Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ranchan Weidman and the Robotech Roleplay


Ranchan Weidman has been mentioned in the Newser before, as the owner of HV community and a supporter of the newsletter from the begining by providing both the office and the land for it, in addition to building it's 2015 Second Life Birthday exhibit. As it turns out, she's also the GM of a sci-fi roleplay, based partially off the "Robotech" anime, which has gone on for about nine years. She recently talked to the Newser about the roleplay, and a little about how it's gone over time.

Read the story in People.

Fran Seranade's 90th Birthday Party



On Saturday February 18, Creations for Parkinsons was the scene of a 90th birthday party for Fran Seranade. The party actually got an early start the night before for a couple hours. But the main event was from 3PM to a bit past 8PM SL time. At one point, there were close to forty people crowded in the CP Swing Ballroom, which unfortunately resulted in me crashing before I could get a good picture. Yours truly would have to wait until later for a clear one without they grays and glitches.

Barbie Alchemi, Fran's daughter, had stated her mother wasn't planning a party in real life. She would just enjoy the event with her friends in Second Life. The theme of the party was 40s sing and big band. And people either dressed in formal outfits, or in clothing that could easily have been of the era. There would be various live performers singing throughout the party, such as Max Kleen, "We had so many great performers here today."

While at the party, I would see the black and white photos of Fran and her family change like a slide show.  "Fran was the 6th of 7 children," Barbie told the crowd, "she was born in Brookly New York in 1927." Other pictures included her and a childhood friend, "they were both very limited sight and were considered blind at that time," and her high school photo, "she was the first in her family to go past elementary school and graduate."

While most of the musicians were experienced performers in virtual reality, one was making his Second Life debut as a singer: Ron Rosa. A singer in the style of the "Rat Pack" yours truly got a couple requests to mention him in the article, saying for a beginner he was too good not to name, " his voice is nuanced and spot on.  I think he is going to really do well when he gets tuned up."

Following Ron, it was time for the party to wind down. And Fran herself was ready to head to bed herself, "Good night everybody! Thank you all for a GREAT night!!!!!!!!"

Creations for Parkinsons raises funds for Team Fox, a Parkinson's charity. During the course of the party, a substantial amount of Lindens were raised.

Creations for Parkinsons has events on a daily basis, sometimes a few to several on a day. The CP Swing ballroom itself has events just about every day.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Creations%20Park/35/52/28

Bixyl Shuftan

Heartspeaker Lorefield Has Died


Grease Coakes recently heard that Heartspeaker Lorefield, a storyteller of the Spirit Nations sim, had passed away. Grease had interviewed him in March 2012. Grease felt from recent notices in the group, his health hadn't been good lately.

Grease may have some more information about the man in more recent times, and any memorial service planned, in the near future.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


Valentines Week is over, but there's still plenty happening at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in "G," Cowboys and Indians, Fantasy

Happy Vixen: Best in Blue, Happy Vixens, Felines, Best in White, CAYA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Blue, Rock, Leather Latex and Lace, Anime, Crux, Barely There, Rave, Pirates, Mystery and Monsters, Angels and Demons, Heroes and Villans

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 12:30PM SL time

Press Release: Paint Second Life Purple


TURN THE WORLD PURPLE FOR RELAY FOR LIFE!
To raise awareness and get ready for the Kickoff Celebration of the 2017 Relay season, Relay For Life of Second Life invites you to turn the grid purple starting March 4 through March 12!   Why purple? It’s the official color of Relay For Life because purple is the universal color for cancer awareness and Relay For Life raises money for research of all types of cancers.  We invite you to join us for a special purple celebration day Saturday, March 4 starting at 9am slt.  Tell your friends and help us get the word out for Paint SL Purple week!
How can you participate?  Turn your Second Life purple!  Wear purple clothes, purple hair, and even purple skin. Turn your house purple, paint your grass purple! Do you own a store? Paint your store purple. The goal is for people to take notice!
Take the purple to the next level by forming a team and registering. Check out our website, relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/ for information on how you can register a team and join in Relay.
To help with your overall purpleness, we’ll be sending out a Paint SL Purple kit too!  You can also get the kit after March 4 at this SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/112/46/24 on American Cancer Society Island.
Our purple reign on the grid started in 2009 and has been growing each year. Tell us about all the purpleness you see on the Relay For Life of Second Life’s Facebook page, http://facebook.com/rflofsl or on Twitter, @RelayForLife_SL. Use the hashtags,  #RelayForLifeSL and #PaintSLpurple. You can even take purple out to the rest of the web by painting your Facebook and Twitter pages purple too!
The theme of the 2017 Relay For Life of Second Life season is “Passport To Hope”. The Steering Committee is comprised of  the 2017 Relay for Life of Second Life Chair Nuala Maracas, and co chairs Grace Loudon and Leala Spire.

