Saturday, July 20, 2019

Burn2 Conception: Communal Earth


By Marcel Mosswood

Burn2 Conception: Communal Earth has begun. The Deep Hole Playa is filled with various artworks involving many artists. The Lamplighters tradition has also begun. This is a tradition that makes me always return to this community through my artwork, no matter how busy I am in real life and Second Life.


At a glance, the Burn2 Conception: Communal Earth is different from the previous one, especially about the creativity of the artists, and sim settings to display the artworks.


I’ve got several words from Herbie Haven, the Event Lead:
This event theme was designed around the idea of the communal effort needed to take care of our Earth and to remind everyone what a small place it really is. Many artists and builders come here to display their work and maybe make a point. Anyone can come and build here at our events, you don’t need to be a great builder or an artist, you just need to have an idea that you want to share.


There are several events every year and each has its own theme, so they are always different, they don’t last long and are taken away between events so each event is unique and must be experienced at that time. Builders spend days maybe weeks working on their art that may only be seen for a few days and only by the visitors who show up at the event, then it`s gone. This event was designed to have the builds around in a circle and each builder was encouraged to spill some of their build-out onto the Playa “build outside of the box” and to work with their neighbor to combine bits of their build in an effort to make one giant build.

There are also some very talented artists who perform here at the events that you don’t want to miss. It`s always new and always interesting to see what people do with their imaginations and it’s a temporary installation that if missed, its missed.

You may see pictures or even videos but it`s not like the real thing in 3D. Don’t forget that if you can use advanced lighting and shadows, it`s amazing, a lot of it is designed to use light and shadows as part of the art, you will want to see it that way if possible. Come on over and see if for yourself, get involved and have fun.


And from Ilyra Chardin, the Artist’s Lead:
We have an exceptional gathering of artists for Burn2 Conception Communal Earth. The artists and their exhibits include:
- Homage To Hotter Than Air by Leroy Horten and CyberseaCell by SERRA QENDRA.
- Explore Climate Change by Kimblecoles Resident, Silvia Ametza, and  GeeJAnn Blackadder.
- Zapped Earth by Maia Antarra.
- Progress VS Nature by Andrea Jones.
- What Shape Is It? by Slatan Dryke.
- Communicate Openly by TheaDee.
- Homage To The Tree of Ténérére by HALLIX.
- The Preservation of the Earth by Marcel Mosswood.
- The Hoax by Herbie Haven.
- Free reading by Madame Fortune by Emerald Dahlia (Moonstone).
- The Whiskeydrome by Cuga Rajal.
- Time Keeps Slipping by Sophie MacHugh-Dunn (Sophie72 Congrejo).
- Work of the Artist by Moya Patrick (Moya Janus).
- Totem Mesa Medicine Wheel by Shambala Kimono.
- One Thousand Cranes by Tara Tisane and MatthewBroderich76.
- Protect Our Water Supply by Fifi Oh.
- The Tipping Point and Its A Small World After All by Herbie Haven.
- Vickie’s Recycling Center by Vickie Maidstone.
- Conflix by Kalyca McCallen and Proton d-oo-b
- Under The Sea by Adrian Harbinger
- Mother Eearth - A Terran Opera by Keely (JenniferKeely).
- Thirst For The Last Drop by iSkye Silverweb.
- The Watering Hole by ilyra Chardin.


And here are some words from Dream Wrexan, the Lamplighters’ Fire Dancers Lead:
Burning Man 2.0 is the virtual version of the famous Burning Man in Nevada, and is the only officially recognized virtual reality regional. We host four official events each year, winter, spring, summer, and the fall event, which is the main one lasting more than a week. The Lamplighters are the keepers of the flame, and you will see them processing while lighting the lamps on the spires prior to the afternoon and evening burns on Sunday. Visitors are invited to join in their processions.


Today is not a Fire Dance - just the Lamplighters dancing. Of course, wherever you find Lamplighters you find Fire and Dancing! And everyone is welcome to join in tonight. Sunday's are strictly performances.

