Tuesday, November 21, 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 'D," Thanksgiving?, TBA

The Happy Vixen: Food Fight, Lions Tigers and Bears, No event, Winter is Nice, Pilgrims and Indians, CAYA

Club Zero Gravity: Magic, Turkey Day

Furry Fashion Lounge: Canines vs. Felines, Japan, Fandoms, Modders Monthly, Safari, Food, Tinies, Video Games

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Veterans Concert Raises Over 150,000 Lindens



On Sunday November 19, Veterans Isle held it's monthly fundraiser concert. The event was to raise money for the Homes For Our Troops charity. The event normally takes place on the last Sunday of each month. But due to Thanksgiving weekend was moved back this month. Unfortunately for the participants, this was the day the Grid had a number of technical glitches that kept a number of residents offline. Frets Nirvana, who organized the event, did not originally plan to play on stage, but stepped in due to one performer being offline.


Despite the glitches that caused residents to lag and/or crash, the benefit raised a total of 154,600 Lindens, over $600 US dollars.

Homes For Our Troops is a veterans charity that helps to build homes for veterans to prevent them from being homeless.

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, November 20, 2017

Reader Submitted: How to Broadcast from Anything


Almost a year ago, Tantari Kim, also known as DJ Tantari, sent in a reader submission, "How To DJ The DJ Tantari Way." In the article, she used MIXXX software for her DJing. But what about other software? There are some free commercial ones, notably the free version of Virtual DJ and Traktor and Serato, but they aren't made for playing to Shoutcast. In a reader submission she recently sent in, she describes how to enable them so that they can.

Read Tantari's reader submission in Extra.

The Jerky Turkey Hunt


With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Shaza Denver stumbled across a shopping event that's sure to be gravy to fans of hunts: the Jerky Turkey Hunt. Taking place every November, this year's hunt offers over fifty prizes. Shaza shows off a few examples of what those taking part can find.

Read Shaza's story in Fashion.

Technical Glitches Keep Numbers of Residents Offline


On Sunday afternoon, November 19, just before 2PM SL time, a number of residents began saying they had trouble logging in, or relayed messages through Discord, Facebook, and other social media that they couldn't get on. In Second Life, people were being knocked offline. Various events described musicians and/or staff as having trouble coming on. Yours truly noticed other avatars seemed to take longer to rezz than usual. While this cannot be confirmed, one resident told me the number of people on the Grid had gone down from about 50,000 to about half that.

The Grid Status Report stated that Linden Lab was working on updating their Support Portal, which has been going on for a few days. At one point, Logins were described as having a "degraded performance," though nothing was mentioned about people having trouble staying online.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at the Happy Vixen's Halloween area

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, November 18, 2017

SL Video: "Reggaetón Lento"




(Click here if the video fails to play)

From "The Rythims of (SL)ife" on Sept 21, "Hey all, this clip of the categories in haste.We decided to relax and made this light clip before more complex work."

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 https://www.hfotusa.org

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)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, 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