Monthly Archives: October 2012

Sailors Cove Halloween #5 !!

Fanci  Beebe writes:

Join us for a FIYC Halloween tradition!


Friday October 26th 8pm slt.
Sunday October 28th 3pm
FIYC Clubhouse

The War of The Worlds was an episode of the American radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938 and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds that caused a nationwide panic in 1938 as unwitting listeners believed that hostile Martians had really landed in New Jersey.

(Jane adds: These are ‘intelligent aliens,”
but they landed in Jersey?)


Saturday October 27th 2012 7pm slt

Held on the grounds of Nightmare Manor.
If you dare to explore
the grounds and house of this very interactive haunt,
be sure to touch, click and sit on all you see…
ya neva know what you may find!!!

Prizes and Surprises!!!
$1,000 Linden each for Best Male and Female Costume

Tunes of the season and more
Spun by DJ TheBrat from BWoR Radio

This is always a fun Party soooo
Bring your ghoulfriend and invite your fiends
The occupants of the mansion are dying to meet you…


Movies to Chill you to the Core, 2012

Wednesday October 24
Thursday October 25th
Friday October 26th
Saturday October 27th
Sunday October 28th
Monday October 29th
Tuesday October 30
Wednesday October 31

pumpkin djoez theatre 2012

Once again, the irrepressible  Beejee Boucher is hosting a horror film festival in Sailors Cove! The theatre’s set up in Schooner Run, and you can stop by any time. Here’s what Beejee wrote:

This year i am proud that Pumkin Djoezz Theatre is 5 years old, and on its way to become the most evil cinema theatre in the world.
Because of our bone marrow jubilee we have 9 movies instead of the usual 5 but to celebrate the occasion we will show the first 5 Halloween movies.

Line up:
The Omen
The Crow
The Ring (USA version)
Halloween 2
Halloween 3: season of the witch
Halloween 4: the return of Michael Meyers
Halloween 5: the revenge of Michael Meyers

The movies will run 24 hours and between 8-7 am SLT a new movie sill start. All this bloody fun will take place in schooners runcourtesy of head zombi Fanci. Missed a movie, no problem i will run a second screen in Slooters where the movies will continue to run.

In honor of Beejee’s fifth Horror anniversary and Sailors Cove’s wonderful Halloween parties, I thought to repost an article I wrote four years ago about a Halloween sail. Actually, this was just the unpublished draft. 🙂


Fossett Unedited

This article was originally posted to on November 25, 2008


Since I’m away this week, I thought it might be fun to cheat and put up the unpublished first draft of an article I revised and finally posted November 10.
I was about to delete this draft, but thought it was remarkable how different this version was from what I finally posted. That final article was eight short sentances – the “FANCI HALLOWEEN 2008″  section at the end of  the “NEW GUNS“  post.
Literally everything in this draft got deleted when I went back to edit it. Thank god for editing! Since this post is sort of ‘insider baseball,’ I’ll only leave it up for a week while I’m gone. See you soon!


Early last evening I got a call from Vin Mariani, who was munching popcorn over in Quoddy Head sim while watching Night of the Living Dead as part of the horror movie marathon put on by Surf and Beejee. The grit and graininess of that George Romero movie coupled with it’s screenplay full of classic cult lines make NLD a So-bad-it’s-great must-see each year him around Halloween. I admit it, however: this is the first time I have ever seen it in Second Life.

It turned out Chaos was already sailing his Knockabout en route towards the dockside cinema, and I caught up with him in Osprey Reef.  He suggested we take a little detour on the way to get a look at the furthest West points in the chain of 10 sims (see below). He was right; it is right around the corner, but we almost never sail through those sims. Well, we did on Halloween!

We had a great sail that only took a few extra minutes (well,  actually 20 minutes, but it was worth it). It proved easy to tack through the multiple islands that adorned the sims as we moved Westward.  There are shallow spots over there, so pay attention when you cruise through. The Sims were planned with sailboats in mind however, so it’s no problem: the shallow areas are where you’d expect them to be.

