Friday, April 20, 2018

The Eternal Desires Club


Some clubs are difficult to distinguish from others, appear and disappear after only a few months. And some stand out and stand the test of time. Among the later is Eternal Desires. After ten years, the club has lasted through changing times, drama, even the deaths of some important staff. It's also succeeded in achieving what many clubs strive for but never quite get: a clearly diverse following of different types of avatars. The Newser recently interviewed it's owner, Blackened Merlin, and she had much to say about the club, and those who helped make it what it is.

Read the story in SL Clubbin'.

Fantasy Faire 2018 Begins



If there's an event in the Relay for Life in Second Life that's as loved as the Relay Weekend, it's  the Fantasy Faire. For ten days in fifteen sims, there's plenty to see, do, and experience. There will be clothes and avatars and more to buy with the money going to fund cancer research. There are events such as the "Jail and Bail", the Literary Festival, G.R.R. Martin Day, the Xanadu Roller Party, and others. There is the Fairelands Quest. And of course the well-done scenery to explore around in.

Dropping in with my alt on day one of the Faire yesterday, it was a bit glitchy at times, with my avatar occasionally turning invisible, crashing when trying to teleport, etc. "Welcome to the Relay Weekend," one guy put it, comparing it to the big event in which the sims are overwhelmed by the sheer number of avatars. But I did find some goodies, notably a freebie "The Minkie" Bento avatar that could be worn on the spot upon getting it when clicking on the vendor. There was also a "Cheer the Dragonfae" avatar for 199 Linens. And who is Cheer? He's your guide in the Fairelands Quest this year.

For those with less powerful computers, you may need to wait until late in the evening or early in the morning to enjoy the Faire better. But for Second Life enthusiasts, especially Relayers, this is an event you won't want to miss.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairelands%20Junction/89/134/128

Bixyl Shuftan


Sneak Peak: The Sunweaver SL15B Exhibit



The Sunweaver community will be taking part in the Second Life Birthday celebration. With Shockwave Yareach and Cynthia Farshore focusing on a build for the Relay for Life, the construction for the SLB exhibit was left to Becky "Sha" Shamen. A couple days ago, she showed us how much of the structure she had made.

The full size of the structure, as well as what it will be, the Newser isn't saying quite yet. But we can give a little clue about it with this picture. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks, and clues.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: "Mod Monday at the Avagora"



This month's Mod Monday at Montecito Bay will be on the 23rd, at 7pm, in the redesigned Avagora Mall! Featuring Caboodle/Bullseye, Visual Magick, Twilight Imaginarum and newcomer Steedful Things! Hope to see you there! LMs will be given when it's time to party.

Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle: “Updating Darwinian Evolution Part I"

“Updating Darwinian Evolution Part I: Insights from Genes and Genomes”
By Dr. Stephen L. Gasior
Sunday, April 22 at 8AM - 9AM PDT     

Darwin’s Theory of Evolution was a landmark event in science, providing an explanation for the origin of the diverse lifeforms on the Earth. Notably, it was largely a construct of deduction from observations. In the over 150 years of the existence of this theory, scientists have provided the nuts and bolts of how evolution works. Notable discoveries include DNA and how it encodes genes, how genes lead to characteristics, the ability to compare genomes, and experimentally measure population dynamics. What Darwin Never Knew (PBS 2009) covers some of the molecular examples of how evolution works. This presentation will summarize the key examples from the documentary. You are welcome to watch the documentary in advance and ask specific questions; however, the talk is designed for those unfamiliar with the documentary topics.

The first talk will be based on “What Darwin Never Knew”.
Watching before hand will be good but not necessary.

For more information: Click Here.  

The Science Circle (61/127/32

Thursday, April 19, 2018

RFL Team Sunbeamers Hits Platinum



When the Relay season started, the Sunbeamer team went of to a great beginning. Thanks to funds that had been collected all winter, the team started at Gold level fundraising rank. The money has continued to come in, and Wednesday night hit the 250,000 Linden mark, or $1000 USD. This puts the team in Platinum rank, with Jade as it's next goal.

SUNBEAMERS Are now Officially Platinum!

beamers:  we are now officially Platinum Level, so we can strap on our big person pants and shoot for Jade Level Now and have some fun along the way.



The Sumbeamers have never before reached Jade rank, but this very well may be the year the team achieves it.

