Tuesday, November 30, 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 'W', Monochrome, Gone to Plaid

Happy Vixen: Best in Tails, Bikinis and Trunks, Cervines, Hybrids, Madkatt Mashup, TBA, Silk and Latex, Slumber Party

Club Zero Gravity: Equines and Felines

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Skunks

Xanadu: DJ Christine, DJ Jesse

Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Barely There, Animation, Sci-fi, Nature vs Tech, Rock, Late Night, White

Deathlands Fallout Shelter:  DJ Wolfy, DJ Nafrini

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

More on The Bellissarian Stamp Giver


Last week, we announced that the Newser office in HV Community was now a location one could get a stamp for the Bellisserian passports. Since then, the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy gave us a mention in their own newsletter

"It's a venerable SL publication with a suitably old school HQ build," they spoke of us, "and – now – a wonderfully old-fashioned stamp!"

Other locations mentioned include a couple airports, the Willowtail Airfield, and Abbot's Historical airport. 

As for the stamp, well, the design is simple and to the point. Just as is our goal when telling the news.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Down the Rabbit Hole: CSINY enters Second Life (2007)


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From Draxtor Despres, a 2007 video of the CSI Promotion of Second Life, "The new mainstream media tie-in, a 'who dunnit' virtual game coming to Second Life is an interesting marriage of old and new. The Electric Sheep Company releases a special SL browser for the occasion and merges the Metaverse with a successful TV show: is this a new era of growth for SL or the death of all (sub) culture? Are corporate brands taking over? CSI NY detectives say that if you die in the METAVERSE you die in REAL LIFE as well .... oh boy, and I thought Second Life was just a game?"

Monday, November 29, 2021

Christmas Shopping: Dench Designs and Khargo Market


Thanksgiving is over, and unofficially the Christmas shopping season is underway. Gemma Cleanslate stopped at two places, Dench Designs and Khargo Market. Dench is known for it's bargains, but she found a special Christmas Shop on a platform above the sim that was well designed. Khargo also offered an attractive shopping experience that obviously had plenty of planning behind it with winter scenery and Christmas decor.

Read Gemma's story in Design.

Commentary: Fourteen Years of Writing About Second Life


It was on November 2007 in which I officially began writing the news about Second Life. I started off as a freelancer at Dana Vanmoer's Second Life Newspaper, soon getting the hang of things and writing about the people, places, and events across the virtual world. Fourteen years later, I'm still doing it. So how did it start, and what's happened over time? Here, I reflect a little on what I've done and what else I've been writing on.

Read the commentary in People.

Press Release: 2021 Christmas Expo


2021 SL Christmas Expo Opens Friday December 3rd
“The 12 Days of Christmas” Helping To Fight Childhood Cancer

Since 2011, the SL Christmas Expo has been “Giving The Gift of Hope”, and is dedicated to children with cancer. The event which supports the American Cancer Society, is the premier Holiday shopping and entertainment event in Second Life. Opening on December 3rd, the “12 Days of Christmas” features more than 150 stores and shoppes, spread over 15 gorgeously designed regions, and brings together merchants, Breedables, entertainers, and volunteers for 12 days of shopping, music, auctions, and holiday special events.   

As always the Holly Jolly Café presents the top performers in Second Life for nearly non-stop entertainment. Buy a ticket for the Holiday Shopping raffles, visit the Christmas Tree Lot and the Merchant village or stop for a Picture With Santa.

Once again, American Cancer Society partner Linden Lab will take part in the Expo with special surprises and events.  Take a picture with Santa Patch & the Elf Moles, get a Limited Edition Patch on a Shelf elf, and check out the newest Linden Homes at the 2021 winter reveal region.

And don’t forget to check out the Holiday Lights at The Lights of Hope home decorating competition, returning once again for 2021. The Lights of Hope regions feature homes decorated for the holidays by some of the best home designers in Second Life and an entire region of Linden Homes decorated by Lindens and Moles. Vote for your favorites by donating to special kiosks located at each home.

While shopping continues until December 14th, The Expo culminates with the giant Winter Breedable Auction and the Holidays of Hope Ball on Sunday December 12th.

For a list of merchant sponsors, entertainment and event schedules* and to learn more about the Expo and how it helps the American Cancer Society fight Childhood Cancer visit the Expo @ https://slchristmasexpo.com/.

