Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's Halloween week, with some spook-tacular events in the Sunweaver and Angel clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in K, TBA, Halloween

Happy Vixen: Scaleys, Monsters, Undies, Night Creatures, Halloween

Gathering Oak: TBA

Furry Fashion: Dance Macabre, Movies, Goth, Undead vs Survivors, Cute vs Creepy, Ghosts and Ghouls, Werewolves vs Vampires, Halloween Special (Monsters, Fantasy)

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Club Cutlass Gets a Touch-Up

 For the first time since it's christening in March 2016, the current Club Cutlass, also known as Cutlass VI, has gotten some changes. Last week, Cynthia Farshore and Shockwave Yarreach made some adjustments on the ship.

While the basic design is still the same, the ship has been widened some, and the hull smoothed some. The widening is most noticable on the dance deck, which now has some side areas with a few couches for people who would rather sit than dance. The side passageways to and back from the quarters have also been widened, to the relief of dragon DJ Geerkil whom occasionally performs at Cutlass, and more recently the Happy Vixen. The deck's appearance is also different, resembling varnished wood. One more difference was the altitude of the ship, raised to about 750 meters over the ground.

Underneath the ship, one can find the boilers and driveshafts. There's also a mad doctor's lab, a brig (rumor has it used when Rita Mariner thinks Gil has been naughty), and a bomb rack with bay doors.

Two particular changes were actually made weeks ago, the addition of a couple mascots. Next to the DJ booth is a parrot that moves around a little, and once in a while flies around. Between the booth and the left dancepole is a small hollow log where a weasel inside occasionally pokes his head out from one of the holes. The weasel has been named "Captain Cutlass." So far no name yet for the parrot.

Saturday October 22 was the first party after the last of the changes made.  Not everyone was completely happy with the changes. One local expressed disappointment that she could no longer see the club from her window. But most were happy with them, especially Rita Mariner the Sunweaver chieftess.

One change isn't about the ship, but the contest rules. The rule about contest winners having to sit the next one out has been temporarily lifted, possibly because of a number of ties in recent events.

The new landmark is now at Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757). Regular events are on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 6-8PM, though some people drop in early and hand around after the contests. People also gather occasionally between events. Jenni Greenfield is in charge of club events.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Farewell From Insilico in Second Life"

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From Die Villa on October 24, done in response to the announcement of the decision to close Insilico.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Burn2 in Second Life

The Burn2 festival is over. But there are still stories to tell. Today we have one from Grease Coakes. Grease didn't just observe the event, but took part as a DJ, and was asked to help out with one of the ceremonies. And he was on hand to see one of the final events: the "Burning of The Man."

Read Grease's story in Events.

Vivi's Haunted Hill

Deaflegacy has been on the lookout for some Halloween Haunts. After a few that didn't seem what they were scared up to be, she came across Vivi's Haunted Hill in Smokey Valley. She found the place not just spooky, but terrifying. In writing about the location, she left some details unspoken so the surprise wouldn't be ruined, but did give some hints of what perils lay ahead.

Read Deaflegacy's story in Places.

Furry Fashion Meets Rocky Horror

The horror. The funky horror. The Rocky Horror.

On Saturday night, October 22, the Furry Fashion Lounge held their Rocky Horror Picture Show event. This wasn't a showing of the cult movie noted for fans who make the movie into a social event, dressing up and acting out at certain scenes, but rather playing the music in the movie, in addition to a few others that seemed appropriate, and those attending encouraged to dress up in the spirit of the movie. While someone asked, "How does a G/PG club do a very un-PG movie for an event?" Everyone was assured as long as they kept their privates covered, they were fine.

And who was DJing? The wild and crazy ScratchMusikatt who dressed the part of Frank N. Frutter, complete with codpiece and fishnet stockings. When yours truly suggested Scratch couldn't live down any pictures published, he remarked, "Hehehe! I've played Frank in an LIVE presentation of RHPS my fine foxy friend. I have NO shame (grin)." One of the people there commented, "You are awesome! There's no shame to have."

The Furry Fashion Lounge has events every day of the week except Mondays, located at Furry (159, 200, 113).

Reader Submitted:

 Will Burns (Aeonix Aeon) recently sent us a couple pictures. One was of him in an avatar inspired by "The Nightmare Before Christmas" at Halloween Town.

Will didn't say exactly where this picture was taken. But it looks like he was wondering "Who you gonna call?"

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cartoon of the Day: Burn2

Taken at Burn2 just after the "Burning of the Man." Pygar Bu and Marianne McCann of Bay City were among those taking part. Did Pygar really walk into the fire, or perhaps he decided to try a very painful food.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Temple Burn, Day 2 of the LW13B

 Saturday October 22 was quite a day, with the Burning of the Man at Burn2, and the Luskwood and Trotsdale communities celebrating their anniversaries, their 13th and 5th respectively. But this isn't the end of the fun in these places. The fun continues today as Burn2 holds their Temple Burn and Luskwood holds a couple more events for their anniversary or LW13B.

