Saturday, June 12, 2021

The Last Sunbeamer Moon Dance For 2021


Every Thursday this Relay season, the Sunbeamers have had a weekly event: the Moon Dance. But with the Relay Season almost over, Thursday June 10 would be the final one for the year. There was much music, and fun, to be had in the name of raising money to research cancer treatments. 

Read the story in People

Relay Weekend Takes Place Today

And after months of getting ready, the big day of the Relay for Life in Second Life is today. The opening ceremonies start at 10 AM, then at 11 AM the survivors and caregivers lap, followed by the various other laps around the 36 sims. 

Many Relayers concentrate on just getting as many laps as possible. But don't forget to stop by the dozens of campsites and designer sims. The builders worked hard at them. Many have neat things to see, one having an underground series of tunnels. Some have neat things to do, such as a surfing spot. And of course there's the Sunbeamer's "The Prince and The Spot" game.

The Sunbeamer camp is at RFL Celebrate (/42/122/23). Or you can head to the American Cancer Society sim.

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "In Memory of Ebbe Altberg"


(Click here if the video does not play)

From Isabelle Cheren on June 8, "Ebbe Altberg passed away in early June of 2021. He was the CEO of our Second Life and was a true believer in trying new things to make the virtual world of Second Life a better place every step along the way. The music in this video was composed and played by Draxtor Depress who works closely with Second Life. A truly fitting peace of remembrance. When anyone passes I find beauty in dance hence a ballet." 

Friday, June 11, 2021

The Second Life Newser Party


Last weekend, the Newser was celebrating it's anniversary, it's eleventh. So at the Bouncing Bunny Beach Club near the Newser office, a party was held to celebrate. A number of people dropped by, and there was much fun to be had.
Read more in Events.

The Relay Weekend Track


In just two weeks since they were spotted online, the thirty-six sims of the Relay Weekend track have been developed from practically bare (minus the American Cancer Society sim) to a patchwork of builds. The various campsites have their exhibits, and the designer sims are complete. 

Currently the Hopefest events are continuing, and tomorrow and Sunday of course is the main event: The Relay Weekend. The busiest 24 hour period of Second Life, it's been called the virtual world's biggest test in it's ability to handle traffic. While no doubt it sees plenty of crashes and the occasional sim going offline for a bit, considering what the event is about, the well done builds, the excitement, the comradery, and of course the fight against cancer, most feel it's well worth it. 

The Opening Ceremonies start at 10 AM tomorrow, and the event goes on to the Closing Ceremonies at 10AM Sunday to the Victory Lab at 11AM, which pretty much lasts until most everyone has left.

Go Relay! 

Bixyl Shuftan

Special Lab Gab on Monday June 21


Yesterday, Linden Lab announced on the official blog that in ten days, Monday June 21, there will be a special "Lab Gab" as part of the Second Life Birthday mega-event. This one will feature the leadership team.

During the SL18B celebrations there will be a special edition of “Lab Gab” featuring several executives from the Linden Lab leadership team. Now is your chance to share your thoughts and ask questions directly to the leadership team!  

Residents were invited to submit questions in advance for the event (link). Residents have until Tuesday June 15 to do so. 

While the announcement didn't mention names, it showed a picture of Patch, Grumpity, and Brett Linden. Respectively, they are the VP of Product Operations, Director of Product, and the Senior Marketing Director. Since the passing of Ebbe Altberg, Linden Lab has not yet announced a new CEO. 

The SL18B runs fom Thursday June 17 to Tuesday July 6.

Source: Linden blog.

RFL Announcement: Teadybear Beach Concert

 Presented by Nance Clowes, Burners Without Borders, and RFL Team Shadows

Friday June 11, 5-11PM

Teddybear Beach at RFL Celebrate

Announcement: SeraPRIDE


SeraPRIDE will take place on June 12, 2021 from 12:30 (12:30pm) SLT through 21:00 (9pm) SLT.  Our agenda is:

     ♦12:30 (12:30pm) - Kickoff Party
     ♦13:00 (1:00pm) - Live Singer: Skye Galaxy
     ♦14:00 (2:00pm) - Live Singer: Tally Mercury
     ♦15:00 (3:00pm) - Live Singer: Zachh Cale
     ♦16:00 (4:00pm) - The Drag Race, choreographed by ECLIPSE Magazine (2 hours)
     ♦18:00 (6:00pm) - Pool Party with DJ Dream
     ♦19:00 (7:00pm) - Pool Party with DJ Dextrum (2-hours)
     ♦21:00 (9:00pm) - Closing Ceremony
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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Hopefest And The Opening of The Relay Track

 Yesterday, Wednesday June 9, was the start of the Hopefest. While technically it last for five days, it's often thought of as the three days before the Relay Weekend (Saturday June 12 and Sunday June 13). One event was the Hopefest Medieval in RFL Cure, which included events like jous4ing.

Also going on was Bellisseria for RFL Hopefest, which had live musicians such as Zax Claxton, taking place in RFL Hope.

Besides the events, there was of course the various team campsites and their exhibits that were now open to the public. And there was much to see. 

More to come.

Bixyl Shuftan

RFL Announcement: The Relay Regions Are Open to the Public

The track is laid. The Relay Info Station are up. Designer Regions complete. Campsites are set up. Luminaria bags are out. 

Everyone has dedicated so much time in creating this unique experience...and now we are excited to cut the ribbon on the 2021 Relay For Life of Second Life regions. so that everyone has time to explore for a few days before the main event starts at 10am SLT on Saturday!!

 American Cancer Society (128,128,24)

Stingray Rainmaker

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This weekend marks the beginning of the final push for the RFL, this year.  The Sunbeamers have finished their camp and welcome all visitors.

Rita Mariner

RFL Announcement: Relay Weekend Theme Hour Schedule


10 AM ~ Opening Ceremonies
11 AM ~ Survivor/Caregiver Lap
NOON - 12:30 ~  Survivor/Caregiver Lap
12.30pm - 1 PM ~  Teams Lap
1PM  ~ Teams Lap
 2PM ~ Wizard of Oz
 3PM ~  Prince/Princess/King/Queen
 4PM ~  Under the Sea/Aquatic Animals

 5PM ~ Sock hop
 6PM ~ 80's Neon/Rollerskates
 7PM ~  Christmas in June
 8PM ~  Beach Party
 9PM ~ Luminaria Ceremony
 10 PM ~ Unicorns/Fairies/Fantasy
 11 PM ~  Tinies/Dinkies
 MIDNIGHT ~  The clock strikes midnight-Fairy Tales
 1 AM ~ Arrrr it be pirate hour!
 2 AM ~  Real Life Heros
 3 AM ~  Sci Fi Fun
 4 AM ~  Pink Power Hour
 5 AM ~ Pajama's Curlers and Coffee
 6 AM ~  Fight Back Lap
 7 AM ~ Friends Hour-matching
 8 AM ~ Purple Hour!
 9 AM ~ Dancing in the streets

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Cartoon of The Day: A Poultry Joke

 Taken at the Happy Vixen. Not sure why DJ Snowbuns brought out this chicken, but she would have known I'd be using it to "hatch" up some humor.

By Bixyl Shuftan


RFL: The Sunbeamer Camp


The Hopefest has started, and the Relay sims are open to all on the Relay teams, not just those on build teams. And the Newser is now free to reveal the Sunbeamer camp at RFL Celebrate.The work was done by Cynthia Farshore, Shockwave Yareach, Snowbuns (Skylark Lefavre), and Rita Mariner.

As before, there is the Memorial Garden, located in the back. There are various personalities whom have died of cancer over the years from Humphey Bogart to Roger Moore to Don Adams, to Jim Varney. This year, noted talk show host Rush Limbaugh joins the list. And as always, there's a space for Artistic Fimicloud, a noted member of the Passionate Redheads (the precursor to the Sunbeamers).

