Meet the team: Dave | Community Regions in Bellisseria | Heterocera Embassy Event Report | Viking Longboat Tour Movie | SL19B | New Locations
MEET THE TEAM: DAVE
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?
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.
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).
You can read more in Gemma Cleanslate's report for SL Newser here. Here are some photos from our very own Teresa Firelight.
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
We 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!
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.
|Dolphin Temple NA