Thursday, October 30, 2014

2014 HELP: NEW: Virtual worlds, the myth of the steep learning curve.

Virtual worlds, the myth of the steep learning curve.
It was a steep learning curve back in the old frontier days of virtual worlds.  But that was back when people were learning how to use virtual worlds.  Now people have developed some valuable uses for virtual worlds.  People who come into a virtual world to benefit from those uses need only a small set of skills for that purpose. Here I suggest a short list of skills and how to find out about them.

Basic skills you need in a virtual world when you start 

  • Walk around
  • Look around
  • Talk to people you meet (talk=typed text or voice)
  • Click on things (to get notecards, open doors, etc)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2014 HELP: OPENSIM: The ideal Hypergrid address form--almost there in Firestorm

The ideal Hypergrid address form,
almost there in Firestorm  
The ideal Hypergrid address form would do what a SLurl does in Second Life.  I can put it in a blog article or a post on social media.  You can click on it or drag it onto your viewer screen and the system would take you to that location, including the coordinates.  The method in Firestorm does not do all that, but I can put it in a blog article, you can paste it into the address bar, and it will take you to that location, including the coordinates. 

  • If we of the Hypergrid generation want to attract normal people,
  • we need to make Hypergrid addresses more useful and user friendly.
  • I report on an undocumented Firestorm feature that is a big step that way.

  • Thanks to Ed Merryman for verifying that it is undocumented.
  • Since this feature is undocumented, it may change or vanish in the future.
  • This or a similar feature may be available in other viewers.

Who would care about this?

  • Bloggers who want to give easy directions to the places they write about.
  • Store owners who want to give easy directions to their stores.
  • Venue managers who want to give easy directions to their events.
  • Anyone who wants to bring Hypergrid traffic to their parcel with a web post.  

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 EDU: Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum - Day of the dead-- Dia de los Muertos

Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum
Day of the dead-- Dia de los Muertos
The Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) is a cross-platform immersive education initiative based on bilingual mixed media experiences created to enhance visitor's knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Latino Cultural Heritage through innovative and engaging online experiences.
  • IMMERSE yourself in untold stories of Latino-American history
  • EXPLORE Latino cultural identity
  • EXPERIENCE Smithsonian Latino collections and bilingual resources
  • WITNESS vibrant cultural cross-sections
  • DISCOVER collect and analyze the world of the Olmec as an LVM Eco Explorer
  • LEARN about land and water relationships and how we impact the environment

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Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 STAGE: Tamra Hayden and Lauren, New Media Arts fundraiser Lauren's place 5 PM SLT, Tues 10/28/14

Tamra Hayden and Lauren, 
New Media Arts fundraiser Lauren's place 5 PM SLT Tues 10/28/14    
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NMA tip jar and 
donation sign
NMA tip jar and 
donation sign
If you would like to donate with a credit card or Paypal, click the New Media Arts sign.  You may be able to deduct such contributions on your tax return, depending on your tax circumstances.  New Media Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit organization tax exempt under IRC 501(c)(3).

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2014 VIDEO: ART: The connection. Across 9000 miles. Fiber optics, virtual worlds, and imagination.

The connection.  Across 9000 miles.  
Fiber optics, virtual worlds, and imagination
What do you get when you combine a video producer, a poet, fiber optics, imagination, and virtual worlds?

“The Connection” 

A Randt & Hoisan Production 

For The University of Western Australia’s MachinimUWA Vll:

Transcending Borders

"9000 kilometers apart… but this is our 15th video Collaboration.We proudly take you behind the scenes of that connection Enjoy!"
"It is not only our 15th Collab since 2012, it's also a kind of meta-view into our process, which is both personal and yet universal for those lucky enough to discover the possibilities of creating in virtual worlds. "
I normally don't comment on art videos that I publish.  Good art stands by itself and I don't want to dance about architecture.  But Karima explicitly asked for comment in the blog post. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

2014 EDU: OPENSIM: VIBE: Virtual Islands for Better Education: Features for educators

VIBE: Virtual Islands for Better Education: 
Features for educators 
The Virtual Islands for Better Education, VIBE, is a collaborative collection of college and K-12 educators and virtual world builders looking to leverage OpenSim for learning activities--Stephen Gasior (Stephen Xootfly in SL)
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  • You can probably run your own OpenSim grid at little cost.  
  • If you work at an institution that offers computer support.
  • You don't  have to go it alone.  
  • You can work with other educators via the hypergrid.
  • You can bring in guest instructors from around the world.
  • You can import products--educational products--from other places.
  • You can make and sell educational products to other educators. 
  • You can send your students to educational places around the world.
  • You can do all this at very low cost. 
  • VIBE can help you

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 STAGE: A.R.T. is scary. Friday Oct 24. at 5pm SLT

A.R.T. is scary.  Friday Oct 24. at 5pm SLT
Scary, spooky or downright macabre theater to herald in the season.  You may want to bring a change of skins just in case you are scared out of the one you are wearing at the start.

  • This Friday things get scary at Avatar Repertory Theater.  
  • Scenes and stories in the spirit of All Hallows.
  • Friday Oct 24. at 5pm SLT
  • Live theater, presented in voice
  • Free.  Donations welcomed.
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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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

20013 PEOPLE: "I believe I can fly." UWA 3 Minute Thesis Speech by Jay Jay Jegathesan: Freedom

"I believe I can fly." 
UWA 3 Minute Thesis speech by Jay Jay Jegathesan:
Freedom
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3 Minute Thesis Speech: Jay Jay Jegathesan, UWA School of Education & School of Physics
In 2009, I founded a fully immersive 3D UWA campus on the virtual world of Second Life, and we are now recognized as world leaders in global community development through this technology. This turned into my PhD, which examines how global communities have emerged through virtual worlds in particular among people with disability or chronic illnesses.
Image Used  for the Presentation 
(created with the help of quadrapop Lane & Dianne Elton)


UWA Second Life founder, Jay Jay Jegathesan is also a PhD student, completing a part time PhD on the topic of community and collaboration through virtual worlds. 
This video is taken from the semi-final round of the 2014 3-Minute Thesis competition where PhD students are asked to speak for 3 minutes on their PhD research using no technology or props aside from a single image.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2014 PEOPLE: ART: EDU: Communities in Second Life: Community Cultural Hub

Communities in Second Life: 
Community Cultural Hub 
The Community Cultural Hub (CCH) located in the Whole Brain Health educational sim is an Info and teleport hub to help people get to health-oriented and community-based sims throughout SL. 
Click image to enlarge

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Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 STAGE: BALLET PIXELLE™ PREMIERES "IMMORTAL WALTZ" 10/25, 11/1

BALLET PIXELLE™ PREMIERES "IMMORTAL WALTZ"
A NEW ORIGINAL BALLET
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This Halloween season, Ballet Pixelle will take its original ballet, “Immortal Waltz”, on a Halloween week tour through Second Life:

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