Saturday, December 31, 2022

Christmas Scenes

Before we close out 2022, Bixyl Shuftan looks back on various events and places he went to over December. This includes a few pictures of a couple events that weren't shown in the paper, but most were of other occasions. So here's a collection of pictures from across the season.
See the pictures in Events.

Announcement: Final Dickens Project Events


 ** Saturday, December 31st @ Noon-2PM: CAROLS & DANCES
Think we are done with "A Christmas Carol"? Not quite yet. DJ Cale has a tall stack of music that has been written for various versions of Dickens' immortal Christmas tale, and she'll be playing it along with some dance tunes that would have set even Old Fezziwig a whirl!

** Sunday, January 1st @ 2-4PM: A HAPPY NEW YEARS' SKATE!
DJ Dano Bookmite, long time friend of The Dickens Project, will be taking the stream and the ice for this final event of the 2022 Edition of The Dickens Project, celebrating another year complete and the possibilities in a fresh, new one.
Victorian wear suggested, but not required

SL Video: "Ice Flow"


 From Nydia Tungsten on December 17, "I decided to grab my sister from the desert and play a song from the cold with "Ice Flow" Thank you Mato you sexy Fen Fen, As I said this was ICE FLOW by Kevin MacLeod which is Royalty-Free Music So thank you, Kevin. if you like this leave a thumbs up and feel free to comment I love hearing your opinions." 

Friday, December 30, 2022

Winter at Astoria

With the Holiday season winding down, Christmas over and New Year's around the corner, Gemma Cleanslate decided to stop at one more winter place to write about before the year's end. Astoria was a little quieter than some she visited as there were no stores. But there was plenty to do from skating, to snowboarding, or just enjoying the scenery and animals. She also took a trip back to the Dickens Project to watch a performance on stage by Virtuoso Performing Arts.

Read Gemma's article in Places

Woman of the Year: Gem Sunkiller

 The Newser got a few nominations for Person of the Year. Among them was someone who was part of group of major newsmakers, the Relay for Life.

For over a decade, officially joining in 2012, Gem Sunkiller has been active with the Relay. Originally the founder of Team Shadow, she would go on to be on the committee in a number of positions, as well as organizing numerous multi=team events. One Relayer would say of her, "She has been for lack of a better title Teams Lead for several years. She helps teams on board and show them how to fundraise." She's also been a host on Relay Radio, including during the Relay Weekend, "Her enthusiasm for Relay is evident during her set." For 2023, she is the Relay for Life Lead. She also describes herself as a lover of live music and has photography as a hobby.

"My hope ... beyond the prayer that we are not needed next year because a cure has been found, I hope we Relay the right way, for the right reasons.  It's our desire to help other Relayers reach their goals.  As far as goals, Relay's goal is to finish the fight."

For 2022, Gem Sunkiller is the Second Life Newser's Woman of the Year.

Stay tuned for our runner-up.

Bixyl Shuftan

Preparing For New Year's Eve

 2022 is winding down, and people are getting ready to celebrate. Partially for those who will be at real-life parties, Club Cutlass will be having it's New Year's Eve party a night early, tonight from 6-8 PM.

But on the big night is when the most parties are. Some places with Australian, Asian, and European residents will be celebrating early. At 8PM, the Goblin Cave at Caledon Downs will be where the Caledonians and Sunweavers will be celebrating. 

There will be other places as well, such as the Premier Business Center.

One of the last parties, but not least, is the Prim Drop at Bay City's Fairgrounds, starting at 11PM SL time, and climaxing when the big prim starts lowering down the pole at 11:59, touching down when 2023 officially arrives on the Grid.

Have a happy New Year's Eve.

Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: "I Brewed It My Way"


And now, the end is near
And so I face the final drop
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full of caffeine
I drank at each and every sim
And more, much more than this
I brewed  it my way........................ 

