Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


It's a week of events at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge. Thia includes the "Twisted Christmas" special at the Happy Vixen.

Club Cutlass: Best in 'G,' TBA, TBA

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

The Happy Vixen: Pets, Wings, Weird Science, Steampunk, Red and Green, Twisted Christmas, CAYA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Lupines/Rabbits, Rave, Monsters, Disney, Wasteland, Anti-Christmas, Sealife, 80s

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Announcement: Letter to Santa Contest at Trotsdale


The Library is running a writing competition again finally. This time you can thank Milo as the idea to write letters to Santa was his, and he has generously donated a sizable prize to start the prize pool. Details and instructions are in the attached card. It is open to everyone so feel free to pass a copy to your friends.

Uh oh! Christmas is coming, that goose is looking pretty tasty, there are lights and things going up, undercover elves spying on us all a lot more noticably and not even in stealth mode anymore. It must be time to write that letter to Santa!

RULES

1) There is ONE prize. Send in the best letter and you take home the prize.
2) The rating is G. G-rated content only.
3) Notecards must have both your SL LEGACY NAME and your CHOSEN PEN NAME. Display names change too often, legacy names stay.
4) All submissions must be set on full perm notecards and placed in the scroll case drop box on the library table.
5) Copies of this rule card can be picked up from the inkwell in the library table if needed.
6) These entries will be archived on the library forum. They will also be read in a video placed on Youtube for the library's audio archiving. This is why if you don't want your SL Legacy name out there it is important to have a pen name chosen.

JUDGES
Amehana Ishtari and Milo (decitrex) are the judges. If a tiebreaker is needed they will enlist a third judge that is not competing.

PRIZE
The contest prize pool currently is 1,038$L started off with the first donation being ponied up by Milo (decitrex). It may increase depending on any donations received (please send those to Hanaarashi Resident, who is the contest bank account/alt of Amehana Ishtari) or through the pile of books on the library table.

Trotsdale Library:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Trotsdale/22/156/25

Monday, December 11, 2017

Survivors of Suicide


We all feel down at times. But some of us have real problems falling into and staying in dark moods. Depression can be crippling, and can lead to a final end: suicide. Suicide is a major form of death, with tens of thousands in America and almost a million worldwide taking their own lives despite it being against practically every major religion and philosophy. Fortunately, there are numerous organizations and groups devoted to helping those at risk. In Second Life, one such group is the "Survivors of Suicide." It has moved on to help anyone or friends of someone with depression, but it was created for those who either attempted suicide, those at risk of it, or friends and family of them. The Newser recently sat down with the current head of the group, Sebastien Bouevier, and he talked about Survivors of Suicide and what it does.

Read the story in People.

A Gacha Garden for Littles


Gachas can be a lot of fun. And by all means it's not just full-sized avatars that enjoy them. Those who prefer child avatars like them just as much, unless they have a lot of items they can't use such as clothes too big to fit them. Fortunately for them, there's the Little Diva Gacha Garden. This is a gacha designed with child avies in mind, and have some items the grown-ups can use as well. Alura Denver took a look to see what was available.

Read Alura's story in Design.

Who Will Be The Newser's Man (or Woman) of The Year



In real life news, Time Magazine just announced their Man of the Year, or rather "Persons of the Year," known as "The Silence Breakers." This is an annual tradition of theirs going back since they first gave the title to Charles Lindbergh in 1927, the man, woman, or sometimes group of people or object, whom they feel had the most impact in the news in the past year for good or ill. While often seen as a badge of honor, the title has on occasion gone to some villainous figures such as Joseph Stalin and Ayatollah Khomeini. And once in a while it goes to an object, such as the computer.

But what about Second Life? Who here has had the most significant impact in the news about the virtual world?

There's been no shortage of news in the past year from the release of Sansar, to noted residents to departed the Grid, to charity groups such as the Relay for Life, to the plans by the FCC to repeal Net Neutrality which could be potentially very bad for Second Life, and more.

