Wednesday, August 31, 2011

2013 HELP: Landowner in Second Life. 101

Landowner in Second Life. 101 
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Two Sims Making an Estate
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Do you need land?  You won't need  a house in SL.  You will probably visit a lot of places and find friends  to hang out with.
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There are lots of places to hang out -- malls, entertainment venues, sandboxes, infohubs.   At a sandbox, you can practice building things -- you can leave your builds out for several hours before they will be returned to you.    
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To find a sandbox, enter sandbox in the search bar (upper right on the standard viewer).
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Newcomers may want land because they want a house and yard.   If you have a premium membership, you can have those things along with the premium membership.   See these webpages:

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http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:Linden_Home/FAQ
http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Video_Tutorial/Land/Where_is_my_Premium_account's_free_land%3F
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Some people think they need land to hold events.  If you are new and want to hold an event, you are probably better off renting from an established venue.  The venue manager should already know how to handle the details and will probably have contacts and equipment that you need.  Below are some of the things you will probably need to know in order to hold an event at your place.
  • Listing your event on the Second Life event calendar.
  • Setting the music/or video stream to the land.
  • Ejecting and banning griefers
  • Otherwise dealing with griefers
Region, Sim, Parcel
Region, sim, parcel. Knowing the difference.
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Access control
You might want to own land because you can eject, ban, and control who comes on your land. A parcel is an area that is treated as a unit for management purposes. Usually the parcel owner creates a group to manage the parcel. The owner gives selected group members the power to eject and ban.   Or you can make your land private by restricting access to a particular group that you own.
Eject/ban
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Rent
You can rent land or finished houses.  To see what is available enter "rent house" in the search bar.   Also try other terms.  If you are a member of a helper group (such as Hobo  Helpers) ask for suggestions in group chat.
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http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Category:Information_for_Renters
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For newcomers, renting is usually safer than buying.  With renting, the most you risk is the money you pay for rent. And you should shop around -- You can probably find places that will rent by the week.   That will make the cost of a mistake quite low.  Before you rent, however, see if you can contact some of the other renters to see if this landlord is helpful and has been in business a long time.
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The main risk in renting is that the owner of the land may not pay the charges and leave Second Life.  If that happens you will just be out the money you paid with no recourse.  You can file an abuse report, (Help, top menu in standard viewer) but if the person has left the SL, there is nothing Linden Lab can do.  If you pay by the week, however, you will keep that risk to a minimum.

Caution.  Avoid leaving no-copy objects on rented land.  If you lose access to the land, you will not be able to get them back.
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Matruity Ratings, General, Moderate, Adult.  
These are ratings that specify what is permitted in given location.  For the rating of your current location, look at your navigation bar.   The ratings are similar to movie ratings and specify what you can show/do in public.  Only the (Adult) rating permits sexually explicit images or acts. For details on the meaning of a rating, click on the symbol. If you own a private island, you will be able to set the rating to suit you.  Otherwise, you will probably have to accommodate to the setting of the region where your land is located.
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Terraforming
You can adjust the surface of the land you own, but how much depends on whether it is mainland or island.  Island allows large adjustment.  Mainland adjustments are quite limited in range.  Before you buy a parcel on the mainland, check the the current limits. (The limits may vary.)
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Prim Limits
Any land has a limit in the number of prims it will support.  If you rent land, the landlord will explain that to you. If you buy land, you will need a better understanding of prim limits.
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Buy land
If you see land on the mainland that you want to buy, go on the land and get the About Land window.
World (top menu line)  -- Place Profile -- About Land. 
If the land is for sale, the general tab will show the price and other information about the land.  Land can be for sale to a specific person or to anyone
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Buy Land is not really buy 
To "buy" land, you may need a premium account (with a monthly charge).   In addition, land that you own (beyond a minimum) will  incur a monthly charge.   You will need to make arrangements with Linden Labs to pay these costs.  Payments are usually done via credit card or Paypal.
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If you buy land on a private sim, you also need to understand the special risks in "buying" land on a private sim.   If you must buy land, you are safer buying on the mainland.  To read what you need to know about buying land, go here:
http://secondlife.com/
and click on the link about buying land.
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Deeding land to a group
Caution: you can lose ownership of land on the mainland if you deed it to a group in which you are not the sole owner.
CAUTION. Deeding land to a group
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Sell land
You can sell land that you own (not deeded to a group).  To to this, get the About Land window.
World (top menu line)  -- Place Profile -- About Land.   --
Click the Sell land button.
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Caution: If you intend to sell the land to a specific person, set that person's name (item 2) before you do anything else. DO NOT enter a price until you have set the intended buyer. 
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After you have entered the name of the intended buyer, you can enter the price and set with or without objects.
Caution: What you need to know when you sell land
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More information
Autoreturn: How to use it
Parcels: How to subdivide and join parcelsLand 201: Advanced land management-summary