I known I’m being redundant, but let me say again that the sims in this region were very attractive at night, even though we sailed through far too quickly to fully appreciate all the region has to offer.   Go back and take a look for yourself!

Points of Interest for the Accidental Tourist: Memories of Bulia

As you move from East to West at this latitude, take a look at the map above. You pass a series of rather diverse landmarks. For example, just before you reach the border that defines the entry into USS-West you’ll see an impressive island with notable vertical bluffs off to starboard. That’s the Medici/ White Residential Compound located in Union Passage Sim (where it sits under the watchful eye of the Osprey Coast Guard Station immediately to the South). Give a loud WOOT! to SYC’s Rear Commodores as you pass bye!

Right beyond that you’ll see the USS Bulia Historical Sim-Site, commemorating the day the Lawson Landing/Sailors Cove Estate linked waters with USS this past summer, freeing sailors from the oppression of arbitrary and capricious sailing barriers that emerged following the Great East-West Schism.

Great Wall dividing East and West

I recall the events of that Great Day with crystal clarity… Marktwain White, his jaw set and his eyes resolute, standing confident and tall at the helm of the SYC Committee Boat. Nothing unusual; just another routine day in USS-South. However, a bare heartbeat later the lazy harbor mood flipped upside down and burst electric when MTW spun the wheel with deliberate force, bringing the nose of the SYC command boat sharply around to a new bearing that pointed dead West.  Even before the boat completed its pivot to the new course, Mark’s left hand found the engine controls, and pushed them to the limit,  locking both throttles wide open. Suddenly unleashed, the dual outboards responded with a ferocious roar and the props dug in. For a tiny fraction of a second the boat seemed motionless, and I could see it pitching aft as the props torqued, looking for all the world like a lion on its haunches prepared to spring. During that instant, Mark’s right arm stretched forward, index finger calling out his target: The Bulia WallEnough was enough; no more discussion. Today that wall was coming down.

Then the image vanished as the boat lept forward with the force of a rocket sled, the cavitating props Rumors implicate young MTW in the Kong wall-breach incidentcovering the scene in an envelope of exploding salt-spray. I heard Chad mutter to himself  ”Dang… He must have tuned up those engines last night… Did he buy that script in Texas?” Heads bobbed in silent agreement with Chad, as we watched the SYC boat lunge forward with all the force MTW could coax out of his pre-mono SL vehicle algorithm.

Let me tell you, Mark never wavered from that due West course, and he slammed that boat straight dead center against the rocks at the base of the Bulia Wall, riding the shattered remains of the boat’s cockpit a full quarter of the distance up the incline of the much hated, but heretofore impenetrable, Barrier separating USS from the world to the West.

The deafening noise that erupted from MTW’s audacious assault immediately resounded across the entire grid, and sailors everywhere turned their attention to Bulia, their facial expressions betraying a shared sense of wide-eyed shock and awe.

no animals were injured while writing this post.What those sailors next witnessed will, without doubt, go down in the annals of SL Sailing folklore and legend. Mirabile dictu, high over the West horizon the crowd suddenly saw Patrick Leavitt’s seaplane descend from the clouds, haloed in the reflection of the morning sun. The crowd gave out an involuntary gasp as Patrick pitched the plane’s nose into a near vertical dive aimed  at the West side of that despised Bulia Wall, and as he picked up speed he calmy selected an impact point precisely opposite the place where MTW was now comfortably standing, waiting for him.

Legend has it that Patrick used his estate-owner superpowers to channel the combined force of Sailors Cove’s more than two dozen sims in an attempt to reach a theoretical critical CPU temperature threshold needed to melt wall prims off the server. Patrick never acknowledged that rumor; his spokesperson offerred a writen statement saying only that each of us must be willing to take those steps necessary to confront and end divisive tyranny wherever it occurs.

