Saturday, September 18, 2021

2021 VID: Videos in the metaverse. What happens when they start making videos in virtual reality?


Videos in the metaverse.  
What happens when they start 
making videos in virtual reality?
They started long ago.

They started long ago

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

2021 WW Art in the metaverse: New art city. An art gallery in your browser. Another web world. Artists working in the new media offered by the metaverse.


Art in the metaverse: New art city.  
An art gallery in your browser.  Another web world.  
Artists working in the new media offered by the metaverse.
The virtual worlds of the metaverse offer new possibilities for art and artists. Take a look.


Sunday, September 12, 2021

2021 VW: The educational metaverse and online teaching companies. Not your father's textbooks.


The educational metaverse and online teaching companies.  
Not your father's textbooks.
School systems can partner with partner with private companies for online instructional services.

Taylor Shead (STEMuli Education) discusses Our Educational Metaverse at the 2021 ASU+GSV Summit. STEMuli and the #1 urban school district in the US, Dallas ISD, have teamed up to build the school of the future where students can create their educational experience, learn from anywhere, earn virtual work experience, and collect micro-scholarships based on their achievements. STEMuli is focused on data-driven instruction that saves teachers time and keeps students engaged in learning. They leverage AAA video game developers, data analytics, and curriculum experts to propel students towards a brighter future.

STEMuli is a fully integrated virtual schoolhouse that connects companies to their future workforce and students from diverse and economically challenged households to a brighter future.

Remote learning services 

  • School systems can partner with private organizations for online learning services.
  • Private organizations can provide worldwide services online, spreading the developmental cost.
  • School systems can provide remote classes for students who want or need them.
  • Private organizations can do research to improve their teaching.
  • Private organizations can offer multiple options to let students choose the teaching package that suits them.
  • Remote learning could let school systems avoid some building costs.  

Saturday, September 11, 2021

2021 Virtual senior center template: Companionship and social interaction at home. Social activities in the metaverse.


Virtual senior center template:  
Companionship and social interaction at home.  
Social activities in the metaverse.
Senior center at home.

Why?

  • No travel time.  No travel cost.  No facility cost.
  • Wheelchair friendly.
  • No sharing of germs.  No lockdowns.
  • Maybe the relevant question is "Why not?"

Where?

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

2021 WW Ecology in the metaverse .School in a laptop. Student-built places for learning in the metaverse.


Ecology in the metaverse,
School in a laptop.
Student-built places for learning in the metaverse.
A look at part of the metaverse that runs in your browser.

  • Watch on YouTube
  • Speaker: William Schmactenberg, retired high school teacher, Virginia

Go there

  • 3DWebWorldz 
  • https://3dwebworldz.com/ 
  • Go to the Welcome Center first.  Learn how to walk and teleport 
  • How to (manual):    
  • https://3dwebworldz.com/manuals/ 
  • The dings tell you that someone has just arrived in the place.
  • That's so you can welcome them if you want.

Sites visited

Saturday, September 4, 2021

2021 WW: Cretaceous Park, Virginia (metaverse). School in a laptop. Student-built places for learning in the metaverse.


Cretaceous Park, Virginia (metaverse).
School in a laptop.
Student-built places for learning in the metaverse.
A look at part of the metaverse that runs in your browser.

  • Watch on YouTube
  • Speaker: William Schmactenberg, retired high school teacher, Virginia

Go there

  • 3DWebWorldz 
  • https://3dwebworldz.com/ 
  • Go to the Welcome Center first.  Learn how to walk and teleport 
  • How to (manual):    
  • https://3dwebworldz.com/manuals/ 
  • The dings tell you that someone has just arrived in the place.
  • That's so you can welcome them if you want.

