Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy the music and have a fantastic day 🙂
The 2018 Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education (VWBPE) conference takes place between Thursday, March 15th and Saturday March 17th, 2018 inclusive. A grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments, VWBPE attracts 2200-3500 educational professionals from around the world each year.
I recently gave a brief overview of this year’s conference at the end of February, so this piece is intended to provide a little more meat for potential visitors.
As with recent years, the conference is focused on the 8 core VWBPE regions in Second Life, centred on the VWBPE Gateway.
The best way to keep abreast of the full schedule is via the VWBPE 2018 event calendar. By default, this displayed in posterboard (shown below), but can easily be switched to agenda, month or stream views via the drop-down menu in the top right corner. Individual events can also…
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Linden Realms, first introduced by the Lab in 2011, has proven surprisingly popular among residents. An early example of the Lab’s (then) nascent experience tools, the appeal of the game is – in part at least – its relative simplicity (coupled with the Linden Dollar rewards). In short, players are delivered to a 12-region location (there are several – all identical on the grid) – where they can receive a game HUD and instructions. Then it is a case of running around the landscape collecting crystals which can be exchanged for Linden Dollars.
Crystals come in three colours, reflecting their rarity / value, and they can be collected by running over them. However, this being a game means there are a range of hazards – from the rock monsters patrolled the regions and which will chase you if you get too close, through to toxic…
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La Maison d’Aneli – Nino Vichon: Hamlet 5 Scenes
Opening on Thursday, March 15th at La Maison d’Aneli, curated by Aneli Abeyante, are two new exhibitions by three well-known Second Life artists: one by Nino Vichon, and the second by Tutsy Navarathna and JadeYu Fang. They are two very different exhibitions, but they are drawn together through each of them having literary foundations. Both are reached via an initial arrival point, and can be reached via either the teleport disks or by clicking on the artist’s names on the main board (which will also deliver note cards). There’s also a direct drop down to one of the installations.
In Hamlet 5 Scenes, Nino Vichon presents his interpretation of five Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. As Nino points out in his opening notes, we know of three versions of the play have survived through to modern times: the 1623
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Issued: March 15, 2018
Caledonia Skytower, Seanchai Library
Seanchai Library Celebrates a Decade of Stories with “Volume 10”
Second Life – On March 20, 2008 Shandon Loring presented the very first story in voice at the West of Ireland Library and Cultural Center, which would become Seanchai Library. A decade later, Seanchai Library is still presenting literature, stories, and poems live in voice every week. March 15th begins Seanchai’s ten day celebration of stories brought to life in virtual worlds, featuring a light-hearted quest, music events and, of course, stories. “Volume 10” kicks off today with the opening of a quest, and at 7pm PDT with Chief Storyteller Shandon Loring beginning the first of a two part presentation of Frank Delaney’s The Architect of Newgrange.
Linden Lab has announced changes to Mainland parcel rates. Image: Italian Village of Ciampi
On Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 Linden Lab announced a restructuring of Mainland tier costs, with allotment of “free” land for Premium members doubled from 512 sq metres to 1024 sq metres.
The announcement was made via a blog post, which reads in full:
We’ve got some exciting news for both aspiring and existing Landowners who think the cost of land is too darn high in Second Life. Effective immediately, we’ve reduced Mainland costs by over 10 percent.
But, wait…there’s more!
Premium members now also get DOUBLE the Mainland allotment! That’s twice as much space to build, create and design your own home, business or experience in Second Life at no extra charge! Premium subscribers now have 1,024m² included with their membership: you could keep your Linden Home and still have another 512m² left over, or…
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Spirit of Sun – click any image for full size
Now open to the public through until approximately Sunday, March 18th, is Spirit of Sun, a normally private group-owned region. The region has been opened to public access as a part of a photo competition, in which entrants are asked to submit images to the Flickr group associated with the Spirit of Sun. Caitlyn and I were alerted to the opening by Shakespeare and Max, so given the brief period of opening we hopped over to take a look – and found a visually stunning region, well worth taking the time to visit.
The region has been split into three large islands of roughly equal size. The landing point is on the southernmost of the three, a slender finger that runs east-west across the sim’s entire length. A rugged plateau, it is topped by a bumper car ride (available…
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PLEASE NOTE: In the US the clocks have gone forward – check your timezone relationship to SLT!
Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 12th March, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, as we continue our celebration of ten years of the show – looking back to 2013.
Fantasy Faire 2013 – Magnificat, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
It was the start of a new era, with Ebbe Altberg (aka Ebbe Linden) joining Linden Lab early in the year – something that Marianne McCann and Saffia will be discussing as they examine the changes that this made to Second Life – and beyond.
And we’ll be looking at the first iteration of One Billion Rising, the now annual event held in support of the campaign against violence against women.
1920s Berlin, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
We’ll also be visiting…
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Here is a summary of events currently planned in Sansar for the week of Monday, March 12th through Sunday, March 18th, 2018, as currently listed in the official events page.
Sansar community meet-ups are social gatherings where almost anything is open to discussion and which may be associated activities.
Meet-up are held between 14:00-15:00 at the following venues:
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A month or so ago I applied for the March/April round of exhibits at the Windlight Art Gallery (1) in Second Life. Kultivate (2) have a few opportunities for artists listed on their website and I have hesitated to apply for a long time because I really needed to work on my photography skills. I took a friend to the last exhibit there and as we looked around the artworks, I had talked about wanting to be a part of an online exhibit. So, this time around…I thought, well…WHY NOT? What was the worst thing they could say? No? I am actually ok with that. You can be rejected for any number of reasons and those reasons are not at all personal. So on an impulse, I filled out the form (3) and sent it off. And I was accepted.