The event will be held on 19-21 July 2019. Click here for the complete schedule of Burn2 Conception: Communal Earth https://www.burn2.org/event-calendar/

Visit here:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Burning%20Man-%20Deep%20Hole/160/26/25

Marcel Mosswood


Monday, July 8, 2019

The Last SL16B Party


By Bixyl Shuftan


The Second Life Sixteenth Birthday had lots of music events. The official ones ended Sunday night. But that wasn't the end of the fun. There were a couple of unofficial ones later on the week. There was a short one on July 4. On Friday July 5, I dropped in on another not long after it started at 12 Noon SL time,


The event took place in SL16B Astound, near a theme park area and the Auditorium to the northeast. It was packed, with the sim often at it's limit at 66 people.


Behind the DJ booth was a sign in lights, "Thank You SLB Volunteers."


The Newser's Gemma Cleanslate, whom had been busy doing work as a SL16B greeter, was there. 


So was Nance Clowes, an amusement park ride maker.


There was one of the Linden Moles there, Missy, aka Mischievous Mole.


Golan Eilde, one of the senior volunteers.


Torgon Woodget, whom made some of the amusement rides for the SL16B, notably two roller coasters.


Quite a crowd had shown up. With my viewer taking it's time in rezzing people, it was easier to see how many looking at nametags.


 Many of the people got on small squares to do a synchronized mass-dance.




Some though, such as this greeter, chose to just sit and relax.


Gemma danced for a while, then we both sat for a picnic lunch.


One of the traditions of the resident-run Birthdays had been the cake slices that had been passed to exhibitors. With the Lab running things now, that practice was stopped. Still someone felt there should be cake, and had this slice out for anyone to take one.


And while there might not have been a Cake Stage this year, someone made a large cake.


While there couldn't be a "cake explosion," it was set in a "cake agitator" to shake up.


As one 50s song put it, "whole lotta shakin' goin' on!"


Yours truly ended up crashing. Later on, I would drop by the sim after the party and head to the amusement park area nearby, where there were Torgon and Nance's rides and games.


Here was a shooting gallery in which you would fire in mouselook at targets while on a moving cart. I got about 35,000 points, about 100k shy of the high scorer.

It was a fun day at the Second Life Birthday, one of the last before the place closes.

Bixyl Shuftan

Friday, June 28, 2019

The 2019 Relay Season Ends


By Bixyl Shuftan

"All good things must come to an end." And so it was the case with the Relay for Life's fundraising season for 2019. Things were somewhat different this year as the season had been shifted a month early, from February to June instead of from March to July, to avoid an anticipated drop in activity in Second Life, and donations. For this season, "All Aboard For A Cure," besides some successful teams from last year and before, there were some new teams that did very well, such as the motorcross teams in the "Five Days of Relay."


Although the Relay Weekend was on June 8 and 9, and the track was taken down soon after, the season hadn't ended quite yet. Some teams planned one or two more events for a little extra push to raise a little more funding. On Wednesday June 19, the Spirit of the Dragon RFL team decided to throw one more party for "Just One More Hurrah! ...Please Join us as this remarkable team celebrates a last Hurrah before Wrap Up !! ... Tonite  we sing and dance and thank all for a wonderful Relay Season."


The party went from 4 to 7PM SL time, with musicians Loreen Aldrin, Melenda Baptiste, and
Frogg Marlowe. There were also Adorsy, Kitty Creations and EED Home and Garden 1000L gift certificates available. At the end of the event, team founder Darkstone Aeon announced the team had hit Jade level fundraising, which had been far beyond his original expectations at the season's start.

Spirit of the DragonRFL was going to be a team of 1 - I was going to put a few vendors out at my store and that was it - whatever was raised  would be good enough -  because of a few special folks who pushed and prodded    and made me think why I wanted to relay - we have now hit L$: 511,051  so for Kammie Eva Ted Jad - BB and a few others who took me kicking and hollering  down the Relay Road I thank you !


