Friday, September 30, 2016

"No Man's Sky" Game Under Investigation By UK For Deceptive Advertising

Have you ever bought a computer or console game that when you saw the commercials, watched the videos, or read the Internet chatter about thought would be the coolest thing, but once you bought it found it didn't come close to the hype? While this experience is nothing new in the gaming world, few games have had the level of collective disappointment from those whom bought "No Man's Sky" by Hello Games. It's makers having promised a huge universe with a wide variety of planets and activities to do, when released the game delivered far less than what was promised. Now the game is being investigated by an agency in the United Kingdom for misleading advertising.

Read the story in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.


Gemma Cleanslate has been playing a new game in Second Life ... well, sort of new: "Pokemonsters." Based on a familiar game, the objective in this one created by Addict Algoma and Rems57, one has to capture the critters using bait along with pokeballs. So did Gemma "catch them all" yet?

Read Gemma's story in Design.

The Gathering Oak

Becky Shamen reports on something new in the Sunny Beach sim. Several weeks ago, the "watering hole" or "gathering place" had a beach club built over it. But recently the owner, Erik Mouse, began wondering if something different was needed. So Becky decided to help out by getting and planting an oak at the spot. Here, she writes about "The Gathering Oak" and what it could be.

Read Becky's story in Places.

Press Release: Photos For A Cure - MSABC 2016 Photo Contest


Submit your best photo of the theme Blossoms of Hope for a chance to win prizes! 

The MSABC 2016 Photo Contest sponsored by .Glitter, {Nantra}, and Spice it up!

All photos will be put up for silent auction to raise funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in SL.. MSABC raises money for cancer research through The American Cancer Society..

1st Prize L$4,000 in gift cards and lindens
2nd Prize L$2,750 in gift cards and lindens
3rd Prize L$1,500 in gift cards and lindens

+ winners will be posted on our website and Facebook page

Photography Contest will run from Oct. 1 to Oct. 23 and is open to all Second Life residents

To enter the Photo Contest, take your best pictures with our chosen theme "Blossoms of Hope" and add it to our flickr group

Rules :

♦ Photo cannot show privates or nipples (pasties may be used). We ask for tastefully done photos with no explicit scenes.
♦ Size must be 1600 x 1200 and full perms
♦ One entry per avatar
♦ Photo should reflect the theme of "Blossoms of Hope"
♦ Photo editing is allowed
♦ Upload your entry in the flickr group
♦ Send one full perm copy of photo in world to Leala Spire
♦ Photos will be on display and up for silent auction from October 23rd - 29th to raise funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in SL
♦ Include "MSABC 2016" in the title of your photo
♦ Winners will be notified on the 30th October

Help us make Strides against Breast Cancer.  We Are So looking Forward to your submissions.  Contact Leala Spire or Sandie Loxingly if you need more information.

Good luck!

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, September 29, 2016

Echo Valley

October is almost here, and that means Halloween and time for spooky locations to explore for thrills and chills. MajikVixen recently came across one called Echo Valley. Her advice when going about, "tread lightly." In this sim owned by Jack and Misty Le' Lune, while searching for items for hunts or just spook-tacutlar fun, you never know if what's around the corner might simply scare you or rip you apart.

Read MajikVixen's article in Places.

Get Ready For An Important Announcement

In a few weeks, we should have an important announcement concerning the Second Life Newser. While we're not saying just what it will be just yet, it does concern developments over time, and will likely help determine the future of the paper.

Stay tuned.

Press Release: Halloween Photography Contest by Astral Sector Alpha and Trotsdale Library

Kino Moonites from Astral Sector Alpha (the Astrids) and Project Catfort is running an SL photography contest. This is a cross-group contest in return for the cross-group writing contests the Trotsdale Library has headed in the past.

Theme: Halloween/Harvest
Picture Location: Anywhere, so long as it fits the theme.
Deadline: Midnight EST October 30, or 9 PM SLT October 30

All submissions will be displayed in the ASA art gallery in Computer. There will be prizes for the top three. Prizes have not yet been determined.

To enter: Put your photo submissions in a notecard with your name and statement that they are for the photo contest. Title the notecard "Your Legacy Name _ Halloween/Harvest Photo Contest". Send the note card at full perms to Amehana Ishtari or Kino Moonites, or put it in a drop box in the Ibexian Library building in the Ibex Empire sim and the Trotsdale Library building in Trotsdale if you're worried that the notecard will be lost or not received. Likewise there will be a dropbox in the ASA gallery. Amehana will deliver the Dropboxes to Kino Moonites when it is time to collect the cards.

An entry regarding the contest will also be make in the Intersim Library Website will be made at

Box sites:

Library, Trotsdale Heights (22, 156, 24)

ASA: Astral Coalition, Computer (65, 144, 25)

Announcement: The Science Circle - The Science of Nail Polish

                Saturday, October 1th  10 AM PDT
                     “The Science of Nail Polish”
                   By Paul Doherty Ph.D - Patio Plasma
           Senior Scientist, Exploratorium, San Francisco
     Classic nail polish is made from explosive nitrocellulose dissolved in a flammable solvent — no smoking. Modern gel polishes use light activated polymerization. Pigments and special effects are borrowed from physics; birefringent, thermochromic, magnetic and more. A great deal of science can be learned by studying painted nails.

     Place to be...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cartoon of the Day: The Great Debate

Taken at the Clinton HQ in Bay City at September 26 during the Presidential debate. It seems the debate didn't quite hold the interest of one lady. But not everyone is finding fault with her.

By Bixyl Shuftan

The Wet Spot Club

Grease Coakes recently took a look at a new venue in Second Life: The Wet Spot. Part DJ music club, part shopping mall, it is run by Jimhasitall Snoodle and Kara Foxdale. Grease interviewed them about their place, as well as Kara's tarot card reading.

Read Grease's article in SL Clubbin'.

The Presidential Debate From the Clinton HQ at Bay City

Politics can be a turnoff for some any year, but this election season more seem to be keeping their distance. Still, there are still a number of people in Second Life interested in the subject. And when the Democrat and Republican candidates for the US Presidential election this November had their first debate on Monday, a number gathered at the Clinton HQ at Bay City. So how did it go?

Read the story in Events.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's another exciting week of events in the Sunweaver clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Happy Vixen: Furries, Pasties or Thongs, Swinsuits

Club Cutlass: Best in "F", Fantasy, Pirates

Furry Fashion: Crux2, Sweets, Fandoms, Epidemic, Fall/Autumn, Disco, Myth, Fantasy

See the schedules in SL Clubbin.'

Updated 11AM

Whatever Happened to ... ? Club Fur

Readers may have noticed that Club Fur, on the record as the oldest furry-themed clubs, is no longer on the Newser's SL Clubbin' schedule. The reason is, not only is it inactive, it is no longer part of the Sunweaver Estates, which provides the land for the paper's office, or anywhere else in Second Life. Club Fur has been removed and back in the inventory of Alynna Vixen (Alynna O'onthrera Trypnotk). And Alynna hasn't been inworld since May.

Club Fur has had an interesting history, going back to 2004 according to Alynna. At one point it was described as being removed from an old location less than two minutes before the place was "flattened." It was in Furnation for a time before it ended up in Alynna's hands in 2009, whom eventually took it to Kitsuhana sim where it was reopened in November 2010. In June 2013, the club moved back to Furnation following the reopening of the sim. But in November 2014, Alynna brought the club to the Sunweaver sim of Sunweaver Bay, soon moving to to Sunny Beach where it would remain for a little while until Alynna's items were packed away earlier this year.

The club was known for it's bright neon colors, it's symbol was a neon tube shaped into a cat's head. During it's time in Kitsuhana, there was an effort to make the club active by the "Furry Club Alliance," but the stepping down of a few personnel made regular events just too difficult. It did take part in some events such as when the world failed to end on December 21, 2012. The club was also duplicated in InWorldz for a time.