I was sent my acceptance package in world about a…
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Saturday, March 3rd, I picked Witchwood from scoop.it SL Destinations. The landmark description is short: “WITCHWOOD: Home to Petite Mort & Oubliette – Currently under construction. Coming March 2018“.
Witchwood is owned by Melora Frost (insilvermoonlight), who also owns two stores for clothing and accessories: Petite Mort and Oubliette. While Oubliette is a store for gypsies, witches, vamps, sinners, weirdos and anyone that appreciates the darker, magical side of life, Petite Mort is for the modern bohemian.
As far as I understood and read at Melora Frost’s profile, Witchwood will become the new headquarter for both stores and both brands will be marketed together in future. Witchwood is built symetrical. The landing is in the middle of the plot facing a pond with a high waterfall and a wooden pier reaching out into the pond. As you’d suspect…
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“Archaeologists have not discovered stages of human existence so early that they were without art. Right back in the early morning twilights of mankind we received it from Hands which we were too slow to discern. And we were too slow to ask: FOR WHAT PURPOSE have we been given this gift? What are we to do with it?” – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn – Nobel Lecture
There is not even a single person on this planet that does not consume art. Regardless of their race, sex, religious beliefs, level of culture, education, income, political affiliation, there isn’t a single human being who does not consume some sort of art. Music is a good example of an artistic medium that is indispensable.
You could probably give up on a lot of things that define who you are, what you do, what you have, but you wouldn’t be able to give up on…
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Hi there. R. Crap Mariner, your Dance Correspondent.
I’ll be posting dance performance schedules, similar to Inara’s posts about Seanchai Library readings. We’ll start with the weekend events for now.
Let’s get started, here’s the events that I had on the calendar as of press time…
(All times SLT)
If it’s Friday, it’s Elysium Cabaret! Fancy some imagination? In The Empire Room at Copperhead Road, every Friday at 6pm SLT the dynamic performers of Elysium Cabaret take the stage to bring you a solid hour of entertainment! Featuring elaborate sets and choreography sequenced to an eclectic genre of music, Elysium Cabaret offers something for everyone. Grab your friends and get their early because the sim fills. Come celebrate Friday! Welcome to the weekend!
☆☆☆GUERILLA BURLESQUE ☆☆☆
Friday March 9th at 10 pm,, Guerilla Burlesque presents its Pit Revue…
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Club LA and Gallery – La Baroque
Currently open on the mezzanine floor of Club LA and Gallery, curated by Fuyuko ‘冬子’ Amano (Wintergeist), is an exhibition of art based on Second Life photographs, by artist La Baroque.
Hailing from Italy, La Baroque entered Second Life in August 2007. Already keenly interested in photography, she quickly found Second Life photography as engaging as that of the physical world. However, what makes her work particularly fascinating is not only the subject matter of her images, but the manner in which she uses post-processing techniques to make her images look – and feel – as much like paintings as possible, often with an other-worldly feel.
Club LA and Gallery – La Baroque
All of this is very much in evidence in the exhibition at Club LA and Gallery. Placed within a beach-like setting, complete with sand and camp fire, are nineteen pieces…
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Bailey’s Norge – click any image for full size
In late January, Caitlyn and I visited Bailey’s Norge, designed by the Bailey family and in the Homestead region of Forest Haven. At the time, it wasn’t clear how long the region would be open to public visits, but as it is still open to people to explore, I thought I’d write a few words on it.
Designed to represent a piece of rural Norway, the region sits within a ring of green mountains, surrounded by water as if snuggled at the inland end of a fjord, a single channel leading out to sea, watched over by the rotating eye of a lighthouse.
A visit starts close to the centre of the region, on a set of stepping-stones running across the mouth of a channel separating two of the region’s islands – so be sure to wait until…
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It’s time to highlight another week of storytelling in Voice by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s home at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise indicated.
When Junior Blossom wakes up in the hospital, his last memory is of crouching on the barn roof with cloth wings tied to his arms, and of Maggie and Vern in the yard below, urging him to fly. That had been just before Junior spotted a police car approaching the farm in a cloud of dust.
Meanwhile Pap, the children’s grandfather, sits in disgrace in the city jail. He was arrested for disturbing the peace after his pick-up truck accidentally dumped 2,147 beer and soda cans on Spring Street.
With their mother away on the rodeo circuit, it’s up to…
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High Fidelity is a social virtual reality world founded in 2013 by the founder and former CEO of Second Life, Philip Rosedale. High Fidelity provides a social virtual reality platform for users to create and deploy virtual worlds, and explore and interact together in them. The software is free and open source, and it supports VR gear such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. You can also enjoy it using just a regular desktop like I do.
On April 27th, 2016, High Fidelity entered open beta. I have been in High Fidelity a few times already and although I had a pretty hard time figuring out all the controls for the desktop, it’s still pretty interesting to explore. I haven’t done a video showing how to sign up, download and explore, but Draxtor and others will be giving me a bit of a tour and perhaps show me how to use it a bit better since I’m still pretty lost in it. He may also be doing a podcast about it, if he does, I’ll link to it from here. For now you can watch my stream of the High Fidelity tour on Friday, March 9th at 8am PST: