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New Jeogeot Ambassador | Licence Plate Renewals | Birth of a Group Gift | Mt Campion Guided Tour Today | Spelunker's Stamp | Events & Announcements | New Locations

NEW AMBASSADOR APPOINTED TO JEOGEOT

Bel NewWe are pleased to announce the appointment of Her Excellency Jezebel Bailey (known to all as Bel) as Honorary Ambassador to the Second Life® Continent of Jeogeot. She takes office immediately.

Bel used to run the offices of the BBB so is well known to many of our readers. Her former colleagues are delighted to see "one of our own" honoured in this way and are happy to have her back among us in her new role.

The Diplomatic List has been updated and the Embassy has been fitted out. Welcome Your Excellency and good luck in all your diplomatic efforts!


 

BELLISSERIA LICENCE PLATE RENEWALS

The licence plates for SL motor vehicles issued by our Traffic Department (BBBTD) are valid for one calendar year. Please always apply for a new one before year end. We don't want anyone driving  illegally and giving Mr. Beeb the chance to call the police! Please apply in good time as BBBTD has only one employee. 

We also have big news about the plates. We plan to give them a total new look each year, beginning with 2023. The design has been the same for some time now, using the pretty Bellisseria Citizens Group logo. So we decided on a makeover to provide citizens with the chance to collect a new design every year. The new plates will also feature the name of your home region.

We know some of you love to play Game of Homes so must limit you to a maximum of two plates per year, allowing for one change of address. There is no prison in Bellisseria to which we can outsource the production of licence plates and we don't want to over-work our solo bureaucrat. She is, after all, a volunteer. So choose your region of residence carefully!


SL Renaissance Festival: The Silk Road Travel Permit | Trucking with the CPCB | Events Announcements | New Locations

SL RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

The third annual Renaissance Festival in Second Life® opened yesterday (September 23rd) and runs until October 2nd. The organisers told The Gazette

The SL Renaissance Festival is Second Life's premier Medieval shopping and entertainment experience. We are proud to partner with Linden Lab in support of the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

The noble mission of the festival is to help fund breast cancer research, provide information and support and help people reduce their breast cancer risk or detect it early. This year's theme is The Silk Road, a famous historical network of trade routes connecting China and the Far East to the Middle East and Europe.

The Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy and the Continental Passport Control Board contributed our technology to this year's festival so the organisers could issue a Silk Road Travel Permit. Festival-goers can use it to collect beautiful stamps from the various destinations along the route. Our very own Sun made the stamps and they really are lovely, as you can see from the photos.

Of course, our own passport holders are not left out. There's an event stamp for their passports too. Like all other visitors however, they'll need the special permit to collect the Silk Road stamps.


TRUCKING WITH THE CPCB
CPCB Trucks

Many readers will be familiar with GTFO! (Get the Freight Out!), the RPG that's all about delivering freight by road, rail, sea or air. You will have seen trucks, trains, boats and planes in SL bustling about on GTFO! business. You may even have done some deliveries yourselves.

His Excellency Freddie Harrington, Hon. Ambassador to Nautilus, told The Gazette this week;

 I expect some people have noticed the ghost trucks which go around Satori, they're a bit like the pods but maybe more fitting to the theme of that particular continent which has tons of GTFO! points and players.

At the inspired suggestion of our founder Boo, Freddie has arranged for some of these ghost trucks (designed and scripted by an SL resident with the truly splendid name of Zipper Wurgle) to advertise the services of the Continental Passport Control BoardYou may see them running around on the continents of Corsica and Nautilus bearing the CPCB's logo.

Click on them as they pass by and you will get a landmark to our local Embassy and an information notecard. Keep your eyes open for them!


EVENTS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Screenshot 2022-09-22 at 09.21.17As a service to landowners with stamp terminals for our passports we are always happy to publicise events they hold at their stamp-issuing locations. Just send your information / press release to the Editor Dave (Lord Junibalya) in-world by notecard or via the Email the Editor link in the sidebar. 

This week new location Tabu Social Club has a grand opening event and you are invited! The party is at the club on Sunday September 25th at 2-4pm SLT. Get your dancing shoes on as DJ REGI YIFU will be master of music for the event.

PRIZES will be randomly awarded to Tabu group members, during the event. So be sure to wear your tag! Owner Safi Starlight told The Gazette; 

TABU is a friend of the ARTS in Second Life! Works by renowned artists AmandaT Tamatzui, Pagan Lane, and LOUVRE will be on display

If you love to play games in SL, there are several of the most popular game tables at Tabu.


 NEW LOCATIONS

Our colleague Amanda's art event continues at the Second Life Endowment for the Arts. This huge art installation features hidden spots for visitors to find and one is a ballroom where you can now find another limited-edition stamp.

The next two locations this week do not feature new stamps. PAW – Public Animal Welfare and our esteemed journalistic colleagues at the SL Newser have relocated in-world and taken their stamp terminals with them. The updated SLURLs are below. Both the Gazette Online Travel Guide and the StaFi HUD in-world have also been updated.

Other new locations this week are the Bear Paw Tour at Mount Campion, the charming Chalet Alpenrose B&B in Bellisseria, the hip and happening Tabu Social Club in Heterocera and of course the limited edition event stamp for the SL Renaissance Festival.

Happy travels!

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SL Newser PE BBB Stamp Locations 1 v2.01.001 Relocation - no new stamp
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Farewell, dear Pru, and Thanks | New Open Homes HUD | Mount Campion Self-Guided Bear Paw Tour | Mount Campion Fall Treasure Hunt | The Spelunker's Map Project | New Locations

FAREWELL, DEAR PRU, AND THANKS

Prudence_Profile_photoPrudence Anton has been a pillar of the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy for some time and especially since she merged her Bellisseria Parade of Homes venture into our bureaucracy. Sadly, her RL obligations mean she has had to retire from the BBB. She will be sadly missed. 

