Friday, December 9, 2016

Adressing Concerns About Lindo Virtual Flowers

In July, MajikVixen reported on the Lindo virtual flowers game designed by Sofistik. Recently a reader brought up some concerns about possible problems. Majik went to Sofistik to bring up the mentioned issues, and the game's maker responded.

Read Majik's story in Design.

Bay City's Tree Lighting Party

Last Saturday, Bay City, Second Life's largest urban area, had their annual Christmas-themed party, the "Tree Lighting." There was music dancing, a Linden among the crowd, a "silent auction" to help raise funds for a children's charity, and of course the Christmas tree.

Read the story in Events.

Christmas Treats From Our SL Designers

Christmas means presents, so Mylie Foxclaw decided to look for a few fashion items offered by designers for free either as part of a store hunt, or simply as gifts for their shoppers. She found a variety that made for some interesting styles, from the casual to the elegant.

Read Mylie's article in Fashion.

The New Feral Furry Theater

For quite some time, the "Feral Furry" theater has been a feature at the Sunweaver Estates. But it's been a relatively simple design: a sky platform with a screen and a few seats. But Felina Firmi recently decided to give the place a makeover, so it looks more like a real theater, with posters decorating the exterior. You don't need to buy a ticket at the booth, though.

The place is more than just movies. In the lobby, there's a small arcade of video games. One has to have the right edition of flash installed to play them. Most are from the 1980s, such as Outrun and Q-Bert, though there's a "Bejeweled Blitz" machine with the noted handheld ap game and a "Fix-It-Felix" game that came about only after the "Wreck-It-Ralph" movie about video games did well in the theaters. So it's a bit poetic that Felina put that last game here. This marks the first gaming arcade at the Sunweaver community since the closing of Club Fur.

There's a small projection room with the camera, though most will want to see the movie from the seats. Rather than the packed rows of traditional theaters, the arrangement is more relaxed, with seating around tables mixed in with single-person seats.

Felina is proud of her work, and is looking forward to movie night on Sunday when a number of her neighbors will gather to see the weekly pair of films. One of the two films will be the annual showing of "The Star Wars Holiday Special."

Bixyl Shuftan

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The 2016 Winter Showcase and Winter Art Show

Today, the 2016 Winter Showcase and Winter Art Show begins. Taking place in Meadow gardens, the event will raise funds for Team Diabetes of Second Life. Gemma Cleanslate got an early peek at the exhibits from many artists, and there are also shops if anyone wants to get a friend something for Christmas.

Read Gemma's story in Events.

Linden Lab Announces Option For Private Sim Owners To Expand Prim Capacity

It was a little more than a week ago when Linden Lab increased the prim allowance of private sims from 15,000 to 20,000. For those who want still more, yesterday on Wednesday December 7, Linden Lab began offering the option to further expand it to 30,000, a 50% increase. But there will be a price. The sim owner will need to pay a $30 USD fee, plus a $30 USD fee every month.

Starting today, Full Private Region owners now have the option to upgrade to an even more impressive 30,000 prims! That’s an additional 50% more room for creating, decorating, designing your own store -  whatever you can dream up!

Upgrading to 30,000 prims costs $30 USD per Region and will incur an additional monthly maintenance fee*. For additional information about Private Region management and this Land Impact upgrade program, please visit our Knowledge Base.

To request an upgrade, please submit a case through the support portal on the Second Life website under the case type Land & Region > Land Impact Change Request.

In the case of residential sims where the owners rent out parcels, most will likely request the increase in further capacity only if the renters are willing to pay for more. In the case of the Purrfection Estates, Nydia Tungsten is currently asking the renters how they feel about ding so. No doubt there are similar discussions going on between renters and estate owners across Second Life.

Press Release: Team Diabetes 2016 Winter Showcase and Art Show



Team Diabetes of Second Life is proud to present for the second year in a row, the 2016 Winter Showcase and Art Show! This event will take place from December 8 to December 18 and will include ten days of live djs, performers, tribute concerts, 2D & 3D art; contests, two hunts, photos with Santa, ice skating, ice fishing, fundraising and more!

The 2016 Winter Showcase is sponsored by Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery, Ghee, and Potomac Signature Homes and will feature the following brands:  *DBS* Designs By Soosy, alme., Balderdash, Becksley Shoes, Black Rose Designs, BYRNE, ChiC buildings, Chiffon, Chop Zuey, EED Home&Garden, Emerald Couture, Feyline Fashions, Gee, Ghee, Get Jiggy!, Giulia Design, IC From Within, IT! (Indulge Temptation!), Kitty's Claws, Le Fashion Wh*re, Lillou Merlin Design, Mahlberg Tailors,​Mara's Mysteries, Miss Darcy, Mousies Family Store, Park Place Casuals, Park Place Home, Pink Ice Boutique, Potomac Signature Homes, ​Romance Couture, Sophisticate, Sonatta Morales, Spyralle, Steelhead Outfitters, Stone's Works, Sweet E's Designs, TASHI, Tayren's Fantasy Fashions (TFF), The Gold Club, TRS Designs, Vengeful Threads, Whimsical Happenings, Winterwood, & Wood Works.