This will be the fourth time the Newser has given the title. In 2014, the new CEO of Linden Lab Ebbe Linden was the Man of the Year. In 2015, the residents of Steelhead were the Community of the Year. And in 2016, the title was given to the Relay for Life in Second Life.

So who do you the readers think made the most difference in the news in Second Life this year? Please leave us your opinions below.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: "Third Life"



From Spring 2007. Somehow I found this computer and desk, with a familiar-looking picture on the screen.

By Bisyl Shuftan

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Announcement: The Candlelight Procession


7PM Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th
at Magicland Park, Main Street

Magicland pays tribute to the classic celebration that began in Disneyland over 55 years ago: a combination of carols, music, and the story of the Christian Nativity. Caledonia Skytower narrates along with performers from the Magicland Cast. 

Narration In Voice, Music in Stream

Magicland Park
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bracket/254125/27

SL Video: "Light Show"




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From W.L.F. on Oct 7

Friday, December 8, 2017

Monticito Bay


BekNos (Becky Nosferatu) and Moff (MoffettMephit Resident) invited me to a new sim they and others have been working on: Monticito Bay. Built to resemble a coastal resort city of the American South in the mid-20th Century, there was quite a bit there, from store areas, to rentals, to venues, room for special events, and much scenery, a couple with small stories as to how they got started.

Read the story in Places.

EA's Star Wars Battlefront II's "Lootboxes" Stir Controversy, Calls For Government Regulation


It used to be if we paid money to play a game, whether all at once for a console game or monthly for an MMO, that was it. If a game was free to play, that the makers would offer a few items to make gameplay easier for a few bucks was accepted. So what happens when a game noted for it's multiplayer mode with player versus player combat, which you have to pay sixty to eighty dollars to play to begin with, starts offering people the chance to buy the loot boxes needed to advance? A lot of controversy, comparisons to online gambling, and talk of the government getting involved.

Read more in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.

Sunweaver Eclipse Freezes Over



Winter has come to the Sunweaver Estates. Shockwave Yareach, a noted builder with accomplishments such as various Relay Weekend campsites, who owns Sunweaver Eclipse informed the Newser the place had recently taken on a look of ice and snow, suggesting it was not exactly deliberate, "My freeze ray has rendered my hot tropical island a winter wonderland. Had a we bit o trouble with the liquid nitrogen. Sadly the ray was supposed to defrost hot dogs.  But oh well."

Dropping by, the sea around the island was indeed iced over.  One could walk around the place without falling through to the sea floor. Perfect for skating, if one had some skates. The ice extended to the SunWater Three sim, so one could walk or skate between the two islands, or north of the larger one. The middle of the Eclipse island also had some snow, and some winterized and Christmas trees, as well as some decorations.

But this wasn't all. Later Shockwave messaged me of a new development out of a "Calvin and Hobbes" comic plot, "Oh no!!  Roving snowgoons have invaded my sim!!" It turned out he wanted to see what would happen if he put a little code in some snowmen. But the results, not unlike with Calvin, didn't exactly go to plan as he now had a mess of scary snowmen crawling around, "Now they roam my sim."

So to get a look at the Sunweaver Estate's wintry corner, snowgoons and all, head to the Sunweaver Eclipse sim.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Our Digital Selves Official Teaser #2" [Drax Files Special coming 2018]




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From Draxtor Despress on Dec 01 (the first video is here).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Oahu Sim, Home of USS Arizona Memorial, "Under Construction"



Going to the USS Arizona Memorial at the Oahu sim turned out to be a no-go yesterday as the sim was closed to the public. The reason, it was "Under Construction." Having an alt join the group, the place should be reopened on December 9 to a "Grand Opening" party.


As it turns out, Oahu has a couple neighbors now, and the memorial can be seen from the
Pacific West sim by turning the draw distance way up, panning around, and waiting for the image to clear up. But stepping onto the Oahu sim will result in a warning to get off or be teleported away.

Beginning on December 9 presumably, the memorial can be found at Oahu (176/22/23). The reproduction of the real-life memorial to those who lost their lives on the USS Arizona on the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Empire. About half of the over 2300 killed in the attack perished on the ship. The memorial was online for several years, including for a Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary memorial event in 2011. The sim would be down for several months last year until it was reopened in January this year.

