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New BBB Website | It's bigger on the inside than the outside | Getting to know: BBB HQ – rez zones and photo studio | Events & Announcements | New Locations

NEW BBB WEBSITE

Ven of GridPlay Productions
Ven | click to enlarge

GridPlay Productions is setting up and hosting a new BBB website, which is currently under construction.

GridPlay, registered in Ontario Canada, began as an SL scripting company making tools and services for roleplay. Ven (Venkellie Resident) of GridPlay told The Gazette;

GridPlay Productions is proud to be partnering with the BBB on a brand new website. We see a lot of potential in the BBB and like what they are doing for SL so it's an honour to be not only coding a new website for them but hosting it too.

Gridplay-Logo512The BBB is grateful to GridPlay for this generous contribution to our Resident-led initiative in SL. We have plans for new mapping applications to be hosted from the site, which we think will significantly enhance Residents' enjoyment of SL as well as their knowledge of its geography.

Watch this space for more details Soon™. 


IT'S BIGGER ON THE INSIDE THAN THE OUTSIDE

For those of you who are not fans of the longest-running sci-fi show in the known universe, a TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) is a time ship most famously piloted by the Doctor, the hero of Doctor Who. It's dimensionally transcendent (bigger inside than out) and capable of transforming its appearance to fit in with the different places and times it visits. The Whovians of SL are well served by competing manufacturers of Tardises. Dimensional transcendence is emulated by having a permanent skybox  as the interior, which connects to exterior capsules that land at the destination. Walk through the exit door in the interior and you emerge from the exterior.  New Tardis at Gazette Office_001
There's a Tardis landing spot outside The Gazette office. Your editor commutes to work that way. It's not private parking though. Any reader with access to a Tardis can look for BBB HQ in the navigation database and land.

You will now have the chance to materialise in a brand new BBB-exclusive form. After months of dispiriting failure (tech is not his strong point)  your editor has built a new BBB Tardis, with much help from script fairy Nikita Moonshadow. Thanks Kiki! 

You may expect to see the TARDIS landing in variants of this form at BBB locations and events in future. It's already available at all embassies (except CDS. though you can land at the nearby Limoncello Kunstgalerie) and the Satori Post Office. Watch out for it!

If any passport stamp location would like a landing spot with the BBB TARDIS in it, we're happy to organise that. It takes up 1LI when vacant and 5LI when a TARDIS is landed. If you'd like visiting SL Time Lords to have other options, those can be added but may use more prims. Tell us how many LI you have to spare and we can put in a selection of exterior forms.


GETTING TO KNOW: BBB HQ #1 REZ ZONES AND PHOTO STUDIO

The buildings managed by the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy are public resources. They're provided by Linden Lab to support our resident-led initiative and you are most welcome at any time. Over the coming weeks, we'll remind you of the facilities available – beginning with our headquarters on the beautiful Bellisserian coast in Swordfish.

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There's a boat rez zone nearby, so why not arrive by sea? Steps lead directly from the dock to our charming gardens. If you want to continue your journey by road, there are vehicle rez zones out front. Perhaps you haven't visited since you applied for your passport, driving, boating or flying licences? If so, it's time to take another look.

Part of the fun of SL is the ability to update the appearance of your avatar. Does your passport photo even resemble you right now? Have you enhanced your appearance since it was taken? Is it just not "you" anymore?

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Unlike in RL, there's no reason to put up with a bad passport pic. Upstairs at HQ there's a fully-equipped photo studio. Hop on the pose stand and it will position you against a passporty background under the benign gaze of our mascot; Benjamin the Bellisserian Bunny. If you go with a group of friends, there's a comfy sofa so you can relax and chat as you each take your turn. 

Play with your environment settings or wear your favourite facelight, and snap away. Hold down on your picture on your passport HUD and a dialog box will open into which you can paste the UUID of your super new photo.

In future issues of The Gazette, we'll remind you of our other facilities available to you.

Article & Photos by Gazette Staff


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'll 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.

NEW EMBASSY OPENING SOON

Thanks to donors Rascal Starlight and Nikita Moonshadow, who approached us with a generous offer of land during SL20B, Bellisseria will soon be opening a new embassy. Thank you Rascal and Nikita! The adult continents were represented for the first time at SL20B so we think it's time we opened diplomatic relations too. The new embassy to Zindra & Horizons is under construction at present. Watch this space for news of the formal opening.

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Visiting the construction site for the new embassy

In the meantime, if you are aware of any flags, logos or coats of arms in accepted use for Zindra and/or Horizons, please let us know in the comments, BBBug chat or by IM to any of our officers. Indeed we're interested in flags, heraldry and logos generally. If you know of any good ones for anywhere in SL, please let us know.


NEW LOCATIONS

Port Scandium in Sansara, a long-standing stamp-issuing location, has been remodelled and is open once more to visitors. It is a public resort featuring a Motel, Sushi restaurant, Café, Bar, Pool, Library, Gym, and more! It's a vacation destination minutes from Bellisseria with two hour open rez.

Everyone loves a good SL railway, so Metropolis Railroads' station in Heterocera, part of an SL rail system with its own website, is very welcome this week. It's yet another GTFO! location too.

Montlaur is an enormous hangout spot in Satori with a bar, spa, beauty salon, pizza place, gas station, bowling alley and much more. More a small town than a "spot" really!

