comments below.

Caption This

Taken at the Happy Vixen. Lia (Female Winslet) with one of her unusual avatars. While I thought of a few possible punchlines, what captions could you the readers make?