Monday, April 30, 2018

Announcement: Rave For Relay Tonight

Team Sunbeamers has it's first event this season with "Rave For Relay." Come to the Happy Vixen beach club for a four hour event. The theme is rave, so get your glowsticks and dance to the tunes. The talented DJ Snowbuns and the dazzling DJ Khyra provide the music. Donations to the Relay kiosk will be made in lieu of tips. There's also a contest for the best dressed in theme.

Today 5-9PM SL time.

"Bid Me Pantsless" And Other Sunbeamer Bid Me Fundraisers

With the Relay season in full swing, it's time for the "Bid Me" events again. The Relay Rockers have had great success with their "Bid Me Bald" fundraisers. For the Sunbeamers, we usually do something a little different. This week, three of the team are putting themselves on the line with three different "Bid Me"s. Sunweaver Chieftess Rita Mariner has "Bid Me To The Dogs." Liska Fuchs will be doing "Bid Me Goat." And Bixyl Shuftan, myself, will be doing "Bid Me Pantsless."

"Bid Me Pantsless" was inspired by a running joke between me and one particular Sunbeamer. In this one, I'm putting my trousers on the line. Should enough cash be raised, for a week or so depending on the amount I can wear a toga, kilt, robe, or similar garment, or go about in a tiny or micro avie which are too small for my clothes. I just can't wear any pants. The exception to this rule is when doing an interview or other Newser work.

The minimum for me to drop my pants ... , um, maybe I should rephrase that, go pantsless, is 5000 Linden dollars. For each additional 5000 Lindens, another week is added to the time I'll be feeling drafty (14,999 Lindens means 2 weeks, 15K means three). And the amount in the "pantsless" kiosk has to be greater than the "pants" kiosk. So those wanting to help me out can still help me keep my trousers.

Liska Fuchs is almost never seen without her red vixen avatar. That will change should 5000 Lindens be raised in her "Bid Me Goat" fundraiser. Each additional 5000 Lindens, rounded up, means another week of tin-can dinner jokes. The one out, like the "Bid Me Pantsless," is the "Keep Liska Foxy" kiosk. As those familiar with the Sunweavers know, we already have a resident goat: Cynthia Farshore. So the event has sometimes been called "Bid Me Cynthia's sister. There may be one additional catch other than having a shorter tail and cloven hooves for feet. Cynthia is one of the hardest working Sunweavers. So Liska might end up being expected to bust her behind for a week or two.

The inspiration for Rita's "Bid Me" comes from a 1990's cartoon, "Road Rovers." With an avatar of the character "Colleen," Rita is offering to wear it for a week or longer in "Bid Me to the Dogs." Like the other two events, 5000 Lindens means Rita will be wearing the avatar for a week with each additional 5000 Lindens, rounded up, resulting in an additional week. And like the others, there will be another kiosk where people can bid to keep the "boss bunny" as she is.

The kiosks are in the back room of Club Cutlass, at Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757), and will be up until 8PM Friday following the close of the party that night. The results will be tallied and made final.

As of now, the Sunbeamers are well into Platinum level, having reached it a week and a half ago. As of the writing of this article, they have raised over 264,000 Linden dollars, and are expected to hit Jade level sometime this season. This is a level they have never reached before. With these three "Bid Me" events, the team hopes to be significantly closer to it.

So for a little bit of fun, come on over and bid us pantsless, nannygoat and doggie.

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Fantasy Faire Sims Up One More Week

Officially, The Fantasy Faire ended last night. Fortunately, the sims will still be up for another week. So if you couldn't make it over, or if the lag was just too much, you have several more days to see the sims and shop around. The quest has been extended as well. So if you need a few more days to solve the House of Garland Quest, you're getting them.

Maybe you have heard the rumor that in an attempt to bribe their way out of Jail, the Lindens promised us some extra days for the Faire. Absolutely TRUE! I confirmed with the Lindens earlier today (April 27) that the Fairelands will remain open to us until May 7!

So have more fun at the Faire, though don't forget about the Relaystock that will be taking place this weekend, or other Relay events such as tonight's "Rave for Relay" by Team Sunbeamers.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Fantasy Faire. Henning Lionheart was doing a tail-chasing animation. As his feral wolf avatar has a glove with a ball on it, this means he's chasing a ball as well.