About Relay For Life of Second Life

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society and has been active, and continually growing in Second Life for 13 years. In 2005, the first Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) was attended by a few hundred avatars and raised almost $5,000 US dollars for the American Cancer Society. As of July 2014 RFL of SL ranked number 17th in donations received among more than 5600 relay events held worldwide. As of January, 2017 RFL of SL celebrated raising 3 million US dollars to support the mission of the Society to 'Save Lives, Celebrate Lives and Lead The Fight for A World Without Cancer!

About the American Cancer Society

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays and is the world leader in the fight to end cancer. Together with our global partners and millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society carries out its mission to Save Lives, Celebrate Lives, and Lead the Fight for a World Without Cancer.

For More Information:

Monday, February 20, 2017

Madpea International Food Fair Taking Place Until March 4



Madpea Productions, the company in Second Life noted for it's detailed games over the years, is running a charity event in cooperation with Feed a Smile, the Madpea International Food Fair. The event started on Saturday with musicians such as Shannon O'herlihy performing. Due to the lag, some attending watched from just past the sim border not far from the stage, or stayed near the TP point and donated to kiosks near there.


The "Queen Pea" Kiana Writer was among those at the Saturday events  On the event's webpage, the group stated, "Our goal is building a kitchen for impoverished school children in the Rhonda Slums of Nakuru, Kenya. The MadPea International Food Fair will raise funds for the kitchen with the help of some of the grid’s top designers, who will sell exclusive food-themed items and gachas throughout the event with 50% of all earnings going toward Feed a Smile. Additionally, donations will be accepted throughout the fair. The fair will be a full cultural feast; alongside the awesome shopping, live musicians and DJs will provide music at the festival’s Center Stage virtually round-the-clock."

By Sunday, the total amount raised had passed the one million Linden mark. 

Madpea has done charity events before. In October 2015, they raised over a million and a half Lindens to help build a school in Africa


The Food Fair will have at least two performances every day, today having Beth Odets at 2PM and Zak Claxton at 6PM, with four performances tomorrow Tuesday February 21. The closing party will be on Saturday March 4 from 1-3PM SL time.

For more information on the Food Fair, and the latest fundraising total, check the page at http://www.madpeagames.com/events/madpea-international-food-fair/ . To see the event stage yourself, head to Harms Way (171/151/1234) .

*Update* According to Modem World, the "Live and Learn" charity, which gets a third of it's money through Second Life "Feed a Smile" fundraisers, the people Madpea is partnering with in this event, recently had their outdoor kitchen wrecked due to bad weather.  The new kitchen will be a sturdier and more hygenic indoor one.

Second Life Website's Community Platform To Be Moved To New Server, Forums To Be "Read Only" During Move


A few days ago, Linden Lab announced there would be some changes to the Community Platform on the official Second Life website. The new looks comes live on Monday February 27. But before that, the Lab will be moving the data from the server the platform is now to the new one. And this will take several days. So starting Tuesday February 21, and going onto part of February 27, the official Second Life forums will be set to "Read Only." So no new entries can be made at this time, but existing ones should be available to be read as before.

Exports require that the forums be put into “read-only” mode during the export process.  What that means for you is that during that time you’ll be able to read the forums, but not publish new posts until the export job is complete. Our hope is that by doing this we will avoid any gaps in the content as we import it into its new home.
The current timeline is as follows:

February 21st through February 27th -  The forums will go into read-only mode. Our hope is to have the new site live sooner than the 27th, but we want to be sure things go smoothly.

February 27th - The new platform goes live and the forums are taken out of read-only and full posting functionality is brought back online.


To read the Linden blog post in full: Click Here.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Song Parody: "Mesh Heads"


(Sung to the tune of "Fish Heads")

Mesh Heads. Mesh Heads.
Multi Poly Mesh heads.
Mesh Heads. Mesh heads.
Clean them up some!

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Went to Luskwood
everyone was Jelly.
No they were not Jealous -
they'd all become grapes.

How can one head
have a million faces?
Even a diamond's
not that bad.

My new avatar;
supposed to look the greatest.
It should load in about
a day or so.

Thousands per face!
Double for a sweater!
We don't need great detail
of your gums!

Mulity Poly Mesh heads are usually seen in virtual restaurants impersonating oriental women
... or cats.

To hear the song: Click Here 

Song and lyrics by Shockwave Yareach

Announcement: American Cancer Society Island Re-Opening Event


Please join us on Sunday,February 19 3pm SLT for the Grand Reopening of the newly designed American Cancer Society Island and a special dedication / opening of the new memorial gardens.
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Special guest speakers, tours of the island and dancing.

Landmark to follow on Sunday

Hope to see you there .

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society

Crew Meeting



Saturday February 11 was when the Newser had it's staff meeting. The meeting took place in the Newser office in HV Community. Gemma Cleanslate was busy with helping to make the One Billion Rising video, and Kain Scalia and Grease Coakes were having real-life matters to deal with. So that left Deaflegacy, Mylie Foxclaw, and myself. Also coming by was MajikVixen, whom stated she might be able to end her hiatus soon, depending on her real-life schedule.

Majik's appearance was that of a multicolored KittyKats breedable, the same kind as the Newser's mascot "Chilly." She had taken one, and made it her avatar.

We discussed a few things, such as the upcoming One Billion Rising and "Hug a Linden/Dunk a Linden," and a few ideas for articles.

Be sure to keep watching to see what the writers of the Second Life Newser report on.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Valentines Day Events Around Second Life


Valentines Day is  good occasion for a party. And this week across Second Life there were a number of them either named as such or had similar themed such as formal dances. The Newser was there to get pictures of a few.

See the pictures in SL Clubbin'.



SL Video: Red Cherry




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From Furry Andy in March 2015

Announcement: The Science Circle Presents “Measuring the Universe With Digital Surveys”


When: Saturday, February 18th
Time: 10 AM PST
In Voice and Text chat

By Giuseppe Longo

A large part of what we know about the cosmos comes from what the astronomers call “surveys”, i.e the imaging of large portion of the sky conducted in a systematic fashion and when possible in multiple colors. Survey astronomy requires dedicated telescopes finely tuned to cover a large field of view and large detectors capable to capture several square degrees of the sky at once.

In the past these surveys consisted mainly in huge archives of photographic plates which had to be visually inspected and analysed. Nowadays, large field digital detectors allow to acquire and store the information in digital form and this has caused a true revolution in field. The huge volume of data produced by an average survey is so large to make impossible for a single researcher or group of researchers to exploit all the scientific applications of the data and therefore data become immediately or almost immediately public thus allowing a large, worldwide community to access first quality data. The talk will try to outline these and other aspects of survey astronomy.

https://sciencecircle.org/upcoming-presentation/

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/61/127/32

Friday, February 17, 2017

Scenes From One Billion Rising


On Tuesday February 14, many residents were at the Isle of View's "Hug a Linden/Dunk a Linden" or other Valentines Day themed happenings. But the event that most likely got the largest attendance was not a romance-themed one, but one that was part of a worldwide demonstration against violence on women and in support of women's rights globally: the One Billion Rising. Gemma Cleanslate was one of the volunteers for the event. Bixyl Shuftan dropped by briefly and took a few pictures of his own.

See the pictures in Events.