From Rebel Wolf (HermitBlue Resident 

Thursday, December 29, 2022

SL Fiction: Christmas In The Deathlands

We take a break from the news to bring for your entertainment a piece of Second Life fiction. In the continuing tales of Melvin Cooper, an ex-burglar brought from early 21st Century America to the post-apocalyptic area known as the Deathlands. Christmas Day starts out like many others for our protagonist, hungry with no food. But his luck takes some unusual turns, and eventually gets to show some locals what the Christmas spirit is about.

Read the fiction in Extra

Press Release: New Year's Party at The Goblin Cave


 Greetings to all! You are invited to the yearly New Years Eve Party at the Goblin Cave! The Duchy of Downs will throw a party starting at 8 PM and will last till at least 1 AM. Music will be provided by Her Grace Cynthia Farshore and will play region wide so you can enjoy the Christmas rides and sights before they are taken down. A ball will drop for each time zone of the continental U.S. followed with 2 minutes of fireworks till the last zone you get a full 5 minutes. 
Besides the dance you can enjoy riding the Christmas Express around the region and even pay a visit to Santa on his hidden aerial abode. The Caledon wide sleigh ride awaits there too to take you on a 40 minute round trip tour of every region of Caledon! So come enjoy and if you can't stay long who cares just drop in and say Hi!!

Cat And Mouse


 Taken by Penny Shuftan (Deaflegacy)  at her home in Sunweaver Space. One of her pet breedable Kitticats grew up to be quite large. But it still won't bother a furry mouse of the two-legged kind.

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Cartoon of the Day: Making Christmas Drag On

 Taken at Club Cutlass. The normally large DJ Geerkil shrunk down so he could join the crowd. As for why wearing the Christmas lights, I could think of one reason. 

By Bixyl Shuftan 

The Dirty Grind's Final Night


On Wednesday December 21, The Dirty Grind would hold it's final events. About a week earlier, it was announced that the venue would soon be shutting down after over 11 years of operation
Safe Wednesday everyone ♫ With a heavy heart,  The Dirty Grind IAC today hosts its last show; we want to thank anyone who joined us in our journey and we hope we passed onto you some of our passion for the arts in Second Life. Come on over for one last dance, and please keep supporting these hard-working musicians ❤

In the afternoon were three performers: Lluis Indigo, Dee Timeless, and Corwyn Alle. At 6PM, a musical duo familiar to the Newser would play for the crowd, Jaycatt Nico and Frogg Marlowe, also known as Effnjay. The audience would make occasional comments, "Frogg's voice is just perfect for this song." Eventually, their set would finish, Jaycatt concluding, "Thanks everyone (smile).  And a special thanks to Ian and Lisa of course, don't you two be strangers!!" Hostess A fiya Grimbaker (asimascott Resident) would say, "Thank you so much EFFINJAY! I LOVED IT!" "Thank you Afiya!" Frogg would respond.

The last singer that night, and the last one for an official Grind event, was Nigel Freeman (Nigelfreeman Resident). Like Effinjay, he had a variety of songs. But the last one was appropriate, "Closing Time."

Closing time, time for you to go out
To the places you will be from
Closing time, this room won't be open
Till your brothers or your sisters come.

So gather up your jackets, move it to the exits
I hope you have found a friend
Closing time, every new beginning
Comes from some other beginning's end, yeah.

I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
Take me home.

As the song ended, the audience broke out in cheers. But with the applause was sadness, "Going to miss the Dirty Grind." "One of the best sims/venues on the grid." "So many great times many great dances, friends, laughter." "Take the feeling the Grind gave you...use it as inspiration. Make something. Sing something. Play something. Let you imagination run wild." "Send it up for a wonderful venue where lots of memories have been made." "Thank you so much Ian and Lisa!" "Good bye everyone. Love to Ian and Lisa (who I never met) I hope to see you all at other venues around the grid." "Good night everyone. Thank you for all those years Dirty Grind." Elektra Panthar, the Grind's blogger, would say, "Thank you everyone , it's been so wonderful. ... Thank you Thank you Thank you everyone, and Ian Lisa and Afiya"

Then hostess A Fiya spoke up, "I have something to say...: In December 2019 El & brought me in to host here at TDG. I had a lot to learn not having done professional hosting before, El made that easy for me.  Even though this job proved to be THE busiest job I've ever had at times, I fell in love with it and TDG all together.  I have met the nicest people ever here.

"A BIG THANK YOU! to Lisa & Ian & Elektra for all your support and love through the years.  I also thank each & every one who has come here. YOU are as NECESSARY as the GREAT performers that came here.  The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community will always have a special place in my heart. And only right's just HITTING me. I hush now.

The last word, however, would be Elektra's, on the Grind's blog.

This will be my last post on this blog. It’s been a great experience and a pleasure to work with so many talented people.

Thank you, Ian  and Lisa , for this opportunity and for the many years you spent advocating for the arts in SL and creating this wonderful community.

If you have memories you want to share in form of pictures or posts, please feel free to send them to me ( ), post them to our Flickr group page or Facebook group – they are most welcome ❤

Stay safe everyone, and take care.

And so, after over a decade of live performances, The Dirty Grind has closed it's doors, becoming a part of Second Life music history. 

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: Bay City Prepares For End of Year "Prim Drop"


Bay City's gala event set for 31st December

BAY CITY, SL (27th December, 2022) - Citizens of Bay City, Second Life's® “city by the bay,” will be marking the end of the year in fashion with their annual "Prim Drop" in the Bay City Fairgrounds in North Channel on the evening of the 31st of December.

The party will include a two-hour set of music presented by Marianne McCann, as well as fireworks and other festive fun. Food, drink, and other party favors will be provided for all attendees.

The event is presented as an outdoor, high-class, wintertime soirĂ©e, and black tie attire and/or full dress is requested. All Second Life® Residents are welcome to attend and ring in the New Year with the Bay City community.

This will also be the last event within Bay City this year for donating to Child's Play Charity ( .  Child's Play is a 501c3 non profit organization offers online communities such as ours an opportunity to help seriously ill children around the globe during their hospital stays with the purchase of games and gaming equipment.

As of the 27th of December, Bay City has raised L$260976 for Child's Play Charity through their annual silent auction and tree lighting concert, as well as other local events.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab® and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest group for Residents of Bay City.

For more information,  please contact Marianne McCann.

Tuesday, December 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: Beach Party, New Years Eve, (party at Caledon), Bunnies and Foxes
Happy Vixen: Sparkling, School Uniforms, Horns Hooves & Scales, Next to Naked, Closed, Formal

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: Silks and Feathers, Closed for Holiday

Xanadu: DJ Christine, DJ Jesse

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

Furry Fashion Lounge:  All That Glitters, Spots and Stripes, CAYA, Mods, Fursonas, Late Night, Rainbows
Deathlands Fallout Shelter:  DJ Bonnie, DJ Wolfy, DJ Goddess

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

Linden Lab Posts Year in Review For 2022, Some Objectives For 2023

On Thursday December 22, Linden Lab posted it's "2022 - Second Life Year in Review" article on the official Second Life blog. "As 2022 comes to a close, it is time for our annual look back at some of the year’s most notable developments and accomplishments in Second Life."

Besides posting what happened, the Lab would also write about what they're planning, including:
  • Avatar customization improvements to simplify creating your virtual identity, including inventory thumbnails to give a preview of what’s sitting in those boxes
  • New user experience upgrades to better fuel retention, engagement, and growth across key parts of the new user journey
  • New centralized "hubs" to better connect residents to the communities that match their passions and interests
  • First peek at a world and avatar centered mobile-first Second Life experience
  • New LSL functions that improve the quality of life for scripters
  • Even more performance improvements to increase the quality and visual fidelity of the Second Life experience 
 The Newser will have it's own Year in Review in a few days.

Monday, December 26, 2022

Here's To You Jessicabelle Dayafter

 As thoughts look back over the past year and a half, yours truly thinks about the good times. But, there were also some sad times. Among them was when a longtime friend and virtual neighbor passed away, Jessicabelle Dayafter. She was someone I knew since 2008 and my days at Woodlin, who went on to become a crack combat RP/pilot, as well as someone who frequently appeared in Nydia Tungsten's videos and calendars. In this article, I look back at the times I knew her.

Read Bixyl Shuftan's story in People

A Sunweaver Christmas Miracle: Fundraisers Save Home From Foreclosure

On Friday December 23, there was a fundraiser event at Club Cutlass. The usual two hour Friday night event was turned into a six-hour marathon as five DJs played music to the crowd. A few days before, Perri Prinz had come forward saying she and her partner Recoyote Mindes were facing a real-life eviction due to their landlord both raising the rate and moving up the date of their next payment from the middle of January just after after Rec's paycheck would come in to the first, and they had exhausted their savings.

Tonight we are having the Battle of the DJ's benefit for Reco and Perri, if you can't make it here, please drop what you can here!

The final idea was for a "Battle of the DJs" going from 4 PM SL time to 10 PM, with six tip jars placed just in front of the DJ booth, and the dance poles beside it. Five were for the DJs, the six for Perri Prinz where people could donate to her any time. To avoid taking a cut when buying Linden dollars, there was also the option to donate directly to Rec via Paypal. The five DJs taking part were Alexandra Tymets, Mattie Carlton,  Snowy HunniBunni Lefavre (Skylark Lefavre), Cynthia Farshore, and Perri Prinz herself.

There were a few issues, miscommunications, and snags along the way, which was no surprise as there were just a few days to get everything ready. Paypal itself was also an issue as they had supposedly enacted a rule in which they could heavily fine users for posting "misinformation" online, and hours later revoked it. But with the home of a neighbor at stake, the event went through.

DJ Lexi started things off at 4 PM SL time. Next at 5 PM was DJ Mattie. At 6PM was DJ Snowy, playing at her usual time slot. at 8 PM was DJ Cynthia. And DJ Perri closed things off at 9 PM. The themes for each set were Christmas, or some variation of it such as "Country Christmas" or "Rockin' Christmas." Club owner Rita Maniner would put prizes of 1000L on each of the two boards for each set, one session getting 2000L. But winners would usually donate all or part of their winnings to Perri's jar, as well as the DJs donating what they were tipped. 

By 10 PM, a little over 76,000 Lindens had been raised at the Cutlass fundraiser. This was a little more than $300 USD before the Lab would take a cut. By itself, this was less than half of the $860 USD needed. But people also sent in money through Paypal, including one who wished to remain anonymous who told me he sent $500, which Perri confirmed. "Yes we did," Perri answered when asked if enough had been raised, "My poor math skills put the total at $1,435.77." This was much more than what was needed. Perri told me she would likely use the extra money to help with future medical expenses.

Once again the Sunweavers came through, and demonstrated the good that virtual worlds can accomplish.
Addition: Perri won the "Battle of the DJs," followed by Mattie, then Snowy.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Merry Christmas


 Merry Christmas from the crew of the Second Life Newser

Taken at Caledon Downs

Cartoon of The Day

 Taken at the Linden Snowball Fight. Looks like Zada Bury isn't expecting much from Santa this year, but isn't too concerned about it.

By Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Wishing You A Happy Holiday With Your Second Life Friends!"


From Linden Lab on December 24, "Tis the season for family, friends, and feasting! Spend this holiday season surrounded by loved ones. Happy Holidays!"

Saturday, December 24, 2022

A Tour of The Dickens Project

 On this Christmas Eve, the Newser still has one more story to tell before Santa makes his rounds (okay, for those in East Asia and Australia, he's making them now). Gemma Cleanslate took a tour of The Dickens Project, an informative and educational exhibit of life of early Victorian England in the time of Charles Dickens.

Read Gemma's story in Events

Announcement: Tickle My Pickle Hunt at Furry Fashion


 Time for the Furry Winter Tickle my Pickle Hunt!

You're searching for 30 pickles stuffed with prizes all over the FF parcels - FF Mall, Main Store, Lounge, Sandbox and Lilyvale! You might be lucky and find bonus ones on other parcels though!

When you find a pickle just touch it to claim the prize!

The Newser Office Decorations

 The Newser has covered many places in Second Life putting on a holiday look for Christmas. And now, it's time to take a look at ourselves. Our office in HV Community has gotten a Christmasy look as well.

Gemma Cleanslate and Dancerina Starlight have really decorated the place. 

Each floor has it's share of decorations. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Bixyl Shuftan

Friday, December 23, 2022

Brian's Christmas Amusement Park

Brian (BrianL61 Landar), noted for his work with the Arcadia Asylum Library, set up a Christmas-themed amusement park in the Sunweaver Estates. Located next to the main road and railway in Sunweaver Bay, it has both rides and some holiday-themed displays. Bixyl Shuftan took a look for himself, and had a few words with Brian.
Read the story in Places

Fundrasing Event Tonight at Club Cutass For Recoyote Mindes and Perri Prinz

This week, the Sunweaver community found out two of its residents are in trouble. Recoyote Mindes and Perri Prinz become a real-life couple when they moved in together. But a few days ago they got some very bad news. When Rec made the payment on their mortgage, he was told that the time of payment was being moved from slightly after the middle of the month to the first, and they had just a short amount of time to come up with the money: $860 USD.

We need your help!
 Reco and Perri are facing a financial emergency!
 Perri Prinz: REC came home from paying the rent saying they are not only raising the rent, but they are insisting he pay on the 1st some the month, when he knows he doesn't get paid till the middle of the month, and we have no savings to come up with an extra month's rent, which is what we need to beat this eviction trap. The rent is $860.

As you can see they need our help ASAP, if you can donate cash GREAT! If not we will be having an event this Friday to help them raise lindens more info on that coming soon!
Please help us perform a Christmas Miracle!

As plans started coming together on what to do, it was decided to hold a fundraiser event at Club Cutlass. Right now, the schedule is for five DJs to perform from 4 to 10 PM. The idea is for people to either donate Linden dollars or make direct donations through Paypal. 

If you can spare some money, by all means come by and give a little.

Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757).
Bixyl Shuftan 

The Big Chill: "Once In A Generation" Winter Storm Rolls Across Much of US, Canada

 Millions of Americans and Canadians face being stranded at home and without power as a powerful winter storm, described as "once in a generation" and "bomb cyclone" is making it's way through the countries. In some parts of the country, low temperatures are approaching -30F, -40F, and even in a few places approaching minus fifty degrees fahrenhiet. Storm warnings and severe weather alerts are being issued. Record low temperatures are being set and predicted to be set. Flights are getting cancelled. People in a number of states and provinces are being urged not to travel. It's being called the coldest Christmas in forty years.

For Second Life residents, this means the possibility of power outages, which may be for overnight or days, depending on where they are. For those whose power doesn't get knocked out, plans inworld may be inconvenienced as some of their friends will likely be in the dark and unable to log on. For some, it will be a cold, dark, Christmas.
Stay safe.
Bixyl Shuftan

This Saturday at The Science Circle

Saturday, December 24

    At 10 AM PST   

    A Tour of Chemistry World
    By Dr. Mike Shaw
   The Science Circle (46/4/22)
    At 9 PM PST   

    Science Circle in Opensim
    By Stephen Gasior PHD
   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, December 22, 2022

Cynthia Farshore's Santa Sleigh Ride


As the days to Christmas wind down, it's time for the Newser to take a look at what's been going on in the community where the main office makes it's home: The Sunweavers. Cynthia Farshore set up a Santa's sleigh ride that takes one around the many sims of the estates. There was a lot of ground to cover.

