Saturday, March 25, 2017

Second Life Sci-Fi Con Taking Place Until April 2

For the tenth year in a row, the Second Life Science Fiction Convention is taking place. "Second Life members and passionate fans of science fiction, with hundreds of participating groups, in a unique online explosion of imagination… all united to kick cancer’s (butt). What started in 2008 as a single region Sci-Fi Meet and Greet charity party, has grown into a six sim festival of creativity and purpose; hosting parties, discussions, interviews with notable Actors of Sci-Fi, epic Trivia Showdowns, and one of the best theatricals the grid has to offer The Milky Way Cabaret. We are proof of what regular pixel people are capable of when we come together in a common cause."

This is a fun event to go to, especially if you're a science fiction fan. For more information, check their blog at: .

How to get there? The answer is at sim Forty Two (85/207/23),

SL Video: "Touch My Body"

Nydia Tungsten is at it again. She filmed this on March 19 at the Happy Vixen, with the help of Perri Prinz and Matoazma Kazyanenko.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sunbeamers Reach Bronze Level, "Bid Me" Results

By Bixyl Shuftan

It's been a good week for the Relay for Life in Second Life's Sunbeamer team, the team of the Sunweaver community. Last Friday, March 17, the team reached the 25,000 Linden mark, and "Rising Star" rank. as a result of their "St. Patrick's/Capt'n's Birthday" event.  Since then, the team has continued to get more funds, thanks in part to two "Bid Me" events, a "Bid Me (your choice) by team captain Rita Mariner, and a "Bid Me Human" by Ranchan Weidman. The Wednesday night party at Club Cutlass was the last chance to make donations at the four kiosks for the two events, each woman having a "stay" and a "change."

Finally at 8PM, the totals were made official. Those bidding to have Rita change came out on top, 3222 to 3073, for a total of 5773 Lindens. Ranchan's bidders for human also came out on top, 2551 to 1700, for a total of 4773 Lindens. The combined total of the two events was 10,546 Linden dollars.

So what would Rita be stuck as for a week? There was a comment or two about making her the East Indian human avatar from the 2011 "Bid Me Human" she was in. But instead it was suggested she use an avatar she uses only once in a good while, her custom-made vixen Lotta Lamour, a character from the "Tale Spin" cartoon. Those less than familiar with the cartoon had called it her "harem vixen."

Ranchan, whom has switched around a little from domestic canine to fennec fox, now had a change of her own to make as well. She soon found an anime-influenced human avatar to wear for the following week.

The money from the event put the team over the 50,000 Linden mark. But the cash would continue to roll in.  The following night, Rita would announce the team had passed 75,000, "We are now at Bronze Level!"

Despite that the community already had to raise lots of cash just before the Relay season, the team has been progressing faster than last year. In the 2016 Season, it took until May 19 for the Sunbeamers to reach Bronze rank. But eventually the team would go on to reach Platinum rank. How high can the team go this year? Eventually we'll see.

For those looking to donate to Team Sunbeamers, you can find our kiosks at Club Cutlass in Sunweaver Bay  (114/117/757), the Happy Vixen at Purrfection Estates (236/219/24), and the SL Newser office at HV Community (140/85/25).

The Relay for Life in Second Life is a chapter of  the Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society's most noted fundraiser.

Bixyl Shuftan

The New Steelhead's First Town Meeting

Steelhead is back. For over a year, the members of the community had to live in other places after the estate faded away from the grid. But with the founding of Steelhead Bay, they now have a home once more. Tuesday night, March 21, was both the opening of the sim to community members and the first town hall meeting since the closing of the old estate.

Read the story in People.

Press Release: Survivor/Caregiver Ball at Two Moon Paradise Sunday

 Dress to impress and come expecting a great time at the annual Relay For Life of Second Life’s Survivor & Caregiver Ball set for 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26 at the Two Moon Paradise sim.

The ball will be at

“The Survivor Caregiver Honor Ball is always a highlight of our Relay season,” said RFL of SL Survivor/Caregiver Co-Lead TS Darrow.  “This year will be no exception. If you are a Survivor and Caregiver this is your time to shine. You are the foundation of why we relay. The whole RFL of SL community is invited to join us for an afternoon to honor all our heroes!”

As part of the celebration, there will be special performances by Russell Eponym and Lisa Brune.

For more information, please contact Co-leads Shiran Sabra or TS Darrow.

About Relay For Life of Second Life

Relay For Life is the signature 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:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reader Submitted: Skunkie Party

Over time, Club Cutlass, the main club of the Sunweaver community, has gone through a number of changes. From about 2009 to Feb 2012, the club was of a Meso-American "pyramid" design. Among the events held was this "skunk party."

Zorro Wuramunga took these two pictures of the event of which the only clue of the time was the background. Then as now, the club has the air of the sweet smell of friendship.

Press Release: Bennefit at Veterans Isle This Sunday

Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce the third 2017 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 March 28, 2017 benefit in Second Life for the Veterans Support Organization for Home 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 March 26, 2017 is scheduled from 4-9 PM PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Savannah Rain, Frets Nirvana, Dimivan Ludwig and Hogan Baily .

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Interview With Dusk Griswold

Dusk Gridwold is one of the key members of the Sunweaver community. As one of the founding members, she has been with them since day one. Before she was in Second Life, she helped get a furry convention, Midwest Furfest, started, and was known there, and a few others, for her puppetering, her most noted character being Vixie the Fox. While she no longer sees a place for herself at furry cons, she remains active inworld, having DJed in the past for the Relay for Life's Passionate Redheads team, as well as being the team leader for a time, and is still helping out with the Relay.

Read the interview in People.

Sunweaver Bay Easter Egg Hunt

Shockwave Yareach is known for building a a number of things in the Sunweaver Estates, including the "Alien Egg Hunt" that's been up a few times at Easter. But this year, "I needed something new and different." So this year, an Easter Egg hunt in the Sunweaver Bay sim, "14 eggs hidden in all the common areas of the entire sim.  Find them all and get a unique relaxation prize. ...  I modded one of my own private relaxation devices into a special prize you cannot get any other way but to find all the eggs."

To play the game, head to The Drunken Parrot pub at  Sunweaver Bay (125, 90. 22). Between the kiosk and a sample Easter basket, there's a chocolate bunny. Touch the bunny for both the instructions and the basket. Wear/add the basket to do the hunt. Touch an egg, and a copy will appear in both your basket and your inventory. There are a total of 14 eggs.

So how hard are the eggs to find? Shockwave answered, "A couple are easy.  Some are devilish (deviled eggs). But nothing is in private areas.  Public area of the sim, but that's a LOT of hiding spaces. You don't have to fly or scubadive."

You'll also find a vendor for a clean brass Edison bulb table lamp where you get the basket. It costs 100 Lindens, the money going to Team Sunbeamers.

So far, after a quick look around the sim, I found one egg. And it's at ... well, you shouldn't have too hard a time finding it. Any 'ol pigeon should be able to see it. Shockwave didn't say how long his hunt would be up, but it should be around at least until Easter, which this year is April 17.

"Brought to you by Shockwave Yareach, Cynthia Farshore, and the Sunbeamers."

Happy egg hunting.

Sunweaver Bay (125, 90. 22)

*Addition* The number of eggs, 14, wasn't originally given. It's since been corrected.

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

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

Club Cutlass: "Best in L," Black and Blue, 60s and 70s

Happy Vixen: Circus, Blue and White, Martial Arts/Fighters, Silly/Crazy, CAYA

Xanadu: TBA, TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Rock, Chuck Barry Tribute, Mix and Match, Elements, Light vs Dark, Feathers, Circus, Space, Nature

Read the Schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 10:30AM

"Spoonful of Sugar" Festival

March 18 was the start of an event called "The 2017 Spoonful of Sugar," a fashion, home and garden, and breedable festival in Second Life. Over the weekend, there were a number of live performances, such as the singer Maximillion Kleene. The next events are on Friday March 24, with Trader Whiplash of T-1 Radiointerviewing people from "Doctors Without Borders," and will go on to Sunday March 26 when there's another break. The final events will be on Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1.

"Spoonful of Sugar" takes place over five sims. Besides live events in the central sim of the same name as the event, there are numerous shops in the four surrounding sims of which goods sold raise funds for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.

"Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality."

For more information, check the "Spoonful of Sugar" website at : .

Ivory Tower Honors Michael Linden

Avi Arrow alerted the Newser of what was going on over the Natomi sim where the Ivory Tower of Prims is. Over the map was a picture honoring Michael Linden, whom had recently left Linden Lab. "I've been doing a series of Sky Art," Avi explained, "I'll continue ... for Michael for a few more weeks."

