Thursday night, was at the Seanchai Library. The reading at 7PM was by special request an excerpt of "The Princess Bride."
TONIGHT: It begins with an Announcement, that turns into a Kidnapping and (if we are very lucky) a series of Trials. Join Caledonia Skytower as she presents the best, best bits of this charming tale of Buttercup, Westley, Inigo and all over the course of two evenings, live on stream.
The reading was entertaining and amusing, as "The Princess Bride" had been, with characters acting over the top, and the way the story was told.
The Seanchai Library has book readings and other events every week. For the schedule, join the group or check the website at www.seanchailibrary.com.
By Nydia Tungsten on September 19, "Yes, we're back making Video's again, this one was a 'quickie' to dust
off the 'ol skills and make sure everything still worked. As always I do
not do these to get money from youtube, No one is ever paid except a
thank you and hope you enjoy., and we ALL hope you our viewer enjoy what
If your could make your home in however you wanted it, what would it look like? That's a question many here in Second Life ask themselves. Some of us don't bother getting one as avatars don't need a place to sleep or bathe. But others feel a strong desire to have someplace to call their very own. Some of us are satisfied with a small place. Others want something more. Here's how some of my virtual neighbors here in the Sunweaver community choose to make their homes.
For those of you waiting for Linden Lab to come up with a Second Life app for mobile devices, there were a few small bits of information made available. First, in the Technology section of the forums, there's a new sub-section: "Mobile." A thread soon started, and Keira Linden made a few comments.
In response to how much longer for an app for the Marketplace:
Marketplace does pose it's own set of challenges. We have had (and will
continue to have) many internal discussions about what features to
introduce at what time and Marketplace did rank high on that list.
Right now, we're really focused on the social aspects like chat (both IM
and group) and getting those right.
About an hour later:
I've got a little gossip, but not sure how juicy it is. 😆
Android app is in the works! We went with iOS first because we have
more Residents on iOS devices, not because we don't love our
Android Resis too! Release for an Android app is going to be a little
delayed after iOS because we still have some backend work to do and (in
case you hadn't heard) we are frantically working on this eency little
project called UPLIFT. 🤣 But, we're
still working on what we can along side iOS. Once we have a beta
version of it that we can open up for you all to bang on, I'll drop an
announcement in here so you all can sign up.
SL blogger Daniel Voyager feels this means sign-ups for a beta version of an SL mobile app will be "very soon." The full version of the app is not expected to be available until sometime in 2021.
The 1st Annual SL Renaissance Festival brings Medieval Realms and Roleplayers together to Crusade against Breast Cancer
Opening Ceremonies - September 25 - 3:00pm SLT
Join us at The Medieval / Renaissance Fundraising Event to support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Shopping and Entertainment, Classes, Jousting, Sword and Archery Tournaments, Parade of Knights, Royal Gala
The Medieval / Renaissance Festival Sept 25 - Oct 4, 2020
Minstrel's Corner Entertainment:
Ren Fest VI (8,68,28)
Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce 2020’s September benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life!
Frets Nirvana, the premier guitar artist in the virtual world of Second Life and the US Military Veterans Group announce the 2020 September 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 295 SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOMES NATIONWIDE FOR WOUNDED VETERANS.”
In 2019 the community in Second Life sent $14,000 to Homes For Our Troops, thanks to many kind hearts and great Second Life performers. HFOT built 19 homes for extremely wounded veterans in 2018 and has now purchased the land to build 21 more.
Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle. The September concert on September 27, 2020 is scheduled from 4 PM to 9 Pm PM PST. Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Nina Setner, Miha Shaman, Amforte Clarity nd Hogan Baily
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
But it seems almost five years after the end of the yearly art competitions, the UWA area has finally run out of chances. It was announced in the UWA 3D Art and Design Challenge group that the last sim, University of Western Australia, would soon close, after Midnight December 31st . So it it's honor, there would be one last event.
