Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the "Unmasking a Cure" Medieval Faire.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Club Zero Gravity Reopens



One of the best known clubs in the history of the Sunweaver/Angel community has been Club Zero Gravity. Originally a cubelike structure constructed by Shockwave Yareach, it took on the form of the space station it's been known for when rebuilt by Ranchan Weidman around 2009. The club would run for about four years from summer 2010 to August 2014. In it's last year, it was modified again, But it's "steel ball" form wasn't quite as well liked as the one it reopened under.

The sci-fi themed venue was so popular, there was interest in reviving it as soon as it's closing was announced. But where to put the club so it didn't "lag anyone out" and when would it play so it wouldn't interfere with the hours of other neighborhood clubs, it would take three years before solutions were found. Ranchan would work on a new design, one based on the one from seven years ago, but with some differences. Instead of a small private room above the dance floor and DJ booth, there would be an open lounge area for people to socialize and relax. The dance floor had an image of a galaxy, with a spinning spiral disk over the center. A blue terrestrial world would appear to circle the station, visible through it's windows. Since the original Zero Gravity got it's name from upside-down dance poles, there was one where a girl could dance from a spiral-pattern half ball from the ceiling. The old Zero Gravity logo was above the contest board. When someone tips the DJ, a laser light announces it.

Rather than just reopen the club, it was decided to rekindle interest by doing a screenshot sci-fi miniserial comic (parts 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6, 7 and 8, 9 and 10, final), with owner Nydia Tungsten, Ranchan, and Matoazma "Mato" Kazyanenko doing the work on the story, directing, and editing. The comic shows a crew in space finding an object that turns out to be a derelict space station. The second to final scene shows a ceremony in which Nydia is handed the keys, and the last announcing the space station club's reopening. The strips appeared in the Second Life Newser and posted on Facebook, the last one appearing on the morning of June 22. Later in the day, the reopening time was announced, 6PM SL time.

As 6PM approached, people began gathering at the club, with DJ Lexi "Sexy Lexi" Tymets, a nezumi or "anime mousegirl" spinning the tunes. Events at the Happy Vixen were canceled that night, the themes moved to next week, so the people at the beach club could get a look at the shiny new Zero-G. There was much cheering and celebration, and a 1000 Linden dollar prize for the best space-themed look. The prize was won by Nikkita (Aubrytia Resident).



For now, the club will have a morning, or "Euro-friendly," schedule, with events on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10AM to Noon SL time. DJ Lexi will perform on Tuesday and Thursday. On Friday DJ Brandi will play the tunes. But there will be impromptu events, such as a poker game that was held over the weekend, and occasionally Nydia herself switching on the DJ booth and inviting people over.

After three years adrift, the "party among the stars" is back and better than ever. Beam on over for some space-themed fun.

Sunweaver Space (179, 69, 3599)

Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Journeys Across the SL14B: Resident Exhibits at Electrify


The Second Life Fourteenth Birthday celebrations have been going on all week. For us reporters, the biggest problem about the exhibits, many showing high skill and creativity, is that there's not enough time to write about them all. So one has to start somewhere. So here's a look at several exhibits of SL14B Electrify, which besides the Second Life Newser has the National Space Society, the Giant Snail Races, the Second Life Coast Guard, and more. Some were just displays, but others were interactive.

See the pictures in Places.

SL Video: "Draxto Streams LIVE From SL14B Part1 "




I noticed by accident Draxtor Despres was streaming live from the Second Life 14th Birthday celebration grounds. So I dropped over to say hello. I appear (in my human avatar due to the "Bid Me Human" earlier) at about 27:30 , along with Mikati Slade, the Cake Stage builder. The first fifteen minutes of the recording is of Draxtor watching Strawberry Singh's own stream.


I would follow for a little while with a couple friends, Velani and Silvia Ametza, the latter the girl who did almost all the work on the SL Newser exhibit. We would eventually check out Loki Eliot's claymation exhibit. (Note: some adult language, possible nudity from rezzing avatars).

