Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Halloween in Bellisseria

 

Many Second Life locations are offering some Halloween fun. One well-known area, Bellisseria, has a few spook-tacular things going on as well. The big thing going on is "The Great Trick or Treat" event. But that is not all. The Haunted Neighborhood is back. And for something more spooky fun than terrifying, there's the "Hammieween."

Read more in Events.
 

Firestorm Sale

 

So how come the Firestorm Viewer is free for people to download and use? Well, it may be free for Second Life users to download and use. But it isn't free for Jessica Lyon and Team Firestorm whom have to spend real money to keep it going. So how do they get the money? Fundraisers are one way to get it, and at the moment one is taking place: the Firestorm Sale. Gemma Cleanslate went there recently to check it out.

Read Gemma's story in Design.
 

Don't Forget the Destination Guide For Halloween Locations

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There's a LOT going on around Second Life this Halloween, too much for us to do a review on it all. Plus there are other things going on, such as the closing of one mental health support group and the opening of another. We're still going to write up on a few more Halloween haunts. But don't forget to check the Destinations Guide's Haunted category.

And if you find a haunt that's very well done, let us know about it, or even better write a reader submission to describe it in your own words.

Happy Halloween.

https://secondlife.com/destinations/haunted
 

Cartoon of the Day

 


Taken at Montecito Bay. Looks like the vampire bat wants to do a little necking. But the woman isn't panicking.

By Bixyl Shuftan

 

Announcement: Halloween Dance at Deathlands!

 


Yep like ten thousand other sims, we will be having a Halloween celebration!  Why pick ours? Why would you not want to celebrate in a destroyed post-apocalyptic sim, with DJ Wolfy, followed by DJ Nafrini.  We have SL's  best Dj's. They even take requests! No irritating flashing boring neon club lights here! We would like to see you in costume fitting the occasion, but come as you are, or dress up with whatever you lost in your inventory.  DJ Wolfy promises Halloween and other monster tunes, DJ Nafrini will be doing a mixture of Powerwolf, Rob Zombie and scary songs.

Will you be scared there? Hopefully, as it's being held in a nuclear wasteland.  If that don't work I'll get them to play a Donnie and Marie Osmond song - scary indeed!

How about prizes? Sure you can give me stuff..oh wait you mean the guests! Well maybe , we shall see, but there will be a raffle for lindens...yes free loveable lindens you can happily spend on MP!

The event takes place at the Fallout Shelter at scenic Deathlands,  (on Sunday, October 31st, of course) starting at 4 SLT with DJ Wolfy, and continues on at 6 SLT with DJ Nafrini until 8. Follow the broken pavement or use the Transporter to the Dance.

We will even put out a few pumpkins and skeletons and other assorted holiday stuff. I wanted orange nukes but got out voted. In case you don't know, Halloween is  a old pre nuclear holocaust celebration where children would go out into the world and steal candy, stuff their faces, then evil witches would kidnap them, and cook them in a oven. True history!

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Paradise%20Kingdom/88/35/22

Rebel Wolf (The Baron)

Tuesday, October 26, 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 'O and P', Hot and Cold, Halloween

Happy Vixen: Monsters, Under the Sea, Trick or Treat, Bats and Cats, Halloween Costumes, Halloween, Halloween Two, Predators vs Prey

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Monster Party

Xanadu: DJ Christine, DJ Jesse

Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Horror, Movies, Orange and Black, Creepy vs Cute, Murder Mystery and Monsters, The Black Parade, Halloween Ball

Deathlands Fallout Shelter:  DJ Wolfy, DJ Nafrini

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.
 

EOTB: Linden Halloween Costume Contest, 25,000 L Prize (Deadline Thursday)

 


On the official blog, Linden Lab announced a Halloween costume contest. To encourage more people to enter, they're offering a 25,000 Linden dollar prize. The catch, the deadline for submissions is a few days before Halloween, and the rules leave out some costumes.

 Unleash the costume of your dreams for a chance to win L$25K!

The Official Second Life Halloween Costume Contest is open for submissions from now until Thursday, October 28th at 8AM PDT.

Costumes will be judged on creativity and originality. Show us a look that will turn heads (180°, preferably)!