What's different this year, "and now for something completely different," is "The Prince and The Spot Game." To play the game, get the bracelet from the giver at the front of the camp, then head to the starting point. What follows is an interactive tale of a prince whom finds a spot on his face that he hadn't noticed before. The plot has a Monty-Pythonesque tone to it. As you proceed, you make choices. Make the wrong choice however, and you won't so much as get a chance to say "not dead yet." 

As of the writing of this article, Team Sunbeamers has raised over 817,000 Linden dollars. Can they hit one million (and make a certain fox live up to a commitment)?

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

RFL Announcement: Hopefest Medieval

It is time for Hopefest!

The schedule for activities is full, with many fun things to do! Make sure that you mark off time to enter or watch the tournaments of your choice during the next three days, then Sunday will be just a lot of fun with Hayball and Berserker!

Wednesday: 9:30 am - Dragon Joust sign in at Hopefest
                      1:00 pm - Target archery sign in at Hopefest
                      3:00 pm - Unity Joust (Silly Costumes) sign in at Hopefest
                      6:00 pm - Cornerstone sign in at Hopefest
Thursday: 9:30 am - Unity Joust sign in at Hopefest
                  12:30 pm - Unity Sword Melee sign in at Hopefest
                   2:30 pm - Target Archery sign in at Hopefest
Friday:  9:30 am - Kish Joust sign in at Hopefest
              Noon - Target Archery sign in at Hopefest
              4:30 pm - Dragon Lance Joust (Silly) sign in at Hopefest
Sunday:   9:30 am - Hayball Tournament sign in at Hopefest
                 2:30 pm - Berserker Tournament sign in at Hopefest

Be sure to do the  Attack Of The Garden Gnome Quest!
Plus the Whispering Faries Gacha (you gotta see these.. you will love them)
And.. .the Trail Of Loot!!

Abielle Costayne (quashanique)
Skysong (sgudeman)

EFL Announcement: Belliseria for RFL HopeFest Starts Wednesday June 9!

We have a great lineup for the opening day, with DJs and live performers! Our team has done a great job creating a piece of Bellisseria at the RFL track, and there is a lot of excitement in the air!

If you have any questions ask AnnaLise Peccable

RFL Announcement: Spirit of Relay Nominations Open


It's time to make your nominations for the 2021 Spirit of Relay Awards!!
The deadline to nominate a team and/or an individual person for each of these special awards is Friday, June 11.
Each form contains a full description of the award criteria. Your nominations will be considered when the awards are presented to team and to the individual at the Flood-the-Regions Wrap Up Party on Wednesday, June 16.

Team Nomination Form:
Individual Nomination Form:

Stingray Rainmaker

Announcement: Kultivate 6th Annual Spring Art Show

The Kultivate 6th Annual Spring Art Show will take place June 7 to June 13, 2021! As in previous years the spring art show will feature both a juried competition and a non juried (exhibition) component.


PARTICIPATING ARTISTS (In alphabetical order):
4pril Resident, Amanda, Angel Heartsong, Anouk Lefavre, Cutewillow Carlberg, Dandilyon Jinx, Dawnbeam Dreamscape, Deynira Yalin, Elise Sirnah, Eucalyptus Carroll, Eve Petlyakov, Jamee Sandalwood, Johannes Huntsman, Kacey Macbeth, Kapaan Resident, Klint Kord, Lena Kopiak, Matt Thomson, Myra Wildmist, Ohara Takamori, Phoenix, Roxcee REesident, Sabine Mortenwold, Sandor, Sevant Anatra, Sheba Blitz, Slatan Dryke, Tempest Rosca, Vanessa Jane, Veruca Tammas, Viktor Savior, & Vita Theas.

The following live vocalists and musicians will provide entertainment throughout the art show: Mimi Carpenter, Abby Jaidov, Lyric Serendipity, Rapid Randy, Bubbles Song, Suzen Juel, Ziggy Sixpence, Jackie Lefko, Dee Timeless, Thunderfoot, Aislen Sings, J Lively, Sarita, Sam Qenda. 

