Saturday, February 23, 2019

Announcement: Roma February 2019 Lupercalia and Equirria Festival


Saturday, 23rd February

10am - Lupercalia Ritual and The Running of the Luperci
In celebration of this most ancient of festivals we will be performing a Roman ritual for Faunus Lupercus, the God of Wild Things and Lupa, the shewolf who nourished the founding fathers Romulus and Remus. After the rite, we will have the Running of The Luperci - half-naked youths who bless the young ladies of the city. The women will run ahead of the Luperci, who will lightly flog them with the goatskin floggers in hopes of fertility (both of mind and body). Following the ritual, we will have our traditional Lupercalia dancing in the garden - and clothing is optional!
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ROMA/180/131/42
Luper Cave


11am - Venus' Truth
A variation on our popular Ask Venus event -- this time, Venus would love to hear your poems of love and romance. Come join our beautiful Goddess in the Baths of Caracalla, to lounge, swim, and share the prose and poetry of love!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ROMA/147/35/23
Baths of Caracalla

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Sunday, 24th February

10am - Equirria Legion Blessing Ritual & ROMA Chariot Races
The Legio, in a time honored military display, will present arms and come to be blessed for the new year. After the blessing, we will have chariot races in honour of Mars - all are welcome to try their luck at racing a chariot and a grand prize will be awarded to the victor!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ROMA/213/140/40
Hippodrome Circus Seating


12pm - Lupercalia Grand Feast
Join us for an evening of feasting, dancing, and good company, as well as Live Music by Sassy Nitely! You may opt to wear barbarian/wild outfits in honour of the Lupercalia if you wish.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ROMA%20Transtiberim/239/225/25
Roma Concert


1pm - Legio Half-naked Harpastum
A standard harpastum (Roman football/soccer) game with a Lupercalia twist! Participants may be topless for this event!

Be careful out there - don't let the other players distract you with their charms!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ROMA%20Transtiberim/82/233/42
Legio XIII Fort/Harpastum

SL Video: "Raglan Shire Talent Show 2018"




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From Dec 21, 2018, Nitwacket's edited recording of the talent show the Raglan Shire community held that month. Like many other talent shows, some people showed great talent, while others, er-um. Not all the action, or music selections could be shown due to time constraints and Youtube rules about copyrighted songs.

Friday, February 22, 2019

RFL Team Sunbearmer's "Bid Me Human" and "Bid Me Deer"


With the Relay for Life's season underway, Team Sunbeamers has launched the first of this season's "Bid Me" events. First, the team is running a "Bid Me Human." The volunteer putting his looks on the line: yours truly.

Beamers:  We have our first victim, I mean volunteer, Bixyl.  Hoe offered to go Human for a week, per 5000L+ raised.  The Bid Me will Run thru the middle of MARCH.  So Bid Early and Often.  Kiosks can be found at Club Cutlass..

Based on the "Bid Me Bald" events popularized by Trader Whiplash, in this fundraiser someone known for being in a nonhuman avatar offers to go about in one for a set period of time. For this event, there are two kiosks in the back of Club Cutlass, the one on the left to bid yours truly sans fur, and the other to keep him as is. If 5000 Linden dollars is donated, yours truly will be not so foxy for a week. For every additional 5000L, rounded up, the time period is extended another week. For example, 9999 Linden dollars would mean one week while 10,000L would mean two. If the amount in the "stay foxy" kiosk is higher, then I walk away with my fur intact.

As before, there is one "out." As I'm a journalist in Second Life, I get to go back to my usual looks briefly when going about my duties, such as interviews.

Liska Fuchs' "Bid Me Goat" last year was such a hit, she's doing another one. This time, she's offering to be in a doe avatar for a while with "Bid Me Deer." As with "Bid Me Human," there's two kiosks, one to keep her as is, the other to change her to a deer avatar for a period of time. The rate is 2500 Linden dollars for the first week and 2500L for each additional week of vegan menus and "nice rack" jokes.

As of the writing of this announcement, Team Sunbeamers has gone over the 15,000 Linden mark and into Bronze level. The Linden dollar amounts to reach each rank are a little higher than those of last year in the Jade rank and higher. Plus there are two new ranks, Topaz and Diamond. As before, the highest rank is Purple which takes 3,750,000L, almost four million Linden dollars.

Last year, the team pulled out all the stops and made it to Emerald rank for the first time. How high will the 'beamers reach this year? We'll see. For now, I'm already getting questions as to what I'll do should the team reach Platinum rank.

