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Thursday, November 24, 2022

GeekSpeak subject for Saturday 26th November at noon SLT: What will you take with you to Mars?

 


What will the future Mars settlers need to take with them?  Will they have to take all the oxygen, water and food they need for 2 years?  And materials and tools for building a base?

Or will human settlers need to take nothing with them because robots will have prepared everything before they arrive?  Will the settlers simply step into a luxury base with all the food and oxygen already available?

What is needed for a human to survive on Mars?  And what is needed to thrive once you get there?  Do we know exactly what will be needed?  Will the robots we send before us be able to tell us just what we will need?  What will the ‘technology tree’ of a Mars settlement be? 

Come to GeekSpeak at noon on Saturday to discuss what we will need on Mars.  Serious people only.

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving From the Sports and Leisure Desk at SLE- Stacey Cardalines Reporting...

 

Gobble Gobble!


Thanksgiving and Halloween are sorts of the co-anchors of the Autumn season. Autumn starts in September, but September and early October can still have some nice days, at least where I live (Massachusetts). Halloween and Thanksgiving fall (no pun intended) is a time of year when there is no doubt that Summer has left the building. I've bundled my children up in winter coats to send them trick or treating, and I've sat at a Thanksgiving football game where it was 12 degrees outside.


This cold dichotomy may lead some people to hate Autumn, but not this reporter. I love the change of seasons, I love the fall foliage and I love all the harvest stuff going on at local farms. One of the reasons that I haven't written here in a while is that I spent a lot of October and November driving around to look at trees changing color or roaming through pumpkin patches like Linus. There are other reasons, but they are sad ones, and this is supposed to be the Enquirer's funny column, so no need to drag that all up here.

I was looking to write about Thanksgiving and especially Plymouth. Plymouth is the birthplace of Thanksgiving (Jamestown had the real first Thanksgiving, but Virginians need to argue with their underperforming public relations staff, not me). I live deep enough in real-life Plymouth County that I can see the Mayflower II across the bay from my house. Seeking to capitalize on this unearned Dad-bought-a-house-here expertise, I hunt incessantly for Plymouth-related sims every November so that I can let the people know my wisdom.

Only once in my years working for this publication have I found Plymouth on SL, and- to be frank- it looked more like northern California... and I say that in the "Sacramento is not California" sense that Rush Street Reggie made famous. They had a Mayflower, a few colonial-looking cabins, and some turkeys running about. I was very pleased, and Lanai got a Thanksgiving article out of me that year. That sim is something else these days, and I could find no substitute for it any other year I looked.

This year also failed to net me a Plymouth, but that doesn't mean my deadline goes away, so I had to hunt me up some Autumn somewhere.

I found Autumn in spades at the Mieville Thanksgiving Street Fair. This is a very nice sim that is all set up for the Fall season. as you can see from the pictures, they have turkeys, fireplaces, fall foliage, November-blooming flowers... all that good stuff.  The sim is cleverly constructed so the visitor walks around a pastoral autumn scene, but as they do, they go by little sales kiosks where they can purchase seasonally-themed products.



It makes for a very nice walk and is a good setting for some cute pictures. I heartily recommend it. They have the autumnal theme running through the 25th, so hurry on down this long weekend. Much like real life, there isn't much time for you to see Fall things... it will be December before you and I speak again.

People take things in SL for granted. If you go to a sim where it is done up for Autumn, you should rightfully praise whoever set the sim up. You should also, however, appreciate the infrastructure which provides the things that you see at that sim. You have to find someone who sells Autumn trees, turkeys, horns-o-plenty, Mayflowers, and what have you. SL is funny like that- many people play SL just to have cyber sex, but there are people who log on to SL and spend the day making Pilgrim hats. Because of them and the sacrifices they made, the sim you get laid at has a nice, comforting Autumn look. A timeless Norman Rockwell background takes some of the shame out of av-fucking a stranger.

Because there are designers who make turkey tailfeathers and Pilgrim costumes, my sister Courtney and I have seasonally-themed outfits for our job as dancers. Being from Plymouth, I was a natural for the Naughty Pilgrim costume. Not being from Plymouth, my sister ended up having to be a turkey. I didn't think to include my costume, which is just black lingerie with a Priscilla Alden bonnet, in this article. There was no way in Hell I was going to forget to highlight my sister with goofy turkey feathers attached to her lower spine. 

I won the next season, too... I get to dance as Mrs. Claus, while Courtney will spend December wearing reindeer antlers with blinking Christmas tree lights on them. Much like her tailfeathers, she loves when people ask about her antlers, why she has to wear them, whether she lost a bet or not... go on down and say hello.

People should also not take Autumn for granted. Autumn gets a bad rap, basically because it is Summer's pallbearer. Never forget that Autumn stands between Summer and the ice/cold/snow of Winter. Winter's main holiday- Christmas- is all about snow and cold. There will be months where you'd be thrilled to see a forecast for the day as "highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s." People in western New York right now wish it was 48 degrees.

The key is to see the bright side. Go out even on SL- and see some trees changing color. Get an apple cider donut. Watch some farmer harvest something. Remember, in about a month, it will be too cold to go out. Go down to the Mieville Thanksgiving Street Fair and see some Autumn. Otherwise, once you go down the list some, you'll end up at Divas, watching a stripper journalist dressed as a Pilgrim... or her sister Courtney, dressed as a turkey.

The positive part of journalism is informing the public, sharing your adventures, helping someone who needs help, promoting good causes, blah blah blah... the negative but fun part of journalism is using your column to humiliate your sister, who might have to dance for all comers dressed as a turkey.






Sunday, November 20, 2022

The Magic of Holiday Stories The 2022 SL Christmas Expo Giving the Gift of Hope to Children With Cancer

 


‘Twas the end of November and all through SL
Merchants, Creators, and Avatars as well
We're counting the minutes, the hours, and days
‘Til the 2022 SL Christmas Expo takes place!

Spread across 12 regions and featuring more than 150 shops, Second Life’s Premier Holiday Shopping, Entertainment, and Breedables event, the SL Christmas Expo opens Dec 2nd.  Fashion & Accessories, Home & Garden, Animations, Breedables, Pets, and more, it’s all at the Christmas Expo.

This year’s theme is The Magic of Holiday Stories. Each region or ‘Chapter‘ tells a different Holiday Story as interpreted by some of SL’s best region designers and special guests. 

v  SL Christmas Expo / What Snowmen Do At Night / Darkstone Aeon

v  Chapter 1 / The Gingerbread Pirates / Allie Munroe

v  Chapter 2 / Aliens Love Panta Claus / Drummer Jollycane

v  Chapter 3 / The Elves & The Shoemaker / Royal Shippe & Mina Ancio

v  Chapter 4 / Letters From Father Christmas / Bayliner Bob & Abi

v  Chapter 5 / Night Before Christmas / Madame Gyre

v  Chapter 6 / Polar Express / Teyla Smith

v  Chapters 7 & 8 / The Great Reindeer Rebellion / Bambi (norahbrent)

v  Chapter 9 / The Colors Of Christmas / Darkstone Aeon

v  Lights Of Hope / The Nutcracker / SkyeRyder Varriale

v  Linden Lights of Hope / Linden Homes /  Linden Lab

Back again this year is The Holly Jolly Café, bringing more than 100 Live Performances by the very best singers and musicians in Second Life. Don’t Miss Uber Day at the Holly Jolly, Friday, Dec. 9.  The Stocking Stuffer Hunt is also back! Find the gifts hidden in participating shops. The Lights of Hope Home Decoration competition, Photos with Santa, Build A Snowman Contest,  the Christmas Tree Lot, Santa’s Sleigh Ride and Photos with Santa Patch Linden all make their annual return at the Expo.

New this year is the “Magic of Holiday Stories - Ribbons of Hope Film Festival & Challenge”. Filmmakers are invited to create videos at the Expo regions from December 1st through 7th.  All videos will be presented on the Relay For Life of Second Life YouTube channel beginning Dec 8th.

Auctions are always a highlight of the Christmas Expo and this year is no exception. Bid for a variety of OOAK and Limited Special Editions and do not miss the incredible Linden Special Prizes!  A Mind-blowing array of Linden Gifts to the Highest Bidders or lucky Ticket Holders!

