Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2018 in Second Life

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life MSABC), and to celebrate, the MSABC team are running not one, but two major events through their primary fund-raising month of October, with registrations for both now open through until mid-August.

The two events, the Out Shop Cancer Shopping Event and the 2018 Strides Parade of Homes in SL. will both run from October 1st through 31st, 2018, and you can find out more about both below.

Out Shop Cancer Shopping Event

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The Out Shop Cancer Shopping Event expands on the traditional fund-raising shopping event, by taking participating shoppers out across the gird to the main stores of participating creators and merchants, rather than offering limited space for stalls and shoppers within an event region.

Participating stores are required to have at least one MSABC vendor and / or gacha with proceeds going to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Second Life. Two vendors types will be available: 100% of proceeds to MSABC and a 50% split between the store and MSABC. A registration fee for participation is also  applicable, and registration and sponsorship fees are non-refundable.

Shoppers will be able to visit participating stores either via a special MSABC teleport HUD, or via a web-based shopping guide with SLurls.

Merchants wishing to participate should note that space on the HUD is limited, and offered on a first come, first serve, basis. However, all participating stores will be listed on the MSABC web shopping guide, and via social media channels and in-world note cards. Participating designers will be listed on a board during official Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Second Life events.

There will be a special means for SL Marketplace only stores to participate in the event. For full details on the event, including how to participate from the SL Marketplace, please use the following MSABC links:

*** Merchant registration and fees are due by August 15, 2018 ***

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2018 Strides Parade of Homes in Second Life

The 2018 Strides Parade of Homes in Second Life will take people on a tour of some of Second Life’s newest Dream Homes, decorated by top Second Life home decor specialists, with beautiful landscaping features from top Second Life garden and landscaping pros. So, whether you are ready for a change or move in Second Life or planning for the new year, Parade of Homes gives you the opportunity to get everything you need for your SL dreams while supporting MSABC.

The event invites all Second Life builders, interior designers, and home and garden creators to show off their incredible talent. There is a non-refundable fee of L$1000 for participation as a builder / landscaper, and combining talents (builder, landscaper and interior designer is encouraged among participants). Builds can be any size from fitting on a 1024 up to a mansion, and  skyboxes are included.

Participating builds are to be hosted in the location / store determined by those presenting them, and must be available for the entire month of October 2018. All participating builds / designs will be included on a MSABC Parade of Homes HUD, enabling shoppers / customers, etc., to visit them.

For full details on the event builders, landscapers and designers should refer to the following MSABC links:

*** Merchant registration and fees are due by August 15, 2018 ***


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the United States, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight. Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honour 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.


In the forest of Chakryn in Second Life

Chakryn Forest

In my last couple of Exploring Second Life articles I’ve referenced re-visiting regions that have existed in-world without necessarily changing much over time. These posts prompted Miro Collas, another seasoned SLexplorer to remind me about Chakryn Forest, a place that has been in existence for getting on towards a decade.

A collaborative design between region holder Bettina Tizzy, landscape artist Andrek Lowell and Eshi Otawara, Chakryn Forest is a place that has changed little over the years since my last visit, back in 2013, and it was pretty well established even then. As such, it sits as something of a time capsule in SL; claimed in 2008, it has little in the way of mesh within it, retaining instead, and “old world”, so to speak, charm.

Chakryn Forest

As the name suggests, this is a forest realm, a place where gigantic redwood trees tower into the sky, spawned from megaprims spun by Zwagoth Klaar at a time when prims were limited to a humbling 10x10x10 metres. Their presence alone will set the bells of memory ringing for those of us who remember working in prims back before mesh arrived and we saw the size limit leap to 64m on a side…

There are no real paths here – it’s a forest after all – and so explorers need to find their own way from the landing point through the trees to discover what lay within, be it the exotic plants, the swooping, dancing sprites or the little camp sites and the more hidden places to sit. The supplied windlight is a little basic, so I do suggest photographers experiment – the images here were taken with a variety of settings, rather than using the default.

Chakryn Forest

For those in the mood, there are a number of quests to be found scattered through the forest and initiated by the likes of Elementals, Fae folk and Hobbits. All require finding objects and returning them to the start point of each quest in order to receive a reward. I confess to not having tried any this time around, so I assume all are in working order. When exploring, beaware that there is a secret place hidden away, lit by candles and offering another glimpse back into the history of SL; hanging decorative nets “woven” from textured cylindrical prims.

With the right windlight, Chakryn Forest has an ethereal feel to it; there is a sense of mystery between the trunks of the great trees, while the exotic flowers scattered about and the floating (in the air and on the water) Elementals give the forest an other-worldly feel. Animals are not in evidence, which is a good thing, given any wanderers would likely not handle the terrain with its slopes and folds while static animals probably wouldn’t look right. However, there is a rich sound scape to go with the setting, so have local sounds enabled when visiting.

Chakryn Forest

Like the tress within it, Chakryn Forest is enduring; old it may well be in terms of component elements, but it is still an engaging visit. More particularly, its age makes it very much a part of SL’s growing history; so when you visit, do please consider making a donation towards its continuance through one of the red flowers scattered across the forest floor.

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2018 viewer release summaries, week #31

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Updates for the week ending Sunday, August 5th

This summary is generally published on 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 Current Viewer Releases 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. This page 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.
  • By its nature, this summary presented here will always be in arrears, please refer to the Current Viewer Release Page for more up-to-date information.
  • Note that test viewers, preview / beta viewers / nightly builds are not recorded in these summaries.

Official LL Viewers

  • Current Release version, dated July 30th, promoted August 3rd. Formerly the Quinquina Maintenance RC viewer.
  • Release channel cohorts (please see my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
    • Second Life Voice RC viewer, version, released on August 1st.
  • Project viewers:
    • Bakes on Mesh project viewer updated to version on August 3rd.

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Mobile / Other Clients

  • No updates.

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