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 ends | Meet the Team: Sceneris | BBB/DoSL Grid Drive Video Review | New Locations

SL19B Continues | Meet the team: Amanda | Drivers of SL/BBB Stamp Rally | GOTG v2.00 goes live | Events at Stamp Locations | New Locations

SL19B CONTINUES

Founder & Wife at SL19B
Click to enlarge | Photo by Pru

We at the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy (BBB) and the Continental Passport Control Board (CPCB) are having a good time at SL19B. We hope you are too. The presentations and musical performances are all over now, but the shopping malls and exhibitions remain open until July 5th.

It's amazing to think that metaverses are the "new thing" at the moment and yet our own virtual world is already coming to the end of its second decade.

Sun and Teresa did a wonderful job designing and building our steampunk stand to fit this year's theme. Many visitors have complimented us on it. If you haven't checked it out yet, you can find us here at SLB Electrify. Come and chat! 

The picture above shows Fiona and Boo on the SL19B stand carrying their SSiD (Single Stamp issuing Devices). When you see SSiDs being held by any of our bureaucrats or diplomats, you can touch them to apply their personal stamps to your passport. Already we are hearing occasional shouts of joy from the avid collectors who have bagged all sixteen stamps!

SL19B is fun. Avoid the dreaded FOMO and get over here! 


MEET THE TEAM: AMANDA

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Amanda | click to enlarge

This week we meet an RL and SL artist who found a way to use her artistic ability in the BBB, AmandaT Tamatzui.

How long have you been in SL?

I discovered SL in 2007, but gave up after a few weeks (because I thought my avi looked hideous and I am too vain*). Then in 2009, I heard about it again and here I am.

How long have you lived in Bellisseria?

I only discovered Belli in August of 2021. This was thanks to Dave, our BBB colleague, who took me there and showed me around.

What is your favourite thing about Bellisseria?

Two things really. First, I love how alive the Belli folks are. I have met many adorable folks since I moved here. Second, I love the famous beauty of Bellisseria!

What motivated you to join the BBB team?

Boo met me at the BBB post office and discovered that I am an artist. He checked out my work, then asked me to do designs with his talented team. I took a look at what they do, and I was inspired. So I accepted his offer and joined the team. It has been a pleasure designing for our passport stamp textures. I also enjoy making posters when needed.

What are your BBB responsibilities?

I design passport stamps, perform customer service and help Belli folks discover our stamp collecting and lovely places to explore.

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

Meeting the visitors at events like BBB2B and SL19B.

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

Apart from painting (I am an RL painter), I also like to sing.

Do you have anything else you would like to share?

Belli folks are lovely and they are always welcome to my land on mainland for events etc. No one should feel lonely in SL, so if you see me around, remember that I am happy to chat!

Article and photograph by Teresa Firelight. 

* It seems that Linden Lab's marketing team has now addressed this issue (which we are sure didn't only affect Amanda) with the announcement of new mesh system avatars. Let's hope it helps keep more SL-curious people in-world! Ed.


DRIVERS OF SL AND BBB STAMP RALLY REPORT

Saturday 25th June at midnight SLT saw the live run of the revamped joint Drivers of SL (DoSL) and Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy (BBB) Grid Drive. It was the same route as last year's but revised to begin and end at the new BBB HQ at Swordfish. Thank you, Christi Charron, for taking the time and trouble to update the navigation HUD.

You'd have thought a revamped drive might not be so popular, but it was! Both seasoned DoSL drivers and those new to SL vehicles came in huge numbers. In twenty-four hours we had over one hundred and eighty unique visitors at the HQ, most of them there for the drive!

After receiving all the documentation at the BBB HQ the participants were TP'd to the start line at the Red Hook rez point.

Red Hook Start
And they're off! | click to enlarge

The large number of participants severely tested the Red Hook region. Once we set off and spread out a little, the drive was a breeze for most. The excellent and unique DoSL navigation HUD provided free vehicles for those without their own. The drive takes place exclusively within the confines of Bellisseria and includes boat, rail, road, and walking sections.

There was a generous reward for finishing the course, provided by the reward sponsor Dad's Garage.

There are seven passport stamps to collect along the way, either using the mini stamp HUD provided or your own passport. Since last year's drive we now have passports for all of course, so the mini stamp HUD is less important! Some passport holders who already had the stamps used the mini stamp HUD to collect them again as a souvenir of the event. 

The Navigation HUD is available permanently in the event area at the HQ so have a go in your own time and collect the reward at the end! Allow around an hour to complete, or a little longer if you are new to SL vehicles and navigation. The HUD allows you to stop and begin again at another time.

By way of an exclusive heads up for readers of The Gazette, we can reveal that BBB and DoSL staff are in the initial stages of planning a second joint grid drive. It looks pretty exciting. These drives involve a lot of work to create, but we're hoping, if all goes well, the next drive will be in a few months' time. Dare we say, Soon™ ? 

Drivers of SL run weekly drives all over SL every weekend. There's a group joiner at the BBB HQ if you want to keep up to date.

Safe journeys!

Article and photo by Boo Royjo, Founder and CEO of the BBB


THE GAZETTE ONLINE TRAVEL GUIDE V2.00 IS NOW LIVE

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We have successfully concluded our beta testing and version 2 of our Online Travel Guide is now live. The link in the Information & Resources section of the sidebar to the left now takes you to the new guide, which is automatically updated from the BBB and CPCB location databases.

We have also added a new feature, which is a link to this week's and last week's new locations. So if you're just looking to catch up on the stamps you haven't collected yet, you don't have to go through the category listings to find them. 

We thank our colleague Robert Rhodan for astutely suggesting and skilfully implementing this innovation. We hope you will enjoy it.


EVENTS AT STAMP LOCATIONS: AIRPORT ART & FAR FRIDAYS

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Our art correspondent visits | click to enlarge

One of our stamp locations in the Airports/Ports/Railway stations category – Gateway International Airport in Sansara – has opened a huge art gallery, which is currently putting on an exhibition featuring 2D art by Zia Branner and Nils Urqhart and 3D art by Terra Merhyem and Rage Darkstone. 

Screenshot 2022-07-01 at 18.20.56With the delays travellers there are currently experiencing, this might be a good idea for RL airports!

Inara Pey's splendid blog has all the details.

For our part, we'd just recommend you visit. If you haven't already, you can take the opportunity to get the airport's stamp in your passport while you're there. 

Can we also just say, if you have a BBB/CPCB stamp terminal at your location in-world, we at the Gazette will always be happy to report on your events and innovations? You can send your press release and photos to the editor using the email link in the sidebar. You may also want to contact the Bellissarian ambassador to your continent. 

Speaking of events at stamp locations, here's a fun video from our old friend Becca Ordinary. It is a mashup of the last three Far's Friday Parties in Bellisseria. Becca says

DJ FAR has had a party every Friday almost as long as there has been a Bellisseria and they are always fun. I took video at the last three FAR Day Parties and mashed it all into one musical ball here hoping you like them! For more info on the Friday Parties in Bellisseria join his group, Far's

DJ Far also issues stamps from his Sakura home. When the parties are not at his place, they are often (as you'll see if you watch the video carefully) at other stamp-issuing locations. If you haven't been to one of them, you really should.  


NEW LOCATIONS

Verdant Falls Community Center is, in the words of its owner

Just a quiet place to relax. Sit by the fire, watch a movie. Rez a vehicle to drive if you want. 50 minute return time. Playground in the back.

We always think it's wonderful that people pay for premium membership and then donate their precious Linden Home in Bellisseria to community purposes. Mr S., who owns this location, is an SL philanthropist and we salute him.

Verdant Falls Community Center BE BBB Stamp Locations 1 v2.00.001 Screenshot 2022-06-29 at 09.01.33

 

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