Saturday, November 28, 2020

Caledon Newcomers Ball

 

So how does a community celebrate it's recent arrivals? For a large one like Caledon, Second Life's largest steampunk area, there's a number of new people every year. So they have an annual Newcomer's Ball. It took place last weekend. It had music, classy scenery, and plenty of conversation and chuckles.

Read the article in People.

SL Video: "Winter Christmas Love Valley"


 By InWorld Films, "The snow falls and the ground is oh so slippery..... time to grab your ice skates and take to the iced lake. Grab a steamy hot chocolate and watch the world pass you by. Take a brisk walk through the park and enjoy the scenery and ambient sounds of winter. A truly immersive region which will make you feel like your on a truly winter break!"

Friday, November 27, 2020

Reader Submitted: Turkey Protestor

 


Taken by Clarence the Crosseyed Lion (binghamton Resident). It seems one turkey has been trying to encourage people to have something else for Thanksgiving.

Black Friday Sale At Furry Fashion


With Thanksgiving over, it's the unofficial start of the Christmas Shopping season, Black Friday. And there's a place in Second Life having a Black Friday sale: Furry Fashion.

From now until 30th November you can get 50% off FF products at the FF Main store only (Sale is not on marketplace) , FF vendors belonging to Amethyst Crystal and Becky Doulton ONLY are doing the sale so make sure you check who owns which vendors before you pay (Amethyst's are purple, Beckys are teal/blue!


As the announcment says, the sale is inworld only. And only two merchants, Amethyst Crystal and Becky Doulton, are taking part in the half-off sale. While some other items may be discounted, only Amethyst's and Becky's are officially participating in the shopping event.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Furry/212/61/30


Announcement: This Saturday at The Science Circle - "Kuhn: A Primer in Scientific Paradigm Shifts"

 

"Kuhn: A Primer in Scientific Paradigm Shifts"

Saturday November 28,

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Thomas S. Khun is the author of "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: A brilliant, original analysis of the nature, causes, and consequences of revolutions in basic scientific concepts."

Guests
1. Stephen L. Gasior
2. Giuseppe Longo

 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/67/129/32

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving


 Happy Thanksgiving from the Second Life Newser.

Taken at the Happy Vixen, feel free to grab a plate for yourself.

 

Press Release: 2020 SL Christmas Expo Opens Next Friday, December 4th

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the 12 Regions around the American Cancer Society virtual office in Second Life as Lindens and Moles join with Expo Elves, more than 225 Merchants and nearly 100 Live Performers putting the finishing touches on ‘Christmas Memories’, the 10th Annual SL Christmas Expo. The Expo, the largest holiday venue in Second Life, supports the Society and its fight against Childhood Cancer.

Ten Days of Holiday Shopping and Entertainment on Twelve Regions!

The 10 day event opens Friday December 4th through Sunday December 13th, features shopping entertainment and holiday activities including the annual Snowman Contest, Christmas Tree lots, Gachas, Raffles, Auctions and more.  Ride in Santa’s sleigh or pose for pictures on the Jolly Old Elf’s Lap.  Dance and enjoy live performances at the Holly Jolly CafĂ©, open 10am to 9pm daily or simply wander streets lined with shops decorated for the holidays.  It’s all at the Expo!

Linden Lab Joins The Expo!

Linden Lab will reveal the next edition of the coveted Linden Home series at the Expo and will be providing several special One Of A Kind Auction items and special surprises.  SL Residents can:
 •    Vote (by donation to a special ACS Christmas Expo Kiosk) for your favorite decorated Linden Home at the 3rd Annual Lights of Hope Home Decorating Contest
 •    Bid for a 6 Month Premium Membership, including a Private Bellisseria lot (for 6 months) with your choice of Linden Home style*
                (*Home styles maybe limited by lot location and availability)
 •    Bid to Create a New Linden Last Name to be added to the list of choices for new members
 •    Bid to Name a Future Bellisseria Region
 •    Purchase a Limited Edition Linden Christmas Ornament, specially designed for the 2020 Expo and only available at the Expo.

And Just Announced!  Pictures with SANTA PATCH AND HIS ELVES!  A very special opportunity to pose for a picture with Linden’s Boss Elf himself on Wednesday December 9th from 1 to 3 pm in the main SL Christmas Expo region.

Holiday Shopping Spree Raffles and Silent Auctions

Take a chance to win Gift Cards Galore! Check out all of our Raffles, including the MEGA
Holiday Shopping Spree.  Bid on Great Prizes at the Silent Auctions! Watch our website for mere details!

Lights of Hope Home Decoration Contest

Be sure to visit the Lights of Hope regions and vote for your favorite Holiday decorations provided by some of SL’s top home designers, Lindens and Moles and special guests. Vote often as you like! Vote for ALL Your Favorites by donating to the designated kiosks next to every home.

