Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reader Submitted: Skunkie Party



Over time, Club Cutlass, the main club of the Sunweaver community, has gone through a number of changes. From about 2009 to Feb 2012, the club was of a Meso-American "pyramid" design. Among the events held was this "skunk party."


Zorro Wuramunga took these two pictures of the event of which the only clue of the time was the background. Then as now, the club has the air of the sweet smell of friendship.

Press Release: Bennefit at Veterans Isle This Sunday


Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce the third 2017 benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life! 

Frets Nirvana, the premier guitar artist in the virtual world Second Life and the US Military Veterans Group announce the March 28, 2017 benefit in Second Life for the Veterans Support Organization for Home For Our Troops . 

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).  As of January 2017 they have built 229 homes for severly wounded Veterans and have another 85 projects underway.  Since its inception in 2004, over 90 cents of every dollar spent by Homes for Our Troop has gone to directly support Veterans. ”

Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle.  The concert on March 26, 2017 is scheduled from 4-9 PM PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Savannah Rain, Frets Nirvana, Dimivan Ludwig and Hogan Baily .

ABOUT HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS  - HFOT builds homes as a departure point for Veterans to rebuild their lives, and once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many Veterans have embarked on new careers, completed their college degrees, or started families. Empowered by the freedom a mortgage-free and specially adapted home brings, these Veterans can now focus on their recovery and return to their life’s work of serving others. Many have embraced their roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms around the country; others take to a national platform to promote awareness of veteran suicide, homelessness and PTSD. Their incredible stories are the driving force for the work for HFOT. To learn more about the Homes For Our Troops visit https://www.hfotusa.org

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Interview With Dusk Griswold


Dusk Gridwold is one of the key members of the Sunweaver community. As one of the founding members, she has been with them since day one. Before she was in Second Life, she helped get a furry convention, Midwest Furfest, started, and was known there, and a few others, for her puppetering, her most noted character being Vixie the Fox. While she no longer sees a place for herself at furry cons, she remains active inworld, having DJed in the past for the Relay for Life's Passionate Redheads team, as well as being the team leader for a time, and is still helping out with the Relay.

Read the interview in People.

Sunweaver Bay Easter Egg Hunt


Shockwave Yareach is known for building a a number of things in the Sunweaver Estates, including the "Alien Egg Hunt" that's been up a few times at Easter. But this year, "I needed something new and different." So this year, an Easter Egg hunt in the Sunweaver Bay sim, "14 eggs hidden in all the common areas of the entire sim.  Find them all and get a unique relaxation prize. ...  I modded one of my own private relaxation devices into a special prize you cannot get any other way but to find all the eggs."

To play the game, head to The Drunken Parrot pub at  Sunweaver Bay (125, 90. 22). Between the kiosk and a sample Easter basket, there's a chocolate bunny. Touch the bunny for both the instructions and the basket. Wear/add the basket to do the hunt. Touch an egg, and a copy will appear in both your basket and your inventory. There are a total of 14 eggs.

So how hard are the eggs to find? Shockwave answered, "A couple are easy.  Some are devilish (deviled eggs). But nothing is in private areas.  Public area of the sim, but that's a LOT of hiding spaces. You don't have to fly or scubadive."

You'll also find a vendor for a clean brass Edison bulb table lamp where you get the basket. It costs 100 Lindens, the money going to Team Sunbeamers.

So far, after a quick look around the sim, I found one egg. And it's at ... well, you shouldn't have too hard a time finding it. Any 'ol pigeon should be able to see it. Shockwave didn't say how long his hunt would be up, but it should be around at least until Easter, which this year is April 17.

"Brought to you by Shockwave Yareach, Cynthia Farshore, and the Sunbeamers."

Happy egg hunting.

Sunweaver Bay (125, 90. 22)

*Addition* The number of eggs, 14, wasn't originally given. It's since been corrected.

