Tuesday, April 30, 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, Lyuba's Game and Dance Center, and Furry Fashion's Furscape

Club Cutlass: Best in "O", Wings, 60s

The Happy Vixen: Going Small, Working Stiffs, TBA, Magic, Pink and Purple, May the Fifth Be With You (Star Wars), Bunnies, Girls Night Out

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

Montecito Bay: Anti-Romance,  Lem N Em, Birthday Bash, Pickle Party, Expeditions, After Dark, CAYA

FF Furscape: CAYA, Fantasy, Fandoms, Pastel, Sci-Fi, Retro, Videogames, After Dark, Birthday Events All Day Sunday

Lyuba's Game and Dance Center: Classic Rock, Apocalypse to Thunderdome, Monday Blues

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'


Press Release: Fran Serenade’s Celebration Of Life



A Celebration of the life of Fran Serenade at Savoy Ballroom 
in Creations Park on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 11AM to 
9PM, featuring some of Second Life’s very best performers.

On March 3rd, 2019, Creations Park lost its original inspiration, 
and Second Life lost its most celebrated senior.  Fran Serenade 
passed away at 92 after a lifetime of loving and serving others 
in both of the worlds she lived in. Fran was beloved by all who 
knew her, including her Linden friends. Her daughter, Barbie 
Alchemi, and son, AlmostThere Inventor, built Creations Park in 
Second Life to be a wonderworld to stimulate the mind, specifically 
for Fran and others with Parkinson’s.   The Draxtor video about 
Fran and the medical research into Parkinson’s done at Creations 
Park was called one of the most important ever made about 
Second Life by Linden Lab’s CEO Ebbe Linden.  

A Celebration of Fran’s life will be held at Savoy Ballroom in 
Creations Park on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 11AM to 9PM 
SLT.  Some of the very best live singers in Second Life will be 
performing in her honor.  Most knew Fran and some had 
performed at her 90th birthday party, also at Savoy. All talent will 
be performing for tips only, and like all events at Creations Park, 
this will benefit Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research.

By June 1, 2019, a memorial honoring Fran and this celebration 
will be located in-world at the  Savoy Swing Era Museum, and 
will be available online at SavoyBallroom.org/fran

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE                        More Available Online
TIME        ARTIST            AGENT/SL CONTACT
11:00 AM    Samm Qendra            direct
12:00 PM    Putri Solo (putrisolosinger)    Jamila.lanley         
1:00 PM    Luciano Lionheart        Helen (Helendar Bailey)
2:00 PM    Phil Setner            Alessia Setner (alessia.rodeyn)
3:00 PM    Agatha Knowles        Troy Nelson (troyjaimes)
4:00 PM    Savoy Dance Troupe        Jackie Brown (antarctica.ferraris)
5:00 PM    Max Kleene            Kat Vargas           
6:00 PM    Ronnie Artano            Missy (lilmiss54)
7:00 PM    Savoy Stars Showcase    Carlyle Chaparral
8:00 PM    JaeSands            direct

Sunbeamers Hit Platinum!



Once again, "The Little Team That Could" has done it. For the fourth year in a row, the team has gone beyond Gold level fundraising to Platinum. After reaching 200,000 Linden dollars a few days ago, there were some sizable donations, including team captain Rita Mariner. And so on late afternoon April 29, the amount raised for this year reached 250,000 Linden dollars.

There were a few little incentives for people to donate. Nydia Tungsten volunteered to be purple for a short time. DJ Geerkil Ziskey and two others on the "Epic Failure" team will be switching to Yinglet avatars for a while. And then there's the matter of a certain fox who offered to switch to a pink avatar, at least for club and smaller Relay events, for a week (everywhere else such as the Fantasy Faire, I can go back to red fox). Like the first two times this "Platinum Avatar Challenge" was done, it's something I've never done before. The big reveal is today at the Happy Vixen club at 4PM. 

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, April 29, 2019

Return of Last Names "Later in 2019" According to Ebbe Linden


Recently Hamlet Au interviewed Ebbe Altberg / Ebbe Linden. Linden Lab's CEO had a number of things to say (which I hope to write about more in depth later this week). On the issue of last names for accounts, which at a Town Hall meeting the Lindens stated would probably arrive sometime in Spring 2019, Altberg stated a different date.

