Tuesday, May 23, 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. This week, Club Cutlass and the Furry Fashion Lounge are doing tributes to the late Artistic Fimicloud. The Happy Vixen is also expanding it's schedule to include two events on Sundays.

Club Cutlass: Best In 'U' and 'V', Roller Skates, Memorial Day

Happy Vixen: Royal Ball, Pink Fox/Artistic Fimicloud Tribute, Hybrids and Oddities, Good vs Evil, Fishnets, Lingerie, CAYA

Xanadu: TBA, TBA, TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Fantasy, Pirates, Punk, Purple, Steampunk, Demos, Swing, Romance, Sci-fi

See the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 10AM

Reader Submitted: D.R.U.M. – Celebration and Remembrance


Any1 Gynoid, who describes herself as a "reader contributor" to the Second Life Newser has sent us another submission. She writes about a recent event at Creations for Parkinson's. They hosted an event by the Divine Rhythms of Universal Music, better known as D.R.U.M., of the Burn2 group. DRUM has been around. Part art and part musical performance, they certainly stand out.

Read Any1's article in Events.

SL14B Update: Map Art, More Openings For Applications



RaineBow Rose (RaineBowRose Resident) recently sent the Newser this map, showing what's been build so far in the sims of the region of the SL14B celebration, with a slight artistic touch.

Also there are a few more openings for performers and Auditorium speakers.

We have opened up the Performance and Auditorium applications as a few slots have opened up. If you missed your chance, now’s the time. Hit it here and here.

Applicants to be exhibitors of the event will be notified via email starting tomorrow May 24. June 10 is when emails are sent to accepted performers.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Return to Yosemite


Almost a year ago, Gemma Cleanslate wrote about Yosemite, a park area owned and built by Jadyn Firehawk with some artistic structures among the trees and trails. Since then, there have been a few changes at the place. She went back and had a look at them. So what are these changes?

Read Gemma's article in Places.

A Busy Weekend



Quite a lot happened this weekend in Second Life. Sunday May 21 was the Ninth Annual Bay City Anniversary Celebration with it's parade (above) and party. Among the other events going on, the Relay for Life Fourth Annual Farshore Field Air Show took place in Pacific Waters on Saturday May 20, the RFL Home and Garden Expo opened on Friday May 19, and more.

We'll report more on these and other happenings later, but we at the Newser need to rest a little first.

Press Release: Sixth Annual Mental Health Symposium


The Virtual Ability community in Second Life invites you to join us for our sixth annual Mental Health Symposium. It will be held on Saturday, May 27, beginning at 6am Pacific (9am Eastern), and continuing through 5:30pm Pacific (8:30pm Eastern). There is no charge to attend.

The theme of this year’s Symposium is “I can relate to that.” Our international group of presenters offers a wide interpretation of the theme, based on their interests and academic backgrounds. Attendees will learn ways to promote mental health for themselves and their families, how diet affects mental health, and how first responders and medical clinicians can improve their own mental health.

The Symposium takes place in Virtual Ability’s Sojourner Auditorium, on Virtual Ability island. The SLURL for the auditorium is: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/54/170/23

The Virtual Ability community hosts this annual Symposium to share information about mental health and mental disabilities with the general population. Within our cross-disability community we have members who deal with a variety of mental health issues. Not only is this an opportunity for our community members to learn more about topics related to mental health from experts they probably would not have a chance to meet otherwise, it is allows the general public to attend a professional conference for free.

