Saturday, December 16, 2017

News and Commentary: Linden Lab Offers Apology to Strawberry Singh Following Takedown Demand


By Bixyl Shuftan

Protecting what they consider trademarked images and names has been an issue for companies for decades. For instance, for years the Lego corporation has asked people to call it's building toys "Lego bricks" and not "legos." Some have gotten a reputation for going overboard, such as when Disney once demanded a preschool paint over images of Mickey Mouse and other characters. For Linden Lab, the issue of trademarks usually comes up when one of it's residents makes an item inworld that is trademarked by someone else. But it's own trademarks haven't been an issue for many years, until now.

Strawberry Singh is a noted and award-winning blogger of Second Life, one whom has been doing so for years. On December 13, she announced she was removing one of her tutorial videos, "Introduction to Second Life." The reason, one of the Lindens, Tia Linden, complained to Youtube about it, and Youtube gave Strawberry 48 hours to resolve the issue before taking action on her account. Wondering what was wrong, Strawberry emailed Tia asking what was the issue. Tia soon answered, saying while they appreciated her continued support of Second Life, "we have not given you permission to use Linden Lab's intellectual property in the manner of which you have done." She emailed her again, but did not get an answer by the time the 48 hours was almost up and deleted the video, saying in her blog post, "in the future, I probably won’t be doing any other tutorials like this where I show how to use Second Life because their logos might pop up in the videos." She would tell Hamlet Au when he asked shortly afterwards that she didn't think the Lab cared she was promoting the virtual world.

As Strawberry's blog has a lot of readers, it didn't take long for word to get around, to New World Notes, Modem World, Living Virtually, and presumably other blogs. Hamlet Au would write, "Linden Lab's actions are contrary in spirit if not in letter to its stated policies around medua use of its trademarks." Inara Pey wrote, "the statement that certain images and logos now cannot be use in any capacity. If this is now the case, it is worrying for many of us who routinely blog about Second Life and have used such images and logos. ... Where do we now stand if we are now seeing a shift in position from Linden Lab? Are we now in violation of a new prohibition on image use?" Mona Eberhardt's title of her commentary was more blunt, "Yet Another Stupid D**k Move by Linden Lab." Daniel Voyager has yet to write about the incident, as of the writing of this article, but did end up retweeting a statement from Ebbe Linden (left).

Eventually, the Lab began to realize it had a public relations mess on it's hands. Ebbe Linden ended up defending Tia Linden from an angry Tweet by Mona Eberhardt, "I'm willing to take all kinds of heat, but suggesting that Tia is anything but an incredible team player and professional crosses the line for me. ... We will review policies that make things better and easier for us all though."On Thursday, they issued a public apology on the official Second Life blog.

Recently, the Linden Lab IP team sent a takedown request regarding a YouTube video created by the great Strawberry Singh. She and many others have pointed out that this seems like a mistake, and we agree. We have reversed that takedown request and have reached out directly to Strawberry, but would also like to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to her. 
 

Strawberry, we feel fortunate to have you as a member of our Second Life community (and Sansar as well!), and we are grateful for the public support that your blog, YouTube channel, and other social media activity provides. We’re fans of your work, we are sorry for this misstep, and we hope you will continue sharing your awesome videos.

Following the apology, the Lab explained that the incident came from it's policy of protecting it's trademarked images, and that it would be revised to allow people to write about and video to promote Second Life without worry of hassle, "While we still need policies in place to protect our trademarks, we will apply them as permissively as we can with the goal of encouraging and supporting our community."

Strawberry would tell the Newser, "Aside from a big thank you to all of my readers that gave me so much support yesterday I really don't know what else to say. I was so surprised at the response my post got as my reason for doing the post was just to inform others of what happened so they don't experience the same thing I did. I never expected that people would be so vocal and supportive and do all that they did for me yesterday. I was also pleasantly surprised with the Lab's response too. I was not expecting a response at all so all of it was so encouraging and uplifting and I'm so happy that the end result will be hopefully a better policy for all Second Life bloggers and bloggers in the future."

Linden Lab also mentioned what happened with a parody blog in January 2007 in which the blogger invited the Lab to issue a "cease and desist" letter. But instead Linden Lab's lawyer issued an "uncease and desist" letter, stating, "Linden Lab objects to any implication that it would employ lawyers incapable of distinguishing such obvious parody."

Also at the time, there was at least one instance of someone making modifications of the eye in hand symbol for the purposes of promoting Second Life. In early 2006, Yiffy Yaffle came up with a "Second Life Furry" logo as a way for sims to be identified as having a population of furs. The symbol is seldom seen today, though presumably from lack of interest.

Perhaps the incident was the result of one overzealous employee, but unfortunately Linden Lab has a history of making foul-ups such as this. While the Lab did apologize to Strawberry, that the incident happened in the first place is likely to be seen by many longtime residents as just the latest in a long series of blunders.

Sources: Strawberry Singh, Linden Lab, Washington Post,Twitter

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Jenny's Holy Night"




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From Nikira Naimarc and Die Villa on Nov 23, "Life is unfair. That feels also the little Jenny. She not only has to fight against the cold of the winter, but also against the cold in us. The pursuit of wealth, money and prestige leaves us too often blind and we also unlearn to look carefully left and right. Maybe the little Jenny will open our heart as well."

