Tuesday, October 4, 2022

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: Yellow & Green, Orange and Black, TBA

Happy Vixen: Spots and Stripes, Mythological, Madkatt Mash, TBA, Leather and Silk, Rave

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Red and White

Xanadu: DJ Christine, DJ Jesse

Club Squeaks: DJ Squeaks
 
Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Purple, Under the Sea, CAYA, Steampunk, Hooves and Horns, Late Night, Wings
 
Deathlands Fallout Shelter:  DJ Bonnie, DJ Wolfy, DJ Nafrini

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'
 

New Halloween-Themed Last Names

 
Yesterday on Monday October 3, Linden Lab announced six new last names for accounts. This being October, they were Halloween-themed. 

Happy October! To celebrate the Halloween season we are releasing new last names today!

The following Halloween-themed names are only available for a limited time. 
Demonpaws
Addams
Boo
Vorhees
Macabre
Bitey

The Lab stated the names were available only for a limited time, but may be back next Halloween.

"Demonpaws," "Boo," and "Macabre" are obviously on the spooky side. "Bitey," maybe not so much, though still appropriate for this time of year. "Addams" refers to "The Addams Family," a cartoon and then a few movies based on some of Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons. "Vorhees" refers to Jason Vorhees, from the "Friday The 13th" slasher movies.

This is the current list of surnames, which presumable will change once more in early November. Holiday-themed names are around only for a short time, but may come back the following year. Usually when a surname is dropped from the list, it is gone for good.

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: 2022 Out Shop Cancer


It is almost time to shop for a very important cause!

Out Shop Cancer is a main store and marketplace shopping event and a signature Strides Campaign in Second Life in support of the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer programs and research which started in 2018.

The 2022 Out Shop Cancer event includes main store and marketplace shopping, a grid-wide hunt, an Out Shop Cancer Pop-up Market and a special Bloggers for a Cure event. Along with the many shopping opportunities there will be several special raffles during the month, including raffles for eBody Reborn bodies and a Prima Elite body.

With more than 70 stores participating ranging from clothes to decor to cars to breedables, there is something for everyone. Sandie Slate, founder of Out Shop Cancer, shares “We are super excited for this year’s event. The response from designers this year has been tremendous and the amount of support for the event has exceeded expectations. With the inclusion of the Pop-Up Market and the Bloggers for a Cure event, this year’s event is jam-packed with shopping and much more.”

The Out Shop Cancer event runs from October 1st to the 31st. Shoppers will be able to pick up a shopping hud inworld at the Out Shop Cancer office. A list a of contributing merchants with shopping directory and the official bloggers can be found on the Out Shop Cancer website at https://www.outshopcancersecondlife.com/. Information about the Pop-Up Market and Bloggers for a Cure event will be available on the website as well.

All proceeds from this event go directly to the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer programs and services. 


Monday, October 3, 2022

Interview with Fop (KingForri), Giant of Natoma

 
 So how tall was the tallest avatar you've seen in Second Life? For some residents who haven't been around much, they may not have seen avatars much taller than they. For those who have explored some and been to some notable events, they may have seen an occasional macro that can get to be around fifty feet tall. And then there's the avatar of Fop (KingForri). Encountered at the Natoma sim, he easily stood over the Ivory Tower. Yours truly got in contact, and he had a few things to say. 
 
Read the interview in People
 

Renaissance Festival Concludes

 
 
 Sunday October 2 held the last events of the Renaissance Festival. Among them was the Royal Court Gala held high above the grounds.


Other events included a discussion on avatar complexity (above), classes, music events, raffles, and more. Not everything went perfectly. A planned fashion show was canceled due to the organizer being in an area in Florida where power was knocked out by Hurricane Ian.

Wildstar Beaumont would take a number of pictures and post them on his Flickr.
 
The event raised funds in support for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. 
 
Bixyl Shuftan
 

Press Release: HFOT October 5 Benefit

 

 Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce 2022’s October benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life for October 5, 2022!  

Frets Nirvana, longtime supporter and contact for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life in conjunction with the US Military Veterans Group, announces the 2022 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, nearly 90 cents of every dollar spent by Homes for Our Troop has gone to directly support Veterans. DURING THAT TIME HFOT HAS BUILT 330 SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOMES NATIONWIDE FOR EXTREMELY INJURED VETERANS.”