The 2017 Mental Health Symposium schedule is as follows:

6am SLT         Tracy Burrows “Diet, Nutrition and Food Addiction”
7:30am SLT        Sarah Henderson and Kristin Klimley “First Responder Mental Health: The Importance of Training and Intervention”
9am SLT        Joel Edman “Nutritional and Holistic Approaches to Stomach and Intestinal Disorders: Practical guidelines that can also be helpful for chronic and/or complex health issues”
10:30am SLT        selection of tours of SL sites related to mental health in Second Life
noon SLT        Ian Colman “Mental health promotion - What can you do for you and your loved ones?”
1:30pm SLT        Karen Davison “Bridging the Divide: Exploring research in nutrition, mental health and food security”
3pm SLT        Diana Anderson “Virtual Windows: Design solutions to improve the mental health of clinical staff”
4:30pm SLT        Namaara MacMoragh "Mental Health Following Brain Injury"

Please contact info@virtualability.org for additional information.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Lantern Release Ceremony At The RFL Home And Garden Expo



The Home and Garden Expo is taking place in Second Life. Among the events there is the Lantern Release Ceremony. It takes place every day at 4PM at the Hope 5 sim. At the start of the event virtual replicas of Asian lanterns are released into the air, in remembrance of friends and loved ones whom have been lost.


Saffia Widdershins, who invited me to the event, told me, "These lanterns were created especially for the Home and Garden Expo about seven years ago, by Alchemy Immortalis. We started the tradition of releasing them then, and ever since, every day at Expo, we have the lantern release ceremony."


The ceremony ends with a sunrise, a reminder that tomorrow is another day, and of new beginnings.

For more on the ceremony, check the RFL Home and Expo blog. To head to the Expo, head to http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%201/128/123/23 .

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: May's Aether Salon - Royal Ascot


Liz Wilmer and Oriella Charik join the Salonistas again to share the history and customs of England's most renowned horse race and social event, the Royal Ascot.  (You may fancy dressing appropriately to help set the mood.) 2 pm, Sunday, 21 May at the Aether Salon building.

New Babbage - Academy of Industry (0, 64, 106)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Reminder: Sunbeamer Air Show and Bay City Anniversary



There's two big events this weekend in Second Life. On Saturday is the Fourth Annual Farshore Field Air Show Fly-in at the Pacific Waters sim. This Relay event is a must for airplane fans. Among the attractions, a dunking booth in which instead of tennis balls, you fire a German 88 to knock volunteers into the water. Launch yourself, or your friends, out of an air cannon. Bring your own warplanes and duke it out in a dogfight. Or just use the plane rezzer (above) and use those. Jessicabelle Dayafter recently installed a new and improved one with two more planes.

The event takes place Saturday from 8AM to 4PM at Pacific Waters (51/86/31) For more information, contact Cynthia Farshore.


Sunday's big event is the Ninth Annual Bay City Anniversary. Starting off with a parade, the line of people heads to the North Channel sim where the party begins, with both DJs and live music. For questions, contact Marianne McCann.


Interview With Arizona Ballinger-Whiplash At The Relaystock


One of the top-ranked teams year after year in the Relay for Life is the Relay Rockers. This year, the captaincy of the team went to Arizona Ballinger-Whiplash (Arizona Ballinger). During the Relaystock last weekend, which Arizona organized, the Newser had a chance to interview. She had a few things to say about both her team, the event, and the Relay.

Read the interview in People

Back To The Future: The Ride


If you're a fan of "Back to the Future" and it's sequels, you'll be happy to hear about the "Back to the Future: The Ride." Based on the ride from Universal Studios Florida, this one was made in the ASD Studios sim by Alicia Stella. Taking on the role of a volunteer for Doc Brown's new time machine, can you stop Biff Tannen before he does who-knows-what to the space-time continuum?

Read the story in Places.

SL14B Update: More Exhibitior Openings



In the latest post on the SL14B blog, and an announcement by Doc Gascoigne, there will be slightly more exhibition openings for spots than originally anticipated.

Doc cannot count. Ok ok he needs reading glasses
his loss of vision is your gain
Pass the word we need some more exhibits


Consider joining in the fun by being an exhibitor at SL14B! We have reopened the applications as we have been granted a few more parcels due to popular demand and we want to fill them up!
Join the Carnivale and apply now!

http://www.slcommunitycelebration.info/last-minute-exhibitors/

Thursday, May 18, 2017

More On Ozimal's Closing



There's been a few developments following the closing of Ozimals. I found the real Ozimal store at the Magic of Oz sim (180/90/23), but sadly anything having to do with their breedable bunnies or any other products of theirs was gone. There are still other items one can buy at shops, and one can explore the sim, going down it's yellow brick road and seeing Emerald City. It is unclear how long the sim will remain. The Ozimal blog has also been shut down.

Contacting Malkavyn Eldritch, he told me he couldn't tell me any details at all related to the "cease and desist" order other than what he already stated. But he did say there was a group concerned fans of Ozimal bunnies could join: For The Love of Oz . Chatting with the people there, I was handed a package with an "Everlasting timepiece" and other items needed to keep a pet bunny active, even one that had gone into hibernation. So if someone gets the news late about Ozimal's closing, they can still save their bunnies. You can also get the items from IMing the group and getting them from someone, or from the box of them at the Newser office at HV Community (135/85/25)

Fans of Ozimal have also set up a gofundme page, not to help bring back the company (which is unlikely), but to help out Malkavyn. "The funds we raise here will go toward helping him rebuild things in his life beyond Second Life and hopefully ease his real life burdens," the page states, "Please help us give back to him for all the joy that he has brought us."

In group notices, people were still trading bunnies, and there was plenty of chat about their pets and happy moments. So while the company may be gone, many bunny owners will still be enjoying their pets.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: The Medieval Faire by Relay For Life on May 19th to June 19th



In fitting that this year, Unmasking A Cure - Relay For Life Team presents Third Annual Medieval Faire, on May 19 to June 19, 2017 at Second Life. Imagine Medieval time once again at Second Life, as if like Ren - Faire in real time. It is a wholesome event where everybody are invited to enjoy on the sim and find live performances and dee jays sharing their time, talent and treasure to Relay For Life. You can also see fashion designers, furnitures, decor items on sale. All proceeds goes to raise fund to Relay For Life cause.

Never miss this month long action packed event in sports, contests, gatcha garden, tune-in to performances and songs, savor the moments of wearing new clothes on display, mesmerize on decors and furniture items. Let us all support the Medival Faire (http://www.uacmedievalfairerflofsl.com/) to contribute another legacy towards Unmasking A Cure - Relay for Life.

Magical Hears (128/190/22)

Reader Submitted: At The RelayStock



From Mia Quinote. Mia, Sunbeamer chief Rita Mariner, and one other girl have some fun with neon streamers at last weekend's Relaystock.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Interview with Trader Whiplash At The RelayStock


Recently while the Relaystock in Second Life was going on, Deaflegacy met up with one of the most well known DJs taking part: Trader Whiplash. Trader has a long history with the Relay, known for both his DJing and radio station, and his "Bid Me Bald" events. Deaflegacy had a few questions for him, and he took some time to answer.

Read Deaflegacy's article in People.

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" Ozimal Bunnies Closes Due to "Cease And Desist" Order


After seven years, Ozimals has closed it's doors.

The news came suddenly yesterday on Tuesday May 16 when Malkavyn Eldritch posted on the Ozimals blog that the day before, she had been hit with a "cease and desist" order from a lawyer representing an Edward Distelhurst of Akimeta Ltd, "This letter demands that I cease all use of Ozimals intellectual property." Sadly, she made the conclusion they had no choice but to comply.

I don’t personally agree with this claim, but I do not have the means to fight this in court, therefore I have no choice but to comply. As of the morning of Wednesday, May 17, 2017, my products and their associated games will cease to function. 
This really f***ing sucks, and I’m sorry. It was never my intention for the time we’ve all spent with the bunnies and the Pufflings to end like this. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the support this community has given me over the last seven years. I wish there was more I could say.

