Saturday, February 27, 2021

Sunweaver Community Goings-On

 
By Bixyl Shuftan

There's been some things going on in the Sunweaver community. With the Relay season having started, much of it is about Team Sunbeamers. This includes the team making Platinum rank on day one, the  "Bid Me Panda" and "Bid Me Purple" events,  and the Moon Dance (more on that later). But there's more going on. 

Not long ago, the community's main club, Club Cutlass, had a night in which the double contest had seven winners instead of just two. On Wednesday February 24, it happened again. 

[19:45] Jenni Greenfield: VOTING IS NOW OVER. TIME FOR TONIGHTS 'B' WINNERS. GL ALL!.
[19:45] [KittyKode] ContestBoard shouts: Perri Prinz won L$83!
[19:45] [KittyKode] ContestBoard shouts: LiskaBystrouska Resident won L$83!
[19:45] [KittyKode] ContestBoard shouts: Dusk Griswold won L$83!
[19:45] [KittyKode] ContestBoard shouts: Contest is over! Congrats to the following winners: Perri Prinz, LiskaBystrouska Resident, Dusk Griswold
[19:45] [KittyKode] ContestBoard shouts: Spooked Dreamscape won L$83!
[19:45] [KittyKode] ContestBoard shouts: RECoyote Mindes won L$83!
[19:45] [KittyKode] ContestBoard shouts: Zorro Wuramunga won L$83!
[19:45] [KittyKode] ContestBoard shouts: Contest is over! Congrats to the following winners: Spooked Dreamscape, RECoyote Mindes, Zorro Wuramunga
[19:45] Crystal Sabre (CrystalAmber69 Resident): Congrats !!
[19:45] Kylee Gracemount: Congratulations !
[19:45] Zorro Wuramunga: 6!
[19:45] òᴥó Mr.Fox da'Alenfey òᴥó (Spooked Dreamscape): :o
[19:45] òᴥó Mr.Fox da'Alenfey òᴥó (Spooked Dreamscape): Thanks
[19:46] Jenni Greenfield: CONGRATS TO....... ALL OF OUR WINNERS!
[19:46] LiskaBystrouska Resident: Two three-ways
[19:46] Rita Mariner: wow 3 way on males and females

So for both the men's and women's boards, it was a triple play that night, and another contest for the books.

At Sunweaver Space, Snowbuns (Skylark Lefavre) was up to a bit of funnery when she rezzed a huge fedora on a friend's house, knowing it would soon be seen. She then took it down, but the friend liked it and wanted it back. So Snowy placed it where it was.

Guess one could call it "Hats off to a house, or maybe not."

A little of the good-natured funnery that goes on around the community.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Psy - Gentleman"


 From W.L.F./MsYogurt on April 2016

Friday, February 26, 2021

Philip Rosedale's "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit

 

On Wednesday, people on Reddit had the chance to ask Philip Rosedale, the founder of Linden Lab and later on High Fidelity, any question they wanted. For three hours, he answered a number from the future of virtual reality to what surprised him the most about Second Life and a number of others.
 
See the questions and answers in Extra.

RFL Fundraiser "Bid Me Panda" And "Bid Me Purple" at Club Cutlass

 

Relay team Sunbeamers is having it's first two "Bid Me" fundraisers. For those new to the Relay, they are based on the noted "Bid Me Bald" events that have been held almost since the start of the Relay for Life in Second Life. But for some avatars such as furs, losing their head hair isn't so drastic a change. So came events in which the volunteer puts their looks on the line in another way, such as wearing an avatar of a different fur color, or a different type of avatar altogether. Over time there's been a variety of possibilities done.

For the team's first "Bid Me," none other but it's captain Rita Mariner has put her looks on the line in it's "Bid Me Panda." As before, there is a pair of kiosks involved in the challenge. For those wanting to have Rita make the change to a "fat male soup-slurping panda," donate to the kiosk on the right. For every 3000L, rounded down, Rita has to spend a week in an avatar inspired by "Po" of "Kung Fu Panda." 5999 Lindens would count as one week while 6001 would count as two. For those whom want to keep Rita as-is, they donate to the kiosk on the left. If the amount in the left kiosk is greater, Rita doesn't have to change regardless how much is in the right.
 
LiskaBystrouska is the volunteer for the second "Bid Me" event: "Bid Me Purple." The two kiosks for this one are next to Rita's. For every 2500 Linden dollars donated to the kiosk on the right, rounded down, Liska has to spend a week as a purple vixen. That is, unless more people donate to the left kiosk to keep Liska her normal Foxy self.

The "Bid Me Panda" event lasts until Saturday March 13 at 8PM SL time. The results will then be calculated and made final, and if successful Rita will change into her new look starting then. For Liska, her event goes on for another week, to March 20 at 8PM.

For those wishing to contribute to the events, the kiosks are in the back of Club Cutlass at Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757). The money goes to Team Sunbeamer's total for the Relay for Life, and the American Cancer Society. 

