12/7/16

-RC- Cluster is officially on the market for a grandfathered sim!

It's true! For my birthday this year I've decided to ask for a sim!

I'm currently looking for a grandfathered sim. Pricing is negotiable and of course I will pay transfer fees. I'm looking to purchase between now and February with a hopeful spring opening, but the sooner the better!

If you your a friend are looking to sell a grandfathered sim to a really nice lady, you can contact me in world, on plurk or email me! I will keep this post updated on the status of my search, so-


if this post is still here, I'm still looking!

The plans for this sim are in the works, and might be slightly top secret for a while. I'll be hiring sim managers eventually too. More information will be discussed in the SL group.

Thanks in advance to everybody!

11/21/16

ThanksGIVING 2016 amazement!! Updated 12/2

ThanksGIVING 2016 total Donations:
L$164,762!! = $609.19 USD!
                                 

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!


Donations will be sent to The Hunger Project on Nov 28th (due to being out of town this week) and receipts and other information will be posted here on this post as soon as it's complete.

Stay tuned here for more details and thank you so much again for making this year's ThanksGIVING amazing!



Update: November 26, 2016




Here's some screen shots of the donations being processed through my account to donate to The Hunger Project! Just got home from Thanksgiving with friends and family so hopefully by Monday or Tuesday the money should be in my PayPal, and I'll post the receipts of that transaction as well. 


Update: December 2, 2016

Thank you so much to everyone who donated! The donation has been made to the Hunger Project in full. SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR!

11/14/16

Cool stuff at The Coven right now!



New stuff available now at The Coven event! Magic smoke Gacha makes you disappear and reappear in all kinds of cool colors.






For when you need to get some purification done around here, use the sage smudger!

10/9/16

-RC- Cluster Memory Book Project

Hey everybody! I'm starting an ongoing project for everybody to be a part of. 

The -RC- Cluster memory book project is a group project put on by fun enthusiasts of Second Life who are in the -RC- Cluster community. It will be published in late December/early January and will include pictures and stories from people across the grid who have enjoyed being part of the -RC- Cluster community in one way or another.

Where will pictures or stories come from?
Hopefully most will be submitted by members, the more the better!

Send your pictures or stories!
If you have pictures or memories that you'd like to share, we want them published in the final book for everybody to enjoy! Share as many or as little as you'd like, even enough to fill a whole page or two.

Take a Member Directory pic!
There will be several pages dedicated to the lovely faces of our group members. To submit your picture for the member directory:

1. Be a part of the -RC- Cluster Second Life Group
2. Check the notices for an attachment called "-RC- Cluster Memory Book Member HUD"
3. Wear the HUD, follow directions, and submit as usual!

How do I submit my pictures?
There are several ways to submit your pictures! I want everyone to be able to participate for free.

1. Submit through Flickr in the -RC- Cluster Community Book Pictures group (preferred method)
2. Submit your pictures through this Google Form.
3. Email your pictures to Redd Columbia
4. Send your uploaded snapshots and pictures directly to Redd Columbia via SL

Stories can be submitted this same way, with links to a google document, or just send a notecard to Redd Columbia!

When will this book come out, and how?
The book will tentatively come out in Late December/Early January.
As of right now, it is planned to be published as an SL object, one worn and animated for your avatar and one readable by HUD. Other options may be explored.

What will it look like?
Each page could be of a certain theme, or of a certain group of people, or just a random bunch of pictures! In the future, depending on what members would like, I could even put together custom pages for groups of friends or individuals for a small fee to help pay for uploads (nothing more than L$25 per page)!

Here are some examples of what layouts might look like:



FAQ:

Q: Do the pictures need to be edited?
A: They can be, but there is no requirement for this, they can be photoshopped pictures or "raw" straight out of your viewer.

Q: Do I have to make the page layout?
A: Nope! If you have multiple pictures you'd like grouped together, you can send them with a request to have them together on the same page. They will be put together for you.

Q: Will this cost me anything?
A: As of right now, it is free to participate in the making of this book. The price of the book its self has not been established, but will NOT EXCEED L$75 per book. The price of the finished product will reflect the amount of uploads that will be needed to complete it, and I will try to price as low as I can so that everyone can afford a copy.

Q: So, it's a book?
A: Yup, it will be a worn object that your avatar can wear and animate reading, and also a HUD version for you to flip through and see all the pictures and stories.

Q: Do I have to submit a picture? Can it be a story?
A: Absolutely! You can submit anything you'd like to submit that some way reflects the fun you've had in Salchicha Township or with -RC- Cluster. Stories, Poetry, a song, haikus, you do it and I'll publish it!


Q: What's the deal with the Memory Book Member HUD?
A: For the member directory/yearbook style pages, the pictures should have about the same size and style. By wearing the HUD and taking your snapshot while wearing it, it will make your pic page-ready and not require any editing, saving a ton of time and work!

For more information or if you have questions, contact Redd Columbia in world or leave a comment here!







10/6/16

New Bloggers!

Thanks to all who applied, I had an overwhelming response and had to close the application early!

I originally had 5 spots available, but I upped that to 6 just because of how many people were interested. I picked out 10 that I liked, kept my top 2 and picked the other 8 randomly by lottery.

Welcome to the blogging team!



Thanks to everybody who applied! I'm sure I'll have another round of applications in a few months, I hope the rest of you will remember me by then, hmhm.

10/2/16

Annual ThanksGIVING Charity Event 2016!


Information last updated 11/16/16

What is ThanksGIVING?

Thanksgiving is an annual Dinner Party and Can Drive charity event started in 2009 and brought to you by -RC- Cluster. Unfortunately by 2011 I had left SL for a few years, but now it's time to bring this tradition back! 

Who:        You and your friend.
What:       A dinner party and can drive to raise awareness and a little cash for hungry people.
Where:     Salchicha Township
When:      Thursday, Nov 17th 4-8pm SLT -- Can Drive Runs through the 18th.


Who will benefit?
After a week of voting, results showed most interest in proceeds going to The Hunger Project!



Tell me more.

• There will be food and other food and holiday-ish items available for sale, in which 100% of those proceeds go towards THP.

• There will also be a can drive in which each can purchased is equal to USD $1.00. In the past, we've FILLED the back of an SL truck with cans, and it's fun to watch the visual grow on how much we've raised together.

•There will be freebies, trivia, games and chances to win stuff, including gift cards and cool stuff from other stores!

•This is a long event, so you can come and go as you please, tell your friends and get ready for a feast!

Donations truck from 2010




Check out the promo videos from past ThanksGIVINGs!
2009 & 2010

       
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MY #1 RULE
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• You are not allowed to purchase any item with philanthropic proceeds, or give Redd Columbia ANY Linden dollars unless you understand and trust that it is in fact going to the charity listed.

If you have any doubts at all about the outcome of this event or my intentions, DO NOT DONATE.
Instead I encourage you to donate directly to a charity that you feel comfortable with. Links will be provided to donate directly to the charity that we decide on, or you can pick your own!


Thank you!
Redd Columbia


See how Nana and Redd are getting ready for the event on the Story Blog!

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Notes:
Since this is the first year ThanksGIVING will be back in sl, I've decided to keep ti simple, so no holiday market. Perhaps next year!

Donations will be collected by Redd Columbia's Alt, RCDonations Difference.

More information on The Hunger Project, which will benefit from ThanksGIVING


Hello Everybody!
Thanks for helping me choose a good charity to donate to for my annual ThanksGIVING charity event. I know that charity giving can be tricky in SL, so I want to first and foremost be sure that everyone is comfortable with giving if they wish to do so.
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MY #1 RULE
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• You are not allowed to purchase any item with philanthropic proceeds, or give Redd Columbia ANY Linden dollars unless you understand and trust that it is in fact going to the charity listed.


If you have any doubts at all about the outcome of this event or my intentions, DO NOT DONATE.
Instead I encourage you to donate directly to a charity that you feel comfortable with. Links will be provided to donate directly to the charity that we decide on, or you can pick your own!
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After a week of voting, results showed most interest in proceeds going to The Hunger Project!

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Why these charities?


I picked these charities for the following reasons:
1. High scoring and ratings, recommended by other websites
2. International work rather than domestic
3. They are all pertaining to Hunger


Sources Used:
https://www.guidestar.org/
https://www.charitywatch.org/
https://www.charitynavigator.org/


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The Hunger Project
Overall Charity Navigator Score:            91.97 / 100,            4/4 stars
Charity Watch.org Rating:                       A-
Program Percentages:                           20% overhead       80% Program


http://www.thp.org/
More Info: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-2443282
Sources:
https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6427
https://www.charitywatch.org/ratings-and-metrics/global-hunger-project/386


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Please don’t hesitate to contact me in world with any questions you may have!
Redd Columbia