SL Video: "Secondlife Machinima : Adele - Hello "




(Click here if the video fails to play)

From YKZ Productions on April 2016

Friday, June 23, 2017

Grey Nacht's Greenie Tribute


One of the best known sims from Second Life's earlier days was "Greenies." This was a sim that put residents in a mouse-sized perspective of a giant family room and kitchen that took up the entire sim, which was being explored by tiny mischievous green aliens known as the "Greenies." Rezzable, the creators of the sim, would eventually make a number of spinnoff sims, but would later close them down. Sadly, Rezzable made the decision to close the sim in June 2010. But longtime residents have fond memories of the little green aliens, and there have been tributes over the years. Gemma Cleanslate was on hand to see one such tribute by her friend Grey Nacht.

See Gemma's article in Extra.

News and Commentary: "Adult Content Won't Be Allowed" in Sansar


In a Sansar chat on Reddit, Peter Gray (known in Second Life as Peter Linden) brought up the issue of whether of not adult content will be allowed on Sansar. It won't be, at least not for some time after it opens.

Adult content won't be allowed at the opening of Sansar's creator beta this summer. Ultimately, we want Sansar to be an open platform that enables creators to make all kinds of experiences, but early on we also want to be careful that a single genre of content doesn't come to define the platform and potentially limit its appeal to other creators.

Gray's exact words were "at the opening of Sansar's creator beta this summer." But it's a safe bet that the Lab will keep this policy for at least a few years.

It's an issue that's been brought up by the Newser before, as well as New World Notes. With many longtime Second Life residents expressing skepticism about the upcoming virtual world, Linden Lab is taking the opportunity to correct what it sees as "mistakes" in it's development of Second Life. The lack of rules and restrictions on what could be made allowed for a great deal of creativity. Unfortunately, it also led to griefers harassing people with such adult content, notably the infamous "flying penis attack" when virtual real estate mogul Anshe Chung was being interviewed. While these incidents didn't stop companies and people with big pockets from coming to Second Life at the beginning, there's no real argument that it gave some pause.

As the residents of places that are adult-themed will tell you, the freedom to make adult content can be a very good thing, at least when everyone follows the rules. Besides allowing consenting adults an outlet for their more hormonal sides, it allows real-life couples a chance to express intimacy when separated by long distances or when they want to try something they're nervous of on the other side of the computer. While there have been attempts at virtual worlds aimed purely at adult activity, namely "Red Light Center," they have done poorly. One man who told me who's been to both saying it utterly pales compared to the options available in Second Life. And of course there's the Libertarian concept of "let the individual decide" rather than decisions made from above by higher-ups who may or may not understand the concerns of "little people."

But companies tend to be wary of controversy and "bad press" that might go viral and define their product in ways they fear. And with many young adults in colleges and universities demanding "safe spaces," perhaps Linden Lab is getting the impression the current generation of new computer users isn't as tolerant of adult material as the one that came to Second Life in it's early days. And of course, there are the griefers, the anonymity of the Internet encouraging a few jerks to harass and bully others, sexual-themed harassment being a favorite tool of some of them.

In a sense, it brings up an old issue in both real life and virtual life and the Internet. Do you try to protect people from the damage a single deranged or malicious individual can do by installing a great deal of rules and restrictions many will find annoying aggrivating, some finding them smothering to the point they cannot be themselves. Or or do you allow the public a great deal of freedom with only a few rules and allow individuals to better express themselves in works and speech, with the fact a few wicked-minded individuals will take advantage of this freedom for their own ill ends?

In 2009, Linden Lab began an adult continent policy that established an adult-themed continent, Zindra, established an "adult" rating for explicit content outside people's private homes, and residents had to adult-verify themselves with real-life identification such as a drivers license to be allowed access to adult-themed areas. Many residents reacted with worry and fear, seeing this as the beginning of Linden Lab "ghettoizing" adult content to one corner of Second Life or perhaps eliminating it altogether. And the Lab never did add to these policies and the adult verification was eventually relaxed.

