Friday, September 17, 2021

RFL Team Sunbeamers Have Over 100,000 Lindens For Next Season


The next Relay season in Second Life is still months away. But some teams have been raising money for the season ahead. Among them is the Sunbeamer team, of whom team captain Rita Mariner set up a tip jar onto the deck of Club Cutlass for anyone wanting to chip in for next year's team total. A few days ago, the total passed 100,000 Linden dollars. And the total keeps going up.

How much will be raised by the start of the season in February 2022? We'll have to wait to find out. 

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757).

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: Club Livewire Ad


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From Arthur Turgeon/Whiskey (Thorrin Resident), a video commercial of the upcoming Club Livewire.

Announcement: This Saturday at The Science Circle - "The Past and Future of Virtual World Psychological Research and Development"


"The Past and Future of Virtual World Psychological Research and Development"

Saturday September 18

10 AM to 11 AM SL time

Second Life is underutilised as a platform for wide-ranging psychological research and community development projects. That statement was also true in 2003 when Linden Lab created the virtual world. Although other virtual world platforms may offer advantages for academic research and community impact projects, none are as robust and established as Second Life. In this presentation, I describe several funded research and development projects I have led in Second Life, including reflections on past pilot work using the platform for people with autism. I reflect on successes and ideas that were abandoned along the way and the different people I have encountered on my professional virtual journey. I  will also summarise some of the background published literature supporting a proposed research project with Science Circle, looking at communication styles in the virtual world. Questions, comments and challenges are encouraged.

By Dr. Simon Bignell (Milton Broome in SL)

For more on the event, Click Here.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Interview With Sudane Erato of The CDS And New England


With the CDS turning 14, the Newser recently had a chat with one of it's longtime residents, Sudane Erato. She was around at the experiment in democracy in Second Life since close to it's begining, and was willing to talk about it's early days, and some things that changed over time. But she's done more than just observe. She's made a number of buildings at the CDS, in addition to New England where she also resides.

Read the interview in People.

Picture of The Day: Welcome Lines


From "IQ" on Discord.  One thing practically every Second Life resident is familiar with are those annoying yellow ban lines. While some residents need them to deal with stalkers, yours truly can't help but wonder how many who use them truly need them. With this in mind, this picture from IQ was a welcome contrast: parcel lines welcoming people in.

"Check the best property lines ever! I have the coolest neighbor ... She, the creator/owner of those, put them up against a parcel that has ban lines. I love that!"

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: Clowning Around


Taken at Gold Haven

By Bixyl Shuftan


"Party like it's 2004!" CDS Turns 17, Party This Friday *Updated*

As you should know by now CDS is the oldest democratic community in SL having been founded on the Anzere sim on Sept. 15, 2004. We still have an outpost there, where we will hold our celebration.

It will be on September  17th  (note the date shift to Friday). 1:30-3:30pm slt

Join DJ Qt and the gang at our InfoHUB on Anzerre sim to party like it's 2004!
(It's a snow sim so dress accordingly)

Instructions for accessing the music stream will be provided later.

"Party like it's 2004!"

*Update* The time of the party has been changed from 1-3PM to 1:30 to 3:30 PM

Tuesday, September 14, 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 'G', B&W Night, Renfest

Happy Vixen: Wild West, Undies, Foxes, Pirates, Maddkatt Mash, TBA, Leather and Lace, Class n' Sass 

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Pony-Up

Xanadu: DJ Christine, DJ Jesse

Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  PJ Party, Blue and Purple, Elements, Cartoons, Neon, Late Night, Canines VS Felines, TBA

Deathlands Fallout Shelter:  DJ Wolfy, DJ Nafrini

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Monday, September 13, 2021

September 11 Memorials, Past and Present


Saturday September 11 was the anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, the twentith. Over the years in Second Life, the event and the fallen have been remembered in many ways at a number of memorials. Some got more attention than others, either from being large and detailed, or for the events and people they attracted. In today's article, we look back at a few of those in the past, but also a couple that were around for this anniversary.

Read the story in Extra.

RFL Announcement: "Back to the 80s, Halloween Float Competition"


Coming to Second Life, it's "I Pink I Can!! The Float Challenge...80's style!"