Bixyl Shuftan

The Flying Pickle Club



There's a new club in Montecito Bay called "The Flying Pickle." This new venue has nothing to do with "Pickle Rick," or the 1993 movie "The Pickle." But rather, it was created to help celebrate the birthday of one of the staff, and has remained up after the celebration ended.


From it's exterior to the interior and of course it's name, there's nothing serious about the Flying Pickle. It's a fun, silly place that's become part of the Montecito Bay collection of clubs.

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Montecito%20Bay/20/49/3802

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Discussion at Virtual Ability This Saturday


Saturday April 21
Sojourner Auditorium, Virtual Ability island
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/54/170/23

6am SLT Divya Padmanabhan "Dancing Crazy? Unpacking the category of possession-form dissociative identity disorder"

7am SLT TBA

8:15am SLT Mohammed Al-Mosaiwi "People with depression use language differently"

9:30am SLT Philip Yanos "How do people diagnosed with mental illness become written off? How can they overcome it?"

10:45am SLT Meg Peters "Challenging the Conception that Social Media Causes Bad Mental Health"

Noon SLT performance by DRUM

1:15pm SLT Alita Nandi "Ethnic and racial harassment and mental health: Identifying sources of resilience"

2:30pm SLT Joe DeLuca "Forensic Psychiatric Experiences, Stigma, and Self-Concept"

3:45pm SLT Isabelle Martin "Visions of Infinity: Singularity, Proliferation, and Transcendence in Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms"

5pm SLT Carolyn Weisz "Stigmatized Identities, Psychological Distress, and Physical Health among Individuals Experiencing Homelessness"

SL and Sansar Video: "Our Digital Selves Official Teaser #4 (Drax Files Special coming 2018)"




(Click here if the video fails to play)

From Draxtor Despress on April 17, "Guided by principal investigators Tom Boellstorff and Donna ZImmerman Davis, the Ethnographia group is examining how avatar embodiment and place-making in virtual worlds like Second Life influences people with visible and invisible disabilities. More about this 3-year National Science Foundation funded study, conducted by University of California, Irvine and University of Oregon can be found at http://www.ourdigitalselves.com/ If you like to join this community in SL please meet up at Ethnographia Island here: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ethnographia/18/29/22

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Scenes From The Kultivate Spring Art Show


A week ago, the Kultivate Spring Art Show was taking place. For the third year in a row, the event sponsored by Kultivate Magazine showcased numerous works of art from a number of artists. Gemma Cleanslate was there, and took a number of pictures.

See the pictures in Design.

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at Eternal Desires. What really caused this guy to faint, I forget. But I could think of one possibility.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: My Banning From Faery Crossing, And Beyond


When people think of someone being banned from a sim, they usually think of a troublemaker. But what if the person had made numerous attempts to reconcile differences? In a reader submission sent to the Newser, MajikVixen (Bluevioletvixen Lorefield) describes her situation with the Faerie Crossing community, of which despite her efforts to smooth out differences she ended up banned from the area. Here, MajikVixen presents her side of the story. But the most important thing, she feels, is that there can be a life after banning for a resident of Second Life.

Read MajikVixen's story in Extra.

Fantasy Faire Opens Tomorrow



The Fantasy Faire, one of the big yearly events of the Relay for Life in Second Life is almost here. The event is noted for a number of things, notably the fantastic and picturesque builds across it's sims, which number fifteen this year. There are a number of items up for sale of which the proceeds go to charity. And if that's not enough, there are a number of events taking place there, such as the "Jail and Bail' fundraisers, roleplays, readings, and more. And of course there's the Fairelands Quest which if you complete you get a special prize. The event goes on for ten days to April 29.

For more information, check the website at https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/ .

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Events This Week at the Sunweaver, Montecito Bay, and Furry Fashion Clubs


It's a week full of events at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge

Club Cutlass: Best in 'D,' Sci-Fi Night, Spring Break

Club Zero Gravity: Rodents, Cartoons

Happy Vixen: Undies/Underwear, Computer/Digital. Foxes, Red and Black, Blue, Fantasy, Wolves, Anime, Asian, CAYA

Momtecito Bay: Memes, DJ's Favorites, Old School, Rock and Roll Night, Synthwave Night, After Dark at the Magnum Opus, Out of the Fridge

Furry Fashion Lounge: Fandoms, Pajamas, Nature vs Tech, Human Invasion, Horror, Turning Japanese, Food, Magic

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 12:20PM

Second Life Newser Reaches 700 Likes on Facebook


Second Life and Facebook are sometimes at odds. such as when the latter insists those who use both can't use their avatar names (though if they include some real-life information, the moderators may let a pseudonym slide). But it's so widespread and otherwise convenient, a lot of SL residents use it. They post pictures, vent about drama, and of course see what the SL Newser has to say about goings-on in the Grid. A few days ago, we received our 700th like on our Facebook page.

