Monday, December 22, 2014

2014 OPENSIM: WRITE: Interest tally, virtual worlds. Top posts on this blog about Opensim worlds

Interest tally, virtual worlds.  
Top posts on this blog about Opensim worlds  
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In Kitely grid at Wizards Retreat, Thyilea
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Since November 2013, I have been posting about Opensim worlds and about Kitely in particular.  That was partly because I transferred some of my activities to Kitely and partly because my readers showed increasing interest in Opensim worlds.  Here is a report on the posts that attracted the most interest. 
  1. Hobo Reserved Sandbox on Kitely. For the Hobo Sandboxers   87,616
  2. Cookie II appears on Kitely  85,767
  3. Kitely Events Calendar  19,119
  4. Virtual Worlds: Practice field for social media and PR people   2,300
  5. OSCC, OpenSimulator Community Conference, exhibits (1)   2,017
  6. KITELY: City Life. Freebies: free retail, residential property  1900 
  7. Kitely: Ilan Tochner, Co-Founder/CEO at Kitely, Part 1, Overview 1378
  8. Opensim Primer: Hypergrid, Search, OAR, IAR, SOAS, Kitely 1053
  9. Education communities in virtual worlds expand into social media   1109
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

2014 TKR: Only humans can live in imagined realities. Money, nations, religions are imagined, conceptual realities.

Only humans can live in imagined realities. 
Money, nations, religions are imagined, conceptual realities.
In this excerpt from the event, A Brief History of Humankind, historian Yuval Noah Harari challenges everything we know about being human – our thoughts, our actions, our power, and our future.

Friday, December 19, 2014

2014 BIZ: STAGE: How can we handle tips in Opensim? Paypal, Kitely Credits, sell tee shirts.

How can we handle tips in Opensim?  
Paypal, Kitely Credits, sell tee shirts..
Thanks, Roxy Roller
  • Paypal donation box for tips.
  • Tip Jar for the local grid "currency."
  • Sell tee shirts on the Kitely market (for paypal cash or kitely credits)
Kayaker Magic's Paypal tip jar 
  • PayPal Donate Box
  • Thanks to Roxy Roller for researching this.
  • Tip jar for the local grid "currency" 
  • Sell tee shirts on the Kitely market 
  • Sell videos or take donations on the web

Thursday, December 18, 2014

2014 STAGE: They're coming on Dec.19th this year

They're coming on Dec.19th this year
"Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, . . . a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 HELP: ART: Particle effects with Firestorm Particle Editor. AMP video notes

Particle effects, Firestorm Particle Editor. 
AMP video notes for Firestorm.
How to use the Firestorm Particle Editor to design particle effects.
Firestorm Particle Editor
  • Adjust particle settings, see the effect immediately.
  • Easy changes: explore more possibilities.
  • Create a script or paste the code into another script, eg. touch-start.
  • To work with particle generators, you may want to set: 
  • avatar/preferences/graphics/ max particle count =  250
  • Caution:  Too many particles may crash your graphics card.
  • Note: If the particles persist after you finish, close and restart your viewer.
  • Documentation: Firestorm Particle Editor
  • Alternative:  LSL Particles System script generator
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 STAGE: Wizards Retreat, Morlita Quan, Roxy Gellar and the Sun & Moon Group

Wizards Retreat, Morlita Quan, Roxy Gellar 
and the Sun & Moon Group
  • Over 20 people at Morlita Quan performance Monday, Dec. 8th 
  • In Kitely grid at Wizards Retreat, Thyilea
Depressed robot dancing

Monday, December 15, 2014

2014 PEOPLE: Communities of the virtual worlds on Google+

Communities of the virtual worlds on Google+ 
Google+ is not a virtual world.  It is just a web site.  So what does it have to do with virtual worlds?  Isn't a virtual world stuck inside computers?  Virtual worlds are stuck inside computers, but communities are not.  In the past, virtual world communities used to stay mostly inside their computers.  That was then; this is now!
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Actually, we have long sought alternatives to the frequently flaky communications of virtual worlds. We first tried Facebook, but the FB insistence on real names drove us off.  While many of us could  pass for real, others got kicked out as being fake people.   I remember in one ruthless avatar raid, I lost about 300 friends.  We do have virtual world groups in Facebook, but we will never trust Facebook again. 
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Google+ is another story.  From their early days, they allowed established pseudonyms--which is what an avatar name is.  Now Google+ has become frankly friendly to avatar names:
Now Google+ communities are serious competitors to the inworld groups that virtual worlds have long used to maintain communities.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

2014 STAGE: Torbin Asp in his own immersive theater in Opensim. Electronic music, particle art

Torben Asp in his own immersive theater 
in Opensim, electronic music, particle art
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Torben Asp has been performing in Second life for several years
He is now also performing in his own theater on Francogrid, Opensim
  • Hypergrid address, paste this into the Firestorm address bar, enter
  • hg.francogrid.org:80:Residence-09:/135/136/561
  • How do people get tips without Lindens?
  • Torben has a Paypal tip script.

Friday, December 12, 2014

2014 HOBBY: VIDEO: iTEC A10 Warthog Weapons & HUD Testing. Physics engine: BulletSim PE

iTEC A10 Warthog Weapons & HUD Testing
Testing of the iTEC A10 Warthog running under ArribaSim Dev 8.x. Scenes were taken from my 3072 varregion using BulletSim PE as the physics engine.

"HUD and weapons for the iTEC A10 Warthog - though at its early stage shows very promising testing result and has the technology that can be used in other projects. During the making of the video I felt like I turned into a "Griefer on wings" spawning all that 30mm bullets and air to air missiles. Now I can move on working on the target aquisition using the mouselook look-a-like view that I came up with."

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 EDU: BIZ: Wish list from educators in virtual worlds, and a few solutions

Wish list from educators in virtual worlds 

I have been following discussions by educators and other non-profits on what they would like to have in virtual worlds to support educational activities.   Here is my summary of the main items, along with my opinion about what is currently possible. I will keep this page updated as I find out about new needs and new possibilities

  • Education entry portal(s) with no mention of sex, vampires, or zombies.
  • Student onboarding web site and entry portal.  
  • Backups, permanent possession of products, ability to disseminate products.  
  • Collection (library) of evaluated educational resources
  • Support for learning how to teach in virtual worlds 
  • Institutional accounts