In 2021 the community in Second Life sent  over $21,000 to Homes For Our Troops, thanks to many kind hearts and great Second Life performers. That was a 40% increase over 2020’s donations of over $15,000.

15 Veterans and their families received the keys to their forever homes in 2021 and the donations received in Second Life were part of that effort. Currently HFOT has 73 projects underway for extremely wounded veterans.  

Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle. The October 5 concert for 2022 is scheduled from 4-9 pm PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, BG Singer, Mavenn, Wolfie Starfire and Chillee Hernandoz.

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
 
 

Advertisement: Furry Halloween Has Started At Furry Fashion

 

 A region wide hunt and a Halloween photo contest that has a ton of prizes including a 10000L 1st prize! The region has been totally redecorated in theme and 50 Crystal balls have been hidden, each stuffed with a gift - Don't forget to check mall spots cause some merchants are joining in! 
 
 

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Cartoon of The Day

 
 
 Taken at the Bouncing Bunny Beach Club. In nature, the black and white patterns of a skunk help make it easily recognizable as a "stay away" warning. So how would it be for an anthro skunk? Well, some guys need more of a warning than others. 

By Bixyl Shuftan

RFL Announcement: Royal Court Closing Gala - Sunday 1 - 4pm slt

 
 
Royal Court Closing Gala
Sunday 1 - 4pm slt

The Queen opens the Royal Court Gala to all in Second Life who wish to attend
She has ordered an extravagant festival and gala in your honor!  

Dance and merriment with grand entertainment shall be found indeed with DJ Foxy.

The Royal Gala celebrates the tournament winners and participants, the merchants, villagers, shoppers, entertainers and all who wish to join in the festivities.

For more information: https://slrenaissancefestival.com/royalcourtgala/

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ren%20Fest%20III/31/220/3002

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries

 
THIS WEEK: October is here! Hooray!  There are plenty of thrilling and spooky journeys waiting.  Join us this week for more story adventures!
 
heck 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, October 3rd at 7pm: THE WOLFEN continues with Gyro Muggins
    
**TUESDAY, October 4th:
   ~ at NOON: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live in The Glen http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21

   ~ at 7pm: HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE Continues with Caledonia Skytower.
                   
**WEDNESDAY, October 5th, 7-8:30 pm: SEANCHAI FLICKS: The Spooky Edition - Join us in our cinema space as we share Halloween-themed video adventures and throw popcorn at each other http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/211/111/654

**THURSDAY, October 6th:  
   ~ @ 7PM WRITER'S BLOCH Stories by author William Bloch celebrating the work of Lovecraft & Poe with Shandon Loring

   ~ @ 9PM SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT, late night Sci-Fi-Fantasy with Finn Zeddmore

***

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Annoumcement: SL Renaissance Fashion Show Tomorrow

 
 
The 3rd annual SL Renaissance Festival, Supporting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, is holding a fashion show Sunday, Oct. 2nd at 10 am SLT.

The audience will vote, by donation to the Strides kiosks, and tell us who wore it best!
The catagories are: Medieval Royalty, Medieval Dinky, Viking, and Pirate
 
 

SL Video: "Raglan Shire 2022 Joust"

 
 
 From Nitwacket on Sept 30, "The Ultimate Stabby Stabby on Horsies!"
 
Gold: Cully Hamster, Silver: Bloodsong Termagant, Bronze: MjTyke

Friday, September 30, 2022

"Joust A Linden" At The Ren Fest



Thursday September 29 was the day of "Joust a Linden or Mole" at the Renaissance Festival. For a 1000 Linden dollar donation, residents could spar with one of the several Lindens and Moles at the event.


Several Lindens and Moles took part in the event. There was Allota and Dreaming Mole, and there was Constantine, Derrick, and Patch Linden. Constantine's mount was an ostrich. Patch's horse had on bright purple colors. 


In the matches, the residents did pretty good, such as Nikki Lacrima's victory over Patch Linden. Unfortunately near the end, my viewer crashed, and lost track of who else jousted who.


There would be other events that day. This included an archery tournament in which the top four were 
1st: Nephilim Ventris
2nd: Pointy Voxel
3rd: KenshinHimura1997 Resident
4th: Bill9 Blazewood

The Ren-Fest raises money for the American Cancer Society.

