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  • Arise TerraNova

    Terra Nova
    Ren Reynolds
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    I for one did not want to see TerraNova fade away (after all they named a TV programe after us, right?), and I've got three blog posts on the exciting world of eSports in notpad that I'm trying to get finished. Ted has been kind enought to hand me the keys, so Arise TerraNova you live again.  Ren
  • Part Three: IT & OT, Utilities – The Need and the Opportunity

    Cisco Blog
    Rick Geiger
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    This is the third of a four part series on the convergence of IT and OT (Operational Technologies) by Rick [...]
  • VIBE - Virtual Islands for Better Education for the October 3rd NonProfit Commons Meeting

    NPSL: Nonprofits in Second Life
    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:21 pm
    This Friday, October 3rd, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Stephen Gasior (Stephen Xootfly in SL), Stephen will present a short history and overview of the Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE) project and provide some perspective on what features are advantageous for educators running their own OpenSim grid. Stephen will then present ways to run OpenSim grids featuring their prepackaged virtual machines developed by Wizardry and Steamworks. Finally a tour of one of their grids will commence after the meeting. The tour will…
  • eSports: Naming games (Part 1)

    Terra Nova
    Ren Reynolds
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I said I’d been working on TN content. Well here is the first slice. For a long time I’ve been curious about the names people use in online spaces. This fascination grew as I began to watch eSports and saw how commentators / casters have to navigate a complex name space to make sense of the on-screen action. My fascination has turned into several thousand words exploring the way names are used in a number of eSports contexts. Here is the first part of the jottings, the second part is on StarCraft, Race and Culture.   Part 1: What’s your name? When you listen closely to an eSports…
  • Euclideon Unveils Its Progress

    The Creative Shed
    David Holloway
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    It’s hard to believe it’s been just over three years since I had my first hands-on with Euclideon’s graphics technology. I was impressed back then and have been keeping in semi-regular touch with the team to see how thing’s are going. In the past fortnight they’ve released some pretty interesting updates on how they’re going. Aside from showing off their work looks visually, they also allude to the fact that the tech is being used in the development of two games, that they’re launching a games division in 2015 and that they are willing to start…
 
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    NPSL: Nonprofits in Second Life

  • VIBE - Virtual Islands for Better Education for the October 3rd NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:21 pm
    This Friday, October 3rd, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Stephen Gasior (Stephen Xootfly in SL), Stephen will present a short history and overview of the Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE) project and provide some perspective on what features are advantageous for educators running their own OpenSim grid. Stephen will then present ways to run OpenSim grids featuring their prepackaged virtual machines developed by Wizardry and Steamworks. Finally a tour of one of their grids will commence after the meeting. The tour will…
  • Using Second Life to Present Virtual Professional Conferences for the September 26th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:48 am
    This Friday, September 26th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature iSkye Silverweb and Sister Abeyante, both of Virtual Ability. Leading up to this year's IDRAC (International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference) on Oct. 3-4, they will share best practices, and take us on a behind the scenes look at the "how tos" behind organizing a successful multi national virtual conference. iSkye Silverweb wears a few hats in the Virtual Ability community: Virtual Ability community events scheduler, Community calendar keeper, Virtual Ability…
  • Recreating Cretaceous Sea Creatures in Second Life for the September 19th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    This Friday, September 19th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL), virtual world specialist and founder of The Vesuvius Group. This summer, The American Museum of Natural History hosted a summer camp for teens where they studied Cretaceous Era fish and then learned to scientifically model them. As part of this project, The Vesuvius Group created a tool in Second Life to help the youth easily create models of the creatures they were studying, and release them into an interactive underwater environment. Jeroen…
  • #Storymakers2014: Tips and Tools for the September 12th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    This Friday, September 12th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on TechSoup's  Storymakers 2014 contest and tips and tools that can be used for digital storytelling. From YouTube tips, to super short video and other tools, come learn and share. Info on Storymakers 2014: http://www.techsoup.org/community/community-initiatives/storymakers   Join us in Second Life!  Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting Friday, September 12th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater http://bit.ly/NPCinSL   AGENDA (all times below PT) 8:30 am…
  • Creations for Parkinson's for the September 5th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:49 pm
    This Friday, September 5thTechSoup'sNonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Barbara Richards (Barbie Alchemi in SL) and Fran Swenson (Fran Seranade in SL) of Creations for Parkinson's. Barbie introduced her 87 year old mother Fran to Second Life, where she has been able to run, swim, and dance freely again, as well as finding friends and a support community that is part of their Creations Park sim.  Through their Creations for Parkinson's, Team Fox group events, sales and fundraisers, they have also raised thousands of dollars for the Michael J. Fox Foundation to go towards…
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    Terra Nova

  • eSports: Naming games (Part 1)

    Ren Reynolds
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I said I’d been working on TN content. Well here is the first slice. For a long time I’ve been curious about the names people use in online spaces. This fascination grew as I began to watch eSports and saw how commentators / casters have to navigate a complex name space to make sense of the on-screen action. My fascination has turned into several thousand words exploring the way names are used in a number of eSports contexts. Here is the first part of the jottings, the second part is on StarCraft, Race and Culture.   Part 1: What’s your name? When you listen closely to an eSports…
  • Arise TerraNova

    Ren Reynolds
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    I for one did not want to see TerraNova fade away (after all they named a TV programe after us, right?), and I've got three blog posts on the exciting world of eSports in notpad that I'm trying to get finished. Ted has been kind enought to hand me the keys, so Arise TerraNova you live again.  Ren
  • Making it official: RIP Terra Nova

    ecastronova
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Terra Nova began on September 11, 2003 and maintained steady intellectual activity for a good 7 years afterwards. For about 4 years now the site has been kept alive out of a sense of good will. I think though for the good of the world it is time to let it pass. All this means is, I won't be auto-renewing the credit card payment. I assume the content will stay here. It's interesting to reflect on why TN existed and why it went away. For a time in the last decade, there was a sense that an immersive 3D communal place was a substantial thing unto itself, and likely to become an important…
  • 30 Jun 2014 | 2:20 am

    greglas
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:20 am
    Since our last post was in March and it's almost July, I'm going to promote Ted's new book on wildcat currencies here, since he hasn't done that yet. http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300186130 And while I'm at it, here's his other new book, written with Vili, on the design of virtual economies: http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/virtual-economies
  • 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…
 