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


It's another week of events at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: "Best in L," Black and Blue, 60s and 70s

Happy Vixen: Circus, Blue and White, Martial Arts/Fighters, Silly/Crazy, CAYA

Xanadu: TBA, TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Rock, Chuck Barry Tribute, Mix and Match, Elements, Light vs Dark, Feathers, Circus, Space, Nature

Read the Schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 10:30AM

"Spoonful of Sugar" Festival



March 18 was the start of an event called "The 2017 Spoonful of Sugar," a fashion, home and garden, and breedable festival in Second Life. Over the weekend, there were a number of live performances, such as the singer Maximillion Kleene. The next events are on Friday March 24, with Trader Whiplash of T-1 Radiointerviewing people from "Doctors Without Borders," and will go on to Sunday March 26 when there's another break. The final events will be on Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1.

"Spoonful of Sugar" takes place over five sims. Besides live events in the central sim of the same name as the event, there are numerous shops in the four surrounding sims of which goods sold raise funds for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.

"Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality."

For more information, check the "Spoonful of Sugar" website at : http://www.thesosfestival.com/index.html .

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Spoonful%20Of%20Sugar/180/26/27

Ivory Tower Honors Michael Linden



Avi Arrow alerted the Newser of what was going on over the Natomi sim where the Ivory Tower of Prims is. Over the map was a picture honoring Michael Linden, whom had recently left Linden Lab. "I've been doing a series of Sky Art," Avi explained, "I'll continue ... for Michael for a few more weeks."

Monday, March 20, 2017

What It's Like To Acquire A Sim


The Newser has written about hundreds of locations in Second Life. But the process of getting one, this is something we have yet had to write about, until now. MajikVixen recently opened her new sim, Zamargad. In this article, she chronicles the steps she took from the decision to get one, to the steps of the process, to the party to celebrate it's completion.

Read Majik's article in Extra.

A Busy Weekend




Quite a bit happened this weekend. If one counts Friday, there was the Linden Snowball Fight and the Team Sunbeamers party. But there was the Giant Snail Cross-Sim Race (see below), The VWBPE (Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education) Press Day (picture above), the event itself starting on March 29, the Relay Rockers "Skunk Aid" party, and more.

We've gone into detail about the Sunbeamer party. More on one or more of the others later.

Bay City's Secret Event Revealed: Everfest March 30 - April 1



Recently, E.F. Committee (EFcommittee Resident) of Bay City finally revealed the reason for the secret messages he or she has been sending since just after Mole Day, here, here, and here. The community would be holding a festival to honor a late noted resident; Ever Dreamscape.

"We aimed for mysterious and 'Ever-like,'" E.F. Committee explained to me, "We realized that there were 3 days between the 'Dreamscape 500' on Thursday and Ever's night on Saturday, so decided to make it a festival this year. Three days we think she'd have totally loved. The Bowlathon is for Ever's favorite charity, Child's Play."

For those who don't know, Ever was a noted part of the Bay City community, who helped organize events. But she was also known for her quirky sense of humor. She would set up many kinds of calamities, but was particularly known for setting fires. In early May 2014, she passed away. Shortly afterwards Bay City honored her in an unusual way by setting much of the city aflame.

Of the earlier teaser messages, "We wanted to build 'mystery' but also get people thinking 'WTF?' We'll type up what each image had to do with Ever, including the links."

The event will include, "random sharks, fires, aliens and Godzillas. We did, with love, when Ever was ever around." Of fires, "that's post party on Ever's Night. Dennis will burn, and we hope most of BC will as well with us. ... We are striving for a very.... ForEver event. She was very unique, it's taking a lot of us to try and even come near" her level."

E.F. Committee concluded, "More details are coming, and everyone is invited. We'll send out LM's in the notecard explaining the posters."

