Sunday, February 19, 2017

Song Parody: "Mesh Heads"

(Sung to the tune of "Fish Heads")

Mesh Heads. Mesh Heads.
Multi Poly Mesh heads.
Mesh Heads. Mesh heads.
Clean them up some!


Went to Luskwood
everyone was Jelly.
No they were not Jealous -
they'd all become grapes.

How can one head
have a million faces?
Even a diamond's
not that bad.

My new avatar;
supposed to look the greatest.
It should load in about
a day or so.

Thousands per face!
Double for a sweater!
We don't need great detail
of your gums!

Mulity Poly Mesh heads are usually seen in virtual restaurants impersonating oriental women
... or cats.

To hear the song: Click Here 

From Shockwave Yareach

Announcement: American Cancer Society Island Re-Opening Event

Please join us on Sunday,February 19 3pm SLT for the Grand Reopening of the newly designed American Cancer Society Island and a special dedication / opening of the new memorial gardens.
Special guest speakers, tours of the island and dancing.

Landmark to follow on Sunday

Hope to see you there .

Crew Meeting

Saturday February 11 was when the Newser had it's staff meeting. The meeting took place in the Newser office in HV Community. Gemma Cleanslate was busy with helping to make the One Billion Rising video, and Kain Scalia and Grease Coakes were having real-life matters to deal with. So that left Deaflegacy, Mylie Foxclaw, and myself. Also coming by was MajikVixen, whom stated she might be able to end her hiatus soon, depending on her real-life schedule.

Majik's appearance was that of a multicolored KittyKats breedable, the same kind as the Newser's mascot "Chilly." She had taken one, and made it her avatar.

We discussed a few things, such as the upcoming One Billion Rising and "Hug a Linden/Dunk a Linden," and a few ideas for articles.

Be sure to keep watching to see what the writers of the Second Life Newser report on.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Valentines Day Events Around Second Life

Valentines Day is  good occasion for a party. And this week across Second Life there were a number of them either named as such or had similar themed such as formal dances. The Newser was there to get pictures of a few.

See the pictures in SL Clubbin'.

SL Video: Red Cherry

(Click here if the video doesn't play)

From Furry Andy in March 2015

Announcement: The Science Circle Presents “Measuring the Universe With Digital Surveys”

When: Saturday, February 18th
Time: 10 AM PST
In Voice and Text chat

By Giuseppe Longo

A large part of what we know about the cosmos comes from what the astronomers call “surveys”, i.e the imaging of large portion of the sky conducted in a systematic fashion and when possible in multiple colors. Survey astronomy requires dedicated telescopes finely tuned to cover a large field of view and large detectors capable to capture several square degrees of the sky at once.

In the past these surveys consisted mainly in huge archives of photographic plates which had to be visually inspected and analysed. Nowadays, large field digital detectors allow to acquire and store the information in digital form and this has caused a true revolution in field. The huge volume of data produced by an average survey is so large to make impossible for a single researcher or group of researchers to exploit all the scientific applications of the data and therefore data become immediately or almost immediately public thus allowing a large, worldwide community to access first quality data. The talk will try to outline these and other aspects of survey astronomy.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Scenes From One Billion Rising

On Tuesday February 14, many residents were at the Isle of View's "Hug a Linden/Dunk a Linden" or other Valentines Day themed happenings. But the event that most likely got the largest attendance was not a romance-themed one, but one that was part of a worldwide demonstration against violence on women and in support of women's rights globally: the One Billion Rising. Gemma Cleanslate was one of the volunteers for the event. Bixyl Shuftan dropped by briefly and took a few pictures of his own.

See the pictures in Events.

Fanny Starr To Present Holocaust Discussion on Youtube, Feb, 22

One of the oldest residents in Second Life is FannyStarr Hilltop, Fanny Starr in real life. As a Holocaust survivor, she has on occasion talked about her experiences in Second Life, such as in March 2015 when she spoke at the VWBPE conference. Later this month, she will be having another discussion. But it will be on Youtube, and not Second Life.

"We tried to have it in SL, too many people," Explorer Dastardly, FannyStar's real-life daughter, told the Newser, "At least 1000 or more on live Youtube that we know of. ... The sims would crash, so I asked Spiff, and one idea was Youtube live." As of now, there are no plans for an inworld location of any kind where the event will be discussed, "I wanted to use cookie, the amp theater, but only 40 avatars allowed. But on Youtube you'll be able to ask questions. We will have a moderator."

Despite the efforts of historians and people like her to educate the public, Holocaust denial is still an issue. "It's a very serious issue, on grand scale worldwide." She went on to say the problem wasn't just neo-Nazis and radical Muslims, but people in politics and business whom were either incompetent or just didn't care. She cited one Huffington Post news article about Amazon allowing the sale of books calling the Holocaust a "myth", and a Washington Post story in which this year's annual statement from the White House on International Holocaust Remembrance Day failed to mention the six million Jews whom were murdered. Of the later, she felt was probably a sign of ineptness rather than malice, "We don't know, but its caused a lot of fear and hate. We'll talk about that next Wed. night."

The event is on Wednesday, February 22 at 6:20PM SL time, with the link at

Bixyl Shuftan

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Our Mission

My husband I decided to carry on a painful legacy, and we wanted to fight Holocaust denial. I’m braver than the other survivors; I want people to listen. No one can attempt to identify the faith that humanity can learn from its mistakes. We use live technologies, and other live venues followed by discussions to promote awareness and understanding of the Holocaust from a living witness.

I have a mission to complete to tell the world what happened, especially to the deniers. 

We cannot forget the blessed memories: My family, my late husband, and his family and my late son Morris. I cherish my daughters Hilda, and Helen. I cherish my son-in-law Irwin, my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Please join us; we know you cannot make it to CSU's Holocaust event featuring Fanny Starr, Holocaust Survivor.  Please join us on YouTube live, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

How To: 

YouTube Live Access Link: Available on February 22, 2017 at  6:20 pm

Steps to Access the Live Event
Step 1. Click the link the arrow is pointing to

Step 2.  Once the link is open look for the Subscribe button. Click on it and accept.

Step 3. Click on the power button

Step 4.  Sit back, watch, and listen 

Best Regards

Fanny Starr and Helen R. Starr

Any information shared by Fanny Starr and Helen R. Starr is protected by intellectual property and copyrights. Thank you

Announcement: RFL Ministry of Dance

DESIGNERS, FRIENDS, Anyone who cares about cancer, how big or small or little you think you can do, every person can make a change in some way!   and to TODAY i am opening up the 9th YEAR of Ministy of Dance,
Please support us and help give cancer the boot (or both hind hoofs if you're a pony). Every little no matter how small helps!

Safra Nitely

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at Creations for Parkinsons. Whatever this girl is doing with a prim build of Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, one only can only guess.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Michael Linden Has Left Linden Lab

Following some questions about Michael Linden, the Newser discovered through an article by Marianne McCann published though Modem World that he had left the Lab after ore than 13 years in service. He was noted with his direction of the Department of Public Works, which has created many projects from Bay City to the recent Horizons Residential area and game. The Newser got permission from Marianne to reprint the article. One might also want to check out Hotel Adriano, Michael Linden's home in Second Life, at Shamon (65/96/29).

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Over the weekend of February 11th and 12th 2017, it was noted that Michael Linden’s profile was not showing up in Second Life search, nor was he showing as a member in several groups within his profile. Many began to question if he had left Linden Lab, and – given he was known as the head of the Linden Department of Public Works – if the LDPW was being shuttered.
At the Bay City Alliance meeting on the 14th of February, a trio of LDPW staff, Shaman Linden, Squishy Mole, and Sylvan Mole, attended in part to address these concerns.

Speaking at the meeting, Sylvan Mole confirmed that Michael has indeed left Linden Lab, but was unable to give many specifics. It is assumed that he left of his own accord.

Michael Linden started with Linden Lab in the autumn of 2003 as an in-world Liaison, moving briefly to Governance in 2007 before becoming one of the heads of the LDPW with the former Blue Linden. The LDPW has expanded to include several Linden staff members and a fair number of “Moles,” as the resident contractors working on content for Second Life are known.

One of the first projects released by the LDPW under Michael was the Bay City mainland regions. Last week, Michael added a rail and boat terminal to Bay City, in the Grub Beach region. It is believed that was his last project under his Linden name.

Michael has been heavily involved in the past with vehicles as a Resident, in particular with Second Life railway projects. It is expected that he will again do so, but no longer as a member of Linden Lab’s staff. Resident and Linden alike will miss his presence within the LDPW.

As to the question of the LDPW’s future, they are most certainly still an ongoing department under Patch Linden, with Shaman, Dee, Keira, Kona, and Vitae Linden as an active part. As we’ve seen, the LDPW has just recently completed the multiple-region residential and experience-laden Horizons project, and they have several current and future projects on their plates.

Those of us who know Michael will miss his presence and guiding hand as a Linden, as well as his sense of fun. We all hope he enjoys every success wherever his career and work take him, and offer three cheers as he sets sail to pastures new.

Many thanks, Michael for your years of work within Second Life!

Marianne McCann

Press Release: "Birthday Bash" at Creations For Parkinsons

Birthday Bash Benefit - Fran Turns 90
Saturday February 18th 3-9pm slt
6 Hours of Live Music
CP Swing Ballroom on Creations Park
All donations go to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Attire: Formal or 40's vintage

3:00 Max Kleene
4:00 Agatha
5:00 Greg Kat
6:00 DirtyDee Sweetwater
7:00 Robbie Downing
8:00 Quartz

Fran said she did not want a 90th Birthday Party in Real Life, she only wanted a party in Second Life. And this will be a Birthday Bash to remember with 6 hours of live music.

Fran became famous in Second Life through this heart touching video: The Drax File: World Makers- Episode 13 -

Fran says "I may have Parkinson's, but it does not have me." At 90 "years young," she is active in Second Life and is thrilled to see herself running and dancing again.

Fran's daughter Barbie Alchemi tells us that their RL Dad died with Parkinson's. Exactly one year later Mom was diagnosed with the same disease. However due to the time Fran spends in Second Life her progression has been noticeably slower.

In honor of this remarkable woman, five years ago their family started Creations for Parkinson's and has raised 9.5 Million Linden which is approximately $38,000 US Dollars for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. "We are hoping to raise another 500,000 Linden this week to reach our 10 Million Linden goal." The Creations Park sim has was built with love to include all of Fran's favorite activities. We hope you can feel that love while you are enjoying yourself here.

Fran's party will have six live singers performing during the day at Creation Park's newest addition, CP Swing Big Band Ballroom. It is a 40's era ballroom built as a re-creation of the Savoy Ballroom which was the birthplace of swing dancing. Here we can all enjoy the wonderful music of Fran's teen years. It brings back happy memories for Fran of "taking air" which are those amazing areal Swing dance moves. The crowd used to make a circle around Fran and her partner as they became the floor show.

The Birthday Bash Benefit will be held in this Ballroom. Attire for the event is formal or 40's vintage. There will even be a short slide show of Fran in the 40's.

Actually the festivities will start the night before on Friday February 17th 7-9 with a tribute to Vaugn Monroe and the Moon Maid. One of Fran's closest friends Tinker was one of the original Moon Maids.

We are thrilled to have this wonderful article release 2 days ago in BackChannel:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

An Event-Filled Valentines Day

Quite a bit happened yesterday, Valentines Day. At the Isle of View, the Lindens had their "Hug a Linden" and "Dunk a Linden" events. But more went on that day.

In the OBR sims was the "One Billion Rising," part of a worldwide demonstration in support of women's rights in all countries, not just those in the developed world.

There were other events, Creations for Parkinson's, Safra Nitely's place, and the Happy Vixen. But more will be written about these events later. It's been a big day, and time to rest and recharge before we get into details.

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: Zamargad Sim Grand Opening Event!

Dip yourself in your finest fantasy pixels and let your inner beauty frolic! is the Zamargad Sim Grand Opening Party Parcel, with a field trip to follow, to the actual Zamargad sim at on Thursday, February 16th, 2017.

This is intended to be an all day event featuring a buffet, DJs, musicians, and fun seeking supporters celebrating the initiation of the Zamargad sim to the public. 

Zamargad is a Majikally Dark, Unseelie Fae, and poetic themed place, dedicated to those who wander the night in search of truth and beauty amidst the common world of chaos.  Here one will find all kinds of secrets waiting to be uncovered.  May everyone enjoy getting lost in them and never want to return to reality! 

It is also the new home of the ^v^/<|;) (Bats Out Of Hats) store, "Fly To Our Wicked Sanctuary, Like A Bat Out Of..." offering unique things with a touch taboo, dark miscellanea, and mysterious accessories to enlighten your home or wardrobe.  As well as an Advertisement Level filled with cheap, large billboards seen by frequenting gamers of games ranging from Lindo, Treasure Quest, The Vault, LGH Trivia, Skippo, to raffles and more.

Suggested dress code highly recommends fantasy (i.e. Fae, Elves, Dragons, Furries, Witches, Goth, etc.) ...but no one will be turned away for coming simply as they are!  Everyone and their mother is invited to come!

Entertainment starts at 5pm SLT with DJ Astoria Luminos, who has been creating unique event playlists in SL since 2009. 

At 6pm, David Csiszer takes the stage, a Songwriter/Singer/Multi-Instrumentalist who delivers an unique array of original songs as well as classic cover tunes ranging from alternative & acoustic rock to blues & jazz. 

Beth Odets, who has been playing violin for 33 years, and is a classically trained concert violinist who is now the greatest itinerant fiddlist in Second Life, will share her many talents and professional antics at 7pm. 

Gracing the stage at 8pm for a fun journey will be Vinnie of The Vinnie Show, winner of 2016 Avi choice for Favorite Acoustic and Original songs, who will sing current favorites to Classic Rock & Pop, plus ORIGINALS - all acoustically. 

Finally, at 9pm, DJ Moonryme will be leaving everyone with songs of dark happiness that range from trance, EBM, industrial, darkwave, to retro. 

Everyone is encouraged to explore Zamargad at their leaisure, as all parcels will be tuned into each entertainer's stream during their performance.  More details about the artists are available in the inworld invitation, or by contacting David Csiszer's Manager, Nyna Slate-Sands (nyna.slate), or The Vinnie Show Manager, daallee rhapsody™ (daallee), or by contacting Astoria Luminos, Beth Odets, or Moonryme directly.

Zamargad is both home and business to MajikVixen (bluevioletvixen.lorefield) and ਹөƞ ƇƸяתߎɳŋøϟ  (joncernunnos) of ^v^/<|;) (Bats Out Of Hats).  Thanks go out to each and every one of their friends and family, for their love and support (the extensive list can be found in the inworld invitation).  For a free copy/trans inworld invitation, please contact Majik or Jon, or join the ^v^/<|;) group, Group Key: 0dceeb4c-62ab-9436-ca6a-5f46106681b4

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's Valentines Day week, so get set for some romantic themes (and non-romantic ones for those who call it 'Happy stick-it to singles Day') at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in "F", Red and Pink, Formal Night

Happy Vixen: Pink and Red, Valentines Dance, Leather and Lace, Formal Party, CAYA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Prom, Metal Anarchy, Rock, Mad Science, Tim Burton, Genderbender, Plushies, Wings, Cybernetics, Wings

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

The Valentine Interview - Part 2

It's Valentines Day. For the men out there whom are prepared and sure of their gift: congratulations. For those who've waited until the last minute, or haven't had much luck in getting someone a romantic gift, this article just might be for you. In her second of two Valentines Day articles, she sought answers to the question "what do women want?" in regards to a romantic gift. Asking several women, she got several different answers.

Read more in People.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: Feeling Sheepish

Taken at the Happy Vixen. In a place filled with foxes and felines, someone in a sheep avatar is going to stand out. But this girl takes it in stride.

By Bixyl Shuftan

The Valentine Interview - Part 1

Valentines Day is coming. So that means residents getting a little something romantic for their special someone. But what to get? What do women want and what do men want? Mylie Foxclaw decided to find out. For the second part of the question, she interviewed several gentlemen about what would their ideal Valentines Day gift. The responses varied.

Read Mylie's article in People.

Avatar Review: The Fluff Fox by Cloak Farigoule

In his latest article, Grease writes about the Fluff Fox avatar, designed by Cloak Farigoule. While some furry avatars allow the owner to change the eye or hair color, the fluff goes further in that one can change the color of the whole thing. Grease managed to find Cloak and ask him a few questions.

Read Grease's story in Design.

"Hug a Linden" And "Dunk a Linden" at Isle of View on Valentines Day

Valentines Day is coming, and there will be many Valentine-themed events (and a few anti-valentine events for those who think of it as 'Happy Stick-It to Singles Day') across the Grid. Linden Lab will be having it's own events on the Isle of View: "Hug a Linden" And "Dunk a Linden." Both events will be taking place at once on Tuesday February 14 from 10AM-12 Noon SL time, and 2-4PM SL time.

Roses are redViolets are blueCome hug and dunk some LindensAt the Isle of View!

...  join us at the Isle of View for a chance to hug and dunk some Lindens. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your one and only - when else are you going to get the chance to cozy up to a Linden or send one shrieking into the depths of a dunk tank? An opportunity like this comes around about once a year — so don’t miss out.

To read the blog post in full, Click Here.

For several years in it's earlier days, Linden Lab would hold "Kiss a Linden" events in the Isle of View and Isle of View 2 sims, sometimes called "Valentine Island," while holding "Hug a Linden" events in the Teen Grid. But Linden Lab would close the Teen Grid in January 2011, and February that year would see the last of the "Kiss a Linden" events, none being held next year in 2012. At the time, it was seen as part of a trend of Linden Lab distancing itself from the residents.

The Isle of View would be gone until 2014. But it wouldn't be until last year in February 2016 in which Linden Lab would start Valentines Day events with a new and larger four-sim Isle of View, bringing back "Hug a Linden," and adding a new event: "Dunk a Linden."

Happy Valentines Day. of View 2/84/79/107/

Bixyl Shuftan