Thursday, March 31, 2011

2012 Virtual Short Play Buffet



Obsolete
The post that was here carried information that has become obsolete.
For current information, see 
Hobo Kit NEW table of contents, Summary, 2012

2013 EDU: Solar System in Second Life

Solar System in Second Life
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Watch on YouTube

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This video is part of the machinima track in Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

2013 SEE: Hobo haunts

Hobo haunts
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Here are few places favored by the hobo community in Second Life.  Just a few.  There are lots of other places.  I will report on others in later posts.
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Hobo Village, Calleta
The Hobo Railroad Infoub is the original site of the Second Life Hobo Community.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

2013 MUSIC: IndieSpectrum Radio, 40,000 uniques per month

IndieSpectrum,   40,000  uniques per month
IndieSpectrum Radio is in the top 15% of all Shoutcast stations with over 40,000 unique listeners and 30,000 listening hours per month. 
-IndieSpectrum Radio has been broadcasting 24/7 since November 2007!
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As of Jan 2011 we have over 240 SL artists and 1900 original songs on our playlist.
Those figures got my attention.  But wait!  There's more!
IndieSpectrum Radio's sole purpose is to expose more people to the amazing talent of the musicians in Second Life, and to promote their efforts as independent musicians by playing their original works.
IndieSpectrum only plays original music from independent artists that are performing live in Second Life, or have, or are planning to soon.
You can listen to their stream and find out more at this website:
http://indiespectrum.com/
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You can play their music stream on your land with this url:
http://indiespectrum.com:9000
(Use the About land window to set this stream on your land)
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Free radios to play the stream in SL

2013 EDU: English as a second Language. Virtlantis and the holodeck

English as a second Language.  Virtlantis 
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"VIRTLANTIS is a free resource and open community of practice for language learners and teachers in the virtual worlds of Second Life® and OpenSim. Learn English, Teach English, Free Language Learning, Speak English, Conversation, Study English..."
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Schedule of events
Hodeck in the background

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A Bit of History
VIRTLANTIS, formerly referred to as "Second Life English", is a non-profit project of the Oxford School for English, a language school located in GΓΆppingen, Germany which has been in operation since 1965.
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The Oxford School has been actively promoting language learning in Second Life via the Second Life English, VIRTLANTIS, and other related projects, since 2006. Many of our community members are therefore experienced in facilitating language learning within the virtual world of Second Life and are more than happy to offer friendship, pass on tips and provide support.
One of the special resources of Virtatlantis is the holodeck, which provides environments suitable for the study of language related to a particular context.
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Schedule of events
Meeting place in the background
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

2013 HELP: Uploading 101, textures, sounds, animations

Uploading textures, sounds, animations
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Linden instructions: Uploading assets
Note: detailed instructions here apply to viewer 3.3+  The instructions may not apply to other viewers, particularly those in the 1.x class.
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General
Cost:: L$10 (ten Linden Dollars) per file. 
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How to upload
  • Open inventory (suitcase tab on right)
  • Click the + sign (bottom left of window)
  • Click upload
  • Select from upload options
Upload options
  • Image: Upload one
  • Sound: Upload one
  • Animation: Upload one
  • Bulk: upload several.  Still costs 10 Lindens per item.
  • Set Default Upload Permissions: I set this to full perm.
If you leave this setting alone, the default will probably be no permissions.  You will then run into various stops resulting from perms too restrictive.  If you set the default to full perm, you can impose restrictions when you need to.
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Upload Permissions 
  • Allow anyone to copy
  • Next owner can modify
  • Next owner can Copy
  • Next owner can Resell/give away
Upload Problems
Crash on image download or upload, a fix

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2013 ART: VIDEO: 'A Journey Through Time' by pallina60 Loon

'A Journey Through Time' 
submitted for MachinimUWA III
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Watch on YouTube
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

