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Mar 122012
Relay for Life
Krypton Radio Newswire

JLU Caped Crusaders Relay for “Time for a Cure”

Relay for LifeThe 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.

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Jun 122011

LOS ANGELES, CA – June 12, 2011 – Fanboy Comics is proud to announce that its trademark podcast, The Fanboy Scoop – Week In Review, will join Krypton Radio’s on-air broadcasts.

Brought to you by the uber geeks of Fanboy Comics (FBC), The Fanboy Scoop – Week In Review brings fans the most exciting geek news from the week compiled from the daily e-newsletter, The Fanboy Scoop.  Hosts Bryant Dillon, Barbra Dillon, Sam Rhodes, and Drew Siragusa join an assortment of special guests to discuss five top stories, ranging from the DC universe reboot to the latest script leaks for The Hunger Games film.  No geek genre is off limits, and everyone’s geek cred is at stake in this high-octane podcast!

Previous guests have included actor Samm Levine from Inglourious Basterds and Freaks and Geeks, Robert J. Peterson from CC2K.us (The Nexus of Pop-Culture Fandom), and Andrew Allen from video game website Padinga.com.

By joining the airwaves of Krypton Radio (kryptonradio.com), Fanboy Comics will be amongst other exciting and informational programming on the internet radio station.  Krypton Radio provides an eclectic mix of TV, film, and fan-generated soundtrack music, as well as radio shows like Stark Reality and Captain Krypton’s Sci-Fi Roundup.

The Fanboy Scoop – Week In Review can be heard on Krypton Radio,  on Mondays at 7:00 p.m./PST and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m/PST.  Fans can also listen to the podcast on the FBC website, www.fanboycomics.net, or by subscribing to the show on iTunes.

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Krypton Radio welcomes Fanboy Comics to the Krypton Universe creative family, and we’re excited to have them join us for our exciting summer season lineup!

Back in its third season is Vagabond “Tony” Carter’s STARK REALITY, featuring news, reviews and interviews as only Tony can deliver them – and joining Tony this season is the Game Traveller, Jeremiah C., with his reviews of Massively Multiplayer Online Games from around the world!  STARK REALITY can be heard each day at 8AM, 4PM and 8PM Pacific Time.

Returning for its second season is Captain Krypton’s Sci-Fi Roundup – Join the Captain as he covers comics and popular media in the warm, friendly style you’ve come to know and love.  New shows air on Friday evenings at 7PM, and again each Saturday at 9AM.

The League of Heroes wants you to have a fantastic summer, so keep your player set  to Krypton Radio, enjoy the tunes and great programming  – and look to the skies!


Jun 092011
Editorial by Vagabond ‘Tony’ Carter

We’ve all seen them… rezzing replicators, spamming regions with obscenities, flooding your screen with whimsical to pornographic images and sounds. Crashing sims and viewers for fun, and with countless other attacks they claim it’s ‘just a game‘ and “we do it for the lulz” – even using illegal computer programs to steal from legitimate real life (RL) businesses, and harass residents in-world.  Some going so far as to track down a resident’s real life information and make harassing or threatening phone calls, and in very rare cases a few have traveled miles to mock their victims at their doorstep with veiled or direct threats. Who are these people and what motivates them? While the term is used in nearly all multiplayer online games,  in Linden Lab’s Second Life and other MMO’s we call them Griefers.

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May 242011


Infamous “W-Hat” Group In Disarray, Closing Down

Krypton Radio Staff

W-Hat Logo

Masakazu Kojima (Masa), known within the virtual world of Second Life as leader of the controversial and at times infamous W-Hat group, has announced via the W-Hat website that his account had been permanently banned from the SL service by Linden Lab.  The online service cites “severe or repeated violations of the Terms of Service” but in their email to Masakazu did not detail what those violations were.

W-Hat was originally created in Second Life in 2004 for members of the forums at the popular Something Awful web site.  W-Hat members referred to themselves as “goons”, or “SA goons”.  They were well known for their general interest in that which others find offensive, and the group attracted wide range of people, from the merely curious to some of the worst griefers Second Life has ever known. Members of W-Hat have created hacked clients, committed content theft, and even created sim crashing weapons.  The sim crashers used by the Patriotic Nigras were based on the original ones created by W-Hat.