By Bixyl Shuftan

The Odd Ball, With JaNaMooN, Today

"It's time to get odd, odd, odd."

Second Life has a number of performers. But there's only one Odd Ball. It's been about ten years ago since Tuna Oddfellow's unique performances started. With it's unique special effects, it's been described by some as like a psychedelic trip without the side-effects, there's been nothing else like it. It had been a while since I'd last seen one of it's events, but Friday night, I dropped in on a show. Tuna is "Still Odd after all these years."

His next show will be on Sunday at 12 Noon SL time. Jana Kyomoon aka JaNaMooN will be playing the music.

"Come, get odd."

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Hairy Bear and Maiden Fair

The Fantasy Fair has been a big thing this week. But it wasn't the only Relay event this week. On Wednesday April 25, Relay for Life Team "Game of Thrones" held a fundraiser event. Called "The Hairy Bear and Maiden Fair," there were a number of prim bears around that occasionally growled.

 There were also a number of games around, such as a wack-a-mole spinnoff "Wack A Pirate." And there was lots of dancing to music.

Following the event, the team announced, "We want to give a special thank you to everyone that came out to the GOT COOP TEAM event HAIRY BEAR AND MAIDEN FAIR  We raised 22400 lindens in two hours. Way to go everyone. You are all assume thank you so much."

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "You and Me"

(Click here if the video fails to play)

From WLF on July 2016

Announcement: A Mesh Tuxedo to Raise Money For RFL at Goddess Apparel

I have set up another vendor with a mesh Tuxedo with tails that I made in honor of my beloved friend Addy who lost her battle with cancer last winter.. It is designed to match the Addy Gown that is also up for sale to fight cancer..

All proceeds go to Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Society.

Here is the LM: Taupo (75,205,43)

If you want to give it to a friend.  Contact me before you donate,

Athene Forder

Friday, April 27, 2018

Sansar Numbers Averaging Less Than 50 Users A Day

When Sansar was finally released several months ago. it initially got a number of curious lookers. But most were disappointed, and stopped coming. It still has a few advocates such as Draxtor Despress, and as his Hoverderby video earlier this month shows there's still groups of people who have fun there. But how many use the place on a regular basis? It turns out the number is surprisingly small. A recent article by Hamlet Au stated data provided by Sansar user Gindipple shows the next-generation virtual world's concurrency numbers averages just ten to fifty users a day!

"It's pretty obvious there isn't much growth right now," Hamlet quoted Gindipple, though the Sansar user remained optimiastic "I wouldn't be here if I didn't think it was set to win the game. So it's got a ways to go yet. They've been a bit slow on development, but there is some recent indications that they are starting to focus some on what I feel is important, allowing us programmers to create rich interactive scenes."

So why aren't people using Sansar? It's no big secret that Linden Lab has been looking beyond it's existing virtual world for users, "casting a wide net." But as the numbers show, it's failed to get more than a tiny number. So are practically all virtual world users in Second Life? Perhaps not as statistics about VR Chat show even after going down from a high of 20,000 users during the "Ugandan Knuckles" meme, this other next-generation virtual world still gets several thousand users a day.

Still, even the successful VR Chat is behind Second Life which after fifteen years still has tens of thousands of people online at any given time. With only one Sansar user for about every several hundred Second Life users, it's clear where Linden Lab's future, at least for the next decade, lies.

Sources: New World Notes, Steam

Bixyl Shuftan

The Flying Pickle Lounge and Sheba Metaluna

Montecito Bay has a number of clubs. But there's only one "Flying Pickle Lounge." The club with the funny name it's fans "relish" appeared over the community not long ago. We recently had a few words with it's owner, Sheba Metaluna. It turns out the club's been around for a while, and had been flying from place to place before it finally had a home. To the locals, they make a big "dill" out of it.

