When it comes to multiplayer WW2 combat vehicle games, most will probably think of "World of Tanks" or "World of Warships." But there are others out there. One that's gotten some attention is "War Thunder." Starting off as an air combat game, it's been expanded over time to cover ground, and more recently sea battles. But even if one sticks to the tanks, there are a number of differences from it's more famous counterpart.
Today is Inauguration Day, when America swears in a new President. While there were people gathered in some places, such as with the Second Life Republicans, the most visible display welcoming in President Trump was at London City, where this colorful display was set up at (79/226/23). Although the election was controversial and filled with high amounts of arguing and rhetoric, the discussion seemed civil when I peeked in (it's possible the Linden nearby helped).
Last night on Thursday January 19 at 6 PM, the Happy Vixen closed for the night and the party was moved to Perri's Xanadu at HV Community (67/207/4051. The reason, the day before was the rezzday of it's part owner Perri Prinz. Perri didn't know about the event as it was done impromptu as a surprise.
DJ Serenity, the black mousegirl who usually performs at the Happy Vixen on Thursdays, spun the tunes for the first couple hours. The theme was Steampunk, with 1000L placed on each board.
Finally, Perri showed up, much to the cheers of the crowd. And after a couple birthday hugs danced with her partner Recoyote Mindes. The party would go on to 10PM SL time with Skylark Lefavre DJing for the next couple hours.
On Sunday January 15 at 1PM SL time, various members of the Relay for Life in Second Life met at the Relay d Alliez sim. They were celebrating the announcement days earlier that following the results of the Christmas Expo, the Relay for Life in Second Life had raised a total of over three million US dollars since it began in 2005.
These pictures had been posted by Luna Portilo (Luna Vonrandolf) from Foundation For Life on the Relay for Life in Second Life's Facebook page.
The 2017 Relay For Life season in Second Life will begin with Kickoff on
March 5th. Team registration will be announced shortly. Grid
residents interested in participating can join the Relay For Life
more information about joining or starting a team.
Wow! What a way to end 2016. I am proud to announce that we were successful in sending Homes For Our Troops $1650 for the month of December in 2016. This brings our total for 2016 to a little over $13000. This is humbling and a proud moment. And it is only because of the efforts of many fine people in Second Life. In December we would like to give a shout out to the extra efforts of these people:
In real life this week, the United States says goodbye to President Obama, the country's first from an ethnic minority. While he accomplished a few things, such as the "Affordable Health Care Act," his term was also noted for initial hopes of a nation finally free of racism dashed as his political opponents were charged with bias and in turn his most vocal supporters were accused of it as well. In Second Life, as we can all look like whatever we want to, one might think an avatar's appearance wouldn't be a big deal. As it turns out, there are a few places that are likely to hassle you for being the wrong kind. But how widespread is the problem?
On Tuesday January 17 at 5PM SL time at the Cookie sim, comedian Lauren Weyland held the last of her weekly stand-up comedy shows in Second Life. For ten years, she/he had been doing the performances with only a handful of weeks missed. And now, it was time for the final one, and the close of an era in Second Life comedy.
As she always had whenever I've seen her, Lauren drew a large crowd, some with signs saying "Thanks for the laughs, Lauren." The show was different from others as Lauren looked back at his/her ten year virtual career, which included a few real ones at Second Life Community Conventions.
The show would poke fun at Second Life, such as the tale of the virtual hooker whom continued to do business with her best client even when it was revealed like Lauren "she" was a male in real life, "but we'll keep it on text." The comedy would also poke fun at real life newsmakers, such as Donald Trump whom assumes the US Presidency later this week and Chelsea Manning, a transsexual serving time in prison for leaking secrets to Wikileaks whose sentence had been shortened by President Obama that day.
The crowd included a few noted personalities, such as filmmaker Chantal
Harvey, DrFran Babcock and Any1 Gynoid whom wrote for the Newser in the
past, and Catboy Qunhua who volunteers for the Second Life Birthday, as well as doing one of the supporting acts of the stand-up show.
The show will continue on, relying on those whom had been Laurens supporting acts such as Doc Grun and Jamie Jordon. But the noted blonde with the falseto voice will be absent.
"All of you, to my last breath, will be my friends." Lauren says while this is the end of her weekly show, this is not the end of her comedy in Second Life. She says she'll pop up "time to time."
Over time, Linden Lab has released a few details about how their upcoming virtual world Sansar will look and how people will get around. But about the rules and policies of what will and won't be allowed, not much. Almost a year ago, the Lab stated they had no plans to restrict adult content there. But given the controversy explicit images have been with Second Life in the past, the increasing skepticism of Second Life's core userbase about the place, and perhaps the reputation of the new generation of computer users, might it be decided that it would be best if Sansar was free of adult content?
Hair. In real life, we comb it, have it cut, dye it, and have it styled. Thankfully in Second Life, a new hairstyle or color is much easier as one can just get a new hairpiece. But do different hairstyles just look different, or can they do something for your overall look? Mylie Foxclaw takes a look at the question, by comparing several different hairstyles, some that look similar but have subtle differences.
Saturday January 14 had the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the New Baggage steampunk community and region. And a good sized crowd attended at the town hall in Babbage Square.
Unfortunately, due to real life events, I couldn't make the event until just as it was ending, and by the time everything rezzed, more than half of the people had departed. Oh well, "the best laid plans ... "