One resident, "Zebragrrl," had this to say further on the thread (a few sentences trimmed):

As for the experience, I can only say that experiencing it made it clear to me why it's still not an open public beta yet. There's still a lot of user interaction missing. An example I can give, is of a strange island I visited. The lighting was beautiful, the rendering was beautiful, but all I could do is walk around. I couldn't interact with anything. I could get on a elevator that was constantly moving up and down, but I had to time my exit precisely to avoid getting squished as the elevator took off back upwards again. The UI is pretty. The whole experience really is very pretty.. but all I could do was walk around. And I do mean that. No running, no flying, no driving.... just walking. ...

Was it beautiful? yes. Was it fun? not particularly. Kind of like walking around in GTA V, with all the NPCs turned off. And I think this is where Sansar and SL may be drastically different for a lot of people. This was a VERY curated experience. The whole environment was like a museum, or a singular creation of 3d artwork. I felt like a guest, or a viewer, of someone's creation... not like a participant, not like someone bringing something unique to the experience for others. 
 
In SL, our world has been built up kind of from scratch, first using rudimentary building blocks, and later with more and more detailled builds, but it's the users, the avatars, that are the real attraction in SL. Seeing each other's individual forms of expression, seeing the cool new things people built, or bought.

Sansar seems to be going the other way.. focusing itself as an engine for artistically crafted 3D VR experiences.. rather than as a meeting place for avatars. I'm not saying that the latter won't come in time.. just that for the moment, it's a little more like visiting the Louvre by yourself, rather than meeting your friends at the pub. More Myst than World of Warcraft.

Is there a place and a purpose for a VR engine like this? I'm sure there is. Is it something that artists can monetize to help cover their RL bills? We'll have to see.

Linden Lab's latest move is moving Sansar further away from the early perception that it would be "Second Life 2.0," and towards something quite different from Linden Lab's existing virtual world. While people can build content, it has to be done using software tools rather than through inworld prims. I've been hearing it's areas can't be connected like Second Life sims often are into continents and larger islands, but each is an isolated place onto itself that can only be portaled into. Ideal use will require high end home computers and be hard to use or unavailable to people with laptops and older machines. An article in Koatu magazine is saying, "Users may pay a small subscription fee for access." And now adult content, perhaps adult language, will not be allowed.

Most middle and working class people like going to theme parks and museums on occasion. But eventually they have to return back to their neighborhoods where they actually do things. This is probably how most Second Life residents will see Sansar, a great place to visit, but not necessarily one to make their virtual home in. Sansar may become Linden Lab's Disneyland, but for most Second Life residents, the grid they've known will continue to be their virtual home.

Hat Tip: Hamlet Au 

Bixyl Shuftan

Marianne McCann's Summer Fireworks



On Saturday June 17 at 8PM, Marianne McCann resumed what has become a summertime tradition of the Bay City community: the weekly firework show at the Livingtree schoolhouse. She sent a message to everyone on her friend list about a half hour earlier, and over time a small crowd showed up. And on the hour, the pyrotechnics began.


Bay City's most noted child avatar fired off the rockets, sparklers, and other fireworks from the roof of the building while GoSpeed Racer spun the tunes for the event from the ground. The light show was in reds, blues, greens, and other colors. and got many positive remarks from the crows.


Marianne ended her show with a rainbow over the school. The crowd cheered, thanking her, and eventually went their separate ways, some looking forward to the SL14B the following day.

Should the fireworks show be like previous years, it will place almost every Saturday at 8PM until after Labor Day.

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: Homes For Our Troops Fundraiser at Veterans Isle


Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce the 2017 June 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 2017 June benefit on June 25, 2017 in Second Life for the Veterans Support Organization  Homes 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 June, 2017 is scheduled from 4-9 PM PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, FunkyFreddy Republic, Ganjo Mokeev, SRV4U (Da Bluez Preacher), and Gina Stella .

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Press Release: Steampunk Land and Sky Race For A Cure



Join the Sunbeamers , Swashbucklers For Life and Mel's Maniacs for dual races of both land and sky on Sunday June 25th from 8AM to 4PM SLT. Then enjoy an after races steam punk dance in the Goblin Cave next to the air field from 4PM to 6PM SLT.

Even though the theme is steam punk the land races will not be limited to such as we want everyone to come and enjoy the challenge of the track. There will be three classes Car/trucks; Motorcycles; What is THAT?s. In case not clear What is THATs are the oddball things like mechanical horse or bagel car.

The airship races are not just airships but turn of the century planes including WWI biplanes making the two classes. This is also a fly-in so display your craft and enjoy the clear bright Sunweaver skies.

To enter the races you must make a contribution of any amount to a kiosk provided which then allows you 5 laps on the ground or 3 laps in the air. The fastest time by the close of the races at 4PM SLT wins and you need not be present your prize will be sent to you.

The prizes? For the fastest time in each class you will receive L$1000 , BUT remember this is for the American Cancer Society they should get the biggest prize, your donation!

Pacific Waters (89/140/31)

"Relic The Memories" Part Eleven : Club Zero Gravity Is BACK!



Club Zero Gravity, the sci-fi themed space station club of the Sunweaver/Angels community is back and better than ever. Tonight is it's grand-reopening event, with DJ "Sexy Lexi" spinning the tunes.

The time of the party has not yet been announced. Stay tuned for details.

Part eleven of a cartoon mini-series strip from Ranchan Weidman, Nydia Tungsten, and friends, edited by Matoazma Kazyanenko, "Guardian Angels Inc." presents, in association with White Vixen Enterprises,  An anthropomorphic tale:  'Relic the Memories'. "

Scenes From the SL14B: "Match Game"



On the night of June 20 from 9 to 10PM SL time, Catboy Qunhua held an inworld version of "Match Game" inside the SL14B Cake Stage. Two contestants had to fill in the blanks to phrases given by one of a panel with Tindallia Soothsayer and five others. It was an hour of game show style entertainment that used to be better known in Second Life in the days of "The 1st Question," though one can still find it in places, such as Luskwood's "Primonary."

Press Release: Take Part in the Relay Research Challenge

CALLING ALL RELAYERS!

How would you like to be part of the next cancer breakthrough?  How would you feel knowing that you had a part in saving 1,000s of lives from cancer?

That's exactly what we plan to do!  From June 15th to July 6!   Take Part in the Relay Research Challenge!

The  Goal of the challenge  is to raise enough donations to fund 3,600 hours of research. if we all work together. We CAN!

“Research is the way to find a cure,” said Relay For Life of Second Life 2017 Chair Nuala Maracas. “By raising one hour at a time, we can turn those single hours of research into a fully-funded grant. Won’t you join with me in this challenge? Together we can do it!”

Imagine your Relay fundraising going to support a new researcher. Just L$5,560 will pay for one hour of research time.

From June 15 through July 6, let’s put our efforts toward raising one hour of research at a time!
Talk About It!
Tell Everyone!
Let’s Really Make A Difference and Help Finish The Fight!

You can even track our progress!
Visit ACS Island and see how we are doing.. Check The Research Hour Tracker at:: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/109/47/24

There’ll be a DJ party at the end of the challenge period to celebrate our achievement and award a trophy for the most hours raised and paid for.

Look for more Relay For Life fun events across the grid leading up to Relay Weekend
on July 15 and 16.

About Relay For Life of Second Life

Relay For Life is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society and has been active, and continually growing in Second Life for 13 years. In 2005, the first Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) was attended by a few hundred avatars and raised almost $5,000 US dollars for the American Cancer Society. As of July 2014 RFL of SL ranked number 17th in donations received among more than 5,600 relay events held worldwide. As of January, 2017 RFL of SL celebrated raising 3 million US dollars to support the mission of the Society to 'Save Lives, Celebrate Lives and Lead The Fight for A World Without Cancer!

About the American Cancer Society

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays and is the world leader in the fight to end cancer. Together with our global partners and millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society carries out its mission to Save Lives, Celebrate Lives, and Lead the Fight for a World Without Cancer.

For More Information:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Journeys Across the SL14B: Dragon Island and the Stages


This is the week of the Second Life Fourteenth Birthday celebration, and there are a great many builds there. Besides the exhibits by regular residents, there is the welcome area and the four stages. The Cake Stage, once again this year by Mikati Slade, always steals the show. But the others, such as "Stage Left" by Faust Steamer, also have much to admire. Yours truly went about on Press Day to get some pictures, and a little later to the stages to see them in action

See the pictures in Places.

