Sunday, December 4, 2016

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Happy Vixen. Valkyrie Ice McGill shows off an avatar based off the one she uses in Minecraft, "I accidentally sent it through virtual worlds," she joked.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Christmas Expo

The Christmas Expo is open! The regions look absolutely gorgeous dressed for winter. The shops are reminiscent of a village setting in some parts and in others the urban streets of a fashion city. This year there are roaming horse carriages so if you get tired you can take a relaxing tour all around the four sims.

The shops are filled with not only decor for your sim or home but wonderful outfits for this season and any other where you hang out for warmth. There will be events all week This is a event to raise money for the Relay For Life of the American Cancer Society. After shopping you can stop over to the attached region for the Society that is chuck full of information about the work being done all over the globe to end the threat of cancer once and for all.

Be sure to stop over to Santa’s site to have your picture taken with him. He will be in his char at the top of every hour with his elves hanging out and then you might find him anywhere on the regions roaming and taking requests for gifts. 

“Pick your spot in the snowman building area and start rolling that snow.  Simple, fancy, classic, wild… it is up to you what you do with your 30 prims.You have from Dec 1 – 5 to build your snowman, voting is held December 7 – 11  and winners are announced on Sunday, Dec 11, 2016, 1pm SLT  at a special party in the Snowman Building area featuring live singer Suzen Juel Resistance.There are 2 categories –  Judges Picks and the Popular Vote, which is determined by donations to the Relay For Life Kiosk beside your snowman. 100% proceeds goes to Relay For Life of Second Life.” There were a myriad of fun Santas last year , some not so traditional, so be as creative as you like!

Be sure to look for ‘Stocking stuffers’ that have gifts from the merchants. There are raffles, auctions, gotchas and so much more. The christmas Tree lot has some wonderful trees for your home. The Breedables Auction will be s silent auction which is a new approach this year.  Don‘t miss the Advent wreath by the Winter Cafe where the many parties will be taking place.

“Winter Writers Story Contest: Join us on a literary journey this Christmas Expo with the Winter Writing Contest. The contest will feature two branches- Poetry and Story-Telling. You are invited to write a small story or poem within a Winter theme that may relate to your experience with cancer. You may choose to write about a survivor, a journey of treatment, a memorial to a loved and lost one, or whatever your heart and fingers tell you to express.  “
There is a form to use with all the directions on the website .   This website has a list of all the performers and the venues to enjoy them. It is always fun everywhere on the regions so get over there soon. A big Thanks to the Sponsors of the Event ! Say hi if you see me around the sims. I am Santa’s Elf and Helper. This is a good place to start your tour  at the landmark giver !
Gemma Cleanslate 

Sunweaver Estates Get Private Estate Prim Increase

On Tuesday November 29, Linden Lab announced it was starting the increases of the prim capacities of private sims. On Friday December 2, Sunweaver chieftess Rita Mariner announced to the community that it's residents now had it.

Sunnies/Islanders:  I went around and upgraded every ones rent boxes to reflect the new level of prims you get based on the extra prims each sim got.  Each 512m lot gets 156 prims now, That is a nice boost and it's free! Those of you with large parcels got HUGE bumps in prims, ENJOY!  The ER will be open for Prim OD's 24 hours for the next several days.

That evening, Rita told me she had finished in the morning, thinking originally each lot would get 152 more prims, but instead they got 156, "It was hefty upgrade per lot."

There have been a few people asking why the private sims get less of an increase than the mainland ones did earlier this month, as well as it coming later. The general feeling of those I've talked to feel Linden Lab is trying to encourage people to move to the mainland. But most are simply happy with being able to do more with their land.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Dirty Dancing Musical"

(Click here if the video fails to play)

From Blue Rose in February 2016, "Namaste' Italian Club"

Friday, December 2, 2016

Three Different Looks For Cold Weather

Winter is coming, and shopping venues and communities alike will be giving their places a blanket of snow and sometimes falling snowflakes. So one will feel a little out of place with summer wear. On the other hand, you won't be spending all your time outdoors, and the ladies will want something a little more fashionable than a parka. Mylie Foxclaw has been on the look for some winter wear, and found a few stylish looks.

Read Mylie's story in Fashion.

More Christmas Stores

A few days ago, Gemma Cleanslate reported on some stores in Second Life that had just gotten ready for the Christmas season. But she wasn't done. Her latest article has more shops all ready for the season. Among them, the Winter Holiday Village which has been around for nine years. But that's just one of the places she dropped by.

Read Gemma's story in Design.

The Relay for Life Christmas Expo Begins

Thursday December 1 was the start of the Relay for Life Christmas Expo. For almost two weeks, this winter holiday by the Relay for Life in Second Life will take place. There's lots of stores to shop at, there are breedable auctions, you can get your picture on Santa's lap, there's the snowman contest, and lots of music and dance events by DJs and live musicians.

The Christmas Expo lasts until Monday December 12. For more information, check out the event's website at:

Announcement: Sleigh Ride 2016

Merry Christmas to everyone~!

The Sleigh Ride 2016 is proud to present the events that helps raise funds for Relay of Life, a cancer fund raiser program. Please come and have fun as we celebrate Christmas time with each out and Mrs. Kringle will have a time off to offer ride a sleigh for everyone!

Here's list below of what we will have for the event:

* Flyable Sleigh Ride

        10 minutes per ride, maximum three passengers, 25 L per ride. The Elf will provide a direction to the landing area.
* Snowman Building Contest

        Each contestants will have 3  X 3 rezzable area to build a snowman with build limit of 10 land impacts.

Rules will be given out from Elf Pamus or Jacon.
* Skating

        There will be free skating boots for adults and kids to give out if need to use it for skating around the pond and having fun!

Dec 3, 2016  at 1 pm SL time for 2 hours

Antiquity Britannica (96, 174, 24)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Reaction to the Return of "The Lost Gardens of Apollo"

Since we (or rather Anne Brightstar and Shin Klaar) revealed that the beloved classic sim "The Lost Gardens of Apollo" was back online, there's been a number of reactions. Among them from Dane Zander, the sim's creator, whom thanked us for letting him know the location was back online.

Hamlet Au in his article about the return of the Gardens reminded readers what had happened to cause the location to close. Dane had been having financial problems at the time, bad enough for him to apply for debt relief, and "Doing so involves detailed scrutiny of my personal finances," he stated. Counting the European Value Added Tax, the sim was costing him $250 USD a month, and on his limited income, he couldn't afford it. While he had been able to cover most of his expenses through donations, he was far from alone in being hit by financial troubles, and the amount of Lindens in his donation jars dwindled.

Zander had written to Linden Lab at the time, suggesting to them they could take the sim and keep it running. But he never did hear from them. Nor is there anything to suggest that he had been contacted by the Lab before they restarted his sim. He was quoted as saying, "I only just heard about it. I am pretty shocked ... I had no idea. I'll have to ask LL what is going on. Thanks for the heads up though!"

The reactions from residents have been overwhelmingly positive, many fans happy to see it back. That the sim could be brought back years after it's fading away apparently without the permission of the owner was brought up by a person or two, which brought up the question of does this mean Linden Lab could do this with any sim. But that one person thought some statues seemed to be missing suggested that perhaps some data could have been lost.

And what of the "Lost Gardens of Apollo Memorial" by Delphi Bernard? She says she plans to keep her sim up as long as she is able to. She feels with the restored sim's broken animations and the lack of music, people will want to head to hers.

So will Linden Lab bring back another sim anytime soon? Right now, that's something only the Lab can answer, and it's probable they haven't decided whether or not to yet. Already some residents are making suggestions such as Forgotten City and Starry Night. Anne Brightstar had one other suggestion, one aimed not at bringing back a place but putting some activity back in one it already had: the SS Galaxy. She felt Linden Lab could easily get a few people to help organize parties on the ship, keep an eye on the music stream, and rent out rooms to people interested. While bringing the ship back by itself was better than nothing, no activity at all made it simply a museum piece, which to longtime fans of the ship was a sad reminder of once was.

For longtime residents whom once could only look at screenshots and old articles about favorite places which had vanished years ago, the return of the "Lost Gardens of Apollo" offers hope that maybe, just maybe, they will someday return.

Addition: Hamlet got in touch with Dane, and he had a few more things to say, about the return of his masterpiece.

Image credit: Hamlet Au

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: University of Hawaii Presents "When Sunspots Collide"

Univ Hawaii Astronomy is presenting: "When Sunspots Collide" by Dr Sarah Jaeggli 
Friday December 2 at 8:30 pm PST.

University of Hawaii System, UH  Aquaculture Island,  (35, 74, 24)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at Creations for Parkinson's

By Bixyl Shuftan

Becky's Futurecast

What lies ahead? A question we all ask ourselves. In real life news, scientists began going along with a theory Becky had done so a long time ago. She had a few other predictions of what lies ahead, though trying to guess what the Lindens will do is beyond her talents. This will be Becky's last story for a while as she is going on a break that will last until at least the end of the year.

Read Becky's story in Extra.

Linden Lab Starts Increasing Prim Limits of Private Sims

On Thursday November 3, Linden Lab announced that they were in the process of increasing the prim limits of Mainland sims. They also stated that while private sims would also be seeing a similar increase, it would not be right away, but "within a couple months." On Tuesday November 29, the Lab announced that they were finally starting these increases.

As of today, we are extending this benefit to Private Estate Regions. Full Regions, Homesteads, and Openspace Regions on Private Estates will get a 33% increase in Land Impact allowance at no additional charge! Now everyone will have more prims to enjoy!

As with the Mainland sims, the private island prim capacity increases are being done through their weekly rolling restarts. So the process should be done by next Monday.

Linden Lab also brought up their plans to allow private sim owners the option to boost their prim allowance by an additional 10,000 to 30,000, saying it would be "starting next week" and details would be soon. In their announcement earlier this month, they stated it would cost a $30 USD fee up front and a monthly $30 USD fee thereafter.

Among the first private sims to benefit from the boost is Purrfection Estates, best known for the "Happy Vixen" beach club. There was a general feeling of optimism that night in chat groups, though one person did express reservations, wondering if a few people might go overboard and engage in "prim wars" over the holidays, decorating their places to the max.

Do you the readers have any stories about how you, or your neighbors, are taking advantage of the prim capacity increases, or not? If so, let the us at the Newser know.

Press Release: Bay City's Annual Tree Lighting, Concert, and Fundraiser

Event now celebrating its 7th Annual observance

BAY CITY, SL  - The Bay City Alliance will host its holiday Tree Lighting event on Saturday, 3rd December 2016 from 1-4 pm SL. The event will be held at the Bay City Fairgrounds, in North Channel ( ) and will feature DJ GoSpeed of KONA Stream, and live performers Christov Kohnke and Zachh Cale. The event will also feature ice-skating, dancing, refreshments and a lot of fun for everyone, as well as the annual lighting of our Christmas tree.

Once again, Bay City will host a silent auction to support Child's Play Charity (  Bay City is a Silver Sponsor of Child's Play Charity, having raised over US$2,000.00 to support the work of the charity. We are asking Second Life™ designers and artists to participate by providing fun, interesting, unique, or other transferrable items (or a no-copy object that the auction winner can give to you to redeem their prize, if the item(s) have to be no transfer). Please contact Marianne McCann to participate.

Auction will end at the conclusion of the event. All proceeds from the silent auction and from donation bins at the venue will go to Child's Play Charity. Child's Play is a 501c3 non profit organization offers online communities such as ours an opportunity to help seriously ill children around the globe during their hospital stays with the purchase of games and gaming equipment.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab® and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest group for Residents of Bay City.

For more information, or to participate in the event, please contact Marianne McCann.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's another week of events at the Sunweaver and Angels clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: "Best in Q and R," Rockers, Shades of Grey

Happy Vixen: Blue and Green, Digital Love, Mice and Bunnies, Romance, TBA,

The Gathering Oak: TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Ladies Night, Pokemon, Felines, Around the World, Silks, 60s to 80s, Winter Wonderland, Animation.

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Edited 12PM SL time

"The Lost Gardens of Apollo" Has Returned, "Historic Build" Under Lindens

More good news. For the second time in less than two weeks, another admired lost sim has returned to the Second Life Grid. This time it's "The Lost Gardens of Apollo," built in 2005 by Dane Zander, it had been a well designed and picturesque build, with a number of spots where couples could relax, and a platform they could dance or watch the sunrise or sunset. It closed in June 2011 when Zander could no longer support it. In May of this year, a tribute sim was made by Delphi Bernard. While it wasn't Zander's creation, it was an excellent and well-done build based on his style. But now, the sim really is back.

Anne Brightstar had informed me that the sim was back, referencing an article by Shin Klaar. The sim was listed as being under Mogura Linden, the same Linden who is listed as the owner of Mont Saint Michel, the picturesque build of a real life historic structure that vanished in September and was brought back by the Lab a little more than a week ago. The name of the place has changed a little. It is now called "The Lost Gardens of Apollo Historic Build."

This is different from the previous times Linden Lab has brought back a vanished area. The most obvious difference, they've done so a lot faster since the previous time. With Svarga, the sim was brought back months after it's closing. With the SS Galaxy and Mont Saint Michael, the places returned weeks after their vanishing. More than five years have passed since the passing of the Gardens.

Did Linden Lab decide maybe it was time to bring back some of Second Life's popular lost sims under a kind of preservation program, which has been suggested in the recent past by the Newser? If so, could we soon expect to see even more lost treasures to appear? Or perhaps a fan of the Lost Gardens spoke or did the right thing at the right time and got things finally rolling?

In any event, this beautiful sim is back, and once again people can come again and enjoy it.

Thank you again, Linden Lab.

Lost Gardens of Apollo (173, 120, 25)

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, November 28, 2016

Nine Years of Writing About Second Life

Sometimes when you're busy with what's going on now, you forget about what you've done in the past. It was on this month nine years ago, November 2007, in which I was hired by Second Life Newspaper to start writing about this virtual world. Second Life has changed much since then, and in a sense I've gone through a few changes as well. A couple years ago, I would write a little about my time here as a reporter. There isn't that much to add to it, so here's a link to it here.

Christmas Shopping Markets

Thanksgiving is over, and that means the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Stores and shopping centers are turning white with the falling of snow and putting up decorations to help put visitors in the holiday mood. Gemma Cleanslate was recently at several venues and took a look around.

Read Gemma's story in Places.

Voting Ends Today at 5PM For Avi Choice Nominees

For those who haven't yet voted for the nominees in the Avi Choice Awards, you have until 5PM SL time today to do so. At that time, no more will be accepted, and the votes will be totaled. Among the nominees elegible for an award is the Second Life Newser, which can be found in "The Arts" category. So if you haven't yet, please click the link and vote for us in the "Favorite Magazine, Newspaper or Periodical" poll on the top.

It is suggested that readers look further down "The Arts," as well as "Fashion" and "SL Life"  to see what else they could vote for. For instance, the Relay for Life and a number of groups or people connected to it have also been nominated for awards, such as T-1, Whip, and Krypton Radio, Wildstar Beaumont, and others.

The Avi Choice Awards will be presented on December 4 at 1PM SL time in a show hosted by Trader Whiplash and Nuala Maracas. The sim will be closed to the general public and be limited to the up to 85 people who purchase tickets to the event. The tickets cost 400L, and are non-refundable should the person be unable to attend.

For more information, check out the website at:

Announcement: 2016 Christmas Expo Snowman Building Contest

Do you like prims? Building? ....Snowmen? Then sign up for the Snowman Building contest today! You'll have from Dec 1st to Dec 4th to put down your snowman/woman, and Dec 5th in the morning voting will start by way of kiosks. The kiosk with the most votes/linden will win 1st Prize in the Snowman Contest!!! There will also be a judges vote during that time.

Mesh, sculpted and old school prims allowed with a Land Impact Limit of 30. You are not allowed to use a prefab snowman, however you can use whatever is in your iventory to assemble your snowman artwork and decorate it (i.e. hats, scarves ... etc), just remember and stay within the prim (Land impact) limit of 30.

This sign up sheet is to make sure we have enough spaces for those who are participating in the Snowman Contest.

If you have any questions please contact Sidonie Carlberg in world.

For the sign-up form, Click Here

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries

**MONDAY, November 28th, at 7 pm -  VERSUS a tongue and cheek story from a series about a Witch who writes Romance Novels as a way to pay the bills. She and her 300 year old vampire boyfriend encounter a bit more trouble than rumors and backbiting at a Halloween party for people in her writers' guild.  Gyro Muggins, and Trolley Trollop share the adventure.

**TUESDAY, November 29th, at 7 pm --   Robert Beatty's SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF continues with  Caledonia Skytower

**WEDNESDAY, November 30th, at 7 pm --  TBA
**THURSDAY, December 1st:

         ~ at 7pm: JOULUTARINA, This is the story of how an orphan called Nikolas became Santa Claus by author Julie Lane, with Shandon Loring

         ~ at 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT, Contemporary Sci-Fi with Finn Zeddmore.