Two days later on Friday February 21, three of the smaller teams would have a joint event, hosted by team Mini A Chu and involving Ryukyu Warriors and Harshlands, from 11 AM to 8 PM SL time.


There's a Mini Dragon Roo Wrap-Up party in Harshlands For a Cure with Friends Lurking in Shadow starting at 11am slt Friday all the way till 8pm SLT with DJs from multiple teams and this will be our last attempt to bring 3 teams to Silver: Mini A Chuu, Ryukyu Warriors and Harshlands, bring your friendsssss, plus this is an exhibition of things, for this duration only, if you donate a certain amount to either Ryukyu Warriors, Mini A Chuu, Harshlands, you will get to choose a diorama of your choice, an absolute unique and ultimately detailed Mini A Chuu's specialized product

from Chuu Hikari Akamine
And for one random hour (given im awake) any product branded Mini A Chuu products bought will all be donatwd to each team RFL kiosk


It was a fun party, with some of the new noodle dragon avatars dancing away with the humans and furs. Teams Mini A Chuu and Harshlands would reach Silver level.


 Saturday June 22 would be the last event of one of the larger teams, Team ACTS Royal Ascot. Following the horse race was a dance.


The event, and later donations, would move the team up past Sapphire level (750,000 Lindens) to Ruby level fundraising, 1,250,000 Lindens / $5000 USD raised.


That afternoon and evening was perhaps the last event before the closing one. Team Shadow held a "Summer Solstice" party at it's Shadowed Forest Glen.

You are invited to join Team Shadow as we celebrate the Summer Solstice, Saturday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm SLT at the Shadowed Forest Glen. Formal or fae/fantasy fear requested, however, not required. Bring your kiosk and help us celebrate the close of the 2019 RFL of SL season.


The Sunbeamers and Roos With a Dream were among the teams taking part. Team Shadow would hit Silver.


Finally on Sunday June 23 was the Relay Wrap-Up event.

Join us ... as we say goodbye to the 2019 Relay Season!  Come and celebrate the amazing year we had!  Final Fund Raising Awards, as well as Community Champions, Spirit of Relay, and the Gordy Klatt Awards will be given.  It is time to PARTY and CELEBRATE!  See you there!


While the official start was at 10AM, there was some music and dancing beforehand.



Some final awards for the season would be given out. Among the people honored were Jamie Broken for her technical work and Ishtarangel for her photography.


There would be some more dancing afterwards.


It was a party that would last for a while, the last event of the season.

There would also be a poll given out for a choice of two themes for next year: cartoons or games.

Shortly after the Wrap-Up, Stingray would send the following message:

As the American Cancer Society staff partner for Second Life, I would like to sincerely thank our community for its generosity and support. This year, 198 teams participated in the Relay For Life movement and raised $238,900 to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer in our virtual world.

We were honored to welcome and celebrate the lives of hundreds of cancer survivors. Our luminaria ceremony demonstrated the community's warmth and strength in honoring survivors and those who are no longer with us.

I would also like to thank the Relay For Life event volunteer leadership teams, team captains, and participants who worked so hard to make this year's event a success. And of course, thank you to our premier sponsors, RGF Estates, The Chilli Post, Relay Refresh, Rockliffe University, and Sol Existence. By coming together once again, you all made this season a spectacular success!

Together, we can beat our biggest rival, and we're already getting started on planning for 2020. To ensure you receive  timely information, follow us on Facebook, join the Relay For Life Volunteers Group, and/or visit RelayForLife.org/SecondLife.

With all of my appreciation and gratitude,

Stingray9798 Raymaker
Jeffrey Montegut
Sr. Consultant, Virtual Community Development
American Cancer Society


 For my own team, the Sunbeamers, it's the end of another successful year. Three of our most active members had to deal with real-life trouble, including one having to go to the hospital to have cancer treated after thankfully discovered early so it was more easily dealt with. Despite the problems, the team continued to do well, and ended up with achieving Jade level for the second time in it's history and the second time it won a campsite trophy. For the Sunweaver/Angel community, "the little team that could" continues to be a source of pride, and over a decade after her passing continuing the work of the late Artistic Fimicloud.