The festival goes on to Sunday October 2. For more information check out the blog: https://slrenaissancefestival.com/

Bixyl Shuftan

This Weekend at The Science Circle: International Observe The Moon Night

 
Saturday, October 01

    ~*~
    
    At 10 AM PST   

    Howling At The Moon
    Dr. Philip Youngblood
    https://www.sciencecircle.org/event/international-observe-the-moon-night-1/
 
The Science Circle (72,129,30

    ~*~
 
    At 11 AM PST   

    Live From The Moon!
    Star Kass
    https://www.sciencecircle.org/event/international-observe-the-moon-night-2/
 
 The Science Circle (72,129,30
 
    ~*~
 
    At 8 PM PST   

    International Space Museum
    Julia Petunia
    https://www.sciencecircle.org/event/international-observe-the-moon-night-3/
 
 Spaceport Bravo (65/76/18)
      
    ~*~
 
    At 9 PM PST   

    Luna: The Earth's Moon
    Dr. William Wall
    https://www.sciencecircle.org/event/international-observe-the-moon-night-4/
 
 The Science Circle (72,129,30)
 
    ~*~ 

Sunday, October 02

    ~*~
    
    At 9 AM PST   

    The Sky Around Us: A Planetarium Show
    Dr. Philip Youngblood
    https://www.sciencecircle.org/event/observe-the-moon-night-5/
 
The Science Circle (126,222,40
    
    NOTE: Non-members required to register once
    IM Jes Cobalt or Nymf Hathaway

╚══════════════════════════════ The Science Circle (72,129,30) ═╝
 

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Announcement: SL Sci-Fi Expo: Voyage Through The Stars

 


From October 14 to October 23, the Second Life Sci-Fi Expo will be taking place in Second Life. This event to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will have numerous music and dance parties, discussions, exhibits by various sci-fi & fantasy roleplay and fan groups and others, and more. 

The SciFi Expo is an event in Second Life held to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a campaign sponsored by the American Cancer Society. SciFi Expo’s mission is to help unite the residents and community together against a common cause. This great cause is to help bring awareness and donations to support finding a cure for Breast Cancer. The mission also strives to help the American Cancer Society fund breakthrough research about breast cancer, provide free information and to support people in reducing the risk of breast cancer and finding methods early to prevent complicated treatments.
 
For more information, check : https://scifiexpo.org/
 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Cartoon of The Day: Pumpkin Spice

 
 
 Taken at the Furry Fashion Lounge. Pumpkin spice season is here. And that means millions of fans are after their favorite seasonal spice. Pumpkin spice coffee. Pumpkin spice milkshakes. Just why does pumpkin spice have to be so darn popular?

By Bixyl Shuftan 

 

Longing Melody

 
October is almost here. While the month is best known for Halloween, it's also known in real life for the fall season taking hold as the days start to get shorter, the summer heat fades, and trees start to change color. Gemma dropped by a location in Second Life which mirrored real life as it showed trees with changing and falling leaves and other scenery: Longing Melody. It is one of the Nature Collective areas, though hadn't been by it yet. So what did she think?
 
Read Gemma's article in Places
 

RFL Announcement: "Save The Dates"

 
 
 From the Relay for Life in Second Life Discord channel, three important dates for the 2023 Relay Season. Registration of teams starts on Sunday January 15, 2023. The Kickoff for the season takes place on Saturday February 18. And the big event, the Relay Weekend, is on Saturday June 10 to Sunday June 11.

Go Relay!

 

Scenes From The Renaissance Festival



The Renaissance Festival, or Ren-Fest continues. Besides the shopping, there's been a number of events. I dropped by a discussion of roleplaying at one point. 


There's also been music events, both DJs and live performers. Among them was tiny singer Songbird Sorbet.

Tomorrow, Thursday at 1 PM, is one of the more notable happenings of the festival, the "Joust a Mole or Linden" event. The donation needed to take part is 1000 Linden dollars.

The festival raises funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. 

For more information, check out the blog at https://slrenaissancefestival.com/
 

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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: Night Critters, Predators vs Prey, Steampunk

Happy Vixen: Events on hiatus this week due to building of Halloween Haunt

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Barnyard Critters

Xanadu: DJ Christine, DJ Jesse

Club Squeaks: DJ Squeaks
 
Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Fursonas, Gothic, CAYA, Pajamas, Trolls vs Newbs, Late Night, Horror
 
Deathlands Fallout Shelter:  DJ Bonnie, DJ Wolfy, DJ Nafrini

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'
 

Tuna Oddfellow's Birthday Odd Ball

 

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

Saturday September 24 was the real-life birthday of one of Second Life's more unique performers: Tuna Oddfellow. So he celebrated with an impromptu performance of his Odd Ball.
 
Tuna Oddfellow is a magician in real life, "Fish the Magish" Fishman. He got attention during Second Life's heyday in 2007 when NBC did a "Most Talented Avatar" competition. "I've got a mission to bring a little magic to everyone's day," he told the reporter then. And magic he has delivered, eventually coming up with the Odd Ball.
 
For those who have yet to experience his show, it's a bit like dancing inside a kaleidoscope, or as someone put it, like a drug "trip" without the nasty side-effects. A few people have gotten headaches from it. Some feel "trippy," feeling unusually relaxed or euphoric. Others feel it just looks cool.
 
Tuna at this time does not have a regular showing of the Odd Ball, instead having occasional performances, announcing to those on his contact list when he's about to start. 

In my opinion, this is a unique show that no one else has done anything else like it, and like many other things in Second Life needs to be seen at least once.
 
For more information, read Penny Shuftan's 2017 interview

Correction: The date was orginaly a day off, and was later corrected.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, September 26, 2022

Joy Mountain

 
The Suweaver Estates have a number of places to visit. There are the various clubs. There's the Newser office. There are some spots one can grab a surfboard or bumper boat. There's the railroad system. There's a few stores and the Puddle Jumper Mall. There's the Farshore Field airport, which members of the community can use to fly planes. Of the latter, overlooking the airport is a large hill. Cyantia Farshore recently informed the Newser it's been given a name: Joy Mountain.

The lower part of the mountain has a railroad tunnel. But the more notable parts are the caves and waterfalls higher up. "The cave is part of the mountain made by Landscaping by Felix and you know it's been here few years now," Cynthia told me, explaining while it's had a few games and sitting spots for quite some time, she recently added to them, "more poses around the pool at the peak and then added games in the cavern. And I knew it needed a name, so came up with Joy mountain 'cause that's what I want it to provide."

Of the games, there were classics such as chess and pool. But there was also "Clued Up," an SL version of "Clue," the popular "Cards Against Humanity," and others. But that wasn't all. "Did you see the spa pool at the top?" She asked me, "the top is a pool you soak in." She pointed out some friends used it for "skinny dipping" not long ago. "Sim is mature," she reminded, "Guess may have to put a sign up, 'possible nudity beyond this spot.'" There was also a bear rug with cuddle poses. 

Of future plans, "Maybe a couple rope slides down like Caledon is in order here," she thought, "The cave may have some 'game nights.' I'll have to work details out on that, have competitions with prizes for the top scorer." She thought having special events there for Team Sunbeamers during the Relay season was very likely to happen.
 
 
Bixyl Shuftan
 

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries

 
THIS WEEK: The Finale and Final Days of "Evil Under the Sun" on SLEA 6, plus new spooky movie nights and more.  Join us this week for more story adventures!
 
 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, September 26th at 7pm: THE WOLFEN continues with Gyro Muggins
    
**TUESDAY, September 27th:
   ~ at NOON: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live in The Glen http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21

   ~ at 7pm: HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE Continues with Caledonia Skytower.
                   
**WEDNESDAY, September 28th, 7-8:30 pm: SEANCHAI FLICKS: The Spooky Edition - Join us in our cinema space as we share Halloween-themed video adventures and throw popcorn at each other http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/211/111/654


**THURSDAY, September 29th:  THE OCTOBER COUNTRY: Stories by Ray Bradbury with Caledonia Skytower.


***
 

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Cartoon of The Day: Shirt Fail Message

 
 

 Taken at Club Squeaks. Being a virtual world, computer humor isn't usually far away in Second Life. In this case, on a guy's shirt.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, September 24, 2022

SL Renaissance Festival Opens

 
 
The Second Life Renaissance Festival is underway. The event, also known as the Ren Fest, started yesterday, September 24. There are numerous things to do there, such as shopping (notably for Medieval and Fantasy clothes, furnishings and gear), attending live and DJ music events, classes, contests, auctions, and competitions and other contests.

