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  • Where’d the comments go, anyway?

    Dwell On It
    Tateru Nino
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:58 pm
    It’s occurred to me that some of you – perhaps even plenty of you – haven’t been following along in the particular social media outlets where discussions and explanations of my Web-sites’ extended downtime (three weeks), and the issues with the comments system were discussed. Okay, so let’s tackle that. Read more ... Ads by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 Full post: Where’d the comments go, anyway?
  • The Message of the Virtual World Medium

    Botgirl's Digital Playground
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    My view on technology has been heavily influenced by the work of Marshall McLuhan. Although he died in 1980 and never directly addressed current mediums such as the internet, social networks or virtual worlds, his perspective is still very relevant today.Two of his ideas are especially useful in framing how we think about virtual worlds. The first is that each successive technology extends one or more biological human capabilities. The concept is simple. The wheel extends the leg; the alphabet extends speech; paper extends our memory; and so on. Virtual worlds extend multiple human…
  • Kitely and the hypergrid: halfway there

    Hypergrid Business
    Maria Korolov
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Kitely has done about half of the work needed to enable full hypergrid access, said Oren Hurvitz, the company’s vice president of research and development, in an announcement today. Kitely is the sixth-most popular OpenSim grid...
  • danah boyd on the VR Community's Response to Her Research Suggesting VR May Make Most Women Sick

    New World Notes
    SLHamlet
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    It's been a few weeks since acclaimed technology academic danah boyd published her essential essay for Quartz on the possible problems virtual reality technology may cause women -- but as I noted recently, so far there seems to be little...
  • Video Edition of Message of the Virtual World Medium

    Botgirl's Digital Playground
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Excerpts from my comments on The Past Present and Future of Virtual Worlds panel at this year's VWBPE. You can view the unedited two hour video here.
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  • Second Life Destination Guide Highlights - April 18, 2014

    Linden Lab
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    We’ve got a few tempting destinations to brighten up your weekend and you won’t even need to check the weather to enjoy them. Feed your body and soul with tea, art, philosophy, a little shopping, and a full-blown holiday thematic egg-stravaganza at these lovingly crafted regions. We'd love to see you share your adventures on the Official Second Life Flickr Page   Rico's Tea House Rico's Tea house is a place to meet new people, socialize with friends or just relax, all in gorgeously stylish surroundings. Rico's Tea House welcomes you! Visit in Second Life   The Kollective The…
  • Second Life Destination Guide Highlights - April 11, 2014

    Linden Lab
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    Here's another edition of Destination Guide Highlights, bringng you a variety of some standout spots we found and wanted to share. From the Paradise Lost build featured in the last Drax Files, to some goold ol' fashioned Rock 'n Roll bowling - there's sure to be something you'll enjoy exploring this weeked. Don't forget to snapshot your experience and share those pics with the Second Life Official Flickr Pool for a chance at being featured in the Pic of the Day program.   Global Surf Treaty Island Sea Dreams & Ellimatta Banyandah are a surfing community. Global Surf Treaty…
  • SL® Go Beta Updates Pricing, Expands to New Regions

    Linden Lab
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Since launching the beta of SL Go about a month ago, OnLive reports they’ve seen a very positive response to the Second Life® Viewer for Android™ that allows users to access Second Life over wifi or 4G LTE on tablets and laptops. Today, OnLive has updated the SL Go beta with new pricing: Monthly unlimited-use subscription for $9.95 (USD) / £6.95 (GBP). No contract and no commitment. Reduced hourly rate: $1 / £0.70 per hour. The previously available offer of a 20-minute free trial still stands. Additionally, OnLive is expanding the regions where SLGo is available. The service is now…
  • The Drax Files Episode 18: Paradise Lost

    Linden Lab
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Do you enjoy classic stories, pageantry and wonder? Ever taken the time to enjoy truly immersive theater? In the newest episode of The Drax Files, Draxtor Despres interviews the creators of the epic Paradise Lost, an intricate production based on the works of Milton. Join them as they talk about the joys and freedoms of online production, the masks we use to reveal ourselves and more. Click the link to see the video! Looking to scratch that Drax Files itch? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below. The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann The Drax Files:…
  • SLShare Now Supports Flickr and Twitter

    Linden Lab
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    In late 2013, we released a new way to share photos, status updates, and check-ins from Second Life to Facebook: SLShare. That project is now receiving an awesome update: SLShare will include Twitter and Flickr support! This SLShare update will allow you to share your Second Life experiences beyond Facebook. Twitter and Flickr sharing is just as quick and easy, complete with specific options relevant to each social network. For Flickr, you will be able to name and add a description to your image. We have tagging capabilities so you can ensure other users can find the images you want to share.
 
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    NPSL: Nonprofits in Second Life

  • Earth Day - Awareness & Sustainability for the April 18th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    This Friday, April 18th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life is happy to feature Jacques Macaire (jacmacaire Humby in SL), who will discuss Earth Day, environmental awareness and sustainability. Earth Day is an annual global event celebrated on April 22nd to show support for the protection of our planet and those living on it. This year’s Earth Day theme/focus is on Green Cities. Jacques will also share some of the sustainability work of the nonprofit HUMANBE he founded and the work HUMANBE has done in Second Life.  http://www.earthday.org  About HUMANBE Since it's…
  • National Youth HIV AIDS Awareness Day for the April 11th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    This Friday, April 11thTechSoup'sNonProfit Commons in Second Life is happy to feature members of the nonprofit Protect Yourself1PY1), Executive Director Monique RichertChayenn in SL), and PY1 Development Consultant, Tom KujawskiIncarn8 in SL), who will commemorate the 2nd annual observance of: National Youth HIV AIDS Awareness Day - NYHAAD   Today's young people are the first generation who has never known a world without HIV and AIDS. In the United States, one in three new HIV infections are among youth ages 13 to 24.    Through the Safe2Live and Project Arrowhead programs…
  • Virtual Money & Digital Currencies for the April 4th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:39 am
    This Friday, April 4thTechSoup'sNonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature a conversation on digital currencies. Recently the IRS published guidelines on virtual currency, and we will overview what those are, how that might impact virtual worlds, as well as what crypto-currencies like Bitcoin are, and how they might be used for good.    Join us in Second Life!    Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting Friday, April 4th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater http://bit.ly/NPCinSL   AGENDA (all times below PT) 8:30 am Introductions 8:40 am TechSoup…
  • Creating Virtual Museum Environments for the March 28th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Friday, March 28thTechSoup'sNonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Joe Rigby (Pontefractal in Second Life), who will discuss using virtual worlds to create virtual museum experiences.    Joe is co-founder of MellaniuM (http://mellanium13.blogspot.ca), a developer of immersive environment content for the AVAYALIVE ENGAGE platform. They have recently developed a virtual museum using photorealistic textures generated by photogrammetry and 3d objects created from laser scanned items from the Usher gallery of the Lincoln museum in the UK. Video: youtu.be/XOEWUiI2WmM  …
  • Be The Match: Raising Awareness in Virtual Worlds for the March 21st NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Friday, March 21st, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature a discussion on using virtual worlds for raising awareness for a cause, and the upcoming Be the Match virtual marrow drive. We will also recap the highlights and interesting content from last week's Nonprofit Technology Conference which took place in Washington DC, and was organized by http://nten.org.   Join us in Second Life!  Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting Friday, March 21st, 8:30 AM PT / SLT Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater http://bit.ly/NPCinSL   AGENDA (all times below PT) 8:30 am…
 
