Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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

Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver, the Montecito Bay clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge.
Club Cutlass: Best in 'U' and 'V,' TBA, TBA

Happy Vixen: Rainbow Colors, Leather and Lace, TBA, Raccoons Panda and Wah, Magic vs Tech, Red and Yellow, Foxes and Dragons, Intimate Wear, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Xanadu : Glow in the Dark, Sadie Hawkins, Best in White
Montecito Bay: TBA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge: Halloween, Hybrids, Pirates VS Ninjas, Barely There, Monochrome, Late Night, Cute

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

"After Dark" At Montecito Bay

On Saturday night, I dropped by Montecito Bay at Studio 86 (224/79/23) for their music and dance party with DJ Moff. Months ago, the Newser would have plenty to say about our sponsor with it's schedule of events, and occasional shenanigans. Lately however, things have quieted down, aside from some rebuilding. And the place no longer runs a weekly event schedule. But the "After Dark" party at Studio 86 goes on almost every week, so the Newser is including it in "SL Clubbin'," at least for now.

As for writing about the rebuilding in detail, we'll have something soon.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, August 10, 2020

A Moment At The CDS

The other day, I dropped by the Confederation of Democratic Simulators to chat with Chancellor Rosie Gray for a few minutes. It's been a quiet time at the community, though there have been some events, such as an upcoming one there will soon be an announcement for. She was also looking forward to the Oktoberfest festival this fall.

Besides that the Confederation chooses it's leaders, the sims have a number of sights to see with beautiful scenery with detailed hills and landscapes.Feel free to drop by when you have a moment.

Bixyl Shuftan

"Extremely Active" Hurricaine Season Predicted

The hurricane that turned tropical storm that hit the east coast last week could very well be just the start of some weather troubles for some of us. A report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) forecasted "an 'extremely active' season with 19 to 25 named storms."

The forecast is twice what an average hurricane season has, and includes the nine named storms so far this hurricane season. Part of the reason for the predicted high number of storms is the warmer than normal temperatures in the tropical Atlantic areas.

As the hurricane season only just started, people in places likely to be hit by hurricanes and tropical storms should be prepared for possible power outages (and a disruption of activity online and in Second LIfe, and the possibility of having to evacuate if a particularly severe hurricane heads their way.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries

THIS WEEK: LeGuin's Stars, Music, Poetry, and a Feline Fairytale, plus some big news.

Join us this week for stories, presented LIVE in Second Life, and on Seanchai Library's properties in Kitely.

All events at Holly Kai Estates (215/44/27) , unless otherwise noted.

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

 * * * * *

*MONDAY, August 10th, at 7pm: Alan Dean Fosters VOYAGE TO THE CITY OF THE DEAD continues with Gyro Muggins.

*TUESDAY, August 11th:
Both events today are in The Glen.

    ~ at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live in the Glen with music, and poetry in Ceiluradh Glen, live on stream.

    ~ at 7pm: Ursula K. LeGuin's THE STARS BELOW with Willow Moonfire, live in stream

*WEDNESDAY, August 12th, at 7pm: Alan Armstrong's WHITTINGTON, concludes with Caledonia, live on stream.

*THURSDAY, August 13th, 

    ~ at 7pm: TBA
    ~ at 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT: Contemporary Sci-Fi-Fantasy with Finn Zeddmore, from such online sources at Escape Pod, Light Speed, and Clarkesworld online 'zines, and more! 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Cartoon of the Day: Drama-Free Zone

Taken at the Happy Vixen. 

By Bixyl Shuftan

Brandi Streusel Gets Online Store, "Brandi's Online"

Brandi Streusel is known in Second Life as a DJ, as well as having a line of undergarments to sell inworld. But recently, she's gotten a website to sell a few real-life items as well: "Brand's Online,"or just simply called "Brandi's."

"I just opened my first RL online store! Can't wait to add more to it," she would say on Discord, "It really is a great way to start making money. I didn't have to put any money into it."

"Brandi's Online," is hosted on Teespring, which calls themselves "a no risk turn-key solution to you running your commerce business, we handle everything from marketing, production, fulfillment and customer service."