While there is of course the possibility the club will come back, when something vanishes in Second Life, more often than not it's for good. While it's sad when any club vanishes, it's especially so in this case as this one had lasted so long, and for a time was part of the community yours truly calls home.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, September 26, 2016

Interview With Jadyn Firehawk of "Pixel to Pixel"

Jadyn Firehawk is the creator and head of the "Pixel to Pixel" Foundation, a group that provides Lindens to residents certified to be on disability in order to them to have some income. Recently, Deaflegacy interviewed her. Jadyn talked about how she found out about Second Life, and how her organization came to be.

Read more in People.

Eye On The Blog: Linden Lab Wants Halloween Screenshots

In a recent post on the official Second life blog, Xiola Linden reminded residents that Halloween season would be soon, and asked them to "Show your Halloween spirit" with themed screenshots.

I don’t know about you, but I am a 365 days of Halloween kind of person. I go home decor shopping when others go party decoration shopping, and if I deck a hall, it will most certainly be with boughs of spiderwebs and clouds of dry ice. I know that lots of us feel the same and wish stores would pack up those Winter Holiday decorations for a few more weeks and roll out more spook-tacular Halloween treats.

Now is the perfect time for us to pull out the stops and do it up in a BIG WAY. We’re looking for some of your great inworld, Halloween-themed images!

Share your pics, and your work could be featured in an upcoming email or banner campaign - with your avatar name credited of course!

Xiola asked those wishing to take part to post their images in Second Life's Flickr page, using the tag "SLHalloween2016." Residents are asked to include their SL names in the picture description. There is no limit to the number of pictures that can be sent, although the Flickr group rules state a limit of ten per day. Residents were encouraged to check the Destination Guide's "Haunted" section for possible locations for shots.

According to the rules of the Flickr group, pictures with nudity are not allowed, and those sending pictures there "grant to the Company a perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable, and cost-free right and license to use, distribute, or sublicense (through multiple levels), and otherwise exploit in any manner whatsoever, all or any portion of your Submissions, for the purposes of marketing, promotion, and/or outreach for and about the Second Life virtual world." Nowhere in the blog post was there a mention of a prize of any kind beyond their name given the credit should their image be used in any promotion.

Linden Lab is asking for the pictures by October 5.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cartoon of the Day

Someone once spoke about griefers, "They think they're the cleverest thing since bumper nuts, but nine times out of ten, they're the same-old, same old." One dropping by a certain club I was at was especially lame. While these weren't the exact insults tossed his way, what did get spoken was far more clever than what crudery he did.

And just why are most griefers either mishapen messes, or have something like TV set heads?

By Bixyl Shuftan

Templeton Cove Pirate Maze

Arrrrr! I be a mite late with me "Talk Like A Pirate Day" story. Apologizes me hearties, but bettah late than nevah. Our tale be of an adventure ye can still take fer yerself. We be talkin' about th' Templeton Cove Pirate Maze.

Read th' tale n' Places.

Skunk Party At The Happy Vixen, with Michi Lumin

Thursday Sept. 22 was the day of the Happy Vixen's "Skunk Party." Although the theme was chosen in advance several days earlier, the news of the "Sabrina Online" comic coming to a conclusion made the part a tribute to the twenty year strip as well. In the past, there have been some impressive-sized skunk parties at Club Zero and Luskwood. The turnout for this one was somewhat light, but there were a couple notable personalities from Luskwood and Trotsdale.

Among those there was Michi Lumin, perhaps the best known of the four founders of Luskwood, one of Second Life's oldest communities, as well as the location of the oldest furry avatar maker. Begining a few years ago, she's also been involved with keeping the sims of the pony community of Trotsdale going. She had dropped by to say hello.

Also there was ScentualLust, whom in the past had been a part owner of Trotsdale. But had recently given up her share to Michi. She stuck around Skylark LeFavre, the manager of the Happy Vixen, and that night doing the DJing.

Scentual, or "Scents" as she's occasionally known, told me a little something about skunk spray animations. It used to be they could only just go straight ahead or at anyone giving permissions (unlikely). But more recent ones could target anyone nearby using "Restrained Life Viewer" features. A rather "stinky" situation indeed.

Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, September 24, 2016

SL Video: "Future Shock - Episode 1"

(Click here if the video fails to play)

By Pryda Parx on Sept. 16, "In a leisure orientated society people can choose to spend their time in a care free virtual world, but what happens when they run out of credit?"

Inara Pey would interview Pryda and write about the video, "Future Shock is set in a dark future world where technology is designed to keep everyone safe and secure. At least that’s the way it is meant to be. A place where technology dominates and where real life and virtual worlds intertwine."

This is the first of nine segments that took about a year to make, "to get the most out of the audience will need to pause, rewind and revisit previous episodes; there are a lot of subtle connections between episodes which will not be apparent when first seen."

Friday, September 23, 2016

Memorial Service For Catt Gable

Earlier this month, Relayer Catt "Kala" Gable passed away from cancer. Last Saturday, a number of her friends, in and out of the Relay, met at the Relay d'Alliez sim to pay their respects. It was an occasion of poetry, music, and some touching words.

Read more in Events.

Kayly Iali’s Art At The Paris Metro Art Gallery

Gemma Cleanslate was recently at the Paris Metro Art Gallery for the opening of a new exhibit. For the next month, Kayly Iali will have a number of her portraits there, notably her still-lifes of fruit. Gemma ran into the artist and had a few words with her.

Read Gemma's story in Design.

Announcement: Memorial Service for Nichus Berman

All friends of Nichus Berman are invited to attend a memorial service in Chadbury at 1PM SLT on Sunday September 25. 

We will share our memories of Nichus, speaking about how much he added to our virtual lives and how much we will miss him. There will also be space to leave a small memorial object, and of course there will be cake.

Chaubury (180, 150, 31)

From the Steelhead Group

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Reader Submitted: Codename: L.E.A.P.F.R.O.G.

While it originally started out as a hangout for occasional parties, Erik Mouse has recently made an effort for "Surf's Up" at Sunny Beach to have events once a week every Saturday afternoon. But the best laid plans of mice and men can go awry, and one party not long ago ended rather abruptly. Although things were soon cleared up, Erik felt that it was still necessary for him to explain what happened. So he recently sent in a reader submission about what happened from his point of view and his plans on what to do in the future.

Read Erik's submission in Extra.

Veterans Isle Raises Over 100,000 Lindens

 On Sunday September 18, Veterans Isle had their monthly fundraiser concert for the "Homes For Our Troops charity. From 8PM SL time to just after 9PM (Midnight EST), live performers sung music for the crowd.

 Besides Frets Nirvana, who helped organize the event, was one of the singers, along with the music duet Jaycat Nico and Frogg Marlowe, baz (Avantgarde), and Savanah Rain. Frets would occasionally chip in a few Lindens once certain cash amounts were reached, the money going into two house-shaped kiosks on either side of the stage.

At the end, G J  (gjackie.winkler) announced the total, "Ohhh wow, we have 116,200 L in the little homes... THANK YOU SOOOOO VERY MUCH!"

The next fundraiser at Veterans Isle should be at Sunday October 30.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Thank You From Virtual Ability

The Virtual Ability Executive Team is sad to share with you that our dear friend and highly valued, long time volunteer, Ladyslipper Constantine, has passed away in real life. 

We are planning a memorial service for her soon, and will keep you updated on that process. 

As Ladyslipper’s long time real life friend, I’d like to personally thank those of you who made an effort to show your love for her, and be present during her illness, via her CaringBridge site that her real-life family set up.   And for those of you who could not, but loved her, all the same.

Thank you for the love; she felt it.  She sent me an email a couple weeks ago, the last one I got; she said she loved me.  That was all.  It was enough.  She also loved all of you, Virtual Ability, Second Life and all the other groups here that she was such a vital part of.   Thank you for loving her back. 

Treasure Ballinger
Virtual Ability,® Inc.  Executive Team

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UPDATE: There was a message shared inworld, sent from Virtual Ability, inviting residents in SL who knew and loved LS.
There will be a Celebration of Life hosted by Virtual Ability for Ladyslipper Constantine on Saturday, Oct 1 at 11am SLT, on the northeast lawn of Virtual Ability island.
The celebration will begin with some of her friends offering memories in text+voice, because LS was part of the deaf community in SL.
A slideshow will display photos of the many events LS participated in. If you have SL images, please send them to iSkye Silverweb for inclusion. There will also be music and dancing. LS loved a good party!
Celebrate Ladyslipper’s life with us. For more information, please contact Gentle Heron, Eme Capalini, or Treasure Ballinger in world.
 Source: Daniel Voyager

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Green Fairy's Pirate Party. If you don't get the joke, chances are, you'd rather not know.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Gaming Island

It's been years since Linden Lab's gambling ban, but one can still find games that offer the look and feel of such games. These are called "skill games" because the makers of them say at least some measure of skill can help a player's chances of winning. Recently Linden Lab opened up a place, Gaming Island, saying the location will help educate residents about skill games. So how does the place do so?

Read more in Design.

"Thanks Again To Everyone" "Sabrina Online" Internet Comic Ends After Twenty Years

For many of us, comics are a favorite part of the newspaper. So when the Internet and World Wide Web was coming of age in the 1990s, some artists began drawing and publishing comic strips on a regular basis. Most would last only a few years before the cartoonist either ran out of ideas or real life made it too difficult to keep up his/her schedule. But others would keep going. Among one of these first online comics to gain a following was "Sabrina Online" by Eric Schwartz. Starting off with a girl connecting to the Internet, the strip went through a number of plots and tales of Sabrina and her friends.

On September 15, twenty years to the month after the comics first went up, Schwartz uploaded the last of the strips, Sabrina marrying her boyfriend, followed by a message.

'Sabrina Online' first appeared on the web on September 15, 1996. It seemed fitting to bring the strip to a close twenty years to the day later, ending with a bang (of sorts) rather than keeping the strip plodding along month to month indefinitely without any focus or goal. I want to thank all of Sabrina's readers and fans out there, whether you've been there from the start or discovered the strip more recently. You all are the power that helped me keep the comic rolling as long as it has. While all good things must end, Sabrina, R.C., Zig Zag, Amy, and everyone else are not gone. It's only the regular monthly strip that is completed, but new stories and works from the Sabrina-verse will pop up from time to time. Just drop by for news and info, whether on this site, Furaffinity, or elsewhere. Thanks again to everyone. I can only hope you enjoyed the two-decade ride anywhere near as much as I did.

Over the years, the strip has gotten Schwartz a number of fans, inspiring a great deal of fanart and some fanfiction, and been translated into several languages. Some fans led by Cindy "Zig Zag" Babii, built in Second Life a "Double Z Studios," also called "ZZ Studios," named after the place where the title character of the comic ended up with a job as the webmaster. The place is still around today at Sheridan (64, 145, 2500).

 The comic itself can be found at Be aware that the strip rates a PG-13 as while there's almost no profanity and no real nudity, it does touch on adult topics. That the strip got a bit edgy without going past a certain boundary (much), was likely part of it's appeal, along with the quality of the art and characters.

It should be noted Schwartz stated while this is the conclusion of "Sabrina Online," he will be doing more tales later on of the characters "from time to time." So fans should be hearing more about the Amiga and Transformer loving skunkgirl soon.

Bixyl Shuftan

Nominations Sought For Last Avi Choice Awards

The Avi Choice Awards, who brand themselves as "the premier annual awards presentation recognizing the people and talent of SL’s™ amazing creations, chosen and voted on by SL™ residents," are once again accepting submissions. However, this will be the final time the awards will be done, at least in their current form.

As announced during last year’s Avi Choice Fashion Awards, we are retiring the Awards, as we know them.  We are talking about continuing our mission forward in some way ...  But for now.. we have an announcement to make! On December 4th, 2016 we will host one more Avi Choice Awards!  The GRAND FINALE!  This one will take us back to the early days of our Awards when we had one program a year celebrating as many recipients in all three genre’s as we could.

 There will be some special mentions and moments as we all say our goodbyes to what has become an amazing part of Second Life history.  This program will be the conclusion of the Avi Choice Awards, as we know them.  It’s been a good run and we could not have done it without support and cooperation and input from the amazing virtual community known as Second Life.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

The Awards are in three categories: Fashion, The Arts, and SLife.

Among the categories for Fashion are clothing, avatar, avatar accessories, and jewelry stores and makers.