Need some spooky inspo? Check out:

    The Haunted category of the Destination Guide
    Our official Flickr pool to scope out the competition
    The Halloween Shop and Hop, with almost 300 vendors offering free gifts, discounts and bone-chilling clothes and accessories

The winner will be announced next Friday, so go on witch your bad self!

As stated, you have only until 8AM on Thursday October 28 to enter. There can only be one entry per resident (or at least email address). The rules on eligible costumes include that they can't be too suggestive or "unnecessarily violent," be of celebrities living or dead, be of a political nature, "promote" alcohol or tobacco or firearms, "communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and good will to which we wish to associate," etc. 

For a list of the rules, Click Here.

For the blog entry, Click Here.
 

Monday, October 25, 2021

Survivors of Suicide Closes, Impact Mental Health Opens


This weekend, the most well-known of mental health support groups, the Survivors of Suicide, had it's last meeting. Soon after, the sim was closed, and the group was closed to new messages. But while this group was closing, another was opening. Impact Mental Health was another mental health support group that was created in response to the closing of SoS, and had taken on many of it's members. Their grand opening event was also this weekend.

Read the story in People.
  

Development on SL Mobile Viewer Reportedly Paused

 

Since at least January 2019, if not earlier, Linden Lab has been working on a mobile app for Second Life. In July, one that was basically a chat app was approved by Apple, though the Lab was waiting to improve some things before sending it to the store.

But according to an article in New World Notes, it seems work on the app has been postponed, possibly indefinately. Hamlet Au stated "A veteran Second Life insider" had send him a message, saying it was sent to him as one of the mobile app test group.

    After reviewing the current state of the SL Mobile Viewer and the helpful feedback from residents, we have decided to pause development on this branch. The team is actively working on a new direction to take from here. We should have some news on that soon.

    We’d like to thank you all for your time and feedback. It was very valuable to us! We will be closing TestFlight and the mobile regions on October 29th, 2021. Again, thank you for participation! Linden Lab


The source would also say of the development of the app, "It had been stagnant for months."

Hamlet messaged the Lab about the decision and is waiting for a response.

Stat tuned for more details

Hat Tip: Daniel Voyager


Bixyl Shuftan
 

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries

 

THIS WEEK: It's one of the biggest weeks of the storied year at Seanchai Library, and we have a very full banquet of adventures for you.  Join us in #Secondlife for fun and adventure, this week.

Check out the stories and the storytellers! 

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

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

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

{IMPORTANT NOTE: To get to story sessions at Haunted Hollow, you will be directed to the main landing point. There is no direct teleport to the Halloween Tree venue.  Look for the sign outside the arrival building, pointing to the *telepumpkin*. Click on the *telepumpkin*  to be redirected to The Halloween Tree story venue.}


**MONDAY, October 25th, at 7pm: Pamela Sargent's WATCHSTAR concludes with Gyro Muggins.
    
**TUESDAY, October 26th:

   ~ at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live! with music, and poetry in Ceiluradh Glen.
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21
  
   ~ at 7pm: Ray Bradbury's THE HALLOWEEN TREE concludes with Caledonia Skytower, Faerie Maven-Pralou, and Shandon Loring, live on stream at The Halloween Tree at Haunted Hollow.
 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chestnut%20Hills/144/220/2502

**WEDNESDAY, October 27th at 7pm: FLAMING PUMPKINS IN THE GLEN!, 100 Word Stories with R. Dismantled.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21

**THURSDAY, October 28th:
Both of today's sessions  at The Halloween Tree at Haunted Hollow. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chestnut%20Hills/144/220/2502

   at 7pm: TALES OF THE SLAYER - White Doe - Roanoke Island 1586 with Shandon

   at 9pm: LATE NIGHT HORROR - Dracula's Rivals - Night Cries with Shandon
   
** FRIDAY, October 29th at 7pm: More SCARY STORIES FOR SLEEPOVERS with Shandon Loring in The Glen with music/dancing to follow with DJ Cale
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: Dog and Furry Skunk

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Taken at Bellisseria. Someone had their pet doggie out while I was walking around as an anthro skunk. Which leaves one to wonder how would a real dog think about one.

  By Bixyl Shuftan


Saturday, October 23, 2021

RFL Announcement: Kickin Cancer At Kickin Boots All Day, Today

 


Please come join us for an all day event to raise funds and awareness of breast cancer at Kickin Boots.  The event will start at 10am and end at Midnight SLT, all L$ will be placed into the RFL Kiosk on stage!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kickin%20Boots/177/57/3894
 

SL Video: "Raglan Shire Ride of Horrors 2019"

 


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From Nitwacket on October 2019, Raglan Shire's Ride of Horrors that year.
 