One last show... let's make this a good one. Uni of WA estate is down to one region and it will disappear at the end of the year. (yes REALLY disappear) Jayjay, Freewee, quadrapop and all the others who have helped put together art and machinima challenges over the years invite you to take part in this event organised by Chuck Clip.
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This is a grand finale, a sad farewell to show our gratitude to UWA and all that they did for us as artists, curators, and residents of SL. Their work brought life and beauty to all of us and made the art world in Second Life a thing to behold.
The theme is "Gratitude" This art show is open to everyone. The theme is “Gratitude” with a 150 prim limit per artwork, and limited to one entry per artist.
Why The Theme “Gratitude?” For over a decade, the University of Western Australia has been synonymous in the minds of many residents of Second Life with the arts and the support thereof. Their work was unparalleled on the grid, and made waves in the art world that, even as they prepare to close their sim, resonate through the art world today.
There are so many people whose lives they touched in one way or another. So many artists found inspiration in their 3D Art Challenge themes, and support in the encouragement of the community they created.
I, Chuck Clip, am one of them, and I am honored and humbled to have been granted the chance to organize this event. I’ll attempt to carry their extraordinarily heavy torch, to continue to support the arts in Second Life in their stead.
Let us all come together this one last time to say thank you to the men and women of this great institution, to celebrate their achievements, their impact on our own achievements, and to mourn their departure.
The deadline for interested artists to enter is November 1. There's a 150 prim limit per exhibit, and "Artwork entered should be able to be interpreted by the casual viewer as being representative of the theme." To enter, head to the UWA landing point at University of WA (76/227/25) or to Sinful Retreat (137/142/52). Both sims have a UWA Art Show Submissions box located there, "To submit entries, select the entry in your inventory (left mouse button) and then press CTRL & drag the entry while holding down that key to the UWA Art Show Submissions box. When the cursor is over the box (red outlines should appear around the receiver box), release your left mouse button and the item is received. Do this for BOTH your entry and your Artist Notecard." Those who have problems doing so can pass the exhibit and the artist notecard to Chuck Clip.
The event opening is November 11, from 12 Noon to 4pm SLT. Exhibits will be taken down on Dec 31 or just before, before the sim closes.
For more information, check the notecard in the UWA 3D Art and Design Challenge group. Hat tip: Inara Pey
The place offers some spooky fun with a creepy fog going over the graves and headstones. There are numerous skeletons around in comical positions. Some playing games, some having to deal with problems. There's also a vehicle on the road, so watch out for the (un)dead driver. The thrills and chills aren't just on the outside. On the inside are a few spooks and other characters for more scary fun.
Along with the RL Oktoberfest in Munich*, the CDS celebrates Oktoberfest! This Oktoberfest Celebration of 2020 marks our 16th year as a community in Second Life!
Noma Falta - live singer/musician
blues to rock and jazz, vocals, bass, guitar
Thursday Sept 24, 2 - 3 pm slt
Colonia Nova (23/107/22)
Pub crawl! We have a lot of great drinking holes in the CDS. We'll
experience at least 3 of them. Featuring 'drinking songs' with DJ Qt
Friday, Sept. 25. noon - 2 pm slt
#1 Trattoria SM, is in our fishing village, Stella Marina. For the C.D.S. OKTOBERFEST, they will also serve beer and wurst as well as their delicious Italian fare.
#2 The Tricolour Irish Pub. Storytelling, Singing, Dancing and carrying on! And of course plenty of Guiness.
#3 The Neufreistaedter Biergarten - Schnitzel and bier, and don't forget the pretzels!
Parade and Party!
Mounted PARADE up the mountain - in national costumes. Dig out your dirndls and lederhosen, or whatever your style is! Everyone welcome. Beautiful bento horse rezzer on site if you don't have your own mount. Parade starts 1 pm slt
Followed by Big-Band with Colt Shostakovich
Dancing and beer drinking, under the Oktoberfest banner.
Saturday Sept. 26. time 2 - 3 pm slt
"Effinjay" - celebrating their 15th anniversary playing music online!
Effinjay is composed of Marc "Jaycatt" lePine and Jeremy "Frogg" Works. Their repertoire consists of mostly original material and a few selected covers, composed of a mix of piano, guitar, vocals, and harmonica. Their eclectic mix has been described as acoustic organic folkjazz. Musical influences range from Mannheim Steamroller, Simon and Garfunkle, The Beatles, Pink Floyd,
Sunday Sept. 27, 1 pm slt
*Sadly, due to the pandemic this year, the RL Oktoberfest is cancelled. Never mind, we can still have fun in SL.
Taken at Studio 86. Sergals, described as a cross between wolves and dragons, are noted for having wedge-shaped heads. This has gotten then the nickname "cheddarheads" or "cheeseheads" as cheese is sold in wedge-shaped pieces at times.
Gemma Cleanslate's latest story was about an unexpected adventure. She was hiking around in Madori Falls Wilderness when she smelled smoke. It was a forest fire! The result was getting away from the flames with fellow hikers, avoiding dangerous animals, and more. So how did she escape?
Since we last wrote in detail about the Deathlands, there's been some changes to the post-apocalyptic area. One was the instillation of two oil tanks. "Denis, our favorite BUNKER designer, paid a visit and decided we should have a new set of tanks in Deathlands," Rebel Wolf (HermitBlue Resident) would write in his Flickr page , "It's full of radioactive oil and waste. It will finally get a few empty? or Full? barrels on it , and be put in it's place next to the tracks! Thanks Denis!"
"It's really amazing to watch something being built!" Rebel would tell me the next day, "enis owner of BUNKER made them last night. Free! and I'm (the) first owner!" Of Denis (DenisLeontevv), "He has (a) MP store and BUNKER sim, down right now but it's amazing." It wasn't the first of his builds in the sim, "The water tower was another of his creations. It's great to see sim owners cooperate, and the help he has given me is priceless."
Rebel would share with me a video of Denis' rusty old Soviet-era bunker, "Our bunker while not as nice is cool. While not part of the original idea, we have zombie - er mutants you can shoot too here. ... I have bought a lot of stuff of him, he has really good post-apoco bunker stuff."
Of the oil tanks, "It's by the old train track that lead to nowhere now. We had a set of tanks there, but Denis made us a 'nicer' set. Does nicer apply to Deathlands? Probably not, perhaps more old and worn! But its less prim, and looks amazing. The tanks and train cars are full of oil and nuclear waste from the old nuclear reactor."
Of DJ Wolfie's performances, Rebel told me they would be a regular weekly event, "I find its wise to let the survivors have a dance once a week, to relax. We don't want a insurrection or avrevolt against the Baron."
The walk is set, walkers are warming up, and now its up to you!!! If you would like to sponsor on of our walkers for this year's STRIDES WALK-A-THON just follow the link below. Walkers are still being add if you have not signed up to be a walker also, so it's not to late.
Information on both is listed below. Look forward to seeing you then as we put our best foot forward to fight Breast Cancer.
TO BE A WALKER: https://forms.gle/FVdoXcDPpA7p3H3F6
TO BE A SPONSOR:https://forms.gle/FBDhM8K9Sz4tGGfX8
Lindens are Coming to the 2020 SL Renaissance Festival! They bring
fabulous booty from foreign shores and are challenging the Champions of
the Medieval Realms to a Tournament!
The SL Renaissance
Festival unites Medieval Role Play Communities to Crusade Against Breast
Cancer. The 10 Day event in support of the American Cancer Society
Strides Campaigns in Second Life kicks off September 25th and will
feature Merchants, Gatchas, Auctions and Entertainment. Spreading over 6
beautiful autumn regions the, Festival fills the countryside with
Castles and Shoppes and Fields of Honor.
Spies of the Realm
have learned that the Lindens will be taking part in the Festival and
will be bringing some very special treasures of immense Value. Some of
the Lindens have been sentenced to be Pilloried for their misbehavior
during their journey to the Festival. They will serve their sentences
on Friday October 2 from 1 to 3 pm.
