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SL14B: call for infrastructure builders

L12B Community Celebration; Inara Pey, June 2015, on FlickrSL12B (2015) Welcome area by Walton F. Wainwright (Faust Steamer): would like to design and build one of the core infrastructure builds for 2017’s SL14B?

Celebrations for Second Life’s anniversary will once again be taking place in June 2017, when the platform celebrates its 14th “official” birthday with SL14B.

While there’s still a lot in the process of being decided, the SL14B team have put out a call for builders and designers interested in develop the core infrastructure for the regions, either full regions or multiple regions.  In particular interest is being sought from those would would like to design and build the Welcome Area, Performance Stage and Auditorium.

“We’re still working on many details for the celebrations, but we decided to put a call out to builders since we have more regions – eighteen in all – and plan for larger performance venues,” Diana Renoir, one of the coordinators for the event informed me.

Those interested in applying should complete the SL14B Infrastructure Build Application form. There is currently no formal closing date for applications, but the form is liable to remain available for around 30-days, and applications should ideally be made sooner rather than later.

If you would like to apply, but have specific questions concerning the builds and their requirements, please contact either Diana Renoir (diana.renoir-at-gmail.com ) or Doc Gascoigne (doctor.gascoigne-at-gmail.com)  via e-mail or in-world.

The Auditorium build from SL12B, 2015

The Auditorium build by Anthony (ADudeNamedAnthony) from SL12B, 2015

I’ll be providing updates, etc., on SL14B as usual during the run-up to the event – including a full list of dates, once they are available, and also coverage of the regions and keynotes events which may be planned as a part of the celebrations.

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The MadPea International Food Fair in Second Life

Logo via MadPea

Logo via MadPea

Now open through until Saturday, March 4th, 2017 is the MadPea International Food Fair, in aid of Live and Learn Kenya (LLK) / Feed a Smile. Featuring shopping, music via live performances and DJ and an art exhibition, the Food Fair has a very worthwhile cause in mind: to raise  L$9,879,000 (US $37,000) to fund the construction of a kitchen for impoverished school children in the Rhonda Slums of Nakuru, Kenya.

Creators and designers participating in the event include The Cube Republic, Little Llama, Vagabond, Riot, Plastik, Supernatural, Speakeasy Tattoo, Velvet Whip, Refuge, Serenity Style, Razor, RandoMatter, PFC, Nox, Nomad, NOeditON, Ninety, Minimal Jewellery, Mesh India, Lushish Poses, Kargo, Imeka, ITI, Lucas Lameth, Goose, Junk Food, Mello, Merak, Studio, Fiasco, Krescendo, Fetch, La Baguette, Entice, Duvet Day, Eve, Cutie Cakes, Etnia, Cwitch, Disorderly, Cubic Cherry, Chez Moi, Cheeky Pea, Black Bantam, Big Bully, Balaclava, Apple Fall, Atooly-Rockaroo-Gossip, Bellequipe Design, Identity, Adored, Drot, Senses, 1313 Mockingbird Lane and Vengeful threads.

Each designer has made an exclusive item for the Food Fair (single item or a whole gacha set)  There will be decor to clothing, poses to accessories and plenty of food!  The sky is the limit but everything is for the same amazing cause.

You can see the entertainment line-up on the MadPea International Food Fair web page, together with a running total of funds raised (also shown in-world at the event).

If you would prefer to give money directly to Live And Learn Kenya / Feed A Smile, yo can do so via the following links:

About the Project

For many children living in slums their future is desolate with illiteracy, AIDS, child prostitution, child brides, starvation and worse awaiting them.  But you can help change that. Feed a Smile is part of the Live and Learn in Kenya charity that aim to break the cycle of poverty that plagues the slums by giving a brighter future for the children that live there.  Not only do they provide education, but the clothing and supplies needed to learn, healthcare, food and just as important, safety.

Live and Learn in Kenya (LLK) are able to make a difference thanks to the donations that fund-raising can bring them, especially through Second Life.  Our virtual world can make a big difference to the real world of these children and their families too. Did you know, for example, that over a third of the money raised by Live and Learn Kenya to provide daily nutritious warm lunches for over 400 children comes from donations received through Feed a Smile in Second Life?

Recently, Live and Learn’s temporary, out-door kitchen was wrecked by bad weather and is no longer fit for purpose.  The new kitchen will provide the means for LLK to continue to prepare nutritious meals in a hygienic in-door environment, safe from the rigours of the weather and complete with proper food storage facilities. It’s a vital part of LLK’s continuing commitment to helping the children they support.

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Sleuths from the past and tales through time

It’s time to kick-off 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 Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, February 19th 13:30: Tea Time Mysteries!

Seanchai Library launches a Tea Time series, featuring everything non-Holmesian from Christie to Hamett, classic sleuthing to hard-boiled detectives of the noir-ish hue.

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This week: Raymond Chandler’s Red Wind  continues with Kayden, Cale, and John.

There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every boozy party ends in the fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husband’s necks.

So opens Chandlers 1946 Red Wind. Regarded as one of the classic openings for a noir story, it follows Philip Marlowe who, initially a bystander in a bar, witnesses an odd exchange between a man and a bartender concerning a woman, whom the man describes in great detail.

The conversation ends when another man in the bar kills the questioner, and Marlowe decides to delve into matters himself…

Monday, February 20th 19:00: The Crucible of Time

crucibleGyro Muggins concludes reading the fix-up by John Brunner. First published as two-part story which appeared in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, it’s an ambitious tale of alien intelligence which grew to a series of six linked tales pushed as a single novel in 1983.

Far off in space is an alien race which is so much like us, yet so un-alike. From the birth of their earliest civilisation through to their attainment of star flight as their star system passes through the galaxy, we follow their development through the ages.

Aquatic by nature, this race presents some significant challenges well outside the realms of anything encountered by humanity. But they are also driven by all too familiar hopes, fears, desires, needs, wants, prejudices, impact of religious ideologies, and the quest for knowledge we have experienced in the growth of our own civilisation.

Charting six periods of time, each a thousand years after the previous, the six stories focus on the efforts of a group of individuals in each era as they face one or more challenges, their success in overcoming these challenges inevitably leading them towards a greater understanding of their planet’s plight, and ultimately, the ability to deal with that plight and the survival of their civilisation.

Tuesday, February 21st 19:00: A Monstrous Regiment of Women

Concludes with Caledonia Skytower.

Wednesday, February 22nd 19:00: The Winter of Our Wodehouse

Trolley Trollop reads selections from P.G. Wodehouse.

Thursday, February 23rd

19:00: HG Wells’ A Story of the Stone Age

Shandon Loring reads H.G. Wells’ 1897 short story set within the stone age and focusing on Ugh-lomi.

Attracted to the young woman Eudena, he kills his rival for her attention and the de facto leader of their tribe, Uya. Forced into exile as a result, Ugh-lomi becomes the first man to  fashion an axe using wood and stone, and ride a horse. His use of the weapon helps him survive a range of encounters with wild animals. Ultimately, he returns to his tribe and claims leadership for himself.

21:00: Seanchai Late Night

Science fiction with Finn Zeddmore.


Please check with the Seanchai Library’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.

The featured charity for January / February is Heifer International, working with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

February 14th: will you be a hugger, a dunker or both in Second Life?

The Isle of View, the “official” destination for Valentine’s Day reappeared on the grid earlier in the month, and on Tuesday February 14th, the Lab will be host a “Hug and Dunk” session wherein people visiting the isle can opt to either hug a Linden – or dunk them in the water (or both!).

The event forms part of the ongoing in-world meet-ups between Linden Lab staff and users, and will take place between 10:00am and 12:00 noon and 14:00-16:00 SLT on Valentine’s Day. As well as hugging and dunking, expect some music and dancing and lots of conversation!

The get-together was  announced on February 10th in a blog post from Xiola Linden, which reads in Part:

Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your one and only – when else are you going to get the chance to cosy up to a Linden or send one shrieking into the depths of a dunk tank? An opportunity like this comes around about once a year — so don’t miss out.

Love is a complicated creature — inspiring poetry, prose, songs, and art of all kinds since the beginning of time. Despite her many facets, love still trumps the alternative — and there is no better place to appreciate the beauty of amor than at the Isle of View.

Isle of View: will you be a hugger ...

Isle of View: will you be a hugger …

The Isle of View covers four regions, forming a classic love heart and offers opportunities for walking, taking a romantic boat ride, dancing – and even sending a gift of virtual roses and chocolates to that special loved one.

To join in with the hug and dunk session, just make your way to the Love Pavilion (following the illuminated signs). You’ll also find the gift kiosk there as well.

Isle of View: ... or a dunker?

Isle of View: … or a dunker?

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