Crew Meeting



Last week on December 9, the Newser held it's crew meeting at it's office in HV Community. Due to technical difficulties, a couple were unable to attend. From left to right are Shaza Denver, Alura Denver, Bixyl Shuftan (me), and Klaus Bereznyak. We went over a few ideas on what to cover for the month of December.

Bixyl Shuftan

Friday, December 15, 2017

North Pole Village


With only ten days left until the big day, Gemma Cleanslate's exploration of Christmas-themed places took her to a place that kids will think of when the holiday comes to mind: North Pole Village. Gemma looked around, seeing where the cookies and toys are made, the elves dormitory, and a peek at the jolly old elf himself.

Read Gemma's story in Places.

News and Commentary: FCC Votes to Scrap Net Neutrality Protection


By Bixyl Shuftan

No, the Internet isn't dead. But things will almost certainly be getting more difficult and complicated for many of us.

Yesterday on December 14, in a 3-2 decision, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the rules it passed to enforce Net Neutrality.  Outside, the building, protestors called on the Commission to maintain the rules, and the proceedings were briefly interrupted by a bomb threat. The vote came despite calls to maintain the rules by Congressmen and women of both political parties, tech companies and other businesses, and thousands of individuals. Jessica Rosenworcel (D), one of the two dissenting votes, called the decision a “rash decision ... on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public. ... This is not good ... Not good for consumers. Not good for businesses. Not good for anyone who connects and creates online.” 

So what happens next? The attorney generals of several states have indicated they will or will likely sue to the FCC to reverse it's decision. It's probably the number will grow as nineteen state attorney generals appealed to the FCC to delay it's Net Neutrality ruling due to the huge numbers of online requests to repeal it being made with stolen identities. In the meantime, the FCC will be making final adjustments to the new rules, or the absence of, which will likely take a few weeks, and will take a few months to be official after being filed on the Federal register. After that, while Internet Service Providers will be free to throttle Internet access to all but favored customers, slow down or block access to websites and services of rival companies, or impose limits on broadband use that would result in huge fees or disconnection of exceeded. "The Verge" suggested for most customers, rather than obvious restrictions, they will see more subtle moves by ISPs to get a little more money from them, "that may initially sound good. But in the long run, they disadvantage upstarts that don’t have the money to pay up. ... we may not know what products and services we missed out on because they never made it through the mess." Philp Rosedale, the founder of Linden Lab, was more worried that ISPs would be fairly likely to impose limits on broadband use.

It's possible Congress may pass laws of it's own to restore Net Neutrality protections. Wired reported that, "Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) recently called for Congress to pass bipartisan net neutrality legislation. In 2015, Thune and Representative Fred Upton (R-Michigan) introduced a bill that would have banned blocking or slowing legal content, but limited the FCC's authority over internet service providers." While neither efforts got much of anywhere at the time, after the FCC's decision, there may be more of a sense of urgency, as well as a desire to calm down the voters whom emailed them about the issue.



So what does Ajit Pai, the Chairman of the FCC who wrote the proposal to dismantle Net neutrality think of the criticism? He responded to it with this video. a semi-subtle slam at the critics in which he grins at the audience while telling them of "7 Things You Can Still Do On The Internet After Net Neutrality." It's notable in the "Game of Thrones" clip the dragon flies right over Pai, and in the "Star Wars" reference he wears a dark outfit while wielding a lightsaber. Pai would almost certainly know that opens himself up to people doing videos of the dragon catching and eating him or Star Wars parodies of him being the new Dark Lord of the Sith. Maybe he thinks it's funny, feels it gives his critics something to hate besides the overturning of Net Neutrality protections, or both.

Hopefully the protections Net Neutrality once had will be restored soon.

Sources: BBCArs Technica, The Verge, Wired, Av Club 

Bixyl Shuftan

My Last Article For SL Newser


Over time, the Second Life Newser has had a number of writers. Among them was Wesley Regenbogen, whom over time wrote many articles. Unfortunately, Wesley has stated he can no longer write for the Newser, and will be leaving us. Before departing for good, he had one final article.

Read Wesley's goodbye in Extra.

This Week At The Science Circle: "The Future of Fukushima"


Saturday, December 16th at 8 AM PST

"The Future of Fukushima: The Reconstruction and the Radiation Protection" by Fumon Crystal
                    
A magnitude 9.0 earthquake on 11th March 2011 resulted in a tsunami and nuclear accident.

There are ***still*** over 80 thousand evacuees in 2017.

They come to grips with the reconstruction and decontamination after the disaster and enjoy their everyday life. There are the dignified smiling people and the diverse cultures in Fukushima. For the renewal of the agriculture and the fishery, scientists, engineers, and local media’s are collaborated in the science communication and the public understanding of science on the radiation and the health care from the external and internal exposure based on the evidence.

This Science Circle session provides the actual cases how to live in the low dose waiting zones according to the major concepts by ICRP publications and the reconstruction of the social infrastructures.

Presenter visualized such efforts as evidences of history at “la Médiathèque de la Radioactivité” under consultation of Hajime Nishimura.

The presenter will guide you through the Fukushima exhibition at 4000m Sky of Edu Portal, The Science Circle.

Note: Presenter uses text chat in English.

More information about Crystal's excursion at https://sciencecircle.org/nextpresentation/ .

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Railroad Stop at the Newser Office



The work on the land of the Sunweaver community never seems to stop these days. Those going about the Sunweaver Estates have noticed railroad tracks in the Sunweaver Space sim for some time. In October, Cynthia Farshore told the Newser the railroad would soon be extended into Sunlight Bay. Earlier this week, the rail system was extended into HV Community. As the "Brandi's Intimates" store and the SL Newser office were the largest public locations at ground level, the railroad was laid between them on a bridge with a station there.