For more information:

Tuesday, June 8, 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 'T,' TBA, No Event (Relay Weekend)

Happy Vixen: Modern and Medieval, Asian Flaire, Mods and Odds, Hollywood, Wings, TBA, Girls Night Out, Lace and Lingerie

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Foxes, Tigers and Tigerstripped, Gone to The Dogs

Montecito Bay: CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Sexy, Under the Sea, CAYA, Blue VS Purple, Horror, Late Night, Wings

Deathlands Fallout Shelter: DJ Shapes, DJ Wolfy

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.  

Still More Relay Track Sneak Peeks

 Work continues on the various Relay builds. At RFL Stage, Silver Howler was working away (since this picture, the place looks a little different).

RFL Spirit was given to artist Fiona Fei to work with, whom made quite a decorative scene.

In RFL Strength, I took a kite for a ride.

And what will be revealed here?

Of the Sunbeamer camp, the main feature will be a game, "The Prince and the Spot Game." 

More to be revealed tomorrow morning, which is the day the Hopefest begins, Wednesday June 9. Saturday June 12 to Sunday June 13 is the day of the Relay Weekend.

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

RFL Annoucement: Hopefest

 Communities Buiding Hope
Supporting Relay For Life
On the Relay Regions

Our 1st Annual HopeFest event is comprised of the following communities all with fun events, entertainment, talks, tournaments and more June 9 - 13
Diversity Community
Bellisseria Community
Medieval Community
Creative Community

And the Limited Edition Linden HopeFest Bear and Coffee Mug! Check out each community and their events here

Spread the word!
Nuala Marcas

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries


THIS WEEK: June is packed with great stories and series, all of which continue this week. Join us for stories. Join us for stories all week long, presented LIVE in Second Life, on Seanchai Library's properties in Second Life.

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

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

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**TUESDAY, June 8th:

   ~ at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live! with music, and poetry in Ceiluradh Glen, live on stream.
   ~ at 7pm: Ben Aaronovitch's WHAT ABIGAIL DID THAT SUMMER continues with Corwyn Allen

**WEDNESDAY, June 9th at 7pm: Carl Hiaasen's SKINK continues with Kayden Oconnell.

**THURSDAY, June 10th, at 7pm: H. Beam Piper's LITTLE FUZZY, continues with Ktadhn Vesuvino, in Ceiluradh Glen, live on stream.
**FRIDAY, June 11th at 2:30pm: Terry Pratchett's UNSEEN ACADEMICALS continues with Caledonia Skytower at the Seanchai lanai-firecircle (90 minutes).


Monday, June 7, 2021

News and Commentary: Looking Back At Ebbe Altberg


When Ebbe Altberg was made CEO of Linden Lab in February 2014, the reception overall seemed to be cautious optimism. Under the direction of Rod Humble, the Lab had gotten itself out of financial difficulties. But not all was well. The events in which Lindens and Residents met up were gone and there was talk of a "no fratenization" policy. With the Terms of Service controversy, some content creators were worried the vauge language in one part of the ToS gave the Lab the right to claim their content to claim and sell as their own. A few were leaving to the Opensim grids, notably InWorldz. While Linden Lab had made or bought a number or spinoff products, only one was making much money. Ebbe Linden, as he was soon known, would later say, "when I came here, the users were a little bit angry (and) there was a disconnect between the Lab and ... the residents," and that some of the Lab's policies "didn't make much sense."

But in April, he got attention and praise for speaking plainly about the Terms of Service issue, and in months the controversial wording was changed to the satisfaction of most residents. Communication between the Residents and the Lindens improved greatly under him, with "Meet the Lindens" events at the Second Life Birthday, and also the Best Practices in Education event, as well as occasional Town Hall meetings. He was a believer in making an effort for transparency and openness.

Under Ebbe Altberg, Second Life's long slow decline in terms of both sims and active users would halt, and eventually began to grow again. While practically everyone appreciated that, some weren't so sure about another move of the Lab's under Ebbe Linden's watch: the way residents in Second Life paid money to them. Sim tiers were reduced, as well as set-up fees, making land cheaper to get and more importantly cheaper to keep. But Linden Lab had to make up the money somewhere, and did so by increasing the fees to buy Linden dollars. This was the equivalent of reducing real-estate taxes but raising sales taxes. Some residents complained. Others had mixed feelings as even if they didn't own a sim, their favorite places were more likely to last. Under his watch, the Tila company was created. Eventually, it would not only handle Second Life's money transactions, but also Sansar's and a third virtual world: Upland.

Under Ebbe Linden, the Lindens were able to accomplish what under his prececessor they couldn't: bring back last names for accounts; or rather, make last names an option by allowing residents to change them. Some resident's had mixed opinions due to the high fee, and to a lesser extent the choices available (which in my opinion were reasonble ones, given the Lab's options). But overall the residents were happy.

When he was interviewed by Hamlet Au in 2019, at times Ebbe Altberg seemed to have an understanding of Second Life that previous CEOs Mark Kingdom and Rod Humble lacked, at one point commenting it was his opinion "Adult" marked sims didn't always mean X-rated activities, but that the users valued their privacy. He also expressed an enthusiam for it at times, supposedly saying "We are still the s**t when it comes to virtual worlds."

Not everything went well under Ebbe Altberg. It was under his watch that a customer service mishap caused the end of the SS Galaxy as an active area. While preserved by the Lab, it would never be the active resident-run place it was. A similar mishap caused the first Steelhead community to fold. Another customer service mishap almost caused the end of the noted Grendles mall, but the actions of residents saved it. One controversial move was the banning of Linden resellers, making resident-run Linden exchange services no longer permitted. While the idea for Sansar came about under the previous CEO, it was under Ebbe Altberg in which it came about. But Second Life residents were unimpressed and only a handful of people were spending much time there. While a few felt it was an idea worth trying, most residents saw Sansar as a mistake, and the reaction to it's sale was along the lines of "It's about time." Linden Lab would also see a couple rounds of layoffs, related to Sansar's lack of success.

Two moves later in Ebbe Altberg's term also got some controversy from the residents. One was the move of Second Life's data to Amazon Cloud servers. Altberg's Lab stated that it would eventually improve performance and allow for a reduction in fees. But as the move was being done, there were a number of bugs and glitches that the residents openly complained about, and the Lab had to acknowledge and ask for patience. Today, while some residents say there's been some improvement, notably with sim crossings, others say they've only noticed continued glitches such as inventory issues.

And then there was the sale of Linden Lab to a team of investors. Under the terms, Linden Lab would retain a good deal of autonomy and continue to make just about all of it's decisions on it's own. And no doubt this meant more money for the Lab to continue to improve and develop Second Life. But naturally many residents were very worried, some fearing the new owners were only out for a quick buck and jack up tier and fees while cutting development and customer service, or worse. But a year later, the virtual world continues to run smoothly.

There have been numerous comments on the SL forums. Among them: Prokofy Neva, "I remember my main impression was that he was normal. Normal! That may seem funny, but we have had some rather eccentric leaders, who could get pretty wild, and while that is good in the early start-up stages, at some point the grown-up has to come along." ArgontheDevil Ormega, "He understood that SL was unlike any other business in that the relationship between the Lab and the Residents was not purely business.  That is why we mourn his passing.  He was not just the CEO of the company.  He was, in a very real sense, one of us." Trinity Yazimoto, " Ebbe arrived with a positive and friendly attitude (at the opposite of his predecessor). He was humble and open mind. Ebbe gave back SL its stability. Ebbe made SL a better place and i will remember him for this."

While the cause of Ebbe's passing has not been officially released, it has been made known he was sick for two years. But instead of stepping down, he continued to run the company. Inara Pey would write, "It is clear that illness did not in any way blunt his determination." Hamlet Au would comment, "One insider told me that his illness didn't undo him, but rather, gave him a serene confidence in his mission and his life course." Eventually, he would make fewer appearances inworld, his last one being at Oz Linden's retirement party in February 2021. And his last comment on his Twitter was in November last year. He would not speak at the Education conference in March, Patch Linden taking the lead instead.

Linden Lab founder Philip Rosedale was quoted by Hamlet Au as saying, "I can't say enough about Ebbe. He was such a warm, smart, optimistic person who was loved by everyone he came into contact with. I will miss him a lot, and we were so lucky to have him."

