Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cartoon of the Day: Jelly Doll

Taken two years ago at Perri's Xanadu. Lately there's been some talk about "jelly dolls," What newer viewers will see if their avatar complexity is set too low. But this kind of avatar has appeared in Second Life before, sort of. It wasn't a simple outline, and it wasn't so much jelly as gelatin..

By Bixyl Shuftan

The Pokemon Sim of Ravenlock

Pokemon has been around in a number of forms over the past 20 years: video and computer games, cartoons, an animated movie, and recently the handheld ap "augmented reality" game "Pokemon GO" which has became an instant huge hit just weeks ago. As it turns out, there's been a Pokemon sim in Second Life for a number of years: Ravenlock. Second Life Newser recently went there to talk to it's owner Mindy Runo and one of her two other teammates, Ivy Steampunk.

Read more in Design.

Announcement: Volunteers Needed For LUNA FairGrounds for RFL

Our goal is to have a new RFL Fair every 2 to 3 months on the LUNA FairGrounds in SL Harbor La Luna Bay City, and one time a year we will have a Live Music Festival Spanning over all of LUNA

If you have ideas for Fair themes you would like us to have, or if you are interested in becoming an active Member of  the LUNA FairGrounds (for RFL) Team, Nr: 160, Then please send a notecard to LULU (: lulu6kat :) in SL

LUNA Halloween Fair 2016 ( for RFL ) from the 13 October to the 13 November on LUNA FairGrounds ( for RFL ) in SL Harbor La Luna Bay City
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

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

Happy Vixen: Back to School, Team USA, Dog Days of Summer

Club Cutlass: Best in "A," Black and White Night, At the Circus

Furry Fashion: Career Fair, Gothic, Apocalypse, Alice in Wonderland, Angels and Demons, Disco, Video Games, Disney

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Edited 5PM SL time

A Little Music With DJ Pilot, And Friend

On Thursday August 18, I ran into DJ Pilot. Although known for her "Sunday Riot" at Devon Dream, she DJs at a few other places. Here, she entertained a small crowd.

Among those there was Any1 Gynoid, who wrote for James and Dana's SL Newspaper and the Second Life Newser in it's early days. It was a happy chance encounter.

See more of DJ Pilot at her "Sunday Riot" at Devon Dream (207/31/3992)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Creations for Parkinson's

Becky Shamen's latest journey took her to a spot that has been mentioned a number of times in the Newser, but seldom described in great detail: Creations for Parkinson's. Noted for it's inspiring tale of being originally built by Barbie Alchemi for her real-life mother Fran Seranade to help her with her Parkinson's, the place has over time grown in size from it's original sim and it's purpose, now helping to raise funds for Team Fox: the Parkinson's charity founded by Michael J. Fox. Activities go on there several times a week, once where a blind DJ was playing music for some. But what about the sims themselves, the ground levels and the higher levels up above? Becky Shamen visited, and found them so stunning that before she knew it it was way past Midnight and had to continue her explorations the next day, and the day after that.

Read Becky's article in Places.

Weekend at a Glance

There were a few things going on this weekend. Among them, the "Hot Bay City Nights" car show event at Bay City. Still going on at North Channel (128/128/24) until the 27th, you can see a number of classic cars there.

It was also the first day of the new game at Madpea, "Lost Treasure of the Inca Warrior." "People Embark on an epic expedition, solve puzzles and dodge deadly traps as you navigate your way through the Devil's Cave and crack the vault where precious treasures are waiting to be discovered." To play it, teleport to MadPea (218/60/2224), pay for the gaming HUD, and brave the tunnel.

The weekend was also the last couple days of the "Lovefest," or Lovecraft festival, in Umbra. This wasn't about romance, but an event for fans of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft best known for "The Call of Cthulhu." Taking place on the week of the writer's birthday, it's over now, more info available at the website: . Besides the shopping, there was a passenger ship, and an island with things Man Was Not Meant To Know. Read more about the event later this week.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "What The Heck Is This?! Jelly Dolls In Second Life"

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From Alicia Chenaux on August 13 - "Hi guys! I've seen a lot of people recently asking what "jelly dolls" are in Second Life, so I thought I'd make a very short video just showing one and talking a bit on what they are. I don't know all the things, as we all WELL know, but hopefully this helps just a little!"

Alicia has a blog, "Ch'know," on:

Hat tip: Hamlet Au 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Relay Wrap-Up. One of the ladies was sporting a pair of fangs. One wonders how she could have ended up with them.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week At The Seanchai Libraries

** SUNDAY, August 21st  at 1:30 pm - TEA TIME  at Baker Street - our new series continues at Tea Time's summer digs at the University of Washington iSchool in SL.  HIS LAST BOW  concludes with "His Last Bow: A Reminiscence of Sherlock Holmes"
 UW Avalumni (167, 182, 21)

**MONDAY, August 22nd, at 7 pm -  Alison Weir 's THE LOST TUDOR PRINCESS - Selections with Caledonia Skytower.  NOTE: Book Discussion Wednesday @ 5:30pm slt at the CVL - you do not have to have read the entire book to attend and participate.

**TUESDAY, August 23rd, at 7 pm -  Curtiss Anderson's BLUEBERRY SUMMERS: Growing Up at the Lake concludes with Kayden Oconnell

**WEDNESDAY, August 24th, at 7 pm -- Laurie B. King's A MONSTROUS REGIMENT OF WOMEN ~ Part 1 begins at Seanchai's Baker Street, currently at the University of Washington iSchool in SL.  UW Avalumni (167, 182, 21)

**THURSDAY, August 25th,
   ~ at 7pm - REY'S STORY - from STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS pt 1 with Shandon Loring (In Second Life and Kitely. Check Kitely event announcements for specific grid location)

   ~ at 9pm - SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT.  Sci-Fi with Finn Zeddmore.

** SATURDAY, August 27th

  ~ at 11am: @KITELY  WELCOME TO GATSBY - Seanchai Library is pleased to contribute to Kitely History Month with a selection from F. Scott Fitzgerald's great American Novel.  Join us on the drive of Gatsby's mansion in Seanchai's EXPLORE as Caledonia and Shandon whisk us back to 1922. (

   ~ at 3pm: More "LOST IN AUSTEN" Again, on LEA 8!
Jane Austen's English Countryside on LEA 8 invites all Austen Lovers at the Riverside Reading Stage as Seanchai Library's Caledonia Skytower presents selections from Miss Austen's "Mansfield Park."
LEA8 (143, 150, 22)

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Announcement: "Faith Filled Furries" Dance at Club Remnants

Sunday at 8PM SL time is the monthly "Faith-Filled Furries" dance at Club Remnants, a club for a Christian group, TRF Ministries, and their friends, "Not your daddies night club. Real people, Real Faith, Real Christians."

As it turns out, one of the members has a birthday this weekend. So they're making it in part a birthday party. There's also a contest for the best Pokemon look. 

Dreamworld Pirate (192, 69, 22)

SL Video: "Chipettes Bad Romance"

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By Nydia Tungsten on August 19, "Here we go, The Chipettes are all grown up and dancing for you to their version of "Bad Romance."

Friday, August 19, 2016

Games in Second Life: Linden Realms and 7Seas

Recently Linden Lab opened a "Gaming Island" to demonstrate how "skill games" are played. Gemma Cleanslate does some gaming in Second Life, but she had little interest in the kind the new Linden area highlights. Her two favorites are Linden Realms and a longtime fishing game in Second Life: 7Seas. She decided to write about them to describe what their attraction is.

Read Gemma's article in Design.

Commentary: Misconceptions About Virtual Worlds

Wesley Regenbogen is back writing for the paper after a leave of absence for a few months. During this time, he was making an effort to start a fundraising effort to collect funds for a real-life charity that was working to research treatments and ultimately a cure for a genetic blood disorder. But ultimately his effort would prove unsuccessful. Wesley felt the main reason for the lack of interest of the charities he contacted was either they couldn't understand the concept of virtual worlds, or they had mistaken ideas about what users of virtual worlds did there. Wesley had a few words to say about this.

Read Wesley's commentary in Extra.

Man Pleads Guilty to Second Life Land Fraud in Real Life Court

While the goings-on in virtual worlds are beyond the understanding of many in real life, the court system found a scam involving thousands of dollars done online clear enough to bring to real life court. In this case, a man plead guilty to swindling a woman in a Second Life real estate deal.

In April 2015, Joshua Bills was arrested and charged with fraud. The crime: a virtual real estate scam, "In the complaint, it stated that a loan agreement was made with Bills for $53,500 for the purposes of expanding his online real estate company. Bills was to use the money to purchase land that he would manage through his company, within the game Second Life, in exchange for a promissory note that would pay $10,000 for the investment within 24 months."

The woman whom was targeted had been renting a home in Second Life from Bills. Then, "He suggested she invest with him to buy more land within the game so he could manage it and make both of them money." But instead of investing the money as promised, the majority of it went to his E-Trade investment account.

Indiana Securities Commissioner Alex Glass commented in a statement, "This was certainly a unique case in that it dealt with online, virtual real estate. However, upon examination of the facts, this case is very similar to a conventional real estate investment scheme. Con artists are always finding new and unique ways to scam trusting individuals out of their hard earned money."

Bills plead guilty in Marion County Indiana court. He was sentenced in late July to three years probation, and ordered to repay the woman he defrauded in full.

Hamlet Au of New World Notes, which also wrote about the case, commented, "this conviction helps establish a legal precedent for future prosecution of other virtual scams."

Sources: Business Weekly, 

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: Hot Bay City Nights 2016

BAY CITY, SL (18 August 2016) - Celebrating Bay City's mid-century theme as well as its vast network of roadways, the "Hot Bay City Nights" event in Second Life® showcase vehicle makers who create automobiles from the Bay City "theme era," stretching from 1940 to 1965.

The event is held in the the Bay City Fairgrounds, in the North Channel region, from the 20-27th of August to present the best in vintage and retro vehicles. Each designer is hand-picked, and presents great road vehicles for use in Second Life.

Additional events will provide plenty for all to do, including the crowning of 2016s Miss Bay City on the 27th, and a series of virtual car washes for charity. The first of these virtual car washes will be held on Sunday, 21 August at 1:00 p.m. SLT

The event will raise funds for Child's Play Charity, an organization that provides toys and games for children in hospitals around the world. Bay City is a silver-level sponsor of Child's Play.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life™ and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.

For more information, contact: Marianne McCann Channel/128/128/24

Announcement: The Science Circle - “Science in the News: Exciting Things Are Happening!”

By Phil Youngblood

A century ago some noted scientists proclaimed that there was nothing more to discover. How wrong they were! It was not long after that we discovered atoms are made of smaller particles, the universe was enormous and expanding, and there were strange forces and ‘laws’ of physics that were needed to explain the worlds of the very small and very large.

Today we continue to make discoveries that humble us because they show just how little we know about ourselves, our world, and worlds beyond ours. Yet even what little we know is powerful, and applying what we know can make changes on an unprecedented scale, so we must together make decisions that will affect everyone’s future.

We live in exciting times! Come learn about and discuss recent discoveries, what we are doing with what we learn, and the ramifications of our actions, all of which continue to make science such a relevant and fascinating study both today and in the future.

The Science Circle (114/206/30)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Relay Wrap-Up

It was the end of another successful season for the Relay for Life. 2016 "Once Upon a Cure" had seen many events and millions of Linden dollars raised to help the American Cancer Society. Now it was time to bring the season to an official close with awarding some individuals and teams for their efforts, announcing the theme for next season, and give overall congratulations for a job well done. For one certain reporter, there was a surprise at this year's Wrap-Up.

Read the story in Events.

Eye on the Blog: Linden Lab Announces New Marketplace Search is Active

On Monday August 15, Linden Lab announced that their new Marketplace Search was up and running. The Lab stated that included in the new search was a "learning algorithm" that over time will gradually improve over time as residents use it.

Today we’re happy to announce that the new Marketplace search is live!  In addition to helping you find what you are looking for faster, we’re excited to swap out the ageing infrastructure that was supporting the old search.  Part of the new search is a learning algorithm that will further improve search results with time - the more it’s used, the better it performs.  Also, keep in mind that you can use boolean operators in search (AND, OR, NOT) for more specific searches.  We look forward to a more relevant and robust experience for shoppers and merchants alike.

The Lab had included Marketplace as among the things they were improving in their recent list of improvements and developments.

Users are asked to report any bugs found in the Jira.

The blog entry can be found here.