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This is ATG Grid News Week 9.




This is ATG Grid News.
I am Zack Haiku.
I am Katheryn Llewellyn.

Our top stories:

– The Spring Fling Hunt: Supporting Parkinson’s Research with Team Fox
– Get Ready for the 2023 Second Life Living Expo Supporting Relay For Life
– 2023 Harvey Memorial Ensemble ALS Awareness Week in Second Life

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Spring is a time of new beginnings and hope, and what better way to celebrate the season than by supporting a good cause while enjoying some of the latest fashion designs? The Spring Fling Hunt is an event that does just that, bringing together some of the most established and talented designers in Second Life to raise funds for Parkinson’s Research through Team Fox.
The event, which runs from March 11th to April 8th, promises to be a fun and engaging way to support a great cause. Every Linden you spend goes directly towards finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease, one of the fastest-growing neurological diseases that affect adults of all ages.
At The Spring Fling Hunt, you’ll have the opportunity to browse through a wide range of designer items, from clothing to accessories to home decor. All the designers participating in the event have generously donated the entirety of their sales to the cause, so every purchase you make will make a difference.
But that’s not all. As you explore the event, be on the lookout for Bob the bunny, who is hiding in the venue. Find Bob, and you’ll be rewarded with great prizes from many quality designers.
The Spring Fling Hunt is organized by Creations Park, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to raising funds for Parkinson’s Research through Team Fox. Since its founding in 2011, By Barbie Alchemi, Creations Park has raised thousands of dollars for this worthy cause and helped to support groundbreaking research that is making a difference in the lives of Parkinson’s patients and their families.
So mark your calendars for March 11th and head on over to The Spring Fling. With great designs, fun prizes, and a worthy cause, it’s an event that you won’t want to miss. And remember, every Linden you spend goes towards finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease, so shop to your heart’s content and help make a difference in the lives of those affected by this devastating illness.

Version 3.00 of the Bellisseria Passport was launched on December 24th of last year, offering a single HUD with stamps directly served from the database to prevent loss due to teleport glitches. Users have given positive feedback, so if you haven’t upgraded yet, we strongly recommend doing so. Visit the BBB HQ and fill out the upgrade form from the board.
Version 3.00 of the passports issued by the Continental Passport Control Board has also been updated. These passports are automatically generated for mainland continents and are available to homeless, private island owners, and estate-dwellers. To obtain a new passport, visit your continent’s embassy or any embassy for the generic version. Follow the instructions provided to transfer stamps from your old passport to the database. Once you have transferred them from all your old HUDs, your whole stamp collection, including stamps that are no longer available, will appear on your new V3.00 passport. The new passports also feature fields for more detailed personalization, such as “species” and “sex.”
BBB’s head scriptor, North, developed an innovative technique that uses your avatar’s body as a data conduit to transfer stamps. It may look a bit odd, but it’s a clever way to link your avatar’s unique ID to each stamp in your collection to their database. This is a revolutionary technique, and a great accomplishment by North.

The 2023 SL Living Expo Relay For Life is a highly anticipated event that will be open to the public from Friday, March 3rd through Sunday, March 12th, 2023. This event will replace the Home and Garden Expo and promises to be an exciting experience for Second Life residents.
Attendees can look forward to a variety of activities, including an art walk, a decorating contest, music and performances, games, and a vehicle show. The Lindens will also be present at the expo with special events, such as bowling and dinner with the Lindens, as well as Linden Auction Items and more.
Although it is unclear whether the Premium Plus Linden Homes will be discussed at the expo, Linden Lab is actively working on the 2048 Linden Homes and developing new features. Technical issues are currently being addressed by the Moles/Lindens.
The SL Living Expo is one of Relay For Life of Second Life’s Mega Events and is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life program. The expo aims to bring together how we live, work, and play in Second Life while raising awareness and funds for cancer research and treatment.
Spread the word about the upcoming SL Living Expo starting this weekend and be sure to attend this exciting event.

The Harvey Memorial Ensemble ALS Awareness Week for 2023 is now open and will continue until Sunday, March 5th. The event is organized by members of Supporto Italiano to honor the memory of Harvey22 Albatros, a victim of ALS and a Second Life resident. The primary focus of the event is to raise funds for AISLA, the Associazone Italiana Sclerosi Laterale Amiotrofica, for research and treatment of ALS while enjoying music and fun activities.
ALS, also known as motor neuron disease (MND), Lou Gehrig’s disease, or Charcot disease, is a specific disorder that involves the death of neurons that control voluntary muscles. For the vast majority (90-95%) of diagnosed cases, the cause of the disease is unknown, while for the remaining 5-10%, it is inherited. The disease has no known cure, and the symptoms typically appear around age 60 (or 50 in inherited cases), with an average survival time of three to four years. In Europe and the United States, the disease affects approximately 2 people per 100,000 each year.
Visitors to the event are encouraged to donate to AISLA in several ways, including clicking on the donation kiosks in front of the event stage, accessing AISLA’s donations webpage through the information boards, purchasing a Paola Mills tee-shirt design, buying a Harvey Memorial Rabbit painting by Terrygold, entering the Ensemble Week prize draw to win a MotoDesign Chopper motorcycle, or participating in the Art Auction.
All Linden dollar donations and payments, including winning bid payments from the Silent Art Auction, will be given to AISLA at the conclusion of the event. The Art Auction will feature works by several artists in 2D and 3D formats, including Celestial Demon, Dadi88, Kika Yongho, Karma Daxeline, LikaCameo, Maddy, Maloe Vansant, Once Again, Terrygold, Dreams, Ciottolina Xue, Jipe Loon, Livio Korobase, Moki Yuitza, and Moya Patrick.
To participate in the Art Auction, visitors can right-click on the auction boards and enter their bid. Winning bids will be announced at the end of the event, and a raffle with gift cards valued at L$2,500 and L$5,000 is also available during the event. The Harvey Memorial Ensemble ALS Awareness Week is an exciting and entertaining festival, and this year’s event promises to be even more worthwhile, so visitors are encouraged to participate and donate to a worthy cause.

Second Life is excited to announce that new last names are now available for users. The response and feedback received for last names have been met with great satisfaction, and Second Life expresses their appreciation to everyone who submitted suggestions through the Last Name Suggestion Form.
In their latest update, Second Life has added new last name options while removing some of the older ones. Users can now choose from a range of new last names, including Jeon, Foxtail, Varela, Kealoha, Primdashian, Spicy, Costanza, Gupta, Softpaw, Vandervoort, Tordenskjold, Peabody, Whiskers, Quack, Pixelbottom, Blossom, Bork, Nightingale, Sausage, and Fibble.

With heavy hearts, the organizers of the SciFi Expo must announce the indefinite postponement of the event due to unforeseen circumstances that have affected some members of their team, beyond their control. The organizers express their gratitude to the community for the incredible support received since the event’s inception in 2017. Through their Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising campaigns, the SciFi Expo raised a remarkable total of US$24,620.86 for the American Cancer Society, which has enabled the organization to provide valuable resources for cancer research, treatments, and support programs to improve the quality of life for those affected by the disease.
The organizers recognize that the success of the SciFi Expo would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of their team and the support of the community. They apologize for any disappointment caused by this announcement and encourage everyone to participate in the various other events hosted by the American Cancer Society of Second Life throughout the year. These events offer great opportunities to show support, have fun, and contribute to an important cause, and every donation can make a significant difference in the fight against cancer.
The organizers acknowledge the difficulties faced by everyone at present and thank everyone for their understanding and support. They hope to celebrate the event with the community in the future but, in the meantime, wish everyone safety and health and remind them that together, they are fighting for a world without cancer.

The upcoming Second Life viewer, Crystal Frost, running on Unity 3D, will be available for people to try out next week Friday (March 3). To gain early access, interested individuals can become a “Jacked In” or “Snowcrashed” level member of the project’s Patreon. Since last week’s coverage, developer Berry Bunny has made several enhancements:

“I’m preparing for finishing up the bare bones system for chatting today. Trying to get friends list working. Right now I’ve got it to where the friends list populates but waiting on the names from the server.
I’ve also implemented something people have been asking Linden Lab to implement for over a decade, and I’ve done it in a way that doesn’t interfere with standard viewers… water prims.”

“Water prims are done in a way that content creators can decide what they look like in regular viewers while also working in Crystal Frost, and with no changes to the back end on Second Life servers.”

“The last demo I did of them shows how you can partially submerge the camera and the area that’s submerged sees the underwater effects, while the part above sees the above water rendering.
Anyway, I’m working on getting the friends list working today so you can start IMs with friends from within Crystal Frost.”

These new changes also bring Berry some concerns:

“I am a little concerned the Lindens will not like it because they’ve banned viewers that added new features like this in the past. Though those viewers did things in a way that messed up rendering for standard viewers. I’m doing it in a way that doesn’t mess anything up, so I’m hoping they’ll play nice with me.”

Additionally, Crystal Frost is also applying a dissolve effect on object derezz instead of just immediately removing it, making the experience more immersive than the current viewer.

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