Among the mischievous members are:
• Patch Linden
• Derrick Linden
• Constantine Linden
• Abnor Mole
• Madori Linden
• Whitney Linden
has also been communicated to the united Realms that the Lindens have
dropped the Gauntlet and are challenging all members of the Realms of
the Festival to a Joust, The event, to be held on Thursday October 1,
noon until 3 pm, will feature:
• Sir Patch Linden
• Sir Derek Linden
• Sir Constantine Linden
• Sir Guy Linden
They challenge all comers and promise this will be the most unique tournament in the annals of Second Life
it has been learned that the Lindens are bringing a very special
treasure, The One Of A Kind American Cancer Society SWORD OF HOPE and
the LINDEN SHEILD, to be auctioned to the Highest Bidder on Sunday
October 4th at 10am. The swordsmiths and armorers of Linden Lab have
created these unique One Of A Kind arms from the most precious of
metallic textures available in the virtual worlds.
much to do and see the SL Renaissance Festival is sure to be the biggest
virtual event of Autumn, Join us, September 25 through October 4th and
help the American Cancer Society vanquish Breast Cancer.
Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer
events in the nation. Strides unites communities in the fight against
this deadly disease and helps to raise money to help the American Cancer
Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient
services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment,
and a live 24/7 cancer helpline.
If you or a loved one has
questions or needs help with a breast cancer diagnosis call the American
Cancer Society 800 227-2345 visit cancer.org or the American Cancer Society region in Second Life.
The events of September 11 2001 were about a generation ago, but the images people saw and the lives lost have not been forgotten. In Second Life, there were memorials to those lost, as well as various events in their honor. The Newser was at a few, notably the light show at the Flight 93 Memorial.
Some science-fiction fans among Second Life residents may recall when noted author Larry Niven was inworld in 2008. Twelve years later, he was in the virtual world again, appearing at Draxtor Despres' Book Club. The man behind novels such as "Ringworld" and "The Man-Kzin Wars" was in a new account and a new avatar, this one was of a "Motie" from "The Mote in God's Eye." Niven would talk some about his writing. And at one point Philip Rosedale, who was in the audience, was invited on stage.
Yours truly planned to write about this in detail, but was delayed. So for now, here is the video.
On occasion, Second Life Newser will print an article or picture submitted to us by one of you, the readers.
you seen a particularly well-detailed sim? Went to a great event?
Found yourself in a hilarious "only in SL" predicament? We're very
interested in what you the readers have to say. Send us a story or
funny picture, and if we like it, we'll post it as a Reader Submitted.
For pictures, jpg format is preferred.
Mail submissions to bixylshuftan(at)gmail.com.
PLEASE include your SL user name and tell us if you wish it to appear with your story.
reserves the right to post in the appropriate section, edit, and to
investigate any names used in submitted stories (please ask permission
before using anyones name or picture or use an alias for them).
THIS WEEK: Onward we go! The High Story Season has begun: challenges, adventures, ancient lore, and glimpses of the future. Join us this for stories, presented LIVE in Second Life, and on Seanchai Library's properties in Kitely.
All stories told in open voice unless otherwise noted. All times SL/PT
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*MONDAY, September 21st, 7pm: Darrell Langart's ANYTHING YOU CAN DO continues with Gyro Muggins.
*TUESDAY, September 22nd: Both events today are in The Glen: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21
~ at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live! with music, and poetry in Ceiluradh Glen, live on stream.
~ at 7pm: TWO CELTIC TALES Willow Moonfire presents "Teig o'Kane and the Corpse" an "The Witch of Lok Island" live on stream.
**WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, September 23rd & 24th, 7pm: THE PRINCESS BRIDE by Request with Caledonia, live on stream.
*THURSDAY, September 24th, 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT. Finn Zeddmore presents contemporary Sci-Fi Fantasy from online sources including Escape Pod. Light Speed, and Clarkesworld online "zines."
Taken at Sunweaver Space on "Talk Like a Pirate Day" (Sept 19). The USS Monitor when designed and built was highly unusual compared to wooden warships at the time. Besides it being made of iron, it's low profile and rotating turret made it look like a "cheesebox on a raft." While the term was made to poke fun at it, this "pie rat," would see it as complementary.
Last week on Saturday September 12, The Newser had it's monthly crew meeting at it's office in HV Communitty. Cyfir had recently turned in his resignation due to real-life matters, so it was down to me and Gemma Cleanslate. Penny (Deaflegacy) hasn't been writing as much due to health matters, but was able to attend, expressing hopes she'll soon be able to write more.
The Newser has always been open to new talent. So if you like going about Second Life and like to write, feel free to send an application about joining up. Send inquires to email@example.com .
Last Saturday, a special event was held in Second Life. The Titmouse animation studio, noted for shows such as "The Venture Brothers" and "Star Trek: Lower Decks," held it's "Smash Party" here in the virtual world. The studio had been doing them in real life for almost two decades, but recently stopped. So what was their event brought here like?
All are invited to join us for a Memorial Service for Scooter Koala on Sunday, Sept 20 at 5pm slt. Scooter was the captain of the Nightfall Team and will be greatly missed for his contributions and passion for RFL and the American Cancer Society.
About 45 million years ago, Germany was part of a warm subtropical set
of islands, teeming with life. In this warm, greenhouse environment
reptiles were enormously successful, reaching larger body sizes than
mammals and pushing into new ecological roles. Explore the fascinating
environment known as Geisletal with Dr. Alex Hastings as he presents some of his research from his fellowship at Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany.
But over time, there had yet to be a single instance of this happening. So Nydia came to the conclusion there wasn't any trouble. So she made the decision to make her Youtube channel completely accessible once again.
We are pleased to announce the fifth season of Team Diabetes of Second Life! Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorized team of The American Diabetes Association. The mission of Team Diabetes of Second Life is to raise awareness, tolerance, and funds for diabetes in the virtual world of Second Life. According to the World Health Organization (2016): 422 million adults in the world have diabetes and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year.
The official Team Diabetes of Second Life’s season will take place from October 2020 to December 2020 , with the following events scheduled to take place:
5th Annual Scare Me Silly Event – October 16 to 23, 2020
Art Asylum Event – October 16 to 23, 2020
5th Annual Red Hunt – November 1 to 15, 2020
5th Annual Red Party – November 7, 2020
World Diabetes Party – November 14, 2020
Red Discount Hud Shopping Event – November 15 to 30, 2020
5th Annual Winter Showcase & Winter Art Show – December 8 to 15, 2020
In addition to the events mentioned above, individuals, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to hold fundraising events in support of Team Diabetes of Second Life! The official 2020 fundraising season toolkit will be available to the second life public on October 1, 20202, at the organization’s office in the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life.
About The American Diabetes Association:
The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes by funding research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association delivers services to hundreds of communities and provides objective and credible information and resources about diabetes.
Free resources are available in English and Spanish at http://www.diabetes.org and 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2382).
For More Information:
Team Diabetes of Second Life’s American Diabetes Association Page:
As you may know, we are in the process of moving Second Life to the cloud!
Our first ever cloud simulators, on the beta grid, have been uplifted,
and we can use your assistance. Here’s your opportunity to be among the
first Residents to test the performance of uplift. Log in to the beta grid (click here for instructions) and start at the Aditi Portal Park to
try out Linden Realms in the cloud. Bring your friends and spend some
time engaging in the virtual experience produced and provided by Linden
Lab. You may even run into the often unseen technical Lindens working
away. Don’t forget to ask them for their Linden bear, and beware of the
rock monster! If you find any issues with Linden Realms on the beta grid, please file a BUG jira at https://jira.secondlife.com,
and make sure to include the time, date, region you were in when you
found the issue, and a description of what happened, as well as what you
would expect to happen in a similar situation on the Main Grid today.
Linden Lab is in the process of moving data from existing servers to Cloud-based servers.
