Monday, October 16, 2017

Celeste Cazenove, the Amusement Park Ride Builder

Some of you have gone on the rides of the various amusement parks, some temporary for special events, some lasting, around Second Life. But who builds the rides? One fan of these rides, Nance Clowes, recently introduced me to Celeste Cazenove. Celeste has been making these kinds of rides for quite some time, and is continuing to design and build them.

Read more in Design.

Press Release: Making Strides “Treasure the Chests”

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me!

Get your pirate on at  the “Treasure the Chests”  event running through Oct. 31. The event is sponsored by Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life.

Stroll along the streets of a Caribbean pirate town and help raise funds for breast cancer research. The sim SLURL:

Join in the fun events throughout the month, including:

  • Think Pink Thursdays: Wear pink and come join the fun from 4 to 6 p.m. SLT as DJ Noel Snowpaw plays the tunes.
  • Dance teams from across Second Life will perform 2 shows: 6 p.m SLT, Saturday, Oct. 14 and 1 p.m. SLT, Sunday, Oct. 15.
  • Strides Walk from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Registration is now open through Oct. 18 for the walk.
  • Survivors & Caregivers Gala from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28

And, if anyone would like to hold an event but needs a venue, we have an event area on the Strides sim. Reservations for use are first come, first serve. To reserve a spot they should contact Leala Spire, Sandie Loxingly or PrettyKitty Gumbo.

Hey, I’d like to help, is there anything I can do?

If you would like to help, you can:
  • Donate a One of A Kind Item for Auction at the Treasure the Chests Gala on Oct. 28.

  • Donate a small item to go into the walkers’ gift bags that they will be given after the Making Strides walk on Oct. 21.

  • Place a kiosk in your main store to accept donations from your customers. If you have a storefront and would like to donate a portion of your sales of a special item or if you would like to create a special item for the event to sale, with proceeds going to MSABC, you are welcome too!! Just drop your donation in the kiosk next to your shop or the kiosk at the Making Strides Office on American Cancer Society Island.

  • You may set items up on Marketplace with a split sell to donate and you can contact Leala or Sandie for more info on this.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight. Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

For more information visit MSABC in SL’s page,

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at Club Cutlass

By Bixyl Shuftan

Tail Sale At Club Zero Gravity Ends Today

The tail sale (aka date auction) at Club Zero Gravity ends tonight. At a special party at the club at 6PM, over the next two hours, the bids will be declared final on each of the ladies one by one. The five ladies are, Brandi Streusel, Dusk Griswold, Megami Yuzuki, Skylark Lefavre (Snowy Sugar Blossom), and Nydia Tungsten. Already, the bids are in the thousands of Lindens. So come make your bids.

Tail sale ends tomorrow night at a special event at Zero Gravity.
We will be using dice again this year to en the sale for each model in the sale.
the event will be at 6 pm SLT to 8 PM SLT

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries

And so will Seanchai Library as we answer the clarion call from colleagues all around the grid for seasonal tales.  This week we stop in the popular Octoberville! Join us for stories all week at Holly Kai Park in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely, live in voice.

Check out the stories and the storytellers at

All stories told in open voice. All times SL/PT

**SUNDAY, October 15th:
   ~ at 1:30pm: TEA TIME AT BAKER STREET continues THE CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES with "The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place."
   ~ at 6pm: MAGICLAND STORYTIME - Caledonia concludes "The Black Cauldron" live at the Golden Horseshoe in Magicland Park. -

**MONDAY, October 16th, at 7 pm:  John E. Stith's RECKONING ETERNITY   with Gyro Muggins
**TUESDAY, October 17th, at 7 pm: Kai Meyer's THE WATER MIRROR continues with Faerie Maven-Pralou (also presented in Kitely  hop://

**WEDNESDAY, October 19th:
    ~ at 7pm:  THE HAUNTED AND THE HAUNTERS with Shandon Loring in a special session at Octoberville in SL
Octoberville, Topaz (236, 85, 36) -
 (also presented in Kitely  hop://

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

All sessions held at the Seanchai Library in Second Life unless otherwise indicated.