The categories of The Arts include "Favorite Magazine, Newspaper, or Periodical," Favorite Radio Station, Favorite Male DJ, Favorite Female DJ, Favorite Streamed Music Club, Favorite Machinima Artist, and more.

For SLife, which has the most selections, categorizes include Favorite Furniture Maker, Favorite Sim to Explore, Favorite Place to Take a Date, Favorite Shopping Region, Favorite Roleplay Sim, Favorite Second Life Blog or Website, and Favorite Second Life Blogger.

Residents have until Wednesday October 12 to cast their votes. Going through the guidelines, there doesn't seem to be any rules against voting for someone or something in multiple categories.

The Second Life Newser fits the "Favorite Magazine, Newspaper, or Periodical" in "The Arts."  But the several sections qualify for "Favorite Second Life Blog or Website" in "SL Life." Bixyl Shuftan and Becly "Sha" Shamen qualify for votes in "Favorite Second Life Blogger," also in SL Life. The Newser has been nominated twice in the Avi Choice Awards, but has yet to win first place in getting an award.

So the Second Life Newser asks you the readers for your support for the Awards.

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

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

Club Cutlass: Best in "E," School Daze, Turning Purple

Happy Vixen: Pirates, Skunked, Mice, Horse and Pony

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Commentary: "Drawing Board"

Becky Shamen's latest article is not about a specific person, place, or event in Second Life, but a commentary. Second Life, she feels, could be much more than a virtual location for people to meet up. But the good that people do here could very well succeed in bringing about what idealists in the 60s and 70s aspired to: a true "Age of Aquarius."

Read Becky's commentary in Extra.

Monday, September 19, 2016

LadySlipper Constantine Passes Away

For a number of years in Second Life, LadySlipper Constantine has been active in One Billion Rising, Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education, and Second Life Birthday events, but has been best known for her role as a member of Burn2 and it's DRUM group. On Saturday September 17, she passed away from cancer. The news was announced on "The Lamplighters" blog the following day.

With a heavy heart we share news about a much-loved Elder, Lamplighter, Fire Dancer and longtime Burner, Ladyslipper Constantine. Yesterday the 17th of September, after a valiant fight against cancer, she passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. She will be dreadfully missed, but we shall treasure our memories of this deeply passionate Burner. She takes a bit of our Lamplighter fire with her into the next life.
On Sunday morning as word got around, there was an impromptu gathering of residents at the Cape Serenity Library in Virtual Ability. Gentle Heron and Any1 Gynoid were among those there. "It is times like these that the most articulate among us struggle for words to explain our feelings," Gentle spoke, "But sitting together, we share those feelings even without words."
"She had lots of animals," Îsabel (alysabelle) spoke of LadySlipper, "she loved the critters, and she would make the sim seasonal when it was time. ... I felt she was like a virtual mom to me. She gave me courage. ... I have taken all I learn here and applied to my own real life."

"I also worked DRUM with her," Dream Wrexan told, "We were part of a Wednesday/Sunday circle together. She was my building and performance mentor. She loved to build as others were saying.
The breadth of her influence is amazing."

The Library can be reached at Cape Serenity (77/108/23). iSkye Silverweb, LadySlipper's friend, is collecting screenshots of her for a memorial service later this week.

In February this year, the Newser interviewed LadySlipper. The interview can be read at: 

Bixyl Shuftan

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LadySlipper Constantine and I first became friends when we were both Burning Life Members. We were Rangers together for several years for the event. She was a wonderful person, kind but firm, and loads of fun. LS, as she came to be called in recent years worked with me also in the Second Life Birthday events where again we shared many good times and laughs. Her main passion in Second Life was The Drum, a  percussion group made up of deaf people that performs at many events. It is with great sorrow to many and to me to hear that she passed away after a short illness . She will be sorely missed . My heart goes out to her real-life family. Bixyl did an interview with her last year at my request. To me she is and will always be Lady. Our last conversation in June when she was already ill.  

[2016/06/11 08:19] LS (Ladyslipper Constantine): Ok, I need to go, and bring in my VAI alt to pay the sim's tiers to VAI

[2016/06/11 08:19] Gemma (Gemma Cleanslate): o bye for now good to see and talk

[2016/06/11 08:19] LS (Ladyslipper Constantine): as always good to vent and chat with you

[2016/06/11 08:19] LS (Ladyslipper Constantine): hugsss

[2016/06/11 08:19] Gemma (Gemma Cleanslate): thanks
Gemma Cleanslate

Press Release: Halloween Writing Contest in Trotsdale

It is time once again for a writing contest with the Intersim Library Network. This is open to everyone within Second Life. If you are coming to us via the forum or website first, then please join Second Life in order to be able to receive your prize if you are chosen as a winner.

Suggested Theme: Halloween, Spooky, Harvest, or anything appropriate to this time of year.

Suggested Length: 2,000 word maximum

What: Poetry or short story

Deadline: Oct 31, 2016


Number of submissions: up to 3 per person!

How to submit:
1. Via notecard at one of the following locations in the dropbox

Library, Trotsdale Heights (22, 156, 24)
Derpyland Giftshop, Derpyland (54, 224, 21)
Astral Coalition, Computer (29, 185, 21)

2. In a reply on this thread after you have made sure your entry is ready to post.

What we are looking for:
Please no one liners. We will be judging on structure, recognizable characters, dialog, setting, tone, style, and point of view. It is suggested that you also have proof read and edited your submission(s) before turning them in. All submissions must be suitable for PG 13.

Starting pool: 615$L
The amount of $Lindens to be distributed will depend on what is in the prize pool. Hanaarashi Resident will be the holder of the funds. To contribute to the prize pool you can send $L to Hanaarashi Resident, or tip the jar at the dropsites by the submission boxes. If you'd like to donate an item prize (ex: shop gift card) for this or future contests then please send a note to me on this forum, or to Amehana Ishtari (Amehana Arashi) on Second Life. There were 115$L build up in the account from percentages of sales I send there (this way I make sure I donate bit by bit on top of other donations) and I dropped another 500$L in to start the pool well.

Number of winners: Up to two!
Judge's Choice winner
Popular Choice winner

People's Choice Award - After the close of the submission period Amehana will make sure that all entries (both via forum and SL notecard) are posted in this thread. A poll will then be set up to allow the People to choose their favorite entry.

Judge's Choice Award - After the close of the submission period Amehana will ensure that all chosen fellow judges have access to all the stories. Judging deadline is yet to be set. Judges will then give their vote as to who they feel the winner should be.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Happy Vixen. Sometimes, you never know who might be listening in.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: "The Future of the Metaverse: Blueprints for the Evolution of Virtual Worlds"

CRL-VWIG Meeting for Sunday, September 18, 2016

Noon - 2pm SLT - joint session with ALA Virtual Communities in Libraries MIG:
CVL Auditorium:

Speaker:  William Gerard Burns III, Vice-Chair IEEE Virtual World Standards Group

Program:  The Future of the Metaverse: Blueprints for the Evolution of Virtual Worlds

This presentation will provide an overview of the history of virtual worlds and phases of development. Defining the "Metaverse" and a glimpse into the future of virtual worlds will include interoperability and other key elements of design.

Join librarians, educators, and anyone interested in virtual worlds and the future of immersive learning.  The session is jointly sponsored with the ALA Virtual Communities in Libraries

Member Initiative Group.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

SL Video: "PSY Gentleman Dance"

(Click here if the video fails to play)

From Schiheih Gong on June 2013, "CyberLink PowerDirector 10 Output File." Looks like there's a few anime fans in this dance line-up, including three with "Attack on Titan" weaponry.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Discussing September 11 at Virtual Ability

September 11 had many stories. But what about those of those whom were disabled whom were caught up in it. On the fifteenth anniversary of the attack, there was a discussion at Virtual Ability. Shyla (KriJon Resident) might have shown up in a comical-looking gecko avatar, but her message was a serious one. Many times someone whom was disabled was referred to as "the man in the wheelchair" or some other phrase that left out the identity. But there was something else she found more troubling. The evacuation plans of many places fail to take into account the disabled. Deaflegacy was there, and reported about the discussion.

