New Categories in PoH Listings | Events & Announcements | New Locations

NEW CATEGORIES IN POH LISTINGS

The Parade of Homes Listing has been updated to include separate categories for Mediterranean Homes and Tree Houses. The application form to add your beautifully-decorated and landscaped homes to the listings now allows you to select these categories from a drop-down field. As always, if you want to supply your own photo(s) of your home decor, kindly upload these via the application form in PNG format sized 1024 x 768. Alternatively, if you provide a link to a photo album, you can use any resolution you want.

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The goal of the Parade of Homes division of the BBB is to allow and encourage residents to visit others' homes, enjoy their decor and gain inspiration for their own efforts at interior design and landscaping. Parade of Homes also features Resident-owned Places of Interest, such as art galleries, cafés and other public uses to which residents have kindly put their Linden Homes in Bellisseria. Its publication, Parade of Homes Review, is edited by Teresa Firelight and features regular articles on interior design and landscaping.

You can also see some of the homes on the PoH Show us your homes Flickr Page.

Article by Robert Rhodan / Photo (from the listings) by Teresa Firelight


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals and you're having an event or would like to make an announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor, Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters and/or photos.

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...Liberty Marques's Solitude - A Tuscan Retreat
est. 11/2023
Nestled amidst the serene countryside, Solitude emerges as a quintessential Tuscan retreat, captivating visitors with its seamless blend of rustic charm and elegant luxury. From the moment one sets foot on the pathway leading to its grand entrance, it's evident that this abode is more than just a home; it's an experience of tranquility and refinement.
As you step through the arched doorway, you're immediately enveloped in the warmth of rich fabrics and woods that adorn the interior. Every corner of Solitude exudes an old-world charm, with handcrafted furniture and intricate detailing reminiscent of Tuscan architecture. The arched doorways and windows frame picturesque views of the surrounding landscape, inviting nature to become an integral part of the home's ambiance.
The heart of Solitude lies in its attention to detail. Each room is thoughtfully curated, boasting a harmonious blend of traditional Tuscan elements and modern comforts. The living spaces are adorned with plush sofas and ornate rugs, creating inviting settings for relaxation and conversation. Sunlight filters through the windows, casting a soft glow upon the terracotta floors and exposed wooden beams, adding to the timeless allure of the home.
The kitchen, with its rustic cabinetry and gleaming granite countertops, is a culinary haven for aspiring chefs. Equipped with state-of-the-art appliances and ample workspace, it beckons guests to indulge in the art of Tuscan cooking, using locally sourced ingredients to create flavorful dishes inspired by the region's rich culinary heritage.
However, it's the outdoor spaces that truly set Solitude apart. Step outside, and you're greeted by a breathtaking landscape of meticulously manicured gardens that pay homage to the indigenous plants and trees of the Mediterranean. Olive trees sway gently in the breeze, while fragrant lavender and rosemary bushes line the pathways, infusing the air with their sweet perfume.
The centerpiece of the front garden is a bubbling fountain, while the back garden offers a serene sanctuary for al fresco dining or evening stargazing. Whether sipping a glass of wine amidst the fragrant blooms or lounging by the shimmering pool, guests are enveloped in a sense of serenity that transcends time.
In every aspect, Solitude exemplifies the essence of Tuscan living. It's a sanctuary where luxury meets authenticity, where every detail is imbued with the spirit of the Mediterranean. Whether seeking a peaceful retreat or an immersive cultural experience, Solitude offers a haven of unparalleled beauty and grace, inviting guests to indulge in the art of living la dolce vita.

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...Dreamy Harmony's Stable Ridge
est. 12/2023
A vision of a country style ranch home with a sense of opulence. Modified to be an amusing and interactive pg experience!

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Winner Announced: Tambalyan Trailer Hunt

Congratulations to Chloë Roth for winning the gift voucher in the Tambalyan Trailer video scavenger hunt! Chloë's sharp eye and dedication paid off as she successfully located all the areas selected by director Jordan Rizzo. Kudos to her for going the extra mile by dressing up as the lead actress, earning her a well-deserved bonus point. Great job, Chloë!

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Chloë won a Gift voucher to be spent at the AmandaT Tamatzui Gallery and a mural/ graffiti wall design which AmandaT will work on for her.

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NEW LOCATIONS

The Museum of Telecommunications is an interactive educational space to learn about the history of telecoms. The museum features exhibits including early optical communications, telegraphy, telephones, mobile communications, and modern data networks.

Serial stamp-publisher Radioactive Rosca invites you aboard The Radioactive Amante Sailboat, at Pier F04 of the fishing village of the Locus Amoenus region in the Confederation of Democratic Simulators (CDS). Locus Amoenus is inspired by and modeled after rural Tuscany with a large area of surrounding countryside.

Our very own AmandaT Tamatzui has a new gallery in the wonderful Artsville Community. As one of our stamp designers, you'd expect there to be a stamp there. And there is. 

Last week we mentioned the "My first stamp" issued at our stand at the Second Life Community Exhibition in the Welcome Hub. It's targeted at new residents using the starter passport issued there, but it works just fine on full passports too. And it's very cute. 

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SLCE Stand Opens! | Coming Soon - Easy Passport Content Changer | Events & Announcements | New Locations

SLCE STAND OPENS

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We're happy to announce that our stand at the Second Life Community Exhibition is now complete and open to the public. We're pleased and proud to have been asked by the Lindens to be part of this important initiative. The SLCE is intended to help new arrivals in SL find "their people" in our virtual world and introduce them to in-world communities they can join. Older residents are also welcome and may well find new friends and activities. At least one of the stands was for a community your Editor didn't know and the exhibition will be expanding and changing in the months and years to come.