Monday, March 20, 2017

What It's Like To Acquire A Sim

The Newser has written about hundreds of locations in Second Life. But the process of getting one, this is something we have yet had to write about, until now. MajikVixen recently opened her new sim, Zamargad. In this article, she chronicles the steps she took from the decision to get one, to the steps of the process, to the party to celebrate it's completion.

Read Majik's article in Extra.

A Busy Weekend

Quite a bit happened this weekend. If one counts Friday, there was the Linden Snowball Fight and the Team Sunbeamers party. But there was the Giant Snail Cross-Sim Race (see below), The VWBPE (Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education) Press Day (picture above), the event itself starting on March 29, the Relay Rockers "Skunk Aid" party, and more.

We've gone into detail about the Sunbeamer party. More on one or more of the others later.

Bay City's Secret Event Revealed: Everfest March 30 - April 1

Recently, E.F. Committee (EFcommittee Resident) of Bay City finally revealed the reason for the secret messages he or she has been sending since just after Mole Day, here, here, and here. The community would be holding a festival to honor a late noted resident; Ever Dreamscape.

"We aimed for mysterious and 'Ever-like,'" E.F. Committee explained to me, "We realized that there were 3 days between the 'Dreamscape 500' on Thursday and Ever's night on Saturday, so decided to make it a festival this year. Three days we think she'd have totally loved. The Bowlathon is for Ever's favorite charity, Child's Play."

For those who don't know, Ever was a noted part of the Bay City community, who helped organize events. But she was also known for her quirky sense of humor. She would set up many kinds of calamities, but was particularly known for setting fires. In early May 2014, she passed away. Shortly afterwards Bay City honored her in an unusual way by setting much of the city aflame.

Of the earlier teaser messages, "We wanted to build 'mystery' but also get people thinking 'WTF?' We'll type up what each image had to do with Ever, including the links."

The event will include, "random sharks, fires, aliens and Godzillas. We did, with love, when Ever was ever around." Of fires, "that's post party on Ever's Night. Dennis will burn, and we hope most of BC will as well with us. ... We are striving for a very.... ForEver event. She was very unique, it's taking a lot of us to try and even come near" her level."

E.F. Committee concluded, "More details are coming, and everyone is invited. We'll send out LM's in the notecard explaining the posters."

And so, Bay City gets ready to honor one of it's more unique residents in a very unique fashion.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: March 18 Giant Snail Cross-Sim Race

(Click here if the video fails to play)

A recording of the Giant Snail Cross-Sim Race that took place on Saturday March 18. 17 racers took part, and the race was unusually tight for a cross-sim race of this length with five crossing the finish line within a couple seconds. They are, in order:

1: Josu Tenk
2: Gunwald Constantine
3: Alden Cortez
4: Imzadi Amaterasu
5: Lorraina McDonnell

Organized by RacerX Gullwing, the race raised a good amount of money for the Relay for Life.

Flonne Ninetails Has Died

Ranchan Weidman, the owner of HV Community where the SL Newser office resides, announced that a friend of hers, Flonne Ninetails, had passed away.

For those that have known Flonne Ninetails, either in passing chats or on more deeper levels; from being friends or family with Flonne, both in Real life and Secondlife, it saddens me to pass along the news that early this march, for those that didn't know yet,  Flonne passed away.  Our hearts and wishes go out to you.  The strength and personality shared by Flonne, even under the medical issues being battled, will forever resonate in our hearts.  May you Rest in Peace, Sis. 

Flonne's profile listed her age as 29. Besides Tiny Empires, she was involved in a few sci-fi roleplay groups.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: Canned Linden

Taken at the Linden snowball fight/Snowball showdown. Among the Lindens there was a relatively new one, Mazidox Linden, who went around in a spray can avatar. Actually, how he left his old job is unknown, but when you go about in a can avatar, one "can" expect some kind of ribbing. What "Pesticide Sprayer" means, I can only guess at.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcemnt: Skunk Aid '17 - The Return of Stinky

He's The Nightmare on Relay Street

Stinky Is Back!

When you get a lemon you make Lemon Ade
When you get Skunked you hold Skunk Aid!

Sunday Mar 19 - 5-7pm slt

Join the Rockers for a L$1000 Best In Black n White Party And help us hand Stinky his Passport and send him on his way

Great 60s Classic Rock Mix w/ Trader

On The Pier @ Arinultra Cay