Read Deaflegacy's article in Events

"My Father's Place" at Aero Pines

In Aero Pines Park, there's a new music venue one can go to: "My Father's Place." The location is a  tribute to it's real-life counterpart which hosted a few thousand musicians over the 70s and early to mid 80s, including some famous ones. Here, you can  read up about the real location, do trivia, and attend "live mixed-reality shows" broadcasted from New York.

Read more in Places.

"Conflict Resolution"

It's been stated before that the biggest source of troubles for people is, other people. No matter how much you try to get along, it seems that sooner or later you run afoul of someone. In her newest article, MajikVixen talks about how to deal with the other parties in disputes and a few tips in resolving them.

Read MajikVixen's article in People.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fantasy Dreams At Theater On The Hill

Dance show group***Fantasy Dreams**
Magical and beautiful stories.
The romance and beauty of music.
Director&Choreography: Ness (donotgivemyself)
Director designer: Urfin (Valtum)
Producer: Laura Jierdon.

I was able to get over to see the performance of the wonderful Fantasy Dreams dance group at the Theater on the Hill (TOTH) on Saturday. It was filled with wonderful scenery by Urfin and great choreography by Ness (donotgiveofmyself). I have seen their shows before so always enjoy seeing a new one. It was an eclectic collection of scenes from a sensuous dance to a barnyard western dance and then to startling light filled spectors making figures in the air as they twisted and twirled. The settings are always amazing as are the costumes each different and fitting the setting. It is a wonderful group of dancers and I look forward to seeing them again soon. 
Fantasy World is the name of the show.  I also wait notices from the TOTH as they always have great shows there and I love the grounds. , an article I did in April about the Theater and the grounds.
Ness told me they will be performing the show again on the 17 and 24th of September at the Club "NOVUS " and Theatre "Fantasy Dreams" at 11am slt

Gemma Cleanslate

Announcement: "UoH - Exoplanets: Discovering New Worlds"

University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy Presents:
"Exoplanets: Discovering New Worlds"

By: Dr. J.D. Armstrong
Friday, Sept 16th at 9:30 PM PDT
Institute for Astronomy - U. Hawaii Astronomy Amphitheater: 

Alliance, Chaminade University (49, 205, 4002)

And on the web:

Scientists have discovered thousands of “exoplanets” - planets orbiting other stars. These new worlds could harbor new life and new civilizations. But when we look at stars with even the most powerful telescopes we see only a point of light. Somewhere in that point of light is the planets that scientists claim to detect. How can we tell from just a point of light that there are planets, their size and mass? If these planets exist, what does it tell us about the possibility of any cosmic neighbors?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Picture of the Day: Remembering September 11

Taken at the Stagg Island 9/11 Memorial on Sunday, Sept 11. A man in a Captain America avatar looks at the waterfall symbolizing one of the two twin towers of the World Trade Center.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Memorial Service at Stagg Island

Sunday was the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed almost 3,000 people. In Second Life, there was a service held at the Stagg Island 9/11 memorial. Among those there was Newser reporter Deaflegacy.

Read Deaflegacy's article in Events.

Art by Nature to Close

 The "Art by Nature" art gallery will soon be closing down. Anibrm Jung, the owner, recently released a statement about his decision.

With pain in my heart if have to let you know that I will close Art by Nature. It has been here for a long time now. Having no visitors, so no income, made me decide to close it. It really took me a long time to decide this and still now I write you this with tears in my eyes. If you want to have a last look, please do so.

Taking a look around, there were a number of pictures around on two floors, as well as a sculpture. There was also a notecard with some information about the artist.

Anibrm Jung is a RL award-winning photographer for her sensitive and vibrant portraits of nature's works of art. Using only natural light and her Nikon D60 digital camera she captures the intimate detail of the life bursting forth in her garden. Framing at the viewfinder, Ani uses no cropping or image manipulation, allowing us to see exactly as she sees and to feel the closeness to nature that is her joy. Ani, 42, is from the Netherlands and has been active in SL since December, 2006 as an artist.

Art by Nature is located at Pueulla (240, 45, 21)