However he impelled that vehicle, Patrick adjusted his angle of impact with precision; the high velocity collision that resulted put a really bad scratch mark on the west wall prims, while bouncing Patrick out of the plane’s cockpit to safety on dry land at the base of the wall. You may ask where Patrick acquired the skill to pull off such a hazardous trick? Well, background research at reveals incontrovertible video evidence that Patrick had  practiced this precise suicidal collision maneuver in the Big Cat Cup Races, where he repeatedly bashed his Z-40 catamaran into the EOW. On more than one occasion he sustained a concussion and was knocked totally out of SL!  When I saw him do this again and again, I admit I thought Patrick was just clumsy or had a slow learning curve. Now we finally know the real story. He was practicing a secret mission to help rid sailors of despotic navigational tyranny!

So you may wonder what happened next; MTW was on the East side, Patrick was on the West. I have it on very good authority they both clambered up to the top of that awful wall, the wall that divided sailors against their will, and Patrick and MTW announced Never Again in barbershop harmony. In a message of hope and determination that still rings loud and clear to this day, they together pledged an end to the wall and they vowed to fight any future effort to obstruct open waterways or free communication in the sailing community.

I know that sounds like a tall order, but have some faith. As soon as they put the bullhorns down, I’m pretty sure they noticed it was getting late, so they turned around and asked Fanci and Nber to call the concierge to get LL to haul away the pile of broken toys littering the passage way. Then, arm in arm, they trundled off to lunch, another job well done.

[Please Note: If your recollection of the above events is different than what I just described, please DO NOT e-mail me. We all know that eye-witness testimony concerning long past events is notoriously unreliable, and after painstaking personal reflection, I’m absolutely certain my version is at least 31% accurate.
Anyway, if it did not happen as I reported, then it should have. Beside, it’s my version, and I’m sticking to it!
If you want objective proof, you’ll have to wait for the movie version.]

Points of Interest for the Accidental Tourist: Further West

Meanwhile, back at our sailing tour of Southern USS-West, the next point of interest is the German language Schiffsratten Yacht Club, located in Tiga sim.  Going fairly quickly, it took us about 20 minutes to cross through all of the Sims to the West as shown in the diagram above and then make it back to Tiga so we could start heading North. If you decide to cruise through this region I’d suggest leaving 40 – 60 minutes for the tour, since there are so many places to dally along the way.

Well,anyway, remember Vin? He was still at the movies watching the original NLD. Chaos and I actually made pretty good time sailing, and arrived someplace in the middle of the film when the blonde girl from the graveyard (a.k.a.”Johnny’s sister“) has an acute delusional anxiety episode. That actually happens a lot in the movie, and her character is so useless it’s hard to generate much compassion for her sorry plight.  Actually, the thing that has always bothered me most about her over the years (and yes, I have thought about this) is the fact she never takes off her raincoat through the movie.  It makes sense that she is wearing it in the graveyard when they get attacked, but when they go into the farmhouse she never takes it off. I know, I know, you think that’s a pretty small item… well, after you see the movie 20 times you notice those things. (To paraphrase John Waters: “Let’s watch that move again, but this time let’s just look at everybody’s elbows!”).

I mention this issue here because after 10 minutes Vin, Chaos and I had settled into the chairs and flipped from skipper-mode to movie fan-mode well enough that we all suddenly shouted “Take off the raincoat!!!” in unison.  🙂 Actually, I guess that’s no real surprise. A race crew lives for that kind of teamwork!!

Eventually, of course, we knew it was time for us to move on, since we were already late for the Halloween party Fanci Beebe and Patrick Leavitt  were throwing a on the sim just South of where we were currently eating popcorn.  I guess I should also mention that Chaos was all set for the party. he left his foul weather sailing gear at home, and  has sailed all evening wrapped up as a mummy, “Tiny Version.”  I have to admit it.  When it comes to the “undead,” Chaos Mandelbrot was pretty impressive.

Haunted Mansion in USS-West

The only thing that really bothered me was the fact he continued to decompose all evening long.

Anyway, we made a dramatic appearance at the sim. I took the helm for the first time that evening and made a perfect hockey-stop right at the center of the dock.  Of course nobody paid any attention, so we climbed out of the boat and walked up the winding path to the dance floor.

NOTE: Draft #1 abruptly ended here when I reread the post and realized it totally fell off the tracks around the second paragraph…. 🙂

Two bit reality

Today I spent more time than I had time free; I was trying to track down a sailing promo. I didn’t have much info, but the promo graphics were great.
I got frustrated, and kept thinking:

“Dammit, is this regatta RL or SL?”

Wow. I then realized that was the point. 🙂
Last week I finished six years of virtual sailing here, and frankly that realization was the best birthday present I could have imagined.

“Is this regatta RL or SL?”

Well… we are not there yet, but if the grid ever actually works, I’d love to reply:

“Hey, What’s the difference?”

Sansara Raceline Redux

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Here’s an updated map of the major Sansara waterways showing the locations of Linden racelines across the continent, including the new Sulu line. I’ve also added a 5814×3614 version of the map here.

There are now three Linden racelines in Sea of Fables, and three more lines on Linden water in Sansara’s Mare Secundus (Margery sim), Mowry Bay (Hepurn sim) and the ANWR connector (Suduffco sim). There’s an additional, privately funded raceline operated by Free Adriatic in Grant. It’s open to the sailing community, and I need to write more about it soon.  Rikki Reichmann is in charge there; she took over from Joepie Korobase and Francois Jacques, and she’s kept the faith. Talk to Liv, or actually talk to Rikki if you want to know the story. 🙂

Anyway, two years ago there were numerous discussions, JIRAs, and open meetings with Lindens concerning Sansara sailing issues. The end result was very nice; it actually far exceeded what sailors originally asked for. In fact, all of the racelines I just mentioned above were either installed or upgraded as part of that Sansara Sailing Refurb two years ago. The racelines were only a tiny part of the many additions and content enhancements that benefited sailing.

Legacy Lines

Two years is a long time however, and the new Sulu raceline was a good opportunity to take another look at the Sansara racing hardware. 🙂 Today I just want to talk about the racelines, but I’m sure people have other issues as well. 🙂

The image sequence to the right shows three racelines I want to focus on; they date back to May 10, 2010. Two and a half years is a long time in SL, but I’m pretty sure the lines have aged gracefully. Yuu Nakamichi did the scripting and he was pretty good at it. 🙂

However, here’s the problem. When I showed up to try out each of these race lines this week, I dropped a boat on the line and had it thrown back to me. The error message said: “Parcel is full.”

Actually, this is a known raceline issue. Lines are usually placed on their own parcel so they can be endowed with unique permissions. No surprise, those parcels are pretty small and tend to be rather long and narrow. That means the default prim allotment for the raceline is meager. In principle that’s not such a bad idea, since it saves resources and limits potential for exploits and griefing.

Here’s the parcel detail for the Margery raceline in Sansara; the other two I noted above are similar. The Margery parcel can accommodate 105 prim but it turns out the line installation eats up nearly all of them, leaving only nine prim free for sailboats crossing the line! It’s no surprise I couldn’t rez a boat on that plot!

The Fix is In

There might be many solutions to this issue, but I think there’s only one obvious, best fix. Today the Adriatic and Margery lines got “update therapy” with a dose of Hay Ah’s current raceline remedy. The new installations weigh in at a mere 25 prim. In Margery that leaves eighty prim free for crossing boats. 🙂

There are more advantages, of course. For example, the two upgraded lines can now network with all the other lines in Fables and Mowry Bay; that will increase the options for a variety of distance races and point-to-point cruises. 🙂

As of the moment, ANWR‘s raceline is the only line not upgraded to the system. The parcels are more complicated there, which is, maybe, appropriate.

ANWR is where SL Sail-Racing was born; it’s the old Tako test track. The spirits of Kanker Greenacre and the Kazenojin still inhabit those waters, and it could well take a few more days of meditation to encourage those parcels to update. 🙂

In the meantime, go try out the upgraded lines in Adriatic and Margery, and then stop by and visit all the great sailing sites in Sansara! 🙂

Sailor’s Cove Does Halloween 2012 !!

In the immortal words of Fanci Beebe:

 They’re baaaaaaaaackkkkkkkk!!!!!!

From ghoulies and ghosties,
Long-leggety beasties,
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us.


Please keep the following dates on your calendar open;
the Gorey Details for each event will follow soon!

*** Friday October 12
(but please feel free to come by and watch us moving in.. more added daily)

FIYC Halloween 2008

*** Saturday October 13th 1pm slt

*** Friday October 26th 8pm slt & Sunday October 28th 3pm slt

*** Saturday October 27th 7pm slt.
Prizes for best costumes and more

EVERYONE WELCOME!!! Bring your friends!!

**** Event Details to follow*****

Chaos Steps Up to Lead Sail4Life 2013

After running the most successful fundraising campaign in Sail4Life history, today Chad Sawson and Aislin Keynes officially announced they are handing over the leadership baton to Chaos Mandelbrot. Chad and Aislin wrote:

Taku Raymaker

Cap’n Chaos

Greetings Sail4life Team!
2012 was another record breaking year. The Sail4Life team came in 4th in the overall team standings and raised just under $10,000. for the American Cancer Society. We should all be extremely proud of the hard work we put in and of the generosity of the sailing community as a whole.
So, it is with reservation and sadness that Chad and I hereby announce that we are retiring as Captain and Co-Captain of the Sail4Life team. We both feel it’s time to turn the helm over to someone else. The great news is that Chaos Mandelbrot has agreed to step forward and take on the captains role. We are sure that he will do a fantastic job.
We have truly enjoyed working with the community over past years, made some remarkable life-long friends and, had tons of fun along the way. We won’t, however, be far away. We have both been in discussions with Nikki Mathieson regarding positions on the main Relay for Life of Second Life committee. So, we’ll still be around to answer any questions and offer any advice as needed.
We would like to thank all the team members, our beloved auction item providers and, everyone that stepped up to assist or support the team. We also encourage those taking team lead to keep the American Cancer Society’s mission in focus and be sure to HAVE FUN!
Fair Winds & Best Regards,
Chad Sawson and Aislin Keynes

Please give a loud woot and a standing ovation for Chad and Aislin, for their years of dedication to SLSailing’s major charity drive! Congratulations to Chaos as well; we all know he’s the Emperor Penguin, but now he’s S4L Team Captain too. 🙂

All kidding aside, running S4L is a big job, and Chaos will need lots of help from sailors, boatwrights, and maritime estates grid-wide. The campaign wont kick-off until Spring 2013, but I know Chaos would like to start planning now to get his ducks in a row (as it were). 🙂

So if you’d like to help organize, or if you have a great idea for a fundraiser, or if you want to coordinate with S4L to host your own major event, drop Chaos Mandelbrot a note!

Oh, and I already have one big announcement about S4L 2013; RJ Kikuchiyo has offered to build next year’s Sail4Life installation for RFL weekend in July! RJ is without question the most outstanding maritime architect in Second Life, and thinking what he can do with a year’s head start gets me so excited it’s hard to type straight. 🙂

I’ll post more details as they develop, but go ahead and talk to Chaos about it yourself too. This is your Sail4Life campaign; become a part of it! 🙂

SULU Raceline

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There’s a new Sulu raceline in Sea of Fables. Samlara Vintner and Slanty Uriza advocated for one near the “Three Pines – Come Sail With Us” resource center in Owasco, and the new line in Sulu seems to fit the bill. 🙂 The line is intentionally short (40m) for small boat races, and it has a 45 degree orientation, facing Southwest.

Sailors can rez boats nearby, either at the Sailing Center or in a Sulu rez zone just West of the line. The rez parcel has a green-yellow buoy in the middle.

One small detail: In order to install the line it was necessary to pull two yellow buoys that formed a race ‘gate.’ This should not be an inconvenience though, since the new raceline can also serve as a gate, and it has roughly the same orientation and dimensions.

Oh, and Kudos to Hay Ah for making sure Sulu got the newest raceline hardware. Hay tells me she even has a solution for the ‘undeletable racewind notecard‘ problem! If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry; Hay’s got it covered! 🙂