Congratulations to the 2020 Raglan Shire Golden Bow Champions and to all of the competitors and fans!! After an amazing contest we crowned 3 new Champions. For First Place this year's Golden Bow Champion SarahKB7 Koskinen! For Second Place Silver Bow Champion Snoots Dwagon!(Eren Padar)! For Third Place Bronze Bow Champion Miss Longtail (Susan Braveheart)!
Residents whom live on the US Gulf Coast between the vicinity of New Orleans and Pensacola Florida are facing a Hurricane Warning as Hurricane Sally closes in. The storm has become a Category Two hurricane with winds about 90 miles an hour near the eye.
The storm has been slowing down as it approaches the coast, which is allowing it to become stronger. By the time it reaches the coast late tonight or very early tomorrow morning, it is expected to have winds of 105 miles an hour near the eye. Flooding is expected as far inland as Birmingham Alabama with tropical storm force winds about as far. Residents in the path of severe weather may be without power, and Internet, for a few days, possibly several.
~ at 7pm:YOUNG JACK SPARROW - The Pirate Chase. Shandon Loring presents another chapter from Captain Jack Sparrow saga.
*WEDNESDAY, September 16th, at 7pm: R IS FOR "RANDOM" - 100 word stories with R. Dismantled.
*THURSDAY, September 17th at 7pm: PIRATES! Seanchai staff and friends gather in anticipation of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th), to share stories of salty sea dogs and high seas hi-jinks.
If you have friends that are space fans, one place you'll want to point out to them whether they're thinking of joining Second Life or are already here is the International Space Museum, or ISM. Last Sunday, this noted area of adult science education in the virtual world celebrated it's fifteenth anniversary. There was plenty of fun, and the museum director had a few things to say to the Newser.
Jasamine Dawn has helped a lot of folks with things asked of her and she
has always been selfless in what she does. Her computer went down and
is in desperate need of funds for said new computer to help her stay
connected with her friends and still offer up the same amount of help
she has always done for those she calls friends. If possible would like
to get this done as soon as possible for she has upcoming projects to
help folks which she will need her computer for. I would love if you
are able to help support Jazz so she can get back on her feet to show
her how much we appreciate her in all that she does. I would love to
say thank you for any and all support you can spare to help Jazz.
It was ten years ago this month that the most popular third-party viewer used by Second Life residents at the time was blocked by Linden Lab as a result of a scandal, and soon after three of the more noteable members of the viewer team were either banned or vanished from the virtual world. But many of the team had already split away and formed a new team and a new viewer, one that would go on to become the most popular viewer. This was Emeraldgate, which would be the end of Modular Systems and the Emerald viewer, and the start of Team Phoenix and the Phoenix viewer, which would eventually become Team Firestorm.
Ten years ago to this day, the Phoenix Firestorm Project was formed. The Phoenix was born a decade
ago. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10! How crazy is that? In human years,
10 years is long, but in Phoenix years… well, this bird is OLD!
The Firestorm Project is powered by people who are altruistic through
and through. While we started this venture with just a handful of
altruists, over the years our team has grown remarkably. Today we have
over 80 amazing people from all walks of life behind us in what we do,
and we do many things.
While our team has grown overall, we have also, sadly, lost many good
folks along the way—some who were with us from day one. We miss them. I
miss them. Whatever the reason for their departure, I thank them for
their altruism and time with us. You know who you are … thank you.
Further details of what happened can be found in this 2018 article. In an interview a few weeks later, Firestorm member Tonya Souther would offer what it was like from the inside while Emeraldgate and the breakup of Modular Systems was happening.
Jessica would go on to say Firestorm's anniversary party was delayed, but would take place on Sunday October 18. The event will have three live performances: Savannah Rain, Maximillion Kleene, and Keeba Tammas and the Tiny Maniacs. There will also be gifts available. Stay tuned for further details.
