Monday, January 20, 2020
Interview With Bixyl Shuftan
By Penny (Deaflegacy Resident)
Because Dana didn't want Second Life Newspaper to end with just a simple and sad goodbye article, instead she wanted to have a party as a tribute to their time and work together. SL Newser was officially announced at the closing party of the old one, on June 5, 2010. In SL Newspaper's final article, Dana credited Bixyl in keeping the old paper regularly updated. "The paper's front page was 'closed' with a link to the Newser at the bottom," said Bixyl.
The Sunbeamers are the team of the community of where Bixyl make his home in Second Life, the Sunweaver/Angels. Covering their events gives Bix a chance to both highlight the good Second Life does, and putting his community in the spotlight. Rita Mariner is the team captain. Every year, they have gotten an award for fundraising. The first year, it was silver. Last year, it was Jade. "A couple times we've gotten one for the campsite, which Cynthia Farshore and Shockwave Yareach deserve the bulk of the credit." said Bixyl.
I asked him about who his inspiration is, and he said, "I guess you can say the rest of the Newser crew is one inspiration." Bixyl also liked to read and have kept up with the news in real life. "I guess it's fitting. Here in Second Life, I help keep residents posted about it." When we talked about a single high point when it comes to the Newser, he said that it was interesting coming face to face with Ebbe Linden.
"Covering the Relay and Second Life Birthday has always been nice, even if it does make me busy." Bixyl went on to say that he often calls May and June his "busy time," between the SL Birthday and Relay Weekend. Though that could also apply to October and December, with Halloween and Christmas. "I've written about many people, places, and events over the years. "I guess it can be a challenge keeping it up." replied Bixyl. "But the compliments and people saying 'thank you' have been another inspiration. I asked Bixyl what he thinks when someone like me says that he is an inspiration. "I feel happy, proud," said Bix with a smile. Bixyl added that he has very intention of continuing the Newser to its' tenth anniversary, and beyond. "Probably until that one day Linden Lab makes the decision to close this world, whenever that is. Probably not for several years though," commented Bix.
On the same night I was working on the article, Bixyl got a "thank you" from the Veterans Tribute team. Keep up the good work, Bixyl.