Stand Up 2 Cancer: SL music races for a cure raises over L$1.5 million

SL Music-logoAcross four days between Thursday September 4th and Sunday September 7th, and in support of Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) 2014, venues across Second Life and musicians around the world came together under the banner SL Music Races for a Cure to further help raise funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational cancer research that can get new cancer therapies to patients quickly.

I was able to preview the event ahead of time, and played a small role in encouraging the Lab to promote it as well, but I’m running a little behind in covering the outcome, which has been quite phenomenal.

SL Music Races for a Cure was the brainchild of Still Braveheart, and brought together more than 20 music venues in SL and over 150 artists in a four-day festival of music and fundraising (including snail races!), all undertaken with the official support of SU2C.

And the result is that during the four days of the event, over L$1.5 million (around $6,000 USD) was raised in Second Life for SU2C. What’s more, as some venues still have kiosks up and available, the money is still being received as further donations are made.

Still Braveheart (via her profile picture)
Still Braveheart (via her profile picture)

“There are not enough thank yous in the world that would begin to cover it all,” Still said after the event, “The music community has always been such a wonderful community with such huge hearts, so very passionate, it is overwhelming.  I have seen some things that venues have done this past month; performers gave so much of their hearts and time.  There was a beauty in watching venue owners put together some amazing, amazing line ups.”

Nor did venues stop at hosting events, as Still points out, “BS’s, LC Live, and Guthries all changed their land to show that Stand Up 2 Cancer was what they were doing and you did not see their own logos. Smokin’ Aces gave out shirts they made. Solana’s place made shoulder pets that were given out [and] also made ribbons that were put up with every donation…” Individuals also got involved in helping to support things, with Still noting, “A close friend of mine made a beautiful memorial clock that was given out with a specific donation amount.”

Transparency in any fundraising event is important – and it is very important to Still as well. To this end, she has published, and has been updating, a full transaction history for the festival, which is open for anyone to view. There are also photos taken at the various venues available via Facebook. and on Flickr, such as through Wildstar Beaumont’s photosteam.

SU2C at Ce Soir, taken by Wildstar Beaumont, September 7th, 2014, on FlickrSU2C at Ce Soir, taken by Wildstar Beaumont, September 7th, 2014 (Flickr)

Such has been the response, that Still has been inundated with requests from people wanting to do more. However, rather than rushing into things, she’s taking a wise and pragmatic route, stating she’ll only consider further steps and possible activities once she has consulted with the folk at SU2C.

There’s little doubt the SL Music Races for a Cure was a very special event – one which may possibly be repeated as a part of future SU2C events.

About Stand Up 2 Cancer

SU2C-logoStand Up 2 Cancer SU2C, is a US-centric, non-profit organisation run under the auspices of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, specifically established to raise funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational cancer research that can get new cancer therapies to patients quickly.

Since its inception in May 2008, SU2C has seen over $261 million pledged in funds, which has contributed to some 141 clinical trials involving 750 scientists and 5,000 cancer patients, and which have spanned 112 US institutions.

SU2C’s approach is to break down the barriers faced by cancer researchers in having to compete for funding for their projects, by fostering and financing interdisciplinary and cross-organisational collaborative research programmes using what they refer to as Dream Teams.  100% of all public donations goes directly into supporting these collaborative research activities.

Find out more through the following links:

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From Holmes to hounds and hobbits

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in voice, brought to Second Life and Kitely by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. and Seanchai Kitely, and featuring a special event at Branwen Arts in aid of Creations for Parkinsons in SL.

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

Sunday September 14th, 13:30: Tea-time at Baker Street: The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

Caledonia Skytower, Corwyn Allen and Kayden Oconnell once again open the pages of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, the final set of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories first published in the Strand Magazine between October 1921 and April 1927.

This week: The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place

Originally entitled The Adventure of the Black Spaniel, this story marks the last of the 56 Sherlock Holmes’ adventures penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; although it is not always the final story in printed versions of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, nor is it necessarily the last time the Great Detective will be appearing at Seanchai Library SL.

There are odd goings-on at Shoscombe Old Place, a racing stable in Berkshire, which have aroused the concerns of the head trainer, John Mason.

In visiting Sherlock Holmes, Mason is not sure precisely what he wants investigated, but instead offers a list of odd behaviours on the part of Sir Robert Norberton, who runs the stables, and his sister-in-Law, Lady Beatrice Falder, who owns Shoscombe. In the case of Sir Robert, Mason fears he might have gone quite mad.

Holmes and Watson travel to Berkshire, lodging at a local inn close to the stables, where they can keep an eye on things. Holmes quickly draws the conclusion that something is amiss, and may well have to do with Sir Robert Norberton having given his sister-in-law’s hound to the innkeeper, the dog being far too expensive a breed for an innkeeper to normally be able to afford. Thus, on the pretext of taking the dog for a walk, Holmes and Watson set out to investigate further…

To find out more, be sure to turn up on time for a spot of afternoon tea at Baker Street!

Monday September 15th, 19:00: Far From Home: The People Deluge

the peopleZenna Chlarson Henderson was one of the first female science-fiction authors, having started reading publications such as astounding Stories from the age of 12, and becoming a popular author in the 1950s and 1960s.

