Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Relay "Flood Party"


One of the traditions of the Relay for Life in Second Life following the Relay Weekend is the "Flood Party." Beginning as an impromptu event in 2010, there has been one every year just before the day the builds are scheduled to come down. On a few occasions, the "flood" was just ankle deep water. This year it was significantly deeper, enough to bring out the inner tubes and inflatables, and the water balloons.

Read the story in Events.

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Happy Vixen during it's "Fire" party, with DJ Fortunas Sands.

By Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Giant Snail Race, RFL Tiny Shady Fox Memorial Race "




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From RacerX Gullwing on July 16. Yours truly makes an appearance at the beginning.

Tiny Race: 1 - Rowena Dubrovna: 425.159500
Tiny Race: 2 - Jamac89 Resident: 441.481300
Tiny Race: 3 - Catten Carter: 500.669800
Tiny Race: 4 - loopy String: 501.304400
Tiny Race: 5 - Caleb Kit: 508.829100
Tiny Race: 6 - Fukuju Amaterasu: 511.766800
Tiny Race: 7 - SuperGlitterLoudBox Resident: 518.262700
Tiny Race: 8 - LittleAbs Resident: 532.202900
Tiny Race: 9 - Akay Utu: 554.904400
Tiny Race: 10 - Alden Cortes: 555.871500
Tiny Race: 11 - Cuddly Waffle: 567.920500
Tiny Race: 12 - Rhianne Daffyd: 568.627700
Tiny Race: 13 - Linn Darkwatch: 657.404500
Tiny Race: 14 - Lobbie Riggles: 669.583300
Tiny Race: 15 - Hey Voom: 716.191900 *
Tiny Race: 16 - Lominola Rehula: 732.341700
Tiny Race: 17 - Maryam Camino: 757.473900
Tiny Race: 18 - Sannctuary Resident: 793.663200

RFL 2017 Tiny Race
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RACERS
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Loopy String
Abby Black (littleabs)
Rhiabella (rhianne.daffyd)
Brother Frog (hey.voom)
Glitter (superglitterloudbox)
Caleb Kit
Cuddly Waffle
Whispering Wind
Rowena Dubrovna
Josu Tenk
Linn Darkwatch
Fukuju Amaterasu
Alden Cortes
Sannie
Lominola Rehula
Catten Carter
Akay Utu
Lobbie Riggles

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Editor To Be Guest Speaker at Safe Waters Foundation Today


Yours truly, Bixyl Shuftan, will be the guest speaker at the Safe Waters Foundation's mer Chat Pavilion today. The topic, at least which I'll be speaking about, is about writing for an online newsletter, or blog. Among the people there, Grace Wrigglesworth, the head of the Safe Waters Foundation, and Barbie Alchemi of Creations for Parkinson's.

The discussion is at 1PM SL time.

Mer Chat Pavilion  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Union%20Passage/96/229/1

Announcement: "Any1's Rez Day Benefit" For Feed A Smile



Any1 Gynoid, a former CNN iReporter and former member of the Newser team, has her tenth Rezzday today. To celebrate, she's turning the occasion into a n 11 hour long  benefit, with stand-up comedy, and live music, with proceeds going to "Feed a Smile," which funds the charity "Live and Learn" in Kenya.

For more information, check out their webpage at: http://www.leben-lernen-kenia.org/typo3/index.php?id=115&L=1

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Feed%20a%20Smile/61/142/23

SL Video: "Snowee Dance"




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From Furry Alex on Nov 2015

Friday, July 21, 2017

RFL Team Sunbeamers Celebration Party This Sunday



This has been the best year for the Relay for Life in Second Life's Sunbeamer Team. But we're not done yet. Thus Sunday, we're celebrating our success, and inviting all of you to join in the party.

The event will take place in the Goblin Cave in Pacific Waters, just east of Farshore Field. Cynthia Farshore will spin the tunes. The music and dance starts at 6PM SL time.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pacific%20Waters/173/164/37

Interview with Gem Sunkiller


Deaflegacy recently interviewed one veteran Relayer whom has become a familiar face in the Relay for Life of Second Life: Gem Sunkiller. Part of Team Shadow, Gem was part of the team's successful efforts this season, raising almost 1,800,000 Linden dollars and earning Topaz rank in fundraising. In the interview, Gem talks about she became part of the Relay, her team's most successful event in her opinion, and more.

Read Deaflegacy's interview in People.