Bixyl Shuftan

Friday, August 7, 2020

Mooogle As A Search Engine For The Metaverse

It's been a busy time in real life for Marcel Mosswood. But she's back this week with an article. When it comes to looking up things on the Internet about virtual worlds, it can be tricky. While one can always add "Second Life" to the search, suppose what you're looking for is in another virtual world? Marcel recently found out about a way to search called "Mooogle," a search engine for websites related to content in Second Life, Opensim, and other virtual worlds.

Read the story in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.

Team Firestorm Announces EEP Firestorm Viewer Available In Beta

In April, Linden Lab announced that the Environmental Enhancement Project, or "EEP," was part of the official viewer. But for the most widely used viewer, Firestorm, the skies in sims making use of the feature just looked odd. So that would limit the use of EEP. Team Firestorm has been working on the issue. And while they're not ready to make EEP part of their finished viewers yet, a few days ago they announced they had a beta viewer available that makes use of the feature.

As many of you know, Linden Lab’s Environmental Enhancement Project has been in the works for a long time and reached the grid in 2019. While the official SL viewer has had EEP for a few months, Firestorm has been working to eliminate bugs in our own implementation and streamline/improve the interface. While we don’t feel that EEP is ready for full release—in fact, it has not passed our QA yet—Linden Lab wants all SL users to have access to it, and many of you have been clamoring to use it.

Before you ask, this is NOT a required update. It is a beta viewer and will not count against Firestorm’s 3-available-versions rule. You do NOT have to uninstall your current Firestorm, and in fact we suggest that you keep it. The beta viewer will install alongside your existing Firestorm on a separate channel (on Windows).

Since it's a beta viewer, and not a finished one, there are still bugs in the system, "As an entirely new environmental system, EEP still has bugs to be worked out. You may see strange lighting glitches. Some have experienced reduced FPS." On the other hand, there are some fixes for bugs in the existing finished viewer.

For more information, and to download the EEP beta viewer, Click Here.

Bixyl Shuftan

Annoucement: Inspiration Island Appreciation Week , August 9-16


Over 30 volunteers will be hosting programs that reflect the hopeful words of our logo: INSPIRE    INNOVATE   INTERACT   CHANGE

Our goal, since we began in Second Life in 2013, has been to offer a wide choice of immersive personal experiences to increase the well-being of everyone's mind, body, and spirit.

Our programs and parcels focus on the key life domains of self-care, social connections, strengthening of meaning and purpose, cognitive challenge, and creative self-expression in many forms.

You can show your support now for WHOLE BRAIN HEALTH by
1) joining us at these programs over Appreciation Week
2) answering an anonymous survey to give us helpful feedback
3) making even a small donation to the island as a tangible sign of your appreciation

The full schedule of events will appear on our daily calendars, which you can find in these ways:
Click on Calendar on any of the island WELCOME BOARDS

Add to the Virtual Inspiration Island Flickr group at this link: https://flic.kr/g/tnQmM

We look forward to seeing you next week especially. We will send out a notecard with the week's schedule on Saturday. Watch for it!

Liss aka Wisdomseeker
The Inspiration Island Collective

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Press Release: Boudicca Amat In A Unique Retrospective In A New Gallery in Bellisseria

Randy Firebrand and Ricco Saenz are inaugurating The 22, a new art space in Bellisseria which will open on August 8th with a unique retrospective of the celebrated photographer Boudicca Amat. The exhibition "5 Times Boudicca" brings 27 Second Life pictures by the artist, organized by themes, in a way that shows both the variation and the consistency of her work since 2014 - and four of those photos are new ones, especially produced for the occasion. The gallery will also display "Carol Anne", an installation by Randy and Ricco in which visitors will go through an experience of enlightenment and extinction, of distance and affection, of ambiguity.

"5 Times Boudicca" is a retrospective, but one with a very particular intent. By concentrating on five themes - "Pretty", "Light", "Chairs", "Wings" and "Broken" - that seem recurrent in Boudicca Amat's repertoire, the exhibition allows us to observe her work along the years and explore different faces of her photography. At the same time, it underlines the artist's consistency: with different subjects, in different years, there is a coherence in the way she treats light (which is one of the themes of the exhibition and also the foundation of the whole project) - and observing that is one of the main objectives of this selection of photos. And, as a bonus, the exhibition brings four new pictures, recently taken by Boudicca.

