Sunday, August 18, 2019

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries

Maybe it's the fish in Bertie Wooster's bedroom, something wafting through the icy reaches of outer space, or the sparkling exhaust from a magical car.  Only one way to find out!  Follow your nose to another week in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely, live in voice.

Check out the stories and the storytellers at

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

*SUNDAY, August 18th:
   ~  at 1:30pm: TEA TIME with Jeeves and Wooster.  A dead fish, a bevy of cats, and several incarcerations.  Just another fun-filled hour with Bertie Wooster and his inscrutable valet, Jeeves. THIS WEEK: "The Inimitable Jeeves" - Episode 3 with Da5id Abbot, Corwyn Allen, Kayden Oconnell, and Caledonia Skytower, live on Stream in Ceiliuradh Glen.
Senchai Library in Ceiliuradh Glen

   ~ at 6:30pm:  MAGICLAND STORYTIME: Tilly and The Bookwanderers
Cale begins the debut book in author Anna James' new series. Caledonia Skytower, live on stream!
The New Golden Horseshoe

*MONDAY, August 19th, at 7pm:  Arthur C. Clarke's RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA continues with Gyro Muggins. 

*TUESDAY, August 20th, at 7pm:  Ian Fleming's CHITTY CHITTY, BANG BANG begins with Caledonia Skytower, live on stream.

*WEDNESDAY, August 21st at 7pm: A CYBERPUNK SUMMER! Concludes -  Short stories of the genre with Finn Zeddmore

*THURSDAY, August 22nd:
   ~ at 7pm: Joanne M. Harris' (author of 'Chocolat') THE BLUE SALT ROAD - Part 2 with Shandon Loring (Also in Kitely!  Find teleport from the main Seanchai World

   ~ at 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT - Contemporary Sci-Fi-Fantasy from online sources such as Lightspeed, Escape Pod, and Clarkesworld with Finn Zeddmore

All sessions held at the Seanchai Library in Second Life unless otherwise indicated. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life rolls sometimes. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Computer Update

Just a short note that shortly after the last update, the new computer finally arrived. And last night got it set up and working.

Unfortunately, not all the news is good. Also last night, I heard about some real-life developments that will likely affect updates in the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for details.

Announcement: ABBA Tribute Band at the CDS Stella Marina

Come join the ABBA fun  at CDS! Brightest Day Productions makes their 3rd visit to The Confederation of Democratic Simulators, bringing their refreshed ABBA Tribute program.

Saturday, August 17
12-2pm SLT
@Stella Marina, Colonia Nova

Announcement: Second Annual Rosehaven Regatta

Please join in the fun Saturday, August 18th
Noon slt -2pm slt

Realm of Rosehaven, Village of Laudanum

Dress code: Within the Rosehaven theme...fantasy, late Victorian, Steampunk, to Edwardian appreciated...or regatta appropriate apparel from other eras as long as not too revealing.

A proper Regatta from yesteryear with something for everyone!

Crew Racing, Tall Ships Racing, and Anything That Floats...but is NOT a Boat contest and race!

All along the boardwalk will be dancing and music, provided by Holocluck Henly, games, rides, foods, prizes...a great summer event!

See you there!

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The 2nd Annual Rosehaven Regatta is August 18th, 2019 from Noon (12pm) SLT – 2pm SLT.
Once again, we will be featuring the ANYTHING THAT FLOATS…BUT IS NOT A BOAT contest and water race!  Hope you all are excited!!

Get your thinking caps on and create something fantastical…that is NOT A BOAT, but it does float!  The purpose of this event is to showcase your ability to design and build a water craft/vessel to travel in the water.  You must also be able to ride your floating invention.

Please let Duchess Liz Wilner or Oriella Charik know if you wish to enter.  All entries must be received and approved by no later than 11am SLT, August 18th for announcing at the Regatta. Prizes will be awarded for the ‘Most Unique’ and the ‘Fastest Vessel’.

This is a timed race. Depending on the number of participants, crews and their crafts will be lined up at the start/finish line, proceed down the canal to a designated turning point, go around a marker buoy, and proceed up canal back to start/finish line. There will be an official at the turn around the buoy to verify all contestants properly negotiate the turn around.

Rules: You may NOT utilize a commercially designed or distributed watercraft. Powerboats, canoes, kayaks, rafts, skiffs or other commercially designed craft will NOT qualify. Your vessel must NOT be commercially designed or built to travel on water. You cannot disguise an actual boat or ship for your craft. The vessels must be powered by Avi or wind energy; no swimmers pulling, pushing or propelling your craft.  NO engines, motors, trolling motors will be accepted. Sails, paddles and oars are acceptable. The decision of the judges is final. You must pick up the pieces if the vessel disintegrates in water or on land.

Hint: last year, for instance, we had a cupcake that floated and steered!

SL Video: "Raglan Shire Wootstock 2019 Part 1"

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From Nitwacket on July 31, "Keeba and the Tiny Maniacs"

Friday, August 16, 2019

Putri Second Life Indonesia 2019 Pageant

Marcel Mosswood recently found about a beauty pageant in Second Life, though not just any pageant. The Putri Second Life Indonesia 2019 Pageant, has the purpose of women from the country to "become an inspiration and role model because of their beauty, brain, and behavior." Marcel got in touch with one of the committee, whom had a number of things to say about it. The final events of the pageant will be this Sunday at 6AM SL time.

Read Marcel's story in People.

Woodstock's 50th Anniversary in Second Life

Whether you loved the hippie movement or hated it, there's no argument that the Woodstock music festival fifty years ago was a major event. While the effort to have an official 50th Anniversary concert in real life may have collapsed, people are still celebrating in Second Life. Gemma Cleanslate found out about one such celebration being held by Laura Templeton. For three days in Connemara, it'll be three days of rock n; roll.

Read Gemma's article in Events.

Computer Down

There's a saying known as Murphy's Law, "If it can go wrong, it probably will." And this week, Murphy was in full force for the Newser.

A week ago, the computer of yours truly would not start. Taking it too the shop, a couple days later I was told the machine was busted, save for the hard drive. For the first time since 2007, I was without a machine, at all. The old Mac I used to have as backup had also given up the ghost years ago.

So I went about the process of getting a new computer. Second Life can't use just any machine as it prefers certain graphics cards. I recall one friend who got a new machine, only to find the virtual world's viewer actually ran slower than on her old computer that was several years old. And on some computers, the viewers just won't work at all.

As of now, the computer still has yet to arrive. I'm still able to get on Second Life itself through the computer of someone I know. But for some reason I can't update the Newser on it. So that meant I had to wait to get access to a machine that's harder to get to.

So until the new machine finally arrives and is all ready and set up, that means the updates will be a bit sporadic. But as you can see, updating we are. Hopefully by Monday things will be more or less back to normal

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, August 12, 2019


If you can read this, then somehow I lost my connection to the Internet (or was too sleepy to reset the "deadman's switch").

Hopefully it'll be fixed, soon.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: A Fowl Situation

Taken at Hangars Liquides. While with Djhean Kidd and her friends, one dropped in as a chicken avatar. With the feline around, one could just imagine the drooling.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Friday, August 9, 2019

SL Video: "Sneak Peek: Made in Second Life"

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From Draxtor Despress on August 7, "Check out this sneak peek of “Made in Second Life,” a new original web series that will debut across various social media channels later this year. This new series (made in partnership with Draxtor Despres) expands upon the concept of Second Life storytelling that was first introduced with “Love Made in Second Life,” an original limited-run production that showcased stories of Residents who fell in love and married after meeting in Second Life"

SL Video: "King of The Mountain"

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From Nydia Tungsten on August 6, "Thank you to DJ Snowy, Captain Mato, JB, Eva and Gina for joining me in the fun in this one. I know it's been a while since our last Video. but know I am working on it. What has been keeping me busy you ask? well, I have been writing, 'Switched Destinies' feel free to check it out!"

Thursday, August 8, 2019

CDS Museum of Contemporary Art Celebrates New Exhibit

On Saturday August 3, there was a party at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Confederation of Democratic Simulators. The event was to celebrate a new exhibit there. The event was from Noon to 2PM SL time. DJ Lyubov played the music.

The museum is at Neufreistadt (178/138/183), and was founded in 2006 with seven displays of art.

There were a number of conversations at the event, such as the cheese and wine available, and about how the Japanese see art and what's considered erotic to most there. Among the people there was the CDS Chancellor Kyoko. She told the group, "tomorrow I have an opening of my own work at InterstellART."

Thanks to a power outage, yours truly couldn't be at the opening of Kyoko's exhibit on Sunday, though I was able to drop by later. InterstellART is described as "dedicated to interstellar cyber art," and is maintained by self-described "cyber-artist" Asmita Duranjaya. Kyoko's art there can be found at Nice Atoll (123/220/1080) .

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Linden Lab Spirit of Relay"

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From Stingray Rainmaker on August 6, "In appreciation for 15 years of working together to fight cancer in the virtual world, Second Life. Find support and services at American Cancer Society island in Second Life. To support the American Cancer Society in Second Life, contact Stingray9798 Raymaker (in-world)."