Charity Auction in Bay City

I’m checking out some of the goodies for the Bay City 2017 Tree Lighting charity auction. You might have read about it in my last post, but I wanted to remind everyone about the charity part.

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Drop in early (SLurl) to check out the artwork by Melusina ParkinTrinity Yazimoto, and others (including some from me!). Men’s clothing, a moonshine still, landscaping items, and even a Yavapod set are available, all to the highest bidders, of course.

All proceeds from the silent auction and from donation bins at the venue will go to Child’s Play Charity. Child’s Play is a 501c3 non-profit organization offers online communities such as ours an opportunity to help seriously ill children around the globe during their hospital stays with the purchase of games and gaming equipment. Bay City is a silver level sponsor of Child’s Play, as recognized on the Child’s Play website, at www.childsplaycharity.org.

There’s that party, too, but think of the kids and visit the Fairgrounds with some bids!

Bay City Annual Tree Lighting 2017

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The Bay City Fairgrounds will again host this event.

BAY CITY, SL (4th December 2017) – Come to the Bay City on Saturday, 9th December 2017 from 1-4 pm SL for Bay City’s annual Tree Lighting event. The event will be held at the Bay City Fairgrounds, in North Channel (SLurl) and will feature DJ GoSpeed Racer and live performers Christov Kohnke. The event will also feature ice-skating, dancing, refreshments and lots of fun for all!

Since December of 2014, Bay City has held the event to usher in the season and raise money for Child’s Play Charity and as part of the event, a silent auction will again be held to support them. If you are a Second Life® designer and artist who wishes to provide an item for the auction, please contact Laoin Xaris or Marianne McCann to participate.

The auction will end at the conclusion of the event. All proceeds from the silent auction and from donation bins at the venue will go to Child’s Play Charity. Child’s Play is a 501c3 non-profit organization offers online communities such as ours an opportunity to help seriously ill children around the globe during their hospital stays with the purchase of games and gaming equipment. Bay City is a silver level sponsor of Child’s Play, as recognized on the Child’s Play website, at www.childsplaycharity.org.

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 group for Residents of Bay City.

For more information, or to participate in the event, please contact Marianne McCann.

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What’s In My Closet: Elleria Witch

Without spending a single $L, I think I made a fabulous avatar for Halloween 2017. Most of the costume is from the Elleria avatar found in the Linden Library at the bottom of your Inventory window, but here’s the details:

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Note the pet bat. It is from a different Linden avatar. The Lumae skin is as important to the ensemble as the Linden avatar pieces as this close-up GIF shows:

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Someone saw me hovering last night and commented “You scared me up there!” so, kudos to the Linden AO. Halloween hasn’t impressed me much the last few years. I just can’t get into it any more. But this avatar impresses me. Many thanks to Pico Mole, River Mole, and Exotic Mole for a great starter avatar. And thanks to Lumae for the upgrade.

Topless Tuesday For Ever

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Click to embiggen on Flickr at https://flic.kr/p/ZGHNUq

Ever Dreamscape was one of the most fiercely independent and outspoken women I’ve known and I can’t help but wonder what form her outrage over the recent Hollywood sexual harassment issues would take. After much thought I believe that like me she’d adopt a “Fuck ’em, but not in the way they want” attitude.

Sexual harassment is a violation of civil liberties; devaluing another because of who they are for one’s own gain. Any gender can sexually harass – even same gender – but primarily, it seems, men hate on women. Yes, hate. A complete lack of respect and a denial of dignity.

When I started my crusade for Topless Tuesday it was to show that men and women are not on equal footing. Women are often devalued by being denied the same rights. Men can be sans-shirt in places women cannot be, but why?

“The weaker sex can be taken advantage of! We must protect them!”

“Fuck you!” I say. The subtext is that men cannot control themselves. Grow up (or grow a pair?) and see women as fully-functional members of society. Give us our due dignity and rights.

It is time women fought back. We talk to each other, you know. We tell each other who YOU are. For too long we’ve left the battle at just passing information. It is time we stand up for what is right and fight back.

It is time for men to stand up, too, and let women have our rights. Let us be topless if we wish and for the goddess’s sake, let us have the same respect all humans deserve.

#SecondLifeChallenge – My Zodiac Sign

Strawberry Singh has a new blog challenge and I  couldn’t sleep so I set right to tackling it. I hope you enjoy this indulgent look into my life. Please note, that my Second Life Rez Day is the same at my Real Life Birthday: June 18th.

Here are the instructions for the #SecondLifeChallenge this Monday: Copy and paste the following questions and answers into your post; then delete my answers and input your own. Don’t forget to leave a comment below with a link to your post so we can all come by and check it out!

What is your Zodiac sign? Gemini

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A summary of Gemini from Horoscope.com

Do you believe in Astrology and read your horoscope often? No, I don’t believe in Astrology though it does amuse me at times. Every horoscope I’ve ever read seems like it could have been applied to anyone or any Sign. Checking with Horoscope.com for Gemini health today yielded only vague results:

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Clicking any of the yellow buttons below the prognostication changes the results at the site. I chose Health because I’m having some issues lately.

Come on! To whom doesn’t this apply? Any of my doctors could have written this for any of their patients, not just me. “Behave yourself as there are consequences.” Right.

What are some of the traits of your zodiac sign and do you feel they reflect who you are?

Like Berry did, this is a copypasta of the traits listed at astrology-zodiac-signs.com Website with my annotation. For Gemini they’ve listed:

  • Strengths: Gentle, affectionate, curious, adaptable, ability to learn quickly and exchange ideas. Can’t dispute any of this, but with all honesty, are these characteristics many people would deny having? Or even claim to have even if they don’t? Anything positive-sounding is hard to dismiss.
  • Weaknesses: Nervous, inconsistent, indecisive. Calm as a cucumber, I am. People frequently tell me that I’m the exact opposite of nervous. I’ll cop to indecisive, though, as it is part of my procrastinate nature.
  • Gemini likes: Music, books, magazines, chats with nearly anyone, short trips around the town. Not a fan of going out except on rare occasions and I really don’t like chatting. For one, I have almost no one I can chat with iRL (not many I know use Sign language), and secondly, I do well enough living in my own head that chatting isn’t interesting.
  • Gemini dislikes: Being alone, being confined, repetition and routine. Oh, where to start? Let’s just say these don’t really apply to me.

As my brother is fond of saying, codswallop. Astrology as it is applied in these examples is far to vague and meaningless to matter. Doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and if this is your belief then I certainly respect your right to believe. Just don’t expect me to do so.

And now, since you were expecting The Twins …

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Feed Anticipation

Another day, another wait. Residents who try to regularly use Profile snapshots – AKA, The Feed – are used to seeing snapshots processing messages. posts showing up at odd times and in random orders, and Profile updates not sticking. Most of us have gotten over the Messages feature of the Inbox being depreciated (but illogically not removed). More than a few have given up on using The Feed at all.

Numerous Residents have switched to other services such as Plurk and Twitter or supplement Feed use with such. These platforms have a demonstrably better reliability records and world-wide recognizable branding. For these two reasons, I strongly suggest that Linden Lab enter a partnership with either service (Twitter being my preference) to replace The Feed.

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Best. Twitter. Joke. Ever. Note the post dates.

A further benefit would be to increase Second Life brand awareness. Each Second Life account could easily be a brand ambassador right from the outset, with each Resident being given the opportunity to setup a Twitter account when they create their Second Life account. The Lab would also be able to free-up resources used for the Website and allow them to focus on other aspects of the Resident experience.

Problems could abound, of course. Are these real people? What about all that porn that is posted (check the Trending section of The Feed when you aren’t at work sometime)? What about dead accounts? So many questions and in my modest proposal I don’t claim to have any answers, let alone all the answers. Perhaps limiting the offer of an instant account be limited to Premium members (creating a real life identity connection) as a potential solution. I’m sure if The Lab likes this idea they will find people smarter than I am to work out the answers.

Or this is just strange musing while I wait for a snapshot to post. Something to think about, I hope.