For those looking at two of the last pictures on her Flickr page, they found that if they could get to the Ozimal store in time. they could get "free eternal timepieces and other goodies" that would keep their pets active. Otherwise "Any bunny who is not Everlasing will be unable to eat and will hibernate within 72 hours." Those bunnies that were "Everlasting" would go on. Getting to the store at slightly after Midnight SL time, the store, and the means to preserve unprotected pets, were gone.

Who is Akimeta? A search let to a blog by "Akimeta Metaverse Development Services," in which they listed Ozimal bunnies as one of their collaboration projects, "Work for Ozimals LLC began in June or July of 2009 and through the course of my time creating the bulk of visual assets used by the company some ~2000 files were created, culminating in over 600 individual visual assets now used in the widely popular game." It seems their partnership has ended under less than cordial circumstances.

Ozimals came onto Second Life in 2010. While they were not the first breedable pets in Second Life, they were a breakthrough as they were hardier than the fragile Sion chickens and "the first breedable pet company in Second Life to use a sophisticated system based on dominant and recessive genetics instead of RGB color values as the previous popular breeding pet games." For a time, they were wildly popular, some rare breeds selling for tens of thousands of Lindens at auctions. They even made a marketing deal with Linden Lab.  But the bunny craze soon faded. Shellie Sands thought that the market had become saturated, and when people kept on selling as people wanted to get rid of bunnies they could no longer afford to feed, the price plummeted.

Shortly afterwards, Ozimals filed suit against Amaretto horses, the next popular breedable, saying they had copied sections of their scripts. But after some time, the judge ruled in favor of Amaretto. More breedables entered the market, from dogs to cats and many others. But the Ozimal bunny had a place in Second Life history. And now years after the lawsuit, ironically but sadly the bunnies have met their end due to another suit.

Goodbye, Ozimals, you brought joy and happiness to the grid for years, and I wish some of that will follow the people who kept the bunlife going.

Addition: The Ozimal blog seems to have been taken down, so here is a screenshot of the last entry.


Hat Tip: Hamlet Au

Sources: Second Life Wiki , Ozimals, Akimeta 


Bixyl Shuftan


"Time Travel The Pharmaceutical Way"



From Ishtarkiss (Ishtarangel Micheline), a trippy picture which she titled "Time Travel The Pharmaceutical Way." She took a number of screenshots at last weekend's Relaystock. including this one which the above is based on.

Press Release: The Relay For Life Air Show At Farshore Field


Team Sunbeamers welcomes you to the 4th Annual Relay For Life Air Show Fly-in at Farshore Field.

The Sunbeamers team welcomes you to the 4th Annual Farshore Field Air Show Fly-in on Armed Forces Day this Saturday the 20th of May between the hours of 8AM to 4PM SLT. There will be planes on display with information about them. Some Pilots will be on hand to give rides and flight demonstrations or you can just BYOAP [Bring Your Own AirPlane] and stunt around yourself.

From 4PM till 6PM SLT there will be an after flights dance and activities in The Goblin Cave located on the hill over looking the field. The featured music in honor of Armed Forces Day will have a WWII cantina sound including late 30’s big bands. No theme dressing needed but if you want, ok, no contest, just socializing and relaxing after a hard day of flying.

During the show there will be a number of activities to participate in. These activities we ask for a donation to the Relay For Life kiosk located at each. These include being shot out of a cannon straight up to about 300 Meters where a provided parachute gently brings you back down. You keep the special RFL 2017 textured parachute for free. Then you can help cool each other by taking turns dunking your partner in a nice cool dunk tank, that is instead of a beanbag you fire a German 88mm shell into its target!! How often do you get to shoot such an historical gun? During the air show hours there will be a Blimp Bicycle Race. For a donation you enter and are given for free a bicycle blimp you pedal through a series of rings above the ground. Since you must use the provided craft there will be no advantage in using a faster vehicle. There will be some tricky turns but nothing too hard as it is your skill that will govern your performance. You need not be present to receive the prizes of 500L for first, 250L for second, 100L for third. There will be other activities so come explore.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pacific%20Waters/51/86/31