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    Terra Nova

  • IRS clarifies rules on virtual currencies & Oculus Rift VR --> FB for $2B

    greglas
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:10 pm
    March 25, 2014 was a pretty interesting day for virtual currency and virtual reality! It seems the IRS deems mined bitcoins (& Dogecoins!) to be income. So it seems pretty clear that Linden Dollars are a "convertible" virtual currency and should count as income too. I'm assuming professional goldfarmers should have to report loot drops too, since they're skilled at converting that virtual currency. But I'm still unclear about participants in primarily virtual, ludic economies -- e.g. MMORPG players who may occasionally sell or buy virtual property. Language from the…
  • The Tyranny of Emergence: Modernity's Romance of the Game

    Thomas Malaby
    31 Dec 2013 | 3:50 pm
    It's been some time since I haunted the distinguished halls of TN, but after some tumultuous times that got me out of the habit of putting my working papers up on ssrn and pointing to them here (and at my own blog), I do have a piece that I wanted to share (and I'll be cross-posting this to Doubt is an Art, as I do with all game-related stuff). I'm sure my skin has grown thin from all this time away from the rough-and-tumble world of collaborative blogging. Be gentle. ;) Last year I had the opportunity to give the keynote address in February at the Ray Browne…
  • Player-Authors Project Summary Report of Research Findings

    greglas
    1 Dec 2013 | 8:17 am
    Thanks to all Terra Nova readers who participated in the survey. The report is also available here.
  • Looking Back at Habitat

    greglas
    30 Oct 2013 | 6:15 am
    Great short podcast about the history of Habitat here.  Thanks for the pointer, Randy!
  • Social Value

    Dmitri Williams
    7 Oct 2013 | 3:05 pm
    Deep in our underground hollowed-out volcanic lair, ninja scientists have developed an algorithm that I think will have a large impact on both science and commerce. We call it "Social Value." Social Value is the amount of behavior that one person generates among their friends. An anology might be the ripple on the social pond. Let's say this person goes to see a movie, listens to a song, or plays a game. Now let's say that this person is influential. How much more likely are their friends to go see the movie, hear the song, or play the game? Each person has a unique amount…
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    The Creative Shed

  • 3rd Annual Mental Health Symposium in Second Life

    David Holloway
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Virtual Ability have another great event planned for late next week – here’s the full press release: Virtual World Conference Supports Quality of Life in Mental Health Virtual Ability, Inc. announces the third annual Mental Health Symposium to be held Saturday, April 26th, 7:00 am PDT/SLT to 5:00 pm PDT/SLT in Second Life®. The theme of this year’s conference is “Quality of Life.” The World Health Organization defines quality of life as an individual’s “perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in…
  • Dropbox Opens Sydney Office: Jobs Available

    David Holloway
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Even as a rabid mac user, I love Dropbox to bits and use it heavily. So I was interested to hear today that the Dropbox team have announced they have a Sydney office. If you’re interested in working for them, they have some jobs on offer as well. The full press release: Dropbox Establishes Office in Sydney SYDNEY, Australia – April 15, 2014 – Dropbox, a service that lets you bring your documents, photos and videos everywhere and share them easily, announced today that it is establishing an office in Sydney, Australia. Sydney represents the company’s first office in the region and…
  • Signs of The Times

    David Holloway
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Sign over a Gynaecologist’s Office:  “Dr. Jones, at your cervix.”  **************************  In a Podiatrist’s office:  “Time wounds all heels.”  **************************  On a Septic Tank Truck:  Yesterday’s Meals on Wheels  **************************  On a Plumber’s  truck:  “We repair what your husband fixed.”  **************************  On another Plumber’s truck:  “Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.”  **************************  On a Church’s Bill board:  “7 days…
  • How to back up your iPhoto library to Flickr

    David Holloway
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    If you’re an iPhoto user like me, you may have wondered how to back up your iPhoto library to Flickr without using iPhoto itself. Up until today, I’ve been using iPhoto’s built in option to share albums with Flickr, but I’ve found it nothing short of unreliable. So after a bit of a search, I found an app on the Mac App Store called Backup to Flick For iPhoto that works like a dream. It costs AU $2.49 to buy the app, then when you launch it you just need to authorise it with Flickr, using your Flick login and password. Once you’ve done that, you have a bunch of…
  • Mike Oldfield Man on the Rocks Review

    David Holloway
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:41 pm
    I’m so superficial: I love the blue vinyl First a disclaimer: I’m an enormous Mike Oldfield fan, who in conjunction with my wife had an excerpt from Tattoo on Tubular Bells II as our bridal march. Like the majority of Oldfield fans, I was drawn to him through his instrumental work. That said, I’ve always really liked his rock work – Discovery and Islands are two favourites. So it was with a fan-based, but open mind in regard to genre that I’ve come to review Man on the Rocks. This is an album from a man who has nothing to prove artistically – his…
 
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    WoW Insider

  • WRUP: Breaking Gnome

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This week saw the premiere episode of Azeroth Choppers, a new webseries featuring Paul Jr. from American Chopper. Two teams, Alliance and Horde, are being challenged to construct the ultimate chopper for the faction they represent -- and both bikes will be put up to player vote, with the most popular chopper being given a model in World of Warcraft itself. Sure, it might sound kind of silly, but it was also pretty fun -- and in the spirit of fun, we decided to ask our staff not only what they are playing this weekend, but what television spoof they would like to see next? Alex Ziebart…
  • Warlords of Draenor: Combat resurrection system overhaul

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Combat resurrection is one of those mechanics in World of Warcraft that seems to change far more than others. Personally, I remember in vanilla WoW where it was possible for a player to remain out of combat on a raid boss, and you could designate a paladin to resurrect your raid members indefinitely as they died. Of course, no one considered that legitimate gameplay, only a ... creative use of game mechanics. Those days are long gone. We moved from there to a system where legitimate combat resurrections were able to be used without limit, and every expansion (and many content patches)…
  • Warlords of Draenor: Itemization changes on the way

