Thursday, July 20, 2017

Checking the Relay Sims



"You can either *be* in Second Life, or you can write about Second Life." Actually, you can, but I've found it very difficult to the point I seldom try. Stories take time to write, time that is sometimes needed to see something before it goes away, in this case the Relay sims. Don't worry, we'll have more stories up soon.

Moon Landing Anniversary Party

Join the National Space Society in SL on July 20th at our Tranquility Base venue as we celebrate the anniversary of mankind’s first lunar landing. National Space Society (50, 100, 3674)

We will gather there at 1pm SL time ahead of the landing time, and again at 7:30pm in advance of the first steps on the Moon to watch the videos and discuss the past, present and future of space exploration and development.

Ad astra (“to the stars”)!

For more information on the Apollo 11 mission:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo11.html

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/missions/apollo/apollo_11/

http://apollo11.spacelog.org

http://www.earthtothemoon.com/apollo_11.html

Important times for Moon Landing Day, July 20th

Apollo 11 lunar landing time:  July 20, 1969, 20:18:04 UTC … 1:18:04pm SL time

Apollo 11 first step on the Moon:  July 21, 1969, 02:56:15 UTC … July 20, 1969, 7:56:15pm SL time

Recommended videos
(you can view these any time in your browser or on the screens at our Tranquility Base venue)

Apollo 11 Moon Landing - CBS Coverage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E96EPhqT-ds&feature=youtu.be

Apollo 11 First Steps on the Moon - recently restored video of the first lunar EVA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9HdPi9Ikhk

“Hope Eyrie” (The Eagle Has Landed) - anthem of the Space Age
Performed by Julia Ecklar, written by Leslie Fish, video edited by Per Malm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cVOOXQo22o


NSS, National Space Society (50, 100, 3674)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Purrfection Estates. Looks like Skylark Lefavre found a solution to high electric bills.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: "The Very Best of Broadway"


Ciska Riverstone recently sent the Newser a reader submission about a performance in Second Life this month, "The Very Best of Broadway." Taking place at the Oval Theatre Company in the Devils Cave sim, the show offers select dance numbers from various shows such as "Footloose" and "A Chorus Line." Ciska was impressed, describing the production as "a labour of love" not soon forgotten. "Broadway" will be done again today and later this month.

Read Ciska's reader submission in Events.

Today Last Day Up For the Relay Sims



With the time until the Relay sims come down getting closer, many were taking some time, even if it was brief, to give then another look. I happened to catch this meetup between Trader Whiplash, Gem Sunkiller, and Aryon Dagger.


Fuzzball Ortega was also giving the track a look. As far as yours truly knows, he walked most of the way. Though word has it he was in a go-cart part of the way.


Among the people I ran into was Nancy Clowes, the head of the "Fun Rides and Amusement Parks" group. She introduced me to Pryda Parx, the producer of the Future Shock machinima series.


Valkyrie Ice found an Asian-themed build at RFL Journey. Since she couldn't take it with her, she took a number of picturesque screenshots with her in a Chinese outfit.

There were two announcements in the Relay groups today. One was the time for the "Flood Party, " which was scheduled to be between 5PM and 7PM somewhere in the Relay sims.

Location TBA on Wednesday
Join us one last time for a Farewell party to the Relay Sim.
Dance, party and share your relay memories!

Bring your inner tube to put on and wear your water proof clothes....just sayin.


The other announcement was a sadder one, that after Wednesday, the event would be coming to a close.

 Sadly the Relay Sims need to be returned. Campsite clean up must be done by Thursday June 21  11pm slt. We are not responsible for any no copy items left on the sims after that time.

Please try to leave the campsites /builds up until Wednesday night or Thursday if you can, as ppl are still visiting.


For those who want to see lots of screenshots of the Relay Weekend, there is the Relay for Life in Second Life Flickr page. Among the top contributors, Wildstar Beaumont, and IshtarAngel Micheline (Ishtarkiss)

Bixyl Shuftan

2017 Relay Weekend Awards


Presented at the Closing Ceremony of the Relay Weekend

Cancer Education Awareness Award

Source of content must come from cancer.org , and the experience should be interactive 

1st     Relay Rockers
2nd   Go the Distance
3rd    Dreamin in Purple

 Inventive Creative Fundraising Award

Awarded for the unique, creative and successful method of RFL fundraising at the team campsite.

1st     Old World Artisan Guild
2nd   Go the Distance
3rd    Dreamin in Purple

Best Themed Decorated Campsite Award

Awarded for the all-around design interpretation of the RFL of SL 2017 ‘Passport To Hope’ theme.