Duchess Liz Wilner Speaks on the Fourth Annual Royal Ascot and Races


This Saturday June 24, the Royal Ascot will take place in the Katoteros sim at Blackhawk Heights. A fundraising event for Relay for Life Team ACTS, the occasion is a celebration of the Victorian Era in Britain, with an emphasis on a dress code. Liz Wilner, known as the Duchess of Trikassi, helps organize the yearly event and talked about it with the Newser.

Read what the Duchess had to say in Events.

"Relic The Memories" Parts Nine and Ten




Parts nine and ten of a cartoon mini-series strip from Ranchan Weidman, Nydia Tungsten, and friends, edited by Matoazma Kazyanenko, "Guardian Angels Inc." presents, in association with White Vixen Enterprises,  An anthropomorphic tale:  'Relic the Memories'. "

Meeting Lindens at the SL14B



You'll come across many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different people going about the SL14B. One I came across was a newcomer here on day one, whom I talked to some and gave her a landmark to "The Shelter." And among those there were some Lindens. One I found skipping down the path: April Linden. She stopped to chat with me and a couple friends at the Second Life Coast Guard exhibit.


The "Gridbun" as she called herself was happy to pose for a picture with Skylark Lefavre, the manager of the Happy Vixen club. Skylark is a big bunny fan and happy to see the furry Linden going about as one.


 A chance to meet more Lindens was at the Masquerade Ball on Monday June 19, which ran from 11AM to 1PM at the Cake Stage. Yours truly showed up as an avatar with it's own built-in mask.


Unfortunately for me, and presumably a number of others, the large number of avatars present (and perhaps some of what they were wearing) kept causing my viewer to overload and crash. The pictures I managed to take were mostly of crowds half-rezzed, half-naked, or both. This was the best picture I could get of Xiola Linden, who organized the event, before my Firestorm quit on me again. There was at least one other Linden at the event, Simon Linden, but I never did see him with my crashy viewer.

There was a 5000 Linden dollar prize, which was won by Polly Ellsmere.

There will be one other event in which you can expect Lindens to show up, the "Come As You Were" party, also at the Cake Stage, today from 6-8PM SL time.

Bixyl Shuftan


RFL Team ACTS Raises 230,000 Lindens at Junkyard Blues



On Sunday night June 18, the Relay for Life team Team ACTS (Aether Chrononauts Tiny Steps) held a fundraising event at the Junkyard Blues club. OldeSoul Eldemar made the announcement in the Relay volunteer group.

Night falls across the bayou. The moon rises above a thin layer of clouds, illuminating the stage at the old blues joint. The Junkyard is ready, for 2 hours of amazing slow blues, presented by DJ Bard Wasp. Come hear him as he pours his heart and soul into the stream, presenting some of the best blues you've ever heard- everyone is welcome. Junkyard Blues (195,21,22)

And for every 1000 linden donation you get your choice of a home built by Bard himself.

Maybe it was Bard's offer to give people log cabin homes. But the donations kept coming and coming. Ninety minutes after the event started, the total raised was about 125,000 Lindens raised. Seven minutes later, it was up to 150,000. Ten minutes before the end, the kiosks had 183,000 donated in them. And when Bard got off the stage, his event had raised a total of 230,477 Linden dollars.

The event put Team ACTS into Sapphire status among the Relay teams. Only the Relay Rockers and Unmasking a Cure have higher totals. Following then are five Jade level teams: Team Shadow, Cure Chasers, Goreans in Relay for Life, Inspired Dreamwalkers, and Go the Distance. Then there are two Platinum ranked teams, Touched by Angels and TwoMoon Paradise Dreamers. And following those are the ten Gold level teams, of which in the middle is the Sunbeamer team, the team representing the community where the Newser office is.

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

RFL Team Sunbeamer "Bid Me Pink" and "Bid Me Human" Results



The two "Bid Me" events being run by the Relay for Life's Team Sunbeamers have now been finalized and the totals made official. 7,050 Lindens were raised in both events combined. Rita announced the results in the Sunbeamer group.