Sites visited

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

2021 Storylink radio: tales in the metaverse. Immersive story-telling in a scene about the story. FROM THE SHADOWS


Storylink radio: tales in the metaverse. 
Immersive story-telling 
in a scene about the story.
FROM THE SHADOWS
The metaverse is a place for story-telling.
  • Welcome to Storylink Radio!! 
  • Storylink Radio has many exciting things planned for this Hallowe’en. 
  • Beginning.. NOW!!! 
  • Subscribe to Storylink Radio Youtube Channel to keep updated on all events and times. 
  • For us, Hallowe'en Season begins November 1st and runs through October 31st,
  • which means we are ALWAYS in Hallowe'en Season.
  • This video will highlight some of our upcoming events, but please check the website for the latest additions. 
  • And Subscribe now to keep updated. www.StorylinkRadio.com 
  • Venue in this video is from LUNARIA EMPORIUM in Kitely 
  • Storylink Radio YouTube Channel 
  • The stories are told in the metaverse and captured on video to offer them on the flat web.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

2021 Welcome to the metaverse. Yes, it is already here. Been here for years. Usually called virtual worlds.


Welcome to the metaverse.  
Yes, it is already here.   
Been here for years.  
Usually called virtual worlds.
A demonstration of the metaverse that already exists.  Note that this video from the metaverse is dated 2016.

Two Gentlemen of Verona 

A project of Avatar Repertory Theater and New Media Arts Inc. , Live Theater Production in Second Life Virtual World.  Two Gentlemen of Verona is a comedy by William Shakespeare.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

2021 VW: What does the metaverse look like? Since it is a simulated environment, we can make videos there. And we do. But you need to know where to look.


What does the metaverse look like?   
Since it is a simulated environment, we can make videos there.  
And we do.  But you need to know where to look.  
How to see the metaverse now.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

2020 #VWEDU LIBR: Promo: Flipped webinar for educators in the metaverse. A distributed conference. Short presentations, followed by focused discussions. With plans for outreach.


Flipped webinar for educators in the metaverse.
A distributed conference.   
Short  presentations, followed by focused discussions.
With plans for outreach.
Overview of draft plans for a flipped webinar.
You can't find the front 
of the room

Flipping the webinar

  • The plan is based on audience participation.
  • Starts with "What do you want to know about?"
  • Uses online tools to get questions from the audience.
  • Uses online tools to present those questions to contributors.
  • Uses online tools to show presentations offered by contributors.
  • Meeting organizers select presentations for their meetings.
  • Presentations run about 10 minutes, followed by a discussion period.
  • Presentations and discussions may be live-streamed and saved as videos.
  • These may also be converted to text and published as a blog.
  • With some editing and referee work, the products might be published as proceedings of a distributed conference.

Benefits

  • Efficient sharing of knowledge among online educators.
  • Broadens the networking In the online professional learning community (PLC).
  • Outreach from educators in virtual worlds to other online educators.
  • Aggregated activity gets better visibility than individual activity.


Sunday, August 22, 2021

2021 VW: A meeting in the Metaverse about the present and future of the Metaverse. How close are we to the ideal metaverse?


A meeting in the Metaverse 
about the present and future of the metaverse.  
How close are we to the ideal Metaverse?
About the present and future of the metaverse.  How close are we to the ideal Metaverse?
"The Metaverse is a collective virtual shared space, created by the convergence of virtually enhanced physical reality and physically persistent virtual space,[1] including the sum of all virtual worldsaugmented reality, and the Internet. " --Wikipedia  


Saturday, August 21, 2021

2021 VW: Metaverse art: coping with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) . Art Made in Second Life - Tucker Stilley


Metaverse art: 
coping with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) . 
Art Made in Second Life - Tucker Stilley
Disabilities are left behind when you enter the metaverse.
Second Life Art #MadeinSL series continues with a focus on Tucker Stilley, who uses adaptive technology to continue making breathtaking art in #SecondLife - 20 years after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) - Learn more: https://second.life/cf081721.
The Cape Able Art Gallery is a beautiful, eclectic gallery hosting art exhibits by deaf and/or disabled artists. Exhibits change quarterly. Artists can be contacted privately for the sale of their works. Cape Able is a nonprofit, Virtual Ability Inc. owned region. Video Production Credits: Draxtor Despres

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

2021 VW: Nonprofits in the Metaverse. Remote collaboration, videos, remote meetings, get-acquainted interviews, learning to make videos. All powers of the metaverse.