1st    Dreamin in Purple
2nd   Circle Of Life and Sunbeamers
3rd    Go the Distance

Designer Sim Award

Awarded for the design team build that captures the essence, reality and scale of the real or imaginary worlds they represent, and truly gives a world to call our own for a brief and unforgettable moment in time.

1st     Luna Barak  RFL Survivor Caregiver Region
2nd   Eclair Martinek   RFL Remission
3rd    Alia Baroque  RFL Imagine

New Team Participation Award

Awarded to the new team for 2017 that displays exemplary organization and participation during the 2017 Relay Season and Relay Day event.

1st     The Finishing School Of Angels
2nd   Buckin Cancer and Lil Rockers
3rd    Old World Artisans Guild

Returning Team Participation Award

Awarded to the returning team for 2017 that displays exemplary organization and participation during the 2017 Relay Season and Relay Day event.

1st     Relay Rockers
2nd   Bonanza Country RFL Team
3rd    Team Shadow and Aether Chronoauts Tiny Steps (ACTS)

More awards to be presented at the Relay Wrap-Up in August, including The Spirit of the Relay, Team and Individual.

Source: RFL of Second Life.

SL Video: "Gee's Wonder Island Part One"




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The first part of Lokirat's video review of "Gee's Wonder Island," in which she looks at the island itself, taking a look around and trying a couple contraptions. In the second video, she gives the boats a try. In the third, she ventures to the sky platform to look around and runs into a few pranks.

Impish Glee (229/241/21)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Sunbeamer Camp for 2017


The various teams of the Relay for Life in Second Life do many events. But another source of pride, and what they're often remembered for, are their exhibits, or campsites, on the track for the Relay Weekend. No matter if it was a large "umbrella team" or a small team with just a few active members, each group got the same sized plot to show what they could do. For the Sunbeamers, "the little team that could" had managed to beat the obstacles it had and came out with a first place trophy for it's build last year. So what to follow up that success with? Shockwave Yareach, the main builder for the team, had an answer in the form of an airport build that was both entertaining and educational.

Read the story in Design.

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


The Relay Weekend is done, but there's plenty of events at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge. This includes a special event at the Goblin Cave.

Club Cutlass: Best in 'F',  Monochrome, Xmas in July

Happy Vixen: Naked Tuesday, Shades of Grey, Best in Boots, Lounging at Home, Best in Red, CAYA

Club Zero Gravity: Best iN Purple, Hats, Ribbons and Boes

Furry Fashion: CAYA, Pirates vs Ninjas, Omnipunk, Leather and Lace, Food, Goth, Kings of the Road, Forest Creatures, Movies

Goblin Cave: Special Event - Team Sunbeamer Celebration party

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 4PM

Club Xanadu Goes on Hiatus



There was a little sad news for fans of Club Xanadu over the weekend. On Sunday July 16, Perri Prinz announced that she was taking an indefinite break from running shows there.

Due to health problems and other real life issues, I can no longer run events at Xanadu.  Any hosts and DJ's with cards in the boards can run events in the club as they please, but I don't expect I'll be around to help.  If somebody wants to take over, please do.  But otherwise I just have to let it slide.

The classic rock club first opened in the Sunweaver Estates in May 2009, co-owned by Perri and her partner RECoyote Mindes, its design based on the club in the movie of the same name, which in real life was the Pan Pacific Auditorium. Over the years, Perri has had a reputation of being a skilled DJ with a good knowledge of music, which was demonstrated at the "Fallout Party" in April. In March, the club reopened after a hiatus of over a year and a half. Besides music, Perri has also been known as a fiction writer, notably her serial sci-fi/fantasy story "Spectral Shadows." But lately she has done some nonfiction commentary concerning her opinion of the state of furry fandom and the threat of the radical-left Antifa group.

It is hoped that Perri's real-life troubles will ease so she will be able to return to DJing.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/HV%20Community/67/207/4051

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Relay for Life 2017 , Personal Highlights"




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From ThatSLGuy Benny Springflower on July 17, "In this video I show you my personal highlights from the Second Life Relay for Life sims in 2017"

Monday, July 17, 2017

Reader Submission: Second Life Museum of Nuclear War


Fritter Enzyme was a regular writer for the Newser in the past. While real life has kept him busy, he still writes on occasion about Second Life. Next month are the 72nd anniversaries of the atomic bombings of two cities of the Japanese Empire, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These superweapons finally brought an end to the most destructive war of modern history. But it wasn't long before the Soviet Union developed it's own nuclear weapons, and for decades it and the West were engaged in a nuclear standoff that many feared would end in war and each side destroying the other with their arsenals of atomic weapons. Eventually, the Cold War ended. But rouge states and terrorist organizations are still trying to develop or acquire these weapons of mass destruction. Fritter came across a place in Second Life which takes a look at these issues: The Second Life Museum of Nuclear War.