People have until 8PM on Friday March 15 to donate to the kiosks. At the end of the party that night, the totals are finalized and the time period for the Bid Me (assuming the "Stay Foxy" kiosks doesn't win out) begins.

The kiosks are near the Club Cutlass entry point at Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757).

Correction: When told Liska was doing another Bid-Me, I had the impression she was doing another with her goat avatar. It turned out it's not another "Bid Me Goat", but a "Bid Me Deer."

Bixyl Shuftan

SSP Region Update


The SSP sims, the new mystery continent, remain off-limits to regular residents. But there had been a few visible changes on the map in the past month. On the SSP2 QA Test sim to the northwest, there's an image of a mouse appearing. In the middle of the landmass, a build with orange rectangles has appeared. Then there's the whimsical message on the SSP124 sim. The land was sculpted to say when looked at from the map "OSSM takes time," with a smiley face in the corner.

Presumably, "OSSM" means "awesome," and the moles are saying it's going to be a while before the region is ready to go public.

No date has been given as to when the sims in the region will be ready and opened to the public. It is believed the sims are intended to be residential areas, though Linden Lab isn't saying what the "Super Secret Project," to use the name described what "SSP" stands for at one Town Hall meeting, are for.

Hat tip: Daniel Voyager.

Announcement: Mod Monday at the Avagora



For Feb 25th, Mod Monday is comin' at ya with four modders! They are Top Tier Designs, Elephant Graveyard Inc, ZAD and BrutalHearts!

Live DJ, raffles and all around fun, don't forget to join us next Monday at 6pm SLT?PST for some awesome gifts and great music!

Montecito Bay (132/89/702)

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle : Cyber Security


"Cyber Security"
Saturday February 23 at 10 AM PST

Moderator: Matthew Burr – Beragon Betts

Anyone who is interested in his security on the internet will soon come across worrying reports about phishing e-mails, cybercrime, industrial espionage, governments stealing each other’s data and cyber-terrorism. Closer to home, data mining affects us via Facebook, Google and Microsoft.

What started as a free sharing of data has gradually turned into an unsafe, lawless space where everyone is a target for malicious parties.

More information Harvard Cybersecurity Wiki

The Science Circle (61/127/32)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Press Release: HFOT Fundraiser Concert at Veterans Isle, Sunday at 11 AM


Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce 2019’s February for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life! 

Frets Nirvana, the premier guitar artist in the virtual world Second Life and the US Military Veterans Group announce the 2019 February benefit in Second Life for the Veterans Support Organization  Home For Our Troops . 

Frets Nirvana states:  “HFOT is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans are multiple amputees, paraplegic, quadriplegic or suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Since its inception in 2004, over 90 cents of every dollar spent by Homes for Our Troop has gone to directly support Veterans. DURING THAT TIME HFOT HAS BUILT OVER 274 SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOMES NATIONWIDE FOR WOUNDED VETERANS.”

In 2018 the community in Second Life sent over $13,000 to Homes For Our Troops, thanks to may kind hearts and great Second Life performers.  HFOT built 34 homes for extremely wounded veterans in 2018.  We hope to help them exceed that in 2019!

Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle.  The concert on February 24, 2019 is scheduled from 11 AM to 4 PM PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Agatha Nowles, Austin Moores, Max Kleene and Singergirl Mode.

Sponsored by Frets Nirvana and the U.S. Military Veteran’s Group of Second Life.  To learn more about Homes for Our Troops visit https://www.hfotusa.org

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Scenes From The "Hug-A-Linden/Dunk-A-Linden"


Valentines Day had a number of events across Second Life. The One Billion Rising women's rights demonstration was probably the most attended happening. Another big draw was Linden Lab's official event of the holiday, the "Hug-A-Linden/Dunk-A-Linden." At the Isle of View for two hours, residents could interact with a number of Lindens and Moles. They could just chat and take pictures, or they could try out the hugging and dunking booths.

See the pictures in Events.

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at Eternal Desires

By Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: Game Review - Subnautica Below Zero


A few months ago, Rita Mariner sent the Newser a walkthrough of the underwater survival game Subnautica. Lately, she's been playing a sequel: Subnautica Below Zero. Taking place some time after the events in the original, this time the player has to deal with surviving the cold waters of the polar region of the planet. So what does Rita think of the game?

Read Rita's reader-submitted review in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.

SLife and Times: Viewer Issues


 Glitches are a part of any detailed computer game or virtual world. And Second Life is certainly no exception. In the early days, we accepted things like the Grid frequently being taken down and our shoes being up our back ends after teleporting. Now, while things are still far from perfect, they're noticeably smoother. So when more goes wrong then usual, we certainly notice, though still wonder if it's just us or the whole Grid. My own experiences in Second Life this week left me wondering.