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    The Creative Shed

  • Euclideon Unveils Its Progress

    David Holloway
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    It’s hard to believe it’s been just over three years since I had my first hands-on with Euclideon’s graphics technology. I was impressed back then and have been keeping in semi-regular touch with the team to see how thing’s are going. In the past fortnight they’ve released some pretty interesting updates on how they’re going. Aside from showing off their work looks visually, they also allude to the fact that the tech is being used in the development of two games, that they’re launching a games division in 2015 and that they are willing to start…
  • Australia: You Can Patent Breast Cancer Genes

    David Holloway
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Isn’t this the sort of stuff patents should apply to? A fascinating decision by the Federal Court of Australia this week, that will have some significant implications for research in coming years. The full bench of the Federal Court of Australia has ruled that private companies do have the right to control human genes. The court upheld a decision from February 2013 that ruled patents on breast cancer genes were valid, because the method of isolating the gene created something new and could therefore be patented. The reaction has been fairly swift from both the legal and scientific…
  • Use of the Virtual Environment for Learning: Upcoming Presentation

    David Holloway
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    With thanks to Sarah Jones via the SL Health group: The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing will present a program with Dr. Dee McGonigle (SL: Houstonccn) speaking on the topic “Use of the Virtual Environment for Learning”. Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Time: 2:00-3:15 pm SLT Location: The UT Arlington Conference Center in Second Life, UTArlington III, SLURL: http://bit.ly/UTASLConferenceCenter More information: http://www.uta.edu/secondlife/nursingce/ Dr. Dee McGonigle, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF, is a Professor and Chair of the Virtual Learning…
  • Bruce Springsteen Gets His Own Academic Journal

    David Holloway
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    No, it’s not a joke – McGill University have launched an academic journal devoted purely to the work of Bruce Springsteen. The brief is to publish scholarly works looking closely at Springsteen’s creative output in context of wider society. The first issue is available for free now, and here’s an example of one article’s title and abstract: SPRINGSTEEN AS DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPIST: AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHY Based on differing theories of moral development proposed by Lawrence Kohlberg, Martin Hoffman, and John Gibbs, this paper posits that listening to Bruce…
  • Album Review: The Empty Hearts

    David Holloway
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    A rock band is a machine. It’s a totally unoriginal analogy, but powerful all the same. There’s a bunch of moving parts and when things are running well, a band can feel like it could go into perpetual motion. This is particularly the case where you have each member coming into the project with a decade or four of experience under their belt and a willingness to leave egos locked in the bathroom, if not at the door. This appears to have occurred with The Empty Hearts. Consisting of industry veterans Wally Palmar (The Romantics), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Andy Babiuk (Chesterfield…
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    WoW Insider

  • Hearthstone's October 2014 Ranked Play Season ushers in Hallow's End

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It's a new month, which means a new season of Hearthstone ranked play is upon us -- and a new card back. This month's theme is Hallow's End. These card backs seem to get consistently better, evolving from glorified palette swaps to artwork with far more detail. To earn the card back, you must reach rank 20 in ranked play before the end of the month. If you're an inexperienced Hearthstone player, we would advise waiting a few days before giving it a shot. A new season of ranked play means a ranking reset. Much more experienced players will be aggressively working their way up the ranks to…
  • Yes, Molten Core LFR will grant Hydraxian Waterlords reputation

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I'm pretty excited about the upcoming 10th Anniversary Molten Core LFR, but I have to admit, of all the reasons I have to be excited about that, the idea that it would be a way to gather Hydraxian Waterlords reputation would have been absolutely on the bottom of the list. However, some of you apparently care about this, and now it's official - Crithto has confirmed that yes, Virginia, there is a Hydraxian Waterlords Reputation Santa Claus. So there you have it. Now, when I ran Molten Core, back in the day, you needed that rep to get the Aqual Quintessence you needed to douse the runes. And…
  • Patch 6.0: Treasure room keys removed

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you're trying to get the achievement In The Hall Of The Thunder King, get working on it not, because as soon as Patch 6.0 drops the achievement becomes a Feat of Strength, and the key will no longer drop. That's the word from Kaivax on the forums. Kaivax - Treasure Room Achievement -> Feat of Strength n WoW Patch 6.0.2, we will be retiring the Achievement In The Hall Of The Thunder King, as the treasure room will no longer be accessible. That achievement will become a Feat of Strength, and Elder Charm of Good Fortune will drop in place of the key to the room. source I admit I don't…
  • The Queue: Tongues, Warlords questing, and more

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 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. Alex Ziebart will be your host today. For the record, I said nothing about parmesan cheese on Monday. If you were wondering, that is. Because Adam. Also, please forgive me: today's Queue is a bit rapid-fire on the questions. Samurai asked: When fighting the celestials on the Timeless Isle, they sometimes yell something in demonic (or maybe it's just Chi-Ji that does it). What are they saying? How does this fit into the MoP story / lore? Are the Celestials on…
  • Around Azeroth: Some like it hot and some sweat when the heat is on

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Frequent submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A) has taken another hit for the team and returned to Gallywix's Pleasure Palace for some screenshots. She doesn't want to be there, she'd rather be pulling weeds on her farm for the four hundredth consecutive day, but duty calls. This time, she's visited his private sauna, which always makes me think of the Simpsons episode where someone tries to kill Homer by locking him in a steam room. Also, is that hookah wrapped around that entire end table? Want to see your own screenshot here? Send it to…
 
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    TORLEY

  • Top 3 mistakes disrupting the cohesive illusion field when doing 80s-like #synthwave/#outrun/#retrofuture music

