Friday, November 18, 2022

Various Veterans Day Events

By Bixyl Shuftan
Friday Nov 11 was Veterans Day in the United States, a holiday where Americans take a moment to remember their veterans. It's also observed in a number of other countries as Armistice Day/Remembrance Day. The reason for the date is for WW1 (known at the time as The Great War) coming to an end on Nov 11, 1918.

The Veterans Tribute was a location set up every November for the occasion. The stage would see some events.

On Saturday November 5, there was a memorial service followed by a dance for Waya Snowpaw, a veteran and DJ whom was known as the DJ who did the opening act for Veteran Isle's benefit concerts every month for over a decade.

On Tuesday November 8, there would be a Veterans Day dance over Caledon Oxbridge Village.

Come and join DJ Cynthia and Andrea Jones as we Salute our Veterans today at 6 PM. Veterans Day is November the 11th so we are Saluting a few days early.! 

We will be at the Airbase Hanger for our dancing and fun. Dress theme is formal, veterans can be in military dress as you will be asked to come forward at the end of event. 

As the event went on, people chatted about a few things. When some songs from WW2 played, someone commented of the recording of the announcement about Pearl Harbor, Katie (Katie Canningham) would comment, "A friend of my dad's was there. He also was on the Missouri for the surrender; that one, he liked to talk about. ... Admiral Yamamoto I think his name was tried to warn his government that it was a bad idea but they didn't listen." Shockwave Yareach responded, "The theory was valid, had they also taken out the carriers. But since we weren't on our knees from the attack, they goofed badly." "We were darned lucky they happened to not be in port." "We'd have started building new carriers on the East coast and then move in force once 3 or 4 were built. But it takes years to build a carrier." Cynthia herself would say, "He told them give six months and we would began countering. Also they failed to carry out a third attack and in it all they failed to destroy the fuel oil tanks and other supplies." Shockwave went on, "They decided to not attack the third time.  The element of surprise was lost. Now had they hit the fuel dumps, that would have been very bad.  Or the repair facilities." Cynthia continued, "Yes cause most of their lose was in the second wave and they had not expected us to recover so quickly." Katie wondered, "But still I'm not sure how much of a defense wed've been able to mount at that point." Shockwave answered, "Remember those carriers that weren't found? They gots planes."
There was also some musing about the movie, "The Final Countdown."  One guy commented, "The one thing that happened from the time travel trip was one guy got left behind, and apparently made some money during that 40 years." "Probably got rich from stocks and sports betting." "Hey, if you can profit, profit."
Picture from Cynthia Farshore

There was also a song about the Falklands War in 1982, which got some talk, "If I remember correctly, I think Andrew was forward deployed in the British fleet sent to the Falklands." "Only reason they attacked the Falklands was to boost the popularity of their tyrannical dictatorship at home." "They used the Victor bombers.  They were barely functional. Victors were OLD." "Not sure why the Junta thought they'd get away with it." "They assumed the Brits would do nothing." " A bit like the Pearl Harbor miscalculation, then."

When the event was close to being over, there was fireworks in the air outside.

On Wednesday November 9, Veterans Isle held it's monthly benefit concert. The event would raise 146,500 Linden dollars.


 Veterans Day, Friday November 11, would see some events. Among them one at Inspiration Island by Wisdomseeker (Lissena Resident).

Today, 11 November, is Remembrance Day here in the UK and, I understand, Veterans Day in the USA. I'm marking this by starting with a set of nostalgic songs that were favourites in WW2 and some arrangements of songs by Kurt Weill who escaped from Nazi tyranny to the USA. I shall be pulling other tunes from out of my collection, including some naughty ones from days long gone. Come and listen!

That night there was a Veterans Day party at Club Cutlass.

