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  • April Fools Online Meet-up!

    What's New
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    Holla Party Penguins! Today is April Fools day, a.k.a the silliest day of the year. As many of you know, we here at Club Penguin LOVE being silly ;) That's why we're inviting everyone to decorate their igloos as crazy weird as possible. And then, later today during the meet-up, we'll visit as many as we can! Sound good? Good. Remember, you can always check the Clock Tower at the Snow Forts for the correct time. See you all at the meet-up :D -Club Penguin Team
  • Play and Work

    Things That Capture My Imagination
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    I love this interview with my beloved friend and collaborator Oliver Uberti.Play doesn't have to die when you start working. Amen. 
  • Check the health of your storage paths

    Gabes Virtual World
    Gabrie van Zanten
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    For you vSphere environment you always want to make sure that all paths to your storage system are connected. That is why in our vSphere environment we run a daily morning check that tells us if there are any death paths between hosts and storage. Before upgrades of our SAN or flare code upgrades of our storage arrays, we also make sure there are no death paths in our vSphere environement. Although this looks to be a good practise, we never realised until a few weeks ago, that after rescanning a host with death paths, the rescan can make the path completely dissapear. We did use a script to…
  • One Billion Rising for the March 27th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    NPSL: Nonprofits in Second Life
    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    This Friday, March 27th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Saffia Widdershins, one of the lead organizers of the virtual version of the violence against women activism focused event One Billion Rising.    ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2013, men and women in Second Life will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and…
  • How to Access Netflix Australia on Apple TV

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    The Gravedigger
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Ok Aussie Apple TV users: Netflix’s Australian offering is available on Apple TV as of today. Here’s how to get it: 1. Switch on Apple TV 2. Select the huge Netflix logo on the main menu 3. Confirm your email address (which will pre-load with your iTunes email) 4. Select the trial you want to choose (standard definition / HD etc) 5. Agree to the terms and conditions (read them for yourself but basically you get a month free then they start billing you via iTunes for whatever plan you selected) That’s it. You can stop the auto-payment via iTunes if you don’t want to pay…
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    What's New

  • April Fools Online Meet-up!

    1 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    Holla Party Penguins! Today is April Fools day, a.k.a the silliest day of the year. As many of you know, we here at Club Penguin LOVE being silly ;) That's why we're inviting everyone to decorate their igloos as crazy weird as possible. And then, later today during the meet-up, we'll visit as many as we can! Sound good? Good. Remember, you can always check the Clock Tower at the Snow Forts for the correct time. See you all at the meet-up :D -Club Penguin Team
  • Puffle Party 2015 Meet-up Times! (Part 2)

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Hey Penguins, Here are some more times to meet PH during the second week of the Puffle Party!Waddle on, -Club Penguin Team
  • VIDEO: Featured Fan Art: March 2015

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Hey Penguins! Big thanks to everyone who submitted their puffle inspired fan art for this month's round up -- so much talent :D <span itemprop="name" content="Featured Fan Art: March 2015"></span> <span itemprop="description" content="Big thanks to everyone who submitted their puffle inspired fan art for this month's round up – so much…
  • Mod Meetup - March 30, 2015

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Hello Penguins!Ready for another Mod Meetup? Here are the details:Remember! You can check the Clock Tower at the Snow Forts for the correct time.Waddle on,-Club Penguin Team
  • Penguin of the Week: Fifi Bella 5

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hiya!If there's an art to being a great party host, then Fifi Bella 5 is an artist! She's warm and welcoming, an amazing igloo decorator, and always makes sure her guests have a good time. Brill! Do you have a friend who should be Penguin of the Week? Leave a comment and tell us why!Byeee!-Club Penguin Team
 
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    Things That Capture My Imagination

  • Play and Work

    9 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    I love this interview with my beloved friend and collaborator Oliver Uberti.Play doesn't have to die when you start working. Amen. 
  • Teleportion of Two Quantum Properties

    4 Mar 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Two quantum properties of a photon--spin and orbital angular momentum--have been teleported together for the first time by physicists in China:Quantum teleportation first appeared in the early 1990s after four researchers, including Charles Bennett of IBM in New York, developed a basic quantum teleportation protocol. To successfully teleport a quantum state, you must make a precise initial measurement of a system, transmit the measurement information to a receiving destination and then reconstruct a perfect copy of the original state. The "no-cloning" theorem of quantum mechanics…
  • Light as Particle and Wave

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Quantum mechanics tells us that light is a particle and a wave, but this is the first time it has ever been photographed as both at once. A research team led by Fabrizio Carbone at EPFL has now carried out an experiment with a clever twist: using electrons to image light. The researchers have captured, for the first time ever, a single snapshot of light behaving simultaneously as both a wave and a stream of particles.
  • What *is* Blue?

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    This fascinating post explores the idea that at one time, people saw the world in black and white and that there was no word for the color blue for a long time:In the Odyssey, Homer famously describes the "wine-dark sea." But why "wine-dark" and not deep blue or green?In 1858, a scholar named William Gladstone, who later became the Prime Minister of Great Britain, noticed that this wasn't the only strange color description. Though the poet spends page after page describing the intricate details of clothing, armor, weaponry, facial features, animals, and more, his references to color are…
  • Wild Geese

    22 Feb 2015 | 5:52 pm
    One cold December night many years ago I saw a copy of the I Ching, the Book of Changes, in my father's office as he sat under a map of the cosmos playing his guitar. I opened to a random page and inside found the line: A man who sees a wild goose is about to make a decision by which his family shall surely perish. Despite the prophecy offered to us by stichomancy (oddly, when I looked for a link to stichomancy, the I Ching is given as a specific example of a book that can be used for the purpose), the mistake was made the very next day and our family did perish, at least in the…
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    Gabes Virtual World

  • Check the health of your storage paths

    Gabrie van Zanten
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    For you vSphere environment you always want to make sure that all paths to your storage system are connected. That is why in our vSphere environment we run a daily morning check that tells us if there are any death paths between hosts and storage. Before upgrades of our SAN or flare code upgrades of our storage arrays, we also make sure there are no death paths in our vSphere environement. Although this looks to be a good practise, we never realised until a few weeks ago, that after rescanning a host with death paths, the rescan can make the path completely dissapear. We did use a script to…
  • Please vote for GabesVirtualWorld at the Top vBlog 2015

    Gabrie van Zanten
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    It’s that time of year again !!! Please vote for your top 10 favorite VMware & virtualization blogs, on the first page you will be able to select your 10 favorite blogs and on the following page will be allowed to rank them in your preference order. When voting please take the following into consideration: frequency (how often they post) quality (how well the posts are) length (how long the posts are) longevity (how long they have been blogging for) Please try to be fair and objective when voting, this isn’t a popularity contest, it’s about voting for the bloggers that…
  • vSphere 6 release date in KB?

    Gabrie van Zanten
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:40 am
    Removed by request. Sorry. See full post at: vSphere 6 release date in KB?
  • What about the Windows C# Client for vSphere 6?

    Gabrie van Zanten
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Let’s be honest, nobody has made the full swap to the vSphere Web Client yet. I’ve been pushing my colleagues and some customers to start using the Web Client, but it just isn’t up to par with the Windows Client. And I hate to admit but when a host or VM is down and I have to quickly walk through my vSphere environment to check for active storage paths, check VM and host settings, I still use the Windows Client for this. On the VMware Community there is a thread running that burns down the vSphere Web Client very badly, which in my opinion is not necessary. In other occassions VMware…
  • Cannot open the disk and could not open change tracking file

    Gabrie van Zanten
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Lately I have seen a number of VMs going down after the backup has finished and snapshots get removed. At some point when cleaning the snapshot, the ESXi host decides something is wrong and then brings down the VM. After this we’re unable to power on the VM and receive the error: “Cannot open the disk ‘/vmfs/volumes/xxxxxxxxxx/xxxxx.vmdk’ or one of the snapshot disks it depends on”. When you then check the event details of the VM, you’ll see two messages: – “Cannot open the disk ‘/vmfs/volumes/xxxxxxxxxx/xxxxx.vmdk’ or one of the…
 
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    NPSL: Nonprofits in Second Life

  • One Billion Rising for the March 27th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    This Friday, March 27th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Saffia Widdershins, one of the lead organizers of the virtual version of the violence against women activism focused event One Billion Rising.    ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2013, men and women in Second Life will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and…
  • NPC goes to VWBPE for the March 20th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:36 am
    This Friday, March 20th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a visit to the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education virtual conference (http://vwbpe.org). VWBPE is a global grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments, including research, health and nonprofit presentations. We will meet as usual, and then after introductions, and a chance to share announcements, we will travel to the panel focused around the Virtual Ability disability support community.    Join us in Second Life!   Nonprofit Commons Weekly…
  • Looking Back at NTC and FCVW, Looking Forward to VWBPE for the March 13th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:19 pm
    This Friday, March 13th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a recap on the recent #NTC15 Nonprofit Technology Conference and the Federal Consortium for VIrtual Worlds, as well as a looking forward to the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference. We will touch on relevant panels, and brief overview of how to create an account and hypergrid if you are planning on attending VWBPE OpenSimulator events.   Join us in Second Life!   Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting  Friday, March 13th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater …
  • Using Data for Storytelling for the March 6th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:36 am
    This Friday, March 6thTechSoup'sNonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature NikaAleksejeva, from Infogr.am, and a discussion on how you can use data as a compelling way of telling social good stories.    Nika is a passionate data storyteller currently working at Infogr.am, a popular data visualization service.  She is in charge of Infogram.org, the company's non-profit arm which aims to enhance data literacy while bringing the power of data visualization to local communities worldwide. Nika comes from a journalism background - her work involved writing on business topics…
  • A Discussion on Online Privacy and Identity for February 27th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:04 pm
    This Friday, February 27th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Kathleen Watkins (Serene Jewell in SL) who will present on online identity and privacy. You might use Facebook to log in to other online services, or have heard about #nymwars that focused on online identity, come learn and discuss these topics and how they relate to how you interact (and login) online. About Kathleen / Serene: Kathleen Watkins left a job as a nonprofit administrator in 1995 to become a trainer and developer in the emerging phenomenon known as the world wide web. Two years later she…
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  • How to Access Netflix Australia on Apple TV

    The Gravedigger
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Ok Aussie Apple TV users: Netflix’s Australian offering is available on Apple TV as of today. Here’s how to get it: 1. Switch on Apple TV 2. Select the huge Netflix logo on the main menu 3. Confirm your email address (which will pre-load with your iTunes email) 4. Select the trial you want to choose (standard definition / HD etc) 5. Agree to the terms and conditions (read them for yourself but basically you get a month free then they start billing you via iTunes for whatever plan you selected) That’s it. You can stop the auto-payment via iTunes if you don’t want to pay…
  • We Hate People Episode 2: Beware The Erudite Mincer

    David Holloway
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    As promised, we’ve bribed the hell out of someone to come in as guest co-host to make us look more erudite than we actually are. So a huge thank you to Redna for jumping in with us! The Show Notes – Shout out to BigPete009 and Jayconnell for their iTunes reviews – Hate of the Week: Body odour on trains (with side trips to open caskets at funerals and minced homicide victims) – Did you know?? segment and assorted travel monument anecdotes – Marvel’s bridging comics to The Force Awakens – Death of Terry Pratchett – The Apple Watch – have…
  • Speech Palm Card Template for Microsoft Word

