Wednesday, March 30, 2016

2016 VIDEO: BIZ: Video Editor agreement template -- by New Media Arts

Video Editor agreement template -- by New Media Arts
New Media Arts has prepared some templates that we use to record formal agreements between New Media Arts and skilled contractors that we pay to perform certain services in support of our projects.  From time to time we will publish some of these as templates so that others may use them in making similar agreements.  We believe that we have covered every item that needs to be covered in connection with each particular service, but we make no warranty of any kind.  Users are encouraged to get legal advice for matters that involve substantial amounts of money.  
New Media Arts

Letter of Agreement - Video Editor
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

2016 BIZ: PROMO: VID: The secret world of the virtual. HGProject

The secret world of the virtual.   HGProject 
A marketing video summarizing some of the things we do in virtual worlds.  Recommended for people wondering about virtual worlds and people interested in marketing virtual worlds. 

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Tongue Twister Short Poetry Workshop-Tue, 3/29, 7pm SLT 


This week the Short Poetry Workshop features “Tongue Twister” poetry with guest host Arabella Nemeth. Tongue Twisters are designed to cause the speaker to have trouble pronouncing all the words correctly. Since it’s almost April Fools, let’s see how tongue twisted we can get Arabella.

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        Monday, March 28, 2016

        2016 ART: VIDEO: Art in virtual worlds is often in motion and usually in 3D. It takes a video to present it on the flat screen

        Art in virtual worlds is often in motion and usually in 3D. 
         It takes a video to present it on the flat screen
        A video of Rebecca Bashly's art build,  'Chronophobia'.  


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                Sunday, March 27, 2016

                2016 PEOPLE: NEW: Community-based welcome site.

                Community-based entry to virtual worlds:  
                Welcome site for community seekers
                Communities in OpenSim virtual worlds can bring new people directly into their their places. They can provide entry instruction specifically suited to bring people into the community.  They can bring people into a place that gives an immediate introduction to the activities of the community, provides them with suitable avatar and equipment and arranges for prompt contact with group members. Here we offer such a site for actors, writers, and people interested in video production.
                Cookie II Welcome Center
                • Don't count on people coming into HG because they want to be in a virtual world.  
                • Most of us are here because of what we can do in virtual worlds.
                • Much of the doing depends on other people.  
                • We are here because of our communities.
                • In OpenSim, communities can take charge of their own entry path.
                • In social media, OpenSim communities can do their own marketing
                • In Google groups, OpenSim communities can communicate.
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                • So imagine your community promoting its offerings to the public.
                • Avatar Repertory Theater starts community promotion. HG projects
                • It draws them to the community website, 
                • where they see how to get into a virtual world.
                • With instructions that bring them into the community place.
                • (They put the target location in the "Start at" box of the entry page.) 
                • And there, the community has set up a welcome site.
                • Cookie II bigger, better, beyonder. A 4X4 now, 16 old style sims
                • A site specifically designed for entry into this community.
                • With free avatars suited to this community.
                • With instruction on skills used in this community. 
                • With an invitation to join the community inworld group.  
                • In that group they can introduce themselves in IM.
                • They can maybe start a conversation with others online at the time.
                • You don't have to imagine.  You can visit.

                Community-based welcome steps

                • Promoted web site: New Media Arts
                • Entry instruction on web site (TBD, April)
                • Inworld welcome region, Cookie II (ready for use)
                • HG address: grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II
                • Put HG address in world map next to Find.  Click Find, TP
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                        Saturday, March 26, 2016

                        2016 HG: PEOPLE: Virtual communities: are you setting up feeder lines to bring in more people? HGProject

                        Virtual communities: are you setting up feeder lines 
                        to bring in more people to your community?
                        Social media offers free feeder lines to your virtual world.  Unsolicited testimonials to the fun your participants are having in your community.  Pictures and videos that tell about what people are doing in your community.  P2P conversations with people in the community.   But nothing will bring people unless you show them how to get there.  So think of feeder lines as just the start of the entry path.  

