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Amanda at the SLEA | NatureCon 2022 Video Tours | Bearpaw Tour of Mount Campion | A New Gadget for You | New Locations

AMANDA AT THE SLEA

Screenshot 2022-09-07 at 07.28.58Our bureaucratic colleague AmandaT Tamatzui is an artist in RL as well as SL. She deploys her artistic talents for us in designing passport stamps but that's merely a sideline!

She has won a Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA) grant to realise in SL a dream she has long held in RL of turning her paintings into a 3D world in which people can move about. Phase One of  ATG World opens today (September 10th) with a party at 1pm to 3pm SLT. DJ Jewell (Fallen Aurora) will provide the music. 

As Amanda's opening party invitation says; 

Each area will reflect back to the paintings. Visit Indonesia in SL, and drive around mountains textured with paintings from some of her Abstract series. There are bicycle and car rezzers for your enjoyment as you whiz around. Take photos of your visit and share them with Amanda on Flickr or Facebook!

Essentially you can make your own photographic works from within Amanda's art and share it with the world. Or you can just enjoy wandering in her colourful wonderland and finding the hidden spots she's made for you to enjoy. The event runs from today (September 10th) until December 31st.

Of course, as you would expect, there is a special event stamp to be collected for your BBB/CPCB passport too. The stamp has been designed by Amanda herself and will be available until the event closes. 


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We wish Amanda every success in this artistic venture and hope you will visit and enjoy her exuberant art. 


NATURECON 2022 VIDEO TOURS

Fi at NatureConNatureCon was a great success and the BBB was proud to be a small part of it – and to welcome 700-750 visitors to our build. Mr Beeb's beetles are now all safely back at his home. 

Our old friend Cranston Yordstorm, who modestly describes himself as "part of the build team" at NatureCon has made two videos touring the site, so that you can have a reminder of how wonderful it all was.

Cranston's builds were in fact a big part of the event and we spent a lot of time in that physical manifestation of his whimsical imagination while the event was live. Thanks Cranston. You are an SL philanthropist and we enjoy all your contributions to making our virtual world more fun.


BEARPAW TOUR OF MOUNT CAMPION NATIONAL FOREST

Waterfall_on_drawbridge1Today (September 10th) at 9am SLT there will be a guided tour of Mount Campion National Forest with Ranger Teresa Firelight. The tour will begin here and is expected to last for somewhere between 75-90 minutes. Please arrive ten to fifteen minutes early if possible.  

The tour will visit several parts of Mount Campion National Forest as it traces the migration of the Bearpaw tribe from the flatlands to the higher elevations. It will tell the story of how and why this tribe migrated and it will take you to a number of breathtakingly beautiful locations in the park. If you are a BBB or Continental Passport holder, there are two passport dispensers along the route where you can collect passport stamps.

Mount Campion National Forest is over 240,000 sq meters of park land connected over seven sims. Mount Campion is the highest mountain in SL. Mount Campanula is the second highest and both are in the park, which has miles of trails, caves, canyons, lakes, streams and waterfalls, and an abundance of beautiful scenery.


A NEW GADGET FOR YOU

Screenshot 2022-09-08 at 11.33.09Our clever Head Scripter North Crannock has come up with a new gizmo, which will be of particular interest to Premium Plus residents of Bellisseria. One of the Premium Plus benefits is the ability to request a particular vacant Linden Home, thus circumventing that old (and not particularly noble) Bellisserian tradition of Game of Homes. In the happy community of Bellisseria, Game of Homes sadly brings out the dark side; making every new homes release a metaphorical Red Wedding.

Premium Plus residents however don't need to conspire with like-minded friends and deploy legions of alts to bag the best locations when new homes become available. They can request the Linden Home they want by submitting a support ticket here, choosing the issue type Land & Region and the sub-type Linden Homes. It's a nice perk to be able to find your ideal home, in the ideal spot, or perhaps simply close to friends.

How to find those vacant homes though? The new BBB HomeFinder HUD will do that for you. Wear it, stand somewhere you'd like to live in Bellisseria, and click. It will tell you where there's a vacant home and send you a taxi to take you there! Keep it on and move into another region and it will automatically search there too. Just look in 'nearby chat' and click the location co-ordinates to TP to the location.

Your editorial team is to scripting as Shaq O'Neal is to ballet, so it's all witchcraft to us. It's clever stuff though, whatever dark arts may have been deployed. Congratulations, North, on another good idea well scripted and thanks also to Sun and Boo for the design of the HUD and the instruction notecard respectively. 

It's available now at BBB HQ as a Group Gift for BBBug members. Enjoy!


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

You can read all about the event behind our new location stamp this week above in our Amanda at the SLEA article. Enjoy!

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BBB2B at the Belli Fairgrounds | Sansara Embassy opens | Satori Embassy will open next week | New Locations

BBB2B – THE SECOND BIRTHDAY OF THE BELLISSERIAN BUREAU OF BUREAUCRACY CELEBRATED AT THE BELLI FAIRGROUNDS!

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The BBB2B celebrations begin tomorrow. Work is underway at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds to put in place horse rezzers, bike rezzers and a narrow gauge railway to transport our guests around the events and attractions. There will be a BBB information centre, a special Embassy, a working BBB post office with BBB2B postcards to collect and send, an outdoor art gallery and other delights.

Here is the full final programme for the event, which continues through January 31st. 

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Screenshot 2022-01-18 at 16.14.10As you can see, the programme begins with a boat rally led by H.E. 

In an exciting innovation for such a boat rally, the Moles have kindly agreed to place temporary stamp terminals in special buoys along the route. You will be able to pick up unique stamps for your passport as you sail by! These buoys will self-delete at the end of BBB2B so don't miss your chance to collect these rarities!

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Don't worry if you can't make the rally itself. We know that time differences get in the way sometimes. You can pick up a navigation HUD at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds from the Information Centre or the temporary Embassy. You can then sail the route at any time before the buoys self-delete on January 31st when BBB2B ends.

The stamp locations will not appear in the Online Travel Guide, so sailing the route is the only way to obtain them. 

Here are a couple of examples of the special stamps by way of a taster. 

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During the tour you will learn some interesting facts about the history and background of the places en route as you sail towards the opening party at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds.

Your editor is particularly looking forward to hearing an explanation of the fascinating phenomenon of the Bellisserian drift ice! However many times he sails by, he is always surprised to see it in what seem to be mild weather latitudes.

Another special attraction at BBB2B is an exhibition called The Art of Travel, which features works by well-known SL artists Michiel Bechir, Sisi Biedermann, Melu, Bif Mopp & Amanda Tomasoa (aka AmandaT Tamatzui in SL). The exhibition is curated by AmandaT and your friendly Gazette Editor Dave. It is set in a snowscape so wrap up warm! If you are an SL Time Lord, you'll find that the art of time travel is also possible. Set your Tardis's navigation coordinates to "BBB2B Art Exhibit" to land at the exhibition. 

In addition to the scheduled programme there will be "fringe" events popping up from time to time. For example our own dear Teresa Firelight will organise two Send Your Friends a Postcard workshops at the deck next to the BBB2B post office. They will be on Thursday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM SLT and on Friday from 11 AM - 12 Noon SLT. If you're not yet familiar with the BBB Postal Service, this will be a great opportunity to get to know how it works. 

We are excited about all of the events at BBB2B. It's an ambitious programme and we hope to see as many of you there as possible. We plan to party hard to celebrate two years in which we have issued hundreds of passports, licences and registrations and issued visa stamps for 300 SL locations in Bellisseria and beyond. The 300th stamp, in fact, is the one you can collect at BBB2B itself! To be honest, that took some bureaucratic planning to achieve, but it's an index of our success that we originally intended to issue the 200th stamp at the event!

You can also collect stamps from personal passport controls by BBB Bureaucrats and Bellisseria Diplomats at the event. Watch out for us carrying our SSiDs – Single Stamp Issuing Devices – in the form of tablet computers. Click on them while wearing your Passport HUD and we will apply a personal stamp with our own logo and signature. These are ONLY available at BBB2B so be sure to collect them all.

There are nineteen personal stamps to collect from: Boo, Beeb, Dave, Fi, Ghost, Midnight, North, Pru, Sun, Zoe, Yukiko, Freddie, Charley, Sylvalin, Bijoux, Coal, Jack, Teresa and AmandaT. If you're shy, you can click and run, but we hope to get to chat to as many of you as possible. It's nice to get to know the citizens we serve for their fun - and ours!

Screenshot 2022-01-21 at 17.58.29By the way, if you don't have a Bellisseria Passport, you don't need to miss out on the fun of collecting the special stamps available at BBB2B. A special HUD will be available for you to use.

If you are a Bellisseria resident (or the officially-registered partner of a resident) you can later trade the special HUD in for the real thing. Our staff will transfer the stamps on it to your shiny new passport when your application has been approved!

You can pick up the special HUD from the info centre and embassy notice boards at the Fairgrounds. 


SANSARA EMBASSY OPENS

Bellisseria is finally represented on the old continent, Sansara, where Second Life® began. On Wednesday 19th January at 12 noon SLT Abnor Mole presented the keys of the embassy to Her Excellency Yukiko Yeshto, saying;

Welcome to Sansara.... the cradle of our virtual civilisation. Nearly two decades have passed since shock waves from Da Boom echoed across the grid and we have spent much of that time watching and riding the tsunami it initiated. We've watched the grid grow and evolve and we have grown and evolved with it. Many things have changed since those early days. That's what happens as things evolve. But as much as they change they also stay the same. The lessons of that evolution seem to prove something very important.  "Build it and they will come?" Yes... but how will they get there and why will they stay?

We built roads and bridges to connect a continent.  We built Bellisseria to connect those continents. And now we build these embassies to connect the communities on those continents. For the truth of the matter is (whether you like it or not) we are all ONE community.... one big, scary, sometimes dysfunctional community. Exploration leads to connections. Connections lead to friendships. Friendships lead to community. No one knows more about the importance of exploring than Yukiko. We wish her the best of luck on her new expedition into the stormy seas and uncharted waters of intercontinental diplomacy.

She is going to need it... for here there be dragons. (no, really... actual dragons). And with that I declare this Embassy open.

Accepting the key from Abnor, the new Honorary Ambassador responded with a speech in which she announced that one of her main focuses will be organising tours to encourage community connections and build friendships.

I am happy to announce that such tour events are not only already planned but actually scheduled. In the context of the grand BBB anniversary festivities, we will host a boat rally tour this Sunday, January 23. Today's Embassy Opening has a special twist. Instead of a ballroom dance, I decided that I wanted to give you a little idea what awaits you in regard of hosted tours. I invite you to follow me over to the entrance to hop on the bus that will bring us to the Snowlands of Sansara. We will also be able to collect some of the recently released stamps. I hope, you didn't forget to bring your passports! -- And as soon as I turn the bus keys, this marks my official declaration that the embassy is opened!

After inviting her guests to add the new Sansara entry visa stamp to their passports, she led them to the bus park outside. Acting as both driver and guide and with two other buses in convoy, she took her passengers to Cape Blanco Truck Stop & Café, the Bridge of Light, Chalet Linden and the Kanin Chairlift – pausing at each for them to stamp their passports! It was a fun, funny and delightfully sociable experience.

Good friend of the BBB – all-round good egg Becca Ordinary – wrote about the trip at her BBB-licensed publication, The SLuggle. Gemma Cleanslate of long-running virtual newspaper the SL Newser published a more comprehensive account, which really gives a good "feel" for what fun it all was! 

The tour was a good taste of the many delights the Old Continent has to offer and we look forward to many more in future. 

Additional Photos © Margo Heartsong


SATORI EMBASSY WILL OPEN DURING BBB2B

Bellissaria's final embassy to Mainland SL will open as part of the Ambassadors Day programme during BBB2B. The formal event will be at 12 noon SLT on Wednesday, January 26th day . Watch out for the official invitation in BBBug, Bellisseria Citizens and our other usual group channels. Alternatively you can pick one up at the temporary embassy building at BBB2B itself.

The key ceremony will be preceded at 11am SLT by a Meet & Greet at the Satori Embassy with H.E. Bijoux Barr. H.E. Yuki will be organising a Bus Tour to arrive at that time. After the Embassy Opening at 12 noon SLT,  there will be a short tour around the embassy and then guests will be directed to a teleporter to the Dance Garden at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds for an After-Party featuring a special performance by famed SL composer and musician Bsukmet. If you don't know his music already, you are in for a treat! Your editor is both his friend and his fan.

Her Excellency Bijoux looks forward to welcoming you to her embassy, which completes our diplomatic representation to the rest of SL. Our still-new continent now connects the mainland continents geographically and we at the BBB hope our corps diplomatique can help bring SL together in other ways too. 


WELCOME NEW BUREAUCRAT AMANDAT TAMATZUI

The newest member of our staff is artist AmandaT Tamatzui, who will be assisting Sun in the design of future passport stamps and other art/design endeavours. We welcome her to our shiny-trousered, paper-pushing band of virtual apparatchiks! Please make a point of saying "hi" to her if you see her around BBB2B. 


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

There are many new stamps to collect as from tomorrow, but they're not all at locations. They are mobile stamps issued by Bellisseria's diplomats and the BBB's bureaucrats from SSiDs. These are tablet computers we will be carrying during BBB2B at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds that will apply a personal, signed passport control stamp when you click on them.

You can also collect the event stamp from BBB2B, which is the 300th passport stamp we've issued. You can get your entry visa to the Old Continent, Sansara, from our new embassy there. 

Finally, there's a wonderful build to explore at No Excuses. Check it out and collect the new stamp. 

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