Sunday, May 27, 2018

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Happy Vixen. Skylark Lefavre in her pony avatar, holding the flag of the Relay for Life Sunbeamer Team, which holds a few events at the club.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Friday, May 25, 2018

SL15B Open to Exhibitors



 The early part of the Second Life Fifteenth Birthday is over. The exhibitors, at least the first round of those approved, were notified a few days ago in their emails. And starting at Noon today, they could ask to be invited to the exhibitors' group and claim their plots. Ant the Newser "threw it's hat in the ring" once more. Our build will be at SL15B Spectacular.


Already, some exhibitors are putting their builds up. So we can't show you an expanse of plots waiting to be claimed as the builders were that fast. We may show you a few sneak peaks over the next few weeks. But we can't reveal too much, not yet, at least of the builds. But there's still plenty to write about in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for further updates.

The sims open to all on Sunday June 17 at Noon SL time when the celebration begins.
 
http://www.slcommunitycelebration.info/

Bixyl Shuftan



Announcement: Giant Snail Cross-Country Race for RFL



This weeks Giant Snail cross country race RFL race.
Hey we're racing across the Rosehaven sims this week.
The  theme is adventure. The track is a "follow the arrows course" and most of the arrows are set out now. So if you want to take a look at the course go to Rosehaven Eventide (110,38,21)  also here is a snail if you didn't get one yet you can pay to race on the day or pay early at the top track follow the purple arrows

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosehaven%20Eventide/110/38/21

Scenes From Bay City's Tenth Anniversary


The Bay City community and region reached a milestone this month. They had their tenth anniversary this month. To celebrate, they held a parade across several sims, and a concert and dance where the parade ended. The Newser dropped in, and took a few pictures.

Read the story in Events.


Memorial Dance for Artistic Fimicloud


It was ten years ago tomorrow that Artistic Fimicloud (Stephanie Koslow), a member of the Sunweaver community, as well as the Passionate Redheads RFL team, passed away on May 26 2008 from cancer. She was 49. Since then, events have been held every year in her honor, On this anniversary of her passing, a memorial dance will be held in her remembrance.

The event, "Pink for Fimi," will be held at Club Cutlass Saturday May 26 at 6PM.

Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757).


Announcement: This Week At The Science Circle: "Tumblin’ Dice – Probability Theory and Statistics…"


Saturday, May 26
at 10AM PDT
"Tumblin’ Dice – Probability Theory and Statistics as a Basis for Modern Science"
By Tagline

Probability Theory and Statistics represent something very basic to human existence and are indispensable to scientific rigor. This presentation will survey some of the stepping stones that form the basis of computational mathematics commonly used in analysis of data from experimentation. This includes some mathematical history and some set theoretic considerations for basic statistics with emphasis on discrete sample (outcome) space.

For more information: Click Here.  

The Science Circle (61/127/32

Thursday, May 24, 2018

RFL Team Sunbeamers Reaches Jade Level



On May 23, Relay for Life's Team Sunbeamers finally achieved a goal it never had before in it's history. The team had reached Jade level fundraising, which takes 375,000 Lindens (or $1,500 USD). Team captain Rita Mariner announced the news.

Beamers:  I would have never believe it, but we are JADE!  Good going team!  Bixyl goes GREEN!  Go Relay!  Go Sunbeamers!

I had earlier stated if the Sunnies made Jade level, I'd go green for a week. So yours truly had to own up, and on top of the earlier "Bid Me Pantsless." At the suggestion of Skylark Lefavre, I went with a green anthro bilby avatar. Why a bilby? Skylark thought it was a playful pun at the actor who played Bruce Banner on "The Incredible Hulk" TV show, calling my new look "Bix Bilby" after actor Bill Bixby.

The previous level, Platinum, was reached by the Sunbeamers on April 18.  Next level is Sapphire, which is 500.000 Lindens (or $2000 USD). We already have one avatar challenge by Nydia Tungsten who says she'll go purple for a week if this level is reached. There's still several weeks until the Relay Weekend, and a few events ahead for us such as the upcoming air show. So we stand a good chance of reaching this new goal.