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    According to the latest round of alpha patch notes from patch 6.0, we're in for some major itemization changes in Warlords of Draenor. While we've had bits and pieces of information regarding itemization and stat changes in the upcoming expansion, we didn't really have a lot of clarification or detail on exactly what those changes are going to be. The latest iteration of patch notes has cleared that up considerably, and expanded on what little we knew. Hit and Expertise are both gone, replaced instead with a universally useful secondary stat. Three new secondary stats have been added -- Bonus…
  • Four ideas Hearthstone should borrow from Magic

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I've been playing Magic for almost 20 years. In all that time, Hearthstone is the only other collectible card game that has ever really won me over. Hearthstone is a very different game from Magic, despite some obvious similarities. I want Hearthstone to remain a very different game. Even as wildly successful as Hearthstone has been, however, Magic and other card games have some great ideas that I think Blizzard should borrow to make their own game even better. 1. Format variants Magic has many fun variants, most of them multiplayer: free-for-all, Commander, Two-Headed Giant, Star (or Color…
  • The Queue: Tonari no Garrosh

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Mike Sacco will be your host today. Do you think Garrosh would've been better adjusted if he had a big magical friend as a kid? bcf_80 asked: Here's a newbie question, but how do you get to the Isle of Giants? Is this the same thing as the Isle of Thunder (and how do you get to that if they're different)? I've been away for too long :) It's north of Kun-Lai. You can fly or swim there, but be careful if you're flying -- the island is a no-fly zone and you'll get…
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    TORLEY

  • ▓▒░ A VISIT TO THE DESIGNATED NATIONAL NUTRITION RESERVE ░▒▓

    Torley
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:38 pm
    The tribes fight over fresh toilet paper as they always have — and now I know why some of them choose to live behind gates. As the Distro-Person buckles over the table and begins tossing the packages of tri-rolls, the crowd is whipped into a generous fury and more fighting for resources commences. Rhinocerean security guards fold their arms, watchful for outbreaks of violence and possessive cries of, “I saw that first! It’s mine!” I once wondered, during quieter moments, why there needed to be guards at all… but visiting during peak hours, the truth of this fight for…
  • Bits About My Favorite Drum Hits

    Torley
    1 Mar 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Then, a well-curated drum hit sample library may prove to be akin to one of those game shows where you’re empowered to stuff your cart with all the goods you deem preferable, then dash out of the store before the bee-suited opponents threaten to filch your prizes — for time is of the essence, and who dares linger and actually listen (let alone use?) most of what they have? Why, use what you just bought before moving on, my good Sir/Ma’am! It’s in these settled moments of reflection that I will pluck a hearty kick here and a brusque snare there, shuttling it to a…
  • Voices Moving In Opposite Directions

    Torley
    8 Dec 2013 | 9:07 pm
    The further I wandered into the seemingly infinite forest of electronic music, the more questions arose… certain foundations — protocols — had been laid down for decades, and as with any paradigm that is well-planned yet can’t possibly foresee the spectrum of desired future flexibility, we come across some frustrating limitations. One of my unfavorites is as follows: play a chord — let’s even simplify the example to two notes — and pitch-bend them in opposite directions, with different degrees of movement (one finger goes up a couple semitones, the other goes down a…
  • Minestrone Sound-Sample-Synth Soup

    Torley
    8 Dec 2013 | 9:07 pm
    Kraftwerk infamously intoned that “Radioactivity is in the air for you and me” — and it’s appropriate that sounds also travel through non-vacuum spaces around us. I was thinking today about metaphors. How, like an elusive fairy twittering until you catch her in a bottle, the right sound to use in a production can be difficult to catch. To take that further, it can seem cold to call sound a “resource” in the way that we might call precious metals or — heck — humans. Nonetheless, we can take raw sounds and refine them through processes to come up with…
  • Pitch, bitch.*

    Torley
    12 Nov 2013 | 3:18 pm
    Debussy and Davis may have been attributed with “Music is the space between the notes”, but there’s something else between the notes — post-notes! Or precisely, articulations and “noises” that may not be considered music in and of themselves, yet considered within the whole, they’re essential contributors. Just as a singer’s voice without breath (between the notes) sounds remarkably unnatural and plausibly less expressive, there is much to be observed about the milliseconds following an instrument’s “release” phase. On a cello…
 
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    Massively

  • WildStar's new interface profiled in video

    Brianna Royce
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Filed under: Betas, Sci-Fi, Video, Game Mechanics, Patches, News Items, WildStar Friend of Massively Richie "Bogotter" Procopio is back with yet another WildStar video, this one focusing on the beta title's brand-new user interface 2.0, which flattens some of the UI elements that before floated a little bit too high into the field of play. Of course, as he notes, the UI is moddable and can be altered to taste by each player. Combat popups, inventory, and menu options have also been tweaked. If you missed it, Bogotter covered the new character creation options in yesterday's video. Enjoy his…
  • Make My MMO: April 13 - April 19, 2014

    Jef Reahard
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Filed under: Business Models, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, Crowdfunding, Make My MMO MMO crowdfunding news this week centered on industry titans Richard Garriott and Chris Roberts, as well as The Secret World's new ARG companion game called The Black Watchmen. The title kicks off in September and is currently being funded through a Crowdtilt campaign that still has 49 days left to run. For more info on the title, click past the cut or check out Massively's Black Watchmen interview.Continue reading Make My MMO: April 13 - April 19, 2014Make My MMO: April 13 - April 19,…
  • PAX East 2014: Can World of Warcraft's garrisons live up to the hype?

    Courtney Keene
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Filed under: World of Warcraft, Betas, Fantasy, Expansions, Game Mechanics, Previews, PvE, Opinion, Hands-On, First Impressions, Events (Massively's Coverage), Housing Like many players, I have very mixed feelings about the garrisons being added to World of Warcraft's latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor. At this year's PAX East, I sat down with Blizzard Entertainment to discuss the feature, and the studio reps explained garrisons as a way for Blizzard to bring a bit of Warcraft into the WoW universe. As a fan of WarCraft 3, I left the interview feeling hopeful and excited. But the more I…
  • The Stream Team: Esper adventures in the WildStar beta

    MJ Guthrie
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Filed under: Betas, Fantasy, Video, New Titles, Livestream, WildStar, The Stream Team, Subscription It's time once again for Massively's MJ to grab her ectoplasmic throwing stars and leap back into the WildStar beta! There are plenty more adventures to be had (and Dominion to eradicate) on her journey to a level that allows housing. That's right -- MJ is going to push for the exalted level of 14! How much experience can she store up in one hour? Join us live at 1:00 p.m. for the wild XP ride. Game: WildStar Host: MJ Guthrie Date: Saturday, April 19th, 2014 Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT Enjoy our Stream…
  • Perfect Ten: Strategies for juggling multiple MMOs

    Justin Olivetti
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Filed under: Humor, Guides, Perfect Ten, Miscellaneous Among my friends, I have a reputation for being "that guy who plays all the games." People are constantly asking me how I manage to handle so many MMOs simultaneously on top of work and family, as if I've managed to clone myself or I never sleep. The truth is far more mundane: Work and family get top priority with my time, and what I have left for gaming is simply spent wisely. The thing is that I'm just always enamoured with so many MMOs that I can't just play one and nothing else. I have to be a "juggler:" a player who balances online…
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    Gwyn's Home

  • Yes, yes, it was a prank!

