Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2015 VIDEO: ART: Drax Files: Jayjay Zifanwe and the University of Western Australia (UWA)

Drax Files: Jayjay Zifanwe and 
the University of Western Australia (UWA)
Drax files reports on the extensive work of the University of Western Australia to encourage the development of art and videography in a virtual world.  

Watch on YouTube
"The backbone of the our university's presence in the virtual world is the art and the film. It keeps things alive at all times!" says Jayjay Zifanwe from the University of Western Australia in Perth.
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    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    2015 VIDEO: WRITE: Immersive Edge, not since the dawn of time travel.... Immersive Edge, a collaborative video production

    Immersive Edge, not since the dawn of time travel...  
    A collaborative video production
    A project to merge storytelling with video production. Virtual worlds, video capture and editing software, YouTube, and social media have brought video production within reach of people (formerly writers) who want to tell stories.  This article announces the release of a resulting video production.

    Only love matters.
    It should be that simple.
    It never is.

    When their DIY mashups of VR headsets and god helmets goes haywire, cyber-lovers, Dylan and Namaka, are plunged into a life-or-death adventure. With their consciousness fused into their avatar bodies, they must find the path back to reality before their physical bodies die.

    Their quest takes them through beautiful yet deadly worlds. Their appearances change with each new destination along the “path of the rose”. As they defeat villains and overcome challenges, their fear of not finding a way home is replaced by fear they will.

    Can real life compare to living on the immersive edge?

    It’s your job to find the way home and bring them back.

    It won’t be easy.

    In cyber, everything’s a lie.
    And nothing is.

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      Monday, September 28, 2015

      2015 NEW: Beginner instructions for virtual worlds, another example

      Beginner instructions for virtual worlds, 
      another example 
      To help develop the best beginner instruction for virtual worlds, I collect and report on good examples.  Anyone developing their own instruction place can look over the examples and borrow the best ideas.  
      Entry point
      Click image to enlarge
      • Hop to welcome island:
      • Put the line below in the World Map, next to Find.  Click FindTP
      • edugrid.3dles.com:8002
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      • In Edugrid use Firestorm hop to Arcadia beginner's island:
      • Put the line below in the nav bar of Firestorm, enter
      • hop://edugrid.3dles.com:8002/Arcadia/129/128/45

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        Sunday, September 27, 2015

        2015 ART: VIDEO: Surrreal video by Fuschia Nightfire

        Surrreal video by Fuschia Nightfire
        'Surfing on Ceres', a video collaboration between Fuchsia Nightfire and Gweeb is an entry in the UWA Pursue Impossible challenges.
        'Surfing On Ceres' by Gweeb

        PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE: UWA 3D Art & Film Challenges 2015,

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          Saturday, September 26, 2015

          2015 STAGE: PEOPLE: BIZ: WIP on Cookie II, Kitely, 9/20 Dolls, Discos, and Discussion

          Just Dance Discotheque! Versitile. Multimedia. 
          WIP 9/20/2015
          A video of the Hypergrid Work-in-progress (WIP) meeting on 9/20/2015.  Dolls and discos for the Kitely market.  Plans for the upcoming release of a story   performed in 3D

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            Friday, September 25, 2015

            2015 EVENTS: Upcoming: Opportunities and events, Sept. 25, 2015

            EVENTS: Upcoming: Opportunities and events, 
            Sept. 25, 2015  
            Twice a month I gather and post information and links about upcoming opportunities and events in SL or HG. Just the ones that I think will interest my readers.  I update the post if I get new information.  If your event is not listed, mention it in the comments section of this blog. 
            • Opportunities
            • Upcoming  Events
            • Regular events
            • Google+ communities and other groups
            • Calendars
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              Thursday, September 24, 2015

              2015 EDU: Escape to a New Way to Learn Spanish, invited post by James T. Abraham, Ph.D.

              Escape to a New Way to Learn Spanish, 
              invited post by James T. Abraham, Ph.D.
              Spanish Language instruction on the Hypergrid.  College level course offered on a sim. The sim is actively used to teach a Spanish class at Glendale Community College in Arizona.  It is also open for use by anyone on the Hypergrid.  It may be used for self instruction, as an instructional environment for classes, as a source of ideas for other instructors of Spanish, or as a demonstration for others seeking support for 3D language instruction. 

              Arrival Plaza
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              For Spanish language learners seeking an escape from the two-dimensional world of textbooks and videos comes a new virtual world, appropriately named Spanish Language Learning at Escape. Escape, which means the same in both Spanish and English, is an immersive, interactive three-dimensional region created by James T. Abraham, Ph.D. (El Profesor) and Martha Eugenia Lino (Eugenia Calderón) on the Digiworldz grid

              Hypergrid address

              • Put the line below in your World Map, next to Find.  Click Find, TP
              • login.digiworldz.com:8002:escape 
              • In digiworlds, use World Map to find Escape sim
              • Escape web site
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                Wednesday, September 23, 2015

                2015 HG: PEOPLE: ART: New plans for WIP meeting, to show stuff with OSSL threat functions

                New plans for WIP meeting, 
                to show stuff with OSSL threat functions
                The WIP show sometimes needs a meeting place where people can show objects running OSSL functions that have a high threat level.  Usually these can only be run by the owner of the sim or by a sim manager.  Pandora is a region specifically set up to support showing of such objects, so some of the meetings will be held there.  This article presents details of how to get there and present.  
                Probable seating

                We (of the WIP organizers) are still learning. 