Dropping by the landmark area, there was a kiosk display with several outfits, from prices from 250 to 75L There were also some silent auctions done in cooperation with Linden Lab, such as an otherwise free year of Premium Plus or name change. There was in addition a kiosk for a "mega raffle" offering 45,000 Lindens worth of gift cards. I also witnessed a ceremony involving numerous people on horseback. 
 
One of the more notable events, "Joust a Mole or Linden," takes place on Thursday September 29 at 1PM SL time. 
 
The Ren Fest raises money in support of Making Strides, which raises money for the Relay for Life for breast cancer support and research.

For more information, check out the blog at https://slrenaissancefestival.com/.


Bixyl Shuftan

Setting Up The New Office

 
 
 Since getting the new office building a few days ago, Gemma and I have been slowly refurbishing it. This includes unpacking some trophies and awards won over time, as well as a desk from our days at Second Life Newspaper.


But we've also gotten some new items, such as this desk and office plant. Bit by bit, we're getting things set up again.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Raglan Shire Wootstock 2022 with Keeba and the Tiny Maniacs"

 
 
 
 From Nitwacket on July 26, "Raglan Shire's 17th Wootstock - Live, without ads, and with feet! Take that, Meta noobs!"
 

Friday, September 23, 2022

Echovets: Band of Brothers

 
There's a new sim and group to help out veterans. It is Echovets: Band of Brothers. I had a few words with the woman behind it, Stacy Maracas. In real life, Stacy works at a local vet center. Seeing what could be done in Second Life, she would go on to build the place and group behind it.
 
 Read more in People.
 

"Where Mercats Go"

 
 
Second Life has a number of places that appeal to water activities, and some places that appeal to tinies. But how about both? In the Safe Waters Foundation group, I heard about such a place from JoyceTravels.
 
Talahoy Mercat and Dinkie Friends,

We have been busy with SO many things making Aloha Dinkie Deep a wonderful place to play and live as Mercat and Dinkie! 
 
Dropping over with a friend, we found ourselves on a small island. Joyce and her friends greeted us, and invited us to look around and enjoy the activities. There was a surboard rezzer (and a nearby surf shack), there was a nearby tiny-sized schooner, and a tiny sailboat rezzer. I saw what looked like a sailboat race course around the small island. There was also a small dance floor for parties.

I decided to give the sailboat a try. This was a bit more detailed than some other sailboats as it took into account the wind in the virtual world. Text above the boat (not visible in the picture) showed which direction and how fast it was. It was green when the wind was directly behind you, yellow when it was to the side and slightly behind you, and red when the wind was blowing at your front. I decided to try to sail the race course. But I soon ran into trouble. Trying to get through the markers, I ended up sailing into the wind. So there wasn't anything I could do but wait. And after a few minutes of it not changing, I turned around and sailed back to the island. 
 
I recalled reading in the age of sail, sailors could sometimes have to wait for days for favorable winds. While one wouldn't have to wait that long in Second Life, it did seem patience was needed for these sailboats. Oh well.


Bixyl Shuftan

This Saturday at The Science Circle

 
Saturday, September 24

    ~*~
    
    At 10 AM PST   

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging: MRI
    Professor Natalie Foster
    https://www.sciencecircle.org/event/mri/
 
The Science Circle (72,129,30)
      
    ~*~
 
    At 9 PM PST   

    Transcultural Beats
    Stephen Van Hook
    https://www.sciencecircle.org/event/transcultural-beats/
 
 The Science Circle (72,129,30)
 
    ~*~
    
    NOTE: Non-members required to register once
    IM Jes Cobalt or Nymf Hathaway

╚══════════════════════════════ The Science Circle (72,129,30) ═╝
 

Thursday, September 22, 2022

"Media on A Prim" Weakness To Griefing Discovered

 
 It seems the griefers have discovered an exploit in the viewer, and once again the people at Linden Lab, and Firestorm, have to take care of it. While it looked worse than it actually was, it did cause some worry.

A few days ago in the forums, the following was posted in the forums: "New Form of Griefing?"

Today I was at a rental office and noticed a few people hanging around the welcome area, thought nothing of it then suddenly and simultaneously my viewer (Latest Firestorm) opened up search and some offensive words appeared in the text box, as well as a "create new group" window, with some errors appearing on the screen. I quickly left and closed out all these windows.  It was quite a scary experience and I was only one click away from clicking the OK to create a random group at a 100l$ cost.

