Monday, August 21, 2017

Furry Tiki Island

Have you wanted to just get away from it all, head to a tropical island and enjoy the ocean breeze while swimming in the water, sampling the food, or just resting in a hammock? There's a place that recently opened that allows all these, and more: Furry Tiki Island at the Havoc sim. The place offers more than just sights and sounds. The owner is promising to establish a DJ school.

Read more in Places.

The Relay for Life in InWorldz

The Relay for Life in Second Life is over, at least until March. But in the InWorldz grid, it's just began. Their season "Colors of Hope" actually started Saturday August 12, though the Newser never got the exact time or place until after the event had happened. A week later on Saturday August 19 at 12:30 PM IW and SL time, Holocluck Henly held an event at Seladia Park at the Seladia sim.

I don't get on InWorldz often, with all that happens in Second Life. But the occasion was a reminder that the grid was still around and offers it's own things to see.

This upcoming Saturday August 26 has the "Under the Sea Extravaganza" at 1PM.

For more information, check the Relay for Life in InWordz blog at .

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at Livingtree. The whiskers and nose on the mask are a little hard to see. Still, it deserved the cartoon treatment.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, August 19, 2017

More on SunWaterOne

Yesterday, we reported on the arrival of the new SunWaterOne sim in the Sunweaver Estates. But there's been more added since then. Specifically, there's now a wave that moves across the water, and a "surf shack" one can rezz surfboards, and get on and ride them.

Riding the waves like we did in the "Wipeout" video a few years ago, however, proved tricky. Someone suggested the scripts might be outdated. Still, it's fun to surf around, or use the jet ski that I saw at the place.

With the addition of SunWaterOne, the number of the main group of Sunweaver/Angel sims has grown to eight, Sunweaver Isle and Purrfection outside the main group. For those interested in becoming a part of our active community with a number of noted builders over the years, as well as the home of the Sunbeamer team of the Relay for Life in Second Life, inquire with Rita Mariner, Nydia Tungsten, Dusk Griswold, Shockwave Yareach, Ranchan Weidman, or Brandi Streusel.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "LaidBack Celt at The Pocket, 8-24-2012"

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From August 25, 2012, Laidback Celt plays at the Australian club "The Pocket"

Friday, August 18, 2017

Interview With Grace Devin (Grace Loudon)

Among those on the Relay Committee this year was Grace Devin. Although she started later as a Relayer than many of it's personalities, she's accomplished much. One of the two Co-Leads on the Committee, in the past she has been a designer sim builder, "Track boss," and was the person who built the current structures of the American Cancer Society sim. The Newser recently had a chance to talk to her about these and more that she's done.

Read the interview in People.

Political Cartoon of North Korea Tension

Adolph Chaplin created this screenshot. "Fried and Flange," in response to the recent trouble with North Korea and it's dictator Kim Jong Un. In recent weeks, the rouge nation noted for keeping people in prison for the supposed crimes of their grandparents and pursuing nuclear weaponry even as it's own people go hungry was the subject of attention and worry as it began testing missiles that in theory could reach Alaska. When the White House stated that all options were being considered, The North Korean regime threatened to send a nuclear-armed missile to the American territory of Guam. In response, President Trump responded that such an action would be met with "Fire and Fury."

That North Korea's leader backed down, and felt compelled to release a Canadian pastor, perhaps he felt a little like he'd been whacked like a golf ball.

Caution: For those wanting to look further on Chaplin's Flickr, not all the pictures are safe for work.

Hat Tip: Hamlet Au

New Sunweaver Sim: SunWaterOne

Earlier this month, the Sunweaver Estates got itself a new sim. Yesterday, August 17, Rita Mariner announced the arrival of SunWaterOne.

Sunnies:  we have a new Homestead to play on.  SunWaterOne, located east of Sunweaver Bay. South of HV.  It's there, even if it hasn't shown up on map yet.  Mostly water, so perfect for boating and flying.  It is available for rent, with conditions.

East of Sunweaver Bay and south of HV Community, the sim is all water aside from an island with a beach hangout places there for people wanting to relax under the palm trees. The building is the same one used at Sunny Beach for a time a few years ago, and was used for two of Nydia Tungsten's videos, "Margaritaville" and "Wipeout."