2013 HELP: Streamcasting live video. Bring Second Life to the web

Bring Second Life to the web.  Creative Collaboration 
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Can't be done?  Well, streamcasting does it.  If you want to see,  go to: 
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Short Play Buffet
at the Archon on Cookie
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There is probably no live stream as you read this, but you can see what was live stream recently.  You will probably see the recent opening of 
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Theater alert: Virtual Short Play Buffet Starts Today 3/35

2013 1stHELP: Appearance 101. Outfits and avatars

Appearance 101.  Outfits and avatars
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The instructions here apply to the standard Second Life viewer, 3.4 or above.  They may apply to newer third party viewers.
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Changing outfits is the easiest way to change your appearance.  You will want more changes and you can have them.   But the more changes you want, the more you will have to learn.  So the best thing is to start simple and then decide what kind of changes you want.
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To start, open your Outfit Window by clicking on the tee shirt image on the right side of your viewer window.   The screenshot below shows the Outfit Window open.  (Click on the picture to enlarge it.)
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Outfit window

If you have not done anything to customize your current outfit, or if you don't care about keeping changes you have made in your outfit, go directly to the section ,Try on outfits.
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If you want to save your current customization, scroll down to the section, Save your outfit.
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Try on outfits
If you see an outfit you want to try on, click on it to highlight it.  Then click on the Wear button at the bottom right. Be patient, especially if your internet connection is slow.  The full description of your new outfit has to be downloaded to your computer.
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Thinkerer in customary outfit
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Here I am at the Hobo Helpers HQ wearing my usual outfit
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Thinkerer in cardboard outfit
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Here I am after a quick change to a new cardboard outfit.  This is one of the outfits that newcomers have when they start.  You can find it in your outfits folder.
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Thinkerer in dragon outfit
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Thinkerer in female outfit
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Thinkerer in business outfit
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These changes took about a minute each on a connection with good bandwidth.  They would probably thake longer on DSL or via a wi-fi connection.  All the outfits except the first and the last are in the starting inventory, outfits folder. The first and last, the customary outfit and the business outfit,  I have modified by adding clothes and editing appearance,  I can easily get back to these because I saved them as outfits.
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To save your current outfit
You save an outfit you want to keep by a click on the Save As button on the outfit window.  Be sure to use a name you can recognize later.
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Avatar and outfit.  Confusing?
Despite all these changes in outfit,  I remained the same avatar.  That is, I had the same name, Thinkerer.Melville.  This is much like the situation with an actor in makeup.  As an actor, you may change makeup and look like a space-alien.  But behind the makeup, you remain the same person.
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The name avatar sometimes carelessly used to refer to the appearance on the screen. This usage can be confusing.   You will find free outfits called free avatars.   This is a legacy usage.   You will  have to handle them differently.   That's why it is best to distinguish:
  • Outfit.  The appearance on the screen
  • Avatar. The specific registration ID.
Is that all there is?
You don't really want to look at all there is.  And you surely don't want to read about it.  To learn better and more easily:
  • do things that you are interested in 
  • guess how and test--this is a no-fault
  • read when you have a question
  • use what you learn to do something you want to do
And keep in mind the standard leaning rule,
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The more you want to do, the more you need to learn.
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Here are some things you may want to start learning about
  • Getting more outfits. free and not
  • Getting and wearing clothes, free and not
  • Editing your outfit 
Here are some old parchments to help you on your quest
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

2013 HELP: Take snapshots

Take snapshots
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These instructions apply to the standard SL viewer 3.4+ .  Other viewers may be different.
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The simplest things first 

  • Click the camera graphic Snapshot button (camera) 
  • on Snapshot Preview window
  • click "Save to my computer" (button)
  • Under Format, click dropdown option.  Click JPEG.  
  • Click dropdown options next to Save.    
  • Set name and target directory. (I use a pix folder directory.)
Try the other buttons at your convenience. See what they do.

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2013 EDU: VIDEO: Moon World in Second Life

Moon World in Second Life-
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A video submitted to the Machinima stream of the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE).
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VWBPE 2011 Call for Proposals and Machinima
I think this teaching method may be AD/HD friendly.
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"If AD/HD is a medically treatable disorder, aren't schools obligated to provide instructional methods and conditions to accommodate these students with special needs?"