Beamers:  The BID MES are over and here are the totals.

RITA: 3000L on PINK, so I go PINK for a WEEK

BIWYL - 4050L on HUMAN, so Bixyl goes HUMAN for 2 WEEKS.



I'd volunteered for one several years ago, so here I go again. Unlike last time, it's for a couple weeks instead of a month. There are a few exceptions for the time period, such as interviews. But for most of the time period stuck as a 6' 7" "baldie." So far, the reactions have mostly been surprise, although one girl thought it reminded her of the "John Henry" American West fable.

Right now, the Sunbeamers have started work on their build for their camp on the Relay Weekend track, which takes place about a month from now on July 15 and 16. There's also some planning behind the scenes for one big event involving at least one other Relay team. It's all on the table, so we'll announce it when things are official.

As for me and what the next two weeks will bring, we'll see. I don't know for sure. After all, I'm only human.

Bixyl Shuftan

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


It's a big week of events from the Sunweaver and Angel clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge. The Second Life Fourteenth Birthday may be going on, but take a break from the lag and drop by for some more fun (just don't forget to head back before it closes).

Club Cutlass: Best in 'B,'  Red and White, Pirates

The Happy Vixen: Gods and Goddesses, Birthday Party, Disney, Red and Purple, Video Games, Latex

Xanadu: TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Video Games, Barely There, Japanese, Retro Avatars, Books, Cyber, 90s, Horns, Disney

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

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"Relic The Memories" Part Seven and Eight




Parts seven and eight of a cartoon mini-series strip from Ranchan Weidman, Nydia Tungsten, and friends, edited by Matoazma Kazyanenko, "Guardian Angels Inc presents, in association with White Vixen Enterprises,  An anthropomorphic tale:  'Relic the Memories'. "

Inside the SL Newser SL14B Exhibit


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Bergfrau Apfelbaum did a short animation of the inside of the SL Newser's SL14B exhibit. Matching the theme "Carnivalesque," Silvia  Ametza put in an aquatic amusement park ride. As our job is to inform as well as entertain, there's a model of the Solar System overhead. And the globe represents our dedication to covering events across the Grid.


Check out the exhibit at at SL14B Electrify (39/104/22)

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Reader Submitted: Remembering the Rainbow Tiger and Spike Nico



Bastian Endless (BastianEndless Resident), the owner of the Babylon Nightclub, recently sent the Newser this picture. Spike Nico, the owner of the Rainbow Tiger club which ran for seven years from 2005 to 2012, had passed away in January at the age of 33 from illness. The club had been very popular in it's day, and Bastian put up this slideshow of several photos of the place.


What are your memories of the Rainbow Tiger?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Journey Across the SL14B on Day One


Gemma Cleanslate has been busy touring the grounds of the Second Life Fourteenth Birthday celebration. Among the places  she visited were three memorial exhibits to two notable residents who passed away.   Two were for Ladyslipper Constantine, noted for her activities with volunteering and the arts. One was for Lumiere Noir, the creator of the Ivory Tower of Prims which instructs residents old and new about creating things in Second Life.

Read Gemma's article in Places.

SL14B Opens, Masquerade Party Today



June 18 was the opening day of the Second Life Fourteenth Birthday, or SL14B, celebrations. And as the clock hit Noon, the sims were open to all and people poured in. Within minutes, there were hundreds around the SL14B grounds.


We'll have more on the SLB later as it has been a busy day, and we need to rest before we can write more. But we can tell you about one Linden-organized event today: The Masquerade Ball. The Lab advertised it as, "where mystique and intrigue are sure to reign supreme! There is also a L$5000 prize for the best at the ball ." The event will take place at the Cake Stage, "stay tuned for details once those locations go live!" The Lindens also promise "a special commemorative avatar and bonus gift from the Lab." 

The event at SL14B Fascinate (202/247/22/) is from 11AM to 1PM.

For more locations for certain SL14B exhibits, theaters, and more, check out the SL14B portion of the Destination Guide at  http://secondlife.com/destinations/sl14b . And don't forget to check out the SL14B blog at: http://www.slcommunitycelebration.info/ .

