Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 PEOPLE: Think Pink Week (In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

Think Pink Week 
(Breast Cancer Awareness Month)
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October 1, 2014 is the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! In honor of this occasion, the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Second Life (MSABC In SL) committee invites you to "think pink".
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OFFICIAL COMMITTEE THINK PINK WEEK EVENTS:

From October 1 to 8, 2014 avatars in Second Life will spread the message of pink throughout the grid, in order to raise awareness about breast cancer. During this special week we will have fun themes, events, and contests to make you think pink! Below is a schedule of committee ran events and contests:

Monday, September 29, 2014

2014 ART: Searby's LEA16: Multi-media art: Sound and colors: How to sell virtual art

Searby's LEA16: Multi-media art:  Sound and colors
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SEA LEVEL

at Sea Level the landscape is designed to just  walk around and relax into what I hope is a peaceful place. I am keen on SL landscapes that are surreal or magical; offering what cannot be seen in RL.  The welcome area here is also the launch place for the other two places
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

2014 TKR: Minds Afire @ Whole Brain Health Fair Day Sunday September 28, 2014

Minds Afire @ Whole Brain Health Fair Day 
Sunday September 28, 2014
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8:30 - 10am Build A Personal Sun Avatar with Sunvibes!


Built your own personal Sun Avatar and become your sunny self. Sunshine (szavanna) is a South African Hungarian running a world music project and building resource center in SL. Be sure to check out the Sunvibes workshop for free and full perm building materials and fractals, with step by step tutorial also to teach yourself after class. Session in voice and text chat. Hominid residents asked to be clothed for this event.
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Friday, September 26, 2014

2014 STAGE: Friday, 9-26-14, 5 pm SLT: George Bernard Shaw “HEARTBREAK HOUSE” selected scenes: A.R.T. plays around

Friday, 9-26-14, 5 pm SLT: George Bernard Shaw:
HEARTBREAK HOUSE,”  selected scenes
A.R.T. plays around
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Friday, 9-12-14, 5 pm SLT Pacific Time, at A.R.T.'s Theater on Cookie 

COMING FRIDAY TO Avatar Repertory Theater in #secondlife:  Avatar Repertory Theater presents George Bernard Shaw:  HEARTBREAK HOUSE,”  selected scenes
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Presented live in Voice, free to all residents.  Donations welcomed.
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For announcements about Avatar Repertory Theater (ART) and ART Plays Around, Join  this Google+ Community: 
Avatar Repertory Theater is a project of New Media Arts, Inc.a nonprofit organization tax exempt under IRC 501(c)(3).  You may be able to deduct contributions on your tax return, depending on your tax  circumstances.
Support theater and video in virtual worlds when you shop at Amazon: Avatar Repertory Theater, New Media Arts
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New Media Arts Inc
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News and Notes
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Events in the virtual worlds  

How to handle a Hypergrid address 

From any Hypergrid-enabled grid, paste the address into the address bar of Firestorm and press enter. Or paste it into the world map search bar of any viewer, search, and click Teleport when the destination is found. If it doesn't work, don't give up. Try again later. Some hypergrid destinations are offline part of the day.

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Contests and dated calls/invitations

CALL FOR STORIES for BOOFest '14, October 19th
2014 Project SciFi Competition in partnership with Screen My Shorts and sponsored by the Parramatta City Council is giving filmmakers, Machinima makers and animators 30 days to write, shoot, edit, produce and upload a 3-10min short film with $5,500 (Australian Dollars) in cash prizes. -All films that enter into this years Project SciFi will be screened at Riverside Theatres.  Teams must register by 3rd October 2014 and nominate 2 scifi subjects that they would like to make their film about. For registrations visit ... 