The Relay Track Comes Down



"All good things must come to an end." And so must every Relay Weekend track. Even before "Teardown Day" on Thursday July 20, a few campsites were taken down the day before on Wednesday. This included the Sunbeamer camp, for some reason. Fortunately, a number of others remained up until the late afternoon and evening. And so people made last minute trips seeing them in detail, finishing up various hunts and games, or just going down the track one last time. Yours truly has also been busy taking pictures of the exhibits. Sadly I didn't get a detailed look of them all, but I get get a look at a number.

Taken by Trader Whiplash
"(sigh) T1Tower comes crashing down," Trader Whiplash announced, sending a picture of the radio exhibit's build not simply vanishing, but coming down with a symbolic crash, "hates this part of relay."

From Relay chat, taker unknown
"Best. RFL. Weekend. EVER!" commented Avariel Falcon in Relay chat, "Except for next year, that will be even better!" RaydenRider Resident spoke, "It was an amazing weekend though thanks to every single Relayer in SL." One told the group, "t was a terrible rollercoaster... lost a family member and a dear friend of mine just days before the weekend."


Ertina Loopen commented, "It is hard to see it go, but envision it as tearing down cancer because that is what Relay is all about. TI and Relay for Life in SL does it best!" Avariel commented, "I like the Fantasy Faire aproch of letting everything vanish into the mist."


And so, the Relay Weekend 2017 and it's sims have passed into history. But this is not the end of the Relay season just yet. Some teams are still having more events. This includes the Sunbeamers, whom are planning a celebration party this Sunday at 6PM at the Goblin Cave in the Pacific Waters sim. A spinoff event, the RFL Home, Castle, and Garden Expo is in just a few days, taking place on five sims on two levels. The opening ceremony at July 23 at 3PM, and it lasts to the end of the month.

For those who want to see screenshots of the Relay Weekend, there is the Relay for Life in Second Life Flickr page. Among the contributors, Wildstar Beaumont, IshtarAngel Micheline (Ishtarkiss), and Avariel Falcon. The Newser will try to have some more screenshots posted, soon.

Bixyl Shuftan

Pixel to Pixel Eighth Anniversary Dance Party And Open House: July 22



Greetings, Friends! We hope your SL is going great! We're having an event, and you're invited, along with your friends!

8th ANNIVERSARY PARTY
The Pixel To Pixel Foundation

♪♫♪  WHAT - 8th Anniversary Dance Party and Open House
♪♫♪  WHEN - Saturday, July 22, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. SLT
♪♫♪  WHERE - P2P Headquarters at Clairehaven

ALOHA!

Come help us celebrate 8 years of improving the SL-lives of people on disability. Great Friends, Music, Food, and Limbo Dancing. Theme: Hawaiian. Dress: Beach Wear/Casual

Here's your limo:

SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Clairehaven/130/136/24

WHAT DOES PIXEL TO PIXEL FOUNDATION DO?

The Pixel To Pixel Foundation's mission is to provide support for individuals on disability who are members of the SL community. The foundation provides a financial stipend to those who qualify, as well as other supports. The stipend enables people with drastically limited means to do things that many enjoy in SL without giving it a second thought -- have a home, buy some clothing or furniture, or simply taking snapshots or uploading textures.

ALSO: DONATIONS NEEDED

We're in need of new donations! Would you like to help?

Any amount helps, and all amounts, large and small, do add up. You can help us get more people off of our waiting list and continue to support the ones that we already do!

HOW YOUR DONATIONS HELP

We rely on a steady stream of donations to provide the stipends on a weekly basis. The math is very simple. The more we can fund raise, the more people who can receive assistance. There is a waiting list of people that you can help us to assist. Any donation helps, whether it is large or small, a one-time donation, or something you feel called to do on a regular basis.

You can help make this happen for people in Second Life who are on disability. You can become a part of that enabled or re-enabled ability to thrive. By donating to the Pixel To Pixel Foundation, you are helping people to stay in Second Life, and to better enjoy the full range of opportunities that it can give them.

However you choose to donate, we thank you on behalf of our clients and ourselves. It's a beautiful thing you're doing, and it makes a real difference.

Thank you, everyone!

