Join us this evening at 9PM Pacific as we have a great conversation with four of the six members of the San Francisco improv group ‘Phasers on Stun!’ It’s a fascinating conversation about what it’s like to work in an improv troupe as an actor, and the special conditions being a Star Trek improv group places on them. If you love Trek, you won’t want to miss this one.
Idina Menzel delivers the animated performance of her life in Frozen as Elsa, the Ice Queen, who has just revealed her secret to the world, and now finds herself alone in the wilderness, but finally free.
Accused of inciting rebellion in the Districts of Panem by the Capitol and President Snow, Katniss and Peeta are thrust into the 75th Hunger Games. Alicia Glass reviews.
Nelson Mandela has passed away on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95. We found that sci-fi fan favorite filker Tom Smith (“Filkertom”) had written a tribute to the first leader of South Africa to be elected in their first fully representative election since the abolition of apartheid in that country.
It’s a classic OGL First Edition style adventure module. Players must escape the traps and monsters of the dreaded Vampire Queen’s dungeon!
For all the Lois Lanes out there waiting for their Clark Kent – for all the Lois Lanes who have found him – for all the mortal men hoping they’re good enough to find and keep their Lois Lane – this one’s for you.
The CW is looking to its breakout freshman hit Arrow to give birth to a new superhero series. The network will look to Arrow co-creators/executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter to introduce the lightning-fast character during the second season of Arrow.
“We plan to introduce the recurring character of Barry Allen, who is the Flash,” Pedowitz told reporters. “We’re planning an origin story, and we’ll see how it goes. We do want to expand on the DC Universe, and we felt this is a very organic way to get there.”
Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns — a consultant and writer on Arrow, and co-owner of Earth 2 Comics– will pen the Warner Bros. Television project. Nutter, who directed the series pilot of Arrow, will also be directing the pilot if it happens, with Berlanti and Kreisberg serving as showrunners. Barry Allen will be seen first early on in Arrow‘s second season. The role hasn’t been cast yet.
Other characters (including some of the major ones) from the Justice League may pop up on Arrow as well, but Berlanti is being careful about how they do it. “When we bring characters from the DC universe into the show, we’re careful about doing it right and having a reason to, and not just doing it to say because we can bring in a specific character,” Berlanti told the Hollywood Reporter last October. “As time goes on, hopefully we’ll do some of the biggies.” We know we can count on the Black Canary making her appearance in season two as well.
Flash first appeared in comic form in 1940. This will be the second attempt to bring him to television. The first was the vastly underappreciated live action series starring John Wesley Shipp in 1990.
Flash becomes the latest DC Comics property to get the CW treatment. The network aired the Superman prequel series Smallville for 10 seasons and the network is developing a Wonder Woman prequel, Amazon, with Heroes writer Aron Eli Coleite.
The American Cancer Society’s 2012 Relay for Life started in earnest last week with an opening rally in four special regions in Linden Lab’s MMO Second Life set aside specifically for the purpose. This year’s theme is “Time For A Cure” and again Second Life residents of all stripes are banding together across the grid in this massive campaign uniting to raise funds to fight cancer.
The JLU Caped Crusaders, the team of the Justice League Unlimited / League of Heroes public service organization operating within Second Life, will join in the fight for the fifth year in a row, along with dozens of like minded public service groups. Team captain and co-captain Kalel Venkman and Samantha Lowell will co-helm this year’s campaign. This year the team is dedicating their efforts to Second Life resident Spaciva Ivanova, a community leader and friend of many notable for her resilient spirit and unfailingly sunshiney disposition and inspirational courage in her own fight against cancer.
Relay for Life was the brainchild of Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma surgeon, who took to the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma in May, 1985, to raise awareness and funds for his local American Cancer Society chapter. In the course of 24 hours, Klatt walked and ran nonstop over 83 miles, raising $27,000 to fight cancer in the Tacoma area.
Inspired by this, Klatt enlisted Pat Flynn – now known as the “Mother of Relay” – the following year to expand on his success. Nineteen teams took part in Tacoma’s Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000 and Relay for Life was born.
In 2011, dozens of Second Life teams raised over $375,000 USD for the American Cancer Society. Funds go to research for a cure as well as support services providing assistance to those who need to travel for treatment, as well as counseling and assistance programs for patients, caregivers and families.
Krypton Radio will be providing weekly updates in this worthy cause, so stay tuned.
How A Few Facts and a Lot of Lies Swayed An Unknowing Public
an editorial by Kalel Venkman
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
- Isaac Asimov
Krypton Radio was kind enough to allow me a public platform on which to set a few things straight,
with the proviso that what I say here doesn't necessarily represent the views of Krypton Radio or
its affiliates or advertisers.
There have been public debates recently over whether the Justice League Unlimited group operating in Second Life has been harvesting IP addresses and is currently holding private information about Second Life citizens. The answer is a simple “no”. The League has never harvested IP addresses, and currently holds no private information about Second Life users.
Many people on various forums and some in-world venues, are raging and calling for the removal of the Justice League from Second Life. And while everyone has their right to their own opinion, we do want to straighten out some misinformation which is being spread by various people and groups who were actually banned from SL, and are trying to get revenge on the League over our investigative reporting which have exposed their very real criminal actions.
Our greatest concern is that people in general are being lead to take the word of a website which claims to be exposing the “evils” of the League. However when you actually read through the website, you’ll see they’re actually exposing their own true nature.
The site in question is “TheListSL”, which claims to be targeting JLU members to expose them. If one looks at this site’s history, though, the site has been exposing private information on Second Life users a long time before they decided to focus on the League, posting real world data on Second Life users, using obscene and abusive language to describe their hatred for the people whose Second Life and real life information they’ve linked and posted online for the world to see.
While Linden Lab has publicly declined to involve itself in this matter, we are going to be up front and answer some questions on the material being “leaked”.
Soft Linden’s detective work pays off and proves the IP list is not only a forgery, but created by people already banned from Second Life themselves.
The Big Lie
The debacle started with what propagandists call “A Big Lie”. People generally need to believe one another, yet also are on the lookout for falsehood. Most of regularly tell small lies and engage in minor deception, and so expect others to do likewise. When a big lie is told, this does not fit into our model of modest mendacity, and so we say ‘It must be true’. In this case the Big Lie was that the League was somehow harvesting the IP addresses of users in Second Life and cross referencing them to discover and record people’s alternate accounts. This Big Lie ran in various public forums unchecked for two weeks. The debate was not begun by legitimately concerned residents of Second Life, but by people who, for the most part, had already been banned from Second Life and no longer had a stake in the outcome.
Coincidentally, the day Tux Winkler was banned from Second Life for creating an avatar tracking system and using it to stalk people in Second Life, he proclaimed that his new system (a much better one) was already operational and gathered much more data than his previous one did.
It doesn’t take much guesswork to figure out where the Red Zone style IP list had come from. The alt detection data being released on theListSL was, in effect, a forgery. It was real data, but it was being used to perpetuate a massive lie – that the League had done it. By this time two or three dozen people had joined the discussion and had become morally outraged over something that had never actually taken place, and we were off to the races.
Once Soft Linden had actually analyzed the IP list and had determined that it had been produced by “a member of a group that has been banned from Second Life and told not to return”, the second part of the master plan was executed – the publication of supposedly unmodified data from the BrainiacWiki itself. This is the evidence stage of a propaganda attack, called “Card Stacking”. Evidence, even falsified evidence, can be very persuasive. The attackers mixed just enough truth with the falsified evidence to make it sound “truthy”, editing information heavily to make it appear as though things said well over a year ago were said just weeks ago in an effort to support the already failing proposition that the “leaked” IP list was genuine.
Relay For Life of Second Life celebrates 7th year and accomplishment of $1Million Dollars Raised as main event kicks off July 16.
TheAmerican Cancer Society‘s Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL), celebrates its 7th year of fundraising efforts within the virtual world of Second Life. Also known as (SL), Second Life has allowed people from around the world to enjoy and participate in the efforts to help raise funds for the American based charity organization, from the comfort of their own homes. To date the RFL of SL has raised an impressive $1Million, $326,000 of it collected during the days leading up to the start of the 2011 Relay. While raising that amount of money is not unheard of, it’s a significant achievement for a virtual society. This has perhaps been one of the most unique aspects of internet culture in the approach to fundraising, allowing people to use virtual 3D characters which they create from a base model and then customize to suit their fancy. Linden Research, Inc. (Linden Lab/LL) which owns and operates the virtual world of Second Life, has sponsored the American Cancer Society (ACS) for over seven years now in SL.
Through the advertising on its website, and donation of virtual land called regions. Linden Lab has made it cost effective to allow the all volunteer force consisting of hundreds of people to put on yearly events, including the famous virtual recreation of the annual RFL marathon, happening this year July 16-17. In real world events, hundreds if not thousands of people participate by being sponsored to run marathons in locations across the United States. The Second Life contingent of these volunteers and participants recreate this aspect of the real event by linking dozens of donated regions together to form a running track, and today on July 16 the runners take off for their virtual jog to help raise funds for cancer research, and to show support for cancer survivors and caregivers.
JLU Caped Crusaders Campsite - Fortress of Tranquility
The Justice League Unlimited (JLU), is a superhero themed not-for-profit community organization within Second Life, who regularly hosts fundraisers and assists their fellow SL users on a myriad of issues. The build is by the very talented Searra Weatherwax, and the theme is a merging of the Kryptonian syle with a beautiful park setting and all four seasons. Featuring a set of holo-projectors displaying the names and images of Doctors and researchers who have made significant contributions to the field of cancer research.
United Federation Starfleet Campsite - Alien landscape
The United Federation Starfleet is a professional Star Trek fan organization and is also a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation registered in New York, which operates groups within Second Life and in the real world. The UFS campsite was planned and lovingly crafted by, Zania Turner.
For a complete list of teams participating in the RFL of SL, you may click here.
Press Release from the ACS on RFL of SL
American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Second Life Celebrates Seventh Year with “Seasons of Hope” Theme for 2011
Virtual Online Event Reaches $1 Million Fundraising Milestone in Furthering the Quest for a World with Less Cancer and More Birthdays
ATLANTA – July 11, 2011 – The seventh annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Second Life will take place July 16-17, 2011, as avatars – three-dimensional, graphic visualizations of persons’ alter egos – representing cancer survivors, caregivers, their families and passionate supporters gather virtually to commemorate “Seasons of Hope.” Together, they will celebrate the lives of those who have endured and those who are currently battling cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease by raising funds to help further the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Relay For Life of Second Life also emphasizes participation among cancer survivors who are active within the virtual world, where, already this year, more than 150 survivors have pledged their support for the American Cancer Society and its impact on their individual battles with cancer. To learn more about Second Life, including information on how to join a team, visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=34810
Second Life is an online, three-dimensional world imagined and created by its residents, who enjoy almost unlimited freedom in virtually engaging in everyday life much as they would in the real world. Linden Lab, which more than a decade ago created Second Life (secondlife.com), enters 2011 as the premier sponsor of Relay For Life of Second Life. During the early fundraising period for the 2011 Relay For Life of Second Life, the $1 million milestone was passed for the event’s seven-year legacy as the digital parallel to the American Cancer Society’s signature, real-world fundraising initiative, Relay For Life. More than 3,000 participants are expected to attend Relay For Life’s Second Life experience this summer, as 130 teams unite toward a fundraising goal of $275,000.
Relay For Life of Second Life began in 2005, when American Cancer Society volunteers in the Second Life community approached Society staff about creating a Relay For Life event in the virtual world. The result of this collaboration is a cyberspace community gathering in which participants continuously navigate a custom-built track, encompassing a 480-acre virtual park, to raise money to fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Marking its global involvement, the 2011 Relay For Life of Second Life event features volunteer representation from 130 of the world’s 196 countries.
Throughout this year, the Relay For Life of Second Life volunteer committee has worked to increase donation security, to invite and train new volunteers, and to design this year’s virtual event track. Volunteers have also donated a renovated design for the American Cancer Society Island, its Second Life property, to allow visitors to intuitively find the information and/or resources they need, including survivor and caregiver support.
Several large-scale team fundraisers have benchmarked the months leading up to this year’s virtual Relay For Life event – starting with Fashion For Life, a kickoff festival featuring the virtual world’s best digital clothing and accessory designers and directing the proceeds of specific items to the American Cancer Society. Other notable events include the Fantasy Faire, a festival in which shoppers purchase digital goods to decorate their avatars, and the Home and Garden Expo, which features virtual houses, gardens and landscapes. These marquee fundraisers complement Relay teams’ and individuals’ general fundraising initiatives.
“We have added new teams to this year’s Relay For Life of Second Life experience, and a number of new businesses with the Second Life community are investing resources in our event. As well, we are hopeful that this summer’s event will surpass our largest single-year fundraising total,” said Scott P. Bennett, American Cancer Society national vice president, marketing. “Recognizing the passion that our Second Life volunteers have for how Relay helps fulfill the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission, we are also exploring expansion opportunities for Relay in other virtual worlds.”
In 2007, the American Cancer Society created a virtual headquarters in the Second Life community to provide the same, round-the-clock cancer information and services that the organization delivers in the real world. The Second Life headquarters continues to develop opportunities to serve the needs of survivors, caregivers and families.
In the real world, Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that convenes millions of people in support of the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving movement. Relay in the real world traces its roots to 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt of Tacoma, Washington, a colorectal surgeon, circled a track for 24 hours to raise money for the Society.
During real world Relay events, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds and parks and take turns walking and/or running laps with the goal to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. Since 1985, Relay For Life events, held in 5,200 real world communities, have cumulatively raised more than $3 billion to help the Society accelerate the progress against cancer.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.5 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Claire Greenwell American Cancer Society Phone: (404) 417-5883 Email: email@example.com
Today was the start of a three-day long festival within the virtual world of Second Life to support various activist organizations. “PeaceFest” has been considered to be the Woodstock of Second Life. Various performers, artists and speakers gathered to promote awareness and contribute to charity for three groups: Edith Bensons Babies home in South Africa, Amnesty International and Peace Direct’s the Escuela project. All fund raised during the event, which runs from July 31st through August 2nd, will support these three groups.
Second Life residents Siri Vita, Tonks Akina, and Cotton Thorne organized the event through a group called “Peace Train.” Peace Train is charitable trust in a registered 501c3, a non-profit, which raises awareness and supports groups doing work which focus on issues of human rights, poverty and peace initiatives. The event was planned over the course of three months through the efforts of numerous volunteers; including security efforts from the Justice League Unlimited (JLU) assisted by The Blue Lantern Corps.
Siri Vita worked to help organize many of the performances and events. “Often these groups don’t have simply don’t have the resources to get their message out to the world so we utilize the global platform of Second Life to help them. We do awareness raising events throughout the year here such as panel discussions and festival participation with other groups in order to accomplish this goal.”
“I believe in utilizing the global platform of second life in ways that have a positive impact on real life. I’ve found many dedicated and good hearted people here that want to contribute and make a difference in the world and this platform allows them to do that by participating in events like Peace Fest. The groups we support are on the far side of the tech divide and wouldn’t ordinarily have this kind of reach. I’d like to think it not only allows me to make a difference, but also provides a way for others to have a positive impact on the world” add Siri.
SL Resident Tonks Akina helped develop an auction for charity during the event. “PeaceFest is about changing the way we think; inspiring us to learn about the whole world, in an international community (SL) and making us think and act for peace in real-life as a result” she said. Tonks sent special thanks to Firewave Imaging, Jonah Zenovka and Alexxa Laval for their efforts supporting the auction.
Tonks shared how PeaceFest ties to the three charities this year “First, we are supporting a charity for children in extreme poverty and without parents. We do this because children are the future. Peace means life; and so full and healthy life is a part of making peace.” The Edith Bensons Babies home in South Africa is a place for orphan under the age of 5 whose parents have died of AIDS. About ¼ of these children are also HIV positive.
Amnesty International’s efforts to end Child Soldiering will be supported through the funds raised. “Child soldiers often come from desperate poverty. It happens all over the world and locks children into a lifetime of violence and exploitation.”The third group supported from the event’s donations is the UK based Peace Direct project in Columbia is named the “Escuela project.” Tonks added “Columbia is a country constantly torn by violence. This group works to provide education and non-violent resistance. Our groups are global, focus on all ages and are small efforts that an event like ours can have a positive impact on.”
Erica d’Aquila, a 22 year old college student, visited South Africa in August 2008 and The Edith Bensons Babies home. She logged into Second Life to share with others her story. “South Africa is very wonderful; the people are appreciative and loving; welcoming you into their culture.”
“It was a daily occurrence seeing folks dying from AIDS. Left behind are all these orphans. It is overwhelming to see all these beautiful children with no one left to take care of them due to HIV/AIDS. It is these little steps that have a large transformation over time. We have the power to make change. You just need to do it, even if it is donating pennies.”
Cotton Thorne shared that “PeaceFest is an opportunity to do something about issues in the world, to get educated, meet people, hear directly from those ‘on the street,’ and learn what can be done through collective, small efforts.”
This is the second year of PeaceFest in Second Life. “We are only supporting three organizations this year to maximize impact. We are now officially a 501c3 public charity in the US; so donations in the US are tax deductible” said Cotton.
Siri Vita closed with her personal thoughts on PeaceFest. “It embodies my belief that we can all come together and work toward the alleviation of poverty, the furtherance of peace initiatives and defense of human rights. These are things I fell called to do in my life. Peace train and second life allow me to do that with events like the fest. Last year was an amazing success and we hope to see another really wonderful response this year.”