Nonprofits in the Metaverse.  
Remote collaboration, videos, remote meetings,  
get-acquainted interviews, learning to make videos.  
All powers of the metaverse.
Some of the things we do in the Metaverse.
  • The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life encourages members to share what they do through short interview videos. 
  • Elli Pinion, Lissena (wisdomseeker), Thinkerer and Valibrarian share a quick glimpse into learning tools together. 
  • See other NPC videos (machinima shot in a virtual world environment) on the NPC playlist here.
Life in the metaverse

Sunday, August 15, 2021

2021 WW Moon colony and Pompeii in the metaverse School in a laptop. Student-built places for learning in the metaverse.


Moon colony and Pompeii in the metaverse
School in a laptop.
Student-built places for learning in the metaverse.
A look at part of the metaverse that runs in your browser.
  • Watch on YouTube
  • Speaker: William Schmactenberg, retired high school teacher, Virginia

Go there

  • 3DWebWorldz 
  • https://3dwebworldz.com/ 
  • Go to the Welcome Center first.  Learn how to walk and teleport 
  • How to (manual):    
  • https://3dwebworldz.com/manuals/ 
  • The dings tell you that someone has just arrived in the place.
  • That's so you can welcome them if you want.

Sites visited

Saturday, August 14, 2021

2021 Creativity with Marly. Report from the Metaverse. Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable (VWER), regular Thursday meeting


Creativity with Marly.  
Report from the Metaverse.   
Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable (VWER), 
regular Thursday meeting
Creativity in the metaverse.

Other reports of Marly's work in the Metaverse

Metaverse features

  • Seventeen educators from America and Europe.
  • Gathered in one place.  Travel time, one minute or less,  Travel cost: nothing
  • Then we all went to another place.  Travel: same as above.
  • We talked and shared pictures.
  • We did not exchange germs.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

2021 VW: Meetings in the Metaverse. No travel time. No travel cost. No facility cost. No sharing of germs.


Meetings in the Metaverse.  
No travel time.  No travel cost.  
No facility cost. No sharing of germs.
Watch a real meeting about how the metaverse can support meetings

Why?

  • No travel time.  No travel cost.  No facility cost.
  • No sharing of germs.  Not affected by lockdowns.
  • Maybe the relevant question is "Why not?"

Where?

The meeting software

Sunday, August 8, 2021

2021 Comedy: the Catboy Players in the metaverse. Some Thursday nights around 6 pm--Right after the game show.


Comedy: the Catboy Players in the metaverse.
Some Thursday nights around 6 pm--
Right after the game show.
Spring-summer collection of comedy by the Catboy players : WyNott,  Catboy, Amouretta, Jamie,


Saturday, August 7, 2021

2021 Working remotely during the pandemic. The people of the digital generation have been doing that for years, long before the pandemic.


Working remotely during the pandemic.  
The people of the digital generation have been doing that for years, 
long before the pandemic.
We describe some of our work practices that arose during our team interaction in the virtual world we design for. 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: NonProfit Commons in SL (in the Metaverse). CVL Collection Highlight: Grant Resources. A bit like a webinar, only free, on video, and without registration.


NonProfit Commons in SL (in the Metaverse).   
CVL Collection Highlight: Grant Resources.  
A bit like a webinar, only free, on video, and without registration.
Alyse Dunavant-Jones, Assistant Director of The Community Virtual Library, shares a presentation on grants at the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life.


Sunday, August 1, 2021

2021 Elder voices, an interview with Dr. Kara Bennett. Designing exhibits in a virtual museum setting. A story-telling community


Elder voices, an interview with Dr. Kara Bennett.  
Designing exhibits in a virtual museum setting.  
A story-telling community
Dr. Kara Bennett shares her work in virtual worlds with Lissena (Lynne Berrett) at the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: NonProfit Commons (NPC) interviews tell about public service activities in virtual worlds. How can you do public service in the metaverse?


NonProfit Commons (NPC) interviews tell about 
public service activities in virtual worlds.  
How can you do public service in the metaverse? 
Dr. Kara Bennett shares her work in virtual worlds with Lissena (Lynne Berrett).  User-built virtual worlds are what you want then to be (because they are user-built)

How can you do public service in a virtual world?

  • You can talk to people.
  • You can answer questions. 
  • You can give people links to information resources.
  • You can help people use learning resources
  • You can coach people in handling personal problems.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: Virtual Worlds MOOC for 2021 September 1 - 31 Peace through learning, collaborative learning and teaching around the world in virtual worlds


Virtual Worlds MOOC for 2021 September 1 - 31 
Peace through learning 
Collaborative learning and teaching around the world in virtual worlds
Virtual Worlds MOOC for 2021 September 1 - 31: The 7th annual event is organized by Drs. Nancy Zingrone, Doris Molero, and Nellie Deutsch.


Sunday, July 25, 2021

2021 BIZ: The Landtiles App from RezMela. This App can be used to create a wide diversity of landscapes. Interests: landscaping, biology, ecology, conservation


The Landtiles App from RezMela.  
This App can be used to create a wide diversity of landscapes.  
Interests:  landscaping, biology, ecology, conservation

You don't have to be a builder to build a place to suit your objectives.  Landtiles can do most of the building for you.



  • Watch on YouTube
  • 3D river scene created by a Landtiles App user.
  • This 3D scene was created in half an hour. 
  • You do not need to be a developer to create scenes. 
  • The scenes you create can be shared to others.
  • Landtiles in Kitely Market.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

2021: The library on your laptop: Community Virtual Library CVL: Virtual library with real librarians.


The library on your laptop: 
Community Virtual Library (CVL): 
Virtual library with real librarians.
An overview of Community Virtual Library (CVL), the library of the virtual worlds.

Go there

  • Second Life--free registration.
  • Main CVL library in SL,SLurl:
  • http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/198/209/21
  • Put the SLurl above in the address bar of your browser, press enter.
  • Hypergrid Resources Library in OpenSimulator (Kitely).
  • HG address:
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II

Thursday, July 22, 2021

2021 ART: Invitation to Visions of Self Workshop by Marly Milena


Invitation to Visions of Self Workshop by Marly Milena 
Everyone is  invited to participate in a workshop at the crossroads of art and psychology called VISIONS OF SELF. 

  • You do not need to be an artist in SL or FL; you just need to be interested in self-awareness coupled with creative expression.  
  • To provide maximum attention, we would like your registration by August 9th
  • The next VOS workshop is Tuesday, AUGUST 31, 2021 AT 11 AM SLT  
  • Once signed up for the VOS workshop, you will either create and submit one totally ABSTRACT piece of art in First Life and upload it to Second Life 
  • or you will be guided to build a SymMod in real time to represent an aspect of yourself.  
  • The originator and facilitator is Marly Milena, the creator of Symbolic Modeling, the tool we use in this workshop.  
  • You will receive further details after registration,  

Go there

  • Second Life
  • Octagon Gallery, 2nd Floor
  • SLurl:
  • http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Inspiration%20Island/38/117/29
  • Put the SLurl in the address bar of the viewer, enter.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

2021 Technostress: Technostress, John Henry, and avatar immunity. Advancing technology has always been hard on those not prepared for it, those left behind. Those who are ready have a different story.


