SL19B Continues and a Big Announcement is made | Get Well Soon, Teresa | Tia at the Embassy Photos | New Beta Version of the Gazette Online Travel Guide | New Locations

SL19B CONTINUES

We have already had the pleasure to meet many of you on our stand at Second Life's 19th Birthday celebration (SL19B). We are proud of the stand, which is very much in keeping with SL19B's steampunk theme. Here's a photo by one of our beloved Bellisseria Hammies who camped out with us for a while, Varistentia Varriale. Click on it to see a larger version. 

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Photo © Varistentia Varriale

Our official videographer Sceneris has also made a movie there. Enjoy!

If you haven't visited yet, please come along and say hello. You'll find a whole botheration of bureaucrats (we've decided that's the official collective noun!) to chat with. 

SL's Birthday Events are a highlight of the year and there is a lot to see, do, buy and scavenge!

Patch Linden's opening speech hinted broadly at big news to come. We had to wait for the traditional Meet the Lindens interview with Saffia Widdershins on Monday to learn that big news was the new – and much delayed – Premium Plus SL account. Patch has been monitoring the SL forums as we all speculated on what extra features there might be. He says they've tried to put together a useful, compelling interesting and meaningful set.

Premium Plus launched on June 23rd at L$24.99 introductory promotional rate for 30 days. Thereafter it will be L$29.99 per month and $249 annually. The new features include:

  • 2048 square metres tier
  • Only one Linden Home still, but they will offer 2048 Linden Home parcels in future (Linden Mansions?!)
  • Weekly stipends of L$650
  • 140 group memberships
  • Cap for messages increased to 160
  • No upload fee for textures (true for mesh uploads Soon™, but not immediately)
  • Animesh attachments limit increased from one to two
  • L$3000 signup bonus
  • Toll-free telephone support
  • Group creation fee reduced to L$10
  • Ability to create 2 land experiences
  • Event fees reduced from L$50 to zero
  • Premium Plus sandboxes/regions

All this is in addition to existing Premium features. Premium Plusers will also be able to file a support request for a specific Linden Home – avoiding Game of Homes.  A group of friends could therefore request neighbouring homes, for example.

More Linden Homes themes are in the works. Patch hopes to release a special new theme that particularly accommodates Premium Plus benefits by the end of this year. They will also be revisiting the older Bellisseria homes to update their features and will Soon™ address the question of winding down the old pre-Bellisserian Linden Homes. Interestingly, Patch said that some of those will never be removed – a sort of Colonial Williamsburg of Second Life® perhaps?

There is no point in increasing mainland supply generally as there are so many abandoned mainland parcels. He has no plan in the foreseeable future to add mainland coastal land, which is what people mostly ask for. However, the team is looking at maybe adding inland lakes and waterways to make empty inland parcels more attractive.

It's worth mentioning that Basic Accounts remain unchanged. Much fun can be had in world without ever signing up for either Premium or Premium Plus. You need to go premium to own land or to get a Linden Home in beautiful Bellisseria, but needn't be homeless if you don't. Many SL'ers live in high style renting on mainland or private estates and many free spirits are happy SL drifters. With or without premium features, SL is always open, ad-free, offers privacy/anonymity and can be enjoyed by all. We loved Patch's summary of the advantages of SL over rival metaverses/virtual worlds. He said;

We value and highly regard our users' privacy. Way more than any other virtual world company out there. We have long said and believe that selling people’s personal data is a boundary we will not cross. So anonymisation, personal discovery, exploration (whether that be of space or self) and discovery; those are all selling points as to why SL is what it is and why it exists today.

Long live Second Life®. Let's all enjoy it in our own way – Basic, Premium or PremiumPlus –and let's have fun getting to know each other in the process. In the end, SL is social or it's nothing. The friends we make here are the true reason we keep coming back.


GET WELL SOON, TERESA

Our valued bureaucratic colleague and friend, Teresa Firelight; photographer, writer and co-producer with Sun of our wonderful SL19B stand, has had hospital treatment following an accident and is not able to produce her regular Meet the Team column this week. She is likely not to be in-world with her SSiD tablet for a while so her SL19B stamp may become a rare one. We're sorry if you didn't get it already and can only hope that she recovers before the end of SL19B so you get another chance.

Teresa will be missed during her recuperation elsewhere in Second Life® too. She's active in SciFi RP and is a long-established content creator, making her own range of hairstyles. In short, she is one of the folks who make SL an interesting and fun place to be. We are sure you will join the staff at The Gazette and the BBB in wishing her a speedy recovery.


TIA AT THE EMBASSY PHOTOS

Her Excellency Bijoux, Hon. Ambassador to Satori and one of the nicest people in all SL, sent in some photos of the musical event at her embassy last week, featuring the talented Tia Rungray. There were too many to feature them all, but here are a few.

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NEW BETA VERSION OF THE GAZETTE ONLINE TRAVEL GUIDE

The Gazette Online Travel Guide has always been made by hand. We cut and paste the new locations into the appropriate pages of GOTG and we delete any retired locations as and when notified by the landowners, our users or our colleagues. Our newish colleague Robert Rhodan, however, is a dab hand with HTML. He has now devised a clever way to import the information directly into the GOTG from our operational database. 

For now, the old GOTG and the new beta version are both available under Information & Resources in the side bar to The Gazette. We would be very grateful if you, gentle reader, would click on the link to the beta version and test it for us. Please let us know in the comments, by using the email link in the side bar or by IM in-world to Dave or Robert if you find any issues or have any other remarks or suggestions.

It's great fun to work with colleagues who are so clever with technology. It makes the life of a humble scribbler easier and more fun. Thanks Robert!


LOCATIONS

We have two new locations this week. Stamp designer Robert Rhodan commented of the first, Pacifique Landing, that

This place is amazing: not just the "usual" island theme with beach dance, DJs, hang-gliding, etc. but in particular an amazing undersea world to dance with mermaids, seadragons, and watch lots of critters, and an undersea dungeon labyrinth to explore (and to escape from again)

On behalf of our merfolk friends, we'd add that the undersea world is beautiful. As our late mer-editor Fenella always used to say "scale and tail" and head over there.

The second new location, PAW (Public Animal Welfare), is an animal refuge in Heterocera with a lot of interesting content (and free Segways to ride about on). Check them both out and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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By way of experiment, here's a link to this week's New Locations auto-generated by our GOTG beta version in course of development (see article above). Please let us know if you see it correctly on your device. 


SL19B | Meet the Team: Pru | New Locations

SL19B 

Screenshot 2022-06-14 at 00.47.54The terminal issuing the official visa stamp for SL19B is to be found – of course –  on the BBB stand at the event.

As you're joyfully celebrating the 19th birthday of our virtual world, don't forget to stop by, enjoy our steampunk garden and get your passport stamped. 

If you happen upon any of the 15 bureaucrats and Bellisserian diplomats attending the event in their official capacity, you will also be able to ask them to do a personal passport check. They will then add their own, signed, personal stamps to your passport. These are obtainable by clicking on their Single Stamp issuing Device tablet computers. They will carry these SSiDs only at the event.

