Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Bay City Anniversary Celebration


A number of activities take place at Bay City every year. One of the most attended is the annual Bay City Anniversary Celebration. Since the first anniversary of the largest urban area in Second Life, the residents there have held a parade down "Route 66" followed by a party at the Fairgrounds. This year marked the ninth such event in Second Life history. Gemma Cleanslate was there, and took a few pictures.

See the pictures in Events.

Haley Salomon's Memorial Service


Earlier this month, there was a memorial service for Haley Saloman. Haley got a little attention earlier in Second Life's history, but for the past several years did not draw the attention of headline news. But she was a friend of many longtime personalities. Her service done in both voice and text, taking place at the Second Life Synagogue.

Read the story in People.

Press Release: Benefit Concert at Veterans Isle


Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce the 2017 Memorial Weekend benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life! 

Frets Nirvana, the premier guitar artist in the virtual world Second Life and the US Military Veterans Group announce the 2017 Memorial Weekend benefit on May 28, 2017 in Second Life for the Veterans Support Organization  Home For Our Troops . 

Frets Nirvana states:  “HFOT is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans are multiple amputees, paraplegic, quadriplegic or suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).  As of January 2017 they have built 229 homes for severly wounded Veterans and have another 85 projects underway.  Since its inception in 2004, over 90 cents of every dollar spent by Homes for Our Troop has gone to directly support Veterans. ”

Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle.  The concert on May 28, 2017 is scheduled from 4-9 PM PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Agatha Nowles, ReggieSunset Rookswood, Zachh Cale and Amforte Clarity .

ABOUT HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS  - HFOT builds homes as a departure point for Veterans to rebuild their lives, and once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many Veterans have embarked on new careers, completed their college degrees, or started families. Empowered by the freedom a mortgage-free and specially adapted home brings, these Veterans can now focus on their recovery and return to their life’s work of serving others. Many have embraced their roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms around the country; others take to a national platform to promote awareness of veteran suicide, homelessness and PTSD. Their incredible stories are the driving force for the work for HFOT. To learn more about the Homes For Our Troops visit https://www.hfotusa.org

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


It's a week full of events at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge. This week, Club Cutlass and the Furry Fashion Lounge are doing tributes to the late Artistic Fimicloud. The Happy Vixen is also expanding it's schedule to include two events on Sundays.

Club Cutlass: Best In 'U' and 'V', Roller Skates, Memorial Day

Happy Vixen: Royal Ball, Pink Fox/Artistic Fimicloud Tribute, Hybrids and Oddities, Good vs Evil, Fishnets, Lingerie, CAYA

Xanadu: TBA, TBA, TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Fantasy, Pirates, Punk, Purple, Steampunk, Demos, Swing, Romance, Sci-fi

See the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 10AM

Reader Submitted: D.R.U.M. – Celebration and Remembrance


Any1 Gynoid, who describes herself as a "reader contributor" to the Second Life Newser has sent us another submission. She writes about a recent event at Creations for Parkinson's. They hosted an event by the Divine Rhythms of Universal Music, better known as D.R.U.M., of the Burn2 group. DRUM has been around. Part art and part musical performance, they certainly stand out.

Read Any1's article in Events.

SL14B Update: Map Art, More Openings For Applications



RaineBow Rose (RaineBowRose Resident) recently sent the Newser this map, showing what's been build so far in the sims of the region of the SL14B celebration, with a slight artistic touch.

Also there are a few more openings for performers and Auditorium speakers.

We have opened up the Performance and Auditorium applications as a few slots have opened up. If you missed your chance, now’s the time. Hit it here and here.

Applicants to be exhibitors of the event will be notified via email starting tomorrow May 24. June 10 is when emails are sent to accepted performers.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Return to Yosemite


Almost a year ago, Gemma Cleanslate wrote about Yosemite, a park area owned and built by Jadyn Firehawk with some artistic structures among the trees and trails. Since then, there have been a few changes at the place. She went back and had a look at them. So what are these changes?

Read Gemma's article in Places.

A Busy Weekend



Quite a lot happened this weekend in Second Life. Sunday May 21 was the Ninth Annual Bay City Anniversary Celebration with it's parade (above) and party. Among the other events going on, the Relay for Life Fourth Annual Farshore Field Air Show took place in Pacific Waters on Saturday May 20, the RFL Home and Garden Expo opened on Friday May 19, and more.

