Nerd Tunes by Doc

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DJ DOC aka Holocluck Henly

On Saturday, June 22, DJ Doc aka Holocluck Henly of RFL ADvocacy played a special set of NERDTUNES, a mix of scifi and movie music, novelties, parodies, cult favorites and more. The venue was Merciless Ming’s at the SciFi Con. What a great set and we hope Doc will spin more again in the near future!

This was the 6th year of the Second Life SciFi convention with six regions of pure scifi bliss and many many scifi based RFL teams with booths. If you didn’t make it, put the event on your calendar for next year!

Why Do I Blog Meme

Daniel Voyager responded to Strawberry Singh’s “Why Do I Blog Meme” and so did many others. Guess I need to add my voice to the chorus.

  1. How long have you been blogging? Monday, 28 February 2011 was my very first post.
  2. Why did you start blogging? Well because I ask a simple question: Do you promote the team on Social Media? I had just joined RFL Harmony of Hope team and at the first team meeting, I ask that question. Random Darrow’s reply was “Guess you just volunteered to be the team’s PR person!
  3. How many times a week do you post an entry? Not near as often as I wished. RL has a way of getting in the way when you are a 50+ yrs student.
  4. How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis? Not near as often as I wished. Again RL,… Gotta figure out how to crash that server?!?!
  5. Do you comment on other people’s blogs? Yes, especially when I am moved to touched in a profound way.
  6. Do you keep track of how many visitors you have? Yuppers. But with a few Facebook pages, Twitters pages, Pinterest and other blogs, I use several analytics to see how and what touches my followers.
  7. Did you ever regret a post that you wrote? Never.
  8. Do you think your readers have a true sense of who you are based on your blog? I hope so, as I write from my heart, which I wear proudly on my sleeve.
  9. Do you blog under your real name? Just my SL Bain Finch name and an alt,…
  10. Are there topics that you would never blog about? Yes. All my blogs and blogs I have contributed on, are focused on one thing, Relay For Life of Second Life and Relay For Life of InWorldz. Up until last year, I was on the RFLofSL committee doing their Social Media work. After joining the committee for RFLofIW last year, I decided to form a RFLofSL team for this season, to avoid potential conflicts, and wanted to experience this part of Relay. My time with RFL Harmony of Hope team only lasted a month, before the committee scooped me up, for their efforts.
  11. What is the theme/topic of your blog? Dohooo! See #10
  12. Do you have more than one blog? If so, why? Double Dohooo! See #10
  13. What have you found to be the benefits of blogging? Humm? Guess I would say, to put into words what I feel. To voice how profoundly Relay For Life have been for me. To help reach and touch people, to join the fight back for the cure. I’m pretty single-minded.
  14. So, why do you continue to blog? Until there is a cure, I will blog, tweet, post,…

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2013 Why I Relay ~ Bain Finch

It’s time of year again, it’s Relay Season!

One thing I pushed while my time on the RFL of SL Committee, was the making of “Why I Relay” testimonials for the RFL of SL Update blog, and audio recordings for use by the DJ’s of relay.

I have written and recorded several over time, long ones, short ones, some as short as a single line of text: “You just need to look in the eye of someone fighting cancer, you will see my Why I Relay looking back at you.

Now with the 2013 season, I am compelled to do another.

Bain FinchI have truly have lost count of how many people I know, that have been touched by the icy and indiscriminate finger of cancer. I’ve lost family members, I’ve lost dear friends. BUT, with the hard work and tireless effort of Relay people around the world, together we are marching toward better treatment options, we are marching towards higher survivor rates, and we are creating a heck of a lot more birthdays, every single day, with every lap we walk. I am Bain Finch, cancer caregiver, and to be completely honest with you, I relay to find the cure, before that icy and indiscriminate finger of cancer, touches me.

If you are inspired to share your “Why I Relay”, give me a shout and I can help you record one with the tools on your computer.

Bain Finch

Bain’s Life of Relay

Well, well, well, I think this was one amazing Kick Off weekend to remember, don’t you? It certainly has been for me.

This being my third season for Relay For Life of Second Life, but my first as a team captain has certainly changed what I do and how.

When I first got the Relay bug, I was on a team for a few brief weeks, setting up and doing Social Media promoting for Harmony of Hope, before I recruited to the committee doing the same for them.

That first year was a real eye opener for me. My second season was just as delicious, and was able to savor the flavor and I grew, and I changed. They say that Relay is a life changing experience, and I can say, that it has changed me.

The timing of this experience couldn’t have come at a better time for me, as I had just been slammed with a series of setbacks on the career front, had to declare bankruptcy and find a new career path, as the old one was done for.  At about the Half Way There Fair back in 2011, I had been given an opportunity from the government’s action plan to help people affected by that recession many of us experience to return to school for re-training and I jumped at the chance.

My first thought was to further my existing career path, but one reflecting on the work I had done in those few short months of Relay on the 2011 season, I realized a few things. That I was using some of the life skills I loved most in my long working life. That I have always supported the work of charities and non profits organization. And that Social Media and Social Media promoting is where I could bring all this and more together. So I took a leap of faith, changed paths and enrolled into a two program for advertising and marketing, and to date, have never looked back.

Fashion For Life 2013Fast forward to this year, I find myself launching my own RFL of SL team, embarking on a whole new career and the love I have found, or maybe that love that has found me, but she fuels my soul and my being with hope and passion and I could not let her go and I hug her every night and tell she I love her. My Real life and my virtual life are become one. We are, I am on the same mission, to help where I can, help grow organizations reach their fundraising goals and do what I can to make my little part of the world better.

This RFL ADvocacy team has been really taken be back too. Of all the tools we have to fight back and fundraise, I know advocacy is the most profound and the most powerful weapon one can yield. Let me explain with numbers. You know last year some 2,500-3,000 people helped raise $375,000 usd. When you do the math, with all things being equal, that between $125-150 per person. We all know that reality is in fact different, some more, other else. Some do the organizing and coordinating, other put all the effort to use and do what needs to be done., as one big team.

That’s what teams do, take all this planning and scheming and fundraise. Some rez a kiosk hold dances and point people were we wish people to go, week, after week, all season long. On the other extreme are the mega events teams. Pour an all out for bear effort into a condense effort and we all taken aghast by their efforts, usually in the stunning, aye inspiring way.  And in between, is every color of the rainbow, from all walks of life and with the magic of Second Life, from every imagination possible.

Regardless of which end of the spectrum people are on, we yield advocacy. Advocacy for what we do. Advocacy tells people what these funds do, the good we are making happen. The support we create, the services we help fund.  Advocacy tells our stories, the story of a cancer survivor, the story of a caregiver, the story of how this thing we do makes a difference. And whether you know it or not, but I sure you do, through advocacy we create new fighters. Through advocacy every person we infect with the Relay bug, we potentially add another $125-150 to our effort.

That is why I choose RFL ADvocacy for my teams name. We will fight and fundraise and do what teams do and fundraise. We have a simple plan to spread our effort to the grid. But we will place advocacy first. We will tell what Relay is to new eyes and new ears. We try and infect people with our enthusiasm for this thing called Relay.

Where this life of Relay take me, even I don’t know. Best to hang on and enjoy the ride.

Many more Thank YOU

We would like to thanks everyone for the gifts in kind, to the Relay For Life of Second Life kiosk we placed out. Your generosity was very appreciated and touched us deeply.

Gazebo_001Panza and I, would also love to thank Kitty Gumbo for the lovely Victorian Gazebo which we finally placed at our home.

Staue2_001And another thank you to Still Braveheart for the inspirational Hope Guardian Angel.

Memorial Gardens at ACS Island

Memorial GardensPanza and Bain would like to share with you why this solemn, special place was chosen as the site of their wedding.

This is a place of memories, of love remembered and celebrated.

This place lives because of and for those that came before us all.

These are the memorials of mothers, fathers, daughters, sons and friends of people who have been touched by cancer, a cause which brought Panza and Bain together.

They come here to honor the memories of those lost as they begin their life together, and celebrate the many lives lived and being lived today because of advances in cancer research and treatment.

This tree before you is a representation of the coming together of people, made stronger by their unity, their commonality, their mutual strength that spreads past the bounds of this virtual world.

The two trunks, which sprouted as individuals, are now joined, growing stronger together, giving shelter to all who come here and showing that through many, strength only grows. That through celebrating life, through remembering those we have lost, we continue to fight back with the spread of love mimicked in the spread of the branches over us.

We gather here today, with a foot in the past and another in the future, while our hearts and minds are firmly rooted like this tree … in the present, to share in Panza and Bain’s happiness. We do this with  the spirits of our lost friends, who I know are smiling down upon us all.

This is a celebration of life both present and eternal.

VowsWe have so many people to thank, for making this day so very special for us. Catt Gable and Stingray Raymaker for the use of the beautiful Memorial Gardens, at the American Cancer Society Island. Queen MaiaCer Lysette for the use and her effort setting up the lovely reception area. Trader Whiplash for the use of the T1Radio stream. Aryon Dagger for officiating our ceremony. Sue Mowadeng for providing the entertainment for the reception. And lastly but no less important all our friends and family. You all made a special day, that much more special.