Thursday, September 29, 2016

Echo Valley

October is almost here, and that means Halloween and time for spooky locations to explore for thrills and chills. MajikVixen recently came across one called Echo Valley. Her advice when going about, "tread lightly." In this sim owned by Jack and Misty Le' Lune, while searching for items for hunts or just spook-tacutlar fun, you never know if what's around the corner might simply scare you or rip you apart.

Read MajikVixen's article in Places.

Get Ready For An Important Announcement

In a few weeks, we should have an important announcement concerning the Second Life Newser. While we're not saying just what it will be just yet, it does concern developments over time, and will likely help determine the future of the paper.

Stay tuned.

Press Release: Halloween Photography Contest by Astral Sector Alpha and Trotsdale Library

Kino Moonites from Astral Sector Alpha (the Astrids) and Project Catfort is running an SL photography contest. This is a cross-group contest in return for the cross-group writing contests the Trotsdale Library has headed in the past.

Theme: Halloween/Harvest
Picture Location: Anywhere, so long as it fits the theme.
Deadline: Midnight EST October 30, or 9 PM SLT October 30

All submissions will be displayed in the ASA art gallery in Computer. There will be prizes for the top three. Prizes have not yet been determined.

To enter: Put your photo submissions in a notecard with your name and statement that they are for the photo contest. Title the notecard "Your Legacy Name _ Halloween/Harvest Photo Contest". Send the note card at full perms to Amehana Ishtari or Kino Moonites, or put it in a drop box in the Ibexian Library building in the Ibex Empire sim and the Trotsdale Library building in Trotsdale if you're worried that the notecard will be lost or not received. Likewise there will be a dropbox in the ASA gallery. Amehana will deliver the Dropboxes to Kino Moonites when it is time to collect the cards.

An entry regarding the contest will also be make in the Intersim Library Website will be made at

Box sites:

Library, Trotsdale Heights (22, 156, 24)

ASA: Astral Coalition, Computer (65, 144, 25)

Announcement: The Science Circle - The Science of Nail Polish

                Saturday, October 1th  10 AM PDT
                     “The Science of Nail Polish”
                   By Paul Doherty Ph.D - Patio Plasma
           Senior Scientist, Exploratorium, San Francisco
     Classic nail polish is made from explosive nitrocellulose dissolved in a flammable solvent — no smoking. Modern gel polishes use light activated polymerization. Pigments and special effects are borrowed from physics; birefringent, thermochromic, magnetic and more. A great deal of science can be learned by studying painted nails.

     Place to be...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cartoon of the Day: The Great Debate

Taken at the Clinton HQ in Bay City at September 26 during the Presidential debate. It seems the debate didn't quite hold the interest of one lady. But not everyone is finding fault with her.

By Bixyl Shuftan

The Wet Spot Club

Grease Coakes recently took a look at a new venue in Second Life: The Wet Spot. Part DJ music club, part shopping mall, it is run by Jimhasitall Snoodle and Kara Foxdale. Grease interviewed them about their place, as well as Kara's tarot card reading.

Read Grease's article in SL Clubbin'.

The Presidential Debate From the Clinton HQ at Bay City

Politics can be a turnoff for some any year, but this election season more seem to be keeping their distance. Still, there are still a number of people in Second Life interested in the subject. And when the Democrat and Republican candidates for the US Presidential election this November had their first debate on Monday, a number gathered at the Clinton HQ at Bay City. So how did it go?

Read the story in Events.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's another exciting week of events in the Sunweaver clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Happy Vixen: Furries, Pasties or Thongs, Swinsuits

Club Cutlass: Best in "F", Fantasy, Pirates

Furry Fashion: Crux2, Sweets, Fandoms, Epidemic, Fall/Autumn, Disco, Myth, Fantasy

See the schedules in SL Clubbin.'

Updated 11AM

Whatever Happened to ... ? Club Fur

Readers may have noticed that Club Fur, on the record as the oldest furry-themed clubs, is no longer on the Newser's SL Clubbin' schedule. The reason is, not only is it inactive, it is no longer part of the Sunweaver Estates, which provides the land for the paper's office, or anywhere else in Second Life. Club Fur has been removed and back in the inventory of Alynna Vixen (Alynna O'onthrera Trypnotk). And Alynna hasn't been inworld since May.

Club Fur has had an interesting history, going back to 2004 according to Alynna. At one point it was described as being removed from an old location less than two minutes before the place was "flattened." It was in Furnation for a time before it ended up in Alynna's hands in 2009, whom eventually took it to Kitsuhana sim where it was reopened in November 2010. In June 2013, the club moved back to Furnation following the reopening of the sim. But in November 2014, Alynna brought the club to the Sunweaver sim of Sunweaver Bay, soon moving to to Sunny Beach where it would remain for a little while until Alynna's items were packed away earlier this year.

The club was known for it's bright neon colors, it's symbol was a neon tube shaped into a cat's head. During it's time in Kitsuhana, there was an effort to make the club active by the "Furry Club Alliance," but the stepping down of a few personnel made regular events just too difficult. It did take part in some events such as when the world failed to end on December 21, 2012. The club was also duplicated in InWorldz for a time.

While there is of course the possibility the club will come back, when something vanishes in Second Life, more often than not it's for good. While it's sad when any club vanishes, it's especially so in this case as this one had lasted so long, and for a time was part of the community yours truly calls home.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, September 26, 2016

Interview With Jadyn Firehawk of "Pixel to Pixel"

Jadyn Firehawk is the creator and head of the "Pixel to Pixel" Foundation, a group that provides Lindens to residents certified to be on disability in order to them to have some income. Recently, Deaflegacy interviewed her. Jadyn talked about how she found out about Second Life, and how her organization came to be.

