Saturday, May 19, 2012

Seanchai Library "Welcome Summer Weekend!" May 19 & 20!

Seanchai Library Announces

“Welcome Summer Weekend!”

Benefiting the Community Virtual Library

Imagination Island, Second Life – Even in the virtual world the greener seasons are stretching their pixels and awaking thoughts of sunny, summer pursuits.  The Seanchai Library embraces this change of seasons as the perfect time to celebrate their home in the Community Virtual Library (CVL) Estate.  Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th the Seanchai Library will host a Welcome Summer Weekend! with a variety of summer themed events to benefit their home estate, serving residents and library professionals on and off the Second life Grid.

Saturday, May 19th will begin at 1pm with summer stories by the Seanchai Staff. At 2pm Lightning Productions’ will present their tribute to The Beach Boys in concert, followed by a few more tales of sun, sand, and surf at 3pm.  Sunday, May 20th continues the celebration with stories at 4pm, followed by a Beach Dance Party with DJ Derry McMahon at 5pm. A special “Warm Up for the Weekend” session of surf stories will be presented by Shandon Loring at 7pm on Friday, May 18th.  All events are free to residents, with donations accepted to benefit the CVL.

In addition to the events, the scenic parcel on Imagination Island will be fitted out with picnics,  blankets and other trappings of summer.  Chief among these features will be “The Narrows” – a surf wave running along the North border of the sim from the creations of noted Second Life surf creators Heather Goodlife and Sebastian Saramango.  “The Narrows” features perilous off-sim rocks, a shark, a kraken, and free surfboards so everyone can “catch the wave.”  Residents are encouraged to enjoy the summer features of the sim all weekend long.  Imagination Island is a “mature” rated sim.

All Welcome Summer Weekend! Events will take place at the Seanchai Library on Imagination Island in the Community Virtual Library Estate in Second Life and all times listed are SLT -

The Community Virtual Library is a virtual resource center that exists in Second Life. Community Virtual Library is made up of Info Island, Imagination Island and Cybrary City II and provides free library resources and services to the residents of Second Life, as well as providing a network for real world resource specialists to explore new ways of serving the public.

Seanchai Library (Shanna-key, which means "Storyteller" in Irish.) was born in March of 2008 as the West of Ireland Library and Cultural Center.  Almost four years and over 1250 story session later, the program is dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations: "We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life." 

The Seanchai Library promotes fine literature from sources through out the world, almost every day of the week.  Myth, Culture, Fantasy!  They are all part of good literature, enriching and informing our experiences in Second Life as well as Real Life.   All stories told in voice. Contact Librarian and Queen Bee Derry McMahon

Friday, May 18, 2012

Tai Chi Pro Heat Draws

Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Tai Chi Pro Heat Draws have been announced. Surfers be there and ready at 10:45 am SLT. Competition begins at 11:00am SLT. We will be surfing on the lovely sim of Tai, and partying in the stands on Chi. If you are not surfing, join us to cheer on those on the waves!

Date: Saturday, May 19th

Heat 1
Abel Halderman (RED)
Maldrul Morris (BLUE)
Imzadi Amaterasu (GREEN)
Figger Arun (ORANGE)
Ignacio Pevense (PURPLE)

Heat 2
Harbor Piers (RED)
Vic Bonetto (BLUE)
Revlon Benoir (GREEN)
Melian Catronis (ORANGE)
Jen Gustafson (PURPLE)

Heat 3
Sunrize Mornington (RED)
Rayzza Rubble (BLUE)
Petra Xaris (GREEN)
Sally LaSalle (ORANGE)
Bodhi Lowtide (PURPLE)

Heat 4
Bobbi Laval (RED)
Damiana Babcock (BLUE)
Cierra Theriac (GREEN)
Lourinho Nizna (ORANGE)
Colleen Brennan (PURPLE)

Heat 5
Followingwaves Sirbu (RED)
Zelda Zimberman (BLUE)
Lanky Silvercloud (GREEN)
iLauren (ORANGE)
Mick Lunasea (PURPLE)

Heat 6
Jordan Mendle-Halderman (RED)
Ashoka Moseley (BLUE)
Robbin Ember (GREEN)
Roxxie Verino (ORANGE)
Fonda Fugue (PURPLE)


Tauri Tigerpaw in Concert Today!

When:  Friday, May 18, 2012  2 PM SLT
Where:  Second Life Bad Alices Ladies Only Blues Club

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Stories from The Lost Coast Tonight and Friday!

submitted by Kantbe Thursday

Some of you may remember the storytellers at the West of Ireland Library and Cultural Center.  As with traveling bards, the storytellers continued to spread their tales across Second Life and are now resident storytellers on Imagination Island at the Seanchai Library (Shanna-key, which means "Storyteller" in Irish) that borders the Imagination Island surfing area known as The Narrows.

Of special interest to the surfing community is a series of surf related stories being told by Shandon Loring, including his series of Stories from The Lost Coast.  As Shandon puts it, "The beach is a no-man's-land, the coastal zone a dynamic give and take of land and sea, swell and tide."  His series is described as, "tales of truth, fiction, and fantasy - each a glimpse into life on this sweet and ragged edge of beauty."

This week, on Thursday the 17th at 7PM SLT, Shandon will be continuing his telling of his Lost Coast series.

As a special introduction to the Seanchai Library's "Welcome Summer Weekend", at 7PM SLT on Friday the 18th, Shandon will be telling "Tahiti Iti - a surf story" and a couple other tales.

All stories are told in voice.  Seanchai Library's home is provided by the Community Virtual Library (CVL) Estate.  There is no charge for admission, but any donations to help support CVL would be appreciated.

The Community Virtual Library is a virtual resource center that exists in Second Life. Community Virtual Library is made up of Info Island, Imagination Island and Cybrary City II and provides free library resources and services to the residents of Second Life, as well as providing a network for real world resource specialists to explore new ways of serving the public.

Tone Uriza in Concert! Virtual Highway!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Breaking News: Monkey Cove Sims Closing

submitted by Kantbe Thursday

On Monday, May 14, 2012, Syx Toshi sent the following notice to all Surf Monkeys:

"Hey Monkeys,

With great sadness I will be retiring the Monkey Cove Sims no later the July 1st. I have had the best time ever owning the Sims and have made the best friends in SL and RL. 

To everyone living on the sims Do Not pay any further rent! I'm going to pick up all the boxes but it might take some time, If you've paid past June I will refund your money.


It is unconfirmed at the time of this posting, but the Surf Shop 6 doors also appear to be closed.  That is all the information SurfWatch has at this time.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Call for Candidates for SLSA Director Positions

I can't say it any better; as posted on the Second Life Surfing Association forum.

As per the SLSA Constitution, we will be having a General Election to fill 3 Board of Director positions. The election is scheduled to be held on June 1st, 2012. Exiting Directors are Sally LaSalle, Giavannamarie Melody and Maldrul Morris.

If you would like to help keep your SLSA running, please consider standing for election as an SLSA director. As with all Director positions, the term duration will be 6 months, in these cases from June 1st, 2012 until November 30th, 2012. Applications should be turned in between May 12th and May 19th.

If you wish to stand as a director, please create a note-card (IM's cannot be accepted) in-world, stating:
your name, your willingness and ability to serve a full term, any affiliations of team, product or sim ownership, and a paragraph or two outlining your background, and your vision for the SLSA.

Send the note-card to all of the current sitting directors; Giavannamarie Melody, Sally LaSalle, Imzadi Amaterasu, Maldrul Morris and Revlon Benoir.

Director Eligibility is outlined in the SLSA constitution Section II.B. and can be viewed in the forum at viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1409 or on our web site at (won't require a file download).

Good luck and thank you for supporting YOUR association.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

SLSA Team Member Informal Survey - Part 8

Submitted by Kantbe Thursday

Prompted by some of the questions about teams being asked by people who are new to surfing in Second Life® and the SL Surfing Association (SLSA), Surfwatch recently conducted an informal survey of surfers who are currently registered as team members for teams who have had competitors in the SLSA competitions over the past year. While individuals will not be identified by response, the nature of some responses may be a bit individually unique and suggest who provided that response. For the most part, any edits to responses were kept to a minimum in order to provide anonymity to all. (Editor's note: This is the last part of a continuing series as SurfWatch posts the survey questions and responses.)

SW: Please make any other comments you would like regarding competition teams in the SLSA

It's plain fun to have a team to surf with.

I hope teams never go away!

I'm looking forward to watching the rest of the competition in Montego's rear view mirror.

I understand that we are, on the RL side of the screen, social animals. We like to be part of groups, compete as groups, an so on. But surfing is not a team sport. It's you, a wave, and what you got. Cheering for your teammates does not make a team sport, it makes a support network at best and forced fandom at worst. But I also understand why they exist. We're social animals, we like to compete as teams.

I was adamant on not changing my mind about using different boards in competitions.. but when I tried other boards I thought it was interesting trying something from a different perspective. SSI board will always be my number one board to use.. but I think trying something new would bring a different spark to competing and would be good to get out of that comfort zone.

What I love most is the spirit of surfing in the SLSA,we can be very competitive against other teams,but always there's courtesy, mateship and respect for all members, that's what keeps me coming back

Teams are healthy vibrant...Dat shit cray

It is easy to congratulate a person when they win, but my team is there when I fall off the wave, and they pick me back up, dust off my behind and throw me back on my board. That is a team.

SW: Thanks to all of you who responded.  Surfwatch intends to follow up this article with a resurrection of the Team Profiles in order to provide more specific information regarding the current teams registered with the SLSA. Stay tuned for more to come!