Laying the track and building the station required the taking down of one fountain as it couldn't be reduced in size. But no doubt the rail system will be an interesting touch to the sim.

The railroad tracks have been extended to the edge of the Sunny Beach sim. Getting the system through there and into Sunweaver Bay will require talks with the owner.

Correction: Earlier the Newser wrote that Cynthia Farshore's friend Shockwave Yareach was helping her build the railroad. He has since contacted us saying the work was all hers.

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: Fundraiser at Veterans Isle on Saturday


Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce the 2017 December benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life! 

Frets Nirvana, the premier guitar artist in the virtual world Second Life and the US Military Veterans Group announce the 2017 December benefit on December 16, 2017 in Second Life for the Veterans Support Organization  Home For Our Troops .

Frets Nirvana states:  “HFOT is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans are multiple amputees, paraplegic, quadriplegic or suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).  As of January 2017 they have built 229 homes for severly wounded Veterans and have another 85 projects underway.  Since its inception in 2004, over 90 cents of every dollar spent by Homes for Our Troop has gone to directly support Veterans. ”

Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle.  The concert on December 16, 2017 is scheduled from 11AM- 4 PM PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Frets Nirvana, Keeba Tammas, Qqquartzz, and Max Kleene.

ABOUT HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS  - HFOT builds homes as a departure point for Veterans to rebuild their lives, and once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many Veterans have embarked on new careers, completed their college degrees, or started families. Empowered by the freedom a mortgage-free and specially adapted home brings, these Veterans can now focus on their recovery and return to their life’s work of serving others. Many have embraced their roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms around the country; others take to a national platform to promote awareness of veteran suicide, homelessness and PTSD. Their incredible stories are the driving force for the work for HFOT. To learn more about the Homes For Our Troops visit https://www.hfotusa.org

Sponsored by Frets Nirvana and the U.S. Military Veterans Group of Second Life.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: Dalek Pony



Ponies and Daleks seem like an impossible combination as the former value friendship and the later values hate. But this one found a way,"Am I not Dalek-tible in this outfit?"

By Bixyl Shuftan

Christmas at Calas


Gemma's journeys across Christmas-themed places have taken her to a favorite location: Calas Galadhon Park. The region is not static, but it's owners Ty Tenk and Truck Meredith make changes every season. Every Christmas, they do something special, and when Gemma traveled over to see what they were, she found some sights to behold.

Read Gemma's story in Places.

Linden Lab Issues Statement Supporting Net Neutrality


Net Neutrality has become an issue in recent weeks when the Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, released a report calling for the repeal of laws protecting it. The result was numerous protests from individuals. But corporations and organizations have also joined the fight calling for Net Neutrality's continued protection. On Tuesday December 12, Linden Lab joined the number of businesses in it's support.

We at Linden Lab believe that net neutrality is extremely important. Lifting the FCC’s Open Internet Rules would not only jeopardize the experience of Residents using Second Life, but can also negatively impact all aspects of our online lives.
 
Later this week, Congress will vote on this issue, and we encourage Second Life residents to join us in calling on our representatives to preserve net neutrality. 

To that end, we have joined the “Break the Internet” initiative, and if you visit SecondLife.com or login to Second Life today, you’ll notice a pop-up tool (snapshot below) that makes it easy to send a message in support of net neutrality. Of course, if you’d prefer not to use this, you can simply close the pop-up and login as usual, but we hope you’ll consider adding your voice to this important issue.

"Break the Internet" is a page that offers a number of ways to protest the move to remove Net Neutrality, from calling local representatives and senators, to spreading awareness, such as the following video.


"Twisted Christmas" Special at the Happy Vixen Club



It's that time of year again....a week from Christmas and just so damn tired of the saccharine sickeningly sweet yule tide pablum being spoon fed down our throats by every media outlet in the world to make sure they get their share of the pie.  It's enough to make even the most charitable soul scream "Bah Humbug!" So on that note, it's time for the "Twisted Christmas" special event. This event will have numerous funny songs and parodies from mild to wild to "Oh-Em-Eff-Gee, what were they thinking?!" There will be adult songs, so those with sensitive ears beware. So come on over and "stick it" to the sappy side of Xmas.

4PM to 7PM : DJ Naughty Nydia
7PM to 9PM : DJ Geerkil and the Dragon Crew

Purrfection Estates (236, 219, 24)  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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. Thia includes the "Twisted Christmas" special at the Happy Vixen.

Club Cutlass: Best in 'G,' Stripes/Spots, On the Job

Club Zero Gravity: Red and Green, Sled Pullers

The Happy Vixen: Pets, Wings, Weird Science, Steampunk, Red and Green, Christmas Ball, Twisted Christmas, CAYA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Lupines/Rabbits, Rave, Monsters, Disney, Wasteland, Anti-Christmas, Sealife, 80s

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

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Announcement: Letter to Santa Contest at Trotsdale


The Library is running a writing competition again finally. This time you can thank Milo as the idea to write letters to Santa was his, and he has generously donated a sizable prize to start the prize pool. Details and instructions are in the attached card. It is open to everyone so feel free to pass a copy to your friends.

Uh oh! Christmas is coming, that goose is looking pretty tasty, there are lights and things going up, undercover elves spying on us all a lot more noticably and not even in stealth mode anymore. It must be time to write that letter to Santa!