Pru is a true SLebrity and for all the best reasons. She's always glamorous, yes. She's seen at the best parties, yes. She organises the best SL weddings, yes. And she has been the Spielberg of Bellisseria for a long time with the wonderful movies she makes with Sceneris of our community events. But she's no shallow, showbiz narcissist. Behind everything she does is a drive to make Bellisseria – and Second Life® as a whole – a better community. She's one of those Bellisserians who took the idea the Lindens and Moles gave us and ran hard with it.

Boo Rojyo, founder and CEO of the BBB said;

Prudence supported the BBB when it was little more than a vague idea in my head. She received the 6th passport we ever produced, and helped publicise what was a very modest offering at the time. Pru later joined the BBB bringing the very sophisticated Parade of Homes offering with her plus her legendary event and cinematic skills. We'll miss her many SL skills, but personally I'll miss her people skills most. I very much respect her wise advice, and her enthusiasm. I trusted her so much I was more than happy for her to be the BBB's single point of contact with the Lindens, a role I knew she'd fulfil far better than me or anyone else. Anyway Pru's not gone, her influence in SL will live on, and the BBB is always an open house to her of course! Good look on your next endeavours Prudence! Don't be a stranger!

Thank you Pru and all our best wishes for your future. 


NEW OPEN HOMES HUD

BBB web whiz Robert Rhodan is developing a new gadget to distribute information about open houses in Bellisseria. It features not only those in the Parade of Homes Review, but also in Gingir Ghoststar's Bellisseria Inter-Pub League. So if you're interested in interior design, SL gardening and/or the principles of domestic prim economy, you will soon have a new way to check out how house-proud Bellisserians use their 350 prims!

Robert says of his invention;

A prime example of Bellisseria's community spirit is the generosity of those citizens who open their homes to the public so others can enjoy different home styles and be inspired by great interior design. Prudence Anton's Parade of Homes and Gingir Ghoststar's Bellisseria Inter-Pub League guide people to such homes via their respective blog and Discord Channel.

A recent comment from Nika Talaj in the SL forums gave me an idea to bring both guides together. Nika wrote: "It would be terrific if readers could just click on a home's picture and TP there." I'm happy to say that I have now made exactly such a tool by adapting the design of the StaFi HUD to make an in-world, browser-based Open Homes Guide.

The new guide features each home's name, SLURL (to TP directly with a mouse-click), exterior and interior photos, owner description and date of opening. Like the StaFI HUD, there' s a switch to hide or show the HUD on screen. It will show the most-recently added homes on a separate page.

The prototype features around 186 Open Houses, but many lack interior photos. The guide will invite owners either to provide photos themselves or invite Robert to organise a photo-shoot. The HUD automatically updates; users need do nothing more than click to refresh.

Be sure to drop by BBB HQ to get your own in-world Open Homes HUD from the dispenser that's already in place.

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You can also access the information in the HUD by clicking here. This online version will eventually automate the listings in the Parade of Homes Review. The PoHR itself, hosted like The Gazette by the BBB's Dave, will continue with occasional interior design articles by SL writer and creator, Teresa Firelight. 

Robert welcomes your feedback and suggestions on this new product, so please check out the prototype and drop him a note in-world or in the comments below. 


MOUNT CAMPION SELF-GUIDED BEAR PAW TOUR

Bearpaw Poster (no click)Mount Campion is pleased to announce that their most recent tour – the Bear Paw Tour – is now available self-guided. Just go to the Tour Start and look for little Bear Paw markers on the ground. Each marker has a number indicating which stop it is on the tour. Left click the marker and it will tell you in local chat the information that a Ranger would give on a live tour. There is a lot of information at each stop, so each message ends with three tildes (~~~) to let you know it is finished.

There are also some directional markers (an arrow in the Bear Paw instead of a number). Those help you know which direction to go when there are confusing cross trails.

The tour takes about 75 minutes (an hour and 15 minutes). It starts and ends at the same location as the Main Tour, but takes you different places.

The tour tells the story of the Bear Paw Tribe, and traces the steps of their migration around Mount Campion. It will take you to several breathtakingly beautiful places, as well as to two of our Passport Stamp Terminals.

Mount Campion’s Main Tour also now has a self-guided version. It starts and ends at the same place as the Bear Paw tour, but is completely different. This tour uses arrows above the ground as Tour Stop Markers, and each marker points the direction to follow for the next stop. If you click on the Main Tour Stop, it also gives you information in local chat.

If you prefer a Ranger guided tour, each of the two tours will be offered at least once a month.

Article by Teresa Firelight


MOUNT CAMPION NATIONAL FOREST FALL CAVES TREASURE HUNT

MtCampionCave Treasure Hunt PosterIt is time to put on your best Indiana Jones gear and join in the hunt for buried treasure in the caves of Mount Campion. The first person to find the buried treasure wins $L1000. (There is only 1 prize, so you'd better hurry to get started).

Somewhere in the caves of Mount Campion National Forest are three 3-digit number clues, painted on various cave faces such as rocks or walls. The three-digit numbers are in large red letters and labeled Clue A, Clue B, and Clue C. You must find all three numbers, record them on a notecard, then submit the notecard to Mar Scarmon to claim your treasure! The first correct submission wins!

The caves of Mount Campion National Forest are located in four adjacent regions on the Heterocera continent, these are Campion, Campanula, Highflyer, and Spinach. The clues will be in open walkable areas of the caves, they will be visible if you walk around and explore the caves thoroughly and they will not be concealed inside objects or in inaccessible locations. The clues will not be blatantly obvious so you will have to search a bit.

If you would like full details of the hunt, including the locations to cave entrances, please Go Here and left click on the Treasure Hunt sign. It will give you a notecard with all the details you need.

Article by Mar Scarmon (aka Marz) and Teresa Firelight | picture by Teresa Firelight


THE "SPELUNKER'S MAP" PROJECT 

The Cave System in Mount Campion National Forest is a popular destination for SL'ers. Exploring the caves is fun. But for adventurers walking in the footsteps of Indiana Jones and Zork I..III (anyone old enough to remember that ?) it is easy to get lost. To quote Zork

You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike. It is pitch dark there. You are likely to be eaten by a Gru

According to the park rangers, the caves are uncharted. It would be a big task for one person to map them, so I devised a collaborative way to map caves that span four regions. I call it The Spelunker's Map.