We'll report more on these and other happenings later, but we at the Newser need to rest a little first.

Press Release: Sixth Annual Mental Health Symposium


The Virtual Ability community in Second Life invites you to join us for our sixth annual Mental Health Symposium. It will be held on Saturday, May 27, beginning at 6am Pacific (9am Eastern), and continuing through 5:30pm Pacific (8:30pm Eastern). There is no charge to attend.

The theme of this year’s Symposium is “I can relate to that.” Our international group of presenters offers a wide interpretation of the theme, based on their interests and academic backgrounds. Attendees will learn ways to promote mental health for themselves and their families, how diet affects mental health, and how first responders and medical clinicians can improve their own mental health.

The Symposium takes place in Virtual Ability’s Sojourner Auditorium, on Virtual Ability island. The SLURL for the auditorium is: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/54/170/23

The Virtual Ability community hosts this annual Symposium to share information about mental health and mental disabilities with the general population. Within our cross-disability community we have members who deal with a variety of mental health issues. Not only is this an opportunity for our community members to learn more about topics related to mental health from experts they probably would not have a chance to meet otherwise, it is allows the general public to attend a professional conference for free.

The 2017 Mental Health Symposium schedule is as follows:

6am SLT         Tracy Burrows “Diet, Nutrition and Food Addiction”
7:30am SLT        Sarah Henderson and Kristin Klimley “First Responder Mental Health: The Importance of Training and Intervention”
9am SLT        Joel Edman “Nutritional and Holistic Approaches to Stomach and Intestinal Disorders: Practical guidelines that can also be helpful for chronic and/or complex health issues”
10:30am SLT        selection of tours of SL sites related to mental health in Second Life
noon SLT        Ian Colman “Mental health promotion - What can you do for you and your loved ones?”
1:30pm SLT        Karen Davison “Bridging the Divide: Exploring research in nutrition, mental health and food security”
3pm SLT        Diana Anderson “Virtual Windows: Design solutions to improve the mental health of clinical staff”
4:30pm SLT        Namaara MacMoragh "Mental Health Following Brain Injury"

Please contact info@virtualability.org for additional information.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Lantern Release Ceremony At The RFL Home And Garden Expo



The Home and Garden Expo is taking place in Second Life. Among the events there is the Lantern Release Ceremony. It takes place every day at 4PM at the Hope 5 sim. At the start of the event virtual replicas of Asian lanterns are released into the air, in remembrance of friends and loved ones whom have been lost.


Saffia Widdershins, who invited me to the event, told me, "These lanterns were created especially for the Home and Garden Expo about seven years ago, by Alchemy Immortalis. We started the tradition of releasing them then, and ever since, every day at Expo, we have the lantern release ceremony."


The ceremony ends with a sunrise, a reminder that tomorrow is another day, and of new beginnings.

For more on the ceremony, check the RFL Home and Expo blog. To head to the Expo, head to http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%201/128/123/23 .

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: May's Aether Salon - Royal Ascot


Liz Wilmer and Oriella Charik join the Salonistas again to share the history and customs of England's most renowned horse race and social event, the Royal Ascot.  (You may fancy dressing appropriately to help set the mood.) 2 pm, Sunday, 21 May at the Aether Salon building.

New Babbage - Academy of Industry (0, 64, 106)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Reminder: Sunbeamer Air Show and Bay City Anniversary



There's two big events this weekend in Second Life. On Saturday is the Fourth Annual Farshore Field Air Show Fly-in at the Pacific Waters sim. This Relay event is a must for airplane fans. Among the attractions, a dunking booth in which instead of tennis balls, you fire a German 88 to knock volunteers into the water. Launch yourself, or your friends, out of an air cannon. Bring your own warplanes and duke it out in a dogfight. Or just use the plane rezzer (above) and use those. Jessicabelle Dayafter recently installed a new and improved one with two more planes.

The event takes place Saturday from 8AM to 4PM at Pacific Waters (51/86/31) For more information, contact Cynthia Farshore.


Sunday's big event is the Ninth Annual Bay City Anniversary. Starting off with a parade, the line of people heads to the North Channel sim where the party begins, with both DJs and live music. For questions, contact Marianne McCann.


Interview With Arizona Ballinger-Whiplash At The Relaystock


One of the top-ranked teams year after year in the Relay for Life is the Relay Rockers. This year, the captaincy of the team went to Arizona Ballinger-Whiplash (Arizona Ballinger). During the Relaystock last weekend, which Arizona organized, the Newser had a chance to interview. She had a few things to say about both her team, the event, and the Relay.