So in conclusion, Ebbe Altberg made a good CEO of Linden Lab. Not everything under him went perfectly, but under his leadership Second Life bounced back from it's slow decline and went on the upswing. The virtual world is doing better and it's future is looking better than in over a decade. Second Life still faces some challenges, such as the question of will those who returned during the Pandemic stay and the increasing popularity of VRChat among younger users of virtual worlds. But Ebbe Altberg's time at the helm of the Lab can only be considered a success.

"Sleep well Ebbe, thank you for everything."

Other tributes: Daniel Voyager, Moden World, New World Notes

SL Forums: RIP Mr. Altberg

Bixyl Shuftan

Relay Track Sneak Peeks

 Work on the Relay track continues. While we can't show you entire campsites, yet, we can show you sneak peeks. Here's one from the Sunbeamer camp.

Nance Clowes' exhibit had this character laughing.

The T-1 Radio station, where the music will be played and any discussion heard from.

 One camp had a roller coaster on it. How big is it and what else is there? You'll see.

The Hopefest begins Wednesday June 8, and the Relay Weekend takes place Saturday June 12 to Sunday June 13.

More to come.

Bixyl Shuftan

Weekend in Brief

 Quite a bit happened this weekend. The Newser celebrated it's 11th anniversary and the Happy Vixen Beach Club celebrated it's tenth (above). The Confederation of Democratic Simulators held it's Inaugural Ball. There were also a number of Relay events, but the main effort was that of the various teams on the Relay Weekend track, which opens to the Relayers in a few days for the Hopefest. *
Read more on some of these events later.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, June 6, 2021

The Happy Vixen Turns Ten Years Old


In this virtual world, many clubs last only a few months or even a few weeks. With this in mind, the Happy Vixen Beach Club is reaching a big milestone this month: it's tenth anniversary. Over time, much has changed with the club that started small and ended up the most active one in it's community.
Read the story in SL Clubbin'.

Relay Track Update

 With only a few days to go before the Hopefest, and six until the Relay Weekend, the various teams are busy building their campsites. This includes Team Sunbeamers. Located at RFL Celebrate, I can't show much of the camp, yet. But Shockwave Yareach and Cynthia Farshore are constructing a good one. 

Since reaching Sapphire level fundraising late last month, the Sunbeamers have continued to bring in donations. Ĵäηūş Ȥєקんץяɨηє Ⓑɨƙςɨη (Mariru256 Resident) informed the Newser that last night a raffle in behalf of the RFL Sunbeamer team at the Gathering Oak hangout had concluded. Of the ten tickets, the winning one belonged to Crystal Sabre (CrystalAmber69 Resident). The prize was a *HEXtraordinary* Fennec Fox Wanderer (cream). 

As of the writing of this brief, Team Sunbeamers has raised a total of 790,003 Linden dollars.

Meli's Maniacs have also been at work on their campsite.

Looks like someone really put their foot down with this build.

No, they don't work for Santa.

Should we really be afraid, or is the description a "mis-gnomer?" 

The Hopefest begins Wednesday June 8, and the Relay Weekend takes place Saturday June 12 to Sunday June 13.

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shutan

RFL Announcement: Week 15 Team Fundraisng Update


One week til Relay Weekend!! Here is your next to last regular update on the Fundraising Club! Badges will continue to be updated through Relay Weekend until the conclusion of yet another fantastic season! Badges will be going out shortly. If there are any missing badges, either because you did not receive some or you bypassed a level before a club update went out and would like all badges earned so far, please contact Adam or Ari Spark and I will get you updated!!
Adam and Ari

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Artists For Life


Quest for a Cure
Sail For Life


Attention on Cancer
Little Toes Dancing For Hope
Mieville Steampunks
Stay PAWsitive
Steelhead Salmons
Team #Aurora
UFS Metamorphosis


Free Spirit Hippie Brigade


Harmony Of Hope


Aether Chrononauts Tiny Steps


Seekers of Hope


Roos With A Dream


Camping for a Cure