If you or a loved one is affected by childhood or any cancer, or want to learn more about the American Cancer Society and its research and support programs visit the American Cancer Society region in SL, the Society website (cancer.org),  or call 800.227.2345 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

The American Cancer Society is the world’s leader in the fight against cancer and is attacking childhood cancers from every angle.

*Note: Merchant Sponsors, Landmarks and Entertainment Schedules will be available on the website during the week of November 29th. Please Check Back.

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries


THIS WEEK: The last of our November series concludes, just as the December holidays begin to emerge BEGINNING TODAY with a new Teatime Holiday Radio Classics Series!  Join us 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

**MONDAY, November 29th, at 7pm: Philip Jose Farmer's THE STONE GOD concludes with Gyro Muggins.
**TUESDAY, November 30th: Both sessions today in The Glen
     ~  at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live in The Glen http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21

   ~  at 7pm: Charles de Lint's THE WILD WOOD concludes with Willow
**WEDNESDAY, December 1st at 7pm: Adventures from Terry Pratchett's HOGFATHER with Caledonia Skytower
**THURSDAY, December 2nd:

   ~  at  7pm: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF EBENEZER SCROOGE, Part 1 with Shandon Loring.

   ~  at  9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT with Finn Zeddmore.


Sunday, November 28, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: Tree Guitar


Taken at the Luskwood Tribute at the Happy Vixen. Luskwood is known for it's Big Tree. But this guy made a guitar out of a little one. Hopefully it meant his tunes were, well you know.

By Bixyl Shuftan


Saturday, November 27, 2021

SL Video: "Good Girls"


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By Nydia Tungsten on November 22, "We've decided to be "Good Girls" with "Elie King's" Good Girl" Let us know how we did! Thank you "Live Wire" for hosting us and we hope you all enjoy our efforts!"

Friday, November 26, 2021

Bellisserian Embasy Opens in Continent of Corsica


The Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy has long been known for it's issuing of passports and stamp locations. But recently, they've been getting involved in something new. Embassies from Bellisseria are springing up in mainland continents, with the first appearing on the land of Corsica last week. Gemma Cleanslate was there, and wrote about the embassy and it's opening.

Read Gemma's story in Places.

Looking Back: The Misadventures of Clumsy Cooper


In March 2011, the Newser ran a "fun article" for the purposes of helping to advertise the Podex Exchange. A furry raccoon with a popgun made a lame attempt to hold up the place, possibly inspired by it's nickname: the Podex Bank. As it turned out, this would be just the first of many such fun articles about the clumsy burglar whom kept trying to rob the place and hilariously failing every time. They would go on for over four years until sadly Linden Lab's new rules brought them to an end. In this story, we look back at the takes of the bandit known as Clumsy Cooper.

Read the story in Extra.

Furry Fashion Does Black Friday


FF Black Friday 50% Off Sale MAIN STORE ONLY
Nov 26- 29th ONLY
Purple Red & Blue Vendors ONLY!!!! 

 Furry (210,92,28)

SL Video: "Turkey Race!"


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From Juala D on November 20, a group of turkeys racing down a forest trail to "Benny Hill" music.

Announcement: This Saturday at The Science Circle - "Organic Chem Basics" and "Is Nationalism Beneficial"

Organic Chem Basics: Diels-Alder and Similar Reactions

Saturday November 27,

10 AM to 11 AM SL time

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Dr. Benjamin List (Max PLack Institute)  and Dr. David MacMillam (Princeton University) for “the development of asymmetric organocatalysis.” One of the first reactions that they found could be catalyzed by purely organic compounds was the Diels-Alder reaction. The Diels-Alder reaction is a well-known example of a fundamental class of reactions in organic chemistry, and it can proceed unaided, be catalyzed by metal-containing compounds, or most recently catalyzed by purely organic species. We’ll talk about what makes the Diels-Alder reaction special, and how it has been catalyzed in the past, and why the recent Nobel prize is seen as a jump forward.

Dr. Mike Shaw



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"Is Nationalism Beneficial or Dangerous in the Context of Gobalization?"