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: HFOT Donations November 2017


Supporters of our efforts in Second Life for Homes For Our Troops really got in the spirit of giving for November 2017.  We were able to collect a little over $1350 for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life during the month of November.  This act of kindness was only possible because of some special people in Second Life.

Thank you DonGuapo, JadeCorazon and Victoreeria (Club Vet), Curvslater (Shadow Shore) , Russell65 (The Generation), Cayleen Linette (Cay's at Woodland Lake) and BellaRose Restless (Marble Hills and StormWind).

Also thank you to Pamela Alectoris of Pamela Live for dedicating a complete show to help our wounded veterans.

Other regular contributors also made extra efforts in the month of November.  Thank you:

Sunnyskies McMahon (Bama Country)
possum1 Elan (Pismo Beach)
Earl Topaz (Young)
COOLSIX (Luquillo Beach)
dirkdanger11
tbranno (Sweetest Thing)
XxCH3LLZxX (Shadow Shore)
Littlebit31okla(Saddles Canyon Country)


Our monthly benefit at Veteran's Isle could not have gone on without the help of Gjackie Winkler and Waya Snowpaw.  And of course Dahlea Milena!!

Then  the performers and their management who donated their valuable time deserve a big round of applause.  Thank you:

Waya Snowpaw
Savannah Rain
Shannon Oherlihy
Savannah Coronet
Chillee Hernandoz
All the folks at Whispering Sands Promotions

Keep it up Second Life, our wounded veterans deserve it! 


Frets Nirvana

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Picture taken by Geerkil Ziskey. 

Caption by Bixyl Shuftan

The Peace On Earth Hunt


Shaza Denver is back with a shopping hunt that is taking place for the tenth year in a row: the POE or Peace on Earth hunt. With almost three hundred items to find, you're sure to find plenty of things you'll like. Here, Shaza describes the event and shows a few examples of what you can find.

Read the story in Fashion.

A Look at The Christmas Expo


Gemma Cleanslate has been at the Relay for Life's Christmas spinnoff event: The Christmas Expo. Taking place until Sunday December 10, this event covers four sims of shopping, including breedable pets, contests, live performances, and more. Gemma describes here what awaits those dropping by to see what's going on in this charity event in which all the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society.

Read Gemma's article in Events.

Trans Siberian Orchestra Tribute at Christmas Expo



 On Saturday December 2, There was a Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute band performance at the Relay for Life's Christmas Expo. The real life band is known for two things: their modern twist to some classic Christmas songs, and the light show performed at their concerts. And it was the same thing with the tribute band on the Grid.

Get Here Early for The Amazing TransSiberian Orchestra @ SL Christmas Expo!  **  You've heard their music on the radio in RL... You may of seen them live... The band comprised of heavy metal giants from groups such as Megadeath, Savatage, Journey.. have put together a Christmas show that is second to none, and Mavendorf Entertainment is performing the famous Ghosts of Christmas Eve Show to Benefit the Relay For Life of Second Life!


There were a number of performers, including child avatars for the choir music. Many tens of thousands of Lindens were raised, some people at times offering to match the amount donated in the next two to five minutes.

"The most magical thing about this night, we will now reiterate, is no matter where you are in life, it never is.. too late."

We thank you so much for being a part of such an amazing group!! Relay for Life and the Christmas Expo are beyond!!! YOU make tha difference by being here.. shopping (shop folks shop!!) building a snowman, buying a raffle and donating to a kiosk.. all our musicians donate their time !!

Don't forget to stop by the 2017 Christmas Expo this week.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "VCE3i Introductory and Educational Video"




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From November 28. Pooky Amsterdam's Pookymedia helped make this video for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Virtual Campus, "Virtual and immersive environments work exceedingly well and very affordably for those learning foreign languages. We recently had the opportunity to work on this advertisement with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Virtual Campus to showcase how their exciting platform within Second Life is teaching students around the globe."