The art show is sponsored and produced by Kultivate Magazine and will feature the following artists and photographers:  Aradia Aridian, ArtemisGreece Resident, Bamboo Barnes, Bryn Oh, Brynedarkley Cazalet, CalystiaMoonshadow, Catalina Staheli, Cica Ghost, Cubito Smit, Eleseren Brianna, Eucalyptus Carroll, Giselleseeker, Hana Hoobinoo, ilyra chardin, iSkye Silverweb, Jamee Sandalwood, Johannes1977 Resident, JolieElle Parfort, JudiLynn India, Kaijah Chrome, Kayly Iali, KodyMeyers Resident, Layachi Ihen, Lucia Tophat, Lulyboop Resident, Miele Tarantal, missabstract Resident, Myra Wildmist, Pam Astonia, Paradox Messmer, Ramsa Luv, Rosy Highwater, Roxanne Fayanucci,Sabine Mortenwold, Sandi Benelli, Sheba Blitz, Silas Merlin, Slatan Dryke, Sparkie Cyberstar, Tisephone, TriplePlayNitely, Veruca Tammas, Warm Clarity, Wintergeist Resident, and WrenNoir Cerisse.

Models Giving Back, which is ran by Jamee Sandalwood, will produce a special winter themed fashion show, where participating merchants will show off their winter fashions and creations. Entertainment will be provided by DJ’s Gabrielle Riel, Mia Deluca, Sandie Loxingly, Veruca Tammas, Paradox Messmer, and Johannes1977 Resident; live performers SarahMarie Philly and Ceci Dover, Bad Amp Tribute Bands, Whymsee, Elysium Cabaret, DRUM, and a special TSB Orchestra performance!

About Team Diabetes of Second life

Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorised fund-raiser for the American Diabetes Association in Second Life. Established with the aim of raising funds in support of diabetes treatment and to raise awareness of the disease in SL, Team Diabetes of Second Life was founded by Jessi2009 Warrhol and John Brianna (Johannes1977 Resident), and is served by an advisory board comprising Eleseren Brianna, Veruca Tammas, Sandie Loxingly, Rob Fenwitch, Earth Nirvana and Dawnbeam Dreamscape, with Saiyge Lotus serving as a special advisor.

About The American Diabetes Association:
The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes by funding research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association delivers services to hundreds of communities and provides objective and credible information and resources about diabetes.

Free resources are available in English and Spanish at and 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2382).

For More Information: (The official American Diabetes Association page for Team Diabetes of Second Life) (Website to find diabetes information in your home country)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Happy Vixen. Why ShadowRene and K'ra would just collapse on the deck, one can think of a few possible explanations. For those who don't get the joke: Click Here.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: "Cheap Thrills" by La Performance

Alysabelle, whom has sent us some well-done reader submissions in the past is back with another. In her most recent article, she writes about the stage play "Cheap Thrills" by La Performance. But the play was anything but "cheap," aside from that they asked for no money from the audience. The performers spent weeks in rehearsals, and it showed. The play will continue to January.

Read Alysabelle's reader submission in Design.

Interview with Selador Cellardoor

Deaflegacy recently interviewed Selador Cellador, a classical music DJ. In real life, his past accomplishments include being a published author and being a real life musician. But real life health issues mean the latter has become too difficult. Playing at the Classical Circle Ballroom, and other places, Selador has been gaining a number of fans.

Read Deaflegacy's article in People.

Remembering the Pearl Harbor Memorial

For several years, Second Life had a replica of the USS Arizona Memorial, which stands over the wreck of the USS Arizona, which exploded and sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, taking with it nearly 1200 lives, about half of those killed in the battle. Located in the Oahu sim, there would be a few events there on anniversaries at the virtual memorial, such as the one on the 70th anniversary of the attack. While the memorial was up last year, sometime between last December and Memorial Day 2016, the sim went offline, taking the memorial with it.

With two sims recently brought back from the virtual nether, how likely is it the memorial will be back? In my opinion, iffy as unlike the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Oahu wasn't a memorial sim, but a residential sim with a memorial. It is possible Linden Lab might contact the owner and find a place for the memorial without having to bring back a whole sim. But then again, Mont Saint Michael was looking like it was lost for good a few months ago.

Time will tell.