And so, Bay City gets ready to honor one of it's more unique residents in a very unique fashion.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: March 18 Giant Snail Cross-Sim Race





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A recording of the Giant Snail Cross-Sim Race that took place on Saturday March 18. 17 racers took part, and the race was unusually tight for a cross-sim race of this length with five crossing the finish line within a couple seconds. They are, in order:

1: Josu Tenk
2: Gunwald Constantine
3: Alden Cortez
4: Imzadi Amaterasu
5: Lorraina McDonnell

Organized by RacerX Gullwing, the race raised a good amount of money for the Relay for Life.

Flonne Ninetails Has Died


Ranchan Weidman, the owner of HV Community where the SL Newser office resides, announced that a friend of hers, Flonne Ninetails, had passed away.

For those that have known Flonne Ninetails, either in passing chats or on more deeper levels; from being friends or family with Flonne, both in Real life and Secondlife, it saddens me to pass along the news that early this march, for those that didn't know yet,  Flonne passed away.  Our hearts and wishes go out to you.  The strength and personality shared by Flonne, even under the medical issues being battled, will forever resonate in our hearts.  May you Rest in Peace, Sis. 

Flonne's profile listed her age as 29. Besides Tiny Empires, she was involved in a few sci-fi roleplay groups.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: Canned Linden



Taken at the Linden snowball fight/Snowball showdown. Among the Lindens there was a relatively new one, Mazidox Linden, who went around in a spray can avatar. Actually, how he left his old job is unknown, but when you go about in a can avatar, one "can" expect some kind of ribbing. What "Pesticide Sprayer" means, I can only guess at.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcemnt: Skunk Aid '17 - The Return of Stinky



He's The Nightmare on Relay Street

Stinky Is Back!

When you get a lemon you make Lemon Ade
When you get Skunked you hold Skunk Aid!

Sunday Mar 19 - 5-7pm slt

Join the Rockers for a L$1000 Best In Black n White Party And help us hand Stinky his Passport and send him on his way

Great 60s Classic Rock Mix w/ Trader

On The Pier @ Arinultra Cay

RIGHT AFTER RELAY RAP

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Team Sunbeamers Reach "Rising Star"


Friday March 17 at 6PM SL time was Team Sunbeamer's first event, the "St. Patty's/Capt'n's Birthday" party. The happening took place at Club Cutlass. Besides the usual crowd in the Sunweaver's airship club, there were a number of notable Relayers showing up such as Trader Whiplash, whom was sporting a shaved head from his "Bid Me Bald" event this week, Arizona Balinger, Bain Finch, Panza Elde, Madonna Daehlie, Oldesoul Eldemar, Gem Sunkiller, and others.

As this was partially a St. Patrick's event, just about everyone except the "Pink Wonder" Marusame Ari showed up either wearing a little green or were all green. The latter included birthday girl Rita Mariner, the team captain of the Sunbeamers, whom in real life was feeling "older than dirt," but still able to dance and misbehave.

Despite having to make some donations just before the Relay season to one of the community members in need, the Sunbeamers had reached about 10,000 Lindens in donations thanks in part to two Bid Me events by Rita Mariner and Ranchan Weidman. But thanks to donations from the Sunbeamers' Relay friends, the total shot past 25,000, the level to reach the "Rising Star" rank and past 30,000. As of the writing of this article, the team has so far raised a total of 35,000 Linden dollars.

Beamers!  We made Rising Star Level, after our first event, FRI, at Cutlass.  We went from 10K to over 35K in our kiosks, BID MEs kiosks and Vendor.  I am delighted and so proud of all of you that showed up and helped out.  Plus a good time was had by all, with a wide variety of drinking, celtic, etc music provided by DJ CRIM.  Hope we can keep this up and make Bronze next time.

The "Rising Star" rank is a recent one in the Relay for Life in Second Life, having been created as the levels to reach Bronze, Silver, and Gold have been raised over time as a result of the teams' continual successes in fundraising,  and an intermediate rank was needed so smaller and local teams wouldn't feel discouraged. Ranks beyond Gold, such as Platinum, Jade, Diamond, and Purple have also been established.