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You should have looked at the date first before complaining that the links didn’t work! Obviously it was another of my (in)famous April Fool’s pranks, which I try to do (almost) every year. Some years are better than others, because the best pranks are those that are 90% based on...Read more »
  • Facebook ‘likes’ Second Life, High Fidelity and buys both

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Of course this was a prank; happy April Fool's Day, and my apologies to everybody! :-)
  • Understanding Second Life’s Culture

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m currently under a lot of pressure to do my work, and every time I post anything on my blog, I get a lot of complaints that I should be working instead of blogging The complainers are right, of course… but every once in a while, I also need to...Read more »
  • Revolutionary breakthrough: animating your avatar with Kinect!

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    27 Nov 2013 | 5:34 am
    I’m breaking my long period of silence (I should be working instead of blogging!) just to share with you some exciting news. Since Linden Lab introduced user-generated, custom animations in June 2004, people have been craving for a more ‘natural’ way of animating their avatars, without resource to pre-loaded animations....Read more »
  • Prim-to-Mesh done just right

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    19 Aug 2013 | 6:40 pm
    The year was, oh, perhaps 2009 or so. In the middle of all the excitement about virtual worlds in general and Second Life® in particular, professional 3D designers were raising eyebrows at a new opportunity to sell their content. A virtual world with a million regular users who were engaged...Read more »
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    Dwell On It

  • Where’d the comments go, anyway?

    Tateru Nino
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:58 pm
    It’s occurred to me that some of you – perhaps even plenty of you – haven’t been following along in the particular social media outlets where discussions and explanations of my Web-sites’ extended downtime (three weeks), and the issues with the comments system were discussed. Okay, so let’s tackle that. Read more ... Ads by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 Full post: Where’d the comments go, anyway?
  • What ever happened to marketing and PR?

    Tateru Nino
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    So, what ever happened to marketing and PR? As an art and a science, did they even make it into the 21st century, or did they fall into a ditch somewhere, and we never noticed? Before we get started, I’m not saying that that all marketing and PR is bad or wrong nor that everyone who does them is rubbish. There are certainly still exemplars, but if you want a bland, ineffective and banal image – well, that’s the way to bet, because that’s what so much of the industry seems to be delivering. Read more ... Ads by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 Full post: What ever…
  • The Internet as a utility

    Tateru Nino
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Some people – indeed many people – feel that the Internet should be a fundamental utility and be handled in a similar way to other basic utilities. I find it hard to disagree with that, but in many respects, I feel it already is. Read more ... Ads by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 Full post: The Internet as a utility
  • Your thoughts: What rights does Linden Lab need in the ToS?

    Tateru Nino
    4 Nov 2013 | 3:15 am
    Alright, all of you armchair Second Life lawyers. Let’s turn the whole debate about Second Life’s new Terms of Service on its head, because looking at this from another perspective might be very helpful. The question will be, what rights do you think Linden Lab needs in its Terms of Service to carry on the Second Life business as it stands today, without getting mired in lawsuits? Read more ... Ads by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 Full post: Your thoughts: What rights does Linden Lab need in the ToS?
  • Second Life’s new ToS makes perfect sense

    Tateru Nino
    31 Oct 2013 | 11:33 pm
    Second Life’s new Terms of Service make perfect sense, and are pretty much exactly what they need to be. It’s just the communication about them that are rubbish. Okay, maybe the legal team as well. Okay, okay. Maybe the ToS (Terms of Service) itself too – but that’s in an entirely different way. Hmmm… Let me back up a moment and take another run-up at this. Read more ... Ads by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 Full post: Second Life’s new ToS makes perfect sense
 
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    Second Life

  • Hi All :)

    in Second Life
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    in Second Life posted a new topic: Hi everyone, Just joined this group,
  • Why my sl foto not being added to this group any more

    Shiny moniree in sl 5
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Shiny moniree in sl 5 posted a new topic: I been here in this group for a long time and all my shiny sl foto go in here but for about 3 week now my things not going in the group pool :( ? All my fotos are done in sl and made 100% by me.
  • Reply to Introduce yourself here!

    Saicotine
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Saicotine posted a reply: [deleted]: bonjour, je parle trés peu anglais mais je fais quelques photos.. merci de m'accueillir dans votre groupe :)
  • Reply to Introduce yourself here!

    Julian Tantalus
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Julian Tantalus posted a reply: Greetings! I've been in SL off and on since 2006 (my current avatar rezzed in 2007). I was away for a few years and just came back recently. I'm amazed with how much the graphics and building has advanced. This time I'm finally pursuing a desire to get more into SL and virtual worlds with things like blogging, photographs, building, and scripting. Feel free to drop me a line if you want to know more: juliantantalus@yahoo.com
  • FASHION TELLER HOUSE: Ice Kingdom

    Fashion Teller
    5 Mar 2014 | 3:48 am
    Fashion Teller posted a new topic: ICE KINGDOM issuu.com/fashiontellersl/docs/fashionteller-ice_kingdom Hello All. Come see our storybook combining Fashion and Art. We are very proud and happy to present a story about the Magic of Winter. Once a year, the Gods and Goddesses of the Ice Kingdom are awakened with the first sign of frost so they can work together and make winter happen. Read the book Here: issuu.com/fashiontellersl/docs/fashionteller-ice_kingdom <3 Ty.
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    Botgirl's Digital Playground

  • Video Edition of Message of the Virtual World Medium

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Excerpts from my comments on The Past Present and Future of Virtual Worlds panel at this year's VWBPE. You can view the unedited two hour video here.
  • The Message of the Virtual World Medium

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    My view on technology has been heavily influenced by the work of Marshall McLuhan. Although he died in 1980 and never directly addressed current mediums such as the internet, social networks or virtual worlds, his perspective is still very relevant today.Two of his ideas are especially useful in framing how we think about virtual worlds. The first is that each successive technology extends one or more biological human capabilities. The concept is simple. The wheel extends the leg; the alphabet extends speech; paper extends our memory; and so on. Virtual worlds extend multiple human…
  • Why Immersive Games are More Popular Than Immersive Worlds

