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:
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.

News and Notes

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

News and Notes

Monday, October 20, 2014


This Halloween season, Ballet Pixelle will take its original ballet, “Immortal Waltz”, on a Halloween week tour through Second Life:

News and Notes

Sunday, October 19, 2014

2014 ART: VIDEO: GnomeZen - 2014 UWA Machinima VII Entry

GnomeZen - 2014 UWA Machinima VII Entry
Sound and image.  To experience it is enough for you.  You don't have to talk about it.   


News and Notes

Friday, October 17, 2014

2014 STAGE: Shakespeare: Actors on auction

Shakespeare: Actors on auction

Actors Auction performances to keep theater live in Second Life

Cookie, Second Life – Since its founding in 2008, Avatar Repertory Theater has presented live theater productions and presentations featuring live voice acting in (c) Second Life.  As they move into their seventh year on the grid, bids are open on their first ever Shakespeare By Request 

Auction.  From now until November 7th, visitors to the Company’s theater on Cookie can place bids on different members of the acting company for the chance to choose a command performance by that performer from the works of William Shakespeare. These performances will be presented at the Company’s popular “Plays Around” scheduled for Friday, November 21st at 5:00 pm slt

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2014 STAGE: WRITE: BOOFest – a celebration of stories told around a blazing autumnal fire

BOOFest: Four Years of Scary Stories 
Benefiting Worthy Causes
Story sessions will include everything from classic selections of authors such as Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft; to works from more contemporary authors such as Neil Gaiman; and will also include original works by SL authors Freda Frostbite, Dubhna Rhiadra, Caledonia Skytower, and Moon Aerandir.

Sunday, October 19 from 10am to 3:30pm, SLT 
Location Link. Click to go or drag to the viewer screen: 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 ART: VIDEO: STAGE: New Media Arts Funding campaign. Your $1 gives $3 to NMA.

New  Media Arts Funding campaign 
Your $1 gives $3 to NMA.
 "seeking to encourage and promote the production and enjoyment of the arts that are made possible by digital production and distribution."

Contribute hereArts for the digital world

Patron of the digital arts. 

Those are things New Media Arts does. Those are things you can support through New Media Arts.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


What we do is play public domain movies from YouTube while everybody is in voice and riffs on the movie in the spirit of Mystery Science Theatre 3000


By Catboy Qunhua
A new event at Cookie Sim
With your host, Catboy Qunhua.
Opening show:
Saturday, November 1 at 8 pm SLT, the night after Halloween.

Monday, October 13, 2014

2014 EDU: American Museum of Natural History summer camp project, The Vesuvius Group

American Museum of Natural History 
summer camp project, the Vesuvius Group

As part of an American Museum of Natural History summer camp project, The Vesuvius Group created a tool in Second Life to help the youth easily create models of the Cretaceous Era fish they were studying and release them into an interactive underwater environment.  At one of its regular Friday meetings, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life featured a presentation about this project by Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL) founder of The Vesuvius Group.

  • Report from the field trip is below the fold.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

2014 ART: VIDEO: What a Wonderful World. Machinima UWA VII contest

What a Wonderful World.   
Machinima UWA VII contest 
Scroll down for News and Notes 
Filmed at UWA, Rose Theatre, Xaj Xaj launderette and other places in Second Life



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.

Opensim podcast


Contests and dated calls/invitations/events

The Machinima 48 Hour Film Project

Weekend of 14 - 16 November 2014
Filmmakers from all over the variety of virtual worlds and games will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world.
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
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 
Visit the UWA Challenge Gallery  to view the submissions so far:
List of Submitted Machinima for MachinimUWA VII: Transcending Borders:

Note:I am running some submitted videos in this blog, but only those posted on YouTube.  Vimeo sometimes removes videos and so ruins the post. 

Newcomer Help in Virtual Worlds


Entrepreneurs call

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


Video-Machinima in virtual worlds