She is perhaps best known for her The People stories, which focus of a race of human-like aliens forced to flee their homeworld due to a natural disaster, and some of whom arrive in the American southwest shortly before the start of the 20th century.

The People have the very best of human qualities: love, gentleness, spirituality; and also special powers of healing, levitation, telekinesis and more, who wish only to preserve their home culture and beliefs amidst a world which, despite their human appearance, does not understand them.

Henderson’s tales about The People ran to some 17 stories which examined the lives of The People, their past on their homeworld, their attempts to live quietly on Earth, their interactions with their human neighbours, all told in a beautiful, moving style. Why not join Gyro Muggins to learn more as he resumes their story through the pages of The People Deluge?

Tuesday September 16th, The Sea Fairies

Lyman Frank Baum is best known for his Wizard of Oz novels. However, over the course of his life he wrote some 59 novels (including four “lost” novels), 83 short stories and over 200 poems.

sea-fairiesThe Sea Fairies, first published in 1911, was intended to be the first volume in a new series of stories after Baum had “finished” the Oz series with the Emerald City of Oz. It tells the tale of young Mayre Griffiths, known to all as Trot, who lives on the coast of Southern California, where her father is the captain of a sailing schooner. Trot’s home life is shared with Cap’n Bill, her father’s former skipper, who has lived with the family since an accident cost him a leg.

Cap’n Bill is a devoted guardian to little Trot, and spends his days walking the beaches with her, or rowing her along the coast, regaling her with tales. But when the subject of mermaids comes up, Trot’s wish to see one is granted, and both she and Cap’n Bill fix themselves transformed into merfolk – who are sea fairies – and taken to the undersea realm of Queen Aquarine and King Anko, where they witness many things and are forced to come up against the wicked Zog the Magician …

Join Faerie Maven-Pralou as she takes to the seas once more and continues this lasting tale.

Wednesday September 17th, 19:00: Selections from Pirates Are Coming!

With Caledonia Skytower.

Thursday September 18th, 19:00: Night Gallery

With Shandon Loring.

Saturday September 20th

09:00: Mayan Folk Tales – Seanchai Kitely

Join Shandon Loring at Temple Island on the Seanchai Library Kitely homeworld.

10:30: Special Eveent at  Branwen Arts – Bilbo Baggins’ Birthday Party!

Bilbo Baggins shares the same birthday as his nephew, Frodo, both being born on September 22nd (Shire Reckoning), although some 78 years apart. Outside of Middle Earth, this date has become known as Hobbit Day, and is celebrated around the globe by Tolkien fans, who hold parties, walk barefoot for the day and more, while libraries use it to raise awareness of Tolkien’s writings and literature in general as a part of Toliken Week, which is held around the date.

The Branwen Arts hobbit hole
The Branwen Arts hobbit hole

At Branwen Arts, Bilbo’s (and Frodo’s!) birthday is being marked by a special birthday celebration at the Branwan Arts Hobbit Hole (where else?!), with proceeds from the event going in support of Creations for Parkinson’s in SL.

So why not kick off your shoes, make like a Hobbit for the day, and join folk big and small for a slice of the festivities?

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Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule. The featured charity for September-October is Reading is Fundamental: seeking motivate young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life.

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SL Project updates week 37/3: TPV Developer meeting

The following notes are drawn from the TPV Developer meeting held on Friday September 12th, and shown in the video above. Time stamps, where relevant, have been included for ease of reference to the video. Note that items are listed according to subject matter, rather than chronologically, so time stamps may appear out-of-sequence in places. My thanks as always to North for the recording.

Viewer Updates

[00:00] The Maintenance RC was updated on Friday September 12th with the release of version 3.7.16.294015.  This viewer includes a range of updates and fixes as specified in the release notes.

The Oculus Rift project viewer, with the first round of updates for the Oculus DK2 has been through LL’s QA process, and is currently undergoing further refinement as a result. There is no ETA on when it might appear other than “soon”; however, it is anticipated it will continue to support DK1 as far as possible, as well as supporting DK2.

As noted in part 2 of this report the  Experience Keys project viewer was updated to version 3.7.16.293901. and it appears further updates may be on the way.

Experimental Log-in Viewer

[21:20] For the last several weeks, the Lab has been running some A/B tests with new users using a viewer with a revised log-in screen alongside of the familiar log-in screen (see version 3.7.14.292660).

The log-in screen displayed by the experimental viewer the *first time* a new user runs the viewer ready to log-in to SL
The log-in screen displayed by the experimental viewer the *first time* a new user runs the viewer

Commenting on this testing, Grumpity ProductEngine Linden said:

We’ve found that there are some changes we can make that increase retention by a fairly sizeable number of thee to five percent. So we’re going to be putting forward some changes to the newbie log-in screen and then the subsequent returning user log-in screen. They’re going to be gradual, and sometimes not as beautiful as we might like all at once; however, you can be assured that they’ve all been tested and that they perform better.

The log-in / splash screen in the experimental viewer that is seen by user who have previously logged-in to SL
The log-in / splash screen in the experimental viewer that is seen by user who have previously logged-in to SL

This means that there will be an RC viewer appearing in week 38 which will have updates based upon the results from this testing incorporated into it. These changes should not affect any of the widgets  / embedded features within the log-in screen used by TPVs.

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