RULES

1) There is ONE prize. Send in the best letter and you take home the prize.
2) The rating is G. G-rated content only.
3) Notecards must have both your SL LEGACY NAME and your CHOSEN PEN NAME. Display names change too often, legacy names stay.
4) All submissions must be set on full perm notecards and placed in the scroll case drop box on the library table.
5) Copies of this rule card can be picked up from the inkwell in the library table if needed.
6) These entries will be archived on the library forum. They will also be read in a video placed on Youtube for the library's audio archiving. This is why if you don't want your SL Legacy name out there it is important to have a pen name chosen.

JUDGES
Amehana Ishtari and Milo (decitrex) are the judges. If a tiebreaker is needed they will enlist a third judge that is not competing.

PRIZE
The contest prize pool currently is 1,038$L started off with the first donation being ponied up by Milo (decitrex). It may increase depending on any donations received (please send those to Hanaarashi Resident, who is the contest bank account/alt of Amehana Ishtari) or through the pile of books on the library table.

Trotsdale Library:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Trotsdale/22/156/25

Monday, December 11, 2017

Survivors of Suicide


We all feel down at times. But some of us have real problems falling into and staying in dark moods. Depression can be crippling, and can lead to a final end: suicide. Suicide is a major form of death, with tens of thousands in America and almost a million worldwide taking their own lives despite it being against practically every major religion and philosophy. Fortunately, there are numerous organizations and groups devoted to helping those at risk. In Second Life, one such group is the "Survivors of Suicide." It has moved on to help anyone or friends of someone with depression, but it was created for those who either attempted suicide, those at risk of it, or friends and family of them. The Newser recently sat down with the current head of the group, Sebastien Bouevier, and he talked about Survivors of Suicide and what it does.

Read the story in People.

A Gacha Garden for Littles


Gachas can be a lot of fun. And by all means it's not just full-sized avatars that enjoy them. Those who prefer child avatars like them just as much, unless they have a lot of items they can't use such as clothes too big to fit them. Fortunately for them, there's the Little Diva Gacha Garden. This is a gacha designed with child avies in mind, and have some items the grown-ups can use as well. Alura Denver took a look to see what was available.

Read Alura's story in Design.

Who Will Be The Newser's Man (or Woman) of The Year



In real life news, Time Magazine just announced their Man of the Year, or rather "Persons of the Year," known as "The Silence Breakers." This is an annual tradition of theirs going back since they first gave the title to Charles Lindbergh in 1927, the man, woman, or sometimes group of people or object, whom they feel had the most impact in the news in the past year for good or ill. While often seen as a badge of honor, the title has on occasion gone to some villainous figures such as Joseph Stalin and Ayatollah Khomeini. And once in a while it goes to an object, such as the computer.

But what about Second Life? Who here has had the most significant impact in the news about the virtual world?

There's been no shortage of news in the past year from the release of Sansar, to noted residents to departed the Grid, to charity groups such as the Relay for Life, to the plans by the FCC to repeal Net Neutrality which could be potentially very bad for Second Life, and more.

This will be the fourth time the Newser has given the title. In 2014, the new CEO of Linden Lab Ebbe Linden was the Man of the Year. In 2015, the residents of Steelhead were the Community of the Year. And in 2016, the title was given to the Relay for Life in Second Life.

So who do you the readers think made the most difference in the news in Second Life this year? Please leave us your opinions below.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: "Third Life"



From Spring 2007. Somehow I found this computer and desk, with a familiar-looking picture on the screen.

By Bisyl Shuftan

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Announcement: The Candlelight Procession


7PM Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th
at Magicland Park, Main Street

Magicland pays tribute to the classic celebration that began in Disneyland over 55 years ago: a combination of carols, music, and the story of the Christian Nativity. Caledonia Skytower narrates along with performers from the Magicland Cast. 

Narration In Voice, Music in Stream

Magicland Park
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bracket/254125/27

SL Video: "Light Show"




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From W.L.F. on Oct 7

Friday, December 8, 2017

Monticito Bay


BekNos (Becky Nosferatu) and Moff (MoffettMephit Resident) invited me to a new sim they and others have been working on: Monticito Bay. Built to resemble a coastal resort city of the American South in the mid-20th Century, there was quite a bit there, from store areas, to rentals, to venues, room for special events, and much scenery, a couple with small stories as to how they got started.

Read the story in Places.

EA's Star Wars Battlefront II's "Lootboxes" Stir Controversy, Calls For Government Regulation


It used to be if we paid money to play a game, whether all at once for a console game or monthly for an MMO, that was it. If a game was free to play, that the makers would offer a few items to make gameplay easier for a few bucks was accepted. So what happens when a game noted for it's multiplayer mode with player versus player combat, which you have to pay sixty to eighty dollars to play to begin with, starts offering people the chance to buy the loot boxes needed to advance? A lot of controversy, comparisons to online gambling, and talk of the government getting involved.

Read more in Other Grids, MMOs, and Games.

Sunweaver Eclipse Freezes Over



Winter has come to the Sunweaver Estates. Shockwave Yareach, a noted builder with accomplishments such as various Relay Weekend campsites, who owns Sunweaver Eclipse informed the Newser the place had recently taken on a look of ice and snow, suggesting it was not exactly deliberate, "My freeze ray has rendered my hot tropical island a winter wonderland. Had a we bit o trouble with the liquid nitrogen. Sadly the ray was supposed to defrost hot dogs.  But oh well."

Dropping by, the sea around the island was indeed iced over.  One could walk around the place without falling through to the sea floor. Perfect for skating, if one had some skates. The ice extended to the SunWater Three sim, so one could walk or skate between the two islands, or north of the larger one. The middle of the Eclipse island also had some snow, and some winterized and Christmas trees, as well as some decorations.

But this wasn't all. Later Shockwave messaged me of a new development out of a "Calvin and Hobbes" comic plot, "Oh no!!  Roving snowgoons have invaded my sim!!" It turned out he wanted to see what would happen if he put a little code in some snowmen. But the results, not unlike with Calvin, didn't exactly go to plan as he now had a mess of scary snowmen crawling around, "Now they roam my sim."

So to get a look at the Sunweaver Estate's wintry corner, snowgoons and all, head to the Sunweaver Eclipse sim.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "Our Digital Selves Official Teaser #2" [Drax Files Special coming 2018]




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From Draxtor Despress on Dec 01 (the first video is here).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Oahu Sim, Home of USS Arizona Memorial, "Under Construction"



Going to the USS Arizona Memorial at the Oahu sim turned out to be a no-go yesterday as the sim was closed to the public. The reason, it was "Under Construction." Having an alt join the group, the place should be reopened on December 9 to a "Grand Opening" party.


As it turns out, Oahu has a couple neighbors now, and the memorial can be seen from the
Pacific West sim by turning the draw distance way up, panning around, and waiting for the image to clear up. But stepping onto the Oahu sim will result in a warning to get off or be teleported away.

Beginning on December 9 presumably, the memorial can be found at Oahu (176/22/23). The reproduction of the real-life memorial to those who lost their lives on the USS Arizona on the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Empire. About half of the over 2300 killed in the attack perished on the ship. The memorial was online for several years, including for a Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary memorial event in 2011. The sim would be down for several months last year until it was reopened in January this year.

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: HFOT Donations November 2017


Supporters of our efforts in Second Life for Homes For Our Troops really got in the spirit of giving for November 2017.  We were able to collect a little over $1350 for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life during the month of November.  This act of kindness was only possible because of some special people in Second Life.

Thank you DonGuapo, JadeCorazon and Victoreeria (Club Vet), Curvslater (Shadow Shore) , Russell65 (The Generation), Cayleen Linette (Cay's at Woodland Lake) and BellaRose Restless (Marble Hills and StormWind).

Also thank you to Pamela Alectoris of Pamela Live for dedicating a complete show to help our wounded veterans.

Other regular contributors also made extra efforts in the month of November.  Thank you:

Sunnyskies McMahon (Bama Country)
possum1 Elan (Pismo Beach)
Earl Topaz (Young)
COOLSIX (Luquillo Beach)
dirkdanger11
tbranno (Sweetest Thing)
XxCH3LLZxX (Shadow Shore)
Littlebit31okla(Saddles Canyon Country)


Our monthly benefit at Veteran's Isle could not have gone on without the help of Gjackie Winkler and Waya Snowpaw.  And of course Dahlea Milena!!

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

Waya Snowpaw
Savannah Rain
Shannon Oherlihy
Savannah Coronet
Chillee Hernandoz
All the folks at Whispering Sands Promotions

Keep it up Second Life, our wounded veterans deserve it! 


Frets Nirvana

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Picture taken by Geerkil Ziskey. 

Caption by Bixyl Shuftan

The Peace On Earth Hunt


Shaza Denver is back with a shopping hunt that is taking place for the tenth year in a row: the POE or Peace on Earth hunt. With almost three hundred items to find, you're sure to find plenty of things you'll like. Here, Shaza describes the event and shows a few examples of what you can find.

Read the story in Fashion.

A Look at The Christmas Expo


Gemma Cleanslate has been at the Relay for Life's Christmas spinnoff event: The Christmas Expo. Taking place until Sunday December 10, this event covers four sims of shopping, including breedable pets, contests, live performances, and more. Gemma describes here what awaits those dropping by to see what's going on in this charity event in which all the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society.

Read Gemma's article in Events.

Trans Siberian Orchestra Tribute at Christmas Expo



 On Saturday December 2, There was a Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute band performance at the Relay for Life's Christmas Expo. The real life band is known for two things: their modern twist to some classic Christmas songs, and the light show performed at their concerts. And it was the same thing with the tribute band on the Grid.

Get Here Early for The Amazing TransSiberian Orchestra @ SL Christmas Expo!  **  You've heard their music on the radio in RL... You may of seen them live... The band comprised of heavy metal giants from groups such as Megadeath, Savatage, Journey.. have put together a Christmas show that is second to none, and Mavendorf Entertainment is performing the famous Ghosts of Christmas Eve Show to Benefit the Relay For Life of Second Life!


There were a number of performers, including child avatars for the choir music. Many tens of thousands of Lindens were raised, some people at times offering to match the amount donated in the next two to five minutes.

"The most magical thing about this night, we will now reiterate, is no matter where you are in life, it never is.. too late."

We thank you so much for being a part of such an amazing group!! Relay for Life and the Christmas Expo are beyond!!! YOU make tha difference by being here.. shopping (shop folks shop!!) building a snowman, buying a raffle and donating to a kiosk.. all our musicians donate their time !!

Don't forget to stop by the 2017 Christmas Expo this week.