With this first event, the Sunbeamers have launched themselves into the Relay. Some other top teams, such as Goreans for Life, Team Strange Journey, and the Second Life Cheerleading Squad are also in the Rising Star rank. Already there is one Jade ranked team: Unmasking a Cure. Several teams that hit Gold and Platinum rank last year have yet to reach Rising Star, but will probably do so very soon.

"Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!"

*Addition* Ishtarkiss (IshtarAngel Micheline) would later post some pictures of the event on her Flickr page.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Bella"




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From Art Furry Studios on Feb 2016

Friday, March 17, 2017

CENT Discussion at Ethnographia Island


There was recently a discussion at Ethnographia Island
 about the Capable Entrepreneurs Nurturing Talent, or CENT, an organization for the disabled to share or promote ideas. Krijon, aka "Shyla the Super Gecko," hosted the discussion. Since a number of disabled use Second Life to do things, the entrepreneurs among them can use the virtual world as the place to run a business. Deaflegacy was there to report on the event.

Read Deaflegacy's article in Events.

Corrected 6PM SL time, earlier wrong location was given.

Linden Snowball Fight Today


There's no argument that the Lindens do a lot of good, but don't you get the urge sometimes to just throw something at them? Maybe scoop up some snow and pelt them with a few snowballs? Well, today's your chance. From 9AM SL time to 10AM, and again from 1PM SL time to 2PM, Linden Lab will be having one of their snowball fights, or "Snowball Showdown" as they've been calling them lately, with the residents at the Winter Wonderland arena, accessible through Portal Park


Spring Equinox is coming - even if the East Coast of the USA didn’t get the memo - and we can’t properly bid adieu to the chill of the Winter winds without another epic Snowball Fight! 

That means it’s time for one last Snowdown Showdown - before the snow melts! Join us this Friday, March 17th from 9:00 to 10:00 AM SLT and 1:00 to 2:00 PM SLT - to enjoy the thrill of the chill and the fun of pummelling one another with tons of virtual snowballs! 

Lindens and Residents run amok through the icy castle towers and tunnels, the sky pours snowballs, and the good times roll! 

Mark the time and date in your calendars and don’t miss this last chance to enjoy the Snowball Fight Arena before the Winter Wonderland regions come down
The Linden Snowball Fight/Snowball Showdown, has happened about twice a year since December 2015, and no doubt allows for a little fun and/or release of friendly aggression. The teleport to the Winter Wonderland is at the Portal Park area.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal Park 1/175/118/52/

For pictures of December's snowball fight, Click Here

Happy St. Patrick's Day



Today is Saint Patrick's Day, a holiday not only celebrated in Ireland, but also the United States, Canada, and a number of other countries where numbers of Irish settled. Even countries where Irish came only to visit, such as Russia and Japan, have Saint Patrick's Day parades.

Second Life has a number of Saint Patrick's Day parties today, notably the one at Club Cutlass tonight at Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757) at 6PM SL time. But one location that will be having them all day starting at 8AM SL time is the Blarney Stone Pub in Dublin (82/82/25). The place has been around on the Grid for over ten years, and the sim gets hundreds of visitors this time of year.


Another location to visit is Castle Blarney at Wilde (159/109/33). For more information, check the article written about it in 2012. Or just head there and look around, and perhaps kiss the stone for yourself.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Time Traveller's Ball


The Time Traveller’s Ball is the extravaganza that kicks off Team Aether Chrononauts Tiny Steps’ season . All are welcome. All attire welcome Come enjoy your travel through time with DJ Otenth Paderborn, in a venue built by Cassie Eldemar and decor by Wildstar Beaumont. This is an great and fun  tradition of the steamlands.

Sat. March 18th from 1-3pm SLT 

 Rosehaven Reverie (101,95,1225)