    Torley
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    (1) MASTERING TOO SQUASHED or non-existent dynamic range. Listen to old records for their air and power when a big chord crashes down. (2) PUTTING OLD SOUNDS IN NEW SPACES, resulting in temporal anachronisms that even casual listeners feel are “off”. Spacial (which is the way it should be spelt) processing has a HUGE yet subtle effect on the end sound. Many Vangelis copycats are lacking because they ignore the master’s shading, it’s like painting oils on textureless office stock instead of canvas. Opt for noisy reverbs or choice convolution impulses. Easy fix: Ableton…
  • I like staring at Ableton’s Racks

    Torley
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:24 am
    Ableton Live’s implementation of Racks (which I’ll subsequently use lowercase) are one of the elegantest (we can say “finest”, so why not) tools in electronic music. They allow you, among many other things, to add convenient macro controls to 3rd-party plugins that don’t have them. The following isn’t intended to be any sort of technical advice, just my observations on why I feel so strongly. It may be of interest if you don’t care about the process of making music, yet are nonetheless curious about my specific obsession. Sort of like documentaries about people passionate in…
  • I’ll make more videos about electronic music when I’d like to.

    Torley
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:17 am
    I’m immensely grateful that I still get letters about stuff I uploaded several years ago to YouTube. I’m also blessed that so many talented sound designers have sent me their virtual instruments to play, although I’m cursed in parallel with (1) not having more time to explore and (2) being extremely preferential about my sonic preferences, based heavily on the types of projects I’m working on for both my own and collaborators’ growth. As a minimalist of sorts, it makes me sad when I receive gifts I don’t actually use, including virtual ones, so if I didn’t publicly play what…
  • Musical motion capture and future performance

    Torley
    23 May 2014 | 3:40 pm
    In electronic music, historically more than other genres (and now lavishly leaking beyond compare due to the oft-offered observation that even folksy country strummers are Pro Toolin’), there exists the relationship between programming and performance, between the steptime and realtime, between the non-linear and the live. In the parallel field of computer animation, it can be mind-numbingly tedious to keyframe facial expressions and breathe emotion into a character, similar to how it simply takes much longer to sequence a sampled orchestra to sound like “the real thing”.
  • Why I hate homogeneous food and love the sonic smorgasbord

    Torley
    23 May 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Over the eons, I’ve heard various composers put forth all manner of analogies and metaphors for how they envision the creative process. Sometimes, it’s a buffet for me — an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord. The cuisine is pan-fusion, imported not from around the world, but brought in across many of the parallel universes my obsessions are synonymous with. A patch browser/sound library may as well be an expansive assortment of many dishes under metal lids on a cruise ship headed for the stars in cyberspace. And woe be unto thy finite digestive system, you can only have so many dishes…
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    Massively

  • The Stream Team: Dota 2's 6.82 madness

    Mike Foster
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Filed under: Fantasy, Video, Game Mechanics, Patches, PvP, Free-to-Play, Massively Meta, Hands-On, Livestream, MOBA, The Stream Team The last few months in Dota 2 have come with a sense of stagnation. The professional and high-tier play meta, on display most prominently in this year's $11 million International championship, was in a rut. Something had to change before players grew bored or frustrated with facing the same three or four team strategies. Last week, Valve delivered an earthquake of a content patch, providing a ridiculously huge update that changed items, heroes, abilities, game…
  • Archlord 2 rolls out its first major content update

    Eliot Lefebvre
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Filed under: Fantasy, Trailers, Video, Patches, News Items, Free-to-Play Have you been hankering for something new to do in Archlord 2? If so, you'll be happy to know that the game's first major update has gone live, bringing with it a level cap increase to 46 along with new contested areas and new dungeons. The new dungeons are aided by the introduction of a flesible system that allows you to take on the challenges within in a group of varying size; the enemies therein will scale to provide differing challenges. Meanwhile, the Morning Dew Desert is a new map for the game's factions to clash…
  • Darkfall Unholy Wars hosts a free weekend

    Eliot Lefebvre
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Filed under: Fantasy, Video, Darkfall, Events (Real-World), Patches, News Items Have you always wanted to head back to Darkfall Unholy Wars but never quite had an excuse to do so? If so, you're getting one now. Aventurine is turning on open access to all of the game's servers this weekend, from Friday, October 3rd, until maintenance on Monday, October 6th. Everyone will be able to jump in and play for free as long as you have an account, whether you're an old-school lapsed player or just unsubscribed briefly as the school year started up. The weekend is in celebration of the game's latest…
  • EVE's Oceanus release is now live

    Jef Reahard
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Filed under: Sci-Fi, EVE Online, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Patches, PvP, News Items, Sandbox EVE Online's latest update has been successfully pushed to the sci-fi sandbox's live Tranquility server, according to a CCP announcement post. Oceanus includes new cloak effects, notification tweaks, new burner missions, easier fitting import/exports, French localization, and some other stuff that you can read about via the full patch notes.EVE's Oceanus release is now live originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of…
  • Leaderboard: Nightmare Tide vs. Warlords of Draenor

    Jef Reahard
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Filed under: World of Warcraft, Fantasy, Expansions, MMO Industry, PvE, Opinion, RIFT, Leaderboard There are a couple of big fantasy MMO expansions coming out in short order. RIFT's Nightmare Tide drops on October 8th, while World of Warcraft's Warlords of Draenor releases on November 13th. Given those facts, I bet you can guess the content of today's Leaderboard, can't ya? Vote after the cut! Ever wish that you could put to rest a long-standing MMO debate once and for all? Then welcome to the battle royal of Massively's Leaderboard, where two sides enter the pit o' judgment -- and only one…
 
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    Gwyn's Home

  • Registering users on a website

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Dawsey Chatterbox, posting a comment on the page for my SL User Create WordPress plugin, asked for a simpler version of the code which would merely register an avatar name to a MySQL database. He has been patient, having been waiting for almost a year Here goes the code for...Read more »
  • Revisiting the Beginners’ Guide to Second Life®