Read the story in SL Clubbin'

Announcement: Relay Events This Weekend

FRIDAY - 4/27/18
EVENT:  Texas Hold'em Tournament
HOSTED BY:  Silent Serenity
TIME:  7:00pm-9:00pm

SATURDAY - 4/28/18
EVENT:  Once Upon A Time Prom
HOSTED BY:  Fighting Sunflowers
TIME:  1:00pm-5:00pm

EVENT:  Road2ACure
HOSTED BY:  The River of Life
TIME:  2:00pm-4:00pm

HOSTED BY:  Goreans In Relay For Life
TIME:  6:00pm-8:00pm

EVENT:  Game Night
HOSTED BY:  Heroes Helping Heroes
TIME:  6:00pm-8:00pm

SUNDAY - 4/29/18
EVENT:  Fantasy Breedables Fennux Auction RFL Panel
HOSTED BY:  Fantasy Breedables Fight Against Cancer Team
TIME:  4:00pm-6:00pm

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle: "Catalysis in Wonderland"

"Catalysis in Wonderland: An SL presentation of classic transition-metal chemistry"
By Dr. Mike Shaw
Saturday April 28, 10AM - 11AM PDT

"Organic chemistry tends to follow certain rules. Starting in the 1950’s, we began to find ways that transition metals (e.g. chromium, iron, nickel, rhodium, gold and many others) could bend the rules of classic organic chemistry and facilitate chemical transformations which would otherwise be onerous. One example of the utility of transition metals as applied to organic chemistry is in catalysis, i.e. the transformation of starting materials into products through an easy-to-traverse sequence of steps. Today, catalysts mediate a wide range of reactions, from improving the quality of air (e.g. catalytic converters) to the production of plastics, medicines and other chemical transformations. In this talk we will cover the basics of “organometallic” catalysis reactions such as “oxidative addition”, “insertion”, and reductive elimination. We will use these steps to illustrate how a metal can catalyze a reaction without itself being changed, through lecture and scripted objects. What we have learned about catalysts which dissolve has helped us to understand how metal surfaces mediate similar transformations."

For more information: Click Here.  

The Science Circle (61/127/32

Announcement: RelayStock IS Coming Still Room for Teams

RelayStock is 7 days away!

Join us at Yasgur's Farm for the 5th annual Gathering of the Tribes in support of Relay For Life!

The Stage is FULL but a few Vans and Tents Remain

Performers expected: Nina Bing, Dimi Vonludwig Keeba Tammas and the Tiny Maniacs and Maximillion Kleene

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Press Release: Bid The Lindens Bald - 2018

The Relay Rockers are pleased to announce that Bid The Lindens Bald will make its triumphant return to the Relay For Life of Second Life April 30th thru May 9th! Bid Me Bald is an event, created by the Relay Rockers in 2007 to honor those who lose their hair to cancer treatments.  Participants agree to go bald 1 day for each L$5000 raised.

In 2017 3 Teams of Lindens competed in a Bid Me Bald Challenge and raised L$1,478,599 ($5686 USD) and the Concierge Team went bald for a total of 297 days.

This year's teams are from Product Operations, Support Leaders and Support Agents

The event is a challenge and the team which raises the least will once again go bald for the amount of days equal to the total of the 1st Place team.   The days will be shared among the team members.

New this year, Bid The Lindens Bald will be held in conjunction with the Rocker's signature multiteam event "RELAYSTOCK".  RelayStock runs Friday May 4th, through Sunday May 6th and will feature entertainment provided by individual Relay For Life teams and featuring live performances by Nina Bing, Dimi von Ludwig, Keeba Tammas and the Tiny Maniacs and Maximillion Kleene.  The event will be held on is own region 'RelayStock' and is open to the entire Second Life community.

The teams of Lindens are comprised as follows:

Product Ops:
Alexa Linden

Support Leaders:

Support Agents:

For more information contact Trader1 Whiplash in world or visit

Linden "Jail and Bail" at the Fantasy Faire

The Fantasy Fair had another big "Jail and Bail" event. Wednesday April 25, those in the Fantasy Fair and Relay Volunteer groups were alerted to several cages in the Willows of Nienna sim. There were Lindens and moles inside, and they were being detained until a certain amount of Linden dollars were raised.