We hope you'll stop by and take a look at the BBB's charming and secluded garden. If you have friends who haven't yet bought into the fun of virtual bureaucracy they can get themselves a special starter passport to try out our system to see if they like it. It holds a limited number of stamps but they'll all transfer to a full passport when they're ready to commit. There's a very cute "My first stamp" for them to collect but there's nothing stopping existing passport holders from collecting it too! 

Our thanks to Teresa Firelight for designing the stand and leading our team of builders.

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COMING SOON - EASY PASSPORT CONTENT CHANGER

Easy Passport Content Changer is a self-service tool made by popular request for our Version 3 passports to allow easy modification of your name, address, sex, species and photo.

The process is simple and quick. Here is a step-by-step walk-through of what you need to do. 

  • Collect a passport changer (PPC) HUD from a dispenser at the BBB HQ or BBB embassy. This is to ensure only you can change your passport.
  • Wear the PPC-HUD - this will show you all your passports registered for your avatar uuid (some people have multiple passports). Screenshot 2024-02-23 at 13.26.39
  • Select the passport you want to change from the  drop-down list, and click. Screenshot 2024-02-23 at 13.30.31
  • Change whatever fields you want modified, then click "Save Changes" Screenshot 2024-02-23 at 13.32.49
  • Retrieve a "redelivery" blank passport template from a dispenser at the BBB HQ or the relevant embassy for the passport type you want to change. Go to a sandbox, rez the blank template to ground. Then click on the front page, wait a moment for the passport to be filled in and take it back to your inventory. You can now delete your old one.

All the stamps you've collected will be retrieved from our database and reappear on your pages. In some cases, you might need to flip pages to trigger this. 

Watch our Events & Announcements section for news of when the PPC HUD-dispensers are in place. Coming very Soon®!

Article, illustrations and tool by Robert Rhodan


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals and you're having an event or would like to make an announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor, Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters and/or photos.

New article in Parade of Homes Review

Over at our sister publication Teresa Firelight has written a new article on landscaping one of the new Mediterranean Linden Homes.

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Read all about it here.

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New location for old stamp at Titiana Consulate

The Honorary Consulate of Titania permanent stamp terminal has been relocated to the library on the ground floor.  This is not a new stamp, just a new location. 

Henry Hutchence, Hon. Consul

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AmandaT Tamatzui interviewed in real life about her art in RL and SL

Readers will be familiar with BBB stamp designer and RL/SL artist AmandaT Tamatzui (Amanda Tomasoa in RL). Recently she was interviewed by Sarah Ritchie on Artpreneur Spotlight, which is an inspirational video interview series that digs into key aspects of an artist’s art practice. In the course of the interview, Amanda talks (among other things) about her art adventures in Second Life®.

The full interview is behind a Patreon paywall, but Sarah has kindly given Amanda permission to feature it here in The Gazette

SL machinima-maker Rizzo has made a promo video for Amanda's SL gallery, mentioned in the interview. Watch our New Locations section for news of a passport stamp there!

You can visit the in-world gallery here

NEW LOCATIONS

All three new stamps this week are for events. "Let's Play" is a ten day Relay for Life fundraising event at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds with lots of games for people to enjoy as well as events, parties and great performances by some of Second Life's best! The stamp won't be in place until the event opening, but this is the last opportunity to announce it. 

Freedom Rock is another of the many SL American Cancer Society events hosted by Camping for a Cure. There are tons of events, raffles, live music, and more for you to enjoy. 

On 24th Feb at noon SLT is the opening party of a "mesmerising exhibition exploring our personal relationships with artificial intelligence." You can dance to the music of DJ Anjoux Herbit as you explore captivating photos, amazing digital art and thought-provoking installations created by generative AI.

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Event: 29 Feb to 10 Mar 2024

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Freedom Rock for AMC PE

Event: 1 -17 March 2024

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AI & I Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art CDS

Event: 24 Feb 2024

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Annual Survey Results | Coming Soon - our stand at SLCE | Events & Announcements | New Locations

ANNUAL SURVEY RESULT

Screenshot 2024-02-14 at 15.35.45We are grateful to those readers who took part in our annual survey. The results were interesting and helpful. Thank you.

One reader commented that s/he'd like to hear less in The Gazette about the BBB and more about our users. We wholeheartedly agree! The whole point of the Events & Announcements section, introduced last year, is to give stamp-issuing users the chance to publicise their locations, events and activities. The section is steadily growing, but many are still not aware they can make The Gazette their own on request.

If you're nervous about writing for publication, just send a press release and your Editor will craft your announcement. The press release can just be a list of key facts – the when, where, what and why of your event etc. If you've made an event poster, include a copy of that too.

We've already implemented a second suggestion; to make it easier to leave a comment underneath each edition of The Gazette. Our software previously required an email address from people leaving comments. This is a basic anti-spam tool but, as many residents don't like to connect their RL email with their SL identity, it was a deterrent, even though the address was never published.

We've removed the requirement. As it leaves us open to spam, we've also changed our settings so that comments require approval before publication. Your comment won't appear immediately, but you won't be plagued with spam while you wait!

Other suggestions included:-

  • I would love to have some cute interactive things. Survey questions of the week about fun silly stuff like that. Also would be fun to have goofy Belli horiscopes and such. Reading about other SL citizens and how they spend their time on SL always interests me. Particularly long time SL users, the everyday people.
  • I would suggest making it easier to find the archive. I always have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to get to this weeks article. Maybe have a link right at the top of the main page the links directly to the most recent posting????

The first one supports the first suggestion mentioned - that we should write more about our users and less about us. If the reader who made the comment wants to volunteer to be our astrologist, we're all for a horoscope section! The second suggestion is puzzling however. The Gazette is an old-school blog (weblog), which scrolls down as new posts are added. The current edition is always at the top. Perhaps our respondent has bookmarked not The Gazette, but one specific edition from which s/he then has to scroll? In any event, if you find yourself lost. clicking on the header image at the top will always take you home.