There are some more back-end changes to SL which need to be made before Last Names can make a return (actually, it's really name changes that are the hard part), but we are working on it and hope to have it ready later in 2019.

So it seems once again, the date for last names has been pushed back, this time possibly to December.

Bixyl Shuftan

Update on the "Teleport Disconnects"


Earlier this month, Linden Lab came out and admitted what the residents had more or less figured out, Second Life was much buggier than usual, especially when it came to teleporting from sim to sim or crossing sim borders. So has there been improvement since then? Maybe some. Checking "Modem World," Inara Pey stated "There have been mixed reports on the outcome of the deployment made on Thursday, April 18th, 2019, with some indicating matters have improved, others reporting no real change. In particular, people visiting Fantasy Faire and travelling around the new Linden Homes continent appear to be faring a lot better than had been the case."

Simon Linden was quoted as saying at the Simulator User Group, " for server news, many of us are focused on the teleport issues … I hate to promise anything, but we all know a lot more about TP internal problems than we used to (smile) . We do understand they’re annoying and a frustrating problem – we definitely want to fix it and make it better."

Earlier, some residents wondered if the Lab moving data to Cloud servers was the cause of the glitches. Lately, there's been a new suspect, the EEP or Environmental Enhancement Project. Simon did admit that the problems appearing just after the release of EEP was "suspicious" and they were "trying to sort out is if somehow the environmental work caused the TP problems." He didn't think the glitches were related to avatar complecity, though stated "that said, the more complex your AV is, the more work it needs to change regions. It’s always been better to have fewer scripts and data for teleports and region crossings."

On a personal note, I myself seem to be having fewer problems with teleport disconnects, though there are still other glitches such as the viewer freezing for a bit. Some friends of mine are still crashing when teleporting around, so it seems the problem is still around.

Source: Modem World, SL Wiki

Bixyl Shuftan

A Busy Weekend



Quite a bit happened this weekend in Second Life. Friday was the conference at Virtual Ability. Saturday was the RFL cross-sim race by the Giant Snail Races, and the day the Fairlands Quest opened. Sunday was the fundraising concert at Veterans Isle. It was also the monthly festival in Roma.

We've done a little on the race and the quest. More on Virtual Ability and Veterans Isle later.

SL Video: "Giant Snail Races Relay For Life Rosehaven Race"




(Click here if the video does not play)

By RacerX Gullwing on Saturday April 27, "Today we raced across the Rosehaven sims to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The race was so crazy fun. 'Best one ever,' said Lobbie Riggles.

"Announcers this week RacerX Gullwing Mae Best Tindallia Soothsayer Lobbie Riggles Brian Topp Vienna Topp Loopy String and a few others

"Race finish order was BrianTopp Resident 1 CharlieCosmic Resident 2 JaseWolf Wylie 3 Alden Cortes 4 MiniMaylu Naxos 5 Tindallia Soothsayer 6 Nerxual Oh 7 Baldi McMillan 8 loopy String 9 Akay Utu 10 Mari Moonbeam 11 Lobbie Riggles 12 Liammen Resident 13

"Thank you for your donations"

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries


TIME TO COME HOME, AGAIN!
We had a great week at Fantasy Faire, but it feels really good to come home again.  We return to Holly Kai this week with a great sense of satisfaction, and stories too!

 Join us for another week in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely, live in voice.

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

All stories told in open voice unless otherwise noted. All times SL/PT
Unless otherwise noted, events at Holly Kai Estates (213/43/27)

Thanks to the Seanchai Community, we were able together to present Fantasy Faire SL with a total of L$100,000 that were used during Faire events as match challenges.

In recognition, we were recognized as sponsors of the Gacha Garden on Celestial Plain.
The Faire remains open through May 5th.

--------->> COMING THIS WEEK:

** MONDAY, April 29th, at 7pm:  Leah Cutter's PAPER MAGE begins with Gyro Muggins.

**TUESDAY, April 30th at 7pm: TBA

**WEDNESDAY, May 1st at 7pm:  Dorothy Gilman's KALEIDOSCOPE (More Selected Adventures), Caledonia presents, live on stream.

**THURSDAY,  May 2nd:

~ At 7pm: Edgar Rice Burroughs' CAVE GIRL with Shandon (Also in Kitely!  Find teleport from the main Seanchai World grid.kitely.com:8002:SEANCHAI)

~ At 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT with Finn Zeddmore

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Puns of the Day



Taken at the VWBPE, "Advice from the ocean."

Be shore of yourself

Come out of your shell

Take time to coast

Avoid pier pressure

Sea life's beauty

Don't get tide down

Make waves

Fairelands Quest is Open



After several days of delays, the Fairelands Quest "The Lair of Lantoris" was finally open. Well, at least the first part. The second part is still being worked on. But most of us will still be figuring out the first for a while.

To take part, purchase the quest HUD. There are a number of places you can find it. The place I got mine is Fairelands Junction (110/185/110). You can get "basic" with just the HUD, or "deluxe" and get an outfit as well.


To get the HUD, just select "add" to it, and the contents will appear in your inventory. Besides the main quest HUD, there's another "Magic" HUD, as well as an attachment for your companion. If you got the Deluxe version, you'll also get men's and women's clothes, boxed of course. I went to a place where I could rezz mine, then returned.


Your first task is the find the Bard Queen. She's in plain sight as one makes their way down the main path toward the Midas sim. After you accept her mission, your next part is to find your companion "Planty." Where could he be? Well, as he's a bookworm, maybe the sim where the LitFest is.


So now you have "Planty." You're now ready to begin the next part of the quest: getting the spellbook and the needed ingredients. Happy Adventuring.

Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Seeing Double?



Taken at the Virtual Ability conference yesterday. Nope, this isn't some fancy computer editing. Erik Mondrain is one of the handful of others who wears the same type of avatar as me, a red Luskwood fox, for their main appearance.

It's about twelve years since I got the avie, but it still has it's fans. 

SL Video: "The Spook Returns"




(Click here if the video fails to play)

By Furry Alex in Nov, 2018

Friday, April 26, 2019

Second Life Destinations: Fantasy Faire Literary Festival



This week's "Second Life Destinations" by Linden Lab is part of the big event going on in Second Life at the moment, the Fantasy Faire Literary Festival. It included a picturesque video.



Did you also know that there’s a big Literary Festival that is part of the faire this year - with story-telling, dramatic performances, workshops, and author meet and greets? Find out more about all the events happening on the Fantasy Faire website.   

To check out the schedule of the "Litfest," click here: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/literary-festival-schedule/

RFL Team Sunbeamers Hit 200,000 Lindens Raised



Since the joint Sunbeamer/Meli's Maniacs RFL team event at the Happy Vixen last Saturday, donations have been continuing to come in. On Thursday April 25, the team finally reached the 200,000 Linden dollar mark.

We're getting higher and higher. Just 50K more until Platinum.

I've also made a little promise to the team, this year's "Platinum Avatar Challenge." Once again I'll be something that I haven't been before, at least at neighborhood club and smaller Relay events: pink. Everywhere else, back to normal as I still need to see what's going on for the paper. It'll be for one week.

Trader Whiplash of the Relay Rockers has made an offering of his own. If the Subeamers hit one million Linden dollars, the amount needed to get to Emerald level fundraising, he'll stay in a dinky avatar for a week. So hopefully the 'beamers can make him live up to his promise.

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: Beffefit Concert at Veterans Isle This Sunday, 4-9 PM





Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce 2019’s April benefit 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 April 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 April 28, 2019 is scheduled from 4pm to 9 PM PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Nina Bing, Zak Claxton, Neo Maximus Brandenburg and Donn Devore.

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

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle - "Science Fiction"


Panel: "Science Fiction"
Saturday April 27
10 AM to 11 AM SL time

Monthly panel discussion
With this week as subject “Science Fiction”

Panel participants:
  1. Myron Curtis
  2. Robert Hendrix
  3. William Wall
For more information, Click Here

The Science Circle (61/127/32)

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Fantasy Faire: Linden Jail And Bail, Delay of The Quest



Wednesday April 24 was a notable point at the Fantasy Faire with a certain event: the Linden Jail and Bail. Two Lindens, Patch and Madori, and one mole, Ancient, were locked in a circus cage. A few others were nearby either for moral support, to make sure their peers weren't tarred and feathered for recent glitches, or both.

