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June 2021

SL18B continues / Three new stamp-issuing locations in Bellisseria

image from are enjoying meeting BBBug members (and potential members) on our beautiful stand at SL's 18th Birthday Party (SL18B). People really seemed to enjoy our new movie premiered at the event and it was delightful to hear from so many of you in person what fun you have with the passport. Several people said it takes them places in SL they wouldn't otherwise find. We put a lot of work into our virtual bureaucracy and – while we enjoy doing it – it's a joy to know it's entertaining you.

Fenella's morale was much raised by those of you who kindly told her you enjoy reading the Gazette. Until SL18B, she wasn't sure anyone was reading it at all! 

As well as the BBB Movie, we launched a short instructional video at SL18B, also made by our talented colleague Pru. It's called Adwyn Applies for her Bellisseria Passport and takes you through the process, step by step. If you have a friend thinking of applying, save yourself the trouble of long explanations by sending them a link, which can also be found (with other helpful stuff) under BBB Information in the sidebar. 
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It has also been great for BBB colleagues to spend serious time together building our esprit de corps. It's really time we organised a staff party. Perhaps when SL18B is over, we can take over a venue in Bellisseria and let our hair down.

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If you haven't visited the stand already, please do. It's the location for the terminal issuing the official SL18B commemorative stamp and you can pick up the special personal stamps of the BBB staff you meet there by clicking on their SSID tablets – like the one Fenella, our editor, is carrying in the picture above.

One visitor to the stand had had trouble at the Initiation Office. His group application had failed with an "Inviter not online" message. We tested it and it's working perfectly now. Everything is set up correctly and we can only assume that the bot who issues the invitations had briefly gone offline. If you have a problem of this kind, you can find which BBB official is online by checking the indicator board at the back of the main BBB office. IM any of us and we can issue an invitation immediately.

Several of you said when chatting on our stand that you don't like to bother us with "complaints" as you know we're volunteers. That's considerate of you, but we do want all the systems to work though. Please don't be shy to let us know so that we can help you and/or fix any issues. If not for that conversation at SL18B, we wouldn't have known there had been any problem. 

You may like to visit the Initiation Office, which only the more recent members of BBBug will have seen. We BBB officials are all too pleasant, friendly and efficient to be realistic bureaucrats but we do like to create an intimidating procedure or two!

Screenshot 2021-06-20 at 09.55.41This week there are three new locations where you can get a passport stamp and, of course, the limited edition SL18B stamp is still available on our stand. As are the ten personal stamps from staff members carrying SSiD tablet computers. Like gachas, there are "common" ones – from those of us junior staff who spend hours on the stand – and "rares" from the senior staff and consultants, who are more elusive! We make announcements in the BBBug Group Chat when a staff member comes on duty or stops by, so watch out for those.

All three new locations this week are on our home continent of Bellisseria. The Beehive Museum, Gallery and Hangout is a space for people to learn more about the awesomeness of bees and how important they are to our world. [Sadly, since publication, the Beehive has been abandoned. We've removed it from the Online Travel Guide]. The Neural Networks Art Gallery and Cafe and the Bellisseria Commissary are both locations in the SL Public Land Preserve Group set up "to preserve SL wilderness and beautiful builds for the enjoyment of the general public."

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Interim Bulletin: SL18B Edition

The BBB Gazette is usually published at 00.01 SLT every Saturday. This ties in with Sun's weekly notecard to BBBug members about locations issuing passport stamps. We received information about HopeFest and SL18B so late however, that waiting until Saturday for the last two editions would have meant the events were already in progress. So we published early.

We now want to get back to our usual schedule and are publishing this interim bulletin just so you won't have to wait ten days between issues! It consists only of useful links to use during SL18B. The permanent ones will later be available in the sidebar to the BBB Gazette for your reference.

The BBB Stand at SL18B - Follow the dirt path from the Landing Spot

The BBB Movie (Premiered at SL18B, this is a great guide to our services featuring our lovely staff with guest appearances by BBBug members).

Adwyn Applies for her Bellisseria Passport (a "how to" tutorial video to share with your BBB-curious friends).

The Online Travel Guide (where to find all the available stamps for your Bellisseria Passport).

The Meet the Lindens talks, hosted by Saffia Widdershins, are a traditional part of the SLB celebrations. We feature this one here because – once again – Patch gave what he called "a shameless plug” to the BBB. The whole talk is interesting and you’ll find the plug at 34 minutes in. Thank you, Patch. We love you too!

Some of you have already collected all ten of the personal stamps available from BBB Staff at the SL18B stand. Many of you have picked up one or two. You are welcome to visit as often as you like to get more and/or just to chat with us. We are really enjoying meeting so many of you and our "manor garden" style stand is a calm and peaceful spot to take a break from the bustle of the event. Enjoy SL18B! Enjoy your travels around our grown-up grid. Happy Birthday Second Life®. 

Second Life is an Adult!

Fenella with SSiD_001It's hard to believe but SL is 18. Our very own little (actually, not so little) virtual world has finally reached adulthood!

The 18th annual Second Life birthday celebrations (SL18B) begin tomorrow, June 17th, and continue until July 1st. There will be opportunities to shop until your avi drops. There will be live music, performances and many exciting exhibits.

One of those exhibits will be that of the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy. We'll be showing the premiere of our new movie and revealing exciting new plans for the future. 

The BBB officials on the stand will carry their own SSID's – Staff Stamp Issuing Devices. Be nice to us and we will perform a personal passport control for you on request – a service only available on the BBB stand.

The picture above shows our Editor Fenella holding her SSID. Below is a picture of the stamp she will be issuing; signed in her own handwriting and featuring an ink-well and pen to symbolise her role at the BBB.

There are ten staff stamps to collect in total so be sure to stop by and say hello to as many of us as you can. Check the sidebar for the staff directory so you know who we are. Of course there's also the SL18B stamp itself to collect – see below for details of that.

Screenshot 2021-06-15 at 22.47.24This year’s theme for SL18B is Hidden Worlds. In truth Second Life® contains many worlds. There are role-playing regions set far in the past or future. There are sci-fi regions, fantasy regions teeming with magical folk and creatures. Until Fenella became a mermaid herself, for example, she'd been in SL for 14 years without ever visiting the many beautiful undersea builds. In some cases, she'd sailed right over them, without knowing they were there!

Our passports encourage residents to venture to places they might not otherwise find. Some may only stop to pick up the stamp and that's fine as long as they're having fun, but we hope they'll often stick around and explore.

Our passport stamp locations aren't hidden worlds exactly, but they're not usually as prominent as the places merchants and event organisers work so hard to promote.

Our terminals are only at non-commercial locations. They're not used to advertise goods, services or land rentals. We issue the passports, licence plates and driving licences for free. We design the stamps, make the terminals and our other equipment for free. We organise rallies and tours to stamp-issuing locations for free. All our staff are volunteers.

Don't get us wrong. We love to SL shop as much as the next avi and there's nothing at all wrong with commerce. It's just not what we are about. We are very much in SL's tradition of content generated by enthusiastic amateur users.

Collecting stamps for your Bellisseria Passport (and soon perhaps other passports as our systems and scripts can now be licensed for use elsewhere in SL) will take you to builds lovingly-made by your fellow-residents. We hope it helps you get to know our now all-grown-up virtual world even better.

Happy exploring and see you on the stand at SL18B!

Our only new stamp location this week – not live until the big event opens tomorrow, when the SLURL below will work – is the terminal for the special commemorative SL18B stamp itself. Enjoy the event!

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Hopefest 2021

HOPEFEST - June 9 - 13 - A Multi Community EventIt's time for Hopefest 2021 – a charity event in support of the American Cancer Society/Relay For Life. Fenella of the Gazette spoke to Nuala Maracas – Coordinator of Hopefest – this week, who said;

I am very excited about the Hope Fest Belliseria Community region at the 1st Annual Hope Fest in support of the American Cancer Society. Hopefest Bellisseria has 5 days of events planned June 9 - 13. Everything from live music, DJ's and tribute bands to shopping on the boardwalk, including a special Slenderman Bear and of course our Linden Block Party Day.

The Lindens and Moles have a special Neighborhood Block Party on Friday, June 11 from 12pm - 3pm SLT. Chef Patch will be cooking up the burgers and, for a donation at the American Cancer Society Hope Fest kiosk, he will be taking pictures with the neighbors while he cooks ! We also have over a dozen Moles who will be in the neighborhood for the Hug-A-Mole pictures in front of each house, again for a donation to the kiosk. 

We also have the 2nd ever Animesh Linden Bear available in the Hope Fest vendors. The special Hope Fest Linden Bear and Linden Hope Fest coffee mugs are only available during Hope Fest.

Screenshot 2021-06-09 at 17.24.42Of course the special Bellisseria Passport stamp is available as well. 

Hope Fest Bellisseria is part of the Relay For Life of Second Life. 100% of all donations and sales support the American Cancer Society.

This week's new locations are HopeFest and the Haunted House. Details are below and are already featured in the online travel guide (see sidebar). 

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SL18B and new locations

image from gyazo.comThe celebrations for Second Life’s 18th Birthday (SL18B) are scheduled to run from 17th June  to 1st July and the Gazette can now officially confirm that the BBB will be taking part! BBB CEO Boo says

I know many hours have gone into the creation of this exhibit, it will feature projects which have been long in the making and so far not shared beyond the BBB and the Moles.

Of course, you'll be able to apply for a Bellisseria Passport on our stand. The premiere of our movie will also take place there and it will offer the first glimpse of our our newest innovations; including new sub-offices that — thanks to the Lindens and Moles — will be appearing around Bellisseria. They will be styled to fit in with the local housing and will play an important role in our services as well as offering an ever-changing range of collectible postcards.  

Our staff on the stand at SL18B will be conducting passport controls in person; issuing unique passport stamps to visitors. We hope to see many Gazette readers there.

This week's new locations are the mysterious home of a witch (visit with caution), an airfield (also to be visited with caution, judging by the smoking wreckage of a badly-landed plane) and a club. All the details are here and will eventually find their way into the online travel guide. Enjoy!

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