Meanwhile, the island in the new sim of Sunweaver Eclipse has been built up a little. Work has been done on Pacific Waters and Sunlight Bay. The Farshore Field Airport is still under construction, and Pacific Waters has a "float-in" theater one can ride their boat over and watch.

Bixyl Shuftan

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: Sharks With Lasers

I've heard the meme a lot, which has it's orgins from "Austin Powers" villain Dr. Evil, "You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!" Finally someone made it happen. But landwalker sharks in Second Life have more important things to do than follow the whims of some would-be mastermind, like perhaps teasing the neighbor's cat.

By Bixyl Shuftan

DJ Tantari Honors the SL Newser

DJ Tantari Kim, noted for her high-energy performance, has honored the Newser in the past, such as her playful "True Facts" ribbing of yours truly for our fifth anniversary. Not long ago, she did a music track in honor of the newsletter: Newser, "Dedicated to Bixyl. News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress. All the rest is advertising." She had tried new things with the track, which played at the Happy Vixen's "Workin' for a Living" party. But she thought it needed improvement, and on Sunday August 13 came up with Newser 2 , "If I tell you a secret, will you promise to keep it keep it close to your heart and never tell a soul?" Well, some things do remain off the record. She played the song at The Ark to an approving audience.

DJ Tantari plays at the Happy Vixen every Tuesday night at 6PM SL time. Rock on Tantari.

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: Team Diabetes of Second Life to Return for a Third Season

We are pleased to announce the third season of Team Diabetes of Second Life! Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorized team of The American Diabetes Association. The mission of Team Diabetes of Second Life is to raise awareness, tolerance, and funds for diabetes in the virtual world of Second Life.

According to the World Health Organization (2016): 422 million adults in the world have diabetes and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year.

Team Diabetes of Second Life was founded by Jessii2009 Warrhol and Johannes1977 Resident and will continue functioning in the form of an advisory board, with a coordinator leading the Team Diabetes of Second Life effort. The 2017Team Diabetes of Second Life Coordinator is Johannes1977 Resident and the 2017 Team Diabetes of Second Life Co-Coordinator is Veruca Tammas.  Team Diabetes of Second Life Advisory Board members are: Jessii2009 Warrhol, Dawnbeam Dreamscape, Eleseren Brianna, Sandie Loxingly, Rob Fenwitch, and Earth Nirvana. Saiyge Lotus is a special advisor to the advisory board.

The official Team Diabetes of Second Life’s season will take place from October 2017 to December 2017, with the following events scheduled to take place:

Off Season Event – October 13 to October 31 – Scare Me Silly Shopping Event

November 1, 2017-Team Diabetes of Second Life's Season Begins

November 1 to 15-The Red Hunt and Red Fling

November 5, 2017-Season Celebration and Bike Race

November 12, 2017 - The Red Ball

November 1 to 30 - National Diabetes Month

November 4 and 5 - Team Diabetes Kickoff - Tour de SL

December 1 to 10 - Winter Showcase and Winter Art Show

December 31, 2017 - Team Diabetes of Second Life's Season Ends

In addition to the events mentioned above, individuals, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to hold fundraising events in support of Team Diabetes of Second Life!  The official 2017 fundraising season toolkit will be available to the second life public on September 1, 2017, at the organization’s office in the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life.

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:
(Designer, Merchant, & Blogger Applications)
 (The official American Diabetes Association page for Team Diabetes of Second Life)
(Website to find diabetes information in your home country)


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cleopatra Xigalia and the Ephesians Four Christian Community

The Newser recently met up with Cleopatra Xigalia, whom wanted to discuss the Christian community in Second Life she was a part of, Ephesians Four. The group isn't a traditional church and pastor. But it's more of a combination Bible studies group, and friends with a common interest, Christianity, whom like to have some fun together. Cleopatra, and other members of the group, told me what they felt their community was about.

Read the story in People.

"Hunchback of Notre Dame" at the Royal Opera House

On Sunday August 13, Gemma Cleanslate headed over to the Royal Opera House in the Oceanea sim. The theater was showing a musical, titled "Notre Dame de Paris." But it might be better known by the movie that's based on the same story, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." So what did Gemma think of the performance?

