Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: Balloon Buster

 

 Taken at Club Cutlass. In the past, mass balloon releases were a part of celebrations. Today, they're not done as much out of concern for the environment, notably sea life. While a Gatling gun might be one solution, there's one obvious problem.

By Bixyl Shuftan


Interview With Sabine Mortenwold

 

Newser reporter Kayly Iali recently met up with Second Life artist Sabine Mortenwold. Sabine describes herself as a mixed-media artist, one whom has been painting most of her life. She has had works on display in a few galleries, and has her own high above the Oxygen sim. Kayly interviewed her, and she would describe how she paints her works, what other artists she admires, and more.

Read Kayly's interview in People.

Relay BYOK Events: Moon Dance and Monday With The 'Roos

 

There's a lot going on this Relay season, and there are many events. Besides those at the Home and Garden Festival which will take place most of this month, there are the BYOK, or "Bring Your Own Kiosk" events. In these events, the hosting team invites others to take part, and will rezz a kiosk for other teams if people from them show up.

Thursday February 25 was the first of the weekly "Moon Dance" events. The first one last year was so popular, they soon held another.  The team decided to hold one every week, and it would be "Bring your own kiosk." 

As before, it was held in the Sunlight Bay sim. People were invited to arrive at the Farshore Field Airport, and take the Moon Cannon up to the lunar surface where the party took place. Cynthia Farshield, the owner of the sim, played the tunes for the crowd. People were invited to click a lunar gravity bracelet giver, and they'd be light on their feet, "Sets your gravity to 1/6th normal when you wear it."  There were also a few aliens around the area, dancing in place, presumably to the music.

A few showed up in astronaut gear, or some kind of mask, as while there was enough air in the immediate vicinity for the time being, Rita saying, "Yes, we spared no expense, we had air shipped in," it didn't hurt to be prepared. One showed up in scuba gear, "Closest I had to a space suit." Among the tunes Cynthia played were some appropriate ones such as "Third Rock From The Sun, " "Children Of The Sun," "There's a Moon in the Sky," and others. And there was some joking around. "By the way uh sorry folks but the bar here has no beer." "The Aussies drunk it all, thats why it had no beer."

Besides the Sunbeamers, there were three other teams, Team ACTS, the new SHB Gems, and the popular Roos With a Dream. Team Sunbeamers would raise over 6000 Linden that night. SHB Gems raised over 2600, bringing their total to at least 4400 that night.

The Moon Dance will continue to be every Thursday, including tomorrow March 4 from 6 to 8 PM SL time, at Sunlight Bay (172/85/23).

A few nights later on Monday March 1 was the "Monday with the Roos" event.

Start the week off right! Come spend Monday with the Roos, our weekly dance party at the Bunyip Billabong. Don't know what a bunyip is? Come find out! We'll have music by award winning DJ Kayla and dancing by the 'Roo with a thousand dances', dancemaster Ren. And don't forget to ask us to put out your team's RFL kiosk!

The event took place at the Red River Saloon in Lilith. Besides Roos With A Dream and the Sunbeamers, there were two other teams. SHB Gems was at this event as well, along with the Cure Chasers. 

The Sunbeamers raised over 4000 Linden dollars at the event, as did the Roos and Cure Chasers. SHB Gems raised close to that amount, and would pass the 50,000 mark and make it into Bronze level.

Stay tuned for more stories on the Relay

 Bixyl Shuftan


GoSpeed Racer to Appear Today at Second Life Book Club

GoSpeed Racer, known as R. Jacques in real-life, in known inword for her DJing and running the KONA station. But lately she's also starting to be known for some novels she's written and published. She'll be among four writers in today's broadcast of The Second Life Book Club, hosted by Draxtor Despress.

Yours truly will be on Draxtor's SL Book Club show this Wednesday, March 3rd at 12 noon SLT. I will be part of a panel of four Second Life Authors/Writers being interviewed by the host, Draxtor Despres. We will also answer questions posed by the audience and Youtube watchers. In-world seating fills up fast, so plan to arrive at least an hour early. If you cannot get in then you can watch live on Youtube:
 

As stated, the show is today, March 3 at 12 Noon SL time. People can either attend inworld at BookClub Island (130/114/23) or see it on Youtube (link).


