Monday, September 25, 2017

My Tribute to Breezes

Since Breezes Babii passed away on September 9, there have been many people expressing their sympathy for her, including friends talking about memories of her. Among those friends was Chigadee London  Chigadee recently sent in a reader submission describing her friendship with Breezes and how it went from Second Life to real life, including the final days when she had some conversations with her daughter-in-law.

Read Chigadee's reader submission in People.

Maxwell Graf of Rustica Asks For Help Due to Real Life Eviction

by Bixyl Shuftan

Maxwell Graf, best known for being a content creator and his well-designed sim Rustica is in trouble. A few days ago, he sent a plea for help, saying the house he and his wife were supposed to spend their retirement in will soon be lost due to a falling out with the wife's family, "We have to vacate ... This is terrifying. We have no savings, we have to credit cards to run up. Even in a best case scenario, we can only afford a small two-bedroom apartment ... What I want is a safe place for Cheryl and my dogs to sleep at night. Nothing else matters. I am not the kind of person who wants a handout ... What I am asking is that you take a visit to my sim (Rustica) and purchase an item or two, or visit my admittedly small marketplace store and find something there. If you want something but it costs too much, IM me and I will send it to you for whatever you do have. ... Every single item will make a very real difference in this crazy transition, and I honestly have never needed your help and support more in my life."

I got in contact with Maxwell, and we talked about his situation. He didn't have anything to add about his real-life situation other than "my schedule is absolutely messed up crazy right now, and going to go dark here at any time due to the move." But not everything was going bad, "I can say this.I have never before experienced the kind of love and caring and support that I have seen from so many people for Cheryl and I. In the middle of those closest to us, the siblings who are doing this to us, we have had an army of people we only know through 'virtual reality' do the most amazing things for us.  It's such a strange dichotomy. I mean, people I have never even heard of sending me five or ten dollars to my Paypal somehow (I did not give it out), and randomly sending me lindens. People offering to let us stay with them, people offering to come help us pack. It's just amazing and I've been crying a lot.(smile).

"There IS love and kindness in the world, beyond what I have ever known. I have always had a hard time asking for help, so I am just a pile of mush lately with the outpouring we have had from the SL community. ... amazing people. Never believe that this place is just a bunch of sex addicts or trolls or fashionistas, like they would have us believe. I know you never felt that way and I have not either, but this goes beyond what I have ever experienced. So much love from people."

For anyone wishing to help out, head over to the Rustica sim, Rustica (130/116/58), to purchase an item, or do so at Rustica's Marketplace page.

Source: Prim Perfect

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Eye on the Blog: "An Important Reminder About Account Security"

The following was posted by Linden Lab yesterday.

It has come to our attention that some Residents are sending messages - which may appear as popup windows in some viewers - informing other Residents that their accounts have been compromised and encouraging them to contact Support, using a phone number that is not associated with Linden Lab.
These messages are phishing attempts to gain access to your Second Life account. Neither Linden Lab, nor Second Life Customer Support, would attempt to contact you in this manner. You can always find Linden Lab’s official customer support contact methods within the following links:
As always, please be wary of suspicious messages and contact from other users. If you believe your account has been compromised, please contact us via support case at

Hat Tip: Fuzzball Ortega 

SL Video: "Nightwish - Bye Bye Beautiful"

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By Calaval on April 2015

Friday, September 22, 2017

Perri Prinz Talks About Her Livejournal Troubles, Facebook Suspension

Times have not been easy lately for Perri Prinz, one of the members of the Sunweaver community where the Newser makes it's home. She is best known as a writer, and one of the things a writer fears is having access to one's audience cut off. First Livejournal, the hosting service of her Spectral Shadows serialized science-fiction novel, demanded a huge amount of money from her to keep the illustrations on. Her response was to put her fiction writing on hold, and instead use her pen to non-fiction, writing commentaries about the Furry Fandom and society at large. But a few people didn't like what she had to say, and one day she found Facebook, where most of her audience was getting her stories, had shut down her account. The Newser recently met up with Perri, to talk about this de-facto censorship, and she had a few things to say about it. As it turns out, she may be writing soon again.

Read the story in People.

Is Second Life Experiencing an "Oldbie" Resurgence?

On the Second Life section of Reddit, a "Neuromancer72" posted on Wednesday September 20 that after dropping out from the Grid around 2010, he had returned last year, and come across "many people" who had done the same. Which left him wondering, how many residents who had dropped out were coming back?

