Drivers Ed Comes to SL | New Community Centre in Belli | Events & Announcements | New Locations

DRIVER'S ED COMES TO SL

Any self-respecting bureaucrat would be horrified by the free-for-all of driving in SL. You can rez a huge truck and barrel down the highway; knocking over any residents who get in the way.  What are the consequences? None! So perhaps it's surprising that our latest project was suggested by someone outside our SL bureaucracy. Three cheers for responsible SL citizenship!

The delightfully-named Persephone Emerald dropped a note in our suggestion box at HQ. She wrote;

I'd like to suggest adding a short written driving test to the driver's license process. I like that we have to do a few things and then wait a couple days to get a passport. (Anticipation makes it more rewarding.) I think there should be a bit of bureaucracy involved with getting a driver's license too.

The SL rules of the road are obviously more lax than in RL, but maybe we could have a few suggestions in the form of a written driving test? For instance, driving into someone's home is an obvious no no, but it's probably ok to cut across the corner of their yard when one comes to a sharp corner.

Our team went to work and, as we announced in the 5th November issue of The Gazette, a written driving test was promptly introduced. Never let it be said that we bureaucrats don't listen to the citizens we "serve". When you call the wolf from the forest of bureaucracy, however, don't expect him just to howl and move off! Mission Creep is inevitable. We are about to introduce a Drivers' Education system and a practical driving test. In addition (of course) to the written exam. 

We are in the process of building our Vehicle Licence HQ and Test Centre – the BVLA (Bellisseria Vehicle Licence Agency). It's right by a rez zone on SL Route 7 in Gaeta V.

Building work continues, but as you see from the photograph album, good progress has already been made. You are welcome to visit. 

Model citizen Persephone, caller of wolves from forests, asked some good questions in her original notecard in the suggestion box. 

  1. What is the speed limit in Bellisseria? Is it legal to drive while intoxicated?
  2. Is it legal to run over other avatars?
  3. May one drive a train on the roads or should trains only be driven on railway tracks?
  4. May one drive a semi truck with trailers in residential zones?
  5. Do avatars need a commercial license or motorcycle license for these types of vehicles?
  6. What is the proper response when one drives into another vehicle? a body of water? or into a house?

All these questions and more will be answered by your instructor and tested by your examiner in due course. The un-regulated mayhem of almost 20 years is coming to an end soon, thanks to Persephone and your diligent bureaucrats.


NEW COMMUNITY CENTRE IN BELLISSERIA

1- Town Hall
Town Hall

On November 22, Linden Lab announced upgrades to Traditional Style Linden Homes and a new Community Center/Region at Chippewa Junction. Technically, Chippewa Junction is not a new region, but was revamped and converted into a Traditional-themed Community Area. (I used to live right next to it in Wooremal, and I can tell you it has changed quite a bit.) It was nice before, but now it is even more scenic and impressive.

The community centre is located in Bellisseria, but all SL residents are welcome there.

The community centre is beautiful inside and out. The area has a Train Junction (complete with junction tracks, loading tanks and a ticket office), and a large Town Hall building. It also has scenic landscaping and small natural lakes. There is even a waterfall and a lovely fountain.

5- Lobby Entry and Stairs
Lobby Entry and Stairs

The town hall building has a very commanding entrance with a double spiral staircase. The lower level has a lobby and a small wedding chapel with cute white benches. It also has a large reception area with a bar, a dance floor and 10 round tables that each seat about eight guests.

The middle level is a very large meeting room, which could be used for anything from a convention to a concert to a large lecture hall. There is a refreshment area at the back of this lecture hall with two large tables that will seat about 24. And there are some desks and work stations on both sides of the hall.

The upper level is a massive library and reading area.

8- Upstairs Library
Upstairs Library

So what can you do at the community centre? First there is the obvious – catch a train, or walk around to enjoy nature and the scenic landscaping. In addition you can book sections of the town hall for weddings, conferences, large meetings, or parties. If you would like to reserve an area or book an event, here is the form for that.

Article and photographs by Teresa Firelight

And in breaking news...

Screenshot 2022-11-24 at 00.50.46There's a chance you'll be able to get a stamp for your passport at the new community centre Soon®. There's no terminal there yet, but here's a sneak preview of the stamp design.

Watch this space for further details in due course.


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'd 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 or photos.

SL PoH OH welcomes

There are no new additions to the Parade of Homes this week. If you'd like to add your own home – inviting SL residents to visit – then you can find the application form here.


NEW LOCATIONS

There's another new hangout for you at the Sea of Fables this week. It's a land-based location close to the mer grotto we reported on last week. If you see the merfolk from the dock there, give them a friendly wave!

There's a new airport location issuing our passport stamps, but the Township of Daybreak is much more than its airport so do take a look around when you stop by passport control. 