The Temple Burn will take place twice, at 12 Noon and 6PM respectively, taking place in the southeast corner of the Black Rock sim. At Luskwood, from 2-3:30PM, Alazarin Mondrian will be doing a live music performance at the platform that continues to be called the LW10B build at Perry (126/211/3351)  From 6PM to 7PM, Frogg Marlowe will be performing at the Perry Amphitheatre at Perry (24/212/25). It's possible there may be some last minute additions, so keep an eye on Luskwood's news page.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Press Release: Da Vinci’s Workshop Styling Show at BURN 2

Date: October 22, 2016

Time:  2pm to 3pm slt

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Burning%20Man-%20Opal/80/131/25

The Edge will be holding its 'Da Vinci's Workshop' Styling show and Live Art performance at the prestigious BURN2 Event on the 22nd October at 2pm SLT. 

BURN2, which runs this year from the 15th - 23rd October is a one of the biggest annual Art Events in SL. It is officially linked to the real life Burning Man event, so this is a truly amazing opportunity to showcase Fashion Art in SL.

Stylists and Models from Kultivate's The Edge were given the brief to come up with creative stylings and runway presentations inspired by BURN2's theme this year 'Da Vinci's Workshop' Presented on an unusual Art Build runway, this show will be a truly creative and very entertaining event.  Presented in a runway show and told story format, on a Renaissance Glockenspiel inspired art build, it will showcase Styling as a form of creative expression through the Modern Art medium of Live Art.  Gabrielle Riel of Radio Riel will be providing the music for the event.

About The Edge:
The Edge is the Fashion division of Kultivate Magazine. The Edge's mission is to explore the true edge where Fashion meets Art, though its Edge section of Kultivate Magazine, through the Edge Gallery which promotes awareness of and celebrates Fashion Art in SL, through education and awareness of creativity in Fashion and Styling, and now also through creative Fashion Art Events.

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SL Video: "Chemical Rush"

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From Nydia Tungsten on Oct 20, "This time we are using Brian McFadden's "Chemical Rush "
we're at the IYC in SL and I would like to thank Brandi and Jian ( Both of whom have had a HUGE impact on my life in SL) for Dancing with me, and as always, we make no money off of these, we do them for the joy of doing them and have fun doing it, with the hopes you enjoy watching, if you like it, give us a thumb's up!"

Friday, October 21, 2016

Cafe Wellstone, The Twin Political Campaign Buildings, And The Trump Pub

With just a short time before the US Presidential Election, Bixyl Shuftan does a look at four political-themed locations not mentioned before this season. One was a location from previous elections that had moved and only now was the Newser made aware of where it is now: Cafe Wellstone. Besides that, there were also two political buildings standing side by side appearing to each represent one of the candidates. And there was also a pub for Trump supporters.

Read more in Extra.

Addition: Originally, the link led to the wrong section, it was later corrected.

Announcement: "Scare Me Silly" by Team Diabetes

It's time to get scared silly at the Scare Me Silly event, which supports Team Diabetes of Second Life, an official and authorized team of the American Diabetes Association! This event will feature shopping, a pumpkin hunt, live performances, tribute bands, tricks and treats!

For more information, visit teamdiabetesofsecondlife.org/scare-me-silly-event.html.

Water Haven (146/138/22)

Press Release: Sign Up For The 2016 Making Strides Walk


It’s time to break out those walking shoes and join us as we Make Strides during the 2016 Strides Walk!
This year, the walk will be 10 am – 6 pm slt Saturday, October 29

Please register here:

Everyone is welcome!  One lap or as many as you can, Sign up! Help us take Strides Against Breast Cancer in SL!

We would like the walkers to reach out to their friends in SL and if you like real life to get sponsors for your walk.   The sponsors would agree that for every lap you walk they will pay a certain amount  to you as a donation. An example of how to request sponsorships will be given to each registered walker.

The more sponsors you have the more you can raise for MSABC!! Special awards will be given to top fundraisers.

After the walk we will send you a notecard with all your sponsors and how much they sponsored you for and what they owe.  You can set up a kiosk at your home and tp each to pay or you can go to them and rezz a kiosk for them to pay.   For your personal protection we ask that you post besides each of their names their payment to the kiosk from your transaction history.   Once you have collected all your funds we ask you return a copy of your card to Leala Spire or Sandie Loxingly by Nov. 4th.

Awards will then be given out at Wrap up on Nov. 5th.

If you have any questions, please contact Leala or Sandie.

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight. Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and race money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

About The American Cancer Society:
For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

For more information please visit the sites below:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

"Fade It To Black," Insilico Announces It's Sims Will Soon Close

For the second time this year, the Insilico cyberpunk region and roleplay community is facing the end. But this time, there may be no reprieve.

Insilico is not new, but has been around for over eight years. Last year, Second Life Newser did a review of the roleplay and area. But in March of this year, it's controversial owner Skills Hak was banned by Second Life by Linden Lab, and the sims offlined. Thanks to negotiations behind the scenes, the sims were transferred to administrator Abeus Madruga and had a new lease on virtual life.

Unfortunately, the damage was done, and the area which had been able to cover it's costs before began bleeding red ink, Abeus stating in the announcement, "a combination of losses that have slowly eroded away: Malls are drying up, Skills’ MP sales disappearing, fewer long term residential rentals, etc." While people in the roleplay were able to cover the deficits out of their pockets for a while, this month it was finally too great.

So, we had to make a decision. Either make a drastic reduction to just two sims (a full region and a homestead), or close InSilico as a whole while we are still in a position to do so on our own terms. After a lot of discussion and soul searching with the current staff and some players (and a lot of antacids), we’ve opted for the latter…to go out whole. 

This is a very hard choice for us, and not one that we’ve come to lightly. Even though it might be possible to survive as just two sims, the technical aspects of that were daunting. ... we just weren’t entirely confident ourselves that we could make it work in such a short amount of time. We also didn’t want to have to keep turning to the community for donations to keep us afloat during that process…but certainly the one thing we didn’t want was to go through all of this, and then find ourselves back in this same position 2, 3, 4 months down the line. We don't want to wither away, slowly or not.

Perhaps it’s just a sign of the times, the state of things in general, or our age and reputation that have brought us to this point. Maybe we should have dropped a couple regions from the start…Either, any, or…it doesn’t really matter now. We have chosen to come to a close with InSilico as it is now, intact and committed to our memories in the same way. It’s a sacrifice, but not one of compromise.

As I said in my previous (albeit premature) Goodbye/Love letter to InSilico during the lockout…We’ve had some good times, even some great times. 9 years’ worth of stories that will continue to transcend the sims on which they were told…I couldn’t ask for anything more than that as a legacy.

We still have the sims until the end of their respective tiers. Central and South will be dropped on the 28th/1st, but East and South East will remain until November 17th …after which they too will go their separate ways. The Ning will hang on for a while longer after that, but for how long I cannot say as we don’t have access to the creator account. In the meantime, continue RPing and taking in the sites. Enjoy it while you can. Take pictures, tell war stories, have a party. ICly the city isn’t going anywhere, even if the sims are. We aren’t blowing it up or tanking it…we’re just going to fade to black so it can continue to exist in your imaginations and stories.

There were a number of comments following the post, among them, "it was always nice knowing Insilco kept on. It’s been real, but even the best parties end…or get broken up by the police…or burn down when Mike accidentally sets the curtains on fire." "I dare say it was never perfect, and it had its bitter moments; but my time here won't ever be forgotten. I have memories here that I am truly truly fond of and are the prime reason cyberpunk has blossomed to become my favourite genre. For my first and most cherished experience with role-play and story-telling, for helping me discover cyberpunk, and for the friendship when perhaps I needed it the most, ..."  "The city will always represent something beautiful, like a distant memory that is not easy to part with. I've met a lot of amazing people here, as Cora stated as before me, and we built a very nice community that kept going for a while. It was my first SL RP and it helped me see a great many things. My experience here is unforgettable, unique in a way, every angle I was involved with was truly an inspiration, it helped me go deeper into my own development and I know it helped others to do the same. I'll miss it, for that memory it is, for that one time years ago that made me smile... And even to this day, continues to do so. ... Thank you for the memories."

And so, another noted region and the home of a equally noted roleplay, is facing the end.

Hat Tip: Hamlet Au 

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: "Monster Mash" at Creations For Parkinsons

Ravinia Festival Park in Creation for Parkinson's will be hosting an event, their "Monster Mash." Taking place from 6 to 8PM, the first hour will have music by DJ Laz. The second hour will have a live music performance from "The Pink Vampire."

Creations Park (35, 151, 28)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Scenes from Burn2

Gemma Cleanslate has been going over the grounds of the Burn2 art and music festival. This year's theme is "DaVinci's Workshop," and a number of the builds there reflect the theme from the huge bust of the historic figure to some of his designs brought to virtual life. She looked around, taking a number of pictures.

See the pictures in Events.

Cartoon of the Day

From Burn 2

By Bixyl Shuftan

SL Poetry: "Incoming Light" And "Real Life Is Calling Me"

A few of the Second Life Newser staff have decided to take their try at poetry. Becky Shamen was first, and editor Bixyl Shuftan decided to add his own little ditty along with hers.

Read the poems in Extra.

Luskwood's Thirteenth Anniversary Event on October 22

One of Second Life's oldest communities will soon be celebrating it's anniversary: number thirteen. Scheduled for Saturday October 22, the event will be combined along with the fifth anniversary celebrations of it's sister community Trotsdale. As it's near the end of October, the event will take on something of a Halloween theme. So far, Keeba Tammas and the "Tiny Maniacs" and Shannon O'herlihy have signed up to be among the performers.

Stay tuned for more information on the Luskwood blog.