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Friday, January 20, 2017
Today is Inauguration Day, when America swears in a new President. While there were people gathered in some places, such as with the Second Life Republicans, the most visible display welcoming in President Trump was at London City, where this colorful display was set up at (79/226/23). Although the election was controversial and filled with high amounts of arguing and rhetoric, the discussion seemed civil when I peeked in (it's possible the Linden nearby helped).
The Newser will have more up later.
Last night on Thursday January 19 at 6 PM, the Happy Vixen closed for the night and the party was moved to Perri's Xanadu at HV Community (67/207/4051. The reason, the day before was the rezzday of it's part owner Perri Prinz. Perri didn't know about the event as it was done impromptu as a surprise.
DJ Serenity, the black mousegirl who usually performs at the Happy Vixen on Thursdays, spun the tunes for the first couple hours. The theme was Steampunk, with 1000L placed on each board.
Finally, Perri showed up, much to the cheers of the crowd. And after a couple birthday hugs danced with her partner Recoyote Mindes. The party would go on to 10PM SL time with Skylark Lefavre DJing for the next couple hours.
With Christmas and New Years finally behind us, the Newser crew can finally get together for a little fun with it's neighbors. And you the readers are invited.
Stop by Sunday January 22 at Noon SL time at the Goblin Cave in Pacific Waters. Nydia Tungsten will be DJing for the event.
Pacific Waters (185, 178, 31)
On Sunday January 15 at 1PM SL time, various members of the Relay for Life in Second Life met at the Relay d Alliez sim. They were celebrating the announcement days earlier that following the results of the Christmas Expo, the Relay for Life in Second Life had raised a total of over three million US dollars since it began in 2005.
These pictures had been posted by Luna Portilo (Luna Vonrandolf) from Foundation For Life on the Relay for Life in Second Life's Facebook page.
The 2017 Relay For Life season in Second Life will begin with Kickoff on March 5th. Team registration will be announced shortly. Grid residents interested in participating can join the Relay For Life Volunteers group (secondlife:///app/group/7f1cc591-7968-9204-4082-98c7e544c371/about) for more information about joining or starting a team.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wow! What a way to end 2016. I am proud to announce that we were successful in sending Homes For Our Troops $1650 for the month of December in 2016. This brings our total for 2016 to a little over $13000. This is humbling and a proud moment. And it is only because of the efforts of many fine people in Second Life. In December we would like to give a shout out to the extra efforts of these people:
EastBayRay47 Resident and Sunnyskies McMahon
Then there were all of our fine performers and their managers in the month of December.
Thank you's go to:
Jordan Jarmann and Keileigh Galaxy, Whispering Sands
Franklee Anatra and Jbird Melodie
Everyone of you put your heart and voice into this cause and made our effort's fun and worthwhile. We cannot thank you enough for your time and kindness.
2016 has been an exciting and productive effort for the cause that Homes For Our Troops represents. Our results show what can happen when everyone pulls for a worthy cause.
Now let's hit $17000 in 2017!
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Anne Brightstar was telling me about the pictures on her Flickr page, and I noticed this one. Why would just one statue have a ball. Maybe they were playing catch.
In real life this week, the United States says goodbye to President Obama, the country's first from an ethnic minority. While he accomplished a few things, such as the "Affordable Health Care Act," his term was also noted for initial hopes of a nation finally free of racism dashed as his political opponents were charged with bias and in turn his most vocal supporters were accused of it as well. In Second Life, as we can all look like whatever we want to, one might think an avatar's appearance wouldn't be a big deal. As it turns out, there are a few places that are likely to hassle you for being the wrong kind. But how widespread is the problem?
Read more in People.
By Bixyl Shuftan
On Tuesday January 17 at 5PM SL time at the Cookie sim, comedian Lauren Weyland held the last of her weekly stand-up comedy shows in Second Life. For ten years, she/he had been doing the performances with only a handful of weeks missed. And now, it was time for the final one, and the close of an era in Second Life comedy.
As she always had whenever I've seen her, Lauren drew a large crowd, some with signs saying "Thanks for the laughs, Lauren." The show was different from others as Lauren looked back at his/her ten year virtual career, which included a few real ones at Second Life Community Conventions.
The crowd included a few noted personalities, such as filmmaker Chantal Harvey, DrFran Babcock and Any1 Gynoid whom wrote for the Newser in the past, and Catboy Qunhua who volunteers for the Second Life Birthday, as well as doing one of the supporting acts of the stand-up show.
The show will continue on, relying on those whom had been Laurens supporting acts such as Doc Grun and Jamie Jordon. But the noted blonde with the falseto voice will be absent.
"All of you, to my last breath, will be my friends." Lauren says while this is the end of her weekly show, this is not the end of her comedy in Second Life. She says she'll pop up "time to time."
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
It's a new week of events at The Sunweaver and Angel clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.
Club Cutlass: Best in "B", Wing It, Winter Fun
Happy Vixen: Hats, Asian Flaire, Victorian/Steampunk, Bodysuit/Leotard, Come As You Are
Furry Fashion: Crux, Sea Life, Magic, Black and White, Fantasy, Bizarre, Steampunk, Metal
Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.
Corrected: 9:45 AM
we proudly present:
dance-show in modern virtual dance
Sunday Jan 15th 2017 - 2.30 pm PST ----- ========================
We perform 9 dances to music by
Demi Lovato, Barei, The Weekend, Saint Motel, ZZ Ward, Sergio Mendez, Sia, Toni Bennett/Lady Gaga, Giacinto Scelsi
wish you one hour fun!
Happy New Year!
Jie Loon and Company
Mediterraneo OC (208, 149, 3651)
Monday, January 16, 2017
Read the commentary in Extra.
Mylie Foxclaw takes a look at the question, by comparing several different hairstyles, some that look similar but have subtle differences.
Read Mylie Foxclaw's article in Fashion.
Saturday January 14 had the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the New Baggage steampunk community and region. And a good sized crowd attended at the town hall in Babbage Square.
Unfortunately, due to real life events, I couldn't make the event until just as it was ending, and by the time everything rezzed, more than half of the people had departed. Oh well, "the best laid plans ... "
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Taken at the Oahu sim. Real foxes are by their nature strict carnivores, and it's difficult to imagine one gene-engineered to be humanlike down to the capacity for an omnivorous diet to give up their taste for meat (though in some stories such as "Zootopia" they're limited to meat substitutes). Still, it's obvious this anthro fox wasn't brought up in a society that banned pork.
By Bixyl Shuftan
Some of us use quite a few attachments for fancy outfits. And at parties we'll engage in the consumption of scripted food to make it look more like a real life event. But how many of us thought about doing what Mijn Seoung (Martina Menegon), a performance artist in real life and Second Life, recently attempted. She tried attaching everything she had in her inventory to her avatar.
As one can see in this video, early on in the process her avatar was looking less than comfortable. As things went on, she ended up with thousands of objects and eventually "overloading the system" that finally caused her to crash. Unfortunately, she finds that her stunt has rendered her unable to get on.
I was a Second Life resident for almost 10 years, and the only reason I am using the past tense is because I somehow destroyed my poor virtual me for an art project: I wanted to record the result of me attaching everything I owned in Second Life to my avatar (thousands of different hair styles and colors, clothes, shoes, animations, furniture, houses, etc.). I somehow overloaded the system and my avatar started changing, then transformed into a white cloud, and then the software crashed. Since then, whenever I try to open Second Life, the app crashes. I tried some solutions I found online but nothing worked. I will try to contact the Linden Lab soon, because I have to admit, I miss being in Second Life.
For the full story, read Hamlet Au's article on this noteworthy test of Second Life's tolerances as part of artistic expression. To my knowledge, sorry to say Mijin is still unable to log on and could use some advice on what to do. No doubt she's tried calling the Lab for help, though as Hamlet put it, "Not sure if Linden Lab tech support has a 'Performance art' category in its tracking system."
Saturday, January 14, 2017
In what has become an ongoing situation since November, the Raglan Galaxy sim has been subject to a series of pranks by one or more individuals. After a "Wootmas" truce, On New Year's an overhead look at the map showed things were looking rather sheepish. But over the next few days, the "sky graffiti" would change, as Linn Darkwatch would post on Facebook a couple days ago.
"The skies over Raglan Galaxy seem to be in a graffiti war. January 1st there was a sheep with Baa Baa Baa. By Jan. 10th it had turned into a grumpy cat face with Baa Baa Baa. This evening we have an unbearable situation."
There were a few chuckles and comments of mock outrage afterwards, "This is scandalous, something should be done, where is the Law?" Someone asked how this was being done, and Linn offered an answer, "Objects above a certain height don't show on the map - that's why the space station doesn't show on the normal view of Raglan Galaxy. The huge blue prim, words, and picture are all placed just below the space station - high enough not to be seen from the ground, low enough to show on map view. If you want to know who did it, do what I did: jump off the space station and fall a short distance, then fly when you see the blue go past you, and inspect the prims to see whose they are. There's more than one person in on this gag, but I'm not telling who!"
So what kind of tom foolery is next for Raglan Shire? It's just a matter of time before we find out.
(Click here if the video fails to play)
From DejaVu on Oct 23, "Fantasy Dance Dream Royal Opera Ballet, a fragment of the ballet"