Friday, April 28, 2017

News and Commentary: Linden Lab Among Tech Companies Filing Brief Against Trump's Executive Order On Skilled Worker Visas

By Bixyl Shuftan

In early February, Linden Lab issued a statement concerning President Trump's executive order at the time concerning several Middle Eastern countries. Branded a "Muslim Ban," eventually a judge blocked part of the order and eventually Trump dropped in in favor of a slightly different executive order later on. Recently the White House has found a new target: the H-1B visa program that allows skilled foreign workers to come to America. Linden Lab was among over 150 tech companies to sign a brief sent to the US District Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, calling for the executive order to be blocked.

Congress in 1965 prohibited discrimination in immigration decisions on the basis of national origin precisely so that the Nation could not shut its doors to immigrants based on where they come from — but the Order does just that. Moreover, the President’s authority under the immigration laws must be exercised reasonably, and is limited by the detailed standards enacted by Congress to address a variety of issues, including preventing entry of terrorists into our country. The Order overrides those standards without sufficient justification. Finally, the President lacks authority to impose sweeping, long-term changes on the entire system governing eligibility for entry into the United States by immigrants and non-immigrants; such changes require notice-and-comment procedures conducted by one or all of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security.

The brief would also refer to calls on restrictions on immigration in the past, such as a quote by Woodrow Wilson whom criticized immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe saying the people had "neither skill nor energy nor any initiative of quick intelligence." And on laws based to restrict it which were mainly based on prejudice on these people in addition to Asians, Jews, and other groups, such as the Immigration Acts of 1917 and 1924. It branded Trump's new executive order as an abandonment of "the principles that have undergirded U.S. immigration policy for more than half a century," "unlawful," and "substantively unreasonable."

Although some such as Hamlet Au call the order part of the "Muslim ban," the country that benefits most from the program is India, which has a mainly Hindu population. Plus the H-1B visa program has been criticized for quite some time on the grounds of allowing companies to allow businesses to lay off native-born workers in favor of cheaper foreign workers. The most notable recent example of this was when Disney told 250 of it's workers they would soon be laid off and their last assignment would be to train their replacements.

Linden Lab's stake in the H-1B visa program is obvious, being able to attract foreign talent to work with them in the United States. But considering how Islam is so often linked to terrorism, such as the attacks France has suffered in the past few years, and an attack in Fresno California by a convert, those against Trump's executive order may want to pursue a different strategy in persuasion than link it to his effort to limit immigration from certain countries in the Middle East.

Sources: Yahoo News, New York Times, New World Notes, Business Insider, Redcode   

Bixyl Shuftan

Club Cutlass, The Happy Vixen, and Xanadu To Take Part In The Relay For Life Club Crawl

Last week, we announced Relay foe Life team "Go the Distance" was organizing a "Club Crawl." Yesterday, the organizers of the event announced that thirteen clubs were taking part, the event starting 10AM SL time on Saturday, April 29, and would go on to 10PM Sunday April 30.

Multiple clubs and teams are participating in the 1st Annual RFL Club Crawl hosted by Go the Distance. Please support these clubs with your attendance and donations into their kiosk this weekend. Landmarks will be sent this weekend. Questions or want more information contact Cathy10 Longoria or Random Padar. 

Unfortunately, we haven't gotten the full schedule for the event, at least not yet. But we can tell you when three of the clubs involved, Club Cutlass, the Happy Vixen, and Xanadu, will be having their events. Instead of tips, DJs will be performing for donations for Team Sunbeamers and Team Go the Distance.

Sunnies;  Club Cutlass, Happy Vixen and Xanadu are all on the list for the first annual Club Crawl.  Cutlass will be running from 2 pm to 10 pm SLT time.  DJ Cynthia, Shocky, Dusk and Snowy, will be providing the tunes.  Since it is an RFL event, The contest can run, but there will be NO TIPPING, all funds are needed for the kiosks and we are splitting them with the organizing team

Club Cutlass

Saturday April 29 from 2 to 10 PM,

DJs: Cynthia, Shockwave, Dusk, Snowbuns

Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757).

The Happy Vixen Beach Club

Saturday April 29 from 4 to 6PM, DJ Snowbuns

Sunday April 30 from 4 to 6 PM, DJ Snowbuns

Purrfection Estates (236, 219, 24)  


Sunday 7PM to 10PM? , DJ Snowbuns

HV Community (67/207/4051)

The Crawl will most likely be stopping by these clubs for only part of the time they're running. But by all means come by and enjoy the music from some talented DJs.