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New Masthead | Welcoming New Homeowners to the Parade of Homes | Mount Campion Tours by Request | Events & Announcements | New Locations

NEW MASTHEAD

There have been changes at our HQ since the masthead to The Gazette was made, so we thought it was time for an update. Most noticeable is the addition of a Post Office on site, with all the facilities you need to use our unique postal service. Yes, we know you could just use IMs to mail your stuff, but – trust us – our way is more fun. Come over and get yourself set up in time for Holiday gifting! 

There's almost always something to do or see at our HQ. Not only can you apply for your passports, driving licences and vehicle registration plates, but you can find information about community events or contact those of us showing green on the online indicator boards with your questions.

You'll find the editorial office of The Gazette in the gardens. Our editor is to be found there every Saturday morning at publication time, sending out all the group notices, updating our Facebook Page and adding location images to the in-world slideshows of stamp-issuing venues.

Our gardens are lovely. Our terrace is welcoming. The wine is free. There are group gifts to be had for BBBug members. Come visit and bring friends to hang out with. If you want to come by road, there are two rez zones outside so you can leave the same way. If you want to come by boat, seaplane or float helicopter there's a rez zone at the dock down the stone steps from our gardens. 

Our HQ is a community resource open to all of SL. It's not a fortress of bureaucratic solitude and, while we may RP being bureaucrats, we are (with the exception of Mr Beeb) more welcoming than real ones!

Our location features in the SL Destination Guide and is a Resident-Owned Place of Interest in the Parade of Homes. Please – make yourselves at home in our home and feel free to share any nice photos you take to our Flickr Group.


WELCOMING NEW HOMEOWNERS TO THE PARADE OF HOMES

SL PoH OH welcomesWe are introducing a new regular feature in The Gazette. This comes from our BBB subsidiary – the Parade of Homes– courtesy of some nifty HTML work by PoH's and the BBB's Robert Rhodan. From now on, new additions to their official listings of SL homes and other places of interest open to the public will be announced here first in our Events & Announcements section.

Visiting open houses in SL is fun and can give you great ideas for your own interior design projects. If you're willing to share your own lovely home with the virtual world, you can find the Parade of Homes application form here.


MOUNT CAMPION TOURS BY REQUEST

Willow Scout Tour Of Mt Campion
Willow Scout Tour Of Mt Campion | click to enlarge

Mount Campion National Park now provides its celebrated ranger-guided tours on request. If you need an outing for your club, group or large family, you might enjoy a hike through our scenic woods. We have three different tours to choose from:

  1. Our main tour which visits several sights in the park, including a short venture into our massive underground cave system.
  2. Our Bearpaw tour, which traces the migration of the Bearpaw Tribe through the park, visiting several scenic locations and
  3. Our photography tour, which lets you hike to 5 particularly scenic areas and pauses while you take pictures.

Most recently, the Willow Scouts (led by Carline Thistle Studley Moon) took the Bearpaw Tour. There were about eight scouts (mostly small children) and a couple of adult guests. The scouts had a great time learning the story of the Bearpaw Tribe and exploring the park. Most of them were able to move along the steep trails much faster than the adults accompanying them. Ah.. the energy of youth!

If you would like to arrange a private tour of Mount Campion, please contact either Ranger Hex North Shining Star or Ranger Teresa Firelight.

Article and Photo by Ranger Teresa Firelight


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'd 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 or photos.

SL PoH OH welcomes

... Cynoir Blanc's Somerville Sips Café @ BE = Bellisseria
Somerville Sips is a cozy camper café. Sit outside to enjoy views of the nearby waterfall and railway. Borrow a bike and ride the trails. Everyone is welcome

exterior interior deco

... Hazel Silvermoon's Silvermoon Café and Hangout @ BE - Bellisseria
A Cozy Little log Café that will change with the seasons. A quiet place to grab a coffee and chat with friends.

exterior interior deco

 

Park Sign - We Want Your Photos for Art Gallery with SLUrl

Mt. Campion wants your photos

Mount Campion National Forest has an art gallery, which is located here. Our intent is to fill it with pictures of the park taken by park guests. There is a little mailbox just inside the door where you can drop off your park photos. So, what are we looking for? We are looking for nature shots of the park – including trees, plants, waterfalls, steams, statues, caves, or of the wildlife in the park, etc. We are not looking for snapshots of guests, friends or visitors to the park. Photos must be of locations in Mount Campion National Forest.

How does this work? We have 26 picture frames up. Not all of them have park pictures in them yet. For the moment, we are allowing up to 3 pictures per photographer. But when we get enough submissions, we will only display 1 or 2 photos taken by any given person. Over time, we plan to remove some of the older pictures to make room for new ones – but we are not close to there yet. We still don't have enough photos submitted to fill the gallery.