Read Gemma's article in Events.

Patio Plasma Ill With Cancer

Patio Plasma, known as Paul Doherty in real life, has hosted some Science Circle events, as well as being part of Science Funday in May, and the director of two Sci-Lands sims, Sploland and Exploratorium. Unfortunately, some sad news was revealed yesterday by the Science Circle and Relay groups: Patio has cancer, and his condition is very serious.

Fellow Relayers some sad news one of the great second life educators patio plasma is in bad condition right now he has been it appears re diagnosed with cancer and is not doing so hot if you never got to see patio's science lectures I have attached a couple  

If u want to reach out to him too here is his Carebridge page Let show him how much thank him.

I'm Paul Doherty's (Patio Plasma) niece and wanted to pass on the sad news that Paul is at home on end-of-life hospice care.
The Exploratorium has set up this Caringbridge site:
Ellen (Paul's wife) asks that you hold in your hearts your memories of Paul's expansive and positive personality and the joy he finds in sharing adventures with others.
As you may understand, we are devastated by this news but felt it was important enough to share with you.

Jes and Chantal
On behalf of the Science Circle board

The Caringbridge site describes Doherty's cancer as having come back "extremely rapidly and aggressively." It had over a hundred comments from visitors, among them were these:

Every time I see you at the Exploratorium I know I'm going to a) be greeted with a big, beautiful, shining smile, b) see an awesome manicure, and c) learn something new about the world. You wear your humanity and love for life on your sleeve, making all of us who know you better humans in the process.

I remember talking to you in May and other times at the Exploratorium and Everything Matters, and I also remember times years ago in Second Life. Rob just sent me news that you are in hospice now. We are thinking of you and appreciating your contagious enthusiasm for science and life. You've done a lot for both and I thank you.

Paul / Patio -- you have been an inspiration. Your enthusiasm for science, and for public outreach, is endless. It was great meeting with you at the Exploritorium this last May, and talking about vision and perception. Things you have done have made it into some of my physics classes and will continue to do so. I wish you the best.

I am not sure what to say. I know Paul only through his work, but I know Patio fairly well. Patio has always been kind to me, and took interest when I would speak to them.  

I know I speak for many of my colleagues from the SLCS cheerleaders in saying that we loved all the time you spent with us. The world today is a tad darker hearing about the fight you are going thru. We wish you nothing but the best and pray for you. You helped in inspire many members of SL to become more active in science in general.

We at the Newser wish Patio Plasma/Paul Doherty well

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: Hot Bay City Nights Returns For 2017

Vintage automobiles featured in Second Life® event.

BAY CITY, SL (14 August 2017) - Bay City's mid-century theme -- and it's large network of roads -- is celebrated annually during its "Hot Bay City Nights" event. This Second Life® bassed event features vehicle makers who create virtual automobiles from the Bay City "theme era," from 1940 to 1965.

The event is held in the the Bay City Fairgrounds, in the North Channel region, from the 19-27th of August to present the best in vintage and retro vehicles. Each designer is hand-picked, and presents great road vehicles for use in Second Life.

Additional events will provide plenty for all to do, including the crowning of 2017s Miss Bay City on the 27th, and a series of virtual car washes in support of Child's Play Charity, an organization that provides toys and games for children in hospitals around the world. Bay City is a silver-level sponsor of Child's Play.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life™ and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.

For more information, contact: Marianne McCann

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's a week full of events at the Sunweaver and Angel Clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge. Zero-G adds a day to it's schedule.

Club Cutlass: Best in K and L, Dark Outfits, Trip to Toontown

Happy Vixen: Fairy Tales, Animals, Formal Party, Disco, Black and White, Bare it All

Club Zero Gravity: Candidly Canine, TBA, Amazing Anime, TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Grunge, Videogames, Silks, Magic, Formal, Leather and Lace, Ladies' Night, Angels and Demons, Celtic

See the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Reader Submitted: "My Most Functionless Decoration Ever"

Submitted by Melody Highnote. She had been working on a Monopoly board, but made it a British version, substituting the names of New York City streets for London ones, such as Whitechapel. Contrary to her opinion, if someone could make moving pieces, working dice, added play money, and found a way to make the cards work, the game would be fun.