Reader Submitted: At The Fantasy Faire

 All this week, the Fantasy Faire has been going on. Among those stopping by, Sunbeamer team captain Rita Mariner. She recently stopped by a music event in the Sanctary RP area.

For more on the Fantasy Faire, go check out their blog at

Pictures by Rita Mariner

Announcement: Univ of Hawaii, Astronomy Presents: "Seven Seas for Seven Brothers"

Friday, April 28th at 9:30 PM PDT
Institute for Astronomy - U. Hawaii Astronomy Amphitheater: 

And on the web:

Trappist-1, a red dwarf star 40 light years from us, was known to host three planets. Last year, four more were discovered, making a total of seven planets for this little star. All seven are possibly habitable with water oceans. This sci-fi-like system, so different from ours, suggests an exotic yet pleasant place for people to live ... but is it?

Alliance, Chaminade University (49, 205, 4002)

By Dr Mark Willman

Thursday, April 27, 2017

News and Commentary: Linden Lab Changing From Open Beta to Open Alpha Release

When Linden Labs first gave an estimate in September 2016 of when their next-generation virtual world Sansar would be in open beta, the date given was January 2017. In early Janurary, the date was described as "after March." Later in January, the date given was sometime in "the first half of 2017," meaning as late as June 2017. But when the Irish Times wrote about an interview they did of CEO Ebbe Altberg, they reported that Sansar would be in an "open alpha" release sometime this summer 2017. At what point it would go into beta was unexplained.

What this suggests is not only is Sansar currently at "an early stage of development," as Hamlet Au commented, but that they are having more difficulties and delays than anticipated. When Linden Lab placed an ad for Linkedin for a software engineer to help them develop a voxel-based terrain editor, Hamlet was initially quite impressed. But with these delays, he feels they should "have hired someone to build that maybe two years ago." This is on top of existing doubts about Sansar, it beginning to remind him of the old "Blue Mars" virtual world of several years ago, which was fading into obscurity after less than two.

So when will Sansat be complete? Hamlet was thinking that might not be until sometime in 2018. How will users react to an unstable open alpha Sansar that crashes more than Second Life? Probably not very well.

Source: New World Notes , The Irish Times

Bixyl Shuftan

Registration for Raglan Shire Artwork Now Open

Raglan Shire is noted as the location of Second Life's best known communitiy of "Tinies," not to mention the over-the-top antics of it's residents. It has yearly events every month, it's tenth anniversary being last month. But one event attracts many residents from across the Grid: the Raglan Shire Artwalk. This year, the Artwalk runs from May 14 to June 18, and the registration for interested artists has now opened.

Residents of Second Life may show their artwork during this time.  Reproductions of RL artwork (painting, drawing, digital fine art, printmaking that can be imported and put on a prim) are encouraged, along with SL photography, manipulated photography and sculpture. ... Each year we have had over 100 artist participants exhibiting in spaces over several sims. This year, the 12th ArtWalk, we hope for a good turnout and will include space in the newly renovated Raglan Shire, in Heron Shire forest, and in other sims in the cluster if needed. The 2D artwork will be displayed along hedgerows around Raglan Shire, and sculpture in designated areas of the forest on Heron Shire.

Entries opened on Saturday, April 22, and artists and photographers have until May 7 at 9PM until registrations are closed. Those whom resistered in time will be notified of their setup locations starting on Tuesday May 9. Setting up the art runs from 9AM on Friday May 12 and all day Saturday May 13. The Takedown is from one minute after 6PM on June 18 to Tuesday June 20.

For the announcement from Raglan in full, Click here. For a list of the requirements, Click here.

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Scenes From The "Bid The Lindens Bald" Party

Last week, the "Bid the Lindens Bald" fundraiser came to an end. The tally of the totals was marked by a party, which saw the Lindens on the third place team present losing their hair, along with a few others. The Newser was there, and took a number of pictures.

See the pictures in Events.

Cartoon of the Day: Head Linden

Taken at the "Lindens Jail and Bail" at the Fantasy Faire. Dropping by there, the lag was so bad, most avatars were only half-rezzed or just nametags. While I wasn't able to get the total amount raised as the kiosk never rezzed to me, someone told me the amount was close to 250,000 Linden dollars.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Update On The Rusty Garter Saloon

A few months ago, we wrote about the "Rusty Garter Saloon," a cowboy-themed venue in the Caledon II sim. Recently, there has been a change in ownership. Blake (Palmerblake), the owner of the saloon, along with the location's Patty Poppy (Autopilotpatty Poppy), will no longer be operating the establishment. The last event under their direction was on Friday April 14. But fans of the saloon need not worry. One of the people coming by to enjoy the place, Soaron Ronin (soaron.fazuku), stepped up to continue to run it.