    David Holloway
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    I’ve created a template to print your own speech palm card template for your kids’ school speeches or your own! In my case the school wanted palm cards of the size 10cm (100mm) by 7cm (70mm), so that’s the free template you can download in MS Word .docx format for free by clicking here. If you need to create different sized speech cards than the template I’ve done, then just go into Microsoft Word’s Format > Document and navigate to the Page Setup window. In there you should see the ability to select different sizes, including the ability to ‘Manage Custom…
  • Some funny aphorisms

    David Holloway
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:32 am
    Aphorism = “A short, pointed sentence that expresses a wise or clever observation or a general truth” 1. The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow. 2. Money will buy a fine dog but only kindness will make him wag his tail. 3. If you don’t have a sense of humour you probably don’t have any sense at all. 4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs. 5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water. 6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out…
  • We Hate People Episode 1: The Ten Pound Bag of Waste

    David Holloway
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:39 am
    The pilot went well enough that we’ve decided to inflict an actual first episode on you. The Show Notes – Thank you’s for the feedback on Episode 0 – We need you for a new segment: get a hate off your chest – The Katering Show (link) – DressGate (link) – Vale Leonard Nimoy and Shatner cops flak (link) – Deadpool dies (link) – Darth Vader and Star Wars Comics (link) – Valve’s VR Headset (link) – Saudi Arabia gives award to cleric who stated George W Bush planned 9/11 (link) – The Shaggs performing My Pal Foot Foot…
 
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  • The Hue Go puts wireless lighting anywhere in your house

    Andrew Tarantola
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Philips has just unveiled a mobile addition to its venerable line of programmable LED Hue bulbs. It's called the Hue Go and is basically a salad bowl of light that you can hold in your lap (because people do that apparently?) or use as an accent or s...
  • Nikon's dive into 4K starts with the 1 J5 mirrorless camera

    Edgar Alvarez
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Nikon's bread-and-butter business may be its entry-level and high-end DSLRs, but the point-and-shoot and mirrorless models are equally as important to the company. This is particularly true now more than ever, as these cheaper cameras begin to lose g...
  • Duck-like US Navy drone can fly or swim to hunt submarines

    Jon Fingas
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:49 pm
    There are plenty of flying and swimming drones, but you'd ideally have both at once for sub-hunting -- you want something that can poke its head underwater, but move quickly through the air when needed. The US Navy certainly knows this. It's developi...
  • Pew: 7 percent of Americans only use their phone for internet access

    Jon Fingas
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:07 pm
    You probably lean heavily on your smartphone for internet access these days, but for some Americans it's not a nice-to-have convenience... it's their only way of getting online. Pew Research Center's latest survey estimates that 7 percent of American...
  • Daily Roundup: PlayStation originals, super intelligent AI in movies and more!

    Dave Schumaker
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:12 pm
    In today's Daily Roundup, you won't find any cheap jokes or fake stories having fun at your expense. It's all serious news and wholesome fun! Read about PlayStation's push into original programming with a new series called Powers, get the details on ...
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  • The Hue Go puts wireless lighting anywhere in your house

    Andrew Tarantola
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Philips has just unveiled a mobile addition to its venerable line of programmable LED Hue bulbs. It's called the Hue Go and is basically a salad bowl of light that you can hold in your lap (because people do that apparently?) or use as an accent or s...
  • Nikon's dive into 4K starts with the 1 J5 mirrorless camera

    Edgar Alvarez
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Nikon's bread-and-butter business may be its entry-level and high-end DSLRs, but the point-and-shoot and mirrorless models are equally as important to the company. This is particularly true now more than ever, as these cheaper cameras begin to lose g...
  • Duck-like US Navy drone can fly or swim to hunt submarines

    Jon Fingas
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:49 pm
    There are plenty of flying and swimming drones, but you'd ideally have both at once for sub-hunting -- you want something that can poke its head underwater, but move quickly through the air when needed. The US Navy certainly knows this. It's developi...
  • Pew: 7 percent of Americans only use their phone for internet access

    Jon Fingas
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:07 pm
    You probably lean heavily on your smartphone for internet access these days, but for some Americans it's not a nice-to-have convenience... it's their only way of getting online. Pew Research Center's latest survey estimates that 7 percent of American...
  • Daily Roundup: PlayStation originals, super intelligent AI in movies and more!

    Dave Schumaker
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:12 pm
    In today's Daily Roundup, you won't find any cheap jokes or fake stories having fun at your expense. It's all serious news and wholesome fun! Read about PlayStation's push into original programming with a new series called Powers, get the details on ...
 
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  • Bodum Bistro Blender is Cheap. But is it Good?

    Stephanie Campbell
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Blade Sharpness is Key to a Blender Performance The Bodum Bistro Blender is one of the better mid-quality blenders I’ve used. The main thing when looking for any blender is the strength of the blades, and these blades are pretty strong. I make a lot of smoothies and so far with this I’ve been able to grind up ice easily. Zooming In on Bodum Bistro Blender Bodum Bistro: A Great Mid-Range Blender It’s a No Fancy Blender This is definitely not a fancy blender. It often takes a little longer than I expected to get everything blended together smoothly, but it will get the job…
  • 3 Refreshing and Nutrition-Packed Mojito Smoothie Recipes

    Stephanie Campbell
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Nothing says summer like the cool combination of mint and lime found in mojitos. However, if you’re watching your nutrition like a hawk, this season, try these delicious and nutritious smoothies that skip the rum, but won’t skimp on flavor. Before trying out these recipes, take note that the best blender for mojito smoothies will have a strong motor and multiple blade arrays to handle ice cubes and other frozen products, such as bananas. These three recipes will help you get your summer off to a fantastic start. Poolside Mojito Cooler Cool and creamy, this mojito cooler is a perfect…
  • Does Bodum Bistro Stand Mixer Make Good Investment?

    Stephanie Campbell
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    Good Electric Stand Mixer Mixes Good Look & Functionality For those who love to cook, quality kitchen appliances are a must. One of the most necessary appliances that you can add to your kitchen’s collection is an electric mixer. Electric mixers are built to provide a powerful mixing system that works beyond human capabilities. They also are tremendous at shortening the amount of time that you find yourself in the kitchen. Basically, mixers can help you cook faster and more efficiently. Bodum Stand Mixer: The Popularly Stylish Electric Mixer Sweat less. Cook faster. Cook better.
  • This Breville Mixer Pro Makes Scraping & Mixing seems so Easy

    Stephanie Campbell
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    Breville Scraper: A Tough & Hard Working Electric Mixer Anyone who enjoys baking bread, cakes or cookies needs a quality small appliance in their kitchen made by a well-known manufacturer. The Breville Scraper Mixer Pro Stand Model BEM 410 is a quality stand mixer designed for everyday use by home chefs to prepare batters for desserts, breads and other dishes. We bought this appliance for our home after researching and reading numerous stand mixer reviews at several online sites. Like most families, we think carefully before making a major purchase to save money. But saving money…
  • Does Cuisinart SM-55BC Live Up to what It’s Expected to Deliver?

    Stephanie Campbell
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    Want a Perfect Bread Mix? Get a Good Mixer I’d like to review the Cuisinart SM-55BC Stand Mixer so that other buyers can get a feel for whether they should consider purchasing this appliance. I hope this Cusinart stand mixer review helps people feel good about their buying decision. A stand mixer like this is an investment. If you’re someone who enjoys cooking and spends a lot of time in the kitchen, investing in a good mixer is probably one of the smartest choices you could make in improving your overall kitchen experience. Cuisinart SM-55BCA Highly Rated Stand Mixer Best…
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    Gwyn's Home

  • Reflecting on Spring [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    8 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Hmm. slurl.com/secondlife/Neufreistadt/156/38/133
  • Springtime in Neufreistadt [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    8 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: A week late compared to the rest of my fellow citizens, springtime finally made an appearance on my plot as well :-) slurl.com/secondlife/Neufreistadt/156/30/133
  • Wintry Blues in Neufreistadt [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Looks lovely! slurl.com/secondlife/Neufreistadt/124/14/125
  • Locus Amoena in the evening_003 [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo:
  • Wintry blues [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Yeppers, I' freezing here! slurl.com/secondlife/Neufreistadt/154/35/132
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  • Virtual Worlds generated by algorithms

    rolandlegrand
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    How does one create virtual worlds? I guess one extreme is to have developers consciously building worlds, planning and organizing everything in advance, allowing no content generated by the players themselves except maybe for the text chats and adventures they experience. The other extreme could be worlds which are almost entirely generated by the users. On SingularityHub a third possibility is mentioned by Jason Dorrier: The game’s creators made template planets, ships, creatures, and so on, and then wrote algorithms to iterate on their designs. The software creates untold variation…
  • Thank you Gigaom

    rolandlegrand
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Such sadness. GigaOM, universally described as a ‘iconic tech blog’, shut down. They ‘recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time’. The blog, founded by Om Malik, tried to find a suitable business model. They organized expensive conferences and offered expert analysis. It proved to be too difficult. The economics of blogging is far from self-evident. My impression is that blogs have to attract ever-increasing amounts of eyeballs in order to earn more or less the same revenue, while the costs increase. Anyway, I’m deeply grateful for the…
  • VR news roundup: increasing competition for Oculus

    rolandlegrand
    8 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Some rather important news about virtual reality developments: it seems Oculus is getting some serious competition. -Playstation 4 VR Headset Project Morpheus could come to market in the second half of 2016. (Roadtovr) – Valve and HTC unveiled a very impressive system at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. This stuff is expected to ship to developers in Spring 2015. TechCrunch John Biggs has a glowing report on it. – A Secret team at Google is working on new version of Android for virtual reality, so Rolfe Winkler announces on The Wall Street Journal. – So what is…
  • Bruce Sterling and the convergence of humans and machines

    rolandlegrand
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Bruce Sterling is a tremendously inspiring science fiction author, futurist, design thinker and cultural critic. Menno Grootveld and Koert van Mensvoort had a great interview on nextnature.net with him about Artificial Intelligence, the Technological Singularity and all things convergence of humans and machines. In this interview, Sterling explains in very clear terms how we are prisoners of metaphysical ideas when we believe in ‘thinking machines’ and entities which would become like artificial super-humans. Of course, technologists are seduced by these ideas, but then their…
  • Avatars as digital personal assistants

    rolandlegrand
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Imagine that you don’t have to search for each individual app, select it, then use it according to its own little system. Instead you would speak to your device (smart phone, watch, headset, whatever) using natural language, and the thing would do whatever you instructed it to do. You could ask for a high quality French restaurant in a certain neighborhood of your city at a certain time and specify that parking should be easy and safe. Your device, or rather the “digital personal assistant” in it, would mobilize a number of apps and databases and book a table. That would be…
 
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    Botgirl's Digital Playground

  • Monthly Update on Novel

    20 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    I'm about two-thirds through the novel, just getting to the climax of Act II. The plotting got complicated enough a few weeks ago that I created a spreadsheet to keep track of the flow of dates and events. Chapters had been alternating between 2100 and 2150 and I had to make sure that everything was lining up properly. I'm glad I checked. I was way off. I ended up moving all of the events from 2150 to 2115, which allowed the timelines to merge perfectly a few chapters ago. Whew!I've done two major rewrites so far. The first happened at the end of Act I when I realized that the secondary…
  • Making Majic

    17 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
    It’s been about a month and a half since I wrote about starting a novel and reducing my online writing output. You might have noticed that I’ve been totally kicking ass on the second part, having only posted a few times since then. The novel part is going well too. I’m about 26,000 words in, spending about as much time editing prior material as adding new chapters. The main reason I spend so much time editing is that my iterative approach to creative work has extended into the longer form. The story has been unfolding in surprising ways. When something new emerges, it ripples back,…
  • Jessie James speaks out on my new novel

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
  • Twitter O'Clock: The Dark Video

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    I've been helping some of the teams at our company put together short videos for our semiannual all hands meeting. I decided to throw one in for my department and ended up taking a post from last February, editing into a prose poem, and shooting a ranting performance with a much darker edge.(By the way, I'm still furiously working on the novel, rewriting a lot as I go. It's up to about 13,000 words so far. It's been a lot of fun so far, although still 90% or so to go. I'll post another excerpt soon.)
  • First Chapter Draft of "Botgirl Lives: The Novel"

    12 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    I've been having a lot of fun writing "Botgirl Lives: The Novel" and decided to share the current draft of the first chapter. It gives a feel for the basic story setup, along with the tone. Hopefully, it leaves you wanting to know what happens next.I woke up floating twenty feet above the floor in what looked like some kinked-out rich fuck’s professionally designed medieval dungeon room. The rough cut stone walls were lined with faux flaming torches providing spot illumination for a collection of torture devices arrayed artfully around the perimeter. At the center of the room, a hulking…
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  • Tumble Along

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    I am not feeling all that great, so I just did something quick for you today.Can you guess what is free?The tumbleweed. Yup, I bring you a tumbleweed today.But it doesn't end there, it would never be that simple with me!It is not a sim decoration, it is a wearable avatar. I wore it shopping today, it has been great fun.Tumbleweed Avatar - GCO - FreeLocation - La Reserve
  • What Does The Fox Say?

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Birdy / Foxes / Alchemy have moved and have some great specials for VIPS.  First up is a new skin group gift for VIP's in the 'pure' skin tone.  I love the almost porcelain look to Birdy skins, make sure you pop on over to the new sim and grab your group gift. While you're there check out the Foxes store and grab some cute vintage outfits.  Just wear your tag and smack the pictures just inside the door. There is the Peplum top on it's own, the crop top and high waist skirt and the bustier with lace trimmed skirt.  The bustier also has straps which you can add on or leave…
  • Apocalyptic Ballerina

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    I can't really say exactly how this outfit happened. It started with a dress, and ended with ballerina poses from Frozen. I usually have a clear vision, based off of an item I find, and what other things i have had sitting, waiting to go up on the blog. This one evolved in a flurry, leaving me more than a bit dazed and even a little amazed, by the styling I created.Silken Moon has some different sorts of skins. This one I am assuming is inspired by the TV Show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". It is at Skin Fair currently, and is only L$200. I think it makes me look more like a mutant, than a…
  • All Aflutter

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    Skin Fair is coming to a close. If you haven't visited yet, this weekend is the last weekend. There are many awesome deals at the fair, as well as a few booth gifts. CreditsShape - Deesses - NEW @ Skin Fair 2015Hair - Milana - Subscriber GiftSkin - Deesses - NEW @ Skin Fair 2015Eyes - Insufferable Dastard - Free Instore GiftMakeup 1(Under Eyeshadow) - AlaskaMetro - Wearable Tester @ Skin Fair 2015Makeup 2(Over Eyshadow) - Elymode - L$1 Sampler @ Skin Fair 2015Makeup 3(Eyeliner) - no.7 - NEW @ Skin Fair 2015Makeup 4(Eyelashes) - Lumae - Group Gift (Free to Join)Dress - Vero Modero -…
  • Seldom Blue dollarbie set

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Seldom Blue is one of my favourite lingerie brands in Second life.  It gives you collectionsof very feminine bra and pantie sets, garters, corsets and much more. I just received a green set which is available as a dollarbie at the moment. It comes from the latest Hannah collection. I am not sure how long it will be available as the dollarbie is a limited offer so I advise you not to wait:)Seldom Blue - Hannah Limited Edition Lingerie Set, dollarbie
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    Zoe Connolly

  • My new Spad from Niki Wilder

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    For the first time over 4 years I was able to participate in a dogfight. Did I win? If by winning you mean NOT get shot down, then I won. I need lots of practice, and thanks to SLGo it's able to happen again.
  • Spijkers & Wingtips MD 500E Helicopter (aircraft machinima by Natascha Randt)

    20 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Spijkers & Wingtips MD 500E Helicopter(SL aircraft machinima by Natascha Randt)
  • Percival Vega Gull (aircraft machinima by Natascha Randt)

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Percival Vega Gull (SL aircraft machinima by Natascha Randt)A short testflight with the Vega Gull in SL. Built by bunnys fride. The Percival Vega Gull is an absolute awesome elegant aeroplane of the 1930s, designed by Edgar Wikner Percival.
  • Machinima Test

    20 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    This is little test machinima I created at Cornelius Fanshaw's Tarington Aerodrome. He redecorated his WW2 style RAF Tarington Field to resemble a Royal Flying Corp World War 1 era aerodrome complete with trenches between his parcel and Niki Wilder's place at Rundlelawn. I would have planned the shot much better, but I was just winging it as an experiment - just to see if it was possible. It's been a very long time since I last created a machinima and to be honest I forgot a lot of basics. Yay Google!This is a single shot using 3D Space Navigator.I used music from a YouTube approved…
  • SL Aviation

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    If you would like me to cover your SL Aviation Group, Airport, Role-play Sim, or feature yout new airplane build, please feel free to send me a notecard and I will get to it as soon as possible.Thank you!
 