The post was made by an AmerAaron, who doesn't post on the forums often. And that wasn't the only incident. Earlier in the month, a Stenelaide posted about an incident at a music event.

So tonight I was halfway through my shift as a hostess in a live music venue and I suddenly crashed. I log back in and this mess pops up on my screen, on the singer's screen and on her manager's. A search bar with a nice statement, a friend request and a voice call to the singer. They also managed to block her on my behalf and they asked me to teleport to some random piece of mainland. The owner found two scripts that were dropped. That was awful, how do they manage to execute stuff on our viewer? Is that simple?

After several posts by concerned forum readers, there was finally a response by Whirly Fizzle of Firestorm.

... this form of griefing has been popping up over the last few days. It uses media on a prim (MOAP) to open those floaters on your screen.

If you disable media in the viewer, it will stop it.

Linden Lab issued an emergency ModalHotfix viewer to fix this on Thursday: https://releasenotes.secondlife.com/viewer/6.6.4.575022.html

Firestorm Viewer will have a new beta viewer out, hopefully tomorrow with the fix.
To pick up the Firestorm Beta, please join the "Phoenix-Firestorm Preview Group" & the beta will be sent out in the group notice.

This problem affects all viewers that don't yet have the Linden Lab patch. 

Whirly would go on to say the bug was more annoying than dangerous.

It's just a clever use of viewer media.

Though it seems very scary, all that can be done on unpatched viewers is open up any viewer floater on your screen when the media loads, plus enter custom text into the search window or TOS window etc.

Obviously I don't want to explain how it's done before everyone has the fix. I wish I could because then it would be less scary when you see what 's actually happening. All I will say is the media is not actually directing to an web page at all & it's actually using supported functions in the viewer. I'm surprised no griefer thought of using it this way before. 
 
So please don't worry - it's extremely annoying but ultimately harmless.

I suspect LL patched it quickly because it was causing lots of worry to those that had been hit with it, understandably.
 
 Checking the Phoenix-Firestorm Preview group, there was a new beta viewer that was released just a few days ago, Firestorm Beta build 6.6.5.68062. Checking further on the wiki entry, they had added some features related to the issue.
 
  • Fixed media on a prim looping when it should not.
  • Fixed audio from media on a prim (MOAP) begins to play if object is put into edit mode
  • Fixed the Search floater opening without appropriate search results after performing a search from the NavBar

So it seems the annoyance is on it's way to being solved, though it may be some time before the feature gets put into an official viewer update.

Hat Tip: Cynthia Farshore

Picture by Stenelaide
 
Addition: story at New World Notes 

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Advertisement: Deathlands "Horny Cap"

 
 
"We went commercial!!! Viva Capitalism! You can now buy this limited edition cap that everyone wants at Deathlands! Adjustable! Made with love by Goddess!"
 
Available at the kiosk slightly east of Deathlands' entrace area:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Paradise%20Kingdom/88/35/23 

Cartoon of The Day: Shooting First

 
 
 Taken at Club Cutlass's sci-fi party. In the original series of Star Trek, lower-ranked men and women in Security, noted for their red shirts, ended up getting killed a number of times to the point it became a trope. Thinking about it, their weapons were smaller than those in a certain other science-fiction tale. Looks like this one 'shirt isn't taking chances on her next away-team mission. 

By Bixyl Shuftan 

The New Office Building

 
 
 It was almost ten years ago in December 2012 in which the SL Newser got a change of office buildings. While the first one stood for about a year and a half, the second building stood for almost ten years. But nothing lasts forever, and a few days ago, Ranchan Wiedman who manages the sim contacted us saying the new office building was ready to be put in place. So most of the furnishings were taken out, and yesterday Ranchan placed the new structure.
 
Both buildings have a few things in common, such as plenty of windows for a good look outside. The previous building people could get up or down via a spiral staircase in the middle. The new design is more of a zigzag, slightly slower in climbing upstairs, but a little less likely to slip and fall down.

A few items were taken down for good such as a retired reporter's desk and the terminal of an old sponsor that couldn't be moved. In the case of a picture left by the late Alleara Snoodle, as it couldn't be moved Ran did her best to work around it.

We'll be spending a few days putting some of the furnishings back, and putting in some new furniture and decor. We'll miss the old office, it served us well. But we'll soon have the new one fully up and running.
 
The location remains at HV Community (140, 85, 25

Thank you again Ranchan,

Bixyl Shuftan