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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Happy Vixen: Back to School, Team USA, Dog Days of Summer
Club Cutlass: Best in "A," Black and White Night, At the Circus
Furry Fashion: Career Fair, Gothic, Apocalypse, Alice in Wonderland, Angels and Demons, Disco, Video Games, Disney
Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.
Edited 5PM SL time
On Thursday August 18, I ran into DJ Pilot. Although known for her "Sunday Riot" at Devon Dream, she DJs at a few other places. Here, she entertained a small crowd.
Among those there was Any1 Gynoid, who wrote for James and Dana's SL Newspaper and the Second Life Newser in it's early days. It was a happy chance encounter.
See more of DJ Pilot at her "Sunday Riot" at Devon Dream (207/31/3992)
Monday, August 22, 2016
Read Becky's article in Places.
There were a few things going on this weekend. Among them, the "Hot Bay City Nights" car show event at Bay City. Still going on at North Channel (128/128/24) until the 27th, you can see a number of classic cars there.
It was also the first day of the new game at Madpea, "Lost Treasure of the Inca Warrior." "People Embark on an epic expedition, solve puzzles and dodge deadly traps as you navigate your way through the Devil's Cave and crack the vault where precious treasures are waiting to be discovered." To play it, teleport to MadPea (218/60/2224), pay for the gaming HUD, and brave the tunnel.
The weekend was also the last couple days of the "Lovefest," or Lovecraft festival, in Umbra. This wasn't about romance, but an event for fans of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft best known for "The Call of Cthulhu." Taking place on the week of the writer's birthday, it's over now, more info available at the website: https://lovefest.wordpress.com/ . Besides the shopping, there was a passenger ship, and an island with things Man Was Not Meant To Know. Read more about the event later this week.
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From Alicia Chenaux on August 13 - "Hi guys! I've seen a lot of people recently asking what "jelly dolls" are in Second Life, so I thought I'd make a very short video just showing one and talking a bit on what they are. I don't know all the things, as we all WELL know, but hopefully this helps just a little!"
Alicia has a blog, "Ch'know," on: https://chknowstyle.wordpress.com/
Hat tip: Hamlet Au
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Taken at the Relay Wrap-Up. One of the ladies was sporting a pair of fangs. One wonders how she could have ended up with them.
By Bixyl Shuftan
** SUNDAY, August 21st at 1:30 pm - TEA TIME at Baker Street - our new series continues at Tea Time's summer digs at the University of Washington iSchool in SL. HIS LAST BOW concludes with "His Last Bow: A Reminiscence of Sherlock Holmes"
UW Avalumni (167, 182, 21)
**MONDAY, August 22nd, at 7 pm - Alison Weir 's THE LOST TUDOR PRINCESS - Selections with Caledonia Skytower. NOTE: Book Discussion Wednesday @ 5:30pm slt at the CVL - you do not have to have read the entire book to attend and participate.
**TUESDAY, August 23rd, at 7 pm - Curtiss Anderson's BLUEBERRY SUMMERS: Growing Up at the Lake concludes with Kayden Oconnell
**WEDNESDAY, August 24th, at 7 pm -- Laurie B. King's A MONSTROUS REGIMENT OF WOMEN ~ Part 1 begins at Seanchai's Baker Street, currently at the University of Washington iSchool in SL. UW Avalumni (167, 182, 21)
**THURSDAY, August 25th,
~ at 7pm - REY'S STORY - from STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS pt 1 with Shandon Loring (In Second Life and Kitely. Check Kitely event announcements for specific grid location)
~ at 9pm - SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT. Sci-Fi with Finn Zeddmore.
** SATURDAY, August 27th
~ at 11am: @KITELY WELCOME TO GATSBY - Seanchai Library is pleased to contribute to Kitely History Month with a selection from F. Scott Fitzgerald's great American Novel. Join us on the drive of Gatsby's mansion in Seanchai's EXPLORE as Caledonia and Shandon whisk us back to 1922. (grid.kitely.com:8002:EXPLORESeanchai)
~ at 3pm: More "LOST IN AUSTEN" Again, on LEA 8!
Jane Austen's English Countryside on LEA 8 invites all Austen Lovers at the Riverside Reading Stage as Seanchai Library's Caledonia Skytower presents selections from Miss Austen's "Mansfield Park."
LEA8 (143, 150, 22)
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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Sunday at 8PM SL time is the monthly "Faith-Filled Furries" dance at Club Remnants, a club for a Christian group, TRF Ministries, and their friends, "Not your daddies night club. Real people, Real Faith, Real Christians."
As it turns out, one of the members has a birthday this weekend. So they're making it in part a birthday party. There's also a contest for the best Pokemon look.