Linden Auction Packages
(Silent Auction bidding opens Dec 2 All Auctions will close  by Live Auction Bidding Dec 11 at 10am)

One Of A Kind Linden Package – (An $1800 / L$450,000 Value!)

v  TWO 12-month Premium Plus Subscriptions (one for the winner and one to gift to a friend, it's Christmas after all!) and a

v  Homestead Region with no monthly maintenance fees for 12 months

Special Linden Auction Package 

v   12 Month Premium Subscription and

v   1-Hour hangout/photo time with Patch Linden and

v  Free Name Change and

v   Patch LE 2022 Holiday Bear

Individual Linden Auction Items (Each Bid Separately)

v  12 Month Premium Plus Subscription

 

v  1 Hour hangout/photo time with Patch Linden

 

v  3 Month Premium Plus Subscription

Expo Raffles Include:

v  TWO 2 Giant Mega Raffles -  Each with more than L$50,000 in gift cards from Expo Merchants 

v  Daily Holly Jolly Raffles - Gift Cards from Expo Merchants

Individual Linden Raffles

v  3 Month Premium Plus Subscription

v  12 Month Premium Subscription

v   3 Month Premium Subscription

v  Free Name Change

 

The 12th Annual SL Christmas Expo is sponsored by Dekute Dekore, Vidarr's Legacies, Queenz, *WK Wild Kajaera*, Taylor Designs, Trinity Clothing, Prestigious Pampered Breedables, Lil Monsters Inc, MOCAPANIMATIONS Dance Shop, Wonderful World Of Meeroos, Mafia Meeros, LOPO DISTRICT, AFantasy, Charisma's Designs, TONE 2, Art By Emma and Run For The Roses, and supports the Childhood Cancer programs of the American Cancer Society.

Join us December 2nd through 11th and help us
Give The Gift of Hope to Children with Cancer

For Teleports, Schedules, and More Information please visit https://slchristmasexpo.com/

If you or a loved one has been touched by cancer or simply needs information contact the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345; cancer.org or at the American Cancer Society Virtual Office in Second Life. 

 

Friday, November 18, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 2 - SL Enquirer OPEN AUDITIONS!!

 


Attention LIVE performers! Think you have what it takes to be a star? Join us on Friday, December 2 at the SLE Media Center starting at 8pm SLT and take advantage of this rare opportunity to showcase your talents to the SL world!

Open to both well-known performers and new performers alike, expect the unexpected as we bring you this exclusive, highly publicized event! Three songs, then pass the mic...participants will be provided access to additional opportunities based on creativity, raw talent, and audience engagement. You could even score yourself a coveted spotlight feature in the SL Enquirer and much, much more! Venue owners and management welcome!

Also, a special thank you to all who helped make our first SLE Open Auditions held on November 4th a resounding success: Lιαм 'Yoυɴɢвlood' M.Ƙ. Ecliρse, DALLAS WINSLET, Samuel James, LoopMan Blep, Mr. J, Mαє Äηαtίηє, ŤÃßØØ ℛℇIĞℕ, DanTheMan, ℬгɨєℓℓє ℰmiℓia ĄєϮєгηa Ӈєℓℓгαgє, and FlorizonaRichD. 

We encourage our readers to stop and give these talented people a listen if you see them performing around the grid...you WON'T be disappointed!

Open Auditions will be held the first Friday of every month from 8 - 10pm SLT (or until)


With over 17 years of experience reporting virtual world news and participating in numerous charities, events, and sponsorships across the grid, the SL Enquirer is the longest-running media source in SL. We love working with our fans!

Contact: Ninja, SLE Events Coordinator (ninjaantwoord resident)

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

GeekSpeak subject for Saturday 19th November at noon SLT: The Day of 8 billion!

 


Last week our species reached 8 billion people.  Let’s celebrate humanity today, we clearly won the genetic lottery.  8 billion and all of them better fed and in better health than they have ever been.  And maybe we are a boon to the planet as well.  An intelligent species managing the world ecosystem! We have fought against the harsh conditions of life and against our own violent, malicious nature and we have won.

Where do we go from here?  Do you think the population should and will decline to some ideal population number?  What is the ideal population for Earth?  Can we know without knowing all the inventions and discoveries of the future?  Or should we increase in numbers to fill the whole universe?

When will we reach 100 billion? Join us in GeekSpeak on Saturday at noon SLT to discuss the future of our species.  Bring all your family!

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

 

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Friday, November 11, 2022

Spotlight on Loopman Blep A New Vocalist Guitarist Keyboardist Mix and Master in Second Life!- Lanai Jarrico Reporting…





LoopMan Blep is from São Paulo, Brazil, and studied at Conservatório Municipal de Guarulhos in Guarulhos. He has been involved in music in real life for more than a decade and performed in many places in Brazil with bands, duo projects, and also solo. He collaborates with several artists from his city recording guitars, and keyboards, mixing, mastering, and even producing songs. Loopman brings his talent into Second Life with the music he sings, such as  Brazilian and International pop, rock, reggae, and popular music, and covers international songs from famous musicians like Seal, Foofigthers, Linkin Park, Kansas, LimpBizkit, Lil Nas X, and many more. Each song is sung from the heart and he delivers at every show. He captivates his newfound fanbase and encourages them to make requests.  SLE met up with him after winning a feature after his participation in Open Auditions at The SL Enquirer Media Center on November 4th.