Fanny Starr To Present Holocaust Discussion on Youtube, Feb, 22


One of the oldest residents in Second Life is FannyStarr Hilltop, Fanny Starr in real life. As a Holocaust survivor, she has on occasion talked about her experiences in Second Life, such as in March 2015 when she spoke at the VWBPE conference. Later this month, she will be having another discussion. But it will be on Youtube, and not Second Life.

"We tried to have it in SL, too many people," Explorer Dastardly, FannyStar's real-life daughter, told the Newser, "At least 1000 or more on live Youtube that we know of. ... The sims would crash, so I asked Spiff, and one idea was Youtube live." As of now, there are no plans for an inworld location of any kind where the event will be discussed, "I wanted to use cookie, the amp theater, but only 40 avatars allowed. But on Youtube you'll be able to ask questions. We will have a moderator."

Despite the efforts of historians and people like her to educate the public, Holocaust denial is still an issue. "It's a very serious issue, on grand scale worldwide." She went on to say the problem wasn't just neo-Nazis and radical Muslims, but people in politics and business whom were either incompetent or just didn't care. She cited one Huffington Post news article about Amazon allowing the sale of books calling the Holocaust a "myth", and a Washington Post story in which this year's annual statement from the White House on International Holocaust Remembrance Day failed to mention the six million Jews whom were murdered. Of the later, she felt was probably a sign of ineptness rather than malice, "We don't know, but its caused a lot of fear and hate. We'll talk about that next Wed. night."

The event is on Wednesday, February 22 at 6:20PM SL time, with the link at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MuM7hRFZKo&feature=youtu.be

Bixyl Shuftan

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Our Mission

My husband I decided to carry on a painful legacy, and we wanted to fight Holocaust denial. I’m braver than the other survivors; I want people to listen. No one can attempt to identify the faith that humanity can learn from its mistakes. We use live technologies, and other live venues followed by discussions to promote awareness and understanding of the Holocaust from a living witness.

I have a mission to complete to tell the world what happened, especially to the deniers. 

We cannot forget the blessed memories: My family, my late husband, and his family and my late son Morris. I cherish my daughters Hilda, and Helen. I cherish my son-in-law Irwin, my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Please join us; we know you cannot make it to CSU's Holocaust event featuring Fanny Starr, Holocaust Survivor.  Please join us on YouTube live, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

How To: 

YouTube Live Access Link: Available on February 22, 2017 at  6:20 pm

Steps to Access the Live Event
 
Step 1. Click the link the arrow is pointing to
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MuM7hRFZKo&feature=youtu.be

Step 2.  Once the link is open look for the Subscribe button. Click on it and accept.

Step 3. Click on the power button

Step 4.  Sit back, watch, and listen 

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Best Regards

Fanny Starr and Helen R. Starr

Any information shared by Fanny Starr and Helen R. Starr is protected by intellectual property and copyrights. Thank you

Announcement: RFL Ministry of Dance


DESIGNERS, FRIENDS, Anyone who cares about cancer, how big or small or little you think you can do, every person can make a change in some way!   and to TODAY i am opening up the 9th YEAR of Ministy of Dance,
secondlife:///app/group/88f8eece-8ad1-d4a7-e235-de2529d7667b/about
Please support us and help give cancer the boot (or both hind hoofs if you're a pony). Every little no matter how small helps!

Safra Nitely

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at Creations for Parkinsons. Whatever this girl is doing with a prim build of Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, one only can only guess.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Michael Linden Has Left Linden Lab


Following some questions about Michael Linden, the Newser discovered through an article by Marianne McCann published though Modem World that he had left the Lab after ore than 13 years in service. He was noted with his direction of the Department of Public Works, which has created many projects from Bay City to the recent Horizons Residential area and game. The Newser got permission from Marianne to reprint the article. One might also want to check out Hotel Adriano, Michael Linden's home in Second Life, at Shamon (65/96/29).

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Over the weekend of February 11th and 12th 2017, it was noted that Michael Linden’s profile was not showing up in Second Life search, nor was he showing as a member in several groups within his profile. Many began to question if he had left Linden Lab, and – given he was known as the head of the Linden Department of Public Works – if the LDPW was being shuttered.
At the Bay City Alliance meeting on the 14th of February, a trio of LDPW staff, Shaman Linden, Squishy Mole, and Sylvan Mole, attended in part to address these concerns.