GHOSTLY TALES ~ Sunday, October 22nd from 1-3 PM: Seanchai Library and friends gather at Kultivate Magazine's

SCARE ME SILLY FUNDRAISER for Team Diabetes Sl, for spooky, chilling tales of the season.

The 2nd Annual Holly Kai GREAT BOO! ~ Sunday, October 29th:  Stories from 1-3 PM, followed by music and dancing. Possibly more!  Stay Tuned!

Sunweaver Community's "Drunken Parrot" Now Open

The "Druken Parrot" pub, although it's been around for a while in Sunweaver Bay, has mostly been a visual attraction, making the Newser only once when it was the location of where to get the basket for an Easter Egg Hunt. But Sunweaver Chieftess Rita Mariner told me that the pub would be active for events once a week at Sundays from 4-6 AM. The floor in the dance area is small, but Rita says patrons are allowed to dance on the tables, preferably after having a virtual drink or two.

General Warning

Although most of you probably know this already, I'd like to remind all: DO NOT ACCEPT GIFTS OR ITEMS FROM AVATARS YOU DON'T KNOW. There have been many scams going around the last few weeks where stranger avatars try to give seemingly attractive items away -- these are dangerous objects! They can often ask you for permissions to take lindens, or give control of your avatar to another. Others are griefing objects that will disrupt sims.

Do not accept these items.

In ROMA group by Angelia Rees

Friday, October 13, 2017

Halloween Places: Part One

It's October, and time to give some Halloween-themed places in Second Life a visit. Gemma Cleanslate came across Carolyn Avro's "List of Haunted Places," and decided to check a few of them out. She visited Aldergrove, Mieville Shelley-Magnum, Palenia, Echoes, and a few places not on it, Sheado, Gotham Island, and Halloween Town.

Read Gemma's review in Places.

Happy Friday The Thirteenth

It's Friday the 13th. So be on the lookout for black cats in Second Life.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Halloween Pumpkin Maze At The Happy Vixen

The Happy Vixen beach club is getting ready for Halloween. Besides the darkness that has fallen onto the club (unless one sets their viewer to daylight), Jasmine Dawn, who made a special Halloween area in 2013 for Club Zero Gravity, has made a haunted pumpkin maze.

Highly suggested to be in mouselook while in the maze.

Turn up your speaker volume for that good surround sound effect.

And above all, have fun and enjoy the maze.

 Going inside, it's a dark twisty maze full of not just wrong turns, but it looks like the carved insides of a pumpkin, and occasionally some "pumpkin guts" will be dangling down. There's also an occasional skeleton, zombie, and ghost in the maze, some still, some animated. While they can't grab you, it's still pretty unnerving to run smack into one after going around a corner.

Jasmine has also been working on another special Halloween area, which was first used last night for "The Vix's" Pokemon and Creepy vs Cute events. Accessible from the Happy Vixen, one crosses a spooky haunted woods to get to the main building, which is where the dances will be held for the rest of the month.

To head to the pumpkin maze, head to the Happy Vixen and look for the giant pumpkin. For the dance area, look for the doorway with multiple arrows. 

Bixyl Shuftan

Linden Lab Calls For Venues For "Cree[y Crawl"

For the third year in a row, Linden Lab will be organizing a "Creepy Crawl" event. Xiola Linden posted the details on the official Second Life blog.

Are you unafraid of things that go bump in the night? Love a screaming good time with fellow Residents, and dressing up in your Halloween best? Well, it is that time of year when once more - a-haunting we will go!

Once again, we’re going to monster mash-up our annual Creepy Crawl with some de-frightfully fun Costume Contests - but we need your venues to host our stops on the crawl. This year’s Creepy Crawl will happen on Halloween ( Tuesday, October 31st) from 10 am - 2 pm (PT).

If you’d like to host a stop along the Creepy Crawl, own a spot that will be decked out for the holiday, and don’t mind if a parade of Residents and Lindens come through, then you might be just what the witch doctor ordered. We’re looking for spots that will have music, are appropriate for general and moderate audiences, and can handle a crowd.

For those who don't know, the event gets it's name from the term "bar crawl," in which a group of people go to a bunch of bars in a night, spending a little time (and money) in one before heading on to the next.