Interview with Loopman Bleb



SLE: Everyone’s journey to the virtual world is different.  Where are you from and how did you discover Second Life?


 Loop: I am from Brazil, born in 1990 in the city of Guarulhos São Paulo Brazil, I have lived here for exactly 32 years. I just discovered Second life through John Rocky a singer who has been in Secondlife for a little over 5 years. Thanks to John I discovered the platform of things that are in here.


SLE: What a great opportunity to work with someone seasoned in the SL Music scene. We are glad you are here. You have an interesting avatar name, what inspired it?


Loop: I love my name, Loop has a lot to do with the things in life that everything starts and ends and closes a cycle, and moreover it is related to the music of course, in this case, looping pedals which is one of the accessories I use with my guitar in my shows in real life and virtual life, it allows me to record an arrangement and then play something else on top of this layer. My last name in fact is something funny that somehow is connected to music, which is Blep a kind of sound that we hear in the mailbox or when we receive a message.



SLE: That’s a very creative name for sure. You studied at Conservatório Municipal de Guarulhos in Guarulhos. Can you tell us about your educational background and how it helps you today?


Loop: My study, I confess that at the beginning of the classes was very boring, at this time I was around 13 years old and any child would love to be playing several instruments instead of reading and studying the theoretical part. But I realized how important it was when I learned to respect the time of each musical note or person, I realized that over time I learned to listen to each detail and each note, and I also realized how sensitive my hearing is. It also brings along good movement coordination, balance, and discipline and without a doubt, I think it contributes a lot to each person's professional growth and concentration. And last but not least it is the musical evolution.


SLE: That is great that you learned at an early age to have patience and self-discipline when it comes to your schooling. Thinking back to when you were a kid. Who most inspired your love of music? How has it affected the music you perform and write?


Loop:  I remember that when I was a child my father and mother had a disagreement and separated for a while, so I went to live with my mother in my grandparent's house. A few days passed at their house and I began to notice that every Sunday at 4 pm a neighbor would sit on their patio and play his guitar, I became interested in music, so every Sunday I was there waiting for him to play his guitar. One fine day my mother gave me a toy guitar, and I tried to reproduce what I heard the neighbor playing, the Brasileirinho song. A few weeks went by and I managed to play the same song on my toy instrument, then my parents saw me doing it and decided to give me a real guitar, time went by and I dedicated myself to learning, I bought some magazines with chords at newsstands and tried to play everything I heard on radios, CDs and records. Nowadays my compositions are made with so much affection, and lyrics of good things, I love to use references from the first music that I learned in life, I like to write songs with good energy, positive and constructive.  Today the songs that I play and sing and musical creations have small rhythmic and melodic influences of the first music that I learned in life when I was a child and listened to my neighbor play my compositions are with positivity, joy, and things that add to the life of each person.



SLE: I do love hearing that you get the joy from music that many other performers we have interviewed do. Having a closeness to the music as you do truly shows in your performances. You have been involved with music for over 15 years in real life. Can you tell us about your experiences?


Loopman: I started working with music when I was 18 years old in events at social events and in needy communities in the region where I lived, as the years went by I joined my first reggae band as a keyboardist, we played in some places and bars, that was essential for my learning and evolution, as the years passed I followed new musical experiences with different bands playing in private and public cultural venues. In this story many things happened, there were good moments, bad moments, good moments, and others that didn't pay, but in fact, the best moment was when I participated in a band of visually impaired people, the band Tribo de Jah, I spent a little more time together with this band, it was very pleasant to share the stage with these guys, each one of them had an incredible talent, their senses were very sharp and they had a tremendous skill with their instruments, I can say that this experience contributed at least 50% of my musical evolution and as a person. Now a disaster tour was when I accepted to do some shows along the Brazilian coast with a band called Levi Ras, it's funny how many things went wrong hahaha, he hired me to play keyboards, said we would have good fees and at least 2 shows a day because none of that happened, we had to sleep with 6 people inside a small car, he had not closed shows, so where we stopped the car he would get out of the car and go to bars to try to get a show, the worst thing was going 3 days without taking a shower, but it's not over yet, on 1 of the days we had to play in exchange for hamburgers hahaha, but that's okay like everything in life there are good times and bad times.