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    FabFree - Fabulously Free in SL

  • Late Nights with MoDanna

    Pru Rexroth
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Hello Fab Free! MoDanna has out their April Group Gift, and it’s this pretty little metallic dress. The dress comes in standard mesh sizes, and I had no problem wearing it with the Maitreya Lara body. This would be a great party dress, or something fun to wear for a night out on the town! The MoDanna group is FREE to join, so don’t miss out on this FREE group gift. Feeling pretty in my new dress, I couldn’t believe my good fortune when I discovered this lovely hibiscus hair flower from NSP Florals matched the dress perfectly! Currently NSP Florals is having a Retirement…
  • Spring Papillon

    Love Trill
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    You too can be a spring butterfly, and for free!  I received the  winged pastel Papillon Dress as a free subscribe gift from Luziefee recently and it’s just so cute! If you didn’t receive it already you can head to the shop, subscribe and snag your very own free copy.  This dress works great with the Maitreya mesh body alpha system btw. My Pale Pink Stilettos are a free group gift from N-Core after you join their inworld group which is 50L to join.  These shoes have several options such as Slink, N-Core, TMP, Belleza and Maitreya – so whatever feet you are wearing…
  • FabFree Designer of the Day – Prism – 4/1/2015

    juliannaseriman
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    Prism’s motto is “Adding Color to Your Second Life” and their group gifts will do just that. The gifts for February and March are still available as well as a ton of other past gifts. The Group is free to join! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bal%20Harbour/27/186/22 **Each day, here on the FabFree Blog, we will be featuring one of our Fabulously Free in SL inworld Designers. Photos are work of the designers.
  • Four New Gifts At FabFree Headquarters!

    Love Trill
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    Good day everyone! If you haven’t visited FabFree Headquarters recently, you really should! Thanks to the generosity of our Fabulous Designers, we have had four really fantastic gift additions to The Gift Gallery in the last few days that you do not want to miss out on.  New gifts are out this week by NSP Florals, Aphorism, { ViVi } and Hankii Pankii! TAXI – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Wash/97/142/23    
  • The April Hunts Are Here!

    Xia Nishi
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:12 am
    Happy April Fools Day Fabulous Fans! If you love spring and Easter, you’ll be a happy camper today. Lots of new hunts just started up and there are a plethora of Easter hunts to choose from. You’ll want to dust off your pretty basket and go looking for some eggs! If you like trees, check out the Arbor Day Hunt. Shopping? Try the I Love Shopping Hunt. There are lots of hunts going on right now. I’m sure you can find one to get excited about. Just poke the hunt names for more information on each one. Grid Wide Hunts April in Wonderland Hunt Apr 1 – Apr 30 Arbor Day Apr 1 –…
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    Mermaid Diaries

  • Bodum Bistro Blender is Cheap. But is it Good?

    Stephanie Campbell
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Blade Sharpness is Key to a Blender Performance The Bodum Bistro Blender is one of the better mid-quality blenders I’ve used. The main thing when looking for any blender is the strength of the blades, and these blades are pretty strong. I make a lot of smoothies and so far with this I’ve been able to grind up ice easily. Zooming In on Bodum Bistro Blender Bodum Bistro: A Great Mid-Range Blender It’s a No Fancy Blender This is definitely not a fancy blender. It often takes a little longer than I expected to get everything blended together smoothly, but it will get the job…
  • 3 Refreshing and Nutrition-Packed Mojito Smoothie Recipes

    Stephanie Campbell
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Nothing says summer like the cool combination of mint and lime found in mojitos. However, if you’re watching your nutrition like a hawk, this season, try these delicious and nutritious smoothies that skip the rum, but won’t skimp on flavor. Before trying out these recipes, take note that the best blender for mojito smoothies will have a strong motor and multiple blade arrays to handle ice cubes and other frozen products, such as bananas. These three recipes will help you get your summer off to a fantastic start. Poolside Mojito Cooler Cool and creamy, this mojito cooler is a perfect…
  • Does Bodum Bistro Stand Mixer Make Good Investment?

    Stephanie Campbell
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    Good Electric Stand Mixer Mixes Good Look & Functionality For those who love to cook, quality kitchen appliances are a must. One of the most necessary appliances that you can add to your kitchen’s collection is an electric mixer. Electric mixers are built to provide a powerful mixing system that works beyond human capabilities. They also are tremendous at shortening the amount of time that you find yourself in the kitchen. Basically, mixers can help you cook faster and more efficiently. Bodum Stand Mixer: The Popularly Stylish Electric Mixer Sweat less. Cook faster. Cook better.
  • This Breville Mixer Pro Makes Scraping & Mixing seems so Easy

    Stephanie Campbell
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    Breville Scraper: A Tough & Hard Working Electric Mixer Anyone who enjoys baking bread, cakes or cookies needs a quality small appliance in their kitchen made by a well-known manufacturer. The Breville Scraper Mixer Pro Stand Model BEM 410 is a quality stand mixer designed for everyday use by home chefs to prepare batters for desserts, breads and other dishes. We bought this appliance for our home after researching and reading numerous stand mixer reviews at several online sites. Like most families, we think carefully before making a major purchase to save money. But saving money…
  • Does Cuisinart SM-55BC Live Up to what It’s Expected to Deliver?

    Stephanie Campbell
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    Want a Perfect Bread Mix? Get a Good Mixer I’d like to review the Cuisinart SM-55BC Stand Mixer so that other buyers can get a feel for whether they should consider purchasing this appliance. I hope this Cusinart stand mixer review helps people feel good about their buying decision. A stand mixer like this is an investment. If you’re someone who enjoys cooking and spends a lot of time in the kitchen, investing in a good mixer is probably one of the smartest choices you could make in improving your overall kitchen experience. Cuisinart SM-55BCA Highly Rated Stand Mixer Best…
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    JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog

  • LeLutka Mesh Head

    gogo
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of LeLutka (and the team behind it). I’ve followed their creations throughout the years through various brands, and when they shift their focus, those products always comes out on top. In SL, it’s not easy to always be the leader of your industry, but they manage to do it with every single genre they focus on. I’m a huge fan of the hairstyles, more please! I’m a mesh head collector. I love them, I may not wear them all the time, but I love the innovation and how much it differs from our default SL head. The skin texture…
  • Jungle Hula

    gogo
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:59 pm
    I wanted this Jungle Stuff outfit from PFC, so I found all the pieces at different yard sales. I bought everything at pull price, and nothing was rare, so it was super easy to acquire. I loved the hula skirt upon seeing it on the ad, but ads can be deceiving. This skirt looks nice on, but it does not appear to be rigged (at all…?). You won’t be able to sit, bend, or do anything other than stand (very straight) and lay with your derriere alpha’d out. LOL. I had high hopes for this outfit, cos the idea is so cute and just my style. Some pieces even include a HUD to change…
  • High Fidelity

    gogo
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Hey guys! I just received my invite for High Fidelity and signed up for an account. Have you tried this Virtual World/Virtual Space, whatever it is? Many people will probably assume that it’s a newer Second Life, but I haven’t really heard much buzz from the SL community regarding migrating to this platform for creating or playing purposes. Let me know in the comments if you have tried HiFi, and your thoughts on whether someone that’s basically just into SL fashion would enjoy this new platform. Btw, I’m just Gogo there. The post High Fidelity appeared first on…
  • Frisland

    gogo
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    Hello from Frisland! Spring is in the air, and I wanted to wear pastel but I am moving away from that today with some contrasting Black and White. What I’m Wearing: Truth hair – Fynn Teefy – Joan Bra Top, Joan Boyfriend’s Tank Top W/ Bra Teefy – Eva High-Waisted Leggings Ingenue – Laura Heels ANE – Botanical Necklace The post Frisland appeared first on JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog.
  • Classic thing that you like

    gogo
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:46 pm
    I’ll write something, when I have more time this weekend. I have a few posts that I want to do for some current events in SL, if time permits. I miss blogging, and I haven’t completely abandoned this blog. Stick with me, I love you! <3 What I’m Wearing: LeLutka – Kayla hair Pink Fuel Skin Teefy – Kira Off-Shoulder Dress (Baby Pink) The post Classic thing that you like appeared first on JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog.
 
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    Koinup: Second Life Places

  • Business District Charlie

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:08 pm
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Business%20District%20Charlie/128/128/0
  • Blossom Land

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Blossom%20Land/128/128/0
  • LALUNA%20ISLAND

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LALUNA%2520ISLAND/128/128/0
  • The Place

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:15 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Place/128/128/0
  • GIMLE%20VALLEY

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/GIMLE%2520VALLEY/128/128/0
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    Hiperia3D News

  • EJ Rafaga

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Rafaga is a character for Genesis 2 Female, with highly detailed skin and makeups, the most beautiful two-colored irises, alien ears, arms and body body painting, Sci-Fi and casual makeups, custom sculpted head, genitalia and ear morphs, and many options to customize her appearance. She also has very elaborate body painting in chest, back, and both arms, in two versions: with stars glitter and without it. You can apply them independently, mix them, so you can have them in the arm you choose or both, and in the back or chest (great for renders with a mirror reflection), or both, all or none.
  • Wanda Hair

    9 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    Our new product for our store at DAZ 3D: Wanda Hair is the perfect choice for all your most glamorous and sexy divas, the most successful cinema stars, femme fatale singers, and even Gothic pinups. With 103 morphs in 17 categories, you can customize and control its appearance with full freedom. A must-have! 20 materials included plus options to hide and size the ornaments. You can also put all the hair back, in the left side or in the right, or both. Also, make it longer, give it more volume, or make it messy or moved by the wind morphs. See images and get it here: Wanda Hair for DAZ Studio…
  • Soul Of Blues Mix and Match Expressions for Monique 6

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Our new product for our store at DAZ: Soul Of Blues Mix and Match Expressions for Monique 6. She has a soul that longs for what is real, deep, sometimes glamorous and amusing, sometimes tragic, but always with that special feeling. She has a soul of blues. A must have for Monique 6! Soul Of Blues is a pack of expressions organized in three folders (FullFace, UpperFace, and LowerFace) for Monique 6. See images and get it here: Soul Of Blues Mix and Match Expressions for Monique 6. - Jordi R. Cardona www.hiperia3d.com
  • Sleepzzz Purr Outfit and Accessories

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Our new product for our store at DAZ: Sleepzzz Purr Outfit And Accessories is an outfit with an innocent touch of gorgeous femininity, fresh and special. Make your characters look fun or sexy, but always sublime. A must have! Includes 8 full material presets, plus partial materials to customize the cat, and hide the straps and bow in the babydoll. Also includes 10 poses for Genesis 2 and the cat plush. The outfit includes: babydoll, bloomers, cat plush, earrings and necklace, all customizable and posable through morphs and materials, plus 10 poses. See more images and features here: Sleepzzz…
  • Find Your Mojo Mix and Match Expressions for Darius 6

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    Our new product at DAZ:  Find Your Mojo Mix and Match Expressions for Darius 6 Find your mojo and put it working for you! Get the perfect feeling and make everybody follow your flow. A must have for Darius 6! Find Your Mojo is a pack of expressions organized in three folders (FullFace, UpperFace, and LowerFace) for Darius 6. With them, you can apply an expression that moves all the face, or partial expressions that move only the upper or lower parts of the face. See images and get it here: Find Your Mojo Mix and Match Expressions for Darius 6, for DAZ Studio and Poser (with dson plugin)…
 
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    Gwyn's Home

  • Reflecting on Spring [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    8 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Hmm. slurl.com/secondlife/Neufreistadt/156/38/133
  • Springtime in Neufreistadt [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    8 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: A week late compared to the rest of my fellow citizens, springtime finally made an appearance on my plot as well :-) slurl.com/secondlife/Neufreistadt/156/30/133
  • Wintry Blues in Neufreistadt [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Looks lovely! slurl.com/secondlife/Neufreistadt/124/14/125
  • Locus Amoena in the evening_003 [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo:
  • Wintry blues [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Yeppers, I' freezing here! slurl.com/secondlife/Neufreistadt/154/35/132
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    Designing Digitally, Inc.

