Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014 EDU: OPENSIM: MNPS Virtual School: What is real and what is virtual?

MNPS Virtual School: What is real and what is virtual?
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Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) offers students the opportunity to take one or more online high school v-courses while enrolled at their zoned schools or to enroll on a full-time basis with Virtual School and earn their high school diploma completely online. 
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Map of the experimental school
in Kitely

  • The learning is real 
  • So it readies the learner for the next step
  • The skills are real
  • So they ready the learner for work.
  • The instructors are real
  •  So they can meet with students at mutually convenient times
  • The classes are virtual
  • So they come where and when the learner needs them 
  • The building is virtual 
  • So its cost is barely real
  • The travel is virtual
  • So it really takes only seconds

Experimental Space in Kitely

  • If you have a Kitely account, open this page
  • MNPS Virtual School on Kitely
  • Open you viewer, but wait to log in
  • Click on "Enter World" in the MNPS page
  • If you are logged in to Kitely, paste this hop in the Firestorm address bar, press enter
  • hop://osgrid.kitely.com:8002/MNPS Virtual School I/132/128/23
  • Hypergrid address: Paste into world map, click Find, Click Teleport when it lights up 
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:MNPS Virtual School I

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014 VIDEO: PEOPLE: New Media Arts group opens in Kitely

NMA arts group opens in Kitely
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New Media Arts (NMA) supports  

  • Writing (especially for stage and screen)
  • Stage production in virtual worlds
  • Video production in virtual worlds
  • Antique patterns as art on the web
  • New art from new media

New Media Arts in Kitely: Get notices of events, meetings, projects. 

To join the inworld Kitely group, search in groups for New Media Arts.  Open the profile page, click on the Join button. There is no cost to join.  If you are visiting via the Hypergrid, you should be able to join the group when you are on Kitely.  You may get group notices on the Hypergrid (we hope)

You will get notices of

  • Events sponsored by New Media Arts and affiliated groups
  • Meetings to organize, plan, and promote events fitting the objectives of NMA
  • Projects that call for volunteer or paid services
  • Tutorial publications about selected aspects of stage and video production

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 MUSIC: VIDEO: OPENSIM: Dancing NPCs (Non Player Characters). And a Hypergrid warning

Dancing NPCs (Non Player Characters)
 And a Hypergrid warning
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The High Side of the Low Life, by TrueLie Telling
Truelie Telling is a  regular performer at The Maritime Club in Virtual Belfast
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NPC Bots

  • All the actors featured are scripted NPC ( Non Player Character ) bots
  • How to get NPC maker
  • The NPC maker in the article above will duplicate the avatar that clicks on it
  • and will animate the clone with an animation in the maker's contents.
The NPC Maker uses the function: osNpcCreate.  This function is marked as high threat and appears to have some undocumented limitations on who can use it in a particular sim.  It seems that use is limited to the sim owner and some others with high level authority in the owning group or in the sim.
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Read more for Hypergrid warning

Monday, August 18, 2014

2014 WRITE: PROMO: Seanchai in Kitely. Stories at the campfire created the first virtual worlds

Seanchai in Kitely. 
Stories at the campfire created the first virtual worlds
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  • Blog article
  • From the web, click here: Seanchai in Kitely
  • FIRESTORM: Logging on to Kitely or another grid  
  • In Kitely, paste the line below in the address bar of Firestorm, press return
  • hop://osgrid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/149/129/29
  • On Hypergrid, paste the line below into the find bar of the world map, click Find, click Teleport when it lights up.
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:Seanchai

Sunday, August 17, 2014

2014 ART: VIDEO: The Drax Files: World Makers: interior design magazine in the digital universe

The Drax Files: World Makers: 
interior design magazine in the digital universe
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"Second Life helped me discover what I am good at and what I would like to pursue" says 23-year old Edi Clarity, who runs a successful interior design magazine in the digital universe: "I am not a creator, but I create spaces that hopefully inspire people!"

Edi also met his husband, who hails from Chicago, in SL in 2009 and the two have been together ever since.  The power and agency over identity and the possibility to reveal the true self at one's own pace contributed - according to Edi - to a stable relationship that has been lasting this many years.

Adds Edi: "SL taught be that I can be who I really am, no matter what!"
No doubt, that he [and Rico] can be proud of who they are, in-world or in physical reality.

News and Notes

Events in the virtual worlds  

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      Contests and dated calls/invitations

      The Journal of Virtual Studies currently has a call for papers open.  The journal is peer reviewed and focuses on the use of virtual spaces for knowledge immersion.  Do you work or research in Second Life,  OpenSim or any other virtual platform?  Have you been engaged in research, exploration or reflection when using MMPORG’s?  Have you discovered a virtual space with knowledge immersion possibilities or have you engaged in a fascinating new way to explore the virtual through any number of immersive online applications?    
      These and many other questions are explored by the JoVS.  The Fall 2014 issue is expected to publish in September.  For details, see here: Journal of Virtual Studies 
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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 civilisation 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. Winner will be announced in December 2014.   First entries 

      Newcomer Help in Virtual Worlds. 


      Education

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      Video-Machinima in virtual worlds
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      Friday, August 15, 2014

      2014 TKR: Brain Games, Brain Sprints

      Brain Sprints
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      When you have a spare 5 minutes, try a brain sprint.
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      Develop your upper brain flexibility. 

      • Maybe you will want to try them.
      • Maybe you will want your friends to try them and tell you whether they work. 
      • Maybe you will challenge your friends to a brain sprint.
      • Maybe use that challenge as a conversation bit at lunch
      • You may not want your competitors to know about them. 
      • But maybe they are already using them

      Thursday, August 14, 2014

      2014 The writing communities of virtual worlds: Nara's Nook

      The writing communities of virtual worlds:  
      Nara's Nook
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      The overall goal is to build community across the borders of our hypergrid worlds while we are building stories to entertain the citizens of the metaverse
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      Nara's Nook entry point
      • Hypergrid address: world.narasnook.com:8900:Greyville
      • Paste into the search bar of your world map, click find, click teleport 
      • NARA'S NOOK
      • How to visit the Greyville colony
      • From Kitely, look in Cookie II center for a hypergate to Greyville

      Wednesday, August 13, 2014

      2014 ART: LEA26 Pinwheel Tilings by Mac Kanashimi, a fractal installation art

      LEA26  Pinwheel Tilings by Mac Kanashimi:
      A fractal installation art
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      Pinwheels by Mac Kanashimi, 2014, August 1 - December 31
      A fractal art exhibition at LEA: Linden Endowment for the Arts
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      Pinwheel tilings are non-periodic tilings defined by Charles Radin and based on a construction due to John Conway. They are the first known non-periodic tilings to each have the property that their tiles appear in infinitely many orientations.
      • 4 pinwheels tile the plane
      • each pinwheel is divided into 3125 triangles

      Tuesday, August 12, 2014

      2014 PEOPLE: BIZ: Ebbe gets it! The key to Second Life lies in its communities

      Ebbe gets it!  The key to Second Life 
      lies in its communities
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      "I like to drop in and meet with a lot of different groups, trying to do it as often as possible to learn more about the communities in Second Life and the use cases of Second Life".-- EbbeAltberg at Non-Profit Consortium meeting.
      "give the creators the tools to attract and retain users to their experiences is a little bit of how we think about it."--EbbeAltberg at Non-Profit Consortium meeting.

      Executive Summary: What could Linden Lab do to "give the creators the tools to attract and retain users..."

      • Identify large communities in Second LIfe
      • Establish liaison with each large community.
      • Get advice from the community on what is needed to improve the community experience.
      • Get advice from the community on how to market the community experience to the outworld.
      • Work with the community to develop an effective community onboarding experience.
      • (Onboarding applies to communities, too.  It is just that communities don't budget for it.)
      • Plan cooperative marketing efforts with the community. 

      Monday, August 11, 2014

      2014 VIDEO: Voice centered shooting plan, not what you expect. AMP video notes

      Voice centered shooting plan, not what you expect.
      AMP video notes  
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      AMP (Avatar Media Productions) has developed this plan to produce the best audio quality and the best video presentation of avatar lip movements combined with facial expression.