10 Remarkable Second Life Women



Image of Marianne McCann from Twitter


Come Celebrate SL Women with us!

We ran a little late for International Women’s Day, but we’re making up for it by celebrating 10 Second Life women who have, through their work, have made SL a better place.

The celebration is this Sunday, March 18 from 10am to Noon SLT at The Art Cafe in Locus Amoensis (SLurl), a region that is part of the Confederated Democratic Simulators.

We will have a poster honoring each woman, a small women’s art exhibit, food, dance and music by pianist Sandia Beaumont.

We look forward to having you present on this occasion.

Our 2018 honorees are:

Bryn Oh
Nuala Marcus
Strawberry Singh
Caryl Meredith
Marianne McCann
Rosie Gray
Sudane Erato
Robin Sojourner Wood
Treacle Darlandes

What’s in My Closet? A Tux!

r2 Otomo Tuxedo in Gold - Torso

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After much hemming and hawing, I bought the new Collabor88 release from r2, the r2: A/D/E Otome set (in gold, as shown, and in black). When I tried he demo with the fatback bonus color (red) it struck me as a no-go for this round. Mind you, I seldom pass up and r2 release. If I don’t get it for me, one of my characters gets it. The price is dynamite and the look really rocks.

When I saw it in black, though, I thought “Tuxedo!” and tried my various colors of skin with it. Then I thought more. And I tried the other outfit colors, consulting with friends at each step, with nearly all my skins. Everyone agreed the gold looked great with my Lumae Eirtae Yrlissa skin (shown here). Immediately I bought the black option. And thought more. After, I bought the gold, too.

Some cheap earrings, some body sparkles, a nice updo hair, added some other jewelry, wore out my fingers for 20+ minutes figuring out makeup, and then made a bow tie out of bits I had in my Inventory. In terms of actual components, this is a simple outfit, but it took me about an hour. Twice as long as I’ve spent on other outfits. So tired now.

By the way, the shadow on the bridge of my nose doesn’t appear in-world or in the snap I shot for my Profile feed.

Bay City’s 10th Anniversary

Bay City 10th Anniversary Celebration

BAY CITY, SL (6 March 2018) –

Bay City, the first project undertaken by the Moles of the Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW), turns ten years old this May, and in honor of this achievement, residents of Bay City will once again host an annual parade through the city, followed by a live music event in the Bay City fairgrounds.

Bay City opened in May of 2008 to initial viewing, with parcels being auctions throughout the city soon after. In 2011, it’s land mass doubled, as it absorbed the copy of Bay City that existed on the former Teen Grid. It has developed into the largest community-focused virtual urban area in Second Life.

Parade participants are asked to gather at noon SLT/PDT on Sunday, the 21st of May, to line up at the band shell in Bay City – Harwich (SLurl). The parade will wend its way down Route 66 beginning at 12:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, and will conclude at the Bay City Fairgrounds in the North Channel region.

A live concert will kick off at 1:30 p.m. SLT/PDT at the Fairgrounds (SLurl) with DJ GoSpeed Rasere of KONA Stream providing music leading into the event until 1:30 p.m.SLT/PDT , followed by Parker Static from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, Erika Ordinary from 2:30-3:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, and Stratus Mactavish from 3:30-4:30 p.m. SLT/PDT.

All Residents of the Second Life grid are welcomed to participate. Celebration goods, including parade float bases and ideas, are available at the Bay City Community Center (SLurl), in the Daley Bay region for those who wish to be a part of the parade. Ample viewing areas are provided. The music event is also open to all who desire to attend — not only Residents of Bay City

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life® and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group and home to most Residents of Bay City.

For more information, contact: Marianne McCann



Another Inventory Issue

Long ago when I started on the Second Life Main Grid, a terrible official book (which shall not be named) about Our World was published, but it had a couple good tips:

  1. Create an alt account in which you can store transferable items for safe keeping.
  2. Box up to 100 items in a cube then store them in a folder you never touch. Another cube can be used to consolidate 100 of these cubes, creating a cube/sub-cube system.

Since then I’ve employed such a system with each of my characters. As soon as I unpack a new purchase, I box up a copy (or move the original box) into a storage cube. This way if I accidentally delete something I can run to get a copy. In theory.

Just last Sunday I was working on boxing and storing when I found that I couldn’t rez a storage box in a place where I had full rez rights. Then there was another storage box. And another. Moving to another region didn’t help. Relogging made it worse.

Some 90% or so of my storage boxes (like the reddish one shown above) were gone. Folders were empty. Tens of thousands of $Lindens of things were gone. I followed all the standard Inventory recovery procedures, both official and unofficial. I even waited a couple days since it was a holiday weekend and you know how those are in SL.

As a Premium account member, I leaped to the Chat Support and worked with a knowlegeable Linden who didn’t just copypasta the company line (as some do) but nothing worked. So I filed a Support Ticket and waited. And waited. Well, the Labbies were coming back from holiday weekend, afterall, and I figured they’d be busy. So I checked my other characters and they had no such problems. It was just Uccie.

But I had to find something for a Bay City event and I looked inside one of the surviving storage boxes. BAM! It was filled with over 150 items according to the hover text and I remembered it should have had just six items. I keep only 100 items in each box (sub- or storage), as mentioned. When I looked, I found a large portion of missing items. Another surving storage box had more. A third was also loaded. Then it got strange.

Some of the recovered items were things from sub-boxes that were inside storage boxes I hadn’t rezzed in some time. Example: Hundreds of note cards that were in several sub-boxes were emptied into a few different storage boxes. Most of it was from boxes I haven’t opened in years, like my Isle of Lesbos items. Told you it was strange.

So I opened every single storage box that indicated it had more than 100 things inside and a few that didn’t (plus more than a few sub-boxes) just for good measure and started putting things aright. The first round took hours and I still have more to go. All the while I will be working on a letter to The Lab to again suggest that Inventory loss insurance should be available. Perhaps free to Premium members? I like that. Barring this, a very good backup system should be available. If such were in place I could spend more time exploring Our World instead of filling and moving boxes or bothering Support.

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Not that you need to, but if you click the image above you can see an embiggend verson on Flickr.

The Official View

From my open mic time at The Pen’s “Espresso Yourself Night” this evening:

BCA Meeting 11 Oct 2016_001

My plan tonight isn’t really to share anything, but to ask you to share some ideas on a little project. Here’s the background:

Some of you may have seen my shout-out in the Bay City Alliance chat on Mole Day deputizing everyone as members of an ad hoc committee. The idea was to nominate and then vote on the idea of making the LDPW Mole the Official Mammal of Bay City. Much like American states have various official symbols: state bird, state flower, state virus, etc. During the vote, those not in favor were encouraged to move to Nautilus.

Needless to say, the vote passed and was deemed unanimous, in part by counting only the YES votes. Then at today’s Alliance meeting a few people agreed that the vote could be considered valid, so I’m proud to announce …

The LDPW Mole is the Official Mammal of Bay City!


Now for your input. Should we have other official symbols? Reminder – we do have an Official Flag. If so, we’ll need categories and suggestions for each so some sort of actual vote could be held. Examples for Maine, USA are at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Maine_state_symbols

I propose these categories:

“Bay City: Twice The Prims … Ten Times The Community”
“We Built This City”
“Thanks fer playin!”
“Community You Can Fit Into”
“We Rezzed This City”

“We Built This City”
“S-A T-U-R D-A-Y Night” (an official city song during Ever’s era)
“Route 66”


Black Kite


The Linden

Bay City Brew
Mola Cola

What do you think?

If you would like to make suggestions for new categories or for items in these categories, please leave a comment on this blog post. Please remember that Bay City is themed on the 1945-1965 American urban experience. I’ll be working on a public poll after a while and then try to run this through at a couple Bay City Alliance meetings. Thanks in advance!

Espresso Anyone?

The Pen 037
Espresso Yourself Night, every first Tuesday starting at 6:00 p.m. SLT at The Pen, located in the heart of Bay City – Mashpee, just off Route 66!

That’s http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bay%20City%20-%20Mashpee/77/52/26

What is “Espresso Yourself?” It’s a chance to take your spot on the stage and share. Tell a joke, share your poetry, read a chapter from your favorite book, sing a song. Just share! Voice or Text. Talent not required, but passion is mandatory. Also, no mimes.

The key here is to participate.
How can you participate?
Just choose an item off our menu!

Our main stock in trade: Read a poem. Poetry is always encouraged at the pen. Share one of your own or one by someone else. Read it on voice or type it out. You can even pre-record some sound files if you want to get really inventive.

Share a favorite story. Could be something you’ve experienced that you want to share. Could be a story out of a book that makes you think or that you just enjoy. Maybe it’s a story of your own, too, that you wish to share. All are encouraged.

Share a picture of something you’ve built recently – or something you’ve built in the past – tell us about it, what were the challenges? What was fun? Share the experience.

Free Advice. Tell Linden Lab how to fix Second Life, or tell us how to use it! This is soapbox time! Rant, rave, share.

I read the news today: tell us something you read in the newspaper/saw on the telly/spotted online that caught your eye. Tell us what’s going on!

Random beauty! Show us a photo of something that caught your eye. Share something of beauty and tell us about it. Maybe it’s a pretty thing from your first life, or maybe it’s a gorgeous place in here.

Surprise us: hand puppets,. juggling, wacky gags, etc.! Do something different, weird, and wild. Delight the audience by going outside the box.

Just want to hang out? We’ll let you can do that too: but you can still talk, still interact, and still be a part of the show. Everyone is a participant, even if you might not realize it.

Also, why not toss a few bones in the ol’ tip jar, too, or buy a fresh cuppa? It helps keep the lights on.

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A press release from Marianne McCann.

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