How do you submit pictures? First, upload the photos as 1024x1024 SL textures. Fill out the submission notecard, which asks for the aspect ratio, such as 4:3 or 3:2, etc, the name you want on the “photographed by” tag and attach the photo texture to that card. Then submit it to the mailbox in the art gallery. You will find instructions and the submission box just inside the door, here.

Photographs in the gallery will not be sold, but you are welcome to sell your photos elsewhere.


NEW LOCATIONS

With Linden Ocean on all four sides, Vicina Island is a special location worthy of a spectacular build. It's also now a useful transport hub for sea and air traffic. Speaking of transport, it has a cute little narrow gauge railway which is the perfect way to explore it – and now a stamp terminal to commemorate your visit. 

The Sea of Fables is a storied location in Second Life® and a great place for SL sailors. There's a new hangout for you to enjoy there that the merfolk of SL will particularly appreciate. As for us "leggers", we had best put on our scuba gear to tp in to collect the new stamp! We love our SL merfolk and hope the feeling is mutual so – tailed or legged – don't forget to exchange a friendly "tala" when you meet. Fans of our special mer stamp terminals will be happy to see another one in world. All praise to our tech guys that they work underwater, but the industrial design still needs some work because they do rust terribly!

We at The Gazette have a special affection for residents who dedicate their Linden Homes to public use. In Bellisseria you can visit art galleries, music venues, pubs and cafés. Because the Bellisseria Covenant forbids commerce, all of them are faux businesses. Everything on offer is free of charge from the kindness of a fellow-resident's heart.

The latest café in this category is a cute little trailer in the Somerville region. Our researcher/photographer didn't click and run and we suggest you don't either. IM a friend, have a chinwag over a brew and then go for a ride together on the free bicycles available out front. You'll need to work off the virtual calories from the cakes on offer!

There's another café to visit this week on the roof of an art gallery in the Soho Contemporary Art Center. The Center is an SL arts and cultural attraction with the look and vibe of the historic iron front district in Soho, NYC. We think you'll enjoy spending time over there. 

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Infinite Art Café
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Down with teleports | Situations Vacant | Events & Announcements | New locations

DOWN WITH TELEPORTS

There was a time when teleporting was only possible in Second Life® at special telehubs – and then only for payment. Just as in real life cities, where proximity to transport links affects land value, it really mattered in those days to be near a hub. After all, your visitors were going to have to walk, fly or use a vehicle to get from the nearest hub to your place.

That changed when point-to-point teleporting became the norm. Your location can be in any old skybox anywhere: if residents know about it, they can get there.

This is wonderful, of course, but has a downside. Many residents have little appreciation of the geography of SL. To some of us, it's just a collection of spaces we like. We have no idea if they're next door to each other or a million miles apart. Here at the BBB and CPCB, we often meet residents who don't know what continent they live on. How embarrassing would that be in RL?!

Water vehicle
There's more than one way to get about in SL

This tends to undermine the clever way that Second Life® is organised. When they set it up, Linden Lab could just have charged subscriptions for the amount of server space used. Users could have built and lived in their own bubbles or boxes without any neighbours. In a sense, that's what the owners of private islands choose to do. Sometimes, when our mainland neighbours place something particularly hideous in our view, we may wish SL did work that way!

Instead LL chose to rent out virtual land and our SL; with neighbours, explorers and the chance meetings that give us most of our friends was born.

The more land you own or rent, the more stuff you can have and use – just like in RL. It was an idea that made the SL metaverse instantly understandable. It also gave us SL geography – even if TPs make it mostly irrelevant.

Rez zones are your friends
Vehicle rez zones are your friends

To heck with relevance! SL'ers can all fly but we still choose to walk. We can TP at will, yet there is a booming market in cars, boats, planes, helicopters, space-ships and bicycles. Why? Because Second Life® – like life itself – is not a destination, but a journey.

Journeys are fun. Journeys are eventful. Journeys involve adventure, incident, jeopardy, chance meetings and a sense of achievement. Whether a solitary exploration when friends are offline or an organised trip with a guide, getting to know SL's geography on foot, keel, wheel or wing is worth it. Give it a try – and then send us your stories and photos!


SITUATIONS VACANT

Wanted - Volunteers for new BBB Licence Projects.

We already have people on board to kick off the project, but the BBB are still looking for more volunteers with a few hours a week spare to assist in our new driver licence programme. It won't be a full BBB role since that's too big a commitment. However it will be fun.

In the first instance we need somebody to simply examine the new written tests we're giving out to licence applicants (the power!) But in the long run we'd love to help form a group that not only oversees written tests, but creates new tests too. Possibly even giving in world road tests. Maybe a group of instructors and examiners?

We have in the pipeline both 'air' and 'boat' licences too, so tests (written and possibly practical), instruction, and examinations for them is also a possibility. In short it's initially just a commitment to mark a few short written driving tests, but it's open ended where it goes. A new division of BBB transport control would be a fun concept.