Friday, October 22, 2021

A Look At The Sci-Fi Expo

 

October may be best known for Halloween, but there is much more that's been going on this month. Among the larger events was the Sci-fi Expo, the sister event of the Sci-fi Con that takes place in Spring. Besides raising money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, it was a celebration of things sci-fi. Yours truly was there for a few events, and to play it's quest. 

Read more in Events.
 

Looking Back at BNT and Podex

 
by Bixyl Shuftan

It was twelve years ago last week in October 2009 in which one of the major sponsors of our predecessor paper, BNT Holdings, a virtual real estate rental business owned byIntlibber Brautigan, went under. Intilibber was a controversial figure, for some of his opinions and as a defender of Woodbury University, which had a reputation for harboring griefers. But his sponsorship of Second Life Newspaper was long term and generous, with space for a large office and a private island for the owner and editor thrown in. All seemed well until in October 18 when editor Dana Vanmoer logged in to find she couldn't get to her home, and none of us could get to the office. Intlibber had defaulted on the sim payments, and no one knew anything until they were taken offline.

Dana asked Intlibber for an official statement, and eventually he made one, While he blamed the economy for his difficulties, he also blamed others for his troubles, and Dana would not publish the "outpouring of spite" in full. Dana would soon get another sponsor and a new office in a deal with Skybeam Estates. But the paper never did recover from the blow, and a few months later in April 2010 she made the decision to close the paper two months later. After his business folded, Intlibber had gotten banned by Linden Lab "for multiple breaches of the TOS." One can read more on the details in our May 2015 article on BNT going under.

When Second Life Newspaper folded, Second Life Newser rose to take it's place. It's first, and one of it's longest running, sponsor was the Podex Exchange, sometimes called the Podex Bank. Run by Jacek Shuftan, they were a Linden dollar exchange service, exchanging Linden dollars for several international currencies, as well as Bitcoin. The big attraction, people could sell Linden dollars to him and get real world currency faster than with Linden Lab. Although not asked to, the Newser would do monthly adverts of stories of either customers at the bank or the misadventures of a hard luck bank robber, "Clumsy Cooper," whose schemes to rob Podex failed every time, and were futile anyway as he couldn't have gotten to the money. My "Polish cousin" as he called himself renewed his sponsorship time and time again, for years.

Unfortunately, Linden Lab was less than happy with independent Linden dollar resellers, Podex included. In June 2013, they moved to shut them down, but partially relented after a public outcry, though putting restrictions on them. Two years later in June 2015, the Lab moved again to close them, saying after August they could sell no more Linden dollars. Although Jacek hoped the Lab could be persuaded to change their minds, this time the decision was final. And in late October 2015, the Podex Exchange building vanished from the Grid, and the Newser lost it's best sponsor. This was not the end for Jacek as he had expanded his business to InWorldz and other virtual worlds, but without Second Life he was making only a small percentage what he had been.

Considering his blaming others for his troubles and not telling my former boss what was about to happen until after the axe fell, it's hard to sympathize with Intlibber. Jacek in contrast was an ethical businessman, and it's easy to see Linden Lab at the time as feeling embarrassed by him beating them at their own game. One certainly remembers their best sponsor being told he has to shut his doors. In any event, we thank Jacek for his long period of support.

Reprint from 2017 article

Bixyl Shuftan


Announcement: This Saturday at The Science Circle - "Artificial Intelligence? The Truth Behind a Fascinating Buzzword"

 

"Artificial Intelligence? The Truth Behind a Fascinating Buzzword"

Saturday October 23,

10 AM to 11 AM

Nowadays it is almost impossible to read newspapers or watch media without encountering the words “Artificial Intelligence or AI”. These words evoke in most people either scaring remembrances of sci-fi movies or anticipations of a bright future where human beings will be freed of any duty and will devote their time to leisure or personal growth. In the real world, AI has very little to do with what we normally perceive as intelligence. It is just a combination of powerful statistical methods, fast algorithms and great volumes of data. This combination is however very powerful and potentially the most powerful an also the most disruptive technology ever  invented.