COMING SOON - OUR STAND AT SLCE

Teresa Firelight is in charge of its design and she and the rest of our team have been working hard on preparing our exhibit for the Second Life Communities Exhibition. At the time of writing, it's awaiting inspection and approval by Linden Labs. Subject to that, it should be opening soon at the Welcome Hub. In the meantime, by way of a foretaste, here is the video that will be playing at our stand there.

Thanks to Robert Rhodan for doing a great job with this video. We hope it will introduce many more SL residents, old and new, to the fun of role-play bureaucracy in our virtual world!

Video by Robert Rhodan


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals and you're having an event or would like to make an announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor, Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters and/or photos.

New Exhibit at New Kadath

We've recently expanded the Bellisseria display within the Maps of Second Life exhibit to include a chronological retrospective, as well as new maps donated by visitors. The larger format exhibit will only be temporary (six  other exhibits were removed to make room for it!) but for now it's displayed on the three southern walls of the Second Floor of the Lighthouse.

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Juliana Lethdetter-DeCuir

Curator, New Kadath Lighthouse Art Gallery


NEW LOCATIONS

Friendship City is home to a cyber city and traditional Japanese zen gardens. It's also the home of The Nines music club.

Kasada is a hangout originally founded as a german bikers' community in 2007, which closed in 2010. It reopened in 2020 and got a complete make over. It's now nature themed with a harbour and several nice places to relax, hang out and have fun. Rezz a boat and sail to the Blake Sea or just relax, have fun and meet others from all over the world.

The special Women about Women exhibition at the Black Tulip Gallery, which was announced in Events & Announcements last week opens on 18th February. The event will continue until 1st April. The stamp will be available from the opening day.

The final two new locations were actually in place for Valentine's Day, but the stamp applications were a little late, so sadly the stamps weren't placed in time. They're available now, however – and the stamps are very cute!

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Event: 15 Feb to 15 Mar

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Kasada CA 

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Black Tulip Women on Women Exhibition CDS

18th Feb to 1st April, 2024

NB: The stamp will not be available until the opening date. 

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Coming Soon | Events & Announcements | New Locations

COMING SOON

Our preparations for B5B are proceeding well. Our build crew is hard at work setting up the temporary offices there of the BBB, Parade of Homes and The Gazette. With the kind permission of our beloved Moles, we've also placed a Tardis landing spot in a public park near our offices there, so that SL's Time Lords can visit in their preferred style. Just look for "B5B" in your Hands of Omega or Novatech  time ship's navigation menu. Be aware though, that while your ship can already land there, you'll be barred from entering the B5B regions until the event opens.

This annual party to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of Bellisseria is always great fun and we look forward to meeting many of you there. 

SLCE Recruitment StandIn breaking news, the BBB has also been invited to participate in the new venture at the Welcome HUB as reported in The Gazette (and many other places!) last week. Visitors to the Second Life Community Exhibition will soon be able to learn all about our in-world bureaucracy-for-fun and be introduced to its wonderful community of users.

They'll even be able to sign up for a passport at SLCE itself! In that respect there'll also be a new product tech-guru Robert Rhodan has been working on in secret. 

No date has yet been fixed, so watch this space for a formal announcement of the opening.


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals and you're having an event or would like to make an announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor, Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters and/or photos.

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...TessaPaige Jupiter's The Jupiter Spa / Jupiter Projects
est. 1/2024
Welcome to Jupiter Spa! Please turn on ADVANCED LIGHTING. Step into Bellisseria's Mediterranean oasis, blending indulgence and relaxation. Enjoy personalized grooming, a Tanning Bed, virtual fitness, medical roleplay, massage and more! Open 24/7 for all your Spa role-play needs.

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...Daysees's My House
est. 1/2024
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A new article in Parade of Homes Review

Our sister publication, Parade of Homes Review, has just published an article called Landscaping a Mediterranean Home (Part 3) - The Natural Look by Teresa Firelight. In it, Teresa looks in detail at how her neighbour Laureen Trueheart landscaped her Mediterranean-style Linden Home.

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You can read the full article here.

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Alone on Valentine's Day?

Come to the Break-Up Room for reading, chocolate, wine and map-watching to see if your ex has a new green dot merge. Seek advice for the lovelorn from Marge, our chatGPT in residence. Special gifts!

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Valentine's Day event at the Titania Consulate

Pick up a special Love-in-Idleness Potion, look for the Polar Queen and find other Valentine gifts around our new location. Be sure to Ask Bottom anything for amazing Shakespearean rhymes!

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NEW LOCATIONS

The Valentine's Day Celebration in the CDS this year will be at the Thermae on 11th February at 1pm SLT. Amid all the romance, don't forget to collect your event stamp!

The Vital Spark is a little public office with parking lot, accessible on route 3.5 on Heterocera, which is intended to be a working spot and hangout place.

Alors on Sansara is a hangout with a beach, forest, and a waterfall that feeds a tranquil pond. It also has road and waterway access.

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Event: 11th February 2024 at 1pm SLT

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SL Community Exhibition | Events & Announcements | New Locations

SECOND LIFE COMMUNITY EXHIBITION

It's clear from such initiatives as Second Life® University and the Welcome Hub that the Lindens are intent on addressing SL's oldest problem; the steep learning curve for new users. Too many potential residents have logged in to SL out of curiosity, failed to see the point of it and left; never to return. Unlike the massive multiplayer games it superficially resembles, our beloved virtual world has no simple, understandable objectives. It's a platform for pretty much any shared activity you can think of and – unless they  find "their people" fairly quickly and get involved, it can often make little sense to new arrivals.

Every newbie who shrugs and leaves is not just a lost commercial opportunity to Linden Lab. He or she is a lost friend, co-creator or community activist.