Chatting with Soaron some, he explained that the transfer had been done, "ll is sorted.. just small details." He had no plans to change anything, "The saloon remains as is.. just a new owner that likes to keep the place running." He would need to find a DJ, but he expected that wouldn't take long. I asked him if he had any role at the saloon before. His answer was, "Wanderer, as most of my SL life." So would it be a problem for him to have to take care of a fixed location? He told me no, "Well I got time, so not a problem." He told me that visitors to the saloon should expect to see him act in-character, "I keep the OOC (talk) to a bare minimu."

The "Rusty Garter Saloon" has events "every other Friday" at 7PM SL time.

Caledon II (112, 69, 22)

Bixyl Shuftan

Steelhead Update

Work on the Steelhead Community's home of Steelhead Bay continues. Besides Club Gearz, they now have a new place to dance, their new theater. On Friday April 21, it had it's first event in the form of a "Mad Scientists' Ball," with Fuzzball Ortega playing the music.

Shortly afterwards, Fuzzball gave a brief announcement for the community, saying that Loki Eliot was helping him with building and touching up the streets, "Bear with us as we get that situated." They were also adding street lamps to help light up the place at night. But there was one other issue at hand.

"Something may or may not be living in the bay," Fuzzball stated, "Apparently, folks have been seeing something surface every three minutes or so." He would later post the picture to the left on Facebook, "I think it's some old log floating in the bay......"

So is it "Swamp Gas" as someone suggested. Or does Steelhead have it's own sea monster? Perhaps time will tell. Or perhaps the "old log" will float away to other shores.

Bixyl Shuftan 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's a busy week of events with the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs. This weekend, something new. The Happy Vixen and Club Cutlass will be taking apart in the Relay for Life Club Crawl.

Club Cutlass: Queens and Kings, Really Red, 70's Night/Club Crawl

Happy Vixen: Silver and Gold, Heroes and Villains, Fashion Diva, Fandoms, Club Crawl, Club Crawl, CAYA

Furry Fashion: Hip-Hop, Leather, Latex, and Lace, Scalies, Robots, Hats and Headgear, Hippies vs Hipsters, Nocturnal, Cyber, Winged/Flight

Xanadu: TBA, TBA

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Announcement: First Annual Mad Hatter's Dance For Life

Please join us for fun filled time
May 6,
4-5pm Sophie live blues singer
5-8 DJ Luis
May 7th,
 4-6pm  DJ Mike, Rock and Roll music
6-7pm Ms. Lark , with her gorgeous voice Live

Take the Rabbit Hole to hidden room, walk the maze to the Wonderland. Please Join us and lets Dance for Life for those we know.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Team Sunbeamer "Bid Me" Results

For close to a month, Team Sunbeamers has had a number of "Bid Me" events going. Numbering ten at first, including one that was actually an auction, the number of the fundraisers was soon raised to thirteen. Finally on Friday, April 21, at 8PM, the kiosks for the events were frozen, and the amounts calculated. Team captain made an announcement of the results the following day, in the cases of events involving more than one kiosk only the amount of the winning one announced.

1. BIXYL 1100L goes Tiny Fox
2. VIDEO - 7600L Winner DUSK
3. GREASE - 700L - Goes Original AV
4. SHOCK - 1270L - Stays Wolf
5. GIL - 1250L - Goes JAILBAIT
6. PERRI - 1100L - Chocolate bunny
7. SNOWY - 5800L - Rita
8. BRANDI - 1000L - Little Mouse
9. RITA - 1200L Goes Rat
10. Christine: 1000L - Rita
11. Vicki - 1000L - Rita
12. Kacey - 1000L - Rita
13. Clover - 1000L - Rita

Of the video auction, Dusk Griswold gets to chose the theme of Nydia Tungsten's next video, as well as the dancers or actors. Some, including Rita and myself, are stuck in new avatars for a week. Though as yours truly does some work on journalism, on some occasions such as when doing interviews I'll be temporarily back in my usual avatar.

The Sunbeamer team has been described as "creeping towards Silver." In the past three weeks, the team has raised about twenty thousand Linden dollars, the team total as of when this article was written adding up to 122,700 Lindens (Totals page). .This upcoming weekend, Club Cutlass and the Happy Vixen, two clubs of the Sunweaver and Angel communities, of which most of the members of Team Sunbeamers make their home, will be a part of the Club Crawl. Future planned events include an air show, a road rally, a tribute party for the late Artistic Fimicloud, and others.