Getting there well after it started, it seemed the three were in some danger of being accosted by tinies, "I poke your tummy!" "Let's all poke his tummy!" "TUMMY BEEP!!!!" Someone defended their actions, "Because he's secretly the PIllsbury Doughboy!" One however did give them something to drink, "It's prison wootberry."

Patch responded by stripping down to his undies, perhaps to distract the crowd. Some found this shocking, "This just jumped from PG to something else." But some just called for more, "Get your blackmail pictures of Patch in SPEEDOES!" "I am putting that in my profile!"

Ancient didn't think too much of the cage, "Smells like sweaty rat in here." At one point, he was chewing on the bars. Mystic Mole cautioned him, "Ancient, that isn't a snack!" Someone shouted, "They made of licorice, Ancient!" Ancient spat, "I hate licorice, you monsters!"

Patch would give out a few of the coveted Linden Home houseboats plus sis months Premium for free for 50,000 donations, "One more houseboat for 6 months, L$50,0000!!!!!" His last giveaway, "A custom named account for L$60,0000. ... It will have to be a new account, created specially for you!!!" It was quickly snapped up by Gwen Enchanted.

Gem Sunkiller would tell me a total of 434,000 Linden dollars were raised at the event.


It's no big secret that in the past several weeks, the Grid's been a little buggier than usual, and tping to the Fairegrounds, or even just sim crossing can be problematic. But the most noticable glitch at this year's Fantasy faire is the delay of the Fairelands Quest which was supposed to start on Monday. Instead, it's been delayed day after day, and finally yesterday on Wednesday people were told the goal was to get it working by Friday April 26.

The fiercest gremlins on the grid. The finest gremlin-smackers in the metaverse. It's a battle to the death -- all to rescue the Quest and restore it to our Faire family!
There's still work to be done, but our heroes with their vorpal swords pledge to win the day. We're aiming at seeing the Quest make a joyful return on Friday.
Never fear, with the extra days we'll have for the Faire this year, you'll have plenty of time to finish, and enjoy the best dragon's hoard of prizes anywhere!


Hopefully the Fairelanders can get the quest going before they have a peasant rebellion on their hands.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sneak Peak: The Newser SL16B Exhibit



With the Second Life Birthday celebration a couple months away, the talented Silvia Ametza, whom was behind several previous builds for the Newser, has generously offered to donate her time, and prims, into designing and building the SL Newser's SL16B exhibit.

What her build will be? Well, we're not telling you, yet. But we can offer you a sneak peak.

Stay tuned for more.

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at Veterans Isle. Why this guy chose "Badmeat" for part of his name (I blocked out the number part), I never asked him. Still, it leaves one to wonder what the reason was.

By Bixyl Shuftan

The Sunbeamer Air Show


About a week and a half ago, Team Sunbeamers of the Relay for Life held it's sixth annual air show at Farshore Field. Organized by Cynthia Farshore, the event had a number of activities and attractions. The Newser was there, and took a number of pictures.

See the pictures in Events.

New Linden Homes Continent Update



For those wanting to scout the new continent

Besides landing planes there, one can also rezz them. But the spot can be identified only by the lack of the "no-rezz" symbol on one's viewer. It's at Coral Waters (109/139/22)

For those whom have been trying to get one of the new Linden Homes, a forum post by Patch Linden stated they were all gone within 48 hours. The good news, he promises additional homes "in the very near future." Presumably, this means the rest of the continent, or at least more of it, will soon be moved into positioned, and the homes placed on it.

Hat Tip: Daniel Voyager, Inara Pey

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: Virtual Ability's Mental Health Symposium





The theme of this year's conference is: "Mental Health in the 21st Century: Digital Destruction or Support?"


Friday, April 26, 2019

Sojourner Auditorium, Virtual Ability island
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/54/170/23

Additional information available here:
https://virtualability.org/mental-health-symposia/mental-health-symposium-2019/

NOTE: All times are SLT or Pacific time.

7:30-8:15am SLT - Jacquelyn Paykel
8:30-9:30am - Evelyn McElhinney
10-10:30am Pacific- Antonius van Rooij
10:45-11:45am - panel
noon-12:45pm - Nicholas Bowman
1-1:45pm - Michelle Colder Carras
2-3:30pm - Kevin Holloway
4p-5pm - Fatemeh Rezaee
5-5:45pm - Taaha Shakir

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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


Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs, Lyuba's Game and Dance Center, and Furry Fashion's Furscape

Club Cutlass: Best in "N", Stripes, Purple

The Happy Vixen: Cats, Martial Arts/Fighters, TBA, Trashy, Robots and Battlesuits, Stripes, Black and White, Foxes and Mice

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

Montecito Bay: Quirky, Princess, Plushies,  Lem N Em, After Dark, Jazz

FF Furscape: CAYA, Celtic, Royalty, Pets, Fancy, Hippies vs Hipsters, Genderbend, After Dark, Hooves and Horns, Purple, Fantasy

Lyuba's Game and Dance Center: Classic Rock, Apocalypse to Thunderdome, Monday Blues

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

Reader Submitted: "Hilarious TP Error"



Teleporting around is a pretty convenient way to get around Second Life, and when getting between places not connected, sometimes the only way. But sometimes, things go wrong. When Henning Lionheart tried going to Fairelands Junction, he ended up inside one of the mirrors.


From the outside, only his head, and the basket he was holding, showed. "This would be an annoying TP error if it hadn't been so hilariously perfect."

Monday, April 22, 2019

Linden Lab's Linux OS Update Suspected in Grid Troubles


It's been almost two weeks since Linden Lab admitted what many residents had suspected for a while, that residents were having more issues on the Grid, notably teleporting between sims or walking between them. However, the Lab may have identified a cause of the trouble. Inara Pey recently wrote that last week on Thursday April 18 at the Content Creation User Group meeting, Vir Linden stated the problem might be an update of theirs on the servers for Linux OS.

"Yeah, we've been having some issues on the simulator side where people tend to get disconnected between teleports, it's been common enough that it shows up as a significant blip in our stats. And that issue seems to have come along, basically when we upgraded our version of Linux that we're using on our simulators. So we've had some rollbacks there, just to try and get that issue to go away.

"That kinda pushes out the timeline for (deploying) all the things based on Jessie, the later version (of Linux) that we're trying to update to. Hopefully we can get those out soon, but I can't tell you anything about the timeline. ..."

So now that the Lab says they might have found the cause of the trouble, will this soon mean not so many issues on the Grid? Time will tell.

Source: Modem World

Bixyl Shuftan

Joint RFL Team Event Raises Over 42,000 Lindens


On Saturday April 20, the Relay for Life teams Sunbeamers and Meli's Maniacs held a joint event at the Happy Vixen beach club in Purrfection Estates. For six hours, three DJs, DJ Geerkil, DJ Snowbuns, and DJ Tech, played for the crowd as Lindens were donated into two RFL kiosks, one for each team. The theme was Purple, so every two hours people voted on who had the best purple avatar and/or outfit. A number of other Relayers showed up, including four members of the Roos With a Dream team whom danced away in kangaroo avatars.

At the end of the event, Meli's Maniacs had raised 14,665 Linden dollars, bringing their total to 70,451 Lindens. Team Sunbeamers raised 27,599 Linden dollars, bringing their total this year to 181,500. The event raised a total of 42,254 Linden dollars (about $168 USD).


The Sunbeamers/Meli's Maniacs combined RFL event yesterday was a success. The Sunbeamers raised over 27.000 Lindens, and the Maniacs over 14,000, with a combined total of over 42.000 Linden dollars. Thank you those who helped run the event, and those who donated.

This wasn't the only fundraiser done by Team Sunbeamers recently. Team Captain Rita Mariner's "Bid Me Chipmunk" netted the team about 4000 Linden dollars. The catch was that Rita is stuck in an anthro chipmunk avatar for a week, which has led to a few "Captain Chipmunk" jokes, due to that and the name she uses while gaming online sometimes.

In the meantime, the Relay goes on, with the big event at the moment being the Fantasy Faire. For now rather than have big events, the "'beamers" will enjoy themselves at the Faire and wait for the Lindens to fix the "TP crash" bug before coming up with something new. But later on in May, "The Little Team That Could" will come up with something to get to Platinum Level. It's just a question of what.

