Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Rezzday Brandi

By Bixyl Shuftan

On Sunday November 22, the Sunweavers and Angels held a surprise Rezzday party for Brandi Streusel Tungsten. Brandi is the partner of Nydia Tungsten, as well as the owner of "Brandi's Intimates," a clothing store sometimes called "Brandi's Panties." Cute and friendly, she's quite popular among the others in the community. So when Nydia announced there was a party for her, many dropped by.

The event was originally planned to take place at Nydia and Brandi's home, Mouse Hole Manor in Sunlight Bay. But the sim can handle only a certain amount of people. So it was decided to hold the party at the Happy Vixen Beach Club in Purfection.

The guest of honor arrived not on a white horse, but a dark one, a little present she had gotten herself. Jasmine Dawn, who sports an equine avatar, pretended to be sad, "she's seeing other horses!"

And of course we had a cake for her. Instead of candles though, there was a sign, "Happy 7th Rezzday."

And with Brandi and Nydia in-step, the party was in full swing.

Among those arriving was Lomgren Smalls, who did so on his new pedal-powered blimp, courtesy of Jasmine Dawn.

 Brandi's a country music fan, so most of the tunes were country ones, such as "Romeo." She passed out a few cowboy hats, which were modifiable to fit different-sized heads. Someone stretched hers out to giant size and placed it on the club music board.

It was a fun time had by all.

Bixyl Shuftan

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wildroses Pevensey On The Veterans' Tribute

By Bixyl Shuftan

Almost forgotten in the midst of the attacks on Paris, in the Thundering Falls sim, this year's Second Life Veterans' Tribute stood until Saturday November 14 before presumably being taken down the next day.
In the early evening of Veterans' Day November 11, I dropped over to check the place, and it was crowded with both people checking the wall and dancing at the set up music stage. Greeting people near the landing craft where people appeared in the sim was Wildroses Pevensey, one of the team behing the Tribute.

"So what can you say about this year's Tribute?" I asked Wildroses. Her answer, "Uhmm.. overwhelming?" She then smiled, "I would not know where to start. It turned into something bigger than I ever expected or dreamed this year." She gestured to the memorial wall, made up of bricks with names of veterans of wars from the American Revolution to today, "I lost count of how many blocks I have added, but I do know that the top two rows are all new all the way around, and this section is almost already full."

 I brought up saying I had been checking to see if the block representing a friend of a friend was still up. Wildroses smiled, "You know they always will be. Same spot too. The wall may grow 'up' but they will always be there in that spot." Of the number of people whom had entered the sim that day, "I can tell you my counter is broken. (smiles) It is saying 864. I know we have had more people than it says."

She paused for a few moments, then apologized with a smile, "Sorry, I am sooo wiped! This has just been honestly overwhelming this year, in a good way. But it is just sooooo much work. It just exploded." "How long have you been out here?" I asked her. She checked the time, "Since 5 this morning." "That's quite a while." "But I have made sure every block has been added. I will sleep in tomorrow for sure... I am going to close down the 'build' part of it over night due to overwhelming traffic, but still take submissions."

Of how long the exhibit would be up, Wildroses told me, "I think I have the (quarter) sim till the 14th, then it will be put to rest again. (smile)"  "Anything happening until then?" I asked. "No, today (November 11) is the only day we plan (for). We have one more entertainer ... tonight, and then its just hopefully much calmer. Give everyone a chance to wind down after Veterans Day. (smiles)"

"The Tribute's been up every year for several," I reminded, "When it first when up, what were your plans?" Wildroses thought for a moment, "Hmm..... The goal of the Tribute has not ever changed over the years, it has always been to pay tribute to our veterans past and present, allowing everyone a chance to put loved ones on the wall.. a way to remember. 'The Tribute itself is non-political serving one purpose to honor all those  that have given willing of their time to protect the lives we enjoy today,' to quote our founding statement." She smiled.

Wildroses did mention one complication, "Over the years the people running it have dwindled," she smiled, "but you know I am the curator of the wall... so I make sure it comes out every year. If nothing else were here on the land, the wall would still stand." "Suppose someone expresses interest in helping out next year?" I asked.   Wildroses answered, "I think, as long as its not 'over commercialized,' (if that makes sense) and people wanted to help, Iwould welcome it." She smiled, "Jill MacKenzie did step up and offered to take over and plan for entertainment this year, and got all the wonderful live entertainment." "Nice. (smile)"

"So what are your plans for next year, so far?" I asked. Wildroses answered," Surviving this year first?" She smiled, then laughed, "I do believe next year though we are starting to out grow the (quarter) sim." "So it's likely to be larger?" I am not sure yet?" she laughed a little more, "with help there is a possibility."

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Peter Pan on Stage Tonight

By Gemma Cleanslate

I was invited to  "a Magical night that through music and dance will show you Neverland and tell you the story of a boy who never grew up...... " The premiere was held on Thursday at the Roseland Theater and I loved every minute of it! Peter Pan is a favorite of most people. The story of Peter and his friends, and enemies has been recreated in a wonderful setting as you can see from the pictures . The group that put it on is The Roseland Theater Cast, “Roseland Theatre SL is an all-inclusive Group promoting Performing Arts in Second Life, bringing to you innovative performances created by it's cast and producers.” 

I have been to several other shows there and really enjoyed them all and this one was so lovely . The members are Producer: Semina Llorien , Cast: Angelus Llorien, Dae Llorien, Jamie Cheeky, Jessilyn Brandi, Daniel Corbeaux. Semina told me ,”Every song is carefully picked by the producer to tell the story about Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up and all of his friends through music and dance leaving no one in the audience untouched.“ The scenery on the stage changed to fit the story with the bedroom for the kid cute and fun, and Captain Hook’s ship looking ominous. Mermaids danced underwater in their habitat . 

So much work went into the whole performance with changes of scenery coming fast and no crashes!  If you get a chance to go see it don’t miss it. The show lasts less than one hour and there was a full audience. The next performance is November  12 at 1:00 pm slt.  The show coming up following this one sounds equally interesting. It will be Alice Dreams, November 19 at 1:00 pm slt. I hope I can make that too. Here is the theater  entrance :

Gemma Cleanslate

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Scenes From The "Creepy Crawl"

By Bixyl Shuftan

Friday October 30 was the day of the "Creepy Crawl," a Linden-organized event to help residents celebrate Halloween. To begin with, by a "crawl" the name meant not like a spider's crawl, but like a "bar crawl," in which someone visits several bars on one evening, spending a short amount of time at each. For this event involving several venues, the idea was to spend a half hour at each location and then move on to the next.

The event started at 10 AM just in front of the Hallowe'en Hay Maze in the North Channel sim in the Bay City area.

Marianne McCann, a familiar face around Bay City, DJed for the half hour.

Longtime resident Kenny Luckless was there, with a carved melon over his head.

And there were some Lindens at the event, such as Whitney Linden.

Xiola Linden, who announced the event on the Linden blog, was also there of course, sporting a spooky look.

Chef Linden was there too, with a scary look with a flaming jack o' lantern for a head.

There were Halloweenish avatars of all kinds. With this lady, "the eyes have it."

 Looks like this fellow is half the man he used to be.

 At one point, Marianne started a conga line.

It was quite a good start for the crawl, with many "conga-rats" to Bay City.

At 10:30 AM, it was time for the next stop on the crawl, Dance Island.

The teleport took us some distance away from the club, so we had to walk over.

Draxtor Despress, the man behind the "Drax Files" was there in a raccoon avatar, but he had a little trouble with it at first.

But it soon fully rezzed. No word on whether the raccoon avatar would be doing a new show, "The Trashcan Files."

 Part of the dance floor resembled a pond. The gator in it behaved himself, though.

 DJ Money Wonder was playing the music. Yours truly didn't find him in the crowd, though.

At 11AM, the crawl moved on to the third location, the Vampyr Empire, in Transylvania.

This was the oldest of the vampire-themed areas in Second Life. If you're an ordinary human here, life can, well, suck. 

Natty Linden joined the group of  partiers.

 Looks like someone brought along a flux capacitor. But how would she go 88 miles an hour?

 At 11:30AM, the crowd headed on to Bat World in the Snow Crash sim.

The place tried to bring up publicity of how some species of bats have suffered from declining populationsi n recent years.

Xiola Linden sported a pair of wings. There were only two bat avatars flying around, though.

At Noon SL time, the crowd headed to Pumpkin Town in Canine Cove.

I didn't see any canine avatars, though some were showing canine teeth.

At 12:30PM the group headed to Club End of Days, a goth club, in the End of Days sim

The owner of the club was Wendy Fiertze, dressed up as a witch.

At 1PM SL time, the Crawl headed to the American Cancer Society sim.

There was another Linden there, Pigeon Linden.

"From the, town of Bedrock ..."

1:30 PM SL time brought the party to AEG Haunted Beach

At 2PM SL time, the Creepy Crawl reached it's final destination, Portal Park.

 Residents were invited to try out the mole-created Haunted Halloween Tour.

"This TV show is intense. It just reaches out and grabs you."

Much of it was a cart ride in which you got in a coffin and sat back and "enjoyed" the show.

And a little dark humor thrown in, Second Life style.

It was quite a fun event. There were many others on Halloween Weekend 2015. But only here could you have scary fun alongside some Lindens.

Bixyl Shuftan