Friday, January 30, 2015

2015 WRITE: Poetry. Win real life publication of a short paperback of your poetry. Closing date 14 February 2015

Win real life publication of a short paperback 
of your poetry.  
Closing date 14 February 2015
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 Closing date 14 February 2015
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The International Lumen/Camden Poetry Competition offers one winner the chance to have a short paperback collection of their poetry published, plus 50 free copies and good promotion. 
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  • All proceeds go to help the homeless in London Cold Weather Shelters.  
  • The judge is top poet George Szirtes.
  • The patron of Lumen/Camden Poetry is Sir Andrew Motion, the last UK Poet Laureate
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

2015 HYPERGRID: Your suitcase. Just what you need to travel the hypergrid.

Your suitcase.  
Just what you need to travel the hypergrid
Updated 12/7/2015
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  • Fortunately, you probably  have one in your inventory if your grid is HG connected.
  • If your grid is not HG connected, you don't need one.  You aren't going anywhere.
  • Just search your inventory for Suitcase. The title will probably be My Suitcase.
  • A few grids may not provide a suitcase.  Ask your grid manager about that.
  • I think they got that My bit from Microsoft.  Not needed.  
  • You guessed it was yours when you found it in your inventory.
  • Opensim, Hypergrid: Summary
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2015 EVENTS: Calendars: Entertainment in the virtual worlds

Calendars: Entertainment in the virtual worlds
Updated 11/24/2015
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This is a collection of Google calendars showing the schedule for entertainment events in Second Life and the hypergrid. The postings are made by people running the event. If you have any questions or concerns, contact them. My only role here is to collect and post the calendars to make them available in a single location.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nashville%20Music%20Row/131/129/26

Entertainment and events 

  • Multigrid: performers and hosts
  • Effinjay's Show Calendar!
  • SymProds Calendar

Google Calendars are the best schedule for the hypergrid

  • Always up to date. 
  • One change to change them all.
  • Same access for everyone, ever the outworlders.
  • People can add it to their personal Google calendars.
  • Can be managed by a group.
  • Can easily run on a blog or website. 
  • Could be added to a grid registration web site.
  • Could feature grid attractions. 
  • Can collect multiple calendars into a single calendar
  • Calendar collections could be simple way to make grid calendars
  • Can be made into a poster for display inworld. 
  • Google Calendar tutorial (Used for notices of HG events)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 EVENT: Calendar for: The Sun & Moon Group - Wizards Retreat, Kitely

Calendar for: The Sun & Moon Group 
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This post is used to create a published events calendar for the Sun & Moon group.   
After publication,  I will make a 1 prim poster to display it.  Note that the calendar carries events other  than those of the Sun & Moon group.   Thus, other venues may also be interested in displaying it on their land.   A multi-source calendar carries more information, gets wider distribution, and offers more benefit to the public.   So it is good for everybody.

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      Monday, January 26, 2015

      2015 OPENSIM: PROMO: Funding for OpenSim development. A community effort.

      Funding for OpenSim development
      A community effort
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      • OpenSim development is based on the work of a small number of developers.
      • They have to make a living.
      • I hope they get paid a lot for consulting.
      • But that concentrates their work on what clients want.
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      • The opensim community has wants, too.
      • And some of us want to pay for specific developments.
      • We are groping for a method to pay as a community
      • Metaverse Traveller proposes a solution.

      Sunday, January 25, 2015

      2015 OPENSIM: VIDEO: Adam Time: Roxy Roller Party & SecondLife Lights Tour

      Adam Time:  Roxy Roller Party & SecondLife Lights Tour
      Around the virtual worlds with Adam Time.  Roving reporter, entertainment news

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      • Today we look at The Party Spot Roxy Roller's Place 
      • grid.kitely.com:8002:Thyilea 
      • Scofi Robson rocked the sim
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      Thursday, January 22, 2015

      2015 VIDEO: AMP: Private dancer. Non-player Character (NPC) No avateers were used in this video.

      NPC Private dancer. Non-player Character 
      No avateers were used in this video.
      • Demonstration of what you can do with the NPC Creator script

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      The NPCs in OpenSim are so valuable for video production that I would now be moving to OpenSim if I had not already moved video production out of SL because of the Terms-of-Service issue. Selby Evans

      Wednesday, January 21, 2015

      2015 MUSIC: Nashville Music Academy. Free singing and performance instruction

      Nashville Music Academy.  
      Free singing and performance instruction.
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      Entrance, Nashville Music Academy
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      Tuesday, January 20, 2015

      2015 STAGE: WRITE: EDU: "The Great Gatsby" Explore. Stage and Virtual World

      "The Great Gatsby" Explore 
      Stage and Virtual World
      • Or is the stage another virtual world?
      Orientation Center 
      • Hypergrid address: Copy paste the boldface line below
      • into the address bar of Firestorm, press return.
      • grid.kitely.com:8002:EXPLORESeanchai
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      • If you are new to virtual worlds, follow the red arrows on the floor
      • You walk forward with up arrow on your keyboard.  
      • Turn with the left and right arrows.
      • To zoom or look around:  
      • hold down the Alt key, hold down the right mouse button, move the mouse.
      • Watch what happens.  
      • Getting started (for newcomers)  
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      • If you are not new to virtual worlds, look around the Orientation Center.  
      • There is other information there and maybe some free avatars 
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      Monday, January 19, 2015

      2014 EDU: BIZ: Teaching how-to in virtual worlds: Compensation models

      Teaching how-to in virtual worlds: 
      Where is the compensation?
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      • People in virtual worlds like to help new people learn.
      • You can build a hobby on that.
      • If you want to build a business, you need a more durable model.
      • People may want to teach, but they have to earn a living. 
      • Unless they are independently wealthy, they will favor something that pays.
      • Schools teach classes in virtual worlds. Teachers are paid by the schools
      • Can people get paid for teaching the skills needed in virtual worlds?
      • Here I start a series on possible answers to that question

      Possibillities


      • Self-study instructional packages for sandbox (or private land) use.
      • DIY kits with enhanced instructions.
      • DIY kits with live instruction as needed.
      • Instructional builds with fee-for-access.
      • Instructional group with membership fee
      • Non-credit course from instructional institution.
      • For-credit course from instructional institution.



      Sunday, January 18, 2015

      2014 TKR: Matthew Taylor introduces the Power to Create.

      Matthew Taylor introduces the Power to Create. 
      In his 2014 Chief Executive's lecture, Matthew Taylor explores new RSA thinking on how we can empower people to choose to pursue creative lives, and to contribute to enabling others to do so as well.

      In his 2014 Chief Executive's lecture, Matthew Taylor explores new RSA thinking on how we can empower people to choose to pursue creative lives, and to contribute to enabling others to do so as well.

      Related

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      Friday, January 16, 2015

      2015 PEOPLE: WRITE: Bloggers: Google+ Communities get you leads and get you reads

      Google+ Communities 
      get you leads and get you reads  
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      • Pick a topic you blog about often.
      • If you are already on Google+, put cursor over the Home button.
      • Click the Communities button.
      • Click All communities button (top middle).
      • Type in that topic. Pick a community.
      • You probably just found a bunch of potential readers.
      • You may have found some things you will want to write about.  
      • You can probably join the group and post in it if you don't spam.
      • You can probably get emails about new posts if you want.
      • You can create and grow your own community around your blog.


      Thursday, January 15, 2015

      2014 BIZ: PEOPLE: Unconventional thinking about conventional conventions in the virtual worlds

      Unconventional thinking about 
      conventional conventions in the virtual worlds
      In the olden days, big cities had huge convention halls.  To fill them, people traveled for hours to the big cities and stayed in hotels there.  Then, some convention decided that conventions were not about travel and convention halls. They were about bringing people together to share what they knew.  In the age of the internet, you don't need an airplane to do that 
      Modern convention hall
      • To think outside the box, first find the box

      Why do we have conventions? 

      To bring people with similar or related interests together in the same place at the same time--valuable for stimulating interaction

      To get people to organize their thoughts for a presentation.  That gets better organized thinking and gets that organized thinking to other interested people right away.

      • Why do we have conventions over a weekend?
      • Can we spread our conventions out over a longer time? 
      • Can we use internet services to get more efficient use out of conventions?
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      Wednesday, January 14, 2015

      2015 ART: Shattered, virtual sculpture in real bronze: The art of Toysoldier Thor

      Shattered, virtual sculpture in real bronze:  
      The art of Toysoldier Thor
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      • Make an art object in a virtual world.
      • Use a 3d printer to duplicate the art object in real wax.
      • The rest is old tech: 
      • Make a cast of the wax duplicate.
      • Use the cast to make a bronze statue.  (Lost wax)
      • ToysoldierThor has done it!
      • You can buy a first run, limited edition bronze cast.
      • Cutting-edge art.  Art of the digital age.  
      • Maybe it is an investment in the future of digital art.   
      • If digital art becomes popular, the investment may pay off well.
      • This may be the first bronze from Second Life
      • Toy invites art lovers of the virtual worlds to join him 
      • on this first casting by pre-ordering one of the limited editions.
      • Toysoldier Thor's First Real-Life Bronze Casting
      • of SecondLife® Mesh Sculpture - "SHATTERED"
      • Yes, I did order one myself.
      • And he has enough pre-orders that the cost has dropped a bit.  
      • There is a limit on the number to be cast in the first run.  
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      • By George he's done it!
      • We knew it could be done!
      • And now he's done it!
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      Tuesday, January 13, 2015

      2015: ART: Phantasmagoria, by Spiral Silverstar: GIF art. Free galleries for other artists

      Phantasmagoria, by Spiral Silverstar.   GIF art.  
      Free galleries for other artists 
      Three galleries are up for grabs for any artists out there wishing to exhibit/sell their works, absolutely free on my sim, for as long as they wish. -- Spiral Silverstar



      • The number of available galleries may be less than three by the time you read this. 
      • I hear that Fuschia Nightfire is taking one, so there may be only 2 now.
      • To ask about a gallery, contact Spiral Silverstar in Kitely

      Monday, January 12, 2015

      2015 PROMO: EDU: Non profits: Free outworld advertising from Google: Google Ad Grants

      Non-profits.  Free outworld advertising from Google:  
      Google Ad Grants 
      • Google Ad Grants are like Google AdWords, except they are free.
      • Each month you get an allocation of $10,000 in AdWord advertizing.
      • You buy adwords; your ad appears in searches for one of these terms. 
      • Your ad hits them just when they are interested in what your ad talks about. 
      • You have to show you are a legitimate non-profit

      Sunday, January 11, 2015

      2015: BIZ: PROMO: Virtual reality can really transform business--CNN

      Virtual reality can really transform business--CNN
      • Visualize data
      • Virtual rides, virtual tours, virtual travel.
      • Rapid prototyping in the virtual world
      • Real training in a virtual world
      • A meeting, a conference, an interview--virtually on your desk


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      Friday, January 9, 2015

      2015 OPENSIM: Bulletsim: One Prim Mesh Racetrack for a 2048 Opensim Variable Region

      One Prim Mesh Racetrack for a 
      2048 Opensim Variable Region
      Updated 2/10/2015
      An aerial and driver's view of the the entire 1 piece 1 prim mesh racetrack sitting on top of a 2048x2048 var region. It is an exact replica of the Autopolis International Racetrack in Japan.

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      • The track is at HG URL: 
      • ingen-lab.com:8002:2048Flat 
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      Thursday, January 8, 2015

      2016 EVENTS: Events in Virtual worlds. Selected Google calendars

      Events in Virtual worlds.  
      Selected Google calendars
      Updated Apr. 1, 2016
      This is a collection of Google calendars showing the schedule for events in Second Life and the hypergrid.  The postings are made by people running the event.  If you have any questions or concerns, contact them.  My only role here is to collect and post the calendars to make them available in a single location.   

      Entertainment in the virtual worlds (separate page)

      Education

      Unclassified

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      Wednesday, January 7, 2015

      2015 PEOPLE: BIZ: Grant Opportunity for Nonprofits: Create a Virtual Conference in 2015

      Grant Opportunity for Nonprofits: 
      Create a Virtual Conference in 2015
      Virtual worlders:  If you don't need their services, maybe they could use your services.  Check out the company, not just the grant offer.
      Modern convention hall

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      • Scroll down for News and Notes
      • More news in my blog roll (column on the right)

      Tuesday, January 6, 2015

      2015 HELP: EDU: Hypergrid Academy announces its first classes

      Hypergrid Academy announces its first classes
      Updated 1/13/2015
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      Hypergrid Academy schedule board

      Hypergrid Academy

      • Website
      • Locate on the web 
      • Google community
      • Hypergrid address:  Paste into the address bar of Firestorm 
      • Or into find bar of the world map on any viewer
      • grid.kitely.com:8002:Hypergrid Academy
      • In Kitely, with Firestorm, use the Firestorm Hop
      • hop://osgrid.kitely.com:8002/Hypergrid Academy/173/129/22
      • Inworld group: Hypergrid Academy
      • Hypergrid Academy is looking for more teachers
      • Classes can be held anywhere on the hypergrid
      • Contact Roswenthe-Blackwell on Kitely grid
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      • Scroll down for News and Notes
      • More news in my blog roll (column on the right)

      Monday, January 5, 2015

      2015 WRITE: VIDEO: Fry 's Toothsome Delight

      Fry 's Toothsome Delight
      Reading a book means to me a new landscape, new street, new building, new person... All of them are in my head. It is my very private cinema, figments of my imagination. It is hard to share them with somebody else. But living in digital era gives me options and tools to try it. I can share my interpretation in machinima and my dreamscapes in virtual world.

      My project is virtual place - landscapes, interior and avatar used in video. My filming locations are running on OpenSimulator, multiplatform open source environment, which can be used to create a virtual world. You can create your own private world at your home computer. You can create virtual world for your friends or join any publicly accessible OpenSim virtual world and let people use and enjoy your creations.-You can visit my virtual world, walk these sweet landscapes and become that boy. Or a girl:)
      • Scroll down for News and Notes
      • More news in my blog roll (column on the right)

      Sunday, January 4, 2015

      2015 STAGE: HG Safari Wolem Wobbit at Roxy Gellar's new club Giza on Kitely grid

      HG Safari Wolem Wobbit 
      New Year's Eve Party 2014 at Roxy Gellar's new club Giza on Kitely grid.

      • Hypergrid address: 
      • grid.kitely.com:8002:Thyilea
      • Firestorm Hop (Paste into Firestorm address bar in Kitely)
      • hop://osgrid.kitely.com:8002/Thyilea/362/116/25

      • Scroll down for News and Notes
      • More news in my blog roll (column on the right)

      Friday, January 2, 2015

      2015 HELP: BIZ: Backup. How well is Kitely protecting our data?

      How well is Kitely protecting our data?
      Recent problems with backup loss led me to check into the backup safety of data on Kitely.   I have heard of several cases of serious data loss with RAID discs,  so they are clearly inadequate protection.  No one method, no one location, no one machine is adequate.  Redundant storage is the only way to reduce the probability of failure and data loss to levels I could accept.

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      Kitely is a business and one of the business-like things I expected it to do is to have reliable, redundant,  procedures for off-site backup.  They do. 


      Thursday, January 1, 2015

      2015 VIDEO: Roomba Rebuild with Doc Grun, Lauren's show, Tuesdays, 5 PM, California time

      Roomba Rebuild with Doc Grun, 
      Lauren's show, Tuesdays, 5 PM, California time
      • Catch me at "Lauren's Place" on Cookie Island, every Tuesday at 5:00 PM SL time