Read more in People.

Eye On The Blog: Linden Lab Wants Halloween Screenshots

In a recent post on the official Second life blog, Xiola Linden reminded residents that Halloween season would be soon, and asked them to "Show your Halloween spirit" with themed screenshots.

I don’t know about you, but I am a 365 days of Halloween kind of person. I go home decor shopping when others go party decoration shopping, and if I deck a hall, it will most certainly be with boughs of spiderwebs and clouds of dry ice. I know that lots of us feel the same and wish stores would pack up those Winter Holiday decorations for a few more weeks and roll out more spook-tacular Halloween treats.

Now is the perfect time for us to pull out the stops and do it up in a BIG WAY. We’re looking for some of your great inworld, Halloween-themed images!

Share your pics, and your work could be featured in an upcoming email or banner campaign - with your avatar name credited of course!

Xiola asked those wishing to take part to post their images in Second Life's Flickr page, using the tag "SLHalloween2016." Residents are asked to include their SL names in the picture description. There is no limit to the number of pictures that can be sent, although the Flickr group rules state a limit of ten per day. Residents were encouraged to check the Destination Guide's "Haunted" section for possible locations for shots.

According to the rules of the Flickr group, pictures with nudity are not allowed, and those sending pictures there "grant to the Company a perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable, and cost-free right and license to use, distribute, or sublicense (through multiple levels), and otherwise exploit in any manner whatsoever, all or any portion of your Submissions, for the purposes of marketing, promotion, and/or outreach for and about the Second Life virtual world." Nowhere in the blog post was there a mention of a prize of any kind beyond their name given the credit should their image be used in any promotion.

Linden Lab is asking for the pictures by October 5.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cartoon of the Day

Someone once spoke about griefers, "They think they're the cleverest thing since bumper nuts, but nine times out of ten, they're the same-old, same old." One dropping by a certain club I was at was especially lame. While these weren't the exact insults tossed his way, what did get spoken was far more clever than what crudery he did.

And just why are most griefers either mishapen messes, or have something like TV set heads?

By Bixyl Shuftan

Templeton Cove Pirate Maze

Arrrrr! I be a mite late with me "Talk Like A Pirate Day" story. Apologizes me hearties, but bettah late than nevah. Our tale be of an adventure ye can still take fer yerself. We be talkin' about th' Templeton Cove Pirate Maze.

Read th' tale n' Places.

Skunk Party At The Happy Vixen, with Michi Lumin

Thursday Sept. 22 was the day of the Happy Vixen's "Skunk Party." Although the theme was chosen in advance several days earlier, the news of the "Sabrina Online" comic coming to a conclusion made the part a tribute to the twenty year strip as well. In the past, there have been some impressive-sized skunk parties at Club Zero and Luskwood. The turnout for this one was somewhat light, but there were a couple notable personalities from Luskwood and Trotsdale.

Among those there was Michi Lumin, perhaps the best known of the four founders of Luskwood, one of Second Life's oldest communities, as well as the location of the oldest furry avatar maker. Begining a few years ago, she's also been involved with keeping the sims of the pony community of Trotsdale going. She had dropped by to say hello.

Also there was ScentualLust, whom in the past had been a part owner of Trotsdale. But had recently given up her share to Michi. She stuck around Skylark LeFavre, the manager of the Happy Vixen, and that night doing the DJing.

Scentual, or "Scents" as she's occasionally known, told me a little something about skunk spray animations. It used to be they could only just go straight ahead or at anyone giving permissions (unlikely). But more recent ones could target anyone nearby using "Restrained Life Viewer" features. A rather "stinky" situation indeed.

Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, September 24, 2016

SL Video: "Future Shock - Episode 1"

(Click here if the video fails to play)

By Pryda Parx on Sept. 16, "In a leisure orientated society people can choose to spend their time in a care free virtual world, but what happens when they run out of credit?"

Inara Pey would interview Pryda and write about the video, "Future Shock is set in a dark future world where technology is designed to keep everyone safe and secure. At least that’s the way it is meant to be. A place where technology dominates and where real life and virtual worlds intertwine."

This is the first of nine segments that took about a year to make, "to get the most out of the audience will need to pause, rewind and revisit previous episodes; there are a lot of subtle connections between episodes which will not be apparent when first seen."

Friday, September 23, 2016

Memorial Service For Catt Gable

Earlier this month, Relayer Catt "Kala" Gable passed away from cancer. Last Saturday, a number of her friends, in and out of the Relay, met at the Relay d'Alliez sim to pay their respects. It was an occasion of poetry, music, and some touching words.

Read more in Events.

Kayly Iali’s Art At The Paris Metro Art Gallery

Gemma Cleanslate was recently at the Paris Metro Art Gallery for the opening of a new exhibit. For the next month, Kayly Iali will have a number of her portraits there, notably her still-lifes of fruit. Gemma ran into the artist and had a few words with her.

Read Gemma's story in Design.

Announcement: Memorial Service for Nichus Berman

All friends of Nichus Berman are invited to attend a memorial service in Chadbury at 1PM SLT on Sunday September 25. 

We will share our memories of Nichus, speaking about how much he added to our virtual lives and how much we will miss him. There will also be space to leave a small memorial object, and of course there will be cake.

Chaubury (180, 150, 31)

From the Steelhead Group