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    The global MMO market has about 400 million users. In his recent VWBPE keynote, Philip Rosedale estimated there are about a million virtual world users. Why have immersive games, a relatively narrow use of VR, captured hundreds of times as many users as full-blown VR platforms like Second Life? One reason is that most new users who try Second Life never experience a state of immersion.ImmersionMy perspective is influenced by Marshall McLuhan, who viewed all mediums as extensions of biological human capabilities. So the wheel extends the leg. The alphabet our voice. Paper our memory, and so…
  • My Take on Rosedale's Keynote

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    In 2006, virtual worlds were hyped as the next big thing. Many of us in the virtual world community thought that people would soon be routinely using virtual worlds in the normal course of their day-to-day lives. Eight years later, the use of avatars within virtual 3D environments has gained little widespread traction outside of games. Over that same time period, mediums such as social networks, Web 2.0 meeting services and mobile apps have all exploded into mass market ubiquity. How were we so wrong?Philip Rosedale tried to answer that question in his VWBPE Keynote. His main thesis was that…
  • An Approach to Identity and Privacy in the Transition from Web 2.0 to Web 3D

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    There are a wide range of questions that come to mind when imagining a transition from Web 2.0 to Web 3D. Identity management and privacy are two of the most important.Just a simple scenario of shopping at a single site brings up a lot of alternative possibilities. For instance, when I’m shopping today on Amazon.com, other people browsing don’t know I’m there or what items I’m viewing. But if I’m shopping at an Amazon 3D virtual store, will I be visible to other shoppers as if I were walking through a mall in the physical world? Will they see what I’m browsing? Will my avatar be…
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    Second Life® Fashion Addict

  • First Time Love

    Ketsy
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Pose Fair 2014 opens it's doors to the public on April 19th at noon. That means everyone can get in on the amazing offering from close to 90 vendors.  One such creator is //elephante poses// and I was immensely pleased with the fabulous review copies I received of the Pose Fair 2014 Exclusives. The first set I am showing off is called For The First Time and it is composed of 6 sweet standing poses that are perfect for the new blogger or those that just love to take photos, and don't we all fall into the latter category? I really like the feet…
  • Silly Beans!

    Ketsy
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Well, I went, I looked, I found... heaps of fun at the 'Magic of OZ' Easter Egg Hunt. I spent a lot of time collecting eggs so I could show you all of the awesome stuff that can be won from the prize options from each vendor, and I plan to go back and get more eggs just as soon as I can. Yesterday(-ish) I told you all about how the hunt works [HERE]. Today it is all about the goodies! You can also check out the Ozimals Blog for more information.Lets start off with this amazingly sweet Cheeky Bunny Dress from *katat0nik*. Each time you redeem a stack of eggs at *katat0nik*, you…
  • The Hunt Is On In OZ

    Ketsy
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Taxi To Starting Point & Munchkin Land!There is a wonderful Egg Hunt going on right now in the Magic of Oz SIM in Second Life. This is the first hunt I have participated in since my return to SL over 8 weeks ago, after a 4 year abscence, and boy have things changed - for the better.  No more grid hopping madness, this is a one SIM wonderful experience. Hosted by the amazing Content Creators on the SIM, including GRID favorites like Ozimals, Silent Sparrow, Schadenfreude, and Katot0nik, among many more, the prizes are all beutiful items worth coveting, and you can spend…
  • Mice Cream Cones

    Ketsy
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    [Full Credits Follow Post]It's apparently Spring in Toronto, but you wouldn't know it looking outside. It snowed today, and my dreams of Ice Cream in the Beaches is pushed further along my calendar, but that's what makes my SL so wonderful. I decided to dress for my dream of sunshine and sweetness and head to Auntie Mae's (Antonia Marat's) Artilleri Mainstore SIM to check out the waves and the sunshine. It made my day so much better in an instant. Check out these cutie lace Mouse Ears and other sweet details that make this look so much fun. Here's hoping the snow melts…
  • Lush As Spring Tulips

    Ketsy
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    [Full Credits Follow Post]Spring doesn't just mean a palette of sweet pastels, it also means lush petal tones, like those in the tulips trying to poke their way out of the earth to enjoy the sun.  This lovely look made me think of those beds of silky red tulips that blanket downtown Toronto, and welcome the warm weather with the rest of us. With Passover starting tonight, and Easter just around the corner, it is time to celebrate new life and all things that bring family together. I very much hope that your Spring Season is wonderful and peaceful.  Credits: Hair - TRUTH…
 
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    Free*Style

  • Comic Fair Gifties!

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Styling CreditsComic Fair GiftsDress & Shoes & Makeup ~ *credit removed*Gloves ~ Pervette ~ Purple Lace with Slink Applier and BowsParasol ~ [nn] ~ Victoria TrainsPlush ~ *credit removed*Garter ~ {ViSion} S&F ~ Mesh GarterSunglasses ~ ::EM:: ~ Basic with Color HUDKnuckle Ring ~ Unrepentant ~ Bang Knuckle DusterPose ~ Positure Poses ~ Comic Fair Female GiftTP to the Comic FairOther GiftsHair ~ LaNoir Soleil ~ Caprica ~ Lucky Chair Gift
  • Spring Baby

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
     Finally a post by Shay again :-) Denim Shorts Group gift by S@bbia (free to join)Peplum Tunic and Suede Knee-high Boots Group lucky boards by S@bbia (free to join)*Persephone's Halo* First Chance Gacha item by Le Poppycock for Eden Rising (50 LS per Play)Amy hair (two tones) Gacha item by Ari for Krave Urban Fair (95 LS per Play)Alicia Skin by Filthy (not free)
  • Eggs in My Basket

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    Styling CreditsClothesBunny Suit ~ L!ke ~ Slut Bunneh with Mesh Breast & Butt Appliers ~ Evil Bunny Hunt GiftShoes ~ L. Warwick ~ Savannah Ankle Strap Heels for Slink Medium Feet ~ Runway Perfect Hunt GiftAccessoriesEar Carrot ~ Dscribe ~ Easter Market Hunt GiftBracelets & Rings ~ GFD ~ Bunny Egg ~ Evil Bunny Hunt GiftBelly Chain ~ RnB ~ X Ring Belt ~ Feeb's Sales Room Group GiftBunny Ears ~ monso ~ My Bunny Band ~ Group GiftMouthie ~ DLZ ~ Carrot Juice Flask ~ Rock the Basket Hunt GiftEarrings ~ Pomposity ~ Phat Hooker ~ Jelly Bean Hunt GiftBodySkin ~ JOLI ~ Avril Skin with Appliers…
  • Week-Long Gifites!