Subjects for Machinima makers, 2014 Project SciFi Competition

  • Sci-Romance – Love between Aliens, Robots and more! (Can be Happy, Sad or Tragedy) 
  • Sci-Comedy – Science fiction that is humorous in nature. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a good example of SciFi Comedy. 
  • Save the Environment – A theme focuses on saving the dying planet and/or ecosystem 
  • Zombie / Disease – A theme focuses on the effect of a disease in the future. 
  • Apocalyptic / Post-Apocalyptic SciFi – Stories about the extinction or near extinction of humankind either by forces of nature or by our own means. Post- focuses on telling the tale of the survivors of an apocalypse. 
  • Spy-Fy – Science fiction about futuristic spies and espionage, and the effects of technological advancement on their professions. 
  • Super Hero – Stories related to super heroes who get their powers from technology or because they are from another world. Often focuses on futuristic superheroes. 
  • Robots / AI – Fiction in which the science of Artificial Intelligence and robotics is a central theme, typically relating to Robot stories. 
  • First Contact / Alien – This sub genre imagines the various scenarios in which humanity makes contact with other civilizations. 
  • Social Science Fiction - Fiction in which future societies are extrapolated, explained and often criticized, usually for the purpose of social satire. The social sciences are the overriding theme in this type of fiction; however, science and technology will usually play a central role in the structure of the extrapolated society.
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National Agenda 2014 focuses on the battle for control of congress midway through the Obama second term, with some of the biggest and most experienced names in American politics
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Midtown Arts Museum is launching its first participation storybuild on Monday, 9.1.2014, Wear Your Goggles to the Goldrush. All elements are ready for visitors, explorers and amateur sleuths to plunder. A storybuild mystery is not an event that is attended. Rather clues and story are collected, assembled and written by the participants who journey through it. It is writing via pictures and conversation - - the natural, entertaining and effortless way. Oakes Valley blog
Hypergrid address:  grid.kitely.com:8002:Oakes Valley  
Kitely World page:  http://www.kitely.com/virtual-world/Ruby-ODegee-2/Oakes-Valley
Companion websites:  http://oakesvalley.blogspot.co.uk/http://immersivestorybuilder.blogspot.co.uk/
Longer summary and pictures on HG Destinations website:  http://destinations.virtual-memoirs.co.uk/kitely-oakes-valley/
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The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. Whether transcending borders between time and space, past and present, one nation and another, one language and another, a culture or civilization or any other of the innumerable borders that present themselves as we navigate our lives. You the artist... You the machinimatographer...You decide.
Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014. Winners will be announced in December 2014.   
UWA Art & Film Challenges 2014 with L$1.03 Mil in Prizes, early entries 
And don't forget the many imagined borders, walls, that we make for ourselves.   Those are the worst kind.--TKR

Newcomer Help in Virtual Worlds

Education

Entrepreneurs call

Entrepreneurs of the virtual worlds unite: Think Avatar Land! The Disney park

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Video-Machinima in virtual worlds
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

2014 STAGE: CALL FOR STORIES for BOOFest '14, October 19th

CALL FOR STORIES for BOOFest '14, October 19th
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Soon it will be time again to gather round the crackling fire as the air crisps with Autumn, and tell ghosty-ghouly tales. That is at Bran on October 19th for the 4th Annual BOOfest.

Submissions for story presentations will be accepted for 30 minute time slots. Some 60 minute slots will be available, and we request those who are interested to claim a 30 minute slot first, and indicate that they would be interested in 60 minutes available


Literature Readings, Traditional Telling, and Original Works are all accepted. No "Adult" material, please.

Tentatively, stories will begin at 10am SLT and conclude at 5pm SLT, but that may be subject to change. 

See details, updates, and how to submit, here: 
4th Annual BOOfest


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2014 PEOPLE: THERAPY: Amputees, prosthetics, virtual therapy is real. The Drax Files

Amputees, prosthetics, virtual therapy is real.   
The Drax Files 
“Second Life is the perfect place for amputees to overcome emotional trauma by sharing stories and realizing they are not alone!” says Sandra L. Winkler, assistant professor at NOVA University in Florida, teaching occupational therapy.     Her Virtual Health Adventures project is using Second Life to find out if virtual reality can offer a better learning environment for amputees than a traditional website. 

Dr. Winkler’s 3-year study is funded by the United States for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality  and is currently mid-way through the 3-year study period.
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She adds that while it would be too early to state conclusions on the project, preliminary results clearly show that virtual worlds with their unique ability to create a sense of "being-there", are a powerful tool to facilitate a peer-network: a place where amputees from all over the world help others [veterans of wars and non-military amputees alike] and offer emotional peer support to families.
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"Second Life offers a space where clinicians can learn from patients what they might not be able to glean from textbooks", Sandra Winkler says: a space where amputees can share insight into their lives so that able-bodied students or any other interested party can experience what it feels like to lose a limb.
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News and Notes

  • OSgrid down 
  • More news in my blog roll (column on the right)

Scroll down for News and Notes 

Events in the virtual worlds  

How to handle a Hypergrid address 

From any Hypergrid-enabled grid, paste the address into the address bar of Firestorm and press enter. Or paste it into the world map search bar of any viewer, search, and click Teleport when the destination is found. If it doesn't work, don't give up. Try again later. Some hypergrid destinations are offline part of the day.

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Contests and dated calls/invitations

    Machinima - 2014 Project SciFi Competition (Registrations by 3 Oct)

    2014 Project SciFi Competition in partnership with Screen My Shorts and sponsored by the Parramatta City Council is giving filmmakers, Machinima makers and animators 30 days to write, shoot, edit, produce and upload a 3-10min short film with $5,500 (Australian Dollars) in cash prizes. -All films that enter into this years Project SciFi will be screened at Riverside Theatres.  Teams must register by 3rd October 2014 and nominate 2 scifi subjects that they would like to make their film about. For registrations visit ... 

    Subjects for Machinima makers, 2014 Project SciFi Competition

    • Sci-Romance – Love between Aliens, Robots and more! (Can be Happy, Sad or Tragedy) 
    • Sci-Comedy – Science fiction that is humorous in nature. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a good example of SciFi Comedy. 
    • Save the Environment – A theme focuses on saving the dying planet and/or ecosystem 
    • Zombie / Disease – A theme focuses on the effect of a disease in the future. 
    • Apocalyptic / Post-Apocalyptic SciFi – Stories about the extinction or near extinction of humankind either by forces of nature or by our own means. Post- focuses on telling the tale of the survivors of an apocalypse. 
    • Spy-Fy – Science fiction about futuristic spies and espionage, and the effects of technological advancement on their professions. 
    • Super Hero – Stories related to super heroes who get their powers from technology or because they are from another world. Often focuses on futuristic superheroes. 
    • Robots / AI – Fiction in which the science of Artificial Intelligence and robotics is a central theme, typically relating to Robot stories. 
    • First Contact / Alien – This sub genre imagines the various scenarios in which humanity makes contact with other civilizations. 
    • Social Science Fiction - Fiction in which future societies are extrapolated, explained and often criticized, usually for the purpose of social satire. The social sciences are the overriding theme in this type of fiction; however, science and technology will usually play a central role in the structure of the extrapolated society.

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    National Agenda 2014 focuses on the battle for control of congress midway through the Obama second term, with some of the biggest and most experienced names in American politics
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    Midtown Arts Museum is launching its first participation storybuild on Monday, 9.1.2014, Wear Your Goggles to the Goldrush. All elements are ready for visitors, explorers and amateur sleuths to plunder. A storybuild mystery is not an event that is attended. Rather clues and story are collected, assembled and written by the participants who journey through it. It is writing via pictures and conversation - - the natural, entertaining and effortless way. Oakes Valley blog
    Hypergrid address:  grid.kitely.com:8002:Oakes Valley  
    Kitely World page:http://www.kitely.com/virtual-world/Ruby-ODegee-2/Oakes-Valley
    Companion websites:http://oakesvalley.blogspot.co.uk/http://immersivestorybuilder.blogspot.co.uk/
    Longer summary and pictures on HG Destinations websitehttp://destinations.virtual-memoirs.co.uk/kitely-oakes-valley/
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    The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. Whether transcending borders between time and space, past and present, one nation and another, one language and another, a culture or civilization or any other of the innumerable borders that present themselves as we navigate our lives. You the artist... You the machinimatographer...You decide.
    Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014. Winners will be announced in December 2014.   
    UWA Art & Film Challenges 2014 with L$1.03 Mil in Prizes, early entries 
    And don't forget the many imagined borders, walls, that we make for ourselves.   Those are the worst kind.--TKR

    Newcomer Help in Virtual Worlds


    Education




        Entrepreneurs call

        Entrepreneurs of the virtual worlds unite: Think Avatar Land! The Disney park

        ******

        Video-Machinima in virtual worlds
        *****

        Tuesday, September 23, 2014

        2014 PROMO: PEOPLE: BIZ: A sailing community in Second Life speaks to the outworld, where the people are.

        A sailing community in Second Life 
        speaks to the outworld, where the people are.
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        • It is nowhere near the enjoyment of sailing.  But it is near your living room. 

        Find out about it on the outworld (web)

        Monday, September 22, 2014

        2014 NEW: Basic help for new arrivals in a virtual world at Georgia Gwinnett College

        Basic help for new arrivals in a virtual world
        at Georgia Gwinnett College
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        An excellent tutorial circuit for newcomers is available at GGC Island.  Here is a summary of the tutorial in pictures of the instructional posters.  All the posters should be readable if you click the image to enlarge it.  The tutorial is open to the public.   It is probably a better place to start than the Linden entry ports.  
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        Sunday, September 21, 2014

        2014 VIDEO: MUSIC: Second Life Dance to Pure Imagination by Maroon 5

        Second Life Dance to Pure Imagination 
        by Maroon 5
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        Dancing about imagination (not architecture). 
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        Second Life dance challenge from Better Gnomes and Garden shop in world, after hours of walking up and down the aisles I ran across these little fairy tale looking characters. Immediately I saw them popping out of a book and knew exactly how I wanted it to look. After planning it out and finding costumes for everyone I slowly started working on movers and fades. 2 days later after finding Abranimations Contemporary dances I knew quickly that these would be perfect.