Friday, November 17, 2017

Looking Back at Furry Desires

A couple days ago, the Newser published a commentary about running clubs. About then, Skylark Lefavre, a friend of the Newser, contacted us about what she considered the best club she ran: Furry Desires. The club lacked contests, so one might think the club did poorly. Actually, it was thriving for some time after it started in early 2010. Skye talked some about the club and what made it tick.

Read more in Places.

Press Release: Homes For Our Troops Concert in Veterans Isle

Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce the 2017 November benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life! 

Frets Nirvana, the premier guitar artist in the virtual world Second Life and the US Military Veterans Group announce the 2017 November benefit on November 19, 2017 in Second Life for the Veterans Support Organization  Home For Our Troops . 

Frets Nirvana states:  “HFOT is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans are multiple amputees, paraplegic, quadriplegic or suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).  As of January 2017 they have built 229 homes for severly wounded Veterans and have another 85 projects underway.  Since its inception in 2004, over 90 cents of every dollar spent by Homes for Our Troop has gone to directly support Veterans. ”

Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle.  The concert on November 19, 2017 is scheduled from 4-9 PM PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Savannah Rain, Sjannon Oherlihy, Chillee Hernandoz, and Savannah Coronet .

ABOUT HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS  - HFOT builds homes as a departure point for Veterans to rebuild their lives, and once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many Veterans have embarked on new careers, completed their college degrees, or started families. Empowered by the freedom a mortgage-free and specially adapted home brings, these Veterans can now focus on their recovery and return to their life’s work of serving others. Many have embraced their roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms around the country; others take to a national platform to promote awareness of veteran suicide, homelessness and PTSD. Their incredible stories are the driving force for the work for HFOT. To learn more about the Homes For Our Troops visit

Sponsored by Frets Nirvana and the U.S. Military Veterans Group of Second Life.

Do You Have A Story?

On occasion, Second Life Newspaper will print an article or picture submitted to us by one of you, the readers.

Have you seen a particularly well-detailed sim? Went to a great event? 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.

Mail submissions to bixylshuftan(at)

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, edit,  and to investigate any names used in submitted stories (please ask permission before using anyones name or picture or use an alias for them).

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Linden Lab Calls For Merchants For Christmas Shopping Event

On Tuesday November 14, Linden Lab announced on the official Second Life blog that they were asking merchants to take part in a Christmas-themed shopping event next month. The dates given for the event were from December 15 to January 1st. Monday November 27 will be the last day to register.

We’re winding up for a winter inworld shopping event - and we’re now looking for Merchants who would like to participate! For SL14B we held a similar shopping event that was a great success for both customer and Merchants alike - and we are hoping to do the same this winter. This event, which runs from December 15th, 2017 through January 1st, 2018, is an opportunity to introduce new customers to  your brand. We are looking for merchants willing to offer a discount on some of their items (think Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!) and possibly provide a little non-exclusive gift to holiday shoppers.

Last year, Linden Lab had a "Twelve Days of Marketplace" event. But they're comparing the shopping event to the Anniversary Shopping Event they organized to take place alongside the SL14B.

Image from Kathy Nikolaids

Crew Meeting Scene

Saturday November 11 was the monthly meeting for the Second Life Newser crew at its office in HV Community. Among those there was Gemma Cleanslate, who took her pet Firekitty over.

No mice were seen at that meeting.

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cartoon of the Day

By Bixyl Shuftan

Commentary: So, You Want To Be A Club Owner

Maybe you've been in a shiny club with lots of bright lights and lots of people and thinking to yourself how nice it would be for you to have something like this. Or maybe the club your community has had for as long as you've known has suddenly closed down and the owner gone from Second Life, and you're the only one with the time and the money who's willing to try to make another. So just what lies before you? How hard can it be? Actually, it can be much harder than you think.

Read the article in People.

"The Atlantic" Writes About Second Life

By Bixyl Shuftan

Earlier it was revealed that "The Atlantic," a publication with both paper and online versions, would soon have an article about Second Life. A few days ago, it was revealed as part of the magazine's December 2017 edition. Written by Leslie Jamison, the title is less than flattering, "The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future." And at one point early on, the writer "found myself wanting to write 'Second Life makes me want to take a shower.'"

But on the whole, it was a thoughtfully written article. She writes about some people with disabilities who are able to go about Second Life the way they can't or no longer can in real life, "When I rode horses through the virtual Yosemite, I thought of how the woman leading me through the pines had spent years on disability, isolated from the world, before she found a place where she no longer felt sidelined." She also went some into the money people put into here, and talked with Philip Rosedale about Second Life's first days. At one point, she suggests the ridicule some have for the virtual world is "because it takes a recognizable impulse and carries it past the bounds of comfort ...  It crystallizes the simultaneous siren call and shame of wanting an alternate life."