                        The entry path
                        • Feeder sites: attract and link to main web page
                        • Entry web page: show how to enter and get started
                        • Welcome site: help for newcomers to community
                        • Community:  show activities they can start immediately or soon

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                                Friday, March 25, 2016

                                2016 EVENTS: Hypergrid: Upcoming: Opportunities and events, Mar. 25, 2016

                                EVENTS: Hypergrid: Upcoming: 
                                Opportunities and events,  Mar. 25, 2016     
                                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: HYPEvents
                                • Regular events
                                • Google+ communities and other groups
                                • Calendars
                                • Time conversion: put time/time zone into Google search to get your time 
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                                        Wednesday, March 23, 2016

                                        2016 WRITE: SEO: Build traffic to your blog about virtual worlds

                                        Build traffic to your blog about virtual worlds 
                                        How you can use virtual worlds to promote your blog about virtual worlds 
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                                                                    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

                                                                    2016 WRITE: EDU: Ever heard of writer's block in role-play? Role-play in virtual worlds as practice writing

                                                                    Role-play in virtual worlds as practice writing.  
                                                                    Writing-by-improv.  

                                                                    Role playing has

                                                                    • characters
                                                                    • a scenario
                                                                    • a place 
                                                                    • a quest
                                                                    • a challenge
                                                                    • a resolution

                                                                    What else does role-playing need to be story-telling?

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                                                                    Shadorma Short Poetry Workshop-Tue 3/22,7 pm SLT


                                                                    This week the Short Poetry Workshop features the Spanish style called Shadorma. This was a popular style back in the 14th Century. It is a sestet with a specific syllable count. So come join us at the Short Poetry Library to find out more about it.

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                                                                      Metaverse events, current and upcoming

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                                                                            Monday, March 21, 2016

                                                                            2016 EDU: Putting language back into the language arts

                                                                            Putting language back into the language arts
                                                                            A talk at Virtual Worlds Best Practices Annual Conference 2016. Language is a shared experience.  In a virtual world, language and its environment can be shared with people around around the world. Told with 3D Power Point

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                                                                                    Sunday, March 20, 2016

                                                                                    2016 STAGE: Virtual worlds as a practice field for voice-over performance

                                                                                    Virtual worlds as a practice field 
                                                                                    for voice-over performance
                                                                                    Virtual worlds have opportunities for people interested in selling their voice production services. Not a lot of money in it, so of little interest to people already making a lot of money. But for people breaking into the field, they offer practice, coaching, professional exposure, portfolio-building, contacts, and maybe a little money.

                                                                                    Learn some basic voice-over training and technique pointers from Dan Levine. For additional voice-over technique tips and a free 1/2 hr video all about the voice-over industry, please visit:  http://www.suchavoice.com/social

                                                                                     What can virtual worlds offer you?

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                                                                                            Saturday, March 19, 2016

                                                                                            2016 HG: STAGE: Cookie II bigger, better, beyonder. A 4X4 now, 16 old style sims.

                                                                                            Cookie II bigger, better, beyonder.  
                                                                                            A 4X4 now,  16 old style sims. 
                                                                                            Cookie II on Kitely had been expanded to a full 1024 x1024 meters,  That's a little over 6 tenths of a mile.  In addition to the Hobo Sandbox, it now has freebie stores, entertainment venues,  a Shakespearean theater, a new Lauren's place, and Junkyard Blues,
                                                                                            Arrive at Cookie II

                                                                                            Go there

                                                                                            • Put the HG address in the World Map, next to Find.  Click FindTP.
                                                                                            • HG address: grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II
                                                                                            • In Kitely, put the Firestorm Hop in the Nav bar of the FS viewer, enter.
                                                                                            • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/126/125/25
                                                                                            • New Media Arts Inc.

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                                                                                              Metaverse events, current and upcoming

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                                                                                                    Friday, March 18, 2016

                                                                                                    2016 HELP: How to do avatar design for virtual theater and video. A tutorial summarized

                                                                                                    How to do avatar design for virtual theater and video.  
                                                                                                    A tutorial summarized
                                                                                                    In virtual world theater and video, avatars are the people.  Avatar design takes the place of casting for appearance, costuming, and makeup.  This article, published in full on the New Media Arts blog, explains in detail how we do that. 
                                                                                                    • Avatar Design for Virtual World Theater
                                                                                                    • by Ada Radius
                                                                                                    • Invited article
                                                                                                    • Summarized from:
                                                                                                    • The New Media Arts blog
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                                                                                                            Wednesday, March 16, 2016

                                                                                                            2016 WRITE: OPENSIM: Writing on the grid. The writing community of the Hypergrid.

                                                                                                            The writing community of the Hypergrid
                                                                                                            A writing community?  Yes.  Storytellers get together to share what they know about story-telling, developing media, social support for developing a story, producing a story in various media, and marketing a production.  