For those interested in having their venue up, to begin with they need to be listed in the Destination Guide.(for those who don't know how, you can find out here). To register for the crawl, click here and fill out the form before October 15. The Lab says to keep an eye out for either an email, a notecard, or both, and that not all of those who apply will be chosen.

Xiola says details of the Crawl's costume contest, and it's schedule will be posted soon, presumably between the 15th and Halloween.

To read the blog post in full, Click Here.

To see pictures of the 2015 Creepy Craw, Click Here.

Picture by "Miz." 

Announcement: This Week at the Science Circle

Saturday the 14th, 10 AM PDT

“Gravitational Waves: The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics”
Presented by Rob Knop Ph. D, USA          

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to leaders of the LIGO collaboration for the discovery of gravitational waves.  This phenomena was predicted a century ago by General Relativity, but it was always known that because they’re typically so small, they would be very hard to detect. 
Indirect evidence for them previously came from the decaying orbits of binary pulsars.  In 2015, the LIGO detectors announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves, a signal resulting from the merger of two very distant black holes. 

In this talk, I’ll describe the nature and history of gravitational waves, and the work that the large LIGO collaboration did to earn this Nobel prize.

More information about Knop's presentation, including Abstract and Location, at

The Science Circle (61/126/32

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: Boneheaded Humor

From Gemma Cleanslate at Creations for Parkinson's Gotham Event

Crew Meeting, With Friends

 Saturday October 7 was the day of the Newser's monthly crew meeting. Deaflegacy, Klaus Bereznyak, and Foxythejamie were there, along with a couple neighbors, ShadowRene Ivanova, and Rua Whitepaw, to discuss events and places to report on this month.

At one point, Foxythejamie brought up he had a maid outfit, and changed to it. Guess one could call it a "maid to order" situation.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Registration Now Open For 7th Annual SL Christmas Expo and Winter Breedables Faire

Registration for the 2017 Second Life Christmas Expo is open!

The 7th annual Second Life Christmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair will be held  December 1 to 10, 2017 and is held in support of the American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL).

The expo has a variety of merchant and non merchant sponsorship’s available, as well as a variety of advertising options. Breedable creators also have the opportunity to have a complimentary shop and an additional display area at the Expo.

This year our theme is Holiday Windows with an over all Retro feel to the streets (It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle On 34th Street). Merchants have the option to participate in our Holiday Windows Display by decorating their shop windows. Visitors to the Expo will vote for their favorites.

NEW for 2017 is our  Christmas Showcase Collection. A special area has been designed for invitation only SL designers which will showcase  New and Exclusive Limited Edition creations only for sale only at the Expo.

As always, we are excited to include the Winter Breedables Fair in the Expo and we are so pleased to have the Breedables merchants back for the holidays again. The highly anticipated One Of A Kind Breedables Auction is back this year as well.  Breedable Creators have given generously of their time and of their hearts to create these special OOAK  Breedables.  And of course, Breedable Auction Houses are welcome and encouraged to one or more of their Auctions at the Expo.

T1Radio will once again be providing recorded promotional on air advertisements prior to and during the Expo. Premiere Event Sponsor Merchants will be mentioned in the recorded promotions as part of their Expo sponsorship again this year. These generic radio promotions are available for all Radio Stations, Clubs and DJ’s across Second Life to use to help us promote the Expo. Premiere Event Sponsor Merchants will also receive a copy to distribute as they like.

We are always looking for Media partners in both on air stations and in print. Interested parties should contact Nuala Maracas

Registration fees, sponsorship fees, kiosk donations, hunt, raffle, auction, gotya and RFL vendor donation items are paid to the Relay For Life of Second Life.  Registration, sponsorship, and auction items over $20 US (L$5,200) are eligible to receive a tax receipt from the American Cancer Society if requested.

The 2017 Second Life Christmas Expo Coordinator is Nuala Maracas.

About the American Cancer Society:
For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.  Together with our global partners and millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society carries out its mission to Save Lives, Celebrate Lives, and Lead the Fight for a World Without Cancer.