There were some comments about the article on a thread on the SL Universe forums. Although there were a few snarky comments, others also thought the article was well written, "That is the best SL article I have ever read." Others had a more mixed opinion, "Although she faithfully repeated what people told her about the appeal of SL, it's too bad that she didn't experience its appeal herself." There were also a few comments under the article New World Notes wrote about The Atlantic's article, one saying the reason Second Life didn't do better was that Linden Lab didn't make accessibility a high priority, "Now Linden Lab is doing the same mistake again, with Sansar."

One can read the full article (here).

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's a week full of events at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in 'C,' Silver/Gold, Surf City

The Happy Vixen: Robots/Cybernetics, Military, Around the World, Captain Night, Demos, Bodysuits, CAYA

Club Zero Gravity: Cats and Dogs, Video Game

Furry Fashion Lounge: Wasteland, Japan, Mix and Match, Blue, Canines, Food, Fall, Pirates and Ninjas, Cartoons

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 3:30PM

Reader Submitted: A Wolf's Xmas Wishes

Woof has his woofmas wishlist ready
..if anyone wishes to take care of it..

Ok.. woofs wishes from highest to lowest priority:
1: A girlfriend.. uniformed.. police or military, doesn't matter which (as long as she's a police officer).

2: A nom.

3: One gaming rig to rule them all, one gaming rig to find them, one gaming rig to bring them all and in the cuteness bind them!

4: A life.

...... Wait.. that last one is wrong.. it's supposed to be "another nom."

A Strange Wolf (Henning Lionheart)

Monday, November 13, 2017


Shaza Denver is back after exploring an event she couldn't keep under her hat: Hairology. This is a popular monthly event high above the Waterton Way featuring some top hair designers. There are a number of gifts always available, and Shava shows off three from the latest event.

Read Shaza's article in Fashion.

Commentary: Ten Years of Writing About Second Life

It was ten years ago this month that I officially got started in virtual journalism with my joining the staff of JamesT Juno and Dana Vanmoer's Second Life Newspaper. With this milestone, yours truly has been looking back at what has happened, with my virtual career here, personally with my friends, and of course this virtual world.

Read the story in Extra.

Veterans Day at Club Cutlass

Saturday November 11 was Veterans Day, and that night, there was a special Veterans Day event at Club Cutlass. Cynthia Farshore played a list of military-themed or inspired tunes from the American Revolution to the first recorded songs of the Spanish-American War and WW1, to the classic military songs of WW2 to the protest songs of Vietnam to the music composed in the wake of 9/11 and the War on Terror.

At the end of the party, the four Sunweavers present at the part whom had served as veterans stood at attention: Rita Mariner, Cynthis Farshore, Shockwave Yareach, and Zorro Wuramunga (RECoyote Mindes, whom was also in the military, left the party early).

Thank you for your service.

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at Team Firestorm's area

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries

Two new series this week, and a visit from some old favorites: Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. Plus, the two week count down to this year's Edition of THE DICKENS PROJECT has begun! Join us for stories all week in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely, live in voice.

Check out the stories and the storytellers at

All times SL time, stories in Voice.

Unless otherwise noted, at Holly Kai Estates (215/44/277)

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**SUNDAY, November 12th at 6pm: MAGICLAND STORYTIME - "Pooh Bear Favorites" - What's your favorite?

Caledonia shares selected adventures from the Winnie-the-Pooh Canon of tales, with a little help from the audience.
The New Golden Horseshoe Magicland Frontierland, Bracket (181, 57, 30)

**MONDAY, November 13th, at 7 pm:  Diana Gallagher's ALIEN DARK begins  with Gyro Muggins
**TUESDAY, November 14th, at 7 pm: Selections from Mark Twain's  A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT with Caledonia Skytower

**WEDNESDAY, November 15th, at 7 pm: Robert Lynn Aspirin's MYTH ADVENTURES with Kayden Oconnell (also presented in Kitely hop://

** THURSDAY, November 16th:

~ at 7pm: Charles Dicken's GREAT EXPECTATIONS ~ Part 2 with Shandon Loring (also presented in Kitely hop://

~ at 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT  - contemporary Sc-Fi Fantasy with Finn Zeddmore

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day

Have an honored Veterans Day

(Taken at the Veterans Tribute in Silent Reverie)

SL Video: "Riot Call"

(Click here if the video fails to play)

From Kraven Foxy on Oct 4, "Finally a new vid after so many months- feat some good friends betta and zaber. added a lot more effects in this vid to give a more tech/tv/comptuer sort theme, I hope its not too much or distracting."