On Sunday October 10th we will be lining the streets of I Pink I Can with floats YOU design! The challenge will be to use 200 or under prims to decorate your float in theme,then get people to donate to your kiosk! All proceeds go to Strides!

Now, the top three will get all the glory and amazing trophies to celebrate their victory! Entry fee is 100 Lindens, and you will get the official float to be used. Keep the float the same size and go as high as you want, but stay in the 200 prims!

Contact Abigail Lemongrass or myself (Jenny Shackle in world) to get entered!  

Everyone, Relay for Life, teams, singers, builders, friends, anyone who loves Halloween is welcome to enter!!! We will have music and a zombie hunt going on also during the day!

For more information, contact Jenny Shackle or Abigail Lemongrass


Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries


THIS WEEK: Different POVs, unexpected strategies, and storied adventures.

Check out the stories and the storytellers! 

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

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

--------->> COMING THIS WEEK

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

**MONDAY, September 13th, at 7pm: THE WEIGHER continues with Gyro Muggins.

**TUESDAY, September 14th:

   ~ at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live! with music, and poetry in Ceiluradh Glen.
   ~ at 7pm: Alice Hoffman's NIGHTBIRD  begins with Willow Moonfire.

**WEDNESDAY, September 15th at 7pm: TBA   

**THURSDAY, September 16th at 7pm: Terry Pratchett's THE SEA AND LITTLE
FISHES with Caledonia in The Glen.


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Picture of the Day: Remembering September 11


Taken at the now gone Stagg Island 9/11 Memorial on Sunday, Sept 11 2016. A man in a Captain America avatar looks at the waterfall symbolizing one of the two twin towers of the World Trade Center.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

9/11 Memorials in Second Life


It's been twenty years since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 that brought down the World Trade Center in New York City, and damaged the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia, resulting in the mass-murder of almost 3000 people. Since then, those who were children at the time of the attacks have grown up, and now there are adults whom hadn't been born yet. But people still remember, both the shock and the devastation, but also how Americans came together. And here in Second Life, there have been various memorials over the years. While some notable ones in the past are no longer around, there are still a number inworld.


 One 9/11 memorial that's been around for several years is the "Always Remember" one, which has slide shows of pictures and descriptions. This year, it's in Gold Haven.

You are now at 9/11 Memorial - Always Remember, Never Forget , Gold Haven (246, 47, 1344) Welcome to the 9/11 Memorial - Always Remember, Never Forget. A Tribute to The Victims and Heroes of September 11th, 2001.


Above the Copperhead Road sim is a replica of the memorial to the passengers in the one plane that fought back against the hijackers: Flight 93, which would crash near Shanksville Pennsylvania. The main part is the "Tower of Voices," which was made in 2020. More recently, the memorial has been expanded in size to include the "Wall of Names."

 In Dornoch is the "9/11 20th Anniversary Memorial."

Since 2011, the 9/11 Memorial has been placed in various locations around the Second Life world to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001. This year the memorial is placed in the region of Dornoch, Scotland. All are welcome to visit and reflect.

In the Iris sim is the "Memorial to the Victims of Terrorism." 

I am  El Paso,  I am Kabul, I am Christchurch, I am London, Je suis Paris, je suis Bruxelles, Türkiye'nin duyuyorum, أنا بغداد. Stop terrorism! Pray for victims in Sri Lanka,New Zealand, Afghanistan, Pakistan, US, Syria, all over!

The Victims of Terrorism memorial would have a TP to another memorial, one not to those who died from terrorism, but those who passed away from the Coronavirus Pandemic that still claims many lives every day.

Pray for your loved ones who are ill with coronavirus. Put out a free sign and candle. Pray for health care workers. Place a memorial for those who have died of this pandemic. Places of meditation and healing nearby. May God have mercy on our souls!

Twenty years later, we still remember.

Bixyl Shuftan

September 11 - "A Fireman's Prayer"


When I am called to duty,
whenever the flames my rage,
give me strength to save some
life whatever be their age.
Help me embrace a little child
before it is too late,
or save an old person from
the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert,
and hear the weakest shout.
And quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling
and give the best in me.
To guard my every neighbor,
protect his property.
And if according to my fate
I am to lose my life,
please bless with your protecting hand
my children and my wife.

9/11/01 - We will never forget

Poem by Firefighter A.W. “Smokey” Linn