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

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

Club Cutlass: "Best in S," "Out in the Sun," "Night Colors."

Happy Vixen: "Red and White," "Moon Dance," "Navy Salute," "Winter," "Cats and Dogs"

Gathering Oak - TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Disco, Pop vs Punk, Mix and Match, 90s and 2000s, Elements, Horses, Red vs Green, Alice in Wonderland

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Reader Submitted: My Psychotic Little Friend

Kain Scalia, also known as Maus Merryjest, recently send the SL Newser a reader submission about a tale from his early days in Second Life ten years ago. It was one of those stories in which at the time he was terrified, but now he can look back at it and laugh. In his first experiment with scripting, he tried to make a virtual pet that would follow him, and anyone else, around. What could possibly go wrong, he felt. As it turned out, the answer was "plenty."

Read Kain's reader submission in Design.

SL Newser Office Four Years later

It was just a few days and four years ago when the Second Life Newser had gotten the office it uses today. For the previous year and a half, the Newser had used the blue and gray brick building provided by Ranchan Weidman, along with the land on it. But after a few people expressed a desire for change, Ranchan built and placed the glass office with the rounded front. We liked it right away.

Four years later, the building still stands. Some things around it have changed, such as the road and the rental office/lingerie shop across it. And there's been a few small decorations added, and "Chilly" the Firekitty office cat. But it's still our center of operations.

If you want to see the place for yourself, drop by at HV Community (140, 85, 25). And if you're around on Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday, drop by Club Cutlass to the southwest.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries

**TUESDAY, December 6th, at 7 pm --   Robert Beatty's SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF continues with  Caledonia Skytower

**WEDNESDAY, December 7th, at 7 pm --  Selections from Connie Willis' MIRACLES & OTHER CHRISTMAS STORIES with

Trolley Trollop
**THURSDAY, December 8th, at 7pm: JOULUTARINA, This is the story of how an orphan called Nikolas became Santa Claus by author Julie Lane, continues with Shandon Loring

BEGINNING DECEMBER 10th - THE DICKENS PROJECT opens with over 20 hours of live events of all kinds, spanning eight

days, to benefit Team Diabetes in Second Life. This year's Project is sponsored by Kultivate Magazine and will take place on Kultivate's headquarter region, Water Haven.  (122, 138, 26)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Reader Submitted: Sandi Glas: A Quiet Hero of SL

Jadyn Firehawk, whom made news in the recent past as the creator of Virtual Yosemite sim and was recently interviewed by Deaflegacy, recently sent the Newser an article of her own. She wanted to highlight Sandi Glas, the owner of Clairehaven Estates, whom four years ago helped out the Pixel to Pixel Foundation when they suddenly found themselves without a home. To Jadyn, the incident was a reminder that sometimes the people who help out the most are the quiet ones.

Read Jaydn's reader submission in People.

Serenity Woods and Club Planet Serenity

Grease Coakes recently got a new DJ gig at a place called Club Planet Serenity. The club has something of a sci-fi feel with it's bright colors and the dance floor split into hexagons that light up when you step on them. The sim has more than just the club, there's also a community called Serenity Woods.

Read Grease's story in SL Clubbin'.

Avi Choice Awards Results

Yesterday, the Avi Choice Awards, hosted by Trader Whiplash and Nuala Maracus, were held for the final time. There were many dozens of categories from the practical to the artistic that were given three categories: Fashion, the Arts, and SLife. Among the winners were ...

Favorite Sim to Explore - Madpea by Kiana Writer

Favorite Hunt Organizer - Madpea

Favorite Place to Take a Date - Calas Galadhon Park by Tymus Tenk and Truck Merideth

Favorite Second Life Group - Builders Brewery

Favorite Recorded Show - Drax Files by Draxtor Despress

Favorite Machinima Artist/Videographer - Bryn Oh

Favorite Artist - Bryn Oh

Favorite Art Gallery - Rose Theater by Kaya Angel

Favorite Dance Troupe - Guerilla Burlesque  by Chrybind Scribe

Favorite Pop Singer - Macamillion Kleene

Favorite Radio DJ - Trader Whiplash

There were some surprises. The "Favorite Annual Event" was the Hair Fair by Sasy Scarborough, which beat the RFL Fantasy Faire, and the better known Relay for Life season and the Second Life Birthday celebration. Another surprise was "Favorite Magazone, Newspaper, or Periodical," which was won by "Love to Decorate" which beat out the better known Second Life Enquirer, Prim Perfect, the Best of Second Life, and the Second Life Newser.

Congratulations to the winners.

Raglan's Mystery Map Artist Strikes Again For "Wootmas"

The mystery map artist of Raglan Shire has struck again. But this time there's nothing rib-poking about this latest stunt. Earlier this month, there was one, then a second, map pranking. But this third incident described by Linn Darkwatch on Facebook a few days ago was a simple "Merry Wootmas" message over the Raglan Galaxy sim. In a message to me, Linn called the artist the "Merry Prankster."

This stunt came at the same time Raglan's Winterfest event, or "Wootmas" as the Raglanders are calling it, was starting. "Wootmas Cheers all! The 10th Annual WinterFest on Raglan Shire is here & it’s a Wonderland of Snowy Crunchy fun for the season! The decorating of the tree! Sekret Santa™! The 12 Days of Wootmas™! Skating at the pond! Skiing! Sledding! Ice Ball crashing! Keep an eye out for The All New Ski Lift! A new way to get up & down the Mountain but a word of warning… Beware the Yeti!!" Also among their "winter stuff" was an"All New Tree Topper Contest and the Winter Hut Contest" and a "snowball throw."

No doubt the tinies of Raglan are determined to have a merry little Christmas, or "Wootmas."

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Happy Vixen. Valkyrie Ice McGill shows off an avatar based off the one she uses in Minecraft, "I accidentally sent it through virtual worlds," she joked.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Christmas Expo

The Christmas Expo is open! The regions look absolutely gorgeous dressed for winter. The shops are reminiscent of a village setting in some parts and in others the urban streets of a fashion city. This year there are roaming horse carriages so if you get tired you can take a relaxing tour all around the four sims.

The shops are filled with not only decor for your sim or home but wonderful outfits for this season and any other where you hang out for warmth. There will be events all week This is a event to raise money for the Relay For Life of the American Cancer Society. After shopping you can stop over to the attached region for the Society that is chuck full of information about the work being done all over the globe to end the threat of cancer once and for all.

Be sure to stop over to Santa’s site to have your picture taken with him. He will be in his char at the top of every hour with his elves hanging out and then you might find him anywhere on the regions roaming and taking requests for gifts. 

“Pick your spot in the snowman building area and start rolling that snow.  Simple, fancy, classic, wild… it is up to you what you do with your 30 prims.You have from Dec 1 – 5 to build your snowman, voting is held December 7 – 11  and winners are announced on Sunday, Dec 11, 2016, 1pm SLT  at a special party in the Snowman Building area featuring live singer Suzen Juel Resistance.There are 2 categories –  Judges Picks and the Popular Vote, which is determined by donations to the Relay For Life Kiosk beside your snowman. 100% proceeds goes to Relay For Life of Second Life.” There were a myriad of fun Santas last year , some not so traditional, so be as creative as you like!

Be sure to look for ‘Stocking stuffers’ that have gifts from the merchants. There are raffles, auctions, gotchas and so much more. The christmas Tree lot has some wonderful trees for your home. The Breedables Auction will be s silent auction which is a new approach this year.  Don‘t miss the Advent wreath by the Winter Cafe where the many parties will be taking place.

“Winter Writers Story Contest: Join us on a literary journey this Christmas Expo with the Winter Writing Contest. The contest will feature two branches- Poetry and Story-Telling. You are invited to write a small story or poem within a Winter theme that may relate to your experience with cancer. You may choose to write about a survivor, a journey of treatment, a memorial to a loved and lost one, or whatever your heart and fingers tell you to express.  “
There is a form to use with all the directions on the website .   This website has a list of all the performers and the venues to enjoy them. It is always fun everywhere on the regions so get over there soon. A big Thanks to the Sponsors of the Event ! Say hi if you see me around the sims. I am Santa’s Elf and Helper. This is a good place to start your tour  at the landmark giver !
Gemma Cleanslate 

Sunweaver Estates Get Private Estate Prim Increase

On Tuesday November 29, Linden Lab announced it was starting the increases of the prim capacities of private sims. On Friday December 2, Sunweaver chieftess Rita Mariner announced to the community that it's residents now had it.

Sunnies/Islanders:  I went around and upgraded every ones rent boxes to reflect the new level of prims you get based on the extra prims each sim got.  Each 512m lot gets 156 prims now, That is a nice boost and it's free! Those of you with large parcels got HUGE bumps in prims, ENJOY!  The ER will be open for Prim OD's 24 hours for the next several days.

That evening, Rita told me she had finished in the morning, thinking originally each lot would get 152 more prims, but instead they got 156, "It was hefty upgrade per lot."

There have been a few people asking why the private sims get less of an increase than the mainland ones did earlier this month, as well as it coming later. The general feeling of those I've talked to feel Linden Lab is trying to encourage people to move to the mainland. But most are simply happy with being able to do more with their land.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Dirty Dancing Musical"

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From Blue Rose in February 2016, "Namaste' Italian Club"