Read the interview in People

Back To The Future: The Ride


If you're a fan of "Back to the Future" and it's sequels, you'll be happy to hear about the "Back to the Future: The Ride." Based on the ride from Universal Studios Florida, this one was made in the ASD Studios sim by Alicia Stella. Taking on the role of a volunteer for Doc Brown's new time machine, can you stop Biff Tannen before he does who-knows-what to the space-time continuum?

Read the story in Places.

SL14B Update: More Exhibitior Openings



In the latest post on the SL14B blog, and an announcement by Doc Gascoigne, there will be slightly more exhibition openings for spots than originally anticipated.

Doc cannot count. Ok ok he needs reading glasses
his loss of vision is your gain
Pass the word we need some more exhibits


Consider joining in the fun by being an exhibitor at SL14B! We have reopened the applications as we have been granted a few more parcels due to popular demand and we want to fill them up!
Join the Carnivale and apply now!

http://www.slcommunitycelebration.info/last-minute-exhibitors/

Thursday, May 18, 2017

More On Ozimal's Closing



There's been a few developments following the closing of Ozimals. I found the real Ozimal store at the Magic of Oz sim (180/90/23), but sadly anything having to do with their breedable bunnies or any other products of theirs was gone. There are still other items one can buy at shops, and one can explore the sim, going down it's yellow brick road and seeing Emerald City. It is unclear how long the sim will remain. The Ozimal blog has also been shut down.

Contacting Malkavyn Eldritch, he told me he couldn't tell me any details at all related to the "cease and desist" order other than what he already stated. But he did say there was a group concerned fans of Ozimal bunnies could join: For The Love of Oz . Chatting with the people there, I was handed a package with an "Everlasting timepiece" and other items needed to keep a pet bunny active, even one that had gone into hibernation. So if someone gets the news late about Ozimal's closing, they can still save their bunnies. You can also get the items from IMing the group and getting them from someone, or from the box of them at the Newser office at HV Community (135/85/25)

Fans of Ozimal have also set up a gofundme page, not to help bring back the company (which is unlikely), but to help out Malkavyn. "The funds we raise here will go toward helping him rebuild things in his life beyond Second Life and hopefully ease his real life burdens," the page states, "Please help us give back to him for all the joy that he has brought us."

In group notices, people were still trading bunnies, and there was plenty of chat about their pets and happy moments. So while the company may be gone, many bunny owners will still be enjoying their pets.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: The Medieval Faire by Relay For Life on May 19th to June 19th



In fitting that this year, Unmasking A Cure - Relay For Life Team presents Third Annual Medieval Faire, on May 19 to June 19, 2017 at Second Life. Imagine Medieval time once again at Second Life, as if like Ren - Faire in real time. It is a wholesome event where everybody are invited to enjoy on the sim and find live performances and dee jays sharing their time, talent and treasure to Relay For Life. You can also see fashion designers, furnitures, decor items on sale. All proceeds goes to raise fund to Relay For Life cause.

Never miss this month long action packed event in sports, contests, gatcha garden, tune-in to performances and songs, savor the moments of wearing new clothes on display, mesmerize on decors and furniture items. Let us all support the Medival Faire (http://www.uacmedievalfairerflofsl.com/) to contribute another legacy towards Unmasking A Cure - Relay for Life.

Magical Hears (128/190/22)

Reader Submitted: At The RelayStock



From Mia Quinote. Mia, Sunbeamer chief Rita Mariner, and one other girl have some fun with neon streamers at last weekend's Relaystock.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Interview with Trader Whiplash At The RelayStock


Recently while the Relaystock in Second Life was going on, Deaflegacy met up with one of the most well known DJs taking part: Trader Whiplash. Trader has a long history with the Relay, known for both his DJing and radio station, and his "Bid Me Bald" events. Deaflegacy had a few questions for him, and he took some time to answer.

Read Deaflegacy's article in People.

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" Ozimal Bunnies Closes Due to "Cease And Desist" Order


After seven years, Ozimals has closed it's doors.

The news came suddenly yesterday on Tuesday May 16 when Malkavyn Eldritch posted on the Ozimals blog that the day before, she had been hit with a "cease and desist" order from a lawyer representing an Edward Distelhurst of Akimeta Ltd, "This letter demands that I cease all use of Ozimals intellectual property." Sadly, she made the conclusion they had no choice but to comply.