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Just a quick gifties-worthy note to all Free*Style fashionistas: Indyra's Originals () is doing a week-long "7 gifts in 7 days" gifties bonanza, to celebrate the luxe re-opening of iconic creator Indyra Seigo's uber-feminista store. The first generous gift today (Sunday) includes a lush pair of superfeathery black angel's wings () + a bowtied red corset lingerie set (sorry I don't have time today to do a full-on photo, but you can click here for a pic of this 1st gift).TP here, join the group for $0L, walk to the middle of the store for the "Sunday" gift (the gifts will change daily for 1…
  • Easter Market Fair

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Top - Wertina, Easter Hunt item at Easter Market, look for an easter egg Skirt - Holy Shirt, 100L$Shoes - Maniac Quintessa, 100L$Bag - BSD, 90L$Hairband - Persefona, 50L$Tray of eggs - leo, 30L$all at Easter Market
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    The Metaverse Journal - virtual worlds news

  • 3rd Annual Mental Health Symposium in Second Life

    David Holloway
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Virtual Ability have another great event planned for late next week – here’s the full press release: Virtual World Conference Supports Quality of Life in Mental Health Virtual Ability, Inc. announces the third annual Mental Health Symposium to be held Saturday, April 26th, 7:00 am PDT/SLT to 5:00 pm PDT/SLT in Second Life®. The theme of this year’s conference is “Quality of Life.” The World Health Organization defines quality of life as an individual’s “perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in…
  • Linden Lab CEO departs

    David Holloway
    24 Jan 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Isle of Mousai, Ancient Alexandria It’s all a bit unofficial yet, but as Daniel Voyager has posted (via Jo Yardley), Rod Humble appears to have finished up at Linden Lab. It’s hard to be surprised when any CEO calls it quits after a tenure of three years or so, but it’s interesting Linden Lab themselves have had nothing to say as yet. I had the opportunity to share a radio spot with Rod 2 years back, and on that and in other interactions he’s always been more than polite, and I hope he picks up something fulfilling down the track. It’s also well worth having a…
  • Second Life: What Makes Us Human Competition

    David Holloway
    13 Jan 2014 | 8:02 pm
    The dynamos at Uni of Western Australia have launched another great competition for content creators in Second Life. Having had the pleasure of judging some of UWA’s great art / sculpture competitions in previous years, I have no doubt this one will be another cracker. Here’s the full details via the UWA in SL blog: A UWA 3D Creation Challenge: What Makes us Human? UWA Encourages you to Create a Model, Animation, or Simulation that reflects What Makes Us Human at a Cellular, Organ or System Level December 1st 2013 – February 28th 2014 Prize pool: L$268,750 Open to Everyone You…
  • Calling Second Life Educators and Students: Research Study

    David Holloway
    17 Nov 2013 | 1:59 pm
    Call all educators or students working in Second Life, consider taking part in a research survey: My name is Christine Mark and I am working on my dissertation for my PhD in Instructional Technology from The University of Southern Mississippi. My dissertation is entitled The Rise and Fall of Second Life as an Educational Platform. This study seeks to find the reasons why Second Life did not become the dominant course delivery method as was predicted in 2009. This study will further the research on 3D Online Immersive Environments by analyzing what happened and by giving higher education…
  • Project Sci-Fi: Enter Your Machinima

    David Holloway
    6 Oct 2013 | 4:14 am
    The team at University of Western Australia continue their amazing virtual worlds work, hosting the machinima section of a huge undertaking called Project Sci-Fi: WD Project: Sci-Fi Film Challenge (Australia) 2013 is a Competition run by Screen My Shorts Inc in collaboration of WD (S.E.Asia Ltd). We invite entrants of all ages, cultures and ability to submit original creative digital content and win a share of the AUD 10,000 (L$2.28 Million) cash and prizes (with at least AUD 1,500 / L$230,000 reserved for Machinima), and have their works exposed on the international stage. Here’s the…
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    FabFree - Fabulously Free in SL

  • IAF Gift At FabFree Headquarters

    Love Trill
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Happy Easter to those of you celebrating! MMM  CHOCOLATE!   I had to play along and put on some ears too If you are in need of a hella sexy dress, stop by the new FabFree Headquarters and pick up the FREE IAF gift in the gift gallery!  This partial mesh Aztec Dress is sheer down the sides with a sexy low cut cleavage.  It comes with all kinds of appliers for those of you wearing enhancements. I Easterfied my look today with the Bunny Girl Set in black available at The Cosmo Sales Room for just 70L per colour pack!  It includes the bunny ears, satin cuffs, and matching collar.  Make…
  • A little leather, forget the lace.

    Pru Rexroth
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    A rare gem, Maitreya sent out an absolutely fantastic Group Gift recently! Known for their high-quality high fashion products, this gift is no exception. The gift is a thigh-high pair of mesh leg-warmers that come in two versions to fit different shoe styles, and the best part, there is a color/texture change HUD with a ton of options. You could dress them up or dress them down. They would be cute over leggings or with a dress, as I decided to wear them. If you’re not already in the Maitreya group, this gift is the perfect excuse to join. Even better, right now the group is free to…
  • All That Glitters in Sentou Yousei (battle fairy) and [solita]

    ~XIU~
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Greetings! Today I am wearing the beautiful Kossori Gift – Afloditi Dress (mesh with a flexi) from [solita]… a FREE group gift (FREE to join).  This dress is only one of several group gifts located throughout the [solita] store…just look for the little signs and tags; I almost missed a few.  I paired the dress with the FREE group gift (FREE to join) “D!va2″ Hair from **D!va** Hair. All the available **D!va** Hair group gifts are located on the second level of the store…you’ll find another one through the secret door shhhhhhh. I am also wearing the…
  • FabFree Designer of The Day – 04/19/14 – {mary cakes}

    Love Trill
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    {mary cakes} Spring Time Dress (free group gift / 0L / free to join) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dulcamara/166/219/1001 **Each day, here on the FabFree Blog, we will be featuring one of our Fabulously Free in SL in-world designers. Photos are the work of the designers.
  • Dirty.Little.Secret FFHQ Gift

    Pru Rexroth
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Hello, my name is Prudence, and I am in LOVE with the new Fab Free Headquarters Gifts, it’s true! Have you guys made it out to the new FFHQ yet? I could brag about it all day, it really is that Fabulous. Like anyone I do however have my own personal favorite of the gifts, and for those of you who have not already ran over to grab it up, I’d like to show it to you here. As a self-proclaimed lover of the arts and super-geek I absolutely adore this Salvador Dali inspired fashion gift set from Dirty.Little.Secret. No kidding, I kinda squealed with delight, just a little, the moment I…
 
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    JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog

  • Holographic, baby!