Technostress, John Henry, and avatar immunity.  
Advancing technology has always been hard on those not prepared for it, 
those left behind.  
Those who are ready have a different story.
Some of us have been living in virtual worlds as avatars.  We had no technostress on lockdown
Flying Saucers Return Episode 1
  • Technostress 
  • John Henry
  • John Henry paid the ultimate price of technostress.
  • He died with his hammer in his hand.
  • They didn't know it was technostress in those days.
  • But he was dealing with a new technology--the steam hammer.
  • Sadly, he was not ready to deal with it effectively.
  • So he died with his hammer in his hand.

Technostress does not come from technology

    • After the break

    Sunday, July 18, 2021

    2021 BIZ 3DWebWorldz : Meeting room for business teams, for breakout sessions, or for marketing conferences.


    3DWebWorldz :
    Meeting room for business teams,
    for breakout sessions,
    for marketing conferences.
    3dWebWorldz offers a room with voice-isolated meeting tables.

    Meeting room for groups

    • Meeting room with tables - each having its own voice channel.
    • This allows separate group conversations.
    • The front of the room has a screen that can stream video from YouTube or elsewhere.
    • Can be decorated with posters and objects for any event. A
    • If you look around for a bit, someone may come to answer any questions you have.
    • The number of tables can be increased as needed.
    • The number of people in a channel can be much larger than four.
    • Each table could host a business team, a breakout session, or a product.

    Go there

    • Members Takes you to the room if you have registered.
    • Guests Takes you to the room without registering.
    • My Office3D Main business center.
    • 3DWebWorldz Start in this virtual world.

    Saturday, July 17, 2021

    2021 Is there life after retirement for educators? I mean for us online educators. Those of us who have learned to work from home. A google search report.


    Is there life after retirement for educators?  
    I mean for the online educators.  
    Those of us who have learned to work from home.
    A google search report.
    After retirement, you can teach online.
    An online class

    Search term: how to be an adjunct professor online

    To become an online adjunct teacher, one must earn at least a master's degree, have one year experience teaching and, in most cases, possess a teaching certificate. Those who wish to supplement their income teaching online courses without leaving home may find this career interesting

    How much does an online adjunct professor make?

    • Search term:  Online Adjunct Faculty Salary

    • This is what I got:
    •                      Annual Salary        Monthly Pay
    • Top Earners      $106,500             $8,875
    • 75th Percentile    $85,500            $7,125
    • Average               $63,542             $5,295
    • 25th Percentile    $36,000            $3,000

    Sunday, July 11, 2021

    2021 #VWEDU: ACRL Wonderland Tour in SL. An example of what we do in social virtual worlds

    ACRL Wonderland Tour in SL.  
    An example of what we do 
    in social virtual worlds
    Raw unedited footage of a tour to WONDERLAND, a virtual simulation of Alice in Wonderland in Second Life. The ACRL Virtual World Interest Group explores simulations for education and libraries.

    Go there

    Saturday, July 10, 2021

    2021 #VWEDU: John O'Connor Interview about Virtual Environments (video)


    John O'Connor Interview 
    about Virtual Environments
    CVL shared a podcast interview here and a machinima recording shot on May 17, 2021.

    Thursday, July 8, 2021

    2021 Lunaria Emporium, classical, magic, castles, cemetery (Part 2)


    Lunaria Emporium, classical, magic, castles, cemetery 
    (Part 2)
    A great shopping place to find products created by Luna Lunaria.
    Classical
    • Parts for builders 
    • Room themes: Christmas, Gothic, Vampire, Arcane Magic, Castles, Steampunk Airships, Medieval, Japanese/Asian, Greek and Roman, Statuary, Décor
    • Freebies  (See later article)
    • Large architecture in multiple styles, large Venues. 
    • Region-size viewing platforms where you can walk through all of the structures available for purchase and experience some stunning builds. 
    • Free Ruth 2.0 and Roth 2.0 mesh avatars with all available huds.
    • Lunaria Emporium (Part 1): Decor, tapestries, building components, holidays