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                                                                                                                    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

                                                                                                                    2017 PEOPLE: HELP: Interested in virtual worlds? Don't start there. Start with people. Metaverse communities

                                                                                                                    Interested in virtual worlds? Don't start there.    
                                                                                                                    Start with people.   Metaverse communities
                                                                                                                    Updated 1/24/2017
                                                                                                                    Virtual worlds are made of people.  Find out what happens in virtual worlds by listening to the people.  You can listen to them in Google communities. Just join a community that interests you.     You can see the pictures they take.  You can see the videos they make.  You can talk to the people there.  You can even get help in coming into a virtual world. 
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                                                                                                                    • Virtual worlds are really made of people.  So start with  people.  
                                                                                                                    • Those avatars have real people behind them.  
                                                                                                                    • And we talk a lot in public--on the web.
                                                                                                                    • So drop in on us, see what we are doing.
                                                                                                                    • You'll find out why we are interested in virtual worlds.
                                                                                                                    • Google communities are a good place to start.  
                                                                                                                    • After the break, I give links to some of the communities in virtual worlds
                                                                                                                    • See if any of those match your interests, join them, ask what is going on
                                                                                                                    • To search this page on Google Chrome, press Ctrl+f.  Type search term in bar, upper right. 
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                                                                                                                    Kerouac & Beat Poetry Short Poetry Workshop Tue, 3/15 7pm SLT 


                                                                                                                    Because this week is Jack Kerouac’s birthday, the Short Poetry Workshop will celebrate with poets across the world by performing Beat Poetry in the style of Kerouac. Join us at the Short Poetry Library to learn, write and share the Beat.

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                                                                                                                            Monday, March 14, 2016

                                                                                                                            2016 VIDEO: PEOPLE: Tropical island to Grand Canyon, digital moon to snow-capped mountains. Sight-seeing is better with friends

                                                                                                                            Tropical island to Grand Canyon, 
                                                                                                                            digital moon to snow-capped mountains.
                                                                                                                            Sight-seeing is better with friends
                                                                                                                            Virtual worlds let someone create replicas of huge sight-seeing vistas.  But would you go to Grand Canyon by yourself?  Alone?  The Drax files gets the key.  Elegant replicas of scenic vistas that you can walk around in, that you can visit with your friends.  Sure, the real thing would be even more attractive, but how often can you go there?  You can visit you virtual replica any time, with any friends.   

                                                                                                                            "People feel a sense of presence in Second Life without any fancy input devices simply because they are touched by the relationships with others they have in the moment. I help them to feel they belong there by making their surroundings real and beautiful!"

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                                                                                                                                    Sunday, March 13, 2016

                                                                                                                                    2016 EDU: PEOPLE: 9th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2016 poster sessions (2)

                                                                                                                                    9th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2016 poster sessions (2)
                                                                                                                                    The VWBPE Conference is a completely virtual conference that is conducted using simulated environments. Participants experience the conference through a virtual reality type setting including conference rooms, theatres, exposition halls, meeting spaces, and other types of venues similar to a brick and mortar type conference.  The conference is free to attend. The cost of the conference is covered by sponsorship and donations.
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                                                                                                                                      Saturday, March 12, 2016

                                                                                                                                      2016 EDU: PEOPLE: 9th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education2016 poster sessions (1)

                                                                                                                                      9th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2016 poster sessions (1)
                                                                                                                                      The VWBPE Conference is a completely virtual conference that is conducted using simulated environments. Participants experience the conference through a virtual reality type setting including conference rooms, theatres, exposition halls, meeting spaces, and other types of venues similar to a brick and mortar type conference.  The conference is free to attend. The cost of the conference is covered by sponsorship and donations.
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