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Monday, August 29, 2011

2013 EDU: ENCKE Virtual University Collaboration

ENCKE Virtual University Collaboration - 

27 and 28 October 2011

Excerpts
"in-world mixture of conference, workshop and collaboration..."
  •  discuss, 
  • design, 
  • build, 
  • operate
  • evaluate 
"virtual teaching and learning spaces for the university environment of the twenty first century."
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For details, go here
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intensive two day in-world meeting 
  • plenary talks, 
  • small group discussions and report back sessions, 
  • workshops, 
  • tutorials, 
  • demonstrations tours.
"Over the following 4 weeks some of the main ideas and concepts for virtual teaching, learning and meeting spaces developed by participants will be constructed on the new virtual university island (with assistance from professional SL builders)..." 
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"Then over the next 3 months participants will be able to book and use these spaces for their own teaching and learning sessions, role plays and meetings. During this time there will be informal follow-up and evaluation meetings."
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"...new style of collaborative event..."
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"...time and the facilities for extended collaboration which will see ideas put into practice..." 
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"The plan is to have the virtual university island(s) as an ongoing collaborative and space to allow for construction and testing of applications of virtual world technologies to university teaching and learning."
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When: 27 and 28 October 2011, 10am to 5pm Australian EST

Where: On a new Second Life island (slurl to be advised)
Registration: The fee to participate is AUD$325 (inc. GST) and includes the conference and related workshop, tutorial, demonstration and tour session plus 3 months access to the constructed spaces.
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Video-Machinima
      

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2013 1stHELP: Privacy settings: Set who can post on your profile

MySL Privacy
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MySL Privacy Setting page
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"Any idiot can post anything they want on my profile page!"
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That was one of the complaints about the new social media thrust of Second Life.  That was then.  Now you can control that to suit your tastes.  Just open
my.secondlife.com 
and navigate to the page shown above.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

2013 1stHELP: Login to an active place

Login to an active place
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Where is everybody?  Find out before you log in.
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Login screen for viewers 3.x
Click image to enlarge.
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The login screen for Viewer 3.x  makes it easy to login to active places. Check the strip labelled 
What's Hot Now  
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If the number of people is near 40, you know the place is popular.  The number of people will probably not go over 40, because that would mean the place is getting over-crowded.  The system that picks places to show is supposed to drop a place from the list if it has more than 40 people.  
If you see a place that interests you, hover your cursor over the picture to get a pop-up with more details.  If you want to go to the place, click the picture and then click login.
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If you don't see a crowd where you land, open the map.  (Map button should be on the bottom bar.  If you don't see it, right click and check map in the option list.)  Greet dots are people.  
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For more help, see the Contents Button in the header menu above
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2013 EDU: eXtension Just in Time Parenting

 eXtension Just in Time Parenting
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"eXtension Just in Time Parenting (JITP), is an outreach innovation that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful ..."
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Location Link. Click to go or drag to the viewer screen:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Morrill3/220/68/24
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 Click image to enlarge
JiT Parenting display 
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

2013 HOBBIES: VRC Ferry service at Heterocera Channel

VRC Ferry service at Heterocera Channel
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Click on an image to enlarge it.
VRC Ferry docking at Tuliptree station

The VRC Ferry service is provided by the Virtual Railway Consortium   This group also organizes the rail way activities in Second Life:


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The ferry dock pictured here is in easy walking distance of the SLRR Railway station (visible in the background).
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Location Link. Click to go or drag to the viewer screen:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tuliptree/206/153/23 
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The southern part of Heterocera, the atoll continent, is lowland and water passages.  The sea channel to the central lagoon passes through this area.  The VRC has established a railway circling the land portion, but the southern area requires this ferry to complete the circuit.
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Click the sign for the current location of the ferry
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You will get an notice of the current location of the Ferry, with a link that you can click to teleport to that location.
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Objects talk in green
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You can board the ferry while it is travelling, but if you are new in Second Life, that will challenge your flight skills.
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To catch the ferry in transit:
  • Fly--or you will wind up under water
  • Click the sign and click on the teleport offer
  • Look around when you get there-- the ferry may be a ways off
  • Fly close to the ferry near water level
  • Click the ferry-- it will stop for 10 seconds.
  • Fly as close as you can to the ferry
  • Right click a seat and select sit.
To ride the ferry, sit on one of the boxes
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Move, Teleport, Travel, Fly. Sit (July Update)
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The other main stop for the ferry is Bhaga
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Location Link. Click to go or drag to the viewer screen:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bhaga/115/24/22
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Intermediate stop at Hyles Infohub
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Location Link. Click to go or drag to the viewer screen:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hyles/40/31/22
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On the farm
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Industrial shipping
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A pleasure island
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Easter Island?
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Monday, August 22, 2011

2013 APPLICATION: The Kansas To Cairo Project Part #2

Stech: The Kansas To Cairo Project Part #2
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Architecture, Urban design

Watch on YouTube

More on this project:
Documentary Captures the Potential of Architectural Education and Collaboration in a Virtual Environment
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Students from Cairo and Los Angeles used the virtual world of Second Life to design a 70 acre site situated between the Grand Egyptian Museum and the Pyramids of Giza.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

2013 MUSIC: VIDEO: Duran Duran Pirate Party, pros at work

Duran Duran shows promotion by pros
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So if you have something to promote, you might want to watch what they do.  Maybe you could learn something.  Maybe you could think of better ideas.
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Watch on YouTube
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Slurl: Click to go to the Duran Duran Sim
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Azizi/164/180/122

Saturday, August 20, 2011

2013 EDU: LiveAbility Home at the eXtension fair

 LiveAbility Home at the Virtual State Fair
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LiveAbility Home
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"Welcome to the LiveAbility Home, a project of the Cooperative Extension Family Caregiving Community of Practice."
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Location Link. Click to go or drag to the viewer screen:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Morrill/40/197/24

2013 ART: LEA FULL SIM ART SERIES

Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA).
Full Sim Art Series
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Welcome to fabulous Ant Vegas
UWA Full Sim Art Series
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See a report on Ant Vegas here.
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The University of Western Australia  (UWA) is a leader in art and machinima in Second Life.  And Jayjay Zifanwe is a leader in this leadership.  One of the initiatives of UWA was the UWA Full Sim Art Series, which is closing this month.  That is really not bad news, because there is good news along with it.
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The full announcement by Jayjay Zifanwe is here:
http://lindenarts.blogspot.com/2011/08/lea-full-sim-art-series-come-to-life.html
See this announcement for details of what the artist gets and how to apply.
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Art

     
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Video-Machinima
      

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Friday, August 19, 2011

2013 1stHELP: Language of the Virtual Village

Language of the Virtual Village
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Some details here are specific to viewers of the 3.x class and may differ in other viewers.
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Vocabulary
  •  :), :(  Emoticons: ,    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_emoticons
  • AFK: Away From Keyboard. Tell people that you are not available to communicate
  • Alt: an alternative, secondary identity.
  • Asset:   Generic name for an object, texture, script, or other item in you inventorySee below
  • B4N:    Bye for now
  • BFN:    Bye for now
  • BTW:   By the way
  • Chat, local: Typed communication among people nearby.
  • Click, Click on:  Like clicking on a web link
  • CU:   See you
  • CYA:   See ya
  • Defriend:  Remove a person from your friends list. See below
  • Double-Click move: Optional feature to move you automatically to a place you can see.
  • Drag :  Put cursor on the item in inventory. Press/hold left mouse key. Move cursor See below
  • FAQ:  Frequently-ask question(s)
  • FPS Frames per Second . Ctrl-Shift-1 to open/close Stats. Viewer FPS, top right
  • Friend (verb): To invite a person to be on your friends (contacts) list.  See below
  • FYI:   For Your Information
  • Home, Home point: A safe location that the system remembers for you.  See below
  • HUD, Heads up display: Special object you wear that creates a display on your viewer screen.  The display may have click points to let you control it.  
  • Inventory:  Collection of things you own. See below
  • Inworld:  the virtual world
  • IM:   Instant message, text communication with one or more people.
  • Left mouse key (for Mac users):  The single mouse key.
  • Link:  As with the web, a button that will open a web page, or something in Second Life.  See below
  • LM:  Landmark: a thing that tells the system to take you to a specified place.
  • Move Double-Click: Optional feature for instant move to a place you double-click on. See below
  • Notecard:  File carrying text and (possibly) embedded assets.  See below
  • NP:   No problem
  • Object:   A prim or several prims linked together.  See below
  • OMG:   Oh my God
  • Outworld, RL:  the physical world
  • Perms:  Permissions. See below
  • Prim:  basic building unit. See below
  • Relog:  sign off SL, then sign on again. See below
  • Rez:   To produce a virtual object from an object in your inventory. See below
  • Sim:  To residents, a square 250 m. on a side.  See below
  • Slurl:  Like a landmark, but ordinary text that SL can convert to a landmark.  See below
  • Take: Move an object you own from the virtual world to your inventory. See below
  • Take Copy:  Create a copy of an object in your inventory. See below
  • Toggle:   turn something off, them back on (derived from toggle switch) See below
  • Touch:   Click on.
  • TP:  Teleport. Move quickly to another place you choose.

2013 SEE: Hobo Island Builds, August

What do people build in Second Life?
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One of the benefits of hanging out at a sandbox is that you get to see the work of expert builders. Here are some samples I saw as they were being built.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hobo%20Island/202/32/22
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The color and designs can change
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Scripting makes active displays. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

2013 1stHELP: Firestorm help land

SD ACADEMY - FIRESTORM HELP LAND
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Help all around 
Click image to enlarge
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2014 1stHELP: Managing resources in Virtual Worlds, Summary

Managing resources in Virtual Worlds
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My avatar right-click window
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Land Right-click Window 
Right click on the parcel land

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