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Welcome to the future: The current year is 2099!

Next celebration December 31:

Thanks twohot, Chase, Purple_Iris, and GreatGodBal for keeping our celebrations page active !


by LadySilverSplash, Cybertown Mayor

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by jdb_educator, CVN Editor

---Tuesday December 27--- We are posting to our alternate site because there appears to be problems uploading to the Cybertown site. This new problem has been reported and isbeing explored. Our original Monday Edition will likely get posted, eventually. Until then, we are providing our faithful readers with an alternate location, that we will post throughout the Cybertown colony and feedback boards.

p> We had ony expected to use this for when Cybertown has an outtage, but plans change. You deserve the news and so here it is!

End of Year Coming
by jdb_educator, CVN Editor

---Tuesday December 27--- Here in Cybertown it means not just the end of the year, but then end of the decade and the end of the century. We move from 2099 to 2100. We will be looking at the changes that have happened, and predicting some of the changes that are coming.Contests for youwill be partof the fun. So bear with us as we continue on despite the challenges of a temporary URL Change.

Season Greetings
From A Cybertown Friend

by jdb_educator, CVN Editor

--- Friday December 23 --- Now it would be telling, if I told you who the friend was. We also send our most sincre warm greetings to this long time contributor and friend of Cybertown. Besides, our Cybertown friend has amessage and gifts for you, so, without too many more words, HERE it is:

The New Year is Coming!
by jdb_educator, CVN Editor

--- Monday December 26 --- Here are our "just in case" alternate sites for the Christmas Edition. These will not be used unless the Cybertown server slips away to the bar again this week:

Daily Alternate:
Weekly News:

Contests for NOW
And the New Year!

by jdb_educator, CVN Editor

--- Monday December 26 --- Where are these web page explanations??? Details on these contests are just a click away! Here ya go:

In our Santa Quiz: ferretlady, deexx, PrettiePaws spiritblue, Magicquest and Pyxidis were all paid 10k for basically viewing the short video of NORAD Santa Tracking.

Ettu_klaatu submitted a 3d Christmas house with help from a friend to earn ONE MILLION CCs. Here's the picture (3 views):

HOUSE OF Ettu_klaatu

Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

--- Sunday December 25 --- I am not a Christian. But I object to the attempt to hijack this season and turn it into something non-denominational. Call it what you will, Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Yule, this is a time of celebration, a welcoming of the light of the sun in preparation for spring.

If you tell me Merry Christmas, I will recognize in you a good spirit hoping I enjoy the delights of the season. And I will thank you. I will even return the greeting, as I was raised in a culture that has partaken in Christmas for as long as I can remember.

If you wish me seasonal or holiday greetings, I may reply with a hearty Merry Christmas. This isn't an attempt to abuse your sensibilities. I am only recognizing in your greeting a sincere good wish. And I expect you to see mine as the exact same thing.

So, no matter your faith, colour or creed, I wish you all a Merry Christmas. You don't have to reply in kind. But please wish me well as that is all I mean for you on this day :)

Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

--- Saturday December 24 --- Wellp, the night has finally come. It is Christmas eve (minus an hour -- it is not quite six). I've just returned from the world of retail and I can tell you, tempers are starting to flare. The kindness people show in this season is giving way to panic as folks continue to seek out that ideal present... while stores are beginning to close.

I can only hope you are least as well off as me, snug in my home with a full belly and love of my pet cat, Audrey. Sure I could choose to go invade the home of my sister. She loves me and would have me in. But she's getting ready to be invaded by her children and I think I will let her finish without distractions.

This isn't to say I couldn't be surrounded by loved ones. I just chose to stay home tonight. After a brief nap, I will come back to see who besides me chooses a Cybertown Christmas Eve.

However if you have already been gathered into the bossom of your family, let me wish you the best Christmas ever... till the next one ;)

by LadySilverSplash, Cybertown Mayor

Honor Title Application DEADLINE: December 31st

If your Virtday is on or before Dec. 31 & you qualify for this round of honor titles, be sure to APPLY NOW!

Keep watch on the MBs for the Honor Awards Gala date & time in January!