Jadyn Firehawk, Founder
Pixel To Pixel Foundation

SL Video: My Walk Around the Relay for Life Sims, 2017




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Posted on Youtube on July 16 by "ThatSLGuy" Benny Springflower, "the reason why I did this video is simple, I after RFL is done all of it will be deleted, and with the video we have the possibility to watch it back even few years from now "

He starts in RFL Spirit, and goes clockwise. The Sunbeamer and Steelhead camps appear at about 13:20, at 22:20 is the multiple-award winning build by Dreamin' in Purple, and at 28:00 is the "Chinese temple" RFL Journey designer sim.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Checking the Relay Sims



"You can either *be* in Second Life, or you can write about Second Life." Actually, you can, but I've found it very difficult to the point I seldom try. Stories take time to write, time that is sometimes needed to see something before it goes away, in this case the Relay sims. Don't worry, we'll have more stories up soon.

Moon Landing Anniversary Party

Join the National Space Society in SL on July 20th at our Tranquility Base venue as we celebrate the anniversary of mankind’s first lunar landing. National Space Society (50, 100, 3674)

We will gather there at 1pm SL time ahead of the landing time, and again at 7:30pm in advance of the first steps on the Moon to watch the videos and discuss the past, present and future of space exploration and development.

Ad astra (“to the stars”)!

For more information on the Apollo 11 mission:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo11.html

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/missions/apollo/apollo_11/

http://apollo11.spacelog.org

http://www.earthtothemoon.com/apollo_11.html

Important times for Moon Landing Day, July 20th

Apollo 11 lunar landing time:  July 20, 1969, 20:18:04 UTC … 1:18:04pm SL time

Apollo 11 first step on the Moon:  July 21, 1969, 02:56:15 UTC … July 20, 1969, 7:56:15pm SL time

Recommended videos
(you can view these any time in your browser or on the screens at our Tranquility Base venue)

Apollo 11 Moon Landing - CBS Coverage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E96EPhqT-ds&feature=youtu.be

Apollo 11 First Steps on the Moon - recently restored video of the first lunar EVA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9HdPi9Ikhk

“Hope Eyrie” (The Eagle Has Landed) - anthem of the Space Age
Performed by Julia Ecklar, written by Leslie Fish, video edited by Per Malm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cVOOXQo22o


NSS, National Space Society (50, 100, 3674)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Purrfection Estates. Looks like Skylark Lefavre found a solution to high electric bills.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Reader Submitted: "The Very Best of Broadway"


Ciska Riverstone recently sent the Newser a reader submission about a performance in Second Life this month, "The Very Best of Broadway." Taking place at the Oval Theatre Company in the Devils Cave sim, the show offers select dance numbers from various shows such as "Footloose" and "A Chorus Line." Ciska was impressed, describing the production as "a labour of love" not soon forgotten. "Broadway" will be done again today and later this month.

Read Ciska's reader submission in Events.

Today Last Day Up For the Relay Sims



With the time until the Relay sims come down getting closer, many were taking some time, even if it was brief, to give then another look. I happened to catch this meetup between Trader Whiplash, Gem Sunkiller, and Aryon Dagger.


Fuzzball Ortega was also giving the track a look. As far as yours truly knows, he walked most of the way. Though word has it he was in a go-cart part of the way.


Among the people I ran into was Nancy Clowes, the head of the "Fun Rides and Amusement Parks" group. She introduced me to Pryda Parx, the producer of the Future Shock machinima series.


Valkyrie Ice found an Asian-themed build at RFL Journey. Since she couldn't take it with her, she took a number of picturesque screenshots with her in a Chinese outfit.

There were two announcements in the Relay groups today. One was the time for the "Flood Party, " which was scheduled to be between 5PM and 7PM somewhere in the Relay sims.

Location TBA on Wednesday
Join us one last time for a Farewell party to the Relay Sim.
Dance, party and share your relay memories!

Bring your inner tube to put on and wear your water proof clothes....just sayin.


The other announcement was a sadder one, that after Wednesday, the event would be coming to a close.

 Sadly the Relay Sims need to be returned. Campsite clean up must be done by Thursday June 21  11pm slt. We are not responsible for any no copy items left on the sims after that time.

Please try to leave the campsites /builds up until Wednesday night or Thursday if you can, as ppl are still visiting.