Bixyl Shuftan

SL Video: "VCE3i Introductory and Educational Video"




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From November 28. Pooky Amsterdam's Pookymedia helped make this video for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Virtual Campus, "Virtual and immersive environments work exceedingly well and very affordably for those learning foreign languages. We recently had the opportunity to work on this advertisement with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Virtual Campus to showcase how their exciting platform within Second Life is teaching students around the globe."

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


It's a week for of exciting events at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in 'F," TBA, TBA

The Happy Vixen: Silly Hats, Navy, Canines and Canids, Stranger Things, Silks, Swing, Topless, CAYA

Club Zero Gravity: Holiday Sweaters, Military

Furry Fashion Lounge: Sci-fi, Musicals, Colors, Country, Rave, Swing, Hybrids Cartoons

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Winter at Devon Dream


Safra Nitely, a friend of the SL Newser, recently invited me to drop by her sim of Devon Dream. She had been giving the ground area a Winter wonderland look for her friends and anyone else who wanted to come and see. Besides looking pretty, the place has interactive rides, a dance area for parties, and a few merchant stalls Safra is offering for free to anyone interested.

Read the story in Places.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Locations: Part Two


Gemma Cleanslate has been continuing her explorations of Christmas-themed areas in Second Life. Here she writes about several more locations: the Place Plaza Winter Bazaar, Christmas Lane, and Winter Holiday Village. In these locations, you can shop, skate, visit Santa, take a giant owl for a ride, and more.

Read Gemma's article in Places.

DJ Geerkil And The "Dragon Crew"


There are plenty of DJs in Second Life. But how many are in teams, which include a dragon, or have some comedic banter between tunes? At the Happy Vixen and Club Zero Gravity in the Sunweaver community, you'll find DJ Geerkil and the "Dragon Crew. Geerkil Zisky and JB Raccoon spin out great music and a funny banter between songs, with their friend LS Raccoon acting as host (their Tuesday set's host is Kitacella), they perform events at these two clubs. With their schedule changing recently, the Newser recently had a few words with this unique DJ team.

Read the story in People.

Live Musician Maxx Sabertooth at Christmas Expo



 The Christmas Expo began in full swing on Friday December 1. Among the live performances was that of Maxx Sabertooth, a live singer who does Rythym and Blues and other songs. He performed from 5-6PM.


Maxx has been singing for Second Life for several years.

The Christmas Expo is a Relay for Life spinnoff event, raising money for the American Cancer Society.

Bixyl Shuftan

2017 SL Christmas Expo Entertainment Schedule



The Christmas Expo got started last Friday Dec. 1, and it continues all this week with plenty of exhibits, shops, and events ever day. Today for instance one can catch Luke Flywaker 3-5PM, Tazzle Turque 5-7 PM, and MrsSpooky Maroon 7-9 PM. Be sure to be around for the final event, the Holidays of Hope Ball 4-7PM on Sunday December 10.

Press Release: The 2017 Christmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair Snowman Contest



Yes of course you want to join the the Snowman Contest, I knew that !
Now, you are now almost ready to go!

First step, pay a Vendor to claim a spot, entry fee is 350L$.

ATTENTION: unlike before, this year the vendors will not self-destruct.
Please make sure that you check the hover text above the vendor.

 Line 3 should read: This Vendor's sales: L$0

 That means this lot has not been taken. If the Line says: This Vendor's sales: L$350, someone has already picked that spot.

 But don't worry, just pick another one. Also, additional spots can be added.

After you paid the vendor, you can start building your snowman, or, if you already constructed it somewhere else, place it here.

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The rules are simple:

- You must stay within a limit of 30 prims (or rather...  Land Impact), exceeding that limit will result in point deduction

- Your snowman must be ready by the 6th of December (means, it must be in your building spot, judging starts December 7)

- Transfer perms are NOT required. That means you can use anything within the 30 LI to make your snowman pretty and unique , you may however not use a prefab snowman for obvious reasons. Create a unique scenery by adding your personal touch.
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The voting system:
Judges will vote in 3 categories and can give 15 points at a max.

But here is the clue... another 15 can be granted by popular vote. So make all your friends come and vote for your Snowman by donating to the kiosk right next to it. 

Points from jury and popular vote combined will decide the winner !

The Winner will be announced during the Holiday of Hope Ball on December 10th.

GOOD LUCK !

More Questions? Please ask Sidonie Carlberg or Rowena Dubrovna

Oxford Street (111, 249, 25)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Cartoon of the Day



Taken at Club Cutlass

by Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: This Week at the Senchai Libraries

DECEMBER IS HERE!
Events at LEA 7 are in increasingly full swing, AND we have some great adventures back on Holly Kai, both beginning and concluding this week. Join us for stories all week in #secondlife, and on our properties in #kitely, live in voice.

Check out the stories and the storytellers at www.seanchailibrary.com

All times SL time, stories in Voice.