Saturday November 27,

9 PM to 10 PM SL time

“While globalization will make the world smaller and more accessible, we must continue to appreciate its vibrant diversity.” -Jean-Philippe Courtois



Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving from the Second Life Newser.
Bixyl Shuftan


Mieville's Community Thanksgiving Dinner


On Wednesday November 17, the Mieville community held it's Thanksgiving Community Dinner. While aimed at the community, it was open to all. So I sent my alt RezzDammit over. The setting was arranged by Farzaneh Eel, Unalunaqat and BellaBorneBradley. 

I arrived a bit late, but there were still some people over. So I got a few pictures. I few more can be seen in Mieville's Flickr page

Happy Thanksgiving,

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Cartoon of The Day: Pilgrim Hunter


Taken at the Happy Vixen. Gil Ottared was dressed as a pilgrim hunter, gun in hand. But this Thanksgiving has a shadow over it. Not only do people still have to worry about the Pandemic, but also the supply disruptions and shortages it's indirectly caused. So some people will have to forget having a bird on the table, or take matters in their own hands.

By Bixyl Shuftan


Crystal Craze


There's a new game on the Second Life grid, Crystal Craze. It's a hunting game in which you travel to various locations to get crystals. For the players, not only is there the thrill of the hunt, they also get a chance at some Linden dollars. For the landowners, they get traffic. Gemma Cleanslate went to take a closer took at the game, and got a chance to talk to it's creator.

Read Gemma's story in Design.

EOTB: Viewer Search Updated With New Look

On Monday November 22, Linden Lab announced on their blog they had updated the appearance of the search function on their Second Life Viewer.

Today we’re excited to announce that we’ve updated the look of our inworld and web-side Search feature to bring it more in line with the look and feel of our viewer and the direction that that rest of our web properties will be going (see the new Join page, and the new secondlife.com landing page - they’re excellent).

Our goal was to clean up the interface and provide a more streamlined and user friendly Search feature that maintained all the functionality that we’ve all come to expect and rely upon. Helpful tool tips will guide you in getting the most functionality out of your searches, and will update as we add more options for more sophisticated searches.

Once you’ve begun your search, you’ll find that all the familiar options are still available so that you can refine your search for Places, People, Events, Groups, Land to Buy or Rent, Classifieds, etc. We have not changed the algorithm that our Search feature uses in any way. We have simply tried to present the information in a more pleasing and useful manner.

Trying it out, I noticed some differences right away. The appearance was different, wth larger letters, and fewer names initially visible, just several. Of the latter, one could just scroll down. It was also possible to not just search categories one at a time, but all at once.

 Checking one thread on the forums, reception seemed to be mixed with those not liking the change being the more vocal. "This new search page looks like a roll back to geo cities looking websites very very horrible look." "Grade B-, for effort." "I have never understood why the Lindens broke this, and why they couldn't remain happy with it as it was." "The massive space taken up by the SL logo and search area title at the top if the entry page is problematic..." "We are NOT impressed, LL."

Inara Pey would write about the "search facelift" on her blog. She called it an example of "flat design," feeling it was "understandable" if the Lab wanted to make this new search function part of a mobile client. She felt it's home page "looks clean" with "options easy to identify." But there was "A terrible waste of space in the banner area" and the left sidebat tabes were too broad. Of search results, she felt there was "Much better listing layout and improved readability." But on the other hand, "the number of results displayed before scrolling is required is an annoyance, and something of a step back" and "There are also some informational elements lacking (such as traffic)." In the end, her conclusion was, "I can live with the shortfalls and can appreciate the improvements, and will await further changes to see how things fair."

To read the Linden blog post in full, Click Here

To read the post on the Linden forums, Click Here

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, November 23, 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 'U & V', Thanksgiving, TBA

Happy Vixen: Wild West, Sock Hop, Thanksgiving, Country, Madkatt Mash, TBA, Bottomless, Ears and Tails

Club Zero Gravity: Equines and Felines

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Wolves and Felines

Xanadu: DJ Christine, DJ Jesse

Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Fantasy, Gothic, Sci-fi, Angels and Demons, Disney, Late Night, Black

Deathlands Fallout Shelter:  DJ Wolfy, DJ Nafrini

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Bellisserian Stamp Location At The Newser Office


For about a year and a half, the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy, or BBB, has been offering passports to residents. And these residents have gone about Second Life to add stamps on them representing locations. Now, the main Second Life Newser office has a passport stamper. 