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    A decade ago, information about Second Life® was scarce. Newbies would drop into a Brave New World and get completely confused. There were in-world volunteers — and the Linden Liaisons — to help you out, but often it was hard to assemble a lot of information to get you going....Read more »
  • Revisiting the Colourising Script

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    In late 2004, I’ve joined a few groups that did a lot of discussion events. Often people could not attend them, so transcripts were kept and posted on the Linden Lab forums. Reading a transcript ‘after-the-fact’ is not the same thing as participating in a discussion in real time. For...Read more »
  • NeXT Life

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Unless you have been hiding in a warp hole somewhere (like I am!) you might have missed the latest announcement from Linden Lab: Second Life: The Next Generation, or SL2, or — as I prefer to call it — NeXT Life, is currently being developed, and the first beta will probably appear...Read more »
  • 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 »
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    Second Life

  • Reply to No ads in the SL stream

    ShoshanaEpsilon
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    ShoshanaEpsilon posted a reply: Links aren't the problem. The question is, DOES IT LOOK LIKE AN AD? If so, then it goes out. This includes pictures with advertising text, prices, URLs, logos. Please, by all means put your advertising text the text section! People DO want to know where to get these things. But a scan of the stream shouldn't look like an ad board. Thank you. -- Shoshana
  • Reply to Other groups

    ShoshanaEpsilon
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    ShoshanaEpsilon posted a reply: www.flickr.com/groups/newreleasesandblogposts/ www.flickr.com/groups/slfashionbloggers/ www.flickr.com/groups/welovetoblog/ www.flickr.com/groups/1954167@N24/ www.flickr.com/groups/thestoresandcreatorslistgroup/ www.flickr.com/groups/thestoresandcreatorslistgroup/ www.flickr.com/groups/2167699@N25/ www.flickr.com/groups/1662727@N20/
  • Reply to 17.600 SL members on flickr

    Timantti Vesiputous
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Timantti Vesiputous posted a reply: I've met a few, usually at shopping events.
  • Reply to Introduce yourself here!

    Vcky J
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Vcky J posted a reply: Hey :D I'm on SL since 2006 (my first account) even when it flopped in my country I kept liking it. I always liked taking snapshots but recently I started really loving it because my computer let me LOL. Meh that's all =P
  • Reply to Introduce yourself here!

    BettiRaige
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    BettiRaige posted a reply: Hello Beautiful people! I'm just getting started.. and would truly enjoy advice and kudos .. I reallly enjoy the learning process and always love when people share their thoughts and techniques with me! Please stop by and say hello! Cheers! BettiRaige
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    MixedRealities

  • Progressive and emergent games / online courses

    rolandlegrand
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I’ve been looking into an interesting course going on right now, Understanding Video Games, at Coursera by Leah Hackman and Sean Gouglas (Alberta University). It’s a rather institutional Massive Open Online Course, not the connectivist style we experience at connectedcourses, but I’m very interested in the subjects they teach. The three main parts of the course are developing the terminology that enables us to talk about video games, exploring how these terms are used in theoretical frameworks to interpret games, and turning these theories toward cultural aspects of games in…
  • Bringing together distributed learning

    rolandlegrand
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    One of the important topics at the connectedcourses is… how to connect all the posts on the many platforms learners use. Facilitator Alan Levine mentions on his blog cogdogblog a few ways to aggregate content, two seem particularly interesting: gRSShopper by Stephen Downes, the guy who introduced me and so many others to connectivist MOOCs in 2008. It’s a personal web environment that combines resource aggregation, a personal dataspace, and personal publishing. The WordPress/FeedWordPress Syndication hub approach used for connectedcourses and the digital storytelling course ds106.
  • Learning is tinkering and narrating it

    rolandlegrand
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
    Why should you blog? Own a domain name? Because learning is so tremendously enjoyable and the web teaches us so much about what learning is. The web is not just a tool for learning, it’s an experience which allows one to experience, to live learning. In this video Jim Groom (Edupunk, ds106), Alan Levine (cogdogblog), and Howard Rheingold (social media, virtual communities) talk about the how and why of setting up your blog – in this case for Connected Courses – but what they say is valid far beyond this particular course. My very short summary of there arguments: the web…
  • A course about connected learning

    rolandlegrand
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    This seems to be a fun course coming up at connectedcourses.net: For Fall 2014, our major focus is on running a course for developing and teaching connected courses. The course is designed and taught by faculty from diverse institutions, some of whom are the folks behind successful connected courses such as FemTechNet>, ds106, phonar, and the National Writing Project CLMOOC. You can find the syllabus here, and the people involved here. I have no plans for ‘developing and teaching’ connected courses, but I’d love to learn more about the principles of connected learning…
  • Mindmapping Oculus Rift

    rolandlegrand
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:07 am
    I’m still working on the Oculus Rift coverage and will meet users and developers. I made a wiki mind map (so you can add, change to it) about Oculus, using sources such as the Oculus subreddit and Wired Magazine. Scanning the reviews and reactions it seems obvious that Virtual Reality is back again. The application go far beyond gaming and new exciting developments can be expected such as haptic feedback and eye tracking. So here is my fledgling mind map: Your browser is not able to display frames.  Please visit the mind map: Oculus on Mind Mapping – MindMeister.Create your own…
 
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    Botgirl's Digital Playground

  • The Push and Pull of Mediums on Creative Expression

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    This is a video sketch of a dream sequence for Jess as she undergoes her superpower medical procedure. It was pretty easy to put together, given the way Plotagon allows you to quickly flip characters while keeping the same dialogue. It's not quite baked, but you get the idea. I hope to have time over the weekend to flesh it out.Each medium and platform has its own push and pull moving users to actualize their ideas in certain ways. Even text, whose grammar and natural syntax put all but the most innovative (or illiterate) writers into a fairly narrow box of expressive form.I guess this can be…
  • Storytelling in multiple mediums

    24 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    A lot of what I've learned here has enriched the work I do for my business. But one thing that hasn't crossed over yet is multi-platform storytelling. Over the years, the evolving story that began on this blog has crossed over into social networks, comics, videos, 100 word stories, single frame stories, and participation in virtual panels and presentations. This didn't arise as a conscious attempt at spreading my brand (God forbid). It was mostly me messing around in new mediums that piqued my interest. Most of what I do requires only the most basic technical skill, so as an advocate of…
  • The Age of the Amateur

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    When I take the time to think about it, I am awed by the way technology has empowered amateur creativity. Just a few of decades ago, the ability to craft a creative work and share it with a large number of people was limited to a handful of professionals and media companies. Today, anyone with a smart phone, tablet or computer can create anything from a short video on Snapchat to a full blown animated work with Plotagon, and share it instantly worldwide with a few taps or clicks.Whether a work is viewed by a few dozen or a few million, the ease of creation and sharing has motivated…
  • And They Give Second Life Crap About Sordid Sex?

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    I'm going to recap a bit, so if you've been following the story here, you can skip to the second paragraph. I've been playing around with a new project for the past month or so. It started with a couple of videos I created with Plotagon. I kinda fell in love with Jessie James, the main character, and ended up creating what is now a series of fifteen videos and a supporting blog and Twitter account. As the plot developed, Jessie signed up her arch nemesis, Lizzie, to Seeking Arrangements, a RL site that connects wealthy men with girls who want to be supported financially. As…
  • The Guru Jessie James: What I've learned from Life With Jess.

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    I'm finally beginning to figure out what Jessie James and the Life With Jess narrative has been trying to tell me. In short, it's a wake up call to the fact that my own happy sense of life is only made possible through ongoing inattention and apathy regarding the suffering of others. And that I have a foundational and pervasive sense of entitlement based on what is mostly just good fortune. I'm not saying that I'm a bad person. In fact, I'm probably above average on a scale between ISIS beheaders and  the Dali Lama. But I can see the seeds of Jessie's character within my own…
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    Second Life Fashion Addict

  • Always Room In My Home & Heart

    Ketsy
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Every time I begin to set up a new living space in Second Life, there is always something missing. No matter how much I adore the building, there always seems to be too much room. Look at this stunning Jasmine House from The Scarlet Creative, it is the perfect setting for my 'I was a Bollywood Queen in another life' sensibilities. It is brand new at this round of COLLABOR88, and the price is epic in a low kind of way.I managed to pack in all three of the amazing Zaara {Home} collections from the past 3 The Arcade Gacha Events, and still had heaps…
  • Earning My Stripes

    Ketsy
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Pushing through when you are fighting fatigue and exhaustion is a special kind of ability, and one I seem to be lacking for the most part. Today I have managed to do it, but who knows what tomorrow may bring. I figure every push is like earning my stripes, so to speak, and over my lifetime, I have more stripes than places to display them. This adorable look came together with a little bit of luck and a whole lot of awesome pieces from a lot of different places. Really it is my favorite way to blog, although time consuming, pulling together a really unique look is what makes me most…
  • Tale of Tails

    Ketsy
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    It's been a bit of a week for me, and being under the weather does not agree with me so very much. It certainly gets in the way of my ability to blog, which is a shame because there is so much worth blogging on the grid lately. When I finally made my way to The KUSTOM 9 over a week ago, I managed to snag up so much greatness that this post is full of it, in a good way that is. Finds included this adorable AMITOMO Black Cat Clutch, which makes for an awesome Gacha prize, you have to love the glowing eyes.  I also got a chance to wear this great new TRUTH…
  • Patchwork Cute

    Ketsy
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    This post took a whole lot of effort to piece together, just like a patchwork quilt. I took me days to get the style together, then to hunt for a cute location, another two to finally get my photos done (thank you SL), and yet another day to track down all my location SLurls and event landmarks. I hope it was worth it, it takes a lot of work to look this cute. Thank goodness for great new hair from .ploom., Missy is available now exclusively at The Big Show. I almost always wear my hair up like this in my everyday, and the pumped up bun on top is…
  • Summer Music Festival

    Ketsy
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Just a chill look fit for any summer music festival. Casual, cute and cool with bits and pieces I have been collecting at some of the amazing events this month. Make sure you check them out while you can, you wouldn't want to miss the festival express. Hit up Uber, COLLABOR88, FaMESHed, and The Chapter FourCredits: Hair - TRUTH HAIR Malibu 2 (Reds) **New@UberSkin - -Glam Affair - Artemis - Asia 04 D **New@COLLABOR88Brows - -Glam Affair - Artemis Brows - Tintable (New) **New@COLLABOR88Freckles - .Pekka. Light…
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    Free*Style

  • Limited Copies Dollarbie

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
      This is kind of weird but I saw this item on Marketplace and it looks adorable and is only 1L and says it is limited to 100 copies sold EVER so I thought I would share it here for our readers before it's gone! Find it HERE I will remove this in a bit because I am sure the copies will be sold out very quickly and I don't want a post up once they are gone.
  • Pale Brew

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    The cart sale going down at The Wash is starting to wrap up. You only have until October 8th to get down there to grab some awesome deals.I thought I'd take the time to prepare an outfit out, to go with the upcoming season.Shape - External Appearance Shapes - L$10 @ The Wash Cart SaleHairbase - booN - Reduced Sale ItemHair - Moon - Free Instore Group Gift (Free to Join)Skin - PixyStix - Free Instore Group Gift (Free to Join)Eyes - The Cat's Mew - Free SL Marketplace GiftLashes - Redgrave - Not FreeMakeup - KK Bodyshop - Not FreeHands - Slink - Not FreeNail Applier  - Kosh - Not…
  • Dapper

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
     A few of us have been covering A Clockwork Spiral this past few weeks. The charity even ends on the 1st of October, so there isn't much time left. I decided to show you all a few of the non wearables that the event has to offer. This wheelchair has to be my favorite. Wearing: Mesh Avatar& Eyes - Cheerno - Not FreeMustache - The Stringer Mausoleum - Free Gift @ Shop Free*StyleOutfit&Hat - ImmateriA - 50% to charity @ A Clockwork Spiral EventMonocle&Pocket Watch - Amaranthus - Twisted HuntPet Mouse - Krystal - L$1 Gift @ Re Love to Roleplay Pose -…
  • .:fade to blue:.

