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

Friday, April 21, 2017

RFL Fantasy Faire Opens

The Fantasy Faire sims are now open. Fifteen regions of various well-designed landscapes. Although many of the places are essentially shops, the sims are designed so beautifully, the event is a must-see for any resident.

The event describes itself as "The largest fantasy-related event to take place in Second Life, Fantasy Faire brings together fantasy enthusiasts, creators, performers and designers for eleven days of commerce, special events, live music concerts with special emphasis on fund-raising for Relay for Life of Second Life."

Some of the places are more-or-less what one would expect at a Fantasy event, aside from much more detailed. Others are a bit darker, from the dark circus at Anansi, to the post-apocalyptic
San Mora, to the Orcish stronghold of Chaddul Ro. There is a great deal to see.

For a look at what awaits you, here's a video by Whisper Mizin of the sims.

For a list of the events, check out the calendar. Among those today the "Lindens Locked Up" Jail and Bail from 2-4 PM at Egregore (181/178/41) , At Opal Flight (214/59/41) are the following:

11AM – 12PM: The Night Theater
1 – 2 PM: Lady Garden Cabaret
3 – 4 PM: The Monarchs
5 – 6 PM: Misfit Dance & Performance Art

There is also the Literary Festival, the Fairelands Quest, and various roleplay classes and events.

For more information, check out the Fantasy Faire blog at

 Fairelands Junction (91, 125, 60)

Eye On The Blog: Email Verification

For Second Life users, the ability to receive group notices and Instant-Messages in one's email can be a relief as it allows one to keep track of them without having to log in. Plus when one gets more than a few Instant-Messages when offline, email can be the only way to get them as only a few will be stored for one to see when logging back on, the extras capped.

For Linden Lab, having to keep track of the emails of so many accounts can be a daunting task. And if the account of a new user, or alt, is made-up or unused, which has the potential of getting Second Life flagged by an Internet Service Provider as a sender of spam. So recently, Linden Lab recently announced "over the next few months we will be converting all the sources of email in Second Life to not even try to send to an address that has not been verified."

To verify your email address, go to your Account: Change Email Address page. Go to the "verify" link next to it, and click on it. You should then get a verification letter in your email. Click on the link there to verify your email address. After that, and refreshing your page, the word next to your email address should change to "verified."

For more information, check the community notice in full here:

In addition, Inara Pey wrote about the email verification as well.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Science Circle

Saturday, April 22th at 10 AM PDT

"Unsung Women in STEM" by Phil Youngblood, USA
In text and voice.

The contributions of women to science has long been underrepresented or unrecognized. This presentation highlights significant ‘unsung’ accomplishments in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by 16 women over the course of the last two centuries, together with the struggles they faced while working in historically male-dominated fields of study and practice.

More information about Phil's presentation at:
Join us at

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"Bid The Lindens Bald" Raises Nearly One And A Half Million LInden Dollars

What has clearly been the most successful Relay for Life "Bid Me" event in Second Life history came to it's conclusion at 2PM SL time yesterday at Wednesday April 20 in the Relay dAlliez sim. Twenty eight Lindens in three teams put their hair on the line for the cause of raising money for the American Cancer Society. Bidding was slow at first. But in the final days the cash was pouring in. And the results of the three teams are:

Customer Accounts: 719,182
Concierge: 352,485
Land Ops/LDPW: 399,735
Total: 1,471,402

The Lindens whom will be losing their hair, for a time period of close to a year, are:

Boris Linden
Derrick Linden
Izzy LInden
Kai Linden
Lillian Linden
Madori Linden
Theresa Linden
TJ Linden
Vix Linden
Whitney Linden

The money raised is counted as a part of the Relay Rockers team, which originated the "Bid Me Bald" events, and has the noted Relayer Trader Whiplash of T1 Radio as part of their members.

Congratulations to all involved.

Bixyl Shuftan

Resceduled: Songbird At Grendle's Today, "Bid Me" Events For Sunbeamers Extended

Due to unforeseen events, two events in Second Life will be happening at different times than originally scheduled.

On Saturday April 8, Songbird (Songbird1028 Sorbet) was scheduled to give a live music performance at Castel Bufo (AKA the "Fool's Castle") over Grendel's Children in the Avaria Tor sim. Unfortunately, the event was postponed due to technical difficulties. It has been rescheduled to today, April 20, at 12Noon SL time, "One last chance to break the dinosaurs while listening to the Amazing Songbird!!"

To get there, get to the Grendel's telehub, then sit on the nearby rocket for a quick ride to the castle.

Avaria Tor (133/135/302)

*  *  *  *  *

The "Bid Me" events being held by the Relay for Life's Team Sunbeamers were originally scheduled to end last night at 8PM following the conclusion of the party at Club Cutlass, where the kiosks for the event are located. But team Captain Rita Mariner is in the hospital for kidney stones, possibly for a few days. So the conclusion of the "Bid Me" events has been postponed until her return, possibly at 8PM Friday April 21, or Saturday April 22.

The Newser wishes Rita Mariner a quick and reasonably painless recovery (at least as painless a recovery one can expect from kidney stones). In the meantime, people are encouraged to make further donations for the Relay for Life at Club Cutlass's "Bid Me" events.

Sunweaver Bay (114/117/757).

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Giant Snail Race in Raglan Shire Saturday April 22

Hey Tiny Folks this week the Giant Snails will be running across the Raglan sims.

This is a Relay For Life Event all Moneys collected will go to the American Cancer Society

Giant Snail Arrows should start appearing soon. The theme is Sci Fi. The Snail is free. Any donation gets you a scarf to race. Scarf = Ticket. Just put some money in the Kiosk here.

and you will get your scarf. Suggested donation 500L Anythings fine though . Hope to see you all there.