Holidays of Hope Gala Ball

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Holidays of Hope Gala Ball, Sunday December 13th from 1 to 5 pm.  featuring performances by Fly, Tamara Hayden and music by T1Radio On Air personalities. Be sure to dress in your fanciest Holiday Formal Attire.

One Billion Linden$!

Since 2005 volunteers in Second Life have fund raised to support the American Cancer Society and its mission to Save Lives, Celebrate Lives and Lead The Fight For a World Without Cancer.  In this especially difficult year Society volunteers and the residents of Second Life have stepped up and helped raise more than $300,000 U.S. bringing the 15 year cumulative total to more than $3,970,000.  The SL Christmas Expo, which dedicates its proceeds to help fund Childhood Cancer research and support, has set its goal to bring that total to ONE BILLION LINDEN$ - $4,000,000! Join us at the Expo and help us finish this most trying of years on a positive note!

For Entertainment Schedules, Lists of Merchants, Landmarks and more information visit SLChristmasExpo.com or contact us at:  slchristmasexpo@slchristmasexpo.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Cartoon of the Day: Alternative Thanksgiving Dinner

 

 

Taken at the Happy Vixen. In 2020, with a Pandemic continuing to rage and kill thousands, people are calling off plans to see family for Thanksgiving. No doubt some will cook turkey at home. But for others, having the bird and stuffing with no one else around just isn't the same. 

By Bixyl Shuftan

 

Interview With Xirana Oximoxi

 

Among the artists showing their real-life works here in Second Like is Xirana Oximoxi (Nuria Vives). Her work is shown in a number of places inworld from landscapes to abstracts to illustrations books. Kayly Iali recently met up with her, and interviewed her about her inspirations, galleries, and her children's stories.

Read Kayly's story in Design.

Mutant Turkey Monster Prowls Montecito Bay


 
Gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble!
Gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble!
Gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble!

Thanksgiving has taken a strange and scary turn in the community of Montecito Bay. There have been sightings of a huge mutant beast resembling a four-legged turkey prowling the streets. While Montecito Bay has been the source of wild tales, this one has some pictures as evidence.

The beast shown in the pictures, and eyewitness descriptions, is a quadraped about twice the size of a normal human or anthro. Most of the creature is covered in turkey feathers, including a large plume of them in the back. Only the lower back legs, which resemble that of a feline, have any hairs. On the sides are two wings which are probably too small to small for it to really fly, probably. But it would be able to glide from someplace high to the ground. The head and neck are like those of a turkey, but much larger and stronger. The beak appears sharp and with the presumed size and strength of the creature is likely capable of tearing holes into someone or taking off limbs.

The creature has supposedly be sighted following people. And there are stories about a few people whom haven't been seen for a few days. Did they go ahead out of town for Thanksgiving, or did something else happen? Supposedly it followed someone into the city's Club 86, but left the people there alone. It is unknown what it would do if it encountered someone alone. But it has been seen consuming meat. Ironically enough, it seems to have a taste for turkey legs.

A number of Montecito Bay's streets have  dim to no lights. So residents in the city are advised to avoid traveling down these streets alone at night. And should you hear "gobble-gobble-gobble" sounds that don't seem right, RUN! You just might end up some mutant turkey's Thanksgiving dinner.

Gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble!
Gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble!
Gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble!


Stay tuned for further details.

Bixyl Shuftan

Note: The preceding article is for entertainment purposes, and residents aren't in actual danger.

Over 150,000 Lindens Raised at Veterans Isle Benefit Concert

 


On Sunday November 22, Veterans Isle held it's monthly concert for charity. From 4 PM to about 9PM SL time, various performers played music for the crowd. The event was to raise money for Homes For Our Troops. The event was organized in part by guitarist Frets Nirvana.

Thanksgiving week Homes For Our Troops benefit …that is what we are doing tonight!  What are you doing??  Come on out and kick off a real Thanksgiving…by supporting those who have sacrificed all for our freedom.  We have a great lineup tonight …


DJ Waya Snowpaw started things off at 4PM, playing music on stage. At 5PM, the live performances started starting with Stratus Mactavish. 6PM, it was Zak Claxton's turn to entertain the crowd. Jessi Janic sang away at 7PM. Last but not least, Lark Bowen had the last hour at 8PM.

As each perfomer entertained the audience, people donated to two house-shaped kiosk on either side of the stage, "Thanks for the kind donation for Homes For Our Troops, rest assured your donation will go directly to HFOT to help our severely injured veterans ..." Once in a while, someone such as Frets challenged them to donate a certain amount within a certain time limit, promising to match it when met.

At the end of the event, 157,000 Linden dollars had been raised in the two kiosks.

Veterans Isle holds these benefit concerts once a month, usually on the last weekend of the month. But it was held early this month due to Thanksgiving.

For more information on Homes For Our Troops, read the website at https://www.hfotusa.org.