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries


FAIRE TIME! FAIRE TIME!
But before we make our trek to this year's amazing @Fantasy Faire, we have more stories to share: fantasy, sci-fi, Fantasy Faire of Second life (benefiting Relay for Life)  explodes onto the SL grid this week: a cacophony of shopping and events of all kinds. Join us for another week in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely, live in voice.

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

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

This week, we make our annual odyssey to Fantasy Faire in support of Relay for Life.  We are pleased to share that the Seanchai Library community has collected over L$75,000 to be used as matching funds for event challenges at Fantasy Faire.  Thank you everyone for embracing this idea and making it flourish so far beyond what we imagined.  We'll have more to share on this later.

All Seanchai session at The Faire will take place at the Faire's LitFest home region of Trollhaugen, in the Trollmoth event space. 
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/FF%20Trollhaugen/161/134/134
  

** MONDAY, April 22nd, at 7pm:  SELECTIONS FROM THE WORKS OF URSULA Le GUIN. Gyro Muggins presents selected excerpts from two different works by the late author. In “Left Hand of Darkness” a human envoy arrives on the planet known as Gethen aka “Winter.” In “The Lathe of Heaven” a battle of wits ensues between a psychiatrist and a patient with psychic dream powers.

**TUESDAY, April 23rd at 7pm: NOTHING BUT TROLLS! from Neil Gaiman to J.K. Rowling, as well as more traditional adventures, Caledonia presents a troll's eye perspective, live on stream.

**WEDNESDAY, April 24th at 7pm:  AN URSULA Le GUIN CELEBRATION. Seanchai Library celebrates the work of the

late Ursula K.Le Guin with two stories from her vast canon of works: “CatWings” and “The Rule of Names”.

**THURSDAY, April 25th at 7pm: HALLOWEEN IN APRIL: X-Files – The House On Hickory Hill, with Shandon and

Caledonia. (Also in Kitely!  Find teleport from the main Seanchai World grid.kitely.com:8002:SEANCHAI)

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter



Happy Easter from the Second Life Newser

Picture from Gemma Cleanslate

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Happy Vixen. The theme was "Spots," and there's not many options for guys when it comes to spotted outfits. So there was this. The response from one person, " I swear,I think a bunch of paint cans and paint brushes ganged up on you (grin)."

By Bixyl Shuftan

Scenes From The Fantasy Faire



The Fantasy Faire is in full swing. A lot's been going on, but I've had a little time to stop by, and take a few pictures of the sights.


The place has always been a visual treat for yours truly, with lots of scenery.


Sometimes the avatars themselves are an attraction, with new varieties I've never before seen.


There are a number of events to attract people, such as this music party. But there are others, such as discussions, tours, and more. Unfortunately, with all the people around, those with slower machines may need to wait until later in the evening, or arrive earlier in the morning. There's also the "TP disconnect" issue that continues to affect people.

To read more about the Faire, click here: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairelands Junction/122/164/110/

Friday, April 19, 2019

Announcement: RFL Music Marathon at Club Happy Vixen, Tomorrow Noon to 6PM


Team Sunbeamers and Team Meli's Maniacs are getting together for a six-hour music extravaganza with three great DJs. Join us at the recently renovated Happy Vixen Beach club as DJ Geerkil, DJ Snowbuns, and DJ Tech spin their tunage for a great cause. The theme is "Best in Purple," and near the end of each of the three sets we'll have a vote to see who's best in theme.

As this is a charity event, the tip jars for the DJs, hostesses, and dancers will be inactive. All tips go to the Relay for Life in Second Life.

To keep things fair, the winner of the first contest will have to sit out from entering the contest board on the second.

To make things interesting, two of the Sunbeamer team, club owner Nydia Tungsten, and Bixyl Shuftan, have offers for a "Platinum Avatar Challenge." If Team Sunbeamers reaches Platinum fundraising level, 250,000 Linden dollars before the end of the event, Bixyl is offering to go pink for a week (something he *never* does) whenever appearing at club events or Relay events outside of the Fantasy Faire (everywhere else he can go back to normal). Nydia says if Platinum rank is reached, she will go Purple for a week.