    27 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    vvSkin--The Skinnery Marni 1 (100L at The Arcade gacha event)Hair--Mina Iris (70L pastel and ombre pastel color packs at The Dressing Room Fusion)Eyes--KMADD Mesh Eyes Sampler Demo (free demo)Eyelashes--Lumae Eyelashes Longer (part of group gift in store)Eyebrows--The Skinnery Marni Brows (100L at The Arcade gacha event)Tattoo--Para Designs Deadly Spades (30L cheapie)Jewelry--Maxi Gossamer Royal Autumn Forest Acorn (150L at 50% off Flash Sale)Dress--Nightmare Design Twilight Boa Ladies Summer Dress (1L No White Clothes after Labor Day hunt item)Mesh hands--SLink Flat (worn with The Skinnery…
  • New at Shop Free*Style and More!

    27 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
      Hello hello hello! Do I have some awesome for you!  Today I bring you some awesome.  Jalwa and Bilo have some awesome items out as cheapies for Shop Free*Style.  For those of you who like your Physique and The Mesh Project bodies there is even something in this for you!!  Joy!  I love it so much every time a designer puts a new item out at Shop Free*Style.  My heart skipped a beat when I saw these.  Love!  I bet you will love them too.  Demos available for both.  I want to make a special note about my collar.  Lolapop has this…
 
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    The Metaverse Journal - virtual worlds news

  • Euclideon Unveils Its Progress

    David Holloway
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    It’s hard to believe it’s been just over three years since I had my first hands-on with Euclideon’s graphics technology. I was impressed back then and have been keeping in semi-regular touch with the team to see how thing’s are going. In the past fortnight they’ve released some pretty interesting updates on how they’re going. Aside from showing off their work looks visually, they also allude to the fact that the tech is being used in the development of two games, that they’re launching a games division in 2015 and that they are willing to start…
  • Use of the Virtual Environment for Learning: Upcoming Presentation

    David Holloway
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    With thanks to Sarah Jones via the SL Health group: The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing will present a program with Dr. Dee McGonigle (SL: Houstonccn) speaking on the topic “Use of the Virtual Environment for Learning”. Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Time: 2:00-3:15 pm SLT Location: The UT Arlington Conference Center in Second Life, UTArlington III, SLURL: http://bit.ly/UTASLConferenceCenter More information: http://www.uta.edu/secondlife/nursingce/ Dr. Dee McGonigle, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF, is a Professor and Chair of the Virtual Learning…
  • Second Life and Law Teaching

    David Holloway
    6 Jun 2014 | 12:20 am
    Another great initiative coming out of the University of Western Australia: A Second Life machinima has been custom made for the first time for one of the major units for a degree programme at UWA with the efforts of UWA Associate Professor Natalie Skead, former champion of the international UWA film challenges, Laurina Hawks of Berlin, and UWA virtual worlds founder Jay Jay Jegathesan. The brilliant short film (machinima) “Equity & Trusts: Estoppel Tutorial”, was created by Laurina based on a script written by Professor Skead for the LAWS5103 unit, Equity & Trusts,…
  • Philip Rosedale Addresses Silicon Valley VR, Demos High Fidelity

    David Holloway
    19 May 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Philip Rosedale has delivered a pretty interesting presentation to the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality group. Aside from giving a decent demo of High Fidelity, Rosedale has a bunch of interesting points to make and even throws up a new definition of virtual reality: Virtual Reality: A Sensory Experience in which the results of our actions are consistent with our past experiences It’s an all-encomassing definition, but it’s one that works well in context of the other points he makes. Have a watch for yourself, but do note this is a pretty rough recording and apparently there will be…
  • Relay for Life in Second Life 2014

    David Holloway
    3 May 2014 | 8:27 pm
    The Relay for Life event in Second Life has always been a highlight for me and it looks like this year’s is no different. I’m always extremely impressed with the commitment that goes into organising this even each year and aside from all the great fundraising it does, it also challenges the stereotype of virtual worlds being ephemeral things without substance. Here’s the latest info I’ve received from the organisers:   REGISTER TODAY AND BE PART OF HISTORY-MAKING! Want to be a part of the largest fundraising movement on the grid? There’s still time to form a…
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    FabFree - Fabulously Free in SL

  • FabFree Designer of the Day ~ 10 / 01 / 2014 ~ Gaall

    Tiana Omizu
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Gaall ~ Satin Mesh Blouse ~ FREE / October Group Gift / Free to Join. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Parallel%20Universe/222/110/22 **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.
  • 1Hundred @ The Wash Cart Sale

    Tiana Omizu
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Hello Fabulous readers! I hope you are all doing well. I am back after being a bit poorly over the last few days! I can’t believe we are in October already.. where is the time going? Today I am showing you another store taking part in The Wash Cart Sale. There are still a few days left to come and get the goodies so be sure to stop by! 1Hundred have some really cute and sexy items for sale on their cart.. below I am showing a couple of my favourite items. Jane Mini by 1Hundred [L$10 / The Wash Cart Sale] Little Lace Dress (Pink) by 1Hundred [L$10 / The Wash Cart Sale] Below are the…
  • FabFree Halloween Gacha Event

    Love Trill
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    FabFree is hosting a Halloween Gacha Event on the patio at FabFree Headquarters beginning today, October 1st and it will run until the end of the month! We are offering twenty gacha machines filled with Halloween themed items, all priced below 50L per play. All items are transferrable so you can trade, sell or gift your extras!! While you are visiting FabFree Headquarters, make sure you have a peek inside The Gift Gallery where you will find 60 FREE GIFTS as well as the yard sale section just past the gacha patio offering items all priced at less than 50L. *** PRIZE PREVIEW *** Sassy!
  • Dancing In The Streets