Read the story in Design.

"Have Yourself A Pixelated Christmas"

Have yourself a pixelated Christmas... 
may your screens be light... 
From now on our dramas will be out of sight... 
Have yourself a pixelated Christmas... 
Whether straight or gay... 
may your friends TP in from sims away....
Here we are as in olden days... 
shopping marketplace's stores... 
Faithful friends who are dear to us.... 
TP near to us, once more...  
Through the years we'll all log on together... 
if the net allows... 
Hang a star-shaped prim upon the highest bough.... 
and have yourself a merry SL Christmas... now. 
From Clarence DeLeon (binghamton Resident) in Relay for Life group chat

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Cartoon of the Day: Drinking Skunk

 Taken at Andrea's Pub in Caledon Oxbridge Village. Not sure how many ales the skunk had. But too many would get him, well, you know.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Filmed in SL Movie "Waarheid" Priemers At Film Threat


 Last week on Thursday December 15, the made in Second Life movie (or machinima) "Waarheid" premiered at the "Film Threat" theater. Scheduled to start at 10AM SL time, the 100 second countdown started at 10:30. There were over a hundred people in the sim. 

The movie is a dystopian sci-fi tale of which the script was written by Huckleberry Hax, who has also done over a dozen novels and numerous short stories in Second Life, the most noted being "AFK", and also plays the part of the antagonist, Belletristik. Caitlin Tobias is the actress behind the protagonist Erika Janssen/Waarheid. Other roles played include AvaJean Westland, Ylva (Soulfullife ), Boudicca Amat, Lydia Lindemann (Lydiadecremorne), Mich Michabo, and Strawberry Singh (Strawberry Linden). The movie is a sequel to Stomol, Huckleberry's first major SL film, which debuted in July 2020. 

The movie starts with Waarheid / Erika trying to track down the location of the man who nearly killed her, recalling what happened to her, losing her arm, and her recovery. But things do not quite go as she planned. She eventually wakes up in what apparently is a very sophisticated virtual reality simulation, placed there by someone who says she wants to help her accomplish her tracking down her attempted killer, but wants her to trust him, which she's reluctant to do. 
The movie ended with applause, and afterwards much of the cast and audience went to a club to celebrate at an afterparty, Huckleberry saying at one point, "We have this amazing venue tonight due to the generosity of Amelie (amilee34) and Ylva - please show your appreciation to the venue and DJ."
Yours truly doesn't want to give too much away about the movie, though with her in an ultra-realistic virtual reality simulator comes the question how does she truly know she's out of it (Total Recall anyone?) I was pleased with the ending. A lot of work was done on the movie and it was well-done.

A few days before on December 9, Strawberry would interview Huckleberry, Caitlin, and AvaJean in a Lab Gab episode. Huckleberry would say he didn't plan on doing a sequel to Stomol at first, but hearing what people thought eventually came up with the idea for Waarheid. It was filmed in a number of locations, some of which are no longer around. Huckleberry spoke that he has no plans for a sequel to this, though he won't say "never" either.

Caitlin would also write about the movie in her blog: .

To see the movie, head to Film Threat  (48/126/23). It should be there for a few more weeks. Exactly when the theater's next movie is scheduled to be up is unknown. 

Bixyl Shuftan

RFL Team Sunbeamer Tribute Horse


 Penny Shuftan of the Sunweaver community just loves horses. Getting an emerald-green one, she overheard someone comment that one of the Relay for Life's fundraising levels, the one for one million Linden dollars, is Emerald. Since this is the level that's the goal of the Sunny team, the Sunbeamers, she named one horse "One Million Dollars Sunbeamer" in tribute. 

Meanwhile, off-season fundraising has been going well for the Sunbeamers. Team captain Rita Mariner told those at a party at Club Cutlass the other day the team had collected almost enough to qualify for Platinum level fundraising for the upcoming season (provided the ranks remain the same). So it should be an interesting Relay season in 2023.

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan