Wednesday, July 14, 2021

A Look At Burn2 Conception

By Gemma Cleanslate

What a great event the Conception event of Burn2 turned out to be . The playa was busy 24/7 with djs, shows, and roaming the builds . I took some photos of some of the events.

 CHANGHIGH SISTERS FIRESHOW of Light is always a huge draw .

A large crowd arrived to see the dancers perform . Yman Juran always brings her stage with her.

Another group that provides their own staging is Angelicus. The large contingent of singers arrived  with their choir singing chorus music from  all over the world . It was a perfect show for Sunday morning.

Lunna Kiyori (Lunna Darwinian) played her set of progressive trance before a large audience of admirers . She is a well known long time DJ in Second Life . Many other DJs were at the stage over the entire event.

Here are some of the creative installation that graced the playa . They will remain there until July 17 incase you missed the event. The entrance is here.

Gemma Cleanslate

Editor's note: Burn2's spinoff events have always been worth stopping by to me. With just one sim though, the place could be a bit packed, so I had to keep the lag in mind. What got my attention this year was that "The Man" was a woman. For the first time, the wooden effigy was a female shape. I went ahead and took a miniature wooden woman from the gift shop as a souvenir.

As someone taking part in both the Relay Weekend and the Second Life Birthday, and missing the excitement of both, Conception was a reminder that if you know where to look, the fun never stops for long here in Second Life. And for fans of the Burn, they can look forward to more fun when Burning Man takes place online later this summer, and of course the "Octoburn" in November.


Monday, June 28, 2021

At The Relay And SL Birthday

By Gemma Cleanslate

Hi all. I have  been on an extended  “vacation” in real life. I have been on vacation also in Second Life . I set up camp in the Little Yosemite Group camping region and have been enjoying a kayak on the rivers and just relaxing there. 

It is a peaceful place where I could set out some of my animals where i do not have the prim room at home, my prairie dog, my birds, some chairs and wine .

My friend came to visit and we had wine and cheese and then went over to a nearby region for dinner. It was all delightful.

I managed to get over to the RFL regions and did walk the track in the Honor Lap for survivors and caretakers. I took a few more fun laps. The installations were all lovely and I dropped in on many of them later.

My favorite region was Survivor. Darkstone Eon created it all based on the story, “The Boy,The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse” by Charlie Mackesy.  You can listen to it here if you like. .  Many words to think about through this children’s book, a lovely modern fable. 

It was such a restful region filled with lovely foliage  with part of the track running through it. Survivors had a page in a book behind sweet statues of the boy and his companions . Each survivor had a thought on their page for readers to ponder.

After the event Darkstone was so kind to offer the survivor’s page to each person. I got mine.

I also was able to make it to greeter training for the next big event, the SL18B, with Dion Mole. Now I am greeting at the marvelous event! Get a folder ready for all the great gifts donated by builders that will be available. I think I will wait for a while to visit the Shop and Hop. It is too intense there for my laptop right now.

I have been to many of the creations on regions of the birthday event and also attended parties and some of the Meet Lindens, and the Meet the Moles, events in the auditorium. If you missed the meets check them out here .

Gem Sunkiller would send me these reviews of the Meet the Lindens shows (done by Inara Pey):

Monday, June 21st: Oberwolf Linden (Brad Oberwayer, board and Executive Chair) -

Monday, June 21st, The Leadership Team (Grumpity, Brett, Patch) -

Tuesday, June 22nd: Patch Linden (Product operations, land, support) -

Wednesday, June 23rd: Grumpity Linden (Operations, engineering, viewer) -

Thursday, June 24th: Brett Linden (Marketing) -

 Do not miss all the wonderful builds . Check the sites when you visit . Many builders place gifts on their plots too! See you there . Here is one of the entrances.

Gemma Cleanslate

Friday, June 11, 2021

The Second Life Newser Party

 Saturday June 5, 2010 was when the Second Life Newser would first start publishing.  Publishing big stories about events at the time such as the layoff of a third of Linden Lab's staff and the stepping down of it's CEO at the time, it would soon gain a following and eventually become the leading newsletter covering the news of the people, places, and events across the virtual world. Eleven years later, it's still going strong, and time to take a moment to celebrate with a party. It would be held on Saturday June 5 at the Bouncing Bunny Beach Club at the SunWaterThree sim, just a couple sims from the Newser office building in HV Communnity.

Just before the event started, I met up with Velani, and Grease Coakes, whom would be the DJ for the first half of the three hour event. 

Before long, he was spinning the tunes.

Snowbuns (Skylark Lefavre), the senior manager of the BBBC, soon showed up, still in the pink red panda avie from her "Bid Me" event, along with hostess Niki (blue and purple).

Reporter Anita Kimono, whom earlier wrote under her other account Kayly Iali, soon appeared.

Then came Gemma Cleanslate.

And GoSpeed Racer, real-life novelist and Second Life DJ. 

SL personality Prokofy Neva also came by.

Cynthia Farshore dropped in, having spent much of the day with the RFL Track Sunbeamer camp.

The Red Rocket drink machine got some attention, notably for it's better interactivity compared to earlier models of soda dispensers. 

It worked on Penny Shuftan's (Deaflegacy) pony avatar too.

For the Come As You Are contest, of which club staff were oked to enter as this was a special event, the result was a tie between Gemma and Snowbuns. After 1:30 PM, it was Snowbuns' turn to DJ.

More would continue to show up such as hostess Kylee (purple).

Penny would win the CAYA contest in the second half of the party.

After 3PM, people gradually went about their ways, drifting to other places and events, such as Relay events. It was a nice few hours to celebrate the Newser's success and endurance.

It should be noted that at times, the conversation turned to Ebbe Linden, who's passing was announced only yesterday. We talked a little about him. It was also brought up that in a sense history was repeating for the Newser. Just a week after it came about, it was covering the layoff of a third of the Lab. And on it's anniversary eleven years later, it was covering the passing of Linden Lab's CEO. 

No doubt we''ll cover a number of such stories as time goes on.

Bixyl Shuftan

Friday, May 28, 2021

Bay City's Anniversary Event

By Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday May 16 was the day of Bay City's anniversary celebration. It was 13 years ago on 2008 that it came to be, the first big project of Linden Lab's Department of Public Works. It was designed to be a huge urban area with many sims reflecting the spirit of the North American city in the mid-20th Century. 

Bay City has a number of events each year, such as Mole Day and the New Year's Eve "Prim Drop." But the biggest one in terms of people involved is the anniversary parade and concert. 

The weather report out of Etv shows that it will be mostly sunny today, with highs into the 70°s. Perfect parade weather.

We'll start to form up for the parade, as usual, after noon SLT today at

Attached, please find your handy festival wristband, good for entry and for 10% off all concessions. 

Along the street, Route 66, there were some decorations such as this hook and latter holding up the Bay City flag.

In Bay City - Harwich, the participants of the parade were getting ready.

Marianne McCann, Bay City's top citizen and the organizer of the parade, was getting things ready. She invited me to take part in the parade. But I was just there to take pictures, at least as far as the parade was concerned

It was soon time to get things started, "Ya'll ready, group 1? Had to power up the blurtophone."

"The parade is about to begin! Come on to the park exit!"

"Okay, let's go!" And the parade was under way.

Two horsemen behind Marriane had to be mindful of a taxi coming in from the other way.

A whale of a float.

Well, this design was a real gem.

Confetti and balloons coming from the driver. Fortunately, she was going slow.

A slight problem making the curb.

A gryphon with the Bay City flag.

I soon skipped ahead to a designated parade watching area. 

Some were sitting down. Some were standing up. And one looked more like she was dressed for a Mardi Gras "carnival" parade.

Nearby was a statue of a forgotten corporate mascot that's been feeling the effects of time. 

And the parade soon came.

At one point, the gryphon took off, the city flag in it's beak flapping.

I would soon skip ahead to North Channel, and the Bay City Fairgrounds, where the parade would stop. 

 And where the music part of the anniversary event would take place. "Come on to the stage, y'all!" Marianne would say, "Let's dance!"

Not far away were old announcement posters of another big event in Bay City: Mole Day.

Someone commented, "This is my first parade to attend and I didn't see anything but dust. Everyone is appearing now. (laughter)" "Kudos to Marianne and her exhausting work," spoke another, "The parade was fantastic."

A reference to Ever Dreamscape, a noted resident of Bay City whom passed away in May 2014.

There was a small exhibit of artwork we passed. 

The dance floor at the Fairgrounds before it got crowded. 

Playing the music for the first hour of the party was DJ GoSpeed Racer. She would play songs like "Uptown Girl," "Summer Night City," "Where The Streets Have No Names (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)," "We Built This City On Rock And Roll," and "Hot In The City."

Marianne had changed from her band uniform to a dress.

Marianne handed me a souvenir, a press badge for the event. 

The conga line soon started. 

Furries and humans dancing together.

And yep, I got in on the act. 

As the dancing went on, people chattered. Marianne exclaimed, "13 years since Bay City first opened to the public!" "Were you here on day one?" "I know I wasn't.  did hear about the rush for parcels, if I remember correctly." "Indeed," Marianne responded, "The first auctions. They were, brutal. I still got scabs!" "I didn't even try for one, I'm not sure if I had a parcel then or not?" "I tried for one. Then another. Then I think a third. I got one on the fourth try." "Wonderful place, I consider it the Friendly Aunts and Uncles of Bellisseria. ... Figured there should be at least one Bellisserian wishing Bay City the best." "Always happy to see our Bellisserian friends."

The gryphon commented, "I saw the news on SL Newser, so I figured to come and take a look, heheh." There was also talk of the recent land expansion in the Linden Home continent, "I'm glad that Bellisseria managed to connect all the continents." "Hear hear!" Marianne cheered, "(I) Was happy to be one of the first to do a trek over that crossing. FINALLY was able to do the Bay City to Blake Sea flight I'd dreamed of!" "You did it?  how long did it take?" "One bad orb hit (and) 274 crossings." "I took a DC-3 not too long after Mari," someone else told, "It was fun, but I think I hit those same orbs, (laughter)."

Eventually GoSpeed Racer played the last of her tunes for the day, and it was time for the first of the live singers, "Coming up next is Mimi Carpenter!"

Wendi Linden showed up and joined the conga line. So did GoSpeed Racer, "The conga line threads between two handsome men." 

Marianne would also remind the crowd of some of the place's history, "Bay City is the first city project by the moles of the Linden Department of Public Works, and models a bit on Nova Albion, the city to our East, as a double-prim city area with a mid-century urban feel. ... Bay City helped lead to projects like Nautilus City, Kama City, Horizons, and, yes, Bellisseria."

Following Mimi was Parker Static-Riley. But her clothes had some trouble rezzing for me.

I didn't hear anyone else saying they have problems seeing them, though.

It would eventually be time for me to go. But it was a fun time had by all while it lasted.

Happy Anniversary, Bay City.
Bixyl Shuftan