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Mapping Second Life | Events & Announcements | New Locations

MAPPING SECOND LIFE

SL is not a game but it resembles an MMOG in that it has a geography. Apart from the private islands, its regions are grouped into continents (defined as a cluster of more than 30).

We know the Mainland Continents and Bellisseria (the Linden Homes Continent) from using the World Map to find our way around. Our Hon. Ambassadors work hard from their embassies to make us more aware of the continents and what makes them special. Many residents first learned the name of their home continent when they applied for their passport!

Your Editor's personal favourite among this year's SL20B resident exhibits was Erik Mondrian's. Erik makes terrain models of entire SL continents. Here's the one he made of Heterocera. 

His 3D maps show the topography of SL in a way that, with draw distance limitations, just isn't possible in world. He explains;

I gathered each region's elevation data, at half-meter XY intervals, using an LSL script – feeding that data to my computer via a series of HTTP responses – then (re)constructed and textured the terrain model(s) in Blender using its incredibly powerful Python API
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Erik at work

He makes it sound simple, but his script took 32 hours to gather the elevation data for the entire continent! 

At the original level of detail, the model in Blender would have been almost 227 million triangles. For this video, I modified each region’s mesh so that the model totalled only about 2.3 million triangles.

We asked if he plans to produce contour maps for all the continents;

Absolutely! For me it's just a question of time. I'm currently preparing to gather the elevation data for Sansara, the oldest mainland continent, but I plan eventually to produce 3D models of the rest as well—Bellisseria included. That is definitely going to be an interesting challenge! Belli is over 2,200 regions and growing. I'll probably have to do it by subcontinents first. I look forward to being able to see it all at the same time, though, even if I have to reduce the finer details a bit.

We asked him to explain how he makes his models;

It's a multi-step process. I automate as much as I can—a necessity when creating models this size. I teleport from region to region and record a list of safe SLurls to parcels where scripts are enabled and I'm not intruding on private property. The best is if I can find Linden-owned Protected Land. Where there is no Protected or Abandoned Land, I look for a parcel that's open to the public and designed to welcome visitors.

After I have a complete list of SLurls, I do two things: I activate an HTTP-enabled HUD with an LSL script I wrote that can sample the ground height at half-metre X-and-Y intervals across a region and run a complementary Python script on my computer that communicates with the HUD. My script tells the HUD where to teleport me next, receives the elevation data, and saves it.

The final step is to run another Python script that takes elevation data for each region and generates mesh in Blender. This script is also able to decimate each model according to a series of ratios I specify, reducing the triangle counts, then exports them for me to upload manually to SL.

If you didn't have chance to visit Erik's SL20B exhibit you might like to take a look at his work platform where those models are rezzed out.

What Erik is doing fits well with our objective to encourage residents to get to know their home continent and to explore SL in general. Wouldn't it be great if there was a model of each continent in a glass case at its embassy to give visitors a unique geographical overview of their virtual home? The land impact of Erik's models would be a challenge for us but he likes the idea and will look at what he can do to make it possible!

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If you'd like to follow Erik's progress on this project, please subscribe to his YouTube channel and/or follow him on Twitter or Mastodon. He's planning a new website and will make the link available on his social media, so watch out for that. 

We thank Erik for giving his time to be interviewed. His project is amazing and he's doing great work for all of us interested in SL's geography. If you're interested in supporting his work financially, he now has a Patreon page. At some point he's going to need a new laptop. As he says, it's a miracle his present one hasn't exploded from the many hours involved in running his scripts! 

Article by Gazette Staff. Photographs by Erik Mondrian


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'll 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

... WitchWibbs' Angel Buttercup Home Ranch
est. 5/2023
I feel my home has a simplistic yet stylish theme with happy elephants of course! I like to paint in real so the Paintings you see are my own artwork so a little of me in each room :)

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... Kira Skydancer's Chocolate Horse Ranch
est. 5/2023
It's a pretty ranchy ranch, lol. There are a few horses and other ranch animals here. The dogs are all friendly, if they bother getting up to greet you :)

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An award and a thank you to Mini Mole

We announced in the last issue of The Gazette that Dion Mole issued more passport stamps from his SSiD during SL20B than any other Mole or Linden. The original 20 day celebration having been extended, we spoke too soon! Mini Mole put in serious time at our exhibit during the extension and passed Dion's total before the delayed close!

So we are issuing awards to both Mini and Dion, with thanks to both for entering into the spirit of the event so enthusiastically.

Watch this space for a planned announcement soon of how the awards will be presented in-world. 

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New acquisitions at the Limoncello Art Gallery

Readers may remember The Gazette began as a supplement to Limoncello News, the newsletter of the Limoncello Art Gallery. There's a new edition this week, which announces some additions to the collection. Please check it out and visit the LG Tower to take a look. The new pieces are on the 19th Floor

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On the 20th Floor, the current special exhibition by guest artist AmandaT Tamatzui continues until the end of the month. Many of you may know Amanda for her passport stamp designs for the BBB, but she's a professional artist in RL and her work is uplifting and inspiring. Don't miss your chance to see it before it closes.

The Limoncello Art Gallery locations at The LG Tower, the Bellisseria Gallery and the Airship Limoncello all issue their own stamps, as do its offices in Elven Falls and Neufreistadt in the CDS.