Unless otherwise noted, at Holly Kai Estates (215/44/27)

**SUNDAY, December 3rd at 1pm: TEA TIME with Charles Dickens - More selections from the works of Charles Dickens. This week in Christmas Present near the Three Cripple's Pub at The Dickens project on LEA 7.  Look for the teleport panel at the main Landing Point.  Dancing Follows! 
The Dickens Project 2017 - LEA7, LEA7 (190, 35, 21) -

**MONDAY, December 4th, at 7 pm:  Diana Gallagher's ALIEN DARK Concludes with Gyro Muggins
  
**TUESDAY, December 5th,

     ~ at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYN, Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts, and gifted musician presents stories, poetry, and songs (on stream) on Church Street at The Dickens Project  
The Dickens Project 2017 - LEA7, LEA7 (167, 172, 25)
     ~ at 7 pm: TBA

**WEDNESDAY, December 6th, at 7 pm: Selections from SECRET'S OF A CHRISTMAS BOX by Steven Hornby with

Caledonia Skytower  (also presented in Kitely hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/144/129/29)

** THURSDAY, December 7th, at 7pm: Monique Martin's IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS Concludes with Shandon Loring

on Church Street at The Dickens Project (also presented in Kitely hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/144/129/29)􀀅
The Dickens Project 2017 - LEA7, LEA7 (167, 172, 25)

THE DICKENS PROJECT IS OPEN!  Visit, explore, share this Invitation HUD with your friends.  "Carol Week" begins December 11th.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

SL Video: "Raglan Shire 2017 Talent Show"




(Click here if the video fails to play)

From Nitwacket on November 23, "With Songbird Sorbet, Eren Padar, Fullauto, The Tiny Maniacs, Caleb Kit, Jennylynn, Maggi696. Kayak Kuu, Peaches and Apollo, Dangercat and Chaffro Schoonmaker."

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: Thanksgiving Leftovers



Picture submitted by JB Raccoon. His outfit for the impromptu Thanksgiving party at the Happy Vixen sparked a few jokes about "stick a fork in it" and deep-fryers.

Caption by Bixyl Shuftan

Missing Items, Missing Lindens


By: Alura Denver (Alura Messing)

For over a week now Second Life has been having an issue with Marketplace.  Today they posted a similar update to previous alerts, saying "we are still actively investigating".  They are however, only reporting that there "is an issue causing no-copy items to become unlisted".  What is not being shared however, is that the transaction will still be processed taking your lindens and not giving you any merchandise.  Additionally, Marketplace will have no record of the transaction ever happening.  You will only be able to find the transaction in your account transactions on the main Second Life Web page.  Residents have also reported that these transactions come out multiple times, taking money each time.

Should you find yourself the unlucky person that this happens to before it is resolved, you can submit a support ticket at https://lindenlab.freshdesk.com/support/tickets/new  be sure to include as much information as possible.  Remember it can take Linden Labs up to a week to process tickets.  If you want to know more about the status of this issue you can check the grid status and issues at https://status.secondlifegrid.net/ for any updates that have been posted. 

Notes:

Residents:
Jacob Cassady
Bill Smit

https://status.secondlifegrid.net/

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Investigating - We are currently investigating an issue with Marketplace that may be causing a variety of items to become unlisted.
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Alura Denver

Linden Lab's Winter Wonderland Returns, Date Set for "Snowball Showdown"


On Wednesday November 29, Xiola Linden posted of the official Second Life blog that their "Winter Wonderland" area, accessible from Portal Park, was once again open. Attractions there include the Village of Lights, the Winter Snow Track, the Ice Skate Arena, the Ferris Wheel, and the favorite of most: the Snowball Fight Arena.

Also announced was the date of a Second Life tradition: the time of the "Snowball Showdown," or the "Linden Snowball Fight" as it used to be called.

Holidays have traditions - the gathering of families, the giving of gifts, the food and merriment, and - in our case - the Linden/Resident Snowball Showdown! This is your chance to arm yourself with some sweet snow-slinging artillery, take to the sparkling ice, and attack your friends, fellow Residents, and some Lindens with snowballs galore! But, you had better be prepared to get pummeled in return, because much of the joy of the holidays is giving - even if that means giving someone a snowball sandwich when they are least expecting it. Join us at the Snowball Fight Arena on Friday - December 15th from 11 am to 1 pm (SLT) and prepare to get pummeled!

For more information, check out the Linden blog entry in full here.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Winter Wonderland 2/157/6/22/

Announcement: This Week at the Science Circle


Saturday December 2
10AM SL time

"Welcome to Mike’s Chem Lab!" by Mike Shaw

Special thanks to Chantal and Jes for setting up this corner of the SC sim with buildings, comfy places to sit and other attractive features. Feel free to hang out with the cats.

The area features objects built for talks I’ve given during the past couple of years during the Science Circle’s (SC) regular lecture series.  More information about the SC is available on the website, including links to the YouTube recordings of recent talks (https://sciencecircle.org/).  I have also posted content from my talks at http://dpa-llc.com/chemjs , including links to the source material, and software used to create the objects. I am grateful to dpa-llc for hosting this content, to which other educators are welcome to link to.

The exhibits in this area highlight how atomic and molecular orbitals influence observed chemistry, and provide examples of how experimentally-determined structures can be easily translated into accurate models in virtual worlds.  Most of the exhibits are labelled and will give you a notecard with more details when you click on them.

More information at https://sciencecircle.org/nextpresentation/


The Science Circle (61/126/32

Press Release: 2017 Winter Showcase and Art Show in Support of Team Diabetes of Second Life


DATES: December 1 to 10, 2017

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/145/138/26

WEBSITE: https://teamdiabetessl.org/winter-showcase-winter-artshow/

Join Team Diabetes of Second Life for the 3rd annual Winter Showcase and Art Show! Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorized team of The American Diabetes Association. Activities at the event include 2D and 3D art, live performances, a special Models Giving Back winter fashion show, ice skating parties, two hunts, an advent calendar, ice fishing, dj parties, shopping, and fun!