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Scenes From The Relay: Lantern Release Ceremony



The Relay for Life is usually a fun time for all. But there are occasional reminders of the seriousness of why the fundraiser exists. At the Home and Garden Expo, there's been a daily lantern release ceremony, every day at 4PM. It's suggested those watching set their viewers to Midnight.

In the ceremony, many dozens, well over a hundred, of paper lanterns slowly float up into the air, illuminating the sky. The lanterns represent friends and loved ones lost to cancer. The time I watched the ceremony with several other relayers, one talked about how his grandfather had taught him how to make his own paper. We each reflected on those we knew whom had passed away from the illness, and hoped that someday soon, there would be a cure for all forms of it.

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Happy Vixen. A NotUrName (ThisIsNotUrName Resident) dropped in. When asked about what inspired her account name, this was her answer and this was my response, give or take a couple words.

By Bixyl Shuftan

SL15B Update



On Monday May 21, the first of the applications for the SL15B were answered. The Newser got it's answer the following day on Tuesday. We're approved. Listening in the SLB group, others also got their approvals, though not everyone. Others will follow. For those approved, Starting at Noon on Friday May 25, they can message a volunteer and be invited to the exhibitors' group. Once you accept, you can be shown your parcel and claim it. The deadline for exhibitors to claim their parcels is Tuesday May 29. For more details on the timeline, Click here.

After over a month of not changing much, the SL15B sims are taking shape. The total area has grown by six sims to twenty-one, three more than last year. The additional space will be needed as the number of applications us more than last year.

Sunday June 19 is when the SL15B opens. Stay tuned for more updates.

Announcement: CDS Representative Assembly Inagural Meeting



The RA of the 29th term will meet on Monday June 4th, 10:30am slt at the Praetorium in Colonia Nova to be sworn in by the dean of
The SC and to elect their LRA.

All are welcome to attend

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Colonia%20Nova/21/127/31

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Events This Week at the Sunweaver, Montecito Bay, and Furry Fashion Clubs


It's a week full of events at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge

Club Cutlass: Best in 'I,' Back to Beach, Pink for Fimi

The Happy Vixen: Ears and Tails, Cops and Robbers, Down on the Farm, Arabian Nights, Sweaters and Hoodies, Military/Memorial Day, Australia, Pasties and Things, CAYA

Club Zero Gravity:Best in Gold, Best in Leather

Momtecito Bay: Food Fight, Avatar Release, 90s/00s Nostalgia, After Dark,

Furry Fashion Lounge: Fandoms, Forest Creatures, Pajama Party, Canines vs Felines, Synth-Rave, Video Games, Flowers and Florals, Undead vs Survivors

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 9:30 PM

Fundraiser at Veterans Isle Raises 122,000 Lindens



On May 20, Veterans Isle hosted a fundraising concert. The event to raise money for the Homes For Our Troops charity was organized in Part by Frets Nirvana. The performers scheduled for the event were DJ Waya Snowpaw and live musicians Hogan Baily, Paul Nowles, Melenda Baptiste and Wolfie Moonshadow.

I just attended one of their kickoffs for a home building here in Tennessee yesterday and cannot emphasize enough how impressed I am with the great work they are doing.  I met one Vet they built a home for five years ago.  A double amputee he expressed how this turned his whole life around.  His life has blossomed with a new wife, a baby on the way and a career that is moving forward.

Come on out today, support this great effort and kick off your Memorial week for the reason it was founded in the first place …to honor the sacrifices our vets make.    We once again we have a great lineup of talent:


Yours truly dropped in as Melenda Baptiste was finishing her performance, and Wolfe Moonshadow was stepping up. Frets introduced Wolfe as a British Veteran, and thanked him for supporting his American peers. About this time, the two kiosks on either side of the stage had raised a combined total of 100,000 Lindens. Frets encouraged the people at the already successful fundraiser to give a little more. At the end of the event, a total of 122,000 even had been donated.