So keep on reading, and if you haven't given us a like before, go ahead and do so.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Ebbe Linden to Appear at "Town Hall" April 20


Ebbe Linden wants to speak to you and answer your questions. But you'll have to send them in advance. And it appears he'll be speaking to you from another inworld location.

In the official Second Life blog on Friday April 13, there was an announcement that the CEO of Linden Lab, Ebbe Altberg, or Ebbe Linden as his avatar on the Grid is named, would be speaking to an inworld audience at a "Town Hall Event" as an early part of the fifteenth anniversary celebrations of Second Life.


To kick things off, Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg will be holding two “Town Hall” chat sessions on April 20th at 9:30 a.m. (SLT/Pacific) and 1 p.m. (SLT/Pacific). Ebbe will be sharing his vision for Second Life in 2018 and beyond, as well as taking questions from the community. Got a question for Ebbe? Post it in the Community Forum thread “A Conversation with Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg” in advance of next week’s meeting. Questions will be selected from submissions for as many as can be answered in the time frame. To join either meetup, head over to one of these Town Hall Regions in Second Life on April 20.
 
As the Linden blog states, Ebbe will not be taking questions from the audience, but they are being taken in advance. Users are invited to ask questions in this forum thread. The Lab will select which of the questions will be used in the Town Hall event.

The post stated three locations for the event. So this strongly suggests Ebbe will be at neither place, but that instead he will be at a third location inworld to answer questions while the audience sees his broadcast, like at the VWBPE Conference last month. It also stated that this would be just one of "numerous appearances." So expect more Town Hall style events, presumably some during the Second Life Birthday. But there may be some in the weeks leading up to the anniversary event.

Linden Lab also stated "In the coming months, we plan to hold additional conversations and meetups directly with many of our communities ...." The community they listed was Bay City, though they also brought up "Firestorm users/developers," as well as the Second Life media group "Designing Worlds."

For more information, read the post in full in the Second Life Community blog.

Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: Not Quite a Pink Elephant



Taken at the Happy Vixen by Fortunas Sands. When someone says they see pink elephants, people think they're drunk. But what if they say see a pink dinosaur with wings and a pink top hat?

Yuri's Night 2018



Thursday evening on April 12 was "Yuri's Night," an international celebration of the anniversary of the first manned mission in space. Although at the time it was seen as a defeat for the American space program as the United States was engaged in the Cold War with the Soviet Union, in years since it has been come to seen as a triumph for all of humanity.

For the event's first two hours, the party took place high above the Spaceport Bravo sim. Then at 4PM SL time, the people headed to the Sagan Planetarium at Aspen (200/120/3730). There, people danced, sometimes going weightless. Next to them, the planetary displayed to show each of the planets and the dwarf planets Ceres and Pluto. It was a fun time for space nuts.

For pictures of the 2016 Yuri's Night, Click Here.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Sunweaver Estates. With it being over seven years since Linden Lab came to the conclusion surnames for new accounts were no longer necessary, it has felt like a long, long, time.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Announcement: Team ACTS Kick Off - Time Traveller's Ball


The Time Traveler's Ball  will be April 14th from 11am - 1pm SLT. Jarl Otenth Paderborn will be leading us through a delightful set of songs for our Kickoff Relay For Life event .  Rosehaven and Team ACTS invites everyone to come!  Dress to have a good time and some great dancing !  

Rosehaven Reverie (98/95/1225)

Sansar Video: "HoverDerby: World Premiere"




(Click here if the video fails to play)

By Draxtor Despres  on April 1, "Big premiere of HoverDerby [the fastest game in Sansar ] = create, play + win = hang with us @ https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/..." This video shows some of the progress Sansar has had in the past several months. People are able to hold things, have a variety of avatar appearances, and play competitive games.

Note, not all of the video was viewed before posting, so there's a small chance of some profanity.