Mine is a familiar story - very active in SL from 2006 to maybe 2009-10, then dropped off for years only to return in the last year or so. I've met many people since my return who followed a similar route - left years ago and have now come back. Posts to this sub show others doing the same. I can't help but wonder if this is really a widespread thing, or if I've just been more aware of it because of similarities to my own history. If it is a thing, any ideas what might be driving people to give SL another go?

There were several responses, including one by "Jadziyah":

I think a majority of residents take long 'breaks' at one point. Why we all come back is harder to nail down. Linden Labs has actually had several positive changes lately such as land prim increases and the addition of bento bones, so those generated a lot of excitement. And there will always be the social aspect.

Hamlet Au thought that this very well could be the case, suggesting "if a few thousand oldbies are jumping onto the grid more regularly, it might not show up in the data, but still be significant." He felt there were two reasons for such a probable resurgence, One was social media, as many Second Life residents use Facebook and former residents would continue to keep their former virtual neighbors and friends on their friend list and continue to communicate with them, and hear about new content and goings on. He also felt the talk about Sansar would get former residents wondering "Whatever happened with Second Life" and come back to see what's been going on here.

So what do you the readers think? Have you seen numbers of former residents returning? Or perhaps you are someone who left and returned? What's getting people to come back?

Bixyl Shuftan

Press Release: "Homes Four Our Troops" Bennefit at Veterans Isle This Sunday

Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce the 2017 September 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 September benefit on September 24, 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 onSeptember 24, 2017 is scheduled from 4-9 PM PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Senjata Witt, suzen joel, Soulvision, and hogan Baily .

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

Announcement: This Week at the Science Circle

Saturday 23th 10 AM PDT

“Virtual Reality in Science!” by William Schmachtenberg, Ph. D (Dae Miami in SL)

Abstract: VR in Education. There has been a lot of hype about Virtual Reality in the Media, but what is actually involved in using VR in education? How much does it cost, what hardware do you need, how do you set it up, and how good is the software that is available? For the most part, VR in schools has meant Google Cardboard, but other forms of VR are getting cheaper such as Gear VR and even Oculus Rift.

I have been conducting hands-on research with Google Cardboard,  Gear VR and Oculus Rift setups and will be sharing those results in this presentation, but I hope you will come and share your information on VR as well. I will also include reviews of current VR software.
More information about Dae's presentation at

The Science Circle (61/126/32)

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Sunday 24th 10 AM PDT

“Horse-hunting Crocodiles and Tiny Alligators: Crocodilian Evolution after the Age of the Dinosaurs” by Alex Hastings, Ph. D                                       

Crocodiles have had an impressively long evolutionary history. During the Age of the Dinosaurs they reached massive size and diversified into a wide array of forms, but their lineage did not die with the mass extinction that ended that era. After the massive ecological shifts that occurred, crocodilians adapted to new circumstances and have been enormously successful.

Dr. Hastings will present some of his research on this fascinating group of animals in the millions of years that have followed since the extinction including running crocodiles and dwarf alligators.

More information about Hasting's presentation at

The Science Circle (61/126/32)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Firestorm's Seventh Anniversary Gift Fire Mule

It was September 3, 2010 that Team Phoenix, later renamed Team Firestorm, was formed. They had come about as the result of the "Emeraldgate" controversy, which soon led to the removal of the Emerald Viewer. On Saturday September 9, Team Firestorm had their anniversary party. Besides two live music performers, there was also a gift available: a rideable pet mule, in Firestorm's colors.

As with nearly every major event we hold we try to arrange a gift for all Second Life residents and this year will be no exception! ABC – AWESOME BREED CREATIONS have very generously created an exclusive collectible pet mule with an amazing one of a kind coat and eye! I like to think the Mule represents our strength and perhaps our stubbornness! WOW it’s gorgeous! Thank you so much ABC!

I headed to Firestorm Dow Forest (224/232/3902), and found the avatar giver in the size and shape of the mule. I clicked on it to get the package, went to the Ivory Tower to rezz it, and got a box. Opening it, I got the mule and was able to rezz it on the ground and ride it. I was able to name it, and my friend with me was able to click to get saddle and reins.The mule was listed at 143 days old, and was perfectly rideable. It didn't need food or water, but it was not breedable,

Unfortunately, Chilly the firekitty at the Newser office has no mule companion. By accident, I tried rezzing him in a spot where only the landowner could, and not only did the horse fail to rezz, it failed to appear in my inventory. When going back to the mule rezzer, it wouldn't give me another. So be careful where you take the mule from you inventory.

It is unclear how long the anniversary gift will be available. So go get a mule while you can.

Update: I later found the mule in my inventory after logging back on.

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: Happy "Talk Like a Pirate Day"

ShadowRene Ivanova and me in my "Pie rat" look at Luskwood. The mouse may soon be in for quite a hug.

By Bixyl Shuftan

Ari's Park in Cape Heron

Ari (Arisia Vita) is one of Deaflegacy's favorite people to write about. She didn't expect to be writing about him again so soon, but he was recently honored in Cape Heron with a park for him by an anonymous donor where he can play music. So once again, she picked up her pen to get the story.

Read Deaflegacy's article in Places.

Edited 12:20PM

Linden Lab Announces New Game in Second Life: "Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches"

In late June, and more recently in late August, Linden Lab was talking about a "grid-wide gaming experience" coming "soon." On Monday September 18, they announced it had arrived: "Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches."

The plot of the game is that Tyrah, the girl in danger in the Horizons game, has been rescued. But somehow Magellan Linden has apparently died. While Tyrah and the Moles are still talking about who will help protect the Grid, a new threat emerges: Ruth. Furious at being all but forgotten, she takes advantage of Magellan's departure to unleash magical creatures called "Glytches" on the Grid to wreck havoc. Not sure what to do, Magellan's robot sidekick Punkee decides on using the tactic of his former boss: get the residents to help out.

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To play the game, head to Portal Park and head to the portal to the new area, called Hartyshire, and pick up the HUD and beginning weapon at the Gem Apothecary. The HUD will take you to the places you need to go to catch the Glytches. For those who got the SL14B avatar and it's egg this summer, there's a place at the Apothecary you can hatch it.

We'll have some more details soon on how to play the game and the prizes you can get. But if you're in a hurry to start, head to Portal Park at (175/118/52).

Read the announcement in full here. You can read more information about it here.

Bixyl Shuftan

"Talk Like A Pirate Day" Celebrated at the Happy Vixen

Yesterday, September 19, was "Talk Like a Pirate Day." Usually on the day the Newser celebrates with a chuckle. But we delayed making a deal out of it for a day out of respect to Breezes Babii. The Sunweaver community celebrated it at the Happy Vixen with a pirate party, with the high-energy DJ Tantari spinning the tunes. The 250 Linden prize was split between Tantari Kim, Amaya Hotshot, and Gnawtooth Greymoon.

Feel free to check our Pirate Speak and pirate-themed locations articles from earlier.

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tombstone Says Goodbye to Breezes Babii

On Sunday September 17, the Tombstone community gave it's goodbye to one of it's noted members: Breezes Babii. In the Old West roleplay community, she didn't have an especially prestigious position such as town mayor, ranch owner, or sharpshooter. But she won the hearts of both the other characters and their players alike, as well as having many friends on the outside, such as the Relay for Life and the Second Life Newser. People from all three and more would get together to give their farewells to their beloved friend.

Read the story in Events.

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs

It's a week full of events, including our tribute to "Talk Like a Pirate Day" today, at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in 'Q' and 'R," TBA, TBA

The Happy Vixen: Mythology, Pirates, Leather and Lace, Ponies, Mardi Gras Tribute, Naughty, CAYA

Club Zero Gravity: Pokemon, Orange and Brown, Featherx, Maniac Music Mix

Furry Fashion Lounge: Vaporware, Animation, Monsters, Video Games, 80s and 90s, LBGTQ Pride, Metal, Slumber

See the schedules at SL Clubbin'.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Jayra Magic and JFC Bikes

By Wesley Regenbogen

About Jayra Magic

Jayra Magic is the owner and creator of the JFC Bikes and the store. She’s a bike builder and has a bike store. Making bikes in Second Life is her passion and she’s good at her job. Her bikes are awesome bikes, because she puts her passion into making them.

I met Jayra Magic at the place where she makes her bikes, after she teleported me over.

I first asked how she was doing and she told me “I’m doing fine” and she asked how I was doing and I told her I was doing very well.

I asked how she got started in Second Life and how she got started as a bike creator. She told me that a friend of her told her about Second Life and that it didn’t take too long before she met people that liked bikes as she did.

Next, I asked her how bikes are made and what processes that it goes through to get into the final product and ready to be sold. She told me that there are multiple ways to get a bike made : she buys bike parts and puts them together until it looks like a bike, or she buys bike-kits and puts her own scripts into it and also adds her own textures.

Creating a bike can take weeks, she also told me. So, making bikes is time consuming. It takes so long because she has her own vision on how it needs to look and sometimes she can't find the right bike parts. So, that's why she makes her own bike parts too. She wants every bike to have their own character and not only a look. So fine tuning it can also take a few days work.

Then I asked her if she has a collaboration with other bike creators or she only works solo. She told me that she always likes to learn from other bike creators and that Lexei Glas (LG Bikes) teached her the important things about Second Life bikes. She has a special collaboration with Moppi Riddler, the bike outfit creator called MRSTYLE, they have been friends for over 9 years. Her shop is located next to the JFC bike store.

When I asked her where she gets the inspiration for creating bikes in Second Life, she told me that gets many ideas from customers and also from real life role models and also her own fantasies and ideas that she has.

Then I asked her if she has lots of customers from MCs, or motorcycle clubs, around Second Life. She told me that she has many people from MC’s in Second Life, but also non MC related people that want to buy a bike. There are many people that are in a MC in Second Life that ride bikes from JFC. She is proud that people ride her bikes in Second Life.

I asked her what if a customer wants a custom made bike. She told me that if it doesn’t cost her more to make it, she sells it at the regular price, but she currently is unable to make custom bikes. She doesn’t make bikes for 1 person, but she wants to make bikes for everybody out there. She wants to share her creations ( the bikes ) with everyone.

The last question I asked was what plans that she has for the future. She told me that she hopes to keep on selling bikes and that her shops continues to grow and that her store runs for a couple of years at least. And she hopes that she never runs out of ideas to make bikes. She also hopes that she can spend more time exploring biker sims and also join in on parties/concerts and also doing some sailing in Second Life.

I thanked her for taking the time for doing the interview and wished her luck in the future.

Wesley Regenbogen

Building Begins For Burn2 Radical Ritual in October

Besides Halloween, October in Second Life is also known for the main Burn2 festival. Although the "Burners" as they're called have spinoff events around the year, October has always been the time of the original of the yearly events, based on the real-life Burning Man festival in Black Rock Nevada and originally called Burning Life, that have taken place in Second Life from it's first year. Klaus Bereznyak had a look at the preparations for the "Octoburn" from the scene of the event as the people behind it get ready. This year's theme: "Radical Ritual."

Read more in Design.

Bay City, "Hot Bay City Nights," And Other Events

Bay City is not only Second Life's largest urban area, but also one of it's more noted communities and the scene of many events. It's most recent major event was the "Hot Bay City Nights" classic auto show, which included the Miss Bay City Nights contest. While this event is over and done with, Marianne McCann still had a few things to say about it, and other events the community and area has every year, including the Oktoberfest later this month.

Read Deaflegacy's article in Extra.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Leading Youtube to Music File Conversion Website Shut Down By Music Industry

In a development that's clearly of interest to music lovers,, once the top website for converting Youtube videos into MP3 files, was shut down earlier this month following an out of court settlement between the site's owner and the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA. The website had been one of the most visited websites on the Internet according to an article in Torrent Freak magazine. But checking the location only shows a dead link, the site having been taken down.

About a year ago, Philip Matesanz of Germany and PMD Technologies UG, the owners of the website had been sued by a number of record companies, charging that the "Defendants are depriving Plaintiffs and their recording artists of the fruits of their labor," while raking in money from advertising. In the agreement between Matesanz and the companies, the domain had been handed over to RIAA and it's owner making a payment of an undisclosed cash settlement,  the recording labels agreed to halt further prosecution, and the defendant accepts the blame of the charges against him.

While this is the end of, these music companies feel the problem of "stream ripping" shouldn't have gotten so far to begin with, complaining that Youtube needs to take more responsibility in trying to stop them.  As it turns out, Youtube did threaten legal action against the website, as well as the video downloader TubeNinja.

For those whom had been depending on for their music, such as possibly some Second Life DJs, they will now have to find another way to get new music.

Sources: The Next Web, Torrent Freak

Bixyl Shuftan

Open House at Sunlight Bay

Yesterday at Sunlight Bay, Cynthia Farshore had an "Open House" party at the newly remodeled Goblin Cave. The party was a small one to celebrate the sim being officially open for business.

It was a little more than a month ago that Cynthia and Nydia Tungsten agreed to switch their ownerships of the sims Sunlight Bay and Pacific Waters. Although the renovations are not yet complete, the Farshore Field airfield is ready for use, the shop at the northeast corner of the sim is ready for business, and the Goblin Cave where Farshore Radio makes it's home is ready for events.

At Pacific Waters, Nydia now has a manor where her friends can hang out, a "float-in" theater on the water, and and office building for White Vixen Enterprises, which controls the Angel community sims and the Happy Vixen and Zero Gravity clubs.

Cynthia Farshore is planning a larger celebration in a couple weeks, a birthday party for Dusk Griswold. In the meantime, her shop has a number of goods, including some outfits from Zan's Clothing.

Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, September 16, 2017

SL Video: Giant Snail Races: "Anything Goes Race - Pirates!"

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From RacerX Gullwing yesterday, Sept 15. :What are the Giant Snail Races without the giant snails? The "Anything Goes" races. These have been going on since at least August.

FionaFei Resident, in a tiny avatar, was the winner of this race. Although the number of participants in this race was small, there are usually more runners.

SL Video: "Fox Shooting Stars"

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From Furry Andy on Aug 13

Friday, September 15, 2017

Reader Submitted: Breezes Babii and Tombstone

With the passing of Breezes Babii almost a week ago, her friends have been looking back at memories of her.  For those in the Tombstone Wild West roleplaying community, she was a friend and neighbor whom was involved in many things. Adrian Wise, the town mayor, put his thoughts to pen with a reader submission.

Read Adrian's reader submission in People.

"Grind Back At Irma For Americares" Events At "The Dirty Grind"

As Florida begins to assess the damage from the devastation from Hurricane Irma, people in Second Life are starting to respond with fundraising events like they did with Hurricane Harvey earlier this month at Furry Fashion and Arima City. In the Fender sim, the music venue "The Dirty Grind," whom features musicians such as Bat Masters, Beth Odets, and Jaycatt n' Frogg, has been doing a "Grind Back at Irma" fundraiser, collecting money to donate to relief efforts in Florida by Americares.

 In light of recent and current events, any and all donations to The Dirty Grind from today until Monday the 18th will go to Americares Hurricane Relief Fund - we hope we can help a little bit, and that everyone is safe out there ! You can check their website here:

 The event actually started on September 10, so there are a few days remaining that the event is taking donations. On Sunday September17, The Grind will have music events from 4 to 8 PM SL time 

Bixyl Shuftan

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Press Release: 12 Hour "Lovefest" At Inspire Space Park, 11AM to 11PM

Inspire Space Park is one of SL's longest running hangouts and the centre for a great community of people. They are a having a fundraiser event Thursday Sept 14 from 11am to 10pm.

"Surprise DJs and performance artists throughout the day. Stop by and show your Linden love for ISP. Keep the family love at ISP. Donations are very much appreciated. Peace and Love."

Announcement: This Week at the Science Circle

“Lessons from Seven Years of Teaching in Second Life” By Greg Perrier, Ph.D., USA
Friday, September 15th

I will give a retrospective of my seven years of working in STEM education in Second Life.  This presentation will summarize lessons learned focusing on what has worked and what did not work in our initiative to use Second Life as an educational tool for Biology. I will end by examining how these lessons from the past can inform our future endeavours.

SL Avatar: Dodge Threebeards

More information about Dodge's presentation at

The Science Circle (61/126/32)

SL Video: "Baking with Bree"

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By Muriel Campese on March 2015, A Tombstone Pictograph Short Motion Picture staring Breezes Babii, who passed away last week.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Interview with GoSpeed Racer (GoSpeed Rasere)

A couple weeks ago as part of it's "Hot Bay City Nights," Bay City had it's "Miss Bay City" contest. The winner was GoSpeed Racer. GoSpeed has long been a presence in Bay City, playing music for it's events, and getting attention with her name. Recently, Deaflegacy interviewed her for the Newser. GoSpeed had a number of things to say, from how she got her name, from details on being Miss Bay City, to her recent fictional writings.

Read Deaflegacy's story in People.

AdMire : Real Life Jam Meet-Up in The Netherlands

Wesley Regenbogen recently attended a unique music event, AdMire. The event took place not just in Second Life, but also the real life location that the inworld area was based on. So what did Wesley have to say about the occasion?

Read Wesley's article in Events.

Remembering Sept 11 at Stagg Island

On Monday Sept 11 at 6PM SL time, I dropped by the Stagg Island 9/11 Memorial. This was the sixteenth anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil that killed about 3,000 people, most from the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. There are a number of memorials to the fallen across Second Life. Stagg Island is the largest one known to the Newser.

The radio stream had both recordings of news broadcasts at the time, and music appropriate for the occasion, such as "Tower of Strength."

"Thank you for attending our 16th Anniversary tribute to those we lost on 9/11/2001. ... This memorial was constructed  for the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.  The outpouring of support has been so remarkable that the creator, and the residents and friends of Stagg Island, decided to leave it up here permanently and dedicate it to the residents of Second Life. Each wall at the memorial contains every name of a precious life lost that day. The individuals on the Airliners, in  the World Trade Center and in the Pentagon are all represented.

"At the one end of the memorial is an eternal flame signifying the light of these souls and keeping their memory forever alive.  Above the eternal flame rotates the Earth. This signifies that all countries were impacted by this terrible tragedy.  We lost people from all nationalities, colors and creeds that day. Evil does not discriminate.  Angels at each corner guard all the individuals honored here.

"The two recessed waterfalls represent the footprint of each building,  The  beam of light  in each footprint signifies each tower and are intended to light up the heavens for our loved ones as a guiding beacon to eternity. During our ceremonies on the anniversary, the "Lanterns of Souls"  will rise out of the water (from each footprint ) to the heavens, signifying the rising to heaven of  the souls of every human being lost that day."

Sixteen years after so many died, America still remembers those who fell.

Bixyl Shuftan

Tuesday, September 12, 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 'Q' and 'R,' TBA, TBA

Happy Vixen, Best in Purple, Heroes, Candy Colors, Roller Skates, Crazy Hair, Swimsuits, CAYA

Club Zero Gravity: Grease, Morning Music, Flower Power, Latex, Afternoon Mix-Up, Mix

Furry Fashion Lounge: Creepy vs Cute, Rave, Videogames, Steampunk, Kids/Chibis, Punk, Cyber, Fantasy

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin.'

Updated 10AM SL time

New Look For The Furry Fashion Lounge

The last time I checked out the Furry Fashion Lounge, the place resembled a haunted castle. The place was a bit creepy, which suggests they may be getting for Halloween early. But it wasn't deterring the crowd. Going in, the music was packed and the music was great.

Check out the new Lounge at Furry (185, 206, 53)

Press Release: Registration Open for Making Strides "Treasure The Chests" Shopping Event

Ahoy mateys!

Calling all buccaneers and wenches! Here’s a way you can support a good cause, raise funds for breast cancer research and have fun at the same time.

Registrations are now being accepted for the “Treasure the Chests” shopping event that will run from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31.

The event is sponsored by Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life.

If you have any type of business, service or sell anything, this is a shopping event for you! There’s no requirements for items unique to the event; no special vendors to set up.

There are a variety of shop sizes to choose from -- something for every budget. The shopping sim will have a Pirate/Old World theme, but don’t let that stop you! All are welcome to join us.

All businesses in Second Life are welcome to participate in this truly unique event. From designers to breedables to SL experiences, there’s a place for everyone at the Treasure the Chests shopping event.

Benefits of sponsorship are highlighted on this google document you can access.

Once you have decided which level of shop works best for you, click the link below to join.

If you are unable to do sponsorship at this time but would like to participate, contact us and allow us to help you find a way to be involved that fits your needs.

We can help get your name and logo seen by THOUSANDS of people across the grid and web through our website and Facebook! All you need to do is click the link above to join or contact Leala Spire, or Sandie Loxingly for more information.

We’d love to talk to you about these opportunities and help spread the word about YOUR enterprise across the grid!

I’m In! What’s Required of Me?

You will be required to:
Register for your storefront between now and Sept. 20, by going to the following link :

Pay your rental Fee for the level of shop you would like by Sept. 20 to be included in the Shopper’s Guide. The latest we will accept payment is Sept. 30, but late participants will not be in Shopper’s Guide. Payments made be made at the Strides office in Second Life.

Be prepared to start setting up your storefront by Sept. 26.

Have store open by Oct. 1. Storefronts will be required to be torn down between Nov. 1 and Nov. 4.

Read and Agree to Comply with All Guidelines which you can find here.

Is there more I can do to help? Or I can’t rent a storefront but would like to participate, how can I help?

If you would like to help more 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 or to donate, visit MSABC in SL’s page,

Media contact: Serina Juran

Monday, September 11, 2017

9/11 Memorial Locations

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the Sept 11 terrorist attacks in which Islamofacist hijackers took over four commercial airliners and crashed two into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and one into the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia, the fourth plane crashing into the Pennsylvania countryside when the passengers discovered what was going on and fought back.

Over the years, there have been a number of memorials to the fallen, such as the dAlliez Sept 11 Memorial, the World Trade Center Memorial at the New York City Block sim, and the Regant Estates’ New York NYC memorial. There was also the Stairclimb Tribute by Aero Pines Park. This year, there are a few up. Probably the best designed on is the Stagg Island 9/11 Memorial at Stagg Island (10/152/37). Last year and 2015, there were three remembrance events at 8AM SL time, 2PM, and 6PM.

 At Tenerife (118/143/1343) is "9/11 Memorial - Always Remember, Never Forget" by Bryston Vanvleck. Bryston had this announcement, "Come join us in honoring the victims and commemorating the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. A moment of silence will be held at the following times:

8:46 a.m.(5:46 SLT): Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower (1 WTC).
9:03 a.m.(6:03 SLT): Flight 175 crashes into the South Tower (2 WTC)
9:37 a.m.(6:37 SLT): Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon
9:59 a.m.(6:59 SLT): The South Tower (2 WTC) collapses.
10:03 a.m.(7:03 SLT): Flight 93 crashes into an empty field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
10:28 a.m.(7:28 SLT): The North Tower (1 WTC) collapses."

At McCoy Island (74/73/30), they also had a memorial to Sept 11.

Sacred Ground at Urban Style (17/190/22) has a USO show at 6PM SL time in honor to the fallen of Sept. 11.

"We shall remember."

Bixyl Shuftan

September 11 - We Remember

Fireman’s Prayer

When I am called to duty,
whenever the flames my rage,
give me strength to save some
life whatever be their age.
Help me embrace a little child
before it is too late,
or save an old person from
the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert,
and hear the weakest shout.
And quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling
and give the best in me.
To guard my every neighbor,
protect his property.
And if according to my fate
I am to lose my life,
please bless with your protecting hand
my children and my wife.

9/11/01 - We will never forget

Poem by Firefighter A.W. “Smokey” Linn


SL Video: September 11 Observance in Second Life

(Click here if the video fails to play)

Filmed by Cyrus Hush on Sept 11, 2011, "A tour of several sims commemorating the 911 tragedy in the virtual reality environment of Second Life."

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Remembrances of an Angel

Yesterday, a friend and former writer of the Second Life Newser, Breezes Babii, passed away. Breezes had a history here in the virtual world that covered over ten years and countless adventures, many which she described in the Second Life Newspaper, of which Editor Dana Vanmoer was part of her virtual family, and a few in the Second Life Newser early on in it's history. She was a friend to many in both papers, including Gemma Cleanslate. Gemma wrote about her memories of "Bree" as she was sometimes called, as she took part in roleplay communities, shopped around stores, struggled with home decorating, and much more.

Read Gemma's article in People.

Remembering Breezes Babii

Breezes is gone.

I first met her after joining JamesT Juno and Dana Vanmoer's Second Life Newspaper. Dana considered Breezes her adopted mother here in Second Life. She would write about her shopping, her adventures in the Samarkand roleplay community. But what I remember the most about her writing was her "Breezes Thoughts" articles, little slices of virtual life.  written in a somewhat poetic fashion. Sadly, most have pretty much vanished from the Internet, but a few can be seen such as one preserved in the SL Newspaper archived articles. A cancer survivor, she was also in the Relay for Life.

But I knew her as more than just a writer. We would sometimes meet at dance parties, such as the SL Newspaper ones at Metamorphosis, Quark Allen's gigs, the Bahama Beach Club, and others. And on occasion, we'd just meet up and joke around. She would also bring her real-life daughter to Second Life, Glitter. we would have a number of fun times together.

Sadly, the fun times at the Second Life Newspaper came to an end in 2010, and the lady who considered herself her daughter here all but dropped out of Second Life. But Breezes hung on, shopping, being with friends, and eventually joining the Newser for a time. Eventually, she would depart the paper, not able to write articles on a regular basis. But we would still remain in contact with her.

Breezes would spent her last few years in Second Life as a member of the Tombstone Old West roleplay community. Despite some health problems, she continued to be active. She would also continue to meet with us for Newser parties, the last one she was at being the post-holiday party in January. In June, she was becoming too sick to come to Second Life. Friends sent her well wishes and get well cards to her daughter-in law, who told me it meant a lot to her in her final months that she was still remembered.

When she passed away Saturday September 9 shortly after 10AM SL time, word soon reached Second Life. "Breezes Babii passed away and transitioned into her angel wings to watch over all of us," Spoke Ray Lobo (Nevar Lobo) in the Relay group. Vickie A. Maidstone, "Breezes will be missed, but let her legacy live on." There will most likely be a service of some kind for her at the Tombstone community.

Athene Forder would compose a poem on the spot for her.

Sometimes one must listen to the rain
as it falls in our lives
drenching each dream
yet refreshing our souls
as it washes away the soil

Sometimes one must stand in the sun
alone, enduring the heat
disregarding the sweat and toil
and the disapproving eyes
to make a point worth making

Sometimes one must huddle in the fog
of indecision and loss
feeling the cold invade our bones
while straining our eyes
to see beyond the fears

Sometimes one must endure the night
shivering in the cold
afraid to take a step
in any direction at all
for fear of the consequences

And sometimes one must sit back
knowing that no matter
the wet, heat, cold or blindness
That is not all that is given us
so we must wait

Sometimes we just need to watch the sunrise.

Farewell, our beloved colleague and friend. We'll meet again someday.

Bisyl Shuftan

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Breezes Babii Passes Away

Breezes Babii is gone.

Breezes had been in poor health for some time, but in June things took a turn for the worse,  The Newser was notified today that she had passed away just after 10AM SL time. She is survived by two sons and a daughter.

Longtime readers will remember Breezes as one of the reporters of JamesT Juno and Dana Vanmoer's Second Life Newspaper, noted for her lighthearted "Breezes Thoughts" column. She would write briefly for the Newser early in it's history. She was also a member of the Tombstone Old West Roleplay area and community.

Rest in peace, our friend and colleague.

Tribute to Patio Plasma

Last Saturday September 2, there was a tribute to Patio Plasma, known as Paul Doherty in real life, whom sadly had recently passed away from cancer. The first part of the event was a tour of the Exploratorium sim which he had managed. The tour was given out by Vic Micalak, who spoke to the crowd in voice.

Vic showed people around the various builds of the sim, including a telescope that took you up to the eyepiece by raising the entire floor. With the total eclipse that had crossed the United States on August 21 just after his passing. someone commented that his wife in real life had wrote that he had "'gone ahead' to make sure all went well with the eclipse. Surely he was there."

Patio/Doherty "was a tenured professor of physics for 12 years at Oakland University, Michigan, where he taught courses ranging from physics, astronomy, and geology to electronics, computer programming, and meteorology. ... He is the author of many books, including the Explorabook, The Exploratorium Science Snackbook, the Klutz Book of Magnetic Magic, Color of Nature, and Traces of Time. Paul was given the Faraday Science Communicator award by the NSTA and chosen as the “Best Science Demonstrator” at the World Congress of Museums in Helsinki in 1996. ... He also spent time in the Antarctic Research center and he even appeared one time on the Late Show with David Letterman. The last book he wrote before he died was And Then You’re Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling over Niagara."

Following the tour of the Exploratorium, Charlize Bellic held a Relay for Life memorial concert with live performances by several musicians inworld, "we are honoring on great individual who we lost to cancer: Patio Plasma a Second Life physicist with a true passion for science right now, and we have whirli on stage with Marqs coming up. Let's send this great person of Second Life out with the party they deserve."

There would be nine hours of music that day and evening, part of a tribute to the professor whom had done much for science in Second Life.

Bixyl Shuftan