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An apology from the Editor

I am not going to make matters worse by mentioning the name again, but it appears I accidentally doxxed a reader by mentioning an RL name in The Gazette. It was the name on an email used to send me content. I would have been distressed if it were me, so I entirely understand the reader's feelings on the subject. Everything we do at the BBB is about making SL more fun for other Residents and I feel terrible that I inadvertently upset one of our readers. 

If you don't have an email account for your SL avatar, please be sure to mention the SL name you would like me to use. Even better, it's really easy to set up an email account for your avi. 


NEW LOCATIONS

Alors in Jeogeot is a moonlit beach lounge hangout where you'll find an openstage for DJs, a forest for relaxing and a hidden waterfall for romance. You can sail, swim, dance or relax while listening to the natural sounds and music. DJs are welcome to use the open stage after joining the group.

Muircastle Estates is the home of Dan & Soosy Muircastle & family.

Camp Wumpkins Lake claims to be Summer camp like we all remember it, but BETTER! – with four cabins above the lake and directly across from the Wumpkins Wood hiking trail.

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A message from the CEO | SL20B: A look BBBack | Events & Announcements | New Locations

A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Screenshot 2023-07-13 at 09.51.01I am delighted by the participation in this years SL20B Event. I personally thank the BBB Team – the greatest team in SL –for all their hard work, including the laborious hours they put into its success. Amanda – who threw the parties and made all the stamps. Dave – who reset The Gazette I don't know how many times to include EVERY new stamp to be collected. Robert  – who fixed all my errors and mostly with a smile! Laurel – who worked overtime on passports, licences, and licence plates. Teresa – who had her own build at SL20B, but still gave us all she could.

I thank all the ambassadors for being so gracious with their time to be available for the collection of their personal stamps. And our construction team who created the most amazing build.

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Strawberry and Patch with SSiD tablets

I am amazed at the participation of the Moles. Each year we are stronger because of their contributions. I also want to thank Patch and Strawberry for that amazing shout out at Lab Gab which skyrocketed things for us.

Mostly I want to thank YOU, our members,  who made us feel special and like we accomplished something truly amazing.

Last but not least, I thank our founder, Boo Royjo, for his dream of what could be.

We continue to grow and grow.  With this growth you will be able to experience some very new (for the BBB) and wonderful things to come. Much love and many, many thanks to all.

CEO Jezebel Bailey


SL20B: A LOOK BBBACK

We had a great time at SL20B. It was good to meet so many of our users. We give a lot of time to the BBB and such events are our best opportunity to get to know you – the people we work for. Thank you for all your kind comments. 

The BBBack to Earth!! closing party was a great success. It turned out to be premature as SL20B was extended until tomorrow, July 16th, but we partied like there was no tomorrow!

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© Adele Hegel

The Bio Dome Café aboard our SL20B Space Station was elegantly decorated by SonDee, Bellisseria's ambassador to the Gaetas. Knowing how much work she put into making it beautiful, it's a real shame her RL work kept her from the party. She's a naturally enthusiastic lady and would have loved to see it filled with happy dancers in futuristic costumes. We missed you, ma'am.

Screenshot 2023-07-11 at 22.58.49We were pleased Kady Linden and a labour of Moles came to join the fun and give our guests another chance to get their stamps. Yes "a labour" is the correct collective noun for moles or, in SL, a slabour!

The hammies once more brought a full 100hm of cuteness, dancing away in hamster-sized space helmets.

There are photos of the party in this album of SL20B images. Thanks to photographers Adele Hegel, AmandaT Tamatzui, Fuyuko Amano and Margo Heartsong for permission to feature their photographs in this issue.

More images can be seen in our Flickr group feed. You should also check out this 360º image of our party by Adele. Consultant to the BBB, Robert Rhodan, also made this amazing movie. 

We thank the Lindens and Moles who carried our SSiDs (Single Stamp issuing Devices). They're busy people and it was good of them to volunteer to be stalked! We hope they enjoyed handing out stamps as much as we enjoyed questing for them.

The SSiDs carried by bureaucrats, diplomats and some Lindens and Moles were programmed to stop working at midnight SLT on the scheduled closing date. Bel emulated Foxconn again and rushed out replacements. So, even now, there's still a little time to get those stamps.

There was controversy about just how many stamps we issued and how long we kept making new ones. Hardcore collectors like to "get them all" and some of you put in a massive effort. The first (and so far the only) passport-holder to report collecting all the SL20B event stamps was Martina Voxel. Congratulations, Martina! Your enthusiasm as you bustled around in hot pursuit of Moles and Lindens, was a delight.

At the time of BBBack to Earth!! there were still two stamps not even Martina had managed to collect. So we placed those in the paws of bears at the venue, where they will remain until SL20B closes.

We were strict in limiting it to those two. We didn't want those who had searched so hard "in the wild" to feel cheated if we suddenly made it easy. Only those no-one had collected were made available. We think that was fair. 

Stats may change by tomorrow's delayed close, but the twenty most collected stamps at the time of writing were:

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20 most collected event stamps at SL20B / click to enlarge

The most popular was the SL20B Event Stamp – available throughout from the Shuttle Bay of the BBB space station. In second place was the stamp of the Dalek Alien Ambassador. The personal stamps of your Editor, Robert and Amanda were 3rd, 4th and 5th most collected. However many you got in the end, we hope you had fun.