The event will be Saturday April 20, from Noon to 6PM SL time.

Purrfection Estates (236, 219, 24)   

Strawberry Singh Hired By Linden Lab


Strawberry Singh has made a name for herself as Second Life's most popular fashion blogger. A few days ago on April 12, she had an announcement for her readers. She had gotten a job with Linden Lab. Her position is Marketing Content Specialist.

This is a new chapter in my life which came at a perfect time when I felt like I really needed a change. I am incredibly excited to be working for a company for whose product I have so much love and passion.

Going forward, this blog will no longer promote brands in Second Life as I don’t want there to be a conflict of interest because of my new position. Therefore, I will no longer be sharing style credits or reviews on items inworld. I will, however, continue to use this blog to occasionally do exploration videos of various Second Life destinations, other topics of interest, as well as specific announcements that Linden Lab might want me to make.

As a skilled blogger, video maker, and photographer, there's no doubt she'll be a strong asset to the Linden marketing team. What she comes up with, we'll likely soon see.

Bixyl Shuftan

CDS Calling For Candidates For Election


Yesterday, the CDS announced it was calling for residents among it's citizenry to run as candidates in it's upcoming elections for their Representative Assembly and office of Chancellor. Those eligible to run were listed in the CDS census a few days ago.

You qualify to stand for office if you are listed on both censuses( April 6th and 13th) and no challenge is received and upheld to bar you from doing so.

If you wish to declare as a candidate, send a notecard, inworld, to the inventory of the Dean, Roguegeek Cooperstone AND to Soro Dagostino, stating  your name and whether you are running for Chancellor or RA . The Dean or Soro will post the names of candidates as they are received.


CDS citizens have until April 30 to declare they're running for office. On May 1, the Dean will announce a list of candidates for both the Assembly and office of Chancellor. The campaign season officially starts May 4. On May 11, the polls open and stay open until May 17.

Reader Submitted: Space Engineers "The Walkyure"



Besides busy modding her outfits, Valkyrie Ice has been busy in the MMO "Space Engineers." Here is a work of hers that took over a year to make: "The Walkyure, an exercise in large scale ship building." But as the game is in early release in beta, it has been subject to change. Among the changes were some that made the ship impossible to finish as planned, at least for now.

Well, at least you can see what I spent over a year building, only to have SE's "PVP balancing" make impossible to finish.

The Ship made to use the Leviathan Engine wings, The Walkyure was supposed to be a massive carrier ship, able to support multiple fighters, manufacture more at will, defend itself against entire fleets of pirates, etc.

Instead, she's an unfinshed hulk that is likely to never be finished until Keen decides to make the game friendly to BUILDERS again, instead of PVP combat junkies.

Oh well. If you have any interest in ART instead of blowing each other up, feel free to load her. It's a world, and will load all mods. It's primarily Shao mods, with a few others for specific items. You can fly through most of her since the game has turned the majority of her into a ghost, and made it impossible to add any more blocks.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Being Human, Part Deuce


In Second Life, one can take on more or less whatever appearance they want to. But the most common avatars are human ones. So what happens when someone who usually appears nonhuman goes about in a human avatar for a while? Bixyl Shuftan gave it a try as a result of a Relay for Life fundraiser a few years ago. When he got requests to try another "Bid Me Human," he did so and was without his usually foxy look for a while. So how did people react?

Read Bixyl's story in People.

Linden Lab's Sping Egg Hunt


For those who like games, notably hunts, Linden Lab just announced "a most egg-cellent adventure." They're calling it their "Spring Egg Hunt."

Spring is in full swing, and that means the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, and those Glytches are … well glytching!

We've scattered special eggs around various Regions throughout Second Life. Your task is to find the eggs, follow the clues inside, and if you make it to the end of the hunt, you’ll earn an exclusive prize!

This Spring hunt is only here for a week - so be sure to get hunting by April 24th, 2019 - or this prize will be lost forever.