For those who want to see lots of screenshots of the Relay Weekend, there is the Relay for Life in Second Life Flickr page. Among the top contributors, Wildstar Beaumont, and IshtarAngel Micheline (Ishtarkiss)

Bixyl Shuftan

2017 Relay Weekend Awards


Presented at the Closing Ceremony of the Relay Weekend

Cancer Education Awareness Award

Source of content must come from cancer.org , and the experience should be interactive 

1st     Relay Rockers
2nd   Go the Distance
3rd    Dreamin in Purple

 Inventive Creative Fundraising Award

Awarded for the unique, creative and successful method of RFL fundraising at the team campsite.

1st     Old World Artisan Guild
2nd   Go the Distance
3rd    Dreamin in Purple

Best Themed Decorated Campsite Award

Awarded for the all-around design interpretation of the RFL of SL 2017 ‘Passport To Hope’ theme.

1st    Dreamin in Purple
2nd   Circle Of Life and Sunbeamers
3rd    Go the Distance

Designer Sim Award

Awarded for the design team build that captures the essence, reality and scale of the real or imaginary worlds they represent, and truly gives a world to call our own for a brief and unforgettable moment in time.

1st     Luna Barak  RFL Survivor Caregiver Region
2nd   Eclair Martinek   RFL Remission
3rd    Alia Baroque  RFL Imagine

New Team Participation Award

Awarded to the new team for 2017 that displays exemplary organization and participation during the 2017 Relay Season and Relay Day event.

1st     The Finishing School Of Angels
2nd   Buckin Cancer and Lil Rockers
3rd    Old World Artisans Guild

Returning Team Participation Award

Awarded to the returning team for 2017 that displays exemplary organization and participation during the 2017 Relay Season and Relay Day event.

1st     Relay Rockers
2nd   Bonanza Country RFL Team
3rd    Team Shadow and Aether Chronoauts Tiny Steps (ACTS)

More awards to be presented at the Relay Wrap-Up in August, including The Spirit of the Relay, Team and Individual.

Source: RFL of Second Life.

SL Video: "Gee's Wonder Island Part One"




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The first part of Lokirat's video review of "Gee's Wonder Island," in which she looks at the island itself, taking a look around and trying a couple contraptions. In the second video, she gives the boats a try. In the third, she ventures to the sky platform to look around and runs into a few pranks.

Impish Glee (229/241/21)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Sunbeamer Camp for 2017


The various teams of the Relay for Life in Second Life do many events. But another source of pride, and what they're often remembered for, are their exhibits, or campsites, on the track for the Relay Weekend. No matter if it was a large "umbrella team" or a small team with just a few active members, each group got the same sized plot to show what they could do. For the Sunbeamers, "the little team that could" had managed to beat the obstacles it had and came out with a first place trophy for it's build last year. So what to follow up that success with? Shockwave Yareach, the main builder for the team, had an answer in the form of an airport build that was both entertaining and educational.

Read the story in Design.

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


The Relay Weekend is done, but there's plenty of events at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge. This includes a special event at the Goblin Cave.

Club Cutlass: Best in 'F',  Monochrome, Xmas in July

Happy Vixen: Naked Tuesday, Shades of Grey, Best in Boots, Lounging at Home, Best in Red, CAYA

Club Zero Gravity: Best iN Purple, Hats, Ribbons and Boes

Furry Fashion: CAYA, Pirates vs Ninjas, Omnipunk, Leather and Lace, Food, Goth, Kings of the Road, Forest Creatures, Movies

Goblin Cave: Special Event - Team Sunbeamer Celebration party

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 4PM

Club Xanadu Goes on Hiatus



There was a little sad news for fans of Club Xanadu over the weekend. On Sunday July 16, Perri Prinz announced that she was taking an indefinite break from running shows there.

Due to health problems and other real life issues, I can no longer run events at Xanadu.  Any hosts and DJ's with cards in the boards can run events in the club as they please, but I don't expect I'll be around to help.  If somebody wants to take over, please do.  But otherwise I just have to let it slide.

The classic rock club first opened in the Sunweaver Estates in May 2009, co-owned by Perri and her partner RECoyote Mindes, its design based on the club in the movie of the same name, which in real life was the Pan Pacific Auditorium. Over the years, Perri has had a reputation of being a skilled DJ with a good knowledge of music, which was demonstrated at the "Fallout Party" in April. In March, the club reopened after a hiatus of over a year and a half. Besides music, Perri has also been known as a fiction writer, notably her serial sci-fi/fantasy story "Spectral Shadows." But lately she has done some nonfiction commentary concerning her opinion of the state of furry fandom and the threat of the radical-left Antifa group.