Read the commentary in Extra.

Tuesday, February 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 "D", Cash In, Goofy Stuff

The Happy Vixen: Rumble in the Jungle, Anime, Bunnies, Silver and Gold, Best in White, Mad Science, Stranger Things, Birds, Cowbows and Cowgirls, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: DJ Candy Corn, DJ Snowbuns, DJ Naughty Nydia, DJ JB, DJ Sexi Lexi, DJ Applebloom           

 Montecito Bay:Cocktail Party, Expeditions, TBA, Pickle Party, Lem n Em, After Dark, Video Games

FF Furscape: CAYA, Magic, Horror, No Pants, Elements, Food, Tails, Anime, Pool Party

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

RFL Team Sunbeamers Reaches 10,000 Lindens



Just a few days into the Relay fundraising season, Team Sunbeamers are making progress. Sometime on Monday February 18, they reached the 10,000 Linden dollar amount. This puts them among the bronze level teams.


Talking with team captain Rita mariner, there are a few plans for the season ahead. There will be at least one "Bid Me" event soon. There will also be a fundraising event at the Happy Vixen soon. And despite that two of the team's best builders are taking a break, there will be a Sunbeamer camp for the Relay Weekend.

When will the team hit Silver? Probably sooner than one things.

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Cica Ghost's Drawn Town


Not long ago in the official Second Life blog, Linden Lab put the spotlight on a place made by an artist: "Drawn Town." Designed and built by Cica Ghost, the exhibit is the latest by the Serbian artist whom has made a number of builds ever year since 2013. Klaus Bereznyak took a look at the place, or rather two looks. The place looks quite different at nighttime.

Read Klaus' article in Design.

Musician Chip Takacs Dies, Was Minutes From Performance on Stage


In Second Life, we often take many things into consideration. But seldom do we think about death. Sometimes when it arrives, we have a little warning such as when someone announces he or she has cancer and has to take a break from the Grid and later on we sadly hear the person has passed away. Other times, the news comes to us as shock and surprise as someone who was doing fine one day is suddenly dead. Last week however, there was a case in which a man died at his computer just minutes after talking to others and with his avatar still around.

Over the weekend, I heard about the passing of a musician named Chip Takacs. Jen Smith had posted the news on Facebook early Wednesday February 13. She would later post something from Lisa Lavoie.


Just to maybe save someone from having to repeat what happened... Chip was in SL Tuesday morning, around 8am SLT to do a show. He was typing to people in local...and joking around with them, like he always did. A couple of minutes before 8am SLT, they put his stream in as he was getting onto the stage. But he never turned the stream on and never started playing.  After awhile, they thought maybe he'd fallen asleep. When it was time for the next performer to go on, they bumped Chip's avi off the stage so the next performer could play.

This afternoon, they found out that Chip had passed away. A RL friend of his, who is also a performer in SL, confirmed it after speaking with Chip's RL wife. Speculation is a massive heart attack, but they are going to do a private autopsy to verify that.

As of the time I write this...which is nearing midnight SLT...Chip is still logged in and standing in front of the stage where he never got to do that final show. His computer is still logged in and no one has shut it down. Once that happens, or the sim restarts....he won't be in SL anymore either.

Around 9pm a small group gathered where Chip stands to try and console each other and deal with the shock of losing another SL musician and friend. It started with a handful of us...and as I logged out at midnight SLT, there were 60+ standing around swapping stories, passing the mic and spreading the word that we lost another one.

 The uniqueness of this loss was that Chip was still with us in SL. He's still there, as we remember him....but he's not really there. He's really gone. It was both eerie and comforting to be able to stand there with him...in honor of what he meant to each of us individually. It was quite a moment in my SL history. When we all just stood there with a fallen friend, not wanting to leave him standing alone....knowing that at some point, he will be logged out for the final time.



There were numerous messages of condolences after Jen Smith's post, "So sad to hear of his passing (sad) He was one of a kind. He will be missed. RIP Chip." "RIP Chip my friend.You will never be forgotten, always in my heart." "Chip was a Great Person." On Second Life, there was a memorial concert for Chip on the night of Friday February 15, scheduled to last until Saturday morning, "it is booked solid until 9:30am SLT on Saturday morning....and that's just from the performers who were standing there with Chip tonight."




Chip, or Michael Taska as he's known there, does have a recording of him singing on Youtube.

For many users, the sudden passing of someone is something they do not know how to react to. To many others, it's a reminder that death can come without warning, even while you're seemingly safe at your computer. In any event, it's a sad time for the friends and family of this musician in real life and Second Life.


Hat Tip: Annie Oh (AnnieBrightstar Resident)

Bixyl Shuftan

Relay for Life Fundraising Season Begins



On Saturday February 16 at 10AM, the Relay for Life in Second Life, the largest charity fundraising group in terms of volunteers and amount of cash raised, had it's Kickoff event. Dozens of people gathered in the Internal Hope and the edge of the Reflections of Life sims.


IshtarAngel Micheline (Ishtarkiss) made a recording of the opening speech, which can be heard (here).


There were a number of builds at the event, including team camps at the Reflection of Life sims.


Team Sunbeamers, the team of the Sunweaver community where the Newser has it's office, had a rocket start, having saved enough over the winter to start off a few ranks ahead. While the team hasn't gotten that far yet, it has raised several thousand Lindens so far.

Lizzy Austen had more pictures of the Kickoff on her pager (here).

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at Roma

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries


IS THAT THE SCENT OF SPRING ?
Just like nature, winter regretfully begin to make its exit as spring comes inexorably forward.  So we have series beginning and ending this week, and others to delight and intrigue. Join us this week in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely.

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

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

All stories told in open voice unless otherwise noted. All times SL/PT

 ** SUNDAY,  February 17th:
   ~  1:30pm:  TEA TIME with Templar ~ The Saint concludes.  Part 4 of Leslie Charteris' "The Man Who Was Clever" with David Abbot, Corwyn Allen, Kayden Oconnell and Caledonia Skytower, live on stream in the Library's Fireside Room (Downstairs).

   ~  6:30pm:  MAGICLAND STORYTIME ~ The Classic Maidens Caledonia shares selected tales from the Classic

Fairytale past: Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, live on stream at the Golden Horseshoe in Magicland Park.??
The New Golden Horseshoe - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bracket/181/57/30

** MONDAY, February 18th at 7pm:  Ruth Beebe Hill's HANTA YO continues with Gyro Muggins

**TUESDAY, February 19th at 7pm:  THE MOUSE OF AMHERST by Elizabeth Spires with Faerie Maven-Pralou.

**WEDNESDAY, February 20th at 7pm: The Actual Conclusion Charles Stross' THE JENNIFER MORGUE with Corwyn Allen (we really mean it this time!).

*THURSDAY, February 21st:

    ~ 7pm: Jack London's THE CALL OF THE WILD - Part 1 with Shandon Loring. (Also in Kitely!  Find teleport from the main Seanchai World grid.kitely.com:8002:SEANCHAI)

    ~ 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT with Finn Zeddmore - contemporary Sci-Fi-Fantasy from such online sources as Escape Pod, Light Speed, and Clarkesworld Magazines.  THIS WEEK  "Given Sufficient Desperation" by Bogi Tak√°cs from the November 30th, 2017 issue of Escape Pod.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

CDS News: Nominies Sought For "Celebrating SL Women 2019"



A year ago, Kyoko (Samara Barzane) honored ten women in Second Life "who have, through their work" made a difference for the virtual world. This year, she'll be doing so again, though is asking for nominations. She made an announcement in the Confederation of Democratic Simulator's group.

Last's year's event was a great success thanks to the work of many citizens, friends and, of course, the nominees. Again we are asking for nominations from our citizens and friends for this year's event on March 23.

We are looking for SL women who have made Second Life a better place for us all. And we are looking for nominees from varied fields. Emilia Avindar and I will make the final choice of 10 from all the nominations we receive.


The women honored in 2018 were Bryn Oh, Nuala Maracus, Strawberry Singh. Caryl Meredith, Kikuyu, Kikutsuru, Marianne McCann, Rosie Gray, Sudane Erato, Robin Sojourner Wood, and Treacle Darlandes

SL/Minecraft Video: "Don't Let 'em In"




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From Hojo Warf (Hojocat) on February 2, a video that's a combination of Second Life and Minecraft footage, "A Minecraft and Second Life machinima. This is what always springs into my head when zombies start banging at the door while playing Minecraft. Vocals and violin by me."

Friday, February 15, 2019

Frannydj's Mardi Gras Parade


Even though we just had Valentines Day, people in Second Life don't seem to rest for long before they're ready for another party. And already people are getting ready for the next holiday: Mardi Gras. While Fat Tuesday isn't until March 5th, you can enjoy Frannydj's Mardi Gras Parade. Gemma Cleanslate dropped by the place high above the Wicked Mountains sim, and saw a parade boasting over a hundred floats. And if you need a break from the action on the street, you can look around in the French Market for king cake, beads, and other goodies.

Read Gemma's article in Places.

Relay Kickoff Saturday Feb 16 at 10 AM



In what may take some as a pleasant surprise, the Relay for Life fundraising season is starting early this year. In September 2018, the Relay Committee came to the conclusion that an earlier season would bring in more people, and donations. So this means a season that begins in February instead of March. And so tomorrow is the Kickoff event, the season start.


The theme for this season is "All Aboard for a Cure." And the various teams have been setting things up in the Eternal Hope and Reflections of Life sims. The event starts at 10AM.

The Relay for Life is the largest fundraising group in Second Life in terms of volunteers and money raised, donating money to the American Cancer Society.

"Go Relay!"

A Big Valentines Day



There was a lot to see for yours truly yesterday for Valentines Day in Second Life. There was the "Hug a Linden/Dunk a Linden" at the Isle of View. There was the One Billion Rising event. And in the Sunweaver/Angel community where the Newser office makes it's home, Club Zero Gravity and the Happy Vixen Beach club held hours of parties. We'll have some more pictures for you later. In the meantime, enjoy your Valentines Day presents (or have fun at the RFL Kickoff).

Bixyl Shuftan

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Announcement: Valentines Day Special at the Happy Vixen



It's a special day at the Happy Vixen beach club. This Valentines Day, we have for you six hours of events, from 4PM SL time to 10 PM.

From 4 to 6 PM, it's our "Anti-Valentines" party, featuring the club owner herself DJ Naughty Nydia. Dress up in something sexy, or just look like a bad boy or bad girl. "It will be the TRUE meaning of Valentines .... SEX and getting laid!"

From 6 to 8 PM, it's our Formal Valentines Day event. This time, dress up all nice and formal in good suits and dresses. The music will be provided by the Dragon Crew.

From 8 to 10 PM is our "Best in Red an Pink/Valentines Night" event. Dress up in something red or pink, a red or pink avatar, or both. Our redheaded bunny in pink DJ Snowbuns provides the tunes.

Come have a Happy Valentines Day, and night, with us

Purrfection Estates (236, 219, 24)   

Reminder: One Billion Rising, Hug A Linden Today



Today, two big events are taking place in Second Life. One is the One Billion Rising. Part of a worldwide demonstration in support of womens' rights, the event is taking place all day until Midnight SL time tonight. It is at four sims, OBR Dance, OBR Rise, OBR Resist, and OBR Unite.


"We're really excited to be supporting the world-wide event of One Billion Rising with our special 24 hour event in Second Life," Saffia Widdershins, whom is one of the women at the event, told me, "It's an event that men and women from around the world can attend, even if they can't attend a local event in the real world. One Billion Rising in Second LIfe has now been running since 2013 and this year we are once again occupying 4 regions, with amazing art works, a huge central stage, and separate theatres for poetry and dance events.

"This year, we are particularly celebrate the two Nobel Peace Prize winners for 2018, Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, who were awarded the Prize “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”. We're doing this with a special pavilion in their honour, with information about their inspiring work. And this year's Rose Challenge is also a celebration of their work.

"All around the four regions of One Billion Rising, our region designers have set out lovely white rose bushes (kindly donated by Lilith Heart of Heart Botanicals). You might find them spread across the corner parks, the landscaped spaces between the art installations and the central stage, and in the #MeToo Forest. We are asking you to travel around the regions and count the number of white rose bushes (not white roses) that you find. Then post that number by clicking on the mailbox that you will find at each of the landing areas at OBR Dance, OBR Unite, OBR Rise and OBR Resist. A box will open where you can post your number – your name will be automatically recorded."



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Also today is the Linden Lab Valentines Day event, "Hug a Linden, Dunk a Linden." You can get there by heading to Isle of View 2 (84/79/107), or from it's entrance in Portal Park, which is now open.


The Lindens themselves will be there from 10am-12pm SL time, at both the hugging booths and dunking booths. But before and after regular residents can have some fun of their own their themselves. But people can ride the swan boats, walk around the sims, or buy a gift for a friend any time.

See you at the events.

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at Roma

By Bixyl Shuftan

Cleanup in Montecito Bay Begins



It was a week and a half ago on February 2 that Montecito Bay experienced a number of buildings in the southwest corner of it's sim getting demolished. As everyone was partying in their newly opened Magnum Opus Lounge at the time, no one saw who or what caused the damage, though there was a picture taken of what looked like a flying saucer in the distance. After some going through the rubble by investigators, the cleanup and rebuilding has begun.