Participating merchants include: OYO Breedables, Aleutua , alme., Blossom, BRYNE, ChiC Buildings, Chiffon, Chop Zuey, Cosmos Boutique, Dixie Dandelion and Designs, DBS, Emerald Couture, Fjordian Slip, Get Jiggy, Ghee, Gidget's Styles, Go Frock Yourself, Just Ordinary, Kades, Kiliki Bikini, LC Fashion, Le Fashion Whore, Love, Lunar Seasonal Designs, MadCatCreations, Mara's Mysteries, Mahlberg Tailors, Metal & Stone,  OMG! Inc, Park Place, Pharmacist, Potomac Signature Homes , Roth's, Rush, Shiva, Simply Shelby, Sohoe Shoes, Spyralle, Starlight Designs, Steelhead, Tayren's Fantasy Fashions, TRS Designs, Tylar's Treasures, Winterwood, Wood Works, Xanna Wahwah Designs, & Xplicit Designs.

Participating artists include: AlexAvion, Anjelikka, Bri Graycloud, CalystiaMoonShadow, Caresia Adored, Carisa Franizzi, Carlotta Ceawlin, Catalina Staheli, Chanasitsayo, DAKOTA LAVAROCK, Eucalyptus Carroll, ilyra chardin, Inara Pey, Jamee Sandalwood, JolieElle Parfort, John Brianna, Layachi ihnen, maaddi, Paaie, roadrabbit resident, roxaane Fyanucci, Sandi Benelli, saoirseheart, Sheba Blitz, Slatan Dryke, smalldoll resident, talligurl, tessagrace51, Veruca Tammas, & wintergeist.

About The American Diabetes Association:
The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes by funding research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association delivers services to hundreds of communities and provides objective and credible information and resources about diabetes.
Free resources are available in English and Spanish at http://www.diabetes.org and 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2382).

For More Information:
https://teamdiabetessl.org/winter-showcase-winter-artshow/ (Website for the 2017 Wintershowcase and Art Show)
http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR?px=11304578&fr_id=11965&pg=personal  (The official American Diabetes Association page for Team Diabetes of Second Life)
www.diabetes.org (Official website of The American Diabetes Association)
http://www.idf.org/membership/meet-our-members  (Website to find diabetes information in your home country)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

More on Net Neutrality: Over 200 Businesses Sign Letter of Support, Philip Rosedale Predicts "Especially Negative" Consequences


By Bixyl Shuftan

Earlier, the Newser wrote about the plans of the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to dismantle regulations protecting Net Neutrality. To the ordinary Internet user, it may seem like a David and Goliath style struggle of thousands of little guys like him versus huge corporations. As it turns out, the little guys have some big guys on their side. On November 27, also known as "Cyber Monday," one of the biggest days of shopping online in the year, over 200 online businesses and trade groups signed their names to a letter to the FCC asking them to scrap Pai's call to end Net Neutrality protections. Among those on the list were Pinterest, Reddit, Tumbir, Twitter, and Vimeo.

Because of the open internet, a web developer can launch a business out of their own apartment, an aspiring fashion designer in Wyoming can sell clothes in Los Angeles, or a caterer can find new customers in their town. Because of net neutrality, consumers and businesses have unfettered access to one another, increasing competition and consumer choice.

Without these rules, internet service providers will be able to favor certain websites and e-businesses, or the platforms they use to garner new customers, over others by putting the ones that can pay in fast lanes and slowing down or even blocking others. Businesses may have to pay a toll just to reach customers. This would put small and medium-sized businesses at a disadvantage and prevent innovative new ones from even getting off the ground. An internet without net neutrality protections would be the opposite of the open market, with a few powerful cable and phone companies picking winners and losers instead of consumers.


And what would the repeal of Net Neutrality mean for Second Life? According to Philip Rosedale, the founder of Linden Lab, it would be very bad. In a post on Twitter, Rosedale reminded everyone that for many users of the Internet, where they live there's only one Internet provider, especially for high-speed Internet.

Many Americans have only one internet provider. Removing the requirement for net neutrality would allow their opinions to be biased by the provider. Unbiased information will become a privilege of the rich. This is against everything we stand for as a country.

Talking to Hamlet Au of New World Notes, Rosedale explained more, "The end of net neutrality would be especially negative for high bandwidth services like SL and High Fidelity that are delivered by less powerful companies. I would not be surprised to see providers with no competition simply re-introduce by-the-megabyte billing for 'non-premium' services, taking us all the way back to the stone age of AOL and other early online services."

Second Life can be quite a "bandwith hog," to quote the starter of a 2007 thread from the SL Universe forums in which one person stated his Internet plan's bandwidth allowance for a month only covered slightly more than three days of use. With this in mind, it's fair to say the end of Net Neutrality would strongly affect a number of core residents. For users who spend a lot of time here whose Internet provider ends up putting a strict bandwidth limit with high charges for going over,  this would mean paying more, perhaps significantly more, for a higher level of use, or severely cutting their time here.

On another note, an article by the Washington Post reported that "hundreds of thousands" of emails to the FCC about Net Neutrality were likely fake. An article in Hackernoon stated that there were more than a million fake messages to them calling for the repeal of Net Neutrality, concluding that only three to four percent of the total of comments they had received were probably real.

Sources: The Verge, New World Notes, Twitter, Ars Technica, SL Universe, Washington Post, Hackernoon

Bixyl Shuftan