The theme is Sci Fi. So decorate your full perm snail. Try the course out should be mostly there by Thursday.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cartoon of the Day

While on the Madpea Easter Egg Hunt, I came across this coffee stall. Perhaps the name comes from the caffeine, but the place was a little scary at night.

Bixyl Shuftan

Kristin Linden And The "Bid The Lindens Bald"

The "Bid the Lindens Bald" event ends today. The event has been a success with the total raised in the hundreds of thousands of Linden dollars. Occasionally, one or more Lindens could be found at the location. The Newser was fortunate enough to run into one: Kristin Linden. Even for a Linden, her avatar was unique. She was willing to talk and explain a few things.

Read more in Events.

Ari's Piano Recital

It was almost a year ago in which Deaflegacy wrote about her favorite piano player: Arisia Vita, or just Ari as he prefers to be known. He is still playing piano music around places. Deaf was recently at his weekly recital in Perfect Paradise, which has drawn a regular audience.

Read Deaflegacy's article in People.

Announcement: The Relay For Life Club Crawl

Hi there, hope all is well with you. The Relay For Life team that I am part of, Go the Distance, is hosting a Club Crawl April 29-30, It is a fund-raiser for Relay For Life that would consist of the Go the Distance team and others moving from club to club, spending a specific amount of time at each club throughout the weekend. The club with the highest amount of donations in their kiosk by the end of the weekend wins the Club Crawl. Awesome accolades for the winning club! If you and your club would like to participate please contact Cathy10 Longoria and/or Random Padar. Sign Up Deadline is April 24!

Expectations of the club...DJs and hosts of the club volunteer their time accepting no tips according to the the RFL guidelines. A Go the Distance kiosk will be placed at the beginning of the event. In the event the club belongs to another team a donations will be shared using a dual team kiosk. Event will be PG rated.  Advertise within their group. Clubs can have special contests, extra DJs, live singers, etc during the weekend to increase their odds of winning.

Cathy10 Longoria
RFL Go the Distance

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's another week of events at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge

Club Cutlass: Best in "P", Gone Green, Fantasy Night

Happy Vixen: Easter Redux, Badass in Black, Hospital Hijinks, Horse and Pony, CAYA

Xanadu: TBA, TBA

Furry Fashion: Science Fiction, Tinies and Chibis, Monsters, Hybrids, Blue and Yellow, Felines, Disco, Zombies vs Survivors, Green/Celtic

See the schedule in SL Clubbin'.

Press Release: The Halfway There Fair, May 5 - 7


Relay For Life of Second Life Relayers invite your to celebrate with them as the Relay season reaches its halfway point.

Starting at 6 p.m. SLT on Friday, May 5, a Small Town Festival will be held on ACS Island and continue through the evening of Sunday, May 7. Come play with the team-hosted games, participate in a Gotya event, enjoy entertainment and awards ceremonies and much more.

“Halfway There celebrates the achievements of our Relayers so far this year and shouldn’t be missed,” said event Chair Nuala Maracas. “Our teams and sponsors have been pouring their hearts into the season to help our American Cancer Society defeat cancer.”

The second half of the Relay season looks to shape up to be unforgettable with exciting and fun events scheduled between now and Relay Weekend on July 15 & 16.

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 5,600 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, April 17, 2017

"Bid The Lindens Bald" Ends Wednesday

 Only a few days left to make a donation to the Linden "Bid Me Bald" Event. Twenty-eight Lindens and Moles, organized in three teams, are involved in the unique event in which for the first time members of Linden Lab's finest are putting their hair on the line. Put your Lindens in the kiosk of the team of your choice: Concierge, Land Operations and LDPW, and Customer Accounts departments. The loser gets their heads shaved.

Occasionally, one or more of the Lindens will show up for an event at the Bid Me location at the Relay dAlliez sim. Fuzzball Ortega took this picture of three , Ami, Tommy, and Corky Linden, who showed up for one event earlier this month.

Image Credit: Fuzzball Ortega

An Eventful Easter Weekend

Yours truly had a busy time this Easter weekend. There wasn't much time to write, so what I ran into on the bunny trail will have to wait a little before it can be described in detail. Among what happened, Madpea's Egg Hunt, the Relay's paintball match, the Easter parties at Club Cutlass and Xanadu, and more.

Bixyl Shuftan

Relay For Life Fantasy Faire, April 20-April 30

* * Fantasy Faire 2017, April 20 – 30* *
A Benefit for the American Cancer Society

Celebrating its ninth year, Fantasy Faire 2017 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, April 20 to Sunday April 30, treat yourself to eleven days of shopping, live music concerts, DJ parties, auctions, hunts, Literary Festival, dance and theater performances, fantasy art, events and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.

Avatars, clothing, furnishings, gadgets and exclusive items are available from more than 200 of Second Life’s top Fantasy Creators across ten stunning shopping sims designed by some of the visionary artists behind many of the hottest spots on the Second Life destination guide.

The Fantasy Faire 2017 is made possible by the generous support of our Sim and Event Sponsors, which will be detailed on our website with more information about them.

Fantasy Faire 2017 will be open to the public April 20 – April 30. The SLurl to the event can be found on the website on the opening day. We welcome you to come and join the story.

For more information please contact:
Elizabeth Tinsley or Sonya Marmurek in world
or via email @:

Are you or a loved one battling cancer? Find out how many ways the American Cancer Society is there to help. Visit or call (US) 800-ACS-2345.


RFL in SL:

American Cancer Society SLurl: