11 hours ago
Monday, September 25, 2017
by Bixyl Shuftan
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).
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
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
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 https://support.secondlife.com/
Hat Tip: Fuzzball Ortega
Friday, September 22, 2017
Read the story in People.
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?
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 https://www.hfotusa.org
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 https://sciencecircle.org/upcoming-saturday/
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 https://sciencecircle.org/upcoming-sunday/
The Science Circle (61/126/32)
Thursday, September 21, 2017
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,
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.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
ShadowRene Ivanova and me in my "Pie rat" look at Luskwood. The mouse may soon be in for quite a hug.
By Bixyl Shuftan
Read Deaflegacy's article in Places.
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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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.
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.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Read the story in Events.
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
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.
Read more in Design.
Read Deaflegacy's article in Extra.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
In a development that's clearly of interest to music lovers, youtube-mp3.org, 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 www.youtube-mp3.org 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 www.youtube-mp3.org, 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 youtube-mp3.org 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
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.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
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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.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Read Adrian's reader submission in People.
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
Thursday, September 14, 2017
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."
Friday, September 15th
10 AM PDT
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 https://sciencecircle.org/upcoming-saturday/
The Science Circle (61/126/32)
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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
Read Deaflegacy's story in People.
Read Wesley's article in Events.
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.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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
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)
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 : http://bit.ly/2uH4KPo
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.
For more information or to donate, visit MSABC in SL’s page,
Media contact: Serina Juran
Monday, September 11, 2017
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."
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
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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
Read Gemma's article in People.
Breezes is gone.
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.
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.
Saturday, September 9, 2017
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.
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.