Just go to our main office at HV Community, go inside, walk past the desk, and in the back is a stand marked "BBB." Touch the top of the stand to get your stamp, and you'll have another mark to show what a traveler you are. 

While you're there, why not explore around? Walk the stairs to a train station, where occasionally the Sunbeamer Express stops to pick up passengers. Just across the street is a shop, Brandi's Intimates. To the east is Sunlight Bay, with Farshore Field where one can rezz and fly a plane and the Puddlejumper Mall. To the northeast at Sunny Beach and SunWaterThree, there are the Gathering Oak and Bouncing Bunny Beach Club, in which between events one can surf or drive bumper boats. In SunWaterTwo are hidden caverns one can explore. In SunWaterOne is a German pocket Battleship and a small volcano.

Just respect privacy at homes when going about.
HV Community, (140, 85, 25)

Bixyl Shuftan

Sneak Peek: Getting Ready For The Christmas Expo

Taken at the edge of the American Cancer Society Sim. The Relay for Life is getting ready for it's next big event: the Christmas Expo. There will be fourteen sims with music, scenery, auctions, and of course lots of shopping. 

The area is still under construction, so further pictures will be what can be seen from public sims, or a small sneak peak. 

The Expo opens on Friday December 3 and goes on to Tuesday December 14.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Botanica's Thanksgiving Mini Hunt


Caught between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving sometimes gets the short end of the stick when it comes to attention. But in Blue Moon, there's a "mini hunt" in the theme of the holiday going on. So I dropped by to take a look.

It’s the one day in the year when Americans who can’t agree on anything will sit down together and agree on what to have for dinner. Enjoy a holiday feast and learn about the Thanksgiving traditions that bring together family and friends in the spirit of gratitude at Botanica’s Café Americana. This is an educational mini hunt with 7 Thanksgiving-themed prizes to earn a Thanksgiving feast for your table. The event runs from November 12th to 26th.

Blue Moon had a wintery look, and the SURL I found took me to a building in a town area with Christmas and Thanksgiving decor, with a few turkeys around, including one walking around. One lady 'bot going about offered me a little cocoa. Stepping inside, the place resembled a small bakery and diner. There were a few tables up front, the nearest to the door I could sit in and get dinner. A smaller one looked like another a couple people could play a game of chess. In the back was a counter full of pies and other baked goods. There were also numerous pictures on the walls, such as American Indians and the classic Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving dinner picture.

Going in, I was handed a notecard, "Welcome Botanica's Thanksgiving Mini Hunt. Begin by finding the painting of the First Thanksgiving, click it,  and then follow the clues." Clicking on the picture, I got a copy, and a Internet link to some information about the first Thanksgiving dinner. There were some dishes that aren't usually part of what's served today. I also got a clue on what to click on next. I had eight things to click on, and the clues were easy enough for me to figure out. So I ended up with eight decorative gifts.

As stated, the hunt goes on to the day after Thanksgiving, November 26.

Blue Moon (196/217/23)

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Macy's Parade in Steamy Shores



Franny DJ put out her notice and I was happy to see it. As usual the region is filled with fun!
Jumping on a float or just watching as it goes by.

. If you walk around the corner and head for Rockefeller Center the skating pond is open already. Enjoy the time.

Don't forget to stop in at Macy’s. Santa and Mrs Claus are already for the kiddies and grown up kids too.


Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries


THIS WEEK: Holiday traditions and continuing adventures take us over the river and through several woods. Join us 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

**MONDAY, November 22nd, at 7pm: Philip Jose Farmer's THE STONE GOD continues with Gyro Muggins.
**TUESDAY, November 23rd at 7pm: Charles de Lint's THE WILD WOOD continues with Willow in The Glen  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21

**WEDNESDAY, November 24th at 7pm: STEAMPUNK STORIES with Finn: "Harry and Marlowe" Adventures. This Week: "Harry and Marlowe Versus the Haunted Locomotive of the Rockies" by Carrie Vaughn from  Lightspeed Magazine (July 2014)
**THURSDAY, November 25th  - Thanksgiving  Day - at 10am: ALICE'S RESTAURANT MASSACREE, a Seanchai Holiday tradition, with Shandon Loring (It's only 20 minutes long, so don't be late!)


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: Pie For a Fox


Taken at Blue Moon. Thanksgiving is coming, and stores are offering all sorts of pies for sale. But what kind might appeal the most to a fox?