The idea is simple. I have published a shared Google Drawing 256x256 grid map for each of the four regions. As it's shared, many contributors can work on it together. Any explorer taking part can: 

  • use the SL coordinates displayed in his/her viewer to mark any fork in the path.
  • choose one path and walk to the next fork
  • draw a line between the previous fork and this one to represent the path. It can be a straight line, as you can't go through cave walls!
  • optionally, add a photo at any point of interest to help other travellers
  • if passages cross at different height levels, but are not connected, they can be added in different colours
  • if a path from a fork leads to a new region, add a point on each region's map, with an explanatory comment
  • place a stub and a text note "yet unexplored" for any unmapped paths from forks to help themselves and other cavers in future

Here is a link to an example of an edited map. This illustrated PDF manual explains the system in full. Here are the links to all the regional maps. 

Mt. Campion Region (partly complete)
Campanula Region (empty)
Spinach Region (empty) 
Highflyer Region (empty)

Before you begin to edit these live maps, you might like to use this demo grid for some practice!  Please be careful to use the recommended settings as set out in in the PDF manual

I'm sure the fun of exploration is all the incentive many readers will need. However, there are others! You will have the chance, while mapping the caves, to win the Treasure Hunt announced in the previous article. Furthermore, every explorer who makes a serious contribution to this project will receive a special Spelunker Stamp for his/her passport.  You can bet that this will be one of the most rare and sought-after stamps for any collector.

Happy exploring!

Article and Project Design by Robert Rhodan


NEW LOCATIONS

As a keen SL sailor and aviator, your Editor was very familiar with the airstrip on the island at Coral Waters in Bellisseria. He has moored or landed there many times. Until this week, however, he didn't know it had a name – Dogbone Airstrip. Viewed from the air, it makes sense! 

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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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Beeb Metamorphosis Part IV: The Finale | Stamp hunting on YouTube | United Artists of SL Exhibition for H.E. Bijoux | Teresa wins Photo Competition | New Locations

BEEB METAMORPHOSIS PART IV: THE FINALE (A STORY FOR NATURECON 2022)

Previously on Beeb Metamorphosis: Chief Passport Inspector Eustace Beeb suffered a transformation following unwise experiments. 

The day wore on with Beeb, in weaker moments, almost blaming himself for his predicament. It was starting to get dark. He'd have to face Mrs Beeb at some point. Somehow the cover of darkness set him more at ease, as he scuttled through the streets of Bellisseria towards home. He walked through the door, his scratchy legs clattering noisily on the freshly polished hall tiles. 

“You're late Beeb” called a familiar voice from the kitchen “You're never late!”

“I..I..didn't have my watch dear” Beeb squeaked  back. At least this was true, his timepiece being most unsuitable for spiny thin wrists.

With a huff Mrs Beeb stepped into the hall. She stopped dead in her tracks. Her naturally loose jaw now loosened somewhat further at the sight that met her.

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'What has the fool done this time?' she thought. She was furious. Worse still it was Beeb's turn to do the washing up tonight. No way was she entrusting her best china to those most improper claws. She quizzed Beeb on the cause of this calamity. Fortunately his newly acquired beetle essence prevented the act of blushing, or he would have flushed furiously at his humiliation.

Having discounted the Scotch Egg as the cause, or some evil plot by his BBB colleagues, under the thorough interrogation of Mrs Beeb, Eustace Beeb was forced to confess the extent of his experimentations. He'd always feared his dear wife wouldn't approve.

Having identified the root cause, Mrs Beeb formulated a plan. She dismissed her husband to the best lounge. In the meantime she descended to the cellar to glean what information she could from Beeb's impromptu laboratory amongst the jars of home made pickled quince chutney and her late mother's Hummel ornaments. 

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Beeb crawled under the sofa and awaited his fate, now in a state of total dejection. A rather tasty long discarded mouldy cream cracker distracted him for a moment at least. Meanwhile Mrs Beeb sat on a tea chest in the cellar poring over Beeb's copious journals. Occasionally she tutted over his spelling mistakes, and guffawed at his schoolboy miscalculations. 

In less than an hour she returned to fetch her errant husband. Meekly, Beeb scuttled after his wife down the cellar steps. She sat him down on a box and attached the fine threads to his scalp. Beeb sat in glum compliance.

Mrs Beeb sternly warned her husband not to look at the specimen at the other end of these thread like tubes. Whilst not looking Beeb glanced at the tiny man with a beetle head trapped in a recently emptied chutney jar. That puny body could only have been a smaller version of his own. The creature was distracted licking the remains of the rather overripe chutney from the sides of the jar, seemingly unaware of the threads attached to it's huge grotesque head.

Slowly Beeb felt his body restore. Claws became hands. Black armour became flesh, and light didn't make him fearful any more. Mrs Beeb had saved the day, and Beeb resigned himself to being reminded of that on a constant basis. His laboratory was packed away and taken to the goodwill the very next day.

The beetle was restored to its terrarium. Now one hundred per cent beetle again. The only after effect was an obsession to order every stone, pebble, and twig in rows by order of size, shape, or age. This was generally annoying to his fellow beetles.

Other than a new predilection for consumables past their best by date Beeb was also fully restored to his former self. He also annoyed and vexed all he came into contact with, but as we all know this wasn't exactly a new character flaw.

So the moral of the story is....

DO NOT INTERFERE IN NATURE !

You may not be as lucky as Eustace Beeb, the BBB Inspector of Passports and part time beetle enthusiast.

Also if a collection of used laboratory kit and journals turns up at your local goodwill, maybe pass on that. Second hand head wear is a much safer buy. 

Article by Boo Rojyo, as recounted to him by Mr. Beeb | photographs by Boo Rojyo | Mr Beeb's beetle collection was on show at NatureCon 2022, now sadly ended.


STAMP HUNTING VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE

YouTube user Spritle Racer (SL resident Angie Xenga) has been streaming live videos of her explorations in search of passport stamps under the title Bellisseria Passport Trips, with the strapline;

Got the Bellisseria Passport...now what? 