    Go there

    Wednesday, July 7, 2021

    2021 Lunaria Emporium (Part 1): Decor, tapestries, building components, holidays


    Lunaria Emporium (Part 1): 
    Decor, tapestries, building components, holidays
    A great shopping place to find unique products created solely by Luna Lunaria.
    Lunaria Emporium
    • Parts for builders 
    • Room themes: Christmas, Gothic, Vampire, Arcane Magic, Castles, Steampunk Airships, Medieval, Japanese/Asian, Greek and Roman, Statuary, Décor
    • Freebies  (See later article)
    • Large architecture in multiple styles, large Venues. 
    • Region-size viewing platforms where you can walk through all of the structures available for purchase and experience some stunning builds. 
    • Free Ruth 2.0 and Roth 2.0 mesh avatars with all available huds.

    Go there


    Sunday, July 4, 2021

    2021 Kitely avatars Island: A big collection of avatars! All general. All free. All can travel the HG.


    Kitely avatars Island:    
    A big collection of avatars! 
    All general.  All free.  All can travel the HG.
    Wide selection of free avatars.
    Overview 

    Go there

    Click image to enlarge


    Click image to enlarge

    This world, hosted by Kitely and staffed by volunteers, contains over a dozen shops that display G-rated avatars from all over the virtual metaverse. This world is family, business and educator friendly. Everything here, as far as we know, is in the public domain or CC-0 or CC-By licensing.*
    Click on boxes or store displays to receive a folder of their contents.

    •  Put the folder in your suitcase to take it over the Hypergrid.

    Saturday, July 3, 2021

    2021 What do OpenSimulator users want in virtual worlds? Voice? Spatial Voice? New viewers? The Infinite Metaverse Alliance (IMA) calls on OpenSim users to document their wants in a survey.


    What do OpenSimulator users want in virtual worlds?  
    Voice? Spatial Voice? New viewers?  
    The Infinite Metaverse Alliance (IMA) calls on OpenSim users 
    to document their wants in a survey. 
    OpenSim user survey

    Friday, July 2, 2021

    2021 #VWEDU: OSCC20: Cross-College collaboration: "When professional and virtual worlds meet"


    OSCC20:  Cross-College collaboration: 
    "When professional and virtual worlds meet"
    "Can undergraduate instructors and students in different areas of practice cooperate online to instill cross-disciplinary communication skills at the same time as they more effectively teach and learn their own subject matter?

     College students from Montana State University Billings and Peninsula College Washington State were brought together by their instructors, online, in an authentic industry modeling scenario where a consultant group is hired by a corporation to improve performance, based on discussion with subject matter experts and studying work processes. Operator and Designer students came together to focus on A) Effective visual communication cues in a dangerous operating environment, and B) Learning to communicate professionally across technical specialties."
    • Andrew Sullivan / Andy Sullivan 
    • James Neville / Sitearm Madonna 
    • Renne Brock / Zinnia Zauber

    Sunday, June 27, 2021

    2021 #VWEDU: Virtual World Education Consortium Connects Learning Communities iLRN 2021. As always, libraries connect people with what they want to know.


    Virtual World Education Consortium 
    Connects Learning Communities iLRN 2021
    As always, libraries connect people with what they want to know.
    A presentation for the Immersive Learning Research Network 2021 with Dr. Valerie Hill and Dr. Becky Adams. Location: VWEC Pavilion in Second Life

    Saturday, June 26, 2021

    2012 VW: Sasquatch branch of OpenSim: Next generation core (NGC).


    Sasquatch branch of OpenSim:  
    Next generation core (NGC)
    An alternative to the core development of OpenSim.
    By Mike Chase (edited by Selby Evans)

    Find out more

    What is it?

    • Sasquatch is a play on Yeti which is the current development branch of OpenSim Core. 
    • We are for the most part tracking the core development changes.
    • Sasquatch is a part of the OpenSim-NGC project on Github
    • These efforts grow from frustration with the quality and opacity of the work done in the core team of OpenSim. 
    • My primary goal was to use standard available resources and tools to increase the quality and curate the work of both upstream core as well as local additions.