Read Fritter's reader submission in Places.

“Bacon of Hope” Hunt at New Toulouse


Besides the Relay Weekend, Gemma Cleanslate has also been at New Toulouse in the past few days for their "Bacon of Hope" hunt. In the game, using a HUD, you look for plants of a particular kind of invasive species considered a threat to local ecology, which can be exchanged for bacon. At the end are some boxes of gifts. But one possible complication in the hunt for the flowers are the hippos that have somehow found their way into the swampland, and running into one could be bad.

Read Gemma's story in Events.

Relay Weekend, Day Two



Day two of the Relay Weekend was a bit slower paced than the first. Many who pulled all-nighters were still sleeping in the morning. In the "Coffee, Curlers, and Cake" themed hour, Team ACTS was providing some free coffee, donuts, and other goodies at their campsite at RFL Hero (first image by Bain Finch).


Normally I try to be at the closing ceremonies. But this year, my computer just can't take the lag, given I was lasting a minute or less in the opening. So I just spent the time with my team, the Sunbeamers.


At 11 AM SL time was the "Victory Lap, in which the team got onto the field." And our team had a new victory to celebrate. We had won Second Place in campsite design. "The little team that could" had done it again.


Fireworks went off at various points along the track. While the Sunbeamers had come away with much this season, in fact the real victory belonged to every single Relayer. Once again, hundreds of thousands of US dollars had been raised this season for cancer research and treatment, bringing the world a little closer to the day suffering from it is a thing of the past.


Eventually, many of the people began heading out, to real life or other places in Second Life. But some would stick around, some at a couple parties at T1-Radio's location or Radioactive Air's place at RFL Support.


One team, OD Designs, was so close to leveling, that they held an event to try and push them over the mark while it was still the Relay Weekend. A few friends from the Sunbeamers came by to help things along, and eventually, "Team OD just made Silver! ... We made it ... thank you!"

This not yet the end of the Relay season, or the Relay track. The areas will still be up for a few more days. As far as yours truly knows, Wednesday July 19 will be the last day the sims and exhibits will soon be up, with the traditional "flood party" taking place sometime that day. After that, the sims will be closed and the contents picked up. Following that, teams can still hold events, and some will continue to do so. This will likely include the Sunbeamers, whom are talking about one last party to celebrate their successful season.

The final event, the Relay Wrap-Up will take place next month in August.

One image from Bain Finch

Bixyl Shuftan

Do You Have A Story?



The Newser team has worked hard at bringing you the news of the people, places, and events of the Relay for Life and other happenings across Second Life. But sorry to say we can't be everywhere, and we don't always have time to write about every single place we come across.

So this is where you the readers come in. Were you at a fantastic Relay event? Did you see a particularly grand campsite build on the Relay Track? Or maybe you found yourself in a hilarious "only in SL" predicament? We're very interested in what you the readers have to say. Send us a story or funny picture, and if we like it, we'll post it as a Reader Submitted. For pictures, jpg format is preferred. And no it doesn't have to be about the Relay, but it can be of just about anything.

Mail submissions to bixylshuftan(at)gmail.com.

PLEASE include your SL user name and tell us if you wish it to appear with your story.

SL-Newser reserves the right to post in the appropriate section and to investigate any names used in submitted stories (please ask permission before using anyone's name or picture (if taken in a private area) or use an alias for them).

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Relay for Life. Seems two superhero roleplaying groups did a little mix and match with two different comic universes. And the way Batmain and Robin were paired with one of Spiderman's villains, it looks like the normally perceptive Caped Crusader is about to get a nasty surprise.

By Bixyl Shuftan

The Reelay Weekend, Day One in Brief



At 10AM, the Relay Weekend officially started with the Opening Ceremony in the meeting place of the four sims. To help keep people from crashing, people were asked to listen in via T1 Radio's website, the SL radio stream disabled in the four sims for the first hour. Despite this, yours truly had a bit of trouble crashing, and so the pictures I was able to take were only so good.


Softpaw Sommer took this picture of the Relay traffic. There were hundreds of avatars on the road. Unfortunately the result of the avatars was a lot of lag, and about the same number of Relayers in several less sims than last year didn't help. So it was a bit crashy for me, and some others, for a little while.


 But lag or no, the show must go on, or rather the Relay. And me and my friends did our share of walking the track.


The hours had different themes. One was "Crazy Hats and Hair." So yours truly brought out "The Hat," the Sunbeamers' answer to the Steelhead Salmons' "The Hair." It got a number of looks and comments.