 It's Veteran's Day so Cynthia is DJing tonight. She will play the Patriotic tunes for you. ... sorry "No Contests". This night is for honoring all Vets of the Military branches as a way to say thank you for their sacrifises. End of the event any Vets will be in a photo op. Party starts at 6 pm and ends at 8 pm SLT / PST.
A number of the Sunweavers are US veterans, and at one point it was suggested that only they should wear uniforms. But it was unclear if it was too late to get the word out or not. What was done was that unlike most Cutlass events, there would be no contest. And at the end, the veterans present at the party lined up in the back (this was the picture in which I got the most saluting).

When Club Cutlass first went up, flags of all five branches of the US Military were hung up at one side. Since then, there's been a new sixth branch: The Space Force. Technically independent, it still falls under the direction of the Department of the Air Force like the US Marines fall under the Department of the Navy. So, Cutlass got a new flag.
Yes, it resembles the "Star Trek" symbol. But so does the flag of the Russian Space Forces and China's PLA Strategic Support Force

On Monday November 14, the last of the events at the Veterans Tribute would take place.

"Dena on deck until 8ish with a 50s, 60s, 70s, & 80s mix."

After the last event, I would check out the rest of the island some.

The Bill of Rights, one thing American veterans fight for.

Some never made it home, the body never found and their fates unknown.

Not everyone who fights for freedom gets their paycheck from Washington DC.

"Tie a yellow ribbon 'round the old oak tree ..."

It was a great Veterans Tribute, and looking forward to the one in 2023.

"Thank you for your service."

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, November 7, 2022

Scenes From Burn2

 By Bixyl Shuftan
Last month from Friday October 7 to Sunday October 16, the Burn 2 art and music festival took place. A virtual reflection of the yearly Burning Man event that takes place every late summer in Black Rock Nevada, it's been one of the more notable yearly events here in Second Life. It's been taking place for over a decade, following the change from the "Burning Life" festivals that were sponsored by Linden Lab but stopped in 2010.

The theme this year was "Waking Dream."
 As usual, there were greeters near the entrance during the hours most dropped in.


There were numerous parties at the sims. 

And there were numerous art exhibits.

Among the artists there was Moya, who has gotten the attention of the Newser a few times.

There were vehicle rezzers from the Department of Mutant Vehicles, including smaller ones for tinies.

I noticed an arena in the grounds. 

Some of the grounds around the middle of the area looked fairly empty.

The most noteable and important of the builds was "The Man."

Inside the base were a number of pictures.

The other very notable build was the Temple.

I would see one dance being carried out there.

Which included one tiny participant.

Speaking of tinies, the wee folk of Raglan would have liked this exhibit.




Marianne McCann, better known for her Bay City events, would hold one party at Burn2 on the night before the burning of "The Man."

A smaller "man" would be burned down at her event, the "Mini Man Burn."

Saturday October 15 had the Man Burn, preceeded by a Lamplighter show by iSkye Silverweb (iSkye Silvercloud).

Standing over the people watching, The Man remained as it had throughout the event, for a time.

I had my attention turned away for a moment, and it returned to see The Man ablaze from his legs to his chest.

It's left arm lowered when the flames reached the shoulders.

And it was soon completely on fire.

Eventually, the flames started turning the wood to char and ash.

And it was falling apart.

Fire doesn't travel down as fast as up. But the base eventually was ablaze.




 And "The Man" was eventually just a pile of burning char and embers. 

Eventually the all clear was given, and people went to walk and dance on the remains. 

The burning of The Man would be recorded on Youtube (link).

 There would be one or two other burns of The Man. The following day was the Temple Burn, which I was unable to attend.

 I would explore a little more on the last official day of the festival on Sunday the 16th.

There were a few last-minute events, plus a few impromptu unscheduled ones in the following few days, plus a "Thank You" on Saturday the 22nd.

Burn2 was a good event, but not all was well. Maybe it was the empty space, but things seemed a little smaller. I didn't notice as many of the whimsical porto-potties as before. And some of the optimism I saw at previous events, "It was better next year" was tempered. What is known that a number of artists over the course of several months before the event either left or were dismissed from the Burn2 groups. Many would have their own event that began just as Burn2 was finishing, the "Renegade Burn."

Still, it was an event like no other, and looking for the one next year.

Bixyl Shuftan