Presentation by Giuseppe Longo

Auditorium

To read more, Click Here

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/125/132/22
 

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Burn2 Pictures

 


For those of us who missed Burn2, or want to see the scenes again, while the builds may have come down, there are still the pictures that were taken. Among the photographers was Wildstar Beaumont, who not only took many and put them on his Flickr page, but the pictures were well done.

Click Here to see Wildstar's Burn2 pictures for this year.

Suggested by Gemma Cleanslate
 

Announcement: HFOT September 2021 Benefit Concert This Sunday

 


Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce 2021’s October benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life for October 24, 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 October 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 EXTREMELY INJURED 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 2020 and the donations received in Second Life were part of that effort.  Currently HFOT has 62 projects underway for extremely wounded veterans.  On September 12th HFOT presented their 18th Home for 2021 to a deserving Veteran and their family in Hillsboro, MO..

Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle.  The October 24 concert for 2021 is scheduled from 4PM to 9PM PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Wolfie Moonshadow, Dimivan Ludwig, Grace Loudon and Rickylive Music.

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
 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: Empty Head

 


Taken at the Halloween Shop and Hop. I took this picture while things were still rezzing. The lady's head appeared before her hairpeice did.

By Bixyl Shuftan

 

The Happy Vixen's Ghost Pirate Island

 

Once again, it's Halloween. Many clubs just put up a few decorations. But the Happy Vixen beach club has a special Halloween area. Builder Jasmine Dawn (Jasmine Knickers) makes one appear every year. This year's area is a ghost pirate island. So what can you expect should you brave the fog of this misty haunted isle?
 
Read more in SL Clubbin'.
 

Reader Submitted Poetry

 

Early in the history of the Newser, Shelly Sands would contribute poetry on occasion. Today, well, it's been a while since we had any. Aola Tyrian (Ratatosk Independent) recently sent the Newser a couple poems from someone known only as Laura. They are, "A Song to Humanity," and "About Rhythm."
 
Read Aloa's submissions in Extra.
 

Announcement: Halloween On Caledon Downs

 

You are invited to enjoy the fun of "Halloween On Caledon Downs". New this year is a Ghost Train along with the return of the Ghost Hunt and Pumpkin prizes. The Ghost Hunt is a region wide hunt for certain ghost that appear randomly for short periods of time that you shoot with any collision (prim firing) weapon. You can use any such weapon you have. There is no sign-up needed, the person and scoring is automatically recorded and the top four scores are displayed on a post in the Goblin Cave. Ghost Hunt has linden prizes of L$1500 first place, L$1000 second, L$500, and L$250 for fourth place. The hunt scoring will continue till the end of the Halloween dance at 8pm Sunday Oct 31st.

The Jack'o Lantern search is for 5 pumpkins deposited at certain locations about the region. Each Jack'o Lantern contains a prize delivered upon touching BUT mind you only touch once or well you'll get something scary! An example of the Jack'O lantern is displayed at the information board in the Goblin Cave. The information board will deliver the hints as to where these prize givers are.


The starting point is the Goblin Cave Community Center there you can pick up the info and hints for both the Ghost Hunt and Jack'O Lantern search. The region is completely open and filled with sights and games.

New is the Ghost Train. A scary ride along haunted rails to doom and more.

The Halloween season will end with a Halloween Dance in the Goblin Cave on Sunday Oct. 31st 6pm to 8pm. Enjoy!!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Downs/104/89/32
 

Tuesday, October 19, 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 'N', Stripes & Spots, Fall Colors

Happy Vixen: Flight, Mad Science, Hooves Horns and Scales, Country Cowboys, Madkatt Mashup, Favorite Slasher Villain, Scary and Sexy, Orange and Black

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Raccoons and Wah

Xanadu: DJ Christine, DJ Jesse

Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Cute VS Creepy, Wings, Retro, Fire vs Ice, Masquerade, Late Night, Hooves and Horns, TBA

Deathlands Fallout Shelter:  DJ Wolfy, DJ Nafrini

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.
 

Election Schedule For The CDS, Fall 2021

 

"Hard to believe that we are more than halfway through our 35th term of government but we are. We in the CDS have the privilege of electing our governing officials to represent us in forming and maintaining the laws and policies that determine the structure of our community. This privilege is rare in Second Life. It's also rare in real-life. We should not take this privilege for granted. Any CDS citizen in good standing as of Oct 9, 2021, is eligible to run ..."

CDS 36th TERM in the autumn of 2021

Dean of SC notifies citizens of dates

Qualification deadline to run for office
    - October 9, based on citizenship according to the October 8 CDS Census

Qualification deadline for right to vote
    - October 16

Call for candidates for RA and Chancellor announced
    - October 18

Deadline for declaration to run for RA or Chancellor
    - October 31

Dean posts list of candidates
    - November 3

Campaign starts
    - November 6

Polls open
    - November 13

Polls close
    - November 20

Announcement of new officers for the 36th Term
    - not later than November 21

New RA Affirmation of Office
    - between November 21 and December 1 at the convenience of the new officers

New RA Schedules first meeting and election of LRA
 - On or shortly after December 1, 2021
 

Weekend in Brief

 


Quite a bit happened this past weekend. Among the events was the conclusion of the Burn2 festival, which culminated with the Burning of The Man (above) and the Temple Burn. It was also the conclusion of the Sci-Fi Expo, which raised money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Sadly there was a sad event, the announcement that the Survivors of Suicide depression support group was closing. And while on a Monday and not the weekend, the "Trick or Treat" game on Bellissaria started.
 

Monday, October 18, 2021

Survivors of Suicide Owner Announces Closing of Group

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After thirteen years, Second Life's largest depression-support group will soon be closing.

On Saturday October 16 at 2PM, SoS leader Sebastien Bouevier met with others in the group. There, he would first announce that he had reluctantly made the decision to close the group. He would also post the news in the group's blog (https://www.survivorsofsuicidesl.org/post/sos-is-closing), and on Facebook.

Today I did the hardest thing I have ever had to do in Second Life. Survivors of Suicide has been a part of my life for a full decade. It has been my pride and joy, and a real privilege to have been at the helm of this organization for the past seven years. It makes saying goodbye so hard, and I am so sad to announce that after 13 years in Second Life, Survivors of Suicide is closing.

Sebastien was interviewed in 2017 and 2019 by the Newser. He had first joined the group as someone in need of it's services. Eventually, he would end up taking over the group when it's founder could no longer lead it. Although the group started out for those whom attempted suicide, or whose friends and family had, it eventually expanded to help others suffered from depression (and friends of).

Chatting (with an alt) with some people in the group, a few mentioned on new depression support group: Impact Mental Health. It is led by Kitten Stratten-Jaks (Kitten Meridoc).

The last meeting of Survivors of Suicide is scheduled for Saturday October 23rd at 3PM.

Bixyl Shuftan
 

Vampire Bat Spotted At Deathlands

 

As a post-apocalyptic wasteland slowly recovering from the collapse of civilization, the Deathlands have seen a number of scary beings and scary tales of such over time. But this October, something new has appeared, or at least that's what some claim. Lately there have been a number of sightings and tales of a human-sized vampire bat.

In a place where mutant monsters and raiders are threats, a vampire might not seem quite so scary. And indeed with a few of the sightings, the bat is described as helpful. In one case, a band traveling at night found themselves under attack by raiders when they saw a shape of some kind from above dropping an object. Then a magnesium flare lit up in the middle of the attacking raiders. Blinded, they could only stumble while the travelers got away. When they returned in the day to recover some lost items, they found the bodies of a few of the raiders, drained of blood.

In another case, a tavern owner late at night had a knock at the door, and answering found only a crudely written note, saying someone was hurt near the intersection of two nearby roads. Concerned, he and a few others in town went over, and found the bodies of two mutants, drained of blood, and an injured man with a crudely-made neck brace. When the man recovered, he claimed the mutants had broken his neck, then were attacked by some dark shape before he passed out. When they got the man to a doctor to examine his neck, the physician wondered if whomever had set it had access to x-rays, or sonar.

Not all of the stories involve tales of rescue. One was from someone whom checking on his sister found she needed supplies, notably food. When he returned, he found someone else had delivered a few fruits and meat of some kind. Curiously, she had what looked like two half-healed puncture marks on her neck. When he asked who was here, where the food came from, and how did she get the marks, she just smiled whistfully. 

The Baron, Rebel Wolf, could neither confirm of deny the existence of the vampire bat, saying stranger mutations have happened. But even in the Deathlands, people tend to tell tall tales around Halloween.