Congratulations one final time to Second Life® for providing twenty years of opportunities for creativity, socialising and fun. The Lindens provide the landscape and the Moles provide the infrastructure but in the end SL is a gift from its residents to each other.


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'll 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.

Most collected Linden/Mole stamp of SL20B

Congratulations to Dion Mole. His was the most collected stamp issued by a Linden or Mole during SL20B. Our chief stamp designer, Amanda, will deliver this award to him in-world.

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Souvenir Poster

SL20B Stamps Poster V4

There's a little gift enclosed with the notices issuing The Gazette in-world this week; a poster-on-a-prim showing all the passport stamps issued at SL20B, including 3rd party exhibitor stamps, the event stamp and the personal ones for Lindens, Moles, bureaucrats and ambassadors.

If you don't receive your copy of The Gazette via in-world notices, you can pick up a copy of the poster from outside our office or (until SL20B ends) from outside the ticket office at our exhibit

We hope you enjoy displaying it on the walls of your SL homes. If you'd like to make your own poster in a different format, Robert's web page with the stamp images is here.

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Stamp Errors on V3 Passports: An apology

Users have reported extraneous images showing up on their V3 passports such as the the one at the top right of the image below.

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This is entirely our fault and we apologise.

Members of staff made the mistake of using V3 passports to test new SSiDs and stamp terminals; forgetting that when a V3 passport is stamped, the image is added to our database. Our indefatigable tech consultant Robert Rhodan – to whom we are very grateful – spent ten hours on one day alone last week replacing such stray images with the correct ones.

If an erroneous stamp appears in your passport, please report it to any member of the BBB staff. It will be remapped so that the correct stamp appears. Thank you to those users who reported the errors and thanks to all affected users for their patience.

To err is human. Not to give a damn about it is bureaucratic. We're only playing at being bureaucrats and just can't master that indifference thing. So, once again, we're sorry. 


NEW LOCATIONS

Fireflies is a family-friendly scout troop. Activities include badges, fishing, games, movies, field trips and story times and everyone is welcome.

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BBBlast Off!! Party Report | SL20B Report | Passport Stats | A reminder about upgrading your passport to V3.00 | Events & Announcements | New Locations

BBBLAST OFF!! PARTY REPORT

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We were delighted to see so many of you at our BBBlast Off!! SL20B party last Sunday.

We maxed out the region so that, sadly, some people had to try repeatedly before they could join the fun. We thank them for their persistence and are glad they got to enjoy at least part of the event.

Our plucky little security droid collapsed under the strain of greeting so many visitors, so sadly we don't have full stats, but just look at those green dots! 

DJ Frank Atisso put together a superb playlist of spacey music and our guests' sci-fi costumes were amazing! 

We were delighted to welcome several of our beloved Moles to the party, as well as the Bellisseria Hamsters. The Hammies (as they are known) are such a phenomenon in Bellisseria that cuteness is now measured there in hammiemetres (hm). Tell a date they're 75hm and they'll be flattered. Tell them they're 100hm and (unless they're an actual Hammie) they'll know you for the fraud you are!

Most of the above photos are by our staff photographer, but we thank Martina Voxel for the external view of the party in full swing. We also thank reader Kamaitachi Karu 宰 (inumaster Karu) for these wide-angle shots emailed to the Editor.

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Our very own Robert Rhodan and visitor Trippz both made great videos of the event. If you didn't come, they will give you an idea of what you missed. Robert's is below and Trippz’s can be viewed on YouTube.

Robert told The Gazette

Oh, what a party it was ! I am happy to have captured on video all the joy and liveliness of the visitors dancing the night away in our space station. What to me was so fascinating was the many avatar outfits shown off vividly in the video. This was a prime example of the imagination and creativity SL spawns in its residents. Kudos to Linden Lab (Lindens and Moles alike) for that. The amazing location set up by Amanda and Fen and the tunes by DJ Frank created a vibrancy reflected in much positive feedback, directly and via BBBUG, including widespread astonishment about the "lack of lag"

Despite chatter about the FPS (Frames Per Second) achieved by partygoers' various gaming (and non-gaming) computers, the region held up well. The traditional SL party slogan in the early days –Let's crash this mofo sim! –was remembered fondly by older residents but never came close to applying.

Several people also uploaded pictures to the BBB Flickr Photo Pool.

LFD BBB Hon Badge - 1Our thanks to Kyle W. Forrester (kylewforrester) of the Liberty Fire Department who graciously thanked us for the party by appointing us as honorary members. Here is your Editor, proudly sporting his new LFD cap badge. Badges are available to BBB staff on application to Dave (accompanied by a pint of beer) at the bar of The Drunken Mouse.

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Thank you all for making it such a great evening. We are proud to have celebrated SL20B in such style! And, of course, thanks to Amanda for organising it all with assistance from Fen.

As Steve Jobs used to say, there's one more thing. We're going to do it again! See Events & Announcements for details and check your inventories for the invitation attached to this copy of The Gazette in in-world notices.


SL20B REPORT

We love SLB events. The 20th was always going to be special, but we can honestly say it's been great fun. We appreciate that so many of you stopped by to chat with us, when you had so many wonderful choices as to how to spend your SL20B time.

SL20B Group Shot by Robert Rhodan
Photo © Robert Rhodan

Here is the latest report on the SL20B event stamps you've collected so far. The most popular is the SL20B event stamp itself. The second most popular is that of the Alien Ambassador Dalek aboard the space station. Modesty prevents your Editor from mentioning the third most popular stamp.

Mole-CartoonEven the most elusive stamp-issuing Moles have been successfully stalked by our intrepid users. We love your enthusiasm. You must be pretty charming in your stalking, because yet more Moles have asked for BBB SSiD Tablet Computers (bbbPads™) so they can issue their own special SL20B stamps. Chief Designer Amanda has been working furiously to design 65hm+ stamps for them. Our CEO Bel has churned out bbbPads as if she was Foxconn.

Eminent SL journalist Gemma Cleanslate, a long-time supporter who now scouts locations for us, has been granted her own stamp. Congratulations Gemma! The good news for frustrated collectors anxious to "get them all" is that Gemma works as an SL20B greeter, so should be easy to find.

Here are the new SSiD event stamps available. Happy hunting! Only four days to go!!

Name Stamp ✔️
Chronos Mole Screenshot 2023-07-03 at 07.20.25  
Viola Mole Screenshot 2023-07-03 at 21.03.15  
Sparkling Mole Screenshot 2023-07-03 at 21.04.20  
Gemma Cleanslate Screenshot 2023-07-06 at 10.14.59  

In other SL20B news, two charming visitors to our space station made a surprise philanthropic offer to the BBB. This should give rise to an exciting development Soon™. Discussions are under way as to the details but watch this space for news of a new venture into formerly bureaucracy-free regions of Second Life®. The Grid's apparatchiks are on the march! 


V3 PASSPORT STATS

The V3  passport introduced earlier this year has been a tremendous success for the BBB by the only measure we care about; the number of people having fun in-world with our products. It has been well received by users old and new. This graph shows excellent growth in the number of people carrying the V3 Bellisseria Passport in-world – and you can clearly see the SL20B effect! To be clear this doesn't even include V3 passports for Mainland Continents or the CDS. These are just the Bellisseria numbers. 

Screenshot 2023-07-07 at 21.50.08It also shows how hard works. As well as reviewing applications and issuing passports, she – like her esteemed predecessors  – still has to verify that applicants live in Bellisseria (or are officially partnered to a resident) before delivering their passports to them.

That's because, while the production and issue of SL-Generic and Mainland Continent V3 passports is automatic, Bellisseria Passports are, as they always were, exclusive to avatars resident there at the date of issue.

The CDS also verifies residence in issuing its own V3 passports, which it administers independently using the BBB's technology. 

We would never have been able to handle so many Bellisseria applications under the outdated Notecard system. Nor could we have issued so many new passports if they were still entirely hand-made.

Laurel's job has been made easier and her productivity enhanced by Robert's splendid work in moving the application process  to the web and (partially) automating the production of passports from the resulting data. Laurel told The Gazette

Without the great template PP system, I would never have been able to keep up with the demand, especially the day(s) I have over 30 requests to do. Thank you for being persistent, Robert.

We are grateful to Laurel and Robert for allowing so many more people to have fun with our passports and stamps, but this also results from great teamwork between them and North, who deserves full credit for conceiving and scripting the V3 passports and working with Robert on his subsequent innovations.

The tireless promotion of passports and stamps by Bel. The Gazette and our Hon. Ambassadors and the production of attractive stamps by Amanda (mostly) and (in the past and still, occasionally) Robert, have all played their part in this success story.

We always thought the V3 passport was a terrific upgrade and we are glad the stats suggest our users agree.


A REMINDER ABOUT UPGRADING YOUR PASSPORT TO V3.00

If you haven't already, you really should upgrade your passport to the fancy new Version 3. (If you hold a Confederation of Democratic Simulators (CDS) passport, don't worry – it has been V3 since inception). 

This is what the old V2 passport looks like. When you run out of space on your Passport HUD, you have need a series of additional Visa HUDs. You can only wear one HUD at a time, so you never see all your stamps in one place. Your stamps are stored locally and are therefore vulnerable to being lost if you suffer a bad teleport immediately after collecting one.

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This is what the V3 passport looks like.

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Notice the buttons at the bottom to turn the pages and the Minimise button top right. You have one passport HUD, which won't run out of space. You never lose a stamp in a dodgy teleport. If you lose or bork your passport, your stamps are safe in our database and will show up on your replacement.

Your editor is a citizen of Bellisseria, the CDS and the Mainland continent of Satori and can use all three passports interchangeably. His stamps show up on all of them. The new database can be used to generate all kinds of stats and reports. For example, using the StampsOnPP HUD available from BBB HQ, you can securely view your stamps on the web more quickly and easily than turning passport pages in-world.

When using the application form, please be sure to select Upgrade from the drop-down field (not New PP) before clicking Submit (see screenshot below). A few users have made this mistake and it results in a new V3 passport without the option to transfer stamps from your V2.

Screenshot 2023-07-06 at 07.44.37If you filed your Upgrade form correctly, you will receive a Reader HUD with your V3 passport, which will allow you to transfer the stamps from your old V2 Passport HUD and each of your Visa HUDs.

When migrating the stamps from V2 to V3 (a one-time chore) please follow the instructions included with your new passport carefully. The procedure of sitting on rezzed copies of your V2 Passport HUD and Visa HUDs to copy the stamps may seem comical but it's actually a clever way of imprinting your unique avatar ID on the stamps. Make sure you sit properly on each of your V2 HUDs in turn before you click the Reader HUD. You'll get progress reports in local chat.

After stamp migration is complete, flip a page on your new V3 Passport HUD and be patient. It will take a while for the migrated stamps to show up.

The StampsOnPP HUD will give a much quicker web page display of your stamps via the secure personalised link it announces in nearby chat. Please note it may not display your most recent stamps collected since the last database update announced in BBBug notices. Don't worry, those will show up later.

Article by Robert Rhodan. Illustrations by Robert Rhodan and Gazette Staff.

This article has also been added to Information & Resources list in the sidebar for future reference. Please pass the link to any friends who want to upgrade. 


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'll 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.

BBBack to Earth with the BBB

BBBack to Earth!! Party TextureAll good things must end, including SL20B, but we're not going to let this wonderful event go without saying a proper goodbye!

You are hereby cordially invited to BBBack to Earth!! – our closing party for SL20B

Join us in the BioDome aboard our Space Station at 1-3pm SLT on July 11, 2023 – SL20B's final day.

Please don't hate us but there'll be a further event stamp just for this party. If you can't make it, don't worry. It will be in place all day on the 11th.

Dress code: Homecoming from outer space (but remember – still in our fantastic future). So let's see your most futuristic fashion. Or come as you are and just have fun.

BY ORDER OF THE BBB

******

Error Correction

Occasionally, some stamps were released in a hurry and later corrected. "Early bird" stamp collectors will have the defective stamps. As this is an unacceptable situation, Robert Rhodan has created a transparent and automatic remapping of outdated to improved stamps for all affected V3 passports.

"Transparent" means passport holders need do nothing. After one or two days the corrected stamps will show up automatically in their passports as if by magic. For users of Robert's personalised StampsOnPP HUD web-based stamp list (HUD available from BBB HQ), and for his StampsOnPP-Maximum sortable list these improved stamps will show immediately.

Here are the replacements as of July 5th, 2023.

BY ORDER OF THE BBB


NEW LOCATIONS

First this week is the station house of the Liberty Fire Department which featured in this week's BBBlast Off!! Party Report (above). The Fire Chief told The Gazette:

Liberty Fire Department has been around since 2016, and in its time has covered a number of airports and RP sims of all sizes. We currently cover the RP sim of Windsor NC, do patrols and respond to SAR calls at sea by both helicopter and boat.

Also in that same region is Club Lagune. Its management told The Gazette:

Club Lagune is in the family friendly RP SL Town of Windsor, NC. We are a MULTI-GENRE Club, and welcome everyone from all walks of life, be it human, furry, whatever. We ARE LGBTQ+ and Lifestyle Friendly, as well.

A pro tip if you're struggling to find the Liberty FD stamp terminal in Windsor NC, by the way. It has (like many regions) a forced landing point. So when you tp in you won't be near the destination. However, the red beacon world map places on the tp point will still be visible to you in world, so just head for that.

In Bellisseria Krista Oh has made a chill hangout place with games and fishing out of the backyard to her charming log home in rural Harriet Spring. 

Also in Bellisseria, it's almost time for the tradition that is the Big Splash Adventure Oasis Water Park organised by the Bellisseria Hammies at the Fairgrounds. It's one of our favourite events so please check it out when it opens. Be sure to take along a carrot for the hammies, who are – remember – always a guaranteed 100hm on the hammiemetre scale of cuteness.

And one more thing... there's a special event stamp for the BBBack to Earth!! closing party for SL20B (see Events & Announcements above). 

Liberty Fire Department PE ‎BBB Stamp Locations 8 Jul 2023.‎001 Screenshot 2023-07-06 at 13.25.26
 
Club Lagune PE ‎BBB Stamp Locations 8 Jul 2023.‎002 Screenshot 2023-07-05 at 15.06.22
The Backyard BE ‎BBB Stamp Locations 8 Jul 2023.‎003 Screenshot 2023-07-06 at 10.06.53

Big Splash Adventure Oasis Water Park BE

Event from July 15 - August 13, 2023

(terminal not available until then)

‎BBB Stamp Locations 1 v2.00.‎001 Screenshot 2023-07-03 at 21.18.29

BBBack to Earth!! closing party for SL20B

Event: 11th July

(terminal only available on the day) 

‎BBB Stamp Locations 1 v2.00.‎001 Screenshot 2023-07-07 at 22.56.29

Even more stamps to collect at SL20B | Second Life® is still going strong | The most popular stamps at SL20B | Events & Announcements | New Locations | Corrections | A reminder about deadlines

EVEN MORE STAMPS TO COLLECT AT SL20B

We know our most enthusiastic passport holders are working hard to "get them all" when it comes to the special event stamps for SL20B. Every year there are easy stamps to get (your Editor's for example) and "rares" (e.g. our chief scripter North, who has been particularly elusive this year).

Our stats show that many of you are successfully tracking down the Lindens and Moles carrying SSiDs (our special BBB tablets that issue personal passport stamps). They don't hang around in any particular location and we don't get to alert you via group chat when they're available. So we know they present even more of a challenge than our ambassadors and bureaucrats.

It was already going to be touch and go whether anyone manages to get 100% of the stamps this year. We're watching your progress with interest. Frankly your Editor will be very impressed if any of you pulls it off. 

Moles On Stage
Moles on stage; many with SSiD tablets

Especially as the BBB is now making it even harder. Below is a checklist of twelve new SSiDs issued to more of our much-loved Moles – the SL Residents who work in-world as contractors for the Linden Department of Public Works. Plus one issued to Derrick Linden, that should have been previously notified. 

It may get harder still as the BBB has decided to grant all requests from Lindens and Moles for an SSiD. So there may be yet more, with the time to collect them dwindling as SL20B progresses.

Group Shot with visitors
Group Shot on Space Station | Photo © AmandaT Tamatzui

If you are (like your Editor) what collectors call "a completist" we can only apologise for making your life more challenging. As for the rest of you, we hope you have fun trying to get them. Either way, good luck!

Name Stamp
Dreaming Mole Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 01.15.37  
Dion Mole Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 01.16.34  
Binky Mole Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 01.17.53  
Itsa Mole Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 01.21.16  
Ancient Mole Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 01.23.02  
Quartz Mole Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 01.24.37  
Mini Mole Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 23.03.22  
Sergal Mole Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 20.24.43  
Justa Mole Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 20.47.57  
Jester Mole Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 20.48.11  
Star Mole Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 20.48.26  
Alotta Mole Screenshot 2023-07-01 at 09.50.05  
Derrick Linden
Screenshot 2023-07-01 at 16.58.09  

SECOND LIFE IS STILL GOING STRONG

They said it wouldn’t last… boy were they wrong! When the Sansar project started, all sorts of people predicted the end of Second Life® with everything transitioning to Sansar. Linden Lab promised that it wasn’t giving up on SL, but you know how rumour mills are. Many panicked and did not take them at their word.

But they kept their word… something the folks at the Lab have a history of doing. Sansar got sold, but Second Life® remained strong.

Then Facebook changed their name to Meta and promised to revolutionise social media with their metaverse. People said the metaverse would be SL’s undoing. But it ran out of steam (as well as out of legs), and Second Life® is still picking up momentum.

Illustration for Teresa's Article
In fact, Second Life® is going stronger and stronger. Linden Lab offered a few Second Lifetime Premium (200) and Premium Plus memberships (20), and people flocked to them. Rumour has it that they sold out in minutes, even though they were very expensive. Second Lifetime Premium membership cost $749.00 US, and lifetime Premium Plus cost $1749 US. It takes over seven years just to “break even” on those fees. Yet people flocked to spend that kind of money, showing that they love and value their Second Life® experience. They must be convinced SL will be around for a long time – and. believe it strongly enough to back their belief with cold hard cash.

Linden Lab is also busy developing new features for us. Some of them are still deep dark secrets but others we now know about: like PBR (nicer materials and reflections), the mobile viewer, etc.

They just released another Bellisseria homes theme – the 2048m2 Ranch Home theme for Premium Plus members. They claim to be working on at least two more new themes. They just released a new central Community Hub area for new residents to arrive in and for the rest of us to enjoy. It has an excellent representation of many aspects of SL. They have brought back mentors and already have a large trained team. They have a new contract with Motown Records and a whole region in which to enjoy their music.

So much is going on and will continue to do so.

Yes, Second Life® is alive and thriving. I believe it will be around for a long time to come.

Article by Teresa Firelight | Photo by Gazette Staff


THE MOST POPULAR STAMPS AT SL20B

Robert Rhodan has been up to his old tricks: extracting interesting stuff from our databases. Those carrying SSiDs at SL20B were disappointed our stamp-issuing tablets didn't have last years functionality of reporting how many had collected our stamps. It turns out Robert has all that info and here it is

As at the time of writing, the most popular stamp is the SL20B Event Stamp itself. We've been issuing SLB event stamps since we were founded and have always been happy to host the stamp dispenser on our stand. This year it's on the deck (which doubles as a dance floor) in our space station's shuttle bay. 

Ambassador_pics
© SilenzZz

Surprisingly, the second most popular stamp so far is that of Diplomacy Dalek; the alien ambassador in the Embassy of the Future. He declined to carry an SSiD tablet in case it got in the way of his gunstick (death ray). So he has his own stamp dispenser nearby, which – unlike the SSiD's of the human ambassadors – is available 24/7.

As their foreign policy is quite literally genocide of all non-Dalek races, it's perhaps surprising Dalek diplomacy is having such success. CEO Bel passed The Gazette a copy of this alarming selfie with the Ambassador taken by a couple of our visitors! 

This, despite his occasional random use of his gunstick to

e-x-t-e-r-m-i-n-a-t-e-!

It rather reminded your editor of Darwin Awards-contenders trying for selfies with bears at America's National Parks!

Patch and Strawberry Linden gave us a great big shout-out at the LabGab Live Special interview last Monday. Before making a series of fascinating announcements (new Linden homes on 2048 sq metre plots, SecondLifetime accounts and more), Patch said;

These tablets are from the BBB – the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy. They have their passport-stamping system and we have our own personal passport-stamping stations that we can carry with us in these handy little tablets. Unfortunately they're not working at the moment because we have various scripting controls and such in place in-world but what we will do right after the show wraps up is Strawberry and myself and others who have them will start circulating through the audience regions so you can click our tablets and get our stamps.