We enjoy her approach to the venture. She doesn't just TP in, she drives, sails or flies. Nor does she edit out her many mishaps! These are not polished productions; they're real time recordings of live videos. 

They're steadily building into a library of SL travelogues; each featuring a passport stamp collected. Check them out here


UNITED ARTISTS OF SL EXHIBITION FOR H.E. BIJOUX

Duo_tone_woman_2Bijoux Barr, Honorary Ambassador to Satori, is taking part in an exhibition which opened on September 1st in the Galerie Principale at United Artists of SL – a major art complex in Satori.

An interesting selection of her original artworks is on show. Your editor's personal favourites were her duotone portraits. 

292956467_1374001706338835_1876796416470413680_nWe congratulate Her Excellency on the exhibition and commend it to you. 


TERESA WINS PHOTO COMPETITION

Rental Office Waterfall
Our very own Teresa Firelight is also enjoying artistic success at present. She entered the NatureCon 2022 photography contest and won first prize! She said;

I had a lot of fun with this contest. I had recently discovered and fallen in love with Mount Campion National Forest; so when the contest was announced, I knew that was where I wanted to take my picture. That park has so many beautiful areas, it is a wonderful place to go when you want to do some SL photography.

Congratulations Teresa!


NEW LOCATIONS

The Firestorm Viewer celebrates its 12th Anniversary today (September 3rd). Spokesperson Teresa Firelight told The Gazette;
We consider 12 years a major milestone and are responding with a major celebration. Also a Limited Edition Event stamp is provided for those who collect passport stamps. The party will start at 4 PM with an amazing 2 hour show from Euphonius Productions—4 singers in quad streaming: Ryeshure, Ruvi Gatchie, Coco Geddins, and Mae Loved + Dancers! Then we will have an hour of DJ entertainment from Firestorm's own DJ: DJ Trick spinning his ULTIMATE MIX of New Music by great Indie Bands
 
There will also be gifts ... more than there has ever been before at any Firestorm celebration. Gift creators include: ABC Awesome Breed Creations, Addams, !!Firelight!!, Kreatures, Teegle, Teule, Versov, Wild Kajaera and Firestorm itself. The party only lasts for 2 hours, but the gifts will be available at the party location through the end of September.
For more information, including the location, please see Jess Lyon's Blog. The location is embargoed until later today, but we will update the Gazette Online Travel Guide and the StaFi HUD as soon as it's released. 
 
Our other new location this week is the largest airport in the Sansara snowlands; Chamonix City. It makes an excellent launching point for some of the most adventurous flying in SL. 
 
Firestorm 12th Anniversary, PE Happy 12th BirthdayFirestorm Screenshot 2022-09-01 at 00.34.24
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Greg’s Bar Boat Ride @NatureCon | Bar Train Too! | Beeb Metamorphosis Part III: A story for NatureCon 2022 | All at Sea for a Rare Stamp | New Locations

GREG'S BAR BOAT RIDE @NATURECON 2022

I saw an announcement about a bar boat ride from Naturecon to the SS Galaxy cruise ship and back. I decided to hop on it. My friend MissB joined me. We arrived on what was literally a floating bar and lounge area, attached to a small tug boat.

We were greeted by Captain Greg Timmerman and he offered us a drink. Since it was early in the morning, I choose orange juice and MissB choose coffee. (Yea, I know… boring… but what can I say.. we had both just got out of bed half an hour ago, and it was too early for anything alcoholic).

Greg's Bar Boat_002kThe tour itself was scenic; sailing past several small islands and docked houseboats. It took us about half an hour to travel from Naturecon to the Galaxy. The boat tour traveled back to Naturecon, but I had to skip the return trip because of some RL stuff.

In addition to departing from Naturecon, Greg offers several other tours. His dock is located here.  If you happen to arrive when the boat is already out on the water, there is a sign you can click to track the boat’s location and TP to it. People are welcome to join the cruise even when the tour is already in progress but be sure to sit down quickly so the boat doesn't sail away from you and leave you in the water.

It was fun and I recommend that you try to catch one of his tours.

Article and Photo by Teresa Firelight


BAR TRAIN TOO!

Greg also runs a bar train and we joined it for a trip through Bellisseria. There was a big crowd on board the luxurious carriages and much fun was had by all!

Bar Train


BEEB METAMORPHOSIS PART III: A STORY FOR NATURECON 2022

Previously on Beeb Metamorphosis: Chief Passport Inspector Eustace Beeb suffered a transformation following unwise experiments ...

Most disconcertingly Novacoleoptera Beebii had a fatal attraction to cockroach bait from which no titanium shell would ever protect them. 

Roach_Bait_ImageIt was obvious he needed to instil some higher intelligence into these poor dumb creatures. Of course the highest intelligence he'd ever encountered was simply so readily to hand. Himself, Eustace Beeb, evidently! 

Responsibly, he'd dwelt on the ethics of his plan for a full half hour. But of course depriving beetlekind of his superior intellect was far greater a crime than interfering in nature.

He selected a robust timarcha tenebricosa specimen for his most important experiment. He'd like to say he'd chosen the solid black beetle for its superior intellect, however he'd selected it on the basis that it was the easiest to catch in his terrarium.

Hooked up via silk thin tubes, cranium to cranium, Beeb began the slow process of inter-class transfer, from mammal to insect! Beeb felt a definite sensation of something momentous occurring. 

It was a slow process, and his mind wandered. That scotch egg in the refrigerator, might just be past its sell by date, but it suddenly felt irresistibly enticing. A man, accustomed to subduing his every base desire, was quite overcome by the effects of the aura of success.

The beetle by his side looked just as dumb and docile as before, but Beeb was convinced something significant had transpired. It was understandable the beetle might need a little time to acclimatise to its new elevated intellect.  

Beeb_with_Brain_Cap_v2It slowly dawned on Beeb, as he noisily rummaged through the trash bin for delicious long discarded morsels of rotten food, that the transfer might not have been in just one direction. For once though he was glad the BelliBin collection was delayed.

