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Second Life Spotlight – Bixyl Shuftan

This week we are shining a spotlight on Bixyl Shuftan, who just celebrated 14 years of reporting the Second Life news!

Artwork of Bixyl Shuftan’s Second Life avatar by artist Alleara Snoodle

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This week we are shining a spotlight on Bixyl Shuftan, who just celebrated 14 years of reporting the Second Life news! Artwork of Bixyl Shuftan’s Second Life avatar by artist Alleara Snoodle How long have you been in Second Life and how did you first hear about it? I first started hearing about Second Life in 2006 when one of my online friends told me about it. She got me interested, and when I got high-speed internet that year, I signed up for it. But it wasn't until {the next} summer that I began logging on regularly. When and how did you get started writing about the latest news in Second Life? After I began coming here on a regular basis, I wanted to know more about the place. So I started reading blogs and newsletters about the virtual world. One was the Second Life Newspaper, owned by JamesT Juno and run by Dana Vanmoer. After I sent in some reader submissions in late October 2006, they asked me to meet up with them. After a short conversation, {they} hired me as one of their reporters. So I was officially in {around} early November 2006. For two and a half years, I would send the Second Life Newspaper articles about various people, places, and events at least once a week, often more, as well as most of its cartoons. But real life would catch up to James and Dana, and in June 2010 they sadly closed the paper. But the staff had been told ahead of time, so three other Residents and I started a new publication: the Second Life Newser. By July, it was clear we were around to stay. And although there have been changes in the staff since then (Gemma Cleanslate has thankfully remained onboard), we've continued to report the news about the people, places, and events, publishing online on a daily basis. The Second Life Newser Office in Second Life Do you have a submission process for Residents who want to have their event or location promoted on your news blog? For the majority of places and events, such as stores and club anniversaries, we generally charge an advertorial fee. But {for} charity events or places that are clearly a benefit to all, such as a well done nature park, a museum, or a benefit to raise money for illness research, we'll do a small advertisement for free. If we're impressed and have enough time, we may do a larger article. I should note that we're hiring. We've always been open to talent, and have had some great writers over the years. So if anyone reading this has a latent for writing and wants to tell the Residents about notable people, places, and events (large and small), please contact me at [email protected] If you haven't got the time, but still want to tell others about a great place or person, we accept reader submissions. Tell us about some of the other Residents in SL that inspire you and whose work you admire. Oh, there have been many over the years. Dana Vanmoer was the person who showed me how to run a newsletter and a team. In the past, there was Paisley Beebe who did a live weekly talk show. Delinda Dyrssen had her "Live and Kickin" show to promote musicians. Pooky Amsterdam for her intellectual game show "The 1st Question" and videos, as well as machinima artist Chantal Harvey, among others. In more recent years with Second Life media, Draxtor Despres has made an impressive showing between his podcasts, videos, and book club. A number of inspiring people have been in the Relay for Life. They've demonstrated a shining example of the good virtual worlds can do. There have also been some talented examples among my virtual neighbors, the Sunweavers, such as Shockwave Yareach and Cynthia Farshore, our top builders who have designed some award-winning structures. Nydia Tungsten and I have supported one another on the projects we've done, she's probably best known for her music videos, as well as being a published writer in real life. I should also mention Alleara Snoodle, a brilliant and kind woman with physical disabilities who accomplished so much. Sadly, she passed away recently. Finally of course, there's Gemma Cleanslate, who's been with the team since the start. For over 11 years she's been contributing an article or two a week. I can't imagine the paper without her. I could mention many others, but there just isn't the space. Are there any big news stories in early 2022, or projects you are working on that you’d like people to know about? We'll be writing our Year in Review and for the past few years, we've also been doing a "Man of the Year" article about the person or persons who had the most impact on Second Life news. In February there will be the "Hug a Linden" event, and the start of the official Relay for Life fundraiser season. I've also been writing a science fiction novel, "The Corsean Encounter," which is just about done, currently going through some editing. It should be published before too long. Where can people follow your work? Please share links to your sites and social media accounts. The Newser’s official site: https://slnewser.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slnewser Besides checking it for the daily news, you can read the archives for past events, as well as articles on some great people and places. So stay informed about the news, in both real life and Second Life. And while we may be the best source, we're not the only one. By all means, check out other newsletters and blogs (and in real life check out multiple sources of news). But we're the newsletter that reports every day on the people, places, and events across the grid, large and small. We hope you enjoyed learning more about Bixyl. Each of these weekly Spotlight posts will feature a different Resident to showcase the spectrum of experiences and personalities found in our virtual world. If you have created something inworld that you’re proud of, or have had a deeply meaningful experience that could brighten someone else’s day, please sign up! More info here: https://second.life/spotlight-signup

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Winter Things- Stacey Cardalines Reporting…

 Most people hate winter, but I’m not one of them. I love snow, cold, and all that other stuff that turns people off from the Cruelest season. If I have firewood, drugs, and remaining vacation days, a blizzard is one of my favorite things. I may b…

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Most people hate winter, but I'm not one of them. I love snow, cold, and all that other stuff that turns people off from the Cruelest season. If I have firewood, drugs, and remaining vacation days, a blizzard is one of my favorite things. I may be twisted, but if the normal people can't throw snowballs at each other, eff 'em.


I like winter on SL even more, because SL isn't cold unless you open the window to your computer room in January. I went to a winter sim today, and- as you can see from the pictures- I had no problem at all casting aside my business dress, putting on a hockey shirt, and climbing snowy mountains with nothing but pantyhose on my legs and heels on my feet. That would equal frostbite in the real world, but in SL, it just meant that Stacey had less things to do in her inventory.

I set out to find a snowball fight sim today, but there aren't many of them, and the ones that exist have it somewhere that I couldn't locate. I gave up, but the sim I gave up on it at had ice skating, so I figured WTH? 



The sim is called "Christmas Skate Rink And Holiday Market Christmas Shopping," which is the kind of name that made me think that the sim owner may be ESL. I checked, she isn't, and she appears to be a Vampire. That might seem odd, but Vampires are/were people too, and there's nothing in the Vampire manual which prohibits vampiric enjoyment of winter sports. If Dracula went to Alaska instead of London, I don't think Van Helsing would have beaten him. I went to the sim during sunlight hours, so I'm safe. It may turn into Salem's Lot after dark, I don't intend to find out.

This vampire had a skating rink, so I was all in. I'm a terrible skater in real life. This is embarrassing because I live in a hockey state, but it is what it is. I can only skate if there is a much larger person standing right next to me who might not fall with me if I lose my footing and panic-grab for his arm. You don't see figure skaters wearing hockey helmets, and if that sort of competence/confidence exists in a woman somewhere, the very balance of nature demands that there must also be a klutz woman walking the earth who screams in a panic a lot and falls before she gets on the ice. I fill that role in nature.

I was a hockey cheerleader, both on SL and in (real life) high school. It's easier on SL, where I could wear next to nothing, and where the hockey league carved out a large section of the arena for the cheerleaders to operate in. We were sort of our own show, somewhat akin to that old "I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out" joke, just with dancers. The only time I was on the ice was when I posed for the league calendar.



In high school, we were kept in the bleachers and reduced to stomp/clap-type cheers. We were mostly just trying to keep warm and not get hit by errant pucks. The girl right next to me got a puck to the nose once, and I'm still somewhat haunted by it. It did damage. She went from Prom Queen level to maybe a step above Sea Hag in one deflected slap shot. If you can imagine a blonde, rich-school 110-pound cheerleader with a Toucan Sam nose, that was the end result. I felt badly for her, but better her than me.

Either way, skating wasn't required of me as I performed these services. This is a good thing because the Traumatic Brain Injury that would have resulted from me pursuing skating never came about. Otherwise, this article might read "Cambot dongo at the banana patch" and- denied a career in journalism- I might have resorted to a life of crime. Fortunately, for all of us, it never came to that.



Becoming an expert skater on SL is as easy as jumping on a poseball. I started off in skates, but I got my skates at a sim where they assumed everyone was 6 foot 8, so they looked silly on me. I'm pretty short. Any game like SL that relies on the willing suspension of disbelief (I can teleport! I can carry 30,000 item inventories around with me!) will survive me skating in heels. I did have a hockey sweater on, so I score points there.

They have casual singles skating, pairs skating, and trick skating. You can bang out some pretty cool moves with even the simple menu. I didn't try the pairs menu, as I went to the sim by myself. I do my dirt by my lonesome. The pictures of me skating in this article are mostly from the Trick Skating menu. I didn't fall once.

They also have a little market there with some cute things. Some of it is Christmas-themed, but not so much that you think you went back in time a month. I was a big fan of the campfire with the warm-your-hands animation. You can kill some time at this sim, both touring and skating. It is one of the few vampire-owned skating rinks that I choose to recommend.

If winter comes and goes and you haven't gone skating, I can't even do business with you, dog.



Christmas Skate Rink And Holiday Market Christmas Shopping = http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Loon/46/189/106
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Twisted Euphoria : Celebrate who you are in your deepest heart

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Bus Party Crashing

 Ok so I REALLY hope Newser covers this because they are great bloggers and will have facts and details and stuff and they had one of their amazing bloggers there with us, but I’m not saying it was Gemma in case she doesn’t feel like blogging it.&…

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 Ok so I REALLY hope Newser covers this because they are great bloggers and will have facts and details and stuff and they had one of their amazing bloggers there with us, but I'm not saying it was Gemma in case she doesn't feel like blogging it. 

She did take a couple of nasty spills, after all.  We all did. and OMG was it fun!!

Ok so here's the SLuggle version. I log in at like noon and there's a brand new notice in one of my favorite social groups about a BBB embassy thing.

Well sure!

So I put on a gown and went and it wasn't a gown thing at all. It was a bus ride around someplace.

Well sure!

And OMG was it ever fun!!

I was thinking we were riding a bus to a party where my gown would come in handy, but again, I was mistaken and it was an embassy bus tour to get passport stamps.


I stopped collecting stamps a while ago because, well, you all know me- adding another HUD to mess up is not going to help anything, I can barely handle changing the color on my couch. But I had such a good time anyway!!! 

We had three buses full of wonderful people, and it was coordinated by my friend Yukiko Yeshto, who does a bus tour around various places and it truly is fun. 

Because there were so many people, they had special guest bus drivers who bravely tried to steer rowdy stamp collectors around through winding roads and region crossings.

The bus I was on crashed into a copse of trees almost immediately and then it was the most hilarious series of spins and rolls and group angst ever. I laughed nonstop. Honest to goodness, this was so much more fun than a club, best entertainment choice I could have made. 

We ALL had a blast, except the drivers probably, but I do hope they know how much fun they brought us all!

I think we had at least 24 people on the bus I was on at one point, it was FULL of names. I don't know how many of the buses finished the route, by the end we'd had at least one bus change and a couple of teleports from the edge of a region back on board, and people got off and rode horses and stole motorcycles and all kindsa crazy fun things. 

It truly was a blast. Thank you BBB and thank you Yukiko!!

Here's a throwback to another of Yukiko's tours!

Ride the Bus to the Party!


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