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A botheration of bureaucrats at SL19B (bearing their stamp-issuing SSiDs) | Photo by Pru

Please note that the bureaucrats' and ambassadors' SSiDs will be automatically disabled once the event ends. So even if you're a close personal friend of the functionary concerned, you won't be able to get their stamp once SL19B is over. So make sure you collect all the stamps while you can!

Here's your handy cut out and keep checklist of the stamps available. 

Name Status
Amanda Bureaucrat  
Beeb Bureaucrat  
Bijoux Ambassador  
Boo Bureaucrat  
Dariah Ambassador  
Dave Bureaucrat  
Fiona Bureaucrat  
Freddie Ambassador  
Jack Ambassador  
Prudence Bureaucrat  
Robert Bureaucrat  
Sun Bureaucrat  
Teresa Bureaucrat  
Yukiko Ambassador  
Zoe Bureaucrat  

 

We look forward to seeing you at the event. Don't be shy, come up and chat to us!


MEET THE TEAM: PRU

Pru_004 k2This week we will meet the person responsible for Parade of Homes, Prudence Anton.

1. How long have you been in SL?

Since October of 2006.”

2. How long you lived in Belli?

I got my first Linden home in Bellisseria, June of 2019.”

3. What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria?

The community, it's so amazing.”

4. What motivated you to join the BBB team?

Boo and I started up our own volunteer projects, his being BBB and mine, Parade of Homes around the same time and have always supported each other. Right before Bellisseria's 2nd birthday, we spoke about my coming on board, to join the BBB team and eventually combined the 2 projects together.”

5. What are your BBB responsibilities?

I am the editor of the Parade of Homes web blog and partner with Pring Productions, doing videos that focus on Bellisserian life.”

6. What is the most fun thing you have ever done as a BBB staff member?

Filling one of Zoe's crates of wine with my hangers. No, seriously, I probably enjoyed the BBB SSID tablets that were launched at SL18B, that was a lot of fun.”

7. Tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know.

Hmm, I guess the fact that I came to Second Life under the impression this was a role play community and I was very invested into role playing, 20 years of it before I retired. They frowned on you playing more than one character per avatar, so the role players made alts, lots of alts. I think I ended up with around 25 avatars. Most now collect dust in a locked and forgotten closet.”

8. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

Our community thrives from being involved with each other, loving where we live and volunteers in the vast Bellisseria community groups. Bellisseria always needs and welcomes more volunteers.”


NEW LOCATIONS

Apart from the special event stamp for SL19B (see above) there is also a new stamp to collect from an interesting LDPW location in Bellisseria.

The name of the region is Permaglow. In a beautiful small park there you'll find an eerie memorial to an unfortunate episode in Bellisseria's history. It's called the Three Meter Monument and features the cooling towers of the former Three Meter Nuclear Power Plant

Sadly, that's not the only legacy of this little-discussed event. Nearby you'll find brightly coloured waste draining into a lake. We can't really recommend, from a health point of view, that you should take a swim there. If you do (or if – more prudently – you cam beneath the water) you'll encounter spent nuclear fuel rods and (in case you're wondering about the design of the stamp) mutated fish. Explore with caution and at your own risk. The Bellisserian Bureau of Bureacracy is not liable in law for any adverse consequences of your visit.

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SL19B | Meet the team: Zoe | Greg's Bar & Lounge | Ambassador Gossip: Little Trains | DJ Far's Friday Party | Tia Rungray LIVE | New Locations

SL19B

The BBB will have a booth at Second Life's 19th Birthday celebration (SL19B), which opens on June 16th and runs through July 5th. There will be lots to see and do at this exhibit, including a free gift (the same Belli Hats we gave as hunt prizes at Bellisseria’s 3rd Anniversary – so a second chance to get one!)

Other things of interest include two slide shows (one of Stamp Locations and the other of Parade of Homes), information on all seven of our embassies, information on passport stamp tours and a link to The Gazette. Most of our applications (Belli Passports, Continental Passports, Driver’s License, Belli License Plates, etc.) are available on site as is a post office where you can send or collect mail.

Of course, the highlight of our booth is the special exclusive SL19B passport stamp. Our bureaucrats and ambassadors will also be there with special event-only personal passport stamps for you to collect in person. Just click on the special SSiD (Single Stamp Issuing Device) tablet computers they'll be carrying at the event.

Be sure to come check us out. We will have Teleporters at BBB Headquarters (and at each of the Embassies) that go directly to our SL19B booth. That should make it easier for you to find us.


MEET THE TEAM: ZOE

Zoe SukiThis week we will meet someone who takes really good care of the Bellisseria residents: Zoe Suki. She is very friendly, helpful and has a great sense of humour.

1. How long have you been in SL?

For over 15 years now, since February 25th 2007

2. How long you lived in Belli?

Since November 1st 2019. My first Belli home was a traditional in Smokey, until I discovered the GoH. I'm in a loghome @ Log Dump now since April 19th 2020. (Whoa....... it's time to move <.<” >.> )

3. What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria?

The community feeling, the rideable roads and paths, the sail-able waters, the pretty surroundings, and the free feeling of having NO BANLINES.

4. What motivated you to join the BBB team?

I wanted to contribute a little to this growing community and be part of it, as well as meeting new people.

5. What are your BBB responsibilities?

The production of all passports, drivers licenses and license plates, managing the initiation office and checking if people are Belli residents or "Asylum seekers" :-P (For the last mentioned group we now have the free SL Continental Passport, so all Mainlanders can also join in the stamp collecting game while exploring new places!)

6. What is the most fun thing you have ever done as a BBB staff member?

Joining a BBB boat tour on my water scooter!

7. Tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know.

If I would tell you that, it loses its mysterious charm and will become an ordinary ‘public secret.’ (She grins widely as she says that.)

8. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

Poohhhhhh............................ errr........ I will share some of my booze?”

Article and Photo by Teresa Firelight 


GREG'S BAR & LOUNGE

Portrait_Greg_Timmerman_Credit_Greg_TimmermanThe Bar Barge, the Bar Truck and now the Bar Train are part of Greg Timmerman's distinctive fleet of unique vehicles. Greg, the mastermind behind the project, explains;

Opening another club was out of the question. I wanted to provide something new that I haven't seen in SL before.

As someone who loves to explore, he was in pursuit of the right idea. It was during a RL cruise with friends where they met in a  bar on a barge that he finally found what he envisioned for his goals: The first and main project, the Bar Barge, was born.

It took weeks and months of research and modifications because Greg is, as he smilingly says himself, "picky."

I like to bring as much realism as possible to Second Life. I usually use ready-made objects which I heavily modify to my ideas. Sometimes, I would want or need a special addition that I can't find anywhere. I am very grateful for my trusted friends and the people, whom I can always rely on, who support me when I need help for a specific object or with script work.

In September 2020, the Bar Barge could finally celebrate its first cruise on Blake Sea. After many tours, further ideas for projects emerged. Why limit yourself to just water? He created the Bar Truck for traveling by land, but didn't stop there. Exploring SL by railway was the next idea. In spring 2022, a train that suited his visions was finally available. Just a few days ago, the last adjustments were made. In an attempt to celebrate his achievements, and to give more people the chance to experience a unique way of traveling, we collaborated with Greg for a Bar Train tour on the SLRR in Heterocera. The tour (details below) takes place today, so come along if you can. 

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At the platform at the Woodland Station (a new stamp location) visitors can find a display that shows if and where the Bar Train is currently running. A tap on the display opens the map – allowing visitors to teleport right next to the train and easily join in the fun. A similar display for the Bar Barge can be found at the Marina at Port Victoria Isle where visitors can also enjoy a relaxing time at the Lounge or the Rooftop. Additional activities such as a playable dartboard or ridable jet skis are also available.

Article by H.E. Yuki Yeshto. Photographs © 2022 by Greg Timmerman and Kitty (kitten.mills)


AMBASSADOR GOSSIP: LITTLE TRAINS CLIMBING UP: AMBASSADOR RAYNIER VISITS LUNALIS RAILWORX

H.E. Ambassador Dariah Raynier visited Lunalis Railworkx on Heterocera on 31st May at the invitation of Cranston Yordstorm – SL land developer and performer. Cranston is an actor in RL, performing at venues across the USA in straight plays and musical theatre.
I met Mr. Yordstorm during our ceremony at the embassy in Tersa. Since I am interested in all kind of land development projects, we agreed I should visit.
The Lunalis Railworx is a large narrow-gauge railway across three regions (Lunalis, Sponsa and Lota) on the continent of Heterocera.  It connects to LDPW routes 1 and 6 and the Heterocera SLRR mainline. It has stops at neighboring storefronts, a performance venue, a motel, and a new volcano park.

Ambassador Raynier enjoyed a train ride through the regions and explored the places which are well worth a visit. She commented;
I wasn't dressed appropriately so I couldn't explore the active volcano. Next time I will return with my hiking boots and explorer outfit. You can't explore a volcano in shorts, a blazer and high heels!
She also tried out the Inferno rollercoaster.

After 45 minutes the little train returned to the station at Route 1. At the nearby Unity Amphitheatre she played some tunes on the piano.
I am not a good piano player, so I didn't receive an offer from Cranston to join his band. This is okay by me.
Dariah did get her diplomatic passport stamped though. There are two BBB stamp terminals there. 
 
Article and Photographs by H.E. Dariah Rayner, Hon. Ambassador to Heterocera.

FAR'S FRIDAY PARTY

DJ FAR has had his Friday Party almost as long as Bellisseria has been around, it's the oldest weekly party in Belli and it is always a great time. On Friday, June 3rd, many of us dressed up in our Dinkie finery and hit the dancefloor! Here's kinda what it looked like.

The party is every Friday. It's not always at his home as it used to be. The locations vary these days so watch the usual Belli groups for announcements.

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He's now moved his home to Sakura, where you can pick up a stamp for your passport. It's the same stamp as always, however – one of the oldest ones. So please be careful not to pick up a duplicate. 

Text and Video by Becca Ordinary. Photo © David, Lord Junibalya 2022.


TIA RUNGRAY LIVE AT THE BELLISSERIAN EMBASSY TO SATORI

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The Bellisserian Embassy and its ambassadors work to create community links between the other six continents of the Mainland and Bellisseria's residents. Her Excellency Bijoux Barr, Hon. Ambassador to Satori has invited Tia Rungray to host a performance at her embassy. She hopes that this will be an opportunity for the residents of Satori and Bellisseria, as well as other regions, to interact.

The concert will be on June 16th, 2022 and will last for one hour, beginning at 11am SLT. It will also be available on YouTube

NEW LOCATIONS

The first new location this week is the headquarters of Crystal Craze; an interactive game. As we all know, Second Life® is not a game, but that doesn't mean it can't be a platform for one!

We don't need to tell you much here about Greg's Bar & Lounge, as there's a detailed article above. We would just point out that Greg has placed a stamp terminal on either side of the station platform but both issue the same stamp. The script won't let you get a duplicate on the same passport or visa HUD but be careful you don't mistake the other terminal for a different one if you visit later with a new HUD on!

Finally there's a new voice café in Bellisseria to enjoy, so if you're one of those who finds a metaverse more fun when it doesn't involve repetitive strain injury and typonese, make your way over to Sakurasseria for a good old chinwag!

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Meet the team: Dave | Community Regions in Bellisseria | Heterocera Embassy Event Report | Viking Longboat Tour Movie | SL19B | New Locations

MEET THE TEAM: DAVE

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David, Lord Junibalya, 3rd Duke of Nanga

This week we continue the Meet the Team series with our news specialist, Dave (aka Lord Junibalya). Dave has been keeping us all informed of stories of interest for a very long time now. Our publication was formerly called the BBB Gazette. But when the Continental Passport Control Board (CPCB) began issuing passports to the rest of SL instead of just Bellisseria, it became simply The Gazette.  

Dave has lots to say in The Gazette, but he doesn’t talk about himself much. I did manage to get a few words from him for this series. The most I got out of him was his full name:

His Grace David, Lord Junibalya 3rd Duke of Nanga (but please call me Dave).

Here is the rest of the interview:

1. How long have you been in SL?

My first avi first rezzed on 18th February 2007.

2. How long have you lived in Belli?

Since 2020.

3. What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria?

The community. There's always something going on. It makes it much easier for new arrivals in Second Life® to get involved.

4. What motivated you to join the BBB team?

I enjoyed collecting the stamps and had various stamp terminal locations at my art galleries. Mainly though I thought the whole bureaucracy schtick was funny! In real life I fought bureaucracy for a living – as a lawyer – so it amuses me to play at being my old foe!

5. What are your BBB responsibilities?

I am Editor of the Gazette and PR advisor to the leadership of the BBB and CPCB.

6. What is the most fun thing you have ever done as a BBB staff member?

My job! I like it. I've blogged in RL about serious stuff for years and The Gazette is light relief. It's also really nice to find a way to contribute to Second Life®, which is – after all – only what we residents make of it. I have no skills at scripting or building but at least I can turn a phrase.

7. Tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know.

I am the youngest of 8 alts. You may have met me as any of them, but you'll only know if you friended me. I have a policy of disclosing them all to friends!

8. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

I have said more than enough. Any decent editor is far too wise to volunteer information to journalists!

Article and photograph by Teresa Firelight


COMMUNITY REGIONS IN BELLISSERIA

Her Excellency Yuki referred us to an interesting post on the SL Community Forums by Abnor Mole on the subject of community regions in Bellisseria. 

All of the community regions in Bellisseria are set up like Treeowatoor with a radio residents interested in holding community get togethers can request access to. This allows them to change the parcel stream if need be.  If anyone wants to use the space to hold scheduled events open to the public (music events, book clubs, surfing parties, or whatever) they can request to be invited to the Bellisseria Performers Group, which gives them the ability to list their events on the boards in Puffin Head at the Events Center for all residents to see. 

It would be marvellous to see more use being made of the community regions, which are very much part of the charm of Bellisseria.

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Events Center at Puffin Head

So why not apply to join the Bellisseria Performers Group, reserve a place and time at the Events Center and get residents together for more fun!?


HETEROCERA EMBASSY EVENT

As announced here in The Gazette, H.E. Dariah Raynier was duly installed last Saturday as the new Ambassador to Heterocera. Sun from the BBB presented her with the key to the embassy there and she was welcomed to the continent in a speech by Yuriko Kimura the mayor of Hiraya. Music and dancing ensued, with Mandy Dorfler from Harlow's Women Club presiding over a well-attended party (as seen in this photo by Sun).