To be concluded in the next edition of The Gazette...

Article by Boo Rojyo, as recounted to him by Mr. Beeb | photographs by Boo Rojyo | Mr Beeb's beetle collection is currently on show at NatureCon 2022


ALL AT SEA FOR A RARE STAMP

I predict that the DRFS NatureCon 2022 ferry service stamp (announced last week) will be one of the rarest in the history of the BBB/ CPCB passports. To obtain it, you must catch the DRFS ferry serving the time-limited NatureCon 2022 event (see the ferry company's website or last week's edition for details) and click on the SSiD tablet computer carried by the ferry captain.

She doesn't make it easy by lurking in her cabin throughout the voyage, so some camming skills are required on a boat that's bobbing about! I recommend you show up early and grab her while everyone else is boarding. Clickety-click, double-quick!

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I boarded the cute ferry with its special NatureCon livery on the dock at Utopia Point in Bellisseria. I made it past the first stop at the Norse Auk lighthouse before, sadly, crashing out of SL. At least I had time to people-watch my fellow passengers and collect the precious stamp. Later I logged back in and swam the rest of the way!

As an experienced SL sailor who loves to explore our virtual paradise by sea, I know that such are the dangers of grid navigation. We are all in peril on the SL sea – especially at region crossings. But hey, there's no adventure without jeopardy! Try it yourselves while you can and I wish you all a safer trip than I had! 

Article and Photo by your Editor


NEW LOCATIONS

We are unstinting in our praises for our Moles. All we SL'ers love them. They are after all "our own" – residents just like us – recruited to use their in-world skills for the Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW). They gave us Bay City. They built us our Linden highways. They landscaped all of Bellisseria and built our homes there.

BBB Stamp Location Shonash Ravine Bridge_002Just occasionally, however, these furry Homers nod. The new location this week is just such an example. The Shonash Ravine Bridge is very good up to a point. The point, that is, where it stops in mid-air. Not to worry though. Completion of construction is scheduled (see photo – click to enlarge)

We at The Gazette have a theory as to how such a long delay came about. Shonash Ravine is nowhere to be found on the SL World Map. The unfinished bridge is actually located at the Clayton Ravine. Perhaps, having once mis-labelled it in their project management system, the Moles have never been able to find it again to finish it?

Many Moles carry our passports and collect our visa stamps, so perhaps now the Gazette Online Travel Guide and/or the StaFi HUD will allow them to find it again and complete the work? To do so will require the exercise of eminent domain (compulsory purchase powers) however, as the Moles have now built some rather nice houses on the other side of the ravine!

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BBB AIR FORCE ONE TAKES TO THE SKIES

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BBB AF1 coming in to land

Being a reporter for The Gazette can be tough at times but the only difficulty of this assignment was keeping it a secret for so long! My pleasure in imagining the surprise on our ambassadors' faces when the news broke helped me hold my tongue. Now my wait is over!

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Alicia & Robert with AF1 | click to enlarge | Photo by Robert

Courtesy of Alicia K. Johnson of Quimby Aviation, here is our new aircraft – a dedicated private helicopter for transporting Bellisseria's Hon. Ambassadors on their diplomatic missions around the grid. When he heard the news, Boo Rojyo (Founder and CEO of the BBB) immediately named the craft BBB Air Force 1!

If Alicia and Quimby Aviation ring a bell, you may recall the flights they offered during BBB3B and the spectacular aerobatics show they staged for our visitors.

Alicia, a good friend of the BBB, was kind enough personally to take our editor Dave and me on AF1's maiden flight. She flew us over NatureCon 2022 and hovered over the BBB's pavilion there for photographs.

She was also kind enough to spare the time for an interview, explaining that Quimby Aviation is unique in SL;

Because we are a true working airline. Our focus is flying and taking care of our passengers

Quimby operates single and twin engined small, medium and larger jet aircraft up to and including their 737. Their helicopters are mostly executive carriers designed for small groups.

If someone wants to book a flight, they can contact Alicia or any of Quimby Aviation's pilots directly or leave a message in one of the SL travel groups. They will then set about scheduling the flight. Alicia added;

The farthest distance we can cover for a flight is from one SL continent to another. Although it can be a bit risky flying over ban lines and orbs, we can usually make the trip!

Asked about her pilot's RL experience of flying, she said; 

As far as I know only one of our pilots is a pilot in RL. He is ex military. Flying in SL vs RL is different although some similarities exist.

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BBB AF1 flying over the BBB pavilion at NatureCon 2022

Article & photograph by Robert Rhodan | Other photographs by Dave


EMBASSY ACTIVITIES TO ENHANCE YOUR SL EXPERIENCE 1- Mt Campion signHonorary Ambassador Dariah Raynier arranged a tour of Mount Campion National Forest on July 30th. I saw the notice and mentioned it to my friend Laurel. We decided to go on the tour. At the time we had no idea how much this was going to enhance our SL experience.

The tour was conducted by one of the Park’s Rangers, Hex Shining North Star and by the Park’s Owner, Mar Scamon. It lasted over 90 minutes. There was so much to see in this large forest, and it was all so interesting and beautiful. Also, we noticed that the park had several campsites and two BBB/CPCB passport stamp machines.

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Laurel and I were captivated with the forest preserve. It was large, beautiful and really gave the feel of being in a national forest park. We realized that the tour only covered a small percentage of the park, and that there was so much more to see and do there.

We decided to rent a small campsite each in the park, so that we could have a home base to explore it further. We decorated our campsites and showed them (and the park) to some of our friends. Our friends fell in love with the place too – and some of them rented campsites as well. (The park rents some lovely mountain homes too, but since we were all Bellisseria home owners, little campsites and Cabins made more sense to us.)

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3- Laurel Campsite

Suddenly there were five of us with campsites in the park. Naturally we had to see each other’s sites and that meant we needed to figure out how to travel between them. That sounds easier than it actually is because there are so many twisty trails and paths and it is very easy to get lost – in fact that is sort of a standing joke with the park residents “this is a fun and beautiful place to get lost in.”