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Many of the Lindens' recent initiatives fall into the category of "onboarding"; helping new arrivals find their way and increasing the chance they decide to stick around. The latest idea is a new part of the Welcome Hub called The Second Life Community Exhibition. Under the banner;

Find your place. Find your people. Find your community!

it showcases various SL communities such as Drivers of SL and Caledon. Any SL community can apply to be represented there on a rotating basis. We think it will prove to be an excellent resource and recommend you visit. Even if you're a long-established resident, you might just find some more of "your people".

Article and Photo by Gazette Staff


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals and you're having an event or would like to make an announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor, Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters and/or photos.

SL PoH OH welcomes

...Radioactive Rosca's Radioactive Log Home
est. 11/2023
My new Log Home @ Bellisseria, near Moose Tracks Station, Reel Simple region.

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New exhibition coming soon at Black Tulip Gallery

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The exhibition will feature artworks by Talullah Winterwolf,  AmandaT Tamatzui, Milena Carbone, Mareea Farrasco, Tani Thor, Hypatia Pickens, Kirle Adamski, maghda, Scylla Rhiadra and ilyra chardin. Watch New Locations in The Gazette for the event stamp closer to the time. Here is your taxi to the gallery. 

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BBB Calendar 2024

Robert and calendarWe apologise that we're a bit late with this announcement but the 2024 BBB Calendar is now available.  It takes up just 1 LI in-world when you hang it in your home or office and is resizable. It uses Media on a Prim (MoaP) and automatically changes calendar page on the first of each month. You can also turn the pages manually using the Next Month / Previous Month buttons.

Any content updates during the year (e.g. new photos) will automatically appear on clicking SHIFT-REFRESH while hovering your cursor over the calendar.

Designed and made by our very own Robert Rhodan, the calendar features photos of the Bellisserian Embassies on Mainland continents, as well as our headquarters, The Gazette's editorial office and Bellihub.

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You can pick you your copy from the dispensers at BBB HQ or any of the Bellisseria Embassies. All the SLURLs are in the sidebar to The Gazette. After touching the dispenser, you'll find a new folder BBB 2024 Calendar Giver in your inventory. You can Rez the BBB 2024 Calendar object from there, resizing it to taste. Be aware that you may need to walk around the object to find the side with the content on! Please be sure to have media enabled on your parcel.

Product development, article and photographs by Robert Rhodan

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New BBBug Group Gift

Available from BBB HQ we have, thanks to our kind donor Jules Catlyn, owner of [SURPLUS MOTORS], a brand new group gift for BBB User Group members. We love it and we think you will too. Jules told The Gazette;

My two biggest passions are vehicles and making people smile. 

This gift involves both of those passions as her vehicle is making us all smile. We look forward to seeing  our users rez their new buggies outside our HQ and set off to explore. Thank you Jules!  [SURPLUS MOTORS] Maynx BBB

Happy motoring – and don't forget to get your driving licence before you venture onto public roads.

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The BBB Thanks You

We had a wonderful time at the various parties for our fourth birthday. We'd like to thank all our users who partied with us. We saw more of some of you than we ever had before at the "lingerie, towel and thongs" party at the Zindra Embassy! We also got into a limerick fest at the CDS party. That may give rise to a competition in The Gazette in future - for limericks with an SL theme!

Here are some pictures (with our thanks to Moon Adamant) from the CDS event on the marketplace in Neufreistadt. You can see more of the CDS event at their Flickr feed. Our editor is keeping his promise (made so party-goers didn't feel too shy about the dress code) not to publish pictures of the Zindra party. If you weren't there and are curious, you can find Amanda's pictures of the event on her Flickr feed

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The Nautilus event had a nautical dress code and was DJ'ed by His Excellency Freddie, the Hon Ambassador, in flawless Top Gun-style dress whites. The BBB's tech-genius, hard-working innovator Robert Rhodan, was super-smart in Naval uniform too. 

The Gaeta event was in the wonderful park donated by Her Excellency Dulci, the Hon Ambassador at the rear of the embassy. Dulci hosted for her robot DJ, who had excellent musical taste. A wonderful time was had and the guests' various takes on the "quirky" dress code were a delight. 

Our embassies are excellent party venues and it's always great to see them in active use. Please feel free to let us have ideas for events to stage at them. If the ambassador feels your suggestion promotes the relevant continent and/or its relations with Bellisseria s/he may just make it happen!


NEW LOCATIONS

The Club is a newbie-friendly music venue, which has been going strong for thirteen years. It features live DJs between 0400 and 1000 SLT every day and is a proud sponsor of Relay For Life. It's on the positively-named region of Yes, so who can say "no" to that! Please note that this is an entirely new stamp design for an old  location.

The Dragon & Griffin Library Café describes itself modestly as "Just a quiet place to hang out". We always appreciate residents who give up their precious Linden Homes (in this case a splendid new one in the Mediterranean style) to provide a community resource. Go have a read, a coffee or a snack and don't miss the bar in the garden. It's a very relaxing place to meet with friends.

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A new map of Bellisseria | Events & Announcements | New Locations

A NEW MAP OF BELLISSERIA

Claire M (primerib1) has produced a new map of Bellisseria, naming all the various areas. The Lindens and Moles officially name continents (e.g. Bellisseria, Gaeta) and regions (eg. Swordfish, Nanga) and private estate owners name their own regions (e.g. Nyunanga) but useful names to identify areas of Second Life® usually come (in true SL spirit) from the community. Claire has kindly allowed us to reproduce her map here. 

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What do you think? Does this reflect the way you think about Bellisseria? Many of the names are in general use already. For example your editor has long been able to answer the question "where do you live in Belli?" by saying "in a houseboat on the Squishy Pickle". Now all Bellisserians have a simple way to talk about their continent.

Map by Claire M. (primerib1) reproduced with permission


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals and you're having an event or would like to make an announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor, Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters and/or photos.

CELEBRATE BBB4B WITH US AT THE EMBASSY TO GAETA

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CELEBRATE BBB4B WITH US AT THE EMBASSY TO THE CONFEDERATION OF DEMOCRATIC SIMULATORS (CDS)

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NEW LOCATIONS

After the surge of new stamps last week, today we have just one. It's the first LDPW location for a while – and it's one for the Star Wars fans. Go see if you can find the droids you're looking for! If not, at least pick up the quaintly old-school space suit and coveralls made by Silent Mole. It's a real collectors item.
 
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BBB4B | A brief history of the BBB | Events & Announcements | New Locations

BBB4B

BBB HQ
The wonderfully daft institution known as the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy (the BBB to its friends) was founded four years ago this week by Boo Rojyo. You'll find his brief history of the BBB below.

Apparently it's not just Germans who believe that Ordnung muss sein! We'd have never expected so many Americans, for example, to form a line to be pointlessly regulated. You guys used to be such mavericks! The idea of virtual bureaucracy still makes us laugh though and we're glad you enjoy it too. 

BBB4B is on Wednesday, January 24. You can read about the celebrations in Events & Announcements below. There will – of course – be a ridiculous number of commemorative passport stamps to collect.

Thanks for your support over the years. Count on us to provide more administrative hurdles for you to jump in future – entirely for fun, of course. 

Article and Photo by Gazette Staff


A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BBB

BBB LogoPicture the scene. A cold January evening on a houseboat. The Light of Aurelia Lighthouse flashing across the cold water. Boo was pondering the opportunities created by the fresh little community of Bellisseria.

His previous exploit there, contraband, was a dismal failure. His inventory was full of unused 'House for Sale' signs. His 'illegal house paints', 'terraforming bulldozers', and 'Low Lying Skyboxes' all gathered dust. In a moment of epiphany he decided to leave the dark side. One day Bellisserians would leave their happy homes and travel. Why should they have all the fun and no hassle? Why should they escape bureaucracy?

So he produced the very first Bellisserian passport; number BE100000101! It was clunky, it was ugly and the paper was cheap but it was a green shoot of bureaucracy. The Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy was founded to oversee this new venture. Such a snappy name!

Soon Boo was joined by Bel, Sun, and North. North made the passport more than an ornament, you could actually collect stamps. Sun made terminals and designed stamps. Bel made passports, and told everyone about them – whether they were interested or not! Gingir let the madness into the Bellisseria Citizens group where it gained momentum. Driving licences and number plates were added to the offerings. Stamp terminals turned up everywhere. Even Patch and the Moles got in on the act.

Over the years, more talented folks joined this crazy venture and the BBB took on a life of its own.

A tiny embassy in Corsica turned into embassies on seven continents, manned by our talented Honorary Ambassadors. Then there were eight, when we opened an embassy to the CDS. And then nine, when we opened in Zindra & Horizons.

What we used to do manually is now largely automated. Our systems are now web-based. The Bureau now has a permanent home with The Gazette and Parade of Homes in the grounds.

After four years, what next? There's no shortage of ambition. We have exciting plans and the enthusiasm to carry them out.

I want to take this opportunity to thank our whole team, past and present, and the users who have taken us to their hearts.

Happy birthday BBB!

Article by HE Boo Rojyo, Ambassador to Heterocera and Founder, BBB.


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have a stamp terminal and are having an event or would like to make an announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor, Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send your information, posters and/or photos.

CELEBRATE BBB4B WITH US AT BBB HQ

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Here's your taxi

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CELEBRATE BBB4B SAUCILY WITH US AT THE EMBASSY TO ZINDRA & HORIZONS

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Here's your taxi

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CELEBRATE BBB4B WITH US AT THE EMBASSY TO NAUTILUS

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Here's your taxi

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REOPENING OF  THE EMBASSY OF ROSS

Embassy of Ross

Good news! The Embassy of Ross has re-opened at a new location in Fantasseria in the aptly-named region of Transformation. Come get Ross freebies and hidden Dragon New Year's gifts. Stop by the Hologram to glimpse our patron, Lt. Gov. Linden. Be sure to talk to the Inspector, powered by chatGPT!

Also available are refreshments, boating, games, and the speeches of Amb. Hopalong Kerensky, including to the UN Committee on the Convention on the Law of the Sea for Landlocked Countries, in support of Titania's membership and more!

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REOPENING OF  THE BELLISSERIA COMMISSARY

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I am pleased to announce that the Bellisseria Commissary has re-opened at a new location. The old stamp is in place in the dining room and there are the same good eats, music, games, fellowship and weird Mushroom Room, but with new freebies and gifts in the quest.

And now there is a new addition as well: the Break-Up Room upstairs, where you can seek respite from your SL relationship gone wrong. On hand is Marge, a new chatGPT character (we have 6 others throughout the SL Public Land Preserve), who can listen and give you advice.

Henry Hutchence

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A Personal Note from The Editor

When asked in our annual survey how we might improve The Gazette, one of our esteemed readers responded;

Less about the glorious BBB and more about locations and users.  

I appreciate that s/he won't be happy with this BBB4B edition! I'd just like to assure her or him that I've heard (and agree with) that comment. I intend to encourage stamp-issuing locations to let me know about their events and activities so that I can write about them here.

So please, dear reader, thank you for your thoughtful comment and please know that you have been heard. This issue is not a thumb to our collective BBB nose. It's a one-off for a special occasion. Watch this space.


NEW LOCATIONS

Prolific stamp-issuer Radioactive Rosca has another for you this week at his SLRR railway station in Heterocera. It's to the west of the main station that already issues a stamp at a train stop that's been in place for 13 years.

Studio59 in Locus Amoenus in the CDS is a place to appreciate art or hold your recital or poetry reading. As well as a permanent stamp for the gallery there's an event stamp to be collected on the evening of 25th January when it's staging a Bossa Nova Day. Bossa Nova developed in Brazil in the 1950s, mixing Jazz and Samba influences. It is celebrated on January  25th every year in Brazil, and now in SL as well!

Speaking of events, we have ten further new stamps this week - all of them for the same event! It's the 4th anniversary of the founding of the Bellisseria Bureau of Bureaucracy on January 24th and there will be events at our headquarters and at some of our embassies. You can collect stamps at all of them but please note that the dispensers may not be in place until 24th January.

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Studio59 ART Gallery CDS BBB Stamp Locations 20 Jan 24.002 Screenshot 2024-01-17 at 11.21.16

Bossa Nova Day at Studio59 ART Gallery CDS

25th January (stamp not available until event starts)

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BBB HQ BBB4B BE

BBB4B Event from 24th January (stamp not available until event starts)

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Bellisserian Embassy Corsica CA

BBB4B Event from 24th January (stamp not available until event starts)

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Bellisserian Embassy Gaeta GA

BBB4B Event from 24th January (stamp not available until event starts)

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Bellisserian Embassy to the Confederation of Democratic Simulators CDS

BBB4B Event from 24th January (stamp not available until event starts)

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Bellisserian Embassy to Jeogeot JE

BBB4B Event from 24th January (stamp not available until event starts)

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Bellisserian Embassy to Heterocera HE

BBB4B Event from 24th January (stamp not available until event starts)

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Bellisserian Embassy to Nautilus NA

BBB4B Event from 24th January (stamp not available until event starts)

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Bellisserian Embassy to Horizons & Zindra ZI

BBB4B Event from 24th January (stamp not available until event starts)

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Bellisserian Embassy to Sansara ("the Old Continent") SN

BBB4B Event from 24th January (stamp not available until event starts)

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Bellisserian Embassy to Satori ST

BBB4B Event from 24th January (stamp not available until event starts)

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Out & About: Natthimmel | Events & Announcements | New Locations

OUT & ABOUT: NATTHIMMEL

In 2007 (the year I arrived in Second Life®) in an interview in The Guardian, Philip Linden made an interesting comment about where technology was heading. The interviewer observed that – to that point in history – most media had been passive, delivered to people as a finished product. Philip responded; 

Because that is all that the technology has allowed. But look at gaming. Those are non-passive experiences and they are much more engaging. And then look at video responses to YouTube videos; these are signs that people want to create. Perhaps a more nuanced point is that most of us are not creative because the world doesn't make it easy for us to be creative. In this next phase of the web we are going to use technology to make creativity easier and I think we are going to see everybody wanting to be creative. This means that people better rethink the nature of media.

Looking back from the future he was predicting, it's disappointing so little of the online world is truly creative. Social media sometimes seems to have done little more than take lowbrow arguments in bar-rooms global or rescue mediocre academics from well-deserved obscurity. Does everyone want to be creative? Perhaps, but mostly what they create is confusion, conflict and misery. You are your own journalist, artist or film-maker now, for sure, but if you're not also your own (very strict) editor and critic, you'll end up wasting chunks of your life forming a dismal view of humanity!

Philip may have been suffering from the sort of bias I've detected in artists I've met in SL. I spent much of the last 17 years – as a collector  – on the fringes of SL's  art scene. Artists are often so consumed by their own creative impulses that they can't understand others aren't. This often comes over as a sort of naive evangelism. They deflect praise of their work with some version of "but you could do it too". I've taken to calling myself a muggle when that happens; jokily making them consider I can love art, just as I love music, without having the inclination (or ability) to make either.

Just like YouTube, however, while much of the content is a waste of the lives of both creator and consumer, Second Life® really does provide a platform for creativity. There are gems to be found in the creative mire. A small number of residents make and remake 3D environments in SL for the sheer creative joy of it. You get an opportunity to walk through their imaginations and inhabit some aspect of their world – real or purely imagined.

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Nathimmel, for example, has been a number of places since it was founded early last year. You can read about its past forms at the owners' blog here. At the moment it is Isbjørn Forskningsstasjon, a rusty, old fashioned, abandoned arctic station. The kind of environment few of us will ever experience (or even think about) in RL. It's a cool (in both senses) place to explore and take photographs. It has a soundscape to match the landscape and there's a sci-fi backstory available on a notecard in-world to put the location in an imagined context.

It doesn't offer itself as art. Certainly it's not the kind you hang on a wall or listen to in a concert hall. It's a new kind of 3D creative project made (as Philip predicted) much easier by SL's tech platform. The RL equivalent might be the building of a film set, which is a massively expensive project if done on this scale with this detail. Not the kind of thing you can do just for fun or self-expression. Or rather not the kind of thing you could do, without modern tech.

I enjoyed visiting it and recommend you take a look. If the creator reads this, we'd be happy to make a stamp for your visitors to collect.

Article and Photo by Gazette Staff


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals and you're having an event or would like to make an announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor, Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters and/or photos.

SL PoH OH welcomes

...Maitimo Resident's The Pink Lobster
est. 01/2024
The Pink Lobster is a beach-bar/restaurant/hangout with a Boho feel, very casual. A place to relax with friends, sit at the bar with drinks or enjoy the music and dance out on the deck overlooking the sea.

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Retired Stamp Locations
 
Locations come and go in SL. It's just part of the dynamic of our virtual world. So naturally some of the permanent passport stamps issued (not to mention temporary event stamps) fall out of use. As from this week, the Gazette Online Travel Guide (GOTG)  and the in-world StampFinder (StaFi) HUD will have sections listing retired locations that have come to our attention in the last week. We can thank Robert Rhodan for this useful innovation.
 
The list will be sorted by the former location's SL Continent and name. If you just want to check the list quickly you can now always find a link to it in the sidebar to The Gazette.
 
Please note that it can only reflect retired locations we know about. For a while BonnieBots provided us with an automated way to check which terminals were still in place. As that's no longer available to us, we're back to relying on our users to report – although our CEO has put a lot of work into conducting a grid-wide audit of terminals this month. She's worn out the pixels of her virtual hiking boots in the process, so well done Bel!
 
If you're picking up a stamp terminal on your land (or if you discover that one has disappeared),  please let us know. We will be grateful to you and you may spare fellow passport-holders a wasted journey.
 
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Changes to Commenting Policy at The Gazette
 
We're still collating responses to our Annual Readers' Survey last week, but have already implemented one of the suggestions. A reader told us that s/he didn't comment because our comments  policy required an email address (never published). S/he doesn't have a dedicated SL email address and didn't care to share her RL one. So we've removed that requirement; replacing it with prior editorial approval for publication of each comment. So any spam created by removing the requirement will bother your Editor and not you! 
 
We hope this change will make it easier to join in the discussion and make The Gazette more interactive. Thank you to our anonymous reader for making the suggestion.
 
By the way, we also noted that many respondents to the questionnaire said they weren't interested in commenting. They tell us they regard The Gazette more as a newspaper than as an interactive blog and don't feel the need to write letters to the Editor. That's fine too!
 
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Volunteering to join the BBB
 
The question of how to volunteer to help the BBB came up in Bellisseria Citizens chat recently. Our CEO, Bel, is in charge of recruitment, so the simple answer is to IM her in-world to tell her of of your laudable interest in SL bureaucracy!
 
Her legacy name is Jezebel Bailey. Feel free to let her know what skills and experience you have and what commitment you're able to make.

NEW LOCATIONS

Our first new stemp location this week is a centre in the Vestal region of Heterocera for various equestrian activities. It provides stables, pens, and organises regular rides around the continent. 

Athiss Estates is set in a beautiful natural location so we weren't surprised to see an information board for the Nature Collective of which it is a member. You are free to explore a forest, hot springs, gardens, spa, meditation areas and a  beach. You can play games or go bowling with friends at the Community Centre. 

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BBB4B | Readers' Survey | Events & Announcements | New Locations

COMING SOON! BBB4B

BBB LogoThe Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy (BBB) proudly marks its fourth anniversary this month. Founded by the visionary Boo Rojyo, this group of dedicated virtual bureaucrats issues passports, passport stamps,  car licences and number plates. We also  support Bellisseria's embassies to the rest of SL, license our tech to the Confederation of Democratic Simulators (CDS) – SL's oldest democracy – to issue its own passports and publish The Gazette every week.

We will be celebrating this milestone with an event at BBB HQ starting on 24th January and continuing for a week. As part of the festivities, unique event stamps will be issued at HQ as well as at Bellisseria's embassies on Mainland and Zindra. Keep your eye on The Gazette's Events & Announcements section for news of individual BBB4B events.

As the BBB enters its fifth year, with Bel Bailey as our CEO, we hope for continued administrative excellence, innovative community initiatives, and the timeless camaraderie that binds us SL residents together. Here's to another year of  bureaucratic achievement and community spirit!


READERS' SURVEY

First of all, happy new year to all our readers. We thank you for your support of The Gazette since our first edition in 2021 and wish you all the best for the year ahead.

The best evidence of success in online publishing is reader engagement. Readers are kind enough to tell us in-world that they enjoy The Gazette, but we receive few comments online and we'd like to understand why that is. It's easy enough to make a comment by clicking on the link at the end of every issue.

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It may be that commenting online is just not a natural way to engage in Second Life®. Residents may be more used to communicating through SL's excellent built-in tools like group chats and notices. Even our BBB colleagues sometimes prefer to send out information via the BBBug or CPCB groups. In the end, rather than making assumptions, the best way to find out how you prefer to engage, is to ask you! 

So we'd like to begin 2024 by requesting some feedback. We would be really grateful if you'd take a few minutes to complete this survey. Thank you in advance for taking the trouble to help us. Please feel free to share the survey link with your friends. We'd like to hear from as many residents as possible. 


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals and you're having an event or would like to make an announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor, Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters and/or photos.

SL PoH OH welcomes

...SadieRose Beaumont's La Salida Del Sol
est. 11/2023
Belli Mediterranean Home - Provence Of Note

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A THANK YOU NOTE FROM AMANDA / FAREWELL PLANET TAMBALYA!

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have supported me throughout my artistic journey in SL, especially since being honoured with a full SLEA (SL Endowment for the Arts) region last year. Transforming a flat landscape into the vibrant and lively Planet Tambalya was a joyous and challenging endeavour. Your support and enthusiasm made the venture a remarkable experience for me

I hope you enjoyed collecting the unique stamps and enjoyed the various events. Kudos to those who secured the limited Edition Tambalyan passport, a special item that is no longer available now the planet is closed. You can continue to use this exclusive passport for as long as you like, so it's not just a memento!

Here is a Trailer filmed on Planet Tambalya by filmmaker and scriptwriter Jordan Rizzo. You will get to see and hear me debuting as a voice actor!

There is a long list of people I feel very grateful to and wish I could name them all here. You know who you are and I thank you all!

AmandaT Tamatzui

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 BUSY CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR FOR OUR STAMP COLLECTORS
 
The latest database sync on January 3rd showed 1,093 new stamps were collected in the last week and 23 new passports were issued. The special Christmas Stamps by each of our designers were collected 296 times. We're glad you had so much fun over the festive period. 
 
Stats provided by Robert Rhodan of the Stamps team
 
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IMPROVED INPUT SANITATION ON ALL PASSPORT APPLICATION FORMS
 
The name field can now contain extended ASCII characters which will be automatically mapped to standard ASCII. So for example señor will be mapped to senor, rather than the entry (to use our techies' description)  going wacko. This feature has been added to all application form sheets.
 