Note: the preceeding was a tale of fiction for this time of year.

Bixyl Shuftan
 

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries

 

THIS WEEK: More at Haunted Hollow, plus Ghostbusters, Watchstar, Wyrd Sisters, and ghost stories galore. Join us in #Secondlife for fun and adventure, this week.

Check out the stories and the storytellers! 

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

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

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

{IMPORTANT NOTE: To get to story sessions at Haunted Hollow, you will be directed to the main landing point. There is no direct teleport to the Halloween Tree venue.  Look for the sign outside the arrival building, pointing to the *telepumpkin*. Click on the *telepumpkin*  to be redirected to The Halloween Tree story venue.}

**MONDAY, October 18th, at 7pm: Pamela Sargent's WATCHSTAR continues with Gyro Muggins.
    
**TUESDAY, October 19th:

   ~ at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live! with music, and poetry in Ceiluradh Glen.
   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21
   
   ~ at 7pm: Ray Bradbury's THE HALLOWEEN TREE  begins with Caledonia Skytower, Faerie Maven-Pralou, and Shandon Loring, live on stream at The Halloween Tree at Haunted Hollow.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chestnut%20Hills/144/220/2502

**WEDNESDAY, October 20th at 7pm: More from Terry Pratchett's WYRD SISTERS with Caledonia Skytower.

**THURSDAY, October 21st:

   at 6-8pm: SLUMBER PARTY GHOST STORIES with Shandon, live at The Halloween Tree at Haunted Hollow. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chestnut%20Hills/144/220/2502

   at 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT with Finn Zeddmore (back at the Library)
   
** FRIDAY, October 22nd at 7pm: GHOSTBUSTERS Continues with Shandon Loring and Caledonia Skytower

**SATURDAY, October 23rd at 2pm on Virtual Community Radio, Seanchai Library's adaptation of THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE - Tune in to https://vcradio.org/

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: Horse Sense

 


Taken at the Confederation of Democratic Simulators. This horse was available for anyone to ride. But in a place where besides humans there are furries, one wonders what the horses would think.
 

By Bixyl Shuftan

 

SL Video: "SciFi Expo in Second Life Region Tour"

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From Bain Finch on October 11, a tour of the 2021 Sci-fi Expo sims.
 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Burn2 Continues

 

Burn2, the biggest and longest running annual art and music festival in Second Life, is taking place. This Saturday and Sunday are the high points, the Burning of the Man and the Temple Burn. But there's much more to the Burn than that. Gemma Cleanslate has been going around the various exhibits and events. And there was plenty to see.

Read Gemma's article in Events.
 

Bellisseria's "Great Trick or Treat Event"

 

Earlier this week, Patch Linden announced, on a thread in the Linden blog, a Halloween event on the Linden Home continent of Bellisseria, "The Great Trick or Treat Event." 

Prepare to celebrate Halloween Belli style! Collect candy across Bellisseria this Halloween season with a chance to win prizes! This is an interactive event where residents living in Bellisseria can host Candy Buckets on their parcels and anyone (even residents not living in Bellisseira) can go all around Bellisseria Trick or Treating to collect candy. 


As the event takes place on Bellisseria, only residents who own land there can place a candy bucket. But anyone can get a HUD and collect candy. There's also prizes available in the form of bears. Those whom collect at least one piece of candy get a Skelly Bear (skeleton).

Only residents who own parcels in Bellisseria can host a candy bucket, but all residents can get a game HUD and go Trick or Treating.

Everyone who participates in Trick or Treating and collects at least one candy will receive a Halloween Skelly Bear (skeleton bear is decor only). The top 100 trick or treaters get the Evil Bear (devil) as well. The top 35 players get those two plus the Magic Bear (magcian), which is wearable animesh and "waves a wand with particle effects, sounds." And finally the top ten also get the top prize, the Deady Bear (zombie), an "Animesh Pet/Follower with custom animations, sounds and effects."


To help explain the event, this video of Magellan Linden and Punkey was shown with Magellan going around still incognito.

The event doesn't start until Monday October 18. But residents of Bellisseria can go ahead and get a candy giver and place it on their land. It and the HUD can be found at the following locations.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Millbank/205/38/23
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Campwich%20Forest/118/101/24
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Randelsham%20Forest/150/112/70
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Muehlenbach/158/120/37 

 Good gaming to you.