"Carol Anne", by its turn, is an installation about static non-player characters (NPCs) and what happens to them when an avatar, controlled by an actual person, approaches. Ricco and Randy designed it on the premise that the practical consequences of those interactions may lead to other meaningful - maybe more symbolic, maybe more sensitive - dimensions.

Both exhibitions run from August 8th until October 24th. The 22 is located in Bellisseria, at Grenouille (60/35/35). It is a not-for-profit art space featuring artists who work in Second Life. Its exhibitions focus on SL photography, digital paintings, sculptures, installations and other forms of art that flourish in SL.

The gallery's name refers to the Modern Art Week in 1922 in Brazil, also known locally as "The 22 Week". The reference, though, is not a direct one: of course, The 22 is not a place for showing modern art from the 20th Century, when Second Life wasn't even there. Still, the reasons for alluding to The 22 Week will remain open, so visitors can speculate about it and decide on their own.

At a glance:
- Exhibitions: "5 Times Boudicca" by Boudicca Amat and "Carol Anne" by Randy Firebrand and Ricco Saenz.
- Where: The 22, in Bellisseria, at Grenouille (60/35/35)
- When: August 8th - October 24th.

For more information, please feel free to contact:
Randy Firebrand
Ricco Saenz

The 22 Team


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Philip Rosedale To Appear on Lab Gab Friday

Probably the most recognized of all former Lindens is Philip Rosedale, the former Philip Linden and the founder of Linden Lab and Second Life. With his trademark appearance, a combination of a "Rocky Horror" shirt and one-of-a-kind prim hairstyle, even people whom signed on long after he stepped down as a Linden recognize him.

For those of you interested in what he has to say (which would probably be most reading this), Strawberry Linden will be interviewing Rosedale on the "Lab Gab" show this Friday.

Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she speaks with the founder of Second Life and co-Founder of High Fidelity, Philip Rosedale! Strawberry will be asking Philip questions about the origins of Second Life, what he’s up to now, and what he sees in the future for virtual worlds.

The show will be streamed on Youtube at 10:30 AM, Friday August 7.

Source: Linden Blog

Bixyl Shuftan

Cartoon of the Day: Names With Meaning

Taken at the Gen Con

By Bixyl Shuftan

Weathering The Storm

Tropical Storm Isaias ran over much of the US East Coast and territory just inland yesterday. The storm caused much damage, and is blamed for six deaths. The storm also knocked out a lot of power, including where yours truly lives whom was without his computer for many hours. So today's article will have to wait until later.

Source: AP News 

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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

Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver, the Montecito Bay clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge.
Club Cutlass: Best in 'T,' Battlezone, Purely Pink

Happy Vixen: Fur and Scales, Bad, TBA, Spots and Stripes, Beachwear, Monochrome, Angels and Demons, Birthday Suits, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Xanadu : Spectral Shadows (CAYA), Angels, Ballroom
Montecito Bay: TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Wings, Retro, Piercings and Tattoos, Pool Party, Space, Late Night, Romance

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Tropical Storm Isaias Hits East Coast

It's a stormy week for the East Coast. On Sunday, Hurricane Isaias reached Florida. Slightly reduced in speed, it became Tropical Storm Isaias as it began going north along it's coast, hitting Georgia and South Carolina on Monday. As this article is being written, it's hitting the coast of North Carolina, and as the day goes on will continue to travel northeast, hitting Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. On Wednesday, remnants of the storm will hit New York and New England.

With it's high winds, the storm will cause many power outages in it's path. This includes the areas where yours truly and one of the Newser reporters lives. So for some Second Life users, power may be out for a while. In the meantime, those in it's path keep your batteries and canned goods (and books) for a possible day without power.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, August 3, 2020

Gen Con Ends, Sims Up Until Aug. 4

Yesterday, Sunday August 2, was the last day of the Gen Con. The gaming convention that went online due to the Coronavirus ran for four days starting on Thursday July 30. The event has been considered a great success for both those who took part, and for Second Life as well as the event brought a number of people here whom hadn't been here for years or had come here for the first time. Taking in account other places on the Internet, "including Twitch, Discord, Zoom, Roll20, and several other virtual tabletop systems," about forty thousand people took part, and played thousands of games. For those whom were new, there were clothing and avatars available to them to avoid "cookie cutter" appearances.