Veterans Isle holds benefits for HFOT every month, usually at the last Sunday of the month. But next Sunday being Memorial Day weekend, it was held a week earlier than normal.

To learn more about the Homes For Our Troops visit https://www.hfotusa.org .

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Burners Without Borders Movie Night: "Our Digital Selves"



Burners Without Borders  SL 1st  RFL event (this year) woot!

Showing new, full-feature documentary about Second Life by filmaker, Draxtor Despres.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 22 7pm SLT and again on 29th at 5pm SLT

WHERE: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Escapades/92/17/23

We are excited to see this film together with you in SL!!

One day we will celebrate the Cure, until then we Relay! United, Together!!

Sneak Peak: The Sunweaver SL15B Exhibit




A month ago, we reported the Sunweaver community will be taking part in the Second Life Birthday celebration. Becky "Sha" Shamen agreed to do the community exhibit. The job is about done, but naturally, we're not going to show you the whole thing yet. So here's a second sneak peak, the first which can be seen here.

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks, and clues as we get closer to The Birthday.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, May 21, 2018

A Busy Weekend



Quite a bit happened this weekend in Second Life. Saturday had the opening of the Relay for Life's Home and Garden Expo. There was the Bay City 10th Anniversary Parade and dance party (pictured above) on Sunday. Also on Sunday was the Memorial Week fundraiser at Veterans' Isle. All this time the Sci-fi Expo was going on in Second Life. And there were smaller Relay events such as the Sunbeamer Team's latest round of "Bid Me" fundraisers being made final (see below).

We'll get to these events as time permits. Stay tuned for these stories, and more.

Reader Submitted: Game Review - Subnautica, Part Three


Rita Mariner has been sending in reader submitted articles about the undersea survival game Subnautica. In her third story, which takes place in the middle part of the game, she describes how as your character progresses, your end goal of escaping the planet is within sight. Unfortunately, a nasty surprise is discovered that threatens your ability to realize that.

Read Rita's reader submission in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.

What Happened With the CDS Elections?


"Suppose they gave an election and nobody came." That wasn't quite what happened with the Confederation of Democratic Simulators, or CDS. But the number of people who stepped up to run for office was small, just enough to fill the seats. Both the soon to be Chancellor, and the current CDS leader, had a few words about the matter to say to the Newser.

Read more in Extra.

Sunbeamer "Bid Me" Fundraisers Raise Over 53,000 Lindens



On Friday May 18, the totals of Team Sunbeamers' first round of "Bid Me" events were made final and official. For those who need a reminder, the three volunteers were Team Chieftess Rita Mariner in "Bid Me to the Dogs," Liska Fuchs in "Bid Me Goat," and Bixyl Shuftan (myself) in "Bid Me Pantsless." Following the end of the party at Club Cutlass at 8PM that night, Rita tallied up the amounts, and gave them out in a Sunbeamer team announcement:

Liska:
Keep Fox =    150L
Go Goat =      16,100L so goes Goat x 3 weeks

Bixyl
Keep Fox = 1100 L
Go Pantless = 25,200L so Pantless x 5 weeks

Rita
Keep Bunny = 0L
Go to Dogs = 10,650L so a Dog for 2 weeks



So it seems yours truly will be sans trousers for a while, at least when not doing Newser duty such as interviews. But I won't be going around in my undies. There's kilts, togas, male kimonos, swimming trunks, and of course going about in tiny avatars that my clothes don't fit. At a little over 25,000 , this was my second most successful Bid Me event, the top one my "Bid Me Human" for the Passionate Redheads several years ago.


With a total of 53,200 raised, this first round of Bid-Me events pushed Team Subeamers past the 300,000 mark. As of the writing of this article, the team has raised over 346,000 Lindens. At this rate, it won't be long before the team reaches Jade level, which it has never done. This season, that will take 375,000 Lindens. Earlier, I stated if this level was reached, I'd be in a green avatar for a week. It looks like I may have both a Jade Avatar challenge *and* a Bid Me condition to live up to. Oh well.

The Sunbeamers are planning more events this season, including an air show in June. And of course there's the Relay Weekend.

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan