Together for Sway

Update January 3rd, 2012: Together for Sway raised L$1,551,825 in just two weeks.

Sway Dench has been a resident of Second Life for over five years, and is possibly most famous for her Cookie Bears.

Sway Dench
Sway Dench

Sway was recently diagnosed with a tumour in her brain. While benign and non-life threatening, the tumour nevertheless needs to be removed, and Sway has been scheduled for surgery in some 6-8 weeks time, after which she is liable to be convalescing for up to six months.

As Sway’s SL business is her major source of income, and is liable to be impacted by both the surgery and the period of convalescence, a group of friends and content creators have rallied to her support and organised Together for Sway, which runs from now until the end of December 2012.

Together for Sway
Together for Sway

Together for Sway features a special vendor area, complete with donation boxes, offering a range of goods an items for sale with all proceeds going directly to assisting Sway Dench. Entertainments will also be provided during the time Together for Sway is running, and details on these are liable to appear on the Together for Sway blog.

In addition, on Friday 21st December, commencing at 17:00 SLT,  Rebel Yell Concerts will be hosting a Nickelback concert for Sway, where donations can also be given.

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Any inquiresrelated to Together for Sway should be forwarded to either Valena Vacano, Damien Fate, or Ephedra Loon.

A furry tail for Christmas, with a little turkey and lashings of Dickens

The Seanchai Library will be presenting another round of stories and readings in Voice this coming week, as they continue with tales of a distinctly seasonal flavour, while the first full week of The Dickens Project continues.

As always, all times SLT, and unless otherwise stated, events will be held on the Seanchai Library’s home on Imagination Island.

Monday December 17th, 19:00: The Cat Who Came for Christmas

cat-xmasJoin Kayden Oconnell for selection from Cleveland Armory’s endearing book.

It is fitting that the founder and head of the Fund for Animals personally rescues and takes in strays, and one incident proved to have a profound effect on him. On a snowy Christmas Eve, Amory helped capture a scrawny cat and took it to his apartment. How does a new cat-keeper train a creature accustomed to fending for itself in Manhattan’s alleys? Slowly, with patience and respect.

Tuesday December 18th, 19:00: A Sprinkling of Christmas Classic

Brought to us piping hot and ready to enjoy by Derry McMahon and Bear Silvershade, who are joined by Aoife Lorefield.

Wednesday December 19th, 19:00: A Christmas Story a Year

Well all know Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843. What many may not know is that he went on to write a further four Christmas tales: The Chimes in 1844, The Cricket on the Hearth in 1845, The Battle of Life in 1846 and The Haunted in 1848. Join Caledonia Skytower as the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth draws to a close, as she presents us with A Christmas Story a Year.

Thursday December 20, 19:00 Dave Cooks the Turkey (and more)

Dave owns the world’s smallest record store, where the motto is “We may not be big but we’re small.” Dave is frequently neurotic and prone to small accidents and mishaps – but he’s not the only one in his family, or his neighbourhood.

Bear Silvershade concludes Dave Cooks the Turkey and he and Derry bring us more from the pen of Stuart McLean for his CBC Radio show, The Vinyl Cafe.

Sunday December 22nd, 13:00: A Raglan Shire Christmas Carol

Join Derry McMahon and Bear Silvershade at Raglan Shire as they present a special adaptation of Dickens’ classic tale of penny-pinching redemption and ghosts past, presents and future especially for Tinies (Biggies welcome as well).

All donations toward the real world charity Witness.

The Dickens Project Continues

The Dickens Project: The story starts on Monday 17th December  at noon SLT with Marley's Ghost
The Dickens Project: The story starts on Monday 17th December at noon SLT with Marley’s Ghost, and continues through the week

All this week, The Dickens Project continues with a special nightly presentation of A Christmas Carol to mark the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Dickens. Each presentation is held in voice at Info Island, the home of the Community Virtual Library.

  • Monday December 17th Stave One ~ Marley’s Ghost
    • 12:00 noon – Ixmal Supermarine
    • 16:00 – Corwyn Allen
  • Tuesday, December 18th –  Stave Two ~ The First of Three Spirits
    • 12:00 noon – Dubhna Rhiadra
    • 17:00 – Brokali
  • Wednesday, December 19th – Stave Three ~ The Second of Three Spirits
    • 12:00 noon – Ixmal Supermarine
    • 17:00 – Kayden Oconnell
  • Thursday, December 20th – Stave Four ~ The Last of The Spirits
    • 12:00 noon – Dubhna Rhiadra
    • 15:30 – Avatar Repertory Theatre presentation (rescheduled)
    • 17:00 – Caledonia Skytower
  • Friday December 21st – Stave Five ~ The End of It
    • 12:00 noon – Elrik Merlin
    • 19:00 – Shandon Loring & Caledonia Skytower
    • Possible additional event – check the StoryFests SL website!
  • Saturday December 22nd – OTHER DICKENS! TBA
  • Sunday December 23rd and Monday December 24th
    • 15:00 – Caledonia Skytower reads the first part of the novella

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Viewer release summary 2012: week 50

This summary is published every Monday and is a list of SL viewer / client releases (official and TPV) made during the previous week. When reading it, please note:

  • It is based on my Viewer Round-up Page, a list of  all Second Life viewers and clients that are in popular use (and of which I am aware) and which are recognised as adhering to the TPV Policy
  • By its nature, this summary will always be in arrears
  • The Viewer Round-up Page is updated as soon as I’m aware of any releases / changes to viewers & clients, and should be referred to for more up-to-date information as the week progresses
  • The Viewer Round-up Page also includes comprehensive links to download pages, blog notes, release notes, etc., as well as links to any / all reviews of specific viewers / clients made within this blog.  

Updates for the week ending: 16 December, 2012

  • SL Viewer updates:
      • Beta version rolled to on December 14 – release notes
      • Development rolled to on December 14
      • The Sunshine Project viewer (avatar baking) arrived with the release of on December 14th (wiki page) – note this viewer is not recommended for daily SL use
  • Dolphin rolled to on December 11 – core updates: snapshot tiling fix (MAINT-628); fixes and improvements for the image quality with SSAO enabled, and for ambient fog over water (distance haze) with shadows enabled; Some Windlight preset files renamed to avoid issues; Teleport to ground level enabled via keyboard (CTRL-SHIEFT-END) – release notes
  • Niran’s Viewer rolled to on December 11 – core updates, snapshot tiling fix (MAINT-628); fixes and improvements for the image quality with SSAO enabled, and for ambient fog over water (distance haze) with shadows enabled; new “space reflections” feature – release notes
  • Restrained Love rolled to on December 16 – core updates: fix for those encountering build problems using, plus latest beta updates from LL, including snapshot tiling fix (MAINT-628)
  • Cool VL updates – three versions for the time being, all updated on December 16:
    • Stable version rolled to
    • Legacy version Legacy (v2.6 renderer) rolled to
    • Experimental version rolled to
    • Release notes
  • Phoenx officially reaches end-of-line on December 31st – read more here
  • Libretto – removed from round-up page due to website being unavailable and client removed from the SL Third-party Viewer Directory.

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