Sunday, November 23, 2014

2014 EDU: Immersive Teaching and Learning Environments. UT at El Paso

Immersive Teaching and Learning Environments.  
University of Texas at El Paso
Academic Technologies (AT) at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is a client-centered, project-based department that creates, facilitates, and/or integrates technology solutions for teaching and learning at UTEP. 
This includes consulting with faculty about instructional design and curriculum development using technology, workshops and academies on all aspects of teaching and learning with technology, software programming, graphic design, digital media and database production, learner-centered online and face to face classroom design, and multimodal, multi-delivery (tech-enhanced, hybrid and fully online) teaching and learning.

Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 HYPERGRID: EDU: Pirate's Atoll: Hypergrid hub? Travel for the hypergrid generation

Pirate's Atoll:  Hypergrid hub?  
About connections in the Hypergrid  
Pirate's Atoll makes full use of the hypergrid.  Visitors are to arrive by Hypergrid.  And lots of hypergrid destinations are offered on signs.  There may be a direct arrival route for registered residents, but little reason for use by the Hypergrid generation. 
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  • Hypergrid address: Paste the line below into the viewer's address or map bar:
  • atoll
  • If you are just entering the hypergrid generation, remember to press enter.
  • Web page: Pirate’s Atoll on the hypergrid
  • Tortuga (Haiti) 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

2014 STAGE: SHAKESPEARE BY REQUEST-- A.R.T. Friday, Nov, 21stm 5pm SLT

The people have spoken! Join us tonight and enjoy some inspiring command performances from the works of the Bard as presented by our Company members.  Works from the Shakespearean canon being represented include: TWELFTH NIGHT, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, HENRY V, HAMLET, and more.
  • Friday Nov. 21. at 5 pm SLT
  • Live theater, presented in voice
  • Free.  Donations welcomed.


  • Ada Radius
  • MadamThespian Underhill
  • Corwyn Allen
  • Kayden Oconnell
  • Caledonia Skytower 
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 HELP: WRITE: NPCs (Non-Player Characters): for video and stage productions. AMP notes

NPCs (Non-Player Characters): 
for video and stage productions
AMP notes
These are not avatars
  • They are Non-Player Characters (NPCs)
  • The look like avatars.
  • They animate and pose like avatars.
  • They are made from avatars.
  • They can be stand-ins for avatars.
  • They can be body-doubles for avatars.
  • The can even replace avatars if they don't have to talk or move a lot.
  •  For video production, they can cut the number of real people needed by 50% or more
  •  They use OSSL functions, only available in OpenSim Scripting Language.
If you are working in Opensim, this article tells you how to start using them

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2014 HELP: OPENSIM: OSSL adds functions to LSL: threat levels control misuse

OSSL adds functions to LSL: threat levels
in OpenSim Operating System control misuse
OpenSimulator uses Linden Scripting Language in the same way as does Second Life.   But the OpenSimulator devs have added more functions, creating a second language, OSSL.  OSSL allows some functions that could be harmful if used carelessly or with malicious intent.   OSSL manages such functions by limiting who can use them. Here is what you need to know to work with such functions. 

What does that mean to a user?

  • Your objects with threat functions may get error messages in some places.
  • You may need to be a region or parcel owner to execute them in those places.
  • Or you may just need to be in the parcel group or an estate manager.
  • Threat function limits are controlled by grid operators, can vary across grids

Monday, November 17, 2014

2014 OPENSIM: ART: Kitely places. Vector's Vortex. Visual poetry

Kitely places. Vector's Vortex. Visual poetry
A poetic view of the Cosmos. By Karima Hoisan and Natascha Randt.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2914 BIZ: VIDEO: loz Hyde, 3D designer, The Drax Files

loz Hyde, 3D designer, The Drax Files
Although 3D designer loz Hyde has a creative day job - he is getting paid to breathe digital life into Hollywood blockbusters such as Terminator and Guardians of the Galaxy - the user-created universe of Second Life holds a special place in his heart: "People have tried to analyze why SL is so successful and yes, the environments are beautiful, but I am more touched by the people!"

Among his many contributions to the community of colorful avatars is the now iconic "Arcade" building, which is inspired by the Brighton Pier in loz' native England. The Arcade in SL serves as a beloved destination for many residents during the Gacha series of events. 
loz Hyde runs the "Meshworx" store in Second Life, where he sells his unique furniture and buildings to a global userbase.

Friday, November 14, 2014

2014 OPENSIM: OSCC, OpenSimulator Community Conference, exhibits (1)

OpenSimulator Community Conference
exhibits and notes 
The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community of OpenSimulator software. Organized as a joint production by AvaCon and the Overte Foundation, the virtual conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.
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OSCC had so many interesting exhibits I had to break them up into two parts to report on them.  Here is part one.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

2014 STAGE: A.R.T. has Bright Ideas. Friday, November 14th at 5:00 PM

Bright Ideas by playwright Eric Coble
Presented by Avatar Repertory Theater
A familiar phrase, “attending the best schools” used to refer to high schools and colleges. Playwright Eric Coble carries this a step further in “Bright Ideas,” showing the hysterical, obsessive parental struggle to place children in the finest preschools because “whoever they are on their fourth birthday, that’s who they’ll be the rest of their lives.”  - Joel Hirschhorn
What happens when the story of Macbeth gets mixed with modern parenting and daycare centers?  ....Come see chaos, mayhem and hilarity ensue this Friday, November 14th at 5:00 pm SLT as MadameThespian Underhill directs Avatar Repertory Theater actors Avajean Westland, Kayden Oconnell, Caledonia Skytower, Breyda Adored, Corwyn Allen and Ada Radius in scenes from an American dark comedy by Eric Coble -- "Bright Ideas"
  • Friday Nov. 14. at 5 pm SLT
  • Live theater, presented in voice
  • Free.  Donations welcomed.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

2014 EDU: HG: Hypergrid University: a preliminary model

Hypergrid University: a preliminary model
A suggestion in a Kitely forum proposed the development of "Kitely Academy"  or "Kitely University."  That idea has been growing and expanding.  We now recognize that an academy university will not be limited to Kitely, even though it may be rooted in Kitely.  Here is my take on the current status of the activity and a suggested preliminary model for an expansion to university scope.  

Hypergrid University organization {preliminary model}

  • School of Virtual Worlds
  • School of Virtual World Applications
  • School of Accredited Instruction in Virtual Worlds.
  • TBD (To Be Determined)
  • Note: we don't have to do all this at once.

The main academic responsibility of a university: 

  • to aggregate learning opportunities
  • to integrate those into meaningful (and possibly useful) curricula 
  • to certify the quality of the instruction and of the graduates
  • to maintain a master catalog executing these responsibilities.

Topics below

  • Google+ community
  • Possible interested parties (possibly affiliations)
  • What a student can learn beyond the subject matter
  • Possible instructional methods
  • Virtual campus/catalog plan
  • Funding for maintenance of the master catalog might come from:
  • Details on the three schools mentioned above
  • Additional services by Hypergrid University