I was told, though I couldn't find confirmation, that Twitch would be permitting footage of Gen Con events from Second Life, even though the virtual world is on it's list of "prohibited games."

On Saturday night, there was a celebration party. A number of the convention-goers met up at a replica of Indianapolis' Union Station (Gen Con was originally going to be at Indianapolis). The crowd was a mix of longtime residents, such as Ceri Quixote, and newcomers.

Although the events are over, the builds will be around for people to enjoy for a little longer. Tuesday August 4 will be the last day. Some places may require joining one of the con groups to get to. It's unknown whether future conventions will have an online portion for those not able to get to the real-life setting. Though if the mood of this one is any guide, it probably will.

Source: Gencon.com

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries

THIS WEEK: Marlowe's adventure concludes, a new Dean Alan Foster Sci-Fi series, and it's all about The Cat!

Join us this week for stories, presented LIVE in Second Life, and on Seanchai Library's properties in Kitely.

All events at Holly Kai Estates (215/44/27) , unless otherwise noted.

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

 * * * * *

*MONDAY, August 3rd, at 7pm: Alan Dean Fosters VOYAGE TO THE CITY OF THE DEAD continues with Gyro Muggins.

*TUESDAY, August 4th:
Both events today are in The Glen.

    ~ at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live in the Glen with music, and poetry in Ceiluradh Glen, live on stream.

    ~ at 7pm: TBA

*WEDNESDAY, August 5th, at 7pm: Alan Armstrong's WHITTINGTON, continues with Caledonia, live on stream.

*THURSDAY, August 6th,  at 7pm:  Phillip Marlowe's THE FINGER MAN Part 2 presented by Shandon  (Also in Kitely!  Find teleport from the main Seanchai World grid.kitely.com:8002:SEANCHAI)

Reader Submitted: Pony Party At The Happy Vixen

From DeniseUnicorn Toonie. She was at a pony party at the Happy Vixen when it was it's 2016 model (which lasted to 2019). It was one in which a lot of ponies showed up.

A lot of "horsing around" was done that night.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Cartoon of the Day: Doggy Thoughts

Taken at the Gen Con. I came across this little doggy. Actually, he was thinking more than this. Though other dogs will never fail to follow you to the kitchen.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Veterans Fundraiser Raises Almost 90,000 Lindens

A week ago on Sunday July 26, Veterans Isle held their monthly benefit concert. The event, organized in part by singer Frets Nirvana, had several performers, mostly live musicians.

Here we are again folks!  It is time for this month’s Homes For Our Troops benefit.  Waya Snowpaw is already cooking up great tunes to kick the event off.  And what a great event it is gong to be!  Check this lineup out …

Ways Snowpay DJ 4-5 PM
Idella Quandry 5-6 PM
Paul Nowles 6-7 PM
Twostep Spiritweaver and Dennymac Dial stream 7-8 PM
Wolfie Starfire 8-9 PM

As the DJ and singers played for the crowd, people donated money to two house-shaped kiosks on either side of the stage. On occasion, Frets or someone else would challenge the audience to donate a certain amount, then matched it when it was.

At the end of the event, 89,350 Linden dollars had been donated.

Veterans Isle usually holds these benefits on the last Sunday of every month, exceptions usually being holidays. The money goes to the Homes For Our Troops charity.

Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, August 1, 2020

SL Video: "Wootstock 2020 Raglan Shire"

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By Nitwacket on July 27, "Keeba and The Tiny Maniacs at Wootstock 2020, Raglan Shire. What Isolation? Party On Raglan!" The 2020 edition of Wootstock was a 60's tribute with a touch of 2020 thrown in with the mask, and of course Raglan Shire tiny zaniness. And that's just catnip they're smoking ... probably.

For pictures of the event, check out the "Friends of Raglan Shire" Flickr page. Andrea Jones also took a number of Keeba Tammas' event.