    gogo
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Sparkly Holograhpic eyeshadows from cheLLe for Cosmetic Fair. I have always loved cosmetics fair, cos I love finding inexpensive ways to enhance my skin. This year I’m looking for more makeup, and maybe some new eyes too! Cosmetic Fair opens April 15th! Visit Cosmetic Fair.… Read the rest at JuicyBomb!
  • Flowers

    gogo
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Sometimes I think that Gogo is me, and sometimes I think that she’s Gogo, a virtual girl with a pretty fabulous wardrobe. I enjoy blogging, and I have a certain casual style that I favor, that I know a lot of you guys do too. I think that people who call my style ‘boring’ are just trying to ruin my day, and that’s not possible… cos I happen to love casual. I love bright colors, I love that my photos are usually cheerful. Have some flowers, and lighten up! My fabulous outfit is from Teefy, and check out these gorgeous new Uvola Sling Back shoes from Hucci.……
  • What should I blog about?

    gogo
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    … Read the rest at JuicyBomb!
  • San Francisco

    gogo
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    This lovely new San Francisco hairstyle from Exile also includes the color-changing floral headband. I wanted to do a totally vibrant look today, so I am wearing Lilac colored hair, and matched my outfit to my hair color! I’m in the mood for sunshine and Spring days, are you?   What I’m Wearing: Pink Fuel Skin Exile – San Francisco The Secret Store – Amy highwaist Skirt (Lilac) M The Secret Store – Betsy Halter Tank/Tucked (Nude) M Ingenue – Tau Ceti Boots (M) Lilac… Read the rest at JuicyBomb!
  • Coquette

    gogo
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Mon Tissu is back with some fabulous staples for Spring 2014. I love Springtime in SL, cos designers use pastel and floral prints liberally, and I adore floral prints! <3 I am wearing the new Coquette Blouse and Harlow’s Cuffed Jeans from Mon Tissu, pairing it with Salsa Pumps from KoiKoi. Have you tried the new Mon Tissu collection? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments! What I’m Wearing: Pink Fuel Skin Truth – Rowan Mon Tissu – Coquette Blouse (Floral) Mon Tissu – Harlow’s Cuffed Jeans (Medium Wash) KoiKoi – Salsa (Fatty)……
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    Koinup: Second Life Places

  • Palau

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Palau/128/128/0
  • Sim Style

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sim%20Style/128/128/0
  • Ile Serenite

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ile%20Serenite/128/128/0
  • Isle of Capri

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isle%20of%20Capri/128/128/0
  • FloMaramia

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:57 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/FloMaramia/128/128/0
 
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    Hiperia3D News

  • Lady Edwina Jewels For Any Figure

    25 Mar 2014 | 2:55 am
    Just released at DAZ: Lady Edwina Jewels For Any Figure Get the highly detailed touch that will take your characters to a superior level, with the kind of jewelry that you could see on high fantasy and sci-fi illustrations and movies! A must-have! Lady Edwina Jewels For Any Figure is a set of 3 necklaces and 3 matching earring sets that can be used with any figure. Also included: an independent standalone key prop to put it in your scenes. By default they fit to Genesis 2 Female(s), but we also included fit morphs and fit poses for the most common female figures for faster and easier fitting,…
  • Dangling Circlets For Any Figure

    1 Feb 2014 | 9:20 am
    Get the exuberant touch that will take your characters to a superior level, with the kind of jewelry that you could see on high fantasy illustrations and movies! A must-have! Dangling Circlets For Any Figure is a set of five circlets with hanging chains that can be used with any figure. By default they fit to Genesis 2 Female, but we also included fit morphs for the most common figures (male and female) for faster and easier fitting: Genesis 2 Male and Female, V4, M4...You don't need DSON to use them. Some features: material options for each one for Poser and DAZ Studio, and morphs to adjust,…
  • Genetica 4.0 Holiday Discount

    22 Dec 2013 | 8:33 am
      Genetica 4.0 is at a 40% discount for new licenses as well as upgrades. The latest version brings: Revamped interface: It's prettier, easier to use, with a big live preview of what you're working on. Adjusters: Make tweaks and adjustments to your textures and effects without digging into the nodes. Filters: Apply special effects to your textures or photos. UV Textures: Create textures for your UV-mapped models. PixelScript: Use scripting to open new creative avenues, from fractals to exotic transformations. New drawing tools: Pressure-sensitive brush, freeform drawing, image trace, and…
  • Black Friday Poser/DAZ Studio & Cool Belly Rings For Any Figure

    29 Nov 2013 | 10:17 am
    Our new product for Renderosity is: Cool Belly Rings For Any Figure, a pack of 6 designs for any fantasy, casual or glamour character, that works in any figure (V4, V6, Dawn, Genesis2...) There is also a great addon of materials made by Wolfie. A new pack of the sexiest jewelry that beautifies one of the most gorgeous and sensual parts of the body, a wonderful detail that will take your renders to a new artistic level. A must-have! They are here:  Cool Belly Rings For Any Figure for Poser and DAZ Studio And as it is launched today, you can get it and use the Black Friday coupon to get it…
  • EJ Hugo For M6 Released At DAZ

    20 Nov 2013 | 6:28 am
    EJ Hugo, our character for M6, has been just released at DAZ. You can find him here: http://www.daz3d.com/ej-hugo We are very fond to vampire novels. He represents the romantic man and the tormented hero. He can have very different appearances and be a very versatile character, with custom sculpted head morph. He includes several face options, from goatee for a casual boy, also without goatee, of course, an option for Venetian mask, that reminds the Vampire novels inspired in the 18th century... so you can imagine him in a Venetian street full of fog, lurking in the corners looking for his…
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    Gwyn's Home

  • Yes, yes, it was a prank!

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You should have looked at the date first before complaining that the links didn’t work! Obviously it was another of my (in)famous April Fool’s pranks, which I try to do (almost) every year. Some years are better than others, because the best pranks are those that are 90% based on...Read more »
  • Facebook ‘likes’ Second Life, High Fidelity and buys both

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Of course this was a prank; happy April Fool's Day, and my apologies to everybody! :-)
  • Understanding Second Life’s Culture

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m currently under a lot of pressure to do my work, and every time I post anything on my blog, I get a lot of complaints that I should be working instead of blogging The complainers are right, of course… but every once in a while, I also need to...Read more »
  • Revolutionary breakthrough: animating your avatar with Kinect!

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    27 Nov 2013 | 5:34 am
    I’m breaking my long period of silence (I should be working instead of blogging!) just to share with you some exciting news. Since Linden Lab introduced user-generated, custom animations in June 2004, people have been craving for a more ‘natural’ way of animating their avatars, without resource to pre-loaded animations....Read more »
  • Prim-to-Mesh done just right

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    19 Aug 2013 | 6:40 pm
    The year was, oh, perhaps 2009 or so. In the middle of all the excitement about virtual worlds in general and Second Life® in particular, professional 3D designers were raising eyebrows at a new opportunity to sell their content. A virtual world with a million regular users who were engaged...Read more »
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    Designing Digitally, Inc.