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay Clubs, The Fallout Shelter, and Furry Fashion Lounge

 

Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs, The Fallout Shelter, and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in 'N', Pink and White, Winter Fashion

Happy Vixen: Magical Creatures, Cold Weather Critters, TBA, Cops and Robbers, Pilgrims and Indians (Thanksgiving), Wings, Domesticated, Anything But Clothing, White and Gold

Club Zero Gravity: TBA
 
Montecito Bay: TBA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge: Anime, Fantasy, Canines vs Felines, Rave, Undead vs Survivors, Late Night, Leather and Lace

Deathlands Fallout Shelter: DJ Wolfy

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Toys For Tots Donation Kiosks

 


For Christmas, poor families often have a hard time getting presents to their kids. But there are charities that can help. Among them is Toys For Tots, an organization set up by the US Marine Reserves. Here in Second Life, Kickazz Shoutcast Stream Rental is doing a Toys For Tots drive. The company has pledged that all money donated will go to the charity, and is willing to match the first $1000 USD.

Those wanting to take part in the drive can head to Lorii Caproni Island and take copies of one or both of the kiosks there by "buying" it for zero Lindens. Set it where you want, then "when you set it out, you will be asked permission to take money from you. This is because of how the Kiosk works. A donation is made to the Kiosk, you are the Kiosk owner, the Donation goes to you, the amount donated is then transfered from you to ToysForTots Resident.  The exact amount donated, not a penny more or less."

The kiosk is copyable and transferable, so you can give friends copies of it to take part in the drive too. They are good until December 24, 6PM, when the charity drive comes to an end. Among the places taking part is the Happy Vixen beach club.

 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lorii%20Caproni%20Island/106/55/22

 

Monday, November 23, 2020

More Christmas Shopping Places

 

Last week, Gemma Cleanslate wrote about the start of her Christmas shopping around stores across Second Life. But it was pretty early in the season. More stores are opening, and Gemma is continuing to find some. Today, she writes about several more places where one can do some holiday shopping at some themed locations. From the traditional to the comical, there's a variety.

Read Gemma's article in Places.

Montecito Bay's Firecracker Arcade


Montecito Bay's gone through a lot of changes since the Newser last talked about the sim. Talking to the management, they weren't quite ready to go into much detail about them. Not yet anyway. But they did point out one thing they wanted some mention: the Firecracker Arcade in the southwest part of the sim. The games are from Mateo Firecaster, with Moff (MoffettMephit Resident) having contributed the arcade building.

The arcade has three floors, the top two accessible by a stairway on the side of the building (or flying up). The first two have a huge number of arcade games. 

Some are games those whom frequented arcades in the 80s and 90s would recognize. Some never saw the arcade, found only in console or app gaming. Some had dark screens and unplayable. Others were playable only for those with Flash on their computer, and even for some whom do there may be problems.

The third floor has various inworld games, such as Zombie Meltdown and Fist of Discomfort. Unlike the ones directly below, flash is not required to play them. Lag may be a slight problem, though. The bottom also had a few novelty games, such as "How Sexy Are You." Behind the arcade is a small playable bowling alley game.

Most everything else about the place was decorative. There was a change machine, but it accepts donations. I saw a pizza delivery drone and a fruit n drink delivery one, each when touched offering a snack or drink. There's a hoverscooter, but it can't be ridden.

As for the sim's new look, which is obvious when looking at the area around the arcade, well, that's for another article.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Montecito%20Bay/39/29/23

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries

 

THIS WEEK: The return of beloved characters, and current popular series are all things to be thankful for. And we are! Join us this week for stories, presented LIVE in Second Life, on Seanchai Library's properties in Kitely.

All events at Nowhereville (203/43/26) , unless otherwise noted.

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

 *  *  *  *  *

** MONDAY, November 23rd, 7pm: Patricia Wrightson's THE DARK BRIGHT WATER continues with Gyro Muggins.

**TUESDAY,  November 124th:

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

    ~ at 7pm: WOMAN'S WEIRD: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940 with Willow Moonfire, live on stream.

Both events today at .Ceiliuradh Glen, Nowhereville (194/131/21)

**WEDNESDAY,  November 25h, 7pm : Roger Zelasny's NINE PRINCES IN AMBER continues with Corwyn Allen.

**THURSDAY, November 26th: Thanksgiving Day (USA)

Events This Weekend

 


 Quite a bit happened this weekend. Among the events was the Caledon Newcomers Ball (above) on Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Whymsee venue had it's 250th event. And on Sunday there was the monthly Homes For Our Troops benefit concert in Veterans Isle.

 More on these events when time allows.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Cartoon of the Day: Felines and Laser Pointers

 

 

Taken at the Happy Vixen. What got this tigress on the floor in this position, I forget. But my imagination could come up with a few reasons.

By Bixyl Shuftan