Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Unmissable Art for January

Klaus Bereznyak has been keeping an eye on what's been going on with the art and culture scene of Second Life. While there's plenty that deserves attention, he came across three that in his opinion are must-see. One is "Visions of Beauty" by Paula Cloudpainter. Next is the Montara Bridgeworks Gallery by Pearl Grey. Last but not least is InterstellART by artists Sanjeewa Kumara and Sujeewa Kumari of Sri Lanka.

Read Klaus' article in Design.

GeekSpeak Science Discussion

Suppose Earth was doomed, or at least anything on it's surface? Could we get enough people to survive a trip through space to make a new home elsewhere? That was the topic of last Saturday's "GeekSpeak" science chat. Taking place about every few weeks, dropping in I found an hour of lively chat.

Read the article in Events.

Phoenix Psaltery, Co-Founder of Metaverse Messenger, Has Died

Yesterday, Hamlet Au reported in New World Notes that Phoenix Psaltery, a longtime resident of Second Life, had passed away. While the exact cause of death was not given, he had been admitted to the hospital last week suffering from high blood pressure and an infection. He was 58.

Phoenix, known as Alan Seeger in real life, was a writer and a musician. Among the things he was known for was being the co-founder of the Metaverse Messenger, an inworld newspaper reporting on the news of Second Life, which began in August 2005. Phoenix would step down in 2008, and the paper's readership began to decline, folding in mid 2009.

Image Source: New World Notes

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

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

Club Cutlass: Best in 'N,' Off To Work, Roller Skates

Happy Vixen: Pajama Party, Flight, Fantasy, Size Does Matter, Bunnies, Space, Cyberpunk, CAYA

Club Zero Gravity: Bestin Yellow, DJ Rosen, Dragon Crew, Best in Flowers, DJ Ifrit, DJ JB, Dragon Crew

Furry Fashion Lounge: Wastelands, Rave, Canines vs Felines, Modders Monthly, EOS, Elements, Retro Avatars, Metal

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

"Memes" Event at Furry Fashion

Saturday January 20 at 3PM had one of Furry Fashion's nuttier events recently, it's "Memes" party. There were a few people showing up something representing something catchy on the Internet from the "Nyan Cat" a few years ago to "Tide Pods" and "Ugandan Knuckles" of today, and a few I didn't recognize.  DJ Bengt provided the music.

And no, no one was offering to show me "da wey."

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, January 22, 2018

Chamonix City

Gemma Cleanslate's winter activity articles are coming to a close, at least for now. But before she hung up her heavy winter coat in the storage closet, she headed to a place with plenty of cold-weather fun: Chamonix City. Named after the location of the world's first Winter Olympics, the location has a number of sports to try out from "hockey, snowboarding, cross country skiing, sledding, ice skating, and more."

Read Gemma's story in Places

Interview With Klaus Bereznyak

A few months ago, as part of it's seventh anniversary, the Newser was doing interviews of the reporters then at the time. But the most recent writer, Klaus Bereznyak, hadn't gotten one. Finally, Deaflegacy got with him. She asked him about what he does in the virtual world, and what he likes to write about.

Read Deaflegacy's article in People.

Update on Team Diabetes' Question About Missing Money

On January 8, the Newser reported on Team Diabates in Second Life stating someone had spammed their group chat during a fundraiser event on December 30, saying he was doing an event of his own for charity and that the money would go to Team Diabetes. But none of this money, over 100,000 Lindens according to the man, never made it to the Team. The Newser had messaged the man in question, Oenneo Resident, but never got a response.

Shortly afterward, Oenneo's partner ϮŁσrίŁуηη ŞŧαrşíđєrϮ (LoriLynnGrimes Resident) sent the Newser an angry message, one  that I won't go in detail other than it was an outpouring of anger and a claim that the American Diabetes Association was investigating Team Diabetes in Second Life. But when I contacted the American Diabetes Association, they answered this was not true and there was no investigation. When I was online, she contacted me, being more cordial, but still upset with one of the groups she had mentioned, and insisted the money raised had gone directly to the American Diabetes Association rather than through Team Diabetes.

A few days ago, LoriLynnGrimes would sent a message of apology to Team Diabetes and OYO Breedables, saying Oenneo had confessed to lying about the money he raised from the chat spamming going to charity.

I want to first apologize to you all. I will explain. I had no reason to doubt neo. He was my heart and I loved him and ultimately trusted him. I sadly trusted the wrong person and it was not only you two whom were hurt in the process. He never paid a charity I am finding out now. I gave him the earnings from the raffle we had and he did not do as he said. But what he did do was pay for a massive building to be made called "The Ark."  He plans to open it up in March called "Galaxy Enterprises presents the Ark Experience."