At one point, Gemma Cleanslate ran into this guy, "Who you gonna call?"

More cash continues to be raised by the Relayers, and several teams have gone up a fundraising level so far. The Sunbeamers have gone up to over 600,000 Linden dollars raised, third among the four Platinum level teams, and first in terms of inworld raising alone (two were boosted by funds coming in from outside Second Life). So how much will be raised today? We'll see.

Go Relay!

Hat tip: Softpaw Sommer , Gemma Cleanslate

Bixyl Shuftan


Bastille Day in Paris 1900, The Creation Story



July 14, or "La Quatorzieme (The Fourteenth)" as it was known in France, was Bastille_Day, or officially known there as "la Fete nationale" (the national celebration). And so in the Paris 1900 sims, they were throwing a party. The event lasted two hours, with a DJ, a performance troupe, and live music, provided by Sylvana. The event took place in the Paris 2000 and the Les Champs Elysees sims.


There probably hadn't been as much red white and blue around since the American Independence Day celebrations ten days earlier. While the majority of the crowd were "Francophones," there were a number of English speakers happy to join the party.

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That night at 7PM was a showing of "The Creation Story," a Christian stage production. Performed by Pet Karu and Unity Stage Productions, the Newser wrote about them several years ago. Pet stated then that the point of the play was getting the Christian message, “not just from the pulpit, not just from church, but in a new light.”


The play was performed in front of a mixed crowd of human and furred avatars. The play will take place again today at 4PM, Friday the 28th at 7PM, Saturday the 29th at 2PM, and Sunday the 20th at 4PM

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreamworld%20Pirate/51/125/2051

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "2009 Relay for Life in Second Life (Pt. 2)"




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From MarkTwain White on October 2009, "The American Cancer Society's 2009 Relay for Life in Second Life(tm) took place on July 18-19. Join us as we take a walk through the sims and see what the creative enegentic folks of Second Life created for this year's incredibly successful fund raising event. This is the second of two parts."

Saturday, July 15, 2017

RFL Weekend Schedule: Relay Rap, Track Hours, and Music Stages


Relay Rap Relay Day Special: 7:00 AM

Relay Weekend is HERE, and of course, Relay Rap is coming to you live from the track!

Joining Trader for this 90 minute special show are:

Media partners Fuzzball Ortega, Gabi Riel and Luke Flywalker

Designer sim builders Eclair Martinek and Mac Pierce

Zander Greene, to discuss the hunt, AND his report on Hope Lodge

Join us at the RFL Radio Broadcast Center, or, tune in live at http://www.t1radio.com

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=======The THEMED HOURS=======

The themes are brought to the track to be fun and entertaining and are not required.  But it's always fun to see all of the variety on the track!  Here is a list of this year's themes and we hope you enjoy getting those outfits ready!

****Saturday, July 15, 2017

10:00 AM   Opening Ceremony
11:00 AM   Survivor/Caregiver - CELEBRATE
12:30 PM    Teams Lap
2:00 PM      Dance Your Decade
3:00 PM      Crazy Hats and Hair
4:00 PM      The Future's So Bright (get on your sunglasses)
5:00 PM      Purple Glove Dance
6:00 PM      Accidental Tourist
7:00 PM      Fantasy Hour
8:00 PM      Light Up the Track
9:00 PM      Luminaria Ceremony - REMEMBER
10:00 PM    Meet & Make A New Friend
11:00 PM    Under the Big Top
MIDNIGHT   Stay Up Late PJ Party

****Sunday, July 16, 2017

1:00 AM      Holiday Road
2:00 AM      Around The Beach
3:00 AM      Hoppy Ball Bounce
4:00 AM      International Hour
5:00 AM      Heroes - Every Day and Super
6:00 AM      FIGHT BACK
7:00 AM      Tutu's and Toga's
8:00 AM      Coffee, Curlers and Cake
9:00 AM      Formal Hour
10:00 AM    Closing Ceremonies
11:00 AM    Victory Lap!  - Walk the track and meet the Relay Committee.
12:00pm     Check out the track and builds-Thank You Hour
12:30pm     Designer Sim Items Auction
                  Celebrate YOUR Relay.  Take THAT, Cancer!
12:30 PM     RAFFLE Draw
1 :00 PM     I Don't Want To Go home Party
2:00 PM      SILENT AUCTION Closes!
3:00 PM      Enjoy Walking the Track and Visiting the Builds



2017 Relay Weekend Stage Schedule

Live Music Stage

Activities 2-Live Music, RFL Activities 2 (168, 168, 18)

1pm Erin Frog

2pm Liam Defoe

3pm Phi Mayo

4pm AleyKat

5pm Roxanne Ysabel DeVinna

6pm Vince Ruissatel

7pm David Csiszer

8pm Harmonia Trefoil

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DJ Stage

Activities 1-Club Relay, RFL Activities 1 (69, 187, 44)


1pm TBA

2pm TBA

3pm Fizban Underwood

4-6pm Blazer Bowenford

6pm Joy Canadeo

7-9pm Filo Tani

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Performance Stage
Activities 3 -Relay Variety Stage, RFL Activities 3 (123, 123, 26)

1-3pm The Avilion MerBallet Company

3-5pm The Jewell Theatre

5-7pm Misfits

7-9pm Tribute Band Thunder Rock presents Hal

Relay Eve



As the hours counted down to the Relay weekend, some people couldn't wait for the party to get started. At RFL Activities 2 Trader Whiplash played some music to a crowd there.


Gemma Cleanslate went down the track, noting SL Newser kiosks in some places.


I came across a few of team Dreamin' in Purple, in their toy cars.


Cynthia Farshore and I would do a drive of our own, on her Model T. After the reckless driving incident, Camaros were out.


Among the places we stopped was the camp of Meli's Maniacs, a team the Seunbeamers have held a number of joint events with this season.

And so, the weekend the Relayers have been waiting for since March has finally arrived. It's going to be quite a 24 hours this Saturday and Sunday.

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan
Second picture from Gemma Cleanslate

SL Video: "2009 Relay for Life in Second Life (Pt. 1) "




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From MarkTwain White on Sept 2009, "The American Cancer Society's 2009 Relay for Life in Second Life(tm) took place on July 18-19. Join us as we take a walk through the sims and see what the creative enegentic folks of Second Life created for this year's incredibly successful fund raising event. This is the first of two parts."

Friday, July 14, 2017

Announcement: Summer KT Creators Festival



Starting today is the Summer Creators Festival, a two-week event to raise money for the World Autism Organization. There will be music, attractions, and many shops to buy items from, with up to 100% of the money going to charity.


For questions, contact Amythe Moonlight

http://worldautismorganisation.com/

July 14th-30th

Rosemist Isle (126, 128, 21)

Relay Media Day


Yesterday was Media Day at the sims for the Relay weekend tomorrow and Sunday. Gemma Cleanslate was among those there, taking a few pictures. But it was also a time of some reflection, of why the Relay for Life goes on in Second Life.

Read the article in Events.

Interview With Anibrm Jung


This week, the Newser interviewed photographer Anibrm Jung. Noted for her real-life still photography of nature scenes, Anibrm has had her work on display in a few places in Second Life. We met up with her at the Little Red Door Chapel and Retreat, and had a few words with her about her art and experiences in Second Life.

Read the interview in Design.

Relay Weekend Tomorrow



After many months, the Relay for Life in Second Life's official season is about to have it's high point: The Relay Weekend.



Across 29 sims are a number of exhibits. A few are "designer sims, like this one of an Ancient Egyptian complex.


But most are from individual teams.at their various campsites.


Two teams, Faeries for Hope and a Cure, and Quest for a Cure, which were neighbors, had remarkably similar builds, both being 17th/18th century sailing ships at port. Rain Rodex of Quest for a Cure called it "pure coincidence ... I think it looks great together."


"I had the idea for this theme, passport to hope/ quest for a cure already in January, and I thought of a harbour and a ship, busy loading up to set out on the quest." Her team never expected their neighbors to have a similar concept.


After a year's absence, the Steelhead Salmons are back. Softpaw Sommer would write on her blog, "I missed the Salmons ... the Salmons are family and Steelhead is home. This just feels better to be Relaying with them again."


And just across from the Steelheaders is the Sunbeamer campsite. Designed by Shockwave Yareach, he was also the main builder, with Cynthia Farshore helping out, along with assistance from team captain Rita Mariner and Skylark Lefavre.


Skylark spoke of the build, "I think in my own honest opinion this is the best one we did in a long time. ... It's not only informative and educational, it's also entertaining and visual, something you can participate in, almost like a tour. Using the airport take the tour is a nice touch since an airport represents a way into any part of the world it also shows the education of cancer prevention and treatment can reach any place as well."

The Sunbeamer camp is at RFL Celebrate (185/130/22)

The opening ceremonies start Saturday July 18, at 10AM

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "More Starter Avatars!"





For those who thought my review of the new Bento-enabled starter avatars by Linden Lab emphasized the negative a little too much, here's a more cheerful review by Alicia Chenaux.