Saturday, April 10, 2021

Announcement: RFL USO Dance Today


USO BYOK Swing Dance for Team SHB Gems

7-9 pm SLT Saturday April 10

Sounds of the big band 40's all provided by the Sunbeamer's own Cynthia Farshore

Coming in a military uniform is encouraged but not mandatory.

Announcement: Relay Paintball Match Today

*What: Friendly Game of Paintball!  Tournament Style

*When: Sunday, April 11th
          Teams start gathering at 10am, actual tournament starts at 12pm slt
12-2pm slt DJ Theon Ruby
2pm Just City Tribute to Huey Lewis & the News         

*Why: We are raising funds for Relay for Life of Secondlife

*How: 1 team of 4 people, 50L per person....  teams will buy a colored t shirt from the ACS Vendor ( please pick your team color ahead of time so everyone knows which color to buy!!)  The color of the T shirt will  determine what color of the paint your team will use.

2 teams will be in the arena at one time, winning team advances on until we have a BIG winner!  Trophys awarded to Top 3 teams.

**The Arena is open now for any teams/individuals who want to practice**

SL Video: "MachinimUWA VI: Mere Reflections of Her"

 From Pixie Rain in June 2013

Friday, April 9, 2021

Interview With Kyoko Furse-Barzane (Samara Barzane) About The Arts


Kyoko Furse-Barzane (Samara Barzane) is known for a number of things in Second Life. She's been one of the Confederation of Democratic Simulator's most noted residents, and is currently it's Chancellor. But she's also an artist, in addition to having run and owned a number of art galleries inworld. She is currently the curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in the CDS. Kayly Iali recently interviewed her about what she's done with the arts over time. Kyoko had quite a bit to say.
Read Kayly's interview in People.

The Outer Garden


Rosie (RougeRedHead01 Resident) came across "quite a stunning place to explore," called "The Outer Garden." Dropping in, it looks like a forest at winter. But there's plenty of scenes, which one can pose on which make it a great place to take pictures. While exploring, Rosie ran into one photographer whom asked her to pose for one.
Read Rosie's article in Places.

Announcement: The Garland Ball


You and your friends are invited to "The Garland Ball"

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021
Time: 12 noon-2pm slt
Place: The NFS Schloss Ballroom

From noon until Ipm Zoree Jupiter will perform variety of songs, including her native "fado."
From 1-2pm: DJ Qt will offer music conducive to romance and dancing.

Formals are appropriate, but semi-formal is fine also.

New ballroom furniture courtesy of Brooke Brandenburg.

Announcement: This Saturday at The Science Circle - "Methamphetamine"



Saturday April 10

10 AM to 11 AM SL time

Methamphetamine was first derived from another stimulant in 1893. Initially unrestricted, it seduced populations of many countries by its stimulant effects and addictive nature. 

Aside from a few accepted medical uses as a controlled substance, it has played 

          – an economic role as a profitable drug,

          – a geopolitical role as an agent of enhancement for military personnel and political leaders,

          – and with underground manufacture and distribution, in the illegal drug trade in the United States and elsewhere.

This presentation will discuss the pharmacology of N-methamphetamine and its use in medical treatment as well as drug abuse, with emphasis on the mechanisms of action and pathophysiology that arises from addiction and long term use. We will also examine the medical costs and criminal impact on society arising from the existence of this drug.

Robert A. Hendrix

For more information, Click Here.*

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Raglan Shire Turns 15


Second Life's most noted communities of "Tinies," Raglan Shire, has turned fifteen years old. The news was announced in the community's Discord chat yesterday, Wednesday April 7.

Over the years, the community has remained a unique one in Second Life. It's not just for the small stature of it's residents, but also for it's events, such as it's annual Art Walk, the creativity of many of it's residents, it's squeaky-clean image, and it's friendly reputation.

Happy anniversary Raglan.

Announcement: Jammin' For Autism Music Festival

On April 10th, 2021 we will be throwing the 1st Annual Jammin' For Autism Music Festival. This event is sponsored by RevolutionFM.  Our staff is very excited to share this day with everyone!  We have 7 of the hottest DJs Second Life has to offer.  The music will start at 10am SLT and continue until you dance the bottoms off you shoes!

This music festival is just one way we can all come together to share our love of music and spread the word about Autism Awareness.  We will be raising vital funds for The Autism Society of America.  This foundation, based in Maryland, USA, supports people with Autism in all aspects of their lives. Our support will make a difference today, and every day.  So, grab your friends and family and come enjoy music!

DJ LineUp
10am – 12pm –   DJ Lucien       Host - Zone
12pm – 2pm –     DJ Gino         Host - Christy
2pm – 4pm –      DJ Teri           Host - Kendra
4pm – 6pm –     DJ Karma        Host - Ice
6pm – 8pm –     DJ Sweet        Host - Christy
8pm – 10pm –    DJ Avielle      Host - Kema
10pm – 12am –   DJ Zone       Host - Kendra

RFL Announcement: "Team-Munity Challenge" And The "Love You Relay" Team


It's a Team-munity challenge to raise 10K USD in 10 Days to reach 10K usd in 10 days, with everyone doing their part to add to the fundraising.    The start date is April 10th at 12:01 AM SLT, and the challenge runs through midnight SLT on April 20th,  2021.  What can you do to help advance our Season Total?  What will your 10 day goal be?


1. Participate by planning and executing an event.
2. Promote by listing your event on the official ACS Event Calendar, textures are optional but enhance your promotion.  Strongly suggested is placing the event on the SL Events calendar, if you have hosting rights at your venue.
3. FUNdraise!  Show an increase in your teams fundaraising total between the start date and close of the challenge. Fundraising may come from inworld donations, dashboard donations via the website, Facebook Fundraiser donations, or the Mobile App!  So many ways to fund the mission!

Those teams advancing their total fundraising by 50 USD or more during this challenge will have 1000 Linden added to their team total.  Those teams adding 500 USD to their total will receive an additional 5000 Linden bonus!
 Here's to the AMAZING things we are going to do together!
 If you have questions please contact Gem Sunkiller, or Selene Jashan!

Gem Sunkiller

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April 10th the Love You Relay team is coming. It's an event hopping group of fellow Relayers. You can participate in two ways. You can join our group of hoppers. We'll give you our schedule and the LM's attached or you can hold an event on that day or night and put it in the calendar.  We have more than one group going out that day so we will be sure to hit any and all of them. So put your event in now... we're heading up our schedule or make that day to show love to your fellow teams. ALL ABOARD!!

Prettykitty Gumbo

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: Taking the Plunge-r


Taken at Veterans Isle

By Bixyl Shuftan


Easter Art Exhibition at Harmony Castle


The story of Easter is told in many ways today, through movies, television, stage plays, and books. But centuries ago, it was told in another way, through art. Dancerina Starlight recently went to Harmony Castle in Gorlen Bay. The place currently hosts an Easter art exhibition with pictures from various artists between the Fourteenth and Nineteenth Centuries showing different scenes of Christ in Jerusalem which "depict episodes of Jesus' journey to the cross and beyond."
See Dancerina's article in Design.

Two User-Made Maps of Second Life


Lately the map function of Second Life has been glitched, a fact that somewhat complicated our reporting of the new sims in Bellisseria last week. For a number of residents, these glitches can mean getting around is more complicated and takes longer. And as of now, Linden Lab has no idea when these issues will be fixed. But two people took matters in their own hands with resident-made maps, which can be accessed on a web browser. 

One is the Eddy O'Farrel map, found on The other is the Chaser Zaks map at The Chaser Zaks map is more versatile as one can zoom out for a "world map" view showing all of the continents. While it has a "find on map" listed on the right, it doesn't seem to do anything. The first map may change in the future as Eddy plans to update it, "I realise it's probably not that much use right now, particularly as there isn't (yet) any way to search for/load any particular region or area of the map, but I will add more functionality in the next few days if anyone thinks they would actually find it useful."

Neither map can see the new sims, which only show their names. On both maps, the land is still invisible.

Hopefully the Lindens and Moles will fix the Second Life map soon. Until then, hopefully these maps made by residents can help.

Source: Daniel Voyager 

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: RFL Sunbeamer Event With DJ Matt

Tomorrow, Thursday April 8 at the Bouncing Bunny Beach Club, the Relay for Life's Sunbeamer team will be having a special event in addition to it's weekly Moon Dance.  From 4 to 6 PM SL time, DJ Matt will be playing country and other tunes. Instead of tips, she asks that any money go to the Relay kiosks. 