Babylon Nightclub


Some readers may remember Bastian Endless as the DJ who performed for the SL Newser's birthday party. Besides his DJing, Bastian has also been working on designing his own club. The Babylon nightclub is aimed at the gay demographic, but all are welcome whom are willing to follow the rules. Bastian had a few things to say about the club, which opened earlier this month, and what inspired.

Read about the nightclub in SL Clubbin'.

"Relic The Memories" Part Five and Six




Parts five and six of a cartoon mini-series strip from Ranchan Weidman, Nydia Tungsten, and friends, edited by Matoazma Kazyanenko, "Guardian Angels Inc presents, in association with White Vixen Enterprises,  An anthropomorphic tale:  'Relic the Memories'. "

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Second Life Fourteenth Birthday Begins Today!



After months of preparing, planning, and building, the SL14B, the Second Life Fourteenth Birthday finally opens today. The builds are all up, the exhibits have had their last minute adjustments.



The official entrance is at SL14B Impressive (96/122/80), at Dragon Mountain. As the name implies, "Here be dragons." But don't worry, they're used to humans and their antics are more for showing off. There's even a couple you can ride.


There are a couple places here one can find some teleports to certain spots around the SL14B grounds.


There are many, many exhibits available, and we'll get to them later. For now, here is our own. Silvia Ametza's exhibit this year is a futuristic-looking pyramid with a combination of an amusement park water ride, and a solar system model with a Kulper Belt ring. The exhibit is at SL14B Electrify (39/104/22).

See you at "The Birthday."

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL14B Impressive/96/122/80

Bixyl Shuftan

"Relic the Memories" : Parts Three and Four




Parts three and four of a cartoon mini-series strip from Ranchan Weidman, Nydia Tungsten, and friends, edited by Matoazma Kazyanenko, "Guardian Angels Inc presents, in association with White Vixen Enterprises,  An anthropomorphic tale:  'Relic the Memories'. "

SL14B on Press Day



Press day is always exciting on the SL14B sims because we are all looking for the first glimpse of the wonderful builds scattered across all the regions. It is the time when we can finally publish pictures of the builds themselves instead of just teasers. Since I was not working this year at the event, I let Bixyl do the teasers. 




I absolutely love the entrance this year. It is an amazing creation by Darkstone Aeon . There was a grand greeting for the press when I arrived!  I hope people take the time to examine it during the week .


 There is so much to see there. You can ride a dragon, or take a hot air balloon ride around the outside. One can also sit in the welcome center building and relax, hoping the dragons don’t get you.   But don’t miss the cave! Before you leave the entrance mountain extend your draw line to get a view of the distance at the top of the stairs. 


Not too far from the Dragon mountain is the auditorium, or as it is called this year , the Entertainment Hall, Digital City. The builder for this ediface is  Anthony (ADudeNamed Anthony). All week long meetings and lectures will take place there and you can see the schedule on the website.




Quite visible from this area is the Cake Stage. Mikati Slade has worked her magic again in creating a marvelous build. There will be many parties on this stage. 

We will visit the parties at the other stages during the week when the parties are going on.
                  
Also not far from the auditorium is the Time Capsule. Will Webb is the curator of this parcel. it is here that collector’s items from all the past birthday celebrations are on display.There is a capsule from 2003  belonging to Ryan Linden that cannot be opened until 3001. Amazing. 
  
This will all be yours to enjoy beginning on June 18 at 12:00 noon and will continue with events and games until June 25 . The sims will remain open until July 2 so you can get to explore more of the magnificent builds . Take a pod ride and jump off when you want to see a parcel. 
 The actual birthday is June 23. I warn you , If you really want to see all the builds plan on spending many hours on the all the sims. There is a big hunt going on in all the regions during the time it is open. There are also gift centers where you can pick up your presents from many of the builders. Check out the website to see everything you will encounter so you don’t miss anything. http://www.slcommunitycelebration.info/

Much more to come. Here is where you start at 12:00 noon Sundayhttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL14B%20Impressive/96/122/80
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