Monday, May 30, 2016

2016 HOBBIES: EVENTS: BOATING: The Boat Race Course at Panthalassa

The Boat Race Course at Panthalassa
Here's a video from an afternoon at Panthalassa. One of my favorite regions in Opensim. Kayaker Magic has dinosaurs, surfing, an archery range, and boats that even I can drive.  He has boat races here every Sunday at 2 or 3 pm PT.

More about Panthlassa

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          Sunday, May 29, 2016

          2016 ART: Gardens, Landscapes in virtual worlds Real-time garden planning (13 minutes). RezMela™

          Gardens, Landscapes in virtual worlds 
          RezMela™  plans a garden in real time (about 13 minutes).   Imagine this method used in designing gardens and landscapes. Or in real estate.  


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          • Show the customer what could be done with that bare backyard.  
          • Or let the customer play with the design herself.  
          • The system is quite easy.  The plants are there at the side.  
          • The user is picking what to place and placing it with the click of a mouse.
          • The customer can walk through the garden, look at it from any angle.
          • The customer can save the garden and return later.
          • Or recreate it to show friends.  I like to imagine demos on a 40 inch monitor.
          • I imagine the old Tupperware parties, redone as computer gardening parties.  
          • A planning package could be available on the web or for download.
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          Saturday, May 28, 2016

          2016 HG: PEOPLE: Virtual worlds: Where is everybody? How do I find people? HGProject

          Where is everybody? How do I find people? 
          HGProject 
          OpenSim offers land, lots of land. All virtual, so it doesn't take much upkeep. When we connect it together with hypergrid, it is much too big for people to find friends easily. That is the same as in a big city. When you move to the big city and want to find friends, you have to work at it a bit. Here is how to do that in virtual worlds.
          • Entering a virtual world is a lot like moving into a new town.
          • Read the local news, find what is happening around you.
          • Join local groups that do things that interest you.  
          • Make yourself visible to the local community
          • Go to events that interest you. 
          • Pay attention to people's names.  (You can see floating name tags.)
          • Post about your interests in group chat.  
          • Watch group chat for things that interest you.
          • Watch chat at events and meetings.
          • Most people in virtual worlds want to talk to people with similar interests.
          • If you want friends, be very public about your interests.
          • Virtual worlds are about people. Communities, communication, shared goals

          Methods of entry

          Community 

          Community-based entry paths on the hypergrid

          Grid 

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          Friday, May 27, 2016

          2016 EVENTS: Hypergrid: Upcoming: Opportunities and events, May 27, 2016

          Hypergrid: Upcoming: 
          Opportunities and events,  May 27, 2016    
          Twice a month I gather and post information and links about upcoming opportunities and events in SL or HG. Just the ones that I think will interest my readers.  I update the post if I get new information.  If your event is not listed, mention it in the comments section of this blog. 
          • Opportunities
          • Upcoming  Events: HYPEvents
          • Regular events
          • Google+ communities and other groups
          • Calendars
          • Time conversion: put time/time zone into Google search to get your time 
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                  Wednesday, May 25, 2016

                  2016 PEOPLE: CREATIONS FOR PARKINSON'S RED, WHITE, AND BLUE EVENT

                  CREATIONS FOR PARKINSON'S 
                  RED, WHITE, AND BLUE EVENT
                  DATES: May 27, 2016 to June 6, 2016
                  Creations For Parkinson’s, an official charity of The Michael J. Fox Foundation announces its very first annual Red, White, and Blue event! This event will take place from May 27, 2016 to June 6, 2016 and will include live djs, live performers, tribute concerts, an art auction, shopping, gachas, a hunt, and a special carnival!
                  CREATIONS FOR PARKINSON'S RED, WHITE, AND BLUE EVENT

                  DATES: May 27, 2016 to June 6, 2016


                  SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Creations%20Park/234/137/3301
                   Click to go or drag onto your viewer screen.
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                  Tuesday, May 24, 2016