Those Lindens... in trubble agin !!! Goin against the Long Paw of da Law. We have done some questioning and had nothing to say but ... some time in da pokey.   (you know ya all have things you wish to register against dem too ... so COME ON DOWN to the Willow of Nienna and we will take care of this little mess .  Willows of Nienna (126,115,60)

There were a number of Lindens in the slammer, which included Patch Linden, Forge Linden, Ami Linden, Governor Linden, Keira Linden, and Bianca Linden. There were also some Moles given the jail treatment, which included Naughty Mole.

"EXPLAIN TO ME!!!! HOW you CAUSED MY MOUSE TO GO BAD DURING JAIL AND BAIL!" Oldesoul, in a tiny "Dinky" avatar in a Keystone Cops uniform demanded of the Lindens, "BAD BAD BAD!" The residents in the audience made demands of their own, " GIVE US MORE PEOPLE ALLOWED ON A HOMESTEAD SIM!" "MOAR GROUP SLOTS!!!!! 100 AT LEAST!!!"

Eventually. Patch offered to reveal where Magellan Linden, whom had supposedly died months ago, was if enough was raised. And soon there he was. Someone mused that after a certain amount he should strip out of his outfit. Magellan answered, "Ain't nobody wanna see that!"

More than 312,000 Lindens had been raised at the Jail and Bail, bringing the Fantasy Fair total so far to over 6,198,000 Linden dollars. An impressive sum.

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Sneak Peak: The SL Newser SL15B Exhibit

It was almost two weeks ago on April 13 that applications for this year's Second Life Birthday celebration began being accepted. Among the organizations applying, the Second Life Newser. Once again, the talented Silvia Ametza is lending her skills and time, along with her friend Aimeelou Destiny, to build our exhibit. She showed me her progress shortly after her building started. Exactly what it will be, well, we're not saying just yet other than it will reflect the theme of Crystal Anniversary in some way. Stay tuned for more sneak peaks of the SL Newser SLB exhibit, and that of the Sunweaver community.

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Fantasy Faire

By Bixyl Shuftan

Linden Lab Announces Fourth Annual Music Fest, Auditions for, in June

Although Linden Lab hasn't been involved with the Second Life Birthday event since 2011, in recent years it has been increasingly involved with helping to celebrate the virtual world's anniversary. In 2015, they announced and then held their first "Music Fest" event, taking place at the same time as the Second Life Birthday. At first, these events were held separately from the SLB grounds. But later have been held there as part of the mega-event. On Monday, Xiola Linden announced the Fourth Annual Music Fest would be taking place this June, and that early in the month there would be auditions for musicians interested in playing.

This June, Second Life turns 15 and we’re planning some fun ways to honor this long-standing community and invite some of the rest of the world to come check out what makes us so special! Stay tuned to this blog for more details about events to come and read on to find out about the first of many - our annual Music Fest - sponsored by Linden Lab.

In recent years we’ve taken the popular idea of music festivals and brought them into the virtual world - all the music, merriment, and good times without the sunburn. This year will mark the 4th annual Music Fest in celebration of Second Life - and we can’t wait to get grooving.

Since we started Music Fest in Second Life, we’ve held an audition showcase to highlight some of the musical talent in the Second Life community. Many of you have been performing for years in virtual venues all over the grid, and we’d love to have you come showcase your talent at the tryouts for this summer Music Fest. All genres are welcome! From bands to solo acts, rock and roll to electronica - we encourage anyone to sign up for consideration. The Second Life Music Fest is an opportunity to perform at one of the biggest celebrations in Second Life, and it’s a paid gig!

Unlike the performers volunteering for the main Second Life Birthday event, Linden Lab promises to pay the musicians in it's event a little cash. Those trying out for auditions need to fill out a form online (link here). Musicians are requested to define their type of music, and while not required are requested to provide links of any music they have online.

The audition times are Friday June 1 at 12 Noon to 2PM, and Saturday June 2 from 6 to 8PM SL time.

To read the blog post in full, Click Here.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Game of Thrones Co-Op RFL Event: Hairy Bear and Maiden Faire

Come and join us for this OOC GOT RFL event all are invited to attend this medieval faire. DJ Regan spinning the tunes, dance, games merriment come one come all! Join us as we chase off this horrible disease cancer from out lives! Help us to gain the momentum to make things better. Join the Hairy Bear and Maiden Faire on Wednesday April 25th 6pm-8:30pm

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Events This Week at the Sunweaver, Montecito Bay, and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's a week full of events at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge

Club Cutlass: Best in 'E,' Day Colors, Night Colors

Club Zero Gravity: Dinos, Dragons, and Unicorns , Lapines

Happy Vixen: Biker, Silly, Cats and Dogs, Geeks and Nerds, Slumber Party, Walpurgisnacht/ Halloween in April, Silver and Gold, Hospital Hilarity, Latex, "Raving for Relay"

Momtecito Bay: Genderbend, Anything Goes, Musicals, EDM, Rock, DJ's Favorites, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge: Fairy Tales, Rave, Omnipunk, Costume Party, Grunge, Fur, Fun, and Music, Around the World, Leather and Lace

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 6PM

Linden Lab Releases Second Life Infographic For 15th Anniversary

Linden Lab posted yesterday about the upcoming SL15B, and it's "Crystal Anniversary" theme. They also had an infographic showing off some statistics about Second Life.

The SL15B "crystal" theme this year aims to inspire our Residents to reflect on the past 15 years and peek into the future to explore the next 15 years of Second Life. To kick things off, we've rounded up some interesting statistics and facts about the past and present state of Second Life in this new infographic ...

The post was made by Brett Linden.

The last time Linden Lab had an infographic was the one for the SL10B five years ago. Both mention the number of accounts, 36 million then compared to 57 million now (obviously only a small part which are active). Both also mention the number of new account registrations per month, 400,000 per month five years ago compared to 350,000 today, a loss of one eighth. A total of over 217,000 years spent inworld by all avatars combined in 2013 compared to a combined total of 482,000 years today. 2.1 million virtual goods were available for sale five years ago compared to five million today, more than double back then. The top three destination categories in the Linden's Destination Guide have changed a little. Five years ago it was Games, Events, and Adventure and Fantasy. Today, the top three are Games, Editor's Picks, and Photography Spots.

They would post about more, which we will write about later.

For the blog post in full, Click Here.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, April 23, 2018

Scenes From the Fantasy Faire

The Fantasy Faire got off to a good start in it's first few days. Besides the many great sims to explore, some of the people took the time to wear some interesting avatars. Among them, the Colossus avatars that have been available since 2012, but I've seldom seen them except during Fantasy Fair events. There are two in this picture. The smaller one, the lady in the white dress, was several times my height. But the male was well over a hundred feet high, maybe two hundred. I was a small speck near his shoe.

There were also some "Jail and Bail" events. The one getting attention was when Jessica Lyon, the head of Team Firestorm, was detained by the Farelands "Pawlice." Jessica was given a number of charges from deliberately slowing down debugging of the Firestorm viewer to taking Oldesoul's parking spot to squirrel porn. This was despite counter-accusations from someone in the audience that the Linden viewer team had bribed the Pawlice with waffles. Residents were invited to put money in two kiosks, one to bail her out, the other to keep her in longer. After over a couple hours, the bail side won 75,000 to 58404."Thank you Jessica  for helping all of  us Battling Cancer!"

And yours truly gave the Fairelands Quest a try. In the quest, you answer a dragonfae's plea for help to search for the Queen's father. As you progress, you get small prizes. The game is HUD-based, and with the lag there were times I had to replay a video in my browser, or detatch and reattatch the HUD. Despite the bugs resulting from the lag, I found it to be a fun game. Already, there has been at least one whom claimed to have finished.

Stay tuned for more,

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Second Annual RFL Cake Building Contest

DATES: Sunday May 20th, 9am - 6pm

Goal for Event: 50,000L

Entries: Drop off Cake between 8 am and 11 am on  May 17th

Voting will be May 19th all day and May 20th 9am- 3pm, 2018

20 Entries Maximum will be allowed:
Registration form must be return by May 1st, 2018

Dance Party Sunday: 9am-6pm
Winners announced during Sunday's Dance Party.

All cakes must be removed from sim by 6:30 pm on Sunday May 20th, 2018

Public can come to vote anytime during the contest.

The contest is this:

Each team or individual will design a cake that represents the concept of RELAY, a theme central to Relay for Life. There is a prim limit of 25 prims per cake.  Each team or individual can only enter one cake into the contest.
A table number will be assign to each team/individual once registration form is receive.

