Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Caledon's Thirteenth Anniversary

By Bixyl Shuftan

On Tuesday February 26, Caledon celebrated it's thirteenth anniversary. Caledon enjoys the distinction of being the largest Steampunk-themed community in terms of land area and residents. And on this day and evening, it would be celebrating it's birthday.

At 1PM and 4PM SL time, there was the "Party at the Pub" at the Book and Tankard Pub in Victoria City. At 7PM, the celebrations moved to the Dragon Ballroom hundreds of meters over the Caledon OnSea sim for the 13th Anniversary Ball.

The ballroom had a decorative fountain in the middle. It was fitting that there were lit candles for a birthday celebration.

Caledon's governor Desmond Shang, known locally as "The Guv," was among those there.

He had a dance animation that made him look a bit whimsical.

There were a few conversations on the dance floor, "No the church invented shame, the Victorians added to it." "The Church invented shame. The Victorians made it a sexual fetish." I thought it was, 'Gotta have my corn pops.'"

As it turned out, someone's pet in real life was having a birth on this birthday, "Tonight, one of my guinea pigs gave birth. We wanted to name the pups after Caledonian regions. ... One of them is albino. I'm gonna name that one Desmond." That got the attention of "The Guv," "Does he have glasses?" "Not yet, but piercing red eyes."

At 10PM, the Anniversary Ball wrapped up, and it was time for the "Late Night Caledon/CCB Birthday Bash." The location of this last event was "sooper sekrit," so it wasn't revealed until that evening. As it turned out, it was underground. I was shown a secret entrance to some passages, and went down.

I had to go past a fancy doorway or two. As one put it, "Wow, it's a real secret lair, it has one of these iris doors!"

 Since part of the fun of secret passages is the location of the entrances being secret, readers will have to ask the Caledonins where one is. Someone would later say, "I got VERY lost and ended up in Kamilah's secret ballroom instead."

Eventually I noticed activity, and it was inside this rather catty underground secret venue.

Desmond joked, "Shhhhh! this is the catgirl dungeon!"

The floor had a symbol of a black cat over a gear, over Caledon's colors.

Some of the people were a bit on the catty side as well.

Including one taur. "Trilby, you have the cute centaur on."

And a neko. "You're the cat's meow yourself."

And of course in a Caledon anniversary event in a feline-themed venue, Vicerine Kamiliah Hauptman showed up.

Lady Aev (Aevalle Galicia) remarked, "I've had so much fun putting this place together." Another lady responded, "I love the cat tree next to me here too (grin)." Lady Aev grinned back, "There's also the trapeze hoops above us, if you want to play on those."

JJ Drinkwater was joking about, "Killer warrior catgirl fembots from Mars."

There were a few jokes about mindwiping the guests to make sure the location of the place stayed secret. That of course never happened. Just a "gentlemen's agreement" to keep quiet about just where it was.

There were a number of conversations about Caledon and things. Lady Aev was saying she was writing a book, "It was a good way to work out my rage during NanoWrimo. (laughter)" Someone responded, "Should have a book club and meet every week when it comes out." JJ Drinkwater suggested, "Would Madame The Author consider doing a reading?" Lady Aev answered, "Probably wouldn't be a good idea, JJ. Southern drawl meets Sidhe. Not a good match. (grin)" One lady joked, "Well, as long as you don't go 'pew pew pew!' to imitate clashing swords, you'll do much better than some narrators I've heard." "Swords don't pew!" "'Pew! Pew! pew!' is a raygun sound." "Depends where they've been." "Just say your from the Appalachian."

"And all those people calling me weird and confused and I say how dare you say things about me that are completely true!"

Eventually, the hour got late, Desmond himself saying, "I'm getting even more giddy, almost never stay up this late ... so if I'm acting weird that's why." And soon people started leaving. "Happy 13th everybody, thank you Des for making our realm, and we're teenagers now!" "I was expecting the 13th Anniversary seal to say 'You don't understand me!' and recite emo poetry when clicked."

Before I left, the place started changing color. With the jokes about memory wipes, I figured it was time to make my exit.

 I looked around the underground tunnels a little first. Here was a nice little rest stop.

Two days later, the celebrations continued at Cynthia Farshore's Goblin Cave in Caledon Downs.

Yours truly was too busy to attend, so I sent Rezzdammit to get a picture.

Due to events elsewhere in Second Life, Rezz couldn't stay there for long. Cynthia would send me this picture of the party at another time.

On Saturday March 2, Caledon would have it's last anniversary events, both Mardi Gras themed. At 1PM was the "Skull and Bones Revelry." At 5PM was a parade.

 The parade would go across fourteen sims. starting in Caledon Kittiwickshire.

There were a number of vehicles, floats, balloons, and more in the parade.

As well as horses.

And horse-drawn carriages.

The parade would go down the route through the sims.

The parade ended in Port Caledon.

Following the parade was a party for both participants and watchers.

A fun time was had by all.

Happy Anniversary Caledon

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Scenes From The "Hug-A-Linden/Dunk-A-Linden"

By Bixyl Shuftan

While not a holiday that gets people the day off usually, Valentines Day gets no shortage of attention. For couples, it's a chance to remind themselves of the love they have. For hopeful singles, it's a chance to win someone's heart. For those whom haven't had much luck finding a special someone though, it often sparks feelings of cynicism or is a reminder of sad memories. But there was something for all of them in Second Life

For this time of year, I sometimes wear the skunk avatar. But there's also the old Luskwood "Bunkie" mouse. The avatar was available on sale at Lusk about a decade ago, but when the designer vanished from Second Life, the vendors were all taken down.

Linden Lab had it's Valentines Day event at 10AM SL time, the "Hug a Linden/Dunk a Linden" event. But getting there wasn't so simple. The sim was packed and often there was no room to get in.

But eventually, I found my way in, and started walking to the dome where the event was taking place.

Getting there, the place had a number of people there.

There were both regular residents and Lindens.

RacerX Gullwing, the organizer of the Giant Snail Races, was there.

Kenny Luckless, whom I often run into at Bay City events, was also present.

I wasn't the only one with a Cupid look on.

The popular Xiola Linden had a turn in the hugging booths.

Patch Linden was in one as well

As was the ghostlike Constantine Linden.

Guendoline Linden was in an adorable teddy bear avatar.

Which made me wonder, if the other Lindens give out teddy bears, what would he (or she) give out?

Kona Linden, in an otter avatar, looked cuddly enough for the hugging booth. But instead he trotted about in a robotic suit of some kind.

He did try to hug one of the girls once, but as he forgot to step out of the suit first, it was "otter" chaos.

Steven Linden was in a feral horse avatar. So I guess if you heard anything from Linden Lab from him, it would be straight from the horse's mouth.

Abnor Mole was going about on a chicken.

Alotta and Squeaky Mole in a mouse avatar. From this angle though, Steven Linden looks like a horse's ... you-know-what.

Besides the hugging booths, there was also the dunking ones.

Some Lindens volunteered for the free bath.

Some were hesitant to toss tennis balls at Xiola Linden.

But they weren't "chicken" about giving Abnor Mole a dunking, "Nuuuuuuuuu!"

Lacie Linden up over the water. Xiola mentioned "No rules against Lindens dunking other Lindens," but I never did see her toss a ball at one.

Grumpity Linden at the moment she ends up in the drink.

When this furry was tossing tennis balls, they probably thought what the back of his jacket was saying.

Simon Linden was also up to get his suit wet.

After getting a number of pictures, I decided to head out so others could get to this still crowded place. But before leaving, I took one try at the hugging booth.

Simon Linden, "Thanks for making this such a fun world."

Bixyl Shuftan