I don’t personally agree with this claim, but I do not have the means to fight this in court, therefore I have no choice but to comply. As of the morning of Wednesday, May 17, 2017, my products and their associated games will cease to function. 
This really f***ing sucks, and I’m sorry. It was never my intention for the time we’ve all spent with the bunnies and the Pufflings to end like this. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the support this community has given me over the last seven years. I wish there was more I could say.

For those looking at two of the last pictures on her Flickr page, they found that if they could get to the Ozimal store in time. they could get "free eternal timepieces and other goodies" that would keep their pets active. Otherwise "Any bunny who is not Everlasing will be unable to eat and will hibernate within 72 hours." Those bunnies that were "Everlasting" would go on. Getting to the store at slightly after Midnight SL time, the store, and the means to preserve unprotected pets, were gone.

Who is Akimeta? A search let to a blog by "Akimeta Metaverse Development Services," in which they listed Ozimal bunnies as one of their collaboration projects, "Work for Ozimals LLC began in June or July of 2009 and through the course of my time creating the bulk of visual assets used by the company some ~2000 files were created, culminating in over 600 individual visual assets now used in the widely popular game." It seems their partnership has ended under less than cordial circumstances.

Ozimals came onto Second Life in 2010. While they were not the first breedable pets in Second Life, they were a breakthrough as they were hardier than the fragile Sion chickens and "the first breedable pet company in Second Life to use a sophisticated system based on dominant and recessive genetics instead of RGB color values as the previous popular breeding pet games." For a time, they were wildly popular, some rare breeds selling for tens of thousands of Lindens at auctions. They even made a marketing deal with Linden Lab.  But the bunny craze soon faded. Shellie Sands thought that the market had become saturated, and when people kept on selling as people wanted to get rid of bunnies they could no longer afford to feed, the price plummeted.

Shortly afterwards, Ozimals filed suit against Amaretto horses, the next popular breedable, saying they had copied sections of their scripts. But after some time, the judge ruled in favor of Amaretto. More breedables entered the market, from dogs to cats and many others. But the Ozimal bunny had a place in Second Life history. And now years after the lawsuit, ironically but sadly the bunnies have met their end due to another suit.

Goodbye, Ozimals, you brought joy and happiness to the grid for years, and I wish some of that will follow the people who kept the bunlife going.

Addition: The Ozimal blog seems to have been taken down, so here is a screenshot of the last entry.


Hat Tip: Hamlet Au

Sources: Second Life Wiki , Ozimals, Akimeta 


Bixyl Shuftan


"Time Travel The Pharmaceutical Way"



From Ishtarkiss (Ishtarangel Micheline), a trippy picture which she titled "Time Travel The Pharmaceutical Way." She took a number of screenshots at last weekend's Relaystock. including this one which the above is based on.

Press Release: The Relay For Life Air Show At Farshore Field


Team Sunbeamers welcomes you to the 4th Annual Relay For Life Air Show Fly-in at Farshore Field.

The Sunbeamers team welcomes you to the 4th Annual Farshore Field Air Show Fly-in on Armed Forces Day this Saturday the 20th of May between the hours of 8AM to 4PM SLT. There will be planes on display with information about them. Some Pilots will be on hand to give rides and flight demonstrations or you can just BYOAP [Bring Your Own AirPlane] and stunt around yourself.

From 4PM till 6PM SLT there will be an after flights dance and activities in The Goblin Cave located on the hill over looking the field. The featured music in honor of Armed Forces Day will have a WWII cantina sound including late 30’s big bands. No theme dressing needed but if you want, ok, no contest, just socializing and relaxing after a hard day of flying.