Cakes must be original work, no store bought. It is up to the team/individual that enters the contest what rights will be on the cakes.  Please remember if you keep it full perm people can copy the item.  We suggest that you make the cake so no one can copy it while on display.

Judging:  Judging will be done by the voting public. They will choose who they think best represents the concept of RELAY. Voting boxes will be at each table. 

Teams/individuals will be allowed to include a texture for their cakes with the title of their cake and their team name etc.  This will be next to each table. 

1st: 2000 lindens
2nd: 1000 lindens
3rd: 500 lindens

Sponsored by Game of Thrones Cooperative

** This Event Is On A Sim Rated: A (Adult) the sim rating will be change for this event for Moderate for the day of the dance.
No nudity, no children on an adult sim event (this is not only ACS rules but Linden rules), no sexual activity. **

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Happy Vixen. Stormtroopers have gotten a reputation for bad shots as the heroes they pursue have a way of escaping. The leading theory is some of the clones from the Clone Wars have deteriorated with age. On the other hand, the "redshirts" on Federation ships have a way of dying a lot in space. Just how are they able to keep finding men to fill the ranks has been less easily explained.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Libraries,
... and because there is not one of us whose lives have not been touched in one way or another by Cancer.  We are at Fantasy Faire LitFest this week, benefiting Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society's special Hope Hostel Project with Kenyatta National Hospital. 

 THIS WEEK AT FANTASY FAIRE in SL (unless otherwise marked)

All stories told in open voice. All times SL/PT

**SUNDAY, April 22nd:

   ~ at 1:30pm: TEA TIME WITH TOLKIEN: Corwyn, VT, and Caledonia with THE KING OF THE GOLDEN HALL from "The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien

   ~ at 6pm: MAGICLAND STORYTIME: Mrs. Piggle Wiggle begins with Caledonia at the The Golden Horseshoe in Magicland
**MONDAY, April 23rd at 7pm: THE CRUCIBLE OF TIME continues with Gyro Muggins

**TUESDAY,  April 24th at 7pm:  National Lampoon's DOON concludes with Corwyn Allen

** WEDNESDAY, April 25th at 7pm:  A SELECTED VIEW of George R.R. Martin with Aoife Lorefield

** THURSDAY, April 19th at 7pm : MONSTERS & MYTHS: "Fafnir" with Shandon Loring (also presented in


Join us this week in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely, live in voice.

Check out the stories and the storytellers at

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Reader Submitted: "The Three Amigos" in Tera?

From Malya Violetsong (DaughterOfArboria Resident). She talked me into playing the MMO Terra a bit, so I decided on the name "Gaskyl" for my character while she had one, Kacina. Going along, we came across one with a name very similar to my Second Life name, "Bix?! You has a twin?! 'Bixano'?!" She would send me this picture

Los Dos Amigos y Una Amiga?!
Gaskyl (Bixyl) the Ferret, Bixano the Puss in Boots, and Kacina the sideways horse rider?!

The guy was Away From Keyboard, so no telling where the name came from. Maybe he was a reader of the Newser who was giving Tera a try as well.

Announcement: Today At Fantasy Faire Litfest

6-7am - POET'S PLUNDER with Klannex Northmead

10:-10:30am - Litfest: Inksters Poetry Prompt with Klannex Northmead

11am-13:20pm - Selections from THE NIGHT CIRCUS, a dramatic reading by Zander Greene and Caledonia Skytower

2-4pm - The Faire Lands Players, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at The Story Well

5-6pm - LitFest Tour: The Bazaar Dungeon

6:30-8pm - Tales and Outright Lies - Storytelling from a Bohemian New Babbage Coffee House

All events, unless otherwise indicated, are at the Halls fo Story main hall

SL Video: "Owl City - Silhouette"

(Click here if the video fails to play)

From Zera Sparr on Mar 2017, "CZproduction Presents Owl City - Silhouette ~~~ Sorry for the delay on videos everyone, I'm Currently now working hard on 2 other video projects!~ Enjoy"

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Eternal Desires Club

Some clubs are difficult to distinguish from others, appear and disappear after only a few months. And some stand out and stand the test of time. Among the later is Eternal Desires. After ten years, the club has lasted through changing times, drama, even the deaths of some important staff. It's also succeeded in achieving what many clubs strive for but never quite get: a clearly diverse following of different types of avatars. The Newser recently interviewed it's owner, Blackened Merlin, and she had much to say about the club, and those who helped make it what it is.