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan


Announcement: This Saturday at The Science Circle - "Panel: Gravity"

 

"Panel: Gravity"

Saturday February 27

10AM to 11AM SL time

To aid everyone in the audience in getting the most from our presentations, The Science Circle is introducing a series of presentations that seek to explain popular and important topics in different fields of science. Each presentation will start with a basic understanding that most pre-college students may have and gradually work up to the types of things that experts know, and still do not know, about each topic, all within an hour.

For this month’s Panel discussion, the topic is Gravity. Gravity is something so present in our lives that we may take it for granted, but it is also what makes possible some of the most fantastical concepts that explain, and objects that make up, our known universe.

     Panel Host Matthew Burr will start by reviewing that we understood about Gravity until the beginning of the 1900’s, based on Newtonian mechanics.

     Dr. Phil Youngblood will then review the new ideas that Einstein discovered at the turn of the century regarding the relativity of space-time. 

     Dr. William Wall will conclude by talking about Einstein’s field equations and the more exotic aspects of gravity associated with massive objects.      

On March 20, Phil Youngblood will continue the series with an explanation of “Elementary Particles” at different levels of understanding.

For more information, Click Here.

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


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Reader Submitted: Farewell Party For Oz

 

 From Panterapolnocy. On Feb 23, a party was held at Simon Linden Land in Denby in honor of Oz Linden, whom retires from the Lab tomorrow. His last public appearance will be at the Lab Gab that day.

"Thank you for everything good you've done for the platform of Second Life and the residents that use it - making their lives fun and more interesting. "


Oz Linden's Last TPV Meeting

 

Panterapolnocy films the Third-Party Viewer Developer meetings. The last one on Friday February 19 would be distinguished by it being the last one. For those not wanting to sit through the whole thing, Inara Pey's report gives a rundown on what was discussed, notably the Project Jelly Viewer. But many would find the most important detail being Oz Linden's farewell talk near the beginning.

"I want to say that working with the third party viewer community has been  – I mean this is how it started for me, and it has been a theme throughout, and it has been a very great pleasure working with all of you. It’s really been terrific, and thank you. Thank you for making me look good, and thank you for all you contribute to this really impactful and fun product. It's even more fun to work on than it is to use."

Oz Linden's last appearance will be on Lab Gab, tomorrow at 11 AM SL time.

Press Release: Homes For Our Troops Benefit Concert on Sunday


 Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce 2021’s February benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life for February 28, 2021!  

Frets Nirvana, longtime supporter and contact for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life in conjunction with the US Military Veterans Group, announces the 2021 February benefit for the Veterans Support Organization Home For Our Troops at Veteran’s Isle . 

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 313 SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOMES NATIONWIDE FOR WOUNDED VETERANS.”

In 2020 the community in Second Life sent  $15,750 to Homes For Our Troops, thanks to many kind hearts and great Second Life performers. THIS PUT SECOND LIFE’S DONATIONS EFFORTS IN THE TOP TEN OF HOME FOR OUR TROOPS DONORS IN 2020!  

 23 Veterans and their families received the keys to their forever homes in 2021 and the donations received in Second Life were part of that effort.  Currently HFOT has 62 projects underway for extremely wounded veterans.

Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle.  The February 28 concert for 2021 is scheduled from 4 PM to 9 Pm PM PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Wes West, Wolfie Moonshadow, Paul Nowles and Lark Bowen.

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.

For any questions, message Frets Nirvana

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Oz Linden to Appear on Lab Gab Friday

 

On Thursday February 16, Oz Linden announced he would be soon be retiring, on Friday February 26. On Monday, it was announced he and Grumpity Linden would be on Lab Gab that day to be interviewed by Strawberry Linden.

Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she speaks with our VP of Engineering, Oz Linden, and VP of Product, Grumpity Linden. Grumpity and Oz will give us an update on AWS! Oz will also speak about his years at Linden Lab.

Those with any questions for Oz or Grumpity were invited to send them via a Google form (here). 


The show, which will most likely be Oz's last public appearance (at least as a Linden) will air on Friday Feb 26 at 11 AM SL time. (link)

For more information, check the Linden blog.

Cartoon of the Day: Floating Cat

 

 Taken at the One Billion Rising

By Bixyl Shuftan

 

Announcement: Rare Disease Day in Second Life

 
 

The Relay fundraising season is in full swing. But that's not the only charity event going on. This Sunday February 28 is "Rare Disease Day," and an event for it is being held here in Second Life at Tainted Island. Wesley Regenbogen sent the Newser a press release explaining what it is and what it's for.

Read Wesley's announcement in Extra.

RFL Announcement: Sunbeamer Moon Dance This Thursday

 

 Sunbeamer Moon Dance - BYOK

When: Thu, February 25, 6pm – 8pm 

Where: Sunlight Bay

A benefit for the American Cancer Society! The dance starts at 6PM SLT goes to 8PM SLT every Thursday starting Feb 25th and runs through June 10th. You arrive at Farshore Airfield and grab a seat in the Columbiad Moon Cannon to be shot to the moon. There once you land on the lunar surface a kiosk in your team's name will be planted and dance a celebration of your moon landing with other teams. Tunes provided by a Live DJ who is not taking tips! Wants you to tip the kiosk instead.  Come rep your team. *BYOK (Bring Your Own Kiosk) but don't worry we'll put it out for you.

Team: Sunbeamers

SLURL:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunlight%20Bay/172/85/23

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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 'B,' Take Wing, At the Beach

Happy Vixen: Fliers and Diggers, Bottomless, TBA, Nautical, Dragons, Going Medieval, Feathers, Lions Tigers and Bears

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Xanadu: Tuesday After Dark, Electro-Swing

Bouncing Bunny Club: Foxes, Mice and Deer

Montecito Bay: CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Cute VS Creepy, Fantasy, Retro, Purple, Rainbow, Late Night, Horns and Hooves

Deathlands Fallout Shelter: DJ Shapes, DJ Wolfy

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'


Linden Lab Founder Philip Rosedale Doing An "Ask Me Anything" On Reddit Today

 

Do you have a question that you've always wanted to ask Philip Rosedale, the founder of Linden Lab, and Second Life as well? Well, tomorrow may be your chance. On his Twitter, Rosedale announced he would be doing an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit.

 Join me for a @reddit_AMA on Feb 23 from 11am-2pm PT. Ask me about #SpatialAudio, #VR, virtual worlds and virtual economies, avatars, and … anything.

An "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit is "a scheduled question-and-answer session hosted by anyone from a high-profile celebrity to a regular person with extraordinary life experiences."

Hat Tip: Ryan Schultz

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries

 

THIS WEEK: Endings and beginnings - where did February go?  Time may fly, but the tales continue. Join us 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

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 **TUESDAY, February 23rd:

    ~ at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live! with music, and poetry in Ceiluradh Glen, live on stream. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/197/131/21

    ~ at 7pm: Ursula K. Le Guin's GIFTS concludes with Willow Moonfire.

**WEDNESDAY, February 24th, at 7pm : Roger Zelazny's THE GUNS OF AVALON, continues with Corwyn Allen
   
**THURSDAY, February 25th:

   ~ at 7pm : STAR WARS- A NEW HOPE, continues with Shandon and Caledonia. (Also in Kitely!  Find teleport from the main Seanchai World grid.kitely.com:8002:SEANCHAI)

   ~ at 9pm : SEACHAI LATE NIGHT - Finn Zeddmore presents contemporary Sci-Fi-Fantasy from such online sources as Light Speed, Escape Pod, Clarkesworld Magazine, and more.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

The 2021 Relay Kickoff

 

The biggest charity group in Second Life is the Relay for Life. And on Saturday February 20, they started their official fundraiser season. There was plenty of excitement, lots of music, and plenty of fun. The Newser was there and took a few pictures.

See the pictures in Events.

RFL Team Sunbeamers Hit Platinum At Start

 

 The Relay season is on! The Kickoff was on Saturday (more on that later), and among the teams is the Sunbeamers. The team of the Sunweaver community, the "beamers have been a top-performing team, last year making the top ten teams in terms of Lindens raised. And this season, they hit the ground running. As the team has been raising money since the end of last season, they started out at 255,050 Linden dollars in their kiosks. And so, right off the bat, the Sunbeamers were at Platinum fundraising level. And as a picture provided to the Newser showed, started out in the lead. 

As the weekend went on, Grove Country Club Estates also reached Platinum and took the lead. A look at team totals shows most teams are still at Bronze level or below. This includes some yearly heavy-hitters, such as the Relay Rockers and Team ACTS. But the number of teams in Silver and beyond will quickly grow as the teams hold various events. Those holding events include the Sunbeamers with their first Moon Dance later this week.

Those wishing to donate to the Sunbeamers can use the kiosk at Club Cutlass at Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757).

And for yours truly, the season started having to own up on a certain promise right away. Five years ago, I challenged the team that if they ever reached Platinum Level fundraising, I'd go pony for a week. Since then, I've gone about in an odd look for a week when it happened. For a time, it was one I never went about in public before, the most remembered of these being the "Rita clone." But as time has gone on, I've been running low on options I've never done before, such as going pink and pantsless. So this year, I'll be a tiny Dinkie fox for a week.

The Dinkie Fox isn't sold as is, but is a mod of the Dinkie cat made by Missy (terris Graves). As I haven't installed this kind of mod before, I needed a little help from Missy herself. But as you can see, the job was done. And unlike my other tiny fox, this one can wear a jacket and pants. As before, my "out" is when obviously on Newser duty such as doing interviews. And finally on Saturday the 27th, I'll be back at my usual height.

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Middle image credit: Spooked Dreamscape

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Raglan Shire Mardi Gras Parade 2021"

 

(Click here if the video does not play)

 From Nitwacket on February 14, 2021, the Mardi Gras parade at Raglan Shire, "Links to pictures of all the stuff that didn't rez: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40509264@N06/, https://www.flickr.com/photos/isaurasimon/albums/72157718288964851 "

 

Sunday, February 21, 2021