During the show there will be a number of activities to participate in. These activities we ask for a donation to the Relay For Life kiosk located at each. These include being shot out of a cannon straight up to about 300 Meters where a provided parachute gently brings you back down. You keep the special RFL 2017 textured parachute for free. Then you can help cool each other by taking turns dunking your partner in a nice cool dunk tank, that is instead of a beanbag you fire a German 88mm shell into its target!! How often do you get to shoot such an historical gun? During the air show hours there will be a Blimp Bicycle Race. For a donation you enter and are given for free a bicycle blimp you pedal through a series of rings above the ground. Since you must use the provided craft there will be no advantage in using a faster vehicle. There will be some tricky turns but nothing too hard as it is your skill that will govern your performance. You need not be present to receive the prizes of 500L for first, 250L for second, 100L for third. There will be other activities so come explore.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pacific%20Waters/51/86/31

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


It's an active week of events for the Sunweaver and Angel clubs and Furry Fashion Lounge

Club Cutlass: Best in 'T,' Yellow Night, Spots and Stripes

The Happy Vixen: Birthday Suits, Best in Red and Warriors, Oldie Avatars, Wahs and Raccoons, CAYA

Xanadu:  TBA, TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Food, Summer, Rainbows, Sports, Nocturnals, Under the Sea, Movies, Psychedelic Colors, Rock Musicals

See the schedule in SL Clubbin'.

Press Release" Bay City Announces Anniversary Celebration




Mainland community turns nine this May

BAY CITY, SL (9 May, 2017) - As the Second Life® mainland community of Bay City turns nine, its Residents are once again hosting their annual parade through the city, followed by a live music event in their fairgrounds.

The first project of the Linden Department of Public Works, Bay City opened in May of 2008 to initial viewing, with auctions for land in the city beginning soon after. It has developed into the largest community-focused virtual urban area in Second Life.

Participants in the annual parade are asked to gather at noon SLT/PDT on Sunday, the 21st of May, to lineup at the band shell in Bay City - Harwich. The parade will wend its way down Route 66 beginning at 12:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, and will conclude at the Bay City Fairgrounds in the North Channel region.

A live concert will kick off at 1:30 p.m. SLT/PDT at the Fairgrounds with DJ Marx Dudek providing music leading into the event until 1:30 p.m.SLT/PDT , followed by Christov Kohnke from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, Winston Ackland from 2:30-3:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, and Oblee (Obeloinkment Wrigglesworth) from 3:30-4:30 p.m. SLT/PDT.

All Residents of the Second Life grid are welcomed to participate. Celebration goods, including parade float bases and ideas, are available at the Bay City Community Center, in the Daley Bay region for those who wish to be a part of the parade. Ample viewing areas are provided. The music event is also open to all who desire to attend -- not only Residents of Bay City

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

The 2017 Relaystock


This past weekend in Second Life was the second of two big events the middle of the Relay season is known for: the Relaystock. It was three days of fun, music, and virtual rain and mud. Organized by the Relay Rockers, other teams were invited to take part, sending musicians, setting up camps, or both. The Newser was there, and took a number of pictures.

See the scenes in Events.

Latest Map Mayhem In Raglan Announcing ArtWalk



The latest set of map pranks over Raglan Shire is actually a clever announcement for their current event. Linn Darkwatch posted this picture on her Facebook account. One reader responded, "Thinking of Shady today. He would love these signs "


For those who don't know, yesterday was the start of Raglan Shire's ArtWalk, the tiny community's most famous yearly event. For the next month, their sims will be full of art, both paintings, screenshots and three-dimensional. So if you're an art lover, go see it.

Announcement: This Week At The Seanchai Libraries


The Stories Just Keep On Coming

This is a week about continuance with two stories coming to their conclusions (or the conclusions to their conclusions) this week.  But the stories are not over yet, not by a long way.  Join us at Bradley University in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely, live in voice.

**MONDAY, May 15th, at 7 pm: Thomas R. McDonough's ARCHITECTS OF HYPERSPACE Continues with Gyro Muggins

**TUESDAY, May 16th, at 7 pm: OF MICE AND MAGIC Concludes with Faerie Maven-Pralou

**WEDNESDAY,  May 17th, at 7 pm: THE ATROCITY ARCHIVES Concludes - Reaaly!  We mean it this time! - with Corwyn Allen (also presented in Kitely hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528)
  
**THURSDAY, May 18th, at 7pm: FROM THE SHADOWS - Scary Stories for Stormy Nights with Shandon Loring (also presented in Kitely  hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

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http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/100/209/28


"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in VIRTUAL WORLDS."

www.seanchailibrary.com

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: Mother's Day



Taken at Club Cutlass' Mothers Day party. For Jenni Greenfield, things were a bit "hare-raising."

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Unprecedented" Cyberattack Hits Thousands of Computers In 99 Countries



A massive cyberattack has hit at least 75,000 computers in 99 countries in the past few days. Described as "unprecedented" in scale, the attacks have been infecting both individuals and institutions from home computers to government agencies to businesses to hospitals. In Great Britian alone, at least 48 hospitals, clinics, and other health institutions were affected. Although some surgeries were postponed, there are no reports of deaths yet related to the hacking.