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Party at the Heterocera Embassy

You can read more in Gemma Cleanslate's report for SL Newser here. Here are some photos from our very own Teresa Firelight.

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Mayor Yuriko Kimura
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H.E. Dariah Raynier

Photos © Teresa Firelight and Dark Sunflower (Sun) 2022.


VIKING LONGBOAT TOUR: THE MOVIE

Robert Rhodan of the BBB stamp team has now published a full-length version of his movie of the recent Longboat Tour organised jointly by the BBB, CPCB, our embassies and the Vikings of Bjarkavik. Relive the experience of the tour (or should we say raid?) for 22 minutes, with a suitably rousing music track and sound effects.


COMING SOON: SL19B

Screenshot 2022-06-01 at 05.27.00We have no details to offer yet, though work on our stand is in full swing. Still we at The Gazette think you should know that the Bellisseria Bureau of Bureaucracy will be at the steampunk-themed Second Life 19th Birthday celebrations – aka SL19B. The actual birthday is June 23rd, but the celebration will run from June 16th to July 5th.

We are giving no clues as to what's on our stand at this stage but watch this space. We promise that The Gazette will first to tell you all about it when the time is right. We're not just being wilfully mysterious by  the way. The Moles have imposed an embargo on all pictures of the event until it opens.

Our staff will be carrying their stamp-issuing tablets and of course there'll be an event stamp too. So if you don't have a passport yet, now's the time to get one. If you're from Bellisseria, you know exactly where to apply. If you're from anywhere else on mainland, you can pick up the appropriate passport from our embassy to your continent (all the SLURLs are in the sidebar). If you're homeless or live on a private island, you can pick up a generic Second Life® passport from any embassy.

It was a race against time for many applicants at SL18B last year to get their passports in time to collect the limited-time stamps. Given that mainland and generic passports are available instantly now, there's no excuse not to join in the visa stamp-collecting fun. If you're Bellisserian though, don't delay. Actual bureaucrats are still involved in issuing that passport!


NEW LOCATIONS

Our new location this week is an historic LDPW build – the Dolphin Temple at Nautilus. It's a temple to dolphins as opposed to a temple for dolphins, as the latter would be under the water not towering above it! With a little exploring, you can find a rezzer for a rideable dolphin to take you further down the canal. It is on the far side of the temple in the ocean. 

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Meet the Team: North | Maps for Aviators | New Locations

MEET THE TEAM: NORTH

North_007 KWe continue the Meet the Team series by getting to know North Crannock better. North is the Head Scripter for the BBB, and has been crucial in many of our BBB projects.

1. How long have you been in SL?

This Avi only since March 2010, but my first avi which used to be my main avi has been here since mid 2009 Since moving to Belli this has become my main avi.

2. How long you lived in Belli?

Since day 2 of Belli opening when I got a houseboat over in Wobbegong, I would have been day 1 but I played game of homes and ran out of goes.

3. What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria?

It is very hard thing to pin down to a single favorite thing. There is so much to see and do all the time, including places I found in my first week and have not managed to find them again since. There are events happening every day somewhere in Belli – events are not just restricted to fairgrounds. There are many opportunities to join in with other people. There are also “still places” that I can go to and relax! There are so many hidden gems in Belli – from hedge mazes to look out rocks to fairies by the river. It would take you more time then you have to find them all.

4. What motivated you to join the BBB team?

I don't think I actually joined BBB. Instead, Boo came to me with an idea for passports and terminals, which needed some scripts. So I met with him. Then I wrote the very first versions of the passports – initially for 2 locations only. Since then Boo has kept me so busy that I've never had a chance to leave.

5. What are your BBB responsibilities?

I write down strange words in certain orders in scripts which somehow make BBB products work here. I am always looking to improve on our products. Also I help other team members who have ideas but don't know how to make them work.

6. What is the most fun thing you have ever done as a BBB staff member?

It has all been fun. The one product I like the most is the grid wide post office system. That was very satisfying when it was up and running. It became so popular in the first week that I had to redesign how it worked. Now it can store about 500 items at each location, and all locations are linked together, so when you check for mail, it checks all the locations and finds anything that was sent to you.

7. Tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know.

I'm a very open person about myself. But one thing I think most people don't know is I learned my scripting by being heavy involved in major updates to OpenCollar Collars and cuffs. A lot of times, I ended up rebuilding the script from scratch.

8. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

The BBB is a fun group of people to be involved with. We are not elitist or anything, we welcome anyone to join us. If your not sure what you're good at we can find you a job. If you have ideas of new things the BBB can offer we would love to hear from you. Apart from the generous pay and holiday allowance, sometimes at staff meetings we get visits from Lindens and Moles.

(Of course, North is teasing here. The entire BBB staff, including our leader Boo, is comprised of volunteers. None of us are paid a single linden.)

Article and photograph by Teresa Firelight


MAPS FOR AVIATORS

The BBB's very own Robert Rhodan has been busy with his cartography project again. This week's new map is of airports. As Robert says;

If you are adventurous enough to fly by VFR* without VORs* / NDBs* instead of boring teleports between A and B, and you want to plan your flight legs, this map comes in handy for your personal challenges.

Of course, the map is available in-world too via the map dispenser in the BBB HQ at Swordfish This is the very first release so Robert will very much welcome your feedback, corrections and additions. 

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The map is a useful overview of all continents at a glance. For reference at higher resolution, we recommend the excellent Air Traffic Control Radar Map provided by Shergood Aviation. This provides all the details SL aviators need for flight navigation. Even if you're not an aviator we think you'll appreciate their detailed map of the Second Life® continents and their infrastructure. 

* VFR - Visual Flight Rules. VOR - VHF Omnidirectional Radio Range. NDB - Non-directional Beacon


NEW LOCATIONS

Palmerston Station is an LDPW build by our beloved Moles, which we would have called the prettiest railway station in SL, had Shobu Train Station in Sakurasseria not appeared last week! Why not give them both a visit and decide for yourselves? There's no stamp at Shobu yet, but watch this space...

Speaking of pretty places, we have always liked the snowlands of Sansara and this week we have a new location there – Mellowtron Artisan Winter Village. Put on your warmest clothes and go check it out!

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Ambassador Gossip | Meet The BBB Team: Sun | New Ambassador's Party in Heterocera | Robert's Rez Zone Maps | New Locations

AMBASSADOR GOSSIP: CHECKED IN AND STAMPED IN HIRAYA
 
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For Her Excllency, Hon. Ambassador Raynier, it was one those days in the office when you've a nagging feeling there's something you've forgotten. 
I was sitting at my desk, a cup of coffee in my hand, and suddenly it hit me. I had forgotten to register with the Heterocera local authorities and get my visa.
She hurried to the train station, which fortunately is adjacent to the embassy. Shamefacedly, she admitted;
In my excitement, I even forgot to take a ticket from the vendor before boarding the train.
Line 3 took her from Tersa directly to the Hiraya train station. From there, she did not have to walk far. The passport stamp machine can be found near the exit to Hiraya Town station and soon the visa stamp was applied.
As a Bellisseria citizen officially residing in Heterecera, I was relieved
she admitted. But a big surprise soon followed. After a short chat with the lady behind the ticket counter, she found no visa is required in Heterocera!
All the excitement was for nothing!
After this bureaucratic farce, the ambassador decided to walk back to the embassy to relax and calm down. After studying the city map, she found a suitable route  to Miyako and Hiroachi Hill in the south of the city.
If I hadn't had that mishap, I wouldn't have found the beautiful Yumi's Café. Ending a nice day full of first impressions in the city with a big piece of cake and a lemonade is certainly not the worst thing.
So the afternoon had a happy ending and Hon. Ambassador Raynier was also able to get acquainted with the café's owner.
I can only recommend everyone to visit and explore this beautiful, detailed city and, honestly, it doesn't have to involve a bureaucratic panic!
She smiled as the second piece of cream cake was placed on the table.
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Article and Photographs by Dariah Raynier 

 
MEET THE BBB TEAM: SUN
 
Sun_001 (3)We continue our Meet the team series with Sun (Dark Sunflower). She is one of the longest serving team members and deputises for Boo (our Founder and CEO) when he is away on RL business..
 
