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Thursday, April 19, 2018
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.
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.
Saturday April 21
Sojourner Auditorium, Virtual Ability island
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"
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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
See the pictures in Design.
Taken at Eternal Desires. What really caused this guy to faint, I forget. But I could think of one possibility.
By Bixyl Shuftan
Read MajikVixen's story in Extra.
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
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
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Monday, April 16, 2018
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.
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?
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.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
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
Rosehaven Reverie (98/95/1225)
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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.
Friday, April 13, 2018
The theme for 2018's Second Life Birthday celebration event has finally been announced. This year, the theme is "Crystal Anniversary."
As Second Life begins to celebrate its 15th birthday, our “crystal” theme aims to inspire residents to reflect both on the past and see into the future. The community is encouraged to use the crystal aesthetic and concept to creatively express their favorite SL features of the past while also looking forward into the future. The “crystal” theme allows for exploration of the tapestry of time that weaves together the past, present and future of Second Life.
The theme may have been inspired from fifteenth wedding anniversaries traditionally being called crystal ones.
This is also the day that applications for performers, exhibitors, and volunteers are open for those wanting to file one. For the latter two, you'll have only a few weeks to do so as applications for exhibitors and volunteers close on May 7. On May 7, the regions are open to builders with May 29 being the deadline for parcel claims. Performers have longer to decide whether or not to take part, their deadline being May 31.
This will be quite an exciting event, so be sure to stay tuned for updates.
Applications for SL15B will go LIVE TOMORROW
APRIL 13 at 12:00 PM NOON SLT
(site will not be live till 12pm NOON)
If you have any questions please IM
Compared to the previous five SLB events, the SL15B has had some delays (SL9B was done later in the year as well due to Linden Lab announcing it was no longer organizing the events). Of the map of the SL15B sims, several land areas are yet to be online. The theme of the event has yet to be announced. Presumably it will be announced today. as exhibitors have been asked to keep builds within the theme.
Stay tuned for further developments.
7AM - 8AM PDT Asia-Oceania hour
or 10AM - 11AM PDT Regular time
Elon Musk: Man With a Purpose
We asked Science Circle students what topics they would like to hear and Elon Musk was one request. Well, I was curious also, so this coming Saturday your request is granted!
Elon Musk is one of the richest and most powerful men in the world. Who is he and how did he get where he is today? What drives him to do what he does? What will he do next? Of course we could never really know unless we asked him directly (anyone know if he has a SL avatar?), but we can speculate on answers to these questions from what he has told others and what he has done in the past.
Come explore what I was able to find out about this fascinating person and his world, about his past projects (Zip2, X.com, and PayPal), current projects and how they work (Tesla & SolarCity, SpaceX, The Boring Company & Hyperloop, and Neuralink & OpenAI), and about what is next!
Phil Youngblood / Vic Michalak
For more information: Click Here.
The Science Circle (61/127/32)