5- Cece's Cabin

6- MissB Cabin
We have had so much fun exploring together, gathering at each other’s campsites, etc – there is something exhilarating about being outdoors surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful nature. This forest is so realistic, and we are spending more time getting together in it than we did visiting each other’s Bellisseria homes. In addition, each of us has had a lot of fun exploring the park on our own, doing park activities and meeting other people who live here.

7- Fay Campsite

There is no doubt in any of our minds that Mount Campion National Forest has enriched our SL experience. And it is unlikely that any of us would have found it if it were not for the Hon. Ambassador to Heterocera arranging that tour. The BBB ambassadors do great work showing off their continents, and I am looking forward to finding out what they will show us next.

If this article inspired you to check out Mount Campion National Forest, they have a self-guided tour you can take. Each tour sign will talk to you in local chat when you touch it, and is shaped like an arrow pointing to the next tour stop. The tour starts here.

Article and photographs by Teresa Firelight


BEEB METAMORPHOSIS PART II: A STORY FOR NATURECON 2022

In the previous episode: Eustace Beeb of the BBB suffered a transformation following experiments to create super-beetles...

There was no way Beeb's clunky claws could handle the blue toothbrush so neatly arranged next to his wife's more delicate pink version. He'd have to leave, teeth unbrushed, which was quite a bother to him.

It was obvious that his uniform really wouldn't fit that morning, but his shiny black armour looked quite presentable, all things considered.

His fresh mild cheese and cucumber sandwiches at the ready in the kitchen somehow held no attraction. So he scuttled off to work, sandwich-less, and for once not saying goodbye to his wife. Best not to bother her, he thought, with his little perturbation.

He was, as was all too habitual, left completely alone at work. Somehow he felt more comfortable crawling under the shade and shelter of his old and heavy oak desk. It was quite a day for firsts. No uniform, no sandwiches, no farewell to Mrs Beeb, teeth unbrushed, and now working under his desk.

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His thoughts turned to his current predicament. His razor sharp mind immediately linked his metamorphosis to his recent beetle experimentations. 

It was an all consuming passion somehow to improve upon nature. In one fell swoop to evolve beetles in a single generation to an advanced state they hadn't reached in aeons.

His early trials were promising but somehow still unsatisfactory. The new cyber species Novacoleoptera Beebii was a much improved and better-armoured beetle. Titanium shells made them almost indestructible. However they were also inordinately stupid – almost on a par with his work colleagues, as he'd sniggered to himself. 

To be continued...

Article by Boo Rojyo, as recounted to him by Mr. Beeb | photographs by Boo Rojyo | Mr Beeb's beetle collection is currently on show at NatureCon 2022


SNEAK PEEK

BBB's Robert Rhodan who brought you StaFi – the stamp finder HUD – is planning a new, community-driven collaboration project. It's to be called the BBB Spelunker's Map of Mt. Campion Caves. Here is an early preview based on grid-drawing using SL coordinates. There will be more news about this in the next few weeks.

Spelunking Preview


NEW LOCATIONS

To collect the Ferry Service stamp from NatureCon 2022, it's not enough to visit the pick up point for the ferry provided below. The stamps are not issued by a stationary terminal, but instead by an SSiD (single stamp issuing device) carried by the Ferry Captain. You'll need to make the voyage and click on the SSiD tablet computer the captain carries in order to get the stamp! It may help you to check out the ferry timetables here or at the NatureCon 2022 destination dock.

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NATURECON 2022 COMING SOON

BBB @ NatureCon 2022_001The excitement is mounting about NatureCon 2022 – the new event for nature lovers in Second Life®. The Gazette has already featured a sneak preview of the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy's stand there and details of the DRFS Ferry Service to take you to the event.

The inaugural NatureCon will run from the 18th through the 31st of August. Details of the Event Stamp appear in the New Locations section below – though the stamp terminal may not be in place until the event opens next Thursday.

Mark up your diaries, clean your hiking boots and get ready for some fun in and around the Great Outdoors.


BEEB METAMORPHOSIS PART 1: A Warning from Nature

Beeb woke early. He always wakes early; punctuality is his byword. Although his work colleagues would be nothing but pleased if he was late, or preferably never arrived at all.

Scotch Egg - 1He sensed he wasn't quite himself. Was it that Scotch Egg he'd so scandalously eaten after eight in the evening? Mrs Beeb had warned him of his rash and decadent impetuosity.

However last night he was so dizzily buoyed up with elation at the apparent progress of his experimentation that a Scotch Egg had seemed minor recompense for his labours.

Those fools at the BBB would squirm and wither under the brilliant light of his reflected glory when it was revealed that he, Eustace Q. Beeb, was the man who had single-handedly improved and evolved the whole order of Coleoptera with his devious manipulations.

Beeb_BeetleHe scuttled off to the bathroom, as quietly as he could so as not to disturb the still-sleeping Mrs Beeb. That good lady's usual sweet nature could be somewhat fractious at that time of the morning.

It was the accustomed bland face that looked back at him in the bathroom mirror. However the body, well the body such as it was, was a thorax and abdomen in shiny oily black armour. His arms were thin, black, scaly, and thorny. His hands, such as they were, were rudimentary pretarsus insect claws. 

It was most discomforting. 

To be continued...

Article by Boo Rojyo, as recounted to him by Eustace Q. Beeb | photographs by Boo Rojyo


NEW LOCATIONS

The inaugural NatureCon will run from the 18th through the 31st of August and a special event stamp (preview below) will be available for intrepid explorers who venture into SL's Great Outdoors. Please be aware that you may not be able to access the stamp terminal until the event opens. Enjoy!

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NATURECON 2022

There are many new locations issuing stamps this week. That's partly to do with NatureCon 2022, an event that will run from August 18th - 31st. Its noble mission is;

to inspire connections between related SL communities and organisations through a shared love of exploration and expressions of Nature in SL

Screenshot 2022-07-26 at 13.35.19NatureCon 2022 is produced by Soull Starlight and Her Excellency Yukiko Yeshto, Hon Ambassador of Bellisseria to Sansara; two community-minded residents with a background in community management and event planning. They were recently featured on Lab Gab and find joy in bringing unique experiences to the grid. Soull is known for her luxury Mainland experiences and Yuki is famous for her tours, in which many of us have taken part. Yuki explained to us how NatureCon came about; 

During a morning-coffee-chitchat Soull was saying she'd love to see tech conferences in SL. As we talked in IM, we realised we were each at separate forest locations on Mainland. I suggested an event on the theme of Nature and so NatureCon was born. It took us about another hour to plot our main goals and ideas. We both enjoy Mainland and Bellisseria. Soull offers many places on Mainland continents for residents to enjoy. I, as Ambassador for Sansara, have a direct connection to Bellisseria. So it was natural (no pun intended) for us to wonder how to bring them together and support the whole SL community. We originally planned a 3-day-conference around Nature at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds but everyone we asked was so excited to be part of it that we ended up on event regions between Sansara and Bellisseria. Which perfectly matches with our idea of connecting Mainland (and in my case, especially Sansara) with Bellisseria through a shared love for Nature. We started with ten collaborators for a 3-day conference on a quarter region but ended up with more than fifty collaborators for a two week conference in 2 regions!
The BBB, CPCB and The Gazette are happy to be involved with this exciting new project. The BBB will have a stand there, with a surprise nature exhibit so please be sure to visit us and check it out. There will be a time-limited special event stamp for your passport.
 
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We hope this is going to become one of the regular features of the Second Life® events calendar. 

MOUNT CAMPION TOUR PHOTO-REPORT

H.E. Dariah Raynier reports that last week's 90-minute guided tour of Mount Campion National Park was a great success. She kindly  provided these photos of the event. 

If you'd like to get a sense of what it's like to be on such a tour, check out this video from the esteemed SL Newser, made by BBB Bureaucrat Robert Rhodan.


SL19B MEMORIES

H.E. Yukiko Yeshto, Hon. Ambassador to Sansara, drew our attention to this Flickr Album of photos of SL19B by Wildstar Beaumont. They include several excellent images of the Bellisseria Bureau of Bureaucracy's stand. We thought you might enjoy checking them out too. Well done Wildstar!


PROBLEMS WITH SCRIPTS

We've had occasional problems in the past with users (and recently a landowner) complaining that our stamp terminals don't work for them. The cause has always been the same – the owner of the land where the terminal stands had disabled all scripts but their own. This is an option in the land menu.

If you encounter this problem as a user, please let us know and we'll sort it out with the landowner. As a temporary work-around until that happens, try standing just outside the land in question and reaching in to touch the terminal. Your scripts will then work. In fact you may find they work as soon as you step off the script-disabled land!

Our stamp terminals and our passports are full of clever scripts. If you have a terminal deployed on your land, you need to let those scripts work so please check the settings in your land menu. 


NEW LOCATIONS

Our new locations this week include one of the prettiest boat rez zones you're ever likely to see. We're always looking for a reason to fly our fae or dragon avatars to Fantasseria but we'll now also have to see what elven watercraft are available on the Marketplace. It would just seem wrong to embark on any less magical craft at such a place! If you do set sail from here, be careful when heading Westwards. We'd hate you to break the Ban of the Valar by sailing to the Undying Lands. Even if you didn't cause the Fall of Second Life®, we'd miss you.

Just as pretty, but less fantastical, is Bellisseria's surf beach at Treeowatoor. Our beloved Moles have made many wonderful hangouts for us, but this is one of the best. Great fun to surf from of course, but also a cool place to spend time with friends on the beach or at the bar. Speaking of the Moles, please don't embarrass them by asking why so many of the houseboats they build seem to come to grief. The one here looks like it was washed ashore in some simulator storm. Just smile and call it landscaping please!

There's more beautiful Bellisserian landscaping at Orion Falls and you'll find charming oriental gardens at the Sakurasseria community centre in Shobu. While you're there, we suggest you take a look around to find the cutest of all SL's railway stations.

Magellan's Secret Hideout is not quite so secret now that a passport terminal marks the spot. You'll still need to explore a little to find the hideout though.

You might like to wear a wetsuit (or tail and scale if you're of the merfolk) before you drop in on Stormy Waters.  Perhaps surprisingly, among all this week's beautiful natural locations, one of the most attractive is a humble neighbourhood dog park. The Moles really went to town on this build. There are rez zones outside the park gates, so you can drive your tired pooch home afterwards. Enjoy! 

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TO NATURECON 2022 BY FERRY

DR Ferry Services (DRFS) is an official NatureCon 2022 collaborator and will be offering a special service for the event. From August 18-31, visitors will be able to travel to the convention site by ferry.
 
The brand new ferry DRFS 22-111 Bellisseria Shuttle will sail several times a day between Bellisseria and the NatureCon 2022 site on Sansara according to a timetable. Departures will be Monday through Sunday from Utopia Point. The Bellisseria Shuttle will sail a route between Utopia Point, Norse Auk Lighthouse, Osmium (convention site), Axel Harbor, Osmium (convention site), Port Scandium and back to Utopia Point.
 
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On Mondays through Fridays, Naturecon can be reached once a day from Bellisseria Fairgrounds. There will be three feeder trips from Bellisseria Fairgrounds on Saturdays and two on Sundays.
 
Information on landmark tickets to the departure points and the ferry departure schedule will be available on the DRFS website from August 1st, 2022.
 
As a souvenir all passengers will receive a special DRFS ferry ticket, valid for an unlimited number of trips throughout NatureCon. As an extra for all BBB and CPCB passport holders, a special travel stamp can be collected from the ferry captain's tablet computer! Don't miss this rare opportunity.
 
DR Ferry Services is looking both for cooperation partners and for people who want to become a ferry pilot and sail the Linden Seas. If you are interested please contact DRFS in-world by IM to Dariah Raynier at DR Ferry Services HQ, 48081 West Road, Millers Pond, Bellisseria.
 
Article and photographs by H.E. Dariah Raynier

MEET THE TEAM: TERESA FIRELIGHT

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Last, and hopefully “not least,” I am also a member of the team. So I am sharing my interview with you:

1. How long have you been in SL?

It seems like all my life ... hehe ... but it is actually only been a little over 12 years.

2. How long you lived in Belli?

Since Oct of 2020

3. What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria?

I love the strong sense of community and the overall friendliness of the people who I have met there.

4. What motivated you to join the BBB team?

I was very impressed with what Prudence was doing there, and her work inspired me to want to be a part of the team and start making contributions as well.

5. What are your BBB responsibilities?

That is a good question. I was originally hired to assist one of the scripters with a big secret project... unfortunately other urgent projects and RL got in his way, and that project was more or less abandoned.

So I started filling in where things were needed. I am an avid photographer (trained by Visionaire) so I started doing photography for BBB, and also started assisting the scripters with testing and documentation. They were also looking for writers for the Gazette and Parade of Homes Review, so I started doing that on a regular basis as well.

Then RL demands claimed Ghost (the person who conceptualized the Post Office and originally managed it). So I inherited the post office, where I work closely with North (who scripted it.)

Then some events came up that needed help with builds... I had experience in that department too, so I volunteered to help with the first one and ended up as part of the events build team... building for BBB's Second Anniversary, Belliserria's Third Anniversay and SL19B.

So what are my BBB responsibilities? I guess the answer is that I have my fingers in a lot of pies and try to do whatever is needed at the moment.

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

That is a hard one... I can't choose between two things so I will mention both. I had an opportunity to photograph the moles and some of the Lindens for the opening of the Fantasy Community. It was really fun to see all (or at least most) of the moles in a single location. The second thing is using my personal SSID (Stamp giver) at some events and meeting all the nice people who came to collect my stamp.

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

In real life I am a published author and I enjoy both writing and reading.... I can't spell worth Jelly beans and I typo a lot... that is what Editors are for... to fix those mistakes.

8. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

This ‘Meet the team’ series has been a lot of fun for me. Thank you for taking the time to read it.

Article & Photograph by Teresa Firelight


SL COMMUNITY FORUMS

Although an SL'er for over fifteen years, your editor only recently discovered the community forums. There's usually lively chat going on there and some fun posts too. Our esteemed talpidae (the scientific name for moles) participate from time to time. They seem to find our speculations about what they are doing quite entertaining.

In this thread for example, Diamond Marchant posted a photo of herself by a parked LDPW car in an SSP region under development and asked if there was going to be a drive-in movie theatre. Abnor Mole promptly responded Sure. Why not? and posted a Gyazo with a screen wedged into the landscape!

In another recent thread a new game has begun in which residents who find Abnor's lost wallet are rewarded with Mole Trading Cards - new collectables that (according to Abnor);

...are a thing and they are something new. Each Mole makes their own (keep in mind not everyone has done one yet). Some Moles will make multiple ones or special ones or seasonal ones, and we can give them to residents. Think of them like Mole Bears, just easier to rez or wear (and lower LI).

Leora Greenwood was kind enough to share an image of one of Abnor's trading cards with the group. 

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Photograph © Leora Greenwood

It's not all frivolity though. Abnor also posts public works updates such as this one; 

For those of you who enjoy driving on the mainland roads, the bridge that was "out" in Davros/Fenric at the southern end of Route 8 has been fixed. 

506433351c235d2dc9bf4a2e53680c4bSo there's interesting information to be found among the joshing and teasing.

Browsing the Linden Homes section of the forums, I discovered the original discussion about Bellisseria when it was first in development. People were speculating about the new SSP regions and what they might be for. As SSP originally stood for "Super Secret Project", the Lindens and Moles were not giving any clues. Garnet Psaltery broke the news with the question;

There's a new group of regions, possibly a new continent, it seems, with regions named SSPn.  I only know about this from seeing a Flickr photo by Daniel Voyager.  Does anyone know what it's for? 

Fionalein commented; 

Wow looks like the start of a new continent ... 80 sims. Either the Lindens are up to something or there is a new giant private investor...

Which elicited a response from Patch Linden; 

What's a "sim"? I am TOTALLY up to something!

It's great that these historical discussions are still online. We can look back and smile now we know exactly what Patch was up to!

If you come across interesting discussions in the forums that you'd like to share with readers of The Gazette, please email the Editor using the link in the sidebar or drop a notecard in his mailbox at our office.


STAFI UPDATE

No action is required on your part but your Stamp Finder (StaFi) HUD has been updated with new features. They are all explained in this photo, courtesy of our very own Robert Rhodan.

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NEW STAMPS AND NEW LOCATIONS

We opened a new post office at Jeogeot last week, for which a new stamp was designed. We have now decided to make stamps for all post office locations with passport terminals in the same new style, so as to give the BBB Postal Service a consistent brand. The older locations have been in the Gazette Online Travel Guide (and now the StaFi HUD) for a while and many of you will already have the old stamps. If you'd like to collect the new ones however, you are welcome to present your passport again!

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Devil Ray Distribution is a practical working location but not without its charm. It's a GTFO! marine and aviation hub in Nautilus, accepting medium watercraft, large helicopters and medium seaplanes.  It is in the South-East corner of the region and the easiest access is travelling North from Gunnel. Fuel is available.

You'll see working freight ships, float planes and helicopters coming and going to the docks and landing pads but you'll also see people using it as a place to relax and enjoy a spot of fishing! 

Her Excellency Dariah wrote in last weeks' edition of The Gazette about Mount Campion National Forest in Heterocera. It's long been a favourite location for landscape photographers and hikers in SL. Now the peak of Mount Campion itself has a passport stamp, in addition to the stamp already available at the park information point

Our very own Amanda – artist and stamp designer – has built a new café at her art gallery and has designed a new stamp to go with it. So this is NOT the café that she formerly had in the guide. It's a new café and a new stamp. 

Finally, not a new stamp but a new location, the Dreamland Cheese Shop has moved. The cheese is just as delicious as before and the stamp is unchanged, so do be careful not to get a duplicate! 

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AmandaT Tamatzui Gallery Café

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Dreamland - Cheese Shop (relocated)

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