Upgrade and information courtesy of Robert Rhodan of the Stamps team

NEW LOCATIONS

2024 gets off to a good start with three new stamp-issuing locations this week! Firstly, 60225 Reel Simple Forest in Bellisseria is Radioactive Rosca's Linden Home. It features interesting information and a teleport hub to various locations you might like to visit. We're happy and proud to see a replica of his passport on prominent display. In real life making an identity document so readily available is not recommended, but identity theft is harder in SL!

Radioactive Rosca is also the owner of our second location; Rosca's Coffee and Brewery Shop is on Kendrastrasse in Neufreistadt, the capital of the Confederation of Democratic Simulators (CDS). 

Shark County is a visitor centre for Northern Heterocera to be found in the region of Muslin. It is an elegant modern building just off Route 3, which has details of local attractions and info boards for Drivers of SL and the Nature Collective. 

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Rosca's Coffee and Brewery Shop CDS BBB Stamp Locations 6 Jan 24.002 Screenshot 2024-01-05 at 01.53.45
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Year-end Report | Events & Announcements | New Locations

YEAR-END REPORT

We hope you enjoyed using our services in 2023 as much as we have enjoyed providing them. We're happy to report that the take-up of the new V3.00 passports has been good. Not only do they remove the old problems of losing stamps during dodgy teleports and requiring multiple visa HUDs to collect the ever-growing number of stamps available, they also allow us to collect interesting statistics and to monitor how events such as each year's SL Birthday celebrations affect the number of people applying for new passports.

As you can see from the first graph, SL20B had a dramatic effect. We think that was largely attributable to the enthusiasm of the Moles and Lindens issuing personal stamps from the SSiD devices many of them carried at the event.

Stamps Collected
We can report that (as of 26th December 2023) 51,491 stamps had been collected on 752 current V3.00 passports. 711 unique stamps had been issued as of that date.

Our top stamp collectors were:

  1. Fuyuko Amano (Wintergeist), with 654 stamps
  2. Kittensusie Landar / Fenella Allen (joint second), with 581 stamps, and
  3. Shumani Aeon, with 570 stamps
The runners-up were your editor Dave (lord.junibalya), Martina Voxel, Yukiko Yeshto, Susannah Hayworth, Dulcinea Andretti, Gemma Cleanslate and Elphaba Broome. You can work out where you rank by referring to this anonymised graph
 
Of the twenty most popular stamps issued, all but three were at BBB or LDPW locations. The most-collected stamp is at BBB HQ. The stamps at the Bellisserian Embassies are also popular. This makes sense as these are the places where many people obtain their passports.  It's natural that the first stamp they collect is the one immediately at hand.
 
We're delighted that people are making good use of the locations kindly provided by the Lindens to support our programme of virtual bureaucracy.
V3 passports issued
 
The most-visited LDPW location is the Bellisseria Fairgrounds, which ranks in third place after BBB HQ and the Corsica Embassy. The three private-sector locations in the top 20 are Le Messire Airfield / White Star Airfield (SLWS) at number 14, Bellisseria Bike Drive & Scoot! at number 17 and Bellisseria Life at number 18. 
 
We can reveal for the first time how the passports issued break down between the various issuers.
  1. Bellisseria passports (541)
  2. Continental passports (69)
  3. Planet Tambalya passports (60)
  4. SL Generic passports (55)
  5. Confederation of Democratic Simulators passports (23)
These statistics are particularly interesting. When the passports were only available in Bellisseria, we had complaints from many other residents who wanted them too. Yet the take up of passports for Mainland, which is most of SL, is less than a quarter of that for Bellisseria. This is so even though it's easier to get a Mainland passport. They're automatically dispensed on demand and can be used immediately, with no need to go through a bureaucratic application process. We will need to consider why that is. Perhaps people actually enjoy the bureaucratic process of applying?
 
The CDS, on the other hand, is to be congratulated on the remarkably high take up of its passports. After all, it's much smaller than either the Mainland Continents or Bellisseria. Perhaps the sense of  community is even greater in SL's oldest democracy than in famously-sociable Bellisseria? Or perhaps the regular communications by its elected officials help?
 
The take-up of the special Planet Tambalya passport is also truly remarkable. This special one-off passport was issued from AmandaT Tamatzui's sci-fi art installation at the SL Endowment for the Arts (SLEA). We've had many time limited event stamps before, but this was the very first event passport. The high numbers for this single-region passport reflect Amanda's intensive programme of events at the location, the special stamps she made for each event and her relentless use of the Events & Announcements feature in The Gazette to promote them. Sometimes it felt like we should rename The Gazette as The Tambalyan Times!
 
Other stamp-issuers could easily emulate her. The Gazette always stands ready to provide free publicity for whatever is going on at any location where our passport stamps are issued; not just those offering special event stamps. Be like Amanda and take advantage of that service. Like all our offerings, it's entirely free. Our volunteers are just here to make your SL more fun!
 
New Stamps created
 
We hope you enjoyed reviewing these statistics and graphs and we look forward to welcoming you at more stamp-issuing locations in 2024. Happy New Year from to our users from all of us at the BBB, CPCB and CDS!
 
Article by BBB Staff | Statistics and graphs by Robert Rhodan

EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals and you're having an event or would like to make an announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor, Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters and/or photos.

 

The BBB wishes all its users a very happy new year. We wish you all the best for 2024. To celebrate, there's a special New Year stamp available at our HQ. 


NEW LOCATIONS

Plusia Railway Station on the continent of Heterocera is an SLRR station, which seems to specialise in nuclear transport. Hence the very striking design of the stamp. It's based on the ISO 361 international warning sign for ionising radiation – a trefoil symbolising waves radiating from an atom. Do please be careful when visiting. Not because of the radioactivity, but because the SLURL provided by the owner drops you right on the tracks! 

At BBB HQ this month you'll also find a special stamp to celebrate the new year. 

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