This event also marks the final two hours of Matt's "Bid Me Pink" fundraiser, and this will be the last chance for people to bid her pink (or to stay her normal self).  At the end of the event, the totals on the kiosks will be tallied and the results made final, and posted. People are also invited to donate to Nydia Tungsten's "Bid Me Mouse or Bunny" fundraiser.

As this is a Relay event, everyone please keep their shorts (and tops for the girls) on.

Following the event, please head over to Sunlight Bay where the Moon Dance will take place, and if you're with another Relay team, by all means ask for a kiosk to be rezzed in it's name.

Tuesday, April 6, 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,' Shorts and Tees, Black & White

Happy Vixen: Tribal, In the Navy, Hooved, Gamers, Best in Red, Electronic Robotic/Cyber, Spring Growth, Animal Kingdom

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Relay Event/Best in Purple, Foxes and Fennecs

Montecito Bay: CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  PJ Party, Goth, Anime, Canines VS Felines, Metal, Late Night, Scales VS Fur

Deathlands Fallout Shelter: DJ Shapes, DJ Wolfy

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

533 Million Facebook Users Personal Data Leaked Online


Personal data from 533 million Facebook accounts was discovered to have been leaked online. The data comes from users from over 100 countries, "including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India. It includes their phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and, in some cases, email addresses."

The leak was revealed a few days ago on April 3 by chief technology officer Alon Gal of Hudson Rock, a cybercrime intelligence group. It was posted online on a hacking forum by someone, and "available to anyone with rudimentary data skills." Gal would post his findings on Twitter, "I have yet to see Facebook acknowledging this absolute negligence of your data." 

Facebook responded that the reported data was the same as that of a 2019 data leak, "We found and fixed this issue in August 2019." But as many people continue to use the same phone numbers and email addresses, the data could still potentially be useful for scammers and other online schemes.

The leak is being investigated by Ireland's Data Protection Commission, which stated they will work with Facebook to make sure it's claim is true. Joe Tidy of BBC News commented, "The database has likely changed criminal hands many times before now being offered for free."

Sources: Business Insider, BBC News, Twitter 

Image Source: AP News

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, April 5, 2021

Scenes From Bellisseria


A few days ago, Bellisseria made the news when the latest expansion of sims connected it to the eastern mainland continents. But elsewhere there's been plenty going on. Gemma Cleanslate took a look around at places she had yet to see, and found things from volcanoes to ice fishing, to signs that a once-missing Linden has been poking around.
Read Gemma's story in Places.

Return to Grace Baptist Church


Easter has come and gone, and we had fun with bunnies, chocolate, and eggs. But there's more to the holiday than that. For religious Christians, it's one of the more important holidays of the year, and of course church. For those in Second Life, there are churches one can go to, which can come in handy for the physically disabled or if one lives too far away from one in real life. Yours truly stopped by one a couple days ago, and had a talk with the pastor as well as two of the parishioners.

Read the story in People.

Top Relay Teams in Fundraising

  1: Camping For A Cure                   2,245,099

  2: Cure Chasers                               1,238,492

  3: Roos With A Dream                      901,976

  4: River of Life                                  878,718

  5: Goreans in Relay for Life              870,008

  6: Seekers of Hope                            761,332

  7: Relay Rockers                              722,310

  8: Grove Country Club Estates         489,270

  9: Aether Chrononauts Tiny Steps    471,437

10: Sunbeamers                                   413,299

Team totals reflect donations made from outside Second Life, so these are higher than the totals on the kiosks inworld.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: Happy Easter


 Taken at Wonderland Beach

By Bixyl Shuftan


Firestorm Viewer Reminder


By tomorrow, Firestorm users using version will need to update their viewers. It was a few weeks ago on March 16 that Team Firestorm announced on their blog the release of their version 6.4.13(63251) viewer. Jessica commented that earlier, the team determined four updates a year was best, "We will try hard to keep quarterly releases on schedule from this point on, with 4 updates a year, and we hope the majority of you will appreciate this balance."

Team Firestorm has a "three version rule," dating from an agreement with Linden Lab years ago. So the team has to block older versions of it's viewer. The grace period for version ends today, and it will be blocked tomorrow.

The latest update promises bug fixes, and features including a "massive" RLV update, and a "New free-aim mouse and focus lock for Depth of Field" for screenshots.

Source: Firestorm blog