  • Designing Digitally, Inc. Develops HTML5 Version of Drive Vermont - DMV Drivers Training Online Learning System for the State of

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    Drive Vermont has helped over 10,000 permit drivers learn the rules and regulations of driving in the State of Vermont. Franklin, OH April 15th 2014 – Designing Digitally, Inc., a full-service interactive design company, has partnered with the State of Vermont’s Department of Motor Vehicles to create an innovative learning experience for learner’s permit drivers in Vermont. This HTML5-developed free interactive program has been designed to help residents of Vermont learn to drive safely. The user-friendly system is visually appealing and accessible across multiple devices.
  • InsideView and Omnicare Leverage Gamification for Greater Employee Engagement Succes

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    No matter what business or industry you find yourself within, one of the greatest issues managers and human resource professionals encounter “across the board” within their corporations is a lack of employee engagement – often-times for new company initiatives but also for routine tasks that can’t be measured for ROI, thus holding little “threat” or “promise” to motivate greater participation. We can’t say we really blame employees for their lack of enthusiasm. Today’s work world is faster than ever before, with more workers managing…
  • The Role of the Analysis Phase in E-Learning Projects

    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    The analysis phase of e-learning project development is perhaps the most critical as it helps you uncover information that is crucial for your project to be successful with your intended audience. There are several different types of analysis you should be aware of, all of which play an integral role in the overall operation and success of the project. Different Types of Analysis It is a good idea to perform the below types of analysis at various stages of your e-learning project. Some types of analysis require little effort and research, whereas others call for a more in-depth look at your…
  • The Importance of Needs Analysis in E-Learning Development

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:22 am
    Think of any training project you have been involved in. Now, ask yourself, was it successful? Better yet, do you know what success for that particular training project should look like? If you answered no to either of those questions, or you answered yes by looking at how many people participated or received a passing grade, then you should take a closer look at needs analysis. Learning takes many different forms. The one most of us are familiar with is the passing on, or creation of, knowledge. This is the basis for traditional academic learning. However, most training, or at least…
  • Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference & Expo - April 9-12, 2014

    admin
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:21 am
    Please join the DDINC team on April 9 for the 2014 Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference and take a sneak peek at our amazing line-up of speakers, panels, workshops, sim demonstrations, poster presentations, and more. The online conference covers a wide range of subjects concerning virtual worlds and how we use these for education, virtual reality, smart games, arts and science, and the future of technology. We are very pleased to announce that our own President, Andrew Hughes, will be a featured Keynote Speaker at this year’s conference. Andrew is speaking about how…
 
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    Hypergrid Business

  • Why Kitely’s $20 plan is the better deal

    Maria Korolov
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:22 pm
    It’s hard to tell from the Kitely home page, but the $14.95 price plan is not Kitely’s best deal.   It can take a bit of hunting around to find it, but, buried deep...
  • Why Tangle grid broke their mega welcome area

    Maria Korolov
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Tangle Grid is a small, new commercial grid with about a hundred regions and 70 active users. It used to have a nice, big welcome area — a four-region megaregion. That didn’t work out,...
  • Kitely and the hypergrid: halfway there

    Maria Korolov
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Kitely has done about half of the work needed to enable full hypergrid access, said Oren Hurvitz, the company’s vice president of research and development, in an announcement today. Kitely is the sixth-most popular OpenSim grid...
  • What is OpenSim?

    Maria Korolov
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    I just realized that I’ve been writing about OpenSim for five years, and never wrote an article addressing the question: What is OpenSim? The closest I got was an article titled “What is OpenSim...
  • These kids build their own virtual world in OpenSim, then explored it with Oculus Rift

    Maria Korolov
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The students at St. Kieran’s, a school in the Irish town of Broughal, recently went on a field trip to Clonmacnoise, a nearby site with historic ruins. They came back, and created a virtual...
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    AviewTV

  • Shine Productions Performances on March 28, 2014

    theSecretRage
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:16 pm
    On  Friday, March 28, 2014 KG Shine Productions and Linden Endowment for the Arts will present “In the Beginning ” written by Ludo Merit. The show will be starring Canipanic Maslow, Kit Guardian and YOU if you want it to… this is a fun little play about the beginning of SL and how it may have panned out in the office. There are a couple of spots available for anyone game to sit in and read. If not, they have it covered. Hope to see you there at 10:45 AM for an 11:00 AM performance. If you  wish to be in the reading please arrive at 10:30 AM. The show lasts for less than…
  • Elysium Cabaret to perform on LEA2

    theSecretRage
    13 Feb 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Artistic Director and owner of KG Shine Productions, Kit Guardian, announces:  Elysium Cabaret takes the stage at KG Shine Productions in LEA2  on Friday, February 14, 2014, Valentines Day and on Friday, February 28th, 2014 with both shows starting at 9 pm slt. http://slurl.com/secondlife/LEA2/108/81/21 The  Starring Cast includes: BabypeaVonPhoenix Bikergrrl LiLAnGeLs Resident Jilley Resident Chrissy Rhiano Deb Heron Novaleigh Freng and Mytholus Resident Kit goes on to say that she asked good friend BabypeaVonPhoenix, the Coordinator of the group, andBikergrrl to come up with something as…
  • KG Shine Productions brings 2 more shows to LEA2

    theSecretRage
    14 Jan 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Kit Guardian forwarded the following news about upcoming shows at her theatre on LEA2. Kit says,” This week at KG Shine Productions we will be celebrating the talents of two of my favorite performers who performed in past productions, Caliban Jigsaw and Mommaluv Skytower. They will be bringing their own shows to the stage. On Wednesday the 15th of January 2014 at 2 PM, KG Shine Productions will be presenting to you the wonderful dynamic Actor, Caliban Jigsaw, who will be presenting his One Man show of the famous Renaissance writer, none other than Shakespeare. Caliban is a gifted…
  • The Stronger at LEA2 Performance Sim

    theSecretRage
    21 Dec 2013 | 9:25 am
      Today the LEA2 Performance Sim will be bringing you quite a different event than what it has held to date. Gish (Kit) Guardian and her Shine Productions will perform The Stronger (Swedish: Den starkare)  a play written by August Strindberg in 1889. The one scene play is a conversation between two women, actresses who meet by chance at a restaurant while one has been sitting there reading and drinking, and the other is out shopping for Christmas gifts. The two women, though both actresses and sometime rivals, live very dissimilar lives. This simple, yet intricate play is rich with…
  • AviewTV streams Avi Choice Awards

    theSecretRage
    18 Dec 2013 | 11:17 pm
    Sunday, December 15 was the day that many SL residents had been waiting for~the Avi Choice Awards! It was the culmination of many nominations and an extensive voting process designed to choose favorites in categories as varied as second Life itself… from apparel stores to performers to home builders to…well, you name it! It was likely represented! There was a great number of residents in attendance for the awards and for the after-party as well… the black tie event really sparkled! The AviewTV stream team was amazed at the number of viewers on our livestream of the…
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