    Love Trill
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Hey Fabulouses! Just one more little post from me tonight before I log off for the night I came across this awesome freebie in the group notices of the Fabulously Free in SL inworld group and thought you all might be interested to see it! When you slap the MM board at Lineal Rise Design and lock it down, you will be sent the Leather Dress and Leather Boots set shown in the photo above for FREE. This set makes for a great clubbin’ dress if I do say so myself, and it inspired me to check out a new club which is something I haven’t made time for in Second Life in eons.  My photo…
  • Ghee, She’s Pure Poison

    Love Trill
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Hello Fabulouses! I came across a couple of really fabulous group gifts that I wanted to share with you, so I tossed them on  with a couple of Uber event finds and here we are with pictures and a blog and the whole thing! lol. You can find the fashionable newly released for fall Fur Trim Tunic at ghee as a free group gift.  This group is 250L to join, but they often give out very generous gifts that make the join fee well worth it in my books.  You can purchase the matching Noir tights I am wearing with it in their new release area if you wish, or pair up your new tunic with a…
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    JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog

  • Panda

    gogo
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    The new Katat0nik Panda Hoodie & Heart Mace is ridiculously cute!! It’s Autumn. I’m changing my hair color to Brunette, and I love it. What I’m Wearing: Pink Fuel Skin Waabi Pills – Emily Hair (Chocolate) Katat0nik – Panda Hoodie Katat0nik – Heart Mace The post Panda appeared first on JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog.
  • Good night

    gogo
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I love pigtails! What I’m Wearing: Pink Fuel Skin Truth – Aviva 2 Teefy – Celeste Dress (S) Classic The post Good night appeared first on JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog.
  • Another Somewhere

    gogo
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Hello from Another Somewhere! There is a cozy cabin on the sim with rustic decor, I love it! I’ve just realized that I don’t have a fur throw in my SLife, and now a bit sad. Are you in the mood for Autumn fashion yet? I am! I’m wearing the Faux Fur Coat from Teefy, pairing it with the new Coi Dress from Fishy Strawberry, and the Buccaneer Boots from Lassitude & Ennui completes today’s outfit. What I’m Wearing: Pink Fuel Skin Truth – Amaris Teefy – Faux Fur Coat (Milk) Fishy Strawberry – Coi Dress (Taupe) XXS Lassitude & Ennui –…
  • Popsicle

    gogo
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Good morning SL! Let’s share a Popsicle. I need to clean my inventory, but the objects folder is scary now. If SL had a feature to “unpack all boxed items” from within a folder, I would be so thrilled. I can’t wait for the holidays, so I’ll have a whole week to sort and purge my inventory, before the new year! I like to start every new year in SL with a slimmer inventory (~50K or less), which is a good number for someone who has a lot of stuff! I know other bloggers who have in excess of over 100K inventory (looking at you, Sasy Scarborough). What’s your…
  • LaCahute Country Chic

    gogo
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Welcome to my Country Chic Dining room from LaCahute! After a few years, I’ve finally updated my dining set, and I’m so in love with this French country-inspired set. I’m keeping this for a long time, cos it matches the rest of my home perfectly. Gogo lives in a French country/beach/retro home LOL!! I like it all, and I try to blend it all together. I must thank my friend Caroline Apollo (check out her blog), for the cute tea decorations! We’re starting a  teacup collection now. If you have tea cups, especially the rare Apple Fall one, send it to Caroline! What…
 
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    Koinup: Second Life Places

  • Bazooka

    27 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bazooka/128/128/0
  • Serena Imagine

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/128/128/0
  • FELGO World III

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:33 pm
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/FELGO%20World%20III/128/128/0
  • Hudhufushi

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hudhufushi/128/128/0
  • Hippo Hollow

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:14 pm
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hippo%20Hollow/128/128/0
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    Hiperia3D News

  • EJ Bellaluna and Moonchild Jewels

    20 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    This is our new character for our store at DAZ: EJ Bellaluna and Moonchild Jewels. She comes with a jewelry set included: Moonchild Jewels, which consists in a necklace, 2 earrings, and a star prop. The star prop comes in small size, for example to be put on the hand as in the main promo, or make it big as seen in another one of the promos. Bellaluna has a very detailed skin. She has options for 7 casual makeups, 8 lip colors, and also the option for no lip color for more natural lips, she also has 7 eyelashes colors to mix and match with the casual look to get a fashionable look, or with the…
  • EJ Perla

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    Here is our new character for our DAZ store: EJ Perla is a character for Genesis 2 Female, with highly detailed skin and makeup. She comes with many torso, back, and arm body painting options, as well as many options to customize her appearance. Includes a beautiful custom sculpted morph for the head, sculpted genitalia, elven ears, and several body painting options (torso and arm, torso only, back only, arm only). Her makeup, nails, and lashes look great together - mix and match them as you wish. See images and get her here: EJ Perla for Genesis 2 Female for DAZ Studio and Poser(with dson) -…
  • Bejeweled Bundle

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    Our new product for our DAZ store: Bejeweled Bundle Make your characters shine in gold, silver and precious ornaments with this set of pieces of body jewelry: Belly Chains, Hand Jewelry, and Foot Jewelry. The jewels that give the touch you need, making every render special and unique! A must have! Genesis 2 Female and these derived females are supported: Lilith 6, Aiko 6, Gia 6, The Girl 6, Olympia 6, Stephanie 6, Teen Josie 6, Victoria 4 Shape for Genesis 2 Female, Victoria 6, Giselle 6. See images and get them here: Bejeweled Bundle For DAZ Studio and Poser(with dson) - Jordi R. Cardona…
  • Desideria Hair