The crop-circle patterns on the streets are still glowing. Curiously, a new one has appeared at the sim's entry point, also glowing. As with the original patterns, no one knows how it came to be.


Some strange red stains that look suspiciously like blood splatters remain up. Presumably, investigations are continuing on what it really is and how long it's been up. No investigation findings of either the massive wreckage or the mystery spots have been made public.Neither has a date been given on when the cleanup and repairs are expected to be finished. One date that has been given is for the notices for the club events to be printed in color again instead of the basic black and white pictures they've been for the past two weeks, on February 18. Montecito Bay official Emorald told the Newser that the print shop normally used to make the notices was among those wrecked on Groundhog Day. It wasn't stated though whether or not they'd continue to have the strange hieroglyphic-like symbols on them that had been appearing for weeks.

Addition: Talking to Moff later today, he remarked, "... the cleanup is continuing. We have the Crux Construction Company working 'round the clock to at least get the place cleaned up. It might not get rebuilt right away, because there's all kinds of issues involved with rezoning. But at least we won't look like a junkyard for too much longer."

Stay tuned for more details.

Bixyl Shuftan

Note: The preceding is a fun article based on goings-on by the people of Montecito Bay themselves and not the actions of any griefer.

SL Video: "Love Made in Second Life - Episode 1: Meet Teal + Wolf"




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From Second Life's Youtube channel, with the help of Draxtor Despress, on Feb 11, "Can real people find love in a virtual world? Meet Teal & Wolf - a couple who met and fell in love in Second Life. " Draxtor would add in the comments, "I want to say BIG BIG thx to Qwibble from Raglan Shire who came up with the idea to use the whale to visualize Teal's long journey to meet her Wolfie. I was hell-bent on air travel but Qwibble pulled out the whale and THAT WAS THAT."

Tuesday, February 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: Valentines Day, Best Hats, Hippies

The Happy Vixen: Flowers, Stoplight Party, Anti-Valentines, Formal Valentines Party, Best in Red an Pink/Valentines Night, Country, Goth, Chocolate, Next to Naked

Club Zero Gravity: DJ Candy Corn, DJ Snowbuns, DJ Naughty Nydia, DJ JB, DJ Sexi Lexi, DJ Applebloom           

 Montecito Bay: Canines vs Felines, Expeditions, TBA, Robots vs Aliens, Lem and Em, After Dark, Bad B***h Bonanza

FF Furscape: CAYA, Under the Sea, Fantasy, Romance, Cyberpunk, Goth, Memes, Videogames, Rave

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

Announcement: Furscape Valentine's Event



Furscape's Special Vday event is hosted by Josie and Dj'd by Alexiel! Featuring Timeless Textures, D.C.M, Kenuro's Goodies & Slavorski!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Furry/207/57/35

Monday, February 11, 2019

Valentine Town and Isle of View


Valentines Day is this week. Among the places to go in the theme of the holiday about love and romance, two of the best known are Valentine Town and the Isle of View. Valentine Town appears only at this time of year in the Townies sim, owned and designed by Laura Liberty. The Isle of View was designed and made by Linden Lab's moles, and run by Linden Lab. Gemma Cleanslate and Deaflegacy gave the places a visit, and here's what they wrote about them.

Read Gemma and Deaflegacy's article in Places.

What's New With The Dragon Crew


It was a little over a year ago that the "Dragon Crew" was interviewed by the Second Life Newser.  The team is made up by longtime Second Life DJ Geerkil Ziskey and JB Raccoon, with LS Raccoon often acting as hostess. Often called the "Epic Failure Show," DJ Geerkil and DJ JB have been entertaining crowds at a number of clubs with both their selection of tunes and occasional humorous banter. After a successful year of "epic failure," they wanted to discuss some about a few things that have changed. They now have a club of their own, and have a new member on the team.

Read the story in People.

SL Newser Discord Channel



We at the Newser do our best to give you news about the people, places, events, and things about Second Life. We've also invited feedback, especially reader submissions. We've been posting links to many of our stories on Facebook for many years, for instance. But as there have been more questions about the social network, some have stopped going there.

For some months, I've been on a few groups on Discord, a chat program that many have been using instead of Skype lately. So we're opening ours on SL Newser Discord channel ( https://discord.gg/SttVuj). It's still new, with plenty of informal though friendly comments so far. So feel free to join in (though behave yourselves as drama and other trouble is unwelcome).

Source: The Guardian 

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: "The Return of the Celebrate Remember Fight Back Top DJ Fundraising Competition"




The Relay Rockers Announce the Return of the
Celebrate Remember Fight Back Top DJ Fundraising Competition

The Relay Rockers announced today plans for the return of the Celebrate - Remember - Fight Back Top DJ Fundraising Competition to support the Relay For Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society.  The competition, which brings together some of Second Life’s best club and radio presenters, has raised more than $25,000 (L$6,000,000) since it was introduced in 2012.

The competition is open to the first 20 DJs to apply using our Online Application (https://relayrockers.org/crfb-top-dj-competition-2019/). Participants can choose to perform at the Rocker’s home region Arinultra Cay, or may compete at their own venue.  The Top DJ Competition will run for 4 weeks, from March 30th through April 28th, with a maximum of 5 competitors each week.  The Relay Rockers will work with each entrant to assure their selected time options can be met.

Competition applications must be completed before March 25th.

The Relay Rockers will provide all venues with an official Relay For Life of Second Life kiosk, set to the team. A representative of the Rockers must be present during the 1 hour competition and will work with venue host and make announcements of Relay and Society information during the event.

The Top 4 DJs in will move to the semifinal round to be held at Arinultra Cay on the weekend of May 4th and 5th and compete in 1 hour sets. There will be no carry over of totals from previous rounds. Previous round totals will be used only to determine seeding and as a tie-breaker. The 2 presenters with the highest Semi Final Total will compete 90 minute sets for the 2019 CRFB Top DJ trophy at the 2019 RelayStock Multiteam Event.

The Relay Rockers have been Walking Strong since 2005.  The team is celebrating its 15th season as part of the Relay For Life of Second Life.  The Celebrate Remember Fight Back Top DJ Competition, and all team events, support the mission of the American Cancer Society to Save Lives, Celebrate Lives and Lead the Fight For A World Without Cancer.  Find out more about us at www.relayrockers.org. Learn more about the Relay For Life of Second Life at www.relayforlife.org/secondlife. If you have questions about the American Cancer Society or need assistance with a cancer diagnosis visit www.cancer.org, American Cancer Society in Second Life American Cancer Society (128/96/22) or call 800-227-2345.

For More Information Contact Trader Whiplash (trader@t1radio.com)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at Cape Heron

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Games Day at Survivors of Suicide's Open House, 4PM


Since the start of the new year there have been many changes at SOS. 

We've added directors to the main parts of our group, we've started a new mentor application system to make sure the best people are there to help those in need and we've added new scheduled events for our group members to meet up and find comfort and understanding with others who are going through similar issues.

However, the biggest change has been our location.  We moved from our original parcel to a larger one where we have room to move and offer more space to offer our group members support and an enjoyable place to sit for a while.

We would love it if you, the Second Life community would join us for the weekend of February 9th and 10th to see what we have to offer and how you can help.

There will be events, swag bags and cookies! So come on down to the SOS Clubhouse this weekend and see what we are all about.

For more information, Click Here


4PM

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Legenda/48/55/23

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries


TRIPS, TRADITIONS, LOVE AND EMBRACES
We make a visit in support of One Billion Rising, as well as our regular ongoing series, and selections of love and midnight embraces. Join us this week in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely.

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

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

All stories told in open voice unless otherwise noted. All times SL/PT

 ** SUNDAY, February 10th at 1:30pm:  TEA TIME with Templar ~ The Saint continues.  Part 3 of Leslie Charteris' "The Man Who Was Clever" with David Abbot, Corwyn Allen, and Caledonia Skytower, live on stream in the Library's Fireside Room (Downstairs).

** MONDAY, February 11th at 7pm:  Ruth Beebe Hill's HANTA YO continues with Gyro Muggins

**TUESDAY, February 12th at 7pm:  LOVE in Music & Poetry with Ktadhn Vesuvino and Caledonia Skytower, on stream and in voice.

**WEDNESDAY, February 13th at 7pm: More from Charles Stross' THE JENNIFER MORGUE with Corwyn Allen.

*THURSDAY, February 14th:

    ~ 3pm: Seanchai Library at ONE BILLION RISING - stories and poems of women in our world. (slurl will be posted on the event day - stay tuned!)

    ~ 7pm: THE MIDNIGHT EMBRACE with Shandon Loring. (Also in Kitely!  Find teleport from the main Seanchai World grid.kitely.com:8002:SEANCHAI)

Friday, February 8, 2019

"Hug-A-Linden/Dunk-A-Linden" Valentines Day Event Announced


February is best known for Valentines Day. And Second Life will be having a number of events related to the romance-themed holiday. Linden Lab has it's own Valentine event every year, and recently announced it on the official blog: the "Hug-A-Linden/Dunk-A-Linden" event.


Isle of View has returned with its forested walks, love nooks, and romantic swan boat rides. Love is in the air, and pink sunbeams are the perfect spot to profess your true feels to your belle or beau. Enjoy a scenic glide across the pink and purple waters, the twinkling rain of fireworks (and not just the kind you expect when you sneak that first kiss!), or stroll through the twining paths to hugging booths for picture-perfect moments.


While the Isle of View's entrance from Portal Park remains closed, one can access it on the map at Isle of View 2 (84/79/107), which is also mentioned in the Destination Guide. The Isle's sun is frozen at sunset through the clouds, giving the place a pinkish hue. One can walk down the paths, with lots of heart-shaped builds, pink lanterns, cherry-blossom trees, fireworks, and more. Or one can go down the water in a swan boat, preferably with your special someone.

The Valentines Day event will take place at the two "Love Pavilion" areas, seen as dome-like structures from a distance. Until then, people can have fun at the hugging and dunking booths, or buy a gift for a friend at the gift kiosk.

In earlier times in Second Life's history, there would be a "Kiss a Linden" event every year. The last one would be in 2011, after which it along with a number of other yearly events were discontinued. The Teen Grid would hold "Hug a Linden" events, at least until it was merged with the Mainland at the end of 2010. The Isle of View would be gone for a few years, but it's yearly appearances returned in 2014. While the "Kiss a Linden" events were no more, the "Hug a Linden" events resumed in 2016, combined with "Dunk a Linden," on a larger Isle of View.

Source: Linden blog.

Bixyl Shuftan


Press Release: Events For Parkinson’s Taking Applications For "The Oasis"



Events For Parkinson’s and Miss Globe Universal Charity Foundation partnered up to bring a exciting new event, The Oasis. The event will kick off on April 1st and end April 21st. It will be a beautiful three week event inspired by Egyptian history. The application for merchants and bloggers will open starting on February 1st, 2019 and close February 24th, 2019.

We plan to provide a beautiful Egyptian themed region for invited brands, bloggers, and guests for an fun shopping experience, music, theater entertainment, twice the hunts and much more during the wonderful time of the Spring season in the era of Ancient Egypt. We also want to raise more awareness for this amazing charity through education for guests. Lending your support to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, we are forever grateful.

For media sponsors contact DjRoseAthena through inworld or Facebook. She is the Head Coordinator for all large events. This event is being hosted through Events For Parkinson’s and Miss Globe Universal Charity Foundation which she is the Founder/Owner. In case she is not online or busy then contact the Co-Coordinator – Nola Hellershanks.

The Merchants

The Blogger Team

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle: “Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease”, "Darwin Day 2019 Lecture"


"Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease"
By Robert A. Hendrix, MD
Saturday, February 9 at 10 AM PST

"Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is of increasing prevalence and can lead to cirrhosis and total liver failure and can be found in children as young as 2 years of age through adulthood.  Death can occur not only from liver failure but more likely, associated cardiovascular disease.  This talk will review the clinical presentation and natural course of this  disease process and its possible associations with modern lifestyle, diet and gastrointestinal (gut) microbiota.

"GOAL – to raise awareness and basic understanding of NON-ALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE for lay people."

For more information: Click Here

The Science Circle (61/127/32)

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Darwin Day 2019 Lecture "Heroes of Evolution"
by Stephen L. Gasior, Ph.D
Tuesday, February 12th at 6 AM PST

"Heroes of Evolution: Kettlewell and Majerus: Of Moths and March of Science

"This lecture will honor the accomplishments of two scientists who helped demonstrate “Evolution in Action.”

"Dr. Henry Bernard Davis Kettlewell spent time in the field counting moths in response to increasing amounts of pollution. This phenomenon of industrial melanism was an excellent demonstration of microevolution showing how a population of organisms change in accordance with environmental changes. Unfortunately, scientific criticism lead to junk science criticisms by anti-evolutionists.

"Dr. Mike Majerus followed up on the scientific criticisms with his own updated experiments solidifying this basic concept of modern evolutionary theory. This talk focuses on the basics of the science and also the process of how science works.

"It will, as is typical for the speaker, criticize the bad faith arguments of the anti-evolutionists and reflect on the challenges for rational thought in today’s culture."

For more information: Click Here

The Science Circle (61/127/32)