I am so disgusted and ashamed and would somehow like to do what needs to be done to make it better. I am heart broken he took all that money. Even if I have to pay every week to square the promise donation I will. I am so very truly sorry. I am just so sick and so humilated in what he did. I will also do whatever needs to be done to make things right. I am so devasted and feel so used and exploited. I wanted so badly to help people and he took advantage of me and also my patrons. He disclosed to me this evening he did not give the money to the american diabetes. I felt my whole world crumbled just then. I was so so devasted. I broke up with him instantly and also closed the business I shared with him. I cannot be with such a vile heartless human being. I am so sad he did this and hurt so many people. I hope to hear from you soon in how to make things right.

My son Quintin was killed this past October and I was not really complete when I began really trusting Neo. I was destroyed by my sons murder. I have no accuse for my mouth other then I truly felt Neo was being honest. I was at sucha weak point in my life and allowed him to control every aspect of my business and I did not see what he was doing.

Anyways I am truly sorry for everything and I will make this right. Just need to know how.

So it seems there's finally an answer on what happened to the money in question. How LoriLynnGrimes will "make things right" with Team Diabetes remains to be seen.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: Henrietta and Hilshire Demina Memorial

Henrietta Demina, team captain of TSJ and Co-Coordinator of the Castle, Home and Garden Contest and her brother Hilshire Demina, longtime Relayers, passed away earlier this week, being killed in an accident.

Please join us (TP/LM to be sent closer to the date) in remembering Henrietta and Hilshire.

Saturday, January 27th 12pm SLT-1pm SLT
No Voice

Thank you,
Team Strange Journeys

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Cartoon of the Day

Taken at the Happy Vixen's "Feathers" party

By Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries

*SUNDAY, January 21st at 1:30pm: TEA TIME with Robert Burns with Corwyn Allen and Caledonia Skytower in the Fireside Room

*MONDAY, January 22nd at 7pm: Whitley Strieber's THE WOLFEN Continues with Gyro Muggins

*TUESDAY, January 23rd at 7pm: William Pene du Bois' TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS Begins with Faerie Maven-Pralou.

*WEDNESDAY, January 24th at 7pm: More Selections from FRACTURED SYMMETRY with Corwyn Allen 

*THURSDAY, January 25th:

   ~ at 7pm: STAR WARS: The Force Awakens with Shandon Loring (also presented in Kitelyhop://

   ~ at 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT with Finn Zeddmore

Check out the stories and the storytellers at

All times SL time, stories in Voice.

Unless otherwise noted, at Holly Kai Estates (215/44/277)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Relayers Henrietta Demina and Hilshire Demin Killed in Accident

Rowena Dubrovna of the Relay for Life's Team Strange Journeys had some sad news today. Team leader Henrietta Demina and her brother Hilshire Demina were killed in a car accident. Plans are being made for a memorial service inworld, and a date will be announced soon. Rowena went on to talk more about these two valued residents whom will not be soon forgotten, putting her feelings down in an article sent to the RFL Volunteers group.

Read the Reader Submission in People.

Busy Time

It's been a busy week for us at the Newser, with most of us having to deal with technical difficulties or other complications in real life. For yours truly, I've been exploring another virtual world: VR Chat. I'll have an article ready soon. For now, here's a picture of the avatar I had once I was inworld a few minutes.

Stay tuned.

Scenes From Second Life: "Tooned In"

Taken from the "Tooned In" event at Club Cutlass on January 13. This Road Runner avatar was donned by none other than RECoyote Mindes. So this would be the first time that the Roadrunner and the Coyote would be wrapped up in one package.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: The "Tyrah and the Magical Glytches" Game

Second Life isn't just about the clubs and making stuff. Sometimes you just want to play a game. A few months ago, Linden Lab announced their latest inworld game, "Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches." Yours truly gave the game a try, and recently wrote about how it's played.

Read the review in Design.

"Mixed Reality" Music Concert At Areo Pines Park

 On Monday January 15, Aero Pines Park was the scene of a "Mixed Reality" event. A live music performance was being broadcasted both in Second Life and the SinceSpace virtual world. The event took place at 6PM SL time. Besides dancing, some people were skating nearby.

SPECIAL EVENT!  Live Mixed Reality Music Concert- Songwriter James Olmos - Join us Monday Jan 15, 6pmSLT for a unique mixed reality event. Experience a LIVE video webcast to TWO virtual worlds! Enjoy Singer/Songwriter James Olmos performing original works on acoustic guitar. Featuring the new virtual world SineSpace streaming live to Aero Pines Park Winter Festival in Secondlife. Arrive early to get a spot!  

Cindy Bolero, the owner of the park, was there. She told me the last time she had this kind of event, they had the singer's avatar in both virtual worlds.

Besides events like these, Aero Pines Park is the scene of various other activities, including horseback riding. They've also had a Superbowl party every winter.

Bixyl Shuftan