The first clue is at Hartyshire (129/122/23), the hub location of the Glytches game. But you won't be hunting any of the little critters. Instead  you'll be looking for an egg. It isn't too hard to find, and when you do, you'll get a clue to the next location. Do not go directly there from the SURL. Instead, go to the sim via Portal Park. Once you find the egg and clue there, you can go ahead and directly teleport to the rest of the locations given to you. You should have little trouble finding the eggs, at least once everything rezzes as once the egg was among the last items to appear.

The final clue, you get not only an egg but a gift package. So what's in the package? You get a chair, a garden shed, a couple benches, and a number of smaller, decorative, items. If you're not into gardening or home decor, oh well, it was a fun little hunt.

The Egg Hunt ends on April 24, 2019.

Bixyl Shuftan

RFL News: Bid Me Bald Team Challenge Results.


As far as Relay events, go, the Bid Me Bald Team Challenge, in which several teams put their hair on the line, was a complete success. The teams involved raised a total of 493,358 when the kiosks were stopped at the celebration party at Arinultra Cay at 3PM on Sunday April 14.

Final Totals - BMB Team Challenge! Congrats all!
Cure Chasers    101063
Season Leads    70678
Heroes Helping Heroes    60037
ACTS    41550
Roos With  A Dream    39002
Relay Rockers    39000
UFS metamorphosis    36901
Relay For Christ    36442
Inspired Dreamwalkers    36353
Mieville Steampunks    32332
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE TEAMS!

L$ 493358   FIFTY DAYS!  UNTIL JUNE 3RD

So the Cure Chasers ended up making the Mieville Steampunks sans hair. At least they'll grow it back in time, as Bain Finch (bainfinch Resident) pointed out, "Hummm? 50 days + 5 days of Relay before we Relay in 55 days. Nice symmetry."

Picture from Nulala Maracas

Press Release: Le Cirque de Nuit - April 19-28 2019


"Le Cirque de Nuit" Lights up Idle Rogue for 2019 Production

Idle Rogue, Second Life.  Magic sparkles across the skies above Idle Rogue as the beloved production, Le Cirque de Nuit awakens for 2019.

Basing their work on Erin Morgenstern’s novel, "The Night Circus", dance entertainers of Idle Rogue Productions lead enchanted audiences back into a steampunk circus that is refurbished, and presented, as Idle Rogue's flagship production each year.

The 2019 Production is directed by Blaze DeVivre with the assistance of Sho Kyong.Morgenstern’s story, set in the 19th century and traversing Europe and the US, is an intrigue that sees a natural-born magician pitted in ruthless competition against a highly trained illusionist. The arena for their battle is a traveling circus, and each bout adds more dazzling illusion to the wildly popular, but always enigmatic, Night Circus.

Using the novel’s setting as a background to their own stories, Idle Rogue’s production features dance acts with steampunk, illusion and circus themes, each built, as is the Idle Rogue tradition, by the dancer performing it.  While some acts are carried forward from the previous year, they are balanced with news acts in a creative blend that makes every year's production unique.

True to the novel, the Circus acts, props and costumes are created in black and white. Dance acts are interspersed with viewings of art installations constructed in blazing colour and we are delighted to announce that this year’s guests include renowned artists, Bryn Oh and Cica Ghost.

Idle Rogue is once again joined by special guests Seanchai Library, who will provide opening entertainment with a selected reading from "The Night Circus" by Caledonia Skytower, whose story-telling skills are unmatched in Second Life, adding a literary lustre our audiences thoroughly enjoyed in 2018.

Performance Dates and Times for 2019 (all times slt):

Friday 19 April at 10pm

Saturday 20 April at 2pm

Sunday 21 April at 7pm

Friday 26 April at 10pm

Saturday 27 April at 7pm

Sunday 28 April at 2pm

Seats for this popular production fill up fast. While there is no admission for the performances, seats must be booked in advance. Saturday Melody will be available online 24/7, beginning April 1st until all six performances are booked.  Please contact her to reserve seat(s) and to be added to the access list to the performance area for your booked time and date. 

Timestamps of messages will determine the order in which bookings are processed.

Audiences are reminded that dance entertainment performances rely heavily on the resources of the sim. Those attending shows can assist the show by reducing their script useage - removing non-essential HUDS, facelights and particles, and by checking for highly scripted hair and jewelry. This consideration is very much appreciated!