SLE: You have come a long way from singing for hamburgers. Thank you for sharing your hardships and gains. It is tough to work hard and fail and get back up and keep on moving forward with your passion. In the end, it is all worth it if it makes you happy. Do you write your own music? If so, How would you describe your music style?


Loopman: Talking about composition I can say that this is something new for me, I've been an instrumentalist for a long time so it never crossed my mind to compose music, but when the pandemic arrived in brazil in 2020 and we had lockdown spending days and hours at home I started to write some things, then I was creating and recording some arrangements, and little by little it took shape until my first track came out. Titled Intolerant Dub which was produced and mixed by me. I can say that my musical influence has a very strong root in Jamaican reggae, Brazilian popular music, reggae, rock, pop and etc. But I really like to play different genres and I could say that I'm eclectic.



SLE: Amazing that you were able to use the negativity of the pandemic to make it a positive to further your musical career. What types of instruments do you play?


Loopman: The instrument that I have the most affinity and contact with is acoustic guitar and electric guitar, but I have already ventured into other instruments, I was the bassist in a reggae band called Sons de Bob and I was also a drummer in a rock band called União do Gueto and lastly I was the keyboardist of the band Bamboo_br for 10 years. Currently, I play electric guitar, melodica, harp, and keyboard but the main thing is the guitar.


SLE: You are a well-rounded performer.  As a new musician in Second Life, what do you think about performing virtually compared to real life?


Loopman: Really doing shows in a virtual way has been wonderful, there are so many places and so many people, not to mention the diversity of singers and talents spread across this universe, I never thought I could be inside my house making live music for people all over the world. I see people supporting the singers appreciating, vibrating going to the shows, and making music within second life brought me a lot of learning and many friends too that I will take for life in memory. I have dedicated myself and tried hard to deliver the best for these people and I have seen that people have liked it. With regard to real life, it is really different, besides the Brazilian music market is saturated, our art is not so valued, and it is very difficult to be accepted by people who dedicate themselves and deliver a great job, the fees most of the time we just manage to pay our accounts. But the good thing is that there is an incredible opportunity in the metaverse and I'm willing to do my best and conquer my space along with great singers who are already successful on the platform.




SLE: The Metaverse is an incredible place for all kinds of talent and skills. You are part owner of AudioHouse in Second Life, can you tell our readers a little bit more about that venue and your goals for those that perform there?


Loopman:  AudioHouse is a place that will be open 24 hours for the common users, we will have open chat except during the shows, we have an environment with games and we will have live shows with the team members. AudioHouse was founded in partnership with ArishaFlame and aims to self-promote new musicians giving space and voice during their shows, our idea is to direct everyone who attends our space to live performances and attract owners from other places to give opportunities for new arrivals. We have a team of students that we help until they become a little more independent and are able to move forward with their careers, and when everyone is ready, we can make our team bigger. We are open to partnerships, you can become one of us and help the younger ones, contact us.




SLE: I like the concept of your venue. There needs to be a place where new performers can go and get the help they need to succeed with their peers. How often do you perform in Second Life, do you have a calendar and group that fans can follow? 


Loopman: In Second Life my availability is from 7 am to 7 pm, I have a few shows during the week, and I keep working to get more opportunities. I have a google calendar and a group called "LoopMan Live Sessions" where people can join to receive concert notices.



SLE: Music is a universal language and is an important part of every culture. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?


Loopman:  I would like to thank you, who got me here, the " SL Enquirer " for this incredible opportunity to tell a little of my story, I would like to thank John Rocky who showed me this universe of SL, and mainly thank all the people who support me and who attend my shows and was always by my side. And if you like LoopMan Blep to do his shows, he's eager to meet you. Also to the places that want to give an opportunity to LoopMan, he is available ☺♥

 

 

 

Additional Information:

SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/user-500278829

 

Calendar : https://bit.ly/3OY0Jj7 

 

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/LoopmanBlep 

 

Latest release : https://onerpm.link/153826294827 

 

LoopMan wears :  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hot%20Atoll/20

 

Flickr :  https://www.flickr.com/photos/195741452@N06/ 

 

Website: https://www.slmusicianscooperative.com/about-8 

 

LM AudioHouse: http://maps.secondlife.com/secon.../Stormy%20Coven/174/22/22


 
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