                • Much work is being done with OSSL functions not available in Second Life.  
                • OSSL adds functions to LSL: threat levels control misuse
                • That work cannot easily be shown in Kitely.
                • because of restrictions on who can use the threat functions.  
                • Nara Malone has offered her Pandora region as a host for presentations.
                • Pandora is specifically designed for demos of OSSL functions.
                • The grid is also non-commercial, if that matters to you.  

                Go there

                • Paste the grid address below in the World Map, next to Find, click Find, TP
                • world.narasnook.com:8900 
                • At the grid, look in the world map for Pandora, TP there
                • Or use the Firestorm hop in the nav bar of Firestorm
                • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Pandora/110/123/21
                • Current plans: WIP meets on Pandora on the second Sunday of the month
                • Meeting time: Noon California time.  
                • Next WIP meeting: Oct. 11 at noon California time.
                • If you don't rez fully, edit your appearance or rebake.

                Second meeting in October?

                • We need content, MC, and time for second meeting. 
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                  Tuesday, September 22, 2015

                  2015 PROMO: HG: You got an event you want to promote? Quick check for the Hypergridders

                  You got an event you want to promote?  
                  Quick check for the Hypergridders.
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                  1. Audience:  Who are you promoting to? 
                  2. Do you have a graphic?
                  3. Where will you promote it that your target audience will see it.
                  4. What is your audience interested in?
                  5. What words will catch their attention?
                  6. What action do you want from the reader?
                  7. How does the reader know what to do?
                  8. Have you shown the time frame and time zone.
                  9. Have you shown HG address and how to use it?
                  10. Can you show urgency?
                  11. What do you want the reader to notice first? 
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                  First Page Short Poetry Workshop-Tue 9/22, 7pm SLT 

                  This week is “First Page” poetry based on the first page of your favorite author. Imagine the author started a new book but never finished it. What sort of poem could you make out of just that first page? Use the first page as a prompt, a found poem, a summary or write your own version of the book. Bring the first page of a favorite book or even one you don’t like, to write your poem.

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                    Monday, September 21, 2015

                    2015 ART: Arcadia's Privateer Space

                    Arcadia's Privateer Space
                    A collection of the works of Arcadia Asylum on the privateer space theme.  These works originally appeared in Second Life on a sim with the title Privateer Space.  Most of the objects in this display are free to copy or are otherwise available as copies.  Arcadia's widely circulated license allow you to do anything with her work except to sell it.
                    A moonbase, overview

                    Go there

                    • HG: Paste the line below into your World Map next to Find.  Click Find, TP
                    • sanctuary.homelinux.org:8012
                    • On Sanctuary, look in World Map for TSoA 1.  TP there.
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                        Sunday, September 20, 2015

                        2015 EDU: PEOPLE: TKR: Present information in ways that help people use it

                        Present information in ways that help people use it.
                        In this excerpt from the event 'Mind, Society and Behaviour' Varun Gauri discusses how redesigning the information and social environment can help people make better decisions about their education, savings, healthcare and other domains of life, as too much information can be overwhelming.

                        Development economics and policy are due for a redesign. A more realistic understanding of how human beings think and behave can make development policies more effective, and can help development professionals become more aware of their own biases.
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                            Friday, September 18, 2015

                            2015 PEOPLE: ART: Lumiere Noir and the Ivory Tower of Prims

                            Lumiere Noir and the Ivory Tower of Prims
                            The Ivory Tower of Prims, a well-known teaching build in Second Life, is being rebuilt in large on the Hypergrid.  Here is a preliminary look.
                            Start learning to build

                            Go to Ivory City

                            • HG: Put the line below in your World Map, next to Find, Click FindTP
                            • sanctuary.homelinux.org:8012
                            • In Sanctuary, use the Firestorm Hop:
                            • hop://sanctuary.homelinux.org:8012/Uqbar/46/125/41
                            • See the tutorials (still under construction, naturally), in region Uqbar.
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                              Thursday, September 17, 2015

                              2013 EDU: TKR: Life's Little Lessons From Virtual Worlds

                               Life's Little Lessons From Virtual Worlds
                              Life lessons are what you learn when you set out to do things. Not pass tests, but actually reach a real goal.  In virtual worlds you can set goals.  You can reach the goals or not reach the goals.  That's the way it works in real life, too.  But in virtual worlds, you get do-overs.  You can't get killed.  You can't even get mugged, drugged, or beaten.  So you can take more risks.  Lean things faster.  

                              What a student can learn beyond the subject matter

                              • How to research subject matter: internet search and evaluate skills.
                              • Interpersonal skills (how to work with other people).
                              • Speaking skills (how to present your ideas effectively).
                              • Organizational skills (how to develop an effective plan).
                              • Group skills (how to work in a task-oriented group).
                              • Self-confidence: if you have all the skills above, you look self-confident.
                              • You don't really know something useful until you can do something useful.
                              • You get nowhere till you learn to focus on what you can do or learn.
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                                  Wednesday, September 16, 2015

                                  2015 PEOPLE: PROMO: WRITE: Be an editor with your Google stream. Click the G+ button on articles you like

                                  Spread the word with your Google stream.  
                                  Click the G+ button on articles you like.
                                  Click the G+ button, recommend articles to people who follow your Google stream.   Recommend articles worth reading and people will pay attention.  You promote your projects, build your audience, spread your ideas, build your credibility--if you make choices other people find useful.

                                  You are the editor

                                  • Your Google stream is your personal magazine. 
                                  • Recommend articles worth reading.  
                                  • People will find your stream worth reading.   
                                  • You will promote ideas you like.
                                  • You may even promote your projects. 
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                                    Tuesday, September 15, 2015

                                    2015 BIZ: PEOPLE: Jobs from the virtual world. Virtual Lisbon, AvaHyr, Job world (SL), etc

                                    Jobs from the virtual world: Virtual Lisbon, 
                                    AvaHyr, Job world (SL), Virtual Lisbon, etc. 
                                    Updated 9/28/2015
                                    Virtual worlds generate jobs:  builders, musicians, event managers, video producers, customer relations, designers, photographers, scripters, teachers, animators, translators, writers/editors, marketers, etc.  That creates a need for a job mart to help employers find people to do the jobs and to help skilled people find a job. 

                                    Job marts from virtual worlds



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                                      Micropoetry Short Poetry Workshop-Tue, 9/15, 7pm SLT 

                                      This week the Short Poetry Workshop gets even shorter with Micropoetry, also known as Twitter poetry. Micropoetry has 140 characters or less (like a tweet) and you can use truncated words if you like.

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                                      Monday, September 14, 2015

                                      2015 HELP: PROMO: Outsourcing your tier -- Ann Tree Prenyour

                                      Outsourcing your tier -- Ann Tree Prenyour
                                      If you have land in Second Life, outsourcing your tier may save you money.  



                                      Selby: Ann Tree Prenyour, one of my mental alts, Insists on a by-line for this article.  
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                                      Ann:  I've been critical of people in virtual worlds.   I want a chance to say something good. 
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                                      Selby:  You mean a promotable idea for making money.  
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                                      Ann:  Nothing is promotable long term unless it benefits the customer.  Actually, the benefit to the customer is what makes it promotable, at least long term.   This idea about outsourcing the tier is promotable that way. And clever.  That's why I want to tell about it.
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                                          Sunday, September 13, 2015

                                          2015 TKR: PEOPLE: Does Your Mind Mean Business?

                                          Does Your Mind Mean Business?
                                          Employers are talking more and more about well being and resilience, but few are really clear on how to invest in the minds of their staff. Stress and anxiety levels are continuing to rise - affecting not only our individual health, but also our national productivity.

                                          In this excerpt from the event 'Does Your Mind Mean Business' Andy Gibson, author of A Mind for Business and Founder of Mindapples, presents a compelling case for why understanding our minds is now a core skill that is essential for having a healthy and successful life.
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                                            Friday, September 11, 2015

                                            2015 EVENT: EVENTS: Upcoming: Opportunities and events, Sept. 11, 2015

                                            EVENTS: Upcoming: Opportunities and events, 
                                            Sept. 11, 2015  
                                            Twice a month I gather and post information and links about upcoming opportunities and events in SL or HG. Just the ones that I think will interest my readers.  I update the post if I get new information.  If your event is not listed, mention it in the comments section of this blog. 
                                            • Opportunities
                                            • Upcoming  Events
                                            • Regular events
                                            • Google+ communities and other groups
                                            • Calendars
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                                                Thursday, September 10, 2015

                                                2015 WRITE: STAR WARS SATURDAY RETURNS 9/12 Noon, Kitely, Seanchai

                                                STAR WARS SATURDAY RETURNS 9/12 Noon, 
                                                Kitely, Seanchai 
                                                Seanchai Library's SPACEWORLD is newly renovated. Here are views of some of the new stuff 
                                                What is this?
                                                • More from "The Adventures of Luke Skywalker" 
                                                • Shandon and Caledonia live, in voice!
                                                • September 12th at NOON 
                                                • In Kitely, paste line below into Firestorm Nav barm enter
                                                • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/SPACEWORLD/128/128/2
                                                • On HG, paste line below into World Map, next to Find, Click Find, TP
                                                • grid.kitely.com:8002/Spaceworld.
                                                • Web access:
                                                • https://www.kitely.com/virtual-world/Shandon-Loring/SPACEWORLD-2
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