However, the FAQ page on the W-Hat web site states that none of these things are condoned or are the official policy of W-Hat, and that people who engaged in this activity were removed from the group whenever they were discovered.

The infamous Voted 5 group was comprised primarily of former W-Hat members who were invited to leave because their activities cast W-Hat in a bad light and put the group at risk.  Plastic Duck, the creator of both the first truly effective sim crasher weapon and creator of the first megaprims (distributed via his alternate account, Gene Replacement) was one of these.  Plastic Duck was also responsible for the discovery and correction of a critical bug in the Linden Lab monetary system which could have destroyed the entire economy.  Plastic Duck could have simply exploited the flaw, but instead worked with Linden Lab to identify and correct it before it became a problem.  Plastic Duck lost his account permanently immediately following an interview on a griefer-friendly blog site in February of this year.

Masa’s primary interest seems to have been technical, and while the official W-Hat policy was against griefer and racist activity within the group, this same activity went largely unmoderated, thus leading to W-Hat’s overall unsavory reputation.

In an email interview with Krypton Radio, Masa shared what information she had on the possible circumstances surrounding her banishment and the future of W-Hat:

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May 182011

It is now easier than ever to find us while in Second Life! Thanks to our friends at New Citizens Incorporated, you can now find our information kiosks at NCI South, NCI Kuula, and NCI Beach in Second Life for your daily serving of the news and information from Krypton Radio. Visit our station in Aftermath too, donated by the nice folks of the Aftermath II estate, dedicated to comic book adventuring and role play, and of course there’s always the League of Heroes Joseph Button Memorial Welcome Center in Taber right across from the Ivory Tower of Primitives.

We’re growing fast, at the astonishing rate of 20% per month, and you, esteemed reader and avid listener, are the reason why.  There is room for both quality entertainment and solid, responsible journalism in the metaverse, and Krypton Radio is proud to bring you both.

Feed your inner geek.

Krypton Radio – Superhearing for your Second Life.

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May 072011

by KR Assistant Editor: Emiley Tomsen


After seven years of fundraising the American Cancer Society‘s Relay For Life in Second Life, is celebrating a milestone in its history at the accomplishment of reaching the 1-Million dollar mark. Announced on its website and via notices to group members, ACS Staff Partner Stingray9798 Raymaker shared the news that at the current rate of fundraising this could be one of the biggest Relay events in Second Life history. The money raised in SL is accumulated by the donation of “Linden dollars”, an in-game currency used by customers of the service. The currency is then exchanged for real money, which in this case has equaled over 1 million U.S. dollars.

Stingray9798 Raymaker and 2011 RFL Event Chair – MamaP Beerbaum, agreed to sit down with me and conduct an interview, sharing their RFL experiences with Krypton Radio.



KR: For our newer readers who may not be fully aware of what this is all about, the Relay For Life is one of the American Cancer Society’s most celebrated events, which has helped raised millions of dollars to fund the research which one day may help stamp out cancer. Taking it a step further the RFL has turned to helping raise money within the virtual world of Second Life, which is operated by Linden Lab, based out of San Francisco-California in the United States.

Joining me today is the Online Content Manager for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life – National Relay For Life Business Unit. Known by his avatar and other SL’ers as Stingray9798 Raymaker, along with fellow SL based RFL staff member MamaP Beerbaum, who was gracious enough to spend some time telling Krypton Radio about their excitement over the accomplishment of raising 1Million U.S. dollars through the world of Second Life.

Thank you to both of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to speak with KR, I’ll start off with Mr Raymaker on this. Can you give our readers a brief history on how the RFL came to be set up in SL, and how Linden Lab has helped you out on these efforts?

Stingray: Actually, the American Cancer Society got involved in Second Life in 2004 when a group of volunteers approached our national office about raising money in-world.  The American Cancer Society evaluated the level of effort with the expected results, and determined that it would be worth piloting an event.  The Second Life experience would be overseen by the Futuring and Innovation Department (RC Mars), and the event would be a gala.  The following year, interest grew, and the first Relay For Life of Second Life was held, raising $5,000 USD for the American Cancer Society.  Over the years, American Cancer Society staff and volunteers have worked closely with Linden Lab to ensure that the RFL of SL has all it needs to execute the Relay season, and its continued growth.  ACS staff and volunteers have presented at SLCC and other SL-related conferences, and LL continues to work closely with us to ensure that our efforts are supported across the grid.

KR: It’s remarkable so many people who are spread across the world have been able to find a common ground in their passion to defeat cancer, and have been able to use a medium such as Second Life to raise funds to fight this menace to our health as a people. I’d like to get a reaction from both of you on this, I would imagine emotions are running a bit high for everyone, the joy over raising such a grand amount of money. Can you share with our readers how you all are feeling and maybe share a story on how you personally came to be involved with the RFL in SL?

Stingray: Our collective response would be:

We work endlessly to create opportunities for members of all SL communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.  We recognize that behind every avatar is a real human being, and that person has been touched by cancer in some way.  Regardless of how someone chooses to live their Second Life, they should have a platform through which they can fight this disease and use the virtual world to make tangible differences in the real-world.

MamaP:We come from over 25 countries around the world.  We are horse lovers, bunny lovers, Star Trek followers, we are goreans, we are furries, we are tinies, we are fairies, we are super heroes, we are snails, we are families, college students, men and woman, we come from different communities, nationalities, and races, the list goes on and on and on, but the most important thing to remember is that our strength will come from us working together!

I relay for my Dad.  I came to SL at about the same time that his cancer returned.  He had been a 10 year survivor, and then it came back with a vengeance.  As I became one of his caretakers, SL became my safe place, my escape.  And then I found out that I could Relay here, that I could fight against what was taking him from me, and do it as I sat with him, watching him.  I relay to honor my father and all those we have lost to

KR: I know many of our readers can sympathize and certainly relate to the reasons that have brought both of you to join the RFL, as well as many supporters who also have devoted great amounts of time and energy to donating and holding events to help raise money. For those who are interested and would like to join the RFL efforts in Second Life, would you like to share some tips and advice on how people can get started?

Stingray:If you are in Second Life, you are probably here because you have specific interests.  Find the community that you like in Second Life and see if that community already has a RFL of SL team.  Seek out a team of people that are already having fun doing what you like to do…through Relay.  If you Relay through doing something you love, you will likely find a more rewarding experience.

KR: Excellent advice for those wanting to get started with the Relay For Life, and I know there are many who would enjoy this as much as I do. People whose lives perhaps do not allow them the latitude to participate in RFL events in the real world, but with Second Life it truly is your world, your imagination. During your time spent with the organization I’m sure you’ve all had some very memorable moments, that you felt really exemplified how the RFL in SL has touched people’s lives, and shown what a virtual world can really do to help those stricken with cancer. Could you share one of those stories with us?

Stingray:For me, it came at what would seem the simplest and most meaningless experiences.  It was my first year as the RFL of SL Staff Partner.   I was standing on side the track, talking to a few volunteers in local chat when a dragon walked on the track behind us.  Someone yelled, “HEY! THAT DRAGON IS WALKING THE WRONG WAY!!”  It wasn’t about the fact that a dragon was on the track.  It was about making sure that the dragon was Relaying appropriately.  That was the moment that I realized that RFL of SL transcends real world preconceptions. And that would be the defining moment of my philosophy for being the American Cancer Society staff partner in Second Life.  I embraced the fact that this was a world that was only limited by our imagination.  By encouraging and empowering our volunteers in Second Life, we have been able to raise over $1 million USD and actually help avatars in their personal battles with cancer.

KR: The efforts of all those in Second Life have proven some of the amazing things that a virtual world can make possible, and I want extend a very sincere thank you to both of you on behalf of Krypton Radio and all those who stand to benefit from the cancer research you tirelessly help fund. Please feel free to share any final thoughts or shout outs you would all like to give!

Stingray: We just want to be sure to recognize and appreciate all of the volunteers, team captains, team members, donors, supporters, artists, designers, land owners, committee members, and anyone who supports our efforts across the grid.  The success that cancer patients have benefited from is due to the fact that the residents of Second Life recognize their own ability to make tangible differences in the real world through their online interactive experiences.

KR: Thank you all, and have a wonderful day, Go Relay!