Video-Machinima
      

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2013 HELP:: Mystery Microphone Mic on when I didn't click the button

Mic on when I didn't click the button
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" My microphone comes on without me clicking the button."  
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Common reason:  You are clicking a hot key.  In preferences, Sound and Media, near the other mic adjustments, there is a place to set your hot key to turn on your mic or toggle it.  If set to toggle, clicking on the hot key will turn on the mic and leave it on till you click the hot key again.  


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

2013 HELP: Guide to streaming audio. Shoutcast. Performances.

Guide to streaming audio
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Vocabulary
Audio stream: Send or receive audio, usually music, over the internet.
Stream url: an internet address for a particular media stream.
Winamp: A music player, software used to send an audio stream to loudspeakers.
Shoutcast: a source for free audio streams. http://www.shoutcast.com/
Parcel: a  piece of land, like a lot for a house.
About land panel:  Set of windows used to control settings for a parcel.
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These instructions are tested on the current standard viewer offered by Second Life.  That is version 3.3.4 at the time of writing.  Other viewers may be differ in details.

2013 EDU: Mars Rover1

Mars Rover1
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Watch on YouTube Entry in the VWBPE Machinima contest by German International Schools.
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Video-Machinima
      

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2013 HELP:Adjust the sunlight in your world to suit you

Adjust the sunlight in your world to suit you
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You can adjust the lighting to suit you this way:


  • World (top menu) 
  • Sun
  • Select option 
  • --Sunrise
  • --Midday
  • --Sunset
  • --Midnight
  • --Estate time
Estate time is the condition most people are seeing.


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Monday, March 21, 2011

2013 PROMO: promotion for Goony Island. How do you promote your projects?

How do you promote your projects?
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This is how Goony Island does it.
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Watch on YouTube
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"Goony Island has been around for a while and now needs a shake up in order to grow with the times. We are looking for like minded souls of adventure who would be interested in renting a plot on the new island." 

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"We have Some General rated 1024sq & 512sq plots with double prim allocation for people who want to join our community of crazy inventive imaginative minds. Based around nostalgic adventures of childhood. Plots are L$1000 a week for 1024sq, and L$500 for 512sq. Terrain terraforming is allowed on request."


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Video-Machinima
      

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

2013 STAGE: THEATER: Theater In Virtual Worlds, Summary Mar 2011

Theater In Second Life, Summary Mar 2011
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People ask me about theater in Second Life. So I have begun a summary series.  This is the first. I am basing this on the information I have.  If I have left out something,  add the information in the comments section
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2013 EDU: VWBPE 2011 Gateway - Experience report

VWBPE Gateway - Experience report 
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Busy Gateway
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Friday, March 18, 2011

2013 EDU: VWBPE 2011: Training in a virtual lab

Undergraduates get used to lab work.
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Watch on YouTube
- The SWIFT project at the University of Leicester (Second World Immersive Future Teaching) has created a virtual genetics lab within the three-dimensional, virtual world of Second Life, to help students studying genetics and biological science. Phase one of SWIFT uses this virtual lab to help first year undergraduates become acclimatised to working in a laboratory; in particular to learn about the main pieces of equipment and the many health and safety factors involved.
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In this video, PD Alchemi (Dr Paul Rudman) and Trinity Quicksand (Dr Suzanne Lavelle) introduce the SWIFT project and the virtual lab.
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SWIFT is a three year research project by the departments of Genetics and Beyond Distance Research Alliance, and is funded by the Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS). The Principal Investigator is Prof.Annette Cashmore, Research Director is Prof. Gilly Salmon.

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This video is part of the machinima track in Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2011
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Categories
  • Best Education Machinima
  • Best Production
  • Best Storyline/Narrative
The fourth catgeory is the People’s Choice and it lists all the Machinima videos in the order in which they were received.
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Video-Machinima
      

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