1. How long have you been in SL?
My first Avi's rez-day is Sept. 17, 2006, well over 15 years.
2. How long you lived in Belli?
I've been hopping around from theme to theme since June 2019.
3. What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria?
The serene environments of Belli, they fill me with a sense of relaxation and peacefulness, feels like coming home.
4. What motivated you to join the BBB team?
I got my Bellisserian Passport on Feb. 3 2020. (In those early days the passport was just a texture.) I saw our founder, Boo, post a notice to find someone to help him make passports. I loved his idea and went for a job interview -- and he "hired" me. In the following weeks, we talked a lot about the passport. Boo mentioned, "What if we had a real passport where we could put stamps in....." And the rest is history :)
5. What are your BBB responsibilities?
I am the founder of our stamp design department, which I have now left in the capable hands of Robert and Amanda. This lets me spend more time on new product development / design and building BBB event exhibits. However, I still create stamps when demand is high and time permits. 
 
As of late I'm combining this with covering for our CEO Boo, since he and his wife Fiona are on a well deserved hiatus.
6. What is the most fun thing you have ever done as a BBB staff member?
The funniest thing that I remember was when I was a race steward when we had the stamp tour collab with DoSL. I was posted at the mermaid caves, when all of the sudden the Belli Sea Monster showed up and tried to eat the people that were looking for the stamp terminal. It was hilarious.
7. Tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know.
I was a very successful ABC-horse jockey in the past.
8. Do you have anything else you would like to share?
Yes! I would like to say that I'm proud of being a part of this awesome team of BBB volunteers!
Article and photo by Teresa Firelight

 
INAUGURATION CEREMONY/PARTY FOR NEW AMBASSADOR TO HETEROCERA
 
Embassy HE_001The official inauguration of Her Excellency Dariah Raynier will take place at  the embassy in Heterocera on May 28, 2022. Yuriko Kimura, Mayor of Hiraya, will officially present the keys of her embassy to the new ambassador.
 
After the ceremony, the new ambassador and the Continental Passport Control Board invite you to join us for a party to celebrate the occasion. Mandy Dorfler, DJ at Harlow's Women Club, will spin music from the genres of Rock, Blues, Metal, Alternative, 60s, 70s, 80s and Romantic. We look forward to your company for two hours of fine entertainment.
 
The event will start with the official part at 12:00 noon SLT. The party will start at 12.15 pm SLT. The embassy in Tersa is easily accessible by public transport.
 

 
ROBERT'S REZ ZONE MAPS
 
Robert Rhodan's first maritime rez zone map (building on the splendid work of Jon Ree and Kittensusie Landar) was well-received. He's already updated it as well as adding a second to the series. Here they both are. 
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By popular demand, a dispenser at BBB HQ is now issuing these on demand so you can have your own copy in-world without having to pay an upload fee. As Robert adds more to the series they will also be added to the dispenser. 
 
Map by Kittensusie Landar. Rez zone data collected by Jon Ree. Data mapped by Robert Rhodan.

NEW LOCATIONS
 
This week's new locations feature two clubs in the same region and a popup art gallery. Your editor must declare a personal interest in the last of these, a joint venture between his Limoncello Art Gallery (founded in 2007) and Cate Infinity's Infinite Productions. This is the fourth popup in a series taking art into places you'd never expect. The exhibition formally opens with a party on May 28th at 4pm SLT but the art (and the stamp terminal) are already in place for previews by our readers.
 
Club Hypnotic is part of Beach Club Hypnautical and features live DJs every Friday at 8PM -11PM SLT and every Saturday at 8PM-10PM. There are two stamp terminals here, one black, one white; issuing the same stamp design in the corresponding colours. The white stamp is for the beach club and the black one is for the dance club! There's one forced landing point near the white terminal. Head in the opposite direction and follow the boardwalk to find the black one!
 

Viking Longboat Tour | Boat Rez Zones | Meet the Team: Fiona | Pring Productions: B3B | New Locations

VIKING LONGBOAT TOUR

BBB_Embassy_Viking_Tour_PosterThis week, the BBB, CPCB, our embassies and the Vikings of Bjarkavik collaborate for a unique experience

Join us for a special tour today to collect stamps for your passports while experiencing the adventures of the Vikings as we sail the waters of Blake Sea and Nautilus on the hunt to plunder gold! There will also be two brand new passport stamps to collect along the route

Viking life means taking risks with a chance of a great reward. There is always a realistic chance to fall overboard! So we recommend detaching unnecessary attachments and scripts in order to avoid region crossing issues.

Everyone is welcome to join! Please remember to have your passports ready. All Bellisserians (residents of the modern Linden Homes continent) can apply for a Bellisserian passport. All the information you need is available at the BBB Headquarters. For other Second Life® residents, we offer passports for each of the other Mainland continents (and generic SL passports for everyone else) to be obtained at any of the embassies (see the list of SLURLs to the left).

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Time: 1pm SLT
Tour Length: approximately 2 hrs

Article and photograph by H.E. Yuki Yeshto, Hon. Ambassador to Sansara


BOAT REZ ZONES OF BELLISSERIA

On the subject of navigation, our own Robert Rhodan is mapping the boat rez zones of Bellisseria from Jon Ree's useful notecard list in-world onto Kittensusie Landar's world map. He's crafting a series of such maps and here's the first: featuring the rez zones of the older parts of Bellisseria plus Fantasseria. More will follow in future issues.

E4fbc88e069f70ddecb2d0cb67c1829d-pngIt's fun to make your way around Second Life® using realistic transport. While a teleport is a wonderful thing you will see nothing of the scenery, discover no new places and meet no new friends while your pixels are being transmitted. Boating may take longer but there's nothing like getting there under your own steam (or sail!) and these maps will help you find a good starting point.

It's a truly remarkable thing that Linden Lab designed realistic winds into Second Life® from the outset, making our metaverse a good sailing simulator. Many residents love to go out on the Blake Sea or cruise the Fruit Islands but the banline-free and beautifully landscaped waterways of Bellisseria are also open to all SL'ers and fun to explore. As Robert's maps make clear, they are well-supplied with rez zones to launch your craft. If you navigate from one rez zone to another, you can always resume your voyage when next you log in.

Bon voyage!

