The Yellow Gazette is 4 years old!
Can you believe it? The Yellow Gazette is entering its fourth year of publication. When it was launched in April 2010, we had no idea that it would continue this long. But as we kept producing issues, we kept finding new information worth sharing, as well as having a lot of fun with our fuzzy little family and other characters. These have kept us motivated in continuing to keep writing, developing graphics, spinning stories, sharing good info, and generally having fun. In so doing, we have also learned much about the e-publishing business that will stand us in good stead over the coming years.
ActiveWorlds citizenship to be free
Many of the forthcoming changes relate to the development of a credit system, where citizens can purchase items for AW credits, which are based on real money. There are a lot of details which will be announced by AWI in this month. For details currently known, readers can check out the AW Forums; see especially postings on the June Town Hall meeting.
Other changes that will take place relate mostly to world owners. There will be an increase to the number of people who can visit private worlds with no charges, and VOIP will be available to all worlds. Further details will be made available soon.
Aunt Trudy Hears...
Aunt Trudy provides news and, well, gossip from Yellow citizens. If you have something you want in the Gazette, just contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, June is just 'busting out all over', and it seems that the staff is back on deck to do a bit of work here and there, unlike yours truly who has been slaving away over these past months collecting snippets of news and gossip for your delight.
I've just heard that the Fuzzybottom lodge has been rebuilt after an alleged mishap in the kitchen by a certain young apprentice chef. However, it seems that the apprentice was not at fault, but rather a deficient bit of wiring. So much for the quality control of the Yellow Builders Guild...
And more, it seems that the Office Manager of the YG, Ms Lucy Larksong, has deigned to grace us with her presence after an extended leave of absence. Perhaps now there will be some discipline being enforced around here.
Rufus Fuzzybottom has been very busy earning his stripes in building a resort area at the old Burrfoot Cove place. See Fuzzy's article for more info.
I have also heard from young Randy, who has begun his studies at Ursine U. in Yellowstone. His first term marks are in top 10% of the class. All of us at the YG, especially myself, are tremendously proud of this fine specimen of bearhood.
That's all for this month, dearies. I look forward to regaling you in the next issue with more interesting titbits.
Fuzzy's tale continues. The gang is back from hibernation and then working hard on various projects. read on...
In this issue:
After a long hibernation, the YG and its staff are back on the job and delighted to present this June issue. In the Builds of the Month, we present the latest major builds in Yellow by the Yellow Builders Guild. Check out the rivers and the new boat rides. Steam City also grows apace,and at the outskirts is the latest factory: the DSM Steel Mill, nearly ready to start processing. Factories and teleport centres are being developed; if you want your builds in the latter, just contact Ozman or Apooka by telegram.
The Build Tips page offers something new this time; some YouTube videos explaining how invisible bump panels can work to generate interesting effects on your builds.
Fuzzy and the bear gang are still with us and will bring you up to date with what's happening there.
Joe and his apprentice Petal invite you to try some succulent new recipes (yum, but waistlines beware!).
Nellie and Mr Crabtree offer you some lovely flowers that you can copy and use on your builds.
And finally, the Newbies page offers some good hints on using the AW controls to allow you to move, and other things essential for a good AW experience.
Want to contact us? Email the Yellow Gazette at email@example.com, or telegram Apooka or Ozman.
The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield had great one-liners. We offer some of them here.
Graphics by Apooka, except where otherwise noted
Tidings from the Academy brings you events in June
Summer Solstice - June 21
Traditionally, communities built big bonfires on Midsummer's Eve. This is called "setting the watch," and it is known that the fire would keep evil spirits away from the area. Some farmers will light fires on their land, and people still can be seen to wander about, holding torches and lanterns, from one bonfire to another. It is known that if you jumped over a bonfire -- presumably without lighting your self on fire -- you were guaranteed to have good luck for the coming year.
After the fires have burned out and the ashes gone cold, they can be used them to make a protective ward. You can make this by carrying them in a small pouch, It is tradition many believe that the Midsummer ashes will protect you from misfortune. You can also sow the ashes from your bonfire into your garden, and your crops will be bountiful for the rest of the summer growing season.
Astrologically, also June 25 2013, there will be a partial Lunar Eclipse.
The sun is entering Cancer, which is a water sign.
Midsummer is not only a time of fire magic, but of water as well. Now is a good time to work magic involving sacred streams and wells. If you visit one, be sure to go just before sunrise on Midsummer's eve and approach the water from the east, with the rising sun. Circle the well or spring three times, and then make an offering of silver. This will bring good health and clarity of mind, and will protect the water source from contaminations or curse. In magick you have to give to get...it's a simple rule.
Midsummer is also great time for herb gardens, because there are buds and blooms everywhere. This is a powerful time to gather herbs, and also to prepare and use them. The use of fresh herbs is always best, but any fresh herb can be dried simply by picking it and tying it up in small bundles in a well-ventilated area. Once they are completely dry store them in airtight jars in a dark place. For use in the future...
Well, there you have it - few useful things to know about the birth of a new season. Remember the rule with the way do only unto the world around you what you would have done to you. So be wise, be kind and above all have enjoyed the wonders of life.
Holidays in June
- International picnic day hmm might not go so well with the ant union up in arms this year...
- Father's day sadly should be renamed the day of the bad tie.
- Flag Day when all fly high fly proud.
- And last but never least
The Spectacular Midsummer Watch Parade on June 21st.
I hope this information will be of use, and I like to thank the YG Staff for the warm welcome they have given me and my assistant.