Reports of the malware, called "WannaCry" began coming in on Friday. What happens io infected computers is the files are locked and a picture appears on the screen demanding $300 US dollars worth of Bitcoin within three days for the key to unlock the computer. Unlike typical malware attacks that rely on tricking computer users into opening email attachments or clicking on links, WannaCry is a worm that attacks computers through active online connections through vulnerabilities in system software. WannaCry locks up files, looks for other vulnerable computers to infect, then deletes itself. Most computer experts recommend treating the files as lost, with only the backup files on external hard drives, if any, as recoverable. It is not recommended that people pay the criminals as in past cases of ransomware, the criminals almost never provided any key to recover lost files. It is believed that the reason Bitcoin is the method of payment demanded is because it's transactions can't be traced.

In an ironic twist, the worm may be based on a spyware tool created by the NSA to snoop on people's computers, designed to take advantages of vulnerabilities in Windows software that it had discovered. The program was leaked in April by computer hackers whom had discovered it. The agency will neither confirm or deny their program had anything to do with WannaCry. A lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union called this "deeply troubling," saying the NSA should have notified Microsoft of the vulnerabilities instead of taking advantage of them, "These attacks underscore the fact that vulnerabilities will be exploited not just by our security agencies, but by hackers and criminals around the world. Patching security holes immediately, not stockpiling them, is the best way to make everyone's digital life safer." Others put the blame less on the NSA and more on institutions for being too slow to update systems, the attack happening two months after Microsoft had a patch available.

One British computer security blogger halted one strain of the malware by accident. Known as "Malware Tech," he decided to investigate the attack, and after an all-night session noticed the strain was trying to contact a specific web address every time it infected a new system. Seeing it was unregistered, he bought it for eight Pounds ($10.69 USD) to see where the attacks were happening. But in doing se, he accidentally triggered a "kill switch" for the strain. But there are still other strains of the worm out there.




A reminder that the computer world is full of dangers.

Sources: BBC, Arstechnica, Nerdgasm

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunbeamers Reach Silver



Last night, on the evening of Friday May 12Team Sunbeamer reached another milestone of this year's Relay season. At close to 8:28PM, the team was finally brought over the mark to 187,800, reaching the Silver ranks. The donation was made by Cynthia Farshore.


Beamers:  Thanks to awesome generosity of one of our members,  we made SILVER, last night.  Thank you!  I also want to let everyone know that Cynthia will be holding the 4th Annual RFL Air Show, on Pacific Waters, next weekend.  Just to give everyone a heads up!  Keep an eye out on the Newser and notices for more info.

Just behind the Sunbeamers, still at Bronze rank at the time of the writing of this update, is the yearly top performer the Second Life Cheerleading Squad, at 185,501 Lindens. They should have joined the Sunbeamers among the silver ranked teams by the time the weekend is over.

Join the fun at the Relaystock and other Relay events this weekend. Next weekend, the Sunbeamers will be having their annual air show at Farshore Field in Pacific Waters. Stay tuned for details.

Updated 9AM SL time to include team announcement

SL Video: "Mad Hatter's Dance For Life for RFL of SL"




(Click here if the video fails to play)

From Emma Rose Shaw on May 8, "This was an event ran for Second Life Relay for Life. It was on May 6th and 7th, 2017. Mad Hatter's Dance For Life organize by The Finishing School of Angels. The Team raise 70124 Lindens which is approximately 276 US dollars. We Hope you enjoy the ride with the Mad Hatter and his team. We can beat it! Music by Craig Faraway."

Inanna Andel posted the video in the RFL volunteers group, "I hope you enjoy the ... video, it is a bit long 20 minutes but that is how long it took to do a film of the walk through. Thank you to everyone that contributed, encourage and made it possible.  Its  a Mad Mad World but we can beat this with people like all of you working toward raising funds for RFL."

Friday, May 12, 2017

Steelhead Update


By Bixyl Shuftan

For the past few weeks for the Steelhead community. their new home of Steelhead Bay has continued to develop, with homes, shops, and other buildings such as a church, observatory, and greenhouse tea garden, and of course the theater earlier mentioned. Beside the theater is the side of a small mountain. Residents have continued to move in. But there are still empty spaces, and at least one house was marked "For Rent," so there is still room for people to move in.

