Monday, January 23, 2017

New Sponsor: Indiana Wilds Wild West Roleplay

The Second Life Newser has a new sponsor, the Indiana Wilds Wild West Roleplay. The region consists of 23 sims representing various places of the late 1860s western US. One can play as a cowboy, lawman, trader, badman, American Indian, or one of the animals that makes the place their home, such as horses. We'll have an article about the place soon. If you can't wait to get there, head on over to Colorado (190/105/944) to learn more about the roleplay (and pick up a few freebie clothes, weapons, and combat and RP HUD).

Second Life Resident Dreams of Auditioning For "The Voice"

A few people have been talking about the movie "Sing." But one Second Life has dreams of singing on stage in real life. The catch, she could use a little help getting there.

The Newser was recently informed by one of it's readers that Ghost Hatter Firehaven (Ladycherokee Wetherby), had started a gofundme page under her real-life identity of Lasca Brandow. The objective, to raise enough money to get to the February 4rth audition of "The Voice," a singing competition reality television show. The event takes place in Las Vegas.

"I am told I should by a lot of people when I sing," Ghost told me of where she got the idea of getting on "The Voice," going on to say she sings much in real life, "Karaoke places. I love it. When I do the blues I am told I should go for 'The Voice,' and I am told I have a lot of heart when I sing." She says she sings most everything from blues to rock.

Ghost mentioned her mother in the gofundme page, "My late Mother always wanted me to do something with my voice." This included being on TV, "doing one of the contests, or doing voice overs."

Ghost hopes to raise a total of $540 USD. She hopes to have the money by February 2.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sansar Opening Delayed Until Later in 2017

In September, Linden Lab announced that Sansar would be fully open to the public in January 2017. But earlier this month, in an interview Ebbe Linden basically stated that their next virtual world wouldn't be ready until at least March. But in a recent interview with "Road To VR," Linden Lab had pushed back the date of the opening to sometime in "the first half of 2017." This means it could be as late as June when it is finally online.

Hat Tip:  Daniel Voyager, Modem World

Linden Lab Announces Valentines Day Inworld Shopping Event

A few days ago in the Linden blog, Xiola Linden  announced there would would be a Valentines Day themed shopping event. The event begins on February 1st, and ends on February 14.  The Lab called for merchants to sign up for the occasion. The deadline has passed, though shoppers can be ready for it.

Love is in the air - Calling all Merchants! We’re putting together a little inworld shopping event around the theme of Valentine’s Day and we want you to submit your brand! ... The event will run from February 1st through the 14th, and while we are not asking for an exclusive item, we are asking that your items be offered at a discount of at least 20% for the duration of the event.

To read the blog entry in full, click here.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at London City

By Bixyl Shuftan

Game Review: War Thunder

When it comes to multiplayer WW2 combat vehicle games, most will probably think of "World of Tanks" or "World of Warships." But there are others out there. One that's gotten some attention is "War Thunder." Starting off as an air combat game, it's been expanded over time to cover ground, and more recently sea battles. But even if one sticks to the tanks, there are a number of differences from it's more famous counterpart.

Read more in "Other Grids, MMOs, and Games

Saturday, January 21, 2017

SL Video: "Guerilla Burlesque - Disko in Moskow"

(Click here if the video fails to play)

From Tray Porthos on July 2014, "Sho Kyong dancing to Disco in Moscow by The Vibrators.
Cossacks - Arrehn Oberlander and Tray Porthos."

Friday, January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day: President Trump

Today is Inauguration Day, when America swears in a new President. While there were people gathered in some places, such as with the Second Life Republicans, the most visible display welcoming in President Trump was at London City, where this colorful display was set up at (79/226/23). Although the election was controversial and filled with high amounts of arguing and rhetoric, the discussion seemed civil when I peeked in (it's possible the Linden nearby helped).

The Newser will have more up later.

Happy Rezzday Perri Prinz

 Last night on Thursday January 19 at 6 PM, the Happy Vixen closed for the night and the party was moved to Perri's Xanadu at HV Community (67/207/4051. The reason, the day before was the rezzday of it's part owner Perri Prinz. Perri didn't know about the event as it was done impromptu as a surprise.

 DJ Serenity, the black mousegirl who usually performs at the Happy Vixen on Thursdays, spun the tunes for the first couple hours. The theme was Steampunk, with 1000L placed on each board.

Finally, Perri showed up, much to the cheers of the crowd. And after a couple birthday hugs danced with her partner Recoyote Mindes. The party would go on to 10PM SL time with Skylark Lefavre DJing for the next couple hours.

Bixyl Shuftan

Join the Newser Crew For A Party

With Christmas and New Years finally behind us, the Newser crew can finally get together for a little fun with it's neighbors. And you the readers are invited.

Stop by Sunday January 22 at Noon SL time at the Goblin Cave in Pacific Waters. Nydia Tungsten will be DJing for the event.

Pacific Waters (185, 178, 31)

Celebrating The Three Million Dollar Milestone

On Sunday January 15 at 1PM SL time, various members of the Relay for Life in Second Life met at the Relay d Alliez sim. They were celebrating the announcement days earlier that following the results of the Christmas Expo, the Relay for Life in Second Life had raised a total of over three million US dollars since it began in 2005.

These pictures had been posted by Luna Portilo (Luna Vonrandolf) from Foundation For Life on the Relay for Life in Second Life's Facebook page.

The 2017 Relay For Life season in Second Life will begin with Kickoff on March 5th.  Team registration will be announced shortly.  Grid residents interested in participating can join the Relay For Life Volunteers group (secondlife:///app/group/7f1cc591-7968-9204-4082-98c7e544c371/about) for more information about joining or starting a team.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Press Release: Homes For Our Troops Fundraising Results

Wow! What a way to end 2016. I am proud to announce that we were successful in sending Homes For Our Troops $1650 for the month of December in 2016. This brings our total for 2016 to a little over $13000. This is humbling and a proud moment. And it is only because of the efforts of many fine people in Second Life. In December we would like to give a shout out to the extra efforts of these people:

GJackie Winkler
Dahlea Milena
DonGuapo Resident
JadeCorazon Resident
Kaiya Clawtooth
AriannaHarper Resident
BellaRose Restless
Cayleen Linette
EastBayRay47 Resident and Sunnyskies McMahon

Then there were all of our fine performers and their managers in the month of December.

Thank you's go to:
JimmyT49 Dukes
Anek Fuchs
Toxic Darkmatter
DirtyDee Sweetwater
Jordan Jarmann and Keileigh Galaxy, Whispering Sands
Hogan Baily
Savannah Rain
Franklee Anatra and Jbird Melodie
Waya Snowpaw
Lightning Strikes

Everyone of you put your heart and voice into this cause and made our effort's fun and worthwhile. We cannot thank you enough for your time and kindness.

2016 has been an exciting and productive effort for the cause that Homes For Our Troops represents. Our results show what can happen when everyone pulls for a worthy cause.

Now let's hit $17000 in 2017!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cartoon of the Day

Anne Brightstar was telling me about the pictures on her Flickr page, and I noticed this one. Why would just one statue have a ball. Maybe they were playing catch.

Bixyl Shuftan

Commentary: Judging on Apperances

In real life this week, the United States says goodbye to President Obama, the country's first from an ethnic minority. While he accomplished a few things, such as the "Affordable Health Care Act," his term was also noted for initial hopes of a nation finally free of racism dashed as his political opponents were charged with bias and in turn his most vocal supporters were accused of it as well. In Second Life, as we can all look like whatever we want to, one might think an avatar's appearance wouldn't be a big deal. As it turns out, there are a few places that are likely to hassle you for being the wrong kind. But how widespread is the problem?

Read more in People.

Lauren Weyland's Last Weekly Performance

By Bixyl Shuftan

On Tuesday January 17 at 5PM SL time at the Cookie sim, comedian Lauren Weyland held the last of her weekly stand-up comedy shows in Second Life. For ten years, she/he had been doing the performances with only a handful of weeks missed. And now, it was time for the final one, and the close of an era in Second Life comedy.

As she always had whenever I've seen her, Lauren drew a large crowd, some with signs saying "Thanks for the laughs, Lauren." The show was different from others as Lauren looked back at his/her ten year virtual career, which included a few real ones at Second Life Community Conventions.

The show would poke fun at Second Life, such as the tale of the virtual hooker whom continued to do business with her best client even when it was revealed like Lauren "she" was a male in real life, "but we'll keep it on text." The comedy would also poke fun at real life newsmakers, such as Donald Trump whom assumes the US Presidency later this week and Chelsea Manning, a transsexual serving time in prison for leaking secrets to Wikileaks whose sentence had been shortened by President Obama that day.

The crowd included a few noted personalities, such as filmmaker Chantal Harvey, DrFran Babcock and Any1 Gynoid whom wrote for the Newser in the past, and Catboy Qunhua who volunteers for the Second Life Birthday, as well as doing one of the supporting acts of the stand-up show.

The show will continue on, relying on those whom had been Laurens supporting acts such as Doc Grun and Jamie Jordon. But the noted blonde with the falseto voice will be absent.

"All of you, to my last breath, will be my friends." Lauren says while this is the end of her weekly show, this is not the end of her comedy in Second Life. She says she'll pop up "time to time."

"Bye-bye everybody!"

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's a new week of events at The Sunweaver and Angel clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in "B", Wing It, Winter Fun

Happy Vixen: Hats, Asian Flaire, Victorian/Steampunk, Bodysuit/Leotard, Come As You Are

Furry Fashion: Crux, Sea Life, Magic, Black and White, Fantasy, Bizarre, Steampunk, Metal

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Corrected: 9:45 AM

Press Release: "Cheap Thrills" by La Performance

La Performance - virtual dance

we proudly present:

dance-show in modern virtual dance

Sunday Jan 15th 2017 - 2.30 pm PST  ----- ========================

We perform 9 dances to music by
Demi Lovato, Barei, The Weekend, Saint Motel, ZZ Ward, Sergio Mendez, Sia, Toni Bennett/Lady Gaga, Giacinto Scelsi

wish you one hour fun!

Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!

Jie Loon and Company

Mediterraneo OC (208, 149, 3651)