STOP PRESS: By suggestion of residents in response to this article, a Rez Zone Location Maps Giver is now deployed at the BBB HQ. Robert will update and supplement this with maps of more areas  and continents in future, and add aircraft rez zones too. Just touch it and you will receive the maps inworld.


MEET THE TEAM: FIONA JOGICHES

Fiona_004 (3)This week we meet Fiona Jogiches. She is an important part of the team and also Boo Rojyo’s RL wife.

She schedules our meetings, assists Boo and is also a skilled decorator. Recently, Fiona played a key part in decorating the builds for the BBB’s second anniversary and Bellisseria's third anniversary events at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds.

1. How long have you been in SL?

15 years 7 months

2. How long you lived in Belli?

Since 2019 when the first Houseboats came out.

3. What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria?

For me it's the beautiful landscaping and nature that surrounds the different themed homes. I have a camper that I love to be in, surrounded by the peace and open space, riding my horse round the trails, hills and rivers, and I also have a lovely Victorian home overlooking the sea.

4. What motivated you to join the BBB team?

I married the boss.

5. What are your BBB responsibilities?

I am the Executive Assistant to Boo and help him in lots of ways, mostly keeping his coffee cup filled :) I am also the Honorary Ambassador of Gaeta.

6. What is the most fun thing you have ever done as a BBB staff member?

Tease Mr Beeb.

7. Tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know

I'm a Wordle addict.

8. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

World Peace.

Article and photograph by Teresa Firelight


PRING PRODUCTIONS FILM OF B3B

Pru and Sceneris did their usual wonderful job of documenting the goings-on in Bellisseria with their movie - premiered last Thursday - of B3B. With their kind permission, here it is for those of you who missed the premiere. 


NEW LOCATIONS

We have two new aviation locations issuing passport stamps this week, both in the Amelia Earhart group. The Hiller Heliport and the Aerodrome Amelia Earhart are both on the mainland continent of Corsica.

We also have a seaport but this one is from further back in history. Bjarkavik on the Blake Sea is a Viking port. It is the starting point for the longboat tour above, which will also take in our final new location for the week - the Cividale Ruins. These are an intriguing LDPW build by our beloved Moles. The old stones speak of some lost civilisation from the distant past of Second Life® before the current residents arrived. Who were the avies who lived there? Where did they go?

Enjoy your travels, dear readers, and don't forget to take your passports with you. Please be aware that, due to a tech issue that we can't script our way around, it is possible sometimes to lose a stamp or stamps in the course of teleporting or if you crash while wearing your passport HUD. To avoid this annoyance, please make a habit of detaching your passport HUD before teleporting away after collecting a stamp. If you use the Firestorm viewer, you can add the HUD to your Favourites so as to have it readily available. We at The Gazette wish you all safe journeys. Please feel free to tell us all about your adventures in the comments!

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New Ambassador to Heterocera | Meet the BBB Team: Boo | Tours, Tours, and more Tours! | B3B Movies | Particles with Delain | Folk-dancing with Lec & Hooten | New Locations

NEW AMBASSADOR TO HETEROCERA

Dariah_Raynier_Embassy_Heterocera_ratio4-3_reso1KWe welcome our new Honorary Ambassador for Heterocera, Dariah Raynier. Dariah has been in Second Life for more than a decade during which she has been involved in numerous communities and projects.

Exploring the grid by boat is one of the experiences she likes to share with everyone by offering tours. She also plans to organise events around art, music and other activities.

Her main mission, of course, will be to establish amicable connections with Heterocera's residents. At the moment, Dariah is becoming acquainted with her many new tasks, and a date for a welcome ceremony at the Embassy will be announced soon.

We wish Dariah all the best for the many great adventures that await her in her new role!


MEET THE BBB TEAM: BOO ROJYO

Boo_002 (2)We begin our Meet The Team series with the person who made the BBB possible. It started as a concept, something that sounded like a good idea. Many of us have good ideas, but not all of us are successful in implementing them; of turning the thought into reality.

But Boo Rojyo was able to do it, and the BBB (Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy) was born. The team started small, but grew over time as people caught the vision and got excited about it.

So, this week we meet Boo, the creator and founder of the BBB and put to him our standard questions for this series;

How long have you been in SL?

Since 2006, before everything was in colour.

How long you lived in Bellisseria?

Since 2019 I think, not long after it all started.

What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria?

Community.

What motivated you to join the BBB team?

Well, it was my idea, so I joined an excellent and talented team of one, I guess.

What are your BBB responsibilities?

I'm the Founder. My responsibilities are to make myself perfectly dispensable. I guess tinkering and interfering is my thing.

What is the most fun thing you have ever done as a BBB staff member?

I love when we take on new team members. We are either lucky, or just attract the right people, but I'm amazed at the talented team we have.

Tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know.

I'm pretty much an open book. Struggling to answer this one.

Do you have anything else you would like to share?

I'd like to share that anyone who has a dream to add fun and community to SL can do exactly what we've done at the BBB. Just need the right plan and right motivation, and a bit of luck along the way maybe.

Article and photograph by Teresa Firelight


TOURS, TOURS, AND MORE TOURS!

Saturday, May 7, 11am SLT, Start: Bellisserian Embassy Corsica (Corsica)

Many attractions and stamps await us around the area of Corsica South Coast.

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Wednesday, May 11, 11am SLT, Start: Bay City Fairgrounds (Sansara)

In celebration of the upcoming 14th anniversary on May 15, we have a look into Bay City's rich and diverse history.

Friday, May 13, 9am SLT, Start: Peleliu Fields (Nautilus)

It is Fleet Week Open Day at SL Coast Guard! Join a stamp collecting tour with mini-helicopters from Peleliu Fields to Acknefar Airport where we will watch their Air and Sea Power Demonstration at 10am. More shows and activities are offered during the whole day, and a new stamp awaits you there, too!

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Article by H.E. Yuki Yeshto / Photos by Y. Yeshto and the SLCG


UPDATE ON DR FERRY SERVICES

BBB Publication LicenceH.E. Dariah Raynier – the "DR" of the company's name  (and the new Hon. Ambassador to Heterocera) recently published an article in her company's blog about a meeting with the Hon. Ambassador to Nautilus, H.E. Freddie Harrington. You can read the article here

The ambassador and Dariah Raynier discussed a number of topics related to travel and transport on the mainland continents. Such important issues as the banlines and orbs problem were discussed.

In other news, the DR Ferry Service blog has been awarded a licence and is now therefore a BBB Approved Publication featuring in the sidebar to The Gazette.


ROBERT'S B3B MOVIES

By way of a look back at the popular B3B event to celebrate Bellisseria's 3rd anniversary, we have two very different videos from our very own Robert Rhodan. The first shows him making his own plushie elephant in the Arts & Crafts tent. The second shows the aerobatics display over the Bellisseria Fairgrounds staged by H. Quimby Aviation. Enjoy!

Videos by Robert Rhodan


PARTICLES AT B3B WITH DELAIN

Delain Canucci enhanced B3B with a stunning particle show based on the 2017 movie The Greatest Showman. For those unfortunate enough to miss the event, Delain has a link in her profile picks. Robert Rhodan interviewed Delain for The Gazette and asked how long it takes to create such an amazing, complicated show.