After the event, Patch, Wendi and Strawberry mingled with the crowds to allow our passport holders to collect their stamps and this generated a lot of interest from the enormous crowd. Strawberry asked your editor for a briefing so she could answer all the questions she was getting about passports. He gave her the SLURL to our SL20B build and a link to The Gazette so she could send the enquirers to us.

The New Ranch Homes
The New Ranch Homes | click to enlarge

If you missed the LabGab Live event you'll have to watch out for the stamp-issuing Lindens and Moles at other SL20B events. You may have to get over your shyness and slide into their IMs! Ask for their bear while you're about it.

Dave in Dress Teals
Dave in Dress Teals | click to enlarge

Your editor, as usual, is among the stamp-sluts of the team. He has been parking his avi in-world while he sleeps on London Time, so users in the Americas can get his stamp in his typist's absence. You can usually find him by the Event Stamp terminal in the Shuttle Bay or in the Bio-Dome Café aboard the space station, sometimes resplendent in his Dress Teals (the dress blues of Sci-Fi). 

He does hope to meet more of you in person though. It's always invigorating to meet readers and hear that our work here is enjoyed. 

For example, every Saturday morning now, as he hits the publish button, he will be thinking of a certain user in one of his favourite parts of the world – the Scottish Highlands – who reads The Gazette with her morning coffee every week. (Hello there! Whit like are ye?)

Please consider using the comments function to let us have feedback all year round. It's great to hear from you in person at SL20B but please let us  know what you think of our efforts each week.

Happy SL20B and see you in Outer Space soon. Please check out the Events & Announcements section for what should be an excellent stamp-gathering opportunity and a fun social event aboard our SL20B Space Station!


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'll 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.

BBBLAST OFF!!Join us aboard our SL20B Space Station on Sunday, July 2 at 1-3pm SLT for a party in our Shuttle Bay with DJ Frank Atisso.

Dress Code: Spacey! or come as you are. Celebrate SL's 20th Birthday with us in the way of the future.

This is the way so make it so and may the force be with you.

BY ORDER OF THE BBB

******

Don't forget to collect the special SL20B stamps at the embassies and BBB HQ

Do not forgot to visit the embassies and BBB HQ as they all have a special SL20B Event Stamp that will disappear on the 12th of July!!!

All the locations are in the sidebar to The Gazette

BY ORDER OF THE BBB


NEW LOCATIONS

We've had a run of fuel stop passport stamps lately. This week there's another small roadside gas (petrol) station in Jeogeot for the weary traveler and GTFO enthusiast.

We also have two new locations in the charming village of Icewater in Sansara. The first is a very romantic little wedding chapel and the second is a mini golf course. 

A passport stamp is also now available when you visit the Tafler Gallery of Erotic Art (warning: very adult content) in Zindra. Our staff photographer's maiden blushes were quite something to be seen after her visit.

Finally, our very first Ranch Home location in Bellisseria! This is a public Teegle-owned ranch with horse-rezzer, games, and a hangout zone as well as a nearby vehicle rez zone to trail ride with your friends.

Enjoy visiting them all and do say hello to the owners if you run into them. 

Looney Fuel JE ‎BBB Stamp Locations 2 Jul 23.‎001 Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 09.23.31
Icewater Wedding Chapel SN ‎BBB Stamp Locations 1 v2.00.‎002 Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 01.39.23  
Icewater Mini Golf SN ‎BBB Stamp Locations 1 v2.00.‎003 Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 01.41.12

The Tafler Gallery Of Erotic Art ZI 

Warning: Adult Content

‎BBB Stamp Locations 1 v2.00.‎001 Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 09.23.49
Tiny Teeglet Ranch BE

 

‎BBB Stamp Locations 1 v2.00.‎001 Screenshot 2023-06-30 at 21.06.59

CORRECTIONS

Thanks to our regular reader (and respected SL journalistic colleague) Gemma Cleanslate for pointing out that the SLURL to the Sea of Fables Info exhibit at SL20B was somehow corrupted in the edition-before-last of The Gazette. There is no-one we'd be less happy to disappoint than our valued colleague and regular Gazette contributor Teresa Firelight, whose exhibit this is. We apologise for the error and for the inconvenience caused to Teresa and to all our readers looking for this location. Here is the corrected entry. Please pay a visit.

Sea of Fables Info at SL20B

Event Jun 22 - Jul 11

BBB Stamp Locations 1 v2.00.002 Screenshot 2023-06-12 at 15.01.41

A REMINDER ABOUT DEADLINES

We welcome contributions to The Gazette, whether they are articles, photographs or items for our Events & Announcements section. Your editor sets aside time for his SL job each Thursday to allow time for fact-checking and last-minute corrections on Fridays. So the deadline for submissions is 00.01 SLT on Thursday. 

We will always try to be accommodating about last-minute submissions but if (as has been happening of late) everything arrives at the last minute – or if we're told about a story and not given key information so we have to chase it up – the whole thing stops being a labour of love and becomes a pain in the ample editorial arse.

Please bear this in mind and do your sincere best to respect the deadline. Thank you.

The Editor