Speaking at the meeting, Sylvan Mole confirmed that Michael has indeed left Linden Lab, but was unable to give many specifics. It is assumed that he left of his own accord.

Michael Linden started with Linden Lab in the autumn of 2003 as an in-world Liaison, moving briefly to Governance in 2007 before becoming one of the heads of the LDPW with the former Blue Linden. The LDPW has expanded to include several Linden staff members and a fair number of “Moles,” as the resident contractors working on content for Second Life are known.

One of the first projects released by the LDPW under Michael was the Bay City mainland regions. Last week, Michael added a rail and boat terminal to Bay City, in the Grub Beach region. It is believed that was his last project under his Linden name.

Michael has been heavily involved in the past with vehicles as a Resident, in particular with Second Life railway projects. It is expected that he will again do so, but no longer as a member of Linden Lab’s staff. Resident and Linden alike will miss his presence within the LDPW.

As to the question of the LDPW’s future, they are most certainly still an ongoing department under Patch Linden, with Shaman, Dee, Keira, Kona, and Vitae Linden as an active part. As we’ve seen, the LDPW has just recently completed the multiple-region residential and experience-laden Horizons project, and they have several current and future projects on their plates.

Those of us who know Michael will miss his presence and guiding hand as a Linden, as well as his sense of fun. We all hope he enjoys every success wherever his career and work take him, and offer three cheers as he sets sail to pastures new.

Many thanks, Michael for your years of work within Second Life!

Marianne McCann

Press Release: "Birthday Bash" at Creations For Parkinsons


Birthday Bash Benefit - Fran Turns 90
Saturday February 18th 3-9pm slt
6 Hours of Live Music
CP Swing Ballroom on Creations Park
All donations go to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Attire: Formal or 40's vintage
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Creations%20Park/35/52/28

3:00 Max Kleene
4:00 Agatha
5:00 Greg Kat
6:00 DirtyDee Sweetwater
7:00 Robbie Downing
8:00 Quartz

Fran said she did not want a 90th Birthday Party in Real Life, she only wanted a party in Second Life. And this will be a Birthday Bash to remember with 6 hours of live music.

Fran became famous in Second Life through this heart touching video: The Drax File: World Makers- Episode 13 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyiiWxNguGo&feature=youtu.be

Fran says "I may have Parkinson's, but it does not have me." At 90 "years young," she is active in Second Life and is thrilled to see herself running and dancing again.

Fran's daughter Barbie Alchemi tells us that their RL Dad died with Parkinson's. Exactly one year later Mom was diagnosed with the same disease. However due to the time Fran spends in Second Life her progression has been noticeably slower.

In honor of this remarkable woman, five years ago their family started Creations for Parkinson's and has raised 9.5 Million Linden which is approximately $38,000 US Dollars for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. "We are hoping to raise another 500,000 Linden this week to reach our 10 Million Linden goal." The Creations Park sim has was built with love to include all of Fran's favorite activities. We hope you can feel that love while you are enjoying yourself here.

Fran's party will have six live singers performing during the day at Creation Park's newest addition, CP Swing Big Band Ballroom. It is a 40's era ballroom built as a re-creation of the Savoy Ballroom which was the birthplace of swing dancing. Here we can all enjoy the wonderful music of Fran's teen years. It brings back happy memories for Fran of "taking air" which are those amazing areal Swing dance moves. The crowd used to make a circle around Fran and her partner as they became the floor show.

The Birthday Bash Benefit will be held in this Ballroom. Attire for the event is formal or 40's vintage. There will even be a short slide show of Fran in the 40's.

Actually the festivities will start the night before on Friday February 17th 7-9 with a tribute to Vaugn Monroe and the Moon Maid. One of Fran's closest friends Tinker was one of the original Moon Maids.

We are thrilled to have this wonderful article release 2 days ago in BackChannel:
https://backchannel.com/first-they-got-sick-then-they-moved-into-a-virtual-utopia-1dc6c165f3e9#.o6sz3eo2t