Hat Tip: Daniel Voyager

Bixyl Shuftan
 

Press Release: "Scare Me Silly" by Team Diabetes

 


DATES:
OCTOBER 15 TO 22, 2021

WEBSITE: https://teamdiabetessl.org/scare-me-silly-2021/

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/148/144/25

The 6th Annual Scare Me Silly Event, will take place October 15 to 22, 2021.. This event is the first fundraising event for the 2021-2022 official Team Diabetes fundraising season! Scare Me Silly will feature shopping, a special hunt, art, raffles, giveaways, live music, tricks and treats!

Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorized team of The American Diabetes Association. The mission of Team Diabetes of Second Life is to raise awareness, tolerance, and funds for diabetes in the virtual world of Second Life. According to the World Health Organization (2016): 422 million adults in the world have diabetes and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year.

Participating Artists: 4pril resident, Aquaris27 Resident, Bagnu, cutewillow.carlberg, DamnedFool Bonde, Elise Sirnah, Eucalyptus Carroll, Fluer Heartsdale, iidreamrii resident, Jamee Sandalwood, Karma Weymann, maggiemagenta, Matt Thomson, Moora McMillan, Pieni (Resident), Sasheba Looming, ShawnDeLyons Resident, Sophiependragon, SummerSuperb, ViktorSavior, & Vita Theas

About The American Diabetes Association:

The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes by funding research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association delivers services to hundreds of communities and provides objective and credible information and resources about diabetes.

Free resources are available in English and Spanish at http://www.diabetes.org and 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2382).

For More Information:

Team Diabetes Official Website:
www.teamdiabetessl.org

Scare Me Silly 2021 Website:
https://teamdiabetessl.org/scare-me-silly-2021/

Official Team Diabetes Authorization and Fundraising Page for the American Diabetes Association:
https://donations.diabetes.org/site/TR?px=11304578&pg=personal&fr_id=13323

 

Announcement: This Saturday at The Science Circle - "Alien Exosociology,"

 

"Alien Exosociology: Our Transgalactic Commonalities"

Saturday October 16,

10 AM to 11 AM SL time

Recent military reports of unexplained objects flying in our skies have sparked renewed interest in alien visitors. Some scientists predict that we will have made contact with advanced civilizations on other worlds within 25 years. What might they be like, and — more importantly – how might they act? Steven Van Hook, a researcher in transcultural relations, will consider what universal social traits we could share in common with our galactic alien neighbors.

Auditorium

For more information, Click Here.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/125/132/22 

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"Online Anonymity; How Important Is It To You?"

Saturday October 16

9 PM to 10 PM SL time 

“There is no guarantee that an anonymity-free Internet would be a kinder, gentler Internet.” –Author: Whitney Phillips

“The Internet, my fickle friend, my two-faced enemy, what would life be like without you? Where else can I be anonymously anyone and yet, have no anonymity at all?” -Author: Susan Schussler

Fireside

For more information: Click Here

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/104/125/1114
 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Anita Kimono/Kayly Iali Departing The Newser, For Now

 

Newser Reporter Anita Kimono, whom did her first stories under her alt Kayly Iali, has stepped down as part of the Newser team. An artist in real life, for about a year she has interviewed numerous artists and exhibit curators in Second Life. Recently, she obtained a job in real life that was a result of her art-related activities inworld. So she no longer has the time she once has to go about inworld, or write about it. She stated before she left that she appreciated that the Newser writes time to time about the arts in the virtual world, and that she had some time to contribute to the writing.

We at the Newser wish her the best of luck.
 

The 2021 SciFi Expo Quest


The 2021 Sci-Fi Expo is taking place. There are a number of things to see and do. Among the activities is a quest. Called "The Quest For Crystals" on one page in the Sci-Fi Expo blog, one can pick up the HUD at several places around the Expo sims. This includes New Eden (129/125/18) and Aperture (107/191/25).

There are two options when getting the Quest HUD. With the Basic version, you just get the HUD for 250L. But there's also a Deluxe version for 500L in which you get both the HUD and an outfit for the quest. When you buy the item, you add it to your avatar, and then click the bar that appears on the bottom of your viewer. You then get the Quest HUD, a "Holo Haley" wrist-mounted holographic assistant, and three sets of outfits: men, women, and dinkie. When you unpack an outfit box, you get several choices of mesh clothing. The outfit itself is pink, and comes with a small floating robot.