Read the story in SL Clubbin'.

Fantasy Faire 2018 Begins

If there's an event in the Relay for Life in Second Life that's as loved as the Relay Weekend, it's  the Fantasy Faire. For ten days in fifteen sims, there's plenty to see, do, and experience. There will be clothes and avatars and more to buy with the money going to fund cancer research. There are events such as the "Jail and Bail", the Literary Festival, G.R.R. Martin Day, the Xanadu Roller Party, and others. There is the Fairelands Quest. And of course the well-done scenery to explore around in.

Dropping in with my alt on day one of the Faire yesterday, it was a bit glitchy at times, with my avatar occasionally turning invisible, crashing when trying to teleport, etc. "Welcome to the Relay Weekend," one guy put it, comparing it to the big event in which the sims are overwhelmed by the sheer number of avatars. But I did find some goodies, notably a freebie "The Minkie" Bento avatar that could be worn on the spot upon getting it when clicking on the vendor. There was also a "Cheer the Dragonfae" avatar for 199 Linens. And who is Cheer? He's your guide in the Fairelands Quest this year.

For those with less powerful computers, you may need to wait until late in the evening or early in the morning to enjoy the Faire better. But for Second Life enthusiasts, especially Relayers, this is an event you won't want to miss.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sneak Peak: The Sunweaver SL15B Exhibit

The Sunweaver community will be taking part in the Second Life Birthday celebration. With Shockwave Yareach and Cynthia Farshore focusing on a build for the Relay for Life, the construction for the SLB exhibit was left to Becky "Sha" Shamen. A couple days ago, she showed us how much of the structure she had made.

The full size of the structure, as well as what it will be, the Newser isn't saying quite yet. But we can give a little clue about it with this picture. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks, and clues.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: "Mod Monday at the Avagora"

This month's Mod Monday at Montecito Bay will be on the 23rd, at 7pm, in the redesigned Avagora Mall! Featuring Caboodle/Bullseye, Visual Magick, Twilight Imaginarum and newcomer Steedful Things! Hope to see you there! LMs will be given when it's time to party.

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle: “Updating Darwinian Evolution Part I"

“Updating Darwinian Evolution Part I: Insights from Genes and Genomes”
By Dr. Stephen L. Gasior
Sunday, April 22 at 8AM - 9AM PDT     

Darwin’s Theory of Evolution was a landmark event in science, providing an explanation for the origin of the diverse lifeforms on the Earth. Notably, it was largely a construct of deduction from observations. In the over 150 years of the existence of this theory, scientists have provided the nuts and bolts of how evolution works. Notable discoveries include DNA and how it encodes genes, how genes lead to characteristics, the ability to compare genomes, and experimentally measure population dynamics. What Darwin Never Knew (PBS 2009) covers some of the molecular examples of how evolution works. This presentation will summarize the key examples from the documentary. You are welcome to watch the documentary in advance and ask specific questions; however, the talk is designed for those unfamiliar with the documentary topics.

The first talk will be based on “What Darwin Never Knew”.
Watching before hand will be good but not necessary.

For more information: Click Here.  

The Science Circle (61/127/32

Thursday, April 19, 2018

RFL Team Sunbeamers Hits Platinum

When the Relay season started, the Sunbeamer team went of to a great beginning. Thanks to funds that had been collected all winter, the team started at Gold level fundraising rank. The money has continued to come in, and Wednesday night hit the 250,000 Linden mark, or $1000 USD. This puts the team in Platinum rank, with Jade as it's next goal.

SUNBEAMERS Are now Officially Platinum!

beamers:  we are now officially Platinum Level, so we can strap on our big person pants and shoot for Jade Level Now and have some fun along the way.

The Sumbeamers have never before reached Jade rank, but this very well may be the year the team achieves it.

Bixyl Shuftan

The Flying Pickle Club

There's a new club in Montecito Bay called "The Flying Pickle." This new venue has nothing to do with "Pickle Rick," or the 1993 movie "The Pickle." But rather, it was created to help celebrate the birthday of one of the staff, and has remained up after the celebration ended.

From it's exterior to the interior and of course it's name, there's nothing serious about the Flying Pickle. It's a fun, silly place that's become part of the Montecito Bay collection of clubs.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Discussion at Virtual Ability This Saturday

Saturday April 21
Sojourner Auditorium, Virtual Ability island

6am SLT Divya Padmanabhan "Dancing Crazy? Unpacking the category of possession-form dissociative identity disorder"


8:15am SLT Mohammed Al-Mosaiwi "People with depression use language differently"

9:30am SLT Philip Yanos "How do people diagnosed with mental illness become written off? How can they overcome it?"

10:45am SLT Meg Peters "Challenging the Conception that Social Media Causes Bad Mental Health"

Noon SLT performance by DRUM

1:15pm SLT Alita Nandi "Ethnic and racial harassment and mental health: Identifying sources of resilience"

2:30pm SLT Joe DeLuca "Forensic Psychiatric Experiences, Stigma, and Self-Concept"

3:45pm SLT Isabelle Martin "Visions of Infinity: Singularity, Proliferation, and Transcendence in Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms"

5pm SLT Carolyn Weisz "Stigmatized Identities, Psychological Distress, and Physical Health among Individuals Experiencing Homelessness"

SL and Sansar Video: "Our Digital Selves Official Teaser #4 (Drax Files Special coming 2018)"

(Click here if the video fails to play)

From Draxtor Despress on April 17, "Guided by principal investigators Tom Boellstorff and Donna ZImmerman Davis, the Ethnographia group is examining how avatar embodiment and place-making in virtual worlds like Second Life influences people with visible and invisible disabilities. More about this 3-year National Science Foundation funded study, conducted by University of California, Irvine and University of Oregon can be found at If you like to join this community in SL please meet up at Ethnographia Island here:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Scenes From The Kultivate Spring Art Show

A week ago, the Kultivate Spring Art Show was taking place. For the third year in a row, the event sponsored by Kultivate Magazine showcased numerous works of art from a number of artists. Gemma Cleanslate was there, and took a number of pictures.

See the pictures in Design.

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at Eternal Desires. What really caused this guy to faint, I forget. But I could think of one possibility.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: My Banning From Faery Crossing, And Beyond

When people think of someone being banned from a sim, they usually think of a troublemaker. But what if the person had made numerous attempts to reconcile differences? In a reader submission sent to the Newser, MajikVixen (Bluevioletvixen Lorefield) describes her situation with the Faerie Crossing community, of which despite her efforts to smooth out differences she ended up banned from the area. Here, MajikVixen presents her side of the story. But the most important thing, she feels, is that there can be a life after banning for a resident of Second Life.

Read MajikVixen's story in Extra.

Fantasy Faire Opens Tomorrow

The Fantasy Faire, one of the big yearly events of the Relay for Life in Second Life is almost here. The event is noted for a number of things, notably the fantastic and picturesque builds across it's sims, which number fifteen this year. There are a number of items up for sale of which the proceeds go to charity. And if that's not enough, there are a number of events taking place there, such as the "Jail and Bail' fundraisers, roleplays, readings, and more. And of course there's the Fairelands Quest which if you complete you get a special prize. The event goes on for ten days to April 29.

For more information, check the website at .

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Events This Week at the Sunweaver, Montecito Bay, and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's a week full of events at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge

Club Cutlass: Best in 'D,' Sci-Fi Night, Spring Break

Club Zero Gravity: Rodents, Cartoons

Happy Vixen: Undies/Underwear, Computer/Digital. Foxes, Red and Black, Blue, Fantasy, Wolves, Anime, Asian, CAYA

Momtecito Bay: Memes, DJ's Favorites, Old School, Rock and Roll Night, Synthwave Night, After Dark at the Magnum Opus, Out of the Fridge

Furry Fashion Lounge: Fandoms, Pajamas, Nature vs Tech, Human Invasion, Horror, Turning Japanese, Food, Magic

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 12:20PM