To make a complete show for almost an hour it takes two months to create all the particles, to find music I like and to build a stage. The stage itself was about 400 prims and the seating 100 more. It was not the largest I ever built. The Gotham City stage I built for B2B had almost 3000 prims!

Robert noted that the show ran smoothly and attracted many visitors. How was it possible to achieve all the effects without making the Fairgrounds into a lagfest?

Usually particles won't effect the server much, The scripts are low impact. Particles can cause lag on the client side though as this really depends on the graphic card and system of each user. I try to keep the particles low and don't use high res textures, which should make it easier to render.

Robert asked where she gets the inspiration for her Color Alchemists effects;  

I don't really know where my inspiration comes from. I just start with an effect and by changing the script multiple times an idea emerges. I see it in my mind and try to create it like I see it!

Asked as to her future plans, Delain said; 

I have always a few projects going on, but the next big ones are two shows for the “Hope Fest” and “Follow The Sun” festivals. I also make effects for different dance groups and one in particular – The Monarchs – I sponsor with custom made particles.

Robert thanked Delain for making B3B so memorable. We all look forward to her future projects!

Article and video by Robert Rhodan.


FOLK DANCING AT THE B3B AND BEYOND

Hooten Haller and Lec,  owners of the ContraDanceFloor and managers of the FolkDanceGroup, kindly agreed to an interview with Robert for The Gazette. Both they and Leena Quicksand were present at the Fairgrounds during the B3B and - especially at the second event - so many visitors dropped in that over the full two hours all 12 dance pads were often fully loaded and people standing in line for a chance to hop in! Robert asked why so many young people were enjoying this traditional form of dancing?

Lec answered;

I'm not sure of the ages of the folks behind these avatars, but I believe a lot of people were drawn to our event because of our dance system. The opportunity for everybody to dance individually with everyone else is unique in SL. Once people arrived and heard Hooten's brilliant and upbeat musical selections – including traditional contra dance tunes as well as more contemporary songs – they wanted to stay and hear more, even when all of the dance slots were full. And they became immersed in the upbeat and humorous local chat! Having animesh figures instead of dance balls helps folks feel they always are dancing with someone, even if they'd come alone.

Hooten added;

Contra has always appealed to people of many ages. There's some special magic where age gaps don't matter. When dancing you are with your partner throughout the 8 to 10 minutes of a full dance, and also sharing them with a new couple every 33 seconds. So there's a constantly changing kaleidoscope of people. Anyone can step up and be present with that neighbour couple for half a minute, and then they're gone and you have a new couple.

At an SL contra we aren't connecting as intimately with the partner or neighbor of the moment. What is there for us in SL is the whole "floor" of people through open text chat and private IMs, just as at any club dance. But the special sauce is the fabulous music and live calling.

Robert noted that Hooten was himself the live caller for the second event at B3B. He had seen for himself what was going on at the Fairgrounds despite the clash with Easter and Seder holidays. Did he expect such an interest in ContraDance ? Hooten said;

truly regretted having to miss the dance on Friday, but Sunday very much made up for it. I was expecting a low turnout because it's not live music and not club music. It's a strange mix of live performance (calling) and a folksy music that doesn't hook people until they hear it. The residents gave it a chance and let us know they liked it. Despite their puzzlement over the unique (even peculiar) dance machinery, they responded by dancing with us (or sitting out on the side) and offering pleasant banter and praise.

Robert wondered if B3B had increased the numbers joining their regular twice a week dances and Lec said it had extensively added to their mailing lists. He added;

We expect them to become regulars, as they've fitted in so quickly. We'd love to expand to more lines, of course, so we encourage folks to add us to their Picks.

Robert commented on the unique features of their ContraDance simulation, quite aside from the many dance pads that change dancers' positions in turn. He noted that even a cockroach and a tiny were able to dance in the group! He asked how it all works and how the animations run so smoothly without causing much lag ? Lec noted; 

Our dance system is based on "pads" (mannequins and/or animesh figures) moving through dance figures along given paths, while animations move their arms and legs. When one "sits" on a pad, it disappears, but the avatar is still in some sense riding on it. A roach or a robot can ride along even if they can't move arms or legs.

Three challenges made scripting this system difficult for me. One was learning SL's scripting language. Over the years, many people, including Hooten and numerous writers online, helped with that. A second difficulty was to accomplish the dancer's progressions in opposite directions. An early scripter proposed the system we still use. The third was synchronizing. Because all dance individually with each other, they must be dancing each figure at the same time.

Lag can make the motion jerky, but synchronizing should remain. We have had 24 pads dancing in a set for hours without losing synchronization. I can't say how much the synchronization increases lag in the region though. It seems to me more likely that it would be caused by the land impact of our animesh figures.

Hooten added; 

You'll need to ask people far more experienced in the performance issues of SL. We were fearing the worst with each updated object. Each new animation must be propagated to every agent in the vicinity. To be honest the only real lag I noticed was my chat typing speed slowed way down! We have ideas to improve performance considerably. After all, this experiment in a dance system is only just completing it first year of steady use in basically one location.

Both are contra dancers themselves in RL. Lec has danced at about 30 venues in approximately 20 US states since 2000, but has never been involved as an organiser. Hooten has been contra dancing since 1999 and began to run his own RL dances in 2011. He said; 

It was because of the pandemic Lec and I each worked on our own contra dance systems as we couldn't dance in person. Once we'd found each other, we collaborated a bit, and eventually decided to let Lec's system be our foundation.

We at The Gazette are grateful to Lec and Hooten for taking the time to talk to us and for giving B3B visitors so much fun at the Fairgrounds!

Interview, article and video by Robert Rhodan


NEW LOCATIONS

This week we have four new locations to visit with your Bellisseria or Mainland passports. Firstly there's a special event presented by the Bellisseria Animal Sanctuary at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds. Yes it's Zoo-Palooza 3! It's set in the Forestham National Park built especially for the occasion and runs from May 7th - 29th. Regular readers will be aware that our bureaucracy permits more colours in the stamps for such events. The event organisers and our designers are not restricted to the usual stamp-ink creations. Organiser Krys Calamity has certainly gone to town on this colourful design. Don't miss out on collecting it and enjoy the event while you're there. 

We don't normally talk much about the stamps themselves but they are one of the reasons our passport system is so cool. They are not random snapshots but hand-crafted works of graphic design. Our designers listen to location owners' ideas and (except in rare cases where owners design their own) work with them to make something that represents their build. Sun has been doing a great job from the outset. Recently Robert and Amanda have contributed in their own styles. They all do a great, creative job and we thank them.

Acknefar Airport in Nautilus is another new addition this week to our Airports, Ports & Train Stations category. It's a base for both the SL Coast Guard and SL Marine Corps as well as a GTFO! hub. For those of you who don't know about GTFO! (Get the Freight Out!) it's a logistics and exploration game that involves moving goods around SL in vehicles with special scripts. It's a great way to get to know Second Life® better by land, sea and air.

Calypso Bay is a dive resort on the Beach Paradise private estate. It bills itself in the land menu as

A nice village with great underwater down to 100 meters

The underwater build is great, both for divers and SL's many merfolk. It's well worth putting on your scuba gear or as our late former editor, mermaid Fenella, used to put it – tailing and scaling,  to go take a look. 