So we say goodbye to the 2019 Relay for Life in Second Life season "All Aboard for a Cure," and look forward to the next one.

Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, June 22, 2019

SL16B Opening Speech



Although the Second Life Sixteenth Birthday started June 20, it was on the 21st that the opening speech was given. On that day, residents were told it would be at the Festival Stage, which was filling the role held by the "Cake Stage" of the resident-run SLB events.


Like "The Cake," the Festival Stage covered the meeting corners of four sims, SL16B Exhilarate, Fascinate, Magnificent, and Mesmerize. This allows a large number of residents to be at an event at once.


The one problem, it can take a while, and processing power, to rezz all those avatars.


Squeaky Mole told everyone, "Voice is enabled for the speech, but we would like to ask you  to not speak as residents. This is for Patch Linden only! We'll also type the speech for those without voice enabled. Thank you! (If possible, during the speech please do not spam the chat so everyone can read on their own speed). ... Please do not request Linden Bears until after the speech!" Squeaky would also text Patch Linden's speech to the crowd.


"Welcome to all who have come! Thank you for being with us today to celebrate Second Life turning 16! I’d like to start out with taking an opportunity to thank some people. First, Ebbe Linden, Linden Lab’s CEO.  Ebbe has blessed me with the opportunity to be here with all of you today, and empowered me to do what I am for all of you.  I will be forever grateful for everything you have enabled for me Ebbe, for Second Life and Linden Lab. All of these people came together to make this entire event, these regions and all of the support with the coordination of the events to ensure it will run smoothly: Our Resident volunteer staff: Leondra, Cordie, Golan, Pygar, Dawny, Chloe, Jackstir and the rest of the stage crew, greeters and other volunteers. Our Moles: Squeaky, Ancient & Magic, Abnor, Naughty, Silent, Mischievious, Alotta, plus others who were involved with creating the content you are surrounded with in these regions. Other Lindens for their involvement and support:  Derrick, Xiola, Brett, Constantine, Strawberry, Kristin, Tommy plus many more who were behind the scenes supporting our efforts..And our many Resident content contributors, exhibitors, and performers, who will put their talents on display throughout the event and our various streaming services partners.



"For sixteen years, we have been able to experience a vast array of people, communities, lifestyles, and places all connected in a meaningful and immersive environment.  Second Life has brought all of us an entire world of diversity and openness, which in any other environment could continue to be challenging to discover, whether that be in real life, elsewhere, or even on other platforms. We continue to witness Second Life enable people from all corners of the globe to create, socialize, experiment, develop relations, engage in education, or business and even perhaps find the love of their life.  Sometimes those may follow through into the real world with opportunities as it has for me…. in both the professional sense and the personal sense such as with my loving husband who is also here with us today. 


"As Second Life continues to demonstrate what it has over the past 16 years, that you can find almost every interest you might have, presented in various and unique ways.... we are committed to helping and allowing everyone continue to explore, create, and socialize for many years to come. Let us all take the time to go and explore the regions that the entire community has worked on for this very special event. We hope all of you enjoy the festivities and we look forward to another great year! Without further delay…  Join us 10am SLT as we listen to incredible music by Parker Static.

"Happy 16th Birthday Second Life!!"


There would be a video available of the speech, but unedited footage. The speech itself was about from 5:15 to 8:55 in the video.


The crowd listened, then applauded once it was over.


Among the Lindens there was Strawberry, whom had been known as Strawberry Singh until hired in April by the Lab.


It wasn't long at all before some began asking for Linden bears.


But besides passing them out, they also started riding copies of one particular devilish-looking bear.


Kona Linden looked rather serious as his peers were funning around behind him.


At 10AM, Parker Static, the first of the Music Faire musicians, began singing.


Which resulted in Lindens and Residents dancing away.





As the day went on, there would be more singers at the Festival Stage. And this would be just the first day out of two for it. And there will be more events to come at the SL16B.

Bixyl Shuftan