Tuesday, March 2, 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 'C,' Toga Party, Cartoon Time

Happy Vixen: Blue, Captain Night, Underwear, Disco, Long Tails and Short Ears, 1940s Attire, Slumber Party

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Club: CAYA, Game Characters, Mice and Dogs

Montecito Bay: CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Rock, Animation, Horror, Videogames, Cyberpunk, Late Night, Blue and Purple

Deathlands Fallout Shelter: DJ Shapes, DJ Wolfy

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Club Xanadu Closing Indefinately

Club Xanadu's co-owner RECoyote Mindes informed the Newser that the venue would be closing it's doors to events. There are no plans to reopen, at least for now.

Xanadu, occasionally called "The Vinyl Museum," is jointly owned by RECoyote and Perri Prinz. The building is a classic rock club named for the movie in which the Pan Pacific Auditorium is restored to a nightclub. There have been several periods of hiatus when real-life interfered with the management, but the building has always stood there since it's construction. 

HV Community (67/207/4051


Monday, March 1, 2021

SLEA Bridge Project And Steve Who

 

Gemma Cleanslate recently went back to the Second Life Endowment of the Arts, the SLEA, and found a couple noteworthy happenings. One was the SLEA Bridge Project, which aims to "shorten that distance between YOU and an immersive arts experience in SL." The other at the SLEA's Street Cafe was a Steve Who. So who is Steve Who? A real-life musician with a following in Second Life.

Read Gemma's story in Design.

RFL Team Sunbeamers Platinum Award

 


 When the Relay for Life's season started, team Sunbeamers made Platinum level fundraising right away thanks to off-season donations. On Friday Feb 26 at Club Cutlass, team captain Rita Mariner showed off the (virtually) physical award the team had gotten. So yours truly posed next to it with the dinkie fox avatar, of which it was the last night I had to wear it as part of the Platinum avatar challenge.

So what happens when we reach Jade level? Well, you'll see.

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

A Busy Weekend

 

This weekend saw plenty going on. Saturday saw the start of the RFL Home and Garden Festival (above). Caledon would hold it's anniversary parade. And the CDS held it's Chinese Lantern Festival. On Sunday, Veterans Isle held it's monthly Homes For Our Troops benefit concert, there was a 24 hour event for Rare Disease Day, and at the stroke of Midnight, the biyearly Gacha Guild event started.

More on these events later.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: Cloud Nine

 

 Taken at Sunweaver Space

By Bixyl Shuftan

 

KittyCatS! Celebrates Ten Years

 

For fans of KittyCatS, it's the tenth anniversary of the producers of the breedable pet cats. And they have a gift for anyone whom has ever gotten a kitty, or kitty food, from them (presumably that's all that's needed to be registered in their database). They have a pair of special cats just being offered at this time, for free. One is for their tenth anniversary, and the other their ninth.

In celebration of our 10 year birthday, we created a fun little cat as a grid-wide gift!

This cat comes as an "non- identical twin" kitty with our 9th birthday kitty, who has arrived "fashionably late" to the party! Something about that 9 lives thing? Who knows! But you will be getting 2 cats to jump "out of the cake!" this year!

The cats are available at KittyCatS (131/44/26). It should be noted there was nothing in the announcement about the pets not needing food. So while the kitties are free, you'll still need to get pet food. 

The free kitties are available until March 15.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

RFL Home and Garden Expo Starts Today

 

The Relay for Life's "Home and Garden" Expo starts today, Saturday February 27. For those looking for a new home inworld or furnishings for it, this is a good event to attend. And there's also music performers to listen to.

For a little more than three weeks from now to Sunday March 21, there will be events and shopping across nine sims. The temporary areas, named Hope 1 to Hope 9, are east of the American Cancer Society sim. Unlike some Relay events, one can't just walk from the ACS sim to the adjacent sims. One has to fly or teleport over.

The main stage is on the west side of Hope 1. The other sims are for various shops and other buildings by exhibitors. There are dozens of stores to go to, a list of which can be found here (link). But there are other places, such as the SL Newser, at Hope 4 (40/165/23). There will also be occasional discussions by Saffia Widdershins.

For more on the Expo, check the website at https://slhomegardenexpo.com/ ,  or the inworld group, or it's Discord channel (link). For schedules of performers, click here (link).

Bixyl Shuftan

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 double triple-play that night, or a six-way depending how you look at it, 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