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: Relaystock

May 12, 13 and 14, 2017 in Relay dAlliez

It's time to get out the tie-dyes, love beads and 60s outfits once again!  RelayStock is BACK! 

The Relay Rockers announced today plans for the 4th annual gathering of the teams at Relay For Life's favorite multiteam event RelayStock 2017.  Started by the team in 2014, RelayStock is a chance for Relay teams to come together, kick back and Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back before the closing push toward Relay Weekend and the close of Passport To Hope, the 2017 Relay For Life of Second Life season.

"it's been one of the highlights of past Relay seasons, and I fully expect the same for RelayStock 2017" said Arizona Ballinger, 2017 Relay Rockers captain. "I love seeing the entire sim filled with relayers dancing and hanging out.  When you land and see all the team banners flying across Relay dAlliez you can see just how much  Relay means to so many people."

Entertainment stage slots of 90-120 minutes can be reserved by registered Relay Teams, and will feature DJs and Live performances.   Keeba Tammas and The Tiny Maniacs will take the stage Sunday May 14th at 2pm. followed by T1Radio's Relay Rap talk show.

 Teams can reserve either a small tent or VW 'hippie bus' with up to 200 prims for kiosks, vendors or what ever decorations they wish.

Online and Stage Reservation Requests can be made at:

Direct all questions to or
or contact  Arizona Ballinger or Trader1 Whiplash in world.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Giant Snail Race at Raglan Shire. Although redshirts didn't have such a high death rate in later series, the joke from the original Star Trek series persisted. So one would think survival in itself was the real trophy.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week At The Seanchai Libraries

**SUNDAY, April 23rd, at 6 pm: MAGICLAND STORYTIME: The Wind in the Willows begins with Caledonia. 

**MONDAY, April 24th, at 7 pm: Alan Dean Foster's A MIRACLE OF SMALL FISHES with Gyro Muggins

**TUESDAY,  April 25th, at 7 pm: Selections from Neil Gaiman's NORSE MYTHOLOGY with Caledonia Skytower.

**WEDNESDAY, April 26th, at 7 pm: TOLKIEN TALES - Selections from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy with Corwyn Allen, Aoife

Lorefield, Kayden Oconnell. (also presented in Kitely)
**THURSDAY, April 27th:

        ~ @7PM: Monster & Myth: THE CHIMERA Concludes with Shandon (also presented in Kitely)

        ~ @ 9PM: SEANCHAI LIATE NIGHT: contemporary Sci-Fi with Finn  Zeddmore (back at Seanchai on Bradley U)


NOTE:  This week we are at Fantasy Faire in SL - benefiting Relay for Life -  except where marked specifically below.  Wednesday and Thursday Sessions will be presented in both Second Life and Kitely.

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

All stories told in open voice. All times SL/PT

Saturday, April 22, 2017

SL Video: "Not Quite Human"

(Click here to see the video)

From Nydia Tungsten on April 18, "This was inspired by "Dream Song" you can find her talent here"

This video is a departure from Nydia's typically happy and fun fare. Humankind no doubt has much to be proud of. Alone among the animals can groups of them change the land as they see fit, to farm the land and store or trade food so lean times do not mean starvation, to understand the universe around them, even to fly and (temporarily) leave the planet. And he has more than intelligence. He is one of the few animals that can see in color, and has among the lowest rates of infanticide of animals.

But ...

The road to modern humans was a bumpy, sometimes perilous one, that involved climate change that turned the land of his ancestors to dry dust, that at one point shrank his numbers to what today would be considered an endangered species. Mankind did survive, but did it come at a cost? While we've become smart enough to cooperate to survive, we've also become ruthless enough to destroy other tribes that we see as being in our way, holding grudges that last for generations, centuries, even millennia.

There are those whom see the ability of humans to get along as having limits that are just too hard-wired to overcome, that we will forever be a species divided among it's tribes that at best can get along only when there's a common enemy, and once again bicker and fight once that enemy has been defeated. And then there are those who say "No," that time again time again, Man has risen past such hate even even there is no advantage, and even disadvantage, to do so, that our future is not one of eternal warfare but of overcoming our differences and channeling our aggression to less destructive activities such as sports.

So who is correct? How do you define what it is to be human?

Comments by Bixyl Shuftan