BBB HQ POST OFFICE
There is now a post office at our headquarters in Swordfish. Viewed from the road as you approach the front door, you'll see it to the left of our main building.
Unlike our other post offices, this one will not issue a passport stamp. We don't want to issue too many stamps at one of our official locations. The directory of SLURLs in the sidebar to The Gazette has been updated accordingly.
We can also report that, thanks to a kind offer of space from a BBBug member, there will be a new Post Office opening soon on the mainland continent of Jeogeot. It is under construction even as The Gazette goes to pixels this week. Watch future editions for updates!
MEET THE TEAM: ROBERT RHODAN
1. How long have you been in SL?
I started in 2013, but quit for RL reasons in 2014. Eight years passed. I found myself retired and heart-broken due to the RL loss of the most important person in my life. I decided to try SL again.”
2. How long have you lived in Bellisseria?
I settled in Bellisseria in February 2022, when I upgraded to Premium to obtain a Linden Home.
3. What is your favourite thing about Bellisseria?
Naming just one is a challenge. Well, I will quote from the wonderful verses my dear BBB friend Dave has written for the still unfinished "Ode to Belli" suite:
"Oh Bellisseria, home to you and me. From Norse Auk to Fantasseria, fair lands and crystal seas.
Oh Bellisseria, Mers frolic in your sea, and friends will take good care of ya wherever you may be.
Oh Bellisseria, sociable and free. We dance and drink where'ere we are, happy and neighbourly."
His verses express well what's so loveable about Belli and its citizens.
4. What motivated you to join the BBB team?
I saw the BBB team at the fairgrounds, and was impressed how unselfishly they support the community. So I wanted to contribute too.
5. What are your BBB responsibilities?
I design passport stamps, program stamp terminals, assist with the Online Travel Guide, shoot occasional machinima movies, and get on the nerves of my colleagues with never-ending techno-babble about ideas to improve things in search of the better mouse-trap.
6. What is the most fun thing you have ever done as a BBB staff member?
It was exceptionally fun for me to chat with visitors who came to collect my stamp, both at BBB3B (Belliseria’s 3rdAnniversary) and at BBB’s SL19B booth. I also had a lot of fun helping to organize some of the events at BBB3B.
The most hilarious thing I did ? Well, we had this exceptionally looooong BBB team meeting, and when it ended I wanted to get home really fast. So I flew home in a small plane and landed on the street in front of my house. This ‘stunt’ almost cost me my pilot licence though.
[At this point Robert gave a grin that made this reporter wonder if he really did this or is just inventing a fun story to make the interview more exciting]
7. Tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know.
Aaahh, now we're digging up deep dark secrets? There are none. But in case you're insisting: My RL name is listed in the NASA Apollo Lunar Surface Journal. This means so much to me.
8. Do you have anything else you would like to share?
Yes, I do. We need to cherish what amazing things SL gives us. Remember that the RL person behind the keyboard can be anything: male, female, young, old, or (like myself) old but young at heart. But none of that matters. We should value the behaviour and the personality they show in SL, not what they are in RL.
Second Life lets people do things they cannot do in real life. It is especially wonderful for anyone handicapped in RL, because they can have fun doing things in SL, such as dancing, hiking, mountain climbing, etc. It provides a place where anyone, regardless of RL limitations, can find wonderful happiness. And I am very glad to be a part of that.
Article and photograph by Teresa Firelight
MORE NEW TECH FOR OUR USERS
Since first we issued passports, we've also published a weekly notecard, painstakingly produced by hand, containing LMs to all stamp-issuing locations.
For many BBBug users (and for all Mainland Passport users) this has been overtaken by the Gazette Online Travel Guide. Some of you, however, prefer to get your updates in-world and we want to accommodate you.
From today we are replacing the weekly notecard with an automated system we call StaFi. This is a prim you can rez on your screen as a HUD. You don't need a new one each week as it updates automatically. Just click on it and it will show you the latest stamp-issuing locations – neatly categorised.
We are issuing copies to all BBBug and CPCB members today. You'll find it enclosed with the group notifications of this edition of The Gazette. A dispenser will also be set up at BBBHQ.
If you don't get your copy, please just IM Robert Rhodan, the creator of StaFi, in-world. Here's a video he made of how to use the HUD.
Modest to a fault, Robert has specifically asked that we credit not just him, but his colleagues Sun and Zoe and our Editor Dave, with the creation of this fancy new gizmo.
Robert also has plans for special editions of StaFi to serve as pocket travel guides for other purposes. For example there could be a guide to locations at an SL event or to Rez Zones for boats or planes. Please send Robert your feedback, bug reports and/or suggestions as to special editions.
BELLI BLUES CAFÉ'S 3RD ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Belli Blues Cafe turns three years old today – July 16th – and will be celebrating all day long. In case you are not familiar, the cafe is in Bellisseria and has a stamp you can collect – being one of our very earliest stamp locations. Weekly live music performances are staged there and it is very much worth visiting.
The all day celebration party will not be held at the cafe itself because way too many people are anticipated. Instead, it will be hosted at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds, as part of the Big Splash Adventure Oasis Water Park event organised by the Bellisseria Hammies. That event is of course issuing its own special passport stamp.
The all-star Blues lineup includes:
|10 AM to Noon SLT||DJ Stephanie|
|Noon to 1 PM SLT||Paradorn Ansar (Live Singer)|
|1-2 PM SLT||Missing Lynx Musical Dance Theater|
|2-3 PM SLT||Virtual Live Band|
|3-4 PM SLT||Reality? Maybe Band|
|4-6 PM SLT||DJ Shamu|
While every one of the activities is well worth visiting, owner Prudence Anton has shared a short teaser video to entice you to the musical dance theater performance. You can view it on YouTube, by clicking here.
Article by Teresa Firelight. Photograph by Prudence Anton