It is hoped that Perri's real-life troubles will ease so she will be able to return to DJing.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/HV%20Community/67/207/4051

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Relay for Life 2017 , Personal Highlights"




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From ThatSLGuy Benny Springflower on July 17, "In this video I show you my personal highlights from the Second Life Relay for Life sims in 2017"

Monday, July 17, 2017

Reader Submission: Second Life Museum of Nuclear War


Fritter Enzyme was a regular writer for the Newser in the past. While real life has kept him busy, he still writes on occasion about Second Life. Next month are the 72nd anniversaries of the atomic bombings of two cities of the Japanese Empire, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These superweapons finally brought an end to the most destructive war of modern history. But it wasn't long before the Soviet Union developed it's own nuclear weapons, and for decades it and the West were engaged in a nuclear standoff that many feared would end in war and each side destroying the other with their arsenals of atomic weapons. Eventually, the Cold War ended. But rouge states and terrorist organizations are still trying to develop or acquire these weapons of mass destruction. Fritter came across a place in Second Life which takes a look at these issues: The Second Life Museum of Nuclear War.

Read Fritter's reader submission in Places.

“Bacon of Hope” Hunt at New Toulouse


Besides the Relay Weekend, Gemma Cleanslate has also been at New Toulouse in the past few days for their "Bacon of Hope" hunt. In the game, using a HUD, you look for plants of a particular kind of invasive species considered a threat to local ecology, which can be exchanged for bacon. At the end are some boxes of gifts. But one possible complication in the hunt for the flowers are the hippos that have somehow found their way into the swampland, and running into one could be bad.

Read Gemma's story in Events.

Relay Weekend, Day Two



Day two of the Relay Weekend was a bit slower paced than the first. Many who pulled all-nighters were still sleeping in the morning. In the "Coffee, Curlers, and Cake" themed hour, Team ACTS was providing some free coffee, donuts, and other goodies at their campsite at RFL Hero (first image by Bain Finch).


Normally I try to be at the closing ceremonies. But this year, my computer just can't take the lag, given I was lasting a minute or less in the opening. So I just spent the time with my team, the Sunbeamers.


At 11 AM SL time was the "Victory Lap, in which the team got onto the field." And our team had a new victory to celebrate. We had won Second Place in campsite design. "The little team that could" had done it again.


Fireworks went off at various points along the track. While the Sunbeamers had come away with much this season, in fact the real victory belonged to every single Relayer. Once again, hundreds of thousands of US dollars had been raised this season for cancer research and treatment, bringing the world a little closer to the day suffering from it is a thing of the past.


Eventually, many of the people began heading out, to real life or other places in Second Life. But some would stick around, some at a couple parties at T1-Radio's location or Radioactive Air's place at RFL Support.


One team, OD Designs, was so close to leveling, that they held an event to try and push them over the mark while it was still the Relay Weekend. A few friends from the Sunbeamers came by to help things along, and eventually, "Team OD just made Silver! ... We made it ... thank you!"

This not yet the end of the Relay season, or the Relay track. The areas will still be up for a few more days. As far as yours truly knows, Wednesday July 19 will be the last day the sims and exhibits will soon be up, with the traditional "flood party" taking place sometime that day. After that, the sims will be closed and the contents picked up. Following that, teams can still hold events, and some will continue to do so. This will likely include the Sunbeamers, whom are talking about one last party to celebrate their successful season.

The final event, the Relay Wrap-Up will take place next month in August.

One image from Bain Finch

Bixyl Shuftan

Do You Have A Story?



The Newser team has worked hard at bringing you the news of the people, places, and events of the Relay for Life and other happenings across Second Life. But sorry to say we can't be everywhere, and we don't always have time to write about every single place we come across.

So this is where you the readers come in. Were you at a fantastic Relay event? Did you see a particularly grand campsite build on the Relay Track? Or maybe you found yourself in a hilarious "only in SL" predicament? We're very interested in what you the readers have to say. Send us a story or funny picture, and if we like it, we'll post it as a Reader Submitted. For pictures, jpg format is preferred. And no it doesn't have to be about the Relay, but it can be of just about anything.

Mail submissions to bixylshuftan(at)gmail.com.

PLEASE include your SL user name and tell us if you wish it to appear with your story.

SL-Newser reserves the right to post in the appropriate section and to investigate any names used in submitted stories (please ask permission before using anyone's name or picture (if taken in a private area) or use an alias for them).