Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bay City Post - August 2017

WELCOME to the seventy-first issue of the Bay City Post - Keeping you updated on the best city on the Grid!

As one of my reporters reminded me, August is generally a time when "all good Europeans and psychoanalysts take off", and I was starting to think we would be doing the same. First Life has thrown me some serious curves over the past six months - some good, some bad, all life-changing...and Second Life has been put on a back burner because of it. I had decided to give up my editorship of the Post, but sitting in my office this morning, I remembered so many of the reasons that Second Life, and Bay City in particular, mean so much to me..and I reconsidered that decision.


Second Life is a magical place for me, and not just because I can color my hair blue on a whim. ;) From my first day here, when a friend took me to The Far Away and I was reminded of the Territories from Stephen King's "The Talisman", this has been a place which has filled me with wonder, and has often taken my breath away. I've made some very good friends in this world. I also met Ziki here, someone who fills both of my lives with love, laughter and adventure. Logging in may be more difficult when First Life gets this crazy, but SL is not something I'd ever want to lose.

And Bay City has been a part of my Second Life from the beginning. The building where the Post is located is in Dennis, the hub of so much Ever-induced mayhem in the past. I have a lot of good memories here, and one of the main reasons I took on the editor job was to honor Ever Dreamscape's memory. But I've come to realize that if I'm to do this job, I need to make it my own. When I took over the Brewery after Ever died, I planned to leave it as it was. But the joke was on me, because I turned on autoreturn and within seconds, the only thing left on the plot was a Dreamscape Insurance Policy, hanging in thin air. I could almost hear Ever laughing at me. She wouldn't have wanted a shrine; she'd have wanted us to make our own fun, and to create our own mayhem...in our own unique ways.


So, I'm staying, but expect some changes as I figure out how the Post needs to evolve. Have ideas? Let me know! And as I stated last month, the Post is looking for several talented reporters willing to write occasional articles for the front page, and also has a potential opportunity for a columnist (complete with your very own extra special desk in the newsroom!) Do you have an interest in what's happening in Bay City? Are YOU perhaps what's happening in Bay City? Well now's your chance to let your talents and your love for Bay City shine. We will ply you with endless coffee, our undying gratitude, and special access to the large gorilla perched atop the Post building. If this sounds like it is your cup of tea (or bunch of bananas), give us a shout!

Enjoy the last days of summer, and I'll see you in September!
-Kinn


 *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*BREAKING!*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

TOXIC TACO GETS BIG SOMBRERO

What Could Go Wrong?


Maybe this?


Monday, July 10, 2017

Bay City Post - July 2017

WELCOME to the seventieth issue of the Bay City Post - Keeping you updated on the best city on the Grid!

Bay City at SL14B
June saw the celebration of Second Life's fourteenth birthday, and as always, Bay City took part in the celebrations.  The slim, creative parcel build (pictured above) was designed by Marianne McCann, and featured an era-specific themed interior to highlight the best of our fair City. Years ago, an impromptu party at Bay City's birthday parcel was what introduced me to the City and it's fun-loving inhabitants. I hope that many more people found their way to Bay City through this year's display.

Reporters and Columnist Needed!

As you look through this month's columns, you'll notice that Georgia Florence Sipe, the Post's fashion reporter, has had to resign her position due to several new projects in both lives. Do you have an idea for a column? Send me an email at kinnaird.fiachra@gmail.com and let me know!

In addition. the Post is looking for several talented reporters willing to write occasional articles for the front page. Do you have an interest in what's happening in Bay City? Are YOU perhaps what's happening in Bay City? Well now's your chance to let your talents and your love for Bay City shine. We will ply you with endless coffee, our undying gratitude, and special access to the large gorilla perched atop the Post building. If this sounds like it is your cup of tea (or bunch of bananas), give us a shout!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Bay City Post - June 2017

WELCOME to the sixty-ninth issue of the Bay City Post - Keeping you updated on the best city on the Grid!

 

Bay City Celebrates Nine Years On The Grid

Anniversary Celebrations following the Parade. Photo by Wildstar Beaumont
On Sunday, May 21, Bay City celebrated its 9th Anniversary with a parade down Route 66, followed by a live music concert with Marx Dudek, Christov Kohnke, Winston Ackland and Oblee (Obeloinkment Wrigglesworth).  Please enjoy this wonderful video of the parade and the celebrations, as seen through the eyes of a giant snail/dapperly-dressed bunny, RacerX Gullwing.

 

Reflections on Bay City

by Ace Reporter, Marianne McCann

Nine years ago, after a lot of teasers on the Second Life® official blog, Bay City was opened for initial viewing. You could not teleport there directly -- a glitch that often comes up with new locations before they propagate -- so everyone was coming through Barcola or Cape Haven to see this much-ballyhooed place on the grid. I was one of hundreds of other users who swarmed through the regions, to see all the projects of the still new Linden Department of Public Works, and scope out hundreds of possible parcels.

That first tour cemented my own interest in Bay City, and led to me winning my first little parcel on an unfinished edge of the city with horrible road frontage. But I was happy.

Many of the initial auction prices were shocking, leading to the high price of land in Bay City that persists today. At the same time, the land in Bay City is worth more than your average plot of virtual real estate. Beyond the perceived value of double prims and Linden-created infrastructure -- both highly sought after -- Bay City is a community, a place with history, a culture and with, well, citizens.

In Bay City' first few months, the area was deemed a failure by many Second Life bloggers. Yet nine years later, the area is now an example of a virtual space done right. We're something special, and a delightful anomaly on the grid.

The city has gone through a lot of change. There were times of nightly griefings, or residents making "grief builds" to attack others, and times difficulty and challenge. Also, like any strong community, we have faced sorrow in the loss of prominent members of our community. The legacy and memory of BlueGin Yifu, Hyper Mole, Ever Dreamscape, and Nadia Soldya/Jacob Jedda still resonate in a world of pixels and points.

It is an honor to be a part of Bay City and its community.

So we celebrate nine years of the best darned virtual city in Second Life, the City by the Bay, and home of the greatest bunch of folks I've had the pleasure to get to know. Here's to many more years in our shared world, on the streets of our lovely city.
Photo of Marianne McCann by Kitterdoodle

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bay City Post - May 2017

WELCOME to the sixty-eighth issue of the Bay City Post - Keeping you updated on the best city on the Grid! In May, Bay City turns NINE, and that's a whole year older than out (not the) Mayori! We hope you will help us celebrate by joining us for our annual parade and musical festivities. You can find all of the details below.

But remember, you don't just have to wait for one big celebration each year. Bay City is chock-full of madness and mayhem exciting events each and every week! Join the Bay City Alliance, and get notices of all of the fun happenings in our fair city. As an example, every Thursday, there is a Rumble, where we race everything from cars, boats, airplanes, and even the occasional squid. The Demolition Derby, pictured below, is an absolute favorite, with cars scripted to fall apart when they crash into each other.

The aftermath of a Derby crash! Photo by

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Bay City's 9th Anniversary Celebration

 

In May of 2008 the Linden Department of Public Works unveiled its first project, the themed city area on the Second Life® Mainland known as Bay City.  In May of 2017, please help us celebrate Bay City's 9th Anniversary! Join us in a parade on Sunday, May 21st at 12:30 PM, starting from the band-shell in Bay City - Harwich and traveling down Route 66 and Park Place to the Bay City Fairgrounds at North Channel! Here is a handy traveler's map for the parade route!

Parade staging
Sunday, 21st May at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) SLT
Meet at the bandshell in Bay City - Harwich, with additional room in Bay City - Dennis, Bay City - Tisbury, and Bay City - Edgartown. The parade will begin promptly at 12:30 pm. SLT.

Parade viewing
Don't feel quite like the march? We have several handy parade viewing areas! Here's LMs to two of them:
Orleans Viewing Point
Falconmoon Viewing Point

Parade end
Parade will conclude in the North Channel -- but hang around for fun and festivities at the Bay City Fairgrounds! Performing will be MARX DUDEK from 12:30-1:30 p.m. SLT, followed by CHRISTOV KOHNKE from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., WINSTON ACKLAND from 2:30-3:30 p.m. SLT, and finally one more surprise guest from 3:30-4:30 p.m. SLT.

Who can participate?
Bay Citizens, Nova Albions, Shermervillians, Blumfeldians, Nautilods, and *all* residents of the Second Life Grid are welcome!

What do you want?
Festive outfits, unique avatars, costumes, floats, Macy's parade-style balloons, marching bands, stilt walkers, dancers, kids on bikes, dancers, drill teams -- you name it! Come and represent your own special part of Second Life!

How could I make a float?
Best bet is to make 'em as a wearable attachment, not a vehicle. Due to some of the difficulties with 'em last year, we would prefer to avoid vehicles as much as possible. Also, they'll make your experience better, too!  If you'd like a float base to use as a starting point, please contact Marianne McCann inworld.

How can I share my photos of the event? 
Send them to your mySL feed, Snapzilla, or Flickr! We even have flickr and Snapzilla groups!
http://www.flickr.com/groups/bay_city_visions
http://www.sluniverse.com/pics/ViewGroup.aspx?id=4
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Breaking News!

Toxic Taco Overrun by Flaming Pogosticks

The 400 Pogo Sticks of the Apocalypse
 Hey, it could happen...
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And that's all, Folks! Make sure to check out all of our columns to see what the Post reporters have been up to this month, and get cracking on those parade floats. We hope to see you all at the Anniversary!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bay City Post - April 2017

WELCOME to the sixty-seventh issue of the Bay City Post - Keeping you updated on the best city on the Grid!

 

EverFest

April in Bay City always starts with a celebration of our favorite April Fool - Ever Dreamscape! This year, the celebrations lasted an entire week, starting with the Rumble on Thursday, March 30th featuring crazy vehicles and shark costumes...mostly on fire. On Friday, March 31st there was a charity bowlathon at the Fairgrounds, with all proceeds going to Child's Play. And on the anniversary of Ever's birth, April Fool's Day, a party was held at the Bay City Brewery, followed by general mayhem and a mass torching of the City. The fire department, as per usual, was nowhere to be found. (More on that later.)

The Bay City Brewery is afire during EverFest - Photo by Marianne McCann

Guest Column - Roc Plutonian

This month the Post welcomes Roc Plutonian, landlord of the Post building and a dear friend of Ever's, as he offers a touching tribute to our Patron Firebug:

Ev·er 
synonyms: always, forever, eternally, until hell freezes over, until the cows come home, until mimes speak at the Pen, until Bay City is free of fire
  1. at any time: "nothing Ever seemed to ruin her appetite for fun"
  2. used in comparisons for emphasis: "After starring in a late-night Etv episode, they felt better than Ever before"
  3.  at all times; always: "Ever the woman of action, she encouraged all residents to get involved"
  4. increasingly; constantly: "committing Ever larger crimes of mayhem in the City"
  5. used for emphasis in questions and other remarks, expressing astonishment or outrage: "who Ever heard of a shark brewing beer?"
Ever Dreamscape was always conspiring to get the residents of Bay City to gather via the Bay City Rumbles, the car washes, her wacky ETv stories and so on. The now-annual EverFest expands her vision of a community that lets out their wacky inner selves. For the last several days, the City was ablaze with Ever-inspired activities: Mime Protests, Rumbles, Bowling and Brewery Dances...and of course a fire or two! Gatherings like this are what bring a community together. When asked about EverFest, Bay City Resident Maureen Boccaccio said, "It makes me remember the fun of SL..just like Ever did." And that’s what SL is all about. May we all continue with Ever's vision: to gather, be wacky, and above all, have fun!

Bay City Brewery party during EverFest - Photo by Evola Courtois

Firehouse in Dennis for Rent

With all of the mayhem in the City this past weekend, it has come to the attention of the Editor (who also happens to own the Bay City Fire Station #2 in Dennis) that due to her lack of time and attention, fire service in the City is sorely lacking. A concerned resident captured the shocking image below of a poor noob being pushed to his death  unable to be saved by one of our brave firefighters.

Shocking photos captured by Evola Courtois
Our brave volunteers need a guiding hand to help them fight fire in our fair City, since fires seem to happen here a LOT. If anyone is interested in taking on this role (purely opt-in RP; applicant must have a strong working knowledge of Bay City culture) please contact Kinn by email at kinnaird.fiachra@ gmail.com. 

New Postal Service in Bay City

Send your package in style with the Bay City Postal Service! Our cargo handlers will ship your package to anyone, anywhere in SL. We will ship not only by air, but by sea and land as well. Neither rain nor snow nor lag of grid can stay these messengers about their duty. (We are, however, not responsible for wet, frozen, or otherwise lost parcels…) All services are roleplay only and are opt-in. If the recipient does not wish to roleplay the delivery, we will simply pass them the package.

The boxes work just like the many postal boxes you see in First Life. You address a package and drop it in, the postal worker picks it up and delivers it. Local Bay City mail will be handled by the Bay City Post Office, and large parcels or mail going outside of Bay City will be handled by GridWide Cargo Service.

Mail can be delivered to any mailbox that has Allow Inventory Drop set to TRUE. First, you need to find one of our boxes, which are located at the following parcels:
To use the service, select Send a Package from the menu. Enter the legacy name of the avatar you want the package sent to into the textbox IE: ThomasHooker Resident.

Hold down the CTRL button and drag your item into the mailbox. Please include a notecard with the recipient’s name and the location of the delivery. The package must be transfer enabled or we cannot deliver it.

We will pick up the package at our earliest availability. We try to always deliver in character, and using realistic vehicles to do so but in some cases that is not possible. We will walk the package to the destination if we cannot use vehicles in that area, for example a roleplay region that does not allow non-residents to use vehicles.

We will place a mailbox at your location. I will need an invite to the land owning group, however, I will leave the group once the mailbox is placed.

ThomasHooker Resident - Postmaster


Breaking News!


!!!BREAKING!!!BREAKING!!!BREAKING!!!
Sharknado hits Toxic Taco!

(Also, fish tacos half off today!)


And that's all for now, folks...see you next month!!!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Bay City Post - March 2017

WELCOME to the sixty-sixth issue of the Bay City Post - Keeping you updated on the best city on the Grid! Let's see if March is truly moving in like a Lion in our fair City!

More mysterious flyers have been spotted around the city, such as the "Candygram for Mongo", pictured below. What IS all this about, anyway??

Breaking News!

Rowdy Residents from the Planet Skaro come to Toxic Taco!
 

Remember: Dalek Supreme comes with guacamole and sour cream!
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Don't forget to click on the columns to the left to see what our roving reporters were up to this month. In this issue you'll get all this...and maybe more!
  • Marianne McCann announces the departure of Michael Linden from the Lab
  • Dakota Schwade explores Sconset
  • ADudeNamedAnthony tells of of a new state
  • Qie Niangao explores experiences in mouselook
  • Georgia Florence Sipe gives the scoop on vintage fashion
  • Police Chief Hooker lists the mischief managed throughout the month
  • and Uccie Poultry-Seale interviews Raven Luna 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bay City Post - February 2017

WELCOME to the sixty-fifth issue of the Bay City Post - Keeping you updated on the best city on the Grid! Let's see what's happening in our fair city as we move into February!

Members of Linden Department of Public Works celebrated at 7th Annual Mole Day! 



On Saturday, the 4th of February, Bay City once again came together to celebrate the hardy Moles of the Linden Department of Public Works. The event was held in the Bay City Fairgrounds in North Channel. This was the 7th such event, set aside to show appreciation for The Moles and their many contributions to Bay City and the rest of the Second Life™ Grid. Normally held on the same day as Groundhog Day, this year's event was observed two days later, taking advantage of the weekend. The event featured a performance by DJ GoSpeed of KONA Stream, followed by a live performance by Oblee (Obleoinkment Wrigglesworth). 

"Moles" are members of The Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW). The LDPW is a program focused on improvements related to the experience of living on, or visiting the Linden Mainland. The LDPW is a team of Resident builders, scriptwriters, and others to create new content on Linden Lab's behalf and to the benefit of all. These Residents all have Second Life accounts with the last name “Mole.” Moles build the infrastructure of Second Life: the public roads and railways, items in our coastal waterways and protected lands, and even larger scale projects like the Linden Homes regions, premium content and experiences, and much more.

In the photo above, see (from left to right) Mole Extraordinaire Michael Linden and Xiola Linden (on drums) as they join Oblee on stage for his set. Dyna Mole and Garden Mole were also on hand for the fun. Thanks to all of the moles Grid-wide who help to make our Second Life experience so much richer!

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A very mysterious message notice flooded the BCA yesterday, residents are stumped! See what you think of it:
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PROTECTING OUR SHORES

A decommissioned naval submarine has been added to the city's own fleet, as a protective measure against incursions from Caledonian saboteurs. You can count on our city's sailors to keep our waterways safe!

BREAK BREAKING BREAKER

Looks like when the staff at the Y-Stay mistake a bug bomb for a pipe bomb, disaster-larity ensues!
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Don't forget to click on the columns to the left to see what our roving reporters were up to this month. May your February be full of all of the fun Bay City has to offer!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bay City Post - January 2017

Happy 2017 from Bay City!

WELCOME to the sixty-fourth issue of the Bay City Post - Keeping you updated on the best city on the Grid! Let's see what's happening in our fair city as we move into a brand new year!

The annual Prim Drop was held at the Fairgrounds on New Year's Eve, with our own (Not The) Mayori, Marianne McCann, spinning tunes in remembrance of the many musicians we lost in 2016. Everyone was dressed to the nines as they danced the night away (see our Police Chief TJ Hooker and his lovely wife Silvia, below.) There was a fantastic fireworks display at midnight SLT as the party-goers watched the Prim drop. The event was the last chance for people to donate to Child's Play Charity, and today it was announced that our winter fundraising totaled L$163,892! Thank you to everyone for the incredible generosity; that will buy a lot of toys for children in the hospital!


I asked a few Bay City Citizens if they had resolutions for 2017, and this is what I heard: 

Aуαмє Ƙιηтѕυgι-Mσση (zombiegal): I am looking forward to working on more events to help promote Bay City to the rest of the SecondLife grid in an inclusive and welcoming environment. I am also looking forward to seeing those events help to further promote our efforts towards raising money for the Child's Play charity. In short, more events. Let's have some!

Marianne McCann: focus on fun

T. J. Hooker (ThomasHooker): I'm going to try to learn to create mesh. Of course, I said that last year too :P

Angela Galway (Angela Seale): i resolve to do my best not to kill anyone, or grief any sandboxes for 2017 ;P

Need some Bay City-related recommendations for resolutions? Get involved! Attend one of the weekly Rumbles (click here for the year in review to see what fun we had in 2016), or visit The Pen on the first Tuesday of each month for Espresso Yourself! Join the Bay City Alliance group and attend weekly meetings at the Community Center. It's better than being on TV! (Well, maybe not better than ETv, but sometimes there are balloons, or very large boats, or wolves wearing cat food cans, or...oh nevermind, just show up and see for yourself!)
 

Don't forget to click on the columns to the left to see what our roving reporters were up to this month...and check out Qie's donut gift to everyone in the Cheeky Geek column! From all of us at the Bay City Post, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year!


Yer Ever-lovin' Editor,
Kinn
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And Now, For Breaking News

BREAKING BREAKING BROKEN


Well, I guess we know where the prim dropped!

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