By Bixyl Shuftan


Saturday, November 20, 2021

SL Video : "Second Life Echo Ridge"


From InWorld Films on November 16, "Visit this beautiful ice valley - Echo Ridge - created by Elvira Kytori"

Friday, November 19, 2021

Jurassic Park


Almost thirty years since it's release, the movie "Jurassic Park" continues to wow people and stir memories of those whom saw it. At the time, it was praised for both it's special effects and reviving interest in scientific study of dinosaurs. The first time the heroes see live examples of the extinct beasts walking around ranks as one of the most stirring moments in film. Here in Second Life, a tribute to the movie was made high above the River sim. Recently, the Newser gave the place a visit.

Read the story in Places.

"Bash For The Bros" Gacha Sale And Relay Benefit

High above the American Cancer Society 2 sim, there's a gacha fundraiser to benefit the Relay, "Bash For the Bros." Starting yesterday, Thursday November 18, it continues to Sunday November 21.

There are numerous items on sale, from paws and tails, to vehicles, to small homes, to beds, to holiday nick-nacks, and many more. "Common" items are priced at 25 Lindens, "Rare" ones are priced at 50 Lindens.

Among the activities are a photo contest, and musicians and other performances coming by every day. 

Friday Nov 19 : 5-6 PM and 6-7 PM
Saturday Nov 20 : 1 to 5 PM, three DJs
Sunday Nov 21 : 2PM Comedic Impressions, 2:30 PM Standup Comedy, 3PM


CDS Announcement: Aki No Odori


Our dear friends from Kyoyo Kagai will perform three dances for us, including the wonderful "Two Frogs"

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2021
11am-12 noon
C.D.S Amphitheatre

Announcement: This Saturday at The Science Circle - "Choking on Red Pills," "Virtual Teaching Tactics"


"Choking on Red Pills, A Biological Take on Modern Dating Dynamics"

Saturday November 20,

10 AM to 11 AM SL time

The basic tenet of biology is reproduction to continue the species. Evolution and genetics has programmed every species’ to follow behaviors to ensure the next generation. Sometimes this has resulted in seemingly contradictory behaviors like male spiders sacrificing themselves after mating.

Given this pattern of programming in sexually reproducing species, it is flabbergasting that some people are choosing to exit the mating pool consciously. These movements (Men Going Their Own Way, Involuntary Celibates, parts of The Manosphere, etc) espouse very different interactions in the mating game, primarily to exit it. Collectively using the term “Red Pill” (a reference to The Matrix) this philosophy claims to now be awakened to the truth of how society oppresses men.

This presentation will explore initially the biology of sexual reproduction in vertebrates and humans then look to reconcile or at least understand better the current society/cultural situation.

Presentation by Dr. Stephen Gasior (Xootfly)



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"Virtual Teaching Tactics to Help a Divided World"

Saturday November 20

9 PM to 10 PM SL time

Educators can be Covid-challenged to keep students and funds flowing, while promoting healthy and enriching academic options. Virtual World learning may provide immersive hands-on experience for engaging students and offering a sense of place and belonging, so important to student success and retention in online education.This presentation covers: evolution of virtual world learning, academic necessities for learning alternatives, socioeconomic drivers and gains, fulfilling student desires for immersive experience, benefits of experiential learning, providing dimensional sense of space, sample in-world learning centers, forming partnerships between academia and emerging technology, effective gamification of learning, bridging the digital divide, and self-guided field trips to Virtual World campuses.

Dr. Steven R. Van Hook



Thursday, November 18, 2021

Sci-fi Actor Yee Jee Tso Interview At Spooky Strides


Last month's Spooky Strides event had a number of events. Among them was an interview with a movie and TV actor whom had come onto Second Life. This was Yee Jee Tso. He answered a number of questions concerning his career. And he had a question of his own, about how to donate to the nearby kiosk.
Read the interview in People.

Press Release: Homes For Our Troops November 2021 Benefit


Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce 2021’s November benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life for November 21, 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 November 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 300th Home 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 November 21 concert for 2021 is scheduled from 10AM  3 PM PST. Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Sassy Nitely, Anj Gustafson, Varda Silver and Agatha Nowles.

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, November 17, 2021

Cartoon of The Day: Panda Puns


Taken at the Newser office in HV Community

By Bixyl Shuftan


VWBPE 2022 Call for Sponsors


Every spring, the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference takes place in Second Life. Earlier this week, the organizers posted a request for sponsors for the 2022 conference, which will be the 15th. The theme this year is "Phoenix Rising," and it takes place from Thursday March 31 to Saturday March 2.

We are asking for your support by sponsoring the 15th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference (VWBPE), Phoenix Rising, happening this March 31 to April 2, 2022.

This completely online conference provides educational and networking opportunities that are relevant to educational curriculum development utilizing virtual environments and “best practices”. Your participation in this conference not only helps the thousands of instructors coming together to champion immersive education during our conference, it also reaches out to thousands more throughout the year.

Your participation will help to:

    build community through extension of learning best practices to practical application of those ideas and techniques;
    provide networking opportunities for educators and the communities that help support education; and
    provide access to current innovations, trends, ideas, case studies, and other best practices for educators and the communities that help support education.

Community sponsors are the primary source of funding for this event and will help ensure its success. You can provide support in the following ways:

    Be an event supporter through a monetary donation.
    Volunteer at the event.
    Host a presentation on your products or services.
    Provide samples or trials showcasing your services

We invite you to help us promote online education as an official corporate sponsor.

The event is a major annual one in Second Life with hundreds attending and numerous discussions about various topics on education and virtual worlds. This includes some discussions in which Lindens, including CEOs, took part and talked about what was going on with the Lab. 

For the announcement in full, Click Here.

Tuesday, November 16, 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', Rainbow, Fox Night

Happy Vixen: Feathers and Harvest, Wolves vs Foxes, Luskwood Tribute, Out of This World, Madkatt Mash, TBA, Mammals, Spotted

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Mice

Xanadu: DJ Christine, DJ Jesse

Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Sexy, Purple, Retro, Canines vs Felines, Cartoons, Late Night, Hybrids

Deathlands Fallout Shelter:  DJ Wolfy, DJ Nafrini

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Help Wanted: Artist Needed For Profile Picture of Deathlands Leader


For artists in Second Life, Rebel Wolf (HermitBlue Resident), aka The Baron, the owner of the Deathlands, is looking to hire one. The picture he has in mind is one of his face, for his Second Life profile.

"I want my face portrait drawn for my profile," he explained, "and don't know any good (artists). ... I just want a picture for (my) profile."

People can contact him by IMing if he's on, or by notecard if he isn't. He can also be found at his sim, the Deathlands at Paradise Kingdom (88/35/22), notably at the Fallout Shelter when it has events Sundays 4-8 PM SL time.

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries


THIS WEEK: Wander through the wild wood, or find yourself entangled in events of great importance as our November series continue this week. Join us 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

**TUESDAY, November 16th The Glen  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21

   ~ at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live! with music, and poetry in Ceiluradh Glen. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21

   ~ at 7pm: Charles de Lint's THE WILD WOOD continues with Willow

**WEDNESDAY, November 17th at 7pm: STEAMPUNK STORIES with Finn: "Harry and Marlowe" Adventures. This Week: "Harry and Marlowe Meet the Founder of the Aetherian Revolution" by Carrie Vaughn from  Lightspeed Magazine (September 2015)

**THURSDAY, November 18th at

   ~ 7pm:  Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND - Concludes with Shandon

   ~ 9pm:  SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT with Finn Zeddmore


Monday, November 15, 2021

Reader Submitted Picture: Veterans Day Vets' Lineup


Taken by Cynthia Farshore at Club Cutlass. One longtime tradition of Club Cutlass Veterans Day events is for those who served in the US Armed Forces to line up. From left to right are Zorro Wuramunga (Air Force), Rita Mariner (Army), Shockwave Yareach (Air Force), and Cynthia herself (US Navy). 

Thank you for your service.

More on Facebook And Meta And Virtual World Plans, Grumpity Linden's Interview


It's been a few weeks since Mark Zuckerburg announced the company behind Facebook would be changing it's name to Meta. Since then, there have been more developments, and more people commenting. Among those with something to say was Grumpity Linden, or Anya Kanevsky in real life. She was interviewed by a magazine, and had a few things to say about Facebook's plans and how they related to Second Life, the existing virtual world.
Read the story in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.