Invaders, feline emperors and a tragic romance in Second Life

Seanchai Library

It’s time to highlight another week of storytelling in Voice by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s home in Nowhereville, unless otherwise indicated. Note that the schedule below may be subject to change during the week, please refer to the Seanchai Library website for the latest information through the week.

February 7th, 19:00: When They Came

I was never afraid of monsters—at least, not until They came: the visitors from outer space.

Now They’re in our skies, on our streets, always watching, forever waiting.

At seventeen, I’m just about to graduate from the Juvenile Education System and declare my career of choice. The Midnight Guard—who protect our community from the vicious things that lie outside our walls—calls to me.

It’s hard, dangerous work, with gruelling hours that offer little sleep, but it’s the one thing I know will help make a difference in our ever-changing world.

– Ana Mia, When They Came

Having graduated from the juvenile education system, Ana Mia decides to join her sister as a part of Fort Hope’s Midnight Guard. Fort Hope is a stronghold, protecting its inhabitants from Earth’s alien invaders; and the Midnight Guard forms the eyes, ears and guardians of the stronghold’s Wall.

Without the Guard and without the Wall of the stronghold, the aliens would be free to harvest humanity, using their ships and the Coyotes who form their eyes and ears in opposition to the Midnight Guard.

Gyro Muggins read’s the first volume in Kody Boye’s When They… saga. Volumes two and three to follow.

Tuesday, February 8th

12:00 Noon: Russell Eponym

With music, and poetry in Ceiluradh Glen.

19:00: Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat

Klawde had everything. Sharp claws. Fine fur. And, being the High Commander of the planet Lyttyrboks (think about it if you need to!), an entire world of warlike cats at his command. But then he is stripped of his feline throne and sentenced to the worst possible punishment: exile to a small green-blue planet that is, as they say, “far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the galaxy”, known to its dominant bipedal race as “Earth”.

On that planet, Raj is a young man who had everything: a cool apartment in Brooklyn New York, his three best friends living in the same apartment block and comics and pizza always within easy reach. Then, courtesy of his mother taking a job on the other side of the country, he finds himself exiled to the community of Elba, Oregon.

These two lost souls, one seeking friendship (and, hopefully, pizza and comics) but forced to join a nature camp, the other a cunning, brilliant feline emperor, both exiled and seemingly lost, are destined to meet. And when they do – whether Klawde likes it or not – the emperor cat will find his plans for revenge on those who would oust him from his empire running somewhat secondary to becoming Raj’s new Best Friend as the two of them become bound by a series of new and hilarious adventures.

With Caledonia Skytower.

Wednesday, February 9th: Dark

No readings for this week.

Thursday, February 10th 19:00: Romeo and Juliet

With Shandon Loring.

A Timeless visit with Cica in Second Life

Cica Ghost: Timeless

When we are young and growing up, life and the world can be filled with the wonderous and the unexpected. While there can be moments of upset and tears, curiosity and our imaginations shape much of what we see, filling us with excitement and laughter. We are led by a desire to play, to make dreams real and have fun. Yesterday is so far behind us, it lies forgotten, tomorrow so far ahead of us, it lies beyond our thinking. There is only the timelessness of today.

As we grow older, we start to lose this infectious joy. Memories of yesterday and concerns for tomorrow start to crowd our thoughts. Laughter becomes rarer; something increasingly restricted to certain activities, losing its childhood spontaneity as childhood falls behind us and we take the command to “put away childish things” perhaps too seriously.

Cica Ghost: Timeless

But laughter, fun and living in the moment, being at one with our dreams and imaginations are all important aspects of life. They can give release from pressure, stress and mood, lifting our spirit. Laughter is infectious, positive, warming. Imagination is freedom and dreams can be inspirational. All are timeless in the gifts they bring us and as such, all should be embraced whenever encountered –  and we should seek every opportunity to experience them. Such as when visiting Cica Ghost’s latest installation Timeless.

A playground for grown-ups, Timeless offers a lot to do and things to find (three gifts in all). We can sit and talk, or cuddle and relax or get physical and join in a silly dance or two, or show off with the kind of acrobatic prowess many of us may remember from childhood years or wish we could have. Among the bunny people, we can let our imaginations free to picture stories and life in this playground-town and give reign to laughter as we witness Cica’s Birds In Shoes and their reactions to our madcap dancing. And if walking gets too much, there are even little cars to motor around in.

Cica Ghost: Timeless

This is a place that encourages us to recapture our sense of fun and laughter; to let go of cares and woes and worries about work or whatever else might be be exerting a negative influence on us. And it is a places perfectly encapsulated by the quote Cica has used with it:

Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.

– Walt Disney

Cica

So, why not take a moment to smile and laugh, seek Cica’s little gifts and recapture a welcome sense of childhood wonder and enjoy a Timeless visit? And as you do, please take the opportunity to show appreciation for Cica’s work in encouraging us to smile and laugh every month.

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2022 viewer release summaries week #5

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Updates from the week ending Sunday, February 6th, 2022

This summary is generally 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 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 for purposes of length, TPV test viewers, preview / beta viewers / nightly builds are generally not recorded in these summaries.

Official LL Viewers

  • Release viewer: Mac Voice hotfix viewer 6.5.2.567427, dated January 13 – no change.
  • Release channel cohorts:
    • No updates.
  • Project viewers:
    • No updates.

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers

V6-style

  • No updates.

V1-style

  • Cool VL updated to version 1.28.2.58 (Stable), February 5 – release notes.

Mobile / Other Clients

  • No updates.

Additional TPV Resources

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