Tuesday, September 20, 2016

2016 PROMO: Virtual Worlders are violating the time line. We must expect problems with time and place.

Virtual Worlders are violating the time line.  
We must expect problems with time and place.
Virtual Worlders have moved into the 21st century.  For the most part the old world remains in the 20th century.    The residents of the metaverse live in a different world.  A different space-time field.  We move around in our virtual world in seconds.  We pay practically nothing for our travel.  To make a 10 am meeting, we leave at three minutes to ten.  Back in the last century, people watched that kind of thing on Star Trek and thought it was fiction.  
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Back then, people thought it was science fiction when doors slid open as people approached them.  That door trick actually reached the old world back toward the end of the last century (probably with a boost from Star Trek), so even the old people nowadays would run into the entry door of the grocery store if it did not open for them.  
  • Imagination is not the opposite of reality.  Imagination is the future of reality. 

Take away notes

  • There are 24 time zones.  9 pm. happens 24 times every day.  
  • If you want new worlders to come to your party, give them a way to know the time.
  • There are 200-300 grids on the hypergrid.  
  •  If you don't give the HG address of your grid, people can't HG to your place.
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  • (More after the break)
  • Where is Arcadia?
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Take Five Short Poetry Workshop-Tue 9/20,7PM SLT

This week at the Short Poetry Workshop we’re doing Take Five. Everyone is given 5 words to use in a poem. Use any poetry form including free verse. The group will then chose 5 more words to use in the next poem. It’s great fun to see how everyone writes different styles using the same 5 words. So join us this week to learn, write and share your Take Five. 

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Metaverse events, current and upcoming



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The new worlds of the 21st century

In the 21st century, concepts like place and time have changed.  We of the metaverse understand that events on the internet do not have geo-coordinates; they have urls.  And events in virtual worlds have no geo-coordnates; they have grid coordinates.  Such events do not have clock times; they have grid times.   
  • Time conversion: put time/zone into Google search to get your time 
Even Google, the persistent modernizer of the 21st century, has not figured out how to manage grid coordinates and grid times.  They probably could do the tech of managing those things, but they could not explain it to normal people.  
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Google+ invitations have managed partial adjustment:  You can set up a a Google Calendar to show a fixed time zone, such as California time.  That helps those of us who have become bi-temporal (moving easily between old world time and grid time).  
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But try to give a location for your event and Google maps will think it is in San Francisco or wherever the grid is located.    I wonder what they will do when the event is on the Space Station.   

Coping with locations in the new world

There are some partial solutions to the location problem.  Second Life has an excellent solution in the form of SLurls.  You can put these on an web page as hyperlinks and people can just click on them to go there.  

With the aid of Firestorm, you can post good ingrid locations in the form of Firestorm hops.  You get a Firestorm hop to your current location (coordinates and all)  by clicking on the Nav (top) bar in Firestorm and copying what appears in the Nav bar.  That hop is text and you can post it on a web page.  Anyone using Firestorm can paste it into the Nav bar and enter to go to the location.  

That arrangement lets me put a location in my blog and tell people the exact location.  Even on the little 256X256 sims, that is what people need to locate the place easily.  With the bigger sims, people would give up looking if they did not have the coordinates.  

But Firestorm Hops only work within grid.  If there is a Hypergrid teleport involved, that does not work except once in a while.     Here are the instructions I use to get people to the WIP Show at Hobo Sandbox on Cookie II, Kitely: 
  • Web address:
  • https://www.kitely.com/virtual-world/NewMediaArts-CTO/Cookie-II
  • HG:  Paste the line below into the world map next to Find.  Click Find, TP.
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II 
  • Arrive: Walk into the Hobo Sandbox door at the Arrival Center
  • or use the Firestorm Hop now that you are in Kitely. 
  • Paste Firestorm Hop in Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter
  • Firestorm Hop:  hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/56/377/22
When the Firestorm Hop is created, Firestorm has all the information needed to get people to the grid and location coordinates, but evidently Firestorm does not have the code it needs to form that instruction correctly.  I think it does have most of the code, since it sometimes works correctly.  But apparently that feature is under development: it is not documented and does not work reliably.
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                  News and Notes

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                    The Hypergrid WIP Show

                    The Hypergrid WIP is a one hour "show & tell" of works in progress or recently completed. All builders from beginner to pro are invited.  Presentations are in voice and text.  For text presentations, best bring the text in a notecard and paste it into chat.  Voice presentations may be captured in video.  Stills and videos from the show may appear in this blog and elsewhere.

                    Next WIP show 

                    • Next WIP show: Sun. Sept 25, Noon SLT 
                    • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
                    • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
                    • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II 
                    • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
                    • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/68/369/22
                    • Narasnook  location (second Sunday of the month)
                    • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
                    • world.narasnook.com:8900
                    • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
                    • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora
                    • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
                    • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
                    • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II 
                    • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
                    • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/68/369/22

                      Previous Articles from the WIP show 

                      HG links-- depending on your interests 

                      Radio in the virtual world

                      Metaverse beginner help

                      Schools in virtual worlds

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