 In their town hall meeting on May 9, Fuzzball brought up a few things, saying Totallunar Eclipse and  Tensai Hilra, the owners of the old Steelhead sims, "are still part of Steelhead, but requested not to be doing any managerial type duties. So, they're just (ir)regular Steelheaders. Since we only have the one sim, I think Jimmy (Branagh) and I can handle the duties." Fuzzball also told those present that he and Willow Leafstorm were talking about possibly getting a water homestead sim between Steelhead Bay and Ravenwood Forest (formerly Steelhead Nevermoor).

Fuzzball also announced he would volunteer to put his dignity on the line to help raise funds for the Steelhead Salmons Relay for Life team, "For every 3000 lindens that kiosk raises, I walk a lap on the RFL track in a Luminous Design dress. So far, it's one lap." His audience chuckled, one saying, "I could probably scrape up another 3k but it would nearly break me. Totally worth it." Fuzzball told them, "The Fuzz In A Dress Kiosk is inside Gearz, with a pic of me in said outfit." As of the writing of this article, the Steelhead Salmons have raised a little over 99,500 Lindens, almost a hundred thousand.

On another note, our last report stated there were sightings of a "sea monster" in the waters of Steelhead Bay. Checking things out for myself, I didn't see anything resembling the supposed denizen of Loch Ness. But there was one unusual sight: a narwhal. What this creature was doing so far away from it's home waters, one can only guess. But given it's unusual appearance, perhaps this was the cause of the sea monster stories.

Bixyl Shuftan


Getting Ready For The Relaystock



 This weekend marks the Relay for Life in Second Life's tribute to the Woodstock festival of 1969: The Relaystock. Three days of music, fun, and mud. The fun begins at 3PM SL time today, the schedule can be found here.


Various teams are set up in vans and tents around the grounds. This includes Team Sunbeamers, sho has their tent near the pond at Relay dAlliez (161, 129, 21). So if you have some time and a taste for classic rock, come on over. Just watch those mud puddles as some are deeper than they look.

Reader Submitted: The "Mad Hatter's Dance For Life" Party




From Emma Rose Shaw. On May 6 and 7, The Finishing School for Angels had their "Mad Hatter's Dance For Life" event, which raised over 70,000 Lindens. Emma took a number of pictures and sent them to the Newser.

Press Release: Huge Annual Art Festival Opens in Raglan Shire


RAGLAN SHIRE SIM CLUSTER, May, 2017 -- The Raglan Shire ArtWalk 2017 opens Sunday May 14th, displaying the works of over 150 artists over four sims in an outdoor setting. The show runs from May 15th through June 18th. Artists gridwide converge to exhibit their RL photography and art and SL photography and sculpture in this annual arts festival, hosted by the tiny community of the Raglan Shire sim cluster.

"When I first opened these sims for tinies, I started ArtWalk in 2007, inspired by the ArtWalk of Seattle, Washington," said Zayn Till, Magistrate of Raglan Shire. "We want to give artists a fabulous opportunity to exhibit both RL and SL works. Over the years it has grown into one of the biggest art festivals in SL."

2D art of all kinds is exhibited along the hedgerows in the central area of Raglan Shire sim. SL sculptural works are exhibited among the trees and along the shores of the western half of Heron Forest in Heron Shire sim, in the parks on Morning Shire and Athens Shire sim. TP kiosks to the display locations are throughout the grounds of the festival.

"It is always exciting to see so much talent and art as exhibited by artists of Second Life," said Karmagirl Avro, Artwalk Director, herself one of the exhibiting artists. "Talented artists, both big and small, make May one of my favorite months in Second Life! Nothing better than wandering around the Shires enjoying all the fabulous paintings, sculptures and art!"

Avatars of all shapes and sizes are welcome to visit the show and enjoy wandering these enchanting sims dedicated to tiny avatars.

For more information, contact Karmagirl Avro, Kayak Kuu or Trebek Raymaker.
Visit the Raglan Shire calendar at http://raglanshire.com/events

SL Video: "Opal Flight Takes Flight - The Final Moments - RFL Fantasy Faire 2017"




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Posted by Misfit Dance SL on May 5, 2017, "Opal Flight Takes Flight - The Final Moments RFL Fantasy Faire 2017 ~ 5/5 at 5:05 pm "

"Misfit Dance and Performance Art is forever honored to have been part of this amazing environment, experience and collaborative endeavor to benefit Relay for Life in Second Life. Sincere thanks & gratitude to everyone involved.
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"On a personal note, I sat with Lilia Artis and Haveit Neox (virtually) as we watched Opal Flight take flight on May 5, 2017. Words could never describe the spirit of community that filled our hearts as tears filled our eyes. Opal Flight and the memories of our time with her and each other .... will last forever." JenzZa Misfit

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“She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing “yes” in the sky.”
― Monique Duval

Opal Flight - Arts & Entertainment Venue Created by Artists & Virtual Reality Builders Lilia Artis & Haveit Neox

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Commentary: Support Open Internet Rules: Net Neutrality and What It Means


By Lanai Jarrico

On April 26th, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a plan to undo the 2015 rules that implemented net neutrality by reclassify internet service providers as common carriers and reversing Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 in favor of paid prioritizing.  

This plan will be voted on by the FCC - May 18, 2017.

What is Title II & Net Neutrality?
 
Net Neutrality is essentially the pipeline via the internet, meaning your cable internet, LTE wireless (phone) internet or however you are receiving information via the internet. 
 
Internet providers are not allowed to arbitrarily choose favorites in terms of the content that you consume.  For example, if you like to use a particular search engine and your roommate or family members’ likes to use others competing search engines.  A search engine they use could have the power to pay your internet service provider to choose what you use.
 
Internet companies should not have the right to pay your internet provider to slow down their competitor search engines and choose which ones run faster.

Title II net neutrality prevents Internet Service providers (ISPs) from limiting or manipulating the choices you make online. It also creates a level playing field so that larger companies cannot undermine small companies before they can grow and expand.

 What does it mean for internet users like you if internet neutrality is not enforced?
It means that you basically will have no control over your internet due to your provider choosing favorites because they are getting paid more by one competitor over another. For example in terms of a virtual world resident, if you like gaming on your favorite platform *coughs* Second Life *cough* and another virtual platform that may not offer the same options you like pays your provider more. It will slow down (LAG) your choice and give faster service via an internet fast lanes on the other competing platform. *GASPS*

If it matters to you to have open internet freedom, the FCC is taking public comments and will write rules to either reinstate open internet or damage our internet freedom.

  Go to www.gofccyourself.com and be part of restoring internet freedom and the unfair targeting of small starts ups. It is a direct link to the FCC proceedings page. Under 17-108 “Restoring Internet Freedom”, select express and fill out the form.  
 
Comment directly to Ajit Pai, the chairman of the FCC that you specifically support strong net neutrality backed by Title II oversight of Internet service providers.

Everyone who has a following such as a blog, social media outlet or any other way to spread the word should get involved in this movement and share this post!!

May 18th is fast approaching!

To everyone who believes in and participates in net neutrality, thank you for supporting open internet freedom.

Lanai Jarrico
Title II: Communications Act of 1934 http://transition.fcc.gov/Reports/1934new.pdf
 
Reprinted with permission from the Second Life Enquirer

Second Life Enquirer Turns 12


A couple days ago on May 9, The publication Second Life Enquirer celebrated their twelfth anniversary. It was also the rezzday of it's founder and owner Lanai Jarrico. Having gotten her start in the now closed "The Sims Online" virtual world, she came to Second Life to write about goings on here. In a 2015 interview, she described her paper as being more entertainment-oriented while the Newser was more news-focused.

Rather than being the arch-rivals the SL Herald and the SL Newspaper were, the two publications have more or less cooperated, such as when Lanai requested that yours truly take a picture of her at a 2014 jail and bail and let me make a cartoon out of it, and today's article on Net Neutrality being on the line.

No doubt she and her writers will be continuing for a while.

Happy Anniversary SL Enquirer

Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: Luskwood at Second Life Birthdays Past



Recently Michi Lumin, one of the founders of the Luskwood community, sent in a few pictures she and two others, Codex Rau and Eo Fenstalker, took of their exhibits in previous Second Life Birthday celebrations. This one by Codex from SL5B in 2008 shows a sign reminding everyone that visitors to the community are very much welcome.


 Michi herself took this one of their SL6B exhibit in 2009.


Eo had a picture of the outside of Lusk's SL7B exhibit in 2010.

Luskwood hasn't had any exhibits at the Second Life Birthday celebration in the past few years. Could they be coming back this year?