                  2016 NEW Bringing new people into virtual worlds? Bring them in via Cookie II or use the NMA method on your own site.

                  Bringing new people into virtual worlds?   
                  Bring them in via Cookie II,
                  or use the NMA method on your own site.
                  NMA has begun development on a community-based entry path into opensim grids.  The objective is to get new users started in the community as quickly and as easily as possible.  Toward that end, the current entry path (1) gives some initial instruction on the web, before entry; (2) brings people into the NMA welcome site, not the generic grid welcome site; (3) invites newcomers to join the main community inworld group so that they can quickly get acquainted with active community members.
                  Join panel for Communication Arts

                  From the NMA Mission statement


                  Cookie II is a virtual world where we hold events ranging from theatrical performances to discussions and demonstrations of creative uses of virtual world technology. We also use this platform to introduce people new to virtual worlds, to teach the skill sets they need to participate in virtual world arts and to support and develop new media arts and artists
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                  Cento Short Poetry Workshop-Tue, 5/24, 7pm SLT

                  This week the Short Poetry Workshop revisits the Cento, which is “found poetry.” By taking individual lines from poems, famous speeches, quotes or even bible verses, you create a new poem.

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                  Monday, May 23, 2016

                  2016 BIZ: Money on the HG, followup: Gloebits

                  Money on the HG, followup: Gloebits 
                  In a previous article, I discussed money issues that people accustomed to living in a monogrid could have in the multigrid world of the hypergrid. That elicited important comments about Gloebits in the Opensim Virtual community (G+), where I posted a link. Here I summarize the discussion in the comments and offer my own opinion.


                  What is Gloebits?


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                  Sunday, May 22, 2016

                  2016 NEW: PEOPLE: HG: Community-based entry paths on the hypergrid. HGProject

                  Community-based entry paths on the hypergrid
                  Updated 5/24/2016
                  New people coming into virtual worlds often wonder where to find people and what to do next.  A community-based entry path reverses that pattern:  start by finding friends and discovering what is already available that fits your interests.  Then come into the virtual world directly on a path and to a place set up by the community.  You already know people in the community and can quickly contact them inworld.  

                  Community entry method

                  • The community establishes a Google+ community for outworld contacts.
                  • The community is open for joining, no approval required.
                  • Community members post about activities and events in the G+ community.
                  • The G+ community and the community web page link to each other,.
                  • The community web page carries instructions for entering virtual worlds.
                  • If the community has set up its own welcome site, the instructions lead there.
                  • The community welcome site has a join panel to the main community group.
                  • The entry instructions tell new people to join the group and introduce themselves.
                  • The entry instructions and arrival point have instructions for starting in a virtual world. 
                  • When people come in, they have friends and are in the community space.
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                  Saturday, May 21, 2016

                  2016 PEOPLE: Presentation of Whole Brain Health Activities on Inspiration Island (Second Life)

                  Presentation of Whole Brain Health Activities 
                  on Inspiration Island (Second Life)
                  "Use it or lose it" is not just about muscular strength and abilities.  It is also about mental skills and abilities.  Whole Brain Health Activities aims to provide mentally stimulating activities in virtual worlds.  Virtual worlds are accessible around the world and in the living room of almost everyone.  No driving, no walking, and you always know where the bathroom is.

                  • Watch on YouTube
                  •  Activities on Inspiration Island, the home of Whole Brain Health
                  • Feather Waltz by Kevin MacLeod is licensed Creative Commons Attribution 

                  Go there (in Second Life)

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                  Friday, May 20, 2016

                  2016 ART: PEOPLE: Artlandia on DIgiworlds. Spiral Silverstar, Gracie Kendal, Alpha Auer, Freewee Ling

                  Artlandia on DIgiworlds.  Spiral Silverstar, 
                  Gracie Kendal, Alpha Auer, Freewee Ling
                  The Hypergrid Safari visited Spiral Silverstar's new Gallery on Digiworlds as it was getting ready for it's opening on May 15.  The Gallery hosts Spral's work and the work of three other well-known artists of virtual worlds,  Gracie KendalAlpha AuerFreeWee Ling.  This article shows some of the works and some extensions to the "Real" world.
                  Religion?  Society?  Advertizing?
                  You decide

                  Go there

                  • HG address:  login.digiworldz.com:8002:artlandia
                  • Paste the HG address in the world map, next to Find.  Click Find, TP
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