  • LScon2015 Recap!

    masonm.designingdigitally
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    What an exciting week folks! After a week in Orlando for the Learning Solutions Conference and Expo the Designing Digitally team is back in office and back on the grind. Before we dive in, thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth! It was great to get to meet so many new people. Not only did we get a chance to talk to new and interesting people and increase brand awareness, we had a blast doing it! Thursday we had a March Madness shootout where we gave away a Kindle Fire HD6, Google Chromecast and an Amazon and Subway gift card! So much fun! We drew four names and had them do a shoot out to…
  • Quick Guide to Choosing a Learning Management System

    masonm.designingdigitally
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    A learning management system (LMS) is a software application that allows businesses to manage their E-learning programs. It allows numerous administrative tasks such as tracking users and their productivity, generating reports, and administering training programs. This system also has the ability to organize content and scale the training in a variety of ways. With a large selection of learning management systems on the market and new options arriving at a steady pace, it can feel like an overwhelming task to decide on the best solution. This quick guide will explain the major…
  • Serious Games and Serious ROI

    masonm.designingdigitally
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    As the new year has begun and we are moving toward Q2, it seems like a good time to broach a subject that is often the skeleton in the closet when it comes to training games – at least for those trying to sell training games products to clients. “ROI.” “Return on Investment.” “ROI = (Gain – Cost) / Cost.” You get the idea, you know what ROI is. More importantly, you know how much it figures into the business decisions your company, educational institution, firm, manufacturing facility, business or agency makes about funding expenditures.
  • E-Learning, Serious Games and Training Simulations Success Stories

    masonm.designingdigitally
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    In an effort to meet the growing demand for education and job skills training, companies, organizations and governments around the world are turning to innovative technologies and training techniques. The expanding use of distance learning initiatives, serious games and computerized simulations has brought a new learning experience and life-changing opportunity to millions of individuals. As the success of e-learning solutions becomes evident, more organizations are adopting these solutions for their learners. The result is a growing understanding of how to successfully implement these new…
  • 10 Fascinating Quotes About Online Learning

    masonm.designingdigitally
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Online learning is the future of education, and it is happening right now all around us. E-learning, m-learning, distance education; all of these technologies are providing access to information and skills that were previously available only to a select few. Now, industry leaders, workforce development managers and educators of all types are discovering the vast promise that e-learning holds for the future of training delivery, and education in general. Here are some notable quotes by leaders in the field of workforce development, training and technology describing their views…
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    Hypergrid Business

  • Adult Metaverse community again fastest-growing

    Maria Korolov
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    The Adult Metaverse Google Plus community continued to attract members over the past six weeks, growing by 146 members from 444 members last month to 590 members today. At the start of the year, it...
  • 28 universities join Open Source Virtual Reality

    Press Release
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Press release: Leading universities worldwide join OSVR Open Source Virtual Reality hardware dev kits to be given to more than 20 higher education labs and research facilities SAN FRANCISCO – Organizers of the Open...
  • DigiWorldz grid launches with $8 regions, panoramas

    Maria Korolov
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    DigiWorldz launched this week, a new filtered grid from one of the founders of 3rd Rock Grid and digital worlds hosting and consulting company Digital Worlds Group. There were more than 30 new grids in...
  • New official OpenSim release is out

    Maria Korolov
    21 Mar 2015 | 11:13 am
    The new official release of OpenSimulator — OpenSimulator 0.8.1 — came out this week, with only minor changes compared with the preview release. “The most significant being a fix for a regression where script...
  • Kitely Market reports high exports growth, new mobile site

    Maria Korolov
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    The exportable content on the Kitely Market grew ten times faster than non-exportables over the past month, continuing a trend that began late last summer. The market added 245 new exportable items, compared to...
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • Writers’ block? No problem! Introducing AutoMatton

    Alx Block
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Here at WordPress.com, we‘re always looking for ways to improve the blogging experience. We pride ourselves on taking your suggestions to heart and work tirelessly to create better tools for you. Today, we’re releasing a game changer. As WordPress.com becomes easier to use, one piece of unanswered feedback keeps nagging at us: blogging is hard! Not only do you have to think of something worth saying, you have to take valuable time out of your day to write those things down in an appealing, easy-to-read way! Improvements to WordPress.com can speed up things like load times, but we simply…
  • The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

    Mark Armstrong
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster), which offered a definitive history of the classic TV series. Her blog also happens to be a must-follow on WordPress.com: She gives glimpses into her current work (she’s doing a Seinfeld book next) and she’s refreshingly transparent about the business (and hard truths) of being a freelance writer in 2015. I spoke with…
  • New Themes: Saga and Satellite

    Caroline Moore
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s take a look at our two newest free themes, Saga and Satellite: Saga Saga, designed by the talented Justin Tadlock, is a theme tailor-made for writers, by a writer. The theme’s impeccable typography and attention to detail make for an enjoyable reading experience, and with support for large featured images and multiple post formats, Saga is flexible enough to be used as a photoblog, a personal journal, or a tumblelog. Read more about Saga on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes! Satellite…
  • Press Publish Livestream

    Andrea Middleton
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Kathy Cano-Murillo will present on how she became A DIY Success. Press Publish, the very first blogging conference organized by WordPress.com, will be held in Portland, Oregon, this Saturday. (Psst! We’ll be in Phoenix hosting Press Publish on April 18th, 2015.) Erick Prince-Heaggans will present Around the World in 80 Posts. Because this is the first event of its kind, we’re eager to get as much feedback from attendees as possible. And since it’s not always easy for people to travel to attend conferences, we’ve decided to bring Press Publish Portland to you (or at least to your…
  • This April in Blogging U.: The Return of Writing 101!

    Michelle W.
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This April, we’ll be offering Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Writing 101 is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit and push you as a writer, while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus. What is Writing 101? Writing 101 is a four-week course that runs from Monday, April 6, to Friday, May 1, 2015. Each weekday, you’ll get an assignment that includes a writing prompt and an optional “twist”; prompts are your topic inspiration for the day, while twists push you to experiment with writing techniques and tools. Who else is…
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