Dreamworld Pirate (192, 69, 22)
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By Nydia Tungsten on August 19, "Here we go, The Chipettes are all grown up and dancing for you to their version of "Bad Romance."
Friday, August 19, 2016
Read Gemma's article in Design.
Read Wesley's commentary in Extra.
In April 2015, Joshua Bills was arrested and charged with fraud. The crime: a virtual real estate scam, "In the complaint, it stated that a loan agreement was made with Bills for $53,500 for the purposes of expanding his online real estate company. Bills was to use the money to purchase land that he would manage through his company, within the game Second Life, in exchange for a promissory note that would pay $10,000 for the investment within 24 months."
The woman whom was targeted had been renting a home in Second Life from Bills. Then, "He suggested she invest with him to buy more land within the game so he could manage it and make both of them money." But instead of investing the money as promised, the majority of it went to his E-Trade investment account.
Indiana Securities Commissioner Alex Glass commented in a statement, "This was certainly a unique case in that it dealt with online, virtual real estate. However, upon examination of the facts, this case is very similar to a conventional real estate investment scheme. Con artists are always finding new and unique ways to scam trusting individuals out of their hard earned money."
Bills plead guilty in Marion County Indiana court. He was sentenced in late July to three years probation, and ordered to repay the woman he defrauded in full.
Hamlet Au of New World Notes, which also wrote about the case, commented, "this conviction helps establish a legal precedent for future prosecution of other virtual scams."
Sources: Business Weekly, ind.gov
BAY CITY, SL (18 August 2016) - Celebrating Bay City's mid-century theme as well as its vast network of roadways, the "Hot Bay City Nights" event in Second Life® showcase vehicle makers who create automobiles from the Bay City "theme era," stretching from 1940 to 1965.
The event is held in the the Bay City Fairgrounds, in the North Channel region, from the 20-27th of August to present the best in vintage and retro vehicles. Each designer is hand-picked, and presents great road vehicles for use in Second Life.
Additional events will provide plenty for all to do, including the crowning of 2016s Miss Bay City on the 27th, and a series of virtual car washes for charity. The first of these virtual car washes will be held on Sunday, 21 August at 1:00 p.m. SLT
The event will raise funds for Child's Play Charity, an organization that provides toys and games for children in hospitals around the world. Bay City is a silver-level sponsor of Child's Play.
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 Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.
For more information, contact: Marianne McCann
By Phil Youngblood
A century ago some noted scientists proclaimed that there was nothing more to discover. How wrong they were! It was not long after that we discovered atoms are made of smaller particles, the universe was enormous and expanding, and there were strange forces and ‘laws’ of physics that were needed to explain the worlds of the very small and very large.
Today we continue to make discoveries that humble us because they show just how little we know about ourselves, our world, and worlds beyond ours. Yet even what little we know is powerful, and applying what we know can make changes on an unprecedented scale, so we must together make decisions that will affect everyone’s future.
We live in exciting times! Come learn about and discuss recent discoveries, what we are doing with what we learn, and the ramifications of our actions, all of which continue to make science such a relevant and fascinating study both today and in the future.
The Science Circle (114/206/30)
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Read the story in Events.
On Monday August 15, Linden Lab announced that their new Marketplace Search was up and running. The Lab stated that included in the new search was a "learning algorithm" that over time will gradually improve over time as residents use it.
Today we’re happy to announce that the new Marketplace search is live! In addition to helping you find what you are looking for faster, we’re excited to swap out the ageing infrastructure that was supporting the old search. Part of the new search is a learning algorithm that will further improve search results with time - the more it’s used, the better it performs. Also, keep in mind that you can use boolean operators in search (AND, OR, NOT) for more specific searches. We look forward to a more relevant and robust experience for shoppers and merchants alike.
The Lab had included Marketplace as among the things they were improving in their recent list of improvements and developments.
Users are asked to report any bugs found in the Jira.
The blog entry can be found here.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Read Becky's article in Places.
since it's development was first announced, Ebbe Linden is confident enough about Project Sansar's development that he announced a date for when it will be fully available for the general public: January 2017.
Ebbe gave the date in an interview with Donnie SC Lygonis. He stated a few months ago in testing, Sansar had a high "discomfort rating." But since then, it's improved. Ebbe also repeated that the Lab plans to invite in an additional number of testers, by invitation only, later this August.
So it seems after about two and a half years, people will finally be able to set foot in the virtual world.
For the Podcast with the interview: Click here .
*Addition* Listening to the video, Ebbe Linden described the decision to start work on a new virtual world as their response to Second Life's slowly declining user base. They had been trying to do something about it for a while, and after Ebbe came in they concluded the best thing to do was to work on something entirely new.
Sources: Daniel Voyager, Jo Yardley