Who Won???? ...
December MB Challenge Captured

by jdb_educator

--- December 22 2099 ---- Yes, we are preparing to announce the winner(s) We wandered around the colonies, screenshooting the morning of the 15th. We've taken MORE screenshots since!(each picture ranges from 500-900 kb) The announcement is here (We thought about putting it at the very nd of all the links...but... Adventure Colony WINS 1, 000, 000 CCs!:




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Real World News
by jdb_educator
---Updated Daily 2099--- News links for today and everyday.

BBC (Great Britain):
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CVN Movies Feature
by jdb_educator

---Updated Daily 2099---Send us a review, if you go to the movies!

Check the sites below for trailers, stories, and box office results.

You can see what the current cash cow results look like at the box office by clicking: Reviews are also available!

Anyone want to write reviews? One or two lines are enough to present an opinion. What do you go see? Tell us at CVN! To post at the Editor's inbox: . To email him at What are the coming movies that you are waiting for their release? Please use Movies as your subject!

Bowl Month
American College Football

by jdb_educator
For those of us who are college football fans, here is one easy link to keep you up to date on all of the 35 college bowls. In our last look they added a sub-division championship game.

This Day In History?
by jdb_educator
---Updated Daily 2099--- Take a look and find out what happened today, in history, at

Virtual Worlds Greeting
by skye-hook

Happy Holidays to all

by jdb_educator and holidaysnet seems to be having troubles with their daily holidays, but they have saved us hours of research for our Christmas edition with all these links

Holiday Reminder:
Christmas Eve will be celebrated this Saturday December 24.
Christmas Day is Sunday December 25.

Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad! Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to share in our joyful celebration of Christmas.

Christmas Home | Did You Know? | When Is Christmas? | Story of Christmas | The Christ Child
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Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

--- Wednesday December 21 ---Ever been curious about Santa's elves? They DO have a long and interesting history and actually started off life as house gnomes.

Fifteen hundred years ago, gnomes were considered a regular part of Scandinavian life. There were forest gnomes, dune gnomes, farm gnomes and house gnomes. House gnomes are said to be the wisest and it is from their number that the King of Gnomes was chosen.

Gnomes are considered to be realatively benign. While they can be mischevious to those they perceive as naughty, they are generally helpful to good and needy people. Those worried about the mischevious nature of House Gnomes can counter their mischeviousness by leaving out a bowl of porridge to feed them.

Gnomes, of course, are fairies and can also be called elves. Artist Jenny Eugenia Nyström (b. June 1854; d. January 1946) created the Swedish version of Santa by drawing him as a house gnome, thus establishing a link between Santa and Scandinavian gnomes. Nystrom's drawings, which became greeting and Christmas cards, were bolstered by Swedish writers at that same time.

During this period in Sweden, elaborate Christmas festivals again had become the vogue. So stories abounded, like those of Scandinavian story writers such as Thile, Toplius, Rydberg who sketched the elves' true role in modern life: fairies that are somewhat mischievous, but are the true friends and helpers of Father Christmas. It is during this period when the elves began to be referred to as the "Christmas elves", or simply "elves", and not "house gnomes" anymore.

Early on in the mythology people thought the elves lived with Santa at the North Pole. But then folks realized this represented a fundamental error: there are no reindeer at the North Pole. This was perplexing. How could reindeer pull Santa's sleigh if there were none to be found?

Finally, it was realized there was a secret passage, somewhere in Lapland (northern Finland) where reindeer abound, linking Santa's home to a source of reindeer. Did this mean Santa didn't live at the North Pole any more? Some say yes. Santa's home -- a secret known only to Santa, his wife, and helpers -- was in the Korvatunturi mountain on the Finnish-Russian border. But myself, I don't think so.

In 1974, workers at Canada Post in Montreal had such an abundance of mail to Santa Claus, they began to seek out a forwarding address for the "jolly old elf." And they found it.

Letters to Santa can still be sent to him at the North Pole. While the Postal Code is listed, it is nowhere on the map. But you can still reach Santa, if you choose by writing:

Santa Claus,
North Pole, Canada,
H0H 0H0

Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

--- Tuesday December 20 ---Rumours about Santa anyone?

I heard last night that Santa's elves were originally dwarves but that in 1962, because of the Coca-Cola Co. (massively trademarked), the literature about Santa was changed and the dwarves became elves. This rumour certainly has an air of truth about it as the so-called "elves" look like dwarves in pictures. So I turned to my favourite debunker of mythology,

In the article I found, I was interested to note that Santa, himself, is an evolutionary being. While he may have started as a reflection of the original St. Nicholas, as many writers as have written about our most popular secular image at Christmas have had a hand in how we see Santa today.

Writers cited by Snopes as having an influence on our image of Santa include Washington Irving, Clement Clarke Moore, historian John Pintard and illustrator Thomas Nast.

As far as Coke's influence goes, Snopes says they, too, have had a hand in how we view Santa. But they only popularized an existing image.

In the article, Snopes cites a New York Times article, published in 1927 (four years before Coke hired Haddon Sundblom for their original Santa ads), as proof:

"A standardized Santa Claus appears to New York children. Height, weight, stature are almost exactly standardized, as are the red garments, the hood and the white whiskers. The pack full of toys, ruddy cheeks and nose, bushy eyebrows and a jolly, paunchy effect are also invevitable parts of the requisite make-up."Now, Snopes says nothing about Santa's helpers. But I did get a line on them which I will publish tomorrow. They are still considered elves by my next source. However, I have only one further comment on the subject:

They STILL look like dwarves to me :p

CyberHood Colony Celebrates Yule 2011...
by CharizardII, CL Cyberhood

---December 9 --- Trivia continues in the Cyberhood (and other colonies too! The Christmas story needs posters. It has been untouched since December 4. Perhaps this weekend will add more to the storyline... Go to yberhood's MB and scroll for " Cyberhood Christmas Round Robin! " posted on December 1. Click on the image below for complete details. Be advised your broswer needs to be logged into Cybertown to see these web pages.

C h a r i z a r d I I
CyberHood Colony Leader
Cybertown Tech CD Group Leader (Ret.)
ePlex Chief Technical Officer (Ret.)
Cybertown Technical Support (Ret.)
Civilization for the Virtual Age
"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced."
- Swami Vivekananda

Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

--- Friday December 23 --- It's December 23rd and it is getting nuts out there. If you haven't finished your Christmas gift buying, pardon me for saying so, but you're nuts, lol. Who can believe such madness is laid on the doorstep of 3 magii searching for the spirit of the creator among men?

That's what you get if you look up gift giving at Christmas: the tradition began when the three wise men brought gifts to the new-born Christ child. Gift giving during this season, however, pre-dates Christianity.

In pagan days, Yule was the celebration of the new season -- a time to celebrate the end of the waning of days and the return of the sun. Giving gifts was common during celebrations of Yule, both the interpersonal kind (I give to you and you give back) and the spiritual kind (placing cakes in the boughs of the oldest trees in an orchard and offering fruit juice or animal blood). But the concept took off under Christianity.

There is debate nowadays whether the first remarkable gift-giver at Christmas was a real person or not. But if so, St. Nicholas would have been born around the year 260 a.d. It was he who Christians celebrate as Santa Claus, a man who gave his whole inheritance to the poor when he was ordained a priest by his uncle, the Bishop of Myra.

In England in the 1700's it became popular for the rich to open their doors to the poor during the Christmas season (Good King Wenceslas?). But in America, the giving of personal gifts between people in the same community began. Most gifts were simple in nature, a homemade scarf or a handmade toy. Since industrialization, however, the gifts have become more complicated and varied.

Now it can be worth your life to find something to give at Christmas this late in the year. And if that is you, get to it. There is only one more day left!

Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

--- Thursday December 22 --- Ok, so far we have talked about the image of Santa Claus and how his elves got into the picture. So how about the reindeer? How did they get involved in the ever evolving stories about St. Nicholas, a.k.a. Santa Claus?

Reindeer, perhaps because of their importance as a food source, have been heavily mythologized throughout the time of humanity. It has been said the Golden Hind of Greek mythology was a reindeer because the descriptions of it more accurately reflect a reindeer than a female deer as suggested by the name 'hind.'

Reindeer also figure significantly on the so-called "deer stones." There are 700 of these worldwide, 500 in Mongolia alone. These are considered to be bronze age burial markers of important people (the deer fly in pictures on these stone, perhaps guiding the spirit of the departed onward). But how did reindeer get mixed up with Santa Claus?

As far as can be determined by this author, reindeer first figured into the Santa story in literature. In 1822, Clement C. Moore wrote a poem for his children. It was called A Visit from St. Nicholas. But we know it now as the yuletime favourite, The Night Before Christmas.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of midday to objects below—
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.

These lines appear to be the first reference -- in English literature anyway -- to Santa having a sleigh pulled by reindeer. Note that only Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder and Blixen are mentioned. Rudolph doesn't figure into the picture at all. His entry into literature came more than another hundred years later.

Rudolph's entry into our folklore came via a story commissioned by the Montgomery Ward Group in 1939. Robert R. May was asked to create a promotional story about Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer was born.

The Rudolph story, figured to be a re-telling of Hans Christian Anderson's The Ugly Duckling, was an instant hit. More than 2.5 million copies of the story were distributed in the first year alone.

Finally western singer Gene Autry tied all together in 1949 when he recorded the song, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." The song, written by Robert May's brother in law Johnny Marks, links Rudolph and the 8 reindeer from The Night Before Christmas into one tale. And thus the story of Santa and his sleigh pulled by reindeer is finally complete.

Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

--- Monday December 19 --- Well, it's six days before Christmas and there is still no snow. Today's forecast is, in fact, for rain.

For those of us accustomed to snow and lots of it, it becomes difficult to find the holiday spirit without snow on the ground. So one of the things I do to encourage the mood is to re-read one of my favourite tales of Yule.

I am talking about A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens. No matter how many times I read it, I am convinced every time by Scrooge's conversion when faced by his own demise without repentance. And I like to repeat the promise Scrooge made to the third spirit to myself.

Scrooge begins by pleading for another chance: "Spirit!" he cried, tight clutching at its robe, "hear me. I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope?"

For the first time the hand appeared to shake.

"Good Spirit," he pursued, as down upon the ground he fell before it: "Your nature intercedes for me, and pities me. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life."

The kind hand trembled.

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!"

In his agony, he caught the spectral hand. It sought to free itself, but he was strong in his entreaty, and detained it. The Spirit, stronger yet, repulsed him.

Holding up his hands in a last prayer to have his fate aye reversed, he saw an alteration in the Phantom's hood and dress. It shrunk, collapsed, and dwindled down into a bedpost.

Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

---Sunday December 18 --- We all know that cats are among the most independant of animals. But have you ever heard of a cat that takes the bus every day?

A pet cat in Britain -- Dodger by name -- indeed takes trips on the bus most days, usually taking the route from his home in Bridport to Charmouth in Dorset. That's a ten mile round trip.

Dodger's owner, Fee Jeanes had no idea her cat was in the habit of taking the bus. And one day Dodger had been missing for the whole morning. Ms. Jeanes decided to hop in the car to take a look around for him when a bus stopped at her corner... and off the bus came her orange tabby.

According to the bus company, Dodger is a regular customer but they ask their drivers not to encourage him. Most, however, bring cat food and tidbits with them if they are on Dodger's route. But they don't have a problem with a cat taking the bus. Considering his 15 years, a spokesperson said he probably is elderly enough to qualify for a free pass.

LOL I love it!

Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

--- Saturday December 17 ---U.F.O.'s anyone?

On this date in history, after investigating 12,618 UFO sightings, the United States Air Force closed Project Blue Book. The Project's mandate was to investigate such sightings for defence and national security purposes and did so from 1947 until 17 December 1969. But even though 701 of the sightings remain unidentified, the United States has not admitted to ever investigating a UFO report since.

In fact, in its concluding report, staff of Project Blue Book wrote that most sightings of unidentified objects came from people seeking publicity or those who had underlying psychopathological reasons for seeing the UFO's in the first place.

Except for those 701 incidences unidentified, the Air Force claimed objects cited as UFO's were mostly technological and conventional in nature. In other words, there have been


confirmed UFO sightings in the United States.


Did you know? Any Cybertown citizen can purchase space in the top frame for things like events & special announcements (b'days, anniversaries, etc.) The current rate is $20 per week, $60 per month.

These are special rates for, NON-commercial ads and as always, all banners must be Founder approved before they can be uploaded. Advertisements for businesses are handled differently at different rates.

IVN/Cybertown thanks Holodoc, ND of Star Trek Hood in Sci-fi, who not only helped in the planning stage is also the creator of the first banner to take advantage of this new option!

This will not affect the cotm (Colony of the Month) banners or any that are already up there.

Interested parties should contact me at


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