Quite a bit happened in Second Life this weekend. Among the events were some 9/11 tributes, including at the Bob Hope Theater and the Flight 93 Memorial (above), the "Smash Party" organized by Titmouse Studio (below), a tribute to Artistic Fimicloud at Club Cutlass, and more.
More on one or more of these events later, time permitting.
For those who don't know, Titmouse is an animation studio "that develops and produces animated television programming, feature
films, music videos, title sequences, commercials, and short films." The numerous shows they've had a hand in include "The Venture Brothers," "Superjail," "Megas XLR," and "Star Trek: Lower Decks." Among the traditions the studio has had over the years is the "smash party" in which various objects are placed in a steel cage (cheap or broken/useless), and someone goes in and pummels everything with a sledgehammer or axe. Company founder and CEO Chris Prynoski would say of the event, "In the 21st century these types of activities are frowned upon. The
Smash Party is a night where one can experience the visceral catharsis
that our cave-person brain secretly desires without the stigma of our
repressed society's judgement."
Titmouse would end it's smash parties in 2019, preferring to end them while they were still popular. But today one such party is taking place here in Second Life, Saturday September 12 at 6PM SL time.
Expect the unexpected at the Titmouse Smash Party ... Anything can (and probably will) happen at this virtual world gathering
where participants are invited to smash, bash and crash one of the
hottest parties of the year held by independent award-winning animation
production company Titmouse ... Attendees of the Lightbox Expo
and the Second Life community are invited to attend this year’s
festivities, which include a combination of music, art and overall
anarchy. At the center of the event is an interactive smashing cage
where attendees can smash objects with a variety of different weapons.
You can also meet and take a photo with Titmouse mascot, Mr. Chirps.
Rumor has it that the region is filled with more than a few easter eggs
so don’t be surprised when you encounter everything that is weird and
wonderful -- all springing from the imagination of the Titmouse team.
Eagle-eyed attendees may see a few familiar faces from the Titmouse
creative team and animated characters in the crowd, too. (Did somebody say Dethklok?)
What’s a party without free swag? Don’t forget to pick up your free virtual gifts as you arrive.
... the new SLEA is a
multi-region experience that aims to provide opportunities to further
fuel interest in and spotlight the work of both established and emerging
artists in Second Life.
It is hoped that the creations and art featured in SLEA will help draw
attention to the overall arts community in Second Life including driving
both traffic and awareness to many of the established artists and exhibits found across Second Life.
In addition, SLEA would like to reach out to new residents of SL and
help them to discover the arts in SL and all the creative tools that are
offered so that a new generation of creativity will unfold.
The regions are scheduled to open sometime in January 2021. Linden Lab stated they were doing the SLEA "in partnership" with Tansee and Hannington Xeltentat. Tansee was a member of the LEA, and after the announcement it was closing in July 2019, she was part of an effort to save it. She would soon get together with Hannington, and they would come up with the Hannington Endowment For The Arts in November. Brett would state, "That initiative, which has drawn the interest, respect and participation
of many artists in SL, proved the concept and the demand from the arts
community in Second Life. SLEA promises even more access to engaging
events, exhibitions and experiences in the arts for the Second Life
community. It is anticipated that the HEA will continue as a separate
entity for those who wish to participate in its activities
Of how interested artists can take part, Brett stated, "Specific details of how the community can get involved in SLEA will be
revealed in the near future. Keep an eye out for the application where
artists and creators can apply for consideration for use of full or
partial regions at SLEA." He would add there was a "new SLEA group inworld" that they could join. For those wanting to learn still more, he stated that there would be an interview with he, Patch Linden, Tansee and Hannington on "a special episode of 'Designing Worlds' " next week.
Brett would add the following on the bottom:
Linden Lab and the SLEA wish to express our deep gratitude to all in
the community who have supported and promoted the arts in Second Life
over the years. In particular, we want to express thanks to the many
volunteers who contributed to the original Linden Endowment for the Arts
during its almost decade-long run from 2010-2019. We are grateful for
your ongoing passion and support -- and we can’t wait to see what the
new year brings with SLEA in 2021.