If you are interested contact Boo Royjo or Zoo Suki in the first instance.


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Embassy_Sansara_Starlight_Corp_Tour_Poster
This weekend, the Sansara Embassy collaborates with Starlight Corporation to offer a flight from Gateway International Airport to Chamonix City Regional Airport, which are two of the largest airports on the Sansara continent. They are operated by Lethra who is an active SL community member with a lot of love for aviation and the Mainland. Of course, you can find a stamp to collect for your passports at both of these locations! 

At both airports, you can also find some unique spots, for example a Glacial Park with historical animals. Join us to explore and find out more! Our final destination will be Chamonix City where we can also test our skills in bobsleighing and ski jumping. 

As usual, we recommend preparing a travel outfit with as few attachments and scripts as possible to avoid region crossing issues. Your host will be Yukiko Yeshto.
PosterAIG11122022You are invited to the opening party of The Magical Art Adventures of Cate, Esta, Poppy and Amanda on the rooftop at the Infinite Art Gallery at 7pm SLT today (Saturday).

NEW LOCATIONS

If you have any interest in art in SL, you will probably already have heard of Artsville. It's quite a new venue organised by some of the best thinkers on the thriving SL art scene. The café there is as arty and elegant as you'd expect and now offers a stamp for your BBB/CPCB passport.

In the Satori region of Nanga, there are several stamp-issuing locations. On the ground, there's Satori Post Office #1 and the LG Tower – an annexe of the Limoncello Art Gallery. In the air above, there's the 120 metre-long Airship "Limoncello" – an art location in SL since 2007. Now there's a new location in geostationary orbit above the region - the Limoncello Space Station. Feel free to visit and to use the space elevator to explore other locations below. Beware of the captured Dalek in the brig though.

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The Bellisseria Driving Test | Events & Announcements | New Locations

THE BELLISSERIA DRIVING TEST

We at the BBB have noticed a steep decline in the standards of driving in Bellisseria this year. We feel partly to blamebecause we have been distributing driving licences with no prior testing of the recipient.

1Therefore, as from next week all driving licence applicants will be required successfully to complete a stringent (well, reasonably stringent) Written Test in order to receive their licence. 

A demanding pass rate of 55 per cent will be required in order to receive a licence from now on.

It's our mission to make Bellisseria a safer place!

1The Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy denies all legal liability for any and all claims, demands, suits, or any other actions arising from the provisions of this article.


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'd 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 or photos.

ATG Party 3Our very own Amanda's art installation continues at the SL Endowment for the Arts until the end of the year. The third phase is now open and you are all invited to a celebration featuring live entertainment by singer Frank (DonFranko) at her Pink Pavilion. Details are above. If you haven't visited already, please don't forget that there are special event stamps to collect; three of them in total, inluding a new one for the third phase. 

The Great Wall Tour - PosterAs reported in detail in last week's edition of The Gazette, today at 12pm SLT you can join the Great Wall Tour at the train station at Tersa. Details in the poster above. 


NEW LOCATIONS

The first signs of the forthcoming holiday season have appeared in Second Life® already. At Holiday Magic you can experience "the best of the winter holidays" in our virtual world. You'll find a zipline, photo spots, ice rink, table games, fishing, a restaurant, romance, camping, dancing and a scenic train ride. There's also a constant soundtrack of holiday tunes. This is an event stamp, but you have quite a long time to collect it as it runs until January 7th next year. Winter is coming!

As reported above in Events & Announcements Amanda's third phase is open of her art installation at the SLEA and it will be issuing a new commemorative stamp. 

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ATG Pink Pavilion @ SLEA until Dec 2022
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Our apologies for downtime and other issues

Screenshot 2022-10-31 at 21.53.04The Gazette is hosted by Typepad.com, which has been experiencing technical issues in the last week, associated with migration to new servers.

The site (and therefore The Gazette and The Parade of Homes Review) is now running again but until today there were still glitches which prevented some images from loading.

We can only apologise for this. Typepad is assuring all of its users that the problems will be resolved as soon as possible.

UPDATE: As of today, 4th November, the site appears to be working normally again, so we'll un-pin this notice from the top of the page after successful publication of tomorrow's edition of The Gazette


The Great Wall Tour | Mt Campion Photography Tour | Events & Announcements | New Locations

A CULTURAL GRID HERITAGE: THE GREAT WALL

The Bellisserian Embassy in Heterocera invites you to a new exploration tour. This time a classic and real cultural grid heritage site will be the destination: the Great Wall of Heterocera. The tour first involves a train ride to Amelia and then a helicopter flight from the airfield there, crossing the inner atoll to Horisme. The tour group will  then travel by bus and off-road vehicle along the Great Wall through twelve regions.
 
The journey will provide great views of the regions of the western Heterocera and great opportunities for fantastic photographs. From the end of the Great Wall in Athetis, it will continue along the High Mountain Route 6 to Sabre. Route 6 offers many beautiful views and attractions to explore.
 
 
In Sabre, four-legged friends will await all travellers and the descent by horseback will go to Sabre SLRR Station. Nearby, an Irish pub invites you to stop and wash the dust of the country road from your throat. Her Excellency Dariah Raynier, Hon. Ambassador to Heterocera, told The Gazette;
Sometimes we don't really notice the old things that seem to have been there forever Together with H.E. Yukiko Yeshto, I'm delighted to offer a tour that lets you experience the old in a new way by rail, air, bus and horse.
Yukiko Yeshto and Dariah Raynier are looking forward to doing this tour with the citizens and friends of Bellisseria and Heterocera. After the tour, an information card can be provided so that everyone can explore the highlights of the tour on their own again.

The tour is scheduled to last one to one-and-a-half hours. It starts at 12pm SLT on November 5th from the station at Tersa. Please watch out in the group notices for further information.
 
Article & Photos by H.E. Dariah Raynier

MT CAMPION PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Photography Tour SignMount Campion National Forest has announced its first ever Photography tour. This will be different from the usual park tours, because the emphasis is on SL photography and taking pictures of their scenic park.

The tour will begin at 8:00 AM SLT on Sunday Oct 30 at the Mount Campion Art Gallery.

It will start with a short lesson from WrenNoir Cerise, who is the co-founder and co-instructor of Visionaire’s Institute of Photography. Visionaire has been training people in SL photography for years, and has turned out a lot of outstanding and skilled photographers. Wren’s talk will be on SL voice only (no text in local chat), and the topic is “Taking Nice Pictures.”

After Wren’s talk, the tour of the park will continue, taking in five particularly scenic areas and giving people ten to fifteen minutes at each location to take pictures. This part of the tour is expect to last approximately 90 minutes. Information will be provided about each location in local chat if there is anyone who is unable to hear SL voice.

People are invited to submit some of the pictures they take during the tour for display in the park's gallery. If you are unable to do the tour, you can still take pictures and submit them at the gallery's mailbox.

Article & Photo by Ranger Teresa Firelight


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'd 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 or photos.

Hammieween ends on October 31st but that means you've still time to check it out and attend one of the events, including the grand party for the closing. Everyone loves the Hammies, even when they're being spooky, so go check them out. Access via the witch's door at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds

Saturday, 29 October 12:00 – 2:00pm DJ Alex Hammieween III Party!
Sunday, 30 October 12:00 – 2:00pm DJ Fuyuko Hammieween III Party!
Monday, 31 October 12:00 – 3:00pm DJ Stephanie Hammieween III Closing Party!

 

WEBSITE ISSUES

The Gazette and the Parade of Homes Review are published using Typepad.com, a hosted blogging service. Your editor has been using it (for his RL blog) since September 2006 and it's always been reliable. Of late however, following a migration to new servers, there have been technical issues and we've noticed in the Citizens Group chat, for example, that some of you have had problems getting to us. We do apologise.

Screenshot 2022-10-28 at 11.38.11We've filed support tickets and we're assured the problems are being corrected. Please be patient in the meantime and don't forget to check back later if you have any further difficulties.


NEW LOCATIONS

If you're a fitness enthusiast with transporter phobia, you'll have been wondering how to visit the gym and mini golf course etc. at Ashworth. Today we have good news for you as Ashworth Heliport has opened. Let's face it, Second Life® is even more fun when you get into air, sea, road and rail transport. TPs are a banal at best, nauseating at worst, mode of transport.

Speaking of transport, there's a friendly biker club to be found in Nautilus called Lele Air & Space. Also to be found in Nautilus is Ho'onanea Club & Marina. Both locations are now issuing our passport stamps to be sure to record your visit officially when checking them out. 

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Parade of Homes News | Events & Announcements | New Locations

PARADE OF HOMES NEWS

PoH Hud_001If you have a house featured in the Parade of Homes or a Bellisserian faux-business (e.g. an art gallery or cafe) featured as a Resident-Owned Place of Interest, you can now obtain the appropriate sign to display at your property from the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy Headquarters at Swordfish.

As you enter the front door turn right and enter the room ahead of you where you'll find a dispenser labeled BBB's PoH/OH HUD. This now additionally delivers an object named PoH Yard Sign Package Delivery. Adding this object as a HUD temporarily will give you a folder with both types of yard sign and a How To notecard.

Please be sure to place the appropriate sign near the landing spot for your location in the PoH database. 

If your home or place of interest doesn't feature yet, the application form is here


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hammieween continues in the special spooky location accessed via the witch's door at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds. Here is the schedule of events for this week. Don't forget to collect the special limited-edition stamp, available only during the event, which ends on October 31. 

DATE TIME DJ EVENT
Saturday, 22 October 1:00 – 3:00pm DJ Freddie Hammieween III Party!
Sunday, 23 October 12:00 – 2:00pm DJ Dulcinea Hammieween III Party!
Tuesday, 25 October 12:00 – 2:00pm DJ Giselle Hammieween III Party!
Thursday, 27 October 2:00 – 4:00pm DJ Matti Hammieween III Party!
Saturday, 29 October 12:00 – 2:00pm DJ Alex Hammieween III Party!
Sunday, 30 October 12:00 – 2:00pm DJ Fuyuko Hammieween III Party!
Monday, 31 October 12:00 – 3:00pm DJ Stephanie Hammieween III Closing Party!

 

BBB3B

Those of you who enjoyed last January's second birthday celebration for the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy will be happy to know that discussions are underway about the possibility of staging BBB3B next year. Watch this space for any official announcement in due course. 


NEW LOCATIONS

Ashworth is becoming the place to go in Second Life® for physical recreation. Last week, a fitness centre opened there. This week, is mini-golf your thing? If not  there's also a tennis court and a bowling alley.

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New Ambassador's Inauguration Ball | Jeogeot: Origins & Etymology | Declutter your SL | Map of Bellisseria | Parade of Homes Review | Events & Announcements | New Locations

NEW AMBASSADOR'S INAUGURATION BALL

Screenshot 2022-10-12 at 10.51.02The great, the good and the the rest of us assembled at the Bellisserian Embassy in Jeogeot last Tuesday at noon SLT. Overcoming a technical hitch which required her to find another computer to log in, the new ambassador finally arrived. BBB CEO and founder, Boo Rojyo welcomed us all and introduced Abnor Mole, who had the enormous key to the embassy to present to the new ambassador. He must have been happy he had an inventory, rather than just pockets, in which to carry such a big object to the event. 

Abnor's speech revealed his local connection;

The very first land I ever owned was on Jeogeot ... up around Doomaekkot I think. That was waaaay back in the day when it still had that new region smell. I'm not sure what that smell was, but it was new. Eventually I sold the land for a good price and moved to a different area, but it's still where it all started for me. Does that make me a Doomaekkoter? A Jeogeotian? Is that is even a thing? We're all residents in the end no matter where we are from or where we choose to live. And that is the point really. Something I hope Bel and the embassy here will help to foster. And with that, I declare this Embassy open and, Bel, I present you with the key.

Bel thanked Abnor and welcomed us all, saying – to riotous applause in text; 

It is my goal to integrate Jeogeot with Bellisseria and vice versa. I have found Jeogeotians who are ready and willing to help with that effort. I am more than a little bit excited at being given the opportunity to return as Ambassador to Jeogeot. As Ambassador, I want to integrate the things that Jeogeot has to offer and is known for. And to integrate the things that Bellisseria has to offer to all of Second Life®.

Declaring the embassy open once again, Bel led the guests to a charming outdoor dance floor, where the festivities continued in high style for some considerable time.

We at The Gazette and all her former colleagues at the BBB are delighted to have Bel as the latest member of the Bellisserian Corps Diplomatique and look forward to working with her again.

Article & Photographs by Dave | Additional Photography by Robert Rhodan


JEOGEOT: ORIGINS & ETYMOLOGY

Abnor Mole's use of the word Jeogeotian at Bel's inauguration ceremony raised the thorny old question of the correct pronunciation of Jeogeot. There is an interesting post on this subject on the Community Forums by resident SarahKB7Koskinen.

Screenshot 2022-10-12 at 22.42.38Jeogeot was meant to be – and was sometimes known as – the Korean Continent. The Lindens seem at some point to have envisaged residents congregating in SL according to their RL origins. In the same way, for example, Satori was meant to be – and was sometimes called – the Japanese Continent.

Residents never bought into that idea and – with the assistance of translation software – SL is delightfully diverse. That's one of its attractions to many of us – hanging out with virtual neighbours who might be from anywhere in RL.

Ye Known Worlde SL_001The name of the continent is therefore meant to be Korean. According to Jack Linden's early map of SL in the New Kadath Lighthouse Gallery (a fascinating cartography collection, which we highly recommend)  Jeogeot is 지구 in Korean.  지구 means earth, district, zone or area and is usually transcribed as Jigu in the Latin alphabet (ph. chee-goo). 

That would make Abnor phonetically a chee-goo-shun. However Jeogeot is not the same as Jigu. It's an inaccurate transcription of 지구. In her post on the Community Forum, Sarah theorised that;

"jigu" had been deliberately misspelled into the fictitious English-language name Jeogeot by a very creative Linden map maker. He probably changed Jigu's first "jig" syllable into Jeog, and used a J in place of that very asian "tzch" sound that doesn't really exist in the English language. Similarly, the second "u" syllable became "eot", and adding a silent letter T to its end to make it more "exotic" looking when read, perhaps a bit like the "eot" in Peugeot, the French car manufacturer.

Alternatively perhaps the intention was to call the continent Jeogeo, a Korean word explained in this educational video. In which case it means "that, over there", which would make some sense if you were standing on another SL continent when you named this new one!

Anyway, without the benefit of Sarah's research or the ability to read the Korean text on Jack's map, most of us had always favoured a pronunciation more like Jo-Jo or JoJot, which would make Abnor a jo-jo-shun or a jo-jot-ian.

New Kadath_001Interestingly, the New Kadath exhibition of SL Maps states very definitely (though we don't accept definitively) that it's pronounced Juh-Gut, which would make Abnor a JuhguttianAs it's a made-up name in a made-up world, who's to say what's right?

Without access to the unknown Linden who devised the name, perhaps we shall never know. Reader, if you are that Linden, or have any better information, please let us know in the comments! If you speak Japanese and can tell us the meaning of the Japanese name for Satori on Jack's map, we'd love to hear from you too. 

Article by Dave, with acknowledgement to SarahKB7Koskinen for her research and to AmandaT Tamatzui for finding the Jeogeo video.


HOW TO REMOVE UNSIGHTLY CLUTTER THAT RUINS YOUR VIEW

There are times when neighbours put out things we really don't want to look at. They could be eyesores (really ugly stuff) or clutter (stuff that doesn't seem to belong). This kind of stuff can ruin our view. The good news is that - in Second Life® - you don't have to live with it.

If you use the Firestorm viewer, you can permanently remove clutter that ruins your view by derendering and blacklisting. This is a simple process when the clutter is only one or two objects. Just right-click the offending items and select either Derender or Derender+Blacklist. Derender is temporary and the objects will be redrawn if you leave and come back. However, Derender+Blacklist removes them permanently – unless you choose to take them off your Asset Blacklist.

Clicking the offending objects one at a time is hard work when there is a bunch of objects to remove. Fortunately, there is an easier way:

  1. Edit one of the clutter objects to get the owner's name.
  2. Open Area Search (World-> Area Search)
  3. Select Filter tab and uncheck "Neighboring Regions" from Exclude Objects
  4. Select Find tab and put the name from step 1 into Owner field
  5. Hit the search button
  6. Search takes you to the list tab and gives you a list of items. Right-click on any of them and choose Select All
  7. Right-click again and select Blacklist
Occasionally you have to repeat the process to get rid of all the objects. If there are multiple owners, you will need to repeat it at least once for each owner.
 
Finally, if you want to restore items you have blacklisted, select World->Asset Blacklist.
 
This article was originally written as a notice for Mount Campion National Park.
 
Article & Photographs by Teresa Firelight

MAP OF BELLISSERIA

Bellisseria 2022It's not easy keeping up to date with the development of Bellisseria. The Lindens and Moles are busy adding and landscaping regions and building new homes in various styles. His Excellency Freddie Harrington, Hon. Ambassador to Nautilus made an updated map recently and, with the help of some brainstorming on the BBB Discord Channel, your Editor came up with some (we hope) helpful labels to guide your explorations. If you have suggested improvements to the legends, please drop a notecard on Dave (lord.junibalya) in-world or use the email link under Contact Us in the sidebar.

If you come up with your own maps, we'll be happy to publish them. Our ultimate goal is to make exploration in SL easier and more fun!

Cartography by H.E. Freddie Harrington | Legend by Dave


PARADE OF HOMES REVIEW

Our very own Robert, stamp designer and HTML guru for the BBB, has been doing amazing work over at our sister publication, the Bellisseria Parade of Homes Review.

The Review was established by Prudence Anton as a service for her Bellisseria Parade of Homes group, whose house-proud, design-savvy members open their homes to all-comers and proudly display "Open House" signs to welcome visitors. The Review was first published when the Parade of Homes Group became part of the BBB.

Since Pru stepped down from the BBB and PoH, Robert has updated the online listings of properties, incorporated those from other similar groups in-world and created an application form, which allows for owners to add more information and photographs to their entries. He has also automated it so each new home and its associated information no longer needs to be painstakingly added to the listings directory by hand.

If you are looking for inspiration for your own home decoration – in-world or in RL – you could do worse than browse the listings and visit the homes that catch your eye. One recent change is that applications are now accepted from homes anywhere in SL, not just in Bellisseria.

Teresa Firelight, another BBB stalwart, has taken on the editorial role at the Review and is publishing occasional interesting articles about home design. Her latest post – Decorating a Houseboat – features her newly-acquired home on the Squishy Pickle sandbanks, which makes her a welcome new neighbour of your Editor.


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'd 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 or photos.
 
The Bellisseria Animal Sanctuary Presents
HAMMIEWEEN III – 2022
At The Bellisseria Fairgrounds
October 15th - October 31st. 
Dat's right we are back for another Halloween celebration! We have created a brand new space this year with some fun features such as:
  • A custom, limited edition stamp for the event
  • A spookeh camping area to enjoy with your fiends ... Whooopsie! We mean friends!
  • The MadPea Trick or Treat Trail Game for 2-6 players!
  • A Halloween Trivia game
  • Special Edition Hammieween Bento Lanterns in Hooman and Hamster versions. They should also fit Dinkies etc.
  • A creeptacular buffet for all your Halloween munchies! 
  • And last but not least. "The Ghost Magician Hammieween Hunt"! 

The hunt will consist of "13" special prizes for you to find and collect. All prizes are copy/mod no trans. And range from 1-3 LI. There will be a hunt object example rezzed so yew know what to look for!  

We will also be showcasing some of Belli's awesome DJ's, including some new additions!! We haz listed their schedules below! 

DATE TIME DJ EVENT
Saturday, 15 October 12:00 – 3:00pm DJ Hammie Hammieween III Opening Party!
Sunday, 16 October 12:00 – 2:00pm DJ Fuyuko Hammieween III Party!
Tuesday, 18 October 1:00 – 3:00pm DJ Suzen Juel Hammieween III Party!
Thursday, 20 October 12:00 – 2:00pm DJ Chucky  Hammieween III Party!
Saturday, 22 October 1:00 – 3:00pm DJ Freddie Hammieween III Party!
Sunday, 23 October 12:00 – 2:00pm DJ Dulcinea Hammieween III Party!
Tuesday, 25 October 12:00 – 2:00pm DJ Giselle Hammieween III Party!
Thursday, 27 October 2:00 – 4:00pm DJ Matti Hammieween III Party!
Saturday, 29 October 12:00 – 2:00pm DJ Alex Hammieween III Party!
Sunday, 30 October 12:00 – 2:00pm DJ Fuyuko Hammieween III Party!
Monday, 31 October 12:00 – 3:00pm DJ Stephanie Hammieween III Closing Party!

NEW LOCATIONS

As we noted last week, SL has its own Halloween traditions and Hammieween has become one of them. We at the BBB love the Bellisseria Hammies. They've been great supporters of our passport system from the beginning. We're not alone though. Everyone in Bellisseria loves them and their fame has spread so they have fans all over the Grid). They'll be at the Fairgrounds for their famous spookfest – presented by the Bellisseria Animal Sanctuary – for the third year. The event runs from today (October 15th) until the end of the month and you will love it, we promise. Don't forget to collect the super-cute and colourful stamp while you're there. Full details of the programme are in Events & Announcements above.

Also this week, we have a new multi-functional gym in Satori. All fitness levels, muscle types, and avatars are welcome.

Hammieween III BE

Event from Oct 15-31

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It's that time of year | Inauguration Party at Jeogeot Embassy | Events & Announcements | New Locations

Milehouse Public Sandbox CA
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New Jeogeot Ambassador | Licence Plate Renewals | Birth of a Group Gift | Mt Campion Guided Tour Today | Spelunker's Stamp | Events & Announcements | New Locations

NEW AMBASSADOR APPOINTED TO JEOGEOT

Bel NewWe are pleased to announce the appointment of Her Excellency Jezebel Bailey (known to all as Bel) as Honorary Ambassador to the Second Life® Continent of Jeogeot. She takes office immediately.

Bel used to run the offices of the BBB so is well known to many of our readers. Her former colleagues are delighted to see "one of our own" honoured in this way and are happy to have her back among us in her new role.

The Diplomatic List has been updated and the Embassy has been fitted out. Welcome Your Excellency and good luck in all your diplomatic efforts!


 

BELLISSERIA LICENCE PLATE RENEWALS

The licence plates for SL motor vehicles issued by our Traffic Department (BBBTD) are valid for one calendar year. Please always apply for a new one before year end. We don't want anyone driving  illegally and giving Mr. Beeb the chance to call the police! Please apply in good time as BBBTD has only one employee. 

We also have big news about the plates. We plan to give them a total new look each year, beginning with 2023. The design has been the same for some time now, using the pretty Bellisseria Citizens Group logo. So we decided on a makeover to provide citizens with the chance to collect a new design every year. The new plates will also feature the name of your home region.

We know some of you love to play Game of Homes so must limit you to a maximum of two plates per year, allowing for one change of address. There is no prison in Bellisseria to which we can outsource the production of licence plates and we don't want to over-work our solo bureaucrat. She is, after all, a volunteer. So choose your region of residence carefully!