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Meet the BBB | DR Ferry Services | New Locations

MEET THE BBB TEAM (SERIES INTRODUCTION)

BBB Logo (1)People often ask What is the BBB? There are two answers. The first is literal; it stands for Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy, which still means little to most SL'ers.

The second answer is about our mission and purpose. We are a team of people from the Linden Homes Continent of Bellisseria who are committed to help build community in SL and to give residents fun things to do.

We are unpaid volunteers. Many of us put in several hours a week working towards our goal of connecting people and helping them to enjoy fun activities. Why do we do it? Because we are passionate about the SL community in general and Bellisseria in particular. We get a personal sense of satisfaction from helping others enjoy their Second Life®.

I should probably explain that our name – Bureau of Bureaucracy – is playful. In RL several of the jobs we do are done by bureaucracies; issuing drivers licences, passports, etc. We just do it for fun and don’t really think of ourselves as bureaucrats or take that title seriously. However we do take our volunteer work seriously and do it with pride and enjoyment.

At the moment there are 14 active members of the team. Over the next 14 weeks, we will highlight each of them briefly for you. and give you an opportunity to meet them.

Article by Teresa Firelight of the BBB


DR FERRY SERVICES

You may encounter posters for DR Ferry Services around our offices and embassies and wonder what it's all about. DRFS has its HQ at Miller's Pond in Bellisseria and is led by Dariah Raynier – the "DR" of the company's name.

DRFS PosterDariah has been in SL since 2009. Her first home was in Second Norway. She told The Gazette;

Second Norway was an isolated private estate. I developed the idea of connecting it to the Blake Sea and proposed that to the former owner. I had my first ferry service and travel agency there.

Now her current company runs long distance ferries;

I always liked sailing and public transport. Now I have worked out 24 routes on and between the continents. Most are long-distance with sailing times of 1-3 hours. For example, one runs from Peleliu Field in Nautilus to Second Norway on the Blake Sea. Others connect Corsica and the Blake Sea or sail around Gaeta etc.

When creating a route I explore the area first with a small boat, looking for good stops, docks, harbours and marinas. I collect the SLURLs and put them into a sailing hud. Then I start a sailing test with a ferry and use the measured sailing times for creating a schedule.

DRFS uses two types of ferry boat. The first is the Feral Marine Catamaran, which is  to be found operating from the company's ports in Sansara, Second Norway, Satori, Corsica, Gaeta and Nautilus as well as at the Light of Aurelia lighthouse in Bellisseria. The second is the Michie Marine Trawler, which operates from ports in Heterocera, Sansara, Second Norway and Bellisseria. 

You can pick up the details of DRFS's 24 routes (a 25th is in the planning stage) by clicking on the poster illustrated here at our various BBB and CPCB locations and embassies. Dariah told us;

I have rented docks in Peleliu Field, Marina Kuna, Paradise Marina and Arimto Marina. I also have free parking in Second Norway. On Bellisseria I start my routes from Light of Aurelia or Red Hook.

I sail by schedule and stop at all scheduled stops. I also develop leisure tours, e.g. a "Lighthouse route" on Bellisseria or an expedition route to Mount Cooper in Sailors Cove South.

People can IM me or click on the boards at my docks to contact me to arrange a tour.

All services are free. My maximum speed is about 10 knots, so people experience travelling, feel the distance and relax. I will not cross Blake Sea in 2 minutes. Sailing from Bellisseria to the Satori south coast takes 2 hours 45 minutes.

Dariah is making a great contribution to SL transport so why not give your teleporters a rest? Exploring Second Life® by sea is fun!


NEW LOCATIONS

There are four new locations this week, all of them on Mainland. There's a café and an airport in Satori, and a rail works and an amphitheatre in Heterocera. Both of the Heterocera builds are by our old friend Cranston Yordstorm, who seems determined to connect the whole mainland with his quirky railways!

Enjoy visiting these fascinating new builds!

Connie BlahBlah Cafe ST BBB Stamp Locations 30 Apr 2022.002 Screenshot 2022-04-28 at 02.00.42
The Lunalis Sponsa Railworx HE BBB Stamp Locations 30 Apr 2022.003 Screenshot 2022-04-28 at 02.19.19
The Unity Amphitheatre HE BBB Stamp Locations 30 Apr 2022.004 Screenshot 2022-04-28 at 02.19.39
Unity Airlines ST BBB Stamp Locations 30 Apr 2022.005 Screenshot 2022-04-28 at 02.20.01

Destination Guide | B3B Video | New Locations

DESTINATION GUIDE

The BBB is very happy to announce that our headquarters office now features in the SL Destination Guide. We hope this will help even more SL'ers find us and join in the fun of exploring SL with our Bellisserian Passport or the CPCB's Mainland Passport. 

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B3B VIDEO

The celebrations at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds for the third anniversary of the founding of Bellisseria were a huge success. For those of you who missed it, here is a video Sceneris made of Patch Linden's speech opening the festivities and announcing what is now known as Sakurasseria – the new Asian-themed Linden Homes that are coming Soon®.

For those who missed Delain's impressive particle show, Robert Rhodan filmed it and his movie can be seen on YouTube here. Freddie Harrington also posted some photos of the show on his Flickr feed here.

Daniel Voyager reported on B3B at his long-running eponymous SL Blog and gave a good short history of Bellisseria too. 

The folksy village-fete type activities on the Bellisseria village green went down very well with the B3B revellers. Many people took part in the folk-dancing organised by the good people of Hooten Haller, for example. All available dance pads were in use and the events were extended beyond the planned times. As were the more modern dance events too. All the DJs did a great job and the dancers just didn't want to stop. 

There was also a good take up for the Easter egg hunt organised by our own dear Teresa, with 108 people claiming their prize of her custom-made Bellisseria baseball cap. Even more popular – and also great fun – was Teresa's make your own plushie sewing stand in the Arts & Crafts tent based on Keiko Zoon's scripts. Robert made a movie of his own successful efforts to sew a plushie, which you can view here.

All in all, people seem to have had a great time. Forza Bellisseria! Onward to a fourth year of SL community and fun. 


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

The first update this week is a new location for an old location. Le Messier Airfield is now here. Not a new stamp though so be careful not to get a duplicate.

Speaking of airports, the first new location this week is Customs at Gateway International Airport. Regular readers may remember our recent interview with the owner, Lethra. Next is a DFS farm and a proud member of the Bellisseria DFS Farmers Co-Op; the Circle B Ranch. The Moonshine Motel in Heterocera is the latest build from our old friend, Cranston Yordstorm and is on the wrong side of yet more of his railroad tracks. Also in Heterocera is Hiraya Town Station, serving a Japanese-themed group of regions of which Hiraya Town is just a part. Finally

Gateway International Airport, Customs - SN 23 Apr 2022 BBB Stamp Locations.004 Screenshot 2022-04-21 at 07.35.48
Circle B Ranch - BE 23 Apr 2022 BBB Stamp Locations.001 Screenshot 2022-04-17 at 16.30.37
The Moonshine Motel - HE 23 Apr 2022 BBB Stamp Locations.002 Screenshot 2022-04-17 at 16.31.55
Hiraya Town - HE 23 Apr 2022 BBB Stamp Locations.003 Screenshot 2022-04-17 at 16.33.12