I should note that when I had on an avatar that was judged to be too high of a complexity by the local sim scanners, I wasn't able to get the HUD working. But with an older avatar, it worked. The HUD has a few buttons. Clicking the Objectives button for instance will remind you of what your immediate objective for the next part of the quest is. The Hint Button will provide you with a clue on what or where the next part of the quest is. There's also a bar that shows you how close you are to the next objective. If your target is far away, there's only a small red signal. If the bar is completely filled, your objective is within ten meters. 

The plot of the quest involves Earth trying to broker a peace between the various factions of the colony world of New Eden. But the global communication network is down, and one of the research assistants from Earth has gone missing with a data crystal with information the delegation needs to get things going. You're sent to look for her. But of course she isn't where you first go, just a clue to where she is. So what happens? Play the quest and find out. 

The quest lasts until the end of the Expo, which closes after Sunday October 17.
 
Bixyl Shuftan
 

Haunted Train On The Sunweaver Railroad

 


Things at the Sunweaver Railroad are getting a little spooky. Instead of the usual golden-yellow train, a different locomotive has been seen steaming down the tracks. This one is coal-black, is numbered "666," and is marked "Skeleton RR."  And the engineer was looking a little on the bony side. 

Guess one could call him the "skeleton crew."

Presumably, once November 1 rolls around, this spooky train will chug back to whatever Halloweenish place it came from.

Bixyl Shuftan
 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

More Halloween Places in Second Life

 

October is here, and it's time for Halloween season. This means plenty of spooky and scary places across Second Life. Gemma Cleanslate has been on the lookout for them. In her second article, she writes about a few more spooktacular places to visit. That is, if you dare. It seems some are just, dying, to stay for good.

Read Gemma's article in Places.
 

Cartoon of the Day: SS Minnow Dance

 


Taken at the Bouncing Bunny Beach Club. Not sure why Gil Otaared was waving around the life preserver with "SS Minnow" on it. But one can imagine.

By Bixyl Shuftan

 

Do You Have A Story?

 


We at Second Life Newser work hard at bringing you the news of the people, places, and events across Second Life. This past year, we've posted hundreds of articles, announcements, press releases, briefs, and our popular screenshot cartoons. But sorry to say we can't be everywhere, and we don't always have time to write about every single place we come across.

So this is where you the readers come in. Have you seen a particularly well-detailed sim? Went to a great event? Found yourself in a hilarious "only in SL" predicament? We're very interested in what you the readers have to say. Send us a story or funny picture, and if we like it, we'll post it as a Reader Submitted. For pictures, jpg format is preferred.

Mail submissions to bixylshuftan(at)gmail.com.

PLEASE include your SL user name and tell us if you wish it to appear with your story.

SL-Newser reserves the right to post in the appropriate section and to investigate any names used in submitted stories (please ask permission before using anyone's name or picture (if taken in a private area) or use an alias for them).*
 

Tuesday, October 12, 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 'M', So Foxy, Tooned In

Happy Vixen: Fairy Tales, Red and Black, Witches and Warlocks, Odds and Mods, Madkatt Mashup, Day of the Dead, Mice and Canines, Spots Stripes and Other Markings

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Nearly Naked

Xanadu: DJ Christine, DJ Jesse

Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Fursonas, Scales VS Fur, Horror, Insects, Sexy, Late Night, Good vs Evil, TBA

Deathlands Fallout Shelter:  DJ Wolfy, DJ Nafrini

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.
 

Announcement: No 2021 Dickens Project

 

We regret to announce that, after careful consideration, we have decided to give Charlie a year off. A variety of First Life imperatives and other factors brought us to the realization that we could not provide our community with the Project that they have come to expect, for 2021.  

This is not a long-term decision. We fully intend to come back refreshed and ready for guests and friends in 2022. In the meantime, Seanchai Library will be offering a wide range of story experiences for the season beyond the works of Mr Dickens, including a special Sunday series from classic holiday radio shows, and the annual Big Read of "A Christmas Carol" on Sunday, December 19th (just as if there had been regions filled with Dickensian doings).

Thank you for your support & enthusiasm!

~ Slainte'