For More Information:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"I May Be Done" The Husband of A Warcraft Couple Talks about His Wife's Passing

We often think of computer gamers as immature loners, and when they do find someone and get married, what comes to mind is the game being a source of friction between a computer-free wife and game-addicted husband. But there are couples whom happily game together. Recently however, one such gamer has had to deal with the grief and lost as his wife, whom played "World of Warcraft" with him for years, had passed away. Feeling some of her friends would wonder why she was gone, he posted his feelings on the Blizzard forums. He didn't expect the outpouring of sympathy that followed.

Read more in "Other Grids, MMOs, and Games."

"ForMax" Event Raises Over One Million Lindens

Late last month, noted content creator Maxwell Graf sent out a plea for help saying he and his wife were facing an eviction, and with no savings was asking people to come to his store and buy an item or two so he could have more cash. Very quickly, people began organizing a shopping fundraiser to help him out more.
There were many stores involved in the event taking place in the Apple Fall sim. By Friday October 6, 250,000 Lindens had been raised. When the event finally ended yesterday on October 10, it had reached the one million mark.

Thank you - we did it!
The ForMax Event has come to a close. I am literally shaking as I write this, as the level of love, help and generosity of the Second Life Community has shown us what true spirit means. The amount raised has topped across the donations/raffle and creator items over 1,000,000 Linden. This hopefully gives our Max a safety net for the short term so he and his family can start to plan their new chapter. A list of all sales is already available to Max for audit (locked script) and donations/raffle in addition.

You did an amazing thing for a Man who has helped so many himself, and you all made a difference this week. Thank you. Thank you.

There was also a raffle held, which was won by JessyWildCat Resident. with Zero1112 Resident and CrazyandSweet Resident as second and third place finishers.

Those still interested in dropping by the event area to purchase an item can head to Apple Fall (128/133/29), at least as long as the stalls remain. More information can be read in the event's Facebook page.

 Hat Tip: New World Notes

Bixyl Shuftan

Map Mayhem Resumes in Raglan Shire

From November last year to May, the map when over the Raglan Shire tiny community would often show one of a number of funny images. They were put on hold during the Artwalk, and never did resume, at least until now. But the sign is not so much funny as to point out the place is ready for Halloween, "Welcome to Raglan Scare."

Taking a look, Raglan Shire itself now had a spooky atmosphere, ready for their "Shocktober" event, which boasts a haunted house and dragon maze. Those rascally tinies tend to go for humor and a simple "boo!" rather than freak out visitors with blood and guts, so one can be sure to find a family safe Halloween experience here.

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's a week full of events at the Sunweaver and Angel Clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best In U' and 'V', Punker Night, 1980s

The Happy Vixen: Stripes, Old Avatars, Goth, Pokemon, Cute vs Creepy, Scales and Horns, Undies, CAYA

Club Zero Gravity: Hogwarts, Camouflage, Blue, DJ Hellspawn

Furry Fashion Lounge: Black and White, Cyber, Ferals, Creepy vs Cute, Equines, Space, Blood and Gore, Purple, Rock

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 9:50AM

Press Release: Homes For Our Troops Fundraising in September

It is an honor  once again to announce our Second Life Homes For Our Troops donations for September 2017.  We were able to collect a little over $550 for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life during the month of September.  This was once again made possible because of some special people in Second Life.

Thank you DonGuapo, JadeCorazon and Victoreeria (Club Vet), Russell65 Resident (The Generation), Sunnyskies McMahon (Bama Country), BikerSharkfin and Sarrah Spark (Sacred Ground, )  and Curvslater (Shadow Shore)  and BellaRose Restless (Marble Hills and StormWind).

Other regular contributors continued their dedicated kindness:
BellaRose Restless (Marble Hills and StormWind)
Lezil1231 Resident (Halliwell)
Littlebit31okla(Saddles Canyon Country)
Lunadevi Applewhyte (Caribbean Paradise)
Nabjibah Beck (Airys Beach)

Our monthly benefit at Veteran's Isle could not have gone on without the help of Dahlea Milena and GJackie Winkler.

Then  the performers and their management who donated their valuable time deserve a big round of applause.  Thank you:

Senjata Witt
Suzen Juel
Nyna Slate of Slate Management
Carol Greenwood of Dirval/Greenwood
and Hogan Baily

Thank you Second Life for a making a difference in our wounded veteran lives! 

It's always an honor.

Frets Nirvana