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    Desideria Hair is part of the official Starter and Pro Bundles of the new figure Lilith 6 at DAZ . It works for all Genesis 2 females. Desideria is the hair for your most seducing characters that will give them a special look that can be both natural and sophisticated; wild, sexy, wavy hair that will make them stand out! With 92 morphs in 15 categories, you can customize and control its appearance with full freedom. A must-have! See images and get it here: Desideria Hair for DAZ Studio and Poser - Jordi R. Cardona www.hiperia3d.com
  • Shiloh Fantasy Outfit

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    Shiloh Fantasy Outfit is a pack of ceremonial fantasy armor, a shield and an elven sword, and also includes 10 poses and two utility poses to grab the sword and the shield for use with others. All you need to achieve spectacular renders in lots of scenes! A must-have! The bikini armor fits the most popular Genesis 2 Females (Aiko 6, Gia 6, The Girl 6, Olympia 6, Stephanie 6, Teen Josie 6, Victoria 4 for Genesis 2 Female, Victoria 6, Giselle 6). See images and  get it here: Shiloh Fantasy Outfit for DAZ Studio and Poser - Jordi R. Cardona www.hiperia3d.com
 
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    Gwyn's Home

  • Registering users on a website

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Dawsey Chatterbox, posting a comment on the page for my SL User Create WordPress plugin, asked for a simpler version of the code which would merely register an avatar name to a MySQL database. He has been patient, having been waiting for almost a year Here goes the code for...Read more »
  • Revisiting the Beginners’ Guide to Second Life®

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    A decade ago, information about Second Life® was scarce. Newbies would drop into a Brave New World and get completely confused. There were in-world volunteers — and the Linden Liaisons — to help you out, but often it was hard to assemble a lot of information to get you going....Read more »
  • Revisiting the Colourising Script

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    In late 2004, I’ve joined a few groups that did a lot of discussion events. Often people could not attend them, so transcripts were kept and posted on the Linden Lab forums. Reading a transcript ‘after-the-fact’ is not the same thing as participating in a discussion in real time. For...Read more »
  • NeXT Life

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Unless you have been hiding in a warp hole somewhere (like I am!) you might have missed the latest announcement from Linden Lab: Second Life: The Next Generation, or SL2, or — as I prefer to call it — NeXT Life, is currently being developed, and the first beta will probably appear...Read more »
  • 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 »
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    Designing Digitally, Inc.

  • Training with a Bring Your Own Device Policy

    masonm.designingdigitally
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    For decades, the ultimate goal in any educator’s mind was to find a way to connect to their students and create an atmosphere where learning was simplified. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) revolution allows employers and educators to meet both of these criteria, all the while saving money in the process. Since users are usually a lot more comfortable with their own digital devices than ones issued by their employer, there is also a convenience factor involved that could potentially speed up the learning process. Catering to the Needs of Your Audience One of the largest benefits from…
  • 4 Considerations for Mobile E-Learning Development

    masonm.designingdigitally
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    With the rapid advancement of technology over the past decade, mainstream education has travelled from the classroom to the computer, and now to our smartphones. Mobile E-Learning has the potential to completely revolutionize performance support within the workplace, but it also comes with unique challenges for developers who are trying to stay ahead of the technological curve. Here are four things to consider when exploring mobile learning applications- A Simplified Smartphone Interface One of the biggest problems in Mobile Learning today is the “one size fits all” mentality. Not…
  • Blended Learning: What? Why? How?

    masonm.designingdigitally
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    In 2005, Carpe Diem High School in Yuma, Arizona opened as a public charter to test out a new learning concept on grades 6-12. Carpe Diem is a blended learning school that aims to leverage technology, as well as instructor led training, to get students excited about learning and excelling in education. Within five years of program launch, Carpe Diem boasted some of the highest math and reading scores in the nation. While this was not technically the first instance of blended learning in a classroom setting, the program proved the learning model was sound. What is Blended Learning? Blended…
  • 5 Benefits of Scenario Based E-Learning

    masonm.designingdigitally
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    One of the more frequent questions we receive at Designing Digitally, Inc. is about the potential of scenario based E-Learning in business. In our opinion, it is a fantastic opportunity for corporations of all sizes to reduce training costs, increase productivity and engage employees. Not only is scenario based E-Learning a good way to increase knowledge retention and motivation, but also a way to reduce risk and cost to your organization. Imagine being able to train your employess in a safe, risk free environment, while receiving virtual on the job training. There are numerous benefits of…
  • Designing Digitally, Inc. Chosen for Top 10 E-Learning Development Companies

    masonm.designingdigitally
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Designing Digitally, Inc. has been selected by BestWebDesignAgencies.com as a top 10 development company for September, 2014. “It is great to see our organization being recognized for the dedication we have to our clients and our commitment to developing the highest quality online learning experiences,” says Andrew Hughes, President of Designing Digitally, Inc., regarding the award. “We are looking to finish out 2014 strong and take it to the next level in 2015. It is encouraging to know people recognize our hard work and see our developments as something to…
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    Hypergrid Business

  • Hypergate script with built-in threat level check

    Maria Korolov
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    One annoying problem I’ve had with hypergate teleport scripts is that some regions have the right threat level settings to run walk-through scripts, while others don’t, and require a different command to activate the...
  • Zetamex recovers from breach

    Maria Korolov
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Las Vegas-based OpenSim hosting company Zetamex is recovering from a security breach that hit its servers late Sunday night. Hackers attempted to use the Zetamex servers to attack random websites. “All data is safe, and...
  • Zandramas

    Maria Korolov
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    US$35 a month for an unlimited prim region on the invitation-only Zandramas grid. Vivox voice, Z$ currency from Podex. Kitely Market deliveries. No hypergrid.
  • InWorlds Review: OpenSim survey, Ready Player One

    Maria Korolov
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Mal Burns, Maria Korolov and Tara Yeats discuss a new survey about OpenSim grids, latest hardware developments, and the book “Ready Player One.”
  • 5 tips for designing for virtual reality

    Xin Xin
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    When I demoed my Oculus Rift game, “Black Hat,” recently, one man told me that he felt sick the previous time he tried a Rift. I convinced him to give it another go and he was surprised by...
 
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