Tuesday, July 17, 2018

2018 TIPS: ART: Virtual world assets can vanish if they are not rezzed out


Virtual world assets can vanish
if they are not rezzed out

Something there is that occasionally loses textures or other assets from virtual world inventories. That may not matter in most cases, but can be a significant loss in the case of art or historical importance. Here I put together what I could find out about the loss and how to protect from it.
  • No, I don't have any documented evidence.  Just experience.
  • My experience and reports from other people.
  • Sound files vanished from my inventory in SL.
  • Ada Radius had some textures in her Arcadia inventory vanish.  
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Monday, July 16, 2018

2018 WW: HG: Importing OAR files from OpenSim to Web Worlds: Convoar


Importing OAR files from OpenSim 
to Web Worlds: Convoar


Software to convert Opensim OAR files to use in web-worlds.  Github link offered along with a link to a collection of converted glTF files.   

OAR file converter to web-worlds

What this means

  • The large body of existing OAR  files is available for use in web-worlds.
  • Zadaroo  Public Domain OpenSim Resources.
  • OARs - OutWorldz
  • OpenSim OAR files (search)
  • Be sure to check the license before you use an OAR file
  • Building for web-worlds can use the powerful building support of OpenSim
  • Experienced builders in OpenSim may build for web-worlds on commission.
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

2018 WRITE: Writers of Greyville: Story seeds: The last werewolf of Blanken, Part 1


Writers of Greyville:  Story seeds:  
The last werewolf of Blanken, part 1

Virtual worlds offer a unique opportunity to use the environment and character appearance as supports for ideation in a writers workshop.  Here I report on a developing plan to do just that the virtual worlds of OpenSimulator.
Gloomy Manor

Writers workshop: The plan this far

  • The Monday night writers group of Nara's Nook is developing workshops.
  • These would be for people interested in developing their writing skills. 
  • The initial project aims at developing ideation skills and confidence in them.
  • Method: Present a virtual environment and challenges calling for ideation about stories
  • We presently have 2 places to work with: Fantasy Place and Gloomy Manor
  • Both have now been salted with challenges based on the local environment.
  • Gloomy Manor also has story seeds in the form of notes. 
  • The notes, on click, give notecards with pieces of a story.  
  • A visitor can collect the notecards and develop possible scenarios that fit the notes. 
  • The story is not yet finished and is not an important part of the exercise.  
  • A visitor can develop alternative scenarios from ideas that come from the notecards.
  • Virtual Writers' Community
  • Writing Workshop: Places tell stories: Ideation
  • Writing Workshop 2: For every place there is a story: Ideation
  • Writer's workshop in your browser: Virtual field trip

Ideation

Ideation is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas, where an idea is understood as a basic element of thought that can be either visual, concrete, or abstract.[1] Ideation comprises all stages of a thought cycle, from innovation, to development, to actualization.[2] Ideation can be conducted by individuals, organizations, or crowds. As such, it is an essential part of the design process, both in education and practice.[3]
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

2018 WRITE: WW: Writer's workshop in your browser: Virtual field trip



Writer's workshop 
in your browser  
Virtual field trip

Jamie and Selby take a virtual field trip to a writer's workshop using 3D WEBSITES A2Z.  Conveniently, you can go there too, since you need nothing but your browser.  That is the secret of web-worlds.


  • Web link to visit this 3D world on your browser.  Go there
  • https://a2zsg.com/3dww/index6noavi.php?world=47&device=desktop
  • Left click the screen to walk around.  Move the cursor to turn.
  • Use the arrow keys to move forward, back, or sideways.
  • Press the Escape key to get your controls to work normally again. 
  • Web-worlds, 3D virtual worlds running in a browser. Summary
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Friday, July 13, 2018

2018 WW: EDU: Web-worlds and a MOOC: update for 2018


Web-worlds and a MOOC: 
update for 2018

VWMOOC18 will update the web-world presentations of SLMOOC17.  Here is a review of previous SLMOOC's

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

2018 WW: EDU: Visit Stonehenge in your browser: Virtual field trip


Visit Stonehenge 
in your browser:  
Virtual field trip

Jamie and Selby take a virtual field trip to Stonehenge, using 3D WEBSITES A2ZConveniently, you can go there too, since you need nothing but your browser.  That is the secret of web-worlds.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

2018 WRITE: Writing Workshop 2: For every place there is a story: Ideation



Writing Workshop 2: 
Places tell stories
Ideation


A plan is described for writing workshops in virtual worlds. An initial implementation is being developed in the Hypergrid worlds. The plan could be adapted for web-worlds. Here the plan is extended to places.


Interesting place in Fantasy World


    Writing Workshop: Places tell stories


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    Sunday, July 8, 2018

    2018 STAGE: The Bird Cage, Mzfelicia, and the Boy Toys (NPCs)


    The Bird Cage, Mzfelicia, 
    and the Boy Toys (NPCs)


    Report on a special event at The Birdcage, a new venue in OpenSim.Live.  The event features Non-Player Characters (NPCs) as dancers.


    • SingerGirl Mode and the Sidekickers
    • Guest Act: Mzfelicia Honeycomb and the BoyToys
    • HYPERGRID Address: grid.opensim.life:8002:the bird cage
    • Web Site
    • The Boy Toys are NPCs (Non-Playing Characters)
    • They look like avatars, but do not represent real people.
    • They can be programmed with animations to execute simple actions. 
    • Here they dance in synchrony with Mzfelicia Honeycomb.
    • NPCs are a feature available in OpenSim
    • Music is off in this video because of copyright issues.
    The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, written by Elaine May, and starring Robin WilliamsGene HackmanNathan Lane, and Dianne WiestDan FuttermanCalista FlockhartHank Azaria, and Christine Baranski appear in supporting roles. It is a remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian film La Cage aux Folles by Ă‰douard Molinaro starring Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.   Wikipedia
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